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with legendary music promoter Harvey Goldsmith. But organiser Terry Felgate has told us: “I’m pleased to confirm that OnBlackheath will be going ahead for September 2017, and we are currently finalising our launch plans.” He added: “We’ve had a few issues to overcome this year, but we’re very happy to be moving ahead with our new partners Crosstown Concerts.” Concert line-ups will be announced – and tickets will go on sale – near the end of this month. Although

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MOTOWN legends The Jacksons and R&B giant Alexander O’Neal have joined the stars at this summer’s Greenwich Music Time festival.

Jermaine, Tito, Jackie and Marlon bring their hits and dance moves to the Old Royal Naval College on Thursday July 6 – their only London show this year. The group first performed in London with their brother Michael Jackson in 1972. “We had the privilege of performing for Her Majesty The Queen and we’re always excited to return,” said Tito. “British audiences love their music and we can’t wait to share ours with them this summer.” Alexander O’Neal – whose 80s hits include Criticize, Never Knew Love Like This and If You Were Here Tonight – is here on Tuesday July 4. He quipped: “It’s the Fourth of July – American Independence Day and we’re going to have the biggest party Greenwich has ever seen, man!” Stars already lined up include Michael Ball and Alfie Boe on Friday June 30, Sir Cliff Richard on Sunday July 2 and Little Mix on Friday July 7. Info and tickets: www. PARTY TIME: Alexander O’Neal greenwichmusictime.co.uk

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A new children’s opera by Kate Whitley tells what happened when two kids got locked in a zoo overnight. More than 60 local youngsters will join professional singers and musicians, choir-members, Trinity Laban students and a full orchestra for four shows at Blackheath Halls. April 8&9

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oceans return to Greenwich and Woolwich to star in a weekend-long festival of the sea that includes cruises, concerts aboard Cutty Sark and family events along the riverside before the fleet parades down the Thames on its way to the Atlantic. April 13-16

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Playwright Andy Rothry, who created last yea’s Brexit drama Against All Odds, shows he’s still completely in tune with the zeitgeist with this fable about a rich-kid hedge-fund manager who takes a group of clients to Glastonbury – and finds the world is not as he imagined. April 11-13

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Last chance to see the National Maritime Museum’s fine exhibition celebrating the woman who not only won Nelson’s heart but also captivated and outraged Georgian Britain with her theatrical shows and her refusal to kowtow to a male-dominated, class-obsessed society. Till April 17

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GREENWICH Park’s history goes back 2,000 years and its links with the Royals are well documented… but did you know it was shaped by King Louis XIV’s gardener?

The brilliant Rosie Kay – who choreographed the movie of hit jukebox musical Sunshine On Leith – brings her company to Laban theatre to perform a work that harnesses music and imagery as well as movement to take a timely look at current fears about mind-control conspiracies. April 20

After his Coronation in 1660, Charles II – back on the throne after exile and The Restoration – commissioned André Le Notre to fashion Greenwich Park into one of the earliest great formal French-style gardens in Britain, writes Hundreds of you took part in Georgina Rogerson, of The two Open Days at Greenwich Park Royal Parks. last month. 343 people gave their opinions on Thursday March 9 It was a way of reaffirming and 435 the following Sunday. General James the dominance of the Crown as Have your say online too: Wolfe now stands well as a monumental visual www.royalparks.org.uk – flanked by formal statement of his gratitude to the lines of trees. Over French court that sheltered him. the years the steps eroded At the heart of Le Notre’s vision was the Grand Axis, which ran north to away. Today, the slope bears the erosion south, formally linking the Queen’s scars of huge numbers of people who House at the bottom with the main tree- walk up and spill down it, competing for lined avenue at the top. It was completed a viewing spot. Each year the Royal by The Rounds, a large semi-circle of Parks has to fence off and reseed the chestnut trees from which ran along two a r e a t o p r e v e n t t h e w e a r f r o m permanently blighting the landscape. other avenues. Reinstating the steps – and the formal As Blackheath Avenue, Bower Avenue and Great Cross Avenue they remain the tree lines next to them – is one of the essence of the Park today – and they are ideas being considered as part of one of the key components of the Greenwich Park Revealed – which could attract millions of pounds of investment Greenwich World Heritage Site. But there is one grand feature of Le from Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Notre’s design that is almost invisible Lottery Fund. Greenwich Park Revealed – launched today – the Giants Steps. The showpiece of the Grand Axis, they were a series of in November’s Greenwich Visitor – is ornamental giant grass steps cut into the Y O U R c h a n c e t o c o m e u p w i t h hill – beneath where the statue of solutions. The project has three strands:

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Once again close to 40,000 runners, many in silly costumes, will set off from either Greenwich Park or Blackheath Common on the annual 26-mile squillion-pound fundraiser. The field this year includes Olympic legends like Ethiopian Kenenise Bekele and our very own Jo Pavey. April 23

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Dance, theatre and circus combine at the Albany to tell a tale of blind ambition and blind love as one-hit wonder Sandy makes a do-or-die bid to recapture her youthful success after years in the wilderness when only doting partner Bruno stayed loyal. But what now for their love? April 25&26

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Veteran singer-songwriter and guitar/banjo master whose CV ranges from collaborations with English folk goddess June Tabor to explorations of Chinese music with pipa virtuoso Wu Man comes to Mycenae House for this gig organised by local charity Global Fusion Music and Arts. April 28

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The fabulous series of Compass Commissions by the Greenwich Dance and Trinity Laban Partnership continues with The Buildy-Uppy Show in which Williams and Rosen invite kids to unleash their imaginations by making use of a set created out of cardboard boxes at Borough Hall. April 29

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Drama company Merely, known for its minimalist and gender-blind productions, presents two Shakespeare classics in rep at Greenwich Theatre, the first an uproarious take on the Bard’s farrago of mistaken identities and the second arguably the world’s most celebrated tragedy. April 18-22

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PA S T : B e t t e r v i e w i n g p o i n t s , uncovering historical features and increasing educational experiences. PRESENT: Improving existing buildings and protecting natural features. FUTURE: Making it more sustainable and planting disease-resistant trees while making it easier for people, including those with disabilities, to use the Park. Our stories have revealed how 400 of its historic trees could die because of diseases, plans to let more people know about deer which have lived here since Henry VIII’s day and a scheme to rescue its leaking boating lake. What do you think of the Grand Steps plan? Have you got more ideas? There is an online survey at www.royalparks. org.uk/greenwichparkrevealed. Or you can email greenwichparkrevealed@ royalparks.gsi.gov.uk Tell us too… email Matt@TheGreenwichVisitor.com

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heard my first Chiffchaff in the Park on March 15. I always hope that I’ll hear the first summer migrant of the year before my birthday on the 14th. This always gives me a thrill and marks the start of a new year and the end of another. I like to measure out my life in Chiffchaffs, not coffee spoons. ost years a pair of Chiffchaffs will nest on Castle Hill below the Royal Observatory. Last year, for the first time I have known, another summer visitor, the Whitethroat, nested on One Tree Hill. Sadly we have lost the Spotted Flycatcher as a breeding bird. They used to nest near the Rose Garden but I haven’t seen one for a few years now. The bird has declined right across its breeding range and our loss reflects a national trend. istorically One Tree Hill was the favoured view point in the Park, long before the opening of the Royal Observatory to the public and the installation of General Wolfe’s statue in 1930 made this the most visited part of the Park. Turner’s view of the Thames from One Tree Hill hangs in the refurbished Queen’s House. There are numerous 18th and 19th Century engravings showing the view and the traditional Greenwich Fair game of “tumbling” down the hill. any of the Park’s local visitors still prefer the view from One Tree Hill to the one from Wolfe statue and Crooms Hill. It certainly offers the best view of the river as it loops around the O2 and will be a great place to view the tall ships when they visit Greenwich at Easter. he Greenwich Park Revealed project does not have big plans for One Tree Hill – it does well as it is. But there are two flights of steps up the hill which could benefit from replacing. They are made of concrete road kerbs and tarmac which would be more appropriate to a road scheme than a Park in a World Heritage Site. The intention is to replace them with steps more fitting to the landscape. ver on Crooms Hill is the brilliant Knife Edge sculpture made by Henry Moore in 1976, in a location Moore chose himself. Much like the view from One Tree Hill, Knife Edge is a favourite with locals. In fact when the Wolfe statue view point is packed, I recommend a walk over to One tree Hill or Crooms Hill for a view every bit as good with far fewer people.

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Volunteers’ plea to save safe haven for abandoned pets after 7 years THE faces here are only a fraction of the neglected, unwanted and abandoned cats helped by The Catcuddles Sanctuary in Greenwich for the last seven years.

The dedicated Volunteer Team has fought to save every kind of cat, with every kind of story. But we face a crisis that could drastically reduce the number of cats that we can help, for an indefinite period of time. Charity founder Evina Koroni has been told she must obtain retrospective planning approval for the fostering of cats at her home at 155 Howarth Road after nine years. Her application was turned down even though approval appeared a formality. Supporters have crowd funded enough money to begin an appeal. In all the years it has been open, there has only been one complaint from neighbours and this was

SAFE: Volunteer Karine at Catcuddles

addressed swiftly. Only a few cats stay at the address – most are fostered out to local volunteers – and they live in purpose-built cat chalets with

each year are helped there are few actually at the house. Evina is about to launch a Rehoming Centre in Palmers Green, north London, after three years’ hard work. But the Greenwich fostering hub will stay to help as many cats as possible here. Although we have raised money for an appeal we need your help in other ways, too. Please contact Greenwich Council and your MP to let them know that support this great cause. You can visit our website www. catcuddles.org.uk/ and sign the petition at https://goo.gl/c9jgwW There are contact details for MPs and councillors there too. If Catcuddles base at Howarth Road is closed, many cats will be without help and the people who care for them will lose the chance to do this double glazing and sound- important work. You’re also welcome proofing, and with a team of to come and look around. Please 12 volunteers cleaning daily. support this wonderful charity. The quick turnover means Karine Le Peuple that although hundreds of cats CatCuddles volunteer

GREENWICH Book Festival 26-27 May 2017

www.greenwichbookfest.com Words and ideas come to life in two days of author events, discussions and creative workshops for children and adults on the banks of the River Thames.

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GREENWICH celebrates 20 years as a UNESCO World Heritage Site this month with a huge light show. Historic landmarks including the Old Royal Naval College, Cutty Sark, Queen’s House, and Royal Observatory will light up from 8.30pm on April 18. Greenwich Park will stay open till 10pm so people can see the display from above.

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£50 tech gift for hospice families CHILDREN with terminal illnesses and disabilities will be able to play computer games, be creative and communicate with their families thanks to £50,000 of technology given by charity Lifelites. The youngsters and their visitors at Demelza Hospice Care for Children in Eltham can use iPads and touchscreen computers software specially designed to be accessible for children with disabilities.

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A HISTORIC 188-year-old dairy in Greenwich is under threat again with plans to demolish it and build seven new properties. Described by Historic England as “a very rarely surviving late Georgian builder’s workshop and yard” the 1839 building has also hosted shoemakers and carvers. Campaigners want the building to be saved and adapted instead. More than 50 people have now objected and respected historians have joined in, including Peter Guillery, an expert on working buildings, the Georgian Group and the Spitalfields Trust, whose director Tim Whittaker says: “Although it’s damaged it’s a very rare, commercial building. It adds to the streetscape.” Georgian Group Secretary

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David McKinstry says: “A significant part of the historic steetscape and history of the locality will be lost.” Campigner Paul Trynka said: “The irony is that the developers could still make a substantial profit by converting the building. “People are drawn to Greenwich by its rich heritage, and living in a Georgian workshop would surely be more enticing than generic, modern houses.” Info: savethedairy@trynka.com

community garden hearing ROYAL Hill Community Gardeners hope to convince councillors to save their precious green space from developers this month. G r e e n w i c h ’s p l a n n i n g committee were due to decide the Garden’s fate last month but agreed to make a site visit instead.

That took place on March 28 – as even local Scouts pitched in with gardening. The Gardeners say their reports show the site is unsuitable for housing. Planners will discuss the application on April 5 at Woolwich Town Hall (6.30pm). Updates @RoyalHillGarden


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WHAT a spring for folk fans in the Greenwich area – it’s hosting some of the biggest names in the genre. Northumbrian piper Kathryn Tickell and accordion virtuoso Amy Thatcher graced Mycenae House last month, followed a couple of weeks later at Blackheath Halls by rising star Emily Portman and the Coracle Band, writes MILES HEDLEY. Award-winning singersongwriter Martin Simpson will play a Global Fusion Music and Arts’ evening at Mycenae House on April 28. And next month the Albany presents two of folk music’s most legendary acts – the incomparable Unthank sisters sing the extraordinary songs of Nick Drake’s mum Molly at a gig on May 3 and acclaimed duo Kathryn Roberts and Seth Lakeman appear on May 19.

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WRECKED: Invicta School after the blast

School pupils unveil WW2 plaque IT WAS the night that Coventry suffered one of the biggest blitzes of Word War Two – 500 tonnes of high explosive and 3,600 fire bombs killed 568 people and injured 863. But it was an infamous night in Blackheath too...

Volunteers of the Auxiliary Fire Service had made Invicta School their base after the pupils were evacuated to the Kent countryside. It was known as sub-station 54X, writes STEVE HUNNISETT. At 7.40pm the first shout of the night came. J Stone and Company in Anchor and Hope Lane has been hit, but the men of Invicta Road were not needed. No doubt they chatted, smoked and drank tea unaware that soon they would be the target... At 9.20pm a one tonne parachute bomb floated silently down and caught in trees outside the school. Seconds later it exploded with terrific force. These bombs were designed to sink ships and the school was devastated. The volunteers found themselves trapped and seriously injured under the rubble. Firemen from surrounding stations worked relentlessly, well into the next day

to save them. When everyone was accounted for, 12 firemen were dead, along with school caretaker Charles White and two civilians, Rosetta Florence Johnson and Cecil Smith, who had been visiting. One fireman – Arthur Grant – had been killed before he could collect the George Medal he had earned for carrying an unexploded bomb out of the school to safety weeks earlier. Last month, the charity Firemen Remembered was invited to Invicta School to unveil a plaque to the heroes who died that night. Pupils from Year Two sang We’ll Meet Again before pupils heard the story of that night and the Roll of Honour of those that died were read out. A plaque provided by the charity’s Stephanie Maltman was unveiled by executive head teacher Marie Corbett and two pupils, before a minute’s silence. The plaque was then placed in its new permanent position in the only remaining wall of the old school, which now forms part of the playground wall. It’s a perfect place for youngsters to remember those heroes from 77 years ago. Info: www.blitzwalkers.co.uk

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gem of a show Jewellery highlights art and empires

ROCK SHOW: A turban Aigrette, Elvis’s Opal ring and Tidemill Academy staff

GEMS and art that link Asian empires, London’s jewellery trade and the origins of our celebrity culture go on show this month. Talk About Art – Art Connecting Cultures shows the role of jewellery in ceremonies and religions in ancient cultures in China and India’s Mughal Empire, as well as paintings of modern celebrities who flaunt it, writes JOHN BARTRAM. There are sections on Chinese jade, diamond cutting and polishing and the use of platinum, gold and silver. British crown jewels feature alongside gems worn by Elizabeth Taylor, Elvis Presley, Sam Worthington and Natalie Mark. Hatton Garden and Bond Street are depicted as the centre of London’s jewellery trade as well as the Victoria and Albert Museum, which houses one of the finest jewellery collections in the world. There are workshops – including a guided tour – for schools were students make their own pieces of fantasy junk jewellery, model their creations and be photographed for a Diamonds of Deptford community artwork. The free exhibition runs from April 27 to May 19 at the Deptford Lounge Library – next door to the show’s partner Tidemill Academy. Each Saturday, jewellers will be demonstrating their art and selling their own creations. Info: 020 8314 7299 or email thedeptfordlounge@ thealbany.org.uk.

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Free family cycle lessons YOU can give your family free cycle lessons this Easter – Family Bike Weeks run from April 3 to 14 and are open to all from novices to those who just need to brush up old skills. On April 3-7 instructors from Bikeworks are at Discovery Children’s Centre, Thamesmead (10am-12) and Eglinton Children’s Centre, Woolwich (1-3pm). On April 10-13 at Quaggy Children’s Centre, Lewisham (10am-12) and Plumstead Children’s Centre (1.30-3.30pm). Children must be over seven and accompanied by an adult – there is a creche for younger children – and places are on a first come, first served basis. Info: www.royalgreenwich. gov.uk/childrenscentres

More care for prisoners PRISONERS in Greenwich will have a new range of care to help improve their health and wellbeing inside and prepare them for life outside. Help includes personal h y g i e n e , m o b i l i t y, c e l l cleaning, collecting meals and prompts to take medication. Professionals from charity Change, Grow, Live, will also help continuity of care when they move from Belmarsh, ISIS and Thameside jails.

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Plans revealed for third Greenwich literary festival TOWER OF TALENT: Authors on their way

THE Greenwich Book Festival sails into SE10 for the third year in May with a programme that will appeal to literature lovers of every age.

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The festival promises two full days of literature events for children and adults, showcasing a huge range of fiction, nonfiction, short story and poe t ry e ve nt s, writes MAUREEN STAPLETON. And for the first time the Festival also features a playwriting programme featuring new drama. Highlights for adults include the Pool Party on Friday night featuring: Sarah Perry, Waterstones Book of the Year winner for The Essex Serpent; Lisa McInerney, who won the Bailey’s Prize for The Glorious Heresies; Laura Barnett, introducing her new novel Greatest Hits with include local historical writer Mercury PrizeWendy Moore who will be y ersit Univ & C ORN winning singer discussing her new book The of Greenwich Kathryn William Mesmerist, violinist Min who wrote songs Kym talking about her stolen Friday & Saturday Stradivarius in her book Gone for it. May 26 & 27 For children there and an architectural tour of is MG Leonard and Greenwich with Chris Rogers, her creations Beetle Boy author of How to Read London: A and Beetle Queen; a workshop with C r a s h C o u r s e i n L o n d o n Okido; the chance to celebrate Architecture. Elmer’s birthday on Elmer Day; The Greenwich Book Festival – i l l u s t r a t o r R o b b B i d d u l p h ; on Friday May 26 May and Saturday masterclass with comics wizard May 27 – is part of the Royal Neill Cameron. Other highlights Greenwich Festivals. There are

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Early Bird discounts for tickets booked before April 18 and a discount for GreenwichCard holders. The University of Greenwich hosts the festival in the grounds of the Old Royal Naval College and the U n i v e r s i t y. T h e p l a y w r i t i n g programme is at Greenwich Theatre. For more information or to book tickets, go to www.greenwich bookfest.com. Follow the Festival on Twitter @grebookfest, on Instagram at GreenwichBookFestival and on Facebook at GreenwichBookFest.

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MARITIME Greenwich gets a glimpse of its own past next month, when some of the world’s most iconic ships voyage here for a fabulous festival of sail. The Tall Ships 2017 celebration will see vessels – many crewed by youngsters on the trip of a lifetime – moor here over Easter. Residents and visitors can see the ships up close, watch them sail past the backdrop of our historic buildings and even step aboard. It should be fun. To help you make the most of it it, here’s our Q&A guide... What is the Tall Ships Festival? It’s officially the Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta – a gathering of ships for the start of a race from Torbay, Devon, to Portugal, the Canary islands, Bermuda, Boston, Quebec (to mark the country’s 150th anniversary) and finally to Le Havre in France. How many will there be? Around 30 ships will be moored here – mostly big ones, but some smaller historic yachts too. You can seen them and read about them all in this guide. Where can we see them? There are Continued on Page 16

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Look out for the Parade of Sail on Easter Sunday, from around 5pm, when the boats gather at Deptford before leaving in a leisurely convoy along the Thames and out to sea.

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SHIPs logged HERE are the fabulous ships due to be in Greenwich and Woolwich this Easter. From a replica of a 15th Century Portuguese explorer to a former Radio ship; from herring luggers to historic yachts, all have had amazing lives and all play their part in giving young people brilliant life-changing experiences....

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Built in 2011 to replace a historic German lightship turned sail training ship, the three-masted barque, has a magnificent 24 sails. Weighs 396tonnes and is 65m long. She has up to 25 crew and 54 trainees.

Built in 1994, and based in Stavoren, Holland, the 31m brig can carry up to 20 passengers. She is 31m in lenght and her 23m masts can take up to 383 square metres of sail, needing more than 5km of rigging!

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Square-rigged with scarlet sails, designed and built in Sweden in 1948 to haul wood in the Baltic. Later adapted to resemble Captain Cook’s HMS Endeavour – built as Earl of Pembroke. Appeared in movie Cloud Atlas.

French naval schooner launched in 1932, based on a fishing vessel design. Used in the war by Free French Forces and still flies the distinctive cross. 37.5m long and 225 tonnes, she can host 20 trainees and 16 crew.

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Dutch herring-lugger built in 1916 and first used in the Shetland Isles as a fast, reliable carrier. Now based in Veerhaven, Rotterdam, where she is hired out for sailing days and corporate events..

Short at 28m, its combination of square and fore-andaft rig makes this a striking Brigantine – the sort of fast, agile ship favoured by pirates! Built in 1930 to bring in cod and restored in 1986.

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Built in Norway in 1907 as a herring lugger, she has been restored and updated over the last 30 years and is now an impressive 48m barquentine. Luxurious on board with room for up to 90 passengers.

49m long brig, built in 1919 as Vrouwe Maria as a deep sea fishing vessel on the North Sea. With two square-rigged masts and beautiful rigging it’s a striking vessel. In the 1960s it was used as a Radio Ship.

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17m sloop built in 1991 run by the Academic Sailing Club in Kiel, Germany. Twelve crew members. Has previously competed in the Fastnet Race. Named after a French built warship from the 1470s.

21m Oyster 68, owned by the Rona Sailing Project in Hamble, Hampshire. She has sailed 250,000nm in her career has eight crew and 18 trainees on board. Crowdfunding has helped her enter the Races.

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Triple-masted luxury barque built in Norway in 1926 as a whaler, later working as a freight carrier between Asia and South America. Saved from her fate in a Dutch shipyard by the Frisian Tallship Company.

Three-mast steel schooner built in 1990 in Sweden. 44m long, she was built by the Hennessey Cognac Company – with a Stateroom – to recreate first cargo of Cognac from France to Shanghai in 1872.

A three-mast fullyrigged ship with 27 sails. 73m long. Can reach 14knots. Built in 1937 in Oslo as a sail training ship with galley and machine and carpentry shops She can take up to 20 trainess. @skutaradich

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Built in Holland as a herring fishing boat in 1916, the 27m Jannetje Magaretha, as she was, was restored in Holland in 1993. She enters races in the Channel, North Sea and Baltic, and can take up to 19 people.

Classic triple-masted schooner built in Vlaardingen in 1917 and based in Amsterdam. Refitted in 1917, steel built and with a wooden deck. 49ft long, she can take up to 22 guests and three crew.

Owned by the French naval academy, the 47ft Centurion was first built for racing in the West Indies before being donated for sail training. Part of the Tall Ships races since 2012, with young sailors on board.

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104 years old, the 56ft gaff-rigged pilot cutter was built in Le Harve as a pilot boat but the age of steam ended her career. Won the Fastnet Race three times – including the first in 1925 – and Tall Ships race winner twice in 2015 and 2016.

Based in Maldon, Essex, the 29m steelbuilt Brigantine – twomasted ship – square rigger was built in Gdansk in 1968. She sails mostly around northern Europe, offering activities like kayaking to guests.

Built in Greenwich – on the Partington Yard at Charlton – in 1892, she won the Round Britain yacht race in 1904 for owns Leonard Withers. Now based in Great Yarmouth, restored and owned by the Leila Sailing Trust.

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STS NADEZHDA Spectacular Russian full-rigged frigate – 108.6m long – with three steel masts, taking 26 sails adding up to and 3,000sqm. Purpose built in 1990 for Russian sail students. Based in Vladivostock.

Replica of Victoria – the first ship to sail around the world in 1592 during Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan’s expedition. Built in 1992, the stunning 27m three-masted ship has 290sqm of sail and four decks.

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Not just sails at Market KIDS can join in Tall Ships fun at Greenwich Market. It’s holding two days of oceangoing action on Friday April 14 and Saturday 15, promising “arty anchors, nautical knots, mapmaking and puzzles for pirates and mermaids and lots of chocolate!“ Info: greenwichmarket london.com

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Former Arctic trawler, built at Le Havre in 1948. Bought to become a sail training ship in 1995. Based in Weymouth. 45m barquentine has 11 crew and 28 trainees. Only main-mast barquentine in the races.

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One of the newest boats, the 34m vessel was built in 2014 in Spain for the Marine Society and the Sea Cadets and cost £4.8m. Steel hull and glass reinforced plastic superstructure. Eight crew and 24 cadets.

Four-masted lugger, once part of a Portuguese cod fishing fleet, she was built in Lisbon in 1937 and restored in 2010 by the food company Pascoal S.A. 67m long and based in Aveiro, Portugal.

One of the most impressive of the Tall Ships, Dutch-owned Thalassa is a threemasted barquentine with traditional rigging built in 1980. Sank in 1985 but was rescued and totally rebuilt by her current owners.

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PLANS have been approved to turn Woolwich Arsenal – which hosts Tall Ships events this month – into a “Creative Hub”. A 16,500sq m site will include a “largescale concert venues, rehearsal and studio spaces, offices, restaurants, and a base for internationallyacclaimed theatre companies.” Greenwich Council says its £31million project will provide 400 jobs. A new Crossrail station is due to open there in late 2018.

In celebration of this year’s ‘Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta’, Rivington have partnered with Plymouth Gin, a spirit synonymous with the British Royal Navy, its sailors and ships. Celebrate the Tall Ships Regatta from Wednesday, 12 April - join us for a series of gin masterclasses and indulge in cocktails from an exclusive menu crafted by Rivington and Plymouth Gin. Gin Masterclasses are £20 per person, for more information visit rivingtongreenwich.co.uk/tall-ships or call 020 8293 9270

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Three-masted 50m Topsail-schooner owned by the High Seas High School. Named after the famous Norweigan explorer. She was built int Kiel, Germany, in 1930 as Tinka, to carry freight to and from Hamburg.

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Built in East Germany in 1964 as a dieselpowered tug, she became obsolete after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Bought by Dutchman Jaap van der Rest, who turned her into a luxurious 42m two-masted topsail schooner.

Topsail Schooner began life in 1920 as a Jemo – a Herring Hunter in the Shetlands. Built for speed, her job was to ferry fresh catches from trawlers to shore as swiftly as possible. 40.9m long. Retired 70 years later and bought and refurbished in 2010.

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Four days of ship visits, cruises, entertainment and fireworks in Greenwich and Woolwich

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From Page 11 and Greenwich will be accessible from the two mooring points this year – around pier for free but you must collect a ticket at Greenwich Pier, close to the Cutty Sark in the the top of the pier, Greenwich Council says. town centre – and at Woolwich Arsenal. As To visit bigger ships moored further out in the Thames at Greenwich there are “paid shuttle well as a world-class maritime services” every 20 minutes from 9.30am legacy, we have the longest to 4.45pm on Thursday to Saturday and river frontage of the London 9.30am to 12 noon on Sunday. It will boroughs. So we’re the cost £10 for adults and £8 for ideal spot for this event. Find out more children. A family ticket (up to two Will it be like last time Festival adults + two kids) is £30. But it adds: the ut abo when we could walk “There are also a limited number of at www.royal down the Thames Path? free tickets for timed visits at . ich enw gre No. Ships are berthed in Greenwich between 6.30pm and gov.uk two sites – unlike 2014 8.30pm. These will be available on the when they were dotted at day.” You get around 45 minutes to points along the Path. At the explore the ship and hear all about moment it’s closed in places because of Greenwich’s maritime history from an onbuilding work. Greenwich Council says board guide before returning to Greenwich that’ not the reason for the change: “It’s Pier on the ferry shuttle. If you live in s i m p l y a n e v e n t m a n a g e m e n t Greenwich take proof of your address – the decision.” council says there are £4 tickets for the first Can we go aboard the ships? Yes. 1,000 local visitors over the duration of the Smaller ships moored in Woolwich Festival, on a first come, first served basis.

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Based on a Caravel – developed by the Portuguese in the 1400s to explore the Atlantic Ocean and the African coast – she was built in 2000 and is based in Lisbon. She has room for 14 trainees on board.

Dutch schooner built in 1931 as Bente, she carried cargo between Baltic Sea ports and, later, the Norwegian fjords until 1992 when she was transformed into a passenger ship. 35m long.

at the festival Is there entertainment? Yes. At both sites there will be Festival Villages promising “live jazz and blues performances, have-a-go activities, roving street entertainers, sea shanties, re-enactors, puppet shows and plenty to eat and drink.” There are two bars at each venue and street food stalls. There’s an o p e n i n g e v e n t a t Wo o l w i c h c a l l e d Hydromania – an immersive outdoor water experience. Squeeze legend Glenn Tilbrook is playing live there too. Take a brolly, Glenn! At both sites entertainment includes your chance to step inside a giant metal whale, see Bicycle Ballet and a giant octopus on a bike performing aquabatics. Both sites are said to be wheelchair-accessible. Is it going to get busy? Almost certainly. Greenwich Council says that over 1million people came out to see the ships last time they were here in 2014. There were around 45 ships though. How do I get to the event? If you live locally, walk if possible! If you’re coming

here by train you’ll need to come from Canon Street to Greenwich or Maze Hill. Whatever you do, leave your car at home. Parking in Greenwich is not cheap – even at weekends – and extra parking restrictions have been put in place on residential streets. Blue Badge holders, however, can park for free in councilrun car parks. You can arrive in style by Thames Clipper – use the RB1 service. If you come by tube on the Jubilee Line to North Greenwich you’ll need to catch a 188 or 129 bus to Greenwich or a 472 to Woolwich Arsenal. Or get here by DLR – get off at Cutty Sark station, not Greenwich (which, counterintuitively, is further away from the town centre). How can I travel between both sites? We definitely recommend you leave your car at home. There’s very limited parking and especially in Greenwich town centre. The best way is to take one of the many river boats between the sites. Not only do you see Greenwich looking magnificent from the Turn to P18

THURSDAY APRIL 13 Ships arrive. They must be in port by noon. Ships are open for viewing. At 7pm ships Captain’s gather for a dinner to celebrate. Festival opening night show at Woolwich with Hydromania & Glenn Tilbrook.

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FRIDAY APRIL 14 Ships are open for viewing from 9.30am. From 6.30pm it’s a chance for the crews to party on land. Entertainment all day at Woolwich Arsenal and Cutty Sark Gardens in Greenwich.

SATURDAY APRIL 15 Likely to be the busiest day with ship visits and entertainment in full swing at Woolwich Arsenal and Cutty Sark Gardens and a free public farewell fireworks display in Woolwich at 9.45pm.

SUNDAY APRIL 16 Last chance to go aboard, till around noon. At 4pm ships leave their moorings and head for Deptford before beginning the Parade of Sail at 5pm. It passes Greenwich minutes later and Woolwich at around 5.45pm.

LOVE ships? You can win a copy of the wonderful Fifty Ships That Changed The Course of History, by Ian Graham – a fabulous guide to vessels that have helped shape civilisation. From Pharaoh Khufu’s Solar Barge from 2566 BC to MS Allure of the Seas is the biggest passenger ship ever built, from the Mayflower to the Bismarck, it is packed with illustrations. And it features one of the treasures of Greenwich – Cutty Sark. To win a copy just answer this question: Which sort of ship is Cutty Sark? A Schooner B Clipper C Aircraft Carrier Email your answer to Matt@TheGreenwichVisitor. com. The winner will be drawn at random from all correct entries on Tuesday April 28. Fifty Ships That Changed The Course of History is published by The History Press and costs £14.99. www. thehistorypress.co.uk


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Greenwich Yacht Club – in the Thames – is a great spot to see the Parade of Sail. Info: greenwichyachtclub.co.uk. Or consider the Thames Barrier Visitor Centre too.

guide to the sails Turn to P18 river but you’ll get even closer to the ships. MBNA Thames Clippers run between Greenwich and Woolwich every 20 minutes and the journey takes just eight minutes. Info: www. thamesclippers.com. You can also travel by DLR from Cutty Sark station at Greenwich to Woolwich Arsenal station. There are usually trains every five minutes. Catch a 177 or 180 bus – they run every five minutes – from the bus stops in King William Street. You could catch a 177 or 180 bus – it’s a short walk from the bus stop at Woolwich to the riverside and the route should be signposted. You can catch a Thames Clipper from Greenwich Pier to Woolwich. Rail is not a great option. Complex engineering work at London Bridge means our line from London Bridge – the oldest commuter line in the world – has stopped indefinitely. If you got a train here from Canon Street, you can use the same one to get from Greenwich or nearby Maze Hill to Woolwich Arsenal. But watch out for that weekend engineering thing they like to do. If you give it a go, good luck but remember we did warn you... I’m inviting friends down for the weekend: How lovely! One word of warning, if they’ve come by car and you don’t have off-street parking make sure you have temporary parking permits. Leaflets were sent out to explain, but you know how unreliable that can be! If you live in an area with a Controlled Parking

Zone it has been extended to cover the ships are crewed by young people – whole weekend. Call Greenwich Council including around 50 from Greenwich – Parking Services on 020 8921 6131 if on a life-changing trip to develop team you’re in doubt. Better safe than working skills. They’ll do everything clobbered and towed away! from swabbing the decks to taking the What are the highlights? The closing helm of one of these fabulous vessels. Parade of Sail should be the big Who benefits from the Festival? Well highlight. Ships arrive individually but we all enjoy the sight of historic sailing leave in a convoy after massing at ships in Maritime Greenwich, where Deptford Creek. So find a great spot by generations of naval heroes honed their the River and you’ll see the flotilla sail skills, where Lord Nelson lay in past you from about 5pm on Easter state, Sir Francis Chichester S u n d a y, w i t h a c c o m p a n y i n g Are you sure was knighted and where pleasure craft, police boats, pilots t h e w o r l d ’s m o s t about all this? and general maritime hullabaloo! famous tea clipper e wer ils deta se The It might even be worth strolling Cutty Sark has its when we rate accu through the Greenwich Foot home. Local went to press but Tunnel to watch from the Isle of things can change. So businesses may get a Dogs with Sir Christoper feel free to check for boost, and charities updates at www. Wren’s Old Royal Naval College should benefit too. royalgreenwich. in the background. Magic! Greenwich Council gov.uk has chosen two partners: Are there fireworks? City Cruises is Seafarers UK – which is running two-hour Tall Ships Fireworks celebrating 100 years of helping Cruises from Tower Pier on Wednesday April 12, Thursday 13 and Friday 14 and supporting sailors and their families in at Woolwich on Saturday April 15, need – and Sea Cadets, which helps before returning to Greenwich Pier to 14,000 young people across the country disembark. City Cruises is also running develop key skills, usually on the water. Thames Jet trips too. Info: www. Can I follow the event online? Of citycruises.com. Viscount Cruises offer course. Greenwich Council’s has a Fireworks trips from North Greenwich dedicated Facebook page en-gb. Pier on Thursday April 13 and Friday f a c e b o o k . c o m / r o y a l g r e e n w i c h April 14 and to see them at Woolwich on tallships/ The event is organised by Tall S a t u r d a y A p r i l 1 5 . I n fo : w w w . Ships Events at www.tallshipsevents. viscountcruises.com. The only free com. Discover other things to do here at public fireworks are the finalé event at www.visitgreenwich.co.uk. Keep an Woolwich on Saturday at 9.45pm eye on our own tweets, too: @ Who’s on board the ships? Many of the GreenwichVisitr (miss out the o!)

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Visit tomb of Britain’s hero of Quebec THE Tall Ships will be racing to Quebec soon...and Greenwich has long links with the Canadian city. General James Wolfe – who died of his musket wounds after winning the Battle of Quebec in 1759 – is buried in the crypt of historic St Alfege Church. His statue in Greenwich Park is a popular spot to take in a breathtaking view of London. And on Easter Sunday, April 15, you can visit the crypt and see his burial vault. Others buried at St Alfege include Thomas Tallis. Tours are free and take around 35 minutes and start at the south entrance of the church, near the Mitre Hotel. Places are limited so you should book ahead at www. eventbrite.co.uk The church will be open and you can visit its exhibition James Wolfe Connections, about Wolfe and the people associated with him buried in the crypt or the churchyard. Vicar of St Alfege Rev Chris Moody said: “As Greenwich welcomes the Tall Ships to Greenwich, we welcome local people and visitors to explore our connections with General Wolfe and with Canada as we open up our hidden spaces this Easter.”


 

 

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Glenn’s gig for school SQUEEZE star Glenn Tilbrook and his son will star at a night of music and comedy to raise money for a primary School here. Glenn and Leon – a former pupil at Thorntree Primary – will be joined by close friends and blues legends Nine Below Zero and the NHS Choir at Blackheath Halls on May 18. Compere is comedian Nick Wilty – described as “unmissable” by Time Out. Tickets are £22 (£20 cons): www.blackheathhalls.com or 020 8463 0100

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Squeeze in album tour SQUEEZE have announced a 2017 UK tour ending at the Royal Albert Hall – with a stop off on home ground Greenwich on the way. The legendary band – led by Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook – have also announced they are working on a new studio album after the success of Cradle to the Grave, for pal Danny Baker’s TV sitcom. Their Join The Dots tour starts in Rhyl on October 5 and ends in London on November 6. They play the IndigO2 in Greenwich on Saturday October 21.

Paul’s pals perform WEDDING photographer Paul Allen loved performing in amateur dramatics at the Bob Hope Theatre – before a massive stroke changed his life forever and left him with locked-in syndrome. Five years later, his only movement is in his left eye and he communicates with his wife Liz by blinking in code. Friends are holding Paul’s Path – a fund-raising concert at the Bob Hope Theatre in Wythfield Road on Sunday April 9. Tickets are £11.50 from the box office on 0208 850 3702 or www. bobhope theatre.co.uk

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IT WAS on May Day 2013 that I took my beloved dog Kharn for a well deserved play in Oxleas Woods.

Kharn – a staffie/labrador cross – worked hard helping me do the things I found difficult as a disabled woman. As a qualified dog behaviour therapist I had trained Kharn to help me – emptying the washing machine, helping me get up when I fell over and making me feel more confident about going out. I’d just recovered from a back operation and the spring air would do us both good. It became the worst day of my life... Two young men were driving a quad bike and motor bike through the woods. Kharn had just run around a corner by a flower bed, out of sight. When I heard the bikes close by I called him back. But all I heard was a strange noise. I felt a knot in my stomach. I knew instantly what had happened. I couldn’t run, but walked as fast as I could around the corner, where I saw the bikers looking at Kharn as he lay lifeless on the floor. I screamed for help. But they just drove away. KHARN: Killed by A man walking his own dog reckless duo came to help. He carried Kharn to my car and I drove to the vet. The news was devastating. Kharn had died on impact. I w a s l o s t . I b e c a m e Oxleas Woods Café housebound as the fear of falling without my helper was overwhelming. Monday May 1 After grieving for him for two years I decided to turn his death into something positive in remembrance – and to remind everyone that riding bikes in public woodlands is ILLEGAL. On May Day 2016 I launched Kharny Day at Oxleas Woods. With support of the Café, Blackheath Pet Supplies and Dame Patricia Watkins DT we held a day of events including a dog show, dog agility competition, Gladiator battles for adults, a bouncy castle, stalls, barbecue, donkey rides and face painting for children and much more. There was even a surprise visit from rapper and Lip Synch Battle TV presenter Professor Green. The event was a huge success. And now I’ve been asked to hold the event again, which is wonderful. So this year, on May 1, Kharny Day will take place at Oxleas Wood from 11am to 5pm. You can book a stall by calling 07736317579 or email me rachael_webb@ymail.com I’ll never forget Kharn...and I hope the day in his memory will be unforgettable too.

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A COMMUNITY project run from the Albany in Deptford has been given a £98,000 boost by the Arts Council. The grant, one of only a dozen handed out nationally, means a scheme helping the growing number of vulnerable older residents can be extended, writes MILES HEDLEY. At the moment, the weekly Tuesday sessions at the Deptford complex – Meet Me At The Albany – attract about 40 people, many of whom are disabled, depressed or living alone. But the new cash injection means Entelechy and the Albany can team up with Lewisham Homes, who manage the council’s 18,000 sheltered units, to hold satellite sessions around the borough and help about 200 new clients. Vo l u n t e e r s a n d p r o f e s s i o n a l s overseeing sessions use arts to let people find real fulfilment though activities like painting, sculpting and singing.

Entelechy’s artistic director David Slater, one of the founders of the project, said: “We are thrilled to get the grant which will allow us to take our work to seven new venues as well as the Albany. It’s a great accolade for us.” Meet Me At began three years ago after Entelechy asked: What would happen if instead of older people going to a day centre they went to an arts centre instead? There are now side-projects such as Meet Me At The Movies, a monthly film club, and Meet Me On The Move, which runs cultural outings to London attractions like the V&A. Meanwhile, Entelechy is to send a version of one of its best-known pieces, which featured two elderly women in their nighties apparently abandoned in their beds in a busy street, to Japan. David said: “When we toured it round this country it really touched people.

support trust is 5 years old A CHARITY launched to give emotional support to “those who are otherwise unable to access it” celebrates its fifth birthday this month. The Deborah Ubbee Trust has gone from four counsellors to over 25 including Play and Dance Therapists. Based in Egerton Drive, Greenwich, it sees more than 70 children, young people and adults each week. It is open from Mondays to Saturdays and till 9pm on

four days a week. The Trust was named after Deborah Ubbee, whose depression and reliance on alcohol led to her death in 2007. Founders Denise Hubble and Rosie Staden say “We felt she was typical of someone who was unable to access the help she needed and who would have benefitted from the services we offered.” Info: thedeborahubeetrust.org.uk

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housands of us will line the streets to cheer on the mass of human heroes running the London Marathon this year. It’s something we’re all proud of here. And at the White Swan they’re going the extra mile, too. “We’re at the Mile 2 point” says Terry Lee, “and the runners pass right in front of us. We’re opening at 9am that morning and we’ve got loads going on...a band led by Dennis Greaves of Nine Below Zero as well as a breakfast barbecue, teas, coffees, Bloody Marys, Bloody Shames etc (a Bloody Shame is a mocktail, to the uninitiated!). Anyone showing us their medal later in the day gets a free drink too! It’s St. Georges Day too and we will have The Mish Mash playing that evening at 6pm, so all in all a jolly good knees up! The White Swan is widely agreed to have raised it’s game since Terry and partner Geoff Keen took over the pub. Squeeze legend Glenn Tilbrook is doing regular DJ Nights on Wednesdays. Tell us what you think – and let us know your tips for other good pubs here. heers! You can taste around 75 craft beverages at the third Kidbrooke Beer and Cider Festival. Specialist brewers from south east London as well as craft makers from across the UK will be at Charlton Park Rugby Club for the third year. It costs just £2 for entry (£1 for CAMRA members) to the event from Thursday May 26 to Saturday 28 (Noon10.30pm). Info: sel.camra.org.uk

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GOES DUTCH AND DISCOVERS AN UNEXPECTED TREASURE dining restaurant at Shooters Hill College, where the food is prepared and served by NVQ Hospitality and Catering students. On screen I was baffled by words on their menu: Erwtensoep, Kroket, Hutspot met Klapstua and Appeltaurt. Turns out I’d stumbled across the menu for a Dutch Lunch. Yes, I couldn’t pronounce much but I was intrigued. Luckily I have a Dutch friend, who lives nearby and was luckily, free for lunch...and translation. City View is on the third floor of one

enjoying a perfect soup with warm bread rolls). Next, Krokets. I’m informed these fried balls – crunchy on the outside, creamy soft on the inside, served with a home-made mayonnaise – are a fast-food delicacy and I could see why. Mains made my heart sing: Slow-cooked melt-in-the-mouth beef stew with a hint of cinnamon and juniper berries and a delicious vegetarian version for my friend. One spicy apple tart and a couple of coffees later, we were both replete and happy. We left with a big smile on her faces...but not before picking up a leaflet announcing the next events. Yes, we will back for more skillfully created delicious dishes. C i t y Vi e w i s open at lunchtime f r o m Tu e s d a y t o Friday and on Thursday evenings. There are also themed evenings. Next up is Strictly Come Dining on May 25, including sit-down buffet and dancing. You read it first here. At each sitting about a dozen NVQ Level 2 & 3 students work in the restaurant and kitchen, carefully creating meals that HIGHER EDUCATION: ooze with gusto. After Dishes Solange enjoyed placements – one student is at at City View...which has views to North London Claridge’s – most go on to work in the industry. O h I f o rg o t – p r i c e s a r e astonishing value. Soups at £2.20, starters £3.45, mains £4.65, desserts £2.50, mocktails £1.90. The comprehensive wine list is reasonable too. So you won’t even need to go Dutch!

of the college buildings. It’s a large, light-filled space, with white walls and big mirrors, wooden floors. It’s sober and elegant, with a cocktail bar at the back and exceptional views. There’s hardly a building between our table and North London – just the occasional plane from City Airport. Magical. On arrival, we were greeted by a supervisor who introduced us to a waitress in classic black and white uniform. Our pea soups and mocktails arrived together (that could well be the Dutch way, though I didn’t check with my friend as we were too busy

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that is a tiny pub with real ales and snacks. I hope it’s not just an ordinary pub in disguise. t the Queen’s Orchard in Greenwich Park we volunteers are hoping for a dry spring to make the most of our seed planting in foul weather earlier this year. This month, the Orchard reopens to public on Saturdays and Sundays – from 11am till 5pm – and, a little later during the year, on Wednesdays. Come and enjoy a little bit of peace and quiet by the ponds. asticio Mansi’s pasta workshops here in south east London are great fun. There are beginners and advanced workshops this month. Call 02078 9194 2757.

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ed up with identikit Indian restaurants with identikit menus? Try Pathiri in Trafalgar Road. This unassuming little place specialising in Keralan food – the home region of the friendly owner Kutty – and there are plenty of interesting dishes that. First up, a couple of the South Indian dosas, the slightly sweet crispy pancakes (think crepes). The plain Ghee Roast Dosa, with a hint of cheese, is a nice way to test the water or go for the more hearty Masala Dosa, packed with potato, spinach and nigella seeds. They are very large and come with an array of sauces so I’d advise the latter is shared if you don’t want to completely dent your appetite for the main courses. There is a small choice of old-school dishes (Tandoori Chicken anyone?) if you really must, but fish has to be the way to go. Kappa with Meen Curry (fish mixed with cassava, served with a spicy sauce) is a heavy, tasty dish and is recommended along with the Green Mango Fish Curry. Both dishes use fresh coconut and have a good kick. Plain pilau rice or a Keralan Paratha are the best accomp-animents. Elsewhere, vegetable lovers will rejoice at the array of choices with dishes of beetroot, okra, eggplant, beans spinach, paneer and eggs all on the menu. Crucially, Pathiri has a chef who takes vegetables seriously (Cabbage Thoran was probably the best cabbage dish I have ever had) and not as an afterthought. Pathiri operates a BYO policy and for Saturday and Sunday lunch you can try a range of dishes with their South Indian Thalis. ahore is a famous name in London curry circles, thanks to the iconic restaurant in Commercial Road (get off at the Shadwell DLR, spice adventurers). Few places can match their Tandoori Lamb Chops and Sheek Kebabs. For those who get a nosebleed when they go north of the river, Greenwich’s very own Lahore in Trafalgar Road does serve up its own offering of marinated chops, with four (plus salad) at just £4.99. This catch-all takeaway, with informal canteen-style seating, also offers other reasonably priced dishes like Spinach and Potato Curry and Vegetable Curry. here are worries in some parts of the curry industry as a shortage of chefs and changing tastes means an average of two Indian restaurants are now closing very week in the UK. The lack of lunchtime trade (after all, when did you last have a curry at lunchtime?) is a major factor. But with a hungry workforce there has to be an opportunity for the innovative. So the Mogul has to be applauded for its affordable lunchtime specials. With wraps (Paneer Mirchi, Chicken or Lamb Tikka) at £6 or Grab Bag offers (popadoms, main, rice, nan and soft drink) at a tenner, there’s no reason to settle for a soggy sandwich in your break.

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INTERACTIING: Witness at the Laban

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Deep and meaningful Haenyeo

AN exhibition of photographs of South Korean women who dive for up to seven hours a day for shellfish and octopuses took pride of place at the National Maritime Museum – and they were some of the finest portraits I have ever seen. The show, called Haenyeo, featured two dozen or so shots taken by Hyung S Kim on the island of Jeju, where women have been diving for seafood for centuries. The photos caught the women – some in their 60s, others barely out of puberty – moments after they emerged from the waves at the end of the day and they brilliantly revealed the exhaustion, grit, stolidity and pride of these remarkable characters. Alongside the pictures there were prints of splendid watercolour sketches and a video documentary about the women by Mikhail Karikis. It was a fascinating show. What a pity there weren’t more pictures on display.

Saturday April 1

CRAFT John Rivers Pottery Christ Church, Trafalgar Rd, Greenwich 11-5 PLAY The Caucasian Chalk Circle Greenwich Th 2.30, 7.30 MUSIC St John Passion Thomas Tallis Society, St Alfege 7.30 FUNDRAISER Quiz Night New Eltham Community Productions, Methodist Church 7.30 DANCE/MUSIC Move, Shake, Mango Albany 7.30

Sunday 2

Secrets and cries words unspoken/witness A DOUBLE bill of dances by Company Chameleon at Laban theatre was very much a game of two halves. Words Unspoken was a short piece choreographed by Kevin Edward Turner which was inspired by secrets told to him by the dancers. It was a brilliant display by the five performers – including Trinity Laban alumnus Taylor Benjamin – who helped Turner manifest a magical synergy through sinuous synchronisation, emotional commitment and technical expertise The main event of the evening, an exploration of mental illness entitled Witness and based on Turner’s

FAMILY Bird Walk Woodlands Farm 10 KIDS Spring Activities Severndroog Castle 10.30 KIDS The Elves & The Shoemaker Albany 1, 3 CABARET Dillie Keane Greenwich Th 7.30

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KIDS The Explorer Greenwich Th studio 1, 4 MUSIC Blaze Ensemble Blackheath Halls 1.10 FAMILY Wojtek: The Happy Warrior Greenwich Theatre 2, 7

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KIDS Bonkers Easter Bonnets Greenwich Heritage Centre 10-1 FAMILY Out Of This World Royal Obs 10 KIDS The Insect Circus Albany 11, 2 KIDS All Aboard! NMM 11, 1.45 FAMILY 3DSeaScape Cutty Sark 11.30, 2 KIDS The Explorer Greenwich Th studio 1, 4 FAMILY Big Howard’s LOLtastic Yukfest Greenwich Th 2 KIDS Geeks In The Creek Creekside Discovery Centre 1.30-3.30 MUSIC English folk Star & Garter PLAY Death By Decree London Th 8 JAZZ Corrie & Co Oliver’s

battle with depression, should have built on the spell cast by the first piece. And for the most part it did just that, the dancers interacting wonderfully with one another and with a great score by Miguel Marin which combined to reveal to us some of the pain and confusion that characterises bipolar disorder. The spell, however, was repeatedly broken by outbursts of shouty dialogue that not only clashed with the beautifully nuanced choreography but actually detracted from the raw emotional power of the work. Having said that, there was enough left for the dancers to carry the day – but it was a mighty close run thing.

stand by to be unsettled CELEBRATION, FLORIDA

GREG Wohead’s latest play Celebration, half a dozen versions throughout the show, Florida – commissioned and staged by the was one of a series of repetitions that were a Albany – was a fascinating study of surro- feature of the work. The other main one was gates, cycles and repetitions which has special a promotional video for the town of relevance in this post-truth world. Celebration, a genuine Florida settlement It also featured near-miraculous percreated by the Disney corporation in the formances by Katherine Hollinson past 20 years, which smacks of the and Gloria Sanders. Neither had community so beloved of the seen a script before the proverStepford Wives. bial curtain went up, let alone It was a perfect metaphor for a had a rehearsal. In fact, they had post-truth present where reality ley’s Read Miles Hed never even met and had no idea is questionable, facts are relative arts blog on where the play would take them and individuality is fast becoming hedintheclouds. because they were getting all a dirty word. wordpress.com their lines and cues fed to them Wohead – through Hollinson and live through headphones. Sanders – brilliantly captured the unYet their portrayal of their characters ease of such contradictions with themes – both alter egos of Wohead – were as close that, just like the song, underwent slight alto faultless as makes no difference, whether terations with each repetition. they were delivering lines, miming slowBy the end, we were left with an unsettling motion running, dancing comically or singing but satisfying sense of existential and political along karaoke-style to the 1961 Ben E King angst – plus, of course, unqualified admiration classic Stand By Me. The song, reprised in for the skill of the actors.

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FAMILY Holiday To Space Royal Obs 10 KIDS The Insect Circus Albany 11, 2 FAMILY 3DSeaScape Cutty Sark 11.30, 2 KIDS Easter Boat Race Creekside Discovery Centre 1.30-3.30 FAMILY Tactile Tales ORNC 1.15 MAGIC Morgan & West Greenwich Theatre 2 for kids, 7 for adults WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton Arms MUSICAL Dirty Rotten Scoundrels Bob Hope 7.45 PLAY Death By Decree London Th 8 JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s

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MARITIME Greenwich was the perfect place to host Jon Shenoy and his band Draw By Four on their UK tour because the centrepiece of their set at Oliver’s was a suite of jazz tunes inspired by maritime art. They were composed by acclaimed tenor sax player Shenoy and were brought to glorious life by him, guitarist Sam Dunn, organist Will Bartlett and drummer Chris Draper. And as each piece was introduced, Shenoy put onto an easel a framed print of the artwork that provoked their creation –JMW Turner’s Margate masterpiece Breakers On A Flat Shore, a Hebridean seascape painted by a gifted aunt and a Winifred Knight picture of terrified people fleeing a flood. All three songs featured virtuoso playing by musicians obviously destined for great things. And all three were grounded in unusual syncopated rhythms in which Draper’s bass-drum was the driving force. Shenoy’s fine set also included compositions that paid tribute to some of his jazz heroes such as Duke Ellington and, to end the gig, a tune called Estuary Boogie that riffed on a lick created by tenor sax legend Michael Brecker. It was a great finale to a great evening.

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spectacular science/king arthur phant’s toothpaste and anything that made a loud bang. But they also loved the homemade fireball and the fluid that made things invisible. If I thought that show would be unbeatable I was wrong. They were even more smitten by King Arthur. And I’m not surprised. Despite a large cast of characters with strange names such as Gawain, Guinevere, Kay, Mordred and Bedivere and a plot that included adult themes including incest and infidelity, the audience of mainly

primary school children followed each strand of the story with rapt attention in a way that was so magical even Merlin would have been impressed. This was partly due to Morpurgo’s narrative skills, of course, but it also underlined the skill and commitment of co-directors Julia Black and Adam Fletcher-Forde and actors Nathan Coenan, Nigel Munson, Mackenzie Scott, Sarine Sofair, Otis Waby and Robin Kingsland – not forgetting the fabulous dog puppet which was the especial favourite of Maisie and Isobel. Fantastic family entertainment.

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April

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BIG RACE London Marathon is here on Sunday April 23

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April Thursday 6

KIDS Easter Baskets Greenwich Heritage Centre 10-1 FAMILY Easter Crafts Creekside Discovery Centre 10-1 KIDS The Lost Island Adventure Greenwich Th 10.30, 1.30 KIDS The Insect Circus Albany 11, 2 FAMILY 3DSeaScape Cutty Sark 11.30, 2 MUSIC Trinity Laban Guitars St Alfege 1.05 FILM/PLAY Twelfth Night From the National Theatre. Greenwich Picturehouse 7 PLAY The Thing That Came From Over There! Greenwich Th 7.30 MUSICAL Dirty Rotten Scoundrels Bob Hope Th 7.45 MUSIC Icarus Club Pelton Arms 8 PLAY Death By Decree London Th 8 MUSIC Levant & Taylor Oliver’s

Friday 7

KIDS The Lost Island Adventure Greenwich Th 10.30, 1.30 KIDS The Insect Circus Albany 11, 2 FAMILY Meet Nannie the Witch Cutty Sark 11, 12, 1.30, 2.30 KIDS All Aboard! NMM 11, 1.45 MUSIC Trinity Laban Recital ORNC chapel 1.05 PLAY The Thing That Came From Over There! Greenwich Th 7.30 FUNDRAISER Debbie’s Fight For Life Mycenae House 7.30 MUSICAL Dirty Rotten Scoundrels Bob Hope Th 7.45 PLAY Death By Decree London Th 8 COMEDY Jess Fostekew, Mo Gilligan, George Egg Up The Creek JAZZ Chromactive Oliver’s

Saturday 8

BOOK SALE Age Exchange 10-4 KIDS The Lost Island Adventure Greenwich Th 10.30, 1.30 KIDS The Insect Circus Albany 11, 2 FAMILY Meet Nannie the Witch Cutty Sark 11, 12, 1.30, 2.30 OPERA Paws & Padlocks Blackheath Halls 2, 6 MUSICAL Dirty Rotten Scoundrels Bob Hope Th 2.30, 7.45 FOOTBALL Charlton v Southend The Valley 3 GYMNASTICS World Cup O2 FILM The Day The Earth Caught Fire (1961) Royal Observatory 6.30 PLAY The Thing That Came From Over There! Greenwich Th 7.30 MUSIC Levant & Taylor Prince of Greenwich PLAY Death By Decree London Th 8 COMEDY Sally Anne-Hayward, Mo Gilligan, Dana Alexander, George Egg Up The Creek JAZZ Vlad Miller Band Oliver’s

Sunday 9

KIDS Who Lives In A House Like That? NMM 11, 1.45 KIDS Ahoy, Captain Cutty Sark 11, 12, 1.30, 2.30 FAMILY Lambing Day Woodlands Farm 11-4 KIDS Sammy And The Snow Leopard Greenwich Th studio 1.30, 4.30 OPERA Paws & Padlocks Blackheath Halls 2, 6 FILM/BALLET A Hero Of Our Time From the Bolshoi. Greenwich Picturehouse 4 PLAY Death By Decree London Th 5 MUSIC Soul Explosion Indig02 FUNDRAISER CONCERT Paul’s Path Bob Hope Th 7.30 TALENT Something For Sunday Vanbrugh 7

Monday 10

MUSIC APPRECIATION Matthew Taylor Blackheath Halls 10 TALK The 1667 Battle Of Medway ORNC 10.30 KIDS Ahoy, Captain Cutty Sark 11, 12, 1.30, 2.30 TALL SHIPS Archive Tour, Afternoon Tea Cutty Sark 12.30-4

Tuesday 11

FAMILY Out Of This World Royal Observatory 10 KIDS All Aboard! NMM 11, 1.45 FAMILY Meet James Robson Cutty Sark 11.30, 2 TALK Sir James Thornhill ORNC 6 MUSIC English folk Star & Garter FILM/BALLET Jewels From Covent Garden Greenwich Picturehouse 7.15 TALK Julie Ricketts: St George’s Garrison Church Greenwich Industrial History Society, Old Bakehouse 7.30 PERFORMANCE Fire In The Machine Albany 7.30 DOUBLE BILL The Pick-Up London Th 8 JAZZ Corrie & Co Oliver’s

Wednesday 12

KIDS Marvellous Minibeasts Woodlands Farm Trust 10-3 FAMILY Holiday To Space Royal Observatory 10 KIDS Easter Scavenger Hunt Creekside Discovery Centre 10.30-noon, 2-3.30 FAMILY Meet James Robson Cutty Sark 11.30, 2 KIDS Guess How Much I Love You Greenwich Th 11, 1.30, 4 KIDS Who Lives In A House Like That? NMM 11, 1.45 FAMILY Tactile Tales ORNC 1.15 FILM/BALLET Jewels From Covent Garden. Greenwich Picturehouse 7.15 PERFORMANCE Fire In The Machine Albany 7.30 WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton Arms DOUBLE BILL The Pick-Up London Th 8 JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s

Thursday 13

KIDS Eggs-cellent Easter Trail Woodlands Farm Trust 10-3 KIDS Meet Mrs Ray Cutty Sark 11.30, 2 FAMILY The Tall Ships Greenwich & Woolwich MUSIC Farah Ghadiali, Anna Prowse Trinity Laban song recital. St Alfege 1.05 PERFORMANCE Fire In The Machine Albany 2.30, 7.30 FAMILY Eloise & The Curse Of The Golden Whisk Greenwich Th 7 DOUBLE BILL The Pick-Up London Th 8 MUSIC Icarus Club Pelton Arms 8 PARTY Back To The Real Oliver’s

Friday 14

FAMILY The Tall Ships Greenwich & Woolwich KIDS Meet Mrs Ray Cutty Sark 11.30, 2 KIDS Chester Tuffnut Greenwich Th studio 11, 1, 3 FAMILY Eloise & The Curse Of The Golden Whisk Greenwich Th 11, 2 MUSIC Trinity Laban Recital ORNC chapel 1.05 DANCE Diversity O2 MUSIC French Montana Indig02 CELEBRATION The Sailors’ Ball Cutty Sark 7.15 COMEDY Fin Taylor, Al Porter Up The Creek JAZZ John Martin Quartet Oliver’s

Saturday 15

FAMILY Tall Ships Greenwich & Woolwich KIDS Chester Tuffnut Greenwich Th studio 11, 1, 3 FAMILY Windipops Tramshed, Woolwich 11 KIDS Three Greenwich Th 11, 2 KIDS Meet Mrs Ray Cutty Sark 11.30, 2 CELEBRATION Beer, Beef & Boats Cutty Sark 7 BARN DANCE Global Fusion Music & Arts Charlton House 7.30 COMEDY Wahala Indig02 COMEDY Inel Tomlinson, Andrew Ryan, Al Porter, Carl Donnelly Up The Creek JAZZ Ofer Landsberg Oliver’s PARTY Logan D & Majistrate’s Birhday Bonanza Building Six 10

Sunday 16

FAMILY The Tall Ships Cutty Sark, all day KIDS Chester Tuffnut Greenwich Th studio 11, 1, 3 KIDS Meet Mrs Ray Cutty Sark 11.30, 2 BASKETBALL Original Harlem Globetrotters O2

Friday 7

Debbie’s Fight for Life

Friday 21

Icarus Acoustic Club

Wednes 26 Friday 28

May

Dirty Dancing Fun & Film Night

Featuring John Aldington, Wake & Pete Bradbury

Burton ( Theatre )

Game of Thrones’ Rhodri Miles stars as Welsh legend

Martin Simpson Award winning UK folk giant plus Morrigan A Global Fusion presentation

Jazz Nights

Satur 13

Baby Broadway

with Pete Higgs (trumpet) and the Allstars

West End showtunes for you and your little ones

Global Fusion

with John Sloman (ex Uriah Heep) & Morrigan

& Beyond Friday 2

June Adrian Legg

Friday 9

June Duncan Lamont

Sunday 23

Friday 17

TALENT Something For Sunday Vanbrugh 7 MUSIC Sila Indig02

Monday 17

MUSIC APPRECIATION Matthew Taylor Blackheath Halls 10 KIDS Chester Tuffnut Greenwich Th studio 11, 1, 3

FAMILY Meet Nannie the Witch Cutty Sark 11, 12, 1.30, 2.30 FOOTBALL Charlton v Gillingham The Valley 3 PUB QUIZ Vanbrugh 8.30 JAZZ Ladies Night Oliver’s

Tuesday 18

MUSIC Bruno Mars O2 PLAY Twelfth Night Greenwich Th 7.30 MUSIC English folk Star & Garter PLAY Melancholy Greenwich Th studio 8 MUSIC Cabaret Playroom Albany 8 PLAY Hit Chicks London Th 8 JAZZ Corrie & Co Oliver’s

Wednesday 19

PLAY Twelfth Night Greenwich Th 2.30 MUSIC Bruno Mars O2 PLAY Romeo & Juliet Greenwich Th 7.30 WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton Arms PLAY Jack The Ripper Bob Hope Th 7.45 PLAY Melancholy Greenwich Th studio 8 PLAY Hit Chicks London Th 8 JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s

Thursday 20

MUSIC Carlota de Miguel Amestoy, Kyle NashBaker Trinity piano recital. St Alfege 1.05 PLAY Romeo & Juliet Greenwich Th 2.30 FILM/PLAY Rosencrantz And Guildenstern Are Dead From NT. Greenwich Picturehouse 7 PLAY Twelfth Night Greenwich Th 7.30 DANCE Rosie Kay Company Laban 7.30 PLAY Jack The Ripper Bob Hope Th 7.45 MUSIC Icarus Club Pelton Arms 8 PLAY Melancholy Greenwich Th studio 8 PLAY Hit Chicks London Th 8 JAZZ Axel Lindstrom Oliver’s

Friday 21

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4 x Winner in Guitarist Magazine & of Decade

Legendary Scottish Jazz Saxophonist

July Summer Parksfest Annual garden festival with bands & activities

Nov Roger McGough

Legendary poet performs with Little Machine

020 8858 1749 www.mycenaehouse.co.uk

90 Mycenae Road, Blackheath, SE3 7SE

SOCIAL Friends Friday Age Exchange 1 MUSIC Trinity Laban Recital ORNC chapel 1.05 BLOOMS Blackheath Flower-Arranging Society Mycenae House 2 PLAY Twelfth Night Greenwich Th 7.30 MUSIC Bruno Mars O2 BOXING Met Police Championships Indig02 DANCE Mapdance Laban 7.30 PLAY Jack The Ripper Bob Hope Th 7.45 TALK Prof Alvaro Mata Blackheath Scientific Society, Mycenae House 7.45 PLAY Melancholy Greenwich Th studio 8 COMEDY Up The Creek PLAY Hit Chicks London Th 8 JAZZ Ginger Bennett Three Oliver’s

Saturday 22

TEA DANCE Borough Hall 2 PLAY Jack The Ripper Bob Hope Th 2.30, 7.45 RUGBY Blackheath v Plymouth Well Hall 3 FILM/OPERA Eugen Onegin From NY Met Greenwich Picturehouse 5.15 MUSIC Real Thing, Heatwave, Odyssey Indig02 PLAY Twelfth Night Greenwich Th 7.30 MUSIC Bruno Mars O2 PLAY Hit Chicks London Th 8 COMEDY Otis Cannelloni, Jonny Awsum, Kae Kurd, Phil Butler Up The Creek PLAY Melancholy Greenwich Th studio 8

Sunday 23

FAMILY Bird Walk Woodlands Farm 5.30am RUNNING London Marathon Starting points at Blackheath Common & Greenwich Park. Elite wheelchair 8.55 ambulatory 9; elite women 9.15; elite men & masses 10 KIDS Ahoy, Captain Cutty Sark 11, 12, 1.30, 2.30 FAMILY Circus Workshop Albany at noon, 2.30 KIDS Very Hungry Caterpillar Greenwich Th 1, 4 KIDS Pat-A-Cake Baby Albany 1, 3 OPERA Gala Night Blackheath Halls 6.30 MUSIC Frankie Valli O2 MUSIC Sila Indig02

Monday 24

MUSIC APPRECIATION Matthew Taylor Blackheath Halls 10 SHOW Stars And Their Secrets Royal Obs 6.30 PUB QUIZ Vanbrugh 8.30 JAZZ Ladies Night Oliver’s

Tuesday 25

FILM/OPERA Eugen Onegin From NY Met Greenwich Picturehouse, noon

400m Westcombe Pk Stn, 2 mins walk from Royal Standard Free Parking, CafeBar

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Albany, Deptford Lounge: Douglas Way SE8 4AG. 020 8692 4446 thealbany.org.uk Bakehouse Theatre: Age Exchange, Blackheath Village SE3 9LA. 020 8318 9105 Blackheath Conservatoire: 19-21 Lee Rd SE3 9RQ. 020 8852 0234 conservatoire.org.uk Blackheath Halls: 23 Lee Road SE3 9RQ. 020 8463 0100. blackheathhalls.com Bob Hope Theatre: Wythfield Rd SE9 5TG. 020 8850 3702. bobhopetheatre.co.uk The Centre: New Eltham Methodist Ch, Footscray Rd. newelthammethodist.org.uk Charlton House: Charlton Rd SE7 8RP. 020 8856 3951 Churchill Theatre: High St, Bromley BR1 1HA. 0844 871 7620 Clarendon Hotel: Montpelier Row SE3 0RW. 020 8318 4321. clarendonhotel.com Creekside Discovery Centre: Creekside SE8 0208 692 9922 creeksidecentre.org.uk The Duke: 125 Creek Rd SE8 3BU. 020 8469 8260 Eltham Centre: 2 Archery Road SE9 1HA. 020 8921 4344 Eltham Palace: Court Yard SE9 5QE. 020 8294 2548. english-heritage.org.uk The Forum: Trafalgar Rd SE10 9EQ. 0208 853 5212. office@forumatgreenwich.org Greenwich Communications Centre: 164 Trafalgar Rd SE10 9TZ. 020 8269 2103 Greenwich Dance: Borough Hall SE10 8RE. 020 8293 9741 greenwichdance.org.uk Greenwich Heritage Centre: Artillery Square, Royal Arsenal, Woolwich SE18 4DX Greenwich Theatre: Crooms Hill SE10 8ES. 020 8858 7755. greenwichtheatre.org.uk Greenwich West Community Centre: 141 Greenwich High Rd SE10 8JA Laban Theatre: Creekside SE8 3DZ. 020 8463 0100 www.trinitylaban.ac.uk London Theatre: 443 New Cross Rd SE14 6TA. 020 8694 1888. thelondontheatre.com Made In Greenwich: 324 Creek Rd SE10 9SW madeingreenwich.co.uk Mycenae House: 90 Mycenae Rd SE3 7SE 020 8858 1749 mycenaehouse.co.uk National Maritime Museum: Romney Rd, SE10 9BJ 020 8858 0045 www.nmm.ac.uk 02, Indig02, Building 6, Brooklyn Bowl: 0844 8560202 www.theo2.co.uk Old Royal Naval Coll, Discover: SE10 9LW. 020 8269 4799 oldroyalnavalcollege.org Oliver’s: 9 Nevada St SE10 9JL. 020 8858 3693 www.oliversjazzbar.co.uk Pelton Arms: 23-5 Pelton Street SE10 9PQ 020 8858 0572. peltonarms.com Prince Of Greenwich: 72 Royal Hill SE10 8RT 020 8692 6089 St Alfege: Greenwich Church St. 020 8853 0687. st-alfege.org Severndroog Castle: Off Shooters Hill SE18 3RT. severndroogcastle.org.uk The Star And Garter: 60 Old Woolwich Rd SE10 9NY. 020 8305 1144 Tramshed Theatre: 51-53 Woolwich New Rd SE18 6ES. 020 8854 1316 glypt.co.uk Trinity Laban: King Charles Court SE10 9JF. 020 8463 0100. trinitylaban.ac.uk Up The Creek (UTC): 302 Creek Rd SE10 9SW. 020 8858 4581. up-the-creek.com Woodlands Farm Trust: 331 Shooters Hill Rd, Welling DA16 3RP 020 8319 8900 thewoodlandsfarmtrust.org.uk

Long-term

MARKETS Greenwich Market: 10-5.30. Sat and Sun: Arts & crafts, food, fresh produce. Tues, Wed: Food, fresh produce, homewares. Thurs: food, antiques & collectables, crafts. Fri: Food, arts & crafts, antiques & collectibles Greenwich Vintage Market: 8am-6pm Tues, Thurs, Sat, Sun. Moonlight market 8am-10pm last Friday of the month Clocktower Market: 166 Greenwich High Rd. Sat, Sun 10-4. 50 quirky stalls specialising in vintage, retro and antiques. 07940 914204 Blackheath Farmers’ Market: Blackheath Station, 10-2 every Sun. lfm.org EXHIBITIONS/CRAFTS/COMMUNITY Royal Observatory: Insight Astronomy Photographer Of The Year, till June 25. rmg.co.uk Fan Museum: Biblical Fans, till May 21. Closed Mondays. 12 Crooms Hill. 020 8305 1441 fan-museum.org.uk Old Royal Naval College: Brushstrokes & Gold Fusion Jewellery. Visitors’ Centre till May 1. ornc.org Stephen Lawrence Gallery: 10 Stockwell St SE10 9BD. 0202 8331 8260 Blackheath Halls: Nathalie Heseltine art show till April 13. blackheathhalls.com Age Exchange: Carers’ group Mon, knitters Thurs, preschool rhyme-time Fri. Old Bakehouse, Bennett Pk SE3 9LA. age-exchange.org.uk. National Maritime Museum: Emma Hamilton: Seduction And Celebrity. Till Apr 17. rmg.co.uk Made In Greenwich: 324 Creek Rd SE10. madeingreenwich.co.uk 020 8293 9823 Blackheath Bowling Club: Practice every Thus 2.30 nr Ranger’s House The Forum: Disabled drop-ins, mums’ groups, kids’ classes, advice. Trafalgar Rd SE10 9EQ. 020 8853 5212 Greenwich Heritage Centre: Artillery Square SE18 4DX. 020 8854 2452 WALKS Greenwich Guided Walks: Local experts. Walks daily at 12.15 and 2.15 from the Greenwich Tourist Information Centre. £8, £7 cons. Greenwich Tour Guides Association 07575772298 guides@greenwichtours.co.uk Rich Sylvester: Guide, historian, storyteller. 07833 538143. richs@onetel.com Dotmaker: Alternative guided walks. dotmakertours.co.uk FAMILY ACTIVITIES National Maritime Museum: Explore Saturdays. Free. Performance and storytelling for over-5s from noon. Discover Sundays. Free. Activities for families from 11.30am. Play Tuesdays. Free. For under-5s from 10.30

MUSIC English folk Star & Garter PERFORMANCE The Band Albany 7.30 JAZZ George Winston Quartet Oliver’s

Wednesday 26

FILM/PLAY Julius Caesar From the RSC Greenwich Picturehouse 5.15 WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton Arms PERFORMANCE The Band Albany 7.30 PLAY Burton Mycenae House 7.30 MUSICAL Legally Blonde Bob Hope Th 7.45 TALK Francis Spufford Blackheath Halls 8 JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s

FAMILY CONCERT Broadway Baby Mycenae House 11 KIDS Meet Nannie the Witch Cutty Sark 11, 12, 1.30, 2.30 TALK Jim Marrett: Lesnes Abbey Woolwich & District Antiquarian Soc, Charlton House 2.15 PLAY Gabriel Greenwich Th 2.30, 7.30 FILM/OPERA Der Rosenkavalier From NY Met Greenwich Picturehouse 5.30 MUSIC The Vamps O2 MUSIC The Johnny Cash Roadshow Indig02 PLAY FESTIVAL National Theatre Connections: The Snow Dragons/Tiree Albany 7.30 COMEDY Tom Allen, Suzi Ruffell Blackheath Halls 8

May TERRY SCALES. Scenes from Post-War London 1946-1960. Exhibition opens West Greenwich Library Tuesday May 9.

Thursday 27

MUSIC Trinity Laban recital St Alfege 1.05 TALK Dr Geri Parlby: From Magic Lantern To MGM Blackheath Decorative & Fine Arts Society, St Mary’s Church Hall 2.30 PLAY Hysteria Greenwich Th 7.30 MUSICAL Legally Blonde Bob Hope Th 7.45 MUSIC Icarus Club Pelton Arms 8 JAZZ Tommy Remon Oliver’s

Friday 28

VOLUNTEER Dig-In Greenwich Park 9.30 MUSIC Trinity Laban recital Bakehouse, noon MUSIC Schumann recital ORNC chapel 1.05 CABARET/DINNER Lewis Dixon: Olly Murs Tribute Clarendon Hotel MUSIC Martin Simpson Global Fusion Music & Arts event, Mycenae House 7.30 PLAY Hysteria Greenwich Th 7.30 MUSIC 80s’ Disco Legends Indig02 MUSICAL Legally Blonde Bob Hope Th 7.45 COMEDY Ash Frith, Luke Toulson, Andrew Maxwell Up The Creek JAZZ Graham Pike Quartet Oliver’s

Saturday 29

FAMILY Low-Tide Walk Creekside Centre 10.30 FAMILY Meet Nannie the Witch Cutty Sark 11, 12, 1.30, 2.30 DANCE Anna Williams, Tom Roden Borough Hall 1, 3.30 FAMILY Drop-In Wildlife Centre, Greenwich Park 1-4 KIDS Pied Piper Blackheath Halls 1, 3 PLAY Hysteria Greenwich Th 2.30, 7.30 MUSICAL Legally Blonde Bob Hope Th 2.30, 7.45 RUGBY Blackheath v Hartpury Coll Well Hall 3 MUSIC The Budapest Cafe Orchestra Blackheath Halls 8 COMEDY Ninia Benjamin, Danny ‘Slim’ Gray, Joe Rowntree, Andrew Maxwell Up The Creek JAZZ David Angol Band Oliver’s CLUBBING Kisstory Indig02 9

Sunday 30

NATURE Bird-Watching Meet at Blackheath Gate, Greenwich Park 8.30am KIDS Ahoy, Captain Cutty Sark 11, 12, 1.30, 2.30 MUSIC Naufal Mukumi Piano Blackheath Halls 11 FOOTBALL Charlton v Swindon The Valley 12 KIDS Ulla’s Odyssey Greenwich Th 1, 6 COMMUNITY Westcombe Woodlands Open Day. Meet Seren Park car park near footpath to Maze Hill Station. Info: www.westcombewoodlands.org 2-5 TALENT Something For Sunday Vanbrugh 7 MUSIC Blues Night Global Fusion Music & Arts event, Clockjack, Woolwich 7.30

Monday May 1

CHARITY Kharny Day Family fun and dog day. Oxleas Woods Café. 11-5 MUSIC Ed Sheeran O2

Sunday 14

PUB QUIZ Vanbrugh 8.30 JAZZ Ladies Night Oliver’s

MUSIC Carla’s Dreams Indig02 PLAY The Six-Sided Man Greenwich Th 8

MUSIC APPRECIATION Matthew Taylor Blackheath Halls 10 FILM/PLAY Rosencrantz And Guildenstern Are Dead From NT. Greenwich Picturehouse, noon MUSIC Schumann recital ORNC chapel 1.05 MUSIC Ed Sheeran O2 MUSIC English folk Star & Garter JAZZ Corrie & Co Oliver’s

MUSIC APPRECIATION Matthew Taylor Blackheath Halls 10 WRESTLING WWE Raw O2 PLAY Gabriel Greenwich Th 7.30 PUB QUIZ Vanbrugh 8.30 JAZZ Ladies Night Oliver’s

Tuesday 2

Wednesday 3

MUSIC Stephen Upshaw & The Riot Ensemble Blackheath Halls 7.30 WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton Arms MUSIC Ed Sheeran O2 MUSIC The Unthanks: How Wild The Wind Blows Albany 8

Thursday 4

KIDS Ahoy, Captain Cutty Sark 11, 12, 1.30, 2.30 KIDS Anyday Albany 1, 3 FAMILY Movie Music Box Blackheath Halls 3 BASKETBALL BBL Playoff Finals O2 MUSIC Isin Karaca Indig02 TALENT Something For Sunday Vanbrugh 7 IN PERSON Andy Hamilton Greenwich Th 7.30

Monday 8

Monday 15

MUSIC APPRECIATION Matthew Taylor Blackheath Halls 10 IN PERSON Ed Balls Greenwich Th 7.30 PUB QUIZ Vanbrugh 8.30 JAZZ Ladies Night Oliver’s

Tuesday 16

Tuesday 9

FILM/OPERA Der Rosenkavalier From NY Met Greenwich Picturehouse, noon PERFORMANCE Under My Thumb Greenwich Th 7.30 MUSIC English folk Star & Garter JAZZ Corrie & Co Oliver’s

ART Scenes from Post-War London 19461960: Early Paintings of Terry Scales. West Greenwich Library Till June 10. Library hours WRESTLING WWE Smackdown O2 PLAY Gabriel Greenwich Th 7.30 MUSIC English folk Star & Garter JAZZ Corrie & Co Oliver’s

Wednesday 17

Weds 10

PLAY Gabriel Greenwich Th 2.30, 7.30 WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton ADVERTS HERE COST FROM JUST Arms PLAY FESTIVAL National Theatre Connections: Extremism Albany 7.30 JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s AND ARE READ EVERY DAY.

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MUSIC Trinity Laban recital St Alfege 1.05 PLAY Give Me Your Love Albany 7.30 MUSICAL Grand Hotel New Eltham Community Productions, New Eltham CALL MATT CLARK ON Methodist Ch 7.30 Thursday 11 078O2 743324 Info: necpneweltham@yahoo. MUSIC Trinity Laban recital St co.uk Alfege 1.05 PLAY Coulrophobia Greenwich Th 8 PLAY FESTIVAL National Theatre MUSIC Icarus Club Pelton Arms 8 Connections: #Yolo/Zero For The Young Dudes Albany 7.30 Friday 5 FILM/PLAY Obsession From National Theatre. FAMILY Bird Walk Woodlands Farm Trust 10 MUSIC Trinity Laban Recital ORNC chapel 1.05 Greenwich Picturehouse 7 MUSIC John Mayer O2 PLAY Give Me Your Love Albany 7.30 PLAY Gabriel Greenwich Th 7.30 CABARET/DINNER Tina T Clarendon Hotel MUSICAL Grand Hotel New Eltham Community MUSIC Icarus Club Pelton Arms 8 Productions, New Eltham Methodist Ch 7.30 Friday 12 Info: necpneweltham@yahoo.co.uk MUSIC Trinity Laban Recital ORNC chapel 1.05 PLAY Coulrophobia Greenwich Th 8 PLAY Gabriel Greenwich Th 7.30 MUSIC Atif Aslam Indig02 Saturday 6 FAMILY Meet James Robson Cutty Sark 11.30, 2 MUSIC John Mayer O2 HISTORY David Starkey: Henry VIII KIDS Peter & The Wolf Blackheath Halls 3 Blackheath Halls 7.30 MUSIC Vanbrugh Ensemble/Simon Standage PLAY FESTIVAL National Theatre Connections: St Margaret’s, Lee MUSICAL Grand Hotel New Eltham Community The School Film/Zero For The Young Dudes Albany 7.30 Productions, New Eltham Methodist Ch 7.30 MUSIC Jazz Nights Mycenae House 8 Info: necpneweltham@yahoo.co.uk PLAY Coulrophobia Greenwich Th 8 Saturday 13 ANTIQUE FAIR Progress Residents Association, Sunday 7 Progress Hall, Admiral Seymour Road, SE9 1SL. £1. FAMILY Bird Walk Woodlands Farm Trust 10 FAMILY Meet James Robson Cutty Sark 11.30, 2 Children free. 10-5 BOOK SALE Age Exchange 10-4 TALENT Something For Sunday Vanbrugh 7

KHARNY DAY Family fun and dog show y da on M

MUSIC Trinity Laban recital St Alfege 1.05 DARTS Betway Premier League O2 LIFE DRAWING Vices & Virtues Painted Hall, ORNC 7-9 PERFORMANCE Prison Game Albany 7.30 FUNDRAISER Glenn Tilbrook, Nine Below Zero Thorntree Primary School benefit Blackheath Halls 7.30 PLAY Road Bob Hope Th 7.45 MUSIC Icarus Club Pelton Arms 8

Friday 19

SOCIAL Friends Friday Age Exchange 1 MUSIC Trinity Laban Recital ORNC chapel 1.05 BLOOMS Blackheath Flower-Arranging Society Mycenae House 2 CABARET/DINNER Buddy Holly Tribute Clarendon Hotel MUSIC Kathryn Roberts, Sean Lakeman Albany 7.30 TALK Dr Tom Ellis: Bio-Engineering Blackheath Scientific Society, Mycenae House 7.45 PLAY Road Bob Hope Th 7.45

Saturday 20

KIDS Meet Mrs Ray Cutty Sark 11.30, 2 FAMILY The Teddy Bears’ Picnic Blackheath Halls 11.30, 1, 3 FAMILY Low-Tide Walk Creekside Centre 2-4 PLAY Road Bob Hope Th 7.45

Sunday 21

NATURE Bird-Watching Meet at Blackheath Gate, Greenwich Park 8.30am KIDS Ahoy, Captain Cutty Sark 11, 12, 1.30, 2.30 DANCE Co Motion Borough Hall 5.30 TALENT Something For Sunday Vanbrugh 7 COMEDY Culture Clash Indig02

Tuesday 23

TALK Jon Wilson: The British In India Greenwich Industrial History Society, Old Bakehouse 7.30 MUSIC English folk Star & Garter JAZZ Corrie & Co Oliver’s

Face painting • Bouncy Castle • Gladiator knock out for adults • Donkey rides Stalls • Raffle • BBQ • Live music In remembrance of Kharn 08/10/2005 to 02/05/2013

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Thursday 18

MUSIC APPRECIATION Matthew Taylor Blackheath Halls 10 MUSIC The Analogues Indig02 PLAY I Am Beast Greenwich Th 8 PUB QUIZ Vanbrugh 8.30 JAZZ Ladies Night Oliver’s

Oxleas Wood Cafe, Crown Woods Lane Shooters Hill, London, SE18 3JA

Sick, injured and homeless pets have relied on us since 1897.

TEA DANCE Blackheath Halls 1.30 PERFORMANCE Prison Game Albany 7.30 WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton Arms PLAY Road Bob Hope Th 7.45 JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s

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FILM/PLAY Antony & Cleopatra From the RSC Greenwich Picturehouse 7 WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton Arms PLAY Miss Meena & The Masala Queens Greenwich Th 7.30 PERFORMANCE Spring Reign Albany 7.30 PLAY The Good Person Of Szechwan Lon Th 8 JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s


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April 2017 Page 25 Monday 19 MUSIC APPRECIATION Matthew Taylor Blackheath Halls 10 PUB QUIZ Vanbrugh 8.30 JAZZ Ladies Night Oliver’s

Tuesday 20

MUSIC Céline Dion O2 MUSIC English folk Star & Garter JAZZ Corrie & Co Oliver’s

GREAT OUTDOORS: Grenwich+Docklands International Festival from June 23- July 8

Wednesday 21

MUSIC Céline Dion O2 WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton Arms

Thursday 22

Common. Info: nightgardenlive.com KIDS Meet Mrs Ray Cutty Sark 11.30, 2 FAMILY A Heart At Sea Greenwich Th studio. Noon, 4 MUSIC Trinity Laban recital St Alfege 1 KIDS Happily Ever After Greenwich Th 2 MUSIC Shawn Mendes O2 MUSIC PureGold Albany 7 DANCE Transitions Triple Bill Laban 7.30 PLAY The Sunshine Boys Bob Hope Th 7.45 MUSIC Icarus Club Pelton Arms 8

Friday 2

KIDS In The Night Garden Live Blackheath FAMILY Sailors’ Challenge Cutty Sark 11.30, 2 MUSIC Trinity Laban Recital ORNC chapel 1.05 COMBAT Cage Warriors Indig02 MUSIC PureGold Albany 7 DANCE Transitions Triple Bill Laban 7.30 CABARET/DINNER Aiden Kent Swing Clarendon Hotel MUSIC Adrian Legg acoustic guitar solo show Mycenae House 7.30 PLAY The Sunshine Boys Bob Hope Th 7.45

Saturday 3

KIDS In The Night Garden Live Blackheath FAMILY Sailors’ Challenge Cutty Sark 11.30, 2 MUSIC PureGold Albany 7 PLAY Sunshine Boys Bob Hope Th 2.30, 7.45 BARN DANCE Woodlands Farm Trust 7.30

Sunday 4

KIDS In The Night Garden Live Blackheath Common. Info: nightgardenlive.com FAMILY Sailors’ Challenge Cutty Sark 11.30, 2 TALENT Something For Sunday Vanbrugh 7

Monday 5 Thursday 25

KIDS In The Night Garden Live Blackheath Common. Info: nightgardenlive.com MUSIC Trinity Laban recital St Alfege 1.05 PLAY Miss Meena & The Masala Queens Greenwich Th 2.30, 7.30 TALK John Brooke: Darwin & Design Blackheath Decorative & Fine Arts Society, St Mary’s Church Hall 2.30 MUSIC Ariana Grande O2 PLAY The Good Person Of Szechwan London Th 8 MUSIC The Ed Sullivan Quartet Prince of Greenwich 8 MUSIC Icarus Club Pelton Arms 8

Friday 26

LITERATURE Greenwich Book Festival. ORNC & Greenwich University. All day VOLUNTEER Dig-In Greenwich Park 9.30 MUSIC Trinity Laban recital Bakehouse, noon MUSIC Trinity Laban Recital ORNC chapel 1.05 PLAY Miss Meena & The Masala Queens Greenwich Th 7.30 MUSIC John Sloman Global Fusion Music & Arts event, Mycenae House 7.30 MUSIC Ariana Grande O2

PLAY The Good Person Of Szechwan London Th 8

Saturday 27

LITERATURE Greenwich Book Festival. ORNC & Greenwich University. All day FAMILY Drop-In Wildlife Centre, Greenwich Park 1-4 KIDS The Adventures Of The Little Ghost Albany 1.30, 4 FAMILY Carnival Of The Animals Blackheath Halls 3 PLAY Miss Meena & The Masala Queens Greenwich Th 2.30, 7.30 MUSIC Iron Maiden O2 TRIBUTE Imagine...The Beatles Bob Hope Th 7.30 PLAY The Good Person Of Szechwan London Th 8

Sunday 28

KIDS Meet Mrs Ray Cutty Sark 11.30, 2 KIDS The Adventures Of The Little Ghost Albany 1.30, 4 TALENT Something For Sunday Vanbrugh 7 MUSIC Iron Maiden O2 MUSIC Blues Night Global Fusion Music & Arts event, Clockjack, Woolwich 7.30

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Monday 29

FAMILY Sailors’ Challenge Cutty Sark 11.30, 2 KIDS Mark Thompson’s Spectacular Science Show Greenwich Th 1.30, 4.30 PUB QUIZ Vanbrugh 8.30 JAZZ Ladies Night Oliver’s

Tuesday 30

FAMILY Sailors’ Challenge Cutty Sark 11.30, 2 KIDS Pop Greenwich Th 2 MUSIC English folk Star & Garter JAZZ Corrie & Co Oliver’s

Wednesday 31

FAMILY Sailors’ Challenge Cutty Sark 11.30, 2 KIDS The Greatest Liar In All The World Greenwich Th 2 WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton Arms MUSIC Kiss O2 MUSIC PureGold Albany 7 DANCE Transitions Triple Bill Laban 7.30 PLAY The Sunshine Boys Bob Hope Th 7.45 JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s

Thursday June 1

KIDS In The Night Garden Live Blackheath

MUSIC Icarus Club Pelton Arms 8

Friday 9

KIDS In The Night Garden Live Blackheath Common. Info: nightgardenlive.com MUSIC Trinity Laban Recital ORNC chapel 1.05 MUSIC Take That O2 OPERA La Vie Parisienne Bob Hope Th 7.30 PLAY The Importance Of Being Earnest: in Cockney London Th 8

Saturday 10

BOOK SALE Age Exchange 10-4 KIDS In The Night Garden Live Blackheath TALK Charlotte Matthews Woolwich & District Antiquarian Society, Charlton House 2.15 OPERA La Vie Parisienne Bob Hope 2.30, 7.30 MUSIC Take That O2 MUSIC Cabaret Playroom Albany 7.30 PLAY The Importance Of Being Earnest: in Cockney London Th 8

Sunday 11

TALENT Something For Sunday Vanbrugh 7 MUSIC Take That O2 MUSIC Kool & The Gang Indig02

Monday 12

MUSIC APPRECIATION Matthew Taylor Blackheath Halls 10 MUSIC Take That O2 PLAY Our Man In Havana Greenwich Th 7.30 JAZZ Ladies Night Oliver’s

Tuesday 13

PLAY Our Man In Havana Greenwich Th 7.30 MUSIC English folk Star & Garter JAZZ Corrie & Co Oliver’s

Wednesday 14

MUSIC APPRECIATION Matthew Taylor Blackheath Halls 10 KIDS In The Night Garden Live Blackheath MUSIC PureGold Albany 7 PUB QUIZ Vanbrugh 8.30 JAZZ Ladies Night Oliver’s

WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton Arms PLAY Our Man In Havana Greenwich Th 7.30 JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s

KIDS In The Night Garden Live Blackheath KIDS Ahoy, Captain Cutty Sark 11, 12, 1.30, 2.30 MUSIC PureGold Albany 7 MUSIC Take That O2 MUSIC English folk Star & Garter JAZZ Corrie & Co Oliver’s

Friday 16

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Wednesday 7

KIDS In The Night Garden Live Blackheath MUSIC PureGold Albany 7 MUSIC Take That O2 WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton Arms

Thursday 8

KIDS In The Night Garden Live Blackheath MUSIC Trinity Laban recital St Alfege 1.05 FILM/OPERA La Traviata From Glyndebourne. Greenwich Picturehouse 6 MUSIC PureGold Albany 7 OPERA La Vie Parisienne Bob Hope Th 7.30 PLAY The Importance Of Being Earnest: in Cockney London Th 8

Thursday 15

MUSIC Trinity Laban recital St Alfege 1.05 PLAY Our Man In Havana Greenwich Th 7.30 MUSIC Icarus Club Pelton Arms 8 SOCIAL Friends Friday Age Exchange 1 MUSIC Trinity Laban Recital ORNC chapel 1.05 BLOOMS Blackheath Flower-Arranging Society Mycenae House 2 MUSIC alt-J O2 ALBUM LAUNCH Alice Renouf Global Fusion Music & Arts event, Charlton House 7.30

Saturday 17

KIDS Meet Mrs Ray Cutty Sark 11.30, 2 FAMILY A Midsummer Night’s Dream Blackheath Halls 1, 3 MUSIC Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow O2

Sunday 18

FAMILY Meet Nannie the Witch Cutty Sark 11, 12, 1.30, 2.30 MUSIC Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band Observatory Gardens, Greenwich Park 1 FAMILY Low-Tide Walk Creekside Centre 2 TALENT Something For Sunday Vanbrugh 7

MUSIC Trinity Laban recital St Alfege 1.05 TALK Marie-Anne Mancio: Rubens & the Marie de Medici Cycle Blackheath Decorative & Fine Arts Society, St Mary’s Church Hall 2.30 FILM/PLAY Salomé From National Theatre. Greenwich Picturehouse 7 MUSIC Ed Sheeran O2 MUSIC Icarus Club Pelton Arms 8

Friday 23

VOLUNTEER Dig-In Greenwich Park 9.30 FAMILY Greenwich & Docklands International Festival Borough-wide venues MUSIC Trinity Laban Recital ORNC chapel 1.05 MUSIC Jamiroquai O2 PLAY Uneasy Dreamers Fan Museum 7.30 CABARET/DINNER The Fil Straughan Soul Experience Clarendon Hotel

Saturday 24

FAMILY Greenwich & Docklands International Festival Borough-wide venues KIDS Meet Nannie the Witch Cutty Sark 11, 12, 1.30, 2.30 FAMILY Drop-In Wildlife Centre, Greenwich Park 1-4 MUSIC Jamiroquai O2

Sunday 25

FAMILY Greenwich & Docklands International Festival Borough-wide venues TALENT Something For Sunday Vanbrugh 7 MUSIC Blues Night Global Fusion Music & Arts event, Clockjack, Woolwich 7.30

Monday 26

MUSIC APPRECIATION Matthew Taylor Blackheath Halls 10 FAMILY Greenwich & Docklands International Festival Borough-wide venues COMEDY Susan Calman Greenwich Th 7.30 PUB QUIZ Vanbrugh 8.30 JAZZ Ladies Night Oliver’s

Tuesday 27

FAMILY Greenwich & Docklands International Festival Borough-wide. www.festival.org MUSIC English folk Star & Garter JAZZ Corrie & Co Oliver’s

Wednesday 28

FAMILY Greenwich & Docklands International Festival Borough-wide. www.festival.org FILM/OPERA Otello From Covent Garden. Greenwich Picturehouse 7.15 WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton Arms PLAY Sand Castles Bob Hope Th 7.45 JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s

Thursday 29

FAMILY Greenwich & Docklands International Festival Borough-wide. www.festival.org MUSIC Trinity Laban recital St Alfege 1.05 PLAY Sand Castles Bob Hope Th 7.45 MUSIC Icarus Club Pelton Arms 8

Friday 30

FAMILY Greenwich & Docklands International Festival Borough-wide. www.festival.org MUSIC Trinity Laban recital Bakehouse, noon MUSIC Trinity Laban recital ORNC chapel 1.05 TALK Finding Life Among The Stars Royal Observatory 6.30 MUSIC Blackbriar Gobal Fusion Music & Arts event, Mycenae House 7.30 PLAY Sand Castles Bob Hope Th 7.45


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PETER KENT

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pril is great...the weather gets warmer and Easter offers so many opportunities to get creative. Church services offer something for all the family. We hear stories loved by generations while new residents from all over the world add their stories and customs. Children can make palm crosses, cards and decorate Easter eggs. Pupils at Wyborne Primary School in Eltham have been hatching baby ducklings and posting delightful videos. What a wonderful lesson for the children about Spring and nature. heatre groups here have been busy planning and rehearsing new shows. The Bob Hope Theatre is looking great with its new foyer and bar area. Coming soon are Dirty Rotten Scoundrels by Eldorado Musical productions, Jack the Ripper by Sidcup Operatic Society and Legally Blonde by Bromley Players. Tickets are also on sale for the New Eltham Community Productions show Grand Hotel at the New Eltham Centre in Footscray Rd from May 4-6. A great choice of theatre on your doorstep at a fraction of West End prices! t Eltham Arts, we are busy too. Pland for Eltham Music Month in July are going well! We are working with Royal Greenwich Council planning three Saturdays of live music in Passey Place, Eltham High Street and on Sunday July 30 the Eltham Park Festival at Glenesk Road will be a great community event. Our local police are organising family events, including a free bouncy castle and Animal Days Out stall. Last year, as well as bringing police horses and dogs, they landed the police helicopter in the park! Put the date in your diary... ur community arts project WALL is progressing really well. We’re getting Lots of ideas for projects and events which will bring people together and explore issues around a theme. We are also planning a film. Look at our website for more information and join in. unny how even when you live somewhere you miss the treasures on your doorstep. Sunday April 2 is Be A Local Tourist Day in Eltham. From walks to guided tours and open days there are so many things to enjoy. Info www.visitgreenwich.org.uk. Enjoy April. Have fun and, most of all, be creative!

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MAN ABOUT TOWN breathtakingly beautiful. Greenwich is such a historic and interesting place to live. I can’t recall how I got tickets but in 1967 I took my great friend Lew Difford’s younger brother Chris – famous as founder of Squeeze but then still at school – to see Sir Francis Chichester knighted at the Naval College after sailing non-stop around the world. Our pictures were in the Evening News. y hobbies are gardening – in 2008 my garden was runnerup in the Greenwich In Bloom competitio, judged by the RHS. The politician Ken Clarke and his late wife were among the visitors who came to see it – and photography. I take pictures of anything of interest here and send them to people via email. There are so many great subjects, including the many films shot on location here. You might have seen some of my photos in The Greenwich Visitor over the years – it’s always a thrill to see them in print. ne of my favourite places to eat is the Green Pea at Hardy’s on Trafalgar Road. Owner Tom O’Connor cooks great homemade food and I usually go there once a week. A lovely meal is less than £10. I also like to go to The Gate Clock, by the Cutty Sark DLR station. espite a moderate stroke in 2006, bladder cancer in 2008 and then three stents in an artery in 2012, I keep active. I still go the Royal Academy Summer exhibition every year and try and make the most of living in this wonderful city. My mum lived to 98 so I plan to be around for a while yet.

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