Free sound & light workshop next Sat in Bow church

Adding this to the Blackheath blog because the 108 bus goes almost all the way to the church.

Sound stuff

I’m blogging on my phone so forgive typos…

Bow church finds itself in the middle of a very busy road that runs from Stratford to Mile End and beyond. It’s also where I sometimes get the 108 to Blackheath and isn’t far from Bow Church DLR and Bow Road tube station.

Next Saturday “Parallel Relay”, a project formed by a couple of artists, is putting on a free sound and light workshop in the afternoon, in the church, followed by an evening performance of the output from that.

Contact for more info and to reserve a place.

Saturday 27 September 2014
Workshop / Experiments with light and sound 2.00 – 6.30pm
Performance / Light window and soundscape 7.30 – 8.30pm
Bow Church, 230 Bow Road



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Apparently Westcombe Park in Blackheath has its own farmers’ market on Saturdays

We’re not short of railway stations in Blackheath with the main one in the village (well, it’s my main one, I might be being a bit village-centric here) but there’s one up near-ish to the Royal Standard called Westcombe Park (not to mention Lee, Lewisham, Kidbrooke, Charlton and the Woolwiches not that far away). 

Blackheath station has had, for quite some time, a farmers’ market running on Sundays between 10 and 2pm but news has reached me today that there’s now one on Saturday’s at Westcombe Park station. Having been to Westcombe Park station (ooh – Maze Hill’s not far away either) a few times I’m struggling to imagine how practicable it might be to have stalls here as it’s a bit… hilly (in fact, I avoid the station in wet or icy weather). From memory there’s not a great deal of flat room… maybe there is and I need to check it out.

Anyway, I need to find a photo of an advert or more information. It’s probably available at the official Farmers’ Market website.

Has anyone been?

Free 1hr English scone-making w’shops @ Blackheath Cooks – Wed (tomorrow) & Thur: 11am & 2pm, then eating ’em :)

I’ve deleted most of this email but you can sign up for your own copy at their website – there’s some stuff about Royal Wedding related activities, from which there is probably no escape 😉


Blackheath Cooks – Putting the fun back into cooking...

FREE Cookery Workshops!

… 6 completely FREE taster workshops this week at our cookery school.

Wednesday 27th – English Scone making workshops for adults – 11am-12, and 2-3pm follwed by a cup of tea and scones with jam and cream (of course!)

Thursday 28th – English scone making for adults again at 11-12 and 2-3pm.

Royal Wedding at the Royal Standard, Blackheath – 23-30 April 2011


If you like Royal Wedding stuff and live near Blackheath, Charlton, Lewisham or Greenwich then you might like this. If you couldn’t give two hoots about royals or weddings then note the location for avoidance purposes 😉

There will be bunting and face painting and each of the shops is offering (a) a discount or a deal and (b) a raffle prize – see link below for more info.

Celebrate the Royal Wedding
at the Royal Standard

Support your local independent shops
at the Royal Standard and join in the
fun on Saturday 30 April 12noon-4pm
at our Royal Wedding Celebration!
FREE raffle tickets available from
Participating shops with every purchase
between Sat 23-Sat 30 April.
Special events and offers all week.
Prize Draw 3pm Saturday 30th.

EDIT: Thanks to @nicferrier who pointed out that I’d rather duh-ly put 2009 in the title and yet, evidently, the wedding’s actually happening THIS YEAR. Fixed 🙂

Open Studios Taster Session, Charlton House – 21 March – 14 May 2011 #Blackheath

Blackheath Art Society
Open Studios – Taster Exhibition
21st March – 14 May 2011

Mulberry Tea Rooms Charlton House
Charlton Road SE7 8RE
Tel: 020 8856 3951

Open Monday-Friday 9am – 10pm (tea rooms 9-4)
Saturdays 9am-5pm (tea rooms closed)
Sunday closed.

A chance to preview the work of 20 artists and designer makers taking part in the Blackheath Art Society 5th Open Studios.

Weekends 7-8 & 14-15 May 2011

Leaflets available from libraries and information centres or contact 020 8853 2259 / 

Small venue hire in Blackheath – Age Exchange’s The Bakehouse Theatre (opposite the station)

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 Hire

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
Capacity: 50
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

Edit – In case you’re reading this on an iPhone… 🙂