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SE1 Direct 543: Chocolate Festival, Vintage Mini Mart & more

[ SE1 Direct ]     Issue 543

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Monday 4 April 2011                           ISSN 1750-0656


* Local news & features from the London SE1 website
* Advert: Summer Language Classes 2011
* What's on this week
* April issue of 'in SE1' out now
* Local job vacancies
* Small offices & desk spaces for rent
* Hot topics from the London SE1 Forum
* Noticeboard: Live in Southwark? Love acting?


{ 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:

* London Eye's "obtrusive" orange pod vetoed by councillors
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* Alfred Salter Playground could be spared from super sewer
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* St Thomas' sexual health clinic could move to Blackfriars
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* South Bank cyclists and pedestrians urged to coexist 
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* TBR junction could get a pedestrian crossing after all
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* Eddie Izzard at Yes to AV campaign launch
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* Bankside and Bermondsey to pioneer neighbourhood planning
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* Street artist Nathan Bowen creates mural in Borough Market
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* 'For sale' sign goes up at St Thomas' Hospital
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* Boris and Arnie's bike ride through Potters Fields Park
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* BBC's Huw Edwards visits Walworth Academy
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* Mixed fortunes for SE1 arts organisations as cuts revealed
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* Environment boss faces angry residents over GMH Park cuts
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* Route 78 finally gets double deck buses
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* Boris at London Bridge to launch young musicians search
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* PwC More London HQ to be powered by chip fat
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* Wildlife hedge planted in Borough High Street
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* Cause Celebre at The Old Vic
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{ Advert: Summer Language Classes 2011  }

Thursday May 5th to Thursday July 7th

French, Spanish, Italian, German and Portuguese

A series of lunchtime language courses will be running from
Thursday May 5th to until Thursday July 7th

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 and intermediate  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 4 April
7pmmeet 6.45pm at Tabard Street piazza,  Tabard Street; £5
First in a series of spring guided walks with John
Constable, author of Secret Bankside, now available in a new
edition by Oberon Books. Please arrive early to be sure of a
Info & map:

Tuesday 5 to Sunday 24 April
Tue-Sun 7pm & 9pm at Bermondsey Square Hotel, Bermondsey
Square,  Bermondsey Street; £12.50 from
Hotel Confessions is an intimate site-responsive production
at The Bermondsey Square Hotel. This double bill of short
plays explores the chance meeting of strangers, forced to
share time, space and secrets in the intimacy of a hotel
Info & map:

Thursday 7 April
8.45am-10am  at Bankside Community Space, 18 Great Guildford
Street; free (open to members only)
Not sure where to start when it comes to complex tenders?
Looking for business opportunities in the public sector?
Want to know how your business could supply local public
sector organisations like Guy's Hospital? Then come to this
free Tendering Masterclass breakfast with Carol Hustler who
will unravel the mystery of efficient and inspired
Info & map:

Thursday 7 April
6pm-7.15pm  at St John's Waterloo,  Waterloo Road; free
Avoid the rush, enjoy a complimentary glass of wine and
experience the fresh sound of Southbank Sinfonia, Britain's
leading orchestral academy for young professionals. A
programme of chamber music.
Info & map:

Friday 8 to Sunday 10 April
11am-8pm (Sun till 6pm) at Southbank Centre Square,
Belvedere Road; free
The Chocolate Festival is an opportunity to enjoy a wide
range of chocolate related products. As well as fine
truffles, bars and bonbons, you will be able to buy savoury
food with chocolate, chocolate cakes, pancakes, ice cream,
milkshakes and more. This Easter the Chocolate Festival is
supporting The Sick Children’s Trust, by hosting a Big
Chocolate Tea Party on Sunday 10 April from 12 noon till
2pm. Families can join in the fun chocolaty craft activities
absolutely free as well as enjoy chocolate delights and
learn more about the charity and its invaluable work.
Info & map:

Friday 8 April
7.30pm at St George's Cathedral,  Lambeth Road; £10 (conc
£5; family ticket £25)
St Vincent de Paul Society members from Wales have been
performing the play, based on Brian Griffiths' The Road to
Calvary, since 1984. This year, the play comes to Southwark
for the first time. It is a vivid and dramatic account of
the last 12 hours of Jesus' life. There is no interval and
the performance lasts 90 minutes. There will be light
refreshments afterwards.
Info & map:

Friday 8 April
7pm at Woolfson & Tay, 12 Bermondsey Square; free
Bermondsey folk storytelling partnership London Dreamtime is
curating a celebration of hidden London with stories, songs,
poems, silhouette films and magic lantern slides. This event
is part of an ongoing project by London Dreamtime to reveal
the obscure in South London Featured artists include
Bankside poet John Constable, nationally acclaimed
Bermondsey folk singer Nigel of Bermondsey and storyteller
Vanessa Woolf.
Info & map:

Saturday 9 April
10am-3pm  at Henry Wood Hall,  Trinity Church Square; free
Hundreds of secondhand books plus CDs, DVDs and bric-a-brac
at great prices for sale under the portico of Henry Wood
Hall. In aid of Trinity Newington Residents' Association
Info & map:

Saturday 9 April
10am-12pm  at Bankside Community Space, 18 Great Guildford
Street; free
 Organised by Bankside Residents' Forum, the walk is for all
local residents who would like to find out more about the
recent building developments in Bankside. From where to
shop, drink, or relax, the walk will explain the changes in
your neighbourhood. Whether you want the best fish and chips
or need to buy a trombone, the walk will give you an insight
into all that is going on in this exciting place where you
live. Contact: [email protected]
Info & map:

Saturday 9 April
1pm-5pm  at The Gladstone, 64 Lant Street
Hosted by vintage clothing sellers Frocks that Rock! with
vintage homewares and knitwear on sale from Butterfly Mind
Vintage and Emily Alice Designs.
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{ April issue of 'in SE1' out now }

The April edition of our monthly printed what's on guide is
out now - grab a PDF from


{ Local job vacancies }

* Corporate Responsibility Manager, Better Bankside

Details at

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


{ Small offices & desk spaces for rent }

* Space to share in our office, Navillus
* Large Desk Space available in London Bridge office share
* Brand new office space in London Bridge

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

* Mattress shops?
* Locksmith
* Pink bike stolen from Rockingham Estate
* Taxi recommendations
* Nese restaurant
* Reccommend me a gym
* Taxi protest at Palestra
* Enis's is boarded up
* Cost of gym membership
* Any gardeners in SE1 help me out please?
* Roadworks at night in Walworth
* Traffic Lights - Dunton Southwark Park and Grange Rd
* Wanted: Room for therapist
* Childminder recommendation - afternoons/evenings
* The Quill and the money to do up our homes    
To see all the current active forum topics, go to:


{ Business forum in association with Better Bankside }

* Collective Purchasing Discounts



{Noticeboard }

Live in Southwark? Love acting?
Southwark Playhouse wants you for a brand new production of
Antigone which runs from 17th May to 18th June 2011.
The search is on for 12 community actors to form the chorus.
All ages welcome from 11+.  Auditions will be held on 7th &
9th April 2011.
For more information and to book an audition please email
[email protected] or call 020 7407 0234.


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