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Time Bank is starting on Our Ward right now - and all are invited to join.
Drop in 3.30-6.30pm Wednesdays at 'The Old Church Warden's Vestry @ St Hildas Undercroft, Brockley Road
Time banking encourages people to share their skills and knowledge with other local people to build stronger communities. Members earn credits by giving practical help and support to their neighbours and spend these credits receiving help and support for themselves. Anyone can join a Time bank and every ones time is valued equally. One hour = one time credit.
Find out more and get involved by popping into the weekly drop-in. The drop in takes place from 3.30-6.30pm, every Wednesday at St Hilda’s 'Old Church Wardens Vestry', Brockley SE23 1PL. Play a board game or just have a drink and a chat with other members.
To find out more about Lewisham Local Time Banks visit www.rgtb.org.uk.
The following surgeries serve our area you can look them online just follow the links:
Hilly Fields Medical Centre www.hillyfields.com
Brockley Road Surgery www.hillyfields.com
Honor Oak Group Practice http://www.honoroakgrouppractice.co.uk/
The Jenner Practice http://www.jennerpractice.co.uk/
For further details see http://www.nhs.uk
A Neighbourhood Forum for Crofton Park Ward
Since January 2013 we have been developing the Crofton Park and Honor Oak Park Neighbourhood Forum. This was agreed unanimously by the Assembly Meeting on 13th November 2013 and we are currently registering the Forum with the Council, seeking agreement to establish a Neighbourhood Plan. The Council is now consulting across the Ward and surrounding areas for approval of both the Neighbourhood Forum and the Neighbourhood Area.
Why a Neighbourhood Forum?
Crofton Park and Honor Oak Park have recently had a number of significant planning applications, some of which have been extremely controversial. These not only affect immediate neighbours but have an impact on residents, small businesses and overall community cohesion. So far we have worked hard to involve the community when such applications arise but:
• having a Neighbourhood Forum will allow us to give a more united response to plans; and
• having a Neighbourhood Plan, which provides a blueprint for the types of development local people want to see, will give the community more say in decisions.
If we have a properly constituted Neighbourhood Plan, then with every new planning application the Council’s planning officers will be obliged to take the Forum’s views into account when making their final decisions.
The Forum aims to:
• improve communication throughout the Ward;
• unite people running smaller businesses, enabling them to have one voice;
• unite residents and tenants to enable them to have their say; and
• develop a Neighbourhood Plan for Crofton Park and Honor Oak Park.
The Forum will give residents of Crofton Park Ward a stronger voice and involvement in:
• planning applications with a major impact (such as those of major retailers);
• organising events on a ward-wide scale;
• proactively planning what we would like to see in Crofton Park and Honor Oak Park;
• strengthening the Ward Assembly through a stronger, ward-wide voice;
• bringing together residents and businesses to build community cohesion across the Ward;
• establishing is a strong voice to comment on big issues facing the Neighbourhood Area;
• influencing proposed developments and planning issues across the Ward;
• working together on traffic solutions to benefit pedestrians, cyclists and motorists;
• identifying and protecting buildings and open spaces of community value;
• bringing together people across the Ward, interested in improving local quality of life; and
• carrying out any other activities to the benefit of Crofton Park and Honor Oak Park.
Please express your support for the Neighbourhood Forum by contacting Brian Keegan, Lewisham Planning Department, Laurence House, Catford SE6 4RU.
Helping Local Families Save Money
First time mums Faye and Jenny were inspired to set up Baby Jumble when they realized how quickly the costs associated with having a new baby can mount up.
Baby Jumble's next SE London sale will be taking place at St Hilda’s church hall in Crofton Park on Saturday 22nd March. Jenny says, “I live just down the road from St Hilda’s, so know how well used and loved it is by the local community. We’re thrilled that they’ve been able to accommodate us and we’re expecting a good turnout of both buyers and sellers on the day. We’re also keen to partner with and support any local businesses, so would encourage them to get in touch”.
Brockley based mum Jenny comments “buying everything new for your baby can easily run into thousands of pounds, then babies have a habit of growing out of things almost as quickly as they grow into them, which leaves parents with good quality items that they’ve barely used”. Determined to tackle the problem head on they launched Baby Jumble, organising nearly new baby sales, north and south of the river.
Faye and Jenny describe Baby Jumble events as an opportunity for parents to earn a bit of extra cash, clear some space at home and feel good about the fact that their little ones pre-loved items are going to a good home. Whilst those looking to kit themselves out with baby essentials are able to buy good quality items for a fraction of the price that they'd pay on the high street.
Early bird tables have now sold out, but there are still full price tables available (£22), with sellers keeping 100% of their takings on the day. Baby Jumble also offer parents a “leave behind” service, where sellers are welcome to donate any leftover items to a local charity. Entrance is just £2.50 per family, with 25% of the door takings donated to the charity as well. Details of the charity partner are just being finalised, but will be posted on their website ahead of the sale.
More information can be found at www.babyjumble.com