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BROCKLEY MAX 2018 - SPONSORS AND ADVERTISERS 

So, the wonderful Brockley Max festival is now just over a month away (running from 1st June to 9th June ) It is once again celebrating all the best in music and arts that our amazing area has to offer, over 9 days. This year it falls at the end of the half term break so we hope that families/children will be able to enjoy the many activities in the programme, We have over 75 quality events in the programme this year covering art/music/comedy/theatre/cabaret/poetry/craft/film/walks/talks and much much more.

However Brockley Max is a voluntary run organisation and so the festival would not be possible without the generous sponsorship and advertising from our local businesses. I thought this year it would be much harder to sign up businesses as I know that times are quite tough out there, however I was very pleasantly surprised that the vast majority did renew their sponsorship or advert with a number of new ones also coming on board and so I can happily confirm there are a record number of local organisations supporting us. 

As part of the service I thought it appropriate to include them all in a blog post, with a short paragraph on each business. When I decided to do this for the first time 2 years ago I did not realise that there would be quite so many separate businesses-38 in total this year! It will therefore be quite long but I hope you find it sufficiently interesting and gives you some information that perhaps you didn't already know that hopefully may get you to visit a shop/cafe/restaurant/bar that you haven't been to before.

MAJOR SPONSORS 

BRYAN & KEEGAN  This independent estate agent, situated in the heart of Crofton Park, is a great supporter of the community. It was established in 2013 combining the family building business of Bells of Westminster with the experience and skills of Jon Keegan as an estate agent. It has soon gained a great reputation for buyers and sellers of property, having excellent local knowledge. It also manages and rents out flats and houses. I have personally used them and found them both professional and friendly and so can certainly recommend them as a local estate agent. They set up a new office in Hither Green last year so we wish them luck in SE13. This will be their 5th year as a major festival sponsor for Brockley Max whilst also sponsoring us with their eye catching lime green and dark grey boards. A big thank you for their continuing support.

BROCKLEY’S ROCK Situated in midtown Brockley this has to be one of the most popular businesses in the area. Opening in 2011 owner Kyri has kept it a very family affair. They guaranteed to bring us more than the traditional cod and chips whilst providing sustainable and ethically caught fish and have not disappointed. Grilled sea-brass and prawns, salmon, calamari, mackerel are just some of the items on the menu whilst many daily specials feature. They have extended their gluten free menu from Sunday to Thursday & added a great vegan menu. They have won many awards and very proud of achieving the 'Fish and Chip Quality Award'. They are always really keen to get involved in the community and didn’t hesitate to sign up to be our ‘Art in the Park’ sponsor again this year, and will be up at Hilly fields with their popular fishing pond stall at our family day on the 9th June. Pop by and and say hello. 

​THE CHANDOS ​This pub on the corner of Brockley Rise and Codrington Hill is quickly becoming an established destination in SE23. I was delighted to get an email from them in March that they wanted to take out sponosorship with Brockley Max and really get involved with the festival-they have kept to their word and it's great to have them on board this year. The Chandos had a major makeover in September 2016 and has been popular ever since. They serve delicious/large pizzas with many interesting toppings and offer many deals on their ever changing craft beer selection. A very large screen in the main bar and TV in the side bar show all the main sporting events and I'm sure will be very busy in June/July for the world cup.They hold regular quizzes/live music eves and a great games and Lego challenge night on a Thursday. Lots of events are happening during the festival at the pub so pop down and support!                         

GOLD SPONSORS

THE TALBOT  Lesley and partner Mike took over this public house at the end of Tyrwhitt Road, SE4 in July 2014 and made an immediate impact in the area. Everyone receives a friendly welcome when they go into the pub and garden and they put on many events. Their Sunday lunches are highly popular. Last year they provided a fantastic programme of events for the Brockley Max week and I enjoyed many things there. This year they have equally thrown themselves into the festival and totally embraced the spirt of Max with lots of music/poetry/art plus more, spread over the 9 days. I will certainly be there – big thanks to Lesley for taking out gold sponsorship again.

BROCKLEY BREWERY I love this local business! They were one of the first places I visited for my blog over 5 years ago and I remember Debbie being so welcoming, having only opened the brewery a few months earlier. They started out stocking a few local pubs but have proved so popular that their bottles and beer grace most shelves/bar counters of the shops/delicatessens/bars/restaurants in the area and beyond. They have an equally popular taproom at the  brewery in Harcourt road and are open on a Friday and Saturday to sit down and sip a pint or two or take away pints/kegs. As great community participants it was no surprise that they took out gold sponsorship again with Brockley Max and they are hosting a couple of events during the festival whilst providing the very popular beer tent at Art in the Park.

GOOD HOPE CAFE ​It is 10 years ago that Jimmy Mizen, a 16 year schoolboy, from Lewisham lost his life in an unprovoked attack in a local bakery. His parents Barry and Margaret Mizen immediately after the murder of their son spoke of compassion rather than revenge and have since worked tirelessly with young people across the country sharing Jimmy's story and delivering programmes in schools across SE London. They run many programmes such as the Safe Haven scheme and set up 3 Good Hope cafes in the local area that are social enterprises and all the profits go directly to the work of 'For Jimmy' the charity that was set up in his name. 'Good Hope Place' in Ladywell was opened in September 2016 and is a lovely space, operating as a friendly cafe during the day but can be hired at other times. There is also a cinema screening area at the back to seat 30/40 people. We are delighted to welcome them this year as gold sponsors and they are also hosting a number of events during the festival so pop down and support! 

SILVER SPONSORS

PUCCINI KITCHENS This business finally opened its doors in Crofton Park at the beginning of May 2016 so coming up to 2 years ago. It is next to our wonderful Rivoli ballroom and completed all of the units along that key parade being occupied. The company had been operating from premises in Beckenham for 5 years but this is their first showroom displaying a range of their kitchen units/worktops/and appliances. They can provide the traditional kitchen to the latest contemporary design from Italy and offer a supply only/full design and installation service. Whatever your kitchen needs Andrew, the managing director, and his team of friendly designers will aim to meet them! Pop in and say hello – they are both very friendly and great community supporters, hence signing up to silver sponsorship this year. 

THE LARDER  The Larder was opened in April 2014 in the heart of Ladywell village by Cynthia and Katherine who share a passion for food. “We just love good, honestly produced, fresh food which is produced locally where possible. If we can’t source local, we’ll source the best” In four years this delicatessen has become a firm favourite for many locals who share their love of quality food and alcohol. Wine and other tasting events are held regularly in the shop and have always been a sell-out. They advertised with us in their first year and then decided to take out silver sponsorship with us 2 years ago and have repeated that again.Big thanks for their continuing support

BROCKLEY BARGE This Wetherspoon’s pub is one of the main landmarks of Brockley. It is always busy and that is no surprise when you see the prices for their food and drink! Sporting events are televised and there is always a friendly atmosphere when I go in. They contribute to Brockley Max with sponsorship and being the pub right by the opening night on Foxberry Road they certainly do very well that night when they do a Brockley Max special meal deal.

BROCKLEY DELI This is another business in Brockley Cross that has taken out silver sponsorship with Brockley Max for the past 3 years and very happily signed up again to make it 4 years now. Business partners Zoltan and Martin opened the delicatessen in June 2014 and are firmly established after nearly four years of trading and have helped transform the Brockley Cross area. They stock the usual deli items but are also a very popular cafe serving coffees, teas, delicious looking cakes & sandwiches. I can’t recommend enough their toasted goats cheese, caramelised onions and rocket sandwich! They are open every day & in the evenings until 7pm (except Sunday) with Thursday and Friday until 9pm for wine, beer and nibbles. Zoltan was very keen for the deli to have a great music night during the festival and the local popular folk group 'Grande Scheme are playing on the Friday night.         

GENTLY ELEPHANT I love this shop on Brockley road/corner of Cranfield Rd but sadly it opened way after my children needed it for shoes/ clothes/toys/gifts etc (they are 21 and nearly 28 years old). It quickly established a great reputation when it first opened nearly 6 years ago and won Brockley Central’s best newcomer of the year award in 2012. I went in there 5 years ago to gain information for a blog post and had no idea that they sold adult sandals! I duly got introduced to Salt Water sandals and have been there every summer since and now have five pairs in different colours. Last July the grown-up shop 'Gently Home' opened in Crofton Park selling beautiful gifts/books and homeware.If not already been in check it out! Helen the owner is always very supportive of the festival and so we were delighted that they took out silver sponsorship once again.

JONES OF BROCKLEY Michael opened this grocer’s shop on the main road, opposite Crofton Park station in August 2015 and it has been a fantastic addition to the area. He sells quality food items, fresh fruit and vegetables, whilst offering a wide range of fine wines/spirits and craft beers. This summer expect a bumper selection of seasonal fruit and salad produce plus delicious ice cream. I personally go in for his superb cheeses! He has an ever changing selection, largely sourced from Neal’s Yard and Herve Mons and is very knowledgeable if you want advice to create a varied cheeseboard. Charlotte joined him a year ago and together their passion for everything they sell immediately comes across and have quickly established a growing customer base.He did not hesitate to take out an advert with Brockley Max in his first year and upgraded last year to silver sponsorship, which he has renewed as is always very keen to involve himself into the community he serves

LONDON BEER DISPENSARY  Southey Brewing company, an independent local brewery based in Penge own this thriving ‘Beer Dispensary’ that opened 4 years  ago in Crofton Park in what was originally Mr Lawrence’s wine bar (this is now next door) Perhaps the most significant thing is that it is a bar without a bar! Yes it stripped back the traditional counter that divides the staff and the customers and instead use a barrel bar where there are 6 keg lines on the T-bar. Most people were sceptical at first but I think it instantly breaks down barriers and the staff are always SO friendly. The beer, both keg and real ale casks available changes regularly and every day they serve delicious burgers, chips, chicken wings etc. It certainly has been a great addition to the area. Big thanks for upgrading to silver sponsorship this year

BRICKFIELDS BAR ​The owners of the popular Brockley institution 'The Orchard' decided to open another business in 'Midtown Brockley' and so at the end of 2016 'Brickfields Bar' was born. Ed and Emily live/eat and drink in the area and know what the punters want and so it has become an instant success. It is described as a 'Late night drinking and eating & sanctuary for grown-ups' I would certainly agree and love popping in to this very sophisticated space and ordering my favourite cocktail ' Passion fruit and chillit martini' (to die for!) There is a great food menu and brunch is now served each day where children are welcome until 4pm. Thursdays are 'Whisky & Wax' night where you can bring your own vinyl and during the festival they have a very special DJ night so pop down and support! Thanks so much for taking out silver sponsorship this year

COOPER'S BAKEHOUSE ​This business started in the back garden of Francis Cooper in 2012 but moved into Dragonfly Place,SE4 in 2014. It is a small craft bakery baking real,slow-fermented, organic bread and sourdough and deliver by bike to local homes and supply wholesale to local shops/cafes and for events. They also run baking classes for home bakers. Last year they successfully part funded, via a crowdfunding campaign, a much needed new oven, Sophia. I personally always give my Airbnb guests the granary loaf from Coopersbake for their breakfast and everyone comments on how delicious it is! Francis was very keen to be involved this year with Brockley Max and is hosting a couple of events in the bakehouse and took out silver sponsorship-check out and support!

​L'OCULTO ​This small but beautiful award winning Spanish restaurant on 57 Loampit Hill was opened 3 years ago by Ana and Teresa, following on from their success at selling their small batch wines, sherries, cheeses and charcuterie with the import company 'Flavours of Spain' at Brockley Market. It is open Wednesday to Saturday and you ideally need to book a table to avoid disappointment. All the food is delicious with interesting/unusual combinations of high quality ingredients. The small team of staff are so friendly and welcoming and it is no wonder it is such a popular addition to the area. They were very happy to take out silver sponsorship with Brockley Max this year.

ADVERTISERS

HONOR OAK PUB Both the Honor Oak and Ladywell Tavern have been taken over/refurbished and run by Laines London (who also run the nearby 'Old Nun's Head' in Nunhead and 'Watsons General Telegraph on Forest Hill Rd) The Honor Oak has had a chequered history over the last few years but finally this part of SE23 has a decent local  with lots happening there during the week. My experience is only positive- I love the larger upstairs function room and the regular Tuesday comedy night is proving very popular, where they are putting on a 'Brockley Max' special during the festival. Perhaps my major enthusiasm is how they have totally embraced Brockley Max! Roxy, the business Development manager has been fantastic and there is a great programme of events during the festival for each venue - please come down and support!

LADYWELL TAVERN In Ladywell, the only pub in the village, had also experienced a lack of investment in the last few years and so when it re-opened its doors at the beginning of December 2016, after being closed for over 4 months with major works taking place, everyone was very keen to see what it would be like.Nearly 17 months on it is proving very popular with a large outside garden, the staff all friendly and the prices of the food and drink reasonable. Whenever I go in the place is buzzing and there is certainly lots happening during the 9 days of Brockley Max. A big thank you to Laines for their support and backing to the festival.

THE GANTRY You can’t miss this wonderful French influenced bar/restaurant on the corner of Brockley Road which has been opened now for nearly 6 years having been refurbished from the popular, yet very different, Toads Mouth Too. However I still believe lots of people haven’t been inside and sampled all of its delights. Beyond the attractive bar on the ground floor you go down to the basement and discover 2 lovely dining rooms, a beautiful conservatory that leads out to the amazing hidden garden area! If you haven’t been you really should check it out and you can have delicious breakfast/brunch/lunch and dinner or just sit out for a coffee or glass of wine. They are great supporters of the festival and don't hesitate to take out an advert with us each year.

BABUR RESTAURANT This award winning restaurant did not hesitate to take out an advert when asked which I love as they do not necessarily need the extra custom but they are always willing to support any community events with adverts/raffle prizes/vouchers etc. They opened in 1985 on Brockley Rise and have been delighting us with their delicious Indian food now for over 30 years. People come from far and wide to enjoy their exciting menu so we are extremely lucky to have such a popular restaurant on our doorstep. I personally love their Sunday buffet which is a bargain for such quality food and well worth checking out. They are just launching a vegan menu and have a number of special events running during the year. Check them out- you won't be disappointed.

HONOR OAK WELLNESS ROOMS Since opening in February 2015 they have been very keen to engage with the local community and immediately took out an advert with Brockley Max and have supported us ever since. Based at 82 Brockley Rise they specialise in chiropractic care to help manage pain and improve health. They also offer yoga/pilates/massage therapy and have many open days with taster sessions etc. Check out their website for prices, times, further information or pop along to have a chat in their beautiful, calm environment. See www.honoroakwellnessrooms.com

JOHN HANKINSON VETINARY SURGEON This popular veterinary clinic in Shardeloes Rd has been caring for pets in the south east area for over 20 years. John Hankinson has a wealth of knowledge and experience from having been in general practice for over 40 years and has built a friendly team of fully trained and dedicated staff and use the best, modern and safe veterinary equipment. They also provide emergency treatment and an out of hours service, linked to a practice in Beckenham. They recently built another storey to the existing building, to accommodate a veterinary hospital. It is great to have them advertise with Brockley Max again this year, their 3rd year.

THE SUNFLOWER CENTRE ​This tranquil healthcare centre in the heart of Brockley, on Tressillian road, has been providing reliable and professional healthcare since 2006 and has become a local institution! They have a team of experienced and registered osteopaths/acupuncturists/massage therapists and psycotherapists whilst also offering a range of classes and workshops for yoga and pilates plus lots more. Antenatal and postnatal care is also provided, along with a growing range of mindfulness based practises. The treatment/therapy rooms and larger rooms are available for rent and practitioners should get in touch with the centre if they are interested. They were very keen to take out a half page advert with us this year so big thanks.

GEDDES HAIRDRESSERS This is an independent family owned hair and beauty salon that has been established for over 20 years with branches in Ladywell and more recently Forest Hill. Ladywell is the popular salon that we know and love locally and opened in 2008. It has certainly become a major business in the heart of the village. Besides providing the usual hair services, beauty therapy services are provided for male and female clientele and these have gained an excellent reputation in the area. Olivia and Simon are always very supportive of the community and the Brockley Max festival and were keen to take an advert out again this year.

LE DELICE Karine and Nabil opened the popular French cafe in the heart of Ladywell five years ago. It is always busy when I pop in and is very well situated for the station. You are invariably greeted with a ‘Bonjour’ and everyone is really friendly. They have a great variety of amazing patisseries/cakes/sandwiches/crepes, most baked on the premises, in the downstairs kitchen. They have taken an advert or sponsorship out with us for the past 4 years. They are hosting an early evening music event with 'Mazaika' during the festival so pop in after your commute on Thursday 7th June and wind down with a coffee or two! 

THE WORKSHOP  Lucy and Donna have just celebrated their third year in business together at the Workshop which is at the bottom of my road, on the corner of Ewhurst Rd, SE4. They are both such friendly women that it is a pleasure going into the shop. Between them they design and make patterns/samples/garments for the fashion industry. They also make bespoke/made to measure clothes and do alterations and repairs for the general public. They can also make from scratch or alter bridal-wear and this is always a popular line. Basically they can do anything with a sewing machine! Pop in and say hello as they would love to see you. We are delighted to have them on-board once again this year, supporting Brockley Max with another advert.

PROUD SOW I feel very lucky to live only 2 minute’s walk from this great business. Number 1 Ewhurst road has been operating as a butchers shop since 1908. Owner Oli, with Josh and award winning apprentice Harvey took over from Peter James in July 2014 and it’s customer base has been growing ever since. They sell quality, traceable English meat, all provided with excellent customer service. You can also buy your fine wines, spirits and craft beers to accompany your meal, fresh bread from Cooper’s Bakehouse, Hartland pies,Perinelli salami, some deli items, and cheeses from Jones of Brockley plus lots more. We are delighted Proud Sow have taken out  an advert with Brockley Max again.                                          

BROOKBANK FOOD AND WINE The friendly Rosan and his family have been running this corner shop on the Brookbank parade for 11 years now and they sell over 2000 different lines from dairy products, newspapers, alcohol, chilled foods to household goods. Quote from local resident Catherine Chin “ It is great to have Rosan & his team's friendly service at their local convenience shop that helps to keep our pantry fully stocked for daily needs, parties & picnics on Hilly Fields”

LONGHORN’S This American/Italian diner opened at the end of August 2015 and is a very welcome addition to Crofton Park. Chef Rudi has joined forces with Otello and together they have many years in the hospitality industry. Tanya and other members of the family are often serving and they can't do enough for you. The menu is extremely varied and burgers feature heavily with ribs/steaks and some Italian dishes. It sounds very meat orientated but surprisingly vegetarians are well catered for with four choices of burger! Kids love this place and I personally think it makes for a great family destination, at affordable prices.Last year they carried out some internal improvements which has made it look even more like a diner. They are great community supporters and have taken another advert with Brockley Max.               

HATTUSH RESTAURANT This Turkish Mediterranean restaurant opened in May 2016 so nearly 2 years ago, occupying the premises of the former Stone Bar on the main Honor Oak Parade. The owner, Sezar, is a professional singer/song writer and producer and has released 5 albums whilst living in Istanbul. He came here eight years ago and decided to set up his own restaurant in the area, living just round the corner. I have been a few times and think it has been beautifully refurbished. It is a big restaurant, occupying 2 business units with a large open barbecue grill at the back. They are open every day and on Saturday evenings Sezar sings and there is a belly dancer. These are proving very popular, often fully booked. Altogether it is a fantastic addition to the area and SE23 really is a great food and drink destination with a cafe society now very evident on that parade.   

TWO SPOONS Hopscotch cafe in Honor Oak has had a number of owners over the last few years and in the late summer of 2016 the very friendly Rosemary and Luca were the latest to take on the mantle of this relaxed cafe, with it finally being renamed 2 Spoons in February last year, signifying cafe by day and bar by night. They have a great selection of gins and have just launched their very exciting new cocktail menu 'Tales of Honor Oak' which is a tribute to the SE23 area. They've hosted a number of very successful pop ups over the last 18 months namely Fowls Mouth and Eastern Bloc food plus lots more. Live music is also offered on Saturday nights with regular monthly wine tasting evenings,proving very popular. Altogether there is lots happening here and they are holding a music night during Brockley Max so a great opportunity to check them out

WATERINTOBEER ​This craft beer shop opened in late August 2016 on the West side of Brockley in Mantle road (next to Noak Bakehouse) It opens everyday selling bottles, cans and homebrew equipment and is proving very popular with beer and cider lovers. Tim, the owner, is so friendly and they have quickly become an established part of the community hosting regular events from games evenings/quizzes to comedy and music evenings. He has happily taken out an advert with Brockley Max for the past 2 years and they are also hosting 2 events during the festival. Pop down and support. 

HECKSTALL & SMITH Callum had been on the look out for a suitable shop unit for a quality butchers in Ladywell for a while as his market research had shown this is what people wanted. The old launderette became available and he seized his opportunity, opening in August 2015 to great reviews. The range of meat has quickly expanded and he attracts customers on their way home from work by staying open until 7pm Wednesday to Friday. He is supporting Brockley Max again this year with an advert and an event on the Tuesday evening 'The Art of Butchery' with master butcher Andrew Sharp-sounds well worth checking out!

ARLO AND MOE Jamie and Julie opened this Crofton Park cafe in September 2012 and have been busy ever since. There is a lovely, relaxed atmosphere with a 1950’s inspired interior and the food is delicious with homemade soups/frittata/tortilla/salads/sandwiches/cakes freshly made every day. ‘Sexy toast’ is one of their signature dishes with the avocado and feta being a firm local favourite. They had been looking for another location to expand the brand for the past few years and finally came across the perfect location in Hither Green and so Arlo & Moe 2 opened its doors in October 2014. It has quickly become a great local venue and proving very popular. Vietnamese caterers 'Saigon Street' are currently taking residence on Friday and Saturday nights over in SE13. This is the 3rd year they have taken out an advert with Brockley Max.

FIRST GLANCE This is a very community minded business on the main high street in Crofton Park always throwing itself into the Croftfest festival with a highly popular DJ outside the shop. It was founded 30 years ago, in 1988 by Roan and Joy Bradshaw, a brother and sister partnership. They specialise in European, mixed, Asian and Afro hair, operating an appointment system, although walk in clients are more than welcome. Open 6 days a week, with later on a Thursday evening, they cut male and female hair plus they are very welcoming to children so why not pop in and check them out. They did not hesitate to take out another advert this year. 

​PARLEZ ​This local cafe/bar/restaurant was opened in July last year, just a stone's throw from Brockley station and completed the trio of quality businesses to occupy the quiet/one way area on Coulgate street. It is owned by Matt and Louis who both live locally and were very keen to immediately become part of the community. I love this place & think they have quickly created a very relaxed atmosphere where you can pop in for a coffee on your own or come in later for a meal/drink with a group of friends. All the staff are SO friendly and they have held a number of successful events, with ParlezLates becoming a popular fortnightly live music evening. Being located only a few minutes round the corner from our Opening Night they are well placed to participate and are holding an after-party event so pop in and continue dancing the night away! They are also hosting the bar at the 'Art in the Park' event. It is fantastic to have them on board this year. 

​ALTRIST ENERGY ​This local business is a small independent company based in SE London helping small businesses or homes save energy and money. It was founded by Tristen Owen who has over 15 years of experience in the environmental sector, is a qualified energy assessor and is passionate about energy and water effeciency. Altrist Energy offers impartial energy and water saving advice tailored to your needs-they are not tied to any comparison sites or energy suppliers. Why not contact Tristan and get a personalised energy review? See their website https://altristenergy.co.uk/ for more information and check out the testimonals that provide evidence of great money savings. It is great to have their support this year for Brockley Max.

​SHAMANIC SPACE ​This business was founded when Peruvian born Shaman and renowed archaeologist Dr Ruben Orellana PhD began to work alongside London based psychotherapist and Shamanic practitioner Michele Costa Lukis with the intention to create a Shamanic healing centre to serve London. Through their combined expertise and knowledge Michele and Ruben help their clients on the path to health, well being, personal empowerment and spiritual growth using a variety of techniques to remove blocks and life obstacles at source, thereby restoring the balance of mind, body and spirit. Within London Shamanic Space offers Shamanic training, drumming circles, drum making workshops, men's groups and individual healing sessions. For more information check out https://shamanicspace.com/ Michele was very keen to advertise with the festival this year. 

FELIX SCHOOL OF ROCK Local boy Felix Glenn set up this musical charity 13 years ago to give children aged 9-16 years an opportunity to play rock tracks, write rock music and perform in a real rock gig, typically over a 4 day period in the school holidays. Out of this amazing experience bands have formed and many continue to play together. The adult rock choir was formed in 2007 and is an active local community choir where anyone can turn up and join without having to audition. Felix and Baz have been an integral part of the music element to the Brockley Max festival over the years and Baz has been putting together the programme for the main stage at our family Art in the Park for the past few years. We are very grateful for their experience,time and energy.

Phew I have finally covered all of the wonderful businesses that have supported us this year but I had no idea that it would turn into a dissertation! (though if anyone regularly follows my blogs this is short!!) Congratulations if you have got to the end of this and I hope if you are still here you have found it an interesting read and perhaps discovered some new information about our local shops/cafes/bars/restaurants that might make you pop in and visit.

The programme for Brockley Max 2018 has just gone to the printers and so should be back in a couple of  weeks when you can pick up a copy from lots of local businesses and plan your 9 days of festive activities. I certainly intend going to lots of different events/venues during the week and so hope to see you there –please say hello if you spot me!

Finally another HUGE THANKS to our LOCAL BUSINESSES – without them this festival would not happen and we would not live in such a vibrant, wonderful community. 

Remember SHOP/USE/DRINK/EAT LOCALLY – if we don’t SUPPORT them we could lose them and that would be tragic!

Bye for now

Jane x

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