TLERA Members should recently have received the December 2017 Newsletter through their letterbox. If your copy didn’t arrive then please contact your road representative. If you would like to join and support the association please email the membership secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Back by popular demand! Our second Carols by candlelight event will be held on Sunday, 10th December in the Triangle between Horniman Drive and Rocombe Crescent.
Our first Carols by Candlelight last year proved to be a great success with more than 100 TLERA members attending. A collection at the end raised £210 for the charity Crisis at Christmas. We were delighted that the feedback was overwhelmingly positive and that members were very keen for it to become an annual event.
So that is exactly what is happening! On Sunday 10th December, we will once again be gathering together to sing carols and other seasonal classics. The event will take place in the Triangle which will be festooned in festive style with fairy lights and candles. Mince pies and mulled wine will, of course, be provided.
Calling all songbirds and minstrels: -To ensure a rousing chorus, the singing will be led by a small group of songsters from the Estate and we are looking for vocalists and musicians who would like to join them. All abilities/levels of singing/playing are welcome – the only requirement is to enjoy Carols and other winter songs! There will be a meeting in early December to go over the programme, the date of which will be confirmed.
If you are interested in joining the group, do call Bea Jackson on 020 8699 7143.
Are you feeling listless, tired and bored? Lacking motivation and stimulation in your life? No reason to climb out of bed in the mornings? TLERA has the answer to your problem and can solve it at a stroke by enrolling you as one of their fully authorised and highly respected Tewkesbury Lodge Estate Residents’ Association road representatives, which will put you at the heart of the action in your corner of the Estate and restore your joie de vivre.
You’ll get to know all your neighbours, be first to hear the local gossip, news about social activities, prospective property sales, renovations, and developments, not to mention a host of other fascinating subjects. You’ll soon become a positive mine of news and information about your locality and at the same time will be supporting a valuable local asset in the form of TLERA itself.
We urgently need another road representative to cover the first part of Westwood
Park (the section between Honor Oak Road and Horniman Drive). If you can help, please get in touch on 020 8699 8432.
The Association’s second Autumn Harvest lunch will be held on Sunday, 15th October at Hilltop, 28 Horniman Drive on October 15 between 1- 4pm. So do come along and enjoy a range of homemade soups and cakes made from seasonal fruit and vegetables.
There will be mulled cider for the adults to drink while the children are happily occupied with autumn themed activities. And don’t forget to bring any apples or pears that you have grown and use the fruit presses to make your own delicious juice!
The Association has started a new initiative to enhance our area by planting more trees on the Estate via a sponsorship scheme that Lewisham Council is running with an independent organisation called Street Trees for Living (STfL) that manages the planting of new trees in the Borough.
TLERA had agreed to fund 50% of the cost of the first six new street trees with the other 50% being raised by residents. However, we are delighted to say that the response from members means that we will be able to fund the planting of ten trees this winter and spring. The final decisions on the selection of species will be made shortly but most, if not all of them, will bring colour to our streets both in Spring and in Autumn.
The weather was good for the annual summer Picnic in the Triangle. It was an ideal opportunity for members to meet up with friends and neighbours, and get to know new residents over a leisurely lunch, choosing from the mouth-watering array of savoury and sweet dishes members had brought along to share. And, of course, enjoying a glass or two of Pimms! Thanks to all who attended and contributed.
Once again everything came together for our 2017 National Garden Scheme (NGS) garden opening! The sun shone, and over 500 visitors came to see the six very different gardens, and enjoy delicious homemade cakes while listening to Open Road, our talented musicians who once again gave their services for free.
We are delighted to say that we raised £5360 for cancer and caring charities, slightly more than last year’s record takings. It would not have been possible without all the help from residents and friends who donated plants, loaned equipment, baked cakes, and helped on the day – even driving the less able-bodied visits between the gardens. Our thanks to you all.
Our family friendly events are a great way to enjoy meeting friends new and old whilst discovering the unique charms of the Tewksbury Lodge estate.
Put these dates in your diary now to make sure you don’t miss out and look out for more details coming on our website and in your newsletters
(PS: please note that the social event dates in the last ‘Spring 2017’ newsletter were inaccurate) – many apologies).
Events still to come in 2017 include…
Summer Picnic – Sunday, July 2 in the Triangle, Horniman Drive between 1-5pm
Autumn Harvest Lunch – Saturday 14 October at Hilltop, 28 Horniman Drive between 1 – 4pm.
Carols by Candlelight – Sunday 10 December in the Triangle, Horniman Drive between 5pm – 6.30pm.
The Forest Hill Garden Group invite you to come and visit 6 breathtaking private gardens located on the TLERA estate as part of the National Garden Scheme.
Featuring six very different gardens on the highest hill in SE London with spectacular views over London and the Downs. The gardens are within a short walk of each other, but a yellow ballooned ‘taxi’ service is on hand (donations) for those with mobility problems. Wander in a bee friendly organic flower and fruit haven with vintage summerhouse, gravelled terraces and billowing grasses. See an evolving plants-woman’s garden, now with prairie planting in the sunny dry garden contrasting with a new watery fern garden. Also new for 2017: a small meadow, an ever changing story trail for children, and new chicken breeds in an eclectic country style garden. Delight in an artist’s studio in an c18th courtyard filled with sculptures and plants and feed the resident robins!
Enjoy an embroidery of a garden with vibrant colours and breathtaking views. Unwind with delicious cakes and listen to music from a talented duo amidst the drifting pastel hues of the tea lady’s garden inspired by Beth Chatto – and Mary Berry!
Great views everywhere. Plants for sale at 25 Westwood Park, 27 Horniman Drive and 7 Canonbie Rd.
Sunday 21 May (1 – 6pm). Combined admission £7.00, children free. Home-made teas available at 53 Ringmore Rise plus plants, garden ceramics and sculptures for sale.
Admission tickets are only available at Hilltop, 28 Horniman Drive.
The gardens in this group are:
7 Canonbie Road
The Coach House, 3 The Hermitage
Hilltop, 28 Horniman Drive
27 Horniman Drive
53 Ringmore Rise
25 Westwood Park
This group also makes a donation to St Christopher’s Hospice and Marsha Phoenix Trust.
More details can be found here www.ngs.org.uk/find-a-garden/garden/30170/
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! Relax in the garden if the weather is good. 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!