Saturday, 8 May 2021

Ursula departs

 This is the huge crane that has arrived at Chambers Wharf to winch the 1300 tonne Tunnel Boring Machine on a barge for transportation to Rotterdam.

And here from the Port of London Authority's Twitter feed is the scene last night as Ursula is lifted by 'Matador 3'

Tuesday, 4 May 2021

Ursula arrives in Bermondsey


Ursula has just arrived in Bermondsey.

Ursula weighs 1300 tonnes is a Tunnel Boring Machine that has been boring a tunnel from Battersea, past the House of Parliament and under Tower Bridge, to Chambers Wharf in Bermondsey as part of the Thames Tideway project which is producing a new super sewer to dramatically improve water quality in the tidal Thames.

Ursula is named after cryobiologist at King’s College Hospital in who discovered the use of glycerol to protect human red blood cells during freezing.

Ursula will soon be hoisted onto a barge and towed down the river on her way to Rotterdam.

Church assembly

 Snakes for dinner! This week's church assembly for the children of St James's School:

Saturday, 1 May 2021

Local hero


Just over a week ago, twenty-year old Folajimi Olubunmi-Adewole (Jimi), from Bermondsey's Neckinger Estate lost his life whilst trying to rescue a woman who had fallen into the river close to London Bridge.
Yesterday evening hundreds gathered in Spa Gardens for a vigil in his memory and the family's pastor read these words of Jesus from John's Gospel: 'My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command.'

Jimi was a local boy. a member of the Salmon Youth Centre, and from a family of deep faith. Our hearts go out to his parents and his brother in their great loss and we pray for them.