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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The latest news from the Walworth Society has been completely overshadowed by the death of Toby Eckersley who passed away last weekend. Toby was a pillar of Southwark life having stood as a Councillor in Dulwich between 1977 and 1986 and then again from 1990 to 2014. He was also closely involved in the Walworth Society from its inception in 2012 and attended many of our meetings helping keep us on the straight and narrow. There is a very nice and informative article about his life in Southwark News at:




and from James Hatts at the London SE1 community website at:




1. Walworth Society Monthly Meeting – Thursday 10th May 7pm. The notes from our meeting are below. Our June meeting will be held on Thursday 7th June - 7pm 155 Walworth Road.


2. Flowerful Elephant. The Chelsea Show comes to South London! Events from the Chelsea Fringe in Elephant Park on Saturday 26th May.


3. Tatum Street East Walworth Events. News from Fausto at Pembroke House. For more info contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

"Tatum St Events Team is working hard these days to be able to deliver two events this summer. If you are keen to join as a participant or as a collaborator, please save the date and be in touch.

  • SAT 30th of June, from 12 to 3pm, a small gathering where we will have cookery lessons, poetry, and production of crafts to be showcased at the bigger street party in July. Address: Pembroke House, 80 Tatum St.


  • SAT 28th of July, Tatum St Party from 12 to 5pm, where we will take over the street in front of Pembroke House and invite the talents and smiles of people in the area to shine and celebrate together.

In addition, bear in mind that we are offering training on community organising skills to enable people to be active in their communities, so let me know if that is something that might interest you. 

Read local stories here:  https://issuu.com/faustollopis/docs/voices_of_east_walworth
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4. News from the Friends of Nursery Row Park about activities over the summer and SAVE THE DATE Sat 19th May.

We hope you have been enjoying the sun and seeing spring come to Nursery Row Park and the meadow start to flower!

The farm is coming to Nursery Row Park on 19th May 13:00 to 16:30. with our friends from Surrey Docks Farm, birds of prey from First Class Falconry, a Dog Show with the Dogs Trust (registration from 1pm, all dogs welcome!) and Gardeners Question Time with the Walworth Community Gardening Network (bring your gardening posers to the team!), as well as a bee hive from Bee Urban, with creative activities, face painter and Micky the Magician and refreshments - everything is free. We're really grateful for the contribution from Southwark Council's Summer Festival Fund towards this event. Flyer attached - please save the date and help pass the word around.
We hope you like the new hedge planted by volunteers along the border of Winch and Jardin Houses, mulched and roaring into leaf. We'll be watering it regularly this and next year to make sure it establishes well. Our thanks also to Amelia Rabin and Anne Alagbe at University of the Arts London, at the Elephant, who have been kindly working very hard to help us transform our website - watch this space!



5. Newington Gallery Show. News of a forthcoming show at the Newington Gallery (155 W Rd)




9. News Snippets!
1. An exhibition opens on May 25th (until 28th October) at the Museum of London Docklands that features the Roman sarcophagus that was found near to Harper Road in Southwark in 2017.

Full details: https://www.museumoflondon.org.uk/museum-london-docklands/whats-on/exhibitions/roman-dead

2. London History Day.

May 31st is London History Day 2018 when more than 70 of London's museums, galleries and cultural spaces will open their doors to reveal special behind the scenes tours, rarely seen exhibits and one off events, celebrating the capital's unique identity.

Details: https://historicengland.org.uk/get-involved/visit/london-history-day/

3. Time Out Awards. Thanks to everyone who voted for The Cinema Museum in the Time Out Awards. It has been voted the most loved cultural spot by Londoners. Congratulations to Katharine, Martin and the team


4. Stories about the Reverend Horsley, Victorian rector of St. Peter's Church

Many thanks to Tom Hughes for letting us know about this blog post about the Reverend Horsley.


5. St George the Martyr - Archive View. St George the Martyr are offering an evening view of their current archive projects on May 10th at 6-7.30pm

6. Current Planning Applications.

The Southwark Council Planning portal is now:


a) The planning application is now live for the Crampton Street Sorting Office. The number is 18/AP/0737 and we will discuss it at Thursday's meeting.

b) The Gym Group at 332-344 Walworth Road have put in an application for illuminated signs (18/AP/1244) which appears to be part of an arms race on the Walworth Road whereby after dark everything will soon be lit up with a million LED lights. We will discuss this on Thursday too. This appears to be in contravention of the Adopted W Rd Conservation Area Appraisal which says two things that appear relevant here (5.3.12 Advertisements)

The preferred form of projecting sign is a traditional hanging sign, possibly externally illuminated. Fascia or projecting signs that consist of large internally illuminated boxes are not acceptable, especially where they obscure architectural features or are too visually dominant for the overall elevation.

The use of upper floors for businesses should not be allowed to result in a proliferation of signs on the elevation: however, simple lettering perhaps on a screen behind the window or affixed direct to the window pane, need not spoil the elevation.

This application appears in contravention of both of these points.