Hither Green Hall Presents: Frozen Sing-A-Long! ***Extra Screening***

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Sing-A-Long Frozen

Saturday 20th December 2014

Doors Open 2.30pm until 5.30pm Sold Out!!

Doors Open 11.00pm until 2.00pm Extra Screening

St Swithun’s Church Hall on St Swithun’s Road

The filmic sensation all the kids are talking (and singing) about is here!!  If you still don’t know the words, fret not, for every song lyric will drift along the bottom of our screen so you can duet with your kids to their hearts content (or hide at the back of the hall and have a quick drink and natter at the bar with the other parents!)

Once you enter our wonderland head down to the Grotto to meet Santa who will give every good boy or girl a present and then join in a few winter games before the film begins!

Do your children (or you) want to dress up? Feel free! There may be prizes for the best/original dressed!

There will be free squash and water available and also seasonal cakes and cookies, popcorn, hot chocolate with marshmallows, tea, coffee, beer and wine as well as some mulled wine to buy from the bar too!

+++++This Christmas we are also supporting the local group Lewisham Opportunity Pre-school (LOPS). LOPS is a charity that provides inclusive support for 2-5 year olds, with and without special needs in Longbridge Way behind the old Ladywell Pools Leisure Centre. It was established in 1981 to provide term time play facilities for children with complex additional needs, allowing them to integrate with other children. It also provides important support to the families of special needs children needing respite from giving 24/7 care to their children. Historically it’s been funded by Lewisham council but the grants have been getting smaller and smaller so any support is gratefully accepted. For every £1 donated on the day of our Christmas events Hither Green Hall will donate £2 to help support this wonderful group.+++++

Tickets are £5 per child (Adults are free but must be accompanied by a child. Available from Cafe of Good Hope, You Don’t Bring Me Flowers and WeGotTickets.com   *** Only tickets for 11am remain ***

Hither Green Cinema Presents: Short Film & Music night

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Sunday 18th May 2014

St Swithun’s Church Hall
Doors Open 7.30pm

Short films from around the world
And Music from DJ Lynne & Lord Ant

We have a selection of the best (and worst) short films that have been sent to us over the last couple of years. We have films from new and old film makers in Hither Green right through to new films from Australia and the US. We have some romance and we have zombies. Yes Zombies! We even have a music video that tells it’s own story!
Then we have DJ Lynne & Lord Ant (From Haven’t Stopped Dancing Yet & The Vinyl Lounge) spinning discs in between films to keep you entertained with their wicked selection of tunes.
So all we need is you to come along, sit around our candlelit tables with friends or with strangers, talk about the films (give marks and feedback) and get to know new people over a few drinks, popcorn, cake and good company. Come and relax, take in some short films made by perhaps the next Steven Spielberg or Destiny Ekaragha(whos first short film ‘Tight Jeans’ we showed a few years ago and now is showing films at the BFI!) so you can say you were there.
Tickets are only £5 and can be purchased in advance from Cafe of Good Hope, You Don’t Bring Me Flowers and online at WeGotTickets.com.
There is a fully stocked cash bar, freshly made popcorn and cakes & cookies.What more could you want?  See you in the candlelight!

Hither Green Hall Presents: A Teddy Bears Picnic

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Teddy Bears Picnic

Teddy Bears Picnic

Sunday 18th May 2014

Gate Opens 2.00pm until 5.00pm

St Swithun’s Church Garden on St Swithun’s Road

*******Please Note: In case of bad weather, everything will be moved inside St Swithun’s Chuch Hall (Except ‘Meet the Bees’ as they don’t like their houses being moved!!*******

If you go down to the woods today
you’re sure of a big surprise……

As part of Hither Green Festival, Hither Green Hall is inviting the bears to town and giving them a picnic! And you and your little bears are invited too!!

If you go down to the woods today
you better go in disguise…..

We will have a host of Bears (and their friends) of many shapes and sizes with a picnic laid out with squash and sandwiches (with their crusts cut off of course) all free for the little ones!

For every bear that ever there was
will gather there for certain because
today’s the day the teddy bears have their picnic

Also during the afternoon there will be:

Tickets are £5 per child (Adults are free but must be accompanied by a child. Available from Cafe of Good Hope, You Don’t Bring Me Flowers and WeGotTickets.com

Tea, coffee, soft drinks, cake and biscuits will also be available from our cash bar/picnic table

A Little Bit of Politics: Tory Boy – the Movie ‘plus’ Director John Walsh and Q&A with your local candidates

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Who would you vote for?

Who would you vote for?

Sunday 11th May 2014

Doors Open 6.00pm at St Swithun’s Hall

Tory Boy The Movie - plus Director John Walsh will be present and there will be a Q&A with local, European & Mayoral candidates for your local area!

Who are you voting for? Labour, Conservative, Green, UKIP, Liberal Democrats, Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition or People Before Profit? And those are just for local council?

What should they do for you? Will they do it? Come and ask them after the film.

Confirmed they will attend:

Mayor Sir Steve Bullock (Lab), Andy Beadle (TUSC), Caroline Attfield (Con), Paul Oakley (UKIP)

Tory Boy – The Movie

This film contains strong language and scenes of politicians that some viewers may find offensive!

Grierson Award Nominated Documentary Feature. Film-maker and Labour voter John Walsh becomes a Conservative Candidate for a seat in a Labour heartland during the British 2010 General Election Campaign. What he uncovers is a place where intimidation and neglect have scarred a town that politics has forgotten. He goes on a quest to find the local absentee Labour Member of Parliament. Tory Boy is a political satire that cuts to the heart of the current British anger over politicians who have exploited a system for years. Working with news footage, animation and film from the campaign shot over six months, Tory Boy is a unique insight into the political culture of one of the world’s oldest democracies.

John Walsh (Director and star) will be attending the screening to talk about the film and what he found out about politics. All 15 council candidates have been invited, all 7 mayoral candidates have been invited, a number of local European Parliamentary candidates and a couple of local MPs have been invited too for good measure!

There is a cash bar serving beer, wine, soft drinks and snacks so the evening won’t be too dry!

Free Entry – but first come first served, first past the post get the cushions!

5 minutes walk from Hither Green Station, on bus routes 181 & 225 (Theodore Road stop on Hither Green Lane), free parking in St Swithun’s Road

Hither Green Hall Presents: Igor’s One Man Band Dance Party

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Igor's One Man Band Dance Party

The Jukebox Squeezebox

Igor’s One Man Band Spring Dance Party

Saturday 29th March 2014. Doors Open 7pm

Igor Outkine (the unusually versatile vocalist) and his One Man Dance Party is coming to Hither Green with his Jukebox Squeezebox!!  playing on a “magic“ midi accordion Roland Fr-7x, he will be showcasing a selection of tunes from the Forties to the Noughties, Igor can play the hits like you have never heard them before!

From Balkan, Tango, Swing & Latin to Pop, Rock and Disco, all the hits will be there from ‘Puttin’ on the Ritz’ to 2 Unlimited’s ‘No limit’ via Staying Alive & Tainted love. Want to hear something specific? Let us know via Facebook or twitter and we will pass on the request to the maestro for a ‘shout-out’ on the night!

Igor has accompanied silent films for us before including his ‘Chills in the Chapel’ sold out event for Halloween. He has also played at the Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club, Café de Paris, with Marc Almond at the Shepherds Bush Empire, House of Parliament & House of Lords, Royal Opera House and from Denmark to the Edinburgh Fringe. This will be a night people will talk about for an age in Hither Green, don’t miss out, come along and be a part of it!

Tickets for this are £8.00 in advance (£10 on the door) and are on sale from Cafe of Good Hope on Hither Green Lane, You Don’t Bring Me Flowers on Staplehurst Road and online from Wegottickets.com

There will be a free attended cloakroom for those who might want to dress up and get changed at the hall as well as a fully stocked bar of wine, beer, ale, spirits, cider and soft drinks.

And here are some of Igor’s favourite songs:

Puttin’ on the Ritz, In The Mood, I Could Have Danced All Night, Peter Gunn Theme, James Bond Theme, Pink Panther, Zorba’s Dance from Zorba the Greek, Godfather, Hound Dog,
Roll Over Beethoven, A Hard Day’s Night, (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction, Oh, Pretty Woman
She’s Not There, I Feel Good, It’s Not Unusual, Venus, Kung Fu Fighting, Mamma Mia, Dancing Queen, Take a Chance On Me, Voulez-Vous, Gimme Gimme, How Deep Is Your Love, Living Next Door To Alice, Miss you, Sunny, Rasputin, I Will Survive, Tainted Love, Billie Jean, Sweet Dreams, Staying Alive, Bamboleo, No limit, Wonderwall, Sex Bomb


Hither Green Cinema Presents: The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

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The Adventures of Priscilla: Queen of the Desert (Cert 15)

Sunday 2nd March 2014 @ 7pm

We don’t bring you an event in 6 months then we do 3 in 4 weeks!!  We are on a role!!

Come along and join us and the spectacular film ‘Priscilla…’ for a fabulous evening of wine, beer and song as we chart the journey of the big silver tour bus ‘Priscilla’ across the Australian outback and the drama, heartbreak and laughter that ensues for her occupants.

On the night we have a fully stocked bar of wine, beer & cider, tea, coffee, hot chocolate as well as cakes, nibbles and popcorn so all you have to do is turn up and be fabulous!!

Tickets are £5 (£1 from each ticket sale will be going to London Lesbian & Gay Switchboard which Hither Green Hall will match along with any money raised on the night) and can be bought from Cafe of Good Hope on Hither Green Lane, You Don’t Bring Me Flowers on Staplehurst Road and online at WeGotTickets.com.

We look forward to seeing you on the night and if you feel the need, please look ‘FABULOUS’ (prizes will be given for the most fabulous on the night!)

Rainbow Readings @ Cafe of Good Hope

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Rainbow Readings at Cafe of Good Hope

Cherry Potts, VA Fearon, Rebecca Idris & Catherine Blackfeather

Wednesday 26th February 2014. 7pm – 11pm

as part of LGBT History Month

Hither Green Hall is branching out into the field of Literature to bring you 4 authors reading from and talking about their own books and experiences. With a diverse mixture of writers who cover the spectrum of our society. Please come along, listen, ask questions, get a book signed, eat and drink as the bar will be open late!

Tickets for this event are very limited and only £3 and are available from Café of Good Hope 216 Hither Green Lane, Hither Green, London SE13 6RT or from WeGotTickets.com.

All money from ticket sales is going towards the Jimmy Mizen Foundation. There will be beer, wine, soft drinks and teas and coffees to keep you fed and watered on the night.

Hither Green Hall Presents: Sideways – Cheese & Wine tasting evening

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Sideways Cert 18

Saturday 1st February 2014 @ 7pm

with wine tasting from the Hither Green Wine Club
and cheese platters from Mootown

A candlelit evening with cheese, wine, a film and friends!

So yes we have been quiet for 6 months but we are back and we are bringing friends!!

Some people will be detoxing throughout the month of January after the over indulgence of December so to help celebrate the end of January we are having a cheese & wine tasting evening with the film Sideways on Saturday 1st February!
We are setting up candlelit tables and providing table service before the film for a chance to sample the various cheese and wines on offer from our friends at Mootown and the Hither Green Wine Club. Daniel from the Hither Green Wine Club will be on hand to answer any questions regarding the wines and Tom from Mootown will be available to explain what and where the cheeses comes from. There will also be a ‘hand-out’ for each person to take away describing the wines and cheeses they have tasted on the evening for future consumption.

Our regular bar will also be open for beers, ciders, teas, coffees and cakes to round off your evening
Tickets are £15 (which will include: 3 wine tastings, a cheese and oatcake platter, table service and film) and are available at Cafe of Good Hope on Hither Green Lane, You Don’t Buy Me Flowers on Staplehurst Road and on-line at WeGotTickets.com
There are limited tickets to create the right atmosphere on the night, so if you are interested check out one of the outlets sooner rather than later!

This is our first event of the year and we are looking forward to a season of varied films for all. We will be doing kids events, family events, community events and are planning something larger for the summer but it is still in the planning stages and a bit hush hush! We are also looking to expand into other areas of the arts so stay tuned.
Do you have an idea for a screening/event, would you like to help out on a specific project you have in mind or just help out with the running of the Hither Green Community Hall and Arts Society (to give us our official name)? If so drop Richard a line at Richard@hithergreenhall.org with any ideas. There is no obligation but we would love to meet other community minded people to keep this wagon rolling into the new year!!

We look forward to seeing you in the candlelight!

Hither Green Cinema Presents: ‘Cars’ & ‘American Graffiti’ in a “Unique” location

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HGH Presents Cars at Hillmans Basement

Sunday 26th May

For Hither Green Festival we are showing 2 favourite films in a unique location. At the corner of Ennersdale Road and Nightingale Grove is a treasure trove of ‘Wacky’ cars and memorabilia, the pride and joy of Gary ‘Peel Cars’ Hillman.  Gary is letting us use his basement garage (where he keeps his astonishing collection) to show these films in this unique event and the only way you will be able to see his wonderful toys this year.

First we are showing the animated Pixar film ‘Cars’. Before the film starts marvel at the wonderful display of cars and memorabilia and let your kids  make their own car to watch the film in and possibly win original Disney art work for prizes. Doors open at 1pm and the film starts at 2pm. £3 per child, adults free but must be accompanied by a child

Then for the nostalgia buffs we are showing the George Lucas classic ‘American Graffiti’. Before the film starts marvel at the wonderful display of cars and then a lucky few will be able to watch this cruising movie from inside a car! Just like an indoor drive-in!! Doors open at 5pm, film starts at 6pm. £3 each (If seats are sold out in advance there will be a very limited amount of standing tickets available on the door).

For both events there is limited seating, so get your tickets now!
Dress warmly as it is a basement!

Freshly made popcorn, hot dogs, cakes, nibbles as well as juices, tea, coffee, beer and wine will be available all day.

Tickets are available from Café of Good Hope on Hither Green Lane, You Don’t Bring Me Flowers on Staplehurst Road and wegottickets.com

HGH presents American Graffiti in the Batcave

Japanese Spring – The Cat Returns (U) & Zatoichi (18)

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Japanese Spring

Sunday 28th April 2013  – Hither Green Cinema is turning Japanese!

 The Cat Returns (2002) Cert U

****Due to licencing problems we have had to change the film. Please email Hither Green Cinema if you require a refund or come along on the day****

By the makers of Spirited Away

Doors open at 1.45pm and activities commence at 2pm, and will finish by 5pm

Bring your little Ninjas to an afternoon of Japanese themed activities. We kick off at 2pm with Japanese inspired games including origami and Samurai hat making, Japanese calligraphy for your little Emperors and Empresses and Fukuwarai (a Japanese version of pin the tale on the donkey) followed by a Kendo demonstration and free Karate lesson* by the Lewisham Shotokan Karate Centre, followed by the animated fantasy film The Cat Returns.

When a young girl rescues a cat from traffic she finds herself receiving gifts from the King of the Cats, who also wants her to marry his son, Prince Lune. With the assistance of a fat, grouchy real cat and an elegant cat statuette come to life, the girl has to find a way out of marrying the Prince of cats but gets whisked off to the Cat Kingdom before she has time to escape…

Shotokan Karate has long had many benefits, which include developing confidence, fitness and stamina as well as self-defence. But most importantly, we promise to wear the little ones out!

Recommended age: 6-12

Delicious cakes, treats and refreshments will be available.

Tickets are £5 per child. All adults must be accompanied by a child. 
Tickets are available from the Café of Good Hope on Hither Green Lane, You Don’t Bring Me Flowers on Staplehurst Road and wegottickets.com

*The small print: Although our volunteers will be on hand to help out on the day, please ensure you keep one eye on your child throughout the martial arts sessions. Hither Green Cinema cannot accept responsibility for any injuries or breakages. If, however, your child goes on to be the next Karate Kid, we might just take credit for that.


Zatoichi (2003) Cert 18 (subtitles)

A Takeshi Kitano Film

Doors open 6.45pm with activities commencing at 7pm.

Kick the evening off in style with a Kendo demonstration and free 20 minute Karate lesson by the Lewisham Shotokan Karate Centre, followed by a screening of Zatoichi.

Critically acclaimed, Zatoichi is colourful, rich with action and beautifully composed. The film follows the journey of a blind masseur and master swordsman, with powerful sequences and stunning choreography. Writer-director-actor Takeshi Kitano takes on this classic samurai character with his own brand of cinematic flair. Effortless and uncontrived, Zatoichi is pure cinematic magic.

For the full Japanese immersive experience, we’ve chosen the subtitled version. So don’t forget your specs.

Delicious cakes and treats will be on sale, as well as tea and coffee and the usual array of Meantime Beers, red and white wines and some Japanese refreshments.

Tickets are £8, and available from the Café of Good Hope on Hither Green Lane, You Don’t Bring Me Flowers on Staplehurst Road and wegottickets.com

We would like to thank The Shotokan Karate Centre in Lewisham for their support and dedication to this event. The primary objective of the Centre is to teach and foster the development of authentic Shotokan Karate. This is achieved under the leadership of the head instructor Sensei Roy Tomlin 6th Dan JKA