We were delighted to sell out our first print run of Charlton Champion postcards this week – thanks to everyone who called by the Corner At 96 to buy one, and to everyone who’s ordered one since. Proceeds from the sales all go to help keep this community website running. They’re now back in stock and available to order online here.
If you’d like to place a larger order, are interested in stocking them in your shop, cafe or business, or have an idea as to what we should produce next, then please get in touch – we’d love to hear from you!
As Remembrance Sunday approaches we thought it might be useful to compile a list of local events commemorating the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. Here’s what we’ve found so far:
Saturday 10th November
Wreath laying ceremonies at:
10.45am: Maze Hill War Memorial, Greenwich Park, Charlton Way, Junction with Maze Hill SE3
11.20am: St John’s Church, Stratheden Road, SE3
11.40am: St Luke’s Church, The Village, SE7
12 noon: Charlton Cemetery, Cemetery Lane, SE7
The Greenwich Roll of Honour Rob Powell, friend of the Charlton Champion and occasional contributor has a new book available:
The names of Charlton’s war dead feature in a new publication released to commemorate the centenary of the Armistice. The Greenwich Roll of Honour: 1914-1918 reproduces the names of the fallen compiled by the Metropolitan Borough of Greenwich at the end of the First World War. The old borough included Greenwich, Charlton, Kidbrooke, and parts of Deptford and Blackheath.
The 48 page booklet lists over 1800 names, accompanied by new photography of local memorials and a foreword by the Revd Canon Chris Moody from St Alfege Church in Greenwich. It’s available to buy now locally for £5 at the Old Cottage Coffee Shop in Charlton Park or online.
A new facility is in development with the Royal Borough of Greenwich with public access to a new Research Room. The Greenwich Archive Users Forum has been established and RGHT are working with the Forum to ensure access to the borough’s archive collections continues and can be enjoyed by many more residents in our community in the future. The Museum & Archive team are now based at Charlton House.
Pauline Watson, the archivist, has continued to deal with enquiries from the public by email and telephone since the closure of the Heritage Centre, and is looking forward to working with researchers in person again as soon as the new facility is up and running.At the momentshe is carrying out some incredibly useful research into past repairs and maintenance of Charlton House since the 1920s, the Trust will be sharing some of its findings on its blog in the coming weeks.
Layers of London
RGHTisproviding the ‘Hub’ at Charlton House for a new project, Layers of London. Launched at an event last week, the project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fundin partnership with London Metropolitan Archive and University of London,aims to work with the community to record layers of ‘London’s rich past’. The first meeting at Charlton House saw a wide attendance, not only from the Charlton and wider Greenwich communities but from interested people across the south east. Some very interesting projects were sharedat the meetingandanyone can take part by adding their story to the site. RGHT looksforward to seeing the content grow over the next two years as the project develops.
The‘Making Woolwich’exhibition, from the Heritage Centre is the focus of the teams work now as they manage the redesign and relocation of the display to Woolwich Town Hall. This exhibition opened in December2016 to celebrate the 300-year history of the Royal Artillery. Elements of this story will transfer to the Town Hallin Novemberwhere new audiences can find out about the important story of the Royal Artilleryin Woolwichand the men and women who haveserved in the Borough over the last 300 years.Therest of theMuseum & Archive collections will not be mothballed during this period of closure. The Trust teamwill take this opportunity todevelop a programme ofexhibitions and events that will see the collections travel out into the community.
As the centenary of the end of the First World War approaches RGHT has 4 Tommies’ from theThere but not Thereproject. If community groups are interested inloaninga Tommy for an event they can contactEdward@rght.org.ukfor details.You can find out more about the First World War Victoria Cross recipients of the boroughonthe RGHT blog where each week the story ofone ofthe four local heroes will be revisited.
The new RGHTWhat’sOnleafletis now available. Youcan pick up a copy at Charlton House. You can also collect a copy of the Woolwich History Walk leaflet, designed and printed with a generous grant from the Ministry of Defence Community Covenant Fund.If you can’t drop into CharltonHouse,you can download the leaflet herewww.greenwichheritage.org/visit/woolwich-history-walks.Alternatively,if you would like to take part in thewalk orwould like copies of either the adult or family version for your group please email@example.com copies can be sent to you for display.
I will publish a further report earlyin2019.
Best Wishes, Cllr Gary Parker
The Charlton Champion is keen to know: do you use or visit Royal Greenwich Heritage Trust facilities? What do you think of their current plans? What could they be doing, and what are they are getting right (or wrong)? Let us know in the comments below (but keep it constructive, please!)
News in from Charlton House about a concert on Friday 16th November, where the Decus Ensemble will be performing a celebration of Black British and African Classical Composers at Charlton House:
plainsightSOUNDis a research project by oboist Uchenna Ngwe, exploring, uncovering and promoting the work of Black British and African musicians working in European and West African art or classical music. Although modern composers are included, the main focus is on musicians who were active before the 1970s. The Decus Ensemble will be performing the first concerts in this series, which includes music for instrumental ensemble by Segun Akinola, Errollyn Wallen and Samuel Coleridge-Taylor.
– Saturday 27th October – 2pm, Southwark Cathedral
– Sunday 4th November – 3pm, Sutton House, Hackney
– Friday 16th November – 7.30 pm, Charlton House, Greenwich
Tickets are free but should be booked in advance here.
It’s that time of year again! We are proud to announce we will be providing our annual Christmas Food Hampers and presents to some of our Outreach families, but we NEED YOUR HELP! We rely on your donations. Please help us make a family’s Christmas this year. People can bring the donations either to the Charlton Toy Library (Tuesday/Thursday/Friday between 9:30-12:30) or to the Office at Charlton House (Monday to Friday between 10 am to 4 pm).
The Corner At 96 opens 8.30am-5pm on Friday, then 10am-5pm Saturday and Sunday. Before that, they tell us they’ll be getting in the Halloween spirit and joining in with local trick or treating on Wednesday evening.
And we’ve got something for sale there too! If you’re a Charlton Champion member you’ll already have had an email about our new Greetings from Charlton postcard – the best way to show off Charlton to your non-local friends and family – and we’re pleased to be able to stock them at The Corner At 96.
So call by, start your Christmas shopping, and support The Charlton Champion by buying a postcard (or five, or 10…)
The side, which survived the closure of the last part of the factory in 1996, has bounced around minor leagues for years, recently settling into Division 1 of the Southern Counties East Football League – the 10th tier of English football (six promotions away from the Football League). They finished a decent fifth last season and are currently in third place.
The Ropes’ modest home is at Meridian Sports & Social Club on Charlton Park Lane – there’s a clubhouse and bar, and a little stand by the pitch. The ground is shared with Meridian VP, who play in the same division.
We got to see the Ropes in cup action on Saturday – a London Senior Trophy first round match against South Kilburn FC of the 11th-tier Middlesex County League.
And we got some value for our £5 admission – after Bridon Ropes edged their opponents 1-0 in the first half, they ran rampant after the break and ran out 8-0 winners over the North Londoners, featuring a hat-trick from winger Henry Dasofunjo scored in just eight minutes.
The Ropes won this trophy in 2014 and from what we saw today, have every chance of doing it again this season. If you’re lacking a football fix or are waiting for the Addicks’ hated owner Roland Duchâtelet to exit The Valley, it’s well worth a trip up to Meridian Sports Ground to see them in action – they are next at home on Saturday 3 November, with a league match against Phoenix Sports Reserves.