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Volume 8 No. 1 Spring 2011


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 Environment and Ecology


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.


Randall Anderson 193 Shakespeare Tower David Graves, 209 Seddon House 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


Elected General Council Members Randall Anderson, Robert Barker, David Bradshaw, David Graves, Tim Macer, Steve Quilter, Jane Smith, Angela Starling, Dafne Ter-Sakarian House Group Representatives Andrewes House * Ben Jonson House * Brandon Mews Breton House Bryer Court


Mark Cossey, 32 Andrewes House Chris Punter John Bailey


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*


* Recognised Tenants Association Communications Group Angela Starling Jane Smith Maggie Urry Gillian Laidlaw


Lawrence Williams Geoffrey Rivett Dina Nagler


Lawrence Williams Geoffrey Rivett


Gordon Griffiths John Tomlinson Garth Leder Nigel Dixon


Nigel Walmsley Janet Wells


Richard Collins Alberto Garciga Gillian Laidlaw Jane Smith Pat Spicer Mike Hayes


Philip Sharples Mary Bonar Simon Ebbins


502 Gilbert House


Peter Withrington 14 Breton House John Taysum


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7588 9360 7628 4371 7638 8201 7638 3005 7628 5377


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Contents Features 7 Cover Story


John Wesley and the “Other Cathedral” Gillian Laidlaw delves into the history of John Wesley and the Methodist movement,


Wesley’s Chapel in City Road and its museum and buildings.


10 City Corporation Academies


The City of London’s three Academies, located in Hackney, Islington and Southwark offer secondary education options for City residents. Susanna Howard explains.


13 A year in the life of – 7638 9227


543 Ben Jonson House 7638 0571 8 Brandon Mews


701 Bryer Court 312 Bunyan Court 133 Cromwell Tower 85 Defoe House


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07768 737131 7588 2900 7628 3657 7638 7998


703 Frobisher Crescent 7256 8429 211 Gilbert House


7638 2030


14 John Trundle Court 7628 8602 4 Lambert Jones Mews 7588 0512 151 Lauderdale Tower 07711 068865 309 Mountjoy House 307 Seddon House


7638 0069 7628 9132


272 Shakespeare Tower 7638 9649 7 Speed House


7256 6001


24 Thomas More House 7638 5453 6 Wallside


7588 0191 501 Willoughby House 7628 6581 7638 8201 angela.starling@cityoflondon.gov.uk


307 Seddon House 7628 9132 chairba@btinternet.com 13 Lauderdale Tower 7588 1955 maggieurry@gmail.com 309 Mountjoy House 7638 0069 g.laidlaw309@btinternet.com 5 Brandon Mews


7588 0898


173 Shakespeare Tower 7786 9617 141 Thomas More House 7638 4249 5 Brandon Mews


173 Shakespeare Tower 7786 9617 7588 0898


barbicanlife@aol.com geoffrey@rivett.net d-diane@excite.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.


the 682nd Lord Mayor of London Gillian Laidlaw finds out from last year’s Lord Mayor, Barbican resident Nick Anstee, what was involved, and how he and his family coped with the pomp, ceremonial duties and overseas visits as an Ambassador for British business and the City of London


17


Inspiring Individuals – Joyce Nash The first of a series of articles on Barbican Residents who should be an inspiration to us all – written and researched by Stephanie Ross.


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Three in a row – Restaurant Review Looking to the south a group of three restaurants on Gresham Street, all in a row, offer some interesting, and entertaining, food and drink choices


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


Advertising: Lawrence Williams Stephanie Ross • 07753 603601


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


Print: The Buxton Press, Buxton Regulars


5 Barbicania 21 Theatre Preview 26 Insight 28 Heath and the City 30 View from St Giles 31 IT Corner 33 Area News Review 37 Barbican Association 41 Personal Finance 43 Barbican Flatwatch 48 Afterthoughts


Barbican Life is published by the Barbican Association for its members. Additional copies are available at £4.00 per copy, including UK postage, from: Barbican Life, 5 Brandon Mews, Barbican, London EC2Y 8BE Tel/Fax 020 7588 0898 Email:


barbicanlife@gmail.com Contributors/Assistance:


Joe Coten Tony Field Dan Hobart


Susanna Howard Kevin Kiernan Gillian Laidlaw Ronald Millar Stephanie Ross Gaby Robertshaw Katharine Rumens Jane Smith Kate West Douglas Woodward


© Copyright 2011 The Barbican Association


Cover Picture: View of Wesley’s chapel on City Road and the statue of John Wesley in the chapel courtyard


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