Charlton House gardens open day and Easter trail this Sunday

Old Pond Garden this month
Volunteers have been hard at work in the Old Pond Garden

What are you up to on Sunday? KATHY AITKEN from Charlton & Blackheath Horticultural Society invites you to a family day ay Charlton House…

The Charlton House walled gardens will be open specially this Sunday, April 10th, from 11-3pm, so visitors can see the fabulous work of all the volunteers, getting the gardens ready for the spring and summer.

There will be an Easter trail for children, Bunnies in the Beds, but with an international twist!

The Charlton & Blackheath Horticultural Society will be running a small plant sale (cash only), there are some lovely day lilies, Hostas and hardy geraniums ready to go to a new home.

The Royal Greenwich Heritage Trust has organised a producers’ market on the front lawn, there will be drop-in craft activities for kids in the house, and Frilly’s cafe will be open.

To find out more about Charlton & Blackheath Horticultural Society, visit cabahs.com


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Find out about the Charlton House ‘secret garden’ this Saturday

Old Pond Garden
Volunteers have been restoring the Old Pond Garden at Charlton House in recent years

Ever wanted to find out more about the Charlton House gardens and the work to restore them? The Charlton Society is hosting a talk about them on Saturday with Kathy Aitken of Charlton & Blackheath Amateur Horticultural Society.

Kathy is a keen amateur gardener, developing her own garden over the last 30 years. She joined the local Horticultural Society in 2014, finding it a very friendly group with a wide range of gardening knowledge. Her working life was in accountancy, and she discovered the considerable health benefits of gardening very early on. She is now Vice Chair of the Society and runs the admin side of the volunteer scheme at the walled gardens.

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett was published in 1911 and became such a popular book it has never been out of print. The walled gardens attached to Charlton House are 400-year-old gems that have been under-used and neglected in recent years, becoming a truly ‘Secret Garden’ on our doorstep!

The talk will tell you about the history of the gardens and how the local Horticultural Society and the Charlton community are helping the Royal Greenwich Heritage Trust to make them beautiful again.

The talk will be followed by refreshments. We will be charging our usual entrance fee which helps towards room hire. This is £2 for members and £3 for visitors and we should be able to accept cash, cheque or contactless payments.

The talk is this Saturday, March 19 at the Charlton Assembly Rooms. It starts at 2.30pm.


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Charlton and Woolwich Free Film Festival 2022: Get involved with this year’s event

Last year’s highlights included Dunkirk at St George’s Garrison Church in Woolwich

It’s that time of year again – the organisers of the Charlton and Woolwich Free Film Festival are planning this year’s event. And as always, they need your help to put it on.

This year’s festival runs from September 9 to 17 and will be held at venues across the SE7 and SE18 areas. Past venues have included Charlton House, St Luke’s Church, St George’s Garrison Church in Woolwich and Shrewsbury House in Shooters Hill. Two years ago, we teamed up with the festival to hold a special screening of All the President’s Men at Charlton House.

The team are now thrashing out what will be in this year’s programme – and looking for volunteers to get on board and make it happen.

Want to get involved? There’s a meeting at Charlton House on Thursday March 17 at 7pm – all are welcome. Or you can get in touch with the team via their website.


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