Blackheath big screen for the London 2012 Olympics

In the first real sign that this borough is part of an Olympic host city, Lewisham Council has announced plans for a Henman's Heath during the Olympics, showing all the action on a giant screen on Blackheath. They say:

As well as the extensive sports coverage, the Live Site will offer a packed line-up of entertainment and have-a-go sporting activities for all ages plus a few surprises and guest appearances along the way. 

The screen will be right on the doorstep of all of the restaurants, bars and shops that Blackheath Village has to offer making it a great day out for families and friends. 

The increased numbers coming to Blackheath should provide a welcome boost in trade for businesses in the area. As well as being great fun, events taking place at the site will be designed to encourage communities to participate in improving their health and well being, become involved in their local community and celebrate local achievements. 

The Community Live Site will provide a showcase and fundraising opportunities for local voluntary and charitable organisations. In addition to the big screen, another great attraction at the Live Site will be a beautifully decorative and rare Spiegel Tent which will play host to a range of events for all ages including tea dances, cinema, storytelling and live music. This splendid venue is so glamorous it is worth a visit in itself, even if it is to take in the surroundings, have a bite to eat or enjoy a cocktail created especially for the event. 

Sir Steve Bullock, Mayor of Lewisham, said: 

'The London 2012 Games are a once-in-a-lifetime event and we want our residents to have a great place to meet and enjoy the spectacle. And lying within the last mile of the Games venue at Greenwich Park, we can welcome the world's visitors to stop, relax and join our celebrations in Blackheath.' 

The Lewisham Community Live Site will run from 27 July to 12 August 2012. Daily opening times will vary but the Council is conscious that this is also a residential area and will make every effort to ensure that the needs of everyone attending and living around the area will be considered.

More of this kind of thing please!

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

As there were games in London in 1948 (and 1908) it isn't actually a 'once-in-a-lifetime event'

TM said...

It probably will be for those born after 1948, like me.

Anonymous said...

I shall be doing a similar thing in Telegraph Hill upper park with a portable tv and a 300 meter extension cable.

Anonymous said...

Not a Kate's bush?

gibby said...
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Anonymous said...

I thought the council were committed to cutting spending? How much of our council tax is this jolly costing?

Anonymous said...

"how much is this jolly costing" that old argument again. You could aim that at everything from cutting the grass to litter collection. It's for the residents to enjoy a little communal activity. It's what councils should be doing.

Tamsin said...

This is specifically instead of "People's Day". So you could just do a link to that thread and save everyone posting their polarised arguments all over again.

Anonymous said...

Actually I think this is an activity that should be sponsored by private money. Should not be difficult to get some advertisers to pay for it.

Anonymous said...

*sigh* - not only do we lose our park but our heath as well....

Tamsin said...

Sshhh! The Olympics is wonderful in every respect - one mustn't say anything against it. All will be well, all manner of things will be well.

Apart from officer time and promotion costs (and maybe those as well) People's Day has been externally funded or self funded (with organisations paying for slots) for the last few years so presumably this will be too.

Anonymous said...

Good to see the emphasis on entertaining local residents. Not too local, of course. The scores of people living next to the site will just have to suck it up. After all, who could possibly complain about bars, a giant cinema, live music and thousands of people a few yards from their windows for 12 hours a day over three weeks.
It's not as if there are vast areas of the Heath well away from homes. Unless,of course, you consider the sites used by fairs, the circus and fireworks to minimise disturbance.

Anonymous said...

It's not the fact of this noise or the hustle and bustle of it all. It's the fact that a huge green space (two including Greenwich Park) will be out of action for those of us who walk and use those parks for recreational reasons. At least Blackheath will be out of action for a few weeks. Greenwich Park will be out for months!

Anonymous said...

Just like to say, I live in Blackheath and think its a great idea. For anyone who cant get a ticket it will be great to feel a part of it somehow.

Some of the negative comments on here are pathetic.
Typical british response to everything really.

Moira said...

The team which bring you Brockley Max will be running children's art workshops and a bazaar selling local artists' work on Blackheath from 2-9 August.

kolp said...

I'm very much looking forward to this.

Kevin martin said...

Please everyone be positive we are a nation that loves to knock moan and be negative regardless. I am a dog owner who uses the Heath and despite restrictions in Greenwich and Blackheath I think the screen and attractions are brilliant.

The Olympics is gaining momentum and lets enjoy as it may never return to the uk. Great work to all organisers and volunteers. Kevin Blackheath

kolp said...

So I have been enjoying the Olympics, from my deckchair. These people's achievements stagger me, the triumphs over physical, psychological, financial and all sorts of odds.

I have the found the organisation fantastic too and the atmosphere as almost everyone has noted has been amazing.

Yes there are some issues which I'll skirt over in order to remain upbeat.

However one thing I will say it's a real shame that our national anthem is not something that Team GB's triumphant competitors feel able to really get behind and sing. But frankly I can't blame them, the words are diabolical.

Brockley Gal said...

As this post was in January, I either missed it or completely forgot - but was surprised and delighted to see the Big Screen and attractions on Blackheath earlier this week - but there really was a very small amount of people there at the time. Hope lots more get to use it

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