Walworth Society - Latest News and May Meeting Info

1. Walworth Society Monthly Meeting – Thursday 11th May 7pm. Please find below the notes from our meeting on 11th May. Our next meeting is 7pm Thursday 1st June. Please note the venue (see below): Flint Hire & Supply Ltd, 39 Queen's Row, London SE17 2PX.


2. Walk Elephant. Walk Elephant is an initiative to improve walking routes across the Elephant & Castle area as part of the changes that are happening there. Southwark Council has been working with local groups to help identify places where improvements are needed to enable people to walk through the area more easily. As part of the public consultation about these ideas, a series of walks is being held to help people make suggestions about what needs to change and everyone is welcome to come on them.

The three walks still to come are:

1. Wednesday 10 May 5.30pm to 7.30pm. Walking through West Walworth. Meet at the entrance to Pasley Park on Manor Place at 5.30pm and wander through West Walworth to Hotel Elephant for refreshments at the end of the walk. One of the special features of this walk is Walworth Farm.

2. Wednesday 17 May 8am to 10am. Walking from Brook Drive to Bankside. Meet outside the Castle Leisure Centre at 8am and the walk ends at 10am at the Union Theatre Café in Bankside. Special features of this walk are Lamlash Street and the industrial heritage of Glasshill St.

3. Wednesday 24 May 5.30pm to 7.30pm. Walking from Bermondsey Street to Newington Causeway. Meet at Tanner Street Park on Bermondsey Street at 5.30pm and the walk ends at Mercato Metropolitano at 7.30pm. Special feature is Symington House garden.

For full details about the project see:


If you would like to make comments about any location in this area and the improvements and changes you would like to see, you can pop your comments on the map at:


An initial walk was held last Wednesday and we had a great turnout (for a drizzly 8am!). Please do come along to one or more of the other walks if you can.

Peter Wright from East Walworth Green Links talking about Surrey Square Park

Latin American Dance at the Carnaval del Pueblo shops on East St (thanks to Nuala)

The amazing Grow Elephant Community Garden on the New Kent Road (thanks to Paul McGann)

All photos Dan Taylor (Southwark Council) and thanks to Dan for all his support and organisation.


3. Crampton Street Sorting Office - Royal Mail confirms closure.

On April 19th there was an announcement from Royal Mail confirming what they had told us at our last meeting that they are closing Crampton St sorting office and the parcel collection service this summer. The text of their announcement is below. We are trying to arrange a meeting with Royal Mail to ensure that they take all steps possible to reduce the impact of this closure on the many people who will be affected across the Walworth area.


4. Manor Place Terrace Planning Application.

The comments that the WS has made in relation to this planning application (17-AP-0907) are in the file below. There is still time to make comments if you would like to.

5. Flint's Theatrical Chandlers, Queen's Row SE17

At our 11th May meeting we had an excellent presentation by Grit Eckert about Flint’s and its planned closure at the end of the year as the freeholder has chosen to turn it into residential accommodation through two planning applications that were decided late in 2016 (16/AP/3851 and 16/AP/3852). The details of the discussion we had about this in the meeting appear in the minutes and Grit’s presentation is below. If you would like to see inside the Grade 2 listed building do come to our June meeting which is being held there.


(Photo: Grit Eckert)


6. Nursery Row Park - Farm in the Park: Saturday 3rd June.

Details below of the really popular Farm in the Park event organised by the Friends of Nursery Row Park.


7. "Scratch" Theatre in The Old Library, Wells Way SE5, Sunday 28th May.

Tickets are now available for a night of new theatre and entertainment from The People's Company in the wonderful surroundings of The Old Library, 39 Wells Way, SE5 0PX. For full details see below. Tickets can be booked using this link:





7. Link Age Southwark. Local charity supporting older people in Walworth

News from Link Age Southwark:

Link Age Southwark is a local charity supporting people aged 60+ in Southwark. The charity works to tackle loneliness and isolation, and supports older people to maintain active lives in the community. We recruit volunteer befrienders in Walworth to visit older people at home for an hour a week, for friendship and company. We also offer free activity groups for people aged 60+ locally - join us at King Charles Court (SE17 3NU) or D’Enysford House (SE5 7BB) for gentle exercise led by an experienced tutor. If you would like to volunteer to help at these groups – setting up chairs, serving refreshments – or could drive participants to the group, we’d love to hear from you.
To volunteer – call 020 8299 2623, or email volunteering@linkagesouthwark.org
To join our activities for Southwark residents aged 60+ - call 020 8299 2623 or email info@linkagesouthwark.org

Walworth Society: April Meeting & Other News

1. Walworth Society Monthly Meeting – Thursday 6th April 7pm.

Please find below the notes from our meeting on 6th April. Our next meeting is 7pm Thursday 11th May (second Thursday of the month rather than the usual first) - Venue: St Peter's Church, Liverpool Grove SE17 (entrance up the main steps).

2. Planning Applications: Manor Place Terrace and Braganza St Workshops.

The planning applications are now live for these two long awaited developments.

Their numbers are:

Manor Place Terrace  17/AP/0907

Braganza Street Workshops  17/AP/0964

They can be accessed via:


Visualisation of Manor Place Terrace


Walworth Society comments on MPT can be seen in the file below.


3. Growfest 2017. Free Community Growing & Gardening in Southwark Day - Glengall Wharf Saturday 6th May 11am to 4pm.

Full details: www.burgessparkfoodproject.org.uk


4. Boundary Commission for England (BCE) - What Parliamentary Constituency will Walworth be in?
The BCE is currently working on the constituencies for England for 2020 onwards. There have been suggestions that Walworth could be divided into three constituencies (from the current two). We have made representations that that would not be good for our area and, if of interest, these can be seen in the file below.

5. Funding Opportunities - a. Elephant and Castle Community Fund.
After a gap of a year the E&C CF is open again for grants (of between £500 to £5,000). For details of how to apply see:


b. Aylesbury Community Grant

Grant info from Notting Hill. There are three weeks left to get applications in for The Aylesbury Community Grant. Closing date Friday 28th April. Local Grants available for up to £500 and £1500. At least 75% of those benefitting from the Grant (ie. participants or beneficiaries) must be from the Aylesbury estate. Contact Becky Williams 0203 815 2164, 07584 281137, aylesbury@nhhg.org.uk




6. New Southwark Plan – Site Allocations & Area Visions.
Please find below the comments that the WS submitted following our discussion of the proposed site allocations and area visions for Walworth and the E&C at the last meeting.

7. Elephant Park - Exhibition of Next Phase.

Lendlease will be having a stall from 6:30pm at the start of the next meeting to talk about MP3, the next phase of Elephant Park.  This phase includes two plots between New Kent Road and the new Park, H4 and H5.
 H4 has been recently submitted for planning approval and Lendlease will be able to answer questions related to the application.  Plot H5 is currently under designed development and Lendlease would like to hear thoughts on the emerging proposals.

 8. Protecting Southwark's Pubs.

We have mentioned before that Southwark Council is proposing to give greater protection to Southwark's pubs through an Article 4 direction which removes permitted development rights for the change of use, demolition or alteration of pubs and requires planning permission for any proposed changes to the pubs that are identified in the Article 4 Directions.

If you would like to comment on this proposal (we have said that we are really supportive), that can be done at the consultation page:


or by emailing:


Any comments need to be in by 27th April.

People were interested in the full list of SE17 pubs that feature in this Article 4 Direction and they are:

Open Pubs. Article 4 relating to Change of Use and Alteration only:
The Beehive, 60-62 Carter Street
Red Lion 407 Walworth Road
The Tankard 178 Walworth Road
Queen Elizabeth 42 Merrow Street
Article 4 relating to Change of Use, Demolition and Alteration:
Huntsman & Hounds 70 Elsted Street
The Gladstone 24-26 King And Queen Street
The Good Intent 24 East Street
Canterbury Arms 2-4 Maddock Way
The Royal British Legion 34-40 Braganza Street
Sir Robert Peel 7 Langdale Close
The Hour Glass 131 Beaconsfield Road
CLOSED PUBS. Article 4 relating to Change of Use, Demolition and Alteration:
Rose & Crown (due to reopen) 96 Rodney Road
Masons Arms 109 East Street
Article 4 relating to Change of Use and Alteration only:
Liam Ogs 374 Walworth Road (Banana's Bar)
Duke Of Sutherland 51 Lorrimore Road (now housing!!)
Article 4 relating to Demolition and Alteration only:
The Bell 51 East Street
Hampton Court Palace 35 Hampton Street

The full list of the pubs in Southwark being considered for protection can be seen at: http://bit.ly/2pxLl0j

Great to see the magnificent Masons Arms on East St on the list.

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