The Lewisham Job Fair, October 6

Job seekers in Lewisham are invited to register for the 2016 Lewisham Job Fair taking place on Thursday 6 October, 12 noon–7pm and Friday 7 October 11am–4pm at the Civic Suite in Catford.

The two-day long Job Fair will provide a one-stop shop for a wide range of Lewisham residents aged 16 or over looking for employment, apprenticeships and work experience as well as advice on careers, training, development and education. Types of jobs on offer will include roles in transport, care, couriering, logistics, cleaning, security, retail and tourism.

Over the two days visitors will be able to:

· speak directly to employers including: Barclays, British Army, DHL, Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust, Premier Inn, Thames Water and Waitrose
· book a one-to-one CV clinic, get career advice from the National Careers Service and search for jobs online
· attend workshops including how to: market yourself to employers, prepare a CV that works, market your social media profile more effectively and starting your own business.

To register your place online visit www.lewisham.gov.uk/jobfair or register in person on either day.

Somerville Adventure Playground

Sue writes:

Somerville Youth and Play Provision on the border between New Cross and Peckham, is the only adventure playground in the area and has been maintained as a labour of love by local people for over 40 years. This weekend, after its latest refurbishment, it reopened to the public.

Somerville is a safe, supervised free access space for the entire community offering the young people of the area fantastic opportunities. This summer alone, Somerville has taken kids on sixteen off-site trips.

Under the stewardship of Bradley Cummings - who was a Somerville regular as a child - the ambition is to become a place where young people can learn vital skills for the future, discuss problems and issues they are facing and get much needed support in all areas of their lives.

For details click here.

The South East Makers Club Trail Weekend

The South East Makers Club Trail spans Greater Brockley
The London Design Festival comes to Brockley this weekend. The South East Makers Club writes:

To celebrate the final weekend of The London Design Festival 2016, we invite all design enthusiasts to head south and follow our trail through the creative streets and studios of South East London. The journey takes place on the 24th-25th September and spans Deptford, Brockley, New Cross, and Peckham.

The trail includes a host of workshops, exhibitions, films, a craft and design market and even a designer pub quiz hosted by Tom O’Dell and our media partners, South East London Journal.

For full details of the trail, click here.
Thanks to the event's supporters

Loampit Vale housing revealed

Another local bit of brownfield land is to be developed. Housing Association Family Mosaic says:

We are pleased to announce that we have acquired a new site in Lewisham to develop 49 new homes. The Loampit Vale site will provide 18 homes for social rent, 19 for private sale and 12 available through Shared Ownership.

The site was purchased from Wyberton Homes in May 2016 for £3.4 million and is located at 87-89 Loampit Vale. The new development will be designed by Alan Camp architects.

Once complete, it will be transformed from a brownfield site and builders yard into a desirable place for Londoners to live.

BCer Marc notes: "It seems work will only start in a years time which is a shame as it’s a big fly tipping zone."

Ayers graces Sids

Roy Ayers joins the Brockley panoply.

Adventure X, November 19-20


Gaming festival AdventureX will be coming to Goldsmiths in November.

The UK's "only convention dedicated to narrative-driven gaming" is a free event bringing together developers & gamers with an interest in graphical adventures; interactive fiction; exploration games; visual novels.

Click here for more details or turn to page 345 to brandish your broadsword at the manticore.

Southern proposes one fewer rush hour train from 2018

Southern Rail has published a consultation document regarding services from 2018, when the London Bridge upgrade is completed. The reward they're offering Brockley commuters for the years of disruption they have experienced is a reduction in service from 5 trains per hour during peak time to 4 trains per hour. All Brockley services will terminate at London Bridge.

The reduction in peak time capacity is likely to be offset by two more East London Line trains from 2018, but given that this route is already hugely overcrowded and usage has been growing fast, it would be a shame to lose an overland train.

The consultation states:

"Analysis has also revealed that passengers travelling from stations between Norwood

Junction and New Cross Gate in many cases travel beyond London Bridge to stations such as London Charing Cross, London Blackfriars and City Thameslink. Whilst this route ranked third in terms of passengers travelling to Thameslink stations, London Overground are expected to operate additional services to meet this demand. Introducing Thameslink trains on this route is not appropriate due to the direct interaction with other high frequency trains on the East London Line and a lack of suitable turnaround facilities. 

"Alternative high frequency Thameslink and Southeastern trains will be available at London Bridge where passengers will be able to easily interchange, for onward destinations, between trains using step-free access." 

On the up-side, there is also continued recognition that the Crofton Park service needs improvement, with the consultation noting:

"The Catford Loop line generates significant passenger demand but currently is only served by two trains per hour throughout the day. It is recognised that this route requires a more frequent service than is currently provided."

In 2021, TfL will take control of these routes and save us from Southern.

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