• Beckenham held

    Beckenham Town 0-0 Hythe Town Kent Premier Division BECKENHAM dropped two vital points in their quest for promotion against Hythe Town, writes Ian Muir. Despite having nearly all the possession Beckenham could not turn the advantage into goals.

  • Os up to second

    Belvedere 0 v 2 Orpington British Energy Kent County League, Division 1 (West) AN EARLY start and a journey through south London traffic did not deter the Os from their task of gaining three points and moving to second in the league, writes Phil Alder

  • Gorilla for the kids

    AN URBAN Gorilla is inviting youngsters to take up the challenge of jusutsu. Purple belt teacher Adam Edwards returned from the Urban Gorillas Competition in Sheffield with a silver medal. The 22-year-old from Essex runs a Brazilian jusutsu class out

  • Hit-and-run ruins perfect start to season but Sean will be back

    JUST two weeks before the start of the British Motor Cycle Racing Club (BMCRC) Clubman 400 motorbike championship, disaster struck for one rider. Postman Sean Clarke had to sit out the opening rounds at Brands Hatch last weekend after becoming the victim

  • Cracking dress rehearsal promises much for semis

    Billericay Town 2 v 2 Bromley Ryman Premier THE dress-rehearsal for last night's Westview League Cup semi-final first leg was a classic game of two halves with Billericay Town dominating the first period and Bromley surging back in the second, writes

  • Guildford too strong for Becks

    Guildford 34 v 14 Becks Rugby Union London 2 South League BECKENHAM travelled tosecond-placed Guildford determined to return to winning ways and put their season back on track. The visitors started well pressurising Guildford from the kick off with

  • Our man Friday owes debt to Bromley RFC for his success

    THE man in charge of England's medal hopes in the Melbourne Commonwealth Games rugby sevens, says he owes a great debt to Bromley RFC. Mike Friday spent his formative years at the club and he believes rugby plays a vital role in nurturing new talent

  • Palace stoked to stay in play-offs

    Stoke City 1 v 3 Crystal Palace Coca-Cola Championship For more pictures, click on Palace Pictures CRYSTAL Palace strenghtened their place in the Championship play-offs, with a fine victory at mid-table Stoke City. Goals from Jobi McAnuff, Andy

  • Selhurst Shout

    NORRIS NO GO: Plymouth manager Tony Pulis has dismissed rumours linking midfielder David Norris with a move to either Norwich or Crystal Palace. Reports in the weekend newspapers suggested the 25-year-old could transfer to one of their Championship

  • Livers rescues Lions

    Ipswich Town 1 v 1 Millwall Coca-Cola Championship DAVE Tuttle praised his battling Lions after Dave Livermore's 85th-minute leveller secured a valuable point at Ipswich Town. He told the club's official website: "In the first 10 minutes Ipswich

  • Next time Jack lifts a cup might be at Twickenham

    LONDON Leisure College (LLC) will be gracing Twickenham in the final of the Daily Mail under-18 Vase. The Greenwich-based outfit trounced their Derbyshire opponents in the semi-final to set up a meeting with Lymm High School of Cheshire. At a windy

  • New Den News

    CO-EDITOR of fanzine No One Likes Us Keith McKay tells it how it is: It's the hope I can't stand is the name of a famous Sunderland football fanzine but it's also a phrase pertinent to Millwall fans right now. At one stage on Saturday we were five

  • Stick about, you could be off to the US

    A GROUP of stick-fighters are on the verge of representing Great Britain in the World Championships after performing well in the British Open last weekend. The five martial arts experts from Dartford and Orpington will learn their fate later this week

  • Fleet fall as season starts to peter out

    York City 1 v 0 Fleet Nationwide Conference DEFENDER James Dudgeon scored the winner against Gravesend as York maintained their play-off push with a sixth successive victory. Dudgeon rose highest to head home his sixth goal of the season from Darren

  • Daish's Diary

    As I write these notes, we are still recovering from our defeat at York. This was a game in which, based on our second half performance, I feel we should have come away from with a point. Our performance against Hereford disappointed me. We went ahead

  • Dartfordians lose out again to Chi’

    Dartfordians 7 v 17 Chichester London 3 South East IN MUDDY conditions Darts welcomed Chichester to the Memorial Ground knowing a win was a must. The home side started well and were forcing their opponents onto the back foot. Early on John Bucksey

  • Blackfen gymnasts show grit

    GYMNASTS have been swinging, spinning and jumping to represent London at the National Regional Finals next month. Eleven boys from Blackfen Gymnastic Club won a place at the finals by beating gymnasts from other London-based clubs at the National Development

  • Charlton win FA Cup dress rehearsal

    Charlton 2 v 1 Middlesbrough Barclays Premiership For more pictures, click on Charlton Pictures WHILE Darren Bent's double strike sank next week's FA Cup opponents, the football fraternity was more interested in Alan Curbishley. Speculation over

  • Harriers winners

    AT THE Kent County Inddor Track and Field Championships, Dartford Harriers' athletes enjoyed a decent medal haul. Under-20s Chloe Hurley-Gale retained her ladies 60m hurdles title while Megan Edwards in the under-17 triple jump and Tim Billings in the

  • Team not expected to get past round one prepares for semis

    Burnt Ash 2nd XI 1 v 0 Bournemouth 2nd XI Hockey Association 2nd XI Trophy Quarter-Finals BURNT Ash's 2nd XI have continued their giant killing as they march to the Hockey Association Trophy final. A Chris Waight penalty corner on 20 minutes was

  • Jenkins: We had enough chances to score seven

    Cray Wanderers 0 v 1 Ramsgate Ryman Division One For more pictures, click on Non-League Pictures CRAY and their supporters will be wondering how they lost this game after having so many chances to score, writes Jerry Dowlen. But having struck

  • Ace tennis stars get shot at top cup

    KENT Tennis Club's young stars will be competing for the top prize in under-18 club competition after a whitewash of the opposition in a qualification group. Nine players beat Leicestershire, Warwickshire and Hertfordshire to win promotion from Group

  • Swimmers prepare to conquer Europe and then whole world

    A GROUP of swimmers and their coach will be gracing the first-ever Special Olympic European Youth Games in Italy. Caroline Gray is taking Peter Faitful, Joseph Pechiuch, Sarah-Louise Casey and Laura Mitchell to Rome after their success in the UK caught

  • Chequers, Southborough Lane, Bickley

    Drink 4/5 Decor 4/5 Food 2/5 Price 4/5 Atmosphere 3/5 Staff 3/5 IT IS nearly two years since I last paid a visit to this place and it's safe to say, not a lot has changed.The Chequers is, and always will be, a proper pub. Everything from the wooden

  • News in brief

    SAFETY FIRST: Details of how Safer Neighbourhoods policing will be rolled out across the borough from April 1, will be outlined at the next meeting of the Bexley Police/Community Consultative Group at the civic offices in Bexleyheath Broadway on March

  • Leisure staff help keep kids safe

    A NEW scheme has been launched to try and keep children more secure when using Bexley's leisure facilities. Leisure Watch, a joint venture between Bexley Council, the police and Parkwood Leisure which manages Bexley's leisure centres, trains staff

  • Lads of the dance

    A SHOW is celebrating the results of a scheme to get more young men to get involved with dance. Pick up the Pace is a three-year project run by Greenwich dance school Laban, and involves classes and activities with schools and youth groups. The gala

  • Cash gets lake looking great

    THOUSANDS of pounds have been spent on improvements to Bexley's premier lake in time for the summer. Cash, provided by outside bodies, has paid for the work which will improve water quality in Danson lake in Danson Park, Welling, and improve fishing

  • News in brief

    ICT AWARD: St Paulinus CofE Primary School, Iron Mill Lane, Crayford, has become one of the first schools in the country to receive the new ICT mark for its use of Information and Communication Technology. The mark is given by the Government's British

  • Shops fined after selling spray paint to 13-year-old

    TWO shops have been fined for selling spray paint to under-16s. Chastilian Motors, Parsonage Manorway, Belvedere, and Michael Biggs, a partner in Brampton Motors, Brampton Road, Bexleyheath, pleaded guilty to the offence under the Anti-Social Behaviour

  • Helping quake victims

    A BUSINESSMAN man is appealing to people to donate unwanted sewing and knitting machines, carpentry or petrol-driven tools to the victims of the Pakistan earthquake. Dilawaiz Khan of Pembroke Road, Erith, has been involved with charity work for his native

  • Arresting trip for Brownies

    GIRLS from a Belvedere Brownie pack were treated to a tour around Bexleyheath police station as a treat for gaining their crime prevention badge. The 1st Belvedere Pack was given the tour by Police Community Support Office Jay Worrall who did the assessment

  • The joke’s on you — I’m not really dead!

    A SELF-CONFESSED practical joker is throwing a funeral party for himself. David Greig decided to hold his own wake after becoming concerned none of his friends would survive to see him off. The 83-year-old former fusilier belongs to several different

  • Death not related to weight drug

    A CORONER has said there was no evidence to link the death of a 35-year-old man with the weight- reducing drug he was taking. Lawrence Yeowell was found dead in his bed in Jacob House, Kale Road, Thamesmead, by his parents on September 23 last year.

  • Time runs out for mast control bill

    A PARLIAMENTARY bill to introduce tighter controls on mobile phone masts, backed by hundreds of Bexley residents, has run out of time in the House of Commons. The Telecommunications Mast (Planning Consent) Bill was a Private Members Bill proposed by

  • Festival searching for new royal recruits

    THE hunt is on to find this year's Sidcup Festival queen and her two princesses. This year's festival is being held in the town centre on May 27 and promises a street market, live music and children's entertainers. Festival queen hopefuls must be aged

  • Evacuees enjoying slice of the action

    Evacuees got together to reminisce about their wartime exploits and to celebrate the 10th birthday of their association. They met up at the Holy Redeemer Church in Days Lane, Blackfen, to talk about old times and enjoy a slice of birthday cake. The

  • Users’ confusion at changing roadworks

    PEOPLE living near a major road scheme say drivers and pedestrians are facing huge confusion due to the ever-changing roadworks. Residents of the CDS estate, next to Thames Road, Crayford, say work to reconfigure the large roundabout at the end of Perry

  • Centre’s surprise for lucky gym visitor

    IT has only been open for nine months but already the leisure centre at Crook Log, Bexleyheath, has welcomed its 500,000th visitor since the Queen opened it in July last year. A surprised Wesley Smith, 52, from Bexley, who uses the centre's gym at least

  • Having say about NHS is no joke

    MENTAL health is no laughing matter, which is why former psychiatric nurse Jo Brand is helping to support the cause. The South London and Maudsley NHS Trust is inviting residents to become members to help develop and run its services. The trust provides

  • Taxing times

    ACCORDING to the media, council tax bills are set to rise by double the rate of inflation. If no-one complains this time, what will be the increase next year? This is happening because the Government is not giving councils a big enough grant even though

  • Step up

    I FREQUENTLY use the footpath from the bottom of Bark Hart Road to Lych Gate Road to get to the Sports Centre/High Street and when I do I take a shortcut through a hole in the railings. At least 50 per cent of the people using this footpath seem to be

  • Money maker

    WITH regard to the bus lane in Cray Avenue. All it is to Bromley Council is a good way to make money. I myself have had two £50 fines over a period of two weeks with no recourse, I had no choice but to pay up. Why can't this bus lane be the same as

  • Plot of Shakespeare play lost in a storm

    Theatre Review THIS production of The Tempest is a mish mash of musical theatre, mime and straight acting. I would hazard a guess if you did not know the plot of Shakespeare's last play, you would be none the wiser after having seen this version. Does


    GEMMA ROLFE 14th March 1991 - 19th May 2003 In loving memory of a beautiful daughter on her 15th birthday. The largest rainbow and brightest star. Missed so very much, love you forever. Mum, Dad 2 & Kye X X X.


    In Loving Memory of TERENCE BERNARD DINEEN and KEVIN TERENCE DINEEN Remembering you both with love and sadness always. God bless you both. R.I.P. Betty, Mark, Ann & Martin.


    ANGELA CALLAGHAN 12/3/47 - 27/9/03 MISSING YOU MUM Especially on your Birthday. Love Ya Tracey, Paul & Boys Caroline, Jeff & Kids X X X X.


    NICKY WHITBREAD 16th March 1983 23 years away from home. Love and remembered always. Mum, Ceri, Andy and Families X X X.


    In Loving Memory of DOUGLAS HOLLEY Who peacefully passed away on 17th March 2000. Happy memories forever in our hearts. All our love Paula Linda Neil Joan and family xxx .


    DAVID ANTHONY CURTIN 4.9.52-4.11.02 born Kilmallock Co. Limerick JOHANNAH PARKER NEE LONG 21.10.14-18.12.03 born Clonbanin Co. Cork. My heart aches with sadness, tears often flow, what it meant to lose you, no-one will ever know. My love always, Your


    In Loving Memory of MARY DELANEY A devoted Wife and Mother, died March 16th 1989. "We cannot bring the old days back, but memories live forever." Mick, Jean, Brendan, Eamonn, Oonagh, Erinna.


    DENNIS LINSCOTT 19/8/54-17/3/02 Forever in our hearts, Love Mum & Dad xx x.


    BRIAN MAUGHAN 15.03.2001 5 yrs have passed, Love & miss you so much, God Bless, Marjory, David & Peter, Valerie & family x x x x x.


    In Loving Memory of DANNY WHALIN I think about you every day And miss you very much I miss your smiles and laughter Also your great big hugs. Love Mum and Terry x x.


    In Loving Memory of my Darling Husband ALEX WAKEFIELD Who passed away on 3rd March 2006. If I could have one lifetime wish, A dream that would come true. I'd pray to God with all my heart, For yesterday with you. Your loving wife Mary XXXXXX DAD & GRANDAD


    RON BEDWORTH 15th March 2005 We love and miss you so much. God Bless Wife Betty & all the family X X.


    In Loving Memory of DORIS JOAN HOWELL 18.6.1919 - 14.3.2005 1st Anniversary Much-loved Mum of Linda, Susan and David. Grandmother of 6, Great-Grandmother of 11 and Great-Great-Grandmother of Megan. Sadly missed by all the family, but forever in our thoughts


    IN MEMORY OF HAROLD ANDREWS Who died on the 18/3/2005 Devoted Husband & Dad, Grandad and Great Grandad. Softly the tears of memories fall Gently we gather and treasure them all Unseen, unheard but always near Still loved, still missed, still very dear


    AUBREY (DAVE) DAVIES Formerly of Dartford Pet Store. Passed away March 5th in Faversham Cottage Hospital. Donations to Faversham Cottage Hospital.


    EVA CHARLES Passed away peacefully on 1st March in Lewisham Hospital. The Funeral will take place on 16th March at 2.30pm at the Lewisham Crematorium, Verdant Lane, Hither Green, afterwards 138 Manwood Road.


    In Loving Memory of ELSIE KIT' BAILEY former teacher at Marian Vian Primary School, Beckenham from 1933-1975, died peacefully at home on Friday 10th February 2006 aged 93 years. Funeral will take place on Monday 20th March 2006. Service to be held at


    REMEMBERING OUR WONDERFUL HUSBAND, DAD, AND GRAMPS on his 70th Birthday MARTIN EDMUND METSON 14/3/1936 - 11/9/2004 Our lives could never be the same now that you're not here to fill the emptiness in our hearts. No one could ever come near. Forever in


    In loving memory of PAUL TAYLOR Our dearly beloved son and much loved brother who fell asleep on the 14th March 1992 aged 22 years. To lose you, Paul, broke our hearts in two, Because we all thought the world of you. Beautiful memories we will always


    In Loving Memory of my dear Wife WENDY JOYCE BROAD 25th December 1945 - 20th March 2003 Always loved always remembered. A truly lovely lady who is so sadly missed by her family and friends. Love you forever Wendy. Your loving Husband Ray X X X.


    In Loving Memory of BRITTANIA DAISY DEAKINS Brit passed away March 4th 2006. A loving Mum & Nan who will be missed by many! Don & Janine, Andy and Debbie, Lawrence, Matthew, Emma, Hannah. X X X X X X X X


    EDWIN SIEGFRIED Sadly passed away peacefully at home on 10th March 2006. Interment will take place on Tuesday 21st March at 2.30pm in Chislehurst Cemetery. Our very special Dad and Grandad. Will be missed so much by his Daughters, Grandchildren, family


    GRACE EILEEN WOOLLETT wife of the late Richard Bruce Woollett who passed away 3rd March 2006 aged 100. The funeral service takes place on Monday 20th March 2006 at Eltham Crematorium at 1.30pm. She will be sadly missed by her daughter Thelma and family


    In Loving Memory of BETTY MORGAN Who died on 6th of March 2006, aged 77. Funeral to be held at St Thomas Mores Catholic Church, Long Lane, Bexleyheath 0n 21st March 2006 at 10:30. In preference to flowers and in recognition for the kindness and quality


    DOUGLAS BURR Aged 86 years. Sadly passed away 4th March. Known to many as Akela, 15th Bromley Cub Pack. Donations in Douglas's memory will be for a memorial bench at St. George's Church, Bickley. Chques to be made payable to Bickley P.c.c. c/o Francis


    PHYLLIS WIDDOWS Passed away Peacefully on 5th March 2006. A funeral service will be held at Eltham Crematorium on 17th March at 11.45am. All who knew Phyllis are welcome to attend. Donations, to benefit local, caring Charities are preferred to either


    In Loving Memory of a Darling Wife and a Special Mum and Nan. EILEEN DRURY who Fell Asleep on 19th March 2003 Nothing loved is ever lost, And you were loved so much Loving Husband Tom, Trev, Andy, Chris, Nikki and Wayne. x x


    We are deeply saddened to announce the death of ALASTAIR MILLER on 5th March 2006. The Funeral service is to be held Monday 20th March, 12.30pm, Christ Church, Bexleyheath, The Broadway. Family Flowers only, donations to the British Heart Foundation,


    ANNOUNCEMENT In loving memory of JAMES JOSEPH SLAWSON who passed away peacefully on 1st March 2006 aged 78. God bless from wife Betty and family.


    ALBERT DODDS (Bert) 8th February 1940 - 2nd March 2006. Sadly lost his fight to cancer. A courageous, unique man - who touched a lot of hearts. Anyone wishing to say goodbye, funeral at Eltham Crematorium 24th March, 2.30pm. Donations to Ellenor Foundation

  • Facing facts

    AFTER the scandals surrounding the Liberal Democrats they have elected a new leader. But the Lib Dems face many barriers over the next few years. The main challenge is they need to re-invent themselves as a credible party. As long as they remain soft

  • We must read Bible in context

    THE words put into the mouth of God by Leslie Waller (News Shopper, February 22) are not to be found in any bible translation I have consulted. I think Mr Waller is confusing two Hebrew words, Toevah, translated as abomination and Zimah, meaning wrong

  • Are airport bills really soaring?

    I WISH to respond to Peter Lonergan, airport director of Biggin Hill Airport (News Shopper, February 22) who wishes to swell his coffers even more by attempting to obtain longer operating hours and introducing heavier jets. The airport pays a mere £68,000

  • Jogger should read road code

    THIS letter is aimed at the female jogger running down Bromley Common towards Bromley on the afternoon of February 16 at around 5pm. I approached the junction of Magpie Hall Lane and Bromley Common from the direction of the golf course, stopping my motorcycle

  • Car crisis not staff’s fault

    FURTHER to the many letters in News Shopper on the subject of staff parking in the streets around the Princess Royal University Hospital, Farnborough I would like to defend the staff. While I can appreciate the feelings of residents, I take offence

  • Angry at supporting ‘pointless existence’

    BRIAN Dawe of Mottingham has highlighted yet another injustice in the use of the council tax, threatening to return his war medals in protest (News Shopper, February 22). All my life I have marvelled at the stupidity which says there is some advantage

  • No benefits for Bromley

    I HAVE every sympathy for Brian Dawe and his feelings about paying for the Olympics (Pensioner Wants To Fight 2012 Tax, News Shopper, February 22). We should not have to make any contribution towards the cost. Most Olympic Games have actually lost money

  • Children’s pastoral care is improving

    I READ with interest Shooting From The Lip (News Shopper) February 22 by Laura-Jane Filotrani, where she expressed concern about the move away from pastoral care in schools. I agree learning cannot take place if there are underlying social and pastoral

  • Extremists against police recruitment

    EXTREMISTS are criticising fellow Muslims who join the police describing it as an act of betrayal against Islamic law. Usman Ali and other members of the Woolwich Mosque community are rallying against the Metropolitan Police's latest drive to get more

  • Tracing last movements

    POLICE have identified a man who was found dead in the street. Ragbir Singh Chahal, 30, was found dead in Old Mill Road, Plumstead, at 10pm on March 3. A post-mortem examination revealed he died from head injuries. He had been living in the Plumstead

  • Murdered man found at home

    A MAN murdered at his home in Plumstead has been identified by police. Kevin Beckingham, 35, was found dead at his flat in Nithdale Road at 10.45am on March 7. A post-mortem examination held the following day confirmed he died from stab wounds to his

  • Held at gunpoint during robbery

    AN APPEAL for information has been launched by police following an armed robbery at a shop. Officers were called to Argos, Peninsular Park Road, Charlton, at 6.15am on March 6, after two black men forced their way into the building. As one staff member

  • Hitting road for charity

    A FATHER of an autistic boy is gearing up to take a 1,440-mile sponsored quad-bike ride to say thank you to a charity. When Sean Murray discovered his seven-year-old son Liam had autism in 2004 the family turned to the National Autistic Society for

  • News In Brief

    LANDLORDS: Greenwich and Lewisham's private landlords can attend a meeting on Friday which will outline changes to housing legislation which will be coming into effect in April. The event will be held at the Lewisham Civic Suite, Catford Road, from 9.15am

  • Council defends centre spending

    COUNCIL bosses accused of being "morally wrong" for allocating housing funds on improving the Civic Centre have defended their plans. The opposition Conservative group at Gravesham Council criticised proposals to put £876,000, raised through the right-to-buy

  • Increase in knives

    KNIFE crime in the borough has risen by 11 per cent, according to the latest Met Police figures. Between last April to January this year, 422 incidents of knife crime were recorded compared to 379 for the same period last year. Leader of the London

  • News in brief

    YOUTH GUILTY: A 17-year-old Downham youth admitted possession of an offensive weapon and affray at Camberwell Green Youth Court on March 9. Charges of threatening to kill and false imprisonment were withdrawn. He received a six-month referral order which

  • Week of activities for women

    WOMEN enjoyed getting fit as part of celebrations for International Women's Week. Celebrations took place across Lewisham from March 4 to March 11. The borough played host to a number of music and arts events last week including a performance of Vagina

  • Schools miss out on funds for rebuilding

    PLANS to rebuild two primary schools have fallen through due to a lack of funds. Ashmead, Childeric, Downderry and Gordon Brock primary schools were part of a £69m Private Finance Initiative (PFI) programme. The cash comes from a private consortium

  • Surgeries get to ‘heart of issues’

    HEALTH-CARE users are set to be given the chance to have their say on the services they use. Greenwich's Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) Forums are to start holding regular surgeries, where patients can air their views on health facilities. The

  • Murder appeal leads to arrest

    A 17-YEAR-OLD youth has been charged with the murder of a carer. The teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is accused of killing Simon Pearse in Rushey Green, Catford, on July 30 last year. Mr Pearse, 45, suffered a fractured skull after

  • Readers battle for quiz crown

    YOUNG bookworms pitted their wits against each other during a test of their literary knowledge. Teams from seven schools in Lewisham took part in the annual Schools' Book Challenge, held at Lewisham Civic Suite. The teams had to answer 80 questions

  • Residents happy with refuse work

    RESIDENTS have given a council the thumbs-up on rubbish but the thumbs-down on crime in an annual survey. Greenwich Council's residents' survey reveals eight out of ten people are happy with refuse collection in the borough. More than 70 per cent of

  • Council in war on gum crime

    COUNCIL chiefs are trying to avoid a sticky situation, by signing up to a national crackdown on chewing gum. Lewisham Council is one of 15 authorities across the country to pledge its support to the Chewing Gum Action Group. The group was formed two

  • Planners set to reject Yellow firm’s proposal

    A MULTINATIONAL company hoping to build a yellow-bricked warehouse on a "prime" residential site is set to have its seventh application rejected. Planning bosses look likely to confirm it will be unlucky seven for The Big Yellow Self Storage Company,

  • London Bubble's domestic drama

    FOLLOW the actors from room to room in an intimate drama staged in a private home. Cutting-edge theatre company London Bubble has devised a new play, entitled My Home, which is touring houses and flats in London. The play is coming to a home in Sidcup

  • Community theatre: Chalkfoot

    A LANDMARK, darkly comic novel of Edwardian poverty and luxury is recreated on stage. Robert Tressell's The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists is being staged at Southfleet Village Hall on Friday and in Higham next week. The 100-year-old novel was voted

  • Forum develops community links

    A COMMUNITY forum has been developed to discover what is available in the area and to enable closer working between groups. Anyone who works within the community of Northfleet North is inviting to the first meeting on Thursday at 9.30am. The meeting

  • Chance to snap up collectables

    ENTHUSIASTS got a chance to scour more than 80 stalls offering collectors goods at a toy and train fair. The fair was held on Sunday at Leigh City Technology College, Green Street Green Road, Dartford, with collectable items including toy buses, soldiers

  • Pupils take time to vote in guardian

    STUDENTS got a taste of democracy with their own leadership battle to become head girl of their school. Cobham Hall School in Cobham has a student management team made up of a head girl, dubbed the guardian, two deputies, and four house captains. Candidates

  • Survey complete for split decision

    ONLY a third of a ward's residents voted in favour of a proposed split from the town council. Sevenoaks District Council has revealed the findings of the survey which will decide whether the ward of Hextable can break away from Swanley Town Council.

  • Promotion to get kids into books

    A LIBRARY will crown its cutest babies and toddlers as part of a promotion aiming to get children aged under four reading. Gravesend Library, Windmill Street, Gravesend, used a professional photographer to snap the children as part of the Baby Bookcrawl

  • News in brief

    FESTIVAL DAY: The Association of Gravesham Youth Organisations has a festival on March 27 at Woodville Halls, Windmill Street, Gravesend. Volunteers with the Scouts, are needed. Call 07786 191703. STORE WORK: The owner of the Aldi store, St Mary's

  • Campaign wants to see extra Crossrail station

    BUSINESS leaders and an MP are heading a campaign to bring a Crossrail station to Woolwich. The current route for the Crossrail line, which will link west and east London, currently includes a station at Abbey Wood but not at Woolwich. But now Greenwich

  • 127 ways jail can improve

    A NEW report has criticised the treatment of Muslim inmates at Belmarsh Prison. Anne Owers, the chief inspector of prisons, says there is evidence of bullying at the Category A jail in Western Way, Thamesmead. Her report also claims prison officers

  • Residents’ booze views made clear

    FED-UP residents who went to war on underage drinkers say they are winning their battle. Members of the Mottingham Residents' Association feared their village was becoming a haven for teenage boozers, terming it the "drink capital of south London".

  • £100,000 for poor treatment

    THE friend who was with Stephen Lawrence on the night the black teenager was murdered has received £100,000 damages from the police. Duwayne Brooks, 30, has been given the payout by Scotland Yard following complaints he made about his treatment by the

  • Talent-filled day with the YMCA

    A TALENT competition was held in a bid to bring together young people from different housing estates. More than 30 acts auditioned to win a part in the final of the Unity in the Community project, organised by Dartford YMCA. Each performance was assessed

  • Belting out hits to help hospital

    A PERFORMING arts student is hoping to play to a packed house to raise money for a hospital. Shane Hampsheir, 17, is rehearsing for the show at the Mick Jagger Centre, Shepherds Lane, Dartford. The keen musician, who has been playing guitar for the

  • Improved service must be delivered

    ELTHAM MP Clive Efford is calling on postal chiefs to improve services at the town's only main post office. Since it was taken over by private firm Shieldex last month, customers at Eltham post office have complained about poor service. Too few staff

  • Jolly good time for all at Irish Festival

    HUNDREDS of residents lined the streets and enjoyed the craic at a St Patrick's Day celebration. Visitors to Lewisham town centre were treated to traditional Irish music and dancing as the St Patrick's parade came to town. The annual parade kicked off

  • Allotment holders plot to hold on to their land

    ALLOTMENT holders are continuing the fight to save their 75-year-old plots. More than 250 residents have signed a petition objecting to plans to evict plotholders from St Norbert's Allotments in Brockley. Last month News Shopper reported how landowner

  • Homes ‘transformed’ with national scheme

    TENANTS heard how "dynamic improvements" are set to transform their homes. Around 150 tenants and leaseholders attended the annual Tenants' Conference at Lewisham Town Hall on Saturday. Visitors heard more about the Decent Homes scheme, which will see

  • Joining together to create new centre

    HOSPICES in the area have a sparkling new training facility for staff and volunteers thanks to donations from the public. The McGrath Centre is a joint project between the Lions Hospice, Coldharbour Road, Gravesend, and The Ellenor Foundation, East Hill

  • Brushing up on art knowledge

    SPAIN'S most famous artists will be the topic of discussion at a talk for art history lovers. The techniques, compositions and themes of work by Goya and Picasso will all be part of the morning debate at the Rainbow Centre, Rose Street, Northfleet, on

  • Planning ahead for roadworks

    A PUBLIC meeting will discuss transport plans for the next year in Gravesham, including the scheme to widen the A2. The Kent County Council (KCC) Gravesham Local Board meeting will be held at Istead Rise Community Centre, Worcester Close, Gravesend,

  • News In Brief

    PHONE TAKEN: A 30-year-old man was punched in the stomach and pushed against a wall in Coopers Road, Northfleet, before teenagers stole his mobile phone. The boy who stole the phone ran off towards Perry Street. He is described as white, aged between

  • Make friends at pop-in parlour

    A CHURCH is opening its doors to the community to provide drop-in entertainment and company for pensioners. From March 20, St Barnabas Church, Tile Kiln Lane, Joydens Wood, will be holding a pop-in parlour each Monday. Residents will be able to drop

  • Funds needed to complete centre

    A NEW £750,000 training and employment centre for adults with learning disabilities needs a final cash injection before it opens its doors. Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley Mencap has been raising funds to launch Peppercorns since 2004. Refurbishment

  • Chapel opens for charity fundraiser

    VISITORS can visit a 13th-century chapel and watch a display of Morris dancing at an open garden event for charity. Dartford-based Ellenor Shining Lights, which provides help for children with life-threatening illnesses, has announced its first open

  • Art exhibition: Stella Ahmed

    AN EXHIBITION of pastels and etchings by one of the area's long-established artists is on display at Bromley Central Library. Stella Ahmed taught art at schools in the borough for many years, after graduating from Chelsea Art School in the 1960s. Her

  • Tables turned on orchestra

    A LEGENDARY composer's grandson and a top DJ have come together to create a ground-breaking Concerto for Turntables and Orchestra. Anyone curious to discover a new music genre can hear the first-ever public performance of this ambitious project in Blackheath

  • That's life

    RAGARDING the article Report Is A Whitewash (News Shopper, February 1), of course the New School Campaign criticised the independent report. The campaign's sole aim is to have a new school in the north of the borough, and the report does not support

  • Civic duty

    MISMANAGEMENT at Lewisham Council is regularly reported, but how does it get away with it? How can the chief executive officer of Lewisham Council fairly investigate his own employer? Look at our borough, our streets and ask yourself where the council

  • Fighting fouling in front garden

    ALONG the street where I live there is dog mess and since I live in a cul-de-sac the offending dogs must live in our road. Mine is the only house where dogs have not fouled outside on the footpath. I don't have a gate to shut them out so they foul on

  • Let’s go green

    HURRAH for the blue bins in which we can put our recyclables. It was always difficult to take the bottles, plastic and paper to the communal areas, especially on public transport. Now Greenwich Council has given us a bin to keep just outside our door

  • Pensioner’s 2012 anger is justified

    BRIAN Dawe of Mottingham has certainly highlighted yet another injustice in the use of the council tax, threatening to return his war medals in protest (Pensioner wants To Fight 2012 Tax, News Shopper, March 1). All my life I have marvelled at the stupidity

  • Team to warn shoppers of tuberculosis dangers

    SHOPPERS are to be targeted by a team of health workers raising awareness about tuberculosis (TB). Last year, 39 people in Dartford and Gravesham were treated for the respiratory illness. As part of World TB Day, a team from the Dartford, Gravesham

  • Volunteers needed for carnival

    A QUEEN has been chosen to lead a carnival but organisers still need to find more performers and helpers. Preparations for this year's Northfleet Carnival on July 1 are well under way. Tijana Micunovic has been chosen as the 40th carnival queen and

  • Marked success of bike security visit

    THERE was extra protection for cyclists from Beths Grammar School in Bexley Village when staff invited the neighbourhood police to security mark their bikes. The school, in Hartford Road, encourages pupils to cycle to school to improve their fitness

  • Acting to protect open-air events

    BEXLEY Council is being forced to act to protect large-scale events held in the borough's parks and open spaces from huge extra bills. The new Licensing Act has changed the rules for Bexley Council and other groups who host events in public spaces, and

  • Roadworks for new speed table

    WORK has begun on a new road layout at the junction of Danson Lane and Danson Crescent, Welling, after consultation with residents. The work, which should be finished by the end of this week, will include the installation of a speed table across the

  • Centre visits for officers

    POLICE Community Support Officers in Belvedere are trying to build relationships with youngsters by dropping in on them at the community centre in Mitchell Close. Officers visit every third Monday to talk about safety, anti-social behaviour and to get

  • Appeal for volunteers

    VOLUNTEERS are needed for Bexley's home library service which visits 200 homes every month for people who are housebound. Run jointly by the borough's library service and the Women's Royal Voluntary Service, it provides contact with the outside world

  • Support growing for family’s campaign

    NEWS Shopper's Justice for Paul campaign is continuing to go from strength to strength So far we have received more than 700 signatures of support. But we do not want to stop there. We need your help to hit the 1,000 mark. Orpington toddler Paul Gallagher

  • Display in pole position at gallery

    MOTOR-MAD artist Brian Casey is the latest to display his work at the Drayman Gallery in Bexleyheath Broadway. Mr Casey, 47, from Erith, has been following motorsport since he was a boy and has managed to turn his hobby into a full-time job. He used

  • To The Point

    GAMES DISCOUNT?: Over the past two months, I have read with great interest many letters for and against Londoners having to pay a levy with no choice towards the cost of the 2012 Olympics. As a Londoner having to pay this levy for many years to come,

  • Getting to clinic is tough work

    I RECENTLY had to send my doctor's surgery an update of my five-year-old's immunisation injections and was amazed to hear we still have to travel to Erith or Bexleyheath if our children or babies need their jabs. We used to have a very nice health visitor

  • Fine time after church service

    ON FEBRUARY 22 I went to collect my young daughters from a Brownies and Guides Thinking Day service at Christ Church, Erith. When I arrived it was pretty chaotic with parents and cars everywhere. I drove to the far end of Christchurch Avenue before

  • Unhappy about parking ticket

    IT SEEMS our council is so intent on raising revenue it keeps thinking of new ways to obtain funds. My wife parked in the disabled car park by Asda the other week and returned to find she had a parking ticket. This car park is for disabled drivers

  • From pillar to lamppost

    I WOULD like to warn people who are thinking of having a kerb cross-over put in front of their house in the Bexley area. I contacted the council late September requesting the job to be done. I then realised the lamppost would have to be moved and agreed

  • Pupils need support staff

    I READ with interest the article by Laura-Jane Filotrani, where she expressed concern about the move away from pastoral care in schools (Social Skills Matter As Much As Exams, News Shopper, February 22). I completely agree learning cannot take place

  • Fond memories of Try Angle Awards

    IWOULD like to express my appreciation and gratitude to everyone involved in making my visit to Crayford Town Hall such a memorable and happy occasion. I attended the Try Angle Awards on February 23 to celebrate the achievements of young people in the

  • Chemists open on Sunday, March 19

    NORTH BEXLEY, BARNEHURST, ERITH & THAMESMEAD Spadeground Chemist, 11 Picardy Street, Belvedere. 6pm to 7pm. Safeway, 2 Twin Tumps Way, Thamesmead. 10am to 4pm. 7 Day Chemist, 175a Bellegrove Road, Welling. 9am to 11pm. NCC Chemist, CWS Store, 71-79