25 May 2011

Tewkesbury Lodge Garden Group opening 2011

Saturday, June 11th and Sunday, June, 12th

A group of six very different gardens in Forest Hill SE23 will be open to the public under the National Gardens Scheme, raising money for cancer, caring and gardening charities. The gardens are within easy, if steep, walking distance of each other.

Opening times: Sat June 11th, 6-9pm. Sun June 12th, 2-6pm.

Combined admission on both days £7. Free for accompanied children.

Garden tickets & Plants for sale on the Green at the junction of Horniman Drive and Liphook Crescent.

Refreshments: Homemade tea and cakes on Sunday.

NB. Sorry, wheelchair access not possible, well-trained dogs on leads welcome.

The gardens include a sculptor’s courtyard, crammed full of unusual plants and the artist’s ceramics; there is artwork for sale. A garden designer’s own country style garden (featured in national magazines) delights the eye with lovely plant combinations. Other owners offer a front garden inspired by Beth Chatto’s dry garden; herbaceous planting that complements a modern house extension; and deep informal flower borders under mature trees. A love of vegetable growing is evident with green houses, raised beds, a fruit cage and chicken run. The new garden in the group is a peaceful organic haven with a gravelled beds, summerhouse and newly planted red garden. Wildlife flourishes too, with areas to encourage interest and diversity.

24 May 2011

Wanted: budding singers!

The new Sydenham Garden community choir (part of the Sing Out project, getting Lewisham singing) is looking for singers – no experience necessary, all ages welcome!It’s an opportunity for anyone from any walk of life or background to come together and sing, learn some music in a range of styles and share an experience together.

Where: Sydenham Garden Resource Centre, 28a Wynell Rd, SE23 2LW
When: 7.00-8.30pm Tues (starting May 17th for 8 weeks) leading to a performance at Lewisham People’s Day on July 9th!
More info or want to join? email ‘Sydenham’ to ed.comm@trinitylaban.ac.uk or just come along.

23 May 2011

Happy Birthday!

Today is our fifth Birthday.

In the short time that the Society has existed, we have achieved a lot. Notable highlights include a successful campaign to retain the swimming pools on Dartmouth Road, persuading Southern Railway that we needed at least five trains per hour in the evening peak and a respected presentation at the Tyson Road planning enquiry.

Other highlights include
  • PopUp Forest Hill, an evening when we matched drummers with estate agents, puppets with pubs and generally created a buzz in Forest Hill,
  • Organising evenings out, history talks and nature walks,
  • Campaigning to improve park facilities at Horniman Triangle and Honor Oak Rec,
  • Keeping the rear stairs open from platform 2 at Forest Hill station
  • Responding on a range of planning applications in the local area
  • Planting of the raised beds outside Forest Hill station and entry into the RHS "It's Your Neighbourhood" scheme.

We continue to push for improvements to the underpass, improvements to the high street environment, better winter gritting and preservation of Honor Oak Rec.

But we cannot do this without you. We need your membership fees to pay for the various events we run throughout the year and to provide evidence of numbers when expressing our members' views, so don't just follow us on Twitter or friend us on Facebook, show your support in real terms. After all, membership is a real bargain at just £5 per year. Download a membership form from http://bit.ly/JoinFHSoc today and give us the best Birthday present.

19 May 2011

Horniman Secrets

Did you know that only a small proportion of the Horniman’s collection is on display? This weekend there is a rare opportunity to explore the Horniman's collection. Back by popular demand, there is the chance to go behind the scenes with their knowledgeable staff for a tour of the Study Collections Centre in Greenwich, where the rest of the collection is stored, between 2 pm and 6 pm on Saturday, 21 May.

Advance booking is required and tickets are only £6 each. Simply download a booking form from here and return it by email to communitylearning@horniman.ac.uk . Refreshments and transport between the Horniman Museum and Greenwich are provided.

It is possible that this event is only suitable for adults. Please check with the Horniman first.

17 May 2011

Mix it Up at Brockley Max

This year’s Brockley Max festival willl run for nine days from 27 May to 4 June and is dedicated to the memory of the beautiful and vibrant Gill Fraser, co-organiser of Brockley Max. The Opening Night starts at 2 pm on Friday, 27 May outside Brockley Station with the legendary evening of entertainment. With the best line–up ever including more than ten groups, the evening will be hosted once again by ‘Dre the coolest, smoothest MC in Brockley and produced by Richard Swan, one of Brockley’s best known musos. What follows is eight more days of exciting, surprising, family-friendly activities, events, workshops and exhibitions across Brockley, Ladywell, Crofton Park and Honor Oak.

Now in its eleventh year, Brockley Max brings the best talent and creativity the area has to offer for your enjoyment. The theme this year is “Max It Up – Join The Fun” where the community has come together to keep Brockley Max alive and thriving despite the cuts. It still is the best place to celebrate the summer in SE London. Full details of all the events can be found on Brockley Max's website

Brockley Max is run by Max Media Arts, a community-led volunteer organisation. Shops, churches, cafes, bars and local businesses support the festival by hosting events, giving raffle prizes and displaying programmes. The festival only happens because of the hundreds of volunteers who give their time, whether performing, organising, or helping at events. All of them make this area a special and better place to live.

11 May 2011

DLR Extension to Forest Hill?

According to London Reconnections, TfL Planning is now developing five Sub Regional Transport Plans which propose projects which can deliver the Mayor's Transport Strategy in each of North, East, South, West and Central London. These proposals include a number of DLR schemes to improve connectivity and capacity to Docklands.

One of these schemes includes bringing the DLR from Lewisham to Catford and on to Forest Hill. While the idea of going to Catford is a relatively old one (it appeared in Horizon 2020, a previous proposal on which these options are based), the surprise addition is the idea of DLR coming to Forest Hill. Catford is an obvious choice for a DLR extension and it would follow a disused railway line which would provide new journey opportunities and numerous benefits to the Hayes line and the Catford loop.

There are no details of what route the DLR would take from Catford, but a solution at ground level or involving a viaduct does not seem very attractive whereas a tunnel would be very expensive. While all four proposals had a BCR exceeding 2.0:1 (which means that the scheme should be built), this option has the lowest BCR of the four proposals and so is probably least likely to go ahead.

The other three proposed extensions are Gallions Reach to Dagenham Dock, Bank to St Pancras and Bank to Victoria.

10 May 2011

Craft Fair at The Hob

The Hob will be having their Craft & Design Fair next weekend - Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th May.

All the stalls will be by local artists; there will be ceramics, glassware, pre-loved vintage, photography, jewellery, textiles, lights & lamps, hand made cards & soaps, homemade cakes and a local author with his new book.

The fair will be downstairs in the pub from noon to 5 pm.

08 May 2011

Royal Wedding Party Photos

Thank you everyone who came and made the Royal Wedding Party at the old Post Office/ Sylvan Post such a success. At last, we have uploaded the photos and these can be found on our Flickr site - feel free to add your own!

06 May 2011

Havelock Open Weekends

This weekend is the first of two Open Studio weekends on Havelock Walk as part of the Dulwich Festival Artists’ Open House trail. As usual, you will be able to see wonderful works by photographers, a glass maker, painters, sculptors, furntiture makers, illustrators and more! The studios will be open betweem 11:00 am and 6:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday, 7/8 and 14/15 May.

FH Space (9 Havelock Walk) will host a talk by Humphrey Ocean RA on Saturday, 14 May at 6 pm. Tickets are available at £5 from HavelockWalk.com. Humphrey Ocean was born in Sussex in 1951 and went to art schools in Tunbridge Wells, Brighton and Canterbury. From 1971 to 1973 he was bass player with Kilburn and the Highroads and was elected a Royal Academician in 2004. He also designed album covers for 10CC and Paul McCartney, toured with The Who and Ian Drury, then returned to painting, became a professor and an RA at the age of 50.

This year's mural at the entrance to Havelock Walk by Supermundane (Robert Lowe) is titled "You thought it was all for you". Supermundane is a designer, illustrator, graphic artist, art director, typographer and writer living in London, England. He is the art director of the children's magazine Anorak and the food writing quarterly Fire & Knives.

05 May 2011

Rockbourne Relaunch

For the last two years, Rockbourne has been working in partnership with Aiming High to secure funds to develop and renovate the Youth Club. Despite the recent budget cuts, approval was given for internal and external alterations to the Youth Club, including a new, disabled accessible entrance, changing facilities and a floodlit, multi-use pitch. The work started in December 2010 and was finished by the end of March.

They will be holding an open day on Saturday, May 7th from noon to 4 pm which will allow you to see the great work that has and is being done at the Youth Club.

Noon to 2pm
Roller Disco, Basketball/Football Classes, Food Stalls, Raffle, meet the staff, Young People and the Friends of Rockbourne Committee, tour of the Youth Club.
3:00 pm
Premier Film Screening of ‘Rockheros: The Club of flying Swords’ - the latest film from the Rockbourne Film group.
Presentation and Thank You’s