A favourite place to have a cup of tea and a cake (or home-made soup and a roll for £2.50) is the Age Exchange’s Reminiscence Centre, Cafe and Museum in Blackheath Village. It’s like stepping back in time – and it’s meant to be, as the place is full of things to spark the memories of the ordinary daily lives lived by older people. If you like 1930s / 1940s etc domestic memorabilia you’ll like this shop – they also sell old fashioned children’s toys and games, and sweeties.
The site is quite large, there’s an exhibition centre at the back where you can see all sorts of lovely things – I think at the time of writing it’s a photography exhibition with some stunning shots taken of the Green Chain Walk. I originally saw that exhibition when it was discreetly tucked away in the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in the late Summer and was inspired to visit Severndroog Castle which turns out to be just up the road in Eltham / Oxleas Wood.
There’s a small garden at the back which is very pleasant too, and the Bakehouse Theatre hosts various theatrical and film events. If I have a Friday off and there’s a film showing in the afternoon I try and get along.
I was last in there just before Christmas and picked up this leaflet for anyone who wants to hire the Bakehouse Theatre venue. I was there hoping to find out about the computer courses they run for the older 60s to see if I could volunteer to teach on them (I do a lot of computer / intranet training at work and quite like teaching people how to get computers to do their bidding) but unfortunately (for me) the courses are during the week when I’m at work.
Venue: The Bakehouse Theatre
Location: Rear of Reminiscence Centre, 11 Blackheath Village, London SE3 9LA
Access: via driveway of Bennett Park
Parking: None, but loading / unloading permissible – very small turning circle
Nearest Car Park: Blackheath Station Car Park
Facilities: Projection screen and digital projector; CD and DVD equipment, small lighting desk and basic lighting rig; Kitchen with tea urn, coffee machine, crockery, cutlery etc and Cafe area available to use.
The Bakehouse Theatre space is suitable for meetings, training events, presentations, talks, rehearsals, and small-scale performances.
Scale of Hire Charges:
Monday – Friday 10am – 5pm —— £25 per hour
Monday – Friday 5pm – 10pm —– £40 per hour
Saturday 10am – 4pm —————– £35 per hour
Saturday 4pm – 10pm —————- £50 per hour
Whole day weekday (10 – 5) ——- £150 per day
Whole day Saturday (10 – 4) ——- £150 per day
To check availability please contact Meg Hamilton 020 8318 9105 meg.hamilton AT age-exchange.org.uk
Edit – In case you’re reading this on an iPhone… http://www.age-exchange.org.uk 🙂