Hither Green Festival & Music and Arts Fringe 2019!

17-26 May 2019
Link to the Programme Booklet: http://tiny.cc/0qdg6y

Our week of family fun, music, sport & dance kicks off next week! Lots of talented local people have been planning for months and are excited to welcome you to their events, so please do go out and support them!!

We launch next Friday with a massive party at the Hither Green Railwayman’s Club on Beacon Road, it has a terrific bar and a dance floor. If you’ve never been, then now’s the time! Tickets available online https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4218276 or you’ll pay a little more on the door.

There are events across Hither Green,  from a Parent and toddler cooking class at The Good Shepherd,  to a Slavic Supper Club at You Don’t Bring Me Flowers.  There are events on at Corbett and Manor House Libraries!

See you around!

The Hither Green Community Association


NEWS: Hither Green Festival 2019! Register for Open Gardens & the HG Jumble Trail!


We’re busy finalising the line up for this year’s Hither Green Festival!  While there wont be a Food and Craft Fair n the park this year-  the Fair will be back in 2020– the Quaggy Ducks are back with us and so are the Teddy Bears’ Picnic and Wellmeadow Rd Street Party! Businesses and groups across the area are planning great food, music, films and dancing!
The excellent Music and Arts Fringe  at Manor Park has a full busy schedule of talented local people too!  Look out for the Booklet in a few weeks time- you’ll be able to pick it up from local stores.

Last Call for Advertisers and Children’s Events!
Last call for Festival Advertisers: If you’re a local trades person or business,  then get in touch  over the weekend to get your classified advert in front of 10, 000 local people! Send an email to info@ourhithergreen.com.
Last call for events for children and young people. 
Do you run a dance class, language, art, music or drama activity for young people? If you’ll be running workshops between 18-26 May, please get in touch to have them considered for inclusion in the 2019 Festival Timetable.

Register for the Hither Green Festival Jumble Trail. Sunday 19 May A day of co-ordinated front garden sales across HG, it was an enormous success last year! You can register to sell pre-loved toys, clothes, books, kitchen equipment, furniture… whatever you don’t have room for any more! Pay your £5 entrance fee here: paypal.me/jumbletrail The fee goes to charity.
More Information here:

Good Gym Lewisham – We need a Festival Task!
Good Gym Lewisham. Do you have a task for the Good Gym Lewisham volunteers? Last year they painted at the scout hall and the year before they prepared the Springbank Community Garden for Britain in Bloom judging.
If you have a task which needs doing. please get in touch!
The date of the task will be Monday 20 May 2019. Time from 7-8pm.
Email info@ourhithergreen.com with ‘Festival Task’ in the subject line!

Open Gardens- Sunday 26 May: Open Your Garden this summer!
This is the 11th year of  Open Gardens and it is always such a lovely afternoon!  We’re looking for new people and new gardens to join in!  Gardens in HG come in all sizes and styles and we’d love to showcase more of them.
Everyone involved is a local resident, no one is looking for manicured lawns and hot tubs! Visitors will have similar gardens and they just want to see what is possible in a suburban garden. What you’ve done with your child’s trampoline and swing set? What you’ve done to attract wildlife to your space?!

You can sell a few cuttings, and some cake too! If you wish to take part this year, please drop an email to Info@ourhithergreen.com You can also get in touch if you would like to speak to people who have previously opened their gardens for advice/ reassurance!

HG Festival- Final Weekend Events!

Please Click for –Event Times and Locations

TODAY-  Saturday 26 May

  1.  The fun starts in a few minutes with the Catford Park Run!
  2.  Then it’s Sports Day with Henry Pinkrah
  3.  Forries Education Session, 11-12.30 in Manor Park
  4.  Next FREE Football skills workshops with the Sports Fun 4 All coaches.
  5.  Dr Bike Clinic, Take yours along to Mountsfield Park
    & a Family Bike Ride to Beckenham Place Park.
  6.  This evening: World class music with Joanne Chen & Friends, all international musicians at St Swithuns – tkts OTD.


  1.  It’s the 4th @QWAG #QuaggyDuckRace in Manor Park ? Will YOUR duck be victorious? On the Day registrations accepted.
  2.  The Slow Sunday Concert has been cancelled. Apologies.

This Saturday: Musicians from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

The Hither Green Chamber Music Series: Joanne Chen & Friends

A Hither Green Festival Event: ‘Joanne Chen & Friends’ are professional international musicians who play for the Royal Philharmonic and London Philharmonic Orchestras. We were delighted to welcome Joanne to this year’s 10th Anniversary Festival and she has arranged a wonderful classical programme.
Saturday 26 May, Doors open at 7pm
St Swithun’s Church, Hither Green Lane SE13 6QE

– Joanne Chen, Violin,
– Michelle Bruil,Viola
– Roberto Sorrentino, Cello
– And Jeongmin Kim, Violin

A couple of these musicians are based locally and they are so excited to be playing ‘at home!’ Joanne is delightful! She charmed SO many with her humour, passion and commentary as she and her fellow musicians played tangos and movie soundtracks at The Station Hotel last week.

If we want fabulous cultural events on our doorstep, we have to support them! Imagine! International standard professional concert and you can walk home afterwards!

Tickets available http://www.wegottickets.com/event/436491
These tickets are SHIFTING, so please do not delay!

Hither Green Festival: Women and Sci-Fi + a great Quiz Night!

Women Writing SF & Fantasy:

Friday 18 May,  7-9pm @ Manor House Library

Katy Darby and Cherry Potts are authors and editors with Arachne Press. Together they will be hosting “Women & Science Fiction & Fantasy” – a discussion of women writing in these genres and how women are portayed.
Everyone is welcome to this free event!

There will be an author panel,  book reading and a Q&A.

PLUS a chance to buy books!

Hither Green Festival Quiz Night:
£5 entry Fee.

Friday 18 May, 7:30pm – 10:00pm

St Swithun’s Hall, St Swithun’s Road SE13 6RW (map)

Hither Green Festival! Demon QuizMaster Duncan is back with fiendish question rounds and puzzles. We dare you to pit your wits against him and your neighbours! Duncan is super funny and this is always a sellout Festival favourite.

Cash bar!

Tickets: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/435159


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HG Festival Live Music this week: Joanne Chen and Friends & Jazz Dinner

Sunday Evening at the Station Hotel:  Joanne Chen and Friends playing John Williams’ Theme from ET- the Extra Terrestrial. Stunning musicians from the Royal and London Philharmonic Orchestras.

  • Joanne Chen on Violin
  • Michelle Bruil on Viola
  • Roberto Sorrentino on Cello.

Catch them again 7pm this Saturday 26 May at St Swithun’s Church. They will be joined by Jeongmin Kim on Violin.
Please share and spread the word. If we want great events like this in our neighbourhood- we have to show up!
Tickets available online https://t.co/9TTmAY5tsN and on the door.

TONIGHT: The Station Hotel Jazz Dinner.

A wonderful Hither Green Festival Extra!
Dine out at The Station Hotel this evening.
A delicious 2-course themed dinner priced at just £17 per head.
Accompanied by the fantastic Phoebe Gorry Music
Spaces at the annual Jazz Dinner always go fast. 
So please do book on 020 8463 0367

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TODAY: The Hither Green World Food and Craft Fair!

Enjoy Live Music, Delicious Hot Food,  Handmade Goods and The Bake Off!
Bring the family and a blanket to sit on- spend the day with us! 

The fun kicks off in in Mountsfield Park from 12pm today and goes on until 7pm.
We have two choirs stacked full of local people- PopChoir and Vocallective, the wonderful 25 piece Lewisham Concert Band will be playing their traditional repertoire of British children’s nursery favourites, plus the rock n roll of the Four Fathers, The Pimentos, singer Michael Humphreys, and very young band Seldom! AND Lorraine and Carla will be leading the crowd in dancin.!

There is so much on this weekend- Performance poetry and creative writing workshops, Take the kids along to Forest School or  on a Foraging Walk. AND Haven’t Stopped Dancing Yet is on  tonight- and there may be tickets on the door. 

Click here for the full Festival Schedule!
You can download it and save it to your phone and computer.

The Festival Fringe Starts Saturday 12 May. 

Fred and Banu have curated a fantastic schedule of diverse arts events to run alongside the main Festival.  Enjoy live music, art installations, an exhibition of artists’ work, plus a raft of classes and workshops. Make good use of this opportunity to try new things and learn new skills; introduce the kids to something fun or useful. It’s extraordinary and it’s happening on your doorstep.

Today at  Manor House Library- MARK BOWSHER!

A Book Reading: The Boy Who Stole Time at 3pm
This new fantasy tale will engage and delight children aged 8-12.
Go along and meet the author!

Hither Green Festival 12-27 May

The Hither Green Festival Booklet
Here it is online:  https://goo.gl/6ZSQj9

This year’s Festival Booklet is kindly sponsored by Stanford Estates and Hillman Construction. It  contains 32 pages of activities for children and families, for sporty types, and for fans of live music and community theatre.

We’ve worked with local groups to ensure all parts of Hither Green have access to the fun. Manor House Library, Corbett Library and of course the Arts Cafe in Manor Park are each hosting lots of activities, so whether you live on Manor Lane, HGL or Sandhurst Road, you and your family will be only a few minutes walk from a ‘Festival Hub‘.


SATURDAY 12 MAY, 12-7pm


Live Music: PopChoir • The Lewisham Concert Band • Vocallective • The Four Fathers • Michael Humphreys • The Pimentos • Seldom
Terrific Stalls: hot food and baked goods plus handmade designer crafts



Haven’t Stopped Dancing Yet! Saturday 12 May 7.30pm  St Swithun’s Hall.
Just a week until the HSDY and award-winning Little Nan’s Bar get the summer party season at St Swithun’s!
Dress up  win a prize
Get your tickets at You Don’t Bring Me Flowers Online Tickets 


Register for the Hither Green Jumble Trail!

Sunday 13 May 2-5pm:  30+ local residents have so far registered to sell unwanted books, clothes, music, kitchenware & furniture
from their front gardens in a coordinated sale.

To register for a stall: https://www.facebook.com/HGJumbleTrail


Friday 18 May, 7.30 – the Hither Green Festival Quiz
Festival favourite QuizMaster Duncan is back with fiendish question rounds and puzzles! 
Always a sellout Festival event. 
Tickets from £5.00  – available and without a Pizza & Salad Dinner  CASH BAR
Buy Online: HITHER GREEN FESTIVAL QUIZ NIGHT & on the door (if available)

The Wellmeadow Rd Street Party! Sun 20 May, 12-6pm.
The  Dacre Morris Dancers • Line Dancing • DJ•  Steel Pans •  Face Painting  •  Police Horses • Hot Food •
Pitchers of Pimms •  Candy Floss •  PLUS iPad Raffle prize
Tickets Available Online and on the day!


Saturday 19 May The Film Quiz
7.30 at  St Swithun’s Hall
Wakanada Film Quiz is this? Film -goers Assemble!
Tickets: hithergreencinema.com  CASH BAR


Chamber Music Ensemble, 7.00pm Saturday 26 May
A fantastic opportunity to enjoy professional musicians from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
Works to include Mozart, and Mendelssohn  CASH BAR.


Saturday 26 May   The Hither Green Adult Sports Day!
Get a team together for this all-ability sports day for grown up!
No team? Please still get in touch and you can join others.
Team fancy dress is encouraged!
To Book. 07791 986413   Hither Green Adult Sports Day


Open Gardens- Sunday May 20th from 2-5pm

There is still time  to register to open your garden! Hither Green’s gardeners kindly open their gardens to the neighbourhood!

If you would like to consider opening your garden please email info@ourhithergreen & speak to organisers.

SEE: The FULL Hither Green Festival Booklet!

It’s Hither Green Festival Time!

The Hither Green Community Group have organised some stellar food, music and history events, plus activities for children and families.

Click the events listed below for more information and to book tickets.

Full Festival Booklet.

Date/Time Event
Saturday 16 May
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
World Food, Arts and Crafts Fair!
Hither Green Clocktower Piazza, Hither Green
Saturday 16 May
7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Haven’t Stopped Dancing Yet
St Swithun’s Hall, Hither Green
All Week: 17-24 May
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Lewisham Society of Arts- Exhibition
st swithuns church, Hither Green London
Sunday 17 May
11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Plant and Seed Swap!
Springbank Road Community Garden, Hither Green
Sunday 17 May
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Open Gardens Sunday
Hither Green, London Lewisham
Sunday 17  May
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Teddy Bear’s Picnic!
Mountsfield Park Community Garden, Hither Green
Sunday 17 May
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Festival Evensong Service
st swithuns church, Hither Green London
Monday 18 May
7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Jazz Supper @ the Lord Northbrook Pub
The Lord Northbrook Pub, Lee
Tuesday 19 May
6:00 pm – 6:45 pm
Before Bedtime: Baby rhyme time U5s
Torridon Road Library, Hither Green
Tuesday 19 May
7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
History Talk: Hither Green 1914-1915: music hall
St Swithun’s Hall, Hither Green
Wednesday 20 May
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Expressions of Love Concert
St Swithun’s Hall, Hither Green
Thursday 21 May
6:00 pm – 6:45 pm
Before Bedtime Storytelling for Over 5s
Torridon Road Library, Hither Green
Thursday 21 May
6:00 pm
Hither Green Schools Concert
Brindishe Green School, Hither Green
Thursday 21 May
8:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Late Film: The Theory of Everything
St Swithun’s Hall, Hither Green
Friday 22 May
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
The Great Festival Quiz Night!
St Swithun’s Hall, Hither Green
Saturday 23 May
11:15 am – 4:00 pm
Free Pilates Class + Gym Open Day
Anytime Fitness Gym,, Hither Green
Saturday 23 May
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Children’s Introduction to Rhythm Workshop
Lewisham Arts Cafe, Hither Green
Saturday 23 May
7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Classics by Candlelight- Music & Dinner!
St Swithun’s Hall, Hither Green
Sunday 24 May
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Guided History Walks
Hither Green, London Lewisham
Sunday 24 May
10:00 am – 1:00 pm
The Scouts River Walk
Lewisham Arts Cafe, Hither Green
Sunday 24 May 
10:30 am-2 pm
The Family Bike Ride
Mountsfield Park Community Garden, Hither Green
Sunday 24 May
7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Grand Finale Concert & Special Cheese & Wine evening
st swithuns church, Hither Green London