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1 12, 2015

Dance in SE16: fitness, fun and glittery glam!

We are delighted to have another guest post from Polina Liu - local and a personal trainer – introduces us to some of the dance options in SE16 It is that time of the year again party season approaching, Strictly is on TV and in the press, and even if we grumble at the glittery cafuffle around us, we can’t [...]

29 11, 2015

Jonathan Petherbridge and London Bubble

The origins of London Bubble lie not in Rotherhithe but in Kentish Town! London Arts set up the company to tour theatre around the outer boroughs, delivering Ibsen and Shakespeare in drafty church halls. By the mid-1980s when it moved home to Rotherhithe London Bubble was touring in it’s own enormous tent that sucked up most [...]

26 11, 2015

Young Mediators at Bacon’s College

We know that there are always conflicts in everyday life. Parents and children fall out, a friendship reaches breaking point or neighbours fight with each other. Conflict does not need to be destructive and indeed can offer a chance for positive change to happen. For young people, learning how to mediate in disputes can offer [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]