COMING TO CATFORD!

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Catford’s annual outdoor pop-up cinema returns on Saturday 3 August in Catford Shopping Centre with a free screening of the 80’s comedy classic Coming to America.

Previous outdoor screenings include Flash Gordon, pedal-powered La La Land and Black Panther and this year’s event is the pre cursor to Catford Mews - the new permanent cinema opening in the shopping centre at the end of August 2019.

The night starts at 7pm with street food from Catfordians Jerk Off BBQ serving up full flavoured Caribbean fayre alongside the shopping centre’s newest tenants Benhue, also from Catford, offering American themed cuisine.

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Catford’s favourite pop up shop Catford Cornucopia will also be there selling much coveted Catford t-shirts, hoodies and popcorn and lots more.

The audience is encouraged to bring their own chairs, blankets or cushions to avoid ‘numb bum’ by sitting on the concrete floor. The guideline being ‘if you can carry it, then you can bring it’.

Date: Saturday 3 August 2019

Time 7pm food and drink. 8pm film starts

Venue: Catford Shopping Centre, (outside Tesco) Winslade Way, Catford SE6 4JU

Admission: FREE


Do you want more trees in the town centre?

The majority of local people who have helped influence the early design ideas for the town centre framework have called for green space in the town centre with more trees and planting.

Take a look at the emerging ideas from the architects on the new engagement website –catfordframework.commonplace.is – where you can share your ideas and agree (or disagree) with other people’s thoughts.

In less than a month, 850 people have viewed the plans online and almost 200 comments have been shared on this new platform with many people showing support for the generous, public open space proposed in the framework plan.

It seems opinion is split as to whether this public space should be a series of smaller, more sheltered spaces or two larger spaces which may be suitable for open-air festivals and events. What do you think?

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We have heard that local people would like to see more attractive civic buildings in the town centre to give the area a distinctive look and feel. There seems to be a consensus among local people that new civic buildings – including the Council offices, civic meeting space and the library - should be sustainable and environmentally friendly, maybe with features such as living roofs and greenery built in.

During May, we dedicated 50 hours to talking to members of the local community about specific issues in the new framework plan – public space, Council buildings and public amenities and activities in the town centre – collecting feedback forms, which have all been uploaded to our engagement website.

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Next week, our engagement events will focus on new homes in the town centre. Put these dates in your diary and we’ll see you there.

Tuesday 25 June, 7pm-9pm, Civic Suite, Catford SE6 4RX

Saturday 29 June, 10am-2pm, Broadway Theatre Bar, Catford Road, SE6 4RU

Sunday 30 June, 10am-4pm, Catford Food Market, Catford Broadway, Catford, SE6 4SN

Sunday 7 July, 12pm - 5pm, Blythe Hill Fields Festival, Blythe Hill Fields, SE23 1SP

Tuesday 9 July, 7pm-9pm, Catford South Assembly Meeting, St Laurence Church Main Hall, 37 Bromley Rd, Catford, SE6 2TS

Wednesday 10 July, 7pm-9pm, Rushey Green Assembly Meeting, Civic Suite, Catford SE6 4RX

Sunday 14 July, 10am-5pm, Catford Vegan Festival, Catford Broadway, Catford SE6 4SN

Wednesday 24 July, 6pm-9pm, Civic Suite, Catford SE6 4RX

Saturday 27 July, 1pm-4pm, Broadway Theatre Bar, Catford Road, SE6 4RU

Sunday 28 July, 10am-4pm, Catford Food Market, Catford Broadway, Catford SE6 4SN

If you would like any further information or if you would like to speak to a member of Team Catford please do get in touch with us via hello@teamcatford.com, 0800 772 0475 or write to us using the freepost address – FREEPOST TEAM CATFORD. We’re also on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook and check out our website www.teamcatford.com.

A conversation starter

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Towards the end of May, we held our first engagement events on the framework plan with initial ideas on the future of Catford town centre. Hundreds of people who live, shop, work or run a business in Catford attended. Alongside the architects, Team Catford held dozens of conversations to find out what matters most to local people.

Catford Conversations – Spring Edition

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Over the next few days you should be receiving Catford Conversations, the latest newsletter from Team Catford which will provide an update on our engagement so far, share some exciting local news for the months ahead and list our upcoming engagement dates where you can join the #CatfordConversation.

If you can’t wait until it drops through your letterbox, you can view the newsletter online here

Come along to one of our events this weekend:

 Saturday 25 May, 1pm-4pm – Broadway Theatre Bar, Catford Road, SE6 4RU

 Sunday 26 May, 10am-4pm - Catford Food Market, Catford Broadway, Catford SE6 4SN 

A new feedback website has launched - catfordframework.commonplace.is - where you can look at the emerging ideas for the Catford town centre framework plan and share your thoughts.  

Share your thoughts and ideas on the draft framework plan by adding comments at https://catfordframework.commonplace.is/overview 

 If you would like any further information or if you would like to speak to a member of Team Catford please do get in touch with us via hello@teamcatford.com, 0800 772 0475 or write to us using the freepost address – FREEPOST TEAM CATFORD. We’re also on TwitterInstagram or Facebook and check out our website www.teamcatford.com.

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Introducing www.catfordchronicle.com The Digital Home of Catford Stories Told by the Community

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We think Catford is deserving of its very own news, so this week we’ve launched catfordchronicle.com a blog site for Catfordians to share memories and perspectives that have shaped their relationship with the local area. Founded by Team Catford’s Charisse Chikwiri, catfordchronicle.com is a hub where you can discover the untold stories of Catford, told by those who know it best. 

From nostalgic musings on Catford’s unique history to photo essays by local creatives, catfordchronicle.com is a platform where people who live, work, shop or run a business in Catford can write about topics that they may feel are overlooked and give a voice to the seldom-heard.

Charisse Chikwiri, editor, said:

“Whilst having hundreds of conversations with local people about the future of Catford town centre, it was clear that there are lots of unique perspectives on Catford. These perspectives reflect our diversity and bring together views across ages, experiences and cultures. catfordchronicle.com is an opportunity to have these conversations and learn about some of the undiscovered features of the past and present of our neighbourhood.”

Must reads from catfordchronicle.com

-       Long-time resident David Dunn remembers Catford in the 1950s and tracks the changes in the decades since.

-       Adam Abdullah, the Young Mayor for Lewisham, speaks to editor Charisse Chikwiri

-       Henry J Kamara’s photo series Humans of Catford.

  

We’d love to hear from local people who would like to contribute to this new project. If you would like to contribute get in touch by emailing charisse@teamcatford.com

 

Catford Cornucopia

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After six hugely successful months and over 400 hours of trading, Catford Cornucopia will be opening its doors for the last time on Sunday 27th January making way for an exciting refurbishment of the building that will bring a new food outlet with homes above. If you haven’t already visited, these are the last few weeks that you can pop into 17 The Broadway to support local traders and browse our collection of locally-sourced goods.

As a meanwhile-use project, Catford Cornucopia has also been an invaluable space where Team Catford has held hundreds of conversations with Catford locals about the emerging vision for the neighbourhood.

Catford Cornucopia is a unique outlet for the creativity and entrepreneurial spirit of Catfordians and by supporting local suppliers ensures that more of your money stays in the local economy. It isn’t for profit and the money made will be distributed between Team Catford to host family-focused events, 999 Club and Sickle Cell Society.

The good news is that you haven’t heard the last of Catford Cornucopia. Whilst we make plans to close down we’ll also be popping up. You can find us at So Last Century at St Dunstan’s College on 16 th and 17 th Feb and we’ll be at Catford Food Market which will be returning from a well-earned hibernation from the last Sunday - 24th February.

Does the Catford feedback reflect your views?

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With almost 1,800 comments and counting, local people have been joining the conversation and having their say about what they like and don’t like about Catford town centre. Top concerns include the variety of retail options in the shopping centre and a desire to see more green spaces in the area. All of these comments are helping to shape a masterplan for the future of Catford.

Take a look at our snapshot of feedback above and tell us what you think.

If you have more to add, feel free to pop back onto the map and share your thoughts about your area. There's no limit to how many comments individuals can add so do keep sharing ideas. All of the comments have been shared with the architects appointed to develop the masterplan on behalf of the Council.

Catford Drone School - Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th November

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Urban Flyers launches the Drone Taster Days — a brand new drone event for the residents of Catford

 

Team Catford is leading a programme of meanwhile use to ensure we make the most of vacant spaces as the long-term process of regeneration takes place. As part of this programme and to celebrate their launch in Catford, Urban Flyers are holding free ‘Drone Taster Days’ which offer local residents the opportunity to access, learn and create with drone technologies.

 

The event will be held between 10am-5pm on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th November 2018 at Store Twenty-One (opposite Poundland) in Catford Shopping Centre SE6 4JU.

 

Urban Flyers organises workshops, training and drone experiences that help young people and adults get to grips with drone technology. Their workshops are an opportunity to learn new skills and they’ve been visiting schools, youth clubs and inclusion centres to deliver their drone clubs throughout local communities.

 

The Drone Taster weekend will consist of hands-on flying experience by manoeuvring the drones through different obstacle courses. All flying activities are indoors and 30 minutes slots will be allocated on a first come first served basis.   Everyone aged 7+ is welcome to come along, meet the Urban Flyers team and ask questions. Under 7’s can attend but will not be able to fly.

 

Simon Melbourne, Project Manager, said:

‘I am proud that we are able to offer this exciting and free event for the local residents of Catford. We are confident that people will enjoy themselves, connect with others from the local area, and learn new skills. If you are interested in joining us for these taster sessions, don’t worry if you have never piloted a drone before. The Urban Flyers team are on hand to help you develop your skills, no matter the level or experience you have of flying.’

 

For further details of the taster days, please email info@urbanflyers.co.uk

The Catford Gin Festival Makes A Triumphant Return

Due to popular demand, South London’s premier gin event returns from Friday 5th – Sunday 8th October 2018 at the Broadway Theatre in Catford.

Hosted by the Forest Hill Gin Club and Team Catford, and sponsored by Fever Tree Premium Tonic Water, the three day festival in the main auditorium of the theatre will showcase local distillers such as Dulwich based Fatty’s Organic Gin alongside those from further afield like Colonsay Gin from the Hebrides in Scotland.

Other distillers in attendance include HMS Spirits, Hidden Curiosities, Tappers, Griffiths Brothers, Hayman's, Old Bakery, Sherlock & Sons, Brentingby and our very own Tom Cat Six. The Old Tom gin distilled in conjunction with Foxdenton is a smooth slightly sweeter style gin that has six botanicals including the unique hint of Scotch bonnet pepper for a real kick

Tickets for the event cost £25 which gets you entry to a session, a commemorative copa balon gin glass, a tote bag, a brochure to guide you through your gin festival journey and tasters from each of the distillers. Full gin and tonics will be available from each stand who’ll take cash and card.

It’s not just about the drinks, there’ll also be food from Catford Food Market traders including Raastawala, Renee’s Plant Powered Kitchen and Croquette Man.

There’ll also be a gin shop selling gin to take home and pop up shop Catford Cornucopia selling Catford Pride Pale Ale and their range of soft drinks including cola, lemonade, ginger beer and cream soda.

Sessions at the festival:

Friday 5th October 2018 - Evening Session – 6pm - 11pm

Saturday 6th October 2018 – Afternoon Session – 12pm – 5pm

Saturday 6th October 2018 - Evening Session - 6pm - 11pm

Sunday 7th October 2018 - Afternoon Session – 12pm – 5pm

For more information go to Catford Gin Festival

Tickets are available now here.

 

Films, footpaths and free events!

A masterplan for Catford Town Centre

Studio Egret West and Carl Turner Architects have been appointed by the Council to develop a masterplan for the town centre. Throughout autumn, their team will work alongside Team Catford sharing their ideas and seeking input from the local community. The Council has tasked the team with developing a creative vision for how strategic sites across the town centre could help deliver new homes, shops, pedestrian-friendly areas, open spaces and community facilities over the next 10 to 15 years.  Find out more about the masterplan here and look out for even more dates to be added to our upcoming events.

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A pedestrian lane

The Thomas Lane car park is often used by pedestrians as a short cut between the Catford Shopping Centre and the Catford Broadway. We have painted butterflies, greyhounds and wildlife in the underpass and along the bridge so isn’t it about time we showed this informal footpath a little bit of love? With permission to allocate a car-free area, the architect team propose to brighten up this route by pruning overgrown shrubs, clearing litter and more than a generous splash of paint. There’s colourful things in store for this part of town. Come and find out more at 17 Catford Broadway this Sunday.

Catwanda Forever

Saturday saw the return of open-air cinema to Catford with a free screening of Black Panther. During the day, we hosted a kids craft fair in a vacant unit in the Catford Shopping Centre giving local children an opportunity to get creative. The free event, called Catwanda Forever took inspiration from the fictional country Wakanda, home of the Black Panther in the Marvel universe.

Black Panther-themed activities saw local tech guru David Morley, showing budding techies how to code, Ian Wiley helping children create a new currency for Catford and artist, Charlotte Gainey from Catford arts collective, 6arts, helping children design their dream town centre. Local traders, including Eve, showcased original and ethical African fashion, accessories and homeware.

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The Catford Free Film Festival is back for its third year with a bumper line up of films at venues across town. No tickets required, it’s first come first served so get there early!

Catford Food Market

Come and join us for a local carnival this weekend.  From 10am- 4pm there’ll be live music, food from around the world and free children’s activities.  Team Catford will also be there to hear your views on plans for the town centre. More information can be found at www.catfordfoodmarket.com

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