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SE1 Direct 425: New Year fireworks on the South Bank

[ SE1 Direct ]     Issue 425

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Monday 29 December 2008                       ISSN 1750-0656

Happy New Year! Thanks to all readers & advertisers in 2008.


* Local news & features from the London SE1 website
* Reader offer: 10 of free dry cleaning at Spots
* What's on this week
* Job vacancy: carer/general helper
* Hot topics from the London SE1 Forum
* Business Forum in association with Better Bankside


{ 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:

* Fire museum could join 'blue light' attraction says Boris
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* BBC Watchdog probes London Bridge Dickensian Christmas
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* Roupell Street stars in Guinness ad campaign
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* National Theatre chooses architects to produce master plan
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* 'Dangerous' prisoner flees Newington Causeway crown court 
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{ Reader offer: 10 of free dry cleaning at Spots }

We've teamed up with Spots Dry Cleaners to offer readers 10
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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 or pick up a copy of
our free monthly printed publication, 'in SE1'.

Monday 29 December: closed
Tuesday 30 December: 11am-5pm
Wednesday 31 December 9am-2pm
Thursday 1 January: closed
Friday 2 January: closed
Saturday 3 January: 9am-4pm
Info & map:

Wednesday 31 December
Build-up from 11.50pm approx at London Eye; free
Once again millions of people around the world will have
their eyes on the South Bank firework display around the
London Eye, courtesy of the Mayor of London. Renowned
pyrotechnician Christophe Berthonneau will light up the sky
around the London Eye to mark the start of 2009. Space is
severely limited along the Thames to watch the fireworks
live. For those able to able to get into the viewing areas,
there will be specially mixed soundtrack from BBC Radio 1 as
they wait for the fireworks at midnight.
At 6pm Westminster Bridge, Victoria Embankment and approach
roads leading onto it will close. At 8pm the rest of the
affected area  will close.
Info & map:

Special information for South Bank residents and businesses: (PDF)

Wednesday 31 December
7pm at St John's Waterloo,  Waterloo Road
New Year's Eve service.
Info & map:

Wednesday 31 December
11.30pm at St George's RC Cathedral,  Lambeth Road
Midnight Mass in thanks for God's gifts during 2008, and to
ask for God's blessings on the coming year. Preceded by
Rosary and hymns at 11pm.
Info & map:

Friday 2 January
Woolworth's at the Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre will
close on Friday. The Southwark Park Road branch closes on
the same day.
Tell us about your Woolworths bargains on the forum:

Sunday 4 January
2pm at Bankside Pier,  Bankside; free
An annual seasonal celebration held in the Bankside area. It
is a celebration of the New Year, mixing ancient seasonal
customs with contemporary festivity. It is free, accessible
to all and happens whatever the weather. To herald the
celebration, the extraordinary Holly Man, the Winter guise
of the Green Man from pagan myths and folklore, decked in
fantastic green garb and evergreen foliage, appears from the
River Thames brought by the Thames Cutter, Master Shipbroker
(boat subject to weather!). With the crowd, led by the
Bankside Mummers, the Holly Man 'brings in the green' and
'wassails' or toasts the people and the River Thames - an
old tradition encouraging good growth. Event ends at the
George Inn in Borough High Street for a fine warming up with
Storytelling, the Kissing Wishing Tree and more dancing.
Info & map:

Monday 5 & Wednesday 9 January
Mon 5pm-8pm; Wed 12 noon-3pm at Bankside Community Space,
Bankside 3,  Great Guildford Street
As part of Bankside Urban Forest, Better Bankside is working
with the London Borough of Southwark investigating the
opportunities that exist to improve the streetscene along
Great Guildford Street - initially between Southwark Street
and Park Street. This stretch of Great Guildford Street runs
between the new Bankside Mix development and the Sumner
Buildings and Peabody Southwark Street estates. Better
Bankside is holding two drop-in consultation sessions to
give local residents and employees the opportunity to give
their feedback on the initial ideas that have been
developed. Pop into the Community Space on Monday between
5pm and 8pm or on Wednesday between 12 noon and 3pm to view
initial plans and to fill in a consultation questionnaire.
Info & map:


{ Local job vacancies }

* Carer/General helper

Full details at

Why not advertise your job vacancy here? Only 9.99:


{ Hot topics from the London SE1 Forum }

Our weekly digest of topics raised in recent discussions at

* Sewing machine repairs
* Blackfriars Road local social history in the Daily Mail
* Idiot drivers in Long Lane
* No Water in Webber Row
* Honest Local Plumber...
* Bevington Street - incident
* Carols in Borough Market - who was singing on Saturday?
* Pub for New Year's Eve - ideas wanted

To see all the current active forum topics, go to:


{ Business forum in association with Better Bankside }

* Office space needed close to London Bridge
* Unemployment in SE1



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