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by annabel mclaren
6 Apr 2006 21:48
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: Sydenham train station access
Replies: 14
Views: 11944

The opening of the side gate and the widening of the pixie-sized gate have been achieved by the Sydenham Society - after years of campaigning!
by annabel mclaren
6 Apr 2006 21:43
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: New Coffee Shop for Sydenham?
Replies: 25
Views: 27682

new coffee shop for sydenham

Hi Kster Do you have any details of the application? I look at all planning applications at the town hall on behalf of the Sydenham Society and I don't remember seeing an application for a coffee shop - I think it's something we desperately need! In answer to Back-ache - the shop you are thinking of...
by annabel mclaren
27 Mar 2006 11:29
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: Car vandalism - Second time victims
Replies: 9
Views: 8659

Dear Gillyjp What a horrible thing - you are quite right to call them low-life! However, these things do happen everywhere, and I'm sure you aren't being targeted. We've had eggs thrown at our house - and on Saturday night white paint was poured over the lower end of Kingsthorpe Rd - a neighbour spo...
by annabel mclaren
2 Dec 2005 12:23
Forum: Town Cafe
Topic: Hairdressers?
Replies: 6
Views: 6797

I like Over The Top - they've just moved from Kirkdale to the shop next to Somerfields. All their staff are really good - and very friendly too.
by annabel mclaren
8 Nov 2005 18:22
Forum: Town Cafe
Topic: Avoiding the Supermarkets
Replies: 3
Views: 4680

The greengrocers shop is lovely - people are terrific, and there is a good range of produce (they may not be 100% organic as in ED but they are definitely seasonal - for instance, they had all the different kinds of plums and greengages you could want thru September/October). Somerfields seem to be ...
by annabel mclaren
31 Oct 2005 11:37
Forum: Town Cafe
Topic: Loss of local shops
Replies: 3
Views: 4644

Hi Ella I think they are in a handover stage - the new owner (Stephen Mears, from the funeral directors opposite) told me that they are taking down the 'cage' structure - he said it made the place look like Beirut! When I spoke to him the Saturday before last he sounded very upbeat about the whole s...
by annabel mclaren
28 Oct 2005 17:49
Forum: Town Cafe
Topic: Loss of local shops
Replies: 3
Views: 4644

Do you mean the shop opposite the Dolphin (they used to be called the Flowersmith)? I heard last week that they have been taken over by Stephen Mears (who owns the monumental masons opposite) and they appeared to be flourishing! The florists near the station has closed - which was a shame as they we...
by annabel mclaren
27 Oct 2005 10:45
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: Your website
Replies: 6
Views: 7923

The Broadway Theatre in Catford (next to the town hall) has a great programme of indie and offbeat films - all for a fiver! Go to: www.broadwaytheatre.org.uk; you can park for free in the car park behind Laurence House in the evening - or catch the bus. It's a really good venue. And if you want to f...
by annabel mclaren
7 Oct 2005 08:39
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: Newlands Park development?
Replies: 4
Views: 5852

The shop formerly known as 'the Hempire' has been refused planning permission to convert to a restaurant - and I've noticed a 'to let' sign above their door... I just hope we don't get another pound shop! The installation of the extractor fan was part of their plan to become a restaurant.
by annabel mclaren
5 Oct 2005 08:51
Forum: Town Cafe
Topic: Greyhound Public House
Replies: 12
Views: 10935

We went there for lunch the other day - surprisingly nice! Relaxed and friendly and free papers too! The food is a bit predictable but the surroundings were greatly improved and the service was pretty good.
by annabel mclaren
30 Sep 2005 12:50
Forum: Town Cafe
Topic: New to town!!
Replies: 4
Views: 7241

Hi Ezza I think your nearest Bikram yoga class is north of the river - in Old Street, N1 (not too bad a journey back though on the tube and train). If you fancy Iyenga, yhere are two fantastic classes at LA Fitness - Saturday afternoon and Monday night, with a really brilliant teacher - always quite...
by annabel mclaren
23 Sep 2005 09:09
Forum: Town Cafe
Topic: Hairdressers - any recommendations?
Replies: 5
Views: 6764

Over the Top in Kirkdale is brilliant - some great cutters there! Next to Behind the Boxes, the Art Deco shop.
by annabel mclaren
12 Jul 2005 13:56
Forum: Town Cafe
Topic: Fava Beans
Replies: 12
Views: 15976

fava beans

are also known as broad beans! you can get them in season from the superb Fresh and Fruity, and Somerfields has them in cans - Well Being probably have them canned as well.
by annabel mclaren
12 Jul 2005 10:38
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: Thorpe Conservation Area
Replies: 12
Views: 14223

thorpes

Hi Charlie
I'll ask around! In the meantime, if anyone else has any good recommendations it would be great to hear about them.
by annabel mclaren
11 Jul 2005 17:05
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: Thorpe Conservation Area
Replies: 12
Views: 14223

Thorpes conservation area

In response to Graeme and David's inquiry - the Thorpe Estate became a conservation area in 2000 and shortly afterwards was given an Article 4 direction (which means that it benefits from fairly strict planning controls). In practice this means retention or refurbishment of the original windows and ...
by annabel mclaren
3 Jun 2005 16:42
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: The Greyhound - who is responsible?
Replies: 20
Views: 27258

The Greyhound

In response to Guest - the Sydenham Society spent years trying to get the Greyhound listed during the late 80s/early 90s, before the refurbishment which resulted in the pub being re-named the Fewterer and Firkin. Sadly English Heritage did not consider the interior to be good enough for listing - so...
by annabel mclaren
13 May 2005 16:55
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: White sofa
Replies: 0
Views: 3126

White sofa

A pristine two-seater white sofa has been dumped in Silverdale - just in front of the set of gates that have 'official' graffiti on them (about 5 mins walk from the station). Why go to DFS when a perfect settee is there for the taking!
by annabel mclaren
21 Apr 2005 11:44
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: Free personal care for the elderly
Replies: 1
Views: 3711

Free personal care for the elderly

I would like to know where the candidates stand on the issue of free personal care for the elderly and those with conditions such as early onset dementia. This has already been implemented in Scotland and was recommended by the Sutherland Commission in 1999.
by annabel mclaren
18 Apr 2005 17:19
Forum: Town Cafe
Topic: Restaurant
Replies: 3
Views: 5283

Restaurants

Cafe La, near to Finches on Perry Vale, at the back of Forest Hill Station, is brilliant - formerly the rather eccentric Foret des Amis, it is now a cool, contemporary Indian restaurant with quite individual food and outstanding decor and ambience. Go now before it gets too busy!
by annabel mclaren
18 Apr 2005 17:07
Forum: Town Cafe
Topic: Yoga Class in or around Sydenham
Replies: 3
Views: 5577

Yoga classes in and around Sydenham

Sydenham has some brilliant yoga classes - and, in particular, some excellent Iyengar teachers! On Saturday afternoons (3-4.30) and Monday evenings (8.30-10) you can do a brilliant class at LAFitness in Kirkdale with Dorothy Richard Evans (check with them, but I don't think you have to be a member a...