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by our own correspondent
SNIPPETS OF NEWS FOR OCTOBER
Just realised this is my 40th blog! – don’t know what to say other than hope you enjoy reading them as much as I enjoy collating and passing on information on what is happening in our wonderful area each month.
Anyway as predicted September was a very busy month with lots going on culminating in ‘Croftfest meets HOPfest' last weekend. This was a fantastic event with a great atmosphere in both areas – the market stalls on the Honor Oak parade were a great success and I understand all did really well. Big thanks for this go to Julia at Neroli and local resident, Teresa. In between the two areas was St. Hilda’s and there was again a real buzz here. Father Bates had organised lots of children’s activities/bouncy castle etc. The LND beer dispensary provided welcome liquid refreshment and burgers with other tasty food stalls. It really kicked off in Crofton Park in the afternoon with live music outside Arlo & Moe and then a DJ outside First Glance. A HUGE thanks goes to Stacie at Pat-a-Cakes who totally spearheads Croftfest and without her these events just wouldn’t happen!! CROFTMAS here we come.
Also can’t reflect back on September without mentioning a few brilliant things that I attended. One was the Tall Ships festival in Greenwich/Woolwich that reminded me of the Olympic atmosphere in the area and then I went to the ‘OnBlackheath’ a fortnight ago. Grace Jones was worth the entry cost alone and I, along with most of SE London, hope that it will become an annual event. Also the Model Market in Lewisham finished this weekend after providing us with 4 months of fantastic food, drink and cool vibes. It has certainly shown that the area can support such an initiative and we assume/hope it will return again next summer.
Pat-a-Cakes – As mentioned above Stacie is the drive and energy behind our community events and she is already planning her own event in the café. At the end of October she is celebrating three years on the block and will be marking the occasion with some kind of party/theme whilst also combining it with special cakes for Halloween. Watch out for further details of dates etc. In other news Stacie and I met up with local designer Becci of ‘Bette Etiquette’ last week. She is coming back to us very soon with some branding designs for Crofton Park which we will then get put onto various merchandise for sale in the area. Canvas tote bags and postcards are certainly planned and will make great Xmas presents. Next month we will have more information on this exciting development.
The White Room – Nicky is running lots of interesting sewing courses/workshops at the shop in October -for details see http://bit.ly/1rl7KMT Pop in and check out her new autumn stock whilst on Thursday 30th October there will be a drinks event to showcase her new made to measure service and cocktail wear collection. See you there.
Rivoli Ballroom fundraising evening – A great opportunity to admire our beautiful ballroom whilst also supporting a great local cause. On Friday 24th October from 7.30 until late there is a disco bingo evening with all money raised going to the ‘Save the Lewisham Campaign.’ DJ Lynn, from Haven’t Stopped Dancing fame, will be spinning the decks with the evening compered by ‘Tina Turner Tea Lady’ Sounds like a lot of fun and I’ve already got my tickets which you can purchase from www.savelewishamhospital.com
Arlo and Moe – Jamie, one of the co-owners of this popular cafe performed with his band ‘Union Canal String Band’ on their forecourt at Croftfest and attracted a very appreciative crowd. They celebrated 2 years in business last week and I don’t think I could imagine the high street without this great addition. There are no dates fixed yet for their supper evenings but watch this space.
Jam Circus – The food menu at this chilled out bar/restaurant is now very affordable and all cocktails are a bargain price of £6. An All Hallows party is planned for 31st October and an entertaining bingo night is also on the cards, date to be finalised. The regular quiz night continues on a Tuesday with the lovely James and Ben Lindsay is returning with a great DJ night, spinning the old classic tunes.
Paraphernalia – The models walking along the parade for Croftfest certainly brighten up the street and are always a welcome addition to the event. With the weather changing there are lots of autumnal colours and knitwear appearing in this lovely clothes shop. Their new children’s wear is expanding with more designer items. For further information check out http://www.paraphernalia-online.co.uk/
Local Assembly meetings– These are a great way of finding out what is happening in your local area, meeting your local councillors and having a voice. The next Crofton Park assembly meeting is on Saturday 18th October 11-1pm at St. Saviour’s church hall, SE23 whilst the Ladywell assembly is on Thursday 2nd October 7pm, St Andrews centre, Brockley rd, SE4
LND Beer Dispensary - This very popular ‘Late Knights’ beer bar immediately rose to the occasion to participate in the community festival by serving beers and burgers up at St Hilda’s. Meanwhile back at the bar Alex, the chef, has lots of exciting ideas for new additions to the menu over the autumn/winter. A carrot and coconut soup was on the menu last week and they plan to do more specials like this to attract lunchtime diners.
Budgen’s – Once again Jay, Patrick and family participated in Croftfest providing their delicious vegetarian food. I have honestly never tasted such fresh samosas–to die for! Patrick very proudly showed me a few weeks ago the certificate the shop has been awarded for the top 100 independent retailers-very well deserved. The last few days they have been stocking up with lots of Halloween goodies so you can certainly get your scary accessories here.
Brockley Jack Theatre – I assume there are lots of you reading this blog who still haven’t been to our local fringe theatre. We are so lucky having it on our doorstep so please support it. I went to two amazing plays last month and Spank House, a one person show, directed by Kate Bannister was one of the best hours live performance I have seen in a long while. For October there is Shakespeare’s dark comedy ‘The Taming of the Shrew’ set in the swinging sixties by Immersion Theatre. This has a three week run and is followed by another dark comedy starting on Tuesday 21st October. ‘Dying for it’ is set in 1920s Soviet Russia, adapted from ‘The Suicide’ Both look well worth a visit.
Baby Jumble Goes to School – This is the launch of the older sibling of the Baby Jumble sales that have been very successful locally. It is aimed at parents of 4-11 year olds selling pre-loved clothes, toys, books etc. It’s being held on Saturday 11th October at St Hilda’s hall from 2-4pm. Tables are still available at an early bird price of £5, rising to £12 which is still a bargain as you get to keep 100% of your profits. For more information go to www.babyjumble.com Go along and grab yourself a bargain as a buyer.
The Proud Sow of Crofton Park –This local butchers on Ewhurst Rd finally launched last week at Croftfest with the new name and branding. The launch was a great success and delicious burgers and bubbly were given out all morning. It all looks brilliant and Oli Khaldi and his able assistant Josh (who has just passed his apprentice butchers course) have a great energy and enthusiasm for the new business. Changes from Peter James are very gradual but they have immediately added fresh bread from local baker Coopersbake. They are expanding the home-made sausage range with some new flavours and still keeping a selection of fish and fresh vegetables. They are just closed on Sundays/Mondays and apart from Friday when open until 7pm the hours are 9-6pm. If you have never shopped here before pop in and say hello as they will certainly welcome you.
Afril Community Walk – This looks like a great local event which all the family can get involved and raise crucial funds needed to support refugees in Lewisham. It is on Sunday 26th October 9.30-2.30 in Ladywell Fields. There are 1 and 3 mile walks, community picnic, raffle and games. To find out more details check out www.afril.org.uk
Restored n Adored – This shop has finally been refurbished from what was the neglected Caledonian shop next to the post office on Brockley Rise. I met Richard who is a carpenter/builder by trade and was enthused by his plans for the place. There are lots of items for sale which you can check out whilst having a cup of coffee. They can upcycle/customise any items of furniture for you and are also open to offers on the display items. The back wall is covered in old photos of the local area whilst there is a very large decked back patio. He plans to open early and close late-timings to be finalised. Certainly a great addition to the parade so worth popping in and saying hello.
NandiNandi – As this is going to press I understand Moira has finally closed the doors of the wonderful local café. I loved this place (red velvet cakes to die for) and always knew that I would find a friendly welcome whenever I popped in. However I wish her lots of good luck in her future plans. She is away for most of October but on return will happily take cake orders and deliver them to you personally. Visit her website nandinandi.com. Meanwhile the shop is continuing to operate as a café and more details will follow very soon.
DONDE – Jason threw himself into HOPfest providing a charity brunch for ‘Dreams Come True’ in memory of Miles Humphrey. There was also a free magician in the afternoon. Meanwhile this Spanish bar/restaurant has a permanent 6 delicious tapas deal of £20 before 6.30pm and take away, with just £25 at all other times. A weekend brunch is operating between 10-1pm.
Neroli – Big thanks again to Julia the owner of this popular beauty salon on the HOP parade who worked really hard on the festival and made the stalls come alive on Ballina St, next to her shop and Jumping Bean. On Wednesday 1st October there is an ‘Evening With … Natasha from Blinc’ You need to book an appointment between 4 to 8pm for a 20min eye makeover session and the £10 cost will be redeemable against Blinc products purchased on the day. Sounds like a bargain to me.
Hills & Parkes – Our fantastic HOP deli has been rightly recognised by the Evening Standard magazine last week as one of London’s best delicatessens. Check out this lovely feature on the shop http://bit.ly/1DLnexQ It also refers to the delicious soups that are starting again in October for the winter.
Hopscotch café/bar – This relaxed friendly destination on the parade has changed hands. Firstly big thanks to Ben and Naomi for successfully creating a great atmosphere and wish you lots of luck in your future ventures. Meanwhile it has been quietly handed over to the new owners Alan and Alice Luke who are keen to continue the ‘Hopscotch concept’ and serve the community in a similar way. Small changes have already been made with a lick of paint to all areas and improvements to the internet connection are being undertaken. We certainly welcome Alan and Alice to the area and wish them well.
Sodo Pizza café – This lovely addition to the parade joined in with the HOP festivities and had live jazz at the café in the early evening last week. It continues to be very busy and so I would always recommend booking to avoid disappointment. Remember they are now open from 10am to pop in for a coffee/tea before serving pizzas from midday.
St Augustine’s Church Community show –Put Saturday 11th October in your diary as this annual event is well worth a trip up the hill. It is a lovely community show with baking, making & animal vegetable competitions plus the usual stalls and delicious pop up vintage tea rooms. The city farm animals are always a big attraction for the children. It is on from 11-3pm.
Honor Oak WI – Monday 6th October is the next meeting of the local WI at St Saviours church from 8-10pm. The speaker is Alan Payne on ‘Seaside Sauce’ about Donald McGill from Blackheath, pioneer of saucy seaside postcards and later prosecuted for obscenity! Sounds fascinating and there will be examples of his work. Also the Blackheath and Greenwich WI are visiting with their community cookbook. New members are always very welcome at this friendly WI.
Slater and King – Jason is celebrating 3 years on the block on Saturday 11th October and so expect discounts and bubbly. He is preparing for the run up to Xmas and says there is some exciting stock coming in over the next few months. The ever popular Tintin has already arrived so go and check out what is on offer. He is also planning a Halloween event in the village involving many of the other businesses with a quiz/treasure hunt for the children and other surprises-this will be held on Saturday 25th October.
The Larder – Mixed vegetable/fruit and salad boxes from Chegworth Valley will be available to order and then collect from this week. There are many new wines in stock at this lovely local village deli and they are expanding their ‘food to go’ as it is proving so successful. Watch out for details of an exciting Spanish evening and further tastings over the coming month.
Zenubian – Psychic readings by Esther Austin continue every Wednesday night and proving very popular. A new range of silver jewellery is arriving soon along with new stock from Kenya and the Maasai Mara. There are also some wonderful quality textiles. To note this gorgeous shop does not bulk buy so if you like something don’t hesitate as it may be gone when you go back! If you have not been into this shop yet pop in as it really does have some gems (literally) all at very reasonable prices.
Brockley Max festival – This fantastic 9 day arts and music festival is definitely happening again next year and we are already beginning to meet and discuss it. I am personally getting even more involved next year so will keep you up to date on progress. Suffice to say we are looking to develop more art/performance/dance/poetry projects/events and so would welcome any new ideas. We also plan to stage more events for younger people.
Street Art festival – WE WON – yes the main road from Brockley Cross to Brockley Rise was voted by you, the general public, to have quality street art painted on buildings along this 2 mile stretch so this is very exciting for the area. Expect to see some amazing artwork in 2015.
The Orchard – October at this relaxed restaurant/bar will see lots of new cocktails and a new dinner menu. They will be carrying on with their popular Sunday evening quiz and will be bringing on new seasonal local craft beers including some completely new breweries.
Brockley Brewing Co. – This wonderful local brewery is busy brewing Porter for the forthcoming colder weather. They are also preparing for homebrew classes and hoping to have a taster class during October. If anyone is interested email firstname.lastname@example.org On Saturday 4th Oct they are giving a beer tasting talk at the Nunhead Bite mentioned below.
Nunhead and Forest Hill Food Assemblies – I went along in September to the Ivy House for a tasting and met lots of food suppliers at the Nunhead food assembly. I then ordered online and picked up my goods on a Sunday-all very easy to do with a very tasty outcome. The same is being done in Forest Hill with the newly refurbished Railway Telegraph used as the collection point and the tasting/meet the suppliers launch is on Thursday 2nd October 2nd October. Tickets for this exciting initiative are free but you need to book http://bit.ly/1uUzLZx
Nunhead Bite – There is a real buzz around Nunhead at the moment – it definitely is the place to be! This 2 day food and culture festival on the 4th and the 5th October is centred round the recently refurbished village green and is another initiative from PEXMAS. For a detailed programme of events see http://bit.ly/1yvWLEl
Deptford X festival – This is now in its 16th year and is an annual contemporary arts festival taking place in and around Deptford. It started 4 days ago and runs until Sunday 5th and has lots of interesting events/exhibitions/open studios so check out the full programme here http://www.deptfordx.org/programmes The wonderful Lewisham Arthouse is taking part in the festival and opening their doors to the public from Friday 3rd to the 5th October. For details see http://bit.ly/1sHbUjj
Deptford Brunch Club – October is the final month of this great initiative in the heart of Deptford. Every Sunday local food caterers have been feeding us with delicious food under a marquee in Douglas Square. Olly’s Turkish Gourmet, Inapikkle, Colonel Toms and the Cheeky Indian are the fabulous chefs serving you brunch this month and if you haven’t been it is certainly worth checking out.
Giffen Street Market –This monthly food market will be held on Saturday 4th October outside the Deptford Lounge from 10-4pm –expect great food and a great atmosphere. With lots taking place for Deptford X over this weekend I think SE8 is the place to be! Stop press … there is also ‘funpalaces’ happening over the weekend – I won’t begin to explain it so follow this link if want to know more but it sounds like a lot of FUN- http://bit.ly/1qLd45Q
Hill Station Community café – So much is always going on at this fabulous community café in the heart of Telegraph Hill on Kitto Road. For the autumn programme of events download http://www.hillstation.org.uk/whats-on/our-events A couple of highlights are Olly’s Turkish Gourmet pop up feast on Saturday 11th October and the ‘Day of the Dead’ Silent Disco on Saturday 1st November.
Myatt Garden Table Top Sale – On Sunday 12th October there will be a table sale at this brilliant school from 11-2pm. You can hire a table for the bargain price of £10. See http://bit.ly/YxACoB for further details.
Little Nan’s bar – Great news! – Little Nan is continuing its brilliant collaboration with Birdie Num Nums café in New Cross until January at least. Yes on Friday and Saturday they will be serving their tasty teapot cocktails with a meze menu from the café. They are also planning joint Xmas party packages of £20 per head, midweek Monday to Thursday for parties of 4-60 people. For further details contact the café. Meanwhile Little Nan is also at the races. Every race day at Lingfield they are providing race-goers with a lavish cocktail experience and if anyone would like complimentary tickets for race days get in touch with Tristan. All sounds very exciting.
Well that’s it for my round up of OCTOBER NEWS–I apologise in advance if I have missed out on some events and not included some local businesses – there is only so much I can cover! I concentrate mainly on Crofton Park/Honor Oak Park as that is the area specifically covered by this community website and then include things that interest me/topical/I personally know of or use.
Hope you all have a great month in our amazing community. Remember to SHOP/EAT/DRINK/PLAY/USE LOCAL.
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Now that the weather is fine, we all need to watch out for accessible and open windows - especialy those out of our own sight. Tidy away those ladders and make sure that they are locked in the tool shed.
Burglars have been taking bikes from easy-access sheds in front gardens. Check yours over now. Is it suitable? How good are the locks?
Fine weather brings out the scaffolding, which means that burglars can get in through higher storeys very easily. Check your window locks and don’t leave windows open – even just a little bit to air the room – when you go out while the scaffolding is up. Be careful at night also, even if you are in, and close all windows before going to bed.
Do you have a satnav? Do you store it away safely when not using the car? Be sure to wipe off any satnav sticker marks from your windscreen – if left, these can signal that there’s a satnav tucked away in the glove compartment.
If you have a high-end vehicle, be aware that it takes a thief just 50 seconds to cut through and steal your catalytic converter for its platinum content. Anyone who spots somebody acting suspiciously around the back of a car should dial 999 with a description of the individual. If the theft has already taken place, dial 101 to report it, so that the incident can be logged to build up the crime picture.
Now relax, and enjoy your Crofton Park Summer.
From our Safer Neighbourhoods Team
by Cllr Pauline Morrison
I am pleased to be writing this diary following our success in the local elections and returning three Labour Councillors – Cllr Roy Kennedy, Cllr Chris Barnham and myself, to represent Crofton Park Ward. We ran a very good campaign in Crofton Park, delivering many thousands of leaflets and walking many miles. Our thanks go to all those who have supported us and to those who didn’t we promise to represent you effectively.
The Council is now fully functional although the large number of new members is quite a challenge. The good news is that most of the new intake is young so the future looks good for the Council.
The three of us have now had our positions on the Council confirmed:
• I remain Chair of Stronger Safer Communities Select Committee
• Chair of the Holocaust Memorial Committee
• Lead member Reserve and Cadet Forces
• Appointed as one of the borough representatives to the Fire Authority - although Boris is ` likely to abolish borough representatives by Christmas
A well-attended Assembly was held on 21 June at St Saviours Church. The Neighbourhood Forum meeting – held in the first half of the Assembly discussed and agreed an amendment to the constitution which enabled better communication with those who have an interest but do not live within the ward boundaries.
The application goes to Mayor and Cabinet on 16 July for approval.
The Assembly also heard from consultants on the Local Improvement Plan and the Air Quality funding from the London Mayor. These funds will be combined so that we can have more streamlined plans. Consultation is underway and outline plans will be displayed in the library and ideas and comments will be very welcome. The Neighbourhood Forum will coordinate responses and integrate some of these into our Neighbourhood plan.
These processes can take up to two years but it will be well worth the wait. It will be possible to bid for more money and extend improvements up to Honor Oak Park..
I am now working with HOP and Crofton Park traders to organize Croftfest on 20 September and hope that you will all come out and support it.
I continue to provide a CV service in the Library, Thursdays from 12 noon to 2pm, I continue to chair the Library Management Board and the Ackroyd management Committee. However, I have just resigned as a school governor after 29 years of service.
Next month’s diary will be produced by one of my colleagues (Roy or Chris) and we will be taking it in turns in the first half of each month to write a diary to help us keep in touch with you.
I hope you all enjoy the summer.
Conratualtions to Ms Cynthia Eubank, Exectutive head teacher, a local resident of Grinling, and Gibbons and Lucas Vale Primary Schools, Deptford who has been awarded an OBE in the New Year’s Honors List for services to Education. Cynthia has given many years service in schools inspectorate. This year has been an excellent one with One hundred per cent of Grinling Gibbons students achieved Level 4 or above in reading, writing and maths in the latest set of results, an outstanding result.
Ms Eubank, who has been teaching in the borough for more than 40 years, said she was pleased. She said: “It’s such an honour. I was so surprised when I got the letter telling me I’d been nominated – I had to have a little giggle about it. “I never thought something like that would happen to me. It’s just amazing and I’m very proud.
“The children, teachers and families, as well as my own family are proud too. It’s just a wonderful endorsement of the work we do on a daily basis. “This award is not just for me. I didn’t go into teaching to win something like this. It’s a team effort and so while this is a personal thing, it’s also to do with the whole community and it’s for all of us”