Sunday 21 May 2017

Open Studio weekends June 10th/11th, 17th/18th

Caroline Nuttall-Smith
Once a year a group of Greenwich artists open their studios to the rest of us for two weekends.

We have one Triangle artist taking part this year, 
Caroline Nuttall-Smith of Ashburnham Grove, shown here with some of her ceramics and linocut prints.

John Bangs in Blissett Street is the next nearest, showing pastel paintings and drawings.

The other twelve are not far away, exhibiting a wide variety of art. As well as ceramics, prints, and pastels, you will find collages, sculpture, drawing, jewellery, textiles, photographs, monotypes, and painting in acrylics, watercolours and oil.

Opening times are 2pm to 6pm, unless an individual artist states otherwise.

PS We were lucky enough to have Caroline running the spin painting at the street party last September.


Saturday 20 May 2017

Corrections to Bowie, bombs and Britain's first car post

The email address for booking a place at this talk should be

The guided tour round the Triangle will last for 50-60 minutes, but obviously people can peel off at any time and head back to the pub or wherever.

Friday 19 May 2017

Bowie, bombs, and Britain’s first car: talk and Triangle tour, 10th June

Imagine you lived in the Triangle in the 1880s and invented a petrol vehicle. Benz and Daimler and others abroad were having a go too, but you were first in this country. And your employers, Merryweathers, the fire engine manufacturers in Greenwich High Road, built your three-wheeler (pictured).

And then, instead of developing and manufacturing it, they said, 'Forget it, it'll never catch on', or words to that effect. Everyone else agreed, 'It frightens the horses and it goes too fast'. That's what happened to Edward Butler of 31 Ashburnham Place. He stuck to boats after that.

Quite a lot else has happened in the last 170 years or so since these Triangle streets were built - events as disparate as WW2 bombing, and Bowie developing Ziggy Stardust in what is now Gee-Pharm's basement.

What's new is that we'll soon be able to check all this out for ourselves via a new archive to go up on the ATA website.

The historical information comes from the research notes of local historian Richard Cheffins, late of Ashburnham Place. When this Knight of the Order of St John of Malta died recently, his card index boxes were rescued from the house clearers by Tara Veitch of Ashburnham Place and Mick Delap of Egerton Drive.

Mick and digital ace Tom Webb of Ashburnham Grove are turning these notes into an easily searchable, cross-checkable, digital archive, eventually to be a multimedia mix of information and storytelling. It will give us all a new way to explore the Triangle's past.

Mick will introduce the archive and some of its contents on June 10th in the Ashburnham Arms. Professional tour guide Neil Sinclair of Ashburnham Place will then take us round some of the Triangle's historical spots if we want to go, and we can all come back to the Ash for a drink and a chat and some of new chef Latina's excellent food.

If you'd like to join in with turning data into stories, contact Mick Delap at

Saturday June 10th in the Ashburnham Arms, SE10 8UH
5pm Talk and Q&A for about 40 mins by Mick Delap
6pm Guided tour for about 40 mins by Neil Sinclair
7pm Mick and Neil will be back in the Ash for further chat about the archive and the history
Free event but booking is advised as space is limited: book at

Thursday 18 May 2017

Lubna Speitan's London nightscapes until 8th June

Lubna Speitan's striking monochrome nightscapes of London, in oils and acrylics, ink and blended paints, are at the

G-west Gallery until 8th June

Monday to Friday 9am-9pm
Saturday 9am-6pm

Entrance via G-west Café in Lovibond Lane, SE10 8JA, at the back of Greenwich West Community Centre

Greenwich Book Festival - Friday 26th and Saturday 27th May 2017

The Greenwich Book Festival was founded in 2015 by three Greenwich locals  who felt this historic South-East London site would be a dream place to launch a festival celebrating the journey every book can take you on.

The festival will be held in the grounds of the Old Royal Naval College and aims to give audiences a unique opportunity to hear from authors they admire, but to also discover new voices, ideas and experiences too. The programme includes writers you may already know such as Sarah Perry multi-award-winning author of The Essex Serpent.

Also showcasing at the festival will be a special pop-up theatre with New European Plays; The Korean-born violinist Min Kym will be speaking and giving a recital at St Alfege Church and a tribute to the late pioneering British-Nigerian writer Buchi Emecheta; discussions about Indian literature 70 years on from Independence and debates on how we perceive truth in a post-Trump world will take place in the Old Royal Naval College. Younger readers will have the chance to be creative and make a pirate hat, a monster finger-puppet, draw London landmarks or attend Japanese-led origami workshop.
For more information click here: Greenwich Book Festival
And how can we discuss literature without mentioning our very own Ashburnham Triangle novelist, Mr Neil Bailey, who has just published his second book "Bad for good".  If you are looking for an action packed story with local scenes in Greenwich and our very own Ashburnham Arms Public House then this is the book for you.  Available to purchase and download via together with his first book "When she was bad".  I can highly recommend both books.

Happy reading.

Thursday 11 May 2017

New Facebook page for the Ashburnham Arms

The Ashburnham Arms now has a new Facebook page, so if you want to keep up-to-date with our local please follow Ashburnham Arms ( on Facebook and unfollow Joe the former tenant's page (which was called 'The Ashburnham Arms').

Sunday 7 May 2017

Scenes from Post-War London 1946 - 1960; The Early Paintings of Terry Scales

Greenwich artist Terry Scales will be holding an exhibition entitled Scenes from Post-War London 1946- 1960; The Early Paintings of Terry Scales from 9th May - 10th June at West Greenwich Library, 146 Greenwich High Road, SE10 8NN, (tel: 020 8858 4289).

 Greenwich Artist Terry Scales worked as a Stevedore on the wharves between Tower Bridge and Woolwich in the 1950's – 60's and his working experience of life in the Docks provided a wealth of insight, material and inspiration for his later drawings.

This vibrant collection of paintings, mainly in pen, ink and water colour, reflect the post-war mood of London at the time with figurative images of 'Butlers Wharf', 'Prefab Village', 'Our Gang', 'Canal Scene Deptford', 'Crossing London Bridge' and 'Night Watchman'. They are detailed pictures which capture glimpses of life in the less fashionable districts of our City in that era. They are on display as a group of prints since most of the originals are in public and private collections.
The Artist will give a talk in the Library about his work on 9th June, 3 – 4 pm. All are welcome.
West Greenwich Library Opening Hours;

Monday: 2 pm to 7 pm
Tuesday: 9 am to 5.30 pm
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday: 9 am to 7 pm
Friday: 2 pm to 5.30 pm
Saturday: 9 am to 5 pm
Sunday: Closed

Thursday 4 May 2017

New sign for Golden Chippy?

The present sign
When Chris Kanizi put up this sign outside his Golden Chippy, he didn't realise he needed planning permission for it, until Greenwich Council asked him to take it down. He's put in a planning application now and a decision is pending.

His case is:
*the sign is not illuminated,
*it carries on a long tradition of signs of that size in that position (see the picture below),
*it's smaller than the one on the Turkish restaurant opposite, 
*it's less obtrusive than many signs in central Greenwich.

The top left picture in this frame shows a sign in 1940

The place to either support or object to this application is the Council's planning portal using the search function with the Reference Number 17/1258/A. Or you can write directly to The Planning Department, 5th Floor, Woolwich Centre, 35 Wellington Street, SE18 6HQ, stating the above Reference Number and marked for the attention of Victoria Geoghegan. The consultation period expires on the 25th May.

Supporters can also put their names to Chris's petition for the Council to allow the sign. The petition is on paper in the Golden Chippy.

In November last year the Golden Chippy received a Trip Advisor rating as London's Best Restaurant! Chris says this accolade has brought inquiries and visits from customers as far afield as Hong Kong and Alaska.

Spring Safer Neighbourhoods Update

Welcome to our latest Safer Neighbourhoods news alert and we hope you enjoyed the early May Bank Holiday weekend.

Residential Burglary 
There was some good news from the April Safer Neighbourhoods meeting. From January to April 2017, just one residential burglary was reported to the Police in the Ashburnham Triangle in Greenwich South Street. The latest figures reflect the ongoing downward trend in domestic burglary.  Residents are reminded not to be complacent as we approach summer and you can help to keep your home secure and prevent the risk of burglary by following the Metropolitan Police’s top tips: 
  • Don’t leave your keys or ID documents within easy reach of doors, letterboxes or windows
  • Close and lock all doors and windows. If you have multi-locking door handles, lift the handle, lock it with the key and remove it. LIFT-LOCK-REMOVE. Put the key in a safe place out of sight in case of fire.
  • Lock garages and sheds so garden tools and ladders cannot be used to break into your home.
  • Use timer switches linked to lights and a radio so it appears that someone is at home.
  • Invest in a safe for valuables and sentimental items and security fix it to a solid surface.
  • Install a visible intruder alarm system – burglars don’t want to be seen or heard.
  • Install low level ‘dusk till dawn’ lighting to increase visibility and deter burglars.
  • Keep side and rear boundaries high to restrict access and front boundaries low to remove hiding places.
  • Photograph and mark valuables and sentimental items with your postcode and house number/name. Register items with serial numbers at  
Motor Vehicle Crime
The figures for motor vehicle crime are still a cause for concern. There were five thefts of high value motorcycles and mopeds; two in Greenwich High Road, two in Catherine Grove and one in Ashburnham Place during this period however the Town Centre has been particularly badly affected. The ATA Security Hub Representatives will be working on an initiative to address this issue later this year.

Other Issues in the Triangle and Greenwich West
The police continue to monitor nitrous oxide metal canisters used for inhaling laughing gas which users have been dumping in Ashburnham Place and Egerton Drive. Several localised street disturbances were reported at the meeting.
Snatches of mobile phones and handbag theft, known as dipping, is a problem in pubs in Greenwich Town Centre and you and your visitors are reminded to be extra vigilant with personal possessions and valuables when out and about. 

You can read the minutes of the January 2017 SNT panel meeting in full by clicking here.

As ever if you see anything suspicious, call the police on 101 to report it. If you see a crime taking place, call 999.

David Scales / Tina Pugh
Security Hub