🍻 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

REVIVE #Ladywell Playtower a building on @TheVicSoc ‘at risk’ Top 10!

I love quirky period buildings, ‘they just don’t build um the same anymore‘ and when I heard of the plight of Ladywell Playtower/Baths (a childhood haunt) last year, I asked Council questions, and followed up with meetings with Lewisham’s Deputy Mayor in October – I’m pleased the Council has responded, and renewed our search for a new custodian for this spectacular building.


The London Borough of Lewisham is excited to invite expressions of interest for the development and renewal of Ladywell Playtower.
This grade II listed building represents a fantastic opportunity to revive the character and significance of these historic public baths, and strengthen the character of the St Mary’s Conservation Area. Having been out of use for more than a decade this once important community facility now has an opportunity to serve the needs of the local area.

The site offers close proximity to Ladywell’s bustling village centre and well connected transport links, surrounded by rejuvenated public and open spaces. Nearby Lewisham centre is experiencing rapid change and investment, whilst Catford centre is earmarked for major regeneration works.

The double storey property originally comprised first and second class pool halls located at the front right and rear of the site, with adjoining two storey administration space, slipper baths and function rooms. The rear pool hall was badly damaged in a fire in 2005 but remains standing, and there is space for some car parking on site.

Ladywell Playtower sits adjacent to Ladywell Coroner’s Court and Mortuary, both of which are Grade II listed and have been identified by the Council for future development.

The Council will consider proposals from developers, investors, occupiers and consortia to bring the building back into viable use, subject to the necessary consents and requirements.

If this is something you’re interested in, get in touch here

Millwall Statement

As a born and bred Lewisham resident, who went to The Den to watch their first football matches, and now has the honour of serving as a Councillor for Lewisham – the CPO of land around Millwall is obviously a key consideration for me, both politically and personally, but sadly not a decision I get to make.

The position of The Lewisham Labour Party, which I also personally hold, is clear:

The Lewisham Labour Group believes that the CPO of the Land leased to Millwall FC, and other stakeholders land, should not go ahead and calls on the Lewisham Council Cabinet not to proceed with the proposals as they are currently drafted. This Labour group believes that negotiations between Renewal, Millwall and other stakeholders have not yet been exhausted, and therefore the overriding public interest test has not been met.AgreedSeptember 2016

What however I do find utterly unacceptable is the baseless claims by any group or individual implying that I, or any of my Labour colleagues, are in anyway corrupt.

All members of Lewisham Labour Group, be they executive or non-executive members, work and apply themselves in their public service in the best interest of Lewisham. Whichever committee or area of responsibility, each endeavours with integrity, sincerity and probity to use the reports, their experience and perspective to inform their decisions. They do this in the belief that their decisions will benefit the residents and businesses of Lewisham. In that cause, we are united and supportive of one another.December, 2016

Tensions are undoubtedly high. However, threats of violence; childish, and frankly shameful ‘hexes of cancer‘ on elected members, or staff of the Council and; and other vile comments and actions, are unbecoming of a Football Team (and it’s supporters) who are rooted in the community I grew up in, and now live and serve, what’s more it only serves to be counterproductive to the outcome Millwall seeks and undermine the proud history of the club, which has done so much good work to eradicate violence both on the terraces, and in our community, and frankly falls woefully short of the team I watched with wonder as a kid.

I don’t know what decisions will be made by the Mayor and Cabinet committee, but I do hope for both Millwall and for Lewisham, that the Lion’s roar will remain a feature in our neighbourhood for years to come.

OPPORTUNITY: Great NEW Meanwhile Use Spaces

As local Councillor for #RusheyGreen in #Catford, I’ve been working with Lewisham Council to look at our high-streets and in particular regenerate Catford Town Centre, that process is now underway. 

As part of this work , The London Borough of Lewisham is inviting meanwhile proposals for a number of properties located in Catford town centre (see below for opportunities)


1) Thomas Lane Depot, Catford, SE6 4RZ

2) 17-18 Catford Broadway, SE6 4SN  

3) The Brookdale Club, Brookdale Road, Catford, SE6

These spaces are located within Catford town centre and offer wide possibilities for diverse, creative, commercial, residential and mixed-used occupation. The hope for these developments is to inject a new burst of life and creativity into some of Catford’s unused spaces, bringing new talent, opportunities & resources to the local area. Developments will help to catalyse the re-invigoration of Catford town centre, and meet Lewisham Council priorities for local regeneration, growth & investment.

A detailed information pack and Expression of Interest (EOI) form is available by request but MUST be returned electronically by the 7th February 2017.

Site visits are available on these dates:

· Friday 13th January: 2pm onwards

· Friday 20th January: all day

· Friday 27th January: all day

 Contact: Jessie Lea MRICS, Senior Programme Manager jessie.lea@lewisham.gov.uk | 0208 314 9256

Lewisham 3 Peaks Challenge – Saturday 16 July

A new circular walking route is being launched in Lewisham, with a special event in aid of two charities supporting young people.

The Lewisham 3 Peaks Challenge is a sponsored walk taking place on 16 July 2016, starting at 11.00am in Hilly Fields Park, SE4. It will follow the route of the new 3 Peaks Green Route, which links up the hilly parks of Hilly Fields. One Tree Hill and Blythe Hill with the shops and cafes of Crofton Park, Honor Oak and Ladywell.

A group of local residents has produced an illustrated map and guide to the walk with funding from Ladywell Assembly. The 5-mile circular route passes through parks and historic cemeteries, as well visiting some popular shopping streets, with plenty of pubs and cafes for refreshment stops. The guide includes interesting historical information and suggests what to look out for along the way. For people coming from outside the area – or who want a short cut – there are plenty of transport links to join the route.

To launch the new walk, residents have teamed up with the Stephen Lawrence Trust and For Jimmy. A sponsored walk on Saturday 16 July will ‘christen’ the circular route and raise money for the charities. Money is also being raised from the donations received for the maps and from sales of a special limited edition ‘Lewisham 3 Peaks Challenge’ t-shirt. This has been designed by Guardian cartoonist and local resident, Martin Rowson.

Further information available on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/Lewisham-3-Peaks-Challenge-1034541099971217/) or Twitter (@Brockley3Peaks).

You can also sign up to raise money for the charities at: bit.ly/1OBS7rN

Grants for community activity in #RusheyGreen, Catford

 Rushey Green Ward – Assembly Fund 2016 -17

On Tuesday evening I had pleasure in launching this years Rushey Green Assembly fund for local community led activities and initiatives, and I’m looking forward to seeing and judging all the applications that come in.

Our funding priorities are:

1. Activities and opportunities for children (under 18) and young people (under 25)

2. Increasing opportunities for older people (55+)

3. Community cohesion – including events, activities and projects designed to create a sense of community in Rushey Green

4. Culture and the arts with particular reference to improving the wellbeing of people in the Rushey Green Area

5. Improving your local area including local ‘streetscape’, environment and ecology

The deadline for completed applications is:

1st September 2016

How to apply:

For an application form and guidance on how to apply, please contact Laura Luckhurst, Community Development Officer:

Email:

laura.luckhurst@lewisham.gov.uk

Tel: ​​020 8314 3830

You can also view and download the application forms and guidance at: http://www.lewisham.gov.uk/localassemblies

Rushey Green Ward Boundary

The BIG Dig is coming to @MountsfieldPark Catford! Come & join in #thebigdig on 15th November

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> Are you a green fingered guru or a horticultural novice?
> Have you never had dirt under your fingernails but would love to learn more?
> Would you love your kids to see things grow, but don’t know one end of a spade to the other?
> Or are you a committed composter, an enthusiastic digger, and an expert planter?

Come and help launch the brand new Community Garden at Mountsfield Park on Saturday 15 November 2014! There’s lots to do and they need your help.

There’s pizza for everyone who contributes (from our new pizza oven), and fun activities for the kids.

Partnerships against crime

Lewisham Council’s Multi-Agency Operation on Catford Broadway

Following concerns I have raised on behalf of local residence about the The Broadway in Catford I’m pleased to announce Council Officers organised a targeted multi-agency operation to clean up the main market street in our Ward, this work formed part of a day of action across the borough.

Officers from the Police, UK Border Agency, Council Crime Reduction Service, Environmental Enforcement, Food Safety, Trading Standards and Parking, visited the Broadway from 9:30am to undertake visits to premises and deal with any ‘on the street issues’ as they were identified. There was a very strong visible presence on the Broadway which was recognised by the local businesses and visitors to the area.

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