Best of South London


Children’s lockdown activities initiative wins national award

An initiative which gave children in Wandsworth creative materials and activities during lockdown has won a national award. More than 4,000 children received a Create & Learn PlayKit through primary schools and food banks to help keep them stimulated.


Greenpeace director writes lockdown inspired poems from his flat

Environmentalist and author Ed Gillespie has released a collection of poems written in and inspired by the first lockdown. Confined to his flat on Brixton Hill with more time on his hands than usual, Mr Gillespie, 48, started writing a five-minute poem each day.


Tooting nursery founder and brave charity fundraiser dies just days after being made an MBE aged 96

The founder of the Eveline Day & Nursery Schools and MBE, Maria Keaveney-Jessiman, has died aged 96. Maria, a Wimbledon resident, was awarded an MBE for her services to education in the Queen’s 2021 New Year’s Honour list just days before her passing in January. 


Community garden sows seeds of change in Lewisham – with former Charlton and Leyton Orient midfielder helping out

Grow Lewisham have launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise money for their community garden project – which aims to give fresh fruit and vegetables to food banks and charities.


Rail workers share their story as part of LGBT history month

The saying goes that you should never work with your significant other, but Patricia and Joanna Dain, who married in a civil partnership in 2016, have been proving that theory wrong for the past few years. They are sharing their story to celebrate LGBT History Month. 


Student wins prestigious award for offering free online maths tuition

A student from Christ The King Aquinas sixth form school in Brockley has been nominated for a prestigious Lewisham Mayor’s Award.  Amy Ohiomoba, 18, volunteered to give free online maths tuition to secondary school students who were falling behind in their studies during lockdown. The lessons were given to pupils whose parents could not afford extra tuition.


South London poet releases book of poems with positive message

A Brixton-based poet has released a collection of poems about spirituality and philosophy. The British-Nigerian poet Ricky G’s book is called The Leaves That Die and contains 27 poems.


Tributes paid to ‘selfless’ charity worker who could say hello in more than 40 languages

Tributes have been paid to a selfless charity worker who could say hello in more than 40 languages and would collect donations for refugees on his days off. Peter Hall was a well-known figure in Croydon and spent many years working with the homeless and refugees in South London.


Ex-triathlon athlete commissioned to produce artwork for summer Olympic games

A Putney-based artist and ex-triathlon athlete has been commissioned to create art to cheer on Team GB at this summer’s Olympic games. Vanessa Raw will make eye-catching artwork that will become posters and will also be displayed on billboards across the country.


Bellingham man raises almost £8,000 in memory of neighbour with “gentle and kind soul”

Kieron McCann, 28, from Bellingham, started his challenge on New Year’s Day by running one mile, and added an extra mile to his route each day until the end of January.


First openly HIV positive Mayor is also successful fashion designer

Mayors are not known for their sartorial elegance – it must be those heavy chains and velvet robes. Lambeth’s, though, is no ordinary first citizen, despite his name – Philip Normal. Lambeth’s, though, is no ordinary first citizen, despite his name – Philip Normal.


Funeral director raises funds for cancer charity inspired by nan

A funeral director has raised hundreds of pounds for cancer support by running more than the distance of a marathon after being inspired by his nan who was diagnosed with the disease. 


Actress and son raise awareness for victims of domestic abuse

Actress Lucy Morgans [CORR] has starred in an advertising campaign raising awareness for victims of domestic abuse – with her own son, writes Alexandra Warren.


The London Writer’s Awards announces this year’s winners

A prestigious writing programme which mentors writers from underrepresented backgrounds has announced this year’s winners – eleven of whom are from South London, writes Alexandra Warren.


Brixton and Blackheath creatives compete on BBC Design Masters

By Ella Hopkins
Brixton-based film set designer Mona Wishkahi, 38, and Lewisham-raised upholsterer Micaela Sharp, 33, have their suits of armour ready, as well as their paintbrushes.

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