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Renate C

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bonfires!

Jill H
in Lee
Has anyone else experienced the self conceited actions of a neighbour having a bonfire at 5pm!!, enjoying the last of the sun yesterday when smoke starts to ruin the day sweeping into our garden and into the house. These are people who have a large ... [ more ]
Renate C
Bonfires at any time aren't right.  Why do I have a garden, if I can't sit in it because someone has decided to make a bonfire?  And I want to be able to keep my windows open even  during the night but  a few nights ago someone had made a bonfire in ... [ more ]
Renate C
I think that those who don't mind bonfires should also consider the fact that there are many asthmatics  whose condition can be greatly aggravated by bonfires, and some even die.
Renate C
My next door neighbour almost killed my baby when she was asleep in her pram, and he started a bonfire with smoke drifting straight into the pram.   Luckily I saw it just in time.   No, banning is the only sensible solution.

Pilates

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Lee Green Community Center
Lorraine S in Kidbrooke
PILATES Lee Green Community Centre, Leegate September 13th, 20th, 27th 6 p.m for 6.30 p.m October 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th November 1st, 8th, 15th Would you like to strengthen your core muscles (the muscles around your trunk and ... [ more ]

Bonfires

Cutty sark in Chislehurst West
My neighbour has had a bonfire every evening for several days. The smoke is acrid and I have to go in the house and shut all doors and windows. I thought this was a smoke-free zone. Does anyone know the regulations regarding this please?
Renate C
There seems to be no clear law regarding bonfires, which I thought there was and should be.    Certainly since certain clean air regulations came into being some years ago in Lewisham,  bonfires seem to have mostly ceased.   But still, now and again ... [ more ]
Renate C
Last year I put a note through someone's letterbox telling them that this is a smoke-free area and that bonfires were not allowed (since I was under that impression).   They could have been new people not aware, and I hope that they took note. Perhaps ... [ more ]
Renate C
Great, Inder S, athough  I'm not sure if I would want to call the fire brigade, but if that is actually effective, then that's the way to go.   I will try it next time with Lewisham Council if necessary and see their response.

Unswept, untidy, litter strewn streets

Jenny C in Eltham
Has anyone else noticed how untidy the streets of Eltham are looking? I know the council have made cut backs, but the streets haven't been cleaned or swept in weeks, possibly months, in particular the Page Estate. I've reported this to Royal Borough ... [ more ]
Renate C
How about blaming some of the people who actually make the mess, litter, etc? And this is the case not just in Eltham.     Yesterday I saw a young schoolboy of about 16 dropping a plastic bottle on the ground when a bin was just a few yards away, I ... [ more ]
Renate C
I agree with you, Tim P, it is a big problem.  I too would favour a Singapore-style system, it's the only way to teach people to respect the environment.
Renate C
Don't blame government, but ignorant people who don't care about their environment or the general mess they live in.   If everyone acted in a civilised manner, then there would be no need for the council to do more than the basic, as it should be.   ... [ more ]
Renate C
Stop blaming the council/councillors.   Educate people and fine those who are responsible for the litter/fly tipping, then cleaning can be kept to the minimum.  I haven't seen such a mess on the Continent, people there are far more conscious and ... [ more ]
Renate C
It all makes me so angry.   There's been rubbish lying in my road since Monday's refuse collection, not directly outside my house, but I notice it's still there.   It will still be there until the next road sweeping day, but not one neighbour will ... [ more ]
Renate C
Many people now take responsibility for their dog mess, and clean up after them, therefore the pavements have already improved, although there are still many ignoramuses about, and they need a lesson or two to comply with regulations.   Street ... [ more ]

Grass Cuttings

Renate C
in Bellingham
Would anyone be interested in 10 black bags of grass cuttings for their allotment or composter(s)?  Collection from Hither Green/Catford area.

Dentist - Dental Implant Recommendation

Pat in Catford
Hi,   I have very bad teeth and I am looking for a caring and experienced dentist/implantologist in the area. Would anyone out there know of such a rare person? Many thanks.
Renate C
Implants are specialist jobs, and the dentist will usually recommend someone.  Mine was in Harley Street, although I never took it up.    Expect to pay around £2,000 per tooth, or perhaps a bit cheaper if several teeth.     Perhaps crowns will do in ... [ more ]

Blind Cleaning Service

Jo.C
in New Eltham
Any one have knowledge of a Blind cleaning service?? I have contacted London Blind Company bexleyheath. Who only supply blinds and arn't able to recommend a cleaning service sadly.
Renate C
I too would like this service, but it looks as though I'll have to do them myself, which will prove a problem with the larger ones.  The smaller ones I have managed in the past.  I take them down and clean on the table in the garden, but even that is ... [ more ]
Renate C
Yes, let's keep hoping.    I did ask one regular window cleaner whether he would clean the frames and he said he wouldn't or couldn't.    Will keep trying.
Renate C
Yes, there is stuff to clean UVPC windows, but need someone to do them.    And, whilst I can deal with the smaller blinds,  it's the big ones I have a problem .

Weird begging woman back in Hither Green!

Catherine K
in Hither Green
Another warning everyone (and for new Streetlife members)....the weird woman knocking on doors making up strange stories for money is back in the area. Description again: female, black, late 40s (maybe older), very slim build, 5ft 4in, she was ... [ more ]
Renate C
This sounds like the same lady who I've encountered on occasions around the area approaching people for money, several times around the shopping centre in Catford, and once near Hither Green Library, where she approached me with a tale about having a ... [ more ]
Renate C
How  would you know that, Helen T?  Of course, there are other strange characters around too.

Garden waste collections in Lewisham

Katarina T
in New Cross
You might be interested to know that Lewisham is starting a new garden waste collection service in June. It will cost £45 for the first year and means a weekly collection of garden waste from an extra wheelie bin. You can sign up for it here: ... [ more ]
Renate C
Am I the only one who considers another unsightly bin in the front is off-putting to say the least?   I too compost most of my household and garden stuff, and now buy green bags from the library for £10 for anything else green.  I'm not sure yet if ... [ more ]
Renate C
I agree that grass cuttings are a problem, Linda N, but where do you put all those bins?   It's fine if they are stored somewhere out in the back, if possible, but not in the front. I passed a house recently where the front was full of bins, each with ... [ more ]
Renate C
Bonfires are a menace and unhealthy, we don't want to return to a smoke zone.  We should be able to enjoy fresh air.    But if green bags have been discontinued, some of us will have a problem, as yet to be resolved.
Renate C
I agree with Philip J, that the Council should have included this in the Council Tax with a reasonable additional charge.
Renate C
Fly-tipping is bound to increase as well, as already indicated. It's a problem already.    Also, the service will probably only cover the summer season, so not year-round.
Renate C
Pauline, I'm glad that I'm not the only one objecting to this, for various reasons like you, my main one being the space needed for and unsightliness of all the bins, the other one that most people don't need such a large bin, and further that ... [ more ]
Renate C
My unnecessary large recycling bin is hardly half-full every fortnight, and that's when I put it out.  And I'm a keen recycler.     I also compost all my kitchen and garden waste where possible, although I do have a large lawn and grass cuttings are a ... [ more ]
Renate C
I would like an option,   I don't want another bin in my front garden, but obviously I need to dispose of waste.   I liked the collection point at Lewisham Town Hall, which I used regularly.    For some the green bags were also handy, and I bought ... [ more ]
Renate C
They are large bins, and not easy to bring through the house.   Who wants to drag a full , heavy and dirty bin over carpets?   And my side entrance is a shed, housing mower and other equipment, so wouldn't be able to get through.  No easy solutions. ... [ more ]
Renate C
Grey bins?   We have a black bin for general waste and a green one for recycling.   Hopefully we'll not also get a grey bin.  I despair!!!
Renate C
Lewisham have in creased the Council Tax, if not by a lot. It would perhaps have made sense to have increased it by a another £1 or so to cover green collections.
Renate C
Garden waste is seasonal, for sure, but some weeks there is more than others, and whilst green cuttings which are not suitable for the composter can be kept for a longer period in bags or bins, grass cuttings cannot, they need to be disposed of ... [ more ]
Renate C
Obviously, there is some logic in separating garden waste from general refuse, as the former can be used for  composting on a large scale and thereby reducing the amount going into refuse dumps, where most refuse ends up.  Separate collections will ... [ more ]
Renate C
I don't know what food waste is, anyone who cooks will produce kitchen waste, that's inevitable, and mine goes into the composter.   As for further bins,  I just despair!
Renate C
But have you got somewhere to store that additional bin, Emily, or is it going to stand in your front along with the others?   Not a pretty sight.  And that's my main quibble.   Who wants to lie on a street full of bins, it's enough to want to make me ... [ more ]
Renate C
That's good news, Jenty B.  I'll take advantage of that and get another supply of sacks for my first rake and cut of lawn, which is about due, and keep going until July.

Syringe ear wax

Renate C
I think it varies depending on surgeries.   Our surgery also does syringing, I had mine done by the nurse, and so did my husband, but he has an on-going problem and has also been referred to Blackheath Hospital several times, and finally to St Thomas. ... [ more ]

National Geographic magazines to give away

Renate C
in Bellingham
I have a collection of National Geographic magazines dating from June 2012 to December 2015. Anyone interested?

Residents bin - blocking road

Marva H
in Honor Oak Park
I just wondered if any other people on here were experiencing problems with neighbours using their wheelie bins to save a parking space in front of their homes. It is becoming increasingly common on Arngask and surrounding roads. It doesn't affect me ... [ more ]
Renate C
All the above comments don't really offer solutions to the parking problems, and it's bound to get increasingly worse.  There are just too many cars and not enough space. Perking permits are not the answer, since they don't guarantee a parking space ... [ more ]
Renate C
If I have to pay for a parking permit, then surely I should have an allocated space?  That's how it's done in some flats I know of.  I don't expect to pay and then have to find somewhere in another street, where there is bound to be the same problem. ... [ more ]
Renate C
I agree with you Holly.   I only keep my car because I have a disabled husband, otherwise would be only too happy to dispose of it completely.  As you say, we are lucky to have good public transport, and more walking would be of benefit to most people.

Caught neighbour stealing, what should I do?

Marina H
in Hither Green
My new neighbour is having his house renovated, and the place is a building site while works are being carried out. This has been ongoing since November 2015. The fence separating both properties is taken down for the time being. Tonight, when I came ... [ more ]
Renate C
It may not be your neighbour per se, but rather the workmen, so he probably isn't aware. Have a word with him and/or the workmen, explain the situation and that what is happening is not acceptable. Stay on friendly terms since you will have to live ... [ more ]

Chinese New Year Celebrations

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Yvonne M
in Eltham
CHINA JADE and OCCA Orpington Chinese Community Association are proud to be bringing Chinese New Year celebration to Mottingham for the 2nd year. Monday 15th 12 noon until 2pm..

Wood shutters for bay window?

Jonathan F
in Honor Oak Park
Can anyone recommend a supplier for interior wood shutters?  Local would be good but not essential... not bought before so 's appreciate a steer!
Renate C
I would recommend looking around at other people's shutters until you find something you like (they do vary and some look better than others), then knock at the door and ask the owner who installed them.  I'm sure they'll feel flattered and will be ... [ more ]

Jam Jar Request

Vaughan W
inactive
in Bellingham
It's marmalade season.  Would any of you kind folks have any clean unwanted 1lb jam jars that you don't want/need?  Happy to provide a jar of marmalade to anyone able to provide me with five or more jam jars. Lids are not essential. I'm happy to ... [ more ]
Renate C
I've been keeping certain bottles and coffee jars, which people have taken.  But not jam jars, will have to remember for future offerings, although not able to help on this occasion.

Glass bottles

Renate C
in Bellingham
I have 4 ten-sided 1-pint bottles with old fashioned clip and rubber ring tops to give away. They contained olive oil, but are useful for storing all sorts of fluids.  Too good to throw away.

Passporst found near Hither Green station

Anne
in Kidbrooke
Passport found on Staplehurst Road near Hither Green station last night at around 7pm - please share this post and see if we can reunite a young man S. Craft with his passport.....many thanks

Thieves on streets

Dee S
in Downham
Yesterday at about 16.50 pm we caught on our camera, what looks like a female from walking and the bag, stealing our van's side mirror. The person had at least 3 attempts to remove it until finally succeeded. As it's a night vision camera, the face is ... [ more ]
Renate C
Someone stole the mirror from my car a year or so ago, in broad daylight.   A neighbour saw what was happening and took the car's reg number.   The police were able to trace the car, but couldn't identify the actual perpetrator.  Apparently they were ... [ more ]

Mythmas Celebration and Refugee Food Collection

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Lewisham Unitarian Meeting House, Bromley Road, Catford
South East London Humanist Group in South East London Humanist Group
Please join us for our annual Mythmas celebration. A chance to meet up, relax and have fun. The evening itself will be on the same lines as last year…Music; a Book Auction; a Quiz; Food and Drink; Good Conversation! Please bring: Either some food ... [ more ]
Renate C
Instead of Mythmas, why not celebrate the Winter Solstice, which isn't a myth?  So,  Winter Festival is quite appropriate.

Does anyone of any puppies for sale my daughter would love one just small dogs

Renate C
Just remember that puppies are not just for Christmas, and they don't remain small and toy-like cuties for long, but grow rapidly into the adult species.  They are also not cheap to maintain,  with medical bills, etc, and need the care and attention ... [ more ]

Corrugated clear plastic panel for roof

Renate C
in Bellingham
Is there someone out there who can supply and replace an approx 4 x 4 ft piece of corrugated clear plastic panel on my side shed roof?

For book lovers

Renate C
in Bellingham
I have a number of beautiful and interesting books which I would like to find a new home for.  They are all on the large side, with many pictures.  1.  Chronicle of Britain and Ireland 12" x 9.5",  Over 1000 pages. 2.   AA - Discovery of Britain. ... [ more ]
Renate C
Yes, that book is still available.   I'm in Hither Green, just off the South Circular. If you can let me have your phone contact number we can make arrangements.

Festival of Arts and Music

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St. Andrew's Parish Church, Sandhurst Road, Catford, SE6 1XD
Trevor O
inactive
in Blackheath
From 10.00am to 2.00pm on Saturday morning and 11.30am to 2.00pm on Sunday there will be an exhibition of paintings and crafts by local artists, together with a display of flowers and church vestments. On the Saturday there will also be a cake sale ... [ more ]

Large stone pebbles

Renate C
Still awaiting collection, but there are a couple of other interested people, so they would go to the next in line.       Will advise when gone.    These pebbles are available in all garden centres.  I would not recommend where there are children or ... [ more ]