Free Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe - show your support on April 2nd

On April 2nd, in Hilly Fields, a special rally will be held to protest the imprisonment of former Brockley resident Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe at the hands of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Clare Cowan of the Brockley Society writes:

3rd April 2016: My friend, Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, was detained by Iranian Revolutionary Guardsat Tehran airport on herway home to the UK after visiting her parents. She has been sentenced to five years in jail on unstated‘national security’ charges. Her two-year-old daughter, Gabriella is stranded in Iran with her grandparents. Her husband Richard is in London, campaigning for her release. Neither can witness their daughter growing up.

The beginning of spring is marked in Iran with New Year celebrations, called Nowruz. It has been sombre for this family. Nazanin is allowed to see her daughter only occasionally.

Richard writes: ‘One day it will be time to heal, to rediscover being normal. If you had one day of freedom –what would you do to enjoy and catch up with living again? What adventures can your children suggest? Not grand ideas, but ordinary ones.’

On Sunday 2 April at 10am or 12 noon or 3pm —or any time you can manage –come to Hilly Fields, Brockley, to the tennis court fence opposite Pistachio’s cafĂ©. Bring colourful ribbons or labels, or use some of ours to tie messages on the tennis court.

Through the messages and photos, one day Nazanin, Gabriella and Richard will know about the love and support so many people feel for them. Nazanin lived in Tyrwhitt Road with us from 2006 to 2009. Some of you knew her and neighbours frequently ask me about her. You can read more information and Richard’s updates here.

Blight rider

Perhaps naively, I assumed that if a bellend drives a car into a tree and abandons it in the middle of the pavement in one of Brockley's main thoroughfares, that the car would be removed within days, perhaps hours. Instead, this car has been left in Brockley Cross for weeks, for the community to work around.

It's not as though the authorities are unaware of the wreck - the signs are an attempt to sweep the issue under a civic rug.

If CSI Lewisham still needs to run the black light over this one, please can they hurry up - or otherwise move this thing.

- Lewisham police would like to make it clear that abandoned vehicles are the responsibility of Lewisham Council.

Mast of the Phantasm

Nigel writes:

A huge mobile phone transmitter has appeared on top of the council block at the corner of Pendrell Road and Wallbutton Road.

This block has a permanently leaky roof, but the council has seen fit to add to their plight by allowing Vodafone to build a massive scary transmitter on their roof without any form of consultation. They complained to their local counsellor Luke Sorba, who assured them that this was legal. We don't believe it's 'right' though.

So there is this petition, which has just started [BC: And which evokes the phantasm of radiation], with the aim of persuading the Council to remove it.

The People vs Lewisham Way

The Joy of Lewisham Way

This Banksyism was captured by BCer Faith.

Anchor's return

Last night, Lewisham Council agreed to return the legendary Deptford Anchor to its historic home on Deptford High Street. Details TBC.

The Council report noted that the anchor is in good health, although suffering from a light rusting.

Welcome to Ladywell

The Ladywell Street Art design for the Ellerdale Street Bridge, kindly funded by Lewisham Council through the Ladywell Assembly, has now been approved by Network Rail and the work will take place next week (27/03/17 - 31/03/17).

The Bread Collective has said they would love the local community to get involved  to help with prep and the base coat so if you would like to help please come along on the 27th March.  Please share pictures of you helping  with me on Twitter (@JosephJODonnell) using the hashtag #LadywellStreetart

The final design has been refined following comments at the previous Ladywell Assembly asking for a more neutral calming colours.

Many thanks for all those who voted for us to get funding. Information on the bread collective is here.

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