Great Harry to Great War and beyond

Four centuries before, it was Woolwich Dockyard, built by order of King Henry VIII in 1513. His flagship The Great Harry (also Henri Grâce à Dieu) was built there and in her day it was possibly the largest ship in the world. The dockyard was expanded over the years and many more prestigious ships would be built there until the late 19th century. In 1667, England feared the Dutch would raid the dockyard, as it had happened on the driveway.

One of the biggest factories of death in the world

The Royal Arsenal in Woolwich is now becoming a hub for flats and shops But for almost five centuries, it was a strategic naval and military site defending the interests of England and then the United Kingdom. It was effectively a factory of death, building weapons of mass destruction to suppress populations across the globe and extend or reinforce imperial control. FRANK PACHAS tells how it became crucial to victory in the First World War – and its history from the reign of Henry VIII. Histori

Giving Afro-Caribbean people a proper voice

It’s been an institution in South London for decades. In the week a plaque was unveiled at the Brixton offices of The Voice, FRANK PACHAS looks at its history and the part it has played in the lives of its readers. It has been 38 years since The Voice’s first edition as the only national weekly newspaper aimed at British-born Afro-Caribbean people was published. It was founded a year after the 1981 Brixton uprising by Jamaican accountant Val McCalla ...

Healthcare support team aims to raise money for hospital charity by running the London marathon

A healthcare support team is pulling together to raise money for a hospital charity by running a London marathon in August. A team of King’s Facilities Management (KFM) will run in the London Landmarks Half Marathon (LLHM) to support King’s College Hospital Charity, who are dedicated to supporting life-changing care for patients. The team of six members will be running the 21km through the City of London and City of Westminster’s best landmarks on August 1.

Westminster Bridge attack survivor runs marathon for the NHS staff who saved his life

A bystander who nearly lost a leg in the Westminster Bridge attack is set to run a marathon in honour of the NHS staff that saved his life. Stephen Lockwood was visiting London with his wife, Cara, to celebrate his 40th birthday when he was struck by the attacker’s car. After receiving severe injuries to his face, chest and leg, he was rushed to the Major Trauma Unit at St Mary’s Hospital, undergoing a four-hour operation and regular physiotherapy sessions to help him walk again.

Campaigners seek Mayor of London’s support to stop 20-storey tower above Brixton market

A petition urging the Mayor of London to overturn a planning approval decision of a 20-storey office tower was launched in Brixton last week. Save Nour group hopes the construction of the office building above Brixton Market in Electric Avenue will be rejected by Sadiq Khan. The appeal comes following the approval by Lambeth Council’s Planning Applications Committee by a 4-to-3 narrow margin in a second application meeting in November.

“We are British too” - Racism against Asian and Black Communities in Britain

For non-white British people in the UK, there is a sad truth that you are increasingly more likely to be racially abused for the colour of your skin. The following story speaks to the mistreatment black British people and the British East and South East Asian (BESEA) community undergo as UK citizens. The accounts below belong to four people from different ethnic minorities who recently experienced racism in Britain. They had the courage to share their stories with me hoping Britain, a place they call home, one day understands they are British too.

New theatre premieres Peruvian drama on food and body image

A new theatre venue located in the heart of Camberwell is promoting unheard voices and unseen shows from emerging talented artists. ‘Eating myself‘ is the first one-woman show Peruvian actor Pepa Duarte will perform at the brand new Golden Goose Theatre in November. The drama will focus on the performer’s deep fight on body image, gender inequality and how food tradition plays such an important role in the construction of women’s identity in Peruvian society. The 28-year old actor said: “The

South west London photographers handpicked for digital exhibition

The photos of two south west London photographers were selected for Hold Still, the National Portrait Gallery’s digital exhibition. Australian photographer Amanda Summons’ and Johannah Churchill’s photographs are two of 100 chosen from 31,598 by a judging panel spearheaded by Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. Amanda’s photograph features Annemarie Plas, the Clap for Our Carers founder on the very last official clapping on 28 May. Twenty-nine-year old Amanda, who’s been in the UK for over a yea

Elephant and Castle traders speak ahead of shopping centre's demolition

Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre traders are appealing to the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan for support to save their businesses as the centre is about to close for demolition. The old and decrepit shopping centre will finally close on 24 September and new landlord Delancey will carry out a regeneration project in the area. When Egyptian Emad Megahi, 51, and some of the Elephant traders met Delancey in 2013, he claims he was told the developers didn’t believe they would fit in the wider pictur

How one Wandsworth neighbourhood is combatting loneliness for elderly residents

The number of people aged 65 and over living alone in the UK increased by more than half a million between 2014 and 2019, according to the ONS. One of them is Sydney Stewart, 90, a Wandsworth resident, who was cut off from the outside world when lockdown was imposed four months ago. His life would’ve been far more difficult, had he not met Alyssia White and Hannah Tamar. Mr Stewart, from Southcroft Road in Tooting who lost his wife about six years ago, said: “I don’t know what to say really.

SW London Stays Home doorstep photography project raises money for St George's Hospital

Two photographers are raising money to support St George’s Hospital taking portraits of people at their doorsteps. Laura Shimili, 40, from Albania, and Amanda Summons, 29, from Australia, are photographing people with a long lens while keeping social distance. Doorstep Photographs is Mrs Shimili’s project while Ms Summons’ is SW London Stays Home —they have both raised more than £1,500 since April. Mrs Shimili, a mother of two boys, whose initial goal was £500, said: “I’m so glad to have reac
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