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All aboard the Great Weight Debate bus!

The London-wide 'The Great Weight Debate' kicked off earlier this week with a call for people to share their views on childhood obesity.

As part of the campaign a giant fun-packed bus will be stopping off at Broadway, Bexleyheath on Saturday 22 October as part of its tour of the capital.

The bus will include entertaining, interactive educational resources for parents and carers as well as physical activities for kids to get involved in.

You will be able to fill in the Great Weight Debate survey and there will even be an area where you can be filmed talking about what changes you think could help children lead healthier lives.

You can find out more about the scale of London's childhood obesity epidemic and learn how our environment contributes to the problem.

There's also the opportunity to find out more about other healthy lifestyle activities going on in the borough for all ages.

The Great Weight Debate is a year-long project designed to encourage Londoners to look at the issue of obesity and low physical activity rates and make the changes needed to stay healthy.

Find out more at  or #greatweightdebate 

Bexley Pain Support Group

The first meeting of the Bexley Pain Support Group will be held at Northumberland Heath Health and Wellbeing Centre, 9 Mill Road, Erith DA8 1HW on Wednesday 2 November between 1-2pm.

Meetings after that will take place every first Wednesday of the month. 

The group is patient led and is all about helping people with pain to help each other. The aim of the group is to bring people from Bexley together who share a common goal to manage their pain better and improve their quality of life. 

The meetings will include a short health professional talk, displays of various hobbies and activities and time to chat to each other.

If you would like to attend write to Pain Support Group c/o Kings MSK, Junction 8A, Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup DA14 6LT call 01689 866441 and leave a message.

Social Ride leaders' course

This event will be held on Saturday 5 November at Bexley Grammar School, Danson Lane, Welling DA16 2BL, from 10am to 4pm
You don't need to be a cycling expert or competitive racer, just be confident riding in a group and have a good level of fitness. We welcome all kinds of cyclists as long as you have heaps of enthusiasm and you're happy to support beginner bike riders and families. 

This course will enable you to deliver guided bike rides locally for groups of novice and intermediate level adults and accompanied children on roads and cycle paths.  In return we will offer you support and further training in Bikeability Levels 1, 2 and 3, supporting literature, First Aid Training and an opportunity to develop your cycling skills and expand your knowledge of your local environment.

Cost of the course is £40 per person or free for volunteers who provide 4 social rides on behalf of London Borough of Bexley.

If you are interested please send your name, email address, cycling level, date of birth and reason for interest to

 Bulky electrical items

There is a new service available to Bexley residents who have only electrical bulky items to dispose of.

The new service means that electrical bulky waste (with a maximum of one refrigerator item) can be collected £6 cheaper than a general bulky waste collection. To use the new service contact our recycling contractor SWEEEP direct on 01795 434114.

Before disposing of any bulky waste think whether or not your items are in good condition, could they be used by someone else? Why not try donating to a local charity shop?

Further information on bulky waste collections can be found at special bulky waste collection scheme.

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

Half term story and craft events

Come along to libraries during half term week, Monday 24 to Saturday 29 October to listen to stories about owls and make your own owl to take home.

For children aged 4 to 7. Tickets are free but you need to book a place.

To find out more, contact your local library or go to

Bexley Bike days

Bexley bike days will be held on the following dates:

• Saturday 29 October - Crook Log Leisure Centre, Brampton Road, Bexleyheath DA7 4EZ
• Saturday 26 November - Erith Leisure centre, Avenue Rd, Erith DA8 3AT
• Sunday 10 December - Sidcup Leisure centre, Hurst Rd, Sidcup DA15 9AE

All events will take place from 10am to 3pm and include:

• Dr Bike
• Learn to cycle (10am-12pm) - learn to get your feet of the floor and enjoy the love of cycling
• Level 2 cycling training (1pm-3pm) - a chance to improve your road skills on quite roads
• Social Ride (12:30pm) - Meet you friends, find new cycle roads and have fun.
• Bike Market -providing a range of affordable bikes for all your bike needs

All activities are free and Bikes and helmets are provided!

For more information email:

Orchard Primary School children plant 1,000 crocus bulbs

Pupils at Orchard Primary School in Sidcup planted 1,000 purple crocus bulbs as part of a project by Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland (RIBI) to stamp out polio across the world.

The initiative was launched by RIBI to help educate children about polio, a crippling disease that kills and paralyses young children. The purple crocus symbolises the purple dye that is painted on the little fingers of children to show they have been immunised.

The school received a special Grow Your Own Crocus pack, provided by the Rotary Club of Sidcup.  Now that the crocus bulbs have been planted, pupils who are members of the school gardening club will look after them until they bloom in spring next year.  Ridding the World of Polio is just one of the initiatives embraced by Rotary International.

Initiatives like Grow Your Own Crocus are helping raise vital funds which will be used to help eradicate this disease once and for all. The project is a fantastic way for Rotary clubs to engage with school children and their parents about the work Rotarians do both in their local communities and around the world. It also teaches pupils about polio and the devastating impact it still has on children in affected countries.

Picture: Children from Orchard Primary School, Chloe, Amber, Sarah, Shahzeb, Priya, Louie, Giselle and Aaliyah from the Gardening Club with Andrew Cowley, Deputy Head Teacher (Centre back) and Rotarians Peter Jackson (left) and Graham Cliff. Picture by Derek Hope-Kent Photonews

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