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  • 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
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    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
    Greenwich
    SE10 9JH
    0208 858 8791
    email: info@greenwichtavern.co.uk

    http://www.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

     
  • hilly 12:00 pm on June 3, 2014
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    Woodlands Farm Summer Show and Open Farm Sunday 

    Woodlands Farm Summer Show Poster

    Woodlands Farm‘s Summer Show will be slightly different this year: it’s combined with Open Farm Sunday so it will include farming related demonstrations such as sheep shearing. There will also be Bee Keeping and  Wool Spinning Displays, and a dog show. Maureen from the farm wrote with details:

    All are welcome at the Woodlands Farm Trust Summer Show on Sunday 8 June 2014, 11am-4.30pm. Come and meet our animals, and enjoy the chance to buy quality local produce at reasonable prices, including home-made preserves, cakes and honey.  Relax in our café, get involved in craft activities and games, and enjoy displays of country crafts.  Entry is £1 adults and 50p children aged 4-16.  Children aged 3 and under go free.  All proceeds go towards caring for our animals.  A great family day out!

    Open Farm Sunday was started in 2006 by LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming) and this year will see hundred of farms across the country open to the public on the 8th  as well as Woodlands.

    Sheep Shearing  at Woodlands Farm

    Sheep Shearing at Woodlands Farm

    The farm will also be participating in a pollinator survey – counting pollinating  insects – which is being run as part of Open Farm Sunday. This is the third year for the survey, which is organised by the NERC Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) and LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming), supported by the British Ecological Society, Bumblebee Conservation Trust and Cotswold Grass Seeds. Participants are asked to spend two minutes counting insects on flowers in a crop habitat, followed by two minutes counting insects on flowers in an adjacent, non-crop habitat. Last year the survey recorded nearly 10,000 insects across the country. Open Farm Sunday have created a video that explains why pollinators are important and how to do the survey.

    There will be a wildlife stall at the Summer Show to explain what wildlife and wild plant surveys the farm currently runs; these include Meadow plants, Newt and pond life, Bats, the Opal Biodiversity hedgerow and tree health survey and the Big Butterfly Count. Visitors will be able to find out about wildlife on the farm, and also about how to help with the pollinator survey. Then there will be two  public pollinator surveys, one as part of a guided farm walk and another on its own.

    The Show is open from 11am-4.30pm on Sunday, 8th June. Let’s hope the weather is good for counting insects.

    Even the scarecrows volunteered to help on the stalls at Woodlands Farm's Lambing Day

    Even the scarecrows volunteered to help on the stalls at Woodlands Farm’s Lambing Day

     
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