🍻 The Catford Beer Festival 🍻

A joint endeavour between the Catford Bridge Tavern, Lewisham Council and SE London CAMRA, will be held at the Catford Bridge Tavern from 23 to 25 June.

Cask ale is at the heart of every Beer festival, and there will be plenty to try however, we also will be celebrating great beer in other forms, and so the festival will be a real mixture of cask, keg, bottled and canned beers, with an emphasis on local breweries. The beer list is still a work in progress, but we are proud to be showcasing offerings from the following:

🍺 Bexley | Bianca Road | Brew Buddies | Brockley | Bullfinch | Canopy | Clarkshaws | Hop Stuff | Ignition | Kent | Kissingate | Old Kent Road | Orbit| Southwark | Three Sods | Villages

🍎 Cider fans will also be well catered for, with ten or more real ciders on offer, including a number from South London producers rarely available elsewhere.

🍴 Food will be available each day 

🎤 We also have entertainment on hand – 

Champion Hillbillies will be playing from 8pm on Friday 23rd; 

Saturday night will feature a DJ with psych vs soul vinyl set and,

Sunday a live band

🛒 Limited edition festival glasses and t-shirts will be available to purchase.

🕰We’re open each day from 12 to 11pm and look forward to seeing you there.

🚓🚑🚒 If you work for any of the Emergency Services (w/ID) then the Catford Beer Festival Team want to offer you  Free Beer as a little ‘thank you’ for looking after us all. More info http://www.twitter.com/CatfordBeerFest

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My address to #Lewisham’s #HMD2017, @HolocaustUK

Retard.

Gypo .

Gay.

Bitch.

Jew.

…Words. 

We tell kids, ‘Sticks and stones may break our bones, but names will never hurt you‘. 

Sorry mum, Sorry dad — you were wrong, in fact this couldn’t be further from the truth. Words have power. They do hurt. 

They may not leave physical marks; but can leave scars much, much deeper. Their effects — are pernicious, with the ability to affect not just the one individual they’re aimed at, but they also have the power to polarise, 

objectify

 deny our differences 

… and even humanity.

We say things, in the playground, 

online, 

down the pub.

Thoughtless little comments,

– condemnations.

‘… it’s just banter though, innit’.

We need to be mindful, because what we choose to say and do, not only has power in that moment, but leaves a fingerprint on society, that adds — or diminishes. Words, are how we communicate and develop ideals as both individuals, and society.

The taking of power from one person, or people – all too often starts with words… then rapidly escalates: 

a shove, a push, a punch… 

a beating…

a murder…

a war….

genocide?

When we start, or let oppressive words and phrases slip unchecked and unchallenged in to the mainstream, it’s a first step – “chav”, “nasty little woman”, “extremist” — down a dark path.

“Locker room banter”, as one man recently called it, might seemingly get you ahead, but comes from pushing down on those around you, creating a culture of oppression and tyranny. But know this —

Donald,

its unsustainable. Good people exist everywhere, and we are the majority:

– good people when they realise what is going on, stand up for those who are being down trodden, and oppressed, 

– good people, and great leaders, don’t seek to oppress, they seek to raise others up, to enthuse, to inspire, to bring people together so we can collectively come up with solutions to humanities challenges.

We all have choices, we all have power. We can use our words, our actions, our power, to build a better world:

— a world where all its people can live side by side, ‘celebrating difference’

— a world where we commemorate lives lost in the atrocities of genocides, not by being passive observers in fine surroundings, 

but by honouring that memory, That loss, Through defending the good, by learning from the past, and by ensuring whenever we see oppression, we challenge it, and speak out.

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

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Fighting racism, xenophobia and bigotry: that’s a “Peace of Cake”…

All faiths mosaic built by Lewishams Community

All faiths mosaic built by Lewishams Community


This morning I had the pleasure of sharing a good old cuppa and a piece of cake at a pan-community peace event in Catford. 


Like most brilliant ideas the concept is simple – get our communities together to bust myths and stereotypes, and build a proper community, all through the medium of shared experiences and cake!

PEACE OF CAKE EVENT – Goldsmiths Community Centre

As a born’n’bred Lewisham lad, I’ve grown up in and around diversity my whole life – I believe I’ve become a richer person from it, and I know Lewisham has too. From those vital migrant workers that keep our NHS and Lewisham Hospital going, to the work of our faith communities: Masjids and Synagogues; Churches and Meeting Houses, that have provided our young with youth groups to play in, community actions to improve our ‘health and wellbeing’, and worked tirelessly to build a united and tolerant community for us to live in. We are also blessed with scores of excellent community groups that ensure those of us either: smaller in number; or less likely to have a say, have an equal voice at the table – Lewisham’s Disability Coalition, Lewisham’s LGBT+ group, Association for Refugees in Lewisham (AfRIL), and Lewisham’s Pensioners Forum, to name but a few from a near endless list.

For those of you that know me in the slightest, you’ll know I’ve always had a strong sense of justice, and fighting inequality is something I’ve been passionate about for most of my life. I’ve never liked bullies, I certainly am not going to allow them to divide our community. The best way for us to beat these ‘bullies’ is to stand united, and don’t let complacency aide them – we are the majority.

Get involved:

Adversity brings the best out in our community time and time again and there’s loads of ways that you can show your support of a multicultural diverse community:

Talk about it: let people know that we’re better for it, the strange irony of the rise in intolerance is that’s it’s coming from those communities where diversity is often lacking. Communities like Lewisham’s that have been multicultural for decades, seen a high libel of migrants join our communities aren’t so much bothered by it, because we’ve been exposed, our presumptions confounded and crucially we’ve all lived and benefitted from it. From the fun and spectacle of things like Nottinghill Carnival to the everyday: our children being best friends, our colleagues at work coming from diverse 

Sign the Pledge: I’m proud to have got Lewisham Council to talk and do something around the rise of racism, xenophobia and bigotry, you can add your voice too. Click here to sign the pledge.

Get involved: with Hope not Hate’s More in Common campaign in Lewisham. The country was rocked and saddened by the assassination of Jo Cox MP, no more so than her Labour Party colleagues, but out of adversity comes hope, and as part of Jo’s Legacy Hope not Hate are delivering a local task forces to deliver community action activities. You can get involved in Lewisham’s here.

Host a ‘Peace of Cake’ event of your own!

The “Peace of Cake” team are keen for more community coffee mornings to be organised, so much so they’ll be producing a “How to” guide shortly on how to get a good community conversation going. To find out more visit here.

Sshh tell no one: #MarchForEurope Saturday


Now, is the time to take action.
This Saturday, 2nd July 2016, we join the “March for Europe” in London. The fallout from last week’s EU Referendum in the United Kingdom has created a climate of social and economic instability, and the political system is in chaos. To us, politics currently resembles a circus. With the march, we call for a better, kinder and more inclusive country. We protest against social prejudice, anti-immigrant sentiment, and help spread a message of love and compassion.


Join the March for Europe

Start: 30 Park Lane, London, W1K 1BE

Time: from 11am

Details: Join the Event Page here

Dress: colourful

Route: here

Share the message: #MarchForEurope

With you, we will create a marching circus filled with colour, positivity and creativity. Thousands have already confirmed their participation. We are calling on all those that feel passionate about Britain’s future to take part and take action. We are asking all cultural organisations, performance groups, and people from all backgrounds to join us by sending a message here.
Further details on the London march will be published here. Prepare to bring musical instruments, flags, and banners to support the movement.
We urge all those who can’t make it to stage their own protest, wherever they are. Please register your events here. Spread the word using #MarchForEurope. It is our responsibility to ensure that no barriers divide us – society can only progress through unity.

#MarchForEurope

Bringing Christmas to #Rushey Green

I’m a big kid at heart so imagine my concern when I hear that the Catford Panto was cancelled for urgent roof repairs! I couldn’t see the Catford Christmas cancelled, so this year, alongside ensuring we had a Catford Christmas tree for the second year in a row, in partnership with The Broadway Theatre and local organisation Deck Social, I’m pleased to say that I played host to 800 Lewisham Residents, at @BroadwayCatford for an interactive Sing-along-Frozen… All dressed as an ELF!

Lewisham Remembers

Lewisham will mark Remembrance Sunday with two commemorative events on Sunday 9 November.

Reverend Heston Groenewald the vicar from St John’s Church will lead one service at the war memorial on Upper Brockley Road (at its junction with Lewisham Way). A second service will be led by Father Steve Hall the vicar from St Mary’s the Virgin Church, at the war memorial on Lewisham High Street. Both services will bring together Lewisham’s diverse population to remember all those who gave their lives during the world wars and other conflicts.

The service on Upper Brockley Road will start at 10.55am. It will be attended by the Chair of Lewisham Council, Councillor Obajimi Adefiranye, New Cross and Deptford ward councillors, local MP, Dame Joan Ruddock and members of the Deptford branch of the Royal British Legion. A local band and singer will lead the singing of the hymns.
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WHOOSH: Free Fireworks THIS SATURDAY on Blackheath

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Blackheath Fireworks 2014 will take place on Saturday 1 November at 8pm. Food and drink will be available from 5pm and the funfair will open from 4pm.

Donate to Blackheath Fireworks

Whilst there are no admission charges to this fantastic event, there are a number of costs involved in welcoming visitors from all over London and beyond. Show your support and keep the fireworks a highlight in south east London.

Remember to be respectful to local residents whilst at the event

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