Sunday 31 December 2017

Morris dancing at the Ash on Monday 8th January

Sarah Crofts of Fowlers Morris Dancers says: 

12:22 PM (3 hours ago)

Plough Monday is the 8th January 
The Holly Man or Green Man
7.30pm, we'll meet at the Ashburnham Arms
8pm, dance there
​8.45pm, dance at the Tolly (Richard I), Royal Hill 
9.30pm, dance at the Morden Arms, Brand Street 

Happy New Year and Wassail!

The previous two days' tours:

Saturday 6th January - Chinbrook Wassail, Chinbrook Community Orchard, near Grove Park
ChART Big Local are holding a wassail and we will be dancing there around 2.30pm and 3.15pm - for their other similar events, see

Sunday 7th January - Lions Part, George, Borough High St
We will be dancing once again at the Lions Part Twelfth Night celebrations and also at the George at about 3.15pm. See

Thursday 28 December 2017

Serious accident in the Triangle on Wednesday 27th

The News Shopper reported yesterday: 

Man hospitalised in critical condition after car crash in Greenwich

A man has been taken to hospital in critical condition after a crash involving a car in Greenwich last night.
Road closures were in place in Blackheath Road, at the junction with Egerton Drive, for more than two hours after police were called at around 7pm.
Met Police spokesman said:

“Police were called by the London Ambulance Service at 7.05pm on Wednesday, 27 December to reports of a car in collision with a pedestrian on Blackheath Road.
“Officers and London's Air Ambulance attended.
“The male pedestrian – no further details – was taken to an east London hospital where he remains in a critical condition.
“The Met's Roads and Transport Policing Command are investigating.
“Enquiries continue.”

Tuesday 19 December 2017

ATA carols for charity and fun, hosanna in excelsis, Christmas has begun

Quite a crowd went out singing in the streets in traditional fashion on Monday night just gone, with many assiduous children knocking on doors collecting for Shelter.

Hugo and Marion roasted chestnuts on Stuart's brazier

Chestnuts beforehand were generously roasted by Hugo and Marion Sands on Stuart Mulholland's brazier; with mulled wine and mince pies given to us free by the kindness of publicans, Pepi and Andy.

Mick (far right foreground) and Janet
 (2nd from right in background) led the way
Mick Delap and Janet Stott ably led the singing tour round the streets. We visited the Golden Chippy for the first time this year, and Chris Kanizi came out dispensing wine all round.

Left to right: Oci sings, Alexis plays the melodion, Janet sings
When Alexis and Oci Bennett arrived with their melodion and recorder respectively, and with their notable musical ability, happiness was complete.

Singing from the same hymn sheet:
Rob and Zoe Willett and daughters 
Back at the Ash we ate chef Latina's tasty cottage pies, vegetarian and carnivore, provided at cost price by the generosity, again, of Pepi and Andy.

Barbara, quiz-maker and MC
Then we pitted our wits over Barbara Reid's skilfully-pitched Christmas quiz. It was won by a group of young women from Hyde Vale!! We don't resent it because they are a great asset to our carol singing every year.

A good time was had by all. And £358 was raised for Shelter.

(Photos: good ones by Neil Sinclair; barely visible ones by Imogene Russell))

Friday 15 December 2017

Where there's Ash there's brass

Encore! Encore!

Punters in the Ash on Thursday night had the rare treat of joining in with carols and Christmas songs played by Paul Barrett of Ashburnham Grove, affectionately known as Trombone Paul, and four friends, all professional musicians (I'm sorry, I've lost one behind his instrument).
Publican Andy asked Paul and his friends to play. Thanks to all of them. It's not often that sort of thing happens. We were in luck. Bring on more.

Thursday 14 December 2017

Golden Chippy sign

Mick Delap, one-time ATA chair and planning rep, says:

'Our chip shop needs support.

'Chris Kanizi of the Golden Chippy has applied for retrospective planning approval for his sign, as pictured.

'Chris has been a highly valued contributor to the Triangle over the years. I agree with him that his sign does what all Conservation Area applications must do - it preserves and enhances the character of the Conservation Area, because:
· it has historical precedence - see the photo below of a 1940 sign of the same size on the same site
·  it is very much in character with the established signs in the Greenwich High Road part of the Conservation Area 
· it is very modestly lit, less bright than nearly all these nearby signs (with LEDs providing 1200 lumens per square metre)
·  its quirky and distinctive design is in tune with the identity Chris has successfully created for the Golden Chippy, as an integral part of today's Triangle. All the Triangle residents I have consulted agree with this claim.

'You may have already commented to the Council on this case some time ago, but recently Councillor Mehboob Khan has asked Chris to make his case to all three West Ward councillors once more, and suggests that, if Triangle residents want it to succeed, their renewed support is vital.'

If you'd like to comment on Chris's application - one way or another, for or against - you can do so on the Royal Borough of Greenwich Planning Search site: 
or email the case officer, Charlotte Norris, at
or write to her at the Planning Department, 5th Floor, Woolwich Centre, 35 Wellington Street, SE18 6HQ.

The application reference number to quote is 17/3320/A. 

The Council will accept comments until the matter is discussed and resolved, but as that may happen very soon and as the Council's preferred closing date for comments was last Tuesday 5th December, we are advised that the earlier comments arrive, the more likely they are to be taken into consideration.

Wednesday 13 December 2017

ATA Carols Night, Monday 18th December

There'll be singing in the streets this coming Monday.
Warm up first with mulled wine, chestnuts and mince pies at the Ash from 6.15pm. 
Set off about 6.30pm. 
Come back to the pub when you like - we'll all be back by 8pm for food and quiz. 

Tuesday 12 December 2017

See Don't Look Now and meet Waldo Roeg, Thursday 14 December

Mary Parr writes:

'Don’t Look Now starring Julie Christie and Donald Sutherland, directed by Nicolas Roeg will be showing on Thursday December 14th at 7.15 in West Greenwich Library. 

There will be an introduction by Waldo Roeg, the nephew of the director, and a short discussion afterwards.

All welcome. Free entry. Please join us for a glass of wine before the film. Suggested donation £2.'

Monday 11 December 2017

Christmas fun at the Ashburnham Arms

Christmas Carols, 7DA Church, Sunday 17th December

Renato Cristofoli says:
'The Greenwich Adventist Church in Devonshire Drive will be hosting for the Ashburnham Triangle community on Sunday 17 December 2017 at 2:30pm.

The Christmas season is an opportunity for us to share our gifts with the community, and the church is presenting a Christmas Carol singing extravaganza.

A meal of Jamaican jerk chicken with salad and peas will also be served. Admission and meal are both free. All are welcome.

RSVP to Renato on 07985 201861.'

Friday 8 December 2017

Pantomime Horse Race Sunday December 10th

Sarah Ackland says:
'This is a great fun family spectacle raising money this year for YouCan - Youth Cancer Support.'

RACE DAY! Sunday 10th December 2017

The Pre-race Ceremony  
Devonport House, King William Walk, SE10 9JW      
FREE entry
Hosted by comedians Nick Wilty and Lewis Schaffer
Featuring Strictly Neigh Dancing – Madonna Special
Live music from the London Rock Choir, Sire Equestrian John and MareDonna

The Race
Starting line: Devonport House, King William Walk     
Six pub pit stops                                                                                                     
Finish line: The Prince of Greenwich, Royal Hill
The streets of central Greenwich will be transformed into a course for glammed-up comical looking pop/rock star-lookalike nags. These panto horses race from Devonport House with many pub pit stops along the quarter mile route, encountering various obstacles to overcome to gain points per pit stop. The 2017 route has some bizarre surprises in store for those hapless horses, before they stagger to the finishing line an hour later in Royal Hill, west Greenwich, where their team points will be totted up by our strict and highly stern bowler-hatted adjudicator, Helen ‘Robocop’ Robinson. The five horses with the most points will then face their final race challenge, the space hopper finale.        
The Space Hopper Finale
Each nag will have two space hoppers - one each for the front and back ends of their horse. Each half-horse  must sit, bounce and race to the finish line, trying to jump over the many steeple jumps and surprise obstacles. First home will be crowned the official 2017 winner, and prizes will go to 2nd and 3rd place runners-up.

The After-race Xmas Party
The Prince of Greenwich, Royal Hill

Further information can be found at