Don’t Drop the Coffin – the documentary series about funeral directors FA Albin and Sons first shown on ITV twelve years ago – is to be repeated on local television channel London Live.

The series starts on Wednesday 7 January at 8pm.

London Live is on Freeview channel 8 in the London region, Sky channel 117 and Virgin Media 159.

Albin’s was recently honoured with a Southwark blue plaque.

The whole series is available to view on YouTube courtesy of the production company STV.

On Sunday the Blue Bermondsey Business Improvement District hosted a Christmas event at the Blue.

Sponsors included Biscuit Factory developer Grosvenor.

“The BID already seems to be doing a fantastic job of uniting the surrounding communities, and we’re only too happy to support its efforts,” said Katherine Rodgers, project director at Grosvenor.

“We feel lucky to have such active neighbours, and look forward to celebrating Christmas together for many years to come.”

Photos courtesy of Grosvenor

From a City Hall report published this week, authorising the expenditure of £20,000 on research about broadband connectivity in London (the emphasis is ours):

Investigating the state of London’s connectivity, providing recommendations to address this and then working with providers to improve the service across London is a critical and urgent piece of work. There are significant issues in important inner London locations (including large parts of the City and Westminster) and in several other locations across London (including but not limited to Rotherhithe, Barnet, Bromley, Ealing and Barking and Dagenham). These issues affect small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and residents disproportionately as big businesses can usually afford to pay for their own leased line. The Mayor is passionate about rectifying this issue as quickly as possible. This issue has also recently been highlighted by the Prime Minister.

It’s good to know that City Hall officials are taking the issue seriously.

Photo by Davina Connor
Photo by Davina Connor


Eight fire engines and 58 firefighters and officers tackled a fire at the rear of the What!!! Stores shop on Surrey Quays Road on Wednesday lunchtime.

According to the London Fire Brigade, three gas cylinders are believed to have exploded and there are reports of more cylinders involved in the blaze. There are no reports of any injures at this stage.

Firefighters from East Greenwich, Dockhead, Old Kent Road, Deptford, Peckham, Whitechapel, New Cross and  Lewisham fire stations were sent to the scene.

The smoke was visible from a large part of south-east and central London.

Surrey Quays Road and Canada Street were shut to traffic.

What!!! Stores is the discount hardware shop next to the former Harmsworth Quays printing works.

Police are investigating a burglary at FA Albin & Sons funeral directors in Culling Road.

It is believed that the burglary took place overnight between Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 July.

Officers from Southwark CID are investigating and no arrests have yet been made.


Anyone with information should call police on 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

BrfQXPDCUAAG5uP.jpg-largeThe area around the Blue is to become a business improvement district (BID)  after local firms voted in favour of the proposal in an official ballot.

Nearly nine out of 10 firms backed the proposal which was spearheaded by Russell Dryden, the fishmonger in the Blue market.

BIDs are funded by a levy on business rates and provide a way for local traders to work together to promote their locality as a place to do business and to make environmental improvements to their area.

Find out more about the project on the Blue Bermondsey Business Association website.

Southwark Council is in talks with the City of London Corporation over plans to bring high-speed broadband to Rotherhithe.

News of the discussions was revealed by the council’s chief executive Eleanor Kelly at a meeting of the borough’s cabinet on Wednesday.

The City of London Corporation – the local government body for the Square Mile financial district – has been looking at ways of providing high-speed internet connections for its businesses and residents.

“At present, no operator has plans to provide a high speed, affordable broadband network across the Square Mile,” the corporation posted on Facebook in May this year.

Southwark Council hopes that by teaming up with the City, it could put a deal in place with a commercial partner more quickly and provide a more attractive proposition for prospective partners than the Square Mile could on its own.

Meanwhile the Rotherhithe Broadband Group continues to promote its social enterprise proposal for solving the SE16 broadband problem.

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson has invited the Rotherhithe Broadband Group to a meeting at City Hall to discuss their plans for a locally owned and managed fibre internet service.

The Rotherhithe Broadband Group’s Brian Hodge called the Mayor’s ‘Ask Boris’ radio phone-in on LBC on Tuesday morning to ask for help.

“I’m very concerned about broadband speeds in the centre of London,” said the Mayor. “It’s absolutely disgraceful that we’re not going faster.”

Mr Johnson invited Mr Hodge to meet him to discuss the issue in Rotherhithe.

He added: “I’m fed up with this broadband issue. We must get this thing sorted out.”

Businesses around the Blue are currently taking part in a ballot on the formation of a business improvement district (BID) for the area.

Southwark already has several BIDs including Team London Bridge and Better Bankside. They are funded by a levy on business rates and provide a way for local firms to work together to improve and promote their locality as a place to do business.

The Blue Bermondsey BID ballot closes on 3 July and the result will be announced the next day.

The proposed BID would span the SE1/SE16 border and stretch from Monnow Road in the west to Raymouth Road in the east.

Clements Road would form the northern boundary with the BID stretching south to encompass the City of London Academy.

Full details of the proposal are now available online.