Talk about the future of SE London’s local media on 4 June

White Swan
We’re having an event to mark the launch of Flyover Media on 4 June

Last month, we launched a community interest company, Flyover Media CIC, to take charge of The Charlton Champion and its sister site 853. It’s the first step towards putting these websites on a sustainable footing, and also means we can apply for grants to expand into new projects.

We’re holding an event on Tuesday 4 June upstairs at The White Swan, 22 The Village, SE7 8UD (doors 7pm, starts 8pm) to mark the launch of Flyover and to talk about what we – and you – can do to ensure SE London can still have an independent local media, with a special look at Greenwich and Lewisham. We’ll be outlining some of our plans, and figuring out a path for the future, while we’ll also hopefully have some special guests from the journalism industry.

There’ll also be a bar, so it’ll be good to share ideas over a drink. If you get along early and you’re peckish, there will be food available downstairs.

It’d be great to see you – if you can make it, please sign up via this Eventbrite link so we can get an idea of how many people will be there. Thank you.


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Don’t Leave Me Now: Greenwich Carers Centre play explores dementia

Charlton House Stables is hosting a play about dementia

Greenwich Carers Centre, at Charlton House Stables, has been in touch about a performance happening on Thursday 23 May…

Don’t Leave Me Now explores the impact of young onset dementia on two very different families. Rachael Dixey cared for her partner with dementia for seven years. Cindy Toulman visited her husband in his care home every day for ten years.

Don’t Leave Me Now was inspired by these two real life stories. With authenticity, insight and humour, playwright, Brian Daniels weaves the strands of these stories together to create a documentary-style production highlighting the emotions, dilemmas and challenges experienced by people affected by dementia.

Don’t Leave Me Now was written by Brian Daniels, Artistic Director of New End Theatre Beyond. The playreadings will be performed by a cast of five professional actors and each performance will be followed by a discussion and audience Q & A with the actors, playwright and Rachael Dixey.

Rachael Dixey’s book, ‘Our Dementia Diary: Irene, Alzheimer’s and Me’ will be on sale and Rachael will be happy to sign copies.

There are two performances, at 3pm and 6.30pm. Greenwich Carers Centre is at The Stables, 76 Hornfair Road, SE7 7BD. Tickets are £5. Book on 020 8102 9654 or email info[at]greenwichcarerscentre.org.


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The Alexandra Players get in the picture with their latest production

Alexandra Players flyer
Enjoy a night at the theatre without having to leave the SE7 postcode. The Alexandra Players, Charlton’s amateur theatre group, have been in touch…

Adapted from Christopher Isherwood’s novel Goodbye to Berlin, which is part of The Berlin Stories, I AM A CAMERA looks at Chris – a struggling young writer whose latest novel, concerns the events that occur around him in 1930’s Berlin. Sally Bowles, a singer/actress, who works in a Berlin nightclub, befriends Chris and, despite her transient, bohemian existence, her platonic relationship with him remains steady. Confronting frank subjects such as pregnancy and unwanted racism, it is a tellingly real piece of history and life. The play itself went on to inspire the musical show and film Cabaret which famously starred Liza Minelli.

With our recent last few productions selling out to capacity audiences, we guarantee you won’t want to miss this.

The show – at the Alexandra Hall, Bramshot Avenue – runs from Wednesday 29 May to Saturday 1 June, at 8pm. Tickets are £9 (£8 concs) and are available through the Players’ online box office or by calling 07867 627987.


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The Big Dig returns to Maryon Park Community Garden on Saturday

Maryon Wilson Park community garden
It’s the regular Big Dig day at Maryon Wilson Park community garden on Saturday

The folk at Maryon Park Community Garden would like a word…

Big Dig day celebrates the start of the growing season and encourages people to visit their local Capital Growth supported Community Garden.

Maryon Park Community Garden, one of Capital Growth’s flagship gardens is taking part and have a drop-in open day on Saturday 27th April 10.00 am to 4.00 pm. Visitors are invited to see how Maryon Park Community Garden is developing.

The Community Garden provides organic growing plots for local people, a Forest School space for primary schools, a garden meeting room and volunteer opportunities.

On Saturday 27st April visitors can learn more about the Community Garden, enjoy tours and talks about the Garden and the historic Maryon Park, the location of the 1960’s film ‘Blow-Up’.

There will be a plant and woodcraft sale, refreshments and the lunchtime pizza oven.

At 2.00 pm Simon and Verity from COATS will run a free family Outdoor Art Workshop in the Forest School.

“The Big Dig Day is about encouraging people and families to visit their local community garden. Whether you are an experienced gardener or new to gardening or just want to see how your local project is developing you will be welcome,” says community garden chair Tim Anderson.

Maryon Park Community Garden is a not-for-profit voluntary project situated in the former council plant nursery in Maryon Park.

To find out more about the Maryon Park Community Garden, visit its website.


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Charlton Toy Library: Easter Party fundraising event this Saturday

Charlton Toy Library Easter party 2019 Poster

Charlton Toy Library are hosting an Easter Party fundraising event this Saturday, 6th April 2019, between 2-4 pm at Charlton Assembly Rooms. The Toy Library is a volunteer-run, independent organisation providing families with a place to come and meet other parents, play with their children or get advice, as well as running outreach services around the borough of Greenwich and some parts of Bexley. Tickets are £6 per child (£4.50 in advance), £2 per adult.


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The Alexandra Players present Alan Ayckbourn’s Drowning on Dry Land

Alexandra Players Drowning on Dry Land Ayckbourn
The Alexandra Players will perform Sir Alan Ayckbourn’s Drowning on Dry Land over four nights this February, Wednesday 20th to Saturday 23rd.

About the play

Charlie Conrad is a celebrity. His talent? He hasn’t got one; the nation took him to their hearts for very publicly being unable to do anything competently. One fateful day, however, Charlie meets Marsha, and his marriage and career go into freefall… Drowning on Dry Land examines the current obsession with celebrity for its own sake and chillingly but hilariously demonstrates how celebrities can be destroyed as quickly as they are made.

Booking

Tickets cost £9 (£8 for concessions) and can be booked online via the Alexandra Players’ website, by email, or by phone: 07867 627 987.


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Join the RSPB’s Big Birdwatch with the Friends of Charlton Park

Charlton Park Bib Birdwatch poster
There’s an opportunity to meet your neighbours and other Charlton Park users on Sunday 27 January as the The Friends of Charlton Park are taking part in the RSPB’s Big Birdwatch.

They’ll be meeting by the Old Cottage Cafe at 10am and birdwatching for an hour; they recommend you wear something warm and, if you have them, bring your own binoculars.

The Big Garden Birdwatch has taken place nationally since 1979 and helps the RSPB to understand the changing populations of birds and other wildlife across the country.


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