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21 08, 2016

I Live in SE16

We regret to announce that we have decided to close I Live in SE16 with immediate effect. This decision has not been taken lightly but after months of making efforts to find additional volunteers, we have concluded that the work is beyond the few currently involved. We will not now be publishing any further issues [...]

14 08, 2016

10 Reasons to spend in SE16 first

Here at I Live in SE16, we are big fans of all things local – our local parks, charities, venues, churches, schools and businesses – and we think it makes sense for local people to spend time and their hard-earned money (or benefits) with independent businesses. What’s so good then about shopping local? Why all [...]

11 08, 2016

Apprenticeships in Southwark

Lord Alan Sugar on The Apprentice When you Google 'apprentice', the face of Alan Sugar scowls out from every search! The Apprentice has been on our screens since February 2005 putting unfortunate job candidates through the wringer. But the truth about apprenticeships is very different. Over two million people are getting a qualification on the job, learning [...]

31 07, 2016

Drumming against Cancer: ‘Champion’

With the opening of the Rio Olympic Games days away, many in SE16 are casting their minds back four years to the drumming at the amazing London 2012 Summer Olympics in July and August. On 27 July 2012, the country was rocked by the spectacle that was the Opening Ceremony held at the iconic Olympic Stadium across [...]

28 07, 2016

The Great Dock Strike 1889

We are pleased to welcome Patricia Dark Borough Archivist as our contributor today. She introduces the impact of the Great Dock Strike of 1889. Ada Salter Bermondsey and Rotherhithe recently celebrated the 150th anniversary of Ada Brown Salter’s birth. Ada was a pioneer and a revolutionary; she and her husband Dr Alfred Salter [...]

24 07, 2016

Ed Gray – self-employed artist

Ed has been one of the best known of our local artists for some years now. Born in Putney and now based in Rotherhithe, Ed is increasingly recognised as one of the great contemporary painters of London and Londoners. Ed’s paintings are large in scale and figurative developed from the real life encounters he records [...]

21 07, 2016

Construction Youth Trust and Wendy Heller

“It was really my mum being ripped off that got me into construction,” says Wendy Heller of Construction Youth Trust. “I was furious when I found she had paid out £50 to get a simple dripping tap fixed. That was her income for the week gone. I decided there and then to be able to [...]

17 07, 2016

Metro Village and Ching Tang

Metro Village is an independent property agent based in Maple Quays in Canada Water. Ching Tang who founded the company in 2011 heads them up and won the female Agent of the Year at The Wharf's Property Awards 2016. Alongside her, the team were also named winners in another two categories so the agency is on [...]

14 07, 2016

Early Excellence and Phil Armstrong

Many people who live and work in Rotherhithe or Canada Water will have noticed the changes on Albion Channel as Early Excellence arrived on the canal side. Most noticeable has been the huge stencil covering their front windows and proclaiming Early Excellence in six-foot high letters. Intrigued by the extensive shelving covered in educational equipment, [...]

10 07, 2016

Decluttering with Katherine Blackler

After 15 years working in office-based corporate roles, SE16 resident Katherine Blackler has recently set up a local business SortMySpace Ltd offering professional organising and decluttering services in our local area. The inspiration struck for this unusual career choice following a home renovation and with some influence from grateful American friends. Sanctuary “While I was [...]