Friday, 2 May 2014

Catford Bus Garage Centenary open day

On Saturday 10 May 2014, the Catford Bus Garage will open its doors to members of the public in the first of a series of bus garage open days across the capital in celebration of the Year of the Bus.

Catford Bus Garage was opened on 11 May 1914 and closed under a year later when it was commandeered by the War Department for use as a repair depot for buses during the First World War. It re-opened in October 1920 and in the early 1930s had its roof raised to accommodate double decker buses and again in 1948 to make space for the RT-type bus. It has been modernised a number of times over the years but its attractive exterior remains the same as it was 100 years ago.

Visitors to the Catford Bus Garage, which is operated by Stagecoach London and celebrates its centenary this year, will get the chance to:
  • Take a free ride on vintage and other interesting buses - 54v (Catford Bus Garage to Elmers End Station) and 47v (Shoreditch to Farnborough via Catford Bus Garage)
  • View the Year of the Bus mobile exhibition which tells the story of the London Bus and looks to its future
  • Ride on a bus as it goes through the bus wash
  • See behind the scenes in the maintenance area
  • Take part in family activities about how to use the transport system safely and responsibly with the Transport for London (TfL) Safety and Citizenship team and pick up your free bus-themed family activity pack
  • Get up close and personal with objects from the London Transport Museum collection and find out more about the stories behind them with the Tickets Please! handling collection
  • Browse the London Transport Museum pop-up shop selling exclusive Year of the Bus gifts, and stalls selling centenary merchandise and bus-related memorabilia.

The bus garage open days are part of TfL’s celebrations to mark the Year of the Bus, in partnership with London Transport Museum and the capital’s bus operators.

Events and activities are being held throughout 2014 to celebrate the role that London buses, bus drivers and the staff who support them play in keeping the capital moving, and mark a number of important anniversaries. These include 60 years since the creation of the original and iconic Routemaster, 75 years since the launch of its predecessor the RT-type bus, and 100 years since hundreds of London buses were sent to the Western Front to play a crucial role during the First World War.

Other London bus garages opening their doors on Saturdays this summer are Alperton Bus Garage (7 June), Stockwell Bus Garage (21 June), Fulwell Bus Garage (28 June), Potters Bar Bus Garage (5 July) and Walworth Bus Garage (19 July). There will also be an open day at Dartford Bus Garage on Sunday 7 September.

Further information about bus garage open days and other Year of the Bus events can be found at and

Thanks to Transport for London Press office for this information

Thursday, 27 February 2014

The South London Botanical Institute: Introducing People to Plants for over 100 years

Roy Vickery of the The South London Botanical Institute talks to Lewisham Local History Society about Allan Octavian Hume. The SLBI, near Tulse Hill station, was founded by Hume in 1910 to interest local people in plants and fungi.  Mr Vickery will talk about Hume’s extraordinary life as an ornithologist, founder of the Indian National Congress, social reformer, and, finally, botanist, and describe the Institute’s ongoing work. 

Friday 28th February 2014 7.45pm
Methodist Church Hall, Albion Way, SE13 6BT

Find out more at
Click here to visit the SLBI Website.

Thursday, 20 February 2014

Rainbow Readings at Cafe of Good Hope

Cherry Potts, VA Fearon, Rebecca Idris & Catherine Blackfeather
Wednesday 26th February 2014. 7pm – 11pm
as part of LGBT History Month

"Hither Green Hall is branching out into the field of Literature to bring you 4 authors reading from and talking about their own books and experiences. With a diverse mixture of writers who cover the spectrum of our society. Please come along, listen, ask questions, get a book signed, eat and drink as the bar will be open late!...

Posted from Hither Green Hall

Thursday, 24 October 2013

Volunteer Workday Sat 26 Oct at St.Mary's Church

"Anne from community gardening website Lewisham Gardens has arranged a community planting day on Sat 26 Oct at St Mary's Church, Ladywell, which is one of the most ancient buildings in the Borough and a major community hub. This will be a one-off event to tidy up the main frontage which has become quite overgrown. There is also scope for some fresh planting.

Church members, parishioners, parents from St.Mary's School, LFUG members and others are expected to be taking part, so it should be a nice opportunity to do something useful, have some exercise and make friends. 15-20 people with trowels and fuelled by tea and cake could make a fantastic difference to this local treasure. There will also be tours of the Church and tower for volunteers! ...."

Posted from Ladywell Village Improvement Group

Horniman Halloween Fair - 26th and 27th October

"In addition to their weekly Saturday Farmers' Market the Horniman will be hosting an Arts and Crafts market on Sunday 27th October.  There will be a 'spooky trail' through the gardens, some haunting melodies from the bandstand, and a talk about weird animals in the museum."

More details at

Posted from Forest Hill Society

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Romanian Decorated Eggs on tour in Lewisham Libraries

Courtesy of the Horniman Museum Object in Focus project, Lewisham Libraries are playing host to a beautiful collection of Romanian decorated eggs. The exhibition opens at the Library at Deptford Lounge tomorrow, before going on to Lewisham and Downham Libraries.

Deptford Lounge is open daily. More details at