From the Blackheath Society’s website:
Bike & Kite Festival abandoned for 2011
The Society understands that this very successful event held in June will not take place this year as a result of the cuts. The Society is writing to Lewisham to request that the event be re-instated for 2012 – an important Jubilee year.
Such a shame. One of the best things about living in Blackheath. A really spectacular event. Ticks all the right boxes too – family friendly, encourages healthy lifestyles, etc. It’s something that was unique to the area. Maybe a rogue flash-mob festival should be organised regardless… Get the amazing Flying Squad kite flyers to come of their own accord (I’ve seen them practicing on the heath enough times), tell the organic chicken-burger-man from the farmer’s market to park his van by the side of the heath, and ask the crazy sound-system-on-a-morris-minor to provide the tunes.
Only joking. There aren’t any as far as I’ve heard. Apart from something at the Royal Standard pub, which is a bit grim at the best of times. I wrote to both Lewisham and Greenwich councils, asking if anyone had applied to close their streets in order to put up some buns, bunting, and retro-imperialism, but astonishingly nobody has.
Or at least, nobody in Lewisham has, and Greenwich won’t say, as it would encourage gate-crashers… Or something.
I’m off to the shelters until it passes. I fancy one of those cups though.
UPDATE: There are some parties going on, although none that involve the council closing roads. See the comments for more info.
News from the liminal zone
Black Vanilla (the new-ish
ice cream gelataria shop in the village) is having an easter egg hunt tomorrow. You can see the posters in their window, and the full range of posters are also on Lost In Style’s blog (the people who designed Black Vanilla’s branding).
There’s nothing on Black Vanilla’s website about the egg hunt, but it was mentioned on their twitter account a couple of days back.
It starts at 9am, and from the look of the designer’s site, a series of little tags will be hidden around the village. Then we get to hunt for them, and bring them to the shop in return for free goodies, such as:
- 1st prize – a huge easter egg
- 2nd prize – large tub of gelato
- 3rd prize – medium tub of gelato
- 4th prize – bambino gelato cone
It says there’s a maximum of 5 tags per winner, so presumably there will be quite a few dotted around.
(PS: Back from hols…)
As pointed out in the comments here, the organisers of the proposed music festival on Blackheath are holding a public meeting to discuss it on Friday.
The organisers of the OnBlackheath music festival will be holding a public information evening on Friday 18th March.
This will give a chance to hear from the team behind the event, as well as an opportunity to ask any questions.
This meeting will be held at Hollyhedge House (TA Building) on Wat Tyler Road at 7.30pm on Friday 18th March 2011.
853blog has an interview with the organisers of the proposed festival on the heath, now provisionally branded as “On Blackeath”. They have a website too, where you can sign up for more info, or send a comment. It’s good that they’re providing more info. I still wish it was a freebie though. Maybe I’ll take my mandolin and start an illegal rave down at the other end of the heath…
In case you’re wondering what that noise is. It seems to be a dub-reggae PA system jacked onto the back of a shiny black original Morris Minor, outside the library protests. Go and have a look! See The Suburban Pirate blog.