Walworth Society News – 19th July 2022

1. Walworth Society General Meeting – Wednesday 20th July 7pm.
Just a reminder that our next general WS meeting will be held on Wednesday 20th July online starting at 7pm. Our agenda for the July meeting is: Welcome, apologies and introductions. Minutes of our June 2022 meeting and matters arising. Campaign against plane noise over South London – Celeste Hicks. Walworth Heritage Action Zone – update. Walworth Stories (inc Walworth’s History Through Song (Fri 29th July)) – update. Planning Matters. Cuts to bus services – discussion. 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: 867 6138 9460, passcode: 095379

Minutes of the June meeting click here.

2. Southwark Black Parents Launch Saturday 23rd July 2022, 12 -2 pm

News from Newington ward Councillor Natasha Ennin of the launch Southwark Black Parents this Saturdy 23rd July. Natasha writes:

“Food, refreshments and entertainment will be provided.

Please book your place and share this email among your networks.


You can also secure your place by emailing:


3. Old Kent Road Arts Club Party – Sat 30th July 5-11pm

A message from the OKRAC: ‘It’s been one year since we crowdfunded to open Old Kent Road Arts Club. What a journey it’s been. Literally 100s of people have gathered at the studio, bringing their ideas, stories and enthusiasm with them. As a community, we’ve made things, made friends and lit up Old Kent Road at a critical time in the area’s history. Thank you to every single person who has got involved – we appreciate you and look forward to doing more together in years to come ❤️
To celebrate the burst of collective energy that has been our programme this year, we’re having a PARTY on SATURDAY 30TH JULY FROM 5-11PM at the Old Kent Road Arts Club building. YOU’RE INVITED! As always, everyone is welcome – bring friends, bring family, or just bring yourself.
There are lots of treats in store:
🖍️An interactive exhibition of work made at the club this year, featuring original creations by Young Artists Club, Second Life Club and other local artists/designers
📒A chance to buy our new archive book, OKR Arts Club: A Year in Objects, designed in collaboration with Tommy Brentnall
🍹Exquisite cocktails served at the legendary ‘Aaron and Sarah’s Bar’
🍝Delicious food by Mystic’s mum
🎟️A fundraising raffle with prizes to scream for
💃The annual talent show
and more!
Thanks to our generous neighbours, the party will take place at the gallery next door to OKR Arts Club. This space is wheelchair accessible.
We hope you can make it and look forward to seeing you. Love, F.A.T. Studio CIC (Rachel S, Nat, Kate, Rachel D, Sophie and Nathan)’,

For more information go to  http://fatstudio.co.uk or https://www.instagram.com/f.a.t.studio/

4. Urban Elephant Festival – Fri 29th to Sun 31st July

News from the organisers of the Festival.

Just ten days to go to the start of the Urban Elephant Festival! Highlights include: The line-up includes International performers Ballet Hooligan known for their acrobatic and clown shows. Put your dancing shoes on as there is something for everyone including urban, tap, salsa, African dance and more!
Head to the website for the full festival timetable and locations, or to find out how to get involved: urbanelephant.org.uk

This July, Urban Elephant, a FREE festival celebrating the arts and the community is coming to the Elephant and Castle. Taking place across the last weekend of July on the 29th, 30th and 31st, the festival will highlight the best in street art and performances from around the world. Using creative interventions to connect the new and old high streets of the fast-changing area, the festival will bring to life the streets of Castle Square, Nursery Road Park, Walworth Square, Bagshot Street, Sayer Street, Elephant Park, HEJ, and Elephant Arcade.

2. Walworth’s History Through SongFriday 29th July 7.30pm to 9pm

Part of Urban EleFest Festival from 29th-31st July
An FREE evening of entertainment, live music and songs composed in and about Walworth through the ages sung by four local residents. The event will include songs that were last heard in Walworth back in the 1840s in performances at the Royal Surrey Zoological Gardens, including the stomping “Elephant Polka”. To book your free tickets go to Eventbrite and search for Walworth History Through Song or click here.

The fantastic history of the Royal Surrey Zoological Gardens in Walworth, first as aOrchestra with 50 performers hosting promenade concerts at Royal Surrey Zoological Gardens c1848 conducted by Louis Antoine Jullien who is famous for making "the proms” popular! zoological garden with animals and birds, then replaced by a huge music hall for 10,000 people, is well documented in beautiful newspaper illustrations of the period. Much less is known about the popular music that was played to entertain the crowds and the flamboyant French conductor, Louis Antoine Julien. This event will be the first to highlight the images and the songs together.
Tyrone Landau, a professional tenor and pianist, has uncovered songs held in the British Library from the Royal Surrey Zoological Gardens and C18th ballads that were sung on local street corners. The ballad singers sold broadsheets with their lyrics printed on them, to highlight local news stories about murder and illicit activities around East Street market.
Rawlene Evelyn and John Whelan from People’s Company, together with Matt Meynell of the Walworth Community Pub Project, will lead the Music Hall singalong. Many songs such as “Knocked ’em in the Old Kent Road” and “The Elephants went back to the Elephant & Castle.” were still sung in local pubs until the 1980s so will be familiar to many. Hear more from John Whelan, click here.

Walworth Society researchers, Diana Cochrane and Neil Crossfield, will provide the historical context and images as part of the Walworth Untold Stories Project sponsored by Historic England as part of the Walworth Heritage Action Zone project, with drama added by Tyrone on the piano. They will be on hand to take comments and stories from the audience.

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