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Want to book a library PC online?

Did you know that you can now book a library PC online? Simple - go to https://arena.yourlondonlibrary.net/web/bexley/home and book your slot. It's free to book and free to use!

New IT courses at Bexley Libraries

Bexley Libraries will be running intermediate level IT courses for those with basic computer skills.

Courses in July: Introduction to MS Word

  • Sidcup Library Monday 28 July - 2.30pm
  • North Heath Library Tuesday 29 July - 10.30am
  • Thamesmead Library Tuesday 29 July -2.00pm
  • Erith Library Friday 31 July - 10.30am

Places must be booked in advance. Course fee is £15.

For more information, call 020 8303 7777 and ask for libraries.

Erith Model Railway Society

Erith Model Railway Society will be holding its first ever club room open day on Saturday 26 July from 10am and 4pm, at the rear of the Belvedere Workingmen's Club, 66 Gilbert Road, Belvedere DA17 5DA.

On display will be a number of model railway layouts, and there will be an opportunity to purchase new and second hand model railway items and toys. Refreshments will be available.

Crossness Open Day

Crossness Open Day will take place on Sunday 27 July at the Crossness site, Thames Water, Belvedere Road, Abbey Wood SE2 9AQ.

Steam wagons, tractors and vintage cars will be among the attractions at the forthcoming steam day.

But this steam day will not only look back at steam transport, there will be a contemporary exhibit with 'Supercar'. This is not the 1960s Gerry Anderson Supercar but a bus-tube-train hybrid.

Visitors will also be able to see progress on the giant Crossness pump Victoria, the engine that stands alongside Prince Consort - an interesting exhibit as it shows what had to be done to get Prince Consort back into steam.

A fantastic day out early in the school holidays. The day runs from 10.30am to 5pm with last admission at 4pm. Tickets £6, children 6-15 years £2, Children under 6 free.

Now's the Time....for summer roadshows

The Now's the Time roadshows will be taking place in Thamesmead over the next few weeks offering local residents free lifestyle checks and the chance to sign up to be part of the programme. The roadshow schedule includes a fantastic Now's the Time family fun weekend at Crossways Park, Thamesmead.

Now's the Time is a three year project offering a range of activities for people living or working in Thamesmead for free or just £1 each. The fun ranges from free guided healthy walks, beginners jogging and Zumba to netball, football, badminton and much more.

Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Leisure, Cllr Alex Sawyer said; "Over 500 Thamesmead residents and workers have already signed up to Now's the Time - but we know there are more
people out there who are yet to benefit from these £1 activities.

"The Now's the Time programme was carefully designed following consultation with local people. We asked them where, when and how they would like to take part in physical activity and what may stop them from being able to take part. The answers helped us to build the timetable we now have in place and that is regularly modified to suit the participants. We are continuing to ask questions and involve local people as the programme develops. If you live or work in Thamesmead come along to one of the roadshows and find out more."

Cllr Miranda Williams, the Royal Borough of Greenwich's Cabinet Member for Culture and Creative Industries, said, "Being active has so many health benefits, both in the short and long term, so it's encouraging that so many Thamesmead residents have already registered with Now's The Time.

"We want to help remove the barriers that prevent people exercising and, in particular, to provide a choice of activities that people can easily fit within their busy schedule. The roadshows are aimed at informing people about these activities and giving them support and encouragement to get involved."

• Tuesday 29 July - Lakeside Medical Centre
• Wednesday 30 July - Tesco, Battery Road
• Thursday 31 July - Morrisons, Thamesmead Town Centre
• Friday 25 July and Friday 1 August - Grass area in Eynsham Drive, opposite Lidl
• Sunday 27 July - Crossway Park - Now's the Time free family fun weekend, including a climbing wall, obstacle course, Charlton Athletic Football Club inflatable pitch, a smoothie bike challenge, refreshments and much more!

The Now's the Time activities are available in local venues including Sporting Club Thamesmead, Thamesmead Gym based at The Link Thamesmead, Lakeside Medical Centre, and The Business Academy Bexley.

The Now's the Time project was made possible by a grant from the Sport England's Community Sport Activation fund. The project is based on consultation with local residents who provided feedback on the type of activities in which they would like to participate.

Now's the Time is a partnership project including the London Borough of Bexley, Trust Thamesmead, the Royal Borough of Greenwich, Peabody and Gallions Housing Association. Each organisation has demonstrated its commitment by investing in the project and is responsible for delivering different parts of the scheme.

The project is delivered by Sporting Club Thamesmead and Charlton Athletic Community Trust and is based on the Greenwich Get Active model.

For more information ntt@trust-thamesmead.co.uk or call 020 8320 4488 or visit www.nttthamesmead.co.uk

Local History Fair

Crayford Town Archive is presenting a Local History Fair on Sunday 28 September at the Main Hall, Community Centre above Crayford Library, 176 Townhall Square Dartford DA1 4FN.

Twelve local societies will be ready and willing to talk to visitors about their particular interests. Refreshments will be available, admission free.

For more information call 01322 551279 or visit Crayford Manor House Historical Society

Battle of Britain Concert

The Rotary Club of Sidcup have organised a charity concert on Saturday 20 September at 7 pm for 7.30 pm at Chislehurst & Sidcup Grammar School.

An evening of popular music with a 'Last Night of the Proms' finale, and an indoor picnic format.

Entertainment will be provided by the Greenwich Concert Band under the musical direction of Chris Lloyd and by guest vocalists.

To reserve tickets contact www.rotaryclubofsidcup.org or contact Bill Head-Rapson on 07970457808 or at w_head-rapson@tiscali.co.uk.

Distinguished King of the road

Bexley's, Chris King, was recently presented with an award for 'distinguished service to road safety in London' at the annual general meeting of the London Road Safety Council.

Chris has worked in Road Safety for many years and is passionate in his commitment to reduce road user casualties. His career has seen him working in several other London Boroughs since entering the profession in the early 1970s including Newham, Southwark and Richmond upon Thames.

Chris has also actively served in regional and national road safety organisations. He has been involved with the London Road Safety Council for many years, serving in roles such as Public Relations Officer and Vice Chairman of the Executive Committee.

He is now a Vice President of the Council. Chris is also a past chairman of the RoSPA National Road Safety Committee and past Vice-Chairman of ALBRSO (Now RSGB London).

Chris gives up his own time in the evenings and at weekends to work with adults with learning disabilities and is also a trainer on rehabilitation courses for drivers convicted of drink/driving offences.

Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice Lottery celebrates 5th year!

The Hospice is celebrating the 5th Birthday of its weekly Hospice Lottery on 31 July 2014.

The hospice lottery was established in July 2009 to provide a new source of regular income as a contribution towards the £7million annual running costs of the Hospice and compliments income from the Hospice's 16 shops, fundraising events and charitable giving donations.

Since its 2009 debut, the Hospice Lottery has generated over £180,000 of profit that goes directly towards funding the Hospice's specialist end of life care and support services.

Just over 600 people took part in the first lottery draw but now as many as 2,800 people play each week.

Last year, 1,196 prizes ranging from £10 to £10,000 were awarded.

The total prize fund comes from the sale of lottery tickets and every penny of profit goes directly to help fund the annual running costs of the Hospice.

Anyone over the age of 16 can sign up to the weekly draw and each week 24 lucky winners can share in the £1,500 prize fund which has a top guaranteed weekly prize of £1000, plus there is a weekly rollover prize of up to £10,000.

Lottery gift subscriptions are also available and supporters can purchase single lottery tickets from each of the Hospice's charity shops and at the Hospice located at 185 Bostall Hill, Abbey Wood.

The cost of playing the lottery is £2 a week and players can join by visiting www.communityhospicelottery.org.uk or by calling 020 8319 9244.

The draw takes place every Friday and the winning numbers are electronically selected at random and announced on the lottery website www.communityhospicelottery.org.uk.

London Youth Games celebrates one million participants

Many Bexley sports team managers who have given more than 10 years' voluntary service to the London Youth Games down the decades, were thanked for their contributions during a special event at the House of Commons to recently.

Among them was Keith Sleafer who has been Bexley's Trampoline Team Manager at LYG for an impressive 37 years!

The 'one million mark' was celebrated with a reception hosted by Shadow Sports Minister Clive Efford MP at the House of Commons on Monday 21 July for the coaches who have given ten years or more service to the London Youth Games.

Also in attendance was four-time Winter Olympian Chemmy Alcott, England Women's Rugby Sevens captain Abi Chamberlain and Paralympic rowing gold medallist Naomi Riches, all former London Youth Games participants.

Others among the one million who have taken part in the London Youth Games include double Olympic champion Mo Farah, Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins, multiple Paralympic champion David Weir, former England and Manchester United footballer Rio Ferdinand, Olympic 400m gold medallist Christine Ohuruogu and NBA All-Star Luol Deng.

An estimated 16,000 took part in the inaugural Games. But in recent years, participation has soared to over 100,000 young Londoners every year and having passed the 500,000 mark in 2009, the London Youth Games is now celebrating hitting seven figures.

To find out more about the competing or volunteering at London Youth Games, visit www.londonyouthgames.org or follow @ldnyouthgames on Twitter

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