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Art and Culture

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6 04, 2016

Rotherhithe Shed

It’s an idea from Australia and it’s all about using the skills developed in lifetime to create and recycle. The Rotherhithe Shed is part of a global movement that is offering social and practical support to older people of all sorts. The Shed meets each Thursday at the workshop of London Bubble Theatre Company in [...]

8 03, 2016

Canada Water Chess Club

Graham Taylor has been a chess player since early days. Following a career as an economics and history lecturer in higher education, Graham has become the driving force behind the Canada Water Chess Club which he founded in 2008. He is a robust advocate for the benefits of regular chess. “It’s extraordinary what the research [...]

19 02, 2016

Making a Difference to Bermondsey

Review of Ada Salter: Pioneer of Ethical Socialism (2016) by Graham Taylor What are we to do with politicians these days? So many people are turned off the political world by the high-handed, petty, unprincipled and apparently distant games played by the Parties. The practical day-to-day lives of ordinary residents of Rotherhithe, Surrey Docks and [...]

17 01, 2016

Jane Deakin – artist

Jane Deakin has become a settled part of Rotherhithe life. “It’s been more than 30 years since I first moved in round here,” she recalls. “Back then, the area was very different and I started out squatting with an artist community. I fell in love with the area and settled down. Now Rotherhithe has become [...]

8 12, 2015

A New Theatre for Rotherhithe – perhaps

Many people have been saddened to see the Pumphouse at Lavender Pond left empty and vandalised since the Museum closed in 2011. Now the LB Southwark have launched a search for the next phase of its life. And one local has already come up with ambitious plans to convert the former industrial building and museum [...]

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 [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]