29 January 2014

A Lovely Fortnight in Forest Hill

Events for happy couples, happy singles, and happy families across Forest Hill and Sydenham.
Venues include: Stag & Bow, DoopoDoopo, The Hob, Montage, Forest Hill Library, Forest Hill Pool, and St. David’s Coffee House.

Full list of Valentine's related events here

28 January 2014

Story Jam at Canvas and Cream

Alys got in touch to tell us about something new at Canvas and Cream:

Story Jam kicks off on Thursday February 6th with Story Jamissimo celebrating National Storytelling week with some mob-handed storytelling.  Expect collaborations, conglomerations and co- confabulations, as we banish solitary activity for the night. Tonight we tell together! (You’ll be safe in the audience, we promise). Come ready for music, laughter, paper beards, moments of great beauty and more storytellers than Forest Hill has ever hosted before.

We’ve got a great season of storytelling ahead, full of nonsense and fun, adventures and enchantment. And if that sounds as though the tales are for children,  listen again. Each month we invite the best storytellers we can entice to Forest Hill to tell us folk tales, fragments of epics, wonder tales, stories from our own shores and from across the globe.  Expect to be transported, challenged, moved, tickled, surprised and maybe even changed… And always to have a cracking night out.
As well as our regular monthly nights, we’re running a couple of working sessions and discussions for newish and not quite so new storytellers.  We’ll announce them loudly, but to be the first to know more, please contact us  and we’ll send you an email when booking opens.
More details at: http://storyjamjar.com/

27 January 2014

Miriam Lodge Chicken Project

This spring Miriam Lodge will be starting a community kitchen garden to produce fresh, healthy food for residents and other local project.

It will also be starting a chicken keeping project with a small brood of hens.

The Lodge is inviting local people to take part!

All levels of gardening ability and chicken keeping experience welcome!
Happily, the chickens should be arriving within the next few weeks and so perhaps if you've been thinking about having a few hens at home, why not come along and find out more?!

Please email: services@hqproperty.net
Or find out more on the Lewisham Gardens Facebook


23 January 2014

Big Sunday Sing 2

Sunday 23rd February,  from 1-6pm
Forest Hill Methodist Church & Centre, Normanton St, London SE23 2DS
The workshop is being organised by Sydenham Singers, a local community choir. 
We'll be singing gorgeous heart-warming songs that will leave you feeling uplifted and refreshed. Everything will be taught by ear and there's no need for any experience. Tea & Coffee will be provided and all you need to bring is your enthusiasm!

Cost per place is: 
£15 in advance (£10 concessions); 
£17 on the door (£12 concessions). 
If you feel unable to pay please apply for limited assisted places. 
£6 under 18 min Age 12; 12-16s must be accompanied by an adult.

To book please contact Lynn Barclay:

17 January 2014

Retail Masterclass with Rowland Gee

In conjunction with SEE3, the National Skills Academy for Retail and the Employer Ownership Fund, you are invited to a Retail Masterclass with Rowland Gee, retired Chief Executive of Moss Bros Group plc.

This is an ‘invitation only’ event for independent retailers in Forest Hill, Kirkdale and Sydenham. You are invited to attend either event as follows:
Sydenham Library, 210 Sydenham Road London SE26 5SE on Monday 27th January 6pm–8 pm
or Forest Hill Pools, Dartmouth Road London SE23 3HZ on Wednesday 29th January 6pm–8pm

For more information please contact: Janet Read, National Skills Academy for Retail  eofproject@nsaforretail.com or Tony Buckley – Town Team Manager, SEE3 on townteam@see3.co.uk

14 January 2014

Consultation: A205 London Road and Honor Oak Road

TfL are consulting on plans to change the junction layout between London Road and Honor Oak Road (beside the Esso petrol station).  The proposal aims to benefit pedestrians through providing wider footways as well as slow vehicles down turning into Honor Oak Road. It also aims to improve access arrangements into and out of the petrol station immediately next to the junction.

Full details and survey can be found at https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/streets/a205-london-road-and-honor-oak-road

The proposals are outlined in the summary below:
  • Provision of a right turn pocket for vehicles turning into the petrol station.This will reduce the instances of waiting vehicles blocking the traffic flow westbound on A205 London Road.
  • Building out of footways either side of Honor Oak Road. This will provide a wider footway for pedestrians as well as slowing down vehicles entering and exiting Honor Oak Road.
  • Eastbound stop line on A205 London Road moved forward 4 metres. This together with advanced warning of the traffic signal ahead sign will give more visibility and warning to vehicles exiting the petrol station of the junction ahead.
  • Widening of pedestrian refuges on both A205 London Road and Honor Oak Road. This will provide more space for pedestrians to wait whilst crossing the junction.
  • New stop line for traffic exiting Park Hill to accompany the existing traffic signals.
  • Provision of red anti-skid road surface to assist vehicles turning right from A205 London Road into Honor Oak Road.
  • Upgraded signal equipment at the junction to increase visibility of the traffic signals to road users.

Given no unforeseen delays, it is estimated that the work would commence during Autumn 2014.
Consultation closes on Friday 28 February 2014.

13 January 2014


Over the next few months we are running a programme of events in Forest Hill. We would like to know your views on the kind of events you would like to see.
Would you help us by completing a 2 minute questionnaire? If you add your contact details in the box under Q8 you will automatically enter a draw to win £50 to spend in a Forest Hill shop of your choice.

Burns Night Supper - 25th January 2014

The Forest Hill Society in conjunction with All Inn One will be hosting a Burns Night Supper on Saturday 25th January.

The meal is from 7.30pm, and if you'd like to join us you must book in advance, please call the pub on 020 8699 3311 or email allinnone@btconnect.com to book. The cost is £19.95 per person for 3 courses and a very enjoyable evening. (Please let them know if you would prefer the vegetarian haggis to the meaty version).

There will be the traditional Address to the Haggis and the opportunity to listen to or to read from the works of Robert Burns.

We welcome members and  non-members of the Forest Hill Society and of the Scottish Nation, all are welcome.
Venue: All Inn One, 53 Perry Vale, SE23 2NE

03 January 2014

Underwater Hockey at Forest Hill Pools

A new club is being launched for underwater hockey at Forest Hill Pools with a free have-a-go session at 7.15pm on Friday 10th January 2014.
Meet in the lobby of Forest Hill Pools

Underwater hockey is played with a lead puck and a short stick; swimmers wear a mask, snorkel and fins. We are set up to train absolute beginners and supply all the kit for the session. It has all the virtues of swimming to keep fit but is actually fun! Here is a promo video: