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 2017 - Evening Session - 6pm - 11pm
Sunday 7th October - Afternoon Session – 12pm – 5pm
For more information go to Catford Gin Festival
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.
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.
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.
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
Local children will have another chance to get creative at the second Catford Kids Craft Fair on Saturday 18 August, followed by an outdoor screening of the Marvel blockbuster Black Panther. The free event, called Catwanda Forever will take inspiration from the fictional country Wakanda home of the Black Panther in the Marvel universe.
From 11am-4pm in a vacant unit in Catford Shopping Centre, Catwanda Forever will feature local artists running Black Panther themed activities including 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.
The films fictional capital Birnin Zana has been lauded as an exemplar in urban design with a rich mix of architectural styles, building densities, and transportation systems and will be used to encourage children to think about how they would like to see Catford change in the future. It will also tackle other themes around people’s perceptions of Catford and explore the realities of living here.
Local food traders Jerk Off BBQ and Bear’s Doughnuts will be serving from 7pm and the film starts at 8pm. There will also be local traders showcasing original and ethical African fashion, accessories and homeware.
The event has been organised by Team Catford, a team of specialists leading on community engagement and place-making on behalf of Lewisham Council. They’re inviting everyone who lives, works, socialises, commutes or runs a business to have their say as Catford goes through its biggest change in decades.
Team Catford has already held numerous face-to-face engagement events and will also be there speaking with locals about the transformation that their neighbourhood is going through.
As part of the regeneration plans, and with agreement from Transport for London (TfL), Lewisham Council is preparing plans to reroute the south circular road, which divides the town centre, unlocking a significant area for several hundred new homes across the town centre; new retail and work space; as well as creating pedestrian-friendly areas, open spaces and new community facilities.
So far over 1600 people have participated in lively debate about the future of Catford town centre via an interactive map tool that encourages local people to share their ideas, browse comments from others and agree or disagree with suggestions. Comments will soon be given to the recently appointed architects Studio Egret West who will develop a masterplan that will allocate areas of the town centre for new public space, shops, homes and office space. This will be shared with the community for feedback, and once agreed, will be the vision for Catford - a blue print to guide planning applications from developers and investors.
Both events are free and everyone is welcome to attend. A video of the last craft event in December can be seen here below:
Catford Kids Craft Fair
Date: Saturday 18 August 2018
Location: Store, Twenty One, 2-3 Winslade Way, Catford Shopping Centre, Catford SE6 4JU
Outdoor Pop Up Cinema
Date: Saturday 18 August 2018
Time: 7pm-8pm Food and music
Time 8pm-10.30pm Black Panther (12a) (bring your own seating)
You may have noticed some activity in one of the vacant units on Catford Broadway recently and we can now reveal that this is Team Catford’s hew home. Seventeen Catford Broadway will be dedicated space to host engagement events and workshops on the town centre regeneration and shop at Catford Cornucopia – Catford's very own gift shop.
The unit that has been vacant for some time now and as owners, the Council have decided to put the space to good use whilst a planning application to rennovate the shop units and flats above is being considered.
This month you’ve been mostly saying
The number of comments shared on Commonplace is almost at 1,600 and we’d love a final push to reach a round figure before we hand them over to the soon-to-be-appointed architects who will develop the masterplan for the town centre. Tell your friends and neighbours to visit the map and add their thoughts.
Traffic issues continue to be a dominant theme with pedestrian safety being flagged in comments this month:
“The traffic speed on the road needs to be controlled, cars race along, jumping over speed bumps as do buses at the end of their route. Dangerous for pedestrians, there is no safe crossing.”
Rerouting the south circular road will open up opportunities for improving road safety for everyone as we look at dedicated cycle lanes and new pedestrian crossings.
Comedy, music, drama and beer
We’re still buzzing after one of Catford’s liveliest weeks. Not since the town’s heyday of dance, music and theatre in the fifties and sixties has there been quite so much culture right on our doorstep.
The Broadway Theatre’s Catford Fringe Festival pulled in a crowd for its eclectic range of headliners, local theatre companies, stand-up comedians and curiosities. Highlights included Straight Outta Catford (Work in Progress) by local Scarlett Dobson. With some thought provoking views, she tackled some of the most pressing issues of the changing face of Catford.
The Catford Beer Festival made a welcome return to the Catford Bridge Tavern over a sunny weekend with over a thousand pints pulled on the first evening alone. Don’t worry if you missed out – visit the Catford Food Market this Sunday to get your hands on the limited-edition festival glasses, t-shirts, tote bags and Catford Pride Pale Ale.
Save Saturday 7th July in your diaries for Lewisham’s 34th annual People’s Day in Catford’s Mountsfield Park. Team Catford will be there to answer any questions about the regeneration and the masterplan for the town centre and Catford Cornucopia will have a stand selling a variety of treats from the small specialist merchants of Catford. Our very own, Charisse Chikwiri is busy making preparations to launch a new stage for Young & Vocal showcasing the very best up-and coming local young talent. If you missed the Young & Vocal debut earlier in the year, check out this video of the event.
Team Catford Roadshow meets the Diamond Club
The Team Catford Roadshow is in full swing and our latest stop took us to Holy Cross Church where we met members of the Diamond Club, a lively social group for Catford pensioners. Catford’s longest-standing residents reminisced of when Catford was the cultural hub of the borough, boasting two cinemas, the Hippodrome, and three dancehalls.
There were also fond memories of when the Catford Cat was first placed on its now famous perch in 1974.
While they were keen to see what they regeneration proposals would bring for the future of Catford they also felt it was important to preserve key elements of the neighbourhood’s past.
If you’re part of a community group, residents association, place of worship or know of a group that we could meet then get in touch with us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Another step forward for the Catford Town Centre Masterplan
Last month Lewisham Council launched the tender process to find the architects that will draw up the masterplan for Catford Town Centre.
The masterplan will guide growth and development over the next 10-15 years and is based on public input, planning initiatives, physical characteristics and social and economic conditions.
It will be both aspirational and deliverable, commercially based, and informed by a thorough understanding of the retail, residential and leisure market in Catford Town Centre.
The tender process is now closed and a decision on the successful team will be announced next month.
We are Catford and proud!
There was hardly room to swing a free Catford Food Market tote bag last month as Catfordians came out in force to support the first Catford Food Market.
The 20 strong line up featured the plant based street food crew The Nooch, cake stall Brett & Bailey, North East Indian street food vendors Raastawala and the purveyors of South London’s best pizzas Van Dough who sold out in record time.
Catford Cornucopia which sells Catford related goodies also sold out of everything including its bespoke pale ale Catford Pride and exclusive Catford and Proud tea towels produced by local artist Hazel Nichols.
Many people decamped to local businesses after the market to continue their Catford day out. We spotted plants, paintings and tote bags in Bar & Bottle Shop, Catford Constitutional Club and Little Nan’s Bar as well as at bus stops and the train stations demonstrating that the market achieved its aim of complementing the existing offer and supporting the local economy.
The Catford Food Market is back this Sunday and on the last Sunday of the month on Catford Broadway from 10am to 4pm. New traders this month include Black Mylk offering vegan ice cream, Route 66 and there take on Californian style burritos and Agua Na Boca, bringing the flavour of Brazil to the broadway.
If you’re not feeling hungry, there’s plenty to keep you busy, occupied including free children’s activities from 6Arts and live jazz and Team Catford who’ll be listening to your views about the regeneration of Catford Town Centre.
Wow, what a turnout! We couldn’t have wished for a better start for the Catford Food Market. The first market took place on Sunday 25th March and attracted hundreds of people from Catford and beyond.
They feasted on a delicious range of cakes, breads and pastries plus freshly-cooked delicious street food from small independent businesses and food producers including Caribbean fayre from Jerk Off BBQ, north-eastern Indian delights from Raastawala and Japanese delicacies from Fuse Love.
It wasn’t all about making people’s bellies happy at Catford Food Market. There were all kinds of fabulous products and activities - from kids’ arts and crafts to house and home items including Hazel Nicholls’ wonderful collection of mugs, jugs and tea towels.
The Catford Food Market takes place on the last Sunday of every month, 10am–4pm, on Catford Broadway so come along to the next market on Sunday 29th April.
Team Catford Roadshow
If you haven’t spoken to us about the big changes for Catford yet, what are you waiting for?! Take a look at our forthcoming engagement events here and come and share your views on our town centre.
As well as these events, we’re also inviting ourselves along to other meetings. In March alone, we popped along to the Rushey Green, Catford South and Whitefoot local assemblies, the Neighbourhood Community Development Partnership (NCDP) meeting at the Irish Centre and the age-friendly city event organised by the Lewisham Pensioners’ Forum.
If you’re a member of a residents’ association, community or amenity group; a regular at a place of worship; or you know of an event where you’d like to see Team Catford please let us know. Email email@example.com with details. Here's a video of us at the NCDP event.
Countdown to Catford's masterplan
In March, Lewisham Council launched the tender process to find the very best architects to draw up the masterplan for Catford town centre. Prospective bidders have a month to submit their proposals and it is anticipated a decision on the winning team will be made in May. If you’d like to learn more about the masterplan process take a look at here.
February saw Team Catford host Young and Vocal, Catford’s first ever night dedicated to celebrating and encouraging Catford’s next generation of creative minds. Attended by over 100 keen creatives from across South London, the evening took place in a vacant unit in Catford Shopping Centre and gave guests the opportunity to enjoy exciting live performances, admire striking artwork and rub shoulders with like-minded individuals. Take a look at our video to see how the evening unfolded and watch this space for more exciting events from Team Catford.
Save the date! Catford Beer Festival 8-10th June
Prepare to enjoy ice cold beer, delicious street food and exciting live music as Catford Beer Festival returns to the neighbourhood in June. Taking place at the Catford Bridge Tavern just days before the World Cup, the festival will feature 40 different types of beer including the specially brewed Catford Pride Pale Ale. To stay updated on the festival and make sure you don’t miss a thing, follow @CatfordBeerFest on Twitter.
Tastebuds ready? Catford Food Market is coming
We’re just a few short weeks away from welcoming the eagerly awaited Catford Food Market. Taking place on Catford Broadway from 10am-4pm on Sunday 25th March and on the last Sunday of each month, the market offers a chance to sample some South East’s London’s most exciting food entrepreneurs.
Enjoy treats and flavours from across the globe with a line up featuring delicious Indian street food from Raastawala, tempting Caribbean dishes from Jerk Off and Japanese fayre from Fuse.
There will also be artisan producers offering a selection of bread, cakes, cheese, jams and chutney.
Team Catford will be there as well to listen to your views and aspirations for the area.
Join the #Catford Conversation and tell us what you think!
It’s full steam ahead with our community engagement programme. We’ve collected over 1,450 thoughts, ideas and concerns from people across the neighbourhood, and we want to hear more. Every single comment will be passed on to the architects responsible for designing the regeneration masterplan, a blueprint to guide development in Catford over the next 20 years. We’ll be listening to your views at Rushey Green Assembly at the Civic Suite on 14th March, but if you can’t make that here is a list of our forthcoming events.
Wednesday 14th March, 7-9pm, Rushey Green Assembly, Civic Suite
Saturday 17th March, 10.30am - 12.30pm, Catford South Assembly, Rushey Green Primary School (Culverley Road entrance)
Sunday 25th March, 10am -4pm, Catford Food Market, Catford Broadway
Saturday 28th April, 11am-2pm, Catford Library
Sunday 29th April, 10am -4pm, Catford Food Market, Catford Broadway
Saturday 26th May, 11am-2pm, Catford Library
Sunday 27th May, 10am-4pm, Catford Food Market, Catford Broadway
Friday 6th - Sunday 8th June, 12noon – 11pm, Catford Beer Festival, Catford Bridge Tavern
Saturday 7th July, 12noon – 8pm, Lewisham People’s Day, Mountsfield Park
Alternatively, you can leave your comments on our Commonplace Map.
So far over 1,400 ideas, concerns and suggestions have been shared with us and we want to hear more! Every comment will be seen by the architects who will draw up the masterplan for the regeneration of Catford Town Centre so make sure you have your say.
We’ll be in Catford Library this Saturday from 11am-2pm but if you can’t make it, take a look at our list of upcoming events.
Who was your #Catfordcrush?
In the run up to Valentine’s Day we encouraged everyone to tell us which Catford business held a special place in their hearts and reveal their #CatfordCrush.
We were inundated with love letters, tweets and posts and the business that received the most love was The Bar & Bottle Shop on Catford Broadway!
We've been in touch with Natalie and Xhulio over at The Bottle Bar and Shop to tell them the good news, and they were delighted with all of the Catfordian love they received. Here's what they had to say:
"We're so grateful for the continuous and fantastic support (online and in person) locals have shown us. It seems our community is keen to "shop local" and support small businesses like ours, a great thing for Catford! We still can't believe we won the #Catfordcrush competition, THANK YOU so much for your votes and kind words!"
South London's next big food destination!
Catford has a long tradition of street markets, dating back to the 1800s when the neighbourhood’s very first market began. Now, Team Catford is celebrating this tradition and is launching the Catford Food Market.
From 10am-4pm on Sunday 25th March and on the last Sunday of each month, the market on Catford Broadway will showcase some of South East’s London’s most exciting food entrepreneurs.
It will give savvy locals the opportunity to connect with the prolific street food scene and give local entrepreneurs the opportunity to raise their profiles.
It’s an international affair with North East Indian treats from Raastawala, tempting Caribbean dishes from Jerk Off, mouth-watering South African specialities from Ma Kates and Japanese fayre from Fuse.
As well as street food there will be artisan producers offering bread, cakes, cheese, jams and chutney.
By implementing recommendations submitted to Commonplace, Catford Food Market will create real opportunities for new and existing businesses, in line with the Council’s vision to provide an exciting and sustainable retail offer that is fully supported by and meets the needs of local people.
Team Catford will also be there to listen to your views and aspirations for the area.
£20m funding will help to revive our town centre
Earlier this month, Lewisham Council secured £20m towards the regeneration of Catford and Lewisham town centres. For Catford, this money will go towards moving the south circular behind Laurence House, making land available for new homes, shops and public spaces.
With the borough’s population set to grow by 14% by 2024 (according to ONS figures 2014-2024) there is a real need to build more homes, and the Council, envisages that up to 2,500 new homes could be built across Catford Town Centre over the next ten years.
In summer 2018, architects will be appointed by the Council to prepare a draft masterplan – a plan of plans to guide development in Catford Town Centre over the next 20 years. We’ll share this draft masterplan with the community, discussing how new homes can be accommodated across the town centre, making the most of underused sites whilst considering the existing character of the area.
Are You Young and Vocal?
To celebrate and encourage Catford’s next generation of creative minds, Team Catford’s newest and youngest member, Charisse Chikwiri, has organised Young and Vocal - Catford’s first ever night dedicated to young creatives in South East London.
Taking place in a vacant shop in Catford Shopping Centre this Saturday, the event features a strong line-up of musicians, DJs, writers and visual artists showcasing their talents and skills.
Guests are invited to come and enjoy the creativity and network with like-minded people.
Tickets are limited, free and available at Eventbrite. Strictly over 18s.
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, it’s only fair to spread the love to the Catford businesses that hold a special place in our hearts. Catfordians can get in touch and tell us their #CatfordCrush by sending us their stories and photos through Twitter, Instagram and Facebook or a good old fashioned love letter. The business with the most love will receive a special prize!
Monthly Catford Food Market
Catford has a long tradition of street markets, dating back to the 1800s when the neighbourhood’s very first market first started. Now, Team Catford is celebrating this tradition and launching the Catford Food Market. On Sunday 25th March and on the last Sunday of every month, the market will showcase some of South East London’s premier street food entrepreneurs and crafters.
Traders include Raastawala, Brett and Bailey, Van Dough, Jerk Off and Three Hounds Beer Shop.
Team Catford will also be there to listen to your views.
Upcoming Consultation Events
We now have over 1,300 comments on Commonplace and we want to hear more! Every single comment will be seen by the architects who will draw up the masterplan for the regeneration of the town centre. Here’s a list of our forthcoming consultation events. Pop by and make sure you have your say!
Saturday 24th February, 11am-2pm: Catford Library
Saturday 3rd March, 10:30am – 12:30pm, Catford South Assembly, St Laurence Church Hall, Bromley Road
Wednesday 14th March, 7-9pm, Rushey Green Assembly, Civic Suite
Sunday 25th March, 10am -4pm, Catford Food Market, Catford Broadway
Saturday 28th April, 11am-2pm: Catford Library
Sunday 29th April, 10am -4pm, Catford Food Market, Catford Broadway
Reporting problems and issues
Team Catford is here to make sure that everyone who lives, works, socialises, commutes or runs a business in Catford has their say as our community changes. As part of this we are collecting your thoughts, views and opinions on our interactive map.
While we are always keen to hear what you think, please note that if you would like to report an issue relating to areas such as flytipping and anti –social behaviour , then you should go directly to Lewisham Council who will be able to assist you further. Please contact Lewisham Council for more information.