Plant Trees and Updates
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Plant Trees in Sayes Court Park this Saturday
Join us this SATURDAY 29th FEBRUARY with National Trust. 

2020 marks 125 years since the National Trust was founded by Octavia Hill. The trust came out of a failure to preserve Sayes Court Manor which was demolished in the late 1890's.

2020 is also the 400th anniversary of polymath John Evelyn who lived in Sayes Court Manor and who famously had a garden on his estate. Nothing remains of the garden today but Evelyn's diaries, books and pamphlets still resonate.
To celebrate we are planting trees with the National Trust, the Friends of Sayes Court Park and Lewisham Council.

We'll also share design proposal from the National Trust for the centre of the park surrounding the new trees.
Meet in Sayes Court Park at 11.30am.
Buffet in the Dog & Bell, Prince Street afterwards.
Join us on MARCH 3rd at 7.30pm at Festa sul Prato in Folkestone Gardens for our AGM. Full agenda to follow but we'll refresh everyone on DF achievements over the last year, have updates on the pond regeneration, liveable neighbourhood and from local developers. Hope to see you there!
Evelyn Assembly
WHEN: Saturday 14th March 2020, 12 - 2pm 
WHERE: Evelyn Community Centre, 9 Wotton Rd, Deptford, London SE8 5TQ

The first Evelyn Assembly in over a year will be focused on defining how 25% of Neighbourhood Community Infrastructure Levy (NCIL), which equates to £574K, could be spent in the ward. Make sure you come down and contribute.

We want to see investment in children and play. If you support this campaign join us at the assembly. Bring your kids.

Make sure you comment on the Common Place platform and ask for #Playgrounds4Deptford by clicking HERE
Deptford Parks Liveable Neighbourhood
Part of the Mayor of London's Deptford Parks Liveable Neighbourhood project includes creating safe junctions for pedestrians around Deptford Park and Folkestone Gardens.

Continuous crossings are being installed on Hicks Street and Crooke Road. More are coming on Kezia Street, Etta Street and Royal Close.

Also part of the funding from Mayor of London are secure cycle hangers. These are currently being installed in streets around the parks and spaces are available to hire via CycleHoops website.

Click HERE to find out where your nearest hanger is and to rent your space.
Convoys Wharf Update
Convoys Wharf are hosting a couple of community drop-in sessions with updates on plans. The developer has re-submitted plans to Lewisham Council for the reserved matters (i.e. the bits we all get to see and use) for consideration.

Try and get down to 2000 Community Action Centre on Grove Street if you can.

We'll share details of the new plans on due course.

Convoys Wharf Cultural Strategy - Stakeholder Meeting
On Tuesday 25th February our three elected councillors (members) and key council officers held a meeting with members of local groups, institutions, and other key community stakeholders, to meet and discuss what they want to see from the Convoys Wharf Cultural Strategy - what it should look like, who it should involve, and what are the local priorities. The developer was not present.

The agenda looked like this:

1. Welcome and introductions – 10mins
2. Purpose of the meeting – 10 mins
3. Breakout into workshops to discuss (i) Heritage and History; (ii) Training and Employment Opportunities; (iii) Community Engagement and Integration (including youth and children)
4. Reconvene to discuss finding
5. Next meeting – format, location, involvement
6. AOB

Outcomes from the meeting will be presented to the developer who will be expected to continue comprehensive community consultation as part of the continual evolvement of a Cultural Strategy. This consultation is expected to be reflected in, and shape the Cultural Strategy.

What is a cultural strategy? Have a read of the developers view HERE.

Our Chair and Mayor of London Green Space Commissioner, Trina Lynskey, attended largely as an observer. We would much rather meetings like this be held in an open forum so all residents, whether part of a lobby group, community group or not can contribute. We hope our elected members and officers bear this in mind for the future.

Whatever comes of the cultural strategy, a condition of the planning agreement, and whatever is agreed must be of a very high standard and delivered by reputable and competent organisations or individuals with experience of undertaking projects in collaboration/partnership with communities, developers and councils.

As ever, we'll keep you updated as best we can.
The Blackhorse
This Friday 28th February The Blackhorse is having a relaunch party. Giveaways, DJ's and music from 9pm to 2am...
Support Deptford Park Playclub: Pledge NOW!
Don't forget to support Deptford Park Playclub with their crowdfunding campaign.
PLEDGE to Playclub HERE
See you at our AGM!
Tuesday 3rd March 2020 7.30pm

Agenda to be shared on Sunday 1st March
We'll have GOOD NEWS and BAD NEWS.
Get in touch if you have ideas for events and activities in the parks
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