Mast of the Phantasm

Nigel writes:

A huge mobile phone transmitter has appeared on top of the council block at the corner of Pendrell Road and Wallbutton Road.

This block has a permanently leaky roof, but the council has seen fit to add to their plight by allowing Vodafone to build a massive scary transmitter on their roof without any form of consultation. They complained to their local counsellor Luke Sorba, who assured them that this was legal. We don't believe it's 'right' though.

So there is this petition, which has just started [BC: And which evokes the phantasm of radiation], with the aim of persuading the Council to remove it.

The People vs Lewisham Way

The Joy of Lewisham Way

This Banksyism was captured by BCer Faith.

Anchor's return

Last night, Lewisham Council agreed to return the legendary Deptford Anchor to its historic home on Deptford High Street. Details TBC.

The Council report noted that the anchor is in good health, although suffering from a light rusting.

Welcome to Ladywell

The Ladywell Street Art design for the Ellerdale Street Bridge, kindly funded by Lewisham Council through the Ladywell Assembly, has now been approved by Network Rail and the work will take place next week (27/03/17 - 31/03/17).

The Bread Collective has said they would love the local community to get involved  to help with prep and the base coat so if you would like to help please come along on the 27th March.  Please share pictures of you helping  with me on Twitter (@JosephJODonnell) using the hashtag #LadywellStreetart

The final design has been refined following comments at the previous Ladywell Assembly asking for a more neutral calming colours.

Many thanks for all those who voted for us to get funding. Information on the bread collective is here.

Two fundraisers

Two local fundraising projects to tell you about...

Leaf & Groove

Leaf & Groove will take a long-disused shop space in Forest Hill and turn it into something wonderful. A second hand bookshop of distinction, also selling vinyl, donating profits to the community library scheme. Not only that, but also an underground lounge space for secret meetings & speakeasies; robotic engineering & art lessons; a writing group & a gin club; board games & tai chi – unbounded possibilities.

This shop has been empty for 6 years, everyone is keen to see it turned into something useful, rather than yet another estate agent or bookies. Libraries are inundated with book donations, not all capable of fitting on their shelves. But from their sale great things can be done: more shelves bought & books to fill them, more events for children, senior citizens and those on the fringes of our society that visit daily. Then there is the lounge, large enough for 30, a new home for cultural activities, creativity and learning new skills.

Click here to donate at their Spacehive page.

Ladywell & Dubai

Nicola writes:

A group of eleven girls from Ladywell Gymnastics Club have been invited to compete in the Dubai International Gymnastics Competition in April 2017. The girls are in the Elite Gymnasts section at their club and train for around 20 hours a week to be able to compete at this level. They compete regularly nationally, but this is the furthest they have travelled to compete. To help with the huge cost of taking the team and their coaches to Dubai, we have set up a Crowdfunder site to support them get to Dubai.
The club itself has a long history of being part of the Lewisham community and the girls are local to the area, with many of them living in Brockley and Ladywell. The club itself was located in the Ladywell Baths for many years until they were forced to move due to the state of the building.

We are raising money through Crowdfunder to help the team get to Dubai, which involves travel, accommodation and competition costs. Any local support would be hugely appreciated.

Iconic cat to be borough's anchor tenant

As the Council ponders the future of Catford, a petition has been doing the rounds, demanding that the iconic model cat, which sits on top of the shopping centre, must play a prominent part in whatever master plan emerges.

Today, the Council has responded, assuring worried residents that they will not do to the cat what they did to Deptford's beloved anchor. That act of cultural genocide will not be repeated.

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