Local event round-up

'Fuel Poverty' Debate, 28th May
Heated debate guaranteed at St Andrew's Church, 7-9pm.

Speakers:

Mervyn Kohler - of Age Concern/Help the Aged
Ruth Bond - National Federation of Women's Institutes
Gemma Townsend - Conservative Prospective Paliamentary Candidate for Lewisham Deptford
Cllr Chris Maines - Lib Dem Leader on Lewisham Council
Cllr Darren Johnson AM - Green Parliamentary Candidate for Lewisham Deptford

The organisers state that there are 3,000 older people in Lewisham who struggle to pay fuel bills each year and that the issue will claim 800 lives ('excess winter deaths') over the next 10 years.

Brockley Assembly, 2nd JuneThe fourth Brockley Assembly meeting will be held at Lewisham College, 7 -9pm.

The meeting will update attendees about local projects and seek support for the nominated projects for the £50,000 Mayor’s fund for Brockley.

Registration will be from 6.45pm, please go to the main college reception entrance, on Lewisham Way.

Diabetes UK Fundraiser, 14th June

On Sunday 14th June, 3-5pm, Ladywell favourite Oscar's will serve afternoon tea delights to raise money for Diabetes UK.

£15/head (£5 from each sale to Diabetes UK). Owner Petra's homemade delights will feature sensible healthy options for everyone to enjoy.

Musical entertainment from Jed Dmochowski.

25 comments:

patrick1971 said...

I got a leaflet through the door about that Fuel Poverty meeting. It claimed that fuel poverty was causing an increase in global warming. I have to admit I fail to see how enabling people to heat more of their homes for longer is going to stop global warming; can anyone from the campaign enlighten me?

Basically I`m with Edwina Currie on this one; just put another jumper on! And don`t heat your entire house. One room is easily sufficient. That`s all I ever heat all through the winter. Never have the heating on in the bedroom; that`s what blankets are for.

Anonymous said...

I have an electric blanket that I wrap around myself and a 100ft cable - allows me complete freedom within a... 100ft radius.

whats not to like?

Tressilliana said...

Tough love, eh?

Of course people who are basically in good health and able to be physically active should put on extra clothes instead of putting the thermostat up. But I doubt the fuel poverty campaigners are fighting for the right of the poor to wander round their homes in T-shirt and pants with the thermostat on 27. Very elderly people and people who are housebound through disability and illness are often living on very low incomes, not eating very well and not able to keep active. They need to be able to afford an ambient temperature that minimises the risk of hypothermia and stops the house getting damp.

Headhunter said...

I understand what Tressilliana is saying, however I don't understand why fuel poverty is caused by global warming. If anything the increase in average temperatures should mean people susceptible to cold are better off, surely?

On the subject of old people and cold, when I was a wee bairn me and my sis used to spend nights at my grandparents when our parents were out for evenings. Their house used to be literally freezing. I remember waking up and being able to see my breath every morning in the winter.

They didn't have central heating (this was in the late 80s) and would heat 1 or 2 rooms with gas fires. When we complained my grandma told us that when she was growing up in Yorkshire some of the windows in their house didn't close at all (it was impossible to shut them), even through the winter and that we should get over it. They both lived til they were in their mid 90s.

Tressilliana said...

I think it's to do with poor energy efficiency in low income households - not much draughtproofing, little loft insulation, old, inefficient boilers, central heating without thermostats on all the radiators, or no central heating and relying instead on various electric heaters, which are all incredibly expensive to use and not very efficient either. So from the limited money people have to spend on fuel they don't get much actual warmth because so much of it goes straight out into the atmosphere.

Anonymous said...

Headhunter

1. I agree, same for me. All these jessies with central heating are cosseted.

2. Did I win the Conservation area argument?

Hugh said...

Where's the Champions League thread?

Headhunter said...

What conservation area argument?

Anonymous said...

Discussion, about me being in Ladywell, overlooking Hilly Fields, and in the conservation area

you know the one

Tamsin said...

I fear, with so many politicians in the line up, that it may just turn into a party game but there are real issues. TV programmes pick on worst cases but these people are there or they could not be found and genuinely there are many elderly who are admittedly already frail or ill but who do die every winter because they can't keep warm enough and - slogan though it is - for a significant number it is a choice of "heat or eat".

Anyway, come along to the meeting and learn more.

fred vest said...

"who are admittedly already frail or ill but who do die every winter"

not only are new labour inequality policies (achievement: highest level of inequality since records began in 1961) forcing folk to their deaths, but they're not even happy with that, they're killing them again each and every year thereafter!

Headhunter said...

Oh, you're that anon.... So many anons floating around it's hard to tell which one you are. I give up on that, I'm not into riddles, as far as I'm concerned the Brock cons area is Brockley (hence the name), but without knowing what road you live on I have no idea whether you live in it or not. Over to you.

Anonymous said...

HH: not a riddle but there you are. Parts of Ladywell are in the conservation area and overlook Hilly Fields (Full stop)


"that anon"

this anon said...

'that anon'

Southern end of Adelaide Ave? Eastern Rd or Algiers Rd Perhaps?

Headhunter said...

That Anon - Why don't you just tell me which street you live on and save all the palaver? Then I can judge for myself whether I think it's Brockley or not. I live on manor Avenue - there.

We'll probably disagree anyway, there have been countless debates on here as to whether Crofton Park is Brockley or vice versa or where Ladywell starts and ends. Obviously we have the ward boundaries to judge this by, however if your place falls in Ladywell ward AND the Brockley conservation area, who can tell...

Tyrwhitt Michael said...

Strangely enough I am in the Ladywell Ward, Council wise but I am in Brockley SE4 address wise.

I seem to recall when I first moved into this area ahem years ago - 1988 actually - I am sure it was called the Hilly Fields Conservation Area.

Does anyone else recall that or am I having another senior moment?

Anonymous said...

Vicars Hill HH

Headhunter said...

As I thought. Brockley. Definitely Brockley.

Anonymous said...

Vicars Hill is Ladywell Headhunter, without a shadow of a doubt - all the way up, down and on both sides.

If you are invited outside to settle the matter at the BC get-together do not be surprised (Village People/builder)

Headhunter said...

Nah, definitely Brockley. The council named it the Brockley Conservation Area and the council is NEVER wrong.

Anonymous said...

I see

But I will not be allowed to vote for brockley councillors in the next election - only those applying for seats in Ladywell.

Surely a discrepancy here.

Anyway, when the new nursery opens on Manor Avenue you'll never be able to get to Hilly Fields again due to 4x4's dropping off and collecting children. I'll give you reports on activities on Hilly Fields from time to time...

Tyrwhitt Michael said...

Vicars Hill is SE13 isn't it?

If so it's not Brockley but L...................ewisham

I subscribe to the Post Code theory whereby each post code has a dominant name and other areas within the same postcode are sub regions of the main area name.

Thus Crofton Park is a sub area of Brockley, St Johns is part of Deptford and Ladywell is part of Lewisham.

(Ducks for cover)

Anonymous said...

Ladywell Ward


(cocks rifle)

Vixil Fundraiser said...

Okay guys! Vicars Hill is SE13, but parts of it sits on Hilly Fields - the Brockley Conservation area. I agree it s/b called Hilly Fields Conservation area, but it ain't, so that's life...

Wherever, we are, this is the best Brockley/Hilly Fields/Ladywell community chat forum I've found, so I am grateful that Brockley Nick keeps this forum alive & welcomes us all!

& don't forget, for those who enjoy Cafe Oscar's delights, they are hosting a fundraiser on Sunday, 14th June from 3-5 o'clock for diabetes week in Ladywell village, for anyone who wants to come - Brockley, Hilly Fields or anywhere...

Monkeyboy said...

Partition, it's the only way. It worked in India - kind off. We'll name a day and the hoards can walk across the border, taking only what they can carry, to their chosen home. Obviously Anon and HH will take the Nehru/Gandhi roles. Nick can draw the arbitrary border, because we all know of course that HE really controls SE4.

Right footy....

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