Together 22: House and Garage Orchestra headline free Charlton Park festival

Charlton Park
Platinum Jubilee events will take over Charlton Park for two days in June

The House and Garage Orchestra will headline Greenwich Council’s free Together 22 festival in Charlton Park, which will kick off the four-day Platinum Jubilee weekend.

The South London-based act, who specialise in classical reimaginings of house and garage favourites, will close the festival, which will run from noon to 6pm on Thursday 2 June.

Other acts on stage will include the indie band Two Weeks in Nashville, Columbian-Italian singer/songwriter Desta French, all-female bhangra collective Eternal Taal, Tyber and Pete from the Dualers and YolanDa’s Band Jam from CBeebies.

There will also be a marketplace with food, drink and crafts, a kids’ zone, community groups and sporting activities, while the festival will celebrate 50 years since the first Britain’s first Pride celebrations with a dedicated Pride50 tent.

Two Weeks in Nashville
Two Weeks in Nashville will spend one afternoon in Charlton Park

The park will host two days of jubilee celebrations, with Platinum Picnic in the Park following on Friday 3 June, with “activities reflecting royalty across the globe” between noon and 4pm.

Charlton parkrun will not take place on Saturday 4 June because the festival stages will still be in place.

More details of both events are on the Greenwich Council website.

Slightly earlier in the week, there will also be a jubilee celebration in Cherry Orchard Estate from noon to 4pm on Wednesday 1 June, with a kings and queens procession, teddy bears’ picnic, live music and tea and cake.

Beacons will be lit up across the country at 9.30pm on Thursday 2 June to mark the jubilee. One will be lit on Blackheath, with choirs and a bugler, while another will be lit at the same time in General Gordon Square in Woolwich.


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Plant sale at Charlton House this Sunday to help fund garden restoration

Charlton House in the evening
Charlton House will open its doors this Sunday

The Charlton & Blackheath Amateur Horticultural Society is holding a plant sale at Charlton House this Sunday to help raise funds for its work restoring the house’s walled garden.

The sale is part of a wider community day that will also feature the Charlton Society, Charlton Toy Library, Charlton Community Gardens, Blackheath Flower Club and the Friends of Greenwich Park, with a discovery trail and crafts for children.

Inside Charlton House there will also be a World War I-themed day as part of its Meet the Collection series of events.

Proceeds from the plant sale will go towards the walled garden and the society’s other work as well as the Greenwich & Bexley Cottage Hospice.

The event runs from 11am to 3pm this Sunday.

Meanwhile, this evening Charlton Community Gardens will be hosting its own plant sale in front gardens in Inverine Road, Elliscombe Road, Sandtoft Road and Wyndcliff Road. See its website for more details.


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The White Swan: Charlton Society to discuss much-missed pub’s fate

White Swan
Mendoza put the White Swan on the market in 2020

The fate of The White Swan in Charlton Village will be up for discussion at the Charlton Society‘s regular monthly meeting this Saturday, together with a number of issues about improving the area.

The Swan closed suddenly in March 2020, just before the first lockdown, after a lengthy battle to pay the rent demanded by the Isle of Man-based property developer Mendoza, which bought the freehold from Punch Taverns for £900,000 in 2015.

Since then, the pub has been put on the market, with Mendoza demanding £40,000 in rent each year, although it no longer appears on the front page of agent Jenkins Law’s website. In November 2020, planning permission was given for a house at the rear of the site – shrinking the pub’s beer garden. Final approval of a six-month construction programme was given last June.

The society has added the restoration of the Swan as a priority item to its Save Our Village Action Plan, which it will be discussing on Saturday.

Most of the (many) other items in the plan are to do with the public realm around the village, although it also includes the 20mph zone which was implemented two years ago, along with “continuous pavements” that were described as an “accident waiting to happen” on this website in March.

The meeting will be held at Charlton House at 2.30pm this Saturday; there is an admission fee of £3 for non-members and £2 for members.


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