CONGRATULATIONS to Cllr Damien Egan, who won the Labour nomination to be the next Labour Mayoral Candidate for Lewisham.
The campaign saw five sterling party activists and councillors set out their vision for a Labour Party in Lewisham.
Key topics of discussion were, continued local authority austerity, health and social care, housing and education of Lewisham’s young.
With the selection process now over, as a party we need to build towards the May 2018 election – setting out why the Labour Party is the best choice for Lewisham.
Lewisham Labour Councillors have passed a Lewisham Council motion that calls for an immediate end to the public sector pay cap.
The motion highlights the fact that in terms of inflation and other economic factors real terms wages have fallen over 21% since 2010 and things will only get worse. This is without even taking into account the drastic austerity based ideological cuts which are already having significant impact on these already stretched public services.
Lewisham Labour backs the claims from the NJC and supported by a multitude of Public Sector Unions including: Unison, GMB and Unite.
Councillor Paul Bell who spoke in favour of the motion said:
“Our staff are our greatest asset. Paying a fair wage for their tremendous hard work and dedication is not simply a good thing to do, it is the morally right thing to do.”
Are you thinking about taking up cycling? Whether it’s for fun, fitness or you just want an easy way to get around, there’s lots of help available to get you back in the saddle.
And if you live, work or study in Lewisham, finding out if cycling suits you has never been easier.
For only £10 you can borrow a quality bike for a month. We include a helmet, bike lock and high visibility vest so you’re ready to ride. And if, at the end of the month, you want to buy your bike, we can offer some great discounts.
Freedom Pass holders urged to sign up for renewal
Nearly 28,000 older person’s Freedom Pass holders in Lewisham whose pass will expire on 31 March next year are being urged to renew their passes to allow them to continue to use public transport for free across London.
Renew your Freedom Pass online now
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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.
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.
The pilot Catford Cinema Club was an unmitigated success, attracting over 150 people to come out onto the Catford Broadway and reclaim its use as a refreshed facility in our public realm. The project was a trial ahead of a hopeful bid to run more film and food based activities in and around the Catford centre in 2015.
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Catford Society is hoping to enhance the unfair image of Catford and Rushey Green that we often get saddled with, and this kind of activity and its associated formal and informal media coverage, can really help with that perception, whilst offering a free community focused activity that deals with the issue that we one of only two London Boroughs without a Cinema.
To find out more follow @CatfordCinema on twitter
I was invited along to this Lewisham Carers 25th Anniversary Tea Party hosted by Heidi Alexander MP – and have now been asked to help with their fundraising efforts to support more carers in Lewisham.
From Lewisham Newshopper:
Lewisham Carers 25th Anniversary launch event
CARERS who provide a “life-line” in Lewisham were celebrated with an afternoon tea hosted by MP Heidi Alexander.
The tea party marked the 25th anniversary of charity Carers Lewisham which supports those caring for friends and relatives with mental and physical illnesses.
There are around 22,000 carers in Lewisham and the charity is fundraising to support them with its anniversary project Challenge 25.
Chief executive of Carers Lewisham Diana Jones Chief Executive of Carers Lewisham said: “We are really grateful to Heidi for organising this event and for her support of carers and Carers Lewisham since becoming one of our local MPs.”
Justice for Lewisham Hospital Week – Catford Broadway Theatre
This week is Justice for Lewisham Hospital week follow the campaign at http://www.savelewishamhospital.com/
James-J Walsh caught red handed supporting the 10,000 hands campaign
Earlier this week I was lucky enough to catch up with the 10,000 campaigns – an innovative campaign led by young people to make Lewisham a safer place for all its residents. Camilla, 19 (pictured center left) has been working on projects making Lewisham a better place for teenagers since Year 7 and is a truly inspirational young woman. The project now hopes to collect enough hand prints to wrap City Hall in.
More about the group can be found by visiting their website here