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[ SE1 Direct ]    Issue 267       http://www.SE1direct.co.uk

Monday 19 December 2005 					  ISSN 1750-0656

* * * Merry Christmas from everyone at Bankside Press * * *

The next edition of SE1 Direct will be sent on Wednesday 28
December with details of New Year events.

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>> IN THIS BULLETIN
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* What's on this week
* Advert: It's time to fill in your Tax Return!
* Local news from the London SE1 website
* Reader offer: 20 per cent discount at Strada More London
* Local business news from the London SE1 website
* Features from the London SE1 website
* Arts reviews from the London SE1 website
* Hot topics from the London SE1 Forum

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[ What's on this week ]

Each week we select a few highlights from the community
and cultural events taking place over the next seven
days. For a more comprehensive what's on guide check
out 'in SE1' - our monthly printed publication - see
http://www.inSE1.co.uk for details. 

A WINTER WARMER AT THE SCOOP
Tuesday 20 December
5pm-6pm at The Scoop, More London Riverside (next to City
Hall); free
Map: http://quicklink.se1direct.co.uk/?id=747
A free winter concert. Choirs and bands from St Saviour's
and St Olave's School in New Kent Road will perform a
variety of seasonal and world music and lead the singing of
traditional Christmas songs. A samba band will open the
evening with a lively performance, followed by a number of
favourite carols such as Good King Wenceslas, Hark the
Herald and O Little Town of Bethlehem. The school's Chamber
Choir will also perform pieces by Britten and Mozart.
http://www.morelondon.com/thescoop
http://www.ssso.southwark.sch.uk


CAROL SINGING AROUND BERMONDSEY
Tuesday 20 December
Meet 6pm at St Mary Magdalen Church, Bermondsey Street
Map: http://quicklink.se1direct.co.uk/?id=1056
Carol singing around Bermondsey including Tower Bridge Care
Centre. Refreshments provided.
http://www.stmarysbermondsey.org.uk


CHRISTMAS CONCERT BY CHANTAGE
Tuesday 20 December
6.30pm at Hay's Galleria, Tooley Street; free
Map: http://quicklink.se1direct.co.uk/?id=819
Members of the National Youth Choir of Great Britain and
their friends return to perform traditional Christmas
carols.
http://www.haysgalleria.co.uk


BOROUGH MARKET: RETAIL FOOD MARKET CHRISTMAS OPENING TIMES 
Wednesday 21 to Saturday 24 December
Wed-Fri 9am-6pm; Sat (Christmas Eve) 9am-3pm
http://www.boroughmarket.org.uk


THE WORLD IN SE1: SIMON HUGHES TURNS ON CHRISTMAS LIGHTS
Wednesday 21 December
4pm at Blackfriars Settlement, 1-5 Rushworth Street; free
Map: http://quicklink.se1direct.co.uk/?id=1016
Come and write your wish for 2006 on the fabulous wish tree.
Simon Hughes MP will turn on the Christmas lights at 4pm.
Join in with carol singing from the Blackfriars Singers. A
cultural showcase from our global village. Free mulled wine
and mince pies for all who attend. Music and food fromĘ
Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean. With the Kryptic
Clews, ACT choir, Simba Poets, Bengali dancers, Chinese
Shaolin, GlawnĘDrummers.
http://www.blackfriars-settlement.org.uk


LUNCHTIME CAROL SERVICE AT CHRIST CHURCH SOUTHWARK
Thursday 22 December
1pm-1.45pm at Christ Church, 27 Blackfriars Road
Map: http://quicklink.se1direct.co.uk/?id=940
With the Portcullis Singers. Followed by mince pies.
http://www.christchurchsouthwark.org.uk


CHOIR OF WESTMINSTER ABBEY AT ST THOMAS' HOSPITAL
Friday 23 December 
11am-12.30pm in public areas of St. Thomas' and Evelina
Hospitals
Map: http://quicklink.se1direct.co.uk/?id=914
http://www.gsttcharity.org.uk


CHRISTMAS CHURCH SERVICES
The London SE1 website has links to local church websites of
all denominations: http://www.London-SE1.co.uk/worship/


HELP! IT'S CHRISTMAS: LOCALS STAGE SOUTH BANK NATIVITY PLAY 
Christmas Day: Sunday 25 December
9.55am on ITV1
Revd Steve Chalke wants to show the spirit of Christmas
still lives by inspiring a sceptical Waterloo housing estate
to put on the world's best-ever Nativity Play. With no
money, no location and, crucially, no donkey, Steve needs to
employ all his powers of persuasion to get carpenters,
electricians and celebrities to help stage the show of a
lifetime on the South Bank. Can he make the spirit of
Christmas live again?
http://www.itv.com
http://www.london-se1.co.uk/news/view/1902
http://www.church.co.uk


THE 25/12 RIDE - SOUTHWARK CYCLISTS
Christmas Day: Sunday 25 December
Meet 10am Cutty Sark Gardens, Greenwich, or 11am Southwark
Needle (south end of London Bridge); free
Map: http://quicklink.se1direct.co.uk/?id=1017
A slow and sociable London explore paced for all. No
booking. Just turn up. Stay all day or drop out whenever.
West to Putney for refreshment on the riverside then back
via the parks to Edgware Road and a lateish lunch for all
diets. Optional pub after. Barry. 07905 889005.
http://www.southwarkcyclists.org.uk

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[ Local news from the London SE1 website ]

Remember you don't have to wait till SE1 Direct drops
into your mailbox to get a local news fix. The London
SE1 website offers the latest news throughout the week.

RENZO PIANO DESIGNS 'BABY SHARD' FOR LONDON BRIDGE
Developers of the so-called Shard of Glass at London Bridge
are planning an office and shopping development alongside
the tower, also designed by Renzo Piano and to be called
'Baby Shard'.
http://www.london-se1.co.uk/news/view/1916


FROST FAIR BECOMES FLOOD FAIR AS THAMES BURSTS ITS BANKS
Traders setting up stalls for Bankside's Frost Fair got more
than they bargained for when the Thames burst its banks and
flooded the riverside walkway outside Tate Modern, taking
out the fair's power supply.
http://www.london-se1.co.uk/news/view/1912


5-YEAR LICENCE FOR RESONANCE FM
Resonance 101.4 fm, the arts radio station for the South
Bank and Bankside, has been awarded a new five-year
community radio licence by Southwark Bridge-based media
regulator Ofcom.
http://www.london-se1.co.uk/news/view/1911


POLICE: "DEEPLY DISAPPOINTED" WITH MORLEY MANSLAUGHTER
VERDICT
Assistant Commissioner Tarique Ghaffur says that he is
"deeply disappointed" that the jury in the David Morley
murder trial returned a verdict of guilty to manslaughter
and not murder.
http://www.london-se1.co.uk/news/view/1910


BEETHAM TOWER: COUNCIL CLARIFIES TALL BUILDINGS STANCE
Southwark Council has moved to quash reports in the trade
press that its recent u-turn on tall buildings in
Blackfriars Road would impact the proposed 68-storey tower
by Blackfriars Bridge.
http://www.london-se1.co.uk/news/view/1907


LIVINGSTONE CALLS FOR CRE INVESTIGATION INTO ELEPHANT
REGENERATION
The Mayor of London is urging the Commission for Racial
Equality to formally investigate Southwark Council over the
Elephant and Castle regeneration scheme.
http://www.london-se1.co.uk/news/view/1906


DAVID MORLEY MURDER: FOUR GUILTY OF MANSLAUGHTER
A teenage girl and three youths from Kennington have been
convicted of the manslaughter of barman David Morley on the
South Bank - and other attacks in the Waterloo area - last
October.
http://www.london-se1.co.uk/news/view/1905


BOOKIES SLASH ODDS ON THAMES FREEZING OVER
William Hill have cut the odds on the Thames freezing over
this winter between Westminster and Tower bridges from 100/1
to 50/1.
http://www.london-se1.co.uk/news/view/1904

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[ Local business news from the London SE1 website ]

Our business section offers news for and about local
companies big and small.

BUSINESSES BRING LESS FORTUNATE A BETTER CHRISTMAS
Bankside businesses, along with local residents and
students, have dug deep and donated hundreds of gifts to
charities supporting the aged and homeless of Southwark in
the run up to Christmas.
http://www.london-se1.co.uk/news/view/1909

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[ Features from the London SE1 website ]

FROST FAIR 2005 IN PICTURES
The third annual Frost Fair was held on Bankside at the
weekend, drawing visitors from across the capital.
http://www.london-se1.co.uk/news/view/1915


THREE CABINET MINISTERS VISIT TRINITY STREET
Red Kite Learning was visited by education secretary Ruth
Kelly and home secretary Charles Clarke last week when it
hosted the unveiling of new plans to improve education and
training for offenders.
http://www.london-se1.co.uk/news/view/1914


UNDERWATER CHRISTMAS AT THE AQUARIUM
The London Aquarium has ensured that the fish won't miss out
on Christmas this year, with their own tree, presents, and a
movie to keep them entertained.
http://www.london-se1.co.uk/news/view/1908


PANTO SEASON GETS UNDER WAY WITH ALADDIN COMMUNITY DAY
The Old Vic celebrated the start of the pantomime season on
Saturday by hosting an action-packed Aladdin community day
sponsored by Waterloo Road-based 3i.
http://www.london-se1.co.uk/news/view/1903


WATERLOO TEENAGERS PERFORM ITV NATIVITY PLAY
Last weekend a group of teenagers from Waterloo housing
estates starred in a seasonal spectacular to be aired on
ITV1 on Christmas morning.
http://www.london-se1.co.uk/news/view/1902

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[ Arts reviews from the London SE1 website ]

ALADDIN AT THE OLD VIC
This year's 'must-see' pantomime, Aladdin at The Old Vic,
with Ian McKellen repeating his camp Widow Twankey is
rumbustuous and ambitious.
http://www.london-se1.co.uk/news/view/1913

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[ Hot topics from the London SE1 Forum ]

Our weekly digest of topics raised in recent discussions at
http://www.London-SE1.co.uk/forum/

- River overflowing
- 'Baby Shard' proposed for London Bridge
- Low Water Pressure in Flats
- Tree Vandals- shock horror!
- Ipsden Buildings, Windmill Walk
- Where to print wedding invitations?
- Wassailing
- Postal Service- again.....
- Removals companies - recommendations please!
- Aladdin
- Plantain Place
- Beetham Tower
- Bermondsey Spa Park
- Home networking
- Looking for a massage
- Carpet cleaner needed urgently now!
- Do you have a room to rent?
- Eyecare/Contact Lenses/Opthamologist? 

To read and respond to these discussions and more, go to:
http://www.London-SE1.co.uk/forum/

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