New Autumn Harvest event Saturday 8th October (1-4pm)

UPDATE – a great time was had by all – look out for it next year! See our apple pressing by clicking on the links below

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TLERA is introducing this new event on Saturday 8 October to celebrate the season of ‘mist and mellow fruitfulness’. Children can have fun planting bulbs to take away and grow at home, creating leaf and seed pictures, making lavender bags, and playing some pumpkin-themed games. Meanwhile, adults can try their hand at fruit pressing (bring your own apples or pears if you have any), and can share ideas and recipes for cooking or preserving fruit and vegetables.

To show what can be done with seasonal crops, hot homemade soups such as butternut squash and sweet potato, leek and potato etc. will be available, as well as crusty bread, cheese and apples. Pumpkin pie and apple and almond cake will also be on the menu.

The event will take place between 1 and 4 pm at Hilltop, 28 Horniman Drive. The conservatory and covered veranda will provide protection if it rains, so the event is weatherproof! We hope that you will enjoy this new event and will give us your ideas on how it might be developed in future years.

PS: If you need a helping hand to pick your fruit or collect windfalls, one or more garden group members can help out. Contact Frankie Locke on 020 8699 2548.


Carols by Candlelight – Sunday Dec 4th (5pm)

Join us on December 4th for Carols by Candlelight with mulled wine and mince pies in the Triangle (between Horniman Drive and Rocombe Crescent). Six talented members who sing in choirs have volunteered to help out by leading the singing, and carol sheets will be available so we can all join in! We may even do a walkabout on nearby roads for those not able to get to the Triangle.

This will take place on Sunday 4 December at 5pm in the Triangle between Horniman Drive and Rocombe Crescent. So do come along and, if you can, bring a lantern or candle in a jar to light our way. We should love to have some musicians and more singers, but don’t worry if singing is not your forte! If you enjoy singing, can play an instrument to accompany the carols and other seasonal songs, and would like to join the small group before the evening, do let Bea Jackson know by calling her on 020 8699 7143.

Save the dates (Oct 8th and Dec 4th)

Sadly, it has proved impossible to secure insurance cover for our annual non-commercial firework event due to changes in the insurance market. So the Association has had to accept that we can no longer hold the annual fireworks event which is a great shame given its popularity over recent years.

However, TLERA are planning two new events – please save the date for these – more details will follow soon – look at for further information coming through your letterbox.

Autumn Harvest Event – Saturday 8th October 1 – 4 pm (venue tbc)

Carols by Candlelight – Sunday 4th December in the triangle with mulled wine and snacks (afternoon – exact time tbc)

Lewisham Council branches out with new garden waste service

A new garden waste collection service for Lewisham residents will begin in June. Residents will have their garden waste collected in a brown wheelie bin from their properties every week throughout the year. The service will cost £45 from June 2016 to March 2017, which works out at just over £1 a week, after which a 12-month subscription will cost £60.

Demand for the new chargeable garden waste service has exceeded expectations, with over 4,000 signed up so far. The brown bins are currently being delivered ready for the service starting in June. There’s still time to take advantage of the special price! If you subscribe now, you can get this brand new service for just £45.

There are five great reasons to join:

  • You can put grass, leaves, weeds, twigs, small branches and more in your bin. A full list of what you can put in the garden waste bin is on our website.
  • Joining now will ensure you get your bin before the service starts in June.
  • You can place garden waste directly in the wheelie bin — there’s no need to use bags or sacks.
  • Your large wheelie bin will be easy to move around your garden and to the kerbside on collection days.
  • Pay once and enjoy weekly collections throughout the year.

To start getting collections in June, join now at or call 020 8314 9756.

Lewisham Waste Service

Hamilton Lodge update

Lewisham Council have appointed Atlantic Housing Ltd to convert Hamilton Lodge (on Honor Oak Road) into accommodation for homeless households.  The contractor has taken possession of the site and are now responsible for managing it during the conversion works.

Work on Hamilton Lodge will be commencing over the next few days, and will include setting up internal site site/security offices, welfare facilities, site clearance works, and the erection of hoarding to the car park area.  The works programme is due to be completed by mid-September 2016.

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All contractors’ vehicles will be parked within the grounds of the property to avoid obstruction, and all deliveries/collections will take place outside of school run times and within the designated site area.

Any queries or concerns can be emailed to or Tas Alexandrou can be contacted on 020 8501 7777.

Note: Works to 118 Canonbie rd will not take place in the same timeframes as works to Hamilton Lodge, due to structural survey findings.

Easter Egg Hunt on Easter Sunday!

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10am – 1pm on Sunday 27th March

Meet at Hilltop, 28 Horniman Drive, SE23 3B

Only £1 entry, which includes Easter eggs. Tea and homemade cakes for sale, with all proceeds going to Demelza Hospice Care for Children.

Come and join us! If the weather is good relax in the garden. If not, shelter in the conservatory while the children find the eggs. And if you have one, don’t forget to put on your Easter bonnet!


AGM – Tuesday December 1st

All residents are invited to the Tewkesbury Lodge Estate Residents’ Association 2015 Annual General Meeting to be held at the Horniman Primary School on Tuesday 1st December 2015, starting at 6:30pm.

Join us for our AGM, followed by  a Q & A session with our Councillors regarding the proposed Controlled Parking Zone, changes to our refuse/recycling collection and Forest Hill library service.

Mulled wine will be served so please do join us to learn more about your local area and get to known other local residents.

We look forward to meeting you all on the 1st.