Day 2 – Sunday, 11 March

Mothering Sunday Service

Come and celebrate mothers and all who care for us! Special groups for children as the adults enjoy music, worship and some time to reflect.

St Catherine’s Church



The Telegraph Hill Walk

Where was the telegraph? Who was Revd Kitto? Who or what is Flemish Bond? And what did they really grow on Plow’d Garlick Hill? All these questions and more may be answered on Malcolm’s morning tour of Telegraph Hill. Whilst mainly designed for those new to the area or have not been on one of Malcolm’s walks before, the walks are never the same twice. So join us to discover a host of lesser known facts about the people and buildings that made Telegraph Hill what it is today.

Meet in St Catherine’s Churchyard



What Working-Class Women Did in the Fight for the Right to Vote

Come along to hear the untold story of the role working class women played in the fight for women’s suffrage. Jill Mountford, working class women’s historian and socialist activist, along with Kath Dunbar, socialist activist, will tell the story of how the working class made a major contribution in winning women’s suffrage. There will be plenty of time for discussion. Delicious food and drinks available, and all proceeds will go to workers taking strike action.

New Cross Learning, SE14 6AS



The Telegraph Hill Walk

On this walk, Malcolm Bacchus of the Telegraph Hill Society, will be venturing further afield into New Cross and exploring the history, present and future of its residents and buildings.

Amongst other things, we will find about how the canals and railways transformed a small settlement on the road to Dover into the community it is today; how society changed in Victorian times and how the Naval College developed into Goldsmiths’ University. Coming up to date, we will also look at what impact the proposals in the Lewisham development plan and the Bakerloo line extension may have for the area. All wrapped up on one of Malcolm’s annual historical and architectural rambles.

Meet outside Haberdashers’ Aske’s at the bottom of Jerningham Road



West Side Story – Community musical

2018’s community show is an absolute classic – one of the most loved musicals of all time, as is borne out by the record-breaking numbers that are taking part this year.

The process of making this show is extraordinary, and the perfect way to get to know your community. You will never walk down your street again without having someone to say hello to!

This is especially relevant now that we have formalised the rule that if you are an adult with a child or young person involved in the show, then you agree to contribute to the adventure in some way by helping backstage, building the set, stitching the costumes, etc.

The community show experience stays with you, and we know many late teens who can still remember the song that they performed in their reception group.

The heartbreaking fact is that the themes of West Side Story (gang culture and knife crime) are as relevant today as they were when the piece was first performed in the 1950s. In a capital city where this New Year’s Eve four young men were fatally stabbed, bringing the 2017 knife-related death total to 80 in London alone, the piece still has a bitter and resounding importance.


Based on a Conception of JEROME ROBBINS

Entire Original Production Directed and Choreographed by JEROME ROBBINS
Originally Produced on Broadway by Robert E. Griffith and Harold S. Prince
By Arrangement with Roger L. Stevens

This amateur production is presented by arrangement with Music Theatre International (Europe). All authorised performance materials are also supplied by MTI Europe

St Catherine’s Church

4:30-6:00pm £8 (£4)

7:00-8:30pm £8 (£4)

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The Future and What to Do about It

Local award winning author and world renowned ‘reluctant futurist’ Mark Stevenson puts our turbulent times into perspective with a fascinating, accessible, funny and challenging talk about the future of society and technology, drawing on his bestsellers An Optimist’s Tour of the Future and We Do Things Differently, his in-progress third book, The Future of Fairness. From Trump to Transhumanism, from Brexit to Blockchain – followed by a lively Q&A.

The Hill Station

7:30-10:00pm £2

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