Coulgate Street restaurant is coming

An application to open the new Coulgate Street unit right next to Brockley Station as a bar and restaurant has been lodged.

The proposal is to extend trading hours to 11pm seven days a week and to allow it to operate as a restaurant and bar, rather than retail.

Like me, the glass-fronted unit has surprising depth. It would suit a decent-sized restaurant, offering something which the Coulgate Street mix is currently missing. With Browns, The Broca and this place spilling out on to the part-pedestrianised street, it is the closest thing we're ever going to get to a piazza.

Thank you to Paul for the tip off.

Cinetopia Presents Monochrome Modern

La Haine, Oct 13
Gill from Deptford film club Cinetopia writes:

Cinetopia returns with a season of six great black and white films made in the age of colour.

Despite the dominance of colour, black-and-white films have never really gone away and in recent years there’s been a resurgence of directors choosing black-and-white over colour.

Cinetopia invite you to join us for six monochrome masterpieces made between the seventies and the noughties. Screenings take place every month starting Thursday 13 October.

The films:

· La Haine. 13 Oct
· Ida. 10 Nov
· Manhattan. 8 Dec
· The White Ribbon. 12 Jan
· Radio On. 9 Feb
· The Last Picture Show. 9 Mar

Where: Out of the Brew, 306 New Cross Road
When: Film starts promptly at 8.00pm.
How much: £5.00 on the door.
No pre-booking. Limited space. First come first served.

Greater Brockley's most haunted

Immersive theatre group Teatro Vivo returns with a production called The Residents, which exploits on our darkest, most primitive fear - house prices. They say:

As the dark winter nights draw in, Teatro Vivo is inviting audiences to their most intimate show yet: a house viewing with a difference.

After staging Shakespeare in Sainsbury’s supermarkets, Mother Courage in an old weapons factory and The Odyssey on the streets of Deptford, where they performed everywhere from tattoo parlours to pubs, the acclaimed company who have a reputation for staging “theatre where you least expect it” will be inhabiting a different secret south London home each week.

In The Residents the audience, of up to 30 people a time, will become house hunters.  They will be told their appointment time and the nearest train station, but will not be given the exact location until the day of the show.

After meeting estate agent, Amelia Spoke, they will enter the property and hear previous inhabitant’s stories, discovering how disturbing echoes of a places past can be felt in the present.

From a murderess who disposes of her husband, to the bizarre tale of a man who woke up one morning transformed into a beetle, and a carer who is badly in need of care herself, the audience will experience the perturbing tales of those who have resided there before.

Each location will incorporate echoes of its history through the voices and sounds of the real-life neighbours.

With the help of an immersive soundscape, a tapestry of stories will emerge allowing the bricks and mortar currently standing on the space to tell their story.

Inspired by the latest discoveries in gravitational wave technology, that open up the possibilities of multiple universes, new ways at looking at time and how the past and future collide together, The Residents will encourage the audience to consider who came before and what they may leave after they have gone.

Not suitable for under 12s.

The Residents will be directed by Sophie Austin. Sophie has worked for The Royal Court, the Young Vic, Told by an Idiot, and Sonia Friedman Productions. She is artistic director of Teatro Vivo.

LISTINGS: The Residents Monday 14 November - Saturday 3 December. Mondays - Fridays, 7.30pm. Saturdays, 3.30pm, 6.30pm & 8.30pm.

Tickets £14 / £10 concs. Ages 12+.  Booking: | 020 8692 4446 | The Albany, Douglas Way, Deptford, London SE8 4AG.

Ladies who launch election bids

The Women's Equality Party has announced Rebecca Manson Jones as its candidate for the Brockley by-election on October 13th. They say:

“We are delighted to announce Rebecca as our candidate for Brockley, We’re looking forward to speaking to women - and men - across the district about our policies on equal parenting, equal pay and flexible working, because we know that equality makes life better for everyone.

“Rebecca has rich experience of community activism in Lewisham, and will bring her understanding, wit and warmth to consideration of everything from local libraries to conservation of green spaces. She is a champion of the arts, and I know she will throw herself with her customary passion into working to enhance community life across the borough.”

Manson Jones, a local theatre director, has led work promoting access and diversity in the arts for many years. “Lewisham is changing and it’s time we put gender equality at the heart of our council,” she said. “The Women’s Equality Party is leading this change - our values, our policies and our funds are crowd-sourced from our members and supporters, and our aim is to make London the first city in the world where women and men are equal.”

“I plan to bring a fresh perspective to the council, using the WEP approach of non-partisan, collaborative working. But I am also determined to make change: London has the highest rates of sexual violence in the UK and I will work tirelessly to make sure Brockley’s streets are made safer for women.”

Will WE make herstory in Brockley by winning their first-ever Council seat or will the middle class ladies party's brand of identity politics struggle for relevance at a time when the Council is wrestling with budgets that have been cut to the bone?

Fossil Hunting

Fossilite writes...

Last month our vintage street sign (above) was ripped off the wall on the corner of Fossil Road and Brookbank Road, Ladywell. If anyone spots this sign for sale locally, or on the internet, could they please let me know via Brockley Central? It was a little shabby but residents were very fond of it and would be keen to have it back.

The White Hart, 184 New Cross Road

Photo via their official Twitter
The new-look White Hart is open. Externally, the pub is little changed, but internally, it's undergone extensive renovation thanks to its new owners. It launched over the weekend, but the kitchen is not yet ready. Big and classically-styled, it looks like another strong addition to New Cross' bar scene.

Please post your reviews here.

The Lewisham Job Fair, October 6

Job seekers in Lewisham are invited to register for the 2016 Lewisham Job Fair taking place on Thursday 6 October, 12 noon–7pm and Friday 7 October 11am–4pm at the Civic Suite in Catford.

The two-day long Job Fair will provide a one-stop shop for a wide range of Lewisham residents aged 16 or over looking for employment, apprenticeships and work experience as well as advice on careers, training, development and education. Types of jobs on offer will include roles in transport, care, couriering, logistics, cleaning, security, retail and tourism.

Over the two days visitors will be able to:

· speak directly to employers including: Barclays, British Army, DHL, Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust, Premier Inn, Thames Water and Waitrose
· book a one-to-one CV clinic, get career advice from the National Careers Service and search for jobs online
· attend workshops including how to: market yourself to employers, prepare a CV that works, market your social media profile more effectively and starting your own business.

To register your place online visit or register in person on either day.

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