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Big Dance in Libraries

To celebrate Big Dance in Libraries 2016, Libraries in Bexley will be holding special storytime events throughout June.

Children will be able to listen to the story of Giraffe Can't Dance by Giles Andreae, make their own giraffe model and animal mask. At the end of the session there will be the opportunity for everyone to join in and dance with their masks.

This event will be suitable for children age 3-7.

For further detail visit www.bexley.gov.uk/libraries or ask at your library.

Tickets are free and can be booked by phoning 020 8303 7777 or at the relevant library

Big Dance is the UK's biggest celebration of dance and dancing in unusual places throughout the city - shops, streets, parks, galleries and museums - showcasing the diversity of dance styles and cultural attractions across the capital. Big Dance was founded and funded by the Mayor of London in partnership with People Dancing and a network of dance organisations.

Official Opening - Former Mayor of Bexley Cllr Sybil Camsey officially opens Sidcup restaurant

McDonald's in Sidcup has undergone a new, exciting transformation following local franchisee Bill Perera's investment in improving the experience for local customers. These major developments demonstrate the ongoing commitment from all McDonald's franchisees' to high streets across the UK as part of an extensive restaurant evolution programme.

The restaurant re-opening on Saturday 14 May was attended by Cllr Teresa O'Neill OBE, Leader of the London Borough of Bexley, and Cllr Linda Bailey, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Growth. James Brokenshire, MP for Old Bexley and Sidcup. The former Mayor of Bexley Sybil Camsey cut the ribbon to officially open the store and the local ward councillors were in attendance.

Android Pay accepted for pay as you go travel in London

From today (18 May), customers can use Android Pay on their mobile phone to travel on TfL services, including the Tube, buses and trams, as well as most National Rail services in London, following its wider UK launch this morning.

The new payment app, developed by Google, supports MasterCard and Visa credit and debit cards from many of the UK's major financial institutions — including Bank of Scotland, First Direct, Halifax, HSBC, Lloyds Bank, M&S Bank, MBNA and Nationwide Building Society — with new banks being added all the time.

To use Android Pay, customers just need to download the app from the Google Play Store and set up their account with their bank card. They then simply touch in and out with the top half of their phone on the yellow card reader at a station, or touch in only on a bus or at a tram stop, in the same way they use their Oyster or contactless payment card.

TfL then calculates the best fare for each day or week, depending on where and when customers have travelled. The costs of all journeys a customer makes are then added together and, if appropriate, daily and weekly (Monday to Sunday) caps are applied. Customers can also get further advice by visiting tfl.gov.uk/androidpay

More information on contactless payments can be found at tfl.gov.uk/contactless 

Change to DD for the chance to win 5k!

You could win £5,000 just for paying your Council Tax by Direct Debit or by changing to Direct Debit payments by 30 September.

The London Borough of Bexley is part of a campaign organised by BACS designed to encourage residents to sign up for an easier way to pay.

Entrants that are already paying Council Tax by Direct Debit before 5pm on the closing date will also be entered automatically into the drawer.

To change to pay by Council Tax visit www.bexley.gov.uk/online and choose 'Apply for it'

The deadline for entry will be 30 September 2016 and the draw will be made on 7 October.

For more details and terms and conditions visit www.directdebit.co.uk/nationalcounciltax.

Online nursery applications mean quick results

Parents received offers for nursery school places this week (16 May). 

In Bexley more than 85% of parents applied online this year using the easy to use e-admissions form. Those parents will have received the outcome of their application on the same day. The remaining offers were sent out by post.

Of the 1,419 applications 91.8% were being offered their first preference and over 95% of children have been offered one of their three preferences.

Only 4% of applicants cannot be offered one of their preferred schools. A list of nursery vacancies will be made available to parents to select additional preferences.

Bexley is one of only four London Boroughs that coordinate the allocation of nursery places.

Want to book a library PC online?

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

Change to DD for the chance to win 5K!

You could win £5,000 just for paying your Council Tax by Direct Debit or by changing to Direct Debit payments by 30 September.

The London Borough of Bexley is part of a campaign organised by BACS designed to encourage residents to sign up for an easier way to pay.

Entrants that are already paying Council Tax by Direct Debit before 5pm on the closing date will also be entered automatically into the drawer.

To change to pay by Council Tax visit www.bexley.gov.uk/online and choose 'Apply for it'

The deadline for entry will be 30 September 2016 and the draw will be made on 7 October.

For more details and terms and conditions visit www.directdebit.co.uk/nationalcounciltax

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