The Future of The Ladywell Playtower

Four potential bidders for the Ladywell Playtower - including two cinema chains, a cultural consortium and Goldsmiths - have been shortlisted by Lewisham Council, who have launched a public consultation about the future of the iconic building.The Grade II-listed Playtower has lain dormant for years, but now four exciting concepts have been identified, including:Goldsmiths"Goldsmiths propose ...

What are you taking pictures of? – Lewisham ’77 photo exhibitin

As mentioned here before, there's a whole series of events led by Goldsmiths coming up in next couple of weeks to mark the 40th anniversary of the 'Battle of Lewisham'  when, on 13 August 1977, the far-right National Front (NF) attempted to march from New Cross to Lewisham town centre, leading to violent clashes with counter demonstrators and ...

Lost silver bracelet

Anju writes:I've lost a precious bracelet from my family, and I believe it may have been on June 17 at either Frendsbury Gardens, St. Hilda's, or Hilly Fields.The bracelet is two silver bangles joined with a silver ring around them. It is engraved with 'Ava 11.12.15' on one, 'Om Mani Padme Hum' on another and ...

Yes, Let’s

Could this be the most measured and accurate account of Brockley ever to appear in a national newspaper? The Guardian's Let's Move To column has covered Brockley and says that while the case against it is a lack of a proper town centre (although Coulgate Street is doing its best) the case for it is ...

Grave of Circus Star SAMUEL LOCKHART restored

The FOBLC are pleased to announce the recent restoration of the Lockhart Family headstone in Brockley cemetery.   Samuel Lockhart was an accomplished clown and father of George and Samuel Lockhart, who became famous elephant trainers in the Victorian era.Thank you for the continuing commitment the Music Hall Guild has towards such historic restorations in ...

They Will Have to Kill us First – Mali music movie in Catford

Coming up at Catford Constituional Club on Sunday 31 July 2017 (7:30 PM - 10 PM), Catford Film are showing 'They Will Have To Kill Us First',  Johanna Schwarz's feature length documentary about Mali's musicians and their struggle to survice and perform under Islamist rule which banned their music. The event, which is being screened in ...

Gardeners’ Question Time at Prendergast

MOT garage closes to make way for more homes

The Geoffrey Road MOT garage is closedThe MOT garage on Geoffrey Road has been closed and boarded up, to make way for a new housing development, which is yet to earn planning permission. The garage has lived with the Sword of Damocles hanging over its head for years and the development has gone through a number ...

906 miles in under 5 days! Raising Money for Lewisham Young Carers

906 Miles in Under 5 Days​ The London-Edinburgh-London Cycling Challenge​ Raising Money for Young Carers​ On Sunday 30th July, 1,500 people from 58 nations will depart from London on their bike with the aim to cycle 906 miles, London-Edinburgh-London, in less than 5 days. It was only last January when Jeremy Beswick received the news ...

What happened to that Blackcap? – A guest blog

As I mentioned in an earlier blog, I heard a Blackcap singing in our garden in Forest Hill from the beginning of March. At the time I wondered whether he was passing through or whether he might actually stay to breed?In fact he, or a male Blackcap just like him, has been singing in our ...