Pledge support for better MS rehabilitation services

More than 130,000 people live with MS in the UK, and many rely on services like physiotherapy, speech and language therapy and exercise classes to stay active, manage their condition and do the everyday things many others take for granted.


Aylesbury portraits to be live-streamed in art collaboration

An intimate portrait of the residents of an estate embroiled in a controversial redevelopment will be live-streamed to highlight stereotypes of urban decay. The Aylesbury Estate in Peckham was earmarked for demolition and redevelopment in 2005 but has been met with fierce opposition by the residents since then.


These LTNs are creating an unwanted two tier borough

I am writing in the strongest terms to protest against the introduction of LTNs which has caused great anger in the local community.

It has Penge Road and Church road, and I suspect other roads, into pollution ridden hot spots.


New gallery opens at London Transport Museum

London’s Transport at War A new permanent gallery has opened which explores the crucial role London’s transport has played in global conflicts, from keeping civilians safe on the home front to supporting efforts on the front lines. London’s Transport at War, in Covent Garden at the London Transport Museum, is an immersive sheltering experience which reveals what life was like for Londoners seeking refuge in Underground stations during wartime air raids.


Arts and cultural venues to receive Government survival funding

More than 100 arts and cultural venues will receive financial awards from the Government to help them survive during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport announced a £1.57billion Culture Recovery Fund and 111 South London venues will share around £20million of it.


If Postman Pat can have one, you can have one too

Cat lovers have a lot to celebrate this Black Cat Day on October 27 with Cats Protection’s news that black and black-and-white cats are no longer overlooked as they once were.


Actress wins Best Director at New York City film festival

The Case of Katelyn Burns Actress Toyah Frantzen has taken home the coveted Best Director award at the Flight Deck Film Festival, an online film competition based out of New York City. Written, produced, and directed by Toyah, the award-winning short film The Case of Katelyn Burns, who grew up in Peckham, is now in the final stages of the film festival circuit.


Nelson just loved living in Merton

The National Maritime Museum said it will not meddle with its displays on Lord Nelson, despite the fact he was an avowed opponent of the abolition of slavery. One national newspaper in particular seemed to think acknowledging this fact was a dangerously subversive, leftie idea.
TOBY PORTER looks at the victor of Trafalgar’s links to South London…


Sheer beauty is spoilt by these sheer ugly barriers

I was in Greenwich again today and took a stroll in the sun around the wonderful Old Royal Naval College.

My enjoyment was, of course, spoilt by the sheer ugly brutality of the ghastly blue and white barriers (as opposed to the grubby and unsightly red and white barriers in the main roads) I found there.


The estate of things to come?

The Aylesbury Estate, with 2,704 flats, and built from 1963-77 and is home to 7,500 people, is currently undergoing a major regeneration programme. On September 27, 2005, Southwark council decided that rather than spend £350million updating it, it would replace them with 4,900 flats in blocks built by a housing association. The sale of half would fund the whole scheme.
Author MICHAEL ROMYN makes a passionate plea for its survival.


The consequence of independence fight

Ladywell Cemetery contains the grave of an army officer who died in a famous shootout in Dublin 100 years ago last week, as the war between Irish republicans and the British reached its conclusion. MIKE GUILFOYLE tells the story…


James Haddrell looks into what makes something theatre

If there is one thing that the pandemic has made us challenge in the theatre industry, it’s the nature of theatre. What makes something theatre? A year ago the answer would inevitably have been something to do with a group of people coming together to watch or participate in an event, performed by another person or group of people.


Don’t let London’s tier two lockdown stop you having fun this half-term

No two words fill parents with more dread than these: half-term. Keeping little ones entertained isn’t easy, but the trick is to do your homework and ensure you’re prepared for all eventualities. Here Paloma Lacy gives out some top tips on what to do this half-term.


The Tapas Room – who says dreams don’t come true?

It’s a brave person who opens a restaurant, but opening two in the middle of a global pandemic is to be greatly admired. When I first visited The Tapas Room in Deptford a decade ago, the joy derived from a glorious lunch, was tempered by the realisation that I’d be unlikely to visit again.


Knighthood for pioneering black artist Frank Bowling

Artist Frank Bowling, 86, who still paints in Peacock Yard, near Walworth Post Office, was last week named in the Queen’s Honours List to receive a Knighthood for his career and contribution to art.


Tommy Steele, Britain’s “first home-grown pop star”, awarded knighthood in Queen’s Birthday Honours

Bermondsey-raised Sir Tommy, awarded an OBE in 1980 for his work as an entertainer, topped the charts numerous times, appeared in films and on stage, and caused riots in the streets long before the beat boom of the Sixties.


Looking for somewhere to eat this weekend? Here are the five best Caribbean restaurants in Brixton

Brixton is famed for its Caribbean culture: Windrush Square, Black Cultural Archives, Brixton Jamm and many Caribbean restaurants.


City of London Sinfonia returning to Southwark for socially distanced performances

Building on the success of their return to live indoor performance last month, City of London Sinfonia (CLS) will return to Southwark Cathedral this autumn with six socially distanced performances.


Traffic forced onto arterial roads increases pollution

Thank you for giving so much coverage and feedback to LTNs. Since June 29, 2020, with just a few days notice, roads were closed in the chosen area, Lee Green ward, Lewisham.


Who feeds us?

A new podcast series that highlights the heroes of our food system is now available. Who Feeds Us? focuses on food producers around the country and one of its episodes narrows in on two growers – in Brixton Windmill and May Project Gardens in Merton. May Project Gardens is a grassroots organisation, working from a permaculture designed garden in Morden, that supports community building and economic empowerment for young people in the area, including many refugees.

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