More than 100 visitors attended the inclusive sports day held at Surrey Docks Watersports Centre on 1 August to celebrate the Paralympic Games..The day was filled with fun activities including sailing, wheelchair basketball, adaptive cycling, Boccia, indoor rowing and boxing.

The council-run event was delivered in partnership with various sport groups including Tideway Sailability, Wheels for Wellbeing, London Youth Rowing, British Wheelchair Basketball and Fight for Change.

“It was very exciting to have had Boundless Sports in Southwark for the first time,” said Cllr Veronica Ward, cabinet member for culture, leisure, sport and the Olympics.

“It was a great way to celebrate the Paralympic Games and our continued commitment to development sports opportunities for all.

“The event was a real success with families and community groups all showing their support for this fantastic event.”

Andre Ferguson, director of Meakabears Deaf Support, who attended the event with his two daughters, said:  “I have attended such an event before and I must say it was simply amazing.

“I took part in all the events with my two girls and they loved it so much they didn’t even want to leave! We had so much fun playing wheelchair basketball as a team and now the respect and admiration I have for people in wheelchairs have rocketed! They are true heroes. Thank you to the team at Southwark, we really appreciate you.”

The event coincided with the announcement of the winners of the newly launched Southwark Sportability Grant set up to help support local clubs and organisations to better meet the needs of disabled audiences.

 

Successful applicants include Bredinghurst School, Contact a Family, Carl Campbell Dance Company, Meakabears, Tuke School, Sunshine House, Millwall Community Scheme, King’s College and 2020 Archery.

Winners were selected by Southwark Council, a representative from Pro-Active Central London and Interactive. Each organisation will be awarded up to £2,000 to deliver inclusive activity within the borough.

Bermondsey Municipal Ofices

Southwark planning officers have granted planning and listed building consent to Hollybrook Homes for the conversion of the former Bermondsey Borough Council municipal offices in Spa Road into 41 homes.

The municipal offices were built in the late 1920s as an extension to the adjacent Bermondsey town hall. When the town hall was bombed, 19 Spa Road became the home of Bermondsey Borough Council until the metropolitan borough gave way to the London Borough of Southwark  in the mid-1960s.

The building stands on the site of the old Bermondsey Baths and it seems Hollybrook intends to call the scheme “Bath House Lofts” in recognition of this history.

A new term of weekly theatre-making groups for children, teenagers and adults starts in September at London Bubble.

The groups are friendly, fun and creative, and include games and exercises which will help to develop confidence and a range of performance skills.

No previous experience necessary, just turn up with enthusiasm.

The autumn term runs from the week commencing 17 September till the week of 3 December 2012.

6-8 years:                            Tuesdays             5-6.30pm

Saturdays            10-11.30am

9-11 years:                          Tuesdays             6.30-8pm.

12-14 years:                        Thursdays           5-6.30pm

15-19 years:                        Mondays             6.30 – 8.30pm

Adults:                                 Wednesdays      7-9pm

Thursdays           7-9pm

Venue:                 London Bubble, 5 Elephant Lane, London SE16 4JD.

Taster classes:
If you’re new to Bubble you can come along for a trial class when the new term starts in September. Just call to find out more or to register

HOW TO BOOK

To find out more or register for a class
call:                        020 7237 4434
email:                    [email protected]
Sign up online: www.londonbubble.org.uk

Two of the 99 ‘tiny games’ to be found around London until 20 August are right here in SE16 at the Blue market and Canada Water Plaza.

The free games are designed to be played on the spot with everything needed to play the game being contained within a simple vinyl poster and the surrounding environment.

Games have sprung up around the capital in bandstands and parks, on paths and tube station walls; on high streets, by shopping centres, under archways, in corners, in squares, by statues and lakes and bus-stops.

The playful experiences were created by London game design studio Hide&Seek and Southwark Council has worked with the design team to bring the innovative experience to the borough.

“The biggest sporting event of the summer has created great opportunities for everyone to get involved in sports across Southwark and this one of them,” says Cllr Veronica Ward, Southwark’s cabinet member for culture, leisure, sport and the Olympics.

“It’s a great community-building activity which can be enjoyed by young people, family members, groups of friends or even neighbours.”

To find out more about Hide&Seek’s 99 Tiny Games visit www.99tinygames.co.uk

 

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The new Southwark Free School  will open its doors this September after education secretary Michael Gove signed the funding agreement for the school.

The school will eventually be located at 399 Rotherhithe New Road but will not be able to move into that building for another two years.

The first pupils will be accommodated in the Ledbury Estate  TRA Hall in Pencraig Way SE15, just south of the Old Kent Road.

The Ledbury Estate site is nearly two miles from the Borough area in SE1 where the school had originally planned to open.

“This is fantastic news and the culmination of months of hard work and determination,” says chairman Patrick Shine.

“We are now set to open in September and begin to realise our ambition of providing an outstanding primary school in Southwark.”

Jeanette Mason, chair of the Ledbury Tenants’ and Residents’ Association, said: “This is absolutely fantastic! The hall has badly needed repairing for years and it’s empty during the day because nobody wants to use it.

“This way, not only do we get a brand new school that will help a lot of young families on the estate, but we’ll have a completely renovated hall and much needed investment in the community.”

Patrick Shine added: “Located in the estate, our school will be at the heart of the community, a place where children will have the chance to benefit from a first class education. We want to thank the secretary of state and Ledbury Tenants’ and Residents’  Association for enabling this to happen.”

Southwark Free School is be holding a series of public exhibitions for local residents and prospective parents. Taking place on Thursday 16 August 3pm-9pm and Saturday 18 August 10am-4pm at 399 Rotherhithe New Road, the public exhibitions will allow residents the chance to come and view the plans, meet the project team and have their say on what is being proposed.

Southwark Free School will eventually accommodate up to 420 children as well as up to 60 nursery places on the site of the old print works at 399 Rotherhithe New Road.