Fire on Charlton Church Lane

Dramatic scenes on Charlton Church Lane last night, as at around 9pm fire broke out at the Fresh Fry Fish Bar. I was in the Cattleya Restaurant next door when we suddenly smelt a pretty acrid burning smell and could hear shouting outside. As we stepped out of the restaurant, black smoke was billowing out of the chip shop and the staff were only just making their way out. By this point it was impossible to see into the chip shop at all, as it was completely consumed by smoke.

While they didn’t have that far to come, the fire brigade still reached the scene incredibly quickly. Five engines made the scene, and while the shop was fully checked out, it thankfully appeared that everyone had managed to escape in time.

A word of thanks to Cattleya, who kept their patrons informed of what was going on, and once it was clear that we wouldn’t have access to the restaurant for some time, waived our bill, and would not accept any payment at all. Brilliant customer service from them, especially while their business was at risk of damage from the fire.

Here are a couple of shots of the fire. You’ll see why I won’t be pursuing a career in photojournalism…

Here’s one from me:

Fire at Charlton Church Lane

And here’s one from @slaponthebutton:

Fire at Charlton Church Lane

Local Theatre: The Killing of Sister George

Those of you wishing to patronise the arts in Charlton, in the best possible way of course, may want to make your down to the Alexandra Hall on Bramshot Avenue between 28th and 30th October. There you’ll find one of Charlton’s local theatre groups, The Alexandra Players, putting on a production of Frank Marcus’ comedy, The Killing of Sister George.

The play tells the story of June Buckridge, an actress who stars as the titular (no sniggering at the back, you know what that word means) Sister George in a popular radio serial, who becomes increasingly impossible to live with when she discovers the character is scheduled to be killed off.

At £6 a ticket, this is well worth anybody’s time. I’m a great advocate of amateur theatre for putting on cheap nights of entertainment, often to a surprisingly good standard, and of societies such as The Alexandra Players for being real community hubs.

Performances take place on 28th, 29th and 30th October, all starting at 8pm. To order your tickets just call 020 8858 2769 or email

A mild word of warning to you all: the play contains adult themes, and so it is not suitable for young children. That might actually add to the appeal for some of you!

Have you been to any good amateur shows in the area recently? Are you heading to this show? Would you be able to write a review? Do let us know in the comments box…