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Stephen Morris reunited with £250,000 Tecchler violin

02/11/2019
A 310-year-old violin worth £250,000 that was left on a train in south London has been returned to its owner. The instrument was handed over to professional musician Stephen Morris in a supermarket car park in Beckenham after secret negotiations More: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-50275613

Two men charged with gun possession after man shoots himself

01/11/2019
A 25-year-old died on Venner Road last month from gunshot wounds after an apparent attempt to shoot another person backfired. More: https://www.newsshopper.co.uk/news/18005921.two-lewisham-men-charged-gun-possession-man-shoots/

Plea to stop two Sydenham Hill Oaks being chopped

31/10/2019
Two of Sydenham Hill Wood’s most beloved trees will be felled by the time this weekend is out unless campaigners’ last-ditch efforts can force the council to reverse its decision. More: https://www.southwarknews.co.uk/news/campaigners-make-desperate-plea-to-stop-two-sydenham-hill-oaks-being-chopped-before-the-weekend-is-out/

Catford crash: Cyclist dies

30/10/2019
Police were called to Ravensbourne Park, outside Catford station, just after 6.30am on Wednesday after receiving reports of a collision between a lorry and a cyclist. More: https://www.standard.co.uk/news/transport/catford-crash-cyclist-dies-outside-station-after-collision-with-lorry-a4273921.html

Man wanted over violin theft

30/10/2019
A man is being sought by police over the theft of a 310-year-old violin worth £250,000. It was one of only a few made by master craftsman David Tecchler in 1709. British Transport Police have released a CCTV image of a man they want to speak to. More: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-50234925

310 year old violin lost on train

29/10/2019
Stephen Morris left the antique instrument, made by master craftsman David Tecchler in 1709, on the London Victoria to Orpington service at Penge East More: https://www.newsshopper.co.uk/news/17999954.classical-musician-leaves-310-year-old-violin-worth-250k-bromley-train/

Green therapy: how gardening is helping to fight depression

14/05/2019
Sydenham Garden feels out of step with its surroundings in urban south London. Fringed by houses on most sides, with a school on its doorstep, it is hard to imagine that this small patch of green space is bringing a new lease of life to people struggling with their mental health. More: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/may/13/green-therapy-gardening-helping-fight-depression

Can a tattoo help you overcome mental health problems?

14/05/2019
That unmistakable buzzing sound floods the Sydenham tattoo parlour like a swarm of wasps descending on a summer barbecue. The needle carefully traces my design, making me wince, but within 30 minutes we’re done. More: https://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/london-life/mental-health-awareness-week-how-tattoos-can-chart-the-road-to-mental-health-recovery-a4140936.html

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