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Henry’s Palace of Placentia uncovered See Page 10




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STREET FANs EXHIBITION Groundbreaking show – P14

All is Revealed THE Greenwich Park Revealed bid for £5million of lottery funding to improve our historic green space – including your ideas – has been delivered.

how comedy came home Greenwich Comedy Festival – P7

Park staff consulted dozens of groups and bodies – and more than 2,000 visitors – for their pitch to Parks For People, which is funded jointly by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund. Competition for the cash is intense from parks across Britain. The Greenwich Visitor helped launch the consultation campaign last November and since then we have also highlighted issues facing the 590-year-old Park – first used as a hunting ground by Henry VIII. If the bid succeeds, match-funding should build the total to £7.5m. Ideas

Ideas that made it in to £5m Park Lottery pitch

a new learning centre; •Building Re-landscaping the area around • General Wolfe’s statue to cope with

the Park’s 4.8m visitors a year; Restoring avenues of trees CONTENDER: affected by disease; Greenwich Park Creating a sustainable water supply in its leaking boating lake; Setting up a new viewing area that made the final pitch included: near the Park’s deer herd, descended Reviving the Park’s 17th Century from Henry’s own animals; design by Versailles genius Le Nôtre, Improving bio-diversity; with Giant Steps cut into a hill; Using digital technology to bring A mobility scheme to help less the Park to life for visitors; and Creating new volunteer, work able visitors enjoy all of the Park;

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experience and apprenticeship chances in association with local colleges and universities. Greenwich Park Manager Graham Dear said: “The past few months have given us an amazing opportunity to hear from thousands of visitors what is important to them about Greenwich Park. “I’d like to personally thank everyone who has shared their views, come to an open day and helped out with this project. “There’s so much more Greenwich Park has to offer and this is now our opportunity to ensure we make it a Park for the future.” The result should be announced in December, with work starting soon after...if the bid is successful. ParkLife: Graham Dear’s column – P10

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n interesting suggestion by a reader, which arrived too late for consideration for the Greenwich Park Revealed project. Robert Hearn says the bowling green outside Ranger’s House should move inside the Park to improve the game’s visibility. “As a bowler,” Robert tells us, “I’m sure more people would be encouraged to participate in this sport and so improve their physical and mental fitness whilst enjoying a social occasion.” And there’s a maritime twist. “A statue of our famous mariner and bowler Sir Francis Drake could look down on proceedings as thousands of visitors have an opportunity to watch and maybe participate in this quintessentially British game.” What do readers think? reenwich Council’s planning department is in deep trouble. It has been criticised for a string of failures of process


NELSON’S COLUMN future we recommend you follow the excellent www. fromthe o news yet on the future of East Greenwich’s gasholder, which campaigners hope can be saved from demolition by Greenwich Council.Interested in the heritage of this important part


of London? We highly recommend a look at expert – and former councillor – Mary Mills’ study at www.greenwich e feel rather sorry for the Alexandra Players, whose production of Up Pompeii! was barred by the minister of the church whose hall they have used


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that have led to planning applicants winning permission on pure technicalities rather than the quality of their projects. Now a cat sanctuary – which keeps few cats on site and is known for the quality of its care – must close unless it wins an appeal. Sadly, it’s often only because of bloggers that these blunders come to life. If you care about Greenwich and its

Why is Greenwich called Royal Greenwich? We have system were being trialled. But a lift failed last month 1,000 years of Royal links – Henry VIII and Elizabeth and the tests have been halted – see our story on P3. I were born here and christened at St Alfege Church. Email your thoughts and experiences to Matt@ Their palace, Placentia, was here. In fact Elizabeth played under the oak that bears her name in Is anyone using the cable car yet? Cheek! Greenwich Park, one of London’s eight The Emirates Air Line isn’t much use Royal Parks. Queen Elizabeth II granted for getting about – although we’re us Royal Status in February 2012 to assured some people use it to mark those links. reenwich isitor commute to work – and often shuts I read that Greenwich is a World in high winds – but is a futuristic WANT TO ADVERTISE? Heritage Site? Yes, it won World attraction we love. Heritage Site status 20 years ago – HAVE A STORY? one of only 29 in the UK which visiting. What should we do Call Matt on 07802 743324 tWe’re means our treasures are so good, o d a y ? Yo u ’ v e p i c k e d u p a they’re protected by the United Matt@TheGreenwich Greenwich Visitor – good start. Next Nations. visit the Tourist Information Centre. Greenwich Market is famous isn’t it? It’s award-winning staff has just Yes, it’s one of the oldest in London. relocated from Pepys House into the There’s been a market here since the 1300s – and Discover Greenwich centre next door at the Old a year ago the Duke of York officially unveiled a Royal Naval College. Get advice, buy tickets for major renovation. A new smaller Pavilion Market boats, tube, DLR, rail, buses and coaches, book tours, caters for street food fans while the main one buy tickets for London attractions. concentrates on arts, crafts, designer-makers and Are museums free? Yes – except the Fan Museum, collectibles. Is the Foot Tunnel working yet? There was a badly which has no public funding but has a world-leading handled £11.4m refurb in 2012, but problems persist collection of fans. And the Wernher Collection of art in the 114-year-old tunnel...including relations at Ranger’s House, run by English Heritage. There between pedestrians and cyclists. A friends group are some paid for shows at the National Maritime Fogwoft has pushed the Council for improvements. Museum. You’ll need to pay to stand on the Meridian Lifts were said to be working better and online lift Line inside the Royal Observatory too. And it’s 20p alerts and a new interactive movement management to use the loos in Greenwich Park!



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for 60 years (see P5). But we may have a solution for the Players. Just a mile or so away, St Barnabus Church in Eltham would surely have no objection to staging it. It’s own hall is named the Frankie Howerd Centre after the star, who performed there as a boy. rankie apart, it promises to be a fine month for comedy fans. A huge array of talent is here for the Greenwich Comedy Festival. OnBlackheath boasts Basil Brush on its roster. It’s Boom! Boom! time. nBlackheath has become a must for foodies as well as music fans. And so far it’s all gone very well. This year organisers have booked a band with a reputation...The Libertines have seen fans riot at shows in the past. The last time there was a riot on Blackheath was 1497 and Wat Tyler (inset) was guest star. He even had a road named after him. Pete Docherty Avenue, anyone?


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Dimbleby Cancer Care USUALLY the bride and groom receive gifts on their wedding day – but one couple decided to give them instead. Julia and Daniel Howard gave £250 to Dimbleby Cancer Care charity for pin badges which they gave to each guest. The Shooters Hill couple wanted to return the support the charity gave Julia during treatment for skin cancer in her nose and sinus. After one particularly hard day commuting and receiving treatment at Guy’s Hospital Julia broke down – a nurse suggested Julia try complementary therapies Dimbleby Cancer Care offers to relieve stress and anxiety. Julia said: “I had a 15-minute reflexology taster session there and then. It was so relaxing I nearly drifted off to sleep.” She booked more sessions. A year later the cancer returned and after surgery she used the charity’s Look Good; Feel Better treatment, counselling and stress management courses. Julia said: “We had a wonderful wedding day and it was so special to look around the room and see our friends and family members wearing the badges and sharing in our appreciation for everything the charity has done for me and will continue to do for others.” The charity was launched by the family of legendary BBC broadcaster Richard Dimbleby, who died of cancer in 1965. Info:


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These mesmerising abstract photographs are portraits of buildings reflected in water at Canary Wharf – the glass and steel financial district just across the river from Greenwich. Photographer Mike Curry spent four years watching the water and waiting for the perfect moment to press the shutter. The stunning result is Fleeting Reflections – a free show at Greenwich Gallery from September 14 to 28. Mike talks about the pictures there on Saturday September 16 (2pm). Mike – a pro for 35 years – says: “Every image in the exhibition and book is exactly as it appeared. You just needed to stop, take a breath and really look.” He explains that waiting for the right weather Greenwich – and making time for the huge project – made it ce Gallery, Peyton Pla a challenge. But Canary Wharf Group gave him 24hr access to all areas of the Wharf. Sometimes he took up to 600 hundred shots before finding two that worked. Sept 14-28. “The process became like a form of meditation,” Talk: Sept 16 he says. “It felt very rewarding.” Info:







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Miles Hedley’s pick of this month’s events. Our unique 3-month listings begin on P18


Historians David Starkey, Jerry Brotton and Simon Thurley talk about aspects of 16th century life –including England’s relationship with the Islamic world – at a series of Wednesday events at the Queen’s House. One evening is given over to a concert of Tudor music. Sept 6, 13, 20, 27


The annual last hurrah for the summer returns to the common with a star-studded line-up that includes The Libertines, Travis, Seasick Steve, KT Tunstall, Metronomy, Jake Bugg, De La Soul and south-east London’s brilliant Kate Tempest. Tasty – and the food’s good too. Sept 9&10



This 89-acre working urban farm on Shooters Hill celebrates 20 years as a charitable trust with a family fun day which will give you the opportunity to marvel at their livestock, from grunting pigs to guinea pigs, and also to find out about the brilliant and important conservation work done there. Sept 10


A roll-call of the greats of contemporary comedy gather for five nights in a Big Top at the National Maritime Museum – including Dara O Briain, Sara Pascoe, Ed Byrne, Shappi Khorsandi, James Acaster, Reginald D Hunter, Alan Davies, Suzi Ruffell and, best of all, the genius Dylan Moran. Sept 13-17

Anyone can sing just sign up! SING one of the great choral works – no experience necessary. Blackheath Centre for Singing begins its new season this month with the first big performance soon after. Anyone can join the group’s performance of the Fauré Requiem at St Margaret’s C h u r c h , L e e Te r r a c e o n October 14 (2-5). “The event is open to all,” says Director Joel Thomas “including singers that wish to simply sing for the afternoon, rather than join a choir.” The group’s team of tutors runs choirs and gives individual tuition at Mycenae House in Blackheath. Autumn’s season begins on September 18. “We have a group to suit everyone from complete beginners to advanced singers,” says Joel. “Newcomers are every choir’s life and soul, so come and be inspired. Info: blackheath


Pianist/guitarist Chris O’Malley joins the acclaimed quintet at Blackheath Halls for an evening of Irish music that will range from traditional dances and folk-songs to tunes they composed themselves, some of them taken from their much-feted current album The One I Loved The Best. Sept 16


See the normally off-limits inner recesses of some of the borough’s most treasured old buildings such as the Old Royal Naval College, Charlton House and Blackheath Halls – or discover the amazing Greenwich Yacht Club HQ above the Thames – during this annual nationwide event. Sept 16&17


The ever-reliable London Theatre in New Cross presents a scathing and timely satire for our post-truth, fake-news world in which writer Max Lopert imagines the US president being tried on corruption charges relating to family dealings during his White House tenure. Recommended. Sept 19-24

JULIE FELIX The legendary Californian folkie has lived in

Britain since 1965 and since then has sold millions of records and played live to millions of adoring fans. Find out why they love her so much when she headlines Global Fusion Music and Arts’ International Day of Peace gig at Mycenae House. Sept 22


Shakespeare’s magical swan-song gets a high-energy African makeover in a Greenwich Theatre show that features contemporary sub-Saharan choreography and a soundtrack that samples traditional Malawian music yet remains true to the spirit of the Bard’s immortal words. Sept 27-30

MIKE WESTBROOK If this month’s Riverfront Jazz Festival isn’t

enough for you, Britain’s most famous living jazz pianist brings his 22-piece avant-garde Uncommon Orchestra to the Albany with actors and electronics as well as the more usual vocal, horn and rhythm sections. It should be an unforgettable evening. Sept 29

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ONE of Nicholas Hawksmoor’s original drawings of St Alfege Church – which he designed and built – has been discovered. A r c h i t e c t R i c h a r d H i l l fo u n d t h e 305-year-old ink and wash image while looking through a box of miscellaneous papers at Greenwich Heritage Centre. He said: “I realised that this was a design stage drawing, probably from 1712, and it seemed to be in the hand of Hawksmoor.”

Experts confirmed it and the historic find was officially rvealed earlier this summer at a reception in the church (above). Richard is working on the church’s Heart of Greenwich - Place and People project. It will show its architectural importance, improve access and facilities and tell stories of figures from its past like Henry VIII, Thomas Tallis and General James Wolfe. Info:

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‘TOP CLASS MUSIC AT EVEN MORE VENUES’ IT’S back and it’s bigger. Riverfront Jazz Blackheath’s Clarendon Hotel. They return there to end the festival on returns this month with top class live music at more venues than ever before. Sunday September 17. Before that on Friday September 15 there’s a jazz and classical Although classic venue The Lord supper at the Trafalgar Tavern by the Hood has closed, the festival – first run by musicians David Silk and Thames,. George Bridges in the 90s – Quirky comedy club Up The brings great acts to new places. Creek hosts regular Saturday Various venues in And many events are free. Greenwich & Blackheath shows by the Jazz Mafia. Dave joked: “Sadly, the And in Blackheath, Mycenae Lord Hood is closed awaiting House – presenting fine jazz for demolition but Royal Sept 7-17 three decades – hosts guitarist Greenwich has gained other Listings P19 Simon Goodwin accompanied by regal venues like the Prince of Philip “Amadeus” Mead on a Greenwich, The Duke and The Danemann concert grand piano donated Royal Standard. Riverfront Jazz has been revived, revitalised and benefited from a by Lewisham’s Markson Pianos. Dave says: “Expect spontaneous bijou acts transfusion of new blood – mostly blue!” Shows begin on Thursday September 7 from the audience including two sets from with young piano and guitar duo Levent & local 10-piece choir Velvet Harmony. Info: Taylor bringing their high-energy gypsyListings: See Page 19 influenced neo-flamenco music to


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TRIBUTE TO LOCAL LAD FRANKIE HOWERD TOO RISQUE AN amateur dramatic society has been banned from staging Frankie H o w e r d ’s R o m a n r o m p U p Pompeii! in the church hall it has used for 60 years .

SAUNCY: Star Frankie Howerd in original TV show

Members of Charlton’s Alexandra Players were told by the new minister at the church that the stage play based on the comedy icon’s hit 70s BBC show is “against their family ethos and denigrating to women.” The stage play is about the bawdy goings on in a Roman household where Howerd’s harassed slave Lurcio serves members of a dysfunctional Roman household. Characters include Senator Ludicrus Sextus, Ammonia, Erotica, Nausius, Bilius, Scrubba, Senna the Soothsayer and slave girl Voluptua. The Players chose it as a tribute on the 100th anniversary of Howerd’s birth because he was brought up nearby in Shooters Hill. But it announced on its website: “We are all extremely sad that after 60 years of affiliation and friendship with the church and so many unchallenged and entertaining productions, we had to make the decision that our show be postponed until a more suitable environment and venue can be found. “We apologise to all of our loyal friends, fans and followers for any disappointment this may cause.” Members were in rehearsal for opening night this month when the ban was announced. One told Twitter followers: “We are devastated. We’ve never been in this position before.” United Reformed Church minster Rev. Andrew Willett said: “Yes it’s true. We have asked them not to perform it using the church. We didn’t think it was appropriate because of its sexual nature. “There’s so much sexualisation now that we didn’t think it was appropriate. So we said we weren’t happy but we said they can rehearse. We didn’t want them to leave. “We have a long association but we thought that production was inappropriate. Up Pompeii! was made in the 1970s and I know other programmes of that age like the Benny Hill show aren’t shown on most TV stations because it’s considered demeaning to women and inappropriate. “We did ask for a script but they didn’t give us one. But from our research there was another local company that did Up Pompeii! and their poster had a back view

BAN: Church in Charlton


Church bans drama company’s Up Pompeii! for ‘denigrating women’ of a topless woman and it said, ‘This is inappropriate for children’ We’re only trying to do what’s right. And what’s good for the community and for society.” The Players’ chairman Ray Moore said: “Obviously everybody’s been a bit upset and a bit surprised. We’ve always had good relations and it was bit of a surprise that we had this reaction for a play we thought was good old Carry On-style comedy. Mr Moore insisted the play was good clean fun. “We were going to play it for happy entertainment. I was surprised because we look at that sort of thing as traditional British humour – innuendo-ish, yes, but that’s British humour, isn’t it?” H e a d d e d : “ We h a v e h a d t h i s disagreement but we voted that it’s our

base and we will continue and hopefully overcome this problem by choosing a different play to do in October so we keep our programme going, which is important. “We’ve now put Up Pompeii! on the back burner although we haven’t dismissed it. We may stage it elsewhere. But it’s very difficult nowadays to find venues.” He said: “The church had always been happy to trust us and given us free reign from the point of view of artistic discretion and we’ve never done anything that would be out of order in my view. But it’s amicable. We’re still talking.” Info:

FRANKIE Howerd was born in York in 1917. His soldier father was posted to Woolwich in 1920 and the family moved to 19 Arbroath Road, Eltham (below). He later went to Shooter’s Hill Grammar School. In Eltham he began acting – and swapped an A for a E in his name to stand out. During World War Two he took part in D-Day. He found fame with catchphrases including “Titter Ye Not,” “Nay, Nay, Thrice Nay,” and “Oh Please Yourself.” He died in 1992, aged 75.

My old friend would be highly amused FRANKIE’s friend and Up Pompeii! writer Miles Tredinnick said he was “absolutely amazed” by the ban – and said Frankie would be “highly amused.” “It’s an adult play and it is right that groups should advertise it with that kind of warning but this is a script that is no more offensive than a Carry On film being shown on afternoon TV. “This is good old fashioned British seaside humour, a bit saucy perhaps but so what? It is a highly popular genre and audiences love it. “The play has never been banned anywhere else as far as I know. I’m absolutely amazed. I look forward to seeing it when the Alexandra Players have found a new venue. “I think Frankie would have been highly amused. He’d have responded by saying, ‘Titter ye not? I should coco. Get your FRIEND: titters out missus and have a laugh!’ ” Writer Miles

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PLACENTIA OF THE WORLD: Painting of Palace in early 1500s

IT was the beating heart of Tudor Britain – the now nearmythical magnificent red brick Palace of Placentia.

Here, in 1491, by the banks of the Thames at Greenwich, Henry VIII was born. He lived in the palace with wives Katherine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn – and jousted in a purpose-built tiltyard outside. In 1533 his daughter Elizabeth I was born here. She built an empire across the world from her base in Maritime Greenwich – even planning the defeat of the Spanish Armada from a war room here. The Palace eventually became out of date. A new one was planned and Placentia demolished and vanished from view. But finally – 400 years after its demise – Placentia has been uncovered. A team working on a new visitor centre at the Painted Hall of the Old Royal Naval College Old Royal has uncovered its remains. Two rooms – including a floor Naval College featuring Flemish lead-glazed tiles – emerged from the ground during a delicate dig overseen by Hugh Broughton Architects. Open every day Experts say the rooms are set 10-5pm back from there river and are likely to be from a range of s e r v i c e r o o m s – k i t c h e n s , used as a prison camp. After the b a k e h o u s e , b r e w h o u s e a n d Restortaion in 1660, his son laundry were. Charles II designed a new grand Clues in the structure of the brickwork and the material in the palace in the Renaissance style tiles means the remains are and Placentia was demolished. By the time Sir Christopher probably from work that Henry Wrens’ design was begun in 1696 did to extend the Palace in the – including a gap so the Queen’s early 1500s. There are window moulds that House would keep its view of the c o u l d b e f r o m t h e o r i g i n a l river – it had been decided to turn it into a hospital for sailors. building. The building is now the Old One of the two rooms is subterranean and contains a series Royal Naval College. At its heart o f u n u s u a l n i c h e s , w h i c h is the fabulous Painted Hall – archaeologists believe may be bee known as Britain’s Sistine Chapel boles for the keeping of skeps – – currently being renovated. Historic England chief hive baskets – during the winter months when the bee colonies are executive Duncan Wilson said: “This is a really remarkable find. hibernating. “The Tudor period is one which The niches were probably used grips the public imagination like for keeping food and drink cool in the summer months when the no other, probably because of the larger-than-life characters like skeps were outside. Now the ORNC is investigating Henry VIII and Elizabeth I, as whether the Tudor archaeology well as the magnificence of the can be displayed inside the new buildings. “To find a trace of Greenwich interpretation gallery of the Palace – arguably the most Painted Hall. P l a c e n t i a w a s b u i l t b y important of all the Tudor palaces Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester in – is hugely exciting. “The most exciting aspect is 1426. After Elizabeth’s death in 1603, James 1 lived there but that the Old Royal Naval College b e g a n r e m o d e l l i n g a n d is able and willing to incorporate commissioned the Queen’s House this into the new visitor centre, so by Inigo Jones. It was finally everyone can see a small part of finished by his son Charles I. But the Palace, for the first time in Charles was executed during the hundreds of years.” Civil War in 1649 and the palaces


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Cat sanctuary to appeal on ‘catastrophic’ planning fail

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A SANCTUARY for abandoned cats is to appeal against a decision to close it down on for planning reasons. CatCuddles was launched in her home by Evina Koroni a decade ago – but last year she was told she must apply for permission to keep it. She says she was led to believe it was a formality – but then the bid was refused. Greenwich Council planning officers blamed “excessive noise and odour”, “the loss of the property as a dwelling” and claim the cats’ accommodation in the garden had “a detrimental impact in terms of design, appearance and scale.” Evina says because of the speed she can find new homes, only a few cats are ever at the house, which has soundproofed cat chalets and is cleaned daily by a team of 12. We featured the campaign to keep the sanctuary in April’s Greenwich Visitor. More than 850 people have signed a petition supporting Evina’s campaign to stay open. She says it is another example of “catastrophic” bungling by Greenwich’s planners who have been criticised in official reports by planning inspectors recently for a string of errors.

IT’S time to raise the roof of the Big Top – Greenwich Comedy Festival is here this month in the home of the alternative comedy revolution.

It was madcap Malcolm Hardee who opened the famous Tunnel Club and then Up The Creek – the venues where three decades of comedians learned their craft. And for five nights in September his legacy lives on as brother and sister team Cass Randolph and Will Briggs stage “London’s biggest and best comedy festival”. Giants including Dara O Briain, Dylan Moran, Ed Byrne and Alan Davies headline shows at the Festival in the grounds of the National Maritime Museum from September 13 to 17. They’re backed by a host of the biggest names in UK comedy including Adam Hills, Joe Lycett, R e g i n a l d D H u n t e r, D a v i d O’Doherty, Tim Key, Ellie Taylor, James Acaster, Shappi Khorsandi, Doc Brown, Bridget Christie. As well as laughs there is a

organise an event with your brother – but we feel we’ve really hit our stride. It’s a joy to be an established part of the Greenwich events calendar.” She explained: “Our Mum was married to the late, great comedy promoter Malcolm Hardee and Up The Creek was like a second home to us growing up. FAMILY FUN: “ We s a w m a n y o f o u r Cass Randolph headline acts when they and Malcolm Big Top at National were working their way up Hardee Maritime Museum the ranks, and we like to think we’re continuing what Malcolm started, although festival atmosphere with street food, but I’m glad to 13 t Sep admittedly there’s not as s Wed we took that bars and coffee stalls. much nudity as he would have Sun Sept 17 Festival Producer Cass – running r i s k b e c a u s e , liked!” her ninth comedy festival here – told j u d g i n g b y i t s “This year’s edition is going to The Greenwich Visitor this is success, people need a be rather special. It’s an unbeatable “arguably the best line-up to date.” good laugh more than ever! collection of geniuses that I’m sure “Over the years we’ve chopped will be giving their own take on the She said: “When we started the Festival back in 2009 we were under and changed the Festival trying to world today. the cloud of the economic downturn find the magic formula that balances “Each show is going to be totally and people told us we were mad to amazing acts, lovely setting and unmissable and we can’t wait!” decent price. launch it with no backing. Line-ups – What’s On P19 “There’s been some blood, sweat “Almost a decade on, there are Info: www.greenwichcomedy some even murkier clouds around and tears – unavoidable when you


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Yacht Club art show is Open SEE the unique Greenwich Yacht Club – and art by its members – this month during Open House weekend. There are guided tours of the unique building – on stilts in the Thames – on September 16-17 (1-5) and the chance to take part in boating activities. The Annual Art Show will be in the club’s Sail Loft. Organiser Ona Chantrell said: “Last year 100 sailorartists showed work, from oil paintings to mobile sculptures and a stunning display of marine rope-works.” The club is on the thames Path at Peartree Way – a 10min w a l k f r o m t h e O 2 . I n fo :

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WE HAVE OVER 300 CAREER-FOCUSED COURSES TO CHOOSE FROM. WHY STUDY ANYWHERE ELSE? DIFFORD & Tilbrook were once hailed as the new Lennon & McCartney…is a merger on the cards? Squeeze songwriting legend Chris Difford became a Companion of Sir Paul McCartney’s Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts last month and received his award from the Beatle himself But with new Squeeze album The Knowledge due in October, a winter UK and USA tour and Chris’s autobiography Some Fantastic Place out now he may have trouble squeezing in song-writing with Sir Paul. Chris’s older brother Lew – who took this picture – told us: “It was very special. Who would have thought all those years ago when I was a member of The Beatles Fan Club that one day my hero would be presenting my baby brother with such an honour.”

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INSIDE the crystal Futuristic building just across the river shows how we can save our planet...

The Crystal opened five years ago and is one of the world’s most sustainable buildings. HELEN RADFORD takes a trip across the Thames and discovers the future is closer than she thought.

HOW many buildings are exciting as the exhibition in them? The Crystal is an amazing glass structure just across the river from Greenwich, designed to demonstrate MESSAGE: Learning how what we do – and how we do it – zone in The Crystal affects our future. which also has 14 Educational and interactive, it’s all corporate spaces about what the future holds for our cities and, ultimately, our planet. Appropriately for somewhere futuristic you can travel here easily on one of the cable cars that cross the Thames. The exhibition inside this striking building is a chance to see the impact that our growing population is having on the planet, and ourselves, and how sustainability can be achieved through ‘greener living’. It’s the biggest exhibition of its type in the world. And Siemens – the German global engineering own weather station outside, which adds to data and technology giant that built it – is certainly from 3,500 points inside the building’s own energy practising what it preaches. management system. It’s so efficient that Siemen’s It is one of the planet’s most sustainable buildings never has to pay a heating bill! with solar panels, water recycling and electric cars. One day all buildings should be like this. Even its shape makes makes clever use of angles Inside it’s all about being hands on. and glass to creat natural shading and sun spots and Through interactive screens and models, you learn to provide as much natural light as possible. It keeps how different cities and cultures operate. summer sun out and lets winter sun in. It’s has its You can compare the future with the past in terms

of how we live. You can understand the challenges of the 21st century, and see how the choices we make now – leaving a light switched on or showering for too long – have a direct effect on the sustainability of our planet. I discovered ways to live greener. You can too. There are several zones, mapped to show how the connect in the real world. Forces of Change looks at climate change and

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spaces for corporate hire, Locals and tourists will find it a fascinating day out. And the work The Crystal does with school groups is outstanding. There is so much here that allows children to learn while having fun with a hands on approach – whether it’s riding bikes to see how much power they can generate as they pedal, or playing out their own kinetic energy, children can learn about energy, they way they use it and how they can manage it in order to be more sustainable for their own future. If you’re a teacher and your school hasn’t organised a trip here yet, do it now. If you’re a parent – or a pupil – suggest it. teaches us that One Siemens Brothers weTheareCrystal responsible for the oria Vict al Way, Roy world around us, and anyone Docks, E16 1GB who visits will come away realising that we can all make changes – big or small – to vital water is to Open Tues to Sat make sure we live a little sustainability, as well as 10-5 greener and help to sustain the Healthy Life which tell us world we live in. how a sustainable city provides a It offers a fantastic day out. In fact healthier living environment for those you may be pushed to take everything within it. in on one visit. So keep your ticket – The Crystal is an amazing resource for many it’s valid for two weeks. different groups. How sustainable is that? It has a range of meeting rooms and event


how the way we live contributes to it. Creating Cities explores what is takes to build a city, and how they run. Keep Moving – linked to Creating Cities – takes a look at different transport systems. Safe and Sound addresses the effects of urbanisation and how sprawling urban jungles can have a negative effect, and looks at how the threat can be reduced. Other zones show how


the town that read Month-long book group for the whole of Eltham

BOOK clubs are all the rage – a small group of people meet in someone’s lounge or a local pub to discuss a book one of them has suggested they read. But Eltham is hoping to create one of the biggest ever with Elthamread – as the whole town is encouraged to read the same book next m o n t h – S t e l l a D u ff y ’s London Lies Beneath, writes GRACE HOSKING. It’s the story of three south London 12-year-olds – Tom, Jimmy and Itzhak – who join the Scouts and take part in ill-fated sailing expedition on the Thames in 1912. Their social class is background to the tragic tale which refelcts the early days of the scouting, mudlarking, street markets, and family life before the Great War. Elthamread organiser Wendy Moore – a journalist and best-selling author – says the aim is to make as many INSPIRED: people possible aware of “the Wendy Moore power of books.” Elthamread launches on October 2 at Eltham Library. There are events all month – including a talk at the library by author Stella on October 24. Find out more about the project – and how to join in – at Or you can call Library staff on 020 8921 3452.

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caroline’S BIG SWIM IT’S a tough enough task for anyone – BUT for Caroline Walsh swimming 80 lengths of the pool will be a huge achievement. Caroline has spina bifida – a birth defect where the spine does not develop properly – and she cannot walk, writes GAYNOR WINGHAM. But she will be swimming 2km at the Eltham Centre to raise £1500 for Macmillan Cancer Support on September

21 – a cause she is passionate about after a family friend was diagnosed with cancer. “I have always enjoyed swimming but have never swum so far,” says Caroline. “The training regime is gruelling but I’m determined to complete the 80 lengths.” You can sponsor her at fundraising/caroline-walsh11 and send your best wishes. Go, Caroline!


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FLOWER empower New course to let people know treasures around them

THE visionary poet William Blake, who railed against England’s dark satanic mills, famously defined innocence as the the ability to see a heaven in a wild flower. Deptford Creek had its fair share of hellish mills, although nowadays the ones not torn down have been converted into upmarket homes, writes MILES HEDLEY. Yet despite acres of landscaping, wildflowers still cast a magic spell among the concrete thanks to the tireless work of the Creekside Discovery Centre. And the charity is launching a fascinating series of classes to tell people about the natural treasures on their doorsteps. Centre coordinator Bettina Kabutz said: “The aim is to get to know other species living among us, finding out how to identify them and discovering how they go about their

lives. In so doing we develop a deeper tumn, from 10-30am-1pm. The first on sense of place.” Conservationist Nick September 17 at the Creekside Discovery Bertrand is the centre’s botany boffin and Centre will focus on brownfield site wildhe trialled the course at a fascinating flowers. evening session devoted to daisies. On September 24 at nearby Brookmill What could be less complicated than Park it’s all about riverside plants. the little white flowers with yellow No3 on October 1 at Pepys Park hearts that pop up in our lawns? will look at what grows wild Turns out the plant we know in cultivated public spaces. y On October 8, it returns to and love/hate comes in thou- Creekside Discover Centre & elsewhere sands of varieties. And the one Creekside for a look at wall you pick from your lawn is not habitats. one flower but dozens – because Does it all matter? Most Sundays Sept 17, 24, Oct 1, 8 each tiny part of its head is a certainly yes. flower in its own right. Amazing! As Nick Bertrand points out, By the end of our three-hour session “if we haven’t got a name for somewe could tell a hawk’s-beard from a thing it practically doesn’t exist”. hawkweed, a sow-thistle from an And learning to see the magical in the oxtongue, a ragwort from a cat’s-ear. commonplace proves William Blake’s The centre is running four cours- point about how we view our world. es on consecutive Sundays this auInfo:



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his column is all about luck: “Success or failure apparently brought by chance rather than one’s own actions,” according to the Oxford English Dictionary. y mate Nico didn’t have much luck last week. Next door to the courts were we play tennis is a football pitch. Sometimes balls come over and we boot them back. By the third time it was tiresome but Nico obliged and kicked the ball back. As a dozen teenagers wait for their ball, Nico slices it straight onto a metal anti-climb spike, 20 foot in the air. The ball deflates slowly. In fact it’s still there. Luckily the youths saw the funny side. ‘m hoping that the Royal Parks have more luck with the Greenwich Park Revealed project. On August 29 we submitted an application to the Heritage Lottery Fund‘s Parks for People programme for £4.8 million of funding towards a £7.5 million project. If successful we will do much needed restoration of the historic landscape, improve visitor facilities such as catering, toilets and playgrounds as well as build a new learning centre to expand our education


programme. What’s really exciting is the partnerships we are building with the university of Greenwich, Lewisham and Southwark College and Capel Manor College to offer a programme of work experience and apprenticeships for young people studying leisure, tourism, event management, horticulture and conservation. orking on the bid has been very much a team effort with my Royal Park’s colleagues, World Heritage Site partners and volunteers from the Friends of Greenwich Park, Westcombe Society, Greenwich Society and many others. In the Park alone we have spoken to over 2,000 people. e’d like to think we’ll make our own “luck”. But the Heritage Lottery Fund application is a competitive process, there is a limited amount of money available and we are competing against all the other projects nationally which are applying this August for funding. This is where chanceplays its part. If there are only a few applications our luck is in; if there are many, our luck may be out. No one knows. But I have my fingers firmly crossed that we’ll succeed.



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Backers pledged £14,000 to make the project happen at Greenwich’s unique Fan Museum. Street artists including RUN, C215, Nathan Bowen, Dale Grimshaw, Zabou & Sr.X will now team up with fanmaker Sylvain Le Guen. Fifty original folding fans designed by the artists will be on show at the museum – in a c l a s s i c G e o rg i a n t o w n h o u s e – f r o m REACHING OUT: Street Art fan project September 19 till New Year’s Eve. As well as seeing the work, there has achieved global recognition and are workshops at the museum and the artists participating in this other venues. There’s a two day project each bring a unique and Fan Museum, “paint jam” and fan making transformative perspective to the ch nwi Gree Hill, ms workshop at Greenwich Market. Croo craft of fan making. A masterclass led by Le Guen “Their unconventional, and design competition for sometimes rebellious designs tember 19 to Sep have prompted Le Guen – students at Lewisham Southwark December 31 a r g u a b l y E u r o p e ’s l e a d i n g College. And a similar event contemporary fan maker – to work in involving street artists and the similarly imaginative ways. The Museum’s experts at the Heritage Gallery, exhibition promises a visual spectacle not to be Greenwich University. Throughout the exhibition visitors can meet missed.” The Fan Museum opened in 1991 and has some of the street artists participating in the project as they occupy the galleries and make more than 5,000 items – including an Elizabethan fan dating from around 1590 and new works in response to the displays. Himbad said: “To be able to team-up with a ones by Salvador Dali and Paul Gaugin. It is the only one devoted entirely to the master fan maker is an amazing opportunity history of hand-held fans and fan making. and I can’t wait to see the results.” Info: Museum curator Jacob Moss said: “Street art


Sister home for luxurious Leah Lodge THE Cinnamon Care Collection is an exclusive group of luxury care homes and retirement developments occupying beautiful locations around the country. Combining luxurious surroundings with

genuinely caring people who work there, we offer the highest standards of care and a warm atmosphere including events like this wonderful summer party – pictured here – at Leah Lodge, our home in Blessington Road, Blackheath. Leah Lodge opened in December 2016 – and already it has a sister. We are thrilled to announce the forthcoming opening of a new residential care home nearby – Rectory Court. Built on the site of a former rectory just off Lee QUALITY: Leah Terrace, it will be a place Lodge where quality and compassion are stitched into the very fabric of a classic building, creating a place where our residents can live comfortable and fulfilled lives. General Manager Gina Lim says: “At Cinnamon, we strive to build close bonds in the area, encouraging visits from schools, churches and community groups and making them a regular feature of life in our care homes. “We’ll be asking the people of Blackheath to nominate a Community Champion to be special guest on the day of the opening celebration of Rectory Court in October. It will be a chance for us to honour a senior ‘local hero’ by making them a VIP for the day.” Within easy reach of Central London, historic Greenwich and the glorious Kent countryside, the homes are close to vibrant Blackheath with its shops, restaurants and bars. But residents can feel a million miles away from the hustle and bustle when relaxing in

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the tranquil gardens – each a peaceful oasis of calm for all to enjoy. As well as their own spacious en-suite bedroom, our residents will have full access to an array of facilities. From cosy corners where they can spend time relaxing peacefully, to a buzzing café and hairdressing salon. Every inch of Rectory Court and Leah Lodge has been designed by specialists with furnishings chosen to create maximum comfort and convenience for older people. Cinnamon homes are proud to provide a quality dining experience too. Using the best ingredients from carefully selected suppliers, our chefs thrive on creating delicious and nutritionally-balanced menus that offer the best of each season. There are plenty of treats in store at Rectory Court! Friends and family are always welcome to join us for lunch and dinner, where you will often find our head chef discussing ideas, recipes and ingredients with residents as they enjoy an aperitif. We also believe our residents should shape their own social lives and entertainment. That’s why they will play a central role in planning the calendar of activities held in our new home – an exercise class, theatre trip, local history talk or a book club, we enjoy arranging events and activities that will bring liveliness and laughter to Rectory Court. Leah Lodge also provides care for people living with dementia and together the homes represent a new era of residential care for our older people – care without compromise every minute of the day. For further details about Rectory Court or Leah Lodge visit our show suites or call us on 0203 870 4844 or visit

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’ve been writing this column for a couple of years now – if some months ideas are as dry as a Martini, September is full of promises for the months to come. Everything is springing back to life – take the brand new Lee Gate Market. It initially launched in the rather unloved Lee Gate Shopping Centre in July for just four weeks. But it has been so warmly received that it returns on Sunday September 3 – and every Sunday after – from 10am to 2pm. A good place to source chemical-free fruit and veg, fresh bread and much more. Give it some support! T’S going to bee a busy weekend... Craft at the O2 hosts a bee-school on September 9th. The masterclass marks the culmination of honey harvest season. Sadly it clashes with... nBlackheath, the long-awaited food and music festival on the Heath with a full program of celebrities cooking for a whole weekend (Sept 9 & 10). Masterchef favourite and Blackheath foodie Tony Rodd curates the chef’s demo stage at the event, which boasts a formidable line up of culinary talent including Jane Devonshire, Gary Maclean and Michael Bremner. If you’re a budding cook there’s a John Lewis Cooking School with workshops. Plus a huge array of food stalls to keep you bopping to bands including Travis, The Libertines and Fun Lovin’ Criminals. f you’re more into eating honey than making it look out for 2017 Brockley and Greenwich honey harvested from local sites and available at The Broca Café in Brockley, The Larder in Ladywell, and Apple and Orange grocers at Greenwich and Blackheath Standard until October. t’s been very wet this summer but the Queen’s s Orchard Family Harvest Festival preparations are well on their way with volunteers getting lavender bags ready for Sunday October 1 (11-4). Meet us at the Orchard by the Maze Hill entrance of Greenwich Park. ou know how I enjoy those marketing-inspired dedicated food events: From October 30 it’s Sausage Week. Greenwich has an intriguing sausage history – anyone remember Bill O’Hagan? Expect good local butchers to step up to the plate. Did you see what I did there?


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PACKED LUNCH: Cultural Connections picnic in Eltham


ltham welcomes people from all over the world. Some are visitors marvelling at the heritage and gardens at Eltham Palace. But many chose to make Eltham their home or live nearby and see Eltham as a place to shop and enjoy events. e were delighted at the Eltham Park Festival to be joined by El Recreo. It’s a Spanish club in Eltham which provides lessons and activities for children and families to build up language skills and cultural understanding through fun and friendship ( Seeing children making dough models in the Festival in the park while learning a bit of Spanish is just what we enjoy at Eltham Arts. new initiative is Cultural Connections. Pragya Kumar, originally from India, lives in Eltham with her young family. She has set up a group understanding and celebrating culture from different parts of the world. The aim is to connect with people and celebrate the rich heritage and culture around us all. Cultural Connections has already organised get togethers and a successful picnic. Last November Pragya ran a wonderful Taste of India event involving many local crafts and food producers for our Eltham Arts Winter FesFAMILY: tival. On September 30 PraPragya gya is running a second Taste and son of India at CANE at New Eltham Library on Southwood Road, New Eltham from 12-4pm. Come along and enjoy Indian food and culture. e have artists and talented people from many countries in our Eltham Arts Network and we value diversity. Our multimedia WALL project incorporates the skills and interests of local people who come from all over the world. We will also be starting on our film with Robert Piwko. ew Eltham Village Festival is on Saturday September 16, with music, dancing and theatre along Footscray Road from 10am-3pm organised by local businesses. e will be at Severndroog Castle for Open House London event on Sunday September 17 from 10.30am. Come and say hello and tell us what you’re doing. You can buy some of our Creative Eltham books, postcards and great CDs Aspects of Winter and Plateful of Songs. Enjoy September!

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WHEN the roll of honour for performances at Greenwich Theatre is written, the name of Alex Brain will be up there alongside the likes of Glenda Jackson, Vivien Merchant and Frances de la Tour thanks to her amazing turn as autistic Katy in We Live By The Sea. Anyone expecting a variation on The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time would have been disappointed – this was storytelling done without a raft of special effects. And it was all the better for it. Brain was mesmerising in her portrayal of a 15-year-old struggling against the realities of the baffling world about her, helped only by her long-suffering older sister Hannah played by the excellent Alexandra Simonet. Simple but effective staging by director Alex Howarth using only lights and a chaotic soundscape helped illustrate the terrifying sensory overload that afflicts those with autism. But it was Brain’s extraordinary acting that made this a transformative evening as she



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FAMILY Meet Mrs Ray Cutty Sark, 11, 12, 1.30, 2.30 MUSICAL A Heart At Sea Greenwich Theatre studio 7.30 PLAY Goody Greenwich Theatre 7.30 MUSIC Charles & David Pelton Arms 8 PERFORMANCE Tales From The Thames Cutty Sark 8 COMEDY John Hastings, Garrett Millerick, Roger Monkhouse Up The Creek PLAY Form Greenwich Theatre 9 JAZZ Luigi Quartet Oliver’s

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MUSICAL All Or Nothing Greenwich Theatre 7.30 MUSIC English folk Star & Garter PLAY The Collective Collected London Th 8 JAZZ Freshers’ Night Oliver’s

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TOUR Totally Thames Cutty Sark 11, 2.30 MUSICAL All Or Nothing Greenwich Th 3, 7.30 TOUR Dome Experience Painted Hall ORNC 6.30 TALK Dr David Starkey: Henry VIII & The Reformation Queens House 6.30 WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton Arms PLAY The Collective Collected London Th 8 JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s

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switched from uncontrollable anxiety to desperate obsessiveness to naive joy in a manner that was always believable. The play itself has problems. Conceived by Patch Of Blue Theatre Company in association with the National Autistic Society, the box-ticking committee approach shows, hampering the narrative flow and threatening to become preachy. The introduction of troubled teen Ryan is an obvious device, an issue exacerbated by the actor playing him – Tom Coliandris – being too old for the part. But Katy’s imaginary dog, named after her drowned dad and neatly played by Lizzie Grace, is an inspired idea and there is no doubting the intrinsic sincerity and importance of the work, which I’m sure would strike a chord with anyone who has experience of autism. As a drama, We Live By The Sea treads a perilous path between emotional truth and OTT sentimentality. Brain’s astonishing performance, however, kept this production firmly – and triumphantly – in the real world. MILES HEDLEY

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MUSIC Filippo di Bari, Giulia Semerano Piano recital, Charlton House 1 MUSIC Jazz Nights Mycenae House 8 COMEDY Up The Creek MUSIC Steve Boltz Bolton Pelton Arms 8 PLAY The Collective Collected London Th 8 JAZZ Vlad Miller Quartet Oliver’s

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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 Athletic v Southend United. The Valley 3 FILM/PLAY Yerma National Theatre link-up. Greenwich Picturehouse 5 MUSIC The Analogues Indig02 COMEDY Johnny Candon, Dane Baptiste, Luke Benson, Ian Stone Up The Creek PLAY The Collective Collected London Th 8 JAZZ Francesco lo Castro Oliver’s

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Greenwich Comedy Festival Big Top in grounds of National Maritime Museum with Street Food and Bars. Over 18s only. Tickets: Weds Sept 13 Reginald D Hunter, Ellie Taylor, Tom Allen, Kiri Pritchard-Mclean. Open 6. Show 7.30. Thursday Sept 14 Joe Lycett, James Acaster, Suzi Ruffell, John Robins. Open 6. Show 7.30. Friday Sept 15 Alan Davies, Kerry Godliman, Nish Kumar, Fin Taylor. Open 6. Show 7.30. Saturday Sept 16 David O’Doherty, Tim Key, Sara Pascoe, Ed Gamble. Open 1. Show 2; Dylan Moran, Bridget Christie, Ivo Graham, Ed Gamble. Open 3.30. Show 5; Ed Byrne, Seann Walsh, Dane Baptiste, Carl Donnelly. Open 6. Show 8.15. Sunday Sept 17 Adam Hills, Stephen K Amos, Shappi Khorsandi, Mark Olver. Open 2.45. Show 3.45. Dara Ó Briain, Doc Brown, Glenn Wool, Jarred Christmas. Open 6. Show 7.30.

Riverfront Jazz Festival Dave Silk’s popular festival returns. Various venues. Info: Thurs Sept 7 JAZZ: Jazz at The Row feat. Levent & Taylor, Clarendon Hotel 8-11. Free. RIVERFRONT Minnie’s DavidHenhouse Silk’s Royal Standard, Blackheath 8. Free FriFestival Sept 8returns Phil Mead Trio Guest Simon Goodwin, guitar, Velvet Harmony choir. Mycenae House 8. £10. Francesca Prince of Greenwich. 8. Free from Sept9 Jazz 7 toMafia 17. UTC. 1-3.30. Free. Blues Adams Prince of Greenwich. 8. Free Sat Sept Various Sun Septvenues. 10 George Malcolm Trio Prince of Greenwich 2. Free. Jazz in the Afternoon Info: www.theblack Clarendon Hotel. 4-7. Free. Jam Session with Stefan Oliver’s. 5. £5 Monday Sept 11 Jam with Lady Singer Oliver’s 8.30pm. £5 Tuesday Sept 12 Corrie Dick Ensemble Oliver’s 8.30pm. £5 Weds Sept 13 Jazz Trio & Jam, The Duke, Deptford 8. Free. Jam Session Oliver’s 8.30. £5 Thurs Sept 14 Brunch Bunch, Morden Arms, Greenwich 1 Free. Stella Benavides Trio, Royal Standard 8. Free Fri Sept 15 Jazz & Classical Supper Trafalgar Tavern, 8. £25. Sue Smith & Dave Colton Prince of Greenwich 8. Free Sat Sept 16 Jazz Mafia UTC. 1-3.30. Free. Barbara Reggio Prince of Greenwich 8. Free Sun Sept 17 George Malcolm Trio Prince of Greenwich 2 Free. Jazz in the Afternoon feat. Levent & Taylor Clarendon Hotel. 4-7. Free. Jam Session with Stefan Oliver’s 5. £5 Fri Sept 29-Sun Oct 1 Residential Musical House Party Two nights bed and full English breakfast at The Pegwell Bay Hotel, Ramsgate with two nights of live jazz from top musicians. Guest performers welcome. £210 per room based on 2 sharing. COMEDY Up The Creek JAZZ Vitor Perreira Quartet Oliver’s

v Wigan Athletic. The Valley 7.45 MUSIC English folk Star & Garter PLAY The Collective Collected London Th 8 JAZZ Corrie & Co Oliver’s

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TOUR Totally Thames Cutty Sark 11, 2.30 PERFORMANCE #Armingtheworld Griffin Square, Deptford 1, 3.30, 6 STAND-UP Greenwich Comedy Festival, NMM TALK Prof Jerry Brotton: The Tudors & The Islamic World Queen’s House 6.30 WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton Arms PLAY The Collective Collected London Th 8 JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s

Thursday 14

PHOTOGRAPHY Fleeting Reflections by Mike Curry. Greenwich Gallery. Till Sept 28 Free MUSIC Marrianne Town Smith, Andre Andrade Voice recital. St Alfege 1.05 COMEDY Micky Flanagan 02 PERFORMANCE Story Jam Albany 7.30 STAND-UP Greenwich Comedy Festival, NMM MUSIC Icarus Club Pelton Arms 8 JAZZ Tom Wright Quartet Oliver’s

Friday 15

MUSIC Royal Academy of Music recital Charlton House 1 PERFORMANCE In Our Hands Cutty Sark 7 COMEDY Micky Flanagan O2 MUSIC Africa Night Bantu Arts, Eben Oke in GFMA event. Thamesmead Link 7 STAND-UP Greenwich Comedy Festival, NMM FAMILY Thamesmead Festival. www. PLAY The Collective Collected London Th 8 MUSIC The Orange Circle Band Pelton Arms

TOURS Open House London Greenwich Yacht Club + Art Show, Peartree Way 1-5. ORNC, Charlton House, Blackheath Halls FAIR Do You Vintage? Building 10, Royal Arsenal. Woolwich. 10-4. £2. U16s Free TALK Fleeting Reflections by Mike Curry. Greenwich Gallery, Peyton Place. 2 FAMILY Thamesmead Festival. Thamesmead Town Fete inc Thamesmead’s Got Talent, Southmere Park 2. Wish You Were Here parade. 7. STAND-UP Greenwich Comedy Festival, NMM RUGBY Blackheath v Ampthill Well Hall 3 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 MUSIC The Feel Good Band Pelton Arms 8 PLAY The Collective Collected London Th 8 COMEDY David Ward, Tez Ilyas, Brennan Reece, Gavin Webster Up The Creek JAZZ Wild Card Oliver’s

Sunday 17

TOURS Open House London Greenwich Yacht Club + Art Show, Peartree Way 1-5. Charlton House FAMILY Meet James Robson Cutty Sark, 11, noon, 1.30, 2.30 FAMILY Autumn Festival Severndroog 11-4 FAMILY Silk River Cutty Sark 11.30, 12.30, 1.30 FAMILY Thamesmead Festival.


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10am-4pm KIDS Blast Off! Albany 2-5 STAND-UP Greenwich Comedy Festival, NMM PLAY The Collective Collected London Th 5 MUSIC Da-Bangg O2 MUSIC Tom Minchin Pelton Arms TALENT Something For Sunday Vanbrugh 7

Monday 18

MUSIC APPRECIATION Matthew Taylor Blackheath Halls 10.30am TOUR Wrens 100 Start Old Royal Naval College 10 then National Maritime Museum PLAY Twist Greenwich Theatre 2, 7 PUB QUIZ Vanbrugh 8.30 JAZZ Ladies Night Oliver’s

Tuesday 19

MUSIC English folk Star & Garter PLAY Private Lives Greenwich Theatre 7.30 FILM The Revenant (2015) Cutty Sark 7.30 MUSIC Foo Fighters O2 PERFORMANCE The People vs Donald Tump London Theatre 8 JAZZ Corrie & Co Oliver’s

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TOUR Totally Thames Cutty Sark 11, 2.30 PLAY Private Lives Greenwich Th 2.30, 7.30 MUSIC The Queen’s Ensemble: Thomas Tallis & His Contemporaries Queens House 6.30 WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton Arms FILM/OPERA The Magic Flute Covent Garden link-up. Greenwich Picturehouse 7.15 SPOKEN WORD Rachel Reeves MP: Alice In Westminster Blackheath Halls 8 PERFORMANCE The People vs Donald Tump London Theatre 8 JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s

Thursday 21

TALK Displaying The Arctic In Greenwich National Maritime Museum 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 PLAY Private Lives Greenwich Theatre 7.30 COMEDY Micky Flanagan O2 PERFORMANCE The People vs Donald Tump London Theatre 8 MUSIC Icarus Club Pelton Arms 8 JAZZ Simon Purcell Oliver’s JAZZ Jazz/Open Mic/Performance Enhancement Session Work with a live band and develop your potential. Colfeian Grounds, Lee SE12 8UE. 01689 875683. 8. Free

Friday 22

MUSIC Camilla Marchant Flute, Charlton Hs 1 PLAY Private Lives Greenwich Theatre 7.30 COMEDY Micky Flanagan O2 MUSIC Julie Felix GFMA International Day of Peace event, Mycenae House 7.30 MUSIC Gentleman Tim & The Contenders Pelton Arms 8 PERFORMANCE The People vs Donald Tump London Theatre 8 COMEDY Michael Legge, Bobby Mair, Rudi Lickwood Up The Creek JAZZ Nick Meier Oliver’s

Saturday 23

NETBALL British Fast5s All-Stars O2 JAZZ Jazz Mafia Up The Creek. 1-3.30. Free FOOTBALL Charlton A v Bury. The Valley 3 PLAY Private Lives Greenwich Theatre 7.30 COMEDY Wahala Indig02 MUSIC The Nu Waves Pelton Arms 8 CELEBRATION Tastes Like Blue Albany 8 PERFORMANCE The People vs Donald Tump London Theatre 8 COMEDY Up The Creek JAZZ Graham Bleadsdale Oliver’s

Sunday 24

KIDS Storyteller Storyteller Albany 1, 3 BASKETBALL British All-Stars O2 1 KIDS The Hunting Of The Snark Greenwich Theatre 2 JAZZ Jazz in the Afternoon Clarendon. 4-7. Free PERFORMANCE The People vs Donald Tump London Theatre 5 MUSIC Dennis Greaves Blues Jam Pelton Arms TALENT Something For Sunday Vanbrugh 7 MUSIC Greenwich Blues Band The Guard House, Woolwich Arsenal 7.30

Monday 25

MUSIC APPRECIATION Matthew Taylor Blackheath Halls 10.30am

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KIDS & CARERS Kubla Khan Albany 10.30, 1.30 TOUR Totally Thames Cutty Sark 11, 2.30 TALK Dr Simon Thurley: The Chapel Royal Queens House 6.30 PLAY The Tempest Greenwich Theatre 7.30 MUSIC Jette Parker Young Artists Blackheath Halls 7.30 WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton Arms POETRY Spoken Word night GFMA event at The Guard House, Woolwich Arsenal 7.30 PLAY Chained Consent London Theatre 8 JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s

Thursday 28

TALK Imagining The Arctic Dr Huw LewisJones, National Maritime Museum 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 Arms 8 JAZZ James Mollison Band Oliver’s VOLUNTEER Dig-In Greenwich Park 9.30 CHARITY World’s Biggest Coffee Morning MacMillan fundraiser, Mycenae House 10-2 MUSIC Asia Jiminez Violin, Charlton House 1 MUSIC Chorus Griffin Sq, Deptford 6, 7, 8 MUSIC Isbilia Quartet Blackheath Halls 6 PLAY The Tempest Greenwich Theatre 7.30 COMEDY Micky Flanagan O2 MUSIC T-Love Indig02 JAZZ Mike Westbrook & The Uncommon Orchestra Albany 7.30 MUSIC Steve Poltz Pelton Arms 8 PLAY Life Boat London Theatre 8 COMEDY Up The Creek JAZZ David Angol Oliver’s

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KIDS & CARERS Kubla Khan Albany 10.30, 1.30 MUSIC English folk Star & Garter PLAY Chained Consent London Theatre 8 JAZZ Corrie & Co Oliver’s CLUBBING Bass Heavy Building Six

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POETRY The Old-Father River NMM 10.30 COMMUNITY A Taste Of Indian New Eltham Library 12-4 Free JAZZ Jazz Mafia Up The Creek 1-3.30. Free FAMILY Drop-In Wildlife Centre, G Park 1-4 MUSIC Chorus Griffin Square, Deptford 1.30, 2.30, 3.30 MARCH Silencer Fordham Park to Deptford Market Yard, starts 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 & Aubrey Woki with The Kalahari Band GFMA Botswana celebration. 7.30 at The Stables, Hornfair Rd SE7 7BD PLAY Life Boat London Theatre 8 MUSIC The Modern Apes Pelton Arms 8 COMEDY Inel Tomlinson, Rich Wilson, Mo Gilligan, Carey Marx Up The Creek CLUBBING Pure Silk Indig02 10 JAZZ Andrea Rinciari Quartet Oliver’s

Sunday October 1

FAMILY Harvest Festival Queen’s Orchard, Greenwich Park 11-4 KIDS Tortoise & Rabbit Albany 1, 3 FILM White Fang (1991) NMM 2 DANCE The Sandman Greenwich Theatre 3 CELEBRATION This Is Bulgaria Indig02 TALENT Something For Sunday Vanbrugh 7 MUSIC Mozart Requiem Mass in D Minor. Thomas Tallis Society Choir, St Alfege, Greenwich. 7.30

Monday 2

MUSIC APPRECIATION Matthew Taylor Blackheath Halls 10.30am PERFORMANCE We Are Brontë Greenwich Theatre 7.30 PUB QUIZ Vanbrugh 8.30 JAZZ Ladies Night Oliver’s

Tuesday 3

TEA DANCE Blackheath Halls 1.30 DANCE Cockfight Laban 7.30 FILM Hope & Glory Cutty Sark 7.30 MUSIC English folk Star & Garter PLAY Joy Division London Theatre 8 MUSIC Cabaret Playroom Albany 8 JAZZ Corrie & Co Oliver’s

Wednesday 4

PLAY The Strange Case Of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde Greenwich Theatre 7.30 DANCE Cockfight Laban 7.30 PLAY One Man Two Guvnors Bob Hope Th 7.30 MUSIC Jason Zhang Indig02 WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton Arms MUSIC Monteverdi 450 Blackheath Halls 7.30 PLAY Joy Division London Theatre 8 JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s

Thursday 5

LECTURE Heart Of A Hero NMM 11 MUSIC Trinity Laban recital St Alfege 1.05 PLAY The Strange Case Of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde Greenwich Theatre 2.30, 7.30 MUSIC 112, Dru Hill, Sisqo, Ginuwine Indig02 PLAY Stolen Greenwich Theatre studio 7.30 COMEDY Mickey Flanagan O2 PLAY One Man Two Guvnors Bob Hope Th 7.30 PLAY Free To Stay Albany 7.30 MUSIC Icarus Club Pelton Arms 8

Friday 6

PLAY The Strange Case Of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde Greenwich Theatre 7.30 MUSIC 112, Dru Hill, Sisqo, Ginuwine Indig02 DANCE Alexander Whitley Laban 7.30 PLAY Free To Stay Albany 7.30 PLAY One Man Two Guvnors Bob Hope Th 7.30 COMEDY Mickey Flanagan O2 PLAY Stolen Greenwich Theatre studio 7.30

Saturday 7

FAMILY Fun Palaces NMM from 10.30 COURSE Language Of Another World NMM 11 KIDS Billy Goats Gruff Blackheath Halls 11.30&3 FAMILY Batik Drawing Cutty Sark 11.30, 2 PLAY The Strange Case Of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde Greenwich Theatre 2.30, 7.30 FOOTBALL Charlton A v P’boro. The Valley 3 DANCE Alexander Whitley Laban 7.30 MUSIC Giants Of Lovers’ Rock Indig02 PLAY One Man Two Guvnors Bob Hope Th 7.30 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

Sunday 8

CELEBRATION Fun Palaces Albany MUSIC James Gilchrist, Anna Tilbrook Blackheath Halls 11 FAMILY Batik Drawing Cutty Sark 11.30, 2 TALENT Something For Sunday Vanbrugh 7 PLAY Stolen Greenwich Theatre studio 7.30

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Monday 9

MUSIC APPRECIATION Matthew Taylor Blackheath Halls 10.30am MUSIC Lady Gaga O2 PUB QUIZ Vanbrugh 8.30 JAZZ Ladies Night Oliver’s

Tuesday 10

TALK Black Tudors Queens House 6 PLAY Nocturnes Greenwich Theatre 7.30 MUSIC Lady Antebellum O2 PLAY Nocturnes Greenwich Theatre 7.30 DISCUSSION Greenwich Industrial History GIHS, Bakehouse 7.30 PLAY Howerd’s End Greenwich Th studio 7.30 MUSIC English folk Star & Garter JAZZ Corrie & Co Oliver’s

SUPPORT Tinnitus Rooms Dragonfly Lifestyle, Greenwich Market 6.30. MUSICAL Promise & Promiscuity Greenwich Theatre 7.30 SPOKEN WORD Chill Pill Albany 7.30 MUSIC 3 Degrees, Jaki Graham Indig02 DANCE Hagit Yakira Laban 7.30 PLAY Howerd’s End Greenwich Th studio 7.30 MUSICAL Mr Cinders Bob Hope Theatre 7.30 THEATRE To Helen Back Albany 7.45 MUSIC Icarus Club Pelton Arms 8

Friday 13

FILM/PLAY Coriolanus Link to RSC, Greenwich Picturehouse 7 MUSIC Lady Gaga O2 PLAY Howerd’s End Greenwich Th studio 7.30 SPOKEN WORD Stephen H Grant: Collecting Shakespeare Blackheath Halls 8

DANCE Is This A Waste Land? Greenwich Dance & Trinity Laban Partnership Silvertown Quays 5 MUSIC Sarah McQuaid Cutty Sark 7.15 MUSIC Berlinda Carlisle Indig02 PLAY Howerd’s End Greenwich Th studio 7.30 MUSICAL Mr Cinders Bob Hope Theatre 7.30 COMEDY Impractical Jokers O2 MUSIC Trinity Laban Sinfonia Wind & Strings Blackheath Halls 7.30 MUSICAL Promise & Promiscuity Greenwich Theatre 7.30

LECTURE Wrecks Of Erebus & Terror NMM 11 MUSIC Trinity Laban recital St Alfege 1.05

CELEBRATION Diwali NMM 11.30-4 TEA DANCE Borough Hall 2

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MUSIC Come & Sing the Fauré Requiem. Open to all. St. Margaret’s Church, Lee Terrace. £20. Info 07986 582844. 2-5 FOOTBALL Charlton A v Doncaster R. Valley 3 RUGBY Blackheath v Old Albanian Well Hall 3 PLAY Howerd’s End Greenwich Th studio 4, 8 DANCE Is This A Waste Land? Greenwich Dance & Trinity Laban Partnership Silvertown Quays 5 FILM/OPERA The Magic Flute Link to NY Met, Greenwich Picturehouse 5.55 MUSIC J Cole O2 MUSIC John Tams, Barry Coope Cutty Sark 7.15 MUSICAL Promise & Promiscuity Greenwich Theatre 7.30 COMEDY Mickey Flanagan O2 MUSICAL Mr Cinders Bob Hope Theatre 7.30

Sunday 15

FAMILY Low-Tide Walk Creekside Centre 11 FAMILY Apple Day Woodlands Farm 11-4 PLAY Howerd’s End Greenwich Theatre studio 2, 5.30 FAMILY Horn Fair Charlton House DANCE Is This A Waste Land? Greenwich Dance & Trinity Laban Partnership Silvertown Quays 5 TALENT Something For Sunday Vanbrugh 7 MUSIC J Cole O2

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Tuesday 17

FILM/OPERA The Magic Flute Link to NY Met, Greenwich Picturehouse, noon MUSIC Neil Diamond O2 FILM White Fang Cutty Sark 7.30 PLAY Howerd’s End Greenwich Theatre studio 7.30 MUSIC English folk Star & Garter JAZZ Corrie & Co Oliver’s

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MUSIC Emeli Sandé O2 WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton Arms PLAY Howerd’s End Greenwich Th studio 7.30 MUSICAL Made In Dagenham Bob Hope Theatre 7.45 JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s

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LECTURE Between The Flow Edge & The Boardroom National Maritime Museum 11 MUSIC Trinity Laban recital St Alfege 1.05 DANCE Tomorrow’s Stars Today Laban 7.30 MUSIC Neil Diamond O2 PLAY Kwaidan Greenwich Theatre 7.30 MUSIC Shapeshifter Blackheath Halls 7.30 PLAY Howerd’s End Greenwich Th studio 7.30 MUSICAL Made In Dagenham Bob Hope Theatre 7.45 MUSIC Icarus Club Pelton Arms 8

Friday 20

DANCE Is This A Waste Land? Greenwich Dance & Trinity Laban Partnership Silvertown Quays 5 PLAY Siren Cutty Sark 7.15 PLAY Howerd’s End Greenwich Th studio 7.30 DANCE Tomorrow’s Stars Today Laban 7.30 PLAY Kwaidan Greenwich Theatre 7.30 MUSICAL Made In Dagenham Bob Hope Theatre 7.45

Saturday 21

COURSE Franklin’s Arctic Exploration

National Maritime Museum 11 KIDS The Steadfast Tin Soldier Blackheath Halls 11.30, 3 MUSICAL Made In Dagenham Bob Hope Theatre 2.30, 7.45 KIDS The Dream Factory Greenwich Theatre studio 2.30, 4.30 RUGBY Blackheath v DMP Well Hall 3 DANCE Is This A Waste Land? Greenwich Dance & Trinity Laban Partnership Silvertown Quays 5 MUSIC Squeeze Indig02 PLAY Kwaidan Greenwich Theatre 7.30 COMEDY Mickey Flanagan O2

Sunday 22

KIDS The Dream Factory Greenwich Theatre studio 11, 2.30 KIDS Aleena’s Garden Albany 1, 3 FILM/BALLET Le Corsaire Link to Bolshoi, Greenwich Picturehouse 4 DANCE Is This A Waste Land? Greenwich Dance & Trinity Laban Partnership Silvertown Quays 5 MUSIC 60s Gold Indig02 TALENT Something For Sunday Vanbrugh 7 MUSIC Metallica O2

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KIDS Out Of This World Age 7+ Royal Obs 10 FAMILY Lost At Sea Cutty Sark 10.30-4 KIDS Aleena’s Garden Greenwich Theatre studio 11.30, 1.30, 3.30 COMEDY The Three Musketeers Greenwich Theatre 11.30, 3.30 MUSIC Alison Rose, Marcus Farnsworth, James Cheung Blackheath Halls 1.10 MUSIC Future O2

KIDS Holiday To Space Age 4-7 Royal Obs 10 FAMILY Lost At Sea Cutty Sark 10.30-4 DANCE Dot Laban 11, 2 KIDS Yana & The Yeti Greenwich Th studio 2, 4 LECTURE The Gates Of Hell NMM 11 DANCE Me... Albany 1, 3 MUSIC Trinity Laban recital St Alfege 1.05 TALK John Ericson: Children’s Book Illustrations Blackheath Decorative & Fine Arts Society, St Mary’s Church Hall 2.30 MUSIC Trinity Laban Symphony Orchestra Blackheath Halls 7.30 HALLOWEEN Quarantine NMM 7 MUSIC Little Mix O2 CABARET Kathy Lette’s Girls Night Out Greenwich Theatre 8 PLAY A White Man’s Tale London Theatre 8

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KIDS Out Of This World Age 7+ Royal Obs 10 FAMILY Lost At Sea Cutty Sark 10.30-4 FAMILY Fungus Foray Blackheath Gate, Greenwich Park 11 KIDS Me Greenwich Theatre 2 MUSIC Metallica O2 PLAY A White Man’s Tale London Theatre 8 JAZZ Corrie & Co Oliver’s

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KIDS Holiday To Space Age 4-7 Royal Obs 10 FAMILY Lost At Sea Cutty Sark 10.30-4 PLAY The Class Project Albany 7.30 WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton Arms PLAY A White Man’s Tale London Theatre 8

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Friday 27

VOLUNTEER Dig-In Greenwich Park 9.30 KIDS Holiday To Space Age 4-7 Royal Ob 10 FAMILY Lost At Sea Cutty Sark 10.30-4 MUSIC Helena Svigelj, Amos Lucidi Cello and piano recital. Backheath Halls 6 MUSIC Chic & Nile Rodgers O2 HALLOWEEN Quarantine NMM 7 MUSIC Jack Savoretti Indig02 PLAY The Secret Keeper Greenwich Th 7.30 DANCE Lea Anderson: Ladies & Gentlemen Borough Hall 7.45 SPOKEN WORD Dan Cruickshank Blackheath Halls 8 PLAY A White Man’s Tale London Theatre 8 CLUBBING Twisted Circus Halloween Party Building Six 10

Saturday 28

FAMILY Lost At Sea Cutty Sark 10.30-4 FAMILY Drop-In Wildlife Centre, G Park 1-4 FOOTBALL Charlton Athletic v AFC Wimbledon. The Valley 3 MUSIC Gov’t Mule Indig02 FILM Event Horizon Royal Observatory 6 DANCE Theo Clinkard Laban 7 HALLOWEEN Quarantine NMM 7 MUSIC Daryl Hall & John Oates O2 PLAY A White Man’s Tale London Theatre 8

Sunday 29

MUSIC Ubuntu Ensemble Blackheath Halls 11 KIDS Spooktacular Albany 2-5 MUSIC Steely Dan O2 MUSIC Greenwich Blues Band The Guard House, Woolwich Arsenal 7.30

Monday 30

MUSIC APPRECIATION Matthew Taylor Blackheath Halls 10.30am PLAY Antigone Greenwich Theatre 7.30

Tuesday 31

PLAY Shakespeare Schools Festival Greenwich Theatre 7 FILM Frankenstein: The True Story Cutty Sark 7.30

Weds November 1

PLAY Shakespeare Schools Festival Greenwich Theatre 7 PERFORMANCE Quarter Life Crisis Albany 7 FOOTBALL Charlton A v Fulham U21. Valley 7.45 SPOKEN WORD Lu Spinney: Beyond The High Blue Air Blackheath Halls 8

Thursday 2

MUSIC Trinity Laban recital St Alfege 1.05 PLAY Shakespeare Schools Festival Greenwich Theatre 7 PERFORMANCE Quarter Life Crisis Albany 7 COMEDY John Bishop O2

Friday 3

PLAY Shakespeare Schools Festival Greenwich Theatre 7 PERFORMANCE Quarter Life Crisis Albany 7 COMEDY John Bishop O2 MUSIC Bruk Out Indig02 DANCE Supper Room: Project O Borough Hall 8

Saturday 4

TEA DANCE Borough Hall 2 RUGBY Blackheath v B Stortford Well Hall 3 MUSIC sound is sound is sound Albany 7.30 MUSIC Above & Beyond O2 PERFORMANCE No28 Deptford London Th 8

Sunday 5

KIDS Moonfall Albany 1, 3 PERFORMANCE No28 Deptford London Th 5

Sunday 19

FUNDRAISER Blackheath Christmas Fair Blackheath Halls 10.30am KIDS Goblin’s Peter & The Wolf Albany 1, 3 MUSIC Psihe Delia Indig02 TALENT Something For Sunday Vanbrugh 7

Monday 6

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Tuesday 21

MUSIC APPRECIATION Matthew Taylor Blackheath Halls 10.30 MUSIC English folk Star & Garter FOOTBALL Charlton A v Portsmouth. Valley 7.45 MUSICAL Spamalot Bob Hope Theatre 7.45 DANCE Rahel Vonmoos Laban 7.30 PERFORMANCE No28 Deptford London Th 8 JAZZ Corrie & Co Oliver’s

Wednesday 8

WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton Arms DANCE Rahel Vonmoos Laban 7.30 MUSICAL Spamalot Bob Hope Theatre 7.45 JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s

Thursday 9

CELEBRATION Royal Greenwich Int Early Music Festival Blackheath Halls, times vary MUSIC Trinity Laban recital St Alfege 1.05 PERFORMANCE Story Jam Albany 7.30 MUSICAL Spamalot Bob Hope Theatre 7.45 MUSIC Icarus Club Pelton Arms 8

Friday 10

CELEBRATION Royal Greenwich Int Early Music Festival Blackheath Halls, times vary MUSIC Queens Of The 80s Indig02 MUSICAL Spamalot Bob Hope Theatre 7.45

Saturday 11

CELEBRATION Royal Greenwich Int Early Music Festival Blackheath Halls, times vary MUSICAL Spamalot Bob Hope Th 2.30, 7.45 COMEDY Jimmy Carr Indig02 MUSIC Monteverdi Vespers of 1610. Thomas Tallis Society Choir, St Alfege, Greenwich. 7.45 MUSIC Native Dancer Albany 7.30

Sunday 12

FAMILY Low-Tide Walk Creekside Centre 11 TENNIS ATP Finals O2 12. Till Sep19 TALENT Something For Sunday Vanbrugh 7 MUSIC Black Heather Club B’heath Halls 7.30

Monday 13

MUSIC APPRECIATION Matthew Taylor Blackheath Halls 10.3 MUSIC James Kirby Piano, Blackheath Halls 1.10 FESTIVAL Lewisham Fringe London Theatre Till Nov 26. info: JAZZ Ladies Night Oliver’s

Tuesday 14

TALK Bob Cummings: Windmills of NW Kent & Kentish London Greenwich Industrial History Society, Bakehouse 7.30 MUSIC English folk Star & Garter

Wednesday 15 DANCE Staging Ages Laban 7.30

Thursday 16

MUSIC Trinity Laban recital St Alfege 1.05 MUSIC Trinity Laban Chorus Blackheath Halls 7.30 CELEBRATION Tastes Like Blue Albany 8 MUSIC Icarus Club Pelton Arms 8

Friday 17

PANTO Cinderella Greenwich Theatre 2 MUSIC Trinity Laban String Ensemble Blackheath Halls 7.30 MUSIC Grime Live III Indig02 POETRY Roger McGough & LiTTLe MACHiNe Mycenae House 7.30

Saturday 18

KIDS Aladdin Blackheath Halls 11.30, 3 PANTO Cinderella Greenwich Theatre 2, 7 FOOTBALL Charlton A v MK Dons. The Valley 3 MUSIC Blackheath Goes Gospel Blackheath Halls 7.30 MUSIC Sarah Gillespie Quartet Albany 7.30

What’s great about Greenwich and Blackheath? NIKKI SPENCER asks a local

MUSIC APPRECIATION Matthew Taylor Blackheath Halls 10.30am JAZZ Ladies Night Oliver’s PANTO Cinderella Greenwich Theatre 10 TEA DANCE Blackheath Halls 1.30 MUSIC English folk Star & Garter MUSIC Queens Of The Stone Age O2 FOOTBALL Charlton A v Rochdale. Valley 7.45 JAZZ Corrie & Co Oliver’s

Wednesday 22

PANTO Cinderella Greenwich Theatre 10 MUSICAL Oliver! Bob Hope Theatre 7.30 MUSIC Depeche Mode O2 MUSIC Trinity Laban Contemporary Jazz Ensemble Laban 7.30 MUSIC Jette Parker Young Artists Blackheath Halls 7.30 JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s

PAP IDOL: Reinaldo as Paparazzi with Dustin Hoffman and in Rwanda in 1994

Thursday 23

PANTO Cinderella Greenwich Theatre 10 MUSIC Trinity Laban recital St Alfege 1.05 TALK Malcolm Kenwood: ArtBeat Blackheath Decorative & Fine Arts Society, St Mary’s Church Hall 2.30 MUSIC Deep Purple O2 MUSICAL Oliver! Bob Hope Theatre 7.30 SPOKEN WORD Germaine Greer Blackheath Halls 8

Friday 24

VOLUNTEER Dig-In Greenwich Park 9.30 C21 TEA DANCE The Film Edition Albany 1 PANTO Cinderella Greenwich Theatre 7 MUSIC Steps O2 TRIBUTE A Night Of Dirty Dancing Indig02 MUSIC Trinity Laban Wind Orchestra & Sinfonia Wind Blackheath Halls 7.30 MUSICAL Oliver! Bob Hope Theatre 7.30

Saturday 25

FAMILY Drop-In Wildlife Centre, Greenwich Park 1-4 KIDS The Nutcracker Blackheath Halls 1.30, 3.45 PANTO Cinderella Greenwich Theatre 2, 7 MUSICAL Oliver! Bob Hope Theatre 2.30, 7.30 RUGBY Blackheath v Loughboro’ Well Hall 3 DANCE Krump & Waacking Battle Street dance showcase, Borough Hall 4 MUSIC Nelly Indig02 COMEDY Nathan Caton Blackheath Halls 8 MUSIC Little Mix O2

Sunday 26

PANTO Cinderella Greenwich Theatre 1, 5 SHOWCASE Love2Dance Albany 2, 6 MUSIC Little Mix O2 TALENT Something For Sunday Vanbrugh 7 MUSIC Greenwich Blues Band The Guard House, Woolwich Arsenal 7.30

Monday 27

MUSIC APPRECIATION Matthew Taylor Blackheath Halls 10.30am MUSIC The Killers O2 PERFORMANCE Get Therapy Greenwich Theatre studio 7.30

Tuesday 28

PANTO Cinderella Greenwich Theatre 10, 2 MUSIC The Killers O2 MUSIC English folk Star & Garter JAZZ Corrie & Co Oliver’s

Wednesday 29

PANTO Cinderella Greenwich Theatre 10, 2

Thursday 30

PANTO Cinderella Greenwich Theatre 10, 2 MUSIC Trinity Laban recital St Alfege 1.05 MUSIC The Stylistics Indig02 TRIBUTE Elvis: Live On Screen O2


he first time I set eyes on Blackheath was in the late 80s when my wife Kate brought me here to meet her mum, whose family have been here for generations. Until then my life only revolved around Piccadilly and Covent Garden. On the journey I remember thinking “Where are we going?” and then suddenly we came over the hill and there was this amazing kite festival taking place on the heath, with the stunning Ranger’s House on the other side, and I thought “Oh my God, this is beautiful.” I fell in love with it straight away. ack then I was an Argentinian tango dancer, and also worked as a choreographer and producer, putting on shows on cruise ships and in huge hotels. Kate danced too and together we travelled all around the world, but after a while we felt we wanted to settle down a bit. Photography had always been a hobby of mine so I decided to try that. went in at the deep end, covering the 1994 Rwandan Civil War as a freelance. My photos appeared in lots of papers and magazines but it was not easy to earn a living. In my 20s that wouldn’t have mattered but in my 40s I was more mercenary and could see that being a paparazzi and taking photos of celebrities was much more lucrative. ery slowly I worked my way up and my big break came when I managed to take photos at Madonna’s wedding. I camouflaged myself and hid in a tree in the grounds of the castle and the security guards couldn’t find me. Over the years I photographed everyone from Lady Diana to Tom Cruise but then things got harder once anyone could take pictures on their phone, so, again, I wanted to do something different. Also, by now I was in my 50s and wouldn’t bounce so well if I fell out of a tree! e decided we wanted to recreate the restaurants and cafés from my home city of Buenos Aires and started our first business




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( on Royal Hill in Greenwich in 2005. We did all the painting and decorating ourselves, but weren’t sure what to put on the walls. At the last minute I decided to frame some of my photographs and was up until midnight the night before we opened putting them up. The café, and the photos, were a success from day one. e now also have a restaurant in Blackheath and a larger restaurant on Nelson Road in the centre of Greenwich. All of them offer great Argentinian food and are furnished with old wooden tables and chairs. We got some from Aladdin’s Cave, which is an amazing place on Loampit Vale in Lewisham, and Minerva Antiques on Royal Hill, which is very good too. ate and I had always said how wonderful it would be to have a restaurant overlooking the Heath in Blackheath so when a place came up we jumped at it. It is such a great location and we are featured in so many guidebooks – as is our new Greenwich restaurant, which is right opposite Greenwich Market. Both are very popular with locals but we get quite a few tourists too – the other day we had someone visiting from Russia and someone else from America. I love introducing people to the wine and food of my homeland; we import all our beef from Argentina, make our own chorizo and I’m especially pleased about our wine list, which has got to be the best selection of Argie wine in the capital!


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balloons rise to the occasion 400 BALLOONS rise into a perfect sky above Woolwich during nine days of celebrations opening the new SKSS Hindu temple there. Raksha Bhanderi tells us: “There were vibrant colours, spiritual sounds and flamboyant floats. The show was, Send us a photo. Email: breathtaking and thoroughly enjoyed by spectators as well as the 3000 plus

and catch his leg-end-ary quiz at the Morden Arms in Circus Street, Greenwich, every Weds evening (except the first one each month).

THINK of a team name and test yourself against our legendary quizmaster Deke. Still not authentic enough? Get off the sofa

NOW here’s a hidden gem. This 5-bedroomed detached home is in Georgette Place, Greenwich. Recently restored, it has a very stylish new kitchen, off-street

parking and a big garden. Interested? It’s on the market for £2.15million with JLL. Call them on 020 8012 8985 – and tell them we sent you!


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1 Which US rapper died on September 13 1996 after a drive-by shooting? 2 What colour is the traditional gemstone for September? 3 What was the first song played on Radio One on September 30 1967? 4 If you were born on September 1, what star sign would you be? 5 What appeared for the first time in The Times in September 1860? 6 Who did Iain Duncan Smith beat in September 2001 to be leader of the Conservative Party? 7 Which model gave birth to her daughter Lola in September 2002? 8 Johnny Vegas sold his wedding photos to which mag for £1 in September 2002? 9 Which actress did Freddie Prince Jnr marry in September 2002? 10 After Osama Bin Laden, which person was searched for most on the Internet in September 2001?

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