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Message from Father Christmas

In an exclusive email from Santaland, Father Christmas has sent Yuletide greetings reassuring all his many Sydenham fans that it will be “business as usual” over the festive season.

No “staying in his bubble” for this dependable octogenarian who has yet to be called for his vaccine injection.

But there will need to be a few radical changes. Mince pies or glasses of whisky are definitely off the menu. Instead, Santa asks that a reputable sanitiser (or what he calls “Santaiser”) should be left in the sitting room).

See you at Christmas!

Sydenham Hill Estate

Residents Seek Judicial Review

Following the recent decision of Lewisham Council to approve the City of London’s proposals for their Sydenham Hill Estate, concerned members
of the community have set up a Crowd Justice account to fund a legal opinion as to whether there is a case for a Judicial Review. Time is tight. 

Please donate and/or share on social media or with your contacts HERE

The community living on Sydenham Hill Ridge welcomes the development of the City of London Sydenham Hill Estate for social housing. We believe
in building good quality, environmentally friendly social housing that will last well into the future. However, the huge increase in density sets to impact
the quality of the housing built, the historic environment, the conservation area, the local infrastructure and the natural environment, reducing the
much needed green communal space, felling mature trees and impacting the ancient woodland opposite, visited by people across London. We raised
money to fund the initial advice of a solicitor. Following that advice, we are now raising funds to seek the opinion of Counsel.

The approved planning application can be seen HERE

Sydenham Film Club

Talking Films – November Meet-Up

Welcome to Sydenham Arts Film’s new venture! Every month, first online and eventually, hopefully, face to face, we will… Meet Up to discuss some of our favourites moving images. These could be films, documentaries or series that are currently screening on TV or are available on any of the streaming platforms (subscription or free). This month we start with a timely bang, looking back to October to celebrate both BHM and Halloween, while keeping an eye on the most extraordinary US election.

Watch as much or as little as you like of this month’s Talking Films playlist ahead of the MeetUp, and then catch up with the group! We’re looking forward to hearing your opinions, ideas, and vigorous discussions!!

For more details visit Sydenham Film Club HERE

Local musician Asako Ogawa new Bach CD

Order the CD from her direct

Dear Friends

I hope you are well.

This is a strange and difficult time for all of us. 

Recording J.S Bach’s 6 Partitas with the First Hand Records label has been my consolation and has kept me going. 

 I would be very happy to share this wonderful work by J.S.Bach with you. 

Though the world release date is 11 December 2020, I have already received copies.

If you would like to receive a copy directly from me, the cost will be £15 including postage.

Please e-mail me at

and let me know your address so that I can send your CD.

Here is an excerpt:

J.S. Bach: 6 Partitas, BWV 825–830 (Clavierübung, Part I) • ASAKO OGAWA harpsichord [FHR92]

Best wishes


An Allotment

A new photobook reflecting life in London during lockdown: finding moments for optimism, calm and stability 

An Allotment is a photographic project by Hannah Blackmore and Jimmy Irwin, with profits made from the sale of the book going to The Trussell Trust network of foodbanks. 

On March 31st, plotholders across the UK were allowed to return to their allotments. The land, arranged in neat grids, provided relief and escape to the plot holders whatever their circumstances. Allowing them to spend time outside, grow their own food and have something other than the lockdown to focus on. 

he three allotments featured are located at the intersection of Peckham, Sydenham and Dulwich. They comprise of over 300 individual plots on Sydenham Hill, overlooking London.

The photobook of the series is now available through Kickstarter. With your support by pre-ordering copies of the book, along with other pledges, you will be supporting a very important cause and bringing a beautiful new publication to life.