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MARCH 2014

Your local magazine

Create your ideal home Country style for townies

Spring & Summer Fashion

Food & Wine Paring HOMES





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MARCH 2014

Your local magazine

Create your ideal home

4 LOCAL NEWS News and Updates 7-8 FASHION Canary Wharf Discounts

Country style for townies

& Men’s Spring Wardrobe Win £50 voucher to spend at Simon Carter Menswear Spring & Summer Fashion

Food & Wine Paring HOMES





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Meridian magazine is published monthly with a genuine distribution of 50,000 to selected residential properties and businesses within the borough of Greenwich and in Blackheath, Westcombe Park, Charlton, Eltham, Lee, Docklands, Canary Wharf, Bromley, Chislehurst, New Eltham, Hither Green and Kidbrooke. Copies also go to Greenwich Tourist Information Centre, libraries and leisure centres, pubs, restaurants and hotels. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part (including advertisement designs) without prior written permission will result in legal action. The opinions expressed in this publication are not necessarily shared by the editor or the publisher.

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9-22 HOMES & GARDEN Retail Details Country Style for City Living Win tickets to the Ideal Home Show Spring Into the Garden

23-25 HEALTH & BEAUTY Ask the Expert

Spring beauty Regime Dental Awareness

26-30 EDUCATION Parenting News & Views

Education News

32-35 FOOD & DRINK FEATURE Spring Foods & Recipe

Win a chance to create your own sausages Restaurant Review Win dinner for two Food & Wine Paring

36-39 ART Anyone Can Buy Art

Meridian Meets Graham Crowley New Exhibitions – what’s on and where?

41-44 EVENTS & LISTINGS This months listings including:

Greenwich Theatre’s ‘On Stage’

46 PROPERTY New Homes in SE18 will Benefit

from Crossrail

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local N E W S Royal Visit HRH the Duke of Kent attended a performance by the Trinity Laban Symphony Orchestra at Blackheath Halls in his capacity as Patron of Trinity Laban. The Trinity Laban Symphony Orchestra played Debussy, Ravel and Berlioz under the baton of acclaimed French conductor Diego Masson. Widely recognised as one of the world’s leading exponents of the music of the 20th and 21st centuries Masson completed his studies at the Paris Conservatoire before becoming percussionist in Domaine Musicale the contemporary music group founded by Pierre Boulez. After considerable success as Music Director of the Marseille Opera in the 1970s, Masson went on to pursue an international conducting career, which has taken him to the major musical centres of Europe, Scandinavia and the Antipodes. Canary Wharf Group plc announced the very first retail brands to open at the new Crossrail development, due to open its doors in May 2015. Opening three years in advance of the actual station, the forthcoming retail and leisure destination will play home to some of the UK’s popular brands, including Everyman Cinema, the first in east London, Sports Bar & Grill and the Mexican burrito restaurant, Poncho 8. The mix of these lifestyle and retail brands will be placed within the six storey development, designed by Foster + Partners, which covers the station with a semi open-air timber lattice view. Camille Waxer, Chief Administrative Officer for Canary Wharf Group plc, said: ‘It’s very important for us to offer a varied experience to our loyal customers and we look forward to welcoming them at the new Crossrail development opening in May 2015.’ The Group’s 115,000 sq. ft. retail and leisure development above the new Crossrail Station combined with the recent Jubilee Place extension represents one of the largest retail expansions currently underway in the UK.

Change of Address The Blackheath Society’s office has moved from Chapman House to the Bakehouse building at the rear of Age Exchange in the centre of Blackheath Village. The Society is moving, after a quarter of a century in the old stationmaster’s building at Chapman House, to become an integral part of the vital new community centre recently developed by Age Exchange, and which features a new Village library, several meeting rooms and café facilities. The opportunity to relocate to the new premises arose when Age Exchange decided to develop the Bakehouse building as the second part of a largescale refurbishment programme that has seen the organisation revitalised in the past two years. The Blackheath Society, Studio 2, The Old Bakehouse, 11 Blackheath Village, London SE3 9LA.

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Crystal Palace Park A commitment to improve Crystal Palace Park has been re-affirmed despite the news their Heritage Lottery Fund application was not successful. The HLF application, which included partnership working with the Mayor of London and community groups, outlined a range of incremental improvements for the park. These improvements would have seen Sir Joseph Paxton’s central axis re-established as the focus of the park through a number of physical changes, reuniting the park as a single, designed and connected landscape. The proposals also included improved visitor facilities and a range of activities to attract park visitors. The news follows the ZhongRong Group’s announcement last October of their £500 million investment proposal to rebuild The Crystal Palace and restore the surrounding public park. The council has now entered into an exclusivity agreement until February 2015, which allows time to bring about the detailed plans required for a planning application which is anticipated towards the end of 2014.

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March 2014

Royal Artillery Band bids ‘Farewell’ To Woolwich After 251 Years The Royal Artillery Band has called Woolwich in south east London ‘home’ for more than two hundred and fifty years. In that time the Army has grown and shrunk countless times. The Royal Artillery Regiment left Woolwich back in 2007 and at long last, under new restructuring of Army Music, the Royal Artillery Band is to move too, to be reunited with their Regiment in Tidworth in Wiltshire. The Royal Artillery Band l marked its historic departure from Woolwich in February by marching through the Royal Borough of Greenwich and a parade with musical accompaniment in General Gordon’s Square.

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Canary Wharf Spring Summer Fashion Weekend


From Friday 28 until Sunday 30 March, Canary Wharf ’s leading fashion and accessory stores will be celebrating the start of spring by offering great deals on some of the season’s must-have items. Aquascutum, Banana Republic, Jaeger, L.K.Bennett and Ted Baker will be amongst some of the brands offering up to 20 per cent discounts, while shoppers can expect to receive 10 to 15 per cent off at Orlebar Brown, Reiss, Oasis and Wolford. For those in need of further inspiration, there will be live music and fashion shows running throughout the weekend showcasing the best buys from some of the biggest brands in fashion. Bulldog Board Meeting, £225, OrlebarBrown, Jubilee Place

Adilina Gladiator Heel Sandals, £110, Ted Baker, Canada Place

Rosario Turquoise Patent, £119, Pretty Ballerinas, Jubilee Place

LLydia T-Bar Strap Wedge, £245, L.K.Bennett, Jubilee Place

Gatley Geo Print Swim Short, £60, Ted Baker, Canada Place

Monaco 81/2” Swim Trunk,£85, Ralph Lauren, available at Tessuti, Canada Place The Marylebone Mini, £495, Aspinal of London, Cabot Place

20 OFF Aquascutum Asics (accessories only) Aspinal of London Austin Reed Banana Republic Blink Brow Bar Cadenzza Carat* Crabtree & Evelyn (on purchases of £30 or more) David Clulow Dune Emmett London French Connection Gant Hackett Jaeger Menswear

Jaeger Womenswear Jones Bootmaker Kurt Geiger Levi’s (on purchases of £100 or more, Friday only) Links of London L K Bennett Molton Brown (on purchases of £65 or more) Monica Vinader Myla The Rejuvenation Clinic & Medi Spa (excludes medical treatments) Rituals… Robert Dyas Ryman Stationary SeanHanna Sweaty Betty Ted Baker Tessuti Tiger of Sweden The White Company Warehouse

Harrison Large Top Handle Bag, £285, Reiss, Cabot Place & Jubilee Place

15 OFF Charles Tyrwhitt (suits only) Hobbs iSmash L’occitane (on purchases of £40 or more) Moss Oasis Orlebar Brown Runners Need

Tahara Sugar Sweetpea Tote Bag, £109, Ted Baker, Canada Place

10 OFF Artisan Gallery bareMinerals Le Pain Quotidien Oliver Bonas (clothing only) Pretty Ballerinas Pure Sports Medicine Reiss Sri Nam T.M.Lewin Thomas Pink Wolford

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Mens Fashion

Combine classic with contemporary for this spring’s look A man’s wardrobe should combine classic with a bit of contemporary, mix function with a bit of flair, and above all, achieve an individual style that works for them. Trends this spring highlight tailoring, which gets even softer and more casual and it seems men love tailoring. They also love being comfortable and casual. The combo of the two means more blazers that feel like sweaters and suits that look rumpled and leisurely and yet smart.

Shirt – Diesel Palm Tree shirt House of Frazer £100 Shoes – Next floral print pumps £28 Trainers – Nike Air Max 90 neon green from £95

Those of you who recall the last time that double breasted suits and sports coats were in fashion may remember the boxy cut it inevitably came with. Fear not, that cut has gone. In its place is one that defies what doublebreasted suits were originally designed to do: hide a plump figure. Instead they’re now designed to accent and to heighten the perfect masculine shape: the V-shaped, well worked body. Come summer try the white suit, perfect for looking cool. If the European fashion shows are any indication, the casual, doublebreasted blazer is officially back and in every conceivable colour. Neon trainers are finding their place amongst the fashionable set, floral prints are popping up all over as in shorts and shirts (even pumps), and the man bag is back and becoming chic.

Win a £50 gift voucher to spend at Simon Carter menswear and accessories, the newest resident of Tranquil Vale. Established in 1985, Simon Carter creates top quality designer menswear and accessories at affordable prices for style conscious gentlemen all over the world. His work is characterised by a love of English tradition, often with a quirky or surprising edge that allows the Simon Carter well dressed man to stand out from the crowd. From floral Liberty print shirts, to sterling silver cufflinks, pure Italian silk ties and nappa leather gloves, Simon Carter provides the wardrobe essentials for every man. Shop in the charming surroundings of the stores original early 20th century features, beautifully restored by Simon to reflect the brands signature style and his passion for antiques. Simon Carter, 9 Tranquil Vale, Blackheath, SE3 0BU T: +44 (0)20 8318 1518 | To be the lucky winner of the £50 gift voucher, simply send your name, address, email and day time telephone number to: Meridian Magazine, (Simon Carter), 8 The Village, Charlton, SE7 8UD. Or email

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Diary of an estate agent (age 493/4)

Values on the up and the chicken & egg question! Hi, my name is Richard Piddock and I have had the pleasure of being an estate agent for coming up 28 years this summer! That’s a long time to suffer abuse, albeit in recent years the bankers have been getting more stick! jdm was established in 1996 and is an independent family run business and (for my sins) I am one of the partners, based at our Blackheath Village office. At the moment the sales market is really busy, with demand outstripping supply especially at the lower end of the market, hence pushing prices up. In many cases it’s leading to a bun fight for the best properties, so though this is always a bit a hot potato, the only fair way of giving everyone a chance to bid for the property, is to go to best and final offers. The frustration is that you end up with more unhappy clients than happy ones, as there can only be one buyer, leaving a number of disappointed people.


DO I SELL OR DO I BUY FIRST! Many of us would prefer to find a place before we put our home on the market. But then you can lose out to another buyer who has already agreed a sale. So how can you get around this problem? Well, we have come up with a cunning plan (Baldrick), called ‘selective marketing’. I would be happy to drop by to discuss our strategy and I can let you know how much your home has gone up in value. Lastly, and my children think it’s very amusing as I am getting old, I am trying to engage in the world of social media so I have started tweeting (is that the right phrase!). As well as some fun stuff, I am tweeting info on new properties that come to the market, which will mean those that follow me will get to know about them ahead of the game. You can find me @jdmblackheath. More next month – all the best Richard



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Bespoke Bathroom Designs Beautiful Bathrooms is a small family run business based in Welling since 1981. The showrooms display a wide selection of stylish bathroom suites and bathroom furniture to suit all tastes and bathroom sizes. Derek and Jim have a vast knowledge of products and their suitability for your bathroom and are happy to help you with design and to choose the right goods for your needs. A variety of products for the less mobile are also on display. A complete supply and installation service with a five-year guarantee on all our workmanship is available, if required.

The Dovetail Joint in Forest Hill has been manufacturing high quality, bespoke kitchens and other built-in furniture since 1990. At The Dovetail Joint we work very closely with our customers to ensure that you get what you want and kitchens manufactured by us are truly distinctive. Painstaking attention to detail, superb finish, and the subtle personalisation of each job allows us to take real pride in every commission. Your ideas and tastes give us the inspiration to create a unique kitchen, which is built to the highest standards of design and workmanship, especially for you. We are a small company with minimum overheads and can afford to price our bespoke furniture very competitively. We have no production line, the kitchens are handmade in our workshop by our own craftsmen and guaranteed for five years. If you would like a beautiful, practical, hardwearing, competitively priced bespoke kitchen, or any other built in furniture to enhance and improve your home, call The Dovetail Joint or visit our website at Tel: 020 8291 5578

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Country style for City Living Country living imparts a simple lifestyle and back-to-nature ambience


ountry decor evokes a feeling of nostalgia for simpler days, making it an uncomplicated, relaxing design choice. It’s not all just ruffles and roosters in today’s country designs, which feature nuanced themes blended from farmhouse styles and vintage memorabilia. Regardless of where you live, the ambience of a country home can be created with the right furnishings, textiles and collectibles. Country kitchens draw inspiration for their colour from the environment, especially kitchens in rural farmhouse settings. When you think of the countryside, you’re sure to see lavender fields and bright sunshine. While there are many elements that contribute to the country style of decorating, the resulting look is always rustic, oldworld, and welcoming. The look fits well into both period homes or new build. Colours used to decorate in the country style come from the full spectrum of the colour wheel. Sunny yellow and soft gold, firey red and burnt rust, bright grass green and dark hunter green, cobalt blue and soft ocean tones. Bright black and dull greys punctuate the bright colors and define accessory pieces. Rusted metal furniture, lighting fixtures, and furniture give warm colour and wonderful lines. An important element in pieces used in country style decorating is the use of natural materials. Rough stained plaster or painted wood panelled walls, delicate

carved wood details, and chair seats woven of rush give texture and simplicity to the look. Natural stone floors are covered with wool or cotton rugs. No real country home is complete without a stone fireplace. A heavy beam at the top of the opening serves as a mantle. Tiles, either stone or ceramic, form the border. The hearth is clay or brick, and herbs, copper pots, and iron accessory pieces hang on the sidewalls.

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The Ideal Home Show


Introducing this years’ celebrities representing various sections of the show

Ideal Interiors with Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen will offer visitors everything they need to transform their home or add that much needed finishing touch. Whether it is ideas for sofas, furniture, artwork, paints or eco recycled products there is something for every home. TV architect George Clarke, demonstrate his expertise on how to handle a DIY or home improvement project. And why not visit the Ideal Advice Centre for a chance talk with independent experts, one-to-one, in a free 30-minute consultation. For the true foodies out there, head on over the Ideal

Gardening royalty, Diarmuid Gavin will represent the

Food and Housewares section sponsored by Regina,

show’s exquisite Ideal Gardens section sponsored by

hosted by Gregg Wallace where you can purchase an

Hydropool, where visitors can discover some great tips

array of delicious foods. Plus why not also buy some

to become a budding gardener.

cooking products, which will make you a master in the kitchen.

Show favourite Suzi Perry will again represent our Ideal Gadgets section sponsored by Virgin Media,

TV presenter Melinda Messenger will be hosting

featuring the new and improved Smart Home,

Ideal Woman sponsored by Lexus. A perfect excuse to

Technology powered by Virgin Media, a haven for tech

indulge in one of the various beauty or cocktail bars,


browse the latest lifestyle products and pick up hints and tips on this coming season’s fashion trends. Take

Money Saving Expert Martin Lewis will also be at the

a visit to the Ideal Catwalk for nonstop entertainment

show, making a special appearance to offer impartial

and fashion shows throughout the day.

advice to visitors on how to save money.

Win Tickets to the Ideal Home Show for you and a friend This March, the award winning Ideal Home Show will return for its 106th year and we are offering ten lucky readers the chance to go for free! Running from 14 – 30 March at London’s Earls Court and with seven sections including: Ideal Interiors, Ideal Show Homes, Ideal Gardens, Ideal Home Improvements, Ideal Technology, Ideal Food & Housewares, Ideal Shopping and Ideal Woman this year’s show is set to be the biggest and best yet.So whether you’re a domestic goddess or a DIY disaster there’s something for everyone! To win tickets simply answer the following question: How many years has the Ideal Home Show been running for? a).106 years

b). 60 years

c).16 years

Simply email your answer, name, address and daytime telephone number to Meridian magazine at asap as the first 10 will win pairs of tickets.

Terms and Conditions: The closing date for competition entries is ASAP .Each individual prize includes two adult tickets for the Ideal Home Show, Earl’s Court, London.The prize does not include travel expenses.

The winners will be sent confirmation by post or email.The winners will be the first ten correct entries drawn at random after the closing date.The prize is non-transferable and there is no cash alternative. Only one entry per person.Ideal Home Show have the right to amend or withdraw this offer without notice.Entrants must be aged 18 or over and must complete the entry form to be eligible for the draw.The editor’s decision is final and no correspondence can be entered into.

A Hidden Gem… As one of Chislehurst’s local hidden gems you might not have heard of Fiesta Kitchens before, but we are a small well-established family business offering exceptional kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms back by commitment to quality and excellent project management. But don’t just take our word for it, our testimonials speak for themselves… ‘A great all round service with design, construction, fitting and project management from start to finish, which made my life much easier despite undertaking major works in the kitchen, living area and bathroom. The Fiesta team are generous with advice and time and patient with last minute changes and indecision. They agreed a clear and realistic budget, stuck to timetables and gave a great finish.’ Ms. Winchester, Blackheath Alongside our excellent service, we work with some superb manufacturers including Porcelanosa, Hansgrohe, Axor, Schmidt Kitchen, Hepplewhite Bedrooms, Air Uno, Burgbad, Foster, Neff, Bisque and many others. Why not take a look at our website or give us a call to find out more about the services we can offer on 020 8302 1368. 29-31 Leith Hill, Orpington BR5 2RS. | 17


Love Thy Neighbour? How do you deal with neighbour disputes and problems? In most cases the parties should make extensive efforts to try and resolve these disputes by dialogue and discussions to prevent an escalation of the dispute. Sometimes it is necessary to involve solicitors who can give advice on the most appropriate steps to take and who can make efforts to try and resolve matters through correspondence or mediation. Where there is a boundary dispute a surveyor can be instructed to measure or define the disputed boundary or to deal with any party wall issues. In extreme cases of noise or anti-social behaviour the local authority can step in and apply for an anti-social behaviour order (ASBO) from court.

NEIGHBOUR DISPUTES can occur frequently over a number of issues and can lead to hostility, stress and, in some cases, extensive legal costs and expenses. Disputes can arise from boundary and party wall issues as well as problems such as noise, overgrown hedges or overhanging branches as well as unpleasant smells, bonfire smoke or other ‘nuisances’ emanating from one property to the other. Neighbour disputes commonly arise in buildings where there are flats and noise is audible through walls or floors.

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In most cases, for example where there is a boundary or party wall dispute or problems with trees, it is helpful to provide your solicitor with plans, photographs or even video evidence. In situations concerning noise or unruly behaviour then it is important to keep a diary or log of events which can be used as part of your evidence against the other party concerned. If matters cannot be resolved by correspondence or mediation then you still have the option of applying to the county court for an injunction to restrain noise, unwarranted activities or nuisance and also, in some cases, to recover compensation. However, this

procedure can be expensive and before you embark on such a course of action you should ascertain whether you have access to legal expenses insurance cover which is commonly found in household insurance policies. If this is available then the insurers may agree to fund your claim and also provide you with an indemnity against liability for the other person’s costs if your claim is unsuccessful.

Rupert Chichester is a solicitor and partner with Grant Saw Solicitors LLP of Norman House, 110-114 Norman Road, Greenwich, London SE10 9EH. He can offer advice on the issues raised in this article together with other legal problems. To contact him please call 020 8858 6971 or email:

Spring into the Garden


London Plant Fair The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), the UK’s leading gardening charity, will hold the annual RHS Great London Plant Fair from 1-2 April. A dazzling array of spring colour alongside a vast selection of plants to buy will provide a stunning backdrop to the show. This festival of spring will give visitors the opportunity to stock up on plants and take home tips and advice on how to revitalize their gardens. The Lindley Hall will also feature the RHS Early Daffodil Competition. Visitors can receive advice on how to garden in a changing climate through a series of talks designed to help gardeners cope with unpredictable and dramatic weather. The show will also include a full programme of talks on spring flowers, given by the growers.

Be Bold Using bold colour in the garden can be a challenge. When selecting plants for their colour people are daring and confident in their choices. Fiery reds and oranges mixed with pinks and blues in a haphazard tapestry that somehow works, but when it comes to garden walls and structures, many people end up choosing a muted tone of their initial brave choices and then wonder why they aren’t happy with the result. If you love colour, be adventurous, as the choices are pretty much endless. Paint manufacturers can supply paint from extensive colour palettes suitable for external masonry, as well as wood

and metalwork. This provides you with the same scope of decoration that you would normally reserve for inside your home. You can then add complementary or contrasting plants and flowers to emphasise the look. For those not quite as daring with bold colour, you don’t have to make a permanent statement. Keeping your walls and structures neutral but bringing in boldly coloured plants, flowers or planters can be just as effective. This is often an easier way to incorporate bold colour without going over the top or making a costly mistake. Noel Anderton, Landscape One Design Ltd,

In addition to this, the RHS Spring Fair Late will take place in the Lindley Hall on 1 April from 6-9pm.

The RHS Great London Plant Fair 2013 RHS Great London Plant Fair
Venue: RHS Horticultural Halls (Lawrence & Lindley Hall)
Greycoat Street
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on the door £8, RHS members: Free (with Membership Card).



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Bigger and better... Due to its overwhelming success Tower Bridge Antiques have had to find bigger and better premises to keep up with the growing demand for antique furniture.

The amount of furniture and the quality makes a visit to the new warehouse a much more pleasant experience. With double the floor space Tower Bridge Antiques is definitely the largest antique warehouse in London. The new premises have off street parking, with electronic gates, and a lift between floors. With more dealers than before the choice of quality furniture has got bigger and makes the visit all the more pleasurable. Don’t delay, come along and see for yourself the great improvement that this old Edwardian building has made to the presentation of the furniture. We will be writing to all our valued customers in the Greenwich and Blackheath areas as well as the Meridian faithful with the full address, but for those who can’t wait-here are the new details: Tower Bridge Antique Furniture Ltd Guild House, Rollins Street, London SE15 1EP Tele: 0207 403 3660 / 0207 732 7786 E-mail:

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Ask the Expert Skin - SOS With spring bringing a mix of warmer winds and sunnier days, taking care of our skin begins with understanding the changes it goes through each season.

It’s very easy to take our eyes and eyesight for granted. If you have sore, blurred vision or the feeling of something in your eye you could be suffering from ’dry eye syndrome’. About a third of us will suffer from this irritating eye condition at some point in our lives, which can be caused by weather conditions, hormonal changes or central heating. Eye drops that moisten will help. If you work with computers your eyes will need regular screen breaks to prevent eyestrain. Remember the 20 minute break rule so take a break and make yourself a cup of tea or take a 20 second break and focus on an object at least 20 feet away. Adjusting your focus will help prevent weary eyes.

Ideally we should keep wearing the same amount of sunscreen year-round, however most people tend to decrease or stop using SPF in the winter. Whether you’ve been thorough with your exfoliation routine during the winter or not, spring is not the time for harsh scrubs. If your skin needs plenty of exfoliation to prevent any problems once the natural oils kick into the spring cycle, go for a cleansing cloth instead of a strong mechanical scrub. When it comes to changes in your skin care routine as you leave behind winter for spring, keep using your lip balm. You might need to replace your thick winter one with a lighter version, but proper hydration for your lips is very important. If you stop using it, you might end up with chapped lips that will take longer to repair than to prevent. Clean up your make-up kit. Besides switching your winter palette for more springfriendly colours, you also need to check the shelf life of all your makeup products. You may not consider it one of the important changes for spring skin care, but going through all your makeup and throwing out anything that’s outdated is a step you shouldn’t skip.

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Keep Smiling Even if you do everything right, you could still be at risk! Teresa Debono of Smile Impressions advises... Some people think it’s normal if your gums bleed while brushing or flossing. It’s not.This is a leading symptom of periodontal disease and needs to be looked at by your dentist or, better still, hygienist. Compare your gum tissue to the skin on the back of your hand. If your hand bled every time you touched it, would you ignore it? Periodontal disease is an inflammatory disease that affects the soft and hard structures that support the teeth. In its early stage, called gingivitis, the gums become swollen and red due to inflammation, which is the body’s natural response to the presence of harmful bacteria. In the more serious form of periodontal disease (called periodontitis), the gums pull away from the tooth and supporting gum tissues are destroyed. Chronic periodontitis, the most advanced form of the disease, progresses relatively slowly in most people and is typically more evident in adulthood. Although inflammation as a result of a bacterial infection is behind all forms of periodontal disease, a variety of factors can influence the severity of the disease. Important risk factors include inherited or genetic susceptibility, smoking, lack of adequate home care, age, diet, health history, and medications. Add periodontal disease to the long list of conditions that smoking can cause, cancer, heart disease, strokes and low birth weight infants. If the bacteria that contribute to plaque and gum disease enter your blood stream through bleeding gums, they can travel to your heart and this could cause blood clots, and this can also become a serious condition for any diabetic. Many people don’t know they have periodontal disease because they expect it to be painful or have some obvious outward sign. The best way to know if you are suffering from this condition is to visit your dentist/dental hygienist regularly. Periodontal disease causes your gums to recede, loosening your teeth, and if untreated, eventually causes them to fall out. If this has happened to you, the good news is that dental implants can be used to replace any teeth you are missing.The better news is that this can often be prevented with the right treatment in the early stages.

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Now booking for February half term revision courses for 11+ from 17th - 21st February We are now a mock exam centre for 11+ exams. Next mock exams will be held on 8th,15th February, 15th March and 12th April Not sure of your child’s ability? Worried about your child’s academic progress? Book a formal assessment with us.


Parenting news Acorn Nursery – Learning Through Play Acorns playgroup and forest school for children aged 2 to 31/2 year olds is holding an Open Morning on Friday 21 March 10am-11am. A drop-off playgroup, Acorns provides a gentle stepping stone from home to Kindergarten. Sessions are held at Greenwich Steiner School lasting 2½ hours. The children spend the morning outdoors exploring and playing in nature and gather indoors for snack and story time.

Mini Fashion Trends The Spring collection for Jojo Mamam Bebe has arrived online and in store with a gorgeous range of exclusive designs for boys and girls. Babies and toddlers look cute in the bright print and stripy sleepsuits, whilst little girls will love to dress up in the floral party dresses and boys can be budding pirates or sailors with the fun, nautical themed appliqué T-shirts. Older boys and girls can continue to wear their favourite JoJo clothes with the introduction of a 5-6 years range in the bestselling styles.


Theatrebugs, Pharrell Williams and the Brit Awards! It was just a regular fun filled Theatrebugs session in a Community Centre in Woolwich, south east London; until, Mr. Pharrell Williams walked in! Queen Allen, a Theatrebugs facilitator, was finishing up one of her Theatrebugs sessions, dancing with the children to ‘Happy!’ the new Pharrell song, well–known and loved by the little ones at Theatrebugs, as it has recently featured in Despicable Me 2! When all of a sudden, Pharrell Williams entered the room and joined in the fun! He had heard that Queen was his biggest UK fan and really wanted to surprise her at her place of work to say thanks!

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The Fundamental Values


For educating the whole person At Blackheath High School we deliver an education that provides opportunities to develop skills, to gain knowledge and to strengthen character. In order to achieve this, our teaching and learning is supported by our unique ‘Pillars of Learning,’ which are: Resilience; Enterprise; Innovation; Community Spirit and Environmental Awareness. Implementing these pillars encourages our girls to develop the thoughts, values and behaviours that we promote at Blackheath High School. We provide an enriched curriculum that is not confined to a classroom or restricted to school hours. Instead, we recognise that everything we do has the power to influence the kind of women that our girls will become. Our ‘Pillars of Learning’ support our aim to equip our learners with the confidence needed to see opportunities not boundaries, challenges not obstacles and a belief in themselves that they have an important contribution to make to their School, to their community and beyond. Our focus is on all round development; each pupil is inspired to ‘aim high’ in all that they do, academically and beyond. Whilst we are obviously proud of our girls’ academic success, we realise that, whilst excellent qualifications will enable our girls to study at their university of choice and provide them with the basic entry requirements for their chosen careers, it is their personal qualities and skills that will help them to climb the ladder of success in a globalised, competitive work place. Our Pillars of Learning are nurtured, as part of the school’s culture, during lessons, assemblies and form times. For example, to help instill ‘Resilience’, girls are encouraged to take risks in their lessons and to learn the importance of being able to bounce back from inevitable failure. Even our youngest pupils have a mantra ‘be brave and strong, when little things go wrong’ and, throughout their school lives our girls are taught to face challenges that push them out of their comfort zones. In addition, all girls participate in outward-bound adventure trips, through which they gain confidence and self-esteem. Similarly, ‘Enterprise’ is taught through supporting and guiding our students to plan, organise and manage initiatives such as fundraising events, displaying a wealth of ideas and creative skills with great enthusiasm! This helps them to learn to use their initiative, to research products and ideas, and to apply their academic knowledge to ‘real life’ situations. This develops resourcefulness and the ability to make informed decisions. They are also encouraged to think ‘outside of the box’ and be innovative. Here, girls benefit from an education described by the Independent Schools’ Inspectorate as ‘stimulating and extraordinarily supportive; conducive to the highest standards of teaching and learning.’ We appreciate that each girl is different and we value those differences. But, with our distinctive approach to education, all of our girls develop a love of learning, and typically become resilient and confident young women.

We look forward to welcoming you to visit our school to see for yourself what makes our school so unique.

Movers and Shakers Bickley Park’s new Headmaster Patrick Wenham welcomed key members of the school’s local community to an event last month. The Movers and Shakers evening provided a chance for Mr. Wenham to set out his vision for Bickley Park School to lead the way in boys’ education and work with local organisations for the benefit of the whole community. Attended by representatives from a diverse range of community groups and organisations the event was the first of its kind at the school. A traditional boys’ only prep school, Bickley Park aims to offer a world-class education for boys aged 2½ to 13. Fully aware of the growing body of research that suggests boys are being out-performed by girls across every phase of education from nursery to university in the UK’s schools, Bickley Park works hard to promote boys’ learning. Teachers at Bickley Park School love working with boys. The school delivers a curriculum that recognises boys’ needs and interests, motivating them to make the most of their potential.

Minister visits John Roan School It is 100 years this year since the start of the First World War. As part of that, Helen Grant the Minister leading the commemorations visited John Roan School in Blackheath last month. Two pupils from the school were among the first in the country to go on the battlefields visits, a government funded programme to reconnect young people to WW1. Their visit was particularly poignant because 30 John Roan old boys were killed in the War and are remembered on a plaque at the school. Des Malone, headteacher said of the visit, ‘It was a great pleasure to host Helen Grant, Minister for Sport, Tourism and Equalities to look at the work we have done as part of the government programme to commemorate the centenary of WW1. She saw the work pupils had produced both in 2D and 3D models of life for both troops and civilians at that time.  She spoke engagingly with our pupils, some of whom had travelled to the WW1 battlefields and cemeteries. The school’s connection to WW1 is very strong and we have a memorial in our foyer to our fallen, which include 8 sets of brothers and one Victoria Cross. We look forward to engaging with pupils and the local community as this terrible anniversary approaches.’ | 29

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Food & Drink

At its best during March… The first signs of spring promise a new gathering of vegetable, fruit, meat and seafood One of the biggest trends in British foods is to eat seasonal foods; as the food is fresher and much healthier. It is also more environmentally friendly as the foods are often local and not been flown in from other countries. Early spring sees food start to lighten after the comfort foods of winter, but not too much. The weather in Britain is still inclement one-day spring sunshine, the next day snow. So don’t forget the stews and casseroles just yet. This month look out for Brussels Sprouts, Beetroot, Broccoli, Crab, Carrots, Celeriac, Chicory, Clams, Cockles, Cauliflower, Eel, Hake, John Dory, Jerusalem Artichokes, Kale, lobster, Lemon Sole, Leeks, Mussels, Oysters, Parsnips, Purple Sprouting Broccoli, Red Chicory and Radicchio, Spinach, Salmon, Scallops, Skate, Swede, Salad Onions, Sorrel, Sea Bass, Rhubarb, Turnips, Trout, Winkles. In terms of meat, venison has a flavour reminiscent of beef, but is richer and can have a gamey note. Venison tends to have a finer texture and is leaner than comparable cuts of beef. Although popular on the Continent, rabbit is often overlooked as a dinner option in other countries. Don’t miss out – rabbit recipes are inexpensive and the meat is lean yet flavoursome.

And of course spring lamb Try spring lamb with a cranberry, tomato and herb crust 2 garlic cloves 50 g sun-dried tomatoes 3 tbsp. cranberry sauce, 2 tsp. thyme leaves 3 racks of lamb, chined, you can ask your butcher to do this for you

Method Preheat the oven to 200C/180C fan/gas mark 6. Put the garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, cranberry sauce and thyme into a food processor and whizz together to a smooth paste. Season well with freshly ground black pepper.

Trim the lamb of most of the fat. Spread the cranberry mixture firmly onto the outer side of the lamb to coat evenly. Put crust side up into a roasting tin and roast in the middle of the oven for 20 minutes for medium-rare or 30 minutes for well done, covering the crust of the lamb loosely with foil if the crust starts to burn. Remove the lamb from the oven and transfer to a warm plate and leave to rest in a warm place for 5 minutes. Cut each rack of lamb into cutlets and serve with mashed potatoes and green beans.

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Reservations: 020 8319 9790 The City View Restaurant is open Tuesday to Friday lunchtime Soup £2.20 | Starter £3.45 Main Course From £3.00 Dessert £2.50 Free Dessert when purchasing 2 Courses at lunchtime 1 voucher per person Thursday evening Fine Dining 5 course fine dining evening £20.00 per head Including Coffee and Petit Four Special deals for group bookings on request City View Fine Dining Restaurant, Shooters Hill Post 16 Campus, Red Lion Lane, London, SE18 4LD


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Deliciously Simple Creations Martin Heap, specialist sausage maker, has travelled the world looking for authentic recipes and inspiration for new flavours and ideas for you to try. Drawing on his experience as a chef he is passionate about using the very best of ingredients to produce Britain favourite food, sausages.

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Heap’s Number 1 Pork Pork & Sweet Red Pepper Sweet Italian with a hint of fennel & garlic Toulouse – garlicky with bacon, red wine, and pork with herbs de Provence Merguez Sausage – classic North Africa recipe of lamb, pork and spicy harissa Beef & Guinness Stout Sausage – Irish creation Pork, Apple & Wildflower Honey Sausage – full of apples with a gentle sweetness of honey

What’s your favourite? Or do you have a suggestion for a sausage from your own recipe? Heap’s has a wide selection of sausages for all taste and occasions and is offering one lucky reader the opportunity to create their own sausage recipe! The winning recipe will be made into sausages and go on sale. Simple send your recipe and why you think it should win in no more than 15 words on a postcard to Meridian magazine (Heaps), 8 The Village, Charlton London SE7 7UD or email by 7 April. On the last Friday of every month Heaps Sausage Making Master class takes place. Included is a drink on arrival and a sausage and mash supper. £30 per person, booking essential on 020 8293 9199.

Shooters Hill Post 16 Campus has a restaurant open to diners for lunch, served Tuesday to Friday between 12 and 2pm (orders must be placed by 1.15pm). Fine Dining menus are available every Thursday evening from 7pm to 10.30pm, but must be booked in advance. We went on Valentine’s day (actually the Thursday before), sat by a huge window, which gave a wide panorama of London from Canary Wharf to points East, and peacefully drank champagne. All the food is cooked by level three students, and waiting by level two students. Everyone wants to be a chef, and it shines out of these young faces, they work hard and want to impress. For the evening there was a themed fixed menu, featuring Consommé Pommes d’amour, perfumed with asparagus, tomato and tarragon; individual Lobster and cheese soufflé; Lover Lemon and Pink Gin Sorbet; Poussin ‘Don Giovanni’ followed by Romeo and Juliette chocolate and Strawberry Shortbread hearts. At the time, I thought, should I make allowances? After all, the restaurant is run by students... but there was no need, the quality of performance was very high indeed, and some features were excellent. Soufflés are not easy, and ours were light as clouds. The Lemon and Pink Gin Sorbet was delightful and inspired.



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At the end of the evening the chefs came out of the kitchen and took their welldeserved praise from the diners. All of the students were happy to talk about the dishes they had delivered and enthusiastically talked of what their futures hold for them. It was a very impressive evening and fantastic value. Fine dining £20 per head and special themed night £35 per head. Bookings can be made online For enquiries contact Debbie Cooney on 020 8319 9790. City View Restaurant, Shooters Hill Campus, Red Lion Lane SE18 4LD. By Michael Breese

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Panas Competition

Panas Gurkha restaurant, authentic Gurkha and Indian cuisine, based in Lewisham and recent winner of the 2012 award for ‘Recognition of High Customer Ratings’ is celebrating its 3rd anniversary. Panas chefs use traditional recipes by native master chefs in order to produce delicious dishes that are low in fat. Panas staff will greet you with the world famous Gurkha warmth and hospitality. Relax with a drink and complimentary snacks while you wait for your meal, or for the more adventurous, take the Panas tour of the kitchens to see how everything from Tikka Masala to Jhaneko Masu is made. Panas Gurkha is offering one lucky winner a meal for two with wine as part of the celebrations. Simply send your name, address and daytime telephone number to Meridian magazine (Panas), 8 The Village, Charlton, SE7 8UD. Or email your details to by 4 April. | 33

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The Sun Ya Chinese restaurant has been established at Blackheath Standard for more than 30 years. Providing Chinese cuisine at its very best, it is a firm favourite with locals and visitors alike. Offering all the classics and an expanded seafood selection, the restaurant has a friendly, intimate atmosphere that is perfect for family celebrations as well as quiet dinners for two. The Sun Ya also offers lunchtime specials and an excellent takeaway service. Open Mon - Thurs 12 - 2pm & 5 - 11pm Fri - Sat 12 - 2pm & 5 - 11.30 pm Sunday 5.30 - 11pm 9-10 Stratheden Parade Blackheath SE3 7SX 020 8858 0728, 020 8305 1961

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Seasonal wine-spring recommendations by Steven Tod of Blackheath Wine Company

There are few, if any, immutable rules in matching wine with food; it is after all largely a question of taste. The wine and food should balance, with neither overpowering the other. Produce coming into season in spring offers a wonderful array of delicate, fresh flavours that need to be treated with care when thinking of wine accompaniments to avoid being completely overwhelmed. Smoked salmon

Vegetable risotto

A deliciously dry Riesling d’Alsace Meyer-Fonné brings all the citrus acidity you need to cut through the deliciously rich salmon without jarring – think of the obligatory lemon slice – thereby refreshing the palate for the next mouthful and preventing the oily fish becoming too cloying.

The risotto has a creaminess and earthiness to it that would suit a smooth white wine with a touch of minerality, whilst the spring vegetables bring a freshness and bite that would call for a lively zesty white. A Petit Chablis Dauvissat can wear those two hats with aplomp; it has the subtle citrus aromas and flinty mineral undertones to lift the ingredients of the dish yet is refined and has the requisite smoothness to complement the creamy Arborio rice.

Asparagus tart The herbaceous notes of a Sauvignon blanc Saint-Bris Felix complement the green stem asparagus perfectly. Saint-Bris is incidentally the only appellation in the whole of Burgundy that is allowed to use Sauvignon blanc, but it retains all the characteristic smoothness of the fine white wines of that region which adds another dimension to the pairing as the perfect counterpart to the creaminess of the tart filling.

Rhubarb Panna cotta

Roast spring lamb Spring lamb requires a balance be struck to complement its delicate flavour and the natural richness of the meat - it can be swamped by wine that has too much tannin or is too full bodied. A maturing left-bank Bordeaux such as a Chateau Lalande Saint-Julien is the perfect foil – the dominant Cabernet sauvignon provides silky tannins to cut through the natural fat in the meat, with all the poise, finesse and enduring length one looks for in a wine to accompany a roast dinner.

Roast quail

This recipe already has complementary flavours of sharp rhubarb and delicately spiced and creamy panna cotta, the creaminess of the latter already balancing the tartness of the former. A glass of Gewurztraminer d’Alsace Hauller has the hint of sweetness needed to contrast with the sharpness of the rhubarb, without being too cloying with the dish as a whole, and has the wonderfully delicate spiced notes of nutmeg and rosewater to echo the vanilla in the panna cotta.

Quail is delicately flavoured and slightly gamey; aggressively tannic wine needs to be avoided. A smooth burgundy Pinot noir such as an Irancy Domaine Felix, with its delicate cedar aromas and smooth, unobtrusive tannins sustain and add depth to the savoury notes of the meat without being too overbearing.

Blackheath Wine Company is a locally-based online wine merchant specialising in high quality French wines from small vineyards that use traditional methods. Set up in 2013 by Steven Tod the range is continually expanding to include every corner of France, catering for every taste and to suit every pocket. Steven holds dual French-British nationality and spent much of his childhood in Alsace so wine is very much in his blood. After a career in the City he decided to pursue his passion and share with the oenophiles of Britain what every French person considers their birthright – exceptional wine, honestly priced. website: twitter: @blackheathwine | 35

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is an exchange project that will see artists from Pulchri Studio in The Hague, The Netherlands trading places and exhibiting their work at A.P.T Gallery in March and this follows the recent exchange exhibition whereby 41 APT artists recently had a show of their work at Pulchri Studio. Â Though differing in character, the shared value of the importance of showing work has brought these two organisations together to produce a conversation focused on the very making and presentation of art. The Pulchri exhibition opens on Thursday 6 March and runs until Sunday 30 March 2014. For full details please visit

Art Hub invites you to explore the fascinating theme of our personal relationship with

the city in two very different exhibitions.STREET.TRIP.TICK is at Bermondsey Project Space. Visually stunning, playful and punchy the show is impressive and well worth the trip. The three artists Gordon Furn, Adrian Morris-Thomas and Fritz Duffy open your eyes to the vibrancy of the street scene and the transience of our lives within the urban landscape. PSYCHO.GEOGRAPHY is a group show of ten artists at Art Hub Gallery, Creekside. The exhibition explores how the rich, fast-paced, sharp-edged reality of city life can shape our experiences, emotions and behaviour or simply slip through our consciousness leaving just a trace of a memory. Powerful, at times humorous and thought-provoking, catch this before it ends. Both shows run until (and including) Sunday 16 March. For more info go to or call 07970 628854 Bermondsey Project Space 46 Willow Walk, SE1 5SF. Art Hub Gallery, 5 – 9 Creekside, Deptford SE8 4SA.

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Anyone can Buy Art It is not the sole preserve of the rich and famous. And starting a collection is a lot easier and The Shape Open is an annual callout, which invites disabled and non-disabled a whole lot more affordable than you artists to submit work in response to a disability focused theme. The Shape Open might think. As well as learning about exhibition ‘Disability Reassessed’ the art world to start a collection, you also which launched in 2013 is now in the final leg of a successful sixneed to learn about your own likes and month tour. Don’t miss your last dislikes. Art should be an emotional chance to catch this unique and memorable exhibition at Lewisham Arthouse from 12-29 March. Disability experience, so the biggest mistake you could Reassessed’ is a multi-disciplinary showcase of works from international and UK based artists, including painting, sculpture, textile, digital art and photography, make is buying something you don’t love. It’s Unmissable!

selected from a panel of eminent Arts professionals including Yinka Shonibare, MBE RA. Join Shape for a special closing party in collaboration with the Lewisham Arthouse on Friday 28 March. All welcome. For more details visit:

The Flood Gallery Based in the world famous market, in the

heart of Greenwich, London. The Flood Gallery is a boutique store dedicated to the best in contemporary poster art. Specialising in hand-crafted, yet affordable rock and film posters, The Flood Gallery is the one-stop shop for those who want to adorn their walls with unique and creative modern artwork. With a bespoke, museum quality framing service, exclusive exhibitions and expertly sourced poster art from the World’s most respected artists, The Flood Gallery is the place to visit for all your music, movie and modern art needs. Tel: 020 8269 0372

Peter Denmark’s abstract landscapes and compositions are accomplished use of tempera on paper which blends together to make a truly pleasing must have for the aspiring contemporary art collector. Also presented are his highly sought after contemporary acrylic canvases with bold lines and block colour, which are stunning. Paul McPherson Gallery 3-28 March.

The Flood Gallery is situated in the heart of the world famous Greenwich Market specialising in contemporary limited edition screen printed gig posters, movies posters and art prints. Bespoke framing available with fast service and outstanding value.


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Meridian Meets Graham Crowley Graham Crowley born 1950 in Romford, Essex. Graham studied at St. Martin’s School of Art London 1968-72 and the Royal College of Art London 1972-75, and since then has held significant teaching post including Professor of Painting at the RCA 1998-2006. Moving to West Cork to live and work 2006-2010. Graham now lives and works in south east London. Why did you choose to move to West Cork, Ireland in 2006? Because my father’s family comes from West Cork and Crowley is a west of Ireland name, most prolific in west Cork and Kerry. How did this affect your painting – landscapes, striking blocks of colour? In a very significant way, it gave me subject matter and I arrived in Ireland prior to the massive economic upturn, called the Celtic Tiger. And witnessed the transformation from relative poverty into affluence in some cases. That was reflected in the landscape where people had more disposable income so they would paint their homes become more proprietorial. It was a changing society, there was confidence. Of course it is now changed back again. Now that you live in Dulwich how did you become involved with Deptford X and are you still involved with them? I’m no longer involved with Deptford X. My only connection now is with Rosalind Davis and Annabel Tilley who run the Zeitgeist Arts Project and they are involved in Deptford X. I share a studio currently with them at Goodwood Road, New Cross Gate. Your current work? Darker, less colour… Its becoming so, yes a lot of the paintings that bare the title Road Kill for instance are grey, not celebratory whereas a lot of the other paintings are affirmative and positive. I’m not a one trick pony, hopefully.

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Why did you choose the title Road Kill? Well everywhere you go in Ireland what is left of the wildlife is mostly dead on the road. As a motorcyclist you are more aware of this. I find myself getting a shudder when I see this, as a passionate animal lover I find it painful to see them suffer or in distress. What does the future hold? Are you and your style still evolving? Yes, you only have to look at the work and it changes. Film directors making the same style of film for years would be accused of being limited or lazy. In the beginning my work was academic and then more auto biographical and then in narrative form in the Thatcher years. Painting such as ‘No such thing’ and ‘Chainstore’. I’ve been asked to exhibit in a group show at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norfolk Next exhibition-Where and when can our readers see your work? Have a look at my website I have a one-man show in Dublin next followed by the Sainsbury’s exhibition on Political and social changes.

Gallery News - whats on and where? BERKELEY GALLERY

Royal Photographic Society Overseas Chapters Until 29 Mar The exhibition displays selected work from the 19 worldwide Chapters of the RPS. Visitors have the opportunity to view work from around the world, particularly from Asian countries, has a distinct style reflecting local culture and artistic sensibilities. Tues-Sat 9am-5pm. Closed Sun/Mon. The Berkeley Gallery, Greenwich Heritage Centre, Artillery Sq; Royal Arsenal, Woolwich SE18 4DX.


Greenwich Open Studios until 23 Mar Taste the rich variety of work by Greenwich Open Studios’ artists, including paintings, pastels, photography, jewellery and prints, through to weaving and multimedia. Each artist has her or his own vision, the common thread which binds members together is that they live or work in Greenwich. 10am-5pm. Greenwich Gallery, Exhibition Gallery, Discover Greenwich SE10.


Albert the Handydog until 13 Mar One of the UK’s most highly acclaimed artists, Darren Baker unveils his first ever collection of illustrative artwork, soon to feature in a children’s book. This new style of artwork shows a rapid departure from his portraits of the Queen, Prince Charles and Tony Blair. All proceeds from the sale of the book will be donated to youth charity The Princes Trust. Tues- Sun 11am-7pm. M1 Fine Art Gallery, 7 Nelson Road, Greenwich SE10 9JL.


Studio Collaborations until 4 Apr A research project for professionals in the creative industries to gain a deeper involvement by working collaboratively with artists with learning disabilities. Stephen Lawrence Gallery, Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich SE10 9LD.


London Life: Characters and Places until 30 May An exhibition of original linocuts and ink drawings by Sally Cutler and Euan Cunningham inspired by our ever changing city, London. Every day 10am-6pm. Southwark Cathedral Refectory, London Bridge, SE1 9DA.


War Artist at Sea: Paintings and Sculpture until Feb 2015 Showcasing the very best of Royal Museums Greenwich’s collection of First and Second World War art, visually arresting and moving portraits, battle scenes, depictions of everyday life during conflict. Artists includes Leslie Cole, Eric Ravilious, Stephen Bone and Charles Wheeler. Every day 10am-5pm. The Queen’s House, Romney Road, Greenwich SE10 9NF.

BHC2635: John Travers Cornwell, Boy 1st class (1900-16) by Ambrose McEvoy © National Maritime Museum, on loan from Mrs Mona McEvoy since 1966


The Distance Between until 29 Mar An exhibition that investigates the tensions and connections between eight artists and their works; spanning drawing, painting and collage. Artists: Katrina Blannin, Rosalind Davis, Jonny Green, Mandy Hudson, Evy Jokhova, Simon Leahy-Clark, Srinivas and Annabel Tilley. Fri & Sat 1-5pm. ZAP, Bond House Gallery, ASC Studios, Bond House, SE14 6BL.

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»» Art, Drama, Music, Language & Wine 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 »» Blackheath Decorative & Fine Arts Society. Stimulating lectures and intriguing outings. Fourth Thursday of the month except Aug and Dec 2.30pm. St Mary’s Hall, Cresswell Park, Blackeath SE3. »» Greenwich Decorative & Fine Arts Society. Monthly lectures at King William Court, Room 315, University of Greenwich, Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, SE10. 8pm on 2nd Monday of the month, except April & August. Refreshments from 7.15pm. 020 8852 6248 or »» Greenwich Market. Tues - Collectables & crafts. Weds - Food market with local producers & organic produce. Thurs & Fri - Antiques, collectables, arts & crafts. Weekends & Bank Hols - Arts & Crafts & Food. 10am-5.30pm, 020 8269 5096. Greenwich SE10. »» Guided Walk in Maryon Wilson Park. With an animal park & deer enclosure. 1.15pm & 3.30pm Animal tour every Mon Wed & Fri. Free. Maryon Wilson Park, Thorntree Road, Charlton, SE7. »» Kids Knitting & Crochet Workshops. Every Fri & Sat 11am-1pm. Special discount £8/2h session (quote:MERIDIAN) Book online at www. or call 020 8144 4523, Boutique Outlet, 326 Lee High Road, Lee Green SE13 5PJ. »» Learn Tarot Cards. Develop your intuition and communication skills. Private tuition and workshops with an experienced reader. Email:, Tel: 07791 139 380, 020 8293 1737.

On stage Greenwich Theatre’s Artistic Director, James Haddrell

Later this month I have been asked to join a panel of speakers, alongside organisations like the Royal Opera House, Shakespeare’s Globe and Arts Council England, at a national event organised to explore how arts organisations are engaging family audiences. This is the culmination of a process which began last year when Greenwich Theatre was invited to become one of thirteen national organisations working together to create a new set of family arts standards, a code of conduct which all arts organisations working with families should aspire to, covering everything from customer service to programming, catering to building management. Along with partners from English National Ballet, the Liverpool Philharmonic and others, we spent a period of time working to develop these standards, before joining the national Family Arts Festival in October with performances of We’re Going On A Bear Hunt and the commission of a new piece of immersive theatre under the heading Me & My Nan in partnership with Greenwich Dance.


»» The Blackheath & Greenwich Amnesty Group. Monthly meetings. 8pm. St. Margaret’s Church, Lee Terrace, Blackheath SE3.


»» Keep Fit & In Shape + Line Dancing. 10am 12 noon. Donation £5 to Cancer Research UK. 020 8852 7127. Kingswood Hall, Kingswood Place, off Dacre Park, Lewisham SE13. »» Woolwich Singers. A community choir. No audition required to join. The aim is to sing together and have fun! Call Wendy 07812 477 778. £2 per week, refreshments provided. 6.30pm-8pm. The Clockhouse Community Centre, Defiance Walk, Woolwich Dockyard, Woolwich SE18 5QL.


»» Blackheath Morris Men. Practice 8.45-10pm. St Marks Church Upper Hall, Greenwich South Street SE10. Free. Contact John on 020 8461 2440.


»» Lunchtime Concert. 1pm – 2pm. Free Charlton House, Charlton Rd; SE7 020 8856 3951. »» 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.


»» Forest Hill Farmers’ Market. 9.30am-2pm. Forest Hill Pools, Dartmouth Road, SE23 3HZ. »» Woolwich Food Fight. Help fight hunger in our community. Lunches served from 12noon2pm. Wish to help this good cause contact 020 8317 6705 or Chrisma Christian Centre NTCG, Anglesea Road, Woolwich SE18 6EG.


»» Blackheath Farmers’ Market. 10am-2pm. Blackheath Station Car Park; Blackheath SE3. »» Lazy Sunday Jazz Afternoons. From 4pm. 020 3601 8941. RLA’s at ‘The Old Loyal Britons’, 62 Thames Street, Greenwich SE10 9BX.


»» Eltham Farmers’ Market. 10am-3pm. Passey Place. Off Eltham High St, Eltham SE9.


»» Blackheath Quakers. Meeting for worship. 10.30am-11.30am every Sunday, and 1pm1.30pm on 2nd Tues of each month. Visitors are welcome. For more details, including room hire on 07908 587 695 or email quakerhall@ Quaker Meeting House, Lawn Terrace, Blackheath SE3 9LL.


»» Rotary Club of Lewisham & Penge. 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 Earll 020 8303 3361 or Alan Davis 020 8467 2032. Bromley Court Hotel, Bromley. »» Live Music & Open Mic. Jive jazz hosted by Dave Silk (bass) fusing legendary and experienced musos together with first time and amateur performers. In relaxed candlelit setting. Bar opens 8pm. £10 on the door. Mycenae Road, Blackheath SE3 7SE.

»» Rotary Club of Greenwich. For like-minded business people to meet & help the community. Fred Nunn 020 8858 6410. Charlton Football Club, Floyd Rd; Charlton SE7 8BL.


However, this family focus was not new for us. We have run the Greenwich Children’s Theatre Festival for the past seven years with funding from Royal Greenwich, and we have a year round programme of theatre for children and young people. We all believe that theatre should be available for all, but in a pure business sense we also know that without engaging children in the magic of theatre when they are young, our industry could well disappear in two generations. Our hope is that the children coming to see Alice In Wonderland or Dinosaur Zoo this year will come back year on year to see shows at Greenwich Theatre with their parents, and that when they become adults and have children of their own, they will not only remember those visits and bring their children, but will also take time out to book a babysitter and spend an evening at the theatre themselves!

»» Pattern to Print. The story of David Evans, Crayford’s silk printers. Numbers are limited so please reserve your place in advance by calling 01322 621238. 10am-5pm. Free incld in admission cost to Hall Place – Adult £7, under 16 £5. Hall Place & Gardens, Bourne Road, Bexley DA5 1PQ.

Going to the theatre is a special experience, but while we hold our ticket prices as close to cinema prices as possible it is not an exclusive one – going to the theatre does not have to be restricted to an annual family trip to the pantomime or a birthday treat.

»» St Alfege Drawing Exhibition. The etched glass screen and cartoon drawings by artist Sonia McNally and commissioned by the Friends of St Alphege in Whistable, Kent to celebrate the millennium of the death of Alfege in 1012. The screens and cartoons depicts his life, witness and martyrdom in 1012. Open 11am-4pm. Free. St Alfege Church,Greenwich Church Street, Greenwich SE10 9BJ.

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Being invited to speak at the event later this month is yet another endorsement of our work with families, but the greatest endorsement is the huge growth that we have seen in family audiences right across the year. With audience figures increasing so dramatically, it seems that our ambition to hold on to those audiences and bring them back as adults with their own children may just work out.

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»» Current Exhibition. Featured artists: Sue Whitmore (11-23 Mar), Andy Wilkinson 25 Mar – 6 Apr). Tues-Sun, 10am-5.30pm. 020 8858 1569. Greenwich Printmakers Gallery, 1A The Market, SE10 9HZ.



»» War Story: Supplying Frontline Afghanistan. Brand new material recently collected in Afghanistan by the War Story team including photos, film, home videos and interviews reveals the challenges of supporting the armed forces on the frontline. 10am-6pm. 020 7416 5000. Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Road, SE1 6HZ. | 41

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»» St Patrick’s Day Ceili. Celebrate in true Irish fashion with a night of lively Ceili dancing and live music. 8-11pm. £10, £7.50 concs. 20% off bookings of 10 or more. 020 8293 9741 or visit Greenwich Dance, The Borough Hall, Royal Hill, Greenwich SE10 8RE.

»» Blackheath Town’s Women’s Guild. Quiz & AGM. 2pm. Boys Brigade Hall, Reynolds Place SE3. »» Greenwich Industrial History Society. Edward Sargeant on Frederic Eliot Duckham and the Millwall Docks. 7.30pm. Non-members £1. The Old Bakehouse, Bennett Park, Blackheath SE3.

WED 12 &13 MAR

»» Miranda Hart – Queen of Fun. Her first standup since her hit series Miranda aired on BBC One. Join her party, expect galloping, attemps at song and dance, and simply – such fun! 6.30pm. £33.25. The O2 Arena, Greenwich Peninsula, Greenwich.

WED 12, 19 & 26 MAR & 2 APR

»» Tapestry Group. Enjoy sewing and would like to get involved with this project at St. Alfege. 10am-1pm. Caton Room, St Alfege Church, Greenwich Church Street, Greenwich SE10 9BJ.


»» Lunchtime Recital. Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. 1.05pm. Free. St. Alfege Church, Greenwich Church Street, Greenwich SE10 9BJ. »» The Beaverwood Club. Kast off Kinks. Not quite a tribute band as the Kast off Kinks feature former members of the Kinks from through the years, including original drummer Mick Avory. 7.30pm. £15, £12 adv. 020 8300 1385. www. Beaverwood Road, Chislehurst, Kent BR7 6HF. »» Trinity Laban Sinfonia. Gerry Cornelius directs an inspiring programme which will include a new work by Trinity Laban student Declan Kolakowski. A specially selected group of Trinity Laban vocalists will sing arias by Mozart and Puccini. 7.30pm. £10/concs £5. 020 8463 0100. www. Great Hall, Blackheath Halls, 23 Lee Road, Blackheath SE3 9RL.

THURS 13, 20, 27 MAR & 3 APR

»» Maritime Lecture series: Turner & the Sea. Alongside the exhibition, join us for a series of fascinating lectures exploring Turner’s extraordinary skills, his relationship with the sea, and the personality behind this unique character in Art history. For more info or 020 8312 6608. 11am-1pm. £8, £6 members per lecture. NMM Lecture Theatre, National Maritime Museum, SE10.


»» Daryl Runswick Composition Final. Trinity Laban student composers have been set the challenge of composing music inspired by First World War Propaganda Posters. The Contemporary Music Group, directed by Gregory Rose, will perform the compositions that have been shortlisted for the final. 7.30pm. Free. The Cello Factory, 33-34 Cornwall Road, Waterloo, SE1 8TJ.


»» Charlton Society. The Art of the Folly. Speaker Russell Bowes. 2.30pm. Charlton House, Charlton SE7 8RE. »» Tea Dance. The beautiful 1930s Art Deco Borough Hall is the perfect setting for a vintage afternoon of social dancing. Live music will feature a range of styles for ballroom, Latin, jive and sequence dancing. £8/£6. 2-4.30pm. 020 8293 9741 or visit Greenwich Dance, The Borough Hall, Royal Hill, Greenwich SE10 8RE.

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Greenwich MusicTime This August sees the launch of Greenwich Music Time, the first event of its kind ever to be hosted at the Old Royal Naval College (ORNC). Taking place across this summer’s August Bank Holiday weekend, the event will feature a unique series of concerts, which will transform this breathtaking riverside location into the ultimate open-air concert venue. In association with the ORNC Foundation, Greenwich Music Time will present four nights (Thur 20-Sat 23 Aug) of world-class concerts featuring visionary electropop outfit Goldfrapp, a major coup for the festival, this will be the duo’s only London show of 2014. Multi-million-selling English tenor Russell Watson will headline on Friday backed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and featuring some very special guests, and drawing the festival to a close on Saturday is local boy Jools Holland, who brings his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra to Greenwich for a set that will feature special guest singers Marc Almond and Melanie C. Tickets go on general sale from 3 March. An optional £2 donation to the ORNC Foundation will be applied to each ticket. Tickets and info are available from www. or by calling 0871 620 7069.

Iolanthe Fairies Invade Parliament, Lord Chancellor ‘exasperated’...... Gilbert and Sullivan’s magical musical satire on parliamentary politics. For the inhabitants of Fairyland, marrying a mortal is a crime that carries a death sentence. But when one fairy defies the law and bears a half-human son, she sets off a chain of events that leads to a supernatural invasion of the House of Lords! Performances: Wed – Fri 7.30pm; 2pm & 6pm. Tickets: £13, £15.50, £18.50 (concessions £2.50 off top price); Weds tickets: £13; Sat family ticket: £48. 020 8858 7755. Greenwich Theatre, Crooms Hill, Greenwich, SE10 8ES.

Blackheath Rugby – Ladies Day Last season, Blackheath Rugby held its third annual Ladies Day. The event was a huge success with over 1,100 people attending, raising funds and awareness for breast cancer research and care in conjunction with the South East London Breast Cancer Trust. This year, the event will be held on Saturday, 5 April; 2pm coinciding with the league fixture against Old Albanians at the Rectory Field. Tickets: £30.00 Email

»» C2C: Country to Country Festive. Following the success of the 2013 festival, an outstanding line up of music stars are again heading across the Atlantic including Brad Paisley, Chris Young, Rascal Flatts and Band Perry. 4pm. £40 & £50. The O2 Arena, Greenwich Peninsula, Greenwich.


»» Charlton & Blackheath Amateur Horticultural Society. Subject to be announded. 7.45pm. Visitors £1 per meeting. Charlton House Community Centre, Charlton Village SE7 8RE.


»» Trinity Laban Jazz Choir Concert. Join Pete Churchill and the Trinity Laban Jazz Choir for an evening of jazz, gospel, soul, folk and much more. 7.30-9.30pm. £12, concs £10. 020 8269 4747. Queen Mary Undercroft, The Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich SE10.


»» Lunchtime Recital. Trinity Laban. 1.05pm. Free. St. Alfege Church, Greenwich Church Street, Greenwich SE10 9BJ. »» Dark Tales. Spirits, burials and murderous intrigue – explore over 500 years of hidden history on our evening tour. 7-8pm. £15, incls a beer, glass of wine or soft drink. Ages 13+. Pre booking recommended. 020 8269 4747. Tour leaves from West Gate, Old Royal Naval College SE10 9LW. »» The Beaverwood Club. Limehouse Lizzy: Thin Lizzy Tribute. A tribute to the music of Phil Lynott’s band. 7.30pm. £13, £12 adv. 020 8300 1385. www. Beaverwood Road, Chislehurst, Kent BR7 6HF.


»» Blackheath Scientific Society. The Tooth, the Whole Tooth, & Nothing but the Tooth. This talk will cover the commonly used types of filling materials & their basic principals by Dr Dharaka. 7.45pm. Visitors £3. Mycenae House, Mycenae Rd; Blackheath SE3 7SE. »» Blackheath Quaker Meeting. Monthly talks in celebration of their 50th Anniversary. Peter Parker, recording clerk of Britain Yearly Quaker Meeting. Quakers: a faith for the 21st century. 7.30pm, light refreshments from 7pm. Blackheath Quaker Meeting House, Lawn Terrace SE3 9LL.

FRI 21 & 22 MAR

»» The X Factor Live Tour 2014. The tour, which will feature the contestants performing classic songs and viewers favourites from the show. Fri – 6.30pm, Sat – 1pm & 6.30pm. £40.50. www. The O2 Arena, Greenwich Peninsula, Greenwich.


»» Lunchtime Recital. Cristina Buga, piano. 1.05pm. Free. St. Alfege Church, Greenwich Church Street, Greenwich SE10 9BJ.


»» Ramble. Meet/Start 11am at Farningham Road Station for 4½ ml in the Darent Valley. Contact R.Sullivan on 020 8850 4417 for more info. New members welcome. Goldsmiths Rambling Club.

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»» Dial M for Murder. A mesmeric thriller made famous by by Alfred Hitchcock’s classic film version returns to the stage. 7.30pm. £10-£27. 0844 871 7620. Churchill Theatre, High Street, Bromley BR1 1HA.


»» Live at the Halls. From orchestras to choirs to brass bands, this event culminates in a specially created piece for the massed ranks of performers led by Lewisham Music Hub. £7, £6 conchs. 7-9pm. 020 8463 0100. Great Hall, Blackheath Halls, 23 Blackheath Halls, Lee Road, SE3 9RQ.


»» Amplify. The Uncover Music Company take over the Albany’s main stage with Amplify, an eclectic music night programmed and produced in collaboration with Chunky (Swamp 81, Hoya: Hoya, Hessle Audio). £10. 7-9pm. 020 8692 4446. Albany Centre & Theatre, Douglas Way, Deptford SE8 4AG.


»» Churchill & The Kaiser’s Pirates. Broadcaster and historian, Nick Hewitt, will explore how in 1914 Germany’ new Imperial Navy unleashed a series of raids that threatened Britain’s war effort. 7-9pm. £17.50, concs £14. Included in ticket price a chance to view Churchill War Rooms after the event. Churchill War Rooms, Clive Steps, King Charles Street, SW1A 2AQ.


»» Lunchtime Recital. Trinity Laban. 1.05pm. Free. St. Alfege Church, Greenwich Church Street, Greenwich SE10 9BJ. »» Blackheath Decorative and Fine Arts Society. Share our top drawer gossip as revealed by Caroline Rayman in her lecture The Mistress in History. She traces the power and influence of Royal favourites from the 12th century. Join us and see. 2pm for 2.30pm. Visitors £5. St Mary’s Church Hall, Cresswell Park, Blackheath SE3. »» ORNC Guidebook Launch. Get a personalised signed copy of the ORNC’s guidebook and meet architectural historian Dr. John Bold. 6.30-8pm. Exhibition Gallery, Discover Greenwich, Visitor Centre, Greenwich SE10 9NN.


»» Bach to Baby: classical concert series for baby and you. With award-winning concert pianist and founder of Classics with my Baby, Miaomiao Yu. 10am – 11.30am. Adults £10. For more info visit St Alfege Church, Greenwich Church Street, Greenwich SE10 9BJ.


»» Evening Concert. College of Young Musician. Details to Follow. St. Alfege Church, Greenwich Church Street, Greenwich SE10 9BJ. »» Lewisham Choral Society: Verdi Requiem. With the Derbyshire Singers- Jane Irwin: soptano, Fiona Mackay: mezzo-sopano, Paul Austin Kelly: Tenor & Robert Winslade Anderson: bass. And the Forest Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Dan Ludford-Thomas. 7.30pm. £30-£12. 020 8688 9291, Fairfield Halls Concert Hall, Park Lane, Croydon CR9 1DG.


»» Tinie Tempah. One of the UK’s most innovative and creative artists plays a rescheduled date at the O2. 6.30pm. £34.50. The O2 Arena, Greenwich Peninsula, Greenwich.

Win Your Very Own Circus Big Top


ZIPPO’S CIRCUS – Briatin’s Favourite big-top show! - is coming to Blackheath from 10 to 22 April for Easter. The brand new 2014 show features globally-renowned clown troupe The Rastellis -- and we have some great prizes to give away in our circus competition. First Prize: this beautiful model Musical Box ‘Big Top’ -- a valuable collectors’ item to cherish*. PLUS a VIP Family Ticket (2 adults & 2 children) for Zippo’s Circus. There are FIVE Second Prizes of Family Tickets (each for 2 adults & 2 children) for Zippo’s Circus.

All you have to do to enter is answer this simple question: What colour is a traditional clown nose? Simply send your name, address and daytime telephone number to Meridian magazine (ZIPPOS), 8 The Village, Charlton, SE7 8UD. Or email your details to by 4 April. Zippo’s circus will notify winners and will arrange their prize seats subject to availability. The organisers’ decision is final. Data protection note: it is a condition of entry that competitors permit the circus to hold their contact details; those details will not be passed to any third party, but zippo’s circus may send entrants promotional material. For circus show times and discount tickets, visit

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Art Adventurers. 14 Apr – sculpture 15 Apr – photography 16 Apr – printmaking 10am –12.30pm. 7–11 years old. £20 per session, or £60 for all three. Create exciting and experimental artwork using a range of materials and techniques at the Holiday Art Club. Try your hand at printing or create an exciting sculpture to take home to admire! Parent and Toddler. Weds 16 Apr 12–3.30pm. FREE for SE9 residents, £2 donation per child for non-SE9 residents. Drop in for a morning tea, with art activities for both you and your toddler. Run by an artist, each session will be jam-packed with artistic activities to keep you entertained this half-term holiday! Have a cuppa and, with your free hand, try photography, painting and much more. GCSE Portfolio Development. Thurs 17 April 10am–4pm. 14–16 years old. £50. Intensive one-day course tailored to develop your coursework and exam portfolio for your Art GCSE. Spend one day dedicated to a mini-project devised and taught by a contemporary artist, which will include photography, collage, drawing and sculpture. Bookings: 020 8857 0448. Gerald Moore Gallery, Mottingham Lane, London SE9 4RW.

»» Lunchtime Recitals. Presented by the Friends, of Blackheath Halls. Caroline Foulkes soprano, Mark Farrall clarinet & Tessa Marchington piano. Programme will include songs by Schubert, Spohr, Argento and Rolles-Rolles. 1.10pm, Free with a retiring collection for the benefit of Blackheath Halls. 23 Lee Road, SE3 9RQ.


Damn Yankees. Music and lyrics by Richard Adler & Jerry Ross. As middle-aged baseball fan Joe Boyd trades his soul to the Devil in order to help his team beat the New York Yankees, hell literally breaks loose. £14, £11 conchs. Sat mat 5,12th - 2.54pm. Tues-Sat 7.45pm. 0844 8700 887. Jack Studio at the BrockleyJack, 410 Brockley Road, SE4 2DH.


»» Lunchtime Recital. Trinity Laban. 1.05pm. Free. St. Alfege Church, Greenwich Church Street, Greenwich SE10 9BJ.


»» Backstreet Boys ‘A World Like This Tour’. For the first time in 10 years all five Backstreet Boys are back together. Support comes from the girl band, All Saints, who are reforming especially for this tour. 6.30pm. £39.50. www.theo2arena. The O2 Arena, Greenwich Peninsula, Greenwich.


»» Ramble. Meet/Start 10.15am at Euston Station, near departure boards, to catch 10.30 to Tring or at Tring at 11.17 for a 5 ml linear walk to Berkhamsted along the Grand Union Canal. Contact R.Sullivan on 020 8850 4417 for more info. New members welcome. Goldsmiths Rambling Club. »» The Ionian Singers Concert. Conductor Timothy Salter. The singers will be joined by soprano Eleanor Ross, cellist Rebecca Hewes and organist Michael Bonaventure. Music by Brahms 7.30-8.30pm. £15, £12 conc, £8 student. 020 8693 1051/07950 143 916. info@ or at the door. St. Alfege Church, Greenwich Church Street, Greenwich SE10 9BJ.

SAT 5 – 20APR

»» Holiday Activity: Easter Garden Trail. A fun trail that leads you through the Hall Place Gardens with a small prize. Pick up your trail sheet from the visitors centre. 10am-4.30pm. £2 per trail. Info on 01322 621 238. Hall Place Gardens, Bourne Road, Bexley, Kent DA5 1PQ.


»» Thomas Tallis Society Concert. 7pm. Details to follow. St. Alfege Church, Greenwich Church Street, Greenwich SE10 9BJ.


»» Jazz. Mick Collins Modern Jazz Orchestra. 8.30pm – 10.45pm. £6. 020 8466 1726. H.G.Wells Centre, St Mark’s Road, Bromley High Street South, Bromley BR2 9HG.

MON 7 – 11 APR

»» Holiday Activity: Angelica Sprocket’s Magical Pockets. Come and find out what she keeps in them. You’ll be amazed! Includes fun story and craft activity. 10am & 2pm (1 hr session). £4 per child, adults free. Book in advance on 01322 621 238. Hall Place Gardens, Bourne Road, Bexley, Kent DA5 1PQ. | 43

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Wave of New Homes in Woolwich will Benefit from Crossrail 2014 will see approximately 450 new homes released at Berkeley’s Royal Arsenal Riverside scheme in Woolwich. The first wave of new homes includes a premier collection of apartments in Cannon Square, the development’s best connected quarter, directly above the forthcoming Woolwich Crossrail station. Cannon Square is comprised of six blocks and Vantage, a 20-storey residential block with fabulous far-reaching views, will be the third to offer new homes, following the success of establishing phases. Next month (29 – 30 March), the Vantage collection, a mix of 144 Manhattan, one, two and three bedroom apartments, will allow residents to secure a home in one of south east London’s fastest growing centres.    Royal Arsenal Riverside is a major beneficiary of the Crossrail services that are due to commence from the town-facing edge of the scheme in 2019. A recent CBRE report names Woolwich among the top 10 Crossrail winners alongside Farringdon, Acton, Paddington and other well-placed stations across the capital. The new rail network, according to CBRE, will add around 13% to house prices along the Crossrail line by the time it becomes operational in 2018. But in Woolwich, where the average house price is £272,136, the increase is expected to tip the scales at 19%.     Berkeley Homes played a significant role in campaigning a Crossrail station in Woolwich, and as such has become a forerunner in transport-led regeneration and housing in south east London. Moreover, the Crossrail network and the provision of high-quality housing are both fundamental in supporting the area’s growth in population, which is forecast to almost double between 2006 and 2026. Homes at Royal Arsenal Riverside, including those soon to be available in Vantage, Cannon Square, are a valuable component in meeting the housing needs within the borough.

Many Vantage properties will feature a balcony or terrace to provide outdoor living space and provide flexible layouts for comfortable apartment living. Apartments range in size from 472 q ft to 1252 sq ft, and the interiors have been expertly crafted by leading London designer Tara Bernerd, whose expertise has been sought out by some of the world’s biggest names, including Aspinalls and Marco Pierre White. Residents will also have full access to the excellent on-site leisure facilities on offer at Royal Arsenal Riverside, including a gym, car share club, Young’s gastropub, museum and café as well as a Tesco Express and MedicX pharmacy.   Royal Arsenal Riverside has superb existing transport links into the city and beyond. The DLR takes just six minutes to London City Airport, 27 minutes to Bank and 20 minutes to Canary Wharf, which is also under 30 minutes away by Thames Clippers services from the on-site Woolwich Arsenal Pier. Commuters can also take National Rail train services from Woolwich Arsenal, only 300 metres from the development, arriving at London Bridge in 23 minutes and Charing Cross in 29 minutes.   Prices for apartments at Vantage will be released at the end of March. For more information, visit the on-site Sales & Marketing Suite on No.1 Street, Woolwich, SE18 6FB, open daily between 10am to 6pm with a late night opening on Thursdays until 8pm. Alternatively, call 0844 417 8741 or visit

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Meridian Magazine March 2014  

March Issue of Meridian Magazine

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