Charlton Park’s Old Cottage Cafe is back – the big local opening we can all get behind

Old Cottage Cafe
The Old Cottage Cafe won’t be shut for much longer

The Old Cottage Cafe in Charlton Park reopens at 11am on Thursday, less than two weeks after it was trashed by burglars who made off with takings and the cafe’s till.

More than £6,700 has been raised by customers to get the cafe back on its feet after the theft, with neighbours rallying round to help the business pick up the pieces.

Thursday’s new start at the Old Cottage Cafe won’t be the biggest opening in the area that day – a certain furniture store is seeing to that – but it will be one that at least the whole community can get behind.

What’s more, if fears of traffic carnage are correct and Ikea does snarl up the traffic on Saturday, at least you’ll have somewhere to go to hide from frustrated drivers.


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Old Cottage Cafe fundraiser breaks through the £6,000 mark

The Old Cottage Cafe in Charlton Park
The cafe has been closed since the break-in on Saturday night

Our thanks to SIMON SHORT for an update on the fundraiser set up to support Charlton Park’s Old Cottage Cafe after it was burgled and damaged on Saturday night:

I set up the Gofundme page on Sunday morning, and since then the total that has been donated is over £6,100.

Having spoken to Michael again at lunchtime today to get the money deposited into his account, he told me how amazing he thought the response had been and he was really touched by the comments that everyone has left on the site.

It doesn’t look like they’ll be able to open again this week, but hopefully this money will make sure that they are able to get back to being the much loved stop-off that everyone clearly loves so much.

I’d like to add how nice it has been from my point of view, seeing the comments coming in for them too. I should however have set the page up NOT to have sent me an email every time there was a donation or comment – my phone didn’t stop pinging all day on Sunday. A nice problem to have.”

The fundraising page is still open if you would like to contribute. Anyone with any information on the break-in should call 101 or use the Metropolitan Police website. We’ll bring you news on when the cafe will reopen as soon as we have it.


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‘Light up Charlton Park!’: Park users’ petition to Greenwich Council

Charlton Park’s skate park opened in October 2017

A petition asking Greenwich Council to install ‘low-level directed lighting’ around Charlton Park’s outdoor gym and skatepark has been launched by park users, including the Friends of Charlton Park, and Greenwich Skatepark Cooperative.

The groups “want the space to be used more inclusively in the evenings, by all park users, be it dog walkers, joggers, gym users, and skatepark users“. The petition points out that there is floodlighting for the nearby football pitches, but the skate park won’t be usable in the evenings once the clocks go back.

You can view and sign the petition here.

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Community Fun Day and Dog Show at Charlton House this Sunday

Charlton Park Community Fun Day July 2018

Charlton Park Dog Show July 2018

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.

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Get Together for the Great Charlton Cake Off and more on 24 June

June’s here, which means ParksFest season has started across Greenwich borough. Charlton Park will host the Great Get Together on 24 June, with a range of entertainment including World Cup-themed live music and workshops from Global Fusion Music and Arts, the Great Charlton Cake Off with Greenwich Clandestine Cake Club, and well-being activities organised by the Big Red Bus Club.

For more information – including how to enter the Cake Off – see the Friends of Charlton Park’s website.

The event runs from 11am to 2pm on Saturday 24 June (so you can squeeze a couple of hours in before the England v Panama match).

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Love Charlton Park? Got an idea for it? Come to the Friends of Charlton Park AGM

Charlton Park
Before the snow: Remember when you could see the grass in Charlton Park?

The all-new Friends of Charlton Park have been in touch…

The first AGM of the new inclusive Friends of Charlton Park will take place on Wednesday 7th March at Charlton House (Old Library) at 8pm.

All welcome.

There’s a chance for everyone to join on the night. And we should be hearing from special guest Jackie Smith – Greenwich Council’s cabinet member for parks.

If you love the park – or have an idea to make it better (Parkrun, anyone?), go along – you’ll be made very welcome.

Charlton’s skatepark officially open: photos

Unperturbed by Storm Brian, a decent crowd showed up in Charlton Park on Saturday morning to witness the official opening of the skatepark. A downpour mid-morning meant a bit of delay in proceedings but by 11.30am skating was underway, after a short speech by Denise Scott-McDonald, Greenwich Council’s cabinet member for Culture, Creative Industries and Community Well-Being, who encouraged the crowd to “to get skating, whatever your age!”.

The skatepark is located next to the outdoor gym, close to the Old Cottage Cafe. It features a bowl, plus a street skate area, and was being used by people on skateboards, BMXs, and microscooters when we visited.

You can read Greenwich Council’s press release about the skate park launch here.

    

     

Did you go along this morning? Have you tried the skatepark? Let us know what you thought of it in the comments below.