Classical concert in support of Charlton’s Night Shelter for the homeless

The Charlton Ensemble will perform ‘popular classics for cello, voice and piano’ in support of St. Thomas’ Church’s night shelter for the homeless on Sunday 27 January.

The Charlton Ensemble consist of professional instrumentalists and singers who live, work and/or worship in the Charlton area. They promise a varied programme ranging from Baroque to Bernstein. The concert will take place at St. Thomas’ Church on Woodland Terrace, starting at 7pm; tickets cost £10 – phone 07989 740 252 to book.

St. Thomas’ night shelter for the homeless forms part of the Greenwich Winter Night Shelter Network, which provides overnight accommodation for rough sleepers in the borough of Greenwich. You can read more about the project – and how to get involved – here.


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Want to a cook up a storm this new year? Join a free Charlton cookery club

GCDA runs free cookery clubs across the Greenwich and Lewisham

Interested in learning to cook healthy, affordable meals with people from your local community? Christina Reynolds from GCDA (Greenwich Cooperative Development Agency) has been in touch with details of free cookery clubs running in the area: 

COOK TOGETHER.  EAT TOGETHER

There’s no better way of getting to know people than cooking and eating together. Food helps break down social barriers and combats loneliness, whilst a nutritious diet can be one of the main cornerstones of a healthy lifestyle alongside regular exercise. It’s for these reasons that GCDA (Greenwich Cooperative Development Agency) has been running free weekly Cookery Clubs across Greenwich and Lewisham boroughs for many years now, with the clubs in Greenwich funded by Greenwich Council’s public health team.  The aims of the clubs are to increase participants’ awareness of healthy eating and to develop the skills required to prepare meals using affordable, easily accessible ingredients, without the need for a kitchen full of the latest gadgets! 

GCDA is a not-for-profit organisation that’s been working in the local community for more than 30 years, sharing a passion for sustainable, well-made, nutritious food.  Typically, its Cookery Clubs are run in community venues and are open to everyone, regardless of previous ability or experience.  

You’ll find 60 clubs running across Greenwich borough per year, including in Charlton at Mascalls Meeting Room on Victoria Way, and they run in 5-week blocks, with up to 12 participants taking part each time. In addition, GCDA can also tailor an offer for individual groups and organisations – they’ve previously worked with Age Concern, Pause, Nepalese groups, army families and older residents in social housing and a charity for women who’ve experienced repeated pregnancies that result in children needing to be removed from their care.

All the tutors at GCDA’s cookery clubs are people from the local community. They’re all DBS checked and have been trained by the Open College Network, so you know that you’re learning from the best. Many started out attending Cookery Clubs themselves and loved the experience so much that they decided to specialise and train as tutors themselves!

And as for results? Well they speak for themselves, last year GCDA ran 72 Cookery Clubs and reached a total of 662 people. Nearly half said they’d increased the number of meals they cooked from scratch and when it came to eating more healthily, there were real improvements too: 55% of participants reported an increase in the amount of fruit and veg they eat, 43% had cut down on sugary drinks, 65% measured the oil they used in their food and 42% had started measuring salt when cooking.

But the best testimonials come from those who actually attend the clubs:

The tutor is brilliant. She has given me confidence and is kind and really knowledgeable.” – John from Glyndon club

I love the course! I’m getting loads of new knowledge and the social interaction is great; it’s wonderful meeting people from other cultures” – Mary from Trinity club

I’m more confident in cooking, chopping and reading labels, thank you so much for this great course!” – Surjit from GCDA club

If you want to book on, call 0800 4704831 or if you’d like to commission a bespoke offering for your organisation please contact christina[at]gcda.org.uk.  


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Go for a Boxing Day dip at Charlton Lido

Swimmers enjoying the sunshine on Boxing Day last year. Thanks to Rosemary Leeke for the photo.

Fancy a Christmas dip? Charlton Lido will be open to swimmers looking to get some post-Christmas Day exercise – or just a splash around and some fresh air – this Boxing Day morning. The heated pool will be open 9-11am, and tickets can be booked in advance here (and are cheaper than paying on the door).

Santa carrying out lifeguard duties on Boxing Day last year. Thanks to Fiona Veacock for the photo.
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Can you help Charlton fans support Greenwich Foodbank this Saturday?

Charlton Athletic players helping at Greenwich Foodbank with Fans Supporting Foodbanks organiser Samuel Spong.

Charlton Athletic has joined forces with Fans Supporting Foodbanks to help locals in need over Christmas. Supporters will again be able to donate non-perishable food at The Valley before Charlton’s home game against Gillingham this Saturday, after a successful collection event before the game against AFC Wimbledon last weekend.

The items collected by Fans Supporting Foodbanks will be given to Greenwich Foodbank, which operates eight foodbanks in the borough, and is in desperate need during the busy Christmas period.

Last year, Greenwich Foodbank fed 7,505 people. This year it looks like numbers could be as much as 20 per cent higher, meaning a constant supply of food is crucial.

Charlton fan Samuel Spong created Fans Supporting Foodbanks after being inspired by a similar initiative in Liverpool. He said: “The aim is to utilise the collective power of football fans to help vulnerable local residents get through Christmas. This is the first time we have done something like this and Charlton, given its long-standing commitment to community work, seemed like a natural partner.”

Alan Robinson of Greenwich Foodbank said: “We are very excited by this initiative. We know that Charlton Athletic and their fans care deeply about our community and to partner with them to explore a new source of food at a time when demand is increasing gives us confidence for the future.”

Fans Supporting Foodbanks will be collecting outside The Valley before the game against Gillingham on Saturday 22nd December.

What is a non-perishable food? 

Non-perishable foods have a long shelf life and don’t require refrigeration. Examples include cereals, rice, long life milk or canned meat or fish. The current urgent needs are shown on the website https://greenwich.foodbank.org.uk/give-help/donate-food/.

If you are unable to make it to the game or would like to donate away from the matchday, you can find more information here.

 


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Can you help fix Charlton House’s leaky roof?

Royal Greenwich Heritage Trust has launched an appeal to raise money to repair Charlton House’s leaking ceiling. It says “Works this year at Charlton House have totalled £10k with a further £25k required to do more essential repairs to protect the Jacobean ceilings“. You can donate here.

Royal Greenwich Heritage Trust was set up by Greenwich Council in 2014 to manage historic buildings in the borough, including Charlton House, the Assembly Rooms, and the Tudor Barn in Eltham, as well as the borough archives and war memorials.


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Charlton House to provide A Safe Place for the local community

Charlton House
Charlton House. Photo © Neil Clasper

News from Charlton House about its involvement in a new scheme providing support for local residents with learning disabilities:

Royal Greenwich Heritage Trust is delighted to announce that Charlton House has been confirmed as A Safe Place, part of a network of shops, cafes, museums and heritage buildings around the Royal Borough of Greenwich where any local resident with a learning disability can go for help should they need it.

With funding from the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC), support from the Royal Borough of Greenwich and the Metropolitan Police, the Safe Place Scheme was set up by Advocacy in Greenwich.

The Safe Place logo

Charlton House as a heritage building at the heart of the borough is proud to have joined this new initiative and scheme, providing support or shelter should anyone feel scared, intimidated or unsafe.

For more information on the A Safe Place scheme you can visit the Advocacy in Greenwich website at www.advocacyingreenwich.org.uk/safe_places.


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Greetings from Charlton: Celebrate our neighbourhood with our new postcards


Charlton Champion Postcard

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!

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