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.
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:


Call or text: 07783625755

Want to volunteer?

Join the amazing team of volunteers here:

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

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

Hither Green Community Christmas Trees!

Top quality trees on sale at The FUSS Christmas Fair

Saturday 7 December.
Time: 12pm – 5pm on Staplehurst Road

For the fifth year, local residents will be selling beautiful, top quality and *freshly cut* Christmas trees at Hither Green’s wonderful Christmas Fair amongst our friends and neighbours!

** The Hither Green Community Association has been selling Christmas trees to our community at the Fair for FIVE years now. EVERY TREE we sell funds the planting of new street trees on our streets, improving our neighbourhoods and our environment.**

So start Christmas with us: Our prices are great! We offer free delivery!

We offer a tree care and recycling guide!
As ever, our trees are available in sizes from table top to 10-12 feet.

Come along and say hello, we’ll be on our regular pitch outside Nisa, on the corner of Staplehurst and Fernbrook Roads.

NEWS: Hither Green Annual General Meeting.

Featured Photo: Hither Green Lane, the Central Market Parade 1904. Credit Lewisham History Archive.

Thursday 17 October, 7-9pm
at Zenubian, 136 Hither Green Lane SE13 6QA
Let’s focus on Hither Green lane! 

Join us for some discussion and wine!

Meeting Schedule

7- 7.20pm HGCA Committee Elections and Reports.
This is a small and busy group and we need people from across Hither Green with ideas and the drive to carry them through.
You can step forward on the night,  but it’s easier it you can drop a line to with your field of interest. 

We do make a effort to ring-fence projects so you only work on projects which interest you! So if you have  an interest in Design, our Environment, Transport, Older people/ children, or Health- you can put your energies into those things alone! .
One example: We need a small team to take the May Festival forward; to deliver the big Food & Craft Fair, and with of fresh ideas for events and activities during the week. We need expert help with opportunities we can offer local sponsors too.

7.20pm- A potted History of Hither Green Lane by Paul Browning.
Paul runs the popular Running Past Blog and our local history walks as part of the May Festival.

7.40pm- Patrick from Hither Green Studios. This massive creative hub stands in the middle of our community… but what do you know about the building or the artists and musicians within? Come along and find out!

8pm- An update on the Hither Green Lane Improvement Projects:
– The Street Trees going in this winter.
– The establishment of – the new HGL Traders Association and the improvement of the shop fronts. A presentation from Laura Luckhurst, Lewisham Central Ward Assembly coordinator.
Do you live near by and have thought on how to improve the shopping experience? There are funds available to help carry projects forward.

8.30pm- News from Ward Councillor Patrick Codd about the Boundary Commission Review and the possibility of a Hither Green Ward and the funding large capital projects with money from NCIL, the community fee levied from developers and local construction work.

There will be time and space to socialise and chat too. Come, join us!
Thursday 17 October, 7-9pm at Zenubian, 136 Hither Green Lane SE13 6QA


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Photo: Hither Green Lane, the Central Market Parade 1904. Credit- Google Street view