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SE1 Direct 427: Tabard Gardens guided walks and more


[ SE1 Direct ]     Issue 427

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Monday 12 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
* Job vacancies: Dog walker wanted, plus two carer vacancies
* 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:

* Blessing of Thames marks London Bridge's 800th anniversary 
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* David Suchet cuts Old Vic's Twelfth Night cake
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* Tate Modern extension: planning application submitted
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* Waterloo dispersal zone to tackle rough sleepers'
anti-social behaviour
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* Police seek missing Rolls Road woman
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{ Advert }

Alexander Technique at the South Bank Alexander Centre

Alexander Technique and Posture

The Alexander Technique teaches effortless movement and a
light and easy way of being upright. The lessons are
enjoyable and there are no exercises!

* The Alexander Technique gave Kevin Kline "about an inch
and a half of additional height."

* John Cleese says "I find The Alexander Technique very
helpful in my work. Things happen without you trying. They
get to be light and relaxed."

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 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
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
7pm (refreshments from 6.30pm) at Starr Auditorium, Tate
Modern,  Bankside; free
Shorts from the London Transport Museum Archive. All that
Mighty Heart (1962) follows, without commentary, a day by
London Bus, Underground and Green Line coach. Moving London
(1947). Plus digital Stories from 6 members of the Community
Film Club made in partnership with the London Transport
Museum. 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:

Tuesday 13 January
6pm at The Arc Nursery, 39 Crosby Row
An invitation to all past, present and future parents of the
Arc Nursery, to educators, to play group leaders, to local
residents, to child care officers, to local councillors and
to all supporters. Come along to hear about Arc Community
Trustees' vision for the Arc
* You'll meet parents and staff
* It's an opportunity to tell then what you want
* It's an opportunity to get involved: you can be part of
the Arc's future.
Info & map:

Tuesday 13 January
7pm at Harris Academy Bermondsey, 55 Southwark Park Road
Meeting for Grange, Riverside and South Bermondsey wards.
Meet your councillors, hear about local projects and have
your say. Agenda includes walking audit of The Blue, news of
a review of local controlled parking zones (CPZs) and an
update on the borough's Road Safety Plan consultation. Plus
updates from local police and community wardens and public
question time.
Info & map:

Tuesday 13 January
7pm at Calder Bookshop, 51 The Cut; free; booking essential
020 7620 2900 or [email protected]
Steven Berkoff will be reading and performing poems from his
latest collection 'You Remind Me of Marilyn Monroe'. 
Info & map:

Tuesday 13 January
7.30pm at New Cut Housing Co-Operative Hall, 106 The Cut; 1
Lecture by Neil Hawkins of Preconstruct Archaeology. A dig
at the Drapers Gardens site in EC2 found Roman remains
dating from 63 AD to 383 AD. These included a well with 19
metal vessels in an exceptional state of preservation, a
ruler and the skull of a bear. A Southwark & Lambeth
Archaeological Society event.
Info & map:

Tuesday 13 January
10pm on BBC Two
The Culture Show looks at the attempt to build Europe's
tallest building at London Bridge. Work on The Shard has
just begun. Tom Dyckhoff talks to architect Renzo Piano.

Wednesday 14  & Saturday 17 January
Wed 11.30am & Sat 4.30pm (and further dates in January)
Meet at Hankey Hall,  Hankey Place; free
Tabard Gardens North Tenants and Residents Association has
recently received Lottery 'Awards for All' funds to work
with Southwark's artist in residence Ana Laura Lopez de la
Torre on a community art project for and around the whole
Tabard Gardens Estate. Residents who know the estate well,
including some who have lived there for 60 years, are taking
the time to lead walks around where they live, sharing
personal stories and impressions of the local area, past and
present. The series of informal walks throughout January
will be facilitated by Ana Laura and joined by local
historians, community workers and others who have an
interest in the area. More elderly residents will be visited
at home to gather glimpses of times past on the estate. Some
of the walks will take place after dark as the project is
part of the artist's wider interest in night time in
Southwark. Following the walks will be a series of art
workshops during February half term for younger residents to
respond creatively to stories about the estate. The
workshops will focus on drawing, map-making and collage
skills, learning how to express issues of territory,
boundaries and personal history. Resulting art works will be
exhibited for the public by Balin House Projects on the
estate. Walkers will be invited to carry on the conversation
at a local pub afterwards. Families and individuals are
warmly welcomed on both parts of the project.
Info & map:

Friday 16 to Sunday 18 January
11am-6pm at Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf,  Barge House Street
This project has involved over 60 young people aged 13-19
years and over 30 residents who live, work, play and visit
Waterloo. Together they have produced a range of art and
creativity inspired by the rich diversity of the area - the
famous tourist sights and hidden spaces, the people, past
memories and fascinating historical facts, local opinions
about current regeneration and future aspirations. The
culmination of the project can be seen at Bargehouse. The
work on display crosses numerous disciplines including music
and dance, radio and sound production, photography and film
making, fine art and mixed media, oral histories and poetry.
The project is led by SE1 United Youth Forum with funding
from the Heritage Lottery Fund Young Roots Programme.
Info & map:

Friday 16 January
2pm-5pm  at Dickens Square,  Dickens Square; free
Dickens Square is in the running to receive one of ten
grants being awarded in the Mayor of London's Help a London
Park campaign. There are 47 London parks taking part in a
public vote. You can vote at or
by coming along to this event for refreshments, bouncy
castle, face painting music and the opportunity to vote.
Info & map:

Saturday 17 January
11am-1.30pm  at Southwark Playhouse,  Shipwright Yard; free
Are you a young actor aged from 14 to 20? Want to get
involved with your local theatre? At these monthly Open
Days, you can 
* Learn new performance skills from resident companies at
* Volunteer as an usher and get work experience while you
see great theatre for free 
* Meet new people with similar interests 
* Find out about opportunities to perform
Each Open Day features two free workshops by theatre
professionals, the opportunity to sign up for volunteering
and work experience, and a free lunch. No need to book, just
turn up on the day. To find out more, contact Ellen on 020
7407 0234 or [email protected] 
Info & map:


{ Local job vacancies }

* Experienced Dog Walkers
* Carer
* 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

* Washing machine repair
* Tennis Coach
* The Bill - Filming in Bermondsey Street
* Tooley Street Terrace - who is moving in?
* Pizza Express salad dressing in 99p store
* Looking to rent a 2-bed near Bermondsey St.
* Friends of Guy's charity shop
* New Year's Eve Cordon - is it really necessary?
* High pitched sound in Grange Road
* Southwark Bridge Road water main
* Olde Southwark (and the rest)
* Southwark Council to refuse licenses
* Great Guildford Street Improvements Drop-In
* Shad Thames Muggings - will Ocado stop delivering?
* H10 Waterloo Hotel
* Optician
* Spray Tan in SE1
* Pilates ante/post natal
* Man with a van
* End Less, Great Guildford St
* Anyone know of any art or dance classes/groups in SE1

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


{ Business forum in association with Better Bankside }

* Small charity seeks FREE storage space



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