NEWS: Hither Green Festival 2019! Register for Open Gardens & the HG Jumble Trail!


We’re busy finalising the line up for this year’s Hither Green Festival!  While there wont be a Food and Craft Fair n the park this year-  the Fair will be back in 2020– the Quaggy Ducks are back with us and so are the Teddy Bears’ Picnic and Wellmeadow Rd Street Party! Businesses and groups across the area are planning great food, music, films and dancing!
The excellent Music and Arts Fringe  at Manor Park has a full busy schedule of talented local people too!  Look out for the Booklet in a few weeks time- you’ll be able to pick it up from local stores.

Last Call for Advertisers and Children’s Events!
Last call for Festival Advertisers: If you’re a local trades person or business,  then get in touch  over the weekend to get your classified advert in front of 10, 000 local people! Send an email to
Last call for events for children and young people. 
Do you run a dance class, language, art, music or drama activity for young people? If you’ll be running workshops between 18-26 May, please get in touch to have them considered for inclusion in the 2019 Festival Timetable.

Register for the Hither Green Festival Jumble Trail. Sunday 19 May A day of co-ordinated front garden sales across HG, it was an enormous success last year! You can register to sell pre-loved toys, clothes, books, kitchen equipment, furniture… whatever you don’t have room for any more! Pay your £5 entrance fee here: The fee goes to charity.
More Information here: 

Good Gym Lewisham – We need a Festival Task!
Good Gym Lewisham. Do you have a task for the Good Gym Lewisham volunteers? Last year they painted at the scout hall and the year before they prepared the Springbank Community Garden for Britain in Bloom judging.
If you have a task which needs doing. please get in touch!
The date of the task will be Monday 20 May 2019. Time from 7-8pm.
Email with ‘Festival Task’ in the subject line!

Open Gardens- Sunday 26 May: Open Your Garden this summer!
This is the 11th year of  Open Gardens and it is always such a lovely afternoon!  We’re looking for new people and new gardens to join in!  Gardens in HG come in all sizes and styles and we’d love to showcase more of them.
Everyone involved is a local resident, no one is looking for manicured lawns and hot tubs! Visitors will have similar gardens and they just want to see what is possible in a suburban garden. What you’ve done with your child’s trampoline and swing set? What you’ve done to attract wildlife to your space?!

You can sell a few cuttings, and some cake too! If you wish to take part this year, please drop an email to You can also get in touch if you would like to speak to people who have previously opened their gardens for advice/ reassurance!


Help Make a Hither Green Meadow this Monday!

The Fernbrook Road Meadow was rotavated today!
So join us on Monday evening to rake out all the weeds, and help prepare a flat seed bed for sowing this summer’s meadow. This is a HUGE project- we need lots of wiling helpers.
Instructions and H&S talk will be given on site. No gardening experience necessary at all.
Anyone over 18 can come.
Wear study boots
Wear light layers, because it’s a hot workout (and maybe bring a drink)
Bring a rake!
Being a plastic container to broadcast sow your share of the wildflower seeds.

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Meet from 6.30pm at the Staplehurst Road slope. 

The Good Gym runners will join us at 7.15. We’ll all be done by 8pm.
If you aren’t able to help but own a rake, please mark it with your name and drop it off at the meadow between 6.30 and 7.15! Thanks!
Spread the word!


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Hither Green Station- The 2019 Embankment Clean Up

Hither Green Station- The 2019 Embankment Clean Up
Saturday 9th. February
From 11am – 2pm
Meet: Staplehurst Rd entrance OR Platform 1 entrance on Springbank Road

Hither Green Community Association and FUSS at Hither Green are organising a mighty clean up and cut back of the station embankments.

Lots of volunteers with various energy levels required!
– A quiet litter pick for 20 mins?
– An hour of fighting the brambles on Springbank Road?
– Or popping along for 5 mins to get the rotavator to works.
You are needed!

Refreshments, work boots and gloves are provided.
Hi- vis and H&S talk before hand.
Over 18s only. Thems the rules.
Thank you.

Got Questions? Email:

Christmas Trees For Sale at the FUSS Christmas Fair!

Christmas starts THIS Saturday at the FUSS Christmas Fair on Staplehurst Rd!

Pick up a beautiful, freshly cut non-drop Nordmann Christmas tree from the Hither Green Community Association stall. Come early and secure a tree as they are always sold out by the early afternoon.
Trees are available in all sizes.

Proceeds from the trees fund the work of the Hither Green Community Association all year, including the planting of street trees! Once again they will be donating a 12ft tree to the congregation of St Swithun’s Church on Hither Green Lane.

Pro-tip: wherever you buy your tree, most likely it won’t have roots;  so keep the tree well misted with a water bottle sprayer or have it stand in some water.  Your tree will keep fresh well into the New Year!

Hither Green Christmas Fair This Saturday!


Date:  Saturday 1st Decemeber.
Time: 12-5
Location: Staplehurst Road.

The Countdown to the Hither Green Christmas Fair has started! Come and enjoy 70 stalls, musical guests, hot food, handmade gifts for family and Christmas trees. Plus Santa will be in his Station Hotel grotto!

Fancy helping out with stewarding?  Please email with the subject header VOLUNTEERS. 

Also any unwanted and unloved items that could be used for the Tombola, books or Bricabrac stall can be dropped off at 56 Manor Park. 

Thank you!

Festival of Creative Ageing 2019: Funding for arts activities for older people

Funding for arts activities for older people
Remember the #LoveLewisham Campaign?
Well Lewisham didnt win, but were awarded money to host a ‘Festival of Creative Ageing.’
This is being launched on Tuesday by organisers The Albany, Entelechy Arts and Lewisham Council.
Outline: For three weeks in September and October 2019, Lewisham will become “a hive of creative activity, celebrating the transformative power of the arts in our lives as we age.”
Grants of up to £2,000 will be available to stage your own events and projects as part of the festival. Organisers ill also match groups with local artists and support the planning of events and writing grant applications.


For more information contact:

Hither Green AGM- Help allocate £20k of local capital spending

Notice of our Annual General Meeting
Wednesday 7 November
7.30 – 9.30 pm
Venue: Zenubian 136 Hither Green Lane SE136QA
The Agenda
– £20,000 of S106 funding for Hither Green Lane Shop Improvements & Street Tree Programme
– Lifts and Access for All at the Station
– The cancellation of the LIP Hither Green Lane Road Layout Changes
– This Community Association is appealing for able people to step off Facebook and join one of our new sub committees- Planning, Streetscape, Transport, The May Festival
– Other local community groups also need volunteers through their doors for just a couple of hours a month – The Scouts, local libraries, the Cinema Society, a locally based asthma awareness charity needing trustees…
Please come along, have a drink and meet some people!

Lewisham Council Transport Consultation- Make our crossings safer

Lewisham Transport Consultation: We have three weeks to potentially secure funds to make George Lane and Beacon Road Crossings safer.
It will take 5-10 mins; make your way through the consultation (there are links for each question providing extra information). Do please pay special attention to Q8 and Q11. They are opportunities to mention:
– the Hither Green Lane crossings at George Lane and Beacon Road
– the awful junction of Brownhill / Torridon Roads
– the Ennersdale Road / Leahurst Road convergence
Thank you to Mr Roche, a local resident who flagged this consultation.

The NHS: What’s your heart age?

Public Health England  (PHE) has spearheaded a campaign today for adults to know their Heart Age. The test provides an immediate estimation of their ‘heart age’ and if someone’s heart age is higher than their actual age, they are at an increased risk of having a heart attack or stroke. As part of the test results, it also gives suggestions on lifestyle changes to help people reduce their heart age such as losing weight, quitting smoking, exercising regularly and cutting back on alcohol.

PHE’s Heart Age campaign will run until 30th September. Adults are encouraged to search ‘heart age’ to take the free online test.


We’re being asked to spread the word about this test, ow you can do the same!