Take in an arts, crafts and jumble trail in Charlton this Saturday

Map of streets involved

Residents in a group of streets near Charlton are banding together to take part in an arts, crafts and jumble trail this Saturday afternoon.

Locals will be setting up stalls in their front gardens to offer handmade items, henna tattoo painting, artwork, bric-a-brac, clothes, plants, toys, books and much more.

There will also be a solent auction at St Richard’s Hall on Swallowfield Road, raffle and food bank collection point. The local police safer neighbourhood team will also be there.

The event is being run as part of the Charlton Central Residents’ Association‘s Community Day.

Maps of the homes taking part will be on offer from St Richard’s Hall from 1.30pm, while the sale will run from 2-5pm.


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Thames-Side Studios’ Open Studios returns this Saturday

Thames-Side Studios
Open Studios four years ago – the annual event is now back once again (photo
© Thames-Side Studios)

Thames-Side Studios is opening its doors to the public again this Saturday for Open Studios – its first in three years.

It’s easy to miss, but the complex by the river, on the Charlton-Woolwich border, is the UK’s biggest site for artists, makers and designers, with over 550 studios. Saturday will be your chance to meet them and buy their wares.

You’ll be able to see painting, drawing, fashion design, carpentry, photography, print making, picture framing, stained glass making, graphic design, film and video and much more besides.

The complex is next to Faraday Works – the old Siemens factory due for redevelopment – while you can also see the Royal Iris, the abandoned Mersey ferry rusting away next to the studios.

Thames-Side Studios is on Warspite Road SE18 5NR and on the Thames Path. Open Studios runs this Saturday, June 25, from noon to 6pm.


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This week’s rail and tube strikes – what’s running from Charlton

Charlton station
There won’t be so many of these this week

This week’s rail and Tube strikes will wreak havoc with travel around London. The official advice is to not travel, but if you need to go, here are your options…

Trains from Charlton – strikes on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, restricted morning services on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
The only trains from Charlton station will run at 12 and 42 past the hour, stopping at Greenwich, Deptford and London Bridge only. First train at 0742, last at 1742. Charing Cross, Cannon Street, Waterloo East, Westcombe Park and Maze Hill stations will be closed. There will also be no Thameslink services through central London.

Coming back, trains will run half-hourly from London Bridge to Charlton from 0804 to 1804. Similar half-hourly services are running on other lines, so you could travel to Lewisham or Blackheath and make your way back from there. (The last train of all is an Orpington service stopping at Lewisham, which leaves at 1806.)

Heading towards Kent, trains for Dartford will leave Charlton every half an hour from 0819 to 1749, calling at all stations except Woolwich Dockyard, which will be closed. There is a further train at 1816, which also won’t call at Belvedere or Slade Green. There will be no trains into Kent from Dartford.

Morning services will also be distrupted on non-strike days, with no trains expected before 0730 – check before travelling.

Full timetables are on the Southeastern website.

Check: National Rail Enquiries, RealTimeTrains, Southeastern strike info

Tube from North Greenwich – strikes on Tuesday
No service expected from North Greenwich – or a very limited one at best. Jubilee Line should be fine on other days but extremely busy. Be warned: there is a Queen show at the O2 on Tuesday evening.

Elizabeth Line from Woolwich – strikes on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
Elizabeth Line trains from Woolwich and Abbey Wood will operate at a reduced frequency as they are affected by the National Rail strike – check before travelling and be prepared to queue. Trains will run from 07001800.
Check: National Rail Enquiries, RealTimeTrains

Docklands Light Railway from Woolwich Arsenal and Lewisham – no strike
Services will be running, but will be extremely busy. Stations shared with the Tube system (eg Bank, Stratford) may be closed on Tuesday.

London Overground from New Cross/New Cross Gate – strikes on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
Affected by National Rail strike. About half of all services expected to run from 0700 to 1800 only.

Thames Clippers from Greenwich, North Greenwich and Woolwich – no strikes
Normal service, but boats will be busy. Queen show at the O2 on tube strike Tuesday will swell crowds in the evening. Services run from Barking Riverside now so Woolwich passengers won’t have first dibs on seats.
Check: Thames Clippers Twitter

Buses – no strikes
They are accepting paper National Rail tickets, if you still have one of those.

Bikes – no strikes
– The Woolwich Road cycleway to Cutty Sark Gardens (be aware a small part west of there is closed), then using Cycleway 10 (the old Quietway 1) from Deptford to Waterloo may be an option if you are on two wheels.
– Alternatively, you could carry on along the Thames Cycle Path to Rotherhithe station, then turn left onto Brunel Road, which connects with Cycleway 4 to London Bridge

Things may change, so for the fuller picture, check tfl.gov.uk or nationalrail.co.uk. Good luck!


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