Photo 01-03-2016, 16 36 05The CGP community allotment in Southwark Park is to receive a grant from the Tesco ‘Bags of Help’ scheme – but shoppers will determine how much cash the garden receives

Tesco has allocated £30,000 to community projects in and around Southwark in the second round of its Bags of Help scheme, funded by the proceeds of the mandatory 5p charge for plastic carrier bags introduced in England last autumn.

The amount each project receives will depend on where it is ranked in a public vote against two others: £12,000 will be granted for first place, £10,000 for second and £8,000 for third.

Customers in Southwark stores will receive a token at the checkout and be asked to place it in the box of the project they favour the most.

The three contenders are:

  • Melior Street Garden, SE1
  • CGP Community Allotment in Southwark Park, SE16
  • Somerville Kitchen Garden, Lee SE12

Voting continues until Sunday 6 March in the stores listed below.

Participating Tesco stores in Southwark

  • Tesco Extra – Surrey Quays
  • Tesco Superstore – Old Kent Road
  • Tesco Metro – Tooley Street
  • Tesco Metro – Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre
  • Tesco Metro – Jamaica Road
  • Tesco Express – Tower Bridge Road
  • Tesco Express – The Cut
  • Tesco Express – Borough Road
  • Tesco Express – Great Suffolk Street
  • Tesco Express – New Kent Road
  • Tesco Express – Long Lane
  • Tesco Express – Camberwell New Road
  • Tesco Express – Peckham
  • Tesco Express – East Dulwich
  • Tesco Express – Queen’s Road Peckham
  • Tesco Express – Southwark Park Road
  • Tesco Express – Walworth Road
  • Tesco Express – Camberwell

The Co-operative Food has revealed a plan to open a new convenience store as part of the redevelopment of The Ship York pub in Rotherhithe Street.

The pub closed last November and was later used as a shisha bar.

Planning permission for the redevelopment of the site with a five-storey block of eight flats was granted more than a year ago.

The planning permission includes provision for a pub at ground floor and basement level, but now The Co-operative wants to open a food store instead.

Local residents have now received leaflets from The Co-operative with details of their proposals and an invitation to a public exhibition on Monday 6 July.

The Co-op says its proposal would create 20 to 25 full-time or part-time jobs.

From today, Surrey Quays Shopping Centre will be open till 7pm Monday to Saturday.

The new hours are:

  • Monday-Friday 9.30am-7pm
  • Saturday 9am-7pm
  • Sunday 11am-5pm

Tesco Extra keeps different hours to the rest of the centre, and is no longer a 24-hour store.

According to the current hours are Monday-Friday 6am-1am; Saturday 6am-midnight; Sunday 11am-5pm.

The monthly bulletin from Southwark’s trading standards department often contains weird and wonderful updates. This is from the latest edition:

A detention notice was served in respect of some 20 kg of frozen fish and snails found at a premises in Rotherhithe SE16.  Following satisfactory enquiries the frozen fish was released for sale but the snails were seized under TARP (The Trade in Animal and Restricted Products Regulations 2011).

Holders of Decathlon cards registered to the Surrey Quays branch have received this email from the manager as preparatory works for the redevelopment of the site get under way.


Hello Decathlon Surrey Quays Customers,

We are going through changes over the next few years as part of the regeneration of the Canada Water area. Unfortunately, it means we lose our lovely cafe.

We remain open as a store but our cafe will close on the 14th of December for the last time.

The pictures show you how the store and area should look in 2017/2018. During this time, we will go through various changes including moving into one store in March 2015 but we promise to always keep you updated.

Thank you,

Decathlon Surrey Quays Store Manager

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