16 January 2013

Burns Night party - Fri 25th January

As has become the custom, we will be celebrating Burns Night for our January social event. Everyone is welcome.

The venue this time will be Canvas & Cream (18 London Road, SE23 3HG) and the cost is £19.99 for the traditional three course meal and a wee dram. A vegetarian option will be available. Come along at 7pm as ceremonies will commence at 7:30.

We are arranging a great evening of entertainment for you. There will be the traditional Address to the Haggis and a chance for people to read some of the Bard's poetry as well as a couple of surprises (if everything works out). Feel free to bring along something to read yourself and don't feel shy!

It would be lovely to have as many people from Forest Hill (and Sydenham!) there as possible, so hope to see many of you, new & old to the area, on the night. The event is open to all (sassenachs, members and non-members alike).

Please book directly with Canvas & Cream at the restaurant or on 020 8699 9589

Please note correction: Correct phone number for Canvas & Cream is 020 8699 9589

Sydenham Police Station Closure - Public Meeting

The Metropolitan Police plan to close Sydenham police station, along with many others across London and reduce the number of police stations operating 24 hours to one per borough (Lewisham police station for Lewisham).

There is a borough public consultation event on 28th January 2013 on the MOPAC Police and Crime Plan. This meeting will take place at the town hall in Catford at 6pm. If you would like to attend you must register on the following weblink: http://www.london.gov.uk/events/policing-and-crime-consultation-events?source=mopac
The full draft MOPAC Police and Crime Plan can be found at: http://www.london.gov.uk/priorities/policing-and-crime/community-engagement
The online questionnaire for the Police and Crime Plan can be found at:  http://www.smart-survey.co.uk/v.asp?i=67232epffs

14 January 2013

Perry Vale Local Assembly - 15 January

The next Perry Vale Local Assembly will be held on Tuesday, 15 January from 7pm to 9pm at Kilmorie School, Kilmorie Road, London, SE23 2SP.

Topics to be covered include

  • Report by the Safer Neighbourhood Team about crime in the ward and news about the possible closure of Sydenham police station.
  • Presentation on the Perry Vale Action Plan. The action plan details the five ward priorities, actions to address them and a progress report. The five ward priorities are
    • The environment
    • Roads and Traffic
    • Youth provision
    • Anti-social behaviour and crime
    • Activities for the whole ciommunity
  • Update on the refurbishment of Forest Hill Underpass
  • Meet the SEE3 Town Team Manager and hear about the exciting developments surrounding the Portas Pilot
  • Learn about the Dog Activity Day taking place in Mayow Park on Thursday 21 February.
  • Hear about the final recommendations for the South London Health Trust from the TSA (Trust Special Administrator)and how they will affect Lewisham Hospital (if implemented)
There will also be a chance to meet your local councillors and discuss how you can help make Perry Vale a better place to live. Local groups will also have the chance to make any announcements if they want to publicise an event or share some ideas.

04 January 2013

Food Fair Update

Thank you to all our loyal supporters. We're taking a break this month as most of our traders are on holiday or busy with new plans, but we will be back in February as usual.

31 December 2012

Wishing you a happy 2013

2012 has been a fantastic year for Forest Hill and we hope that 2013 will continue to see the positive development we saw in 2012.

This year saw the reopening of the swimming pool, the completion of the Horniman Gardens redevelopment including their new education centre, a monthly food fair at Forest Hill station, and many new shops up and down the high streets.

The Forest Hill Society were able to play our part in the changes that took place in Forest Hill this year in a number of ways:

  • With local assembly funding we were able to arrange the installation of swings and table tennis in the Horniman Triangle
  • We have set up a monthly food fair, bringing people into the town centre
  • Our market stall holders have begun to set up a permanent presence in Forest Hill, with Aga opening a deli, and we hope Ruth and Nathan will continue the success of the pop-up butchery into 2013
  • We were instrumental in the successful bid for Portas Funding which will continue to build on the progress made in 2012, with more pop-up shops, more markets, and a town centre hub
  • We helped Dacres Wood gain a Friends group, with some great plans to improve this unique habitat in Forest Hill 
  • We were also able to help local businesses re-launch the Traders Association, and it has been great to see them working together to improve the attraction of the town centre
  • Finally, with the support of the local assembly funding, we have been able to brighten up the town centre and stations in Forest Hill and Honor Oak Park 

What's going to happen in 2013?
It is always difficult to predict the future but we can be sure of a few things;
On transport - Honor Oak Park station will have step free access (at least to the platforms - the gap between the platform and the train is another matter), and the subway in Forest Hill will be refurbished making the crossing of the railway a more pleasant affair.
We will continue to run monthly food fair (though not in January), with the SEE3 team running complimentary markets to make Forest Hill even more of a destination.
The success of new businesses, and the continued availability of empty units, should attract more new businesses to Forest Hill and Honor Oak Park. We know of a number of businesses currently looking for the right location in Forest Hill for their business, and the Forest Hill Society and SEE3 team are giving them every encouragement.

So we wish everybody in Forest Hill a happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year.

18 December 2012

Station News

There are a number of pieces of news which our rail travelling members will be interested in.
  1. The station building has been repaired following the ram raid on the ATMs in June. The hoardings will be removed once the new ATMs have been installed.

  2. TfL recently published their ten year business plan. The good news is that the Overground fleet of trains will be extended to 5 cars each by 2016, increasing capacity by 25%. However, this will require selective door opening at some stations (including Canada Water) as the platform is not long enough.

    There will also be two extra trains each hour from Crystal Palace, meaning a total increase in capacity of over 50%, which will be welcome news.

  3. London Overground passengers are now able to access a free WiFi service at our local stations under a contract between public WiFi provider, The Cloud, and TfL. Passengers will be allowed 60 minutes of free internet access per day at every London Overground station at no cost to the fare or taxpayer.

    Passengers will have 60 minutes’ free internet access each day at each station through a one-time registration process available at all 56 London Overground-operated stations. WiFi access will be available in the immediate vicinity of stations.

    Steve Murphy, Managing Director of London Overground Rail Operations Limited, said: “Access to the internet is no longer limited solely to home or to the workplace, and people’s expectation is to be able to work and communicate effectively and seamlessly while they’re on the move so we’re delighted to support this initiative which will bring reliable, free WiFi to London Overground’s customers.”

15 December 2012

Sydenham's SEE3 Festive Fair, Sun 16th December

Seasonal gastronomic goodies will be on offer at SEE3's Festive Food and Gift Market from 10am to 4pm on Station Approach, outside Sydenham Station.

SEE3 Sydenham Festive Food and Gift Market

There will be some stall holders from our Food Fair along with some other enticing offerings, so go along and say hello.

Aga’s Little DeliChristmas deli
Van DoughWood fired Pizza
Tongue N CheekStreet food
Anna & MagdalenaPolish deli
On The HoofBread
DB FoodsSouth African foods
Stag & BowVintage art & images
Alvin's Jerk WrapsJerk wraps
Man Made FoodsCakes for men
Uli's CakesSavoury scones and jams
Capo Caccia Fine FoodSardinian delicacies
Living La Vida CocoaSpanish delicacies
Daisy's D├ęcor & MoreHandmade home accessories
Sylvia’s Vintage GemsVintage accessories
Taste of SpainSpanish foods
Resistless LtdChimney cakes
Miss Poppy CakesCakes
Angela Kay DesignsCraft
Two Hungry BeesVietnamese street food
Elizabeth Cranwell-WardChutney

While you are there, you could also drop in on Conquer Gear (Sydenham's PopUp shop at 4 Station Approach) and Jill (the Sydenham Hub), just around the corner at 27 Sydenham Road.

11 December 2012

SEE3 Forest Hill Festive Fair , Sat 15th December , 10am–5pm

Forest Hill Pools will go all Christmassy on Saturday 15 December.

From 10am-5pm the market, just outside the main entrance to the pools, will showcase the best local talent, offering hand-crafted trinkets, wooden toys, jewellery, candles, ceramics, vintage accessories and Christmas tree decorations.

Forest Hill Festive Fair poster

There will be sixteen stalls including a few local favourites. They will be selling a variety of goods from food to candles and a variety of vintage and festive goods.

Miss Poppy CakesCakes
Aga's Little DeliDeli
DoopodoopoLocals artists work
Stag & BowVintage art & images
DB FoodsSouth African foods
South London PrintsSouth London illustrations
Shop Eastern BlocCrafts from the former Eastern Bloc
B Creative & CoFestive decorations
My True light CandlesHandmade candles
BubblylicousHandmade soap
Isa Marie SkincareOrganic skincare
Mariona OteroReflector ties and cards
Solivio SoapsSoaps
Sock MonkeySock monkeys
Desnee's VintageVintage and upcycled homeware
Committee of TasteVintage homeware and flowers

Organised by the SEE3 team.

Fiver Fest hits Forest Hill

With over 25 local shops and businesses participating, each with their own festive £5 deal, its sure to be a great time to enjoy what the town has to offer.
The event will run from 8th-15th of December with a late night opening on the Thursday 13th.

Details at Totally Locally Forest Hill.

04 December 2012

Win a Forest Hill Pools membership

Fusion Lifestyle is offering the chance to win a three-month membership to the new Forest Hill Pools, worth £108.75. For your chance to win, simply fill in the form on Lewisham's website. Entries close 23 December 2012 and the winner will be notified in January 2013.