Can you help protect Charlton’s Assembly Rooms?

Charlton Assembly Rooms

A few weeks back we mentioned this Sunday’s concert to raise money for roof repairs at Charlton House. The concert is actually being backed by a charity set up to save the nearby Charlton Assembly Rooms – GWEN ZAMMIT, the organiser, explains all, and outlines how you can get involved.

The concert is being organised with the backing of the Save Charlton Assembly Rooms Project (SCARP) to raise money for the roof repairs at Charlton House, which will benefit the whole community. SCARP was started in 1972 by Gwen and George Zammit and Laurie Cole, all members of St Luke’s Players. Laurie was their musician as well as played for St Mary’s, the daughter church of St Luke’s.

The Assembly Rooms had been St Luke’s church hall for decades but, in the end, the upkeep of the building became too much to handle and it was decided to return it to Lord Gough – a direct descendant of the Maryon-Wilson family – who had loaned it to the church for a peppercorn rent. Lord Gough then sold the rooms to Greenwich Council, who earmarked it for demolition to make way for a car park.

Up until then, the Assembly Rooms had been the HQ for St Luke’s Players, so that is why it was decided, with the backing of the whole community and the Charlton Society, to take it over. This was eventually allowed by Greenwich Council. To cut a long story short, the Assembly Rooms now comes under the umbrella of Charlton House, hence the support of SCARP, which is a registered charity.

SCARP is looking for new trustees, most of whom have been members of St Luke’s congregation. Gwen Zammit is the Chairman and only founder member left, however, she is still supported by Pat Wardale and Kitty Baden-Powell. If you are interested in joining the charity, you will not have much to do – really – but a charity needs Trustees to function, albeit not very often!

If you would like to be involved please contact Gwen on 020 8856 7373.

You can also buy tickets for the Music for an Autumnal Evening concert on the same number. Tickets are £15, and the concert is at the Old Library in Charlton House from 7pm this Sunday.


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Picture Me There: Charlton-inspired dance performance comes to Severndroog Castle

Picture Me There rehearsal shot

A couple of months ago, a dance trio, THE COLLECTORS, appealed for readers’ help in creating a Charlton-themed dance piece, Picture Me There. Now it’s about it get its first two performances. They tell us…

This site specific work is devised and shaped from pictures and photos of people in Charlton both historic and present. With references to the lido, Charlton House and the football club, expect a quirky and playful montage.

Performance days and times:

Sunday 26th September
11am, 12 pm & 1pm (roughly 20 mins)
Severndroog Castle, SE18 3RT
Suitable for all ages
Reserve free tickets >at Eventbrite

Sunday 17th October
From 2pm (roughly 20 mins)
Horn Fair, Charlton House & Gardens, SE7 8RE
Suitable for all ages

You can follow The Collectors as they rehearse and perform on Instagram: @thecollectorsprojects

This event has been made possible through funding from Greenwich Council.


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Mamma Mia! Charlton’s Abba musical can’t go ahead unless men come forward

Mamma Mia film promo pic
Want to follow in the footsteps of these chaps?

The new Charlton Village Theatre group is planning to stage the Abba musical Mamma Mia! in November to raise funds to help restore the roof of Charlton House. Their auditions on Sunday went well – but not enough men turned up.

And without men to fill the roles, there can be no musical. GWEN ZAMMIT appeals for help…

Mamma Mia! needs some more fellas please. We still have to find two dads for Sophie, aged 40+. They are not very big parts and are mostly one-liners. We also need two friends of Sky, Sophie’s bridegroom, 18+. Again not massive parts.

We attempt to not waste people’s time at rehearsals and try to plan so you either do not have to attend every rehearsal or you are only needed for a specific time.

Our “crowd” is also a bit small. We need even more males as well as a few more females for singing in the chorus.

Without the above, we cannot start the production because, although small, they are key parts. So come on please help us out – you will have fun! The four performances are scheduled for November 26th, 27th and 28th at The Assembly Rooms, The Village, Charlton. Dress rehearsal: Sunday, 21st November for everyone.

Please ‘bell’ me on 020 8856 7373 if you want to know more ASAP. Thanks.


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