Children’s activities

  • Monday -English lessons for speakers of other languages – 10 – 3 with Christine. Free. Ring first to book.
  • Tuesday 10-11 baby bounce/ rhyme time. Singing and nursery rhymes for under fives, with Alison  50p admin charge
  •  Children’s Creative Book Club 3.30 -5pm. age 5-11years (registration only cost £3.00)
  • Thursday – Rhyme Time with Cat Bateman and her guitar – “Little folks nursery rhymes” 11.45 -12.15. £1.50 babies, £2.50 toddlers


  • Saturday – join our friendly knitters, led by Wendy.   10-12,
  • Monday and Wednesday – Bridge Club – no beginners, 6.45 -10pm, membership fee
  • Monday, Tuesday, occasional Thursdays 10 -3, plus Saturday morning. One to one IT training.  Ring the library to book (don’t ring  Wednesday, Friday or Sunday – we’re closed then)
  • Tuesday – Seated exercise 11-12  Includes  strength, balance, stretch and relaxation. £1 per session. Instructor Tonia.
  • Wednesday – Parent support group counselling service, appointments only, 4.30 -8.30.

Free. Ring library on 020-8778-1753 and leave a message for Ann



  • First Saturday – Councillors’ surgery 10.30 – 11.30
  • Second and last Monday “Hear to help” walk in hearing aid clinic 10 – 12.30 . Free
  • First Tuesday 6 – 7.Adults reading group – read and discuss books provided by the library
  • General help with CVs and issues of concern, advice by appointment only
  • ECO Courses – Employability and one off courses in First Aid and Health and Safety

A brief history of Sydenham Library and its surroundings

Sydenham Library

 A talk by Steve Grindlay

Thursday 16th May 6.30 for 7pm

At Sydenham Community Library, 210 Sydenham Road, SE26 5SE tel:020-8778-1753 (next to Home Park)

Buses 194, 202, 356 and 450 pass the library

Please join us from 6.30 for refreshments, to talk about your memories of Sydenham and the library, and to hear about our local history research plans. The talk will be followed by a chat and memory sharing which will finish at 8.30pm.

Exciting improvements at Sydenham Community Library

Until 15th April 2013, Sydenham Community Library will be closed, while our new cafe is installed, and some redecoration takes place. We’ll miss all our library users. Books can be returned though the dropbox to the right of the door, or to other Lewisham libraries. We have ”small Popup Library” in “Jill”, the SEE3 shop at 27 Sydenham Road. The shop is open Wednesday to Saturday 10-6, and Sunday 11-4. Library volunteers will be there at times on Thursdays and Saturdays. You can browse and borrow books, thanks to the helpful volunteers at the shop. On Thursday 11th April, 10:15 – 11am, “Stages UK” will host songs and stories for small children.
The new improved Sydenham Community Library will reopen on Monday April 15th.


We have some great news (we said it was coming).
Home Park to receive funding for new piazza
A consortium of community groups in Sydenham has been granted funds from the Greater London Authority to create a new literary piazza in Home Park.

The literary piazza will see the currently under-used area next to Sydenham Community Library and the entrance to Home Park redeveloped into a welcoming, attractive and usable public space. The consortium includes; the Friends of Home Park, the Friends of Sydenham Community LibraryBeep Studio Ltd, Rich RegenerationEco Computer SystemsSydenham SocietyGlass House Community Led DesignSEE3 Town Team and Lewisham Council.

They were successful in obtaining a grant of £37,500 from the Mayor of London’s Pocket Parks Programme which gives grants to communities to improve streets, squares, parks, and canal and riverside spaces. Lewisham Council will match fund the grant, meaning the project will now have a total of £75,000.

The funding will be used to cut back overgrown shrubs and install new plants and new seating for people to sit and relax. Old pathways will be rebuilt and a new cycle path will be created. Sydenham Community Library will be able to use the piazza as an ‘outdoor classroom’ for educational and cultural activities and the proposed Sydenham Community Library café will expand into the piazza so that food and drink can also be enjoyed outside. The group also hopes that the new and improved piazza will attract the interest of farmers’ and other specialist markets and encourage more people to shop locally.

Councillor Susan Wise, Cabinet Member for Customer Services, said: “Lewisham Council does not underestimate the importance of investing in our borough’s public spaces, as doing so makes our neighbourhoods safer and more attractive to use. We have longstanding plans to improve Home Park, and this funding gives us the opportunity to upgrade a vital green space earlier than previously planned for our Bellingham and Sydenham residents.”

Anthony Scully, Chair of the Friends of Home Park said: “We’ve worked hard over the last few years to turn around the perception of Home Park with the support of local residents, library users and our partners. We’re very pleased about this funding and we are confident that this will enable us to really open up the space and make the entrance to the park and library much more attractive and accessible for everyone to enjoy.”
Lots is happening in Home Park and the library. It’s a very exciting time.