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SUMMER NEWS 2017  BLOG NO. #56

This is now one of my favourite blogs posts I do-highlighting all of the wonderful events/happening in our area over the summer months. It illustrates what a fantastic, vibrant community we live in with SO much taking place!

I will attempt to list the events in some kind of logical/date order

SUMMER EVENTS/FESTIVAL IN THE AREA

HAVELOCK WALK OPEN STUDIOS This beautiful cobbled street in the heart of Forest Hill is having their 2 summer weekend open studios on the 13th/14th and the 20th/21st May. The first weekend is part of the Dulwich festival. It is an exceptionally friendly community with over 20 highly talented artists/printers/photographers/sculptors etc. and there will also be live music and food/drink. I purchased an original art piece a year ago and am delighted with it and so intend going back for more! Check out www.havelockwalk.com for further details.

CATFORD WANDERERS–GREAT BRITISH TENNIS WEEKEND Sunday 14th May from midday onwards the tennis club at Catford Wanderers (behind Homebase on Bromley Rd, SE6) is participating in the great British tennis weekend. Everyone is welcome to just turn up and play on our hard and grass courts for free. There will also be some free coaching for kids and adults alike. It really is a very friendly welcoming club (myself and my husband have been members for over 30 years!) If you sign up on the day there will be a 20% reduction in your fees. Pop down and say hello – oh yes there is also a very CHEAP bar.

HORNIMAN MUSEUM  The next late night at our wonderful local museum in SE23 is on Thursday 18th May. These are adult only evenings and a lovely opportunity to explore the exhibits along with cocktails, food and other live entertainment, often themed. There is a £5 charge-see their website for booking. There will also be lots of events/activities over the summer for all the family and keep checking horniman.ac.uk for updates

NUNHEAD CEMETERY OPEN DAY On Saturday 20th May from 11-5pm there is the wonderful annual open day at our local Victorian cemetery. It is a great event and when my kids were young we had to always take part in the legendary ‘bug hunt’ Expect refreshments, live music, cemetery tours, and lots of stalls and activities. The Honor Oak WI will be having a stall so pop by, say hello and support your local women’s institute.

HITHER GREEN FESTIVAL This festival over in SE13 really kick starts the local festive season. From the 20th May to the 28th May there are lots of events happening over the 8 days, starting with the big World Food and Craft fair on Saturday 20th from 12-5pm. There is live music, food/lots of stalls and much more. During the festival there are film nights/exhibitions/live music evenings/festival quiz night culminating on Sunday 28th May with the popular Quaggy duck race and the Wellmeadow street party. The wonderful Arts Cafe in SE13 are also hosting a Hither Green festival fringe with extra events. Check out ourhithergreen.com for details.

SO LAST CENTURY VINTAGE AND RETRO FAIR, CATFORD This fabulous fair is returning on Sunday 28th May from 11-5pm to the beautiful surroundings of St Dunstan’s College. It was a great success in February, their first vintage fair in the area. There will be over 45 homeware/décor & furniture/fashion/jewellery and record stalls with a tea room and street food. I loved it and will certainly be popping in again. There is a small entry charge of £4 (reduced if you follow them on social media)

BROCKLEY MAX FESTIVAL This for me defines the start of the summer in our area with the fantastic Brockley Max music and arts festival that is from the 2nd to the 10th June. I got involved now 4 years ago in its organisation and love being part of it. This year there is even more events & venues participating over the 9 days with 90 plus separate things happening. There is something for everyone from live music to comedy to theatre to poetry to children’s activities to film to cabaret to art workshops/exhibitions and lots more. The programmes are now available in most of our local businesses so pick one up/mark what you want to go to and see you there!. The festival ends on Saturday 10th June with the fantastic family Art in the Park day up at Hillyfields and this really is a celebration of our vibrant community. Please check out the Brockley Max website for details.

BROCKLEY STREET ART FESTIVAL Running over the same time period as Brockley Max is the highly successful Brockley Street Art festival, now in its third year. Their mission remains the same – to bring colour to the streets of Brockley and surrounding neighbourhoods through a showcase of stunning murals by local, national and international artists and they have certainly achieved that! Expect lots more street art over the next month, the locations are detailed in the Brockley Max programme. They are also hosting a range of events and activities so this really should be a very exciting festival.

CROFTFEST @ THE MAX  Crofton Park has now held many successful ‘Croftfests’ with participating businesses along the main Brockley road and Ewhurst road. This year it was thought to integrate it into Brockley Max as the first Saturday of the festival is often quiet. Put the date of Saturday 3rd June into your diary as it promises to be one of the biggest yet as St Hilda’s are part of it, along with the Brockley Jack pub hosting a craft fair. The library should be buzzing with stalls at the front and activities inside plus the wonderful Beecroft Garden school are participating and providing their fab outdoor space for stalls/street food/bouncy castle plus a treasure hunt. Details of what each business will be doing can be found on social media so keep checking back and come down to SUPPORT this community festival!   

BIG LUNCH/GREAT GET TOGETHER This is officially on Sunday June 18th and is a great national initiative, set up initially by the Eden Project in 2009 with the idea of neighbours getting together once a year to have lunch, meet each other and have fun. With the death of Jo Cox last year and the divisions that Brexit have created the ‘Great get Together’ was also born. Lewisham is a borough that has embraced the concept and many streets are given permission to close so that everyone can safely have their Street Parties. My street, Crofton Park road, is holding its 7th party on Sunday 18th June and it has been a fantastic way to get to know my neighbours and has generated a real community feel. Pop down and check out some of your local street parties and then think about getting together with your neighbours and having one yourself next year!

CATFORD BEER FESTIVAL Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th June. After a 10 year break Catford is celebrating a 3 day beer festival in conjunction with SE London CAMBRA and it will take place at the beautifully newly opened Catford Bridge Tavern. Expect lots of beers/ciders and perries plus street food and live music. It all sounds very exciting and is just another event in the amazing revival of SE6 with lots more happenings planned during the year.

GREENWICH & DOCKLANDS INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL 23rd June -8nd July. This year promises to be even bigger than ever with 15 days of outdoor performing arts and over the years I have seen some great, alternative events that have been spectacular and highly memorable. Check out their website for details on this exciting festival www.festival.org   

HILLYFIELDS MIDSUMMER FAYRE Saturday 24th June 12-5pm This is run by the Brockley Society and is always one of my favourite annual events, showing what a fantastic community we live in as come rain or shine everyone turns out and there is a great atmosphere. There is a fun fair for the kids, lots of food with drink provided by our very own Brockley Brewery. There are craft stalls/lots happening in the main arena from the dog competition to Salsa dancing/to a huge selection of bric a brac stalls to browse around and grab bargains. See you there!

HopARTy This is a really exciting art event being held on Saturday 24th June in Honor Oak. It is linking artists with local businesses and possibly houses/studios open to the public. They are also hoping to have market stalls on the same day. It is in the early stages of development at the moment but keep the date free and watch this space! Can’t wait.

MANOR HOUSE GARDENS FESTIVAL Saturday 24th June 12-8pm This is over in Lee Green but thought it should get a mention as the music is usually run by the wonderful Baz who does the Brockley Max Art in the Park stage so expect lots of great music. It is a great community event so if you are over that way pop down!

ST. SAVIOURS SUMMER FETE Sunday 25th June 11- 3pm. The annual summer fete in Brockley Rise, SE23 with the scouts and the church is always a fantastic local event. It promises stalls, tea and cake live music, fire engine, birds of prey display, circus skills plus lots more.

BLYTHE HILL FESTIVAL Saturday 1st July 12-5pm This is another of my favourite local events and the fact that it is at the end of my road makes it even better! There is always a lovely atmosphere and expect lots of great stalls/food/drink/fun rides/live music/farm animals and more. See you there!

LEWISHAM 3 PEAKS CHALLENGE Saturday 1st July 11am. This is the second annual 3 peaks walk following on from the success of the launch last year and is a circular green walk that takes you on a journey through Hilly Fields, One tree hill, Blythe Hill and the valley of the River Ravensbourne (Ladywell Fields) The full walk is around 5 miles long and should take 2-3 hours. It is a charity walk and so get together with friends/fundraise and join in! It will be setting off at 11am from the Stone Circle on Hillyfields. It also coincides with the Blythe Hill festival which is one of the peaks so why not do the walk and then join in the festivities to make a great community day of it!

BROCKLEY OPEN STUDIOS This is happening for 3 days from the 1st to the 3rd July and is celebrating 25 years! 30/40 Brockley artists welcome you to view their work and it is always a great opportunity to go round to local houses/studios, (be nosey) experience the local talent in the area and perhaps buy some artwork.

SYDENHAM ARTS FESTIVAL 6th -16th July.There are lots of multi-disciplinary arts events happening over 10 days in SE26. Live music/poetry/comedy/theatre feature heavily with the ever popular and expanding Sydenham Artists Trail happening over the 2 weekends of the festival. For further details check out sydenhamarts.co.uk

LEWISHAM PEOPLE’S DAY Saturday 8th July 12-8pm This is billed as the ‘South East’s biggest free festival’ and boasts visitor numbers of 25,000. It is 33 years old and always held in Mountsfield Park, SE6 and is certainly a much loved event by many locals.

ON BLACKHEATH Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th September This local music festival in SE3 is now in its fourth year and the previous 3 years have been highly successful. I went in the first year with Grace Jones headlining and had a great time. You can buy tickets for just one of the days or the weekend. To note it is also a very child friendly event (under 12s are free) For the line-up check out their website www.onblackheath.com  

CATFORD FREE FILM FESTIVAL Following on from the incredible success of last years’ film festival it is being repeated again this September. Meanwhile FREE screenings have regularly been taking place in the Catford Constitutional Club with award winning films, the next one being the fabulous ‘Moonlight’ on Sunday 28th May at 7.30pm. They operate a first come first served policy so get there early! They are also doing a peddle powered pop up cinema on Catford Broadway on Saturday 15th July-watch this space for the film. In conclusion another great initiative in Catford that is certainly helping put SE6 on the map.

CATFORD ARTS TRAIL Again following on from the success of the inaugural Catford arts trail last year it is being repeated this year over the 2 last weekends in September. I visited lots of houses/studios last year over a couple of days and was really impressed, both with the quality of artwork and the organisation of the event. I can’t wait to pop down again.

SCHOOL FAIRS I have listed below all of the local schools in the area with the dates and times of their summer fairs. These are often the main fundraising event for the PTA of a school during the year. They are always popular with the kids, parents and teachers. Everyone is always welcome to pop along and you can often find bargain cakes, crafts etc. Also they are a cheap way to occupy the children for a few hours. I have put them in date order – sorry don’t have many confirmed times.

PRENDERGAST LADYWELL SCHOOL Friday 23rd June

DALMAIN PRIMARY SCHOOL Saturday 24th June

CHELWOOD NURSERY SCHOOL Summer festival Sunday 25th June 12-3pm plus Money Box Picnic Friday 14th July 4-6pm

SIR WILLIAM OF YORK CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL Sunday 25th June 12.30-3pm 

MYATT GARDEN PRIMARY SCHOOL Saturday 1st July

BEECROFT GARDEN PRIMARY SCHOOL Friday 7th July 3.15-5.30pm

KILMORIE PRIMARY SCHOOL Friday 14th July from 6pm

FAIRLAWN PRIMARY SCHOOL Saturday 15th July

GORDONBROCK PRIMARY SCHOOL Saturday 15th July

SOUTH LONDON CARD FESTIVAL ROUND UP For dates of festivals in South London, beyond the borough of Lewisham, the people behind the fab local discount card have written an excellent article. See http://bit.ly/2r7fe8t

BROCKLEY JACK THEATRE I love this local theatre and constantly take the opportunity to sing its praises and so am listing the next few productions in this blog. ‘Tom Molineaux’ is starting on Wednesday 24th May for 2 weeks that looks really interesting, then there is an Edgar Allan Poe double feature running for 3 weeks until the 24th June. Following that on the 27th June there is another 3 week run with the ‘House of America’ Finally to take us into August there is Shakespeare’s witty play ‘Taming of the Shrew’ by the award winning Lazarus theatre company. All tickets are only £15 and £12 for concessions which for the quality of acting and production is an absolute bargain! If you haven’t yet been, there is no excuse not to,it is on our doorstep!

RIVOLI BALLROOM Meanwhile the other ‘gem’ in Crofton Park is our fabulous original ballroom and over the last 6 months they have been showing classic films. They have been a great success and Jaws/Ghost/Rocky/Scarface and Moulin Rouge are just some of the upcoming films to be shown over the next few months. Check out croftonparkpictures.com for tickets and pop along to see a film in this beautiful setting.

SNIPPETS OF NEWS

Have you checked out the refurbished Honor Oak pub and their living wall?-lots of outside space for those coming summer months/The wonderful Little Nan’s bar is now firmly established in the beautiful surroundings of the Catford Broadway bar/The Catford Bridge Tavern has been open for 6 weeks and is a great addition to SE6/Sparrow in Lewisham has also been open for 6 weeks and is receiving rave reviews/Parkfever opened in Hither Green selling craft beer and craft chocolate – a perfect combination/Parlez in Brockley is due to open in July-can’t wait/The new cafe ‘Bella Nova’ in Midtown Brockley is opening any day now!/The legendary Turners Store is closing down in next few days-all stock must go/The new restaurant unit in Ladywell is wanting an owner-will this ever open?-so needed in the area-watch this space/Zenubian sadly shut down after Easter but Michelle is hoping to pop up again very soon!/Builders have been seen in the HOP biz ‘Grounds & Grapes’-lets hope this finally happens soon/Muck n Brass in SE23 has additional new premises in Codrington Hill and will be running workshops/Babur are running popular cookery classes/Two Spoons have a gin night with the Forest Hill gin club on 18th May-check out/Two Spoons are also hosting Lion City-Singaporean street food on Friday & Saturdays/ Hattush,the delicious Mediterranean restaurant on HOP is celebrating one year on the block on the 31st May/The fab Shannon’s garden centre in SE23 have an incredible selection of plants/Have you seen the beautiful new tiles on the roof of St Hilda's? the church is very much warmer inside I believe/Catford Broadway supper club is being revived for one night only 15th June with Raastawala and the monthly market is also being revived this summer/Margarita Pracatan is coming to Catford! Playing at People’s day & secret location on the 7th July/Street art is due to appear in 5 locations in Catford very soon/Longhorn diner has had an impressive makeover/Crofton Books based in the Crofton Park library has an ever expanding range of contemporary and vintage books/Go Jauntly, co-founded by local woman Hana Sutch, is a great app to discover local walks plus more/Rivoli Meeting Space in Ladywell is running some great affordable courses-check out/Model Market in Lewisham is open again until late September/Antic are opening ‘Suttons Radio’ pub in central Lewisham at the end of May/Lots of great pop-ups in area to check out-Spanish Particular at Brockley Mess/Saigon Street at Arlo & Moe/Fowls Mouth at Noak restaurant/Kaki Lami at All Inn One Pub/Route 66 streetfood outside Brockley Brewery/Finally great collaboration feast on Sunday 14th May at Noak with Fowls Mouth, Masala Wala & Jonny Rothfield-all for charity-check out as a few tickets are still available/Oh yes I realise I haven’t mentioned Deptford! There is so much going on in SE8 so certainly pop down over the summer as the Deptford Market Yard is now finished and looks lovely and there will be lots happening in the area. 

Okay I’m done- I think that is the key event dates/festivals that I know of in the area. Inevitably I will of missed out some information and if that is your event I apologise but I can’t include everything else it would go on forever! As I have mentioned before the main area I cover is Crofton Park & Honor Oak as this community website I post my blogs on was created for the ward. I certainly could of continued forever with snippets of news!

I hope you have a great summer and enjoy going along to some of these fantastic community events/festivals whilst also popping in and saying hello to some of the businesses mentioned.

Remember to USE/SHOP/EAT/DRINK IN OUR WONDERFUL LOCAL BUSINESSES particularly over the holiday periods as that is often when they are at their quietest and so they really do need our SUPPORT

Bye for now

Jane x

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