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C A M PA I G N E R S against a proposed “toxic” cruise liner terminal here have told The Greenwich Visitor: “We want a clean port...or no port at all.”
Laura Eyres – whose East Greenwich Residents Association led the launch of a new campaign at the Enderby Wharf site – says developers must spend £6million on on-shore electricity so ships will not burn dirty diesel for power. She said: “It’s not the port or the cruise ships we oppose but the pollution. This is a small price to pay for people’s health.” Last month we revealed joint developer Morgan Stanley has put the controversial site up for sale.The group promises to increase pressure on any developer who buys it. Full Story – P6
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t’s hard to not see the point that people campaigning against the “toxic” cruise liner terminal make. It should have a clean on-shore electricity supply or it shouldn’t be built at all. Anyone living in East Greenwich – or even taking a walk there from the town centre – can see the area is regularly jammed with traffic – especially when the Blackwall Tunnel or even the Dartford Crossing is blocked. Pollution levels are high. It’s unlikely a new Ikea store being built right there will help ease the
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trafffic. Or that the second road tunnel the council wants to build on the Peninsula will cut pollution. And yet the council that represents these people votes to allow cruise ships to moor next to their homes while belching diesel fumes into the air – and fights all the way when they protest. The East Greenwich Residents Association calculates the cost of
an electricity supply at £6million. Compared to the cost the whole project it’s peanuts. The residents – who have already faced noise and dirt from huge construction in the area – may have caused enough fuss that one developer has stepped away from the project already. It should be a condition that any new investor provides power.
But the question is will Greenwich Council do the right thing – or prefer to bluster on in order to save face. f you haven’t already, then take a trip into our fascinating past this month. Historic
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WHY WE’RE HERE
Greenwich Music School
A NEW music education charity has been launched in Greenwich by a husband and wife team who aim to let children access all areas of high quality teaching. Ed and Bethan Scolding – both professional musicians and teachers – began the Greenwich Music School in 2016. It now teaches over 200 students each week and has just registered a charity. Bethan says: “We started GMS to share our passion for music with people of all ages through teaching and education of the highest quality.” It now teaches 200 students a week, providing instrument and voice lessons, group courses for children and young people, the Greenwich Early Years Music programme for babies and toddlers, and adult courses including Mulberry Orchestra Sessions and Performance Workshops. Students perform regularly, and benefit from learning with professional musicians who are dedicated to teaching. The charity also works at a professional level, running the internationally acclaimed London Conducting Academy, delivering training for music teachers from across London, undergraduate music teaching placements, and a Teacher Network which brings together anyone teaching music in any capacity across South East London, to share ideas, training and best practice. Bethan says: “Bringing together our team of specialist tutors and developing our bespoke curriculum – from babies and toddlers to professional musicians – has been fantastic.” Ed says: “Registering as a charity is the next step to being a centre of excellence. The best teachers are always learning and we wanted to give musicians who love teaching the tools and opportunities to achieve everything they’re capable of – which means their students get the benefit.” As a charity, Greenwich Music School will be able to provide wider access to high quality music education. Plans are being made for a bursary programme, discounted courses, an instrument amnesty and donation programme, developing the tutor network with training and collaboration opportunities for those involved in music education locally, and offering subsidised teacher training which would ultimately benefit anyone learning music across South East London and beyond. Info: greenwichmusicschool.org.uk 020 8305 1286
St Alfege Church – an amazing building in Greenwich town centre – celebrates the 300th anniversary of the current Hawksmoor-designed building with free crypt tours from 11am on Saturday April 21. There are celebrations across the weekend – and a talk about the wartime bomb damage by expert by Alison Fisher. More information at www.st-alfege.org orrying news about the vast new Ikea being built on Greenwich Peninsula. The huge store faces another long delay because construction workers are having trouble working out instructions on the leaflet they were given, we’re told. Ikea spokesman Olaf Prilo refused to comment. The issue may put completion of the controversial store back to April 1 2019.
Why is Greenwich called Royal Greenwich? We have 1,000 years of Royal links – Henry VIII (below) and Elizabeth I were born here and christened at St Alfege Church. Their palace, Placentia, was here. In fact Elizabeth played under the oak that bears her name in Greenwich Park, one of London’s eight Royal Parks. Queen Elizabeth II granted us Royal Status in February 2012 to mark those links. I read that Greenwich is a World Heritage Site? Yes, it won World A new smaller Pavilion Market Heritage Site status in 1997 – one caters for street food fans while of only 29 in the UK which means the main one concentrates on arts, our treasures are so good, they’re crafts, designer-makers and protected by the United Nations. collectibles. Greenwich Greenwich Market is Market is open famous isn’t it? Yes, Tuesday to it’s one of the oldest Sunday from r o it in London. There’s reenwich is 10am tobeen a market here 5 . 3 0 p m since the 1300s – including WANT TO ADVERTISE? and in 2016 the B a n k HAVE A STORY? Holidays. D u k e o f Yo r k Call Matt on 07802 743324 I s t h e F o o t officially unveiled a major renovation. T u n n e l Matt@TheGreenwich working yet? Visitor.com There was a badly h a n d l e d £ 11 . 4 m refurb in 2012, but problems persist in the 116-yearold tunnel...including relations between pedestrians and cyclists. A friends group Fogwoft has pushed the Council for improvements. Lifts were said to be working better and online lift alerts and a new interactive m o v e m e n t
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management system were being trialled. But a lift failed recently with users trapped inside. The lifts remain a big issue here and we’re always keen to hear your experiences of it. Email Matt@ TheGreenwichVisitor.com Is anyone using the cable car (left) yet? 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 award-winning 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...if you really must leave Greenwich behind. Are museums free? Yes – except the Fan Museum, which has no public funding but has a worldleading 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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Beyond the Suffragettes An exhibition celebrating women's and men's past contributions to gender equality in Royal Greenwich
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ARTIST Liam O’Farrell captures Great work.” Even the Royal Obsevatory tourist in London, no matter how many years historic yet quirky Greenwich in these approved, saying: @RMGreenwich “Beautiful you have lived there.” Liam has exhibited at the Royal Academy wonderful images that went down a drawing Liam – we love it!” Liam, based in the West County, told The Summer Exhibition, The Royal Society of storm on social media last month. When he posted black and white sketches followed by finished works they got an instant response. @VeganJase said “Brilliant drawing Liam. Always love going to Greenwich. A little piece of my childhood right there.” @AndersonJG wrote “Love this Liam.
Greenwich Visitor: “I lived in London for 23 years and I often popped over to Greenwich. “I’ve come back often to enjoy the slightly slower pace that Greenwich offers. “Of course I take my paints too as the architecture is second to none – as is the food in Greenwich Market! You’re always a
British Arts and as far afield as Tokyo. His paintings are available to buy and he also accepts commissions. He explains: “As an artist I cherish the ordinary in things in life. Although much of my work is architectural the core influences are all about the people.”
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Miles Hedley’s pick of this month’s events. Our unique 3-month listings begin on P15
MARTIN LUTHER KING To commemorate the 50th anniversary of
the murder of the great American civil rights leader in Memphis on April 4 1968 local charity Global Fusion Music And Arts are hosting an evening of music, poetry and theatre at Mycenae House in homage to one of the giants of the 20th century. Apr 7
GO CELLO! A fabulous three-day celebration of what
many consider to be the most mellifluous of string instruments, this festival is made up of workshops, classes and recitals by young musicians which will be performed at St Alfege’s and in the Sammy Ofer Gallery beneath Cutty Sark. Apr 13-15
WHO WANTS TO LIVE FOREVER?
Cheryl Martin’s one-woman show, which she wrote herself, is a heartfelt contemplation on love and loss, memory and myth, the mysteries of the night sky and her own lifelong passion for the music of legendary jazz singer Billie Holiday. It’s set to be another triumph for the Albany Apr 18&19
As ever, the annual charity extravaganza begins with hundreds of thousands of competitors – a few of them pros but the vast majority energetic fun-runners – lining up on the start-lines in Greenwich Park and on Blackheath Common to take on the gruelling 26-mile challenge. Apr 22
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BURBAGE’S FAREWELL TO SHAKESPEARE This theatrical production in the gorgeous great hall of the Queen’s House sounds like it could be the must-see of the year – Henry Goodman, playing the Bard’s long-time leading actor and business partner, pays tribute to the world’s greatest-ever literary genius who died on this day in 1616. Apr 23
The tragic hero of The Hunchback Of Notre Dame takes centre stage at Eltham’s Bob Hope Theatre in Steve Humfress and Andy Rapps’ musical adaptation of Victor Hugo’s gothic epic about the bellringing outcast’s doomed love for beautiful gipsy girl Esmeralda in medieval Paris. Apr 25-28
BEAUTY OR THE BEAST
The Old Royal Naval College’s director of conservation Will Palin and a group of experts gather in the Painted Hall to discuss the pros and cons of introducing contemporary architecture into historical environments. A key event for anyone who is passionate about the past – and the future. Apr 26
THE WAR OF THE WORLDS
HG Wells’ evergreen tale of 19th century Martian invaders gets a 21st century comic makeover from the wonderfully named troupe Pantaloons who invade Greenwich Theatre with a cosmic army of puppets, musical instruments and wild originality. Should be out of this world. Apr 26-28
JESSE VAN RULLER
Dazzling Dutch jazz guitarist comes to Greenwich with acclaimed drummer David Lyttle and bassist Conor Chaplin of Laura Jurd’s band Dinosaur to play at Oliver’s, one of London’s most atmospheric venues. Jesse cites James Brown as a major influence, so expect funky fireworks! Apr 27&28
The London Theatre in New Cross stages Emma Sheehan’s debut play, a black comedy featuring a narcissist ruthlessly searching for the perfect engagement ring and a pair of idealists dreaming of a simple life on the open road. Needless to say, both quests soon take a lethal turn. Apr 28&29
Quiz to help dementia
THINKING caps on – The Friends of Age Exchange hold their annual fundraising quiz this month to raise vital funds which will transform the lives of those affected by dementia. The Blackheath-based charity’s event – hosted by quizmaster Bridget Prentice – is at Kingswood Halls, Dacre Park on Saturday April 28. It promises “fiendish, funny and more unusual questions, testing your sensory perception, stretching your memory in a light hearted way yet pleasing those competitive souls in the do or die Last Round.” A vegetarian supper is provided, you can bring your own alcoholic drinks and there’s a raffle. Book online by clicking on the QUIZ at www.ageexchange.org.uk/events or at the Info Desk at Age Exchange in Blackheath Village. Tickets are £15 (£12.50 Friends of AE). Info: age-exchange.org.uk
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Foot Tunnel Friends meet IT’S been another year of down p e r i o d s f o r G r e e n w i c h ’s historic foot tunnels. In May a lift door jammed and the lift was damaged as firefighters rescued stranded users. And last autumn an electrical fire burned out three cables plunging the Victorian tunnel – and parts of Greenwich – in to darkness. Users group Fogwoft has called for “thorough scrutiny” by Greenwich Council, which operates the Victorian walkway under the Thames and oversaw a b o t c h e d £ 11 . 4 m i l l i o n refurbishment in 2012. The Council has installed a high-tech traffic management system to advise cyclists when to push their bikes but there are still issues between riders and pedestrians. Fogwoft Secretary Ian Blore says: “The scrutiny could also review the painfully slow progress of the new bylaw which will hike fines for bad behaviour.” The group holds its annual meeting on Monday April 9 (7.30) at the Star and Garter, on Old Woolwich Road. Info: fogwoft.com
NEW CHIEF AT WORLD HERITAGE THERE’S a new Chief Executive at the helm of the iconic Old Royal Naval College. MILES HEDLEY meets Angela McConville and discovers her appreciation of the past is matched by her vision for the future
IT’S easy for those of us who have lived and worked in Greenwich for years to take it for granted and forget it’s one of the thousand or so most exalted places on the planet, on an equal footing with Stonehenge, Machu Picchu, the Pyramids and the Great Wall Of China. So it’s massively refreshing to meet Angela McConville, who has been in charge of the Old Royal Naval College for the past five months and has lost none of her sense of awe about being at the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Sitting in her office overlooking Cutty Sark and the Thames, she said: “This is a glorious, glorious site and the riverside position is wonderful. “The story of Greenwich starts here and the Old Royal Naval College is its centrepiece.” The medieval palace of Placentia stood here before it was demolished by Charles II in 1660 to make way for the amazing complex that still stands today. The footprint of the ancient royal residence exists among the 17th century foundations and comes under the protection of Angela and her team. There can’t be many organisations whose remit includes what’s under as well as above the ground. But that is one of the many things that makes Angela’s job unique. She said: “I’ve been involved in London regeneration and placemaking for the past 16 years, working in Westminster and in Kensington and Chelsea before coming to Greenwich at the end of last year. We are a
‘We have a large international visitor market and a hyperlocal audience. We have to ask ourselves how to make sure they keep coming back’
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charitable foundation Town Centre with two main objectives – to preserve and Open daily conserve the buildings and archaeological 10-5 remains of Placentia and to engage with and educate the local community and wider public about the site. “It’s a real challenge because we also have to deal with around 1.4million visitors a year – about a third of them from overseas – and our buildings are also home to some 10,000 students at the University of Greenwich and Trinity Laban Conservatoire Of Music And Dance.” The presence of Trinity Laban offers a magical dimension to the complex because music floods out across the walkways from every window of their campus. Angela said:
– ANGELA McCONVILLE
“I can’t tell you how much I was struck by the audio quality of the site with all its music when I arrived here. “It was really joyful at Christmas with carol concerts and services in the chapel and the choir singing Handel’s Messiah.” The grounds also hosted a Winter Time festival for the first time. Angela said: “Some modifications are needed but the overwhelming response from local people was that it should have a central role to play at Christmas.” Not that the Old Royal Naval College complex is short of proven crowd-pullers – Greenwich Music Time each summer attracts megastars like Sir Tom Jones, the Greenwich + Docklands International Festival pulls in performers from around the world and the annual book festival each spring draws some of our most acclaimed authors. Angela and her
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SITE ON ITS INSPIRING PAST, PRESENT & EXCITING FUTURE College is part of our Royal history
The story of Greenwich starts here and the Old Royal Naval College is its centrepiece
Henry IV’s son Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester, builds the Palace of Placentia by the River Thames at Greenwich. When he dies the house becomes crown property.
Newly-crowned Henry VII moves his Royal Household to Placentia.
28 June: Henry VIII born at Palace of Placentia in Greenwich, third child of Henry VII.
1509 Henry becomes King aged just 17. 1533 His daughter Elizabeth I is born at
Placentia. Greenwich Park is her playground.
Civil War begins. Placentia is used as a biscuit factory by Roundheads.
1649 Placentia finally demolished. 1660 Charles II decided to rebuild the
palace, engaging architect John Webb.
1664 Building Work begins. 1692 Mary is inspired to build a home for
retired sailors, using unfinished palace site after they relocate to Hampton Court.
Work starts on new hospital on site of discontinuted palace, designed by Sir Christopher Wren and Nicholas Hawksmoor.
GRAND TOUR: Old Royal Naval College and (inset) ceiling tours
1705 First naval pensioners move in. 1707 James Thornhill begins decorating the magnificent 40,000sq ft Painted Hall.
1712 Palace completed. 1726 Thornhill finishes Painted Hall. 1806 Nelson’s body lies in state in Painted
Hall after his death at Trafalgar and before his funeral on January 9.
1869 Hospital closes. 1873 Royal Naval College moves here from
Bodies of Trafalgar veterans moved and reinterred in East Greenwich Pleasaunce to make way for new rail line under building.
team are now looking to create a new festival for the autumn so they can provide year-round entertainment. Meanwhile, she is looking at ways of making sure the Old Royal Naval College continues to evolve. She said: “I don’t think there’s a need for revolutionary changes but we have both a large international visitor market and what you might call a hyperlocal audience and we have to continually ask ourselves how to make sure they keep coming – and keep coming back. “We’re lucky, though, because all around us are our World Heritage Site partners like Royal Museums Greenwich who are asking the same question. “And despite these being unsettling times in terms of security and Brexit, there seems to be no fatigue from donors or the Heritage Lottery Fund about investing here. In fact,
we’re moving away from reliance on government funding and are now about 80 per cent independent through retail, catering, leasing out the site to film companies and so on. The long-term aim is to become fully independent.” She added: “Maintaining the buildings alone costs about £1million a year but we are confident about the future because the World Heritage Site designation makes us a global beacon. “On top of that we have the fabulous contrast between historic Greenwich on one side of the Thames and the towers of Canary Wharf on the other. “That view gives you the story of London in a single frame.” But despite the historical importance of the Old Royal Naval College, Angela said her staff are not interested in heritage for heritage’s sake, insisting: “The ethos here is
progressive.” That mood is summed up in the way the 18-month restoration of Sir James Thornhill’s ceiling in the Painted Hall has been turned into a huge tourist attraction by allowing visitors to scale scaffolding and get an up-close look at the extraordinary artwork. Angela said: “It’s an amazing project and it showed me the ambition of this place. “We set ourselves a target of 100,000 viewings and we are now about halfway there. “The scaffolding is due to come down in the autumn, so we will announce the start of the last 100 days of ceiling tours in June which we hope will bring in a rush of visitors. “Once the ceiling is finished we will be looking to continue our restoration strategy with the chapel, the Queen Mary Undercroft and, later on, the Admiral’s House.” It’s a never-ending job. But the beauty of the site means it’s never a chore. Info: ornc.org
Painted Hall becomes dining hall for Royal Navy officers.
1939 First restoration of Painted Hall. 1998 Greenwich Foundation for the Old
Royal Naval College set up as a charity to manage site after Royal Navy leaves.
University of Greenwich moves in bringing 10,000 students.
Trinity College of Music moves in to King Charles Court.
First phase of conservation works see 560sqm of paintings in Upper Hall cleaned and restored.
2017 New restoration project begins. 2019 Painted Hall due to reopen.
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Ships log: The story so far... Greenwich is proud of its maritime past. And many would welcome cruise liners here, bringing jobs and income. But the toxic terminal sage – planned without electricity – has meant years of conflict...
CAMPAIGN: Opponents young and old help launch new protest
help stop toxic port
IT’S seven years since a cruise liner port was announced for East Greenwich. But with no “clean” electricity supply, the East Greenwich Residents’ Association Residents began a campaign against it. Last month we revealed the site is up for sale. It may sound like a victory, but the group says it will carry on to make sure any new buyer will take their message on board. The group’s lead Laura Eyres tells why...and how you can help.
PEOPLE from both sides of the Thames joined forces to reignite the campaign against the plans for London City Cruise Port at Enderby Wharf in Greenwich. Despite community opposition to the terminal, Greenwich Council approved plans in 2015 which will see up to 55 ship visits per year from April to September. It’s not the port or the cruise ships, we are opposed to but the pollution they produce as they run their engines in port. Ships will burn 700 litres of unfiltered diesel fuel an hour in an area that already breaches legal levels and will, ironically, be part of the Mayor’s Low Emission Zone. Just one ship emits the same amount of toxic diesel fumes as 688 lorries. The dangers of diesel fumes and nitrogen dioxide are now well documented and linked to heart disease, strokes, lung impairment and cancer. Research from Kings College London show that one in five Greenwich residents die prematurely every year due to air pollution. There are 12 schools within half a mile of the proposed site and thousands of homes including new r i v e r s i d e a p a r t m e n t s . We a r e concerned that many of the people
ON THE CASE: Greenwich Visitor reports on terminal
‘It’s not the port or the cruise ships, we are opposed to, but the pollution they produce running their engines’ – LAURA EYRES
living in those homes may be unaware of the plans for the port. The pollution problem could be solved if ships plugged in to a clean onshore power supply, as cruise ships can in other major cities including L o s A n g e l e s , N e w Yo r k a n d Amsterdam. And this is what we have been fighting for over the past three years with the support of our local
MP, Matthew Pennycook. We calculate that the cost of the onshore power infrastructure to be around £6 million, and think that this is a small price to pay for people’s health. In any case, under UK law an alternative to burning diesel fuel in port will have to be found by 2025, making the port a white elephant
within seven years. The terminal is expected to be paid for by the construction of 477 new homes, but we’re not sure who would want to live in a flat above a cruise port with ships belching out toxic fumes. As the Greenwich Visitor reported, there are signs that developers have got cold feet amidst delays. The land, owned by Morgan Stanley, is currently on the market. Barratt London, the main developer for the housing, has pulled out of the development. Although the future of the cruise port is looking more precarious, the danger is still there. It doesn’t mean the end of the fight. We had a great turn out from local people gathered to launch the campaign and help EGRA clean the Thames Path. Passions are still running high against the terminal. Over the next few months we will increase pressure on the people behind this unpopular project and run events highlighting the cruise port issues. We are in dialogue with the Mayor’s and Environment Secretary Michael Gove’s offices and we will ask to meet the Greenwich Council leadership after the local elections. Please help our campaign by signing our petition which already has over 4,500 signatures: www. change.org/p/help-us-sink-plansfor-london-s-toxiccruiseport Tell Greenwich Council, the Mayor and Michael Gove what you think by writing to them at: denise.hyland@ royalgreenwich.gov.uk, mayor@ london.gov.uk and correspondence. firstname.lastname@example.org Sign up for updates and events on our website www.notoxiccruiseport. london and follow us on Twitter @ notoxicport
2010 Original planning application by West Properties for cruise liner terminal on site of former Enderby Wharf Alcatel works. Mar 2012 Planning permission granted by Greenwich Council. May 2013 A year passes but West Properties insists to The Greenwich Visitor that first ships will moor in 2014. 2014 Revised plans for works inc pontoon approved. Dec 2014 CEO of London City Cruise Port kicks starts new planning application process. Apr 2015 Application for Enderby Wharf housing. Jun/Jul 15 Publication of new air pollution studies by developer and Council. Jul 2015 Planning Board approves application. Aug 2015 London Mayor does not call in application and refers EGRA representation back to Greenwich Council. July 2015 EGRA writes to Sec of State Greg Clarke. Sep 2015 Second letter to Secretary of State from five local bodies: EGRA, Charlton Society, Greenwich Society, Westcombe Society, Greenwich Conservation Group. Dec 2015 Planning permission approved. Jan 2016 Application by resident to High Court for a judicial review. Apr 2016 Judicial Review allowed by High Court. Aug 2016 High Court rules that planning permission is lawful. Appeal lodged against judgment. Feb 2017 Appeal refused. Mar 2017 Petition lodged with European Parliament (by Blore/Hardwick/EGRA). Mar 2017 Group meets Shirley Rodrigues Dep Mayor, Environment & Energy. Jun 2017 Petition is allowed to be investigated. Oct 2017 Alternative fuel Directive becomes UK law. Nov 2017 EU Commission says planning permission lies outside its authority but insists UK Govt must assess any development’s impact on pollution levels and act. Dec 2017 EU informs that it has closed the case and refers EGRA back to UK Government. March 2018 Greenwich Visitor reveals Barratt Homes has pulled out of development and that investor Morgan Stanley has put site up for sale. April 2018 EGRA launches new campaign to ensure any buyer provides on-shore electricity supply.
Debut novelist up for award AUTHOR Zoe May has been nominated for a national award for her debut novel. Perfect Match – which featured in January’s Greenwich Visitor – is a contender for the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Joan Hessayon Award for new writers. Zoe’s novel is set here and featues Greenwich Park. It tells the story of unlucky-in-love, Sophia Jones who creates a dating profile describing her perfect man – a millionaire Robert Pattinson lookalike – who she never expects to find. Then does... Is it her lucky day? Or is there a catch? Woolwichbased Zoe was PRAISE: Zoe working as a copywriter and dating using apps when a daydream inspired her debut. The winner will be announced at the RNA Summer Party at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford on May 17. Nicola Cornick, RNA Chairman, said: “Having read every last one of them, I’m delighted to see a new generation of talent being fostered by the scheme.”
Perfect Match is published by HQ Digital (HarperCollins) and costs £2.99 from Amazon, iBooks and Kobo. Zoe’s second novel How (Not) To Date A Prince is out on April 12.
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a click trip to the seaside TWO of the greatest photographic chroniclers of everyday lives in Britain came to Greenwich to launch the National Maritime Museum’s latest exhibition, the Great British Seaside. David Hurn and Martin Parr have been taking pictures of Brits at play for decades and are two of the four photographers featured in the museum’s brilliant survey of seaside fun from the 1960s to the present, writes MILES HEDLEY. Hurn works in black and white while Parr’s contributions are in garish colour. Yet both succeed in capturing the timelessness of trippers’ s ea s id e experiences without ever descending into tweeness or maudlin nostalgia. National Maritime Their pictures are shown alongside ch nwi Gree , eum Mus stunning monochrome works by legendary photographer Tony RayJones – who died tragically young in 23 March–30 Sept 1972 – and huge colour shorescapes by Simon Roberts which bring the show £11.50 (£5) bang up to date. And in a neat touch, organisers have kitted out the gallery with deckchairs, pink resort
LAID BACK: David Hurn
ON DECK: Martin Parr Pictures: DAVID KOPPELL
benches and a sort of giant beach-hut housing a s c r e e n r u n n i n g f i l m - c l i p s a b o u t t h e fo u r photographers. The Great British Seaside also features pictures by Parr which were specially commissioned for this event and help to make it almost as good as the fabulous Ansel Adams’ exhibition the museum hosted in 2013. Info: www.rmg.co.uk
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Mycenae House, Blackheath SE3 7SE
HEN W Friday April 17 7pm
GET fed, be entertained – and vote for The fun micro-granting concept comes from Soup on Friday April 27 (7pm). Food is the cost of your meal to support a great a similar idea from Detroit, USA, where sponsored by generous catering companies monthly events and support homeless, and restaurants from the area. idea in your community. Mycenae Soup sees a number of local projects take two-minute turns to pitch their ideas to diners who then vote on which to support. The winner of the vote receives all the evening’s donations, writes Mycenae House Manager Mark Johnson-Brown.
unemployed and mental health projects. Our last two events raised over £3000 and supported a community gardening project from the Mental Health Activity Trust and Greenwich Mencap’s innovative Support for Siblings pilot. Mycenae House hosts its third Mycenae
There is a suggested donation of £10 per head for diners. If you have a great idea that we might support there is still time to apply. Application forms are available at www. mycenaehouse.co.uk or email info@ mycenaehouse.co.uk Dining Tickets are available at Mycenae House or online.
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See happy charity awards its naval honours care homes CARE homes can be “friendly, happy and exciting places” – and this month you can discover them right here. National Care Home Open Day on April 21 aims to get people to visit homes and build relationships. Two homes here – Rectory Court and Leah Lodge – are taking part. Rectory Court is a new 41bed luxury home in a renovated former rectory in The Glebe, Blackheath. It’s sister home in Leah Lodge in Blessington Road also provides care for older people living with dementia. A spokesman said: “It’s a great way to get to know local organisations, schools and groups in your community and establish meaningful friendships along the way.” Info: www.carehome openday.org.uk
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Amelia wins poetry prize BLACKHEATH youngster A m e l i a Ta n n a h a s w o n a national poetry competition aged just six. She beat 25,000 entrants to be named Premier League Writing Stars winner. The theme was resilience and her poem – Monkey Bars – was chosen by judges including football stars Frank Lampard a n d Ya n n i c k B o l a s i e , Children’s Laureate Lauren Child and Caleb Femi, young people’s laureate for London.
FIVE Royal Naval personnel have been awarded the coveted Greenwich Hospital Prize for “loyalty, courage, discipline, commitment, integrity and respect.” First Sea Lord, Admiral Sir Philip Jones KCB ADC and Hugh Player – Director of the Greenwich Hospital charity – presented the awards aboard HMS Victory in Portsmouth. They are the highest honour for recruits apart from a state honour. Sailors AB Mayoll, PO Physical Trainer Stuart O’Connor, WO Class 1 SEND US WO First YOUR PICTURE AJCPiner, lass David and Lt OF A PERFECT DAY Wynne Cdr David Send us a photo. Email: P o l l i t t h a d
shown “except ional individual achievement and contribution to the Navy ethos.” Admiral Jones said: “Congratulations to these five deserving recipients.” Established in 2016, the prizes are awarded each year to deserving Royal Navy men and women. The Greenwich Hospital charity was founded by Royal Charter of King William and Queen Mary in 1694. It owns and operates historic Greenwich Market and properties in Greenwich. Its profits support serving and retired, wounded and needy Royal Navy personnel and their widows and educates their children. Info: www.grenhosp.org.uk
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GREENWICH Book Festival is back for the fourth time this summer with a programme that book lovers of every age will love.
The festival has two full days of literary events for children and adults alike, writes MAUREEN STAPLETON. It will showcase a huge range of fiction, non-fiction, short story and poetry events, mostly at the University of Greenwich at the Old Royal Naval College. The festival – on June 15 and 16 – will feature a playwriting programme at Greenwich Theatre featuring new dramas about the suffragette movement and feminism. This year the festival has its first Illustrator in Residence – Ged Adamson, who lives in Greenwich, will create work inspired by events and people over both days. Children will be able to make their own rainbows at a workshop with him, based on his new book Ava and
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the Rainbow (Who Stayed). Fancy a swim followed by a book discussion? You can do just that at an event at the Charlton Lido with Libby Page author of The Lido and Jenny Landreth author of Swell. Does your child want to learn to make comics? Neill Cameron holds masterclasses. Would you like to take a walk around Greenwich and learn about
Victorian London? Author Christopher Winn, author of the I Never Knew That About London, is on hand. Blackheath’s best-selling novelist Blake Morrison will to discuss his new book The Executor – a tale of a man who unexpectedly has to fill his role as executor to his poet friend. More than 300 students from Greenwich primary schools will take part in free Schools Day events on
June 15, when author and illustrator Gary Northfield will be delighting children with tales from his Julius Zebraseries. Greenwich Book Festival – which prides itself on being named one of the friendliest literary festivals in the country – has a rich mix of programming with both low-cost and free events. The festival is moving to expand beyond its main site at the University of Greenwich with events at the Charlton Lido, a pre-festival event for toddlers at Greenwich libraries, and an author visiting secondary schools. The Greenwich Book Festival – hosted by the University of Greenwich – is part of the Royal Greenwich Festivals programme. Tickets & information: www.greenwich bookfest.com. Follow on Twitter: @grebookfest Facebook: GreenwichBookFest Instagram: GreenwichBookFestival
Comedy kids club launches ICONIC comedy venue Up The Creek has started a kids club for young stand-up fans. Hosted by CBBC duo Johnny Cochrane and Inel Tomlinson, it’s aimed at kids from five to 11. The pair promise “a jam-packed show featuring kid-friendly stand up comedy from the best names, plus high energy games. “This is the place to be every Saturday.” The duo host the kids’ channel’s The Johnny & Inel Show, All Over The Place and Dog Ate My Homework. They have been nominated for two Royal Television Society Awards including Best Comedy Programme and Best Performance in a Comedy Entry is £10 per child accompanied by an adult, plus £7 per extra child and £3 per extra adult. The club – launched by local legend Malcolm Hardee in the 1980s – has had a major revamp with bar, eating area and new food offers. Info: www.up-thecreek.com
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THIS summer’s Greenwich + Docklands International Festival is set to hit new heights with the help of a cable car and a giant flock of birds.
The 17-day extravaganza is expected to overtake last year’s total gate of 100,000 people with more than 130 performances at sites in Maritime Greenwich, Eltham, Thamesmead, Woolwich, Canary Wharf and east London. Events south of the river begin on June 21 with Fly By Night, created by artist Duke Riley, which involves 1,500 trained pigeons soaring and tumbling in the skies above Thamesmead, writes MILES HEDLEY. The Emirates Air Line hosts Soundscape, a specially recorded work which will play in the Various locations www.festival.org gondolas that sweep above the Thames from North Greenwich to ExCel. A plethora of dance shows June 21 to include the hip-hop work July 7 D-Construction in the Royal Docks plus the ping-pong themed Doubles and Candoco’s Dedicated To, both just across the river at Canary Wharf. Rise! is a processional piece about women’s rights and will feature giant puppets during its shows at Woolwich. And Woolwich also hosts the world premiere of This Is Not For You, an aerial show by disabled military veterans produced by internationally acclaimed company The Graeae. Greenwich Fair returns to the Old Royal Naval College and Cutty Sark Gardens and will include Windrush: 492 about post-war West Indian immigration, Plock! – which combines acrobatics and Jackson Pollock-style splatter-painting – and the self-explanatory Herd Of Mechanical Creatures. And the festival closes on July 7 with open-air performances of Jonathan Harvey’s play Beautiful Thing in south Thamesmead, the work’s original setting and also where the 1996 Channel 4 film version of it was shot. Info www.festival.org
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Johnny and Inel’s Kids Club. Kids (and their Grown Ups!) Join us every Saturday at Up the Creek for all new comedy fun with CBBC’s Johnny & Inel! Every Saturday the stars of CBBC’s The Johnny & Inel Show, All Over the Place and Dog Ate My Homework will be taking over. Each week Johnny & Inel will present a jam packed show featuring kid friendly stand up comedy from the best names, plus high energy games. This is the place to be every Saturday! Age range 5-11yrs old! (Parents must also accompany) Doors 12pm. Show 12.30-2pm. £10 for one Adult and Child £7 per additional child £3 per additional adult.
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he arts and town centres are good for each other! Performances and displays not only liven up public spaces but add an extra dimension to shops and businesses. The arts foster local identity and create links between people and places. ltham Arts exists to “Connect people through the arts” and our Eltham and SE9 businesses play a key part in our network to make this happen. We were stakeholders in the Eltham Town Centre redevelopment and what we wanted to see was more space for people to come together and enjoy themselves. Passey Place was reborn. e are working BIG BUILD UP: with Royal Session for kids Greenwich Council to develop a community use programme for Passey Place including music, events and markets. ltham Library regularly has book launches but recently The White Hart had one too – for the intriguing and well researched London History through Beer Goggles by Eltham Author Cyril O’Brien. Our local pubs are certainly involved in our community arts scene. The Long Pond won the CAMRA SE London Pub of the Year award but also regulalry exhibits art by local artists. There is so much music and open mics sessions now in pubs and restaurants, including the Long Pond, Eltham GPO, Rixos, Legends
American Diner, the Tudor Barn and the Rising Sun. This brings the evenings alive in the High Street. ur WALL project is building well. The poems and short stories submitted for our creative writing challenge Writing on a Wall, were terrific. At a celebratory event on April 23 (5.30 to 7.30) – World Book Night – at Eltham Library in Archery Road, awards will be presented, winning entries performed and there will be an exhibition of a selection of entries. We also have the Make a Noise choir performing songs from the shows. Come and congratulate the award winners and enjoy the event. Every one is welcome. eople are also making bricks for our Bricks on the Wall project. The community wall will be a marvellous installation at the SE9 Container Gallery later this year. Workshops in the library and schools show how this project is connecting the community. ur singer/songwriters are meeting the song challenge again this year, with Songs Across a Wall the theme. Watch out for details on performances! Enjoy Eltham! This column is your chance to share your passion for the arts in Eltham. Tell me your news and views on 07976 355398 or email email@example.com
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y Dad always used to grow Sweet Peas and there would be great big bunches of sweetly scented, pastel shaded blooms on the dining table all summer long. Not that he was a great gardener mind – more the chuck it in and see what happens school. One lesson he did teach me though was the best time to do a job in the garden is when you have the time to do it. It doesn’t always hold true but 90 per cent of the time it works. nother thing I inherited from Dad was his three volume set of Reader’s Digest Complete Library of the Garden. With each section written by an expert in the field it really has stood the test of time. I read the chapter on Sweet Peas last night and it inspired me so much that I have decided 2018 will be the inaugural year of the Greenwich Park Sweet Pea Challenge Cup, open to all staff and volunteers in Greenwich Park. I am going to generously put up the prize of either a good bottle of wine or a good box of chocolates to the winner. I’ll keep the rejected item, unless of course I win the cup myself. ast year I grew some brilliant Sweet Peas following the advice in my Reader’s Digest book. The secret to growing prize winning blooms it said is to establish a good root system. This is done by double digging the soil (digging to two spades depth) so that the roots can grow
with ease. When Dad grew his flowers for the house he would pinch out the top of the stem to make the plant branch so that it produced lots of blooms. For prize winners though, you don’t want lots of small blooms but just a few large ones, so you grow the plant on a single stem and pinch out all the side shoots. That way all the energy from the large root system feeds fewer bigger blooms. I knew the theory but hadn’t tried it until last year, but it really works. My Sweet peas grew like a Triffid and the blooms were the best I’ve ever grown. his year is not going so well. For a start April, one of our gardeners, has her Sweet Peas growing in the glass house in the Nursery yard. They’re already big and growing like the clappers. Down in the Queens Orchard the volunteers have plants well established too. y own packet of Sweet Peas, are still sitting on the kitchen shelf unopened. That’s because in my haste I bought the wrong seeds. I bought Painted Lady a variety which dates from 1730 and produces deeply scented, small blooms. No good for winning a challenge cup. What I need to do is to follow the advice of my book and get some seed of the beautiful Gwendoline – white with a pink blush or the deep cerise pink Millennium to be in with a chance. I only hope I haven’t left it too late.
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SOUTH AMERICAN I CAN see why people rave about Jamie Oliver, though I never really got it…
ne of the joys of travelling on a train in India is that it’s slow. Now, I know that slow is not good when you are rushing to work on the 7.44 but slow can be good. On a two (or was it three?)-day train trip from Delhi to Mumbai a few years back the relaxed pace was certainly good for me. There was nothing to do but look out at the Indian landscape rolling past, read another book and plan for the next meal...which, conveniently, was curry served three times a day in the carriage you slept in. The Indian Railway Curries are legendary. And delicious. o it was delight to see the said curry on the menu on a little train trip out to Masala Inn in Bexleyheath recently. And the lamb version (£11.95) lived up to the real (slow) choo choo thing. It’s meaty, the sauce is super thick and it has that rustic, homemade feel it to it. It really has to be tried as does this fine restaurant for those who sometimes venture out of SE-land. The Chicken Handi (£8.50), a lighter and slightly sweeter dish is a good balance to the table along with the bang of the classic Chicken Madras (£6.50). Balance it off with Bombay Potato (£3.75) which are served as wedges, very slightly spiced. ut curry man can not live on meat alone (or venture to DA postcode areas too often) so I’ve also put together some of my favourite veggie dishes in Greenwich. The freshness of Mountain View’s veg takes some beating and the Hariyo Kurilo (‘£4.95), a mix of baby corn, asparagus and beans tops my list although the straightforward Spring Green (£4.45) is not far behind. he Bhindi Dopiazi (£6.95) from the nearby Gurkha’s Inn is a proper veggie main so that‚Äôs worth a try but this is the restaurant where I first discovered Dhal Makhani (¬£4.55) and for that I will be forever grateful. A creamy, mouth-watering lentil overload that’s moreish in the extreme. eanwhile on the other side of SE10 with the takeaway specialists I’m going to plump for the unusual but tasty Pumpkin Bhaji side (£2.75) and Honey Nan (£2.10) from InDelicious and Hariyali Kofta (£4.95), spinach and potato dumplings in a creamy sauce from Green Chillies. lsewhere, the Greenwich Curry Club pop-up nights will be back at the Pelton Arms on April 9 and May 14 and at Shortlands Tavern in Bromley on April 23. A new venue in Peckham will be hosting us soon. Watch this spice space.
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He’s fun, popular and passionate about getting kids to eat more healthily; recipes in his books are simple, sensible and very tasty. And when a branch of his eponymous chain opened in Greenwich competitors no doubt quaked in their boots. But a couple of months back it was gone. After four very short years. I reviewed Jamie’s in Greenwich when it arrived – it was OK, but not the fabulous experience they’d promised and I’d expected. Now the the grubbiness of having left hardworking suppliers in the lurch has taken much of the Oliver millionaire lustre away. Is Brexit really to blame for his woes? Or did he build too many restaurants that didn’t deliver in a ferocious market? The truth is the High Street dining is under pressure and big brands with huge cost bases either adapt or die. Which is why sometimes being a small chain is good. Next door but one to the empty shell that was once Bar du Musee (that’s a whole other long story) is a home-grown success story. Well kind of home grown. Buenos Aires first found its niche in Blackheath, where it served fabulous steaks and South American treats alongside wonderful wines – all guided by the tastes of Argentinian ex-Tango dancer and Paparazzi snapper Reinaldo Vargas and his wife Kate. The Café had another outpost, on Royal Hill – more bakery and cakery, and a place where you could enjoy great coffee, read a paper and stock up at the deli. In June 2015 they opened a third branch in the heart of Greenwich. Offering all-day dining, Buenos Aires has hot breakfasts every morning “featuring eggs lots of different ways,” fish dishes, lamb, chicken, pizzas and pasta, burgers and steaks for lunch and dinner plus it boasts a Josper charcoal grill for barbecuing. There are teas, coffees and cakes in the afternoons, chorripan (sandwiches) and picadas (Argentinian tapas) too. With two areas – at the front a casual dining area and bar with easy chairs and windows on to the world of Greenwich; at the back a more formal dining area. The walls are fun as they feature plenty of Reinaldo’s pap snaps. So you can spot the stars without risking a punch in the face! And though times may be tough – with every Tom, Dick or Jamie launching then regretting launching a restaurant chain – Buenos Aires seems to be doing very well. We visited for lunch. More business-brisk than laid back and languorous, we had about an hour. For me, steak was the big draw. Buenos Aires’s beef – all imported from Argentina – is the stuff of legend. So after excellent Empanada de espinacas – sharp and shiny, and packed with juicy spinach – it was
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a 200g Bife de chorizo – that’s a Sirloin to you and I. At £14.50 it’s mid-range and arrived looking wonderful, with that crisscrossing that says it’s been treated right. I ordered medium rare and it was just soft enough to cut well and melt. Although I may order rare next time to be a little more adventurous. My vegetarian guest had a Fugazzeta pizza – mozzarella, onions, oregano and extra virgin olive oil plus added mushrooms. Verdict. Very good. If slightly over-onioned. Again, at £10 not the priciest on the menu and, personally, I’d have had something
more elaborate (but then I’m not trying hard enough to be nice to animals.) We shared excellent fries with garlic and parsley. I’m a big fan of the wine list here – in fact I’m sure the sales of Malbec in south east London shops and stores rose in relation to the number who’ve dined at Buenos Aires and, like me, gone off to experiment. As it was a business lunch I avoided wine, though with a bottle of Doña Paula Estate Malbec at £34.50 and Humberto Canale Pinot Noir Reserva at £45 it’s tempting to stretch lunch out...maybe even until the live jazz and Latin American music starts. There
are quality South American rosés available too – and a white El Guardado Chic Pinot Gris at £32.50 that might make a refreshing change with a steak too. Well sometimes you have to break the rules. We left after a good lunch at under £45. No mean feat nowadays. And, walking past empty Jamie’s yards away, it’s good to reflect that if you get it right a small but perfectly-formed chain can be mighty strong. SIMON CLARK
reelance friendly cafés are crucial to many of us. Top of my list here is the Picturehouse Café next to the cinema in Greenwich High Road. Members get a 10 per cent discount. There is coffee and cake or even meat, cheese and wine. The place is relaxed and friendly and the Wifi is fast. reenwich Market is famous for its street food and this month it comes with a Vegan Vibe. The Market is teaming with Vegan-themed event company Plant Bass LDN for one night only of DJs and diverse dishes on Friday April 6 (6-10pm). Isotta Anchisi and Matthew Smith of regular traders Little Leaf started making Vegan pizzas two years ago when they couldn’t find their own. Matthew said: “The atmosphere created at the night time food events at Greenwich Market is electric and celebrating a crueltyfree lifestyle in a historic location is a sign of the times.” Other traders there include: Greenwich-based Vini Italiani showcasing vegan wines. Jake’s Vegan Steaks, Good To Go Try, En Root - Indian fusion cuisine – TIS LDN Caribbean-inspired cuisine, The Green Grill, Veganauti, Rubys of London, I AM NUT OK with plant-based cheese and spreads, OSU Coconuts pancakes, Zims Tribe, Vegan craft beers from Camden Town Brewery and vegan cocktails from The LP Bar. Music comes from DJ Deccy and JEY Flash. Check out vegan dog food treats too! The next Friday Food Fest features Gin & Jazz on May 4. can’t resist a new restaurant to try. Midpoint has opened on the Thames Path at Anchor Iron Wharf. It’s Turkish, boasts great views, fresh ingredients. My first impression pleasant but a tiny bit more expensive than expected. But who wouldn’t pay extra for those great river views? Have NEW: Sarma Lamb you visited? Let me Beyti at Midpoint know what you think... eptford is resurgent. Deptford Market Yard – within the renovated historical railway arches – will feature a weekly Street Food market Deptford Bites every Saturday. Kick off on the April 7 with a series of talks curated by food critic Grace Dent, covering subjects such as the changing face of Deptford and the rise of Veganism. reenwich Winter Night Shelter, which provides a hot evening meal, overnight stay and breakfast for homeless people – is closed till next winter but if you’d like to help and volunteer in the future please contact Rev Margaret Cave at vicar@christchurcheast greenwich.org.uk welcome new edition for Woolwich is The FishYard & Steak in Powis Street. It opened on March 21 as a restaurant and take away: Fish & chips washed down with a beer sounds great. Have you tried it yet? The menu also includes scampi and battered Halloumi among other things. I hear that the portions are “large.” Happy days! couple of those lovely celebration days to look out for: National Tea Day on April 21 and International Carrot Day on April 4.
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miles hedley REVIEWS lord of the flies
Fine acting wins through EVER think acting is easy? Then you should have seen the performance of Lord Of The Flies that I saw at Greenwich Theatre. The young cast not only had to push themselves to their physical limits as the savage drama unfolded but also had to deal with some restless teenagers in the stalls whose inappropriate laughter must have been hugely distracting. The actors didn’t miss a beat, though, and were nothing less than heroic. The noisy faction in the audience were the ultimate losers, however, because this Lazarus Theatre Company production of William Golding’s great novel about marooned children was a gem – brilliantly acted by the cast and tautly directed by Ricky Dukes, although I was baffled by the decision to cast girls as five of the boys. Ben Jacobs’ clever lighting allowed the stage to be divvied up into far-flung parts of the island where the kids were stranded after a plane crash. And Dukes ensured the tension never faltered as the youngsters’ society quickly collapsed into bloody civil war. The two murders were genuinely shocking, particularly the killing of Piggy. But it was the acting that made this production special and rendered the mixed casting largely irrelevant. The four roles at the heart of the story– Ralph, Piggy, Jack and Simon – were magnificently played by Amber Wadey, Luke MacLeod, Nick Cope and Benjamin Victor. They were given excellent support by Michael Holden, Nell Hardy, Calvin Crawley, Robyn Holdaway, Georgina Barley, Abbi Douetil and James Russell-Morley. The actors’ youth meant they had had very little professional theatre experience between them. But you’d never have known because each showed an emotional maturity well beyond their years – and helped make this a memorable evening.
GIRLS IN THE MAGNESIUM DRESS
THE gorgeous great hall of the Queen’s House reverberated with the mellow, if unusual, tones of a double bass and harp duo working through a programme including works by some of music’s greatest geniuses – Bach, Mozart, Schubert and Puccini among them. Bassist Valentina Ciardelli and harpist Anna Quiroga showed consummate skill as they interpreted the masterworks in this free Trinity Laban recital. But what turned a terrific performance into something magical was the inclusion of two pieces by the late great rock guitarist Frank Zappa. The duo, who call themselves The Girls In The Magnesium Dress – the title of a Zappa song – broke up an otherwise classical playlist with a storming version of the Californian’s 1969 composition Peaches En Regalia and ended with a stupendous cover, complete with chanting, of Cletus AwreetusAwrightus from his 1972 album The Grand Wazoo. I’m old enough to have seen Zappa perform both tracks live and I’m convinced he’d have loved Valentina and Anna’s wild and wonderful renditions. I know I did.
CHIDLREN of jazz legends who choose to follow in their parents’ footsteps have to face a lifetime of comparisons, often to their disadvantage. But that hasn’t stopped Jacqui Dankworth and Christian Garrick – and judging by their dazzling appearance at Blackheath Halls, they needn’t ever have worried. Jacqui has inherited the unique voice of her mum Cleo Laine and the musical insights of her saxophonist dad John Dankworth. And Christian’s amazing skills as a violinist are clearly born of the virtuosity of his jazz pianist father Michael Garrick. Add to this the prodigious talents of pianist and composer David Gordon and bassist Oli Hayhurst and their gig as Butterfly’s Wing was of the highest order. Not only did they perform a string of great songs from their new album Le Depart they also let rip with swinging covers, including tunes by Bud Powell
Carrying on Cleo legacy and a hauntingly lovely take on Kurt Weill’s September Song which I reckon rivals the version recorded by jazz goddess Ella Fitzgerald. They also had a neat line in wit and whimsy, with a self-penned number about ducks and one called The Alchemist & The Catflap that featured one of the best miaows I’ve ever heard. The fun was the ideal counterpoint to the ballads which Dankworth sang so beautifully and which brought out the very best in her bandmates. And it helped to give their programme a perfect balance of emotion, virtuosity and sheer entertainment.
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empowerment. It was spellbinding – and inspired a rapturous ovation. WHAT a fabulous fiesta of dance we were The programme for D’Arquian’s Bad Faith treated to last month. In the space of one began with a scene-setting quote from the week I saw works by Robert Clark, Uchenna existentialist philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre: Dance and Tara D’Arquian, each of which “If you’re lonely when you’re alone, you’re in explored different aspects of human conbad company.” nection – and each of which was magical. Sartre was influenced by Nietzsche and ers I found myself moved almost to tears by Clark’s MASS, commissioned by the D’Arquian based her latest piece on the Greenwich Dance & TrinityLaban Partnership, the sense of social immersion and inclusivity German thinker’s notion that any attempt Clark’s ground-breaking work created. It was, to define the self is absurd because of its couldn’t have been more relevant, turning the spotlight on to the opposing themes of to say the least, uplifting. multiplicity. Uchenna’s The Head Wrap Diaries at the empathy and alienation in our post-truth What followed at Laban theatre was a world of Trump and Brexit and raising difficult Albany was set in a south London hair salon mesmerising collage of words, music and and concentrated on questions of identity questions about our personal responses to movement as D’Arquian, Laura Doehler and and gender. immigration and insularity. Hannah Ringham held centre-stage as nine Multi-talented performers Shanelle CleAudience and cast mingled on the twilit women sitting among the audience called menson, Sheila Attah and Emmanuella Idris floor of Woolwich Arsenal’s cavernous out or chanted aphorisms and affirmations mixed dance, spoken word, mime and laugh- to a soundtrack that ranged from Mahler Building 17, all of us wearing diaphanous hoods and shapeless smocks that removed out-loud comedy for a coming-of-age story, to contemporary electronica by way of The the distinction not only between dancer and choreographed by Vicki Igbokwe, which used Supremes. vast swathes of dazzling, polychrome Afriobserver but also between genders. It trod a fine line between profundity and can fabrics to create a stunning world full of At first I felt unsettled and apart. But as pretension. But that sense of danger gave it childhood agony and joy, archetypal family the evening unfurled into a gentle series of a fascinating edge and helped to make the feather-soft encounters with the performrelationships and, most importantly, female show a deserved triumph.
GOOD COMPANY: Bad Faith
Splish splash – a smash that’s not brash LIQUID POETRY ART is born in many ways. For international trade lawyer Patrick Macrory, it came ten years ago when he took some photographs of his grandchildren playing in a fountain in the US and realised the distorting effects of water give new meaning to familiar sights. This sense of worlds within worlds was further enhanced through increased shutter speeds and digital manipulation. And the results are nothing short of fantastic, as anyone who saw his exhibition
Liquid Poetry – The Wonder Of Water at The Greenwich Gallery will attest. The show, with net proceeds going to the Just Gene Therapy charity, contained 21 beautiful images of water falling, splashing, running or standing still. Yet even though each picture was clearly aqueous, each was something else too – a human figure, a tree, a cloud or a pure abstraction of colours and formlessness that captured an unrepeatable nanosecond in
time. Beneath the images was a ticker-tape bearing watery quotes covering more than 2,500 years of human thought from Confucius to Mikhail Gorbachev. It could all have been rather pretentious, I suppose, had it been brasher. But its muted colours helped give the show a human narrative to contrast with the otherworldly beauty of Macrory’s lovely photographs. Watch out for his work. You won’t be disappointed.
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FAMILY The Snow Beast Greenwich Th 11, 2 FAMILY Beside The Seaside NMM 11.30, 2 MUSIC Bernice Saiz Prince Of Greenwich 2.30 TALENT Something For Sunday Vanbrugh 7 CLUBBING Bruk Out Indig02 9
FAMILY Roll Up, Roll Up! NMM 11, 2 KIDS Me & My Bee Greenwich Theatre 2 FOOTBALL Charlton Athletic v Rotherham Utd. The Valley 3 PUB QUIZ Vanbrugh 8.30 JAZZ Ladies Night Oliver’s
FAMILY Roll Up, Roll Up! NMM 11, 2 FAMILY Shimmering Sea Big Build Cutty Sark 11.30, 2 FILM/BALLET Giselle From the Bolshoi Greenwich Picturehouse, noon MUSIC Stella Jazz Prince Of Greenwich 2.30 PLAY More Heat Than Light London Theatre 5 TALENT Something For Sunday Vanbrugh 7 CABARET The Happy Hour Bob Hope Th 7 MUSIC GFMA Blues Earl of Chatham SEI8 MUSIC Lo-Key & Kelly Price Indig02
FAMILY Out Of This World: Mars Royal Observatory 10 FAMILY Life’s A Beach NMM 10.30, 11.30, 1, 2 KIDS Tweedy’s Slapstick Symphony Albany 1-3 MUSIC English folk Star & Garter COMEDY Flight Of The Conchords O2 PLAY Testosterone Greenwich Theatre 7.30 JAZZ Corrie & Co Oliver’s
FAMILY Beside The Seaside NMM 11.30, 2 KIDS Ingo’s War Greenwich Theatre 2 MUSIC Sam Smith O2 COMEDY Tom Allen & Friends Cutty Sark 7.15 MUSIC Folk & Blues Night Bob Hope Theatre MUSIC Spring Concert Mycenae House 7.30 PUB QUIZ Vanbrugh 8.30 JAZZ Ladies Night Oliver’s
FAMILY Holiday To Space Royal Observatory 10 KIDS It’s A Jolly Holiday NMM 10.30, 11.30, 1, 2 FAMILY Shimmering Sea Big Build Cutty Sark 11.30, 2 KIDS Tweedy’s Slapstick Symphony Albany 1-3 FILM/PLAY Macbeth From the RSC Greenwich Picturehouse 7.15 WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton MUSIC Germana, Peter & Joe Prince Of Greenwich 8 JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s
FAMILY Out Of This World: Mars Royal Observatory 10 KIDS It’s A Jolly Holiday NMM 10.30, 11.30, 1, 2 FAMILY Hide & Seek Cutty Sark 11.30, 2 KIDS You’ve Got Dragons Greenwich Theatre 1, 3.30 FAMILY Rainbow Scavenger Hunt Woodlands Farm Trust 1 PERFORMANCE Slap & Tickle Albany 1.30, 7.30 MUSIC En Vogue Indig02 MUSIC Sam Smith O2 MUSIC English folk Star & Garter JAZZ Corrie & Co Oliver’s
FAMILY Roll Up, Roll Up! NMM 11, 2 FAMILY Shimmering Sea Big Build Cutty Sark 11.30, 2 MUSIC Royal Greenwich Brass Band St Alfege 1.05 JAZZ George Winston Quartet Oliver’s
FAMILY Out Of This World: Mars Royal Observatory 10 KIDS Gruffalo Day Woodlands Farm Trust 10-3 FAMILY Life’s A Beach NMM 10.30, 11.30, 1, 2 KIDS Hide & Seek Cutty Sark 11.30, 2 MUSIC Harry Stiles O2 FILM/PLAY Macbeth From the RSC Greenwich Picturehouse 7 WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s
MUSIC Ray Estaire Prince Of Greenwich 8
FAMILY Grandad’s Island Greenwich Theatre 11, 2 KIDS Beside The Seaside NMM 11.30, 2 FAMILY Shimmering Sea Big Build Cutty Sark 11.30, 2 CHILDREN’S OPERA Noye’s Fludde Borough Hall 2, 6 MENU Street Food Festival Greenwich Market 6-10 BOXING Met Police Championship Indig02 TRIBUTE Martin Luther King GFMA event with music, theatre & poetry, Mycenae House 7.30 MUSIC Sam Smith O2 PLAY Sex Waitress London Theatre 8 MUSIC Terry Pitt & Bill Drake Prince Of Greenwich 8 JAZZ Joseph Leigham Quartet Oliver’s
FAMILY Grandad’s Island Greenwich Theatre 11, 2 FAMILY Shimmering Sea Big Build Cutty Sark 11.30, 2 MAGIC Morgan & West Albany 1, 3 CHILDREN’S OPERA Noye’s Fludde Borough Hall 2, 6 RUGBY Blackheath v Cambridge Well Hall 3 QUIZ New Eltham Community Productions fundraiser The Centre, New Eltham Methodist Church. £6. 7.30. Book 020 8850 2960 or firstname.lastname@example.org MUSIC Sam Smith O2 PLAY More Heat Than Light London Theatre 8
FAMILY Holiday To Space Royal Observatory 10 FAMILY Roll Up, Roll Up! NMM 11, 2 KIDS Hide & Seek Cutty Sark 11.30, 2 MUSIC Matthew Baker and Ieva Dubova Piano recital, St Alfege 1.05 TALK Universe Unseen Royal Observatory 7 MUSIC Harry Stiles O2 PERFORMANCE Hyena Albany 7.30 MUSICAL Notflix Greenwich Theatre 7.30 POETRY Talking Rhythm Prince Of Greenwich 8 JAZZ Abdel Kader Trio Oliver’s
FAMILY Beside The Seaside NMM 11.30, 2 PERFORMANCE Hyena Albany 7.30 CONCERT Go Cello! Festival Cutty Sark 7.30 PLAY We Are The Lions Mr Manager Greenwich Theatre 7.30 MUSIC Jazz Nights Mycenae House 8 MUSIC Entourage Prince Of Greenwich 8 JAZZ Basil Hodge Quartet Oliver’s
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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 Up The Creek (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-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: Early Printed Fans, till May 6. Closed Mondays. 12 Crooms Hill, Greenwich. 020 8305 1441 fan-museum.org.uk Old Royal Naval College: A Great And Noble Design - Sir James Thornhill’s Painted Hall. Till May 7. The Visitor Centre, daily. ornc.org Blackheath Halls: blackheathhalls.com Age Exchange: Carers’ group Mon, knitters Thurs, preschool rhyme-time Fri. Old Bakehouse, Bennett Pk SE3 9LA. age-exchange.org.uk. National Maritime Museum: Photography: The Great British Seaside From The 1960s To The Present, till Dec 30 daily 10am-5pm. rmg.co.uk Made In Greenwich: 324 Creek Rd SE10. madeingreenwich.co.uk 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 Deptford Lounge Griffin St SE8 Greenwich Heritage Centre: Artillery Square SE18 4DX. 020 8854 2452 Greenwich Gallery: Linear House, Peyton Place SE10 8RS. Mar 1-15. 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
SALE Books/Arts & Crafts Age Exchange 10-4 FAMILY Astronomy And Islam Royal Observatory 10 FAMILY The Selfish Giant Greenwich Theatre 2, 5 KIDS Captain Cauliflower & Marvin The Mischievous Moose Blackheath Halls 3 FOOTBALL Charlton Athletic v Scunthorpe Utd. The Valley 3 FILM/OPERA Luisa Miller From NY Met Greenwich Picturehouse 5.30 CONCERT Go Cello! Festival St Alfege 7.30 BOXING Billy Joe Saunders v Martin Murray O2 MUSIC JO Prince Of Greenwich 8 JAZZ Alain’s Tonejuice Oliver’s
LONDON MARATHON Greenwich Park start CELEBRATION St Alfege Tercentenary. Church Patronal Festival of St Alfege. Sung Eucharist with St Alfege Choir FAMILY Spring Bird Walk Woodlands Farm Trust 10-11.30 ART POW! People of the World exhibition Jonaquest Greenwich Church Street 11-7 FAMILY Low-Tide Walk Creekside Discovery Centre 11 KIDS Grandad’s Island Albany 1, 3 FAMILY Mark Thompson’s Spectacular Science Show Blackheath Halls 2, 4.30 MUSIC George Malcolm Trio Prince Of Greenwich 2.30 TALENT Something For Sunday Vanbrugh 7
FAMILY Lambing Day The Woodlands Farm Trust 11-4 FAMILY Beside The Seaside NMM 11.30, 2 DISCO KIDS Witches & Wizards Albany 2-5 KIDS There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly Greenwich Th studio 2.30 MUSIC The Lost Chords Prince Of Greenwich 2.30 TALENT Something For Sunday Vanbrugh 7 CONCERT Go Cello! Festival National Martime Museum 7.30 MUSIC Serkan Kaya Indig02 JAZZ Corrie Dick Quartet Oliver’s
CELEBRATION St Alfege Church Tercentenary. Thomas Tallis Society Rejoice – Rutter, Brittan, Dove and Tallis. 7. PLAY Burbage’s Farewell To Shakespeare Queen’s House 6 PUB QUIZ Vanbrugh 8.30 JAZZ Ladies Night Oliver’s
TALK Ian Bull: The Yanklet Greenwich Industrial History Soc, Bakehouse 7.30 MUSIC English folk Star & Garter JAZZ Corrie & Co Oliver’s
WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton MUSICAL Quasimodo Bob Hope Theatre 7.30 PERFORMANCE Dad’s Army Radio Hour Greenwich Theatre 7.30 JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s
MUSIC Myramae Meneses, Rene Fajardo, Mark Bautista Soprano, mezzo-soprano and tenor. Blackheath Halls 1.10 PUB QUIZ Vanbrugh 8.30 JAZZ Simon Purcell Trio Oliver’s
PETROLHEADS Vintage Motors Greenwich Mkt MUSIC Trinity Recital St Alfege 1.05 TALK Raymond Warburton: 1932, Picasso’s Year Of Wonders The Arts Society Blackheath, St Mary’s Church Hall, Cresswell Park 2 FAMILY Bach To Baby Mycenae House 4 ARCHITECTURE Discussion: Beauty Or The Beast Painted Hall, Old Royal Naval Coll 7 MUSICAL Gilbert and Sullivan’s Patience New Eltham Community Productions The Centre, Methodist Church 7.30 Tickets £12 from www. ticketsource.co.uk/necp or 020 8851 988 PERFORMANCE The War Of The Worlds Greenwich Theatre 7.30 MUSICAL Quasimodo Bob Hope Theatre 7.30 JAZZ Simon Purcell Oliver’s
MUSIC English folk Star & Garter ART POW! People of the World Opening Jonaquest, Greenwich Church Street 6-9 PERFORMANCE Macbeth: A Tale Of Sound & Fury Greenwich Theatre 7.30 SHOWCASE O’Kady Arts London Theatre 8 JAZZ Corrie & Co Oliver’s
ART POW! People of the World exhibition Jonaquest Greenwich Church Street 11-7 WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton PERFORMANCE Who Wants To Live Forever? Albany 7.45 MUSICAL Urine Town Bob Hope Theatre 7.45 JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s
MUSIC Trinity Laban recital Age Exchange 12 MUSICAL Gilbert and Sullivan’s Patience New Eltham Community Productions The Centre, Methodist Church 7.30 Tickets £12 PERFORMANCE The War Of The Worlds Greenwich Theatre 7.30 MUSIC Johnny Hates Jazz Indig02 MUSICAL Quasimodo Bob Hope Theatre 7.30 CABARET Scratch Night London Theatre 8 MUSIC Gordon Webber Prince Of Greenwich 8 JAZZ Jesse Van Ruller Trio Oliver’s
ART POW! People of the World exhibition Jonaquest Greenwich Church Street 11-7 MUSIC Trinity Laban Chamber Concert St Alfege 1.05 ART Drawing Celestial Bodies Painted Hall, Old Royal Naval College 7 PERFORMANCE A Brave Face Greenwich Theatre 7.30 MUSICAL Urine Town Bob Hope Theatre 7.45 PERFORMANCE Who Wants To Live Forever? Albany 7.45 MUSIC Helen O’Hara, Will Allen Prince Of Greenwich 8 JAZZ Dave Storey Trio Oliver’s
ART POW! People of the World exhibition Jonaquest Greenwich Church Street 11-7 MUSICAL Urine Town Bob Hope Th 2.30, 7.45 MUSIC Gordon Giltrap GFMA St George’s event, Mycenae House 7.30 PERFORMANCE A Brave Face Greenwich Theatre 7.30 MUSIC Faith Evans Indig02 TALK Dr Fulvio D’Acquisto: How Emotions Change The Genome Blackheath Scientific Society, Mycenae Ho 7.45 MUSIC Icarus Club Blackheath Halls 8 MUSIC Cinema Band Prince Of Greenwich 8 JAZZ Vlad Miller Quartet Oliver’s
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BIRDERS Dawn Chorus Walk Woodlands Farm Trust 5.30am FAMILY Where’s My Igloo Gone? Greenwich Theatre studio 11, 1, 3 KIDS Tale Of The Cockatrice Albany 1, 3 PLAY Bobby Dazzler London Theatre 5 TALENT Something For Sunday Vanbrugh 7 MUSIC Roop Kumar Rathod & Sunali Indig02
CELEBRATION Free tours of St Alfege crypt 112 Tickets & info www.st-alfege.org ART POW! People of the World exhibition Jonaquest Greenwich Church Street 11-7 FAMILY Mark Thompson’s Spectacular Science Show Blackheath Halls 11, 2, 4.30 TEA DANCE Borough Hall 2 RUGBY Blackheath v Old Elthamian Well Hall 3 MUSIC 90s Fest Indig02 MUSIC Nashville In Concert O2 MUSICAL Urine Town Bob Hope Theatre 7.45 PARTY The Magic Theatre London Theatre 8 MUSIC sound is sound is sound Albany 8 MUSIC High Chaparrals Prince Of Greenwich 8 JAZZ Wid Card Oliver’s
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MUSICAL Quasimodo Bob Hope Th 2.30, 7.30 FOOTBALL Charlton Athletic v Blackburn Rovers. The Valley 3 FILM/OPERA Cendrillon From NY Met Greenwich Picturehouse 5.55 FILM Contact (1997) Royal Observatory 6.15 MUSICAL Gilbert and Sullivan’s Patience New Eltham Community Productions The Centre, Methodist Church 7.30, 3. Tickets £12 PERFORMANCE The War Of The Worlds Greenwich Theatre 7.30 MUSIC The Vamps O2 PLAY Bobby Dazzler London Theatre 8 MUSIC Le Swing Electrique Prince Of Greenwich 8 JAZZ Jesse Van Ruller Trio Oliver’s CLUBBING Kisstory Indig02 9
PUB QUIZ Vanbrugh 8.30 JAZZ Ladies Night Oliver’s
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SEMINAR Prof Gwyn Pritchard Laban 5.15 PLAY Cathy Albany 7.30 WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s
MUSIC Trinity Recital St Alfege 1.05 FILM/BALLET Manon From Covent Garden Greenwich Picturehouse 7.15 PLAY The Guts Girls University of Greenwich production, Greenwich Theatre 7.30 MUSIC Debussy And Beyond Trinity Laban, King Charles Court 7.30 PLAY Cathy Albany 7.30
MUSIC Trinity Laban recital Old Royal Naval College chapel 1.05 MENU Street Food Festival Greenwich Market 6-10 PLAY Cathy Albany 7.30 PLAY The Guts Girls University of Greenwich production, Greenwich Theatre 7.30
PLAY Cathy Albany 3, 7.30 MUSIC Vanbrugh Ensemble. Dvorak, Debussy, Ravel, Faure. Conductor James Murray. Soloist Simon Standage St Margaret’s Church, Lee. 7.30pm. £12 at the door BOXING Tony Bellew v David Haye O2 MUSIC Greenwich Youth Band Spring Serenade St Luke’s, Westmount Rd SE9 1XQ 7.30pm. Tickets £10/8 from gamd.org.uk or saintlukes-eltham.org.uk COMEDY Wahala: Jamaica v Africa Indig02
FAMILY Late Spring Bird Walk Woodlands Farm Trust 10-11.30 PERFORMANCE Tom & Bunny Save The World Greenwich Theatre 7.30 MUSIC GFMA Blues Night Earl of Chatham SEI8
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CIRCUS Hyena Albany 7.30 PLAY The Importance Of Being Earnest (In Cockney) London Theatre 8
KIDS You’ve Got Dragons Albany 1, 3 PLAY The Importance Of Being Earnest (In Cockney) London Theatre 5 TALENT Something For Sunday Vanbrugh 7 COMBAT MTK Mixed Martial Arts Indig02 CIRCUS Hyena Albany 7.30
MUSIC Folk & Blues Bob Hope Theatre WRESTLING WWE Raw O2 TALK Mark Hill: Undressing Antiques Arts Society Greenwich, King William Court, University of Greenwich 7.45 PUB QUIZ Vanbrugh 8.30 JAZZ Ladies Night Oliver’s
MUSIC English folk Star & Garter WRESTLING WWE SmackDown O2 FILM/BALLET Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella Greenwich Picturehouse 7 PLAY A Midsummer Night’s Dream Greenwich Theatre 7.30 MUSIC Cabaret Playroom Albany 7.30 JAZZ Corrie & Co Oliver’s
WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton PLAY A Midsummer Night’s Dream Greenwich Theatre 7.30 MUSIC A Trip Across The Universe Bob Hope Theatre 7.45 JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s
MUSIC Trinity Recital St Alfege 1.05 ADVERTS HERE COST FROM JUST PLAY A Midsummer Night’s
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PUB QUIZ Vanbrugh 8.30 JAZZ Ladies Night Oliver’s
MUSIC English folk Star & Garter PLAY Secret Life Of Humans G Theatre 7.30 JAZZ Corrie & Co Oliver’s
WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton PLAY Secret Life Of Humans Greenwich Theatre 7.30 JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s
MUSIC Trinity Recital St Alfege 1.05 PLAY Secret Life Of Humans Greenwich Theatre 7.30 MUSIC Tears For Fears O2
MUSIC Trinity Laban recital Old Royal Naval College chapel 1.05 PLAY Secret Life Of Humans Greenwich Theatre 7.30 MUSIC Nickelback O2 MUSIC Jazz Nights Mycenae House 8
SALE Books/Arts & Crafts Age Exchange 10-4 PLAY Secret Life Of Humans Greenwich Theatre 2.30, 7.30
MUSIC Trinity Laban recital Old Royal Naval College chapel 1.05 PERFORMANCE Yvette Albany 7.30 MUSIC Louisa Johnson Indig02 PLAY A Midsummer Night’s Dream Greenwich Theatre 7.30 PLAY When The Chips Are Down Presented by GFMA, Mycenae House 7.30 MUSIC A Trip Across The Universe Bob Hope Theatre 7.45 TALK Dr Guillem Anglada: Discovering EarthLike Planets Blackheath Scientific Society, Mycenae House 7.45
MUSIC A Trip Across The Universe Bob Hope Theatre 2.30, 7.45 PLAY A Midsummer Night’s Dream Greenwich Theatre 2.30, 7.30 COMEDY Trevor Noah O2 PERFORMANCE Yvette Albany 7.30
FAMILY Low-Tide Walk Creekside Discovery Centre 11 KIDS Shackleton’s Cat Albany 1, 3 MUSIC Írem Derici Indig02 BASKETBALL BBL PlayOff Finals O2 TALENT Something For Sunday Vanbrugh 7
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DANCE 21st Century Tea Dance Albany 1-3 PLAY A Midsummer Night’s Dream Greenwich Theatre 7.30 TALK Dave Perrett: Made In Greenwich & Lewisham Greenwich Industrial History Society, Bakehouse 7.30 MUSIC English folk Star & Garter JAZZ Corrie & Co Oliver’s
SYMPOSIUM Voice & Politics 2018 Laban 1-7 PLAY A Midsummer Night’s Dream Greenwich Theatre 2.30, 7.30
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KIDS Shakleton’s Cat Albany 10.30am, 1 PUB QUIZ Vanbrugh 8.30 JAZZ Ladies Night Oliver’s
FAMILY In The Night Garden Live 02 Quadrant 10, noon, 2, 4 MUSIC Trinity Recital St Alfege 1.05 TALK Peter Medhurst: Parodies Of Victorian Society In Gilbert & Sullivan The Arts Society Blackheath, St Mary’s Hall, Cresswell Pk 2 PLAY A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Greenwich Theatre 2.30, 7.30 LIGHT OPERA Iolanthe Bob Hope Theatre 7.45
FAMILY In The Night Garden Live 02 Quadrant 10, noon, 2, 4 MUSIC Trinity Laban recital Age Exchange 12 MUSIC Trinity Laban recital Old Royal Naval College chapel 1.05 PLAY A Midsummer Night’s Dream Greenwich Theatre 7.30 MUSIC Lily Neill Mycenae House 7.30 LIGHT OPERA Iolanthe Bob Hope Theatre 7.45
FAMILY In The Night Garden Live 02 Quadrant 10, noon, 2, 4 PLAY A Midsummer Night’s Dream Greenwich Theatre 2.30, 7.30 LIGHT OPERA Iolanthe Bob Hope Th 2.30, 7.45 MUSIC Afrorepublik feat. Wizkid O2 MUSIC The King Is Back Indig02
FAMILY In The Night Garden Live 02 Quadrant 10, noon, 2, 4 TALENT Something For Sunday Vanbrugh 7
FAMILY In The Night Garden Live 02 Quadrant 10, noon, 2, 4 BASKETBALL The Original Harlem Globetrotters O2
MUSIC English folk Star & Garter JAZZ Corrie & Co Oliver’s
FAMILY In The Night Garden Live 02 Quadrant 10, noon, 2, 4 PETROLHEADS Vintage Motors Greenwich Mkt MUSIC Trinity Recital St Alfege 1.05 DANCE Transitions Triple Bill Laban 7.30 MUSIC Bryan Adams O2 PLAY The Woman In White Bob Hope Th 7.45
FAMILY In The Night Garden Live 02 Quadrant 10, noon, 2, 4 FAMILY John Hegley Poetry & Songs Greenwich Theatre 2 WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton DANCE Transitions Triple Bill Laban 7.30 PLAY The Woman In White Bob Hope Th 7.45 JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s
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02 Quadrant 10, noon, 2, 4 MUSIC Trinity Laban recital Old Royal Naval College chapel 1.05 KIDS Rufus Longbottom & The Space Rabbit Greenwich Theatre 2, 6 DANCE Transitions Triple Bill Laban 7.30 PLAY The Woman In White Bob Hope Theatre 7.45
MUSIC Pearl Jam O2 PUB QUIZ Vanbrugh 8.30 JAZZ Ladies Night Oliver’s
MUSIC Pearl Jam O2 TALK Nicola White: Thames Mudlarking Greenwich Industrial History Society, Bakehouse 7.30 MUSIC English folk Star & Garter JAZZ Corrie & Co Oliver’s
FAMILY In The Night Garden Live 02 Quadrant 10, noon, 2, 4 PLAY The Woman In White Bob Hope Theatre 2.30, 7.45 COMEDY Axel Blake Indig02
WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s
FAMILY In The Night Garden Live 02 Quadrant 10, noon, 2, 4 TALENT Something For Sunday Vanbrugh 7 MUSIC Aievea Indig02 MUSIC GFMA Blues Earl of Chatham SEI8
MUSIC Trinity Recital St Alfege 1.05 G+DIF Launch. Events across Greenwich & Docklands till July 7 FILM/OPERA Madama Butterfly Glyndebourne link-up. Greenwich Picturehouse 6.30 PERFORMANCE Bombshells Bob Hope Theatre 7.45
FAMILY In The Night Garden Live 02 Quadrant 10, noon, 2, 4 PUB QUIZ Vanbrugh 8.30 JAZZ Ladies Night Oliver’s
MUSIC Trinity Laban recital Old Royal Naval College chapel 1.05 PERFORMANCE Bombshells Bob Hope Theatre 7.45 HEN Dreamboys Indig02
FILM/PLAY An Ideal Husband Vaudeville Theatre link, Greenwich Picturehouse 7.15 MUSIC English folk Star & Garter JAZZ Corrie & Co Oliver’s
FAMILY In The Night Garden Live 02 Quadrant 10, noon, 2, 4 WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s
MUSIC Refugee Festival GFMA event, General Gordon Square, Woolwich GREENWICH FAIR Part of G+DIF MUSIC The Simon & Garfunkel Story Indig02 PERFORMANCE Bombshells Bob Hope Theatre 7.45
FAMILY In The Night Garden Live 02 Quadrant 10, noon, 2, 4 MUSIC Trinity Recital St Alfege 1.05
GREENWICH FAIR Part of G+DIF MUSIC I’ll Remember Cancer Research UK fundraiser, Bob Hope Theatre 2, 7 TALENT Something For Sunday Vanbrugh 7
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