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JANUARY 2014

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CONTENTS January 2014

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LOCAL NEWS Win tickets to The Telegraph Outdoor & Adventure Travel Show

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BUSINESS FEATURE

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INTERIORS

London City Airport is expanding Don’t Move. Improve. Extend your home and add that Wow factor

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LOCAL RETAIL UPDATE HEALTH & FITNESS

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ASK THE EXPERT

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FITNESS

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ELDERLY

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PARENTING

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EDUCATION

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FOOD & DRINK

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LOCAL ARTISTS

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LISTINGS

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PROPERTY

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local N E W S Ambitious Plans for Arts Buildings

The Royal Borough of Greenwich has committed £5m to match fund a bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund to secure a multi-million pound refurbishment and renovation of the Borough Halls, which presently house Greenwich Dance and the Greenwich and Docklands International Festival. The Council is also working with the Greenwich Theatre to explore the future of that building. James Haddrell, Artistic & Executive Director of Greenwich Theatre said ‘Royal Greenwich is a borough with a long cultural history, home to companies and venues of national importance, and at a time when the arts are facing cuts across the country the local authority’s commitment to continuing and ultimately improving that provision is an impressive one.’

Most Popular Library in London is? Woolwich Library is now the pride of the borough after becoming the most popular library in London, and the fourth most used in the UK. The annual libraries survey carried out by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) found that almost 900,000 people are visiting Woolwich’s library a year. Only libraries in Norwich, Brighton and Newcastle receive more visitors. The library, in the Woolwich Centre in Wellington Street, is far more than just a lender of books and DVDs. People go there throughout the day to check out new jobs on computer screens, have lessons in IT, hear a talk, join a reading group, use free Wi-Fi, or view special exhibitions. Plus regular health screenings. The success of Woolwich is against a backdrop of London libraries having nearly four percent less money being spent on them than previously. While library services in other parts of the country have been shrinking, Royal Greenwich has been moving in the opposite direction.

Last month’s competition winner Lucky reader Margaret Thomas won the fabulous Bosch Food Processor and at the same time local charity Riding for the Disabled, Charlton Branch was given a cheque for £200 by Rooms by way of a double celebration.

Getting People back to Work The Mental Health Activity Trust (MHA Trust) are a new social enterprise in Greenwich set up to help people with a mental illness get back into paid employment by providing the employment. At present there are over 2000 people in Greenwich unemployed due to mental illness. The Trust will be opening its first commercial run business in the New Year after which they will be opening another 39 shops in the borough to help people get back into work. This does not just stop at helping people who suffer with a mental illness but this helps the community, local businesses and stops this shutter syndrome, where businesses are closing down and left empty for long periods. It helps people have a sense of self-worth and give back to society while helping our economy. To date the MHA Trust has funded three people through University, and placed 7 people in employment with other organisations that have agreed to be in partnership with us as long as we provide the support. There are also jobs available within our own social enterprise and we are going to be assessing people in January for positions within the charitable organisation.

fLUMEN Set against the dramatic backdrop of iconic skyscrapers, a fleet of ships’ sails will be seen floating in Middle Dock, Canary Wharf to which hundreds of light elements or ‘fLUMENS’ have been attached to transform the night sky with changing patterns, striking shapes and multiple colours. Each ‘fLUMEN’ is powered entirely by the wind, activated by speeds of 10kph and upwards, cleverly generating different colours at varying wind speeds. Created by Dutch artist and designer, Rombout Frieling, from OPENLIGHT and Luuk van Laake of DigiLuce Until 25 January don’t miss it.

January 2014

COMPETITION A Great Family Day Out The UK’s No.1 show for outdoor pursuits, The Telegraph Outdoor and Adventure Travel Show – Driven by SEAT, is back at London’s ExCeL Centre with a brand new look and feel and we’re offering 5 lucky the chance to win a pair of tickets to the show. Simply send your name, address and daytime telephone number to Meridian magazine (TOATS), 8 The Village, Charlton, SE7 8UD. Or email your details to competition@meridian-magazine. co.uk by 31 January. There are number of great speakers currently confirmed including double Olympic gold medalist and adventurer James Cracknell and Sean Conway, who became the first person to swim the length of Britain from Land’s End to John O’Groats via Ireland. They’ll be joined by a host of other mountaineers, adventurers and travellers, all with fantastic stories to tell. All talks will be free of charge to visitors upon entry to the show. For those looking to flex their adventurous streak, head to the Climb and Adventure Zone with plenty of FREE have-a-go attractions including the multi-faceted Climbing Village which has walls suitable for all ages and abilities and the World’s Longest Indoor Twin Zip wire from Go Ape. New for 2014, the Free Drop Experience allows visitors to feel the thrill of jumping from a 5m tall platform into a huge airbag. The Telegraph Outdoor Adventure and Travel Show will once again run alongside The London Bike Show and a new show, the Triathlon Plus Show. A ticket for one show allows visitors access into all three shows. 13-16 February.

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Business Feature

London is moving east London City Airport growth will create 1,500 jobs

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ondon City Airport is the only airport actually in London. Located just six miles from the Cutty Sark, ten airlines serve 47 destinations across Europe and New York. The convenient location and quick check-in and arrivals processes make it the first choice of business travellers, which represent 60 per cent of passengers using the airport. By 2023, the airport hopes to welcome 6 million passengers per year - double the current number. To make that happen, the airport is seeking permission from the London Borough of Newham to develop its existing infrastructure. The £200m development includes the building of a parallel taxilane to make more efficient use of the runway at peak times, construction of seven new aircraft parking stands (to increase capacity and to accommodate the next generation of aircraft which are larger, cleaner and quieter) a separate arrivals terminal to maintain the high level of service customers expect, and a new hotel. The development will create 1,500 new jobs and a further 500 during construction. This is good news for local people as the airport is committed to recruiting locally - some 61 per cent of the circa 2,000 current employees live within five miles of the airport. The airport currently generates around £750 million for the UK economy through jobs, business and leisure tourist spend and the broader supply chain. By 2023, that figure is estimated to reach £1.5 billion. It’s not just City Airport that is growing, London is moving east and the Royal Docks are at the heart of that transformation.

Up to 50,000 new jobs will be created in London’s Royal Docks in the next ten years. Businesses in the docks will attract more than 12 million visitors a year and will have generated almost £75bn for the UK economy by 2023, with a further minimum annual contribution of £7bn thereafter. Almost half of new housing being built in the city is in east London, there’s a bigger forecast growth in population in east London than in any other part of the city, and the area has more business start-ups than any other part of the city. Declan Collier, Chief Executive of London City Airport said: ‘It is not simply by chance that the airport is on track for a recordbreaking year in terms of passenger numbers, nor is it through luck that UK and foreign investors are showing great belief in London’s Royal Docks.

All of this is driven by demand. London is moving east and the business community needs to work together to grasp the opportunity presented.’ Once the beating heart of London’s shipping trade, the Royal Docks are now the business tourism district of London with ExCeL and the airport, the gateway to east London for air travel, and home to the University of East London. Significant investment from The Silvertown Partnership will deliver a new waterside destination in the Docks with cutting-edge brand pavilions, new homes, restaurants and shops, while ABP plans to build a large-scale Asian business port opposite the airport’s runway. Connectivity will be improved by the introduction of Crossrail from 2018. By Nanette Fielding

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Business

Divorce Explained Part one of a summary of current divorce law THE TITLE OF THE INDIVIDUAL PARTIES is defined by who commences the proceedings. The person who issues the petition is known as the Petitioner. The other party is known as the Respondent. Before divorce proceedings can be commenced, there are three preliminary points that must be considered: • The first of these is known as the one year rule. You cannot petition for divorce until one year has expired from the date of the marriage although you can rely upon events which occurred during the initial year. • Secondly, it has to be established that you entered into a valid marriage which is legally recognised. • Thirdly, there are rules regarding jurisdiction which the parties must meet. People often talk of adultery or bad behaviour as being the ground for divorce. This is incorrect. There is only one ground for divorce which is irretrievable breakdown of marriage. This sole ground must be supported by one of five possible facts namely: Adultery - It is the adultery of the Respondent rather than the Petitioner which is relevant. In practice this can be difficult to prove in the absence of an admission. Unreasonable behaviour - This is the

most widely used fact primarily because the test applied is subjective. It can cover any aspect of behaviour of the Respondent which the Petitioner finds unreasonable. Desertion - This fact is very rarely relied upon. The desertion must have been for a period of more than two years and have been without agreement or good reason. Separation for a period exceeding two years - This fact can be relied upon where the parties have lived apart for a continuous period of two years and the Respondent consents to a decree being granted. Five years separation - This is similar to above except that the period of separation is five years and the consent of the Respondent is not required. To issue a petition the Petitioner will need to provide the court with the following documents: • The completed petition with appropriate copies for service. • A form setting out the living arrangements for the children of the family. • The original marriage certificate. • A form confirming whether the parties have discussed the possibility of a reconciliation. Part two, covering the procedure following the preparation of documents will follow at a later date.

If you would like further advice regarding the commencement of divorce proceedings or any other family or matrimonial matter it is important that you obtain independent legal advice. For more visit: www.grantsaw.com About the author: Michael Dear is a Chartered Legal Executive and Mediator at Grant Saw Solicitors LLP of Norman House,110-114 Norman Road Greenwich, London SE10 9EH Email: md@grantsaw.co.uk Tel: 020 8305 4238

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Interiors

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Extend and add that Wow Factor! What to consider when building an extension

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ith rapidly spiralling house prices forcing more people to stick with their current property for the time being, a number of homeowners are choosing to extend their existing property in order to gain extra space without having to sell up. Although the cost of building an extension can be significant, it’s a guaranteed way to add value to your home and a wow factor. As with any major project, there are a lot of factors that need to be carefully considered before any work on an extension can be undertaken. From initial designs to planning applications, supplies to labour costs, each stage of the process has the potential to cause major disruptions to the project if it is not thought through before hand. Design and planning It is important to keep in mind the ‘look and feel’ of your existing property when designing an extension. Try to match the most prominent features, such as the roof, with those of the existing building and use similar materials where possible to ensure a sense of continuity. It is also a good idea to make sure that any new doors and windows line up with existing fixtures. Think about the neighbours During the planning application process, neighbours will be able to air any misgivings regarding your proposed extension, so it is a good idea to ensure that the extension will blend in with the other properties on the street. Getting neighbours involved during the initial stages of design can save a lot of time and money later down the line if they do have any objections or concerns. Even if you are legally entitled to make changes that they oppose, it could be better to compromise than make potentially life-long enemies.

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Health

Staying Healthy It may be cold outside but winter needn’t be the unhealthiest time of year for you and your family. Valerie Breese has top tips to make sure of that. HERE ARE FIVE WAYS to make sure that even when your body is telling you to hibernate you can keep healthy and fit, no matter what the weather’s like:

an important source of calcium, which helps keep our bones strong. Try to go for semi-skimmed or skimmed milk, rather than full fat, and low-fat yoghurts.

Eliminate your sleep debt - According to the Sleep Council, which aims to raise awareness of the importance of a good night’s sleep to health and wellbeing, on average we sleep six-and-a-half hours a night, much less than the seven to nine hours recommended. But in winter, with the longer nights and colder weather its perfectly natural to adopt hibernating habits and naturally sleep for longer.

Eat more fruit and veg - When it’s cold and dark outside it can be tempting to fill up on unhealthy comfort food, but it’s important to ensure that you still keep your diet healthy and include five portions of fruit and veg a day. If you find yourself craving a sugary treat, try a juicy clementine or satsuma instead, or sweet dried fruits such as dates or raisins. Winter vegetables such as carrots, parsnips, swede and turnips can be roasted, mashed or made into soup for a comforting winter meal for the whole family. Visit your greengrocer and explore varieties of fruit and veg that you may not normally eat.

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Try new activities for the whole family - Don’t use the cold winter months as an excuse to stay in and lounge

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Health & Fitness

Keep Winter Blues at Bay H

azard a guess at which scenario appeals to most people throughout the winter months: Something warm and sugary in your hand, snuggled up on the sofa with the TV remote, or heading out into the frost with your gym face on? While most of us will choose the sedentary option, it’s the runners, cyclists, swimmers and even walkers among us who know best. In fact anyone who exercises regularly will sleep better, feel less lethargic, and generally happier during the cold spell. Winter blues or Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) affects 2 million people in the UK, and as we usher in shorter daylight hours and the cold bite starts to nip, those affected will see our moods decline; leaving us feeling down, unsociable, tired and generally pretty miserable. The NHS suggest warding off winter blues by trying to expose yourself to as much natural daylight as possible, eating healthier for natural mood boosts, especially foods like oily fish and eggs which are rich in Vitamin D; while keeping warm and wearing the right clothing and footwear can reduce the effects of Seasonal Affective Disorder by half. But one thing, which can really help, and keep you looking great too, is exercise. All thanks to those natural feel good chemicals - endorphins. The same chemical, which is released when we feel excitement and love, or eat spicy food- so that can’t be a bad thing!

Endorphins, AKA ‘runners high’, are released during long and continuous workouts of moderate to high intensity, but this ‘high’ doesn’t come from exertion, but rather they are the result of completing a physical challenge. So it really is the taking part that counts. So, now you know how to beat off the winter blues - release those dormant endorphins, feel fantastic and leave the TV remote firmly wedged down the side of the sofa.

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During the winter we tend to use heated appliances more. Too much heat on the hair can cause further moisture loss, so by adding a little extra effort into your blow dry, this will cut down the amount of times you will apply heat to your hair. If you do use heated appliances frequently, the best way to keep your hair in the best shape is to use a good quality heat protect spray. Regular trims are essential. The most effective way to keep your hair healthy is to get rid of those dry ends.

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Fitness

New Year - New Fitness trends Bored with exercise, need motivation? Why not try a different exercise regime for the New Year. Tried, tested and leaving us wanting more. Here are just a few of many fresh options offered near you. LITTLE PILATES STUDIO - GREENWICH Ballet-inspired Barre classes have been very popular in North America for a few years and are now increasing in popularity in the UK. Barre fit is Little Pilates Studio’s own unique blend of ballet, jazz, pilates and fitness set to vibrant current music. Every part of you is toned, strengthened then stretched to create a long, strong and flexible body. Their classes will enable you to acquire a dancer’s physique without the dancing. All classes are suitable for beginners with no dance experience. The only pre-requisite is that you want to have fun and get fit. All instructors have trained in Pilates and dance. Classes on Monday and Thursday evenings and Sunday lunchtime. Go On - give it a go! Little Pilates Studio, 81 Lassell Street, Greenwich, London SE109PJ, 07968 025204, www.littlepilatesstudio.co.uk

BURLESQUE DANCE YOURSELF FIT AT REEBOK SPORTS CLUB - KAT BREESE PULLS IT OFF I’ll admit, the idea of dancing like Dita von Teese in a room full of people I’d never met was daunting to say the least. I spent a good few minutes in the luxurious Reebok changing rooms psyching myself up for the class, before being the first one to arrive. Isis, our instructor for the afternoon, who instantly put me at ease, met me. She was strikingly confident and passionate about her craft, so it wasn’t long before I was more excited than intimidated by the thought of our Bodyfit Burlesque lesson. ‘Should I wear trainers or go barefoot?’ Isis was asked. ‘Either is fine, or heels, did you bring any heels?’ Surely you can’t exercise in heels, can you? Apparently this form of choreographed dance welcomes them with open arms – but perhaps not for those of us with two left feet and a fear of heights on our first try! We were taught step-by-step burlesque choreography to Beyoncé’s ‘Fever’ in our hour-long lesson with Isis. We took it in stages of eight beats at a time, practicing the moves repeatedly before moving onto the next eight. Of course, the first few times I felt as if my arms and legs were flailing around, but it soon came together. By the end of the lesson the entire class could not only remember all of the steps to half a Beyoncé track, but also we were all confident enough to do it with conviction, putting our own spin on it. Dita herself would have been proud. But I know what you’re thinking, how can burlesque possibly be a way to keep fit? Isn’t it just another fun fad like pole dancing or Zumba? Halfway through our lesson, all of the girls in the room were looking flushed and grabbing for their water bottles (fair enough, we’re journalists not Olympic athletes – it doesn’t take much to wear us out), but by the end of the lesson our legs were like jelly and our fringes were stuck to our foreheads – all positive signs of a good workout! Isis did warn us that

we would hurt in the morning, but I wasn’t expecting two straight days of aching quads... It must have worked. Not only does it work out all your muscles by making you hold various squat-like positions while dancing, but it also works on boosting confidence and making women feel more empowered and sexy. So, if it works so well for women, can boys do it too? Isis says “Sure, why not? They already do ‘Boylesque!’ and I bet they can do it in heels... Other trends at Reebok worth trying: Whether you want to lose weight, maintain your existing weight, or improve your cardiovascular fitness, high intensity interval training will definitely get you closer to your goals in 2014. HIIT Training: Since HIIT training is such a simple concept - low to moderate intensity intervals followed by high intensity intervals - you can adapt it to whatever time and space constraints you have. HIIT is the ideal workout for a busy schedule. Personal Training with a difference: More people will have a Personal Trainer because people now want to learn how to train for their individual body. The more you learn about yourself and how you move the better you can perform, and your self-confidence will increase as a result. Rather than just doing an exercise, you begin to do a workout and understand why you are doing it, which is extremely motivating. Group Personal Training: is beginning to really take off at the Reebok Sports Club with over 160 classes a week - the largest group exercise timetable in London. People like to belong to a group, to feel part of something where they can all join together and have fun. It is proven to be the most motivating way to keep active, not only benefiting the body, but also the mind. Group attendees push themselves further to improve than on their own, which is why it’s so beneficial. Reebok Sports Club, 16 - 19 Canada Square Canary Wharf E14 5ER, 020 7970 0900

BREAKING NEWS The UK’s first purpose-built indoor parkour centre Parkour Generations, the world’s largest professional parkour (or freerunning) organisation, are to open the UK’s first purpose-built indoor parkour and functional fitness facility in February next year. Located within ‘The Chainstore’

at Trinity Buoy Wharf, east London The centre will act as the nation’s hub for parkour activity, hosting regular classes, open training, youth academies, certifications, educational seminars and much more.

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Elderly

Keeping fit and healthy Meridian brings you tips on how to stay healthy - not matter how old you are.

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hile there’ll be a wave of advice this month motivating the younger and healthier people in our communities to make changes

towards a better lifestyle, older people can feel pushed aside. But, with a number of services available locally for our beloved golden oldies, there are plenty of ways that they can improve their well being this New Year, too. Here’s our top tips to get you started: First things first, make sure you’re properly prepared for winter. Rising fuel costs are making it more and more expensive to keep the frost from your front door. However, if you were born before 5 January 1952 and receiving a state pension, you should be also be receiving a heating grant called a ‘Winter Fuel Payment’. If you want to find out more head over to: www.gov.uk/winter-fuelpayment If there are any repairs needed around the house which can instantly boost insulation, such as fixing drafty doors or windows, don’t put them off any longer, they can dramatically reduce your energy costs. A cold home can also increase your chances of illness, so make sure you’ve had your flu jab too, especially if you have any respiratory issues such as asthma or COPD. Eating well keeps your body fuelled and your brain fed. But perhaps now you’ve stopped cooking those family dinners, big meals can seem like a real hassle. Call in the

calvary, and take a look at the different options available, which can be delivered straight to you. From healthy meals delivered hot to you, to pre-ordering freshly cooked frozen meals you can pop in the oven and enjoy without the fuss of preparing; there are many choices. If you’re slowly finding it harder to get around, especially with the icy weather, don’t despair. Find a good local Taxi firm who you can rely on or seek out a local mobility centre and see what they can offer you. From scooters to walking aids, stair lifts and bath lifts, you can still keep your independence, and get about to enjoy the things you love doing. Remaining active is crucially important too; helping to reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke and Type 2 diabetes, it can also keep you mentally sharp. Why not investigate which local health clubs have classes tailored for older people. Swimming, yoga, golf or even walking are great choices too, and you can also look at the NHS website for specially thought out exercises to keep you energised and feeling great, and advice for anyone with joint replacements. Whether it’s improving your home, your health, mobility and even your eating habits, all those young at heart can improve their well being for 2014 too!

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Elderly

We Care A big thank-you to everyone involved in making Aldington Houseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s festive period truly special!

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ldington House is in the exclusive location of Blackheath Park, Royal Borough of Greenwich, and holds an outstanding reputation, providing the very highest standards of care for each individual resident. Owned by the New Century Care Group the home provides general residential and personal care including expert care for people with complex needs. The home is run by a highly-trained professional team, skilled in looking after the needs of the individual. Ensuring personal health and diet needs are adhered to and that the facilities remain a safe and secure environment in which to practice care. So why is our care home such a great place? Aldington House is more than just a care home. Our residents and staff have created a wonderfully welcoming and friendly community environment. When staying at Aldington House our aim is to ensure

your stay is as enjoyable as possible, it is important to us that you feel relaxed and welcome and that your relatives are confident you are being well supported. We have excellent accommodation and delicious, freshly prepared meals. Our experienced, vibrant activity co-ordinator personally gets to know each resident to ensure that there are activities to suit everybodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s personal interests.

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Aldington House also has beautiful grounds surrounding the home with a decking area and patio, which is a peaceful place to sit and enjoy the sunshine or spend time with friends and family. Any time you wish to visit the home we will be delighted to welcome you, show you around and answer any questions you may have about care or the next best step for yourself or a loved one over tea or coffee. We are already planning great events and activities for 2014 and would like to welcome everyone to check; www.newcenturycare.co.uk to

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Young Education Servic Services Give your child a head start At YES we can help pupils fulfil themselves academically.

New CEM 11+ timed practice tests, held weekly. Now booking for February half term courses. We are now a mock exam centre for 11+ exams. Not sure of your child’s ability? Worried about your child’s academic progress? Book a formal assessment with us.

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Parenting

Parenting news and views Dyslexia: Time For Talent

Toy Library

An inspirational new book, which empowers parents and children to tackle dyslexia and achieve success and happiness in their lives, is now available on Amazon. Written by Carolina Frohlich, an educational consultant to parents and schools, who has overcome dyslexia herself and is the parent of two children with dyslexia, the book provides a wealth of successful learning strategies for parents and teachers. It presents an enlightening outlook at holistic ways of conquering and embracing this specific ‘condition’; it shows what parents and teachers can do to support and encourage children who are suffering from dyslexia.

Charlton Toy Library has secured funding to run its outreach programme for the next three years. Help a Capital Child kick-started the outreach programme with a grant of £2,178 and BBC Children in Need has pledged to fund the project with a grant of £27,959 over the next three years. The Outreach programme visits four womens refuges in the area, taking clothes, books, toys and games to children who have often fled their homes and have nothing. Play sessions are held at four HomeStart groups where families who might not be able to come to Charlton House can take advantage of the wealth of toys, children’s books, parenting books and safety equipment that we supply at very low cost.

Dyslexia can cause children many problems throughout their lives if not tackled and dealt with early, in a considerate and holistic manner. As well as causing children to fall behind in their academic studies, it can have dramatic effects on their selfesteem, morale, self-confidence, behaviour and much more. It can also affect the harmony of family life, with children often left feeling frustrated by an inability to compete with peers. Carolina Frohlich understands better than anyone the struggles that come with dyslexia, and is using her professional and parenting experiences to reach out to other parents and teachers attempting to deal with the effects of the condition. This book helps parents to understand what is happening in their children’s hearts and minds, what goes on in school, and provides proven strategies to guide and support children in and out of the classroom.

Fundraising continues to maintain the service at Charlton House, where the library is based, and runs a low-cost borrowing service of toys, books, DVDs, CDs, baby safety equipment, dressing up clothes, games, puzzles and lots more. It also runs play and stay sessions three times a week 9.30am-12.30pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays along with free music and craft sessions for users. The Toy Library is always in need of new toys for their Outreach programme. If you are clearing out cupboards and have toys that you can donate, they would be most grateful. Alternatively, if you would like to give a donation to buy toys, please visit www.uk.virginmoneygiving.com/ charities/charltontoylibrary

The Baby Show continues to be the UK’s number one pregnancy and parenting event. Returning to ExCel London from 21-23 February, this well-established show is an essential part of the parenting experience, and a sanctuary for all expectant parents, and mums, dads and grandparents of young children. The Baby Show has chosen the Genesis Research Trust as its official charity. The trust aims to support research into the causes and cures for conditions that affect the health of mother and baby. An exciting addition for 2014 is the Meet the Midwives Clinic in association

with the Women’s Health Research Centre and the Genesis Research Trust. This is a complimentary dropin clinic whereby expectant parents can meet with an experienced midwife and seek advice on a variety of pre and post pregnancy queries. With more than 200 exhibitors showcasing innovative baby and maternity products and services, as well as all of the leading brands for mums, babies and toddlers. Back again by popular demand is The Baby Show Stage with MadeforMums.com, which will showcase well-regarded industry experts offering tips and insight across a wide variety of pregnancy and child development topics. Along with providing invaluable advice, the experts will be discussing techniques to reassure and guide parents through the early years of parenting. Visitors will be treated to a stage schedule full of fun activities for babies and toddlers, FisherPrice prize giveaways, plus baby and maternity fashion shows.

COMPETITION Three lucky winners can win a pair of tickets to the show. Simply send your name, address and daytime telephone number to Meridian magazine (Baby Show), 8 The Village, Charlton, SE7 8UD. Or email your details to competition@meridian-magazine.co.uk by 31 January. Also a ticket offer for readers to buy tickets at £11.95 as opposed to the regular £20. Just enterBC002 at www. babyshowexcel.seetickets.com/?offercode=BC002.

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Education

Secondary Education ...and beyond Is education compulsory after age 16? The answer is yes, from September last year the education leaving age rose to 17 and from 2015 it will rise again to 18.

South east London’s new and exciting University Technical College

‘The students developed some good contacts with our Bechtel and Crossrail sponsors and appreciated the young Crossrail team for their support in mentoring the students during several enrichment sessions prior to the event.’

For 14 – 19 year old students interested in careers in engineering, construction and related industries.

The competition from across London was very strong and the UTC team had help from sponsors Crossrail – who helped the team develop and practice their presentation skills and Bechtel who funded all the Lego and hosted the event at their offices in central London. Peter Dawson, president of Bechtel’s global civil infrastructure business said: “Building for the future is what we do every day. An important part of that is working with organisations such as FIRST LEGO League, in schools all over the world to help engage students in science and technology. We are delighted to support students in this exciting robotics tournament that encourages innovation and helps to build tomorrow’s engineers.”

The University Technical College, located in the Royal Borough of Greenwich, provides a traditional GCSE and A-level academic curriculum alongside technical subjects and qualifications focusing on the UTC’s specialisms of engineering and construction for students aged 14-19 years. The Royal Greenwich UTC is part of the growing University Technical College movement.

The Royal Greenwich UTC, offers 14 – 19 education, specialising in the technical elements of Engineering & Construction. Now recruiting year 10 and year 12 students for September 2014 www.greenwichutc.com

The government is raising the leaving age because research shows that young people who carry on learning or training until the age of 18 earn more money, are likely to be healthier and less likely to be in trouble with the police. What options are available after 16? - Education after 16 doesn’t just mean staying at school fulltime: your child can stay at school, go to college, or take up an apprenticeship or a part-time training course. They can earn money and learn new skills at the same time if they want to. THE MAIN QUALIFICATIONS AVAILABLE ARE: Diplomas - provides you with the background for a range of careers Vocational qualifications - for young people who already know what career they want to follow and need training for specific jobs A levels - offered by various institutions as specific mainly academic subjects International Baccalaureate - offering a wider range of subjects than A levels Functional Skills - This qualification can continue to form part of the Diploma, Foundation Learning and included in some Apprenticeship frameworks Foundation Learning - has been developed for low attaining 14-19 year olds to help raise participation, attainment and progress. Never give up on your education, it’s the foundation for your life choices and future.

Recently students from the Royal Greenwich UTC have won the 2013 Robot Design and Programming FIRST LEGO League tournament. The Royal Greenwich UTC, ‘Future Robotics’ team are winners of the Robot design and programming prize and now hold the London region best First Lego League robot design and programming trophy for this year. As part of the UTC enrichment activities the Robotics club have been working towards the London regional finals of the First Lego League competition. Eight students took part – 5, from year 10 and 3, from year 12. The challenges given to the students were complex and required great teamwork, technical skills and the ability to present ideas and themselves to the judges. Mr Sharp, Principal said: ‘The team were outstanding in working together, developing ideas and achieving results and are planning to be back next year with an even better designed robot.’

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The Pointer School (Blackheath)

First Class Examination Results Organic Food Christian Evangelical in ethos Breakfast Club & After-School Care Large variety of outdoor and PE activities ‘The Brazilian Kickers’ teach football the Brazilian way Numerous Extra-Curricular Activities (Fencing to Horse Riding) Holiday Club (Christmas, Easter, Summer and half-term) OFSTED: OUTSTANDING IN ALL AREAS

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Education

School news Beckenham Festival The Power of Believing

BABINGTON HOUSE SCHOOL Chamber Choir competed in the recent Beckenham Festival at St. George’s Church. The festival is affiliated to the British and International Federation of Festivals of which Her Majesty the Queen is patron. The Chamber Choir were entered for the Junior Choirs shield and won first place. They were awarded the shield, an honours certificate and a gold medal for their outstanding achievements. The choir performed two pieces ‘Over the Rainbow’ composed by Harold Arlen and arranged by Forbes, and ‘The Voice’ by Brendan Graham. They sang in two part and sometimes three part harmony and were complimented on their ‘fine performance’ and ‘beautiful tone’, along with clear diction and ‘finely matched vowels.’ ‘Babington House is very proud of the hard work the girls put into their performances in Chamber Choir. They have a great reputation and we are very happy this is being recognised by the local community,’ said Tim Lello, Headmaster.

‘Serious fun on Saturdays’ CHILDREN IN YEAR 5 from the Brindishe federation of Brindishe green, Brindishe Lee and Lee Manor Schools have grown in confidence and produced some wonderful pieces of work through attending ‘SHINE – Serious Fun on Saturdays’ sessions at Blackheath High School on Saturday mornings. Blackheath High School became involved in the ‘SHINE’ Programme last year as one of a small group of independent schools supporting 800 local children in London and Manchester. Building on this success, the programme was run again last year, with thirty children aged 9 and 10 attending a programme of 10 practical and creative mornings based upon the theme: ‘Ideas: From Design to Reality’. Blackheath High School teachers are delivering engaging, challenging but fun lessons which have been planned to encourage maximum participation from the children, with Sixth Form students acting as helpers and mentors.

Mrs Maddison, Assistant Head of Blackheath High School, who set up the programme, said: ‘Our ‘Serious Fun on Saturdays’ Project has helped to develop higher achievement and personal development as well as helping the transition from primary to secondary school. We very much enjoy our partnership with the Brindishe Federation and are absolutely delighted that our programme continues through until 2016.’

Pupils on Cloud Nine after winning a place in National finals

THE ‘MULTIROTOR SEARCH AND RESCUE AERIAL UAV SYSTEM’ developed by a team of Year 11 pupils: Casper Round, Max Kelly, Jack Wildish and Sam Bates from Bethany School near Cranbrook, has been nominated as a finalist in The Big Bang UK Young Scientists and Engineering Fair which takes place at the NEC on 13-16 March. The National Science + Engineering Competition is open to all 11-18 year olds living in the UK and in full-time education. The competition aims to recognise and reward young peoples’ achievements in all areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Head of Science at Bethany School, James Vickerman said, ‘This is both an extremely highprofile and a notoriously tough competition, so to have qualified for the finals is an absolutely magnificent achievement. Our Head of Physics, Mike Thomas, who has spent an awful lot of time taking them through the project formulation and entry process, providing his invaluable advice, guidance and support throughout.’ Now the hard work really begins in order to polish up their project in time for the finals!

Kidbrooke Theatre Company at Corelli College THE KIDBROOKE THEATRE COMPANY @ Corelli College will perform its new play (The Reel) Macbeth at the grand opening of The Michael Edwards Studio inside the historic Cutty Sark in February. The unique theatre venue will give (The Reel) Macbeth the perfect platform. The lively interpretation of the famous play takes it back to its geographical roots and presents the story of Macbeth’s murderous activities through the form of the Scottish reel, Highland dancing and physical theatre and promises to wow audiences like no other. The performance at this iconic venue will be part of a double bill by Corelli College, as a group of A2 drama students will also perform their short, 20 minutes. PHOTO: Year 10 student Ciaron Farrell (foreground) performs with others in (The Reel) Macbeth

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THE PRINCE of Greenwich PUBLIC HOUSE

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Book for Valentines Eve 14th February Dine in the unique surroundings of this spacious yet romantic restaurant Weddings & special occasions catered for. Open Tuesday to Saturday - From 6pm Sunday - all day from 12 Noon

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Food & Drink

Restaurant reviews RLA’S AT THE OLD LOYAL BRITONS I took a German colleague to the recently opened Old Loyal Britons pub in Greenwich, as their food speciality is Raclette. He’s eaten Raclette all through his life, and I wanted his opinion. He recalled times when this meal would go on for hours, especially as a family event in winter. All kinds of meats and pickled vegetables would appear on the table with cooked potatoes and the all-important cheeses. It was never the same twice as it’s quite normal to use whatever materials you have to hand. Traditionally Raclette cheese is melted in front of an open fire with a big piece of cheese facing the heat. Diners then scrape (French: racler, meaning “to scrape,”) off the melting side and eat it with whatever they choose from the table, firm potatoes, cured, smoked or dried meat, such as Salami, pancetta, and viande des Grisons, gherkins, and pickled onions.

THE GREENWICH TAVERN The Greenwich Tavern is ideally located on the corner of King William Walk by the entrance to Greenwich Park, making it the perfect place to end a stroll on the weekend. The large downstairs bar is warm and inviting and the bar staff are genuinely friendly and happy to answer any questions about the large variety of drinks and offer you a chance to sample any that pique your interest. On a dark Monday night, the Tavern rescued me from a chilly first attempt at Christmas shopping and I hunkered down with the papers and a glass of Steen Brugge, which caught my interest at the bar. There is a good selection of draught beers and an interesting range of real ales to work your way through should you feel like settling in for the night and the range of wines on offer is very good indeed. If you fancy a big night out, there’s also a large cocktail list and the inevitable Happy Hour. The menu is simple and offers combinations of three bar snacks for £10, if you can’t make up your mind. The starter ordered came at lightning speed and the lamb burger with beetroot mayonnaise and winter gnocchi in cherry tomato sauce with sautéed spinach mains were delicious and excellent value. My shopping buddy had a mountain of hand cut chips with her burger that were good to share and we both concluded from looking through the rest of the menu that we’d return with more friends for a bigger get together. The Greenwich Tavern does also offer a function room for larger parties and events and there is also another private function room advertised for smaller gatherings above the bar that looks beautifully decorated. It’s a shame that this room isn’t permanently open as it looks like a place where one could happily lounge in for hours! There is also a Sunday menu, which offers traditional roasts for £12.50. 1 King William Walk, Greenwich SE10 9JH, 020 8858 8791, www.greenwichtavern.co.uk By Tamsin Steer

With our potatoes, (skin on) we were served Salami di Milano, Jambon Cru, Rosette de Lyon, Schwartzwald Schinken, Chorizo, Pancetta with slices of Raclette cheese, Edamer and Cheddar. We liked it so much we even had seconds. The modern way of serving raclette (as they do here) uses an electric table-top grill with small pans, coupelles, to heat slices of Raclette cheese in. Generally the grill has a covering hot plate or griddle that you could cook sausage, mushrooms, or anything on. The cheese is brought to the table sliced, accompanied by platters of boiled steamed potatoes, other vegetables and charcuterie. These are then mixed with potatoes and topped with cheese in coupelles that are placed under the grill to melt and brown the cheese. The emphasis in raclette dining is on relaxed and sociable eating and drinking; there is no particular etiquette, you can do what you like, as you do the cooking. We tucked in and thoroughly enjoyed it, taking plenty of time, with cold Republik beer (Schnapps would have gone well). It was inventive and very good eating. I could easily imagine family groups and friends sitting around a Raclette table in the relaxed atmosphere of this friendly local real ale pub. At £54.20 including drinks, it was great value. 62 Thames Street, Greenwich, 07868054798, www.ewbrewery.com

By Michael Breese THE PILOT, GREENWICH PENINSULA Approaching the front door of The Pilot, you might feel the glow of entering a comfortable, familiar environment. That part looks much the same. Once inside however, everything you may have known in the past has been changed, renovated to a very high specification. Once a pub that did food, it is now a Fuller’s pub with a restaurant, which, if the great glass doors are opened, stretches out into what was the garden, with covered seating and tables beyond. The menu offers a choice of Appetisers from Rock Oysters to Salami di Napoli and Chorizo. Five starters, eight mains, four sides, four puddings and fifteen cheeses! New Forest Venison Loin Carpaccio with Venison shoulder croquette demonstrated how versatile this meat can be. For me it was delicate and melting soft, not rich or powerful, a comfortable starter. My partner’s eye was drawn to London Porter smoked salmon (prepared exclusively for Fuller’s) with Gribiche sauce and artisan bread. My choice of main course, 12 hour braised Romsey pork belly with spring onion mashed potato, seared scallops, apple puree and pork jus was utterly fantastic, worthy of any highclass restaurant. Please try it. An 8oz Hampshire sirloin steak with triple cooked chips and béarnaise sauce; chosen by my partner was presented beautifully. She likes her steak a little more done than I. Medium-rare it was, high quality meat, simply cooked. She followed this with chilled coconut vanilla rice pudding, maple roasted plums and coconut meringues. She just loves coconut. Roquefort, Gorgonzola and Stilton, three great blues, leapt off the cheese list. They have a special temperature control system installed for cheeses, which suited the first two, however I prefer Stilton a little cooler. With delicious bread they are lovely things. 68 River Way, Greenwich, London SE10 0BE, 020 8858 5910, By James Fielding www.pilotgreenwich.co.uk

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Exceptional quality. Ordinary prices. I

t was a bustling Friday night at Chapters, yet instantly we encountered very special, attentive service. The last time I went to the chic Blackheath eaterie I had an exquisite steak, tender and tasty, Josper grilled to perfection with triple-cooked chips, cloud-like fluffy on the inside and crispy on the outside, and I deemed this dish the best in the world. First off we were introduced to the new cocktails on the menu. The couple next to us seemed to be going through the entire cocktail menu. Every time we turned another one down, the list was on their table. My companion was very impressed with his London Fog - Bison Grass Vodka, Apple Sourz, apple juice, fresh ginger and cinnamon bitters. He loved its clever sweetness with its after taste of sour and I loved my mint and cucumber martini. It’s very similar to the Eastern Standard that the Soho House does, but this one has a hint of apple juice and it’s a much rounder and more subtle taste. No wonder the couple next to us had so many. The Chapters menu is incredibly well thought out. Every dish on it is crafted with care and the finest ingredients. The atmosphere is casual, the setting relaxing, but the food itself heavenly and amazingly well priced. I started with the Josper grilled beef salad. I suppose I couldn’t wait until the main. The beef was properly tasty, tender and melt-in-the-mouth, and was complemented by the freshest leaves and gorgeous balsamic onions with truffle mayonnaise and Parmesan. The salad was edgy. The balsamic onions a delicious twist. It was chic, light and hearty, all at the same time. My companion had a Josper grilled boneless quail with cashew nuts, carrot and vanilla purée. He loved the boneless aspect and I tasted the tender juiciness of the quail. The nuts and the vanilla purée gave it a wintry warmth; an interesting palette. The bread is delivered daily from a delicious local bakery. It had the most wonderful springy, soft texture, flavoursome and comforting. Next we shared a really refreshing salad of hand-cooked scallops, sugar

snap peas and an orange and hazelnut dressing. My companion had bagged the fillet steak with peppercorn sauce, which was as perfect as I had remembered it, and the dreamy chips – hands down the best chips in London, possibly all of the UK. Chapters is known as a steak destination because the chef not only sources exquisite cuts of meat, the best quality that it’s possible to find, but the Josper oven means cooking it over charcoal embers enhances the flavour in a really special way. I went for a roast chicken breast with celeriac purée on a bed of peas and broad beans with some perfect potato gnocchi that soaked up all the deliciousness of the sauce. The chicken was tender and juicily cooked; every morsel seemed to ask, “Just how tasty can I be?” Incredible when you think how Blackheath has recently spawned so many ubiquitous chain restaurants that, only a few doors away, serve up food that is generic and bland for similar prices. The chain outlets, which make you think of Gatwick Airport, despite their cosmetic disguise, all use food that is produced in a central kitchen. I find it quite patronising in the way they present themselves as original when you know you could go to any town and find the same menu and the same lack of originality, freshness and quality. Chapters is couture food at high street prices.

graciously and the food was so special it was a lasting high. And Chapters being easy on the pocket means that you will want to go back soon. Chapters All Day Dining, 43-45 Montpelier Vale, London, Blackheath Village SE3 OTJ, 020 8333 2666 www.chaptersrestaurants.com By Chrissy Iley who is renowned for her celebrity interviews and is obsessed with food. She writes for the Sunday Times Magazine, Sunday Telegraph Seven, Saturday Times Magazine, Daily Mail Weekend and the Mail On Sunday.

We accompanied our mains with some Argentinian Malbec which goes very well with meat. The wine list is extensive and contemporary, expertly chosen. They also have a vintage cellar if your taste is more particular. From the regular menu you can get an excellent bottle of wine for an amazing £16. We wanted a light dessert to share. Our waiter was super helpful in recommending Chapters Eton Mess, a gorgeous meringue with berries, sorbet and ice cream. It was the strawberry sorbet that gave it a lift. It felt light but also fully satisfying. I loved our waiter. He was friendly and fun and gave excellent recommendations. A perfect night out is not just about food but the experience. We were treated so

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Where can I find authentic Nepalese food in London? ‘It’s not a common cuisine, but that doesn’t mean it’s not available in London. Try Panas Gurkha Restaurant.’

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Heart-warming food

Vegetable Stew Recipe Ingredients (Serves: 4) 1 litre (1¾ pints) hot vegetable stock, preferably home-made 400 g (14 oz) sweet potato or swede, cut into chunks 3 leeks, about 300 g (10½ oz) in total, thickly sliced 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped 2 onions, each cut into 6 wedges 3 carrots, cut into chunks 3 celery sticks, cut into chunks 150 g (5½ oz) pearl barley 2 tsp dried sage, 3 tbsp coarsely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley to garnish salt and pepper Method Preheat the oven to 180ºC (350ºF, gas mark 4). Put the onions, carrots, celery and sweet potato or swede in a large flameproof casserole. Pour in the stock and bring to the boil. Add the garlic, leeks, pearl barley, sage and seasoning. Stir to mix the vegetables together. Cover and transfer to the oven to cook for about 1 hour or until the vegetables are just soft, and the barley is tender. Sprinkle with the parsley and serve with thick slices of farmhouse bread. Other options include parsnips, turnips and peeled chunks of butternut squash. Barley is renowned for having a soothing effect on the intestines and urinary tract. It has long been considered a nourishing food for people convalescing after illness, and it is also beneficial for anyone suffering from stress or fatigue. For people with diabetes, barley is particularly good because it is absorbed very slowly. Some gummy fibres present in the barley grain (beta-glucans) appear to have dramatic cholesterol-lowering ability. Instead of frying the vegetables in oil, they are simmered in broth. This makes the dish extremely low in fat. With some bread to accompany it, the meal also offers a healthy balance of starchy carbohydrates. Each serving provides an excellent source of vitamin A, vitamin B1, vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin E and potassium.

Competition Villa Moura Specialising in modern, Portuguese inspired cuisine and renowned for its seafood and unbeatable hospitality, Villa Moura has established itself as one of the Borough’s true hidden gems. It only takes one visit to see why. The menu features a few Portuguese classics such as grilled sardines and chorizo, to more contemporary dishes such as cod with black olive tapenade and sun-dried tomato salsa, or salmon steak served with a Licor Beirao sauce. Several of our dishes also feature our chef’s infamous homemade piri piri sauce, which tastes great on tender baby squid, juicy grilled king-prawns or flame-grilled Poussin. A boutique, family run restaurant and punching above its weight in terms of quality of food and service, Villa Moura is a must for serious foodies. One lucky winner will win a £100 towards a meal for 4 from the a la carte menu only, drinks are included. Simply send your name, address and daytime telephone number to Meridian magazine (Villa Moura), 8 The Village, Charlton, SE7 8UD. Or email your details to competition@meridianmagazine.co.uk by 31 January. T&C The prize cannot be used as payment towards any of the set menus. Redemption is subject to making a reservation. Reservations are subject to availability. The prize must be redeemed before 01/06/2014.

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Fresh fruit, vegetables and more Freshly baked organic bread OPEN: Monday to Saturday 9am-7pm | Sunday 10-4pm 2 The Village, Charlton SE7 8UD | 020 8319 8611 info@fclcatering.co.uk Total food service available. Free delivery to local restaurants & pubs, hospitals, schools and carehomes.

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Local Artists

Art...for arts’ sake T

here’s no shortage of venues to see art in London – from imposing major spaces such as Tate Britain and The National to South East London galleries clustered around Greenwich and Deptford. But not all galleries are purpose-built or in central locations. Gallerists, like artists, are creative and enterprising people (many are or were artists themselves), so if there’s a vacant shop, an empty office or a disused warehouse it’s likely to be taken over and used to host exhibitions and events. These spaces may be off the beaten track, hidden from view and sometimes temporary but they’re well worth seeking out, as they’ll often be showing art and artists that you won’t see anywhere else. Take four Galleries:

A.P.T Gallery on Creekside in Deptford is

one of the largest contemporary art galleries in South East London. The gallery programme supports artists, curators, students and arts organisations through exhibitions, talks, studio visits and events. On the last Friday of each month you can visit A.P.T Gallery from 5 to 6pm for a free informal talk about our charitable work and future activities, and then in the evening you can visit other galleries in the area as part of SLAM Last Fridays. Details are posted on our website and promoted via Facebook and Twitter.

Greenwich Printmakers

at 1a Greenwich Market celebrates 35 years in 2014 with featured artists every two weeks throughout the year. The gallery has framed hand-made prints by 34 members and many unframed etchings, linocuts, and engravings, screen-prints and lithographs. Prints to suit every budget and taste with special sections for local and London scenes. Image left: Peter Luty, Millennium Dome, Linocut.

Original and limited edition artworks

137 Lee Road Blackheath SE3 9DS 0203 302 7376 www.studio61london.com

Commissions undertaken

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Meridian magazine is centrally placed to give a platform for established artists, local galleries and new emerging artists, designer/makers. Letting our readers know what exhibitions are on and where. We will also be featuring local artists on a regular basis with an in-depth look at their work. The Greenwich Gallery

located in Peyton Place, just off Royal Hill, this is the perfect place to show thought-provoking work to local residents and visitors alike. The Greenwich Gallery exhibits mostly photographic work and has hosted more than 50 shows. It specialises in solo exhibitions of themed, cutting-edge work. Seeking to discover, to preserve and transmit culture has been at the heart of the programme that has been on offer since its inception.

Adjacent to the Greenwich Dance Agency, a few hundred yards from Greenwich Theatre and the Fan Museum, The Greenwich Gallery is at the epicentre of creative Greenwich. Image left: Lighting the maritime way - A pictorial homage by Peter Kent on the occasion of The Quincentenary of Trinity House

The Paul McPherson Gallery

is a unique, maverick, destination family run gallery in Greenwich for artists and art lovers. Founded in 2005 with over 100 exhibitions to date. Exhibition space is available for artists to exhibit on weekly basis with the average show being two weeks. Artists can curate and promote their own London solo or group shows and range from local artists to artists from Spain, India and America. We have hosted exhibitions for the National Maritime art club and local art societies. We exhibit all types of artist from painters, sculpturers, photographers and printmakers. Current exhibition is the Cabaret Mechanical Theatre running until the 22 February, the exhibition includes new works from talented automata making artists, an inspiring workshop programme, plus

automata from their collection. A full diary of events can been seen at www.paulmcgallery.com

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This months listings ONGOING

» 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 info@conservatoire.org.uk » Blackheath Decorative & Fine Arts Society. 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. » 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 www.gdfas.org » 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, www. shopgreenwich.co.uk 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. knitshop.co.uk 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: marieclaire@tarotgift.com, www.tarotgift.com Tel: 07791 139 380, 020 8293 1737. » Sing it out. Stress-relieving singing group for local people. All abilities catered for. First session FREE. Evening sessions Wednesday 8pm. Mother & baby sessions Thursday 1.30pm. Maze Hill area. E:toria@singitout.co.uk or call: 07747 794 321.

EVERY MON

» 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. www.jazznights.co.uk. Mycenae Road, Blackheath SE3 7SE.

2ND TUES OF EVERY MONTH

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

EVERY WED

» 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.

On stage A few words from Greenwich Theatre's Artistic Director, James Haddrell

EVERY THURS

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

EVERY FRI

When a playwright sits down to write a play, they will find at their disposal a virtually endless list of possible sources of inspiration. Even a cursory look at the plays currently running in London offers up the MP’s expenses scandal (The Duck House in the West End), a dark sequel to Peter Pan (Lost Boy at the Finborough), the assassination of JFK (We Macbeth at Teatro Technis) and more. However, this year we have teamed up with Brighton based new-writing company Broken Leg Theatre to seek out inspiration for a new play in an entirely different way. Over the next nine months the directors of this young company Anna Jefferson and Alice Trueman are going to be meeting groups of women in Leeds, Brighton and London and inviting them to tell their own stories, small or large, life changing or quietly personal, the stories that are important to them. The major concerns we’d all expect, like careers, relationships, families and homes will surely all feature, but we are also excited about gathering details of the tiny traditions that inform a person’s life, the turning points that might seem like nothing to an outsider but changed a person’s direction, or the unexpected connections with other people that make the world seem life a different place. Then, working under a mentorship programme with us, Anna and Alice are going to shape the stories they receive into a new play about three generations of women in Britain, a play based on real life in the truest sense. As well as meeting with women’s groups the company will also be collecting contributions through their website, www. brokenlegtheatre.org, creating a growing public resource of women’s stories. For Greenwich audiences, there will then be a showcase reading of the new play in September this year, giving audiences a chance to see the work in progress, and giving contributors the unique chance to see how their own stories have informed the creation of a new play. Broken Leg Theatre is just one of twenty companies and artists from around the country that we support from our base in Greenwich, enabling us to have a major impact on the national theatre scene while bringing some of the UK’s most exciting young theatre makers to share their work with our audiences in South East London. Some of our supported companies have already developed their work sufficiently to perform on tour, in the West End, in Madrid and in New York, and I have no doubt that Broken Leg Theatre are on a similar journey. We would love to help Alice and Anna generate as much material as possible for their new play, so if you have a few minutes to spare do visit the website and see what others are writing, and then maybe take a moment to tell us a story… Croom’s Hill, London SE10 8ES 020 8858 7755

» 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.

2ND SAT OF EVERY MONTH

» Forest Hill Farmers’ Market. 9.30am-2pm. Forest Hill Pools, Dartmouth Road, SE23 3HZ.

EVERY SUN

» 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.

THIRD SUN OF EVERY MONTH

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

EVERY SUN & 2ND TUES

» 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@ aol.com. Quaker Meeting House, Lawn Terrace, Blackheath SE3 9LL.

UNTIL 12 JAN

» The London Boat Show. The 60th boat show to be held in London brings thousands of boats, brands, products and suppliers under one roof for nine days. Until 8 Jan, 10 & 11 – 10am-7pm, 9 Jan – 10am-9pm, 12 Jan 10am-6pm. Any Day ticket in advance £16, £13 conces, on the door £20, £15. Weekday ticket in advance £10 on the door £20, £10 conces, Student £13. The ExCel London, One Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, E16 1XL.

UNTIL 29 JAN

» Lighting the Maritime Way. A pictorial homage by Peter Kent on the occasion of The Quincentenary of Trinity House. Weekdays 9am-5.30pm & weekends 12noon-4pm. The Greenwich Gallery, Peyton Place, SE10 8RS.

UNTIL 31 JAN

» 23rd Bromley Scout Group Panto. The leaders, young people and supporters of the group will be putting on performances of Dick Whittington. 7.30pm. £5.50 Adults, £4.50 Child. 07810 426 666. 23rd Bromley Scout HQ, Homemead Road, Bromley BR2 8BB.

UNTIL 9 FEB

» Current Exhibition. Featured artists: Anthony Salter (until 12 Jan), Karen Scadeng 14-26 Jan and Philip Solly 28 Jan–9 Feb. Tues–Sun, 10am– 5.30pm. 020 8858 1569. Greenwich Printmakers Gallery, 1A The Market, SE10 9HZ.

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Listings continued UNTIL 16 FEB 2014

Turner & the Sea

UNTIL 16 MAR

This exhibition is the first full-scale examination of J.M.W Turner’s lifelong fascination with the sea. Dramatic, contemplative, violent, beautiful, dangerous and sublime – the sea was the perfect subject to showcase Turner’s singular talents, and the extraordinary quality of the works gathered together for the exhibition confirms his status as the pre-eminent painter of water.

» Ice Rink, Canary Wharf. Skate under the soaring buildings of Canada Square on a glittering trail through fairy-lit trees. The rink-side retro-themed bar provides pre- or post-skating 50’s styled menu including mulled wine. Visit www. canarywharf.com for info and prices. Canada Square, Canary Wharf E14.

» 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.

» Turner & the Sea. National Maritime Museum’s new exhibition explores Turner’s love of the sea with 120 works on display including some of the artist’s best known and loved paintings. 10am-5pm, Thurs - 7pm. Charges apply. National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, SE10.

» Woolwich Antiquarians. Talk on Dr. D.W. Grace, father of Modern Cricket. Speaker Ian Bevan. 2.15pm. Charlton House, Charlton SE7.

MON 6 JAN

» 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.

WEDS 8, 15, 22 & 30 JAN

» 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.

Runs until 21 April. Open every day 10am-5pm, late opening on Thursday. Charges apply, see www.rmg.co.uk

» The UK Wedding Show. Everything that a couple could need is here under one roof at this dedicated wedding exhibition, with stunning fashion shows and a free goody bag for every visitor. 10am-5pm. £8 in advance or £10 on the door. www.theukweddingshows.co.uk. The ExCel London, One Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, E16 1XL.

ABOVE: THE FIGHTING TEMERAIRE, TUGGED TO HER LAST BERTH TO BE BROKEN UP, 1838 © THE NATIONAL GALLERY

SAT 11, 18 & 25 JAN

Blackheath Jazz Jim Sears set up a local jazz community, Blackheath Jazz over two years ago to help promote jazz to the farthest reaches of greater Blackheath. Blackheah Jazz consists of the Blackheath Jazz Band and the Blackheath School of jazz both of which rehearse at St.Michaels Church in the Cator Estate. Where the talents of local musicians are nurtured and developed to enable them to step up on stage of local pubs to perform. Any budding jazz musician should email Jim on blackheathjazz@gmail.com for more information about joining the jazz school.

» Discover Sundays. Be inspired by our maritime past and explore your personal connections to the sea. Ask staff where the activity is on the day. 11.30am – 1.30pm & 2pm-4pm. Suitable for all ages. Free. Samm Ofer Wing Foyer, National Maritime Museum, Greenwich SE10.

TUES 14, 21 & 28 JAN

FRI 10 JAN

» Toppers & Flares. St Luke’s players present a night of cabaret including an adaptation of Oliver Twist. 7pm for 7.30pm. £12 adult, £7 Child (incls fish supper) soft drinks on sale, bring your own alcohol & glasses. Profits to St Richard’s restoration. Book in advance 020 8856 7373. St Richard’s Church Centre, Swallowfield Road, Charlton SE7.

SUN 12, 19 & 26 JAN

» Blackheath Townswomen’s Guild. A Bit of Fun. Speaker TBA. 2pm. Boys Brigade Hall, Reynolds Place, Blackheath SE3.

» Lunchtime Recital. Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. 1.05pm. Free. St. Alfege Church, Greenwich Church Street, Greenwich SE10 9BJ.

FRI 10 & 11 JAN

» Explore Saturdays. Meet a character from the past and take part in an exciting performance that will bring maritime history to life. Suitable for ages 6+. 12noon, 1pm, 2pm & 3pm. Free. Samm Ofer Wing Foyer, National Maritime Museum, Greenwich SE10. » Comedy Night. Headline Patrick Monahan, known as ‘a one man ethnic melting pot’ with compere Christian Riley. Doors 8pm, show starts 9pm. £12.50. 0844 871 7620. Churchill Theatre, High Street, Bromley.

TUES 14 JAN

THURS 9 JAN

» The Beaverwood Club. Over 30s night. 8pm-1am. £8. 020 8300 1385. www. thebeaverwoodclub.co.uk. Beaverwood Road, Chislehurst, Kent BR7 6HF. » Single Scene - Speed Dating. Meet new people and find romance. Male/Female 40-58 years. 8.30pm. £15. For more info contact www. onlineandspeeddating.com. The Crown Inn, School Road, Chislehurst BR7 5PQ.

SAT 11 JAN

SAT 11 & 12 JAN

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SAT 4 JAN

» London Ice Sculpting Festival. Catch all the action at this magnificent annual festival as teams from around the world wield chisels and chainsaws competing to create mesmerizing works of art from blocks of crystal clear ice. Fri 12noon-8pm, Sat 10am-7pm, Sun 12noon-6pm. Free. Wood Wharf, Canary Wharf E14.

» Ramble. AGM 12.15pm at Davy’s Wine Vaults (Nelson Room), 161 Greenwich High Road, SE10. Drinks and bar food available. Proceeded by a short walk through Greenwich Park, led by Rona. Meet at Blackheath Railway Station for 11.15am start. Contact R.Sullivan on 020 8850 4417 for more info. New members welcome. Goldsmiths Rambling Club.

UNTIL 21 APR

» 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.

FRI 10, 11 & 12 JAN

An enthusiastic bunch, BJB play regularly at the Lord Northbrook (in Lee), the Crown (Blackheath Village) and the Lord Hood (in Greenwich) while many BSJ students have graduated into BJB under the inspired tutelage of Huw Morgan, graduate of Trinity School of Music. Of course, there is no real rivalry with Trinity School of Music because Blackheath is big enough for both. Indeed, Blackheath Jazz supports the Meantime Jazz Band based at Blackheath Concert Hall and arranges joint performances in local pubs. The odd Trinity graduate even joins us for gigs. BLACKHEATH JAZZ BAND (ABOVE,L TO R) OLLIE JONES (BASS), TIM KEELER (GUITAR), ALAN BULLEY (ALTO SAX), JIM SEARS (CLARINET), CHRISTIAN LEWCOCK (DRUMS), JOHN FERRARA (TENOR SAX) AND MIKE GREENWOOD (TRUMPET).

» Play Tuesdays. Young children can have fun with their families as they explore the museum through making music, dance and drama. Collect tickets from the admissions desk.10.30am, 11.30am, 1pm, & 2pm. Suitable for under 5s. £3 per child with an adult. Samm Ofer Wing Foyer, National Maritime Museum, Greenwich SE10.

THURS 16 JAN

» Lunchtime Recital. Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. 1.05pm. Free. St. Alfege Church, Greenwich Church Street, Greenwich SE10 9BJ.

THURS 16 & 30 JAN

» 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. www.ornc.org. 020 8269 4747. Tour leaves from West Gate, Old Royal Naval College SE10 9LW.

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SAT 25 JAN

» Blackheath Scientific Society. Damascus Steel – Reviving the ancient art of hand making steel swords. Talk by Mr. Owen Bush. 7.45pm. Visitors £3. www.nss.btik.com Mycenae House, Mycenae Rd; Blackheath SE3 7SE.

FRI 17 – 19 JAN

» Robot Wars. Let the wars begin, as Robot Wars takes centre stage at the London Model Engineering Exhibition. For more info visit www.londonmodelengineering.co.uk. Fri & Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 10am-4.30pm. Alexandra Palace, London N22 7AY.

SAT 18 JAN

» Lunchtime Recital. James Brown, piano. 1.05pm. Free. St. Alfege Church, Greenwich Church Street, Greenwich SE10 9BJ. » Charlton Society. Charlton Past & Present. Speaker Diane Rimel. 2.30pm. Charlton House, Charlton SE7 8RE.

SUN 19 JAN

» Single Scene: Walks in Chislehurst. A three-mile walk through Chislehurst’s parkland and woods. The walk starts and finishes at the Queens Head Pub. Meet new people and find romance. 1pm. £10. For more info contact www. onlineandspeeddating.com. The Queens Head, 2 High Street, Chislehurst BR7 5AN. » Immortal Memory Toast. Raise a glass of port to the Immortal Memory of Admiral Lord Nelson in the Painted Hall, where his body lay in state after the battle of Trafalgar. £3 donation for glass of port. 3.30-4pm. Painted Hall, Old Royal Naval College SE10 9LW.

TUES 21 JAN

» Greenwich Industrial History Society. Talk on great engineers resident in Blackheath by Neil Rhind. 7.30pm. Non-members £1. The Old Bakehouse, Bennett Park, Blackheath SE3.

TUES 21 - 25 JAN

» Greenwich Theatre: The Comedy of Terrors. Join Rumpus Theatre Company with this fastpaced hysterical farce. 7.30pm, Sat mat 2.30pm. £16, £13.50 conces inclds booking fee. Greenwich Theatre. 020 8858 7755. www.greenwichtheatre. org. Greenwich Theatre, Crooms Hill, Greenwich SE10 8ES.

THURS 23 JAN

» Lunchtime Recital. Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. 1.05pm. Free. St. Alfege Church, Greenwich Church Street, Greenwich SE10 9BJ. » Blackheath Decorative and Fine Arts Society. What could Tchaikovsky see out of his bedroom window and did Elgar keep his desk tidy? Find out at our unique lecture by John Fisher, the only artist with access to the private rooms where some of the world’s major works of art were created. 2.30pm. Visitors £5. www.artsinblackheath.org.uk. St Mary’s Church Hall, Cresswell Park, SE3

FRI 24 JAN

» Blackheath Quaker Meeting. Monthly talks in celebration of their 50th Anniversary. Restorative Justice by Marian Liebmann, restorative justice practitioner. 7.30pm, light refreshments from 7pm. Blackheath Quaker Meeting House, Lawn Terrace SE3 9LL. » The Beaverwood Club. Over 30s night. DJ Dave Collins spins pop, dance and retro. 8pm-1am. £8. 020 8300 1385. www. thebeaverwoodclub.co.uk. Beaverwood Road, Chislehurst, Kent BR7 6HF.

The Michael Edwards Studio Theatre Cutty Sark, the world’s sole remaining tea clipper is set to launch a brand new performance space on Wednesday 29 January. The lower hold, where cargoes of tea and wool were stacked over a century ago, now features a remarkable studio theatre. During the daytime, the hold contains displays of tea chests and other artifacts and in the evening, the central section is transformed into an eclectic 85-seat studio theatre, which is totally unique and provides the perfect platform for cabaret, comedy, music, special lectures and small scale drama.

Tea at The Fan Museum The Fan Museum is home to more than 4,000 predominantly antique fans from around the world, dating from the 11th century to the present day. Its collections, along with fans on loan from other collections, are displayed in changing themed exhibitions. Win one of 5 pairs of entrance tickets with cream tea in the Orangery. Simply send your name, address and daytime telephone number to Meridian magazine (Fan Museum), 8 The Village, Charlton, SE7 8UD. Or email your details to competition@meridianmagazine.co.uk by 31 January 2014

Churchill Theatre Happy Days Based on the Paramount Pictures television series ‘Happy Days’ created by Garry Marshall. The UK Premiere and national tour of Happy Days – A New Musical starring Heidi Range (Sugababes) as ‘Pinky Tuscadero’, Ben Freeman (Emmerdale) as ‘The Fonz’ and Cheryl Baker (Bucks Fizz) as ‘Mrs Cunningham.’ Directed and choreographed by Olivier Award nominee Andrew Wright, HAPPY DAYS – A New Musical will open at The Churchill Theatre Bromley in January before commencing a national tour. www.happydaysthemusical. co.uk Saturday 11 – Saturday 18 January. Box Office 0844 871 7620 (bkg fee) www.atgtickets.com/bromley (L TO R) CHERYL BAKER AS MRS CUNNINGHAM, BEN FREEMAN AS THE FONZ, HEIDI RANGE AS PINKY TUSCADERO IN ‘HAPPY DAYS’ (PHOTO PAUL COLTAS)

» Lunchtime Recital. Fred Thomas piano, cello & violin. 1.05pm. Free. St. Alfege Church, Greenwich Church Street, Greenwich SE10 9BJ. » Ramble. A 4 1/2 mile linear wall through Scadbury Park and around Chislehurst Common, finishing at Chislehurst Station. Meet/Start 10.30am at Petts Wood Station Station. Lunch at The Sydney Arms pub, Old Perry Street, Chislehurst at 1.15pm. Contact R.Sullivan on 020 8850 4417 for more info. New members welcome. Goldsmiths Rambling Club.

SUN 26 JAN

» RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch. Bexley Heritage Trust is taking part in the bird watch so come along and help identify some of the River Cray’s birdlife. 10am-2pm. Free. Hall Place & Gardens, Bourne Road, Bexley DA5 1PQ.

THURS 30 JAN

» Lunchtime Recital. Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. 1.05pm. Free. St. Alfege Church, Greenwich Church Street, Greenwich SE10 9BJ.

FRI 31 JAN

» 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 www.bachtobaby.com. St Alfege Church, Greenwich Church Street, Greenwich SE10 9BJ.

SAT 1 FEB

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

SAT 1 & 2 FEB

» Family Fun Weekend: Chinese New Year. Which Chinese year were you born in? Make a traditional animal mask to represent the year of your birth. Drop-in workshops. 11.30am-1.30pm & 2pm-4pm. Suitable for all ages. Admission charges apply (activities free with entry). Cutty Sark, Sammy Ofer Gallery.

TUES 4 - 8 FEB

» A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Immersion Theatre presents a truly unique thrilling and original take on one of Shakespeare’s most beloved classics. 7.45pm, Sat mat 3.30pm. £14, £11 conces/children + B/fee £1.50. Suitable for 12years+. Jack Studio Theatre, 410 Brockley Road, SE4 2DH.

WED 5 FEB

» Friends of Greenwich Park – Annual Lecture. Queen Elizabeth’s Oak? Jane Sidwell, Inspector of Ancient Monuments for London, reveals the results of tests on the remains of this famous oak. 7pm. £10 incldes glass of wine. From Friends of Greenwich Park, 3 Orchard Drive, SE3 0QP tel 020 8852 8831 or on the door. The King William Lecture Theatre, University of Greenwich, Old Royal Naval College SE10. » Blackheath Halls: Friends’ Annual Architecture Richard Grierson Lecture. Mark Major BA (HON) DIP ARCH RIBA FRIAS IALD RDI: Light + Dark = Architecture. Architect and lighting designer Mark Major, a founding partner of lighting designers Spiers and Major will speak about ‘Light Architecture’ in this richly illustrated lecture. 8pm. £12, £10 senior, £6 student. www.blackheathhalls.com or 020 8463 0100. Blackheath Halls, 23 Lee Road, Blackheath SE3 9RL.

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Banks have begun to unveil mortgages, which they will offer under the expanded ‘Help to Buy’ scheme. The government’s initiative is designed to enable buyers who can afford only small deposits to buy a home. The first phase of the Help to Buy scheme in England started in April, when buyers of newly built homes were eligible for a 20% equity loan from the government on top of their 5% deposit. Under the second phase, buyers across the UK only need to provide a small deposit, with the government offering a guarantee of 15% of the loan to the lender - for a fee - to encourage the bank or building society to offer the loan. That fee charged to the lender is expected to be up to 0.9% of the original loan level. This is a one-off fee dealt with entirely by the lender, which guarantees 15% of the mortgage for seven years. Those who apply will face checks to make sure that they can afford the mortgage payments. The Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML), which represents lenders, said affordability checks would be as rigorous as they were with any borrower. The scheme will be available for first-time buyers and home movers borrowing to buy new and old homes valued at no more than £600,000. It is expected to continue for three years. It means a buyer looking to purchase a home costing £200,000 would have to put down a deposit of around £10,000. Demands have been much higher than this for many first-time buyers since the start of the financial crisis, usually about 20% of the value of a home.

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