21 September 2013

Horniman Market

Market stall (c) Lost Albatross

Hot on the heels of the successful Forest Hill Food Fair, we bring you details of a new weekly market in the local area.

From today (21st September), the Horniman will be bring you a Farmers' Market every Saturday between 9.30AM and 1.30PM on the Horniman Museum and Gardens' Bandstand Terrace.

You'll find seasonal meat, fish, fruit and veg, bread, dairy and eggs, cakes and other baked goods, street food, plants, herbs, flowers and much more. 

In addition to providing you with the convenience of buying fresh, high quality produce in a beautiful setting, all the stallholders are based within 100 miles of the Horniman, so go along and support British farmers and producers and lower your food miles!

Although this market is not run by the Forest Hill Society, we do of course wish them every success and will use it to supplement our purchases from our hard working independent traders in the Town Centre.

The next Food Fairs will be on Sunday 6 October, 3 November and 1 December.

Fashion Week - What's On - Saturday

10am-1pm Make a unique necklace from ribbons, lace & beads

Learn the techniques involved in making a necklace out of ribbons, beads and lace and then make a beautiful confection of your own.

Host: Jane Gardner of Tattered Stones
Venue: Stag & Bow, 8 Dartmouth Road, SE23 3XU
Tickets: £3 for basic materials to learn the techniques, or £10 to take away a finished necklace using Jane's gorgeous selection of trimmings and beads. Spaces limited - booking advised.
tatteredstones@hotmail.co.uk // 020 8291 4992 tatteredstones.yolasite.com

11am-1pm Bead It jewellery workshop - fix, improve or create

Bring along some of your jewellery to improve it or make something totally new and exciting using our Jewellery Bank. A workshop with a fantastic jewellery designer, and an intro to our jewellery making course starting on Sat 28 September.

Host: Marcin Giebultowski
Venue: Doopo Doopo, 15 Dartmouth Road, SE23 3HN
Tickets: Free
info@doopodoopo.co.uk // 0203 632 5041 // doopodoopo.co.uk

11:30-1pm Making a living from Fashion Pt 1

The 12 steps to success

Two inspirational workshops presented by Alison Lewy, founder of fashion business accelerator, Fashion Angel and author of Design Create Sell – a guide to starting up and running a successful fashion business. Find out more about the fashion industry and what it takes to start and run a successful fashion or accessory label.

Host: Alison Lewy of Fashion Angel
Venue: The Montage, 33 Dartmouth Rd SE23 3HN
Tickets: Free (spaces limited - booking advised)
fashionangel@foresthillfashion.com // fashion-angel.co.uk

Midday-6pm Personal styling session by Divine Couture

We are excited to offer every female a personal styling session, so if you want some new ideas, inspiration or simply some general styling advice feel free to come down. You can even bring with you that outfit you've been wanting to wear but still unsure of how to work it...

Host: Chantel Wedderburn
Venue: Best of Both Boutique, 71 Dartmouth Road, SE23 3HT
Tickets: Free
info@bestofbothboutique.co.uk // 020 8699 2753 // bestofbothboutique.co.uk

2pm-3.30pm Making a living from Fashion Pt 2

Routes to market - where to sell your product

The 2nd part of the workshops presented by Alison Lewy, founder of fashion business accelerator, Fashion Angel and author of Design Create Sell.

Host: Alison Lewy of Fashion Angel
Venue: The Montage, 33 Dartmouth Rd SE23 3HN
Tickets: Free (spaces limited - booking advised)
fashionangel@foresthillfashion.com // fashion-angel.co.uk

4pm-6pm Embellish your clothes by hand

Bring along a garment and add your own personal touch using handstitch. Come and play with stitches, threads and trims in this 2 hour workshop with Rowena Ardern, expert designer/maker and embroidery teacher.

Host: Rowena Ardern
Venue: The Montage, 33 Dartmouth Rd SE23 3HN
Tickets: £3 for materials
rowenaardern@googlemail.com // rowenaardern.com

4.30pm-6pm Fabric design workshop

Covering the basic aspects of fabric design and printing, this workshop demonstrates how layout can make or break a pattern. Come along to discover the difference between half-brick and half-drop, and the chance to design your own basic repeat.

Host: Madeleine McIndoe
Venue: The Montage, 33 Dartmouth Rd SE23 3HN
Tickets: £3 for materials
madeleine.mcindoe@gmail.com // 07930 205559

20 September 2013

Fiver Fest - check out the offers

It's your lucky weekend in Forest Hill. There's so much happening that the traders have decided to run a Fiver Fest with 30 of them offering special deals. Not only that, but if you buy today's issue of the South London Press (SLP), you'll find further special offers inside.

Simply click on the picture to download a copy of the Fiver Fest flyer, but you'll have to buy a copy of the SLP for those offers

Fashion Week - What's On - Friday

6pm-9pm Fashion Late at the Horniman Museum

The FHFW launch event - a night of fashion in association with the Horniman Museum.

Catwalk shows, dance, exhibitions, tours, talks and much more. Horniman Lates are for over 18s only.

Host: Forest Hill Fashion Development Project & Horniman Museum
Venue: Horniman Museum, 100 London Road, SE23 3PQ
Tickets: £3 - pre-booking tickets advised. Call 020 8699 1872 or book online foresthillfashion.com/fashionlate

30 August 2013

Baroque the Streets. RUN for the Hill

How do you like the new mural in Forest Hill?

For some time now, one of our top priorities as a Society has been to reinvigorate Forest Hill's High Street.

To this end, we started the Food Fair, planted various locations in the town centre and reconvened the Traders' Association. We also received some funding from the Local Assembly to decorate the fronts of vacant units with a Horniman theme, with the aim of linking the Museum with the town centre and bringing some of their 750,000 visitors shopping here.

The first of our projects was the boarded up shop at 43 Dartmouth Road, which we decorated with a portrait of the Walrus before he went on his summer holiday to Margate.

However, this mural by RUN was funded by the Dulwich Picture Gallery's street art project, Baroque the Streets, and is an interpretation of The Translation of Saint Rita of Cascia by Poussin.

Our next piece will be appearing soon - keep your eyes peeled. In the meantime, additional photos of RUN's piece outside the Sylvan Post can be found on Dan Needham's Flickr page. Our thanks to Dan for documenting the process.

20 August 2013

Improved Access at Honor Oak Park Station

On the 28th August, Transport for London will begin improvement works at Honor Oak Park station.
In order to ease congestion and reduce queuing at busy times, the gateline will be extended and repositioned within the ticket hall, doubling the number of gates. Extra ticket vending machines will also be installed to help reduce waiting time.

These improvements are part of an overall programme of works to increase capacity across the London Overground network, both in stations and onboard trains, with a new 5-car service due to arrive in 2015.

The work is expected to take around three months and the station will remain open throughout the works and services will run as normal, however access to some parts of the station will be restricted at various times throughout the project, to allow work to be carried out to passenger areas.

Later this year, Network Rail will be carrying out further work at the station to install lifts as part of the Department for Transport’s Access for All scheme.

18 August 2013

Open House Weekend - 21st-22nd September

London Open House Weekend is a chance to explore some of the best architecture London has to offer. Locally there are a number of buildings you can visit:

Crystal Palace Subway - Crystal Palace Parade
Magnificent subway built by Italian craftsmen resembling a vaulted crypt. Part of the Crystal Palace High Level Railway system demolished in 1961.
Saturday:10am-to-5pm. Pre-book ONLY by email on openhouse@cpsubway.org.uk

Drake House - Lordship Lane - Sunday 10am-5pm
London's oldest concrete domestic structure and Grade II listed former vicarage. Now restored and converted by Hexagon Housing Association in partnership with Heritage of London Trust and converted to provide 5 apartments.

Brunel Museum - Railway Avenue, SE16 4LF,close to Rotherhithe Station
Guided descents of subterranean chamber half the size of Shakespeare's Globe. Trains to view Thames Tunnel portico, one time shopping arcade, banquet hall and fairground.

Horniman Museum and Gardens
A landmark building - Charles Harrison Townsend's original arts and crafts building (1901) and his ideas on the arts and crafts aesthetic. The 16.5 acre gardens have re-opened after major redevelopment by Land Use Consultants (2012) including a Pavilion by Walters Cohen plus a bandstand terrace with views over London.
Sunday behind the scenes tours at 2pm & 4pm, pre-book ONLY via Horniman website.

Forest Hill Pools - Dartmouth Road
New facility providing community pools, fitness, cafe and meeting rooms whilst retaining the original Victorian pool superintendant's building.

TNG Wells Park Youth Venue - 111 Wells Park Road
A new youth and community venue developed in consultation with young people, using a simple and robust material palette of exposed timber structure, porcelain-like pre-cast concrete panels and translucent curved polycarbonate. Dramatic, open spaces connect through the building with viewing points and stage-like staircases.

Walter Segal self-build houses - 8 & 10 Walters Way, Honor Oak Park
A close of 13 self-built houses. Each house is unique, many extended and built using a method developed by Walter Segal, who led the project in the 1980s. Both houses have benefited from extensions and renovations. Sustainable features include solar electric, water and space heating.

The Capitol - 11-21 London Road
Formerly Capitol Cinema, Grade II listed rare survival of a complete 1920's cinema in Art Deco style, later a bingo hall and now a Wetherspoon pub.

Coach House - 11a Sydenham Hill, SE26 6SH, London, England
Combining a rich palette of traditional and vernacular materials with a contemporary understanding of detail and space, this house proposes a new vision of domesticity based on craft, tactility and light.

SELCHP Energy Recovery Facility - Landmann Way, off Surrey Canal Road, SE14 5RS
First new generation 'state of the art' Energy Recovery Facility providing long-term sustainable solution for waste disposal, and producing electricity for National Grid. Designed to minimise visual impact whilst remaining a high quality landmark building.

Southwark Integrated Waste Management Facility  -  3 Devon Street, off Old Kent Road, SE15 1JR
One of Europe's most advanced recycling facilities, comprising many sustainable features including grey water, solar panels and green roof. Designed for the purpose of turning waste into a resource.

08 August 2013

Tell me a story

Originally just a group of friends and neighbours living in Perry Vale, the Forest with the Big Hill are looking for helpers. In particular, they need people to

  • maintain their website
  • organise their finances
  • write funding applications

Their objective is to bring people together using storytelling; it's also a great way to foster children's language development and to explore our understanding of the world. They want to make their neighbourhood a welcoming, safe, stimulating, happy place for us all to live and for their children to grow up in by putting on events with a broad appeal, while encouraging a love of (and facility in) the spoken word and the use of story. They have already run two events; the Snake King in October 2012 and a performance by Raventales in February 2013.

They're currently planning two performances/workshops on Saturday, 19 October 2013 for children and another for parents/grandparents who want to improve their storytelling skills – all of this at the Forest Hill Methodist Church in Normanton Street, followed by fruit, tea and cake. Then, in the evening, there'll be another special performance upstairs at the Blythe Hill Tavern. Performers will include Randolph Matthews, Effua Daniels, June Peters, Jacq Paschoud and Chris Wise.

If you would like to be involved in The Forest with the Big Hill, do get in touch. They are a volunteer run community organisation and are happy for new members to join them. You can contact them on Facebook, by email to theforestwiththebighill@gmail.com or by phone on 07551 803078.