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Volume 8 No. 2 Summer 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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Contents Features 8 Shoreditch Church


A fascinating local church both from a historical and architectural viewpoint, which boasts a particularly close association with Elizabethan theatre and is very much involved in provision of shelter and services to local homeless and addicts


10 Sir Geoffrey Keynes


Ronald Millar writes here about John Maynard Keynes’ younger brother – an eminent surgeon at Barts Hospital and famous in his own right as a pioneer in breast cancer treatment


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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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703 Frobisher Crescent 7256 8429 211 Gilbert House


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


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272 Shakespeare Tower 7638 9649 7 Speed House


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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


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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.


Urban Golf


An entertaining short story written for Barbican Lifeby Julian Hale


16 Hotels to the fore


We try out two brand new restaurants, both associated with local hotels (one of which is itself brand new) and an Italian enoteca style winebar/shop/restaurant while Stephanie Ross samples some sushi in St Pauls Churchyard.


19


Inspiring Individuals – Sreela Banerjee Another article by Stephanie Ross on Barbican residents who have achieved a great deal in their lives to date


21


Claire Anstee’s End of Term Report Barbican resident Claire Anstee, tells us what a year in the life of the Lady Mayoress of the City of London, and its many high points, entails


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


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:


Claire Anstee Joe Coten Tony Field Julian Hale Kevin Kiernan Gillian Laidlaw Ronald Millar Gaby Robertshaw Stephanie Ross Katharine Rumens Kate West


© Copyright 2011 The Barbican Association


Cover Picture: Speed House Garden provides a great play space for children, particularly in the warm summer months.


Regulars


5 Barbicania 23 Personal Finance 26 Theatre Preview 30 Insight 32 Heath and the City 34 Area News Review 38 Barbican Association 42 View from St Giles 43 Barbican Flatwatch 48 Afterthoughts


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