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Beware of asbestos

On average twenty tradespeople die every week from asbestos related diseases.

Asbestos was commonly used in buildings up until the year 2000 and it is still present in millions of homes, business premises and public buildings.

It is essential that tradespeople know how to deal with asbestos - as well as when not to. In some cases a licensed contractor must carry out the work.

That is why the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) teamed up with B&Q TradePoint stores to get the 'asbestos safety' message out.

Follow the simple A B C of working with asbestos:

• Asbestos dust must be kept down
• Be prepared- use the right kit
• Clean up properly

Tradespeople can collect a free asbestos safety kit at any B&Q TradePoint store. There is also a free 'Beware Asbestos' web app available on the HSE website.

The app will take the user through a 'decision matrix' based upon a series of simple questions. In the HSE's guidance of 'Asbestos Essentials' you will also find and easy to follow 'how to' guide.

For more information contact Bexley's Environmental Health team on 020 8303 7777 or visit

Alzheimer's Society Roadshow

The Alzheimer's Society Roadshow will be coming to the Broadway in Bexleyheath on Thursday 6 and Friday 7 November from 10am - 4pm.

The Roadshow has been touring the UK since June 2011, providing members of the public with information, advice and support about dementia. This is an opportunity for visitors to receive free, tailored, and confidential advice if they are worried about their memory or that of a loved one; living with dementia, or caring for someone with dementia, from local trained Alzheimer's Society staff.

Fireworks at Erith Leisure Centre!

Looking for somewhere to watch the fireworks this year? Look no further than your local Leisure Centre!

After the success of last year, Parkwood Community Leisure is pleased to announce that Erith Leisure Centre will be hosting their fireworks on Friday 7 November.

With live entertainment including dancing, music and a fabulous firework display, we hope this will prove to be another fantastic community event.

Refreshments will be available to purchase and gates will open at 6pm.

Tickets cost £5 per adult, £2.50 per child or £13 for 2 adults and 2 children and are available from the leisure centre or on 01322 350271.

Hospice volunteers sought

A team of volunteers are being sought by a Hospice charity.

Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice is calling for local people to join its team of volunteers to help more people in the local community.

Roles include Hospice Neighbour volunteers to help people with everyday tasks in the home and to provide some respite and support to their carers. Volunteers are also needed to help people with life-limiting illness to plan ahead and discuss what is important to them about their future care.

An information meeting and training session will be held on Wednesday 12 November at Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice, 185 Bostall Hill, Abbey Wood, London SE2 0GB. There will be subsequent training sessions throughout the month and in to December.

All volunteers will undergo a comprehensive training package.

For more information call 020 8320 5812, email or go to Greenwich and Bexley Community Hospice

Erith Cemetery

The Memorial Terrace at Erith Cemetery, Brook Street, Erith, DA8 1DY offers new burial space in a unique and tranquil setting overlooking adjoining parkland.

Using a newly developed burial system it has been possible to create burial spaces at Erith Cemetery on an embankment which was previously seen as being unsuitable for traditional earthen graves.

This system has made it possible to form the first of a series of terraces containing a selection of fully memorialised burial chambers, raised sarcophagi, and mausoleum for below and above ground burials.

Subject to availability, the burial facilities may be purchased for immediate or future use. Prices include the lease, first interment and memorial.

Contact parks& or call 020 8303 7777 and ask for cemeteries.

Bexley Girls U12 cricket team defeat Old Elthamians girls by 4 runs

Bexley Girls under 12s cricket team took on Old Elthamians U12 girls in an indoor cricket match at Erith Leisure Centre on Sunday 19 October and the result went right down to the last ball of the match.

Batting first, in what is believed to be OE's first ever indoor girls cricket match, the visitors put on a very respectable 284-3. In reply Bexley kept up with the run rate and with the last ball of the match to be bowled Bexley were 4 runs in front, under the format of this version of the game whereby there is a 5 run penalty for wickets lost, a wicket would hand the victory to the visitors by just one run but Bexley blocked out the last ball to end on 290-3 to achieve a 4 run victory.

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Bexley's Post-16 Directory

Bexley's Post-16 Directory for 2015/16 has just been published and is winging its way to secondary schools across the borough.

The Directory provides an overview of the range of courses, in different subjects and at different levels, that are available to Bexley secondary school students for 2015/16 once they reach 16.

Schools will be distributing them to all their year 11 students. Copies are also being delivered to the colleges; work based training providers, and libraries in the borough for residents to collect from there.

An electronic version of the directory is also available to download from together with a list of dates for all the Post-16 Open Evenings for all the schools and colleges in the borough, which are due to place in the next few months.

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