The church of St James’s Bermondsey has announced that stonework repairs on the tower will soon begin as scaffolding is erected to the very top.
The works are funded by £232,700 from the Heritage Lottery Fund, together with a contribution of £57,000 from the Parochial Church Council of St James’s. The work is due to be finished by mid September.
The work will include much-needed repair to the tower and portico stonework, to the clock face and bell, and to the golden dragon weather vane.
Two open days will be arranged for members of the public to inspect the work, and to see the famous Bermondsey dragon at close hand.
This will form part of a continuing programme of increasing and improving public access to this landmark grade II* listed building at the heart of Bermondsey.
Millwall Community Trust is seeking additional Trustees from diverse backgrounds who can bring to the Trust their enthusiasm and experience gained in the local community and/or in business, industry or a profession.
MCT welcomes applications from suitably-qualified people to join its Board of Trustees to contribute to setting the strategic direction of the Trust and overseeing the Trust’s effective management.
Trustees have ultimate responsibility for directing the affairs of the Trust and ensuring that it is solvent, well-run, and delivering the charitable outcomes for the benefit of the public for which it has been established.
The Poetry School – formerly based in Lambeth – has relocated to the Dock Offices in Surrey Quays Road.
Founded in 1997, the school is a registered charity and part of the Arts Council England portfolio of funded organisations.
The Victorian Dock Offices are owned by British Land.
The Poetry School has asked us to share this job advert:
Canada Water, SE16
£10.20 per hour (London Living Wage)
Evening and weekends – hours to vary, but working 4 hours per weekday evening during term-time, with some Saturdays, and a total of 3 hours per week outside term-time
Closing date for applications: Friday 20 April, 6pm
Locally-based caretaker and cleaner wanted for evening and weekend work at adult education arts charity in Canada Water, SE16.
We are looking for a reliable, friendly and conscientious person to undertake our caretaking and cleaning duties in the evenings and at weekends.
Main responsibilities include cleaning, acting as keyholder and locking up the premises in the evening, preparing classrooms for teaching, greeting tutors and students on arrival and providing assistance, for example, with photocopying and general queries.
To apply, please send a cover letter explaining why you are suitable and a copy of your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interviews will be held on Wednesday 25 April for a start date of Tuesday 8 May.
350 new bicycles for hire have appeared on the streets of Southwark this week, with many of them in SE16.
Unlike TfL’s Santander Cycles (aka ‘Boris bikes’), Mobike and ofo bikes can be hired and parked anywhere, not just at designated docking stations.
Although Mobike and ofo bikes operate across the borough, the initial launch has been focussed on Rotherhithe and Camberwell, two areas beyond the reach of the Santander Cycles scheme.
The two rival firms joined forces for a launch event in Deal Porter Square at Canada Water on Monday morning.
Mobike has brought 150 bikes to Southwark whilst ofo has launched with 200 bikes. Both firms charge 50p for half an hour’s use. Bikes can be unlocked using iOS and Android apps.
Southwark Labour’s 2014 manifesto included a pledge to “work with the Mayor to extend Bike
Hire across the borough” and this latest initiative comes less than two months before the next local elections.
Oddly, the council’s own performance report for 2014/15 to 2017/18 – approved by cabinet this week – says that “We continue to work with TfL and other partners to extend the bike hire scheme to more parts of Southwark, with plans to extend the scheme from Rotherhithe to Peckham announced this year.”
However, no announcement of any TfL-backed bike hire expansion in Southwark has yet been made.
We asked Cllr Ian Wingfield – Southwark’s cabinet member for environment and the public realm – whether the council had given up on bringing Santander Cycles to SE16 at Monday’s launch event. Hear his answer here:
This week Southwark Council agreed to move forward with its development agreement with British Land for the Canada Water development, including the sites of Surrey Quays Shopping Centre, the former Harmsworth Quays printworks, the Mast Leisure Park, the old dock offices and the former Rotherhithe Police Station.
Up to 6,500 vehicles a day could be breaking the width restrictions in the Rotherhithe Tunnel, according to Transport for London. Around 30,000 vehicles use the tunnel each day.
TfL this week wrote to local people reminding them that vehicles more than two metres (six foot six inches) wide are not permitted through the Rotherhithe Tunnel.
Wide vehicles, generally vans or bigger, were banned from the tunnel in 2012.
Glynn Barton, TfL’s Director of Network Management, said: “These restrictions are in place for very important reasons. This tunnel is more than a century old and was not designed for these types of vehicle so vans and wider vehicles risk colliding inside it, increasing road danger and disruption in the area.
“We brought these restrictions in six years ago and we are reminding Londoners that they are there and why they are so important.”
TfL has identified that up to 6,500 vehicles wider than the restrictions could be entering the tunnel every day, despite the signage on all approaches highlighting the restrictions.
Vehicles that use the tunnel illegally risk receiving a fine of £50 or prosecution.
Drivers restricted from the Rotherhithe Tunnel should use Tower Bridge or the Blackwall Tunnel – both of which are outside of the Congestion Charge.