06 April 2006

06 April 2006

Plea for Black Bone Marrow Donors

In a race against time to find a donor for his wife a South London man was today appealing to organisations running bone marrow registers to do more to recruit donors from ethnic minority groups.

Mark and Sarah Thompson from Lewisham have appeared today on GMTV in an effort to raise awareness of the massive shortage of black and mixed race bone marrow donors.

Town halls split over 271 homes

OPPOSITION has arisen between two town halls over plans to develop an industrial "brownfield" site.

Lewisham council planners are recommending permission is given for a four- to 15-storey building comprising 271 homes on the site of Thurston Road Industrial Estate, behind Lewisham railway station. The plan includes 71 one-bed-room, 178 two-bedroom, 21 three-bedroom and one four-bedroom homes. There would also be 19 live/work units and three large shops.

Too late to stop mast

FUMING residents have been left with an "ugly" phone mast on their doorstep, because the council left it too late to block the proposal. Lewisham Council had 56 days to refuse the application by phone company T-Mobile, to build a mast disguised as a lamppost, in Whitefoot Lane, Catford. But the mast has now been put up, because the council registered its objections after 57 days one day outside the permitted time frame.

Elected mayoral hopefuls unveiled

A Communist, a member of the Christian People's Alliance and people from the main parties, are among 22 candidates running for mayor on 4 May.
The local elections will see battles in the London boroughs of Hackney, Lewisham and Newham, and in Watford.

The current four mayors are all seeking second terms in office.


James Cleverly (C)

Current mayor Steve Bullock (Lab)

Christopher Maines (LD)

Michael Keogh (Green)

John Hamilton (Ind)

Sinna Mani (Lewisham Peoples' Alliance)

Happy day for dying bride

A BED-RIDDEN breast cancer victim in a hospice married her partner of 21 years in an emotional ceremony just days before her death. Sue Shepherd, 56, wed Chris Francis at St Christopher's Hospice in Sydenham on March 17. Chris, 46, said: "It was Sue's dream and we never wanted it to end.

Eagles sign a shirt for charity

CRYSTAL Palace footballers proudly stand by a signed shirt which they hope will raise cash for St Christopher's Hospice in Sydenham. The Eagles shirt will be auctioned at a golf day to be held at the Selsdon Park Hotel on Friday April 28.

The day has been organised in memory of former Coloma Convent schoolgirl Shinead Skehan, who died from cancer aged 19, in April 1996.

Catford gains Bomb Squad

EXPLOSIVES experts are set to boost the ranks of a Territorial Army unit. A specialist bomb disposal unit is to move its operations to the TA centre in Bromley Road, Catford, under a service reorganisation. The 221 Field Squadron, the TA's main bomb disposal unit, is moving to Catford from its current base in Rochester, Kent.

One arrest after drug operation

Sixteen Lewisham officers used an itemiser machine to detect traces of drugs on people entering The Copperfield, Station Approach, Catford. The machine can detect all kinds of drugs from cocaine to cannabis and can also detect handing of firearms.

Seventy five people were swabbed by officers as a condition of entry to the pub on Friday evening. Four people were then searched and one person arrested for possessing cannabis.

Copperfield manager Judith Boyce said: "We welcome the opportunity to work so closely with the police on this new initiative.

"We are confident this will send out the right message to our customers."


obifromsouthlondon said...

hope the Thompson's found a donor. Moe interesting post on DJ Swing's funeral over here

awareness needed

H said...

you may want to enter this competition http://www.foe.co.uk/living/competitions/thom_yorke/index.html

(moe) said...

Thanks :)