The Sydenham Society reports two significant improvements resulting from timetable changes that come in to effect on December 12th, including more trains from London Bridge and later trains on the East London Line.
This quick summary of an hour and a half in Brockley on a Friday lunchtime is unashamedly one for the 81%.
1. Haircut in Bohemia Hair. Not sure how many bookings they've had yet but they seem to have been getting very positive interest. Lovely people. Nice environment. Successfully gussied up Barnet. 25 percent discount. What's not to like? They deserve to succeed.
2. The Orchard for lunch. Also much to recommend: the shredded chicken and avocado salad is a Good Thing, and good value to boot. Tap water served in bottles is a simple but welcome touch. Laid back music and free wi-fi add to the package. A very pleasant place to be.
3. Coffee at Browns on the way home. Would have been perfect even without the smashing pumpkin.
Brockley is a good place to be.
We jumped the gun last month when we announced that Up the Line, the local Remembrance Day celebration, would be returning this year, following a stunning event in 2009. The event did not secure the Arts Council funding the organisers hoped for. However, in a Capra-esque twist, the good people of Brockley have pulled together to put the show on regardless.
Organiser John Mckiernan writes:
Following on from the hugely successful 2009 event we will be presenting a bigger and more beautiful evening performance of ‘Up The Line’ in Brockley and
Poets, musicians, dancers, soundscape, film and a lantern procession with children will begin their performance at the sound of a single Scottish piper along a one and half kilometre path running through the cemetery.
Monuments to those who were injured during the conflict and subsequently died in
We do hope you can make it along to this free unique event with entry anytime from until . The wheelchair and pram accessible path will take between 55-70 minutes to walk so please dress appropriately, wear sturdy shoes and bring a torch.
Enter from junction of
Exit Ladywell Gate SE13 7HY
Arrive anytime between last entry
Lantern Procession by children
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Get involved and information: email@example.com
Platform-7 and Moonbow Events, in association with London Borough of Lewisham and the Friends of Brockley and
The Kings of Leon played a secret gig at the Rivoli Ballroom for Radio 1 tonight, something we completely missed until it was too late.
The community art gallery at The Tea Factory faces a race against time to secure its future before the end of this year.
Janine: Ohh. Like what?
Joey: Like this. Pictures of cute babies we don’t know. We..we can’t have that.
Janine: Joey, it’s Anne Geddes. She’s a famous artist.
Joey: Look I don’t know this baby. I don’t know if she’s a famous artist or not. You know, and I don’t want to be a jerk but you’re changing too much around here.
- Friends, The One With Ross' Teeth
If you've spent the last 30 years on a Brockley bar stool, or your job is to provide an adequate number of school places in the area, then it may be hard to accept, but Brockley is now full of young families. Exhibit A is of course the Brockley Mess. We now bring you exhibit B - Maraschino Photography, a new studio on Tressillian Road. By no means exclusively dedicated to portraits of children, young families are nonetheless a key market for them.
Run by Kath Cherry and Mike Howells, we asked them a few questions about their new venture:
Why did you open a business in Brockley?
We ended up in Brockley because we had some friends here (they've since moved to Seattle and set up eat local) and really liked the area. we had a feeling that it was only going to get better and were drawn to the close sense of community, the green spaces, the quality of the houses and the sense that you were somehow not really in the hustle and bustle of London whilst only being a short train ride away. Also, we could afford it!
Over the next few weeks, we’ll be documenting some of the biggest and most exciting changes taking place across South East London. From huge new housing projects to investment in the area’s heritage sites, this part of London is subject to many of the capital’s most ambitious plans.
We’ll start with two projects that hug the banks of London’s Mason-Dixon Line:
Proposals have been submitted to improve Cutty Sark Gardens [above], providing a new landscape setting for a restored Cutty Sark, due to reopen in 2011.
The designs include 6,540 sq m of new stone covering, less steps to a make it more pedestrian friendly, an interactive “wet floor” feature, clear cyclist route and green planters.
Meanwhile, Ravensbourne College’s £70 million relocation to state-of the art premises next to the O2 is complete.
TfL has announced that there will be a small increase in the number of 343 buses (London Bridge - New Cross) running between Monday and Friday, 7am - 7pm. Currently, one bus runs every 6.5 minutes. From February 2011, this will increase to one bus every 6 minutes, with one additional morning peak journey from New Cross to Catford.
Posted by Nick Barron on 22.10.10
Local artist Emma Cousin is looking for a location in Brockley to open a shop - initially a pop-up. As ever, finding a suitable location is proving tricky for these local entrepreneurs, so she's asking for suggestions from BC readers:
I am trying to put together plans with two business partners to open a shop - pop up to begin with - in Brockley. We plan to present art, crafts, interiors and antiques and generally present a colourful hub of interest on the street.
They're looking to open as soon as possible, so thoughts welcome...
TfL confirmed yesterday that London transport fares will rise by an average of two percent above inflation from January 2011. Overground, bus, rail and tube fares will all go up, as will travelcard costs. The cost of a weekly zone-2 travelcard will go up from £25.80 to £27.60.
UPDATE: Thanks to KayinSE4 we now have this photo with which to judge. On balance, it gets a BC thumbs up.
Ed from The Orchard has just got in touch:
The Government's Comprehensive Spending Review today confirmed that the Crossrail project will go ahead as planned, giving Brockley commuters a new link at Whitechapel by 2017 and securing the long-term future of Canary Wharf. Tube upgrades will also be funded, removing any lingering doubts that the ill-fated Jubilee Line expansion would be scrapped.
Brockley Central isn't just here to plug our own sewing workshop enterprises, it also exists to promote events being organised by our friends. In this case, it is at least in Hither Green and in aid of a worthy charity.
Scanning the thousands of hopped-up faces in the crowd, I am immediately struck by two things. One is that there isn't a single black person here. The other is the truly awesome quantity of medical hardware: Seemingly every third person in the place is sucking oxygen from a tank or propping their giant atrophied glutes on motorized wheelchair-scooters.
Posted by Nick Barron on 18.10.10
El's Kitchen, a new deli and fine food store, is opening in Ladywell on October 30th, at 71 Ladywell Road.
Hyperlocal site SE1 reports that TfL is seeking to expand the Barclays Cycle Hire scheme at as many as 12 new locations on the South Bank and will add 350 new docking points next to Waterloo Station.
Staged in a Grade II listed Manor House, Wonderland will come to life. But banish those Disney images; this is the dark, dangerous and anarchic Wonderland of Carroll’s imagination.
Expect to see Wonderland popping up on high streets, at festivals and in other unusual venues. But catch it first at Manor House Library, Lewisham from 28th- 31st October 2010.
Posted by Nick Barron on 15.10.10
"And that was the only folly the people of Springfield ever embarked upon. Except for the popsicle stick skyscraper. And the 50-foot magnifying glass. And that escalator to nowhere...''
- The Simpsons, Marge vs the Monorail
There are world records and there are world records. The Friends of Frendsbury Gardens are going for an eminently achievable sounding bulb-planting record-breaking attempt on October 31st, but since it's an opportunity to remind everyone of the existence of this lovely pocket park, so much the better. A very small amount of dedication is what you need:
The Friends of Frendsbury Gardens in conjunction with The Rotary Club and Brockley Cross Action Group, will be planting 2500 crocuses at Frendsbury Gardens and other SE4 locations on 31st October 2010 as part of a bulb planting record attempt. This is also an opportunity to raise awareness about immunising children against polio, which is an objective of the Rotary club.
They aim to beat the current record of 331 people planting 5 bulbs each in an hour so need as many people as possible to come and support the attempt. If you are interested in participating, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mark has been in touch to alert us about a public consultation currently underway, to make Coulgate Street one-way, to address road-safety problems that have led to fatal accidents in the area.
The consultation letter is below:
Posted by Nick Barron on 13.10.10
In a radical new approach to local politics, Conservative candidate for Ladywell Ben Appleby has attempted to address a couple of relevant issues - promising to protect Lewisham libraries from closure.
Posted by Nick Barron on 13.10.10