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March 5th

Be a bookworm
Celebrate world book day by curling up on the sofa with a great read. Visit for book reviews and details of events at your local library throughout the year.

March 5th to 28th

Fall of the Peacock Throne
Raymond Chandler meets Greek tragedy in this epic telling of a 1953 CIA-led coup against a fledgling Iranian democracy. Innovative new drama from Highland company Wildbird. Southwark Playhouse, Shipwright Yard, SE1,, 020 7407 0234.

March 11th to 21st
Whiter than Snow
In a far-off, war-torn land the Frantz family struggle to tour their latest, greatest production of Snow White. Uncompromising, engaging and sharp as a knife, this is more than a fairy tale. From Graeae, the UK’s flagship disabled-led theatre company. Unicorn Theatre, 147 Tooley Street, SE1, ages ten up,, 020 7645 0560.

March 14th
Pirate fun day
Meet the Golden Hinde’s crew of dastardly pirates, listen to tales of treachery and take part in a treasure hunt. Tickets £7. Golden Hinde, Pickford’s Wharf, Clink Street, SE1,, 0870 011 8700.


March 7th

Help the Dulwich Park head gardener and his team with planting, tidying, dead-heading and other activities. Equipment and refreshments provided. Follow the green ‘dig the park’ signs, 10am to 1pm, free, visit

Sickert in Venice

March 4th to May 31st

First ever exhibition devoted to Walter Sickert’s paintings of Venice where he found the identity as an artist that would lead him to be known as the father of modern British art. Dulwich Picture Gallery, Gallery Road, Dulwich, SE21,, 020 8693 5254.

March 11th
No smoking day
Want to quit smoking? For help giving up, including advice about support and medication on prescription, call the Southwark NHS stop smoking service on 0800 169 6002 or visit


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Snapping a century
Yousuf Karsh (1908 to 2002) was one of the finest portrait photographers of the 20th century. During a distinguished career he photographed Hollywood icons, world leaders and giants of the worlds of science, art and philosophy. Free entry. Camera Press Gallery, 21 Queen Elizabeth Street, SE1,, 020 7378 1300.

Until April 1st

March 20th to April 19th
Spring art
Show featuring the lyrical paintings of David Brayne as the centrepiece to an exhibition by society members. Free entry. Bankside Gallery, 48 Hopton Street, SE1,, 020 7928 7521.

Until March 16th
New bids on the block
The cleaner, greener safer programme has given £18m to over 1,000 projects chosen by local people to improve their neighbourhoods. Anyone can apply so if you have an idea and want to make a difference, get in touch now. Bidding closes on March 16. Visit or call 020 7525 0864.

Until March 28th
King Lear
A daughter's love spurned, a family ripped apart, a country disintegrating. Epic version of the Shakespearean tragedy starring Pete Postlethwaite. Young Vic. 66 The Cut, SE1,, 020 7922 2922. Photo by Stephen Vaughan.

March 28th

Foxtrot fever
Join comedian Jo Brand for a concert in aid of Dulwich Helpline featuring vintage dance band the New Foxtrot Serenaders. From 7.30pm. Tickets £15. Alleyn’s School, Townley Road, SE22. To book call 020 8299 2623.

To March 31st

Celebrating women
A month of events and activities following International Women’s Day on March 1. For more info visit or call 020 7525 3415.

Daffodil appeal

To March 31st

Hop it

March 29th

Be part of Marie Curie Cancer Care’s annual fundraising campaign and help raise over £5m to care for people with cancer and other terminal illnesses. Visit for more.

Enjoy this free family frog day in a lovely wildlife setting including froggy fun, games, crafts, story telling, plants and refreshments. London Wildlife Trust’s Centre for Wildlife Gardening, 28 Marsden Road SE15. 11.30pm to 3.30pm. Free. Email


Word on the street


Mar 2009

“A lot of the job is talking with people in the community. People find us very approachable”
Award-winning community warden Neville Lofthouse has been pounding the streets of Southwark for just over a year
What award did you win? I recently got a Southwark police borough commander’s commendation for preventing an attempted murder. I also won the Southwark Council warden of the year award at the end of 2008. So, what do wardens do and how are they different from the police? Wardens are a reassuring presence on the street. A big part of the job is reporting environmental issues, such as broken street lights, dumped rubbish and graffiti. And we issue fixed penalty notices for littering and dog fouling. A lot of the job is talking with people in the community. People find us very approachable. I’ve noticed that lots of young people have a better attitude to wardens and we can often diffuse volatile situations, preventing them from getting out of hand. Before Christmas we did extra patrols around post offices and cashpoint machines to make sure older and vulnerable people tucked their money away safely and weren’t targets of street crime. How has the job changed since you started? I’ve noticed the police are asking for wardens to help more with things like weapons searches, speaking to the community and gathering vital forensic evidence. Do you think Southwark is a better place because of wardens? Yes, people say that Southwark has improved since wardens were introduced back in 2001, because there is less flytipping and antisocial behaviour. I feel strongly that wardens have made a valuable contribution to that improvement. In Peckham, where I work, I’ve noticed there’s less antisocial behaviour on estates. We patrol the balconies and up and down the stairwells in blocks, moving on anyone hanging around or with no legitimate reason for being there. Every day wardens challenge those who want to damage the areas where people live and make them feel unsafe. What are your ambitions for the coming year? I want to work more with young gang members; to show them there are alternative options. I’m helping out with junior wardens; a new scheme that will be piloted in Peckham. This will give young people an opportunity to work closely with wardens and be part of the community safety solution, rather than just being seen as the problem.

Cafe Como They look after the elderly people who go in there very well, which I like to see and they do a mean bacon sandwich. Manzes pie and mash shop It’s a nice clean shop and the staff always make wardens very welcome. The Kentish Drovers This Weatherspoons pub in Peckham has worked hard with wardens to address antisocial behaviour. It’s now a more peaceful place to go and have a drink.


While you were sleeping
We shine a light on the staff you don’t often hear about, the council workers who toil away through the night...


n the wee hours of the night, when most of us are tucked up in bed, there’s a small army of Southwark Council staff up and about keeping the borough a clean and safe place to live. From dealing with antisocial behaviour to responding to emergency repairs or cleaning the streets, scores of night-owls work tirelessly to keep your borough ticking over.

Itong Ko
A typical night’s work ranges from collecting stray dogs to seizing equipment from illegal street food traders. The more you do night shifts, the more you get used to it, and although your sleep patterns can be affected, the good part is that you see London from a completely different perspective.

On average, every night we...

carry out 40 urgent repairs across the borough clean over 60km of road deal with 15 noise complaints

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Tommy Maskell
I’ve done night shifts here at Southwark Council for three years now, and although it’s hard when you start I’ve adjusted to the sleep patterns. I like the fact that the roads are calmer and I can get around a lot easier. I love working on the bridges at night, and seeing London lit up is a really nice part of the shift.




Kevin Powell



I work nights in the graffiti van, where we keep an eye on those spots in the borough which attract the taggers. Our infrared cameras allow us to capture graffiti artists at work, who are completely unaware we’re recording evidence. I’ve been doing night shifts for 18 months now and I love it. It’s surprisingly busy at night, and there’s always lots going on.

Sandip Dhami
We have pagers and get calls to attend police stations, hospitals and clients at home. It is very busy most of the time but tends to quieten down by the early hours. This is an opportunity to get reports written. Working throughout the night suits me, I enjoy driving to work and watching the sunrise is priceless.

Daniel Rankine
I’m on 24 hour call and sometimes I'll get contacted five or six times a week at night. This could be any emergency where the repairs team or the customer service centre needs my guidance or authorisation. Being on duty at night is often a great time to catch up on work.

Numbers to call day and night Rubbish collection and street cleaning 020 7525 2000 Antisocial behaviour reporting line 020 7525 5777 Housing repairs 0800 952 4444


How to...

recycle your wardrobe

Cheap, unique and very chic; look great and shop smart with a recycled wardrobe


t some high street fashion shops you can pick up a whole outfit for under £10. But the cost of producing garments this cheaply can be far higher. Many of these items are produced in so called ‘sweatshops’ where people, often children, work in hazardous conditions for poor pay.

So what can you do to look sharp with a clear conscience? For Catherine (main picture) the answer is to develop your own individual style using pieces you’ve searched for, created or customised to make them stand out: “I love finding vintage clothes in charity shops and if you get bored with a £5 purchase, you can always donate it back”, she says.



Mar 2009

Sew good
You can learn pattern cutting, garment making or fashion at the Thomas Calton Centre in Peckham. Courses cost £60 (or £25 if you’re unemployed) for ten weeks with a £5 registration fee. For more info call 020 7358 2100 or visit

Second-hand fashion
When charity shopping, find a trend such as a key colour for the season (go for Miami sunset this summer with orange and hot pink), a shape that will be fashionable (look for 80s sculptural shoulders) or a fabric texture (brushed silk, chiffon and thick satin are winners this year).

New life to old rags
If your favourite jeans have finally bitten the dust (sob!), make the recycling bins happy. You can recycle at the clothing bank at Sainsbury’s on Denmark Hill and on some housing estates (visit www.southwark. for info). If clothes are in good condition, take them to a charity shop. There are lots on Walworth Road, Lordship Lane and in Peckham and Camberwell.

Ethically sound
You don’t have to look like a walking hemp plant to dress ethically. Karavan on Lordship Lane sells gorgeous accessories like tote bags recycled from old tyres. Now any bag that isn’t plastic is definitely cool, join the Snub campaign (say no to unwanted bags) and make sure your arm candy is environmentally friendly. Visit for more.

The best thing about making your own clothes is that they are completely original and will fit you perfectly. And you can adapt your old clothes to give them a new lease of life with a tub of dye or a sewing machine.

Bogus bags
Some unscrupulous people put leaflets through your door asking for clothing donations. These aren’t always destined for those in need but sold for profit to benefit private businesses. All charities registered in England and Wales can be checked on the Charity Commission’s online register at



Top tips for tots
Want to give your child a head start at school? Try our brain-boosting tips for the under fives
arly childhood is a crucial stage in your child’s development. Babies and toddlers develop fast, cramming learning, new experiences and physical growth into every day.

Painting and drawing are stimulating and fun. They also get children used to holding pens which will help their writing later on. Art sessions across Southwark can help with your creative play but it’s easy to do at home. Draw and colour in or build toys together; they’ll love playing with something they made themselves. And look out for music and dance classes too. “Some parents get a bit uptight about the mess but we say just go for it! Get out the paper, paints and stickers or use anything you have around the house and just have fun.” Sandria Cruise, Southwark Council arts playworker “We love Whippersnappers music classes; they’re very interactive and it’s good for Indigo to mix with other kids” Sarah (mum of Indigo nine months)

count, sharing favourite books, dressing up and making a mess will all nurture their learning and creativity. If that sounds daunting, you’re not alone. Wherever you live in Southwark there are lots of great sessions where you can have fun, pick up some ideas and boost your child’s social skills. Here are just a few ideas plus lots of tips from the experts.

There are plenty of ways you can help your child’s development and give them a good start at school. Playing games together that help them

Most babies say their first words between 12 and 18 months and are joining words together by two and a half. You can help by talking to your baby from an early age and reading together. Role play and games really help too; from Ispy, to teddies’ tea parties. And if you have questions visit speech and language sessions around the borough. “Sharing books and toys, and enjoying different activities together, equips youngsters with the language and the social skills they need to adapt quickly to a school setting.” Tracy Brook special needs coordinator, Oliver Goldsmith school. “My girls always loved it when we sang nursery rhymes together, especially those that involve counting (like one, two three, four, five once I caught a fish alive) and those with actions (like wind the bobbin up).” Sharon (mum of Ruby and Connie, 11 and seven)



Mar 2009

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At age three your chi ld is entitled to free part-time nurse ry education in a schoo l, playgroup or day nursery. Or yo u could opt for one of Southwark Council’s children’s centres. Th ese modern, purpose-built centres offer flexible childcare with the em phasis on early learning and are also the base for many of the great activities featured he re. For more about all the options contact the family information ser vice.

Tania and Fred
We’ve been coming to the play groups and art classes at the Ellen Brown centre in Bermondsey since Fred was seven months old. He loves playing outside, painting and playing with the other kids.

“Always read to your child and borrow books from your local library. Start with a board book when they are babies and by the time they are five years old they will be well on the way to reading for themselves.” Elaine Walters Southwark Council’s children’s library service manager. “I read to Magnus a lot from an early age. I made sure when we read books together that I asked him questions about what was happening. I do the same with them both now.” Claire (mum of Magnus and Caspar, five and two) Look out for Bookstart, rhymetime and baby and toddler sessions in Southwark libraries which include storytelling, puppets and songs.

Elizabeth and Kyla
We go to toddler groups and art sessions. Kyla loves paints, sticking and exploring textures and the sessions are good to get her interacting with others. Children really learn from play; both my son and daughter love the home corners with little kitchens.

For full details of the sessions mentioned in this article, plus lots more get hold of the Let’s Go guide for your area. Available in libraries or at For information about childcare, education, health, leisure, family and parenting support contact the family information service on 0800 013 0639


Getting in touch
Main switchboard number ........................020 7525 5000 Textphone/Minicom ..................................020 7525 3559 Housing repairs ..........................................0800 952 4444 Council tax ................................................020 7525 1850 Council tax and housing benefits ............020 7525 1880 Elections, registration and voting ............020 7525 7373 Land charges ..............................................020 7525 7392 Registrars ....................................................020 7525 7651 Culture (events, arts, film, tourism), libraries and museums ..............................020 7525 2000 By post Southwark Council, Town Hall, Peckham Road, London SE5 8UB By email Online visit to find out about services, pay bills and check out the latest news and events.

Your guide to contacting Southwark Council

Antisocial behaviour reporting line..............020 7525 5777 Environment and leisure: (waste collection, recycling, parks, environmental health)..........020 7525 2000 Education ......................................................0845 600 1284 Adult education ............................................020 7525 2000 Family information service ............................0800 013 0639 Building control and planning ......................0845 600 1285 Social services for adults ................................0845 600 1287 Social services for children ............................0845 600 1286 Adoption and fostering ................................0800 952 0707 Face to face visit one of our one stop shops. Walworth one stop shop Wansey Street SE17 Peckham one stop shop Ground Floor, Peckham Library, 122 Peckham Hill Street, London SE15 Bermondsey one stop shop 17 Spa Road, Bermondsey, London SE16

Bengali Spanish
Esta es Southwark Life, la revista del Municipio de Southwark que se distribuye a todos los residentes de la zona. Si usted desea ayuda para comprenderla en su propio idioma llévela a uno de los puntos de informacíon abajo mencionados y solicite el servicio llamado Language Line.

Bu, bölgedeki bütün sakinlere da_ıtılan, Southwark Belediyesi’nin magazini Southwark Life’tır. E_er kendi ana dilinizde anlama için yardıma ihtiyacınız olursa, onu yukardaki listede yazılı one stop shop’lardan birine götürünüz ve Language Line isimli servisi isteyiniz.

Ceci est Southwark Life, le magazine de la Mairie de Southwark qui est distribué à tous les riverains de l’arrondissement. Si vous voulez qu’on vous aide à le comprendre dans votre langue, apportez-le à l’un des one stop shops indiqués ci-dessus et demandez le service Language Line.



Kani waa Southwark Life, wargeeyska Guddiga Southwark oo loo qeeybiyo dhammaan dadka deggan degmadaan. Haddii aad u baahan tahay in lagaa caawiyo sidaad u fahmi laheeyd isagoo luqaddaada ku qoran, ula tag mid ka mid ah xafiisyada u adeega dadweeynaha ee liiskoodu kor ku xusan yahay adigoo codsanaaya adeegga lagu magacaabo Language Line.


If you would like a copy of Southwark Life in large print or audio format please ring 020 7525 7341 or visit

g Are you bein


Mar 2009

by pests?
Call in the professionals

Living in London means that many of us will encounter pests at some point. It’s never nice but you don’t have to let it bug you! The Southwark Council pest control team is here to help. We offer a speedy and efficient service to deal with the most common pests. We’re calling all keen artists aged 16 and under to help us design a poster for the new and improved pest control service. The winners will receive a goody bag full of artists’ materials and see their posters displayed around the borough. Just read on to find out more about what we do, and get creative!

The competition prize was kindly donated by Cowling and Wilcox Ltd, suppliers of a wide range of fine and graphic art materials as well as portfolios, digital paper, frames and presentational materials. 8-12 Orpheus Street, Camberwell SE5 8RR. Call 020 7703 1342 or visit

Pest control services are provided by an in house team, which means we’re able to offer a better service than ever. The customer service centre is open 24 hours a day so you can report a problem whenever you need to, on 0800 952 4444. The pest control team can deal with a wide range of pests, including mice, rats and ants. Treatment is free for council tenants and from £80 for other residents.



Name: ................................................................................ Address: .................................................................... ................................................................................................................................................................................ ............................................................................................Telephone number: .................................................. I am aged (tick as appropriate) under ten ten to 16

Please complete the attached entry form and send it with your poster to the following address by March 30 2009. Liz Almond, Southwark Life Magazine, 29 Peckham Road, London SE5 8UB

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