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Heritage boat-dwellers face challenging future


THEY keep alive a traditional way of life that many of us dream about – living on boats in a quiet backwater of one of the busiest cities on earth. A community of boatdwellers lives on Deptford Creek – giving the once decayed urban area a vibrant heart – and saving historic vessels from becoming scrap. But they face a challenge to their lifestyles from the rising tide of development growing all around them. Full story – Pages 4&5

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cannot be doubted was Beryl Platts. The writer and historian died earlier this year at the age of 104. One of her many achievements was defeating plans to build a motorway – yes a motorway! – through the heart of Greenwich town centre. The scheme included demolishing Greenwich Theatre, slicing off a chunk of Greenwich Park and unny how few local ruling running the new Tree cheers for politicans raised their heads our Mulberry highway next to St above the parapet and Alfege Church. declared themselves AGAINST the Unthinkable? Not building of new cruise liner terminal without her efforts. Her at Enderby Wharf without onRead our story on Page 2017. The historic buidling – certainly raise. We hope the work resulted in the shore electricity...until a local Boxing fit club opposition remains as vocal after spiritual home of global sub-sea 7. What could – and we formation of the beauties in election came along. Especially believe should – haveis unbeatable the Greenwich Society. Her the results are announced. cabling and, therefore, the world eye of the one where green campaigners are been an inspiring place daugter Elizabeth Especially if the Green Party does wide web – is a special place. fighting what amounts to a singlegasholder to live is likely to be Pearcey, a true not pull off any shocks. We hope the new tenants give issue campaign in the area. Our MP flattened and turned in Greenwich enthusiast, nderby House – at the heart it the respect it is due. Matthew Pennycook is a notable MyLife to yet another box. and others will pay of the cruise terminal site in exception. He has opposed it – he proposed demolition of How unimaginative. tribute to her life and Greenwich – is to be turned in and a proposed second road a historic gasholder on the work in a memorial ne woman who’s tunnel close by – because of the to to a pub, a move first revealed Greenwich Peninsula is contribution and commitment service at, appropriately, St Alfege on in the Greenwich Visitor in January apiece of cultural vandalism. pollution levels they will almost to enhancing Greenwich Friday May 25.


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CHARLTON House’s famous M u l b e r r y Tr e e i s b e i n g celebrated as part of a Londonwide project on the species. It was planted by Adam Newton, who built the Jacobean mansion, around 1610 in a bid to bring the silk industry to Britain. Royal Greenwich Heritage Trust is taking part in Morus Londinium, a celebration of the mulberry tree across London. There are free guided walks, and online map and the chance to explore the Charlton tree’s history using mirrors to look up into its branches. David Shreeve, Director of The Conservation Foundation, said: “We’re delighted to be hosting the installation at Charlton House. It is one of the oldest mulberry trees in London and, like the house, has witnessed centuries of history.” Info: www. www.

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THIS is what could be achieved at the threatened Greenwich gasholder landmark –a beautiful glass and steel apartment complex INSIDE one in Dublin.

MODERN TWIST: The Alliance

Architects O’Mahony Pike designed steel building in 2008 at The Alliance the glass and holder, built in the 1870s. There are 240 apartments on nine floors. Inside is a courtyard inside with greenery. It has underground parking gardens and with a spiral ramp. And it is said to have helped attract business to the area, including Google. In Copenhagen a gasholder has been into the city’s new theatre. Closer to home,converted Cross in North London, Gassholder at King’s No8 has become a parks and event space. But unless you speak up George’s revolutionary gasholder could be lost. Livesey’s Greenwich Council says “the site could accommodate alternative, and more intensive uses” next to the proposed new Silvertown Tunnel if it is demolished. But industrial history expert and former councillor Mary Mills insists the gasholder should stay and be adapted. She told The Greenwich Visitor: See consultation at: “The East Greenwich gasholder is www.consultations. one of the largest ever built. It or scan this QR code was the second of a series by the on your smartphone. extraordinary industrialist Email your response to planning.policy@ George Livesey which were or call them on 020 8921 6235. revolutionary in design and construction. It was deliberately left very, very plain with no decoration and set a bench-mark for gasholder design which exploits of pure structural form. These ideas were the beauty to be embodied in industrial and domesticbeginning design as the modern movement. “Around the world architects, and working out exciting ways of re-usingdesigners are the frames – and this one has huge merit in its innovative design and dramatic raised setting. There is no something could not be done whichreason why would be economically productive. Something here which would add excitement andcould be done changing landscape on the Peninsula, interest to the conserving an important part of our heritage and bringing credit to Greenwich for doing so. “We need people to respond immediately to the Council consultation – which has comments. It would also be useful a box for to hear ideas from developers, artists and designers.” The council consultation opened on June 14 and ends on July 19, with results due in August. The East Greenwich gas holder was one of two built there by Livesey, making up the largest amount of safe gas storage in the world. The gasholder was bombed by the IRA in 1979 but survived. The second was demolished in 1986. Tell us YOUR ideas: Email PARK LIFE: King’s Cross



A FORMER GB athlete has launched a boutique boxing fitness studio in Greenwich. Natalie Gyte – a Junior Olympian at basketball – began boxing in 2015 and competes in national competitions. A trained fitness instructor, she has opened Punch Club – mixing boxing skills with strength and conditioning. “The aim is to help people get stronger, feel fitter, and be healthier,” says Natalie, “while learning a skill and having fun.” There are no contracts or joining fees “you pay as you go, and there are three classes a day, seven days a week. Info:




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here’s what YOU ask US 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 in London. There’s reenwich isitor 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? 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@ 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!

This is the place where groups and people tell us what they do, why, And how you can help. This month:

Archery Fit

ARCHERY is a simple sport. Your sole competitor is... you! Whether you’re on a quiet day of training or in the middle of a hot tournament the sport is always just about you, your bow and your target. It helps you to de-stress, stay calm and focus on the divine moment of releasing your arrow, here and now. It also won’t make you out of breath and helps you maintain good posture. That’s why we called our club Archery Fit. And we’re proud that we have the best indoor archery club in London is right here in Greenwich! Archery Fit is the most funky archery club in London built from scratch as a dedicated archery venue. We’re open seven days a week, and cater to people of all ages – from eight upwards – abilities, interests and tastes. Sessions are run every day, and no previous experience is needed. If you’d like to ty it call us. We have already introduced over 6,000 people to archery since we opened three years ago, won Greenwich Business Aw a r d i n 2 0 1 7 a n d Yo u n g Entrepreneurs of the Year Award in 2018, and have consistently held an average five-star rating on all our online platforms. Being in Greenwich has proved the perfect choice of location – direct trains from London Bridge and Cannon Street and DLR from Bank and Canary Wharf make it super easy to get here. We’re here because best things must stick together. The friendliest and most unique borough in London should have the capital’s friendliest and most unique archery club.


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camilla’s feathers FEATURE IN SHOW FEATHER fans from around the world feature in a spectacular new show at Greenwich’s unique Fan Museum. The museum’s oldest fan – at least 1000 years old and tipped Fan Museum, with macaw Crooms Hill, feathers – will be Greenwich displayed for the first time in years. But the centreFrom May 9 piece of A Bird in the Hand: Feather Fans from around the World is an exquisite early 20th century jay feather fan on tortoiseshell sticks, lent by The Fan Museum’s patron, HRH The Duchess of Cornwall. Others include colourful ostrich feather fans “evoking the glamour and decadence of the 1920s”, says the Museum’s Curator Jacob Moss. And fans incorporating plumes of game birds “hint at Edwardian aristocratic shooting parties”. A series of lectures by guest speakers from the Horniman Museum and Historic Royal Palaces accompanies the new show, which runs from May 9 to September 23. Info:


FLUTTERING: 1920 Tortoiseshell and feather fan with butterfly motif will be on show


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IT’S our kind of Park Run – 400 classic cars will gather in Greenwich Park before setting off on the London to Brighton Classic and Kit & Sports Car run. The 30th anniversary run features pre-war vehicles to classics from the 1950s-90s. Entrants take their own route to the coast after leaving the Park from 8.15am – 11.15am on Sunday June 3.

ROYAL FAN Camilla, Duchess of Wessex, with Museum founder Heléne Alexander

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SQUEEZE star Chris Difford – who recently released his rock memoir – stars at this summer’s Greenwich Book Festival.

He’s among a superstar line-up of authors including Blackheath novelist Blake Morrison, mystery writer Mick Herron, award-winning best-seller Dolly Alderton, columnist Lucy Mangan and University of Greenwich alumna Nina Stibbe. The University’s current writer in residence Eley Williams and festival co-director Alex Pheby will also discuss their work, writes MAUREEN STAPLETON. The two-day festival – at the University and the Old Royal Naval College on June 15-16 – promises something for book fans of every age. For the first time, the festival has its own Illustrator in Residence – Ged

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Adamson will walk the site Paris Wife; Love and Ruin). and draw events as they Events also take place in unusual places – there’s happen then post them on University of mudlarking by the Thames Instagram. Greenwich, ORNC + followed by a talk; a tour A celebration of women es other venu of Victorian London; and writers includes Imogen a swim and discussion at Hermes Gowar, author of Charlton Lido. The Mermaid and Mrs. June 15 & 16 Young readers can meet Hancock, Diana Evans best-sellers Patrick Ness (Ordinary People), Lissa Evans (Old Baggage), Paula McLain (The (Chaos Walking trilogy) and Angie


Thomas (The Hate U Give), Philip Ardagh and Elissa Elwick tell the tale of hapless Sally Stick and her fellow detective dog Fetch, and there are Paddington Bear storytelling sessions. Creative workshops include unicorn making with Fabi Santiago, rainbow building with Ged Adamson and dragon making with Robert Starling. Cult under 8s arts and science magazine Okido returns with a music workshop, comics maestro Neill Cameron holds a masterclass. The festival offers food on the ORNC lawns, prosecco and Pimms by the Thames and face painting for kids. The four-year-old festival has been named “one of the friendliest literary festivals” and events are either free or low cost. Info and bookings:



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Miles Hedley’s pick of this month’s events. Our unique 3-month listings begin on P15

A WADE DAY: Schoolchildren get guided tour

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concert in the Old Royal Naval College’s chapel as the matchless choir, conducted by Harry Christophers, sing a programme of works by the 16th century composers William Cornysh and his son, also William, and 20th century master Benjamin Britten. May 9


If you think there can be no completely new way to photograph a wave, check out this show at the Greenwich Gallery. I’m confident you’ll be awed by the shots of rollers breaking on to the shore. What makes them doubly extraordinary is that many were taken in familiar Kent resorts. May 10-23


Fresh from their triumph with Lord Of The Flies, stage company Lazarus continue their Greenwich Theatre residency with a complete change of mood - Shakespeare’s much-loved timeless classic featuring bewitching fairies, wonderful poetry and, of course, donkey-headed Bottom. May 15-26



And speaking of much-loved timeless classics, the Bob Hope Theatre is celebrating the incomparable legacy of The Beatles with a concert that will include versions of their greatest hits from the early I Want To Hold Your Hand to Abbey Road’s Come Together. A Mop Top must-see. May 16-19


Harry Denford, doyen of the London Theatre in New Cross, wrote this black comedy about two potential suicides who by chance plan to jump off the same bridge at the same time - but refuse to be upstaged by the other. Who’ll back down? Cue entrance of model train-loving copper… May 16-18


Urielle Klein-Mekongo’s one-woman show at the Albany is based on the true story of a 13-year-old girl growing up in London with a shocking secret. But like all the best and most affecting dramas, this is not merely a misery memoir – it also throbs with humour and humanity. And music. May 17-19


The dazzling American harpist’s gift for genre-hopping has won her a legion of fans ranging from former President Bill Clinton to Irish folk legends The Chieftains. You can see what all the fuss is about when she plays at Mycenae House. Her solo concerts are rare, so don’t miss out. May 25

Paddle up the Creek IT’S been 20 years since the first official low-tide walk in Deptford Creek and to mark the anniversary on May 31 local residents are being offered the chance to try it for themselves – free of charge. Experts from the Creekside Discovery Centre will be on hand to lead short “taster” paddles through the shallows and on to the exposed mudflats, writes MILES HEDLEY. You’ll learn about the amazing array of wildlife that flourishes in the shadow of the luxury flats now lining the waterfront. Several thousand nature-lovers have joined the monthly walks over the past two decades and hundreds of schools from across London have brought pupils to the centre to get a hands-on look at some of the creatures and plants living on our doorstep. So if you fancy an unforgettable and truly unique experience, book your free place on one of the two evening walks on May 31 by logging on to www.


Admired foreign policy expert comes to the Old Bakehouse theatre (100 yards down the hill from Blackheath Halls) to talk about his book Empire In Retreat, a study of US imperialism and what could happen if, as seems likely at the moment, America pulls back from the world stage. May 25


The 14 members of this dynamic dance company come to Laban theatre for three nights to perform a triple bill of new works by internationally acclaimed choreographers Richard Chappell, Jarkko Partanen and Hagit Yakira. If you love contemporary dance, you’ll love this. May 30-June 1

don’t normally find such close knit communities as diverse as Deptford Creek.” Discovering the creek was therapeutic for Germaine: “I’d had a rough break-up with a girlfriend and this was a place of solace.” FEW areas of London have changed quite Luna’s size and layout makes it the Theatre as much and in such a short time as Deptford Arm’s unofficial social hub and the comings and goings of the creek’sresidents was crucial in Creek. In the past couple of years the industrial decay helping Germaine find his feet again. He said: “Luna has a very communal feel that has been the hallmark of the riverside for decades has been swept way to make room for which was useful and inspiring. I love it here.” Houseboat residents – whose interests are upmarket apartment blocks as far as the eye can see, towering threateningly above Trinity protected by the Friends of Deptford Creek – Laban’s futuristic dance campus and the fabulous change quite regularly. Previous incumbents have included TV soap green haven of the Creekside Discovery Centre. But hidden from view among these acres of star Steve McFadden, Phil Mitchell in concrete and glass is a community that is EastEnders, who lived on a beautiful ex-trawler keeping alive a way of life whose roots are lost Northern Star till he sold it and found fame in Walford. in the mists of time – boat-dwellers. The boat later capsized and was colonised by The creek was once part of a naval complex famed across the world for building, repairing plants until it was removed by housing and supplying the ships that helped create the developers. Julian said: “It was a terrible shame because it rotted beautifully into the creek and biggest empire the world has ever seen. It was home to hundreds of men, women and was such a romantic sight. It was also home to children who worked round the clock to ensure amazing wildflowers and a significant feature of low-tide walks from the Creekside Education Britannia continued to rule the waves. But eventually the sun set on the empire, Centre.” Another wreck is still there – an old leaving the yards, wharfs and warehouses along minesweeper that had been converted into a the creek disused and crumbling. However, a small band of boat-dwellers clung brilliant floating arts centre and gallery until it on – and today a community of several dozen was gutted by fire in January last year. Mathew, who produces outside broadcasts for people flourishes along the banks of the creek in every kind of vessel imaginable, some wooden, concerts and other events, was so determined his some steel, some fibreglass, some vintage, some Broads cruiser wouldn’t end up like those two newer. But all as much homes as the luxury flats that he has spent years painstakingly restoring it to its former glory. He also bought a steel that surround them. One of the longest-serving is Julian Kingston, Humber barge to live on in the meantime. He said: “I paid far too much for it after I a veteran of over 30 years who was joined on 1895 German workboat Sabine 22 years ago by came here seven years ago and it needed a huge wife Jeannie Seymour who answered a lonely amount of work. It’s been a heart-wrenching effort because I had no clue hearts ad. about boats. But it’ll Julian, a boatbuilder and BERTH OF FRESH AIR: definitely have been worth engineer, lives beneath a Theatre Arm at it.” DLR viaduct over the creek’s Deptford Creek Jay also knew nothing Theatre Arm – home to half a about boats when she first dozen large vessels and some came to do some electrical smaller ones, many old work aboard Luna. Later, ship’slifeboats. hard work and friends’ help, His own boat is moored she scraped the money alongside an 85ft former together to buy Humbug. Thames lighter which now She finally moved in – houses his workshop and also and then fell for the man boasts beautiful gardens fore and aft which were created by Jeannie, a retired who had built the boat, Mike. He is now her partner. Aids charity administrator. Jay said: “Humbug had a decent hull but the Nearby is Luna, with her beautiful if eccentric additions and adornments. Her complement rest needed to be stripped out. I could do the includes the creek’s newest resident, musician electrics and I learnt to weld but I couldn’t have Germaine Malcolm, 30. He was tipped off about got the rest done without all the help from the berth by a colleague at Battersea Arts Centre everyone on the creek, from advice on how to tie after coming to London from Gloucestershire up correctly to lending me an oven.” After living in squats, Jay now had a home of last winter. In stark contrast to Luna’s ebullience is Jay her own. And after being recommended for White’s 28ft converted lifeboat Humbug and various jobs by friends in the creek community neighbour Mathew Kennedy’s1949 wooden she landed her marina job. Jay said: “I arrived homeless and skint and Broads cruiser Suffolk, which is just coming to now I have a beautiful home, a partner and an the end of a total revamp. And all of them agree the creek offers a way awesome business because of the way the creek of life they could never hope to find anywhere works.” But none of the creek’s residents is complacent else so close to the heart of London. Julian said: “The creek’s not based on about the community’sfuture New developments have made land-access spreadsheets and always been a place where no and the provision of utilities increasingly one judges you.” “As long as you’re not a dick,” adds Jay, a difficult for many of the boat-dwellers and in the trained electrician who now runs her own past they have even had to go to court to preserve business servicing live-aboard vessels across their right to live in the creek. Julian said: “When I first came here we had London.” This is an intergenerational community with people of all ages and from all walks of the place pretty much to ourself. “All that’s changed in recent years but it’s still life.” Mathew agreed, telling me: “We also come a place to cherish. “At the end of the day this is our home – has from different backgrounds and have many different views, but it doesn’t get in the way. You been for years – and we’ll fight to preserve it.” MILES HEDLEY meets a diverse group of residents with one thing in common – their shared life aboard fabulous boats on an overlooked stretch of water here.

SHOW OF HANDS Songwriters and multi-instrumentalists

Steve Knightley and Phil Beer bring their unique take on folk music to the Cutty Sark in what promises to be one of the gigs of the year. As if that’s not enough, they’ll be joined on concertina by Geoff Lakeman, father of Seth, Sean and Sam. May 6&7

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HISTORIC way of life in deptford is now under threat CREEK CREW: Mat Williams, Julian Kingston, Cora Carr & (front) David Williams

HARD WORK: Mat on his Broads cruiser

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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.

IT takes up to two years for artist Ross Andrews to capture dramatic shots like this, which capture the the life and power of the sea. Ross’s Sea in the City exhibition comes to maritime Greenwich this month, with photography, sand art and even Sea & Salt incense cones he has

made which will burn in the background to add to the immersive experience. “This combines photography, art and science whilst battling the elements of the sea – often at it’s most fierce,” says Greenwich Gallery owner Tony Othen. Info: thegreenwichgallery.

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Seaside buckets & spades LEGENDARY photographer Tony Ray-Jones once called this country’s passion for the beach a “gentle madness” and the quote greets you as you enter the National Maritime Museum’s latest exhibition, The Great British Seaside.

RETRO MUSIC NIGHT We love the 8s and 90s. Come and join us for a night of nostalgia at the best RETRO NIGHT CLUB in London. If you are looking for a guaranteed evening of fun there’s nothing better than hitting the dance floor at our Retro Music Night which is a melting pot of 80’s and 90’s classics. At UP THE CREEK our music policy is if you can’t sing it, we won’t play it, that’s how we’ve got our reputation for being one of the most FUN NIGHTS

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out in London. If we’re missing one of your favourites, let our DJ know and we’ll add it to the list! A good tune never dies! THE RETRO MUSIC NIGHT where we play heavy doses of all your favourites from bygone eras! STEP BACK IN TIME AND JOIN US FOR A NIGHT OF NOSTALGIA! Every Saturday! 11pm– 2am. Last food order 1:45am. **Admission free with this Ad! **

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It is printed on the wall next to a series of sensational pictures by Ray-Jones in the 1960s, the starting point of this show featuring four cameramen whose names are synonymous with this island population’s determination to enjoy the seaside even when an icy gale is blowing. One of the best of Ray-Jones’s pictures is of a fact a crowded shore partially obscured by seamiddle-aged man in jacket and tie sitting in a mist. The exhibition, which neatly includes deckchair on Blackpool seafront, eyes covered by esplanade paraphernalia like deckchairs, resort benches and a cinema disguised as a beach hut, a white handkerchief – beneath his glasses. Another, taken at Broadstairs in Kent, shows a moves into colour with two rooms of images by group of kids following Punch & Judy Man Peter its best-known artist, Martin Parr. These pictures capture the garishness that Butchard, who later moved to Deptford where he continues to characterise the British seaside died aged 99 in 2009. Tony Ray-Jones – killed by leukaemia in 1972 experience but also follow the lead of Ray-Jones at just 30 – spent his final years touring resorts in and Hurn in stressing its timelessness. There is a brilliant picture of a woman in warm a campervan on his restless search for subjects, cardie and headscarf carrying a deckchair shooting only in black and white. across the chilly-looking sand in Monochrome is also the preferred Margate which encapsulates our nevermedium of the exhibition’s oldest say-die spirit. contributor David Hurn, now in his National Maritime And as part of a commission by the mid-80s, who continues to take Museum, Greenwich museum of 21 new pictures taken at seaside pictures in his native Wales. Essex resorts there is a great shot of a The absence of colour makes even girl in a hijab larking in the sea at 23 March–30 Sept his 21st century work as timeless as £11.50 (£5) Southend while close by is a man in Ray-Jones’s – yet neither of them ever Union Jack trunks. In many ways it’s a becomes nostalgically twee or maudlin. perfect symbol for Britain today. That sense is exemplified by a shot of a The show finishes with a selection by the girl in a bikini which looks as though it could have been taken yesterday. In fact it’s one of the youngest of the four photographers, Simon Roberts, who gives us a series of wonderfully earliest pictures here. There’s a particularly fabulous photo of a detailed deep-focus panoramas as well as closeWelsh beach deserted but for a distant surfer and, up looks at that most archetypal seaside attraction, in the foreground, a large group surrounded by the pier. I can’t imagine the museum will surpass the windbreaks. Hurn told me they were all photographic magic of its 2013 Ansel Adams’ neighbours in the same mining village. His ration of 20 photos also includes an exhibition. But this fabulous survey of the British amazing shot of a woman snoozing in front of at play by the seaside sure comes close. Info and tickets: what appears to be a smoke-filled war-zone – in









BEAUTIFUL REMINDER OF CREEPING DEATH NEXT door, at the Queen’s House the recently acquired Armada portrait of a triumphant Elizabeth I in gold, silks and gemstones has new neighbours in its gallery – massive enlarged photographs by Mat Collishaw of jewel-like butterflies and a bouquet of gorgeous roses. But look closer. Despite their glowing colours, all the insects are dead and the flowers are being consumed by flames. The photos are works of art in their own right. Yet they also have another vital role to play in a room dominated by Gloriana in all her earthly glory – as a memento mori. It’s a beautiful way to remind us

about the transience of life. Across the hall in the King’s Presence Chamber, Elizabeth’s Stuart descendants also have a new neighbour – Kehinde Wiley’s 2017 mysterious fantasy Ship Of Fools. It’s based on a famous Hieronymus Bosch painting but instead of a vessel filled with bickering clerics this boat carries four modern refugees foolhardily risking all to seek safety. It’s an extraordinary work, luminously lit and coloured, awash with symbolism and a perfect new acquisition for this lovely gallery.

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Hundreds fight Eco Park threat MORE than 350 people have backed a campaign to stop Greenwich Ecology Park being threatened by a huge tower block. The 13-storey building – Plot 201 – would ration sunlight at the park on Greenwich Peninsula, threatening wildlife including 80 species of bee – more than Kew Gardens – 60 types of birds, 20 different dragonfly 16 butterfly varities, 200 moths and 60 types of spider. The Park has just installed an outdoor classroom and is popular with schoolchildren. In March, campaigner Rich Sylvester write in The Greenwich Visitor: “There is also a world beyond profit – a world which we share with other species.” Find out more about the plans – Ref No 18/0825/R – a t w w w . f r i e n d s o fg p e p . You have only till July to help. Wr i t e t o G r e e n w i c h councillor with responsibility for Regeneration and Sustainability danny.thorpe@ and officer pippa.hack@


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Demolition plans OK’ you can help stop it THE campaign to save a historic gas holder in Greenwich has reached a critical stage – it will be demolished without your help.

Owners Southern Gas Networks were given permission last month by Greenwich council to dismantle the 132-year-old East Greenwich No 1 Gas Holder. But campaigners say the decision was taken by council officers while councillors were in “purdah” before local elections – and the matter should have been put off until they could discuss and vote on it themselves. They say the approval “is in direct contradiction of the Planning Brief policy” which says “development should build on the heritage value of the gas holder to enhance the character and distinctiveness of the area.” Mary Mills, of the East Greenwich Industrial History Society said: “We

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urge the new Council when it is elected to pursue further discussions with SGN and heritage bodies on the future of the holder and its site.” The Save Greenwich Gasholder Campaign is appealing for people to sign its petition at Last year The Greenwich Visitor revealed how other developments have made the most of the spectacular old structures – including a stunning circular block of homes INSIDE a gasholder in Dublin. Architects

O’Mahony Pike designed the glass and steel building in 2008 at The Alliance holder, built in the 1870s. There are 240 apartments on nine floors, a courtyard inside with gardens and greenery, underground parking with a spiral ramp. In Copenhagen a gasholder has been converted into the city’s new theatre. Closer to home, at King’s Cross in North London, Gassholder No8 became a parks and event space. The East Greenwich gasholder was one of two built there in 1886 by pioneering Victorian industrialist George Livesey and was revolutionary. Mary told The Greenwich Visitor: “The East Greenwich gasholder is one of the largest ever built. “It was the second of a series by the extraordinary industrialist Livesey which were revolutionary in design and construction which exploited the beauty of pure structural form.”

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‘Toxic’ port is election issue A PLANNED cruise liner port for East Greenwich was at the centre of local election campaigning this month – with residents hoping the result would give their fight for clean air a massive boost. Greenwich Council has backed the terminal at historic Enderby Wharf – even though it has no “clean” on-shore electricity supply so boats would burn diesel for power. The East Greenwich Residents Association is leading the campaign for a £6million electricity supply to be added. In March The Greenwich Vi s i t o r r e v e a l e d j o i n t developer Morgan Stanley had pulled out of the troubled project after eight years. Laura Eyres, of the group, last month told The Greenwich Visitor: “It’s not the port or the cruise ships we oppose but the pollution.” The Green Party made the port a major part of their campaign for the elections on May 3 – forcing Labour candidates to reveal if they backed their leaders over it. Results were declared after we went to press.


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C’EST CHIC: Nile Rodgers

IT’S the village fete with a modern twist – and it’s coming to Greenwich Peninsula this month.

nile meets thames! FREAK out! Music legends the disco star has played. Nile Rodgers & Chic are Other headliners for the final stars signed up for six-day open air event this year’s Greenwich include opener Emeli Music Time concert series. Sandé on July 3, Sir Tom They’ll play all of his Jones on July 4, Steps on band’s global hits – like Le July 5,Noel Gallagher’s High Freak, Good Times and Flying Birds on July 7, and Il Everybody Dance – Divo for the finale on as well as songs July 8. from his work The series – with Daft launched in 2013 – Punk (Get Old Royal Naval has hosted College, Greenwich Lucky) , legends including Diana Ross Ray Davies, (Upside George Benson, Down) and Little Mix, Michael July 3-8 David Bowie Ball & Alfie Boe, The (China Girl) at the Jacksons, Goldfrapp, Old Royal Naval Jamie Cullum and local College next to the legend Jools Holland. Thames on July 6. Fans can enjoy food and The iconic ORNC was drink from street food designed by Sir Christoper traders. Info and tickets: Wren – and will be one of the most historic places

D e s i g n e r Wa y n e Hemingway’s free Urban Village Fete brings the “best in design, music, art and modern craftsmanship with innovative events and modern craftsmanship” to “London’s newest creative neighbourhood.” Roaming performers – including brass band house music and life-sized slinkies – perform alongside DJ Gilles Peterson, Touching Base, Jazz Re: Freshed and Ruby Savage, William Lv. There are curated designer marketplaces, street food

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vendors including The Cheese Truck, art and design workshops, pop-ups and talks hosted by BBC Radio London’s Robert Elms. Other activities include workshops from

Sunday May 20 (12-7) embroidery to clay modelling, dance and perfume making. Fun includes Indeedy Musical Bingo, The Sniffer Dogs by Surreal McCoy and outdoor theatre with

Kickmouse. There’s the chance to DJ for the day with The Charity Shop DJ, all pulled together by the Red or Dead founder ’s HemingwayDesign. Wa y n e s a i d : “ We ’ r e bringing together the very best of the capital’s cultural offering, right at the heart of Greenwich Peninsula.” The event is back at the Peninsula for the fourth year on Sunday May 20 (12-7) and every event is free. The district will be at the heart of a new £8.4billion neighbourhood, with 15,720 new homes, film studio, design district, schools, offices and parks, built by developers Knight Dragon. @UVFete


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New Den fun for Bridge kids KIDS in East Greenwich can climb and make dens in safety thanks to new funding. A log cabin – fitted with a rubber mulch safety surface underneath – will be built for three to 12-year-olds at The Bridge, in East Greenwich Pleasaunce. Raeleen Hutchinson, one of its managers said: “This will complement our existing playground and forest school area by bringing a new, rustic element to outdoor play.. “Our mission is to provide a safe, green space for families to enjoy and benefit from fresh air and a connection with the natural world away from traffic congestion and fumes.” The Bridge – a thriving community company – won funding from votes in the Greenwich Neighbourhood Growth Fund, which directs money from developers to causes local people care about. Info: www.

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WHAT a night! Creatives of all ages celebrated the winners of a writing festival themed on Walls.

SEND US YOUR PICTURE OF A PERFECT DAY Send us a photo. Email: HERE’S The Greenwich Visitor away from home in a cathedral of world football – the cavernous Camp Nou. Reader Susan Kinsella took us with her to Barcelona – and the spiritual home of Cruyff, Maradona and Messi. “My husband Dennis, son Stephen and I watched the Catalan derby, Barcelona V Girona at Camp Nou, Barcelona,” says Susan. “We also had

city tour by bus which was very educational. Stephen lives in Greenwich and we always collect a copy when we visit.” Result! Live here and heading on holiday? Or visiting Greenwich and about to head home? Pack a paper, and send us YOUR picture of you and the GV somewhere amazing. Email Matt@The

There were true stories of significant walls, celebrations of heritage walls and emotional walls and entries about Lego and politics. Eltham Arts’ Writing on a Wall challenge had a terrific response from adults and children, writes GAYNOR WINGHAM. Classes at a local Eltham primary schools were challenged to write about what they could see across the playground wall and imagination ran riot. There were community as well as individual awards including CLASSY: Moatbridge students one to Moatbridge school who had made a Wall banner with positive mottos pupils chose. Some confident children read out their entries at the awards at Eltham Centre Library on Wolrd AWARD: Book Night. Diana Edmonds, Diana (left) GLL libraries National Director, presents prize to Elizabeth Isitor presented prizes. The Make A Noise choir sang at the event, part of Eltham Arts’ aim to connect the community through the arts. A book featuring entries is planned for later in the year. SMILES: Short Story Info: winner Linda Le-Tour Life In Eltham – P12 with family & judges

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knew that April 22 would be one of the best days of the year even before it arrived with glorious sunshine. That’s because it was the date for the start of the world’s greatest marathon which we host in Greenwich Park. Marathon Day really is one of my favourites. It’s an early start for me and my colleagues as the roads close at 6am so we have to be in the Park well beforehand. There is a bit of last minute preparation that staff help with, putting out thousands of water bottles. As temperatures were expected to top 20C these were definitely going to be in demand. he runners start to arrive about 7am and a steady trickle becomes a flood by 8.30am as a record breaking 40,000 runners arrive for the start of their 26 mile challenge. Many of the charity runners which line up for the Red Start in Greenwich Park have deep personal reasons for running and this makes for an emotional atmosphere mixed with nervous anticipation. It’s something I can relate to. I did the marathon in 2003 raising money for the Royal Marsden Hospital. The day of the race was my son’s 11th birthday. He had just completed nine months of chemotherapy and been given the all clear on the Friday before the run. Training for the Marathon kept me going through a pretty bleak year. I overdid the training in fact and injured my knees. At the start of the run I didn’t think I would be able to complete the course but was determined to give it a go. As I jogged painfully through the Blackheath Gates I noticed that people were walking quicker than I could jog so I


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walked instead, completing the course in seven hours and getting my medal at the end. My costume was in honour of my son’s favourite pet, Reggie Rat. It proved very popular although I was often mistakenly called Reggae Rat. This I think is a better name so if I ever feel inclined to give it a go and run around I’ll do so as Reggae Rat. Seeing all my family at the finish line on The Mall was a great experience. he Sunday following the Marathon the Park hosted the Bexley and Bromley Hospice Children’s Mini-Marathon. Despite the cold weather, 1,500 children and parents turned up to run around the Park and raise funds for this great local institution. It was a wonderful joyous family day. When the London Marathon goes by all you hear is the pounding of feet. When the kid’s mini-marathon goes past all you hear is the sound of chatter. Two great events in two weekends for London’s most historic park.



ne of my favourite curry dishes is a Bunny Chow, a South African staple from Durban, which is essentially a hollowed out loaf of bread filled with curry. A skilled bunny eater would never use a plate and will simply use the bread to mop up the sauce as he eats through the bunny. So, oh joy, to discover that Pho Street in King William Street serves a Chicken Curry with Vietnamese Banh mi baguettes or fluffy bao (steamed buns). Until I find a place that serves a proper bunny then this gets the thumbs up from me. Or should that be thumbs in? he Greenwich Curry Club is delighted to be teaming up with the excellent Meet District in Peckham for a Taste of India night on Wednesday June 13. Hosted by yours truly, the menu will include a mix of classic and special dishes, such as Chicken Aishwarya. The evening, which includes paired beers and gins for each course, is priced at £40 per head. Call 020 7564 7215 for bookings or check out our website for more menu details. Also in SE15, I am receiving good reports about Ganapti, a specialist South Indian kitchen. Excellent regional food but a tad pricey apparently. But then this is – and who would have thought we’d be saying this a few years ago – Peckham after all. lsewhere for curry-type food, the Plumtree Café, which in recent years has become a magnet for interesting food nights, welcomes London Naru, a Korean pop-up on Friday nights from 6pm, while the Pelton Arms has an Ethiopian pop-up on Wednesdays, also from 6pm. ut while global food diversity abounds around SE postcodes, it’s not so in our pubs it seems. Gone are the days when every self-respecting pub had a Chicken Tikka Masala or at the very least a Thai Green Curry on its menu. The resurgence of Brit food has put an end to that and what with all that craft beer there’s probably no room in the cupboard anyway. But you’ll still find your spice fix if you look around. Wetherpoons continues to hold up its end with its popular Thursday Curry Club and the Lost Hour offers a Malaysian Vegetable Penang Curry and a Lentil and Vegetable Dhal, both with mini poppadoms and mango chutney. And I’m loving the combination of Music Quiz and Curry Supper at the Plume of Feathers. Who knows, you could be Dhansak on the Ceiling to Lionel Ritchie on on May 2 and 16 from 8.30pm. ut I can’t end on such an awful music pun so I’ll point you to everyone’s guilty secret – finding a bargain at the PoundStore in Greenwich High Street. For curry lovers you’ll discover that muchmaligned but tasty chip shop-style curry sauce (£1) and a nifty little spice kit consisting of Chilli Powder, Biryani, Tandoori, Cinnamon, Rogan Josh and Tikka Masala for just 50p.





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e welcome independent shops and cafes in Eltham – particularly the ones which are part of our Eltham Arts network and think creatively about how to include the arts in their businesses. ast month we talked about the importance of arts in regenerations and bringing a town alive. As far as pubs are concerned we already have the Eltham GPO in Passey Place hosting music, where new manager Jon is an artist himself, and the White Hart in Eltham High Street who have music nights, a book launch and have been part of our art trails in Eltham. The Long Pond in Westmount Road has a monthly music night and exhibitions by local artists. e now have two new venues which seem to be hitting the mark already with exciting plans. The Westmount Café in Westmount Road plans to exhibit art and The Rusty Bucket, a new micro pub in Court Yard, has already started music. e hope the importance of arts in the community will be high on the agenda of the new councillors in


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“IT’S only 10 minutes from Cannon Street.” Where? Deptford. Yes, it’s been “up and coming” for as far as I can remember. And finally, the trendy London reviewers are proving that phrase is coming true…

Their destination is Marcella’s, a very modern Italian restaurant on Deptford High Street, close to the railway station. And you too should go. But book first! Like it’s sister restaurant Artusi, in Peckham, Marcella’s is almost always full, as I found to my cost. It has big windows, the best advert any restaurant can have. And, yes, from outside I could see it was busy. If you’re late then welcome to your fate, you inadequate specimen. You can perch yourself high up on a breakfast bar-style chair at the window. Or, like me, you can go downstairs. It’s usually kept for groups with just a few tables for two. Call me old fashioned but a table is the minimum I deserve when I go out for a meal – preferably not one under the coat rack with a view of the toilets, and a faint drain odour. So down we went…after noticing the upstairs, of course – white, bright with a zinc counter, stalls and banquette seats, and some weird-looking ceiling lights. Despite my seating dilemma, I’m happy to report that when it comes to food and service, Marcella redeems itself. Marcella is the perfect picture of friendly efficiency. The menu is economical. It fits on a blackboard – a few snacks, a few small, large and sharing plates, fresh pasta and dessert. And a short but good selection of wines buy the glass or variously-sized carafes. I had been looking forward to the Fried Artichokes with Aioli for weeks but Marcella is all about “in-season.” Thankfully, Saffron Arancini are not subject to the same time-pressure and were a bit of a Wow. Presented picture perfect on Instagrammable plates, the Arancini were soft and mellow inside, slightly crunchy on the outside with a light sauce. At £4 for two, excellent value. So far so good. It was followed by a plate of three sardines (£7), equally photogenic and @ElthamArts

Eltham and SE9 after the local elections. We hope they will find time from their busy schedules to support local events and find out what the community would like. We know from our network that local events are what people love. We are delighted that Greenwich + Docklands International Festival will be coming to Eltham High Street at the end of June. We are planning that July is Eltham Music Month so the town should be buzzing over the summer! ur Writing on a Wall awards night was a great success and shows what creative talent we have locally. Everyone is still making bricks for the Community Wall. Watch out for more free workshops, ith summer hopefully approaching everyone can start to get out into our lovely Eltham parks and woods. Enjoy the fresh air and maybe take a sketch pad or a camera out with you. Have fun in our Eltham community! 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


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xpect big changes at the Greenwich’s famous North Pole pub and – where staff were seen selling balloons full of nitrous oxide – laughing gas to you and me – in its basement club, the South Pole. Greenwich council’s licensing sub-committee heard the bar had attracted crime – including the death of customer Jozef Boci, found dead in Greenwich High Road after trouble there in February. Four men have been charged with his murder. The Zinnureyin family – owners since 1999 – say they were unaware of activites downstairs but should have been. They promised the club will close permanently and the pub will soon go upmarket focusing “on craft beers, quality food and pleasant popular music in a smart gastropub/ wine bar environment.” treetFeast – who turned the old Woolwich indoor market into a vibrant food court – are holding Craft Beer Battle 2 on Sunday 6 May (12-9pm. Rules are simple: They’ve chosen 20 beers – 10 largers and 10 ales – and for £15 you get 20 x 100ml blind tastes then vote for your favourite. Tickets: streetfeast. com/craft-beer-battle-2. Each ticket includes a +1 if you don’t mind sharing your beer. nternational Hummus Day falls on May 13. It also happens to be Salad Month. Don’t want to be a party pooper but maybe we could combine the two? On a more serious note it’s also World Hunger Day on May 28. This initiative by The Hunger Project started in 2011, and aims to celebrate substainable solutions to hunger and poverty. Check the website out ook out for old GV favourite Deptford-based The Cheese Truck at this month’s threeday London Cheese Project festival at the Geffrye Museum on May 26-28. Tickets are £5 plus booking fee via www.


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nicely grilled with Winter Tomatoes…don’t ask! On to the pasta. By now I had developed an appetite. I could have given a round of applause when our friendly waitress arrived without delay with freshly made dishes. But no sooner had I set eyes on my Casarecce with Garlic Pesto I wished I had paid more attention to other diners’ plates before ordering the small version (£6.50). My companion’s broad smile didn’t help. He had ordered a large Tagliatelle Bolognese (£11.50). When I grumpily

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and unfairly commented that “Even large plates are small,” he replied, “It’s plenty and it’s tasty.” Indeed, the wild garlic pesto was full of the joy of spring and not too pungent. The pasta was al dente like only a real Italian restaurant can produce. I don’t do desserts…but if I did, there is no reason to think that Chocolate Ice Cream wouldn’t have been soft and luscious. Or that the sbrisolana tart would have been a discovery. On the way up the stairs to the well-lit restaurant room, it occurred to me that I don’t do headlines either. But if I did, I’d call my experience Marcella Marmite: Upstairs it’s buzzing, diners seem happier, even the portions looked bigger. Must be those lights! But I DO do advice. Which is: Don’t leave it to chance, book your table in advance. SOLANGE BERCHEMIN Marcella’s. 165A Deptford High Street SE8 3NU.


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MARTIN LUTHER KING the name of Martin AMID a welter of Martin Luther King tributes marking the 50th anniversary of his murder few could have matched the one mounted at Mycenae House by local charity Global Fusion Music & Arts. Combining music, poetry, theatre and film, this homage to a true giant of the 20th century boiled with emotion and righteous indignation thanks to taut staging and fine performances. Sean Alayo was simply sensational recreating King’s iconic I Have A Dream and I Have Seen The Promised Land speeches. Equally brilliant was Hope Augustus who sang a version of Strange Fruit that Billie Holiday might have envied and the legendary Nina Simone compositions To Be Young, Gifted And Black, Mississippi Goddam and The King Of Love Is Dead Joy Isa brought tears to our eyes with her rendition – backed by guitarist Eben Oke and pianist Chris Harrison – of the gospel classic My Precious Lord. And there were outstanding spoken word contributions by Joanne McCormack reading the Maya Angelou poem Still I Rise, Esther Alum as anti-segregation bus protester Rosa Parks and Steve Kasamba reading Langston Hughes’ The Weary Blues accompanied by Harrison on piano and director Louisa Le Marchand on harmonica. Throughout, newsreel footage of the brutal attempts to crush King’s civil rights movement was projected on to the back wall of the stage and each of the evening’s live episodes was linked by a commentary written by Robert Fanshawe and performed by Julie Fleming and Nana Fanshawe. The show ended with the audience, most of whom were youngsters during the 60s, joining the cast to sing Pete Seeger’s timeless civil rights anthem We Shall Overcome. I reckon we were all overcome – with emotion, admiration and pride.


Why jazz Jesse rules the roost BRILLIANT Dutch jazz guitarist Jesse van Ruller showed just why he has such a towering international reputation when he played sell-out gigs on successive evenings at Oliver’s in Greenwich. Backed by Irish percussion virtuoso David Lyttle and ace bassist Conor Chaplin, he gave a masterclass in musicianship that left the audience wide-eyed with admiration and whooping with delight. The set I saw was bookended with storming versions of the 1960s compositions Serenity and A Shade Of Jade, both written by one of his greatest influences, American sax legend Joe Henderson. Van Ruller’s artistry was perfectly matched by Lyttle’s dazzling drumming, which even featured passages played with his bare hands, and by Chaplin’s astonishing runs on the double bass. In between, van Ruller played self-penned numbers including what for me was the highlight of the set, a gorgeous slow ballad entitled Memorabilia which showcased not only his talent as a writer but also his amazing ability to create a lyrical mood without ever losing sight of the essential rhythm that defines all great jazz.

EIGHT magnificent paintings showing the various bloody stages of the Battle of Trafalgar thrilled visitors to the Greenwich Gallery last month – and left me wondering why the artist David Gommon isn’t a household name. The pictures have been hidden away for almost 50 years at Gommon’s Midland home – yet his talents as a colourist rival those of acknowledged masters such as Howard Hodgkin. Gommon enjoyed early acclaim in the 1930s alongside the likes of John Piper and Christopher Wood. But he always refused to follow trends and consciously shunned the limelight after the war until his name was little more than a footnote in art history textbooks. The Trafalgar paintings – accompanied at the gallery by a gorgeous coffee table book by National Maritime Museum emeritus curator Brian Lavery – show what the

Swirled class artist sees light of day art world has been missing. Sinuous forms and swirls of luminous colour engulf Nelson’s fleet as the hearts of oak destroy a French fleet off Spain in 1805. There is barely a trace of blood-red or smoke-black in the scenes that mingle abstract and figurative motifs – yet there is no doubting the carnage we are observing. So powerful are the images that they should surely be hanging down the road with the other nautical artworks in the Queen’s House. They would certainly deserve a place there.

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A HUNDRED super-talented musical youngsters DANCE between the ages of six and 18 travelled to Greenwich from all over the UK and Ireland to take part in Go Cello, a threeday festival celebrating that most mellifluous of the classical string family. The festival, organised by the London Cello Society in partnership with Trinity Laban, offered the kids workshops and masterclasses with internationally acclaimed players such as Leonid Gorokhov and Aaron Minsky in the gorgeous surroundings of the Old Royal Naval College. And it gave them the opportunity to perform in concerts at three more of the World Heritage Site’s most iconic settings – Cutty Sark, St Alfege’s parish church and the National Maritime Museum. The Cutty Sark performance, in the Sammy Ofer Gallery beneath the clipper’s huge copper-bottomed hull on a Friday evening, featured a fascinating programme ranging from the Baroque to the 21st century, including the world premiere of Fanfare by Trinity Laban composer Toby Carswell. The Trinity-trained players – Cristina Elisabeth Cooper, Melody Lin, Helena Helena Svigelj, Olivia Clayton, Urska Horvat and Thibault Blanchard – were note-perfect and won deserved ovations before a guest appearance by another Trinity alumna, Ayanna Witter-Johnson, who played as sang R&B tracks from her forthcoming debut album. My

don Cello Society – ended with a Sunday afternoon concert in the National Maritime Museum and the orchestra included many of the youngest participants. Its high points were the world premieres of two nautically-themed works specially commissioned to be performed here. Distant Lands was written and conducted by Thomas Gregory, whose great great uncle had danced for tourists in the rigging of Cutty Sark. The three moveRead Miles Hedley’s ments were beautiful – and arts blog on beautifully played. hedintheclouds. Dear Sister, by Dominic Murcott, own concert highlights were the was inspired by letters from a merensemble’s magnificent rendichant seaman in the Crimea. Murtion of Arvo Part’s Fratres, with its cott found the touching notes in the mesmerising iterations and immemomuseum’s Caird Library and their contents, rial drone, and James Barralet’s stunning spoken during the performance by actor Rearrangement of Ravindranath Tagore’s The becca Hare, helped create a piece that was Boatman Song. both lovely and profoundly melancholic. The terrific Saturday evening concert at Fittingly, the concert ended with the upSt Alfege’s was a showcase for teenage virbeat Fruits Of The Sea, a suite arranged by tuosos Catherine Cotter, Tiger Braun-White, Lee Armstrong featuring a medley of famous Alasdair Gunneberg, Thomas Nettle, Sarah maritime tunes including the shanty What Henderson, Dan Brandon, Felix Rosenboom, Shall We Do With The Drunken Sailor, an exHaru Ogiwara, Aris Sabetai, Ciara Whitnall and tract from Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates Of Willard Carter. Penzance and the Last Night Of The Proms I especially loved Nettle’s version of favourites Rule Britannia and Henry Wood’s Stravinsky’s Suite Italienne and Junior Trinity Fantasia On British Sea Songs. student Henderson’s unaccompanied take It was, like the rest of the festival, a joy. Let’s hope this is the first of many such on Huguet y Tagell’s Flamenco. celebrations. The festival – the first ever by the LonDEBUT ALBUM: Ayanna Witter-Johnson


Slapstick tragedy a Macbeth of fresh air MACBETH: A TALE OF SOUND & FURY

IT’S a heck of a gamble to play around with something as well-known and well-loved as a Shakespearean masterpiece. And the risk rockets if you try to inject overtones of comedy into one of his greatest tragedies. Even the title of 6FootStories’ creation Macbeth: A Tale Of Sound & Fury invites hubris with its paraphrase of the immortal line “a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.” Yet their production at

Greenwich Theatre was a triumph because despite reducing the drama to a breakneck hour and a bit, peppering it with slapstick and realigning the entire plot so that it became a malicious nursery game played by the witches it stayed true to the spirit of the work. This was entirely down to the three performers - Ben Riddle and 6Foot Stories’ artistic directors Jake Hassam and Nigel Mun-

son - who threw themselves into the often surreal action with skill, gusto, charisma and complete belief. I was never a fan of the Reduced Shakespeare Company’s approach to the Bard and feared this might have been the same – a one-joke evening that quickly palled. In the event, I was as riveted as the rest of the audience because this trio found the perfect balance between laughter and horror.

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OPERA Cinderella ORNC chapel 1 PLAY Cathy Albany 2, 7.30 JAZZ Beats In The Bar King Charles Court 6.30 MUSIC English folk Star & Garter JAZZ Johnny Liebeck Trio Oliver’s

Wednesday 2

KIDS All Aboard! Cutty Sark 11.30, 2 SEMINAR Prof Gwyn Pritchard Laban 5.15 PLAY Cathy Albany 7.30 MUSIC Enrica Crimi Prince of Greenwich 8 JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s

Thursday 3

KIDS All Aboard! Cutty Sark 11.30, 2 MUSIC Trinity Laban Sax Choir St Alfege 1.05 MUSIC Rafael Lijtman bluesy Latin rhythms Buenos Aires Café 7.30 PLAY The Gut Girls University of Greenwich production, Greenwich Theatre 7.30 SPOKEN WORD Poetry Night GFMA event Earl of Chatham, Woolwich 7.30 MUSIC Debussy And Beyond Trinity Laban, King Charles Court 7.30

Friday 4

MUSIC Debussy & Beyond ORNC chapel 1 MUSIC David Shaw Violin Charlton House 1 MENU Street Food Festival Greenwich Market 6-10 PLAY Cathy Albany 7.30 MUSIC The Gemms Pelton PLAY The Gut Girls University of Greenwich production, Greenwich Theatre 7.30 MUSIC Ray Estaire Prince of Greenwich 8 JAZZ Chromative Oliver’s


Saturday 5

KIDS Stories Ahoy! Cutty Sark 11.30, 2 PLAY Cathy Albany 3pm, 7.30 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 or COMEDY Wahala: Jamaica v Africa Indig02 MUSIC Brazilian sounds of Mishka Adams. Buenos Aires Café 10 PLAY Ballistic Greenwich Theatre Studio 7.30 MUSIC Stella Jazz Ens Prince of Greenwich 8 JAZZ Francesco Lo Castro Oliver’s

Sunday 6

Old Bakehouse 1 MUSIC Royal Greenwich Brass Band Charlton House 1 MUSIC Trinity Laban Guitar Ensemble ORNC chapel 1.05 PLAY Secret Life Of Humans Greenwich Theatre Studio 7.30 MUSIC Nickelback O2 MUSIC Derek Knight & The JazzNights AllStar Trio Mycenae House 8 MUSIC Jo Prince of Greenwich 8 JAZZ Julian Costello Quartet Oliver’s

Saturday 12

SALE Books/Arts & Crafts Age Exchange 10-4 SCIENCE Astronomy And Islam Royal Observatory 10 PLAY Secret Life Of Humans Greenwich Theatre Studio 2.30, 7.30 FILM Tron (1982) Royal Observatory 6.30 MUSIC The Feelgood Band Pelton CIRCUS Hyena Albany 7.30 MUSIC Marco Meloni Prince of Greenwich 8 JAZZ Nicolas Meier Trio Oliver’s MUSIC Brazilian bossa nova and samba Ines Loubet. Buenos Aires Café 10

Sunday 13

KIDS You’ve Got Dragons Albany 1, 3pm MUSIC Bernie Prince of Greenwich 2.30 MUSIC Jazzy Jeff’s Jazz Jam Pelton TALENT Something For Sunday Vanbrugh 7 COMBAT MTK Mixed Martial Arts Indig02 CIRCUS Hyena Albany 7.30

Monday 14

MUSIC APPRECIATION Matthew Taylor Charlton House 10.15am MUSIC Folk & Blues Bob Hope Theatre WRESTLING WWE Raw O2 MUSIC Smith Quartet King Charles Court 7 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

Tuesday 15

MUSIC Trinity Laban Wind Enselmble ORNC chapel 1 MUSIC English folk Star & Garter WRESTLING WWE SmackDown O2 FILM/BALLET Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella Greenwich Picturehouse 7 COMEDY Tom Allen & Friends Cutty Sark 7.15 PLAY A Midsummer Night’s Dream Greenwich Theatre 7.30 MUSIC Cabaret Playroom Albany 7.30 JAZZ Johnny Liebeck Trio Oliver’s

FAMILY Late Spring Bird Walk Woodlands Farm Trust 10-11.30 KIDS Stories Ahoy! Cutty Sark 11.30, 2 MUSIC House Above The Sun Pelton TALENT Something For Sunday Vanbrugh 7 PERFORMANCE Tom & Bunny Save The World Wednesday 16 Greenwich Theatre 7.30 MUSIC GFMA Blues Earl of Chatham Woolwich FILM Predator (1987) Royal Observatory 6.30 WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton FOLK Show Of Hands Cutty Sark 8 PLAY A Midsummer Night’s Dream CLUBBING Garage Delight Building Six 9pm Greenwich Theatre 7.30 Monday 7 MUSIC A Trip Across The Universe FOLK Show Of Hands Cutty Sark 8 Bob Hope Theatre 7.45 PUB QUIZ Vanbrugh 8.30 MUSIC Karl Charity Prince of Greenwich 8 JAZZ Ladies Night Oliver’s JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s

Tuesday 8

MUSIC APPRECIATION Matthew Taylor Charlton House 10.15am MUSIC Debussy & Beyond ORNC chapel 1 JAZZ Beats In The Bar King Charles Court 5.30 MUSIC English folk Star & Garter PLAY Secret Life Of Humans Greenwich Theatre Studio 7.30 JAZZ Corrie & Co Oliver’s

Wednesday 9

MUSIC Emma Harding, Anna Astesano Flute and harp recital, Queen’s House 1 MUSIC The Sixteen ORNC chapel 7.30 PLAY Secret Life Of Humans Greenwich Theatre Studio 7.30 JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s

Thursday 10

MUSIC Trinity Laban Chamber Choir St Alfege 1.05 FILM/PLAY Macbeth From the RSC Greenwich Picturehouse 7 MUSIC Argentinian vocalist/guitarist Guillermo Rozenthuler. Buenos Aires Café 7.30 PLAY Secret Life Of Humans Greenwich Theatre Studio 7.30 MUSIC Tears For Fears O2 POETRY Talking Rhythm Prince of Greenwich 8 JAZZ Beats In The Bar Oliver’s

Friday 11

MUSIC Naomi Quant Soprano recital

Thursday 17

MUSIC Trinity Laban Chamber Musicians St Alfege 1.05 PLAY A Midsummer Night’s Dream Greenwich Theatre 2.30, 7.30 DARTS Unibet Premier League O2 IN CONVERSATION Martin Parr, David Hune, Simon Roberts Nat Maritime Museum 5pm MUSIC Sila Indig02 MUSIC Mishka Adams soft samba, jazz and folk. Buenos Aires Café 7.30 PERFORMANCE Yvette Albany 7.30 MUSIC A Trip Across The Universe Bob Hope Theatre 7.45 JAZZ Joe Wilkes album launch Oliver’s

Friday 18

MUSIC Maria Kustas Piano recital Charlton House 1 MUSIC Trinity Laban Flute Quartet ORNC chapel 1.05 PERFORMANCE Yvette Albany 7.30 MUSIC Louisa Johnson Indig02 PLAY A Midsummer Night’s Dream

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Albany, Deptford Lounge: Douglas Way SE8 4AG. 020 8692 4446 Bakehouse Theatre: Age Exchange, Blackheath Village SE3 9LA. 020 8318 9105 Blackheath Conservatoire: 19-21 Lee Rd SE3 9RQ. 020 8852 0234 Blackheath Halls: 23 Lee Road SE3 9RQ. 020 8463 0100. Bob Hope Theatre: Wythfield Rd SE9 5TG. 020 8850 3702. The Centre: New Eltham Methodist Ch, Footscray Rd. 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. Creekside Discovery Centre: Creekside SE8 0208 692 9922 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. The Forum: Trafalgar Rd SE10 9EQ. 0208 853 5212. Greenwich Communications Centre: 164 Trafalgar Rd SE10 9TZ. 020 8269 2103 Greenwich Dance: Borough Hall SE10 8RE. 020 8293 9741 Greenwich Heritage Centre: Artillery Square, Royal Arsenal, Woolwich SE18 4DX Greenwich Theatre: Crooms Hill SE10 8ES. 020 8858 7755. 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 London Theatre: 443 New Cross Rd SE14 6TA. 020 8694 1888. Made In Greenwich: 324 Creek Rd SE10 9SW Mycenae House: 90 Mycenae Rd SE3 7SE 020 8858 1749 National Maritime Museum: Romney Rd, SE10 9BJ 020 8858 0045 02, Indig02, Building 6, Brooklyn Bowl: 0844 8560202 Old Royal Naval Coll, Discover: SE10 9LW. 020 8269 4799 Oliver’s: 9 Nevada St SE10 9JL. 020 8858 3693 Pelton Arms: 23-5 Pelton Street SE10 9PQ 020 8858 0572. Prince Of Greenwich: 72 Royal Hill SE10 8RT 020 8692 6089 St Alfege: Greenwich Church St. 020 8853 0687. Severndroog Castle: Off Shooters Hill SE18 3RT. The Star And Garter: 60 Old Woolwich Rd SE10 9NY. 020 8305 1144 Steinberg Studio: 137 Vanbrugh Hill SE10 9HP. Tramshed Theatre: 51-53 Woolwich New Rd SE18 6ES. 020 8854 1316 Trinity Laban: King Charles Court SE10 9JF. 020 8463 0100. Up The Creek (UTC): 302 Creek Rd SE10 9SW. 020 8858 4581.


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. EXHIBITIONS/CRAFTS/COMMUNITY Fan Museum: Early Printed Fans, till May 6. Closed Mondays. 12 Crooms Hill, Greenwich. 020 8305 1441 Old Royal Naval College: A Great And Noble Design - Sir James Thornhill’s Painted Hall. Till May 7. The Visitor Centre, daily. Blackheath Halls: Age Exchange: Carers’ group Mon, knitters Thurs, preschool rhyme-time Fri. Old Bakehouse, Bennett Pk SE3 9LA. National Maritime Museum: Photography: The Great British Seaside From The 1960s To The Present, till Sept 30, daily 10am-5pm. Royal Observatory: Astronomy Photographer Of The Year. Queen’s House: Mat Collishaw: Insecticide, till Sept 23. 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: Ross Andrews: Sea In The City. May 10-23 Linear House, Peyton Place SE10 8RS 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 Rich Sylvester: Guide, historian, storyteller. 07833 538143. Dotmaker: Alternative guided walks. 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

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 MUSIC Kit Curtis & The B3s Pelton TALK Dr Guillem Anglada: Discovering EarthLike Planets Blackheath Scientific Society, Mycenae House 7.45 MUSIC KWAFF Prince of Greenwich 8 COMEDY Andrew White London Theatre 8 JAZZ Andrew McKay Oliver’s

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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 MUSIC Gene Drayton Unit Pelton MUSIC Jazz & Sicily Prince of Greenwich 8 JAZZ Alban Claret Quartet Oliver’s

Sunday 20

FAMILY Low-Tide Walk Creekside Discovery Centre 11 FAMILY Urban Village Fete Greenwich Peninsula 12-7 FREE KIDS Shackleton’s Cat Albany 1, 3pm MUSIC Bernice Swing Prince of Greenwich 2.30 MUSIC Írem Derici Indig02 BASKETBALL BBL PlayOff Finals O2 MUSIC The Oakland Brothers Pelton TALENT Something For Sunday Vanbrugh 7

Monday 21

MUSIC APPRECIATION Matthew Taylor Charlton House 10.15 KIDS Shakleton’s Cat Albany 10.30, 1 GARDENING Dr Kotzen: The Roof Garden at Greenwich University Charlton & Blackheath Horticultural Soc talk. Charlton Hs library 7.30 PUB QUIZ Vanbrugh 8.30 JAZZ Ladies Night Oliver’s

Tuesday 22

MUSIC Ruan Baartman Double bass recital ORNC chapel 1 DANCE 21st Century Tea Dance Albany 1-3pm 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

Wednesday 23

SYMPOSIUM Voice & Politics 2018 Laban 1-7 PLAY A Midsummer Night’s Dream Greenwich Theatre 2.30, 7.30 WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton MUSIC Barbara Prince of Greenwich 8 JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s

Thursday 24

FAMILY In The Night Garden Live 02 Quadrant Till June 9 LECTURE Edwina Ehrman: Flowered Fabric Queen’s House 10.30 MUSIC Carducci Quartet 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 MUSIC Argentine songwriter and guitarist Corina Piatti. Buenos Aires Café 7.30 PERFORMANCE The Bob Dylan Experience Greenwich Theatre Studio 7.30 LIGHT OPERA Iolanthe Bob Hope Theatre 7.45 JAZZ Simon Purcell Oliver’s

Friday 25

MUSIC Trinity Laban recital Age Exchange 12 MUSIC Ensemble Solaire Charlton House 1 MUSIC Trinity Laban recital ORNC chapel 1.05 MUSIC Bach To Baby Mycenae House 4 JAZZ Jessica DeGiudici Severndroog Castle 6.30 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 MUSIC Young Husband Pelton MUSIC Gordon Prince of Greenwich 8 JAZZ Miriam Ast Quartet Oliver’s CLUBBING Midnight Mafia Building Six 9pm

Saturday 26

NATURE Guided Bird Walk Blackheath Gate, Greenwich Park 8.30am FAMILY Gallery Trail NMM 11, 2 FAMILY Drop-In Wildlife Centre, Greenwich Park 1-4 PLAY A Midsummer Night’s Dream Greenwich Theatre 2.30, 7.30 MUSIC Junior Trinity Concert ORNC chapel

2.30 LIGHT OPERA Iolanthe Bob Hope Th 2.30, 7.45 WORKSHOP Stranger Worlds Royal Observatory 6.30 MUSIC Afrorepublik feat. Wizkid O2 MUSIC The King Is Back Indig02 MUSIC Frances Prince of Greenwich 8 JAZZ Maciek Pysz Oliver’s

Sunday 27

MUSIC Trinity Laban Choir Jazz Eucharist ORNC chapel 11 FAMILY Gallery Trail NMM 11, 2 KIDS The Owl & The Pussycat Greenwich Theatre 2 MUSIC Stella Jazz Ens Prince of Greenwich 2.30 BLUES Dennis Greaves Jam Pelton TALENT Something For Sunday Vanbrugh 7

Monday 28

SCIENCE Out Of This World: Moon Royal Observatory 10 FAMILY Join The March! NMM 10.30, 11.30, 1, 2 FAMILY Gallery Trail NMM 11, 2 KIDS Sailors’ Challenge Cutty Sark 11.30, 2 MUSIC Trinity Laban Choir Jazz Evensong ORNC chapel 5.30 BASKETBALL The Original Harlem Globetrotters O2 FILM Spectral Power Royal Observatory 6.30 PERFORMANCE The Iconoclasts Greenwich Theatre Studio 7.30 PUB QUIZ Vanbrugh 8.30 JAZZ Ladies Night Oliver’s

Tuesday 29

SCIENCE Out Of This World: Moon Royal Observatory 10 FAMILY Gallery Trail NMM 11, 2 KIDS Sailors’ Challenge Cutty Sark 11.30, 2 FAMILY The Labours Of Hercules ORNC 12.15, 1.15, 2.15 MUSIC Heloise Werner Soprano recital ORNC chapel 1.05 PERFORMANCE The Iconoclasts


Greenwich Theatre Studio 7.30 MUSIC English folk Star & Garter JAZZ Corrie & Co Oliver’s

Weds 30

SCIENCE Out Of This World: Moon Royal Observatory 10 FAMILY Join The March! NMM 10.30, 11.30, 1, 2 FAMILY Gallery Trail NMM 11, 2 KIDS Sailors’ Challenge Cutty Sark 11.30, 2 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

Thursday 31

SCIENCE Holiday To Space Royal Obs 10 LECTURE Todd Longstaffe-Gowan: Queen Charlotte’s Garden Queen’s House 10.30 FAMILY Gallery Trail NMM 11, 2 WORKSHOP People Power NMM 11, 2 KIDS Sailors’ Challenge Cutty Sark 11.30, 2 FAMILY The Labours Of Hercules ORNC 12.15, 1.15, 2.15 PETROLHEADS Vintage Motors Greenwich Mkt MUSIC Trinity Labour Guitars St Alfege 1.05 Thursday May 31, 7.30pm MUSIC Tangos, jazz and canciones. Pianist Andrew Oliver & guitarist Guillermo Rozenthuler. Buenos Aires Café 7.30 PLAY Two Greenwich Theatre 7.30 DANCE Transitions Triple Bill Laban 7.30 MUSIC Bryan Adams O2 PLAY The Woman In White Bob Hope Th 7.45 JAZZ Robbie Ellison Sextet Oliver’s

Friday June 1

FAMILY In The Night Garden Live 02 Quadrant 10, noon, 2, 4 SCIENCE Holiday To Space Royal Observatory 10 FAMILY Gallery Trail NMM 11, 2 WORKSHOP People Power NMM 11, 2 KIDS Sailors’ Challenge Cutty Sark 11.30, 2 MUSIC Bukolika Piano Trio Charlton Ho 1 MUSIC Roxanna Shini, Mikaela Livatiodis Piano recital. Old Royal Naval Coll chapel 1.05 KIDS Rufus Longbottom & The Space Rabbit Greenwich Theatre Studio 2, 6pm DANCE Transitions Triple Bill Laban 7.30 PLAY The Woman In White Bob Hope Theatre 7.45

Saturday 2

FAMILY Gallery Trail NMM 11, 2 KIDS The Elves & The Shoemaker Greenwich Theatre noon, 3pm WALK Charity & Splendour Tour ORNC 2.30 PLAY The Woman In White Bob Hope Theatre 2.30, 7.45 COMEDY Axel Blake Indig02

Sunday 3

CLASSIC CARS London-Brighton Run Greenwich Park starts 8.15-11.15 FAMILY In The Night Garden Live 02 Quadrant 10, noon, 2, 4 KIDS The Elves & The Shoemaker Greenwich Theatre 11, 2 FAMILY Gallery Trail NMM 11, 2 TALENT Something For Sunday Vanbrugh 7 MUSIC Aievea Indig02 MUSIC GFMA Blues Earl of Chatham, Woolwich

Monday 4


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Charlton House 10.15am PUB QUIZ Vanbrugh 8.30 JAZZ Ladies Night Oliver’s

Tuesday 5

MUSIC Melody Lin Cello ORNC chapel 1.05 FILM/PLAY An Ideal Husband Vaudeville Theatre link, Greenwich Picturehouse 7.15 MUSIC English folk Star & Garter JAZZ Corrie & Co Oliver’s

Wednesday 6

WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s

Thursday 7

LECTURE Jill Frances: 17th Century English Flower Gardens Queen’s House 10.30 MUSIC Trinity Laban Harps St Alfege 1.05 SPOKEN WORD Poetry Night GFMA event Earl of Chatham, Woolwich 7.30

Friday 8

Violin and cello recital. St Alfege 1.05 DANCE BA2 Historic Project Laban 2.30, 7.30 PLAY A Doll’s House Greenwich Theatre 7.30 MUSIC Katy Perry O2 PLAY Spider/Nikola & The Wishing Stone London Theatre 8

Friday 15

LITERATURE Greenwich Book Festival ORNC MUSIC James Kirby Piano recital Charlton Hs 1 MUSIC Trinity Laban Piano Trios ORNC chapel 1.05 DANCE BA2 Historic Project Laban 2.30, 7.30 MUSIC Katy Perry O2 PLAY Your Best Guess Albany 7.30 PLAY Spider/Nikola & The Wishing Stone London Theatre 8

Saturday 16

CHARITY Run For Diabetes Greenwich Pk 9.30

Greenwich Industrial History Society, Bakehouse 7.30 DANCE BA1 Performance Project Laban 7.30 MUSIC English folk Star & Garter JAZZ Corrie & Co Oliver’s

Wednesday 20

DANCE BA1 Performance Project Laban 7.30 COMEDY Flight Of The Conchords O2 WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s

Thursday 21

TALK The Dark Side Of The Seaside NMM 11 MUSIC Natalie Molloy, Lewis Peart Piano recital. St Alfege 1.05 FILM/OPERA Madama Butterfly Glyndebourne link-up. Greenwich Picturehouse 6.30 COMEDY Flight Of The Conchords O2 PERFORMANCE Bombshells

Bob Hope Theatre 7.45

Friday 22

MUSIC Anna Topalovic, Nikola Djoric Cello & accordion recital. Charlton House 1 MUSIC Nathen Durasamy, Jim Parbury Guitar recital, ORNC chapel 1.05 FOLK Pytchwood & The Gillies Severndroog Castle 6.30 COMEDY Flight Of The Conchords O2 PERFORMANCE Bombshells Bob Hope Th7.45 HEN Dreamboys Indig02

Saturday 23

MUSIC Refugee Festival GFMA event, General Gordon Square, Woolwich. Noon-5pm MUSIC Royal Greenwich Big Band Greenwich Park Bandstand 3pm MUSIC The Simon & Garfunkel Story Indig02 MUSIC Rejoice! Thomas Tallis Society Choir

Saturday 9

SALE Books/Arts & Crafts Age Exchange 10-4 ART Greenwich Open Studios 2-6pm DANCE BA3 Showcase Laban 4 PARTY Sailors’ Ball Cutty Sark 7 MUSIC Slavi Trifonov, Ku-Ku Band O2

Sunday 10

FAMILY Summer Show Woodlands Farm Trust 11-4.30 SHOWCASE Rock Stars In Our Eyes Indig02 ART Greenwich Open Studios 2-6pm FILM/BALLET Coppelia Link to the Bloshoi Greenwich Picturehouse 4 TALENT Something For Sunday Vanbrugh 7 MUSIC Demi Lovato O2

Monday 11

MUSIC APPRECIATION Matthew Taylor Charlton House 10.15 MUSIC Shakira O2 GONGS Metal Hammer Golden Gods Indig02 MUSIC Folk & Blues Bob Hope Theatre TALK Jane Gardiner: The Gardens Of Versailles Arts Society Greenwich, King William Court, University of Greenwich 7.45 PUB QUIZ Vanbrugh 8.30 JAZZ Ladies Night Oliver’s

Tuesday 12

MUSIC Patricia Auchterlonie Soprano recital ORNC 1.05 FILM/BALLET Swan Lake From Covent Garden Greenwich Picturehouse 4 MUSIC English folk Star & Garter PLAY Spider/Nikola & The Wishing Stone London Theatre 8 JAZZ Corrie & Co Oliver’s

Weds 13

PLAY A Doll’s House Greenwich Theatre 7.30 WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton PLAY Spider/Nikola & The Wishing Stone London Theatre 8 JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s

Thursday 14

TALK David Marsh: Modern London Gardens & Green Spaces Queen’s House 10.30 MUSIC Ben Richardson, Thibault Blanchard

WEEKENDS June 9 & 10 and 16 & 17 2pm - 6pm

unless stated otherwise. Please check individual artist times.


MUSIC Abel Puustinen Violin Charlton House 1 MUSIC Boris Bizjak Baroque flute recital, Old Bakehouse 1 MUSIC Daniella Caceres, Miha Smirnov Piano recital. ORNC chapel 1.05 COMBAT BKB 11 Indig02 MUSIC Karl Charity & The JazzNights All-Star Trio Mycenae House 8

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July celebrates 300 Years of St Alfege Church. 7 PERFORMANCE Bombshells Bob Hope Theatre 7.45 PLAY The Importance Of Being Earnest (In Cockney) London Theatre 8

Sunday 24

MUSIC I’ll Remember Cancer Research UK fundraiser, Bob Hope Theatre 2, 7 PLAY The Importance Of Being Earnest (In Cockney) London Theatre 3pm, 6pm MUSIC The Lambeth Wind Orchestra Greenwich Park Bandstand 3pm SHOWCASE Rock Stars In Our Eyes Indig02 TALENT Something For Sunday Vanbrugh 7

Monday 25

PUB QUIZ Vanbrugh 8.30 JAZZ Ladies Night Oliver’s

Tuesday 26

MUSIC Sayaka Aoki, Jiarui Li Piano recital ORNC chapel 1.05 MUSIC English folk Star & Garter JAZZ Corrie & Co Oliver’s

Wednesday 27

DANCE Diploma Performance Laban 7.30 MUSIC Quincy Jones O2 WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s

Thursday 28

TALK Putting The Fish In Fish And Chips NMM 11 MUSIC Martin Wiegel, Melanie Gruwez, Yunah Proost Piano, violin, cello. St Alfege 1.05 TALK Jennifer Toynbee-Holmes: The Holland Park Circle The Arts Society Blackheath St Mary’s Hall, Cresswell Pk 2 DANCE Diploma Performance Laban 7.30

Friday 29

MUSIC Trinity Laban recital Bakehouse, noon MUSIC Giulia Grassi Piano Charlton House 1 MUSIC Trinity Laban Harps ORNC chapel 1.05 SHOWCASE A Million Dreams Liz Burville Performing Arts students Bob Hope Theatre 7 MUSIC Ade Kunle Gold & The 79th Element Indig02 MUSIC The Kimberleys GFMA event Mycenae House 7.30 SPOKEN WORD Chill Pill Albany 8

Saturday 30

CRAFTS South-East London Wool & Textile Festival Woodlands Farm Trust 11-4 SHOWCASE A Million Dreams Liz Burville Performing Arts students. Bob Hope Theatre 12.30, 5.30 FAMILY Drop-In Wildlife Centre, Greenwich Park 1-4 COMEDY Culture Clash Indig02

Sunday July 1

FAMILY Parkfest Extravaganza Mycenae Ho CRAFTS South-East London Wool & Textile Festival Woodlands Farm Trust 11-4 MUSIC Silver Ghosts Greenwich Park Bandstand 3 MUSIC Shina Peters Indig02 TALENT Something For Sunday Vanbrugh 7

MUSIC GFMA Blues Earl of Chatham SEI8

Monday 2

MUSIC APPRECIATION Matthew Taylor Charlton House 10.15 MUSIC Queen & Adam Lambert O2 MUSIC Resonances Of Waterloo St Alfege 7.30 PUB QUIZ Vanbrugh 8.30 JAZZ Ladies Night Oliver’s

Tuesday 3

FESTIVAL Emeli Sandé Greenwich Music Time, ORNC 6 MUSIC English folk Star & Garter JAZZ Corrie & Co Oliver’s

Wednesday 4

FESTIVAL Tom Jones Greenwich Music Time, ORNC 6 MUSIC Queen & Adam Lambert O2 WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s

Thursday 5

MUSIC Trinity Laban Percussion St Alfege 1.05 FESTIVAL Steps Part of Greenwich Music Time, ORNC 6 MUSIC Mario Biondi Indig02 FILM/MUSICAL Everybody’s Talking About Jamie Greenwich Picturehouse 7.20 DANCE BA3 Commissioned Works Laban 7.30

Friday 6

MUSIC Anja Jamsek Violin Old Bakehouse 1 MUSIC Trinity Laban recital ORNC chapel 1.05 FESTIVAL Nile Rodgers & Chic Greenwich Music Time, ORNC 6 SOCIAL The Squidz Club Albany 7 DANCE BA3 Commissioned Works Laban 7.30

Saturday 7

FESTIVAL Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds Greenwich Music Time, Old Royal Naval Coll 6 PARTY Barn Dance Woodlands Farm Trust 7.30

Sunday 8

MUSIC The Crystal Palace Band Greenwich Park Bandstand 3pm FESTIVAL Il Divo Greenwich Music Time ORNC 6 TALENT Something For Sunday Vanbrugh 7

Monday 9

MUSIC Justin Timberlake O2 MUSIC Folk & Blues Bob Hope Theatre TALK Rosalind White: Sir Anthony Van Dyck Arts Society Greenwich, King William Court, University of Greenwich 7.45 PUB QUIZ Vanbrugh 8.30 JAZZ Ladies Night Oliver’s

Tuesday 10

MUSIC English folk Star & Garter JAZZ Corrie & Co Oliver’s

Wednesday 11

MUSIC Guitar Plus One Royal Greenwich Guitar Festival. King Charles Court 1 WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton MUSIC Justin Timberlake O2 PLAY A Midsummer Night’s Dream London Theatre 8

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Thursday 12

MUSIC Trinity Recital St Alfege 1.05 DANCE Graduate Sch Showcase Laban 7.30 MUSIC Graham Anthony Devine Royal Greenwich Guitar Festival Our Ladye of the Sea 7.30 PLAY A Midsummer Night’s Dream London Theatre 8

Friday 13

MUSIC Trinity Laban recital ORNC chapel 1.05 MASTERCLASS Dylla Royal Greenwich Guitar Festival. King Charles Court 2.30 MUSIC Luthiers Showcase Royal Greenwich Guitar Festival. King Charles Court 6pm FAMILY The Muppets O2 MUSIC Rahat Fateh Ali Khan Indig02 DANCE Graduate School Showcase Laban 7.30 DRAMA Woolwich At War Bob Hope Theatre 7.30 MUSIC Ali Arango Royal Greenwich Guitar Festival. King Charles Court 7.30 PLAY A Midsummer Night’s Dream London Theatre 8

Saturday 14

SALE Books/Arts & Crafts Age Exchange 10-4 CHARITY Mencap Run Greenwich Park 10.30 DRAMA Woolwich At War Bob Hope Theatre 2.30, 7.30 FAMILY The Muppets O2 DANCE CAT End Of Year Show Laban 7.30 PLAY A Midsummer Night’s Dream London Theatre 8

Sunday 15

MUSIC Gordon Mark Webber’s Meantime Greenwich Park Bandstand 3 PLAY A Midsummer Night’s Dream London Theatre 5pm TALENT Something For Sunday Vanbrugh 7 MUSIC Rahat Fateh Ali Khan Indig02 DANCE CAT End Of Year Show Laban 7.30

May 2018 Page 18 ORNC chapel 1.05 OPERA Dido & Aeneas Albany 6.30, 8.30 MOTOWN Razamataz Severndroog Castle 6.30 PLAY A Midsummer Night’s Dream London Theatre 8

Saturday 21

CELEBRATION Hola! London O2 PLAY A Midsummer Night’s Dream London Theatre 8

Sunday 22

FAMILY Charlton Community Fun Day GFMA celebration, Charlton House noon-5pm FAMILY Low-Tide Walk Creekside Discovery Centre 2 MUSIC Lewisham Concert Band Greenwich Park Bandstand 3pm TALENT Something For Sunday Vanbrugh 7 MUSIC Faith Evans Indig02

Monday 23

LIGHT OPERA Iolanthe Greenwich Theatre Studio 7.30 PUB QUIZ Vanbrugh 8.30 JAZZ Ladies Night Oliver’s

Tuesday 24

LIGHT OPERA Iolanthe Greenwich Theatre Studio 7.30 MUSIC English folk Star & Garter JAZZ Corrie & Co Oliver’s

Wednesday 25

LIGHT OPERA Iolanthe Greenwich Theatre Studio 2.30, 7.30 WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s

Thursday 26

MUSIC English folk Star & Garter OPERA Dido & Aeneas Albany 7.30 DANCE Krump Macbeth Laban 7.30 JAZZ Corrie & Co Oliver’s

FAMILY Drop-In Wildlife Centre, Greenwich Park 1-4 LIGHT OPERA Iolanthe Greenwich Theatre Studio 2.30, 7.30

Wednesday 18

OPERA Dido & Aeneas Albany 6.30, 8.30

Thursday 19

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PUB QUIZ Vanbrugh 8.30 JAZZ Ladies Night Oliver’s

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ollecting vintage has always been a passion of mine. I loved history at school in Bromley. In the 80s I was very into 60s music and clothes. As a teenager I used to go to Camden Lock Market and the Kings Road as well as the old market in Greenwich. Now I also love the 50s and all that Hollywood glamour. came to live in Greenwich after Manchester University over 25 years ago and worked for a publishing company in Woolwich. I‘ve lived in the borough ever since. I like the area where I live, Plumstead Common, and the sense of community. After that I trained and worked as a teacher and then did an MA in Museums and Galleries. I was a Heritage Project Officer at St George’s Garrison Church and created a learning resource pack for schools. I particularly love the military history around Woolwich and the wonderful buildings. y house is full of vintage finds and part of the reason I set up my Do You Vintage? fairs two years ago ( was that I needed to declutter some of my hoard of stuff! I love shoes and probably have about 80 pairs. The fairs take place four times a year and are very popular. There are about 35 stall holders selling vintage and crafts, including ceramics, clothes, jewellery and furniture. We have a DJ who plays old 78s, a jazz/swing singer, and Lindy Kicks lindyhop dancers from Greenwich Dance. e started the events at Royal Arsenal Riverside, Woolwich but now have a regular venue at Shrewsbury House at the top of Shooters Hill. It’s a beautiful 1920s listed building and community centre, and people locally love that they have a vintage fair on their doorstep, although we get plenty of people from further afield too. Our next event is our Vintage & Craft Summer Fair on Sunday June 17 from 11am to 5pm and entry is £2 (£1 with flyer/NUS card). probably shouldn’t buy more things but I do enjoy a trip to Deptford Market. The prices are very affordable and you always pick up something interesting. In the summer I love to wander through Greenwich Park and listen to the bandstand concerts. Greenwich University Big Band concerts are also a treat. They perform at Avery Hill campus on occasional Sunday afternoons. lovely place to eat out locally is the student restaurant at the Shooters Hill Post-16 Campus. The food is so good and there’s a great view of London. Mem’s Café on Kings Highway is another SE18 favourite. You can have everything from traditional Mediterranean dishes to sandwiches or a fry up and it’s all so reasonably priced. I love Oxleas Woods Café too. y plan is to keep running vintage fairs and to expand with a weekend vintage festival next year too, so watch this space, and if you’d like to get involved email me at


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CHARITY Parkinson’s Walk Greenwich Pk 9.30 MUSIC Trinity Laban recital

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MUSIC Trinity Recital St Alfege 1.05 TALK Anthea Streeter: Thomas Heatherwick The Arts Society Blackheath St Mary’s Hall, Cresswell Pk 2 FILM/OPERA Saul Link to Glyndebourne Greenwich Picturehouse 7.30 LIGHT OPERA Iolanthe Greenwich Theatre Studio 7.30 MUSIC Trinity Laban recital ORNC chapel 1.05 LIGHT OPERA Iolanthe Greenwich Theatre Studio 7.30

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