Blackheath Age Exchange reopens after £870,000 make-over

Mayor of Lewisham Sir Steve Bullock cuts the ribbon for Age Exchange in Blackheath's new community building

Raphael Taylor, 5, enjoys the new library

The launch of the new Age Exchange community centre

First published in News This Is Local London: Photograph of the Author by , reporter

BLACKHEATH’S newly revamped Age Exchange has opened after an £870,000 make-over.

The two-storey building Number Eleven – which is opposite Blackheath Station - boasts a cafe, library, computer suite, patio garden, box office, stalls and studio.

Mayor of Lewisham Sir Steve Bullock formally opened the new space on November 22 after Age Exchange closed its Reminiscence Centre in December last year.

Age Exchange's chairman Ian Mills said: "Age Exchange Number Eleven is finally here!

"It's great to see that all the hard work by so many people has created this fantastic new centre for the people of Lewisham and Greenwich. Our aim is to make this a valued resource for the whole community."

The community centre will run a full programme of events for all ages and people can gain access to free internet.

At the opening, Sir Steve Bullock, said: “At a time when public services are under acute financial pressure it is important to look for innovative solutions that can bring public services, local organisations and communities together.

“This centre is an excellent example of how that can be achieved and I am sure it will serve as an inspiration to others to do the same.

“This new facility will bring together people of all ages – from pre-school children attending reading groups, to teenagers attracted by free access to the internet, adults using the library, attending a range of cultural activities and enjoying the café, to older residents who welcome the opportunity to meet others as part of the reminiscence activities.”

Number Eleven will be open weekdays from 8am to 6pm and 10am to 6pm on Saturday.

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2:46pm Sat 24 Nov 12

Lord Erastus Theobald Piggott says...

Has the old timer in the picture to the left of Rodney Bewes died? It looks like the ribbon is the only thing holding him up.

Somebody get ready to catch him.

I just love the ceremonial scissors with their orange plastic. Very classy.
Has the old timer in the picture to the left of Rodney Bewes died? It looks like the ribbon is the only thing holding him up. Somebody get ready to catch him. I just love the ceremonial scissors with their orange plastic. Very classy. Lord Erastus Theobald Piggott
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2:51pm Sat 24 Nov 12

Lord Erastus Theobald Piggott says...

Have a look at the third picture. The old guy with the goatee looks really cheesed off. I guess he's missing Eggheads or some similar afternoon quiz show popular with the over 70s.

And why exactly is the bloke standing behind him taking a photograph of the side of someone's head? Great purple shirt, by the way.
Have a look at the third picture. The old guy with the goatee looks really cheesed off. I guess he's missing Eggheads or some similar afternoon quiz show popular with the over 70s. And why exactly is the bloke standing behind him taking a photograph of the side of someone's head? Great purple shirt, by the way. Lord Erastus Theobald Piggott
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3:06pm Sat 24 Nov 12

Lord Erastus Theobald Piggott says...

I've just noticed in the first picture that Mr Purple is taking a photograph of the ceiling.

Either that or he was taking the opportunity to add a picture of the top of the bloke's head to go with the close-up side shot.
I've just noticed in the first picture that Mr Purple is taking a photograph of the ceiling. Either that or he was taking the opportunity to add a picture of the top of the bloke's head to go with the close-up side shot. Lord Erastus Theobald Piggott
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3:14pm Sat 24 Nov 12

rarecockneyguvnor says...

Perhaps the phantom photogragher is the one from TubeCrush.net

Maybe even Ron1952.

:)
Perhaps the phantom photogragher is the one from TubeCrush.net Maybe even Ron1952. :) rarecockneyguvnor
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3:16pm Sat 24 Nov 12

Lord Erastus Theobald Piggott says...

Click, click. Say no more!
Click, click. Say no more! Lord Erastus Theobald Piggott
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4:02pm Sat 24 Nov 12

Lord Erastus Theobald Piggott says...

Here's an observation test for you.

Spot the glass which will soon have to be wrapped up in newspaper and thrown in the bin.
Here's an observation test for you. Spot the glass which will soon have to be wrapped up in newspaper and thrown in the bin. Lord Erastus Theobald Piggott
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