Walworth Society Monthly Meeting – Thursday 6th September 7pm.

Please find the notes from our September 6th meeting below.



Our October meeting will be held on Thursday 4th Oct (7pm) at 155 W Rd.


Memorial Service for Toby Eckersley.
The family of Toby Eckersley has confirmed that there will be a memorial service for Toby on October 22 at Southwark Cathedral at 3pm. Everyone is very welcome to attend.


Walworth Town Hall.

Two pieces of news about the Walworth Town Hall.

1. A press release from Southwark Council about the three organisations that are being asked to develop full bids for its redevelopment.


2. A press release from Southwark Council about the opening of the Memorial Garden outside the Walworth Town Hall.




Walworth Society July Meeting – Thursday 5th July 7pm. 


Please find the notes from our July 5th WS meeting below.


Richard Galpin's presentation on the Chartists is:


Neil Crossfield's presentation on the Commemoration of the Centenary of Armistice Day for the Walworth area is:


Our September meeting will be held on Thursday 6th September (7pm) and we will be back at 155 W Rd.


2. Walworth History Festival - Call for Volunteers.

Can YOU volunteer your time to help out invigilate at the amazing Walworth History Festival Exhibition (15 to 23 Sept) in the fomer Newington Library (155 W Rd) or help with us setting things up or be a marshal/ volunteer on the animated Walworth History tour or Open House? 
Even 2.5 hours of your time during the festival will be a fantastic help to the Walworth History Festival which is celebrating the amazing history, heritage and diversity we have here in Walworth. 
Please contact John Whelan on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Below is our initial plan for the festival week- things will change but if there are any events that particularly catch the eye that you would like to help out with please do get in touch with John.


3. News from the Walworth Community Gardening Network - Take part in the first Walworth Garden Show on Saturday 29th September.

It's time to get growing, pickling and snapping for the Walworth Garden Show!!

The first Walworth Garden Show (in recent times) will be held on Saturday 29th September as part of the Nursery Row Park Autumn Fayre. There will be prizes for Best veg/fruit/flower in show; Best preserve, jam or cordial; Best veg meal; Best herb or salad bunch; Best hat or picture made of veg/fruit/flowers; Best garden photo.

If you want to enter just get in touch – we can provide help and advice for gardeners, and we will be holding pickling and preserving workshops later in the summer – if your group would like to host one of the workshops let us know. Contact Vince by email or phone.

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Tel: 07401-552139




4. Pasley Park Festival (14th and 15th September)

The Friends of Pasley Park are really excited this year about the Spectacular Festival on the 14th and 15th September. We are looking for stalls or performers for the Fete on the Saturday 15th September. Please do get in touch to have a FREE stall or perform on the stage which we will have in the park. Please contact John Whelan if you are interested in getting involved in this exciting event; email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
OR phone 07535-413884


5. Impromptu at Elephant Park. A FREE evening of music at Elephant Park on Thursday 26th July


6. Layers of London - The Development of London

News from Daniel Hibbs-Wooding from the Aylesbury Estate Community team at Notting Hill about the Layers of London project that is being run by the University of London's Institute of Historical Research. Their aim is to explore London's streets, buildings and overall history to tell a story of the city and there is anopportunity for people in Walworth to contribute their knowledge of the Walworth area. For more info and to register your interest visit: https://layersoflondon.blogs.sas.ac.uk/



1. Walworth Society Monthly Meeting – Thursday 7th June 7pm. The notes from our June meetings are attached below. Please note that we will have a new venue for our Thursday 5th July meeting - Pullens TRA Hall, 184 Crampton Street, SE17 3AE.


 2. Walk Elephant - Evening Walk along the route of the Lost Neckinger River: Thurs 21st June from 6pm

News from Dan Taylor from Southwark Council about a walk along one of Southwark's lost rivers as part of the Walk Elephant project.


Invitation to an evening walk from the mouth to the source of the lost river Neckinger on the evening of Thursday 21 June.
Whilst the historic river weaves its way below ground, there are many interesting activities at the surface, and this walk will highlight the work of local heroes who are working on community projects across Shad Thames, the Low Line, Walk Elephant, Lamlash Gardens, and many more!
The event is free and spaces are limited purely due to the fact that voices can only travel so far on the street so first come first served, please email me if you would like to join us: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


3. Suffragette City -Summer Solstice Night Walk 23rd June

News from London Nightwalks and local artist Michelle Baharier.

23 June 2018, at 11.45 pm – meet at the southside of Tower Bridge at the junction between Tower Bridge Road and Queen Elizabeth Street SE1 outside Sainsbury’s - look for people with torches and fluorescent wear.  End - at the North side of Westminster Bridge.

4. Pullens FREE Festival. Sat 23rd June.

An invitation from the Friends of Pullens Gardens to their festival at the wonderful and newly re-opened Pullens Gardens.


5. Shakespeare in the Open Air!

News about two performances of As You Like It by People's Company on the 19th and 21st July.

6. The Changing Old Kent Road - Planning Action Workshop 16th and 17th June.

A number of groups in the OKR area are holding a London Festival of Architecture event over the weekend of 16/17th June.

We are calling on energetic people to get involved with the workshop ‘Planning Action OKR’ that we are organising as part of this year's London Festival of Architecture in collaboration with Cass Cities, Vital OKR, Peckham Weeklies, Livesey Exchange workshop and Southwark Council. 
A talking, drawing, making + thinking workshop with residents, businesses, urban designers, and anyone keen on a good future for the Old Kent Road. Between Peckham Park Road and Burgess Park developers are proposing big scale change, but have forgotten to ask many people for their ideas. This workshop is the start of a discussion that can influence the future. It’s an experiment in collaboration. We don’t know where it will go! Please come and join in, for as much or as little time as you can.
When: 16th-17th June, 11:00-17:00
Where: Former Livesey Library (now Treasure House), 682 Old Kent Road, SE15 1JF
Get involved: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
For more information: LFA website and Peckham Weeklies 

7. Whose Elephant? - A London Festival of Architecture Event - June 20th.

News from Social-Life about a free LFA event.

We’re organising an event on June 20th, 6 to 8pm, as part of the London Festival of Architecture. As part of this we’ll be showing the exhibition about our work on the value of local nature, and perceptions of our local area.
If you’d be interested in coming you would of course be very welcome. There’s more information in this link


Whose Elephant? An exploration of local identities

Elephant & Castle is being remade through a series of regeneration projects. This process is meeting resistance from local groups, a contest in which the visions of developers and planners are coming up against existing notions of the area’s identity.
This talk and exhibition will explore some of the layers of identity bound up in the area around Elephant & Castle, from the squatter community of the 1970s and 80s who left their mark in the co-ops and studios in Walworth, to the Latin American community who have shaped the shopping centre and claimed the Elephant as their hub in the capital.

June 20, 2018

18:00 - 20:00
Admission: FREE
More Info: www.social-life.co/news/post/whose_elephant/
Tickets/Booking: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/lfa-2018-whose-elephant-an-exploration-of-local-identities-tickets-45100313251



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