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SE1 Direct 421: Christmas countdown begins

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[ SE1 Direct ]     Issue 421

About this email newsletter: http://www.SE1direct.co.uk
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Monday 1 December 2008                        ISSN 1750-0656

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IN THIS BULLETIN
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* Local news & features from the London SE1 website
* Advert: It's time to fill in your Tax Return!
* What's on this week
* December 2008 issue of 'in SE1'
* Local job vacancies: Service Delivery Supervisor & more
* Arts reviews from the London SE1 website
* Hot topics from the London SE1 Forum
* Business Forum in association with Better Bankside

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{ Local news & features from the London SE1 website }

Remember you don't have to wait till SE1 Direct drops into
your mailbox to get a local news fix. The London SE1 website
offers the latest news throughout the week. You can also see
the news on a map: http://www.London-SE1.co.uk/news/map

* Waterloo pubs offer their toilets for public use
Read more at: http://www.London-SE1.co.uk/news/view/3633

* South Bank sparrow watch ends with dire warning from RSPB
Read more at: http://www.London-SE1.co.uk/news/view/3631

* Gordon Brown at Southwark Cathedral for memorial service
Read more at: http://www.London-SE1.co.uk/news/view/3630

* Dickens Square up for 400k from Mayor in public vote
Read more at: http://www.London-SE1.co.uk/news/view/3629

* Boris confirms New Year 2009 fireworks at London Eye
Read more at: http://www.London-SE1.co.uk/news/view/3627

* Lambeth & Vauxhall bridges listed by culture secretary
Read more at: http://www.London-SE1.co.uk/news/view/3626

* Parents fight to save Arc nursery from closure
Read more at: http://www.London-SE1.co.uk/news/view/3625

* Queen visits giant rugby ball in Potters Fields Park
Read more at: http://www.London-SE1.co.uk/news/view/3624

* New food shop Greensmiths opens in Waterloo's Lower Marsh
Read more at: http://www.London-SE1.co.uk/news/view/3635

* Culture secretary calls for health & safety "common sense"
Read more at: http://www.London-SE1.co.uk/news/view/3628

* Distraction robbery in Waterloo: police appeal
Read more at: http://www.London-SE1.co.uk/news/view/3623

* Cologne Christmas Market opens on the South Bank
Read more at: http://www.London-SE1.co.uk/news/view/3632

* Christopher Biggins at Park Plaza for Evelina auction
Read more at: http://www.London-SE1.co.uk/news/view/3622

* Clarks makes way for 99p Store in Elephant shop changes
Read more at: http://www.London-SE1.co.uk/news/view/3636

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{ What's on this week }

Each week we select a few highlights from the community
and cultural events taking place over the next seven
days. For a comprehensive what's on guide visit
http://www.London-SE1.co.uk/whatson/ or pick up a copy of
our free monthly printed publication, 'in SE1'.

LA BOBAL AND OTHER STORIES ABOUT WINE
Monday 1 December
6pm at Roxy Bar & Screen, 128-132 Borough High Street; free
A free evening of wine, talk and special documentary preview
screening at Roxy Bar & Screen celebrating the launch of a
new three part documentary about the Bobal grape, native to
a region of Valencia, Spain.
Info & map: http://www.London-SE1.co.uk/whatson/event/5843


BLACKFRIARS SINFONIA DIAMOND ANNIVERSARY CONCERT
Tuesday 2 December
7.30pm at Christ Church Southwark, 27 Blackfriars Road; no
tickets required; retiring collection
Blackfriars Sinfonia invites former London Electricity Board
employees and the local community to their diamond
anniversary concert.
Info & map: http://www.London-SE1.co.uk/whatson/event/5962


CHRISTMAS MARKET - FRIENDS OF ST THOMAS' HOSPITAL
Thursday 4 December
11am-3pm at St Thomas' Hospital,  Westminster Bridge Road
The Friends of St Thomas' Hospital Christmas Market will
have a wide range of stalls including cakes and home
produce, books, jewellery & cosmetics, toys, linens, gifts
and a tombola. The raffle will be drawn at 3pm.
Info & map: http://www.London-SE1.co.uk/whatson/event/5944


MEET 'ST NICHOLAS' IN PERSON AT SOUTHWARK CATHEDRAL
Wednesday 3 December
5.30pm at Southwark Cathedral,  London Bridge
For the fourth year in succession, Better Bankside invites
all local workers to a Christmas Service at Southwark
Cathedral. The service - with music from the Merbecke Choir
- will last for about 50 minutes and be followed by the
lighting of the Cathedral's Christmas tree and carols around
the tree accompanied by the Dixie Ticklers. Mulled wine and
mince pies will be served at the back of the Cathedral. The
service will launch Better Bankside's appeal 'Bring a Better
Christmas'. You will also have an opportunity to buy
Christmas cards produced by Paintings in Hospitals following
a joint schools art project with Better Bankside. This year
the service will be attended by St Nicholas in person, or at
least in the form of Canon Jim Rosenthal.
Info & map: http://www.London-SE1.co.uk/whatson/event/5806


BSO: CAROLS FOR COMMUNITY HEALTH CARE AT ST GEORGE'S
Wednesday 3 December
6.30pm-7.30pm at St George the Martyr,  Borough High Street
Everyone's invited to join staff and students from the
Southwark-based British School of Osteopathy (BSO) at a
special carol service. Key performers include soprano Eileen
Dreyer, a member of Winchester Cathedral's Waynfleet Singers
Choir and Dina Duisen, a young pianist from Kazakhstan. At
the end of the service there will be a collection in aid of
the BSO, followed by refreshments.
Info & map: http://www.London-SE1.co.uk/whatson/event/5823


ALLEGRA McEVEDY BOOK SIGNING
Wednesday 3 December
6pm-7pm  at Leon, 7 Canvey Street, Bankside
Chef and restaurateur Allegra McEvedy will be signing copies
of her latest cookbook. Free drinks and tasters of some
classic Leon dishes will be available.
Info & map: http://www.London-SE1.co.uk/whatson/event/5963


WOLF - FAMILY PANTOMIME IN BERMONDSEY
Wednesday 3 to Saturday 6 December
7.30pm (& Sat 2.30pm) at St Anne's Church Hall, Thorburn
Square; 8 (conc 5) from 020 8690 4925
Quay Players is an amateur dramatic society based in
Bermondsey. Come and see a brand new family pantomime
written by member David Armitt.
Info & map: http://www.London-SE1.co.uk/whatson/event/5811


MEN'S NIGHT AT DAZZLE JEWELLERY SALE AT NATIONAL THEATRE
Wednesday 3 December
5pm-8pm at National Theatre, South Bank; free
Personal shoppers are available to advise stressed men and
ensure you purchase the perfect Christmas gift. Whether
buying for a wife, girlfriend or anybody else, the Dazzle
team are here to help.
Info & map: http://www.London-SE1.co.uk/whatson/event/5851


WATERLOO QUARTER CHRISTMAS EVENT IN EMMA CONS GARDENS
Thursday 4 December
5pm-7pm  at Emma Cons Gardens, The Cut; free
Enjoy festive fun including live music, massage, organic
curry and Cuban cocktails around the Christmas tree,
sponsored by local businesses.
Info & map: http://www.London-SE1.co.uk/whatson/event/5940


WINE + NIBBLES AT GANESHA, GABRIEL'S WHARF
Thursday 4 December
6pm-8pm at 3 Gabriel's Wharf, 56 Upper Ground
Visit Ganesha  on the South Bank for a glass of fair trade
wine and some spicy nibbles and check out the Xmas stock.
Original accessories and gifts - many from reused, reclaimed
materials and all fairly traded - for an original,
sustainable Christmas. There will be some special offers to
tempt you! 10% discount to SE1-ers! 
Info: http://www.ganesha.co.uk
* Meanwhile over at Oxo Tower Wharf on Thursday from 12 noon
to 7.30pm Annie Sherburne Designs is holding a Christmas
sale (much at 20% and drinks at Unit 1:10. Check out eco
friendly gifts, textiles, handbags, socks, mittens,
children's slippers, alternative Christmas decorations and
much more.
Info: http://www.anniesherburne.co.uk


CHRISTMAS SHOPPING NIGHT IN BERMONDSEY STREET
Thursday 4 December
6.30pm-9.30pm at Bermondsey Street 
Many of Bermondsey Street's independent shops have teamed up
to organise a joint Christmas Shopping Night with special
offers and 10% discounts in the shops
Info & map: http://www.London-SE1.co.uk/whatson/event/5896


CHRISTMAS CONCERT IN AID OF ST THOMAS' LUPUS TRUST
Thursday 4 December
7pm at St Margaret's Church, Westminster; 5 (child 2) in
advance from 020 7188 3562 or 7.50 (child 3) on the door
(if available)
Performances include Revelation Choir, Hamilton Ringers, St
Peter's Eaton Square Infants school, ZHL String Ensemble and
Queens College Choir. Readings: Charles Dance, Lynn Faulds
Wood, Doug Rao & Reena Spencer.
Info: http://www.lupus.org.uk/news/news_christmasconcert.htm


CHRISTMAS ART, CRAFT AND DESIGN FAIR
Friday 5 December
11am-6pm at Waterloo Action Centre, 14 Baylis Road; free
Come and browse 30 stalls selling a range of items
including, bags, jewellery, cards, photographic prints,
childrens' clothing, soaps, ceramics and paintings. The
price range will suit all budgets and all items are very
well made. Its a great opportunity to find special and
unusual presents, including stocking fillers. There will
also be on-site massage available for any tired and jaded
Christmas shoppers. 
Info & map: http://www.London-SE1.co.uk/whatson/event/5941


WINTER IN THE PARK AT RED CROSS GARDEN & REDCROSS WAY PLANS
Friday 5 December
3.30pm-7pm  at Red Cross Garden,  Redcross Way; free
Cllr Adele Morris will switch on the Christmas tree lights
at 4pm. Warming winter refreshments, carol singing, plant
winter bulbs, create lavender bags and take a tour of Red
Cross Garden. As part of Bankside Urban Forest, Southwark
Council has commissioned LARK Landscape Design to work with
residents, tenants and local businesses in developing design
options for improvements to Redcross Way. Find out more at
this event.
Info & map: http://www.London-SE1.co.uk/whatson/event/5692


SPARKLE THE DARK UP - LATE NIGHT AT DESIGN MUSEUM
Friday 5 December
6pm-10pm  at Design Museum,  Shad Thames; 5 in advance;
8.50 on the door
Get all your Christmas shopping done early in the Design
Museum Shop. Buy it then wrap it in the special
designer-wrapping workshop. Also, create fabulous cards,
gift tags and decorations using a wide range of provided
materials. Satisfy those creative needs and festive chores
all with a backdrop of seasonal melody and Christmas cheer. 
Info & map: http://www.London-SE1.co.uk/whatson/event/5707


CHRISTMAS MARKET AT SOUTHWARK CATHEDRAL
Saturday 6 December
12pm-5pm  at Southwark Cathedral,  London Bridge
Organised by the Friends of Southwark Cathedral. Designer
gifts, crafts, home-made jams, marmalades and preserves,
plants, Christmas cards and much more.
Info & map: http://www.London-SE1.co.uk/whatson/event/5883


BILINGUAL FAMILY CAROL SERVICE AT THE WELSH CHAPEL
Sunday 7 December
11am at Borough Welsh Chapel, 90 Southwark Bridge Road
"Croeso I Chwi Wymuno a Ni / You are invited to join us"
Info & map: http://www.London-SE1.co.uk/whatson/event/5801


CHRISTMAS FAYRE
Sunday 7 December
1.30pm at Church.co.uk, 1a Kennington Road
Christmas cards and gifts as well as festival food, drink
and nibbles.
Info & map: http://www.London-SE1.co.uk/whatson/event/5885

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{ December issue of 'in SE1' }

The Christmas edition of our monthly printed what's on guide
is out now. It'll reach all 75+ pick-up points over the next
couple of days or you can grab the PDF version online here:
http://www.inSE1.co.uk

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{ Local job vacancies }

* Service Delivery Supervisor, Fruitdrop (Borough Market)
* Concierge, Bermondsey Square

Full details at http://www.london-se1.co.uk/classifieds/jobs

Why not advertise your job vacancy here? Only 9.99:
http://www.london-se1.co.uk/classifieds/jobs/add-a-job

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{ Arts reviews from the London SE1 website }

* Presumption at Southwark Playhouse
Read more at: http://www.London-SE1.co.uk/news/view/3634

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{ Hot topics from the London SE1 Forum }

Our weekly digest of topics raised in recent discussions at
http://www.London-SE1.co.uk/forum/list/1

* Letting Agent - suggestions wanted
    http://www.London-SE1.co.uk/forum/read/8/100388
* A new nickname for City Hall now Boris is in charge?
    http://www.London-SE1.co.uk/forum/read/1/100383
* Making Southwark's Roads Safer
    http://www.London-SE1.co.uk/forum/read/1/100325
* Searching for private dining room
    http://www.London-SE1.co.uk/forum/read/1/100304
* Children's Christmas Party
    http://www.London-SE1.co.uk/forum/read/1/100294
* Cycle Speedway in Bermondsey - do you remember it?
    http://www.London-SE1.co.uk/forum/read/1/100270
* Southwark Maternity Review
    http://www.London-SE1.co.uk/forum/read/1/100260
* Searching for a good butcher and/or Fishmonger 
    http://www.London-SE1.co.uk/forum/read/1/100223
* Lost Tabby, South Bank & The Cut
    http://www.London-SE1.co.uk/forum/read/1/100168
    
To see all the current active forum topics, go to:
http://www.London-SE1.co.uk/forum/list/1

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{ Business forum in association with Better Bankside }

* Unemployment in SE1
    http://www.London-SE1.co.uk/forum/read/7/99787
* Wanted: Desk space in Shad Thames or London Bridge
    http://www.London-SE1.co.uk/forum/read/7/99601

Read more at http://forum.betterbankside.co.uk

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