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rescue our kew! HOPES have risen that historic Avery Hill the fabric of the building. It abandoned a bid for Winter Gardens – a Victorian glasshouse that £2.9m Heritage Lottery funding that could have paid for restoration and secured its future. rivals Kew – can be saved from ruin. Last month a petition with 5,000 names on it was The building has become neglected since 2014 when the University of Greenwich revealed it would be leaving after decades as part of its campus. Pictures published by the Greenwich Visitor in August showed damage being done to artwork and
handed in at a meeting of Greenwich councillors. Members of all parties then backed a motion calling for the mansion to be “protected and restored” and for the public to have a say in its future – a major step in the campaign. A new lottery
funding bid could now emerge. The council believes the University should only be allowed to sell the land to an educational group – part of a covenant it agreed to when it bought the land for £1 in 1992. Avery Hill was built by Victorian industrialist “Colonel” John Thomas North using profits from his South American nitrates business. Read our stories at TheGreenwichVisitor.com Follow the campaign on Twitter @AveryHillPark
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here’s no better authority on Blackheath than historian Neil Rhind...he wrote the book (as they say). In fact he wrote lots of them. And he is President of the Blackheath Society. So we’ll leave it to him to wrap up the Heath v Common debate we reported on last month. “Blackheath is not Common in any sense of the word,” he contacted us to say. “It is Manorial Waste, in the ownership – roughly north of the A2 – of Her Majesty the Queen as part of the Royal Manor of East Greenwich. South of the A2 is owned by the present Earl of Dartmouth in the Manor and Parish of Lewisham. Their predecesors in 1871 transferred their interest in the surface of the Heath to the local authority (then the Metropolitan Board of Works, later the LCC, then the GLC) for the recreation of the people of London in perpetuity. Management is now in the hands
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of the boroughs of Lewisham and Greenwich.” So there have it. Now we all can share common ground. If you see what we mean. t’s our birthday. And we’ll big ourselves up (as they say nowadays) if we want to. We’re proud to have done some good here for the last seven years. That’s what newspapers shoulld
be all about. So it was great to hear from Tinnitus Rooms founder and Greenwich shop owner Louise Hatch that our coverage of her group in July’s edition is having results. “The response from GV for this has been incredible. In fact, I’m just home from running a small free intro group session at Trinity Hospital with a reader who
contacted you wanting our details. So thank-you so much for connecting us. Our next Tinnitus Rooms free support group at Dragonfly Lifestyle is on Thursday November 30 from 6.30pm to 8.30pm. Would it be possible to mention it?” It would!
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Why is Greenwich called Royal Greenwich? We have in the 114-year-old tunnel...including relations 1,000 years of Royal links – Henry VIII and Elizabeth between pedestrians and cyclists. A friends group I were born here and christened at St Alfege Church. Fogwoft has pushed the Council for improvements. Their palace, Placentia, was here. In fact Elizabeth Lifts were said to be working better and online lift played under the oak that bears her name in alerts and a new interactive movement Greenwich Park, one of London’s eight management system were being Royal Parks. Queen Elizabeth II granted trialled. But a lift failed recently us Royal Status in February 2012 to with users trapped inside. We’re mark those links. always keen to hear your reenwich isitor experiences of it. Email your I read that Greenwich is a World thoughts to Matt@ Heritage Site? Yes, it won World TheGreenwichVisitor.com Heritage Site status 20 years ago – one of only 29 in the UK which Is anyone using the cable car means our treasures are so good, yet? Cheek! The Emirates Air they’re protected by the United Line isn’t much use for getting Nations. about – although we’re assured some people use it to commute to Greenwich Market is famous isn’t it? work – and often shuts in high Yes, it’s one of the oldest in London. winds, but it is a futuristic attraction There’s been a market here since the 1300s we love. It’s a great way to get to The – and a year ago the Duke of York officially unveiled a major renovation. A new smaller Pavilion Crystal at Royal Victoria Dock, where technology Market caters for street food fans while the main one giant Siemens’ has built a showacase about life in concentrates on arts, crafts, designer-makers and future cities. Fascinating stuff, collectibles. Greenwich Market is open seven days a We’re visiting. What should we do today? You’ve week from November 27 to Christmas Eve, with 150 picked up a Greenwich Visitor – good start. Next visit Christmas-themed stalls offering unique hand-crafted the Tourist Information Centre. It’s award-winning and designed gifts and stocking-fillers, handmade staff are in the Discover Greenwich centre inside the jewellery, fashion and beauty treats plus festive food Old Royal Naval College. Get advice, buy tickets for and drink. And there are late night markets on boats, tube, DLR, rail, buses and coaches, book tours, December 6,13 and 20 till 8pm. There’s an extra St buy tickets for London attractions. Alfege Market– next to the historic church – every Are museums free? Yes – except the Fan Museum, weekend too. Kids can visit Father Christmas and his which has no public funding but has a world-leading elf in his Grotto at 7 Greenwich Market from collection of fans. And the Wernher Collection of art Wednesday December 13 to Christmas Eve (12.30- at Ranger’s House, run by English Heritage. There 5.50). The event raises funds for Greenwich and are some paid for shows at the National Maritime Bexley Community Hospice. Museum. You’ll need to pay to stand on the Meridian Is the Foot Tunnel working yet? There was a badly Line inside the Royal Observatory too. And it’s 20p handled £11.4m refurb in 2012, but problems persist to use the loos in Greenwich Park!
ou may well have one of his excellent books in your collection. Now there’s another – and just in time for Christmas. Author David Ramzan launches Secret Greenwich at the historic Plume of Feathers pub here this month. It’s a look at the stories behind some of our famous – and not so famous – landmarks and promises to shed lights on “residents of Greenwich noted for their heroics or villainy.” Blimey! Should sell like hot cakes! ook out this month for the Government’s decision on whether a second road tunnel under the Thames will be built here. The decison – due in October – was delayed because of further air quality concerns. “We hope the final decision will recognise what we have believed all along,” says the No To Silvertown group, “that it is a reckless gamble with the health and wellbeing of thousands of Londoners, and should be abandoned.”
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FEW books of poetry have made such a deep impression on British life as The Mersey Sound, a collection of Beat-style verse that made household names of its fiery young writers Roger McGough, Brian Patten and Adrian Henri. That seminal work, still in print, is now celebrating its golden anniversary – and McGough is celebrating his own 80th birthday on November 9, writes MILES HEDLEY. Eight days later, he will join cult band LiTTLe MACHiNe at Mycenae House for an evening of his poems and their memorable takes on classics such as Shelle’s Ozymandias and Yeats’ The Lake Isle Of Innisfree. Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy has called McGough the patron saint of poetry. She also reckons LiTTLe MACHiNe is the world’s finest poetry band because they combine virtuoso musicianship with some of the greatest words ever written. McGough, whose career encompasses REBOOT: more than 30 verse collections as well as Band (below) plays, documentaries and children’s inspires Roger books, has been working with the trio for the past couple of years. He said: “We were on the same bill at a gig and I was blown away by how they set to music poems I had known at school and hadn’t liked till they opened my eyes to their beauty.” Over the past half-century Liverpudlian McGough has been a regular on the tour circuit both as a performance poet and as a member of Lily The Pink chart-toppers The Scaffold as well as Grimms, a loose collective that included poets, musicians and comedians. Does he ever consider hanging up his quill? “Absolutely not,” he replied. “I enjoy being on the road and LiTTLe MACHiNe are an inspiration to me. They also give me a kick up the bum.” McGough prefers to look to the future rather than rest on his gangsters at 91 or hacked to laurels, although he still pieces by a mistress after she occasionally appears catches him in bed with her alongside Patten (Henri daughter. se, Hou ae cen My died after a stroke in It’s that kind of feverish Blackheath 2000). imagination that has made He said: “I don’t dwell him an enduring hit with in the past – I prefer just to punters and turned the get on with it.” young upstart of English November 17 McGough was in his 20s letters into the Grand Old when he wrote his Man of contemporary poetry. contribution to The Mersey And teaming up with Chris Sound. Hardy, Walter Wray and Steve His most famous poem from the Halliwell of LiTTLe MACHiNe has added collection begins: an extra dimension. What’s more, it Let me die a young man’s death remains good fun. not a clean and inbetween He said: “Touring still has that magic – the sheets holywater death and our audiences seem to love it.” not a famous-last-words You can find out just how much they peaceful out of breath death adore him by hotfooting it down to the It goes on to imagine being killed by a Mycenae House gig. car as he staggers home from an all-night Go to www.mycenaehouse.co.uk for party aged 73, gunned down by rival more information.
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Miles Hedley’s pick of this month’s events. Our unique 3-month listings begin on P18
The Thursday morning talks at the Queen’s House continue with five this month: Julie Ferguson on Henry Stuart, Sue Prichard on the Winter Queen, Ferguson again on The Forgotten Consort, Anna Keay on the Last Royal Rebel and Jacqueline Riding on Unfortunate Princes. Nov 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Blackheath Common hosts this hardy perennial which draws tens of thousands of people from London and the south-east. Alternatively, nip up Shooters Hill Road to the amazing vantage point of Severndroog Castle and watch any number of displays taking place across the capital. Nov 4
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Another annual beano is this inspiring celebration of our musical heritage which allows us to listen to weird and wonderful medieval instruments such as sackbutts and serpents being played at Blackheath Halls, the nearby Friends Meeting House and All Saints. You can buy them too. Nov 9-11
The intimate auditorium of the London Theatre in New Cross is the ideal arena for this showcase of one-hour performances that can cover pretty much anything from plays and puppetry to dance, comedy and film. There are more than 30 slots on offer that’s at least two shows a day. Nov 13-26
There’s no let up in Trinity Laban’s fabulous dance season. The latest offering is this look at the generation gap created by Heidi Rustgaard and Hanna Gillgren for five dancers aged between ten and 66 who will take to Laban theatre’s stage to explore the way young and old interact. Nov 15
A week after his 80th birthday the legendary Liverpudlian linesmith joins cult poetry band LiTTLe MACHiNe at Mycenae House to reveal he’s still at contemporary culture’s cutting edge and has lost none of the humour and humanity that first made him a household name half a century ago. Nov 17
You know Christmas is just around the corner when Greenwich Theatre raises the curtain on its acclaimed panto. Andrew Pollard is taking a break this year after a decade as the dame but the good news is he’s written this show, so expect the usual deluge of daftness and delight. From Nov 17
The brilliant Greenwich-born singersongwriter-guitarist brings her quartet to the Albany to mark the publication of a collection of her poems and lyrics – Junk Food Angel. The gig is part of the London Jazz Festival but her set-list is a freewheeling fusion of many musical genres. Nov 18
If you haven’t been to the panto yet, this is guaranteed to fill you and yours with the festive spirit – a magical lamplit procession in the heart of historic Greenwich. Gather at the Old Royal Naval College for a parade at 4pm and then set off as darkness falls. Fingers crossed for good weather. Nov 22
One of our greatest - and most outspoken cultural figures comes to Blackheath Halls to talk about her vast range of interests, especially climate change, conservation, history, the arts and, of course, feminism. If you love big ideas, you won’t want to miss her unique world-view. Nov 23
A STATE of the art skate park has opened in Charlton with skaters showing their skills on boards and bikes. Free coaching sessions, a competition and bike-marking the launch of Charlton Park Skate Park. The facility includes a viewing mound to give spectators a better vantage point as it curves around the mini-gym near the football pitches. I t was built usi ng feedback fr o m
youngsters and will be open daily from 8am to dusk. Denise Scott-MacDonald, Greenwich council Cabinet Member for Culture, said: “There was high demand for a skate park so it was fantastic to see so many people enjoying it on the day of the launch. “Its location means that it is easily accessible for skaters all over the borough so I encourage everyone to come and try it out.”
haven’s wild party MORE than 100 wellwishers flocked to the Creekside Discovery Centre to celebrate the nature haven’s 15th birthday.
They also came to say goodbye to its long-time manager Bettina Kabutz and to welcome her successor Sophie Amos. Bettina has been co-ordinator of the Creekside Education Trust for the past six and a half years but is returning to her native South Africa, writes MILES HEDLEY. Her role has been taken over by Sophie, who grew up on a hop-farm in Kent and has spent much of her career on the international circuit for charities, particularly as a fundraiser. She is relishing the challenge of her
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MUSIC fans could have a double whammy of live was granted a crucial licence to sell alcohol for the two-day event by Lewisham Council last year but an bands as a SECOND major event takes shape. On Blackheath plans a two-day pop festival on the appeal against the decision was made by the Heath in September with around 25,000 people Blackheath Society. Greenwich Council has also attending on each day. Bands have not been booked objected, even though the event would be held in yet, but organisers Nimby Events say they would Lewsisham Borough. The festival would be on land in a square between be big-name headliners. Terry Felgate said: “The sort of bands we’re looking Shooters Hill Road, Hare and Billet Road, Goffers for would be in the Radio Six category that would Road and Wat Tyler Road (Supermap ref A10). It appeal to a slightly older audience – people who like would run from around 2-10.30pm on Saturday and Elbow, Mumford & Son or the Fleet Foxes.” Nimby Turn to Page 6
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The ship was launched by The Queen on a stormy but historic day in Greenwich last month before opening to the See Pages 12&17 public the next morning, writes MATT JARVIS. And I was first in the queue to step aboard and experience the new attraction. Would the £50million project be value for money? Or a costly damp squib?
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CAN you believe we’re seven years old Pirates of the Caribbean movie starring Johhny Depp (who had suprised youngsters at a local this month? The Greenwich Visitor arrived on the streets of Greenwich in November 2010, with a team of distributors handing out copies to residents and visitors – a unique new offering. Our first edition featured a brilliant interview with Squeeze’s Glenn Tilbrook and Chris Difford by writer Garry Bushell – thirty years after he’d first interviewed them in a pub in Greenwich as their careers took off. We previewed the Greenwich panto written by and starring Andrew Pollard. And we gave you the definitive movie map of Greenwich, after a summer where our Old Royal Naval College was used for scenes in the latest
school by visiting in full pirate gear!) Since then we’ve had 84 more editions packed with great content all about what to do, see and experience here in this remarkable part of south east London. Here are just some of our favourite front pages. Read past editions online at www.TheGreenwichVisitor.com Other papers, magazines and online news sites have disappeared or struggled. But we’re determined to succeed and have exciting plans for the future. If you love us let us know why. And thanks for reading. We’ll see you in December. Email: email@example.com
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Double trouble GREENWICH Council has applied – to itself – for permission to use a protected part of the Heath for “revenue-raising” shows up to 60 times a year.
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Circus Field, near the gates of Greenwich Park, could host up to 4,999 people at each show – from music concerts to films and children’s events – in marquees each night until 10.30pm or 10pm on Sundays. The plan is opposed by residents’ groups and a councillor, who fear more noise, traffic congestion and the loss of a public space…but the chance to object ends on January 18. Letters to
The locally, we hope you’ll also find Greenwich Visitor indispensible. It’s designed and written right here. So too. we’ve planned it with you in mind the We hope to help you make the most of amazing place you live in. “Hello, Greenwich!” as our local heroes Squeeze will almost certainly say when they play at the IndigO2 soon. “It’s great to be here.”
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HOPES have risen that historic Avery Hill the fabric of the building. It abandoned a bid for funding bid could now emerge. The council believes Winter Gardens – a Victorian glasshouse that Heritage Lottery funding that could have paid for the University should only be allowed to sell the restoration and made the building’s future safe. land to an educational group – part of a covenant it rivals Kew – can be saved from ruin. Last month a petition with 5,000 names on it was agreed to when it bought the land for £1 in 1992.
The jets are said to be faulty, and people have slipped on its expensive ridged paving. Instead, the area – just in front of the Foot Tunnel entrance – has been permanently cordoned off with barriers and hazard tape. Now the feature – designed to echo the rise and fall of the tide on the Thames a few yards away – is to be ripped up this month. A council spokesman told The Greenwich Visitor: “The decision to remove the water
The building has become neglected since 2014 handed in at a meeting of Greenwich councillors. Avery Hill was built by Victorian industrialist when the University of Greenwich revealed it would Members of all parties then backed a motion “Colonel” John Thomas North using profits from be leaving after 30 years as part of its campus. calling for the mansion to be “protected and his South American nitrates business. Pictures published by the Greenwich Visitor in restored” and for the public to have a say in its Read our stories at TheGreenwichVisitor.com August showed damage being done to artwork and future – a major step in the campaign. A new lottery Follow the campaign on Twitter @AveryHillPark
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Amnesty book sale returns for Christmas STOCK up on Christmas books this month at the huge annual clearance sale run by Amnesty International. The group has been running the legendary sale for around 40 years and has raised almost £300,000 for the charity. Doors open at 10am on Saturday November 18 at the Church of the Ascension, Dartmouth Row – just 10 minutes walk from Lewisham stations. Group Chair Rachel Errington said: “The quality of books – many of which are brand new – is very high. “At our clearance book sale this year all books will be half their marked price for the whole day.” The event is also a chance to join the groups which “works worldwide to protect men, women and children wherever justice, freedom, truth and dignity are denied.” www.amnestybg. wordpress.com
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THIS is the stunning image that won its creator the Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year title for 2017. Russian photographer Artem Mironov beat thousands of amateurs and professionals from around the globe to win the title and a £10,000 top prize. The image – depicting the vibrant blues and pinks of the swirling dust and gas clouds in the Rho Ophiuchi Cloud Complex – is star of the exhibition of winning photographs at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich. Taken over three nights from a farm in Namibia, Mironov captured the sprawling stellar nursery 400 light years away. Recent x-ray and infrared studies have revealed it is home to a cluster of more than 300 protostars. Competition judge and Royal Observatory Public Astronomer Dr Marek Kukula said: “It’s a popular part of the sky for astrophotographers but this image shows it to us in a fresh light and there’s a sense of mystery in the churning clouds of gas and dust which reminds us that there’s still so much to discover out there” See the image – and other category winners – at the Observatory’s Astronomy Centre until July 22 (10-5). Info: www.rmg.co.uk/astrophoto
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GREENWICH’S fabulous Painted Hall stays open this month for a “decadent” Friday Late event – Painted Ladies. The night “celebrates the powerful, and too often overlooked, women depicted in this baroque masterpiece.” There is live music, life drawing and performance at the adults-only “event for all the senses.” The vast baroque murals – painted by James Thornhill inside Sir
Christopher Wren’s masterpiece building – depict some of 17th Century Britain’s most influential women including Mary II and her sister Anne. There are classical goddesses and tales of rivalry, intrigue and power politics. You can explore perfume-making with The Perfume Mistress, print with artist Anna Alcock from Inky Cuttlefish studios and sketch the rivalry between Queen
Mary and her sister Anne in a theatrical life drawing experience staged by London Drawing. There is music from Fight Like a Girl collective singer-songwriter Lilith Ai and DJ Marcia Carr of Mi-Soul Radio. Painted Ladies is on Friday 17 November from 7-10 and there is a bar all evening. Tickets are £12 (£10 cons). Info: www.ornc.org
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CHARLTON Athletic’s recent history has been controversial…but the museum to its past is thriving. Opened in 2013 by volunteers, it keeps alive the remarkable history of this great club and the people who made it This month –as the nation remembers the fallen from two world wars and so many other conflicts – a memorial tablet will be added. One name on it instantly caught my attention, writes STEVE HUNNISETT – the name of a steamship, actually. The Heron belonged to the General Steam Navigation Company, a Londonbased short sea and coastal shipping concern which later became P&O – a company I used to work for. The name connected to it was an intriguing one too – Jim Mackenzie. Jim was a Scot – born John Alexander Mackenzie in 1890 in Dundee – who became the first Honorary Secretary of the embryonic Charlton Athletic when the club was formed in time for the beginning of the 1905-06 season. His name and address at 5 York Street (now Mirfield Street), Charlton, was published in a Kentish Independent newspaper advertisement for potential opponents to contact to arrange a friendly fixture. Aged just 15, he was clearly a born administrator. He had arrived here when his father Jim found work as a dockyard labourer at one of the many wharves that lined the Thames back then. At 18 Jim – with the family now living at 93 East Street – joined the Merchant Navy, being engaged by the General Steam Navigation Company – often referred to simply as The Navvies – at their local base in Deptford. It meant he was just a tram ride from his beloved Charlton Athletic. By 1911 Jim was working as Mess Room Steward on the 879-tonne ironhulled Heron, built in Dundee and berthed in Swansea. Four years later he was its Ship’s Cook. Despite a nomadic life at sea, Jim’s roots were strong in Charlton. His family had moved to 57 Delafield Road, next to Charlton Railway Station and a goal kick from The Valley, where Charlton would move in 1919. His work regularly took him from London to Oporto, carrying general cargo and passengers. Then along came the First World War and new terrors for our sailors. Germany was perfecting submarine warfare – “Underhand, unfair and damned un-English”, according to Admiral Sir Arthur Wilson RN. Britain’s convoy system was meant to combat them and in part it succeeded.
But the Kaiser – seeing the tide of war turn against him – ordered unrestricted submarine warfare. On September 27 1917, the Heron – after loading a cargo of coal at Newcastle and general goods in London – sailed from Falmouth for Oporto as part of a 40-ship Convoy OF6, nine warships of the 4th Destroyer Flotilla. But military might was no guarantee of safe passage. On the night of the 30th, while crossing the Bay of Biscay, the Heron’s sister ship Drake was sunk by the gunfire of U-90, commanded by 34-year-old Kapitanleutnant Walter Remy. Drake’s crew took to lifeboats and were picked the next morning. Two hours later, Heron shared its fate. A single torpedo fired from U-90 slammed into the hull next to the engine room with disastrous results. The elderly iron coaster – with her heavy cargo of coal – sank like a stone. Of the 23 crew only one – a Japanese crane operator called Higo – survived. No trace of Heron or her crew – including 27-year-old Jim Mackenzie – was left, save for floating fragments. The men of the Heron – including another Charlton man, First Engineer Charles Davey from Eversley Road –are just a few of the 12,210 British Merchant Seaman killed in Wo r l d Wa r O n e whose only grave is the sea. T h e y a r e commemorated on the Merchant Navy Memorial at Tower Hill, a stone’s throw from the GSN Company’s former HQ at Trinity Square The poem No Roses Grow on a Sailor’s Grave could have been written for Jim Mackenzie. No crosses mark the ocean waves; No monuments of stone. No roses grow on sailor’s graves, The Sailor rests alone His tributes are the sea gulls’ sweeps, Forever wild and free… And teardrops that his sweetheart weeps To mingle with the sea. And it is a fine achievement by the trustees and volunteers at the Museum that one of the original East Street Boys – without whom Charlton Athletic would not exist – and his fallen comrades, will at last be commemorated at their spiritual home. Steve Hunnisett is a lifelong Charlton Athletic fan and battlefield guide. Info: www.blitzwalkers.co.uk The Charlton Athletic Museum – in the North Stand of The Valley – is not aligned to the Football Club or supporters’ groups. It is supported entirely by voluntary contributions. Donations of money or historic items are always welcome. It is open on Fridays (11-3) or on Matchday Saturdays (11-1). Info: www. cafcmuseum.co.uk
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Buy work of wooden art from our Park GREENWICH Park is famous for its fabulous trees – now you could have one in your own home. Works of wooden art turned from fallen timber have been created for a charity auction. Blackheath woodturner Michael Maisey has produced 15 pieces. Thirteen other nationally acclaimed wood artists have created works too. And Greenwich artist Peter Kent – renowned for his topographical Thames ink drawings – decorated a Horse Chestnut urn in his unique style (below). You can see the art – and place a bid – at The Greenwich Gallery, in Peyton Place until Tuesday November 7 (9.30-5.30 weekdays; 12-4 weekends) and online. Also on display and up for auction will be A2-sized framed photographs of trees in the Park by Vivien Davies. The auction is at The Trafalgar Tavern on Friday November 17 (7.30pm). Michael said: “We are using only timber from Greenwich Park and have distributed it from Devon to Yorkshire.” The retired medical Professor joked: “I’m hoping the contrast with the professionals is not too humiliating.” Greenwich Park Manager Graham Dear said: “For years I’ve put aside interesting and rare pieces of timber from the Park when a tree blows over or has to be felled because of disease. “There’s some really unusual timber, such as the Californian Laurel or Headache tree which is not easy to get hold of. It’s great to see it used so beautifully for a good cause and to see traditional skills being kept alive.” Michael is chairman of Freedom From Torture. It helps UK survivors of torture with counselling, group therapy and ongoing support. Info: www. thegreenwichgallery.com
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ONE of the most ethnically diverse areas of multi-cultural south east London is Deptford with a population whose roots bestride the globe from the Caribbean in the west to China in the east. This melting pot makes SE8 a microcosm of our wider world. With that in mind, O Deptford, written and directed by Thanh Le Dang and purporting to offer a Far Eastern take on the life of immigrants in innercity Britain, was actually a fascinating study of the universality of human feelings and endeavour. Producer Shuang Teng led us from the foyer of the Albany along the historic High Street to meet 24/7 shopkeeper Uncle Hong (Windson Liong) at a supermarket, disaffected – and stoned – teenager Loung (James Jip) in a small park, put-upon nail artist Thuy
IT’S impossible to pigeonhole Mike Westbrook and the Uncommon Orchestra. What they play is jazz, certainly, but there are also gracenotes of prog rock, theatre, chanson, poetry and even music hall. The only thing I can say for sure is that their performance at the Albany of Westbrook’s seven-part composition A Bigger Show was one of the gigs of the year. The tone for the evening was set as we took our seats and a boilersuited man with a broom worked his way through the audience inquiring after a lost dog. He turned out to be Tim Goodwin, who reappeared several times during the show as The Concierge, even sweeping the band off the stage at the interval. The jazz itself began with the 20 musicians taking to the stage one at a time, beginning with drummer Coach York laying down a groove which the others joined in with until the entire ensemble, including three singers and a second drummer, were in full, jubilant flow. Westbrook – in his 80s now – spent most of the gig quietly directing the band rather than at the keyboard, generously allowing his super-talented team to hog the limelight. Some of the best moments were duet spots, particularly the ones involving drummers York and Theo Goss, tenor sax pair Alan Wakeman and Pete Whyman, guitarists Jesse Molins and Matt North and an extraordinary two-hander by Roz Harding on alto sax and sousaphonist Dave Holdsworth on pocket trumpet. There were also fine solo performances by singers Kate Westbrook, Billy Bottle and Martine Walter. All the lyrics were written by Kate, who managed to combine warmth and wit in her verses and choruses. In one number, Juxtapositions, she even managed to namecheck Chairman Mao, Tracey Emin and David Beckham without it sounding ridiculous. This was a brilliant performance of a brilliant and wildly ambitious song-cycle. The only comparisons I could think of was one of those epic compositions by Sun Ra in his pomp or Carla Bley’s astonishing Escalator Over The Hill. But I reckon this was better – and a lot more fun.
Entertaning & immersive ...but a walk in progress (Emma Lau) at a beauty salon and lonely Granny Dumpling (Siu-see Hung) in her home, which was festooned with royal regalia. All of them were waiting to greet the Queen, who was due to open Deptford’s new library, all of them had
a melancholy story to tell and all them were doing their damnedest to deal with the daily difficulties of modern life. There were problems with the production, not least the loss of narrative flow as we walked from one location to the next. And the ending – a predictable no-show by Her Maj – was a disappointment to us as well as to the characters. But there was much to enjoy. The performances were terrific, the reactions of passers-by were amazingly relaxed and the underlying message of the piece – that we’re all alike under the surface – was both commendable and convincing. If only the linking walks had been more a part of the action.
the tempest THE Tempest is one of the most popular of all Shakespeare’s plays with its storms, shipwrecks, spirits and spells and a cast of colourful characters led by the sorcerer Prospero and the enchanting Miranda. I’ve seen many wonderful productions of it over the years – but never one as thrillingly exuberant as Bilimankhwe’s Anglo-Malawian version at Greenwich Theatre. There was no King Alonso, no Sebastian, no Antonio and no Gonzalo in director Kate Stafford’s pared down staging. Instead the action concentrated on Prospero’s twin obsessions – revenge on his usurper and marrying off his daughter. The decision to simplify the plot meant some of the play’s darkness
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swayed, shimmered and stuttered in acts of separation and coalescence that IT’S frankly outrageous that south were sometimes smooth, sometimes east London isn’t overrun with dance stroboscopically jumpy as in time-lapse fans from around the world because photography – but never still. And the whole thing was given an Trinity Laban and Greenwich Dance greater sense of the infinite thanks routinely stage shows of the highest even Daniel Wohl’s pulsing electro-score. calibre. Take October, for example – it toThe mind-boggling final sequence was rammed with quality. which saw us subsumed into an everAussie company The Farm launched expanding Sun provoked a huge and the festivities with Cockfight, a piece thoroughly deserved ovation. about macho posturing in an office creBy contrast, Hagit Yakira’s therapyated by Joshua Thomson, Gavin Webber, inspired double bill a few days later was Kate Hartman and Julian Louis. minimalism incarnate - but equally stirIt was performed at Laban theatre by ring. Thomson, in his 30s, and 50-something Sophie Arstall and Verena SchneiWebber who showed commendable der were brilliant as they desperately stamina and style as their power-play fought for breath in Air Hunger before became increasingly and dangerously they joined Joel Benjamin O’Donoghue physical. I could have lived without so and Stephen Moynihan for Free Falling, a much dialogue but the movement was vertiginous study of balance. The quartet magnificent. were at their most effective and affecting A week later we shifted from microwhen the soundtrack was muted, the cosm to cosmos with Alexander Whitley’s show becoming a gorgeous exercise in astounding 8 Minutes, a combination pure motion. of dancing, visuals and music that was October was also the month of the never less than awe-inspiring. London-wide festival Dance Umbrella, The piece took its name from the time which came to Peninsula Square next to it takes life-giving light to reach us from the O2 arena with Origami, an outdoor the Sun and featured a video backdrop event featuring a red shipping container by Tal Rosner that bathed the Laban that was mechanically manipulated to stage in streams and waves of photons, mirror the Japanese art of paper-folding swirling plasma, glowing fractals and, at while exquisitely graceful dancer Satchie the heart of the star, terrifying abysses of Noro, who created the work with Silvain blackness. Ohl, hung from wires and joists, slithThe duality of light was wonderered over the surface corrugations and fully echoed by the seven dancers who seemed to defy gravity in a display that
was somewhere between dance and circus. This beautiful event was repeated the following evening at the Royal Arsenal. And on the opposite bank of the Thames at the same time, Dance Umbrella presented Charlotte Spencer Projects’ Is This A Waste Land? which had been commissioned by the Trinity Laban Greenwich Dance Partnership. The immersive event, on a derelict site awaiting redevelopment in Silvertown, was more performance art than dance but it was nevertheless fascinating, particularly because it had opposite meanings depending on whether or not you threw yourself into the action. At first I did, joining teams of dancers and onlookers who followed quiet but insistent instructions through headphones to unite in Utopian harmony to build towers and barriers from found objects. But after a short time I cricked my back and was forced to watch from the edges. And the sight of people unquestioningly obeying orders to construct pointless things immediately became dystopian and deeply sinister. Great stuff. October’s fabulous set-list was completed by Greenwich Dance staging Lea Anderson’s Ladies And Gentlemen at Borough Hall, the Albany presenting Dot, a dance for children by acclaimed Spanish company Cia Maduixa, and Trinity Laban bringing us Theo Clinkard’s This Bright Field. What a month! You don’t know what you’re missing, world.
Spellbound on a night of folk tales from around the world...with WATCHING a live show is usually a joy because I’m in awe of anyone who can face a crowd and simply perform. But I confess I was less than enthusiastic at the prospect of a storytelling event which I imagined would involve a succession of oddballs recounting fairytales to a handful of gullible adults I couldn’t have been more wrong. StoryJam, staged in the Red Room studio at the Albany, was one of the most unexpectedly delightful arts events I have attended in yonks. The performance – the first of a four-part
storyjam season split between the Albany’s Deptford HQ and its Canada Water satellite – began with two folk tales from Romania and Finland told by Sarah Liisa Wilkinson. Any reservations I had had evaporated before she was halfway through the first sentence of her spellbinding tale. She was followed by Sian Kidd, who gave us the first quarter of a story from Asia. The next three parts will be aired as the season progresses. And the final section was brilliantly led by
Rachel Rose Reid, backed by guitarist Tim Karl, who regaled us with stories from Mexico, India and Ireland before ending with the fabulously bleak folksong The Bows Of London and another sung in German. The series is called Sweetness And Bite – which exactly sums up what is a jubilant, mordant and often hypnotic experience. What is its secret? Lucy Lill, who runs StoryJam with its founder Alys Torrance, puts it down to “a growing hunger” for the sort of intimacy such an evening creates. And Alys, who came to storytelling through
comedy, theatre and writing, likes to describe it as a “stand-up take on the oral tradition” whose themes may be dark but are also universal. Certainly, there are obvious parallels between what StoryJam does and the way contemporary comics have rejected old-style gags for observational comedy. But storytelling offers so much more, not least the ability to confront such weighty matters as the meaning of life and the inevitability of death. It is also increasingly used as a resource by schools. Lucy said: “Stories offer a non-confron-
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Towering Tempest was lost. But the trade-off, through Ben Mankhamba’s great live score, Shyne Phiri’s choreography, Hazel Albarn’s African set, the translation of some lines into surtitled Chichewa, the inspired decision to cast two men to play multi-faceted Ariel and the performances of the actors were more than enough compensation. Reice Weathers made a convincingly lovestruck Ferdinand and there was a terrific comic double act by Victoria Jeffrey
and Benedict Martin as drinksodden retainers. But the central turns were the secret of this production’s success. Christopher Brand was a towering (in every sense) Prospero, elfin Cassandra Hercules was playfully perfect as Miranda, while Robert Magasa and Joshua Bhima danced, sang and spoke in ethereal harmony as Ariel. Stanley Mambo was magnificently cringeing, carping yet credible as the enslaved monster Caliban. The Greenwich dates marked the start of a UK tour of The Tempest. It deserves to be a triumph because this is a most original show.
scope a joke steps at gmt DISABLED people’s ambition, talent and potential often goes unrecognised because of negative attitudes and stigma. “We have something to say about this,” says Bernie Fennerty of Scope. “It’s time for it to change. “Fortunately humour can challenge attitudes, break down barriers and bring people together. So we’re holding our first comedy night full of talented comedians supporting Scope, disabled people and their families.” The event is on Monday November 20 at classic – and accessible – comedy venue Up The Creek (7pm). Comedians confirmed so far include compere Adam Hills from C4’s The Last Leg, Rosie Jones, Dane Baptiste and Steve Day. Tickets are £14 + £1 booking fee from www.upthe-creek.com.
NINETIES feelgood band Steps are the first big name booked for next summer’s Greenwich Music Time concerts at the Old Royal Naval College. The Brit Award winners will bring their live show to London’s six-day riverside music festival on Thursday July 5. Lee, Claire, Lisa, Faye and H came back this year with new album Tears On The Dancefloor and a string of sold out shows GMT Director Peter Taylor said: “Their new material is brilliant – fresh but true to their feelgood pop roots. It stands so well alongside their best-loved songs which made them one of the biggest chart bands and a record-breaking live act. “It’s going to be a hugely popular night at Greenwich and one we can’t wait for.” Steps have had 14 Top 5 singles, three No1 albums and singles. Tickets: www.ticketmaster.co.uk.
Fantastic Medieval revival
THERE’S not much to envy - even among the rich - about life in medieval Europe where plagues and violent death were commonplace. But, as historical ensemble Blondel showed at St Luke’s in Charlton village, the music was fantastic. Using drums, recorders, shawms, gittern, fiddle and bagpipes, the quartet of Belinda Paul, Emily Baines, Lizzie Gutteridge and Arngeir Hauksson gave us a one-hour recital of songs popular in the royal courts of Spain in the late 1400s. Many of the tunes were from the Iberian peninsula itself. But there were also tunes from the Low Countries and from England. To my ear, one of all music’s finest noises is the tone of a shawm, a sort of ancient oboe. The only thing better is medieval pipes – and there were three sets giving it their all during this fabulous, if eccentric, little concert in this fabulous, if eccentric, little church. The Royal Greenwich International Early Music Festival returns to Blackheath Halls in November. This was a great taster for it.
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MANCHESTER has it’s Curry Mile in Rusholme... Birmingham claims it invented the Balti...Brick Lane is said to be the capital of London curry. But Greenwich has it’s own highway to spice heaven – Trafalgar Road. You can stroll along and choose a great place to eat or – as the nights draw in – order a takeway. I toured Trafalgar Road for this street-wise curry guide for you…
No 101: Lahore Venue: Casual and affordable, this café-style does it all – from burgers to fried chicken to curry. Open: Sun to Thurs 11.30am–1am, Fri to Sat 11.30am–3am. Offers: 10% discount on collection. Delivery: Free within three-mile radius. Minimum order £10. We suggest: Aloo Keema Masala (£6.50). Saag Paneer (£3). Curry Club says: Late-night curry fans can always get a fix here long after the others places are getting their Zzzzzzs. Call: 020 8293 5211.
CURRY a three-mile radius. Minimum order £15. Last orders 30 mins before closing. We suggest: Fish Masala Dosa (£7.25) and Cabbage Thoran (£4.50). Curry Club says: Step away from the old-school favourites and enjoy a taste of Kerala. Call: 020 8858 1220.
No 119: Pathiri Venue: Small, relaxed place specialising in Keralan food. Open: Mon to Fri 5pm–11pm, Sat to Sun noon–11.30pm. No 160: Mountain View Offers: 10% collection discount. Venue: Smart Nepalese curry Delivery: Free delivery within restaurant.
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ELTHAM kicks off Christmas in traditional style this month with music, fun – and film. The town centre will be traffic free on November 16 (4-8pm) for the annual extravaganza. Eltham Lights Up includes live music from 4–6pm and a pyrotechnic display. School children and community groups take part in the lantern parade at 6pm. This year’s theme is Lighting Up The Night Sky, with lanterns based around moons, galaxies and planets. Vintage Mobile Cinema is showing Eltham-related vintage films inside a cinema van. You can meet police dogs and horses from 4-7pm at an open day at Eltham Police Station on Well Hall Road. Make lanterns ahead of the Eltham Lights Up at workshops on Saturday 4 November at the Eltham Centre and Saturday 11 November at St Mary’s Community Centre. Info: www.royalgreenwich.gov.uk/elthamlightsup
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times and areas covered. We suggest: Caribbean Spiced Goat Curry (£7.50) with Carrot Cake (£2.50). Curry Club says: When you need a change from Indian food this is the place. Call: 020 8858 8099.
No 192: Mogul Home Dining Kitchen Venue: Indian takeaway (not to be confused with its town centre restaurant). Open: Daily 5pm–10.30pm. Offers: Complimentary pops and pickles. Delivery: Free within threemiles. Minimum order £15. Last delivery orders 20 mins before closing. We suggest: Sizzler special (£10.50) and Aloo Paratha (£2.90). Curry Club says: Established in Greenwich 40 years ago, Mogul is top-notch for quality. Call: 020 8858 1500.
MILE SE10 Open: Mon to Thur 5pm– 11.30pm, Fri 5pm–midnight, Sat noon–2.30pm and 5pm–midnight, Sun noon– 11.30pm. Offers: 10% discount for online orders. Delivery: Free within a three-mile radius, otherwise £2. Minimum order £15. We suggest: Gorkhali Lamb (£7.95) and Chilli Nan (£2.75). Curry Club says: Friendly
staff and fab food. Call: 020 8858 0227. No 166: Island Flavas Venue: Cool Caribbean restaurant. Open: Mon 10am–8pm, Tues to Thurs 10am–10pm, Fri to Sat 10am–11pm. Offers: For most dishes the collection price is cheaper than eat-in. Delivery: Go to Amazon Restaurants for delivery
Don’t forget it’s nearly time for the Greenwich Curry Club Awards 2017.in association with Goa Premium Beer. Haven’t voted yet? Check the nominations at www. greenwichcurryclub.com and choose your favourites. Voting closes on Friday 19 November. Results in next month’s Greenwich Visitor.
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Wednesday 1 PLAY Shakespeare Schools Festival Greenwich Theatre 7 PERFORMANCE Quarter Life Crisis Albany 7 COMEDY Beginners’ Improv Shrewsbury House 7.30. Pay what you can. No experience necessary. @TheImproShrews FOOTBALL Charlton A v Fulham U21. Valley 7.45 SPOKEN WORD Lu Spinney: Beyond The High Blue Air Blackheath Halls 8 Thursday 2 LECTURE Dr Julie Ferguson: Henry Stuart Queens House 11 MUSIC Trinity Laban Strings St Alfege 1.05 TALK Charles Le Brun & Louis XIV Painted Hall, ORNC 6.30 PLAY Shakespeare Schools Festival Greenwich Theatre 7 PERFORMANCE Quarter Life Crisis Albany 7 MUSIC Corina Piatti tango, bossa nova and jazz. Buenos Aires Cafe, Nelson Road 7.30 Friday 3 FAMILY Xmas Fair Woodlands Farm 11-3 MUSIC Trinity Laban Guitars ORNC chapel 1.05 PLAY Shakespeare Schools Festival Greenwich Theatre 7 PERFORMANCE Quarter Life Crisis Albany 7 COMEDY John Bishop O2 COMEDY David Ward, Rory O’Hanlon, Keith Farnan Up The Creek Saturday 4 FAMILY Diwali Divas Cutty Sark 11.30, 2 DANCE The Owl And The Pussycat Mycenae House 1, 3 MUSIC Trinity Laban recital St Alfege 1.05 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 COMEDY Chris Gilbert, Simon Bligh, Inel Tomlinson, Keith Farnan UTC MUSIC Distant Echo Pelton JAZZ Sarah Thorpe Oliver’s CLUBBING Garage Delight Building Six 10 Sunday 5 FAMILY Diwali Divas Cutty Sark 11.30, 2 KIDS Moonfall Albany 1, 3 TEA CONCERT Vanbrugh Ensemble Soloist Michael Penny St Margaret’s, Lee 4 BOOK LAUNCH Secret Greenwich by David Ramzan Plume of Feathers 5 PERFORMANCE No28 Deptford
London Theatre 5 MUSIC Steve Morrison Pelton TALENT Something For Sunday The Vanbrugh 7 MUSIC Blues Night GFMA gig, 7.30 Earl of Chatham, Thomas St SE18 6HU Monday 6 MUSIC APPRECIATION Matthew Taylor Blackheath Halls 10.30 COMEDY Beginners’ Improv Pay what you can. No experience necessary. Shrewsbury House 7.30. @TheImproShrews PUB QUIZ Vanbrugh 8.30 JAZZ Ladies Night Oliver’s Tuesday 7 MUSIC Trinity Laban Strings/Piano ORNC 1.05 TALK Sophie Stewart Lead conservator of the Painted Hall. ORNC 3 MUSIC English folk Star & Garter FOOTBALL Charlton Ath 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 Ituk Ubong Quintet Oliver’s Wednesday 8 DANCE Rahel Vonmoos Laban 7.30 MUSICAL Spamalot Bob Hope Theatre 7.45 Thursday 9 EXHIBITION Royal Greenwich Int Early Music Festival Blackheath Halls 10-5 MUSIC Makers’ Recitals/Demonstrations Quaker Meeting House, Blackheath, all day. Royal Greenwich Int Early Music Festival LECTURE Sue Prichard: The Winter Queen
Royal Greenwich Int Early Music Festival FUNDRAISER Cancer Research Quiz Night 7.30. St Thomas More School, Footscray Rd SE9 Tickets: 020 8850 5901 JAZZ Ben Cummings Mycenae House 7.30 MUSIC Queens Of The 80s Indig02 MUSICAL Spamalot Bob Hope Theatre 7.45 COMEDY UTC TEATIME CLASSIC: MUSIC Bruise Pelton Vanbrugh Ensemble plays JAZZ Three Oliver’s Elgar, Finzi, Saturday 11 Dvorak – with EXHIBITION Royal Greenwich Int Early Music tea and cakes. Festival Blackheath Halls 10-5 St Margaret’s SALE Books, Arts & Crafts Age Exchange 10-4 Church, Lee at MUSIC Makers’ Recitals/Demonstrations 4pm on Sunday Quaker Meeting House, Blackheath, throughNovember 5 out the day. Royal Greenwich Int Early Music Festival MUSIC Junior Trinity All Saints, Blackheath 1 Royal Greenwich Int Early Music Festival Queens House 11 MUSIC Trinity Laban recital St Alfege 1.05 MUSIC Chamber Brass St Alfege 1.05 MUSICAL Spamalot MUSIC TL Historically Informed Performance Bob Hope Theatre 2.30, 7.45 Winners All Saints, Blackheath 1.05 Royal MUSIC Joglaresa All Saints, Blackheath 5.30 Greenwich Int Early Music Festival Royal Greenwich Int Early Music Festival PARENTS Bach To Baby Mycenae House 4 MUSIC Fontanella Recorder Quintet All Saints, FILM Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) Royal Observatory 6.45 Blackheath 5.30 Royal Greenwich Int Early COMEDY Jimmy Carr Indig02 Music Festival MUSIC Native Dancer Albany 7.30 TALK Antonio Verrio Painted Hall, ORNC 6.30 MUSIC Thomas Tallis Society St Alfege 7.45 PICTURES An Evening Of Astrophotography Royal Greenwich Int Early Music Festival Royal Observatory 7 COMEDY Johnny Cochrane, Andrew Ryan, MUSIC Pianist Andrew Oliver & Guillermo Angela Barnes, Kevin McCarthy UTC Rozenthuler. Buenos Aires Cafe, Nelson Rd 7.30 MUSIC Don Murr Pelton SPOKEN WORD StoryJam Albany 7.30 JAZZ John Martin (London Jazz Fest) Oliver’s MUSIC 21st Century Baroque St Margaret’s, Lee Sunday 12 Terrace 7.45 Royal Greenwich Int Early Music FAMILY Low-Tide Walk Creekside Discovery Festival Centre 11 MUSICAL Spamalot Bob Hope Theatre 7.45 TENNIS The ATP Finals O2, from noon JAZZ Michael De Souza Trio Oliver’s FILM/BALLET The Taming Of The Shrew Link to Friday 10 Bolshoi. Greenwich Picturehouse, noon EXHIBITION Royal Greenwich Int Early Music FILM Call Of The Wild (1972) NMM 2 Festival Blackheath Halls 10-5 MUSIC The Mish Mash Pelton MUSIC Makers’ Recitals/Demonstrations TALENT Something For Sunday Vanbrugh 7 Quaker Meeting House, Blackheath, all day. MUSIC Black Heather Club B’heath Halls 7.30 Royal Greenwich Int Early Music Festival Monday 13 MUSIC Hawksmoor Wind Ensemble MUSIC APPRECIATION Matthew Taylor Charlton House 1 Blackheath Halls 10.30am MUSIC Trinity Laban Harps ORNC chapel 1.05 TENNIS The ATP Finals O2, from noon MUSIC Moeck/SoRP Solo Competition Finals MUSIC James Kirby Piano, Blackheath Halls 1.10 All Saints, Blackheath 1 Royal Greenwich Int FESTIVAL Lewisham Fringe London Theatre Early Music Festival MUSIC Folk & Blues Bob Hope Theatre 7.30 MUSIC Passacaglia All Saints, Blackheath 5.30 PUB QUIZ The Vanbrugh 8.30
JAZZ Ladies Night Oliver’s Tuesday 14 TENNIS The ATP Finals O2, from noon MUSIC Trinity Laban Chamber Concert ORNC chapel 1.05 FESTIVAL Lewisham Fringe London Theatre PLAY Skakespeare Schools Festival Albany 7 JAZZ Beats In The Bar Blackheath Halls 7.30 TALK Bob Cummings: Windmills of NW Kent & Kentish London Greenwich Industrial History Society, Bakehouse 7.30 MUSIC English folk Star & Garter JAZZ Corrie & Co Oliver’s Wednesday 15 TENNIS The ATP Finals O2, from noon FESTIVAL Lewisham Fringe London Theatre WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton PLAY Skakespeare Schools Festival Albany 7 DANCE Staging Ages Laban 7.30 JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s Thursday 16 LECTURE Dr Julie Ferguson: The Forgotten Consort Queens House 11 TENNIS The ATP Finals O2, from noon MUSIC Amos Lucidi and Yaoying Wang Piano recital, St Alfege 1.05 FESTIVAL Lewisham Fringe London Theatre CHRISTMAS Eltham Lights Up Music, Meccano, vintage film, Eltham town centre 4-7 FILM/PLAY Follies Link to NT Greenwich Picturehouse 7 PLAY Skakespeare Schools Festival Albany 7 MUSIC Brazilian night with Ines Loubert Buenos Aires Cafe, Nelson Rd 7.30 MUSIC Trinity Laban Chorus Blackheath Halls 7.30 CELEBRATION Tastes Like Blue Albany 8 JAZZ Beats In The Bar Oliver’s 9 Friday 17 TENNIS The ATP Finals O2, from noon MUSIC Clockwork Opera Charlton House 1 MUSIC Jim Parbury & Francesco Rocco Guitar recital, ORNC chapel 1.05 PANTO Cinderella Greenwich Theatre 2 ASTRONOMY An Evening With The Stars Royal Observatory, from 5.25 MUSIC Trinity Laban String Ensemble Blackheath Halls 7.30 FESTIVAL Lewisham Fringe London Theatre MUSIC Grime Live III Indig02 PLAY Skakespeare Schools Festival Albany 7 POETRY Roger McGough & LiTTLe MACHiNe Mycenae House 7.30
Winter festivals in Royal Greenwich Welcome winter and the start of the festive season at four fabulous Royal Greenwich events See live reindeer and ice carving displays, get a gift from Santa, sample festive treats, discover a puppet show inside a double decker bus, join spectacular illuminated processions and watch the sky light up with fireworks – these are just some of the free experiences you can enjoy. For further festive updates go to:
Artillery Square & No.1 Street SE18 Saturday 2 December Festive music, food and drink stalls, Christmas tree lighting at 7pm www.rare.london @RARE_explore FREE ice skating (2 Dec only) on the Ice skating rink From 3 – 14 December: £5 adults | £3 children
Ye Olde Maritime Christmas Market
Cutty Sark Gardens 25 November – 4 December Ice bar, food and craft stalls, giant snow globe and festive entertainment www.nmdg.co.uk
Woolwich Winter Warmer Eltham Lights Up
General Gordon Square SE18 Saturday 2 December 12 noon – 6pm
Eltham High Street SE9 Thursday 16 November 4 – 7pm
Greenwich Christmas Festival Cutty Sark Gardens SE10 Saturday 25 November 12 noon – 6pm
Thamesmead Christmas Sparkle Thamesmead Clocktower Joyce Dawson Way SE28 Friday 8 December 3 – 7pm
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TALK Dr Enrique Ruiz Trejo: Fuel Cells & Electrolysers Blackheath Scientific Society, Mycenae House 7.45 MUSIC The Feel Good Band Pelton COMEDY UTC JAZZ Eric Guy & Ecotrip Oliver’s Saturday 18 FUNDRAISER New/Nearly New Kids’ Clothes For Cancer Research 10-1, New Eltham Library, Southwood Rd. Info: 020 8850 5901 BOOK SALE Amnesty Int’l Church of the Ascension, Dartmouth Row SE10 8BF. 10. KIDS Aladdin Blackheath Halls 11.30, 3 TENNIS The ATP Finals O2, from noon MUSIC Trinity Laban recital St Alfege 1.05 PANTO Cinderella Greenwich Theatre 2, 7 FOOTBALL Charlton Ath v MK Dons. Valley 3 ASTRONOMY An Evening With The Stars Royal Observatory, from 5.25 FESTIVAL Lewisham Fringe London Theatre MUSIC Blackheath Goes Gospel Blackheath Halls 7.30 MUSIC Sarah Gillespie Quartet Albany 7.30 COMEDY UTC MUSIC Rocket Social Trio Pelton JAZZ Franco lo Castro Oliver’s Sunday 19 FUNDRAISER Blackheath Christmas Fair Blackheath Halls 10.30 TENNIS The ATP Finals O2, from noon
ls s al ver er t S eo ng ak g si op M in y H Sw ind L KIDS Goblin’s Peter & The Wolf Albany 1, 3 FESTIVAL Lewisham Fringe London Theatre MUSIC Dennis Greaves Blues Jam Pelton MUSIC Psihe Delia Indig02 TALENT Something For Sunday The Vanbrugh 7 Monday 20 MUSIC APPRECIATION Matthew Taylor Blackheath Halls 10.30am FESTIVAL Lewisham Fringe London Theatre PUB QUIZ The Vanbrugh 8.30 JAZZ Ladies Night Oliver’s Tuesday 21 PANTO Cinderella Greenwich Theatre 10 SOCIAL Civil Service Retirement Fellowship St Alfege. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org 11 MUSIC Lars Fischer Tenor recital, ORNC 1.05 TEA DANCE Blackheath Halls 1.30 FESTIVAL Lewisham Fringe London Theatre MUSIC English folk Star & Garter JAZZ Beats In The Bar Blackheath Halls 7.30 DANCE K-Arts Company Laban 7.30 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 10am FAMILY Christmas Lanterns Parade from ORNC starts 4. Lights On Greenwich Market 5. FESTIVAL Lewisham Fringe London Theatre MUSICAL Oliver! Bob Hope Theatre 7.30
MUSIC Depeche Mode O2 WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton MUSIC Trinity Laban Contemporary Jazz Ensemble Laban 7.30 MUSIC Jette Parker Young Artists Blackheath Halls 7.30 JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s Thursday 23 PANTO Cinderella Greenwich Theatre 10am LECTURE Dr Anna Keay: The Last Royal Rebel Queens House 11 MUSIC Elena Sanchez, Michael Iskas Viola recital, St Alfege 1.05 TALK Malcolm Kenwood: ArtBeat Blackheath Decorative & Fine Arts Society, St Mary’s Church Hall 2.30 FESTIVAL Lewisham Fringe London Theatre MUSIC Deep Purple O2 MUSIC Rafael Lijtman. Bluesy Latin rhythms. Buenos Aires Cafe, Nelson Rd 7.30 MUSICAL Oliver! Bob Hope Theatre 7.30 SPOKEN WORD Germaine Greer Blackheath Halls 8 JAZZ Beats In The Bar Oliver’s 9 Friday 24 VOLUNTEER Dig-In Greenwich Park 9.30 MUSIC Trinity Laban recital Bakehouse 12 MUSIC Adam Taylor Piano recital Charlton House 1 MUSIC Linos Piano Trio ORNC chapel 1.05 ASTRONOMY An Evening With The Stars Royal Observatory, from 5.25 FESTIVAL Lewisham Fringe London Theatre SCARES Quarantine Interactive horror National Maritime Museum 6.30 PANTO Cinderella Greenwich Theatre 7 MUSIC Steps O2 MUSIC GFMA Ceilidh Mycenae House 7.30 TRIBUTE A Night Of Dirty Dancing Indig02 MUSIC Warsnare Albany 7.30 MUSIC Trinity Laban Wind Orchestra & Sinfonia Wind Blackheath Halls 7.30 MUSICAL Oliver! Bob Hope Theatre 7.30 COMEDY Chris Mayo, Tez Ilyas, Damian Kingsley, Rob Deering UTC
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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 National Maritime Museum: Romney Rd, SE10 9BJ 020 8858 0045 www.nmm.ac.uk 02, Indig02, Building 6, Brooklyn Bowl: 0844 8560202 www.theo2.co.uk Old Royal Naval Coll, Discover: SE10 9LW. 020 8269 4799 oldroyalnavalcollege.org Oliver’s: 9 Nevada St SE10 9JL. 020 8858 3693 www.oliversjazzbar.co.uk Pelton Arms: 23-5 Pelton Street SE10 9PQ 020 8858 0572. peltonarms.com Prince Of Greenwich: 72 Royal Hill SE10 8RT 020 8692 6089 St Alfege: Greenwich Church St. 020 8853 0687. st-alfege.org Severndroog Castle: Off Shooters Hill SE18 3RT. severndroogcastle.org.uk The Star And Garter: 60 Old Woolwich Rd SE10 9NY. 020 8305 1144 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 UTC (UTC): 302 Creek Rd SE10 9SW. 020 8858 4581. up-the-creek.com
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 Royal Observatory: Astronomy Photographer Of The Year. rmg.co.uk Fan Museum: Street Art Fans, till Dec 31. Closed Mondays. 12 Crooms Hill. 020 8305 1441 fan-museum.org.uk Old Royal Naval College: Winter Time Festival (ice rink, stalls etc). Opens 6 on Dec 1 and runs till 11pm on New Year’s Eve. ornc.org Blackheath Halls: Art exhibition: Rebecca Walker, till Dec 5. Daily in café/bar. blackheathhalls.com Age Exchange: Carers’ group Mon, knitters Thurs, preschool rhyme-time Fri. Old Bakehouse, Bennett Pk SE3 9LA. age-exchange.org.uk. Nat Maritime Museum: 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 Stephen Lawrence Gallery: Diversity+Inclusivity By Design, till Nov 21. 10 Stockwell St SE10 9BD. 020 8331 9954 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 National Maritime Museum: Explore Saturdays. Free. Performance and storytelling for over-5s from noon. Discover Sundays. Free. Activities for families from 11.30am. Play Tuesdays. Free. For under-5s from 10.30
MUSIC The Moths Pelton JAZZ Chromative Oliver’s Saturday 25 ART Blackheath Art Society Autumn Show West Greenwich Community Arts Centre – till Fri Dec 8. Mondays to Fridays 12 to 7.30 FAMILY Drop-In Wildlife Centre, Greenwich Park 1-4 MUSIC Trinity Laban recital St Alfege 1.05 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 L’borough Well Hall 3 DANCE Krump & Waacking Battle Street dance showcase, Borough Hall 4 FESTIVAL Lewisham Fringe London Theatre ASTRONOMY An Evening With The Stars Royal Observatory, from 5.25 SCARES Quarantine Interactive horror NMM 6.30 MUSIC Nelly Indig02 COMEDY Nathan Caton Blackheath Halls 8 FESTIVAL Pizza & Prosecco Building Six MUSIC Little Mix O2 COMEDY UTC MUSIC Lord Algae Pelton Sunday 26 PANTO Cinderella Greenwich Theatre 1, 5 SHOWCASE Love2Dance Albany 2, 6 VINTAGE Do you Vintage? Shrewsbury House, Shooters Hill 11-5, £2 (£1 with ad on P19) FESTIVAL Lewisham Fringe London Theatre MUSIC Little Mix O2 TALENT Something For Sunday Vanbrugh 7 MUSIC Greenwich Blues Band 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 JAZZ Ladies Night Oliver’s Tuesday 28 PANTO Cinderella Greenwich Theatre 10, 2 MUSIC Trinity Laban recital ORNC chapel 1.05 JAZZ Beats In The Bar Blackheath Halls 7.30 MUSIC The Killers O2 MUSIC English folk Star & Garter JAZZ Corrie & Co Oliver’s Wednesday 29 PANTO Cinderella Greenwich Theatre 10, 2 SPORT James Richardson: Totally Football
December Live Indig02 JAZZ Beats In The Bar Blackheath Halls 7.30 WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s Thursday 30 PANTO Cinderella Greenwich Theatre 10, 2 LECTURE Dr Jacqueline Riding: Unfortunate Princes Queens House 11 MUSIC Trinity Laban recital St Alfege 1.05 SUPPORT Tinnitus Rooms group Dragonfly Lifestyle, Greenwich Market. 6.30-8.30. firstname.lastname@example.org TALK Will Palin: 21st Century Conservation Painted Hall, ORNC 6.30 MUSIC Mishka Adams Soft samba, cool jazz and folk. Buenos Aires Cafe, Nelson Rd 7.30 MUSIC The Stylistics Indig02 TRIBUTE Elvis: Live On Screen O2 JAZZ Beats In The Bar Oliver’s 9
ASTRONOMY An Evening With The Stars Royal Observatory from 5.25 SCARES Quarantine Interactive horror NMM 6.30 MUSIC Kasabian O2 COMEDY Lee Nelson Indig02 MUSICAL Animus Laban 7.30 COMEDY Tom Allen & Guests Cutty Sark 7.30 PLAY The Just Assassins London Theatre 8 Sunday 3 FAMILY Christmas Fair Woodlands Farm 11-3 FAMILY Xmas Decorations Workshops Cutty Sark 11.30am, 2 PANTO Cinderella Greenwich Theatre 1, 5 FILM Polar Express (2004) NMM 2 PLAY The Just Assassins London Theatre 5 MUSIC Jamiroquai O2 MUSIC Blues Night GFMA gig, 7.30 Earl of Chatham, Thomas St SE18 6HU Monday 4 FAMILY Ugly Duckling Albany 10.30, 1 CAROL Trinity Laban Chapel Choir ORNC 5.30 Friday December 1 MUSIC Gorillaz O2 MUSIC Trinity Laban Horn Ensemble JAZZ Ladies Night Oliver’s Charlton House 1 Tuesday 5 MUSIC Celebrating Ed Charlton House 1 FAMILY Ugly Duckling Albany 10.30, 1 MUSIC Trinity Laban Chamber Concert MUSIC Trinity Laban recital ORNC chapel 1.05 ORNC chapel 1.05 TALK Sophie Stewart Lead conservator of the PANTO Cinderella Greenwich Theatre 2, 7 Painted Hall. ORNC 3 MUSICAL Animus Laban 2.30, 7.30 MUSIC A Ceremony Of Carols ORNC chapel 5.30 ASTRONOMY An Evening With The Stars TALK Sir Jmes Thornhill Painted Hall, ORNC 6.30 Royal Observatory from 5.25 FILM/BALLET The Nutcracker Link to Covent SKATING Winter Time Festival Opens ORNC 6 Garden. Greenwich Picturehouse 7.15 SCARES Quarantine Interactive horror NMM 6.30 MUSIC Gorillaz O2 MUSIC Parallax Blackheath Halls 7.30 MUSIC Cabaret Playroom Albany 8 TRIBUTE The Magic Of Motown Indig02 MUSIC English folk Star & Garter MUSIC Kasabian O2 JAZZ Beats In The Bar Oliver’s MUSIC Clive Carroll Mycenae House 7.30 Wednesday 6 PLAY The Just Assassins London Theatre 8 PANTO Cinderella Greenwich Theatre 10, 2 Saturday 2 FAMILY Ugly Duckling Albany 10.30, 1 FAMILY Xmas Decorations Cutty Sark 11.30, 2 MUSIC Jamiroquai O2 PANTO Cinderella Greenwich Theatre 2, 7 Thursday 7 CHRISTMAS Blackheath Village Day BCS Choir PANTO Cinderella Greenwich Theatre 10, 2 1. Halstow Choir 1.30. London Joy Singers 2. FAMILY Ugly Duckling Albany 10.30, 1 Family singalong & Lights on from 3.15. Icarus MUSIC Trinity Laban Saxophone Choir Club at Blackheath Halls 8. St Alfege 1.05
MUSIC The London Gay Men’s Chorus Queen’s House 6 FILM/PLAY Young Marx Link to The Bridge. Greenwich Picturehouse 7 MUSIC Johnny Hates Jazz Indig02 JAZZ Beats In The Bar Oliver’s 9 Friday 8 FAMILY Ugly Duckling Albany 10.30, 1 KIDS Snow-Pocalypse Greenwich Theatre 11 MUSIC Phillip Leslie Piano, Charlton House 1 PANTO Cinderella Greenwich Theatre 2, 7 MUSIC Trinity Laban Chamber Concert ORNC 5.30 MUSIC A Vision Of Elvis Indig02 JAZZ Sarah Bolter Mycenae House 7.30 MUSIC Wassail Night Annual GFMA event, Charlton House 7.30 Saturday 9 KIDS Snow-Pocalypse Greenwich Theatre 11 PANTO Cinderella Greenwich Theatre 2, 7 FOOTBALL Charlton v Portsmouth Valley 3 RUGBY Blackheath v Caldy Well Hall 3 TALK Prof Carl Murray Christmas lecture on NASA Saturn mission. Royal Observatory 6.45 DISCO Haven’t Stopped Dancing Yet Blackheath Halls 7.30 MUSIC The Dualers Indig02 DANCE Swing & Jam Christmas Ball Borough Hall 8 Sunday 10 KIDS Snow-Pocalypse Greenwich Th 10.30 FAMILY Ugly Duckling Albany 11, 2 FAMILY Low-Tide Walk Creekside Discovery Centre 11 PANTO Cinderella Greenwich Theatre 1, 5 PLAYREADING Valediction With professional cast in costume. Fan Museum 4 Monday 11 FAMILY Ugly Duckling Albany 10.30, 1 KIDS Snow-Pocalypse Greenwich Th 11, 2 MUSIC Mariah Carey O2 MUSIC Folk & Blues Bob Hope Theatre 7.30 PUB QUIZ Vanbrugh 8.30 Tuesday 12 FAMILY Ugly Duckling Albany 10.30, 1 KIDS Snow-Pocalypse Greenwich Theatre 11 PANTO Cinderella Greenwich Theatre 2, 7 MUSIC Queen & Adam Lambert O2 MUSIC English folk Star & Garter JAZZ Corrie & Co Oliver’s PLAY House Of Bernarda Alba London Th 8 Wednesday 13 FAMILY Ugly Duckling Albany 10.30, 1 KIDS Snow-Pocalypse Greenwich Theatre 11 PANTO Cinderella Greenwich Theatre 2, 7 MUSIC Queen & Adam Lambert O2 WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton PLAY House Of Bernarda Alba London Th 8 JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s Thursday 14 FAMILY Ugly Duckling Albany 10.30, 1 MUSIC Trinity Laban Chamber Concert St Alfege 1.05 PANTO Cinderella Greenwich Theatre 2, 7 PARENTS Bach To Baby Mycenae House 4 MUSIC Michael Ball & Alfie Boe O2 SPOKEN WORD Chill Pill Albany 8 PLAY House Of Bernarda Alba London Th 8 Friday 15 FAMILY Ugly Duckling Albany 10.30, 1 KIDS Snow-Pocalypse Greenwich Theatre 11 MUSIC Christmas With The Band Charlton Hs 1 PANTO Cinderella Greenwich Theatre 2, 7 DANCE The Nutcracker Mycenae House MUSIC Pete Tong: Ibiza Classics O2 CELEBRATE Members’ Evening Blackheath Scientific Society, Mycenae House 7.45 MUSIC The Chicago Blues Brothers Indig02 PLAY House Of Bernarda Alba London Th 8 Saturday 16 KIDS Snow-Pocalypse Greenwich Theatre 11 PANTO Cinderella Greenwich Theatre 2, 7 FILM 2010: The Year We Make Contact (1984) Royal Observatory 6.45 MUSIC Handel’s Messiah ORNC chapel 7 MUSIC Joglaresa, Dame Emma Kirby Cutty Sark 7.30 TRIBUTE The Bowie Experience Indig02 MUSIC Pete Tong: Ibiza Classics O2 PLAY House Of Bernarda Alba London Th 8 Sunday 17 KIDS Snow-Pocalypse Greenwich Th 10.30 FAMILY Ugly Duckling Albany 11, 2 PANTO Cinderella Greenwich Theatre 1, 5 BOXING Bellew v Haye O2 TALENT Something For Sunday Vanbrugh 7
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MUSIC Diamond Platnumz Indig02 Monday 18 FAMILY Ugly Duckling Albany 10.30, 1 KIDS Snow-Pocalypse Greenwich Th 11, 2 MUSIC Carols By Candlelight Mycenae Hs 7 Tuesday 19 KIDS Snow-Pocalypse Greenwich Theatre 11 PANTO Cinderella Greenwich Theatre 2, 7 Wednesday 20 KIDS Snow-Pocalypse Greenwich Theatre 11 PANTO Cinderella Greenwich Theatre 2, 7 FAMILY Disney On Ice O2 6.30 FILM Ex Machina (2014) Royal Obs 6.45 MUSIC Xmas Shenanigans Club GFMA event Mycenae House 7.30 Thursday 21 FAMILY Ugly Duckling Albany 11, 2 KIDS The Buildy-Uppy Dance Show Borough Hall 11, 2.30 PANTO Cinderella Greenwich Theatre 2, 7 FAMILY Disney On Ice O2 2.30, 6.30 Friday 22 FAMILY Disney On Ice O2 10.30, 2.30, 6.30 KIDS Snow-Pocalypse Greenwich Theatre 11 FAMILY Ugly Duckling Albany 11, 2 PANTO Cinderella Greenwich Theatre 2, 7 Saturday 23 FAMILY Disney On Ice O2 10.30, 2.30, 6.30 KIDS Snow-Pocalypse Greenwich Th 10.30 FAMILY Ugly Duckling Albany 11, 2 PANTO Cinderella Greenwich Theatre 1, 5 RUGBY Blackheath v Rosslyn Pk Well Hall 3 FOOTBALL Charlton v Blackpool Valley 3 CARNIVAL Twisted Xmas Special Indig02 Sunday 24 FAMILY Disney On Ice O2 10.30
KIDS Snow-Pocalypse Greenwich Th 10.30 FAMILY Ugly Duckling Albany 11, 2 PANTO Cinderella Greenwich Theatre 1, 5 TALENT Something For Sunday Vanbrugh 7 Monday 25 HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO ALL OUR READERS! Tuesday 26 PANTO Cinderella Greenwich Theatre 2, 7 FAMILY Disney On Ice O2 2.30 MUSIC English folk Star & Garter JAZZ Corrie & Co Oliver’s Wednesday 27 FAMILY Disney On Ice O2 10.30, 2.30 KIDS Snow-Pocalypse Greenwich Theatre 11 FAMILY Ugly Duckling Albany 11, 2 PANTO Cinderella Greenwich Theatre 2, 7 WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s Thursday 28 FAMILY Ugly Duckling Albany 11, 2 PANTO Cinderella Greenwich Theatre 2, 7 FAMILY Disney On Ice O2 2.30, 6.30 Friday 29 VOLUNTEER Dig-In Greenwich Park 9.30 FAMILY Disney On Ice O2 10.30, 2.30, 6.30 KIDS Snow-Pocalypse Greenwich Th 10.30 FAMILY Ugly Duckling Albany 11, 2 PANTO Cinderella Greenwich Theatre 2, 7 PANTO Cinderella Bob Hope Theatre 7.30
Saturday 30 FAMILY Disney On Ice O2 10.30, 2.30 KIDS Snow-Pocalypse Greenwich Theatre 11 FAMILY Ugly Duckling Albany 11, 2 PANTO Cinderella Greenwich Theatre 1, 5 FAMILY Drop-In Wildlife Centre, G Park 1-4 PANTO Cinderella Bob Hope Theatre 2, 5.30 Sunday 31 PANTO Cinderella Greenwich Theatre 11, 3 FAMILY Ugly Duckling Albany 11, 2 PANTO Cinderella Bob Hope Theatre 2 PARTY Kisstory Indig02 from 9
Monday January 1 FOOTBALL Charlton Athletic v Gillingham. The Valley 3 PANTO Cinderella Bob Hope Theatre 5 PUB QUIZ The Vanbrugh 8.30 JAZZ Ladies Night Oliver’s Tuesday 2 MUSIC English folk Star & Garter JAZZ Corrie & Co Oliver’s Wednesday 3 PANTO Cinderella Greenwich Theatre 7 WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s Thursday 4 MUSIC Trinity Laban recital St Alfege 1.05 PANTO Cinderella Greenwich Theatre 7 Friday 5 PANTO Cinderella Greenwich Theatre 2, 7 PANTO Cinderella Bob Hope Theatre 7.30 Saturday 6 FAMILY Didgeridoo-Making Cutty Sark 11.30, 2 PANTO Cinderella Greenwich Theatre 2, 7 PANTO Cinderella Bob Hope Theatre 2, 5.30 FOOTBALL Charlton Ath v Oldham Ath. Valley 3 Sunday 7 EXHIBITION Death In The Ice Final day NMM FAMILY Didgeridoo-Making Cutty Sark 11.30, 2 PANTO Cinderella Greenwich Theatre 1, 5 PANTO Cinderella Bob Hope Theatre 2 TALENT Something For Sunday Vanbrugh 7 MUSIC Blues Night GFMA gig, 7.30 Earl of Chatham, Thomas St SE18 6HU Monday 8 PUB QUIZ Vanbrugh 8.30 JAZZ Ladies Night Oliver’s Tuesday 9 TALK Sophie Stewart Lead conservator of the Painted Hall. ORNC 3 MUSIC English folk Star & Garter JAZZ Corrie & Co Oliver’s Wednesday 10 Thursday 11 MUSIC Trinity Laban recital St Alfege 1.05 BASKETBALL NBA London Game O2 Friday 12 ASTRONOMY An Evening With The Stars
Royal Observatory from 5.25 MUSIC Paramore O2 PANTO Cinderella Bob Hope Theatre 7.30 Saturday 13 PANTO Cinderella Bob Hope Theatre 2, 5.30 ASTRONOMY An Evening With The Stars Royal Observatory from 5.25 Sunday 14 PANTO Cinderella Bob Hope Theatre 2 TALENT Something For Sunday Vanbrugh 7 Monday 15 PUB QUIZ Vanbrugh 8.30 JAZZ Ladies Night Oliver’s Tuesday 16 LECTURE Prof Raman Prinja Talk about stars. Royal Observatory 5.15 MUSIC English folk Star & Garter JAZZ Corrie & Co Oliver’s Wednesday 17 JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s Thursday 18 MUSIC Trinity Laban recital St Alfege 1.05 Friday 19 STUNTS Fast & Furious Live O2 PANTO Cinderella Bob Hope Theatre 7.30 TALK Dr Russell Foster: Light, Sleep & TIme Blackheath Scientific Soc, Mycenae Ho 7.45 Saturday 20 PANTO Cinderella Bob Hope Theatre 2, 5.30 FOOTBALL Charlton Ath v Walsall. Valley 3 ARROWS Legends of Darts Masters Indig02 STUNTS Fast & Furious Live O2 Sunday 21 PANTO Cinderella Bob Hope Theatre 2 STUNTS Fast & Furious Live O2 Monday 22 PUB QUIZ Vanbrugh 8.30 Tuesday 23 TALK Lindsey Collier: Lea Valley Heritage Alliance Greenwich Industrial History Society, Bakehouse 7.30 GONGS National Television Awards O2 MUSIC English folk Star & Garter JAZZ Corrie & Co Oliver’s Wednesday 24 WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s Thursday 25 MUSIC Trinity Laban recital St Alfege 1.05 Friday 26 VOLUNTEER Dig-In Greenwich Park 9.30 Saturday 27 FAMILY Drop-In Wildlife Centre, G Park 1-4 ASTRONOMY An Evening With The Stars Royal Observatory from 5.25 COMEDY Chris Rock O2 CELEBRATION Burns Night Cutty Sark 7.30 Sunday 28 FAMILY Low-Tide Walk Creekside Discovery Centre 2-4 COMEDY Chris Rock O2 Monday 29 JAZZ Ladies Night Oliver’s Tuesday 30 MUSIC English folk Star & Garter Wednesday 31 JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s
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went to that wonderful St Pancreas (as I like to call it) station last month – 2hrs 16mins later I was at Gare du Nord. After London, Paris is my favourite city. It’s got great architecture, art and food... and the parks aren’t bad either. Yes it’s a busman’s holiday but I always visit parks on my travels. ut how do we compare? Both are blessed with some great open spaces – Paris has the huge Bois de Boulogne, Parc du Champ de Mars with its Eifel Tower, the Jardin de Tuileries and the Jardin de Luxembourg to name four of my favourites. e have benches – in Paris you will find hundreds of metal cafe chairs. Parisians are far more likely to picnic on a chair than on the grass. Mind you, there tends to be less grass to picnic on. Much of the surface is crushed aggregate footpath. This looks good – smarter than the tarmac you see in London parks. hile Hyde Park has a bowling green, the Jardin de Luxembourg
has petanque. I like the way this is much less formal than our bowls. You don’t have to book – you just turn up with friends and play. There is even a place to hang you coat. The same goes for chess. I saw dozens of Parisians playing on the tables marked up with a board. Mind you, I was sad to see that the excellent children’s playground had a fee for its use. nother surprise was a sign saying “No Dirty Dancing”. Could it be that the home of l’amour has banned dancing in the park? On closer inspection it looked like Gallic humour – further on was a “No Michael Jackson Dancing” sign (inset). In fact Parisians love outdoor dancing and congregate on summer evenings by the River Seine for free tango and salsa. Now that’s something I would like to try here. Wouldn’t it be great to salsa around Wolfe’s statue on a summer’s evening. I might even dust off my Cuban heels for that one. have concluded parks in Paris and London are just like Parisians and Londoners – the same but different and that’s what makes them interesting. Vive la difference!
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hat is culture? The Mayor of London has set up a competition for the 32 London boroughs to apply for funding for “a game-changing cultural programme” in their area. With neighbouring Lewisham launching a lively #LoveitLewisham campaign and Bexley beginning #backthebexleybid, there is strong competition for Royal Greenwich’s own bid – #greenwichmeans, which was launched at a community festival in Woolwich, with two days’ notice on their website. For many cultural groups it seemed to indicate the way the Royal Borough was thinking – more money for Woolwich again! But council leaders gave an assurance that any plans would include all of the Royal Borough and encouraged everyone to join in and give ideas. t Eltham Arts we always celebrate local culture and recognise the wonderful contribution by the community to life in the SE9 area and beyond. At an initial workshop for the idea it was heartening to see that cultural leaders from funded and unfunded groups overwhelmingly support bids benefitting all sections of our community. One idea was that there should be an event within 500 meters of all residents. Send in your views and comments on the Greenwich Bid for London Borough of Culture email email@example.com ltham continues to be a cultural hub this Autumn! Look out for the shows at the Bob Hope Theatre. There is music from jazz and folk to choirs, and so much local talent in the open mic sessions in the pubs and Bob Hope Bar. There are art exhibitions at our galleries and free creative writing sessions continue from November 1 at the Eltham Centre, organised by South East London College. It’s a great time to get out too. Leaves are rich with Autumn colours, have a walk in the parks and woods with your camera – and enjoy a warm drink at a local café. Be happy and creative and enjoy Eltham!
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