25 February 2013

A Lift for Honor Oak Park

The Department for Transport announced a few years ago that lifts would be installed at most stations on our line. Forest Hill already has lifts, and 2013 is the year for lifts to arrive at Honor Oak Park, Brockley, and New Cross Gate.

We have seen the proposed designs for the lifts (see below), and the plan is to place them at the top of each flight of stairs, to the outside of the stairs. They will take people straight down to either platform, where they will arrive underneath the stairs.

This won’t be a simple task as it will involve excavation of the embankment, the removal of three trees, and there is a possibility of having to deal with asbestos in the footbridge roofing, all while keeping the station open for passengers.

This work is expected to be completed by the end of this year, allowing easy access to the platform for wheelchair users, parents with buggies, and others with mobility difficulties. The only problem remaining will be the huge height differential between the platform and the train doors, especially at the south end of the platform, where the lifts are to be installed.

22 February 2013


Saturday 23rd February - Bring and Take Day, Devonshire Rd Nature Reserve, 1:30pm-4pm
Saturday 23rd February - Friends of Albion Millennium Green AGM, at FH Pools Community Room 11am

Sunday 3rd March - Forest Hill Food Fair, Station Car Park, 11am-3pm
Saturday 16th March - SEE3 Makers Market at Forest Hill Pools will offer handmade food, craft and vintage treats by local and independent traders.
Saturday 16th March - Dacres Wood Nature Reserve Open Day, from 12 noon
Saturday 16th March - Big Dig Day - Albion Millennium Green, 10am - 6pm
Tuesday 19th March - Sydenham and Forest Hill Youth Forum AGM, 2pm-4pm

Sunday 7th April - Forest Hill Food Fair, Station Car Park, 11am-3pm
Sunday 21st April - Spring Walk, starting at the Horniman at 11am and heading north

1st – 4th May  - Little Ecological Arts Festival at Albion Millennium Green
Sunday 5th May - Forest Hill Food Fair, Station Car Park, 11am-3pm

Lych Gate in Devonshire Road Nature Reserve

As the first snowdrops poke their heads up and thoughts turn to the new season at the Devonshire Road Nature Reserve, its time to start planning the next project. This time last year we were ordering timber and drawing up plans for a new Green-Oak building in the garden; it’s now complete and the team of volunteers that learnt to shape timber, cut joints, dig foundations and install a living roof can be really proud of the beautiful building they have created.

We had so much fun and learned so much, we’ve decided to do it again! The new project, funded once again by the Forest Hill Ward Assembly Fund will see us re-create the earliest church Lych-gate in the country; the original is situated in nearby Beckenham. We’ll be using our building as a shelter for an outside oven, but the design will be close to the original, involving more complicated joints and the use of curved timbers. It will allow our experienced volunteers to hone their skills and new volunteers to discover the thrill of working with traditional tools and materials.

Workshops are open to adults and children over 10 yrs and will take place on weekends in March and April (dates to be confirmed). If you would like to get involved, please contact Jake Twyford (jake [at ]foresthillsociety.com).

Come along to one workshop or all of them, we’d love to get you involved!

19 February 2013

Fancy a bug?

Visit the Co.Futures project at Jill, the SEE3 Sydenham hub at 27 Sydenham Road on the 19th, 20th, 22nd and 24th February between 10:00 and 17:30, to experience how insects might become a part of our future diets.

Discover how a shop can be a farm, factory and food store all at the same time. Drop-into the hub to see more, perhaps even make something with our metamorphosis factory.

Insects as Food (c) http://http://blog.friendseat.com

Bring something good, take something better

Bring and Take Poster

This Saturday, 23 February, sees our sixth Bring and Take event (which is slightly misnamed) take place at Devonshire Road Nature Reserve, 170 Devonshire Road, SE23 3SZ - you can just take if you so desire. Simply Bring any good quality items for somebody else to reuse and Take anything you fancy; all for free.

We cannot accept the following items:

  • NO Electrical items larger than a toaster
  • NO DVD/VHS/CD recorders / players
  • NO TVs, PCs or monitors
  • NO printers or scanners
  • NO VHS or cassette tapes
  • NO vacuum cleaners
  • NO Furniture or carpets
  • NO Jumble or broken items
as Lewisham Council will not be taking away the unwanted items this time.

18 February 2013

On your bike!

Widehorizons and Sainsbury's Forest Hill are attempting to break the Guinness World Record for the most people riding 1km on an exercise bike in a 24-hour relay.

There will be a bike outside Sainsbury's Forest Hill from 7am on Saturday 18th May until 7am on Sunday 19th May and they are inviting as many people as possible to come and ride 1km. If 300 people come along and cycle then you will have set a new Guinness World Record!

As part of this amazing adventure, Widehorizons are asking participants to raise as much money as they feel able to support their work providing life-changing adventures for children and young people. Please donate £5 or more via Virgin Giving

09 February 2013

People's Question Time, 7th March in Catford

People’s Question Time is a twice yearly event where members of the public can see the Mayor and London Assembly in person and ask questions on topics currently being discussed here on Talk London and more.

March's People's Question Time will take place at the Broadway Theatre, Catford and topics to be discussed will include growing London's economy, transport and environment, housing and policing and community safety.

You can apply for free tickets at the following link.

More details from http://talklondon.london.gov.uk/events/peoples-question-time-lewisham-7-march
Apply for tickets at http://talklondon.london.gov.uk/forms/thank-you?event=265

07 February 2013

Planning Application: 14 Waldram Park Road

The Forest Hill Society has written in support of the latest application for 14 Waldram Park Road.

This site has seen a number of applications which were unsuitable for the location, and which were rightly rejected by the council planning committees. We believe that this application, unlike the ones previously, is appropriate to the character of the area and to the neighbouring houses. The inclusion of family units and a reasonable amount of garden space are to be welcomed, and the general design and layout would appear acceptable.

We would like to thank the architects for engaging with the Forest Hill Society to understand our concerns and find ways to address them in an appropriate manner.

The plans can be viewed on the council website.

06 February 2013

Forest Hill Fashion Week 15-19 February

Explore pop-up boutiques, learn how to upcycle your faded favourites, watch catwalk shows and enjoy fabulously fashionable parties in some of Forest Hill’s best bars and restaurants.

There’s plenty to see, make, buy and get involved with – including dress-up fashion shows for children, and a chance to master the art of creating unique hand-made accessories on a budget.

Events start on Friday, 15th February at the pop-up SEE BOUTIQUE at 10a Dartmouth Road

View all the events at www.see3.co.uk/fhfwevents

02 February 2013

Forest Hill Assembly - Wednesday 6th February 2013

There is a Forest Hill Assembly next Wednesday from 7.30pm at Honor Oak Christian Fellowship, 39 Honor Oak Road, SE23 3SH.

At this Assembly we will have in attendance Chief Inspector Stuart Bell who is in charge of Neighbourhood Policing in Lewisham, he will be able to tell you about the future of Sydenham Police Station, update you on important changes to neighbourhood policing and of course talk about any policing issues that you may have.

We will also have the latest news concerning Lewisham Hospital, an update from SEE3 regarding the Portas Pilot, information about the Council's budget cuts and parking.
The Forest Hill Assembly is organised by Lewisham council for the Forest Hill ward (west of the railway, between Kirkdale and Honor Oak Park)