Lewisham ’77: Myth and Anti-Fascist History

Another year, another anniversary of the anti-National Front 'Battle of Lewisham'. I am posting this on 13 August 2018, the 41st anniversary of that momentous day. The following article was written last year to reflect on the day's significance in the aftermath of a series of events to commemorate its 40th anniversary. It was published ...

The Castle Owner and the ‘Countess’ of Peckham: a 1957 trial

In a sensational trial in 1957, a 52 year old man was prosecuted for shooting a 22 year old woman with intent to murder in Gellatly Road SE14 (described in contemporary press reports as being in Peckham, not sure many people living there now would describe it thus).The accused, Denys Eyre Bower (b.1905), was the owner ...

Friends of Hilly Fields Quiz 2018

We always have a Hilly Fields quiz sheet on the Friends stall at the BrocSoc Midsummer Fayre and this year was no exception. Fifty people took the test and just for once – nobody got all ten questions right! Who’d have thought it was that difficult? Well, if you didn’t do the quiz on the ...

The Telegraph Hill Community Choir

The Telegraph Community Choir write:We are a group of enthusiastic singers. We meet once a week on Tuesday evenings from 7.30 to 9pm at the Telegraph Pub on Dennett's Road.We sing lots of rounds, and harmonies, on folk songs, sea shanties, pop, African and world folk, in fact, any songs with heart and soul. We are ...

Time is a flat circle

I've been sent two mysterious local circumferences that need explanation. The former is presumably the temporal shadow of the Hilly Fields bandstand, but what's the latter?David asks: "I recently discovered that some of the shapes on Hilly Fields are the outlines of huts from WW2 but what is the rather large circle?"Any ideas what this ...

Thanks to the Big Lottery Fund we’ll be taking a ‘Walk on The Wild Side’

This spring we were busy planning a new project to involve more children and their families in the natural beauty of the park. So we are absolutely thrilled to receive the letter from the Big Lottery Fund, informing us that our grant application was successful. From September we’ll be planning our initial events with Chelwood ...

Watering emergency! What you can do

WATERING EMERGENCY! WHAT YOU CAN DOSome of our street trees are in danger. If you notice any that you think need watering, please let us know straight away at info@streettreesforliving.com. We sent a reminder last week to our guardians and supporters, but it may be useful to anyone responsible for the life of trees below five years old ...

‘South London and Negro Emancipation’ – 1863 anti-Slavery meeting at the Elephant & Castle

Events in the last few years have reminded us that there is still a lot of unfinished business from the American Civil War. The flag of the defeated Southern states is still a rallying point for racists, and since the start of the Black Lives Matters movement Confederate statues have been a  renewed focus of ...

Purple Rain on Coulgate Street

WWI Meadow 2018

With thanks to funds raised from our farmers’ market (every second Saturday of the month 10-3pm) we purchased fresh seed for the WWI meadow. Although rather lacking in poppies, the cornflowers have put on a good show. Poppies and cornflowers have become the symbols of the 1914-1918 war. But just like the British Poppy, the ...