Local Samaritans this Christmas

There is a Lewisham, Greenwich and Southwark Branch of Samaritans, which will offer a listening ear over Christmas, with volunteers available round the clock over the festive period, providing a safe space for anyone who needs to talk.

As well as being the most wonderful time of the year, it's also a period of acute stress and loneliness for many. The service is particularly keen for men to get in touch, since their research shows men are much less likely to seek counselling until a crisis point has hit.

Click here for the details of the local Samaritans branch and donate to the service here.

Seriously bro, do you even lift?

The Brockley lovelock is already starting to have its malign effect. Only a few weeks after the long-awaited and over-engineered lift at Brockley Station opened, it is now closed until further notice due to a fault.

With thanks to Monkeyboy for the heads-up.


After the Paris love locks brought down a bridge, the philophiles have moved on to Brockley Station, leaving this lock, perhaps as a symbol of their love for Brockley itself, or perhaps as a tribute to the godfather of the green politics movement, James Lovelock.

Sorting office hours should be for life, not just for Christmas

Melvyn wants to round up a posse of local residents to lobby for longer hours at Brockley Sorting Office. He writes:

I was so used to having to wait until Saturday to pick up packages that wouldn’t fit through the letterbox, that I almost missed the revised Xmas hours when the last advice card was left - they now open from 6.30 through to 17.30 Monday to Friday.

I at first thought this a welcome change to the ridiculously short window of time we normally have to collect parcels, but I was told it’s for the Xmas period only.

When I asked where to write to request the current service be extended all year around I was told that Royal Mail Customer Service was the probably only avenue.  Shame.  There must be some way to collectively put some pressure on Royal Mail to extend the old hours to something more practical? 

If you want to join Melvyn's movement for change, let him know in the comments below.

Tyrwhitt Road Pop-Up

When almost all other retail locations in Brockley have been occupied, the question of why this one has remained empty for so long is a mystery.

Nicely refurbished, on a parade of other businesses, round the corner from a busy pub, just down the road from Brockley Market and just up the road from a growing residential population on Loampit Vale, it may not get much footfall but it's nice and accessible and would suit a cafe or similar.

Perhaps it's a little small or a little pricey, but we were going to foretell its occupancy next year as one of our predictions for 2015. So it's very nice to see someone is going to do something with it soon. The question is: What kind of pop up?

Orange Mirror - Sainsbury's Double Act

Following the news that Sainsbury's plans to open in the new development at 180 Brockley Road, the company has confirmed that it will operate stores on both the east and west side of the tracks. A representative of Sainsbury's, Alistair Gordon, has been in touch to say that:

I am happy to confirm that our proposals have been approved by Lewisham Council, and we hope that both stores will complement each other in serving the local community.

From reviewing the response to your recent blog articles I can see that there was some confusion amongst your readers as to whether the existing store on Mantle Road will remain open. I just wanted to clarify that it is our intention for both stores to work alongside each other and operate on both sides of Brockley station serving separate catchment areas.

This means that there will be no fewer than 4 very similar small supermarkets within a 100 yard radius of Brockley Station - two on either side.

Sainsbury's has also put its head above the parapet in the ongoing debate about the condition of Greater Brockley and decided that Brockley East and West are two different places and communities. Boldness in business.


Fintan spotted this tree in Hilly Fields

Brockley Central Label Cloud