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Amnesty International Book Sale

The Blackheath and Greenwich Group of Amnesty International is holding its annual fund-raising book sale on Saturday 16th June at the Church of the Ascension, Dartmouth Row, London SE10 (10 minutes walk up Lewisham Hill from Lewisham BR, DLR & Bus Station). Doors open at 9am. (facebook link)

9am-5pm Saturday 16th June
Church of the Ascension,Dartmouth Row,London, SE10 8BF

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Race for Life, Blackheath 2011

Good luck to everyone taking part in the Race for Life today.

Bad luck if you’re trying to negotiate the traffic lights next to CostCutter. At least one of the bulbs has blown. Amber is working though, so that’s handy.

Here’s a few Race for Life posts from 2008 to keep you going.
5 things about the Race For Life 2008
Definitive route 2008
Race for Life 2008
2008 Photos and Video

UPDATE: Seems SouthEastern are running their usual quality weekend service:

“_SouthEastern: RT @KBslittlesis #southeastern you bunch of losers! Engineering works when 10k women & their families need to get to Blackheath for R4L!…”

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Meet your new library: 5 book shelves

Age Exchange Library Plans
The Blackheath Village Residents Group has put out an email newsletter, containing more details of the planned library inside Age Exchange. It’s a series of pdf files explaining, among other things, who you should thank for these plans.

The links to the PDF files:

As you can see below, from the wooden models and sketches, someone has spent a fair amount of time and money preparing all of this. It’s a very professional job, prepared by people who obviously have expertise in submitting planning proposals to local councils. Can’t wait to see what becomes of the old library building next year…
Age Exchange Model Lower Ground
I feel it’s my duty to mention that the BVRG would really like you to attend the next Blackheath Assembly. So would I. It will be held at 7:30pm on Thursday, 31st March, at St Matthew Academy, St Joseph’s Vale, Blackheath, London, SE3 0XX. Here’s a Google Map.

They’d also rather like you to not discuss anything at all about the music festival on this blog, ok?

There is currently a lot of discussion about the NIMBY event application on the Heath, not least by mostly anonymous contributors to the Blackheath Bugle blog. The BVRG view is that these matters are best discussed openly in public forum. An opportunity to do so is at the next Blackheath Assembly meeting.

No more idle chatter over here, hmm? That sort of thing causes trouble, and trouble we do not like, ok? Good. Glad that’s sorted. As you were.

In seriousness, I totally agree that the best way to get local issues resolved is probably face to face in a public forum. That doesn’t mean that an anonymous forum (like this) has no value. It’s just a different kind of forum. Which is why the Age Exchange Library arrangement sits uncomfortably. I don’t want a library in a windowless basement. I want the library that our council is obliged to maintain, without any back room deals made in smoke filled rooms with property developers.

Age Exchange Entrance

Age Exchange Ground Floor

NB: I realise that there is a mobile bookshelf, and a couple of other shelves in different rooms, but 5 bookshelves had a nice ring to it. It’s still tiny when compared to the existing library.

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The Reluctant Library

Lucy Mangan of the Grauniad TV reviews will be reading from her book The Reluctant Bride in a shameless bid to save Blackheath Library at 2pm on Saturday. What’s that you say? Maybe it is her favourite book! Why shouldn’t her favourite book be one that she wrote herself, for goodness sake? The trouble with you people is that you are far too cynical.

On another note, Sir Ian Mills of Age Exchange wrote me a very valid email, pointing out that whilst my post “Pay a tenner to find out what will happen to your library” was factually correct, it was also extremely bad tempered. He has a point. I had a hangover. On a school night. Sorry. If you want to look at Age Exchange’s plans for the library, they are on display inside their shop. You should go regardless, it’s a great place.

Nonetheless, some of the comments below the post raise some interesting questions:

  • This seems to me to be the most significant issue: If Age Exchange hadn’t stepped in to offer the council this alternative, wouldn’t there have been more pressure on Lewisham council not to close the library? Isn’t this just giving them an easy get-out?
  • Is this a way for Age Exchange to expand its profile, maintain its funding, and by merging itself with the library, ensure that it cannot be easily removed from the high street? The first role of any organisation is to maintain its own existence, even if it is a charity.
  • Why should local library-goers be encouraged to donate £30 per year to maintain a library service that up until this year was provided by the local council?
  • Darryl claims that Greenwich Council has decided to cease funding for Age Exchange. Does Greenwich Council contribute funds to Age Exchange? (I couldn’t see any mention of them on their funding page).
  • The current library is funded by Lewisham council, but Age Exchange is in the Greenwich Council part of Blackheath. How will this issue be resolved?

I’ve written before about how much I like the Age Exchange Centre.  It’s great.  But by offering Mayor Bullock a Big-Society-friendly way to downgrade the status of the current library, it may have done more harm than good.  Maybe lobbying the current owners of the existing library building to reduce or forgo the rent could have been a better strategy, which is now unavailable to the BVLUG, as the anti-closure lobby is effectively split between two positions.

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Book Sale on Saturday 20th June

UPDATE: Please note the correction of the date below!

Amnesty International’s Blackheath and Greenwich branch are holding a Book Sale on Saturday 20th June 2009 from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm

The sale takes place at the Church of the Ascen­sion, Dartmouth Row, SE10 8BF.

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Spare Saturday Afternoon?

Graffiti at Blackheath Station

If you’re not busy on Saturday, there will be a team of volunteers getting together in the station car park at 2.30pm. It’s organized by The Blackheath Society, which sounds very posh, but I don’t think you have to subscribe to join in… And I don’t think you have to be a member of the aristocracy either, despite the impression that the name may suggest.

It’s a great idea, and although, in my experience, the local council are pretty good at getting rid of graffiti quickly (especially when using this), it can’t hurt to have a few extra hands on board.

Of course, graffiti done well can be an amazing thing, but a few scrawly tags along a wall don’t really count.

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The definitive route for the Race for Life last weekend

OK, I promise this will be last post about the race for life at Blackheath for a while. 

google earth - flyby

Flickr user Mac Morrison has posted a very cool shot of the race route across Blackheath.  Many people came to the Bugle looking for the correct route – sorry I couldn’t pin it down beforehand, but it’s very nice to be able to see the route like this. 

I’m guessing it was created by carrying a GPS during the race.

There are loads of other race shots here, and loads of youtube vids of various runners.

Some of the comments on the other posts have been very poignant, and it was shocking to see how many people are affected by cancer in some form.

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