Saigon Streat, New Cross

Write Now 6

The Jack Studio Theatre team say:

We're proud to announce WRITE NOW 6, our annual new writing festival that will open in May 2015, and run for four weeks.

The WRITE NOW festival is an essential part of the Jack Studio's annual programme, and which each year looks to find, develop and produce the most exciting, diverse and significant work of new and emerging writers who have a connection to the south east of London.

From the submissions of plays to a specific brief, three plays are chosen for the month-long festival, and they appear alongside writing workshops, audience discussions, and the performance of six new short plays.

We are now accepting submissions of scripts. The deadline for this year’s applications is Friday 30 January 2015.

Full guidelines and a 2015 application form are available on the Write Now page on our website:

Further details are below and in the attached press release. If you require additional information, please contact me on:

Halloween Night

The Devil's Sentry Box, Manor Avenue
Plenty going on tonight for Halloween. Here's a list of some of the best options:
  • The Royal Albert is hosting Cults - a Judgement Night party with DJ from 9pm
  • The Ravensbourne Arms is throwing a party, 8pm-2am. 
  • The Gantry is going to reward its best-fancy-dressed Halloween customer with a bottle of prosecco.
  • Jam Circus has an All Hallows Eve party with free shots for punters in fancy dress
  • The Talbot has this party going on
And the best-dressed Halloween pub award goes to The Honor Oak:

The Amersham - Loved by Time Out

The Amersham Arms made Time Out's "Eight London pubs we love" list, with the magazine's Comedy Editor, Ben Williams, singling out Happy Mondays as the best reason to love it. He says:

What looks like a small, cosy pub from the street also looks that way inside: there are wood-panelled walls, Chesterfield sofas and fairy lights draped around picture frames. But it’s all a front for a huge club and music venue out the back. 

Comedy night Happy Mondays takes place here every week. Entry’s only a fiver, and some of the best names in the business regularly navigate the Overground to New Cross... Heck, even David Cross – yes, Tobias from ‘Arrested Development’ – performed a rare London set here a few weeks ago... Why do comics like playing it? It’s fun! The crowds are lively and the promoters are nice people. The students might come for the cheap ticket price, but it’s the comedy-savvy Londoners who make it special.

BC was at the David Cross gig (guest of Happy Mondays) and Williams is absolutely right about the appeal of the night for comics. Cross was obviously there as an excuse to stretch his comedy legs during a long stay in London, persuaded to do one last story by someone who offered to buy him a pint. If you haven't been, but you like stand-up, you have to go.

Introducing Prendergast Primary School

Prendergast Primary School is a new school on the Ladywell / Crofton Park border. Head of School, Viv Nicholls, writes:

We opened to our two new Reception classes in September, and have been extremely pleased at how quickly all our children have settled. We received a visit from Ofsted inspectors two weeks into the new term! They were very positive about the learning environment, also citing the calm and happy atmosphere around the school - giving us a 'Good' judgement.

We look forward to welcoming two new Reception classes in September 2015, when we will be moving into our brand new building. The new build is a spacious flag ship design, and will include a five-a-side football pitch, Eco Garden and Habitat area in addition to our three primary play areas. Inside we will have 14 classrooms, specifically designed to meet the needs of our children, as well as an atrium and our own kitchen facilities. We will also be very fortunate to have direct access onto Ladywell Fields, where we encourage pupils to take part in outdoor learning projects.

Please contact our school office if you would like to visit on 020 8690 1114

Back in training

Brockley's traditional summer season of Octopush and Aussie Rules is over, time to re-discover winter games like football and badminton. Chris writes:

I think I'm probably on my 3rd round of e-mailing you. I wonder whether you would mind putting up a post about our Wednesday night Catford football (again!)…people just keep on having babies and moving!

We need players for Wednesday nights 5-a-side football at Catford. KO 19:30 subs of £5. All ages and abilities welcome. We're a bunch of 30 somethings having a competitive kick-around as opposed to a league team looking for players. E-mail Chris Gilbert or Joel

Likewise, Sian is back for more. She writes:

Honor Oak ladies badminton at the Honor Oak Community Centre has vacancies for 2 new players - it costs £7 a month - bring your own raquet. Contact / 07957956089

Weds 8.30-9.30 ladies only (there is an earlier mixed group who play from 6.30-8.30 for intermediate players only if any men are interested).

Malpas flooded

Malpas Road was closed this morning due to flooding, the result of a burst water main. Six basement flats were damaged by the water. The road has now been reopened. These two tweets this morning may have been related to one another:

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