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.
Amazing lanterns, amazing building, amazing evening. Wonderful to see #Bellingham come together for tonight’s #FellowshipInn restoration celebrations & get a sneak viewing of #JamTomorrowPlay too. Now to the official opening – can’t wait! pic.twitter.com/h7Qf8HLzIX
— Jonathan Lawn (@jonathan_lawn) February 15, 2019
The parade was led by school children from Athelney Primary School, Laucelot Primary School and Elfrida Primary School with drumming, singing and chanting.
— Nikki Calver (@NikkiCalver) February 15, 2019
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.
Paint the town red – Bellingham lit up at the Fellowship Inn community celebration. Schools lantern parade, fireworks and the play staged in the heritage building show how important our history is. Proud of Bellingham #lewisham #SE6 pic.twitter.com/ipB5fWLEyh
— cllr alan hall (@cllralanhall) February 16, 2019
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.”
Feels like I've stepped back in time at #FellowshipInn Getting a sneak peek of new play by @GLYPTatTramshed @rapiersword in the refurbed entertainment space #immersivetheatre pic.twitter.com/1xBp1JdHBa
— Lisa Vicary (@lisa_vicary) February 15, 2019
Jam Tomorrow performs it’s final sold out show tonight at 7.30pm at The Fellowship Inn, SE6 3BT.
Photos taken by Amy Jeffrey ©