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More strikes expected opposing academisation

More strikes expected opposing academisation

A second strike in three weeks will take place in four Lewisham schools on Thursday over plans to turn local schools into academies. National Union of Teachers (NUT) members at Sedgehill, Hilly Fields, Ladywell Fields and the Vale schools, all of which have been threatened with academy status, will be…

Four builders hospitalised after being saved from roof as historic Catford pub destroyed by fierce blaze

Four builders hospitalised after being saved from roof as historic Catford pub destroyed by fierce blaze

Firefighters rescued four builders from the roof of a renowned Catford pub as it was consumed by flames. Nearly 60 firefighters were called to the huge blaze that ripped through the Catford Bridge Tavern last night. Four people were taken to hospital due to smoke inhalation as firefighters battled for over…

“London’s last public golf course” set to close

“London’s last public golf course” set to close

Campaigners have slammed plans to close London’s last public golf course, as external funding is set to accelerate council plans. Lewisham Council have been provisionally awarded a £4.9 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Big Lottery Fund, to help restore Beckenham Place Park to its eighteenth century…

Public debate on budget cuts at Lewisham council meeting

Public debate on budget cuts at Lewisham council meeting

The possibility of further budget cuts for Lewisham was discussed yesterday in a council meeting. The council have yet to agree on a balanced budget as financial assumptions are still being deliberated for years 2015-16. Lewisham Mayor Sir Steve Bullock and his cabinet discussed the cuts with the public who expressed concern…

Cuts to “baby cafés” met with resistance from supporters

Cuts to “baby cafés” met with resistance from supporters

Reductions in funding for local breastfeeding cafés will be “extremely damaging” to young mothers, Lewisham Council has heard. Lewisham Council confirmed proposals to reduce the budget for “baby cafés” in Lewisham by almost 40 per cent at a Mayor and Cabinet meeting earlier this month. The cafés provide essential post-natal support…

“Last sex cinema in London” applies for full club licence

“Last sex cinema in London” applies for full club licence

An unlicensed sex cinema in New Cross, billed as the last of its kind in London, has now applied to become a fully licensed club. Club 487 was reportedly set up by the proprietors of porn cinema Mr B’s in Islington, which closed down in July last year. The new…

Thief jailed for violently assaulting lone shopkeeper

Thief jailed for violently assaulting lone shopkeeper

A young man has been jailed for a violent robbery committed April 2014, when he brutally assaulted a shopkeeper in Catford. Nazim ‘Naz’ McClarren, 18, from Hither Green Lane, was sentenced to four years of imprisonment at Woolwich Crown Court on February 23 after pleading guilty to robbery and possession…

“Unprovoked” attacker faces sentencing in March

“Unprovoked” attacker faces sentencing in March

A man who punched a young mother in front of her children in an unprovoked attack will be sentenced next month. Cyril Atula, 20, from Lewisham, punched the 24-year old victim in the neck as she left St James Medical Centre in Walthamstow with her baby and 3-year old son…

24-hour Overground services will run to New Cross Gate

24-hour Overground services will run to New Cross Gate

“All-night” weekend services will be extended to the London Overground line by 2017, the Chancellor and the Mayor announced today. In their overnight visit to the maintenance workers at Victoria station, Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne and Mayor of London Boris Johnson revealed further plans for the 24-hour services,…

Goldsmiths rock band Blur to release first album in 12 years

Goldsmiths rock band Blur to release first album in 12 years

Former Goldsmiths alumni, and award-winning rock band, Blur have announced details of a major comeback, with their first album in 12 years set for release in April. The band have also made available new track ‘Go Out’. It is the first song released by the foursome since 2012. The band,…

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