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Rev Mike Starkey has been appointed Vicar of St Mark’s and this service the Bishop officially inducted him.

Following the institution and Induction of the New Vicar at St Mark's Church

Following the institution and Induction of the New Vicar at St Mark's Church

The Bishop of Kingston-upon-Thames, Richard Ian Cheetham, lead the event before a full congregation who had come to welcome their new vicar.

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I was visiting Lambeth’s primary pupil referral unit in Kennington for their student awards ceremony.

A young student competes to have a bigger grin than the Mayor and wins

A young student competes to have a bigger grin than the Mayor and wins

It was an excellent event where the children demonstrated how hugely talented they are. They also showed what a huge difference the dedicated staff are performing at the centre given as they were extremely well behaved and all of them courteous and polite when I passed on their awards.

Mayor with a couple of the dedicated staff at the Pupil Referall Unit in Kennington

Mayor with a couple of the dedicated staff at the Pupil Referall Unit in Kennington

There was playing of recorders with many of the children performing very complex tunes and playing of drums. Each of the children who were moving to other schools reach a speech about their time at what they call ‘the Pru’ and were extremely elequant and it was clear they had put a huge amount of thought into their words.

Mayor of Lambeth with head teacher Anne Sturman

Mayor of Lambeth with head teacher Anne Sturman

I was extremely impressed, and it was clear that with continued hard work these children have a bright future ahead of them.

Mayor with pupil and parent following the awards ceremony

Mayor with pupil and proud parent following the awards ceremony

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On Friday 12th December I attending the Metropolitan police service passing out parade for the student intake 02/08-9. Students passing out that will be coming to Lambeth were trained at Croydon, and during the day I met with them and their families. They will come to Brixton and Kennington where they had spent time whilst training.

Their proud parents had come from far and wide, I met one students family whose mother had worked for Lambeth and other local authorities in the past but now lived abroad.

Mayor and Mayoress of Harrow with the Deputy Mayor of Lambeth

Whilst at the event I met with the current Mayor and Mayoress of Harrow, the first borough I had lived in as a child. Whilst talking I discovered that Councillor John Nickolay was my councillor when I was three years old and that his first child was born two months after me at the same hospital in Kingsbury.

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On Saturday 29th November I attended the Street Pastors 5th Annual Celebration accompanied by Councillor Christina Valcarcel. The event began with a Graduation ceremony at St Marks Church in Kennington followed by a dinner at the Hotel Ibis in Earls Court.

Street Pastor from Lambeth Graduating

Throughout the day we heard about the great work by Street Pastors who are an inter-denominational Church response to urban problems, engaging with people on the streets to care, listen and dialogue.

The graduation ceremony followed trainees attending a comprehensive training programme is designed to fully equip new Street Pastors to respond to the needs of all the people that they engage on the streets.

Deputy Mayor of Lambeth and Councillor Christina Valcarcel

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