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Telegraph Hill Festival Programme Announced
Like all self-respecting Geordies, the people of Telegraph Hill laugh in the face of freezing conditions and opt to organise their community festival as Winter turns to Spring. That means that the 14th Annual Telegraph Hill Festival will shortly be upon us.

The festival kicks off with a rock night at a venue called Narthex [?] on February 29th and there is far too much going on to summarise here, so the best thing to do is visit the event website yourself to find out more. They also have their own open studios event in March, the details of which can be downloaded from this page.
Still hope for The Talbot
The team behind the Honor Oak have confirmed that they still hope to be able to reach agreement with owners Punch to rennovate The Talbot. They are still in discussions to open the new-look pub in 2008, but it'clear that the original target of spring is no longer a realistic prospect. We are happy to offer them the chance to host Brockley Central Drinks IV if it will help to clinch the deal.
Save the Livesy Museum
Southwark Council have decided that there are far-too-many pesky museums in the area and have decided to stamp down on the problem by voting to close and sell off the Livesy Museum for Children at the end of March 2008.

The Old Kent Road venue is a free museum which offers hands-on activities for kids and is run on a shoe-string, in one of London's most deprived areas.

This bold move by the Council has the added advtantage of reducing the chronic oversupply of activities for families and young people in South East London.

If for some reason you think that they are crackers, then you need to act fast, as the final council vote is on February 20th (7pm). The Save the Livesy campaigners are asking you to write to your MP, copy to Andy Burnham, the Secretary of State for Culture (see http://andyburnham.org/ ) If you live in Southwark, please email your local Councillor too.

10 comments:

Tamsin said...

The Narthex is one of the rooms in the Telegraph Hill Centre (SE14 5TY). For the tecnically minded it is a greek term for the back end of a church where you get the money-changers, the donkeys and the general community activities.

Vikki said...

Please let us know if there is anything we can do to help the Honor Oak folk sort the Talbot deal... Write to Punch, chain ourselves to the picnic benches outside etc...

fabhat said...

brockley Nick,

Thanks for the save the Livesey museum mention - they are running a very good campaign on facebook(!) with all the details. Hopefully it can be saved, as it is a brilliant local amenity which I went to as child and was hoping would still be there when I had children of my own...

Tamsin said...

Be there - if you can - with your children - if possible - outside the Southwark Town Hall on Peckham Road between 6 and 7 tomorrow.

There also seems to have been a major discrepancy on the usage figures that the committee based its decision on (what's new...)

Anonymous said...

I really hope you are joking about the chronic oversupply of activiities for children- if you are not: if you have a bit of money and a car then maybe, but not for the people who live very close to the Livesey- many of them rely on really local amenities.

Besides this - the Livesey is absolutely unique- the first children's museum in the country (there are still only two) developed along the lines of American children's museums, fully interactive, totally low tech and totally creative- if you haven't been there you've missed a treat. There is a lot of knowledge and experience in the Museum that has been built up over it's 30 years of operation which Southwark wants to just throw away.

So, please join the campaign- visit www.livseymuseum.org.uk to find out how.

Anonymous said...

Of course he's joking!! Can't you spot sarcasm?

fabhat said...

Tonight, tonight! Even on a foggy cold day like today, don't forget to go and protest (if you can) outside the Southwark Town Hall on Peckham Road between 6 and 7, to try and save the Livesey.

tyrwhitt michael said...

As of last Saturday (1st March 2008) the Talbot is closed, I guess "until further notice."

Let hope Punch find a new tenant sooner rather than later - two derelict buildings at the end of Tyrwhitt Road is two too many....

Anonymous said...

Do something about it Michael, set up TRAG- The Tyrwhitt Road Action Group.

tyrwhitt michael said...

I'm afraid I no longer have the inclination or the time. I've been waiting for nearly 4 years for something to happen and I'm now resigned to walking round to the Wickham until Punch get their Act together.

From what I can see a number of prospective tenants have come forward and each time have been put off. The only common factor seems to be Punch and their unwillingmess to put up a realistic amount of capital towards the work required.

Or am I wrong?

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