Walworth Society – Latest Walworth News (w/c 5th April)

1. Walworth Society General Meeting – Thursday 15th April 7pm.

Please find the minutes from our 18th March meeting here. Also, find slides from the talk on the draft Heritage SPD here.

Our next general WS meeting will be held on Thursday 15th April at 7pm. Full agenda to follow closer to the meeting.

To join click here, or use Zoom Meeting ID: 873 1085 3436 Passcode: 365528

2. Theatre opportunities for young people in Southwark

News about opportunities for young people to get involved in the theatre in Southwark.

Opportunities abound for local young people to get involved in the theatre, with Southwark Playhouse Young Company more info here and Latinx Youth Theatre Southwark more info here.

3. Community Hub – end of lockdown celebration 

Join the Elephant & Castle Virtual Community Hub on Sunday 11th April at 7pm for a free fun filled evening celebrating the end of lockdown and a brighter future.

To join the Zoom party click here or use Meeting ID: 851 1467 5817, Passcode: 966644.

For more details go to https://communityhubse1.co.uk/.

4. Census 2021

There is still time to take part in the Census. If you need help there are local help centres, nearest to Walworth would be Rip Learning, Bricklayers Community Centre, Kingsley Flats, Kingsley Square, Old Kent Road, London SE1 5XB, and Peckham Library.

More info and enquiries to: vanessa.fagan49@field.census.gov.uk

5. Art In the Park

Some forthcoming events from Art in The Park.

Workshop inspired by Pacific artist John Pule for Children and Young People on the 9th April:

Art Workshop Inspired by Palauan Dancing for Children and Young People on the 13th April:

Rapunzel Art Workshop with Elephant and Castle Community Hub on the 14th April:

Three Little Pigs Art workshop with Elephant and Castle Community Hub on the 15th of April:

The First Breadfruit Tree: Art Workshop for Children and Young People on the 16th of April:

6. Update From Local Councillors

Violence against women and girls
The events of the last few weeks has left us, like many others, angry at the gender-based violence that women and girls face every day. Our thoughts are with all those who knew Sarah Everard, and with all victims and survivors of gender-based violence. We are urgently thinking about how we can make Southwark a safer place for women and girls and secure the long term change we need. We have called an emergency meeting of all councillors where we will be discussing actions the council can take and bringing an emergency motion to Council Assembly this week. This will include assessing areas of our streets where we can make immediate safety improvements so please do let us know if there are areas in Newington you are concerned about. You can see our statement on the death of Sarah Everard and police misconduct at the vigil here.
New Council Homes- William Cuffay House
We were delighted that 17 new council homes opened their doors to residents last week. Situated just near Pelier Park these flats are available at council rent levels to local people in housing need. The development is named after William Cuffay, the son of a former slave who was a leading figure in the Kennington Chartist movement in the 1800s. The Chartist movement was the first mass popular political movement in British history and campaigned for workers’ rights and universal suffrage and I know the idea for naming the block came from local residents! Full story here
Cleaner Greener Safer, Neighbourhoods and Devolved Highways
Thank you to everyone who applied for one of these funds. As always we received an amazing array of inspiring projects. We weren’t able to fund everything but will send details of any future funding that becomes available. We’ll be contacting successful applicants individually but in the meantime find the list of funding allocated here.
South African variant
The Government is carrying out testing for the South African variant of COVID-19 in some areas within Faraday ward in the SE5 postcode. There is no cause for alarm – the variant does not appear to cause more severe symptoms than the regular COVID-19 strain, nor does it yet appear to be resistant to the vaccines. However, it is important that we identify how far, if at all, the variant has spread. Please do share the details in our full statement with anyone who may be concerned. The council is asking residents in
the wider area (postcodes set out in the statement) to take a test if they either have no symptoms and leave the house regularly for essential reasons, or if they do have symptoms. This does include some postcodes in Newington ward.
COVID-19 tests (for people who have symptoms)
There are four symptomatic testing sites in the borough: Peckham Pulse Leisure Centre car park, Belair Park car park, Walworth Square, and Burgess Park car park. All symptomatic tests should be booked through the national Test and Trace system https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or by calling 119 (7am-11pm).
COVID-19 tests (for people who do not have symptoms)
There are two testing sites in the borough for people who do not have COVID-19 symptoms: Damilola Taylor Centre and London Bridge Station. People who leave home regularly, for essential reasons, are recommend to get tested up to twice a week. Tests can be booked here: https://southwark.bookingv.co.uk/, although walk-in tests are usually available.
The council has been using its communications channels, including the latest enewsletter and social media, to reassure people that the AstraZeneca vaccine for coronavirus is safe to use.
Mayoral and London Assembly elections – postal voting
The council’s Electoral Services team is doing everything it can to ensure that the Mayoral and London Assembly elections on Thursday 6 May can go ahead safely according to national government guidance. Electors are strongly advised to apply to vote by post in order to reduce the number of people attending polling stations and mixing households. Distribution of postal vote application forms (with free return envelopes) to all electors has now started. Councillors are encouraged to promote applications to vote by post when letters start reaching households.

Sturgeon Road trees

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