Summer in Borough

The Belles have had a lovely summer of activities – running, dancing, walking, crafting and enjoying all the lovely sunshine.

After our talk on jewellery with Karin Paynter in June we visited her exhibition at Somerset House where our president, Muireann bought some rather wonderful silver earrings with iolite stones in – and learned that iolite was used by the Vikings as a directional aid as it changes colour depending on if it’s facing north or not. Beautiful AND practical!

July brought Craft Night where we made bunting, badges, seed packets and cards for sale on our stall at Bermondsey Street Festival this weekend, as well as working on our own projects – there’s a wonderful map quilt in the works we can’t wait to see finished.

Getting crafty for Bermondsey

Getting crafty for Bermondsey

In August we took a bet on fine weather and left our usual basement meeting spot for an early evening walk around the neighbourhood with Dr Patricia Dark of Southwark’s Local History Archive. We heard tales of extraordinary bravery, real and fictional crime and punishment, enjoyed beautiful gardens, and were inspired by Octavia Hill’s phenomenal list of achievements (developed social housing, preserved urban green spaces, coined the term ‘Green Belt’, pioneered modern social work, founded the National Trust AND the Army Cadets. Phew.) We ended up in the wonderfully Dickensian George Inn off Borough High Street for some Pimms.

For more local history, or help researching the history of your home or family the Archive is at the back of John Harvard library and Dr Dark has lots of information to help.


In addition we’ve run in Greenwich and Peckham, danced in Soho and Vauxhall, and enjoyed a whole series of workshops at the Garden Museum in Lambeth. Stay tuned for more fun throughout the autumn!