Lewisham Central Assembly: Lockdown Experiences

Lewisham’s Ward Assemblies are beginning to look at ways Assembly meetings can be restarted. The Lewisham Central Councillor team is putting together a newsletter for their ward to share stories as a means of documenting what we have all been through, and to bring the community together (figuratively for the time being).

Your Lockdown Experience

Local amenity groups are being asked to collate a page or two of stories and experiences from local people. do consider submitting a short piece about your Lockdown experience.

Tell people about:

– Homeschooling and keeping children occupied,
– Being a keyworker and working through Lockdown;
– Rediscovering your garden or your bike;
– Volunteering with mutual aid groups;
– Supporting staff at Lewisham Hospital and local residential homes;
– Establishing a bubble and support networks to combat loss, isolation and loneliness.

We will look to represent a range of experiences. Please submit your piece to: Chair@ourhithergreen.com with your name, age, and a phone number.

Please keep your piece to 300 words and the deadline for submission is the evening of Sunday 13 June.

Pieces can be published anonymously as long as _we_ have your name and contact details. IMPORTANT: Please make this request clear at the beginning of your piece.

The newsletter will be printed and distributed to all of Lewisham Central ward.

The HGCA team look forward to hearing from you.

The Hither Green Jumble Trail- June 2021

We are pleased to announce that the official Hither Green Jumble Trail is back for 2021, and will take place over two days on the 19th and 20th June.

We already have 47 houses registered, a prize draw, and a few local cafes offering free coffee for shoppers. Anyone wanting to participate who is worried they will be a bit too far out for foot traffic will be able to set up in a central location (location tbc)

An interactive digital map of all participating houses will be made available closer to the date; print copies will also be available.

Want to sell?  Registration costs £5, with proceeds going to a local charity. Register by 4 June via the link below:

To contact the team with questions: hgjumbletrail@outlook.com

St Mildred’s Church Planning Appeal

A message from St Mildred’s Church, Lee –  just along Brownhill Road on the South Circular. 

The Church is asking the wider community to support its Planning appeal to build a new church hall.  The old hall has deteriorated beyond repair and is now closed because it is potentially unsafe. The church has plans for a replacement building which will be spacious enough and flexible enough to accommodate community activities  as well as church activities.

Planning permission has been initially refused but we have appealed against refusal. If your family used the old hall for Scouts/Guides or the very popular toddler playgroup,  there is a way in which can help us. It takes just 2 minutes to make a comment on the Planning Inspectorate website to help demonstrate local support for the appeal. You only need to write a few lines.

Sending in your comments. Comments can be submitted via the Planning Inspectorate website using reference 3252615.
Or click ‘search for an  appeal’, enter 3252615 and  then ‘Make a representation’.  It takes only a minute or two.  

Comments can alternatively be submitted by email. Further details are on the church website:

The deadline for submissions to the Planning Inspectorate is 2nd March.
If you are able to support the project in this way thank you very much. If you can also share this request with other local people who  know the church that would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you.

Hither Green Christmas Trees!

The Hither Green Community Association has christmas Trees on sale this Saturday 9.30-3pm.
Location. The new Three Sisters store at 64 Springbank Road SE13 6SN.
Come early as we always sell out!

We have *stunning* freshly cut Nordman Firs available – handsome 7 footers, perfectly formed 4ft specimens and everything in between. The team have inspected the tree shipment they are so beautiful and premium quality👍. Our prices are great too.

Social Distancing. We are encouraging folks to buy online and either collect person on Saturday or arrange for delivery.
Shop: https://ourhithergreen.com/
We will be accepting cards only on Saturday.

Bonus. Every Hither Green Christmas Tree sold will help fund new street trees for our neighbourhood.

The tree team thank you all for the phenomenal response to the new Hither Green online shop, it’s been solidly busy since last week. Community support is especially appreciated because we’re all neighbours.
Thank you!

Local Help During COVID-19 Crisis: Hither Green and Lee

NEWS: The Hither Green & Lee Ward Mutual Aid Group is a new team of over 300 local residents. These are your neighbours, they all live locally. They have volunteered to help people with:

  • shopping
  • prescription collection
  • dog walking 
  • friendly phone calls for those in isolation
  • Plus other forms of assistance during the COVID-19 crisis.
If you need any help or would like to volunteer, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Need help or someone to talk to? 

You can fill in our form, email, call or text us:

Complete this form: https://bit.ly/HitherGreenAndLeeMutualAid

Email hithergreenmutualaid@gmail.com

Call or text: 07783625755

Want to volunteer?

Join the amazing team of volunteers here: https://bit.ly/HGMutualAid-BecomeAVolunteer

Once we have your details and address, we’ll match you with one or two people in your area who need help.

The requests are starting to fly in and we expect this to grow exponentially as more people are in need – so while we might not be in contact immediately, we’ll be in touch soon.
Please Stay Home and Stay Safe.  We’ll get through this together. 

Hither Green Festival 2020- Organise an Event!

The Hither Green Festival takes place this year from 16 -24 May!

Have your event included in this year’s Festival. It’s an excellent showcase for local businesses and groups. If you would like to put on an event or activity- a fun night out, a dance class, life drawing workshop or a supper club, then please contact Andrew at info@ourhithergreen.com.

Andrew will be booking and finalising events over the next couple of weeks and the Festival schedule is already filling up nicely! There is no charge for having your activity included in the Festival.

We produce and print a colourful Festival Booklet and distribute 10,000 copies to local businesses, schools and libraries.

The Festival Booklet is a fantastic sales tool. It is professionally designed and printed and 10,000 copies will go directly into the hands of this community. So why not reach your customers! Advertise in the Booklet! Consider offering discounts for the week of the Festival!
Special offers for first-time or repeat customers, for multiple bookings. Get in touch!

The appeal for Food and Crafts Fair stalls will happen NEXT month. For now it is just Events Organisers we need to hear from.

The Hither Green Festival Team

FUSS Christmas Fair Needs Some Help!

Saturday 7 December along Staplehurst Road! Time: 12- 5pm

The annual FUSS Christmas Fair has grown to be one of the largest in the Borough. The tiny team of organisers are appealling to people in Lee and Hither Green to help out on the day with stewarding and in various fundraising stalls.

If you are able to give an hour of your time on the day, or even the evening before, you would be a local hero!

Please drop a email to fusspot100@gmail.com