Feed the deer in Maryon Wilson Park

Festive goings on in Maryon Wilson Animal Park this Saturday, with mince pies, hot chocolate, seasonal singing, and a chance to feed the deer. Come along to support the volunteers, and donate what you can to help keep the deer in the park. It’s all happening 2-3.30pm, Saturday December 22nd in Maryon Wilson Park. You can follow the Animal Park on Twitter: @MWAnimalPark.


New supermarket for Charlton Church Lane

The shop unit in the new development by Charlton station is finally set to be occupied. A Greenwich Council planning meeting last week gave permission for an extension to be added to the back to expand the floorspace. It also agreed to look into the possibility of widening the narrow pavement outside.

It’s believed a Sainsbury’s Local will open here – just a few hundred yards from the supermarket giant’s planned new store on Woolwich Road, the planning process for which was held up in mysterious circumstances a couple of weeks ago.

SE London NHS changes – public meeting at The Valley tonight

Lewisham Council adYou’ve probably heard by now of the dramatic changes planned to local NHS services following the financial failure of the South London NHS Trust, which runs the Queen Elizabeth Hospital on Woolwich Common.

The plans include the closure of Lewisham Hospital’s A&E unit and replacing it with a 24-hour urgent care centre, as well as the possible shutdown of its maternity unit. Whether QEH will be able to cope with the influx is a question which hasn’t yet been answered…

There’s a public meeting about the plans tonight at The Valley – trust special administrator Matthew Kershaw, who drew up the plans, is expected to be there. It runs from 7pm-9pm – past meetings have been heated affairs and packed out, so try to get along early.

For more on the consultation, which ends on 13 December, see the TSA website. For more on the campaign to protect Lewisham’s hospital services, see Save Lewisham Hospital. There’s also coverage on this site’s opinionated sister, 853, as well as at Brockley Central.)

Charlton Rail Users’ Group meets this Thursday

charlton_station_bookshelfIt’s been a busy year and one of improvements at Charlton station, but there’s still plenty to be done.

The security and information facilities at the station have improved, while it also saw service as a Olympic and Paralympic interchange for the North Greenwich/ O2 Arena during the summer. There’s been a clean-up, while the flag poles have now been decorated for the first time in a decade.

There’s also been one new innovation – the bookcase, where commuters can pick up and leave books if they fancy something a bit more rewarding than reading Facebook or the Metro in the morning.

The improved facilities show what happen when local people can get together and put some pressure on station operators.

There’s still a long way to go, and the service still leaves a lot to be desired – see this open letter that’s been doing the rounds. And six car trains still stop at the far end of the platform.

On Thursday at 7pm at Charlton Liberal Club, you can put your questions to Southeastern’s Mike Gibson, as well as representatives from TfL and Greenwich Council. The CRUG meets twice a year, so please pop in if you can.

Charlton Community Gardens latest

Claire Williams has the latest on the Charlton Community Gardens scheme…


Congratulations to Bill Dolan and Gordon Parrish, joint winners in the over 16s category of Charlton Community Gardens Edible Window Box Competition. Their winning entries used a range of decorative and edible plants, and scored points too for the recycled birdbath used as the container.

Neighbours agree with our judges, Jillian Smith from Charlton and Blackheath Amateur Horticultural Society and Barbara Holland of the Charlton Community Gardens group: “What Gordon and Bill create in their gardens each year gives so much enjoyment.”

The joint first winners shared prizes donated by shopkeepers from The Standard, a voucher from Sparkes the Butcher and a pair of secateurs from Marnells. The winners said “These great prizes will go towards our Christmas”.

The prize in the children’s section went to Theo Saldin and the over 16 runner-up was Maria Bloor. Their prizes came from Ottie and the Bea and from Well Bean Health Food store.

Charlton Community Gardens group is not yet a year old. It was set up to promote
cooperation and support for everyone interested in sustainable and organic growing
and wildlife diversity in Charlton. The group is working on leasing local land for
shared growing and learning together.

Alongside running the Edible Window Box competition, the group raised plants for
sale at The Hornfair and at local school fairs. “We are keen that schoolchildren get
the habit of “grow to eat” and window boxes will flourish on balconies and ledges in
any sunny spot,” say members of the Steering Group.

If you’d like more information about how to get involved in the Charlton Community
Gardens group, send an email to charltoncommunitygardens@gmail.com. The
group’s website is under development.