The BroadbandSE16 campaign took a deputation to Southwark’s cabinet meeting on Tuesday to keep up the pressure on politicians to seek solutions to Rotherhithe’s slow broadband crisis which means that for many it’s quicker to take a laptop to Canada Water tube station and download large files using the public wifi than to rely on flaky home connections.

Listen to the full audio of the session here:

Last September we announced that the SE16.com website and email newsletter project was on hold.

We’re delighted to announce that funding to enable at least half a day’s work per week on the project has been assembled by the What’s on in Rotherhithe Group (WORG).

In turn, WORG has been supported by the United St Saviour’s Charity, British Land, Sellar and others to enable a regular service of website updates and weekly email bulletins to resume.

SE16.com continues to be produced by Bankside Press Ltd, the family-run Southwark-based enterprise that also runs the London SE1 community website.

We’re delighted to resume our service of local information to people who live and work in SE16.

Dear all,

After six years, I’ve taken the decision to put SE16.com on hold for the time being.

As many of you know, this has always been a side project to our much more comprehensive website for the SE1 area.

Both the SE1 and SE16 sites are published by a small family-run Southwark-based business.

Funding and sustaining local web publishing is hard work. And many of you have high expectations that I have struggled to meet.

Those of you who follow our SE1 site may be aware that we have recently launched a membership scheme in order to secure the future of our local reporting in that area.

The response so far has been heartening and I am hopeful that with the help of local people we can keep the SE1 site going.

At the moment I need to do fewer things, and do them better, so for the time being SE16.com needs to go on the back burner.

In the meantime I commend WISE16 and The Quay Point to you as sources of local information. Sadly the I Live in SE16 website also recently announced its closure.

I’ll continue to tweet bits and pieces about SE16 on the @SE16 Twitter account.

Hopefully there will come a time when we’ll be able to resume our events listings and other coverage of SE16 life.

With very many thanks to everyone who has supported and encouraged me in the SE16 area – especially to the What’s on in Rotherhithe Group who originally asked us to consider setting up a website for SE16.

James Hatts

The Night Tube service will come to Bermondsey and Canada Water when a 24-hour weekend service is introduced on the Jubilee line from 7 October.

Sadiq Khan
All-night Tube services on the Central and Victoria lines started on 19 August.

“I was determined to get the Night Tube up and running as soon as possible, and I’m delighted the Jubilee Line will now begin on 7 October,” said Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London.

“There was huge excitement at the launch of the Central and Victoria Lines last Friday, and it’s already having a beneficial impact on our Night Time economy.

“Over 100,000 people used the Night Tube last weekend to get around London more quickly and safely.

“The launch of the Jubilee line will support thousands more workers like nurses, cleaners, and people who work in our bars and restaurants – many of whom currently take two night buses to get home. It will also serve some of our city’s key venues, with The O2, Wembley Stadium and Stratford on route.

“I will continue to work closely with British Transport Police, TfL staff and Londoners across our city to ensure the roll-out of the Night Tube continues to be a success, and we unlock the full potential of London’s exciting night time economy.”

The Night Tube operates on Friday and Saturday nights.

Bermondsey & Rotherhithe Community Council recently approved the launch of a statutory consultation on plans for a taxi rank  at Canada Water to operate when the Night Tube service is running.

Weekly drama classes for all ages at London Bubble Theatre
new term starts w/c 12 September 2016
Fun, friendly, creative sessions for children, teenagers and adults

Classes held at 5 Elephant Lane, Rotherhithe, SE16 4JD

CLICK HERE to find out more
or contact 020 7237 4434 | lucy@londonbubble.org.uk

www.londonbubble.org.uk

Basic details are:

6-8yrs    Tuesdays 5-.30pm from 13th September

Saturdays 10-11.30am from 17th September

 

9-11yrs Tuesdays, 6.30-8pm from 13th September

 

Youth Theatre   Mondays, 6.30-8.30pm from 12th September

 

Adult Drama       Wednesdays 7-9pm from 21st September

 

Tea Break Theatre           Wednesdays, 4.30-6.30pm from 31st August

A report on last month’s Ada Salter Day events by Graham Taylor:
The Ada Salter Day was a great success – from Friday evening to Saturday evening we’ve calculated there were about 400 people in attendance to celebrate Ada’s 150th birthday .
1) On Friday evening there was a performance of Red Flag over Bermondsey by the Quaker actress and playwright, Lynn Morris;
2) On Saturday morning an exhibition of 71 photos and documents relating to Ada’s life was opened by the Mayors of Southwark and Raunds, with representatives of several Quaker Meetings in attendance, along with a delegation from Raunds, Northamptonshire, Ada’s home town;
3) There was then a tour for guests led by the Rotherhithe and Bermondsey History Society of the Ada Salter Garden and the Ada Salter cottages;
4) At 2 pm came the flower-laying ceremony at Ada’s statue on the riverside near Cherry Garden Pier. About 100 people attended this part of the day. Speakers were Lorna Greene of GMB Sisters (trade unionists); Peter Tatchell (talking about Ada and human rights); Juliet Prager (Quakers in Britain, explaining the Quaker values Ada had); and Peter John (Leader of Southwark Council). Flowers were laid by the Quaker Socialists, by the Raunds Historical Society, by the Raunds Labour Party, and by the Mayors of Rands and Southwark. Sheila Hancock arrived for the ceremony but did not speak. The Quaker actresses, Sheila Hancock and Judi Dench, had been great supporters of the campaign to erect a statue to Ada in 2012-14;
5) At 3 pm there was a second performance of Lynn Morris’s play, again attended by about 80 people and once again receiving a standing ovation. This time there was also a Q & A session at the end, led by David Morris and Graham Taylor;
6) Finally, in St Peter’s church (Catholic) there was a beautiful homage to Ada by the Bermondsey and Rotherhithe Choral Society. Devised by Sue Heath-Downey, this concert presented Ada’s favourite music (she was a singer), starting with American Spirituals. Ada used to play them on the piano at Peckham Meeting after the Sunday silence and “bring the house down”. These particular versions were set by Michael Tippett, who had a connection with Ada. The finale was the rousing anthem, Zadok the Priest, by Handel, Ada’s favourite composer.
* Graham Taylor is the author of Ada Salter: Pioneer of Ethical Socialism.