Last week 10 former street-children performed in Kagyu Samye Dzong’s shrine room in front of a full house.
The children were brought to London by the ROKPA charity, which runs the orphanage in Kathmandu where the kids have been looked after, cared for and educated after becoming homeless in often very traumatic circumstances.
The evening started off with a moving speech by the co-founder of ROKPA and vice-president of the charity Lea Wyler. She explained how much it has helped the children to be given a platform to tell of their traumatic experiences in the form of song, dance and play.
The children’s lively eyes, engaging smiles and faces full of hope could not fail to melt every one of the 120 hearts in the room. Photographs and film footage projected onto a screen behind the young performers provided the context to their story showing shots of their home country and also of what their lives were like before they were taken in by the ROKPA children’s home.
After the tumultuous applause had quietened down, Dr Akong Tulku Rinpoche the founder of Samye Ling Monastery in Scotland, and co-founder of the ROKPA charity was invited onto the stage. He spoke of his own struggles of facing a situation of near-starvation when he escaped Tibet, having to beg and experiencing tremendous suffering and explained how that has lead him to see how important it is to provide, food, shelter and, possibly above all, much-needed kindness.
Southwark resident Lionel Shriver – author of the million selling We Need to Talk About Kevin – enthralled the audience at a packed Canada Water Library on Monday.
Lionel talked about her latest novel The New Republic – published last week – with its twin themes of terrorism and the mystery of charisma. After reading from the book, Lionel took part in a lively question and answer session with the audience of over 100 fans, talking about the writing process and sharing her entertaining thoughts on other writers and literary critics. After the event Lionel signed copies of her books.
The bestselling author said that the new Canada Water Library was “…a terrific place – and my local library!” Lionel went on to describe the library’s own theatre, the Canada Water Culture Cpace, as “a fantastic venue with a really professional setup”.
Southwark Council has published an update on plans to relocate Cherry Garden School to the Gloucester Primary School site in SE15.
The opening of the expanded Cherry Garden School has now been delayed till September 2015.
If you’re interested in local history, Peter Snow’s programme about Docklands tonight on BBC One promises to include a section on Greenland Dock.
Booker Prize winner Ben Okri was the latest leading literary figure to speak at Canada Water Library.
Ben Okri read passages from Wild – his first collection of poetry in more than a decade. The evening was well attended my local residents as well as fans eager to hear from the celebrated author.
“Canada Water Library is fast becoming one of London’s best known literary hotspots attracting some of the country’s most talented, gifted and popular writers,” says Cllr Veronica Ward, Southwark’s cabinet member for culture.
“The library is very popular with residents in the area and beyond and has had tens of thousands of visitors since it opened last year.”
On Monday Southwark resident Lionel Shriver will be speaking at the library.
On Saturday 2 June residents of Stevenson Crescent and Catlin Street held a street party to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
“The mood was brilliant and the event went very well thanks to support from housing associations, The Hyde Group, Notting Hill, Hexagon and Housing For Women, along with enthusiastic residents who worked tirelessly to make it fun for everyone,” said Jean Douglas, Hyde’s regeneration coordinator for Bermondsey Spa.
“Of all the events we have held at Stevenson Crescent, this was the one that brought so many residents out onto the street to join in and get to know each other. It was great to see so many new faces.”
The event saw more than 30 children make bunting and decorations for the gazebo, which Hyde resident, Irene Hurley sewed together. The Pye (Positive Youth Expression) Project provided the music and DJ-ing workshops turning it into a hugely festive occasion which they also videoed.
Resident Sharine Goring said: “I’m so glad so many residents joined in and we’ve been able to see what was just an idea turn into a fabulous event.”
Tracy Berry added: “It was well organised and I’m glad to have been a part of this; we can do more like this.”
Sustrans has reopened the voting to decide who should be depicted alongside Barry Mason (of Southwark Cyclists and Surrey Docks Farm fame) in a new work of public art at South Bermondsey:
- William Cubitt
- Sir Michael Caine
- David Haye
- Sam King
- Una Marson
- Phyllis Pearsall
- Mary Wollstonecraft
Read SE1’s story from the first round of voting; voting ends Friday 8 June and all other details are the same as before.
Bermondsey and Canada Water stations are among the first 80 London Underground Stations to be fitted with wifi equipment as part of a deal with Virgin Media. The service should be up and running before the start of the Olympic Games at the end of July.
Internet access will be free during the summer; pricing has not yet been announced for the autumn and beyond.
“Our customers will soon be able to connect to the internet for live travel information while they are on the move through stations,” says Gareth Powell, London Underground’s director of strategy and service development.
“Bringing a next generation wifi service to one of the world’s oldest underground transport networks is progressing as planned and the forthcoming service is testing well.
“The first stations include some of our busiest and most well-known destinations and we’re on-track for a successful launch this summer – all delivered at no additional cost to fare payers or taxpayers.”
Parts of Canada Water Station will also be covered by the London Overground’s new wifi service which will be provided by The Cloud.