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.
Grosvenor has announced its latest Summer Fete which will raise funds for Bede House. It takes place at the Biscuit Factory, Clements Road on Sunday 3rd September, 12-6pm. Entrance is free and there is food, games and entertainment. Our thanks go to Grosvenor and especially Katie Nottidge, for their continued support.
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.
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:
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!
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.
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.