Next Lewisham Central Assembly meeting announced

The next meeting of Lewisham Central Assembly will be held on Saturday 24 January 2015 at 12 noon at Hither Green Baptist Church on Theodore Road.

The agenda has been published on Lewisham Council’s site and includes a presentation and Q&A on this new ‘pop-up’ housing proposal for the former Ladywell Leisure Centre site (looks beautiful!), as well as a funding vote and updates on various issues including SE13URE favourite Lewisham Gateway.

I intend to go and livetweet proceedings, so will publish my tweets on SE13URE afterwards too. (Last time’s tweets are here.) If you live, work or study in Lewisham Central ward [PDF map], come along!


Lewisham Central Assembly, October 2014

Tonight Lewisham Central Assembly met at Albion Road Methodist Church just off the high street in the town centre.

Topics covered included Lewisham Council’s Big Budget Challenge, reports from organisations funded in the past, awarding of new funds to bidding organisations, and updates on things like Courthill Road pedestrian crossing and of course Lewisham Gateway.

You can read my full livetweeted coverage of it in this Storify compilation (which I’d like to have embedded here, as I’ve done in the past, but they’ve dropped the functionality to publish from Storify to WordPress, it seems).

Lewisham Central Assembly, 11 October 2012

Tonight saw the latest Lewisham Central ward assembly meeting, including the latest chance for locals to vote on which community proposals should receive money from the assembly’s allocated fund from the council.

  1. bitoclass
    We’re at the #LewishamCentral Assembly meeting. Ten local projects competing for funding from Assembly today – everyone who comes can vote.
    Thu, Oct 11 2012 11:17:41
  2. bitoclass
    One project, Ladywell Fields café, has already secured funding elsewhere so isn’t going to ask #LewishamCentral Assembly for money after all
    Thu, Oct 11 2012 11:20:32
  3. bitoclass
    First to present, Hither Green Community Association, who want money for a volunteer project to improve HG’s public spaces. #LewishamCentral
    Thu, Oct 11 2012 11:22:47
  4. bitoclass
    Hither Green Community Hall & Arts Society seek a contribution toward running their film/arts events (in lieu of a cinema). #LewishamCentral
    Thu, Oct 11 2012 11:24:58
  5. bitoclass
    Lewisham Youth Theatre, free for locals aged 8-21, would like a contribution to their upcoming projects at Broadway Theatre #LewishamCentral
    Thu, Oct 11 2012 11:28:16
  6. bitoclass
    Lewisham Library is seeking money towards children’s library services, including storytelling and furniture. #LewishamCentral
    Thu, Oct 11 2012 11:30:09
  7. bitoclass
    Friends of Hither Green Triangle voluntarily look after the designated nature reserve between platforms 4 & 5 at HG station #LewishamCentral
    Thu, Oct 11 2012 11:32:07
  8. mrdrummerman
    @bitoclass very cool, does it get much wildlife?
    Thu, Oct 11 2012 11:38:39
  9. bitoclass
    @mrdrummerman Apparently so. Woman said it was a surprisingly large reserve and even has a pond in there!
    Thu, Oct 11 2012 11:47:49
  10. mrdrummerman
    @bitoclass splendid, I’ll have to pop along with my camera some time.
    Thu, Oct 11 2012 11:51:12
  11. bitoclass
    St Swithun’s Church wants funding to improve its large & small halls to increase suitability for community arts events. #LewishamCentral
    Thu, Oct 11 2012 11:34:14
  12. bitoclass
    Rose Activity Zone seeks money for activities for the 4-12-yr-olds the after-school club caters for. They sing for their £! #LewishamCentral
    Thu, Oct 11 2012 11:38:28
  13. bitoclass
    Lewisham Talking Newspaper provides audio recordings of local news, events listings etc for visually impaired people. #LewishamCentral
    Thu, Oct 11 2012 11:41:14
  14. bitoclass
    Finally, the Grenada Benevolent Society UK wants to increase Saturday activity provision for children teenagers in the area #LewishamCentral
    Thu, Oct 11 2012 11:43:38
  15. bitoclass
    #LewishamCentral Assembly has £10k to distribute to the projects that get the most votes tonight, with a further £3750 at Cllrs’ discretion.
    Thu, Oct 11 2012 11:46:41
  16. bitoclass
    Woman next to me borrows a pen for voting. “We didn’t realise we’d need one. That’d be a good thing to tweet: bring a pen!” #LewishamCentral
    Thu, Oct 11 2012 11:55:56
  17. bitoclass
    Everyone’s wandering around the room interrogating those bidding for #LewishamCentral funding – they all have stalls set up about their work
    Thu, Oct 11 2012 11:56:51
  18. mjrharris
    @bitoclass missed train. There soon. Reading your tweets to keep me in loop
    Thu, Oct 11 2012 12:03:22
  19. bitoclass
    @mjrharris Public service tweeting 🙂
    Thu, Oct 11 2012 12:09:05
  20. bitoclass
    The funding ballot’s about to close – result later! Other topics will be covered in the interim… #LewishamCentral
    Thu, Oct 11 2012 12:11:44
  21. bitoclass
    James Jennings from Ladywell Tower Development Trust is talking to #LewishamCentral Assembly about bringing the Playtower bldg back into use
    Thu, Oct 11 2012 12:15:53
  22. bitoclass
    Playtower’s had some work done to make it watertight etc; next stage is to get it ready for community use for events etc. #LewishamCentral
    Thu, Oct 11 2012 12:17:56
  23. bitoclass
    The Playtower is near the St Mary’s Centre, on Ladywell Road – not many people realise that it’s in #LewishamCentral ward, not Ladywell!
    Thu, Oct 11 2012 12:20:10
  24. respros
    @bitoclass This is one of the problems of using wards for community governance. But the alternative of defining communities is too painful.
    Thu, Oct 11 2012 12:22:15
  25. bitoclass
    Apparently the Playtower was once home to a swimming pool, making the one opening next year on Loampit Vale #LewishamCentral ward’s third!
    Thu, Oct 11 2012 12:22:57
  26. bitoclass
    Next, Kennedy Obaze, community safety officer from Lewisham Council, gives an update on community safety in #LewishamCentral.
    Thu, Oct 11 2012 12:24:34
  27. bitoclass
    Obazee (from whose name I previously omitted an e) wants to spread the word abt what community safety services are offered. #LewishamCentral
    Thu, Oct 11 2012 12:28:41
  28. bitoclass
    Quite a lot of focus on youth, from the sound of it – everything from antisocial behaviour to internet safety education. #LewishamCentral
    Thu, Oct 11 2012 12:30:41
  29. bitoclass
    Cycling skating safety event on 19 Oct at Lewisham shopping centre, open to all, addressing local concerns re dangerous use #LewishamCentral
    Thu, Oct 11 2012 12:32:50
  30. bitoclass
    There’s also a Skate Safe leaflet to educate local young people about where how it’s safe to skate – available from council #LewishamCentral
    Thu, Oct 11 2012 12:34:32
  31. bitoclass
    Cllr Stella Jeffrey’s giving an update on Community First, a scheme to help some areas with large increases in job seekers. #LewishamCentral
    Thu, Oct 11 2012 12:36:19
  32. bitoclass
    Groups based in #LewishamCentral ward (1 of 3 Lewisham wards) can apply for Community First funding for projects but must match £ themselves
    Thu, Oct 11 2012 12:38:42
  33. bitoclass
    Time for some community announcements. River Ravensbourne clean-up on 11 Nov at 10am; Christmas lights turn-on, 23 Nov 5pm. #LewishamCentral
    Thu, Oct 11 2012 12:40:43
  34. bitoclass
    New swimming pool’s making good progress – apparently the multicoloured glass has been going up – must have a look at that! #LewishamCentral
    Thu, Oct 11 2012 12:42:04
  35. bitoclass
    A new #LewishamCentral Assembly newsletter’s in the works – contributions welcome until Christmas; will go out early in 2013.
    Thu, Oct 11 2012 12:44:10
  36. bitoclass
    #LewishamCentral @mjrharris is talking about the proposed £28m council cuts – – he’s very keen to hear locals’ opinions
    Thu, Oct 11 2012 12:46:32
  37. bitoclass
    Attendee promotes his free Black History Month event, with choirs, music, artists, athletes… 8 Nov 5-9pm in Civic Suite #LewishamCentral
    Thu, Oct 11 2012 12:49:07
  38. bitoclass
    One last event – the unveiling of the heritage boards funded by #LewishamCentral Assembly last year ( – noon on 30 Nov.
    Thu, Oct 11 2012 12:55:46
  39. bitoclass
    Woman sitting next to us raises concern about big unlit @UKTesco car park by our flats – turns out she lives in our block! #LewishamCentral
    Thu, Oct 11 2012 12:57:17
  40. bitoclass
    Someone wants better shops in Lewisham town centre – like, er, Wilkinson’s, apparently #LewishamCentral
    Thu, Oct 11 2012 12:58:22
  41. bitoclass
    Lewisham Market attracts a different type of shopper from Canary Wharf, says Cllr Jeffrey. Yes, thank goodness 😉 #LewishamCentral
    Thu, Oct 11 2012 13:01:37
  42. bitoclass
    Rant about praying outside mosque blocking pavement. “OUR community wouldn’t do that!” Jeffrey: “They’re in our community!” #LewishamCentral
    Thu, Oct 11 2012 13:08:26
  43. bitoclass
    #LewishamCentral vote result: 1st Talking Newspaper; 2nd H Green cinema; 3rd HG comm assoc; 4th Library; 5th St Swithun’s; 6 RAZ. All get £!
    Thu, Oct 11 2012 13:17:12
  44. bitoclass
    The top five in the ballot I think got all the money they bid for, with the sixth getting about half (all that was left). #LewishamCentral
    Thu, Oct 11 2012 13:40:09
  45. bitoclass
    We’re home now, having walked here with the woman we met who lives here too! Good community spirit fostered at #LewishamCentral Assembly 🙂
    Thu, Oct 11 2012 13:41:09
  46. Great meeting. Next one’s in February – do come along if you live or work in Lewisham Central ward! (Check yours by entering your post code here and looking at the Councillors column in the results.)

Lewisham Central Assembly, 6 Sep 2011

I’m experimenting with Storify as a simple way of preserving my live Twitter reporting of local events I’ve been to, on my blog.

Unlike Twitter (but like a blog post or other normal bit of writing), you can read the below in standard top-to-bottom order to follow last night as it unfolded.

Last night saw the latest Lewisham Central ward assembly meeting, including the latest chance for locals to vote on which community proposals should receive money from the assembly’s allocated fund from the Mayor of Lewisham.

First talk at #lewishamcentral assembly is about sport in the area – all facilities just outside this specific ward, but nearby nonetheless.
September 6, 2011
Council are continuing free swimming for young people, and new leisure contract requires London Living Wage for all staff #lewishamcentral
September 6, 2011
Loampit Vale leisure centre opens in 2013 (as, of course, does the currently shut Bus Stop F 😉 ) #lewishamcentral
September 6, 2011
Wavelengths’ library facilities will move into Deptford Lounge; a fitness suite or something (I’m no expert) will replace. #lewishamcentral
September 6, 2011
Onto 2012 talk now – lots of sporty spin-off stuff happening in the borough #lewishamcentral
September 6, 2011
Torch relay route through borough being drafted atm. Good news! It *will* pass Lewisham Bus Station! 😉 #lewishamcentral
September 6, 2011
Money’s coming from Olympics for “look and feel” – making the place look nice for the cameras, esp along relay route! #lewishamcentral
September 6, 2011
“Legacy” being defined (better than in Twenty Twelve 😉 ) – more sport participation, volunteering, local sport awareness… #lewishamcentral
September 6, 2011
Community Safety update now from the local sergeant, first reading a statement from @ALewishamCop about the local riots #lewishamcentral
September 6, 2011
Police confirm no EDL-related groups have entered Lewisham borough at any point. Some mistook anti-cuts protestors for EDL. #lewishamcentral
September 6, 2011
Police: an EDLy group did march to Lewisham borough but “were stopped at the border & escorted back into Greenwich borough” #lewishamcentral
September 6, 2011
I do love the image of a border patrol to keep the undesirables of Greenwich borough out of paradisical Lewisham 🙂
The statement from @ALewishamCop touched on the misinformation spreading around social networks too, esp EDL march rumours. #lewishamcentral
September 6, 2011
Police ‘normality’ will resume from approximately next week, apparently. Maybe don’t make too big a thing of that, eh? 🙂 #lewishamcentral
September 6, 2011
Apparently 20-odd ppl came at 9am post-riot to help clean up but had nothing to do: cllr pays tribute to the cleaning staff #lewishamcentral
September 6, 2011
Up next, groups seeking assembly funding will present their proposals, and then we’ll vote on who gets money. 8 proposals! #lewishamcentral
September 6, 2011
First, Mercator Estate October half-term programme; assembly gave money for a summer version last mtg, which was successful #lewishamcentral
September 6, 2011
Next, Leadership, Citizenship & Community Cohesion Youth Project. Gives teenagers confidence & leadership qualifications. #lewishamcentral
September 6, 2011
Third, Spot The Fun, a sports programme in local parks – Ladywell Fields, if they get the funding in this case. #lewishamcentral
September 6, 2011
Fourth proposal is to bring to #lewishamcentral a Mobile DJ & MC Van, teaching presenting, lyrics and arts skills, with qualifications!
September 6, 2011
Fifth, a Youth Village spanning #lewishamcentral, Ladywell & Rushey Grn, whose presenter’s brought lots of Youth with him, many on skates 🙂
September 6, 2011
Sixth, a proposal for a weekly day-club for older people at St Swithun’s church hall, to reduce isolation/build community. #lewishamcentral
September 6, 2011
On a locationally related note, the seventh proposal is for acoustic improvements to St Swithun’s church hall to boost use. #lewishamcentral
September 6, 2011
Final proposal is to put Heritage Interpretation Boards in St Mary’s churchyard. Church is oldest bldg in Lewisham borough! #lewishamcentral
September 6, 2011
If you wonder what a Heritage Interpretation Board is, presenter shows a pic of one elsewhere: #lewishamcentral
September 6, 2011
Voting now! We’re ranking the eight proposals in order but the count is not like AV, which the borough narrowly rejected 😉 #lewishamcentral
September 6, 2011
In fact, count method is a source of controversy, with the end result that all proposals must be ranked for a valid ballot! #lewishamcentral
September 6, 2011
(To expand on that outside the confines of 140 characters, having handed out papers that said to rank the proposals from 1 to 8 with 1 as best and 8 as worst, which many people had already been filling in by this point, an attempt was made to reverse the order, to make the count easier. Basically the count consisted of adding up the score and the lower the score the better, but this would only work if all ballots ranked all proposals (since blank amounts to ‘0’, which is better than ‘1’ in that counting method!). They instead wanted people to rank with 8 as best but it was too late and so they had instead to insist on fully ranked lists. Voting systems, eh! Don’t you just love them?)
Not sure about crowd of Youth Village youths who turned up to see presentations and vote, then left. Feels like cheating 🙂 #lewishamcentral
September 6, 2011
Some new people have just been elected to the #lewishamcentral Assembly coordination group – all who volunteered, en masse 🙂
September 6, 2011
Aha, the @LewishamLitFest update now, reminding those present to come to the events we voted to fund at the last #lewishamcentral assembly!
September 6, 2011
If anyone in #lewishamcentral has any public transport gripe, however minor, let Cllr Stella Jeffrey know: transport liaison ctte imminent!
September 6, 2011
AOB while we await vote results. Resident expresses concerns about planned expansion of the Tesco next to our flats. #lewishamcentral
September 6, 2011
Cllr Jeffrey asks if the man’s fed his views into the Tesco consultation process. “No,” he admits. #lewishamcentral
September 6, 2011
Someone else claims that the best place to shop for groceries is Lewisham Market – much better value than Tesco, he says! #lewishamcentral
September 6, 2011
#lewishamcentral vote results: No funding for DJ/MC van, Spot The Fun or Mercator Estate. Part-funding for leadership/citizenship project.>>
September 6, 2011
<< #lewishamcentral vote winners: 1 elderly day club; 2 Youth Village; 3 St Swithun’s Hall acoustic improvement; 4 St Mary’s heritage boards
September 6, 2011

The results were that the four numbered above won the most votes, in the order listed, so all received all the funding requested, then there was still a small amount of money left in the pot, so that went to the project that came fifth, which was the leadership/citizenship project.

That was the end of the money so the sixth-, seventh- and eighth-ranked proposals received nothing (and the order in which they came was not announced).

Surprised by some of those results, I must admit, and obviously sad for those who missed out. Meeting over; next on 29 Nov. #lewishamcentral
September 6, 2011

And that’s it! I hope this format of coverage works for you, dear readers. You’ll have noticed traditional blogging doesn’t always work for me, but I do like a good live-tweet so expect similar future Storified tweet compilations when I go to local events. Such as, of course, the imminent Lewisham Literary Festival – see you there!