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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.
"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.
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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.
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.
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Walworth Society Monthly Meeting – Thursday 5th April 7pm. The notes from the April meeting appear below.
The two presentations that were made to the meeting appear below
1. Robert Jamieson from Community Southwark on the E&W Neighbourhood Forum and Walworth Neighbourhood Plan.
2. Richard Galpin on the History of the Chartists and the 170th Centennary of their rally on Kennington Common in 1848.
Owing to the Local Elections, next month's meeting will be held on Thursday 10th May - 7pm 155 Walworth Road.
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Update 01Apr18. At the last Walworth Society meeting we agreed to support other groups in Southwark in calling for a Local List to be created of historic buildings that do not sit in a Conservation Area or are not listed by Historic England (the "undesignated assets").
A wide range of groups have now written a letter to the leaders of the four main parties in the borough and the text of that appears below. We know that there are more pressing issues facing Southwark but if you do find yourself talking to Councillors or Councillor candidates in the next few weeks please do raise this issue with them.
Great article in Southwark News of 5th April about the campaign.
Hustings 14th April. If selected, we will also try to raise this issue at the Planning & Regeneration Hustings that are being held on SATURDAY 14th APRIL 2.30pm to 5pm at Christ Church 676-680 Old Kent Road and is organised by the Southwark Planning Network (SPN).
7th March 2018 - At our meeting last week, it was agreed that the Walworth Society would focus its efforts in the upcoming local elections on encouraging Southwark Council to create a "Local List" of those buildings that are of historic interest but do not sit within a Conservation Area and are not listed by Historic England (formerly English Heritage). Historic England estimates that almost half of Local Authorities in England have a Local List but inspite of a) Southwark's amazing wealth of historic buildings and b) many planning policy documents (including the E&C SPD in 2012, Peckham & Nunhead Area Action Plan from 2014 and even early versions of the New Southwark Plan) which refer to creating a Local List and it being adopted under the umbrella of a Heritage SPD nothing has come of this to date.
We hope that a number of groups interested in heritage will be writing to the leaders of the main parties in Southwark about this and we will be writing to our Councillor candidates in the Walworth area asking them to press for the following as a matter of urgency if they are successful on May 3rd:
1) Create a Local List of these "undesignated assets" (ie not Listed and not in a Conservation Area) in Southwark.
2) Involve local people and local groups in developing the list as a way of tapping into their knowledge and engaging them in the borough’s heritage. There are great ways to do this nowadays using interactive mapping tools such as Commonplace (https://walkelephant.commonplace.is/)
3) Develop a Heritage SPD which will provide the framework in policy for the Local List under the umbrella of the New Southwark Plan and to adopt the Heritage SPD no later than May 2019.
We know that there are many other pressing matters that you will want to discuss with candidates but if you could spend a few moments asking candidates to give greater support to these important buildings that currently enjoy little or no protection from development across Walworth and the whole of Southwark that would be great.
Examples of undesigated assets in SE17 that we have lost in recent years or are at risk at present and which could be given protection through an adopted Local List include:
The Crown on Brandon St - DEMOLISHED
Warehouse on Dartford St - NO PROTECTION
Royal British Legion building on Braganza St (apologies - pic from 2014) - NO PROTECTION FOR THE BUILDING
82-96 Walworth Road - This will be last vestige of pre-war Elephant & Castle (once the Coronet is demolished) and the fabled Piccadilly Circus of the South - these buildings have no protection.
Sir Robert Peel PH, Langdale Close - NO PROTECTION FOR BUILDING
This from 2014 and the fight to save the usage of the magnificent Masons Arms on East St as a viable pub (the planning application was refused) - currently no specific protection for the building.
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