Fireworks Party Saturday 8th November

TLERA Members and their families are invited to our annual Fireworks Party, to be held at Horniman School, Horniman Drive on Saturday 8th November 2014.

Paid up TLERA members should recently have received a Yellow flier for the event through their letterbox – please bring this with you to help speed up entry.

Doors open at 6.30pm, from when food and drink will be available, including home made mulled wine, all of which is included in the price of your ticket.

Entrance fee for members this year is £7 Adults, £3 accompanied children. This event is for members of the association only, but if you live on the estate and would like to join the association and have yet to do so, membership can be paid at the gate (£5 per household) in addition to the respective fireworks entry fee.

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday!

Please note that the display will go ahead regardless of the weather (but there is a small covered area). Please don’t bring any of your own fireworks or sparklers (for insurance reasons!) and note that unfortunately there are no toilet facilities available. Some younger children may require ear defenders if they don’t like loud noise as we’ve invested in some serious fireworks again!

July events

Sunday, 27th July
The annual Summer Picnic will be held 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!

Wednesday, 30th July
The last of the three Jazz picnics will be held on the bandstand in Horniman Gardens from 7-8.30p.m. Bring your own picnic and listen to an evening of music that goes back to the Edwardian roots of jazz from 1910s ragtime to 1930s swing while watching the sun set over London. The Horniman Café will also be open and serving food and drinks around the bandstand.

Open gardens event

Four very different hillside gardens within a short walk of each other will be opening on 31st May (5-8pm) and 1st June (2-6pm) for the National Garden Scheme (NGS). The gardens opening are: Coach House, The Hermitage, Westwood Park; 27 Horniman Drive; 28 Horniman Drive; and 53 Ringmore Rise.

• Discover a sculptor’s creative courtyard ‘container’ garden crammed with unusual plants and the artist’s sculptures and ceramics (for sale).
• A small SE-facing garden with borders of rich colours within formal outlines to complement a modern extension plus mini meadow and a tranquil vegetable garden with seating, greenhouse and compost area.
• A corner plot garden of inspired by Beth Chatto’s dry garden, with informal borders crammed with herbaceous plants and shrubs to suit a variety of conditions.
• A hilltop country garden in two sections with deep informal flower borders under mature trees, raised vegetable beds, a fruit cage, greenhouse, chickens, and wildlife areas to encourage interest and diversity.

There will also be a Story Hunt for children. After being given a sheet of pictures from modern and old classics, they then have to find the matching scene in the garden. There are different hunts for children of all ages from 3years upwards.

Combined admission: £7 (payable at 28 Horniman Drive). No charge for accompanied children. Please note that if parents just want to bring children to the Story Hunt garden the charge will be £3 for adults with children free. All money raised will again be donated to cancer and caring charities.

Plants available on both days. Garden ceramics and sculptures for sale at the Coach House. Refreshments available on Saturday evening. Tea and homemade cakes on Sunday.

Summer Picnic 2013

IMG_6384 - Version 2Every year the Summer Picnic in the Triangle is different, but having enjoyed the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee theme last year, we thought the Queen’s Coronation might lend itself equally well as a theme for the children’s games this year. Having gathered together shiny toffee wrappers (the toffees were gallantly consumed solely for this occasion), kitchen foil, and other shiny gold and silver things a couple of evenings in advance, we made a sceptre, six crowns, and six diamond ‘eggs’ to balance on spoons, as well as putting together six sets of smart gear for visiting the Palace. On the day, the children were more than happy to jump over ropes wearing crowns and to act as ladies or pages in waiting, bringing much needed water to a very authentic looking freshly crowned Queen sitting on her throne holding her sceptre. There was also a ‘Pin the crown, or handbag, (or moustache!) on the Queen’ game, with the option of pinning crowns on the corgis for the smaller children. Finally, having already run the ‘Dress for the Palace’ race, the children were ready, sparkling and smart, for a royal procession which was led through the Triangle and cheered on by the adults.

Of course, our Summer Picnics are not usually this regal, and I think that next year’s theme is likely to turn to football, with the World Cup being played out in July 2014 in Brazil. Any suggestions of football related activities for the children, and possibly even the adults, would be gratefully received!
Suzanne Jessel

The Summer Picnic is organised every year by the Association. It is an ideal opportunity for members to meet up with friends and neighbours, and get to know new residents. The fenced Triangle at the junction of Horniman Drive and Liphook Crescent (usually a restricted public space) is an ideal place for the children to play while the adults enjoy a glass or two of Pimms and a leisurely lunch, choosing from the mouth-watering array of savoury and sweet dishes people have brought along to share. This year, with temperatures soaring, the Triangle proved to be the perfect place to be, the leafy canopy from the mature trees providing a veritable oasis of cool!¬

Fireworks event

Firework event 2013It was not a promising start. The day of the Association’s firework party dawned anything but bright and clear – it was pouring with rain, and looked set to stay that way. But the fireworks, food and wine were bought, so there really was no alternative but to go ahead. There is a large covered area under the School for spectators, but this is small consolation if you happen to be one of the team of pyrotechnics! A start on setting up the display was made, but, as the rain continued to fall steadily, it was decided to reconvene later that day in the hope that the weather would improve.

We need not have feared. Eventually the rain eased off and, although somewhat later than planned, Association members were able to enjoy the mulled wine and traditional bonfire night fare: sausages, chicken in barbecue sauce, chilli con carne, homemade pizzas, spare-ribs, and mini-hamburgers as well as baked potatoes and salad. Vegetarians were not forgotten with an even more varied range of really delicious dishes this year. Then the pyrotechnic team took over and worked their magic. Despite the appalling weather conditions earlier in the day, their efforts resulted in a magnificent display of fireworks that was really appreciated by the 200 or so members who attended.

This annual event could not happen without the team responsible for both the lighting and fireworks display. However, there are many other people who make the event the success it has become, including the army of cooks willing to help provide that important hot food and warm mulled wine. Most importantly, we owe a huge vote of thanks to Julia Clark, Head Teacher of Horniman Primary School, for once again allowing us to hold the event in the school grounds.

Committee meeting dates 2014

The committee have scheduled the following dates for meetings this year. If you would like to attend as an observer, or with a view to getting more involved, you will be made very welcome! Please contact the secretary for more information on times and venues.

Committee meeting dates 2014:

Tuesday February 11
Tues April 22
Tues June 17
Tues August 26
Tues October 28
Tues December 9

Fireworks Party 9th November

Members and their families are invited to our annual Fireworks Party, to be held at Horniman School, Horniman Drive on Saturday 9th November.

Doors open at 6.30pm, from when food and drink will be available, including home made mulled wine, all of which is included in the price of your ticket.

This event is for members of the association only, but if you would like to join the association and have yet to, membership can be paid at the gate (£5).

Entrance fee this year is once again just £5 Adults, £2.50 accompanied children.

AGM and an evening of local history and mystery with Steve Grindlay

All members are invited to the association AGM, to be held at Horniman School on Thursday 12th September, from 7pm. Doors will open from 6.30pm.

Do come along to hear a review of the year by David Lowe, and following the official part of the AGM, we are delighted to announce that renowned local historian, Steve Grindlay will present an illustrated talk on the history of Tewkesbury Lodge, the house that originally stood on the estate, and the families that lived in it before it was demolished in 1930 to make way for the Estate more as we know it today.

The talk promises to be fascinating to local residents, and of course, refreshments will be provided.

We hope to see you all there.

Local events happening in December

SEE3, the team responsible for leading the Forest Hill, Sydenham and Kirkdale Portas bid, have put together a calendar covering events taking place in SE23 and SE26 during December.

There’s lots going now, so look out for a copy which should be coming through your mailbox soon. Alternatively, download a copy at

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