A plaque for Catford’s Antarctic Explorer

'On Saturday 10th September, a Lewisham Council plaque will be unveiled to mark the Catford residence of Captain William Colbeck (1871–1930).  Captain Colbeck moved to 51 Inchmery Road in 1913, following an adventurous career at sea, which included:• being a member of the first expedition to spend a whole year on the Antarctic continent (The Southern Cross expedition, 1898–1900)• travelling further south than anyone previously (to ...

So many (free) films, so little time

The free film festival scene continues to grow, easy to take them for granted but seeing lots of great movies for free at interesting venues on your doorstep - how cool is that?Peckham and Nunhead  is on right now until 11 September - full programme here. It will soon be followed locally by Forest Hill ...

Mountsfield Park cafe plan seeks Greater Brockley support

An artist's impression of the new cafeThe Friends of Mountsfield Park in Catford are trying to rally support for their scheme for a new cafe, which risk being blocked by the Council, despite the fact that the group stepped in to rescue the situation when the Council's own plans fell through. They say:We have been ...

‘Dig that Crazy Beat’ – Friday night at The Savoy in Catford, 1960

From the Daily Mirror, 1 October 1960:'The Mirror drops in for a night out at The Savoy in Catford SE6''from Dixon Scott, Catford, Friday Night''Lots of hugging - but no kissing! Tell her you love her - but no kissing! Ask her to marry you as you whirl around the dance hall - but no ...

Lobby against Lewisham Library Cuts

There's a lobby of Lewisham Council's Mayor and Cabinet meeting tomorrow  (Wednesday 13 July) in protest against cuts to library services in the borough. Another lobby is planned for the following Wednesday's full Council meeting.Campaigners say: 'Lewisham Council has made a decision to cut £1 million from the libraries budget. The Council’s preferred option is ...

SoLo and thanks for all the swish

Rebecca writes:Introducing SoLo Craft Fair - a makers market showcasing some of the best local creative talent in makers and creators.SoLo Craft Fair will be debuting their first event at the iconic Catford Constitutional Club in South East London on Saturday 30th April 2016.We have searched long and hard for some of the best small ...

The Dark Lady, Catford-Upon-Avon

The Dark Lady is being staged at the Broadway Theatre as part of the excellently-named Catford-Upon-Avon Festival, which is produced by the Action to the Word company. A moment of rare cool. Thanks to Peter for the suggestion.

IRA attacks in Catford, Blackheath & Tooting 1921

During the Irish war of independence (1919-1921) there were armed attacks in London linked to the conflict, in the lead up to the truce agreed in July 1921 that paved the way for independence for most of Ireland. Here's a report of a series of attacks in May of that year in South London, from ...

The future of Catford Theatre

© Copyright Mike Quinn and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons LicenceLewisham Council has launched a consultation on the future of Catford's Broadway Theatre. They say:The Broadway Theatre is a Grade II listed building in the heart of Catford. It was built in 1932 and is an outstanding example of Art Deco design. The ...

The Catford Bridge Tavern to reopen next year

The Catford Bridge Tavern is due to reopen next Christmas, after Lewisham Council approved the planning application by the new owners. Ambitious plans to renovate the pub stalled when the pub caught fire earlier this year.The Solitaire team confirmed that they have received approval for their post-fire plans and are aiming to reopen the pub by ...