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Crystal Palace extend their reach with trials in Mumbai

Crystal Palace extend their reach with trials in Mumbai

Football’s next superstar could be found in Mumbai when Crystal Palace hold trials next month. The club has joined forces with Mumbai City FC to give one lucky winner the chance to train with academy players back at Selhurst Park. “Play for Palace” trials take place on Thursday December 11…

Space Invaders scheme in £50,000 National Lottery bid

Space Invaders scheme in £50,000 National Lottery bid

A Lewisham based project will compete for £50,000 tonight to develop green spaces in the area. The Space Invaders scheme is attempting to win National Lottery funding to create five local parks and offer new volunteering opportunities. If successful it will also offer accredited training to more than 80 community…

Lewisham wins over the Time Out Love London Awards

Lewisham wins over 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 “best” “restaurant”, “café”, “pub”, “shop” or “local pick” at the magazine’s awards celebration on Monday, designed to “help Londoners showcase the best bits of where…

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, Lewisham 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…

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

CLM-809393 Brockley residents have petitioned for heavy goods vehicles to be banned on a local residential 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…

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…

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