Letters to the editor: 22/12/16

(22 December, 2016)

Millwall vs Lewisham, helping the elderly, and a tribute to late historian Stephen Humphrey



Christmas cheer for our elderly – thanks

We had a great night at the Stanley Arms fundraising for the Bermondsey Care for the Elderly.

Once again Bermondsey businesses, locals groups, schools and wonderful people all dug deep and supported us.

The final total is around the £1700 and every penny raised will go to the Bermondsey Care for the Elderly charity who will make sure that our local elderly will not be alone on Christmas day.

We would like to thank the following for their support:

Jose Pizzaro, Bob Green of Karmarama and Staff, The Works Hairdressers, Nicho Electrical Wholesalers, Tower Tandoori, The Yellow House, Gillett Flowers, Manze’s Pie ‘n’ Mash, Dodds Gin, BTW Drinks Ltd, Nandos, Neil Coyle MP, Alex Neil Estate Agents, Paul Wheeler, Michael Holland, Anspach & Hobday, Boutcher Primary School, Dynamic Vines, Steve Cornish, John Davies, Prof. Alison Leary, Millwall FC, Jimmy Carter and Louise.

Thanks everyone and Happy Christmas to you all.

Phil Burkett and Natasha Nicholls


Millwall and Lewisham CPO

Though Lewisham Council continue to state Bermondsey are in desperate need of new housing, they still do not say how any needy person in Bermondsey will benefit from the New Bermondsey Renewal scheme.

However, it is starting to unravel who will benefit when 2,400 new homes are built. As National newspapers and TV media are probing, it would seem who will benefit most from the Renewal New Bermondsey scheme!

Also remember a lot of public money is also involved. We now know offshore developers Renewal are a company founded by the last Mayor of Lewisham, Dave Sullivan.

Also, at the last Lewisham Council meeting, present mayor of Lewisham Sir Steve Bullock, said to be a friend of Dave Sullivan, was barred from sitting with his cabinet due to a declared interest.

The council presence was led by the unelected chief executive Barry Quirk, who was a former colleague of Mustaq Malic, when they both worked for Lewisham Council. Mustaq Malic is the CEO of Renewal.

If the CPO goes ahead, it is likely an appeal will go to the High Court. All very interesting, and as Judge Rinder  might say, I rest my case! Make a great film don’t you think!

Name and address supplied


Humphrey was a wonderful man

Stephen Humphrey was indeed an esteemed local historian.

During the time he was archivist at the Southwark Local Studies Library he helped countless hundreds of people who ancestors had lived in Southwark, before they emigrated to the far flung colonies of the British Empire,to trace their ancestry back to Southwark.

He also helped anyone who wanted to trace the history of a Church or a business address, by researhing its origin and history.

He was an invaluable help to me when I was researching the early history of the London Nautical School, founded in Rotherhithe in 1915, whose early records were destroyed in the Blitz in the 1940’s.

As well as being a perfect gentleman, Stephen was also a very modest man. When he found out that I had nominated him to receive the Freedom of the London Borough of Southwark, he said to me that I was more deserving of that honour than him, I replied  that in no way was I.

He is a great loss to all of those who knew him, as he gave of his time and knowledge freely. A truly wonderful man.

Ken Hayes, Honorary Secretary, Southwark Civic Association


Visit a Christingle

With Christmas fast approaching many people across London are getting into the festive spirit, getting out the tinsel, enjoying the mince pies and celebrating with the family.

For me Christmas is a time of such blessing but it also offers a chance to remember those who are less fortunate, children and young people whose voices aren’t being listened to and whose problems are being ignored.  That’s why I’m supporting The Children’s Society’s Christingle celebrations, as money raised will go to support children and young people in this country who are suffering from terrible hardship, abuse and neglect.

Last year there were dozens of wonderfully joyous and welcoming Christingle services in London and this year it looks like there will be even more, so we need as many people as possible to go along, enjoy themselves and donate to support the thousands of children and young people who are in desperate need.

To find out about a local Christingle near you visit childrenssociety.org.uk/local

June Brown, MBE, Actress (AKA?Dot Cotton)


Bus Station Blues

Being a pensioner I now use busses and the Canada Water Bus station more than I did before and what a pain it is!

Eight busses converge there, with passengers joining from from Underground and Overground trains and yet no live travel information at all!

And just when we passenger think we do know where busses leave from, even it we don’t know when, they put barriers up and change the stops.

The smart staff office with screens and counters, is always un-staffed.

I have used bus stations all over the country, and abroad, with more in passenger information than this sham of a ‘bus station’.  What is Transport for London doing to improve this?

Eddie Langdown,  Bermondsey



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