Christmas Fairs at Christ Church and Woodlands Farm

Woodlands Farm Christmas fair poster 2016

Father Christmas has a busy weekend coming up in Shooters Hill: he’s visiting St Nic’s Fête at Christ Church on Saturday and Woodlands Farm Christmas Fair on Sunday.

St Nic’s Fête runs from 4 to 6 pm on Saturday, 3rd December. There will be a visit from St Nicholas who will bring a gift for all the children present. There will also be Mulled wine, mince pies, homemade cake, crêpes, biscuit decorating, tombola, a treasure hunt, children’s activities, a Christmas gift stall, and local craft stalls. Then there is a children’s disco from 5.00pm. Entrance costs £3.00 per child with a £5.00 cap per family.

Christ Church St Nic's Fair poster

Maureen sent me details of Woodlands Farm‘s annual Christmas Fair on Sunday 4th December from 11.00am to 3.00pm:

All are welcome at the Woodlands Farm Trust Christmas Fair.  Come and meet Father Christmas, sip mulled wine whilst browsing stalls of local produce and crafts for early Christmas present ideas, or relax in our café while the kids enjoy crafts and games.  A great festive day out for all the family.  Entry is free, but donations are welcome – all money raised helps us to care for our animals. A great family day out!

No parking on site – please use public transport.

While at the farm there may be a chance to see some of the farm’s new arrivals: British White cow Clover’s new calf and two other recent additions to the farm’s herd.

Father Christmas arriving at Woodlands Farm drawn by Bob the pony
Father Christmas arriving at Woodlands Farm drawn by Bob the pony
Clover and her new calf
Clover and her new calf
Woodlands Farm's new calves
Woodlands Farm’s new calves

Christ Church Carol Service on Sunday

Christ Church Shooters Hill Christmas service sheet

Stephen Matthes, the Secretary of Christ Church Shooters Hill wrote to say that all are welcome at their Advent and Christmas services, which start with a Carol Service this Sunday, 20th December at 6.00pm.

Christ Church’s full list of special services during Advent and Christmas are:

4th Sunday of Advent – 20th December: Carol Service 6pm
Christmas Eve – Thursday 24th December: Crib Service 4pm
Christmas Eve – Thursday 24th December: Midnight Mass 11.30pm
Christmas Day – Friday 25th December: Pilgrim Eucharist 10am
Epiphany – Sunday 3rd January: Pilgrim Eucharist 9.30am
Candlemas – Sunday 31st January: All Age Service 11.30am

Christ Church Shooters Hill is the Church near the top of Shooters Hill opposite the Red Lion Pub. Stephen said that last year’s Carol service was fantastically attended by the local community and finished off with mince pies and mulled wine.

Christ Church Shooters Hill
Christ Church Shooters Hill

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

Christ Church  Shooters Hill
Christ Church Shooters Hill

Children’s Nearly New Sale at Christ Church

Christ Church Children's nearly new sale poster

Nicola wrote with details of a children’s nearly new sale at Christ Church on Shooters Hill this Saturday, 26th April from 2-4pm. This is a table sale of baby and toddler items and is being held to raise funds for Christ Church, where they have ambitious plans for a new church hall/community space. The event description says:

Children’s nearly new sale, featuring delicious homemade cakes! Come along and enjoy some upcycling! Grab a bargain, lots of great kids kit needing a new home! Including clothes, coats, shoes, prams, baths, equipment, toys etc….. Adult entry £1. Come early to get the best stuff. Tables sold out but advertisers wanted for the goody bags to be given out on the door 🙂
From 2pm come grab a bargain or some afternoon tea! Entry £1 per adult.

Sounds like a good place to go for kiddy kit, and cake. And perhaps there’ll be a chance to browse the beautiful stained glass windows at Christ Church, including the one  in memory of Woolfield Fitzhardinge, detail below, who once lived at Elmhurst.

Detail of stained glass window in memory of Woolfield Fitzhardinge at Christ Chiurch Shooters Hill
Detail of stained glass window in memory of Woolfield Fitzhardinge


Christ Church School New Website

Christ Church Shooters Hill  Primary School
Christ Church Shooters Hill Primary School

Another new local web site has just been launched – phase 1 of the  Christ Church Primary School web site is now live. New material is still being added to the site, but it already includes a wealth of information about the school and has links to external sites with data about the school such as the Ofsted sites. The school is also on twitter @ccshprimary.

Christ Church School Badge

Christ Church are still in their temporary accommodation at the Shooters Hill Post 16 Campus while the old school buildings are extended into their old playground and a new playing area and  MUGA court created on Eltham Common. I hear the year long building programme is running slightly late, and it may be the end of this academic year before they move back to their home further up the hill.

I’ll add the new School  web site to the local links list on the right.