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10 June 2017
St Christopher's Wild West Summer Fair
Another beautiful sunny event with a breeze to keep things cool...
The Village Society did roaring business throughout the day with Splat the Rat, Buzzwire and the Treasure Map:
4 June 2016
Photos taken by local resident Barrie Newman (member of Greenwood Camera Club)
6 June 2015
St Christopher's Wild West Fair and Food Festival saw over 3,000 people this year! The Green Street Green Village Society stall was one of very few stalls with games - a Treasure Map and Splat the Rat, both of which proved very popular. It was altogether a successful day for all concerned.
There were several dance exhibitions, including line dancing. The music was a little overpowering but added atmosphere.
Although the majority of those attending the fair appeared to come from further afield, there were at least two Green Street Green residents who were unaware of the Village Society, so we still need to increase awareness, as villagers need to know the Society is there to raise local issues and ensure Green Street Green retains its unique close community environment.
It is a pity there was not more promotion of the fair. Perhaps some bunting along the road edge and posters advertising the event in advance would increase awareness.
Winner of the Treasure Hunt was Mrs Tina Bradshaw, a Green Street Green resident - unfortunately the photographs taken on presentation to her were corrupted on download, so they cannot be uploaded here - many apologies.
The evening was introduced by Sam Brown in a lively and lighthearted fashion. He has been a member of OVFM since he was 14 and is now Vice-Chairman. It was topped and tailed by short humorous films by John Bunce. Reg Lancaster's film about Meersburg, by Lake Constance, took viewers up the steep road to the castle, with wonderful views across the lake. This was followed by a trip to the island in the lake where the butterfly house has 80 species of tropical butterflies. The film finished with a visit to the Zeppelin Museum in Meersburg.
Basil Doody's 3-minutes was a funny fantasy about a man who discovered the secret of becoming invisible but ultimately fell off a ladder and then could not remember how to become visible again!
The history of St Christopher's Bromley over 30 years since its foundation in 1984 was a fascinating and well put together collection of interviews and information by John and Ann Epton. The charity HospisCare South Bromley was started with a donation of £10,000 from the charity fund of the Mayor of Bromley, Joan Hatcher, during her year in office 1984-85. Lord Philip Harris also gave a lot of personal and financial support over the years, culminating in the building of Caritas House. However, the burden of annual running costs eventually became unaffordable and a partner was found in St Christopher's in Sydenham. Now, with significant fundraising programmes in place, the charity continues to flourish and offer excellent end of life hospice care for local residents.
The second half of the evening was enhanced by a collection of Bromley's archive films digitised and put together in a photo album format by Footprint Productions. Scenes of Orpington from 1929 to 1950 included the wedding of Christine Spencer-May, daughter of the owner of the Commodore Cinema; Armistice Day parades; a rugby match between Orpington and Sevenoaks & Maidstone on Boxing Day 1929 at Westcombe Park, before it was sequestered by the government during WWII and subsequently became the playing fields for St Olave's School; a football match at Cray Valley Football Ground, the original home of Cray Wanderers Football Club; and the King's Jubilee parade down Orpington High Street in 1935.
Other offerings included Mike Shaw's building a miniature Titanic, which took 6 years and his clever example of stop action to create a humorous 2 minute film; a fictional story, by Altrincham Moviemakers, of a henpecked husband, with a twist at the end; Pat Palmer's film 'Remembering' her father, Harry Gregory, a survivor of the two World Wars, with a backdrop of the Tower Hill ceramic poppies; Petts Wood in the 1960s (Colin Jones) and Charlie Casely's 'The Night the News was in Pink', about the production of the Financial Times.
OVFM's film shows are a treat and well worth a viewing.
There is a FREE show at All Saints on Friday 23 October 7pm - Out of Focus Film Evening (see under 'What's On')
For more information about OVFM, visit the website.
Greenwood Talks are organised by Green Street Green Village Society - the first one was on 17 April 2014 and the plan is to have 3-4 events each year. The admission cost is £2, including refreshments after each talk. Telephone: 01689 850 668 for tickets.
NEXT ONE: TBA
26 February 2015 - 'The Darwin Family'
We welcomed Barbara Stevens, our guest speaker at the Greenwood Community Centre. Barbara is a very well-known and respected speaker in our area. She has been a resident of Downe for 48 years and this time she spoke about Charles Darwin and other Downe dwellers. She gave us a potted history about Charles Darwin, his wife Emma (nee Wedgwood) and ten children, which is well documented, and suggested a visit to Down House was always worthwhile.
Her talk was very informative, interspersed with her infectious laughter and her knowledge about various locations in Downe Village and who lived in the various properties was of particular interest.
This was the third in a series of talks which I have recently arranged for the Village Society. It was a successful evening with nearly 60 people attending. I’m hoping to arrange more talks in the future – so watch this space……………
Alan Garelick - Events Manager, Greenwood Community Centre
22 March 2014
The Village Society now has a Social Calendar sub-committee, to organise a range of presentations to be held at The Greenwood Centre every 2-3 months. The first of these talks, 'Discovering Roman Bromley', will take place on Thursday 17 April at 8pm - you can indicate your intention to attend on Facebook.
Dr Brian Philp is Director of ‘The Kent Archaeological Rescue Unit’ (KARU) and has been excavating Roman sites in Bromley and Kent for over five decades. He has lived in the Bromley area since childhood and moved to Green Street Green in 2012. He will be imparting his vast knowledge on Roman Bromley.
Refreshments will be provided and tickets are £2, available from Alan Garelick - telephone: 01689 850 668.
If you have ideas for future events, or have contacts who would be able to give an interesting presentation, please post information below or email us.
17 April 2014 - 'Discovering Roman Bromley'
By 8pm there was standing room only at the Greenwood Community Centre, for the first 'Greenwood Talks' event, 'Discovering Roman Bromley'. Dr Brian Philp MBE spoke authoratively to a rapt audience about his historical excavations over the last five decades.
He began with an explanation of the development of the Kent area since the ice age. There was a focus on Roman Britain, followed by the deterioration of our civilisation when the Anglo-Saxons settled here. Medieval Britain lost the advantages of Roman engineering and education which were not really matched until industrialisation in the 19th and 20th century.
There have been many interesting archaeological discoveries in our local area over the last fifty years and Dr Philp was able to tell the stories of many of them, from his first-hand experience. He was instrumental in saving the Crofton Roman Villa from obliteration by the building of a car park. A commercial option would have cost £200,000 but Dr Philp and his team excavated the site and covered it under a metal-framed building for a mere £79,999!
Another local area of great interest is in Keston, where the discovery of a Roman mausoleum in the grounds of a house owned by Bromley Council led to further discoveries of a Roman villa, a large timber building for storage, a smaller barn and an Anglo-Saxon dwelling. The discovery of a Roman bathhouse in Poverest Road led to excavations revealing an Anglo-Saxon burial ground close by.
Dr Philp passed round an impressive flint tool over 100,000 years old, palm-sized but quite heavy and clearly manufactured by an ancient tribesman, despite years buried and smoothed by water. He also showed his first find, a large piece of Roman pottery which he discovered on a dig whilst still a schoolboy at Bromley Grammar School for Boys (in Hayes Lane and now a comprehensive). Finishing his talk, a series of slides showed the various sites during the excavations and the hour seemed over in the blink of an eye.
Links to further information about local discoveries and places of interest to visit are listed below:
Crofton Roman Villa
Keston Roman Tombs
Keston Roman Villa
Poverest Roman Bathhouse
LBB - Poverest Bathhouse
Kent Guided Tours by Dr Philp
Council for Kent Archaeology
Orpington & District Archaeological Society
2 May 2015
Abigail Sewell, only 9 years old, was crowned Green Street Green May Queen 2015 just after 3:30pm today on The Green. There was the traditional procession along the high street, led by a marching band - not the same one as last year. The retinue marched round the green before the Queen sat on her throne and last year's May Queen, Bethany Hose, placed the crown on Abigail's head. The Mayor, Councillor Julian Benington, congratulated all concerned, despite some technical hitches with the microphones. Unfortunately my camera memory was unable to capture the entire proceedings but the initial procession is available to view online here.
Margot Rohan - Orpington Community
Click here to view a video of the whole proceedings.
Ken alters his themes, as much of his work is bespoke. However his personal choice at the moment is exploring war and weapons, along with skulls and horror. He finds the colours and the technique required to be extremely interesting and this is aiding his development with shading. All his work is airbrushed, using acrylics, 2K basecoats and FX .
Despite being registered blind, at 55 years old, Ken is having fun experimenting with paints, colours and different media, including phone covers, fridges, guitars, yo yo's, ear defenders and many more.
His motto is 'if it stands still and will fit through my door I will paint it'!
A debut exhibition of Ken Newman's work will be displayed at Ripley Arts Centre, 24 Sundridge Avenue, Bromley BR1 2PX from 3-27 February 2015. Viewing will be by appointment only - Telephone: 020 8464 5816.
To find out more visit the website: http://www.greenwoodcameraclub.org.uk or call David Bacon on 01689 861398.
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