Bombed during World War II, St George’s Garrison Church survives as an evocative ruin with recently conserved mosaics, and a modern canopy roof, now available for all to enjoy.


Charlton & Woolwich Free Film Festival 2019

Sunday 8th September 2019 at 8 pm

On Sunday 8th September 2019 at 8 pm we proudly presented "The Bridge On the River Kwai" our contribution to the Charlton & Woolwich Free Film Festival 2019. This was the 3rd consecutive year we took part in the Festival. Not quite as warm as the South East Asian setting of the film(!), - but no rain let alone a monsoon - with candles and moonlight the screen and sound were terrific and refreshments were on offer. Thanks to all concerned.

This was our last scheduled public event of Summer 2019.

David Lean's 1957 production won 7 Oscars and a host of other awards. This must see film was voted by the British Film Institute as the 11th greatest British film of the 20th century.

In Burma in 1943 during the Second World War - after settling differences with the Japanese P.O.W. camp commander a British colonel then co-operates to oversee his mens' construction of a railway bridge for their captors...

Quote from the screenplay: Colonel Saito:
Do not speak to me of rules. This is war! This is not a game of cricket!.

Director: David Lean. Writing Credits: Pierre Boulle (novel), Carl Foreman and Michael Wilson (screenplay). Starring:  William Holden, Jack Hawkins, Alec Guinness.

Certificate PG

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St George's Garrison Church in Woolwich, with its modern canopy roof and stunning mosaics, is both an evocative ruin and a contemporary space. Designed by Thomas H Wyatt in an Italian-Romanesque style, the Church was built between 1862-63 to serve the Royal Artillery in Woolwich. Today it is run by a local group, the Woolwich Garrison Church Trust who are committed to making it available for all to visit and enjoy. Directly opposite the Barracks in Woolwich, South East London, come and enjoy its beauty and peaceful garden.

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