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  • hilly 11:23 am on July 15, 2014
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    Shooters Hill Park Fêtes 

    Friends of Shrewsbury Park Summer Festival leaflet

    Next weekend in Shooters Hill is going to be busy, with both the Friends of Shrewsbury Park and the Eaglesfield Park Neighbourhood Watch Scheme holding their summer fêtes, as well as the opening of Severndroog Castle and a London Bubble play, Ishbel and I, at Castle Woods.

    The Shrewsbury Park Summer Festival is on Saturday, 19th July, starting at 1.00pm. As well as their highly entertaining dog show, complete with competitions for agility, speed and catching biscuits, the Hawk and Hood School of Falconry will be there and there will be opportunities to learn how to safely observe the sun and to help judge the Friends’ photographic competition. There is still just about time to enter the competition, the deadline for entries is tomorrow, 16th July. The Friends web site has details of how to enter:

    We invite you to capture images of the Park over the next few months. They can be dramatic, seasonal, humorous, exciting, tranquil, close ups or panoramic– with or without people and wildlife, colour or black and white.
    The twelve most interesting photos will be chosen to be included in our 2015 calendar.
    Please send your photos to fspdog@hotmail.com with ‘photo comp’ as the subject. It would be very helpful if you also produce a suitable print if possible. Please include your name and a caption, and how best to be in touch with you.


    Agility competition at Shrewsbury Park Summer Festival

    Agility competition at Shrewsbury Park Summer Festival


    EPNWS Community fete Poster

    The following day, Sunday 20th July, the Eaglesfield Park Neighbourhood Watch Scheme will be holding their Community Fête, which will be opened by the new leader of Greenwich Council and former local councillor Denise Hyland at 12.00 noon. The EPNWS Summer Newsletter described the afternoon’s events:

    The Eaglesfield Park Neighbourhood Watch Scheme (EPNWS) invites you and your family to an afternoon of fun on Sunday 20 July from 12noon to 4pm in Eaglesfield Park. Take part in the activities, wander around the stands and stalls and meet the people that help make our community great. This is the seventh year that the fete has been held to help promote the benefits of Neighbourhood Watch and foster community spirit. The fete will be opened by special guests, including the winner of the poster competition from Christ Church Primary School.
    Some of the activities include a hula hoop demonstration, mini tennis, children’s story telling, face painting and a Punch and Judy show. The Shooters Hill Safer Neighbourhoods Police Team is pulling out all the stops for some fun and exciting activities, with the Greenwich Met Police teams on hand and music from the Police Cadets Drum Corp. You can buy home-made cakes and refreshments, and take part in our raffle to win a pair of tickets to see Disney on Ice in The Royal Borough of Greenwich hospitality box at the 02 on Christmas Eve. The day of fun finishes at the Shooters Hill Lawn Tennis Club which welcomes all the community to check out their new club facilities, with a BBQ and refreshments at the club house from 4pm to 7pm.

    There will also be a chance to try some pond dipping in the Lilly Pond hosted by the Friends of Eaglesfield Park.

    Let’s hope the good weather continues through the weekend. Last year the opening time for the EPNWS Community Fête was marked by torrential rain!

    Stalls at Eaglesfield Park Neighbourhood Watch Community Fête

    Stalls at Eaglesfield Park Neighbourhood Watch Community Fête

  • hilly 9:29 am on July 14, 2014
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    Severndroog Castle Opening 

    Severndroog Opening Poster

    Next Sunday, 20th July, sees the culmination of  many years of hard work by the Severndroog Castle Building Preservation Trust: the official opening of the restored castle and its new cafe, Castlewood Tea Room. Apart from an Open House day a few years ago it will be the first chance for 25 years for members of the public to see the panoramic view from the top of the castle towards the centre of London.

    On the opening day Severndroog will be open from 10.30am to 4:30pm for a tour of the castle, including the viewing platform, and a range of other activities and stalls:

    Storytelling Tent from ‘Storytellers in Hope‘, with a program of short stories for all ages. Sit down under the trees beneath the Castle to hear stories inspired by the magical setting

    ‘Hawk and Hood’ bird encounters, get up close to the magnificent birds of prey

    Woodland tours, short tours of Castle Woods

    Outdoor barbecue from the Castlewood Tea Rooms team

    Stalls from local organisations including the Green Chain.

    Castlewood Tea Room has had a “soft opening” and has been open to visitors for the last few weekends, selling tea, coffee, homemade cake, pastries, sandwiches and Marshfield Farm ice cream, but will also be officially opened next Sunday.

    Castlewood Tea Room Leaflet

    After the official opening  the Tea Room will be open from 9am to 5 pm every day except Monday and  the Castle will be open every Thursday, Friday and Sunday between  12.30 and 4.30. Entrance to the castle will cost  £2.50 for adults and £2 for children and concessions. Children under 14 years old must be accompanied by an adult. Visitors will be looked after by a team of volunteers, and the trust is looking for more people to help out. Current opportunities are listed on their web site, and you can also get details by e-mailing them on volunteer@severndroogcastle.org.uk                .

    I’ll end with a link to the teaser video that Dr. Barry Gray of the trust sent to me a few months ago.

    The restored Severndroog Castle

    The restored Severndroog Castle

  • hilly 3:21 pm on June 20, 2014

    Mayplace Lane community clean-up 

    Mayplace Lane

    Mayplace Lane

    The next Mayplace Lane community clean-up will take place on Sunday, 22nd June between 11.00am and 1.00pm, details are here on Facebook. Local residents will be clearing rubbish and removing weeds from the lane and also planting flowers and shrubs. Some £80 has been pledged to buy some plants by previous participants. This is the third clean-up. The others have been well supported with up to 20 participants: a great chance to meet neighbours.

    Greenwich Council will again provide equipment such as litter pickers and bags for rubbish, and will collect any rubbish at the end of the session. If you’re planning to come along then it’s worth bringing some strong gardening gloves.  If you have anything stored in the lane you may wish to move it to ensure it is not thrown away.

    Mayplace Lane

    Mayplace Lane

  • hilly 12:51 pm on June 17, 2014
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    Poetry at the Treehouse 

    Poetry at the Treehouse poster

    If you want to escape from the football on Thursday Greenwich Poetry Workshop will be holding a poetry reading in the Treehouse,  the cosy, leather sofa-ed attic room  at the Greenwich Tavern. It starts at 7.00pm. Suzanna Fitzpatrick, poet and former publicity officer and lambing volunteer at Woodlands Farm, wrote with the details:

    All are welcome at an evening of poetry as members of the Greenwich Poetry Workshop present their work in the cosy setting of the Treehouse on the top floor of The Greenwich Tavern.  Pamphlets of the poems will be on sale, and attendees are welcome to put their name down for the open mic on arrival and read some of their own poems.
    Greenwich Poetry Workshop presents: Poetry at the Treehouse
    Thursday 19 June 2014
    7pm for 7.30pm
    The Treehouse (top floor)
    The Greenwich Tavern
    1 King William Walk
    SE10 9JH
    0208 858 8791
    email: info@greenwichtavern.co.uk


    Nearest stations: Cutty Sark DLR or Greenwich DLR/mainline
    FREE ENTRY, no booking required.

    There’s more about Suzanna’s poetry in a post about the last Poetry at the Treehouse event.

    Who’s playing on Thursday? Oh …

    The Treehouse at the Greenwich Tavern

    The Treehouse at the Greenwich Tavern

    The Greenwich Tavern

    The Greenwich Tavern

  • hilly 3:20 pm on June 13, 2014  

    Christ Church Shooters Hill Summer Fête 

    Christ Church Summer Fête Poster

    Christ Church on Shooters Hill will be holding their Summer Fête on Sunday, 15th June, from 12.30-4.00 pm. As well as a variety of stalls, a barbecue and a bouncy castle the Fête includes an “Auction of Promises” at 1.00pm with some rare and unusual lots to bid for. They were all donated by the congregation and friends of Christ Church,  and include an opportunity to go bell ringing at St Alfege Church, a week’s accommodation in a townhouse in a French village and a pair of custom handmade sterling silver and beaded earrings. There are full details of all the lots on the Church’s Facebook page; here’s a summary list:

    A week’s accommodation in a townhouse in the South of France
    Punk Me Up Buttercup. £100 discount voucher for one of Punk Me Up Buttercup‘s party packages
    Bell ringing in St Alfege Church, Greenwich
    Pack of BBQ Marinades from Something Saucey
    Website Design by Birkbeck College Final Year Student
    London Property Company: One hour session providing advice on all aspects of buy-to-let
    Two hours ironing
    Individual Personal Training in Oxleas Woods.
    Group Personal Training Session in Oxleas Woods
    One Hour Tennis Lesson with Head Coach Phil Layfield of Shooters Hill Lawn Tennis Club
    Two tickets to the English National Opera
    45 minute dance classes from Diddi Dance
    Curfew-free evening’s babysitting.
    Custom handmade sterling silver and beaded earrings
    Two tickets to Taste of London
    A Boxing Session at Marsh Gym in Welling
    Afternoon Tea at Castlewood Tea Room, Severndroog Castle
    Family Photography Shoot in Greenwich Park by Art+Love
    An hour-long Guitar Lesson
    Babygrow set from Red Urchin
    Little Kickers Course of 6 Classes. Valid at Christ Church Shooters Hill
    Haircut at Salon Newman, Shooters Hill’s premier hairstylist
    Three Hour Spring Clean by Cleaning Agency Friends
    Set of 4 Mugs from Sweet William.
    Wonka Birthday Cake by Rocking Pink Cakes
    ActivKids Week-Long Summer Holiday Camp. Valid for Plumcroft School
    Fresh Cornish Lobster with salad and white wine for two

    If you won’t be able to get to the Fête on Sunday they are accepting sealed bids in advance by e-mail on christchurchshootershillgiving@gmail.com

    Christ Church  Shooters Hill

    Christ Church Shooters Hill

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