Sydenham Life Magazine

Please Note that, for the duration of the crisis, we are unable either to print or distribute Sydenham Life. However, we are continuing to produce it online and distribute via email to anyone subscribing to our E-Newsletter. 

We are very proud that our magazine has been published without a break since 1867. It kept going through two world wars and, while we find ourselves in unprecedented times, we are absolutely committed to keep it going now. 


Sydenham Life is the parish magazine of St. Bartholomew's Church, Sydenham and has existed, in one form or another, since 1st January 1868. We celebrate its 150th birthday in 2018 and, as part of our mission to improve management of our heritage, we aim eventually to build up a virtual archive which can be interrogated or requested by article. 

In the meantime you can find in this section a link through to the Current and Archive Editions of the magazine.

Use the links on the right to view the current issue and our archive for earlier editions as we start to build it up.

Our magazine is published ten times a year and is distributed free to every address in the parish (more than 3500 homes). People who live outside the parish but attend church may collect copies from the church.

We welcome contributions, including articles, photos or story ideas. Please get in touch with the editor if you have any ideas or comments.

Advertising Rates

Payment in Advance

1/12 page: 

1/6 page:

1/3 page:

Small Ad Section

1 month

£30 (approx 85mm x 45mm landscape)

£50 (approx 85mm x 85mm square)

£90 (approx 180mm x 85mm landscape)

approx 3 line/100ch = £10.00

Content and Contributors for Sydenham Life

If you have content for the magazine, please contact the editor, Geoffrey Cave Here or through the link on the right.

Views expressed in Sydenham Life are those of the contributors concerned and not necessarily those held by the clergy, other church staff or PCC, nor official church policy. 

Editorial policy and responsibility for publication rest with the editor. Sydenham Life magazine accepts advertisements from local business in good faith but cannot vouch for the quality of any work done nor involve itself in any disputes arising.

Many people write and provide material for the magazine, including Father Michael, the vicar of St. Bartholomew's. Their input is invaluable and we thank them very much.

Advertise with Us

Our advertising manager is Jane Somers. Please contact her Here or through the link on the right to place an advert or for more information.

Sydenham Life is delivered to more than 3,500 homes in the parish. Many of our advertisers have been renewing their business with us for years because we have a proven ability to reach local people.

Small ads

Small ads are £10 for two or three lines of text. Please contact Jane Somers on 020 8659 7017 or contact her Here or through the link on the right. 

Collators and Deliverers

We are able to call upon lots of volunteers to help us deliver the magazine through people's letterboxes. We are indebted to all their hard work, not to mention the time they give up, sometimes at a moment's notice. We couldn't make this magazine a success without them.

We could always use more deliverers, so please contact Ope Otudeko Here or through the link on the right if you can help.

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