(Feb18) Walworth HAZ - An introduction. We are delighted that Walworth has been designated as Inner London's first Heritage Action Zone and we are grateful to the work of the Southwark Council Officers and Councillors who put our area forward to Historic England and worked really hard to press the case for it amongst lots of interest and competition from across the London boroughs. We are also grateful to a number of partner organisations who worked with Southwark on the bid including the London Southbank University, Creation Trust and the Cuming Museum all of whom will be part of the group of local organisations that will work on the HAZ in the years to come.


The HAZ will consist of a range of projects that look to improve a) the fabric and appearance of historic buildings across Walworth and the Walworth Road Conservation Area in particular, b) help us understand more about the history of the area through research project and c) celebrate this history and help communicate it to a wider audience in Walworth, Southwark and across London. The HAZ is due to last for up to 5 years and we thought it would help to create a section of the website that could summarise what is going on and what is involved.

Documents. So to get the ball rolling we have included here:

1) The press release that announces that Walworth has been designated as a HAZ (excerpts below)

2) The final bid that went into Historic England from Southwark Counccil and which was in major part put together by Gillian King the Senior Planner Archaeology at Southwark Council (attached below).

3) A pdf of Gillian's presentation to the Walworth Society at our meeting on 1st Feb 2018 (attached below - cover image below).


1) The Press Release and excerpts from it that describe the HAZ



The five-year Walworth HAZ scheme - run by Southwark Council and Historic England will explore the many stories and layers of history which help make Walworth special and offers exceptional opportunities to work with a wide range of community, educational and business partners to generate local improvements and an appreciation of the area’s historic and cultural character.

The vision of Southwark Council and its partners, made up of community groups, the local university, local historians and archaeologists, as well as the principal developers working in the area, is to rediscover, celebrate and enjoy Walworth as a historic urban village, a civic town, and as a vibrant place of character where people want to live, work and explore.

The scheme is being led by Southwark Council and will help to restore Walworth’s historic character, boost understanding and enjoyment, and create jobs. 
The detailed delivery plan for the Heritage Action Zone will now be prepared for delivery from spring 2018 onwards, and will identify any grant-funding to be provided by Historic England.

Cllr Mark Williams, cabinet member for regeneration and new homes at Southwark Council, said:  “We’re delighted that Walworth has been chosen as one of the country’s Heritage Action Zones by Historic England. In Southwark we take our duty as custodians of the borough’s rich, varied and important heritage very seriously.

“We are excited to be part of this national initiative and looking forward to working with the Walworth Society – who have done so much already for the area - and Historic England to ensure that Walworth’s rich cultural character and heritage is protected and celebrated for current and future generations.”

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/"

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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.