Searching for volunteers – The Nelken Line

Date: Sunday 22 April free dance classes

Where: THE HIVE, 1 Melior Place, SE1 3RS

Time: Choose a time slot either 10.30am – 1.30pm or 1.45 – 4.45pm  


Do you enjoy dancing? Whether it’s in front of the TV, in a ballroom or in your favourite club we want to hear from you.

Team London Bridge invites you join award winning dance artist Dickson Mbi to learn a simple and beautiful dance by the world famous Pina Bausch.

Have fun learning the moves before you are filmed in stunning locations around London Bridge. The film will then be sent out far and wide alongside other Nelken Line films from around the world.

You can take a look at what you’ll be learning on these two videos

Dress to be comfortable indoors or out.

Refreshments provided.

Maximum time needed: 3 hours.

To book a space please go to or for more information email

Kind regards

Henry Johnstone

Business & Operations Manager

Team London Bridge



Happy New Year from everyone at Age UK Lambeth

Dear Friend,

We hope that you have had a fantastic Christmas and new year and that you are looking forward to what 2018 will bring you.  At Age UK Lambeth we spent 2017 empowering thousands of older people to achieve a full quality of life culminating in our Christmas Day Dinner for 40 people who would otherwise be on their own.

Our 2018 new year’s resolutions are to reach more people, continue to grow and improve our services and raise more money to pay for all of this!  Please read on for ways that you could make a resolution to support our resolutions.


Get Fit – why not sign up for a 25km, 50km or 100km ultra challenge to inspire you to get fit and raise money for Age UK Lambeth?  There are 8 challenges to choose from and if you sign up before February 11th you can get 2 for 1 on registration fees.  Find a friend and sign up today!!! Click here to find out more and register (remember to choose Age UK Lambeth as your charity).


Volunteer – volunteering is a great way to give back to your community in your spare time. We have many roles available including joining a local events fundraising group and befriending. Email for more information.


Give something up – if you are quitting something in 2018 why not donate the money that you save to Age UK Lambeth.  You can make a donation here


Write a will – Approximately 2/3 of adults have not written a will and 1/3 will go on to die intestate meaning their final wishes will go unheeded. If your new year’s resolution is to get organised and write a will this year then please consider leaving a legacy to Age UK Lambeth. You can find out more by clicking here.


Have more fun -if you haven’t already then why not join My Social? Open to all ages and with FREE membership, being a member of MYsocial gives you access to our calendar of events. We want to help you discover friendships, connect with your community, and do things that make you happy. Click here to find out more and join.


Experience the thrill of a lifetime – if you really want to challenge yourself in 2018 then why not sign up to do a skydive and raise money for us? The ‘drop-zone’ is less than 60 minutes from London and is organised through UK Skydive. Find out more here.
We hope our list has given you some inspiration. Whatever you choose to do in 2018 and whether you set any new years resolutions or not, we hope that you will be doing it alongside Age UK Lambeth.

Thank you for supporting us, best wishes

Claire Nethersole
Community & Corporate Fundraiser


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OBVNF Meeting 18th October: Local List, Site Briefs and Area Extension


6.30pm Wednesday 18 October

 Globe House | Corner of Bermondsey Street & Crucifix Lane
On the agenda
Local List 

St Thomas St Site Briefs and the Southwark Plan 
Area Extension

Local List
Nominate your favourite local buildings

Following the introduction of the ‘Local List’ at the last forum meeting we now need to get some momentum from the Council with its development. A nomination form and a copy of the working list are both available from the OBF website:

Please take a moment to nominate some further local heritage assets and/or to help fill in the details for those which have already been identified. At the meeting we will discuss ongoing nominations and selection criteria. In response to our policy proposals  to the Council last year they indicated support for the idea of a local list and we have now asked for clarification on how they see the Local List developing.  They have been invited to attend this meeting but at the time of writing they have not responded.

obvnf18oct3 Area Extension
Three weeks ago we submitted an application to extend the OBF Area. Our long-standing followers will be familiar with the history of the Forum’s Council-imposed area boundary but for the benefit of new subscribers to our mailing list (who may have signed up at the Bermondsey St Festival) we will review the argument for recovering the key parts of our originally proposed area.  Cooperation from the Council permitting, we will update the group on the progress of the application.

St Thomas St site briefs

Closely related to the area extension application – and following up on our extensive consultation on the Council’s aspirations for St Thomas St (‘NSP53’) – we will be discussing the development of site briefs for the crucial St Thomas St sites. These will become the focus of intense developer interest once the Station is completed and Network Rail ceases its temporary use of the former car park site.  This is now only about a year away and it is a safe bet that, on the quiet, the Council are already cosying up with prospective developers and looking to prepare the ground for high-rise schemes and the demolition of (our listed) Becket House and what should be the iconic Vinegar Yard warehouse.

How can we create a coherent imaginative working vision for the south side of St Thomas St?  And how can we force the Council and prospective developers to have regard to local opinion on the treatment the key sites?  From proposed uses to massing and architectural detailing, what should be the community brief that binds together and protects St Thomas’ Street, the Vinegar Warehouse, the Horseshoe Pub and the Melior St garden? A framework for a development of a working brief will be presented for discussion.

In dealing with specifics and representing real local knowledge and opinion OBF Site Briefs can offer what cash- and target-driven Council Area Visions cannot. What other sites in the neighbourhood would benefit from OBF site briefs? And crucially, how do we make the Council respect local opinion?

And Finally
Here’s some salt for the wounds of those who supported BVAG since the challenge to Network Rail and the Council over the needless demolition of the London Bridge trainshed and the South Eastern Railway Offices on Tooley St.  BVAG’s case was that the reason for the heritage carnage wreaked by the Grimshaw-designed station was the determination of Network Rail (and the DfT) to fund the low-budget scheme with the creation of a massive retail premises rent roll.  Network Rail told the Administrative Court – right up to the Court of Appeal – that nothing of the sort was afoot and that there was to be absolutely no increase in retail space at the station as compared with its former incarnation.  That blatant deceit complemented their claim that they had to build the station around the London Dungeon because they couldn’t touch the unassailable lease they said owners Merlin Entertainment had on tens of thousands of square feet of the viaduct.  The latter deception was long ago exposed when, under the Freedom of Information Act, we got a copy of the expenses claim (redacted of the figures) they had long before made to the DfT for the buyout.  Now they are getting close to being unable to continue to conceal the retail-rent driver of the heritage wipe-out here are their first public pronouncements that they took the Courts for a ride.  In reality the Court of Appeal BVAG went before was just not interested in the evidence when they had a government department to protect; that Network Rail obviously couldn’t be lying was the only axiom they needed to support their decision (and costs order) against us.

There was a time when Court of Appeal Judges weren’t ready to protect the public sector establishment no matter what.  Not any more.

Photographed in the emerging London Bridge shopping Mall

OBF meetingsare open to all  – All welcome

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