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CROFTON COLUMN #61

SUMMER EVENTS/HAPPENINGS PLUS OTHER LOCAL SOUTH EAST NEWS 2018

This is one of the favourite blogs I write during the year as I go through and highlight all the wonderful festivals/events/happenings in the local area over the summer months. On collecting the information I am always amazed at how much is taking place and it only confirms to me what a fantastic, vibrant community we live in. We are SO lucky here in this part of SE London.

If people haven’t read my blogs before I need to say that the areas I mainly cover are Crofton Park, Brockley, Ladywell, Honor Oak and Catford. These are my immediate postcodes and whilst there are LOTS happening in other areas I can’t begin to cover them as this blog would go on forever! There is however in this blog mentions of Forest Hill, Nunhead, Hither Green and Deptford.

I will list the dates in some kind of logical date order and then do an update on local business information with a round up of ‘Snippets of News’ to finish.

DATES FOR THE DIARY

HAVELOCK WALK OPEN STUDIOS This beautiful cobbled street in the heart of Forest Hill is having their 2 summer open weekends in May. The first one happened last weekend in conjunction with the Dulwich Festival with the final one this weekend, the 19th and 20th May. This is an event not to be missed as it is an exceptionally friendly community with over 20 highly talented artists/printers/photographers/sculptors opening up their studios. Music, food and drink will also be available. I purchased an original art piece at this event 2 years ago and am delighted with it. See you there!

CATFORD WANDERERS TENNIS CLUB Me and my husband have been members of ‘The Cats’ for approximately 33 years! Did you know it is the only tennis club in the borough of Lewisham and is located behind Homebase on the Bromley road.  Anyway it is a really friendly club/all standards are welcome/group and private coaching/lots of teams/children & families encouraged to join/5 grass courts & 3 hard courts with floodlights/one of cheapest bars I know! If this has whet your appetite there is an offer on for this weekend ONLY. (19th & 20th May) for anyone joining to get a 20% discount on the fees. Pop along and try it out with no obligation to join!

NUNHEAD CEMETERY DAY This Saturday (19th May) from 11-5pm there is the wonderful annual Open day at our local Victorian cemetery. It is a great event and when my kids were young we had to always take part in the legendary bug hunt. Expect refreshments, live music, very informative cemetery tours and lots of stalls and activities. The Honor Oak WI will be having a stall so pop by, say hello and support your local women’s institute. They will also be at St Saviours fair and Blythe Hill festival.

HITHER GREEN FESTIVAL This vibrant community over in SE13 is celebrating 10 years of holding this great festival and it started last weekend with the Food & Craft Fair in Mountsfield Park in the day and the highly popular ‘Haven’t Stopped Dancing Yet’ disco in the evening!  There are over 50 events happening over 2 weeks, continuing until the 27th May. The very creative Arts Café over in Manor Park are also holding an arts fringe festival in parallel with lots of very exciting activities/events. Check out the website http://ourhithergreen.com/ for further details.

HISTORY WALK OF THE 3 PEAKS TRAIL Saturday 26th May 11am-1pm. Do you know about this walk? It is a circular green walk that takes you on a journey through Hillyfields, One Tree Hill, Blythe Hill and Ladywell Fields. The full walk is around 5 miles long and can take 2-3 hours. This last Saturday in May will be a history walk, led by Andrew Lawrence who helped write the history part of the fantastic map attached to this walk. It is to meet and set out from the wonderful Crofton Park railway garden so pop in and see the progress made in this community space-volunteers are always very welcome! Meanwhile as part of the Brockley Max festival the 3rd annual walk will take place from the Hillyfields café on Saturday 9th June at 11am and celebrate the local street art along the route. Two great opportunities to be part of a group jaunt

BUCKTHORNE ROAD NATURE RESERVE OPEN DAY Saturday 26th May 130pm-330pm. The entrance to this wild nature reserve is by the pedestrian bridge on Eddystone road in Crofton Park, SE4. This is now the 3rd open day so why not pop along with the family and check out this beautiful space. They would be delighted to see you and if you could help out that would be even better! I have only realised where exactly this is and will try and get along to it on this open day to actually see it for myself.

BROCKLEY MAX FESTIVAL This for me really starts the summer as I am actively involved with this festival and have been for 5 years now and love being part of it. It lasts over 9 days with approx. 75 quality events – ranging from art/photography/music/poetry/dance/comedy/cabaret and much, much more. It kicks off on the 1st June at our Opening Night with 6 hours of live music and finishes on Saturday 9th June with the highly popular family event ‘Art in the Park’ up on Hillyfields. The programmes are available now in all our local businesses so grab one, mark off what you want to see/go to and see you there! I devote every day during the festival to this wonderful celebration of our creative community so hope to see you at one of the events!

BROCKLEY STREET ART FESTIVAL Running over the same time period as Brockley Max is the highly successful Brockley Street art festival, now in its 4th year. However this year it will be a very scaled down version due to work commitments on the volunteers & ill-health to a key member of the group. There will be 2 big art projects in green spaces-Luxmore gardens with Aspire and artist Enos working on a project in Friendly Gardens with some school children. Whilst limited this year I’m sure it will still produce some amazing pieces of art work for us to enjoy. The Bob Marley street art on the side of the Brockley Barge and the rain/car scene above the MOT garage along Brockley Rise are still looking great and bring a smile to my face every time I see them.

CATFORD FRINGE FESTIVAL The beautiful Catford Broadway theatre and studio is hosting the ‘Catford Fringe Festival’ this year lasting for 7 days from the 4th June to the 10th June. The line-up for the festival is continually being added to but expect comedy/film/music/theatre/DJ nights and children’s entertainment-all at very affordable prices. Click here for more details https://catfordfringefestival.co.uk/

CATFORD BEER FESTIVAL  Following on from the highly successful inaugural Catford Beer festival (after a 10 year absence) it is returning to the wonderful Catford Tavern for 3 days from the 8th to the 10th June this year. There will be over 40 beers, perries & ciders on offer with street food and live music. Further details on this exciting weekend will be released over the next few weeks so watch this space! Meanwhile only 100 metres down the road at the Catford Constitutional club ‘Catfest’ is happening over the same 3 days with music/arts/crafts and film-all very exciting and a great opportunity to sample different beers and the delights of SE6!

BIG LUNCH/GREAT GET TOGETHER  This year the big lunch is officially on Sunday 3rd June but I know many street parties are also taking place this weekend, to celebrate the Royal wedding. The Big Lunch is a great national initiative set up initially by the Eden Project in 2009 with the idea of neighbours getting together once a year to have lunch, meet each other and have fun. With the death of Jo Cox, 2 years ago, and the divisions that Brexit have created the ‘Great Get together’ was also born and these dates are the 22nd to the 24th June. Lewisham is a borough that has embraced the concept and many streets are given permission to close. My street ,Crofton Park road, is having its 8th street party on Sunday 15th July and it has been such a fantastic way to get to know my neighbours, creating a real community feel. Pop down and check out some of your local street parties and then think about getting together with your neighbours and having one yourself next year! You won’t regret it.

HILLYFIELDS MIDSUMMER FAYRE Saturday 23rd June 12-5pm. This is organised and run by the Brockley Society and is always one of my favourite annual events, as come rain or shine everyone turns out and there is a great atmosphere. There is lots for children with a fun fair/activities/train and farm animals. There are lots of food and drink options including beer from our very own Brockley Brewery.  There are great craft & community stalls plus lots happening in the main arena from the dog competition to Salsa dancing. Perhaps one of the highlights is the huge selection of bric-a-brac stalls that anyone can apply for and sell stuff -I have done it a couple of times and despite gazebos blowing over you can earn a good amount of money/chat to neighbours and browse/grab a bargain. See you there!

MANOR HOUSE GARDENS FESTIVAL Saturday 24th June 12-8pm. This is over in Lee Green so slightly out my patch but thought it should get a mention as the music is usually run by the wonderful Baz who also does the Brockley Max Art in the Park stage so expect lots of great music. It is a fab community event so if you are over that way pop along!

ST. SAVIOURS SUMMER FETE Sunday 24th June 1130-330pm. The annual summer fete in Brockley Rise, SE23 with the scouts and the church is always a fantastic local event. It promises stalls, tea and cake, live music, bouncy castle, birds of prey display, circus skills plus lots more! I personally will find it quite strange without the wonderful, all inclusive, Alyson Peberdy being there as the vicar as after 18 years she retired at the beginning of this year. Hopefully she will be popping in to visit!

BROCKLEY OPEN STUDIOS This annual event, now in the 26th year, is happening over 3 days from the 30th June to 2nd July. 30/40 Brockley artists welcome you to view their work and it is always a great opportunity to go round to local houses/studios (be nosey) and experience the local creative talent ranging from paintings/wood work/textiles/ceramics plus many more. Hopefully even buy some art! This year there are also some workshops and activities provided by Caravan Arts and Aurora Options. For updates and the artists featured check out https://brockleyopenstudios.co.uk/

BLYTHE HILL FESTIVAL  Sunday 1st July 12-5pm. To note this popular local festival is on a Sunday this year-I believe changed so that it doesn’t clash with Peoples Day. This is another of my favourite local events and the fact that it is at the top end of my road makes it even better! There is always a lovely atmosphere and expect lots of great stalls/food/drink/fun rides/farm animals and listening to great live music on hay bails-what more do you want? See you there!

LEWISHAM PEOPLES DAY Saturday 7th July 12-8pm. This extremely popular local event is billed as the ‘South East’s biggest free festival’ and boasts visitor numbers of 25,000. It is 34 years old and is back at Mountsfield Park, SE6 and is certainly a much loved day by many locals.

OPEN DAY -BROCKLEY & LADYWELL CEMETERY Sunday 8th July 11-430pm. It is the annual open day of this beautiful local cemetery-the 11th anniversary! The friends of the cemetery create a great occasion here with guided walks and activities such as butterfly and plant trails. It is also an opportunity to see inside the lovely small chapel where there will be information boards with refreshments and always delicious home-made cakes. It is one of my favourite local spots – pop in and have a wander round this wild space!

ON BLACKHEATH Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th September. This local music festival in SE3 is now in its 5th year and the previous 4 years have been very successful. I went in the first year with Grace Jones headlining and had a great time. The headlines for this year, Squeeze on the Saturday & Paloma Faith on the Sunday, have just been announced and ‘early bird’ tickets are now on sale-with Glastonbury having a rest year this is very tempting! Plus the fact that I can walk/stagger back home. Perhaps see you there!

DEPTFORD BITES If people regularly read my blogs they will know that for the past few years I have really been plugging Deptford! There have been so many positive changes in SE8 that have been putting this area on the map and lots of new business additions. The area of Deptford Market Yard, by the train station, has suddenly come alive on a Saturday with the weekly market taking place from 10-3/4pm run by the business ‘Eat Me Drink Me’ Since the first successful Deptford Bites on the 7th April it has been attracting top food/drink and craft traders and creating a real buzz which is great for everyone-the existing businesses in the arches and other businesses on the High Street/Resolution Way. There will be special ‘themed’ markets so on the 5th May I attended the ‘cheese festival’ Keep an eye out for future events

CATFORD FOOD MARKETS It is not just Deptford that has launched a successful market! The Catford Broadway is back hosting a wonderful food market on the last Sunday of each month and was launched on the 25th March so there have been 2 to date. Both have been great and with such support from the local community most of the traders have done very well with often queues for their food/produce. There is a Catford Cornucopia stall selling local branded goods – from T shirts to beer to soft drinks and the wonderful Catford Artists have a stall selling local artists work but also service a children’s arts area to keep the kids entertained whilst live music is playing to keep us happy whilst we shop and eat. Team Catford are a force to be reckoned with and they have thought of everything so I can say that after 2 markets in it is firmly a date in the local calendar. The next 4 dates are May 27th , June 24th , July 29th and August 26th with an additional date of July 15th for the ‘Catford Vegan Festival’ Put the dates into your diary and see you there!

SCHOOL FAIRS I have listed below the local schools in the area with the dates of their summer fairs. These are often the main fundraising event for the PTA of a school during the year. They are always popular with the kids, parents and teachers. Everyone is always welcome to pop along and can often find bargain cakes, crafts etc. They are also a cheap way to occupy the children for a few hours.

STILLNESS SCHOOL Saturday 23rd June 1-4pm – world cup themed fair

CHELWOOD NURSERY SCHOOL Sunday 24th June 12-3pm ‘Beach Party’ to celebrate the huge sandpit

PRENDERGAST LADYWELL SCHOOL Friday 29th June – from 315pm

DALMAIN PRIMARY SCHOOL Saturday 30th June 3-5pm

SIR WILLIAM OF YORK CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL Sunday 1st July 1230-230pm

BEECROFT GARDEN PRIMARY SCHOOL Friday 6th July 315-530pm

FAIRLAWN PRIMARY SCHOOL Saturday 7th July

GORDONBROCK PRIMARY SCHOOL Saturday 14th July 11-2pm

SOUTH LONDON CARD ROUND UP For dates of festivals in South London, beyond the borough of Lewisham, the people behind the fab local discount card have written an excellent article. See https://bit.ly/2KrZjv4  I will also give a plug here for myself as last week I met and was interviewed by Mollie who then wrote up this article about me as some-one who has always used their card but is also involved in the local community. I have been overwhelmed with the support and love people have shown towards me since this was published and it appears the blogs I write are read and enjoyed! I may have to continue to do them then! Here is the article if you haven’t yet seen it https://bit.ly/2GmTa0T

BROCKLEY JACK STUDIO THEATRE Anyone who follows me on twitter or reads these blogs regularly will know that I LOVE this local theatre! We are so lucky that it is on our doorstep. The production of Kes is just finishing this week as I write this but I believe it has sold out which is no surprise as it was excellent and has been nominated for many well deserved awards. Starting next on the 22nd May for a 3 week run until the 9th June is ‘The Night Alive’ with the First Knight theatre which looks to be a contemporary play about relationships and well worth checking out. Following that is just a one week run of ‘Quentin Crisp, Naked Hope’ which is touring the country and I’m sure will be very popular so get booking now! For productions beyond mid June see their website. The ticket prices are £16 and £13 concessions so there really is no excuse to not go along and support this amazing fringe theatre- believe me you won’t be disappointed.

RIVOLI BALLROOM Meanwhile the other ‘gem’ in Crofton Park is our fabulous original ballroom and over the past few years they have been showing classic films. They have just done a film run this week and the next dates are in July with ‘Some Like it Hot’, Goodfellas and Jaws. Check out croftonparkpictures.com for tickets and pop along to see a film in this beautiful setting. There is also their regular 70s/80s disco night and the next date is Saturday 28th July. You certainly need to book now if interested as they are always a sell out. Whenever I walk into this space I always think Wow how lucky that I live only 4 minutes walk from this stunning venue!

LOCAL BUSINESS NEWS

FOREST HILL As many people may be aware the main road, running through the heart of Forest Hill, has been closed to vehicles, for the past 3 months, causing a major reduction in people visiting the shops/cafes and businesses. Road improvements works to Dartmouth road finally finished nearly a fortnight ago, over-running by many weeks. This has been disastrous for many traders. However the important message here is that it is now OPEN so go along and SUPPORT! USE/SHOP/EAT/DRINK at these fab SE23 local businesses. I haven’t been there myself yet since it has opened but hope to pop along this weekend -I understand the road is looking lovely!

HONOR OAK PARK There have been a number of changes in HOP since my last blog at the beginning of the year. Firstly there is a local website set up by a committed group of locals and they would love your support to get involved with local issues/help improve areas of Honor Oak and the station. Please contact them via the website http://honoroak.org/ Exciting times ahead!

Grounds and Grapes is now open morning from 7am for coffee, breakfast/lunch and brunch-with the very impressive changing foliage at the entrance it really is worth popping in. Hattush, the popular Mediterranean restaurant, is celebrating 2 years on the block on the 27th May and are offering free drinks if you book a table that night. Two Spoons café have a fantastic new cocktail menu, reflecting the history of the local area and also have a Malaysian pop up on Fridays and Saturday evenings. Dominos are set to open when the chippy closes and local residents are trying to engage with the council regarding movement of bikes etc. Not sure what is happening to Provender but all I know that there are a few interested parties who would love to take over this now sadly run down/mainly closed deli and transform it into a thriving local business again – watch this space! Perhaps the biggest news on the parade is that DONDE is back to everyone’s delight/relief! Jason quickly recognised that the Clumsy Mole was not really working that well and people were missing the Spanish tapas. He assures me that the mole has firmly gone back in its hole! However creating the change has improved the space with a lovely new bar and central heating. Pop along and support.

Off the parade, along Brockley Rise, there is a new café being created next to Attractions, the hairdressers. I am assured by Irma that the owners are very friendly and so there will soon be a new business to explore. The Chandos are my new best friends as they have really come on board with Brockley Max this year hosting lots of interesting events and signing up as a Major sponsor so pop along and SUPPORT this community minded business. The highly popular Babur restaurant have introduced a vegan menu and it is already proving very popular.

In SE23 the Chandos and also the Honor Oak pub are putting on lots of events during the Brockley Max festival plus Two Spoons and the General Napier pub are having live music.

CROFTON PARK The major business news in this lovely part of SE4 is very sad. Mr Lawrence Wine Bar finally closed its doors on the 5th May after over 25 years on the block. I was there when it first opened a quarter of a century ago and believe me it was the MOST exciting thing that had happened to the area since when I first moved here, nearly 30 years ago. There was nothing/nowhere decent to have a drink and so from the minute it opened it met an immediate need and was heaving! Many have relived the very popular/delicious sharing food baskets they did and in those days smoking was allowed so I often came home stinking of cigarettes but I’d always had a great time so I really didn’t care. Since the move next door 4 years ago when the Beer Dispensary opened in their old location Mr Lawrence's Wine Bar has become a calm, sophisticated space to drink and chat to Graham and Angela who seemed much happier in their new home, without the hassle of having to provide food. Meanwhile it offered the best of both worlds as we could still order the delicious burgers and chips in pints from next door and have it delivered to our table in the wine bar. Many local book clubs have used the wine bar for their regular meetings, including ours and we are at a loss as to where will provide the same ambience! However all good things have to come to an end and I wish Graham and Angela lots of luck for the future. I believe that all is not lost as I think someone is going to take it over and I’m hoping it will continue as some kind of drinking establishment. I look forward to an announcement very soon as to the future of this business.

Perhaps the other major news in Crofton Park is that the train timetables have just been printed and from Monday 20th May (next week!!) the Catford Loop line has managed to get 4 trains an hour from Monday to Saturday to Blackfriars station. This is amazing news and a huge victory for the campaign group ‘A Cinderella Line’ who together with our local MP, Vicky Foxcroft, have worked tirelessly over the last few years to improve the train service in our area. They have galvanised local residents to sign petitions/consultations with Thameslink so that this area had the largest number of responses and forced the train company to act and ensure that many of our needs were met. The fight has not stopped here but we have come a long way to a few years ago when trains were constantly cancelled/carriages shortened and massive overcrowding/frustrated passengers left stranded or late for work/appointments. A HUGE THANK YOU and it just proves that local campaigning can be successful with a community coming together and enacting change!

For Brockley Max there are a number of interesting festival events in Crofton Park, namely at Beecroft Garden school, St. Hilda’s church and Jam Circus. Pop along and support them!

LADYWELL The village has so needed some-one to open the abandoned shop unit next to Le Delice that has been empty now for years and so the biggest news for Ladywell over the past few months is that Mamma Dough finally opened its doors at the beginning of March, after much waiting and anticipation. This popular pizza independent chain have now 4 restaurants in the South East and has given a major boost to the night time economy in the area. I have been very remiss and have not yet personally visited! I really intend to put that right very soon but I can see that it has immediately been a big hit with everyone so this is great news for Ladywell.

The other business addition in Ladywell is the opening of the cake shop, Vanilla Cove, at the bottom of Vicars Hill, in the unit where Zenubian used to be. It is a small space and I would say that whilst the village has quite a few good cake/bakery options already I wish them well and hope they can find a niche area not being covered.

Ladywell is participating in Brockley Max with events at Heckstall & Smith, Le Delice, Good Hope café and lots happening at the Ladywell Tavern and the Fox and Firkin so pop down and SUPPORT!

BROCKLEY I would say there hasn’t been that many significant comings or goings in Brockley over the last 5 months. Noak is now under new ownership and I have just seen a photograph of the outside of the cafe confirming it has been re-named Norbet. This is great news and really shows that it is now different from what went before. The interior is still the same so really bright, airy and spacious but the hours of opening are now consistent which was the major factor that effected trade at Noak. I have been a few times for lunch, been impressed and I believe they are now open for dinner. Go down and use this café/restaurant as I can’t believe that this is classed as the wrong side of the tracks! Surely there is a need-it just needs to be supported to ensure it survives!

There are still lots of empty units, in ‘Mid-town Brockley’ waiting for wonderful businesses to occupy them! As predicted in my January blog the Brockley Mess sadly shut a couple of months ago and has already been gutted and stripped of all the fixtures and fittings so I only hope we get a new business in here soon that will hopefully open in the evenings and help create a buzz along the parade. Extensive refurbishment works have been taking place at the unit that was Turners Stores and I am hoping that it will finally open/reveal itself this summer – watch this space! There are however still empty units on either side of Brickfields Bar which have had ‘to Let’ signs up for ages! What is happening here? Why aren’t they getting occupied? Are they asking extortionate rents? Does anyone have the answers?

There is lots happening during Brockley Max in Brockley with the new kid on the block, Parlez, doing a couple of events whilst Cooper’s Bakehouse, WaterintoBeer, the Brockley Deli, the Brockley Brewery and Brickfields, St Peters church, Lewisham Arthouse are all hosting exciting events. Meanwhile further east The Talbot are really throwing themselves into the festival as always with their own mini festival so pop down for poetry, live music plus lots more.

CATFORD I have already mentioned quite a few things in this blog about new happenings in SE6 but with regard to new businesses there have been a few additions already this year. Perhaps the most significant and important one is on the Catford/Forest Hill borders. Moon Lane Inc children’s bookshop opened officially in April and is on the south circular road, where the old library used to be, opposite the wonderful Blythe Hill Tavern. It is a magical shop selling cards, toys, games and most importantly books, for all ages with a great ethos to ‘raise equality in children’s books, equality of representation, equality of access and equality of roles in the publishing industry.’ They are already putting on lots of regular events and activities in the shop such as storytelling, book club, animation etc, with a half term arts and crafts course coming up. Altogether very exciting and I only wish my children were young again to be able to fully appreciate this exciting new business. If not been already pop in and say hello.

The other new addition to this area is Perlant & Press which is a VW campervan converted into a mobile coffee shop. It started business a couple of months ago and the owner, Ellie, can be found most weekends up at Blythe Hill Fields, by the playground from 9 until 2pm. This is just a brilliant location as anyone knows going to the playground with the children a drink and snacks are much needed! She is also selling bread and patisseries (which you can pre-order) plus ice-cream. Every Catford monthly market Perlant & Press are also on Catford Broadway supplying drink and food. Check them out and support this great initiative!

The other main business I know that has opened up this year in Catford is ‘The Factory’ on Rushey Green. It is a restaurant, bar and grill. I haven’t been myself yet but can see that the food is going down very well locally and the meze lunch seems to be very popular after a couple of months on the block! I will certainly have to pop down.

Whilst covering Catford I would like to give a big mention to the Wild Cat Wilderness project. I have been volunteering here now for nearly 8 months and LOVE it! This community green space is amazing and whilst quite difficult to initially find once anyone has been I defy them not to return! For families living in the area it is just this large, open outdoor space for children to run around and explore whilst learning a lot about nature. There are lots of organised activities happening at the project and you can check them out on the website http://wildcatwilderness.org/ Volunteers are always very welcome and Thursdays and often Saturdays are when you can turn up and help out. The Lewisham GoodGym have made a fantastic voluntary contribution over the past year-running down to this part of SE6 and then often 15 plus of them giving an hour of their time working really hard, under the direction of the wonderful Maria, to help transform this beautiful space.

SNIPPETS OF NEWS

The refurbished tennis courts at Ladywell have now had floodlights installed/The first edition of The Lewisham Ledger is coming off the press at the end of May-very exciting!/Brockley’s Rock has a new vegan menu-check it out/World cup fever will soon hit us! The Chandos-will be showing all the games/Check out the ‘Baingan Gosht’ at Masala Wala café -Time out winners for the 2nd year running!/Pop in to the lovely hidden back garden at The Gantry/Outdoor tables at L’Oculto to sample their delicious tapas and wines/Speak French? Bottle Bar & shop, Catford are holding their next French speaking get together on the 12th June/Networking event at Space at 61 on 1st June-top social media tips for small businesses-check out & book/Need a meeting space for up to 20 people? Check out Rivoli Meeting room in Ladywell/Pop into Brockley Brewery Fridays & Saturdays eves until 9pm for a pint or 2!/Always changing & expanding book selection at Crofton Books, at Crofton Park Library with live music on the 1st Sunday of the month/Next Featured15 is on 28th June at the Signal pub, SE23, with theme ‘Courage & Community’-see you there/Honeybourne’s in Ladywell have a Red Box for you to drop off sanitary products to help end period poverty/Budgen’s in Crofton Park have lots of BBQ coals & disposable trays for all your barbecue needs/Buster Mantis in Deptford is opening a new bar at the bottom of the High Street in SE8-exciting!/The Honor Oak pub have fantastic comedy nights in the upstairs room on Tuesday evenings, hosted by Laugh Train Home with lots of Edinburgh previews coming up/Beecroft Garden school are doing a sponsored children’s fun run at the Ladywell arena on Saturday 19th May at 3pm-pop down and support!/Lewisham Local have signed up 60 local Lewisham businesses so far as part of the tap water ‘Free Refill’ scheme-fantastic initiative to reduce plastic waste/Arts & Craft fair with lots of local artists-crafters at the Catford Constitutional Club on Sunday 27th May 1-7pm plus on the same day in the same venue from 7pm grab a seat to a FREE showing of the award winning film ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ by the Catford Film Club​/Cult film 'The Breakfast Club' plus 80s disco shown at Brockmill pub by WeDoGoodDisco ​on Friday 29th June/Lots of plants/flowers/shrubs/herbs plus more at local family run Shannons garden centre, SE23

Right I’m finished-I keep thinking of lots of things I could add, certainly under Snippets of News but there is a point I have to stop! Inevitably I will of missed things out but I hope that the key events/festivals in the area up until August have been included. As I mentioned at the beginning of this blog the major areas I cover are Crofton Park/Honor Oak park plus the immediate postcodes as the community website I post my blogs on was created for the ward.

I hope you have a great summer and enjoy going along to some of these fantastic community events whilst also popping in and using some of the great local businesses. The weather so far looks very promising-I think we really deserve a long sunny, dry spell so lets hope! It certainly helps lift everyone’s spirits and also ensures that all the hard work of the organisers for any outdoor events is not ruined by the weather.

Remember to USE/SHOP/EAT/DRINK IN OUR WONDERFUL INDEPENDENT SHOPS/BARS/CAFES/RESTAURANTS particularly over the holiday periods as that is often when they are at their quietest and so they really do need then need our SUPPORT

Bye for now

Jane x

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