Coming soon: The Job Centre Deptford

The name sounds like the Glasgow Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony team dreamed it up, but The Job Centre Deptford is an exciting prospect.

The Antic team (behind many of South East London's top pubs) are converting the former site of Utrophia on Deptford High Street into a new bar. Before Utrophia, it was the local job centre.

According to their Facebook updates, "The squatters have finally found a new home and building working is well underway to transfer this once 1970's Job Centre into Deptford's newest saloon bar. It also has fantastic potential roof top garden - licensing permitting. Fingers crossed!"

Check the construction photos here if you like shots of planks.

Coming soon [sic]: Lewisham Gateway

The first phase of Lewisham Gateway will include two new blocks and a new public space "Confluence Place"
The first phase of Lewisham Gateway (née Lewisham 2000) is really happening. It's only taken the most buoyant property market in history for this development to finally get off the ground, but the hoardings started to go up yesterday. The official website (with its entertainingly truncated timeline) says:

From Monday 14 April we will start putting up hoardings around the site of our first phase of works. The road network and public transport will not be affected and Station Road will remain open. See this online map showing the location of the hoardings. Initially the hoardings will include posters with information about what is happening. At a later date they will be fully clad with visuals, information on Lewisham Gateway and signage. In the coming weeks we plan to close the section of Station Road between the DLR and Lewisham Road.

Lewisham Gateway will slow traffic through the centre of Lewisham, by removing the roundabout that cuts the station off from the shopping centre and forcing cars to take a more convoluted route through town. But by doing so, it will create a more pedestrian-friendly environment, as well as creating more homes, shops and public space. The first phase will replace the bus stand.

Together with Renaissance (which is entering its final phase) and the Thurston Road buildings, which are now flying up, the impact of the Gateway on Lewisham will be dramatic and, while it will mean more frustrating travel, the net effect should be positive.

BC's colleagues work for Barratt on Renaissance, so feel free to dismiss this comment, but the Glassmill leisure centre has already been transformative and the skyline has quickly absorbed the towers, which were once the subject of so much apprehension by so many. If all this new development helps bring Lewisham to life at night, it will be a massive improvement.

Lewisham blogger Paul has done a sterling job of charting the Gateway's "progress", here.

Brockley Box Art

After the micro library, another of Brockley's red phone boxes has been put to good use.

The South East London Arts Network is using the box at the corner of Wickham Road and Lewisham Way to display pictures by some of the 200 people who took part in a World Mental Health Day workshop at Tate Modern.

SELAN is an organisation for people with severe and enduring mental health needs.

Follow the group on Facebook here.

Colonial Telegraph Hill

Tristan from Little Nan's Bar writes: Before our Brockley launch we are co-hosting a Supper Club with Bajan Chefs In a Pikkle at the Hill Station, where our guests will be spoilt with 6 courses and unlimited Cocktails!

The event is on the 17th May as if it goes well we hope to make it a regular and for people to look forward to. Full details can be found on the FB page.

Volunteer co-ordinator needed for the Brockley Max

The Brockley Max arts festival returns this summer and the team is looking for a volunteer co-ordinator to help run the show. Full details of the role and requirements on the Brockley forum.

UPDATE: El alerts us to the fact that it's the last call for artists to take part in this year's festival:

Brockley Max has always been a festival by the community for the community so if you've always wanted to perform music or poetry, show your art, act, sing or dance, now's your chance to do it! 

All you have to do is go to for an application form, decide on the venue (there's a whole list of them on the form), agree a date and time with the venue and then write a pithy few lines promoting your event. You have until 14th April to get your completed form in, so what are you waiting for?

The Larder, 71 Ladywell Road

The Larder is new deli opening in Ladywell (71 Ladywell Road, the former location of El's Kitchen) at 9am on Wednesday 16th April. The new owners, Cynthia and Katherine, write:

Food is our passion. Our aim is to provide customers with fantastic tasting fresh food, sourced as locally as possible. We're interested in the way food tastes, what's in it and how it's produced.

We'll be stocking bread from Coopers Bakehouse, beers from Brockley Brewery, sausages from Peter James (and his successor, Ollie) as well as a range of British and European cheeses (including Blackwoods), wine, charcuterie, store cupboard essentials and many other yummy things. Where we can't source British, we will source the best!

We look forward to welcoming the lovely folk of Ladywell, Brockley and beyond to The Larder: There is plenty to choose from and plenty to taste, so please pop in!

Regular Opening Hours:

Tues, Weds  8am - 6pm
Thurs, Fri  8am - 8pm
Sat  9am - 5pm
Sun  10am - 4pm

Avengers: Age of Brockley

Alexander Pierce: Captain, to build a better world, sometimes means tearing the old one down... And that makes enemies.
- Captain America 2

Age of Ultron is the story of a monomaniacal intelligence that lives through the Internet

Gone are the days when BC had to come up with spurious excuses to include the Avengers in article headlines - Avengers: Age of Ultron is filming at The Rivoli Ballroom today and Captain America (Chris Evans) has just been spotted crossing Brockley Road. It is currently filming at Shepperton Studios and using the codename After Party.

Full disclosure: The agency BC works for has Disney for a client, which is the parent company of Marvel. Still, makes a nice change from having to disclose Sainsbury's. Thanks to Kevin for the heads-up.

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