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Proposed closure of the Kirkdale Learning Centre – Sydenham & Perry Vale public meeting, 7pm Thursday 7 April

Thursday 7 April, 7pm at the Naborhood Centre, 44a Sydenham Road SE26 5QX

Lewisham Council is reviewing its provision of adult education following a reduction in central government funding. To save money, the Council are proposing closure of the popular Kirkdale Learning Centre at the end of the summer term. The consultation period runs until May 20th and a special meeting for residents of Sydenham and Perry Vale wards has been arranged for Thursday April 7th (details above).

We would urge as many residents as possible to attend one or other of these meetings, to listen to the arguments and to make their voices heard. For more information, go to this weblink:

Details of the officer presentation given at the Forest Hill Assembly here:

Kirkdale 1    Kirkdale 2   Kirkdale 3

Photograph of Kirkdale Institute by Steve Grindlay

Fanfare for Beckenham concert – Saturday 26 March 7pm St George’s Church

 The Lewisham Concert Band with Paul Allen (Baritone), Dave Lee (Solo Horn), Derek Foster & Anthony Green (Piano Duo), and Christian Strover (Pianist and Narrator) present an evening of music by Arthur Bliss, Carey Blyton, Benjamin Britten, Gordon Carr, Anne Dudley, Edward Elgar, Jacob Gade, Hubert Gregg, George F Handel, Gustav Holst, Aram Khachaturian, Felix Mendelssohn, Keith Mansfield, Donald Swann, Gilbert Vintner and Peter Warlock. Director of Music Leslie Lake.

All of the music will have a local theme celebrating people and important events in the history of the local area including Sydenham and Crystal Palace.

Tickets £10 at the door from 6.15 pm or telephone 020 8650 7347. Children under 18 free.  Complimentary refreshments

Proceeds to Woodlark Camp Site Trust for the Disabled and St Christopher’s Hospice