Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Community matters

To the Southwark Council offices in Tooley Street for the meeting of the Bermondsey and Rotherhithe Community Council, which brings together councillors, council officers, local residents, members of various agencies such as the police, and representatives of various community groups, including the churches.

The theme of today's meeting  was employment opportunities through business and enterprise, but there was also other business, including a ward by ward report by the Police, and various planning matters to be dealt with by the councillors.
Cllr Anood Al-Samerai

Whilst all this was going on, one of our Riverside
Councillors (who was present at the meeting), was appearing on national TV as part of tonight's Party Political Broadcast on behalf of the Liberal Democrats. You can see Anood and catch a glimpse of the Blue on the BBC iPlayer here

In addition to all her other excellent work for the local area Anood is a member of the Friends of St James's Churchyard which met yesterday.

The Friends draws together representatives from the church, Council and the local community, all determined to make the best possible use of the precious open space that the churchyard represents in a community where 85 per cent of the population live in flats and have no garden or open space of their own.

Southwark Council are doing a great job in managing the churchyard with a number of improvements having already taken place (eg the wild flower meadow; the new border on the north east side) and others, such as the repair of the memorials and the introduction of lighting on the north side of the church, in the pipeline.

At the same time the Friends group are seriously investigating the possibility of a new 'Joy Slide' for the 21st century to replace the fondly remembered and much lamented slide that delighted generations of Bermondsey children.

And finally while we are thinking about the Churchyard - watch out for an open air service, disco, party and barbeque in the Churchyard in celebration of Her Majesty's 90th birthday on Sunday June 12th.

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