Introduction to the heritage project

“Lewisham is the kind of place where people do seem to band together to get things done…”1 Thanks to funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Voluntary Action Lewisham (VAL) has… continue reading →

The story of VAL

1970s The organisation began in 1968 as Lewisham Council of Social Service (LCCS). The chair was John Gulland, who also held a position at Goldmiths. It was grant-aided by Lewisham… continue reading →

The Rev’d Canon Charles Pickstone interviewed by Nathalie van Dun

Charles Pickstone became the Vicar of St Laurence Church, Catford in 1989. As a curate he had been very keen on the church playing its role in the community, always… continue reading →

Doris Smith interviewed by Geoffrey Thurley

Born in Lower Sydenham in 1930, “opposite the gasworks”, Doris Smith has campaigned for most of her life about causes she feels strongly about.

Kim Spreadborough (nee Martin) interviewed by Khadija Abdul Rahman

Kim is the daughter of the late Rooney Martin and Ron Martin who together founded Somerville Adventure Playground. Kim was born in Haydon House, Kender Street, close the playground and… continue reading →

Bradley Cummings interviewed by Khadija Abdul Rahman

Bradley first went to Somerville Adventure Playground at the age of four. It became a place where he spent a lot of time as a child. Bradley describes the playground… continue reading →

Woodrow Phoenix interviewed by Joanne Roberts

“My mother was very engaged in all kinds of social activities, and she believed very strongly in helping people and in doing good works…I suppose its all informed a lot… continue reading →

Rebecca Long interviewed by Joanne Roberts

Rebecca Long started in 2002 as the director of the Marsha Phoenix Memorial Trust, one of the many initiatives started by Sibyl Phoenix and her work with young people in… continue reading →

Dave Dayes interviewed by Louise Rondel

Dave Dayes was a market trader when he and his wife, Barbara, started building their home in Honor Oak in the 1980s on the site of what would become Walters… continue reading →

Rosario Guimba-Stewart interviewed by Leah Pengelly

Originally from the Philippines, Rosario GuimbaStewart describes how she first became involved in political and community activism after graduating. “I grew up in Manila. I started my activism right after… continue reading →

Musa Jama interviewed by Geoffrey Thurley

In April 1991, Musa came to London as a refugee from the civil war in Somalia. He explains, “As a refugee, I didn’t know where I would end up; in… continue reading →

Malcolm Cadman interviewed by Paul Clayton

Originally from South Yorkshire, in 1976 Malcolm moved onto the Pepys Estate with a fellow teacher; he was in his mid-twenties. The three-bedroom flat was “hard to let”, but blessed… continue reading →

Quynh Nguyen interviewed by Danielle Andrew-Lynch

Quynh came to London from Vietnam in 1994. She is the coordinator of Deptford-based Vietnamese Children and Families Association which includes the Vietnamese Supplementary School, or Vietschool. She was instrumental… continue reading →

Zak Moshie interviewed by Chloe Hur

When Steve Bullock was elected in 2002 as the first Mayor of Lewisham, he introduced a similar model for a directly elected young mayor who was to be supported by… continue reading →

Heritage project acknowledgements

Thank you Volunteer interviewers: Khadija Abdul Rahman, Danielle Andrew-Lynch, Paul Clayton, Nathalie Van Dun, Chloe Hur, Leah Pengelly, Joanne Roberts, Louise Rondel and Geoffrey Thurley Volunteer editors, researchers and interview… continue reading →

Downloadable booklet

Contact us on 020 3778 0663 if you would like to be sent a hard copy of the heritage project booklet or you can download a copy from the link… continue reading →

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