Meet Charlton-based graphic novel author at Thames-Side Studios

Andrew Donkin, Eoin Colfer and Giovanni Rigano
Prize guys: Andrew Donkin, Eoin Colfer and Giovanni Rigano. Andrew and Giovanni will be speaking next week

Last year, The Charlton Champion caught up with writer Andrew Donkin to talk about the success of his award-winning graphic novel, Illegal, about a boy’s epic journey to Europe.

Now he is holding a talk at Thames-Side Studios in Warspite Road on Thursday 17 January with illustrator Giovanni Rigano (above) to talk about the process involved in putting Illegal together, from their initial thoughts and ideas, location sketches and characterisation, through to storyboarding, final artwork and publication.

Giovanni will be flying in from Italy and drawing live during the talk. Individually customised copies by Giovanni will also be available on the evening.

Illegal, written by Andrew and Eoin Colfer and with artwork by Giovanni, won the Judges’ Special Award at the Children’s Books Ireland Awards in May, and the UK paperback edition was released in August. It is also curently nominated for the Carnigie Medal and Kate Greenaway Medal.

The talk, at 6pm, is free, but spaces are limited – contact Thames-Side Studios to book a place.

Illegal is available from Hive Books (pick up at Ottie and the Bea on Old Dover Road) and through Amazon.co.uk.


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Classical concert in support of Charlton’s Night Shelter for the homeless

The Charlton Ensemble will perform ‘popular classics for cello, voice and piano’ in support of St. Thomas’ Church’s night shelter for the homeless on Sunday 27 January.

The Charlton Ensemble consist of professional instrumentalists and singers who live, work and/or worship in the Charlton area. They promise a varied programme ranging from Baroque to Bernstein. The concert will take place at St. Thomas’ Church on Woodland Terrace, starting at 7pm; tickets cost £10 – phone 07989 740 252 to book.

St. Thomas’ night shelter for the homeless forms part of the Greenwich Winter Night Shelter Network, which provides overnight accommodation for rough sleepers in the borough of Greenwich. You can read more about the project – and how to get involved – here.


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Developer Rockwell to hold last-minute, four-hour Charlton Riverside exhibition

Rockwell revised scheme
Rockwell’s revised scheme will be examined by City Hall, not Greenwich Council

The developer behind controversial plans to build 771 new homes off Anchor & Hope Lane is to hold two short consultation sessions this weekend to explain their proposals to residents.

London mayor Sadiq Khan took control of the planning application in August, weeks after Greenwich Council’s main planning committee threw out the proposed development, and a public hearing at City Hall is likely to come in a few weeks. (Update: The Charlton Champion understands this is likely to be on Tuesday 29 January.)

Neighbours in Atlas and Derrick Gardens had complained that the development – likely to be the first development on the Charlton Riverside to get planning approval, albeit from Khan rather than the council – would loom over their homes, while Greenwich’s planning chair Sarah Merrill called it “reminiscent of Stalingrad”.

The amended scheme, created after discussions with Khan’s officers at City Hall, sees two storeys lopped off a block that overlooked homes in Derrick Gardens, meaning the historic cottages of Atlas and Derrick Gardens will now have a four-storey block behind them.

Rockwell is now holding a last-minute public exhibition about the proposals – however, it will only run from 9am to 11am on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 January, at the Anchor & Hope pub.

The City Hall consultation on the scheme has been extended until the following Monday to take account of the brief opportunity for neighbours to talk to Rockwell about the proposals.

See more on the revised plans here.


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Want to a cook up a storm this new year? Join a free Charlton cookery club

GCDA runs free cookery clubs across the Greenwich and Lewisham

Interested in learning to cook healthy, affordable meals with people from your local community? Christina Reynolds from GCDA (Greenwich Cooperative Development Agency) has been in touch with details of free cookery clubs running in the area: 

COOK TOGETHER.  EAT TOGETHER

There’s no better way of getting to know people than cooking and eating together. Food helps break down social barriers and combats loneliness, whilst a nutritious diet can be one of the main cornerstones of a healthy lifestyle alongside regular exercise. It’s for these reasons that GCDA (Greenwich Cooperative Development Agency) has been running free weekly Cookery Clubs across Greenwich and Lewisham boroughs for many years now, with the clubs in Greenwich funded by Greenwich Council’s public health team.  The aims of the clubs are to increase participants’ awareness of healthy eating and to develop the skills required to prepare meals using affordable, easily accessible ingredients, without the need for a kitchen full of the latest gadgets! 

GCDA is a not-for-profit organisation that’s been working in the local community for more than 30 years, sharing a passion for sustainable, well-made, nutritious food.  Typically, its Cookery Clubs are run in community venues and are open to everyone, regardless of previous ability or experience.  

You’ll find 60 clubs running across Greenwich borough per year, including in Charlton at Mascalls Meeting Room on Victoria Way, and they run in 5-week blocks, with up to 12 participants taking part each time. In addition, GCDA can also tailor an offer for individual groups and organisations – they’ve previously worked with Age Concern, Pause, Nepalese groups, army families and older residents in social housing and a charity for women who’ve experienced repeated pregnancies that result in children needing to be removed from their care.

All the tutors at GCDA’s cookery clubs are people from the local community. They’re all DBS checked and have been trained by the Open College Network, so you know that you’re learning from the best. Many started out attending Cookery Clubs themselves and loved the experience so much that they decided to specialise and train as tutors themselves!

And as for results? Well they speak for themselves, last year GCDA ran 72 Cookery Clubs and reached a total of 662 people. Nearly half said they’d increased the number of meals they cooked from scratch and when it came to eating more healthily, there were real improvements too: 55% of participants reported an increase in the amount of fruit and veg they eat, 43% had cut down on sugary drinks, 65% measured the oil they used in their food and 42% had started measuring salt when cooking.

But the best testimonials come from those who actually attend the clubs:

The tutor is brilliant. She has given me confidence and is kind and really knowledgeable.” – John from Glyndon club

I love the course! I’m getting loads of new knowledge and the social interaction is great; it’s wonderful meeting people from other cultures” – Mary from Trinity club

I’m more confident in cooking, chopping and reading labels, thank you so much for this great course!” – Surjit from GCDA club

If you want to book on, call 0800 4704831 or if you’d like to commission a bespoke offering for your organisation please contact christina[at]gcda.org.uk.  


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Can you help win cash to restore Rathmore Youth Club’s mosaic benches?

Rathmore Youth Club benches
The benches have been in place since 1980, when a mural was also painted

Neighbours of Rathmore Youth Club’s distinctive mosaic benches can vote for them to get funding to be restored to their former glory under a Greenwich Council scheme.

The benches were installed in 1980 along with a mural along the Rathmore Road side of the building. The mural has long gone but the benches remain, albeit showing their age through wear, tear and vandalism.

Rathmore Road benches
Greenwich Mural Workshop wants to restore the benches to their former glory

Greenwich Mural Workshop, which created the benches, is hoping for £16,518 from the Greenwich Neighbourhood Growth Fund, a scheme created from a levy placed on developers in the area.

The borough is divided up into four areas for the scheme – residents who live near the youth club in Peninsula ward, as well as across Blackheath and Greenwich, can vote for the benches to be restored. Other schemes in that area hoping for money include a summer fair in Greenwich Millennium Village, a drinking fountain in East Greenwich Pleasaunce and an autism support centre at the Montessori centre on Westcombe Hill. There is a total of £227,761 available.

Rathmore Road benches
Residents in Peninsula ward can vote for them to be restored

Residents in the rest of Charlton (Charlton, Woolwich Riverside and Kidbrooke with Hornfair wards) are placed in the Charlton and Woolwich area and have a different choice of projects, with £109,029 available.

Champions 4 Change – the boxing project at St Thomas’ Church on Woodland Terrace – is looking for £13,858 to help young people at risk of joining gangs and young carers. The Charlton Champion featured its work last year.

Champions 4 Change
The Charlton Champion visited Champions 4 Change last year (photo: Neil Clasper)

The Friends of Maryon and Maryon Wilson Parks are looking for £17,350 to help improve facilities in the animal enclosures; while on the Cherry Orchard Estate the New Leaf Food Cabin is hoping for £7,500. Charlton Park rugby club, based on Broad Walk, Kidbrooke, is looking for £9,750 to improve its rugby training schemes for young people.

The other projects hoping for money from the Charlton & Woolwich pot are the creche at the Clock House community centre on the Woolwich Dockyard Estate and a community hub at the Stir Cafe in Woolwich.

Read the full shortlist before voting on the Greenwich Council website (you may need to register first).


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A New Year story from Charlton Cemetery

Charlton Cemetery (photo by Leslie Archard used under Creative Commons)

On the last day of 2018 – an email from Ann Olson…

On Sunday 7th October my husband and I visited the McIntosh family grave at Charlton Cemetery after having flown in from Sweden the previous day. We had no flowers with us but after a while we spotted a middle-aged couple and I went over to ask if there was a flower shop in the area. The lady said that October 7th would have been her mother’s birthday and they immediately offered to share their flowers with me!

I was quite overcome – this act of kindness could only happen in England I thought to myself…

I would truly like to thank this lovely couple once again and wish them all the very best as we enter the New Year 2019. I would be so grateful if you could find a space to put this in a paper covering the Woolwich/Charlton area.

My maiden name was McIntosh and my great-grandfather started a watch repair business on Thomas Street, Woolwich which passed to my paternal grandfather Robert McIntosh who lived in Heathwood Gardens. I used to stay with them during school holidays.

Later my father, Douglas Robert McIntosh took over the business which had expanded to jewellery, rings, silverware, etc as well as watch repairs. After my father’s retirement, the old shops were taken down and a small community park now stands on the very spot.

Ann Olson
Ann Olson at the McIntosh family grave

If you helped Ann in the cemetery that day, drop us a line and we’ll put you in touch.

On that note, thank you for your support of The Charlton Champion in 2018 – have a happy new year.


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Go for a Boxing Day dip at Charlton Lido

Swimmers enjoying the sunshine on Boxing Day last year. Thanks to Rosemary Leeke for the photo.

Fancy a Christmas dip? Charlton Lido will be open to swimmers looking to get some post-Christmas Day exercise – or just a splash around and some fresh air – this Boxing Day morning. The heated pool will be open 9-11am, and tickets can be booked in advance here (and are cheaper than paying on the door).

Santa carrying out lifeguard duties on Boxing Day last year. Thanks to Fiona Veacock for the photo.
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