Walworth Society – Latest News, Activities and Events (w/c 9th Nov)

  1. Walworth Society General Meetings – October Meeting Notes and November Meeting: Online 7pm Thurs 19th November.
  2. Art In The Park Young People’s Creative Activities Online.
  3. Aylesbury Now: Latest Newsletter.
  4. Walworth Community Food Hub: Volunteer Cyclists needed.
  5. Robes: Sleep In To Help The Homeless.
  6. Let’s ‘Ear It Project.
  7. Emotional Support and Resilience Building workshop for Black African and African Caribbean Residents, Staff and Carers in Southwark.
  8. Elephant Park Plot H1 design workshop – 1pm Friday 20th November.
  9. New Play – FREE Rehearsed Reading.
  10. Update From local Councillors

1. Walworth Society General Meetings – October Meeting Notes and November Meeting: Online 7pm Thurs 19th November.

Please find the action points from our 22nd October meeting here

Our next general WS meeting will be held on Thursday 19th November at 7pm. We are really pleased that Cllr Alice Macdonald (Newington ward) will be talking to the meeting about her new role as Cabinet Member for Communities and Equalities.


1. Welcome, apologies and introductions.
2. Minutes of our 22nd October meeting and matters arising.
3. Cllr Alice Macdonald Cabinet Member for Communities & Equalities.
4. Walworth Town Hall Planning Application – likely planning committee Monday 7th December.
5. Walworth Heritage Action Zone – Stephanie Ostrich update.
6. Southwark Council Heritage SPD and Local List.
7. New Southwark Plan – WS submissions.
8. Other current issues.
9. AOB.

To join click here or use Zoom Meeting ID: 830 3712 8178, Passcode: 864727

2.  Art In The Park Young People’s Creative Activities Online

Elephant Park is promoting a series of free online creative activities. Seasons Watch Autumn Edition takes place online on Saturday 14th November 11am to noon. This workshop is aimed at young people ages 5 and above and is hosted by Art In The Park. Explore different drawing processes responding to Elephant Park in the autumn.

Materials required: Lots of paper – can be any you have around the house – scrap paper, newspaper, whatever you have will work. Any drawing materials you have: pencils, coloured pencils, felt tips, charcoal, etc.

Art in the Park aims to involve people of all ages and abilities in designing and making art work at their studios and outdoor sites. Located in the centre of Burgess Park in South East London and run by practising artists, Art in the Park works with schools, community groups and professional teams on tailor-made educational art and heritage projects and training days. AITP also works with the public in creating permanent public artworks.

For more information and to register go to Eventbrite by clicking here or visit the Art In The Park wbsite http://artinthepark.co.uk/courses-and-workshops/

3.  Aylesbury Now: Latest Newsletter

For the latest edition of the Aylesbury Now newsletter click here or go to http://www.aylesburynow.london/ for the current edition and back copies.

4.  Walworth Community Food Hub Volunteer Cyclists Needed

Message from Pembroke House and the Walworth Community Food Hub, ‘We urgently need new volunteers, particularly cyclists’. Deliveries are 10am-1pm and 6pm-8pm, Monday to Saturday.

Please register by clicking here if you could help. For more details click here, or go to https://www.pembrokehouse.org.uk/

5.  Robes: Sleep In Event To Help the Homeless Friday 27th November

The Southwark Cathedral sponsored Robes project is inviting people to join them on 27th November 2020 to raise funds to help local people out of homelessness. This year’s event will be slightly different compared to other years, Robes will be hosting a ‘SleepIn’ to help those who SleepOut’.
Robes are asking you to give up your bed for a night. You can choose to sleep in your balcony, in your tent, in your back garden, living room or anywhere that is safe.
To find out more or to get involved click here or go to https://robes.org.uk/sleepout-robes

6.  The Let’s ‘Ear it Project

The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine Let’s ‘Ear It project will help people understand more about those aspects of neighbourhood that matter to Walworth residents. The project is conducting research across several London Boroughs exploring the local neighbourhood environment in more detail with the aim of helping influence Local Government policies to make them better places for adults, children and young people to live and work in.

The project would like to involve participants in phone or online interviews. As part of this, if participants are willing and able, we would like to include them taking photos of their local neighbourhood and sharing them with us for the discussions.

As a thank you, interview participants will receive a £20 shopping voucher following this session. The project can also look into help with phone or IT access if needed. To find out more email photovoice@lshtm.ac.uk or phone 020 7927 2177.

7. Emotional Support and Resilience Building workshop for Black African and African Caribbean Residents, Staff and Carers in Southwark

News from Makeda Hewitt Co-ordinator/Facilitator, Mabadiliko CIC ​m: ​ 07985 639 087 ​w: www.mabadiliko.org.

Please note that places are still available.

8. Elephant Park Plot H1 design workshop – 1pm Friday 20th November

News from Lendlease:

Lendlease would like to invite you to a design workshop for Plot H1 in Elephant Park. The online meeting will explore the opportunities for making the ground floor of the building a public space.

If you would like to take part and receive details of how to join the meeting, please email: elephantpark@iceniprojects.com

9. New Play – FREE Rehearsed Reading

News from People’s Company.
Everyone is invited to join a rehearsed read of RED. A new contemporary version of the children’s fairytale for adults set in the political forest of Westminster on the 20th Nov at 7:30 pm! The play/rehearsed read is free on zoom and has been created in partnership with Mike Raffone and will last approx 45 mins. See the link below and flyer: 

Time: Nov 20, 2020 07:30 PM London

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 853 1494 0270
Passcode: 364723 

The event is free but we are encouraging people if they would like to make a little donation to the Southwark Playhouse where People’s Company is based to support our theatres at this difficult time. See the donation link below: https://southwarkplayhouse.savoysystems.co.uk/SouthwarkPlayhouse.dll/TSelectItems.waSelectItemsPrompt.TcsWebMenuItem_13196643.TcsWebTab_13196659

10.  Update from Local Councillors

Current COVID Situation – update from Newington Ward Cllrs

The UK national alert level remains at Level 4, meaning that the epidemic is in general circulation with rising rates of transmission. The following national restrictions remain in place in Southwark:

  • People should stay at home except for specific purposes, including childcare and education, travelling to work (if you cannot work from home), exercise, essential shopping and for medical reasons. Other exemptions are set out in the government guidance.
  • Meeting people from other households indoors will be prohibited, unless they are part of a support bubble. Meeting people in private gardens will also be prohibited.
  • Unlimited exercise and visits to outdoor public places will be permitted, subject to social distancing and other public health practices.
  • Restaurants, bars and pubs must close, but can still provide takeaway and delivery services.
  • Non-essential retail stores, entertainment venues and hair and beauty businesses must close. More specific information on these regulations can be found within the government guidance.
  • Early years settings, schools, colleges and universities will remain open.

Council Services

  • Parks and Leisure – parks will remain open. Playgrounds will remain open but families should maintain social distance and wash hands/use hand sanitiser before and after use. However, all sports and leisure facilities, including football, tennis and basketball courts, grass and astro-turf pitches, outdoor gyms, cricket nets, fishing areas and leisure centres are closed.
  • Schools – will remain open and children should attend as normal.
  • Waste and recycling – services will continue as normal and we continue to offer bookable slots at the waste and recycling centre.
  • Street cleaning – services will continue as normal.
  • Housing repairs – to reduce the risk to residents and staff of home visits, we will only be carrying out essential repairs inside people’s homes, focusing on ensuring homes are warm, dry and safe, and prioritising our vulnerable residents.
  • Highways – in line with government guidance, we will continue to carry out the majority of highways work, including planned and reactive maintenance, safety schemes, drainage, emergency works, winter salting, and various schemes to promote social distancing, walking and cycling
  • Housing solutions – continues operating as normal. The Government guidance states that lettings should continue, and all Housing Solutions service should remain available to comply with the statutory legislation.
  • Resident services –the level of service remains as ‘normal’ but the method of delivery is different. We will continue to contact and support vulnerable residents, and carry out estate inspections, and Fire Risk Assessments. Meetings with residents and routine home visits will be carried out virtually where possible.
  • Registrars – as an essential public service, register offices will remain open. Birth registrations, corrections and notice appointments can continue to be offered. Death registrations continue by phone. Citizenship ceremonies continue virtually. Weddings and civil partnership ceremonies are not permitted except in exceptional circumstances (where one of those getting married is seriously ill and not expected to recover. These weddings are limited to 6 people)
  • New homes – construction is permitted to continue under the new restrictions so we will be continuing work as planned on delivering new council homes. We and our contractors will be working in COVID-secure ways
  • Noise Service –will continue to operate. Officer will not be entering homes but officers are responding to requests for a rapid response and making visits. The service is operating from 7.00am to 2.30am Mon to Thursday and 24 hrs from Friday over the entire weekend.  
  • Communications – the e-newsletter has been sent and this week focuses on the new national restrictions and includes updates on council services.

Additional Support & Advice for Businesses

Remembrance Sunday

Finally, Remembrance Sunday is of course a little different to previous years, because of Covid-19 and the new national restrictions announced by Government. James and I laid a wreath at Kennington Park. The Mayor of Southwark and Southwark Council marked the day with a virtual service and wreath laying in Southwark Cathedral, which was pre-recorded before the new restrictions came into force. This is available on the council’s YouTube channel.

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