SEnine August 2017

Our August edition will be out very soon!

A fabulously colourful  and varied edition of SEnine Magazine is about to hit the presses this week – features on a young lepidopterist (go on… Google it!); photos from the Avery Hill Parksfest event; tennis tales: country music; the history of Mottingham’s garages and even The Eltham Rap!

All the usual news and gossip from SPY and News in Brief, Jane’s Jottings (in a kaftan), Mailbox and Wendy Moore’s Book Ends make the August edition a “must-read” for this summer.

Check your doormat this weekend – or pick up a copy at your local library.


SEnine July 2017

July edition out now!

If you are lucky, July’s SEnine Magazine will have dropped on your doormat this weekend and it’s another bumper edition.

This edition gives full details of the stand-off between Greenwich Council and the University of Greenwich over the future of Avery Hill’s famous Winter Garden and the opulent marbled Mansion site. It accuses the two bodies of betraying the legacy of one of SE9’s top architectural gems and allowing the building to slide towards dereliction and disuse. To sign the petition, follow this link:
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All the usual features are there too – rumours and semi-facts in SPY; local goings-on in News in Brief; Historic Eltham; Jane’s Jottings and a Facebook special in our MailBox.

If you didn’t receive a copy through the door, you can read it online here:

Click here to read SEnine July 2017

One line, One terminal?

To comment on the government’s ‘one line, one terminal’ proposals write to:


Consultation Co-ordinator,

DfT, Zone 1/29,

Great Minster House

London  SW1P 4DR


or do the online survey:

Full proposal document:

April edition out Now!

The April edition of SEnine Magazine is out on the streets now… Featuring an interview with local author and comedy writer Lee Stuart Evans (pictured below), news about extended access to your local GPs and a look at the history of the Coldharbour Estate, which turns 70 this year.

All your favourites sections are there too of course – Jane’s Jottings, SPY and News in Brief – so check your doormat or vestibule if you are in our distribution area.

If you don’t receive it to your door, you can get it delivered to you by becoming a subscriber – just go to our Friends & Subscribers section in this website and sign up on-line.

Or view it online by clicking on the link or cover image below:


March edition out now

The new-look March edition of SEnine Magazine is out now. We hope you’ll enjoy the fresh, new layout and some new features inside – but don’t worry, all your favourite bits remain, including SPY, News in Brief, Historic Eltham and Jane’s Jottings.

If you aren’t lucky enough to receive SEnine direct to your door, why not become a Subscriber member? This guarantees a copy delivered to you (or a friend or relative) every month, for only £36!

Just go to the Friends and Subscribers link in the top menu, or click here.


To view the new edition in PDF format, just click here.

Elthamread – choose this year’s book

The 2017 Elthamread kicked off with a lively forum for writers and would-be writers at Eltham Library in February. More than 50 people packed the library to hear three local authors – David K Roberts, Joanna Sterling and Wendy Moore – talk about self-publishing, writing short stories and mainstream publishing.

The speakers aim to organise further events for writers under the Elthamread banner. They appealed for volunteers interested in helping to run the next Elthamread this October. The aim is for everyone in Eltham to read the same book that month and get together at various events to discuss it. The initiative is sponsored by SEnine, Greenwich Libraries and Inala Technology Solutions.

Anyone interested in helping choose this year’s book or help in other ways should email or visit the Elthamread website or Elthamread Facebook page or visit Eltham Library in the Eltham Centre.

Job Centre closure

Eltham’s Jobcentre Plus in Passey Place is expected to close under plans put forward by the Department of Work and Pensions.

All 40 staff and the centre’s clients would be transferred to the Woolwich branch in Wellington Street. The Catford and Bexleyheath offices are also closing.

The closure is part of a national consolidation involving 70 of the 714 small units, caused by falling unemployment and increased use of the internet for claims, with a claimed saving of £180m a year.

A new cadre of ‘work coaches’ is being recruited to help people find jobs, who will operate more locally, probably the Eltham Centre.

Last year, the Jobcentre’s landlord, Cranfield Investments of the Isle of Man, put in a planning application for the offices which would mean them being converted into nine flats with two extra floors being placed above the current three storey block. They would be a mixture of two and one bedroomed units. The application has still to be determined. It will form an expansion of the number of flats on the south side of the High Street.

The consultation from the DWP states that ‘in making the proposals, we have sought to maintain the services we offer claimants and to minimise the impact on claimants travel as far as possible. In some instances, this may mean slightly longer and slightly shorter journeys for some of our claimants’.

Eltham in Pictures

Eltham’s annual exhibition of old pictures of local scenes and buildings is being held on Saturday February 18.

Organised by the Eltham Society, this year’s theme is ‘In and Around Town’ and will feature a display of local photos.

Members of the public are invited to bring along any old pictures in their collections which feature local scenes and experts will be on hand to help identify their age and locations.

The exhibition will be held at St Mary’s Community Centre, Eltham High Street between 10.30am and 4pm, refreshments will be available.