1. Walworth Society Monthly Meeting – Thursday 1st February 7pm. The notes from our meeting are attached below. The presentation about the Walworth Heritage Action Zone (HAZ) is attached below and also appears in our new section of the website about the HAZ. Our next meeting will be our 2018 Annual General Meeting and will be held at 7pm on Thursday 1st March at the former Newington Library building. The

2. Fund Raising Event for Inspire - Friday 2nd February. News from Inspire.

"The Indulgent Sugar Plum, our resident bakers, cafe tenants and Extreme Cake Makers series 2 stars, invite you to the first Cake and Champagne night in aid of InSpire!


The event will be Friday 2nd Feb from 7pm -til late - £5 on the door, with a complimentary wine and cake bite.
Please come and enjoy cake, champagne, art exhibition and music in aid of the amazing and important work of InSpire.
For those of you that like to shop the unique POP Market will showcase local craftspeople.
Please spread the word and pass on the invite for this fantastic night.
Thank you for your support. See you on the 2nd."


3. Return of the Posh Club. News from the Posh Club.

The Posh Club returns to north Southwark for 10 Monday afternoons between 5th February and 9th April 2018.


It’s a really special, joyous, daytime cabaret, high tea and social event for people aged 60+ (and carers). See this short film and the flyer attached.


Tickets are £5 for people aged 60 plus and includes all food, drink, entertainment, free raffle with prizes. To book phone 07848 816 842 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. The Club takes place at The Vic Watson Conference Centre, Clubland, Walworth Methodist Church Hall, 54 Camberwell Road, London SE5 0EW.


4. HACAN South East meeting: Tuesday 30th January 2018, 7.30pm at Kennington Park Community Centre. News from HACAN SE.
The next HACAN South East meeting will take place on Tuesday 30 January 2018 at the Kennington Park Community Centre (KPCC), 7.30 - 9pm.

The agenda includes:

  • Heathrow's Public Consultation, launched 17 January 2018 and closing 28 March 2018.  If you have not (yet) been leafleted about this you can request a copy by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; and by telephone: 0800 307 7996.  Further information is available online: www.heathrowconsultation.com. We will have copies at the meeting.
  • Counting Planes: the survey on flight arrivals to Heathrow carried out last November to which many of you contributed; how it will be used.
  • Invitation to GLA to meet Keith Prince, Transport Committee Chair, to discuss London City Airport and the effects on residents of flight arrivals: Thursday 1 February, 2 - 3.15pm at City Hall, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • HACAN South East has come about through Plane Hell's campaigning and petitioning on a number of 'asks': do these ally with your own priorities?
  • Management Committee.  We are a small light-touch, collaborative team with infrequent meetings.  Would you like to play a part and, if so, in what capacity?
  • 2 further meetings are planned: Tuesdays 13 March (possible) and 22 May (definite) for your diaries, 7.30pm at KPCC.

We welcome input from those not able to attend the meeting.  Please do email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


5. Cabaret Rinse. News of more dates from Cabaret Rinse at the Elephant - February to April.

"Cabaret Rinse is the latest cabaret night to hit Walworth, featuring top acts from the world of alternative comedy and new variety, pot noodles and a free interactive raffle.

This month's line up includes Malcolm Hardee award winning character comic Candy Gigi, and from the hit variety show Slightly Fat Features the absurdist clown and action painter Jon Hicks.

It's your cabaret so come along to The Artworks on Elephant Road, Friday Feb 9th, show starts 7:30pm, bar opens 7:00pm, tickets £9 on the door £7 in advance from www.cabaretrinse.co.uk plus concessions."



Happy New Year from the Walworth Society and all the very best for 2018.

1. Walworth Society Monthly Meeting. Notes from the meeting are below. Next month's meeting is Thursday 1st February when we will hear from Gillian King Southwark Council's Archaeologist who has spearheaded the successful bid with Historic England for the Walworth Heritage Action Zone. For more info on that see: https://www.southwark.gov.uk/news/2017/dec/walworth-awarded-heritage-action-zone-status-to-revive-its-historic-heart


2. Borough, Bankside & Walworth Community Council Meeting.

Important CC meeting on Tuesday 9th January at St Peter’s Church, Liverpool Grove, London, SE17 2HH from 6.30pm.

Part One of the meeting at 6.30pm deals with funding decisions about Cleaner Greener Safer, Highways Capital Investment and Community Infrastructure Project List (CIPL).

Part Two from 7pm focuses on the Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre application and a discussion of the issues relating to it.
The full agenda can be seen at:



3. Walworth Happenings - Impromptu at Louie Louie.

Details below about the latest in the Walworth Happenings series of events. This time contemporary music at Louie Louie - Thursday 25th Jan from 8pm.


4. Alberta Estate Tree Planting Event - Sunday 14th January from 10.45am. Invitation from the Alberta TRA...

You are cordially invited to join the Alberta Fruit Commons and the Alberta Tenants and Residents Association for a celebratory tree planting followed by refreshments.
Meet at the corner of Berryfield Rd SE17 from 10.45am
11.00 - How to plant a fruit tree.
11.30 - Planting of apple trees and blackberry bushes
12:30 - Soup and hot spiced apple juice (at the Alberta TRA Hall)
Wassailing is an ancient custom intended to bring life to the orchard in the depths of winter. The word ‘wassail’ comes from the Old English “Waes hael” meaning “Good Health!”. The custom has many local variations, but generally includes making noise to awaken the trees and frighten away evil spirits. The Wassail is also the name for a large bowl of the hot spiced drink which is shared.
The Alberta Fruit Commons is a community growing project initiated by local residents to plant and care for fruit trees, growing and sharing fruit with neighbours.


5. News from The Friends of Nursery Row Park of activities planned for 2018.

"Our sincere thanks to everyone for your support this year - our tenth year as a group looking after Nursery Row Park - it's really appreciated. A quick summary of some highlights of 2017 is on our website here:  https://www.nurseryrowpark.org.uk/2017/12/review-of-nursery-row-park-in-2017/


Our programme for 2018 is below; events, volunteering workdays and meetings. It's subject to change so please check back on our website or get in touch. We really look forward to seeing you in 2018. Our next workday is Sat 27th January 09:30 to 11:30, and meeting on Monday 29th January at 67 Balfour Street SE17 1PL 19:00-20:00. Notes of our last meeting are on our website here:  https://www.nurseryrowpark.org.uk/meetings/27-november-2017/"

Contact:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


6. Conservation Areas in Southwark.

News of an important meeting organised by the Peckham Heritage Regeneration Partnership that focuses on heritage protection in Southwark with speakers including Simon Bevan, Southwark Council's Director of Planning.

PUBLIC MEETING TUESDAY 23rd JANUARY 7-9pm. Refreshments and information from 6.30pm at All Saints Hall, Blenheim Grove, Peckham.


Walworth Community Gardening Network Conference - Report
Please find the report from the recent sun-drenched Walworth CGN conference below.

If you or fellow residents would like any support in setting up or running a Community Garden, please contact Vince at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Walworth Community Gardening Network Conference - 21st April 2018

Interested in community gardening in Walworth? Come along to the FREE inaugural WCGN conference. Just come along on the day to Walworth Garden or let us know in advance by emailing Vince Brown at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. OR phoning him on 07401-552139.



Launch September 2017

We are delighted to announce that the Walworth Society has received funding from United St Saviour's Charity to support community gardening across the Walworth and Elephant & Castle area over the next two years. The new Walworth Community Gardening Network (Walworth CGN) aims to bring together the wealth of growing and gardening talent that exists across our area so that everyone can learn from each other and help each other grow. 
The Walworth CGN will encourage and support neighbouring gardening groups to come together locally for joint on-site training, share resources, and expand the network of local volunteers.  To start the gardening year, each Spring the CGN will bring together Walworth/Elephant & Castle community gardeners to learn and gain help from experts and plan their planting for the summer.
Towards the end of the summer, the CGN will run a Walworth/Elephant-wide Garden Show with fun events, expert advice, and where each garden group can show its produce and attract new volunteers. Throughout the summer, a regular newsletter and local events will help gardening groups keep in touch with what is going on and provide a forum for learning and mutual help.
The Walworth CGN has come about as a result of the work of the Elephant & Walworth Neighbourhood Forum which identified community gardening as an area for focus in the Walworth and Elephant & Castle area. This project is an initiative of the Walworth Society and is only possible due to the generous support of the United St Saviours Charity, but it is the property of the community gardeners of Southwark. Spring 2018 will see the first and founding conference of Walworth Community Gardening Network. Open to all local community gardeners, and to all those that would like to build a gardening group on their estate or street, or connected to their community group or GP surgery.
The founding conference will not just decide how the network is organised and run, but will start the growing year with expert speakers and discussion on how to plan, grow and run a community garden; how to attract volunteers in a diverse and multicultural locality; how to attract and support gardeners with additional needs; and how to fund and sustain a gardening group into the future.
If you or your gardening group would like to get involved or find out more, do get in touch with Vince Brown the Walworth CGN Project Manager by phone on 07401-552139 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Community Gardening Crampton St with Oli Haden from Walworth Garden (photo Diana Cochrane)

Walworth CGN supported by United St Saviour's Charity