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New business awards to reward firms that bind the community together

Southwark’s prestigious new business awards will recognise the firms “at the heart” of what is one of London’s biggest and most vibrant communities. The Southwark Business Excellence Awards in association with Lewisham Southwark College, is open for entries from all 18,000 businesses in a borough that stretches east from Southbank to London Bridge and Surrey Docks, and south to Bermondsey, Peckham, Camberwell and Dulwich. Urging firms to enter, Councillor Johnson Situ, Southwark Council’s Cabinet Member for Business Culture and Regeneration, said the awards will also recognise the 87% of the borough’s businesses that employ less than nine people. He commented: “These small and micro businesses are the glue that binds us together. Whether it’s the local pub or local shop or local newspaper, they have all invested in the area and the community. That’s one of the reasons we as a council are supporting these awards – to recognise what they contribute.” Southwark Council is an awards partner along with Southwark Chamber, Speaking at the launch of the awards at Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard …

Mother’s Day Portrait Competition

Award winning Dulwich based stores, the dulwich trader, ed and tomlinsons will once again be running their hugely popular Mother’s Day Portrait Competition. Open to children from Reception to Year 6 at a number of participating local schools, the competition asks children to submit portraits of their mothers or important people in their lives. First run by the dulwich trader over 15 years ago, the competition encourages interaction between local schools, parents and businesses. The only requirement is that the entries should be bold, bright and beautiful. Last year the competition really captured the imagination of local children and the dulwich trader stores were swamped with well over 400 fantastic entries from 14 local schools, panicking mothers and schools were still dropping off masterpieces well past the deadline. Once again the judging panel will include award-winning portrait artist and former Dulwich Hamlet student, Julie Bennett (www.juliebennett.co.uk). Julie has been blown away by the creativity, effort, talent and passion on show in previous years. Ranging from poster paint to sculpture and taking in everything between – …

HOT YOGA PECKHAM has a new home

Since 2015, Stevie Jamieson has been teaching popular hot yoga classes at various venues all over SE London. Over the past few months he’s being lovingly restoring a little corner of Peckham Rye to create a new calming and energising yoga space. They’ll be opening their doors on Sunday 18th February between 10am and 2pm can’t wait to welcome you to Studio 54! Pop along for a first look, a chat, an Old Spike Coffee or even try out their first class – half hour Espresso Yoga at 12 o’clock for a fiver! “I always say to people coming to yoga for the first time, all you really need is a big heart and a big smile – just enjoy it!  I’m a firm believer that yoga can help everyone, regardless of age, shape or ability and I strive to make my classes informal and friendly, where everyone feels comfortable to practice at their own level.   My favourite quote at the moment is ‘don’t practice yoga to get better at yoga; practice yoga to get better at living.’ …

The Last Word: Julie Peakman, author and historian

Julie Peakman is a highly acclaimed author and historian. She is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and Honorary Fellow at Birkbeck College, University of London. She is a frequent contributor to newspapers and popular magazines, as well as academic journals. Her TV and radio work includes television documentaries for the BBC, Channel 4 and the Biography Channel, Radio London and BBC Radio 4. She has written biographies on Emma Hamilton and Peg Plunkett, and various books on historical culture. Her new book, Hitler’s Island War. The Men Who Fought for Leros, is her first foray into the social history of war and a homage to the men who fought in Leros. She is a resident of Leros and Forest Hill. How long have you lived in the area? I have lived in Forest Hill for over 35 years now. I met my husband here all those years ago and we have remained in the area ever since. What brought you here? I came for my friend’s wedding party and ended up staying the …

Mincemeat & Marzipan Couronne recipe

Christmas is over, and isn’t it annoying when you discover you have left over mincemeat in your cupboard that never made it into a mince pie? Not any more! Here is a really lovely way to use up your supplies! Mincemeat & Marzipan Couronne Ingredients for the Couronne 250g Strong white bread flour 5g Salt 8g Yeast 50g Unsalted butter, softened 135ml Whole milk 1 egg, lightly beaten Ingredients for the Marzipan 90g Caster sugar 149g Icing sugar, plus extra for dusting 220g Ground almonds 1 Orange, finely grated 1 egg, beaten Ingredients for the Filling & Topping 400g Mincemeat 50g Apricot jam 200g Icing sugar 50g Chopped pistachios Method To make the couronne, mix the flour, salt, and yeast together in a bowl. Then, add the softened butter, the milk and egg to the mixture and work the mix with your hands until it comes together as a soft dough and the sides of the bowl are clean. Lightly flour a surface and knead the dough for about 5 or 6 minutes. At this …