Suttons Radio opening November 23

Suttons Radio (139-141 Lewisham High Street) is the new sister bar of Jam Circus. Operated by pub group Antic, it replaces the Ravensbourne Arms, which closed last year, giving them a more central toehold in Lewisham.

The Ladywell Christmas Market 2017

El writes:

Join us for a day of superb shopping, fabulous food and energetic entertainment at the Ladywell Christmas Market!

We’ve got a whole host of fantastic stalls lined up, with prefect presents and gourmet gifts for friends and family. Local designers, marker, artists and craftspeople will be showing off their talent and selling their wares at the market. Offerings include jewellery, home-wares, ceramics, textiles, handmade toiletries, art and prints. We’ll also have stalls selling Christmas wreaths, decorations and cards for that truly festive feeling.

And for the person that has everything – treat them to a gourmet gift! From chocolates to cheese, the choicest chutneys and divine Italian produce, you’ll be sure to find a favourite to suit. You won't go hungry at the market – we’ll have hot Caribbean grills and Middle Eastern mezes for sale, plus three local cafés and a deli - there’s a range of food and drink to suit all tastes.

As usual, Santa will be paying a visit to his grotto at Honeybourne’s on the day of the market. Each child gets a 15 minute visit to Santa and a specially chosen gift. Tickets are £12.50 and must be booked in advance. Email or pop into the shop. And NEW for this year, there’ll be Christmas wreath-making workshops at the Ladywell Tavern at 1pm & 3.30pm. To book email

To keep you entertained we have St Mary’s Choir and Dacre Women’s Morris during the day and in the evening, the festive fun continues at the Ladywell Christmas Market After Party with live music at the Ladywell Tavern. Come down and join us for the raffle draw at 7.30pm, Joel Bullen and Friends at 7.45pm and dancing ‘til late.

We can’t wait for you to join us for a day of festive fun!

Ladywell Christmas Market takes place in the centre of Ladywell – 10am to 4pm on Saturday 2nd December.

Ladywell Christmas Market is very generously sponsored by Sebastian Roche estate agents.

Curzon plan picked for Ladywell Playtower

The Curzon proposal
The Mayor of Lewisham has selected Curzon cinemas as the Council's preferred bidder for the redevelopment of Ladywell Playtower.

Of the four proposals shortlisted to restore the derelict building, the Curzon plan was ranked joint-first  by Council officers alongside a rival cinema scheme from Picturehouse, and came second to the Picturehouse plan in the public consultation. A petition against Picturehouse gained momentum in recent days, due to the pay and conditions offered to the parent group's workers.
The Curzon scheme was produced in partnership with developers Guildmore and will include "a mix of residential, nursery and supported living uses across the remainder of the site."

The result is a fantastic turnaround in the fortunes of the building - which once looked doomed - and great news for Ladywell as a destination.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show, November 24

The New Cross & Deptford Free Film Festival team writes:

Calling all Rocky virgins and committed fans: The campest of cult classics is coming to church.

The screening will take place in the gorgeously gothic atmosphere of St Nicholas Church, Deptford.

An adventure of love, hate, seduction and garter-belts follows. Will our young love-birds survive with their integrity intact?

All profits will benefit the 2018 festival.

Extravaganza begins: 7.00PM. Film starts: 8.00PM

Click here for tickets.

Game & Curry

Picturehouse tops Playtower poll

The people have spoken - and they demand a cinema.

On November 15th, the Mayor of Lewisham will meet with his cabinet to discuss the four bids to redevelop the Ladywell Playtower.

Two cinema chains (Picturehouse and Curzon), a property consortium (RJK Properties / Copeland Park and Hillman) and Goldsmiths College have submitted plans.

A public consultation has been running since the summer and, when asked, the public chose fun. In the public vote, the Picturehouse bid (below) came first, followed by Curzon, RJK and Goldsmiths.

Picturehouse wants to develop a 5-screen, 620 seat cinema, with café and bar space. The main cinema space would be included within the existing fabric of the pool hall while a two-storey building would be built to the rear of the building to accommodate four more screens.  Curzon offers two fewer screens but includes a residential component.

In the public feedback, Goldsmiths' proposal was not deemed to offer enough benefit to the wider community, while the RJK 'cultural quarter' left people wondering what it was supposed to be or how it would be delivered.

Any of the bids would deliver a boost for the area and breathe welcome new life into an important building, but the Picturehouse bid would be transformative for Ladywell.

Thanks to Ladywell Paul for the prompt.

The Brockley Christmas Market, December 9, 2017

The Brockley Christmas Market will be the biggest ever. The full quota of 65 stalls is now taken, Santa and the Christmas Fairy are booked and the playlist has been chosen. All that remains is for you all to come.

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