In My View: Ellie Reeves, MP for Lewisham West & Penge

Prosecutions and convictions for rape have been deteriorating since 2016 and are now at an all-time low, and with court backlogs, victims are waiting years for their case to be heard.

  

A treat for us, but deadly for our pets

As delicious as it might be for us, eating chocolate can be extremely dangerous, and even fatal, for cats and dogs. Though we might leave chocolate treats lying around the house, or receive them through our letter boxes as gifts – chocolate should always be kept well out of reach from tempted paws and claws.

  

EastEnders screenwriter who wrote miscarriage storyline to walk 21 miles to raise awareness

An EastEnders script writer who used her own experiences to write the storyline about Ruby Allen’s miscarriages is doing a sponsored walk this month to raise money for charity. Natalie Mitchell, 38, originally from Brenley House, Tennis Street, Borough and now living in Bexley, signed up for the Miscarriage Association’s Miles That Matter 21 with husband Sam Wainwright, a construction engineer.

  

Heathers ruffles feathers

Dynamo producer Paul Taylor Mills reopens the 2021 season of London musicals with the extraordinary high-octane Heathers, writes Christopher Walker.

  

Wahaca… delicious Mexican food with a twist

Wahaca has become a family favourite – including with mine – because it’s ideal for the whole family. Little ones are greeted warmly with drawing materials, the food’s cracking and the cocktail list pretty unbeatable.

  

SPOTLIGHT ON BARBECUES

The UK has already seen one heatwave this year with Europe recording its second warmest June on record, and with another one expected for the end of this month it is safe to say summer is officially here. Now that the lifting of Covid restrictions is also finally within reach, it is the perfect time to get your friends and family together for a barbecue.

  

OXO Tower Restaurant, Bar and Brasserie hosts exhibition raising awareness of food waste

A restaurant in Southwark is hosting a pop-up exhibition to raise awareness about food wastage and its impact on the environment, writes Connor McLaughlin. OXO Tower Restaurant, Bar and Brasserie is using its space to showcase 14 prints by some of Europe’s most talented artists.

  

Kokoroko creates a storm at South London festivals this summer

Afrobeat inspired band Kokoroko are set to shake up a storm at two South London festivals this summer. The eight-piece band will take the stage at an all-day concert at the Crystal Palace Bowl on August 15, alongside Kruder and Dorfmeister and veteran DJ Giles Petterson, as part of the month-long South Facing Festival. The band will head to Brockwell Park for Wide Awake Festival on September 3.

  

Peckham actor Sara Lessore speaks on growing up in theatre

Growing up in Peckham as a self-confessed naughty kid at school, Sara Lessore never thought Shakespeare was for her. But the actor, who is performing three plays with the Globe on Tour this summer, has been firmly proved wrong

  

British Library’s business help gets Yum Seng starting a new venture

For husband and wife team, Chuong and Stephanie Van Dang, the lockdown over the past year has resulted in the start of a new business venture, Yum Seng – a successful dim sum and cocktail meal kit business based in Lambeth. After Chuong and Stephanie moved house, they missed their local dim sum restaurants and couldn’t find any that compared, so they decided to start their own.

  

Croydon residents urged to donate plasma

NHS Blood and Transplant is today launching its first national campaign for people to donate plasma for medicines, including at the Croydon donor centre.  Plasma donation only restarted in April after a gap of more than 20 years and few people know what plasma donation is. An NHSBT survey shows only 23 per cent of the public know about it. 

  

Theatre reopens after £8.5 million redevelopment with re-telling of Little Red Riding Hood

As the final curtain drops after the recent epic Wimbledon Championship’s mens finals, another curtain lifts in Wimbledon at the end of this month. Polka Theatre is setting up shop in the Queen Road’s Centre Court Shopping Centre with a new pop up theatre space in the shopping mall.

  

From a vegetable patch grew bustling Walworth

Walworth might have been mentioned in the Domesday Book and been an inspiration for Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations and painter Samuel Palmer. It might also have been the headquarters of the Labour Party from 1981 to 1997, but it is only now recovering from decades as a deprived area. FRANK PACHAS tells some of its history and reports on a grant to improve its image.

  

This week 10, 20, 30 years ago

Disgruntled estate residents are calling on a council to return a valuable sculpture that has been in storage for a decade.

  

‘Such sweet sorrow’

Open Air Theatre’s current production of Romeo & Juliet is near perfect, writes Christopher Walker.

  

Croydon security officer honoured with prestigious award for keeping safe one of London’s most iconic buildings

A Croydon security officer has been honoured with a prestigious award for keeping safe one of London’s most iconic buildings. Javon Lewis, a 23-year-old employee of Dardan Security, has been recognised with an ACS Pacesetters Officer of Distinction Award for his outstanding work as a ‘brand ambassador’ and guard at The Royal Exchange in Bank in the heart of the City of London.

  

‘Dedicated’ worker celebrates fifty years working for safety company after starting at just 18-years-old

Bob Wright has proved he has got the Wright stuff. Bob joined a safety equipment company in 1971, after getting fed up with his first job. That has clearly not been a problem at Kee Systems, once of Battersea and now in Earlsfield – because he has just celebrated working there for 50 years.

  

South London artists sweep up music awards nominations

Artists from South London have swept up a number of music awards nominations. Arlo Parks, AJ Tracey, Shygirl and ENNY are among the musicians to be nominated for the AIM Independent Music Awards.

  

Shipwright offers a line-up of arts and theatre from July to August

Shipwright is an atmospheric new venue located in the grounds of the historic Master Shipwright’s house near Deptford on the banks of the river Thames.

  

Tate Modern presents free programme of playful art-inspired activities for families

Visitors to the Tate Modern will be able to draw all over its walls as part of a free programme of playful art-inspired activities for families, writes Charles Harrison.

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Westminster gallery launches online auction to raise money for summer school for neurodiverse artists

A growing community of artists is producing beautiful work – but hardly anyone is seeing it. Westminster road-based Hart Club, an art gallery for disabled artists, is aiming to change that by running a fundraiser for their new three month summer art school, which will help launch the careers of emerging neurodiverse artists.