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[ SE1 Direct ]     Issue 317

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Monday 4 December 2006                        ISSN 1750-0656

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* Potters Fields: residents call on Livingstone to "wake up"
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* Danny McCarthy quits Lib Dems
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* Waterloo is getting safer says Livingstone
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* Delayed Ecopod arrives at Elephant
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* Christmas lights with a difference on the South Bank
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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 comprehensive what's on guide visit or pick up a copy of
our free monthly printed publication, 'in SE1'.

Monday 4 December
4.30pm at Waterloo Action Centre, 14 Baylis Road
Annual General Meeting of the important community resource
in Waterloo.  The meeting will include a presentation by
Kevin Spacey, artistic director of The Old Vic.  Old friends
and new local people welcome.
Info & map:

Monday 4 December
5pm-8pm  at Living Space, 1 Coral Street
SE1 United is looking for youth workers, youth researchers,
workshop leaders and volunteers to run its dynamic youth-led
programme of events and activities in Southwark and Lambeth.
For more information call Natalie Bell on 07984 205 592 or
get an application pack from Living Space reception, 1 Coral
Street, London, SE1 7BE.
Info & map:

Monday 4 December
7pm (refreshments from 6.30pm) at Tate Modern, Bankside;
1968 colour musical. 139 minutes.   Membership of the
Community Film Club is primarily aimed at those living and
working in Southwark. To become a member email
[email protected] or join on the night.
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Tuesday 5 December
6pm at Waterloo Action Centre, 14 Baylis Road
This meeting with the theme Safer Lambeth Partnership
includes a report from Chief Supt Martin Bridger
Metropolitan Police Authority member John Roberts.  The
emphasis is always on allowing public input into borough
wide issues but also to provide an 'open door', where
particular incidents can be raised.  Also present will be
Simon Harding, LBL Assitant. Director Community Safety, and
Byron Green, Lead Scrutiny Officer with the LBL Scrutiny
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Wednesday 6 December
5.30pm at Southwark Cathedral, London Bridge
A service of words and music for St Nicholas Day sung by the
Merbecke Choir.  Followed by the lighting of the Christmas
Tree in the churchyard.  The occasion also marks the launch
of Better Bankside's annual 'Bring a Better Christmas'
appeal.   Followed by mulled wine and mince pies.
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Thursday 7 December
12 noon-8pm in Lower Marsh, The Cut, Emma Cons Gardens and
Waterloo Millennium Green.
The community Christmas event at Waterloo has taken a new
turn this year with a Pigs & Princesses theme to mark the
return of the Young Vic to The Cut and the launch of their
new family show The Enchanted Pig. Characters from the show
will be turning on the Christmas tree lights in Emma Cons
Gardens opposite the Old Vic Theatre.  There will be
activities from 12 noon till 8pm with a Christmas market
along Lower Marsh selling creative Christmas present ideas
and late-night shopping in the numerous independent shops.
There will be live music, street theatre, workshops for
children on the Millennium Green and festive food and drink.
Characters from The Enchanted Pig will perform to the crowds
from the theatre balcony from 5.30pm before processing to
Emma Cons Gardens for the switch-on of the Christmas tree
lights at 6pm.
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Thursday 7 December
12.30pm-1.30pm  at Borough Market, 8 Southwark Street; free
A selection of Christmas music from traditional carols to a
Christmas Jazz Suite.  Second in a series of free weekly
concerts in the run up to the Bankside Frost Fair.  Local
employees are encouraged to bring along their lunches and
take a seat at one of Better Bankside's pink tables and
chairs.  The Better  Bankside rangers will distribute
information o
n other events such as the Bankside Frost Fair and the Bring
 a Better Christmas appeal. There will also be an opportunit
y to purchase Christmas cards with profits going to char
ity and comment on the Bankside Urban Park proposals.
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Friday 8 December
4pm-5pm  at Red Cross Garden,  Redcross Way; free
Join Bankside Open Spaces Trust when the Mayor of Southwark
turns on Red Cross Garden's Christmas tree lights.   Mulled
wine, live music and carols. 
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Friday 8 to Saturday 9 December
10am-6pm at Menier Gallery, 51 Southwark Street
Sale of jewellery, clothing, prints and homeware by over 30
contemporary designers, artists and craftspeople.
Children's activities, seasonal refreshments and a luxury
Christmas raffle with prizes donated by Borough Market
stallholders and other SE1 businesses. 
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Saturday 9 December
11am-4pm  at Southwark Cathedral,  London Bridge; free
Stalls selling Christmas decorations, books, jams and mince
pies.  Country crafts include jigsaws and rocking horses.
Also available are Alpaca Knitware, handmade cushions,
quilts, bags, linen, jewellery and paintings.  Souvenir
gifts to raise money for rerstoration of St George the
Martyr are on a special stall.  Children can visit the
Children's Corner to enjoy face painting, puppet making,
teddy tombola and games.  The Roaming Elf is entertaining
children with his balloon modelling magic anf juggling.
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Saturday 9 December
From 12 noon at Unicorn Theatre, 147 Tooley Street; free
The Unicorn is celebrating its first birthday in Tooley
Street, and Southwark residents are invited to join the
party.  Southwark residents are being offered free tickets
to come to the Unicorn enjoy some great theatre for
families. There are two shows for residents to choose from:
The Gardener Suitable for children aged 5+ Free ticket
performance time: 11am  Journey to the River Sea Suitable
for children aged 7+ Free ticket performance time: 2pm
Southwark residents can claim up to four free tickets for
one of the above specified performances. These tickets can
only be booked by calling the box office on 020 7645 0560
and quoting "Birthday Party" along with full address
details.  Tickets will be allocated on a first come first
served basis, subject to availability. A maximum of four
free tickets per household, and only one performance per
household.  The Unicorn building will be a hive of activity
throughout the day.  From 12 noon there will be:   * Free
face painting * Free balloon modelling * Free drumming
workshops  There are limited places for the drumming
workshops, so these book these free tickets in advance
through the box office when you book your tickets.
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Sunday 10 December
5pm at St John's Waterloo,  Waterloo Road
Christmas music and readings at Waterloo's parish church.
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[ Arts reviews from the London SE1 website ]

* Little Shop of Horrors at the Menier Chocolate Factory
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[ Hot topics from the London SE1 Forum ]

Our weekly digest of topics raised in recent discussions at

* Fight at Elephant
* Kids Irish Dancing
* Recycling Computer keyboards
* Cityboxer
* Is it really necessary?
* Lost Bag
* DVD rental
* Screening of Michael Collins' film
* Be a Friend of the Elephant
* Mint Street Park Adventure Playground
* Racism in Bermondsey area
* Ping Pong in RFH?
* Is there one decent bike shop in SE1?
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