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