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Prize awarded for use of book collection to inspire students

Prize awarded for use of book collection to inspire students

Kayleigh Betterton, a teacher at Christ the King: Aquinas College in Lewisham, collects books by Oscar Wilde but she doesn’t lock her treasured collection in a case, she shares them with her students. Now her collection, and her generosity, has won her a prize. Betterton said: “For A-level English Literature,…

The end of an era for the once-a-week student shop

The end of an era for the once-a-week student shop

According to the Sainsbury’s 2014 Annual Report, it’s local store sales have increased by 19%. As a result of this, the company will have more convenience stores than supermarkets this year. Mike Coupe, Sainsbury’s group commercial director, said “Consumers are increasingly looking to shop little and often, rather than focusing…

Meet the Trader: Deptford’s Amber Tree Café

Meet the Trader:  Deptford’s Amber Tree Café

Just off the frenetic high street of Deptford Market, the Amber Tree Café provides a restorative escape from the crowd with its welcoming open doors and tasty selection of freshly produced food and cakes. Since its opening on 1 September, the Deptford-based café has taken local residents by storm with…

Hackney girl done good: Masterchef keeping it local

Hackney girl done good: Masterchef keeping it local

The careers of Masterchef winners take many glamorous forms: cookery books, pop-up restaurants, swanky gastropubs, restaurants in fancy hotels and cookery schools. Massively successful Mexican chain, Wahaca, was founded by a Masterchef champ. Hackney’s own Natalie Coleman was the triumphant chef of last year’s competition. This East London girl is…

George Ferrier and Scottish country dancing in Croydon

George Ferrier and Scottish country dancing in Croydon

George Ferrier started learning Scottish country dancing in the village hall in Forfar, a small town less than 75 miles north of Edinburgh. His mother had taken him along to the meeting and Ferrier learned the steps at the tender age of seven. He continued dancing until he left for…

Fun day raises hospice funds in young teacher’s memory

Fun day raises hospice funds in young teacher’s memory

The parents of a young teacher raised thousands of pounds in his memory when they organised a third annual football tournament for the hospice which cared for him. Craig Muir, of Castle Hill Avenue, New Addington died aged 22 in March 2012, just six days after being told his cancer…

Croydon business woman spearheading diversity

Croydon business woman spearheading diversity

A woman from Thornton Heath has been nominated for a Black British Business Award in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics category, for her work on diversity. Rashada Harry launched social enterprise, Your Future Your Ambition, in 2012 with her business partner Tunji Akintokun, which aims to encourage people from…

Lennie Lee and the house that art built

Lennie Lee and the house that art built

“Everything started in a shoebox”, remembers Lennie Lee, when we meet at his multi-coloured, rainbow of a house in Dalston. The building is home, not just to him, but to an art collection of more than 5,000 pieces. Lee, now 56, began drawing, painting and collecting underground, counterculture art almost 40…

Disabled girl to compete in martial arts tournament

Disabled girl to compete in martial arts tournament

A Croydon schoolgirl who suffers from both learning and physical disabilities has been chosen to represent England in an international martial arts tournament. Georgia Stanley, 14, of South Norwood will fight at the Commonwealth Poomsae Championships  in Edinburgh this November. The sport combines the the moves and choreography of the martial…

Wapping Market: for street food with view

Wapping Market: for street food with view

The non-stop opening of new street markets this summer is certainly a delicious phenomenon. In fact, both visitors and food producers seem to be enjoying different options and styles of fairs to choose from. Eastlondonlines hit Tower Hamlets to tell you all about the new Wapping Market. Launched on June…