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Lottery funding for Lewisham theatre project

Lottery funding for Lewisham theatre project

A £31,000 lottery grant has been awarded to Lewisham Youth Theatre to support performances inspired by a community history project. Catford Tales will see local residents coming together to learn about Catford’s history and exchange memories and experiences, which will then be transformed into a theatre production by LYT. Helen…

New Young Mayor of Lewisham elected

New Young Mayor of Lewisham elected

Liam Islam became the eleventh directly elected Young Mayor of Lewisham in a special ceremony at Catford’s Civic Suite last night. Islam, 14, who attends Deptford Green School, won with 1,210 votes as 28 candidates campaigned to become the voice of the borough’s youth. Speaking to EastLondonLines, he said: “My…

Blind man asks Goldsmiths students to read to him

Blind man asks Goldsmiths students to read to him

A 34-year-old blind man from Nunhead was left “overwhelmed” by responses after posting a hand-written advert in a Goldsmiths corridor asking people to read to him. Bailey suffers from an inherited neurological disorder which caused him to lose his eye sight 15 years ago. He decided to reach out to…

Is Hither Green one of London’s hip villages?

Is Hither Green one of London’s hip villages?

Hither Green was recently named one of London’s up-and-coming hip villages in an article in the Sunday Times. This is due to its proximity to Central London thanks to the fast rail links, its rising house prices and its unique boutiques. But how do Hither Green’s residents feel about the…

Lewisham teachers to campaign against free schools

Lewisham teachers to campaign against free schools

A campaign to defend state education against free schools and academies is to be launched by Lewisham teachers next month. At the Lewisham branch of the National Union of Teachers members are concerned about the Government’s proposal to turn local schools into academies and open free schools in order to…

Ukip man to be tried for sexual assault

Ukip man to be tried for sexual assault

UKIP’s former candidate for Mayor of Lewisham will face trial after allegations he sexually assaulted a homeless Bulgarian man. Civil Servant Peter Lello, 44, was accused of assault in May. He denied the charge at Woolwich Crown Court last Friday and is on bail until June next year, when he…

NHS workers strike for a one per cent pay rise for all staff

NHS workers strike for a one per cent pay rise for all staff

Lewisham NHS workers took part in a four-hour nationwide strike today in an attempt to secure a 1% pay rise for all NHS staff. The strike, which was expected to affect NHS services across England and parts of Northern Ireland, had an impressive turnout in the Lewisham borough as ambulance…

Prize awarded for use of book collection to inspire students

Prize awarded for use of book collection to inspire students

Kayleigh Betterton, a teacher at Christ the King: Aquinas College in Lewisham, collects books by Oscar Wilde but she doesn’t lock her treasured collection in a case, she shares them with her students. Now her collection, and her generosity, has won her a prize. Betterton said: “For A-level English Literature,…

Activists rally in Westminster in Europe wide protest against treaty to sell off our public sector

Activists rally in Westminster in Europe wide protest against treaty to sell off our public sector

Local activists will be joining a rally at Westminster on Saturday as part of a Europe wide protest against a treaty that would effectively open up publicly owned institutions to take-over by American private sector giants. The TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and investment partnership) is a new trade deal between the…

London Childcare Report indicates that places are insufficient across all East London Line boroughs

London Childcare Report indicates that places are insufficient across all East London Line boroughs

East London Line boroughs have insufficient childcare for young children and struggling parents according to the Family and Childcare Trust. In the London Childcare report 2014 released by the Trust, statistics point out that the problem is particularly acute in Hackney, where the borough has insufficient childcare in 7 out…

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