Saturday, 24 October 2020
So many churches are,
Some with apsidal chancels,
And schools by E.R. Robson
In the style of Norman Shaw
Where blue-serged adolescence learn'd
To model and to draw.
Oh, in among the houses,
The viaduct below,
Stood the Coffee Essence Factory
Of Robinson and Co.
Burnt and brown and tumbled down
And done with years ago
Where the waters of the Wandle do
From dust of dead explosions
From scarlet-hearted fires,
All unconcerned this train draws in
And smoothly that retires
And calmly rise on smoky skies
Of intersected wires
The Nonconformist spirelets
And the Church of England spires.
|E.R. Robson 1836-1917|
Wednesday, 21 October 2020
Tuesday, 20 October 2020
Thursday, 15 October 2020
Today we continued to film for our Bermondsey Community Remembrance Service, with a call to the UK Homes for Heroes day centre in Rotherhithe, to hear from Pearly King and Queen, Jimmy and Michelle, about their charity's amazing work among homeless ex-servicemen.
Their love and commitment to the people they call their boys is truly amazing and heartwarming. Find out more when the video comes out over the weekend of 7th/8th November or pop over to their website.
Another aspect of the care for military families, this time in the case of bereavement, was the theme of our visit ealier in the week to interview Jon Dyer at FA Albins about their repatriation work for the Ministry of Defence, when members of the British Armed Forces die overseas.
This work which involves great care, tact and compassion will also feature in our Remembrance video special.
Saturday, 10 October 2020
A real Bermondsey hero has today been awarded a knighthood by the Queen.
Here is the young Tommy Steele signing autographs outside his house in the shadow of St James Church. The houses are long gone but the block of flats in Frean Street that replaces them, Hicks House, bears Tommy's (real) family name.
Congratulations, Sir Tommy, from everyone in Bermondsey.