Spotted on a tree along Pond Road, a “farewell to Blackheath Library” poster:
Blackheath Village LIbrary Users’ Group
Farewell To Blackheath Library
Please join us for a meeting to mark the closure, on May 27th 2011, of our village library.
The meeting will take place on Tuesday 17 May from 7-8.30pm at the Bakehouse, Bennett Park, (behind Age Exchange).
We shall thank our supporters and librarians, and formally wind up the Users’ Group. Sic transit gloria mundi.
Wine and soft drinks will be available for a donation on the night.
Any queries to se3villagelibrary (at) yahoo.co.uk or 020 8852 4032.
I hope the councillors who agreed to close it have the balls to attend.
UPDATE: My Latin typo corrected (I blame comprehensive educayshun you know….)
Below are a tonne of interesting tweets from yesterday’s onBlackheath meeting (which I couldn’t attend). Mostly from BitOClass and Darryl1974 who write the SE13zure and 853blog blogs respectively.
I wish I’d managed to get there, looks like it was an interesting night. Regardless of your opinion on whether the festival should go ahead, I think it’s worth pointing out a few aspects of sound perception:
Sound pressure levels decay over an inverse square law with distance. So if you are very near to the source of a sound, and move a few metres away, the sound gets dramatically quieter. However, if you are a hundred metres away, and move another few metres back, the level barely changes. Another point to make is that decibel readings are fairly pointless as way of describing irritation from unwanted sound. For example, a continuous sine tone or burglar alarm can be very irritating even if it is at a low level, whilst a spread spectrum of pink noise at an equivalent total energy level might be barely noticeable. Music is in the ear of the beholder, so sits somewhere between the two. Finally, anyone who thinks that erecting a few soft temporary walls in the free field will make any difference frequencies below about 1kHz should really think again.
Tweets are below in chronological order. Don’t miss the bit about bongo drums.
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.
Lewisham Council are planning to close Blackheath Library.
The final meeting that they are holding takes place tomorrow (Wednesday) evening at 7.30pm, in Blackheath Halls. This is a far easier location for people who actually use the library, so please, if you care at all about the library being shut, please come along.
Meeting 7.30pm tonight at St. Matthew Academy, St. Joseph’s Vale, SE3 0XX
Anyone can go. More fun news about cuts, I guess…
If glaring at them as you enter the station isn’t doing it for you, you’ll have an opportunity to put questions directly to (some of) them, as Blackheath Halls is holding a Hustings event on Monday 26th April 2010, 7.30 – 9.30 pm.
Free entry, and the following prospective candidates will be there:
David Gold – Conservative, Eltham
Pete Pattisson – Liberal Democrat, Lewisham East
Nick Raynsford – Labour, Greenwich and Woolwich
Malcolm Levitt – economist
John Palmer – political journalist
In the chair – Sir Ian Mills
Seems very odd to me that they are all from different constituencies, so there won’t be any easy to see differences between politicians in your own voting area.
Send me better links if you have them – (Malcolm Levitt’s Google Juice appears to be rather low).
PDF from Blackheath Society Blackheath Halls Hustings.
I know that you use the library.. .I’ve seen you! I haven’t felt so young in a while… If you’re a thrusting young professional™, who likes the local library, then where the hell were you? Seriously – that meeting was packed, but barely a soul there was under fifty. Which is fine, but it was a week night – a Tuesday for god’s sake! You can’t all have been at Pilates?! Anyway… Despite the curious demographic slope, the meeting was an interesting affair.
Read on to the full thing, but also, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up for their newsletters. I’ve scanned the one from the meeting (PDF file here) – I’ll take it down if anyone objects.
A slightly ominous looking poster in Age Exchange’s window. From the poster:
What future for Blackheath Village Library?
A meeting open to all at The Bakehouse, 6.30pm, Tuesday 16th March, behind the Reminiscence Centre, enter from Bennett Park. Antonio Rizzo, head of Lewisham Library Services, will explain how change might affect the local library service in the next few years.
What do you want from our library? Please come and give us your views.
telephone 020 8852 4032
email: se3villagelibrary (a t ) yahoo.co.uk
Hopefully the answers will be listened to. Libraries are so important – the local council must not cut them, and the labour councillors seem very happy to announce the revamp of the library in Blackheath Royal Standard on their blog… Hopefully because they want more libraries for all, not as a way of closing the one in the village. Or am I too paranoid? What with the Piazza plans looming, the village library’s future feels uncertain to me.
The Blackheath Village Library Users Group website hasn’t been updated for a while – hopefully they’ve still got some fight in them!
I suspect a reduction in qualified librarians – introduction of self service tills, fewer books, and more incredibly underpowered Windows internet terminals, half of which will be permanently out of order… Or maybe the library will have longer opening hours, and more books!
Anyway – here’s the location on Google streetview. Go along if you can:
This is an invitation for you to join us at a Climate Camp Blackheath residents de-briefing session happening this Saturday the 19th September at the West Greenwich community and arts centre from 3.15 to 4.15pm.
We hope that you had a chance to attend the Climate Camp at some point over the bank holiday weekend and that you found it an interesting and enjoyable experience. Obviously we are aware that our presence may not have been appreciated by everybody and we would like to take this opportunity to discuss with you your experiences and views of our Camp, and in turn to hear our reasons for pitching our tents in Blackheath.
Please see this link (http://www.radicalactivist.net/resources/blackheathposter.pdf) for a poster containing more information about the meeting.
Perhaps Blackheath’s spare £9k could be spent on a little wooden windfarm?
I’d love to be there, but I’m afraid I’ll be running away from the UK to go and marry Mrs. Bugle – thus making her name slightly more appropriate. Did I mention that this blog was her idea? Anyway, happy camping Blackheath, see you in a few weeks.