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Life Southwark

Autumn 2014

Includes a pullout for the borough’s Meet the council’s first scholarship graduates

How to apply for a school place Could you give a child a loving home? Have your say on council spending Your magazine from Southwark Council

Black History Month events


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Contents Focus 4

Need to know... A round up of news


Meet our scholars Southwark’s


How to... apply for a school place Top tips on applying for

from around the borough first ever scholars have graduated with a host of excellent results

places in Southwark’s primary and secondary schools

10 Can you give a child a home? Our appeal for adopters and foster carers to come forward

Life 11 Black History Month pull out Everything that is going on in Southwark to celebrate Black History Month

19 Southwark Council’s budget 2015/16 Get involved in the conversation about how the council spends its budget

20 Join the private rented

housing debate We want to hear from you about how to improve the private rented sector

21 Let’s talk about domestic

abuse Share your story to help us tackle the issue

21 Fed up of harassment? Tell us

about your experiences and help us shape our strategy for women’s safety

22 There’s more to the story

Interview with playwright Gbolahan Obisesan whose new production is being shown at the Unicorn Theatre as part of Black History Month

welcome... This edition of Southwark Life is full of news about what we are doing to make sure that children and young people in Southwark get the best start in life. With details of how you can apply for a school place, we take you through the application process to make sure that you get the right school for your child. Also as the first students to benefit from the Southwark Scholarship graduate, you can hear about their experiences of the scheme that supports bright young people from low income backgrounds to attend university. All children deserve to feel safe and secure and to have a family of their own. In Southwark we have children looking for foster carers or a forever family – you can find out more about it and think about whether you could help to give the next generation of Southwark children the chance of a home and family that they deserve. As well as our usual round up of what’s happening in Southwark, our special pullout guide will tell you about the month long celebration of black history and culture in Southwark. Whether young or old, I hope that Southwark Life gives you taste of what is going on to deliver a fairer future for all in Southwark.

Info 24 Happy birthday Southwark

Works We celebrate a decade of the council team helping people into employment

Peter John Leader of Southwark Council

26 What’s on Your full events listings for the borough

The Southwark Life team Editor Kim Hooper


Contact us

Assistant editor/Production assistant Lucy Lee

Do you have something to say about Southwark Life? Write to: Your letters, Southwark Life, Communications, Southwark Council, 160 Tooley Street, Second floor, Hub 5, SE1 2QH or email

Contributors Nazarine Aiken, Asha Budhu, Angelica Burrill, Subira Massell, Monique McKenzie, Rada Ouchakova, Maria Valdivia, Kate Walwyn-Jones, Claire Wortley

Our cover image is from Gbolahan Obisesan’s How Nigeria Became: A Story, and A Spear That Didn’t Work, at the Unicorn Theatre from 9 October to 9 November.

Photography Jamie Simonds Design Whatever Design Ltd Print Headley Brothers

Keep in touch Southwark Life is a quarterly magazine and the next issue is due out in the winter. You can contact the magazine at For more regular updates on council news and events, follow us on social media at and at

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For news and events follow us on Facebook and Twitter, find out more at @lb_southwark

Canada Water Library celebrates its millionth loan

The Childcare Commission is a joint venture by Southwark and Lambeth councils, chaired by Dame Tessa Jowell MP. The commission brings together leading experts to look at difficulties parents currently have with childcare across the two boroughs and London more widely, and see what could be done to help ease pressure in the future. It is expected that the findings of the commission will be revealed at the end of the year. If you have a child under 16 using childcare in Southwark or Lambeth and you would like to have a say in the commission’s work, please head to to take part in a short survey about your childcare arrangements. The survey will close on Monday 6 October and everyone who takes part will be entered into a prize draw to win one of two £50 shopping vouchers.

Electoral registration The library awarded a prize, including a £100 book token and two tickets for a Canada Water Culture Space event, to six year old Chinedum Odunze, who took out the one millionth loan this summer. She said: “I think Canada Water Library is an amazing place. When I’m there, I usually leave with eight to ten books. I just love reading books, especially when there’s an adventure.”

Beko recall Beko is still seeking some older models of Beko, Flavel and Leisure gas cookers that can produce potentially fatal levels of carbon monoxide if used incorrectly (with the grill door closed). Check to see if your gas cooker: 1) Is a Beko, Flavel or Leisure model 2) Has a separate oven and grill 3) Has a serial number that begins 03, 04, 05, 06, 07 or 08. If your cooker has all three of the above features you need to urgently call 0800 917 2018 or go to for more information.


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Leader’s Public Question Time The first ever Leader’s Public Question Time with the Leader of Southwark Council, Cllr Peter John, is set to take place on Wednesday 22 October at City Hall.

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Members of the public are invited to come to the event and hear the Leader answer residents’ questions put to him by our special guest facilitator, BBC radio presenter Jumoké Fashola (pictured). Guests are invited to arrive from 6pm for refreshments, with the event starting at 6.30pm.

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The sun always shines at Thames Academy Café The Thames Employment Academy on Peckham Road is an innovative organisation, part funded by Southwark Council, that helps local people back into employment. Most recently the academy has opened the Sun Café, where owner Steve Maynard trains new staff in hospitality skills. The café, which specialises in authentic, fresh baked, motherdough pizzas, is open Monday to Saturday from 8.30am to 9.30pm and Sundays 8.30am to 4pm. For more information see

If you would like to suggest a question in advance and/or register your interest in attending the event please email or tweet your questions to @lb_southwark with the hashtag #askpeterjohn

Bermondsey Hero In August, a commemorative paving stone was installed on Abbey Street, Bermondsey to remember local hero Frederick William Holmes VC as part of the council’s World War One commemorations. The Mayor of Southwark, Cllr Sunil Chopra, led a public ceremony to honour Frederick, who was awarded the Victoria Cross for acts of valour at the Battle of Le Cateau in France 100 years ago. The event was also attended by The Queen’s Deputy (The Representative Deputy Lieutenant), senior officers of the armed forces including Col Hugh Bodington, Chief of Staff London District, and members of Frederick Holmes’ family.

October is Black History Month and there are celebrations and events taking place all over Southwark. For more information see our bumper eight page pullout feature in the middle of this magazine or go online to

London Youth Games success Congratulations to this year’s team on a fantastic season of competition and for finishing in 11th place overall. Over 1,000 Southwark athletes took part in this year’s games - finishing in style as the boys took gold in the highly anticipated 4x100m relay. If you think you have what it takes to compete for Southwark in one of over 33 sports at next year’s London Youth Games then watch this space for more details. Registration will open on 13 October 2014 and close on 31 March 2015.

Get involved in our Christmas events We have some exciting Christmas events coming up in December and will soon be looking for performers, businesses and local people to take part. Please keep an eye on our webpage for information. Follow us on


Twitter @SouthwarkEvents



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Southwark’s first class scholars

L-R: Cllrs Peter John and Victoria Mills; scholars Bobby Bailey, Sahyma Shaid-Hussain, Frank Owusu and William Camfield; Mayor of Southwark, Cllr Sunil Chopra

Fresh from graduation, we caught up with the Southwark Scholarship Class of 2014 to find out about university life and what it has meant to them


his summer the first six Southwark Scholars successfully graduated from their chosen universities. As the first ever students to be funded by Southwark Council’s pioneering scholarship scheme back in 2011, the occasion was marked by a celebration in July attended by the graduates, their families and councillors including Peter John, Leader of the Council.

MORE INFO You can apply for the scheme from January 2015. For more information on eligibility and how to apply visit


Set up to help aspiring graduates from low income families who live in Southwark and have undertaken voluntary work in the community, the scheme is now in its fourth year. This year’s graduates studied subjects including maths, law and sociology, achieving a great set of results between them. Their success highlights the importance of the scheme for giving Southwark’s young people the support to fulfil their potential. With applications for those starting university in autumn 2015 being accepted from January to April 2015, and plans to double the number of scholarships as well as rolling out art scholarships in the near future, there has never been a better time to aim higher.

Q: How do you think university has changed your life? A: University has given me time to develop more as an individual, equipping me to face future challenges. The responsibility and independence has also really boosted my self awareness and confidence. Q: What would you say to other young people considering university who are unsure about going due to the financial burden? A: The immediate costs can appear daunting and were a concern but after looking more carefully I discovered they could be manageable with careful planning. Working out your potential income can also provide reassurance for repaying loans.


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Some schools require a supplementary information form which must be collected from and returned to the school directly. Please contact each school for further information.

How to... Apply for a school place If your child is due to start primary school or transfer to secondary school in September 2015, you need to start applying for their school place now


t is vital to start thinking about your application. Make sure you carefully review each school’s admissions criteria before listing a school as one of your six preferences to ensure your child meets the criteria. You must apply for your child’s primary or secondary school place online. If you do not have a computer at home or do not have access to the internet, please visit one of our Southwark libraries or

MySouthwark customer service points where a member of staff will be more than happy to help you. If you feel you need help completing the online application, you can ask your child’s current school to assist you. You can also call the school admissions team for further information about their ‘Apply online’ sessions, which will be held at schools during the autumn term to assist families with completing their child’s online application.

NEED TO KNOW For more info and to apply online, visit call 020 7525 5337 or email Contact the Special Educational Needs team on 020 7525 4278 or email if your child has a statement of special educational needs. Southwark libraries and MySouthwark customer service points offer free internet access. Call 020 7525 2000 to find your local one. Contact the Schools Preference Advisor for impartial advice about the school application process on 020 7525 5211 or email


Cllr Victoria Mills ”It's a fantastic time for education in Southwark as local schools continue to improve year after year, and Southwark Council is working with our popular local primary schools to guarantee a local primary school place for every child. Through our Primary Investment Strategy we will create a further 675 new primary school places over the next three years, having already created over 1,000 new places over the last four years. ”Our primary schools have significantly improved levels of achievement in English and maths, 80 per cent of primary schools have been judged good or outstanding by Ofsted, which is in the top quartile of performance nationally. Southwark’s secondary schools are currently ranked 33rd in England - a leap of 38 places from the previous year - putting Southwark in the top 25 per cent in the country. Southwark’s GCSE results are continuously improving. As well as this A level results are improving year on year.“

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Sandra “Finding the right school for your child is so important so I found it best to start looking into schools and their requirements quite early on, to make sure I had everything I needed to prepare a good application. I was a bit nervous about applying online but found the help sheets made it easy and the online application was really simple.”

Research and visit potential schools Start finding out about schools now. Visit as many schools as possible, talk to teachers, other parents and read each school’s admissions criteria. You can find useful information in our school admissions brochures at

Choose your schools You can list up to six schools in order of preference on your application. Remember to check that your child meets each school’s admissions criteria before selecting your six preferences. A summary of the school’s criteria can be found in our school admissions brochure or you can ask schools directly. Each school will also have their own brochure and website where you will find more detailed information.

Apply online – get your application in on time Southwark residents need to apply to Southwark Council, even if their preferred schools are outside the borough, by 31 October 2014 (secondary schools) or 15 January 2015 (primary schools). Apply online at from 1 September 2014.

Your child’s offer of a school place Offer letters will be posted by first class to all parents/carers who have applied on time (evening of 2 March 2015 secondary, 16 April 2015 primary). Online applicants will be able to view their offer details at No action is required if you are a Southwark resident and want to accept the school offered to your child. You have until 16 March 2015 (secondary) or 30 April 2015 (primary) to reject the offer of a school place allocated to your child.

What if I don’t accept the school place? If you are unhappy with your offer you have the right to appeal to an independent appeals panel for each school you made an unsuccessful application to. Details of your right to appeal and further information on what to do next will be included in your offer letter.


Can you give a child a home?

Dates to remember

Adoption National Adoption Week, 3 to 9 November. Look out for more information and events on adoption during this week.

Whether you’re already a parent or are thinking about starting a family, you could give the next generation of children in Southwark the home they deserve


outhwark has one of the highest numbers of looked after children in the country, and some of these children need a permanent new home and a better start in life. There are always around 40 children waiting to be adopted, many of whom are black and mixed race so we warmly welcome enquiries from potential parents for these children. Adoption may seem daunting, but there is always someone to talk to and lots of support available before, during, and after the application process, which takes around six months. No matter what problems or start in life these children have had, all they want is a normal, happy, fun filled childhood like any other. To find out more call 0300 222 5936, visit or email If adoption isn’t right for you, consider fostering. As a foster carer you will look after a child temporarily before they are returned to their birth parents or are adopted into a new family. Fostering is a full time


and rewarding career, and you can get allowances of up to £50,000 per year depending on the number of foster children you look after. There is always a great need for more foster carers, and at the moment we are looking for white foster carers and carers for teenagers in particular. To find out more call 0800 233 5022, text 60777, visit or email

Jones and Sandra Adoptive parents ”There actually does come a time when the love, effort and sacrifice you put into your adopted child is returned to you. Mine was when he started speaking and randomly said ‘I love you’ before blowing me a kiss for the first time.”

An adoption information meeting will be held at Peckham Library on: • 15 November, 11am. You can also pop in to one of our weekly drop in sessions to chat to Jane about adoption. See for more details. Fostering Fostering information meetings will be held at Sunshine House, Peckham on: • 30 September, 5pm to 6.30pm • 21 October, 11am to 12.30pm • 19 November, 5pm to 6.30pm.


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Foster carer

”I became a foster carer when my children were young so I could spend more time at home with them. I've been doing this for over 20 years now and have loved looking after babies and young people, and it's nice to see how well they are doing when some of them come back to visit me when they're all grown up.”

Exploring the heritage and history of Southwark’s African, Caribbean and Diaspora communities


Exclusive interview with author

Andrea Stuart

Cllr Dora Dixon-Fyle Cabinet member for adult care, arts and culture Welcome to the exciting and varied programme of events that is part of Southwark’s contribution to Black History Month in the UK.

Andrea Stua rt will be talking ab out Sugar in the Blood, at Canada Wate r Library on Wednesd ay 29 October, 7pm .

This is an opportunity to celebrate and raise awareness of black cultural heritage, history and experiences today, no matter who you are or where you live in the borough. The main theme for this year is Living the Legacy: Honouring the first generation of migrants from the Caribbean and Africa. These early migrants did so much for our country and paved the way for their children and subsequent generations to make enormous contributions to Britain in the 21st century. Planned events include music, dance, cultural film screenings, story telling, historical walks and talks as well as exhibitions. In this hundred year anniversary of the start of World War One, the contribution and experiences of black service personnel will be recognised by several events. Southwark libraries will organise a wide mix of events suitable for all ages, from babies to adults. At their baby and toddler sessions stories from traditional African culture will be told, while Cathy Tyson and Jack Tyson-Charles will host an evening of poems, short stories, prose and music at Canada Water Culture Space for adults.

Andrea Stuart was born and raised in the Caribbean and US. Her first book, Showgirls, was adapted into a two-part documentary for the Discovery Channel and her second book, The Rose of Martinique: A Biography of Napoleon’s Josephine, won the Enid McLeod Literary Prize in 2004. Her third book, Sugar in the Blood, sees Andrea going back to 1630 to follow the thread of her own family’s involvement with the sugar trade through successive generations. The Independent said, “Stuart fashions a rich family memoir that also serves as a vivid history of Caribbean slavery, and a moving account of migration.” The Telegraph said, “In her new book... you can almost taste ‘the cloying scent of burnt sugar’ from her grandfather’s plantation. With both slaves and whites popping up in her family tree, the taste is bittersweet.”

Black History Month is for everybody and all events are free or low cost, so please get involved and get inspired.

When did you decide you wanted to be a writer? I don’t think I ever actively decided to be a writer. But I was always a very passionate reader and this led to me sort of side stepping into writing; first as a journalist, and then as an academic. Then I realised that I wanted to work on longer projects and I began to write full length books. What were/are your inspirations? This year’s Black History Month programme has been coordinated by Southwark Council’s community engagement team. For more information on Black History Month or to download a copy of this brochure, visit


My literary inspirations are really diverse. In truth, as a young person I read everything. My brother’s cowboy books, comics, magazines. I really loved whodunnits like Agatha

Christie, and I raided my parents’ very large library for anything that looked interesting. As a result I got the chance to read all the classics: George Eliot, Trollope, and Russian writers like Dostoyevsky and Tolstoy. But it was when I began to seek out other black writers from Ralph Ellison to Toni Morrison that I really got a sense that this was something I could do. What inspired you to write Sugar in the Blood? I always wanted to write about my maternal family; largely thanks to my Uncle Trevor who was a real raconteur. He told me wonderful

stories about my family’s plantation background, replete with hilarious anecdotes about local characters and tragic, dramatic family members. But in the context of writing the book, it took me a long time to really intuit what the wider story was; that is, that my family was typical of millions of others who were shaped by the epic forces of sugar production, slavery and colonial settlement. Once I realised this, I knew how I wanted to proceed, that I wanted to intertwine my family’s very intimate, very particular narrative with the wider story of how the sugar trade evolved in the Americas.


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Exclusive interview with Andrea Stuart

Was it difficult to come to terms with the fact that you are descended both from slaves and from slave owners? Initially the realisation that my white planter ancestor had no compunction about enslaving his own offspring was shocking. But once I understand how warped the mores of the slave system were, I began to understood. Plantation life was a kind of intimate terrorism, where oppressor and oppressed lived cheek by jowl; where the exploitation of slave women was endemic and the children they bore were seen merely as an extension of the planters’ ‘human property’. I understood that my family’s story was shared by many, and that Atlantic slavery debased and corrupted slave owners as much as it did slaves. What book are you reading right now? Right now I am re-reading Moll Flanders, because I’m trying to write historical fiction.

Who would play you in a film of your life? Angela Bassett. Though she is much more attractive! What one book do you wish that you had written? Beloved by Toni Morrison. Has there been any particular praise or criticism that has stuck with you?

Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say? I do hear from readers and it is one of the blessings of a lonely job. In the main they are very kind and explain how much my books have moved and educated them. Their feedback is often really useful to me as a writer; providing a new perspective on my work and encouraging me to carry on. What does Black History Month mean to you?

Like a lot of writers I tend to hold on to the negative stuff, but it is the really I am passionate about Black History thoughtful reviews that I learn the Month but my goal is to make it most from, like one I received from obsolete. In most cases the topics the New York Review of Books. we describe as black history are an intrinsic part of British history and we What advice do you have for need to integrate them into the wider someone who would like to educational and cultural framework. become a published writer? I think anyone who wants to be a writer needs to be very determined. It is a hard world to crack. But never give up. And be patient. They say that it takes 10,000 hours to become an expert at something. So being a writer takes time. Also it is important to stay faithful to your vision. In the end only you know what is best for your book.

Music, stories and rhymes with Winston Nzinga Winston Nzinga takes you on a magical journey with rhythmic drum beats and tales from around the world. Get involved playing drums, singing and experiencing Winston’s memorable stories. An event for all the family to enjoy. For all ages and families. Date and venue: 4 October at Peckham Library; 18 October at Canada Water Library; 28 October at Blue Anchor Library. Time: 2pm Contact:


All events are free unless stated otherwise

2 to 16 October

5 to 26 October

7 October

Soul, words and food: CoolTan Arts’ black history celebration

Cossall’s Black History Month 2014 showcase

Dream Variations: Inspirational black poetry

Learn about African and Caribbean heritage by taking part in cooking and poetry workshops, prepare delicious food, share stories about family, history and culture.

A celebration of Black History Month with sessions and exhibitions taking place every Sunday in October.

Time: Storytelling and cooking workshops from 10am to 3pm on 2, 7, 9 and 14 October. Open day with poetry workshop, performance and food from 4pm to 8pm on 16 October. Venue: CoolTan Arts, Third Floor, 224–236 Walworth Road, SE17 1JE Contact: 020 7701 2696

3 October Eli Anderson: The Power of the Elder “Stories are our global heritage, through which cultural and social capital are given life.” Storyteller, poet and narrative coach Eli Anderson will be talking about The Power of the elder and focusing on who are elders? Why are elders essential to our community? He will demonstrate how eldership is critical to the “passing on” of social and cultural capital, and maintaining communities and family structures. For adults. Time: 11am Venue: Peckham Library, 122 Peckham Hill Street, SE15 5JR Contact:

Acclaimed storyteller Sandra Agard will perform and discuss inspirational poems from some of the world’s greatest Dates: Sundays, 5, 12, 19 and 26 October black writers. Poems from Maya Angelou, Langston Hughes, Ben Okri, Audre Time: 4.30pm to 8.30pm Venue: 48 Mortlock Close, Cossall Estate, Lorde, Derek Walcott and many more will be featured. For adults. Peckham, SE15 2QE Contact: 07538 686 986 CossallTenantsAndResidentsAssocation

5, 12 and 19 October Grosvenor Estate Black History Month film festival The Grosvenor Estate celebrates Black History Month 2014 with film screenings of contemporary, diverse and heritage black cultural films. Time: Sundays 5pm to 7.30pm Venue: Grosvenor tenants and residents’ association house, 41 Grosvenor Park, Camberwell, SE5 0NH Contact: to reserve seats

6 and 20 October Baby and toddler session Friendly session for under fives featuring the story, Handa’s Surprise by Eileen Browne. For under fives and parents/carers. Time: 10.30am Venue: Camberwell Library, 17–21 Camberwell Church Street, SE5 8TR Contact: Visit or email for details of more baby and toddler sessions at other Southwark libraries.

Time: 11am Venue: Blue Anchor Library, Market Place, Southwark Park Road, SE16 3UQ Contact: Baby rhyme time Sing rhymes with an African Caribbean flavour. For under fives and parents/carers. Time: 2pm Venue: Canada Water Library, 21 Surrey Quays Road, SE16 7AR Contact: Visit or email for details of more baby rhyme time sessions at other Southwark libraries

7 to 28 October Kingswood Community Shop – Black History Journey Take part in IT workshops, black history walks and a topical discussion focusing on the history and personal experiences of Caribbean and African people migrating to the UK in the 1950s and 1960s. Time: IT classes 1pm to 3pm on Tuesday 7 and Thursday 9 October; walking trips 10am to 3pm on Thursdays 14 and 21 October; personal journey topical discussion 12pm to 3pm on Tuesday 28 October Venue: The Kingswood Community Shop, 37–38 Seeley Drive, SE21 8QR Contact: 020 3670 1578,


All events are free unless stated otherwise

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8 October

9 October TO 9 NOVEMBER

Sounds like London: 100 years of black music in the capital

How Nigeria became: A Story, and a Spear that Didn’t Work

Sandra Agard chairs a discussion on 100 years of black music in London, with music historians Lloyd Bradley and Dr. William ‘Lez’ Henry. Black music has been part of London’s landscape since the First World War, when the Southern Syncopated Orchestra brought jazz to the capital. Following the wave of Commonwealth immigration, its sounds and styles took up residence to become the foundation of the city’s youth culture. For adults.

Written and directed by British Nigerian playwright Gbolahan Obisesan, How Nigeria Became: A Story, and a Spear that Didn’t Work, commemorates the centenary of Nigeria as part of Black History Month at the Unicorn. For ages eight and over.

Time: 7pm Venue: Peckham Library, 122 Peckham Hill Street, SE15 5JR Cost: Free, but advance booking is essential via Contact:

9 October Black Londoners and the London Metropolitan Archive: A talk by Maureen Roberts This illustrated talk will show how the black presence in London can be traced back to the Tudor period and before, using a range of London Metropolitan Archive resources. Maureen Roberts is a senior interpretation officer at London Metropolitan Archives, a trustee of Black Cultural Archives and a member of the African Caribbean Women Writers and Scholars. Maureen is also a poet and lecturer in creative writing. For adults. No need to book in advance but please arrive early to guarantee your place. Time: 7pm Venue: John Harvard Library, 211 Borough High Street, SE1 1JA Contact:


Time: Times vary; 10.30am, 11am, 1.30pm, 2pm, 5pm Venue: Unicorn Theatre, 147 Tooley Street, SE1 2HZ Cost: £10 (under 21s), £13 (concessions), £16 (adults). Multi buy and family discounts available. Contact: To book tickets visit, call 020 7645 0560, email or visit the Unicorn Theatre box office in person.

9 and 16 October Cuming Museum explorers Celebrate Black History Month with an African dance session for children under five years old and their parents and carers. In association with Victory School Children’s Centre. Time: 10am to 11.15am Venue: InSpire, The Crypt at St Peter’s, Liverpool Grove, off Walworth Road, SE17 2HH Contact: 020 7525 2332

10 October Acknowledging the Legacies of our Past Generations: Celebrating early Krios from Sierra Leone Celebrating the unique history and heritage of Britain’s 19th and 20th century Sierra Leonean Krios and acknowledging their legacies in education, medicine, the military and race relations through presentations, discussion, performance, stalls and a quiz.

Time: 6.30pm to 10.30pm Venue: The Crypt, St Peter’s Church, Liverpool Grove, SE17 2HH Contact:

11 October Pentecostal Church of God Trinity This event showcases the contribution of African and Afro-Caribbean communities over the years and how their cultures have been integrated into British culture. Time: 1pm to 5pm Venue: 10a Meeting House Lane, Peckham, SE15 2UN Contact: 07957 648 069 or 07943 561 343

10 TO 25 October Southside Young Leaders’ Academy A series of workshops and celebratory events that explore the three key phases of black British history: up to the 1960s, up to the 1990s and up to the present day. Time: 5.30pm to 7.30pm on Fridays; 10am to 2pm on Saturdays Venue: Jessie Duffet Hall and Hollington Youth Centre, 56-60 Comber Grove, Camberwell, SE5 0LD Contact: 020 7701 9055

12 and 19 October Black Poppies Southwark historian Stephen Bourne presents an illustrated talk about his latest book, Black Poppies. Published by The History Press to coincide with this year’s centenary of the First World War, Black Poppies explores the military and civilian wartime experience of black Britons, and the loyalty they held for their mother country, both on the front line and the home front. Time: 2pm Venue: Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Road, SE1 6HZ Contact:

12 October British black history walk and re-enactment The walk and historical re-enactment event will span 300 years. You will encounter characters, including Marcus Garvey, who lived or frequented the area and will explore themes such as religion, education and nursing. Time: 12pm and 3pm Venue: Start point: St George The Martyr, Borough High Street, SE1 1JA Contact: 07789 552 450 www.newelephantopennetwork.


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Rhymes, songs and dance with an African, Caribbean flavour

Maya Angelou: Warrior for equality, tolerance and peace. A talk by Sandra Agard

Musician Trevor Westcarr will entertain children with a mixture of rhymes and songs. For under fives and parents/carers. Time: 10.30am Venue: Dulwich Library, 368 Lordship Lane, SE22 8NB Contact:

13 October The Story of Lover’s Rock: Film screening and director Q&A Lover’s rock, often dubbed romantic reggae, is a uniquely black British sound that developed in the late 70s and 80s against a backdrop of riots, racial tension and sound systems. In this film, live performance, comedy sketches, dance, interviews and archive footage shed light on the music and the generation that embraced it. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Menelik Shabazz, who has previously directed work for ITV, BBC and Channel 4. For adults. No need to book in advance but please arrive early to guarantee your place. Time: 7pm Venue: Dulwich Library, 368 Lordship Lane, SE22 8NB Contact:

14 October Jambo Jamboree Storyteller Edward Fatunla will entertain your baby with stories, rhymes and songs. For under fives and parents/carers. Time: 10.30am Venue: Peckham Library, 122 Peckham Hill Street, SE15 5JR

17 October Elim House celebration Featuring storytelling and family contributions of war and arrival to Britain by ex-service men, discussions on different generations, historical speakers, cultural displays, local school entertainment and much more. Time: 11am Venue: Elim House Day Centre, 86 Bellenden Road, Peckham, SE15 4RQ Contact: 020 7639 8655

18 October Ships looked like mountains... you don’t know what it’s like A lively interactive performance for all the family using storytelling, music, art and film to explore a first generation’s experiences of migrating to Britain from Africa and the Caribbean. Be inspired and inspire us with your stories. With a discussion afterwards.

When Maya Angelou passed away earlier this year aged 86, her family released a statement describing her as a warrior for equality, tolerance and peace. These readings and talk by writer and storyteller Sandra Agard will show how these qualities shaped Angelou’s life and work. For adults. Free, but advance booking is essential via Time: 7pm Venue: Peckham Library, 122 Peckham Hill Street, SE15 5JR Contact:

25 October Southwark Story Telling Southwark Story Telling is a one off event, bringing people in Southwark together during Black History Month to share their stories, write them down and perform them for each other. Time: 3pm to 6pm Venue: Cambridge House, 1 Addington Square, SE5 0HF Contact: 020 7358 7000

Time: 3pm to 5pm Venue: Kingswood House, Seeley Drive, SE21 8QR Contact: 020 8670 0990 visit


Info 29 October

Cathy Tyson and Jack Tyson-Charles: an evening of poetry, music and spoken word

Sugar in the Blood: A family’s story of slavery and Empire. A talk by Andrea Stuart

Actress and writer Cathy Tyson will be talking about her life and reading poetry and prose inspired by her childhood. Cathy made an immediate impact in her film debut, starring alongside Bob Hoskins in Neil Jordan’s Mona Lisa and also has many other film, TV and theatre credits to her name. Cathy is joined by her son Jack, a musician and singer who creatively blends and updates the vintage soul sound of his influences. Cathy’s work, intermixed with Jack’s songs will make for an intimate blend of poetry, music and spoken word. The evening will conclude with an audience Q&A. For adults. Free, but advance booking is essential via

Sugar in the Blood sees Andrea going back to 1630 to follow the thread of her own family’s involvement with the sugar trade through successive generations, telling a story of insatiable greed and forbidden love, of abuse and liberation. Andrea’s talk will be followed by an audience Q&A and book signing. For adults. Free, but advance booking is essential via

Time: 7.30pm Venue: Canada Water Library, 21 Surrey Quays Road, SE16 7AR Contact: The Celebration of the life of Maya Angelou An exhibition and open mic session celebrating the work of Maya Angelou and using spoken word to evaluate the struggles, issues and aspirations that she wrote and spoke about, against the struggles, issues and aspirations of young people in Southwark. Time: 2pm to 5.30pm - exhibition; 6pm to 9pm - living the legacy open mic session; advance booking required for open mic session. Venue: Wickway Community Centre, 245 St George’s Way, Peckham, SE15 6PL Contact: 020 7252 4514,

*All information correct at time of going to press.


Time: 7pm Venue: Canada Water Library, 21 Surrey Quays Road, SE16 7AR Contact:

29 to 31 October Futebol Dance Theatre This 35 minute performance depicts through movement, the first football arriving in Brazil from the UK and AfroBrazilian attempts to join the team, in doing so redefining the game. Times and venue: Various schools and public places in Southwark, visit the website for full details. Contact:

30 October Aaina Women’s Group: black history The event features the opening of an exhibition by BME women. There will be a discussion with the artists on their inspirations and how they created the pieces, as well as threading, henna and massage treatments, manicures, inspirational storytelling by women and a special stress management session. Refreshments will be available throughout the event.

All events are free unless stated otherwise

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Time: 10am to 1pm Venue: Sojourner Truth Centre, 161 Sumner Road, SE15 6JL Contact: 020 7358 0697

31 October Past meets present This is a community event where the young and senior people in the community will meet to look at black history from their point of view and the changes which have occurred over time. Time: 7pm Venue: Anapausis Centre, 272 Sumner Road, Peckham, SE15 5QS Contact: 07956 423 792 Black history through music An exploration of British black history through music from the Second World War to the present day; performed by year 7 students from University Academy of Engineering South Bank. Time: 7.30pm to 8.30pm Venue: University Academy of Engineering South Bank, Trafalgar Street, SE17 2TP Contact: Rage and Desires presents: Finding Home A film documenting the lives of BME migrant, refugee and asylum seekers, Finding Home gives voice to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people who have made Southwark their home, offering striking role models for the future. Time: 7pm to 9pm Venue: Keyworth Building, Main Theatre, Keyworth Street, SE1 6NG Contact:

Your council’s budget for the year ahead How would you decide which services are the most important in Southwark?


ike many households, Southwark Council must balance its budget each year. With hundreds of vital services to provide for over 300,000 people, spending money wisely is at the core of what the council does.

of more than £20m to our budget. It is also likely that we will lose a further £70m of funding over the next three years as the cuts continue. This means that we will need to continue to be particularly efficient and imaginative in order to protect your services.

The money the council gets is made up of funds from the government, income from the council tax you pay and various other sources such as business rates.

With all this in mind, we need your help to decide how best to spend what we do have.

Over the past four years the council has had the equivalent of around £90m in funding cuts – which is about a quarter of our total budget. As you can imagine, this massive reduction has hit us hard, more than many other boroughs in the country. This means that we need to find savings on your behalf to make sure we can continue to provide the services that matter to you most without compromising at all on quality. For the coming year, the government has already announced a further loss

Every year, since 2011, we have asked for your views when we put together the council’s budget. We have listened to you and will keep listening to make sure we invest in the services that you prioritise and make efficiency savings to other services. Despite having London’s largest reduction in funding, Southwark Council has continued to make spending decisions that have the least impact and the most positive effect for you and your family. We have frozen council tax since 2008, the London Living Wage for employees and rolled out free healthy school meals for all local primary

school pupils because we understand the financial difficulties that so many of you face, and we don’t want to add to that burden. We will continue to find ways to make further savings in the year ahead. But inevitably, due to the scale of the savings required, some services may be hit. Despite these challenges, we are committed to protecting services for the most vulnerable people in Southwark. We truly value your input and need your help to decide how best to use the council’s resources. So, in the coming months, we will be consulting with residents across Southwark to hear your views.

NEED TO KNOW Visit to find out more about how you can have your say.




his autumn, join our conversation about renting privately in Southwark. Whether you rent, know someone who does or just want to share your opinions, take part and share your views. Over 28,000 homes across Southwark are privately rented. Most of these are well managed by landlords, however we are aware that over 30 per cent present risks to the health, safety and welfare of tenants and in Southwark we want to do more to protect private tenants. We have developed a Private Rented Standard that clarifies how you should expect a rental property to be managed. In order to improve standards and reduce antisocial behaviour we are now ready to debate whether private landlords who operate in Southwark should be licensed to do so. You can read about our proposals online at knowyourrights and take part in our consultation to let us know what you think.


Let’s talk about domestic abuse

Join the private rented housing debate Tell us how we can improve the private housing rented sector in Southwark. Come along to our events or share your views online

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n 2015, the council will be announcing its plans to address domestic abuse, in all its forms, over the next four years. To help shape this, we’re keen to hear from both women and men about their own experiences of domestic abuse. The information provided will be strictly confidential, you don't even have to provide us with your name or address. Your contribution will help us to understand just how many women and men in Southwark are affected and what we can do to support victims and change behaviours. If you have an experience you would like to share please take part and help us make Southwark a The consultation closes on Friday 17 safer place to be. October. To take part please visit

The consultation runs from 22 September to 19 December. Have your say at talkrent or use the hashtag #talkrent on Twitter and you could shape the future of private renting in Southwark.

Had enough of harassment? Tell us your experience of harassment and help us tackle the problem Some people try to dismiss harassment like catcalling or groping as trivial; we know it's anything but. Every woman will have a different experience of verbal or even physical harassment. At times they may feel very uncomfortable or threatened, at other times truly unsafe. Southwark Council takes women’s safety seriously, which is why we’ve become the first council in the country to appoint a deputy

cabinet member for women’s safety, Cllr Radha Burgess, and why we want to create our first Women's Safety Charter. You might feel a catcall or comment is too minor to mention, but we think that when an experience makes you uncomfortable or unsafe as you go about your day, it should be talked about. If you care about women’s safety or if you’ve ever felt unsafe, then please take part in the consultation and share it with your friends today. Your voice will help us shape our new Women’s Safety Charter. Just visit the website at for more details and use the hashtag #keepingsouthwarksafe to join in the conversation on Twitter.



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There’s more to the story Award winning playwright and director, Gbolahan Obisesan, talks about the history behind Nigerian gender roles in his new play, growing up in Bermondsey, and being brave

How would you describe your play How Nigeria Became: A Story, and A Spear That Didn’t Work? The story is about a small theatre company run by a young guy called Herbert who has two wives who are also his actresses. One particular day, a district commissioner turns up to appoint his theatre troupe to create a celebratory theatrical piece for the inauguration ceremony of the amalgamation of Nigeria. As they venture towards creating this piece, there are subtle politics about gender roles and the idea of a unifying ideology between the various tribes in Nigeria. What was your role in the development of the play? The artistic director of the Unicorn Theatre approached me with an idea to write a play for young people for Black History Month. We discussed that this year is the centennial anniversary of Nigeria. I was also inspired by Hubert Ogunde (Nigerian actor, playwright and founder of Nigeria’s first professional theatre company) who Herbert is based on, but I moved his character back in time for the story I wanted to tell.


What do you want people to experience when they see this play? I want people to gain a better understanding, if not an introduction, to Nigerian culture and a representation of the major tribes. There is something really interesting about gender roles. Although Herbert seems to be the main protagonist, I felt it was important to explore how young female voices are represented within an African cultural theatrical context. Also with the recent Islamic extremists imposing their own ideologies of what women’s roles are in Nigeria, I thought it would be interesting to offer a different perspective. Did your own experiences growing up in Nigeria inspire this play? Obviously you weren’t born in 1914. *Laughs* No, no definitely not, I’m not one of those young looking Nigerians who lies about his age. There are representations of the

masquerades, which I knew of as a reference when growing up so I wanted to write about that; my designer has looked up many images. I have also had conversations on how to make the play feel more interactive for the audience. I reminisced about when one of my older cousins would tell us stories like the tortoise and the hare, and being sat with other children and occasionally her getting us to interact – those are elements I am trying to integrate in this production. What was it like moving from Nigeria to Bermondsey aged nine and what were your feelings towards the area growing up? It was nice, it was completely different. There was the initial culture shock of random people smiling at you that eventually wore off. There were some elements of racial prejudice... but beyond that I have fond memories of living in Bermondsey. It’s amazing to see how dramatically it has changed over the last 20 years.

In terms of black history, are there any icons in particular who have inspired your career? I love Fela Kuti, Nelson Mandela and Wole Soyinka has been a great inspiration. Also August Wilson and Bill T. Jones. There are a lot of people I admire for their sacrifices; Martin Luther King, Jr, Patrice Lumumba, and Maya Angelou. Presently, I’m inspired by Steve McQueen, Amma Asante and the artist Nneka. What advice would you give to young people wanting to become a playwright or director? Be vigilant for opportunities to explore and learn how to get to grips with the craft. You should enquire at your local theatre and do not be deterred if they are unable to help you, they may be able to put you in contact with someone else who can. Be inquisitive and be brave but you must also see and read plays, there is so much to learn from them.

How Nigeria Became: A Story, and A Spear That Didn’t Work shows start at the Unicorn Theatre 9 October to 9 November, age guide eight years plus

Favourite places Southwark Park and Burgess Park are two of my favourite places. I used to hang out in both of them a lot when I was younger and play Sunday league football or just have a general kickabout with my mates. I still cycle through them. I think Borough Market is a great place for mooching and seeing how well you can fill your stomach on the tasters in front of the various food stalls.



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Happy birthday Southwark Works Celebrating its tenth year, we look at the achievements of Southwark Works, the council’s pioneering programme that is helping local people to get back into employment



outhwark Council is committed to delivering a strong local economy for the people and businesses of Southwark to thrive in, with bustling high streets and town centres, guaranteed employment, education or training for school leavers and a promise to create 2,000 new apprenticeships and support 5,000 local people into jobs. One of the ways people can find employment is through Southwark Works, the council’s employment programme that offers extra support to local residents. The service, which celebrates its tenth anniversary this autumn, sees almost 1,000 people walking through its door each year with many walking back out with a job and better prospects for their future.

The service started off as a six person pilot project and a decade later it has become a full programme with national recognition. It has successfully expanded to not only having a main office in the Elephant and Castle shopping centre, but also offering a wide range of support services designed for different groups of people who may feel they face particular barriers when trying to get back into work – such as people with disabilities, drug or alcohol issues or people who need additional support due to childcare responsibilities. The service prides itself on providing specialist, one to one advice based on a highly personalised package of support that goes a step further than mainstream back to work support. Southwark Works brings together different organisations like social services, money advice organisations

“Through Southwark Works’ guidance and help, I now work as a chef at Rhubarb and Custard. I’m very grateful.”

and local voluntary groups, so each client has easier access to the services that will help improve their job prospects. Jayne Couchman, manager of Southwark Works, said: “We aim to keep our service accessible and approachable so people don’t feel intimidated by their surroundings and can work at their own pace to achieve their job goals.”

Mel “I came across Southwark Works in 2012 after I had been made redundant. My advisor set about helping me with all I needed to get back into employment. We talked about my previous jobs in the construction industry and they helped me to gain my CSCS (Construction Skills Certification Scheme) card. They then found me a job with Munnellys Support Services and I have been working with Byrne Group as a Logistics Administrator at Sea Containers House in Blackfriars ever since. All thanks to the Southwark Works team.”

NEED TO KNOW Southwark Works is here to help anyone who is out of work and lives in Southwark. You will need a proof of address (e.g. council tax letter) and proof that you reside in the UK (e.g. passport). To register, please call 020 7740 8200, freephone 0800 052 0540 or email



Events calendar Lawrence Weiner: ALL IN DUE COURSE Date: Thursday 25 September to Sunday 23 November Time: 11am to 6pm Tuesday to Sunday Admission: Free Venue: South London Gallery, 65 Peckham Road, SE5 8UH Web: Tel: 020 7703 6120 Info: Lawrence Weiner, American artist and pioneer of conceptual art, presents a solo exhibition across multiple spaces at the South London Gallery.

The Lonely Room

Haagenrud / Ramirez and Wang / McGregor (triple bill for ages eight to 12) Date: Tuesday 28 and Wednesday 29 October Time: 7pm (matinee 29 October 2pm) Admission: £10/£16 Venue: Unicorn Theatre, 147 Tooley Street, SE1 2HZ Web: Tel: 020 7645 0560 Info: A selection of dance from three award winning choreographers, all with very different styles, each at the top of their game. Presented by Dance Umbrella.

Riverside Stage

Date: Wednesday 29 to Friday 31 October Time: 8pm Admission: £7.50, £6 concessions, £5 for Southwark residents Venue: Blue Elephant Theatre Web: Tel: 020 7701 0100 Info: An enchanting mime duet telling the story of two women trapped in the in-between of life. Occasionally, they catch a glimpse of hopeful change. But as quickly as it comes, it goes.

MERGE Festival Date: Thursday 18 September to Sunday 19 October Time: Various Admission: Free Venue: Various venues in Bankside Web: Info: MERGE is an annual arts festival in Bankside. For one month, unique spaces will be transformed as major artists create installations that celebrate science, discovery and encourage participation.


Date: Saturday 20 September to Sunday 19 October Time: Various. Visit the website for the programme Admission: Free Venue: Bankside Web: artists/riverside-stage Info: Located by the Tate Modern, every Saturday and Sunday the Riverside Stage (as part of MERGE Festival) will play host to a range of live music from a programme of emerging musicians and new talents.

The Lego Movie (U) Date: Wednesday 24 September Time: 7.30pm to 9.30pm Admission: Free, not ticketed, but get there early for seats Venue: The Scoop at More London, More London Riverside, SE1 2DB Web: Info: An ordinary LEGO mini figure, Emmet, is mistaken for MasterBuilder, an extraordinary person and key to saving the LEGO universe. He is recruited to stop an evil LEGO tyrant gluing the universe together. This is an outdoor screening. Follow us on


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Autumn 2014 Gloriator Date: Wednesday 8 October Time: 7.30pm Admission: £10, £8 concessions Venue: Canada Water Culture Space Web: www.canadawaterculturespace. Tel: 020 8692 4446 Info: In 2000 director Ridley Scott brought you Gladiator; an epic film about honour. 14 years later, world renowned French actress Gloria Delaneuf and her tour manager bring you Gloriator; an awe inspiring production of bravery, sacrifice and costumes made out of cardboard.

Blair Dunlop: House of Jacks Date: Friday 21 November Time: 7.45pm Admission: £10 advance, £12 on the door Venue: Canada Water Culture Space Web: www.canadawaterculturespace. Tel: 020 8692 4446 Info: House of Jacks is the eagerly awaited second album by award winning British singer and songwriter Blair Dunlop. His debut album, the achingly beautiful Blight and Blossom won the Horizon Award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

Art Licks Weekend Date: Friday 3 to Sunday 5 October Time: 12pm to 6pm Admission: Free Venue: Various. Please see website for a list of all participating venues Web: Info: The Art Licks Weekend is a festival showcasing the work of pioneering young artists, curators, and galleries in London. Over 60 art spaces are participating alongside a programme of performances in public spaces across the city.

Fathers Reading Every Day Launch Party Date: Saturday 25 October Time: 11am to 12.30pm Admission: Free Venue: Peckham Library, Peckham Hill Street, SE15 5JR Web: fathersreading Info: This is the start of a four week programme designed to get you into the habit of reading to your child every day. We have the brilliant storyteller Tony Dallas who will entertain and provide storytelling tips.

Why be a feminist? Ten week course Date: Thursday 25 September Time: 7pm Admission: £10/£5 per session Venue: The Feminist Library, 5 Westminster Bridge Road, SE1 7XW Web: Tel: 020 7261 0879 Info: Ten week participatory course, which is open to all women. We will be exploring feminism and its relevance to our lives today.

Herne Hill Music Festival Date: Friday 10 October to Sunday 19 October Time: Varies between the 15 concerts Admission: Varies. Some events are free Venue: Various venues in Herne Hill Web: Info: This year’s festival highlights include a community opera - Benjamin Britten’s Noye’s Fludde, jazz, blues and folk concerts, a poetry to music evening, and performances by and for children.

CoolTan Arts CoolWalk Date: Saturday 8 November Time: 12.30pm Admission: Free Venue: Meet at Newington Library, Walworth Road, SE17 1RS Web: Tel: 020 7701 2696 Info: CoolTan Arts runs twice monthly CoolWalks around the borough. As part of Remembrance Week, this walk will trace and reflect on the people and events of Walworth at war.

The Secret Life of Suitcases Date: 18 September to Sunday 12 October Venue: Unicorn Theatre, 147 Tooley Street, SE1 2HZ Tickets: £10 children, £16 adults. Family and multibuy discounts available Web: Tel: 020 7645 0560 Info: Larry’s got no time for fun, but that’s all about to change. Join Larry as his world gets turned upside down by a fantastical flying suitcase in this funny and enchanting new puppetry show. For ages four years and over.

Usagi Yojimbo


Date: Friday 28 November to Sunday 4 January Venue: Southwark Playhouse Tickets: £18, £16 concessions, £10 previews, £50 family ticket Tel: 020 7407 0234 Web: Info: Seventh century Japan. A young rabbit leaves home, family and friends behind him in pursuit of one ambition - to become a great samurai warrior. This Christmas join our long eared hero on the adventure of a lifetime as he takes his fate into his own paws.

Date: Thursday 2 October to Sunday 5 October Time: Various Admission: Various Venue: Various venues in Elephant and Castle Web: Info: Every October Elefest creates a heady mix of live music, performance art, film, local history and street food in the heart of Elephant and Castle.

Cuming Museum Third Tuesday Talk Date: Tuesday 21 October Time: 6.30pm to 7.30pm Venue: John Harvard Library Admission: Free Info: A talk focusing on objects from the Cuming Museum collection and how they have been conserved and treated after the fire in 2013.

Cuming Explorers for under fives Date: Every Thursday Time: 10am to 11.15am Venue: The Crypt, St Peter’s Church, Liverpool Grove, SE17 2HH Admission: Free Info: Music, performance, storytelling and craft inspired by the museum collections.

Another Day with A Friend of a Friend Productions Date: Monday 20 October to Wednesday 29 October Time: 7pm Venues: Starts at Mad Hatter Hotel, 3-7 Stamford Street, SE1 9NY Web: southwarkpresents/anotherday Tickets: £12, £10 for concessions, £6 for SE1 residents Info: This promenade theatrical production invites the audience to become a part of the vibrant, historic neighbourhood through a series of short plays inspired by real life local stories.

Nunhead Art Trail Date: Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 September Venue: Various venues in SE15 Time: 11am to 6pm Admission: Free Web: southwarkpresents/nunheadarttrail Info: The Nunhead Art Trail brings together an eclectic range of artists and makers. Venues will include artists’ homes and studios, pop-ups, shops, and Nunhead’s legendary Victorian cemetery.

Ding dong merrily on high... This year we once again welcome Herne Hill Xmas Fair on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 December and East Dulwich Christmas Cracker on Saturday 6 December. Save the date and find out more at later this year.


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