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

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

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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


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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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Remembrance events in and around Charlton and the Greenwich Roll of Honour

Charlton War Memorial
The war memorial in Charlton Village

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

Find more wreath laying ceremonies around the borough on Greenwich Council’s website.

Sunday 11th November

Remembrance services at St Luke’s and St Thomas’ churches, both at 10am on 11th November, with observance of the 2 minute silence. Everyone is welcome

The United Reformed Church on Bramshot Avenue has a remembrance service starting at 10.50am. All welcome.


Do you know of any other remembrance events in or around Charlton? Drop us a line and we’ll add them to this page.

The Greenwich Roll of Honour
greenwich roll of honourRob 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.

What’s happening at Royal Greenwich Heritage Trust? An update from Cllr Gary Parker

Charlton House SE7
Charlton House is managed by Royal Greenwich Heritage Trust. Photo by Neil Clasper.

An update on activities at Royal Greenwich Heritage Trust from board member and Charlton councillor Gary Parker:

I would like to update you on the work of the Royal Greenwich Heritage Trust (RGHT) which has been busy managing and developing their significant portfolio of Royal Borough of Greenwich heritage assets.

Much has taken place at the Trust over the last few month, and residents will be aware that Greenwich Heritage Centre i Woolwich closed its doors on 21 July to make way for Phase I of the Creative District development.

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 moment she 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

RGHT is providing 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 Fund in 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 shared at the meeting and anyone can take part by adding their story to the site. RGHT looks forward to seeing the content grow over the next two years as the project develops. 

Making Woolwich

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 December 2016 to celebrate the 300-year history of the Royal Artillery. Elements of this story will transfer to the Town Hall in November where new audiences can find out about the important story of the Royal Artillery in Woolwich and the men and women who have served in the Borough over the last 300 years. The rest of the Museum & Archive collections will not be mothballed during this period of closure. The Trust team will take this opportunity to develop a programme of exhibitions and events that will see the collections travel out into the community. 

WWI Centenary

Charlton Village War Memorial
The war memorial in Charlton. The borough’s war memorials are maintained by Royal Greenwich Heritage Trust. Photo by Neil Clasper.

As the centenary of the end of the First World War approaches RGHT has 4 Tommies’ from the There but not There project. If community groups are interested in loaning a Tommy for an event they can contact for details. You can find out more about the First World War Victoria Cross recipients of the borough on the RGHT blog where each week the story of one of the four local heroes will be revisited. 

The new RGHT What’s On leaflet is now available. You can 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 Charlton House, you can download the leaflet here Alternatively, if you would like to take part in the walk or would like copies of either the adult or family version for your group please contact and copies can be sent to you for display. 

I will publish a further report early in 2019.

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!)

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A celebration of Black British and African Classical Composers at Charlton House

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:

plainsightSOUND is 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.

Concert dates:
– 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.

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