Celebrating the success of Rotherhithe and Bermondsey Choral Society
By our patron Prem Goyal
Prem Goyal; Sue Heath-Downey, RBCS Choir Director; Suhel Ahmed, Tower Bridge Road Alliance;
and Q Mannan, UpRiser
As Patron, I was delighted to sponsor and attend a dinner to celebrate the success of Rotherhithe and Bermondsey Choral Society (RBCS) over the last year under the direction of Sue Heath-Downey. I joined the Choir, who only a few weeks ago won a Civic Award, at Tower Tandoori on Tower Bridge Road after their huge achievement at their most recent concert last Saturday, which was an evocative history of Bermondsey in song.
Sue said: “It was a lovely idea of Prem to have this celebration dinner. We all appreciated this very much and his wonderfully positive support of this group.”
During the evening, we also recognised six members for all their hard work and outstanding contribution to the Choir: Penny Barrett, Claire Birks, Steve Hodges, John Hawthorne, Graham Gardener and Lydia Beadsworth. I was really pleased that they all enjoyed the evening.
It was also fantastic, as an Ambassador of the UpRising Leadership Programme, to have UpRising participant and young community leader, Q Mannan, join us for the evening to experience this vibrant community and give him a few tips for his own projects and future.
I was glad to continue to support Southwark’s businesses on Tower Bridge Road and the work of the Tower Bridge Alliance.
Suhel Ahmed, owner of Tower Tandoori and part of the alliance said: “I’ve known Prem for a long time and admire how community focused he is. We need more people like him.”
Thanks must go to Suhel and his team at Tower Tandoori for their excellent service and hospitality.