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Volume 10 No. 4 Christmas 2013


The Magazine for Barbican Residents THE BARBICAN ASSOCIATION


Officers Chair


Deputy Chair Secretary Treasurer


Membership Secretary Auditor


Sub Committees Planning Licensing


Communications


Barbican Estate Security Sustainability


Roofs and Access, Public lifts, and Walkways


Noise and Pollution St Alphage Group Road traffic adviser


Jane Smith, 307 Seddon House Tim Macer, 603 Willoughby House Robert Barker, 33 Lauderdale Tower Cliff Paice,142 Cromwell Tower Gaby Robertshaw, 706 Bryer Court Richard Godber, Defoe House.


Garth Leder, 85 Defoe House


Robert Barker, 33 Lauderdale Tower Angela Starling, 502 Gilbert House David Bradshaw, 143 Cromwell Tower Sarah Hudson, 192 Shakespeare Tower


Robert Barker, 33 Lauderdale Tower Steve Quilter, 49 Andrewes House Tim Macer,603 Willoughby House Ted Reilly, 192 Shakespeare Tower


Elected General Council Members Randall Anderson, Bruce Badger, Robert Barker, David Bradshaw, Sarah Hudson,


Garth Leder, Tim Macer, Jane Smith, Angela Starling House Group Representatives Andrewes House *


Ben Jonson House * Brandon Mews Breton House Bryer Court


Bunyan Court*


Cromwell Tower * Defoe House *


Frobisher Crescent * Gilbert House *


John Trundle Court Lambert Jones Mews Lauderdale Tower * Mountjoy House * Seddon House *


Shakespeare Tower * Speed House*


Thomas More House * Wallside *


Willoughby House*


Mary Hickman Bruce Badger John Bailey


John Whitehead John Taysum


Gordon Griffiths John Tomlinson Matt Collins Nigel Dixon


Gianetta Corley Janet Wells


Richard Collins Tony Swanson Gillian Laidlaw Jane Smith Pat Spicer


Brian Parkes


Philip Sharples Mary Bonar Simon Ebbins


Recognised Tenants Association Communications Group Angela Starling Jane Smith


Gillian Laidlaw Maggie Urry


Lawrence Williams Geoffrey Rivett


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151 Lauderdale Tower 077368 49425 309 Mountjoy House 307 Seddon House


272 Shakespeare Tower 21 Speed House


24 Thomas More House 6 Wallside


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501 Willoughby House 7628 6581*


502 Gilbert House 7638 8201 angela.starling@cityoflondon.gov.uk 307 Seddon House 7628 9132


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Contents Features COVER STORY The Cheapside Hoard


A new exhibition The Cheapside Hoard: London’s Lost Jewels has opened at the Museum of London. For the first time since its discovery 100 years ago The


Cheapside Hoard can be seen in its entirety, Kate West went along to see it.


10 Doing what it says on the tin


Buying presents in the holiday season, we often have to ask the ‘accuracy’ question - Does it ‘do what it says on the tin’? Sreela Banerjee, taking it rather literally, meanders through the history of tin cans and those associated with them.


14 Barbican Birds start tweeting


Paula Tomlinson updates us on the success in attracting birdlife to the Barbican’s wildlife Garden


and issues an invitation for Barbican residents to join the Barbican Wildlife Group and tweet about the birds they see on the Estate.


17 On the trail of our old clothes…


Sarah Hudson follows the clothes recycling trail from the Barbican via The Salvation Army recycling centre in Kettering and beyond.


20 St Luke’s Community Centre The editor visits St Lukes Community Centre in


Central Street and finds much of interest for Barbican residents, particularly those on the northern side of the Estate.


24 An interview with Sarah Moore


Sarah Hudson talks to Sarah Moore – food campaigner and chef who has been weaving her magic with food that might not meet the supermarkets’ red, round and six to the pound criteria for years.


34 Eat out – and help the homeless


We review five great local restaurants which support the StreetSmart charity which contributes substantial sums each year to help the homeless.


Editor: Lawrence Williams Email: barbicanlife@gmail.com Tel: 020 7588 0898 Mobile: 07853 836 623


chairba@btinternet.com


309 Mountjoy House 7638 0069 laidlaw.gillian@btinternet.com 13 Lauderdale Tower 7588 1955 5 Brandon Mews 7588 0898 173 Shakespeare Tower 7786 9617


maggieurry@gmail.com barbicanlife@aol.com geoffrey@rivett.net


Articles published, and opinions expressed, do not necessarily represent the views of The Barbican Association. Contributed articles are welcome, but insertion depends on space available and editorial needs. © Copyright 2013 The Barbican Association


Advertising: Stephanie Ross Stephanie.ross@btinternet.com• Mobile: 07753 603601


Design: Sheldon-Mann Email: sheldonmann@gmail.com Tel: 01322 412157


Print: The Buxton Press, Buxton


Cover Picture: The Cheapside Hoard a remarkable discovery of old jewellery made a Century ago – Copyright Museum of London


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Regulars


5 Barbicania 26 Heath and the City 30 Insight 44 Personal Finance 46 Theatre Previews 48 Stress and the City 49 Area News Review 54 View from St Giles 55 BA Discount Scheme 59 Barbican Flatwatch 64 Afterthoughts


Barbican Life is published by the Barbican Association for all Barbican residents. Additional copies are available at £5.50 per copy, including UK postage, from: Barbican Life, 5 Brandon Mews, Barbican, London EC2Y 8BE Tel: 020 7588 0898 Email: barbicanlife@gmail.com


Contributors/Assistance:


Sreela Banerjee Joe Coten Tony Field Sarah Hudson Kevin Kiernan Paula Tomlinson Stephanie Ross Katharine Rumens Kate West


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