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On my web site you can find out about me, my work in Sydenham and Lewisham Council. In short I have represented Sydenham ward since 1986 and believe I have a real understanding of the local issues having lived in and represented Sydenham for over 30 years. I am always ready to listen to what residents say and provide community leadership in chairing the Sydenham Assembly. I am the Cabinet Member for Health, Wellbeing and Older People. I also chair the Sydenham Town Centre Steering Group and SEE3 Portas pilot to attract quality independent businesses to Sydenham.

Please visit my councillor web site as this provides links to Lewisham Council and factual information such as my Newsletters and the Ward Profile - please see the latest quarterly Newsletters.

Please visit my Contact me page for way to get in touch or just send me an email - info@chrisbest.org

Working with Damien on our Labour programme for 2018 - 2022

Lewisham Labour Manifesto 2018

Developing our Manifesto for 2018

I am delighted and so proud that Damien Egan has been selected as our Labour Party candidate for Mayor of Lewisham. I also feel it is a privilege to have been reselected to stand for Sydenham in May 2018.

We are now working on the feedback from the 3 workshops (one in each Consitituency) held at the end of January. We had over 300 people contribute ideas and discuss how we can maximise the Labour vote. John McDonnell talked about the role Labour Councils have in showcasing the work we achieve with limited resources. We will use the election to promote socialist policies and ideas.

Please get in touch if you wish to contribute ideas for the Lewisham Labour Manifesto.

We are facing the worst cuts in local government spending that I can remember as a councillor for over 30 years. By 2020 our local services will be decimated - we need to be ready to govern the country and protect our most vulnerable.

Talking about the heritage of Sydenham including Sir Ernest Shackleton CVO OBE FRGS who led three British expeditions to the Antarctic

Ellie Reeves Labour's MP Lewisham West & Penge

Visiting Sydenham Community Library

Ellie Reeves has been out and about visiting different organizations as MP for Lewisham West and Penge. I was delighted to meet Ellie at Sydenham Community Library and talk about the offer of our new ipads for hire.

Please [clickhere (http://www.elliereeves.org.uk/) for further information. You can get in contact by writing to: House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA. Alternatively you can email at: ellie.reeves.mp@parliament.uk or call 020 7219 2668. You can also keep up to date with Ellie's activities by following my Twitter and Facebook.

Ellie has lived in the area for most of her life going to Adamsrill Primary School and Cator Park Secondary School. She lives in the constituency with her family and is married to John Cryer, Chair of the Parliamentary Labour Party.

Ellie is providing a strong voice in Parliament as well as locally. She follows on from Jim Dowd, who served for 25 years as our MP and 20 years a Councillor for the London Borough of Lewisham.

Your Sydenham Councillors discussing the local issues

Latest from the Sydenham Assembly

Next meeting 7pm Wednesday 14 March at The Sydenham Centre

The Sydenham Assembly Newsletters are online here

Our top five priorities for Sydenham are:
* Bringing our community together
* Health and Wellbeing
* Vibrant high street * Keeping Sydenham clean and green * Crime and Antisocial behaviour

The Sydenham Assembly Fund has a maximum of £2,000 for any one bid and below are the successful projects from the meeting in December:

Sydenham Community Library Rhyme Time for Under 5s - £1,410

Children's Crafts £380 and Adults Crafts - £740

TNG (The New Generation Youth and Community Centre)

Intergenerational project with the Over 50s Film Project - £1,540

The Greener Homecroft Project Growing Greener - £600

SEE3 High Street Happenings - £2,000

Spontaneous Productions Eleanor Marx Community Play - £2,000

Voluntary Services Lewisham Christmas Project - £2,000

Carers Lewisham Carers keep well - £1,830

Previous Sydenham Assembly meetings are under the Get Involved page.

Please visit the Sydenham Assembly page of Lewisham's web site for more information.

You can also join the facebook page.

The poem was composed by Kas Darley and Mark Stevenson from Teatro Vivo who started the Assembly meeting with a performance as Titania and Oberon.They asked for words from those present to present this poem at the end of the meeting

Teatro Vivo - Ode to Sydenham

The shops are bursting with melons aplenty
We're proud to live in SE's six and twenty
Green spaces and the famous pocket squares
Parks Mayow, Wells and Home to take the airs
But if carousing is the thing for you
Look for the creatures in our local zoo
Drink with a Dolphin and a Lion of Gold
Soon hopefully the Greyhound will be sold
And like a Phoenix from the flames will rise
Transforming right before our very eyes
If you like to sit in your car and sing
The queues on Sydenham high street are the thing
But if your journey you'd prefer was swift
Bus, trains and Overground are Sydenham's gift
With High Street Happenings and Sydenham Arts
Culture is bursting out from many parts The library's brought to life by volunteers For whom we all would like to give three cheers!
Community in Sydenham is so strong
Together we're a very happy throng
A diverse bunch of ages and of races
There's Sydenham Smiles on all our friendly faces.

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