The Fellowship Inn celebrated its soft re-launch yesterday evening as Bellingham locals gathered for an evening of fun, drums and fireworks.


The £4.2million lottery-funded restoration project is nearing completion, and to celebrate it’s revival, local schools and residents came together for a lantern parade that ran through the streets of Bellingham.



The parade was led by school children from Athelney Primary School, Laucelot Primary School and Elfrida Primary School with drumming, singing and chanting.


The procession danced through Bellingham Green Park and halted outside of The Fellowship Inn, where participants were met by Damien Egan, the Mayor of Lewisham and Anne McGurk, Chair of Phoenix Community Housing, who delivered a speech.


McGurk, who is Chair of the Board at Phoenix said,

“We’re extremely proud to have residents at the heart of what we do.”


The resident-led organisation bought the Fellowship in 2013, secured the multi-million pound lottery grant in November 2014, and after extensive planning, began works in late 2017.


The pub is set to open its doors later this year, and the restoration promises a cinema, a live venue, a brewery, a restaurant and a music hub with rehearsal space.


Celebrations for the soft-launch concluded with a lavish fireworks display, and Jam Tomorrow, a play written by Darren Rapier (EastEnders, Doctors) and performed by Greenwich & Lewisham Young People’s Theatre (GLYPT). The play “looks at the pub’s colourful history and its central role to the community in Bellingham, with some of the cast drawn from the community itself.”


Jam Tomorrow performs it’s final sold out show tonight at 7.30pm at The Fellowship Inn, SE6 3BT.


Photos taken by Amy Jeffrey ©

Bellingham Parade
The Fellowship Inn, Randlesdown Road,-SE6 3BT

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