A virtuoso performance – Russell Miller at the Stephen Lawrence Centre

On a lovely autumn day in October, an enthusiastic group of some 80 tree enthusiasts from Lewisham and outlying areas gathered at the Stephen Lawrence Centre in Brookmill Park, Deptford for an absolutely virtuoso lecture and guided talk by Russell Miller, a hugely experienced arboriculturalist and ecologist, Chair of the Ancient Tree Forum and coordinator of Tree Musketeers in Hackney.In the ...

Opposition grows to London Schools Funding Cuts

Government proposals to introduce a new natonal funding formula for schools from next year are expected to lead to big reductions in funding for local schools. Essentially the formula would result in funding being redistributed from schools in urban areas to other parts of the country, with schools in inner London particularly badly hit.  Teaching ...

New Cross Academy finance officer jailed in ‘biggest ever education fraud’

Surprized that amongst UK newspapers, only The Daily Mail seems to have picked up on the jailing of an accountant for nine years for the 'biggest ever education fraud' seen in the UK. Sam Kayade was found guilty of obtaining £150,000 by theft and £3.95 million by fraud, and was sentenced at Woolwich Crown Court ...

John Roan Resists Meeting

Last November staff at The John Roan school in Greenwich took strike action against plans to turn the school into an Academy. While 'academisation' (horrible word) was put on hold, it is now back on the agenda nationally with the Government threatening to make every school an Academy whether they want to or not, as well as ...

Tree Enthusiast gathering – Spring 2016

Another successful gathering of local (and no so local) residents (old and new) who are interested in what we are doing and getting more street trees planted in the borough. The upstairs room at The Talbot was again looking delightful as we discussed our project, our aims and our ambitions, and fielded questions from people who ...

Goldsmiths Sayes Court Institute: for ‘bona fide artizans and working people’ only (1896)

In the late 19th century, the Goldsmiths Institute in New Cross had a satellite 'Sayes Court Institute' in Evelyn Street, Deptford. According to the 1896 Goldsmiths handbook (a copy of which is in the Special Collections archive in Goldsmiths library), the building (pictured)  included a gymnasium hall, reading room/games room and four classrooms.Membership was restricted ...

You won a street tree!

Our congratulations to Kate who was the outright winner of our 2015 BrocSoc Tree Quiz which we were running on our stall at the Midsummer Fayre yesterday. She wins a new tree in her street courtesy of Brockley Society, to be planted this coming season.  We were kept busy all afternoon talking about our work ...

‘Reclaiming our University’ at Goldsmiths

Tomorrow at Goldsmiths in New Cross, Goldsmiths UCU (lecturers/academics union) is hosting a 'Reclaiming Our University' conference. They say:'The marketisation of Higher Education has radically undermined the idea of the university as a public institution – gearing institutional priorities towards what is financially profitable rather than socially and culturally worthwhile. In this context of intense ...

Ladywell Development a Sign of Red-hot Market in Student Accommodation

Mercy Terrace in Ladywell may not seem an obvious location for a new block of student accommodation, but a red-hot market means easy money is to be made... [...]

Budget Cuts Fuel Job Loss Fears at Lewisham College

Lewisham and Southwark College is facing a £7m cut to its staffing budget. [...]