Changes to CAMHS Halted 🤚🏼

TONIGHT at #Lewisham Council Mayor & Cabinet: Labour Mayor of Lewisham Sir Steve Bullock directed Officers to halt planned savings to #CAMHS Children & Adolescent Mental Health Services in the Borough.

Against a background of more than 60% of the Council’s budget being cut by Government, yet soaring needs of children, and a growing national crisis, I’m glad Sir Steve is stopping and looking for alternatives.

Most of CAMHS funding comes from the NHS, but they too have seen growing pressure as a result of the longest squeeze in health spending since the NHS was created

Be under no disillusionment, it’s Tory austerity that has exacerbated the child mental health crisis. Perversely, Tory cuts are also reducing support available to young people. If we are to stop the cuts to local government and the cuts to our NHS, if we are to give young people the support they need, we need a Labour Government🌹



£20Million to move #Catford’s South Circular to rejuvenate town centre & build new homes in Lewisham

We have been awarded £20million by the Government to build new homes in Catford and Lewisham town centres.

The £20 million grant was awarded by the Housing Infrastructure Fund  on 1 February. We will use it to:

  • move the South Circular in Catford, which will provide more land for housing and transform the town centre with new homes, new jobs and new open spaces
  • fund new affordable homes in Lewisham town centre.

James-J Walsh, Local Councilor, said: ‘We have achieved a significant milestone in the development and regeneration for Rushey Green, Catford. For decades the ambition has been to remove the South Circular from dividing the town centre in two and rejuvenate the civic heart of the Borough; we’ve progressed more in the last four year’s of this administration towards that goal, than the last four decades’.

Catford Crumble Competition


Sign up to be an entry in the first inaugural Catford Crumble Competition!

Next Saturday 20th January starting at 2.30PM in the Catford Bridge Tavern, SE6 4RE.

As part of your entry, alongside your Crumble and optional accompaniment (Custard, Ice-cream, compote), you should print off and fill in the attached Crumble Competition Card.

We’d encourage all entrants to tell the World they’re taking part on social media using #CatfordCrumbleComp – pictures and videos of you baking at home, as well as participating are welcome!

When you get to the venue there will be an entrants table – you should ask a member of staff for an entrant number to complete your form, and be told next steps.

Feel free to bring friends, family, supporters and Fritz with you! This is a community event and everyone is welcome!

We will have a number of entries to judge across the four categories, and this may take a little time… as such we’d recommend you sample the hospitality of our venue sponsors Catford Bridge Tavern.


The following rules must be adhered to if you wish to enter into this year’s competition

  • All entries must be edible and fit for human consumption (obviously)
  • All entries must be homemade… no sneaking off to Tesco and throwing some icing sugar on top!
  • Be accompanied by a completed Crumble card – bonus points for decoration!
  • We want to ensure everyone has a safe and fun day, and as such we ask that you are ‘allergen aware’ in your entries. Take a look at the guide below
  • Current or former Cooks, Chefs, Patissiers or anyone else who has a pro-background may only enter the professionals league.
  • For “juniors” we’d like to know the ages of the Children submitting and how much grown up help they got.
  • All entrants agree and/or their guardians agree to us taking photos of them for future non-commercial use.
  • Judges decision is final.

List of Allergens

We want everyone to have a safe and fun Crumble competition – so if your crumble includes any of the following make a note on your Crumbles Name Card.

Find Out More

See you soon – and thanks for making Catford’s Community the greatest,

Cllr James-J Walsh


WATCH: Peace of Cake’s great NEW video

Peace of Cake has been on a great journey… and I’m glad to have helped out with their Campaign here ‘n’ there. In this NEW campaign video, you may even spot a cameo from me.

>> Now it’s YOUR turn to help out, with your own Peace of Cake 🍰 event <<<<<<<<<<

Whether in #Catford #Lewisham or beyond….


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Mayor chooses Living Wage accredited Cinema for Ladywell Playtower

A double win for Lewisham happened yesterday evening when Sir Steve Bullock (Labour), Mayor of Lewisham, chose BAFTA winning, Living-wage Foundation accredited Curzon Cinemas to take forward their proposals to bring back into operation The Ladywell Playtower site.

The proposal which will now be subject to further work, including requiring full planning permission, will see a three screen cinema and café-exhibition space open up on the site, creating over 25 new living-wage jobs and giving Lewisham back a cinema.

I look forward to the proposals being fully worked up and delivered.

Catford is changing!

Team Catford asked Theresa what she’d like from a shopping centre.

What do you think?

Tell us what you want at our next consultation event at Little Nan’s Catford on Weds 27th, 1-5pm #CatfordConversation — at Little Nan’s Broadway Theatre Saloon

Back the bid for #Lewisham to be Borough of Culture #LoveItLewisham

Lewisham is amazing – from the beautiful to the bustling, cool and vibrant – it’s a borough enriched by the world. Hundreds of artists, creatives and cultural leaders thrive here. Together, we are ready to be the Mayor of London’s Borough of Culture.

Renowned cultural and creative organisations and community groups, from the wondrous Horniman Museum to the transformative Albany, internationally acclaimed Heart n Soul and stereotype-smashing Entelechy Arts, extraordinary Yellow Earth Theatre and vibrant IRIE! Dance Theatre are all backing Lewisham’s bid. So, why not join them?

We want to involve you in our bid, whether you visit our wonderful parks, prosper in the creative industries we host, or because you are active in your community but mostly because what we all do is joyful and life-affirming. What’s your culture and where do you find it?

Lewisham is ready but we need you……tell us about your favourite places, best finds, or your Lewisham secret. How would you like to be involved? We are Lewisham and this is our time to be the London Borough of Culture.

Lewisham Mayor’s Award

The Mayor’s Award is a new scheme that has been set up to recognise people, community projects and businesses who volunteer in their spare time in Lewisham.

If you know an unsung hero or organisation who are making Lewisham a better place to live, please take a few minutes to nominate them.

To nominate click here by 29th September

Supersets coming to #Catford

Have you backed the crowdfunding campaign to get a new business and community facilities into #Catford?

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Supersets have been chosen by Lewisham Council as the preferred tenant to take over the derelict Thomas Lane Depot in Catford. We want to turn the space into a contemporary creative hub with our state-of-the-art scenery construction workshop at its core.

They are looking to create spaces that are of benefit to the wider Catford community, including: a community beach, a community mural, and a drive-in movie night.

Supersets also want to provide evening classes, apprenticeships and other training opportunities from our workshop space.

Supersets is a truly local business and we passionately believe in collaborating with and supporting the local community. This is why we want to ensure that our workshop can provide something for everybody; from open-air film screening and a skate park, to apprenticeships and educational partnerships, we want to place our workshop at the heart of Catford.

What we’ll deliver:

• Restore the derelict building

• Paint a series of community murals

• Create a skate ramp

• Offer creative workspace to the community

• Offer training and education opportunities

• Create a community beach

• Create drive-in cinema

Why it’s a great idea:

On the Catford “Commonplace Map”, the the most frequent comments about Thomas Lane were: ‘run down’, ‘dull/boring’, ‘feels unsafe’.

We believe that our project could change all of this.

We want to create a space that the community can be proud of.

By opening up the depot as a busy working building, and with the introduction of our training programmes and community initiatives, we will create a sense of community in the area and also help improve perceived safety.

When we put out a survey to Lewisham residents, it showed that 98% of them would like to see an increase in community based initiatives in Catford, and that over 96% think that is is important for local businesses to offer training and skills development.

There is clearly local appetite for what we are offering, and we have many of the skills needed to get this project off the ground within our workshop, but an injection of funding will be invaluable in helping us to reach our goals and create all of these initiatives.

Steps to get it done:

• Begin building restoration

• Purchase training equipment

• Recruit apprentices and trainees

• Build community beach

• Build skate ramp

• Establish drive-in cinema

• Paint murals