Don't rig Lewisham West

A party that sets out its stall as a champion of social mobility and scourge of rigged, elitist systems should probably avoid cosy, nepotistic stitch-ups. As local Labour MP Jim Dowd stands down, the Evening Standard writes:

"It’s a family affair for Labour. Lewisham West and Penge MP Jim Dowd has decided to take his pension after 25 years, and the race to replace him as Labour candidate looks set to feature two modern party dynasties.

"In one red corner is Ellie Reeves, vice-chair of the London Labour Party — and sister of chess champ and Labour MP Rachel. Ellie’s husband John Cryer is an east London MP and chair of the Parliamentary Labour Party. Both of John’s parents were Labour MPs too.

"But Reeves won’t be in for an easy ride. Whisperings are that Joe Dromey, who has wowed locals as an independent-minded Lewisham councillor, would also like to run. Dromey may struggle to escape the shadow of his own parents, though — dad Jack is MP for Birmingham Erdington while his mother is Labour heavyweight Harriet Harman.

"With rumours that Jeremy Corbyn’s son Seb might throw his hat in the ring, are these the new red princes and princesses?"

However, Dromey has denied he will be standing:

Ladywell restaurant space comes on the market

Hilly Fields Evening Walks

Michael writes:

Hilly Fields early evening walks have started again.

Come and enjoy the views, the setting sun, the company and some gentle exercise!

We meet on Mondays 6.30pm at the benches outside Frances Drake Bowls club, near 484 bus stop (24 April – late October). The walk group is led by volunteer walk leaders and we walk for 30 -45 minutes.

For more information: Jenny Budd: Healthywalks@gcda.org.uk

... Or you can just turn up or register on

www.walkingforhealth.org.uk/walkfinder/lewisham-healthy-walks

Model Market IV - Begins April 28

Model Market [196 Lewisham High Street] is back for more. It's hard to conceive a South East London summer without it. London Union says:

Model Market, our late and local Lewisham feast, is returning to it’s SE13 home on Friday 28 April for the fourth year running. We’ll be launching with a three-day-strong Bank Holiday Weekender across Fri/Sat/Sun and running ALL summer long with ten street food heroes and five brilliant bars.

Our two newest additions are Nanban and Tacos del Rey (a brand new taco concept from the team behind Killa Dilla).

Every Friday and Saturday, 5pm - 1am. Also open on Sunday during opening weekend. Entry is free before 7pm, £3 thereafter.

New Cross and Deptford Free Film Festival 2017: Opening Night

This year's festival kicks off on Friday, April 21, with an opening night party at the White Hart pub in New Cross, featuring a screening of John Favreau's gastro-comedy Chef. Entrance is free. There will be food and music.

Details of the opening night and the rest of the festival here.

Brockley Road: Heroes and Villains

Two neighbouring venues on Brockley Road have recently made an effort to pretty themselves up for summer, to vastly different effect.

Firstly, we have Central Cafe, who have taken a look around and noticed that people seem to like spending time in places that look nice. Their minimalist makeover is a soothing addition to the high street.

Secondly, we have the post office next door, which has sold every square inch of real estate to Moneygram and consequently looks like a nightmarish version of Rymans, with its employees and customers forbidden from ever seeing the light of day. If junk mail were a shop, it would be this place.

Brockley Max 2017 - get involved

Emma writes:

Brockley Max is a nine-day, not-for-profit festival put on by local people for local people. So it can’t happen without your help!

We’re looking for volunteers keen to be involved in Brockley Max 2017, to see a different side of the festival - use your skills in a creative capacity, try something new and be involved in your local community! It’s a great opportunity to develop your skills, add experience to your CV and use your interest in music or art in a professional capacity – references can be provided on request after volunteering.  Travel expense can be covered, and food is often provided.

You’ll be contributing your time to help make the festival run smoothly, for example, by handing out programmes, setting up events, being a festival ambassador or raising funds. You’ll be an essential part of Brockley Max, helping create a special atmosphere, perfect for those looking for work experience or to meet new people.

You can volunteer as much or as little of your time as you like, there is plenty of variety and flexibility.

Please visit our website to find out more about all our exciting opportunities and how to apply.

You can also email Emma, our Volunteer Coordinator on volunteer@brockleymax.co.uk if you have any further query.

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