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Scheme trains unemployed to build affordable housing

Scheme trains unemployed to build affordable housing

A scheme which trains construction workers is building affordable homes in Brockley. The scheme, announced this month, gives work opportunities to homeless people, ex-offenders or those in long-term unemployment. They are trained in skills such as construction, plastering, carpentry, painting and decoration. The programme is run by Phases (People Housing…

Affordable home campaigners build protest ‘house’

Affordable home campaigners build protest ‘house’

Campaigners have built a “house” made out of estate agent boards outside Lewisham Town Hall, Catford road, in a protest about affordable homes. The group, People Before Profit, designed the protest to highlight the 17,000 homeless people in the borough with a large number of families living in hostels and…

Damon Albarn writes new Wonder.land musical

Damon Albarn writes new Wonder.land musical

Goldsmiths’ alumnus Damon Albarn has written the music for up-coming musical Wonder.land. Inspired by Lewis Carroll’s Alice and Wonderland, the musical will be shown at the National Theatre from November this year. The Blur singer is working with playwright and screenwriter Moira Buffini, who will write the lyrics, and the director…

Safer roads after 20 mph speed limit agreed

Safer roads after 20 mph speed limit agreed

All of the council-controlled roads in Lewisham are to operate a 20mph zone, making it the ninth London borough to adopt this policy. Campaigner Clare Griffiths and Darren Johnson, a former Green Party councillor, have been calling for the change for four years. A Lewisham mayor and cabinet meeting have…

Goldsmiths YBA alumni donate art to new gallery

Goldsmiths YBA alumni donate art to new gallery

Antony Gormley, Damien Hirst, Sarah Lucas, Julian Opie, Sam Taylor-Johnson and Steve McQueen are among the Goldsmiths alumni who will donate their artwork to an auction at Christie’s to help fund the construction of a new gallery, designed by Assemble at Goldsmiths College, University of London. The gallery is to…

See what you missed @New Cross Inn Open Mic Night

See what you missed @New Cross Inn  Open Mic Night

Enjoy The Open Mic Night at New Cross Inn on Tuesday where EastLondonLines sang along with Jon Doyle, Traiale Jordan, Tommy MacDonald, Pinky Wallis and other up-and-coming musicians. For some it was the first time they have performed live on stage. According to Pinky Wallis, his main audience has always…

School rebuild finally opened four years after huge blaze

School rebuild finally opened four years after huge blaze

A school in New Cross that was ravaged by fire over four years ago is finally ready to re-open. Haberdashers’ Aske’s Temple Grove School was greatly damaged by the blaze. The fire was apparently started when a gas cylinder containing propane exploded, destroying the roof and damaging the whole building.…

New care flats to help elderly live independently

New care flats to help elderly live independently

Planning permission has been secured from Lewisham council for 60 new “extra care” flats to be built in Beckenham Hill. Phoenix Community Housing, a not-for-profit resident-led housing association established in 2007, won approval from Lewisham Council on Thursday January 15 to build its first ever residential development. The flats will help…

A century of China: Museum displays migrants experience

A century of China: Museum displays migrants experience

The “Memories of China” exhibition opened at the Horniman Museum in Forest Hill on Saturday. It showcases artwork organised by the Ming-Ai Institute, exploring the lives of 20th century Chinese migrants living in the United Kingdom. The exhibition is part of the British Chinese Workforce Heritage project, observing the development…

Commuters face further delays and cancellations

Commuters face further delays and cancellations

Passengers using Southeastern Overground train services face another day of delays and cancellations today. Numerous trains to London Bridge and Highbury and Islington from the Lewisham area have been cancelled this morning, leaving people uncertain whether it will be possible for them to continue their journeys. Many passengers had to wait…

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