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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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2pm: Save Blackheath Library

As you’ve probably already seen, today (Saturday) there will be a day of protests across the country against the proposed library closures. Lewisham Council want to close Blackheath Village Library, so please show your support. Come and read extracts from your favourite book at 2pm. The following authors and local people will be attending:

Neil Rhind
The spectacularly good writer of Blackheath Village and Environs, occasional commenter to this blog, and all round expert on anything to do with Blackheath’s history. To be honest, if you’re living in Blackheath, it’s worth attending just to hear him speak. This blog wouldn’t be what it is without his books as a reference-point.

Lucy Mangan
Columnist for The Guardian, and writer of many books, including The Reluctant Bride: One Woman’s Journey (Kicking and Screaming) Down the Aisle, (extracts of which made me laugh as I was nervously preparing to marry Mrs Bugle).

Blake Morrison
Prolific author, literary editor of both The Observer and the Independent on Sunday.  His latest book is The Last Weekend.

Lindsey Davis
Lindsey Davis – Writer of historic novels, titles include Rebels and Traitors, set around the English Civil War, and Nemesis, an Ancient Roman detective series. Which sounds like fun!

Father Nicholas, from All Saints
The vicar from the big pointy church on the heath. Not this.

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Blackheath Bike and Kite Festival 2010 on Saturday!


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:

2009:
https://blackheathbugle.wordpress.com/2009/06/13/blackheath-bike-and-kite-festival-2009-today/

https://blackheathbugle.wordpress.com/2009/06/13/more-photos-from-the-bike-and-kite-festival-2009/
https://blackheathbugle.wordpress.com/2009/06/16/the-flying-cat/

2008:
https://blackheathbugle.wordpress.com/2008/06/15/photos-from-the-bike-and-kite-festival/

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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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