Wednesday, 8 February 2012

This week in Sydenham: February 9-16

It’s half-term week – and there’s loads of events happening around the local area to keep everyone amused, young and old. Here’s our selection.

This week in Sydenham: February 9-16:

The Phoenix Brothers are this week’s guests at the Sydenham Blues Club, at the Golden Lion pub. The music starts at 9pm and entry is free. More details are at

We Ghosts provide the music at The Hob in Forest Hill tomorrow night from nine and it’s also free.

The Stephen Lawrence charitable trust in Deptford is offering a free introduction to painting, ceramics and drawing from 10am till 1pm. Guest artists and tutors will give tips and support – and selected work will then be exhibited at the centre in May. The workshop is on a first-come first-served basis. To book, call 020 8100 2807.

A comedy about the day in the life of a motorway bridge and the users who go on it or under it each day is being performed at the London Theatre in New Cross this weekend. It’s £10, or £5 for concessions, and the show is on daily at 8pm until Saturday, and 5pm on Sunday. Call the box office on 020 8694 1888.

Leading Scottish folk performer Emily Smith (pictured) plays the Blackheath Halls from 8pm. Tickets are £16, or £14 for concessions, from the box office on 020 8463 0100.

New Cross film club Cinetopia’s next screening is on Friday from 7pm, and it’s a mystery film based in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Tickets are £11 and that includes the film, a quiz and hot food. To find out more, see

The Brockley Jack has a performance of Olivier Lansley’s Immaculate. It’s about a young woman and an unexpected pregnancy. It’s at 8pm and tickets are £12, or £10 for concessions. The play is not suitable for under-16s.

Lewisham council and the local safer neighbourhoods team will be offering advice on crime prevention on Friday, at Sainsburys in Lower Sydenham from 11am till 3pm. They’ll provide a free bike security marking service and offer tips on how to avoid burglary and motor crime.


The Hob in Forest Hill has stand-up comedy from Johnny Kats, Marc Burrows, Trevor Lock and Michael Smiley. It’s £9, or £6 for concessions, and it starts at 9pm. Find out more at or call 020 8855 0496.

At Lewisham Arthouse, there’s a one-day course in photography and film processing from 11am till 4pm. It’s £45 pounds, or £40 for concessions, and you can book by calling 07914 247 672.


The Marshmallow Blues Club returns to Hither Green village hall from 7.30pm till 11.30pm. There’ll be live entertainment from a house band and featured guests, plus a licensed bar and snacks. Entry is £5.

Victoria Simonsen and Benjamin Powell perform a Sunday morning concert of cello and piano music at the Blackheath Halls, including work from Beethoven, Slovak, Rossini and Britten. It starts at 11am and tickets are £14, or £12 for concessions, from the box office on 020 8463 0100.


The organisers of the Sydenham Arts Festival are holding their annual general meeting on Monday evening – and all are invited to come along and find out about the plans for this summer’s event. The meeting is at Here for Good, on Sydenham Road, from 7.30pm. If you are unable to attend but would still like to volunteer for this summer, email

Sydenham Tennis Club on Lawrie Park Road is organising a six-week introductory course on basic tennis techniques, starting on Wednesday evening. The sessions are every Wednesday from 7pm till 8pm and cost £20 for the full set of six. To find out more, call 07776 231 676 or see

The Horniman Museum celebrates the art of morris dancing on Wednesday afternoon, with two live sessions at 2pm and 3.30pm where you can learn some of the moves. It’s suitable for anyone aged four and above, and it’s free to take part. To find out more call the museum on 020 8699 1872.

Community theatre group the Crofton Park Players are putting on a self-written play called Dominoes every night from Wednesday to Saturday at 7.45pm at the Brockley Jack. Tickets are £10, or £7 for concessions.

Retired Not Tired is a lively, upbeat group for people aged 60-plus who enjoy a song and a dance. They meet at the Saint Lawrence Centre on Bromley Road in Catford every Thursday morning between 10am till midday. It’s free to attend, no previous experience is required and you can find out more by calling 020 8305 4378.

At The Hob in Forest Hill, the All New Stand-Up Show is back on Monday from 8pm. Tickets are £3. Then, on Thursday, it’s the celebrity pub quiz from 9pm. Entry is £2 and details of both events can be found online at

Bearspace gallery in Deptford High Street has an exhibition of large-scale figurative drawings inspired by synchronised swimming, by local artists Abbi Torrance and Paul Ridyard. It’s open until February 25th, from Wednesday to Saturday, 10am till 6pm and entry is free.

An eclectic exhibition of work from five local art students is on show at Lewisham Arthouse until Sunday. It’s open daily between noon and 6pm and it’s free. To find out more call 020 8244 3168.

The Broadway Studio Theatre presents a modern interpretation of the classic love story Romeo and Juliet this month, directed by Asia Osbourne. Performances run from Wednesday to Sunday, until 26th February, at 7.30pm. There are also some matinee performances at 2pm. Tickets range from £11 to £14.50, or from £8 to £11 for concessions, and the box office number is 020 8690 0002.

The Stephen Lawrence Centre in Deptford has an exhibition celebrating the works of contemporary photographers from Central Asia. It’s open until the end of February, daily from 10am till 5pm, and entry is free. To find out more call 020 8100 2800.

Lewisham College are organising an alternative Valentine’s Day dinner on Tuesday night to raise money for breast cancer charity the Lavender Trust. The three-course meal in the Phoenix restaurant costs £20 and includes a prize draw. It starts at 7.30pm and reservations are essential – call 020 8314 8636.

The Forest is a surprising and enchanting performance for anyone aged five and over, being performed at the Albany in Deptford from Monday till Thursday at 11am and 2pm. Tickets are £9, or £7.50 for concessions, from 020 8692 4446.

The London Theatre in New Cross presents two plays for the price of one this week, Shakespeare Unbound and The Wife. Performances are from Tuesday to Sunday at 8pm and tickets are £12.50, or £10 for concessions, from 020 8694 1888.

Renowned architect Eric Parry will be discussing his work at a lecture at Blackheath Halls on Wednesday night from 8pm. Tickets are £12, or £10 for concessions and £6 for students. The box office is on 020 8463 0100.

Teenagers in Sydenham are being offered the chance to learn basketball and interact with other young people this week at Sydenham High School. Sessions run from Monday to Friday and will include the basics of playing, coaching and refereeing. It’s for anyone aged 13 to 16, it’s free to take part, but you need to book a place in advance by calling Steven Bucknall on 07970 932 562.

The Horniman museum has plenty of half-term activities for children, including an art workshop on Wednesday when children aged three and above can learn how to make Egyptian masks. It’s open from 11am till 3.30pm and it’s free.

Also at the museum, I Love the Horniman is an event taking place on Monday and Tuesday. Children aged three and above are invited to come along and make a model of their favourite Horniman exhibit to contribute to a temporary art piece at the museum. It runs from 10.30am till 4pm on both Monday and Tuesday and it’s free to take part. Children must be accompanied by an adult. To find out more, call 020 8699 1872.

If you’re aged 13 to 25 and you’re interested in learning how to write plays, there’s a free half-term workshop at the Albany in Deptford this week. It runs from Monday to Friday, 11am till 4pm, and your finished work will then be performed by professional actors. To get involved, call 020 8692 4446.

Grove Park youth club is also arranging a busy week of free half-term entertainment, including sport, arts and creative activities, every day next week from 10am till 4pm. To find out more, call Andrew Brown on 07957 349 004.

Please send details with at least a week’s notice to

Posted from Sydenham Community Radio

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