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SE1 Direct 495: William Blake, Fairtrade Fest, Election & more

[ SE1 Direct ]     Issue 495

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Tuesday 4 May 2010                          ISSN 1750-0656


* Local news & features from the London SE1 website
* Advert: Do you need an accountant?
* What's on this week
* May 2010 issue of 'in SE1'
* 4 local job vacancies this week
* Small offices & desk spaces for rent
* Hot topics from the London SE1 Forum
* Business Forum in association with Better Bankside
* Arts reviews from the London SE1 website
* Noticeboard: announcements from local organisations


{ Local news & features from the London SE1 website }

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* Interview: Nick Stanton, Southwark Liberal Democrat leader
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* David Cameron and Boris Johnson visit Bermondsey school
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* Interview: Val Shawcross, Labour candidate in Bermondsey
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* Labour candidate assaulted in Bermondsey by 'BNP thug'
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* Albert McKenzie: memorial to local war hero planned
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* Bermondsey Spa housing to be named after local war hero
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* Pope names Peter Smith as next Archbishop of Southwark
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* Lib Dem victory in poll at Bermondsey youth hustings
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* University could shut Elephant & Castle nursery
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* Vauxhall parliamentary candidates answer voters' questions
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* Voters quiz Bishop's ward and Cathedrals ward candidates
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* Brooke Kinsella joins David Cameron for speech in Lambeth
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* Work starts on Southwark's Cycle Superhighway
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* Lib Dems promise  Elephant to Stockwell 'Latin corridor'
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* Winning art work and writing in 'courage' competition
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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'.

Tuesday 4 May
5.30pm-7.30pm outside James Clerk Maxwell Building, 57
Waterloo Road; free
First of Lambeth's monthly summer Dr Bike events in the
plaza outside KCL's James Clerk Maxwell Building. Bring your
bike to get a free bike check - brakes, gears and tyres. The
sustainable transport team will also be on hand to provide
advice on cycling in and around Lambeth.
Info & map:

Tuesday 4 May
6.30pm at Waterloo Library, 114-118 Lower Marsh; free; book
via 020 7926 1075 or [email protected]
I wander thro' each charter'd street, Near where the
charter'd Thames does flow. And mark in every face I meet
Marks of weakness, marks of woe. William Blake is one of
Britain's most world-renowned poets, artists and thinkers.
His life in Westminster is widely celebrated, yet his decade
in Lambeth from 1790 to 1800, when he produced arguably his
greatest works, is undervalued and little known. Discover
the traces of Blake's Lambeth with archivist Jon Newman. The
walk lasts one and a half hours. Part of the Lambeth Readers
and Writers Festival.
Info & map:

Tuesday 4 to Saturday 8 May
7.30pm at Network Theatre, 246a Lower Road; 10 (conc 5)
A new adaptation of Middleton and Rowley's Jacobean classic
produced by students at London South Bank University in
association with the archive of the National Theatre. This
adaptation cuts Rowley's comic subplot, updates the action
to Victorian London and delves into the pitch-black desires
that bind its central characters.
Info & map:

Wednesday 5 to Saturday 8 May
10.30am-5pm (Sat till 3pm) at Garden Museum,  Lambeth Palace
Road; Free with museum admission 6 (conc 5)
In glorious celebration of perhaps the most popular garden
flower, Robert Mattock Roses will create a sumptuous display
of roses, and will be selling plants from his award-winning
Info & map:

Wednesday 5 May
8pm-9.30pm  at John Harvard Library, 211 Borough High
Street; free; booking essential  020 7525 1570 or e-mail
[email protected]
Bestselling author and local resident Lionel Shriver will be
reading from her acclaimed new novel "So Much for That".
Info & map:

Thursday 6 May
7pm at Calder Bookshop, 51 The Cut; 6 (conc 4)
On the day of the most unpredictable general election in
living memory, John Calder introduces readings from some
famous political orations of the past, including pieces by
Winston Churchill, Franklin Roosevelt, Edmund Burke and
Wolfe Tone. The readers are Tony Rohr and Oengus Macnamara.
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Thursday 6 May
From 10pm at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre,
Belvedere Road; free
Watch the election results live, and join in discussion and
debate with leading commentators, comics and political
experts in an informal 'open salon' in the foyer of Queen
Elizabeth Hall. Featuring big-screen live TV and Twitter
feeds, a late bar, reactions, gossip and more, with Martin
Bright and guests. 
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Friday 7 May
1pm-2pm  at John Harvard Library, 211 Borough High Street
The John Harvard Library Book Group will be discussing The
Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark
Haddon. Coffee and tea will be provided. To pick up a copy
of the book or find out more about the group email
[email protected]
Info & map:

Friday 7 to Sunday 9 May
Fri 5pm-9.30pm; Sat 11am-9.30pm; Sun 11am-5pm at Potters
Fields Park,  Tooley Street; free
An action-packed family fun weekend celebrating World Fair
Trade Day on 8 May. The three-day festival will feature
music, films, football-themed fun and games, and much more.
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Friday 7 to Sunday 9 May
Fri 3pm-7pm; Sat 11am-7pm; Sun 1pm-4pm at Ground floor
foyer, National Theatre,  South Bank
An informal public exhibition of proposed alterations to the
National Theatre building and surrounding public realm. The
NT invites everyone interested, especially local residents
and interest groups, to review the proposals and give their
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Saturday 8 May
12.30pm at Coin Street Neighbourhood Centre, 108 Stamford
Street; free
Come along and enjoy the Thames foreshore on the South Bank
- an underused open space in the heart of London. Meet
12.30pm at the Coin Street Neighbourhood Centre to discuss
what you might find before going down to the river. Collect
items, make sandcastles, explore the foreshore and spot
wildlife. Then go to Southbank Mosaics studio for a mosaic
workshop using materials collected on the beach. All
equipment and materials provided, as well as refreshments.
The event is open to everyone. Under-10s should be
accompanied by an adult. Wear old shoes and clothes as it
can be muddy. Part of the 'Living Memory' heritage project. 
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Saturday 8 May
1pm-3pm at Mint Street Adventure Playground, Southwark
Bridge Road; free
Family gardening session and home composting workshop. 
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Saturday 8 May
2pm-4pm  at Art Cafe, 20 London Road; free
Open to students, young professionals and all those who love
music. Quiz and free gig - hear about the artists' journey
to faith, plus Q&A session after. Organised by Crossway URC
on New Kent Road.
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Saturday 8 May
3.30pm-6.30pm  at Nolia's Gallery 2, 60 Great Suffolk
Street; free
Arts 4 Human Rights is a grass-roots charity which seeks to
explore and promote a range of issues facing today's
society. Between 8 and 15 May the group's inaugural festival
at venues across Southwark aims to bring to light human
rights issues through an exciting and diverse range of
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Sunday 9 May
11am (meet in southern churchyard at Southwark Cathedral,
London Bridge); 5
Neil Bright leads a walk tracing the story of old Southwark
during the Blitz. Hear some of the tales of heroism and
tragedy of local folk. Duration: 3 hours. Finishes at
Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park. 
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Sunday 9 May
11am at Soviet War Memorial, Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park,
Lambeth Road
Event to mark the 65th anniversary of the end of the Second
World War in Europe. Participants include The Mayor of
Southwark, Cllr Jeff Hook; The Rt Hon. The Lady Soames, LG,
DBE, the youngest daughter of Winston and Clementine
Churchill; the Russian Ambassador, HE Yury Fedotov;
representatives from other CIS embassies; British and
Russian Second World War veterans; standard bearers from UK
veterans organisations, and other individuals and
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Monday 10 May
7pm (refreshments from 6.30pm) at Tate Modern,  Bankside;
free to members
Lost in La Mancha is not so much a "making of", more an
"unmaking of" documentary which follows director Terry
Gilliam through pre-production, filming and finally the
aftermath as his long planned feature The Man Who Killed Don
Quixote falls apart. Membership of the Community Film Club
is aimed at those living in Southwark and Lambeth. To become
a member (it's free) email [email protected] or
join at the door.
Info & map:


{ May issue of 'in SE1' }

The May edition of our monthly printed what's on guide is
available now as a PDF from

Paper copies will be available from approximately 70
locations over the next few days.


{ Local job vacancies }

* Events Academy Project Manager, Better Bankside
* Earn a Bit Of Extra Money By Helping the Over 50s in SE1
* Farm work opportunities, Surrey Docks Farm [volunteers]
* Opinion panel member for a TV company

Details at

Why not advertise your job vacancy here? Only 9.99:


{ Small offices & desk spaces for rent }

* Office space in Bermondsey Street
* Commercial space to let - Alaska Buildings

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{ Arts reviews from the London SE1 website }

* The Real Thing at The Old Vic
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{ Hot topics from the London SE1 Forum }

Our weekly digest of new topics started at

* Southwark/Bermondsey Running Clubs
* Dog Groomers
* Bank Holiday parking
* Leather Uppers - Leather Exchange
* Local seamstress reqd
* High drama at the London College of Communication
* Living on the Bricklayers Arms Estate
* Models still needed for charity!
* Boxing training in SE1
* Tabard Street by St George the Martyr
* Richards butcher shop, Tower Bridge Road
* RW Autos
* Urgent need of a pianist
* Webber / Rushworth
* Help - Need a good hairdresser near Tower Bridge
* Smoking outside London Bridge and surrounding streets
* Waterloo election hustings
* Roof terrace garden
* Woodworking Tools / Co-op Studio
* Gardening shops for potting compost
* SE1/Blackfriars rd Plumber recomendations
* Windows
* Can anyone recommend good sports massage in SE1?

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


{ Business forum in association with Better Bankside }

* Web page
* New business
* Looking for meeting space    


{ Noticeboard }

Blackfriars Settlement is launching a series of job seeking
and job readiness courses from 10 May. There are three
half-day sessions per week lasting for 8 weeks at a time.
Each session covers a different subject and people can
attend one, two or all three. The first one helps you to
tune up your job seeking skills, with access to CV and
interview training amongst others things. The second is a
work focussed IT brush up session suitable for beginner or
intermediate computer users. The third is a generic work
skills course which looks at basic skills such as time
management, prioritising and communication in the workplace.
Courses are free to Southwark residents aged 16 and over who
are currently out of work.
For further information contact Cliff on 020 7928 9521 or
[email protected]

Volunteers aged 16-24 needed to start May 2010
We are looking for volunteers who can commit to a 16 week
volunteer programme starting 10th May 2010. In addition to
participating in challenging projects that benefit the local
community, you will have the opportunity to develop your
skills working in a team and to work towards an
employability qualification. (Expenses and travel paid).
If you are available Monday to Friday, between 9.30am -
1.30pm and would like to find out more, please call Leila,
Koko or Lloyd on 020 7928 7232 for an interview or more


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