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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/
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.
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Walworth Community Gardening Network Conference - Report
Please find the report from the recent sun-drenched Walworth CGN conference below.
Walworth Community Gardening Network Conference - 21st April 2018
Launch September 2017
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.
Community Gardening Crampton St with Oli Haden from Walworth Garden (photo Diana Cochrane)
Walworth CGN supported by United St Saviour's Charity
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