Picture Me There: Share your Charlton thoughts and help a new dance performance

Picture Me There

A special dance project is coming to Charlton, and the people behind it would like you to share your thoughts, memories, pictures and more. BEATRICE, CORNELIS and ORLEY from THE COLLECTORS are here to explain more.

The Collectors are coming to Charlton and would like to invite residents to provide images and text significant to Charlton to help create a performance, called Picture Me There, that is specific to the area.

How can you get involved? There are three ways.

  • Anyone in Charlton of any age can share photos, images, text, maps, memories or anything else involving residents and drawing from the present or past. These items will shape our show. You can drop them here onto our Google Drive.
  • We’re looking for ten to 15 Charlton residents to work with us more closely. They would meet us for a first catch-up and material sharing on Sunday 1 August. They will then take part in a workshop on the Sunday 19 September as well as helping us decide where to perform. All ages welcome. We would like to have an intergenerational group. Venue and times to be confirmed.
  • Anyone can watch and enjoy the free performances on Sunday 26 September.

For more information and to register for the meeting and workshop, email us at thecollectorsprojects[at]gmail.com.

Follow us on Instagram for updates and to see our work in progress: instagram.com/thecollectorsprojects

If you do not have do not have internet access and would like to participate or share anything, contact Greenwich Dance at Charlton House (020 8293 9741).

This is a free event funded by Greenwich Council.


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11-13 year-olds: Make music and get active with The Big Red Bus Club this summer

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Charlton’s Big Red Bus Club has been busy branching out recently – its latest venture is into summer sessions to help 11 to 13-year-olds rebuild their confidence through music and fun after a shattering 16 months. The club’s ANNIE DREWRY explains more…

March 16, 2020 was, for many children, simply the day the music died. For those kids that didn’t already have instruments at home or access to private online lessons, music simply disappeared.

In Charlton, like the rest of the country, music education not only came to an abrupt halt. Not just the lessons ending, but the community music programmes such as the after-school drumming clubs or choirs that were as much about friendship as they were the performances that resulted from them.

For your average 11-year-old, the summer is full of music. It’s when you head down to Primark to pick up your outfit for your final primary school disco, or the nervous excitement waiting to find out if you’ve got a song in your final school play. It’s endless practising for your final year assemblies, and the sharing of playlists among friends – the friends that you will leave as a memory of your childhood as you move to secondary school and make the friends that will see you become an adult.

The Big Red Bus Club has always believed in the power of the arts to build our community in Charlton, whether it be two toddlers sharing finger-painting or the mums in our Baby Blues Choir raising awareness of maternal mental health through performance. We know friendships are built when we create together.

So this summer, we are putting on two free programmes for Charlton’s 11-13 year olds.

Pump it Up, a week-long series of music workshops culminating in kids creating their own track and recording it, and Power Up, a whole week of activities ranging from pottery to engineering activities specifically for girls.

Last year was hard. At the Big Red Bus Club we want to bring the music back into kids’ lives, help them make local friends and to hang out and just be kids again.

You can help by letting local kids know that we are here.

Pump It Up: Monday 26 to Friday 30 July, 11-4pm, music workshops including singing, percussion and composition with a whole range of local artists.

Power Up (girls only): Monday 2 to Friday 6 August, 10-3pm, wellbeing workshops including pottery, yoga, engineering and a day trip.

To book for either free programme, visit thebigredbusclub.com/summerschemes.


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Community day in Charlton House’s ‘secret garden’ this Sunday

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Volunteers have been restoring the gardens behind Charlton House

Volunteers who have been restoring the gardens behind Charlton House will be showing off their work on Sunday – and a there’s be a lot more happening too. KATHY AITKEN from Charlton & Blackheath Amateur Horticultural Society explains…

The Charlton & Blackheath Amateur Horticultural Society is planning its annual Plant Sale and Community Day this Sunday May 30th from 11 am. This year we have expanded our event, so it’s not just for plant hunters, it’s going to be a real family and community day too.

Tables will be laid out in the “Long Borders” at the back of the walled gardens, which will all be open to the public, and many of the volunteers will be there to show off their latest revival efforts.

There will be home-baked cakes from the Greenwich & Blackheath WI, colouring and flower activities from the Charlton Toy Library, there will be displays from The Charlton Society, the Friends of Greenwich Park, the Charlton Community Garden (who look after the station and Charlton Park’s orchard) and the Friends of Charlton Park (the park’s meadow). Blackheath Flower Arrangers will be showing off their floral designs.

For children, there will be a Discovery Trail around the gardens, with lots of things to find (perhaps a silkworm cocoon, a Yew Fairy or a Frog Prince..). Adults can walk the trail too, and perhaps spot a red oak or a pomegranate. Children can pot up their own strawberry plant to take home.

Our members have been busy planting and potting up, there will be a great selection of perennials like Salvias, Hostas and Agapanthus as well as veg, herbs and house plants. Funds raised from plant sales will go equally to the Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice and the walled gardens revival. It will be cash only and best to bring your own bags.

The Green Goddess pub will be on the patio for refreshments, and the weather forecast is looking up. Come and play in your favourite secret garden!


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