What’s on in Charlton: March

St Luke's Church - photo by Andrew Donkin
St Luke’s Church – photo by Andrew Donkin

Dates for your diary
A round-up of March events we’ve found in and around SE7. What have we missed? Let us know in the comments below or email neilclasper[at]gmail.com, and we’ll update the post as we get the chance.

28th Feb, 1st & 2nd March: Art exhibition in aid of the restoration of paintings owned by Charlton House. Charlton House.
[We note that the Charlton House events website hasn’t been updated for a while – if any of our local councillors know what’s going on here, we’d be grateful for an update]

2nd March: Charlton Community Gardens Gardening Party, Charlton station, 2-4pm.

7th March: International Women’s Day Celebration, Charlton House, 5-10pm. “Food, music, theatre, poetry and dance, a truly international evening of female talent”.

8th & 9th March:Charlton Lido Open Weekend: free swimming and barbecue. Swimming 9-5pm; Barbecue 12-5pm on the Saturday (we recommend checking the Better website for exact details nearer the time).

15th March: Charlton Society talk on ‘The Art of the Folly‘ by Russell Bowes. Charlton House, 2.30pm.

16th March: ‘SE7: Music From Around The World’. Cattleya, Charlton Church Lane, 7.30-10pm. ‘An evening of music from Central Charlton’s own resident band‘.

20th March: Charlton Pub Quiz – Rose of Denmark, from 8.30pm.

22nd March: Big Dig Day – Maryon Park Community Food Growing Garden, 10am-4pm.
– Help your local community garden get ready for the new growing season.
– See how the garden has developed since last year.
– Help to seed a wild flower meadow bank.
– Refreshments provided.

22nd March: Charlton Park Riding for the Disabled Association Open Day – “Join us for pony rides, fun & games!”. Charlton Park RDA, 11am – 4pm.

29th March: Charlton Toy Library Easter Party. Charlton Assembly Rooms, 2-4pm. £3 per person (under 12 months free) – tickets on sale at sessions at Charlton Toy Library, Charlton House (Tues, Thurs and Fri 09.30-12.30). Face painting and a raffle with fantastic prizes also available. All funds raised go to supporting Charlton Toy Library’s ongoing work at Charlton House, providing a safe and fun place to meet, play and borrow toys, books, games safety equipment and lots more”.

30th March: Live Music at Cattleya with Gus Glen. Charlton Church Lane, starts 8.30pm

Friday Lunchtime Concerts, Charlton House.

Disclaimer: These listings are up to date to the best of our knowledge, but we advise checking  details with the event organisers before attending any events.

Photo feature
Have you got a Charlton photo you’d like to share with the world? A shot of your favourite part of SE7, or a recent event? We’d love to feature some readers’ photos in our monthly diary round-up. Send your image to neilclasper[at]gmail.com with a title and – if you like – some words to tell us what the picture means to you (don’t worry: we’ll attribute the photo as you wish, and you’ll keep full control of copyright).

Charlton Community Gardens open meeting – 25th Feb 2013

Charlton Community Gardens poster

The third open meeting of the Charlton Community Gardens project takes place from 7.30pm on Monday 25th February, at St. Richard’s Hall, Swallowfield Road, SE7 7NS.
 The group’s aims are ‘to promote cooperation and support for everyone interested in sustainable and organic growing and wildlife diversity’, and they are working on leasing local land for ‘shared growing and learning together’. The meeting is an opportunity to find out what the project is all about, and hear about progress in securing the group’s first plot of land.
This will be the group’s first AGM; they would welcome new members on the Steering Committee, and there will also be a plant sale and raffle (with prizes including a mini greenhouse!).
If you’d like to find out  more about getting involved, or put yourself forward for the Steeting Committee, the organisers can be contacted by email at: charltoncommunitygardens [at] gmail.com.

Charlton Community Gardens latest

Claire Williams has the latest on the Charlton Community Gardens scheme…


Congratulations to Bill Dolan and Gordon Parrish, joint winners in the over 16s category of Charlton Community Gardens Edible Window Box Competition. Their winning entries used a range of decorative and edible plants, and scored points too for the recycled birdbath used as the container.

Neighbours agree with our judges, Jillian Smith from Charlton and Blackheath Amateur Horticultural Society and Barbara Holland of the Charlton Community Gardens group: “What Gordon and Bill create in their gardens each year gives so much enjoyment.”

The joint first winners shared prizes donated by shopkeepers from The Standard, a voucher from Sparkes the Butcher and a pair of secateurs from Marnells. The winners said “These great prizes will go towards our Christmas”.

The prize in the children’s section went to Theo Saldin and the over 16 runner-up was Maria Bloor. Their prizes came from Ottie and the Bea and from Well Bean Health Food store.

Charlton Community Gardens group is not yet a year old. It was set up to promote
cooperation and support for everyone interested in sustainable and organic growing
and wildlife diversity in Charlton. The group is working on leasing local land for
shared growing and learning together.

Alongside running the Edible Window Box competition, the group raised plants for
sale at The Hornfair and at local school fairs. “We are keen that schoolchildren get
the habit of “grow to eat” and window boxes will flourish on balconies and ledges in
any sunny spot,” say members of the Steering Group.

If you’d like more information about how to get involved in the Charlton Community
Gardens group, send an email to charltoncommunitygardens@gmail.com. The
group’s website is under development.