Walworth Society News, Activities and Events (w/c 6 July)

  1. Walworth Society General Meeting – 7pm Thursday 16th July.
  2. Virtually Walworth: #Walworth Shops
  3. Walworth Healthy Streets: Changes to Local Roads.
  4. Elephant Park: An Update From Lendlease
  5. Mud Gang Clay Kits For Children.
  6. Update From Local Councillors

1. Walworth Society General Meeting – 7pm Thursday 16th July.

Advance notice of the Walworth Society General Meeting 7pm on Thursday 16th July.

Zoom joining details: click here or go to Zoom and enter Meeting ID: 840 7890 7453, Password: 456224.

Agenda and further details to follow but included will be Architects Feix & Merlin presenting the designs for the redevelopment of the Walworth Town Hall by General Projects.

The Great Fire of London, no not that one! Fantastic talk by Neil Crossfield last Thursday – if you missed it, watch on Facebook.com/TheWalworthSociety/videos/.

2. Virtually Walworth: #Walworth Shops

To complete the survey click here

THE STORY OF THE WALWORTH ROAD: Diana Cochrane will talk about the development of Walworth Road as a high street – Thursday 23rd July at 7pm on Zoom and Facebook.

Zoom joining details: click here, or go to Zoom and use Meeting ID: 837 3301 7545. Password: 181440, or go to Facebook.com/TheWalworthSociety/.

CLOTHES & BOOK EXCHANGE – SWAP YOUR GLAD RAGS! Bring along a book you loved or donate an item of clothing that tells a story. Get a cuppa from Louie Louie. Take a photograph of yourself at the sea side. To be held at St Peter’s Church Garden, Saturday 25th July 11am -1 pm.

PHOTOS, DRAWINGS AND STORIES: We are collecting and sharing research, stories, photos and local history about shopping in Walworth. Send photos, drawings and stories to virtuallywalworth@gmail.com. Follow on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/TheWalworthSociety/ and Twitter @WalworthSociety.

3. Walworth Healthy Streets: Changes to Local Roads.

The latest news on the proposed changes to the roads in the Walworth area comes from the Newington ward Cllrs who have included the following in their latest update (see 9 below).

“As you are aware the council is implementing experimental measures to help reduce traffic and make our streets healthier and safer. We are aware that there remains significant concern about these changes for some residents. We also know there is a lot of support for the ultimate objective of improving air quality and providing other health benefits post Covid19. We remain committed to these benefits being achieved in the right way for local residents. A reply to a letter raising local residents sent by Newington councillors to Cllr Richard Livingstone is attached here. A feedback platform is being launched here and you can sign up to get updates directly”


4. Elephant Park: An Update From Lendlease

At Elephant Park, we’re working hard to deliver the next phase of SE17’s new park. This will see the existing park more than double in size, providing over two acres of green space.

To complete the works as quickly as possible, and with safety as our top priority, we need to close off the existing first phase of the park temporarily from 13 July and lasting until the end of November.

We are conscious the existing park has proven to be extremely popular since we opened it in 2017 and we recognise that closing the park is not ideal at this time, so please be aware we have not taken this decision lightly.

It has always been part of our plan to deliver the remainder of the park in line with the completion of the third phase of the project, which is currently under construction on New Kent Road, and is due to begin completing at the end of this year. In order to achieve this, we now need to commence work on the park. We will be working hard and as quickly as possible so that we can open the new and improved park before the end of the year.

To find out more about what the new park will look like, please visit: www.elephantpark.co.uk/park-enhancement

5. Mud Gang Clay Kits For Children.

Message from Mud Gang: “Hello, We’re Mud Gang, a small C.I.C pottery studio set up and run by women in Lambeth. We’re hoping to supply The Childhood Trust with 50 clay kits for disadvantaged children in our local area. We would love if you could help us raise awareness for this community outreach project.

The trust works with primary aged children at schools in Brixton who receive free school meals. We’re passionate about the benefits to mental health and well being that comes from creative outlets and want to make our craft accessible to as many people as possible so that they can benefit from it too. We would love to be able to engage and enrich the lives of members of our community through these kits.  

Once their work is completed, we’ll fire and glaze them to be treasured and enjoyed forever! We also recently got in touch with another charity to send 20 kits to 198 Contemporary Arts and Learning for their ‘Art in a Box’ summer school where they will send out 20 kits to young people in Brixton from disadvantaged backgrounds.

We would greatly appreciate if you had any ideas of people we could forward our fundraising page to or if you would potentially be able to make a post about it via your social media to raise awareness. For more information go to our Crowdfunder  by clicking here; and for a link to our Crowdfunder video on Instagram click here.

Many thanks, Mud Gang Pottery”.

6. Update From Local Councillors

1. Road changes: See above.

2. Fire on the Brandon – As many of you are aware there was a fire on the Brandon last weekend – thankfully no one was hurt thanks to the incredible work of our emergency services.  A huge thank you to all the community members, and council staff  who responded to support residents. Tom, the chair of Brandon 1 TRA has set up a fundraiser to provide extra support to  the resident whose flat caught fire, it’s still open for donations so if you can please donate by clicking here

3. Cllr Peter John has sent a detailed update to all residents covering a number of issues from parks and opening businesses safely to plans to thank the NHS and to tackle the climate emergency, click here.

4. Activities for children and young people: Southwark Council has joined forces with Lambeth Council and  Kitchen Social, to host an exciting summer programme of food and activities – ‘Lambeth and Southwark’s Summer of Food and Fun’. There will be 85 programmes for children of different ages, their families and/or carers.  The programmes will be held at local hubs or delivered remotely. There will be hubs on the Brandon, Pelier and at Lorrimore Square . The programme will run for 6 weeks between the 22ndJuly and 2nd September.   The online brochure is now live and available here, providing a directory of the activities.  Please can you share this online resource with local families through your networks using the link found by clicking here: Families can be directed to register for the programme online at www.summeroffoodandfun.org.uk

5. Playgrounds, MUGAs & outside sports: Following government advice  and risk assessments, Southwark is  beginning to re-open playgrounds, MUGAs and other outside sports facilities. Key re-opening dates are set out below.

From Saturday 4th July

  • Open access children’s playgrounds
  • MUGAs with locked gates
  • Peckham BMX – Club sessions at Burgess Park two evenings a week and Saturday mornings.

Next Week (6th – 10th July)

  • Outdoor Gyms

6. Libraries: Southwark will be re-opening libraries  starting with those which can be opened safely and inline with social distancing guidelines. They will begin by offering a reduced service from the following libraries, from 13 July:

  • Blue Anchor
  • Brandon
  • Nunhead
  • Camberwell
  • Canada Water 

These libraries will offer an order and collect service, which means that people must pre-ordered their books, ahead of visiting the library to collect them. It will also be possible to return items to the library. You can find your library’s opening times here. Due to social distancing measures public toilets, printing, WiFi and study space will not be available.

The hope is to re-open remaining libraries during August and September.

7. Tenants and Residents Association (TRA) Halls: Hopefully, you have already received this advice directly but Southwark has written to TRAs this week to advise them that halls should not reopen yet. Officers are working to roll out plans on the best way to reopen halls safely and will be in touch with further updates in the coming days. TRAs have been offered support to arrange meetings virtually, using video conferencing software or apps. For help with this TRAs can contact resident.involvement@southwark.gov.uk

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