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New homeless shelter in Eltham set to be completed by January

A new communal area will see the launch of a day centre where rough sleepers can receive healthcare and specialist advice.

  

Family of four homeless after refusing council house 140 miles away

Two weeks ago, Izabela Kickosecka, 36, and her three young children were evicted from their temporary accommodation in Bexley after refusing Waltham Forest council’s offer of a home in Derby.

  

Plans for 5G mast next to children’s playground refused after causing ‘upset’ and ‘anxiety’

Applicants CK Hutchison Networks wanted to plant the mast at the junction of Aldrich Terrace and Lidiard Road in Wandsworth which saw 62 locals object.

  

700 new trees planted as part of £150 million hospital redevelopment

Tooting’s Springfield Hospital’s 81 acre site is being redeveloped to bring more than 800 new homes, two mental health facilities, shops and land for a new school.

  

Wimbledon bridge is most crashed into in London

Resident Charlie, 51, said: “We quite often hear as someone gets stuck underneath, it’s become a local attraction for the neighbours we go out and have a look.”

  

1,000 rape alarms to be given out to help stop violence against women and girls

The alarms are part of the Kensington and Chelsea council’s five-year plan to make women and girls feel safer in the borough.

  

Almost 4,000 staff still not double-jabbed at South London hospital

Guy’s and St Thomas’s Trust – the third-largest NHS employer with 23,407 staff – could face losing 3,929 unvaccinated staff in April, with a double-jab rate of 83.2 per cent.

 

Women’s safety debate rages as union confirms strikes on the night tube this weekend

The RMT union has confirmed that its members are set to continue a series of walkouts this weekend over a dispute about rosters used to staff the night tube.

  

Croydon man takes warning drivers about restricted zone into his own hands

Ricky says he managed to stop 50 drivers from getting fined for going through a restricted zone, in just two hours on Thursday, December 2.

  

Walworth families told their school is likely to close in September because of falling numbers

The governors of Townsend Primary School in Townsend Street, just off the Old Kent Road in Walworth, looks likely to shut on September 1.

  

Troy Deeney: Millwall is a proper football club – I loved the grief with the fans

The experienced striker had halved the deficit early in the second half at The Den with a superb finish.

  

Crystal Palace’s players urged to ‘stick together’ after third successive Premier League defeat

The Eagles picked up a point against Burnley in the 3-3 draw but have lost three in succession against Aston Villa, Leeds United and Manchester United, slipping down to 13th in the Premier League table.

  

Patrick Vieira: Crystal Palace lacked bravery in 1-0 defeat at Manchester United

The Eagles had their best chance of the afternoon in the 74th minute when Jordan Ayew met Tyrick Mitchell’s corner at the back post. But the Ghanaian international, who hasn’t scored for the club since the 4-1 win over Leeds United in November 2020, placed his effort wide.

  

Four takeaways from AFC Wimbledon’s 4-3 FA Cup win over Cheltenham Town – Palmer and Assal brilliance nearly undone by nervy defending

AFC Wimbledon booked their place in the FA Cup third round……just. The Dons emerged 4-3 winners over Cheltenham Town in their tie at Plough Lane yesterday. Here Edmund Brack picks out his four takeaways from the contest.

  

‘Outstanding’ – Dons head coach finds a lot to like in Ayoub Assal’s display as AFC Wimbledon progress in FA Cup

Assal scored his first in the 36th minute when he slotted home Luke McCormick’s through ball and doubled his tally after half time with a smart finish inside the area to turn home Ollie Palmer’s cross.

  

‘Our front three were a real handful’ – Millwall boss Rowett delighted at contribution from his attacking players

Tom Bradshaw scored for the second Championship match in a row for the first time since last December.

  

AFC Wimbledon head coach hoping to land Leeds United in FA Cup third round

The Dons head coach is hoping to draw Leeds United in the next stage of the competition.

  

Birmingham boss Lee Bowyer: We didn’t compete well enough with Millwall’s players

Lee Bowyer pulled no punches about Birmingham City’s 3-1 defeat at The Den against Millwall on Saturday afternoon.

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Nurture a child’s love of reading says children’s illustrator Lisa Stickley

With four projects on the go, life is busy for children’s author and illustrator Lisa Stickley, writes Rebecca Magill.

 

Spotlight: Bromley school supporting wellbeing celebrates its fifth birthday

A Bromley school which supports children and young people with social, emotional and mental health needs, has celebrated its fifth birthday.

 

Westminster primary school opens new Rastamouse themed library bus

Students at St Mary Magdalene and nursery children have been treated to the new bus after five years of fundraising.

 

Learning in the Great Outdoors set to take in the whole country

A scheme to boost children’s learning by having classes in the great outdoors is spreading its wings to take in the whole country.

  

Lewisham announces programme for London Borough of Culture

The £1.35m fuelled year-long programme of Lewisham’s London Borough of Culture festivities was unveiled last Thursday, including music, installations and dance.

  

Musicians awarded 2021 Drake YolanDa award

Two promising musicians have been awarded £3,000 each to help support and advance their careers, writes Davina Hyde.

  

Tate Britain announces artist Hew Locke to undertake annual Commission

The Tate Britain has announced that Guyanese-British artist Hew Locke will be the next artist to undertake the annual Commission unveiled in March 2022.

  

We Are Lewisham programme unveiling Lewisham talent

The We Are Lewisham programme unveiled on November 25, includes a number of highlights, from dance to sculpture to music.

  

Enjoy a festive feast at London’s Christmas markets/ Rudie’s Jerk Shack

Visit London has put together a list of the capital’s best Christmas markets to get you in the festive mood.

  

Battersea Power Station opens its Winter Village

Festive joy is being spread in Wandsworth this Christmas as Battersea Power Station opens its Winter Village.

  

Iro Sushi opens its 12th branch in Sidcup

Iro Sushi is opening in Sidcup High Street after successfully operating 11 stores across London since 2015.

  

In My View: Bell Ribeiro Addy, MP for Streatham

Whilst its Ground Rents Bill sounds like a step in the right direction for future homeowners, it doesn’t go far enough towards ending this exploitative model of ownership.

  

In My View: Vicky Foxcroft, MP for Lewisham and Deptford

COP I’m sure it won’t have escaped South London Press readers’ attention that the Conservative Government took away the £20 uplift to Universal Credit last month.

  

In My View: Marsha de Cordova, MP for Battersea

In the lead up to COP26 my constituents in Battersea were clear – from small business owners, to churches, to our young people – the time to be ambitious and take action is now.

  

In My View: Helen Hayes, MP for Dulwich and West Norwood

The climate emergency is the single biggest issue we face both nationally and globally. To prevent the most catastrophic consequences of global warming we must limit the increase to 1.5C.

  

The Little Prince is comes to Woolwich Works, Greenwich

A fresh adaptation of the classic tale The Little Prince is coming to Greenwich this weekend.

  

Review: The Valkyrie – Liberated women or corpse-choosing vampires?

It is a bold production of the second episode, Valkyrie, which hits the mark, and contains some first-rate performances.

  

Review: Dog Show at the Pleasance Theatre N7

Dog Show is as energetic as a greyhound chasing a rabbit and as joyous as watching your mutt eating your homework.

  

Spotlight On Music and Tracks

Lewisham-born musician, vocalist and DJ Coby Sey (main picture) is hard at work on his upcoming show – a collaboration with the London Contemporary Orchestra (LCO) at the Southbank Centre.

  

What’s On this Week: December 4th – 11th

Entertainment Listings: The Bridge Street Theatre; Dulwich Picture Gallery; Purcell Room; Churchill Theatre; National Theatre; Lil Sullivan; Royal Festival Hall; Globe Theatre etc.

  

Afrobeat artist Aneero releases new single Dance Shoes

A Lewisham-based afrobeat artist has released his new single Dance Shoes, bringing the life and party of his native Ghana.

  

100-year-old woman from Greenwich raises £1,500 for community allotment

Nina Long said: “It feels good to be able to make a difference even though I am unable to go out and help physically.”

  

Lewisham – London Borough of Culture 2022

Lewisham has unveiled plans for its year as London Borough of Culture 2022.

  

Story time in a magical underwater world at London Zoo

Parents, guardians and their babies will be taken on a journey through the ocean to explore all the sights, sounds, and textures of the ocean at Christmas. 

  

Timid, unassuming man driven to kill sister-in-law

Ernest Churchman escaped the rope and a long drop to eternity after claiming his sister-in-law “provoked” him into killing her – almost severing her head from her body with a knife he had grappled with her. But the Wimbledon father was still sentenced to five years of penal servitude. Here, JAN BONDESON tells another tale of a gruesome Victorian killing which shines a light on our modern attitude to fatal levels of domestic abuse.

  

This week 10, 20, 30 years ago

10 years ago – An investigation was launched after a pensioner died in a fire at her flat, a day after being released from a mental health care home.

  

The grand pottery firm with its roots right here south of the River Thames

The headquarters of Doulton & Co, one of the country’s most famous ceramics companies, can still be seen in Lambeth.

  

Where the Dickens are these buildings now?

Did you know that Jacob’s Island in Bermondsey was the scene of Bill Sikes’ demise in Oliver Twist? Or that Butlers Wharf was used by Dickens as Quilp’s yard in The Old Curiosity Shop? Well now you do.

  

Arrests made after pair pose as police in aggravated burglary in Wandsworth

Two men have been arrested as part of an investigation into an aggravated burglary in Wandsworth.

  

Know how to spot if your cat has FIV

FIV can be a life-limiting condition, as it affects a cat’s immune response, making it difficult for them to deal with infections that they would otherwise be able to fight off.

  

Cluck, cluck: Locals nun too happy at noisy convent hens

Nuns at a convent have been caught up in a bizarre row about loud clucking from chickens.

  

Ensure your pet can be seen on road

Our four-legged friends love being outdoors, but it’s important to be aware of the potential dangers that roads and traffic can pose to our pets when exploring their surroundings

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Millwall

  

Troy Deeney: Millwall is a proper football club – I loved the grief with the fans

The experienced striker had halved the deficit early in the second half at The Den with a superb finish.

  

‘Our front three were a real handful’ – Millwall boss Rowett delighted at contribution from his attacking players

Tom Bradshaw scored for the second Championship match in a row for the first time since last December.

  

Birmingham boss Lee Bowyer: We didn’t compete well enough with Millwall’s players

Lee Bowyer pulled no punches about Birmingham City’s 3-1 defeat at The Den against Millwall on Saturday afternoon.

Charlton Athletic

  

Gateshead player-boss gives his verdict on FA Cup loss to Charlton

The Addicks avoided an upset as they beat the National League North side 2-0 on Friday evening with Jayden Stockley scoring both goals.

  

Four takeaways from Charlton’s FA Cup win at Gateshead: A fright on the Tyne

Charlton survived several scares to beat non-leaguers Gateshead 2-0 and earn a place in the third round of the FA Cup.

  

“I hope they go up” – Jackson heaps praise on gutsy Gateshead after Charlton progress in FA Cup

Johnnie Jackson heaped praise on Gateshead after the non-leaguers gave Charlton a real test the FA Cup second round.

Crystal Palace

  

Crystal Palace’s players urged to ‘stick together’ after third successive Premier League defeat

The Eagles picked up a point against Burnley in the 3-3 draw but have lost three in succession against Aston Villa, Leeds United and Manchester United, slipping down to 13th in the Premier League table.

  

Patrick Vieira: Crystal Palace lacked bravery in 1-0 defeat at Manchester United

The Eagles had their best chance of the afternoon in the 74th minute when Jordan Ayew met Tyrick Mitchell’s corner at the back post. But the Ghanaian international, who hasn’t scored for the club since the 4-1 win over Leeds United in November 2020, placed his effort wide.

  

Crystal Palace striker Christian Benteke hoping to spoil Ralf Rangnick’s Manchester United start

The Eagles suffered their first back-to-back defeat under Patrick Vieira when they lost 1-0 at Leeds United on Tuesday night after conceding a last-minute penalty.

  

Crystal Palace Women has been part of Dean Davenport’s life for a long time – he still takes great pride in wearing the badge

he has spent the last 17 years coaching for the South Londoners, earning his stripes on the way to becoming first-team manager of the women’s team.

AFC Wimbledon

  

Four takeaways from AFC Wimbledon’s 4-3 FA Cup win over Cheltenham Town – Palmer and Assal brilliance nearly undone by nervy defending

AFC Wimbledon booked their place in the FA Cup third round……just. The Dons emerged 4-3 winners over Cheltenham Town in their tie at Plough Lane yesterday. Here Edmund Brack picks out his four takeaways from the contest.

  

‘Outstanding’ – Dons head coach finds a lot to like in Ayoub Assal’s display as AFC Wimbledon progress in FA Cup

Assal scored his first in the 36th minute when he slotted home Luke McCormick’s through ball and doubled his tally after half time with a smart finish inside the area to turn home Ollie Palmer’s cross.

  

AFC Wimbledon head coach hoping to land Leeds United in FA Cup third round

The Dons head coach is hoping to draw Leeds United in the next stage of the competition.

  

‘I want to be a Premier League great’ – Ayoub Assal driven to succeed and why AFC Wimbledon is the right club for him

The driven 19-year-old has gone from only featuring in sporadic EFL Trophy games to becoming one of the most feared and dependable youngsters in League One in less than a year.

Dulwich Hamlet

  

Non-league round-up: Kandi sees red but Dulwich Hamlet hold on for point in National League South

The South Londoners were twice pegged back by the hosts at Draper Tools Community Stadium, with all the goals scored in the first half.

  

Non-league round-up: Dulwich Hamlet to face Plymouth Parkway in FA Trophy after beating Brentwood

Dulwich Hamlet have been draw away to Plymouth Parkway in the third round of the FA Trophy after they dispatched Brentwood 2-1 in the second round on Saturday.

  

Deon Moore and Jamie Splatt stake claims for bigger roles at Dulwich Hamlet

Moore spent the previous month on loan at Lewes while Splatt has returned from VCD Athletic.

   

Sweet for Kandi as his double helps Dulwich ditch Welling out of London Senior Cup

Chike Kandi bagged a brace as Dulwich Hamlet came from behind to beat Welling United 3-1 in the London Senior Cup.

Chelsea

  

Jorginho the villain and hero as Chelsea rescue point against Manchester United in 1-1 draw

Jorginho was villain and hero in equal measure as he gifted Manchester United their goal, but rescued a point for the league leaders with a cooly struck penalty as this pulsating match ended 1-1 at Stamford Bridge.

  

Kante and Chilwell both set to miss Chelsea’s Premier League showdown with Manchester United

The duo left the field on Tuesday night with knee injuries as the Blues thrashed Juventus 4-0 in their Champions League group match.

  

Defenders Chalobah and James propel Chelsea to glorious night of European football with 4-0 thrashing of Juventus

A brilliant display by Chelsea saw them thrash Italian giants Juventus 4-0 at Stamford Bridge to top Group H of the Champions League with one match remaining.

Fulham

  

Fulham boss Marco Silva: We did enough to deserve to beat Bournemouth

Dominic Solanke scored 11 seconds into the second half before Tosin Adarabioyo’s header with six minutes to go secured a share of the spoils for the Whites.

  

Former Balham Blazers youngster Fabio Carvalho wins Johnny Haynes Trophy

Carvalho, who spent time with Balham Blazers as a youngster, scored 11 goals in 13 matches for the Whites’ U23 side.

  

Marco Silva to analyse Fulham’s below-par display at Preston North End

Tim Ream’s first-half finish put the Whites ahead before Ched Evans scored with 20 minutes remaining to give both teams a share of the spoils.

  

‘Fantastic’ Fulham move to the top of the Championship table

Goals from Aleksandar Mitrovic, Fabio Carvalho, Neeskens Kebano and Harry Wilson gave the Whites all three points.

QPR

  

QPR boss Warburton pleased with second-half display as they successfully raid the Rams

Mark Warburton was delighted with QPR’s “intensity” in the second half after they beat Derby 2-1 at Pride Park last night.

  

QPR in Championship play-off zone but Warburton unhappy at self-inflicted errors

Goals from Chris Willock and Charlie Austin mean the west London club are in a Championship play-off positions.

  

QPR’s Chris Willock has special dedication for his goal at Blackpool

QPR attacker Chris Willock has dedicated his goal against Blackpool to his late uncle. The 23-year-old opened the scoring at Bloomfield Road last weekend.

  

QPR’s players had ‘heated discussion’ after dropping points at Blackpool

Mark Warburton was frustrated that QPR dropped two points against Blackpool – and added that his players had a “heated discussion” after the final whistle.

Boxing

  

Isaac Chamberlain in action at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre on December 10

The 27-year-old will look to claim his 14th pro win and pick up the IBF International cruiserweight title in the process.

  

Richard Riakporhe: We’re targeting world domination – I want all the belts

Richard Riakporhe is confident he will be collecting world titles soon after claiming the WBC Silver cruiserweight belt with a fifth-round stoppage of Olanrewaju Durodola last weekend.

  

Dan Azeez wins British light-heavyweight title with dazzling display against Hosea Burton

Dan ‘Super’ Azeez is the new British light-heavyweight champion after a superb win over Hosea Burton at Wembley Arena.

  

Richard Riakporhe: I want to fight for a world title at Crystal Palace’s Selhurst Park

Richard Riakporhe is expecting to challenge for a world title in 2022 – and the unbeaten cruiserweight is hoping that can be staged at Crystal Palace’s Selhurst Park stadium.

More Sport

  

Ice-hockey: Streatham coach Farn excited to get back into the thick of the action

Streatham coach Michael Farn can’t wait to get back on the ice after a two-week break from action.

  

Herne Hill Harriers round-up: Phoebe Anderson lands GB slot for the European Cross County Championships

Phoebe Anderson has been selected for the Great Britain Juniors team for the European Cross Country Championships in Dublin on December 12.

  

Hercules Wimbledon AC round-up: Ellen Weir seals GB spot at European Cross Country Championships

Ellen Weir battled through hurricane force winds in Liverpool on Saturday to make Britain’s team for the European Cross Country Championships in Dublin next month.

  

Rugby union: Blackheath dominant in 16-6 win over Bishop’s Stortford

A game dominated from start to finish by Blackheath, but only made secure in the final six minutes.