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Eltham Arts Winter Festival

We had a great meeting after the AGM. Now there are lots of plans for events and discussions and dates being set for events for the Eltham Arts Winter Festival. Not only music, theatre, concerts and quizzes,  but also outdoor events and tours. There will be a special opening event in Passey Place , an Arts Trail , Roving Poets and lots more. If you have an event you would like to hold in SE9 between 31st October and 22nd November 2015 , do get in touch within the next few weeks and we can discuss if it can be included in the programme . Follow @ElthamArts twitter and the Eltham Arts facebook page for more news. With everyone joining in it will be fun!

Eltham Arts Committee

We currently have a committee of 10 members. Three members are standing down at the AGM on 23rd May 2015 following involvement since Eltham Arts was started. We could therefore recruit additional committee members. If you live or work in Eltham SE9 and have an interest in the local arts scene and would like to be an active Eltham Arts committee member, please send a short biography together with your name and contact details. We would be looking for committee members who are social media literate and enthusiastic!

Eltham Postcard – Awards Event 23rd April

We had marvellous postcards entered for our Postcard from Eltham competition. The postcards have now been judged and selected for awards. Everyone is welcome to come to Eltham Centre library, 2 Archery Road . Eltham SE9 1HA at 6pm to congratulate the winners and see the postcards. This is part of the World Book Night celebrations at the library and it will be followed by a Meet the Author event. Join in with this community event ! Love Eltham!

Postcard from Eltham Competition – update

The competition deadline has been reached ! Thank you everyone who has designed a postcard, encouraged someone else to design a postcard , distributed leaflets and run postcard workshops in the community. We have had some magnificent entries and judging will commence soon. It will be a very difficult task for the judges,

Put 23rd April in your diary , as that will be our celebratory event . It will start at 6pm at Eltham Centre Library , 2 Archery Road, Eltham SE9 1HA .  The winners will be announced and prizes and awards given. We will be printing some winning entries , and you will see what great new postcards we now have in Eltham.

Everyone is welcome at the Celebratory Event . Come and support the local community and our artists!

Eltham is a Creative Community!

Eltham Winter Festival !

At our conference in October on developing the arts in Eltham , one of our BIG IDEAS was an Eltham Festival ! The discussions have started ! The proposal is an Eltham Winter Festival starting Halloween and finishing on 22nd November . The annual event,  Eltham Lights Up, which is organised by Royal Greenwich council is scheduled for 19th November 2015.

We are looking at bringing together a programme of events during this time which reflect Eltham’s creativity and engergy. We are also planning an Eltham Art Trail, involving galleries, shops and anywhere else which can host a small display of paintings,pottery or crafts.

We hope this will be an innovative and enjoyable Festival for everyone. There is great enthusiam from groups and individuals so far . We are looking for partners to join together to make this a success.  There is support but no finance from Royal Greenwich Council, apart from their event on 19th November, so we will all have to work togther to make this happen.  If you have ideas or want to be involved in any way, do get in touch.

Our story for Remembrance Day

This short story was one of our award winners in our Tales of Eltham competition. The author said it was inspired by the Eltham War Memorial, St John’s Church , Eltham High Street. It is a moving story.

by Ann Tolladay

When he and his brothers finished at Roper Street school, he felt such pride when he was taken on as an under gardener at Eltham Palace. Bill was working in the post office in Passey Place and Eddy worked in the bank at the cross roads.

On a Friday they would meet up for a pint or two at the Greyhound pub. One night it was so crowded they went round the corner to The Rising Sun and there she was, fate had put the love of his life in front of him, all blond hair and blue eyes. They got talking and to his surprise she agreed to met him the next afternoon.

The Tarn could not have looked better, sun lush greens and flowers. Their feelings for each other blossomed too, they married at St. Johns Church and a year later the twins were born. They lived very contently in a two up two down in Sun Yard. Money was short, but his wife and children gave him a life full of love.

Now he lay here in the mud soaking wet cold and yes angry. The anger welled up in him, the destruction and carnage they were causing must be stopped. It was for the love of what he had left behind, for little families like his that he was prepared to do this terrible thing. The whistle sounded then the movement of men going over the top like a great unstoppable wave. At that moment he knew that what ever his fate, in one part of London what he had planted would continue to grow and even in a hundred years time people would remember and be proud of the sacrifice they were making .

Our Tales of Eltham book is launched!

With a hundred people attending the book launch at Eltham library on Saturday it was standing room only ! What great support for our community short story book Tales of Eltham, with over 90 short stories on subjects as diverse as love, loss, pantomime horses, ghosts and funerals for goldfish . Such a range of stories based on the theme of ‘An Eltham Experience’ has created a lovely book written by children and adults who live in the area or know Eltham well. With many authors being prepared to read their stories at the launch we were moved by some stories and laughed at others. What a great creative community we have in Eltham!

If you would like a copy of the book Tales of Eltham , copies are available at Eltham Library or email

Tales of Eltham front cover

Five Big Ideas !

The Creative Eltham conference on 18th October was a great success. Fantastic networking and enthusiasm for developing the arts in Eltham.The five workshops were asked to come up with ideas on their ‘themes’ and then to select a BIG IDEA. These are the Five Big Ideas. People went away with lots of ideas that they were going to implement themselves. We will write a longer report of the conference , as we do not want to lose sight of the discussion and other good ideas . However, now we need everyone (Royal Greenwich Council, local arts groups, individual artists, events organisers, businesses ,venues and the community) to show their commitment , look at the Five Big Ideas and think about the future. Together we now need to see how we can take them forward.

Publicity in Passey Place that promotes the arts and events in Eltham, which is able to be used by any local organisation. This should ideally be managed by the council and could be a digital board. Also an opportunity for a piece of local art to be displayed, similar to the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square.

A four-week Eltham Arts Festival, perhaps as part of the Greenwich and Docklands Festival. An attractively-produced programme for the month, funded by adverts for local businesses, and incorporating as many events and venues as possible over Eltham. This would encourage performances and exhibitions in public and open spaces. This would also encourage businesses to be part of the Festival both by having events in their premises (e.g. open mics in pubs) and by bringing their produce (e.g. pie and mash/curry) onto the street alongside arts displays and performances.

Making the arts more ‘portable’, like the university theatre project and also marketing arts as a health benefit to both health professionals and potential users. Maybe a GP surgery (or new community hospital) could pilot promoting local arts groups and activities and forge closer links with a local group. Arts on prescription?

Building a structure around Eltham Arts. The big question being whether Eltham Arts wants to remain a community group which continues to respond to local artistic development and opportunities or, if it wants to be a bigger player which can attract larger funding pots.

A ‘pop-up’ tour of Eltham, with art displays and performing arts along the way e.g. drama in Passey Place; music in the parks; art in cafes and restaurants or a photo exhibition. Artists could be invited to add to a display, which could then be auctioned. Pop-up shop where artists can sell their products.