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SE1 Direct 573: Old Kent Road history, Bankside Boom! & more

[ SE1 Direct ]     Issue 573

Monday 31 October 2011                        ISSN 1750-0656


* Local news & features from the London SE1 website
* Advert: Connecting London - IT Support
* 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 }

* Andrew Nunn named as Southwark Cathedral's new Dean
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* Latest Elephant & Castle Heygate masterplan published
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* Licence granted for controversial Bermondsey Street bar 
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* 300+ homes to be built on Elephant leisure centre site
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* Giant pink bra installed on ITV's South Bank tower
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* Potters Fields Park renamed 'London Park' for Olympics
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* London Fire Brigade Museum under threat of closure (again)
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* Elephant "should be official Latin American district"
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* South Bank to host Africa stage for 2012 'River of Music'
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* Stamford Arms to install self-service beer pumps
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* Almshouse resident pub under curfew for cigarette fraud
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* Hemp cheese on sale at Borough Market
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* London Bridge TV soap released on DVD
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{ What's on this week }

Monday 31 October
6am-6pm at Waterloo Station; free
 Commuters and weekend travellers will be able to escape the
hustle and bustle with these free Chinese massage sessions
at Waterloo Station. On hand to deliver the massages are
doctors from the Confucius Institute for Traditional Chinese
Medicine (TCM) at London South Bank University. Commuters
will also be able to watch wellbeing demonstrations
including eye massage and shoulder massages. 
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Saturday 29 October to Thursday 3 November
11am-5pm at Coin Street Neighbourhood Centre, 108 Stamford
Street; free
A free event to help promote and develop volunteering across
the UK. London will shortly be hosting the UK leg of the
European Year of Volunteering 2011 Tour. The event will
provide a unique opportunity for anyone interested in
playing a role in their community to meet with organisations
working with volunteers as well as volunteers themselves. It
will be of interest to both members of the public who want
to find out more about volunteering, as well as organisation
working with volunteers who want to meet and learn from
others in the field. Entrance is free and there is no
requirement to register. Individuals are welcome to drop it
at any point between 11am and 5pm every day. The centerpiece
of the event is a market place where attendees can meet with
organisations working with volunteers and volunteers
themselves from organisations such as the British Red Cross,
Marie Curie, the British Heart Foundation, Rockcorps and There will also be a meeting space where
organisations will be putting on small free conferences,
discussions and workshops on the topic of volunteering.
Info & map:

Thursday 3 November
6pm-7.30pm  at East Street Library, 168-170 Old Kent Road;
An illustrated talk by local historian Stephen Humphrey on
200 years of life on the Old Kent Road, the main route to
Dover since Roman times.
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Thursday 3 November
7pm-10pm  at Henry Wood Hall,  Trinity Church Square
All sorts of handicrafts will be on display and for sale,
including: paintings & drawings, photographs & cards, books
& poems, bags & rugs, hats & scarves, jewellery &
accessories, glassware & stoneware. Also: plants and
gardening advice. Drop in at any time to see and appreciate
the many creative talents of Trinity Newington Residents'
Association members and friends. A chance to start your
Christmas shopping!
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Thursday 3 November
7pm at Robens Suite, 29th floor, Guy's Hospital,  Great Maze
In April Bermondsey was named as one of the 'front runner'
communities to serve as a test bed for neighbourhood
planning under provisions set out in the Government's
Localism Bill. Seven months later, Bermondsey Neighbourhood
Forum has arranged two (identical) meetings to give people
the chance to get an update on the work that has been
carried out so far, including: 
* feedback on what people have told the forum about their
priorities and issues for the area
* information about the studies that academics and students
have carried out in the neighbourhood
* details of development 'hot spots' - the key areas where
proposals for demolition and redevelopment could be brought
The Bermondsey Neighbourhood Forum area is bounded by the
river in the north, Borough High Street, Great Dover Street
and Harper Road in the west, New Kent Road in the south and
Tower Bridge Road in the east.
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Friday 4 November
4pm-7pm  at Mint Street Park,  Southwark Bridge Road; free
Fireworks display at 6.30pm with Emergency Exit Arts to mark
the end of the 'Play in your Manor' project. From 4pm there
are sports and games with Millwall Football Club, face
painting, food and arts & crafts. Also, 'Mint Street Moves
On', a public consultation on new park plans from 4pm to
6pm. Supported by Blackfriars Settlement, Bankside Open
Spaces Trust and Big Lottery Fund.
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Saturday 5 November
Cars arrive at Pall Mall between 10.15am and 12 noon
The RAC Brighton to London Future Car Challenge is open to
the latest electric, hybrid and low-emission passenger cars
and light commercial vehicles. The challenge is to drive
from Brighton to London using the least energy possible
within the 2hrs 45min minimum and 3hrs 30min maximum time
permitted. This year's drivers include former Formula 1
champion Damon Hill. This Royal Automobile Club event is a
very public showcase for low-energy vehicles. The event
follows the route of the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run
in reverse, arriving in SE1 via Kennington Road and crossing
Westminster Bridge.
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Saturday 5 November
Meet 10am at Bankside Community Space, 18 Great Guildford
Organised by Bankside Residents' Forum for all local
residents who would like to find out more about the recent
building developments in Bankside. The walk also takes in
where to shop, drink and relax. Whether you want the best
fish and chips or need to buy a trombone, you will get a
unique insight into all that is going on in this exciting
neighbourhood where you live. Contact:
[email protected]
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Saturday 5 November 2011
6pm-7.30pm (fireworks 7pm) at Southwark Park, SE16
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Sunday 6 November
Cars leave Hyde Park between 7am and 8.30am and cross
Westminster Bridge soon afterwards
See 500+ veteran cars - up to 115 years old - pass through
the streets of North Lambeth. A celebration of the
Emancipation Run held in 1896. Thirty vehicles travelled the
60-miles from London to Brighton to mark the passing into
law of the Light Locomotives Act which raised the speed
limit from 4mph to 14mph and did away with the requirement
for a person to walk in front of a vehicle waving a red flag
to warn other road users. The first reenactment was in 1927
and the LBVCR has been held every year except during World
War II and in 1947 due to fuel rationing. Route crosses
Westminster Bridge then via Lambeth Palace Road and Lambeth
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Sunday 6 November
11am-4pm registration from 10.30am; last workshop starts
2.30pm at Morley College, 61 Westminster Bridge Road; free
Morley College's Family Fun Day is an opportunity for
families with children to come together have fun, learn and
explore together.
* Bubble Show by the Science Museum 
* Three Little Pigs by the Science Museum 
* Paint your Own Rainbow
* Tropical Bird Hairdresser
* Family Concert
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Monday 7 November
7pm at Charles Dickens Primary School, Toulmin Street
Regular meeting for residents of Cathedrals and Chaucer
wards. Learn about local projects and talk to your
councillors and neighbours.
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Tuesday 8 November
2.30pm; 8; email [email protected] to book
Walk with old maps round the former leather-making district,
that is also one of the oldest neighbourhoods in London.
Explore a landscape of old industrial buildings, even older
houses and pockets of open space with stories to tell. You
will be reminded of all the associated trades to the making
of leather; the woolstaplers and fellmongers amongst them.
The settlement grew around an ancient religious foundation
that in 1399 became Bermondsey Abbey. This has long gone but
this walk traces where it was and demonstrates how it still
influences the topography.
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{ Local job vacancies }

* Carer for private individual

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{ Small offices & desk spaces for rent }

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{ Hot topics from the London SE1 Forum }

* Removal of cobbles Clink Street/Cathedral Street
* Shard of London
* New Year's Eve restaurant suggestions wanted
* Albert Arms pub has reopened under new management
* 188 Bus Problems?
* Costa Coffee opening next to Tesco Metro in Tooley Street
* Zombies roaming the streets of SE1
* Waitrose is coming (to Vauxhall)
* Southwark Free School website: call for questions
* 2011 Office Christmas Lunch - suggestions wanted
* Armoured tanks on Webber Street
* Cobnuts

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{ Business forum in association with Better Bankside }

* Seeking self contained office space for 2 + meeting room
* Looking for kitchen space to rent for new food business



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