Global Fusion Music And Arts and Royal Greenwich Heritage Trust are running a Community Fun Day and Dog Show this Sunday, July 22nd, in the grounds of Charlton House. Themed ‘A focus on youth‘, the event takes place 12-5pm with the dog show at 2pm. Admission is free.
To purchase musical instruments for Thorntree Primary school both to expand the potential to learn new instruments and to support the provision of public performances to engage with the local community.
Valley Hill Hub – Air Pollution Monitors
Valley Hill Hub
To undertake a second air quality survey in the Charlton area during October 2018.
Laser Survey on Charlton House Grounds
Royal Greenwich Heritage Trust
To carry out a digital survey of the grounds within Charlton House to identify the historic features of the landscape which may be undiscovered during its changing development through its 400 year history
Big Red Bus – ESOL Equipment and Resources
Big Red Bus Club
To support the Big Red Bus Club in providing English language support to a diverse range of service users whose first language is not English.
Greenwich Foodbank Van (£6k split between 14 Wards)
To support the purchase of van to facilitate the efficient transport of food collections around the borough.
By our calculations that’s over 85% of the budget allocated by the time the funding round closed.
Charlton Champion reader LARA RUFFLE COLES has been in touch with news from Charlton House:
I’ve lived in Charlton for nearly four years and I’ve always been perplexed about the opening hours of the tea rooms at Charlton House. Why are they only open during the week? What about the weekend when most people are home from work, and are able to pootle on down for a cup of tea and a piece of cake?
Given how few places there are for a tea or coffee in Charlton – The Old Cottage Coffee Shop is my usual spot, you might have thought that filling the tea rooms on a weekend would have been an easy win for the Royal Greenwich Heritage Trust who run the building. Alas however, the tea rooms shut up shop on Friday.
But, good news is here!
Charlton House manager Edward Schofield has confirmed that after a successful trial run earlier this year, the tea rooms will now be open on Saturdays from 11am-3pm.
No word on Sunday opening hours so far, but as the Saturday change is permanent, perhaps opening on a Sunday is the next step?
At last, somewhere else to go at the weekend!
The Charlton House site has now been updated to state the new opening times, and an updated banner will be displayed outside Charlton House in the next week or so.
If you would like to give feedback on the new opening hours, their office is based at Charlton House, or you can email the trust on email@example.com, or find them on social media.
The Rockwell development application currently before the council drives a coach and horses through the carefully created masterplan in terms of building heights, levels of density/massing, and affordable housing.
If the Rockwell development is approved by the planning board it will set a precedent for all future developers to ignore the masterplan in respect of further planning applications for the wider site. This will have a huge impact on the whole of Charlton.
For reasons that are hard to understand, the council’s own officers have recommended giving approval to the Rockwell development even through the application does not meet the vision or targets described in the masterplan which was commissioned by the council and approved by cabinet in November 2017.
The petitioners are unhappy about Rockwell’s plans for 771 new homes on an industrial estate which surrounds their homes. The scheme includes five 10-storey blocks.
One of the petition organisers, Helen Jakeways of community group Charlton Together, said: “It’s really vital for all of Charlton that Greenwich Council lives up to the vision and ambition of its own Charlton Riverside Masterplan.
“Not only would it be £850,000 of public money wasted if it didn’t, the knock on effect for all of Charlton would be awful if developers are allowed free rein on the Riverside plot. We’re asking everyone Charlton wide to sign the petition and support the Charlton Riverside Masterplan.”
In other local film news, the 3rd annual Charlton & Woolwich Free Film Festival will take place September 7th-15th, in venues around the area; we’ve heard rumours that Charlton House and the White Swan pub will be involved again this year and are looking forward to hearing the full line-up. You can keep up to date with film announcements – and get involved with the festival – via their Twitter account.