Charlton Manor school opens Sweet Pickings café to the community

Chef Flavio Hernandez and head Tim Baker are getting ready to welcome the community

You might have heard about the award-winning food on offer to pupils at Charlton Manor primary school – from this Saturday, you can sample it yourself. From 16 November, the school’s head Tim Baker and its chef Flavio Hernandez are opening the doors of their Sweet Pickings café for breakfast from 9am and lunch from 11am to 2.30pm. Breakfast is just £3 (£1 for children), lunch is £3.50 (£1.50 children).

Mr Baker has been running a healthy eating campaign at Charlton Manor since 2004, and has developed Sweet Pickings to get the word out into the wider community. Find out more on our sister site, 853, or follow @charlton_manor on Twitter for the latest.


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Farmers’ Market, ‘Moana’, and more at Charlton Manor school

News in from Charlton Manor Parents’ Club of a range of activities taking place at the school on Saturday 14th July:

**Saturday 14th July, 11am-1pm** Cinema Club (KS2 Hall) FILM: MOANA (PG)

Also, in the playground, the school’s Farmers’ Market **10am -2pm**  and a Nearly New Sale (0-8yrs) **12.30pm -2pm**

Open to all, not only Charlton Manor families; bring your friends!


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Open Garden Squares Weekend: take a look around Charlton Manor school’s Secret Garden

News in from Charlton Manor school:

Tickets are now on sale for Charlton Manor primary school’s Secret Garden Open Day, part of Open Garden Squares Weekend.

Charlton Manor’s award-winning Secret Garden opens to the public on Saturday 9 June from 10am to 5pm with a farmer’s market, refreshments, school-made produce from the garden, pond-dipping, exploration of the school’s observation beehive and a tour of the garden with staff available to answer questions.

The Secret Garden at Charlton Manor is packed with learning opportunities and as well as having a chicken run and beehives, it also has a stag beetle environment, a composting area, flower beds, vegetables, fruit trees, vines, greenhouse, wildlife area and bird hide.

In 2012 Charlton Manor led schools from Greenwich on a learning journey into plant care, resulting in growing beautiful cut flowers, being awarded a silver-gilt medal at the Chelsea Flower Show and meeting Her Majesty the Queen. Every year since the school has been involved at Chelsea and Hampton Court Flower Shows and Bexley in Bloom.

Now’s your chance to discover Charlton Manor’s Secret Garden. A number of years ago it was derelict. Today it’s a haven.

Entry to Charlton Manor’s Secret Garden Open Day and Farmers Market is just £4, there’s no need to book – just turn up on the day. Weekend tickets (to cover all gardens) £15 in advance / £20 over the weekend. Under 12s go free.

Open Garden Squares Weekend Tickets can also be booked online, visit

To find out more about Charlton Manor Primary Schools Secret Garden, visit


PS. If you’re in the Charlton area and are opening your garden for Open Garden Squares weekend, let us know.

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