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Gipsy Road Footbridge, Welling

Network Rail will be carrying out planned works to remove and replace the footbridge at Gipsy Road, Welling over the weekend of 23 to 26 September.

Following preparatory works, the current bridge will be dismantled and removed. The new bridge will be brought to Gipsy Road by lorry and then lifted into place.

Network Rail expect that the project will require continuous 24-hour working, because the railway line will have to be closed and this will reduce the impact on rail passengers and pedestrians who use the footbridge.

Network Rail and its contractors will do their best to complete the works as soon as possible, while minimising the impact on station users.

Network Rail has written to residents in the area about the work. Anyone who has questions or concerns that are not answered by this letter is asked to visit or telephone its 24-Hour National Helpline on 03457 11 41 41.

Women only social ride

Join the ladies only cycle ride on Thursday 29 September. Meet at The Boat House Café, Danson Park, Bexleyheath DA6 8HL at 10am.

The ride to Avery Hill Park will be a 7 mile round trip using quiet roads and cycle lanes. I'll take the pace of the slowest rider so no one is left behind.

Refreshments will be on sale at the park so don't forget your money!

For more information visit

Want to book a library PC online?

Did you know that you can now book a library PC online? Simple - go to and book your slot. It's free to book and free to use!

For more details contact your local library or visit

Social ride for adults

Join the ride on Sunday 16 October. Cyclists will meet at The Boat House Café, Danson Park, Bexleyheath DA6 8HL.

Gently ride to Trafalgar Square and enjoy the sights and sounds of the Diwali festival. Sample Indian street food, or throw some Bollywood moves.

The ride will mainly be on quite roads and cycle lanes, through Blackheath to Greenwich foot tunnel on the other side of the Thames. The route is mainly flat, and is available for males and females.

For more information and to book a place visit     

Free cookery workshop (over 18s)

A free cookery workshop will be held on Wednesday 28 September at Beths Grammar School, Hartford Road, Bexley DA5 1NE from 6.30pm to 8.30pm.

Find out how to save up to £60 per week in this two hour workshop. Watch cookery demonstrations with free tasters and cook a simple tasty meal with our chef.

For more information or to book online visit  Reuse Workshops  or call 020 8303 7777.

Supersize cheque from superstore for Demelza

Families using Demelza SEL are to benefit from a state-of-the-art monitoring system, thanks to a generous donation from the Morrisons Foundation.

Staff at the Sittingbourne store in Kent handed over a cheque for £21,738 to representatives of Demelza, who will use it to buy the sophisticated audio-visual camera system for the Eltham hospice, allowing children to be safely monitored around-the-clock.

The charity already has a camera system which covers bedrooms 24/7, giving families, and staff complete peace of mind. The cameras allow spot checks to be made on children without disturbing them if they are asleep or resting and are sound sensitive to detect if a child calls out or has a vocal seizure.

Demelza SEL has been using baby monitors in each of the rooms, but these do not pick up some of the much quieter sounds or slight changes to breathing which may occur when a child has a fit. The monitors also need to be regularly re-charged and do not offer visibility in the dark.

The new audio-visual system will provide:

  • Night vision and a zoom facility which will operate effectively in darkened rooms
  • A privacy setting, so the camera can be turned off from inside the room, with a warning light so it is not left off by accident
  • Two-way audio which will both pick up sound and allow the care team to be heard in the rooms
  • Sound detection which will filter out potential false alarms yet recognise those sounds which should trigger the alarm.
  • Cameras can be turned off when changing a child, or when a child's family is present. Older children can decide if they wish to have the camera on or off.

For more information about Demelza visit

Friends of St. Paulinus Jubilee Concert

The Friends of St. Paulinus Church, Perry Street Crayford DA1 4RL are holding a Jubilee Concert on Saturday 22 October at 7.30pm.

The concert will consist of a variety of music from a local traditional jazz group to organ pieces. The performers all have a connection with the church and most are local.  Wine and nibbles will be served during the interval.

Tickets are £10 for adults, £8 for under 18 years and free for under 10 years.

For more information call 01322 557532 or email

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