There are four local events on Saturday 18 February.
Firstly, the Sydenham Police Station is threatened with closure, which will mean the loss of a front counter, but more importantly will also mean that the Safer Neighbourhood Teams for Forest Hill, Perry Vale and Sydenham will be relocated to Catford. We feel that this is far from ideal and are calling on the Metropolitan Police to review their decision. There will be a demonstration outside Sydenham Police Station on Saturday 18 February, from 10-11am. There should be plenty of media coverage as the Sydenham Society have arranged for Mayoral candidate Brian Paddick to attend. You can sign the petition in support of Sydneham police station at http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/save-sydenham-police-station/
After that, help Nature's Gym will be planting whips at the Horniman Triangle from 11am - 2pm. Nature’s Gym have been donated more “whips” from Woodland Trust, so come along to the Horniman Triangle to help with planting them and creating a stag beetle loggery.
Also on Saturday, Friends of Albion Millenmium Green will be holding their first AGM at Holy Trinity Church Hall, SE26 4EA just off Sydenham Park from 2-4pm. Go along to hear about plans for how it is to be used and managed, or to let them know what you want from the green (www.amgfriends.org.uk)
Finally, Canvas & Cream will be opening their doors on Saturday, 18th February, next to Santander on London Road. The Dining room/Restaurant, Gallery, studios and healing room will all be open to the public for the first time. Go and have a nose around at what they have been doing. They will have some Art 'Taster' workshops and information showing you what will be on offer and therapists will be there to talk to you and show you their wares. After the 19th the studios will be private and the healing room will only be open to the therapists' customers.
On Sunday evening, 19 February, Canvas & Cream will finish off with a one-time-only Dinner and film night. A set menu of two courses followed by a full screening of Garbage Warrior, an inspirational true story of maverick US architect Michael Reynolds and his fight to introduce radically sustainable housing. The event is £30.00 (including the film). Tickets can be purchased from their website,www.canvasandcream.com
Next weekOn Monday, 20 February, the Sydenham Arts Festival will be holding their AGM from 7.30pm at Here For Good, 17 Sydenham Road SE26 5EX. Sydenham Arts Festival 2012 is now underway and will take place from 1st to 15th July 2012. This year it is part of Lewisham's Cultural Olympiad celebrations. All supporters are invited to attend the AGM and find out what is planned. There are plenty of opportunities for local residents to get involved. If you are unable to attend the AGM but would like to be involved please contact the Festival Administrator at Operationssaf@gmail.com
The next Forest Hill Local Assembly is being held on Wednesday 22 February, 7.30-9.30pm at Sydenham Girls' School on Dartmouth Road, SE26 4RD. Topics for discussion will include your chance to suggest improvements for Forest Hill and feedback on progress form the grants which were awarded from the Assemblies Fund.
Steve Grindlay will be giving a talk entitled "The Butcher, the Baker, the Candlestick Maker. A history of commerce in Forest Hill" on Thursday 23 February from 7:30pm at The Hob, 7 Devonshire Road, SE23 3HE (opposite Forest Hill Railway station). These talks are usually well attended and provide an interesting insight into Forest Hill's past.
Our next Bring & Take event will be held on Sunday, 26 February from 11am - 3pm at the Holy Trinity Centre (between numbers 35D and 37 on Sydenham Park) just across the street from the entrance to Whittel Gardens.
Bring usable items you no longer need eg bicycles, pushchairs, books, toys, CDs, DVDs, tools, small items of furniture, musical instruments, good‑quality clothing, electrical goods, kitchenware etc.
and take items you will find useful - this isn’t a swap so no need to match a 'Bring' item with a 'Take' item.
Please note: items should be in good working order. In addition, Lewisham Council will provide a van for WEEE waste (electrical and electronic equipment), so if you have any small electrical items that no longer work bring them along to be disposed of properly.
The next Sydenham Local Assembly will be held on Tuesday, 6 March from 7-9pm at The Grove Centre, 2 Jews Walk, SE26 6PL
Calling all budding artists!As part of the planning permission for the redeveloped Greyhound in Sydenham. Purelake (the developers) have to incorporate a piece of public art (made from ceramic tiles) on the north wall of the building. A new design competition for 2012 has been launched, replacing the previous competition which failed to find a winning entry. It is open to anyone who lives, works or studies within 2km of the Greyhound, and their family and friends. The design should capture “the Essence of Sydenham” and there's a £1,000 prize for the winning entry. Entries must be submitted before the end of March and the winner will be announced by the end of April. Anyone who wishes to enter and receive a competition brief should email email@example.com or write to Greyhound Competition, c/o 43 Bishopsthorpe Road, London SE26 4PA before March 17 2012.
Finally, three new businesses are opening in Forest Hill. As mentioned above, Canvas & Cream will be opening their doors on Saturday. Leaders Estate Agents is now open for business next to the station. The other business due to open its doors very soon is the Sylvan Post, Antic's new pub located in the former Post Office next to Paddy Power on Dartmouth Road. No date has been finalaised yet, but they are hoping to open before the end of the month and it's looking good inside. There will be a couple of sungs in the old safes as well as the main bar and a back room.
I hope there is something interesting here for you. Next month, we will be looking for help with oiur Britain In Bloom entry, which will spread to Honor Oak Station this year, as well as further planting in the Town Centre. Please let me know if you would like to help in any way.
Chairman, Forest Hill Society
Chairman, Forest Hill Society