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by Omoh.

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Children at the Walk-in-Space youth club have been enjoying a very sucessful  fortnightly bead and jewelery craft workshops.  The Workshops have been run by Omoh and Antonia of Cocoon Crafts.  The children have learned to make two types of bracelet and have  experimented creating their names in wire. 

We have been amazed at how quickly the children have mastered using different types of tools, and were very impressed with all the unique pieces of jewellery they have created. The boys even put a modern touch to their shoe laces, adding some ‘bling’ to them!!

Seventeen children were in attendance at a special Good Friday Children’s Worship and Workshop at St. Hilda’s Church. The children made beaded crosses using wire and EXACTLY 14 beads; to represent the 14 Stations of the Cross. The children had a lot of fun, as did their parents, who also went home with a beautiful beaded cross placed onto a keychain.

The crosses were taken round all 14 of  the ‘Stations of the Cross ’ and blessed by Father Bates at the  14th Staion, at this last station where Jesus is placed in the tomb the meaning of Easter Eggs was explained. The children then decorated Easter Eggs and assisted the Junior Church leaders in decorating the church’s Easter Garden.

It has been a huge privilege to work with such talented children and feel they are a real credit to us and to Walk In Space. We look forward to continuing these workshops at Walk In space and St.Hilda’s; and carrying out more workshops in the area.

Elsewhere jewelery making has been proved popular as a childrens' party activity.

·         Antonia and Omoh run Cocoon Crafts, creative craft workshops for children in London.

They also are available for children’s birthday parties.

You can contact them at

07982761838 /  07788666606

Pictures/Videos of their workshops can be viewed at:



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I was really looking forward to everything happening in May (Blog #35) but a month on I’m even more excited and this summer looks set to be amazing! Firstly the Brockley Max festival is finally here, starting tonight and the line up against the Brockley Murals looks fantastic, from 4pm until the party finishes at 10pm with the headline band ‘ChainSka Brassika'. I will be referring to Brockley Max much more in the blog, against venues that I normally write about etc. All the details of the nine days can be found on

However there is LOTS of other things also taking place in June and so here goes…………

Pat-a-Cakes – Stacie is having a relatively quiet month but always happy to take orders on cupcakes, celebration larger cakes etc. She is planning to hold a women’s business networking event on Thursday 12th June, venue to be confirmed. Stacie also hosted, earlier in the week, a local business meeting with Crofton Park and Honor Oak Park and we have provisionally agreed the date of Saturday 20th September for a big ‘Croftfest meets HOPfest’ event along the 2 parades with St Hilda’s involved to link the two areas. Put the date in the diary and watch this space for emerging details.

The White Room – ‘On trend’ jumpsuits and jackets are making a first appearance on the rails of this lovely local shop, with also some beautiful prints of the classic summer shift dress that flew off the rails last year. There are lots of ongoing sewing workshops but teenagers are really being catered for this month with a basic sewing course and then they will be able to download patterns in June for the forthcoming dressmaking course in July. All details on

Arlo and Moe – Burger night is on Wednesday 18th June from 6-9pm and is always very popular so would recommend booking in advance. Remember that they will always do take away if come in and collect.

Jam Circus – This popular local café/bar is one of the major sponsors for Brockley Max and is holding many events over the festival period culminating with the final day hosting the bar area at the ‘Art in the Park’ at Hillyfields, serving Pimms, beers, cider etc. Tomorrow looks a really interesting night at Jam Circus -‘Bootleggers’ party set in the 1920’s with a swing band. Why not come along dressed in the period and have a jive and a cocktail! Also the normal Tuesday night quiz, hosted by the friendly James, is going to be a Brockley Max special so why not pop down and join in. It would be great to get a really large turnout.  There are also lovely children’s art sessions, hosted by Perienne from the ‘Other Art Club’ on Friday 6th June, all free and catering for different age groups. Lots more live music is taking place both during the festival and always on a Thursday.

Paraphernalia – Did you know there are lots of lovely hats/fascinators in this fab clothes shop – all handmade by a local milliner! If you are going to a wedding or Ascot you really should check it out. They also do lots of handbags, scarves and shoes so you can totally create an entire outfit. Their ‘Freestyle’ range for size 16 plus is well stocked at the moment with new items coming in all the time and the ‘Tomfoolery’ jewellery range has lots of necklaces, bracelets and earrings. I am now a regular customer as they have great one off items, all at very affordable prices.

Bryan and Keegan – I mentioned last month that this independent estate agent is one year on the block and on Friday 20th June they are having a celebration party – pop along and share a glass of bubbly with them. They are one of the major sponsors of the Brockley Max festival and I’m sure you may have noticed their lovely new boards that have gone up around the area advertising the event so a big huge thank you for being such fab community supporters.

Crofton Park Community Garden –Another open volunteer session is planned for Sunday 1st June from 2-5pm. If you are interested in helping just turn up in appropriate footwear/clothing and they will provide the gloves and tools. I understand they are receiving some plants/flowers from the Chelsea Flower Show so that will be a great boost to the garden.

LND Beer Dispensary – This is the real big news story of the area as Crofton Park finally got the Late Knights beer bar we had been waiting for. The doors flung open last week and we were not disappointed. Mr Lawrence’s wine bar, in just 2 weeks, has been transformed into a different space. Some things like the wood panelling and flooring have been retained but the major thing that is missing is the ‘Bar counter’ It has GONE and so the kegs of ale and cider are against the wall with a central barrel also serving beer. Go and see it for yourself. I think it immediately breaks down barriers and allows for a much friendlier customer experience. Also Darren and Aidan, running the bar, plus the other staff are SO friendly – whilst being so busy they have made time to make everyone feel so welcome. Other things to note are that children are very welcome, the burgers and chips are delicious and the beer, ales and ciders will be constantly changing. More details to follow but what a fantastic addition to Crofton Park!!

Mr Lawrence Wine bar – As I wrote last month the other big news was that Mr Lawrence’s were moving to new premises next door and they opened their doors just over 3 weeks ago. I have been a few times and love it. The décor is classy shades of grey with beautiful lighting, the chandeliers being my favourite. There is a much bigger, more spacious bar counter where they can dispense their even greater wine selection. To note you can ask for a sample try of the wines at any time, for either buying a bottle to consume in the wine bar or taking away, via the online shop. I have never seen Graham and Angela looking happier and it has been a brilliant move for them and for us! It is like we now have two new drinking establishments and suddenly a decent bar crawl along our parade has emerged.

Brockley Jack Theatre – Our amazing local fringe theatre continues to entertain the area. I have seen many shows this year and they were all excellent.  ‘Pool’ is on at the moment and is part of the New Writing Festival and continues into next week. I saw it on Wednesday night and can certainly recommend it – the staging and acting is brilliant. Then from Tuesday 10th-Saturday 14th June ‘Cyrano of Brixton’ is in production, an adaption of the classic French 17th century legend Cyrano De Bergerac but set in modern day South London. To end the month is ‘Marriage’ adapted by Howard Colyer and is an ‘absurd farce about desire, matchmakers, Imperial Russian speed dating and much else besides’ This starts from 24th June and continues for a 3 week run until 12th July. Both plays sound very interesting and well worth a visit – all for £14 an adult ticket – what a bargain!

Budgen’s – From tomorrow local baker CoopersbakeHouse will be delivering their bread to Budgen’s to sell – this is great news for Crofton Park so go along and try it if you haven’t already. Our fab local supermarket also has lots of fresh British fruit and vegetables in store – asparagus, strawberries, and tomatoes to name a few. Continue to support Jay, Patrick and the boys.

Emporia – This gorgeous local gift/furniture shop was having the display areas rearranged when I popped in a couple of days ago. One shelving unit is now displaying all of the vintage sherry/liquor glasses together and shows what a beautiful collection of glasses they have, all at vintage prices! Andrea also says lots more patio sets and the wrought iron garden benches are coming in over the next few weeks and so if you haven’t yet sorted out your garden furniture for the summer you really should check them out because they are way better than anything from your DIY chain-store.

Peter the Butchers – This shop on Ewhurst Road has been a butchers for over 100 years & Peter is leaving this month after 26 years himself  but he has resisted attractive offers from developers to ensure it continues serving the community as a good quality butchers. Peter is getting married this weekend and so is finishing in the shop full time. The final arrangements had not yet been made but he hopes that from mid-June local man, Oliver, will be taking over from him as owner and that Josh will be continuing in the shop. Next month’s news may be clearer! We wish him well.

Netball – We still need more women! I have a database of over 20/30 people but every week on average we only get 12 turn up. We have great fun and have become good friends, many of us going on for a drink. We meet every Wednesday at Kings College sports ground at 7.30pm for an hour. We are hoping that from next week we will have an umpire which should help calm the game down and ensure we conform to the rules! Please just come along and try it out if you are tempted – all ages and standards welcome.

NandiNandi – Moira still wants to leave but she is not going anywhere until she can find someone to take on the lease so is very much open for business as usual with her delicious cakes and coffee. There is a sale on the now reduced stock of baking supplies and she is then thinking of displaying local craft items so if you are interested pop in and see her. Also if any groups want to use the space for meetings etc . Last night the Bajan catering company Inapikkle did a pop up supper at the café for 25 people and it was a great success so they are hoping to repeat this on a monthly basis.

Honor Oak WI – I thought I should include this as a regular item as is in the area I cover and is also something I have personally experienced. Yes the local WI meet the first Monday of every month at St Saviour’s church (side room) for 8pm and so the next one is on Monday 2nd June. It is a really good time to join as they have just appointed a new committee and President. I have been along to about 5/6 meetings over the past year and can confirm they are very welcoming and friendly. They are always interesting meetings, often with speakers or workshops and I have been to a wine tasting, cheese appreciation, art appreciation, fashion from the 1920’s to 40’s and talk from a local milliner. They also get involved in local activities and have fab produce stalls at Blythe Hill festival, St Christophers Hospice. They have just formed a darts team and would love new members! If you have toyed with the idea I would certainly encourage you to go along and try it out. I should add that if you are reading this and live more towards Catford they also have an equally lively WI and you should certainly look them up.

Big Lunch – This nationwide initiative is happening on Sunday 1st June and many roads and streets across the borough will be closing the road for the day and inviting all their neighbours to sit down together to share food/drink and possibly more activities. Crofton Park road will be doing their street party on Sunday 15th June and it will be our fourth event. It is a fantastic way to get to know your neighbours better and just have lots of fun with the children of the area suddenly being able to run,cycle, and play games on the road safely without traffic. Good luck to everyone who is holding a street party.

DONDE – Jason and family has just taken a well-earned break away so is rested for the summer ahead. I feel he could be very busy over the next month as is showing all of the world cup games and it is a lovely atmosphere to watch matches. Meanwhile he will have new beers on offer with draught organic blond and new ale from Hepworth brewery in Sussex. There will also be new bottled beers. On Sundays he will be open from 4pm and all evening a ‘4 for £15’ offer will available on their delicious tapas.

Hills & Parkes – If you read this early enough you will still have time to pop in tomorrow (Saturday) to another one of this local delicatessen’s popular tasting sessions with local pasta maker Casa Grande. Their delicious Kent ice cream is proving very popular with adults and children alike. They also have some amazing organic vegetables in store and fresh British asparagus is still available. When the weather improves again why not check out the Bimms kitchen BBQ sauces.

Hopscotch Café/bar – This relaxed café/bar is always a great supporter of Brockley Max and is holding five live music evenings that will be well worth checking out over the course of the next 9 days. They are the only venue in Honor Oak Park taking part in the festival so please check out the programme and go along to support them as they are all FREE! Also Ben will be showing world cup games on the TV screen and will be a lovely intimate space to watch matches.

Sodo Pizza Café – Tables have been put outside this extremely popular restaurant once the sun shines which makes the Parade really come alive as you enter it from the station. Many people are asking if they are putting up new signage as the Old Bank is still displayed.  I understand they intend to take it down and paint over with a hanging board for the name. What a great addition to our area!

One Tree Hill Festival – The festival is drawing to a close this weekend with the Spring Fair on Saturday 11am to 3pm – expect farm animals, craft and food stalls, local history talk and a children’s production of the ‘Princess and the Frog’ shows at 12 and 2pm. Certainly one for all the family.

Hillyfields Fayre – I love this annual family fayre and I always come away from it thinking what an amazing community we live in! This year it is on Saturday 21st June and I intend to have a stall there selling my old tat but only hope is less windy than last year as spent most of the time clinging to the gazebo and clothes rails trying to stop them blowing over, yet again. I understand they still desperately need volunteers for the day so if you can spare a few hours to help out that would be much appreciated. Contact via the Brockley Society who always do a fantastic job on organising this event.

LADYWELL – My last blog reported that the Council were imposing some ridiculous rule to stop the local businesses putting out goods, tables and chairs, ‘A’ boards etc on the pavement as cyclists were supposed to be sharing the space. Jason at Slater and King has just handed a 500+ signature petition to the Council and so a decision is awaited. We are all hoping common sense will prevail.

Meanwhile the village is looking lovely and the additions of the Larder and Zenubian have really added to the area. Slater and King have some gorgeous gifts/homeware in store and with Father’s day coming up on the 15th June lots of quirky pieces for ‘the most difficult person to buy for’. The Larder hosted a very successful pop up supper last night with Ladywell Supper club and plan to do more such events in the future. They also hope to be doing wine/beer tasting evenings. At weekends they are expanding the picnic/fresh food range. Zenubian have new stock coming in all the time. I treated myself to a beautiful ring last week and they have a great collection of ‘Phoebus’ fine silver/antique jewellery. If you haven’t popped in yet Michelle the friendly owner would love to see you. Oscars are planning some summer events using their stunning garden so keep checking the café/facebook for the dates of when these BBQ/wine evenings are planned.  Le Delice are looking lovely with their awning, planters and tables outside so you nearly forget you are on that busy corner. They have lots of summer foods and the ice cream is very popular.

Brockley’s Rock – This award winning fish and chip shop has been a fantastic supporter of the Brockley Max festival and the family ‘Art in the Park’ day on Saturday 7th June has been directly sponsored by them. They will have a presence on the day with some children’s activities – think appropriately a paddling pool to catch FISH! Gluten-free Tuesday nights are proving very popular back at the café and great care is taken to ensure children and adults who normally can’t enjoy fish and chips can now do so.

Brockley Brewery Co – The local brewery in Harcourt Road opened its doors to the public a few weeks ago as a bar for the night and it was packed, proving how very popular this beer has become in just over a year! They are providing the bar for the last night of Brockley Max at Prendergast with the fab ‘Haven’t  Stopped Dancing Yet’ team on Saturday 7th June and also their beer will be available during the day at ‘Art in the Park’  They are repeating the successful beer tent at Hillyfields Fayre and I remember they sold out last year. Also, due to special request, they are holding a tour/talk at the brewery during June and this would make a great Father’s day gift. See for other ideas for presents.

The Orchard – This relaxed popular bar/restaurant is opening its doors midweek at 11am for breakfast and 10am as normal at the weekend with the hugely popular Full English and Veggie English being served until 4pm every day. They have a lovely gin cocktail special and some new wine specials including an English white and a chilled red. The World cup will be shown on the screen in the bar and I’m sure there will be a great atmosphere at this local venue.

Patchwork Present – A beautiful patchwork has been created by Liv for the Brockley Max and you can still go online at and donate(from just £1) to support this fab community arts and music festival. A huge thank you to Patchwork Present for doing this.

Little Nan’s Bar – Following on from the success of this bar in Deptford, grandson Tristan has created an amazing new pop up bar in the upstairs of the Talbot pub. ‘Little Nan’s club ‘officially launches tonight but I had a sneaky preview last week at the soft launch. A beautiful Victorian Parlour has been created, expect delicious teapot cocktails in luscious surroundings. The plan is to open Fridays and Saturdays for 6 weeks and then continue if there is the demand. I have a feeling it will be there for quite a while!

Lewisham Arthouse – A pop up café is opening in this lovely local art studios building on Lewisham Way. From the 6th June it will be open from Monday to Saturdays 9am-6pm with Thursdays being late night foodie nights with entertainment/activities. For details check out  Also as an additional item to Brockley Max there is a ‘Good Jumble’ sale on tomorrow (Saturday) from 11-2pm at the Arthouse. High quality women’s clothes and accessories will be for sale with in-house alterations, style consultation, fitting rooms and coffee/cakes. This looks a giant step up from your average jumble sale and well worth checking out.

Street fest Lewisham – The former ‘Model Market’ in Lewisham town centre is currently being renovated and to open in mid-June as a night-time venue on Fridays and Saturdays into the early hours. Expect food, drink and entertainment. The idea has been transported from Dalston where they ran a successful night time market last year that has reopened again for the summer. I will certainly report back in next month’s blog more details but it looks an exciting development for the area.

Giffen Food Fair – This monthly fair has lots of wonderful local traders serving up delicious food and with live music to entertain you outside the Deptford Lounge. It is on Saturday 7th June from 10-4pm and there is always a great atmosphere and often lovely weather!

Brockley Max Festival – I have mentioned the festival against venues above but there are lots more amazing events happening throughout the next 9 days and I have provided the link to the website that list the details.  I have got involved with the organisation this year and have been inspired by the dedication and commitment of everyone involved, particularly Moira the Director. I hope I will see some of you over the next few days/week.

World Cup – I am not a massive football fan but I always get into big tournaments and so feel when the world cup kicks off on Thursday 12th June I will begin to get interested. The first England game is on Saturday 14th against Italy and my partner is already talking about having an Italian party leading up to the game at 11pm! However I have tried to establish which bars in the area will be showing games and I have referred to them above. In conclusion I would say Crofton Park is not well served as no-one has a screen!  Honor Oak is faring much better with DONDE and Hopscotch showing games with of course the Chandos. Downtown Brockley has the Orchard and the Barge showing games. I am unsure about the Ladywell Tavern.

I need to stop now and get this posted. It certainly has been a long one but that reflects all the things that are happening in the area. As mentioned before we live in an amazing community and we should be proud of that.

Hope you all have a wonderful JUNE.

Jane x

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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”

Beware Kindly people  - please dont be taken in  - This  rather nasty telephone  scam has been reported by Greenwich Pensioners' Forum.
The caller says that a relative has been taken ill etc and that you should ring for more information.
The numbers given are - 0809, 0284 or 0876.  Once connected you are charged huge amounts.

Clearly one should ask who the relative is and ask for more details.

Do not phone the numbers; if you obtain more information  pass it on to the police once  the caller is off the line.