The FOBLC is delighted to have received confirmation from the organisers that following on from the hugely successful 2009 event there will be a bigger and more beautiful evening performance of ‘Up The Line’ in Brockley and Ladywell Cemetery, two weeks tonight, 11.11.10 from 7pm
Poets, musicians, dancers, soundscape and film will begin their performance at the sound of a single Scottish piper along a one and half kilometre path running through the cemetery with the children’s lantern procession beginning at 7.30pm.
Monuments to those who were injured during the conflict and subsequently passed away in Lewisham Hospital and those killed in Deptford by the Zeppelin attacks will be lit by light artist Tom White using hydrogen fuel cells, dispensing with the need for diesel generators and reducing our CO2 emissions by 70% on 2009.
We do hope you can make it along to this free unique event with entry anytime from 7pm until 8.20pm. The wheelchair and pram accessible path will take between 55-70 minutes to walk so please dress appropriately, wear sturdy shoes and bring a torch.
Brockley and Ladywell Cemetery
Enter from junction of Brockley Road and Ivy Road, SE4 2QY
Ivy Road will be CLOSED to traffic from 4pm
Exit Ladywell Gate SE13 7HY
Thursday 11th November 2010
Arrive anytime between 7.00pm – 8.20pm (last entry)
Lantern Procession by children 7.30pm
Post Event Reflection from 7.30pm
Trains/Overground Stations: Brockley 6min // Crofton Park 4min // Ladywell 15min
Buses: P4, 122, 171, 172
Get involved and information email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Platform-7 and Moonbow Events, in association with London Borough of Lewisham and the Friends of Brockley and Ladywell Cemetery with support from the Metropolitan Police Safer Neighbourhood Teams in Ladywell and Crofton Park
FOBLC stalwart Mike Guilfoyle’s investigations into the great and good buried in the Brockley & Ladywell Cemeteries have uncovered another gem, the founder of ‘Hashing’. Before going any further we should explain that the ‘Hash’ in question is not the illegal substance but The Hash House Harriers whose founder A.S.Gilbert lies buried in the Brockley & Ladywell Cemeteries.
The Hash House Harriers are an international group of running clubs whose slogan ‘The Drinking Club with a Running Problem’ sums up their distinctive approach. Their reach has grown to be truly global with 1919 Hash groups located in 1251 cities in 184 countries throughout the world. To quote from the ‘Hash Bible’ ‘The Hash House Harriers is a more social version of Hare and Hounds, where you join the pack of hounds (runners) to chase down the trail set by the hare or hares (other runners), then gather together for a bit of social activity known as the On In or Down Down with refreshment, humor, song and the occasional feast.’
The Constitution of the Hash House Harriers is recorded on a club registration card dated 1950:
To promote physical fitness among our members
To get rid of weekend hangovers
To acquire a good thirst and to satisfy it in beer
To persuade the older members that they are not as old as they feel
Their founder, Alberto Esteban Ignacio Gispert, hash name "G", (his surname is pronounced with a soft ‘G’ as in juice), was born on the 31st July 1903 in Brockley at 80 Breakspear Road. The young Alberto, although described in later life by Cecil Lee (one of the other original members of the first hash) as the 'perfect English Gentleman' was brought up by his Spanish Catalan parents in a household that spoke little English. Alberto was educated at the local Catholic school, St Joseph’s Academy in Blackheath where he learnt to run following paper trails as was common in English schools at the time.
After finishing school Gispert joined H S Baker & Co and became a Chartered Accountant in 1928 and applied for an overseas posting with Evatt & Co (later to become Price Waterhouse) who sent him to Kuala Lumpur. In1938 he joined the part-time militia, the Federated Malay States Volunteer Reservists, reaching the rank of Captain. Along with "Torch" Bennett, Cecil Lee and a few others, "G" founded the Hash House Harriers at the Selangor Club in late 1938, the intention being to rid themselves of the excesses of the previous weekend. "G" took the name from the Selangor Club annexe where the men were billeted, and which was known as the ‘Hash House’ for its notoriously monotonous food. As well as the excitement of chasing the hare and finding the trail, harriers reaching the end of the trail would be rewarded with beer and cigarettes.
"G" was on leave in Australia when the Japanese invaded in December 1941. "He rushed back to Malaya and was seconded to the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders regiment as a Second Lieutenant. He was killed in action in the Battle of Singapore on 11th February, 1942. The family memorial shown here is in Brockley Cemetery.
For more on 'G' and the The Hash House Harriers (abbreviated to HHH, H3, or referred to simply as Hashing) go to:
The UK Hash House Harriers Website
The World Hash House Harriers