Kitchen Social – good things to eat and do

Over the next three years, the Mayor’s Fund for London (a social mobility charity) aims to identify and help 330 community organisations across London develop a healthy food and social development offer during the school holidays.

See what happened during the school holidays when Bede got assistance from the fund:

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An invitation to the Garden at Lambeth Palace, 1st September 2017

You are invited to an afternoon in the Garden at Lambeth Palace in support of Bede, on Friday 1st September 2017, 12-3pm. Please see poster for details.

Lambeth Palace Fundraiser poster final - Sep 2017

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2017 – 10 years of SummerFun@Bede!

Bede’s Youth Adventure Project this year celebrates its 10th year of providing fun, challenging and positive activities for young people aged 8-19 living in Southwark.

Come Join us!

Summerfun Bede Programme 2017 Final-page-001

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Millwall Oral histories project: Volunteers wanted!

This Bede/Millwall project, needs volunteers to conduct interviews to uncover and record the memories and experiences of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Milwall fans in South London.

One day’s training will be given on Sunday 2nd July.  For more details see the poster.  The closing date is Friday 23rd June.

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Thank you to our 3 Vitality London 10k runners

Maria Tkatchuk and Gina Gaffney of Merkle Periscopix, and John Cummins, whose wife ran the Marathon for us last year, completed the Vitality London 10k on bank holiday Monday.  Raising just under £1000 for Bede,  Maria and Gina said ‘It was hard but definitely something we’ll never forget’ and John, ‘I would love to do it again in the future’.

Our thanks goes to all 3 for their hard work and to those who supported them.  Well done!Maria and Gina - Vitality 10k - May 2017


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Give us your empties please!

Bede is appealing for clear, 2 litre plastic bottles, which it is collecting to make a greenhouse. We need 1000 by the end of this month.  If you have any bottles you would like to donate, please bring them rinsed, between 9-4pm, to the Bede Centre, Abbeyfield Road, London SE16 2BS.

Thank you.

We need bottles Leaflet 2017-page-001


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Bede Summer Fete – June 29, 11-2pm

Summer Fete Leaflet 2017-page-001


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Luke Holmes – Bede’s Southwark Star!

Luke Holmes from Bede, won Young Volunteer of the Year at Community Southwark’s 2017, Southwark Stars award ceremony on 2nd May.

The event, held at Tate Exchange – Tate Modern, recognised organisations and volunteers who have contributed over 100 hours or more volunteering over the last year. Among the many award categories, were the prestigious Volunteer of the year, Trustee of the year, Charity of the year and Best Corporate/charity of the year.

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Luke, who uses its Learning Disabilities project, does a number of volunteering roles with Bede ranging from gardening, DIY, window cleaning and its new Helping Hound scheme, walking dogs especially to visit older people who might not be able to keep pets themselves, but love their company. Luke is an inspiration.

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Maria & Gina from Periscopix visit Bede

Maria Tkatchuk and Gina Gaffney from Merkel | Periscopix, who are racing in the Vitality 10k for Bede on Monday 29th May, visited Bede Centre yesterday and met with staff and service users.  They were invited to lunch and to see an example of what the money they raise will go towards. After they wrote: ‘Thank you so much for having us over for lunch yesterday, we loved it! It was a fantastic experience meeting all the people involved in the daily life of Bede’.

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Gina, Ciaran, Terry, Maria and Luke

Bede thanks them for the support they are showing us.  Please support Maria and Gina by visiting

Thank you

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New Bede Centre – Headline Lease Terms Agreed

Things are now moving very quickly. In March, Southwark Council’s Cabinet meeting approved the main terms of the lease to be offered to Bede. Public consultation on the Planning Application (ref 17/AP/0527) has ended and we expect a decision in May. We are now working with architects on the detailed design brief for the new Centre – layout, electrical services, decoration etc. Once planning consent is obtained,  the scheme will go out to tender. Southwark are keen to complete the new Bede Centre as quickly as possible so that we can move in and free up our existing Bede Centre for demolition. The site will then be used to build new Council housing. We currently estimate that the most likely date for our move is early 2020.


Photo of Maydew House from Abbeyfield Estate (Kevin Ireland)

The way is now clear for us to begin raising the £1.2 million  we will need by 2020 to purchase the lease, equip the new Centre  and pay the fees and related costs of managing  the move. It’s a big sum of money, but it is exceptional value. It gives us  a 125 year lease at peppercorn rent and a new Bede Centre, purpose built to our design and specification. It will be  handed over to us fully fitted and ready to move into. In 1970, when we opened our existing Bede Centre, we paid £37,879.52p for our 60 year lease. That was nearly 950 times the average national wage which, back then, was just £40 a week – so you can see the lease wasn’t a gift even in those times of generous GLC subsidies!

The new Bede Centre will be built just 150 metres from where we are now. We will be at ground floor and first floor level under the existing Maydew tower block of flats. Work has already begun to completely renovate  the tower block and increase the number of flats it contains. We will be right beside the beautiful Southwark Park and a new gate will be created close to  the new Bede Centre which will give us easy access. The new Bede Centre will have just over 1,000 sq metres of floor space, compared to the 800 sq metres we currently have in our two buildings, Bede House and Bede Centre. All Bede’s activities – our services and café for people who have a Learning Disability, our Youth Clubs, our Starfish Project providing confidential help for those experiencing Domestic Abuse and Bede’s Central Administration – will be moved to the new Centre. Bede’s trustees are considering the options for the  future of Bede House once we’ve moved.


Photo of Maydew House from Southwark Park (Kevin Ireland)

 You will not be surprised to know that Bede does not have £1.2m in the bank to take on the new Bede Centre, so this is no small challenge! However, there are some important factors in our favour. There are Trusts who only give capital grants and we have already begun to talk to some who have not funded us before. We have  a very strong case to make for their support. Our plan is to first secure some major grants before we make a wider appeal to our supporters and the community. Secondly, we own the freehold of Bede House and so we have a significant asset which, whilst not being sufficient to cover all of the capital costs of moving to the new Bede Centre, could make a substantial contribution. We therefore have something to kick-start our appeal. Thirdly, and most importantly, Bede’s services are needed more than ever, and the quality of our work is widely recognised in Southwark and beyond. We hope that this exciting future will inspire those who support us already to help us raise the funds for the new Bede Centre and the annual running costs of our services. We hope it will also attract new supporters who recognise the value of what Bede does in the community. If you would like to find out more, please contact us. Thank you!

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 Bede’s new Centre shown in pink (hall and activity space)  and yellow (offices) for all Bede projects– from the Planning Proposal



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