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September 2020

SOUTH LONDONER

Game Changer Dulwich Hamlet boss Gavin Rose on exile, a new ground, growing up with Rio... and finally getting to take a break

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action since YOLO became furlough but that’s enough talk about the virus –I think we can all safely say, we’ve heard enough of the C word for one year. We weren’t total sloths during lockdown. Of course, we watched Tiger King. No, we didn’t attempt to bake sourdough. But we have had this bun in the oven! It’s with great pleasure I introduce The South Londoner: an extravaganza of entertainment, food and drink, wellbeing

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and local faces! And the stories are all set south of the river, naturally. A whopping 26,000 free copies are being distributed across the area – over 15,000 door-to-door, nearly 7,000 in all major supermarkets, and 4,000 hand-delivered to local businesses. Throughout the pandemic, we supported local businesses by giving away free advertisements on our Southwark News website to all independent companies. It has to be said, you guys have been pretty inspiring these past few months, and in this magazine we’re metaphorically clapping for you from our Juliet balconies. Now, onto more pressing matters: if you’re in the market for craft beer, a proper flat white or a conversation with anyone who doesn’t answer to Alexa or Siri, then grab your facemask and your hand sanitiser and follow us as we uncover everything that’s going on right on your doorstep.

About us: Our flagship publication, The Southwark News, is London’s only independent, paid-for newspaper. Launched in 1987, we are a dedicated, close-knit team, bringing you accurate and balanced journalism every week in print and every day online. We have continued to run every week throughout the pandemic, and upped our circulation to send out 500 free copies every week to shielded people, isolating in their homes. We are based in Bermondsey, in the old Biscuit Factory. We are proud to be a London Living Wage employer. We pledged at the start of the lockdown that none of our team would be made redundant, and we have now brought back all of our team, to continue bringing you news, views and local stories. We also publish the popular magazines, the Bermondsey Biscuit & Rotherhithe Docker – next out in October – and Urban Fox – next out in November, along with the weekly Greenwich & Lewisham Weekender. You can find us on social media, or at our sites: www.newsatden.co.uk www.weekender.co.uk www.bbandrd.co.uk www.urbanfox.london www.southwarknews.co.uk Editor Laura Burgoine Writers Cara Cummings, Katherine Johnston, Josh Salisbury, John Kelly Design Aurelio Medina, Dan Martin Cover picture Ollie Jarman Marketing Tammy Jukes, Clarry Frewin, Lorraine Wood, Katie Boyd Media Partnerships Anthony Phillips Finance Emrah Zeki Managing Directors Chris Mullany, Kevin Quinn Contact us Email southlondonermag@gmail.com Printed by Iliffe Print Phone 020 7231 5258 Published by Southwark Newspaper Ltd

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Our guide to choosing secondary schools. 35

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Home Secretary: the local line-up for your diary

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Local faces: The man behind Dulwich’s beloved football team

10 Family: A welcome break from home-schooling 14 Wellbeing: Outdoor fun and games 22 Local heroes: The stories from the lockdown 25 Food & Drink: It’s happy hour everywhere! 35 Education: Plan your child’s future and beyond


Find out more about our work and future plans

Annual Public Meeting Wednesday 9th September 2020 Virtually via Microsoft Teams Meeting 6pm – 7pm Presentations include:  Review of the last year, including our response to the Covid-19 pandemic, and future plans Ian Abbs, Chief Executive

 Council of Governors’ report Heather Byron, Lead Governor

There will also be an opportunity to submit questions to the Trust Board. To register your interest in joining the online event please email: AnnualPublicMeeting@gstt.nhs.uk

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Put on your shoes, we’re going out! Sort of. BY Cara Cummings

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LUNA CINEMA LIGHTS UP DULWICH PARK

Sick of watching Netflix on your sofa? Upgrade your film-watching this month with an outdoor screening in the picture perfect surroundings of Dulwich Park. Take your pick from Joker, Jojo Rabbit, Rocketman, The Greatest Showman or Pretty Woman, then settle back in your deckchair and let Luna Cinema work its magic… 16-20 September. £35 for two. Book via thelunacinema.com/dulwich-park

Dulwich Art School

DULWICH ART SCHOOL GOES DIGITAL

Keen to pick up or improve your artistic skills this autumn? Drop in to an open Zoom class streamed by the Dulwich Art School. Running on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays throughout the month, take your pick from life drawing, painting or even portraiture. Because baking banana bread is so last lockdown. £15 per three hour session. Book online at dulwichartgroup.co.uk

Unleash your inner Warhol with paper, fabric and T-shirt printing workshops at London’s biggest open access screen printing studio this September. Tickets include tuition, all materials and the you-made masterpieces you’ll leave with. £65, 10am-4pm, various dates. Unit 107, Peckham Levels, SE15 4ST. Book via 3rdrailprintspace.co.uk

OPEN HOUSE FESTIVAL 2020

Not even COVID can stop Open House Festival: London’s city-wide celebration of spaces. Instead of throwing open the capital’s doors,

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Brixton based Migrateful runs awardwinning cookery classes led by refugees and migrants. The communal sessions have always been great fun - with delicious results - and now you can whip up some Migrateful sunshine at home, thanks to a programme of online classes. Sign up for Nigerian, Bengali, Filipino, Ukrainian and/or Gambian masterclasses this month, all from the comfort of your own kitchen. £20. Book via migrateful.com/classes

an innovative programme of guided walking tours, original films shot inside iconic buildings and a series of urban picnics in parks across town will run from 19-27 September. Check the website and app for details of special south London happenings… open-city.org.uk/open-house

BASKETBALL AT MARKET PECKHAM Hats off to Market Peckham, the shared workspace that opened on Rye Lane last year. With construction of an indoor market temporarily called off due to COVID, founders Nick and Simon have turned the ground floor space into a free public basketball court instead. With drinks on offer from coffee to cocktails and a veg-focused shawarma bar from Eastern Bloc Food, you might be persuaded to sign up for the tournament we hear is on the cards...

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Dulwich Hamlet boss Gavin Rose on exile, a new ground, growing up with Rio... and finally getting to take a break

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It shapes your character and the person you are now.” Dulwich Hamlet boss Gavin Rose is talking about growing up in south London. “I learnt everything from my upbringing there, good and bad,” he says. “Obviously as you get older you try and refine yourself, but you don’t forget where you come from. I’m really proud of growing up in south London.” Gavin is one of the most recognisable faces in Dulwich. He’s the Hamlet’s longest-serving manager after taking over in August 2009. In those days, the club rarely saw crowds of more than 200. Just over nine years later, 3,002 fans packed into the ground for the return to East Dulwich on Boxing Day, 2018, after their ten-month exile in Tooting following a dispute with Meadow Residential, the owners of Champion Hill. In over a decade he’s hardly had time to draw breath and reflect. Not only is he in charge of one of the most progressive and fastest-growing clubs in non-league football, Rose and assistant Junior Kadi also oversee the Aspire academy, through which players such as club legend Nyren Clunis progressed into the first team. After previous play-off heartbreak in the Isthmian League, the Hamlet were promoted to the sixth tier for the first time in their history when they defeated Hendon on penalties in the 2018 decider. Gavin finally got a break this year, though not how he would have chosen, with football’s coronavirusforced suspension, before planning began again for the 2020-21 season, set for an October start. “In a sense it was quite refreshing at the start getting the time off, because normally I don’t get time off from football,” he told The South Londoner. “I encouraged the players and staff as much as they could to try and relax mentally. “It was good in the early part to get some downtime without having to plan immediately for another season. But then I started to think about the puzzles that were in front of us.” Gavin, 42, grew up in Peckham, attending Camelot and Peckham Park primary schools, before his secondary education at Bacon’s College. It always his ambition to work in football. “For me it was, though you don’t want to tell your mum that when you’re going to school!” Rose jokes. “It was a great, positive distraction for me. Growing up in Peckham there are a lot of distractions good and bad, and football was a positive one for me.” He moved to East Dulwich – “a stone’s throw

away from Champion Hill” – when he was 21, and now lives in Brixton. Quietly spoken and considered, Gavin admits he’s not much of a pub man, apart from the occasional drink in East Dulwich with his players after games. He enjoys African cuisine in 805 Restaurants on the Old Kent Road, and the Italian Pierluigi’s in Beckenham. He is a lifelong friend of former England and Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand. The pair launched a campaign last year, The South London 4 South London, which aims to help young people in Southwark, Lewisham and Lambeth into professions, particularly in the technology sector. That’s reflective of Gavin’s concern for wider societal issues. On the popular Forward the Hamlet podcast last month, the hosts and Dulwich striker Danny Mills discussed the issue of Champion Hill’s mostly white crowd in contrast to the predominantly black team they support. That hasn’t escaped his notice. “Does it bother me? Not really,” he says. “Growing up in football you expect the crowd to be predominantly white in England anyway. It’s not alarming for me. “I’ve heard comments over the years that the team has been predominantly black and I always find that more of an alarming comment. At the end of the day you pick a team of people, you’re not picking colours. “It would be great to represent the community a little bit better with the different races in south London. As we know there’s a vast array of different nationalities and it would be great to see some 9

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of those communities coming into the club and watching games. “Even though it may well be predominantly white I think it’s a very welcoming community and fan base. Sometimes you may look at something imagewise and think, ‘I may not fit in there’, but everyone would fit in really well at Dulwich.” The Hamlet are entering an exciting phase in their history after their planning application for a new stadium was approved last month. Gavin is typically modest when asked about the prospect of leading the team out for their first game in the new ground. “It would be great from a personal point of view having been at the club so long and knowing the battles that we’ve faced,” he admits. “But I think the main thing really for me is to concentrate on the short term to try and get the club competing and get over this pandemic and period that we’re in. It’s great to dream in life, but we can’t look too far forward. I think that’s probably my mentality at the moment.”


~ F A M I LY ~ BY Cara Cummings

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AN EVENING WITH TOP CHILDREN’S AUTHORS

A special online edition of south London’s leading literary event will focus on younger readers this month. Authors including Cressida Cowell, Piers Torday, Jasbinder Bilan and Finbar Hawkins - who also happens to be creative director of animation powerhouse Aardman will read from their work and discuss writing, stories and more. A must for anyone with little bookworms. Tuesday 29 September, 7-9pm; free. Zoom link via brixtonbookjam.com

FILMMAKING CLASSES RESTART IN DULWICH

Got a budding Spielberg in the family? Great news: Sparks, south London’s movie-making school for 7-18 year olds, is kickstarting classes once again this month. Over ten weeks, participants get a full experience of filmmaking from script writing to directing scenes, all taught by industry pros. Spaces on the Saturday morning classes are limited, so early registration is advised. From 26 September at JAGS, 144 East Dulwich Grove, SE22 8TE. £290/term, book via sparkarts.co.uk

TOTALLY THAMES FESTIVAL 2020

There’s a whole lot of history lurking on London’s riverbanks. Explore 10,000 years of pirates, pilgrims, epic adventures and even a Medieval skeleton (who may or may not have been murdered) in this diverse, month-long celebration of the

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“It’s a very fun way of exercising. It’s entertaining. The groups seem to enjoy it and people build a good relationship between each other.” We spent three minutes at each of the 15 stations, in intervals of one minute with a 15-second rest, doing things I’ve never done before: flipping a giant tyre, driving a weighted wheelbarrow, pushing a sled along a carpeted runway, hitting a weighted hammer against a tyre, throwing sandbags. There’s also the kinds of exercises you might be familiar with from the gym: kettlebells, boxing bag, battle ropes, and medicine balls. The following day I had a pleasant all-over muscle ache, which I can say is very satisfying. The regulars at this boot-camp are really strong, really fit, walking advertisements for the class. If, like me, you spent lockdown waiting for the gyms to open up again, outdoor exercise is a smart bet –not to mention a welcome relief from anything on a computer screen. Jo has adjusted the bootcamp to ensure social distancing and Covid safety measures are strictly in place. All the stations are spread out, at least a couple of metres apart, with certain exercises (like tyre flipping) naturally requiring large isolated areas, and when the buzzer


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in-person again. Currently held outside Surrey Docks Watersports Centre, Supreme Fitness boot-camp is moving to Southwark Park’s newly renovated athletic track soon. “Come along and give it a try. It’s a really fun way of working out,” Jo says. “You need at least a moderate fitness level and strength but you can work at your own level and you’ll keep getting fitter and stronger.” Bootcamp sessions last around

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Rabble rouser BY Cara Cummings

Tell us about the Rabble ethos why team games?

At the heart of it, Rabble is about making fitness really fun. It can be a bit intimidating turning up to a gym and not knowing how the equipment works, or feeling out of place. It can also feel like not an easy place to meet people. Rabble addresses all those points. It’s really accessible because it’s silly, fun fitness based on games you played in the playground. We level the playing field and play lots of fun concept games inspired by TV programmes too, so you forget that you’re exercising! It’s set up to make you concentrate on working with other people in teams, having a laugh and mucking around so that you forget you're running, or doing squat jumps or burpees.

How did you first discover Rabble?

I remember my first session really fondly. I was quite new to London when I saw Rabble featured in Time Out and thought it sounded brilliant, and decided to take it on as a New Year’s resolution. I went up to a session in north London on a Saturday morning and the heavens opened - I thought, oh my god, what have I signed up for?! But I had the best time running around for an hour, slipping and sliding in the mud. I made so many friends and was welcomed straight away. I’ve never experienced anything like it. I try to instill that in all my own sessions now.

Think you can’t get fit playing British Bulldog? Think again. Samantha Doe runs the Southwark Park chapter of Rabble, a team gamesbased fitness class with a social twist.

Tell us about the crowd that comes along to sessions in Southwark Park.

Can you really get fit playing classics like British Bulldog and Capture the Flag?

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Absolutely! It’s quite easy to clock up running 5k during a session without you realising - we do lots of building up your heart rate. But it’s about strength building, too, so there’ll be celebratory star jumps, burpees or sit ups when you score points. I’ve seen firsthand how players get so much quicker, and so much fitter thanks to sessions. There’s a marked difference.

play a ball game or an activity that uses equipment like a vorex, frisbee, a yoga ball or a dodge ball, and then we’ll run a contrast competition where you try to beat the other team by scoring the most points. We’ll end with something more intensive - a final blast that might be core based, strength building or a sprint finish. But most importantly it's about having fun, and ending on a postexercise endorphin high. We have a cool down and either head to the pub or have a picnic in the park. The cafe in Southwark Park does incredible ice cream so we’re really happy it’s reopened!

What’s a typical session like?

A newbie can expect to be greeted by a friendly face and introduced to a few of the regular players. We’ll walk through a warm up to get heart rates up and brains working, then we’ll play a name game - one of the integral parts of Rabble is getting to know people. We then normally 20

We get loads of regulars. People feel so welcome that they come back again and again; it’s a really nice way to start your weekend. We have loads of social activities too. During lockdown we pivoted everything to virtual events so that everyone could be included, no matter where they were. We ran a virtual book club, quizzes and taskmaster daily challenges - there’s always something going on! We get together for drinks and board games nights too. It’s got to the point where the community has grown so much that there’s always someone else up for a challenge like Tough Mudder, or an adventure. You just post in the Facebook group and someone will want to join you.

What would you say to someone thinking about giving Rabble a go?

I was there myself once - I remember the feeling well! It can be daunting and scary turning up to something new, but you will absolutely be made to feel welcome and you’ll have a brilliant, brilliant time. Just do it! Rabble runs every Saturday from 10-11am in Southwark Park. First session is free, then £19.50 for three, £89 for ten or a monthly subscription for all London games for £39/month. joinrabble.com


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LOCAL LOCKDOWN HEROES BY K atherine Johnston & Josh Salisbury

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oint winner of the Elephant and Castle ‘local hero awards’, Kiosk MM factory, part of Mercato Metropolitano, remained open throughout the lockdown, with Abramo Tezgazzi praised by many nominees for knowing many customers by name, being happy to chat and lend a friendly ear. The kiosk was selected for its customer service, work ethic and sociable, welcoming staff. It has also been involved in collaborations with the Mayors Fund for London, Pembroke House, Age UK and Lendlease.  One nomination said: "I have been at work for the NHS throughout the pandemic and lockdown, working long hours and craving normality, and this kiosk remained open, offering upbeat conversation and good coffee.  “I am so thankful that I have been able to pick up my morning coffee on my walk to work. It has really

helped start my day on a positive note, and he has even offered an NHS discount during uncertain economic times. Just really thankful for the Kiosk MM Factory!" Runners up include: BEZA, for its “genuine desire to support the community every day and during the crisis" by cooking meals for NHS, homeless and vulnerable people; Amy Gray the owner of Dragon Castle for her work making free masks for NHS cancer centres; Super Arts Academy’s founder Irene Hayes for online support during lockdown for those interested in performing arts, the charity Hatch Enterprise for its continuing business support, and Pembroke House’s Richard Galpin for his commitment to getting food to families in need. For more information visit  www.elephantsays-hi.com 22

charity worker from Crystal Palace worked round the clock and against travel restrictions and closed borders to deliver life-saving stem cells to blood cancer patients. 32-year-old Rebecca Pritchard has worked for the charity Anthony Nolan since 2014, where she helps recruit donors to its register. During the lockdown she volunteered as a courier, traveling across the UK to collect cells and then transporting them to blood cancer and disorder patients awaiting their transplant. Normally the charity has around 50 volunteers, mostly retired who do this work; including overseas collection.  During the pandemic the charity decided to find alternative arrangements to protect its volunteers - many of whom need to self-isolate - including training up office staff. Once a donor has given their cells, couriers have just 72 hours to get them to the patient for them to be transplanted effectively. An emergency ‘handover hub’ was set up at Heathrow for volunteers to pick up cells from international couriers who would normally go directly to hospitals. “I have always wanted to courier although it’s a huge responsibility there’s something incredible about being that link between the donor and the patient and playing a small part in hopefully saving someone’s life,” said Becca. To donate visit www.anthonynolan.org/ coronavirusemergencyappeal


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achel Rumbol and Kiosk MM Factory were crowned the joint winners of Elephant and Castle’s ‘local hero awards’, set up by community project Elephant Says Hi. Nearly 150 people cast their votes for those who were an essential part of the COVID-19 community response. Having set up Neighbours in Need, Rachel made over 1700 hot meals for local residents and is still going. The project was crowdfunded to deliver hot meals to those in need together with local café Louie Louie.  She has also supported Meals for the NHS, providing over 4,000 meals for NHS workers unable to access shops and cafes during lockdown. One nomination received by the organisers explained: "She has shown incredible leadership during this time, offering her skills as a chef to help support the whole community, from the elderly and homeless to school children and NHS workers. A proper hero."


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„„ Gelato aficionado Taseer Ahmad of Fabulous Ice Fires has been busy in his laboratory during lockdown, which you’d expect, given he’s south London’s Willy Wonka. Not only has he launched an entirely allergen-free range of ‘supergelato’ at his gelateria and gallery on East Dulwich Road, Taseer has created flavours in response to pandemic poverty, riffed on climate change and COVID in new gelatos made from fruit pollinated by bats, and experimented with insect proteins as a non-dairy sustainable food source. He also somehow found time to enter the world’s most prestigious iced treat competition, the Sherbeth Festival, as the top ranking British entrant. Fabulous Ice Fires officially reopens in September: head down to taste the new flavours of the month. 54 East Dulwich Road, SE22 9AL

„„ If you’ve yet to sample the delights of Maremma, one of south London’s loveliest Italian eateries, good news: their Brixton Water Lane restaurant is open again. But if you’d rather stay in, GREAT news - Maremma are launching a three-course meal delivery service this month, featuring big hitters from their celebrated menu so you can enjoy a Tuscan feast at home. They’ll even recommend matching wines for each meal. Date night just got a whole lot more delicious. £45 per person, including delivery. maremmarestaurant.com

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„„ God bless Little Nan’s for launching the cocktail delivery service we all need in these bizarre times. Order a DIY Party Box from Deptford’s favourite bonkers boozer and enjoy their signature mixes - including the Queen Pat Butcher, Sir Lionel Ritchie and That Damn Carole Baskin - on your own sofa, with decorations, ‘mystery gifts’ and surprises thrown in. And if that doesn’t quite scratch your kitsch itch, al fresco service is on offer at both the original bar and a new Stockwell sister venue. Why Nan, you’re really spoiling us! Party boxes from £48. www.littlenans.co.uk „„ Party Store Pizza has launched at Market House on Coldharbour Lane, bringing Detroit-style deep pan pizza to the people that need it most: us. Baked so the dough has a focaccia-like chew but a crispy crust, one of these bad boys will change the way you think about pizza forever. Try the Dirty South: pulled rib meat, pickled chilies, buffalo sauce, crispy onions and fresh spring onions. God bless America. 443 Coldharbour Lane, SW9 8LN. Also via Deliveroo.

„„ The Tapas Room has opened in Brixton Village, meaning there’s yet another reason to head there immediately. The Spanish and Basque specialists do tapas and tipples - including sensational sherry, cava and vermouth - and they do them very, very well. Go for the wine list, stay for pan con tomate and rosemary manchego. Unit 52-53 Brixton Village, Coldharbour Lane, SW9 8PS „„ Missing foodie stall-hopping? Head to the Horniman Market for a weekly fix of fresh produce, cheese, bread and meats from independent and local producers. Expect bountiful goodies from Pick’s Organic Farm, Aston Bakery, The Wine Scouts and fresh pasta aficionados Seriously Italian - all at a safe social distance. Perfect for a picnic in the museum gardens afterwards. Sundays, 10am-5pm. Horniman Museum, 100 London Road, SE23 3PW

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„„ The Pigeon in Camberwell is livening up lockdown with pre-mixed take-away cocktails. If ever a tipple was made for lockdown measures, it’s the Pigeontails: each bottle contains three cocktails’ worth. The best thing about happy hour at home? No Uber at the end of the night. Currently on the menu are Negronis (£18.50) and El Presidente (£21.50) with Espresso Martinis coming soon. At times like these, it’s vital to stay alert! The Pigeon is open from Tuesday-Thursday 3-10pm, Friday 1-10pm, Saturday 12-10pm and Sunday 12-5pm. „„ What do you get when you mix a Michelin-starred restaurant, a beloved Borough Market wine bar and the power of Deliveroo? One helluva new pizza delivery option. ASAP Pizza is the lovechild of Shoreditch super-eatery Lyle’s and Flor, their sister restaurant in Southwark - and the menu will knock your socks off. Signatures include tomato & 'nduja with caciocavallo, honey, Sicilian oregano, and a ‘Borough Blue’ featuring stilton, speck, sour cream, walnut. Starting at £13, ASAP ain’t cheap, but it sure is worth splashing out for. Order via Slerp, Deliveroo, or collect in person at 1 Bedale Street, SE1 9AL


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How does saying it’s 21 years since the restaurant opened make me feel? Old. You have to remember, I was only fourteen when we started.” If Tim Sheehan wasn’t a legendary chef and restaurateur, he’d be a brilliant comedian. We’re discussing the toughest year of his career - “COVID has without doubt been the worst experience of my time” - but the gags come thick and fast. It’s not hard to see how this infectiously upbeat foodie has built one of south London’s most beloved restaurants. He’s the sort of chef you want to cook your dinner, then join you for the meal. Tim opened Franklins on Lordship Lane in 1999 with business partner Rod Franklin, after working with iconic chefs Fergus and Margot Henderson of St. John fame. Tim and Rod’s vision of a neighbourhood restaurant serving the best regional produce - “like a local bistro in France or a restaurant in Barcelona that’s been there for years” - has won the pair awards, five star reviews and legions of devoted fans. Not that Tim will take any of the credit. “It’s not anything to do with Rod or I,” he insists. “It’s been more luck than judgement, to be honest. We’ve stuck to our plan of friendly service, trying to get the best local ingredients and cooking them the best we can. It’s taken on its own life. “The best bit has been being part of people’s lives. Kids that came in as newborns now come in with their boyfriends! It’s been the customers and the community feel that’s been great. It’s a steadying ship; a nice anchor, especially now.” 2020 should have been a triumphant year for Franklins. After a rip-roaring 20th birthday party last year, Tim and team were set for a sunny new decade - until the unthinkable happened. “Covid has been the single biggest challenge we’ve ever faced,” he admits. “We’ve had floods in the past, ceilings falling down, pigeons flapping around inside the restaurant but it doesn’t get worse than being told by a government that you’ve got to shut down. On a personal level, there’s such an emotional attachment after going for 20 years. You’re there every day apart from when you’re on holiday. It felt like my life had ended.” Not for long. Spurred on by wanting to “do something useful”, Tim installed a two-metre counter outside Franklins Farm Shop and started serving customers their groceries himself. “I was everyone’s personal shopper, running up and down filling bags,” he laughs. “From my point of view, it was great because

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I wasn’t stuck in the house! We were delivering to people who were isolating, too, so it was worth staying open just for that. It was a fairly surreal experience, of course - like a weird ghost town.” How did the Sheehan household spend lockdown? “Finishing Netflix and completing the internet,” Tim chuckles. “There was also lots of talking about food. Literally going from finishing one meal to thinking, what shall we have next? I was cooking nonstop, doing things I haven’t done for years and poring through cookbooks… “There were notable successes and failures,” he adds. “Cake making was the most disastrous. It was like a mad episode of Bake Off. I didn’t bother with bread; I’ve already killed plenty of sourdough starters in my time!” Franklins finally reopened on July 4th with stringent safety measures in place: half the tables, half the menu, half the staff. “We want everybody to feel comfortable, but as un-medical as possible,” Tim explains. “Considering we’re just shopkeepers and landlords, I think we’ve done a good job. People still want to come in and eat - it’s such a joy to see regulars. The building feels alive again.” Reflecting on what this year - and the past two decades - has taught him about facing adversity, Tim is typically sanguine. “You’ve got to take every day as it comes,” he says simply. “One of the hardest things about restaurants is that you’re only as good as the day before - as soon as you open up tomorrow, you’ve got to do it all over again. You just keep going. “In terms of how the industry evolves from 30

COVID, it’s really hard to call. My crystal ball isn’t as effective as it once was - I might as well ask the dog! Restaurateurs and chefs are adaptable, and that’s going to help. But I’ve got no way of telling you what will happen in the next few months. “We’re heading into a period of unknown. I’m worried on a larger scale than just us as a restaurant. I don’t want the area to become wholly depressed. I don’t want people’s lives affected. I’ve already started having people come in who’ve lost their jobs. It’s awful.” Tim’s determined that Franklins will do its bit to help south London weather the storm. Along with donations to food banks - “We’re horrified they exist. There shouldn’t be food poverty in our bit of London” - and recruiting staff from the area, the team will continue to source ingredients as locally as possible. “We want to support businesses, be part of the community and try and do our bit,” says Tim. “It’s really spurred us on to see this through. We’ll be here through thick and thin, serving food in some way. Even if it’s sandwiches and soup two days a week we might have to adapt, but we will. “There won’t be a new ‘normal’ after this collective experience. But everybody still wants to be social, see their friends, have a chat over something to eat. We’ve been breaking bread since the beginning of time. It’s how we’ve become civilised. I think it’s all we’ve got as humans, really: cooking and kindness.” Franklins is at 157 Lordship Lane, SE22 8HX. Phone: 020 8299 9598. Franklinsrestaurant.com


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‘This popular school is a harmonious environment where pupils learn how to be successful in modern Britain.’ Ofsted 2017 Kingsdale is Outstanding in every area (Ofsted 2017) and presents exceptionally rich opportunities to challenge students of all abilities including providing options in Year 9 to study Triple Science, Latin, Economics and Psychology and the opportunity to study two languages from Year 7. Kingsdale attracts many able students and operates a condensed or accelerated Key Stage 3 programme of study to meet the particular needs and aspirations of all of our students and their families. The school offers a wide variety of academic subjects including 4 or 5 optional courses selected by each child in addition to co-curricular activities every day. ‘The curriculum is broad and balanced, supporting pupils’ outstanding outcomes because of the chance pupils have to be successful in a range of subjects.’ Ofsted 2017 Kingsdale is rated as a high performing non- selective school for attainment nationally at Key Stage 4 and has a very impressive contemporary record of being one of the foremost schools, in the Local Authority, for progression at Key Stage 5 with some truly outstanding academic results.

Summer 2020 - Another Year to Celebrate a proud set of GCSE Results at Kingsdale Foundation School! Our GCSE results this year were one of our best ever. We have many excellent individual and collective achievements to celebrate as a result of the incredible dedication and hard work of students and staff over the previous two to three years. More than 10 students achieved at least 9 Grade 9s and over 100 students achieved 4 or more Grades 8 & 9! Our examination outcomes indicate that almost 90% of students achieved a good or better pass in both English and Mathematics and nearly 50% of the cohort achieved a strong pass in the English Baccalaureate.

Kingsdale has an incredible history of regularly producing the top achieving individual student in the country at GCSE Level! The school has one of the best pupil to teacher ratios of any mainstream secondary school in South London and average class sizes are normally approximately 20 across core subjects. ‘Pupils’ personal development and welfare is outstanding because of the care and attention that staff pay to making pupils’ time in school productive and safe.’ Ofsted 2017 Subsidised excursions to amazing destinations such as Malaysia, Namibia, Brazil, the USA and the French Alps are organised every year.

*OPEN DAYS AND EVENINGS 2020 Wednesday 23rd September 2020 9.30-11.30am, 1.30-3.30pm & 5.30-8pm Saturday 26th September 2020 10am-12 noon, 1-3pm & 4-6pm Wednesday 30th September 2020 9.30-11.30am, 1.30-3.30pm & 5.30-8pm Wednesday 7th October 2020 9.30-11.30am, 1.30-3.30pm & 5.30-8pm Saturday 10th October 2020 10am-12 noon, 1-3pm & 4-6pm Wednesday 14th October 2020 9.30-11.30am, 1.30-3.30pm & 5.30-8pm Saturday 17th October 2020 10am-12 noon, 1-3pm & 4-6pm *By prior appointment only. Virtual tours will also take place during events above.

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Kingsdale Foundation School First Class and Top of the Class!

'This popular school is a harmonious environment where pupils learn how to be successful in modern Britain' OFSTED 2017 Applications for Sixth Form courses are now being accepted

Elba, Ben & Iona have used their 7A*s & 2A Grades at A Level to study Chemistry at Oxford & History at Durham and Cambridge! Rerespectively!

An amazing achievement with 40 GCSE Grade 8 & 9s between them! Charlotte Trudinger, Luca Varela, Vivien Parsons & Gabriel Bowen

Take advantage of the chance to visit Kingsdale Foundation School and see for yourself how we bring the best out of our students. A tour of Kingsdale Foundation School enables you to realise why we receive such glowing reports. In the Autumn term 2020 you will have just that opportunity as we will be holding Sixth Form Open Days for entry in September 2021. Scholarships in Mathematics and the Creative & Expressive Arts are on offer for gifted and talented candidates who meet our entry requirements. Scholars receive free individual or small group tuition provided by expert professionals to the value of ~ÂŁ1,000 per annum.

Harnessing talent! Kingsdale is a dynamic, exceptionally popular and progressive school that has invested ÂŁ30m to develop an award-winning educational learning environment. In our specialist academic Sixth Form Campus, students study a combination of respected traditional, performing arts and creative A Levels in addition to alternative high value Level 3 courses. Our average class sizes are approximately ten in the Sixth Form. We also pride ourselves on our excellent links to the best higher education institutions in the world. A residential trip to Harvard and Yale in the USA is organised annually. Prospective students are invited to come along to our Open Days or join our virtual tours to explore the fantastic opportunities and inspiring state-of-the-art facilities in our dedicated Sixth Form Centre. As Ofsted noted: 'The range of subjects taught is imaginative, well constructed and contributes well to students' achievement and their outstanding spiritual, cultural and moral development.' Kingsdale Sixth Form Open Days 2020 [Visits by Appointment Only] Wednesday 30th September 2020: 4.30-5.30pm & 6-7.30pm Wednesday 21st October 2020: 1.30-3.30pm & 4.30-6.30pm Wednesday 11th November 2020: 1.30-3.30pm & 4.30-6.30pm Wednesday 25th November 2020: 1.30-3.30pm & 4.30-6.30pm Please be advised that virtual tours will be taking place and broadcast live during each of the events above! Visit www.kingsdalefoundationschool.org.uk, call 020 8655 9723 or email sixthform@kingsdale.southwark.sch.uk for a Prospectus Alleyn Park, Dulwich, London SE21 8SQ 37


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preferences down. Do use all six preferences - however, you need to be wary about only choosing schools which are heavily oversubscribed. You should name your first preference school on the application, but also list preferences where your child has a realistic chance of being offered a place. Applying for secondary schools can be emotionally difficult. It is such a vital decision for your child’s future. If your child is in Year 6 and currently attending one of Southwark’s or Lambeth’s primary schools, you will receive further information from your child’s school. You also need to ensure that you submit a school Supplementary Information Form (SIF) to the schools you apply for that need these, to the school by their deadline. These ask for further information, such as religious observance or regarding school specialisms. Where a school requires your child to sit an admissions banding test, it is vital that they sit the test. Children will be invited to the test once a SIF has been received at the school.

Failure to provide a SIF to the school by their deadline and your child sitting a banding test, where these are needed, may significantly reduce the chances of your child being offered a place at a school on your application. Children who have an Education, Health and Care Plan follow a different admissions process and parents and carers must contact the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

Team within their local authority for further advice. Once you have made your preferences and submitted your online application by the closing date, your application will be processed. If it was not possible to offer a place at any of your preferred schools, then the School Admissions Team will allocate your child an alternative secondary school. This is likely to be the nearest

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school to your child’s home which has a vacancy. You also have the right to appeal against the decision not to offer your child a place at a preferred school. The email containing the outcome of your child’s application will include information about how to appeal. If it has not been possible to offer a place at any schools named as a higher preference on your child’s application, your child’s name will automatically be added to the waiting lists of these schools. You may also ask for your child’s name to be added to the waiting list of any out of borough schools listed on your application. Please contact the local authority the school is located in for further information. Only if you reject the offer and also provide details of any alternative arrangement you have made for your child’s education, will your child’s place be withdrawn and offered to the next child on the school’s waiting list. Read our Essential Guide to Education in our Southwark News edition of September 17th, or online at www.southwarknews.co.uk


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Our proprietary method consists of three key components which are closely monitored and adjusted to address each child’s learning goals: Assessments: Students start by taking a customised assessment which pinpoints their needs, allowing us to meet them where they are and take them where they need to go. These assessments continue throughout their Mathnasium instruction to ensure progress and skill retention.

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Customised Learning Plans: We then design a customised learning plan for teaching the concepts the student needs to master and use a combination of proprietary materials and instruction techniques to ensure your child masters these concepts.

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“Pupils behave impeccably in lessons and throughout the school. They are polite, thoughtful and determined to do well ” “Teachers’ high expectations are at the heart of teaching in the school and pupils’ attitudes to learning are highly positive.” We are celebrating another year of outstanding results at STAC, demonstrating the tenacity, endeavour and hard work of our students.. 96% of students achieved 5 or more passes at GCSE level!

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lass is back in session at Waterloo’s Morley College. Chief Marketing and Engagement Officer Matthew Cunningham arrived at his new post in March - a baptism of fire if ever there was one. After initially “scrambling to get everything online” after Covid-19 restrictions were quickly put in place, the college has now responded with a range of ‘Upskill, Reskill and Enjoy’ courses for students. “I was stuck in Norfolk when we went into lockdown but I was really impressed the staff were able to function for three months without seeing anyone –and that’s the same team supporting the students,” Matthew said. The college now offers three modes of learning: • Exclusively online with a live tutor in small class sizes. • Online plus, where at least 20 percent of the student’s course time will be physically onsite (the building has been staged to ensure students and staff are socially distanced) • A number of courses are fully delivered at the campus. “You’d be surprised by the innovation we’ve seen: the folk choir recorded a performance over the internet and edited it all together,” Matthew says. Morley has been accredited as Covid secure and trialled these new course styles. They’re now recruiting for the next academic year. “We’re learning so much as an organisation, offering more choice, and more opportunities to blend

Officially ‘Covid secure’ Morley College is teaching everything you need to bounce back from this pandemic, from e-sports and medical administration to broadcasting and acting online and onsite experience,” Matthew said. “We’re also looking at the flipped classroom concept, where you do the homework in classroom and classwork at home.” The Upskill, Re-skill and Enjoy classes are specifically designed to address issues created by the global pandemic. “Coming out of a pandemic there’s going to be skills needs and social needs that we as a college can address,” Matthew said. “In terms of upskilling, it’ll likely be a tough job market, or maybe people are looking to move into a different sector because they’ve been made redundant. Then there’s young people trying to break into the job market or people who want to progress in their existing job, so some of the courses we’re teaching include public speaking, Wordpress website design, or e-sports, which is a new qualification –we’re one of the first colleges to roll that out.” “For Reskill courses we’re looking at people who are being forced into change, so we’re focusing on digital skills: how to use Microsoft teams, Google meetings, intro to IT skills, and medical administration, which is an area we think will grow.” The Enjoy classes are focused on fun. “You may have had a tough time for the past six months and you need something to do or a way to improve your own wellbeing,” Matthew said. “We have 72 courses on offer, including printmaking, folk choir, acting, and dance.” It’s exciting times ahead for Morley; the Waterloo college merged with Kensington and Chelsea College in February and is now officially Morley College London, with three centres in North Kensington, Chelsea and Waterloo respectively. Over the summer, work was completed

on the Waterloo front entrance, North Kensington is undergoing a major refurbishment and in Chelsea, there’s a new team and the college is rebranding as a learning centre for the creative industries, namely fashion, graphic design, and interior design. Morley also has its first radio station: Morley Radio, housed in state-ofthe-art radio studios in Waterloo with a fulltime radio manager and assistant. The college teaches broadcast and students create a mix of live radio shows and podcasts. On September 8, Morley is publicly announcing a refurbishment of their Waterloo art gallery, which will double the footprint of the old gallery. Works are due to be completed by the first quarter of 2021.

Morley College is at 61 Westminster Bridge Rd, London, SE1 7HT. Phone: 020 3820 0904. www.morleycollege.ac.uk

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