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Bank Holiday Train Time Changes

At the Bank Holiday: From Saturday 27th August to Thursday September 1st there are no services to or from Cannon Street, and on that Saturday (27th) and Sunday (28th) there will be no services at Charing Cross, Waterloo East or London Bridge stations with trains diverted to Victoria, Blackfriars and New Cross.
 

From Sunday 28 August there will be a new timetable and the significant changes to our local services will be:

·         Cannon Street services will no longer stop at London Bridge.
·         Most Charing Cross services resume stopping at London Bridge. Until the new platform 6 opens in August 2017, some morning and evening peak services are unable to call at London Bridge. 
o    Trains FROM Charing Cross and Waterloo East will NOT stop at London Bridge on Mondays to Fridays between 08:04 and 09:17. 
o    Trains TO Waterloo East and Charing Cross will NOT stop at London Bridge on Mondays to Fridays between 16:37 and 18:03
 
On the Bexleyheath Line through Eltham there will be a few additional services and a few will not run, particularly during the peak. Off-peak services and on Saturdays, trains from Charing Cross to Dartford will start six minutes earlier at xx.26 and xx.56 minutes past the hour. Trains to Charing Cross will be one minute earlier at Eltham.
 
Train services on the Sidcup Line through New Eltham and Mottingham to/from Cannon Street will increase to four trains per hour all day on Mondays to Saturdays. Cannon Street trains will continue to run through Slade Green so the link with Woolwich and Greenwich will be maintained. There will be some changes to peak trains and if you travel at these times check at the station.
 
 

Scam

Please be aware of a scam from a group calling themselves

"Children's Advisory Services".

They appear to be cold calling businesses and religious

establishments on the phone in relation to putting books into

local schools.

These scammers will then send the business or religious

establishment a certificate saying they are sponsoring a local

school for these books and an invoice.

Once this is done they will ring persistently asking for the

payment.

Royal Greenwich Trading Standards advise all affected people

NOT to respond to this scam, and NOT to pay any money.

 

 

NERA 2016 AGM

The New Eltham Residents' Association 2016 AGM took place at 8pm on Tuesday 19th April.

It was held at All Saints Church Hall off Bercta Road SE9.

 

 

162 and 53 Bus

New time table: 162 now runs every 15mins MON - SAT (Daytime) then every 20mins in the evening and every 20mins on Sunday.

From Saturday 23 July 2016 route 53 will be extended from Lambeth North to start and finish at Whitehall, Horse Guards once again. The last stop will be ‘Horse Guards Parade’ on Whitehall.
 
Towards Plumstead passengers can board the bus from stop ‘P’ Horse Guards Avenue in Whitehall.
 
Also from this date new Euro VI compliant battery hybrid double deck buses will be introduced on route 53.
 
 

New Eltham Village Lights Up

For the first time New Eltham Village has Christmas Lights. They were switched on by Mark Wall of SENine Magazine today 1st December at 6pm. Thanks go to NEBA and local businesses for making this possible. There was a good crowd for this historic occasion with carol singers and music. Happy Christmas to all residents! Watch the video! (Click icon at bottom right for full screen)

 

Village Festival

Saturday 19th September

 

 

Village Signs

The new Village Signs have now been installed.

The Mayor and the chairman of NERA unveiled our New Village Sign at Clare Corner on Saturday 8th August.
The event took place at 10am followed by a small reception at C.A.N.E. from 10:15 to 11:30

The event was covered by SE9 Magazine, Greenwich Time and the News Shopper.

 

 

 

Weeds

Many residents may have noticed the proliferation of weeds in streets across the Royal Borough this year. 

The Council uses a specialist external contractor to treat weeds in all of the boroughs roads. Unfortunately, there have been delays to the letting of the contract this year for which they apologise. 

However the contractor for this years weed spraying programme of the highways has been appointed and started borough wide on Monday 20 July 2015.

They expect all roads in the borough will be completed within four weeks from the initial starting date weather permitting. However rainy or windy conditions preclude the application of the chemicals.

Subsequent applications should be completed in less time as any new or regrowth decreases. After each application the weeds will take up to two weeks to show signs of dying, Environmental Operatives are than able to remove them during their scheduled weekly sweep.

 

Montbelle School Site

At last the site of the old Montbelle school is developed. Named Avery Heights, it consists of 43 high quality homes, a maximum building height of 2.5 storeys, central area of public open space, all protected trees retained and main vehicle access from Dominic Drive. For more information see the Taylor Wimpey website.

See website....

 

 

Renew New Eltham

UPDATE April 2015

Replacement guard rails have been ordered to replace the four damaged panels outside Nicos at the junction. 

National Rail have also been advised to take action to repair or replace the poor guardrails in the station approach area at New Eltham station.

2nd village sign planning application has been formally submitted.

Planters for around trees are now ordered.

Highways has confirmed following receipt of the petition submitted seeking improvements to the Footscray/Avery Hill Road traffic junction - that a formal traffic survey is to be undertaken.

Date for diary - New Eltham Village Community Festival Saturday 19 September 10-3pm -  Bromley Players have already been secured as one of the live performances for the day.

 
March 2015

New Eltham Councillors and Residents’ Associations were celebrating this week as Mayor of London Boris Johnson backed their ReNew New Eltham project by awarding £15,500 from the Mayor’s Spacehive High Street Fund. The application for the funds was made by Eltham South Conservative Councillor Nuala Geary on behalf of the joint initiative between the Community Association of New Eltham and the New Eltham Residents’ Association (NERA).

The key project activities for the joint ReNew New Eltham initiative with the Mayor’s High Street Fund award include:

Design and installation of New Eltham village signs.

Launch of a New Eltham Business Association (NEBA) to develop, enhance and influence improvements to the commercial offer in New Eltham ‘village centre’.

Design and deliver a 2015 festival to promote the centre of New Eltham to residents and the wider community.

Install planters around the main junction at the centre of New Eltham and enhance current planting areas in parts of Footscray Road.

Design and deliver a 2015 festival to promote the centre of New Eltham to residents and the wider community.

Eltham South Councillor Nuala Geary said “I’m still smiling at the news, this has been a real boost and I am so relieved that the time and effort devoted to making the application has paid off. This money will make a positive difference locally.” I am so proud that CANE and NERA with the local Councillors have secured this great opportunity.”

As the High Street Fund project lead, Chair of CANE John Killick said “Congratulations all - now the work starts.”

 

 

A20 Sidcup Road Works

Junction improvement works at Green Lane and Southwood Road are planned to start on Monday 23rd November 2015 and continue for four nights.

All work will be carried out between 22:00 and 05:00

In addition improvement works at Court Road junction will start on Monday 16th November 2015 for three nights and again from 30th November 2015 for four nights.

 

In May 2015, Greenwich & Bexley Credit Union will be opening a new service desk in the Eltham Centre to serve people in the southern half of the borough. Well used by residents from Woolwich, Charlton, Plumstead and Thamesmead who visit the head office in central Woolwich, the credit union is looking forward to extending its services to reach existing and future members from SE9. GBCU is keen to welcome new members from Eltham and the surrounding area – Kidbrooke, Mottingham, New Eltham, Coldharbour -who will find it more convenient to access the new service desk.

Greenwich & Bexley Credit Union has been helping local people to save and borrow safely since 1998. With over 6,000 members, the credit union is growing about a rate of 100-120 new members a monthMembership is open to anyone who lives, works or studies in the boroughs of Greenwich or Bexley, and members are encouraged to save a minimum of £10 per month. After three months (or 12 weeks) of consecutive saving, members are then entitled to take out a loan.

Visit the ‘join’ section on the website: http://www.gbcreditunion.com/ for more information.

 

 

C.A.N.E. Summer Fete

Saturday 11th July 2015

NEW ELTHAM LIBRARY BUILDING

SOUTHWOOD ROAD, NEW ELTHAM SE9 3QT

Craft, bric-a-brac, games, coffee shop,

Homemade cakes, Animals Days Out,

10.00am to 2.00pm

Singing & Dancing!

Call Sue on 0208 850 7122 for more details

 

Fairy Hill Park Improvements

The proposals are to resurface the existing path; which is damaged in places, and slightly widen the eastern section where the path narrows. 

The works will bring the path up to the appropriate standard for shared pedestrian and cycle use.

1. Widen the 62 metre section of path between the tennis courts and Broad

Lawn to 3 metres, bringing up to the same width as the rest of the path

2. Re-surface the entire path between Crossmead and Broad Lawn in asphalt

The improvement works would take place in spring/summer 2015. If you have any

comments on the proposals, please contact Eddie Jackson by Friday 14th March 2015

using the contact details below.

Eddie Jackson, Senior Transport Planner

Strategic Transportation, Regeneration, Enterprise and Skills,

Woolwich Centre, 35 Wellington Street, Woolwich, London, SE18 6HQ

Telephone: 0208 921 2757

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Eltham Community Hospital

NHS Greenwich Clinical Commissioning Group is wishing local people a very Happy and Healthy New Year in 2015 with the opening of the new Eltham Community Hospital. The building work has moved on at quite a pace since local VIPs visited the site in November 2014 and the good news for Greenwich residents is the new hospital will open on 2 March 2015.

The movement of services to the new site will be phased to minimise any disruption. The first to open will be the two GP practices of Eltham Palace and Eltham Medical. Patients on the practice lists will be getting letters shortly telling them the good news and I am sure they will be very impressed with their new facilities. People will also be able to have their blood tests locally with the opening of the phlebotomy service.

The beginning of March will also see the opening of intermediate care beds. The modern facilities, with many single rooms having private ensuite bathrooms, will make the transition from hospital to home a much better experience for Greenwich people and will enable those people needing some extra care to be looked after in a setting other than an acute hospital. Other community services will move in during March, such as podiatry, therapies, children’s services, mental health services and services that provide support to people with long term conditions, and walk in facilities will be available in April. Outpatients will commence from May and minor procedures will become available in the summer.

The results of the ward naming competition will be announced soon and there will be an official key ceremony held in March to celebrate the opening, so do keep an eye out for further information about this exciting development.

For more information contact: Vee Scott – Associate Director of Communications and Engagement

Tel: 020 3049 9037 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Latest update here.

 

Village Sign Update

We've done it! Planning permission granted!
 
At long last, New Eltham Residents' Association has been granted planning permission for the erection of the first of our two village signs. It's been a lengthy process. We're volunteers, after all, and village signs don't fit the usual type of planning application.
Production of the signs will now be put in hand, and the first sign should go up in the spring, with as much fanfare as as we can muster! New Eltham has always has always had a big heart (just look at CANE and our range of other local groups) and our identity may have been a bit lost as a smaller suburb, but our unique, unchampioned environment just got a bit closer to recognition. 
This excellent progress has not been easily won, so a big thankyou to all of you who have helped with donations and fund raising, to our current local councillors, and to ex-councillor Eileen Glover, who was so instrumental in the earlier stages of the project. 
We've more to do though. We need to fund landscaping around the sign, to produce the second sign to a-ready-to-go state, and to build the maintenance fund. Fund raising needs to continue,  and we will now be seeking commercial sponsorship from local businesses as well as donations from you, our worthy inhabitants!
Please do spare a moment to consider helping...however little, it all helps. Your environment and the desirability of living in this lovely 'green lung' of South East London, will be all the better for it. Thankyou.

 

The Co-op endorses and supports the sign with a major grant. 

 

Crossing improvements on A20 Sidcup Road

As part of a signals modernisation programme, tfl intend to make some changes to the two-stage pedestrian and cycling crossing on the A20 Sidcup Road close to West Park, Mottingham. At the moment there is an unusual layout with one crossing point on the eastbound carriageway and two on the westbound carriageway. This arrangement is more complex than usual and results in unnecessary delays to traffic flow. We therefore intend to replace the two crossing points on the westbound carriageway with a single, wider crossing point, set slightly further from West Park but closer to the crossing of the eastbound carriageway. This will simplify the crossing whilst maintaining safety and capacity. It will also reduce the distance that pedestrians need to walk along the central island which can be unpleasant with fast moving traffic on either side.

The design of the crossing point on the eastbound carriageway will not be altered, but the road markings and tactile paving will be renewed along with an upgrade to the signals.

We intend to carry out these works in early 2015.

If you have any comments or questions about this, please contact us by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (with ‘Sidcup Road crossing’ in the subject line).

 

 

NERA Committee Member to Retire

 

A key NERA Member has announced his intention to retire from the Committee.

"Waiving flags is great in World Cup year, but here on the NERA committee,  we're just as keen on waiving our own little 'flag'. Month in and month out, we meet with residents and councillors to form and put forward a platform of activity to raise the profile of New Eltham and make improvements to our street scene, its policing, and our local facilities..... "  Read the full letter in the Letters and Emails section.

 

 

Greenways Connections Improvement Scheme

 

The Royal Borough of Greenwich is proposing a Greenways Connections Accessibility Improvement scheme on the path between Blanmerle Road and Footscray Road, close to New Eltham Station.  The scheme will improve access to New Eltham Station from Blanmerle Road by resurfacing damaged sections of path and provide additional cycle parking for people using the station or the local shops.

Signage will be updated and improved to indicate ‘shared use’ (pedestrian priority, considerate cycling permitted) in line with other successful Greenways schemes in the area.

If you would like to comment on these accessibility improvements, you can do so using the contact details below. 

Please note that comments should be received by the end of November 2014.

Many thanks

Eddie

Eddie Jackson

Senior Transport Planner

Royal Borough of Greenwich

The Woolwich Centre, 35 Wellington Street, London SE18 6HQ

Tel: 020 8921 2757

More details....

 
 

Easter Period Train Disruption

Over the full Easter period anyone using Southeastern and wanting 'central' London will have to go via Victoria or use the underground or DLR.

Due to a combination of Thameslink-related work, the East Kent Re-Signalling scheme and planned maintenance,

Network Rail has a significant programme of engineering work across our routes over the Easter Weekend (3 April to 6 April inclusive).

As a result there will be a replacement bus service over some routes, and journey times can take longer so please check before your travel on www.nationlrail.co.ukwww.southeasternrailway.co.uk with our customer services team on 01732 378 75101732 378 751 or follow us on twitter @Se_Railway  

Tickets will be accepted on TfL services where appropriate. Details will be on posters at stations, on our website and leaflets will be available at stations shortly.

 

 

Renew New Eltham

 

What started as the Village Sign Project,  and other initiatives, has spiralled into a much much bigger project with the support of the local councillors as part of their commitment to New Eltham. Now involving CANE who are acting as the project delivery manager, and other local groups, this vibrant umbrella initiative has been launched as  part of the 'RENEW NEW ELTHAM’ campaign. Local businesses, business leaders, schools, and voluntary and social groups are all being consulted and involved in the action which is designed to promote and enhance New Eltham. As a community partnership, NERA, CANE and others are seeking significant funding from the Mayor of London’s High Street Fund, for a number of activities that will potentially encompass the production of a second New Eltham Village sign (for the station crossroads), a New Eltham Business Association, visual enhancements, such as improved/reduced street furniture, and quality planters in key pedestrian areas. At the heart of the public interface for RENEW NEW ELTHAM will be an early summer New Eltham Village Community Festival. Exciting times!

Find out more details and why not donate at Space Hive?

 

 

Bardhill & GAA Sports Grounds

Linden Homes proposal, consultation and exhibition.

Linden Homes and Curtin&Co are consulting with the local community on proposals for the former GAA and former Bardhill Sports Grounds in New Eltham.

A six day exhibition will be held at the Scout Hut 103 Avery Hill Road SE9 2HE from Thursday 6th to Wednesday 12th November.

Exhibition Hours:

6th - 4pm to 8pm

7th - 4pm to 8pm

8th - 10am to 4pm

10th - 10am to 2pm and 4pm to 8pm

11th - 4pm to 8pm

12th - 4pm to 8pm

More details at www.lindenhomes.co.uk/community/bardhill

 

 

Friends of Southwood Park Autumn Report 2014

The Secretary of Friends of the Park and the local Councillor have been liaising with the management of the park, to discuss issues of concern, and ways to address these.

Read the full report with photographs and video....

Bakerloo Tube Extension

 

Update 18/04/2015

The consultation report is now available online at www.tfl.gov.uk/bakerloo-extension.

During the consultation we received more than 15,000 responses. Overall, support for extending the Bakerloo line was high. More than ninety five percent of responses expressed support for the principle of extending the line.

A media release regarding the results is available at http://www.tfl.gov.uk/info-for/media/press-releases/2015/march/overwhelming-support-for-a-bakerloo-line-extension

Over the coming months, we will continue reviewing the case for the extension in view of the consultation feedback and carry out further investigations into route options. We will also be working on responding to the issues raised in the consultation, with an aim to release this report later in the year.

If you have any questions regarding the project or the consultation please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 
As the population of south east London continues to grow, Tfl need to improve the transport network to help accommodate this growth and improve accessibility across the whole of London. Extending the Bakerloo line could provide new direct, quicker and less crowded journeys into central London, putting large parts of south east London on the Tube map for the first time and providing additional capacity to support growth in the area which could help pay for the extension. By also converting the National Rail line towards Hayes to become part of the tube network, the frequency of trains on this line would increase significantly and there would be wider opportunities to unlock additional capacity on National Rail lines into London Bridge, benefiting a wider part of south east London.
 
This consultation focuses on understanding the level of public support for the principle of extending the line and provides an opportunity for people to comment on potential routes for the extension. So far, we have identified two options for alignments and stations between Elephant & Castle and Lewisham: one serving Old Kent Road and the other via Camberwell and Peckham. Beyond this, the extension could connect with the existing rail line to Hayes which would mean existing rail services would no longer operate on this line, but the Bakerloo line would operate instead. There is also an option to extend the line to Beckenham Junction for connections to Tramlink and Bromley town centre.
 
Details of the proposals and further background information is available at www.tfl.gov.uk/bakerloo-extension.You can also provide your feedback to the proposed extension here. The consultation will run to 7 December 2014.
 
If you have any questions please get in touch with the team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 
 
 
 

Vote for Greenwich Food Bank

 

We are participating in Lloyds Bank Community FundCommunity Fund public VOTE. The number of votes cast in each community will decide how the Community Fund awards will be allocated. There are four shortlisted good causes in each community. The cause with the most votes will get £3,000, the second placed group £2,000, third £1,000 and fourth £500.
We would like to invite you to VOTE for Greenwich Foodbank. We are a project that partners with the Community and with Care Professionals to support those in crisis. You may VOTE online, by SMS Text, via Twitter or in a local branch.
 
 
SMS: text the word VOTE and HMJcommunity group code, to 61119.
 
Twitter: message must contain the following #CommFund and the unique three character community groupHMJ code, eg. #CommFundHMJ.
 
 
 

 

Southeastern Direct Award Contract (DAC)

The Department for Transport (DfT) and Southeastern has reached an agreement to operate train services between Kent and South East London until 24 June 2018. Following a period of complex negotiations a Direct Award Contract has been formally signed. The franchise will commence on 12 October 2014.
The franchise will see a host of schemes rolled out over the next three and a half years to improve train services and the passenger experience.
 
A full presentation of the announcement is available for viewing on the Southeastern website here: www.southeasternrailway.co.uk
The highlights over the course of the franchise include:
 
New and improved services:
 
·         A new timetable delivering more Highspeed services, and new journey opportunities designed to help passengers during the three year rebuild of London Bridge station             as part of the £6.5bn Thameslink Programme.
Changes to services, announced in June, include (but are not limited to):
  • a new Highspeed ‘rounder’ loop service calling at more stations and extra seats during the peak hour (with 698 seats at Ashford in the morning peak and 349 extra seats from Ebbsfleet)
  • a new Hastings  to London fast train service in the morning and evening peak
  • a new direct service between Maidstone East and Canterbury West
  • more services between Dartford and London Victoria
  • a new through service between Sheerness-on-Sea and London Victoria in the peak
  • a new Blackfriars to Maidstone East service
 
More staff
:
·         Up to 75 extra staff will be hired and deployed to gatelines at key stations
·         170 more customer service staff at key stations throughout each major timetable change to help passengers with information and provide advice on alternative travel                 options
·         The opening hours of Cannon Street station will be extended so that staff are available between 04.30 and 01.30 and to accommodate services running into the station             later in the day
 
Better information
:
·         Train crew and  station gateline staff will be given tablet devices to ensure better access to train service information (by 31 July 2015)
·         20 new information screens will be installed at key stations to enhance the way information is shared during disruption (by 1 April 2015)
 
More value offers and ticketing:
 
·         More discount fares for off-peak travel
·         We will work with TfL to seek to have Dartford and Swanley stations included in the TfL Oyster Travelcard area, and use Oyster to store ticket value for Highspeed                     journeys between St Pancras International and Stratford International
·         Investing a further £4.8 million in station improvements
·         Carry out a deep clean of all stations (by 30 September 2015)
·         Enhancing the Eyewitness and CCTV monitoring service
·         Installing 63 more self service ticket machines at stations

·         Installing ticket gatelines at Staplehurst and Swanley stations (by 31 December 2016) 

  

New Library Ramp

  

C.A.N.E. have had a new access ramp built at the front of the library building to the Southwood Road door leading directly into the Museum Room. This was possible due to a generous donation in the will of one of their committee members and trustee - Maureen Clarke who sadly died a couple of years ago. This now allows our disabled users to access the Museum Room directly without having to use the ramp up to the main library doors and come through our Pope Street Room. There will be an informal "opening" of the ramp in due course and a plaque bearing Maureen's name close to the ramp.

 

Footscray Road Repair Works

 

 

These works are due to commence next week and will run for around three months.
 
The section identified for repair work is from Green Lane to Novar Road and consists of reconstructing the footways and laying a new road surface.

 

As part of the footway works they will be using a much more robust paving slab to help prevent them from cracking in the way they currently have. The footway work will be completed a short section at time, moving up the street and we’re also taking the opportunity to declutter – this means removing as many redundant signs and street furniture as possible and rationalising the number of posts. However, there are a few new bollards being installed to help protect the new footway at vulnerable places.
 
The existing uncontrolled pedestrian crossing outside Wyborne School will be also replaced with a zebra crossing and this will be a significant improvement for those crossing the road here, especially school children.
 
The carriageway works will not commence until 4 August 2014. This date has been secured because the roads are quietest during the school summer holidays. Within the programme they have allowed two weeks to complete the road works but in reality, unless there are any unforeseen circumstances, expect the duration to be less than that. All road closures will take place during off peak hours to ensure they minimise disruption wherever possible.

 

For further information call 0208 9215464

 

 

 

Transport for London Public Meeting

Meeting with Daniel Moylan

from Transport for London
 
 
PUBLIC MEETING
 
Date:  Sunday 21st September 2014
Time:  1pm to 2pm
Venue:  Eltham Conservative Office, 74 Westmount Road, Eltham, London SE9 1TE
 
 
The Mayor’s Plan for a new airport 
in the Thames estuary? 
 Improving transports links to 
Eltham, New Eltham, Kidbrooke, 
Shooters Hill and Mottingham. 
 The expansion of the Docklands 
Light Railway to Eltham?
 
 
 
 

 The task of running the Foodbank is sometimes overwhelming, this has been the case in recent months. In the year that closed on March 31st we gave out enough food for 47430 meals. Currently we are supporting 134 voucher holders. We have relocated Plumstead Centre, coped with a flood in Kidbrooke and now we are in the process of moving Woolwich plus school assemblies and presentations. We have increased the number of public donation points. We released the smart phone APP, which has made it possible for people to target their donations at our shortages. We have, also, had to finalise the necessary reporting to HMRC and the Charity Commission. 

TESCO COLLECTION - SATURDAY 5th JULY.

In just over a weeks time we will have our fourth Tesco Collection Weekend. On the last weekend we gathered 1.6 tonne of food. We have a corporate team who will come and cover the Friday but we a very short of volunteers for the Saturday. If you have an hour or more to spare we would love it if you could come and give us a hand. The collection will be held at Tesco Extra in Woolwich town centre between 9:00 & 5:00. 

 

WOOLWICH CENTRE

As we look to re-open Woolwich we need to build a team to support the work there. This is serious commitment to staff our frontline client facing activity. We hope to create a team that means we can rota the team so each volunteer is not required every week.  

 

Other needs include more drivers who can help with the movement of food to and from the warehouse. 

 

Let me know if you would like to be considered for these opportunities. 

 

Alan Robinson

07771 830549

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
Greenwich Foodbank Limited, 
Company No. 8257431, Registered Charity No. 1152007.
 
 
 
 
 
 

Foodbank Award

Last Friday I had the great privilege to accept, on our behalf, an award from the Mayor of Greenwich. Nominated by members of the public, the Foodbank was given the award for Contribution to the Community. The ceremony was held at the Town Hall followed by a reception. Since April 2013, we have given out enough food to provide 35,000 meals! We have fulfilled over 1800 vouchers, which translates into about 2300 adults and 1500 children. We have collected nearly 40 tonne of food and distributed just over 30 tonne through the eight Welcome Centres across the Borough. All these numbers far exceed our expectation at the beginning of the year. We continue to be grateful to the many churches and schools who have been the chief contributors of food. We now have permanent collection points established in Tesco Extra, Woolwich and Sainsburys Eltham. These are supported by an increasing number of public collection points, including the Woolwich and Eltham Centres. The challenge continues to gather in sufficient of the less popular items so that we can make up complete packs. For those of you who have smart phones or tablets, there is now an App available that not only gives loads of info about Greenwich Foodbank but also provides an indication of abundances and shortages. Go to Apple App Store or Google Play Store and search for Foodbank (capital F). In February Christ Church, Greenwich hosted a fundraising classical piano concert performed by Hattie Stubbs. This was a great occasion and well attended. We raised 700 pounds which has helped us move closer to our monthly income target. Our hope is to establish sufficient regular monthly income to match our monthly expenses. The organisation is now fully established with strong teams in the Warehouse and the Welcome Centres. The area where we still require help is the transport team, particularly men, who could take responsibility for a morning or afternoon slot to collect and deliver food by using the van. If you wish to help in this way or want to know more please contact Carolyn Cartwright, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Foodbanks in general have attracted significant media attention in recent days. Indeed, we have hosted a number of national and international journalists who have shown interest in the need that Foodbanks address. It is not my wish to enter the political debate but I will share with you that the vast majority of people we meet are sincere and their need is genuine. I want to thank you all for your continued support and your prayers. Please be assured that with this help we are positively impacting our community by showing love for our neighbours. Thank you. Alan Robinson 07771 830549 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

Fiveways Junction Improvements

Transport for London (TfL) is proposing improvements to the A20 Sidcup Road junction with Green Lane and Southwood Road and would like your comments on the proposals. In addition to the changes the carriageway will be resurfaced and the lighting improved around the junction. Changes are due to be made in summer 2014. Read the full proposal at the link below.
See website...

 

New Shrubs Planted

New shrubs have been planted by the council around the trees near the Co-Op in New Eltham Village. It does give the area a more cared for look. Feel free to send us your comments and any other ideas to improve the area.

 

New Eltham Station Bridge

As part of the station improvement works at New Eltham, the existing footbridge is to be removed to make way for a new footbridge with lift shafts located on each platform providing step free accessibility from station entrance to platform. The existing footbridge is scheduled to be removed on 4th August 2013. A temporary footbridge will be installed on 18th August. During this two week period it will be necessary to cross over Footscray Road Bridge (A211) to gain access to platform 2. Network Rail apologise for the inconvenience this may cause. If you require any further information please contact 08457 114141.
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