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Work at Danson Dam

Improvement work to keep Danson Dam strong and effective for the future begins shortly.

Over the last few years the downstream slope of the dam has suffered erosion due to a combination of weather and animal burrowing.

The planned work will remove shrubbery currently covering the slope, making it less attractive to foxes and rats.
Native grasses and wildflowers will be planted on the slope to help bind the surface and make it more robust against the weather.

This move will make the dam look like it did when it was first built back in the 18th century.

The improvements have been made possible by external funding from the Environmental Agency

While the work is in progress disruption to road users will be kept to a minimum and users of the park and lake will be largely unaffected. The works are expected to be completed in October.

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Free business advice for 'Enterprising Mums' at the Thames Innovation Centre

Aspiring businesswomen in Bexley have the opportunity to get free advice and support to start or grow a successful business.

A three part course hosted by Successful Mums will offer advice on key areas including business planning, marketing and branding, joint ventures and a framework to get started.

Successful Mums and Bexley for Business have arranged the course as part of a broad programme of events to support and encourage business entrepreneurs in the borough.

Founder of Successful Mums, Jane Knight, says: "We have worked with many exciting businesswomen, who are going back to work, changing their careers or starting their own business. With coaching and confidence techniques, the training helps to provide structure and a focus to turn ideas into reality. We have had some fantastic success stories, and built a network of like-minded women to provide ongoing support."

Attendees will also have the opportunity to get one-to-one mentoring on completion of the programme.

The sessions take place on 14, 21 and 28 September, from 10am-12pm at the Thames Innovation Centre (TIC) in Belvedere. Light refreshments will be provided. Places are limited, booking is essential.

For more information visit https://successfulmumsbexley.eventbrite.co.uk

Dementia Friends

Dementia Friends will be holding a meeting on Saturday 5 September from 10.30am to 11.30am at Sidcup Library.

The aim is to give people an understanding of dementia, and the small things that we can do to help make a difference.

For more information or to book a place contact Megan Jones on 07971 176373, e-mail megan.rebecca.jones@googlemail.com alternatively you can sign up at www.dementiafriends.org.uk

Bexley Maternity Services Liaison Committee

The Bexley Maternity Services Liaison Committee invites you to the Emmanuel Playgroup in Hadlow Road, Sidcup, at 1.30pm on the first Friday of every month.
Meet with representatives from the MSLC, share your experiences, and find out more about Maternity Services in Bexley.
For more information please visit the: Bexley Maternity Services Liaison Committee page on Facebook or email bexleymslc@gmail.com

Carer case studies needed

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is the independent regulator of all health and social care services in England. We register, monitor and inspect services to make sure they provide safe, effective, compassionate, high quality care, and we encourage them to improve.

There are an estimated six million carers across England. To ensure that carers have more of a voice, CQC is running a campaign to encourage more carers to share their experiences of care and on behalf of their loved ones.

We're looking for great case studies of carers to help us tell their stories of who they care for, why they became carers and the impact this has on their lives. We'll use these touching and emotional stories to illustrate exactly what being a carer involves in the media to increase awareness.

If you know of a great carer in your community who might be interested in sharing their story, or you would like more information, please contact Samuel Wallace at samuel.wallace@cqc.org.uk

Lee Valley VeloPark's London 2012 legacy pedals on

Pupils from the Erith School are being given the opportunity to cycle for free at the inspirational Lee Valley VeloPark which hosted the track cycling and BMX events during the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Secondary school students from every London borough, plus all districts in Hertfordshire and Essex are being invited to the Lee Valley VeloPark Schools Festival on 21-22 and 28-29 September at the world's premier cycling venue.

The young people will have a go at track cycling in the iconic velodrome, BMX on the remodelled Olympic track, road cycling on the one mile circuit and mountain biking on extensive trails that weave around Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

The Lee Valley VeloPark Schools Festival is hosted by Lee Valley Regional Park Authority in partnership with the venue operators Lee Valley Leisure Trust.

Schools Festivals are also hosted at the organisations' other London 2012 legacy venues, Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre, which is also in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and Lee Valley White Water Centre in Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire.

They give thousands of children and young people from across the region the chance to try a range of different sports.

Lee Valley VeloPark is located on Abercrombie Road, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London E20 3AB.

For more information go to: www.visitleevalley.org.uk/velopark

Learn British Sign Language with Bexley Deaf Centre

Basic Deaf Awareness/Sign Skills Course every month 1½ hours - £15

British Sign Language Level 1 Starts: 24 September 2015
Thursdays 10.30 - 12.30 pm
Cost £335 (32 weeks)

British Sign Language Level 2 Starts: 16 September 2015
Wednesdays 10.15 - 12.45 pm
Cost: £425 (36 weeks)

British Sign Language Level 3 - Start date to be confirmed

Contact: Bexley Deaf Centre, 20 Whitehall Lane, Slade Green, DA8 2DH
Phone: 01322 351122
Fax/Minicom: 01322 351122
Email: bexleydeafcentre@fsmail.net

Falconwood & District Horticultural Society's Annual Flower Show

"A really enjoyable visit and such wonderful Flowers" was the reaction of the Mayor of Bexley, Cllr Sybil Camsey when she attended the 78th Annual Falconwood Flower Show held on Saturday 15 August, at the Falconwood Community Centre, The Green, Welling.

The weather on the show day was glorious, but the rain two days before had taken its toll on some of the flower classes.

The most coveted award is the Banksian Medal, awarded each year by the Royal Horticultural Society to the most successful exhibitor. The 2015 medal went to Mrs Lesley Gridley who was awarded this for the second time in her gardening career. She had a superb showing of Vegetable Flowers and Fruit, as well as having success in the baking and craft classes.

Last year's Banksian Medal winner, Mick Pearce won our Dig for Victory trophy for the best collection of vegetables and he also won him the Society's premier award - Raynor Trophy for his spectacular potatoes.

The recent storms affected the entries in the Dahlia Classes, but there were some truly fantastic dahlia blooms from Peter Tate, who was awarded the National Dahlia Societies Silver Medal and the Curtis Cup for the highest Points in the Dahlia Classes.

Newcomer, Grace Johnson impressed the Judges with her hanging basket of vermillion trailing begonias, which came first in that class and was also judged as the best exhibit in the show..

With TV baking shows being so popular, there is renewed interest in the cake classes which were well supported. Jean Jost came out on top for the 3rd year running, winning the Golden Jubilee Salver for the best cake and Jean Strachan won the Hilary Betts Salver for Needlecraft with a superb cross stitch picture.

Although the turnout this year was disappointing, the flower arranging as always showed real talent with themed arrangements such as, VE Day, Evergreen and My Favorite Container. Dora Lemon won the Best Arrangement in the Show with her "Pedestal Arrangement".

Visitors enjoyed cream teas in the atmosphere of a traditional "Village Show" and were delighted when the Mayor of Bexley as President of the Society, presented the cups and prizes at the end of the afternoon.

The Chairman of the Society is Nigel Betts, who can be contacted on 020 8303 3221 or at nigelbetts@ntlworld.com

Are you visually impaired? Do you know how technology could help you?

Come to Central Library Bexleyheath on Wednesday 9 September at 10.30am to find out more.

A visually-impaired trainer will be giving a brief talk and demonstrating how accessible technology can help you find information, compete in the job market or just make your life easier day to day.

This is a free event, but places should be booked.

For further details, to book a place, or register an interest in attending, contact Janet Benton 020 3045 4569, janet.benton@bexley.gov.uk

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