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Open Meeting: A celebration of Lewisham Way Youth & Community Centre

Wednesday April 20, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Free event; all ages welcome. Bring your memories and photos!
For over 40 years, from 1973 until 2016, Lewisham Way Youth & Community Centre provided a safe place for black young people to come together: a place of refuge and joy during the 1970s, 1980s and beyond. A commercial building now, but with a history worthy of celebration.

Join us to salute and celebrate the Centre’s vital role as part of Lewisham’s cultural heritage for the Borough of Culture 2022.

The Centre provided support, training and activities for the local black community for all age groups during a time when the New Cross and Deptford areas were a notorious hotbed of National Front activities and racist arson attacks.

“Big sound system dances out the back … everything from black history to martial arts, but reggae was central… Places like this were safe spaces … And that was really powerful and important.” – Dr. Lez Henry

“An important part of my childhood. Regular Drama classes, and so much more. The community is at risk if you do not have a place to go to, and this centre has saved many lives.” – Angie Le Mar


  • Les Back (author with William ‘Lez’ Henry of ‘Reggae Culture as Local Knowledge: Mapping the Beats on South East London Streets’). 
  • Past members, participants and volunteers at the Centre
Lover’s Rock Music provided by King & Queen Genius of One Harmony Radio.

Venue: Lucas Vale Primary School, access from Tanner’s Hill. SE8 4QF

Time:  Wednesday April 20, 2022, 7:00  –  9:00 pm


Wednesday April 20, 2022
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm