Nearly There

Its now less than 2 days to the start of the Olympics. Didn’t manage to get tickets? Don’t worry. Lewisham has its own “Live Site” Blackheath where you can watch all the key events on the big screen or try some sporting activities yourself. There are lots of things going on and you read about them here.

Lots of Lewisham folk are involved in the Olympics in different ways and I will try to highlight some of them here. The first is Jay Osgerby who lives in Brockley and who designed the Olympic Torch. Jay was at the start of the Torch Relay on Monday and told me the fascinating story of how the torch was designed. You can learn more about the torch and see an interview with Jay here .
That’s all good then!

The Olympic Torch Reaches Lewisham

The Olympic Torch reached Lewisham today and brought some long awaited sunshine with it! Lots of us were up early to see Torch begin its journey through our borough. Lewisham residents turned out in great numbers and many churches opened specially to welcome the runners. Many special people have carried the torch and in Lewisham Doreen Lawrence carried it into the wonderful centre she created in memory of her son Stephen. She then handed it over to Kieran Lang our Young Mayor. Her dignity and courage have been an inspiration to us all. Visit the Centre’s web site here

Deptford Lounge Wins Award

Deptford Lounge and Tidemill Academy are joint-winners of the ‘Culture and Community’ category of New London Awards 2012. The awards celebrate the best schemes in the capital giving recognition to the impact projects have on their surroundings as to their architectural quality. This project was designed by Pollard Thomas Edwards architect and is the centrepiece of the regeneration of Deptford Town Centre. It combines a state-of-the-art public library with a new primary school, duplex apartments over studios and exhibition space for local artists. This part of Lewisham is undergoing a major transformation, with fantastic new learning and leisure facilities and greatly improved public spaces. The complex is extremely popular with residents and we are delighted to have won this award. I am delighted that since the library was relocated to the Deptford Lounge, it has received more than twice the number of visitors.