Walworth Community Gardening Network

We are delighted to announce that the Walworth Society has received funding from United St Saviour's Charity to support community gardening across the Walworth and Elephant & Castle area over the next two years. The new Walworth Community Gardening Network (Walworth CGN) aims to bring together the wealth of growing and gardening talent that exists across our area so that everyone can learn from each other and help each other grow. 
The Walworth CGN will encourage and support neighbouring gardening groups to come together locally for joint on-site training, share resources, and expand the network of local volunteers.  To start the gardening year, each Spring the CGN will bring together Walworth/Elephant & Castle community gardeners to learn and gain help from experts and plan their planting for the summer.
Towards the end of the summer, the CGN will run a Walworth/Elephant-wide Garden Show with fun events, expert advice, and where each garden group can show its produce and attract new volunteers. Throughout the summer, a regular newsletter and local events will help gardening groups keep in touch with what is going on and provide a forum for learning and mutual help.
The Walworth CGN has come about as a result of the work of the Elephant & Walworth Neighbourhood Forum which identified community gardening as an area for focus in the Walworth and Elephant & Castle area. This project is an initiative of the Walworth Society and is only possible due to the generous support of the United St Saviours Charity, but it is the property of the community gardeners of Southwark. Spring 2018 will see the first and founding conference of Walworth Community Gardening Network. Open to all local community gardeners, and to all those that would like to build a gardening group on their estate or street, or connected to their community group or GP surgery.
The founding conference will not just decide how the network is organised and run, but will start the growing year with expert speakers and discussion on how to plan, grow and run a community garden; how to attract volunteers in a diverse and multicultural locality; how to attract and support gardeners with additional needs; and how to fund and sustain a gardening group into the future.
If you or your gardening group would like to get involved or find out more, do get in touch with Vince Brown the Walworth CGN Project Manager by phone on 07401-552139 or by email at vincebrown@walworthcgn.co.uk

Community Gardening Crampton St with Oli Haden from Walworth Garden (photo Diana Cochrane)

Walworth CGN supported by United St Saviour's Charity

Walworth Society - Mid Summer News

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.

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