Lee Fair Share Newsletter


Lee Fair Share has been awarded a grant from Awards for All to expand the Health and Wellbeing project. The Health and Wellbeing project will include a series of exercises class, such as yoga and pilates, a series of talks and workshops, and healthy walks. Suggestions and ideas welcome.


Every Tuesday  2 p.m. Manor House Gardens by Pistachio’s Cafe

Lee Fair Share will now be running two walking groups. The low impact walk will take place every Tuesday, as before, but it will take place in Manor House Gardens. The meeting place will be outside Pistachio’s Cafe. This group will be for people who want gradually increase their stamina, walk at a slow pace, have a chat and be able to sit down. So bring your dog, bring your push chair, bring your wheelchair – All welcome.

Earn 2 time credits by walking with the group.


Monday 25th January Lee Green Community Centre

2.00 p.m.

The high impact group will be a weekly group, but the time and day may vary. The walks may take place on a weekend and when the days get longer there may be an evening walk. This group will be for those who wish to set the pace and explore further afield. The first walk will be on Thursday 14th January, 2 p.m, meeting at Lee Green Community Centre. The walk will be from Lee to Greenwich.

Earn 2 time credits by walking with the group.


Lee Fair Share is a time bank. A time bank is about the exchange of skills and time but it is also about neighbours helping neighbours. Several Lee Fair Share members were ill or incapacitated before Christmas; they needed some to help but didn’t want to bother anyone. If you are ill and need someone to go with you to the hospital – ask! If you have broken a toe and need a pint of milk – ask! Never be afraid to ask for help.


The Department of Work and Pensions has released a statement and notification to all job centres across the UK about the benefits of timebanking.  Job centre staff are being given the basic information about how timebanking works and how to locate their nearest time bank.


Monday 25th January Lee Green Community Centre

2.00 p.m.

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia, affecting almost 500,000 people in the UK. The term “dementia” describes a loss of mental ability associated with gradual death of brain cells. The exact cause of Alzheimer’s disease is unknown, although a number of things are thought to increase your risk of developing the condition. These include:

  • increasing age

  • a family history of the condition

  • previous severe head injuries

  • lifestyle factors and conditions associated with cardiovascular disease

To find out find more join us at Lee Green Community Centre on 25th January at 2 p.m.

THURSDAY MEET UP – 14th January
The next Thursday meet up will be 14th January at 7.30 p.m. We will be meeting at
The Lord Northbrook on Burnt Ash Rd. People buy their own drinks.
All welcome Forthcoming dates:
25th February, 31st March


Monday 11th, 18th, 25th January Lee Green Community Centre,
Monday 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th February Leegate
Monday 7th, 14th, 21st March

3.30 – 4.30 p.m after Coffee, Cake and Company

Yoga is an ancient form of exercise that focuses on strength, flexibility and breathing to boost physical and mental wellbeing. The main components of yoga are postures (a series of movements designed to increase strength and flexibility) and breathing. Dozens of scientific trials of varying quality have been published on yoga. Most studies suggest yoga is a safe and effective way to increase physical activity, especially strength, flexibility and balance. There’s some evidence that regular yoga practice is beneficial for people with high blood pressure, heart disease, aches and pains – including lower back pain – depression and stress.
2 time credits by attending yoga



Several burglaries have taken place in the area recently. Here are some tips from the police to deter potential burglaries and keep your home safe.

  • Keep curtains closed so burglars can’t see in – even during the day.

  • Sadly, the attractive plantation shutters are less effective than curtains against prying eyes.

  • Keep a light on while you’re out – maybe on the landing.

  • A random knock on the door may be a burglar checking if you’re in – GET THE VEHICLE REGISTRATION NUMBER AND LET US KNOW.

  • Set up a neighbourhood watch in your road – it will save on insurance. http://www.ourwatch.org.uk/get_involved/

  • Just because your neighbours have burglar alarms and you don’t, doesn’t mean you’re more vulnerable – as long as you have really good locks.

  • It’s not only smart houses that are vulnerable. If your home needs a lick of paint it may be targeted because burglars think there is an elderly resident with possessions like jewellery.

  • We go to too many burglaries where residents have turned off alarms. Leave them switched on while you’re out.

  • If you hear an alarm, get in touch with us.

  • Install security lighting. You can get in for £10 and it doesn’t need wiring – just plugging in.

  • If you’re burgled and if you can, take a photo of the burglar.

PC Jamie Layton 208PL, Lee Green dedicated Ward officer (DWO)

Phone 0208 271 2482 Email: Jamie.layton@met.pnn.police.uk


Monday 18th January Lee Green Community Centre

Monday 15th February Leegate
Monday14th March

3.30 – 5.30 p.m after Coffee, Cake and Company

Come along to the Lee Fair Share Jewellery Workshop, where you can have a cup of tea or coffee while creating a beautiful piece of jewellery. ALL WELCOME

2 Time Credits
Non Time Bank members: £1 suggested donation towards materials


The Country Girls by Edna O’Brien

The Country Girls is Edna O’Brien’s first novel, published in 1960 when she was twenty. Two other novels followed in 1962 and 1964 to form a trilogy describing the early years of Kate Brady, growing up in southern Ireland and later living in London. O’Brien’s writing is very compelling and easy to read if you like the subject matter – describing the inner feelings of women, and their problems in relating to men, and to society as a whole. The novel shocked catholic society in Ireland by breaking the silence on sexual matters and social issues and the book was banned, burned and denounced from the pulpit and O’Brien left Ireland behind.

When the LFS bookclub decided to read this novel for our December meeting I was pleased as I could remember finding them fascinating when I was about 16 (a similar age to Cait, the main character in this first novel) as I could easily identify with some of her anxieties and longings and I found that rereading the book as an older woman was just as good. O’Brian’s style is honest and lyrical and she conveys feelings and scenes vividly.

The novel describes the early lives of Kaithleen “Cait” Brady and Bridget “Baba” Brennan, two young Irish country girls who have spent their childhood together. There is personal tragedy for Cait as she suffers a family bereavement and there is comedy when she and Baba strive to get expelled from the convent – something they successfully manage. They go to Dublin in search of life and love in the big city and struggle to live in lodgings on very little money – Cait, dreamy and romantic, yearns for true love, and takes up with an older man. This part of the trilogy ends with the girls having to find their separate ways.

Take care to distinguish between this novel and Edna’s memoirs published in 2012 which has a similar title – Country Girl. Some members of the bookclub read this book by mistake. But fortunately they enjoyed reading the memoirs and we could compare notes on the similarities between Kate’s early life and Edna’s own. I’m reading the memoirs now and can recommend them – there are some fascinating appearances of show biz people in Edna’s life – she held great parties at her house once she separated from her older and overbearing husband.

The next book club is on 11th February, the chosen book is
“Farewell My Lovely” by Raymond Chandler.


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January 2016

Every Monday 1.30 – 3 pm. Coffee, Cake & Company:

Lee Green Community Centre, Leegate Centre.

Every Tuesday afternoon Time Tickers Walking Group – Low Impact

2 p.m Manor House Gardens by Pistachio’s Cafe

Monday 11th, 18th, 25th, Chair Yoga

3.30 – 4.30 p.m Lee Green Community Centre, Leegate Centre.

Thursday 14th January Time Tickers Walking Group – High Impact

2 p.m Lee Green Community Centre, Leegate Centre.

Thursday 14th January Thursday Meet Up

7.30 p.m. The Lord Northbrook, Burnt Ash Rd

Monday 18th January Jewellery Workshop
3.00 – 5.00 p.m.
Lee Green Community Centre, Leegate Centre.

Monday 25th January Talk on Alzheimer’s

2.00 p.m. Lee Green Community Centre, Leegate Centre.

February 2016

Monday 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th Chair Yoga

3.30 – 4.30 p.m Lee Green Community Centre, Leegate Centre.

Thursday 11th February Book Club
7.30 p.m. “Farewell My Lovely” Raymond Chandler

. For more details & venue please contact Lorraine

Monday 15th February Jewellery Workshop
3.00 – 5.00 p.m.
Lee Green Community Centre, Leegate Centre.

Lorraine Spenceley – Lee Fair Share Coordinator
c/o Lee Green Community Centre
Unit 3, Leegate, London SE12 8SS

07875 082571 leefairshare@hotmail.com