Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Summer fun in Downham, Bellingham, Whitefoot and Grove Park

Come rain or shine there is so much to do for children, families, young people and adults this summer! From cooking to composting, duckling adventures to diving, street dance to street chance cricket, arts and crafts, theatre, summer uni and trips to the cinema, seaside and skiing - to name but a few!

Let those fingers do the walking and get a fun packed summer organised! Many activities are low cost or free.  

LATEST: Sage Educational Trust are running a free bicycle project with Young Lewisham (Forest Hill) on Tuesday 24th July 11am to 3pm for anyone ages 8-16. A bus will be picking up from New Cross Gate Sainsbury’s at 10:30am and from Bromley Road Retail Park at 10:30am to take children there should people require transport. Please contact Carly at

Thanks to the coordinated efforts of Phoenix Community Housing, Limelight Family Learning Centre, Downderry Children's Centre, Downham Nutrition Partnership/Delicious Nutritious UK, Lewisham Green Scene, Downham Health and Leisure Centre, Sage Educational Trust, Whitefoot and Downham Assemblies and all participating venues and organisations.

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Monday, 16 July 2012

Summer Programme - Limelight Family Learning Centre

This year's Summer Activities will run from Monday 23rd July until Friday 24th August
Castillon Road SE6 1QD [MAP]

Activities marked PRE-BOOK must be booked in advance as there are a limited number of spaces available. To book ring 020 8695 5955 option 3 or email

Office hours 10am-2pm Monday - Thursday
Please note we have moved to
Pre-School Learning Alliance - Lewisham
Concept House, Rear of 103 Boundfield Road, SE6 1PF

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Wednesday 1st August 11am-3pm
for children 0-11 years

Come and join us in the George Green Hall and Garden for a day of play  including:

Bouncy Castle
Making Mud Pies
Smoothie Bike
Bouncy Beats
and much, much more


Arts and Crafts
Arts and Crafts for 3-6 year olds  Mondays 1-2pm  
23rd July – Olympics
30th July - One World
10.30 - 12noon
6th Aug - Messy with Paint
13th Aug - Chicken Craft
20th Aug - Natural Crafts

Arts and Crafts for 5-11 year olds Tuesdays 10-11.30am  
24th July - Batik
31st July - Wire Sculptures
7th Aug - Puppet Making
14th Aug - Recycling old t-shirts
21st Aug - Bath Bombs

Under 1s
Sprouts for Under 1’s & Pre-walkers Mondays, 10-12
23rd July, 30th July, 6th Aug, 13th Aug, 20th Aug

Baby Messy Play for Under 1’s - PRE-BOOK
Tuesday 24th July, 1-2
Friday 3rd July, 10-11
Tuesday 7th Aug, 1-2
Bring a towel & a change of clothes

Cooking in the Café for 3-8 year olds at 1-2.30pm 
Thursday 26th July - Bread
Monday 6th Aug - Cakes
Monday 13th Aug - Pizza
Monday 20th Aug - Hummus & Pitta bread

Outdoor Cooking in the Earth Oven for 3-8 year olds 12-1.30pm
Wednesday 8th Aug
Wednesday 15th Aug

Outdoor Learning
Making a Bug Hotel for the Community Garden for 5-11 year olds PRE-BOOK
Friday 17th August 10am-2pm
Learn about where different bugs like to hang out, make designs and help to make the hotel.
Bring your lunch, other refreshments provided.

Outdoor Learning for 3-6 year olds
Tuesday 24th July, 12.30-2pm
Wednesday 25th July, 12.30-2pm
Thursday 2rd Aug, 10-11.30 & 1-2.30pm
Tuesday 7th Aug, 2.30-2pm
Thursday 9th Aug, 10-11.30 & 1-2.30pm
Tuesday 14th Aug, 12.30-2pm
Thursday 16th Aug, 10-11.30 & 1-2.30pm
Tuesday 21st Aug, 12.30-2pm
Thursday 23rd Aug, 10-11.30 & 1-2.30pm
Build an Earth Oven in the George Green Garden for 5-11 year olds PRE-BOOK
Monday 23rd July 10am-12noon  & 1pm-3pm
Thursday 26th July 10am-12noon  & 1pm-3pm
Monday 30th July 10am-12noon  & 1pm-3pm


Summer Coach Trips PRE-BOOK

Friday 27th July Hastings
Friday 10th August Brighton
Friday 24th August  Broadstairs
Leaving Limelight at 8.45am - Leaving destinations at 4.30pm
Cost £12 per seat

To reserve your place please call 020 8695 5955
Seats are only secured after full payment is made to the office.

A fun way to develop agility, balance, co-ordination and speed through a range of games including soft play, mini hurdle races, mini tennis, balance challenges and Sports Day games to celebrate the Olympics.  Fridays 10am-12noon - 3rd Aug, 10th Aug,  17th Aug, 24th Aug

Caterpillars for 0-8 year olds on Wednesdays 9.30-11.30am
25th July, 8th Aug, 15th Aug, 22nd Aug

Ladybirds for 1-2 year olds on Tuesdays 10-11.30am
24th July, 31st July, 7th Aug, 14th Aug, 21st Aug
Bouncy Beats for under 5’s on Fridays,10-11.30am
Spaces are limited, so get there early.
27th July and 10th August

Breastfeeding Café Mondays 12.30 - 2.30pm - 23rd July, 30th July and 6th August
Messy Play for 3-6 year olds - Tuesday 31st July 12.30-2pm and Wednesday 22nd Aug 12.30-2pm


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Come and join us at a Cook and Eat Club this summer!

Cooking Now and Then - for all ages

Presented by Downham Nutrition Partnership and Delicious Nutritious UK with funding from Whitefoot Assembly

The last series was a great success ~ over subscribed and with outstanding feedback. Everyone agreed that the food we prepared was delicious (as well as being healthy) and they enjoyed the lovely, friendly atmoshere. We will discuss how as individuals we evolve, so do our eating habits and recipe; what time has brought to the kitchen: ingredients, special diets.

There are two series, both on a Tuesday, at different venues. You are welcome to join any session, please book beforehand.
Every Tuesday: 24th July - 28th August 10.30 am - 12.00pm
at: Goldsmiths Community Centre, Castillon Road, SE6 1QD [map and directions]
To book a place on any session at Goldsmiths Community Centre please call Joy on 020 8314 3718 between 9am-1pm or 2pm-5pm

Every Tuesday 24th July - 21st August 1.30 - 3pm
at: St Johns Church Hall Bromley Road, SE6 2RP [map]
To book a place on any session at St Johns Church hall please call Barbara on: 020 8461 1479 between 9am and 12pm

Priority given to residents of Whitefoot Ward - [map]
Further information by email:

You may also be interested in other food activities at the community centre:
Cooking in the Café for 3-8 year olds - PRE-BOOK
Outdoor Cooking in the Earth Oven for 3-8 year olds 
Activities marked PRE-BOOK must be booked in advance as there are a limited number of spaces available. To book ring 020 8695 5955 option 3 or email   Office hours 10am-2pm Monday - Thursday
Visit the Limelight website for more details

Love Food Hate Waste workshops start 25 July
We waste a staggering amount of food in this country, due to confusion over date labels, buying too much and not using cooked or uncooked food in creative ways. It’s best to book so you don’t miss out, but if you haven’t booked you’re welcome to see if there’s space to join us on the day.
Suitable for adults and young people age 16+

More information
For more information about the workshops contact
Alternatively call 020 8314 2145 to leave a detailed message. 

Read the Recycle for Lewisham blog
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Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Local Assembly Funds 2012-13 for Downham and Whitefoot

What are local assemblies?

Local assemblies are open meetings where you and others decide how to improve your area. Lewisham was the first local authority to establish local assemblies. What's the best way to find out about and contribute to your area? Go along to your local assembly meeting! Details of local assemblies including the dates of the meetings can be found on the Lewisham Council website.

Whitefoot Assembly meeting at St John's Church, Bromley Road
Where is your local assembly?
To find out which ward and assembly you belong to, type in your postcode in the find your councillor search on the Lewisham Council website.

Downham and Whitefoot Ward maps
Do you want to know if you are in Downham or Whitefoot ward? Wards are electoral boundaries for local authorities. In urban areas the wards within a local authority area generally contain roughly the same number of electors and elect three councillors.
Maps link to Lewisham Council website
Big Jubilee Lunch, Beachborough Gardens supported by Whitefoot Assembly
What about funding?
This year's Downham and Whitefoot Assembly Funds stand at £18,750 each 

£3,750 will be on Councillors recommendations 
The remaining £15,000 will be allocated to groups who can apply for funding.

For 2012-13, the funding will be allocated as follows:

  • 2 projects to be capped at £4,000
  • 4 amounts of up to £500 seed funding for first time projects
  • Remaining projects will be capped at £2,000
Groups who apply for funding have to demonstrate that they meet one or more of the assembly priorities for their area.

Assembly priorities
Each assembly has a set of priorities which have been agreed are most important to their area, through assembly meetings and outreach to local groups and individuals.

  • antisocial behaviour
  • youth provision
  • environment
  • provision for the elderly
  • adult education

  • crime and anti-social behaviour                                
  • lack of community facilities       
  • activities for young people        
  • roads and traffic       
  • lack of community spirit
The deadline for applications to the funds is no later than 12pm on Monday 10 September 2012. Please contact the Downham and Whitefoot Assemblies coordinator Jason Fleming for more information and an application form on 020 8314 3253 or by email

Bugsy Malone at Goldsmiths Community Centre - this weekend!

Rehearsing for Bugsy Malone in the George Green Hall
BUGSY MALONE is being performed by the Junior Musical Theatre group with support from the Grade 2 ballet class of the Goldsmiths Dance Academy. Performances are this Saturday 14th July at 6.30pm and Sunday 15th July at 5.30pm in the George Green Hall, Goldsmiths Community Centre, Castillon Road, SE6 1QD [map]

Tickets are £5 in advance, £6 on the door for adults and £3 advance, £3.50 on the door for children/concessions. A family ticket for £15 admits two adults and up to three children and can be bought in advance only.

What does this buy you? An evening's entertainment in an atmospheric community theatre built in 1939, in a cabaret setting with table service for soft drinks and snacks. You are welcome to bring your own wine (glasses provided). Donations towards corkage are very welcome too!

Tickets are still available for Saturday and Sunday- we will allocate tables in order of ticket purchase so get your choice of seating by buying your tickets early! Where from?

Buy tickets from:
The Academy - today (Thursday 12th June)  4.30-7pm
from the office at Goldsmiths Community Centre (phone 020 8698 3741)

All profits from the performances go to the George Green Hall Restoration Fund.

Support your local theatre group and local children!
Please support local children and the community centre by buying raffle tickets to help with the cost of producing Bugsy Malone. Prizes include Marks and Spencer hamper, Marks and Spencer £30 voucher, 4 tickets to the Broadway panto, signed plaque/photo Rita Ora (and hope to get the winner a personal signed memento) and a range of quality runners up prizes which are still coming in...

Raffle tickets from the Academy and the office at Goldsmiths, as above. £1 per strip.


Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Downham Celebrates 2012!

Photos from Downham Celebrates 2012 on Saturday June 30th at Downham Health and Leisure Centre. Text to follow...

Surrey Docks Farm

Inspire Youth Theatre Company, performing in the Assembly Talent Tent

Polish children poetry recital

Poems are reproduced here with kind permission from Eliza Jedruszak. The poems we were performing are both by Jan Brzechwa- Polish author very well known for his poems for children (1900-1966). First one is called "Leń" (Lazy bones) and second "Ryby, Żaby i Raki" (Fish, Frogs and Crabs) 


Na tapczanie siedzi leń,
Nic nie robi cały dzień.
"O, wypraszam to sobie!
Jak to? Ja nic nie rozbię?
A kto siedzi na tapczanie?
A kto zjadł pierwsze śniadanie?
A kto dzisiaj pluł i łapał?
A kto się w głowę podrapał?
A kto dziś zgubił kalosze?
O - o! Proszę!" 
Na tapczanie siedzi leń,
Nic nie robi cały dzień.
"Przepraszam! A tranu nie piłem?
A uszu dzisiaj nie myłem?
A nie urwałem guzika?
A nie pokazałem języka?
A nie chodziłem się strzyc? 
To wszystko nazywa się nic?"
Na tapczanie siedzi leń,
Nic nie robi cały dzień.
Nie poszedł do szkoły, bo mu się nie chciało,
Nie odrobił lekcji, bo czasu miał za mało,
Nie zasznurował trzewików, bo nie miał ochoty,
Nie powiedział "dzień dobry", bo z tym za dużo roboty,
Nie napoił Azorka, bo za daleko jest woda,
Nie nakarmił kanarka, bo czasu mu było szkoda.
Miał zjeść kolację - tylko ustami mlasnął,
Miał położyć się - nie zdążył - zasnął.
Śniło mu się, że nad czymś ogromnie się trudził.
Tak zmęczył się tym snem, że się obudził.

Ryby, żaby i raki
Ryby, żaby i raki
Raz wpadły na pomysł taki,
Żeby opuścić staw, siąść pod drzewem
I zacząć zarabiać śpiewem.
No, ale cóż, kiedy ryby
Śpiewały tylko na niby,
Na aby-aby,
A rak
Byle jak.

Karp wydął żałośnie skrzele:
"Słuchajcie mnie przyjaciele,
Mam sposób zupełnie prosty -
Zacznijmy budować mosty!"
No, ale cóż, kiedy ryby
Budowały tylko na niby,
Na aby-aby,
A rak
Byle jak.
Rak tedy rzecze: "Rodacy,
Musimy się wziąć do pracy,
Mam pomysł zupełnie nowy -
Zacznijmy kuć podkowy!
No, ale cóż, kiedy ryby
Kuły tylko na niby,
Na aby-aby,
A rak
Byle jak.

Odezwie się więc ropucha:
"Straszna u nas posucha,
Coś zróbmy, coś zaróbmy,
Trochę żywności kupmy!
Jest sposób, ja wam mówię,
Zacznijmy szyć obuwie!"
No, ale cóż, kiedy ryby
Szyły tylko na niby,
Na aby-aby,
A rak
Byle jak.

Lin wreszcie tak powiada:
"Czeka nas tu zagłada,
Opuściliśmy staw przeciw prawu -
Musimy wrócić do stawu."
I poszły. Lecz na ich szkodę
Ludzie spuścili wodę.
Ryby w płacz, reszta też, lecz czy łzami
Zapełni się staw? Zważcie sami,
Zwłaszcza że przecież ryby
Płakały tylko na niby,
Żaby  Na aby-aby,
A rak
Byle jak.

Supa Sumo

The Reach Climbing Wall

 Downham Nutrition Partnership - Cook and Eat

 Danielle, Community Liaison Manager and Trevor from Phoenix!

Sage Educational Trust - MEND Programme