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GREENWICH Food Bank is asking generous shoppers NOT to leave baked beans at supermarket collection points… because they’ve already got 19,000 cans! Nearly four tonnes of tins have been donated – and one volunteer worked out that it would take one person 43 years to eat through the mighty collection. The

mountain will be reduced as the charity joins forces with Crisis At Christmas this month to provide food to homeless people, writes CIARA CLARK FITZPATRICK. And though volunteers are grateful for people’s generosity they put signs up on supermarket collection points in the summer to ask for alternative donations...

but more beans keep coming each month. Greenwich Food Bank’s CEO Alan Robinson said: “We’re so grateful for the food people give but we do have an awful lot of beans. We’re particularly on the look out for tinned veg, tinned meat, tinned fruit, long life milk and juice.” Inside Greenwich Food Bank – P4&5

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ill the opposing needs of cyclists and pedestrians in Greenwich’s historic Foot Tunnel ever be squared? Wendy Dacombe contacted us after a visit here to see the ATP Tennis event at the O2. During a walk through the tunnel – her first since 1971 – she tells us she was “shocked” when a cyclist passed as she and a friend were chatting. “As this was mid-morning and not at all busy everything was fine but I would think when heavier with pedestrians perhaps people should walk their bikes.” A new hi-tech management system in the tunnel is meant to tell cyclists when to ride and when to walk. But not everyone adheres to it. Greenwich Council is drafting a new by-law hiking fines to £200, but even that is controversial. Foot Tunnel users group Fogwoft has drafted an alternative by-law it says is more sensible. Expect a public

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Cheek! The Emirates Air Line isn’t much use for getting about – although we’re assured some people use it to commute to work – and often shuts in high winds, but it is a futuristic attraction we love. It’s a great way to get to The Crystal at Royal Victoria Dock, where technology giant Siemens’ has built a showcase about life in future cities. Fascinating stuff! We’re visiting. What should we do today? You’ve picked up a Greenwich Visitor – good start. Next visit the Tourist Information Centre. Its awardwinning staff are in the Discover Greenwich centre inside the Old Royal Naval College. Get advice, buy tickets for boats, tube, DLR, rail, buses and coaches, book tours and buy tickets for London attractions. Are museums free? Yes – except the Fan Museum, which has no public funding but has a world-leading collection of fans. And the Wernher Collection of art at Ranger’s House, run by English Heritage. There are some paid for shows at the National Maritime Museum. You pay to stand on the Meridian Line inside the Royal Observatory too. And it’s 20p to use the loos in Greenwich Park!

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HISTORIC: John’s work ARTIST cousins Mark Cowland and John Baker return to their Greenwich roots this month to show their work together for the first time. The show is a mix of original oil and watercolour paintings as well as Giclee and lino prints, etchings and illustrations. The cousins –whose mums are sisters – once lived in the same house in Colomb Street and their family goes back at least five generations here. John, 66, is a former Olympic springboard diver who has been showing his art for around 40 years. He specialises in mixed media and is inspired by history and archaeology. Mark, 62, studied art at Rochester Art School and became an illustrator before founding his own advertising agency. His art is influenced by Whistable, where he now lives. See their show at The Greenwich Gallery, in Peyton Place from December 8 to 22 (9.30-5.30 weekdays; 12-4 weekends). Info: johnbakerstudio.co.uk markcowlandart.com thegreenwichgallery.com

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THE cast may have changed at Cinderella – the Greenwich Theatre pantomime this year – but it still retains the same magic that makes it a wonderful Christmas tradition. Does it have fantastic music that makes you want to dance and sing? Yes, writes MAUREEN STAPLETON. Are there eye-popping costumes and scenery? Yes. Will you boo the baddies? Yes. Do you get to chant “Oh yes she is!”? Absolutely. I s t h e r e a s i n g - o ff w i t h t h e audience? Yes. Does Cinderella marry Prince Charming? Spoiler alert: Yes. So all the great pantomime traditions are covered. But what’s special about this retelling of Cinderella is that this version places the story firmly in Greenwich. Ella – Cinderella to her wicked stepsisters – is the daughter of Baron Halley, the Royal Astronomer. They live at the Observatory and she wanders through Greenwich Park, both of which shine in the blazing technocolour of the sets. Cinderella doesn’t have a fairy godmother but a fairy starlight. Much is made of time and the manipulation of it, which makes sense in the home of the Prime Meridian. Greenwich Theatre has always been proud that many of the production team return year after year, along with many members of the cast. This year is no different: musical director Steve Marwick, designer

ALL SINGING: Lizzy Dive, Jean-Luke Worrell and Anthony Spargo

SPELLBINDING: Michelle C Hopewell as Fairy Starlight

Show goes on in style... even with just a glimpse of great dame Andrew C l e o P e t t i t t a l o n g w i t h t h e there is comfort in seeing familiar choreographers, lighting designer and faces again. Anthony Spargo returns for his fifth panto at Greenwich, sound designer all have returned. this year stepping into the Markwick – Uncle Steve shoes of Kylie, one of the to the audience – is back ugly stepsisters. in Greenwich for his Louise Young, who 12th panto. He has e, p l a y e d We n d y i n always creatively atr The ich enw Gre Peter Panlast year, used old favourites Crooms Hill plays the title role. and current popular And Paul Critoph, hits to great effect who has appeared in and this year is no Until Sunday eight Greenwich different. January 7 pantos but has been A duet of Defying away for the past three Gravity with Cinderella years, is back this year too, (Louise Young) and the Fairy Starlight (Michelle C. Hopewell) playing Baron Edmond Halley. One notable exception of returnees soars, as does the rousing number of Time Warp, originally in the Rocky to the production is Andrew Pollard, who wrote this year’s panto but is Horror Picture Show. Much like any Christmas tradition, neither starring in nor directing it, as

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he had for the past 11 years. Pollard is on tour with Around the World in 80 Days. But fear not: He is cleverly included in this year’s production too. And he also assures the audience he’ll be back next year. New additions to the boards of Greenwich Theatre added something special too. James Kingale was an energetic and acrobatic Buttons. Michael Lanni was suitably charming as Prince Charming. Jean-Luke Worrell told jokes and busted some serious moves as Dandini. Everyone has fun at this panto. In front of us was one large family taking up two full rows with three generations present – grandparents, parents, grandchildren – who clearly were enjoying themselves. The cast obviously has fun too. At one point, it was hard to tell who was laughing more – the cast or the audience. For many families, Christmas thrives on tradition. Doing the same thing with the same people every year makes the rituals all the more special with the passage of time. Sometimes, the cast of characters may change due to circumstances beyond their control. It’s the same, but different, and still lovely. So, too, with Cinderella at Greenwich Theatre. It’s a Christmas tradition for a reason. Cinderella is at Greenwich Theatre on Crooms Hill till Sunday January 7. For more information or to buy tickets go to: www.greenwich theatre.org.uk or call 020 8858 7755.


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

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Intrigued by a sign asking for fewer donations of beans, CIARA CLARK FITZAPTRICK meets the team at Greenwich Food Bank as they face their busiest time of the year

You know Christmas is close once Greenwich Theatre’s acclaimed annual panto starts its marathon run. Andrew Pollard is taking a year off – oh yes he is! - after a decade as the dame but the good news is he’s written this production, so expect the usual deluge of daftness and delight. Till Jan 7

FOR most people Christmas means festive fun, feasts and swapping gifts – before tightening our belts afterwards to work off the calories and pay the bills.

WINTER TIME FESTIVAL

This month-long event at the Old Royal Naval College features a covered ice-rink, a lifestyle market, artisan food and drink stalls, magical attractions for all ages, live family entertainment and – of course– Father Christmas. And you can visit the fabulous Painted Hall and Chapel, too. Dec 1-31

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THE UGLY DUCKLING

The Albany hosts Emma Reeves’ new version of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic fairytale which is brought to Deptford by ace production company tutti frutti and York Theatre Royal. The feel-good show features puppets, live action and music and is sure to wow young and old. Dec 4-31

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Get into the festive spirit with this evening at the Queen’s House – transformed into a giant advent calendar with a surprise behind every door. The brilliant London Gay Men’s Chorus will belt out seasonal hits and there will be a prize for the guest wearing the best 50s-style outfit. Dec 7

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St Alfege’s Church is the perfect venue for this Trinity Laban performance of Gian Carlo Menotti‚‘s celebrated 1951 opera about the Three Wise Men who find shelter with a poor widow who then tries to steal their gold to help her disabled son. This being Christmas, the ending is super happy! Dec 9

CHRISTMAS LECTURE

Carl Murray of London’s Queen Mary University talks about the 20-year CassiniHuygens space probe to Saturn which completed its epic journey in September. The Royal Observatory lecture is a must for all astro-buffs – the prof was a key member of the NASA mission’s imaging team. Dec 9

THE HOUSE OF BERNARD ALBA

Lorca’ final play, completed weeks before he was murdered by fascists in the Spanish Civil War, is about a newly-widowed matriarch who ruthlessly imposes eight years of mourning on her five adult daughters and forbids all contact with men. Catch it at the London Theatre in New Cross Dec 12-16

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London-based experimental ensemble who specialise in reimagining medieval music celebrate their latest album by joining forces with renowned soprano Dame Emma in the Sammy Ofer Gallery beneath the gleaming hull of the Cutty Sark for an evening of fascinating festive tunes. Dec 16

Quail’s eggs were odd acquisition... IT’S not just Baked Beans that Green wic h Food B an k is asking you to donate fewer of... “Anything vaguely exotic can cause us some difficulty,” Food Bank chief Alan Robinson tells me. “One year we had pickled Quail’s Eggs. We can’t put that into a standard pack. It’s an acquired taste. “But they found a nice happy home – we give people the standard pack but in each centre there’s a help-yourself area so anything near to date or exotic we put there. So if you’ve got a penchant for quails eggs and they’re there, you can take them.”

...and church’s gift of milk caused stir THE Food Bank always needs long life milk “although at the moment we’ve got a little bit of an abundance of it,” says Alan. “It was from a church who wanted to have a Harvest Festival where they only donate milk. So we ended up with a quarter of a tonne of milk which I had to collect. We managed go get it all in and out of the van though!”

But many families face an emergency at Christmas with children off school, colder weather to contend with and the strain of trying to give gifts. If there’s ever a time to start giving to your local Food Bank it is now. I visited Greenwich Food Bank at its Eltham base to see the amazing work it does – almost all from your donations. This year it expects to have provided three days’ of food to nearly 7500 people for whom an emergency means eating isn’t always possible. Issues with implementing Universal Credit – with some waiting five weeks for benefit payments – are expected to increase demand by 20 per cent. Greenwich Food Bank’s CEO Alan Robinson explains: “Most people are referred by care professionals when some sort of emergency has occurred in their life – lack of food is a consequence. “Whatever their difficulty is, we help them through that. “People can come multiple times, but we set a limit to how many times people can come in a six-month period. “That’s not to be unkind or cruel – the food isn’t the problem. There is a bigger problem to be solved. If we gave people unlimited access, the momentum would go from solving the bigger problem. “We’re providing a window of opportunity for the bigger problem to be sorted out. It doesn’t mean people can’t come more than three times – if somebody could be seriously helped by extending that then we can make a sensible decision.” How does the charity actually give out food? “We build food that’s been given to us into packs that provide people with emergency food,” Alan says. “Each one has items in it that cover breakfast lunch and dinner.” People collect the packages from one of eight centres across the borough. Alan explains: “If you don’t have enough money to buy food you won’t have money to get a bus, so we wanted

to be more accessible than if we just had one centre – especially if you’re carrying up to 35kg of food.” But after seeing a notice asking for people NOT to donate baked beans, I wanted to know what’s best to give. As we walk through the top floor of the centre, Alan explains it is never short of food. Volunteers empty the collection points at Sainsbury’s in Charlton – just one of eight spots – three times a week. But the Food Bank does need variety. And I can see why. We walk past tables piled high with pasta. “We have four tonnes of pasta,” he tells me. “Too many tonnes.” Then I spot walls of shelving units

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Following the success of last year’s event, Mycenae House stages another Christmas face-off between two local choirs to get you in the Yuletide mood. This time St George’s, Westcombe Park, take on Blackheath Centre For Singing to find out which of them has The X(mas) Factor. Dec 18

BUILDY-UPPY DANCE SHOW

Anna Williams and Tom Roden return to Borough Hall after a lauded UK tour with this incredible, immersive experience for families which unleashes children’s imaginations through the power of dance, music and cardboard boxes. So book now – your kids will love you for it for ever! Dec 21-23

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FOOD BANK FACES BUSIEST TIME OF YEAR...WITH YOUR HELP HELP COLLECTION POINT: At Sainsbury’s before food is sorted (right)

Want to help Greenwich Food Bank in other ways? The charity is on the look out for volunteer drivers to help collect and deliver food. Call 07771 830549 if you can help.

* Can we help BEAN COUNTERS: Shelf after shelf of baked beans, carefully sorted by best-by date Picture: CIARA CLARK FITZPATRICK

food bank? * Yes we can ! * ( But please give fewer cans of beans and more cans of veg, fruit and meat)

packed floor to ceiling with 19,000 tins of baked beans – “at the last count,” Alan jokes – sorted by Best By dates and even spilling in to a corridor. “And we never, ever asked for baked beans.” “We’re particularly on the look out for tinned veg – like peas and carrots – tinned meat, tinned fruit, long life milk and juice,” he says. “We also provide baby essentials and cat food – which is important to people too – toiletries and feminine hygiene products. Those surged after people had watched the film I, Daniel Blake recently.” I spot many of the boxes are decorated by youngsters. Alan tells me that of 60 tonnes of food given each year, 10 tonnes are from harvest festivals,

where schools, churches and community groups join founded in 2012 by local churches and community forces. Ninety per cent of Greenwich Food groups. It has 150 volunteers – including Alan – Bank’s food is given by the public. and one paid employee and is supported along I’m also intrigued to hear a positive part with another 427 centres across the UK by the played by a supermarket chain keen not to Trussell Trust. profit from food banks. The Trust’s Chief Executive Mark Ward Tesco, Alan tells me, makes a donation says: “The simple truth is that even with the of the value of all the food bought enormous generosity of our donors and and donated by shoppers in its volunteers, we’re concerned food banks stores. could struggle to meet demand this winter “It means that if supplies were if critical changes to benefit delivery ever to dry up, the Food Bank has aren’t made now.” the funds to replenish stock,” he Come on...let’s all step up to the plate! ESSENTIALS: says. But not so many beans, please. Alan Robinson Info: www.greenwich.foodbank.org.uk Greenwich Food Bank was

Get appdate on what’s needed NOT sure what to donate? Alan showed me a truly modern solution – you can download a simple Foodbank app in seconds on your smartphone. Then scroll down and select Greenwich Food Bank – one of hundreds registered across the country. Next time you shop you can use the the app to tell you what’s needed urgently, what stock is low and what is well-stocked. Pasta sauce and tea bags were in demand when I tried it. It can also guide you to the nearby collection point.

Lots of places to do your bit FIND collection points at: Charlton House, The Eltham Centre, The Forum at Greenwich, Greenwich Community College and Woolwich Centre; Tesco Woolwich; Sainsbury’s and Asda in Charlton, Sainsbury’s Local on Greenwich High Road and Fenton Parade, Woolwich; Waitrose Greenwich, Co-op on Well Hall Road and Herbert Road and Morrison’s in Thamesmead.


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Caribbean Fair for disaster fund WHEN Hurricane Maria struck the Caribbean in September it was horrifying – even more so for one Greenwich woman. Jasmine Tonge’s parents were among those hurt in Dominica, where at least 57 died. She is running a fair on Saturday December 16 (12-6) at St Alfege Church Hall to raise cash to help those who suffered. Entry is £1 and all sorts of Caribbean goodies – plus rum punch – are available...just in time for Christmas.

see sick sailors online TRACING your family tree? If you have maritime links it’s just become easier to find their stories.

MEASLES: Author Joseph Conrad

More than 220,000 patient records from the Dreadnought Seamen’s Hospital – covering 100 years of admissions – are now available online. They list sailors from across the world treated for anything from combat injuries to diseases like beri-beri, scurvy and cholera. The 1826 to 1930 registers have been digitised and put online in a collaboration

And records reveal quirky literary link

by staff and volunteers at Greenwich’s National Maritime Museum and Ancestry. co.uk. Famous names include future author Joseph Conrad – under his real name Conrad Korzenwinke – who was admitted with a case of measles on August 2 1881. Aged 24, he was mate on Loch Etive, sailing from Glasgow to Sydney when he

fill ill and stayed in the hospital for nine days. And the records reveal a fascinating literary irony... Conrad’s famous book The Secret Agent – which the BBC used as a big-budget Sunday night drama last year – was based on the anarchist bombing of the Royal Observatory in Greenwich Park. Ironically, Martial Bourdin – injured by his own bomb – is listed too...he died from his injuries within 30mins of being rushed there on 15 February 1894.

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World class museum is free to see GREENWICH’S world-renowned Fan Museum opens its doors to the community this month – if you’ve never been now’s your chance to see it for free. Based in a listed Georgian townhouse in Crooms Hill – it houses a huge collection of fans including examples by Paul Gaugin and Walter Sickert. The Open Day is a chance to take part in festive fan-making for kids and grown-ups, activity trails and curator-led tours of Street Fans and its permanent exhibition. The Community Open Day is on Saturday December 16 (11-5). Greenwich and Lewisham residents should bring proof of address for free entry.. Entry includes a visit to the ground-breaking Street Fans show – a collaboration by leading street artists like Himbad, Jonesy, and Artista with expert Sylvain Le Guen. It’s the last chance to see the show before it ends on December 31. The museum is closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day and reopens on Monday January 22. Info: thefanmuseum.org.uk

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Volunteer honoured for work by new care home as it opens doors in Blackheath COMMUNITY worker extraordinaire Ivy Bainbridge can’t believe it as she’s honoured for her inspiring work.

Ivy – who organises popular Seniors Club sessions for hundreds of people at Mycenae House in Blackheath – was recognised as Champion of Community Champions for regularly going “above and beyond to make a difference to the lives of others.” Her prize was a cheque for her chosen charity presented by Mayor of Lewisham Steve Bullock – and the honour of cutting the ribbon to open Rectory Court, a new care home in Blackheath. Ivy was nominated by Mycenae House Manager Mark Johnson-Brown, who said:“Ivy is the Monday and Friday Seniors Club manager at Mycenae House. “She’s been involved for a number of years but became the manager two years ago. She was

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nominated for being a great person, bringing enthusiasm and good humour to the club, and she’s also a great organiser.” Other Community Champions honoured included Gillian Gasby of Age Exchange Blackheath and Anne Newman, of The Stables. Guests, staff and people from charities and community groups were invited to the launch. Rectory Court owners Cinnamon Care wanted to honour those who give to the community to mark the opening of the new “luxury home”. The

41-bed home – in a renovated former rectory – is sister home to Leah Lodge, in Blessington Road, which also provides care for older people living with dementia. Sue Dawber, Rectory Court Admissions Advisor said: “Our ethos is to provide a home from home with an activity based, holistic approach to care, allowing residents to live well in an environment that is built around them.” “We believe that engagement is a key factor in a healthy and happy life and we provide a wealth of activities for all including exercise classes, gardening and organised trips as well as a range of themed events, parties and much more. “We encourage residents to maintain their own interests and life skills by tailoring our activity programme to suit.” Info: www.cinnamoncc.com www.mycenaehouse.co.uk


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With music by a jazz band from world-renowned Trinity Laban playing in the cold air, thousands watched youngsters parade with lanterns from the Old Royal Naval College to the Painted Hall and then Greenwich Market. Children from four primary schools here – Invicta, Meridian, St Matthew’s, and James Wolfe – made the lanterns in sessions with art group Arty Party using tissue paper and wire and with a traditional Christmas Dinner theme. It produced a parade of a massive turkey, pigs in blankets, 15 giant brussels sprouts, 15 carrots, knives, forks and candelabra, 30 christmas puddings, 30 gingerbread men, a huge christmas cake and 30 crackers! At the Market a countdown was organised by Doc Martin actor Stewart Wright and the cast of Greenwich Theatre’s Cinderella. And after the town centre lights were switched on crowds were entertained by dance group Angelina Jandolo and more jazz by Tunnel Chops – the student group from Trinity Laban. Gillie Bexson, Head of Property for market owners’ Greenwich Hospital, said: “The Lantern Parade is a real celebration of local creativity and it is very special to see the community, young and old, come together for this event. “This year’s lanterns were very beautiful and we had a record turnout as well as more lanterns than ever Turn to Page 13

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walk the windows Congratulations and Jubilations on tradition’s 10th anniversary THE streets of Greenwich will once again come to life for Christmas with the Advent Windows project. Now a beloved Christmas tradition in Greenwich, the project features 24 unique window offerings, which are revealed every day of Advent in the lead up to Christmas, creating a living Advent Calendar, writes MAUREEN STAPLETON. Locations are as diverse as the Cutty Sark, Greenwich railway station, local schools, pubs, businesses and homes. It concludes with the unveiling of the nativity scene outside the church and the Christmas Eve services at St. Alfege Church, the organiser of the event. Appropriately enough for a project celebrating its 10th anniversary, the theme for the windows this year is Jubilation! Each participant interprets the theme however they see fit. This year’s offerings include giant Christmas trees, a colourful lantern display, definitions of happiness, joyful angels, origami birds and illustrations of the Jubilation barge on the Thames. Rev Chris Moody, vicar of St. Alfege Church, explained that Jubilation! was chosen as the theme to mark the 10th anniversary of the project, but also to mark the 300th anniversary in 2018 of completion of the current church, designed by architect Nicholas Hawksmoor. “In the words of Sir Cliff Richard, ‘Congratulations and Jubilations’ to all who have contributed over the years and to those participating for the first time,” Rev Moody said. “May there be many more jubilees to come.” The Advent windows have become a beloved Christmas tradition in Greenwich. Many families

Start Christmas with classics and carols ENJOY wonderful Christmas music here this month. Blackheath Centre for Singing’s Christmas Concert presents familiar carols as well as Charpentier’s “joyful and energetic” Messe de minuit pour Noël. “It’s full of dance-like melodies,” says Conductor Joel Thomas. “There will be a chance to join the choir for a mince pie or two afterwards, so it will be a very social occasion!” It’s at St. Margaret’s Church, Lee Terrace on Saturday December 9 (7:30). Tickets are £12, £10, £6, £5) available on the door and in advance. Info & tickets www.blackheath centreforsinging.com or 07986 582844 Eltham Choral Society’s annual Christmas concert features work by Britten, Cecilia McDowell and Charles Villiers Stanford. The choir will be joined by the Royal Greenwich and Blackheath Halls Youth Choir. There are carols for the choirs and audience to sing together and refreshments at the interval. The concert is on Saturday December 9 at Holy Trinity Church, Southend Crescent, Eltham (7.30).   Tickets are £10 in advance (£12.00 door) with children half price. Info & tickets www.elthamchoral.org.uk or at Norman’s Music.

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and groups make an annual sojourn around all of the windows, which takes about three hours once all 24 windows have been revealed. The idea, which now has been copied around the world, was originally the idea of Chris’s wife Gill Moody. The windows will stay on display until January 2. Even if you’re too wrapped up by Christmas it’s a perfect way to see in a notable New Year. Information www.adventwindows.com. Follow the project @adventwindows on Twitter and Instagram

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Wilty. Organisers promise a parody Strictly Neigh Dancing event with a live performance from Mare-donna including smash hit Into The Hoof. Sir Equestrian John plays a mobile piano and there’s more serious musical fun from the Rock Choir, who will perform a medley of classic hits. The Pop Star Panto

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Late night glamour H I S TO R I C Q u e e n ’s H o u s e i s transformed into a giant advent calendar with a surprise awaiting guests behind every door for a special event this month – Christmas Late. There’s a vintage 50s glamour theme at the 17th Century “House of Delight” with a prize for the person in the most outstanding outfit. The London Gay Men’s Chorus performs, sewing expert Miss Libby Rose shows how to make Christmasshaped hangings for the home and horticulturalist Catherine Clancy teaches wreath-making. Brave souls can hear Father Christmas tell a festive ghost story in the atmospheric 400-year-old house.  Tickets are £30 and include a cocktail. Food and drink are on sale. Info & bookings www.rmg.co.uk

Sparkle at Clocktower THAMESMEAD toasts Christmas with the first free Christmas Sparkle event at the Clocktower. With fairground rides, ice carving, crafts, traders, live music from Jerusha Frimpong, Bishop John Robinson School Choir, We Are Trackless and a visit from Santa Claus and his elves there’s something for everyone. The event – run by Greenwich Council in association with Peabody – is on Friday December 8 (3-7).

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CLASSIC cars kick off Christmas at the third Blackheath Village Day. A parade of vintage vehicles by the Mean Old Timers is the start of a day of events including live music and dance, Santa’s Grotto, lantern-making for families and festive food and drink on Saturday December 2 (12.30-6). The big switch-on will be at around 4.45pm after a lantern procession from Blackheath Halls to the main stage on Montpelier Green – sponsored by OnBlackheath. Info: facebook.com/blackheath villageday or Twitter @bhvillage day

Switch-on From Page 11 before. Greenwich Market looked quite spectacular when the lights went on, just as London’s finest arts and crafts market should!” Greenwich Market is open seven days a week till Christmas, with late night Wednesday openings till 8pm on the 6th,13th and 20th. Refurbished recently and with a food court added, there has been a market on the site since 1694. Children can see Father Christmas – and get a gift from him – in his Greenwich Market grotto from Wednesday December 13 until Christmas Eve (10-5pm Wednesday to Saturday, 10-4 on Sundays). It costs £5 per child and they’ll be entertained by his funny elves while they wait. Funds raised go to Greenwich and Bexley Community Hospice. Info: greenwichmarketlondon.com


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miles hedley REVIEWS FRANCE has produced a stellar array of modernist composers, from pioneers like Debussy to later giants such as Satie, Poulenc and Ravel. So how has Darius Milhaud passed me by? Not only did he write great works but he also tutored musicians who helped create the soundtrack of our lifetime like jazz pianist Dave Brubeck, songwriter Burt Bacharach and minimalism trailblazers Philip Glass and Steve Reich. Fortunately the Hosier Quartet scattered the clouds of my ignorance with a Charlton House recital built around Milhaud’s Sonata for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet and Piano. Fiona Sweeney, Cait-

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LEGENDARY poet Roger McGough may be in his 80s but he’s lost none of that impish humour, sly wordplay, cutting edge and emotional depth that have characterised his prolific output since he hit the big time with the publication of Penguin’s Mersey Sound half a century ago. In a rip-roaring set at Mycenae House with acclaimed band LiTTLe MACHiNe, he reflected in verse on his lifelong journey from a Liverpool childhood to global fame. Many of the poems he declaimed were – of course – wonderfully funny. But many were deeply moving and revealed his love for the people and places that helped shape him. Learning To Read told how he was taught by his mum using the labels off sauce bottles and Ovaltine tins, The Way Things Are was dedicated to his dad, Mermaid And Chips imagined Linda in the fish–shop being half–woman and half– haddock and Sporting Relations was a paean to his family’s athletic prowess, including uncle Jed who raced pigeons but never beat one and cousin Nell who married a frogman hoping he’d turn into a prince – but who turned into a sewer and was never seen again. Many of the poems he recited were themed, with groups inspired by news items, cats and ageing. These latter ones included a subverted version of his groundbreaking 1967 poem Let Me Die A Youngman’s Death in which he imagines dying quietly in his bed. McGough included several very short but very funny ditties such as Recycling,

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in which he told how he liked to cycle to work and then recycle home. And he had plenty to say about the ageing process – The Old Jokes about getting his comeuppance, In Vain about the perils of plastic surgery, Payback Time, a hymn that begins “O Lord, let me be a burden to my children” and Oxygen with the refrain: “With your last gasp you will call my name”. He finished that selection with Where Am I Now When I Need Me which he introduced by saying: “I’ve really suffered for my art – now it’s your turn.” He also envisioned life for the husbands of famous women like Joan of Arc and Florence Nightingale. It ended with him imagining Enid Blyton’s other half reaching out for her in bed “only to feel the felt of Noddy or the rough serge of Mr Plod”. McGough was accompanied in many of the poems by Read Miles Hedley’s LiTTLe MACHiNe – Steve arts blog on Halliwell on bass, keyboards intheclouds. hed and mandolin, Chris Hardy on wordpress.com lead guitar and Walter Wray on acoustic guitar and banjolele. But the band also interspersed his pieces with their own versions of classics such as Yeats’ The Lake Isle Of Innisfree, Shelley’s Ozymandias, Thomas’s Adlestrop, Larkin’s This Be The Verse and – best of all – a 1970s’ prog rock take on Lewis Carroll’s Jabberwocky. They finished off with Byron’s So We’ll Go No More A–Roving before joining McGough in a rousing encore of the Scaffold No1 Lily The Pink.

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Horror and humour of Cinderella WHO’D have thought a tale of torture, mutilation, exploitation and bloody revenge could be such fun? But the version of Cinderella told by John Edgar at the Albany in the third instalment of the four–part Story Jam series Reel & Unravel was exactly that. Edgar launched into his gruesome retelling with gusto and glee, revelling in the darkness at the heart of what we consider to be a children’s fairytale. But any child who heard this version would be scarred for life. It was the highlight of his programme of tales from the Iberian peninsula during which he pulled off the miracle of combining horror and humour in equal measure without ever compro-

Story Jam mising the story’s innate truth. It was a brilliant turn. Earlier, we had been treated to folk tales from East Anglia which revolved around notions of insularity, invasion and individuality. The stories, told in a hypnotically soft voice by Joe Fraser, were beautifully related. And they were given a magical edge by the input of Chloe Bezer, who sang some of them while accompanying herself on the cello, which created an ambience that was at once absorbing and arcane. The final instalment of this terrific series, hosted by Alys Torrance and Lucy Lill, is at the Albany’s Canada Water Culture Space on December 7. See it!

ACCLAIMED: Roger McGough and (inset) with LiTTLe MACHiNe at Mycenae House

Staging ages

Exploration of what it is to be human TALK about less is more – Staging Ages at Laban Theatre had only five dancers but I don’t recall ever having been deluged by such a kaleidoscope of ideas. The H2Dance show, choreographed by Heidi Rustgaard and Hanna Gillgren, purported to be an exploration of age in our society using performers ranging from 11 to 67 years old. But in fact it was vastly more than that, evolving into a study of what it is to be human and how our experiences and dreams vary dramatically according to how old we are when they happen. This concept was brilliantly realised by a long cycle of repetitions in which the actions never changed but the performers did, so that at one moment we were confronted by a stern matriarch in the form of 67–year–old Emilyn Claid only to watch the same character morph into 20something Laura Doehler. More unsettlingly, 29–year– old Andrew Graham stripped off and gleefully transformed himself centre–stage into a pansexual being. Doehler and Claid joined the nude manoeuvring while teenager Ella Sophoclides and Sandro Gillgren Bonfanti – three days short of his 12th birthday – danced blindfolded and earplugged in a silent disco. Sandro then changed into a 34–year–old equalities lawyer and delivered a word–perfect monologue that captured the tropes and buzzwords of business today. He’s a star in the making. The show, with a great score by Sylvia Hallett, finished with two stunning set–pieces – a gorgeously danced sequence by Sophoclides which reminded me of a butterfly emerging from a chrysalis and a fast–forward ageing process by Claid that took her from groovy Baby Boomer to frail senility and ended with her trapped in cruel isolation. This was an extraordinary event which was by turn hilarious and heartbreaking but always poetic, razor sharp, challenging, brave and truthful. By the time you read this, Trinity Laban’s autumn dance season will be over. It was consistently sensational – but none more so than this.

Queen’s House of harps trinity laban harpists A NEW occasional musical series at the Queen’s House was launched with a recital by Trinity Laban harpists Juan Antonio Garcia and Noelia Cotuna. And what a joy it was. Not only was the playing of the young Spaniards magnificent but the setting of Inigo Jones’ Great Hall – now gorgeously adorned with Richard Wright’s gilded artistry – and the space’s incomparable acoustics made this an unforgettable experience. Garcia played with a swagger, his programme including Scarlatti, Debussy and, best of all, Khachaturian’s Oriental Dance and Toccata. Cotuna, by contrast, held her harp as if she were dancing with it and gave us a more lyrical programme that ended with Faure’s lovely Impromptu Op86. I look forward to many more recitals in this fabulous building. But a warning to future performers – Garcia and Cotuna have set one heck of a standard.


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MARKETS Greenwich Market: Open 7 days a week till Christmas 10-5.30 with late nights on Wednesdays til 8pm. Sat and Sun: Arts & crafts, food, fresh produce. Mon, Tues, Wed: Food, fresh produce, homewares. Thurs: food, antiques & collectables, crafts. Fri: Food, arts & crafts, antiques & collectibles Greenwich Vintage Market: 8am-6pm Tues, Thurs, Sat, Sun. Moonlight market 8am-10pm last Friday of the month Clocktower Market: 166 Greenwich High Rd. Sat, Sun 10-4. 50 quirky stalls specialising in vintage, retro and antiques. 07940 914204 Blackheath Farmers’ Market: Blackheath Station, 10-2 every Sun. lfm.org EXHIBITIONS/CRAFTS/COMMUNITY Royal Observatory: 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 6pm 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. National 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: So Cheerio For Now: Sally Waterman & Jacqueline Butler. 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 guides@greenwichtours.co.uk Rich Sylvester: Guide, historian, storyteller. 07833 538143. richs@onetel.com Dotmaker: Alternative guided walks. dotmakertours.co.uk FAMILY ACTIVITIES National Maritime Museum: Explore Saturdays. Free. Performance and storytelling for over-5s from noon. Discover Sundays. Free. Activities for families from 11.30am. Play Tuesdays. Free. For under-5s from 10.30

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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. office@forumatgreenwich.org Greenwich Communications Centre: 164 Trafalgar Rd SE10 9TZ. 020 8269 2103 Greenwich Dance: Borough Hall SE10 8RE. 020 8293 9741 greenwichdance.org.uk Greenwich Heritage Centre: Artillery Square, Royal Arsenal, Woolwich SE18 4DX Greenwich Theatre: Crooms Hill SE10 8ES. 020 8858 7755. greenwichtheatre.org.uk Greenwich West Community Centre: 141 Greenwich High Rd SE10 8JA 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 Up The Creek (UTC): 302 Creek Rd SE10 9SW. 020 8858 4581. up-the-creek.com

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Friday December 1 MUSIC Trinity Laban Horn Ensemble Charlton House 1 MUSIC Celebrating Ed Charlton House 1 MUSIC Trinity Laban Chamber Concert ORNC chapel 1.05 PANTO Cinderella Greenwich Theatre 2, 7 MUSICAL Animus Laban 2.30, 7.30 ASTRONOMY An Evening With The Stars Royal Observatory from 5.25 SKATING Winter Time Festival Opens ORNC 6 SCARES Quarantine Interactive horror NMM 6.30 MUSIC Parallax Blackheath Halls 7.30 MUSIC Romeo Prince of Greenwich TRIBUTE The Magic Of Motown Indig02 MUSIC Kasabian O2 MUSIC Clive Carroll Mycenae House 7.30 WASSAIL With Martin Carthy GFMA event, Charlton House 7.30 COMEDY Barry Castagnola, Alistair Barrie, Dave Fulton, Ben Norris UTC MUSIC Mama T & The OGs Pelton 8 JAZZ Faith I Branko Oliver’s Saturday 2 SALE Sample Arts, crafts, design, fashion, food, drink, music. 10am-late. Peninsula Sq www.sample.weareurbanvillage.co.uk FAMILY Frost Fest Deptford Lounge 11-4 FAMILY Xmas Decorations Workshops Cutty Sark 11.30, 2 PANTO Cinderella Greenwich Theatre 2, 7 ASTRONOMY An Evening With The Stars Royal Observatory from 5.25 SCARES Quarantine Interactive horror NMM 6.30 MUSIC Handel’s Messiah Candlelit concert by Thomas Tallis Society, St Alfege 7 MUSIC Kasabian O2 COMEDY Lee Nelson Indig02 MUSIC Midnight Hour Group Prince of Greenwich MUSICAL Animus Laban 7.30 COMEDY Tom Allen & Guests Cutty Sark 7.30 MUSIC The Wessex Pistols Pelton 8 COMEDY Barry Castagnola, Alistair Barrie, Dave Fulton, Ben Norris UTC JAZZ David Angol Oliver’s Sunday 3 SALE Sample Arts, crafts, design, fashion, food, drink, music. 10am-late. Peninsula Sq www.sample.weareurbanvillage.co.uk

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FAMILY Christmas Fair Woodlands Farm 11-3 KIDS Find The Hidden Elves Severndroog Castle 11-3 FAMILY Xmas Decorations Workshops Cutty Sark 11.30, 2 FILM/BALLET The Nutcracker Link to Bolshoi. Greenwich Picturehouse, noon PANTO Cinderella Greenwich Theatre 1, 5 FILM The Polar Express (2004) NMM 2 FAMILY The Magic Lamp GLYPT, Woolwich Tramshed 2, 5 MUSIC Little Beast Goes Pop Pelton 6 MUSIC Konni Deppe & Martin Slade Prince of Greenwich TALENT Something For Sunday Vanbrugh 7 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 SONGS The Turning Of The Year Blackheath Halls 6.30 MUSIC Gorillaz O2 PUB QUIZ Vanbrugh 8.30 JAZZ Ladies Night Oliver’s Tuesday 5 FAMILY Ugly Duckling Albany 10.30, 1 MUSIC Trinity Laban recital ORNC chapel 1.05 TALK Sophie Stewart Lead conservator of the Painted Hall. ORNC 3 MUSIC A Ceremony Of Carols ORNC chapel 5.30 TALK Sir James Thornhill Painted Hall, ORNC 6.30 SONGS The Turning Of The Year Blackheath Halls 7 FILM/BALLET The Nutcracker Link to Covent Garden. Greenwich Picturehouse 7.15 MUSIC Gorillaz O2 MUSIC Cabaret Playroom Albany 8 MUSIC English folk Star & Garter JAZZ Beats In The Bar Oliver’s Wednesday 6 PANTO Cinderella Greenwich Theatre 10, 2 FAMILY Ugly Duckling Albany 10.30, 1 SONGS The Turning Of The Year Blackheath Halls 7

MUSIC Jamiroquai O2 PERFORMANCE Bromance Albany 7.30 WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton COMEDY Harry Hill, Aisling Bea & Friends Fundraiser for NHS nurses. UTC JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s Thursday 7 PANTO Cinderella Greenwich Theatre 10, 2 FAMILY Ugly Duckling Albany 10.30, 1 MUSIC Trinity Laban Saxophone Choir St Alfege 1.05 MUSIC The London Gay Men’s Chorus & Vintage Late Queen’s House 6 FILM/PLAY Young Marx Link to The Bridge. Greenwich Picturehouse 7 PERFORMANCE Bromance Albany 7.30 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 recital, Charlton House 1 PANTO Cinderella Greenwich Theatre 2, 7 MUSIC Trinity Laban Chamber Concert ORNC chapel 5.30 PERFORMANCE Bromance Albany 7.30 MUSIC A Vision Of Elvis Indig02 JAZZ Sarah Bolter Mycenae House 7.30 MUSIC Gordon Webber Prince of Greenwich COMEDY Kerry Godliman Blackheath Halls 8 MUSIC Big Oreange Head Pelton 8 COMEDY Carl Donnelly, Phil Nichol, Roger Monkhouse, Adam Bloom UTC JAZZ Sarah Thorpe Quartet Oliver’s Saturday 9 KIDS Snow-Pocalypse Greenwich Theatre 11 MUSIC Duo Farinaldi St Alfege 1.05 PANTO Cinderella Greenwich Theatre 2, 7 FAMILY The Magic Lamp GLYPT, Woolwich Tramshed 2, 5 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 MUSIC Jingle Bell Ball 02 DISCO Haven’t Stopped Dancing Yet Blackheath Halls 7.30 www.haventstoppeddancingyet.co.uk MUSIC Eltham Choral Society Concert Holy Trinity, Southend Crescent 7.30 PERFORMANCE Bromance Albany 7.30 MUSIC The Dualers Indig02 OPERA Amahl And The Night Visitors St Alfege 7.30 MUSIC Blackheath Centre For Singing St Margaret’s, Lee Terrace 7.30 DANCE Swing & Jam Christmas Ball Borough Hall 8 MUSIC The Peas Pelton 8 COMEDY Carl Donnelly, Phil Nichol, Roger Monkhouse, Adam Bloom UTC JAZZ Zirobop Oliver’s Sunday 10 FAMILY Christmas Craft Activities Severndroog Castle 9.45 KIDS Snow-Pocalypse Greenwich Th 10.30 FAMILY Ugly Duckling Albany 11, 2 FAMILY Low-Tide Walk Creekside Discovery Centre 11 KIDS Find The Hidden Elves Severndroog Castle 11-3 PANTO Cinderella Greenwich Theatre 1, 5 FAMILY The Magic Lamp GLYPT, Woolwich Tramshed 2, 5 MUSIC Jack Valentine Pelton 6 TALENT Something For Sunday Vanbrugh 7 PERFORMANCE Bromance Albany 7.30 Monday 11 FAMILY Ugly Duckling Albany 10.30, 1 KIDS Snow-Pocalypse Greenwich Th 11, 2 TEA DANCE Blackheath Halls 1.30 MUSIC Mariah Carey O2 MUSIC Folk & Blues Bob Hope Theatre 7.30 PUB QUIZ Vanbrugh 8.30 JAZZ Ladies Night Oliver’s 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 PERFORMANCE Bromance Albany 7.30 MUSIC English folk Star & Garter PLAY The House Of Bernarda Alba London Theatre 8


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JAZZ Ewan Haines-Davies Oliver’s 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 FUNDRAISER Carols For Demelza Hospice St Alfege 7 PERFORMANCE Bromance Albany 7.30 WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton MUSIC Lost Boy Prince of Greenwich PLAY The House Of Bernarda Alba London Theatre 8 JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s Thursday 14 FAMILY Ugly Duckling Albany 10.30, 1 MUSIC Royal G’wich Brass Band St Alfege 1.05 PANTO Cinderella Greenwich Theatre 2, 7 PARENTS Bach To Baby Mycenae House 4 MUSIC Michael Ball & Alfie Boe O2 VERSE Poetry Night Prince of Greenwich MUSIC Shaggy Indig02 SPOKEN WORD Chill Pill Albany 8 PLAY The House Of Bernarda Alba London Theatre 8 JAZZ Frances Wise Quartet Oliver’s 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 PERFORMANCE BMT & Friends Albany 7.30 MUSIC Michele Osten Prince of Greenwich PANTO Jackie & The Pirates Of The Prime Meridian GFMA event 7.30 Charlton Assembly Rooms SE7 8UD MUSIC St Paul’s Sinfonia St Alfege 7.30 CELEBRATE Members’ Evening Blackheath Scientific Society, Mycenae House 7.45 MUSIC The Chicago Blues Brothers Indig02 PLAY The House Of Bernarda Alba London Theatre 8 COMEDY Rich Wilson, Rudi Lickwood, Stefano Paolini, Andrew Maxwell UTC MUSIC Counterfeit Beatles Pelton 8 JAZZ Rob Luft Trio Oliver’s Saturday 16 KIDS Snow-Pocalypse Greenwich Theatre 11 COMMUNITY Open Day Fan Museum 11-5 Free entry to Greenwich & Lewisham residents. Bring ID. CHRISTSTMASFAIR Hurricane Maria Disaster relief. St Alfege Church Hall 12-6 PANTO Cinderella Greenwich Theatre 2, 7 FAMILY The Magic Lamp GLYPT, Woolwich Tramshed 2, 5 PANTO Jackie & The Pirates Of The Prime Meridian GFMA event 2 & 7.30 Charlton Assembly Rooms SE7 8UD FILM Elf Blackheath Halls 2.30 FILM 2010: The Year We Make Contact (1984) Royal Observatory 6.45 MUSIC Handel’s Messiah ORNC chapel 7 PERFORMANCE BMT & Friends Albany 7.30 MUSIC Joglaresa, Dame Emma Kirby Cutty Sark 7.30 TRIBUTE The Bowie Experience Indig02 MUSIC Sam Sax Prince of Greenwich MUSIC Pete Tong: Ibiza Classics O2 PLAY The House Of Bernarda Alba London Theatre 8 MUSIC Toot’n’skamen Pelton 8 COMEDY Rich Wilson, Rudi Lickwood, Ben Norris, Andrew Maxwell UTC JAZZ Wild Card Oliver’s Sunday 17 KIDS Snow-Pocalypse Greenwich Th 10.30 FAMILY Ugly Duckling Albany 11, 2 KIDS Find The Hidden Elves Severndroog Castle 11-3 PANTO Cinderella Greenwich Theatre 1, 5 FAMILY The Magic Lamp GLYPT, Woolwich Tramshed 2, 5 MUSIC Kwaff! Prince of Greenwich TALENT Something For Sunday Vanbrugh 7 MUSIC Xmas Concert Blackheath Halls 7.30 PERFORMANCE BMT & Friends Albany 7.30 MUSIC Diamond Platnumz Indig02 BLUES Steve Morrison Oliver’s MUSIC The Modern Apes Pelton 8 Monday 18 FAMILY Ugly Duckling Albany 10.30, 1 MUSIC The Brandenburg Ensemble Blackheath Halls 11 KIDS Snow-Pocalypse Greenwich Th 11, 2 MUSIC Carols By Candlelight Mycenae Ho 7 PUB QUIZ Vanbrugh 8.30 JAZZ Ladies Night Oliver’s Tuesday 19 FAMILY Ugly Duckling Albany 10.30, 1 KIDS Snow-Pocalypse Greenwich Theatre 11

PANTO Cinderella Greenwich Theatre 2, 7 PERFORMANCE BMT & Friends Albany 7.30 MUSIC English folk Star & Garter COMEDY Jimmy Carr Indig02 JAZZ Bellevue Hot Club Oliver’s 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 WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton PERFORMANCE BMT & Friends Albany 7.30 MUSIC The Overtones Indig02 JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s 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 FILM The Polar Express Blackheath Halls 2.30 FAMILY Disney On Ice O2 2.30, 6.30 PERFORMANCE BMT & Friends Albany 7.30 FILM It’s A Wonderful Life B’heath Halls 7.30 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 KIDS The Buildy-Uppy Dance Show Borough Hall 11, 2.30 PANTO Cinderella Greenwich Theatre 2, 7 MUSIC Terry Pitt & Bill Drake Prince of Greenwich MUSIC Brio Symphony Orch St Alfege 7.30 PERFORMANCE BMT & Friends Albany 7.30 MUSIC Jazzy Jeff’s Big Band Pelton 8 COMEDY Kevin McCarthy, Mike Wilmot, Chris McCauseland, Ian Stone UTC JAZZ Vlad Miller Quartet Oliver’s 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 KIDS The Buildy-Uppy Dance Show Borough Hall 11, 2.30 PANTO Cinderella Greenwich Theatre 1, 5 RUGBY Blackheath v Rosslyn Pk Well Hall 3 FOOTBALL Charlton v Blackpool The Valley 3 MUSIC Sue Smith & Vegas Prince of Greenwich COMEDY Kevin McCarthy, Mike Wilmot, Chris McCauseland, Ian Stone UTC MUSIC The Blox Pelton 8 CARNIVAL Twisted Xmas Special Indig02 Sunday 24 FAMILY Disney On Ice O2 10.30am KIDS Snow-Pocalypse Greenwich Th 10.30 FAMILY Ugly Duckling Albany 11, 2 PANTO Cinderella Greenwich Theatre 1, 5 MUSIC GMT Prince of Greenwich MUSIC Dennis Greaves Blues Jam Pelton 8 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 MUSIC Gordon Webber Prince of Greenwich PANTO Cinderella Bob Hope Theatre 7.30 COMEDY Maff Brown, Dave Fulton, Milo McCabe, Jeff Innocent UTC MUSIC Adidas Kebabs Pelton 8 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, Greenwich Park 1-4 PANTO Cinderella Bob Hope Theatre 2, 5.30 MUSIC Kit Curtis Pelton 8 COMEDY Maff Brown, Dave Fulton, Scott Capurro, Jeff Innocent UTC

December 2017 Page 21 Sunday 31 PANTO Cinderella Greenwich Theatre 11, 3 FAMILY Ugly Duckling Albany 11, 2 PANTO Cinderella Bob Hope Theatre 2 FILM/MUSIC Berliner Philharmoniker New Year’s Eve Concert Greenwich Picturehouse 4 TALENT Something For Sunday Vanbrugh 7 COMEDY Rich Wilson, Imran Yusuf, Jonny Awsum, Rudi Lickwood UTC PARTY Kisstory Indig02 from 9 Monday January 1 FOOTBALL Charlton A v Gillingham. Valley 3 PANTO Cinderella Bob Hope Theatre 5 PUB QUIZ 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 PLAY Punk Rock London Theatre 8 Friday 5 PANTO Cinderella Greenwich Theatre 2, 7 PANTO Cinderella Bob Hope Theatre 7.30 PLAY Punk Rock London Theatre 8 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 A. Valley 3 PLAY Punk Rock London Theatre 8 Sunday 7 EXHIBITION Death In The Ice Final day NMM RUN 10K Winter Race Greenwich Park 9.30 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 WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s 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 Side By Side With The Philharmonia Trinity Laban, Blackheath Halls 6 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 MUSIC Linos Piano Trio Blackheath Halls 11 PUB QUIZ Vanbrugh 8.30 JAZZ Ladies Night Oliver’s Tuesday 16 LECTURE Prof Raman Prinja Talk about stars. Royal Observatory 5.15 FILM/OPERA Rigoletto Link to Covent Gdn. Greenwich Picturehouse 7.15 PLAY Edward II Greenwich Theatre 7.30 COMEDY Tom Allen & Guests Cutty Sark 7.30 MUSIC English folk Star & Garter JAZZ Corrie & Co Oliver’s Wednesday 17 PLAY Edward II Greenwich Theatre 7.30 WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton PLAY Single Spies Greenwich Th studio 7.45 JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s Thursday 18 MUSIC Trinity Laban recital St Alfege 1.05

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PLAY Edward II Greenwich Theatre 7.30 PLAY Single Spies Greenwich Th studio 7.45 Friday 19 MUSIC RAF Central Band Soloists Charlton House 1 STUNTS Fast & Furious Live O2 PLAY Edward II Greenwich Theatre 7.30 DANCE Maciej Kuzminski Laban 7.30 PANTO Cinderella Bob Hope Theatre 7.30 TALK Dr Russell Foster: Light, Sleep & TIme Blackheath Scientific Soc, Mycenae Ho 7.45 PLAY Single Spies Greenwich Th studio 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 PLAY Edward II Greenwich Theatre 7.30 PLAY Single Spies Greenwich Th studio 7.45 Sunday 21 PANTO Cinderella Bob Hope Theatre 2 FILM/BALLET Romeo & Juliet Link to the Bolshoi. Greenwich Picturehouse 3 STUNTS Fast & Furious Live O2 TALENT Something For Sunday Vanbrugh 7 Monday 22 PLAY Edward II Greenwich Theatre 7.30 PUB QUIZ Vanbrugh 8.30 JAZZ Ladies Night Oliver’s Tuesday 23 TALK Lindsey Collier: Lea Valley Heritage Alliance Greenwich Industrial History Society, Bakehouse 7.30 MUSIC August Alsina Indig02 GONGS National Television Awards O2 PLAY Edward II Greenwich Theatre 7.30 MUSIC English folk Star & Garter PLAY The Just London Theatre 8 JAZZ Corrie & Co Oliver’s Wednesday 24 WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton PLAY Edward II Greenwich Theatre 7.30 PLAY The Just London Theatre 8 JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s Thursday 25 MUSIC Trinity Laban recital St Alfege 1.05

TALK Linda Smith: Art & The F Word Feminism The Arts Society Blackheath St Mary’s Church Hall, Cresswell Pk 2 PLAY Edward II Greenwich Theatre 7.30 PLAY The Just London Theatre 8 Friday 26 MUSIC Countess of Wessex String Orchestra Charlton House 1 ASTRONOMY An Evening With The Stars Royal Observatory from 5.25 PLAY Edward II Greenwich Theatre 7.30 DANCE Company Wayne McGregor: Autobiography Laban 7.30 PLAY The Just London Theatre 8 Saturday 27 FAMILY Drop-In Wildlife Centre, Greenwich Park 1-4 ASTRONOMY An Evening With The Stars Royal Observatory from 5.25 FILM/OPERA Tosca Link to NY Met Greenwich Picturehouse 5.55 COMEDY Chris Rock O2 PLAY Edward II Greenwich Theatre 7.30 DANCE Company Wayne McGregor: Autobiography Laban 7.30 CELEBRATION Burns Night Cutty Sark 7.30 MUSICAL The Last Five Years London Theatre 8 CLUBBING MC Skibadee’s Birthday Indig02 Sunday 28 MUSIC Carducci Quartet Blackheath Halls 11 FAMILY Low-Tide Walk Creekside Discovery Centre 2-4 MUSICAL The Last Five Years London Theatre 6 TALENT Something For Sunday Vanbrugh 7 MUSIC Sertab Erener Indig02 COMEDY Chris Rock O2 Monday 29 PUB QUIZ Vanbrugh 8.30 JAZZ Ladies Night Oliver’s Tuesday 30 MUSIC English folk Star & Garter JAZZ Corrie & Co Oliver’s Wednesday 31 WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s

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February Thursday February 1 MUSIC Trinity Laban recital St Alfege 1.05 Friday 2 ASTRONOMY An Evening With The Stars Royal Observatory from 5.25 Saturday 3 FOOTBALL Charlton Ath v Oxford Utd. Valley 3 ASTRONOMY An Evening With The Stars Royal Observatory from 5.25 DISCO Polish Power Indig02 Sunday 4 RUN 10K Winter Race Greenwich Park 9.30 FILM/BALLET The Lady Of The Camellias From the Bolshoi. Greenwich Picturehouse, noon TALENT Something For Sunday Vanbrugh 7 MUSIC Lady Gaga O2 Monday 5 PUB QUIZ Vanbrugh 8.30 JAZZ Ladies Night Oliver’s Tuesday 6 JAZZ Beats In The Bar Blackheath Halls 7.30 MUSIC English folk Star & Garter JAZZ Corrie & Co Oliver’s Wednesday 7 FILM/OPERA Tosca Link to Covent Garden Greenwich Picturehouse 7.15 JAZZ Beats In The Bar Blackheath Halls 7.30 WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s Thursday 8 MUSIC Trinity Laban recital St Alfege 1.05 MUSIC Lady Gaga O2 Friday 9 JAZZ Live Music Oliver’s Saturday 10 KIDS Pigs And Bears Don’t Come In Pairs Blackheath Halls 11, 3 FILM/OPERA L’Elisir d’Amore Link to NY Met Greenwich Picturehouse 5 DANCE Strictly Live O2 Sunday 11 TALENT Something For Sunday Vanbrugh 7 DANCE Strictly Live O2 MUSIC Swing Commanders Bob Hope Th 7.30 Monday 12 CELEBRATION CoLab: Launch Party Trinity Laban, King Charles Court 6 MUSIC Kendrick Lamar O2 PUB QUIZ Vanbrugh 8.30 JAZZ Ladies Night Oliver’s Tuesday 13 MUSIC Kendrick Lamar O2 FOOTBALL Charlton A v Bradford C. Valley 7.45 Wednesday 14 FILM/PLAY Twelfth Night Link to RSC Greenwich Picturehouse 7 MUSIC a-ha O2 Thursday 15 MUSIC CoLab: Concert St Alfege 1.05 PLAY Duo London Theatre 8 Friday 16 MUSIC CoLab: Concert ORNC chapel 1.05

CELEBRATION CoLab: Open Space Laban 7.15 TALK Dr Greg Hunt: The Cassini Legacy Blackheath Scientific Soc, Mycenae Ho 7.45 PLAY Duo London Theatre 8 Saturday 17 RUGBY Blackheath v Esher Well Hall 3 PLAY Duo London Theatre 8 Sunday 18 PLAY Duo London Theatre 6 TALENT Something For Sunday Vanbrugh 7 Monday 19 PUB QUIZ Vanbrugh 8.30 JAZZ Ladies Night Oliver’s Tuesday 20 PLAY Dead And Breathing Albany 7.30 TALK Michael Delap: Unlocking Deptford Creek Greenwich Industrial History Society, Bakehouse 7.30 MUSIC English folk Star & Garter JAZZ Corrie & Co Oliver’s Wednesday 21 GONGS Brit Awards O2 PLAY Dead And Breathing Albany 7.30 Thursday 22 MUSIC CoLab: Concert St Alfege 1.05 TALK David Phillips: Secrets Of The Masters The Arts Society Blackheath St Mary’s Church Hall, Cresswell Pk 2 FILM/PLAY Cat On A Hot Tin Roof National Theatre link. Greenwich Picturehouse 7 PLAY Dead And Breathing Albany 7.30 Friday 23 MUSIC CoLab: Chamber Twist ORNC chapel 1-4 MUSIC CoLab: Finale Blackheath Halls 6.30 MUSIC The Script O2 PLAY Dead And Breathing Albany 7.30 Saturday 24 FAMILY Drop-In Wildlife Centre, Greenwich Park 1-4 FOOTBALL Charlton Athletic v Shrewsbury Town. The Valley 3 FILM/OPERA La Bohème Link to NY Met Greenwich Picturehouse 5.30 MUSIC The Script O2 MUSIC Zim Connect 18 Indig02 PLAY Dead And Breathing Albany 7.30 Sunday 25 FAMILY Low-Tide Walk Creekside Centre 2 MUSIC Kygo O2 PLAY Dead And Breathing Albany 7.30 Monday 26 PLAY Dead And Breathing Albany 7.30 Tuesday 27 MUSIC English folk Star & Garter DANCE New Choreography Now Laban 7.30 PLAY Dead And Breathing Albany 7.30 Wednesday 28 MUSIC Brahms & Schubert Trinity Laban, King Charles Court 1 FILM/BALLET The Winter’s Tale From Covent Garden. Greenwich Picturehouse 7.15

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lack Friday: A chance to get great bargains just before Christmas...or a chance to get sucked in by clever marketing, depending on how you look at it. In Greenwich Park we have our own Black Friday. Except it takes place on a Saturday, it’s in November and everything is a guaranteed bargain. I’m talking about the great spring bedding plant sell off that we do each year, selling off the surplus bedding plants once the gardeners have finished planting up the magnificent round beds in the Flower Garden. It gives locals a chance to buy a little piece of horticultural heaven and take home part of their favourite park. ou might ask how come there are surplus plants to sell. Well planting is not an exact science. We know how many plants and bulbs it takes to plant up each of the thirty round beds and the jungle border, but each year the plants come in slightly different sizes. The same goes for the bulbs. Some of the daffodil bulbs in particular come in much bigger in some varieties than others. They may be intrinsically bigger or they may have had a particularly good growing season. We also need to slightly over-order so there are sufficient spares to gap up in case of losses due to weather, pests or disease. What’s left when all the work is done, is sold off in a Saturday morning sale in the nursery yard. ou can buy, bedding plants; primula, wallflowers, pansies, forget-me-nots and bellis all grown in The Royal Parks’ nursery in Hyde Park and bulbs, tulips and daffodils from the Lincolnshire bulb fields of Lubbe and sons. reenwich Park’s skilled gardener Zoe helped at the sale as ever, but this time we were joined by our newest apprentice Tom. It was a good opportunity for Tom to talk to some of the Park’s most regular visitors and he did well, bringing in the most sales. But then I see my own role as more talking than selling! y passion is for the bulbs so I park myself next to the trailer filled with these horticultural gems and advise customers on the varieties on offer. One of my favourite daffs is Professor Einstein – a really striking flower with a ring of white outer petals and bright orange trumpet, which was dismissively described by one lady customer as fried eggs. This lady preferred the bizarre Lemon Beauty with its twisted split trumpet, proving that taste is a personal thing. e could all agree however that planting bulbs in autumn is a great way to look forward to spring and then of course there is the summer bedding sale in May to look forward to as well. Happy gardening.

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