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Martin A

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Gender segregation: How fundamentalists are dividing Britain

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Lewisham Unitarian Meeting House, 41 Bromley Road
South East London Humanist Group in South East London Humanist Group
What does the rise of fundamentalist movements mean for the secularist goal of creating a more free, equal and fair society? What tactics are fundamentalist groups using to challenge secular laws and norms? Using the example of the on-going campaign ... [ more ]

Dodgy dealing Mayor Bullock should resign

Martin A
Thanks for that Nancy T-and introducing me to OurCity. Development yesterday is that Damien Egan, Chair of Housing COmmittee has withdrawn his support for the CPO and Chief Exec agreed that investigation needed. This stops short of what is needed ... [ more ]

Mens clothing from the Forties

Martin A
in Downham
I am seeking a gaudy, ideally a loud hound-tooth (?) check, jacket for a Murder Mystery where i am a Loud Hollywood producer. To borrow , trade or buy. Thanks
Martin A
Cheers- altho trying to do lo lo budget so trying charity shops first! Just found a loud check shirt at least to go with any Hound Tooth jacket i locate.

Express yourself about the closure of last London public golf course-BPP

Martin A
in Downham
2pm at Town Hall, Catford. Come dressed to show how diverse the users of BPP is: runners, joggers, dog walkers, naturalists, tennis players, skateboarders, kids-and of course golfers! Media are interested (see SLP yesterday). Council have agreed, ... [ more ]
Martin A
A v successful profile-raising gathering of people came together yesterday. A group of those concerned to preserve the park and quell the councils plan to destroy the last public golf course in inner London . Tennis , golf and cricket were played on ... [ more ]
Martin A
http://youtu.be/G3aIrY2O6HI A snapshot of the protest on Saturday. I have yet to speak to one person, on or off the Park, who thinks that the Golf course inhibits others use of the Park. And many people believe it should not be beyond the wit of the ... [ more ]
Martin A
Golf carried on today despite the council filling the holes at 6am! Tea also served by Lpbp activists and friends. Lots of support expressed by dog walkers, walkers etc. Many long time park users, one a man who learnt golf at BPP as a kid, now a golf ... [ more ]

Trees ūüĆ≤ and transforming Beckenham Place Park

LeiaJ in Bellingham
A lot has been alleged about the Lewisham council's plans for regenerating the park with funding from the HLF Parks for People scheme. I thought I would attach the poster giving some info that comes direct from the council; it may be of interest to ... [ more ]
Martin A
Why would anyone want to 'transform' BPP? 400 established trees to go, whips to replace. Farewell rows of trees bordering the fairways! The golf course preserves the views, the nature and the ambience of the Park. It is the only golf course I know¬† ... [ more ]
Martin A
And your entitled to it of course! :) Of golf course! (cheap pun). I have no symp for golfers using the course who want it to be pure and like a private golf course. Its a public space and each user should respect the others- so runners give way to ... [ more ]

Should there be better play facilities in Beckenham Place Park for young kids?

Tom B
in Bellingham
Hi everyone - In Beckenham Place Park there are no reasonable facilities for young kids.¬† Anyone think Lewisham should consider adding this somewhere near the sensory garden and clubhouse? there's plenty of space in disused tennis courts? There's a ... [ more ]

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Martin A
The Councils plans probably need to be seen in the context of local authorities moving toward privatising the management of parks (due to financial pressures). The Council have not been transparent about this, it has engaged in dis information and ... [ more ]
Martin A
Forgot to add- I am not a golfer! I think the golf course presence maintains the unique character of the Park and despite the Council propaganda, it is multil use and multi user already with its tennis courts, football pitches, skate park, BMX track ... [ more ]
Martin A
There is loads of potential for improvement at BPP, and no reason that different interest groups cannot co-exist. It s a huge park, bigger than Greenwich or Regents park. Join our Protest at the Catford Civic Centre Sat 29th Oct at 2-3pm to argue for ... [ more ]
Martin A
Thanks for the suggestiong Teressa D. I dont actually play golf but i believe the course provides the countryside ambience and can, and does, co exist with other uses incl skaters, runners, dog walkers (tennis , football and cricket players if COuncil ... [ more ]
Martin A
Keith and others- i hope you might join our Protest event 2-3 pm (inviting Press for 215) on this Saturday , in front of the Civic Centre Catford. Hoping to emphasize the diversity of current Park users and the sheer vandalism the Council is planning. ... [ more ]
Martin A
What a happy world that would be- working in harmony with the Council. Maybe we can when its more democratic and not top heavy with a Mayor and Cabinet. btw the target audience is not the Councillors (they have had their say and not helped) nor the ... [ more ]

Defending Beckenham Place Park from the Bulldozers

Martin A
in Downham
If you feel aggreived by the Council's plan to obliterate a public golf course-open to all- and established as a public course since 1933-then join us outside the Catford Civic Centre this Saturday (29th) at 2pm. We want to highlight the diversity of ... [ more ]
Martin A
While it is hard to figure why Leia and Teressa are so full on supportive of the Council's planned vandalism, i urge you not to resort to personal abuse. Linda  B I dont know if L & T even use the Park, so they may be unaware of the distress caused.

Wee, sleekit, cow'rin, tim'rous beasties. (apologies to Rabbie Burns)

Paul L
in Southend
Is there no Lewisham councillor with the b**ls to stand up and ask why there is so much opposition to the closure of the Beckenham Place Park golf course and to take a closer look at the decision. One or two have asked a tentative question but have ... [ more ]

Double Glazing needed. Any recommendations that are not Everest, Safestyle of Chrystal windows?

Jessica C in Forest Hill
The time has come for me to install double glazing, but I'm struggling to find a suitable company to do it.¬† I've had quotes from the big 3 - Chyrstal, Safestyle and Everset - but will not do business with them because of either unethical business ... [ more ]

Beckenham Place Park mansion and golf course

Paul L
in Southend
As a member of a loose association trying to bring sense to the current situation I attended an open meeting set up by the council to show potential bidders what the layout and condition of the mansion is. Current approximate estimates are that ¬£3.5 ... [ more ]
Martin A
BPP is quite unique in this part of London. Lewisham has a wonderful selection of Parks of the more traditional and accessible to all nature - to name a few: Mayow, Horniman Gardens, Sydenham Wells Park. The special quality of BPP is the golf which ... [ more ]

FOBPP meeting tonight/future of BPP

LeiaJ in Bellingham
I'm probably going to get a barrage of responses to this but I'm going to put this out there anyway. I checked with the council to confirm that tonight's meeting topic was going to enable attendees to ask about the HLF bid, future plans for the park ... [ more ]

Seeking Gas Bottle

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 ]
Martin A
I suspect this is the woman renate refers to. In 10 yrs I have been approached by her locally and in Peckham. My sympathy ebbs and flows. Her baby story is so implausible she must be trying other methods. I even witnessed her totally naked in the ... [ more ]

19storey tower at Catford bridge

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Civic centre catford
Martin A
in Downham
Join protest against Barratts plans to enhance their mega profits by building an eye sore in a low rise area. An eye sore with no affordable or social rented units! Attend the Strategic planning meeting at civic centre or just sign the petition at ... [ more ]
Martin A
https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/say-no-to-19-storeys-in-catford Sorry, try this link.
Martin A
A couple of us are going to talk to residents in the development today-1130-130 to see if they are aware and want to add their voices. Meeting for coffee first at Broadway cafe at 11 if anyone wants to join us. 07402954056
Martin A
Me and another leafletted today. People in the Barratt development v unhappy at the plan, not least those overlooking the planned 19 storey tower. Thanks those people for responding and doing the petition. Fancy an interesting night out? Come to the ... [ more ]
Martin A
Reasons to be cheerful , part 1: Cllr Muldoon tells me he and other 2 councillors opposed but we need BIG turnout to show strength of feeling . 715 for 730 at civic centre.
Martin A
The turnout was staggering, council chamber full (170 plus capacity) and replenished as people left over the 2 .5 hours from over a 100 people waiting outside. Decision deferred , so partial victory , for now at least. May be some skull duggery goin ... [ more ]

Community Bench Stolen

Alice F in Forest Hill
Hi all, I wondered if anyone had a spare garden bench so I can re-do an area that had become a dumping ground? I have been trying to keep this area clear and make it somewhere beautiful for us all (in Sydenham) . I cleared the area and put a bench ... [ more ]
Martin A
Good work and community spirit Alice. I bet somewhere could help to sink and bed the bench . You could apply to your local council assembly but will have to compete with others seeking funds for local initiatives. Your local councillors might want to ... [ more ]

Property Wanted

Eamon O
inactive
in Elmers End
Calais Action which is a not for profit organisation have had to give up their storage facility in Anerley yesterday. They are looking for suitable property which could be used to sort and store donations for refugees. Ideally they are looking for ... [ more ]
Martin A
Try McDonald Egan who own a large warehouse in Barmeston Rd SE63BH. No reason to think they will be sympathetic but you never know. The warehouse is used but is huge and not fully utilised.

United Sound of Sydenham - 18th Dec, Bricklayers Arms, Dartmouth Rd, SE26

Giles F
in Forest Hill
Hi, the United Sound of Sydenham is back at the Bricklayers Arms, Dartmouth Road, SE26 ( opp. Syd School) on Friday 18th dec till at least 1 in the morning. Late licence, friendly and lively crowd. Not forgetting myself and Oscar Romp playing ... [ more ]

Sofa, Soft material with cushion seating. Light blue. Comfortable not pristine.

2 seater sofa , free to collect

Martin A
Sofa without cover- worst damage visible on right hard arm. Otherwise reasonable condition and comfortable. Good for kids especially- teenager?

Off street parking space SE23/SE6 Area??

Martin A
in Downham
Anyone know of one that is rentable. For large van (20 foot). Good price to offer and probably for 3 months or more.
Martin A
Are you able to show me the photo or let me know the street name maybe...distance from SE23 may be a factor, depends where in SE13. Thanks

Lewisham said no to TTIP

Martin A
in Downham
Lewisham Council voted to oppose TTIP which could have a major impact on local and central govt public services, not to mention its impact on food quality etc. between 11 & 1pm i and others will be asking people to sign the European (ECI) ... [ more ]
Martin A
On the contrary Chris, many of us in Lewisham having been researching it v hard. A public meeting was held in Feb and pro and anti TTIP speakers presented. Come along to the next meeting planned for November- more details soon. You have to ask why, it ... [ more ]
Martin A
I am feeling sorry for you Chris, you seem to be in the minority here! But just to add, yes people and corporations have a right to sue if their interests have been compromised and we have perfectly well tried and tested courts just for that in ... [ more ]
Martin A
Interesting thought but that is what unbiased courts and judges are for-they deal with conflicts of interest all the time. Whereas ISDS courts will be presided over by Trade Lawyers , and functioning in secret!¬† The EC and UK govt know full well that ... [ more ]
Martin A
The other significant factor re product safety is what they are calling 'regulatory co operation' which is really a spin for reducing safeguards so they do not obstruct US companies selling chickens washed in chlorine, beef with hormones in it, ... [ more ]
Martin A
Ahh, has peace broken out...after all this wonderful banter, is anyone coming to Catford tomorrow at 11 at the CAB or 1015 at Broadway cafe for a cuppa first??
Martin A
If anyone has any interest in being actively (varying from occasional leafletting to more if you want) involved re TTIP then please let me know. And do look out for the meeting planned for Nov (prob the 9th or 10th) at Deptford Zion Chapel, New Cross ... [ more ]

needed cookshack sm070 smoker

Martin A
in Downham
For smoking meats. Know anyone in the catering trade who has one they want to sell perhaps? Not easy to come by, mostly from USA. Thanks

cookshack sm070 smoker- for smoking meats (commercial)

Free parking near Lewisham Hospital

Joanne M
in Lewisham
Does anyone know of anywhere close to Lewisham Hospital where I can park for free? Have recently started working there ... any advice gratefully received. .. many thanks!

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