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Sydenham Ward Councillor Hustings

Five candidates stand for spare councillor position

Online hustings for Sydenham ward

7pm Thursday 22nd April

Following the death of the Duke of Edinburgh the Sydenham Society has decided to postpone until next week, the Zoom hustings meeting for the post of Sydenham councillor.

The hustings will take the form of a short, spoken introduction by each candidate followed by questions from “the floor”. We expect the whole event to last not much longer than an hour and a half.

This is a hustings for all local people —  not just Sydenham Society members.

Voters in Sydenham Ward have four votes in the election to be held on the 6th May one for the London Mayor, one for their London Assembly member (plus a vote on the London Assembly list under the PR voting system) and one for a local councillor.

Full local council elections will be held next year. 

Enter the numbers below into Zoom (select “Join”) before 7pm on the 22nd April and wait to be allowed into the meeting.

747 173 3055

 If you want to submit a question in advance please send it to

There are five candidates for the Sydenham Councillor position (in alphabetical order of surname):

Helena Croft (Conservative Party)

Jack Lavery (Labour and Cooperative Party)

Nick Lee (Green Party)

Mike Wayne (Lewisham People Before Profit)

Margot Wilson (Liberal Democrats)

Sydenham Society membership

Time to renew if you’re not on a standing order

If your Sydenham Society membership isn’t up to date, now is the time to renew. Or if you’re subscribing to this eNewsletter, why not join us and help us to continue the good work!

Visit HERE to make a payment or to set up a standing order. You can use PayPal, a standing order from your bank or send us a cheque by post.

It’s great value for around £5 or £6 per year. Less than the cost of a couple of cups of coffee in a local cafe.

We intend that our next printed Newsletter will appear towards the end of April. If you need help, contact our membership secretary Richard Cory at

Election Day 6th May

Get yourself a postal vote now

Above: The Crystal Building, Royal Docks, new headquarters of the GLA when they leave County Hall in 2022

6 May is election day

* London Mayoral Elections

* Election of London Assembly member for Greenwich & Lewisham

* Election of one new Sydenham councillor and one new Bellingham Councillor

How to apply for a postal vote or a proxy  HERE


Homewalk House

Part-time manager wanted

Homewalk House in Jews Walk, Sydenham, a block of retirement flats managed by First Port, has a vacancy for a part-time manager (9am-2pm, Monday-Friday). The salary is £13,364 pa plus benefits. The closing datev is 17 March.

The requirements of the job are to be nice to the residents and be able to cope with IT.

Anyone interested, or for more information, please contact Lorraine Paul:

International Women’s Day

Sydenham School Monday 8 March

International Women’s  Day

Sydenham School PTA are delighted to bring International Women’s Day into focus again this year on Monday 8th March with our popular fast paced event – 5 minute TED-style talks from ten inspiring women. You can find information on this year’s amazing line-up of speakers, including our local MP Ellie Reeves, and buy a household ticket at:

As it is on Zoom this year, this is a great opportunity for friends and family, who might not normally be able to attend a local event because they live far away, to join in. There will definitely be something for everyone with such a range of speakers including award-winning authors, mental health and equality campaigners, an engineer, our MP, governor and a comedian. See above for who they are and the title of their talk.

A huge thank you to our local sponsors Hamptons International and Taylored Lofts who have helped make this event possible. All ticket proceeds go to the school towards fundraising initiatives to support the pupils.

Snow comes, snow goes

Snowfall delights locals

Sunday’s snowfall delighted local children and their families, although maybe not all car drivers or pedestrians. But sadly the whte stuff came and went overnight. Here are some photos of the scene in Mayow Park on Sunday afternoon.

The next day (25 January) was Robert Burns’ birthday. Appropriately the Bard had a few words to say about falling snow and its quick disappearance. Here is a short excerpt from his epic poem Tam O Shanter about the fleeting nature of snow (and life!). 

But pleasures are like poppies spread,
You seize the flower, its bloom is shed;
Or like the snow falls in the river,
A moment white — then melts for ever