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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 [...]

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 [...]

28 06, 2016

Stone Edge

Making historic buildings beautiful is the task of the original architect and specialists in stone restoration. Stone Edge have been part of SE16 for four years now, a conservation and restoration company working on listed buildings, stately homes, churches, government buildings and ancient scheduled monuments. I went to their office in Rotherhithe to meet up [...]

16 06, 2016

Brunel for the Twenty-First Century

The Brunel Museum in Rotherhithe has been given a make-over. With an investment of £176,000, the museum can now host 120 people in its new accessible display space, the Grand Entrance Hall. A pre-fabricated staircase gives audiences access to the unique space that was once a pioneering engineering project. In the hands of Marc Brunel, [...]

12 06, 2016

Artists tell the story of SE16

Painting and writing have accompanied the development of SE16 through the centuries. The pictures of the past painted both by wordsmiths and artists give us a rare glimpse of their world. The author offers us in words the image that is helped by the painter’s pictures. The life of our forebears in SE16 was very [...]

9 06, 2016

Mayflower 2020

In 1620, a typical English merchant ship of the early 17th century called The Mayflower – like many similar cargo vessels of its day – sailed from Plymouth for America. It was not particularly well designed for Atlantic journeys as it sported a 30-foot high square aft-castle that made sailing into the wind nigh on [...]

22 05, 2016

TunedIn London – new series

West African Blues Project - 27 July The success of TunedIn London has been phenomenal in creating Rotherhithe's most talked about music scene! Eleanor Thorn who runs TunedIn London has been designing series of World Music concerts in Rotherhithe for over four years and at Sands Films for eighteen months. In that time she [...]

1 05, 2016

Mudbus comes to the Farm – again!

“I just love to give people access to clay. The experience of moulding clay to your vision is quite magical.” Sharon Virtue is a community artist and local resident. She’s been working with clay and ceramics for years and now brings her passion to Surrey Docks Farm for a second set of after-school sessions. “We [...]

21 04, 2016

A New Bridge for Rotherhithe

“We know there will be a new bridge across the Thames between Rotherhithe and Canary Wharf,” says Nik Randall of reForm Architects. “The question is what design will be chosen, how long it will take to commission and when the first journeys will be possible.” I went into the reForm Architects’ offices in London Bridge [...]

12 04, 2016

Soundcamp at Stave Hill

Each day, the Earth turns on its axis bringing the sunrise to every part of the globe in an endless sequence. The daily miracle of nature’s response to that event, we call the dawn chorus and it has a unique sound in every part of our world. International Dawn Chorus Day (1 May 2016) is [...]