Walworth Society - Mid Summer News

Our next Walworth Society meeting (Thursday 7th September at 7pm at St Peter's Church, Liverpool Grove SE17) will be a public meeting at which Delancey, the developers of the Shopping Centre and Town Centre at the Elephant & Castle, will be presenting their revisions to their planning application ahead of a likely Southwark Council Planning Committee date in the autumn. Do come along if you would like to find out more and ask questions about the development and the revisions to the application and please do tell others who may be interested about the meeting - everyone is very welcome.


1. Walworth Festival - 3rd Event this Saturday 19th August Westmoreland Road SE17.

Do come along to the 3rd in our series of Street Festivals across Walworth this summer. Next Saturday 19th August, the festival is being held in Westmoreland Road in SE17 and features Tom Carradine's Cockney sing-a-long plus lots of stalls, history tours of the local area and great events on the stage.

If you have any time to volunteer on the day we would love to hear from you. As you can see even when it rains people have a great time and we are promised good weather for next Saturday!! Just drop John Whelan a line on 07535-413884 or email him at whelanjohnwalworth@gmail.com

Plus amongst the wonderful range of Walworth Society merchandise that Diana Cochrane has put together are these fabulous new T Shirts!


2. SOAPBOX VOICES of WALWORTH and the late JOE BENT, politician and artist.

News of the latest project by Julia Honess and Zara Lloyd.

From 1950-1966, Joe Bent stood for election as a Communist candidate for Southwark. Every Sunday Joe stood on East Street's very own Speaker's Corner and talked to people about the kind of society he believed in.
SOAPBOX will include 'SPEAK YOUR MIND' workshops with young people and an exhibition of photographs, artwork and memories of older people.

Speak Your Mind Workshops: Friday 11th Thursday 17th and Friday 18th August 2pm-4pm
InSpire Youth Centre, Thurlow Street, SE17 2UD

Exhibition Private View: Friday 25th August 4pm-7pm

Exhibition: Monday-Friday 10am-5pm from Monday 28th August - Friday 8th September
ASC Gallery, The Chaplin Centre, Taplow House, Thurlow Street, SE17

To get involved contact
Julia Honess: juliahoness@hotmail.com 07960 318055
Zara Lloyd:  07590 985 130


3. From the Friends of Burgess Park - Into the Night

Into the Night – The darkness of night is essential for our wildlife and equally important for people. Through “Into the Night” Friends of Burgess Park is exploring the night time. We are holding events about bats, talks about the stars and films about space. In London we have a lot of electric light all the time which means we never really experience real darkness. “Into the Night” will invite people to come into Burgess Park and find out more about the park at night time.
Saturday 19 August 8-9pm - Bat Walk led by expert Huma Pearce meet by the lake bridge.



4. More News from Friends of Burgess Park - Zeppelin 1917: Camberwell Remembers “The Silent Raid”

Almost 100 years ago, on October 19 1917, a Zeppelin bomb landed in Calmington Road, killing 10 people, injuring 24 and demolishing a fish and chip shop, doctor's surgery and houses. Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, the Friends of Burgess Park project "Zeppelin 1917" will uncover the stories of local heroes and piece together the dramatic raid right over what is now Burgess Park.

Learn more about what happened in a series of events leading up to the 19th October. See the details below or contact John Whelan on 07535-413884 or email him at whelanjohnwalworth@gmail.com


5. Walworth Society Committee Meeting. The notes from the Walworth Society Committee Meeting that was held on Thursday 10th August 2017 are in the file below.

Walworth Road Post Office Franchsing Consultation - ends 23rd August

After 18 months, the Post Office has finally chosen a potential franchisee for the Walworth Road PO and is holding a 6 week consultation (at the height of the summer holidays!) to get people's thoughts about it. There are of course real concerns about turning the Crown Post Office into a franchise but the PO seem pretty set on that so we are just trying to get a number of points across in response to the consultation.

There are two main ways to get involved:

1) There is a Post Office public consultation event next Thursday 17th August from 4.30pm to 8pm at the Newington Estate Tenants Hall at 77 Canterbury Place SE17 3AD and/or

2) There is an online form that you can fill in to get across any points you wish to make. We have created a short link to the form below and also listed some of the points/concerns that we plan to get across. Please feel free to include these and any others in any response. Please do take a minute to respond - the online consultation closes 23rd August.


Access the online consultation form at:

Points to make might include...

1. That it is vital to retain the Post Office facility in Walworth and on the Walworth Road. Guarantees from the PO are requested that the service will be retained at an appropriate size to meet the significant level of demand that there is for PO services in the Walworth area in the existing building or in another building on the Walworth Road south of Wansey St.


2. A parcel collection facility is needed in the Walworth/SE17 area and there is no more appropriate location for this than in the PO building (especially if the developers of the Crampton St Sorting Office do not give guarantees that a service will be created within the commercial parts of that redevelopment). The current threat to the two services at the same time is extremely damaging to our area and the presence of the facility in Mandela Way is simply not an appropriate substitution for this loss. The PO and Royal Mail need to work together to create a parcel collection facility/service in Walworth.


3. There are concerns about the robustness of the organisation that is proposed to take on the Walworth Road Post Office owing to their apparent relatively limited experience of a busy urban Post Office. Guarantees are needed that the Post Office will a) give support to the organisation that is proposed to take over in Walworth so that they are able to take this on service successfully and b) that they are not able to walk away from the service if things get tough and leave Walworth with no post office service and that the Post Office will step in to provide support to find a replacement for them. Overall the importance of this service to the Walworth area and the fears that local people have of its loss cannot be stressed enough.


4. There are concerns at the timing and nature of this consultation. After 18 months of uncertainty, just a 6-week consultation has been undertaken at the height of the summer period with the only public discussion/interaction with people in Walworth being a drop-in session rather than the public meeting that had been promised.

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