Every Community Market since January has seen the monthly watercolour workshop move from ‘beginners’ to ‘improvers’ – they will be selling a selection of their cards and paintings at the Make Merry – but the 5th annual Easter Quiz Crawl (see pics of the gleeful winners) launched the warm weather season of Art Plumstead activities and reminded those who have been in at the start that we will have reached our 5th Anniversary on September 2nd, right in the middle of Plumstravaganza 2017.
Once again, Karen managed to find a different part of Plumstead to be the setting of a trail combining anagrams of local streets and questions to answer about places seen en route. There were also a few random sights to be spotted and identified. To make it slightly easier they were all in sequence, but no team managed to spot all of them. The teams set off from The Star and meandered round the back streets to journey’s end. At the final count, there was only one point between the scores of the first and second teams. For the second team, it was a bitter pill to swallow, but it was metaphorically washed down with a few pints in The Old Mill.
The third Easter Treasure Hunt was somewhat shorter than before in terms of distance covered but fiendishly tricky to complete, with a range of clues to solve to divine the route, including anagrams of the roads visited, others to answer to help steer the participants in the right direction and a set of random clues of things to spot on the way. This time the contestants were received at Plumstead library, where the quiz sheets were issued at the cost of £1 per person, with all proceeds going towards fundraising for the Plumstead Make Merry 2015. It was all for fun – but there was an underlying sense of competition as well!
Most of the entrants made use of the library tables to solve the street anagrams to at least give them some idea of where to go. We knew we would end up at The Old Mill, but everything else had to be puzzled out on the hoof. Although some of the roads had been used before in the first Easter Treasure Hunt, Karen had managed to spot different clues to solve. Several were tantalisingly familiar, but managed to go unseen by everyone who took part.
The tension mounts as the scores are collated
By the time everyone had wandered up to the finishing point, they were quite ready for a drink or two while they waited for the results to be announced. The winners were a duo calling themselves Kevman and Rileyboy and were duly awarded their certificate and egg. There were plenty of smaller eggs for the vanquished to scoff as compensation, but more importantly, everyone had enjoyed themselves at little cost, whilst discovering new things about their neighbourhood and raising money for the Make Merry which will be 40 this year. If you want to have a go for yourself and see what you missed, you can find the route in the resources section of the website. You don’t have to make a donation to the Make Merry afterwards, but it would be gratefully received! Better still, come along on the day (Saturday 6th June 2015) to support it and see our stall as well.
Hop to it! It’s time for the second Art Plumstead Treasure Hunt!
The weather forecast was completely accurate for the second Art Plumstead Easter Treasure Hunt – rain, rain, followed by more rain. Even so, there were an intrepid few who made the effort to turn up at the starting point (The Old Mill) and set off through the back streets of Plumstead on a circuitous route which gradually ascended Shooters Hill to finish at journey’s end (The Bull). A map with numbered points of interest, issued to everyone who came to pit their wits against the clues, helped us to divine the correct way to go.
Wet. wet, wet. Time to reflect on the distance covered and be grateful for being inside at last
The rain was unrelenting, but it was still possible to appreciate the views offered on the way, while solving the clues devised by Karen. There were also a number of picture clues to look out for while walking along. These were in no particular order, so it was a case of keeping an eye out – and using a bit of intuition.
Alison and John share the ‘Womble’ prize, for gathering the most posters en route, thus looking after the environment whilst having fun.
Eventually we all made it to the sanctuary of the front bar at The Bull, where the bedraggled papers were marked by Karen and prizes distributed accordingly. It is not about the numbers, but the quality of the experience, and thanks to the meticulous attention to detail that Karen had put in beforehand, everyone who made the effort thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon, in spite of the rain and saw parts of Plumstead they had never seen before. Maybe it would have been nice to see a few more faces on the day, but then we wouldn’t have all been awarded a prize and there was another consolation. It was downhill going home!
It wasn’t all about the glory, there was plenty of chocolate as well. This is only part of the stash.
The end of May was perfect weather for an extended exploration of Greenwich and the Thames path as it looped around the peninsula. But this was no straightforward walk, although it is pretty well impossible to get lost, especially now the Thames Path has recently been fully opened with a new section being completed near the O2 within the last few weeks. No, inspired by Karen’s Treasure Hunt, there were facts to find out and things to observe on the way.
The walk was divided into 3 sections – Historical (Cutty Sark ship to Cutty Sark pub), Industrial (Cutty Sark pub to O2) and Modern (O2 – Pilot Inn via Ecology Park). To help the seekers, arrows indicated which direction to look to find the answers to the clues which included anagrams. An asterisk indicated that the answer was on an interpretation board. Some clues were extra tricky, so they were followed by an exclamation mark!
As luck would have it, the sight of a group of adults earnestly scrutinising their question sheets, piqued the interest of Mr Greenwich who was enjoying a libation with his friends outside the Cutty Sark pub. There followed a brief interaction, and I took his card. Some time later, we all arrived at the Pilot Inn. We were lucky to get a seat as the place was mobbed by blokes who were in the area to watch a high profile boxing match. After a swift pint, it was all back on the 422 to the Ambala restaurant in Plumstead High Street. If you have never been, it’s recommended.
Although cold, the weather was otherwise kind when 20 or so brave souls took to the streets of Plumstead to solve the fiendish clues that Karen had devised to take the participants on the route of the Art Plumstead Easter Treasure Hunt. In teams of 1 – 4, we navigated our way from O’Dowd’s pub on Plumstead High Street, round the highways and byways of Plumstead to The Old Mill, and journey’s end.
There, all participants received their very own stash of mini chocolate eggs (Lidl’s finest!), in a small bag emblazoned with the newly designed AP logo. The questions were well pitched in terms of difficulty, neither so difficult as to be discouraging, nor incredibly easy; a sheet of picture clues in random order added an incentive for everyone to keep their eyes open as they negotiated their way along the prescribed route.
The Bond Team, who won the competition by completing the most correct answers in the allotted time, were presented with their commemorative certificate and chocolate Easter Bunny. Anyone who dallied too long at the pubs en route were penalised for their lateness by having points deducted! Their only solace was to drown their sorrows at the bar.
In the event that you will not be holed up ‘en famille’ on Sunday 31st March, come along to our Treasure Hunt instead. More than just a mooch round Plumstead, anyone who takes up the challenge will explore Plumstead and its pubs, get some fresh air and exercise and meet up with some friendly locals.
The trail starts at O’Dowds Public House on Plumstead High Street. Please arrive between 3 and 3:30pm, to pick up your question sheets, maps and picture clues. Answer the clues to find the route, spotting the picture clues as you go! The treasure hunt is free and open to everyone.
The trail ends at the Old Mill Public House, Old Mill Road, Plumstead Common Road. Hand in your completed answer sheets by 6pm. We will announce the winner at 6:30 pm. Please note that the route is 3 miles long and follows pavements and pathways, and should be suitable for anyone who is reasonably fit!