A Concert of Music and Readings for Advent by The Choir of Clare College, Cambridge

Our next big event is the Concert of Music and Readings for Advent by the Choir of Clare College, Cambridge at St Mary’s Church, Rotherhithe, taking place on Tuesday 18th December.

Last here in 2016, we are privileged to have this highly acclaimed ensemble, led by conductor Graham Ross, present a concert in support of Bede.

Pay on the door, tickets are £10 and £5. See poster for details.

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Bede 2018 AGM: Bede 1938-2018, 80 Years Young!

You are invited to join us on Thursday November 8, 2018 from 6.00pm to 9pm 

at Bede Centre, Abbeyfield Road, London SE16 2BS

for our AGM and an evening of celebration of our achievements this year. Our theme for the evening will be:

Bede 1938-2018 – 80 Years Young!

The evening will start with a presentation from our Learning Disabilities Service. After a short Annual General Meeting of Bede House Association, there will be presentations, including music and film, celebrating the achievements of those who, with Bede’s help, are creating better lives for themselves, their families and their communities.

Light refreshments will be served.

RSVP to Gwen Green email: gwengreen@bedehouse.org

telephone 020 7237 3881 or write to Bede House, 351 Southwark Park Road, London SE16 2JW

Registered Charity No: 303199 Registered Company No: 420386

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June Morgan

Last week we received the sad news that our dear friend and colleague, June Morgan died at the age of 86.

June retired in October 2015 after serving Bede for 50 years as our cleaner. She looked after our buildings but, more importantly she looked after all of us with her kind words and a smile. She is remembered at Bede with great affection.

Her funeral was held yesterday (October 18), at Grove Park Cemetery, Marvels Lane, with the wake  at China Hall pub, Lower Road, Rotherhithe. There was beautiful sunshine and a large crowd of family genuinely missing her. Bede sent a floral tribute and Diretor Nick Dunne, Verity Mihai, John and Tina Stanley represented Bede.

June (left) with Daiva Tamasauskiene from Bede’s Learning Disabilities project

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Additional dates for Millwall film

New dates have been added for the showing of ‘Millwall’s changing communities: Memories of football and neighbourhood in South London’, featuring experiences of BAME Millwall Football Club fans and players.  Goldsmiths, University of London have two showings on 30 Oct: 2-4pm, room 221 and 31 Oct: 6-8pm, room 144 in the Richard Hoggart Building.

Last night the film, produced by Bede with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Millwall for All, had its opening at Bermondsey’s Shortwave Cafe.  Another showing is planned there for 3pm on Saturday 20th October.

Our thanks to Rob Wray and everyone that came to watch the film and participate in the Q&A session afterwards.

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Millwall’s Changing Communities: Portraits of Black Millwall Players and Fans

In addition to the film ‘Millwall, Black and White: A portrait from the terraces‘ being shown at Shortwave in October, there will be an exhibition of pictures taken by Tom Sebastiano entitled, ‘Portraits of Black Millwall Players and Fans’.  Featured are fans like Norman Garcia, one of the first Black Millwall supporters.  See poster for details.

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Bede House @ 80: Photographic Exhibition, Deli Felice Cafe, Rotherhithe

Taken from the Bede archive, selected images over the last 80 years show characters and places that made up Bede’s community, as well as some of our work during that time:
Deli Felice Café, 40 Albion Street, SE16 7JQ – Saturday 29 Sep to Saturday 1 Dec, 8:30-17:00. Closed Sundays. A free exhibition

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Millwall documentary: ‘Millwall, Black and White: A Portrait from the Terraces’

A documentary capturing the results of Bede’s Millwall research project into its rapidly changing local population and the experiences of BAME fans. Screenings have already been booked for:

  • 17th Oct, 19.00, Shortwave Cafe, 100 Clement’s Road, Bermondsey
  • 20th Oct, 15.00, Shortwave Cafe

For tickets for the Shortwave screenings please visit:

  • 25th Oct, 18.30, at Peckhamplex

Tickets for the Peckhamplex screening cost £4.99 and can be acquired in person at the cinema or online on http://www.peckhamplex.london/

We also hope to be screening at Goldsmith College, date TBC.

More details to follow.


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Grosevnor supports Bede for its 4th year running

Grosvenor’s Summer Fete will be returning to the Biscuit Factory on Sunday 2nd September from 12-6pm. This event – which is in its fourth year – will continue to raise money for us to support our fundraising for the New Bede Centre (last year  more than £1,000 was raised for us by Grosvenor)

This year, entertainment will include the Carragher Academy for Irish Dancers, 6-piece band Decks and Quartz, live theatre performance by The Bard Buskers and Dervla & Nils, an acoustic duo from Kent! There will be plenty of activities for kids including Victorian fairground games, facepainting, balloons and Surrey Docks Farm Petting Zoo. There will also be stalls from Bells & Sons, tea and coffee from Big Local Works, drinks from Partizan Brewery and Shortwave Café, and a vegan BBQ.

We hope to see you there!


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Bede Trustee takes on the ‘Tough Mudder Challenge’ for Starfish

One of our Trustees, Wendy Cookson is taking on the ‘Tough Mudder Challenge’ this year on Saturday 29th September for the Bede Association Starfish domestic violence project.

She is joining the team of Metropolitan police officers, who work closely with Bede Independent Domestic Violence Advisors to tackle Domestic Abuse in Southwark.

For more information and if you would like to help Wendy and Southwark police raise donations for us, please visit:



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Bede success at Lambeth Palace Garden – again!

Bede had another successful day – its second year running – at Lambeth Palace garden on 3rd August. A winning combination of great weather, lots of people, food, fun and music in glorious surroundings, helped Bede to raise £4133 from 476 visitors.  Food & drink was served by staff, clients and volunteers from our Learning Disabilities project and visitors were entertained by saxophonist Megumi Mesaku a.k.a Miss Megoo!

Thanks again to everyone that came to Lambeth Palace Garden to support us or help to us including: Lambeth Palace staff and volunteers, our Trustees and Bede staff and volunteers there on the day.



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