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Wednesdays 12pm – 2pm, Free

There is nothing else quite like chess. It’s a game of endless emergent properties, it contains metaphors for many aspects of life, and it’s full of elegant, artistic possibilities. It’s also a lot of fun to learn and play!

Masterchess is run by our instructor, Ian, who has been playing for nearly 30 years and has a deep love of the game and all its intrigue. He has over a decade of experience teaching chess to people of all ages, and has a great belief in the many purposeful benefits that taking up the game can bring.

Sessions typically begin with some teaching from Ian, where he might talk about strategies or demonstrate great matches of the Grandmasters through history. After that, everyone gets a chance to play throughout the second hour in the quiet setting of The Old Mortuary – it’s good for concentration!

The group is suitable for adults of all ages and abilities.

Closure of the Time & Talents temporary COVID-19 emergency relief food hub


The pandemic forced harsh choices on us all. For Time & Talents, it meant having to stop being a place where people could meet and enjoy the chance to be part of their community.


In partnership with Southwark Council and a network of other community organisations, last May we found a new role as a temporary food hub, storing and distributing food to local households in crisis to support them through the various lockdowns. It was always intended to be an emergency response to an emergency situation.


Fortunately, with the rate of vaccinations continuing to progress well and restrictions gradually beginning to ease, we can see there is light at the end of the lockdown tunnel when we will be able to reclaim our Old Mortuary building as a meeting place and community centre, rather than a food store.


We have been in touch with the households currently receiving food support to offer guidance and advice they may need from April onwards once our food hub closes on Thursday 25 March.


We do want to go on helping to address issues around food poverty and will continue to collaborate with local partners to explore sustainable solutions such as community pantries.


In the meantime. the good news is that, in line with the Government’s roadmap, we hope to start to reopen our doors from April over the coming months to the local people who rely on us for friendship, support and community.

We’re very grateful to our staff, volunteers, community partners and Southwark Council for a fantastic collaborative response over the past 11 months.


For any urgent issues contact the Southwark Council COVID-19 Community Hub in one of these ways:

  1. Complete an online referral form
  2. Email
  3. Phone 0207 525 5000 and choose option 3


As always, we welcome volunteering applications

You can contact the team as usual on 020 7231 7845 and at

With our very best wishes

Sarah Gibb, Director, and the T&T team

17 March 2021