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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 [...]

16 02, 2016

Air Pollution and Citizen Science

ALERT: Volunteers wanted: no skills needed just enthusiasm and reliability Understanding pollution We’ve all become only too aware of the lack of transparency in the vehicle industry over diesel exhaust emissions. In September 2015, Volkswagen confessed to using a device to cheat US NOX emissions tests. Now the subject of air pollution is beset with [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

15 10, 2015

Staying Safe in SE16

Many people recognise the difference between crime and the fear of crime. Often the two seem to vary with little direct relationship whilst particular incidents that may be once-in-a-lifetime events can have a catastrophic effect on the fear of crime. The focus of the next Bermondsey and Rotherhithe Community Council - the local authority's principal [...]