My friend Chris sustained a serious head injury on Arbuthnot Road on 20 November and the police are appealing for any witnesses to piece together what's happened. Chris is still in a critical condition.
If any Brockley Central readers saw or heard anything passing through New Cross on the way home that night, please can they tell the police. The is the Police press release:
Christopher Mapleston, 29, was found at approximately 03:00hrs on Sunday, 20 November lying on Arbuthnot Road, close to Pepys Road in New Cross. He had a laceration to his head.
He was taken by the London Ambulance Service to a south London hospital where doctors discovered that he had a fractured skull. He remains in a critical condition.
Due to his injury, Christopher has been unable to tell officers what happened that night.
Detectives from Lewisham CID are investigating and have established that Christopher had spent the night socialising with friends.
His friends last saw him running for a Route N343 bus close to Peckham Rye Railway Station between 01:30 and 02:00hrs. It is not known what happened between this time, and when he was found in the road less than two miles away.
You've never had it so good. It's boom time in Lewisham, according to a new study, which says this borough is experiencing the fastest rise in disposable income per capita in the UK. City AM reports:
Lewisham and Southwark experienced a 5.3 per cent rise in cash in people's pockets that's free to spend, growing faster than anywhere else in the country and compared to the UK average of 0.5 per cent.
The rising incomes are a sign of redevelopment in the areas attracting more and more young professionals, said UHY Hacker Young which collected the figures.
Despite the influx of new venues to the area over the last few years, these figures show what we all know: There is still an imbalance between demand and supply. A beautifully revamped Wickham would make a killing. A hipster pizza joint would be rammed. A decent Thai restaurant would clean up.
Thank you to Fraser for the link.
Why would you not want to do this? In terms of ROI for the public purse, it's got to be on a par with a dialysis machine or Crossrail 2.
The MOT garage on the corner of Upper Brockley Road and Geoffrey Road is the subject of a new proposal to redevelop the site as housing, with office space at ground level.
The scheme is for "the construction of a four storey building to provide 7 residential units and 53sqm of commercial floorspace (Use Class B1)."
The architecture is more utilitarian than this spot deserves. This is a chance to enhance one of the gateways to the Conservation Area and due care should be given to the aesthetics.
Thank you to Tim, who gave me the heads-up.
|Work in progress on the refurbishment|
It may look like there is still a fair amount to do, but so confident are they of hitting their target that they're already taking Christmas Party bookings from December 12th.
Following the sad closure of The Ravensbourne Arms, this is a welcome bit of good news.
|Image from the consultation, courtesy of QWAG|
|Image from the consultation, courtesy of QWAG|
There is certainly now precedent in the area for tall buildings and the development has the potential to replace a lonely spot close to the station with something more useful, but it will be important for this scheme to relate to everything else being built in central Lewisham right now.
Tesco previously explored a smaller scheme at this location.
Lewisham Council writes:
Lewisham Council is seeking a new operator to run the café and bars in the Grade II listed Broadway Theatre in Catford.
This marks the beginning of an ambitious wide-scale regeneration plan for Catford that will see over 1000 new homes built in the area, the redevelopment of the Council offices and Civic Suite, new retail outlets and public spaces.
Councillor Chris Best, Cabinet Member for Health, Wellbeing and Older People, said: “The Broadway Theatre café and bars are highly valued by a wide range of visitors including residents, theatre goers and local groups. We’re looking for the right operator to work with the theatre staff to realise the huge further potential of the café and bars so that they become thriving, important assets that benefit the growing local community and visitors from beyond Lewisham.”
The Broadway Theatre is itself set to undergo minor works in the short term, with more extensive works planned for the longer term to safeguard the future of this important asset with the help of external funding.
The new operator for the cafe will be selected by the end of 2016 and should be installed by spring 2017. The successful candidate is expected to designate the café a south London destination.
Expressions of interest are still being received, with a proposal deadline of 5 December. Interested parties should contact Louise Brooks & Nicky Chambers at email@example.com
Today's the official opening of Deptford Market Yard and the special offers from participating businesses include:
Win & Ruby
10% off all day
Chance to win 25% off in store activities, Instagram competition plus free limited edition tote bag when spending over £70
GP are celebrating their 5 year anniversary with celebratory fun in store including a fashion showcase. Wear your favourite Gitas Portal piece for your chance to win in a special prizedraw
£5 'Glamz Up' quick hairstyling will get you looking party ready
The English Flowerhouse
10% of all products throughout the day. 20% off all wreath making workshops booked on the day and 10% off Christmas trees and wreaths preordered on the day with free local delivery!
Special Lomond coffee blend Espresso Martinis from 6pm
10% of clothes all day and in store fashion showcase after 6pm
Opening night express menu from the supper club duo
30% of food between 6pm - 8pm so get down early! Chance to win a free meal for two at Mama's Jerk, plus vintage Reggae vibes in store
Cocktails in teapots and hot mulled cocktails till late
In the Market Yard
Covered area with music by local Deptford DJ's, hot mulled drinks, circus performers including Fire Poi and LED juggling, street food stalls including Bill or Beak and Hao Hao Chi fresh dumplings. 6pm till late
6pm - 11pm, Wednesday 23rd November.
The event is free to attend.
For full details, click here
|A Cinderella Line - it has a logo and everything|
They scored an impressive early win with the recent decision to offer more trains during morning rush hour. Now they want your help to do more. They say:
"We’re fighting for improvements on the Catford loop trains. Now is the time for action.
"Thameslink Railway are in the middle of the biggest timetable consultation in a generation and want our thoughts on their proposals. This is our chance to get four trains an hour as a minimum standard for Crofton Park and the Catford Loop. A chance to get trains every 15 minutes, so you can just turn up and go.
"But to get all of this we need your help. We need to get 1,500 responses by 8th December so we can show how much demand there is for our service.
"All you need to do to respond is sign your name and say you support our request for a minimum of 4 trains an hour, through Blackfriars, all day every day.
"You can of course add your own comments and suggestions too. Just click here to go to the response survey."
"Each scene takes you on a local journey,from stocking up at The Christmas Markets, watching The Christmas Play with a warming mulled wine, enjoying The Christmas Walk on a wintry Hilly Fields, to the infamous New Year’s Party at the Rivoli Ballroom!
"The additional design ‘Greenwich Winter Time’, depicting a snowy Royal Observatory from one of South London’s most beautiful parks."
A single card costs £1.50, the SE4 multipack costs £8 for 8.
Order them from Nancy's website here.
I have been allowed to go forward to bid for funding for the street art for my project under Ladywell railway bridge on Ellerdale Street.
Bread Collective are currently drawing up designs for me to show on the evening. I need as many people who are in favour of it to come to the Ladywell Assembly at Grodonbrock Primary School, Amyruth Road, London SE4 1HQ at 7pm on 30th November.
"Our practice was formed by Sam Selencky and David Parsons. We had our beginnings in Brockley, three years ago, when we worked from a room in one of our houses. After expanding and moving to a shared workspace in Peckham, we decided to come back to Brockley and fit-out our own studio space.
"The move was a natural choice for us. It is a place we know and love, having lived here for ten years, and a lot of our work is in South East London.
"The majority of our projects are residential, but we work across the architectural spectrum and at a range of scales. We are interested in working with any client that is looking to create interesting, thoughtful and well crafted designs. Some of our recent projects include a workspace fit out, an electricity substation and an extension to a 1960's ex-council terraced house. Feel free to pop in and say hello!"
For details, click here.
"A lazy Sunday morning doing things we all love. Come and join us for Brunch on the 20th to find out more about how you can enjoy the festive season while eating well and watching the waist line. While enjoying some Christmas shopping with Stella & Dot.
"Sam from Fit & Flourish will be talking to us about all things nutrition and fitness in the run up to the most indulgent time of year and Jules from Stella & Dot will be bring along some very sparkly treats for us to try and buy to kick start our Christmas shopping or treat ourselves. Ticket includes your Brunch and a hot drink."
Click here for details.
The Cinderella Line is the campaign group working to secure better train services through Crofton Park. The current service is as infrequent as it is unreliable and they believe the people along that route deserve better.
The group has been working with Vicky Foxcroft MP and Southeastern Trains to introduce a new timetable and has had a stunning success. They say:
"From December 12th, four new trains will stop at Crofton Park between 7-9am . Three will go on to Denmark Hill and Victoria and one to Elephant & Castle and Blackfriars.
"The Victoria services currently pass through Crofton Park but don’t stop there, so they will now make the additional stop at Crofton Park.
"We have also been pushing Thameslink to introduce new Class 700 trains, with 30% more capacity than the trains we currently have. The first of these will appear from the end of November and then replace our current trains at the rate of one per week.
"These stations were chosen as they have the least number of trains on the Catford Loop. The services will be weekday mornings only – for the evening, people can change at Denmark Hill and the journey time will be 25 minutes from Victoria to Crofton Park.
"By January next year, all our peak time services should be the new trains which offer 30% extra capacity to the current ones."
Times for the new services are as follows:
07:36 Crofton Park – Victoria
07:58 Bellingham – Victoria
08:24 Crofton Park – Victoria
08:43 Crofton Park – Victoria
09:01 Crofton Park - Blackfriars
Follow the Cinderella Line team on Twitter here.
Join us for our free official launch event for Eat a Rainbow, at 'The Field', New Cross. We will have pizza making, fruit & veg kebabs, a vegetable carving competition, kids activities and more!
We are a social enterprise that runs a low cost fruit and veg stall outside the Post Office on New Cross Road, supported by local people and run by volunteers.
We want to provide all people with fair access to seasonal fresh fruit and vegetable that will improve the health and wellbeing of people and families living in deprived communities in South London.
A licencing application has been made to Lewisham Council for 16 Coulgate Street, the large new unit created right next to the south eastern entrance of Brockley Station.
The new owners are planning to open a restaurant called Parlez and have lodged an application to serve food and alcohol until midnight at weekends. They have also applied to stage live music.
The space is deceptively large, so has huge potential.
Thanks to BCer Sarah, who spotted it.
Good Hope is another new arrival at pop-up development PLACE / Ladywell. The cafe chain, created to honour the memory of murdered teen Jimmy Mizen, began in Hither Green and has expanded to the Lewisham High Street development.Loving the vibe @GoodHopeCafe @PLACELadywell - look forward to coming back to try the full menu! pic.twitter.com/kJrEvQdLHo— Rebecca Elliot (@RebeccaMCox) November 6, 2016
Alongside giving financial support to the charity 'For Jimmy', the café provides training and work experience programmes, and offers work placements in partnership with Drumbeat School & ASD Services for young people with Autism.
For details, click here.
"We are open as a café in the day time and offer vegetarian food, cakes, and amazing coffee! We've also just had our 1st concert with Rie Nakajima & Pierre Berthet and will be announcing more performances soon."
|Photo courtesy of Neil Gadhok|
For more information about Silver Road, click here.
A new bar / restaurant is opening on Brockley Road, brought to us by the team behind The Orchard.
The Orchard (Harefield Road) was among the first of Brockley’s new wave of restaurants, bars and cafes that people went to as an active and positive choice rather than out of a sense of duty to local businesses or a lack of better ideas.
In many ways, it is still the benchmark that other local businesses should aspire to. Somehow both buzzy and relaxed, simple yet fancy. Cosy in winter when the flames of the oven seem to heat the whole space, cool in summer with the windows thrown open. The founders struck the right balance and created the perfect local experience.
So this news is welcome and overdue. They are going to try and bottle lightning all over again – this time, in Midtown.
Brickfields is the name of their new place, replacing the old, deserted Thai restaurant on Brockley Road. They’ve got the keys, they’ve got planning permission. They are finally ready to go. Ed explains:
“The plan is for a bar with a late licence serving food, cocktails, craft beer, wine... It isn't going to be a carbon copy of The Orchard and will have a personality all of it's own.
“We are hoping to be open for Christmas but will see how we get on with the build!”
Monkeyboy trod lightly to send us these photos. The first a notice of forfeiture from the landlord, the second a bunch of flowers, representing the mourning process this community is going through.
It may have dealt in half measures, but a Brockley institution has been lost. Duke's passing marks the end of an era. Its death should not satisfy us.
London Union's plans to open a massive foodiplex next to Lewisham Shopping Centre have hit the skids.@MayazRah Delays meant that Polpo pulled out and we're not sure it's big enough now for the time, effort and investment. May still though.— Big Eater (@BigEater) November 3, 2016
The pop-up food group's auditors report that "the directors decided that this site does not fit their long-term plans. The site has not been sublet or developed..."
The venue was supposed to open last year, with Polpo as an anchor tenant.
Thanks to Fraser for the auditor report and to Paul for rooting around on Twitter.
I am raising money for Barnardos and had an idea I wanted to run past Brockley Central readers, to see if there is any appetite!
Essentially, I was thinking of pulling together a Brockley (and greater Brockley) Calendar 2017.
What I would love is for people to suggest ideas and locations to include (no photos of locals with strategically placed cinnamon swirls at the Deli!) and even provide their own photos (copyright free) to use in the calendar.
Still need to determine if it would be cost effective (online cost per unit is cheaper the more you buy - but I don't want to end up with 50 sat in the loft!). However, thought it would be good to see if this would be of interest to anyone and to gather ideas / photos / price suggestions etc.
- Please let David know your thoughts below.
Posted by Nick Barron on 2.11.16
BCer Shirley wants to fill a gap in our local restaurant knowledge. She writes:
This restaurant never seems to appear in BC lists of good places to eat, so I thought I'd give it a well deserved shout-out after discovering it by word of mouth recommendation today.
They do fantastic authentic home-cooked dosas, a myriad of interesting vegetarian side-dishes - the spinach and lentil Dahl was outstanding - nothing oily - all freshly cooked.
The name and decor do the place no favours, but this will now be my go-to place for a good value tasty meal in Lewisham, substantially ahead of some of the BC favourites.
For more details, click here.