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'Together for short lives' fundraiser at Sidcup Leisure Centre

On Monday 24 November Sidcup Leisure Centre will be hosting a fundraising morning for the children's charity 'Together for Short Lives'.

This is the leading UK charity for children with life-threatening and life-limiting conditions, working to ensure that children can get the best possible care, wherever and whenever they need it.

From 9.30-11.30am the Centre will be selling teas, coffees, and a variety of cakes, as well as running a raffle with some great prizes up for grabs.

Everyone who attends and makes a donation to the charity will automatically receive a free two day pass to use at the Centre for a variety of activities.

Bexley Business Awards Deadline

Local businesses have until Friday 28 November to submit their applications to the 2015 Bexley Business Awards.

The awards, supported by Bexley for Business, recognise the innovation and hard work of local businesses in categories including retail, apprenticeships, manufacturing and many more. It is a great way to promote your business and reward staff for their dedication.

The scheme is organised by Prospects Business Support, and is in its third year. Businesses can enter as many categories as they like, and it is free to enter. Visit www.prospectsbusinessawards.co.uk/BusinessAwards/Bexley for application forms and more information. The winners will be announced in February 2015.

Streetlife

The Council has recently joined Streetlife, the local social network.

The site is helping people across the borough to make the most of where they live. Users are connected to their neighbours and community based on their postcode. The resulting conversations cover everything from sharing advice on dealing with noisy neighbours or lending ladders, to organising litter picks and offering lifts to elderly neighbours.

This is an exciting opportunity for us all to raise awareness of our news and events engage directly with a growing audience of nearby residents. There is no cost and you can log on as much or as little as you need, free from the hassle of managing your own platform.

If you would like to join us, all you need to do is enter your postcode and email address at streetlife.com.

High blood pressure

Over 800,000 Londoners are unaware they have high blood pressure yet it affects more than 1 in 4 adults and is one of the biggest causes of premature death and disability in this country.

New figures from Public Health England (PHE) reveal that diseases caused by high blood pressure are estimated to cost the NHS over £2 billion every year nationally.

High blood pressure can lead to diseases including heart disease, stroke, certain types of dementia and chronic kidney disease. High blood pressure, which can often be prevented or controlled through lifestyle changes, accounts for 12 percent of all visits to GPs in England.

The new figures show:

• by reducing the blood pressure of the nation as a whole, £850 million of NHS and social care spend could be avoided over 10 years
• if just 15 percent more people who do not know they have high blood pressure are diagnosed, £120 million of NHS and social care spend could be avoided over 10 years
• if another 15 percent more people who are currently being treated for high blood pressure controlled it better, a further £120 million of NHS and social care spend could be avoided over 10 years

PHE and a number of partners across local and national government, the health service, voluntary sector and academia have come together with the ambition of improving the prevention, early detection and management of high blood pressure in England.

The new group today publishes an action plan setting out the steps towards emulating the success of other countries, such as the US and Canada. Both the US and Canada have higher levels of treatment and better control of high blood pressure which has led to lower death rates from heart disease and stroke.

To check your knowledge on blood pressure visit www.nhs.uk/bloodpressurequiz

Net Worx programme

Peabody is rolling out its successful Net Worx programme, in a bid to help more Thamesmead residents get online.

The programme, which launched in 2010, has helped more than 1,200 Londoners to search and apply for jobs, connect with family and friends, pay bills, shop and use as an information tool.

Offering free one-to-one help for people who are new to or nervous about using the internet, the weekly sessions which connect volunteer teachers with residents who want to learn about the wonderful 'World Wide Web', will be offered from Trust Thamesmead's Arnott Community Centre from Wednesday 26 November.

Net Worx is part of Peabody's wellbeing project, Activate, which has received £6.4m funding from the Big Lottery Fund since it launched in 2007, offering a programme of activities focusing on improving physical activity levels, healthy eating and mental wellbeing.

Net Worx will run 10am-12pm every Wednesday, from 26 November to Wednesday 17 December from Arnott Community Centre, 3 Arnott Close, Thamesmead SE28 8BG.

For further information, call Freephone 0800 587 8215.

Townley Grammar School remember

From Monday 10 November to Thursday 13 November a series of special commemorative assemblies were held at the school to mark one hundred years of the start of World War One.

Girls led all the assemblies in a moving tribute of remembrance and reflection to service personnel who fought, were injured, or died, in the many conflicts from World War One to Afghanistan.

They remembered local people such as Amelia Cross and Fred Arthur Foot who sacrificed their lives at such as young age, to secure victory and freedom for their country and future generations.

At the start of the ceremony students, from the uniformed groups, Cadets, Scouts, Guides and St John Ambulance, filed down the aisle. At the end of the ceremony, Elizabeth Butterworth played the haunting 'Last Post' while two sixth form students carried and displayed the Union flag and the school flag. Students then presented a wreath of poppies as a mark of respect.

The whole school was a sea of poppies, thanks to the endeavours of Arts Technician, Grace Dooley who placed reminders around the school of local people who died in the Great War with moving extracts from poems which capture the unimaginable suffering endured by the soldiers.

At the eleventh hour, on the eleventh day of the eleventh month, the school fell silent as a mark of respect and remembrance.

Students visited Bexley Cemetery and placed a posy of poppies on the grave of Fred Arthur Foot who died aged just 19 on 24 March 1915.

Sidcup's Joshua Wilkins wins Gold!

At just 15 years of age, regular Sidcup Leisure Centre user Joshua Wilkins is already a gold medal winning athlete for his country.

Representing England together with team mate Harry Thompson, Josh recently topped the podium at the Poznan International Boccia Championships in Poland.

Josh was born with Muscular Dystrophy, a degenerative muscle disease which hampers movement. He was introduced to boccia (a target ball sport similar to petanque and bowls) after the success of the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

For more information call Sidcup Leisure Centre, 0208 302 0556 ext 27 or visit www.leisurecentre.com

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