What would you do if the people you trusted to uphold the law shot your mother in front of you?
This happened to Lee Lawrence when he had just started at Stockwell Park School where I was teaching. On 28 September 1985, his mother Cherry Groce was shot by the police during an unnecessary raid on her Brixton home. The shooting of this young innocent mother sparked off two days of rioting.
This is a powerful and uplifting memoir about growing up in London as a young Black man. Lee won the Costa award for the best biography of 2020. It is a story both of people and politics, but also the positive power that faith, hope and love can bring in response. Enjoy!
Local historian, Derek Kinrade, has written about the life of William John Alexander Hahn (1892-1968), a pupil at St John's Infant School when it was in Northcross Road and an eminent librarian and historian.
After fighting in World War I he was one of the first soldiers to be repatriated and he returned to work at Camberwell Libraries. He and Gertrude Emma Watkins married in 1921 and children followed soon afterwards. Gertrude taught at St John's Day School for 45 years and after her death she was honoured by two stained glass windows which are still in St John's church.
William himself continued to rise in the ranks of the Camberwell libraries and became a well-known local historian. In 1951 he was appointed curator of the South London Gallery and he also published his History of the Parish of St John the Evangelist 1865-1951. St John's was central to William Hahn's life right up until his death in 1968.
You can read more about the fascinating life of this local historian who is associated with St John's by clicking here.
This is a quick and easy way to add some extra flavour and a delicious crunchy texture to pork chops.
4 table spoons dried breadcrumbs
50g mature cheddar
1 teaspoon dried sage
1 egg beaten
4 boneless pork chops or shoulder steaks
Knob of butter and oil for frying
Salt and pepper
Pre-heat the oven to 220c. In the meantime, season the chops and fry in butter and oil on a high heat on one side until lightly browned but not cooked through. Ideally, use a frying pan that can go in the oven. Turn the chops over and remove from the heat. (If you don't have a frying pan that can go in the oven, briefly brown the other side before transferring the chops to a well oiled baking tray.)
While the chops are frying, mix together the breadcrumbs, cheese and herbs. Add enough beaten egg to moisten the mixture so it holds together but you don't want it to be wet. Add salt and pepper to taste. Place a quarter of the breadcrumb mixture on top of each chop then place in the oven for 10-12 minutes until the breadcrumbs are browned, the cheese bubbling and the chops are cooked through. Serve with a green salad or steamed vegetables dressed with vinaigrette.
Variations: You can add all sorts of things to the basic breadcrumb mix. Spice it up with small pieces of fried chorizo with cayenne and oregano instead of sage. Add some lemon zest, fresh basil and parmesan instead of cheddar for a more mediterranean flavour (you'll need less than 50g of parmesan as it is stronger than cheddar). Or you could spread a little dijon mustard on the chops before adding the breadcrumbs and use blue cheese and thyme to make it more French.
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