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Blackheath Festival – leaflets appearing

Anti OnBlackheath music festival leaflet
Just received a copy of a leaflet that is being delivered near to the festival:

Why we are asking you to write to your MP about the OnBIackheath Festival due to be held very near here in September

Dear Neighbour,
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 heidi.alexander.mp@parliament.uk 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.

Thank you,
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.

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LOCOG map

A map of the proposed olympic equestrian events in Blackheath & Greenwich has been released. Just imagine the brown bits strewn with dead trees and a million muddy footprints…

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Don’t forget! Bike and Kite festival on Saturday!

Just a quick reminder – the bike and kite festival (official page) starts tomorrow (Saturday June 14th & 15h) at 11am – 4pm. It should be a great day, the weather is looking not completely disastrous, although the BBC weather site seems to be getting less optimistic by the hour. An umbrella might be a wise accessory, along with a camera, so that you can send me a photo or two to brighten up the Bugle.

If you’ve got friends coming, tell them not to drive, as there is no parking laid on, and parking is a nightmare at the best of times in Blackheath (so much so that in my more anarchic moments I’ve considered posting a cut-out-and-keep fake parking permit especially for Bugle readers… maybe another time).

I’m personally looking forward to the news that:

Former UK Experienced Pair Champions: Husband and wife Allan and Marilyn Pothecary, also known as Close Encounters, will be demonstrating various exhibition displays.

Makes me smile for some reason. Did they used to be experienced, but they’re not any more? It must be some sort of kiting lingo that I’m not familiar with…

(The youtube clip isn’t me, just an example of the many youtube clips on kite flying in Blackheath).

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Blackheath Bike and Kite Festival coming soon

Kite photo for the Blackheath Bike and Kite Festival

UPDATE: If you’re looking for info about the 2010 Bike and Kite Festival – please go to this page: Blackheath Bike and Kite Festival 2010.

UPDATE: If you’re looking for info about the 2009 Bike and Kite Festival – please go to this page: Blackheath Bike and Kite Festival 2009.

The Blackheath Bike and Kite festival looks like it should be a great event – it is happening over the weekend of 14th & 15th June, on the heath, and from Lewisham Council’s website, it looks like it will be free of charge. The bugle will be flying a kite (if permitted). In the meantime, some practice will be necessary. In other kite-related news, this blog post by M Johnson demonstrates attaching a mobile phone to a kite, and videoing the results! The bugle feels that this shows a high degree of trust in both the strength of the mobile phone, and skill of the kite flier… Not sure my “controlled landings” would be up to this…

Ariel kite photography has been a big thing on the web for a while- I remember reading about someone who built a camera timer based on an ice-cube and an elastic band – when the kite is in the air, the ice-cube melts, forcing a piece of wood to press the shutter on the camera (this back in 1999, before mobile phones and digital cameras were cheap as Blackheath fish & chips). Just found the page – it’s a bit dusty, but if you blow on it a bit, you should be able to find it behind this link.

If anyone has any examples of Blackheath ariel photography, please let me know!

The photo on this post is by Flickr user Ronnie44052 and is used under a Creative Commons license. And yes, that sky is far too blue to be in the UK.

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