A message from Kagyu Samye Dzong London in Spa Road Bermondsey:

We have a high quality workshop room available for holding courses and events. While our workshop rooms are generally heavily booked on weekends, one of our rooms is available on Sunday evenings.  We would like to offer this room for FREE, on the condition that any talks, workshops or presentations it is used for should likewise be offered to the public for FREE and not for material gains.

The room is spacious and airy with wooden floors and large windows that let in a lot of natural light. Chairs and tables can be provided to suit your meeting needs. We also have yoga mats and meditation cushions available.

Workshop room measures approx. 10m x 6m and can accommodate 20-25 people workshop style (U-shape) and up to 50 people (theatre style).

The event would have to be in harmony with our ethics as a Buddhist organisation, but does not need to be buddhist or spiritual in nature.  We ask to see proof of relevant qualification and insurance where applicable, and reserve the right to turn down applicants.

Anyone interested should e-mail the office on [email protected] or call us on 020 3327 1650.

From the Time and Talents website:
Time and Talents wishes to recruit new trustees. Ideally we are seeking applicants with some of the following skills and experience but all applications are welcome:
  • Rotherhithe / Bermondsey Community Knowledge and Links
  • Fundraising
  • Governance (preferably third sector)
  • Knowledge of the areas in which Time and Talents provides services

We are keen to meet applicants with a wide range of backgrounds and experience in order to provide a balanced and effective Board for this thriving, popular and well established Rotherhithe and Bermondsey institution. We will prioritise those who live and/or work locally.

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Val Shawcross, London Assembly member for Lambeth & Southwark, has officially opened the revamped farmyard at Surrey Docks Farm.

“I was delighted to be invited to open the new-look farmyard at Surrey Docks Farm,” said Val.

“The farm is a fantastic local charity and a real jewel in Rotherhithe’s crown. It’s fascinating fun to come and watch all the animals, and this morning as usual there were a number of children having a great time making friends with the goats. T

“he new surface in the yard will make cleaning and drainage easier and makes it very clear that visitors need to wash their hands after being in the animals’ area.

“Gary Jones the farm manager and his team have done a fantastic job – this project has been a real team effort, with input from staff, volunteers and farm committee members. Everyone has shown a great deal of perseverance which has paid off today.

“If you’ve not visited the farm before I highly recommend it – it’s a great day out for anyone of any age.’

The farmyard refurbishment project was funded by the Biffa Award scheme, the Worshipful Company of Farmers and British Land/Surrey Quays Shopping Centre who donated the proceeds of their 2012 Christmas Appeal.


Southwark guiding group celebrate their ‘MBE for volunteering groups’ – the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

The 1st St James’ Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and members of the Senior Section (STARS) and their Leaders could be the newest MBE holders in Southwark. They celebrated in style on Tuesday 2 July as they received the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2013, an award for voluntary groups which is equivalent to the MBE for individuals.

Rainbows, Brownies, Guides, members of the Senior Section and Leaders celebrated at Bacon’s College in Rotherhithe with Girlguiding chief executive Julie Bentley. The award was presented to the group by deputy lieutenant Jenny Bianco.

More than 160 girls from around Southwark meet at the same time every week. This includes 33 Rainbows, 56 Brownies and 63 Guides, and a team of 26 volunteer leaders supported by 30 members of the Senior Section of whom 18 help every week! This means they are one of the biggest guiding groups in the entire UK, giving girls the space to have fun and a chance to make their own choices and have their voices heard every week.

Shania, 10, from 1st St James’ Brownies, said: “I loved the presentation evening tonight – the best bit was seeing the Award and reading the letter from HRH Countess of Wessex. It made me feel really proud to be part of something so big. Our leaders are great fun and make our meetings really exciting.”

1st St James’ guiding family of units is led by Lesley Marsh who said: “The award nomination is made by a member of the local community so we were very surprised and delighted when we found out. Some of the leaders were invited to a Garden Party at Buckingham Palace and when we told the girls they decided that it would be great to have another celebration and say “thank you” to our local community. The girls asked if we could have a cake to celebrate and we did!”

Pip McKerrow, chief commissioner of Girlguiding London and South East England, said: “What an incredible achievement for an amazing group of Girlguiding leaders and girls. We’re proud of the 1st St James groups who offer girls their own space to build friendships, have fun and develop their own voices week-in, week-out, with some of the largest guiding groups in the region!”

From Time & Talents:

We are looking to recruit a permanent, full-time Director to ensure Time and Talents continues to thrive despite the current funding challenges facing all multi-purpose community organisations.

Key tasks for the new Director will include identifying new sources of income, developing contracts and services, and exploring how best to work with and alongside other local organisations.

For more information and how to apply please visit our Charity Jobs page

This week’s creation of a magnificent Dr Salter snowman provides a timely reminder that the Salter Statues campaign to replace the stolen statue of Alfred Salter and create a new Ada Salter statue to complement it has recently added an online donation facility to its website.

Time and Talents is a small charity based in Rotherhithe and founded over 125 years ago. Today it runs our own projects (including those for older and younger people) and offers space for a range of groups and individuals to use as well as providing volunteering opportunities for the whole community.

Time and Talents offers :

  • Guaranteed Gold Bond places
  • Fundraising and training advice
  • Your own web page
  • A team running vest

Minimum sponsorship required £1500

Register on the Time & Talents page at www.crunch.org.uk/time or call 020 7232 5660 for more information.

See also www.timeandtalents.org.uk

Chair of Trustees

Time & Talents, a 125-year-old multi-tpurpose charitable organisation based in Rotherhithe, is seeking to recruit a Chair of Trustees.

The Board is particularly interested in hearing from people with :

  • Excellent organisational, communication and interpersonal skills
  • Inspirational leadership skills
  • Trustee and committee experience
  • Ability to think strategically and exercise objective judgement
  • Commitment to the vision and values of the organisation

The Board estimates the role will require a minimum of 1 day per month.

If you feel you have a contribution to make, please email
Elaine Ray, Vice Chair [email protected] for an application pack

Closing date for applications: 27th July 2012