Green is green: The Brockley Tree Fundraiser

Work by Isobel Kimberley will be shown during the event
We're organising a storytelling evening at Number 57 Loampit Hill to fundraise for the Brockley Society Tree Committee.

The event will feature ordinary people telling true stories. No notes, 5 mins. Must be your own story. Not compulsory to tell a story but you may find you want to...

Sunday 30th October 7pm Ticket price £15.

Includes Pintxo & Glass of wine from L’Oculto

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Also features Poet Bill Greenwell

There will also be an exhibition of tree drawings by Isobel Kimberley.

Pretty In Pink, November 12

Asda Lewisham opens

The new Asda store in Lewisham is now open.

Situated on the ground floor of Thurston Central, opposite Glassmill Leisure Centre it's a large format store, spread over 15,000 square feet and offering 100 car parking places.

Opening hours are 6am-11pm Monday to Saturday and 11am-5pm on Sunday.

Full disclosure: Asda is a client of mine.

Ladywell "best value in zone 3"

We haven't had a property porn story for a while, but here's The Evening Standard with a piece of research by estate agents Hamptons, who reckon that Ladywell is both the best value area in Zone 3 and had the fastest-rising property values in the last 12 months. They report:

George Quinn, sales manager at Mark Beaumont estate agents, says Ladywell has started attracting buyers from more expensive neighbours such as Brockley, which in turn is benefiting from the ripple of buyers out of Peckham.

“In the past we have been the poor relation, but we are only a stone’s throw from Brockley Village, we have got Hilly Fields Park — a lovely open space — and Ladywell is developing into quite a nice village with some good bars, a patisserie and a traditional butchers.”

Property in Ladywell is predominantly Victorian. You can expect to pay £400,000-£425,000 for a two-bedroom flat, and £675,000-£750,000 for a four-bedroom house.

With thanks to BC's poor relation, Ladywell Paul, who spotted it.

The London Migration Film Festival, November 11-13

London Migration Film Festival (LMFF) will take place over three days from 11-13 November, 2016 across two venues in southeast London, including Deptford Cinema and Buster Mantis.

Eight feature length films will be screened as part of the festival, along with a number of shorts. Between films there will be two panel discussions with academics, artists, practitioners and former immigration detainees. The discussions will explore, but not be limited to, themes raised by the films.

The festival will incorporate musicians, including Kokoroko, Djanan Turan, Lili Caseley, Noga Ritter, and Alvorada, as well as DJs from Dance for Refuge and DJ Blonde Zilla. On top of that, there will be workshops, a networking brunch, and platforms for dialogue.

Any revenue raised through the festival will be used to support Akwaaba, a small charity providing weekend drop-in and advice services to refugees and migrants in Hackney, London.

Migration is often relegated into the corners of the film industry, with films that solely focus on negative experience of displacement. The aim of LMFF is to portray the diversity, nuance and subjective experience within migration - in order to restore the dignity and humanity inherent within it.

For contact details and more information about LMFF, visit their Facebook page here.

Ladywell Loves Pasta

The first businesses have started moving in to Ladywell's new mixed-use development, the irritatingly-named PLACELadywell, 261 Lewisham High Street.

Among the first is Italian deli, We Love Pasta, a fresh pasta specialist.

Thanks to Paul for the tip-off.

Foxcroft: Why I spoke about the loss of my daughter

Last week, during Baby Loss Awareness Week, Brockley MP Vicky Foxcroft delivered a moving speech in the Commons, talking about the loss of her own daughter, Veronica.

Now, in an article for The Guardian, Vicky has written about the motivation for her speech. She says:

"In contemplating [my] decision, I struggled with whether I was able to do this and what I could achieve by sharing my personal experience of how I lost my little girl, Veronica, at five days old. I knew that this was an opportunity for those also affected by similar losses to commemorate their babies, and to raise awareness of how many babies’ lives are lost. In 2014, there were 3,254 stillbirths and 2,689 infants’ deaths in England and Wales. For a country as well developed as ours these numbers are shocking...

"Teenage mothers have three times the rate of postnatal depression and a higher risk of poor mental health for three years after the birth. In my constituency, Lewisham Deptford, bereavement counselling has a waiting list of up to four months. This isn’t good enough."

You can read the full article here.

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