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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

Street Opera

Delivered to your door

Are you feeling grey, down, bored, stuck at home and missing live music? Do you want some joy and colour to brighten up your life in this very quiet, strange time? Or do you know someone who is lonely and needs cheering up? Give them the gift of music! Live music lifts the spirits, relieves anxiety and depression and connects us with each other in this time of separation.

For a limited period only during this lockdown January – March 2021, enSEmble26 pianist and singer, Eleanor Meynell is out and about, delivering live and personalised concerts to your door! Create a special memory for a friend or loved one. It is the most wonderful gift you could give them at this time to put a bit of warmth, fun, and sparkle into your life. Areas covered include Sydenham, Dulwich, Beckenham, Lewisham, Crystal Palace and Brockley. Sorry to those on our mailing list on other continents that I can’t travel to you! Why not order a special personalised online opera video with a special message?

Concerts take place at a safe distance from the street or end of your drive while you remain in the warmth of your home at a door or upstairs window. Call Eleanor to arrange a date and time to suit you and to discuss which songs you would like. 

Minimum donation of £75 per household and at least 48 hours notice required. Call Eleanor on +44 7939 265991

Syd Soc World Exclusive!

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!