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15 11, 2015

Open Air Art

We are greatly blessed with loads of public art in SE16. Much of it is unknown even to old timers so we thought we'd tell you a little more about what's here to be seen on a stroll through SE16. Suzie Bedo introduces a few of the more prominent pieces in Rotherhithe and Surrey Docks. [...]

12 11, 2015

The Night before Christmas

The West End is coming to Bermondsey this Christmas! A new theatre company Different Breed have produced The Night before Christmas by Anthony Neilson especially for their Bermondsey venue - the Bottle Shop in Druid Street. This hour-long anti-panto starts when an Elf (played by Glenn Hanning) breaks into Gary’s Warehouse and gets all tied [...]

11 11, 2015

DBS Checks and Volunteer applications

Alasdair Sladen of Community Action Southwark explains how volunteers can get checked to work with vulnerable people. What is a DBS? The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) is a system that helps employers make safer recruitment decisions and prevents unsuitable individuals from working with children, adults at risk and in healthcare settings. A DBS check is [...]

10 11, 2015

Gerry Otim and Millwall Kicks

How do you make your way in football? Lots of young people in SE16 have dreams of joining the elite in the Premier League and performing their magic in front of thousands each week. The work of Millwall Premier League Kicks – and its Southwark and Lambeth manager Gerry Otim – is to build the [...]

8 11, 2015

Inclusion for All, Shaun Dellenty and BOY

How do we build a school culture that welcomes diversity and supports the identity of every pupil and staff member? In Rotherhithe, we have a prominent advocate for inclusion and an inspiring leader for greater awareness of the damage done in schools by bullying and pejorative language. Shaun Dellenty (right) is Deputy Head of Alfred [...]

1 11, 2015

Southwark’s Fireworks Night 2015 – 5 November

We all know the amazing effects that professional pyrotechnicians - or firework specialists in normal parlance - can achieve. We remember the displays at the opening of the 2012 London Olympics or the New Year as marking special moments. Children (and adults if we are honest) take great joy from the shock and awe that huge displays [...]

29 10, 2015

A Day in the Life of a Sixth Former

It’s not often that a new sixth form is founded in SE16! This year is the first time that Harris Academy Bermondsey (HAB) has offered students a focus on the A Levels preferred by the top universities and we took the opportunity of this new move to talk to one of this new group of girls [...]

28 10, 2015

Nick Dunne and Bede House

Local Bermondsey charity Bede House and the Bede Centre – their community centre at the base of 26-storey Maydew House, overlooking Southwark Park – is constantly adapting to meet new challenges. Nick Dunne – their Director since 2002 – explains how the organisation has evolved and the exciting opportunities that lie ahead. Getting here “My story [...]

25 10, 2015

Greenland Dock – its whaling history

Many people who live in SE16 know the area has been dominated by the Surrey Docks since about 1750. Rotherhithe became the centre of trade with the Baltic and so much of the timber that built the industrial supremacy of the UK was imported though this area. Whilst Rotherhithe was mostly under water, Bermondsey supplied [...]

23 10, 2015

Rotherhithe’s Hippodrome

We are pleased to welcome Mike Reardon – one of the contributors who keep this website going - as our guest writer today. Hi I’m Mike Reardon and I was not only brought up here, and have lived here all my life but I also have a real interest in Rotherhithe’s history. In the 1980s, [...]