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Abortion protest held outside Loampit Hill centre

Abortion protest held outside Loampit Hill centre

An anti-abortion display took place outside a Lewisham doctor’s surgery on March 4 in a protest against the use of the surgery for carrying out abortions. Pro-life group Abort67 stood outside St John’s Medical Centre on Loampit Hill with placards displaying graphic images of abortion. Ruth Rawlins, Abort67’s London coordinator, revealed…

Sydenham Arts looking to set new world record

Sydenham Arts looking to set new world record

Sydenham residents will be looking to set a new world record for the longest continuous trail of children’s books this Sunday. Words on the Street, organised by local arts charity Sydenham Arts, will see volunteers lay over 5000 donated books along Sydenham high street, reaching more than half a mile from…

Ladywell and Forest Hill set to benefit from High Street Fund

Ladywell and Forest Hill set to benefit from High Street Fund

Ladywell and Forest Hill will receive more than £540,000 of funding from the Mayor of London. Lewisham is set to receive a share of the £9m Mayor’s High Street Fund, which will be used to fund an enterprise hub at the site of the old Ladywell leisure centre, and to…

Teenager found guilty of James Hunter murder

Teenager found guilty of James Hunter murder

A 17-year-old boy has been found guilty for the murder of James Hunter, who was stabbed in the heart as he tried to protect a friend from a revenge attack. A jury at the Old Bailey jury have found the south Norwood teenager guilty, referred to as F due to his…

Elbow and Madness announced for Blackheath 2015

Elbow and Madness announced for Blackheath 2015

Indie stars Elbow have been unveiled as headliners for On Blackheath 2015, alongside ska legends Madness. The festival that launched last year combines music, food and family fun on the historic parkland setting of Blackheath Common. In a statement, Madness said: “We thought we’d left no stone unturned in London:…

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…