Sydenham Assembly


The Sydenham Assembly is open to anyone to lives, works or studies in the ward. It meets quarterly at different locations in the ward to ensure residents can access the meetings.

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As I Chair the Assembly I welcome feedback so that I can make sure it is a meeting that will deliver improvements to Sydenham.

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45th Sydenham Assembly

Saturday 12 June 2021

I was delighted to chair our first online Sydenham Assembly meeting on Saturday 12 June.

I welcomed Damien Egan, Mayor of Lewisham, who spoke on #FutureLewisham including the Council’s recovery plans. Angela Hall, Chair of the Sydenham SNT Ward Panel gave a Community Safety Update and started planning this year’s Fun Palace.

We heard from local community groups on upcoming projects and events taking place in and around the ward.

44th Sydenham Assembly

Saturday 25 January 2020

I am pleased to chair the Assembly again in 2020. We agreed our six priorities for Neighbourhood Community Infrastructure Levy for Sydenham.

43rd Sydenham Assembly - Fun Palace

Saturday 5 October 2019

I had a fantastic time at the 2nd annual Fun Palace; taking place in the Sydenham TNG. There were wonderful activities for all members of the community to take part in, including drumming lessons, learning rock climbing, jewellery making, dance, digital photography, laughter yoga, and so many more. Special activities designated for the kids included slime making and children's craft.
A new gardening project to teach kids how to grow their own fruits, vegetables and herbs was set up in memory of James Ross Hunter. This will provide a safe and relaxing environment for all members of the community; young and old; to engage with
We were even lucky enough to receive a performance from Sam Wilkins; winner of ITV's 'The Voice Kids 2019'.
Looking forward to next years event.

42nd Sydenham Assembly

Saturday 8 June 2019

Today we were joined by some fantastic local employers, training and further education providers. These providers showcased their wide range of opportunities they had open for 13-25 year olds.
Providers including: Capital Hoist

Croydon College

Lewisham Construction Hub

Lewisham College

Lewisham Homes

Southwark College



Serious About Youth (SAY) Construkt Programme

LB Lewisham Apprentices: Che Stott, Effie Tierney

Sydenham Arts

We were also joined by Nike Ajijola, Deputy Young Mayor of Lewisham, who shared with us her motivation for running for deputy young mayor and her passion to better her community. Ranging from tackling knife crime to broadening extra curricular activities offered by schools to help inspire young people.

I also had the opportunity to talk about the councils new public health stance on tackling violent crime, It was suggested that the Safe Havens project, in which shops agree to provide a safe space for anyone not feeling safe on the high street, could receive renewed support and promotion.

41st Sydenham Assembly

Tuesday 5 March 2019

The assembly welcomed many new, local businesses including:

Zigghy’s Café:
Zigghy’s is at 90 Sydenham Road and serves a range of food including cooked English and Mediterranean breakfasts. Julia and her husband extended an invitation to all to try the café out.

Totu Polish Deli:
Just along from Zigghy’s at number 104, this amazing deli stocks a wide range of delicious Polish specialities. Manager Anna Maka thanked the Assembly for inviting her to showcase the shop, which also stocks Polish bread!

South London therapy Group:
They are now based in Regent’s Building, where they have a great space to be used for therapy sessions. They accept self-referrals.

Other new businesses offered their business offerings such as Bottle Cave, Cobbs Corner Café, UR-ID embroidery and printing service, and, Cherry and Ice café.

The assembly also discussed the possibility of taking part in the annual Fun Palace on the 5th and 6th of October. Many who took part in it, previously in 2018 expressed how valuable the experience was and why its worth it.
It was later proposed that the assembly set aside £1,395 to help fund the Fun Palace 2019; this was then approved.

40th Sydenham Assembly

Saturday 1 December 2018

At this meeting, local organisations set out bids for parts of the assembles funds.
These included:

Friends of Sydenham Library projects: Adults Crafts, Children's Crafts, Rhyme Time for under 5's - They received £2,570

Sydenham Arts - #Sixty Project - They received £1,500

SEE 3 Portas Pilot - High Street Happenings - They received £2,000

James Ross Hunter Youth Support - SAFE Project - They received £2,000

Voluntary Services Lewisham Christmas Project - They received £2,000

Lockwood Close Community Garden - They received £575

The total of all allocated money was £10,605
This left over remaining funds of £1,395.

39th Sydenham Assembly - Fun Palace

Tuesday 4 October 2018

During this meeting, members were encouraged to take part in Fun Palace events that were taking place over the next two days in four locations around Syndenham. These places were: Sydenham Centre, Sydenham Library, Grove Centre, and of course TNG where the Assembly was held.

Updates from the community were also addressed.

38th Sydenham Assembly

Wednesday 13 June 2018

In this meeting an explanation of the planned Fun Palace events was given along with the suggestion of the four locations; around Sydenham; in which these activities would talk place.
The assembly announced that £500; from the assembly funds; would be provided towards the Fun Palace events.

The use of smart water was also discussed and how it has been successfully designated to 75% of target groups.

37th Sydenham Assembly

Wednesday 14 March 2018

At this meeting we discussed a Sydenham Fun Palace - a weekend of arts, activities and knowledge created by the people of Sydenham; Neighbourhood Community Development Partnerships; Bakerloo Line resolution calling on Transport for London to bring the line to Lower Sydenham and on to Hayes; community updates on a range of local issues.

36th Sydenham Assembly

Saturday 3 December 2016

Voting on the Sydenham Assembly Fund

35th Sydenham Assembly

Tuesday 4 October 2016

34th Sydenham Assembly

Saturday 30 July 2016

Performance by Poetry Town winner - Erika Alba

Presentation by London Wildlife Trust about the Great North Wood

Updates on SNT, Planning, SEE3, Sydenham Arts, Westwood Hill Safety measures, Car Clubs and flytipping hot spots.

33rd Sydenham Assembly

1 March 2016

Sydenham Poetry Town and performance from Teatro Vivo

Thirtysecond Sydenham Assembly - Saturday 5 December 2015

Our Christmas meeting was a great success at Sydenham Community Library where we supported a wonderful panto and lighting up of the Christmas Tree.

We were voting on the £12,500 Assembly Fund and the outcome was:

SEE3 - Sydenham events and entertainment - £2,500

Sydenham Arts - Sydenham becomes a Poetry Town - £2,200

Friends of Sydenham Community Library – developing the library café by providing hot water etc - £1,740

Sydenham Community Library – Sydenham Library’s Community Crafts - £1,670

TNG – Intergenerational Film Club - £1,500

Action on Hearing Loss – Sydenham Hearing Aid Support Service - £1,200

Friends of Sydenham Community Library – Music and rhyme for the under-fives - £875

Homecroft Road Residents Association - Garden Planters for Homecroft Road - £600

Total of £12,285

We also agreed to see if could install electronic signage to advertise events in the ward – possibly using the TNG Youth and Community Centre in Wells Park Road and The Sydenham Centre in the high street.

I talked about SEE3 and the events we organise – Easter, Halloween and Christmas and of course our Christmas Calendar – from the first year of the Portas pilot in 2012 this is now our 4th calendar and getting bigger and better every year!

Updates included the rebuilding of The Greyhound and progress on getting the Bakerloo Line to Lower Sydenham.

We are working on plans to develop community hubs that could include greater use of The Sydenham Centre whilst ensuring the Naborhood Users are protected.

Thirtyfirst Sydenham Assembly - Thursday 17 September 2015

Thirtieth Sydenham Assembly - Tuesday 2 June 2015

Twentyninth Sydenham Assembly - Wednesday 18 March 2015

Cllr Liam Curran welcomed everyone to the meeting as he will be chairing the Assembly for 2015.

Twentyeigth Sydenham Assembly - Saturday 6 December 2014

Great turnout for the meeting with a well received presentation on waste and then onto the presentations of the bids for the £12,500 of funding.

The voting was to support * £2,500 for a vibrant high street including events at Easter, Halloween and Christmas * £2,000 to bring the Sydenham literary piazza to life with a series of events * £1,200 for music and stories for the under 5s in the library * £1,300 for street art outside Sydenham Station * £4,800 to replace 20 x street trees * £700 to support Reach for the Changes, a new community group at Wells Park Road

Twentyseventh Sydenham Assembly - Thursday 11 September 2014

Twentysixth Sydenham Assembly - Wednesday 18 June 2014

A well attended meeting at the Sydenham Centre discussed the progress on a number of key issues including The Greyhound, high street transport improvements and street lighting.

We also reviewed the Sydenham Assembly Action Plan and the top five priorities below:

Twentyfifth Sydenham Assembly - Tuesday 4 March 2014

Very good turnout to hear the latest on getting the Deed of Variation signed by all parties so that work can restart on The Greyhound. Skanka are working on the street lights and ensure heritage lamps are placed in Conservation Areas such as The Thorpes.

SEE3 Street market returns on Saturday 12 April from 11am to 5pm. Full report to follow.

Twentyfourth Sydenham Assembly - Saturday 30 November 2013

We agreed funding for 2013/14 to meet our revised five priorities:

  • Bringing our community together
  • Health, well-being and community safety
  • Vibrant high street
  • Transport improvements
  • Cleaner and greener Sydenham

Sydenham Arts Festival £2,500 for WW1 Centenary

Sydenham Community Library £450 - Music for under 5s
Hazel Grove Community Project £1,150 - youth project
Carers Lewisham £2,500 - lonely and isolated
Thorpes Residents Association £2,040 - security
Town Team £2,500 - Entertainment for market and Christmas
Town Steering Group £1,360 - jet washing hot spots

Twentythird Sydenham Assembly - Thursday 12 September 2013

We were joined by Tom Henry, London Borough of Lewisham Highways and Steve & Jim from JB Riney for a presentation on the progress on the improvement works as well as an update on phase 2 road works from Mayow Road to Addington Grove.

This was followed by Joost Van Well, the area Planning Officer talking about a number of planning issues including The Greyhound and enforcement. There was a discussion on the Consultation on the Statement of Community Involvement.

Carolyn Unsted, Sydenham School Headteacher gave a presentation on the improvements to the school.

The meeting then received a number of information items and agreed that the Coordinating Group would consider the priority areas for the £12,500 Sydenham Assembly Fund.

Twentysecond Sydenham Assembly - Tuesday 4 June 2013

The Assembly took place at the TNG - The New Generation Youth Centre in Wells Park Road. This was the first meeting in the new building and the young people were keen to showcase the new facilities.

We reviewed the existing priorities for Sydenham and came up with a revised list -

Bringing our community together

  • Ensuring the TNG - our new youth and community centre - offers intergeneration and intercultural activities for elders and youths
  • Volunteering and use of timebanking and time credits

Health, well-being and community safety

  • Improving the health of the community by increasing leisure activities and restricting sale of alcohol on a 24/7 basis as well as the number of takeaways
  • Responsible Retailers Agreement and Drinking Control Zone in the high street to tackle ASB with street drinkers receiving ASBO for 10 years

Vibrant high street

  • Successful bid for a Mary Portas pilot - community hub Jill opened at 27 Sydenham Road, pop up shops and monthly street markets on the last Sunday of the month from 10am - 4pm
  • Sydenham Mosaic and Street Art

Transport improvements

  • On site to improve Sydenham Road including Station Approach
  • More Countdown bus stops

Cleaner and greener Sydenham

  • Green flags for Sydenham Wells and Mayow Park - plus return of cricket; Outdoor gym at Home Park
  • Regular streep sweeping and jet washing of the new pavement