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On my web site you can find out about me, my work in Sydenham and Lewisham Council. In short I have represented Sydenham ward since 1986 and believe I have a real understanding of the local issues having lived in and represented Sydenham for over 30 years. I am always ready to listen to what residents say and provide community leadership in chairing the Sydenham Assembly. I am the Cabinet Member for Health, Wellbeing and Older People. I also chair the Sydenham Town Centre Steering Group and SEE3 Portas pilot to attract quality independent businesses to Sydenham.

Please visit my councillor web site as this provides links to Lewisham Council and factual information such as my Newsletters and the Ward Profile - please see the latest quarterly Newsletters.

Please visit my Contact me page for way to get in touch or just send me an email - info@chrisbest.org

Congratulations to Ellie Reeves Labour's MP Lewisham West & Penge

I am delighted that Ellie Reeves has secured a large majority of over 23,000 as our MP for Lewisham West and Penge. So much as happened since the 8 June and Ellie is currently sorting our her office arrangements. Please [click here]
(http://www.elliereeves.org.uk/) for further information.

Ellie has lived in the area for most of her life going to Adamsrill Primary School and Cator Park Secondary School. She lives in the constituency with her family and is married to John Cryer, Chair of the Parliamentary Labour Party.

I know Ellie will provide a strong voice in Parliament as well as locally. She follows on from Jim Dowd, who served for 25 years as our MP and 20 years a Councillor for the London Borough of Lewisham.

Your Sydenham Councillors discussing the local issues

Latest from the Sydenham Assembly

Next meeting Tuesday 5 Seotember

Many thanks to everyone who took part in YOUR Sydenham Survey





We had a very successful market place on Saturday 10 June event where local groups as well as borough wide organizations showcased their services. We had a range of entertainment at The Sydenham Centre which is available for hire.









The Sydenham Assembly Newsletters are online here

Our top five priorities are

  • Bringing our community together
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Vibrant high street
  • Cleaner and greener Sydenham
  • Crime and Antisocial behaviour

Previous Sydenham Assembly meetings are under the Get Involved page.

Please visit the Sydenham Assembly page of Lewisham's web site for more information and the photos of our meetings can be found here. You can also join the facebook page.

The poem was composed by Kas Darley and Mark Stevenson from Teatro Vivo who started the Assembly meeting with a performance as Titania and Oberon.They asked for words from those present to present this poem at the end of the meeting

Teatro Vivo - Ode to Sydenham

The shops are bursting with melons aplenty
We're proud to live in SE's six and twenty
Green spaces and the famous pocket squares
Parks Mayow, Wells and Home to take the airs
But if carousing is the thing for you
Look for the creatures in our local zoo
Drink with a Dolphin and a Lion of Gold
Soon hopefully the Greyhound will be sold
And like a Phoenix from the flames will rise
Transforming right before our very eyes
If you like to sit in your car and sing
The queues on Sydenham high street are the thing
But if your journey you'd prefer was swift
Bus, trains and Overground are Sydenham's gift
With High Street Happenings and Sydenham Arts
Culture is bursting out from many parts The library's brought to life by volunteers For whom we all would like to give three cheers!
Community in Sydenham is so strong
Together we're a very happy throng
A diverse bunch of ages and of races
There's Sydenham Smiles on all our friendly faces.

You can look me up on facebook - as well as Sydenham Assembly, Sydenham Town Centre and SEE3

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