Music Monday: Joel Culpepper

SE London soul singer Joel Culpepper has been getting lots of attention recently on the back of his new Tortoise EP. He was on Gilles Peterson's BBC 6Music show a few week ago and gave a shout out to Lewisham.His collaborators on the EP include legendary Chicago house producer Roy Davis Jr. (responsible for garage ...

Beating the Bounds in Penge and Lee

On this day in 1881, a 'beating the bounds' procession took place in Penge. As reported in The Beckreham journal and Penge and Sydenham Advertiser, Wednesday, June 1, 1881:'The ancient custom of beating the bounds was observed with all due ceremony in Penge on Thursday the 26th being Ascension Day. Some 18 boys from various ...

Tony Benn, Allan Boesak & Squeeze commemorate Peasants Revolt on Blackheath 1981

A picture posted as part of the ongoing argument within the Labour Party has prompted me to dig up an episode in local history - the commemoration of the 600th anniversary of the 1381 Peasants Revolt, held on Blackheath in 1981. Jolyon Green published a crowd scene on twitter with the caption 'Huge crowd in Lewisham ...

Ben Smith – Cityscapes

CITYSCAPES is an exhibition of paintings and drawings by Ben Smith at Xavier White’s Gallery in Blackheath: 'Ben Smith draws and paints the urban fabric of South London, drawing from life and creating paintings in his studio, aiming to portray the depth, repetition and interchangeability of the contemporary cityscape.  The works exhibited at Xavier White’s front room ...

Socialist Opposition to World War I – exhibition and talk in Blackheath

Interesting event coming up next week:'St George's Church in Westcombe Park is pleased to host a showing of a free educational exhibit entitled "Socialist Opposition to World War I". The exhibit runs all day on Friday 15 and Saturday 16 April in the nave of the church, located on Glenluce Road in Blackheath, SE3 7RZ. ...

IRA attacks in Catford, Blackheath & Tooting 1921

During the Irish war of independence (1919-1921) there were armed attacks in London linked to the conflict, in the lead up to the truce agreed in July 1921 that paved the way for independence for most of Ireland. Here's a report of a series of attacks in May of that year in South London, from ...

The Blackheath Fireworks 2015

Lewisham Council have confirmed that Blackheath Fireworks is once again set to entertain thousands of people this year on Saturday 7 November at 8pm.This fantastic event is still one of very few London fireworks celebrations which is free to enter and annually attracts over 80,000 people from all over London. Lewisham Council is once again ...

Charity Ball to raise money for Lewisham Hospital

Ed and Natalie write:On Christmas day last year we had a son, Arthur, who was born 11 weeks prematurely and sadly passed away 5 days later in the neonatal intensive care unit at Lewisham Hospital. The care he received from the team there during his short time was amazing. To this end, we have decided ...

The Brockley Deli at the Conservatoire

More evidence that this area is a foodie centre of excellence: Brockley is exporting its deli expertise to Blackheath with the opening of The Brockley Deli at the Conservatoire in Blackheath. Ahead of yesterday's launch, founder Zoltan explained:"The Brockley Deli at the Conservatoire' is now open for business! We are really pleased to be working ...

On Blackheath, September 12th / 13th

Tickets for the On Blackheath music festival went on sale today. A full price weekend ticket costs £79, but there is a £10 discount for local residents, including SE4 addresses. Elbow and Kelis are among the headliners. Click here for details.If anyone went last year, please tell us what it was like.