Walworth Society News –  w/c 20th June 2022

1. Walworth Society General Meeting – Wednesday 22nd June 7pm.
Just a reminder that our next general WS meeting will be held on Wednesday 22nd June online starting at 7pm. Apologies that this month we are meeting on the fourth Wednesday (rather than our usual third Wednesday); back to the third Wednesday in July (20th))!

Our agenda for the June meeting is: Welcome, apologies and introductions. Minutes of our May 2022 meeting and matters arising. Walworth Heritage Action Zone – Update Ellie Cook (Southwark Council/HAZ Officer). Adopting a Local List in Southwark – discussion led by Ellie Cook. A community pub for Walworth – update Matt Meynell. Walworth Stories – update. Planning Matters – inc. 31 Amelia St, Lendlease H1, Manor of Walworth PH (Karaoke Bar) – (22/AP/2012) Cuts to bus services – discussion. WS meetings – Code of Conduct – discussion. Browning Street changes – consultation. Other current issues. AOB. We look forward to seeing you at the meeting if you can make it.

Join in on Zoom, click here or log on with, meeting ID 871 6929 7945, Passcode: 702293.

Minutes of May meeting can be found by clicking here

2. Browning Street Consultation

Southwark Council are seeking views and opinionson the initial design proposals for Browning Street. Southwark say “We are working with local people to create a people-friendly Browning Street as part of the Walworth Low-Emission Neighbourhood. In 2019 local residents told us in a survey that you want Browning Street to have fewer cars and be an attractive place to stop and rest, where people feel safe.

In 2020 we introduced a traffic filter on Browning Street to help reduce traffic. This car-free space can now be used for other things by the community. 

Now we want to work with local people to design a space that reflects the local community’s aspirations for the area and creates a healthier, greener and safer Browning Street”.

NB Consultation closes 26th June.

You can have your say by clicking here or go to  www.southwark.gov.uk/browning-street.

3. Walworth Town Hall Update.

Latest news on the Town Hall refurbishment below. To see as a pdf click here.

4. Cuts to Bus Services Through Walworth.

Transport For London are carrying out a ‘Central London Bus Review’ survey and a number of London bus routes are under threat, including the 12 (24 hour), 45 and 78 all of which serve Walworth. There are also proposed changes to routes 148, 53, 171 and 521 all of which will affect travel to, from, and through Walworth.

You can have your say by taking part in the TFL survey by clicking here or going to https://haveyoursay.tfl.gov.uk/busreview. There is a campaign to fight the proposed cuts to bus routes: ‘Save Southwark Busses’, you can find more details by clicking here

There will be further details on the proposed bus route cuts and the other changes at the forthcoming Walworth Society meeting.

5. Eightieth Anniversary Of The Gurney St Bomb

Saturday 6th June 1942: At 21:30 hours on Saturday 6th June 1942, a large explosion was heard in the Elephant & Castle area. The explosion demolished four blocks of flatsand damaged many others. According to the official Ministry of Home Security report, eighteen people were killed, 62 were seriously injured and 72 were slightly injured. Amongst the dead were six children under the age of ten, who eyewitnesses report had been playing cricket in the street just before the explosion. Their bodies were found close together by rescue units who had been summoned to the scene. For the full story click here.

To mark the anniversary Southwark News carries an article by Neil Crossfield (to view the article click here), and the Walworth Society have placed information banners near the site of the bomb: by the memorial in Elephant Square and in Little Louie café, Ash Avenue, Elephant Park. Please do have a look if you have a minute.

6. Cinema Museum 

Message from the Cinema Museum: GREAT NEWS EVERYONE! After 15 years of campaigning The Cinema Museum’s future looks bright. At last we have a chance to secure a permanent home for the Museum AND save a well-loved, unique heritage building (The Lambeth Workhouse, once home to a young Charlie Chaplin). 

We are thrilled; we can’t wait to buy it, mend it and share it with those who love cinema, film, creativity, architecture, stories, memories and all the good that comes from positive social change, pro-environmental behaviour and caring communities.

Fore more details click here. Or go to Cinema Museum website www.cinemamuseum.org.uk.

7. Volunteers Needed For Urban Elephant Festival: 29-31 July

Volunteers needed to help with the Urban Elephant Festival: a three day family festival celebrating and connecting Walworth and the Elephant & Castle. To volunteer or to find our more contact John Whelan on whelanjohnwalworth@gmail.com

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