Archive for November, 2008

On Saturday 15 November I attended a service of thanksgiving for the life of Malcolm (Tony) Naylor, representing the London Borough of Lambeth on behalf of the Mayor.

During his extremely eventful and fulfilled life Tony Naylor served as Lambeth’s Deputy Lieutenant from 1994 to 2004.

Prayers were led by The Venerable David Painter and The Reverend Keith Smith with a reading from the The Revd Canon Colin Wood and blessing from The Very Reverend Colin Slee, Dean of Southwark.

The ceremony included a very moving piece by the Gospel Choir of St Saviour’s & St Olave’s School where Tony had been a governor.


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On Tuesday 25 November I attended the launch of the Bereavement Centre at St Thomas’ Hospital.

Supported by Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity, the Beareavement Centre is housied in a private space which allows staff to provide practival help and informal support to bereaved people.  I was interested to learn of the ‘tell us once’ project that works to help the bereaved deal with issues such as cancelling benefits, pensions etc and register a death without the need to return to the registry  office at a very difficult time.

The centre was officially opened by Baroness Neuberger DBE who I was interested to discover was once a constituent in Clapham Town Ward, living in Orlando Road.

Opening of Bereavement Centre

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Residents Conference

On Saturday 15 November 2008 I attended the Lambeth Living Tenants Conference 2008.

The annual conference was held this year at Lambeth Town Hall and I attended on behalf of the Mayor of Lambeth to host tea with delegates and the annual prize draw.

Lambeth Living Tenants Conference 2008

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On 19 November I attended the London South Bank University honorary awards ceremony at Southwark Cathedral. Each year the university awards Honorary Degrees and Fellowships to individuals who have made a unique and exceptional contribution in their field.

Honored this year:

Graeme Catto, President General Medical Council, Doctorate of Science.

David Waboso, Director of Engineering, London Underground Honorary Fellowship

Patricia Moberly, Chair Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust Doctorate of Science

Henry and Lillian Stephenson, Architect and design team Honorary Fellowship

Dr Theuns Eloff, Vice-Chancellor North-West University of South Africa Doctorate of Laws

Jane Newell OBE, Former Chair of the Board of Governors, LSBU Doctorate of Laws

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On Thursday 13 Novemeber I attended the Friendly Almhouses Christmas Serendipity, held at the friendly Almshouses in Brixton.

The Friendly Almshouses, originally established in 1802 as the Female Friendly Society is a Registered Charity,  and a member of the Almshouse Association.

The Friendly Almshouses

The social event is for residents and friends with items for Christmas on sale including cards, decorations and presents together with home-made cakes and preserves.

I had a lovely time meeting volunteer members of the management committee, staff and residents. I enjoyed pulling and calling out the raffle winners. All proceeds from the event will be used for the benefit of this small 200 year old Brixton charity which provides sheltered accommodation for women over 50 years of age of modest means.

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Streatham Service of Remembrance

Representing the Mayor of Lambeth I attended the Armistice Day Service of Remembrance at Streatham War Memorial.

The event was introduced by Roger Bowdrey, which is organised by the Office of Rt. Hon Keith Hill MP and the South London Branch of the Association of Jewish Ex-Servicemen and Women in association with Norbury Royal British Women. He reminded us of the ruthlessness of the nazi regime, following the lines of the poem ‘First They Came‘ he spoke of how they persecuted different groups and his pride that today that these groups could come together on this day to remember those who thought for us.

The occasion was led by service this year was led by Rt Revd Dr Richard Cheetham, Bishop of Kingston.

Sidney Nathan AJEX read the Exhortation

They shall not grow old as we who are left grow old.
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.

All those present responded ‘We will remember them’.

I found the ceremony deeply moving, at 11 silence fell around all those present as the police halted traffic and we all took time to think of fallen comrades.

The Rt Hon Keith Hill lead the wreath laying on behalf of the Streatham Consituency followed by a huge variety of associations, centres, services, Lambeth Council, politcal parties, churches, synagogues. clubs, committees and groups from the area.

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On Saturday 08 November I attended the Lambeth Archive open day at the Minet Library which this year was inspired by the centenary of Lambeth Town Hall which opened one hundred years ago in 1908. To mark the event Lambeth Archives encouraged local people to contribute their stories and experiences from those hundred years including old family photographs, documents or anything else that tells a story about Lambeth.

Outside Minet Library

The Deputy Mayoress and I were taken around the many stands of local societies and organisations from Brixton, CamberwellClaphamCrystal Palace  Herne Hill, Streatham and The Museum of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society

Clapham Potteries were running stands where local people were contributing to creating tiles featuring historical images to contribute to a map of the borough. The children were also producing figures that were made out of a type of clay that would set by itself enabling them to take their creations home.

We also visited the Lambeth Mobile Library where we were pleased to hear that there was a large number of new members who had signed up on the day.

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