Green Man drop-in

It’s the Green Man drop-in for all LGBTQ+ people in Lewisham (or surrounding!) who would like to come along. This month: tabletop ping pong! Get in the Olympic spirit by showing us your paddle skills (no spanking!). 

All welcome. This is also a Opening Doors London meeting so people of all ages welcome! Coffee and tea available.

We meet on the second Wednesday of every month. Next meeting: Wednesday 10th August 2016 from 6pm until 8pm at The Green Man Community Hub (knock on the window if the security don’t see you!), 355 Bromley Road, London SE6 2RP

There is a bus stop right outside the Green Man if you are travelling from Lewisham/Catford direction. The 208, 136, 321 all serve. The nearest train station is Beckenham Hill (but it’s about a 10-15 min walk).


LGBT History Month events in Lewisham February 2016

Here is the list for the current events happening in the borough of Lewisham for LGBT History Month 2016:
Monday 1/2/16, 12-1.30pm

Broadway Theatre Café,

Invite only launch event with speeches from Mayor Steve Bullock and Susan Hailes (Partnership Officer and LGBT Liaison Officer for Lewisham Metropolitan Police). #Outcome exhibition also available to view at the event (see below). Press invited.


Thursday 4/2/16, 2pm -5pm

Costa Coffee, Rushey Green, London SE6

Lewisham LGBT coffee drop-in with Susan Hailes. Free to attend but attendees will be encouraged to purchase something.


Tuesday 9/2/16, from 7.30

Forest Hill Library

Go Tell It On the Mountain – Sandra Agard talks about James Baldwin, activist and author of Giovanni’s Room (1956) which was one of the first novels to discuss themes of bisexuality and being gay.


Wednesday 10/2/16, From 6-8pm

The Green Man, 355 Bromley Rd, London SE6 2RP

Gayopoly and Bingo – games night social!

£1 entry and then £2 per card for bingo. Cash prizes to be won. Tickets available from


Monday 15/2/16, 6-10pm

The Broadway Theatre, Catford Broadway, Catford, London SE6 4RU

Come and join us for a pleasant evening of women and words with a few live performances.

Tickets £5 available from:


Tuesday 16/02/16, from 7:30pm

Broadway Bar, Broadway Theatre, Catford Broadway:

An evening of cabaret and entertainment featuring comedy from VG Lee and musical entertainment from The Fabulettes. A fun and fabulous night is guaranteed! Tickets £15 from #Outcome exhibition also available to view at the event (see below)


Saturday 20/02/16, 6.30pm,

New Cross Learning

Poetry and prose readings by LGBT authors, in association with Paradise Press.


Sunday 21/2/16, 2pm – 7pm

The Green Man, 355 Bromley Rd, London SE6 2RP

Spirituality, meditation and sex – evening of workshops

£2 donation to cover the cost of those providing their time leading the workshops.

Tickets available from


Wednesday 24/2/16, 10am – 4pm

Civic Centre, Catford

LGBT awareness training for people working with Lewisham residents. Find out the issues affecting LGBT residents, the barriers to accessing support, and how to provide inclusive service. An interactive course for those who want to be more aware of providing supportive services for LGBT people in Lewisham. Delivered by METRO.


Wednesday 24/02/16, 6:30pm

Lewisham Library, Cherry Potts (Arachne Press) launches and reads from her new novel The Dowry Blade, a lesbian fantasy epic of the strength and limitations of love and loyalty between friends, lovers, kin, strangers– and enemies. Cherry will also be selling and signing copies. 


Saturday 27/06/16, 12-5pm

Deptford Lounge, 9 Giffin St, London SE8

Health & Wellbeing organisations and charities will unite to give information and advice related to LGBT community including Susan Hailes – LGBT Hate crime Met Police liaison for Lewisham, Metro Centre and Naz. Free.


Sudnay 28/02/2016 – 11am until 12pm –

Lewisham Unitarian Meeting House, 41 Bromley Road, SE6 2TS

A special service in celebration of LGBT History Month with guests including Susan Hailes – LGBT Liaison Officer for Lewisham Police. Free to attend. All welcome.


Sunday 28/02/2016 at 2pm – 10pm

The Green Man, 355 Bromley Road, London SE6 2RP

LGBT Film night and women’s party – showing episodes of London-based Lesbian web series She’s In London and a film TBC followed by a women’s after party.

£2 for the film. £3 for the party or a joint ticket for film and party for £5. Tickets from




All month:


Lewisham Library: 1967 And All That, an exhibition and quiz about the Sexual Offences Act of 1967 and decriminalisation of homosexuality using archives from the LSE-based Hall-Carpenter Archives and the Lesbian and Gay Newsmedia Archive. On loan with thanks from the LSE Library.


The Broadway Theatre Gallery space, Mon, Thurs, Fri 10-3, access via Box Office: View #Outcome portrait exhibition by photographer Tom Dingley


LGBT themed Film showings at Library at Deptford Lounge, Downham Library , Forest Hill Library, Manor House Library and New Cross Learning. See branch for more details. Upload stories or memories of growing up in the LGBT community of Lewisham and how it has changed in your lifetime on the Lewisham Voices website.


Books of the month: Still Standing: Paul O’Grady (a fantastic first hand account of being gay in 1980’s Britain) and Miss Carter’s War: Sheila Hancock (a highly recommended novel about a teacher in post war Britain finding that outside of the classroom Britain is changing fast including the advent of gay rights) . Copies available at your local library and via elibrary. Join us in a big LGBT read for February – tweet us or upload your thoughts at


Free access to a wide variety of ebooks plus online and downloadable lifestyle, entertainment and sport magazines including GT, Diva, DNA, The Advocate, Attitude and Out


For more information see and


For tickets to Cabaret evening at The Broadway see


For more information on LGBT History Month see


For specific enquiries email


Games and bingo LGBTQ night

As part of the celebrations for LGBT History Month the monthly drop-in at the Green Man Hub will be hosting a bingo and games night instead of the usual drop-in session. It will still be at The Green Man on Wednesday 10th March 2016 from 6pm until 8pm but it will be in the Barn area. 

The Green Man, 355 Bromley Road, London Se6 2RS 

(Opposite the Bromley Road Homebase with the pond outside)

Everyone welcome. £1 entry. £2 per bingo card if you wish to play (but the other games have no charge to play). 

Happy new (qw)year

The first #LGBT Green Man drop-in of 2016 will be on Wednesday 13th January 2016 from 6pm until 8pm at the Green Man Community Hub​,

The Green Man 355 Bromley Road, London SE6 2RP
I would be interested in discussing #LewishamPeoplesDay and #LGBTHistoryMonth with people so we can organise some things for the community.
Currently we are looking into a tent for all things LGBT on the borough of #Lewisham for Lewisham People’s Day 2016. I’d be particularly interested in hearing from you if you have a specific LGBT service in Lewisham and would be potentially interested in a stall/table/place in the tent to advertise a group, club or organisation. The provisional and unconfirmed date for LPD2016 is currently Saturday 9th July.
It really is vital people make use of the LGBT spaces we have left and I know some struggle to get the word out about what’s on offer. 
Please come along to the meeting or get in touch with me or Trevor Pybus of Community Connections SouthEast Cluster.

Next coffee social

Come along to the next coffee shop social (tea also available!) on Thursday 5th November 2015 from 2pm to 5pm at the Costa Coffee shop on Rushey Green (next to Kaspa’s ice cream bar). I’ll bring a rainbow flag this time so we are easier to spot!  



I’m starting this to gather as much information about what is currently on offer in Lewisham for people who identify as any of the following: lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or gender non-conforming, questioning (of gender or sexuality), intersex or asexual, or any other non-majority identification relating to gender or sexuality (pansexuals, demi-persons, agender) and their allies, supporters and anyone who provides a service of interest.

Whenever I search for what is on in Lewisham the only results seem to relate to what is no longer here, and not focussing on all the things that are on offer for current residents, visitors and workers in the area.

So no more dwelling on the past, let’s start a social action movement and get some stuff we want set up!