The big event this weekend is the London Marathon on Sunday which Crossfielders can watch from the end of the road – unless they're running of course. Get down to Creek Road at around 9.15am to see the elite runners or catch the charity runners from 11ish. But before that, there's...
New Cross & Deptford Free Film Festival
Friday 24th April – Sunday 3rd May
free films in 17 different venues over 10 days, run by volunteers with more than 40 people curating events. Most of the larger
venues or most popular films are already booked up (the first night in particular), but check to see
what's left at the website – some events can't be booked
so it's first come, first served. One such film we would recommend for loyal Deptfordians is Hide and Seek, a children's film shot in Deptford in 1972, showing on Wednesday 29th at the Big Red Pizzeria (but don't be fooled, it'll be in the container in their back yard, not in the pizzeria itself). Otherwise see you in the queue at the Job Centre on 3rd May...
Deptford Food Festival
Saturday 25th April, 9am–5.30pm, Giffin Square
The first of what is now to be a weekly street food market. The Deptford Dame points out this is the third time it's been tried and fears there may still be not enough demand to make it worthwhile for the traders themselves. Not being an evening event, it's certainly not as trendy an event as Lewisham Model Market which returned to Lewisham High Street last week, but as a food-orientated attraction it's not as poncey as the Deptford Brunch Club and you can do a bit of shopping as well.
Co-incidentally, The Secret History of Our Streets – featuring Deptford High Street in the first episode – is being repeated on BBC4 (catch it on i-Player). The documentary uses film footage from Hide and Seek (see the Film Festival above), funnily enough. When Secret History was first broadcast in 2012 it caused controversy locally. We had our own critical opinion of the episode's inaccuracies (here, here and here) having originally helped contribute to its making in 2011. Also see Deptford Misc's take on it. But it's worth watching to hear how Deptford High Street was once the "Oxford Street of south London".
That reminds us of the meeting held back in early February at The Albany for shopkeepers and
market traders, convened by local councillors (who all happen to be
Lewisham Labour) to discuss how to increase trade in the high street (or
rather, combat the decrease). Traders think business is lost because of
parking charges – it's free to park on a Saturday after 1pm but they'd
like free all day parking ("like what you get at supermarkets"). Maybe the new Asda can pay for the free parking...
Another demand was for public toilets– the Lounge was built on the site of the previous public loos and doesn't open until 10am. Most demands were led by People Before Profit
(in an open attack on the Labour councillors); PB4P touched on a subject that was of no interest to legitimate businesses when they called for an end to frequent harassment from the UK Border Police.
present thought better signage was needed and one lady shopkeeper
bravely suggested that the 47 bus takes a detour (presumably up Frankham
Street and down Giffin Street) which is a brilliant but probably impractical idea. The Chair of the High Street Traders Association – who got the anchor removed and to which most
traders do not belong – suggested French foods or farmer's markets in Giffin Square. So here you are! Not French cheeses, but lovely street food! Make the most of it! Naturally, you'll be
walking or catching the bus to our famous high street, since there's still no all-day free
parking. That's probably just as well since Deptford Church Street is
usually gridlocked on Saturdays with people trying to get to Surrey
Quays and Lewisham shopping centres – or Millwall FC at home...