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SE1 Direct 551: Dr Bike, Imagining the Elephant & Big Lunch

[ SE1 Direct ]     Issue 551

Tuesday 31 May 2011                           ISSN 1750-0656


* Local news & features from the London SE1 website
* Advert: Sheltered housing for Southwark residents
* What's on this week
* Local job vacancies
* Small offices & desk spaces for rent
* Hot topics from the London SE1 Forum


{ Local news & features from the London SE1 website }

* Solar panels to span the Thames at new Blackfriars Station
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* Elephant: council accused of abandoning town centre vision
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* Barack Obama at Southwark's Globe Academy: pics & video
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* Disney Street included in Mickey Mouse map of London
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* City Hall report praises Bermondsey Square & Mint Street
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* Waterloo: new recycling bin for small electric appliances
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* World's longest picnic table in Potters Fields Park
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* Southwark charity honours donor 423 years after his death
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* Cathedral packed for funeral of Southwark Mayor Tayo Situ
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* Simon Hughes opens new mental health hospital
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* London College of Communication launches iPhone/iPad app
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* Bank of England boss to take part in Dream Cricket School
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* Ed Miliband visits SE1 twice in one day
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* Review: Kafka's Monkey at the Young Vic
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* Tom Crean Antarctic Explorer at Waterloo East Theatre
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{ Advert } 

Are you or do you know someone over 60,
living in Southwark and interested in affordable
retirement sheltered housing in Purley, Surrey?

St Saviour's Court
* is a new purpose-built sheltered housing scheme in Purley
owned and managed by United St. Saviour's Charity based in
* with good local shops, excellent public transport and is
close to Croydon town centre
* has 54 one- or two-bedroom flats wheelchair friendly,
double glazed and carpeted, with fitted wardrobes, built in
ovens, refrigerators and freezers 
has large communal lounge, keep-fit area, hairdressing
facilities, patio with a landscaped garden, and an area for
growing vegetables and herbs
* has active social club which organizes a lot of activities
including healthy walks, parties, bingo, entertainment and
* has an on-site house manager and 24-hour emergency
careline system
* gives residents security, peace of mind, and the chance to
live independent and fulfilling lives.

To qualify, residents must be aged 60 or over, on low
incomes with modest savings and have lived in Southwark,
post codes SE1, SE5, SE11, SE15, SE16 and SE17 for 3 years. 

For more information contact: St Saviour's Court,
2a Old Lodge Lane, Purley, CR8 4ER   
Telephone: 020 8645 6720.
E-mail: [email protected]

United St Saviour's Charity est 1541 Reg Charity No. 1103731

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

{ What's on this week }

Tuesday 31 May
2pm; free; booking essential
Walk between Borough and Tower Bridge with the Living Memory
heritage project. Walks are between 60 and 90 minutes in
length and are free to attend. To book and for more
information contact Laura Cowell on 020 7021 1600 or
[email protected]
Info & map:

Wednesday 1 June
5.30pm-7.30pm outside James Clerk Maxwell Building, 57
Waterloo Road; free
Get a free basic check-up for your bicycle courtesy of
Lambeth's sustainable travel team. The event is held in the
piazza outside the King's College building next to BFI IMAX.
There will also be an HGV awareness session so you can see
the view from the driver's cab and the Metropolitan Police
Cycle Taskforce will be security marking bikes for free if
you haven't already had it done.
Info & map:

Wednesday 1 June
6pm at National Theatre Studio, 83-101 The Cut; free; book
at or 020 7452 3000
Lecture by Adam Lexnar. The National Theatre's Archive is
running its second annual Researchers' Tales series of
lectures based on research at the archive. The series is
designed to stimulate interest in the archive collection,
reflect on past work and connect the academic world and the
wider NT audience.
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Wednesday 1 to Friday 3 June
6.30pm at The Scoop,  More London Riverside; free
Two rival tour buses (SuperCity and Hypertours) race each
other from tourist sight to tourist sight. To spice things
up, the jaded and bored tour guides compete with each other
in making up an alternative history of London. The young man
in each team is secretly trying to impress the young woman
in the rival team with the most fantastic and tendentious
fabrications. Both young women, however, are perfectly aware
of what's going on, and play their own counter-game. As this
four-cornered romantic comedy unfolds all over the capital,
it will bring to the audience an alternative London full of
the most amazing revelations.
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Volunteers wanted to help clear out pond on Waterloo
Millennium Green on Thursday 2 June. Please contact BOST if
you are able to come: [email protected] or 020 7403 3393

Thursday 2 June
2pm-4pm  at Menier Chocolate Factory, 51 Southwark Street;
SANE invites anyone affected by - or who wishes to know more
about - mental health to a series of forums at the Menier
Chocolate Factory. Each week there will be an opportunity to
listen to leading experts from the fields of psychology,
psychiatry and neuroscience. Ruby Wax, Judith Owen and
Marjorie Wallace (founder and chief executive of SANE) will
then join the expert for a question and answer session. This
will be followed by tea and cakes. Members of the SANE
Services team will be on hand to talk about how we can help
and also signpost to other resources around the country.
These free sessions will be held every Thursday for five
weeks; all are welcome.
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Friday 3 June
12.30pm-4.30pm  at Downside Centre, Coxson Place, Druid
Street; free
The Downside Centre offers a range of free family activities
including swimming, football, table tennis, face painting,
raffles and much more. Public performances will be given by
award wining UK Street Dance champions Prodigy and X Factor
contestant Nathan James. Home made snacks and refreshments
will also be provided on the day.
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Saturday 4 June
10.30am-4pm  at Crossway United Reformed Church, 100 New
Kent Road; free
What do you imagine for your area? Housing, shops, open
spaces, transport, trees - who is listening to what you
want? Will the regeneration benefit local people? The
Elephant Amenity Network - a coalition of local people and
groups - has organised this 'visioning event' for people to
come together and ask questions about the planned
regeneration and imagine together what could be done.
Workshops and discussions to help shape ideas about what the
local community wants from the Elephant & Castle
regeneration. Topics will include the following: Morning
workshops: transport, shopping, housing, trees/biodiversity
and a "planning for real" exercise Afternoon workshops:
amenities, interim uses (food, sport, performance), jobs,
design and massing, and making the most of existing
buildings Children's activities and lunch/refreshments
provided free.
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Friday 3 to Saturday 4 June
11am-2pm at Coin Street Neighbourhood Centre, 108 Stamford
Street; free
Intergenerational creative workshops making posters inspired
by original campaign posters from Coin Street and other
action groups. Drop in and try your hand at drawing,
collage, and stenciling, your poster could be advertising an
exhibition on the South Bank in August. For more information
email Laura at: [email protected] or call 020 7021
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Sunday 5 June
12pm at Tabard Gardens,  Tabard Street
The Tabard Gardens Estate is made up of 1500 dwellings.
Amongst and around the estate are churches, community halls,
pubs and schools. The Tabard Community Hall Management
Committee would like to invite you to a Big Lunch event so
that eveyone can get to know each other better. Please bring
some food that represents your heritage. There are some
amazing people in this area. Why not come along and meet
some of them.
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Sunday 5 June
2pm at All Hallows Garden,  Copperfield Street
The Save All Hallows campaign is once again hosting a Big
Lunch event in the garden. Please invite family, neighbours
and friends. Just bring a rug, picnic and things to play
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Monday 6 June
6.30pm at Bankside Community Space, 18 Great Guildford
Speaker: Kevin Austin from the Olympics City Operations
Team. A chance to find out more about developments in
Bankside and meet your neighbours. For further details
contact [email protected]
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{ Local job vacancies }

* Advocacy Organiser, Southwark Irish Pensioners Project
* Befriender Organiser, Southwark Irish Pensioners Project
* Ad hoc but long term hospitality assistant

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Why not advertise your job vacancy here? Only 9.99:


{ Small offices & desk spaces for rent }

* Bermondsey Street - 3300 sq ft Office space loft style

Details at

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{ Hot topics from the London SE1 Forum }

Our weekly digest of new topics started at

* The Borough - where is it?
* Ring Lost at 37 Degrees Gym
* Vinyl & CD Record collection - best way to sell?
* Crucifix Lane/Shand St Club Parties - help!
* Proposal: new primary Free School in SE1
* Birds of SE1
* Pub with outside space
* Removal Men/Company
* Window cleaner close to Borough?
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{ Business forum in association with Better Bankside }

* Wanted: refrigeration servicing person for fridges/coolers



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