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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 [...]

6 12, 2015

Financial Inclusion – what’s that?

We all face financial issues at some point in our lives. Few problems however can be so devastating as money gone wrong. It might be falling victim to a clever scam, getting divorced or being made redundant, losing your home, retiring or simply trying to survive on fluctuating income. Many of our neighbours live on [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]