Royal Greenwich Heritage Trust is looking for people to get involved with this year’s Horn Fair – taking place on Sunday 14th October, which will be themed around the 100-year anniversary of Charlton House opening as a World War I voluntary aid detachment hospital in 1918.
You can get in touch with the trust by email at office[@]rght.org.uk or by telephone on 020 8856 3951.
“Greenwich Dance and Greenwich Heritage Trust announce a new affiliation which has resulted in a brand new home for Greenwich Dance within Charlton House, the historic Jacobean country house in Charlton, South East London.
The affiliation offers Greenwich Dance good office space in addition to access to beautiful spaces for class, projects and performance which include The Old Library and The Charlton Assembly Rooms as well as the grounds and gardens. Greenwich Dance and Greenwich Heritage Trust plan to develop the affiliation further to create more opportunities for dance to animate Charlton House and for joint approaches to outreach. It will enable Greenwich Dance to re-launch its popular morning classes for professional dancers as well as bringing its over 60’s performance company Dancing To The Music of Time to Charlton which had previously been accommodated by Greenwich and Lewisham Young People’s Theatre at the Tramshed in Woolwich.
The move marks the beginning of a new way of working for Greenwich Dance where classes, courses, projects and performance making will be sited across the borough and the proximity of other like-minded organisations based at Charlton House offers potential for exciting new collaborations and partnerships.
Speaking about the collaboration, Chief Executive Officer, Melanie Precious said: “We are thrilled to have a new home at Charlton House. It’s a beautiful setting in which to base an organisation such as Greenwich Dance which has creativity and the community at its heart. Charlton House is well positioned for our new operational model, we feel as is if forgotten areas of the borough are now within easy reach. We are also hugely excited at the possibility of bringing both the community and professional dancers to Charlton House to enjoy dance within its beautiful rooms and glorious gardens.
We very much look forward to working with the Greenwich Heritage Trust and other residents here to create brand new programmes to keep Greenwich dancing.”
Global Fusion Music And Arts and Royal Greenwich Heritage Trust are running a Community Fun Day and Dog Show this Sunday, July 22nd, in the grounds of Charlton House. Themed ‘A focus on youth‘, the event takes place 12-5pm with the dog show at 2pm. Admission is free.
Charlton Champion reader LARA RUFFLE COLES has been in touch with news from Charlton House:
I’ve lived in Charlton for nearly four years and I’ve always been perplexed about the opening hours of the tea rooms at Charlton House. Why are they only open during the week? What about the weekend when most people are home from work, and are able to pootle on down for a cup of tea and a piece of cake?
Given how few places there are for a tea or coffee in Charlton – The Old Cottage Coffee Shop is my usual spot, you might have thought that filling the tea rooms on a weekend would have been an easy win for the Royal Greenwich Heritage Trust who run the building. Alas however, the tea rooms shut up shop on Friday.
But, good news is here!
Charlton House manager Edward Schofield has confirmed that after a successful trial run earlier this year, the tea rooms will now be open on Saturdays from 11am-3pm.
No word on Sunday opening hours so far, but as the Saturday change is permanent, perhaps opening on a Sunday is the next step?
At last, somewhere else to go at the weekend!
The Charlton House site has now been updated to state the new opening times, and an updated banner will be displayed outside Charlton House in the next week or so.
If you would like to give feedback on the new opening hours, their office is based at Charlton House, or you can email the trust on email@example.com, or find them on social media.
In other local film news, the 3rd annual Charlton & Woolwich Free Film Festival will take place September 7th-15th, in venues around the area; we’ve heard rumours that Charlton House and the White Swan pub will be involved again this year and are looking forward to hearing the full line-up. You can keep up to date with film announcements – and get involved with the festival – via their Twitter account.
Royal Greenwich Heritage Trust are celebrating the centenary of women’s suffrage this Friday with ‘A musical journey through 500 years, featuring Emmeline Pankhurst’s March of the Women and a brand new song commissioned by the BBC‘.
The event takes place in The Old Library, Charlton House, from 3.30pm. Entry is free, RSVP to office [at] rght.org.uk.
Charlton House hosts its Horn Fair on Sunday 15 October from 10am to 4pm.
It might not be the riotous, drunken event of Horn Fairs past, but it does promise a range of family-friendly activities, cream teas, market stalls, children’s music lessons, and “Hogarth’s 1751 pub selling gin and beer” – plus live music and balloon entertainment.