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Brockley Butterflies to run the Marathon in honour of local woman

Local running team the Butterflies will be taking part in this weekend's London Marathon in honour of local girl Seana Culwin, who died last year, aged only 26, from an incurable autoimmune disease called Lupus.

Seana Culwin was a very active volunteer in the local community, working with children in Brockley and Honor Oak. After she died, the family received cards from local families who'd been touched by her life. She has a bench in her honour in Hilly Fields.

The Butterflies consist of Seana's father, step-mother, sister and her friend and they'll be running in bright yellow body paint and lilac butterfly wings.

The Butterflies will be raising awareness of St Thomas' Lupus Trust and will be making an appearance at the Brockley Fun Run.

The Postcodes Project

The Museum of London has begun an online initiative called The Postcodes Projects which highlights moments of local history for each postcode. The entry for SE4 reveals that, even before the Greens ran the town, Brockley was a hotbed of progressive politics.

Given what JPM managed to dig up the other day about the Knights Templar, we're a little underwhelmed with the current entry, but it's an interesting little snapshot nonetheless. Thanks to Andrew Brown for sending this our way.

Ashmead Road

Readers Joanne wanted to know whether any BC reader could help her with this question:

Does anyone know why Ashmead Road has suddenly turned into being one way? I am guessing it may have something to do with the redevelopment of the first school which is in progress but it's really, really annoying since I now can't get out of my drive (at the back of the house) and round to the front of the house without doing a loop round Friendly Street and Lewisham Way. Please tell me it's not permanent!

Night of glory for Brockley Central

Telegraph journalist Shane Richmond has shown that people from Brockley who achieve greatness don't forget their roots. He very kindly included Brockley Central on his list of "Ten Excellent Blogs". Nominees are expected to nominate their top-ten in turn. Something we shall have to put some thought in to!


Anonymous said...

I had been wondering about Seana Culwin. I've seen the bench at Hilly Fields and also saw a runner with a vest featuring her name on my way back from one of my training runs. Good luck to the Butterflies on Sunday!

Anonymous said...

Talking of political insurgence in Brockley, wasn't Hilly Fields a regular meeting spot for the suffragettes in the early 20th century?

Anonymous said...

Thats what I heard, but I got accused of being a 'racist' for wanting to promote our local history.

Bea said...

I have been wondering about Seana Culwin too. I saw her bench covered in flowers recently commemorating her birthday and was trying to understand the reference to children. What a very sad story. Good luck to the Butterflies.

max said...

A,P,P&P, please don't give a bad name to people with an interest in local history.

Anonymous said...

Yes Max, obviously you feel it is bad to promote local history. Well thats up to you.

It is very sad about Seana, I hope the butterflies do well. I'm sure she will be remembered for what she was known for. Good Luck.

Anonymous said...

Re Hilly Fields this is an extract from "Our Jubilee" a record of the Lewisham High Road Literary Society, 1857 - 1908.

"One incident of a practical character among the happenings of this year I recall with much pleasure, and that the Society took in helping to secure the Hilly Fields as an open space and public recreation ground for the people of Deptford for ever.

In October 1888 Mr. J. B. Lindsay brought the subject forward, and, seconded by Mr. Swain, moved resolutions in favour of the object. These were carried out on November 12th.

This done, according to the minutes, the Chairman proposed that, as a public meeting was then being held at St. Peter's Hall, Brockley, in support of the proposal, a copy of the resolutions just passed should be forwarded to the same, with a sum of two quineas towards the preliminary expenses of the movement, and that Mr. Lindsay be asked to proceed to the metting and deliver both on behalf of the Society.

This was seconded by Mr. G. H. Jameson and carried, and Mr. Lindsay, having thanked the members, departed on his pleasant mission. The Society's subscription was actually the first money subscribed for this worthy object, and the receipt No. 1, which has been preserved, should be an object of interest and pride to all our members.

We have discussed municipal reform and preached the gospel of the open air often enough, and in this act we showed that our practise did not fall short of our principles.

Alfred H. Miles

max said...

No, I only feel that your posting bigoted comments on immigration on threads about everything but is plain distasteful. Get a life.

Anonymous said...

Alfred H Miles, that's v interesting. I heard that there was quite a struggle at the and of the 19th/early 20th century against developers who wished to build over every scrap of land available at that time. Puts our struggle with the council re street trees into perspective!

Anonymous said...

Yes, it is interesting. Is there anywhere where we can find out more about this local topics? I.e. original plans for the area etc...

Anonymous said...

And the suffragettes (allegedly) burnt down St. Catherine's Church in Telegraph Hill in 1913. Well, it was probably an accident with the stove or the gas, but two very suspicious looking women were seen hanging around there the day before so that proves it must have been them!

Accusing the suffragettes at least got the matter into the national papers and some quite high powered public figures donated to the restoration fund which would not have been the case with sheer carelessness.

Anonymous said...

There are a couple of suspicous looking women with plaque in this week's Mercury page 18.

Anonymous said...

Till 1863 women were barred from meetings of The Lewisham High Road Literary Society. It was not till 1882 that "The privilege of membership of The association be extended to ladies" was agreed.

One of the speakers to the Society was Mrs. Henry Fawcett on "The Women's Movement". She being Millicent Garrett who in 1887 became leader of the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies. Millicent's older sister Elizabeth attended a school in Blackheath and set out to be Britain's first woman doctor.

Another speaker the was Right Hon. Mr. Lloyd George on "Disestablishment".

In 1887 a chess club was founded with limit success due to members not being allowed to smoke in the building, which the author of book believed was considered one of the rules of the game.

Yet a room was set aside for smoking when the Kent Congregational Union visited the same building.

Anonymous said...

For many years a deacon of the Church was G. H. Frean of the firm Peek, Freen 7 Co.
"He had a fine venerable appearnce, and when, scarlet-coated, he appeared on the links of the Blackheath Golf Club, he added picturequeness to the scene."

Another quote from the book by Alfred H. Miles.

"I have always held the view that every Church should include in its organism provision for young people, which should aim to develop them physically, mentally, and spiritually, not by seperate, occasional and spasmodic efforts, but on a properly organised and systematic plan. When two old cottages yet occupied the site at the opposite corner of Brockley Road, I urged the purchase of them and the garden attached, that the space now occupied by shops might be devoted to an institute with this view. Failing this, the house ajoining the Church in Wickham Terrace has made me break the tenth commandment many times, for its possibilities as an Institute."

Anonymous said...

Do I show my age by asking if anyone remembers the Peak Freans factory alongside the railway lines between New Cross and London Bridge? Coming home after a long day at work and then evening classes - absolutely starving hungry - a wonderful aroma of baking biscuits would pervade the whole train...

(and if anyone feels they could contribute to the cost of getting that plaque up onto the wall please get in touch with me through Nick.)

Anonymous said...

I used to work in Greenwich, Christchurch way. Used to get the smell from Tunnel Refineries....not so nice.

Anonymous said...

Although the biscuit factory closed in 1989 I'm pretty sure the sign stayed there till the mid 1990's.

The Xtreme sport of Dunking Custard Creams should be in the Olympic's.

Anonymous said...

Oh fiddle, here's the link..."

Anonymous said...

For those of you that sometimes go misty eyed with nostalgia as you dunk your biscuit into your tea. Here is a site that may help you along the path to biscuit perfection and answer those beguiling questions that you may have mused upon during moments of contemplation.

I certainly learnt a thing or two about the Wagon Wheel.

Anonymous said...

Heh, well done, you lot on scoring an E for Brockley. I'm sure you're not the first to score an E in Brockley though!

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