Oxjam New Cross

Oxjam is a live music night taking place on October 7th at the New Cross Inn. Organiser Katherine is looking for more local music talent. She writes:

Oxjam is a night of live performance featuring local talent! All funds raised on the door will go to Oxfam, suggested ticket price of £5. Full details here.

And if you want to perform, please get in touch with info! Line-up so far includes Billow Cloud, Torrente and Velodrome.

The Beer Shop Street Party, Nunhead

As Brockley awaits the arrival of two new bottle shops, Nunhead has organised a street party as a reminder that they got there first.

The Beer Shop team says:

We will have an outside bar, 2 food trucks, some entertainment and talks from breweries and food producers, a mini market of local traders from cakes to books to vinyl and some DJ’s. The outside bar is sponsored by Four Pure and the stage is sponsored by Shrunken Heads studio.

It is also the first day of London Beer City, a week long, London wide celebration of all things beer! And in aid of this, we have 3 exclusive colaboration brews with Bullfinch Brewery (SE24), Old Kent Road (SE16) and our Homebrew Club (SE15) that will be released at the Street Party. And the winner of our Homebrew Competition will also be announced.

Greater Brockley solar investment scheme opens for round two

Last year, a local group called SE London Community Energy (SELCE) successfully raised £250,000 to invest in solar energy projects in the Greater Brockley area [full disclosure: I was a small investor in the enterprise]. They are now seeking to expand by raising a further £120,000. SELCE Chair Camilla Berens explains:

Ashmead Primary School in St. John’s is now benefitting from a significant drop in its electricity bills thanks to the 184 solar panels that were recently installed on its roof areas.  Ashmead is one of four local primary schools to have benefitted from the pioneering work of a 15-strong renewable energy co-operative (which includes three Brockleyites) called South East London Community Energy (SELCE).

At the end of last year, SELCE raised an impressive £250,000 to install solar arrays on the four schools through a ‘community share offer’. This type of share offer is rather like ‘crowdfunding’ but SELCE offers investors annual interest payments of four percent - which is an attractive proposition compared with the interest offered by most high street savings accounts or ISAs.

The co-operative’s aim is to develop renewable energy that is not only generated locally but that is also owned and governed by the people who use it. Any surplus it generates from the solar projects is ploughed back into SELCE’s sister scheme which runs pop-up energy advice cafes that are designed to reduce fuel poverty in SE London. so far, the team has put in over 6,000 volunteer-hours to bring the projects to life and SELCE has won some VIP supporters.

SELCE is now hoping to raise a further £120,000 to install solar arrays on three more local primary schools. The share offer closes on August 4th and the minimum investment is £250. Share can be withdrawn after three years and investors who retain their shares will receive 4% annual interest for the 20 years of the project.

Our team is already over half way there, with £80,000 in the pot.  This is the last opportunity, for the foreseeable future, that local people will be able to support SELCE and get a ‘thank you’ in the form of annual interest payments.

The government recently changed the rules relating to subsidies for renewable energy projects like ours and we’re urging everyone to make the most of our community share offer while they can. We hope that SELCE’s offer will attract even more positive interest now that the prospect of negative interest has appeared on the horizon.”

You can find more information on SELCE and its share offer on its website or on the Crowdfunder website.

The European Capital of Vibes

To celebrate its longer daytime opening hours, Lewisham street food phenomenon Model Market has created a new muralpaying tribute to the official European Capital of Vibes. They say:

Inspired by similar murals in Austin, Texas and Portland, Oregon, we wanted to produce an artwork that captures the unique atmosphere of our favourite little bit of south east London.

We collaborated with Bread Collective, a network of artists and creatives, to create a mural featuring Lewisham’s local landmarks, including the Horniman Museum, Rivoli Ballroom, Lewisham Clock Tower, Goldsmiths University, the DLR and - of course - the 436 bus. Take advantage of our new daytime hours by bringing the whole family down on Saturdays. Soak up the sun and dig into our delicious street food.

Now celebrating our third year at Model Market, we’re proud to welcome over 4,000 people from the area every weekend. Doors open every Friday from 5pm till 1am and every Saturday from Midday till 1am.

A Strange New Experience in Brock

Eamon writes:

Having recently pulled off a 1940’s film night screening  “Odd Man Out” at the Brockley and Ladywell Cemetery Chapel,  I have  teamed up with the Brockley Jack Theatre to pilot a series of films for  the area - starting with 2 films in the first week of August.

On Tuesday 2 August (7.45pm), we are showing the classic British black and white horror – “The Innocents” (1961). As something of a contrast, on Thursday 4 August (7.45pm), we are showing the very recent “10 Cloverfield Lane” (2016).

Each evening there will be a brief introduction to the film to whet appetites. Tickets are £7 for each film or you can purchase a ticket for both nights for £12 – via the Brockley Jack Theatre website.

The idea here is to generate interest for a local film season -  hopefully starting in the Autumn.  We are keen to hear any suggestions for films that the community think would play well in future.

Please post your suggestions here.

Brockley's Town Centre

The development of 180 Brockley Road has created the closest thing we are ever going to get to a coherent town centre around Brockley Station, so it's worth reflecting on the finished product. 

The building links Coulgate Street and Brockley Road, while the improvements to Coulgate Street have opened up the East Side entrance to Brockley Station.
The new block is, in my view, a mini triumph. The building creates a handsome new stretch of high street that combines symmetry and variation while the materials complement the surrounding buildings without trying too hard to fit in. The angles created by the roofline at either end of Coulgate Street are spectacular, but they don't distract from the charm of the original cottages. Only the value-engineered brown balconies let it down.

Although the ground floor units of 180 Brockley Road offer an underwhelming mix new businesses, another empty unit has been created by the station, which is begging to be filled by a foodie business. Next month, Degustation will re-open as a bottle shop. The Coulgate Street cluster will then be nicely balanced with restaurants (The Gantry, Mo Pho, Nu Spice), a pub (The Barge), cafes (Browns, the Broca), shops (Salthouse Bottles, Sainsbury's), and services (taxis, architects and estate agents).
Perhaps best of all though is what has been done to Coulgate Street itself. Once upon a time, this was Coulgate Street. Now, the bounteous green borders of Brockley Station have been joined by nice wide pavements, while the provision of fewer spaces for cars and more places for bikes has created a much calmer, prettier and more versatile gateway to the neighbourhood. Cafe culture has bloomed.

Brockley's lost railway

Geoff Marshall has produced this short film for Londonist, tracing one of London's lost railways from Nunhead to Greenwich Park via Brockley Station. The line closed in 1917.

Thanks to Lionel and Littlejungleman for the heads-up.

Brockley Central Label Cloud