‘The most important Indian fighter for independence outside of India’

Shapurji Dorabji Saklatvala, a member of the wealthy Tata family in India who became a Communist, represented Battersea North in London as a Labour MP from 1922-1923 and from 1924-1929.
He was spied on by MI5 and corresponded with Gandhi. TOBY PORTER tells his story.


The perfect treat for Mother’s Day

Don’t miss the opportunity to spoil your mother on Sunday, March 14. It’s a shame that Mother’s Day comes before outside dining is allowed once more, as of April 12. However, South London is awash with at-home options to give everyone a break from the kitchen.


Relaxing in an armchair with a pint of bitter in the Dog & Bull, Croydon

So, there is light at the end of the tunnel. On April 12, hospitality venues can open outdoors (and takeaway beers can be sold) with indoor operating by May 17. If all goes according to plan, social distancing will end by June 21.


Artists write monologues for online performance in celebration of International Women’s Day

Kiri Pritchard-McLean and Regina Taylor have written monologues to be performed online on March 8 in celebration of International Women’s Day.


Closed businesses provide artists opportunities to exhibit their work during lockdown

Artists are taking advantage of lockdown by exhibiting their work in the windows of closed businesses. Camberwell Arts has launched an exhibition of paintings, photographs, prints and drawings in the area around Denmark Hill and Camberwell Church Street.


This week 10, 20, 30 years ago

David Haye has finally got the Wlad news that he wanted – that his dream unification heavyweight fight is on for this summer, wrote Richard Cawley. Bermondsey’s WBA champion has signed a contract to fight IBF and WBO ruler Wladimir Klitschko on either June 25 or July 2 in Germany.


Lambeth County Show to be held online for 2021

The Lambeth Country Show will be held online this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and uncertainty over future restrictions. The annual event which celebrates the best of the city and the countryside was also cancelled in 2020, but no virtual replacement was organised.


Theatre in London still surviving despite the pandemic

This is London Theatre’s darkest hour. Most have remained closed since March last year, and thousands of talented, creative, Londoners have been forced out of work, writes Christopher Walker.


Dulwich bookshop shortlisted for national award

The shop Village Books in Dulwich has been shortlisted for a national award after showing “vigour, creativity and innovation” during the challenges of the last year. Hazel Broadfoot, owner of Village Books, said: “I’m delighted because it was such a hard year last year and our team has been absolutely brilliant.


Online exhibition on living in Greenwich over the centuries launches

An exhibition showing how people in Greenwich have lived over the centuries has been launched online. The exhibition, called Living in Greenwich: Tales through Time, will feature 40 objects from the archive collections.


Merton teenager launches community network helping neighbours during pandemic

A nineteen-year-old teenager has built up a community network of “neighbours helping neighbours” during the pandemic.


Newborn baby saved thanks to 3D heart scan while still in the womb

A newborn baby was given the gift of life, thanks to a 3D heart scan which helped diagnose his condition before he was born. Little Leo Coe is now a thriving seven-month-old who is starting to wean and loves his bouncer.


Keep your pet’s heart healthy and strong

One way of protecting that very special relationship is to make sure that our pet’s heart is strong and healthy. A balanced diet with purposeful daily exercise will keep your pet’s body in good condition


HITMAN 3: Game Review by Richard Cawley

If you are one of Agent 47’s targets then it doesn’t tend to end very well if the folically-challenged executioner turns up. Hitman 3 is the conclusion to the trilogy and there would be a contract out on my head if I spill any major details on the storyline. What I can say is that your missions take you around the world – and the settings are varied. You start in a cloud-kissed Dubai hotel and then move on to a secluded stately home in Dartmoor that has a heavy security detail.


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

Almost four years on from the dreadful Grenfell disaster the Government has failed to get a grip of the cladding scandal. Despite repeated promises that leaseholders would not bear the cost of fixing this problem, countless families are still living in flammable buildings


A taste of the Caribbean at Juici Jerk

Caribbean food is currently experiencing a renaissance. Given South London’s significant Caribbean community, the cuisine has long had a place in locals’ hearts but even here things are changing. To use modern parlance, we’re seeing a definite levelling up.


‘Sue felt like a friend as soon as you met her’

Tributes to a “warm and friendly” councillor who was a “true advocate for her constituents” have been paid following her death. Lewisham council said on Wednesday of last week that councillor Sue Hordijenko had passed away.


Remembering good times at The Nightingale

A few years back I had a job interview. Knowing that I would deserve a well-earned pint afterwards I thought about which pub I would visit and what I would order, and completely lost focus in the interview.


Maria believed mums wanted to work and nurseries an extension of home

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 Years Honours list just days before her passing in January.


‘Cheerful Percy, an inspiration to all’

WILL BROOK’s grandad Percy Brook hardly ever talked about his wartime experiences. But the Peckham lad who joined up aged 21 went on to be awarded a medal for bravery. This is his story

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