Maryon Wilson Animal Park Summer Festival – Saturday 19th July

MWAP Summer Festival 2014

It’s Maryon Wilson Animal Park’s Summer Festival on Saturday 19th July, 11am – 3pm. From the organisers:

“Join Maryon Wilson Animal Park for a fun-packed family day out. Come along and enjoy:

  • A nature trail with prizes for everyone taking part
  • Animal tours
  • Meet the RDA ponies and get your photo taken
  • Meet our new Ryeland lambs and enter the competition to name them!
  • Story telling with Sandy Beach in the deer pen
  • Reptile Roadshow (hold a snake!)
  • Bouncy slide
  • Hold an owl with JambsOwls
  • Craft stalls
  • Face painting
  • Refreshments, food and ice cream

..and more!”

Address: Maryon Wilson Animal Park, Flamsteed Road, Charlton, SE7 8HT
Twitter: @mwanimalpark

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Late opening Wednesdays at Charlton Lido


Good news for Charlton Lido swimmers as GLL announce that the main pool will open until 9.30pm on Wednesday, ‘until further notice’. It’s to be hoped that if this proves popular then late opening will be extended through the week (more publicity may help, though: this particular Better Swim member only found out by checking GLL’s website; an email to members would surely help raise awareness of what is clearly a positive development).

Check the full opening times here.

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Horn Fayre/Fair 2014 posters



Yes, we are having a Horn Fayre and a Horn Fair this year.

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Filming in Charlton Park

Charlton Champion reader Brenda got in touch this morning to let us know that part of Charlton Park is closed for filming at the moment. It looks like it could be for ‘The Royals’, produced by Privileged Productions, but there’s not much info on the website mentioned on the sign. If anyone knows what it’s all about, we’d be intrigued to know more!

UPDATE: Charlton House’s website now has a bit more info.

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Celebrate a year of community gardening at Charlton station

Charlton Community Gardens poster
Charlton Community Gardens are celebrating a year of gardening at their Charlton station plot next Thursday, 26th June, 6-8pm. All are welcome: the Royal Horticultural Society will be presenting a plaque, and there’s a Pot Luck Picnic planned – including ‘tasty bites from plants grown in the demonstration garden’.

This Wednesday, 18th June, sees a regular CCM gardening party and plant sale at the station concourse, starting 6pm.

See Charlton Community Gardens website for more on what they’re up to at the station.

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Brew & Choo cafe closes

Brew & Choo cafe - closed in June 2014
The end of last week brought the news that Brew & Choo cafe on Charlton Church Lane has closed:


We don’t know why it’s closed or what will replace it at this point, but hope that whoever takes it over are as friendly as the people that ran Brew & Choo. If you know what’s taking its place, let us know.



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Open Gardens Festival in Charlton (and beyond)

Judy from Charlton Community Gardens has been in touch with information on the Open Gardens Festival taking place next weekend – all in aid of Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice. Here are details of the gardens you can visit in Charlton:


You can download the full brochure with details of gardens in Greenwich, Blackheath, and Eltham here.

Additionally, the same weekend sees Charlton Manor Primary school open its doors for the London-wide Open Garden Squares weekend, offering ‘Tea, coffee and homemade honey cake made from our own honey. Pond-dipping. Talk and exploration of our observation beehive. Tour of the garden with staff available to answer questions‘.

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