10,000 Hands chosen to run Ladywell Fields Cafe

Robert Sheppard, Secretary of the Ladywell Fields User Group writes:

Glendale has announced today that, following a bidding process, 10,000 Hands (the Jimmy Mizen Foundation) has been chosen to run the Ladywell Fields cafe and undertake its refurbishment. The JMF already run the Cafe of Good Hope on Hither Green Lane.

Building works to improve the cafe facility will begin this Summer. Further information (e.g. plans and service commitments provided) will be posted on the Ladywell Fields Facebook page as soon as they're made available.

Glen, the existing cafe operator, has been notified and thanked for his loyal service to the Park - which I know will be echoed by all who've come to know him over the years.

#Lewisham2014

Zod: I win. I always win... Is there no-one on this planet to even challenge me?
- Superman II

The Council elections are coming up on May 22nd, which means that Brockley Central and a host of other local bloggers will be covering the various local election races, which Labour will invariably win.

To try to help people keep track of the discussion and debate, some of us will be using #Lewisham2014 to tag our articles and commentary on Twitter. Please feel free to do the same.

Woolly bollards on Brockley Mews

New Cross + Deptford Free Film Festival 2014

The Festival starts this Friday. Highlights include:

O Brother, Where Art Thou? in the cells of The Old Police Station (114 Amersham Vale), on Friday May 2nd, with 'Deptford's answer to the Soggy Bottom Boys... Danny & The Moonlighters and The Hellfire Orchestra at 7.15pm followed by the film screening at 8pm.'

- A bike-powered, sing-along screening of Grease, presented by Electric Pedals at Telegraph Hill Upper Park, Kitto Road Se14 5TY on Saturday 3 May, 8pm.

- The Harder They Come at Honey’s (87 Deptford High Street) on Saturday 26 April, 7.30pm. "Part neo-realist, part blaxploitation, part spaghetti western" starring Jimmy Cliff.

- South East London classic Attack the Block will be shown on Saturday, April 26th in Fordham Park - DJ from 7pm, film from around 8.30pm. Bring warm clothes, otherwise the youths dem a get so cold.

Download the programme here.

Trees: Re-use of the Fallen

October's storm left some spectacular tree wreckage on Hilly Fields, and the fallen giants now serve as makeshift climbing frames and Mecano sets

On the north side of the hill (left), the jagged stumps have been painted neon, while on the south side (right), someone has used broken branches to build tipis from that would shame the Wicker Man.

Thanks to Transpontine, who did this first.

Albertines spring clean

The pub currently living with the working title "The Lewisham Coffee Co", briefly known as the Malt & Hops and once known as Albertines is getting work done. 

This photo, taken through glass in this morning's drizzle, doesn't really do it justice but thanks to a lick of paint, some sanding and a de-clutter, it's already looking nice. 

Whether it heralds a re-opening or is just evidence that the owners are finally putting some effort in to shifting it remains to be seen, but this pub has great potential in an area that still has too few good pubs to choose from.

The Artist Village FleaMarket

To celebrate the opening of the Artist Village at 1 Dragonfly Place, the team behind the project is hosting an 'Artist FleaMarket', on May 31st and June 1st. They explain:

We have room for 100 participants. Each person or group gets their own space as marked by the studio build plans... sharing open plan spaces as yet unbuilt. You can leave your setup overnight safely on the Saturday evening. Set up Sat 10am. De-install for 6pm Sunday. Provide your own display system, or show on the floor or use the walls. We hope to have food stands from Brockley Market and from Deptford. 

Cost: £10 per space. Deadline to apply: 24th April. Payments and Final Artist List deadline 1st May.

Full details of how to apply here.

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