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DECEMBER 2018 No 98
Have YOU tried musical Christmas pillar box? see page 4
I’ve done jingle after jingle all the day...
SQUEEZE STAR’S FOODBANK GIG see page 7
CHANGE OF NAME FOR OLD ROYAL NAVAL COLLEGE?
HILHAIRIOUS POLLARD’S PANTO TRIUMPH - PAGE 3
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Victory for cruise port campaigners...and common sense
abandon ships! Owners scrap plan for ‘toxic’ liner terminal
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THEY’VE done it! People power has forced the owners of a proposed “toxic” cruise liner port in Greenwich to abandon their plans.
The decision came after a long campaign by residents who said because there was no onshore electricity ships mooring would run their engines for power and pump out deadly diesel fumes. Morgan Stanley – the Canary Wharf-based US bank which was developing the port with Barratt London until the builder pulled out – insists work at the site will
carry on with more apartment blocks and, campaigners hope, a riverside park by the Thames. But it confirmed: “We are discussing revised plans and proposals…that would no longer include a cruise terminal.” Laura Eyres, of the East Greenwich Residents Association which led the campaign, said: “We are all absolutely dancing for joy. This is fantastic news after three years’ tireless campaigning and is the right result. Local people and families Turn to Page 4
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letter to The Times – a very traditional way to make a point about a very traditional issue. Should the Old Royal Naval College be renamed the Greenwich Palace and Royal Hospital? The Foundation that manages and maintains the site is said to want a regal title to attract more visitors. The chairs of the Greenwich, Blackheath and Westcombe Societies – though full of praise for the charity – wrote to The Thunderer to complain. Although the palace of Placentia was here, they write, “No remains…are extant today, its foundations buried under the Wren buildings which for 300 years until 1997 served as a Hospital for Seamen and then as the Royal Naval College. A new title which ignores the naval and maritime history of the buildings where Nelson lay in state and where thousands of sailors spent their last days is both misleading and
NELSON’S COLUMN The Greenwich Visitor’s admirable social diary, brought to you by the spirit of Horatio Nelson
inaccurate.” Spot on. The Royal Navy’s proud history here is a big draw and a vital part of our Maritime Greenwich sell. Nelson was a sailor, not a King. Better to celebrate that than risk gaining a reputation for hooking people in by overselling something that they can’t really see.
otels here trade on our World Heritage Site status. But do they really care about it? Travelodge on Blackheath Road in Greenwich has
had grafitti outside for “several months” yet fails to respond to complaints, reader Mike Curry tells us. “It makes our neighbourhood look unloved.” Come on Travelodge. Clean it up. ord reaches us that a new shopping outlet at the O2 is not exactly busy during the day. Another failure to drive customers to the dome outside
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 seven famous isn’t it? Yes, days a week from it’s one of the oldest 10am to 5.30pm r o it is in London. There’s reenwich including Bank been a market here Holidays. And since the 1300s – opens later on WANT TO ADVERTISE? and in 2016 the We d n e s d a y s HAVE A STORY? t h r o u g h D u k e o f Yo r k Call Matt on 07802 743324 December so officially unveiled can sock a major renovation. Matt@TheGreenwich uyou p f o r Visitor.com Christmas. Is the Foot Tunnel working yet? There was a badly handled £11.4m refurb in 2012, but problems persist in the 116-year-old 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
movement 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 – good or bad. Please email details to Matt@TheGreenwichVisitor.com Is anyone using the cable car (left) yet? Cheek! The Emirates Air Line isn’t much use for getting about – although we’re assured some people use it to commute to work – and often shuts in high winds, but it is a futuristic attraction we love. It’s a great way to get to The Crystal at Royal Victoria Dock, where technology giant Siemens’ has built a showcase about life in future cities. Fascinating stuff! We’re visiting. What should we do today? You’ve picked up a Greenwich Visitor – good start. Next visit the Tourist Information Centre. Its award-winning staff are in the Discover Greenwich centre inside the Old Royal Naval College. Get advice, buy tickets for boats, tube, DLR, rail, buses and coaches, book tours and buy tickets for London attractions...if you really must leave Greenwich. 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!
busy concert hours would do little to appease restaurant owners whose takings may not reflect the rent. So... did you even know the outlet was there? When will the O2 engage and play its part in of the life of Greenwich, rather than remain aloof and apart? ongratulations to Andrew Pollard and the team behind another fabulous Greenwich Theatre panto. Robinson Crusoe is the great dame’s 14th performance here and the standard never dips. ampaigners against a toxic cruise liner terminal here deserve high praise too too. They insisted for around four years that the port at Enderby Wharf must have on-shore electricty rather than allowing ships to burn diesel for power. Site owner Morgan Stanley has finally seen sense and scrapped the project. Fair play to them. But now residents must work to shape what happens next and create green space amid dense development. Good luck!
This is the place where groups and people tell us what they do, why, And how you can help. This month:
Advocacy in Greenwich Safe Places scheme
PEOPLE with learning disabilities say they can feel scared, intimidated and unsafe when out in Greenwich and don’t know where to get help if they need it. A Safe Place is a shop, café or community building which displays a window sticker so people with a learning disability know they can get support or shelter. The Safe Places scheme has been set up by Advocacy in Greenwich with funding from The Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime with support from Greenwich Council and the Metropolitan Police. The latest Safe Place here is Charlton House – a historic 1612 building with library, tea rooms and function spaces – run by Royal Greenwich Heritage Trust. If you have a learning disability and would like to use Safe Places please visit the website and email or call 020 8293 3720. You will get a pack containing a registration form, leaflet and Safe Place card. Once you have signed up it means that if you are out and about and you feel scared, lost or unsafe you can look for a Safe Place sticker, go inside and show your card to a member of staff.
WHY WE’RE HERE
Safe Places in the borough include: Greenwich: The Forum@ Greenwich, Tesco Express, Greenwich Mencap Office, East Greenwich Fire Station, West Greenwich Library, The Greenwich Centre and Library, Greenwich Theatre. Charlton: Boyle House (Day Opportunites), Charlton House, Charlton Library. Woolwich: The Woolwich Centre, Woolwich Library, The Riverwood Project, Clockhouse Community Centre, Woolwich Common Community Centre, The Tramshed. Thamesmead: Thamesmere Library. Abbey Wood: Abbey Wood Arts Project (Day Opportunties), Abbey Wood Library, Abbey Wood Community Centre. Plumstead: Trinity Centre, Slade Centre Library and Children’s Centre. Shooters Hill: Shrewsbury House. Blackheath: Mycenae House Community Centre Kidbrooke: OneSpace Cafe. Eltham: Eltham Centre, Eltham Library, Sherard Road Centre (Day Opportunties), Coldharbour Library, Middle Park Community Centre. New Eltham: New Eltham Library.
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MILES HEDLEY’S VERDICT ON GREENWICH PANTO ROBINSON CRUSOE
BRAVE: Arabella Rodrigo as Monotopha PIRATE KING: Matt Jolly as Robinson and Anthony Spargo as Gingerbeard
ISLE LOVE YOU: Matt Jolly as Robinson with Michaela Bennison as Polly
FISHY TALE: Andrew Pollard as Dolly
Pictures: Robert DAY
WHAT possible connection is there between Brexit, Donald Trump, dentistry, TV academic Mary Beard and Christmas?
CRU! what a scorcher
The answer – of course – is Andrew Pollard’s annual panto extravaganza at Greenwich Theatre. This year he has gone back into the archives and given us his version of Robinson Crusoe, a panto favourite in Victorian times, and it is without doubt as good as anything he’s done before. Pollard not only writes and directs but also stars in this fabulous show as the hero’s mum Dolly, a shellfish seller at Deptford docks. During the course Greenwich Theatre, best possible of two hours of gagCrooms Hill proof of how a-minute fun, he and well they the rest of the cast achieved that. lampoon everything Until A n t h o n y and everyone in the January 13 Spargo, who has n ew s to d a y – w hi l e become Greenwich’s never losing sight of the traditional panto villain, fact that this is at heart a was magnificent as pirate king Christmas treat for the whole Gingerbeard, a cross between family. The laughter and cheers of the Captain Jack Sparrow and Harold 3 0 0 - p l u s c h i l d r e n a t t h e Steptoe that had kids and adults performance I saw, at 10 o’clock on booing and hissing every time he a wet November morning, were the walked on stage. And the rest of the
Fabulous gag-a-minute Pollard classic cast were just as good. Matt Jolly as our hero Robinson and Michaela Bennison as his true love Polly were suitably dashing and somehow managed to keep a straight face as they swashed their buckles through the increasingly madcap action. Tom Guest and Lizzy Dive were irrepressible as Captain Wally Windblower – cue any number of gags! – and ship’s figurehead Saucy Nancy. And Arabella Rodrigo hit all the right notes with her amazing singing as sky-goddess Nimbus and
as Native American Manotopha. She also had a wonderful little cameo as Gingerbeard’s mother Mary Beard who prattled on endlesslessly about history. Full marks too to the ensemble of Sarah Dare, Ejiro Richmond, Mia Yuill and James-Paul McAllister, who never missed a beat in the song-and-dance routines. Speaking of which, the live music was as much a star of the show as the script and cast. Musical director and pianist Steve
Markwick, guitarist Gordon Parrish and drummer Chris Wyles were pitch-perfect as they played a score that included original songs and thunderous covers ranging from the Rolling Stones’ Sympathy For The Devil to the Dolly Parton–Kenny Rogers’ classic Islands In The Stream. And the set and costumes by Cleo Pettitt beautifully captured the seasonal silliness of the show. But in the end it’s the jokes that had the packed house calling for more. I won’t spoil it for you but the dentist sketch is one of the funniest things I’ve ever witnessed on a stage. There were any number of terrific gags about contemporary issues such as Brexit, a side-splitting sequence featuring the President of the United States, a neat nod to c o m e d y l e g e n d M a x Wa l l ’s association with Greenwich Theatre and – naturally – an almost nonstop onslaught of puns. I don’t know how this panto could possible be any better. I do know, however, that you’d be crazy not to see it before it closes on January 13.
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Miles Hedley’s pick of this month’s best events. Our unique 3-month listings begin on Page 14
ROBINSON CRUSOE After a year off, Andrew Pollard returns to Greenwich Theatre’s stage with this peerless panto based on Daniel Defoe’s castaway classic and awash with raucous fun, plenty of songs and dances, loopy plotlines and more brilliant jokes than ever. The best possible Christmas curtain-raiser. Till Jan 13
PINOCCHIO Carlo Collodi’s timeless classic about a wooden marionette and his doting maker Geppetto is brought thrillingly to life at the Albany in a family show that combines puppetry and circus with magical music and a spellbinding set. A surefire seasonal hit for kids (and adults) of all ages. Dec 2-29
10 TO DO DECEMBER
Speaking of classics, this world-famous fairytale featuring a handsome prince, a wicked queen, a poisoned apple, seven dwarves and a girl’s search for love is the unmissable treat offered by Greenwich and Lewisham Young People’s Theatre at the Tramshed. Dec 8, 9, 15, 16, 22 & 23
RANGANATHAN & WIDDICOMBE Red-hot stand-ups Romesh and Josh both have major UK tours next year and this informal gig in the recital room at Blackheath Halls will be an opportunity for each of them to try out new material. Their turns may only be works in progress but they’re still guaranteed to be a hoot. Dec 13
DING DONG MERRILY Black comedy at the London Theatre in New Cross about four friends who meet for dinner on Christmas Eve and find they have opened several cans of particularly unpleasant worms as well as a selection of festive bottles. It’s exactly the sort of theatrical fare this intimate venue excels in. Dec 14&15
Enderby Wharf jingle cards... cruiser victory From Page 1
living on both sides of the river in Greenwich and Tower Hamlets will be heaving a sigh of relief.” Greenwich and Woolwich MP Matthew Pennycook said of the news: “As someone who has been fighting since day one for a clean, green Enderby Wharf cruise liner terminal or none at all, I’m absolutely delighted by the announcement that the scheme has been abandoned.” He praised Greenwich Council leader Dan Thorpe for a U-turn on his earlier support for the scheme, adding: “Few will ever know just how much work went into securing this outcome. “Credit in particular to Dan Thorpe for reversing the Council’s policy on the issue and to all the residents who put so much time and effort into campaigning against the scheme over many years.” In a letter, Morgan Stanley told Greenwich Council: “Creating a cruise terminal at Enderby was strongly supported by the previous leadership of the council and the former Mayor of London, as well as being a planning condition without which the original scheme would not have been granted approval. The Council’s position…has clearly changed, as has the Mayor’s office, following concerns raised by the local community. “As the indirect owner of the site, we have taken this change into account and listened to the comments expressed by both the council and the wider community.” Campaigner Laura added: “This is very welcome news for the many who campaigned for years for the terminal plans to be scrapped or altered to include a much cleaner onshore power supply to avoid ships running generators while moored. “It’s a golden opportunity for the next two sections of the East Greenwich riverside – Enderby Wharf and Morden Wharf – to be considered together in terms of how they are developed. “We thank everyone that signed our petition,
WISH it could be Christmas posting day every day? You will, once you use this musical post box in Cutty Sark Gardens in Greenwich. It plays festive tunes when you post a card – as this family discovered. It’s one of four in the UK installed by Royal Mail. The others are in Edinburgh, Belfast and Cardiff. And if you’re looking for something to post, this wonderful image (below) by Don Albrecht is on the Friends of Westcombe Woodlands’ Christmas card this year. They cost four for £5 and help raise funds for the group which manages the hidden wood by Maze Hill Station in East Greenwich. Info: westcombewoodlands.org
A CHRISTMAS CAROL Thea Musgrave’s acclaimed opera based on Charles Dickens’ great novel gets a welcome revival at Laban theatre. Is there a finer festive fable than this redemptive story about miserly Ebenezer Scrooge? Part of Trinity’s dazzling Venus Blazing season spotlighting women composers. Dec 14&15 VICTORY: Campaigners at Enderby Wharf
OPUS ANGLICORUM This renowned vocal ensemble will sing a programme of medieval carols in a mustsee concert at St Alfege’s parish church. The evening will also include a series of Yuletide readings by actress Carole Boyd, adored by millions as the voice of Lynda Snell in Radio 4 soap The Archers. Dec 15
PANTO HORSE RACE Up to 30 teams will take part in the annual celebration of silliness that sees the field totter through the streets of Greenwich from Devonport House to Royal Hill. As well as raising laughs they’ll also be raising cash for youth cancer charity YOUCAN and their target, with your help, is £25,000. Dec 16
THE MESSIAH Handel’s masterpiece is a true Christmas
tradition and you can enjoy the oratorio in all its glory in the wonderful surroundings of the Old Royal Naval College chapel when it is performed by a Trinity Laban choir directed by Ralph Allwood and accompanied by organist Richard Gowers. Dec 16
GFMA PARTY Gold-plated local charity Global Fusion Music & Arts present what the organisers describe as a festive shenanigan at Mycenae House. Folk duo The Kimberleys top a bill that also features Greenwich Blues Band, Sonic Blue and Lucca. Guaranteed to put you in the Christmas mood. Dec 21
helped with crowdfunding donations, supported us on social media and shouted so loud that we could no longer be ignored. It shows what the community can achieve when it comes together and is supported by groups and parties on all sides, not to mention the local press who have played a massive part in helping us resuscitate this campaign when it had failed at the High Court and at the EU. “We thank Morgan Stanley for listening to us and taking the concerns of the community on board. “We applaud our local council for backing us and keeping the pressure up to secure the right outcome for its residents. We look forward to being part of the conversation as to what happens at Enderby Wharf now. “We still have work to do though. This campaign has highlighted the lack of emissions controls on the Thames and we will carry on with our campaign to tackle the cruise ships that are already coming to the Port of London Authority’s pier in West Greenwich every summer.” The controversial port plan was first announced in 2010 by Greenwich Council, which granted planning permission in 2012. A year later original developer West Properties told the Greenwich Visitor the first ships would moor in 2014. But air pollution fears sparked a campaign against the plans with EGRA getting support from the EU and securing a Judicial Review in the High Court. In March 2018 The Greenwich Visitor revealed new developer Barratt London had pulled out leaving Morgan Stanley on its own. The following month campaigners told through our pages how they were determined there would be a clean port or no port at all.
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THAMES MUDLARK NICOLA’S CAMPAIGN FOR MEMORIAL JOB DONE: Timothy after switch-on
Big light out for Timothy
SCHOOLBOY Timothy Pellegrino switched on Christmas in Greenwich after winning a contest for the honour. The Abbeywood School pupil, seven, pressed the button after a raucous countdown at Greenwich Market. He said: “I’m so happy I won – it really feels like Christmas now!” Crowds had watched the parade of 50 handmade lanterns from the Old Royal Naval College, led by Trinity Laban jazz band Tunnel Chops. Gillie Bexson, of Greenwich Hospital, the charity which operates the historic market, said: “These children may be our future designer makers.” Greenwich Market – packed with stalls, shops and world food – open seven days a week with late shopping till 8pm on Wednesday until December 19.
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Millions of pets were put down as Britain faced the crisis of World War Two. A fascinating find in Greenwich by artist and Thames mudlark Nicola White has led to a campaign to build a memorial to them. She tells us why.
DOG TAG: Bonzo’s ID, which Nicola (right) found by Thames
AT low tide, the Thames reveals amazing secrets and untold stories. My favourite finds are always the ones with fascinating local links.
Like clay pipes made at Woolwich, Plumstead and Deptford. Or a luggage tag belonging to a World War One soldier who lived in Woolwich Road. As a Thames mudlark – with a Port of London Authority permit to search the foreshore – this summer at Greenwich I found a small metal tag, which at first I thought might be a shopping trolley token. In fact it was a corroded tag from a dog’s collar, engraved: Bonzo Tabner, 21 Pelton Road. Greenwich. A search of the electoral register confirmed that a Tabner family had indeed lived there from the early 1900s. Miraculously I even managed to trace Bonzo’s owner – now in her 90s. c o i n c i d e n t a l l y, She confirmed, through Bonzo’s War. It told tidelineart.com & her grandsons, that Bonzo justgiving.com/crowd- of the plight of over fundingww had been her dog but she 2million household 2petsmemorial had no idea how the tag pets put down during ended up in the Thames. World War Two on Bonzo had been evacuated Government advice. during the war and she recalled she With food in short supply was delighted to be reunited with and pets not allowed into bomb him Bonzo when war ended. shelters, people were told it would But others weren’t so lucky. be kinder to euthanise their pets. As I researched Bonzo’s tag a As a dog owner I could only shocking story emerged that I was imagine how dreadful this must have totally unaware of. I came across a been. When I shared this information book by Clare Campbell called, on my YouTube channel people
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suggested raising money for a permanent memorial to them. There is a memorial in London to forces animals who died during conflict but not to the everyday pets – mostly cats and dogs. After talking to Clare, I set up an online appeal
and have now raised almost £2,600. Ideally I’d love to place a memorial plaque along the Thames Path, close to where I found Bonzo’s tag. If I hadn’t found this tiny tag belonging to a dog from Pelton Road called Bonzo, I would never have discovered the story of these pets. The 19th century MP John Burns said: “The Thames is Liquid History.” In fact I think it’s a giant liquid story book. Each time I go down to the river banks at low tide, more amazing stories are revealed.
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SINGER’S SOLO SHOW TO HELP TRUSSELL TRUST SQUEEZE star Glenn Tilbrook is asking fans to help foodbanks when he plays in Blackheath this month. Glenn – playing a home town show during his solo autumn UK tour – is promoting awareness of the Trussell Trust which supports a network of foodbanks around the country. There will be a drop-off point for food and cash donations and Glenn is giving the Trust all profits from merchandise at the gig, at Blackheath Halls on December 14. Glenn says: “It’s shameful that in the 21st century there are people that can’t afford to put food on the table. Anyone – from any walk of life –can fall on dire times, and I hope that by doing this tour it will remind people that there is a very real need. “Most of us can do something to help - giving some food or a little money – and I hope people coming to the shows are inspired to donate.” Greenwich Foodbank – supported by the Trussell Trust – needs tinned goods including fruit, peas, carrots, rice, custard and longlife fruit juice. Try to avoid beans and pasta. If you need the Foodbank’s help call 07771 830549. Info: glenntilbrook.com trusselltrust.org greenwich.foodbank.org.uk SINGER WRONG-RIGHTER: Glenn supports food bank trust on his winter tour
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See new Advent display each night till Christmas ADVENT Windows returns for its twelfth instalment this Christmas – with a brilliantly decorated display revealed each night until December 24.
The theme is Field of Dreams and includes windows at the Cutty Sark, Greenwich railway station, schools, pubs, businesses and homes, writes MAUREEN STAPLETON. Media used includes models, sculpture, collages and multimedia installations, Pamphlets and maps are available so you can walk the streets in Greenwich town centre to see them. A stroll around to see all 24 will take around three hours. On the final day a life-sized nativity scene will be presented at St Alfege – the historic church in Greenwich town centre which organises the annual event. Windows stay on display until January 2. Pamphlets and maps are available at Greenwich Tourist Information Centre, St Alfege Church and West Greenwich Library. Info: www.adventwindows.com or follow on Twitter or Instagram at @adventindows
COMMUNITY CAROL CONCERT GREENWICH and Bexley Community Hospice holds its annual Carol Concert on Friday December 7 (8.30) at the Old Royal Naval College. Tickets are £20 including a festive drink, mince pie and programme. Tickets and info: communityhospice.org.uk or call 020 8319 9230.
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University of Greenwich Stephen Lawrence Gallery
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ecember?! Well 2018 went quickly didn’t it? The month of December brings certain adjectives to mind: damp, cold, windy, damp, frosty, misty, grey, damp. But there’s Christmas to look forward to. What you think about Christmas depends on where you are in life and your personality. For kids and the young at heart Christmas is a time of fun and excitement – for those a little older or less optimistic bah humbug can set in. I’m trying hard to not succumb to the latter and throwing myself in to the festive season. An office outing to the pantomime at Greenwich Theatre has been arranged and I shall join my friend Reverend Moody for the excellent carol service at St Alfege Church. n Greenwich Park the festive season sees the return of Christmas tree sales near Blackheath Gate. One of my abiding memories of Greenwich Park will be seeing over-enthusiastic parents struggling along Bower Avenue with a huge Nordmann Christmas tree. I guess they get home eventually but probably not without unseasonal expletives. It happens every year, but many’s the time I have also picked a tree that’s too big for the car or too tall for the living room and had to trim it down. aving implied that December is not my favourite month I have to qualify that by saying that Boxing Day in Greenwich Park can be one of my favourite days of the year. For a start everyone is in a good mood. Children are out riding their new bikes and scooters. Families and friends meet up and
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dogs are enjoying a bit of exercise. It feels as though the whole Park is smiling. The only other day of the year that compares is the London Marathon. or the horticultural-minded there are seasonal flowers to enjoy. The spring bedding in the Flower Garden is resplendent with Primula, Pansies, Bellis and Myosotis but that’s a bit of a cheat! I am thinking about the winter flowering trees and shrubs. One of the best is the bright yellow Winter Jasmine which grows against the wall near Chesterfield Gate. This is one shrub I would never be without in the garden. It flowers reliably from December to January and is an excellent cut flower for the Christmas table. Who cares if you have no scent if you look that good without it. If it is Winter scent you are after, you’d be hard-pressed to do better than plant some Sarcococca. This unassuming, low growing evergreen shrub produces unassuming white flowers all winter with the most exquisite sweet scent. Assistant Park Manager Michael has cleverly planted some beside the park gates on Maze Hill so that you are greeted with a whiff of scent as you enter and leave. ointing the way to Spring is the Winter Flowering Cherry Prunus subhirtilla (Autumnalis). This flowers from November to March with white single flowers that look great if you cut a branch and bring it indoors. There is a pink form – Rosea – but I prefer the white. You can find specimens near Chesterfield gate and half way down The Avenue. Happy Christmas.
e were thrilled when BBC Celebrity MasterChef winner, EastEnders actor and Eltham resident John Partridge came to Eltham Library to get the Festive Season in Eltham off to a great start! Our wonderful Make a Noise choir began the evening with show songs for the packed audience and were rewarded with cakes he’d baked and brought along. John told of his life in Manchester CAKE: as a child John in Eltham and his education, including his dance and acting training. ohn spent some time as a teenager at the Doreen Bird School and one of his teachers was in the audience – so there was a moving reunion. John was warm and emotional and shared how he felt about his mother’s dementia and death which brought many people to tears. He recounted some hilarious stories of his cooking experiences at home and insights in to the recording of MasterChef. e invited two younger members of the audience to judge his chocolate cake. They took their role seriously and the
interaction between John and the children was so entertaining it added to a great event. His cakes were enjoyed by an appreciative audience. John stayed on to talk to many of his fans on a a night to remember. He even promised to return when his cookbook is published! e couldn’t do community events without our fantastic library service at the Eltham Centre, which has become our community hub. GLL (Better) runs the services in Greenwich, and in Eltham we have a library team which responds positively to requests and ideas from our community for activities from crafts, exhibitions and talks to a unique event such as the visit by the MasterChef winner. It had started with a tweet from Eltham Arts congratulating John and suggesting a visit, but it was Miriam Storey, manager of Eltham Library, who made it happen. Many thanks! o Christmas is coming! Have a great time. There are carol concerts and pantos all over Eltham and SE9 so have fun. Have a very happy, creative Christmas.
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It comes as no surprise to see this friendly restaurant – inaugural winner in 2011 and again in 2012 – return to top spot with their excellent offering of old-school favourites and delicious Nepalese specials. There was also a hat-trick for another well-established Greenwich business – the Mogul Home Dining Kitchen. They continue to set the standard in food quality, packaging and delivery and has been named Favourite Dedicated Takeaway Restaurant for the second year running and the third time in total. The award for Outstanding Service goes to Kesar – a Curry Club favourite despite only setting up a few months ago. Serving a superb Tandoori Platter, it looks certain to be in the running in the coming years. Trafalgar Road has a long history of South Indian restaurants but few really worked until Pathiri opened under the ownership of Mr Kutty. His approach of serving authentic INSPIRING: Keralan dishes at good prices – and a Md Afizur Rahman BYO policy – means Pathiri wins the Cross since 1957. And we’re award for Outstanding Value. delighted that the family of the The Favourite Newcomer is King of man who started this institution has Punjab on the Isle of Dogs. Owner Tony Chahal agreed the new award carries his name. has established an excellent restaurant in his The inspiring story of Md Afizur Rahman year in business following an innovative epitomises how the curry industry grew here. partnership with the Ferry House pub. It serves Originally from a village near Kolkata – then authentic, top-quality Punjabi food above the called Calcutta – he had sold salt to earn his popular E14 pub and works closely with them. passage to England in the 50s. He found a job in The Panas Gurkha in Lewisham picks up our a glass factory near New Cross and saved Special Award this year for Outstanding enough money for his dream – to open a Vegetarian and Vegan Food. It offers a superb restaurant, then called Curry Mahal. range and you can’t help but get caught up in the This was a time when the country was just enthusiasm of owner Mr Sujan. Meat eaters be discovering the joys of curry but 61 years later warned: you will be converted! the restaurant and shisha bar is still going strong. We are thrilled to launch a new award this The restaurant is now run on the same site by year – the Md Afizur Rahman Award for daughter Shrina, who ensures classics like Dum Outstanding Contribution to the Curry Community. Many restaurants and the people Phukt, Tawa Chicken and Rara Gosht keep on lives on. behind them work hard to ensure the industry coming and that a young man’s dream Daniel Ford we love continues to thrive – none more so than firstname.lastname@example.org winner Karri Twist, which has served New @greenwichcurry
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he Ivy in Blackheath offers festive cocktails till Sunday December 30. We like the sound of a Merry Martini with Monin pumpkin spice syrup, Absolut Vanilla Vodka and Baileys Irish Cream. And if we get a white Christmas, who’s for a Snowball Fight dessert – Christmas pudding ice cream, crisp gingerbread, pine cones and brandy sauce? eading for Greenwich Park? New caterers, Benugo, have moved in. Park Manager Graham Dear recommends the winter soup “as the perfect accompaniment to a stroll around the Park.” Will do. But it’s a bit of a blow that the kiosk near General Wolfe’s statue no longer serves up a bacon roll...though you can get “a new take on loaded fries.” Loaded fries? We’re there to walk off the calories, not add them! butcher is not just for Christmas. And thankfully we have some fine ones here including JJ Sparkes at Blackheath Standard and Drings in Greenwich. Although it’s their busiest time of the year they tell me there’s no deadline for ordering – just do it so as soon as poss! ulian Pryke’s The Fishmonger in Circus Street has closed after 15 years. Let’s hope another quality food provider will take over the quirky little space. ondering how long to cook your turkey? Make sure the oven is preheated and meat is room temperature and, whatever you do, don’t overcook it. Give it plenty of time to rest. Remember it still cooks while it rests. pen or Closed? Twitter is twitching with speculation on whether cult London coffee and cocktail spot Grind’s new Greenwich site is or isn’t. The answer is Yes. Perhaps the throngs are back of the cavernous former Bar du Musée and Jamie’s Italian site? Or does it just look so shabby chic that people aren’t going in? If you visit let us know your thoughts. ood Food in Greenwich launched a No Waste campaign this year. As part of this initiative Rhodes Bakery is donating surplus bread. They’ll be talking about this and Veg Cities – a new national campaign of Sustainable Food Cities – at a network meeting, on December 11 at artFix in Woolwich (10-12). hat does 2019 offer for foodies? Lucie Greene of JWT Innovation says we’ll be looking for cleaner takes on classics – think healthy curry. Veganism will continue to rise so bye-bye beef burger, hello fried avocado tacos. The global frozen food market is expected to rise 6 per cent. And if you’re trendy you’ll be ordering dishes inspired by nature including lichen, seaweed and a Filipino citrus called Calamansi. Obviously, not all in the same dish. Happy New Year!
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What This Is, Is…
Pure genius Contemporary dance is like abstract art – both are pure forms of collaboration between creator and viewer. This thought struck me midway through a performance at Laban theatre by Julie Cunningham because her work has all the restless energy and spiritual depth of a Jackson Pollack action painting yet only fulfils its mission when an audience makes its input. What’s more, ten different audience members will likely have ten different interpretations of what the piece means. But that’s the joy of all modern art. What’s not open to interpretation is that Cunningham’s grand theme is the human condition and the two works on show at Laban – m/e and To Be Me – were profoundly personal takes on that. The first, performed solo on a bare stage, featured her in restless and repeating motion, as if contrasting the cyclical nature of life with the intellectual and emotional insights sparked by the creative process. Cunningham, looking androgynous with cropped hair and shapeless costume, also seemed to be making a point about breaking free from the narrow limitations of gender. And the sense of exploring contrasts was further underscored by soundtracking the piece with modern electronica counterpointed by a ravishing Shostakovich piano concerto and by pepper-
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DANCE, sound, film and light joined forces in choreographer Marina Collard’s existential investigation entitled What This Is, Is… at Laban theatre. Centred on a flimsy white cube daubed to look like a breezeblock building, Tina Krasevec and Rahel Vonmoos moved around it and crept into it through a low gap as sound designer Paul Newland’s electronic throbs rippled the surface and inverted films of woodland and salt-marsh by Tom Paine and Tony Wadham glimmered on the oscillating canvas. This combination, enhanced still further by Michael Mannion’s stark lighting, raised troubling questions about our perception of reality and about whether what we think of as sanctuary is really imprisonment. The work had even greater intensity by the audience being part of the show, Collard calling us all up on the stage with her dancers, demolishing the fourth wall between audience and performers, reality and fantasy. It felt like a combination of Pink Floyd’s alienation epic The Wall and Antony Gormley’s great installation Blind Light – and it was as powerful as both. And it brought to a Read Miles Hedley’s glorious close a fabulous autumn season arts blog on of dance laid on by hedintheclouds. Trinity Laban. wordpress.com
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ing her choreography with allusions to her ballet training as well as to her time with contemporary dance legend Merce Cunningham (no relation). Finally, she innately offered one other contrast – the ability to preserve an almost supernatural stillness while in the very act of moving. The second part of the evening featured her with three other dancers - Hannah Burfield, Eleanor Perry and Seira Winning – who, dressed in startling mirror-image costumes of scarlet and black, plunged into the realms of gender divisions to the sound of performance poet Kate Tempest retelling the Greek myth of Tiresias whom the gods turned into a woman and later turned back into a man, albeit a blind one. Tempest’s poetic cycle is a magnificent exploration of gender. But by the end of the show I was left feeling that Cunningham would prefer that gender was simply an irrelevance. This was a stunning evening of thought-provoking art that challenged our most basic beliefs about what it is to be a human being. It’s a tribute to Trinity Laban and producer Kat Bridge that we were given the chance to see it.
early music festival round the corner at the church of St Michael and All Angels, a strange Victorian gothic confection that perfectly reflected the festival’s sense of oddness. The best of the performances I saw was by Wezi Elliott who brilliantly revealed the subtle delicacy of the mighty theorbo. Each lunchtime and evening All Saints parish church hosted lovely concerts by the likes of Junior Trinity, the dazzling Flanders Recorder Quartet and acclaimed chamber ensemble Da Camera. And each night there was a gala concert featuring major early music stars, including a programme of wonderful melancholic music by the Chelys viol consort at St Margaret’s and, as a grand finale for the festival, a barnstorming celebration of Handel at St Alfege’s by the marvellous Thomas Tallis Society Choir and the Orchestra of The Sixteen. If you’ve never been to this festival, do your ears – and your soul – a favour and buy yourself a ticket next autumn.
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MUSIC Ada Witczyk, Milosz Sroczynski Violin & piano recital, Charlton House 1 MUSIC Trinity Laban recital ORNC chapel 1.05 PANTO Robinson Crusoe Greenwich Th 2, 7 MUSICAL Cabaret Laban 2.30, 7.30 ASTRONOMY An Evening With The Stars Royal Observatory, from 5.25 FUNDRAISER Carol Concert For Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice. ORNC chapel 7 MUSIC Bee Gees’ Tribute Indig02 MUSIC Trinity Laban Symphony Orchestra Blackheath Halls 7.30 MUSIC KT Bush Band Mycenae House 7.30 CABARET Cocoa Butter Club’s Winter Wonderland Albany 8 MUSIC Rock’n’Roll Prince Of Greenwich 8 COMEDY Up The Creek
Book Early for next year The annual International Early Music Festival returned to newly revamped Blackheath Halls this year with its usual array of the unusual. Shawms, curtals, crumhorns, rebecs and serpents lined up alongside tambors, theorbos, hurdy-gurdies, gitterns and psalteries to catch the public’s attention in the exhibition that attracts buyers, sellers and makers from around the world. And there were dozens of performances by expert players of instruments that now seem to us to be downright bizarre. Take the theorbo, for example. It’s a giant lute that, standing on its end, is the same height as an average British male. And speaking of lutes, why did some of them have half a dozen strings while others had more than 20? The most likely explanation I heard was that rich medieval folk who could afford such things liked showing off. During the three days of the festival, there were regular 40-minute recitals
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Any talk of living guitar heroes almost inevitably zooms in on Messrs Clapton, Beck and Page. But there are others who are just as amazing such as legendary Yes maestro Steve Howe. And if anyone had forgotten how good he is, he set out his very considerable stall in a mesmerising acoustic gig at the Albany. Over 90 minutes, Howe revisited his remote past – he started playing in 1959 – took us through his prog pomp and brought us firmly up to date with compositions from the recent past. In short, he gave us a potted history of rock and roll. His programme included a brilliant version of Trambone – made famous by his own hero, pioneering guitar-picker Chet Atkins. His days with Yes were covered by memorable versions of – among others - Masquerade, The Ancient, Mood For A Day, Clap and, of course, Roundabout. And his latest works were represented by No Initial, a moving tribute to his musician son Virgil who died last year from a heart attack aged just 41. The song added extra poignancy to the fact the Albany gig was raising funds for an award in honour of young local musician Ed Renshaw who committed suicide after a long battle with depression. Howe rounded off his stunning set with Sketches In The Sun, from the 90s. The crowd may have been small for a man who once sold out stadiums around the world. But what we lacked in numbers we more than made up for in love for this extraordinary talent. Earlier, we were treated to 20-minute sets by Renshaw award-winners – Jay Johnson, Sacha Thomas and Jack Patchett. If they are typical of the new generation of guitarists, musiclovers have nothing to fear.
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KIDS Pinocchio Albany 10.30, 1 KIDS Knitmas: A Winter Yarn Greenwich Th Studio 11, 2 TEA DANCE Blackheath Halls 1.30 MUSIC James Wolfe School St Alfege 6 MUSIC English folk Star & Garter JAZZ Ellie Bignall Quartet Oliver’s
KIDS Pinocchio Albany 10.30, 1 MUSIC Royal Greenwich Brass Band St Alfege 1.05 PANTO Robinson Crusoe Greenwich Th 2, 7 MUSIC Ultimate Christmas Party O2 MUSIC Christmas Carols Mycenae House 7 MUSIC The Overtones Indig02 MUSIC Sarah Jane Prince Of Greenwich 8 JAZZ Oleg Golovetsky Oliver’s
KIDS Knitmas: A Winter Yarn Greenwich Th Studio 11 PANTO Robinson Crusoe Greenwich Th 2, 7 FAMILY Baby Broadway Mycenae House 4 ASTRONOMY An Evening With The Stars Royal Observatory, from 5.25 COMBAT Battle Of The Bodies Indig02 MUSIC Christmas Shenanigans GFMA event, Mycenae House 4 MUSIC Rock’n’Roll Prince Of Greenwich 8 COMEDY Up The Creek JAZZ Alam Nathoo Quartet Oliver’s
KIDS Art & Design Club NMM 10-1 KIDS Knitmas: A Winter Yarn Greenwich Th Studio 11 KIDS Art & Design Club NMM 10-1 KIDS Pinocchio Albany 11, 2 KIDS Knitmas: A Winter Yarn Greenwich FAMILY Drop-In Wildlife Centre, Greenwich Theatre Studio 11 Park 1-4 KIDS Pinocchio Albany 11, 2 PANTO Robinson Crusoe Greenwich Th 1, 5 FAMILY Singalong With Santa Severndroog PANTO Snow White Tramshed 2, 5 Castle 12.30-2.30 FOOTBALL Charlton Ath v Gillingham. Valley 3 BALLET Sleeping Beauty ASTRONOMY An Evening With The Stars Blackheath Halls 1.30, 3.45 Royal Observatory, from 5.25 PANTO Robinson Crusoe Greenwich Th 2, 7 BOXING Whyte v Chisora II O2 PANTO Snow White Tramshed 2, 5 MUSIC Bernice & Colin Prince Of Greenwich 8 OPERA Thea Musgrave’s A Christmas Carol COMEDY Up The Creek Laban 2.30, 7.30 FOOTBALL Charlton v AFC Wimbledon. Valley 3 JAZZ Tom Harrison Oliver’s Sunday 23 FILM/OPERA La Traviata From NY Met. KIDS Knitmas: A Winter Yarn Greenwich Picturehouse 5.55 Greenwich Th Studio 10.30 PLAY Ding Dong Merrily London Theatre 7 KIDS Pinocchio Albany 11, 2 MUSIC Icarus Club Blackheath Halls 7.30 PANTO Robinson Crusoe Greenwich Th 1, 5 MUSIC Opus Anglicorum St Alfege 7.30 PANTO Snow White Tramshed 2, 5 MUSIC Jeff Wayne’s War Of The Worlds O2 MUSIC Kwaff Prince Of Greenwich 2.30 COMEDY Up The Creek FILM/BALLET The Nutcracker From Bolshoi. JAZZ Francesco Lo Castro Oliver’s Greenwich Picturehouse 3 Sunday 16 TALENT Something For Sunday Vanbrugh 7 FAMILY Xmas Crafts Severndroog Castle 10-11 Monday 24 KIDS Knitmas: A Winter Yarn KIDS Knitmas: A Winter Yarn Greenwich Th Studio 10.30 Greenwich Th Studio 10.30 KIDS Find The Hidden Elves Severndroog KIDS Pinocchio Albany 11, 2 Castle 10.30-3.30 PANTO Robinson Crusoe Greenwich Th 1, 5 FUNDRAISER Pantomime Horse Race For Youth Cancer Support. Devonport House start PUB QUIZ Vanbrugh 8.30 JAZZ Ladies Night Oliver’s 11. After-race party at Prince Of Greenwich Tuesday 25 KIDS Pinocchio Albany 11, 2 HAPPY CHRISTMAS, EVERYONE! FAMILY Low-Tide Walk Creekside Discovery Centre 11-1 Wednesday 26 PANTO Robinson Crusoe Greenwich Th 1, 5 KIDS Knitmas: A Winter Yarn PANTO Snow White Tramshed 2, 5 Greenwich Th Studio 11 MUSIC Lost Chords Prince Of Greenwich 2.30 PANTO Robinson Crusoe Greenwich Th 2, 7 TALENT Something For Sunday Vanbrugh 7 MUSIC Boxing Day Special Prince Of MUSIC Handel’s Messiah ORNC chapel 7 Greenwich 2.30 OPERA Christmas At Sea Cutty Sark 7.30 FAMILY Disney On Ice O2 6.30 MUSIC Blackheath Christmas Concert WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton Arms Blackheath Halls 7.30 JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s MUSIC Paul McCartney O2 Thursday 27 Monday 17 FAMILY Disney On Ice O2 10.30, 2.30 KIDS Pinocchio Albany 10.30, 1 KIDS Pinocchio Albany 11, 2 KIDS Knitmas: A Winter Yarn FAMILY Storm Shakers Cutty Sark 11, 2 Greenwich Th Studio 11, 2 MUSIC Trinity Laban recital St Alfege 1.05 MUSIC Brandenburg Ensemble PANTO Robinson Crusoe Greenwich Th 2, 7 Blackheath Halls 1.10 Friday 28
KIDS Knitmas: A Winter Yarn Greenwich Th Studio 11 FAMILY Storm Shakers Cutty Sark 11, 2 KIDS Pinocchio Albany 11, 2 PANTO Robinson Crusoe Greenwich Th 2, 7 FAMILY Disney On Ice O2 2.30, 6.30 MUSIC Diodato Trio Prince Of Greenwich 8 COMEDY Up The Creek
A Choral Christmas Cracker Seasonal singing with the choirs of St George’s Westcombe Park Church and Blackheath Centre for Singing.
Thursday 20 December 7.00pm Free Entry
PANTO Robinson Crusoe Greenwich Th 11, 3 FAMILY Disney On Ice O2 2.30 FILM/CONCERT Berlin Philharmoniker Greenwich Picturehouse 4 PUB QUIZ Vanbrugh 8.30 COMEDY Welcome In New Year Up The Creek JAZZ Hogmanay Party Oliver’s CLUBBING Kisstory Indig02 9
Tues January 1
A Festive Gigaroonie
Hosted by Global Fusion, Mycenae House and Sonic Promotions. Featuring live music from The Kimberleys / Bruise, Greenwich Blues Band, Sonic Blue, Lucca & more.
Friday 21 December
FOOTBALL Charlton Ath v Walsall. Valley 3 MUSIC English folk Star & Garter JAZZ Johnny & Co Oliver’s
7.30pm £5 on the door
FAMILY Disney On Ice O2 2.30 PANTO Robinson Crusoe Greenwich Th 7 JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s
MUSIC Trinity Laban recital St Alfege 1.05 FAMILY Disney On Ice O2 2.30 PANTO Robinson Crusoe Greenwich Th 7
FAMILY Disney On Ice O2 2.30 PANTO Robinson Crusoe Greenwich Th 7 PANTO Aladdin Bob Hope Theatre 7.30
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ROADWORKS TOUR 2019
FAMILY Disney On Ice O2 10.30, 2.30, 6.30 PANTO Robinson Crusoe Greenwich Th 2, 7 PANTO Aladdin Bob Hope Theatre 2, 5.30 PANTO Aladdin New Eltham Community Productions, New Eltham Methodist Church, Footscray Road SE9 3UL. 3, 7.30. £8. 020 8851 9881 or email@example.com FOOTBALL Charlton Ath v Sunderland. Valley 3 RUGBY Blackheath v Plymouth Well Hall 3
FAMILY Disney On Ice O2 10.30, 2.30 PANTO Robinson Crusoe Greenwich Th 1, 5 PANTO Aladdin Bob Hope Theatre 2 TALENT Something For Sunday Vanbrugh 7 MUSIC Blues Night GFMA event, Earl of Chatham, Woolwich 7.30
MUSIC Folk & Blues Bob Hope Theatre 7.45 PUB QUIZ Vanbrugh 8.30 JAZZ Ladies Night Oliver’s
MUSIC English folk Star & Garter JAZZ Johnny & Co Oliver’s
PANTO Robinson Crusoe Greenwich Th 1, 7 JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s
PANTO Robinson Crusoe Greenwich Th 1, 7 MUSIC Trinity Laban recital St Alfege 1.05
PANTO Robinson Crusoe Greenwich Th 2, 7 ASTRONOMY An Evening With The Stars Royal Observatory, from 5.25 PANTO Aladdin Bob Hope Theatre 7.30 PANTO Aladdin New Eltham Community
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Thursday 7 February 7.30pm Tickets £18
020 8858 1749
Mycenae House, 90 Mycenae Road, Blackheath, SE3 7SE
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Albany, Deptford Lounge: Douglas Way SE8 4AG. 020 8692 4446 thealbany.org.uk Bakehouse Theatre: Age Exchange, Blackheath Village SE3 9LA. 020 8318 9105 Blackheath Conservatoire: 19-21 Lee Rd SE3 9RQ. 020 8852 0234 conservatoire.org.uk Blackheath Halls: 23 Lee Road SE3 9RQ. 020 8463 0100. blackheathhalls.com Bob Hope Theatre: Wythfield Rd SE9 5TG. 020 8850 3702. bobhopetheatre.co.uk The Centre: New Eltham Methodist Ch, Footscray Rd. newelthammethodist.org.uk Charlton House: Charlton Rd SE7 8RP. 020 8856 3951 Clarendon Hotel: Montpelier Row SE3 0RW. 020 8318 4321. clarendonhotel.com Creekside Discovery Centre: Creekside SE8 0208 692 9922 creeksidecentre.org.uk The Duke: 125 Creek Rd SE8 3BU. 020 8469 8260 The Eltham Centre: 2 Archery Road SE9 1HA. 020 8921 4344 Eltham Palace: Court Yard SE9 5QE. 020 8294 2548. english-heritage.org.uk The Forum: Trafalgar Rd SE10 9EQ. 0208 853 5212. firstname.lastname@example.org Greenwich Communications Centre: 164 Trafalgar Rd SE10 9TZ. 020 8269 2103 Greenwich Heritage Centre: Artillery Square, Royal Arsenal, Woolwich SE18 4DX Greenwich Theatre: Crooms Hill SE10 8ES. 020 8858 7755. greenwichtheatre.org.uk Greenwich West Community Centre: 141 Greenwich High Rd SE10 8JA Guard House: No1 Street, Woolwich Arsenal SE18 6GH Laban Theatre: Creekside SE8 3DZ. 020 8463 0100 www.trinitylaban.ac.uk London Theatre: 443 New Cross Rd SE14 6TA. 020 8694 1888. thelondontheatre.com Mycenae House: 90 Mycenae Rd SE3 7SE 020 8858 1749 mycenaehouse.co.uk National Maritime Museum: Romney Rd, SE10 9BJ 020 8858 0045 www.nmm.ac.uk 02, Indig02, Building 6, Brooklyn Bowl: 0844 8560202 www.theo2.co.uk Old Royal Naval Coll, Discover: SE10 9LW. 020 8269 4799 oldroyalnavalcollege.org Oliver’s: 9 Nevada St SE10 9JL. 020 8858 3693 www.oliversjazzbar.co.uk Pelton Arms: 23-5 Pelton Street SE10 9PQ 020 8858 0572. peltonarms.com Prince Of Greenwich: 72 Royal Hill SE10 8RT 020 8692 6089 St Alfege: Greenwich Church St. 020 8853 0687. st-alfege.org Severndroog Castle: Off Shooters Hill SE18 3RT. severndroogcastle.org.uk The Star And Garter: 60 Old Woolwich Rd SE10 9NY. 020 8305 1144 Tramshed Theatre: 51-53 Woolwich New Rd SE18 6ES. 020 8854 1316 glypt.co.uk Trinity Laban: King Charles Court SE10 9JF. 020 8463 0100. trinitylaban.ac.uk Up The Creek (UTC): 302 Creek Rd SE10 9SW. 020 8858 4581. up-the-creek.com Woodlands Farm: 331 Shooters Hill Rd 8319 8900 thewoodlandsfarmtrust.org.uk
MARKETS Greenwich Market: 10-5.30. Sat, Sun, Mon: Arts & crafts, food, fresh produce. Tues, Wed: Food, fresh produce, homewares. Thurs: food, antiques & collectables, crafts. Fri: Food, arts & crafts, antiques & collectibles Greenwich Vintage Market: 8am-6pm Tues, Thurs, Sat, Sun. Moonlight market 8am-10pm last Friday of the month Clocktower Market: 166 Greenwich High Rd. Sat, Sun 10-4. 50 quirky stalls specialising in vintage, retro and antiques. 07940 914204 Blackheath Farmers’ Market: Blackheath Station, 10-2 every Sun. lfm.org EXHIBITIONS/CRAFTS/COMMUNITY Fan Museum: The Romantic Age: European Fans 1810-1840. Till Dec 30. Closed Mon. 12 Crooms Hill, Greenwich. 020 8305 1441 fan-museum.org.uk Old Royal Naval College: The Visitor Centre, daily. ornc.org Blackheath Halls: blackheathhalls.com Age Exchange: Carers’ group Mon, knitters Thurs, preschool rhyme-time Fri. Old Bakehouse, Bennett Pk SE3 9LA. age-exchange.org.uk. National Maritime Museum: Insight Astronomy Photographer Of The Year, daily 10am-5pm. Till 5 May 2019. rmg.co.uk Royal Observatory: Hubble Vision, till 12 May 2019. rmg.co.uk Queen’s House: Mat Collishaw: The Mask Of Youth Pt 2. Daily. rmg.co.uk Blackheath Bowling Club: Practice every Thurs 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 email@example.com Rich Sylvester: Guide, historian, storyteller. 07833 538143. firstname.lastname@example.org Dotmaker: Alternative guided walks. dotmakertours.co.uk FAMILY ACTIVITIES National Maritime Museum: Explore Saturdays. Free. Performance and storytelling for over-5s from noon. Discover Sundays. Free. Activities for families from 11.30am. Play Tuesdays. Free. For under-5s from 10.30
January Productions, New Eltham Methodist Church SE9 3UL. 7.30. £8
PANTO Aladdin Bob Hope Theatre 2, 5.30 PANTO Robinson Crusoe Greenwich Th 2, 7 Sat Jan 12 PANTO Aladdin New Eltham Community Productions, New Eltham Methodist Church SE9 3UL. 3, 7.30. £8. ASTRONOMY An Evening With The Stars Royal Observatory, from 5.25 FILM/OPERA Adriana Lecouvreur NY Met Greenwich Picturehouse 5.55 MUSIC The First Dance Blackheath Halls 7.30 CABARET Burlesque London Theatre 8
PANTO Robinson Crusoe Greenwich Th 1, 5 PANTO Aladdin Bob Hope Theatre 2 TALENT Something For Sunday Vanbrugh 7
TALK Sarah Cove: Constable, Father Of Modern Painting Arts Society Greenwich King William Ct, Uni of Greenwich 7.45 JAZZ Ladies Night Oliver’s
TALK Richard Albanese: Small Ships & Boats, Trinity Buoy Wharf Greenwich Industrial History Society event, Age Exchange 7.30 MUSIC English folk Star & Garter JAZZ Johnny & Co Oliver’s
PLAY Dinosaur Pieces Greenwich Th 7.30 WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton Arms JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s
MUSIC Trinity Laban recital St Alfege 1.05 BASKETBALL Washington Wizards v New York Knicks O2 6.30 PLAY Dinosaur Pieces Greenwich Th 7.30
MUSIC The 1975 O2 PANTO Aladdin Bob Hope Theatre 7.30 PLAY Dinosaur Pieces Greenwich Th 7.30 TALK Steve Colclough: The Recovery Of The Tidal Thames & Its Fisheries Blackheath Scientific Society, Mycenae House 7.45
PANTO Aladdin Bob Hope Theatre 2, 5.30 FOOTBALL Charlton Ath v Acc Stanley. Valley 3 RUGBY Blackheath v Ampthill Well Hall 3 MUSIC The 1975 O2 PLAY Dinosaur Pieces Greenwich Th 7.30
PANTO Aladdin Bob Hope Theatre 2 FILM/BALLET La Bayadère Bolshoi live Greenwich Picturehouse 3 TALENT Something For Sunday Vanbrugh 7 MUSIC Open Mic UK Final Indig02
PLAY Oresteia Greenwich Th 4.30, 7.30
FILM/OPERA The Queen Of Spades Covent Garden. Greenwich Picturehouse 6.45 GONGS National Television Awards O2 MUSIC English folk Star & Garter JAZZ Johnny & Co Oliver’s
WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton Arms JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s
MUSIC Trinity Laban recital St Alfege 1.05 TALK Judy Roe: Cartier, Jeweller Of Genius Arts Society Blackheath event, St Mary’s Church Hall, Cresswell Pk 2.30
ASTRONOMY An Evening With The Stars Royal Observatory, from 5.25 PANTO Aladdin Bob Hope Theatre 7.30 MUSIC Emily Smith & Jamie McClennan Blackheath Halls 8 PLAY Behind The Canvas London Theatre 8
FAMILY Drop-In Wildlife Centre, G Park 1-4 PANTO Aladdin Bob Hope Theatre 2, 5.30 ASTRONOMY An Evening With The Stars Royal Observatory, from 5.25 MUSIC Snow Patrol O2
FAMILY Low-Tide Walk Creekside Discovery Centre 11-1 PANTO Aladdin Bob Hope Theatre 2 MUSIC Davido O2
PUB QUIZ Vanbrugh 8.30 JAZZ Ladies Night Oliver’s MUSIC English folk Star & Garter JAZZ Johnny & Co Oliver’s
FILM/OPERA La Traviata Covent Garden Greenwich Picturehouse 6.45 WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton Arms JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s
PLAY Lolita London Theatre 8 JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s
MUSIC Trinity Laban recital St Alfege 1.05 PLAY The Tempest Greenwich Th 2.30, 7.30 MUSIC Boyzone O2
PLAY The Tempest Greenwich Th 7.30
PLAY The Tempest Lazarus production Greenwich Th 2.30, 7.30 RUGBY Blackheath v Caldy Well Hall 3 FOOTBALL Charlton v Blackpool. The Valley 3
TALENT Something For Sunday Vanbrugh 7
JAZZ Ladies Night Oliver’s
MUSIC Trinity Laban recital St Alfege 1.05
PLAY The Tempest Lazarus production Greenwich Th 2.30, 7.30 FOOTBALL Charlton Ath v Southend. Valley 3 DANCING Strictly Live! O2
Friday February 1
DANCING Strictly Live! O2 TALENT Something For Sunday Vanbrugh 7 COMEDY Basketmouth Indig02
DANCING Tramtastic Nights For adults with learning difficulties. Tramshed 7-10 PANTO Aladdin Bob Hope Theatre 7.30 DRAMA The Shy Manifesto Greenwich Th 8
Sunday 10 Monday 11
MUSIC Folk & Blues Bob Hope Theatre 7.45 TALK Brian Slater: Women Behind The Lens Arts Society Greenwich event, King William Saturday 2 FAMILY Singing Mermaid Greenwich Th, 12 & 3 Court, University of Greenwich 7.45 MUSIC Ozzy Osbourne O2 PANTO Aladdin Bob Hope Theatre 2, 5.30 DRAMA The Shy Manifesto Greenwich Th 3, 8 Tuesday 12 PLAY The Tempest Lazarus production RUGBY Blackheath v Cambridge Well Hall 3 PLAY Lolita London Theatre 8 Greenwich Th 7.30 MUSIC English folk Star & Garter Sunday 3 FAMILY Singing Mermaid Greenwich Th 10.30, 1, 3 Wednesday 13 PLAY Lolita London Theatre 6 PLAY The Tempest Lazarus production TALENT Something For Sunday Vanbrugh 7 Greenwich Th 2.30, 7.30 DRAMA The Shy Manifesto Greenwich Th 8 JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s
JAZZ Ladies Night Oliver’s
PLAY The Tempest Greenwich Th 7.30 MUSIC English folk Star & Garter PLAY Lolita London Theatre 8
PLAY The Tempest Greenwich Th 2.30, 7.30 WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton Arms
MUSIC Trinity Laban recital St Alfege 1.05 PLAY The Tempest Greenwich Th 2.30, 7.30
PLAY The Tempest Lazarus production Greenwich Th 7.30 TALK Prof Asterios Gavriilidis: Process Intensification In The Chemical Process Blackheath Scientific Society, Mycenae Ho 7.45
TALK David Cuffley: Salutation Alley, Woolwich Greenwich Industrial History Society event, Old Bakehouse 7.30 MUSIC English folk Star & Garter JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s
MUSIC Trinity Laban recital St Alfege 1.05
MUSIC Massive Attack O2
FAMILY Drop-In Wildlife Centre, G Park 1-4
FAMILY Low-Tide Walk Creekside Discovery Centre 11-1 TALENT Something For Sunday Vanbrugh 7
JAZZ Ladies Night Oliver’s
MUSIC English folk Star & Garter
PLAY Letter From A Ponygirl London Th 8 JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s
MUSIC Trinity Laban recital St Alfege 1.05 TALK Doug Gillen: Street Art & The City Art Society Blackheath event, St Mary’s Church Hall, Cresswell Park 2.30 PLAY Letter From A Ponygirl London Th 8
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A bird’s eye view of greenwich GREENWICH Park is famous for its parakeets – and now they’re spreading their wings. Reader and keen photographer Mike Purdy spotted this one “investigating a nesting site” by the Thames Path near the Trafalgar Tavern. It’s the second year Mike has seen one of birds in the plane tree – and this Send us a photo. Email: onethekept a very beady eye on him as he
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