Ella Roberta Summer Concert- 13 June



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

Tonight: Handel’s Messiah in Hither Green.

The power and glory of many voices in monumental harmony!

St Swithun’s Hither Green will be marking Passiontide, the most important period in the Christian year with a glorious and powerful Good Friday performance of Handel’s Messiah.

Date: Friday 3 April

Time: 6.30pm

Location: St Swithun’s Church, 191 Hither Gren Lane SE13

Music Director Philip Bell will conduct the full Hither Green Community Choir,

accompanied by the St Swithun’s Chamber Orchestra to perform the choral masterpiece. The soloists will be joined by guest soprano Hilary Dolomore.

Whether its a chance to hear some majestic music on our door step or to re-capture the meaning of Easter and the promise of the Resurrection after the darkness of Good Friday.

This should be quite an occasion; so get ready to be inspired and moved!


Lewisham Mandarin Club: Chinese New Year workshops for kids & families- Sunday 8 March

Lewisham Mandarin Club is hosting a community Chinese New Year celebration in Hither Green.

Date: Sunday 8 March
Time: 12-4pm
Location: St. Swithun’s Church Hall, St. Swithun’s Road SE13 6QE.

Schedule of events.

12.00pm Event starts with crafts and some games
12:30pm Tea and dumpling making
1.00pm Dance, music and Kung Fu performance 1
1.15pm Beijing opera (“San Cha Kou”) appreciation
1.50pm Mandarin workshop for children
2.00pm Kung Fu workshop
2.30pm Chinese calligraphy introduction
2.45pm Dance, music and Kung Fu performance 2
3:00pm Mandarin workshop for teenagers
3.15pm Dance workshop
3:30pm Chinese calligraphy workshop

Local mums Cindy Kwek and Nicole Newton-Williams met at a local playgroup three years ago. Nicole asked Cindy if she would teach her children Mandarin and what started in a living room is now a growing after-school club at St. Swithun’s Church Hall in Hither Green.


Working with teachers from Goldsmith’s Confucius Institute they offer a varied and enjoyable curriculum for young students.

Join the dancers and teachers from Goldsmith’s Confucius Institute who have been invited to perform and teach.

Come and jot your wish down for our wishing tree, write some characters and make a lantern! There should be something for everyone at our event!

Hither Green & Greenwich Soul Choirs get together to perform this Christmas!

The Hither Green and Greenwich Soul Choirs will be singing together for two spectacular performances this Christmas!

Together they will be a 60 strong wall of Christmasy sound!



Wednesday 3rd December

  • @ the Royal Festival Halls Riverside Cafe (Link)
  • 6.30 – 7pm

Sunday 7th December

  • @ St Swithun’s Church  Hither Green Lane with live band AND mulled wine
  • 4- 5pm.

If you’re interested the new singing term begins in January! Their new singing term starts week of 9th January… and will be open for new members in both choirs too so a great time to come along for a free session (no audition or previous experience necessary) www.londonsoulchoirs.co.uk


Abi Gilchrist, Director- The London Soul Choirs

Email: londonsoulchoir@gmail.com


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Hither Green Summer Opera- Concert and Recital: SAT 14 June

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Date: Saturday, 14 June 2014

Place: St Swithun’s Church, Hither Green Lane, London SE13

Time: 5pm to 7pm

Tickets: Adult £6 Children £2. Tickets available form the Cafe of Good Hope, Holbeach School and St Swithun’s Church on the night.


Event Details:  Catford-based opera singers Mairéad Sheerin, Matthew Elton Thomas and Hilary Dolamore and will be performing an abridged version of Mozart’s  ‘The Marriage of Figaro’,  raising funds for local charity, The Ella Roberta Family Foundation. They will be accompanied by Richard Black.

Between them, they have sung at the English National Opera, Glyndebourne, the Royal Albert Hall and Buckingham Palace.

Also performaing will be local choir ‘Cats’ Chorus’, directed by Mairéad, along with a musicals set from selected soloists.


Fund raising: The evening will raise  funds for the Ella Roberta Family Foundation, launched earlier this year to raise much-needed funds for research into severe asthma in children and to provide better facilities for children’s wards in hospitals across south east London.

The Foundation commemorates the life of local school girl Ella Roberta Kissi-Debrah, who was just nine years old when she died suddenly from a severe asthma attack in February 2013.


Mairéad says: “Ella was a friend of my son’s at Holbeach Primary School in Catford and we know just how much Ella loved music and singing. My husband Matthew and I were very keen to contribute in some way to the Ella Roberta Family Foundation – and what better way than to sing and raise money!

“We hope that the concert on the 14th June will be a great event for adults and children alike. We want to keep it short, witty and entertaining and have asked other local professional musician friends to join us. It should be a fun celebration of a short but inspiring life.”


Ella’s Mum, Rossy Kissi-Debrah, adds: “Ella was passionate about music,  she had a natural talent for writing, music and dance. Come and join us to listen to some wonderful music!”