Ladywell Christmas Market

With plans underway to hold Brockley's second Christmas Market, Ladywell Village Improvement Group are planning their own. They write:

"At our last public meeting in July we agreed that we would like to hold a Christmas Market in Ladywell this year.

"In order to make that happen we need to get cracking on planning as soon as possible as, now the weather has signalled the arrival of autumn, we will be hurtling our way towards Christmas before we know it!

"We'd like to hold an informal meeting to kick off the planning process and would really welcome as much support as possible, as there will be much to do in the interim. If you'd like to come and share your ideas or volunteer to assist with the organisation, we'd be very grateful for all the help we can get.

"We will be meeting at Mason's on Tuesday 9th September at 8pm.

"Please email us to let us know if you are coming so we can reserve a big enough table. (Visit their site for details)

"We hope to see you there!"

43 comments:

Anonymous said...

Will there be Christmas markets for Telegraph Hill, St. John's and Crofton Park christmas market too?

jon s said...

Oh dear..... nice idea in theory, as long as they are cascaded on different weekends and have slightly different themes.

Are we in danger of limited imagination resulting in the same event being planned everywhere at the same time, making them all more likely to fail?

Anonymous said...

I think it's important that the Brockley Christmas market becomes even better than last time. I remember someone on here remarking that a lot of tat was up for sale.

'Tat' is a subjective word, nevertheless the traders do need to think about the people they are going to attract and the items these people will find useful as Christmas items.

The Cat Man said...

Brockley train station will soon become the centre of the universe, so at least our one will remain :o)

Sounds like a good idea though, I hope it works out.

On a side note, Did you know that schools/uni's are now re-naming Christmas trees to 'Celebration' trees? Apparently its offensive to minority religions for the school to put on traditional nativity shows/celebrate christmas with a religious theme.

Tamsin said...

Tat can be wonderful though. At the Brockley Market last year I got a sweeping black velvet coat for a tenner!

The schools, of course, all do Christmas Fairs (or Fayres) and the Farmers Market tries to be a bit Christmassy in the December weeks. We can only try to discourage anyone who tries to do anything extra in Telegraph Hill.

tj said...

I got a great chinese tea caddy for a couple of quid from the Summer Fayre a year or so ago - so I also like tat.

On a side note though -

Did you know that bakers/tescos are now re-naming fairy cakes to 'small winged being' cakes? Apparently its offensive to homosexuals for the baker to put on a traditional gateaux offering to celebrate baked goods with a fairy theme.

Coming soon to a Daily Mail near you -

tj said...

please ignore that last post or remove - I responded tot he Cat Man when I said I would ignore his posts - but really, what unsubstantiated offensive rubbish is he going to post here next.

Anonymous said...

*sigh*
Is it that time of year already?
Has anyone ever met a Muslim/Buddhist/Hindi/Whatever who was actually offended by Christmas decorations?
Catman, you really must stop believing everything you read in the Daily Mail.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2006/dec/08/religion.communities

Anonymous said...

Oops.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2006/dec/08/religion.communities

Anonymous said...

Aargh! Why does it keep chopping the .communities off that URL?

Anonymous said...

I blame the foreigners. Coming over here, mesing with our URLs

jon s said...

Sigh..... not another thread that descends into Andy's misguided pet peeve!

All, please refrain from responding to this except on Andy's blog where he can post it and people can discuss it to their heart's content.

Back on topic, what themes do we want the markets to have and what types of tat/non tat do we want them to sell?

I picked up a handmade leather wallet last year in Manchester's xmas market that fell apart in 3 months, so definately tat!

tj said...

Would like to see the market relatively early - so we could pick up Christmas cards etc.

Canary Wharf used to do a good one, a bit like Greenwich market, where you could actually find things to give to people. I seem to remember getting a set of thai serving plates that I kept for myself in the end.

Also be good to have Christmas decs there - hand made baubels and stuff for the tree.

(Is it a symptom of the crappy summer that we are talking about this in Sept?)

Anonymous said...

Apparently asylum-seeking muslim paedophiles want to ban Christmas and pints of warm beer.

Its true, I read it.

lb said...

Is it Christmas already? Argh.

The Germans have the right idea as far as Christmas markets go - very little to buy except a load of sausages and schnapps.

drakefell debaser said...

Does Andy suffer from some sort of Xenophobe Tourettes syndrome? Each time he has a tic it is….. mmmmmuslims! JjjjJjjjjJJJEWs! BBbbbblaaaaccKsss! Etc. You need help sunshine.

Looking forward to the market by the way but i cant believe we crimbo has come around again!

fabhat said...

I got some lovely cushions with cool classic chair silhouettes on it and a very nice bag - both excellent christmas presents, except the cushion never left my home as we liked it too much!
My stall wishlist would be: christmas decos, mince pies and mulled wine, local designers,junkshop tat,a bookstall, and jewellery. A bit cockpit arts-ish, but on a smaller scale obviously!

Anonymous said...

Fabhat, you make stuff don't you? Are you going to have a stall?

jon s said...

Going gallic (thinking french flea market) here I'd like to see a crepe stall, leather goods stall, game/wild produce stall, some secondhand art stalls, a Xmas decoration stall, secondhand CD and book stalls (if they still exist with itunes and amazon) and secondhand furniture stalls (particulalry new furniture created from "scrap").

Tamsin said...

For general Christmas cards - not the special hand-made ones for close friends and family that you wil get in Brockley Market - consider Cards for Good Causes every day from 10 to 4 Monday to Saturday from November in St. Alphege's, Greenwich. Combine it with a trip to the tat market while it is still there).

BTW - recently could not put up my sister and her family - lack of space and my son rebelling about having his room taken over - so we booked them into the Mitre in Greenwich. Old fashioned, not your usual chain, but good value and she would recommend it. They got some breakfast put out for them an hour early as they had to get to Gatwick by 8am.

fabhat said...

Anon, I don't think I make things that are saleable - I make jam and do daft cards etc, but I don't think they're stallworthy - although you've make me think about it...hmmm

Headhunter said...

I would love to see a proper German style stall with lost of warm mulled wine/gluhwein and sausages. There's nothing like standing out in the cold at a German Christmas market necking the stuff and having a chat

Tamsin said...

But in Brockley it would be in the rain and at least 12 degrees C.

When will we get a decently cold winter?

Bromley do a "German" market, though - with gluhwein and sausages. Got some lovely tree decorations there a couple of years back. And there is a German Christmas Shop in Bruges. (Did a bit of a double take when we saw it on a recent long-weekend - we had been in Bavaria only a few weeks before.)

fabhat said...

What about a BC stall? It could have maps of the area, yellow crime signs,abandoned single shoes (other one stolen by foxes) and other favorite BC obsessions - which means it would really have to be a cafe/deli - serving gluhwein and mince pies!

Anonymous said...

BC should have a stall, promoting itself. We could have some of the 'characters' that post doing a turn, a live debate!

Headhunter said...

Yeah, it probably would be in the damp cold rather than the snow. I was just lamenting the passing of snowy winters a few weeks back. When I was a kid we used to go sledging on a hill near my parents place. Without fail it would be snowy for a couple of months in Jan and Feb but now it's barely snowy for a day at a time.

tyrhwitt ali said...

All this talk of Christmas is getting me far too excited for a Friday afternoon. And now I live in Brockley, I actually have space for a proper tree.

I normally make my own decorations, so I might start early and if they're up to scratch, I might try and sell a few....

The Cat Man said...

I thought that little snippit of info would provide for a debate! Heres the link:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1571187/School-nativity-plays-under-threat.html

Apparently only 1 in 5 schools offer a christmas nativity, a higher proportion offer something else.

As soon as we have a date for the brockley xmas market, i'm going to ring the new bookies (if they are open) and see if they want to get involved...

bets on snow for xmas day - sounds like a good thing to add for our market!

Tamsin said...

Better off betting on snow at Easter if this year was anything to go by.

Headhunter said...

Yeah but it never stays more than a day or night in the era of global warming. When I was growing up through the 80s it used to stick around for weeks and weeks and build up in big drifts and that was in Luton not Scotland

Anonymous said...

There were a few huge lumps kicking about on Hilly Fields this year

Headhunter said...

Those were just the remains of snowmen...

Tamsin said...

The inner city, though, is always two or three degrees warmer - all those cars, opening doors and hot bodies. It snows and stays for a short while in Kent as well as Luton.

Headhunter said...

I think the heat in cities is also due to the propensity of brick and concrete to retain heat from the day and release it slowly, like giant storage heaters. But even so, outside London, in Kent and Luton (family still lives there), the snow doesn't stay or get anywhere near as deep as it used to even just 20 years ago. These days it snows, sometimes fairly heavily and then by the same time the following day it's pretty much gone again. Feel sorry for the kids these days!

Bea said...

It must be the weather or something but I was discussing Christmas with my colleagues over lunch and come here and it's the same topic!

Sadly, didn't make the market last year but hope to this time round.

Some great suggestions here – and I’d like to see the lantern parade this year as I read it was memorable.

fabhat said...

I definitely went sledging on Telegraph Hill a few times as a kid...mind you after two years in a row borrowing "goes" on our friends sledge, we actually bought one for the family - and then no more snow. Bah!

Headhunter said...

We used to use one that my dad's dad had made for him out of bits of wood and it had proper metal skates on the bottom. It must've been about 30 years old when I used it and the wood had dried out and was very light and it used to go like the clappers down the local hillsides! But now it's gathering dust in my parents attic. No more does its carefully crafted body skim speedily through the snow....

fabhat said...

Sigh - HH, I think this means we're officially old...

Tamsin said...

You're not old unless you remember 1963...

nobbly brick said...

1953 actually...

lb said...

Incidentally, anyone who wants a genuine laugh should read some of the comments on that telegraph.co.uk link that was posted. "Finally, to all you atheists out there: you're in for one heck of a horrible shock when you die!" is a particularly fine one.

They don't make Telegraph readers like they used to, that's all I can say. All these ones seem to have composed their posts by simply bashing their heads repeatedly against the keyboard.

drakefell debaser said...

not sure what is funnier - the ludicrous comments posted by Christians or, that BT has used an article more than a year old to back up his comments on the death of the nativity play.

urbansurgery said...

hogroast please!

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