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Celebrate Mother’s Day at Trattoria Raffaele – Sunday 3 April

What better place to take your mother and family on Sunday than Trattoria Raffaele at 94 Sydenham Road. Raffaele has dreamt up a  special mouth-watering four-course Mother’s Day menu (see below) that will make this an extra-special day-out. 


This is bound to be popular so make sure you don’t disappoint your mum by booking your  table now on 020 8778 6262.

Whew that’s a relief! Kirkdale shop changes its name

Sydenham wags have been stunned by a local store’s sudden change of name. The brilliantly titled Sydenham Convenience in Kirkdale (whose name attracted a number of ribald comments from locals) has recently changed to The Best One store. So if you want to spend a penny in Kirkdale, you now know where to go!

Flytipping and posting – making a mess of Sydenham Road

Take a hard look at our high street. Everywhere you see the evidence of illegal flyposting and the hanging of banners advertising everything from local fairs and music to five-a-side-football training.

The photographs shown here were all taken on the same day and show the avalanche of material that is currentlyon display – as well as  that which was  removed  from lamposts, shopfronts and railings in just the core shopping area of the Sydenham Road. It’s clear that Sydenham Road is drowning in unsightly posters and stickers.

Pat Trembath looks at what should be done about this:

On April 7 2005 the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill received Royal Assent following a successful passage through Parliament to become the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act. This act should deal with many of the problems affecting the quality of our local environment through anti-social behaviour, vandalism, disorder and levels of crime. It is intended to provide local authorities with more effective powers and tools to tackle poor environmental quality and anti-social behaviour. Part 4 of the Act deals specifically with graffiti and fly-posting. The photographs here show the amount of fly posting removed from the core shopping area of Sydenham Road (between Cobbs Corner and Mayow Road) on the morning of 15 June.


Featured here are the ubiquitous shop front and roller shutter stickers, peeled off a reel and stuck, willy-nilly, on practically every shop door and shutter along the length of the road. It would appear that these shop front businesses consider they have every right to fly-post throughout the area and, although some were removed, many remain, and have been added to in the interim, as the adhesive is of a very strong type. Also shown is the mish-mash of other fly-posting which had been stuck on lamp posts, railings, telephone boxes, any old spare space seems to do. To add to the general fly-posting are the sad tales of much loved, but lost pets. Did Betty ever get found? We shall never know, because the owners of missing Betty (or the Yorkshire Terrier or the friendly black and white cat) having stuck their pleas for help to our street furniture never return to remove them. Finally, on virtually every lamp post can be found the heavy-duty plastic ties that once held public authority notices – the notices get removed eventually, but the ties remain tightly bound to the lamppost and very difficult to cut through to remove. The Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act is there to help protect our environment but is rarely used by the local authority and is therefore to a large extent ineffectual with regard to lesser offences. It also begs the question are we so used to seeing fly-posting everywhere we look that eventually we no longer see what is defacing our neighbourhood, thus leaving it in situ in perpetuity.

Are we prepared to continue to let this happen?

Forest Hill pop-up shop event – 2nd December

The Forest Hill Society and Forest Hill businesses would like to hear from people who are interested in inspiring local residents in a fabulous event of local, community-run activities that celebrates just what is available in the community. 

Forest Hill high street businesses are offering their venues and facilities for POP UP SHOPS to hold free activity sessions. And they are inviting you to take part. It’s a great opportunity to promote your project, interest or business to local people. They’d like to hear from people who are interested in inspiring residents of Forest Hill in a fabulous event of local, community-run activities that celebrates just what is available in our community. 

Forest Hill Pop Up Shop event is on Thursday 2nd December 2010 6pm – 9pm; Children’s activities 3pm – 6pm

For further details on running a 45-minute activity session contact Hugh before the 15th November and we will include your session in the programme and publicity campaign.

People are already going to share 

Creative Writing   Yoga    Parent & Toddler Art Workshop    DIY Art
Forest Hill community workshops Computer Training Children’s Boxing & Dance
Vegetable Carving   Allotments & Vegetable Growing  Adult & Child Christmas Card Making
Phone: 07891 296354