October’s SEnine Magazine out now

October’s SEnine hits the doormats last weekend. Lots of news, views and comment… including the latest on Avery Hill, a shocking report on air pollution near our schools, John Kennett, SPY, Jane’s Jottings, Wendy Moore’s Books Ends, Wyborne Primary photo competition and a look at the new childcare programme in SE9.

If you’re outside of usual circulation area, you can have yours delivered: bit.ly/2nmMucV

 You can now read the October edition on the interweb by clicking HERE

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

email: consultation@dft.gsi.gov.uk

or do the online survey: www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/QHQQM/

Full proposal document: bit.ly/2m1aKlv

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 volunteer@elthamread.co.uk 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.