Walworth Society – Latest News (w/c 8th February)

1. Walworth Society General Meeting (Online) 7pm Thurs 18th February

Please find the action points from our 21st January meeting here.

The minutes of our February 18th meeting can be seen here

Images of the new Southwark Heritage Centre and Walworth Library that were presented at the WS meeting by Cllr Stephanie Cryan can be seen here

Image of the part of the new Southwark Heritage Centre and Walworth Library

2. Plane Hell Action Update

News update from Plane Hell Action SE.

Night Flight consultation, deadline 3 March 2021: This consultation seeks to continue night flights beyond 2022, to 2024 and then to consider a further extension.  We say ‘no, stop night flights now’.  The negative health impacts outweigh any financial benefit and Government is lazily putting off addressing this.

Night flight activity results in adverse health, well-being and economic impacts for communities.  There should be a total ban on all flights between 11pm and 7am giving a full 8 hours to enable proper rest in line health advice.

Doing a deal with an airport or government in recovery post Covid-19 will only benefit the aviation industry and not those on the ground.  Bargaining tools must not be used to benefit some whilst impacting others – let’s unite and be fair to all communities on the ground and demand a ban on night flights. 

Using your own words, we urge you to respond to this consultation emailing night.flights@dft.gov.uk (more details by clicking here), and sending your reply to your MP. The MP for North Southwark and Bermondsey is Neil Coyle neil.coyle.mp@parliament.uk (if you live elsewhere find your MP by clicking here).

Plane Hell Action S E wrote recently to SE London MPs whose constituents live under flight paths, asking them to work with their fellow SE London MPs: 

  • to ensure that noise of Arrivals is classified in the same manner as noise from Departures; 
  • to include plane noise in the list of statutory nuisances (as are HGVs etc); 
  • and to deconcentrate the arrivals flight path over SE London.

As aviation recovers do we want more noise (listen here) imposed on us, 4.30am – 11.30pm?  No!

We urge you to make your comments to your MP to ensure that we do not need to suffer 19 hours of plane noise – and fuel emissions – a day. For more information on Plane Hell Action click here.

3. Heritage in Southwark. Special Meeting Tuesday 16th February 6pm to 7pm.
A special meeting has been organised by Southwark Council on Tues 16th Feb 6-7pm to launch Heritage Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) which paves the way for a much anticipated Local List. The meeting is important for all interested in buildings and heritage in Southwark. All are very welcome. The link to join the meeting is:




4. Elephant & Castle Town Centre Consultation

Elephant & Castle Town Centre/Field Consulting will be hosting virtual webinar events with the project team so they can answer any questions from the local community. The sessions which will take place on:

  • Thursday 11th February – 6:00-7:00pm
  • Friday 12th February – 3:00-4:00pm
  • Saturday 13th February – 11:00am-12:00pm

 You can register to attend the virtual event by emailing info@elephantandcastletowncentre.co.uk. For more information or to leave comments click here or go to  elephantandcastletowncentre.commonplace.is.

5. Census Day 21st March 2021

Following questions at our January meeting Vanessa Fagan has kindly supplied us withthe following information.

People will receive a letter in the post with a unique access code in late February / early March and can complete the online form as soon as it is received or call the contact centre to request a paper form.

Individuals who prefer to complete the individual questions on the census form in private, not via the head of household, will also be able to order their own unique access code and paper form via the same contact centre and return their form separately from the household to guarantee privacy.

THE SUPPORT LINES WILL BE OPEN FROM 1 MARCH and a wide range of accessibility support materials and help articles as well as videos on how to complete the questionnaire, including versions for British Sign Language, audio description & subtitles, will also be available from the census website to download from 23 Feb.

There will be one central phone number with a very simple 3 option menu to direct people to the right adviser or options (ie to order a paper questionnaire, or any of the support materials mentioned below), and the opportunity to book appointments with advisers as well as receive support straight away.


  • Paper census questionnaire (also available in Large Print)
  • Easy-Read booklet to explain how to fill in the questionnaire
  • Braille booklet with information on each question on the form to help with completion
  • Advice and interpretation services in 49 languages
  • Translation booklets in 49 languages with question by question guidance on how to fill in the census questionnaire
  • Phone or text completion through advisers at the contact centre
  • Text relay and automated (“IVR”) completion service
  • Extensive compatible online resources and web chat option
  • Guidance for those filling in the questionnaire digitally with help options / explanations at each step in the filling-in process, and the option to save their progress at various stages along the questionnaire, to pick up at a later date
  • Guidance for those filling in the questionnaire as proxies / on behalf of someone else who is not in a position to do so themselves(eg due to medical conditions)

Subject to Covid regulations at the time of the census (which ONS are monitoring constantly in order to be able to react flexibly to any changes in circumstances on a local level), there will also be Census Support Centres (operating within government guidance on Distancing, cleaning, and personal protective equipment, of course) people can book an appointment to get in=person help with filling in their census questionnaire if they prefer

All accessibility products and support routes have been developed and user-tested extensively with the help of the Digital Accessibility  Centre and in close liaison with a range of national organisations and charities. Materials and support options have been developed to also take into account physical or mental health conditions or neuro-cognitive impairments such as dementia.

6. What’s On

Arts & Crafts! Collaborative online arts and story telling workshop for all ages Tuesday 16th February 11am to 12 pm.  To book click here or go to https://persephoneandspring.eventbrite.co.uk

Bingo! Lockdown Bingo is back 7 pm Wednesday 17th and 24th February. For eyes down go to madlyconceived.co.uk/bingo and join your hosts John Whelan and Mike Raffone – top prize £20!

Carnival! The Elephant & Castle Virtual Community Hub present a Night Of Carnival on 7-8 pm Sunday 21st February . Join by using the following Zoom details :Meeting ID: 894 4926 0829 , Passcode: 309765.

Plus special Valentine weekend events
Mindfulness: Saturday 13th February 3-4pm  Meeting: ID 853 1839 6642 Passcode: 786778
Valentine’s Quiz (£20 top prize):: Sunday 14th February 7-8pm. Meeting ID 825 9701 07777 Passcode 452779

7. John Wallington MBE

We are all very saddened to hear of the death of John Wallington MBE who was such an active voice on behalf of the East Street traders for many years. Our condolences go out to his family and friends. John, his father and grandfather were traders on East Street Market. A little of the family’s story and their role in East Street can be seen in the History of East Street leaflet which can be seen at:


John speaking at a History of East Street event in 2016

8. Update From Local Councillors

1.    KEY COVID MESSAGES. Please share the following messages within your networks to help us curb the spread of the virus and protect our residents:

  • Mass rapid testing for people without Covid symptoms has launched in Southwark. ‘If you can’t work from home, you can book a free rapid covid test by clicking here or go to  www.southwark.gov.uk/covidtest  #KeepSouthwarkSafe
  • If you have coronavirus symptoms, you must 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 
  • Please follow the rules and guidance to help stop the spread of the virus, save lives and protect the NHS #KeepSouthwarkSafe https://bit.ly/397hN21 
  • The COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective, while COVID-19 has killed over 10,000 Londoners. Keep yourself safe and protect the NHS by getting the vaccine when it’s your turn. Find out more at https://selondonccg.nhs.uk/what-we-do/covid-19/covid-19-vaccine/ 

The council is continuing to communicate key public health messages on testing and the vaccine programme to our residents through all of our channels, including the resident e-newsletter [click here], social media [click here] and updated web pages on both symptomatic & asymptomatic testing [click here].

2.  WHAT TO DO IF YOU, OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW, NEEDS HELP. Please look out for elderly or vulnerable residents and let us know if they need help. You can visit www.southwark.gov.uk/coronavirus-gethelp, email covidsupport@southwark.gov.uk or phone 0207 525 5000 and choose option 3.

3. MASS RAPID TESTING IN SOUTHWARK. Regular mass testing remains central to tackling the spread of Covid. People who don’t have symptoms can get tested at the Damilola Taylor Centre, 1e Surrey Grove, Peckham SE15 6DR. This site is open seven days a week from 9am to 7pm. More sites will be opening soon. Residents can book rapid Covid tests [click here] for people aged 16 and over who DO NOT have Covid symptoms. Results are usually available within an hour. We are encouraging key workers and those who cannot work from home to get a free test. This includes school staff, supermarket staff, refuse collectors, childminders, transport workers, security guards, cleaners, construction workers and many other key worker roles.

4.  WINDRUSH COMMUNITY FUND. This week Government has announced the launch of the Windrush Community Fund, open to grassroots and community organisations. Grants of up to £25k are available to raise awareness of the support and compensation available to people affected by the Windrush scandal. The closing date for phase 1 applications is 12 FEBRUARY 2021. Phase 2 will open for applications on 1 APRIL 2021 and will close on 30 JUNE 2021. Applications are welcomed from organisations representing all communities and nationalities, as well as organisations who have links with communities overseas. More information can be found here.

5.  LAPTOPS FOR LEARNING CAMPAIGN: Sadly a recent survey has shown that around 2500 children in the borough still do not have access to a laptop or device that they can use for remote learning whilst schools are shut. The South London Teaching School Alliance has partnered with the Council to create a Crowdfunder for laptops, and Southwark will be match-funding every donation. Donations can be made here, parents who need a computer or internet connection should contact their schools who a will coordinate requests. http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/laptopsforlearning

6.  FUNDING FOR COMMUNITY PROJECTS: In January the council approved funding for 29 projects put forward by local people and organisations to support growth in their neighbourhoods, as part of a £6m investment drive back into the borough, where local residents put forward lots of great ideas on an interactive Commonplace map. In Newington we allocated £175,000 to Walworth Gardens and £75,000 to the Jack Hobbs centre to support the development of community facilities.

7.  MANOR PLACE FINES: as many of you will be aware a lot of people have received fines for driving through the junction at Manor Place and Braganza Street. The signage and communication was not good enough and we have been calling on the council to address this situation urgently. They have agreed to cap fines at three [more info click here] during the period in question and reimburse residents who have already paid too much. We’re pushing to see if they can go further and also to ensure the signage and communications are improved. As Cllr Rose, the Cabinet Member responsible, announced at the ward forum this month there will be a full review of the low traffic neighbourhood measures that have gone in in Walworth and we will share details of this soon.

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