Glass Mill Pool reopens

Halloween Party at The Talbot

It's almost time kids. The clock is ticking. And don't forget to wear your masks.

The new-look Talbot (Tyrwhitt Road) is throwing a Halloween-night party, 7pm-Midnight. They say:

Delores Rocket, our resident DJ, plays music on a topical theme, this month is Halloween and her music features Ghosts, Ghools and Scary Monsters!

Halloween Party 31 October, DJ, Face painting for Adults, Blood Curdling Cocktails & Fangtastic Food. Fancy dress optional

Ladywell Pop-Up Village approved

Lewisham Council has confirmed that this plan for a pop-up housing development on the site of the former Ladywell pool was approved last night.

It is frustrating that, having known for years that this site would become available, the Council has failed to come up with a long-term plan for the site, especially as we're in the middle of another building and investment boom, which won't last forever. However, we are where we are, and this is an interesting throw of the dice. It could be a great new model, or it could be like those miserable little green humps they built in the middle of Lewisham in lieu of Lewisham Gateway. Lewisham Council says:

The site of the former Ladywell leisure centre is set to host one of the UK’s first ever pop-up villages.

The pop-up concept is to use modern technologies to provide temporary housing and retail units that can be largely constructed off-site, assembled and used, then dismantled, moved to a new site and used again.

The central Lewisham site is earmarked for a wider area development that will take some time to put into place and gain all necessary planning consents. The pop-up plan would put the site to good use in the meantime providing temporary homes for 24 families and space for retail, commercial and civic use – a ready-made micro-village.

Lewisham’s Mayor and Cabinet gave the green light to the concept at its meeting on Wednesday 22 October.
The Council will now move forward with a formal tendering process with the aim of awarding a contract early in 2015.  New homes could then be ready for occupation in autumn 2015.

I'm going to show you something beautiful

The first trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron is out and a lot is riding on this film for Marvel, so they have loaded this trailer with fan favourites, including the Hulkbuster armour, Cap's broken shield and of course, the Rivoli Ballroom, where filming took place during the summer. It's here at 1 min 30 seconds. Blink and you'll miss it, but you'll got to hold something back for the theatres.

Usual full disclosure: Marvel's parent company, Disney, is a client...

Blackheath Fireworks 2014 - Back the Bangs

Bonfire Night is apparently November 1st this year. Lewisham Council writes:

Blackheath Fireworks, one of the biggest free displays in the capital, will light up the skies on Saturday 1 November from 8pm. A funfair will be open from 4pm and food and refreshments from 5pm.

And this year, there will be specially-themed music to accompany the display, making the evening even more spectacular.

Sponsors and partners have been very important to the continued success of the event and this year, L&Q and the Royal Borough of Greenwich have been key partners along with Glendale, Hamptons International, Jo Townshend architects, Party Play Bus, The Crown, The Clarendon Hotel, Sun Ya restaurant, Davy’s wine bars and EM Highways.

Those attending the event are also being encouraged to support the display. Donations can be made online at, at Age Exchange, Blackheath or in one of the many collection buckets on the night.

London widget tracks Lewisham crime drop

Lewisham's crime tracking data
Another crimewatching widget has landed in our inbox. The falling crime rate has given the Mayor of London a taste for transparency, so this new dashboard allows people to see the statistics for themselves. The Mayor's office says:

"Last year the Mayor, as part of his Police and Crime Plan, pledged even greater transparency over crime data and set the Metropolitan Police Service the challenge to reduce seven key neighbourhood crimes by 20 per cent by 2016. Using this interactive dashboard Londoners are now able to track progress against this target, compare local performance every month to other boroughs and look at the overall crime picture in the capital.

"The dashboard reveals that on the latest monthly figures, the Met have cut MOPAC 7 crimes overall by 18 per cent against the 2012 baseline - against a target of 20 per cent by 2016. It also shows the impact falling crime in London has had on national figures with the crime drop last year in the capital outpacing the national fall and accounting for almost half of the reduction across England and Wales. For the first time the data reveals that crime nationally would be rising by 0.4 per cent were it not for the strong Met performance."

Lewisham's performance for the year to September 2014 mirrors the rest of the London, falling significantly on each of the seven key crimes, with the exception of arguably the most important one - Violence With Injury, where we are ranked 23rd overall in London. Overall, the borough is ranked 16th-best in the capital, according to the MOPAC 7 metric.

It's encouraging, though not surprising, to see that London is outperforming the rest of the country in terms of the falling crime rate. The falling crime rate is one of the long-term factors that is making inner London an increasingly desirable place to live. And it's a moment for BC to reflect that 2014 is the first summer to have passed without us having to report any blood being spilled in and around Brockley Cross or Brockley Station.

Yule Log

Date for your diaries: The Ladywell Christmas Market will be returning on December 6th. Details for how to apply for a stall on the Ladywell and Lewisham forum.

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