Southwark News article on Bede: ‘We’re open as usual’

Below is an article about Bede’s relocation plans from the Thursday 19th October edition of Southwark News. Alternatively visit: for the online version.

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2nd year running Dulwich Wing Tsun Academy supports Bede

Defend yourselves and support Bede at the same time! Dulwich Wing Tsun Academy presents Women’s Defence Seminar’s. Next session: 21st October, Off the Rails Studio, Clapham Junction. See poster for details.

20% of the proceeds will be donated to Bede’s Starfish Domestic Violence project.

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Bede AGM: Celebrating 80 years: an Exciting New Future Ahead, Thursday 9th November, 6-9pm, Bede Centre

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Bede’s Romeo & Juliet – Bede Centre, 2pm, Friday 13th October

Bede’s Learning Disabilities Drama Group, presents Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’.  This takes place at 2pm on Friday 13th October at the Bede Centre, Abbeyfield Road, Bermondsey, SE16 2BS. Tel: 0207 237 8930.

This is a free event with refreshments provided.

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Thank you for two fantastic events!

Last week saw 2 great fundraising events for Bede starting with a glorious afternoon at Lambeth Palace Gardens last Friday (1 September).  Thanks to the large number of people who attended, a fantastic amount of funds was raised for Bede’s vital work in Southwark. They also contributed to making it very a special day in Bede’s 79th year.  We’d like to take this opportunity to thank photographer Kevin Ireland and the staff and volunteers at Lambeth Palace Gardens, especially Trisha Shannon, their Events & Tours Manager, for helping to make last Friday such a special day!

On Sunday 3rd September the Grosvenor Fair took place, this year at Compass School, Bermondsey.

There was a good turn out and although it got a little damp later on in the day, people’s enthusiasm didn’t! Besides fairground rides and games, food and drink stalls and a petting zoo, there were live performances including one from our very own Youth worker, Yusuf Karga aka YazStar. A surprise performance also came from local fishmonger Russell Dryden (Bastru) who can certainly hold a tune!


















Thanks to everyone that supported us on the day including Kate Nottidge and her colleagues from Grosvenor, Compass School, Big Local, the entertainers and stall holders and everyone that came along to enjoy the day. Proceeds from the entertainment are going to Bede’s Starfish, Domestic Violence project.


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Summer Funday! review

Thank you to everyone that came on Wednesday and to staff and volunteers who made the whole thing happen.  We raised £165 which will go towards our Youth Adventure project.

Below is a short compilation of the day.

Thanks to everyone that came to our Summer Funday yesterday. We raised £163, which is going towards Youth project activities. Please enjoy some of the snaps taken!

Posted by Bede House on Thursday, 24 August 2017

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Elephants in Bermondsey!

Despite all the renovation work that is taking place on Maydew House and a small surrounding area on Abbeyfield Road, there is something to help brighten up the environment.  Elephants have come to Bermondsey!  They come in the form of artwork from  Falko One, a top South African graffiti artist who created a striking image of 3 elephants on the garage door of the Bede Youth centre.

Falko One is internationally regarded as an integral part of the foundation and development of South Africa’s graffiti scene.  He uses his art work to help highlight issues affecting disadvantaged communities, such as gender rights, racism, environmental awareness, and creates awareness about art as a form sustainability.

Although Falko One paints a range of subjects, elephants are is his trademark. London based Graffiti artist Boyd, who has done art work and murals for Bede,  invited Falko One to paint the Youth club’s shutter, before he returned to South Africa.


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Maydew project – Update

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 hope it will go to Planning Committee for approval in September.

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.

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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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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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