Council meetings

Agenda and minutes

Venue: Leander Community Centre, Ship Street ,SE8 4DH

Contact: Maya Onyett 

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Welcome from the Chair- Cllr John Coughlin


Borough of Culture Bid- Andy Thomas


Lewisham is bidding to become the first London Borough of Culture!   London’s Mayor Sadiq Khan has launched a competition for a £1m prize. 

Back the bid by adding your ideas to

If you use social media please show what you love about Lewisham’s culture by tagging #loveitlewisham and #mylocalculture


The Borough of Culture bid is about you, even if you don’t think ‘culture’ is something you ‘do’, you are part of Lewisham’s culture & heritage, you make Lewisham unique!

The results will be announced in February 2018.




Brockley Assembly Fund 2017, project presentations:

·         Local community street tree planting initiative- £2500

·         Myatt Gardens Girls Football Project - £1260

·         Brockley Max Opening Night- £2400

·         Breakspears Mews Community Garden- £950

·         FLOWER POWER- ArtHouse- £2154

·         Frameless Arts C.I.C. - Make Your Own Skateboard- £1810

·         Deptford in the Pink: Development of Brookmill - £1097

·         Brockley Street Art Festival 2018 - £1729


·         Donation AFRIL Community Allotment & Launch Celebration- £100

                        Total £14000


·         Local community street tree planting initiative- £2500


A Brockley Assembly grant of £2500 would enable Street Trees for Living to plant ten more trees in the ward. The locations would be in areas of low-tree cover, near schools and where match-funding for trees would be out of the reach of local residents.

Each tree would be labelled with species, year planted and identify Brockley Assembly as the sponsor of the tree.

Since beginning in 2012 as a Brockley Society initiative, Street Trees for Living has planted over 300 trees in the streets of the Lewisham borough. Its successful working model has grown from a need to replace street trees at a time when there is insufficient council funds. It has brought together residents as fund-raisers, street co-ordinators and volunteer guardians, all working in partnership with Lewisham Council.

This success has attracted the attention of the Greater London Authority and other community groups looking to increase their own local street tree numbers. Street Trees for Living is leading London by example in this green initiative and ten more trees through its local assembly will flag how much support it enjoys.

The new street trees will increase the number of local residents involved in this initiative, our streets will have cleaner air, they will be more sheltered and attractive, and the number of birds and bees will continue to flourish. Tree lined streets encourage residents to take more interest in their own green efforts; and cleaner air benefits everyone. 

Street Trees for Living is run entirely by volunteers. To fulfil their planting ambitions for Lewisham they need to expand their small and friendly remote-working team. Only some of them have much tree knowledge - most of their work is to read and write emails, answer the phone, support tree guardians and street reps, and manage information. If this work interests you, please get in touch:


·         Myatt Gardens Girls Football Project - £1260


At Myatt Gardens they are looking to get more of their girls active by starting up a girl’s only football club. They are looking for funding to start up an extra curricula coaching session to introduce girl’s to football and increase the amount of time they are physically active. They are hoping this project will be the catalyst to develop a long term girl’s football project at Myatt Gardens and hope to enter a girl’s football team into the Lewisham Primary Schools League so girls can really develop their football skills. As part of this project Myatt Gardens will host a girl’s football tournament, the girls will be playing for the Myatt Garden Cup. They will be employing a fully qualified FA female football coach to act as a positive role model. They will be running 30 extra curricula sessions, to introduce the girls to football. The sessions will take place weekly, starting early in 2018. Sessions will include developing passing, shooting, dribbling and defending skills, in preparation for the tournament and hopefully the Lewisham Primary Schools League.


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Community information


·         Brockley’s Second Festival of Ideas for Change

    Sunday 19 November 2017, 10am-5.30pm, Lewisham Southwark College, Lewisham

    Way, SE4 1UT 

    This event is free and for everyone and we hope it will be of particular interest to young

    people: 250 attended our first Festival In November 2016. An exciting range of nearly 30

    speakers will stimulate debate and inspire action on five themes: Battle of Lewisham –

    40 years later; Housing, Homelessness and Inequality; Debt, Money and Exploitation;

    Food and the Environment; From Ideas to Action. 
    View more details and book your FREE place: or directly 

    from Early booking is encouraged!
    We will welcome donations from those who can afford it. Tea and coffee free, affordable 

    food at lunchtime or bring your own. 

    Doors open at 9.30am for registration and coffee before the 10am start. 


·         Luxmore Gardens are hosting a Spring Bulb Planting event on Saturday 11th

November, 10am – midday- Help bring some spring colour back to our local parks!

Join Friends of Luxmore Gardens for a fun morning of bulb planting

    Join our mailing list at

    Find us on FaceBook /Twitter/ Instagram @loveluxmore


·         Roger Lewis from The St. John’s Society raised awareness on the proposed

development and extension of the Ashmead School site, which would open it up onto Lewisham Way, opposite the college. It would mean a modern three storey building being built in the St Johns conservation area.There is concern about its intrusion into the sight lines of one of Lewisham's oldest buildings - Stone House, which is also Grade 2* Listed and in a Conservation Area.

·         Made in Lewisham is offering free training by the prestigious Oral History Society as part of a new Heritage Lottery Funded project.

This one day course will cover all aspects of Oral History Collection and archiving and includes recording techniques. There will then be an opportunity for some practical experience at 2 collection days where Lewisham's Tamil Community will be invited to share their memories, stories and Heritage.


Closing remarks

- Join the Brockley Assembly Coordinating Group       

- Feedback forms 

- Date and agenda items for next meeting:

Tuesday 20th February 2018, 7pm



- Join the Brockley Assembly Coordinating Group       

- Feedback forms

Cllr Coughlin highlighted the importance of completing the   feedback forms and invited members to join the coordinating group which plans the assembly and discusses local issues and updates. If you would like to join contact for further information.

- Date and agenda items for next meeting:

 Tuesday 20th February 2018, 7pm



  Cllr Coughlin thanked everyone for attending the assembly