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UPDATE: You can find more up to date info in this post.
Lewisham Council has posted some notes about the big screen planned for Blackheath during the Olympics. Amongst other things:
As well as being great fun, events taking place at the site will be designed to encourage communities to participate in improving their health and well being, become involved in their local community and celebrate local achievements. The Community Live Site will provide a showcase and fundraising opportunities for local voluntary and charitable organisations.
In addition to the big screen, another great attraction at the Live Site will be a beautifully decorative and rare Spiegel Tent which will play host to a range of events for all ages including tea dances, cinema, storytelling and live music. This splendid venue is so glamorous it is worth a visit in itself, even if it is to take in the surroundings, have a bite to eat or enjoy a cocktail created especially for the event.
It’s not that rare… I’m suspecting the Spiegel Tent will be the same one that featured at the Hyde Park winter wonderland. I went to this, and it was an overpriced restaurant & bar in a setting that looked like a leftover from the Moulin Rouge. Quite fun, and it had good Gluvine, but I seem to remember 3 drinks costing the best part of £15.
Why we are asking you to write to your MP about the OnBIackheath Festival due to be held very near here in September
We live nearby – at the top of Lewisham Hill, and are writing to you as neighbours. We don’t belong to any group.
On the 10th and 11th September a company cailed NIMBY Events are planning to hold a festival on the same part of the Heath that was used forthe Climate Camp last year.
There is nothing wrong with people having fun, or people making money.
But, festival organisers usuaily try to avoid disrupting local residents, especially young children. Like you, we live here and we think that the views of local peopie should be considered.
We are concemed about the OnBlackheath Festival for the following reasons:
- It is being held in the first two weeks of the new September school term – keeping nursery and primary school children awake when they need to be resting for school
- The event is licensed all weekend for all-day drinking until 10.30pm on Sunday night
- Once the music and drinking stops, late on Sunday night, up to 25,000 people will be encouraged to head down Lewisham Hill to the station. Many will presumably hang around until later.
We do not have assurance that the organisers will have managed to clean up by the next momlng, when children walk across the heath to get to school. At other festivals it is not unknown for broken bottles, drug paraphernalia and other detritus to be found the next day.
The reason we’re writing to you is that the alcohol licence – which was granted for this and every subsequent year – has been challenged in court, and the festival might also need ministerial approval. So there is a short window of opportunity between now and the hearing on April for local people to make their views known. This may make all the difference, as the local MP, Heidi Alexander, says the letters she has received so far have been roughly half in favour, half against.
At the recent public meeting we asked the organisers if they would consider moving the Festival out of school term time to the summer holidays. They said no, because it might reduce attendance numbers.
You can email Heidi Alexander MP, at email@example.com or write to her at Heidi Alexander, MP for Lewisham East, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA.
The best way of making your views known directly to the licensing appeal is to write to the magistrates at the following address: The Presiding Judge, Reg Case No: 011003910186, Greenwich Magistrates Court, The Court House, London Rd, Bromley, BR1 1RA
If you can, please do it before 15th April while there is still chance to influence the decision.
Simon and Abigail, local residents (simonandabigail at gmail.com)
It will be interesting to see how this plays out… I suspect the festival will go ahead regardless.
So yet again, Bugle-Dad-birthday (and a wedding to attend) meant that Mr & Mrs Bugle could not, and possibly will never manage to attend the biggest and best fireworks display held in their back garden (almost). So instead, to compensate I have re-lived the event by tragically staring into my laptop screen, whilst waving a sparkler. More below:
Lovely high definition video of the fireworks, from a Nokia phone (youtube user macintoshmorrisson)
An historical perspective on bonfire night in Blackheath from Andreas Moser, with links to more youtube videos.
“As far as I am aware, this is the only country that annually celebrates the failure of an assassination attempt on its head of state.”
When you put it like that, it does sound a bit odd…
Another HD video of the fireworks (no point in watching them at a lower rate!)
Great photo by Liam Hayter. Makes me wish I’d been there.
Blackheath fireworks were great. Lewisham Council showed Greenwich how to do it: big, not too long, no awful music. http://yfrog.com/eqt1hfj
All of Blackheath is engulfed in a thick low-lying smoke. Quite amazing, feels like a film set.
Blackheath fireworks. The best thing Lewisham Council does. http://twitpic.com/34joan
Apart from, you know, the schools, hospitals, GPs, libraries, etc etc :)
Here are a few tips from the locals, to all the people who will be descending upon Blackheath over the weekend, for the Bike and Kite Festival.
Take an umbrella. If it rains, you’ll need it, and if it’s sunny there’s next to no shade on the heath, so you can hide under it when you get too hot. The pubs will be packed, so best to come with supplies. (Nicholas, the off license in the village does a very nice dry cider).
Take a bike. Don’t drive – there’s almost no parking in Blackheath at the best of times, and over the weekend it will be even worse than usual. Plus, if you take your bike, there’s usually a free Bike Doctor at the festival who will check your tyres, gears, brakes, etc.
Take a kite! Just don’t take a good one! Loads of people will be flying them, and there’s a good chance you’ll get tangled up (happened to me last year)…
There are usually a few really good plant stalls, if you feel like stocking up. Other stalls include advice from the council about recycling, bike & kite sales etc.
Make sure you know what to look out for! There’s an expert’s guide to the kite performers here at The Kite Society.
Finally, if you know anything about Kite Aerial Photography, bring your rig, so that you can improve on my hopeless effort!
Below are links to my pages from the event for the last two years:
If you didn’t manage to go to the Bike and Kite festival on Saturday, then try and go on Sunday. It was really something special, as the video above by YouTube user Jadepike4 demonstrates.
There are always two distinct camps of kite fliers: The model fliers, like inverse puppeteers with their enormous hovering cats, people and teddy bears looming over us. And the stunt fliers, flinging their synchronised kites through the air. I wonder whether the two tribes get along. Do the stunt fliers look down on the modellers as tacky and gauche? Do the modellers think of the stunt fliers as showy and macho? Or maybe not. Maybe they’re just happy to be up in the air.
Here’s an idea for next year – one up from the flying cats (great though they were). In the 16th Century, the Chinese invented a man-lifting kite. This would draw in the crowds next year! Okay, it may be a little dangerous, but could be very exciting too… Perhaps I’ll volunteer to get hoisted up. Makes a change from attaching an old Nokia to a kite.
Click on the Keep Reading link below to view my hundreds of photos – apologies for the dodgy quality, there are far better ones inside the Flickr Blackheath collection.
An awesome pair of Blackheath photos to see in the new year! The photo above was taken by Flickr user Andy Linden. Both of these must have been taken at around the same time, I think – they both have a lovely colour to them.
Mrs Bugle is officially lethal with a shot gun… What are we going to do with a load of tacky toys from the fun fair?! Seven shots out of seven!
Following up on Arachnophobia, I’m sorry to say that the rare spider found on Blackheath story was definitely a bit of a red herring. I contacted GreenScene (part of Lewisham council), and got a very helpful reply from the aptly named Nick Pond:
I have enquired with a local entomologist who responded regarding your
“I think the Blackheath where the spider is found is one near Guildford
in Surrey, not Lewisham. The spider is only known from a handful of
sites in Surrey and maybe neighbouring counties.”
There have been no in-depth entomological studies on Blackheath to my
knowledge and I would be very surprised if this occurrence did refer to
Blackheath, Lewisham. I am sorry I can’t furnish you with more positive
Certain spider-fearing commentators might be delighted at this news. It seems that even if we don’t have any rare spiders, there are plenty of stag beetles, and to this end, Andrew Brown pointed out that the local council has an action plan to ensure that they continue to scare small children.
Making sure that the pupae have a suitable habitat to grow up in seems to be the most important thing – they need dead wood that has been left sitting around – known as a “loggery“, as they gradually eat the wood inside old tree stumps etc.
So if you want to look after your local stag beetle, you now have a perfect excuse for not tidying up the garden…
Photo by flickr user e3000 (Creative Commons licensed)