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Closing date 26 November 2021

Sydenham Fun Palace Beekeeping session

11 - 3pm Sunday 3 October

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Welcome to my web site

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 currently the Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Social Care.

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

Sydenham Christmas Tree and street lighting

Saturday 4 December

Don't miss the lighting of the Sydenham Christmas Tree and street lights at 5pm on Saturday 4 December - a fantastic programme starting at 4.30pm with Our Lady & St Philip Neri Brass Band and St Bart's school choir. Robin is leading the community carol singing and we have a big countdown at 5pm followed by refreshments at Ignition Brewery.

I am delighted that we are joined by Lewisham Mayoresses, Ellie Reeves MP as well as Santa and a reindeer.

Launch of the Sydenham Fun Palace

Sydenham Assembly

Next meeting on Saturday 11am Saturday 22 January 2022

We will be agreeing the funding for the Sydenham Neighbourhood Community Infrastructure Levy (NCIL) that was launched at the Assembly meeting on Saturday 2nd October - a total of £88,084 that will benefit Sydenham residents.

There is more information on the web site -


More information about the Sydenham Assembly posted here - www.lewisham.gov.uk/localassemblies/sydenhamassembly

The Sydenham Assembly Newsletters are online here

Our top five priorities for Sydenham are - Bringing our community together - Health and Wellbeing - Vibrant high street - Keeping Sydenham clean and green - 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.

You can also join the facebook page.

Valuing a career in social care

I have been promoting a career in social care and talking to the Labour Party's Deputy Leader, Angela Rayner. At the Labour Party Conference Angela launched the Green Paper on Employment Rights

Please see my blog below.


Booster jab and flu vaccine

No one left behind!

I have received both my booster jab and flu vaccine at Sydenham Green - both super smooth with the flu jab taking a total of 5 minutes - walk in, collect paperwork on sign in, hand over paperwork with checks before jab, walk out. I booked the flu appointment at the surgery when I received the text - and it was at the same time when receiving the booster jab that I had booked online using the NHS app.

Sydenham Green is the lead surgery for the area taking in Wells Park and Perry Vale and for carrying out the vaccinations.

The important message is book when called and ensure no-one is left behind - make sure your GP surgery has your phone details for text messages.

If you’re worried about your symptoms or you're not sure what to do, you should use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service. Call 111 if you can’t get help online. Do not go to your GP, the hospital or a pharmacy.

COVID-19 Community Champions help spread truthful information about COVID-19. This helps our community avoid myths and stay safe. More info and link here:


Mental Health support during the Covid-19 outbreak

I am delighted to be working with South London and Maudsley (SLAM) on the South East London Covid-19 Mental Ill-Health Prevention Taskforce which is chaired by Normal Lamb. We are reviewing the support available on mental health and well-being and working with on a listening programme.
Public Health England have published guidance for everyone on how to cope during the Covid-19 outbreak.

Rethink Mental Illness have a Coronavirus Hub for information, support and advice. They have also published a list of tips to help manage daily life during the outbreak.

Every Mind Matters have published advice on staying mentally well staying at home during the coronavirus outbreak.

The British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) have published advice on how to cope with anxiety throughout the outbreak.

Mind have published comprehensive guidance on coping with the coronavirus if you have ongoing or specific mental health issues.

Talking about the heritage of Sydenham including Sir Ernest Shackleton CVO OBE FRGS who led three British expeditions to the Antarctic

Ellie Reeves Labour's MP Lewisham West & Penge

Visiting Sydenham Community Library

Ellie Reeves has been out and about visiting different organizations as MP for Lewisham West and Penge. I was delighted to meet Ellie at Sydenham Community Library and talk about the offer of our new ipads for hire.

Please clickhere for further information. You can get in contact by writing to: House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA. Alternatively you can email at: ellie.reeves.mp@parliament.uk or call 020 7219 2668. You can also keep up to date with Ellie's activities by following my Twitter and Facebook.

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.

Ellie is providing 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.