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Thousands fight Greenwich Dance funding cuts
a step too far THOUSANDS of performers and wellwishers – and acclaimed choreographer Theo Clinkard – have joined a campaign led by showbiz union Equity to safeguard the future of Greenwich Dance after the Arts Council scrapped its annual grant.
quarter of a century, had asked the Arts Council for £320,000 annually for the next four years, writes MILES HEDLEY. The money – about 40 per cent of GD’s total turnover – would guarantee its vision to carry on staging shows by top performers, run professional classes and increase crucial work in the community. Greenwich Dance, at the heart of the But the Arts Council said no, having borough’s cultural life for nearly a r u l e d i t w i l l s p e n d m o r e o f i t s
£400million budget outside London – even though Greenwich Dance, based at the Borough Hall, fulfils the core brief of working with children and young people. Theo Clinkard told The Greenwich Visitor he was backing the campaign to help the “unique and valuable” organisation. See Page 7
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NELSON’S COLUMN The Greenwich Visitor’s admirable social diary, brought to you by the spirit of Horatio Nelson
e’re no strangers to murder and crime here in Greenwich. But the truly horrific killing of Danny Pearce (right) will be especially shocking to anyone who spends time enoying the arts here in Greenwich. Danny, 31, was stabbed to death by two robbers on a moped, armed with a knife and a gun and waiting to rob a passer-by. Danny had been enjoying an evening with friends at Oliver’s jazz bar in Nevada Street. As they left, just after midnight, the two brutal killers struck. They only stopped knifing
restaurant was being auctioned. In fact, we discovered, the sale was cancelled at the last moment. Auctioneers Gorringe’s referred our inquiries to Griffins, the firm of administrators who dealt with the end of the Greenwich Inc group in 2013. Griffins would confirm only that the collection was bought in its entirety pre-sale and referred us to former Inc Group boss Frank Dowling (who had assured us only in April that he still owned the collection). Although he has contacted us to say our story last month was incorrect in saying he put the collection up
him when they were handed the watch off his wrist, then fled. If you were in Greenwich on the night of July 15 and recall anything – or if you have any information about the killers (seen in their distinctive gear above) – please contact police on 020 8721 4005. People this dangerous must be stopped. he mystery of The Spread Eagle Art Collection remains, sadly, just that. Last month we revealed the fine collection of Greenwich art that once adorned the walls of the eponymous
for sale, Frank would not give any more detail. It doesn’t look like the mystery will be solved – or that we’ll be able to see the art again – any time soon. What a shame. small but perhaps significant step has been taken in the campaign to ensure that a new cruise liner terminal at
Enderby Wharf in Greenwich is built with a “clean” onshore electricity supply. Current plans mean that ships moored there burn around 700 lorriesworth of diesel per hour, adding to fumes from the Blackwall Tunnel traffic close by. Ian Blore, of residents group EGRA, has received a letter (inset) from the European Commission confirming that it will look in to a petition against the plans. It also said it will alert the European Parliament’s Public Health committee. The Government has said, of course, we will keep EU standards after Brexit. This may get interesting... ouncil leader Denise Hyland likes to call a spade a spade... but opposing the Royal Hill Community Garden campaign to keep a green space in our busy town centre is one thing. Describing the results of those volunteers’ efforts as “an allotment” is surely, we think, a dig too far.
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Riverfront Revealed: Sad (and ironic) state of historic Avery Hill Jazz return A JAZZ staple is back… the famous Riverfront Jazz Festival is returning to Greenwich and Blackheath. Gigs are lined up at pubs, hotels – and even a comedy venue – as founders and bass players Dave Silk and George Bridges revive the series. The 10-day festival – from September 7 to 17 – will feature veteran musicians as well as new talent including Gypsyinfluenced Flamenco-style duo Levent & Taylor, Jazz Mafia, Phillip Amadeus Mead and drumming sensation Corrie Dick. Venues include Mycenae House, The Prince of Greenwich, Royal Standard and Oliver’s. Dave Silk said: “If you run a venue here and wish to present a Jazz event during the festival there is still time to list you in the programme.” Info: www. jazznights.co.uk
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Giants are back too... TWO giants from the world of jazz will be gracing the stage of the Albany later this year. Legendary pianist Mike Westbrook and his 22-piece virtuoso avantgarde band The Uncommon Orchestra are booked for September 29 when they will demonstrate just why the 81-year-old is still so revered by musicians and audiences alike, writes MILES HEDLEY. Six weeks later, on November 18, Greenwichborn singer, songwriter, guitarist, painter and poet Sarah Gillespie will be unveiling her debut book of verse and lyrics called Junk Food Angel with the help of her phenomenal quartet as part of this year’s London Jazz Festival.
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The Victorian industrialist made his fortune importing fertiliser made from bird droppings in Chile, writes GAYNOR WINGHAM. And he used the vast profits to build Avery Hill – a magnificent mansion with a Winter Garden bettered only by Kew. Now the Grade II-listed building is decaying. Beds are being abandoned, plants neglected and water is causing harm But the most poignant symbol of neglect is Galatea Reclining on a Dolphin – a beautiful 1882 Italian marble sculpture by Leopoldo Ansiglioni, centrepiece of the East House. Birds now fly free in the building and Galatea is covered in bird mess – what an ironic and sad fate. There is huge upset in Eltham about the state of a building with an amazing but now troubled history... When “Colonel” John Thomas North died suddenly in 1896, his family left the house and winter garden. It was bought by London County Council in 1903 and became a teacher training college for women a few years later. WEALTH: The Park and Winter Garden John North were opened to the public, and enjoyed by generations of local people. Greenwich Council became the owners and in 1992 it sold the Mansion House and Wi n t e r G a r d e n b u i l d i n g f o r £ 1 t o the University of Greenwich. In 2014 the University announced plans to move out to its newer facilities in Greenwich town centre. It had prepared – but then withdrew – a bid for Lottery funding to refurbish the mansion. Now the University and Greenwich Council are in a stand-off over what happens next. The University hoped to sell some of the site for housing. Greenwich Council says the University should sell the building as an educational facility – but a buyer has not been found. And what school could afford the upkeep of this fabulous listed building? The council also insists it is not responsible for the building. Neither side has produced a plan for the future. Last month the council refused to allow a representative of the Save Avery Hill Winter Gardens Campaign to attend a meeting about its future. Eltham residents – and anyone who loves our heritage – will be hoping both sides can come up with a plan that works and that harnesses the public’s love for this amazing bulding and much-loved public space.
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Miles Hedley’s pick of this month’s events. Our unique 3-month listings begin on P18
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The Addicks kick off their 2017/18 season with a home tie at the Valley against Bristol Rovers. After several traumatic years that have seen the controversy-racked club plunge from the Premiership to English football’s third tier, can they fight back from League One to the big time? Aug 5
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Greenwich’s iconic clipper Cutty Sark is the scene for a series of activities guaranteed to keep your little darlings amused over the holidays including workshops to create seamonster puppets, floating creatures, magnetic fishing games and mermaid/seapeople finger puppets. Aug 5-24
The Friends of Greenwich Park round off their summer music series with Sunday afternoon events performed by Lambeth Wind Orchestra, South London Jazz Orchestra, Galaxy Big Band and Greenwich Concert Band and, on Bank Holiday Monday, Mardi Gras Jazz Band Aug 6, 13, 20, 27, 28
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TALES FROM THE ARABIAN NIGHTS
And staying with the park, theatre company London Bubble present 11 al fresco performances of these much-loved stories in a wonderful setting looking out over historic Greenwich to futuristic Canary Wharf. It’s a unique way to enjoy the adventures of Ali Baba, Aladdin and Sinbad. Aug 9-16
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Romantic Severndroog Castle offers you a rare opportunity to combine the wonders of the best sunset view in London with the chill-out soul and jazz of vocal duo After Dark and some great food presented by top chef Christopher Hackett in an unmissable summer evening event. Aug 11
Theatre, dance and acrobatics combine in this outdoor Albany show in Griffin Square created by Barcelona’s Iron Skulls company. It follows a group of humans who must live and move like animals as they try to flee an apocalyptic catastrophe and learn a new nature-friendly way of life. Aug 12
SLAVERY REMEMBRANCE DAY The National Maritime Museum’s annual all-
day tribute to the victims of humanity’s most awful crime - one made infinitely worse because it continues today – features free family-friendly tours, workshops, songs, stories and performances designed to entertain as well as inform. Aug 23
GAIA Talk at the Royal Observatory by Prof Gerry
Gilmore about the European Space Agency’s orbiting camera and its mission to map our home galaxy, the Milky Way, in 3D. The talk is subtitled One Billion Pixels, One Billion Stars, One Amazing State. Which says it all. A must for astronuts. Aug 24
A late-summer holiday treat for all the family, this immersive event gives you the chance to join the performers on stage at Greenwich Theatre for an hour-long and surreal experience of circus skills and puppetry in a black and white world. But is there a way back to our technicolor reality? Aug 24
David Walliams’ best-selling story about the ultimate rich kid and how his dad Mr Spud made and lost a fortune is bought to life for Greenwich and Lewisham Young People’s Theatre amid the atmospheric ruins of bombed-out St George’s Garrison Church in Woolwich. Fabulous family fun! Aug 28
PRODIGY: Shreyas FRIENDS are helping a seven-yearold chess prodigy reach the World Championships in Brazil…and you can help too. In just two years, Shreyas Royal has become National Under 11 winner, London U10 and U9 Champion, British U8 Champion, English Youth U7 champion, the English Junior Rapidplay U8 champion, the South & West of England U7 and U8 winner. He hopes to be World Chess Champion by the time he is 21 – a year younger than the great Gary Kasparov! Shreyas, who lives in Woolwich and goes to school in Blackheath, has £1,600 of the £8,000 he needs to prepare for, travel to and play at the World Cadets U8 event in Poços de Caldas, Brazil, this month. Although his family provide some funding, reaching the finals is a big ask! Dad Jitendra Singh – who taught him how to play – says: “We’re very grateful for your small help that will make my son’s dream come true.” You can help Shreyas at www. gofundme.com/fund-forinternational-chess-tourna
Did lift rescue add damage? GREENWICH Foot Tunnel’s south lift is working again after grinding to a halt – but it’s been hinted that London’s firefighters may have added to problems while rescuing passengers. Fire officers were first on the scene when the doors jammed on June 10 - and freed a number of people. But Councillor Sizwe James told councillors: “After their intervention significant works have been necessary to bring the lift back into service.” Now, he revealed, the council has held talks with London Fire Brigade and ordered its own lift contractor to “attend callouts ahead of the fire service and, should the fire service attend, they understand how best to resolve any problems.“ An official report into the botched £11.4million refurbishment identified “over-specifying.” Mr James confirmed that “installing glass doors has had an impact on the lift controls specification and maintenance arrangements.”
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On your bike! Bye-law change planned for Foot Tunnel will finally allow cycling...after 115 years CYCLING could be made legal in Greenwich Foot Tunnel – 115 years after it opened..
Greenwich Council has agreed to change bye-laws allowing it “when cycling is considered safe to all users and advertised by appropriate signage.” T h a t ’s a r e f e r e n c e t o t h e experimental traffic management system brought in two years ago which senses who is using it and triggers signs saying when it’s safe to cycle or best to push. But many have ignored the illuminated signs, causing friction between cyclists and walkers. Last year drawing pins were scattered in the floor to sabotage riders. Newham Council – which co-owns the tunnels – would have to agree with Greenwich, before they are sent to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government for final approval. The new bye-laws would also allow busking in the tunnel – banned until now – and make it
easier to film lucrative movie scenes and pop videos. Greenwich Council said: “Byelaws were introduced in 1902 and last updated in 1938. In recent years the Councils have increased cycling in this part of London and we believe the bye-laws should be updated to more accurately reflect modern life.” Tunnel friends group Fogwoft welcomed aspects of the changes but said the proposed bye-laws should be discussed further. Spokesman Ian Blore said: “We have consistently called for a bye-law change since 2015. But we think that it will be difficult to enforce one that lacks clarity.” That includes what wheeled transport would be allowed – the proposals don’t cover “skateboards, scooters, rollerblades, skates, Segways and devices yet undreamed of,” the group said. And it pointed out that technically unicycles would still be banned. Fogwoft did strongly back one particular change in the bye-laws – increasing fines. “Infringement fines of 20 shillings are somewhat out-of-date,” it quipped.
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What you said about holders THE campaign to save the Greenwich gasholder was backed by most readers who contacted us. But one had a very different view. What do YOU think? Email Matt@TheGreenwichVisitor.com The gas holder and the O2 close by are very similar – domes held together with spider like pylons. They complement and contrast each other. One is representative of the 19th Century; the other of the 21st Century. They represent the engineering of their times. The gas holder being the biggest in Europe and the Dome being unique of its type. There being so close together must be unique in Britain, probably in Europe and possibly the world – what a coup and asset for the Royal Borough. If the gas holder must be used, then keep its structure and build inside it. Take a look at what has been done to the gas holder just off the Regent’s Canal at Kings Cross. Our gas holder should be preserved and not demolished. K L Greenwood I strongly believe the gas holder should be kept as part of our industrial history. It will become a visitor attraction and asset to Greenwich. Any idea to keep it would be fine but I have admired the homes built in gas holders at the back of King’s Cross. Paul Prestidge Very few of these structures are left, so I hope the gas holder can be saved. Its partner gas holder, which was demolished in 1986, was damaged in the enormous Silvertown munitions explosion in 1917 but survived. It would be sad to lose this one a century later for no good reason. I’ve been impressed by the King’s Cross one. I hope Mary Mills can save this one for posterity. Genevieve St George I have lived in Greenwich for nearly 30 years and have been wondering “When will that monstrosity ever be demolished?” It may be an amazing design for its time but to me it’s an eyesore that ruins most of views over the peninsula. Even converting it to flats would still leave it looking incongruous. So it’s a No from me! Jim Foyle
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save our gasholder GIANTS: Both gas holders in 1900s
READERS have backed plans to save historic Greenwich Gasholder...but will learn soon if the campaign has been a success.
Greenwich Council has said it will decide this month whether to demolish the 1886 structure to allow “more intensive uses” of the site near the O2, the Blackwall Tunnel and the Silvertown Tunnel that it wants built close by. That would almost certainly mean new standard blocks of apartments and offices in an area where developers are already building a huge £8.4billion new district. There was a very short consultation during summer, when many people are away. But in last month’s Greenwich Visitor we showed alternatives – including a stunning circular block of homes INSIDE a gasholder in Dublin as well as leisure uses at King’s Cross in north London. Industrial history expert and former councillor Mary Mills – who is campaigning to save the structure
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– said: “Thank you to The Greenwich Visitor and all who repsonded, and particular thanks to the resident who set up a petition. “It had a 76 per cent response in favour of retention and re-use – mainly some sort of leisure facility and as a focus for other leisure facilities in the area. “We’re only aware of those people who copied us in – many more will have sent their views to the council. “There were contributions from abroad and from people outside Greenwich as well as some from
76% say let it stay...but now campaigners wait for the council verdict on demolition national and local societies. Only one person said it was ugly and should be done away with.” Mary said a summary of responses was likely to be posted at the website she contributes to – www. greenwichindustrialhistory. blogspot.co.uk The East Greenwich gasholder was one of two built there by pioneering Victorian industrialist George Livesey and was revolutionary. Its design and construction “exploited the beauty of pure structural form,” Mary told
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us last month. “It was deliberately left very, very plain with no decoration and it set a bench-mark for gasholder design.” The gasholder was bombed by the IRA in 1979 but there was just a s m a l l f i r e . I t ’s p a r t n e r w a s demolished in 1986. Other gasholders – including one near Lords cricket ground – became listed buildings many years ago. But the East Greenwich one missed out. Do you have an idea about how the gasholder could be used? Email Matt@TheGreenwichVisitor.com
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WOULDN’T you love to have taken these from 14 years of the awards, is from August 4 fabulous photographs on your travels? to September 3 at the University of A bear cub in Russia plays with a stick...is he Greenwich’s award-winning Stockwell Street pretending to fish? A real fisherman checks his Building in the town centre. nets on stunning Lake Bosumtwi, Ghana. As well as seeing the pictures in all their Hindu pilgrims stop for a rest...how long till glory, there are photo walks, photo workshops they’re moved on? A child’s eyes light up for and Touch and Try Fujifilm equipment the camera...another basks in the sessions. And there are three Thursday sunset on an exotic beach. evening lectures with previous They’re all winners of the Travel winners Philip Lee Harvey, Timothy Photography of the Year Allen – stills photographer on the competition – and you can see BBC’s Human Planet series – and University of them here this month. The legendary Observer Greenwich, free exhibition, which also photographer Eamonn McCabe. includes the finest images Info: www.tpoty.com Stockwell Street
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£5k gift to help Refuge children MORE than 50 children whose lives are affected by domestic violence will be helped by cash from a finance firm. Greenwich Domestic Violence Children’s Service – run by Housing for Women – has been given £5,000 by Aberdeen Asset Management. Noemi Reiner, of Housing For Women, said: “This grant will help children living in our Greenwich Domestic Violence Refuge overcome trauma and get their childhoods back.” “They can dicsuss their fears and anxiety and receive emotional and practical support to build a safe future.”
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TV presenter and walking fan Julia Bradbury is strolling to Greenwich on a sponsored walk for Bowel Cancer UK – and you can join her. She leads walkers five miles f r o m To w e r B r i d g e t o Greenwich Park on Saturday September 23. There are Walk Together events across the UK that day. You can even hold your own. Over 41,000 people are diagnosed with bowel cancer each year and it is the UK’s second biggest cancer killer. But almost everyone diagnosed at an early stage survives.
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WE’RE privileged to have two renowned dance bodies in our area – Trinity Laban and Greenwich Dance. The first is a university offering degrees in co ntempo r ar y dance. The second takes dance out into the wider community through school projects, tea dances, classes and annual extravaganzas like last month’s Greenwich + Docklands International Festival and t h e G r e e n w i c h Wo r l d Cultural Festival at Eltham Palace. Both also offer local people the chance to Read Miles Hedley’s see performers from around the world, with arts blog on recent highlights at GD hedintheclouds. including Dan Daw, The Arts Council insists wordpress.com Stephanie Schober and groups outside London Frauke Requardt. need its support more than Greenwich Dance’s those in the capital, especially in importance in making southeast London a centre of dance these cash-strapped times. excellence – for people of all Greenwich Dance admitted it was ages and from every part of “deeply saddened” by the cut but society – can’t ever be vowed to continue bringing highoverstated. Please support quality art to the area. Equity’s campaign to protect it. A spokesman said: “We’ve been G+DIF: P8. Cultural festival: P15.
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Choreographer backs ‘unique’ Greenwich Dance WORLD renowned choreographer provision for the professional sector Theo Clinkard has backed the Greenwich Dance contribute to the campaign against cuts at Greenwich quality of our cultural lives.” Clinkard added: “The Arts Council Dance calling them “unfathomable.” As shockwaves spread through south east London – where so many artists live because of relatively cheap housing – he told The Greenwich Visitor it was “unique and valuable” and helped a legion of professional independent performers, companies, teachers and technicians “imagine, develop and create great work”. He said: “Their artist support is responsive in nature, tailored to each artist and the practice they are engaging in, and through their community-based arts activities and
decision is unfathomable and I am passionate about helping Greenwich Dance to keep operating. I believe we all have to actively support and defend these kinds of organisations or, one by one, we will lose them.” An Equity official said: “It applied for an incredibly small amount of funding viewed against the other applicants, yet the potential impact and breadth of their investment, through hundreds of artists they engage, cannot be overestimated. The funding cut is a deep wound.”
overwhelmed by all your kind words and support in the past few days and it’s clear there’s an appetite for our work. We feel invigorated and ready to take action, continuing to support dance artists and our communities.” Support: www.campaign. goingtowork.org.uk /petitions/ protect-greenwich-dance
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miles hedley REVIEWS: G+DIF 2017
Popptastic early opera
MORE than 100,000 people watched the 195 events staged during this y e a r ’s G r e e n w i c h + D o c k l a n d s International Festival – and it felt like most of them flocked to Woolwich for the spectacular last-night parade through the town centre.
Huge wheels, some two storeys tall, were draped in rainbow stripes and rolled through the streets lit by flares and spotlamps to a soundtrack specially composed by acclaimed musician Shri Sriram. The wheels were pushed by dancers from French troupe Compagnie Off who had initially appeared wearing only loincloths and daubed in mud like Irian Jaya warriors but who later changed into vivid costumes as if demonstrating the aesthetic evolution of mankind. And the show even got a helping hand from nature – a stunning sunset followed by a glorious full moon. It was the perfect backdrop for a performance called The Colour Of Light and the perfect end to the 17-day festival. The first half of GDIF – fully c o v e r e d i n J u l y ’s i s s u e o f T h e Greenwich Visitor – had been focused on the World Heritage Site around the Cutty Sark, the Old Royal Naval College, the Royal Museums and Greenwich Park. By contrast, Part Two concentrated on the eastern end of the borough. All Roads Lead To Woolwich featured multiple performances around the town by local and internationally lauded artists. Table Manners, by a trio called Avant Garde, set up shop outside the covered market and used dance, clowning, mime, circus and spoken word to look at our relationship with food. Their marvellously witty take on gluttony, seduction, It was performed in the bombed-out Read Miles Hedley’s ruins trading, takeaways, ritual, of St George’s Garrison Church on g blo arts the Garden of Eden, opposite the Royal Artillery HQ, a setting hedintheclouds. N e w t o n ’s a p p l e , d i n n e r that gave its poignancy an extra dimension. m wordpress.co parties and wedding feasts left The event’s fourth highlight was Aulenko, passers-by bewitched or a concert by the Arensky Chamber Orchestra bewildered in equal measure. in an empty storeroom in the Royal Arsenal Namlo, a seven-piece Nepali band featuring music by John Cage, Charles Ives and featuring guitars, clarinet, percussion and voices, Sibelius. It left its audience spellbound. helped the crowds in General Gordon Square chill Down the road in Thamesmead, Belonging(s) was out in the heat of the afternoon. And the award- a promenade performance about migration, winning Rosie Kay Dance Company performed a community, possessions and transience by Tilted trimmed-down version of 5 Soldiers, a brilliant Productions in association with Greenwich Dance. piece about front-line British troops today. It featured eight performers and ten local volunteers
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who led us through a series of vignettes set in an underground car park, a green, lakeside viewpoints, a park and a stretch of common land. With only old LPs and cardboard boxes for props – both symbolic of a throwaway society made up of disposable people – the cast conjured up a moving drama about what it’s like to be a homeless refugee in a strange land. The final scene of deportees looking out over the marshes towards Belmarsh prison was quite simply heartbreaking. GDIF organisers have always managed to offer a fascinating combination of the eye-catching, the thought-provoking and the soul-stirring. But this year they have truly excelled themselves.
mother of invention two scene stealers IF you’re planning to take a leftfield look at life you’d better take care not to trip over that finest of lines between the surreal and the silly. It is to the eternal credit of choreographer/dancer Frauke Requardt that she did just that at Borough Hall in Mothers, a wild, witty, relentlessly inventive show she created after having her first child. Accompanied by Neil Callaghan and Jacob Ingram-Dodd, who gamely spent much of the one-hour performance naked, Requardt opened with herself standing aloft on a giant play-brick proudly and loudly declaring her motherhood. But her pride soon degenerated into exhaustion and she became embroiled with her toddler sons (impishly played by Callaghan and Ingram-Dodd) who spend their time in the nursery squabbling, fighting, laughing, making jokes about bodily functions and generally eroding their mum’s patience – and personality. Some of the fighting was so visceral it actually felt like I was watching real violence. Some of it, too, mimicked the sexual behaviour they would indulge in as adults There were also priceless moments of inspired comedy, none more so than when for reasons I can’t quite
mothers fathom the boys dressed up as hallucinogenic mushrooms for the funniest sex session I have ever seen. Moments earlier, they had triumphantly pranced naked round the stage like dinosaurs, roaring, shrieking and biting one another with primordial fury. Less successful was a sequence in which giant play-bricks were used to spell out an obscenity, a shock tactic that would have struggled to shock even in a more innocent age. But it was a mere blip. The final section, danced nude on a sodden floor so that the trio could slide across the stage almost like mercury, was completely riveting and was an adult echo of the toddler scenes we had witnessed earlier. The show, presented by Greenwich Dance, was given extra depth by a dazzling score composed by Lewis Gibson. I can’t recall the last time I was so blown away by a choreographic soundtrack. This was a fascinating attempt by Requardt to capture the wild ups and downs all new mothers undergo. The tone, artistry and content of the show never dipped below the extraordinary - and at its best it was simply superb.
ANY actor will tell you comedy is harder to pull off than tragedy. What’s even harder, though, is to make it appear you’re really having fun while doing it, an illusion magnificently realised by Scratchworks’ Great Train Robbery and Nel at Greenwich Theatre. I saw both 80-minute shows in one evening and was left marvelling at the sheer energy of the cast, never mind their skill, inventiveness and exuberance. Hanora Kamen, Alice Higginson, Laura Doble and Sian Keen kept the action running at breakneck speed yet never compromised their comic timing, musical talents or very obvious dramatic abilities as they walked a tightrope between pratfall silliness and poignant plot development. Great Train Robbery followed the story of four women called in to clean up the farmhouse where Ronnie Biggs and his gangmates holed up after the notorious £2.6million heist in 1963. There was plenty of excellent cross-dressing clowning– never better than when the cast were playing four burly detectives chatting while using a gents’ urinal– and a welter of stillrelevant gender politics. Despite having something serious to say about the role of women, guided by
great train robbery/NEL director Charlie Parker, it retained its sense of fun at all times. Nel followed the fortunes of a Foley artist, actors whose job is to create sound effects. It also had serious points to make, about the nature of loneliness, identity, loss and fulfilment, and it made them all the more forcefully by contrasting them to the surreal world of a Foley studio with its eccentric inmates and bizarre materials. Who knew a hot water bottle could create both the sound of screaming tyres and a contented cat? Or that the crunching of raw pasta would sound sickeningly like breaking bones? And there were a brilliant set of soundbite summaries of classic movies, the best of which was Kamen’s 10-second summary of Brief Encounter. It would have been worth seeing the show just for that. Kamen also provided a live musical accompaniment for both productions. But it would be wrong to put only her in the spotlight– Higginson, Doble and Keen were equally terrific and together they helped to make Great Train Robbery and Nel so much more than the sum of their parts. If you get the chance to see either or both, don’t hesitate.
NEVER accuse Trinity Laban of playing safe. Its annual opera was Monteverdi’s L’Incoronazione di Poppea – famously challenging for performers and audiences to put it mildly. This is not opera as we know it with catchy arias and coloratura extravagances. In fact, it’s more a sung play. Instrumentation is unfamiliar – theorbo, harpsichord, triple harp, chamber organ and baroque guitar plus traditional violin, viola and cello. But Trinity’s gamble paid off handsomely and the first-night at Blackheath Halls, to mark the composer’s 450th anniversary, was triumphant. Partly that was due to the singing and acting of a fine cast, with standout performances by Charlotte Osborn in the title role– a properly sexy Poppea - Aimee P r e s s w o o d a s t h e fo r l o r n goddess Virtue and, best of all, Emily Gray as Ottavia. And partly it was due to the brilliance of the virtuoso Trinity musicians conducted by Nicholas Kraemer. But what turned a terrific entertainment into a truly magnificent one was director Harry Feh’s visionary staging, never better than in the final irony-drenched scene when the ghostly victims of Nero’s homicidal mania look down on the coronation feast as Poppea becomes empress of Rome. This was as good a Trinity Laban production as I have seen from – and I promise you, I‘ve seen some scorchers.
A castle fit for a Prince A TWILIT grove of ancient oak, beech, chestnut and birch trees in the shadow of soaring Severndroog Castle was the perfect stage for an almost perfect production of Hamlet which found wit among the woe of Shakespeare’s great revenge tragedy. Director Rob Forknall and his small cast playing multiple parts and instruments captured the ups and downs of this challenging work with consummate skill, slipping so seamlessly between light and dark that three-hours never dragged. Alex Phelps was exceptional as the prince, getting the balance spot on between heartbreak, cold-bloodedness, insanity and humanity. He was wonderfully supported by his Changeling Theatre co-stars Sarah Naughton as Hamlet’s mother, Michael Palmer as his hated uncle, Niamh Finlay as the doomed Ophelia, Tim Bowie as Laertes, Bryan Moriarty as Horatio, apprentice Cary Ryan as Marcellus and Bryan Torfeh as pompous Polonius. There were also magnificent vaudeville turns by Brandon Plummer and Khalid Daley as Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. And in a spectacular setpiece, Bowie and a dragged-up Ryan put the ham in Hamlet with a chillingly funny version of the tragedy’s play within a play. As if all that weren’t enough, the performance was elevated further with a terrific score by Alex Scott, much of it played live by the actors. I always knew Severndroog would enhance any play, especially one set in a castle. But I hadn’t expected one of the very best productions of this tragedy I have ever seen – and I’ve seen a lot.
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HUNDREDS of Wrens line up for a historic photo at Greenwich’s Old Royal Naval College where many of them were stationed. They were here to launch a new exhibition celebrating 100 years of the Woman’s Royal Naval Service (WRNS). I n Wo r l d W a r T w o 8 , 5 0 0 women were trained at the site – designed, appropriately, by Sir Christopher Wren. The show isn’t just about their work but “the fun they had and the joy of living and learning on this spectacular site” from dining in the Painted Hall to sheltering in tunnels below. The show is open every day until Sunday 3 December from 10-5. Info: www.ornc.org
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IT’S time! The Greenwich Park revealed Revealed team has confirmed it is submitting a bid for multimillion from you all on how to points; uncovering historical features; Lottery funding for the project suggestions preserve and enhance Greenwich increasing education. you’ve been part of. Park, proposals are being finalised. PRESENT: Improving existing Ideas from Greenwich Visitor readers and other park visitors have been collected and considered. And this month the application for funds to improve the Park for visitors now and in the future will go in. The team says: “Many fantastic
“We’re thrilled to confirm we’ll be submitting the application at the end of this month.” The Greenwich Visitor has worked with the Royal Parks since last November to help the project, which has three aims: PAST: Better view
buildings and protecting features. FUTURE: Making it more sustainable, planting disease-resistant trees and making it easier to use for people, including those with disabilities. 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, a scheme to rescue its leaking boating lake and even the idea of rebuilding Charles II’s Grand Steps plan. In next month’s Greenwich Visitor we’ll reveal which ideas made it into the final bid. A decision on Round One of the process is expected in January 2018. Info: www.royalparks.org.uk
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Sean charity’s gift for babies NEWBORN babies with lifelimiting and life-threatening conditions will benefit from state-of-the-art neonatal equipment thanks to a donation to Demelza hospice. The money paid for specialist items – as well as memory boxes including hand and footprint moulds. A £6,202 cheque was given to the Eltham-based children’s hospice by Sean’s House – a charity started by Pamela Cabannes-Barrall in memory of her grandson Sean for babies expected to have a short life and their families.
Hear opera on Thames cruise ENJOY opera with London as the stunning backdrop. Singers from groundbreaking new group The Opera Box will perform aboard an MBNA Thames Clipper as it sails along the Thames Music includes Menotti’s The Telephone and a translation o f P e r g o l e s i ’s L a S e r v a Padrona. Performers include soprano Elizabeth Karani and baritone Samuel Pantcheff. The Thames Opera Cruise on Saturday September 23 (7.15) is £25. There’s a bar and snacks are available.Book: thames clippers.com /theoperabox
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It means 30 international artists – including RUN, C215, Nathan Bowen, Sr. X, Himbad, Otto Schade and Dale Grimshaw – will team up with leading fan maker Sylvain Le Guen to design and create folding fans for a show at the Museum later this year. Backers on the Art Happens website pledged money in return for exclusive prints, afternoon tea, workshop places and even hand-crafted fans featuring the artists’ designs. Curator Jacob Moss told us: “Thanks to 151 donors we can put fan-making back on the
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map. It shows people are interested in supportng heritage crafts and innovative projects. Thank you to all who have supported our campaign.” Money raised means each artist will be fairly rewarded and help the Museum reach new audiences with events including a Paint Jam and drop-in workshop at Greenwich Market, masterclasses and a competitions for students.
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BUSKER Ella Tobin, 17, aims to be named the best in the capital in a contest run by the London Mayor. She’ll perform at dedicated busking pitches in iconic locations across London. A panel of music professionals then selects acts for the Grand Final next month. Ella, from Charlton – who specialises in acoustic folk pop – said: “It’s a fun experience and I love getting to play at all these cool locations around London.” Info: www.buskinlondon.com
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eltham performs ELTHAM’S fourth Summer Music Festival was as school choirs from Haimo and Gordon another smash hit – with hundreds enjoying Primary Schools and Hulviz theatre group. Eltham Arts founder Gaynor Wingham 23 performances by 250 people over three said: “There was very little live music in sun-drenched weekends. Choirs, bands, duos, singer-songwriters Eltham town centre so in 2014 we offered to and solo artists brought their art to newly work with the council to offer opportunities for local performers in our network. re-developed Passey Place. “It’s been a huge success and Shoppers could stop for a has become an annual event. coffee and enjoy work by “We look forward to the Tanya Dirrane Irish Dancers, new Passey Place being All The Arts, Make a Noise, used by the community for Greenwich Community Choir and the Rock Choir as well Matt@TheGreenwichVisitor.com performances and events.”
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BIG BREAK: TrashDollys Thousands thronged the grounds of Eltham Palace on a sultry afternoon for the ninth Greenwich World Cultural Festival, which this year featured artists from as far away as Indonesia as well as nearer home. The event, curated by Greenwich Dance, centred around a dazzling celebration of the native arts of Mauritius specially commissioned for the festival, writes MILES HEDLEY. Other highlights included the chill-out Javanese sounds of Go Gamelan, Nepali music from Chandra-Surya, irrepressible
good times from dance troupe Lindy Kicks with Temujin Gill, the Singology gospel choir, Egyptian dance with Juliana Brustik & Co and a display of Caribbean dance with Sheba Montserrat. Best of all was the TrashDollys’ 22-minute Cape Alley, an amazing breakdance extravaganza by Sam Amos, Lewis Wilkins, Alex Rolland and Hugh Stanier with a sensational soundtrack that ranged from a moody George S Clinton composition to the dynamic surf guitar sounds of Eddie & The Showmen.
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ugust is a funny month, with children on school holidays and parents juggling work and childcare. There are family holidays and time to visit friends and relatives. Days out in the sunshine or huddling under umbrellas from a summer shower. A bit of a hiatus when we are thinking: What next? t can also be a chance to recharge the batteries and make plan for the Autumn months. The Bob Hope Theatre is closed and ParksFest events over, but there is still the opportunity to get out an about. Visit Severndroog Castle in the woods and Eltham Palace and learn about our local heritage and enjoy wonderful woodland and gardens. Walk around Well Hall Pleasaunce, admire the Tudor Barn and find out about former residents Thomas More and Edith Nesbit. The wooden figures in the park are from her book Five Children and It. Have you seen them? he Eltham Music Festival in Passey Place gave us three great Saturdays of live music in July (See P15) and July was certainly Eltham Music Month with Jazz nights (and afternoons), Folk, Rock and Classical music all over the SE9 area. The Bob Hope Theatre gave us some wonderful shows and the parks were buzzing. Have you visited the Avery Hill Winter Garden? A local gem which is under threat from neglect (See P3) and needs support from all parts of the community (picture right). he children could enjoy creative time at Gerald Moore Gallery or Mycenae House on the Summer Schemes for some of August, or the whole family could take an sketch book or camera and capture the flora and fauna perhaps with a picnic in a park. Relax and take it easy and enjoy what our area has to offer. ou could also think ahead to September and the start of many new courses and local groups. Look out for details of creative writing or art courses or even a choir or knitting group. At Eltham Arts we have lots of projects in the pipeline. We know our network is brimming with new ideas and events, so do let us know what you are doing. Enjoy August!
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here has been insurrection in the Greenwich Curry Club. Well, mild mutterings maybe. At a recent meeting someone said the once unthinkable: “Shall we go for a curry that isn’t an Indian?” It went so quiet you could have heard a paratha drop. But where to go? Vietnamese Pho Street in Greenwich is rather excellent and does a Chicken Curry. And, of course, the portions of Chinese-style curry and rice in nearby Noodle Time would keep even our largest member happy. Then the much-lauded Zaibatsu in Trafalgar Road serves a great Katsu – Japan’s contribution to the curry world – but then someone might order sushi and we’d have to make him sit on a table on his own. In the end we settled for Thailand in New Cross, a Thai place with a Laotian influence. Reports from Dan’s Thai/Laos Corner to follow. urry fans who enjoy an offer should check out Curry World in Lee Green, a takeaway with no less than three tasty tempters. First up: Spend £18 and get a free Bombay Potato; spend £30 and it’s a bonus Chicken Tikka Masala; spend £35 and get a 20 per cent discount (on delivery and collection). But be warned – a call to Curry World confirmed, you don’t necessarily get the whole lot of these freebies, so clarify what you’ll get when you order. A lot of curry houses offer takeaway discounts, so if you are keen on deal always keep an eye on when the discount kicks in, because sometimes ordering more can actually end up costing you less. So, in this instance, if your order comes to £30 you might as well order another dish worth £5, because with the 20 per cent discount you’ll end up paying £28. Professor Curry at your service! ext month we’ll announce the nominations for the 2017 Greenwich Curry Club Awards. Make sure you pick up a copy of this newspaper – the only one that consistently supports the local curry industry – or check our Curry Club website for details on how to vote for Best Restaurant, Best Specialist Takeaway, Best for Value, Best Newcomer and Outstanding Service. inally, if you are a fan of the iconic background music played in most curry houses tune into Gurkha’s Inn Radio through a link on their website for a 24/7 music from Machhapuchhre FM. Ideal for a night in with a takeaway. Especially if you’ve got flock wallpaper.
Italian transformation of “WE cook the way we learned in Italy,” Rigels Tufa tells me in halting English. “With passion.”
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I’m at Con Gusto, one of two newly-restored octagonal Guard Houses at Woolwich Royal Arsenal, a stone’s throw from the life-size steel sculptures – part men, part robot – that seem to stand guard while signalling the area’s growing arts presence. The small eight-sided restaurant couldn’t be prettier with beamed ceiling, plush burgundy leather sofa, warm Iroko wood and soft lighting picking out the exposed brick walls, flowers on the table and crisp white napkins. The Italian brothers and their team took over this historical building six months ago and created something truly special. I can imagine the brothers Tufa making pasta in the back room behind the bar, rolling creamy long sheets of eggy pasta out of a traditional machine, to be immediately thrown in boiling water. It looks great. But how does it taste? Handmade pasta is obviously a must have. My partner ordered Tagliatelle with Slow Cooked Beef Shoulder Ragu which arrived fragrant with garlic. He declared: “These are like mine – but better.” You couldn’t get a finer endorsement. I chose the Cod Cannelloni with Bisque from the board of specials. The fish mousse was fresh and salty and the black pasta black lent a Japanesesushi look. I would have
preferred my bisque thicker but the combination made my nose wiggle with pleasure. T h i s i s n ’t h i p L o n d o n restaurant food but the cooking of Italian home. Heritage black Tomato Salad with Buffalo Mozzarella and Basil Pesto and fluffy Focaccia with Maldon salt crystals and herbs sprinkled on the top as a n t i p a st i . L a rg e sl a b s o f Tiramisu – which I bet are correctly loaded with booze. The place is gracefully stylish but not horrendously pompous. I was enchanted by Con Gusto, a special place for special occasions. The building has survived centuries of use before being abandoned for decades and now it has the ideal tenants. It’s not perfect, the mark up on wine is a tad high but as we say in French “quand on n’aime, on ne compte pas” meaning when you like, you don’t look at the cost. The quality of each dish is consistent and regulars are there to prove it. Rigel had the first word. Brother Bledi gets the last: “Our diners really care about great food being authentically sourced and cooked with passion. They come to us and ask our opinion on what wine to pair with their meal and I love how we give them a comprehensive authentic Italian dining experience, which is all about taking care of your guests.” I can back him wholeheartedly on that. SOLANGE BERCHEMIN
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in Bop at Rivington Greenwich is back for the fourth year. On Friday August 18 (5pm till late) gin experts and fans from far and wide share an evening of food, fun and music – all enjoyed with a gin in the hand (inset). Guest brands include Plymouth, Bathtub, Portobello Road and Caorunn. Each will serve its own unique twist on a G&T, plus two cocktails specially created for Gin Bop attendees. This year, live music is by New Orleans-style jazz band the Old Jelly Rollers. Tickets include entry, bar games, nibbles – including Welsh Rarebit, Salmon with Horseradish Sauce, and Gin Cocktail Sausages – and a complimentary cocktail. Additional cocktails are £7. Early bird tickets are £10 from www. rivingtongreenwich.co.uk and www. designmynight.com. Pay on the door – or during the week before – and it’s £12.50. Don’t miss it. t’s all go in Blackheath. MasterChef contender Tony Rodd told us earlier this summer he was looking for a site for a new crowdfunded restaurant to reflect his unique style. Now the word is that Chapters is closing and that a new The Ivy Café – offshoot of the famous celebrity-studded West End eaterie – is moving in instead. Can it be true? Watch that space. ad to report that The Scullery – which opened in the classic old Gambardella’s cafe at Blackheath Standard has closed down. People enjoyed the food. But did enough
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people know it was there? rom the minute Foodies Festival on the Heath opened it was show time. Chefs included local celebrities, Steve Kielty and Tony Rodd. You’ve seen them on TV...read about them in the Greenwich Visitor and there they were on the main stage, making ravioli and cooking curries with Saliha MahmoodAhmed. On Saturday the action was in the dessert tent where Rosemary Shrager raised the roof singing to cover for 2017 Bake Off winner Candice Brown, who was stuck in traffic. It was worth the wait. Candice’s Bakewell Tart demo was full of top tips. My favourite events were beer pairings. There are over 12,300 beers across 140 styles produced by 1700 breweries in the UK (yes, I can take notes and lift a glass at the same time!). Wheat beers are a perfect fit for grilled fish and seafood; Bitters can be paired with sausages and chicken; Dark Ales can be enjoyed with lamb chops and chocolates. Next up for food fans is... n Blackheath, on September 9 and 10 – two days of food and music with an array of cooking lessons. Info and tickets www. onblackheath.com ueen’s Orchard Diary: From this summer till December 2019 you can visit the war allotment to see what vegetables were grown in the days Britain had to Dig For Victory. A poster at the Maze Hill Gate entrance, will guide your visit. On October 1, celebrate Harvest Festival 40s-style. ’m hearing more good things about the Plumstead Pantry – a local cafe with a dynamic menu and plenty of action: Music weekends, knitting parties, bumps and babies afternoons. It’s in Warwick Terrace SE18 1QJ. ee Gate’s first food market was launched on July 23. Hopefully this Sunday market is here to stay. The locals deserve it!
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FILM/OPERA Les Pêcheurs De Perles Link to NY Met, Greenwich Picturehouse, noon CELEBRATION Jamaica House Indig02 5 PUB QUIZ Vanbrugh 8.30 Saturday 5 COMMUNITY SKSS Temple Woolwich New tem- JAZZ Ladies Night Oliver’s ple opening. St Margarets Grove, Woolwich. Tuesday 8 Events till August 13. Info: sksswoolwich.org FAMILY Extreme Fashion NMM 11, 1.45 FAMILY Meet James Robson Cutty Sark, 11, FAMILY Meet James Robson Cutty Sark, 11, noon, 1.30, 2.30 noon, 1.30, 2.30 KIDS Sea Monster Puppets Cutty Sark 11.30, 2 ASTRONOMY Daytime Venus Watch MUISC Eos Trio St. Alfege, Free lunch recital. Royal Observatory 12.30, 1.10, 1.50, 2.30 FOOTBALL Charlton Athletic CELEBRATION Jamaica House Indig02 6 v Bristol Rovers. The Valley 3 MUSIC English folk Star & Garter CELEBRATION Jamaica House Indig02 6 JAZZ Corrie & Co Oliver’s FILM Sunshine (2007) Royal Observatory 6.30 Wednesday 9 COMEDY Kevin McCarthy Up The Creek KIDS Pond-Dipping & Games JAZZ Ofer Landsberg Oliver’s Creekside Discovery Centre 10 CLUBBING Eksman Birthday Building Six 10pm FAMILY Orienteering Woodlands Farm 10-2 Sunday 6 FAMILY Wicked Wednesdays Workshops KIDS Intrepid Explorers NMM 11, 1 Greenwich Market. Free. Rosa’s Kids Yoga in FAMILY Meet James Robson Cutty Sark, 11, the Pavilion. Free. 11.30-12.30. Stagecoach noon, 1.30, 2.30 Blackheath and Greenwich Dance and Drama KIDS Sea Monster Puppets Cutty Sark 11.30, 2 Classes. U6s. Free. 10.15-11. Miss Libby Rose MUSIC The Lambeth Wind Orchestra Greenwich Pink Bus Sewing 11,12, 1.30, 2.30, 3.30, 4.30. Natty Peeps Creative Fun Workshops, Pompoms, crocheting. All day. FAMILY Meet James Robson Cutty Sark, 11, noon, 1.30, 2.30 SEPT KIDS Floating Sea Creatures Cutty Sark 11.30, 2 ASTRONOMY Daytime Venus Watch 717 Royal Observatory 12.30, 1.10, 1.50, 2.30 TALK Amazing Animals Painted Hall, ORNC 1 CELEBRATION Jamaica House Indig02 6 WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton FILM/PLAY Titus Andronicus RSC link-up. Greenwich Picturehouse 7 PERFORMANCE Tales From The Arabian Nights Greenwich Park 7 JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s Programme visit
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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 The 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. email@example.com 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 Guard House: No1 Street, Woolwich Arsenal SE18 6GH 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 NMM: 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: 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 Steinberg Studio: 137 Vanbrugh Hill SE10 9HP. steinbergduo.com 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: 331 Shooters Hill Rd 8319 8900 thewoodlandsfarmtrust.org.uk
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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-6 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 University of Greenwich Travel Photographer of the Year FREE exhibition. 10 Stockwell Street, Uni of Greenwich. Every day Till Sept 3 Royal Observatory: rmg.co.uk Fan Museum: All Creatures Great And Small, till Sept 16. Closed Mondays. 12 Crooms Hill. 020 8305 1441 fan-museum.org.uk ORNC: Discovery Centre, daily. ornc.org Blackheath Halls: blackheathhalls.com Age Exchange: Carers’ group Mon, knitters Thurs, preschool rhyme-time Fri. Old Bakehouse, Bennett Pk SE3 9LA. age-exchange.org.uk. NMM: Death In The Ice, till Jan 7. 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 West Greenwich Library: 146 Greenwich High Rd SE10 8NN. 020 8858 4289 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 firstname.lastname@example.org Rich Sylvester: Guide, historian, storyteller. 07833 538143. email@example.com Dotmaker: Alternative guided walks. dotmakertours.co.uk FAMILY ACTIVITIES NMM: 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
CELEBRATION Jamaica House Indig02 5 PERFORMANCE Tales From The Arabian Nights Greenwich Park 7.30 COMEDY Otiz Cannelloni, Open Spots, Jeff Innocent Up The Creek JAZZ Ellie Bignall Quartet Oliver’s
KIDS Marvellous Maps NMM 11, 1.45 MUSIC The South London Jazz Orchestra Greenwich Park Bandstand 3 CELEBRATION Jamaica House Indig02 6 PERFORMANCE Tales From The Arabian Nights Greenwich Park 7.30 TALENT Something For Sunday Vanbrugh 7
FILM/OPERA Macbeth Link to NY Met, Greenwich Picturehouse, noon PUB QUIZ Vanbrugh 8.30 JAZZ Ladies Night Oliver’s
KIDS Intrepid Explorers NMM 11, 1 FAMILY Meet James Robson Cutty Sark, 11, noon, 1.30, 2.30 ASTRONOMY Daytime Venus Watch Royal Observatory 12.30, 1.10, 1.50, 2.30 KIDS Paper Plate Weaving Woodlands Fm 1 PERFORMANCE Tales From The Arabian Nights Greenwich Park 7.30 MUSIC English folk Star & Garter PLAY Blood Wedding London Theatre 8 JAZZ Corrie & Co Oliver’s
FAMILY Story-telling & Crafts Woodlands Farm 10-3 FAMILY Meet James Robson Cutty Sark, 11, noon, 1.30, 2.30 FAMILY Wicked Wednesdays Workshops Greenwich Market. Free. Rosa’s Kids Yoga in the Pavilion. Free. 11.30-12.30 Natty Peeps Creative Fun Workshops, Pompoms, crocheting. All day. KIDS Once I Caught A Fish Alive! Cutty Sark 11.30, 2 FILM/PLAY Angels In America Pt 2 Link to NT, Greenwich Picturehouse, noon ASTRONOMY Daytime Venus Watch Royal Observatory 12.30, 1.10, 1.50, 2.30 TALK Princes & Princesses Painted Hall, ORNC 1 KIDS Shipwrecked Creekside Disc Centre 1 PERFORMANCE Tales From The Arabian Nights Greenwich Park 2, 7.30 PLAY Blood Wedding London Theatre 8 JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s
KIDS Pond-Dipping Woodlands Farm 10-2 KIDS Once I Caught A Fish Alive! Cutty Sark 11.30, 2 ASTRONOMY Daytime Venus Watch Royal Observatory 12.30, 1.10, 1.50, 2.30 MUSIC Trinity Laban recital St Alfege 1.05 MUSIC Corina Piatti Buenos Aires, Nelson Rd Greenwich 7.30 PERFORMANCE Tales From The Arabian Nights Greenwich Park 7.30 MUSIC Icarus Club Pelton 8 PLAY Blood Wedding London Theatre 8
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MUSIC Cece & Friends Albany 6.30 PERFORMANCE Tales From The Arabian Nights Greenwich Park 7.30 COMEDY Up The Creek JAZZ Phil Stevenson Organ Trio Oliver’s
FOOTBALL Charlton Athletic v Northampton Town. The Valley 3 JIU JITSU Polaris 5 Indig02 MUSIC Bros O2 PERFORMANCE Tales From The Arabian Nights Greenwich Park 7.30 PLAY Blood Wedding London Theatre 8 COMEDY Up The Creek
FAMILY Extreme Fashion NMM 11, 1.45 MUSIC Galaxy Big Band G Park Bandstand 3 PLAY Blood Wedding London Theatre 5 TALENT Something For Sunday Vanbrugh 7 MUSIC Bros O2
FILM/OPERA Nabucco Link to NY Met, Greenwich Picturehouse, noon JAZZ Ladies Night Oliver’s
FAMILY Wicked Wednesdays Workshops Greenwich Market. Free. Stagecoach Blackheath and Greenwich Dance and Drama Classes. U6s. Free. 10.15-11 FAMILY Meet James Robson Cutty Sark, 11, noon, 1.30, 2.30 HISTORY International Slavery Remembrance Day NMM 11-5 KIDS Intrepid Explorers NMM 11, 1 KIDS Sea-People Finger Puppets Cutty Sark 11.30, 2 TALK Decode The Symbols Painted Hall, ORNC 1 WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s
FAMILY Meet Mrs Ray Cutty Sark, 11, 12, 1.30, 2.30 KIDS Sea-People Finger Puppets Cutty Sark 11.30, 2 FAMILY Honey Bee Day Charlton House MUSIC Trinity Laban recital St Alfege 1.05 LECTURE Professor Gerry Gilmore: Gaia Royal Observatory 7 MUSIC Mishka Adams Buenos Aires, Nelson Rd Greenwich 7.30 MUSIC Icarus Club Pelton 8
VOLUNTEER Dig-In Greenwich Park 9.30 MUSIC Bessie Smith Tribute Prince of Greenwich 8 COMEDY Ninia Benjamin, Open Spots, Raymond & Mr Timkins Revue Up The Creek
FAMILY Drop-In Wildlife Centre, G Park 1-4 FAMILY Teddy Bears’ Picnic Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice fundraiser 1.30-4.30 Bostall Heath SE2 0GB COMEDY Johnny Cochrane, Open Spots, Raymond & Mr Timkins Revue Up The Creek JAZZ Phil Stevenson Organ Trio Oliver’s
NATURE Birdwatching For Beginners Blackheath Gate, Greenwich Park 8.30am KIDS Intrepid Explorers NMM 11, 1 MUSIC Greenwich Concert Band Greenwich Park Bandstand 3 TALENT Something For Sunday Vanbrugh 7
FAMILY Meet Mrs Ray Cutty Sark, 11, 12, 1.30, 2.30 FAMILY Dust Greenwich Theatre 2, 7 MUSIC Mardi Gras Jazz Band Greenwich Park Bandstand 3 SHOW Billionaire Boy GLYPT production St George’s Garrison Church, Woolwich 3 JAZZ Ladies Night Oliver’s
FAMILY Extreme Fashion NMM 11, 1.45 MUSIC English folk Star & Garter JAZZ Corrie & Co Oliver’s
FAMILY Meet James Robson Cutty Sark, 11, noon, 1.30, 2.30 FAMILY Wicked Wednesdays Workshops Greenwich Market. Free. Rosa’s Kids Yoga in the Pavilion. Free. 11.30-12.30 Stagecoach Blackheath and Greenwich Dance and Drama Classes. U6s. Free. 10.15-11 FILM/OPERA Carmen Link to NY Met, Greenwich Picturehouse, noon KIDS Geeks In The Creek Creekside Discovery Centre 1.30 WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton PLAY Goody Greenwich Theatre 7.30 JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s
MUSIC Trinity Laban recital St Alfege 1.05 FILM/PLAY Yerma Young Vic link-up. Greenwich Picturehouse 7 MUSIC Rafael Lijtman Buenos Aires, Nelson Rd Greenwich 7.30 NATURE Bat Walk Woodlands Farm 7.30 MUSIC Icarus Club Pelton 8 PLAY Goody Greenwich Theatre 9
Friday September 1
FAMILY Meet Mrs Ray Cutty Sark, 11, 12, 1.30, 2.30 PLAY Goody Greenwich Theatre 7.30
FAMILY Animals Around The World NMM 11, 1.45 FAMILY Meet James Robson Cutty Sark, 11, noon, 1.30, 2.30 MUSIC English folk Star & Garter JAZZ Corrie & Co Oliver’s
FAMILY Meet James Robson Cutty Sark, 11, noon, 1.30, 2.30 FAMILY Flotsam Weaving Cutty Sark 11.30, 2 DANCE Paradiso Albany 2.30 RUGBY Blackheath v Plymouth Well Hall 3 CONCERT Bromley Players’ 50th Anniversary Bob Hope Theatre PLAY Goody Greenwich Theatre 9
KIDS Crab-Catching Creekside Discovery Centre 10
FAMILY Meet James Robson Cutty Sark, 11, noon, 1.30, 2.30
September RIVERFRONT JAZZ: David Silk’s Festival returns from Sept 7 to 17. Various venues. Info: www.theblack velvetclub.co.uk
PLAY Private Lives Greenwich Theatre 7.30 COMEDY Micky Flanagan O2 PLAY Howerd’s End Greenwich Th studio 7.30 MUSIC Icarus Club Pelton 8
PLAY Private Lives Greenwich Theatre 7.30 COMEDY Micky Flanagan O2 MUSIC Julie Felix GFMA International Day of Peace event, Mycenae House 7.30 PLAY Howerd’s End Greenwich Th studio 7.30
NETBALL British Fast5s All-Stars O2 FOOTBALL Charlton Athletic v Bury. Valley 3 PLAY Private Lives Greenwich Theatre 7.30 COMEDY Wahala Indig02 PLAY Howerd’s End Greenwich Th studio 7.30 CELEBRATION Tastes Like Blue Albany 8
Sunday October 1
FAMILY Harvest Festival Queen’s Orchard, Greenwich Park 11-4 KIDS Tortoise & Rabbit Albany 1, 3 DANCE The Sandman Greenwich Theatre 3 CELEBRATION This Is Bulgaria Indig02 TALENT Something For Sunday Vanbrugh 7
PUB QUIZ Vanbrugh 8.30 JAZZ Ladies Night Oliver’s
DANCE Cockfight Laban 7.30 FILM Hope & Glory Cutty Sark 7.30 MUSIC English folk Star & Garter MUSIC Cabaret Playroom Albany 8 JAZZ Corrie & Co Oliver’s
PLAY The Strange Case Of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde Greenwich Theatre 7.30 DANCE Cockfight Laban 7.30
MUSIC Trinity Laban recital St Alfege 1.05
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PLAY The Strange Case Of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde Greenwich Theatre 7.30 MUSIC 112, Dru Hill, Sisqo, Ginuwine Indig02
FAMILY Flotsam Weaving Cutty Sark 11.30, 2 MUSIC MyCool Singers Albany 8 COURSE Muslims At Sea NMM 10-12.30 MUSICAL All Or Nothing Greenwich Th 7.30
PERFORMANCE #Armingtheworld Griffin Square, Deptford 1, 3.30, 6 PLAY Howerd’s End Greenwich Th studio 7.30 PLAY The Collective Collected London Th 8 JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s
MUSICAL All Or Nothing Greenwich Th 7.30 MUSIC English folk Star & Garter PLAY The Collective Collected London Th 8 JAZZ Corrie & Co Oliver’s
MUSIC Trinity Laban recital St Alfege 1.05 COMEDY Micky Flanagan O2 PLAY Howerd’s End Greenwich Th studio 7.30 MUSIC Icarus Club Pelton 8
MUSICAL All Or Nothing Greenwich Th 3, 7.30 TOUR Dome Experience Painted Hall, ORNC 6.30 WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton PLAY The Collective Collected London Th 8 JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s
MUSIC Trinity Laban recital St Alfege 1.05 WORKSHOP Practice Of Sacred Geometry Made In Greenwich MUSIC Riverfront Jazz Festival till Sept 17. Various venues. theblackvelvetclub.co.uk MUSICAL All Or Nothing Greenwich Th 7.30 PLAY The Collective Collected London Th 8 MUSIC Icarus Club Pelton 8
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MUSIC OnBlackheath Travis, Metronomy, De La Soul, Steve Mason & many more KIDS The Wind In The Willows Blackheath Halls 11, 3 FOOTBALL Charlton Ath v Southend U. Valley 3 MUSIC The Analogues Indig02 PLAY The Collective Collected London Th 8
MUSIC OnBlackheath Libertines. Seasick Steve, KT Tunstall, Fun Lovin Criminals & many more NATURE Low-Tide Wade Creekside Discovery Centre 10 FAMILY Meet Mrs Ray Cutty Sark, 11, 12, 1.30, 2.30 PLAY The Collective Collected London Th 5
PUB QUIZ Vanbrugh 8.30 JAZZ Ladies Night Oliver’s
MUSIC John Legend O2 FOOTBALL Charlton Athletic v Wigan Athletic. The Valley 7.45 PLAY Howerd’s End Greenwich Th studio 7.30 MUSIC English folk Star & Garter PLAY The Collective Collected London Th 8 JAZZ Corrie & Co Oliver’s
PLAY Howerd’s End Greenwich Th studio 7.30 COMEDY Micky Flanagan O2 MUSIC Africa Night Bantu Arts, Eben Oke in GFMA event. Thamesmead Link 7 PLAY The Collective Collected London Th 8
TOURS Open House London RUGBY Blackheath v Ampthill Well Hall 3 PLAY Howerd’s End Greenwich Th studio 7.30 COMEDY Micky Flanagan O2 MUSIC The London Lasses, Chris O’Malley Blackheath Halls 8 FILM Stargate Royal Observatory 5.45 COMBAT Cage Warriors 86 Indig02 PLAY The Collective Collected London Th 8
TOURS Open House London FAMILY Meet James Robson Cutty Sark, 11, noon, 1.30, 2.30 FAMILY Silk River Cutty Sark 11.30, 12.30, 1.30 PLAY The Collective Collected London Th 5 TALENT Something For Sunday Vanbrugh 7
TOUR Wrens 100 Start ORNC 10 then NMM PLAY Twist Greenwich Theatre 2, 7.30 PUB QUIZ Vanbrugh 8.30 JAZZ Ladies Night Oliver’s
MUSIC English folk Star & Garter PLAY Private Lives Greenwich Theatre 7.30 FILM The Revenant (2015) Cutty Sark 7.30 PLAY Howerd’s End Greenwich Th studio 7.30 JAZZ Corrie & Co Oliver’s
PLAY Private Lives Greenwich Th 2.30, 7.30 PLAY Howerd’s End Greenwich Th studio 7.30 JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s
TALK Displaying The Arctic In Greenwich NMM 11 MUSIC Trinity Laban recital St Alfege 1.05 TALK Our Sun: Friend Or Foe Dr Helen Mason, Royal Observatory 7 MUSIC Kokoroko Albany 7
KIDS Storyteller Storyteller Albany 1, 3 BASKETBALL British All-Stars O2 KIDS The Hunting Of The Snark G Theatre 2 TALENT Something For Sunday Vanbrugh 7 MUSIC Greenwich Blues Band The Guard House, Woolwich Arsenal 7.30
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PUB QUIZ Vanbrugh 8.30 JAZZ Ladies Night Oliver’s
MUSIC English folk Star & Garter JAZZ Corrie & Co Oliver’s CLUBBING Bass Heavy Building Six
PLAY The Tempest Greenwich Theatre 7.30 MUSIC Jette Parker Young Artists Blackheath Halls 7.30 POETRY Spoken Word night GFMA event at The Guard House, Woolwich Arsenal 7.30
TALK Imagining The Arctic Dr Huw LewisJones, NMM 11 MUSIC Trinity Laban recital St Alfege 1.05 TALK Christopher Garibaldi: Treasures of the Turf Blackheath Decorative & Fine Arts Society, St Mary’s Church Hall 2.30 COMEDY Micky Flanagan O2 PLAY The Tempest Greenwich Theatre 7.30 MUSIC Plastic Cup Boyz & Donnell Rawlings Indig02 DANCE/SPOKEN WORD Shall We Take This Outside Albany 7.30 PLAY Life Boat London Theatre 8 MUSIC Icarus Club Pelton 8
VOLUNTEER Dig-In Greenwich Park 9.30 MUSIC Chorus Albany 6, 7, 8 MUSIC Isbilia Quartet Blackheath Halls 6 PLAY The Tempest Greenwich Theatre 7.30 COMEDY Micky Flanagan O2 JAZZ Mike Westbrook & The Uncommon Orchestra Albany 7.30 PLAY Life Boat London Theatre 8
FAMILY Drop-In Wildlife Centre, G Park 1-4 MUSIC Chorus Albany 1.30, 2.30, 3.30 MARCH Silencer Fordham Park to Deptford Market Yard 2.30 RUGBY Blackheath v Hull Ionians Well Hall 3 PLAY The Tempest Greenwich Theatre 7.30 MUSIC Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds O2 MUSIC Masego Woki & The Kalahari Band GFMA Botswana celebration. The Stables, Charlton House 7.30 PLAY Life Boat London Theatre 8 CLUBBING Pure Silk Indig02 10pm
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DANCE Alexander Whitley Laban 7.30 PLAY Free To Stay Albany 7.30 COMEDY Mickey Flanagan O2 PLAY Stolen Greenwich Theatre studio 7.30
PLAY Nocturnes Greenwich Theatre 7.30 MUSIC Lady Antebellum O2 DISCUSSION Greenwich Industrial History GIHS, Bakehouse 7.30
COURSE Language Of Another World NMM 11 PLAY The Strange Case Of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde Greenwich Theatre 2.30, 7.30 FOOTBALL Charlton Athletic v P’boro. Valley 3 DANCE Alexander Whitley Laban 7.30 MUSIC Giants Of Lovers’ Rock Indig02 DISCO Haven’t Stopped Dancing Yet Blackheath Halls 7.30 MUSIC Nubiyan Twist Albany 7.30 PLAY Stolen Greenwich Theatre studio 7.30 COMEDY Mickey Flanagan O2 CLUBBING TwiceasNice Building Six
MUSIC Lady Gaga O2 JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s
CELEBRATION Fun Palaces Albany TALENT Something For Sunday Vanbrugh 7 PLAY Stolen Greenwich Theatre studio 7.30
MUSIC Lady Gaga O2 JAZZ Ladies Night Oliver’s
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MUSIC Trinity Laban recital St Alfege 1.05 MEETING Greenwich Tinnitus Support Group Dragonfly Lifestyle, Greenwich Market 6.30 MUSICAL Promise & Promiscuity Greenwich Theatre 7.30 MUSIC 3 Degrees, Jaki Graham Indig02 THEATRE To Helen Back Albany 7.45 MUSIC Icarus Club Pelton 8
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MARBLELOUS: Marbled white butterflies mating in Greenwich Park. Picture: ALISTER HAYES
or my 21st birthday a friend gave me a copy of Benningfields Butterflies with the inscription: “Butterflies and literature are the two greatest pleasures known to man”. That‘s debatable I guess but that book with its beautifully painted illustrations of British butterflies and descriptions of their natural history did spark off a lifelong interest in these enigmatic insects. uly and August are great months to look for butterflies in Greenwich Park and I am indebted to local naturalist Joe Beale for interesting additions to the park list. Whilst Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper and Small Heath are all commonly seen over the grasslands of Crooms Hill and One Tree Hill, the last few years has seen the establishment of a colony of Marbled White. This black and white butterfly is one that I commonly saw on the downland sites in Kent that I used to manage but never before this year had I seen one in Greenwich Park. The species has expanded its range in the last twenty years and it is great to see such a distinctive and attractive insect here in Greenwich. Sunny days in July and August, when there is no wind, are your best chance of spotting the butterfly on the top of One Tree Hill. The Royal Parks ecologist Alistair Hayes snapped this lovely photo of a mating pair. nother less common butterfly to look out for on One Tree Hill is the Ringlet. This dark brown butterfly is most attractive when it closes its wings to reveal small pairs of circles which give it its name. The black dots are circled in yellow creating an enchanting pattern on the underwing. ou might also come across some dayflying moths. It’s a common misconception that moths only come out at night as there are also species that fly by day and some of these can be quite colourful, like the Cinnabar moth. The charcoal grey forewing is marked with carmine pink dots and streaks. In flight the carmine underwing is very striking. he great thing about butterflies and moths is that you never quite know what could turn up. Thanks again to Joe for a record of a Red-tipped Clearwing in the Queens Orchard. The caterpillars of this bizarre and very beautiful moth feed on willow. There are not many willows in the Park and it’s possible this came in on the willow tunnels planted in the playground close by. f you like the idea of spotting butterflies, Sir David Attenborough is asking for volunteers to take part in the Great Butterfly Count. Info: www.butterfly-conservation.org
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hen people hear I grew up on a farm in Devon they’re always surprised as I’m such a London person. There are so many interesting things going on and such a great sense of community. When I walk down the street I nearly always meet someone I know. ack in the 80s I was working for London Weekend TV and one day after filming in Essex we drove across Blackheath.I remember asking the crew where on earth we were because I knew we were not far from central London, yet there was this amazing green space. A few years later I rented a flat on the edge of the Heath when I was pregnant with my first daughter and I’ve lived nearby ever since. It’s such a great place to bring up kids. started my 70s & 80s club night (www.haventstoppeddancingyet. co.uk) in my late 40s because I still wanted to go out dancing but there was nowhere to go. The response has been fantastic and we have events north of the river in Islington as well as at The Trafalgar Tavern in Greenwich, Blackheath Halls and also in Hither Green where I now live. ancer Research UK is a cause close to my heart. My mum was diagnosed with breast cancer when I was in my early 20s – I still remember the day they told us so clearly. She survived, and last year we celebrated her 80th, but many friends didn’t. We always give 10 per cent of profits from HSDY nights to CRUK and this September I’m taking part in their Machu Picchu fundraising trek in Peru. eople have been so fantastic. I mentioned the trek to my hairdresser, Yvette, at Ego Hair & Beauty on Trafalgar Road, and they ran a fundraiser, working on their day off with all takings going to CRUK (see pic). I also organised a quiz and a vintage sale and people can still donate at www.justgiving. c o m / f u n d r a i s i n g / nikki-spencerperu ow all I have to do is get fit! I did a trek in Nepal 17 years ago but I was a lot younger. I try to walk as much as possible and like to combine it with a mooch around the food and vintage stalls at Greenwich Market. I usually pop into my friend Coco Barclay’s lovely handbag shop and maybe stop at Royal Teas on Royal Hill as they have the best coconut cake. iving here can feel like being on holiday even when you are not, especially by the river. The other evening we did a recce for a private party at the Curlew Rowing Club and then sat outside the Cutty Sark pub eating triple fried chips as the sun set. Heaven!
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