March 5, 2009

The writing group were asked to write a ‘list’ poem.

Joyce Gates chose birds:




Birds of a feather

All stay together:

Eagle and osprey flying free,

Capture food in flight,

Nests are always built

Top of the highest tree.


Starlings have a lot to say

No matter what the weather;

They like an evening flight:

Keeps their flock together.


Cheeky robin has no fear:

Gardener’s friend and helper;

Proudly boasts his little red breast

On Christmas cards forever.


Parrot, a domestic pet,

Often speaking out of turn;

Likes to mime and mimic,

Very quick to learn.


Owl on night watch

Sees his prey

Through focused  eyes;

Disappears at break of day.


So don’t forget

Our feathered friends,

Wild and domestic,

Always there to entertain –

Long may they remain.


Adult Reading Group – March

March 2, 2009

In March Torridon Road’s adult reading group will be reading Cloth Girl by Marilyn Heward Mills.


Synopsis (

Matilda Lamptey, the Cloth Girl of the title, is fourteen years old when sophisticated black Gold Coast lawyer, Robert Bannerman, sets eyes on her and resolves to take her as his second wife. For Julie, his first wife, this is a colossal slap in the face, which she is not willing to tolerate. For Matilda it is an abrupt — and cruel — end to childhood. Entwined with their story — by turns funny and heartbreaking — is that of Alan Turton, new ADC to the Governor and his dissatisfied wife, Audrey, a hard-drinking accident waiting to happen, who is appalled by her new life. Marilyn Heward Mills’s Africa is a cauldron of contradictions, fatalistic but brimming with optimism, outwardly Christian, yet profoundly superstitious and reliant on fetish priests, poverty-stricken, but rich in pride and family values, vibrant with colour, darkened by violence, exhausting, yet exhilarating. A deeply traditional society standing on the brink of vast change. For Matilda it is her passionately loved homeland. For Audrey it is a prison. For the men it is a land of opportunity, where careers can be made and broken, fortunes lost and won.And for all of them the events of these ten years will shape and define their lives forever.


March 2, 2009

On the second Monday of every month from 11am until 12pm, Torridon Road Library hosts an adult reading group.  New members welcome.  Refreshments provided.

If you are interested in joining contact a member of staff or ring us on 020 8698 1590.


February 24, 2009

Throughout March 2009 Torridon Road Library will be displaying books by author Edgar Allen Poe to celebrate his bicentenary. 



February 24, 2009

A councillor’s surgery is held at the library on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month 11am-12pm.

cllr_eva_stamirowski1Eva Stamirowski  – Tel: 020 8695 1283

cllr_alan_smithAlan Smith – Tel: 020 8697 5505

cllr_robert_masseyRobert Massey – tel: 020 8318 2903


February 24, 2009

If you are new to computers and wish to learn the basics why not  book a one hour session here at Torridon Road Library?  A member of staff will take you through the basics of computers.

Speak to a member of staff to arrange a time or call on 020 8698 1590.mediumatsymbol1


February 24, 2009

The library is a WiFI hotspot.  If you have a wireless connection on your laptop you can connect to the Lewisham network and start surfing the net.

Users may plug in their laptops at their own risk.



February 12, 2009

Join us for nursery rhymes and songs.  Lots of fun for babies and toddlers up to 18months.

Every Friday at 10:ooam.


World Book Day Interactive Story Session

February 12, 2009


An interactive storytelling session for children will be taking place on the 3rd March 10:00am-12:00pm to celebrate World Book Day.  All are welcome!penguin1

Hang-Gliding Policeman and The Pugilistic Chimney Sweep

February 12, 2009

Torridon Writers were asked to combine a profession with an unusual activity. These poems are how John and Dot approached the topic.



Hang- gliding Policeman


Jonathon Smith, the local bobby,

Enjoyed a very useful hobby.

He said to the station serg “I’ve thought of a way

To cover a much wider area each day.

Tramping the pavements on my beat

Gives me blisters on weary feet.

But hand-gliding being easy for me,

Just think how much more I could see.”

Crime figures plummeted down to zero,

Jonathon  became a local hero.

As his venture became a success

He even made the national press:

People used to look up and shout:

“Watch out, there’s a copper about!”

One day while pursuing a criminal gang

He hit a power cable with a flash and a bang:

Who’d have thought his duty to the nation

Would all end in instant cremation?


John Cush-Frewer, January 2009



The Pugilistic Chimney Sweep


Wearing dirty rags and with calloused feet,

Climbing inside chimneys to clear soot away,

Choking bricks close me in the cloying heat,

Long hours, seeing little of the day.

When work is all done, my own time is come:

Discard the filth, wearing mother’s homemade.

For I fight, I box, a pugilist’s son;

My heart and soul is this, my chosen trade:

Should fame come, Mother will not scrub floors.

Father’s fame was short, whisky was his friend;

I will repay her for all she endures:

A full dining table, us at each end.

The purse is full tonight and will ensure

Future of dreams, choking blackness no more.


Dot Mayhew, January 2009