December 1st Advent Window

November 30, 2008

1 December Advent Window, by Greenwich Tourist Information

1 December Advent Window, by Greenwich Tourist Information

Monday 1st December – ‘Hopes and fears’
Tourist Information, 46 Church St, SE10 9LB

The Tourist Information Centre’s temporary home in Church Street, right at the heart of Greenwich, makes this the ideal launch pad for this year’s Windows.


News from windows hosts

November 29, 2008

For those of you hosting a window this year. If you want to share news, any special initiatives, events, thoughts or comments overheard outside your window, please post them here.

Press Information

November 27, 2008

Community advent calendar keeps hopes alive in Greenwich

Building on a successful launch last year, Greenwich town centre is once more to be brought alive by 24 unique offerings in the lead up to Christmas. Shops, homes, schools and pubs are bending their imagination and artistry to produce a living Advent Calendar. A newly decorated window will be revealed, or “opened”, on each day of Advent (1st to 24th December 2008) in different parts of Greenwich and remain on view until Twelfth Night on 5th January 2008.

St Alfege Church, the wonderful Hawksmoor church opposite Greenwich market, is at the heart of this explosion of creative talent. This year’s theme, ‘Hopes and Fears’ reflects advent hope, but also people’s basic fears, in these times of economic uncertainty. Ideas range from snakes and ladders, eco friendly homes, the run up to the London Olympics, the credit crunch at home and abroad, to the traditional focus on the stable in Bethlehem, freshly interpreted. A variety of media will be used, including multimedia installations, models, paintings, and graffiti art.

Chris Moody, the Vicar of St Alfege Church, says ‘though the theme reflects the state the world is in at the moment, we’re not holding our breath about the project itself this year because we know we are drawing on the enthusiasm generated by last year’s success. Still, exactly half the contributors this year will be doing it for the first time. Every design is new and a touch of friendly competition will add to the fun. We have already seen an eco house, an installation representing Mary, made of paper cones, made with the help of local school children.

So many different sorts of people live, work and study in Greenwich or come here as visitors, it’s easy to pass each other by without noticing. In its casual and low-key way, Advent Windows offers people the opportunity to meet each other under a common umbrella, in the same way Chaucer’s pilgrims might have met here on the road from London to Canterbury in the Middle Ages. Time taken out, however momentarily, to refresh our hopes and broaden our sympathies.’

Editors’ notes

1. More details are available from a website or by telephoning Gill Moody on 07932 101058, or emailing

2. St Alfege Church Greenwich is built on the site of the martyrdom of St Alfege in 1012. This Hawksmoor church is known internationally and is a focus both for the local community and for tourists. It is at the heart of Greenwich which has been designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site

More details can be found on the website

Saturday 13th December – ‘Angel suprise’
34 Coltman House, Welland St, SE10 9DW

This second floor window is visible from behind the block beside the ball court. A display created from models and light – angels out of a Christmas box.

Sunday 14th December – ‘The corcovado’
23 Westgrove Lane, SE10 8QP

Travel to Rio de Janeiro… (NB. Visible in the evening though not on Saturday December 20th) ONLY VISIBLE IN THE DARK

Monday 15th December – ‘O little town of Bethlehem’
15 Crane St, SE10 9NP

Under the stars, through the maze of Greenwich streets, find yourself transported to Bethlehem. Artwork by local artist Peter Kent.

Tuesday 16th December – ‘Hope out of despair’
72 Crosslet Vale, SE10 8DJ

In a world full of anger and despair, hope shines like a candle in the darkness. Official opening 6.00 pm.

Wednesday 17th December – ‘Waiting’
2 King William Walk, SE10 9JH

Travelling in the dead of night with nowhere to stay. Mary fears for her baby…our hope for the world.

Thursday 18th December – ‘Christmas bonus’
57 Royal Hill, SE10 8RZ

We will use video (visible for a couple of hours each evening) and still material (visible all day) drawn from the Bible, the St Nicholas myth and from contemporary sources to contrast the rewards and expectations of receiving at Christmas in northern Europe with those in poverty elsewhere. It will underline the contrasting impacts of the credit crunch on both communities. Official opening reception 7.00 pm

Friday 19th December – ‘I saw three ships’
4 Feathers Place, SE10 9NE

We wish to use our space to celebrate the individuals who dedicate
their lives to making the lives of others better. Our window will be
created by the family – 2 grown ups with limited creative skills and a
very excited 7 year old!

Saturday 20th December – ‘Follow your star’
34 Hyde Vale, SE10 8QH

After nightfall ‘ The Spirit of Hope ‘ is leaping towards his Star.
During the day he will mutate through various themes and roles.
His day time persona needs a name and there will be a box to receive your suggestions. Opening at 6.00 pm

Sunday 21st December – ‘Snakes and ladders’
17 Point Hill, SE10 8QW

Graffiti arts created by children and young people from St Alfege and the neighbourhood. To encourage community participation while the “window” is on view we will have facilities for posting peoples hopes and fears on the “Hopes & Fears” notice board at the graffiti wall. Official opening between 2.30 and 3.30pm

Monday 22nd December – ‘The darkness has not overcome it’
30a Crooms Hill, SE10 8ER

Designed to be seen at night, this window represents the approach of Hope through fear and shadow. It is intended to represent Hope’s vulnerability in contact with the darker forces of the world, but it is essentially an optimistic view, drawing on classical mythology and Germanic fairytales for its setting.

Tuesday 23rd December – ‘Bang’
58 Royal Hill, SE10 8RT

A surprise!  Official opening 7.00 pm                                                                 STOP PRESS Carol singing around the windows starting at 5.30 pm 72 Crosslet Vale, SE10 8DJ…7.00 pm 58 Royal Hill, SE10 8RT (next to the Greenwich Union) then about 8.00 at 15 Crane St, SE10 9NP then retiring to a pub on the river…..

Wednesday 24th December – ‘Hopes and fears’
St Alfege Church, Greenwich High Road, SE10 9JS

An interactive installation. Extracts from our blog, and the chance for all those coming to the church to post their hopes and fears for 2009. VISIBLE IN THE CHURCH ON THE EVENING OF CHRISTMAS EVE, THEN AS A POSTER BESIDE BESIDE THE MAIN ENTRANCE TO THE CHURCH UNTIL JANUARY 5TH