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Lewisham Central Community First – FUNDING deadline extended to 19 January

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on January 6, 2014 at 4:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Lewisham Central Ward Community First



Lewisham Central Ward Community First has extended the deadline for applications to its funding programme. The extended deadline for applications is 19 January, 5pm, 2014.



To apply for funding from Lewisham Central Ward Community First, please complete the Lewisham Central Ward Community First application form (download here) and return it, via email, to the Lewisham Central Ward Community First Panel.



Please ensure that your project meets the priorities identified in the Lewisham Central Ward Community First Plan (download here ). Funding will be awarded for projects up to one year between April 2014 and March 2015. You can apply for a grant of between £250-£2,500. Your project must be located in the Lewisham Central Ward. Only non-profit organisations and community groups may apply.

For full details, including the application form and Community Plan, please go to our website here.



The Lewisham Central Ward Community First Panel are happy to answer any queries and to discuss projects in advance of submission. Please contact us at [email protected]

We welcome new panel members too – do get in touch if you are interested!

Best wishes

Jo Honeybone

Chair, Lewisham Central Ward Community First Panel

Lewisham Central Ward: Funding for community groups available

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on August 5, 2013 at 11:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Lewisham Central  Assembly funding is now open for groups and organisation who can deliver pojects which improve the Lewisham Central area. The main purpose of the fund is to assist the Assembly to deliver actions in their action plan.

As such, all funding proposal must show how the project they are proposing meets one or more actions on the Assembly action plan.

There is £12,500 available to apply from. In addition, a Locality fund of £2,500 is also available for community activities or projects of a one-off nature. Projects proposed for the £2,500 grant does not need to adhere to one of the Assembly priorities, but must benefit or enhance local community.

Contact Ade Joseph on 020 8314 6026 or email [email protected] to find out more about the fund or to request an application form.

Closing date for all application is Monday 16 September 2013.

Click for  Assembly Fund Poster 2013-14

Click for MF guidance 2013-14

Click for MF- Fund project proposal application form 2013-14

 Local Assemblies Website

St Mary's Churchyard, Lewisham

Posted by Nick on July 3, 2013 at 9:40 AM Comments comments (0)


There has been a St Mary's Church in the centre of Lewisham for a thousand years. Most of the current building dates back to the 18 century, though the tower is even older. 

Here is your chance for this generation to make its mark on the ancient and historic churchyard. 






The footpath from Ladywell Road to Lewisham High Street  cuts through what was the 'Churchyard Meadow' which is made up of  lawns and mature trees. The team at the Church are inviting the local community to bring along a shrub or climber fro their own  gardens to plant along the perimeter of the churchyard.

Dates of the event are still to be arranged.


Catford: WANTED -Gardening Mentor (Volunteer Role)

Posted by Chrissie on May 16, 2013 at 3:15 PM Comments comments (0)

About this role

This is an opportunity to get involved in and contribute your skills to a NEW and exciting gardening project in Catford. Rushey Green Time Bank is involved in the planning and development of Catford Community Garden Project. They will be growing produce, planting and maintaining a community orchard. Our gardening mentors will support someone with mental health difficulties to get involved with various gardening activities.

Key Activities

All of our volunteers will carry out the following activities: 

  • Supporting someone with a mental health difficulty to take part in the gardening project.
  • Reporting any potential hazards
  • Working closely with Rushey Green Time Bank staff and members
  • In addition some volunteers may be needed to:
  • Help with lifting
  • Moving equipment


Person Specification

The person will need to: 

  • Be creative
  • Be enthusiastic
  • Have a good command of spoken English
  • Have excellent communication skills
  • Have the ability to remain calm
  • We are looking for volunteers who are able to work responsibly and confidently with vulnerable people.
  • Equal Opportunities
  • It is essential that all of our volunteers understand equalities and diversity and are able to apply these values to the role

Time Commitment

Volunteers will be needed 2 – 4 hours per week


Whilst volunteering at volunteer Centre Lewisham, Small Steps volunteers will receive:

  • Out of Pocket expenses within Lewisham
  • Mentoring Training
  • Facilitation/group Training

 If you are interested in getting involved, please complete this application form and return it to [email protected] no later than 24th May 2013.

St Mary's Church, Lewisham: Churchyard Improvements

Posted by Nick on May 29, 2012 at 2:00 AM Comments comments (2)

St Mary the Virgin Church on Lewisham  High Street  (next to University Hopsital Lewisham) is the oldest building in the borough. 
There has been  a church on the site for over a thousand years! There have been several buildings over the centuries and while the tower is medieval, the main building was largely rebuilt after a serious fire in 1830. 

The Churchyard was closed to new burials in 1856, and contains several historical notables including the Reverend Abraham Colfe in died in 1657. He was a previous Vicar of Lewisham and founded Colfe's School in Lee.  

St Mary's has recently received funding from Lewisham Central Assembly to improve access to its churchyard.
There will be a new heritage trail, and a series of permanent information panels to guide you around the  cemetery.  The ancient protected  yews will also be on the trail. 

The Church will also be inproving paths and walkways. The Church abuts the recently improved Ladywerll Fields where you can openly access the River Ravesbourne. Its well worth a visit one summer weekend. 

See the Church website for more information on the improvements:

The 3Riverscleanup! Volunteers Needed!

Posted by Nick on May 28, 2012 at 8:10 AM Comments comments (0)

The 3Riverscleanup!

The 3RiversCleanUp is a 3-week long intensive annual volunteer campaign to improve South East London’s rivers.

Now in its fourth year, this unique partnership programme has been highly successful in removing and preventing the spread of Himalayan Balsam in the Ravensbourne River catchment. With this invasive species a little more under control, this year we can broaden our focus to include other issues such as litter, and habitat regeneration. It offers the chance for everyone to improve their local environment and have fun doing it. Have fun and meet people – there will be a celebratory party at the end of the event

Thames21 will help lead a series of volunteer events from June 2 to June 23 in collaboration with a number of key organisations. These hands-on volunteering opportunities will take place throughout the Ravensbourne river system; the rivers Ravensbourne, Pool and Quaggy which flow though the South East London boroughs of Lewisham, Greenwich and Bromley.

How to get involved:  Check out the 3Rivers CleanUp Events Calender 

Check the events calender!  It provides details of  events  such as whether it's open to the public and how to contact the prganisers. All equipment is provided. Just wear old clothes that you don’t mind gettingwet and dirty. Events are free but some require pre-booking.**

If there is heavy rain an event may be cancelled at short notice due to the risk of flash flooding. Please check with the event organiser if the weather is bad. There are also river walks planned as well as river dipping. 

3Rivers Cleanup Locations: 

  • Hadlow College, Mottingham
  • Manor Park, Hither Green/ Lee
  • Keston Ponds 
  • Chudleigh Ditch
  • River Pool Linear Park
  • Chinbrook Meadows 

 You can see pictures from previous years’ events here

** Booking.

Please, please, contact the organistaions and book these events in advance, dont just turn up with a spade! :D Otherwise we'll get a jobsworth email wrongly accusing us of encouraging rag tag armies of garderners wielding secateurs and packets of dodgy seeds!

Thanks!  Nick. :P

Community First Funding - Central Lewisham

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on May 10, 2012 at 4:00 AM Comments comments (0)

COMMUNITY FIRST FUNDING: Lewisham Central Ward area has been awarded £39,810 Community First funding over the next 3 years.

If you are a not-for-profit organisation and would like to apply for funding for projects to improve our area, please see full details, including the criteria, guidelines and an application form, on HGCA's website/Community First.

Deadline for applications 5th June 2012, to the Lewisham Central Community First Panel.

Capital Growth- Special Grants & Training for Schools GYO Projects

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on March 1, 2012 at 6:40 AM Comments comments (0)

 Funding Information from Capital Growth


Special grants round launched and Schools food-growing training


With so much going on it can be hard to keep up - but here is a short update on two exciting pieces of news



We have small grants of up to £300 to help growing projects take forward special projects at your growing space. You are only eligible to apply if you have NOT received funding from us before and your space will need to be registered with Capital Growth in order to apply for this funding (if it’s not already).


In particular, we are looking for applications for items that will help groups sustain their activities and projects. This could be:

•  items to help you increase the amount of food grown at your site.

•  items to help you grow food to sell or sell surplus.

•  items or activities to help you increase the amount of volunteers involved at your site (we will not fund promotional materials).

Your application needs to be completed and submitted by Monday, 12th March at midday.


To apply visit


Schools Training at The Regent's Park


We have some wonderful 'Growing in Schools Teacher Training' sessions starting at our Regent's Park training site. The first session is on Friday, 2nd March from 10.30am-3pm with 3 other sessions being held on the following three Fridays. Discounts available for Capital Growth spaces and a limited number of free places for people registering with Grow for Gold. For more info and to book please email [email protected]