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Each year the Bishop of Southwark and his wife host a reception to enable the new Mayors and current Chief Executives of the boroughs of South London to meet with senior leaders in the Diocese of Southwark. It also provides guest to meet their fellow councillors and representatives from the other London boroughs.

Mayors and officials at the Bishop of Southwark Reception

Mayors and officials at the Bishop of Southwark Reception

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After watching the London Marathon for years on TV, I was delighted to be invited to a breakfast reception, followed by viewing the finishing line as the winners crossed it.

Mayor of Lambeth with the Mayor of Southwark and the Mayors Consort Anne Sassoon

Mayor of Lambeth with the Mayor of Southwark and the Mayors Consort Anne Sassoon

When we were led to our seats I couldn’t believe quite how close we were to the finishing line, positioned just meters away where we joined the Lord Mayor of Westminster and Mayor of Southwark.

Samuel Wanjiru, Winner of the 2009 London Marathon, seconds before he crosses the finish line

Samuel Wanjiru, Winner of the 2009 London Marathon, seconds before he crosses the finish line

It was a great day, and to be so close to the finishing line was a great privalage. Congratulations to the many thousands who took part in the race earning huge amounts of money for charities across the country.

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I was invited by James Smith, Chairman of Shell UK, to a represent the borough at a reception at the Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall followed by a concert by the Simon Bolivar Orchestra of Venezuela.

 

Royal Festival Hall

 

The Mayoress and I were joined by our neighbours the Mayor of Southwark and her consort.

 

The Simon Bolivar Orchestra was founded in 1975 and aims to create new opportunities for musical excellence in Venezuela. The concert was excellent, full of energy and enthusiasm from the young musicians and cheered on by the Venezuelan High Commissioner who was seated near by.

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On Thursday 27 November I attended a memorial services for all the children lost to youth violence and the families that they have left behind.

The theme of the memorial brought together The Prime Minister, The leader of the opposition and the Mayor of London to join the Mayor of Southwark and the police commander of all 32 boroughs in addition to 30 bereaved families in a unified stand against gun, knife and gang crime.

The Archbiship of York presided over the service with the Dean of Southwark and supported readings came for Sir Trevor Macdonald, Dame Kelly Holmes. The Gospel Choir of St Saviour and St Olave’s Girls’ School sang speak to me and there was a poem written and read by Ashley Walters about the horrors of youth violence.

Damilola Taylors father, Richard Taylor, addressed the congregation and spoke of how his son died at the age of 10 and that this year he would have been eighteen and entering university to become a doctor. He called on everyone to give their help to empower the country to become acutely aware of this mindless activity.

Rememberance service

Afterwards I met with some of the families who had lost children to youth violence, and from those working in organisations that work with young people and campaigners working to stop the senseless loss of young lives through youth violence.

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