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SE1 Direct 426: News, events & Stress Exchange competition


[ SE1 Direct ]     Issue 426

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Daily local news & features:

Monday 5 January 2009                         ISSN 1750-0656

* Local news & features from the London SE1 website
* Advert: Alexander Technique at South Bank Alexander Centre
* What's on this week
* Win a detox or facial with the Stress Exchange
* January 2009 issue of 'in SE1'
* Job vacancy: carer/general helper
* Noticeboard: Grants for local health & social projects
* 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:

* Elephant & Castle artist shocked by 'terror' arrest
Read more at:

* OBE for Southwark council leader Nick Stanton
--- plus other locals honoured in New Year list
Read more at:

* Elephant & Castle photo exhibition at the Cuming Museum
Read more at:

* London New Year fireworks could be ticket-only in future
Read more at:

* Elephant & Castle southern roundabout design to be agreed
'in Spring 09'
Read more at:


{ Advert: Alexander Technique and back pain }

The BMJ recently published the results of a four-year trial
of the Alexander Technique and back pain, which was funded
by the NHS and Medical Research Council.

It concluded that the Alexander Technique was highly
effective for back pain and, unlike with conventional
treatments, was still beneficial after a year.

If you want to find out more about the Alexander Technique
and how it can help you, contact us to arrange a free
20-minute introductory session. We are five STAT-qualified
Alexander Technique teachers with a wide range of
experience. Daytime and evening appointments are available.

South Bank Alexander Centre,
27a Blackfriars Rd, SE1
020 7928 6378
[email protected]

Get your ad here:

{ 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 5 & Wednesday 7 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 council to investigate the opportunities that exist
to improve the streetscene along Great Guildford Street -
initially between Southwark Street and Park Street. 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 to view initial
plans and to fill in a consultation questionnaire.
Info & map:

Tuesday 6 January
1pm-5pm  at Hankey Hall,  Hankey Place; free
Meet your neighbours of all ages and start 2009 together.
Guest speaker - Michael Cleere, Southwark community cohesion
coordinator. Bring some food or drink to share. Plus raffle
and music. Details from Sylvia on 020 7928 9521.
Info & map:

The Wheatsheaf in Stoney Street closes its doors on
Wednesday 7 January to allow work to start on the Thameslink
railway viaduct.
Info & map:
Wheatsheaf book:

Thursday 8 to Saturday 10 January
Slots available 8am-8pm (book online) at Potters Fields
Park,  Tooley Street
The PUMA Ocean Racing yacht, il mostro, is currently
battling the competition and challenging weather conditions
amid the world's most treacherous oceans in pursuit of its
ultimate goal - to win the 2008/2009 Volvo Ocean Race. il
mostro's sister yacht is berthed at Potters Fields Park.
Assisted by an experienced crew, members of the public will
winch each other to the top of the yacht's 110ft mast for an
experience never to be forgotten! Finally, to put the
'authentic' icing on the cake, participants will be dressed
head-to-toe in PUMA Ocean Racing boots and apparel whilst
head cam footage of their ascent will be streamed live back
down to spectators on the ground.
Info & map:

Sunday 11 January
Approx 12.30pm at London Bridge
The congregations of Southwark Cathedral and the parish
church of St Magnus the Martyr in Lower Thames Street gather
in the middle of London Bridge for the annual ceremony of
the blessing of the river. Since the building of the first
bridge across the Thames, the spiritual care of all those
who have used it has fallen to the parish churches located
at either end. In a ceremony that draws on traditions
throughout Europe, prayers are offered for all those who use
the river for work or leisure. All are invited to join the
congregations for this occasion.
Info & map:

Monday 12 January
6pm-7.30pm  at The Crypt, St George the Martyr,  Borough
High Street
Southwark Council has commissioned LARK Landscape Design to
run a community engagement programme and develop a
streetscape improvement design for Redcross Way - especially
the section between Cathedral School and Red Cross Garden.
Info & map:

Monday 12 January
5.30pm-7.30pm  at City Hall, The Queen's Walk
Meeting organised by the Patients' Forum for the London
Ambulance Service. Forum chair Malcolm Alexander will put
the case for a 100 per cent 8-minute target for ambulance
responses for all patients with life-threatening conditions.
The current target is 75 per cent. The London Ambulance
Service has been invited to respond.
Info & map:

Monday 12 January
7pm (refreshments from 6.30pm) at Starr Auditorium, Tate
Modern,  Bankside; free
A chance to see short films made by local residents as part
of a digital storytelling project run by the London
Transport Museum to capture what living and travelling in
the boroughs of Southwark and Lambeth means to local
communities. Membership of the Community Film Club is
primarily aimed at those living and working in Southwark and
Lambeth. To become a member email
[email protected] or join at the door. 
Info & map:


{ Win a Marine Algae Detox body treatment or deluxe facial }

We've teamed up with the Stress Exchange in Tooley Street to
offer our readers the chance to win either a Marine Algae
Detox body treatment or deluxe facial to start the New Year.

For your chance to win, visit:


{ January issue of 'in SE1' }

The January issue of our monthly printed what's on guide
will hit the streets in the middle of this week.

In the meantime you can download and print your own copy by

This month's issue includes an overview of what's in store
for SE1 during the year ahead.


{ Local job vacancies }

* Carer/General helper

Full details at

Why not advertise your job vacancy here? Only 9.99:


{ Noticeboard }

Short news items from local organisations

Each year the trust has 30k to disburse as grants in
Lambeth and Southwark boroughs. For 2009, a special fund of
100k has been established to celebrate the centenary of the
Cicely Northcote Trust. Based originally in the almoner's
office in St Thomas' Hospital, the Trust has, for 100 years,
funded innovative services, projects, clubs and research
reports in  North Lambeth for people with health and social
needs. The Trustee body invites bids by  Saturday 10 January
2009 from voluntary bodies, new and established, for
"desirable projects" that could be implemented during 2009.
Large and small bids are welcome for any activity, purpose
or publication etc., that would take forward health and
social issues locally by you. They could be spread over
two/three years, they may include partnership work or
Applications forms with criteria and history are available
from 020 7582 9996 or email [email protected] 
Final date for application 10 January. 
Short listing: 13 January. 
Presentations by successful applicants at Camelford House,
Albert Embankment on 27 January.


{ Hot topics from the London SE1 Forum }

Our weekly digest of topics raised in recent discussions at

* Motorbike MOT
* A splash of colour on Borough High Street
* Former League Against Cruel Sports building
* Lant Street - permanent closure to pedestrians
* Elephant and Castle traffic on Saturday evening
* The Scarecrow & His Servant at Southwark Playhouse
* Garden supplies
* Happy New Year - and a resolution for us all in 2009?
* Where to become engaged with the SE1 community?

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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