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Business Launchpad – enabling young Elephant entrepreneurs

Young entrepreneurs selling everything from cakes to art frames, wigs to vintage clothing got the chance to test their businesses in the Elephant and Castle shopping centre – thanks to a community enabling fund. Business Launchpad – which supports young people aged 16-30 from deprived backgrounds across London who want to set up and run their own enterprises – won …

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Healthy eating in Elephant and Castle from DIY to BYO

With the whiff of summer in the air, thoughts turn to al fresco and healthy eating, with food bright enough to match the longed-for sunshine.  It’s time to ditch the comfort stodge and embrace colourful fruit and vegetables, which are plentiful in the markets around Elephant and Castle. If you’re looking for a wide variety of fresh produce, a market …

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Take a walk in the park to say sayonara to stress

Now it’s official that being outdoors improves your mental wellbeing and reduces stress levels, what better reason is there to go and explore Elephant Park? A new study has found that just 20 minutes of sitting or walking in a place that offers a sense of nature is enough to significantly reduce levels of the stress hormone cortisol. These findings …

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Bravo! Southwark schoolchildren to be given free theatre trips

Southwark Council has announced a new scheme to give primary school pupils access to the theatre.  All children in the borough aged five to 11 will be given a free theatre trip every year. The scheme aims to give pupils access to the area’s rich cultural landscape and reflects the community’s commitment to openness, diversity and opportunity. Announcing the £500,000 …

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One step at a time

Want to stay fit and healthy? Try a daily brisk walk – where you can still talk but can’t sing all the words to a song.

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Did you know about Jeff Dexter?

If you’re from the generation that saw the dance floor come to life with the introduction of The Twist, you may have heard of the DJ Jeff Dexter But did you know that the eminent London DJ and dancer spent his childhood in and around Elephant and Castle? Dexter was born at Lambeth Hospital in 1946 and grew up in …

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Running routes around Southwark

On your marks, get set, GO! If you need a little more help to get racing fit for the London marathon on Sunday 28 April here are six training routes to get you out the door.

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Six super Southwark Easter events

On the hunt for things to do with the children in Southwark this Easter time? Check out our cracking guide to making the most of the holidays in and around Elephant and Castle – and they don’t all involve chocolate!  Tabby McTatQueen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XXSaturday 6 April-Saturday 13 April The much-loved tale of the …

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Did you know? Pullens Yards

Just around the corner from Elephant & Castle tube station, in the heart of SE17, you will find Pullens Yards – unique 19th century residential workspaces still used to this day by creatives and artists. The Pullens Estate was built by local builders James Pullen & Son during the late 19th century and originally comprised 650 flats, surrounding four yards. …

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New online youth counselling service

A top Southwark doctor is backing a new free, safe and anonymous online counselling support service for young people. Writing in Southwark News, Dr Jonty Heaversedge, a GP at Manor Place Surgery and Chair of NHS Southwark Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), has lent his support to new service Kooth. Manor Place Surgery is minutes from Elephant Park, just off the …