Marvellous weather, delicious food, fantastic music, plenty of free entertainment for the children and a great feel-good atmosphere.
Street parties don’t get much better than this!

The sun shone all afternoon and early evening to greet the hundreds of Ashburnham Triangle Association (ATA) residents and their friends who flocked to the organisation’s main social event of the year on Saturday 8th September.

Royal Borough of Greenwich Mayor and West Ward Councillor David Grant, complete with mayoral chain of office, formally opened the street party in the presence of ATA chair Robin Stott.

David Grant was accompanied by his wife, the Lady Mayoress Ann Grant, and Greenwich West Ward councillor and local resident Maureen O’Mara (below left). In his opening address, the Mayor paid particular tribute to the community spirit developed in the Triangle by the residents’ association.

Mayor David Grant at the street party opening

The development of strong community spirit, said Robin Stott, was a key objective of the residents’ association and a major driver of the annual street party and other ATA initiatives.

ATA chair Robin Stott (left) at the street party opening

Robin added that the street party was also the launch pad for the latest ATA initiative – a residents’ discount card scheme. Holders of the card (every resident can obtain one by registering on the ATA website) can enjoy discounts at a variety of participating businesses in and around the Triangle.

With the party formally opened, the afternoon’s entertainment and socialising moved into top gear with residents and their children taking full advantage of the free entertainment.

The ever popular face painting

Face painting proved as popular as ever with the children, while the huge bouncy castle was in full and energetic use from start to finish.  Other entertainments for the children included juggling lessons, a diabolo demonstration, dance class and craft skills.

All this activity worked up an appetite for the barbeque food stall which was in constant demand from children and adults alike.

Plants, second-hand books and bric-a-brac stalls also lined Ashburnham Retreat, the Play Street venue for the annual street party. But the busiest was the raffle stall, where more than two dozen very desirable prizes donated by generous local businesses attracted hundreds of customers.

The musical programme included a delightful medley of tunes, both classical and popular, from Verity and Giles of the South Street Baptists Church on violin and harpsichord, Mark Langmead of Greenwich Guitars playing acoustic guitar and singing blues-influenced songs and the ever-impressive 7th Day Adventist Gospel Choir.

The little devils keeping the tempo and the temperature high

Headline band, little devils, rounded off a fantastic day with rousing rhythm and blues. A surprise bonus was the guest appearance on two numbers of eight-year-old electric rock guitar prodigy Lucy Gowen.

Guitar prodigy Lucy Gowen jams with the little devils

She brought the biggest applause of the day with her amazing solos on Chuck Berry’s rock classic Johnny B. Goode.

Surplus revenues from the street party help fund good causes in and around the Triangle, including support for the Ashburnham Grove hostel and tree and shrub planting. The association’s recently redesigned and relaunched website was also funded from street party proceeds.

These proceeds are boosted considerably every year thanks to the generosity of local businesses and individuals in donating raffle prizes. Our very grateful thanks to the following businesses and individuals.

Street Party Prize Donors and Prizes

Ashburnham Arms: Two cases of wine

Bert & Betty:  Gift bag

Buenos Aires Cafe: Tea or coffee and cakes for two

Davy’s Wine Vaults:  Meal for two with wine

Davy’s Wine Shop:  Six bottles of wine

Drings: A Butcher’s Prize

Golden Chippy:  Fish and chip supper for two

Greenwich Theatre: Two adult tickets plus a family ticket for the pantomine

Guy Awford restaurant upstairs at The Guildford Arms: Meal for two with wine

The Hill Restaurant: Meal for two with wine

Inside Restaurant: Meal for two with wine

Paddy Rodgers: Six bottles of wine

Picturehouse Cinema: Two complimentary tickets

Pure Gym: A month’s free membership and a free personal training session

 

 

 

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The Guildford Arms, recently refurbished and re-opened with a spectacular restaurant, was named after Sir Henry Guildford, prominent courtier and controller of the royal household during the reign of Henry VIII. The road took its name from the inn in 1823. .

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No 7 Ashburnham Grove was once the home to novelist Edgar Wallace, crime writer, journalist, novelist and screenwriter whose work includes the film script for King Kong and Four Just Men. There’s no blue plaque at No 7, alas, only a green one, because English Heritage already has a blue one dedicated to Edgar in Brockley where he lived from 1900 – 1932. .

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Catherine Grove is so called because it was part of the estate of Catherine House, 31 Blackheath Hill, which was named after Catherine of Aragon. .