Meridian Magazine_April 2013

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APRIL 2013


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CONTENTS April 2013


APRIL 2013


LOCAL NEWS Win tickets to the Grand Designs Live London Show


Food & Drink Supplement inside


INTERIORS Wallpaper is back Take care of your bloomin’ garden The inside story – retail news

16-20 Green shoots of

Spring HOMES













COVER: Debenhams

EDUCATION The advantages of learning Mandarin Education news


Competition issue


BUSINESS Lasting power of attorney


ELDER CARE Future proofing is the way forward


HEALTH & BEAUTY Deep cleanse for spring at Ree:Spa Looking after your teeth

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, Chislehurs, New Eltham, The Borough and Shad Thames. 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.


FOOD & DRINK SUPPLEMENT WIN! A meal for two at ANTICO Down at the market WIN! Tickets to a sausage making workshop at Heap’s Sausages Recipes that travel Alfresco dining WIN! Tickets to the Spirit of Summer Fair Bite-size reviews WIN! Take-away or Dine-in meal at Mogul worth £50 Wine tasting at Chapters


CYCLING The best routes in South East London


LISTINGS WIN! Family tickets to Diggerland

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Editor : Valerie Breese Art & Production Director : Marta Siolkowska Assistant Sales Manager: Claire McKinson Classified Sales : Cheryl Voller Intern : Mia Tattan Contributors : Claire Allen, Carolyn Bosworth-Davies, Kabir Dev, Nanette Fielding, Chris Scheuer

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local N E W S


Charlton Park Riding for the Disabled Association fell victim to their first robbery in over 20 years last month. On 5 March 16 children were denied their weekly riding lesson after thieves stole up to £500 worth of the charity’s equipment. Chief instructor of the group, Carol Kendall, discovered the break-in that morning after finding a bridal on the path near the pony pen in Maryon Wilson Animal Park, where the charity’s horses live. She wished the thieves a ‘miserable existence’ after their acts forced the instructor to cancel lessons. ‘Some of those children are in wheelchairs, and for them, this is their chance to get out and experience a different viewpoint.’ Local heroes, and sponsors of Charlton Park RDA, Sainsbury’s Greenwich, heard the news and donated Easter eggs to all of the children who missed out on their rides and £100 towards new bridals and head collars for the charity. If you would like to make a donation, or help in any way, please email the group at

Marathon effort pays off

After several years applying for entry to the London Marathon, Russell Buchanan of Beautiful bathrooms Welling has finally been allocated a place. He is running in aid of the Children with Cancer Charity. Russell has been training hard for the event so we wish him all the best for 21 April, along with the other 32,000 runners. Donations can be made online at

Bromley South Central Facelift A landmark development that will start to transform the town centre this month will provide first class leisure facilities for residents. The under-used 1960’s five-storey public car park on the 2.4 acre application site is being demolished as part of the proposal, along with other existing buildings on the Westmoreland Road site frontage. Developers, The Cathedral Group, plan to include a 9 screen cinema, 200 residential units, restaurants at plaza level, 130 bedroom hotel, lower ground car park with 400 spaces, a new junction onto Westmoreland Road, a bus turning area in Simpson’s Road, 300 secure cycle parking spaces and new civic space with street furniture.

Volunteers, sportspeople and community champions are among those who’ve been recognised and honoured for their outstanding contribution to the Royal Borough of Greenwich – winning a civic award in the first ceremony of its kind for the borough. The awards, made up of 10 categories, have been set up in Civic Week to honour individuals, organisations or businesses that have made an outstanding contribution to the social, economic and physical wellbeing of the Royal Borough. Of 202 nominations there have been 16 winners and 10 letters of commendation. Councillor Chris Roberts, Leader of the Royal Borough of Greenwich said: ‘All of these people are an inspiration and it’s right that we should recognise the work they’ve put in which really does help to make the Royal Borough of Greenwich a better place.’


Winners of Civic Awards

WIN TICKETS TO GRAND DESIGNS LIVE LONDON Property and Design guru Kevin McCloud is heading back to London this spring to host the ninth consecutive Grand Designs Live show. To celebrate its return, Meridian magazine is offering readers the chance to win one of 10 pairs of tickets to this award-winning contemporary home show.

To win a pair of tickets, simply answer the following question: What anniversary is GDL celebrating at the Excel this year? A) Sixth B) Ninth C) Thirteenth Send your answer to Meridian magazine(GD), 8 The Village, Charlton SE7 8UD or email For those not lucky enough to win, you can book two for one tickets by quoting GDL241 online at or call the Ticket Hotline on 0844 854 1348. Kids go free. * Follow the latest Grand Designs Live show news on Twitter @GDLive_UK *Terms and conditions apply, 1. This offer is only open to UK residents. 2. Competition winners tickets are valid for any one day of the show between the 4th – 12th May to Grand Designs Live at Excel London. 3. Tickets are non transferable – one pair of tickets per winner only. 4. Complimentary tickets obtained through this offer may not be duplicated. 5. All tickets will be scanned on entry to the show 6. The closing date for this offer is 30 April. *Transaction fee applies, saving is off the door rate (£16/£19), must be booked in advance, offer ends 12/5/13



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Ships of Stone: The Islands of Mervyn Peake


hips of Stone: The Islands of Mervyn Peake takes a new look at the work of the visionary artist, writer and illustrator by focusing on one of Peake’s lifelong obsessions: islands. This exhibition shows the landscapes and characters of the island emerging in his illustrations for Treasure Island (1949), his novel Mr Pye (1953) and in his descriptions of the metaphorical island of Gormenghast Castle. The exhibition uses audio recordings to bring Peake’s writings alive alongside objects and artworks that span his career, many of which are on public display for the first time. Mervyn Peake was born to Missionary parents in China and grew up there until the age of 11. In 1923 he started school at Eltham College, formerly the School for the Sons of Missionaries. By this point, he had learned Treasure Island, his favourite book, by heart and early stories, paintings and drawings reveal a thirst for adventure and a fascination with islands. The exhibition reveals and explores this ongoing fascination with islands that started in Eltham College and remained with him throughout his career. 23 March - 18 May 2013 Saturdays 12-4pm FREE ENTRY Gerald Moore Gallery at Eltham College, Mottingham Lane, London SE9 4RW Tel: 020 8857 0448, E: W:, T: @GeraldMooreGall The exhibition features many works which are on public display for the first time and is made possible thanks to major loans from The Estate of Mervyn Peake, The National Portrait Gallery and other public collections in the UK.

ABOVE: Mervyn Peake, The Third Maroon, 1926. Pencil and watercolour on paper, 29.5 x 26.2 cm. Mervyn Peake Estate. Photo courtesy Justin Piperger.

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Get stuck in...

WALLPAPER CAN create a subtle background or be a bold addition. It allows you to express your individual style and adds instant character to any room –

whatever your design preference, wallpaper has it all. Seen as a ‘better’ alternative to paint, wall coverings are easy to install, maintain and remove. Advances in paste technology allow for easy installation and ensure that paper will adhere to walls for a long period of time. Most people believe once a room is papered it cannot adjust to changing styles and moods. But subtle designs such as stries (delicate patterns of thin tone-on-tone stripes), damask and stripes easily complement differing room styles. For example, a strie in a neutral color can add flair to an otherwise plain room without taking centre stage. Damask, elegant designs that include whimsical scrolling arabesques, add sophistication. The ever-popular stripe is yet another style which adds character to a room. With each of these design types you can change furniture and accent pieces to suit whatever theme you choose to create. Two popular wallpaper manufacturers – one more traditional and one contemporary – have new collections out for the spring, each with its own unique style. Natural forms and textured patterns are enhanced by Farrow & Ball’s traditional

craftsmanship, using real Farrow & Ball paints printed onto ground papers, giving a unique appearance and texture. Inspired by archive designs, these enticing papers are modern yet retain their traditional softness. Tessella (pictured left) is a truly geometric paper, its interlocking mosaic pattern inspired by a 19th century design. Some of the biggest names in design work with Graham and Brown to create stunning cutting-edge styles of wallpaper. Each designer brings his or her own style – from flamboyant Laurence LlewelynBowen to the modern pop art style of Barbara Hulanicki. ‘Goddess’, from the current Spellbound range, is pictured above. Choose the style and create a wall of art for yourself.


Nanette Fielding joins the great wallpaper revival

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n March’s issue of Meridian, it was interesting to read the views of the Headmaster of a local school on the teaching of Classical languages in preference to Mandarin. At Blackheath High School we consider them to be of equal importance. As a school with traditional values, successfully coupled with a forward looking approach to education, we aim to make sure that our girls are well prepared for successful working lives. This includes giving them the opportunity to study both Latin and at least two modern languages, including Mandarin. Some of you may have seen the survey released last year by the CBI which emphasized the importance of Mandarin, reporting that it was second only to French as the language they hoped that potential employees would possess. Mrs Laws, Headteacher of Blackheath High School, says 'We recognise that China plays an increasingly important role in the global economy and that it is vital that

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we equip our students with the language skills to compete and succeed in the modern world. Since 2005, our pupils have been given the opportunity to study Mandarin as one of their two language choices, from Year 7. However, we also believe that learning Latin is very important. It helps develop English language skills and supports the learning of other European languages. Latin and Classical Greek demand close linguistic reasoning and attention to detail, and the intellectual flexibility to cope with inflected words and word order. It is also very interesting in its own right.' At Blackheath High, girls are taught Latin from Year 6 to Year 9 and can choose to continue studying through to GCSE and A level. Classical Greek is also offered at GCSE. We are delighted that our girls achieve excellent results in both Mandarin and Latin. With around 3,000 characters needed to read a newspaper, many view Mandarin as being very difficult to learn; this myth has been successfully dispelled at BHS. Our girls have found that the language isn’t as complicated as it first appears - there is only a present tense and the structure is quite simple. As it is a tonal language, children are naturally able to hear tonal differences because their hearing is more acute. We give careful thought to tailoring our curriculum to ensure that our pupils are well equipped for the world of work. Current Reception Class pupils won’t start their working lives until about 2030, therefore, we need to prepare them for jobs that don’t yet exist and ensure that they have the skills, competencies and qualities that will make them attractive to employers in a global economy. Learning Mandarin will help with this. For more information visit:

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King's Rochester A community wher

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FOUNDED IN 604 AD, King’s has evolved into an outstanding 21st century school for 3 to 18 year old boys and girls with excellent facilities at all levels. Academic standards are high - just look at the Key Stage 1 and 2, GCSE and A Level results - parents celebrate the way King’s supports their children to achieve top academic results - but without being an examination hothouse. King’s is a school with a broad-ability intake and recognises that every child is unique with talents and strengths which may extend far beyond the classroom. With its cathedral links, music is a great strength at King’s but it has also recently acquired the former Stirling Sports Centre on Maidstone Road, Rochester, which, after a half million pound refurbishment, will provide King’s pupils – and the local community who share it – with some of the best sporting facilities in the South East. Principal, Jeremy Walker is proud that the school’s strapline, 'A community that enables individuals to flourish', is central to everything it does. Pupils look forward to showing you around at the school’s next Open Day on Friday 10 May from 4.30pm to 7pm and Principal, Jeremy Walker, will speak at 4.45pm and 6.30pm. There is no need to book, but, should you have any questions please contact registrar, Lynne Davies, on 01634 888590 or email on l 17

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Urban Chess East Village, Stratford – the first legacy neighbourhood from the Olympic Games – announced its sponsorship for free chess lessons and chess sets in schools across the London Borough of Newham. A total of 14 Newham Schools, in association with Chess in Schools and the Communities (CSC) and Newham Council will be part of The 'Urban Chess' programme, which is planned to expand to all 64 primary schools in the borough by 2015 with the aim of teaching every child in Newham how to play the world's most enduring game. Pic credit: Mayor of Newham, Sir Robin Wales, joined the British Champion Grandmaster Gawain Jones to host a morning of chess for local school children and teachers.


Eltham College sing their way into the final Singers from both the Junior and Senior Schools travelled to the Barbican in early March to compete in the finals of the National Schools Choir Competition organised by Barnardo's. Almost three hundred choirs entered the competition, which is open to schools nationally. The Grange Choir from the Junior School were one of 18 Junior School choirs to be selected for the final, and the Senior School Chamber Choir was one of 6 schools to be selected from the Senior School Category. The Junior School Grange Choir went on to be placed second in their category and crowned national runners-up. Mr Paul Henderson, Headmaster of Eltham College said, “To be selected for the finals was an impressive achievement in itself. Going on to be placed second nationally is tremendous and testimony to the boys’ hard work.”

Colfe's is expanding


The Pre-Prep department at Colfe’s is due to expand next year. Judged “outstanding” by successive ISI inspection teams, the Pre-Prep has seen demand outstrip supply for many years. The expanded and enhanced facilities will cater for an additional 20 pupils in each year group and provide a dedicated assembly hall, amongst other things. Colfe’s Pre-Prep pupils will continue to benefit from the range of facilities available to the whole school, including the sports centre and full-size swimming pool. Sarah Redman, Head of Pre-Prep and Nursery, was delighted with the Governors’ decision to expand. Waiting lists have been reopened and further information is available from the Registrar, Sarah Walker,


Bromley High School girls in Years 5-8 joined forces to take part in an exciting, challenging and funpacked cross-phase curriculum enrichment day. They were able to explore and create in an interdisciplinary manner and learn beyond subject boundaries. The girls were able to make connections between different areas of their learning by getting them to work together on a variety of projects following the theme 'Man and Machine' with some groups focussing on flight, wind farms or code breaking.

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We are very proud to launch the International Baccalaureate with a special event on Wednesday 1 May 2013 6pm - 8pm

Visit the IB event at Eltham Hill School for an opportunity to: • Learn more about the IB Diploma • Talk to IB teachers • Listen to a talk by students who have studied the IB Diploma • Take part in IB Diploma taster lessons • Have a tour of the school • Listen to guest speakers • Network with local, national and international businesses

Eltham Hill School is the only school in the Royal Borough of Greenwich to be authorised to offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma for Post 16. All IB Diploma students studying at Eltham Hill from September will be given an Apple iPad to support their academic studies.

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Do you know who will take control if you are no longer able to do so? Asks Kalpa Prajapati, solicitor at Blackheath and Greenwich Solicitors, Grant Saw. Usually, if you wish legally to appoint someone else to manage your affairs, you can provide a General Power of Attorney. However, this ceases to be valid if the person giving the power (the donor) becomes incapable of managing their own affairs. So who takes control if you are no longer able to do so? A new type of power was introduced by the Mental Capacity Act 2005 called a Lasting Power of Attorney (“LPA”) (which has replaced the Enduring Power of Attorney), called as such because it “lasts” past the point that the donor loses mental capacity. There are two types of LPA, one in relation to the donor’s property and

financial affairs and another in relation to their health and welfare. An LPA for Financial Affairs gives an attorney the authority to deal with a donor’s property and financial affairs as specified. An LPA for Health and Welfare allows an attorney to make welfare and healthcare decisions on a donor’s behalf when they no longer have capacity to do so, and can extend to giving or refusing life-sustaining treatment, so it can be really useful if you have specific wishes in this regard. Accordingly, it is important that a donor thinks carefully about who they wish to have as their attorney, as they will be making important decisions on a donor’s behalf. It is a way to ensure that the people you trust will be able to make important decisions for you if you become mentally or physically unable to do so yourself. While LPAs are most often used to deal with the affairs of the elderly, if they are prepared much earlier in life they will give the same protection in the case of incapacity due to an accident or illness. An LPA does not restrict your right to control your affairs for as long as you feel able, it just means there is someone else to take over if required. If there is no LPA in place and the donor’s mental capacity has failed, then all is not lost! The alternative is to apply to the Court of Protection in order to appoint a Deputy to manage the person’s affairs, although this can be time-consuming and certainly more expensive to arrange, than putting an LPA in place. For further information on this, please do contact me by telephone on 0208 858 6971 or by email at: l 21

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Future Proofing Make planning ahead work for you, says Nanette Fielding

The buzz phase at the moment is ‘Future Proofing’, adapting your home so as you get older you don’t have to move. When people buy a home they will buy it with their family's needs in mind, but planning for old age and whatever may befall them isn't going to be the first thing they think of. Our homes mean more to us than just bricks and mortar: people want to be able to grow old in their own home. You need a home which changes as your needs change. Many of the homes in the UK have lots of stairs, lowlevel electrical sockets and traditional baths that you have to climb into, which simply aren't suited to an ageing population. Growing old is something most of us avoid thinking about, but we have to face the fact that we will have to re-design our homes to meet our changing needs if we are to remain independent for as long as possible. Maintaining mobility in the home becomes more important as we get older, especially the challenge of moving between floors when stairs become too difficult to use. The Helen Hamlyn Research Centre at the Royal College of Art looked at how older people adapt their homes to suit their changing needs and abilities. Their most recent study will shape the stair lift of the future.

In the United States and Sweden, homebuilders are already designing family homes that will also accommodate the needs of the occupants in later life. In the UK, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation has created a number of 'Lifetime' homes in Hull. These have a range of design features such as wider doors and ramps instead of front doorsteps to make life easier. The emphasis is on accessibility and the homes are flexible enough to meet whatever comes along in life. For a relatively low cost you could adapt your home and remain independent for much longer. Kitchens and bathrooms usually need the most work. Transforming cupboard storage into drawer storage avoids bending and stretching into low cupboards, so to will investing in an oven at waist height. Even simple things such as changing the shape of the cupboard door handle makes it easier to grasp than knobs. For the bathroom, a shower fitted with a seat, grab rails and an anti-scalding device can make a real difference. It is never too early to start thinking about future-proofing a home, research has found that if people put it off until they are in their 70s, they then don't want the hassle of builders and workmen in their home. Why not invest in your home while you can, and enjoy an easier life now, and in the years ahead.

There’s No Place Like Home Care There’s No Place Like Home Care provides high quality domiciliary and nursing care services to people living in their own homes, whether elderly or disabled, enabling them to maintain a level of independence. Our fully trained carers can provide the in-home assistance required to help carry out those everyday tasks with compassion and dignity.

Providing a helping hand where it’s needed most PERSONAL CARE • Bathing/Hair • Washing/Shaving/toileting • Dressing • Assistance with eating • Dementia care

HOME HELP SERVICES • Light housekeeping • Laundry • Shopping • Cooking • Prescription collection

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Health & Beauty



Facial deep cleanse in time for spring

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hen will spring arrive? Having caught a glimpse of my reflection I can see that the recent wintery weather with cold, biting winds has taken its toll on my face. It looks dull and drawn and those laughter lines are not funny any more. I’ve come to the newly restyled Reebok Spa at Canary Wharf to try a facial that promises to transform my ageing skin into a more youthful appearance. A tall order but my therapist, Frankie is more optimistic. The treatment starts with a steam deep cleanse, the warm steam opening the pores and clearing the congestion. That is followed by a creamy wash with Papaya Enzymes, which gently exfoliates the skin. Then a hydrating toner locks in moisture and helps to soften the skin, preparing it for the facial treatment, which follows. Frankie has chosen the Murad Intensive Wrinkle Reducer Rapid Peel, which is anti-ageing as it reduces the appearance of wrinkles with powerful exfoliators and infused long lasting hydration. The deep exfoliating Glycolic Peel with Vitamin A facial mask is left on for a few minutes and has a tingling sensation. Follow up treatments can extend the time the mask is left on giving a more intense ‘peel’. The removal of the dead skin cells leaves the skin brighter, smoother and firmer. After the mask a rich, non-greasy moisturiser is applied and I’m left to enjoy a relaxing siesta on the heated treatment bed, far from the madding crowds of Canary Wharf’s shopping malls. Bliss… And my skin looks smooth, is line free and definitely looks more youthful. I’m all for pushing back the years, who isn’t? By Valerie Breese

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Nothing but the Tooth

Teresa Debono, practice manager at Smile Impressions in Lee, on the importance of dental hygiene


ome 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 bloodstream through bleeding gums, they can travel to your heart and this could cause blood clots. This can also become a serious condition for diabetics. 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 happens to you, the good news is that dental implants can be used to replace any teeth you are missing. The better news is that it can often be prevented with the right treatment in the early stages.

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Water Softeners



The benefits of soft water YOUR STUNNING designer bathroom or kitchen will look amazing only for as long as it takes for the effects of hard water to show. The glass shower enclosure becomes dull, the showerhead clogs and stainless steel units lose their shine. All this leads to hours of extra cleaning with harsh chemicals in an effort to recapture the original look. Hard water, so called because of the quantities of dissolved minerals it contains, is ubiquitous in London and the south east and gives rise to a number of problems – from unsightly watermarks to unseen damage to

domestic appliances like washing machines, dishwashers, irons and kettles. Hard water can also affect our hair and skin: when we wash, it leaves a residue that leads to dull, lifeless and unmanageable hair and can exacerbate skin conditions such as eczema. When hard water is heated, dissolved calcium and magnesium forms scale in pipes which, in addition to narrowing and potentially clogging the pipes, prevents efficient heat transfer. A water heater with just 6mm of scale will increase the cost of water heating by 50%. A TwinTec water softener rids your hard water of unwanted minerals and unpleasant side effects. And, unlike other home improvements, the savings provided by a water softener mean that it can pay for itself within two to four years. HOW IS HARD WATER SOFTENED? The TwinTec water softener removes dissolved minerals by passing the water through millions of resin beads. The minerals are attracted to the resin and are left behind when the water passes through the system, coming out completely free of ‘hardness’.

The resin is then washed clean by a ‘regeneration’ process whereby a brine solution is passed through it, flushing the hard minerals to the drain and leaving the resin refreshed and ready to attract more hard minerals. WHY CHOOSE A TWINTEC WATER SOFTENER? The TwinTec is a non-electrical water-operated system. The obvious difference between an ordinary softener and the TwinTec is that our water softener has two cylinders rather than one. This makes the regeneration process much more efficient. The TwinTec uses the flow of water to operate the control module, which manages fluctuations in water demand in the household. There is no need for an electrical supply, for a programming system or, indeed, any maintenance – other than keeping it topped up with blocks of salt. The quantity of salt you need depends on the level of your water usage. Meridian Water Softeners, 8 The Village, Charlton SE7 8UD | 020 8319 0555.

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MERIDIAN Food & Dri n k Su ppl emen t


WIN a meal for two

Antico Restaurant sits on the corner of foodie haven Bermondsey Street and Long Lane in a former antiques warehouse. It boasts delicious Italian food made with the freshest ingredients in a modern, laid-back environment. An ever-changing seasonal menu offers elegant starters, delectable meats, and fresh pasta, which literally melts in your mouth, made from scratch every morning. The wine menu, also noteworthy, is unpretentious and offers something for everyone. One lucky reader has the chance to win dinner for two plus a bottle of house wine. Simply send your name, address and daytime telephone to Meridian magazine (Antico), 8 The Village, Charlton SE7 8UD or email your details to by 30th April.

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Food & Drink

Foodies Heaven

Heap’s Sausages




After more than three years of disruption caused by the Network Rail construction project, it has finally come to an end, and Three Crown Square, the largest trading area in the heart of Borough Market has been transformed from building site into one of the most impressive market spaces in the country. The result is a new layout designed to enhance the shopping experience and make navigation more intuitive, but without removing the thrill of discovery. The wide passageways and impressive new stalls of the refurbished Three Crown Square will be devoted purely to produce including fruit and vegetables, meat, fish and cheese, which will make shopping for ingredients far simpler, while the other trading spaces around the Market’s periphery will retain their colourful and eclectic blend of different foodstuffs and flavours from all over the world. Open for lunch Mon - Wed10am – 3pm. Full Market Thurs 11am – 5pm, Friday 12noon – 6pm & Sat 8am – 5pm.

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Greenwich Market has it all under one roof with its vibrant atmosphere and commitment to showcasing designer makers, original artworks and handcrafted toys, fashions and handmade jewellery, plus delicious fresh produce and mouth-watering food-to-go. ‘A false balance is an abomination to the Lord but a just weight is his delight’ … is the motto inscribed above one of the archways leading into Greenwich Market and is a quote from Proverbs and dates back to 1837 when Greenwich Market was dedicated to selling fruits and vegetables. No longer selling just fruit and veg, now you can buy from a selection of fast foods from around the globe. The food is prepared right in front of you, while you wait and the wafting aromas make it near impossible to choose which dish to try! The Market itself is open Tuesday through to Sunday 10am-5.30pm: - arts, craft and food stalls on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Martin Heap, chef and gourmet sausage maker, invites 8 Meridian readers to a sausage making masterclass at Heap’s Sausages on 21st June, 6.30pm – 9pm. The lucky winners will be warmly welcomed with a fine wine or beer, enjoy a 1 hour sausage making masterclass, followed by a ‘slap up’ sausage and mash supper, and topped off with a luscious dessert and coffee. All winners will be announced in the May issue. Simply send your name, address, email and a daytime telephone number to Meridian magazine (Heap’s Sausages) 8 The Village, Charlton SE7 8UD or email your details to by 30th April. Good luck!




Artisan Sausage Purveyor and Coffee Shop All sausages hand made on the premises FROM OUR SELECTION: Over 15 varieties to choose from • ‘Mr Heap’s No.1 Sausage’ with eggs, nutmeg, mace & ginger • ‘Lucifer’ - sweet red peppers and bonnet chillies. • ‘Sweet Italian’ - lightly spiced with fennel & garlic • ‘Cajun Sausage’ - intriguing... • ‘Pork, Apple & Wildflower Honey Sausage’ • ‘Beef and Guiness Stout Sausage’

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Dine at Panas this April and enjoy your next meal on the house.

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You know a restaurant means business when, after three years, it has won multiple awards, been given column space in the Sunday Telegraph, and opened its third restaurant. Panas Gurhka certainly can’t be taken with a pinch of salt.


his April Panas Gurkha celebrate their 3rd Anniversary; during that time Donald Strachan, travel and lifestyle writer for named the awardwinning restaurant as a personal favourite for truly authentic Nepalese cuisine, they have won the 2011 award for healthy eating, followed by the Just Eat 2012 and 2013 award for high customer service. With this string of successes behind them

a second restaurant - Bombay Dine - was opened in Lavender Hill in 2011, and this year Panas Gurkha's Kitchen opened in Grove Park. As with all fine restaurants, it isn't just the sensational food that makes a memorable meal, but the entire dining experience. Owner Sujan has taken inspiration from working with leading names in the industry, including twice Michelin starred celebrity chef Atul Kochhar and restaurateur Das Sreedharan, from the Naked Chef. Sujan started his cooking career in 1998 when he graduated in India with a degree in hospitality, and has brought his experience and rigorous high standards to each of his restaurants. For diners who want a healthy meal which still punches with flavour, Panas' menu was formed around eating healthily. Quite simply, this boils down to their knowledge and understanding of food and only using high quality, freshly prepared ingredients, and knowing where they are sourced from.

Rather than opting for modern approaches to the dishes served, great pride is taken in recreating traditional authentic cuisine; respecting the history and heritage the vast Nepalese and Indian regions add to a delicious menu. Come along to Panas Gurkha this month, celebrate with them in style and sample the finest authentic Nepalese and Indian cuisine in South East London. 318 Lee High Road SE13 5PJ, 020 8852 9891 | FREE HOME DELIVERY l 31

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Travelling recipes Food blogger Chris Scheuer shares one of her favourite recipes with Meridian


STRAWBERRY BALSAMIC PIZZA WITH CHICKEN, SWEET ONION AND SMOKED BACON THEY SAY THAT ‘NECESSITY IS THE MOTHER OF INVENTION’ but for me it might be a bit more precise to change the saying to, ‘Mother Hubbard is the mother of invention’… You see this pizza was created one day when I was feeling a bit like old Mother Hubbard. I hadn't been to the grocery store in quite a while and when I perused the fridge shortly before dinner one evening there wasn't much to be had. I saw one lonely chicken breast, a bit of leftover bacon, a few strawberries and an assortment of condiments, that was it - other than a little cheese. But behold, among the condiments was a lovely jar of Strawberry Jam. Gazing upon the ruby-red sweet jam got my imagination going and the rest of the story is this pizza. I know it sounds quite unique, well maybe even a little odd, but this pizza is truly fantastic, thanks to Mother Hubbard! INGREDIENTS: • 4oz/114gms strawberry jam or preserves, I used my Strawberry-Pineapple Freezer Jam • 2 fl.oz/60mls balsamic vinegar • 1 teaspoon chili sauce • 1 ball pizza dough, your favorite or this recipe or a purchased roll of dough • 8oz/228gms diced or shredded chicken breast, from rotisserie chicken or left over chicken of any kind • 4oz/114gms smoked bacon, cut in 1” pieces, cooked and drained

• 4oz/114gms thin sliced sweet onion • 12oz/342gms shredded Italian blend cheese, or use a mix of Italian cheeses • 2oz/57gms fresh coriander, finely chopped • 2oz/57gms fresh strawberries, diced small DIRECTIONS: 1. Place pizza stone or sheet pan on middle rack of oven. Preheat to 230°C/gas mark 8. 2. Place balsamic vinegar in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer 4 to 5 minutes or until reduced to half of the original volume and mixture is thick and syrupy. Add strawberry preserves and chilli sauce mix well. Set aside to cool. 3. Pat or roll out pizza dough on a lightly floured surface to approximately a 14” circle. Place a piece of parchment paper, slightly larger than your dough on a pizza peel or an upside down sheet pan. Sprinkle parchment paper lightly with cornmeal. 4. Combine chicken with 2 tablespoons of the balsamic-strawberry mixture and mix to coat all chicken with sauce. Pour rest of sauce onto pizza dough and spread to cover. Leave a 1” border all around the edge. Scatter chicken evenly over the sauce. 5. Place about 3/4 of the cheese on top of dough and spread to cover sauce evenly. Scatter bacon and sweet onion over cheese to distribute evenly. Scatter remaining cheese over this layer. 6. Slide parchment paper with pizza on top onto stone or cookie sheet. Bake for approximately 8-10 minutes or until cheese is bubbly and crust is golden brown. Watch carefully, at this temperature it is easy to burn the pizza! 7. Remove from oven and let cool slightly, 1-2 minutes. Sprinkle with chopped coriander and fresh diced strawberries. Serve and enjoy! For more wonderful recipes visit The Cafe Sucre Farine:

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Al fresco dining is simply ‘eating outdoors’. It adds a lively and enjoyable dimension to dining and gets you out of the house into the fresh, open air, encouraging a good appetite and an appreciation for the slower pace of life. Choose a pretty secluded part of the garden, not too far from the house and set up your table. You don’t need your best china as mix and match adds to the charm. Load the garden chairs with cushions for comfort and warmth, as it can still be a little chilly in the early evenings, add a few lanterns for ambient light and you’re good to go. Just add plenty of food, guests and enjoy. If you would prefer there are plenty of cafés, bars and restaurants that spill outdoors when the weather permits. Though for every sun-trap terrace there's a café with tables plonked next to traffic lights so it helps to pick your spot. Our local Parks make the perfect spot for an alfresco stop and more and more are sporting new cafes with delicious home made dishes, perfect for a tranquil break. Pull up a chair, peruse the menu and indulge in the popular past time of people watching.

Al fresco - stylish living

The ultimate day out to experience the pure luxury of alfresco dining, gourmet picnic ideas, the latest fashion trends for resort/swimwear and creative tips to enhance your interior and garden spaces. Be sure to visit the Summer Living Workshop to partake in interactive workshops from floral decorations to Champagne Meridian has 7 pairs of Spirit of Summer Fair tasting. The popular Interior and Garden Theatre returns tickets to give away. Simply send your with inspiring talks and expert advice on stylish living name, address & telephone number to with specialists guiding visitors through the key trends. Meridian magazine, 8 The Village, Charlton Wed15 - Sat 18 May 10am - 6pm. SE7 8UD or email your details to Advance Ticket Prices Adult: £16, Child: (13 to 16 years) £8, under 12 free. Meridian readers use the by 30 April. discount code ST9R to receive 15% off tickets. Booking line: 0844 412 4623 On the Door Ticket Prices Adult: £18.00, Child: £9.00. For more


Banish the winter blues and look forward to the summer months for rejuvenating your home, garden and holiday wardrobe. Discover the best of Britain’s newest creative brands and established talent at the Spirit of Summer Fair, from 15-18 May, Olympia. A stunning collection of handpicked boutiques offering unique and beautiful designs from stylish interior and garden decorations to striking fashion accessories and gorgeous children’s clothing.

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Food & Drink

Wine tasting at Chapters Carolyn Bosworth Davies drinks up The white wines from Ramon Bilbao, especially the Verdejo from Rueda, had good minerality and zesty acidity, but their reds, I felt, showed better – especially the Limited Edition 2009 Rioja. This is a really delicious and elegant wine made from 100% Tempranillo from 80 to 100 year old vines. It has great strawberry fruit character with good intensity and restrained oak and spice flavours. It was superb with the mini venison burger… so much so that I had to buy half a dozen bottles! From the contented murmurings around me I’m sure many others agreed, and enjoyed the evening enormously. Many will certainly return for the next event in the spring – so make sure you book early! For a short course on Essential Wine Tasting my next five-week sessions start on 22 April at Mycenae House. Contact me on or on Facebook Educator.


LAST MONTH Chapters All-Day Dining in Blackheath launched a new initiative for its customers. This was what general manager, Philip Urasala, called ‘a different dimension to Chapters’, one that would over the next year, place greater emphasis on the beverage aspect of the restaurant’s offering. This would result in more wine promotions, events and opportunities to buy wine from their independent wine specialists, wines rarely available on the high street, at competitive retail prices. I attended the first wine event, which featured wines from two widely contrasting producers: New Zealand’s South Island winery Mount Difficulty and Spain’s Ramon Bilbao, a producer of both Rioja and Rueda. The tasting was well attended. It was very competitively priced for a tasting that gave 14 different wines to sample, accompanied by some substantial, tasty and beautifully presented canapés. The representatives from the wineries were not winemakers but sales and marketing ambassadors, however their knowledge for what was a wine event rather than a pure wine tasting, was pitched just right for the level of interest of those attending. Clearly the aim of these events is to get people to try wines from different grapes and from varied regions and see how well they match with food. Tasting sheets were provided with all the details concerning the wines, and we were given plenty of time to enjoy the wines, ask questions and make notes. It was a very relaxed and enjoyable way for people to be introduced to new wines and flavours in an informal restaurant setting. Mount Difficulty is a fine Central Otago winery, one of the pioneers in this area, a region on the climatic edge of vine growing. There is a great purity to their wines and I have long been an admirer. On the evening the Pinot Gris showed very well with the food. It is a dry style which has great texture and spice.

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Enjoy a warm welcome at the fully refurbished former Coaching inn in Charlton Village

Great value food served daily between 11am and 2.30pm. Why not let us take the stress out of your Sunday roast? Prepared fresh and served with all the traditional trimmings. Sit back relax and enjoy for just £6.95 from 1pm

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Other than the food being absolutely exquisite, the friendly atmosphere made a great difference... (Trip advisor review)

We have been serving the community for generations and continue to surprise our patrons with exceptional seasonal specials with an innovative flair. The unpretentious and friendly atmosphere makes dining at Tower Tandoori a treat for every occasion. It’s no wonder, locals claim we are the best known Indian Restaurant in Bermondsey.

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Join us to celebrate in alfresco style and watch the world go by in our friendly neighbourhood, where everybody says ‘Hi’ when they walk past! Experience all things Nepalese in May, where we will be showcasing Nepali cuisine and culture. And that’s not all, we have live entertainment on selected evenings during the summer. Be sure not to miss out.

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Bite-size food news

The British seem not only to be obsessive about the weather but food as well. We have become passionate about what we eat, where its grown, how its cooked and presented on the plate. We have celebrity chefs, countless books and hours of television programmes on food but you can’t beat the real thing. Meridian has taken a quick bite of the best and new culinary delights plus a reader competition to win either dinner or a take away of the British favourite food: a curry! LONDON MARRIOTT HOTEL COUNTY HALL The 5*London Marriott Hotel County Hall on London’s South Bank is the quintessential setting to enjoy a bespoke Afternoon Tea menu with friends and family during Easter and throughout the year. Start with a delicious range of hand crafted sandwiches, followed by a towering selection of cakes and pastries ensure your afternoon will be one of indulgence. Sweet and savoury scones accompanied by hot cross buns complete the menu. Accompanied by a choice of refreshing teas all laid out to tempt, treat and delight and served with charm and a keen attention to detail. The Easter Afternoon Tea is available from Monday 25 March until Friday 5 April between 2.30pm and 4.30pm, priced at £36 per person. (Afternoon tea is available throughout the year) Contact on 020 7902 8000 or visit for booking.

COFFEE LOUNGE Woolwich has a brand new independent coffee shop situated in Equitable House on the northern side of General Gordon Square. The comfortable interior positively encourages you to take a relaxing break from the busy town centre. Plus the variety of fresh paninis, delicious cakes, and quality teas and coffees means you’re spoilt for choice. Pick up a loyalty card and get a stamp for every coffee you have and get your 10th coffee for free. A great place to meet up with friends and if you have a reading group, new mums or knitting club this could become your regular venue. Contact 020 8836 9075 Open Mon – Fri 7am – 7pm. Weekends 8am – 7pm. Equitable House, 29 Greens End, Woolwich SE18 6AB. Email JAMIE’S IN TOWN This month Jamie’s Italian restaurant will open on the site of Bar du Musee in Greenwich. Jamie's Italian likes to create an environment with a neighbourhood feel and this location in the heart of Greenwich fits well with their ethos of a friendly and comfortable restaurant. The menu at Jamie’s Italian will follow the style of the brand, which is simple and rustic Italian cuisine. The sort of food an Italian would eat at home with a little twist to some dishes to keep things fresh and exciting. Along with a few daily specials, the Greenwich branch will also see the opening of the first Jamie’s Italian London Deli with fresh pasta, cured meats and cheeses.

WIN! MOGUL RESTAURANT and Meridian have teamed up to offer one lucky reader the chance to win a meal worth £50, to eat in the restaurant or from the Mogul Home Dining Kitchen. This offer comes at an exciting time, as the Mogul Restaurant is about to launch a brand new Wine and Spice concept, pairing their food with wines to compliment each other. Or if you want to eat in the comfort of your own home then you can have dinner delivered straight to your front door as a takeaway.

ADMIRAL’S HOUSE OPENS The Old Royal Naval College (ORNC) in Greenwich has launched a new venue for the corporate and meeting market. Set on the banks of the River Thames, Admiral’s House is part of one of the oldest buildings on the site and has since entertained important visitors, including Admiral Lord Nelson. Today the house offers six, newly refurbished meeting rooms, ranging in size for 10 to 70 delegates. Each room is suitable for meetings, training seminars and boardroom lunches and is named after an architect who shaped the ORNC’s world-famous buildings and landscape. Admiral’s House can also be hired exclusively or in conjunction with larger venues, such as the King William or Queen Mary Undercroft. Old Royal Naval College l Greenwich SE10 9LW 0208 2692131 |

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ycling has become a much more fashionable method of transport in London in recent times. This is because it is as expensive as you want it to be, being only the cost of your equipment, which is especially important in today’s economic climate, with the rising price of petrol. Londoners are now being actively encouraged to cycle; this can be seen by the increasing amount of Barclays hire bikes or ‘Boris bikes’ as they are more affectionately known, as well as more designated cycle routes throughout London. Cycling is also a great way to get fit, especially after any resolutions made for 2013, which have probably gone by the wayside already. With all these factors in mind, I decided that it was a great idea to take my bike out and go along the Thames cycle path on what would normally have been a lazy Sunday afternoon. Starting at the Thames Barrier with a final destination of the Cutty Sark took me along a route of about six miles. Going along the riverside was lovely, with the crisp smell of sea air on the nose and it was peaceful

enough to hear the cawing of the seagulls. For people who aren’t afraid of heights, the Thames Barrier is just a stone’s throw away from The Reach, one of the largest indoor climbing walls in the UK, located in the Mellish Industrial Park. Back in the saddle, the route goes past the Greenwich Yacht Club, through Greenwich Millennium Village. Located here is Café Pura, a place to stop for a coffee and to satisfy the needs of a vegetarian. The route continues around the Millennium Dome, with stunning views of Canary Wharf and the surrounding buildings of Docklands. The only drawback was that at the Blackwall Tunnel, the riverside route is on temporary diversion to the inland route, which involves going past the tunnel entrance, always busy with cars. On the upside, it means going past the Greenwich Meantime Brewery, which is open for tours. This also means a chance to explore some of the idyllic back streets of Greenwich, and even unearth a gem of a pub. However, Meridian is not advocating drinking and cycling as it is an

Pedal Stops Cycling with Kabir Dev

offence to be in an unfit state and in charge of a cycle, but the law is slightly more relaxed than it is with motorised vehicles. The pub in question is the Pelton Arms, a great place to make a quick pit stop; it has an outstanding selection of wines! Nearing the centre of Greenwich means rejoining the riverside for more great views of the Docklands scenery. Then, as the route comes to an end, it goes through the picturesque Royal Naval College and past the ideal place to finish at for a late lunch, the Old Meantime Brewery, located just before the Cutty Sark. Both the restaurant and the café have great menus and when summer finally arrives, the garden will be delightful to dine in, and it obviously has a selection of locally brewed beers. l 37

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On stage Greenwich Theatre’s artistic director, James Haddrell, reveals what's on this Easter

If you caught my interview in the last issue you’ll know I’m passionate about children's theatre, so I’ve picked out some of the highlights coming up in the area this Easter. Whether your children want to sit back and enjoy a show or get stuck into a theatre workshop, families really are going to be spoilt this year. The Greenwich Children's Theatre Festival (until 14 April) has become one of the most important children’s festivals in the country, with two world premieres this year and a host of shows across the borough. It’s not just shows, though - on Sat 13 April The Big Workshop Day is a borough wide programme of free workshops for all ages, with everything from puppetry to stage combat.





NICE > The Family Cabaret at Greenwich Dance (13 April) is now an annual feature - there’ll be dance, music and circus acts to entertain all ages, and it’s a great taster for parents who might fancy booking for the 20th Birthday Cabaret coming up in May. Sensacional at The Albany looks set to be absolutely fantastic – it’s an interactive and playful theatre experience designed especially for the very young theatre goer. (21 April) For teenagers, it’s worth seeking out the Throwdown at the Tramshed (4 April), a chance to try your hand as a DJ or a beatboxer, or heading over to the British Music Experience at the O2 where Rock The Ages (8, 9, 12 Apr) an open jam session for young people, will give you a chance to learn from some of the biggest music of the last 70 years. If that’s not enough, later in the month an astounding new production of The Snow Queen is heading to Greenwich Theatre. Fresh from a tour of India, come and see a brand new version of Hans Christian Andersen’s magical tale, and let it transport you to a land rich in colour, music, unforgettable imagery and Bollywood glamour.

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» Lewisham Choral Society. New season's rehearsals. New members welcome. For more details visit 8pm. St Laurence's Church, Community Centre, Bromley Road, Catford SE6 2TS.

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. New members welcome. 020 8852 6248 or » Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park. Drop-in activities for Sunday. 10am-5pm. Free. Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park Trust for Urban Ecology, John Harrison Way, SE10. 020 8293 1904. » Greenwich Tour Guides Association. Walks start at 12.15pm & 2.15pm from the Tourist Information Centre, Pepys House, 2 Cutty Sark Grdns, SE10. £7 (£6 conc). Tel: 07575 772 298 or email: » 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. This park includes an animal park & deer enclosure. 1.15pm & 3.30pm tour of the animals every Wed. Extra tours Mon & Fri in school hols. Free. Maryon Wilson Park, Thorntree Road, Charlton, SE7. Park Ranger Service, 020 8319 4253. » Knitting & Crochet Workshops. Learn to knit or crochet with beginners, intermediate and advanced classes. 11am – 1pm every Friday and Saturday. £15 per 2-hour session. Book your space online at 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 experienced reader, inspiring teacher. Email: Tel: 07791 139 380, 020 8293 1737. » Sing it out. Stress-relieving singing group for local people interested in singing. All abilities catered for. First session FREE. Evening sessions Wednesday 8pm. Mother & baby sessions Thursday 1.30pm. Maze Hill area. or call: 07747 794 321. » Thames Barrier Print Studio. Various introductory printmaking courses. No previous experience necessary. Conc. available for Royal Borough of Greenwich residents, students, recent graduates, unemployed and over 60s. Visit www.thamesbarrierprintstudio.wordpress. com/courses or call 020 8316 5522.

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.

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. » 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 » Lunchtime Concert. 1pm – 2pm. Free. Charlton House, Charlton Rd; SE7 8RE. 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 Pk; Blackheath SE3.

THIRD SUN OF EVERY MONTH » Eltham Farmers’ Market. 10am-3pm. Passey Place. Off Eltham High St, Eltham SE9.

EVERY SUN & 2ND TUES » Blackheath Quakers. Quaker meeting for worship. 10.30am-11.30am every Sunday, and 1pm-1.30pm on the 2nd Tues of each month. Visitors are always welcome. Call us on 07908 587 695 for current venue or visit for more info.

UNTIL 7 APR » Current Exhibition. Featured artists: David Bowyer (Until10 Mar), Nikki Braunton (12 – 24 Mar) and Angela Brookes (Mar 26 – Apr 7). Tues–Sun, 10am–5.30pm. 020 8858 1569. Greenwich Printmakers Gallery, 1A The Market, SE10 9HZ.

UNTIL 5 MAY » Current Exhibition. Featured artists: Angela Brookes (Until 7 Apr), Ann Burnham (9 – 21 Apr) and Libby Carreck (23 Apr – 5 May). Tues – Sun, 10am – 5.30pm. 020 8858 1569. Greenwich Printmakers Gallery, 1A The Market, Greenwich SE10 9HZ.

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WIN! tickets to visit Diggerland

Diggerland is the UK's ultimate adventure park where adults and children can ride and drive REAL full size diggers - no driving licence required! Based in Strood, Kent, there are 18 different attractions for people of all ages. Visitors can operate a range of diggers including a giant JCB 8065, experience the thrills of Spin Dizzy, or just sit back and enjoy the view on Sky Shuttle. Diggerland is the perfect day out for the whole family! We can offer 2 family tickets (up to 4 people) to visit Diggerland. For a chance to win simply us your name, address and home telephone number on a postcard and send it to Meridian magazine (Diggerland), 8 The Village, Charlton SE7 8UD or email your details to By 26 April. (The tickets expire on 31 May).

The Blackheath Art Society is holding its 7th Open Studios event during April and May starting with a Taster Exhibition at the Greenwich Tourist Information Centre, 2 Cutty Sark Gardens SE10 9LW from 22 April – 19 May between 10am - 5pm (0870 608 2000 tic@greenwich. 16 artists will be exhibiting a piece to whet your appetite for the opportunity to see the full range of their work at their studios in 8 venues across the Boroughs of Lewisham and Greenwich which will be open on the weekends of 27-28 April and 4-5 May from 12-6pm. Paintings, prints, drawings, ceramics, photography, jewellery, textiles, mosaic and glass will be on show. Leaflets are available from libraries and community centres or see or contact 020 8853 2269 for artist and venue information.



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Tom Dale Company presents... The production Refugees of the Septic Heart reflects the heartbeat of a nation as it perches on the brink of change. At times philosophical and provocative, six dancers search for a society freed of greed, manipulation and control. Gritty physicality and decaying urban sounds evolve into an optimistic undercurrent of mischievous, spirited and irrepressible movement. Don’t miss out on this exhilarating new dance piece, which is already wowing the critics, as it unites animation, spoken word and inventive choreography in a feast of visuals, movement and music. 19-20 April. 7.30pm. Tickets £15 (£10) available from the Trinity Laban Box Office 020 8305 9300. Laban Theatre, Deptford.



» Alien Revolution. Are we alone in this Universe? With scientific and fantastical images which capture the imagination, this exhibition explores our obsession with other worlds. 10am 5pm. Free. Royal Observatory, Greenwich SE10

» Lunchtime Recital. Trinity Laban. 1.10pm. Free. St Alfege Church, Greenwich Church Street, Greenwich SE10 9BJ. » Concert. Trinity Laban Chamber Music. 4.30pm. £5. St Alfege Church, Greenwich Church Street, Greenwich SE10 9BJ. THURS 4 APR » My ‘What I Call Live’ Show. Miranda Hart, » Lunchtime Recital. Trinity Laban Conservatoire queen of comedy in her standup show. Doors of Music & Dance. 1.10pm. Free. St Alfege Church, 6.30pm. £27.50. Peninsula Square, Greenwich Church Street, Greenwich SE10 9BJ. Greenwich SE10 0DX.



» The Three Little Pigs. European premiere of this witty new musical by Olivier Award winners Stiles & Drewe. 11am & 3pm. £12.50, Children £7.50 & Family £32. 020 8858 7755. Greenwich Theatre, Croom’s Hill, Greenwich SE10 8ES.

» Royal Greenwich String Quartet Festival. A feast of concerts, masterclasses, competitions and talks. Visit or call 020 8305 9300 for full programme of events. Chapel & King Charles Court, Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich SE10 9LW.

THURS 4, 11, 18 & 25 APR » Allsorts -The Sound Season. A chance for adults with learning disabilities to take part in a range of creative sessions and make new friends in a safe and friendly atmosphere. Call 020 8694 1632. 10am - 5pm. £5 per day. Parents and carers free. Booking 020 8692 4446. The Albany, Douglas Way, Deptford SE8 4AG.


» Deptford Creek LIVE! Drama workshop will involve an expedition into Deptford Creek! Interactive theatre, Mudlarking, telling stories and re discovering London’s lost treasures. Over 8s. 10.30am-12.20pm. £5 per participant. Booking essential on 020 8692 9922. Creekside Discovery Centre, 14 Creekside, Deptford SE8 4SA. FRI 5 APR » Lunchtime Recital. Benyounces Quartet. » Deborah Bonham. Younger sister of late Led 1.10pm. £5. St Alfege Church, Greenwich Church Zeppelin drummer John Bonham and her band Street, Greenwich SE10 9BJ. will be promoting her third album, Spirit. 8pm. £14, » Jazz with Trinity’s Guitarist Dominic £12 concs. Box office 020 8463 0100. Blackheath Ashworth. Candlelit setting & bar. Present this Meridian listing to bring a guest for free. £8 on line Halls, 23 Lee Road, SE3 9RQ. or £10 door. Info Mycenae SUN 7 APR House, Mycenae Road, Blackheath SE3. » Wild Things. Family activities in the SAT 13 APR glasshouse. Transform a milk bottle into a buzzy » Ramble. 5 mile linear walk from Shoreham to bee-shaped plant label. 11am,1pm, 2pm & 3pm. £3 per child, Adults free (30mins sessions). 01322 Eynsford via Lullingstone Country Park. Meet at 621238. Hall Place, Bourne Road, Bexley DA5 1PQ. Shoreham Station for a 10.15am start. Goldsmiths Rambling Club. Contact Rona Sullivan on 020 8850 MON 8 - 12 APR 4417 for details. » Holiday Activity: The Ugly Bug Ball. Come » Lunchtime Recital. Larkin Quartet. 1.10pm. on and bop at the Ugly Bug Ball. Transform yourself Free. St Alfege Church, Greenwich Church Street, with a bug-a-licious bug hat and dance to the Greenwich SE10 9BJ. music.10am & 2pm (1hr session) £4 per child, » Family Cabaret. Round off the Easter holidays adults free. Tickets 01322 621238. Hall Place, Court in style with a fun treat for all the family. There’ll be dance, music, and circus acts to entertain all ages Yard, Bourne Road, Bexley DA5 1PQ. plus a family disco. 4.30pm. £10/£7.50 conces. » Easter School. Sports and performing arts activities for Easter holidays. Laura 07790 037 288. Haggle offer: Fancy booking a table? Say how many Venue tbc. tickets you want and they’ll try to strike a deal. 020 8293 9741. Greenwich TUES 9 APR Dance, Borough Hall, Royal Hill, Greenwich SE10 » Deptford Creek LIVE! Lively workshop will » Concert. Carducci Quartet. 7.30pm. £15 involve drama, games, puppetry, and story-telling (£8 concs). St Alfege Church, Greenwich Church based around the theme of minibeast. 5-7 yr olds. Street, Greenwich SE10 9BJ. 10.30am-12.20pm. £5 per participant. Booking essential on 020 8692 9922. Creekside Discovery SUN 14 APR » A Day in the Life of a Greenwich Pensioner. Centre, 14 Creekside, Deptford SE8 4SA. Take part in this Easter trail and enjoy games, » Blackheath Townswomens Guild. Cooking is Fun. Speaker Pamela Noseling. 2pm. Boys spotting and dressing up activities. £2 per trail, Brigade Hall, Reynolds Place, Blackheath SE3. includes map and prize. Suitable for 5+. 0870 608 » Greenwich Industrial History Society. Owen 2000. Pick up your trail at the Discover Greenwich Hatherley on the New Ruins. 7.30pm. Non-memb. £1. welcome desk. Visitors Centre, Pepys Building, King The Old Bakehouse, Bennett Park, Blackheath SE3. William Walk, Greenwich SE10 9LW. » Vintage Flair. Vintage and Antique market WED 10 APR offering all sorts of wonderful vintage goods from » Last at Bat. Meat Loaf bids a final goodbye clothing and jewellery to homeware and furniture. to his fans with this farewell tour. Doors 6.30pm. Free entry and afternoon tea on offer. £48.50-£57.50. Peninsula 2pm-6pm. St Alfege Square, Greenwich SE10 0DX. Church Hall, Greenwich SE10 9BJ.

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Listings » U.Dance London 2013. A celebration of youth dance from across the capital. There will be something for everyone’s taste in this partnership between Sadler’s Wells and Trinity Laban. 7pm. £6. Box office 020 8305 9300. Laban Theatre, Creekside, SE8 3DZ.

Culture Vessel Cold war relic and culture ark MS Stubnitz has sailed into a mooring at Wood Wharf, the waterfront area earmarked for future development immediately east of Canary Wharf. MS Stubnitz is an 80m long former East German fishing ship, and will be in place until 16 May to host an exceptional spring programme of arts and events. Cabaret of Mechanical Theatre, Until12 April - Weekdays 12pm-2pm & 5pm-7pm Weekends 12-5pm. Adults £5; Children £3.50 (children under 5 free and cash only) Egyptian Oud in Concert: Mohammed Abozekry and HeeJaz. Sat 6 April Doors 7:30pm, concert 8pm. Cost: £12 online; £15 at Box Office. For more information or to book visit

SUN 14 & 28 APR » Bird Watching Walks. Not suitable for young children. 10am. £2, under 18s £1, free for Trust Members. Call 020 8319 8900 to confirm if wet weather. The Woodlands Farm Trust, 331 Shooters Hill, Welling, Kent DA16 3RP.

MON 15 APR » Comedy Club. Feat. Andrew Ryan, Sara Pascoe, Ian Stone, John Fothergill and Josh Widdicombe. Doors 6.30pm, 7.15pm start. £12. or 0871 220 0260. East Wintergarden, 43 Bank Street, Canary Wharf, E14

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to the People Energetic performances and feel good tunes saw The Dualers become the first band to busk their way into the charts, and propelled them from local ska street band to chart heroes. The only group to fill out Indigo2 six times, without a record company and fuelled purely by the power of their fans, are now preparing for a new single later this year with a series of gigs across the country, including The Civic Centre, Bromley on Saturday 18 May, and Indigo2 on Saturday 12 October. Support a great local band and help them make chart history, once again. For tickets and information: 07905 497 271 |

SUN 21 APR » Bird Watching Walk-Dawn Chorus. Not suitable for young children. 10am. £2, under-18 £1, free for Trust Members. Call 020 8319 8900 to confirm if wet weather. The Woodlands Farm Trust, 331 Shooters Hill, Welling, Kent DA16 3RP.

THURS 25 APR » Lunchtime Recital. Trinity Laban. 1.10pm. Free. St Alfege Church, Greenwich Church Street, Greenwich SE10 9BJ. » Blackheath Decorative and Fine Arts Society. Jane Gardiner, a lecturer at the Victoria and Albert Museum talks about the ways in which potters have been inspired by the natural world for centuries. 2.30pm. Visitors £5. St Mary’s Church Hall, Cresswell Park, Blackheath SE3.

THURS 25, 26 & 27 APR » Blitz. Lionel Bart’s Musical presented by NEOS Productions. 7.30pm. £8/£9.50. 020 8851 9881. The Centre, 453 Footscray Road, New Eltham SE9 3UL.


» After hours with… Nerina Pallot: a platinumselling artist with an absorbing and unique talent, scripting exquisitely crafted pop songs that are beautifully sung. 7.45pm. £20. www.seetickets. com or 0871 220 0260. East Wintergarden, 43 Bank Street, Canary Wharf, E14 5NX.

» 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. St Alfege Church, Greenwich Church Street, Greenwich SE10 9BJ. » Concert. HSBC Choir, Director David Knotts. 7.30pm. Tickets £tba. St Alfege Church, Greenwich Church Street, Greenwich SE10 9BJ.


FRI 26 & 28 APR

» Hidden Stories. Spirits, burials and murderous intrigue – explore more than 500 years of history and step in the footsteps of kings, queens, sailors and admirals during this evening tour of the Old Royal Naval College. Afterwards sample some free tasters of Meantime beer at The Old Brewery. 18+ only. £10 pre-booking recommended. 0870 608 2000. Tours leave from West Gate. ORNC, Greenwich SE10 9LW. » Lunchtime Recital. Trinity Laban. 1.10pm. Free. St Alfege Church, Greenwich Church Street, Greenwich SE10 9BJ. » Vintage Dance Club: Swing Dance. Take your pick from dancing the lindy hop, blues, jive, Charleston, or jitterbug plus many more from the swing dance era, all to the live music from Billy Bros Jumpin’ Orchestra. 7.30pm–10.30pm (workshop 6pm). £12 inc glass of bubbly. or 0871 220 0260. East Wintergarden, 43 Bank Street, Canary Wharf, E14

» Live Opera. Midsummer Opera will perform Jules Massenet’s tragic masterpiece ‘Werther’ accompanied by a full Symphony Orchestra and a children’s chorus from Haberdashers’ Aske’s Hatcham College. Fri 7pm/ Sun 3pm. £20 or on the door £24. Tickets 020 7652 0070. www.wegottickets. com. St John’s, Waterloo SE1 8TY.

WED 17 APR A sponsored 2.62 mile Mini Marathon for 7 to 16 year olds on Sunday, 28 April starting at 10am from the bandstand at the top of Greenwich Park. The event raises funds for Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice, a local charity that provides free specialist end of life nursing and medical care, support, and comfort for local people, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Registration costs £7.50 per child and all runners will receive a special Mini Marathon medal at the finish line. Mini Marathon T-shirts can be purchased in advance, £4 each. For more information call 020 8319 9230, email uk. Register online Follow on Twitter @gbchospice #GBCHMiniMarathon Like on Facebook > Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice


» Music Appreciation Classes. Hector Berlioz (1803 – 1869) A composer never truly recognised in his native France who turned out to be one of the greatest innovators of his time. Monday mornings with Matthew Taylor. 10am – 12 noon. (10 week course runs into May, Jun & Jul) £75. For details contact Lional Lewis on 020 8297 1075. Email Recital Room, Blackheath Halls, 23 Lee Road, SE3 9RQ.

» Charlton Society. Time and Images in Greenwich – a talk by Piet Van der Merwe of Greenwich Maritime Museum. 2.30pm. Charlton House, Charlton SE7.

FRI 19 APR » Blackheath Scientific Society. Monorails of the 19th Century. Talk by Adrian Garner. 7.45pm. Visitors £3. Mycenae House, Mycenae Rd; Blackheath SE3 7SE.

SAT 20 APR » Lunchtime Recital. Harps: Tamara Young & Melissa Kenney. 1.10pm. Free. St Alfege Church, Greenwich Church Street, Greenwich SE10 9BJ.

SAT 27 APR » Ramble. A 5.5mile circular walk from Chelsfield Station and back via Chelsfield Village. Meet at the car park on High Way, opp. Chelsfield Station at 10.15am. Goldsmiths Rambling Club. Contact Rona Sullivan on 020 8850 4417 for details. » Lunchtime Recital. English Song. Soprano: Hollie Marie Bongham 1.10pm. Free. St Alfege Church, Greenwich Church Street, Greenwich SE10 » Vintage High Tea. Combine high tea with a fascinator making workshop and vintage hairstyling by Jo Berry & Lisa Bennett (Crafty pear). 5-7pm. £20 includes all craft materials, hair styling and afternoon tea. Booking essential. Tickets from The Old Cottage Coffee Shop or email The Old Cottage Coffee Shop, Charlton Park, Charlton SE7.

MON 29 APR – 5 MAY » Ghosts. Ibsen’s scathing commentary of morality in 1920’s aristocracy. 7.30pm, mat. Wed 1pm, Sat 2.30pm & Sun 4pm. £17.50, £15, Concs & Mat £12.50. 020 8858 7755. Greenwich Theatre, Croom’s Hill, Greenwich SE10 8ES.

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Paul McKeegan Tel: 07789 201421 City and Guilds qualified


Complete bathroom and kitchen installations FULLY QUALIFIED


07940 158 572

All major credit cards accepted

Elecsa Part P and 17th Edition compliant Rewires, extensions & additions. Inspecting, testing & certification No job too big or small Call Graham for a Free Quotation

07850 620406 (01322) 839287

Local Builder

• All aspects of building work undertaken • Timber and double-glazed windows and doors, including sash windows overhauled, repaired and replaced • General roof repair, including slate, tile and felt • Gutters, soffits and fascias in traditional timber or uPVC • All aspects of decorating • Plumbing and carpentry • Plasterboard ceilings and walls

Free estimates and a guaranteed personal service References and recommendations available on request

OAP discounts for all works John Franklin Building Maintenance & Property Development Telephone 01322 446 895 Mobile 07904 515 737

All Areas and Properties

PREMIER ROOFING & PROPERTY MAINTENANCE LTD • New & Replacement Roofs • Repairs to Existing Roofs • Slating • Tiling •Re-Pointing • Flat Roofs • Small Repairs, including clearing out gutters • Expert Workmanship & Friendly Service • New UPVC Fascias, Soffits & Gutters • All Aspects of Building Work Undertaken

All works covered with an Insurance Backed Guarantee

Call Today for a Free Estimate

020 8856 7320 | 07956 880 605 | 177 Broad Walk, Blackheath SE3 8NG l 45

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Your local legal experts… Specialising in: All aspects of Family law • Litigation and Employment Law • Residential & commercial conveyancing •Lease extensions • Collective freehold purchases • Corporate work • Planning law • Wills and the administration of estates •Lasting powers of attorney

Beverley Morris

Geoff Cohen

Angela Stanton

Peter Anderson

Huw Jones

Christine Bolam

Martin Hopkins

Tony Stafford

Richard Hutson

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Beverley Morris & Co.

35 Montpelier Vale, Blackheath Village SE3 0TJ

SOLICITORS incorporating Peter Egan & Co. T: 020 8852 4433 F: 020 8463 9494

62 High Street, Lewisham SE13 5JH


Also at Hamilton House, 1 Temple Avenue EC4Y 0HA (By appointment only)

(ground floor offices –adjacent to Montpelier’s delicatessen )

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