Puns of Anarchy: Drakefell’s Angels

Brockley's at its most beautiful and evocative on Halloween, when fog and firework smoke wreathes grand old Victorian homes lit by intricately carved pumpkins.But this year, the citizens of Telegraph Hill and Hilly Fields were terrorised by a huge biker gang that tore through their area, riding on pavements and generally being dicks, as biker ...

Honor Oak WI – next meeting Monday, 2nd November 2015

Our next meeting is this coming Monday, 2nd November when we will have Alan Payne giving an illustrated talk on the history of playing cards. We will also be making a start on our centenary banner. We will have our book table and raffle, and there will be a selection of Honor Oak WI jams ...

Remembrance Day Poppy Art Auction

I'm a local girl (Crofton Park) and have started my own business creating handmade Swarovski button art called Bijoux Buttons.It's been going for 10 months and slowly building up a good following so I decided to donate a piece for charity.I made a one off Remembrance Day Poppy design and will be donating 100% of ...

The Devil of Deptford – a poltergeist tale from 1699

For Halloween here's a spooky story from late 17th century Deptford. 'The Devil of Deptford' is a pamphlet by the clergyman Edward Fowler.  According to the historian Peter Elmer,  the 'haunted' house in question 'almost certainly' belonged to 'Henry Godman (d.1702) who combined preaching with medical practice and had resided at Deptford since at least ...

Lesvos Refugee Crisis Collection – Saturday 31st -The Ivy House

The news from Lesvos in the past few days has been heartbreaking. The number of arrivals on Lesvos has hugely increased but people are dying as boats capsize and hypothermia sets in. In the last two days 11 people died, including 6 young children, four babies have hypothermia, surviving children are in shock, We are ...

So Nisa Spar

The new Westside Spar opens tomorrow on Mantle Road and it's all anyone can talk about.@BrockleyCentral Star studded opening this weekend of the new Spar on west side of Brockley station. pic.twitter.com/oEw8YX9s0T— Matt 'k0nG' Collins (@k0nG) October 29, 2015Its predecessor Nisa's grand opening was marred by the fact they got the area's name wrong - ...

Archshark King launch night at the Ladywell Tavern

Ladywell-based Archshark King launch their debut album, Float & Kick, at the Ladywell Tavern tomorrow, Friday 30 October. Entry is free and there will be food and a special live set at 8pm from the act’s 11 musicians and singers. The evening also features food, lights, and festivity.The album, Float & Kick, is now available ...

Don’t say Daren, say Hovis

This is the Mock Tudor of outdoor advertising. Bill writes:The old Daren Bread sign on Avignon Road (between Drakefell & St Asaph) has been painted over and replaced by a new one for Hovis Bread. This apparently has been commissioned by the new owners of the building. I feel this is a real tragedy but unfortunately, ...

Althea Gyles, poet and artist: ‘A Strange Red Haired Girl’

Althea Gyles (right) with Irish revolutionist Constance MarkiewiczThe Irish poet and artist Althea Gyles (1868-1949) was born in County Waterford and moved to London in 1892. She knew Oscar Wilde, W B Yeats (who described her as "a strange red-haired girl, all whose thoughts were set upon painting and poetry"), Constance Markiewicz, Aleister Crowley (with ...

We are young

Young people are swarming over SE4 like locusts, kicking old people off their mobility scooters and shutting down the bingo halls as they go.A study by Savills reckons Brockley is one of an admittedly very long list of London areas where Under 35s outnumber the Over 50s by a ratio of at least 2:1. The ...