Lee Green Assembly: Directory of community groups

Local community groups in Lee Green have come together under the banner “Our Community, Our Say”. They’re committed to working to make the area a better place in which to live, work and enjoy their leisure. They are the drivers behind the Assembly’s Local Plan to make the ward a “healthy, stimulating and safer environment”. They have joined forces to create a Consortium, a network of groups who hope to help and support each other, in the process encouraging others.

Together, they will be promoting that harmony and their contributions at a special Showcase for the second year running at Manor House Gardens Festival on Saturday 24 June – noon to 5pm. Make sure you come to their tent and see for yourself. All welcome, whether interested in taking part in their activities or simply curious to see what we do.

Below, we provide pen sketches of many of the active groups in Lee Green. If you run a group and want to be part of this Directory, contact us.


Friends and Users of Staplehurst Shops (FUSS)

FUSS was formed over ten years ago to reinvigorate the run-down Staplehurst area in front of Hither Green station. Volunteers have liaised with the Council and shops, planted trees, installed planters and more recently helped to transform the railway embankment into a flower garden. FUSS runs a successful annual Christmas Fair – featuring a giant tree, community activities and stalls – and other fairs to raise money and to sustain the area. Contact: Laura, email: fusspot100@gmail.com, Facebook book page – F.U.S.S at Hither Green


Friends of Manor House Gardens

A group of volunteers whose purpose is to increase use and enjoyment of the park, consulting regularly with Lewisham Council and Glendale to make improvements that benefit the whole community. Their work includes developing and hosting community events, including the massive annual summer festival, maintaining a community garden, reporting and resolving user issues and encouraging better biodiversity.  Contact: Paul Lowndes; email friendsofmanorhousegardens@gmail.com


Lee Fair Share

A Time Bank in the Lee and Hither Green area, offering local people the chance to make friends and know their neighbours. Every hour you spend helping someone gets you a Time Credit entitling you to support with something else. Helping someone in their garden might get you help with your computer. Age, lack of finance and limited mobility are no bars to participating.  Contact: Lorraine Spenceley; email leefairshare@hotmail.com


Lee Forum

Want to influence what our area will be like in 20 years? Forums can protect green spaces and heritage buildings, and guide the building of homes and community spaces.  We are run by and for the community, and we are funded. Please join us, we welcome new members.  Contact:  email info@leeforum.org.uk


Lee Green Lives

A group that runs the community centre in Leegate (opposite Iceland), transforming an empty unit into a vibrant hub of activities for all needs, ages and backgrounds. Activities include computer and English classes, sociable tea-and-chat, knitting and sewing, exercises for older people, drop-in advice. A major community resource, providing skills and experience for volunteers while supporting local groups throughout the area.  Contact:  Shirley Kirkland; lgrnlives01@gmail.com


Lee Green Open Studios

Lee Green Open Studios celebrates the high quality artists based in the area. Local homes, businesses, school and halls are open to the public with a chance to see and purchase amazing artwork created in the area, including paintings, prints, photography, ceramics, sculptors, jewellers and more. The 2017 event takes place on weekends of the 11/12 and 18/19 November 12noon-6pm www.leegreenopenstudios.com


Lee Green Women’s Institute

A friendly group of local women who get together to create, chat, draw, drink, listen, protest, get inspired, read and learn. Come and join us to learn new skills, to get involved with our neighbourhood – and have a laugh. We meet the third Thursday at 7.30pm of every month at Trinity School, Taunton Road. All local women welcome. Contact: website http://leegreenwi.co.uk; see also https://www.facebook.com/leegreenWI


Lee Manor Community Garden

The Community Garden was established in 2011 on a patch of waste land at the Burnt Ash end of Micheldever Road. The ground is concreted, and all growing is in raised planters. The aim of the group is to grow fruit and vegetables using primarily organic methods and to share the produce. Open to all.  Contact: Dr Ralph White; email ralphmailing@gmail.com


Lee Manor Society

Lee Manor Society was established in 1976 to care for the conservation area of Lee Manor – a well-preserved example of a planned Victorian suburb with homes, schools, shops, a pub and a church. It has since widened to include much of Lee Green. Central to the society is the 18th century Manor House and its grounds, now a public library and park.  Contact: Ralph White; email ralphmailing@gmail.com


Lewisham Art Café in Manor Park

A friendly cafe (meat-free), set up by local artists Fred & Banu Schmid as an affordable place to unite people who live, work or visit the area. Offers coffees, teas, sandwiches, ice creams, snacks, etc, and community activities including workshops, events, projects, parties. Also composting, gardening, litter-picking and much more goes on at the cafe. The cafe provides a free platform to share skills with others.  Contact: Fred Schmid; email lewishamartscafe@gmail.com;  www.lewishamartscafe.uk


Manor Park Users’ Group

The group is open to everyone who enjoys Manor Park. We have helped to make improvements in the park, such as getting funding to put glass windows in the building, supporting the cafe and events such as our very popular Halloween Bat Walk.  Contact:  Christine Webb; email mpug80@yahoo.co.uk


Users and Friends of Manor House Library

The group was formed in 1999 to withstand threatened closure of Manor House Library when it was threatened with re-location to the Leegate Centre, along with Blackheath Village Library. The successful campaign resulted in massive public investment to renovate the building. Since then, we have sat on the Mayor’s Commission for Libraries and Learning 2008/09 and continued to campaign for local and other libraries.  Contact: Peter Richardson; email mhlibraryusers@yahoo.co.uk


1st Lee South (Our Lady of Lourdes) Brownies

Space for girls and young women to be themselves, have fun, build friendships, gain valuable life skills and make a difference to their communities. Also gives them a voice, helping plan their unit’s programme – in Lee one Rainbow (5-7 year olds), eight Brownies (7-10 year olds), four Guides (10-14 year olds), one Senior Section (14-26 year olds). To register your interest in Girlguiding, either as a volunteer or to find a Unit for a girl, go to www.girlguiding.org.uk/joinus or call 0800 169 5901.


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