All posts tagged: local

The Last Word: James Edwin, Reflexologist

My name is James Edwin and I live in Forest Hill with my wife and our dog, Jackson. I have recently retrained as a reflexologist and practice here in SE23. How long have you lived in the area? I have lived in Forest Hill for 20 years What brought you here? My then girlfriend, now wife, already lived here and we loved the green open spaces What has changed most during that time? There are definitely more interesting independent coffee bars and food places now Do you know your neighbours? Yes, unlike other places I have lived in London- we know them, we socialize and it is lovely Do you belong to any groups? Well I am a member of the Association of Reflexologists if that counts! My wife is more the person to ask- she is in The Forest Hill Gin Club and a local rock choir… Describe your perfect weekend Ultimate Cheese Toastie and coffee at Agas’s Little Deli, food shopping at Beetroot & Beans and Jones of Brockley, a walk in Beckenham …

Horniman Museum and Gardens Events

Exhibitions and Displays Meltdown: Visualizing Climate Change 23 November–12 January 2020 The Horniman is hosting the UK premiere of this exhibition that features images of glaciers to demonstrate the impact of climate change across the world. Since 2008, Project Pressure has been commissioning artists to document the impact of retreating glaciers across the world and the resulting consequences for billions of people. The exhibition emphasises the importance of glaciers in an artistic and scientific way, and provides unique insights into the world’s fragile ecosystem and our changing global climate. Free. Stages of Making Now until 19 April 2020 Do you know how the things around you were made? What materials were used and who was involved in making them? Step into this immersive exhibition in The Studio where all the artworks have a story to tell about design, techniques and time. Inspired by the history of the Horniman and its collections, Stages of Making is produced by a collective of local community members working with artist Katie Schwab. Works include painted walls, table tops made from …

Pexmas Festive Market: 7th & 8th Dec

Pexmas is Peckham’s home grown free entry festive market, and celebration of local business, creativity and community spirit. Last year saw over 7000 visitors. This year, our 9th annual Pexmas market, sees us find a new home at the legendary Peckham cultural hotspot, ​Copeland Park​, already teeming with fantastic local independent businesses, studios and creative hubs. At Pexmas this year you will find over 100 independent boutique stalls including prints, plants, bath products, ceramics, clothes, accessories, jewellery, homewares, foodie gifts, craft beers and wines, textiles and a million things you never knew you wanted. There is something for everyone on your Christmas list among our stalls. PLUS: Streetfood, DJs and our infamous mulled wine. New for this year! Pick up a Pexmas Parcel! Available to purchase online in advance of Pexmas for collection on the day, or delivery after, get an excellent deal on a beautifully curated and presented selection of items from our Pexmas Stallholders. Designed around themes to suit all the people in your life, and taking the stress out of shopping! This …

Bell House, Dulwich Awarded Prize for Education Initiative

Bell House, Dulwich – a charity only three years old – has been awarded the prestigious Frances Garnham Award 2019 by Historic Houses for innovation in education and outreach in historic houses – selected from 1,500 houses. Director of Historic Houses, Ben Cowell, said, “it’s wonderful to see such an energetic and dynamic approach underway at Bell House. This beautiful place is a beacon for its local area showing how historic houses continue to serve vital purposes.” Louise Wood, receiving the prize on behalf of Bell House charity pointed out, “Bell House is a place of calm and inspiration where people can learn new things, from bee-keeping to learning to read.  A huge thank you to all the volunteers who have put time into Bell House and made it a welcoming community.” The judges were hugely impressed by the reach and creativity of Bell House’s offer to its local community, including the increasing work in dyslexia, adult literacy, cookery, garden volunteering and film-making. As a relatively new charity, Bell House particularly welcomes the Frances Garnham …

The Massive Violins return to Dulwich this Christmas

The seven singing cellists who are the Massive Violins return to Dulwich this Christmas with another display of vocal and instrumental virtuosity. Last year they wowed the audience with their crazy and musically mind-blowing versions of iconic rock and pop songs and they even managed to show off with the odd operatic aria. And they are planning to wow this year’s audience even more if that’s possible. Of course, there are no violins in the Massive Violins but seven glorious cellos, some of them made by the band’s founder, Ricky Chatto. He says that whenever he travels on buses and trains with his cello some joker will shout, “That’s a massive violin”, or, possibly, “That’s a bloody bastard big violin.” So that’s how they got their name. Who are the band members, though, and how did they get together? Well, their story began about nine years ago when Ricky and his wife Ruth went to see the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain performing their mad melange of musical masterpieces at Cecil Sharp House in Camden. Plucking fantastic, they thought. But wouldn’t …