Walworth Society News w/c 7th February 2022

1. February 2022 Walworth Society Meeting

Our next general WS meeting will be held online on Wednesday 16th February at 7pm. We will not be holding face-to-face meetings until the covid threat recedes again.

To participate on Zoom click here or go to Zoom and use Meeting ID: 870 5279 6798 Passcode: 160854.

The minutes of our January meeting can be downloaded here.


1. Welcome, apologies and introductions.
2. Minutes of our January 2022 meeting and matters arising.
3. The Giving Lab – presentation by Charlotte Gray and John Whelan.
4. Sustainable freight in Walworth – presentation by Bikes for Business.
5. Beehive PH – update.
6. Walworth Stories – update.
7. Planning matters (inc 21/AP/4333).
8. Other current issues.
9. AOB.

2. 2022 Southwark Civic Awards. 

News about the 2022 Southwark Civic Awards.

Apart from the rarely-conferred Honorary Freedom of Southwark, the Southwark Civic Awards are the most prestigious the council can make, with only a handful of citizens awarded an honour each year.

You can nominate someone for their contribution to the community of Walworth, part of the ‘The Liberty of the Old Metropolitan Borough of Southwark’. You can also nominate for the ‘Young Citizen of the Year Award’ (under 25), and the ‘Southwark Together Award’ for contributions to diversity, equality and inclusion.

Nominations are open until the 25th February: get more information by clicking here, download a nomination form by clicking here, or go to the Mayor’s pages on the Southwark Council Website www.southwark.gov.uk.

3. Liverpool Grove.

Southwark have approved (subject to call-in) implementation of public realm proposals on Liverpool Grove, and have asked officers to move to detailed design with a view to construction July/Aug 2022. To see the full decision click here

The approved design & visualisations are shown in the images below.

4. Bikes for Business: (e-)cargo bikes in Walworth.

News about a new (e-)cargo bike service from Bikes for Business.

“Are you looking for a cleaner, easier and more cost-effective way to pick-up or deliver items? If so, then Bikes for Business could help.

Bikes for Business is a sustainable transport scheme which provides up to £700 in subsidies for businesses based in SE1, SE16 and SE17 to help make the switch from motor vehicles to cargo bikes.

Managed by Leigh Gravenor from MP Smarter Travel, a sustainable transport consultancy in Southwark, Leigh and his team have helped over 87 businesses make the switch and are looking to help more of those based on the Walworth Road to adopt cargo bikes.

Cafe, Louie Louie, and local brewery, Orbit Beers, are just two local businesses from Walworth Road area who have taken part in Bikes for Business and are now using cargo bikes to make deliveries and transfer stock between stores.

“Pick-up and delivery is far more efficient using a cargo bike operator. They can park right outside the cafes and walk right up to the counter.” Chris Greenwood, Owner, Louie Louie.

“Using cargo bikes has helped us increase our positive image, not just as a local artisanal brewery, but as a business that cares about the environment.” Robbie Sykes, Operations Manager, Orbit Beers

What’s more, the Bikes for Business service is completely free. If you would like to find out more, or start using a cargo bike operator, or purchase your own bike, contact the MP Smarter Travel team at bikesforbusiness@mpsmartertravel.co.uk or call 0207 960 2553.”

5. Planning news – 21/AP/4333 – Installation of BT street hub incorporating a digital 75-inch LCD advert screen outside 311 Walworth Road.

Some good news and many thanks to the 15 people who objected to this application. Southwark Council have refused this application on the grounds set out below.

6. Conscientious Objectors to WW1

During the Great War of 1914-18 there were getting on for 250 men in the present borough of Southwark who, for reasons of conscience, refused military service when the government brought in conscription in 1916. Some, like the Quakers, were Christians who held to the fifth commandment; many were socialists of various shades.
John Taylor has sought to recover their story and that of the men and women who supported them and publicly campaigned against the war. That research is now available online, thanks to Sands Films in Rotherhithe. The link is: https://www.sandsfilms.co.uk/war-resisters.html
There were two centres of opposition. One was in Bermondsey, around Alfred and Ada Salter, who were Quakers and socialists. The other, in East Dulwich (then part of Camberwell) grew out of the borough’s Trades and Labour Council, though Quakers from the meeting house in Peckham was also a presence.
In between those two poles, in the old borough of Southwark, running from Bankside to Walworth, there was no organised opposition to the war. Nonetheless 32 conscientious objectors declined the summons to the recruiting office or presented themselves instead to the military service tribunal sitting in Walworth Town Hall.
The records are fragmentary but eleven can be identified as coming from Walworth. Their story follows in the newsletter together with other detail about Walworth in the war. To read John’s feature in full click here.

7. Walworth Drawing Room Engagement Coordinator Post

The Walworth Drawing Room are recruiting a new Engagement Coordinator. “The Engagement Coordinator will be instrumental in the delivery of ROCK PAPER SCISSORS, an ambitious programme connecting artists, children, teachers and families – invigorating drawing practice within primary education and making meaningful connections within our local community.

Drawing Room is seeking someone who is highly motivated, organised, has excellent communication skills and who can confidently relate to the local community of Bermondsey and Elephant and Castle. We particularly encourage applications from people of colour and candidates that are currently underrepresented within the creative industries”.

The closing date for applications is Moday 28th February. For more information and to download the application pack please click here or go to

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