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SE1 Direct 532: Bermondsey Stories, Living Space & silent film

[ SE1 Direct ]     Issue 532

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Monday 17 January 2011                        ISSN 1750-0656


* Local news & features from the London SE1 website
* Advert: New Year Language Classes 2011
* What's on this week
* Local job vacancies
* 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 


{ 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 subways closed as surface-level crossings open
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* 300 evacuated from Waterloo Travelodge fire
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* 17-storey student residence for Borough: inquiry begins
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* Young people fight to save playground from 'super sewer'
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* London Bridge hosts House of Switzerland for 2012 Olympics
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* King James Bible anniversary celebrated at Cathedral
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* Demolition of 'London's Burning' fire station confirmed
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* Val Shawcross urges residents to join credit union
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{ Advert: New Year Language Classes 2011 }

Thursday January 27th to Thursday March 31st.

French, Spanish, Italian, German and Portuguese

A series of lunchtime language courses will be running from
Thursday January 27th to until Thursday March 31st.

The early morning classes will be near Moorgate. The
lunchtime and evening courses will be held in-house at More
London and are open to beginners, intermediate and advanced
speakers of French, Spanish and Italian. There are also
beginners in Portuguese and German.

If you would like to enrol please contact Susan at
[email protected] for further information.

Clients include students from Norton Rose, Linklaters,
Slaughter and May, Addleshaw Goddards, Herbert Smith & GLA.

How to advertise:
We're now taking bookings for 2012; this year's fully booked

{ 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 17 January
6pm-8pm  at St Philip's Vicarage,  Avondale Square
Blue Elephant Theatre is starting workshops/rehearsals this
Monday for a new community drama. Come along and find out
about it and what you could do, no commitments. The project
will run until the end of March, so it's not a long
commitment but it will be loads of fun and a chance for the
whole family and community to get together as this is a
project for all ages! The idea of the project is to create a
play all about Bermondsey using your stories. You can take
on any role you want to: actor, director, costume designer,
set designer, writer and so much more. If you have a story
about living in Bermondsey then Blue Elephant wants to hear
Info & map:

Tuesday 18 January
11am-1pm  at Hankey Hall,  Hankey Place
Friends & Neighbours Club with support from the Joint Team,
a Better Service for Southwark’s Pensioners. Michaela
Crawley, Business Development Manager, Joint Team Southwark,
will talk about all available services  and what you may be
entitled to. 
Info & map:

Tuesday 18 January
6.30pm at Shortwave Cinema, 10 Bermondsey Square
Public meeting to launch a new £40,000 annual fund for local
projects. The developers and occupiers of Bermondsey Square
are looking to award a lump sum of money to the best
initiatives that can ignite the local community.
Info & map:

Tuesday 18 January
6.30pm-8pm  at Living Space, 1 Coral Street; free
An opportunity to let Lambeth Council know what you think
about Living Space and what you would like to see happening
in the building in the future. The internet cafe was closed
down last October. Come and meet the team, see what's on
offer, learn about the organisations working at Living Space
and have your say. Light refreshments will be provided.
Info & map:

Wednesday 19 January
7.30pm-9.30pm  at Welsh Chapel, 90 Southwark Bridge Road;
guests £3
Zoe Margolis, author of the award winning Girl with a One
Track Mind blog and books is coming to speak to Borough
Belles Women's Institute, answer questions and hopefully
spark some debate. Choosing to write under a pseudonym for
privacy reasons, Zoe was forcibly unmasked by a Sunday
newspaper, and now writes extensively, mainly around
blogging, tech, feminism and sex, as well as working for an
ambassador for the young person’s sexual health charity
Brook, forcing debate on sexual health and trying to address
the double standards that exist around sex, especially for
young women.
Info & map:

Thursday 20 January
7pm-8.30pm  at Salmon Youth Centre, 43 Old Jamaica Road
An opportunity to hear a presentation from the Met Police on
their activities in the Riverside Ward (from London Bridge
to Southwark Park Road between the Thames and railway line),
and to contribute to agreeing the ongoing priorities for
police action.  All are welcome.
Contact: [email protected] or 020 7237 6035 
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Thursday 20 January
7pm at Calder Bookshop, 51 The Cut; £6 (conc £4)
Legendary bookseller Tim Waterstone's new novel In For A
Penny In For A Pound is read by actors in the presence of
the author who will lead the discussion. The subject is the
modern world of high finance and of complicated human
relationships. Readings from press reports and discussion
will make this an interesting evening.
Info & map:

Friday 21 January
7.30pm at Coin Street Neighbourhood Centre, 108 Stamford
Street; £4;  Please contact Laura Cowell to book your ticket
on 020 7021 1600 or email [email protected]
Screening of silent film with live accompaniment by local
musicians. The Piccadilly nightclub is in danger of decline
when manager Valentine sacks his star attraction. But his
discovery of talented Chinese dancer Shosho begins a chain
of events leading to tragedy.
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Friday 21 January
7.30pm-9.30pm  at St John's Waterloo,  Waterloo Road; £7
(conc £5)
Koruso!, Southwark's award-winning community choir, was due
to hold its winter concert last December but, like many
other events, it became a casualty of the heavy snowfall.
The 50-member choir has been put through its paces all over
again by musical director Andrea Brown (head of music at
Morley College). The performance features a rich mix of
music crossing all continents and stopping off at a wide
range of genres, including classical, negro spirituals, pop
classics, folk, and of course lots of seasonal music. 
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Saturday 22 January
2pm at Unit 24, 20 Great Guildford Street; free
Mark Leckey is the winner of the 2008 Turner Prize. The talk
is free to the public and no advance booking is required.
Info & map:

Sunday 23 January
11am-1pm  at Woolfson & Tay, 12 Bermondsey Square; £1
An informal workshop and gathering for writers. This will be
an opportunity to meet other writers in a relaxed and
supportive environment. Each workshop will be a combination
of on-the-spot composition, presenting works in progress and
developing ideas. BSW is open to anyone who writes, whether
fiction, non-fiction, scripts andr even an occasional
dabbler. Hosted by Nadia Al Yafai. 
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Sunday 23 January
11am at Southwark Cathedral,  London Bridge
Most Revd Peter Smith, Roman Catholic Archbishop of
Southwark, preaches at Southwark's Anglican Cathedral as
part of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.
Info & map:


{ Local job vacancies }

* Carer/general helper working for private individual

Why not advertise your job vacancy here? Only £9.99:


{ Small offices & desk spaces for rent }

* 2 spare desks to rent with PR agency on Bermondsey Street
* Studio Space, objectif
* New office space in London Bridge available for letting

Details at

Why not advertise your office space here? Only £9.99:


{ Hot topics from the London SE1 Forum }

Our weekly digest of new topics started at

* Live work units - what are the tax implications?
* Owl and Pussycat figures in Southwark Bridge Road?
* Polish speaking solicitor
* Plumber wanted
* Cafe Amisha recommendation
* Furniture repairer (wood)
* Wanted - Flat around Shad Thames (short let)
* water supply problems
* Late Dining in SE1
* Great Dover Street - Busy
* Motorcycle Direct Access Training
* Southwark Playhouse Social tomorrow
* Hard working and reliable Handyman
* Ideas for a team building treasure hunt in SE1
* Tesco deliveries in SE1 area - not after 6pm?
* Closure of Tower Bridge...
* Carpenter (door hanging)

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{ Business forum in association with Better Bankside }

* Office space needed
* Office or desk space wanted



{ Arts reviews from the London SE1 website }

* The Boy James at Southwark Playhouse
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{ Noticeboard }

Brief announcements and messages from local organisations

Theatre group looking to rent performance space in self
contained property, can be quirky! Pub basement? Old
warehouse? Church Hall? Approx 2000 sq ft Please contact
[email protected]

The Old Operating Theatre Museum is seeking the donation of
use of a desk space and/or small storage space for help in
its charitable activities. Please email
[email protected] if you can help.


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