Dec
1
11:00 AM11:00

Blackheath Village Day

BLACKHEATH  VILLAGE  DAY  2018

Saturday, 1st December

 

Come and join the fun. 

There will be a special trail of lights and bunting through the village. The main Christmas street lights will go on at 4.30pm.  Join the Lantern procession from the Halls, leaving at 4.15pm through the Village to the ceremony at The Christmas Tree at the top of Tranquil Vale, kindly donated by Capital Christmas Trees of Greenwich Park.

PLEASE NOTE: The roads through the village will be closed to traffic from approximately 4.10 to 4.40.

Throughout the day, there will be special Christmas Events.

 

Blackheath Halls

Blackheath Halls opens its doors to the community after major restoration.  Come and see the changes and join their Christmas programme:

11.00     Free family events and activities from Homemade Samba to family singing and an architectural treasure hunt round the Halls and Village.

15.00     Festive family sing-a-long in the Great Hall.  Tickets £8 /£6.

www.Blackheathhalls.com

 

The Blackheath Conservatoire

13.30  and 14.45     Lantern Making Workshops.  Make a fabulous creation to parade with for the switching on of the Christmas lights.  The lanterns are great to make together as a family – the adults can take care of the tricky bits, while the kids make it look great.  Lanterns cost £10.  Please book in advance.

www.conservatoire.org.uk

 

The Age Exchange

13.00 – 14.30   We will be showing a popular Christmas film “ Elf ” the movie.  Refreshments and then a surprise appearance of Father Christmas who will distribute small gifts.  Tickets £5/£7 available in advance.  Children must be accompanied by adults.

www.age-exchange.org.uk

 

 

Selectric

The favourite Blackheath store SELECTRIC is having a grand re-opening in the new premises next to the Conservatoire.  They will celebrate, come and see them.

Mary’s living and giving shop  (Save the Children)

10.00 – 18.00   Christmas Market on the first floor of the shop. Festive treats.

                         Carols with Cambridge.  Food and Drink

13.00 -  14.00   Puppet Show “Santa comes to Blackheath”. Tickets not needed but children must be accompanied.

Check with the shop directly for further details, Telephone 020 8463 9266

 

The Crown

(programme to be confirmed)

Enjoy a drink while listening and watching the live performances of:

1.00        Big Smoke Brass Band

1.40        Blackheath Morris Men

2.10        FSOR (Felix School of Rock)

2.30        Theo and Johnny

3.00        FSOR

3.15         Big Smoke Brass Band

3. 50       FSOR

4.10        Take Note Choir by The Christmas Tree in Tranquil Vale

4.30       Arrival of The Lantern Procession

Christmas Blessing from Father Nicholas and a well known surprise guest

4.35          Switching on the Christmas Lights.

4.40 Music continues at the Crown

 

8.00        The Crown’s House Band at The Crown

 

We’d like to thank Capital Christmas Trees in Greenwich Park for giving us a wonderful Christmas tree for everyone in Blackheath and around, to enjoy this festive season. Thank you also to Skanska for assisting the Blackheath Society volunteers in hanging the lights.

 

Thank you to all volunteers who have contributed to make Village Day a special event for the community.

 

  Come and join us.

Come and join us.

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Jan
9
10:00 AM10:00

Walk and Talk: Blackheath Storyboards, A Walk on the North Side

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On Wednesday, 9th January John Causer, Society Member, who has led several popular walks will guide the group past the “Agincourt Board”, the “Park Gates Board” and the “Vanburgh Pits Board” on the North side of the Heath. (On the published leaflet nos. 4,5,6). The Story boards themselves are full of history, nature and illustrations of the past but John will be adding much more. Come and see who lived amongst us and what famous events have taken place here. There will be a coffee stop in Greenwich Park.

Please let the office know if you plan to join us, so we can send further details.

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Tour of Two Temple Place and visit to John Ruskin Exhibition
Feb
6
11:00 AM11:00

Tour of Two Temple Place and visit to John Ruskin Exhibition

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Two Temple Place

Join us for the behind the scenes guided tour of the office and pied-a-terre of William Waldorf Astor, 2 Temple Place, Victoria Embankment. A hidden gem; lavish Victorian Gothic architecture with a wealth of fascinating detail personally chosen by William Waldorf to reflect his life. Our knowledgeable guide will tell us all about it.  The building is now the offices and club for The Bulldog Trust. 

Please book your ticket of £10 per person through the Society Office.

The tour takes 45 minutes but afterwards there will be an opportunity for a self guided visit to the John Ruskin exhibition which is celebrating the bicentenary of his birth. There is also a small cafe on the premises available for lunch.

 

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Nov
12
10:00 AM10:00

Walk and Talk, St Margaret's Church and Manor House

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Meeting at St Margaret’s Church, Belmont Hill at 10 o’clock, Society member Cilla Bartlett will show us round this fine Victorian building with the extravagant Pre-Raphaelite inspired interior decoration. It is a hidden jewel. We will then walk on to Manor House Library where the librarian in charge will talk briefly about the house and the Baring family. Manor House Park will make a good venue for our coffee and/or lunch stop.

No booking required, the usual suggested donation towards the Society and the Church on joining the walk.

Come and join us.


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Post walk:

Although we did not do much walking we did a lot of talking.  The morning was extremely interesting.  The funding for the current church came from Lady Adelaide who had run away from Ireland with her sister’s tutor. (She was disinherited by her father, but on his death, her mother forgave her). The many wonderful works of art were paid for by Victorian families to commemorate their loved ones.  The church was damaged during WWII and during restoration, the Victorian glass was all placed on the south side and that of the north side dates from the 1950s.  We noted that the stained glass in the Lady Chapel commemorates mainly lady saints, perhaps because the benefactor was a woman. Women appear in all the main pictures of the church, even “Christ in the Temple.”

Cilla, our guide, has also assembled an excellent exhibition on the lives of the men whose names appears on the War Memorial. It will run to the end of November.  To gain access to the church it is suggested coming prior to an event,  see www.stmargaretslee.org.uk.

The church will be open specifically for the exhibition on  Saturday 24th November from 10.00 to 1.00.  

We then visited Manor House Lee. The Baring family owned the house at the turn of the 18th century had extensive lands so that lying in bed overlooking the park all the land they could see as far as Baring Road, was their own.

The house was taken over by the military and then became a library, which it has been for the last 100 years. It is open 7 days a week and run mainly by volunteers and amongst others, supported by the charity V22 Communities. They have several rooms that are available for hire and some that would make a possible wedding venue. www.MHLibrary.co.uk.

We can recommend the cafe in the park for coffee.

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Oct
30
7:00 PM19:00

Meet and Eat at Bianco 43, the Italian restaurant in Blackheath Village.

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We are organising another informal meal at in the Village at the Italian restaurant Bianco 45. We hope you will join us for a relaxing evening of chatting, eating and getting to know your fellow Society members and friends. 

If you would like to come, in the first instance please contact the office to reserve your place(s). 

We look forward to seeing you.

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Oct
20
2:00 PM14:00

Heath Clean Up

 The team of 2017

The team of 2017

Come and join our gallant team of volunteers for our annual Heath Clean Up.  We will meet at Talbot Car Park at 2pm on Saturday 20th October.  

Please bring your own gloves and wear appropriate clothing.

See you there.

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How Mass Observation began in Blackheath: Taking the pulse of the Nation.
Oct
9
7:00 PM19:00

How Mass Observation began in Blackheath: Taking the pulse of the Nation.

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In the 1930s, trained fieldworkers were dispatched from Blackheath to gather information on a diverse range of subjects, from pub culture to shopping habits. As depicted by Victoria Wood in ‘Housewife 49’. Their aim was to counter inaccurate representation of the nation in the press and by politicians of that time. Hear how it evolved and continues today.

Kirsty Pattrick of The Sussex University Mass Observation Archives Department, will speak about the origins of the project, show how the information is used and relate it to the writers of today. You will have the opportunity (non-obligatory) to join in the process.

Tickets £10 available from www.Eventbrite.com  search: How Mass Observation began in Blackheath or email the office you plan to attend and pay at the door:  office@blackheath.org

The evening will be held at St Mary's Halls, Cresswell Park, SE3  9RD. We plan to start with a welcoming glass of wine at 7pm and the talk to begin at 7.30pm.

 

 Grotes Buildings, the start of Mass Observation in Blackheath.

Grotes Buildings, the start of Mass Observation in Blackheath.

Over a hundred people attended a most interesting evening in which Kirsty Pattrick gave us a history of the Mass Observation Project, its origins in Blackheath in the 1930s and how it continues today. The work they do is to record history as it happens, a slice of real life. The world as it is not the bias of Historians or manipulation of media and novelists. The Observations are a priceless resource which are being very well maintained at Sussex University, open to the public, and also being used for medical and social research. The records were originally held in Grotes Buildings here in Blackheath and when they reached over a million. Neil Rhind gave the Vote of Thanks for the evening and noted that the Archives are a shining example for others to follow.

 We wait with excited anticipation for the talk to start.

We wait with excited anticipation for the talk to start.

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Oct
9
10:00 AM10:00

Lewisham by the Hudson

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Due to popular demand, John has kindly agreed to repeat his interesting walk around Lewisham. Please let the office know if you plan to come and if for some reason your plans change, again please let us know.

How Lewisham changes!

A walk led by society member John Causer.  We will meet in Blackheath and take the train to Lewisham. Discuss the passing of the slums, regular flooding, organised animal cruelty, doodlebugs and unreliable public transport all to be replaced by tower blocks, new roads, the Lewisham Natureman and the DLR. All welcome but numbers will be limited so please register your place with the office, email office@blackheath.org.  As usual suggested donations of £5 towards the Society on joining the walk. 

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Oct
7
11:00 AM11:00

Walking the Cator Estate with Neil Rhind

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As part of the London Open House weekend, Neil Rhind MBE FSA, President of the Blackheath Society will lead two walks round the Cator Estate.  Saturday, 22nd September and Sunday 23rd September from 11.00 am to 12.30pm.  He will be looking at the architecture; some good – some not so good. The walk will cover the Victorian periods through to 1930s suburban, plus post-war municipal and ultra modern.

Due to the bad weather, the Sunday walk was cancelled. It is to be repeated on Sunday 7th October. Contact the Society Office for further information.

After the walk …

It was a lovely sunny autumn morning, an excellent activity for such a day. Neil is very knowledgeable and showed us many interesting houses, many of which have sold off their gardens for infill. As we walked up Pond Road we imagined ourselves back in 1723 approaching the imposing Palladian mansion of Wricklemarsh at the top of the hill where St Michael’s church now stands. Neil also pointed out hidden treasures, a most amusing one being the architect boxed in by the planners.


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Lewisham by the Hudson
Oct
3
10:00 AM10:00

Lewisham by the Hudson

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How Lewisham changes!

A walk led by society member John Causer.  We will meet in Blackheath and take the train to Lewisham. Discuss the passing of the slums, regular flooding, organised animal cruelty, doodlebugs and unreliable public transport all to be replaced by tower blocks, new roads, the Lewisham Natureman and the DLR. All welcome but numbers will be limited so please register your place with the office, email office@blackheath.org.  As usual suggested donations of £5 towards the Society on joining the walk. 

 John revealing the history of Lewisham station, Lewisham and … Cynthia Paine the connection was most surprising!

John revealing the history of Lewisham station, Lewisham and … Cynthia Paine the connection was most surprising!

This was a most enjoyable and informative walk. We learnt about a phantom bridge and old station between Blackheath and Lewisham, the various courses and names of the River Kid Brooke and Quaggy, how the area now forming the basis of Lewisham/Manhatten use to be called Plough Field and much more. We were extremely fortunate in our walk in being invited into the church of St Stephens. Renowned for being a Gilbert Scott church and one with many spires. The interior is beautiful, it is adorned with art works and gifts from local residents during its building in the 1860s. The many new residents of Lewisham have come together in their love of choral music and have planned choral evenings for the Autumn. Amongst the muddle and confusion of Lewisham there are some hidden gems, look carefully at the graffiti hiding the peaceful deer grazing by the river. Lewisham is a place of many layers.

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Sep
27
7:00 PM19:00

Meet and Eat

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We are organising an informal meal at the Hare and Billet pub on the Heath. We hope you will join us for a relaxing evening of chatting, eating and getting to know your fellow Society members and friends. 

If you would like to come, in the first instance please contact the office to reserve your place(s). 

We will send you the menu for you to select and order your meal.  We will also ask for a deposit of ten pounds to be paid to the office by 17th September, (balance due on the night).

We look forward to seeing you.

…… We came, we ate, we drank and had a fun evening. Join us next time.

 

 

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Sep
22
to Sep 23

Blackheath Cator Estate off the beaten track walks for the Open House Weekend

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As part of the London Open House weekend, Neil Rhind MBE FSA, President of the Blackheath Society will lead two walks round the Cator Estate.  Saturday, 22nd September and Sunday 23rd September from 11.00 am to 12.30pm.  He will be looking at the architecture; some good – some not so good. The walk will cover the Victorian periods through to 1930s suburban, plus post-war municipal and ultra modern.

Due to the bad weather, the Sunday walk was cancelled. It is to be repeated on Sunday 7th October. Contact the Society Office for further information.

 

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Jun
26
7:00 PM19:00

The Blackheath Society AGM

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The Annual Meeting will be held at St Mary's Church Hall, 5 Cresswell Park, SE3 9RD.

7.00pm  Members' welcoming drink

7.30pm  Society business for members only

7.50pm  Open discussion for members and visitors.

 

PANEL DISCUSSION ON BLACKHEATH VILLAGE ISSUES

The Panel speakers will include from the London Borough of Lewisham;

- The Head of Environmental Services (rubbish collection)

- The Commercial Income Manager (business rates)

- Councillor Kevin Bonavia

- Peter Hemmings, Managing Director of Selectric

This will be a unique opportunity to ask questions about issues affecting local businesses and the appearance and cleanliness of the Village.

 

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Literary Walk around Chelsea
Jun
11
10:30 AM10:30

Literary Walk around Chelsea

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The area is known for the many authors and poets of the 18th and 19th century who made the district their home.  Robert Maurice-Williams will show us where they lived.  Booking not necessary, however we plan to have lunch at the Chelsea Hospital garden so please let the office know if you would like to join us.

 

AFTER THE EVENT we said

This was a most delightful way to spend the morning.  The sun shone on us and the pretty streets of Chelsea. Robert showed us where John Le Carre lived in a small, quite street so that he could soon spot if his house was under surveillance! We saw where AA Milne propped Winnie the Pooh up against the window before setting off for school. We were most impressed by the imposing and beautiful Carlyle Buildings where many authors lived including Henry James and Ian Fleming. Although Dylan Thomas was frequently a ghost of the many pubs we passed, we didn't see him and had our excellent lunch break at The Royal Hospital Cafe.  Tip, it is open to the public, just by the main gate opposite Franklin's Row. 

 Here we are!

Here we are!

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Fashion, Fury and Feminism - Margaretta Lemon  a talk by Tessa Boase
May
21
7:00 PM19:00

Fashion, Fury and Feminism - Margaretta Lemon a talk by Tessa Boase

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Tessa Boase will present her new book on Margaretta Lemon, a past resident of Blackheath, entitled Mrs Pankhurst's Purple Feather - Fashion, Fury and Feminism - Women's Fight for Change

Margaretta Lemon, felt passionately about the cruel Victorian fashion for plumage, wings and whole dead birds on ladies’ hats. She could often be heard on a Sunday lecturing local ladies on their ‘murderous millinery’ as they made their way to All Saints church. While in her twenties she helped found the RSPB, and was soon running the Society and pushing for anti plumage legislation. She did not, however, believe in Votes for Women – and Mrs Pankhurst's appetite for plumed hats enraged her further still. 

The evening will be held in the Bakehouse Theatre, Bennett Park, and begins at 7pm with a welcoming drink followed by the talk at 7.30. Questions and book signing will follow. Tickets are £10.00 available from www.Eventbrite.com where you should search Fashion, Fury and Feminism

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AFTER THE EVENT we said.....

An excellent evening at The Bakehouse Theatre.  Tessa explained how she came to research this unusual lady from Blackheath and the writing of her book.  It is a remarkable story of how a group of women began the protection of the birds that fashion was pursuing to their extension. Etta Lemon did not join The Suffragette Movement but used their tactics of marches with banners and pictures among the shoppers of Regent Street to prick the conscious of the bird hatted women!  In 1904 legislation began to be put in place. 

Tessa's book looks like a jolly good read with many illustrations and photos. The local bookshop was there for the evening and has it in stock.

We note the fight to protect birds and their feathers against the fashion continues today ..

https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2018/may/21/the-ethics-of-wearing-feathers-its-not-just-live-plucking-thats-a-problem

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The Blackheath Pedestrian
May
16
10:30 AM10:30

The Blackheath Pedestrian

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In 1815 George Wilson undertook a great feat of walking 1000 miles around Blackheath Common in 20 days. We will follow part of the route he took and consider what the Heath was like then.  The walk will be led by Paul Browning who writes the blog, runner500.wordpress.com.   Meeting point to be announced.

AFTER THE EVENT we said ....

This is a most extraordinary story. Paul led us round the walker's route and we learnt how this was the fashionable sport of the times. Bets were placed, money lost and made.  The walkers did not become wealthy and were often tripped and clubbed to prevent them completing the challenge.  The crowds that came to watch and their unruly behaviour led to the decline of the sport.  So Blackheath became a popular venue for other sports.  We enjoyed hearing tales of this time and also looked at the new storyboards about the Heath as we walked.  Sad to say the Tea Hut was too busy to cater for our coffee break, but we did retire to the pub for our lunch break. 

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George Wilson Pedestrian

2018 Blackheath Pedestrians
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The Suffragettes of Blackheath
May
2
10:30 AM10:30

The Suffragettes of Blackheath

Wednesday, 2nd May: The Suffragettes of Blackheath.  Maureen Corcoran, blue badge guide and member of the Blackheath Society will lead a walk around the sites where suffragettes and other radicals walked, talked and protested.   No booking required, donations to the Society on joining the walk. 

Maureen will also lead a guided walk around historic Bow with a focus on the Suffragettes as part of her Blue Badge tours programme on 11 June.  Contact mo@londonsights.org.uk for more details and booking. 

AFTER THE WALK WE SAID.....

Blackheath is an interesting place with so many remarkable past residents.  This was demonstrated yet agan in this WALK AND TALK. Dartmouth Row's Church of The Ascension and The Grey Ladies College both fostered early pioneers of the  movement, most notable Millicent Fawcett.  Maureen showed us the sights of " terrible deeds " and the residences of Rose May Billinghurst and Florence Gadesden. There have been two WSPU (Women's Social and Political Union) Shops in Blackheath Village.  Sadly the rain sent us indoors for a warm coffee where we continued our talk about The Women's movement. 

 

 

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Blackheath Storyboards Launch
Apr
29
12:00 PM12:00

Blackheath Storyboards Launch

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STORYBOARDS ON THE HEATH

Come and join the community for the launch of the 7 new Heath Storyboards.

There will be music, food, drink and an exhibition for the unveiling of our new Storyboards.  The boards tell the stories of the major events and the wildlife of the Heath. We will be in the green gazebos on the Heath, between Royal Parade and All Saints’ Church.  This area is known historically as Washerwomen’s Bottom, come and find out more!

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