With the usual Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day gatherings at local war memorials not possible this year, St James’s and St Anne’s Churches in Bermondsey have recorded an online Bermondsey Community Remembrance Service which can be viewed on YouTube:
Local author Graham Taylor’s book placing the Mayflower in its British (and Southwark) context was published this summer, and this week he delivered a public lecture on the subject for Gresham College. You can watch the lecture below:
“In close collaboration with the Norwegian Embassy in London and the Norwegian Ministry of Culture, St Olav’s church now wish to erect a memorial to the Norwegian Merchant Navy veterans who made a very important contribution to the Allied war efforts during the Second World War,” wrote planning consultant Andrew Renshaw.
“The sponsors are hoping that a representative from the Norwegian Royal Family will be able to unveil the memorial.
“The church has particular significance to the Norwegian Royal Family, as the church served as a refuge for the Norwegian Royal Family during the wartime period of exile.”
The proposed sculpture – by Nico Widerberg – would be cast in bronze.
For further details see planning application 20/AP/1360
Local residents are being invited to show their support for a project to create a seven-metre artwork from parts of the ‘red crane’ or scotch derrick that used to stand on the riverside near Odessa Street.
Local blacksmith Kevin Boys rescued some of the parts of the crane when it was dismantled to make way for a new housing development.
The developer, Hollybrook Homes, has part-funded the artwork project and built a plinth for the sculpture on the Thames Path – but more cash is needed to complete the project.