Your Panto needs a Poo

Before your mind wanders onto unsavoury territory, Poo is the name of a character in this year’s Telegraph Hill Panto. 

Emperor Poo is an indulged man in late middle age, imperious, dim but ultimately harmless, even ineffectual.   He’s definitely not mean.   He has some great lines in the opening and closing scenes of the Panto and is an unwitting Deus ex Machina.   It’s a showy part for the right person.

What we’re looking for:

  • A man ideally able to play late middle age without too much ageing make-up
  • A willingness to attend rehearsals every Tuesday and Thursday evening (from 7.30pm to 9.30pm latest)
  • Someone who is wiling to embrace the fundraising ethos of the Panto – we do it for a good local cause every year (this year, Telegraph Hill Centre)

Is that you?   If so, please email Sanjit who is producing the Panto, taking care to include a contact telephone number.  

Deadline – Wednesday 1st October

Call my (fair trade wine) bluff

Intrigued?   Call my bluff meets Fair Trade wine.   Saturday 1st November at 7.30pm in Telegraph Hill Centre’s main hall, the Narthex will host an entertaining evening involving blind tasting a range of six fair trade wines.   Test your taste buds and see if you and your team can match each wine to its tasting notes as described by the  resident ‘experts'(!) …

red-wineA generous selection of delicious canapes are included in the ticket price, a talk from the Fairtrade Foundation plus information on where to buy fair trade wines on the high street.
Guests will be seated at tables of six: no need to form your own team in advance – unless you wish to!


A L Kennedy at New Cross Learning


A.L.Kennedy was born in Dundee in 1965. She is the author of 15 books: 6 novels, 6 short story collections and 3 works of non-fiction. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.   Her new book “All The Rage”  a collection of short stories  was published by Jonathan Cape in spring 2014.   It will soon appear in the US and Canada.   She is also a dramatist for the stage, radio, TV and film.   She writes for a number of UK and overseas publications and has a blog with The Guardian Online.

All the Rage
A dozen stories: a dozen ways of looking at love, or the lack of love. Over five previous collections, A. L. Kennedy has shown herself to be a master of the short form, with a perfect way with sentences and a voice so distinct as to be instantly recognisable. Shortlisted for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award.

New Cross Learning invites you to an evening with A.L. Kennedy of chat, a reading and a book signing of her new collection of love stories ‘All the rage’.  Refreshments will be available.  This is a ticketed event and all proceeds from the night will go to NXL.

New Cross Learning is a brilliant local library run by volunteers for the community.   Find out more about the Library, what it does and why here.

Food Assembly

Food assembly is an innovative and startlingly simple idea – a local organiser gets local food producers together and provides a space to trade from, thereby enabling traders to access markets and consumers to get good locally produced food with the organiser keeping a small proportion of the turnover.   The Ivy House are hosting our local Food Assembly on Sunday 7th September from 10am to 1pm.   Pop along. Continue reading

Divided by Race, United in War and Peace

A screening of Divided by Race, United in War and Peace – a warm and life-affirming film, produced and directed by Marc Wadsworth, which examines race relations in Britain during and after the Second World War.  The film will be screened at St Catherine’s Church, Pepys Road, SE14 5TY on Friday 19th September at 7.30pm as part of the Telegraph Hill Open Spaces Weekend 19th-21st Sept.   We’re also honoured to be joined by Sam King MBE.   Sam King is 88 and joined the RAF in Jamaica in 1944.   A war veteran and community activist, he became Mayor of Southwark in 1983 and is honoured with a blue plaque.

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