Greenwich Visitor August 2018

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AUGUST 2018 No94

greenwich, Blackheath, eltham, charlton,Woolwich, LEE GREEN.



greenwich music time reviewed – P6&7


ORIGINAL DRAWING BY painted hall ARTIST found in church – P5

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After 59 days without rain...most surprising story of the summer

benefit of the... MAY: Lots of green in Greenwich Park Pictures: ESRI UK

JULY: Greenwich Park has gone brown without rain

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GREENWICH Park has turned brown and suffered damage after severe heat and 59 DAYS without rain – but there is a hidden benefit.

Manager Graham Dear says: “In my nine years here I have never known a summer like it. “Between May 29 and July 28 we had no rain. Forget that it was blazing hot – for 59 days it didn’t rain and it has taken its toll.” Graham said his team will monitor young trees which have dropped their leaves – a sign of severe heat damage. Mature trees “already stressed” by disease will be checked carefully but he fears several may die. But he explained: “Drought conditions are perfect for revealing hidden features underground.” So the Royal Parks – which has bid successfully for £4.8million funding for its Greenwich Park Revealed improvement programme – has commissioned aerial studies to find previously unknown architectural treasures. ParkLife – See P8



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e’re privileged to have Greenwich Park Manager write a regular column for The Greenwich Visitor. It’s always a fascinating glimpse into the effort that keeps our amazing green space in tip-top shape. This month he reveals that it went 59 days witout rain (considering we had snow around Easter that’s a staggering statistic). Woolwich Common did not fare quite so well, with fires leaving the area scarred and pitted (above). Hopefully

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nature will do its job and repair the damage. It’s a timely warning that a few showers at the end of July don’t make a traditional English summer. So please make sure you look after our parks and open land – don’t drop cigarettes and don’t have barbecues. Graham recently reported one group picnicing in the Park ordered 24 pizzas by phone. A far safer bet. But avoid

the American Hot, just in case... reenwich council’s new leader Danny Thorpe should be applauded for his rapid change of course on the new cruise liner port planned to be built here. But a major worry remains – his planning department is widely regarded as dysfunctional.


But they have been tireless, imaginative and totally focused on their goal – to have a clean power supply installed. All credit to them. adly it’s too late for a rethink on the vast new Ikea emerging on the Greenwich peninsula, which (only in a dream world) will of course not increase traffic congestion on the already clogged roads around it. Apparently customers will all travel by public transport and have their purchases delievered later. As if! (One reader told us this month that her in SE10 is not on their list of Hoping it can use red tape to control postcode places they deliver too. Try yours.) We a developer to whom it has already see chaos looming...especially when a given planning permission is risky. second road tunnel close by brings hile we’re on the subject, the more traffic to local roads. East Greenwich Residents t’s great news that the National Association also deserves Maritime Museum is helping to save praise for its campaign against the the Titanic artefacts from being current port plans. The area has broken up – and exciting that we may undergone huge change with see some here. To let such sensitive disruption and noise as hundreds of and historic objects disappear from new riverside apartments are built. public view would be unthinkable.


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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 r in London. There’s reenwich isito 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!

PETER KENT He lives on the river and writes about the river. His blog is free for all to see take a dip


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

Year of Engineering 2018

DID you know Britain has a shortage of engineers? Industry needs another 20,000 gradutaes each year. Or that it has a significant lack of diversity? Only 12 per ent of UK engineers are women and less than seven per cent are from black and minority ethnic backgrounds. The Year of Engineering 2018 is a year-long, crossGovernment, national campaign aimed at inspiring young people, challenging traditional perceptions and raising the profile of engineering among seven to 16-year-olds to widen the pool of young people considering it as a career. Engineering is undervalued and misunderstood – only a third of parents know what people in engineering do. Research has shown that perceptions about future career choices begin to form at a young age. So encouraging better understanding and awareness of engineering among children, their parents and their teachers through direct experiences of the profession is a key way of tackling a future skills gap and opening the profession up to more young people. So this summer we are launching The Holiday Makers – an activity based campaign to get kids making, inventing and discovering what they could achieve as engineers in the summer holidays. The campaign is supported b y Ye a r o f E n g i n e e r i n g partners across the UK and there are lots of ways for families to get involved over the summer holidays. There are free activities kids can do at home or in the garden, exhibitions and workshops across the country as well as weekly challenges from some of our partners like the Science Museum and the RAF. Children are encouraged to download a journal, collect badges and share what they have been doing for a chance to win some fantastic prizes. Activity ideas, an events map and Holiday Makers journal are all available online and there will be lots of chances to get involved on social media. Make the most of it – and try engineering!



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ships that pass in the Light THE past meets the present in this wondeful study of the River Thames at Greenwich by Mike Purdy. The traditional tall ship passed the huge Viking Sky cruise liner on a balmy Sunday afternoon last month – yet another day of summer sun and perfect light. But

the picture is one many people hope will one day have some crucial differences. Campaigners want a planned cruise liner port at nearby Enderby Wharf to have an onshore electricity supply so ships like Viking Sky will not have to burn

dirty diesel for power on board – adding to poor air quality in this part of south east London. With Greenwich’s new council leader now backing their pleas after a remarkable U-turn, perhaps the picture will be healthier in the future.


U-turn Greenwich council leader criticises developers

‘no solution to port pollution’

GREENWICH council’s new leader has said he is “hugely disappointed” that developers of a new cruise liner port here have not come up with a “sensible” solution to the toxic air pollution it will bring.

The site at historic Enderby Wharf is up for sale for around £50million – as revealed in March by The Greenwich Visitor – after Barratt London’s MAY 2013: Developers say development partner Morgan first ships are year away Stanley – pulled out. It followed years of protests – and it’s refusal to accept that pollution was even a problem. by the East Greenwich But new leader Danny Residents Association Thorpe – who now w h i c h a rg u e d t h a t accepts the council was because the council wrong – said: “I’m granted permission hugely disappointed that without an on-shore no sensible proposal has electricity supply, U-TURN: Danny yet been received from ships moored will Thorpe the site owner. belch out diesel fumes “It is vital that the borough equivalent to 700 lorries secures a well-balanced proposal every hour. The group even took the case that includes a sufficient amount MARCH 2018: We reveal to the EU despite Greenwich of genuinely affordable housing site is now up for sale council’s support for the scheme a l o n g s i d e e m p l o y m e n t

opportunities for local people. We are working hard to improve air quality across the borough a n d r e c o g n i s e t h a t i t ’s a significant concern for all residents. I want to assure residents we are doing all we can to seek a resolution. “I’m publicly calling on the developer to urgently come back to the table with sensible and meaningful proposals that address the concerns of the community, as well as ensuring any new scheme complies with

APRIL 2018: Campaigners step up their protests

our planning policies. We are aware that the site is up for sale and given this, we think it is an excellent opportunity for the developer to pause and reflect.” Although the council cannot now rescind planning permission for the project it proudly announced in 2010, it is now hinting its planning board may refuse to vary rules and regulations crucial to the port. The leader said he’d had talks with the Mayor of London, who JUNE 2018: Council U-turn revealed after elections supports his new position.

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Miles Hedley’s pick of this month’s best events. Our unique 3-month listings begin on Page 19

CREEK KIDS Here’s a great way to introduce young townies to the wonders of nature. Creekside Discovery Centre is running a series of wildlife Wednesdays that include crab-catching, duck-racing, treasure hunts, learning survival skills if you’re shipwrecked, identifying plants and netting fish. Aug 1, 8, 15, 22, 29.

BANDSTAND CONCERTS The Friends Of Greenwich Park round off their memorable season of open air summer concerts with five of the area’s best brass-heavy ensembles - Bromley Concert Band, South London Jazz Orchestra, Galaxy Big Band, Greenwich Concert Band and Mardi Gras Jazz Band. Aug 5, 12, 19, 26, 27

MEASURE FOR MEASURE After their triumphant outdoor production of Hamlet last year, Changeling Theatre return to the lovely grounds of Severndroog Castle to give us a burlesque take on Shakespeare’s great – but very dark – comedy about the narrowness of the line that separates vice and virtue. Unmissable. Aug 8

CHARLTON ATHLETIC The Addicks’ first home game of the season at the Valley is against Shrewsbury Town who, like Charlton, narrowly missed out on promotion from League One in the spring. This will be a real test of nerve for both teams as they launch their bids to reach the Championship. Aug 11


GREENWICH MOZART FESTIVAL The final concert in this brilliant celebration at St Alfege’s parish church is a Mozart’s Violin Concerto No5 with world-famous virtuoso Remus Azoitei as guest soloist followed by Symphony No29. Christopher Petrie conducts the Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra Of London. Aug 11

CIRCULATE 2018 Dance and circus intermingle over three August weekends in Deptford’s Giffin Square as the Albany present Belly Of The Whale –ì a huge hit at Greenwich Fair in June - Conseqüéncies, D-Construction and the amazing EXO which features the cast performing with a JCB digger. Aug 11, 18, 25

SEA STORIES I took my granddaughters (aged six and 11) to one of these sessions at the National Maritime Museum last year and they were both left spellbound. This time, the tales are about the brave and/or reckless souls who have set sail seeking fame and fortune in the farthest corners of the world. Aug 14


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Talking about a speech reunion BIG CATCH-UP AFTER 20 YEARS SPREAD the word – a huge reunion is planned to celebrate 20 years of helping youngsters with severe speech and language delays learn to communicate.

ICAN and Speech and Language Therapy can do to help families who may have children experiencing a speech and language delay. “It can be incredibly frustrating and Families whose children attended the ICAN programme in the past two decades frightening for families when a child’s are invited to the giant catch-up in October. language and communication skills don’t Organisers estimate 1,250 youngsters develop as they might expect.” The ICAN programme is a three-month have passed through ICAN at at Pound Park Nursery in Charlton or Mulgrave intensive scheme supporting children to Primary School in Woolwich since the learn basic vocabulary and improve their communication skills in group and innovative speech and language individual sessions. scheme launched here in 1998. They are supported through They hope as many former intensive speech and language pupils and families as therapy as well as learning possible will be at a reunion ary Prim e e ff e c t i v e c o m m u n i c a t i o n grav Mus on October 11 (5-7.30pm) strategies. School, Woolwich at Mulgrave Primary in Children about to turn three Rectory Place, Woolwich. can be referred for a place, if Email ican20th October 11 appropriate, at an ICAN nursery to by Oxleas NHS Speech and -7.30pm 5pm save a place. Language Therapists. The event will be an Each child on the programme – opportunity to celebrate what ICAN has achieved by sharing memories and funded by Greenwich council and supported looking at old photographs. ICAN team by the Oxleas NHS Speech and Language members will deliver a talk about the therapy team – has individual targets programme and ex-ICAN children will written by the speech and language therapists and agreed with parents. share their stories. The children learn to communicate Lauren Adamson, Specialist Speech and through the use of visual support, being Language Therapist at Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We’re incredibly supported through play, small group speech proud of what ICAN has achieved since its and language therapy and Makaton sign language which is designed to support launch in Greenwich in 1998. “We hope as many of our former students s poken wo r d s a n d i s t a u g h t t o a i d and their families as possible can get communication. More info: Call Anna Trebble, Specialist together in one place to help celebrate our Speech and Language Therapists 020 8317 milestone. But we’re also eager to use the 9211 or anniversary to get word out about what childrens-speech-and-language-/


THE JUNGLE BOOK The adventures of man-child Mowgli and his friends Baloo the bear and Bagheera the panther as they try to escape the bloodthirsty attentions of Shere Khan the tiger are brought to thrilling life in this Greenwich Theatre show. Perfect family entertainment for the long school holidays. Aug 15-26

BASIL HODGE Ace jazz pianist is adored by audiences, musicians and critics alike, which is why he gets two bites of the cherry at Oliver’s Bar this month with his fine quartet. If you’ve never heard his work, check out his band playing his composition Pentecostal Blues on YouTube. It’s beyond cool. Aug 17&25

HANSEL & GRETEL London-based Opera In The Meantime travel to St Alfege to present this evergreen favourite by Engelbert Humperdinck (the 19th century German original, not Arnold “Release Me” Dorsey) based on a Grimms’ fairytale about two children who foil a cannibal witch. Such fun! Aug 24

GREAT OUTDOORS: Children on ICAN trip out inWoolwich

NMM’s bid to rescue Titanic

GREENWICH’S National Maritime Museum is part of a new $20million bid to save artefacts from the Titanic being split up and sold. Current owner the Titanic Artefacts Collection has filed for bankruptcy in the US and the collection of 5,500 objects from the world’s most famous shipwreck is at risk. The Museum has joined forces with Titanic Belfast, National Museums NI, and the Titanic Foundation Ltd to try to buy the collection and keep it “in public ownership in perpetuity.” It also hopes to be allowed salvage rights – to protect the site of wreck off Newfoundland in the North Atlantic. Titanic – built in Belfast and said to unsinkable – sank on its maiden voyage from Southampton to New York on April 15 1912 after colliding with an iceberg. More than 1500 of the ship’s 2,224 passengers perished. The wreck was discovered in 1985 and artefacts were recovered from the seabed during seven deep sea expeditions between 1987 and 2004. The new bid has been backed by Hollywood film maker and deep sea explorer James Cameron – who directed Oscarwinning 1997 movie Titanic. He said: “The story of the Titanic has captivated the imaginations, hearts and minds of people around the world. It’s played an important role in my own life - as a filmmaker, a deep sea explorer and as an advocate of deep-ocean research.” Kevin Fewster, NMM director, said: “In early 2017, when I heard the news of the current owner’s bankruptcy, I felt it was our duty to try to save the collection as a whole. “We are in a position to exhibit, conserve, curate, manage and generally care for the collection when artefacts are not on display here or in Belfast. “Alongside our partners, we will ensure that the collection is protected and preserved for generations to come.” The National Maritime Museum in Greenwich holds the world’s largest maritime collection.

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discovered: thornhill original A previously unknown drawing by 17th century painter Sir James Thornhill has been found in the archives of St Alfege’s parish church. The sketch – captioned by the artist – shows the murder of Alfege in Greenwich by Viking invaders more than 1,000 years ago, writes MILES HEDLEY. They were unearthed by the church’s new heritage manager Rebecca Parrant and research student Alison Fisher, who was struck by the drawing’s stylistic similarities with Thornhill’s plans for his masterpiece, the Painted Hall in the Old Royal Naval College. Experts agree. York University’s Dr Richard Johns, a member of the ORNC Project Advisory Panel, said: “There’s no doubt that the drawings are by Thornhill. The handwriting is as much of a giveaway as the drawing itself.” The work, which will now be sent to a specialist conservator, was found as the church celebrates 300 years since its rebuild by Nicholas Hawksmoor. Info:

GENIUS: Sir James Thornhill

Painted ceiling painted ORNC Artist in Residence’s work on show

REDS ROCK: Saxifrage Peter Pan

PAINTER Rob Pointon has a huge task on his hands – capturing the spirit of Sir James Thornhill’s masterpiece inside our world famous Old Royal Naval College.

Rob – an “en plein air” oil painter who likes to work in situ – has been working as artist in residence at the historic venue over the summer. A free exhibition of his works is in the Mezzanine Gallery at the

Visitor Centre in the college until August 8 (10-7). Paintings include several created inside the magnificent Painted Hall, capturing the spirit of the current conservation project and visitors marvelling at Thornhill’s epic 40,000sq ft work. Described as the Sistine Chapel of the UK, Sir James designed and executed the huge painting between 1707 and 1726. As well as scenes of Greenwich,

Rob’s exhibition includes several major works documenting activity on the Thames and the bustle of central London. The ORNC – which comprises the Painted Hall, the Chapel, and the Visitor Centre – is free to enter. But the charity foundation which runs it is looking for new members and donations to help the ongoing conservation work at one of Britain’s finest buildings. Info: &

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Parks’ Green Flags fly high TWELVE prized open spaces are flying Green Flags for the sixth year. The prestigious awards mark places which have “the highest possible environmental standards, are beautifully maintained and have excellent visitor facilities.” Winners were East Greenwich Pleasaunce, Blackheath, Charlton Park, Eaglesfield Park in Plumstead, Eltham Park North and South, Horn Park in Lee, Maryon Park in Charlton and Fairy Hill Park, Avery Hill Park, Sutcliffe Park, The Tarn and Well Hall Pleasaunce in Eltham. Councillor Miranda Williams said: “I would like to thank the many committed residents from our Friends of Parks groups and other volunteers for their tireless hard work to help us continually enhance our green spaces and keep the Green Flags flying over them.” Info:

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Hilarious...and heartbreaking HILARIOUS, heart-breaking, brutally honest” – acclaimed playwright Penelope Skinner’s work Eigengrau is at Greenwich this summer. New Light Productions’ show – about the crossed paths of four characters living in London – is part of Greenwich Theatre’s “new approach to summer programming.” The show for adults runs u n t i l A u g u s t 11 ( 7 . 3 0 ) followed by a summer treat for families – The Jungle Book from August 15 to 26. Info & ticekts: www.

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Discover kids fun this month GIVE your kids a watery treat every Wednesday this month at Creekside Discovery Centre. On August 1 they can try their hands at crab-catching – and racing. The 8th is about learning to forage and build a shelter in the event of being shipwrecked. Making boats from driftwood and racing plastic ducks are the highlights on the 15th. The 22nd sees treasure hunts and on the 29th budding scientists can net and study fish and crustaceans and learn how to identify plants in a morning celebrating Geeks in the Creek. Costs range from £6 to £8 with discounts for local residents. More details from

CLASSIC SHOW: Il Divo on stage

EYE FLYING BIRDS: Noel Gallagher

Electric cars to hire by the hour AN electric car club is being trialled here with two Nissan Leaf cars available for people to hire by the hour. The cars – in Roan Street and Park Row car park – cost £6.20 per hour and 5p per mile and can be charged at any of 850 charge points around London. The joint venture is with Enterprise Car Club. The council says that “for a limited period” residents can have free membership worth £60, including a £10 driving credit. The scheme is part of its Low Emission Neighbourhood (LEN) scheme.

MUSIC CAME Fifth Greenwich Music Time catches WHO would have guessed England’s World performances of her classics including Freedom, Cup run would add to the atmosphere at the Tenderly and Breathing Under Water. Former Oasis star Noel Gallagher performed fifth Greenwich Music Time festival. Stars from Noel Gallagher to Steps, Il Divo and Sir Tom Jones – played at the riverside stage inside the iconic Old Royal Naval College. And some got caught up in World Cup fever. Emeli Sandé was even delayed by 10 minutes because of the extra-time drama of England’s 1-1 draw with Colombia. Part of the game had been shown on the big screen. And hundreds of fans in the audience watched the shootout on their smartphones, writes GAYNOR WINGHAM. When we clinched our first World Cup penalties win even Sunderland-born Emeli joined in – singing the now famous Three Lions song. Football aside, Emeli gave wonderful

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on Saturday evening a couple of hours after England beat Sweden to reach the Semi-Finals. On a beautifully-warm summer’s evening – with ships sailing by in the background – the swaggering Mancunian performed with his High Flying Birds band. But the finest moments were the unforgettable hits from his Oasis years, writes LYDIA FITZPATRICK. Strangely, footby-mad Noel wasn’t too happy at hearing chants of Football’s Coming Home between songs. And he was his usual rude rock and roll star self, bantering with a family at the front who said they’d come all the way from Florida to see him. Noel gets away with it thanks to his ability

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to deliver musically and lyrically. As ever, he left fans wanting more. On a LION HEARTS: Fan at GMT football-free Friday it was Nile Rodgers and Chic providing the feelgood atmosphere – with seats redundant from the first note of Everybody Dance, writes NIKKI SPENCER. The man whose tracks must fill up pretty much everyone’s 70s and 80s top ten lists took us through his work for Diana Ross (I’m Coming Out, Upside Down), Sister Sledge (He’s The Greatest Dancer and the mega sing-a-long We Are Family) and Duran Duran’s Notorious as well as Get Lucky, his recent Daft Punk collaboration. And he ended with Bowie’s rousing Let’s Dance. Nile announced to huge cheers that he has recently been declared clear of cancer for the second time. Here’s to more Good Times ahead. Info:

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Greenwich Visitor readers Carol Lasowski and Janice Chamberlain landed a free weekend family pass for correctly identifying Squeeze’s classic Labelled With Love. The local heroes – led by Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook – headline the two-day event on Saturday September 8 – with platinumselling Paloma Faith topping the bill on Sunday September 9. Other stars include Billy Bragg, The Divine Comedy, Corinne HEADLINERS: Squeeze Bailey Rae, Lightning Seeds, De La Soul, and Huey Morgan. hosts Food Village and Family Local talent includes Glenn Playground and there are a Tilbrook’s son Leon Tilbrook and host of roving performers. Mancie Baker – daughter of The festival was T V l e g e n d D a n n y. founded in 2014 by Lewisham NHS Choir locals Tom Wates, also perform. Terry Felgate and Blackheath Kiss FM founder Alex Wicks. common Gordon Mac curates Tom said: “We Stage Three including are the only Jumping Jack Frost, festival which has Sat & Sunday Brandon Block, Bob a kids pick-up point Sept 8&9 Masters – and even so grandparents or snooker legend Steve babysitters can come Davies. And Craig Charles is back and pick up the kids at 6pm so w i t h h i s F u n k a n d S o u l parents can party on.” Info: experience. Street Food Union


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BROWNWICH PARK: Baking in July Picture: MIKE PURDY

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By Greenwich Park manager Graham Dear

t has to be the drought,” said our Office Manager Phil, when we discussed the next GV article – and of course he was right. How could I not mention the hottest, driest summer for forty years and its effect on Greenwich Park? In my nine years I have never known a summer like it. Gardens Supervisor Michaela keeps a close eye on the weather and records the daily rainfall. Between May 29 and July 28 we had no rain. Forget that it was blazing hot – for 59 days it did not rain and it has taken its toll. isually the most obvious impact of the drought is that the grass lawns have gone brown. The only green remaining is the cricket wicket which we water with a sprinkler. We also have sprinklers, fed by our borehole, on the herbaceous border, Flower Garden bedding displays and in the Rose Garden. For the rest our gardeners have been working hard with water bowsers to save as much as we can, but we can’t water all of the 3,000 trees in the Park or the thousands of shrubs. Priority has to be given to newly planted trees. This we always do for five or six years as it takes a long time for trees to get selfsufficient for water on our sandy soils. But this year we have seen trees planted 15 years ago drop their leaves. Shedding leaves is a natural reaction from trees to drought stress and it doesn’t necessarily mean the tree will die. If it rains, trees may come back into


leaf or shoot again in Spring, but it is a waiting game. We will have to wait and see what happens and not be hasty to remove trees that look dead. ore of a concern is mature trees that were already stressed from disease. Drought may tip them over the edge and it looks like we may lose several mature trees. Again we probably won’t see the extent of the problem until next Spring. t’s not all bad news. Insects have done well in the hot dry summer which has meant a bonus for the birds that feed on them, like the swifts which I love to hear as they ‘scream’ across Rangers Field. Outside my office window is a large Holly which has been covered by the pretty powder blue coloured Holly Blue butterflies this year. The Mistle Thrushes and Blackbirds that feed on worms are not having such a good time as the worms burrow deep down in the ground in dry conditions. he view of a dry, brown Queen’s Field from General Wolfe statue, appears bad but look closely at the ground and you see that it is not all the same colour. The drought conditions are perfect for revealing hidden features underground often called crop circles. Taking advantage of the ‘perfect’ conditions we have commissioned an aerial survey of the Park. It may be that the drought will reveal previously unknown archaeological features. It is an ill wind that blows no good.

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building. It is only able to be open and olunteers aren’t paid – not because they’re worthless, but because they host events because volunteers give their time. C.A.N.E (Community Association New are priceless. This popular quote made me think about my own experiences Eltham) is a hub in New Eltham which offers so many activities and a café but of volunteering and all the groups I have needs more volunteers to keep going. had the privilege of meeting through ltham Arts has worked hard, with a Eltham Arts who are run wholly or mainly team of volunteers, to provide events with the support of volunteers. Volunteers and bring individuals and local groups are a valuable part of our vibrant local together. Our Eltham Arts Winter Festival in community, although I have found sadly 2015 and 2016, Creative Community they often feel undervalued and unrecognised by the statutory agencies. A Challenges and Eltham Music Festivals from 2014 to 2017 show how volunteers few odd awardsare not enough. can achieve civic pride and individual volunteered for the Greenwich + enjoyment in a Docklands Festival community. this summer and hy not offer enjoyed being part of to volunteer this huge annual for a local event. I was impressed group? You could at how far people of all provide a few hours ages travelled to to support an event volunteer. Reasons or to help day to day varied from gaining running or perhaps work experience to TEAM WORK: fundraise. If you work just wanting to have a within a statutory fun time. All were valid. Eltham Arts volunteers agency, highlight the any local arts importance of groups and heritage groups in Eltham have an amazing who are dependent on volunteers and number of volunteers, who give so many encourage support. Research shows that hours to help within the community with a £1 spend within a community group great commitment. Bob Hope Theatre is a stretches a long way! good example. The core group of hen you go to an activity or an volunteers with a range of skills and event say Thank You! From the backgrounds have enthused and engaged bottom of my heart I would like to the community and developed a resource say thank you to everyone who gives which is second to none in providing their time to the Eltham and SE9 enjoyment and opportunity to so many community. I think you’re priceless! people in the world of theatre. everndroog Castle arose from the This column is your chance to share your neglect by the local authority and passion for the arts in Eltham. Tell me with commitment and determination your news and views on 07976 355398 or of volunteers is now a wonderful heritage email



WILD THINGS: Cleo’s model of stage and (inset) costumes

Panto designer’s wild stage design GREENWICH Theatre has been transformed into a jungle this summer – by the designer whose magical sets help make its panto an unmissable experience.

law of the jungle – and finding your place in the world. For adults there’s a strong message about how people can threaten the natural world, damaging the jungle.” Regular Greenwich pantomime The theatre is launching a new designer Cleo Pettitt has design the annual summer show, beginning set and the costumes. with a new adaptation of kids’ “Cleo has done an amazing classic The Jungle Book. Greenwich Theatre, job” said James. “Our cast of Adapted by Canadian writer Crooms Hill five actors play all the animals Tracey Power, it goes back past between them, so the fake furs, the animated Disney version snake skins and head-dresses that everyone knows so well, to arriving in the rehearsal room are August 15 the original book by Rudyard wonderful. Kipling. “We’re really going to feel the “We wanted to rediscover some spirit of these incredible animals– the of the darker moments in the story” said director James Haddrell. “I grew up fierce tiger, the loving but strong wolves, the dangerous monkey king. reading The Jungle Book. “The jungle Mowgli finds himself in is also “It’s one of the few books I read over and over, and one of the special things about the a world full of sound, and we have an amazing drummer in the cast to create a soundscape all story is its appeal to a wide range of ages. “If you’re very young, it’s a story about a around the animals.” child who needs to make new friends and finds The show – for “brave six year olds and them in the animals of the jungle. If you’re a above” – opens on August 15. Info: bit older, it’s about the importance of law – the


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BIG REVEAL: Storyboard (below) unveiled

SEVEN storyboards telling the story of Blackheath have been unveiled on the Heath. Placed at strategic points to form a history trail, they feature events in each area, important characters who shaped our history, ecological issues, flora and fauna. Orientation maps direct people to key sites of local interest. The £30,000 project by the Blackheath Society uses images from its photographic archive. The enamelled white steel storyboards were unveiled in a ceremony near a section of the Heath known as Washerwoman’s Bottom, and were praised by councillors Kevin Bonavia and Geoffrey Brighty, project designers architect Madeleine Adams and local historian Neil Rhind, and history Professor Anne Curry. Professor Curry is an expert on the battle of Agincourt and the board at the top of Blackheath Hill in the north west of the Heath is at the spot where London’s mayor greeted victorious Henry V on his return home in 1415. The boards – at busy spots near bus stops or path intersections and placed to avoid cluttering important views – were sponsored by the Blackheath Society, Lewisham council, the ONBlackheath Community Fund, Greenwich Council’s Blackheath and Westcombe Ward fund and the Agincourt 600 Charity. A brochure with full details and map, is available. Call 020 8297 1937 or email Info

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TAKE A PEAK WHERE WE ARE WE’RE always thrilled to see people taking a peak – sorry peek – at The Greenwich Visitor in an amazing place. Joanne and Tony Hornby packed a copy in their back packs for a walk up Shutlingsloe, near Wildboarclough, Cheshire, in the fabulous Peak District. The couple – originally from the north – have moved back after years living in East Anglia. What a contrast! Meanwhile Roy and Sandra Shippey shipped a copy of our paper with them to Barcelona, where they posed for a picture in Las Ramblas. “We love reading your paper even though we live in Scarborough, North Yorkshire.” We’re thrilled to hear it, Roy! Send us a photo of you and the GV somewhere amazing. Email Matt@TheGreenwich

REPAIRS: Emmaus companion

Can you help charity for homeless? Homelessness charity Emmaus Greenwich needs volunteers at its second hand charity shops here. Skills needed include driving, plumbing, household repairs and maintenance, retail, admin, clothes and book sorting, social media, upcycling, and furniture repair. CEO Tony Bradbury, s a i d : “ Vo l u n t e e r s a r e instrumental to us and make a vital contribution to the success and day-to-day running of Emmaus Greenwich.” Staff are needed at its Plumstead, Poplar, Lee and Welling shops. New Mayor of Greenwich Christine May has named Emmaus as one of her two charities for her year in office – the other is Demelza Hospice Care of Children. She said: “My chosen charities support causes close to my heart and so I hope to raise as much money as possible during the year for them.” Info: 020 8854 3426 or email

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unforgettable africa

I’VE just returned from Jirapa in Ghana after one of the most amazing experiences of my life.

And without the help of the Greenwich Visitor and its readers who raised funds for me it would not have been possible. I was on a three-month education placement in Africa with International Citizen Service, writes CIARA CLARK FITZPATRICK, supporting teachers in lessons and extra-curricular activities. Based in a small community called Mwofo, living and working in a group of four – two from the UK and two from Ghana – host families housed and fed us and we had hundreds of cuddles from our host siblings! I was not expecting to be teaching so much, so soon. On my first day in school I taught five lessons – it was overwhelming. But I quickly adapted and just got on with teaching. I also

I learned so much in Ghana. Thanks for your help!

tutored children in maths, setting questions to small dedicated groups, teaching entire classes of 50 children and leading exam practice sessions for the older students. Our team of 16 volunteers ran lots of clubs including Girls Club, Health Club and Revision Club – starting at 6am – and I ran a Netball Club too. We also organised a Community

JOURNEY: Ciara (opposite) and children in Mwofo

Action Day where we had a Spelling Competition, awards for students who had made the most progress, and inspirational speakers. There was also cultural dancing and singing, a short play by the students and a Volunteers v Students netball match. I like to think my coaching helped the students win! We held Active Citizenship Days to discuss topics from gender stereotypes

to sanitation – an amazing chance for cultural exchange and discussion in a safe environment. The experience was very challenging. At times the team felt we were not supported by the existing teachers who would sometimes simply not turn up. And many students are not motivated to learn – making engaging a class excruciatingly painful at times. My ICS journey isn’t over. We still have to complete Action at Home, where we take part in projects to bring positive social change. Overall I had a fantastic experience. I taught a lot and learnt a lot, and made friends for life – in both the UK and Ghana. There I discovered a place poor and underprivileged yet rich in happiness and love. I was privileged to have spent time with such a community. Info:

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f you love a good curry as much as me then this is your lucky day! I’m delighted to announce the launch of the Spice Card – the discount card for local curry lovers. Spice Card holders can enjoy a full year of discounts at a host of Indian restaurants and takeaways in Greenwich, Blackheath, Westcombe Park, Lewisham, Charlton, New Cross and the Isle of Dogs. pice Card holders get discounts at established favourites such as the Mogul, Coriander, Gurkha’s Inn, Panas Gurkha, Chutney Tandoori and Royal Nepalese, Punjabi specialists Kesar and King of Punjab, Blackheath’s Chinipan, Karri Twist in New Cross, the Keralan Pathiri, Charlton’s excellent Kasturi, and even from takeaways Curry Royal, Indelicious and Mogul Home Dining. This is how it works… 1 Buy your card online at: uk. The card costs just £15 and is valid for a year. 2 Visit the website and choose where you want to eat. 3 Book your table or order your takeaway. 4 Show your Spice Card and enjoy a 20 per cent discount on your food order. The discount applies to dine-in and takeaways (including deliveries) at most venues. 5 Repeat as many times as your like for 12 months. our discounts can be enjoyed from Sunday to Thursday (although some venues accept the card on Friday and Saturday too) and cover at least two diners per Spice Card. It is run locally by the Greenwich Curry Card to help local people support local business – and offer curry lovers savings at the same time. s well as the restaurants and takeaways mentioned, Spice Card holders can also enjoy discounts with Baj’s Blazin’ Sauces in Greenwich Market, Cathy’s Hot Lips Chilli Sauce in Plumstead – even on blooms at the Flower Hut by Greenwich Station and cocktails at the Meet District in Peckham. ew partners are signing up all the time so keep an eye out on the website. Spice Card holders also enjoy special offers and exclusive curry dinners arranged at partner restaurants. Regular curry diners could save hundreds of pounds every year with the Spice Card as well as supporting local business, so what are you waiting for? Come on over to the spice side… ost local curry lovers are aware that New Cross is a bit of a spice desert. Thank goodness, then, for Karri Twist, a restaurant steeped in history and one that has certainly earned its curry stripes over the years. It was launched back in 1957 by a






ENJOY DISCOUNTS AT... 3 Chinipan (Blackheath) 3 Chutney (Greenwich) 3 Coriander (Blackheath) 3 Curry Royal Tandoori (Greenwich) 3 Gurkha’s Inn (Greenwich) 3 Karri Twist (New Cross) 3 Kasturi (Charlton) 3 Kesar (Charlton) 3 King of Punjab (Isle of Dogs) 3 In’Delicious (Greenwich) 3 Mogul (Greenwich) 3 Mogul Home Dining (Greenwich) 3 Panas Gurkha (Lewisham) 3 Pathiri (Greenwich) 3 Royal Nepalese (Westcombe Park) + Baj’s Blazin’ Sauce (Greenwich) + Meet District (Peckham), + Cathy’s Hot Lips Sauce (Plumstead), + the Flower Hut (Greenwich)

DAN’S CURRY CORNER young man called Md Afizur Rahman, who originally from a village near Kolkata (then Calcutta), where he sold salt to earn his passage to England. After arriving he found a job in glass factory near New Cross and saved enough money to open the restaurant, then called Curry Mahal. Sixty one years later the restaurant and shisha bar is still going strong and is run – on the same site – by his daughter Shrina, who ensures classic dishes like Dum Phukt, Tawa Chicken and Rara Gosht keep on coming so young Mr Rahman’s dream lives on. nother Indian restaurant doing us proud for years is Chutney Tandoori, between Greenwich and Deptford. A mere mention the other day was enough to send Dave, one of the Greenwich Curry Club’s founder members, dewy-eyed. So we’re delighted to report the return of original ownermanager Mr Miah, a man who brings new ideas and, soon, a new, tighter menu to the venue. Chutney will remain a bring-yourown restaurant when it comes to alcohol – a real boost to value hunters. If the quality and zesty balance of the Chicken Shatkora we tried recently is anything to go by, this cosy venue will soon be packed again. anas Gurkha in Lewisham continues to develop its offerings for vegetarians and vegans . Inventive owner Mr Sujan recently gave the Curry Club a tasting. The Nepalese Sodeko Chau-Chau topped our favourites – The crunch of uncooked noodles with the soft butternut is an excellent combination and the lemon juice, fresh coriander and salad finishes off this super-fresh serving. There is also Papri Chat– a cross between nachos and broken samosas with the chickpeas, potato, onion and delicious with its covering of yoghurt and tamarind sauce. And what is not to love about Masala Chips? That’s right, potato chips smothered with masala sauce. If you have room then tuck into the Karai Paneer – cottage cheese with peppers and tomatoes. Delicious.



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CHIN, Gin! The fifth annual Gin Bop is in Greenwich this month.

don’t miss rivginton!

Rivington – part of the renowned Caprice group – promises an evening of “great gins, good times and fabulous entertainment.” Brands on hand include Bathtub, Bluecoat and Kyro on the mezzanine and lounge level, Beefeater on the terrace outside and Sipsmiths and Tarquin’s in the main bar. Each will serve its own unique twist on a G&T – as well as two ginbased cocktails, specially created for Gin Bop 2018 attendees. Music is provided by jazz maestros Balena Quintet and there are bargames taking place throughout the evening. Circus performers Aircraft Circus will also be on hand to keep ginquaffing guests entertained. The restaurant’s burgers are available at £8 on the night, plus Rivington, a choice of three tasting boards, Greenwich High Road priced at £10 each. The Meat board will include Parma ham, honey dew melon with heirloom tomato Friday August 31 and bruschetta, miniature Yorkshire basil skewers and a 4pm-late puddings with roast beef and sundried tomato, olive and horseradish cream and wild boar caper bruschetta. chipolatas with mint yoghurt. Organisers insist: “Gin Bop The Fish Board has potted Morecambe 2018 is set to be a wonderful evening of gin Bay shrimps on toast, smoked salmon with drinking, game playing, dancing and good crème fraiche bruschetta and Prawn fun – just make sure to organise a lie in for arancini. And the Veggie Board features the next day!” pear and blue cheese on toast, mozzarella Early bird tickets for the event – on

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a Dolce Vita here we come! Throughout August, visitors to The Painted Hall in the ORNC will get a chance to attend Ceiling tours and be treated to a wine or beer tasting session at the Old Brewery. The Lates run every Thursday in August. Each evening holds two tours: 6.30pm and 7pm. Tickets cost £20. t’s good bye to – a micro-bakery specialising in leavened breads that have been enjoyed by many around the borough. Adam is moving to Whistable. Good luck! nd it’s hello to Avocado & Coffee on Trafalgar Road – opposite Logan Pharmacy. Can’t wait to see what their offering is going to be. ver the summer holidays free meals are offered for school-aged children to combat holiday hunger. Full list of times and locations on www. ational Burger Day is August 23. Not sure we need an awareness day for burgers, but there you are... he British Oak in Old Dover Road – popular with live music fans – has been rewarded for Excellence in Cellar Standards at the Ei group’s new awards. Landlord Paul Clements was praised for measures including cleaning beer lines every seven days, training staff to serve beer in the correct glass and washing the dishwasher daily! We do like a squeaky clean glass. Congratulations! op Stuff Beer Fest is back for a second edition in Deptford Market yard on Sunday 26 August from noon. The line-up showcases an impressive list of 22 small breweries including North Brew Co and Seven Bro7hers from Manchester. The first event in March attracted an estimated 5 to 6,000 people across the day with more than 13,500 pints sold.





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Soperstar pair insanely good

YOU should always expect the unexpected at one of Trinity Laban’s free lunchtime recitals. And that was never truer than when soprano Patricia Auchterlonie and flautist Antonia Berg joined forces in the Old Royal Naval College chapel to play a wildly challenging piece by contemporary American composer Kate Soper. Only The Words Themselves Mean What They Say is written for soprano and three types of flute – bass, C and piccolo. It requires peerless musical virtuosity - and the ability of both performers to intersperse their parts with speech, cries, sighs and percussive breaths. Soper said of the 2011 piece that it was a manifestation of “insanity as the two players struggle, with a single addled brain, to navigate the treacherous labyrinth of simple logic”. I have never heard insanity so beautifully rendered as it was by Auchterlonie and Berg, who gave us a version that was as close to perfect as makes no difference. Earlier in this recital of works by modern women composers the soprano, accompanied by pianist Mairi Grewar, had sung Chanting To Paradise by Libby Larsen, Navždy by Vitezslava Kaprálová, Escape by student composer Clare Elton and selections from Clairières Dans Le Ciel by Lili Boulanger. All four pieces were wonderful. But the Soper was transcendent.

COMMUNITY OPERA Blackheath Halls’ annual opera always has the community at its heart, with residents and schoolkids performing alongside professionals and Trinity Laban music students. But this year the organisers took the idea one stage further - and included the audience too. Their home venue is currently being refurbished so the four-day run was moved down the road to the Albany in Deptford, where the performance space is in the round. This was too good an opportunity to miss for director Polly Graham and her production of Purcell’s tragedy Dido & Aeneas used every inch of space available, including all the seating areas. It meant you were likely to find one of the stars singing next to you, even if you thought you were hidden away at the back of the upstairs gallery. It turned an already brilliant show into a truly immersive and wonderful experience. The musicianship on display was magnificent. German mezzo-soprano Idunnu Münch – in her UK debut – and baritone Marcus Farnsworth made a great title couple. The countertenor tones of William Towers as the sorcerer were nothing less than extraordinary and there were fine supporting performances

by Alison Rose, Sofia Celenza, Rebecca Leggett, Jemma Mitchell, Guste Sinkeviciute, Jude Smith, Laura Kislick, Leia Joyce, Stanislaw KochanowskiTym and Zarofina Farodoye. And musical director Lee Reynolds kept the action moving in perfect harmony as he conducted the Blackheath Halls Opera Chorus and Orchestra, pupils from Greenvale School and Charlton Park Academy and members of the Royal Greenwich and Blackheath Halls Youth Choir. Designer April Dalton created a terrific set that allowed Graham and her team to forge an unforgettable performance. A particular highlight was The Three Fates who wrote the protagonists’ tragic destiny in chalk on the floor throughout the performance. It was genuinely moving – and chilling. This is going to be a tough act to follow for the organisers of next year’s opera. I can’t wait to see how they get on.

Seriously funny Shakespeare


Shakespeare always seemed to know exactly what his audiences wanted. I reckon the London Theatre in New Cross does too, judging by its exceptional take on the Bard’s magical comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Director Harry Denford and his 15-strong allwoman cast - 16 if you include Abba the dog - threw themselves into the madcap love story with impish glee and gave it a raucous enchantment that is so often lacking in contemporary versions. They did what’s so difficult to do with an uproariously silly plot – took it very seriously. And that, of course, made it funnier still. The sequence in which the so-called rude mechanicals ham it up in the play within a play was a masterclass in how to portray a bad actor. I make no apologies for not singling out anyone for special praise because this production was blessed with a uniformly terrific cast Charlotte Green as Oberon, Elizabeth Huxley as Titania, Robyn Holdaway as Puck, Lauren Edwards as Bottom, Merriel Plummer as Demetrius (with the best comb-over I’ve seen in years), Hayley Grainger as Helena, Roisin Moore as Lysander, Rachael Sparkes as Hermia, Leslie Hayes as Quince, Jemma Epstein as Snug and a fabulously daft lion, Chloe Keenan as Flute, Isabella McGough as Snout, Brittany Lewis as Starveling, Georgia Forde as Cobweb and Nadine Turk as Mustardseed. It was a huge cast for such a tiny venue but the production never felt anything but intimate. It was an object lesson in how to Read Miles Hedley’s bring Shakespeare alive – and how to entrance on arts blog an audience.


Lounge music is magnificent

WHAT do a telly, a tea service, a broken umbrella and a copy of the Financial Times have in common? They were all used as musical instruments by Trinity Laban percussionists Connor Chambers, Tom Plumridge, Rory Clarke and Dom Daggett in a free lunchtime recital at St Alfege’s. Living Room Music, by the avantgarde maestro John Cage, also featured a wooden table with tubular steel legs which the quartet played with plastic ballpoint pens. They even added their own comic touches – including a bit of Football’s Coming Home - by setting the piece in a students’ flat-share. Two works by minimalist pioneer Steve Reich bookended the second half of the programme. Music For Pieces Of Wood was 10 minutes of hypnotic repeating rhythms played on tuned blocks and claves whilst Mallet Quartet combined the metallic chimes of vibraphones with the woody warmth of marimbas. In between, we were treated to a magnificent solo performance by Chambers of Cold Pressed, a thunderously pulsating work by Dave Hollinden. The quartet, directed by Mick Doran, finished with the Velocipede Galop, a 1930s bit of whimsy featuring xylophones and car-horns. This recital had everything – virtuosity, fascinating if challenging music, just the right amount of theatre. And an awful lot of fun.

People’s opera all round classic

K.R.U.M.P. macbeth

Macbeth KRUMP with slight bump KRUMP is a form of hiphop street dance from LA that features highly stylised moves designed to echo gang violence, so the bloody story of Macbeth looks like it should be a natural fit. And choreographer Theo “Godson” Oloyade’s new work K.R.U.M.P. Macbeth got off to a flier at Laban theatre with a brilliantly spooky scene about the three witches followed by a breathtakingly exciting battle sequence danced to a thunderous score by Michael Mikey J Asante. The four performers - Amanda Pekfou, Jordan Franklin, Dean Steward and Vincent Maduabueke – were impeccable throughout a production that harnessed the spirit of Japanese Noh theatre in a manner that made it wonderful to look at. But this felt like a work in progress. The pacing was off and Oloyade chose to close his piece in the middle of Shakespeare’s story with the coronation of Macbeth. I was so looking forward to the tragedy that unfolds in the original that the abruptness of this ending came as a surprise –and a bit of a disappointment. But there was enough here to make me look forward to a future revamped production that follows the story to its apocalyptic finale.

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Things of Beauty G+DIF 2018

SOCIAL media was abuzz with praise for Beautiful Thing, a reimagining of the acclaimed play about two gay teenage boys in Thamesmead which closed this year’s Greenwich + Docklands International Festival fortnight. Every platform attracted wildly enthusiastic plaudits for this dance-theatre version of Jonathan Harvey’s urban fairytale – and there’s no doubt the laurels were deserved. GDIF boss Bradley Hemmings and co-director Robby Graham staged the piece in Thamesmead because the opening night was also the 50th anniversary of the first family to move into the newly-created town. For anyone unfamiliar with the play, there was a lengthy précis in the programme. But for me the plot played second fiddle to the spectacle. Yes, James Rosental and Tom Wohlfahrt as Jamie and Ste, Claire Lambert as mum Sandra, Melissa Bravo as Leah and a talented troupe of dancers and drag queens were all wonderful. But the real star of this show was the production itself which took over a block of empty maisonettes scheduled for redevelopment and,

thanks to amazing digital projections by NOVAK and to Rebecca Brower’s fabulous set, gave us a magical mix of movement, music and image. It was a dazzling finale to the festival’s final week that began just up the road in Woolwich with Graeae Theatre Company’s world premiere of This Is Not For You, staged in the open air in association with the military charity Blesma and First World War commemoration group 14-18 NOW. Two dozen men and women disabled on frontline service with the Army, Royal Navy and RAF took part in Mike Kenny’s work which looked back on a century of warfare from the first shots of 1914 to the horrors of IEDs in Afghanistan. Many of the veterans in This Is Not For You had lost limbs, others had been blinded and several were in wheelchairs. But their message was simple: Don’t pity us – just treat us like anyone else. Director Jenny Sealey’s production, with a score by Oliver Vibrans, wisely let the performers’ quiet humility take centre stage. And the results were inexpressibly moving because in an increasingly dishonest post-truth world here were real heroes speaking from the heart. Brilliant.


Fascinating show of Roman remains A fascinating and occasionally heartbreaking exhibition about funerals in Roman Britain 2,000 years ago is currently on at the Museum Of London Docklands. Hundreds of grave-goods including exquisite glass plates and gold jewellery are on show alongside the skeletons or cremated remains of more than two dozen people from across the empire, some from as far away as Africa. Despite the mournful subject, most of the items in Roman Dead provoke wonder rather than shudders. But be warned - a small area set apart from the main exhibition space at the Canary Wharf museum houses a collection of tiny bones from the graves of newborn babies. Don’t be put off, though, because this free exhibition, which runs October 28, is a treat. Further info

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KIDS Crab-Catching Creekside Discovery Centre 10 to noon WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton Arms PLAY Eigengrau Greenwich Theatre 7.30 JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s

FAMILY Look Out! National Maritime Museum 11, 2 MUSIC The South London Jazz Orchestra Greenwich Park Bandstand 3 TALENT Something For Sunday The Vanbrugh 7

KIDS Object Handling National Maritime Museum 11, 2 FAMILY Great Equatorial Encounter Royal Observatory 12.30, 1.10, 1.50, 2.30 MUSIC Trinity Recital St Alfege 1.05 MUSIC New Power Generation IndigO2 PLAY Eigengrau Greenwich Theatre 7.30

FAMILY Photography Day National Maritime Museum 10-4 PUB QUIZ The Vanbrugh 8.30 JAZZ Ladies Night Oliver’s

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KIDS Baby Broadway Mycenae House 4 PLAY Eigengrau Greenwich Theatre 7.30 COMEDY Chris Mayo, Tez Ilyas, Babatunde, Adam Bloom Up The Creek JAZZ Gordon Webber Trio Oliver’s

Saturday 4

NEEDLEWORK National Day of Stitch Queen’s House 10-1.30 TALK Astronomy & Islam: Astronavigation Royal Observatory 10 KIDS Flotsam Weaving Cutty Sark 11.30, 2 PLAY Eigengrau Greenwich Theatre 7.30 MUSIC Average Funk Band Pelton Arms 9 COMEDY David Ward, Tez Ilyas, Sean Percival, Adam Bloom Up The Creek JAZZ Andrew McKay Quartet Oliver’s

Sunday 5

FAMILY Deep Sea Dance Fever National Maritime Museum 10.30, 11.30, 1, 2 KIDS Flotsam Weaving Cutty Sark 11.30, 2 MUSIC Bromley Concert Band Greenwich Park Bandstand 3 TALENT Something For Sunday The Vanbrugh 7 PLAY Eigengrau Greenwich Theatre 7.30

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PLAY Lost In London Greenwich Theatre 7.30 PUB QUIZ The Vanbrugh 8.30 JAZZ Ladies Night Oliver’s

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FAMILY Did You See It? National Maritime Museum 10.30, 11.30, 1, 2 PLAY Eigengrau Greenwich Theatre 7.30 MUSIC English folk Star & Garter JAZZ Corrie & Co Oliver’s

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KIDS Shipwrecked Creekside Discovery Centre 10.30-12.30 FAMILY Sea-escape Cutty Sark 11.30, 2 KIDS The Sailor’s Last Adventure Painted Hall, ORNC 1.30 PLAY Eigengrau Greenwich Theatre 7.30 WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton Arms PLAY Measure For Measure Severndroog Castle 7.30 JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s

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KIDS Object Handling National Maritime Museum 11, 2 FAMILY Sea-escape Cutty Sark 11.30, 2 MUSIC Trinity Recital St Alfege 1.05 PLAY Eigengrau Greenwich Theatre 7.30 JAZZ NITE Eltham Warren Golf Club 8 PLAY The Bear & The Proposal London Theatre 8

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MUSIC The DD Short Show IndigO2 MUSIC Iron Maiden O2 PLAY Eigengrau Greenwich Theatre 7.30 MUSIC Jazz Nights Mycenae House 8 PLAY The Bear & The Proposal London Theatre 8 COMEDY Quincy, Bobby Mair, Ben Norris Up The Creek JAZZ Harry Johnston Quintet Oliver’s

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CIRCUS Belly Of The Whale Giffin Square, near Albany 12, 3 FOOTBALL Charlton Athletic v Shrewsbury Town. The Valley 3 MUSIC Iron Maiden O2 PLAY Eigengrau Greenwich Theatre 7.30 MUSIC Greenwich Mozart Festival Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra of London St Alfege 7.30 COMEDY Tom Wigglesworth, Maff Brown, Inel Tomlinson, Ben Norris Up The Creek JAZZ Meskala Oliver’s

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KIDS Orienteering Woodlands Farm Trust 10-2 KIDS Sea Stories National Maritime Museum 10.30. 11.30, 1, 2 KIDS Bach To Baby Mycenae House 11 FILM/OPERA Vanessa From Glyndebourne Greenwich Picturehouse 6.30 FAMILY Walking With Dinosaurs O2 7 MUSIC English folk Star & Garter JAZZ Corrie & Co Oliver’s

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HEALTH Cycle to Work Day 2018 Info: www. KIDS Duck Swim & Boat Race Creekside Discovery Centre 10 to noon FAMILY Photography Day National Maritime Museum 10-4 KIDS Pirate Pig Woodlands Farm Trust 11-3 KIDS Magic Figureheads Cutty Sark 11.30, 2 FAMILY The Sailor’s Last Adventure Painted Hall, ORNC 1.30 PLAY The Jungle Book Greenwich Theatre 2 FAMILY Walking With Dinosaurs O2 3 WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton Arms JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s

Thursday 16

KIDS Pond-dipping Woodlands Farm Trust 10 KIDS Object Handling National Maritime Museum 11, 2 KIDS Magic Figureheads Cutty Sark 11.30, 2 FAMILY Great Equatorial Encounter Royal Observatory 12.30, 1.10, 1.50, 2.30 MUSIC Trinity Recital St Alfege 1.05 PLAY The Jungle Book Greenwich Theatre 2 FAMILY Walking With Dinosaurs O2 3

Friday 17

MUSIC Salsamotion Severndroog Castle 6.30 PLAY The Jungle Book Greenwich Th 2, 7 FAMILY Walking With Dinosaurs O2 3, 7 MURDER MYSTERY New Eltham Community Production The Centre, New Eltham Methodist Church, Footscray Rd 7.30. £12. Book a table O20 8851 9881 PLAY Joy Division London Theatre 8 MUSIC Bruise Electric Pelton Arms 9 COMEDY Otiz Cannelloni, Matt Stellingwerf, Dane Baptiste Up The Creek JAZZ Basil Hodge Quartet Oliver’s

Saturday 18

FAMILY Photography Day National Maritime Museum 10-4 FUN RUN 5k or 10k Greenwich Park 10 FAMILY Low-Tide Walk Creekside Discovery Centre 11 FAMILY Walking With Dinosaurs O2 11, 3, 7 DANCE Conseqüències Giffin Square, near Albany 12, 3 WORKSHOP Fan-Making Greenwich Market 12.30, 2, 3.30 MUSIC Tom Gamble Guitar recital, St Alfege 1 DANCE D-Construction Giffin Square, near Albany 1, 4 PLAY The Jungle Book Greenwich Theatre 2, 7 FILM Attack The Block (2011) Royal Observatory 6.30 MUSIC Sounds Of The World Nepali & Ethiopian folk. Tramshed 7 MURDER MYSTERY New Eltham Community Production The Centre, New Eltham Methodist Church, Footscray Rd 7.30. £12. Book a table O20 8851 9881

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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: Feathered Fans From Around The World, till Sept 23. Closed Mondays. 12 Crooms Hill, Greenwich. 020 8305 1441 Old Royal Naval College: The Visitor Centre, daily. Blackheath Halls: Undergoing restoration. 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: 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 Greenwich Heritage Centre: Artillery Square SE18 4DX. 020 8854 2452 Greenwich Gallery: Linear House, Peyton Place SE10 8RS Civil Service Retirement Fellowship: St Alfege Hall 3rd Tues each month 11am GWest Gallery: Greenwich West Centre 141 Greenwich High Rd SE10 9JA 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

PLAY Joy Division London Theatre 8 COMEDY Otiz Cannelloni, Matt Stellingwerf, Jason Patterson, Dane Baptiste Up The Creek MUSIC The Mish Mash Pelton Arms 9 JAZZ Francesco Lo Castro Oliver’s

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FAMILY Walking With Dinosaurs O2 11, 3 KIDS Into The Deep National Maritime Museum 11, 2 PLAY The Jungle Book Greenwich Th 2, 7 MUSIC Galaxy Big Band Greenwich Park Bandstand 3 PLAY Joy Division London Theatre 6 MUSIC The Mayans Pelton Arms 6 TALENT Something For Sunday The Vanbrugh 7

Monday 20

PUB QUIZ The Vanbrugh 8.30 JAZZ Ladies Night Oliver’s

Tuesday 21

KIDS Snug Harbour National Maritime Museum 10.30, 11.20, 1, 2 FAMILY Wildlife Explorers Woodlands Farm Trust 11-3 PLAY The Jungle Book Greenwich Theatre 2 MUSIC English folk Star & Garter FOOTBALL Charlton Athletic v Peterborough United. The Valley 7.45 JAZZ Corrie & Co Oliver’s

Wednesday 22

FAMILY Teddy Bears’ Picnic Woodlands Farm Trust 10-4 KIDS Treasure Hunt Creekside Discovery Centre 10.30am, 2 FAMILY Art Of Macramé Cutty Sark 11.30, 2 FAMILY The Sailor’s Last Adventure Painted Hall, ORNC 1.30 PLAY The Jungle Book Greenwich Theatre 2 WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton Arms PLAY Blinds London Theatre 8 JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s

Thursday 23

KIDS Object Handling National Maritime Museum 11, 2 FAMILY Art Of Macramé Cutty Sark 11.30, 2

MUSIC Trinity Recital St Alfege 1.05 PLAY The Jungle Book Greenwich Theatre 2 NATURE Bat Walk Woodlands Farm Trust 8 PLAY Blinds London Theatre 8 JAZZ NITE Eltham Warren Golf Club 8 JAZZ Tadgh Walsh-Peelo Oliver’s

Friday 24

FAMILY Pirate Craft Activity Severndroog Castle 10.30-11.30am PLAY The Jungle Book Greenwich Th 2, 7 MUSIC Tiwa Savage IndigO2 MUSIC Dennis Greaves Blues Jam Pelton Arms MUSIC Britney Spears O2 PLAY Blinds London Theatre 8 COMEDY Kevin McCarthy, Peter White, Dave Fulton Up The Creek

Saturday 25

DANCE EXO Giffin Square, near Albany 1, 3 FAMILY Drop-In Wildlife Centre, Greenwich Park 1-4 PLAY The Jungle Book Greenwich Th 2, 7 FOOTBALL Charlton Athletic v Fleetwood Town, The Valley 3 MUSIC Youssou Ndour & Le Super Etoile de Dakar IndigO2 MUSIC Britney Spears O2 PLAY Blinds London Theatre 8 MUSIC The Sound Of Pop Art Pelton Arms 9 COMEDY Kevin McCarthy, Phil Jerrod, Junior Simpson, Simon Brodkin Up The Creek JAZZ Basil Hodge Quartet Oliver’s

Sunday 26

FAMILY Gifting & Giving National Maritime Museum 11, 2 PLAY The Jungle Book Greenwich Th 1, 5 MUSIC Greenwich Concert Band Greenwich Park Bandstand 3 PLAY Blinds London Theatre 6 MUSIC Black Star & Hypnotic Brass Ensemble IndigO2 MUSIC Mez & The Fezzes Pelton Arms TALENT Something For Sunday The Vanbrugh 7 MUSIC Britney Spears O2

Monday 27

KIDS Celebrating Me! National Maritime


Museum 11, 2 MUSIC Mardi Gras Jazz Band Greenwich Park Bandstand 3 MUSIC Jazzy Jeff’s Big Band Pelton Arms PLAY Blinds London Theatre 8 PUB QUIZ The Vanbrugh 8.30 JAZZ Ladies Night Oliver’s

TALENT Something For Sunday The Vanbrugh 7 COMEDY Kevin Hart O2

Monday 3

COMEDY Kevin Hart O2 PUB QUIZ The Vanbrugh 8.30 JAZZ Ladies Night Oliver’s

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Wednesday 5

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

KIDS Geeks In The Creek Creekside Discovery Centre 10 to noon WRESTLING WWE Live O2 WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton Arms JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s

Thursday 30

KIDS Object Handling National Maritime Museum 11, 2 MUSIC Trinity Recital St Alfege 1.05 FILM/RECITAL Jonas Kaufmann From Berlin Greenwich Picturehouse 6.30

Friday 31

COMEDY Up The Creek JAZZ Francesco Lo Castro Oliver’s EVENT Gin Bop Rivington, Greenwich High Road . £10 early birds. 020 8293 9270

PERFORMANCE Sirens Greenwich Theatre 7.30 MUSIC English folk Star & Garter JAZZ Corrie & Co Oliver’s PERFORMANCE Sirens Greenwich Theatre 7.30 WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton Arms JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s

Thursday 6

MUSIC Trinity Laban Recital St Alfege 1.05 FILM/PLAY Julie From National Theatre Greenwich Picturehouse 7 MUSIC Barry Manilow O2 CHAT An Evening With Lennox Lewis IndigO2 PERFORMANCE Sirens Greenwich Theatre 7.30 JAZZ NITE Eltham Warren Golf Club 8

Friday 7

CELEBRATION The Old House Show Old Royal Naval College 10-5 MUSIC Barry Manilow O2 PERFORMANCE Sirens Greenwich Theatre 7.30

Saturday 8 Saturday Sept 1

KIDS The Tall Ships Cutty Sark 11.30, 2 COMEDY Kevin Hart O2 MUSIC Yo Gotti IndigO2 PLAY The Just London Theatre 8

Sunday 2

FAMILY Low-Tide Walk Creekside Discovery Centre 11 KIDS The Tall Ships Cutty Sark 11.30, 2 PLAY The Just London Theatre 5

SALE Books/Arts&Crafts Age Exchange 10-4 FAMILY Astronomy & Islam Royal Observatory 10 ONBLACKHEATH Squeeze, Divine Comedy, Billy Bragg, Norman J, Huey Morgan, James Taylor Blackheath Common WALK Architectural Tour with Will Palin Old Royal Naval College 2.30 FOOTBALL Charlton Athletic v Wycombe Wanderers. The Valley 3 RUGBY Blackheath v Old Elthamians Well Hall 3 MUSIC Barry Manilow O2 PERFORMANCE Sirens Greenwich Theatre 7.30 MUSIC BKB 13 IndigO2 CABARET The Magic Theatre London Th 8

Sunday 9

ONBLACKHEATH Paloma Faith, De La Soul, Corinne Bailey Rae, Lightning Seeds, London Afrobeat Orch Blackheath Common GONGS International Pakistan Prestige Awards IndigO2 TALENT Something For Sunday The Vanbrugh 7 MUSIC Arctic Monkeys O2

Monday 10

TALK Anthea Streeter: Dame Zaha Hadid Arts Society Greenwich, King William Court, University of Greenwich 7.45 MUSIC Arctic Monkeys O2 MUSIC Folk & Blues Bob Hope Theatre PUB QUIZ The Vanbrugh 8.30 JAZZ Ladies Night Oliver’s

Tuesday 11

KIDS Guess How Much I Love You Greenwich Theatre 10, 2 MUSIC English folk Star & Garter JAZZ Corrie & Co Oliver’s

Wednesday 12

FILM/PLAY The Merry Wives Of Windsor From the RSC. Greenwich Picturehouse 7 MUSIC Arctic Monkeys O2 WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton Arms JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s

Thursday 13

MUSIC Trinity Laban Recital St Alfege 1.05 MUSIC Arctic Monkeys O2

Friday 14

FILM Black History Month screening GFMA event, Charlton House 7.30

Saturday 15

FILM The Theory Of Everything (2014) Royal Observatory 6.45

Sunday 16

FAMILY Low-Tide Walk Creekside Discovery Centre 11 FUNDRAISER MyCool Singers Greenwich Theatre 6 TALENT Something For Sunday The Vanbrugh 7

Monday 17

PUB QUIZ The Vanbrugh 8.30 JAZZ Ladies Night Oliver’s

Tuesday 18

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

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Monday Oct 1

COMEDY Adam Kay Greenwich Theatre 7.30 PUB QUIZ The Vanbrugh 8.30 JAZZ Ladies Night Oliver’s

Tuesday 2

MUSIC Shania Twain O2 PLAY Measure For Measure Greenwich Theatre 7.30 MUSIC English folk Star & Garter JAZZ Corrie & Co Oliver’s

Wednesday 3

MUSIC Shania Twain O2 PLAY Measure For Measure Greenwich Theatre 7.30 WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton Arms JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s

Thursday 4

MUSIC Trinity Laban Recital St Alfege 1.05 FILM/PLAY The Winter’s Tale From the Globe. Greenwich Picturehouse 7.15 PLAY Measure For Measure Greenwich Theatre 7.30 MUSIC A Country Night In Nashville IndigO2 JAZZ NITE Eltham Warren Golf Club 8

Friday 5

MUSIC Trinity Laban Wind Ensemble Old Royal Naval College chapel 1.05 MUSIC Musiq Soulchild, Tweet & Glenn Lewis IndigO2 COMEDY Michael McIntyre O2 PLAY Measure For Measure Greenwich Theatre 7.30

Saturday 6

FOOTBALL Charlton Athletic v Coventry City, The Valley 3 RUGBY Blackheath v Rosslyn Park Well Hall 3 FILM/OPERA Aida From NY Met Greenwich Picturehouse 5.55 PLAY Measure For Measure Greenwich Theatre 7.30 COMEDY Michael McIntyre O2 MUSIC Giants Of Lovers Rock IndigO2 PLAY The Just London Theatre 8

Sunday 7

PLAY The Just London Theatre 6 COMEDY Michael McIntyre O2 TALENT Something For Sunday The Vanbrugh 7 MUSIC Blues Night GFMA event at the Earl of Chatham SE18

Monday 8

TALK Dr Paul Roberts: Hadrian, Man Of Mystery Arts Society Greenwich event, King William Court, University of Greenwich 7.45 PUB QUIZ The Vanbrugh 8.30 JAZZ Ladies Night Oliver’s

FILM/MUSIC Cliff Richard 60th anniversary tour. Greenwich Picturehouse 3 TALENT Something For Sunday The Vanbrugh 7 COMEDY Michael McIntyre O2 MUSIC Koray Avci IndigO2 DANCE Dracula - Welcome To D’s Greenwich Theatre 7.30

Monday 15

FILM/BALLET Mayerling From Covent Garden. Greenwich Picturehouse 7.15 PUB QUIZ The Vanbrugh 8.30 JAZZ Ladies Night Oliver’s

Tuesday 16

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

Wednesday 17

KIDS Bing Live! Bing Goes To The Theatre Greenwich Theatre 1, 4 MUSIC Jeff Lynne’s ELO O2 WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton Arms JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s

Thursday 18

KIDS Bing Live! Bing Goes To The Theatre Greenwich Theatre 10, 1 FILM/MUSIC Cliff Richard 60th anniversary tour. Greenwich Picturehouse, noon MUSIC Trinity Laban Recital St Alfege 1.05 MUSIC Jeff Lynne’s ELO O2

Friday 19

TALK Dr Leon Barron: Advances In Forensic Science Blackheath Scientific Society event, Mycenae House 7.45 MUSIC Enrique Iglesias O2

Saturday 20

FOOTBALL Charlton Athletic v Barnsley, The Valley 3 RUGBY Blackheath v Moseley Well Hall 3 FILM/OPERA Samson & Delilah From NY Met. Greenwich Picturehouse 5.55 MUSIC Jeff Lynne’s ELO O2 COMEDY Wahala: Jamaica v Africa IndigO2 JAZZ NITE Eltham Warren Golf Club 8

Sunday 21

TALENT Something For Sunday The Vanbrugh 7 MUSIC Nancy Ajram IndigO2 MUSIC Jeff Lynne’s ELO O2

Monday 22

JAZZ Ladies Night Oliver’s

Tuesday 23

MUSIC U2 O2 FOOTBALL Charlton Athletic v Oxford United, The Valley 7.45 MUSIC English folk Star & Garter JAZZ Corrie & Co Oliver’s

Wednesday 24

MUSIC U2 O2 WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton Arms FILM/PLAY The Imp[ortance Of Being Earnest JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s From the Vaudeville Theatre. Greenwich Thursday 25 Picturehouse 5.55 TALK Graham Dolan: The Royal Observatory MUSIC Trinity Laban String Ensemble & Greenwich Generating Station Greenwich St Alfege 1.05 TALK Tobias Capwell: Reconstructing The Industrial History Society event, Old Real Richard III Arts Society Blackheath Bakehouse, Blackheath 7.30 event, St Mary’s Church Hall, Cresswell Park 2 PLAY Here Greenwich Theatre 7.30 BLUESFEST John Fogerty O2 MUSIC English folk Star & Garter MUSIC Warlock & His British Contemporaries JAZZ Corrie & Co Oliver’s King Charles Court 7.30

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Wednesday 19

WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton Arms JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s

Thursday 20

MUSIC Trinity Laban Recital St Alfege 1.05 MUSIC The Drifters Clubhouse IndigO2 DANCE Skin Greenwich Theatre 7.30 MUSIC 50 Cent O2 JAZZ NITE Eltham Warren Golf Club 8

Friday 21

new church’s consecration KIDS Hey Diddle Diddle Albany 1, 3 PLAY Club Class London Theatre 6 TALENT Something For Sunday The Vanbrugh 7 COMEDY The League Of Gentlemen O2

Monday 24

PERFORMANCE The Garden For learning disabled adults & their carers. Albany 11, 1 PUB QUIZ The Vanbrugh 8.30 JAZZ Ladies Night Oliver’s

Tuesday 25 MUSIC Julie Felix GFMA International Day of MUSIC English folk Star & Garter Peace event. Mycenae House 7.30 MUSIC Cabaret Playroom Albany 8 PERFORMANCE Sigma Albany 7.30 JAZZ Corrie & Co Oliver’s TALK Dr Adam Masters: The Ice Giants Blackheath Scientific Soc, Mycenae House 7.45 Wednesday 26 MUSIC Kylie Minogue O2 Saturday 22 PLAY The Beauty Queen Of Leenane TOUR London Open House Weekend Bob Hope Theatre 7.45 Old Royal Naval College 10-5 RUGBY Blackheath v DMP Well Hall 3 FOOTBALL Charlton Athletic v Plymouth Argyle. The Valley 3 PERFORMANCE Sigma Albany 7.30 DANCE Skin Greenwich Theatre 7.30 PLAY Club Class London Theatre 8

Sunday 23

TOUR London Open House Weekend Old Royal Naval College 10-5 CELEBRATION St Alfege 300th anniversary of

WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton Arms JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s

Thursday 27

MUSIC Trinity Laban Recital St Alfege 1.05 TALK Malcolm Jones: The Honourable and Dishonourable Art of Acting The Arts Society Blackheath, St Mary’s Hall, Cresswell Pk 2 FILM/PLAY King Lear From National Theatre Greenwich Picturehouse 7 MUSIC Kylie Minogue O2 PLAY An Enemy Of The People Greenwich Theatre 7.30 PLAY The Beauty Queen Of Leenane Bob Hope Theatre 7.45

Friday 28

MUSIC Trinity Recital Age Exchange, noon MUSIC Kylie Minogue O2 PLAY An Enemy Of The People

Greenwich Theatre 7.30 MUSIC Miranda Sykes Mycenae House 7.30 PLAY The Beauty Queen Of Leenane Bob Hope Theatre 7.45

Saturday 29

FAMILY Harvest Festival The Woodlands Farm Trust, noon-5 PLAY An Enemy Of The People Greenwich Theatre 7.30 PLAY The Beauty Queen Of Leenane Bob Hope Theatre 7.45 CLUBBING Kisstory IndigO2

Sunday 30

TALENT Something For Sunday The Vanbrugh 7 MUSIC Soft Cell O2 COMEDY Kenny Blaq IndigO2 MUSIC Handel’s Esther St Alfege 7.30 PERFORMANCE Ventoux Greenwich Theatre 8

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Wednesday 10

PLAY And Then There Were None Bob Hope Theatre 2.30, 7.45 PLAY Here Greenwich Theatre 7.30

Thursday 11

MUSIC Trinity Laban Recital St Alfege 1.05 PLAY And Then There Were None Bob Hope Theatre 2.30, 7.45 COMEDY Michael McIntyre O2 PLAY Here Greenwich Theatre 7.30

Friday 12

PLAY And Then There Were None Bob Hope Theatre 2.30, 7.45 COMEDY Michael McIntyre O2 MUSIC Magic Of Motown IndigO2 PLAY Here Greenwich Theatre 7.30

Saturday 13

SALE Books/Arts&Crafts Age Exchange 10-4 PLAY And Then There Were None Bob Hope Theatre 2.30, 7.45 PLAY Here Greenwich Theatre 2.30, 7.30 COMBAT MTK MIxed Martial Arts IndigO2 COMEDY Michael McIntyre O2

Sunday 14

FAMILY Low-Tide Walk Creekside Discovery Centre 11

Friday 26

MUSIC Trinity Laban recital Age Exchange 12 BLUESFEST Robert Plant, Van Morrison O2 BLUESFEST Raphael Saadiq IndigO2 MUSIC Africa Night GFMA event at Mycenae House 7.30

Saturday 27

HOBBY SELMEC Meccano Show Eltham UR Church, 1 Court Rd, Eltham, SE9 5AD. 10.30– 4.30. £5; Accompanied children FREE FILM/OPERA La Fanciulla Del West From NY Met. Greenwich Picturehouse 5.55 BLUESFEST Zac Brown Band O2 BLUESFEST Robert Cray Band IndigO2

Sunday 28

COMEDY Juliette Burton Greenwich Th 7.30

Monday 29

JAZZ Ladies Night Oliver’s

Tuesday 30

PLAY Hannah & Hanna In Dreamland Tramshed 7 MUSIC English folk Star & Garter JAZZ Corrie & Co Oliver’s

Wednesday 31 JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s

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Charity blames council over £200k

book festival a sunny success THE sun shone over book lovers of all ages during the Greenwich Book Festival. With nearly 70 separate events, the festival took place in a variety of locations around the borough in June and also two days at the University of Greenwich at the Old Royal Naval College, writes MAUREEN STAPLETON. Young Adult novelists Patrick Ness and Angie Thomas spoke to a full house about their two Carnegie Award-nominated books and then signed books for more than an hour afterward. Nina Stibbe recalled her time at Thames Polytechnicwhich later became the University of Greenwich – with some of her former professors and classmates. In front of a sold-out audience, Dolly Alderton and Emma Gannon discussed new ways of working. Kipper the dog wandered the grounds as children and their families went to learn how to make comics from Neill Cameron or to make some unicorns with Fabi Santiago or laughed with Philip Ardagh and Elissa Elwick. Ged Adamson, the first Illustrator in Residence of the festival, was on hand throughout the festival to capture the action, including the mudlarking along the Thames, the Victorian architecture walk, the Trinity Laban Quartet playing in the courtyard, the vintage double-decker bus serving tea on the lawn of the Old Royal Naval College and Squeeze’s Chris Difford in conversation. University of Greenwich staff gave free public lectures on topics as diverse as the future of publishing, cookery book writing in the 17th century, the future of digital publishing and reading during World War II. Greenwich Theatre hosted two days of events, including a student showcase featuring plays by creative writing students on Friday, and historic plays about the suffragette movement on Saturday. The book festival also went on the road this year, bringing events to other parts of Greenwich. Charlton Lido played host to a discussion on books about swimming with four authors. Author Ciara Flood visited Woolwich Library and Blackheath Library and made walruses with toddlers. Thomas Tallis and John Roan schools welcomed Muhammad Khan, who spoke to students about his new novel I Am Thunder. Greenwich Book Festival hopes to return for its fifth year in June 2019. Info:

A CHARITY that has given children a taste of education outdoors for 90 years has been force to close – and is blaming Greenwich Council.

Wide Horizons says it was expecting a £200,000 loan to match £200,000 pledged by supporters – but the offer was withdrawn in “a last minute U-turn.” Its nine centres closed their doors on July 31 and 75 people lost their jobs. It said 44,000 children would lose educational opportunities including a special residential event for children with HIV and AIDS this August at their Margaret McMillan centre in Kent. A message on its website reads: “We’re really sorry to have to tell you that Wide Horizons has ceased trading.” The charity’s chief executive Peter Rogers OBE said: “It’s tragic. We’re bitterly disappointed as they implied until yesterday that they would support us. “Over 70 per cent of Greenwich schools rely on Wide Horizons to provide outdoor education. Yet, coincidentally, this decision has been made once all schools have broken up for the summer holidays. “This results in Greenwich Council avoiding any backlash from schools, parents and pupils who will now miss out on life-changing trips already booked for the next school year.” Chair of Trustees for Wide Horizons John Russell said: “This is amazingly short-sighted. It will almost certainly cost them more than £200,000 to secure

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and maintain properties that Wide Horizons currently lease from Greenwich council that will be left redundant and will need new people to run them.” The charity says it “teaches children as young as two about the wider world around them through environmentally focused activities such as habitat walks, river studies and pond dipping. Greenwich Council leader Dan Thorpe said that late last year Greenwich and Lewisham councils “underwrote a £1.4m loan to Wide Horizons based upon a new business model” but a few months later the charity asked for more, blaming financial difficulties. He said: “Our assessment was that additional funding would only keep the charity afloat until the end of this year. “We made it clear we could not provide more funding unless they developed a more sustainable business model. To claim we made a ‘last-minute U-turn’ is wrong.”

WAY UP HIGH: Walk over O2

Sky walk to thank war generation SAY Thank You to the generation who lived through the war, served, sacrificed and changed our world by taking an amazing walk here in Greenwich. The Royal British Legion is organising a Walk To Remember – a 90-minute climb across the roof of the O2 on its a 190m walkway. Halfway across you’ll have a spectacular views of London. You are expected to raise at least £150 for the charity, which provides welfare services including Admiral Nurses, Battle Back Centre, Care Homes and Grants scheme to help our Armed Forces and families. The walk is on Saturday August 11 (10.30am). To t a k e p a r t c o n t a c t Community Fundraiser Jemma Cottam-Verbruggen: email Jcottam-verbruggen@ or register on www.eventbrite.

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HOWEVER spectacular your own home is, the view of London from Greenwich is very special indeed. Paul Stabholz sent us this joyous picture of himself and son Santino in Greenwich Park after a memorable summer’s day here. Paul told us: “We spent the most wonderful day at the Royal Observatory! Send us a photo. Email: I was giving my son his last birthday


1 What were the character names of the two hitmen in Pulp Fiction? 2 Who wrote the children’s book The Gruffalo? 3 Who had a hit single in 1981 with Romeo And Juliet? 4 What do the names Charlie, Oscar, Victor, Mike and Juliet have in common? 5 The original Live Aid concerts were held at Wembly and Philadelphia on July 13 in which year? 6 Who captained Jules Verne’s submarine Nautilus? 7 Which famous fictional character was born on July 31 1981? 8 Which two months are named after Roman Emperors? 9 Which war was ended by the signing of an armistice on July 27 1953? 10 Who is the only American President to have been born on July 4? Answers: 1 Vincent Vega and Jules Winnfield. 2 Julia Donaldson. 3 Dire Straits. 4 They are names in the NATO phonetic alphabet. 5 1985. 6 Captain Nemo. 7 Harry Potter. 8 July and August. 9 The Korean War. 10 Calvin Coolidge. and catch his leg-end-ary quiz at the Morden Arms in Circus Street, Greenwich, every Weds evening (except the first one each month).



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