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Your Letters

In connection with your article on dog fouling I want to ask
Southwark Council what they are doing on the issue of
use and care of our parks, and Southwark Park in
particular? Our park rangers have disappeared over
recent years, alongside the park gardening team. As a
consequence, I understand that we now have contractors
doing the gardening and occasional visits from community
support officers. I hope that Southwark Council will
reconsider, and reinvest in park rangers and regular
gardening staff.
                                    Ms Anne Lindsay, SE16

Over the last seven years Southwark Council has invested
more than £18m in parks, including £3m at Southwark
Park, which has just been given a Green Flag Award.
While we no longer have park rangers, we have recruited
community park wardens who are on patrol every day of
the year and we have a park manager and officer based
in our major parks Monday to Friday. Contractors do
undertake grounds maintenance and do a good job
looking after our parks - Southwark has moved from being
the sixth dirtiest London borough to the fifth cleanest with
parks rated our cleanest public spaces.
                                           John Sheaff,
                                     parks manager

Thank you very much for your latest issue, and I am
delighted to see a long awaited request has been granted:
Southwark Life is now printed on 100% recycled paper.
You inform readers that they can obtain a larger print
format, but you don't appear to offer audio format. If you
are blind or partially-sighted whatever the size of print was
available would not be very helpful.
                                 Mrs Stephanie Lodge, SE5

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Thanks for your letter, you’ll be pleased to note we are
now offering an audio version of the magazine and a large
print version. Please ring 020 7525 7341.

I think it is a ludicrous idea for leaseholders to be paying
two service charge bills. Last year I paid my service
charge to TMO Fair Street. This year I have got one
service charge bill from the leaseholders unit, which I have
paid, and one from TMO Fair Street SE1. I am aware that
these bills have to be paid but why make it so complicated
for us? It would be much better if we paid service charges
to one office.
                                     EO, Devon Mansions, SE1

You receive two bills to differentiate between the services
provided by the company Fair Community (cleaning,
maintenance) and those provided directly by the council
(buildings insurance, plus ground rent). While this may be
a slight nuisance for leaseholders, it does ensure you are
paying the organisation responsible for the services.

The council has produced a guide for leaseholders and
freeholders, setting out what you can expect from us, and
what your responsibilities are. For a copy call 020 7525
1400 or email
                          Phil Bond, home ownership team

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Last month‟s competition winners were – iPod nano –
Andy Nicholls, Fusion membership – Kathrin Schulze-
Schweifing SE16, cycling prizes - Andy Pang SE5 and
Natalie Duck SE15. Turn to page 27 for this month‟s

The Southwark Life team
Editor - Elizabeth Thompson
Writers – Martin McNamara, Laura Francis
Design – 300million
Print – Spacematters
Distribution – London Letterbox

Contact us on 020 7525 7341

Southwark schools for the future

With a £200m building programme set to transform
learning in the borough, we gaze into the Southwark Life
crystal ball for a taste of what schools might look like in

If asked to give your ideal vision of what schools could
look like in five, ten or 20 years time, what would you say?

You might want state-of-the art computers, adaptable
enough to meet the needs of techno-hungry young minds;
science blocks fit for a new generation of boffins or
industry-standard catering suites to train the next Jamie

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You might think about school architecture – bright and airy
spaces with contemporary colours and real trees and
lobbies flooded with natural light. Or open spaces aimed
at designing out bullying.

Welcome to Southwark Schools for the Future: a major
overhaul of schools across the borough.

It‟s estimated that the next ten years will see 20,000 new
homes being built in the borough, meaning more families
and more children needing a school.

Schools in Southwark have made excellent progress in
recent years with results improving faster than the national
average at key stage 3 and GCSE. But there is still room
for improvement and some parents are concerned about a
lack of choice, especially at secondary level.

The ambition at the heart of Southwark Schools for the
Future is to make ours the highest performing inner
London borough for education and a place that families
seek out when deciding where in London they want to live.

Crucial to the current plans are issues with the buildings
themselves. Many are showing their age with poor
design, inadequate access and limited outdoor space and

Improving the fabric of the buildings is a critical part of
raising academic standards. Well-designed schools with
modern facilities can create an atmosphere where
learning is a pleasure and inspirational teaching staff are
keen to join the workforce.

On July 18 the council‟s executive agreed to move ahead
with the project. As Cllr Caroline Pidgeon, executive
member for children's services and education, explained:

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“By 2010 we expect to have improved many of our
secondary schools. We have already agreed to rebuild
three primary schools and our new plans mean we‟ll invest
in up to half the rest, with support from the government.
We also plan to set up a children‟s centre for the under
fives in every neighbourhood.”

By 2014 all secondary schools will have been rebuilt or
refurbished, as will more primaries, and there will be one
new secondary school created from scratch.

With such radical changes afoot, the council will launch a
programme of consultation this autumn in those areas
which will benefit from the plans. You don‟t need to be a
parent to take part as many of the new schools will
become a focus for their community, opening up their
facilities to residents for a range of uses.

Get in touch
Find out more about the plans and consultation at or by calling 020 7525
5224. Have your say about schools in Southwark by
emailing or filling in a
feedback form at
You can also discuss the issue online at

In Southwark there are…
62,000 young people under 19
113      education settings
36,990 pupils
2072     qualified teachers
107      languages spoken in schools

We asked four Southwark students what they like, or
would like to see about their school.

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Louise, 13
Right now there are lots of stairs in my school, so if you
were disabled or something you wouldn‟t be able to come.
But if they changed the school building and made it more
accessible, the school would be open to wider varieties of
people. And it would be good to have a better playground
area too.

Peter, 16
There is a lot to do at my school - lots of activities going
on. We‟ve got loads of computers. I‟ve just finished my
GCSEs. I would have liked to have more teachers staying
around for longer.

Billy, 14
I like school because it has lots of good resources and a
good art and music department but I would like to have
new instruments.

Bukola, 12
My school has given me lots of opportunities to learn
different things. Everything is new – new building, new
computers. I like art and the art facilities are really good.
Being in the new building has really helped, because it‟s
made it easier to learn.


Why not Wi-Fi?
Wireless internet access is now available free of charge at
Camberwell, Dulwich, John Harvard, Newington and
Peckham Libraries. Register online once, then use any

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available „hotspot‟ in the libraries. For more info email or call 020 7525

Get involved
Do you have a brilliant idea that could make your area
cleaner, greener or safer? Then we need to hear from
you. For the fourth year running, community councils are
funding projects that will make a marked improvement in
each area. Past projects include tree planting and wildlife
areas, youth facilities, public art, street lighting and
security measures. But hurry - you have until September 8
to submit your ideas. To apply email or call 020 7863 3140.

Rewarding youth
Do you know a young person who is helping in the fight
against crime? Then nominate them for a Russell Denton
Award. The awards highlight the work of 14 to 16 year
olds, living or going to school in Southwark, who have
made positive changes to their lives or helped others.
Winners get a unique prize, designed to help them pursue
a dream or career. The awards are a tribute to Russell
Denton, a former inspector with the Southwark police who
died in 2005. For info email or call 020 7232 6004.

Flag success
Southwark Park is officially one of Britain‟s best green
spaces having been awarded a Green Flag mark of
excellence. Park staff picked up the award at a ceremony
in Birmingham on August 3.

It‟s your vote - don‟t lose it
Voter registration forms are currently being delivered to
every household. It‟s a legal requirement that all residents
complete and sign their form every year – forget and you

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could receive a £1,000 fine! Plus, if your name is not on
the electoral register you will not be able to vote and your
credit rating may be affected. So fill in your form and
return it now. For info call 020 7525 7373 or email

Blooming borough
The best front garden award in this year‟s Southwark in
Bloom competition was won by Rachel Brown from Grove
Lane, SE5. For the second year running, Choumert
Square took the prize in the residential gardens section.
Purbrook Gardens, Tower Bridge Road won best
community garden and the new biodiversity award went to
Centre for Wildlife Garden in SE15.

Pulse update
Repair work on Peckham Pulse is making progress and
the pools are scheduled to reopen in early 2007.
Problems began when underground pipes between the
pools and the plant room cracked. Specialists are
currently working on repairs and building tunnels so the
pipes can be easily maintained in future. For more contact
Joe Rham on 020 7525 4999.

Life begins at …

According to Charlie Cherrill from Southwark Pensioners‟
Forum: “It‟s the responsibility of pensioners, if they want a
better future, to take the lead and not leave it to others to
decide what is best for them!”

If you‟re one of Southwark‟s 50,000 older residents, what
are the things that concern you most about your future?
Do you want to be able to work for longer without facing
discrimination? Or are you more concerned with having

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the financial security to retire when you‟re ready? Do you
feel you‟ll have the support to live independently as you
get older or do you worry about staying healthy? Does
growing older make you feel vulnerable to crime or is your
lifetime of experience making you more and more of an
asset to your community?

These are some of the questions addressed in
Independence and wellbeing for life, a five-year plan for
older people, launched at The Event – Southwark Park in
July. The plan has been compiled after extensive
consultation with residents and groups, including
Southwark Pensioners Forum. As Charlie Cherrill
explained: “Pensioners were not slow in putting forward
their demands, many of which are justified!”

To find out what you have to say about getting older, and
to offer a few solutions, we went out and about at the
launch of the plan in Southwark Park and to a day centre
at Blackfriars Settlement.

Thelma, Dulwich
There need to be more leisure facilities. Peckham Pulse
swimming pool was recently closed and this means that
Dulwich pool is becoming overcrowded and dirty.

Pauline and Colin, Peckham
We would like to see more leisure facilities in the Peckham
area too, especially places to play bowls. It would be great
to see more facilities and activities closer to Nunhead and

Peckham Pulse is due to reopen early next year - see the
news item on page eight for more. Call 020 7525 2000 for
more details about bowls and other activities in our parks.
There are plenty of courses and classes for all ages in the

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new Southwark adult education programme - call 020
7358 2101 for more details.

Sheila, Southwark
I need to know how I can obtain assistance with
alterations and modifications to my house so that it is
easier to live in and I can stay there longer. Because of
health issues I sometimes find it difficult to do simple
things. For example I now find it increasingly difficult to
reach my cupboards and would like to know what the
council can do in assisting me to reposition these?

Southwark Council offers a low-cost handyperson service
aimed at residents who are over 60 or disabled. We can
help maintain safe and independent living by carrying out
small repairs to homes – typically, putting up shelves to
unblocking sinks and other minor plumbing jobs. If you
receive means tested benefits you only pay for materials,
otherwise there is a £10 per hour labour charge. For more
ring 020 7525 6261.

Sadie, Camberwell
I‟ve always been proud of my ability to manage money
and make ends meet but now, with bills going up all the
time, I worry about getting by on my small pension.

Advisers from a joint team from the council and Pension
Service can visit you in your home and carry out a full
benefit check. To date they have helped Southwark
residents to £3.2m in additional income. For more call
020 7089 6019 or email

For a copy of Independence and wellbeing for life, or to
find out more, call 020 7525 7336 or visit

Southwark Pensioners‟ Forum meets every other month at
the Town Hall, Peckham Road. All pensioners are

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welcome to discuss issues and hear speakers on subjects
ranging form health to pensions and adult education. The
next meeting takes place on September 14 between
10.15am and 12noon. To find out more call Julie Timbrell
on 020 7525 0514.

If you‟ve got something to say about growing older in
Southwark write to us at Southwark Life, Town Hall,
Peckham Road, London SE5 8UB, email or fill in a feedback form

Up your street

With its pleasure gardens and zoo, Walworth was the
playground of fashionable Georgian society. Today the
area is the focus of some of London‟s biggest
regeneration projects with the £1.5bn transformation of the
Elephant and Castle, major works to the Walworth Road
and plans to redevelop the Aylesbury Estate.

Walworth Road
A major improvement programme will put pedestrians at
the heart of this bustling shopping strip, with wider
pavements, new seating and a landmark beacon to light
up the street. With road improvements beginning this
autumn there will be some traffic disruption and
diversions. Visit for
more info.

Elizabeth Estate at play
Children on the estate have a brand new play area thanks
to the efforts of residents and funding from community
councils‟ cleaner, greener, safer programme. The
playground features five new pieces of equipment

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including a climber and swings plus there‟s a safety
surface to prevent bumps and bruises.

Green power at the elephant
Plans are being made to establish an energy company to
generate heat and power for residents and workers at the
Elephant and Castle. Although the £1.5bn redevelopment
will almost triple the number of homes and businesses in
the area, the scheme will keep carbon emissions at
current levels, setting new standards in green

Aylesbury plans
The Aylesbury, one of the largest estates in Europe, is
being redeveloped to create a vibrant new community with
2,200 homes for rent and 2,700 for sale or shared
ownership. There will also be improvements to health,
childcare and youth facilities. A company that will create a
master plan for the estate will be selected by the end of
the year and the housing associations that will build the
first new homes will be selected by mid next year.

Burgess bike track
Burgess Park‟s revamped cycle track opened in July with
a concrete start ramp and challenging new circuit. Nadia
Hassan, 15, attended the relaunch. She said: “I like the
track because of the hills. I want to go there every day
and learn how to do stunts and tricks.” To find out more
about opening times and track events email or call 020 7525 1101.

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The long view

The first mentions of Walworth are in the Domesday Book
of 1086, however, its history dates back even further than

The name Walworth is a corruption of the Anglo-Saxon
Wealawryd or Waleorde, meaning „the farm of the Britons‟.
A number of flints discovered between Bowles Road and
the Old Kent Road led archaeologists to believe the area
may have been a Stone Age tool-making site.

During the Georgian and early Victorian periods Walworth
grew rapidly. New bridges and improved roads meant
professional gentlemen could commute to the City and
Westminster and the area south of the Elephant and
Castle was transformed into a high-class suburb.

Walworth was the site of popular pleasure grounds
including the Royal Surrey Zoological Gardens on
Lorrimore Common. True to its Anglo Saxon origins,
Walworth‟s market gardens also continued to supply
London with fresh produce.

The Elephant and Castle, part of which falls within
Walworth is the focus of a massive regeneration project.
Over the next ten years this famous and historic area will
be completely redeveloped. The 1960s Heygate Estate
and shopping centre will be demolished and replaced by a
new town centre, creating a civic heart for Southwark and
a top destination for London. The £1.5bn, 170 acre
development includes 75,000m2 of retail space; 5,300
new and replacement homes; five new open spaces;
improved transport connections; a new market square;
landmark buildings and a new city academy.

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Your Walworth

I like shopping in Walworth, particularly at East Street
market. It‟s great for fresh produce.

Larissa 24 and Armelle
For going out we often go down to Monaghan‟s on
Walworth Road.

Burgess Park is a great place for walking and generally

I like to go to Pizzeria Castello.

“We‟re not Dixon of Dock Green”

Chief Superintendent Malcolm Tillyer, Southwark‟s new
police borough commander, isn‟t afraid to talk tough on
crime or to reveal his top tips for a snack and a great day

You promise „more robust‟ policing for Southwark -
what should we expect?
The public want and expect a police service that acts with
professionalism and strength and is not afraid to engage
head on where necessary. The safer neighbourhood
teams are friendly faces on our streets, but they are not
Dixon of Dock Green and will use their powers to get
tough on crime.

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What areas will you be focusing on?
Unless young people are safe from the moment they leave
their front doors, we are not serving them well enough.
This means new school and community initiatives to
prevent them being sucked into crime. I will be focusing on
reducing violent crime and tackling the antisocial
behaviour that the average resident is more likely to
encounter on a daily basis.

How safe should we feel in Southwark?
I want to be judged not only on crime reduction, but also
on tackling the fear of crime. It is crucial we establish a
dialogue where people tell us what the key issues for them
are, and that we ensure the residents we consult are truly
representative of the borough‟s communities.

If Southwark Life readers could do one thing to make
the borough safer what would it be?
Keep your eyes and ears open and tell us when you have
suspicions. Community intelligence is vital to our work and
to tackling the terrorist threat. Whilst I take personal
responsibility for Southwark‟s safety as borough
commander, I know that only by working together can we
continue to make progress. Report your suspicions by
calling 999 or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800
555 111.

Malcolm Tillyer‟s Southwark

Vibrations, Burgess Park
I‟m struck by the vibrancy and the smiles on everyone‟s
faces. It sums up all the reasons why we need to keep
working to make Southwark safer.

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Cobelli‟s 299 Borough High Street, SE1
Having a busy day at the office? Take five minutes to pop
down to Cobelli‟s, grab a moment for yourself and pick up
a tuna and sweetcorn bap - works for me every time!

London Bridge Station
I‟m a bit of a people-watcher so waiting for my train is a
great chance to indulge. I‟m mainly in meetings now so it
reminds me of my days out on the beat as well.

Events Calendar September 2006

Peckham Rye Fete
Peckham Rye Common, 12noon to 5pm, September 2.
Traditional village fete with fancy dress, dog show and
stalls, plus open air barbecue, beer tent, tea and home
made cakes. For info visit

Everything but the Groom
Free, one stop wedding show at Dulwich College SE21,
September 3. For info call 020 8623 1912 or email

Back to school
Don't miss the start of term at Southwark adult education -
enrolment begins on September 4 at the Thomas Calton
Centre, SE15. New this term are Saturday morning
classes in yoga and life drawing. Pick up a course guide
from council buildings. For more info call 020 7358 2101
or visit

Community council meetings
Borough & Bankside and Rotherhithe. September 6 at
7pm. Call 020 7525 7514 or visit

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Shellfish behaviour
Celebrate the native oyster season at the annual Oyster
and Seafood Fair in Hay's Galleria, SE1 on September 8
to 10. Visit or call 020 7940 7770.

Hands on art
Touch the art in most galleries and they‟ll kick you out. But
this multi-sensory exhibition, Blind Art: Sense &
Sensibility, at Bankside Gallery positively encourages
visitors to get „hands on‟ on September 14 to October 8.
Visit or call 020 7928 7521.

Hood in the Wood
A reworking of the classic tale of the world‟s first hoodie,
Little Red Riding Hood, with songs, laughs and scares
from September 14 to October 8. For children aged seven
to 11 at the Unicorn Theatre. Ring 0870 053 4534 or visit Win free tickets to the show –
see offers page at the back for details.

Lighting up Camberwell
Internationally acclaimed American artist Chris Burden
presents an extraordinary new work. Features 1920s cast
iron lampposts from Los Angeles, meticulously restored
and erected in the South London Gallery‟s beautiful
exhibition space on September 15 to November 5.

Bridge over troubled waters
Walk London's famous bridges and raise money for The
Children's Society. Their annual sponsored walk takes
place on September 16 at 10am from Tate Modern.
Call 0845 600 8585 or
visit to register online.

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Take me to the river
Don‟t miss the Mayor‟s Thames Festival, a spectacular,
free celebration of London with pyrotechnics, illuminations,
river events, street theatre, choirs and a circus September
16 and 17. Visit or call 020 7928

Our house
Nose around some of the finest contemporary and
historical buildings in Southwark during Open House
London on September 16 and 17. Visit

Band on the run
The Croydon Symphonic Band performs the last of this
year‟s free open-air concerts at Southwark Park
Bandstand on September 17 at 2pm. Visit or call 020 7525 2000.

Community council meetings
Camberwell and Nunhead & Peckham Rye. September 19
at 7pm. Call 020 7525 7514 or visit for venue

Inspired art
Adam Elsheimer was one of the most original and
important painters in the history of art, influencing Rubens
and Rembrandt. Don‟t miss this rare chance to view his
work (September 20 to December 3). Dulwich Picture
Gallery,, tel: 020 8693

Flying tonight
Abseil down the tower at Guys Hospital. You will be given
full training for the 450 foot sponsored abseil. September

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23. Contact Louise Wright on 01634 221666 or

Community council meetings
Dulwich and Peckham. September 25 at 7pm. Call 020
7525 7514 or visit for venue

In the navy
Play navy games, the traditional on-board games played
by sailors, at HMS Belfast. (September 30 to October 1).
Visit or call 020 7940 6300.

Walk this way

Walking is healthy, free and gives you a whole new
perspective on the world. To help you explore the
borough on foot we‟ve launched Walk Southwark, a
campaign which takes you from Bankside‟s seedy past to
the pastoral spaces of our urban parks.

Walking is a great way to get around. With no need to
wait for transport or find a parking spot, going by foot can
often get you to your destination quicker than the car or
bus. Plus, it‟s one of the greenest forms of travel with no
adverse impact on the environment.

Doctors recommend we all have 30 minutes of moderate
physical activity five times a week. Take a regular brisk
walk and you could be getting your exercise requirement
without really trying. Walking can also improve your heart
rate and circulation, lower blood pressure, strengthen
muscles and bones and help with weight loss.

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And it‟s amazing how much more you see – whether the
fine architecture of our historic borough or the urban
wildlife thriving in our parks. As part of the Walk
Southwark campaign we‟ve developed a pack of guided
heritage and wildlife walks. There‟s a black history walk, a
tour of old Camberwell and strolls around the parks, as
well as lots more info about why walking is so good for

Saskia van Roomen from the Elephant and Castle took
four-month-old daughter Eve on our Outlaw Borough walk.
Her friend Trisha Boland and baby Tessa joined them.

“I‟m originally from Holland so didn‟t know much about
Southwark‟s past - how it was outside the city limits and a
den of vice and bear pits with the bishops‟ palace right in
the centre,” says Saskia. “There are so many fascinating
places tucked away. It made me want to read up on the
history of London.”

   Saskia and Trisha grab a coffee by the river then
    they‟re ready to hit the streets.

   Southwark Cathedral ”I have walked around this
    area quite a bit but hadn‟t been in the cathedral – the
    interior is really lovely.”

   Cross Bones graveyard - this final resting place for
    Bankside‟s medieval prostitutes has become a shrine
    to the nameless poor. “It was quite moving to see
    the tributes and poems people have been leaving – it
    reminded me of shrines I‟ve seen in Nepal and India.”

   Redcross cottages originally homes for the poor set
    up by social reformer Octavia Hill. The adjacent
    Redcross garden has been restored with a fountain
    and pond “It‟s such a lovely spot for sitting outside.”

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   Fa projects – originally the bear pit beside
    Shakespeare‟s Globe, now “a great gallery with a
    really nice garden.”

   Then lunch by the river at the Real Greek. “The walk
    was fun and a great way of catching up with a friend.”

“I‟m definitely keen to do other walks in the pack – I think
people take the tube and never see the places around
them. People complain about London but don‟t make the
most of it and explore their local areas!”

Find out more
To find out more about the campaign or get hold of a Walk
Southwark pack call 020 7525 2000. Please mention
Southwark Life, or visit If you
try any of the walks, or have one of your own to suggest,
write to us at Southwark Life, Town Hall, Peckham Road,
London SE5 8UB with your views, email or fill in a feedback form
at You can also
discuss your favourite walks online at

Free pedometers
It is reckoned that 6,000 steps a day keeps you fit and
after 10,000, you start losing weight. A pedometer allows
you to monitor exactly how many steps you take in a day
and lets you work out the distance travelled and how
many calories you burn. We have 100 free pedometers to
give away complete the coupon on page 27 of the current
issue and hand it in at the reception desk, Southwark
Town Hall.

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Good morning Vietnam

Vietnamese people first settled in Southwark in the mid-
1970s when many risked their lives in tiny open boats to
escape conflict at home. We find out more about a quiet
community that has made its mark on the borough.

An estimated 28,000 refugees from Vietnam came to the
UK between 1975 and the early 1990s. Many left the
country after the fall of Saigon in 1975, which marked the
end of the conflict with the US and the move towards
reunification. More became refugees as a result of the war
between Vietnam and China in the late 1970s.

Some of the earliest refugees settled in south east
London. In the 1980s many found work in the clothing
industry and started up their own companies. Others set
up traditional fish and chips shops. Today many
Vietnamese restaurants are opening in London as the
cuisine becomes increasingly popular.

The major religion is Buddhism, although there are an
estimated ten million Roman Catholics in Vietnam. A big
annual festival marks the lunar new year in February.
There is also a festival for children held at end of

The traditional dress is called Áo Dài and is worn at
weddings, lunar new year celebration or festivals. It is
also worn by reception staff in government offices and
companies as well as in schools. Áo Dài is worn by both
genders but today mainly by females.

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Vietnamese names often follow the form: last name –
middle name – first name (Nguyễn Văn Anh). Children
take the last name of their father.

Quang Duc Nguyen
Quang fled Vietnam in 1978, on a small, overcrowded
vessel. “We didn‟t know where England was, but were
happy to start life again in freedom.” He remembers
travelling to Soho to buy the staples of the Vietnamese
diet. “Now there are cafes, restaurants and Vietnamese
shops. It has become a real community in Southwark.” He
worked as a cleaner and in a bakery and helped the
British Refugee Council. He now helps run the Southwark
Vietnamese-Chinese Refugee Community. “Southwark is
my second homeland.”

Learn some Vietnamese
Vietnamese is a tonal language so the meaning of words
changes depending on the tone you use. Here are a few
basic words and phrases and how to pronounce them:

                English      Translation     Pronunciation
              My name is
                            Tôi tên là Jane Toy ten lal Jane

              Nice to see   Rât hàn hanh Rat han hank
              you           duoc gàp Cô. deuek gap co
              You look      Hôm nay trông
                                          Home-nay jong
              very nice     cô tuoi quà
                                          co tuoi kwa

              How are you Anh cô khôe      Anh c‟o kwoe
              doing?      không?           kwong ?

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Try this at home: spring rolls

You will need:
2oz cellophane noodles
1lb ground lean pork or chicken
One large onion
2 tbsp tree ear dried mushrooms (Nam Meo)
3 cloves of garlic (finely chopped)
8oz crab meat
4oz prawns (shelled and finely chopped)
Half a tsp pepper
20 sheets dried rice paper (Banh Trang)
4 eggs (beaten)
Vegetable oil for frying

  1    Soak the noodles in warm water for 20 minutes
       and cut into 2 cm lengths.
  2    Soak the mushrooms in water for 30 minutes,
       drain and chop finely.
  3    Mix together all the filling ingredients in a bowl and
       set aside.
  4    Before rolling, quickly soak each sheet of dried rice
       paper in a bowl of warm water then lie on a flat,
       clean surface.
  5    Place 2 tbsp of the filling in the middle of the sheet.
       Fold two curved sides over and start rolling.
  6    Place oil into a large frying pan. Put the spring rolls
       into the cold oil and turn the heat to moderate. Fry
       for 20 to 30 minutes until a lovely brown.

Need help?
The Southwark Vietnamese-Chinese Refugee Community
provides information and advice on housing, welfare
rights, benefits, immigration and nationality. They can be
contacted on 020 7635 0022 and are based at the
Thomas Carlton Centre, Alpha Street, London, SE15.

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How to…find an affordable home

London is often quoted as one of the world‟s most
expensive cities, particularly when it comes to housing.
While Southwark is no exception, it is possible to find your
dream home at a price you can afford, even if you‟re
looking to buy. Read on for our quick guide to house
hunting on a budget.

Renting privately
The advantage of renting privately is that you get a lot
more choice, but it can be expensive; the average rent for
a one-bedroom property in Southwark is £662 a month.
Loot, local newspapers, and internet sites like are good places to start your search.
The council has a list of letting agents who may accept
housing benefit - call 020 7525 5950.

Most landlords want four weeks deposit, which can be
hard to find if you are on a low income. Through the
finders fee scheme we may be able to help by paying
your deposit direct to your new landlord. To see if you
qualify and to find out more ring 020 7525 5950.

Rented a flat using the finders fee scheme:
“I was living in Southwark for about three years. I spent
two years in a hostel and then I was sleeping rough for six
months before I heard about the finders fee scheme. For
me it was a lifeline.”

Council homes
To apply for council housing, you need to be on the
housing list. Then you will be able to use the Southwark
Homesearch service, which allows you to bid for empty

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properties advertised in a magazine and online. How
much success you have will depend on your level of
priority and which properties you apply for. Please
remember that there are far more people who want a
council property than there are places available and many
people who bid for properties will be offered nothing. For
more information call 020 7525 4140.

Sarah got her new flat using the Homesearch online
facility. “I was a bit nervous about it and couldn‟t see how
it would work for me but it is actually brilliant. I think a lot of
people are a bit afraid of it but the more you use it the
more you figure out how Homesearch works.”

Home ownership
If you can‟t afford to buy your own place, but you earn
enough for a mortgage on at least 25% of the value of the
property, then you may be eligible for a shared ownership
scheme. Ring Tower Homes on 0800 056 3601 or visit for a list of south London shared
ownership schemes. You can also look out for ads from
housing associations in the press, or ring the number for
information on schemes designed for key workers like
staff, teachers and the police. Another useful website is - a one stop shop for
affordable housing across London.

A nurse who bought her home through a shared
ownership scheme.
“I was renting and it was costing me a lot of money. I
wanted to get on the housing ladder but being single and
living in London it was impossible. A friend told me about
shared ownership and I now own 45% of my flat. It‟s really
nice, in a good area and ten minutes from work.”

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For more about affordable homes, get a copy of the leaflet
Looking for a Home by calling 020 7525 5208 (please
mention the Southwark Life article), or visit

If you‟ve got something to say about housing in Southwark
write to us at Southwark Life, Town Hall, Peckham Road,
London SE5 8UB, email
or fill in a feedback form at

Winning ways with waste

Recycle your rubbish and from September you could win a
cash prize. £1,000 a month will be given away in a draw
aimed at getting all of us to be more responsible with our
household waste.

Each month residents who have used their doorstep
recycling collections will be entered in a prize draw.
Those using local recycling centres also have a chance to
win prizes. The incentives are part of a drive to increase
recycling which will also mean improved collection

From November a scheme among 8,000 homes will offer
extra recycling support to everyone in a pilot area. But
residents of the pilot who persistently ignore their doorstep
collections will receive visits and letters, followed
ultimately by a £75 fine.

The approach isn‟t about being heavy handed, but the
environmental and financial impact of the waste we
produce means that recycling is no longer optional.

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As Cllr Lisa Rajan, executive member for environment and
transport explained: “The majority of residents understand
the importance of recycling and regularly separate out
their waste. But for those who don't, we're providing
financial incentives and friendly advice to get them started.
Fines will only be used as an absolute last resort in cases
where residents stubbornly refuse to recycle.”

Full details of the scheme will be given to the households
affected over the next three months.

How you do it
Self-confessed recycling addict Liz Somerville from East
Dulwich tells us how her family cut their household waste
dramatically. Annie Baker from the council‟s recycling
team gives Liz a few tips on how to be greener still.

Says Liz: “Since Southwark provided the bins we‟ve
recycled absolutely everything – all cardboard, paper,
cans, bottles, foil... It‟s extraordinary how little rubbish we
throw out now - just three carrier bags a week.”

Annie explains that we can give you as many extra boxes
or bags as you need for your recycling – just call 020 7525
2000. She also suggests cutting down waste in the first
place by opting for products with less packaging.

Liz is already committed to cutting out plastic bags: “I‟d put
them all in room 101! Shops are annoying when they put
things in bags before you can stop them.”

Annie gives Liz a smart shopping guide along with some
pencils made from recycled CD cases and a reusable
hessian bag, which is an instant hit with Frankie the cat.

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The family have a compost bin in their garden which
produces food for their hanging baskets and pots. You
can get your own home compost kit for £10 or a wormery
for £5 by calling Crisp on 020 7252 7709
or emailing

Finally, for extra green points, Annie suggests they visit
swapXchange - a website where you can swap items or
just give them away. Liz liked the idea: “We do have
things we want rid of, like my son‟s old roller skates, but
we want them to go to a good home.” Go to

Recycled facts
 16,000 tonnes of household waste were recycled or
composted in 2005.
 You are currently recycling 17% of household waste.
 Doorstep collections reach 50,000 street properties and
will cover 30,000 homes on estates by October.
 We collect garden waste every fortnight. To join ring
020 7525 2000.

For more info about recycling in Southwark visit, call 020 7525 2000 or
email Please mention
Southwark Life.

If you have something to say about recycling write to us at
Southwark Life, Town Hall, Peckham Road, London SE5
8UB with your views, email or fill in a feedback form
at You can also
discuss recycling online at

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Win Unicorn Theatre tickets
We‟ve teamed up with the Unicorn Theatre to give you the
chance to see one of their autumn shows for free.

We have three family tickets to give away to Hood in the
Wood, a radical reworking of Little Red Riding Hood
(check out the events section).

We also have three family tickets for the Fairy Monster
Ghost – a set of plays inspired by Shakespeare.

The shows run from mid-September to October 8. For
more visit or call the box office
on 0870 053 4534.

For a chance to win return the coupon on page 27 of the
magazine or go to

Open to Southwark residents, not including council
employees and councillors, and limited to one entry per
person. Closing date is September 11, 2006. A family
ticket is for four people including at least one child.
Winners can select their preferred dates, subject to

Return the coupon to: Unicorn Competition, Southwark
Life, Town Hall, Peckham Road, London, SE5 8UB.

Win smart shopping kits
If the recycling article has inspired you to become a green
shopper, we have just the thing to help you. We‟re giving

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away ten smart shopping kits with hessian bag, smart
shopping guide and a range of other goodies.

For a chance to win return the coupon on page 27 of the
magazine or go to

Open to Southwark residents, not including council
employees and councillors, and limited to one entry per
person. Closing date is September 11, 2006.

Return the coupon to: Smart Shopping Competition,
Southwark Life, Town Hall, Peckham Road, London, SE5

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Getting in touch

You can contact us:

By Post
Southwark Council
Town Hall
Peckham Road
London SE5 8UB

By Phone
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
Environment and leisure:             020 7525 2000

(waste collection, recycling,
parks, environmental health,
noise problems)                      020 7525 2000
Libraries and museums                020 7525 2000
Street leaders scheme                0800 052 3696
Antisocial behaviour helpline        020 7525 5777
Education                            0845 600 1284
Children‟s 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

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By Email
You can contact us by email us at

Visit our website to find out about
services, pay bills and check out the latest news and

Face to face
To make an enquiry about any council service in person
visit one of our three one stop shops

Walworth One Stop Shop: 151 Walworth Road, London
Peckham One Stop Shop: Ground Floor, Peckham
Library, 122 Peckham Hill Street, London SE15
Bermondsey One Stop Shop: 17 Spa Road,
Bermondsey London SE16


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