Walworth Society – (w/c 11th January) Latest News, Activities and Events

1. Walworth Society General Meetings – November 2020 Meeting Notes and January 2021 Meeting: Online 7pm Thurs 21st January

Please find the action points from our 19th November meeting here

Our next general WS meeting will be held on Thursday 21st January at 7pm. We are really pleased that we have got a packed agenda for our first general meeting of 2021.


1. Welcome, apologies and introductions.
2. Minutes of our November meeting and matters arising.
3. Census 2021 – Presentation by Vanessa Fagan Census Engagement Manager North Southwark.
4. Let’s Ear It – presentation by Sophie Rowland from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
5. Understanding Southwark and Walworth – presentation by Nicola Bacon of Social Life.
6. Walworth Town Hall.
7. Southwark Council Heritage SPD and Local List.
8. New Southwark Plan – Examination in Public.
9. Planning applications – inc. NatWest Building planning appeal.
10. Other current issues.
11. AOB.

To join click here or use Zoom Meeting ID: 884 7110 4565 Passcode: 960782

2. Burgess Park Petition. News from the Friends of Burgess Park.

The Friends of Burgess Park (FOBP) calls for Metropolitan Open Land at 13 Southampton Way to be landscaped into Burgess Park 

We oppose any redevelopment that builds on this land. Metropolitan Open Land (MOL) is a special designation to prevent development and maintain open spaces. Sign the petition here.

FOBP support the Council’s original agreed intention to purchase and bring the sites next to the entrance (the salvage and car sale sites at 13 Southampton Way) into the park.  We ask the council to continue negotiations and if necessary compulsorily purchase the site.

Since the 1990s local residents have campaigned for Burgess Park, securing MOL status and preventing sell-offs.  The Burgess Park Action Group petition against the development has been updated and so is still relevant, please encourage people to sign it. 

3. White Dress Party. News from the Elephant & Castle Community Hub.

Happy New Year from the Elephant & Castle Community Hub. Hope you are well and we are emailing you all at this difficult time of our third lockdown to invite you to our online quiz and white dress party to come together and have some fun! The party is on zoom on Sunday 31st of January starting 7pm.

It will see a quiz of the last year, a singalong, prizes for the best white dress and loads of fun activity for an hour to bring us all together at this difficult time of the third lockdown. It is free on zoom and brought to you from the Elephant Community Hub especially after the success of the pantomime we wanted to bring you another fun and free online event:

Join Meeting by clicking here or go to Zoom with meeting ID: 821 4655 1906, Passcode: 044841.

4. More Covid News From Local Councillors

National lockdown – stay at home: Yesterday (Friday 8 January) the Mayor of London declared a major incident because Covid-19 rates are so high and the NHS is struggling to cope with demand. We must all stay at home to save lives and protect the NHS: www.gov.uk/guidance/national-lockdown-stay-at-home.
During the new lockdown please let the council know if any vulnerable or elderly residents might need help. Visit www.southwark.gov.uk/coronavirus-gethelp,  phone 0207 525 5000 and choose option 3 or email covidsupport@southwark.gov.uk.
If you have coronavirus symptoms, self-isolate and request a free test via the NHS website, to help keep your family and friends safe. You are allowed to leave home for a COVID test: https://bit.ly/381KiPv.
Beware of Vaccine Scams: Sadly, we are aware that some people have received suspicious calls and text messages offering the Covid-19 vaccination.  To protect yourself and your family members from fraud and criminals, remember the following points.
• The vaccine is only available on the NHS for free to people in priority groups, and the NHS will contact you when it is your turn. Anyone offering a paid-for vaccine is committing a crime.
• The NHS will never ask you to press a button on your keypad or send a text to confirm you want the vaccine, and never ask for payment or for your bank details.
• At the moment we are also not making house calls to deliver or discuss the vaccine. Anyone offering this now is committing a crime.
If you receive a call you believe to be fraudulent, hang up. If you believe you have been the victim of fraud or identity theft you should report this directly to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040. Where the victim is vulnerable, and particularly if you are worried that someone has or might come to your house, report it to the Police by calling 101.
Council services under national lockdown restrictions: The change to national lockdown has affected the following council services:-
Culture: All libraries remain closed offering online services only. While youth centres all remain closed, online provision for young people continues. 
Parks & Leisure: With the exception of training for elite athletes, all sports facilities, outdoor gyms and leisure centres remain closed. Parks and playgrounds remain open.
Schools: Colleges, primary (reception onwards) and secondary schools will remain open for vulnerable children and the children of critical workers only. All other children will learn remotely until February half term. The government has said exams in the summer will not go ahead as planned and next week they will consult on alternative arrangements.
Nursery schools: The council’s five nursery schools (Kintore Way Nursery School, The Grove Nursery School, Dulwich Wood Nursery School, Ann Bernadt Nursery School and Nell Gwynn Nursery) reopened only for vulnerable children and children of key workers this week.

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