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HELLO This month, we celebrate Meridian magazine’s 21st birthday – it’s been a pleasure collaborating with local businesses and readers over the last two decades and we’d love for you to celebrate too. With the warmer weather here, now is the time to start looking at home improvements. In interiors, we speak to a local building developer about his tips on adding space and value to your home; discover the art of appliances when it comes to designing your dream kitchen; and how to be savvy and plan ahead to prepare your home for the cooler months.   As you’ll know – we love living in south east London, and in the summer months its plethora of arts, culture and green spaces really stand out. We take a closer look at the summer programme of festivals taking place throughout Royal Greenwich, so you won’t miss a thing. From the Greenwich + Docklands International Festival, to On Blackheath, Greenwich Music Time and more – there’s a whole summer-full of activities to keep all the family entertained.

Food and drink doesn’t disappoint this month either with ideas for Fathers’ Day celebrations and Locale’s children entertainment on Saturdays while you can eat in peace. If that isn’t enough, there are some exciting new openings you need to know about, and we interview Ferrari’s of Bexley’s head chef, Edoardo Pasquini, and learn a thing or two about the true taste of Italy. With more on local news, health and beauty, property, education and events; grab something cool to sip on and get in gear for June.  Enjoy the issue,

The Meridian Team xx

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What’s New

What’s happening in our area, shaping our lives and local businesses?

Low Emission Neighbourhood improving air quality The Royal Borough of Greenwich has set-up a Low Emission Neighbourhood (LEN) in the Greenwich West and Peninsula wards, designed to improve air quality in the area. The LEN project will see a mixture of ‘smart technology’, as well as tried and tested techniques, to reduce transport emissions. Match-funding from the Mayor of London will enable the Royal Borough of Greenwich to spend £2 million on projects such as car-free days in the town centre, trials to encourage the take-up of electrical vehicles, and an incentive scheme to encourage walking and cycling, amongst others during a three-year period. To reduce emissions, a trial is being run by the London Cycling Campaign to encourage people who use a car or taxi for the majority of their travel and who live within the Low Emission Neighbourhood, to try an e-bike instead to replace some of those journeys.     E-bikes provide great exercise with a little bit of extra power for when you need to get up that hill, carry the shopping home or need a boost to start off at the traffic lights. Better yet, you can reduce your impact on local air quality and breath better air by using quiet back streets to get where you are going.   If you are interested in being part of this trial, you can register your interest at: www.londoncyclingprojects.org.uk. Simply register and select when you would like to start borrowing a bike (go to the ‘Borrow a Bike’ section). You must live within the LEN area and use a car or taxi regularly.

jdm Year of Giving jdm Estate Agents celebrated its 20th year in the business, last year, and to celebrate this anniversary, they have established the ‘jdm Year of Giving’. Throughout 2017, jdm Estate Agents will randomly select, one vendor and one landlord each month from their current database and invite each customer chosen to select one of the pre-selected local charities. jdm will then donate £500 to each charity on the customer’s behalf. To launch the jdm Year of Giving, jdm supported the ‘Why Not Run’ event at Farringtons School in Chislehurst, organised by the Ben Daniels

Memorial Fund and Farringtons School. The event raised money for the ‘Ben Daniels Memorial Fund’ and ‘Cardiac Risk in the Young’; this charity was the first recipient of one of the donations. The day was incredibly successful and ended with Jeremy de Maid presenting a cheque for £500 to the charity. Everyone had lots of fun and the event itself raised over £6000 for the charity.

To find out more visit www.jdmestateagents.com


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Adding Space and Value to Your Home Homeowners are now adopting a ‘don’t move, improve’ attitude to property.

If you like your home, your area and your neighbours, staying put and improving or extending could prove a cost-effective alternative to changing properties. Major conversion projects, such as building conservatories, or adding loft conversions take time and money but they can yield excellent returns. While other changes to your home need not cost so much, but could still add value. Loft conversions are not cheap (or always straightforward) but they can add considerable value to a property, particularly when space is at a premium. A good loft conversion can add 10 to 15 per cent to the value of your home. Make sure you don’t eat into existing living space and remember to tell your insurer if you are using the space for another bedroom. Costs vary, but a small conversion will set you back £15,000 and a large one up to £40,000, as a guide. The key to a successful conservatory is to ensure that it flows from your existing rooms, rather than looking as if it’s just been tacked onto the outside. A good one could add as much as 12 per cent to the value of your home and give you a lot more living space all be it at the expense of your garden, though). Expect to pay anything from £5,000 to £15,000. Converting a side return into a useful space is often an easy way to create an airy, open-plan kitchen or reception area but it can cost more than you think. Victorian town houses are particularly prone to having a dingy passageway running down the side of the property and this can be a good way to utilise the space. Bigger houses need more bathrooms, particularly family homes. Nobody likes to queue in the morning.

One of the simplest ways to upgrade a family bathroom, if space allows, is to install a separate shower cubicle next to the bath. Local builder, Dan Montila, of Montila Developments, has the answers to our frequently asked questions when considering extending your home How long does it take for the average sized loft/ extension to be built? We can turn around the average loft conversion in 4-6 weeks. An average rear extension can take 8-12 weeks to complete. The beauty of a loft conversion is that it has minimal disturbance as we can access the works from the scaffolding. Is planning approval always needed? If you live outside of a conservation area then planning permission isn’t always needed, but building regulations approval is compulsory. (We always advise that you check with a local architect first). What problems can occur and what are avoidable? Always check what building works your neighbours have had done as that normally sets a precedence for the road. The weather can delay the progress of some jobs. We recommend that you always get a reference from your builders’ previous jobs.

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Whether you are looking for a stove, an original antique fireplace, a handsome reproduction or one of the latest sleek contemporary fire designs, Westcombes can offer a huge selection. Their friendly, knowledgeable staff provide a full service right through from inspiration - helping you to choose the right fire or stove for your home and lifestyle - to installation - with fully-qualified, registered and recommended fitters at hand. One showroom is dedicated to stoves with more than 80 models on display, including a wide range of low-emission woodburners approved by Defra for use in urban smoke-free zones. The best time to install your stove is in the spring or summer and have it ready for when the cold weather comes in the autumn. Westcombes is south east London’s only HETAS-approved retailer for fires and stoves, having met the exacting standards set to qualify as one of the UK’s best solid fuel appliance stockists.

Should clients get a contract drawn in advance of any work carried out? Yes, the paper work is very important for both the client and the builder. We work under a contract which has been drafted by the federation of master builders, having everything set out at the beginning is the best way forward.

Westcombes also offers a bespoke service, providing unique fires created to your individual specification, and an experienced team of restorers are at hand to help return your existing fires to their former glory. Westcombes stocks kiln-dried logs, kindling and flamers firelighters and offers a free local delivery service for larger orders of fuel.

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Boiler needs replacing? Now, is the perfect time As the days grow longer and your heating is now off (hopefully), summer is the perfect time to consider having your boiler replaced‌ If you have a boiler which is coming to the end of its life, making the decision to upgrade to a new model is often a difficult one. A troublesome boiler may limp on, with costs mounting up each time someone has to come out and fix it. Updating your existing boiler to a newer, more energy efficient model could be a great investment, making a big saving on household bills. The cost of a new boiler can seem expensive, but new A-rated models are far less prone to breakdowns and maintenance problems. Around 60 percent of the cost of annual energy bills goes on your boiler, so updating your system will save you money in the long run. The cost of a new boiler will vary, depending on the type and size of the system that you require. Boilers R Us stock a wide range of A-rated energy efficient boilers, which can be viewed in any of our showrooms in Welling, Sidcup, Eltham and Sydenham. All of our boilers come with a manufacturer’s warranty, some with up to 10 years.

Your current boiler, new or old, will work to the best of its ability if it is serviced regularly. Damaged or faulty boilers can release carbon monoxide gas into the home, which can be fatal. We offer a complete care package to all of our customers, including a boiler cover plan which includes an annual boiler service. Choosing to have your boiler serviced during the summer months will ensure that it is in top working order in time for winter. If you are having a new boiler installed, you must ensure that the person installing it is Gas Safe registered. Boilers R Us only employ highly trained, experienced engineers. Call us on 020 8859 5497 to find out more about boiler installation, boiler service cover, or for a free site survey. Current offers can be found on our website www.boilersrus-uk.co.uk

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Your Guide to Appliances Get the most out of your inbuilt appliances for your needs and lifestyle. Get advice on how to layout and plan the right appliances for your kitchen.

Whether you’re designing a complete new kitchen or just updating your current one, the choice of and placement of the appliances is essential to how much functionality and enjoyment you will get from cooking. If you just need a replacement oven for an outdated model, choosing the right appliance takes time and careful consideration. After all it can be an expensive investment which is worth getting right first time. So where to begin? According to Lara, Ream Kitchen Designer when replacing or selecting new appliances look at the latest technology available in new appliances and if this would enhance your lifestyle or cooking experience. New technology in appliances has come a long way, with features such as connected appliances which links your cooker and hob via a wireless infrared program. Other features such as touch control, setting the oven with your phone or tablet to control cooking times or turn your appliance on could be worth considering. 1. Your kitchen size When planning a new appliance in your kitchen, the size and space dedicated to it can determine what you can choose from. The kitchen layout can also help to get the best out of your space. Compact appliances offer the best of combinations for microwave, convection oven and grilling. Why not add more nutrition into your kitchen with a compact steam oven? 2. Squared up Dennis, Ream Kitchen designer in New Eltham, says when looking at convenience, then kitchen appliances with a square shaped design are a great way to be able to have four built-in

appliances all conveniently located next to each other. In compact kitchens a linear formation is a better option; by stacking the appliance on top of each other creates more space. A square configuration looks clean, classy and more compact. 3. Clean lines “A bank of sleek and stylish appliances complements a variety of kitchen designs, from traditional to the most contemporary. With popular open plan living, in-built appliances offer a neat and trendy way of integrating the living and kitchen area. With careful planning you can have essential appliances conveniently placed and even have room for something special like an in-built coffee machine. 4. Matching up Consider the matching up of horizontal verse a vertical bank of appliances. Horizontal banks of appliances offer a statement look in larger kitchens. Where as a vertical bank of appliances can make the most of space in compact kitchens. Where to buy It can often be the case that you know what you want; you just don’t know where to buy it. There are both pros and cons to purchasing online or from a showroom, local independent retailer or high street store. The main advantages of buying in person are that you can view the products first hand, check out the feel, finish and quality, get expert advice from the sales staff and, in some cases, try before you buy. Having a chat about what you’ll mainly use the product for can be a useful tool, especially when selecting cooking appliances, as they can guide you towards the

features and functions that will suit your needs. Some showrooms hold regular cooking demos with a home economist or professional chef so it’s worth checking to see if your supplier offers this. Another option is to check out dedicated showrooms from the manufacturers themselves. A great benefit of buying through a kitchen studio is that they can take care of the installation, too. Finer details It’s also important to consider other details such as warranty, delivery and installation. How much of a warranty you get will depend on the manufacturer; some offer parts and labour for a year or two for example, then parts for an additional number of years. If you require longer, you can usually pay for extra cover and remember to register the product online or by phone when you take delivery. You’ll need to dispose of the old appliances and arrange installation of the new models, so check whether your supplier offers these services. All electrical work must be undertaken by a registered electrician to conform to building regulations, while gas appliances must be installed by an accredited engineer on the Gas Safe register. Visit one of Reams’ showrooms and speak with a friendly designer. Offers available on AEG and Neff appliances throughout June at Ream. Visit www.ream.co.uk Pop in our showroom at: Ream New Eltham 758 Sidcup Road, New Eltham, London SE9 3NS Tel: 020 8166 8173 Open: Monday - Saturday 9.00 - 17.00

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Be Inspired and Build

At the heart of Build and Create is a philosophy to inspire clients with a vision for their home. Not only maximising the living space they have, but to develop and improve it for the whole family. Our concept is simple ‘Be inspired and build’ and our aim is to make our clients vision happen. Whether it’s to extend and refit their kitchen or completely remodel and refurbish an entire house, our team have the experience and skills to turn their ideas into a reality. And you’ll have clear and open communication throughout every stage of the project. If you are considering a building project within your home, Build and Create offer each client

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an individual service depending on what they may require. We have built strong working relationships with architects, designers and engineers who themselves bring another level of skill and are available should a client require that service. Our company has worked sensitively with many period properties over the years and we pride ourselves on having an extremely high finish, creating beautiful living spaces. Our policy is to transform family living for the clients we work for and to maintain a good relationship with them when we finish. www.buildandcreate.co.uk

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Election update As I write this article, with three weeks to go before polling day, the property market has remained relatively robust with buyers and tenants still looking for homes. Although it’s been a little quieter than you would expect for this time of year. On the plus side, the economic fundamentals remain positive and according to the Halifax Housing Market Confidence Tracker, confidence in the property market remains high, with nearly six in ten respondents (58%) expecting average property prices to rise in the next 12 months, compared to just one in ten who expect prices to fall. Also the average asking price of property coming to the market hit a record high of £313,655 in April according to Rightmove, up 1.1% compared to the month before. Whilst many are predicting a Conservative landslide victory, recent political and voting events, both at home and abroad, have conditioned people not to assume anything is a foregone conclusion and to expect the unexpected.

Richard Piddock, jdm Partner, provides a grass roots view of the local property market.

However in the absence of a political upset, history shows that in the aftermath of an election there is usually a spike in market activity and therefore a ‘summer bounce’ is entirely possible. During three of the last five election years, the spring bounce in transaction levels has been tempered. In 2015, (the most recent election year) sales in the run-up to the vote during March and April were 9.2% lower than might have been expected. The pick-up in transactions after elections has traditionally begun almost straight away. Over the last five election years, sales in the two months after the election have increased, on average, by 18.1% compared to the previous two months. This compares to a rise of 13.4% during the same period in non-election years. The pickup in 2015 was even more pronounced. Sales in the two months after the election rose by 21.2%.

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M E RID IA N OUT AND ABOUT

Summer Festivals.... Rich in culture, arts and entertainment, the Royal Greenwich Festivals running through the summer months will amaze and enthral - with something for everyone...

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Kicking off with Parkfest: a festival of open-air entertainment in Greenwich’s parks, pleasaunces and commons, it encourages residents to watch live music, dance and theatre performances by local artists and groups. Parksfest is planned, organised and delivered by the Friends of Parks groups. Sun 4 Jun – Sun 30 Jul. The main event is the Greenwich+Docklands International Festival (GDIF), London’s leading festival of free outdoor performing arts (theatre,

dance, and street arts), an annual 9/10-day celebration of extraordinary outdoor events. GDIF has been growing every year and in 2016, the Festival featured over a hundred performances by dozens of national and international companies, with more than 100,000 people attending the outdoor shows in south and east London. This year’s opening night production on Friday 23

June will be FierS à Cheval from French street theatre ensemble Compagnie des Quidams. Under the gaze of the Cutty Sark’s famous figurehead, with outstretched hand clasping a horse’s tail, an equine spectacular will unfold, featuring nine, luminous, 3.5m high inflatable horses. Marking 160 years since it was banned for its uproarious disruption of Victorian Greenwich, GDIF’s annual reinvention of the historic Greenwich Fair returns from Friday 23 June –


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Sunday 25 June, with more than 30 productions taking over the outdoor spaces of Maritime Greenwich. This year, the fair also celebrates the 20th anniversary of the inscription of Maritime Greenwich on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Performances and installations will be located for the first time at the top of Greenwich Park Hill with its panoramic views of the capital. On 1 July, the outdoor spaces of Canary Wharf will be taken over by Dancing City, a day of international dance performances including artists from South Korea, the Netherlands, Spain and France.

On the same evening, a new street arts spectacular entitled Sense of Unity will see a procession of illuminated drummers and giant puppets along Roman Road. From 6 –8 July, All Roads Lead to Woolwich will feature theatre, dance and music from groups such as Avant Garde Dance Company, Rosie Kay Dance Company and Arensky Chamber Orchestra in unusual locations across Woolwich. The Festival will also present promenade performances of BELONGING(s) by Tilted Productions in Thamesmead, from 6 – 8 July.   Several specially commissioned productions include a new outdoor version of Arthur Miller’s tragic masterpiece, A View from The Bridge from the-Flanders based theatre collective De Roovers, presented in a dramatic Thameside

location; Museum of the Moon, acclaimed artist Luke Jerram’s 7-metre diameter illuminated moon sculpture, located at the Old Royal Observatory Garden in Greenwich Park; Rear View, a journey with performance poetry presented on a specially adapted double-decker bus; and The Colour of Light, this year’s festival finale from legendary French street theatre group Compagnie Off and leading UK South Asian composer Shri Sriram, taking place in Woolwich. GDIF’s Artistic Director Bradley Hemmings said: “Even for a Festival that has always prided itself on breaking new ground, this year’s programme offers something different.”   Fri 23 Jun – Sat 8 Jul.

Museum of the Moon by Luke Jerram

rS a Cheval by Compagnie des Quidams Marc Van Canneyt

Little Mix at Greenwich Music Time this summer

Just overlapping with the GDIF is the return of Greenwich Music Time, for its fourth year. Expect the legendary Motown super group The Jacksons (who are celebrating their milestone 50th anniversary with a world tour), US R&B giant Alexander O’Neal, UK’s own Little Mix, Cliff Richard, and Michael Ball & Alfie Boe on the line-up for the week-long concert series, which takes place at the World Heritage-listed, 5000-capacity Old Royal Naval College from June 30th – July 7th. Looking forward to September and the multi-genre music festival, OnBlackheath is back. Family-friendly and packed with rock, pop, indie and electronic stars, the festival offers something for everyone. Sat and Sun 9-10 September.

Travis at OnBalackheath in September

Hotly followed by the unmissable Greenwich Comedy Festival in the grounds of the National Maritime Museum. Wed 13 - Sun 17 September.

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Meet the New Head Meridian talks to Katharine Woodcock the new Headmistress of Sydenham High School GDST What was your experience of school and what led you to teaching? I went to a state school and then a sixth form college and although I enjoyed both, class sizes were big and the co-curricular offerings were limited. I was quite musical when I was younger and when I was 15 I was given the opportunity to teach younger children the piano to earn some pocket money, which I absolutely loved. When I went to university, I taught English as a foreign language during the summer holidays and I spent a year in Prague teaching before I embarked on my PGCE. I come from a long line of teachers in my family so you could say that teaching is very much in my blood. Before your appointment as Head of Sydenham High School, had you taught at an all-girls school? Yes. I am a firm advocate of all-girls schools where girls can be themselves and have the confidence to succeed in all that they do. Learning to be resilient and free from the fear of failure are important aspects of education and having self-belief, alongside a ‘can do’ approach to every aspect of school life, enables girls to thrive, succeed and be happy. In your view do single-sex schools benefit the pupils and deliver better exam results? In my experience, yes, and that is also borne out by current evidence. Knowing how girls learn and understanding girls is vital and this knowledge applied in a school setting means that teachers can get the very best out of their pupils. Boys and girls learn differently, and sometimes in a co-educational environment it will be the boys who will be prepared to take the risks in learning, rather than the girls. There is plenty of evidence to show that in a single sex environment some of those barriers to learning are removed in a girls-only setting. Allowing girls to be themselves and have confidence in all that they do is imperative and in a girlsonly setting stereotypes and pre-conceived expectations fly out of the window. In such a setting girls will be more likely to put themselves forward, outstrip expectations and have that inner strength to excel in all that they do. Do you have a vision for the school and pupils under your guidance? Absolutely. To make it the very best educational experience for every single pupil and to take everything we do at Sydenham High School to that next level. We offer our pupils a first-class education with the highest standards in the classroom and exciting opportunities beyond the classroom in an environment that inspires our pupils to be the very best they can be, in all that they do.

What do you see as the challenges of the future for young women? I believe it is really important that the girls we teach and educate are inspired and encouraged to aim high, regardless of the profession they choose to enter. There are still far too many sectors where women are under-represented but it is our job to help them break into these areas and ensure that they have the strength and confidence to do so. There are many wonderful and inspirational female role models out there, and we need to ensure that we continue to inspire the girls in our care. Social media also potentially poses a challenge and although significant headway has been made in this area, there needs to be a much stronger female voice online, and one which does not have a detrimental impact on young women. Being part of a network of schools through the Girls’ Day School Trust strengthens opportunities and possibilities for our pupils. With your experience of working in all-girl schools have you gained a personal philosophy for teaching girls? Yes. Girls need to be understood. You need to take the time to know and understand a girl in order to tap into her potential and help her gain that innerstrength to be whomever she would like to be. Knowing how a girl’s mind works, and in particular understanding the female teenage brain, is crucial. My philosophy for teaching girls is simple: get to know her; nurture, encourage, praise and challenge her, and make her believe that everything and anything is possible. Encouraging girls to accept who they are is also paramount so that they can prosper and believe in themselves.

Recently a team of Sydenham High sixth formers became central London finalist in the National Young Enterprise Competition with their innovative design, is it important for girls to be competitive? Yes, I do believe a competitive spirit is important. I also believe in the importance of our school motto ‘Fear Nothing’ as this lies at the heart of all we do at Sydenham High. By fearing nothing, you are far more likely to have a go, or take a risk and this is a crucial component of learning as well as innovation. Win or lose, it is the experience that matters. Whilst we want our girls to succeed we also want them to be comfortable about making mistakes, getting things wrong and about losing. They need to realise that they may do well in some things and not in others and that they will not always be judged upon the end result but rather on how they got there. Having the grit, determination and resilience to keep going in all that you do will strengthen your resolve to reach your goals; being competitive can be healthy and productive and of course conducive to greater success. Our Young Enterprise team worked with a group of boys from Dulwich College and their collective endeavours were instrumental to their success. The achievements of our students are extraordinary and demonstrate the independence of mind, drive and self-belief and innovative spark we are so eager to encourage here at Sydenham High School, and reflect the many strengths of our Sixth Form. Their competitive spirit took them far and they are to be congratulated on their success. www.sydenhamhighschool.gdst.net

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Ferrari’s of Bexley

With an enviable reputation for Italian-inspired food and wine; and a Head chef with passion and a story to tell...

Ferrari’s provides excellent value for money with authentic Italian food and friendly staff. It is certainly one Italian restaurant that won’t disappoint! Ferrari’s certainly stands out from the crowd of chain brands in the area, making it one of the best Italian restaurants in South London/Kent. Ferrari’s in Bexley Village has the look of a bijou restaurant but looks can be deceiving, as I recently found out. The intimate dining area at the front of the restaurant gives way to a much larger space just beyond the bar, perfect for parties. I have visions of large family groups enjoying lazy lunches - very Italian. As is the interior, with its hand-printed Italian wallpaper, bespoke lighting and artworks, and of course a welcoming, relaxed Italian atmosphere. It’s a place to eat, drink and enjoy the Italian way. I’m here to meet head chef, Edoardo Pasquini, to find out what makes this Italian restaurant so popular with the locals and those from further afield. Edoardo greets me with a friendly smile and a very English accent. Surprised, he explains how he was born in Italy to an Italian father and English mother, and grew up in the beautiful Tuscan region. With a love of good food from an early age he had a desire to become a chef and studied catering at the Instituto Alberghiero G. Minuto Marina Di Carrara. From there, he worked at several restaurants in both the Ligurian and Tuscan coast before he moved to London to work in a number of top-flight establishments. Four years ago, Edoardo joined Ferrari’s and with his Italian roots and catering expertise, it’s a perfect synergy. He brings an authentic touch to the menu, which includes a variety of traditional popular dishes and contemporary Italian inspired dishes. Ferrari’s is more than just pizza and pasta, Edoardo has a passion for the true taste of Italy and this menu reflects this with such dishes as Fesa D’agnello – Lamb rump with caponata of

aubergines, capers and olives, served with potato cake and a rich red wine sauce. A favourite dish with many of the diners is Porchetta pressata - pressed pork belly with rosemary and garlic served with mustard mash and a creamy cider infused sauce. He reiterates the importance of the authentic flavours of the food and insists on only using fresh produce, whether that’s fresh tomatoes from Italy (because they are the best!), or fresh, hand-made gnocchi or salsa verde; even the traditional Italian desserts are made fresh, inhouse. Most of the seasonal produce is sourced locally from Kent farms, while the fresh fish comes from Chapman’s in Sevenoaks. By using local companies Edoardo can be sure of their providence and consistent quality. Recently introduced are the regional specials, a little bit of Italy on a plate - its culture and history. Edoardo, as he says, likes to tell a story. In this case, each month, a special dish on the menu will do just that. Italians love to celebrate, with ‘any excuse to eat’, as Edoardo explains their love of eating, whatever the reason. For June, to mark La Festa di San Giovanni (St. John) patron saint of Florence, Genoa and Turin, Edoardo has created a suitable dish to reflect the Como region - Polenta di St Giovanni (game sausage casserole). For July, The Palio di Siena, a famous horse race held in the Piazza del Campo in the centre of Siena, the dish Pappardelle, braised hare with ribbons of fresh pasta in a ragu sauce. Of course, wine plays an important role with any Italian meal, and Ferrari’s wine list won’t disappoint the keenest wine buff

with its selection of European wines. I was also impressed by the selection of cocktails, the house favourite of Chambord, raspberry vodka, topped with Champagne would be perfect on a warm Summers evening. The Ferrari’s Club offers regular customers up-todate information on events and exclusive offers and benefits. On joining, your first reward: a free glass of Prosecco for you and your guests when you next dine at Ferrari’s. Ferrari’s, 2 Bexley High Street, DA5 1AD 01322 554433 www.ferrarisbexley.co.uk

Throughout the year Ferrari’s run great value menus, such as: SET DINNER MENU Available Monday to Thursday £14.95 2 courses £17.95 3 courses SET LUNCH MENU Available Monday to Saturday £10.95 2 courses £12.95 3 courses Full a la carte menu always available SUNDAY LUNCH 12pm - 4pm 3 courses £17.50 Any pizza from the menu with a glass of house wine, bottle of beer or soft drink for £9.30, Monday - Thursday. Anytime after 9.30pm. www.meridian-magazine.co.uk


W HAT TO DO W HERE & WH E N GREENWICH DECORATIVE & FINE ARTS SOCIETY

Monthly lectures at King William Court, University of Greenwich, Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, SE10. 8pm on 2nd Monday of the month, except April & August. Refreshments from 7.15pm. or www.gdfas.org

EVERY MON ROTARY CLUB OF LEWISHAM & PENGE

GREENWICH DANCES FRIDAY 16 JUNE – SATURDAY 8 JULY

Local businessmen and women giving help locally, national and internationally. We meet at 7pm for a dinner, with speakers on a variety of subjects. Contact Peter Earl on 020 8303 3361 or Alan Davis 020 8467 2032. Bromley Court Hotel, Bromley.

EVERY WED LADIES BELLY DANCE GROUP

Fun and gentle exercise with well known dancer and performer Maria Louisa. Ladies of all ages, shapes and sizes are invited to join! Call Age Exchange for info on 07802 521210. 11.45am.The Bakehouse Theatre, 11 Blackheath Village SE3 9LA.

WOOLWICH SINGERS

A community choir. No audition required to join. The aim is to sing together and have fun! £2 per week, refreshments provided. Wednesdays 7-8.30pm. Call 07812 477 775 Public Hall, Wellington St, Woolwich SE18 6PW (entrance via Town Hall).

Greenwich Dances is back this summer, with inspirational events for all the family, across the Royal Borough of Greenwich.

International Festival will be presenting BELONGING(s), a promenade performance taking you on a journey through the heart of Thamesmead.

Presented by Greenwich Dance, the festival is a firm favourite in the summer calendar, with performances and events in Eltham, Greenwich, Thamesmead and Woolwich.

At Greenwich Dance’s iconic home, The Borough Hall, there’s a special evening of beats, moves and food as acclaimed hip hop company Boy Blue Entertainment perform, fresh from their Olivier-nominated production of ‘Blak Whyte Gray’. The festival also welcomes choreographers Frauke Requardt and Saffy Setohy to present their new works at Greenwich Dance.

This year’s programme includes two free outdoor events – Moving Woolwich (16 June), which includes a vibrant young people’s dance showcase at General Gordon Square; and Move and a Movie (28 June), where Eltham residents can enjoy free workshops and an open-air screening of the classic film Dirty Dancing at Well Hall Pleasaunce.

Greenwich Dances is part of the Royal Greenwich Festivals, supported by the Royal Borough of Greenwich. greenwichdance.org.uk.

Greenwich Dances and Greenwich+Docklands

ONGOING ART, DRAMA, MUSIC, COURSES

One-to-one instrumental & vocal tuition for all age groups, plus a range of courses. The Conservatoire, Lee Road Blackheath, SE3. Info: 020 8852 0234 or info@conservatoire.org.uk

ARTS SOCIETY BLACKHEATH

Stimulating lectures and intriguing outings. Fourth Thursday of the month except Aug and Dec. 2.30pm. www.artsinblackheath.org.uk St Mary’s Hall, Cresswell Park, Blackeath SE3.

EVERY THURS ROTARY CLUB OF GREENWICH For like-minded business people to meet & help the community. If visiting please contact Sarah Campbell 07958527877 Old Colfeans Rugby Football Club, Horn Park, Eltham Road SE9 8UE.

EVERY FRI LUNCHTIME CONCERT

1pm – 2pm. Free. www.charlton-house.org 020 8856 3951. Charlton House, Charlton Rd; SE7

TANGOWORKOUT

Classes connecting Tango with health and well being, for men and women. 7.15pm - 9.15pm. Beginners and intermediate classes. £7. West Greenwich Community Centre, 141 Greenwich High Road, SE10 8JA.

CHARLTON JUDO CLUB

Judo training sessions for anyone aged 10 years and over. If you do not have a judo suit wear baggy t-shirt and old jog bottoms. From beginners upwards. 8.15-9.30pm. £3 per session. Call Lorraine on 07932767385 or email lollyjudo1975@aol.com NCCA Community Hall, 217 Maryon Road, Charlton SE7 8DB.

EVERY SAT HORNIMAN FARMERS’ MARKET

A locally sourced, locally sold farmers’ market selling vegetables, meat, bread, flowers, hot food and much more in the glorious gardens. The Horniman Museum Gardens, 100 London Road, Forest Hill SE 23.

EVERY 2ND SAT BOOK SALE

Friends of Age Exchange. www.friends-of-age-exchange.org.uk. 10am-4pm. Bakehouse Bookshop, Blackheath Village SE3 9LA.

EVERY 2ND & 4TH SATURDAY RARE - FARMERS MARKET

Quality locally sourced artisan food for residents and visitors to buy on the day. Traders range from bakers, greengrocers, cheesemongers, florists, fresh fruit with many more. Major Draper St, Royal Arsenal Riverside, SE18 6GD (Indoor), No.1 Street, Royal Arsenal Riverside, SE18 6FB (Outdoor).

EVERY SUN CHRISTIAN SCIENCE SOCIETY

Blackheath. Services and Sunday School held at the Clarendon Hotel, Blackheath at 11am. Also at the Clarendon Hotel, our monthly Testimony Meeting is held every second Wednesday of the month at 8pm.

BLACKHEATH QUAKERS

Meeting for worship. 10.30am-11.30am every Sunday. Visitors welcome. For more details, including room hire on 07908 587 695 or email quakerhall@aol.com. Quaker Meeting House, Lawn Terrace, Blackheath SE3 9LL.

WED 7, 14, 21 & 28 JUN TODDLER TIME AT THE CUTTY SARK

Cutty Sark is dedicating term-time Wednesday mornings to our youngest visitors. Bring your little sailors along for songs, stories and playtime on board. Suitable for ages 4 and under. 10-11.30am. £5 Toddler Time ticket for one accompanying adult includes admission to the ship. The Cutty Sark, King William Walk, London SE10 9HT.

THURS 8 - SAT 10 JUN LA VIE PARISIENNE

Ferrier Operatic Society is performing this Offenbach operetta set in the delightfully frivolous Paris of the 1860s. With romantic intrigue and entanglement, masquerades, flamboyant characters, feet tapping, vivacious music, and witty humour, this snapshot of Paris makes a wonderfully enjoyable show. 7.30 10.30pm. Matinee-Saturday 2.30pm. £11 - £13. The Bob Hope Theatre, Wythfield Road, SE9 5TG.

THURS 8, 15, 22, 29 JUN & 6 JUL LUNCHTIME RECITAL

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. Visit trinitylaban.ac.uk/whatson for details. 1.05pm. Free. St Alfege Church, Greenwich Church Street, Greenwich SE10 9BJ.

FRI 9 JUN CHAMBER MUSIC EVENING

A selection of chamber music by the Blackheath Halls Orchestra, including Mozart and Schubert. 7.30pm. Free but ticketed visit www.blackheathhalls.com. Recital Room, Blackheath Halls, 23 Lee Road, SE3 9RQ.


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JAZZ

Live music from the Jazz Nights Ensemble with a special guest. Jazz with candlelight and a grand piano. 8pm. £10. Mycenae House, 90 Mycenae Road, Blackheath SE3 7SE.

TUES 13 JUN GREENWICH INDUSTRIAL HISTORY

Talk – James Hulme on Charlton Riverside. 7.30pm. Non members £1. The Old Bakehouse, (rear of Age Exchange) Bennett Park, Blackheath Village SE3. No Parking.

FRI 9 & 23 JUN BEAVERWOOD OVER 30S CLUB WED 14 JUN NIGHT Come and have some fun at the best party in town THE CARPENTERS STORY

BLACKHEATH HALLS CLASSICAL 9TH JUNE 7.30PM CHAMBER MUSIC EVENING

A selection of chamber music performed by the Blackheath Halls Orchestra FREE but ticketed

CHILDREN’S EVENTS 17TH JUNE 1PM & 3PM A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM

A new family adaptation of Shakespeare’s enchanting story, made accessible to a younger audience. Tickets £8.50

SPOKEN WORD 21ST JUNE LEE STUART EVANS: WORDS BEST SUNG

Comedy writer Lee Stuart Evans discussed his first novel, a funny and moving coming of age story. £10 including a glass of wine

www.blackheathhalls.com. 020 8463 0100. Blackheath Halls, 23 Lee Rd, Blackheath, London SE3 9RQ

where DJ Dave Collins will be playing the best Chart - Club - Soul - RnB + so much more! Age restriction: 30+. Tickets £8 members/£10 non-members. 8pm – 1 am (no admission after 10pm). See www. thebeaverwoodclub.co.uk for details. The Beaverwood, Beaverwood Road, Chislehurst, BR7 6HF.

This award-winning musical celebrates the music of one of the most successful pop duos in music history, Richard & Karen Carpenter. Starring acclaimed international star Claire Furley as Karen Carpenter. 7.30pm. £27.50. www.churchilltheatre.co.uk. 020 3285 6000. Churchill Theatre, High Street, Bromley BR1 1HA.

SAT 10 JUN ST URSULA SUMMER FAIR

FRI 16 JUN BLACKHEATH FLOWER CLUB

The Friends of St Ursula welcome you to the school for their first summer fair, which will feature performances from the school choir and many talented musicians, as well as a bake off competition, bouncy disco dome, craft market, international food stalls, and many more. 12pm to 3pm. Entry £1 adults 50p school children.  St Ursula School, 64 Crooms Hill, Greenwich SE10.

CUTTY SARK TOUR IN BRITISH SIGN LANGUAGE (BSL)

Join deaf historian John Wilson for a tour of Cutty Sark and her history in BSL. 2.30-3.30pm. £17.00 adult, £13.50 concs (includes visitors with disabilities, prices include admission to ship, carers enter free). The Cutty Sark, King William Walk, London SE10 9HT.

GREENWICH MOZART FESTIVAL

Mozart Gran Partita and Enescu Dixtuor by the Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra of London, Wind Ensemble. Conductor: Christopher Petrie. 7.30pm. £15-£30. www.london-orchestra.com. St Alfege Church, 
Greenwich Church Street 
SE10 9BJ.

SUN 11 JUN SUMMER FESTIVAL

As part of ParkFest 2017, the Friends of East Greenwich Pleasaunce will be holding its 11th Summer Festival. There will be an Art tent with an exhibition of paintings by local artists; live jazz, folk and rock and roll music on stage; under 5s activities at The Bridge community centre. Other activities include face painting, forest school, arts and crafts and a bouncy castle; as well as sports activities for older children; a dog show and a wide choice of refreshments. www. fegp.org. www.thebridgegreenwich.co.uk. Free. 12-5pm. Bring a picnic! East Greenwich Pleasaunce, SE10 0LB.

MON 12 JUN FOLK & BLUES NIGHT

Come and enjoy the music or provide us with some of your own. All types of music are welcome. 7.30-10.30pm. Members free, Guests £2. www.bobhopetheatre.co.uk. The Bob Hope Theatre, Wythfield Road, Eltham SE9 5TG.

‘It’s All About Flowers’ – Jane Patterson. £5. www. flowerarranginglondon.org.uk. Mycenae House, Mycenae Road, Blackheath SE3 7SE.

FRI 16 & SAT 17 JUN THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PYJAMAS

Northern Ballet are the first dance company to adapt John Boyne’s poignant novel, set against the backdrop of the unthinkable events of World War II. Renowned for creating bold new ballets, the company is ideally placed to tell the touching story of Bruno and Shmuel, who despite being divided by a wire fence strike up an unlikely friendship. Choreographed by Daniel de Andrade, the ballet features an original score by Oscar-nominated composer Gary Yershon, which is played live by the Northern Ballet Sinfonia. 7.30pm. £10.50 - £20. www.churchilltheatre.co.uk. High St, Bromley BR1 1HA.

SAT 17 JUN AMNESTY BOOK SALE

The Amnesty Book Sale returns for its 43rd year. Hosted by the local Amnesty International Blackheath and Greenwich, the book sale returns with over 10,000 high-quality books at low prices. 9am-5pm. Church of the Ascension, Dartmouth Row, Blackheath SE10 8AN.

GOLDSMITHS RAMBLING CLUB

A 6-mile circular easy walk in Banstead Woods. Meet 10.10am London Bridge at the Info point for the 10.20am train or at 11am Chipstead Railway Station. Contact Kiran Patel and Liza Fairbrother on K: 07944 677 281 or L: 07761 180 105 for details. www.goldsmithsramblers.strikingly.com. New members welcome.

THE LEARNING LOAF

Hands-on approach to bread making with courses are held on Saturdays at Charlton Manor Primary School, SE7. They include lunch, refreshments and a Q&A session. All equipment and ingredients are provided. Find out more at www.thelearningloaf.com.

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SAT 17 - SUN 18 & 24 -25 JUN OPEN GARDENS FESTIVAL

Visit the annual Open Gardens Festival across Greenwich and Bexley boroughs this summer with over 30 gardens available to view. Gardens in Blackheath, Bexley, and Eltham will be open 1718 June, 2-5.30pm, and gardens in Charlton and Greenwich will be open 24-25 June, 2-5.30pm. Full details of participating gardens visit www. communityhospice.org.uk. Single entry garden ticket£3. Festival ticket - £10 for one weekend only or £15 for both weekends.

SUN 18 JUN AUSTRAL HARMONY

Concert with Jane Downer and Warwick Cole Harmonische Freude - Music by Johann Sebastian Bach and his circle including pupils and copyists. Part of the Plumstead Peculiars Concert Series 2016-17. 4-5pm. Free. The Ascension Church, Timbercroft Lane, Plumstead, SE18 2SG.

MID-SUMMER JAZZ CONCERT Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Friends of Greenwich Park, The Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band, supported by the Greenwich Steel Band. Gates open at noon. Concert 12.30-3.30pm. £5 for adults (£7 on the gate). Under 16s free. Bar, food and ice cream.Tickets from Friends of Greenwich Park, 52 Greenwich Park Street, SE10 9LT. (cheques payable to “Friends of Greenwich Park”) Tel 020 8853 2150 email: cnbevan@hotmail.com. The Observatory Garden, Greenwich Park.

MON 19 JUN CHARLTON & BLACKHEATH AMATEUR HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY

Talk by Dr. John Hughes on ‘Judging for the RHS’. www.cabahs.wordpress.com. Charlton House Library SE7 8RE, 7.45pm, Visitors £2. Plant sale and refreshments.

TUES 20 JUN CUTTY SARK AUDIO DESCRIBED TOUR

Explore the ship and its fascinating story on this audio described tour for blind and partially sighted visitors. Come on board and get hands on with history on the world’s last surviving tea clipper.2.30-3.30pm. £17.00 adult, £13.50 concs (includes visitors with disabilities, prices include admission to ship, carers enter free). The Cutty Sark, King William Walk, London SE10 9HT.

WED 21 – FRI 23 JUN RAVENSBOURNE: THE DEGREE SHOW

The Degree Show is an annual celebration that showcases the formidable talents of around 800 Ravensbourne graduates from the Schools of Design, Media and Further Education. This unique event held over 3 days showcases a diverse range of course-led exhibitions, live events and the Ravensbourne Awards in one building. For more info www. thedegreeshow.com. Ravensbourne, 6 Penrose Way, Greenwich Peninsula, SE10 0EW

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SAT 24 JUN GREENWICH MOZART FESTIVAL

Prodigies: Mozart and Mendelssohn by the Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra of London with Tanya Sweiry (director/violin), Evgeny Samoyloff (piano). 7.30pm. £15-£30. www.london-orchestra.com. St Alfege Church, 
Greenwich Church Street 
SE10 9BJ.

SUN 25 JUN SUMMER OPERA GALA

GRAND MEDIEVAL JOUST

SAT 8 & SUN 9 JULY, 10.30AM – 5PM

Experience a spectacle of speed and skill as four of the most masterful knights in the kingdom, mounted on their magnificent steeds, battle for good or evil. Choose your champion and see who is victorious in this colourful display of chivalry and courage. Surround yourself in pageantry and marvel at falcons in flight. The living history encampments will take you back in time, where you’ll be kept entertained by the court jester and merry musicians. Budding knights can enjoy their own hero moment as they test their bravery in the hobby-horse jousting. WIN! For your chance to win a family ticket to the Grand Medieval Joust at Eltham Palace and Gardens visit: www. meridian-magazine.co.uk/win, or alternatively email your name, address and daytime number to win@meridian-magazine.co.uk or send a postcard with your details to Meridian magazine, 68 Summerhouse Drive, Bexley Kent DA5 2EE

THURS 22 JUN ARTS SOCIETY BLACKHEATH

(formerly BDFAS). History and art collide as our lecturer the young, gifted Marie-Anne Mancio lectures on ‘Rubens and the Marie de Medici Cycle’. Refreshments 2 for 2.30pm. Visitors still only £7 on the door. www.artsinblackheath.org.uk. St Mary’s Church Hall, Cresswell Park, Blackheath SE3 9RD.

Woolwich Opera Works presents a programme of the most popular opera favourites. A host of talented singers will transport you to Naples, Italy with operatic gems from Donizetti’s most famous opera, The Elixir of Love. After the interval the concert continues with popular Neapolitan songs including O sole mio and Funiculì Funiculà. 4:00pm - 5:30pm. Free. All Saints Church Shooters Hill, Herbert Road, Plumstead SE18 3PU.

TUES 27 JUN BACH TO BABY

Classical Concert series for Baby and You. Founded by concert pianist and mum, Miaomiao Yu. 10.30am. £10. 020 8858 1749. Bromley United Reformed Church, 20 Widmore Road, Bromley BR1 1RY.

WED 28 JUN – SAT 1 JUL SAND CASTLES

What happens at the seaside stays at the seaside! A comedy by the Bob Hope Theatre Actors Company.7.45pm. £12. www.bobhopetheatre.co.uk. The Bob Hope Theatre, Wythfield Road, Eltham SE9 5TG.

THURS 29 JUN BACH TO BABY

Classical Concert series for Baby and You. Be amazed at how your child will love Bach, Beethoven and Brahms. 4pm. £10. 020 8858 1749. Mycenae House, 90 Mycenae Road, SE3 7SE.

PARK IT IN THE MARKET

Classic vehicles, classic music, vintage stalls and street food. All makes for a great night. 7-10pm. Inside the Greenwich Covered Market, Greenwich SE10.

SAT 1 JUL GOLDSMITHS RAMBLING CLUB A 6-mile figure of 8 walk in two sections Ightham Mote. Meet 10am at Ightham Mote Car Park (there is no public transport to Ightham). Contact Pat Taylor on 07985 359 237 for details. www.goldsmithsramblers.strikingly.com. New members welcome. GREENWICH CONNECTIONS Music and readings from the Royal Borough by the Thomas Tallis Society. Directed by Eamonn Dougan. 7pm. £15/£10 online or at the door. www. ticketsource.co.uk/tts. St Alfege Church, 
Greenwich Church Street 
SE10 9BJ.

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CREEKSIDE OPEN 2017

Selected by Alison Wilding,
8 June to 2 July. Exhibition open Thursday to Sunday from 12noon to 5pm.
Opening and Prize-giving - Saturday 10 June at 3pm with the Prize-giving at 3.30pm in the yard.
Discover APT - Friday 30 June from 5pm to 6pm.
Conversation with Art - Friday 30 June from 5.30pm to 6.16pm.
SLAM Last Fridays Friday 30 June from 6pm to 8pm. creeksideopen. org 020 8694 8344. A.P.T Gallery, Harold Wharf, 6 Creekside, Deptford  SE8 4SA’

BLACKHEATH ART SOCIETY

70 years on, Blackheath Art Society is still flourishing with a regular influx of artist members. Over the years many have had with links to Goldsmiths and Camberwell Colleges of Art. We are lucky to have Terry Scales, former Camberwell tutor and popular local artist as our current President. The Society consists of a vibrant group of painters, printmakers and crafts people. The exhibition is on a variety of themes, many local, so there will be artwork to intrigue and interest everyone. Saturday 3 June - Thursday 29 June, Free. Monday to Friday 10am – 5pm, also before and during all performances. Blackheath Halls, 23 Lee Road, SE3 9RG.

GERALD MOORE GALLERY

Create #creativekids this Summer. This Summer, send your children to Gerald Moore Gallery to create amazing art. Working with our fantastic artists, you will explore art and design in the gallery and the beautiful surrounding of Eltham College. They will leave inspired and armed with amazing creations and new skills! From 25 July – 31 August: 9.00am – 3.30pm Price: £30 per day or £100 for three consecutive days. To book, please go to v1.bookwhen.com/ geraldmooregallery Gerald Moore Gallery is a free contemporary art gallery, which is open to the public on Saturdays 10am – 4pm. www.geraldmooregallery.org Current exhibitions: George Charman|TOOLS FOR THE FUTURE until 10 June 2017; and Mary, Blinky, Jessica, Yay! by Jessica Wilson until 24 June 2017

OPEN STUDIOS

Greenwich Open Studios artists will be opening their studios to visitors in West and East Greenwich, the Standard and Blackheath Park on the weekends of 11/12 and 17/18 June from 2-6pm. For more information, visit www. greenwichopenstudios.co.uk.

THE GREENWICH GALLERY

In the Real World: an exhibition by Judith Williams. From Saturday 10 to Monday 19 June. Mon-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat & Sun 12noon - 4pm. The Greenwich Gallery, Linear House, Peyton Place, Greenwich SE10 8RS.

GREENWICH PRINT MAKERS

Featured artists: Until 25 June Martin Mossop, 27 June – 16 July Carolyn Fuller. 020 8858 1569. www.greenwich-printmakers.co.uk. Greenwich Printmakers, 1a Greenwich Market, London SE10 9HZ.

THE ART CLUB: ANNUAL EXHIBITION 2017

The Old Royal Naval College Art Club is proud to present its annual art exhibition, an exciting display of maritime paintings and drawings from both award winning professional and amazingly talented amateur artists. From oil to watercolour, from harbour scenes to historical ships, open seas to muddy creeks, all aspects of marine art will be on display for you to view and buy. Until Sunday, 25 June. 10am - 5pm. Free. The Visitor Centre, The Old Royal Naval College, King William Walk, Greenwich SE10 9NN.

SAT 1 & SUN 2 JUL THE BIG BUG EXPEREINCE

COURTAULDS AT HOME: WORLD TRAVEL

SUN 2 JUL BLACKHEATH CHOIR

SAT 8 JUL LEWISHAM CHORAL SOCIETY CONCERT

Get hands-on, close-up live animal encounters with insect species from around the world. Touch an Emperor scorpion, have a red knee tarantula on your shoulder and hold other amazing bugs. Spaces for each session are limited and pre-booking is recommended. 11am, 12pm, 1.30pm, 2.30pm, 3.30pm & 4.30pm. Adult £11.80, Child £7.10, Family £30.70, Concs £10.60, Members Free. www.english-heritage.org. uk/downhouse. Down House, Luxted Road, Downe, Kent, BR6 7JT.

Dvořák The Spectre’s Bride. The choir is an independent mixed chorus of some 80 singers.7.30pm. Prepaid £13 or £10 on the door www.blackheathchoir. org.uk. St Margaret’s Church, Brandram Rd (off Lee Terrace) SE13 5BT.

The original globetrotters join Stephen and Virginia Courtauld for tales of worldwide adventure! Tour their house full of treasure collected from around the world and discover more about the exotic animals that the Courtaulds loved. Can you spot their Madagascan pet lemur Mah-Jongg? 11am-5pm. Adult £14.40, Child £8.60, Family £37.40, Concs £13. Members: Free. www.english-heritage.org.uk/eltham. Eltham Palace & Gardens, Court Yard, Eltham, Greenwich, SE9 5QE

Join Lewisham Choral Society for a feast of eastern European music by Kodály, Pärt, Górecki Brahms and Dohnanyi. Info from lewishamchoralsociety.co.uk 7.30 pm. £15, £13 (Concessions), £2 (16 yrs. and under) From www.cadoganhall.com or on the door. Holy Trinity, Sloane Street, SW1X 9BZ. 

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Meridian June 2017 issue version  

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