Parksfest 2019 at Mycenae House this Sunday

Following on from June’s Charlton Park Parksfest, Mycenae House & Gardens hosts a Summer Sunday Extravaganza on the 28th of July, from 12pm to 5.30pm.

It’s the sixth time Friends of Mycenae Gardens has hosted a summer garden party and they promise a family friendly day with dance, theatre, arts & crafts, and a packed programme of workshops and activities.

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Organisations participating in the day include Emergency Exit Arts, JK Performing Arts, diddi dance, Theatretrain Greenwich, Tiptoes & Tappers, BoPeeps Preschool, Follies Face & Body Painting, Baby Sensory Greenwich, Toddler Sense Greenwich and Kerry on Dancing.

You can also hear live music from The Kimberleys, Roslyn Lloyd, Mary and The Lost, and Blackheath Centre for Singing, plus Morris dancing from Greenwich Morris Men.

See below for a video of last year’s event, and as with all Parksfest events, entry is free.

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No new bus from Charlton to North Greenwich – but Westcombe Hill could gain new service

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The 335 won’t be joining the 380 running up Charlton Church Lane

Transport for London has dropped plans to send a new bus from Kidbrooke to North Greenwich via Charlton after deciding the new route would be “circuitous”.

TfL and Greenwich Council had proposed routing the new service from Blackheath Royal Standard via Charlton Road, Charlton Church Lane and Anchor & Hope Lane to give residents in Blackheath and Kidbrooke easy access to the Charlton supermarkets. The service would have also taken pressure off the 486 through Charlton, and TfL had called it its preferred option at a council scrutiny meeting earlier this year.

The Charlton Champion understands some residents had voiced unhappiness at the prospect of losing car parking spaces to make way for the new service.

But this proposal has now been dropped, with a consultation released today for new route 335, which could run via Westcombe Hill, providing relief to passengers who currently struggle to get on route 108. A second proposal would see it run direct via the A102. The service would run every 12 minutes during the day, and every 15 minutes in evenings and Sundays.

The announcement came as cuts to route 53 were confirmed.

Route 335 map

TfL says: “Sending the route via Charlton was considered, either via Woolwich Road, Anchor and Hope Lane and Bugsby’s Way, or via Charlton Road, Charlton Church Lane and Bugsby’s Way.

“These routeings, while serving a wider area, would be circuitous.

“An end-to-end journey via Charlton from Kidbrooke during the morning peak would take an estimated 37 minutes. This would be a slower alternative to routes 108, 132 and 422 and therefore less attractive compared to Option 1 and Option 2.”

There have long been demands for a new service between the Kidbrooke Village development and North Greenwich. With commuting via Zone 2 North Greenwich offering cheaper fare caps than Zone 3 Kidbrooke, the new service could find itself overwhelmed very quickly – and will add to pressure at North Greenwich bus station.

A consultation into the new service is open until 17 May.


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Squeeze star Glenn Tilbrook asks fans to help foodbanks at Blackheath Halls show

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Glenn Tilbrook’s show is part of a nationwide tour

Squeeze frontman Glenn Tilbrook is asking fans to bring food to his solo show at Blackheath Halls next month, which is part of a tour aimed at helping the Trussell Trust charity.

The Charlton-based singer is promoting awareness of the charity, which operates 420 foodbanks across the country, including the Greenwich and Lewisham foodbanks which serve Blackheath.

There will be food drop points and collection boxes at the show on Friday 14 December, while all Tilbrook’s profits from merchandise, which includes a four-track EP, will be donated to the trust.

Tilbrook says: “It is shameful that in the 21st century there are people that can’t afford to put food on the table. Anyone, from any walk of life, can fall upon dire times, and I hope that by doing this tour it will remind people that there is a very real need.

“Most of us can do something to help – be it giving some food or a little money – and I hope people coming to the shows are inspired to donate.”

Three years ago, Tilbrook changed the lyrics to the Squeeze song Cradle to the Grave during a live performance on BBC1’s Andrew Marr Show, on which David Cameron was a guest. “There are some here who are hellbent, on the destruction of the welfare state,” he sang.

Earlier this year, Tilbrook spoke out against developer Rockwell’s plans to build 770 homes close to his studio on the Charlton riverside, saying he feared noise from construction would make the site unusable. The scheme was rejected by Greenwich Council, but has now been called in by London mayor Sadiq Khan.

Tickets for the show are £25 (£23 concessions) and can be bought direct from Blackheath Halls, including in person at its box office. For more information on Greenwich Foodbank and what it needs right now, visit greenwich.foodbank.org.uk.


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