£10,000 grant for Telegraph Hill Centre

Telegraph Hill Centre-Fun

We are happy to announce that a partnership between Grow Wild, Aurora Options and Telegraph Hill Centre has been awarded 10k from Lewisham Council under the small/faith grants scheme, to fund the development of the Cloister Garden for another year.

The grant will help fund a weekly educational and therapeutic gardening workshop for Aurora Options service users, Telegraph Hill Centre users and Grow Wild garden volunteers as well as monthly Community Cob Oven Pizza Evenings, a family friendly social event designed to utilise the cob pizza oven and its regular use by the community Investment in a quality greenhouse and general improvement to the garden structures and fabric.

AGM: Telegraph Hill Centre

Will you be part of our good news story?

It’s an exciting time here at the Telegraph Hill Centre. A time of growth, creativity and collaboration. We have an amazing space in the heart of our local area and it serves you. HAVE YOUR SAY AT THE CENTRE AGM

During 2015 we need to find people who could give financial support or ideas about were we could get it to help us renovate the Centre and pay for the many improvements we need to over the next five years. Do you have suggestions for what could be improved? If, yes come and share them with us.

Every year, the Centre Management Group holds a meeting to report on what’s been going on and plans for the future. EVERYONE who uses the Centre or lives, works, studies round here is entitled to take part. Find out what goes on at the Centre and a little bit more about its history.

This year’s ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING will be on Saturday 15 November, 11am to 12 noon.

The group that runs the Centre has six members from the Church (who own the building) and six from the Community. The group meets roughly every six weeks. So please consider joining if you’d like to help decide the way the building is used and run. You can get a nomination form from the Centre in advance or fill one in at the meeting.

Canon Francis Makambwe

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Canon Francis Makambwe died on Friday 10 October 2014. Francis Makambwe was the former vicar at St Catherine’s Church Hatcham, a predecessor to the current vicar Rev. Sheridan James.
The cause of Francis’s death is uncertain. As some may know, Francis had recently had a kidney transplant and there may have been some complications to do with that. Francis was 74 on 9 September this year.
Francis was a very special person and priest, gentle, generous, positive and kind to our community. It was Francis who allowed Telegraph Hill Festival to take over the church sanctuary for community productions, and supported Telegraph Hill Centre and the PCC with the development of Bold Vision and the creation of the cafe in the basement of the Centre. Rest in peace, Francis, good and faithful friend.​ We will miss you.
  • Canon Francis Makambwe’s funeral will be held at Southwark Cathedral at 11am on Thursday 30th October.

There will be a burial at 2pm (details to be confirmed, but most likely a south London cemetery) with a reception at Bromley Parish Church from 3pm. All are welcome to attend. Please speak to Sheridan if you require more information.

Here is a charity Francis set up, Fighting Poverty in Zambia: http://www.fpz.org.uk/index.htm

JOBS in the community, for the community

A couple of jobs have come to our attention.   Details below.   Both roles are with Greenwich Co-Operative Development Agency (GCDA), a great grass roots organisation working hard across many communites to foster ground up schemes for community benefit.

GCDA are recruiting a new Business Development Worker

SALARY: £32,000 pro rata 28hrs a week

This role is focused on providing project management support to our team of specialists, supporting development across all areas of GCDA business; training, food businesses, commissioned projects and regeneration projects.
We are looking at an innovative, highly motivated person who is interested in growing within our organisation.

Salary: £32,000 pro rata 28hrs a week

Applications closing date Friday October 31st

Interviews in Greenwich Friday 7th & Monday 10th November

For an application pack please email matt@gcda.org.uk

GCDA are recruiting a new Health and Wellbeing Community Development Worker

This is a full time position to support the delivery of an innovative
public health project. We are looking for a talented individual with knowledge of public health, a passion for community development and a commitment to innovative, partnership working.

Salary £28,000 pro rata

Application Closing Date Friday October 31st

Interviews in Greenwich Thursday November 6th

For an application pack please email matt@gcda.org.uk

Service for the Remembrance of Loved Ones (All Souls) – Sunday 2 November, 5pm


St Catherine’s Church hosts a reflective service which provides a space for those who have experienced bereavement to come together and to draw strength from the presence of God and from one another.

There will be an opportunity to light candles in remembrance of loved ones.   The service will be followed by refreshments.

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.   The part has to be a man as we can’t reconfigure the entire script at this stage.

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 willing to embrace the fundraising ethos of the Panto – we do it on a shoestring for a good local cause every year (this year, Telegraph Hill Centre) and with great results every time thanks to everyone’s dedication and ‘can do’ spirit

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.

Past Telegraph Hill Pantos have included, Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, Babes in the Wood and Puss in Boots.   Here is what audiences have said:

I brought my friends along, they’re much more Southbank than Telegraph Hill, and they had a wonderful time, laughing along with the best of them, getting every joke and every innuendo.   A triumph.

Each year’s production is better than the last – and they’ve all been good.   I’m amazed and exhilerated after each show.

We know you’re out there Poo – get in touch!