Walworth Society - June Meeting and Latest News

1. Walworth Society Monthly Meeting – Thursday 1st June 7pm. Please find the notes of the meeting below. Our next meeting is 7pm Thursday 6th July. The meeting will be held in St Peter's Church.

2. Walworth Festival - Special Volunteers' Meeting Monday 12th June 6pm-8pm.

News about a special get-together for anyone interested in volunteering at the events coming up in Walworth over the summer. If you are planning on going to this event, please can you RSVP:
robert@communitysouthwark.org or phone Robert on 020 7358 7019

Full details at:



The Walworth Society recently announced that they will bringing back to life the old Walworth Festival as a major event in Walworth for 2017. Not seen since the early 1980s, they will be creating four street and Park based festivals across four Saturdays this Summer along with a package of local events to promote the heritage, creativity and diversity of the Walworth area.

This is a huge opportunity for local residents (and those who work in the area) to invest something into their local community, and to find out more about the streets around them.

We want to hear your ideas for the festival but, most importantly, we need your help! This Walworth CAN (Community Action Network) meeting will be bringing to life some of the area's local history and characters though film and performances by local actors. John Whelan, who is orchestrating events, will also be on hand to provide attendees with all the information they could need.

So... want to find out more about a festival that will be taking the Walworth area by storm this summer? Have you got any ideas of the types of things you would like to see at the festival? Do you have a community event you would like to publicise or would you like to tell people about the work that your community group does? Do you want to volunteer to help on one or more of the festival days? If the answer is YES, your community and the Walworth Festival needs YOU! 

There will also be some time set aside to discuss any general issues that you might want to raise, as well as providing the opportunity for you to share any news and information that is relevant to Walworth.

If the answer is yes come and join us at Crossway Christian Centre (behind the Strata tower). 18 Hampton Street. SE1 6SN. Monday 12th June 6pm-8pm. Their will also be a community history film and some actors from People's Company animating local history as part of the event.

3. Pullens Open Studios - Summer 2017. News about this year's summer Open Studios.

Come & wander round the beautiful yards by the cafe. The cafe will be BBQing the whole weekend with a bar.

Friday 9th June 6.30 - 9.30 p.m.
Sat 10th & Sun 11th June 11 a.m - 6 p.m.

4. Unearthing Elephant - Film screening, Tate Modern 9 June 2017, Elephant & Castle 8 June. FREE EVENT. News from Peoples Bureau.

"You are warmly invited to a screening of UNEARTHING Elephant, a film about Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre, which sits at the heart of rapidly changing urban fabric of Elephant and Castle."
Created by Eva Sajovic, Rebecca Davies and Sarah Butler. Editing by Shona Hamilton. 
With support from Arts Council England.
Thursday June 8th, 7 pm
Elephant&Castle shopping centre (location tbc)
Friday June 9th
Tate Exchange
5th Floor, Blavatnik Building, Tate Modern
Doors: 6 - 8 pm
Screening: 6.30 pm



5. The Great Get Together Bankside.

On Sunday 18 June Bankside Open Spaces Trust is hosting what is likely to be the biggest street party the area has seen, with everything from bake offs to bark offs. It’s all part of ‘The Great Get Together’, a nationwide event inspired by Jo Cox and marks the first anniversary of her murder.

Full info:




6. St. Mary Newington - News of Public Exhibition of Proposals.

"St Mary Newington is working with Greenacre Capital on plans for the redevelopment of the car park at the rear of the church.  We have appointed BUJ Architects to bring forward a high quality design. Our proposals include much-needed new homes and flexible community space that can be adapted to the needs of a wide range of users.

Visit our Public Exhibition. We will be holding a public exhibition over one day:
Date    Saturday 10 June
Time    10.00am – 1.00pm
Venue  St Mary Newington
            57a Kennington Park Road
            London SE11 4JQ
We Welcome Your Views.  If you are unable to attend the exhibition, we would still like to hear from you.
You can get in touch with us by using the contact details below:
St. Mary Newington Consultation
c/o Four Communications Ltd
20 St Thomas Street. London SE1 9BF
T   020 3697 4374
E   stmaryschurch@fourcommunications.com"

Details in the flyer below:

  7. Latest News from Carnaval del Pueblo.

Walworth Society members are invited to a public preview celebrating the opening of the RIBA Beyond Borders: Architecture Open at Elephant and Castle Exhibition which will take place on Wednesday 7 June from 6pm to 9pm at the Carnaval del Pueblo Hub, East Street, SE17 2DJ
Please see link below from RIBA’s website publicising the exhibition:
PLUS ALSO COMING UP -  Please also 'save the date' for:
1. RIBA LATE - BEYOND BORDERS - A special late event will launch this year's Architecture Open - 'Beyond Borders'.  July 3 2017, 6pm-10pm at  66, Portland Place, London W1B 1AD. 
Free registration required on RIBA website.

2. Plaza Latina Festival 2017 - Sunday August 6, 2017.  Nursery Row Park, East Street, London SE17 1QZ. FREE!


8. Architectural History Tour of the Brandon Estate - Wednesday June 21st at 6.30pm.

News about a walk that is being held as part of The London Festival of Architecture: Hollamby’s Brandon Estate. Meeting outside Oval Station at 6.20pm for a 6.30pm start. Owen Hopkins leads a tour of Ted Hollamby’s Brandon Estate. Full details:


20th Century Society Members £12, Non-members £15.





Download this file (WSMinutes-01Jun17.pdf)WSMinutes-01Jun17.pdf64 kB

Walworth Society - Latest News and May Meeting Info

1. Walworth Society Monthly Meeting – Thursday 11th May 7pm. Please find below the notes from our meeting on 11th May. Our next meeting is 7pm Thursday 1st June. Please note the venue (see below): Flint Hire & Supply Ltd, 39 Queen's Row, London SE17 2PX.


2. Walk Elephant. Walk Elephant is an initiative to improve walking routes across the Elephant & Castle area as part of the changes that are happening there. Southwark Council has been working with local groups to help identify places where improvements are needed to enable people to walk through the area more easily. As part of the public consultation about these ideas, a series of walks is being held to help people make suggestions about what needs to change and everyone is welcome to come on them.

The three walks still to come are:

1. Wednesday 10 May 5.30pm to 7.30pm. Walking through West Walworth. Meet at the entrance to Pasley Park on Manor Place at 5.30pm and wander through West Walworth to Hotel Elephant for refreshments at the end of the walk. One of the special features of this walk is Walworth Farm.

2. Wednesday 17 May 8am to 10am. Walking from Brook Drive to Bankside. Meet outside the Castle Leisure Centre at 8am and the walk ends at 10am at the Union Theatre Café in Bankside. Special features of this walk are Lamlash Street and the industrial heritage of Glasshill St.

3. Wednesday 24 May 5.30pm to 7.30pm. Walking from Bermondsey Street to Newington Causeway. Meet at Tanner Street Park on Bermondsey Street at 5.30pm and the walk ends at Mercato Metropolitano at 7.30pm. Special feature is Symington House garden.

For full details about the project see:


If you would like to make comments about any location in this area and the improvements and changes you would like to see, you can pop your comments on the map at:


An initial walk was held last Wednesday and we had a great turnout (for a drizzly 8am!). Please do come along to one or more of the other walks if you can.

Peter Wright from East Walworth Green Links talking about Surrey Square Park

Latin American Dance at the Carnaval del Pueblo shops on East St (thanks to Nuala)

The amazing Grow Elephant Community Garden on the New Kent Road (thanks to Paul McGann)

All photos Dan Taylor (Southwark Council) and thanks to Dan for all his support and organisation.


3. Crampton Street Sorting Office - Royal Mail confirms closure.

On April 19th there was an announcement from Royal Mail confirming what they had told us at our last meeting that they are closing Crampton St sorting office and the parcel collection service this summer. The text of their announcement is below. We are trying to arrange a meeting with Royal Mail to ensure that they take all steps possible to reduce the impact of this closure on the many people who will be affected across the Walworth area.


4. Manor Place Terrace Planning Application.

The comments that the WS has made in relation to this planning application (17-AP-0907) are in the file below. There is still time to make comments if you would like to.

5. Flint's Theatrical Chandlers, Queen's Row SE17

At our 11th May meeting we had an excellent presentation by Grit Eckert about Flint’s and its planned closure at the end of the year as the freeholder has chosen to turn it into residential accommodation through two planning applications that were decided late in 2016 (16/AP/3851 and 16/AP/3852). The details of the discussion we had about this in the meeting appear in the minutes and Grit’s presentation is below. If you would like to see inside the Grade 2 listed building do come to our June meeting which is being held there.


(Photo: Grit Eckert)


6. Nursery Row Park - Farm in the Park: Saturday 3rd June.

Details below of the really popular Farm in the Park event organised by the Friends of Nursery Row Park.


7. "Scratch" Theatre in The Old Library, Wells Way SE5, Sunday 28th May.

Tickets are now available for a night of new theatre and entertainment from The People's Company in the wonderful surroundings of The Old Library, 39 Wells Way, SE5 0PX. For full details see below. Tickets can be booked using this link:





7. Link Age Southwark. Local charity supporting older people in Walworth

News from Link Age Southwark:

Link Age Southwark is a local charity supporting people aged 60+ in Southwark. The charity works to tackle loneliness and isolation, and supports older people to maintain active lives in the community. We recruit volunteer befrienders in Walworth to visit older people at home for an hour a week, for friendship and company. We also offer free activity groups for people aged 60+ locally - join us at King Charles Court (SE17 3NU) or D’Enysford House (SE5 7BB) for gentle exercise led by an experienced tutor. If you would like to volunteer to help at these groups – setting up chairs, serving refreshments – or could drive participants to the group, we’d love to hear from you.
To volunteer – call 020 8299 2623, or email volunteering@linkagesouthwark.org
To join our activities for Southwark residents aged 60+ - call 020 8299 2623 or email info@linkagesouthwark.org

Additional information