The Blue Room, Crofton Park

The Blue Room is a pop up restaurant run by Crofton Park resident Sonia from her home, every Friday and Saturday night from 7pm. She says:

My aim is for it to be a social event where people can mingle and get to know each other in a fun, relaxed environment. The meal consists of a choice of two starters, main courses and desserts with soft drinks, tea, coffee & chocolates. It's currently BYOB while I wait for my alcohol licence.

The price of the menu is currently £35.00 per person but this could change depending on what the menu consists of. I email the menu in advance so my customers can get their choices back to me.

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The Deptford Cinema starts next month

The Deptford Cinema opens in March.

The community-run, Kickstarter-backed screening room has three three films lined up for March, including:

- ‘Outside the Law: Stories from Guantánamo' by Polly Nash and Andy Worthington (March 6, tickets £5)
- Cosmonautics (March 7, tickets £3)
- Ring of Water (March 14, tickets £3)

The venue is a 50-seat cinema space which also features a cafe/lounge area, studio and darkroom facilities for film processing and workshops. Films are show on digital projector as well as on 16mm and 8mm film reels.

Standard fare for Bakerloo Line

Property journalists - their boosterism makes BC look coy. Today's Evening Standard has got in as quickly to the Bakerloo bonanza as it advises its readers to.

Today's Homes & Property section predicts that South East London will be transformed by the Bakerloo Line extension, which is coming sooner rather than later and highlights New Cross and Lewisham as being among the biggest beneficiaries of its brown beneficence. The paper says:

South-east London is already seeing a surge of interest as homebuyers and renters wake up to its lower prices and good commuter links to the City and Canary Wharf. Now, [the Bakerloo Line] is set to be the capital’s next major Tube upgrade.

Analysis by estate agent Winkworth shows a marked population shift to south-east London. “The first wave was triggered by the arrival of the Overground three years ago, and the Bakerloo line extension will accelerate the trend.”

New Cross Gate is set to be a big Bakerloo line beneficiary This transport interchange is already plugged into the Overground and also offers five-minute trains to London Bridge, a fast Thameslink service to Gatwick and a one-stop connection to the Jubilee line. For many years the area’s only two attractions were Goldsmiths College, where Damien Hirst studied fine art, and The Venue, a lively nightclub. But things are changing.

Young singles and couples — not just public sector key workers, but Canary Wharf and City types too — are finding homes. Families are settling here as well. One sought-after pocket is Telegraph Hill conservation area, perched at the top of a slope and offering wide tree-lined roads, great views, two parks, a community cafĂ© and Haberdashers’ Aske’s school, one of the most oversubscribed state secondaries in London.

Lewisham is in the throes of a town centre makeover, bringing hundreds of new homes, a modern transport interchange, a new shopping mall and pedestrian-friendly public spaces.

Catford and Lewisham are almost joined at the hip, with barely half a mile between the two town centres. For decades, Catford’s main draw was its Greyhound Stadium, now being redeveloped into a 588-home quarter called Catford Green, right alongside the proposed Bakerloo line station.

MAX meet-up, March 5th

The tree of cultural festivals must be refreshed from time to time with the sweat of artists and organisers. Thus, the Brockley MAX team are on the hunt for new ideas and volunteers. They say:

Love Brockley Max and want to get a sneak preview of this year’s festival? Come on down to Jam Circus and join us for an evening of groovy jazz, street art and neighbourly merriment.

We’ve got a whole host of things going on:
* Find out what the Brockley Street Art Festival team are planning for our neighbourhood
* Tell us what you want to see and do at this year’s festival
* Bid for one the fabulous prizes in our mini auction
* Find out how to take part in the festival and put on an event
* Sign up to become a volunteer
* Tap your toes to the amazing ‘Alice in Grooveland’ jazz band
* Pull up a chair and get to know us! Don’t forget to tell your friends by forwarding this email / It’ll be great to see you there!

Thursday 5th March, 7.30pm to late at Jam Circus 330-332 Brockley Road, London SE4 2BT.

Brockley: Rise of the Wiccans

Dave Skylark: This was a revolution ignited with nothing more than a camera and some questions. Questions that led a man, once revered as a god among mortals, to cry and shit his pants. The end.
- The Interview

UK Census Data keeps on Tweeting interesting things about the area, including, most recently that there are 38 people in Brockley who identify as Jewish. The breakdown is as follows...

The Brockley Ward data covers 17,156 people and of the biggies, there are 7,860 Christians, 987 Muslims, 315 Hindus and 253 Buddhists. We also have 1 witch, 1 Animist, 9 Wiccans and 0 Scientologists.

In total, there are 6,054 people who identify as having no religion.

Full data set here.

Testament of Youth, February 25th

Liz writes:

Testament of Youth: did you read the book or see the film?

There will be a discussion group led by Becci Tan, to review the film and the book and examine some of the issues raised, including the glory of war, the horror of war and the contribution of women during WW1.

It will be held on Wednesday February 25, 1-
3 pm at Crofton Park Community Library.  Enter by the side gate and ring the door bell.

Refreshments will be provided and there will be a retiring collection in aid of the library running expenses.

Offies angels

Congratulations to The Brockley Jack Theatre team for a double-award-winning performance in this year's Offies vote. Not telling us anything we don't already know, but it's nice to be reminded that we have a real gem in our midst.

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