Plague of Toads on Telegraph Hill?

Walking up Kitto Road SE14 last night, alongside Telegraph Hill upper park, I saw a toad. Then a few metres along another one, and then another. In fact I saw five toads in procession all on the pavement heading up hill in the direction of the church, where people were queuing to watch the community ...

The end of the world comes to Telegraph Hill

There was a strange light at Telegraph Hill upper park (Kitto Road SE14)  earlier this week, with the night artificially brightened with floodlights to create a hyperreal landscape. The reason was that filming was taking place of a new BBC drama, Hard Sun, set in a pre-apocalypse world with only five years left. The series ...

New Cross in Time Out

If you haven't picked up this week's Time Out London, look out for its 'Great bits of London' feature on New Cross with its strapline of 'creativity, cheap thrills and chicken shops in the south-east student belt'. Written by Goldsmiths student Andy Hill it accurately characterises local pubs/bars New Cross House, New Cross Inn, Hobgoblin, ...

Summer Solstice in Telegraph Hill 2014

Yes it's that time again.... the fourth annual Telegraph Hill Solstice Parade takes place this Saturday June 21st:'Come and celebrate the wedding of Garlick Man of Plow Garlick Hill and the Old Nag of New Cross. Dress up - in celebration of fruit, florals, fecundity and the sun. Mark the midsummer.  Free costume/instrument/mask making at ...

Skateboards and Sound Systems in Telegraph Hill Festival Final Weekend

[Update Sunday 6th April - because of the wet weather, the SKAM festival has been cancelled, and will be rearranged later in the summer. The Sound System RUMBQ won't be happening in the park either but WILL be taking place indoors instead - in the Narthex building at St Catherine's Church (Kitto Rd, SE14).A few ...

Telegraph Hill Festival 2014

Telegraph Hill Festival opens this weekend, with three weeks of art, music, theatre and more, including activities for everyone from toddlers to pensioners. You can read the full programme here, so I won't labour the point.The biggest events, in terms of size, will probably be the community production of Annie Get Your Gun, Irving Berlin's ...

1890s (?) map of Brockley/New Cross/Nunhead/Lewisham

A friend gave me this old Brockley-centred street map. It is printed one-sided on folded card, so was presumably a stand alone map to carry in the pocket rather than part of a book. But it is clearly one of a collection as it refers to other sheet numbers for adjoining maps.But when was it ...

Summer Solstice in Telegraph Hill Park 2013

For the third year running, the Summer Solstice will be celebrated in Telegraph Hill Park following a parade around nearby New Cross streets. Last year was great, complete with marching band and plenty of sunshine!'A revival of an old tradition in SE14, a summer solstice parade between New Cross and Telegraph Hill. A marriage between the ...

Reggae bass shakes Telegraph Hill Park

A little taste of carnival in Telegraph Hill Park this afternoon, with several hundred people relaxing on the grass bathing in the sun beams and the fine sounds drifting across from the sound system in Arbuthnot Road. The beer and the barbecue helped too - at one point the queue for the latter stretched round the ...

RumBQ Street Party by Telegraph Hill Park

This Bank Holiday Sunday 26 May 2013 sees a free street party in Arbuthnot Road SE14, next to Telegraph Hill Lower Park. RumBQ will  feature the Unit 137 reggae sound system, with DJs including: - Hylu & Jago- DJ Snuff- Ed West- Decks Ray Spex- LionbeatThey say: 'This is a FAMILY FRIENDLY event, please bring ...