Events

Friday 10th July 2015 - Departure 9am, return approx 6.30pm
Summer Garden Outing to Sissinghurst Castle & Great Dixter
Summer Garden Outing to Sissinghurst Castle & Great Dixter


Itinerary

9.00am  Coach leaves from Blackheath Village

10.15 Arrival at Sissinghurst Castle - coffee

11.00 Garden entrance & castle

Lunch at own leisure - cafe or bring a picnic

1.30pm Coach departure from Sissinghurst

2.15 Arrival at Great Dixter - tour of house & garden

5.30 Coach departure for return to Blackheath

Cost: Friends & Volunteers of Age Exchange £35/Others £40 (reduced to £25/£30 for National Trust members). This includes entrance fees, travel costs & tip for driver. 

To reserve a place, send name & telephone number stating the number of places required by email, or post to Marion Kimberley, Friends of Age Exchange, 11 Blackheath Village SE3 9LA or sign up at Friends Friday on 15 May.  You will be contacted for payment to confirm your place.


Saturday 11th July 2015 - 10am to 4pm
Book Sale
Book Sale

Bakehouse Bookshop SE3 9LA

Find wonderful bargains at our monthly Book Sales.  Our Bakehouse Bookshop is open from 10am to 4pm on the second Saturday of every month (except August and December).  The stock is constantly refreshed with a varied selection of secondhand titles - all in excellent condition.  The Age Exchange cafe is also open for drinks and light refreshments.

The Bookshop can be accessed either directly from Bennett Park (first turning on the left as you come from Blackheath Village) or from Age Exchange 11 Blackheath Village SE3 9LA by exiting the rear garden and turning left.  


Friday 17th July 2015 - 1 to 3pm
Friends Friday - Alexandra Palace: The History & Regeneration Project. Speaker: Isobel Aptaker, Learning Officer, Alexandra Palace
Friends Friday - Alexandra Palace:  The History & Regeneration Project.  Speaker:  Isobel Aptaker, Learning Officer, Alexandra Palace

Age Exchange Bakehouse

Friends Fridays are held on the third Friday of each month to give Friends and their guests the opportunity to listen to a speaker, socialise and share tea & cake.  

The iconic building, Alexandra Palace, was first opened in 1873 as ‘The People’s Palace’ - a recreation centre for the Victorians.  In the first sixteen days after opening, it had already attracted 120,000 visitors when it was destroyed by a catastrophic fire in the dome.  However, less than two years later, a new Palace covering seven acres was opened.  Since then the building has had a rich and varied history – for instance, in 1935 the BBC occupied the eastern part and made history with the first public television transmissions  from there in 1936.  

In March, the Heritage Lottery Fund awarded £18.8million of funding to help to restore the Palace’s most historic spaces to their former glory.  This Regeneration Project, which will commence in 2016, is the subject of the talk by Isobel Aptaker

ADMISSION: FREE for Friends, £5 for Guests


Friday 31st July 2015 - 12 noon
Lunchtime Concert in the Bakehouse - FREE
Lunchtime Concert in the Bakehouse - FREE

Bakehouse @ Age Exchange SE3 9LA

On the last Friday of each month (except August and December) the Friends of Age Exchange arrange a lunchtime concert given by students of Trinity Laban. On 26 June we welcome classical guitarists Simin Tan and Christos Seas with a programme of works by Augustin Barrios, JS Bach, Fernando Sor and Manuel Maria Ponce.

Admission is free although there will be a retiring collection in aid of Age Exchange & Blackheath Village library.


Friday 21st August 2015 - 1 to 3pm
Friends Friday - Being a Child Evacuee in the War. Speaker: Tony Lord, Local Historian
Friends Friday - Being a Child Evacuee in the War.  Speaker: Tony Lord, Local Historian

Age Exchange Bakehouse

Friends Fridays are held on the third Friday of each month to give Friends and their guests the opportunity to listen to a speaker, socialise and share tea & cake.  

ADMISSION: FREE for Friends, £5 for Guests


 

 


Saturday 12th September 2015 - 10am to 4pm
Book Sale
Book Sale

Bakehouse Bookshop SE3 9LA

Find wonderful bargains at our monthly Book Sales.  Our Bakehouse Bookshop is open from 10am to 4pm on the second Saturday of every month (except August and December).  The stock is constantly refreshed with a varied selection of secondhand titles - all in excellent condition.  The Age Exchange cafe is also open for drinks and light refreshments.

The Bookshop can be accessed either directly from Bennett Park (first turning on the left as you come from Blackheath Village) or from Age Exchange 11 Blackheath Village SE3 9LA by exiting the rear garden and turning left.  


Friday 18th September 2015 - 1 to 3pm
Friends Friday - St Christopher's Hospice. Speaker: Anna Somerset, Relationship Development Manager, St Christopher's
Friends Friday - St Christopher's Hospice.  Speaker:  Anna Somerset, Relationship Development Manager, St Christopher's

Age Exchange Bakehouse

Friends Fridays are held on the third Friday of each month to give Friends and their guests the opportunity to listen to a speaker, socialise and share tea & cake.  

ADMISSION: FREE for Friends, £5 for Guests


 

 


Friday 25th September 2015 - 12 noon
Lunchtime Concert in the Bakehouse - FREE
Lunchtime Concert in the Bakehouse - FREE

Bakehouse @ Age Exchange SE3 9LA

On the last Friday of each month (except August and December) the Friends of Age Exchange arrange a lunchtime concert given by students of Trinity Laban. On 26 June we welcome classical guitarists Simin Tan and Christos Seas with a programme of works by Augustin Barrios, JS Bach, Fernando Sor and Manuel Maria Ponce.

Admission is free although there will be a retiring collection in aid of Age Exchange & Blackheath Village library.


Sunday 22nd November 2015 - 10.30 am to 5 pm (last admission 4.30 pm)
The Blackheath Christmas Fair in aid of Age Exchange in the Great Hall at Blackheath Halls SE3 0RQ.
The Blackheath Christmas Fair in aid of Age Exchange in the Great Hall at Blackheath Halls SE3 0RQ.


After two very successful years, the Blackheath Christmas Fair returns to Blackheath Halls on Sunday 22 November 2015.   See the Christmas Fair page for impressions of last year's Fair and the kind of goods on offer.

 

 



Past events

Friday 26th June 2015 - 12 noon
Lunchtime Concert in the Bakehouse - FREE
Lunchtime Concert in the Bakehouse - FREE


On the last Friday of each month (except August and December) the Friends of Age Exchange arrange a lunchtime concert given by students of Trinity Laban. On 26 June we welcome classical guitarists Simin Tan and Christos Seas with a programme of works by Augustin Barrios, JS Bach, Fernando Sor and Manuel Maria Ponce.

Admission is free although there will be a retiring collection in aid of Age Exchange & Blackheath Village library.


Saturday 9th May 2015 - 2pm
Family Storytelling with Vanessa Woolf and Storytelling in Hope


The Good, the Bad and the Ugly - Myths, legends and folktales from around the world.  Suitable for 5 years and over. Further details at Storytelling in Hope.

Admission:  £3 adult, £2 under 16s

Bakehouse Bookshop also open from 10am to 4pm


Saturday 25th April 2015 - 10 am to 4pm
Plant Sale
Plant Sale


Hundreds of easy to grow plants, for indoors and out, window boxes, pots or garden borders.  Reliable free flowering, gorgeous colours.  Surfina petunias, blue bacopa, pelargoniums, brachycome, silvery foliage, herbs, vegetables, tomoatoes, alpines, fuschias, small plants for children.

A wealth of knowledge in our secondhand gardening books at great prices.

Gorgeous greeting, birthday and occasion cards for all ages and tastes.  


Thursday 23rd April 2015 - 10.30 to 11.45am
Yummy Explorers
Yummy Explorers


Introducing solid foods for you and your baby up to 12 months old.  

A four week course weekly on Thursdays starting on 23 April and ending on 14 May.

Cost for the complete course:  £60 (£50 for Friends of Age Exchange) includes booklet with recipes and tips.  To book a place email here or phone 07857 040853.  


Saturday 6th December 2014 - 10am to 3.30pm
Blackheath Santa
Blackheath Santa


Santa will be in his Grotto at Age Exchange from 10am to 3.30pm during Blackheath Village Day. Come to visit!  Tickets available on the day.  Thank you, Santa, for visiting us and supporting Age Exchange and Blackheath Village Day!  


Price: £5

Saturday 29th November 2014 - 10am to 3.30pm
Toy Sale in support of Age Exchange & Epilepsy Research UK
Toy Sale in support of Age Exchange & Epilepsy Research UK


Come and buy! We shall be selling a large selection of good quality toys, children's books, games & jigsaws. Café open for drinks, snacks & light refreshments - Cards for Good Causes stall also open.  Entry £1 (FREE for children & Friends of Age Exchange).   All proceeds to support Age Exchange & Epilepsy Research UK

If you have toys, children's books, games & jigsaws to donate, we are collecting these from NOW until Saturday 22 November.  Bring your donated goods anytime during opening hours to Age Exchange or Sainsbury's Lee Green (Customer Services Desk).


Saturday 8th November 2014 - 8pm
Vanbrugh Ensemble Concert in support of Age Exchange
Vanbrugh Ensemble Concert in support of Age Exchange


Friends of Age Exchage are most grateful to the Vanbrugh Ensemble for donating the proceeds of this concert to Age Exchange.  Now in its second successful year, the Vanbrugh Ensemble is a flourishing and versatile chamber orchestra based in Blackheath, London.

The programme, conducted by James Murray and featuring Nina Kiva (cello) is:

Rossini Overture La scala di Seta
Elgar Dream Children Op43
Saint Saens Cello Concerto No 1 Op33
Haydn Symphony No 104 in D Major

Tickets:  £12 (£10 for Friends of Age Exchange, FREE for children under 16) can be purchased in person from the Box Office at Age Exchange, ordered by emailing info@friends-of-age-exchange (please state number & type of tickets) or obtained at the door (until all sold).

Find a venue map here.


Friday 31st October 2014 - 2 to 2.30pm (aged 3+), 3 to 3.30pm (aged 5+), 4 to 4.30pm (aged 7+)
Young Friends Event - Halloween Stories - FREE
Young Friends Event - Halloween Stories - FREE


Attendance at this drop-in session is FREE.

This event is part of Young Friends Week at Age Exchange & Blackheath Village Library.


Tuesday 28th October 2014 - 10am to 1pm
Young Friends Event - Have a Heart Workshop - FREE
Young Friends Event - Have a Heart Workshop - FREE


Have a creative time at this fun workshop.  See examples of decorated and padded fabric hearts, and design & make your own to take home.  Each child will receive a kit of pre-cut heart pieces, beads, buttons and ribbons. Needles, thread & scissors available for use on the day. Suitable for children aged 8 years and over.  Attendance is FREE but advance booking is ESSENTIAL.  To book, email info@friends-age-exchange.org.uk stating name and age of child, name of parent/guardian making the booking, contact telephone number and email address.

This event is part of Young Friends Week at Age Exchange & Blackheath Village Library.


Monday 27th October 2014 - 2 TO 3.30pm
Young Friends Event - Make a Lantern Workshop - FREE
Young Friends Event - Make a Lantern Workshop - FREE


Make a cardboard lantern from a kit generously donated by Ottie and the Bea, Blackheath Standard, and then decorate it to take home.  Suitable for children aged 5 years and over.  Attendance is FREE but advance booking is REQUIRED. To book, email info@friends-age-exchange.org.uk stating name and age of child, name of parent/guardian making the booking, contact telephone number and email address.

This event is part of Young Friends Week at Age Exchange & Blackheath Village Library.


Saturday 25th October 2014 - 12.30pm to 4pm
Young Friends Event - Face Painting - FREE
Young Friends Event - Face Painting - FREE


Everyone had lots of fun having their faces painted for FREE as part of Young Friends Week at Age Exchange & Blackheath Village Library. And it was not just the children who went away looking rather unusual!

Face painters Layla, Lily and Sarah had a good time too - this one was done by Sarah (sarahmics@yahoo.com)


Wednesday 22nd October 2014 - 2pm
Tea and Taxes - FREE
Tea and Taxes - FREE


Have you made a Will?  Are you satisfied that your assets will be distributed according to your wishes? Are you confused about inheritance tax?  Can you save tax by the way in which you leave your assets?  Are you in need of guidance about putting your affairs in order?  Are you concerned about what might happen if you or your loved ones begin to show signs of mental illness?

If you would like answers to these or any other questions in respect of similar matters, do come to an informal discussion with solicitors Grant Saw in the Bakehouse at Age Exchange.  Places are limited and on a strictly first come first served basis.  To reserve yours, please call Rose Walker on 020 8858 6971.  Free refreshments will be served.



Tuesday 8th July 2014 - 11am to 1pm
Come and Meet Owen Teale in conversation with Malcolm Jones
Come and Meet Owen Teale in conversation with Malcolm Jones


Owen Teale is a prolific and versatile actor.   Internationally celebrated for his role of Allister Thorne in the American TV hit Game of Thrones, he enthralled West End theatre audiences last year with his portrayal of James, a middle aged man caught up in an affair, playing opposite Zoë Wanamaker in Passion Play. In 2014 he played the First Voice part in the Under Milk Wood touring production.  He and his wife, actor Sylvestra le Touzel, discussed their careers with Malcolm Jones in the relaxed surroundings of the small restaurant at the Clarendon Hotel.  The audience were charmed by both Owen and Sylvestra and entertained by their stories of life as a couple in the acting business.  And the delicious scones and sandwiches provided by the hotel were a bonus. 


Friday 6th December 2013
Christmas Concert and Lunch
Christmas Concert and Lunch


This popular annual event was held at the Royal Naval College.  Starting at 12 noon with a delightful harp and flute concert in the Chapel with performers from Trinity Laban, we then moved to the King William Restaurant for a delicious traditional Christmas lunch. 


Wednesday 24th July 2013 - 12 noon to 2 pm
Come and meet ZoŽ Wanamaker!
Come and meet ZoŽ Wanamaker!


We are very grateful to Zoë Wanamaker for supporting Friends of Age Exchange by generously giving her time to discuss her career with Malcolm Jones, Age Exchange Arts & Education Co-ordinator. Zoë Wanamaker is one of the UK's greatest acting talents of recent years.  Her career has spanned all genres and all media - theatre, film, TV and radio.  

The event took place at the Clarendon Hotel, Montpelier Row, Blackheath, SE3 0RW on 24 July 2013. It was much enjoyed by the audience who were delighted by Zoë's modesty and charm!

 


Thursday 23rd May 2013 - 11am to 1pm
Come and meet Jude Law!
Come and meet Jude Law!


We are very grateful to Jude Law for supporting Friends of Age Exchange by generously giving his time to discuss his career with Malcolm Jones, Age Exchange Arts & Education Co-ordinator.  The event at the Clarendon Hotel, Blackheath on 23 May 2013 was enjoyed by over 100 guests. 

Born in Blackheath and brought up locally, Jude is ranked as one of the top ten most bankable actors in Hollywood.  He combines a successful film career (The Talented Mr Ripley, Sherlock Holmes, Cold Mountain) with theatre (Hamlet, Anna Christie, Henry V) and television work.

 


Friday 7th December 2012 - 12 noon: Concert in Royal Naval College Chapel - 1 pm: Lunch in the King William Restaurant
Christmas Concert and Lunch


The Annual Friends of Age Exchange Concert and Lunch was held at the Royal Naval College on 7 December 2012.  The concert featured soprano Mary Seers, flautist Paul Chapman and pianist Joe Ashmore.  The event was very successful and enjoyed by 80 people. 



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