Brockley Bites

The Livesy lives on?
Southwark Council has axed its funding to the Livesey Museum for Children.

The museum in its current form will be open to the public for the last day this Friday 29th February, which is an indecently short period before closure.

The museum, located in one of the most deprived areas in the country, was opened by John Betjeman in 1974. Its award-winning interactive exhibitions have attracted visitors from all over the country and abroad, giving pleasure and educational benefit to hundreds of thousands of children, particularly those from local disadvantaged communities.

A number of potential funders have approached campaigners who are now setting up a trust in a bid to save the museum for future generations. Friends of the Livesey are to meet with Southwark's Liberal Democrat leader, Cllr Nick Stanton to discuss working in partnership with the council to save the museum.

Saving the museum is dependent on securing continued use of the museum building from Southwark council. This listed Edwardian building was given to the people of Southwark by philanthropist George Livesey to provide access to culture and learning. Councillors have talked about selling off the building. Friends of the Livesey will ask Nick Stanton to ensure that this does not happen and the building continues to be used for the purpose for which it was given.

Sign the petition on

Contact the campaign organisers to offer your support:

West Side Shop – the known unknown

We know lots of people want to know what’s happening to the retail units in the parade on Mantle Road.

We’d love to be able to tell you more about it. We can confirm at least what others have already written - that the property has been let. We have asked the agents to confirm more details. They have agreed to pass our details and request on to the new tenants.

That’s all we can tell you so far. Sorry! We have our own hunch but will leave it to others to speculate. If you are taking over that shop and reading this story, please get in touch and put Dixie and others out of their misery.

Thai Chi on the Hill

Tai Chi classes from 1 April 2008
Tai Chi (Yang Style)
For all levels. Tuesday 7.30 - 9pm
Telegraph Hill Centre,
St Catherine's Church, Kitto Road, SE14
07941 230239

And, a taster session and demonstration, as part of the Telegraph Hill Festival
Sunday 2 March, 12 - 1pm
Cafe Orange, Telegraph Hill Centre, Kitto Road, SE14

Lu Jun Hai sifu will lead his team to demonstrate the art of tai chi. A fantastic opportunity to join the session after the demonstration. All welcome. Admission free. (NB If weather is good, the taster session will take place in the Upper Park on Telegraph Hill)

Brockleywood nights III

Enjoy a free evening of fantastic short films and live music at Moonbow Jakes tonight, February 28th.

The London Mayoral Election
We’re planning on covering the upcoming Mayoral elections and, in particular, any issues relevant to Lewisham.

So far, depressingly, the only way in which Brockley has figured in the campaign is the search warrant that was executed by the police on a residential property on Nursery Road, in connection with allegations surrounding Livingston aide, Lee Jasper.

Meanwhile, the Back Boris campaign has been promising that a “borough-by-borough” guide to his manifesto would be launched by the end of the month. It has been promising this for weeks and is lucky that this is a leap year.

None of which bodes well for the level of debate we can expect in the coming weeks…


Anonymous said...

I was invited to take part in a TV programme that was never transmitted.

Amongst guests was Lee Jasper.

Warmth was not something that I associate with the man. In fact I found him to be a rude bully whose experience of 'race' trumped anyone else's. Although I do think that he is highly qualified to talk on race issues, I think he may be a victim of his ego. Which is a shame because he can be a forceful orator with valid, if not controversial, views.

Strangely, at the end of the session, he passed his business card. He must have felt compelled by the moment because, later when I checked, it belonged to someone in New York!

patrick1971 said...

Lee Jasper puts race relations back about twenty years every time he opens his mouth. Fortunately there are a few more sensible voices around to balance him out.

Anonymous said...

Great to have you on board, Patrick.

Anonymous said...

Sorry, I meant to add... that's because in some places race relations are twenty years behind. Believe me, the man's problem is his ego. (Power, fame and money can be corrupting.)

Anonymous said...

Johnson is an idiot

T1 said...

It's been funny to watch the Standard's war against Jasper. In fact it looks like it's Andew Gilligan's war, he of s*xed up fame.

From the outside, both Gilligan and Jasper appear as bad as each other!

Anonymous said...

Gilligan has one aim - to distract Livingstone as much as possible from his election campaigning; so far it is working well. I've never met Jasper but there is no doubt the LDA nees a rocket to sort it out.

What Johnson and the others have failed to do is come up with any serious policy proposals, mostly because they know that Ken won't because he is too busy firefighting. Where are the radical policies for us all to make a vote on?

My guess is that people who used to vote for Ken will think, ok, he's a bit of a tosser, but a)do i want the others in and b)you know what? sod it, I won't vote. My prediction is that Ken will get in because no one will vote against him, if you see what I mean. The others won't attract enough votes to get over the 50% outright win needed for it not to go to second preferences, and second preferences for people who vote for labour ken are not going to be tory johnson.

Anonymous said...

I fear you are right about this zeroing in on Lee Jasper.

I contacted Andrew Gilligan because I had experience of the misappropriation of LDA 'controlled' (there was none) funds in Kilburn, where I sat on the board.

Kilburn SRB was a perfect example of a lack of funding control and manipulation by those who most benefited - Board members and their cronies. (I did not accept this and called for a register of members' interests, which was introduced after I was 'fired'. The Register is only open to board members, which rather defeats the object.)

£6.6 million pounds was spent - but no one gave a damn. Neither did Gilligan or the Standard, presumably because any alleged 'wrongdoing' did not involve Lee Jasper. Clearly the paper thinks he is the 'Livingstone heel'. Is this selective racist targetting? I don't know... But the paper's inability to shift its focus is worthy of some scrutiny. And Lee Jasper appears to have done nothing more than I experienced when I was surrounded by these questionable, self-interested 'redirectors' of the public purse.

I have no love for Lee Jasper... but the question is did his 'corruption' (?) - if it was such - have a noble cause? Or was he just another pig at the trough?

Anonymous said...

To change the subjec to one of the other items. Did anyone else go to the Tai Chi demonstration/taster? It was great. I'm seriously thinking of signing up to the course when it starts in April. And with the lengthening days they might move outside. We'll see.

"The Master" is incredibly supple for his 67 years as one might expect and is proposing to come from a considerable distance to teach in this area - if the take-up of the class justifies it. So it is up to the residents of Brockley, Telegraph Hill, Nunhead and places around to make it happen.

Anonymous said...

Anyone have any news on this West side cafe? Several weeks ago someone on this blog suggested that it would be open within 3 weeks. There still appears to be no movement on that front. The place looks as closed as it ever has done.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, it's frustrating. I havn't heard anything. It was the landlord that said it was opening in 3 weeks (although maybe they went the lease was being taken on in 3 weeks...)

Bridget McKenzie said...

A brief update on the Livesey post:
The website you should go to for all the campaign details is

You will find a membership application form there, and an address to send cheque donations.

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