New Autumn Harvest event Saturday 8th October (1-4pm)

UPDATE – a great time was had by all – look out for it next year! See our apple pressing by clicking on the links below

Apple Pressing 1

Apple Pressing 2

Apple Pressing 3

TLERA is introducing this new event on Saturday 8 October to celebrate the season of ‘mist and mellow fruitfulness’. Children can have fun planting bulbs to take away and grow at home, creating leaf and seed pictures, making lavender bags, and playing some pumpkin-themed games. Meanwhile, adults can try their hand at fruit pressing (bring your own apples or pears if you have any), and can share ideas and recipes for cooking or preserving fruit and vegetables.

To show what can be done with seasonal crops, hot homemade soups such as butternut squash and sweet potato, leek and potato etc. will be available, as well as crusty bread, cheese and apples. Pumpkin pie and apple and almond cake will also be on the menu.

The event will take place between 1 and 4 pm at Hilltop, 28 Horniman Drive. The conservatory and covered veranda will provide protection if it rains, so the event is weatherproof! We hope that you will enjoy this new event and will give us your ideas on how it might be developed in future years.

PS: If you need a helping hand to pick your fruit or collect windfalls, one or more garden group members can help out. Contact Frankie Locke on 020 8699 2548.


Carols by Candlelight – Sunday Dec 4th (5pm)

Join us on December 4th for Carols by Candlelight with mulled wine and mince pies in the Triangle (between Horniman Drive and Rocombe Crescent). Six talented members who sing in choirs have volunteered to help out by leading the singing, and carol sheets will be available so we can all join in! We may even do a walkabout on nearby roads for those not able to get to the Triangle.

This will take place on Sunday 4 December at 5pm in the Triangle between Horniman Drive and Rocombe Crescent. So do come along and, if you can, bring a lantern or candle in a jar to light our way. We should love to have some musicians and more singers, but don’t worry if singing is not your forte! If you enjoy singing, can play an instrument to accompany the carols and other seasonal songs, and would like to join the small group before the evening, do let Bea Jackson know by calling her on 020 8699 7143.

Save the dates (Oct 8th and Dec 4th)

Sadly, it has proved impossible to secure insurance cover for our annual non-commercial firework event due to changes in the insurance market. So the Association has had to accept that we can no longer hold the annual fireworks event which is a great shame given its popularity over recent years.

However, TLERA are planning two new events – please save the date for these – more details will follow soon – look at for further information coming through your letterbox.

Autumn Harvest Event – Saturday 8th October 1 – 4 pm (venue tbc)

Carols by Candlelight – Sunday 4th December in the triangle with mulled wine and snacks (afternoon – exact time tbc)

Easter Egg Hunt on Easter Sunday!

Easter Egg hunt.jpg

10am – 1pm on Sunday 27th March

Meet at Hilltop, 28 Horniman Drive, SE23 3B

Only £1 entry, which includes Easter eggs. Tea and homemade cakes for sale, with all proceeds going to Demelza Hospice Care for Children.

Come and join us! If the weather is good relax in the garden. If not, shelter in the conservatory while the children find the eggs. And if you have one, don’t forget to put on your Easter bonnet!


AGM – Tuesday December 1st

All residents are invited to the Tewkesbury Lodge Estate Residents’ Association 2015 Annual General Meeting to be held at the Horniman Primary School on Tuesday 1st December 2015, starting at 6:30pm.

Join us for our AGM, followed by  a Q & A session with our Councillors regarding the proposed Controlled Parking Zone, changes to our refuse/recycling collection and Forest Hill library service.

Mulled wine will be served so please do join us to learn more about your local area and get to known other local residents.

We look forward to meeting you all on the 1st.

Cancelled :( TLERA Winter Fireworks Event 2015

Sadly due to circumstances beyond our control the annual TLERA fireworks spectacular has had to be cancelled. The event was due to be held at the Horniman Primary School as it had been in previous years, but due to over-running building works at the school and disruption to the fireworks site, it is not possible to hold the event there this year. Sadly we’ve been unable to find another suitable venue on the estate that meets the stringent health and safety criteria required to run the event so the TLERA committee have decided to cancel. We do apologise for any disappointment caused. Hopefully things will be back to normal in 2016.

The good news is that the Horniman school have kindly allowed us to hold our AGM there on Tuesday December 1st, which will be accompanied with mulled wine. We do hope that as many of you as possible are able to join us then.

Firework pic

Summer Picnic 5th July 2015

The annual Summer Picnic will be held on Sunday, 5thJuly in the Triangle between Liphook Crescent and Horniman Drive from 1pm. Bring some food to share with friends and neighbours, plus your own plates, glasses, and cutlery. The Association will, as always, provide the liquid refreshments!

Summer events 2015 – garden openings

Garden Opening

The second of our two garden openings for theNational Garden Scheme (NGS) will be on Saturday, 20th June between 5-8pm and Sunday, 21st June between 2-6pm. As in 2013, seven members are opening their gardens this year – too many gardens to visit in one afternoon, even for dedicated gardening enthusiasts!

The four very different gardens opening in June are:

27 Horniman Drive

28 Horniman Drive

53 Ringmore Rise

Coach House, 3 The Hermitage, Westwood Park (recently redesigned).

Combined admission is £7, payable at 28 Horniman Drive (no charge for accompanied children). There are plants for sale at 27 Horniman Drive, and garden ceramics and sculptures at the Coach House. On Sunday tea and homemade cakes are available at 53 Ringmore Rise. There will also be a Story Trail for children at 27 Horniman Drive on both days.

Members of the Garden Group have been opening their gardens since 2001 for the NGS. Last year was the best ever – just over £4000 was raised for cancer and caring charities. So do come along and help us to do even better this year.

The Garden Group meets in the evening on the first Wednesday of each month to exchange advice (and plants); arrange visits to gardens open to the public; and organise bulk purchases of gardening materials. If you would like more information, please email

Sun comes out for Easter Egg Hunt on the Hill!

After a week of overcast skies and high winds, we couldn’t believe our luck with the weather on Easter Sunday afternoon for the Easter Egg Hunt. TLERA had decided that it would be good to hold a family event early in the year to complement the summer picnic and the autumn fireworks and it was decided to hold this Easter event in aid of Demelza Hospice Care for Children. Demelza supports families with very sick children throughout south east London and Kent. Originally, the plan was to use the Triangle, but we decided that the garden of ‘Hilltop’, Horniman Drive, would be a much better venue.

All the TLERA wonderful cake-baking regulars sprang into action, and the Committee donated the chocolate eggs. Although many people were away for the long weekend there were still plenty who came along with their Easter visitors. The children loved hunting for eggs, feeding the chickens, riding the rocking horse, and following the ‘Hilltop’ Story Trail. The atmosphere was great and it was particularly nice to meet new families on the Hill. Demelza has written thanking us for the cheque for £360.72 raised from the small entrance fee, selling refreshments, and the generous donations we received.

Many people who came said they were in favour of supporting future events held for Demelza. On this note, I would like to hold other such events in the garden, so if anyone has any ideas for fundraising events please come and talk about them! The Story Trail is always there (and developing all the time) so all we need is the weather and the cakes!

All in all, the afternoon made me – as always – extremely grateful that I live on this lovely hill, with TLERA and all the people who put so much time and energy into events like this one.

Easter Egg Hunt

Fireworks a great success

Thanks to all who attended the TLERA fireworks party on Nov 8th. Despite heavy rain we had a fantastic turnout and none of the fireworks failed to ignite. We hope you enjoyed the food and drink and the spectacular display – if you missed it then it would be great to see you in 2015!

Thanks to the Horniman School for allowing us to use the premises for the display.

Fireworks 2014

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