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Spotlight on Music – Supporting refugees through music

Refugee Support, an international volunteer organisation helping refugees rebuild their lives by providing short-term, essential aid is staging a festival fundraiser in Balham on November 3. The charity’s popular Dignify Festival will be returning this year to the Bedford pub in Bedford Hill, Balham.

  

Tooting dad cycling 700km to raise £65,000 for care of tots at St George’s Hospital

A dad, whose seven-month-old son Leo sadly died this year, has raised a whopping £65000 for the neonatal unit at St George’s hospital. James Kennedy, from Tooting, and his team of Lions, will be setting off on an epic charity cycle ride on Monday (18 October), in memory of little Leo Kennedy.

  

Theatre503’s Foxes demonstrates why it is so important for London to have top class “sandboxes”

Foxes is witty, gripping and well written. It’s incredible to think that this thought-provoking piece is the author’s debut.

  

The Horniman Museum wins two London in Bloom awards

The Horniman  museum’s back garden has won two London in Bloom awards. First it scooped a gold in the Heritage Parks and Gardens category, then followed it up with another in the new Environment Challenge Award. The gongs recognise efforts being made to respond to the challenges of climate change and global warming.

  

Tribute to legendary Tooting recording studio with star guests remembering its vital role

Mixed Blessing West Indian Bakery will today host a celebration of the recording studio there, which once hosted legends of reggae.

  

This week 10, 20, 30 years ago

10 years ago
Comedian Arthur Smith was to join a sponsored walk celebrating World Mental Health Day. The Balham-based broadcaster was due to take part in CoolTan Arts’ BIG Largactyl Shuffle from the Maudsley Hospital in Denmark Hill to the Tate Modern at Bankside tomorrow.

  

In My View: Florence Eshalomi, MP for Vauxhall

Last week, Sarah Everard’s killer was given a full life sentence. During the trial, we heard the harrowing impact statements from Sarah’s family; outlining the horrific effect that losing a daughter and a sister has had on their lives.

  

Taking the bang out of Bonfire night

Firework season can be deeply worrying for many of our pets, but unfortunately, there are things we can do now to prepare them – helping to minimise the impact of this noisy affair. Due to their enhanced senses, animals can find the loud bangs, vibrations and flashes from fireworks distressing, often leading to stress-related behaviours.

  

Creative projects represent and celebrate black culture in Thamesmead this autumn

A community group has announced the five creative projects that will represent and celebrate black culture in Thamesmead this autumn. The projects funded by the Black Culture Collective (BCC) include a film, an art club for kids and an exhibition that will be held at Woolwich Works.

  

Schoolchildren receive a taste of authentic Shakespeare writing for free at the Globe Theatre

Nearly 20,000 schoolchildren have received a taste of authentic Shakespeare writing for free at the Globe Theatre this autumn. As part of the Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank, schools from London have been able to attend a special version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

  

Sydenham writer shortlisted for Comedy Women in Print Prize

An aspiring writer from Sydenham has been shortlisted for a comedy writing prize. Hannah Dolby’s book is one of six works of fiction which are in the running to receive the Comedy Women in Print Prize for an Unpublished Comic Novel.

  

Paul McCartney explains the lyrics to the songs that have shaped his life

Paul McCartney will talk about his new career-spanning book The Lyrics: 1956 to the Present, on Friday, November 5, at 7.30pm at the Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall. The event will be live streamed around the world and available on demand for seven days.

  

James Haddrell speaks on the quality of theatre for young audiences

This week I was invited to teach a couple of day-long sessions for the drama department at the University of Greenwich. This is something I love doing – I’ve run sessions for Greenwich before, and earlier this year I was back in a live rehearsal  room long before most directors when I worked with a company of graduating actors to put on a show at St Mary’s University in Twickenham.

  

What’s On… October Entertainment Listings

Entertainment Listings… What’s On Art, celebrity, music, entertainment, and all things leisure. Anil Seth: Being You, Afrikan Boy, Queer Cabaret – The Festival of Radical Care, Clapham Book Festival Day, The Balimaya Project, Elephant and Castle Walking Tours and The House of Many Cultures: Others’ Story’.

  

Comedian Ed Byrne brings his new show If I’m Honest to Blackheath Halls

Comedian Ed Byrne is bringing his new show If I’m Honest to Blackheath Halls on October 20 – covering his sense of responsibility as a father, what it means to be a man in the modern world, and whether he possesses any qualities whatsoever worth passing on to his two sons.

  

Experimental theatre explores how PTSD shows up in the body

An immersive piece of experimental theatre exploring how PTSD shows up in the body is coming to Battersea Arts Centre this month. The Body Remembers combines soundscapes, projections, interviews and movement to explore the process of healing after trauma.

  

Talk of the Town: Rita Keegan artist and archivist

AA famed Lambeth-based artist and archivist is back with her first exhibition in 15 years, writes Peter Lane. Unseen since 2006, the firebrand black feminist Rita Keegan from arty enclave Bonnington Square in Vauxhall  was  a  key  figure  in  the  Black  Arts Movement.

  

Charity Refugee Support stages the Dignify Festival fundraiser in Balham Nov 3

Refugee Support, an international volunteer organisation helping refugees rebuild their lives by providing short-term, essential aid is staging a festival fundraiser in Balham on November 3. The charity’s popular Dignify Festival will be returning this year to the Bedford pub in Bedford Hill, Balham.

  

Dance the night away… at The Midnight Bell opening in London

Matthew Bourne’s latest work  The Midnight Bell  just  opened triumphantly  in  London  and  held  the audience spellbound, writes Christopher Walker. Showcasing outstanding performances from 12 of his best dancers, it is an intelligent, haunting piece.

   

Wandsworth couple cycle 6,000 miles to Tokyo to raise cash for charity

Two newlyweds are cycling 6,000 miles from Tooting to Tokyo to raise money for urgent medical treatment in poor countries. Matt and Coco Morley have swapped their flat in Tooting Broadway for 12 months in a tent after taking on a year-long global challenge cycling across two continents.

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