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Lewisham wins big at The Time Out Love London Awards

Lewisham wins big at The Time Out Love London Awards

The votes have been counted and verified and Lewisham has come up trumps at The Time Out Love London Awards. Seventeen Lewisham businesses were named as “best” in categories including “restaurant”, “café”, “pub”, “shop” and “local pick” at the magazine’s awards celebration on Monday, designed to “help Londoners showcase the…

Campaign to save borough’s school from academy status

Campaign to save borough’s school from academy status

Teachers and parents last week united to campaign in order to prevent Lewisham’s state schools becoming academies. “Stop Academies in Lewisham” was launched following a public meeting in Catford, taking inspiration from Hove Park School in East Sussex, which defended itself from academy status earlier this year. On November 17…

Big MCs battle over Big Macs on Lewisham High Street

Big MCs battle over Big Macs on Lewisham High Street

To passers-by, McDonalds looked busier than usual last Monday night. But locals would be mistaken in thinking that the groups outside were in line for a Big Mac. They were gathered in front of the fast-food joint to see a rap battle. The clash was due to take place between…

Grinling Gibbons is ranked top state primary in England

Grinling Gibbons is ranked top state primary in England

A Deptford primary school has been rated the number one state primary in England by The Sunday Times. The newspaper named the inner city primary school Grinling Gibbons as the highest ranking of any state school since the survey began 22 years ago. At Grinling Gibbons 40.5 per cent of students receive free…

Brockley residents petition on HGVs after accidents

Brockley residents petition on HGVs after accidents

Brockley residents have petitioned for heavy goods vehicles to be banned on Drakefell Road following a “nearly fatal” accident. Members of Drakefell Road Action Group are preparing to give a presentation to Lewisham Council on November 26 after submitting a petition. The road has been the scene of two major…

Six secondary schools under threat from privatisation

Six secondary schools under threat from privatisation

Six more schools in Lewisham are due to be turned into academies, a meeting of the local National Union of Teachers last night was told. The meeting was organised to set in motion a campaign to defend Lewisham’s primary and secondary schools from privatisation. Rob Johnson, a driving force of the…

Bullock speaks out with UN gender violence campaign

Bullock speaks out with UN gender violence campaign

The Mayor of Lewisham has spoken out against gender-based violence as part of a project run by a women’s welfare group. Sir Steve Bullock is one of six men who took part in “The Voice of Male Allies”, a series of audio recordings in which men talk about their experience and knowledge…

After three rejections, teacher sets up independent school

After three rejections, teacher sets up independent school

A teacher who had three proposals for a free school rejected by the Department for Education last year has acquired premises for an independent, fee paying school. Kay Johnston, a literacy and special education needs teacher decided there was “too much politics” with free schools. The independent school will focus…

Foodbank to support New Cross through “crisis period”

Foodbank to support New Cross through “crisis period”

The Trussell Trust is opening a new foodbank centre in St James Church in New Cross next week. The past 12 months have seen a record number of clients over the organisation’s 14-year history. From November 17, the new centre will be open between midday and 2pm every Monday. This will be…

London Overground launches first ever five-carriage train

London Overground launches first ever five-carriage train

London Overground has launched its first five-carriage train to be used by the public between Highbury and Islington and West Croydon next week, as part of Transport for London’s planned £320 million improvements to the rail network. Isabel Dedring, the Deputy Mayor for Transport, unveiled the train in New Cross…

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