Walworth Society News, Activities and Events (w/c 20 April)

Updated: Sep 29

1. Walworth Society Virtual Themed Meeting and Walworth Diarists. 


In search of a ‘lost river’: walking (virtually) the Earl’s Sluice from Walworth to Rotherhithe with Stephanie Ostrich, Walworth Heritage Action Zone Project Manager.


The Walworth Society invites you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

 Time: Apr 23, 2020 07:00 PM London

 Join Zoom Meeting by clicking here or paste to browser the address below

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/77010353553?pwd=dFhKS1lXdHZUMlRwRHhTT2ZsT2tEUT09

 Meeting ID: 770 1035 3553

Password: 882650     Please use password to join (this is to help protect against Zoom bombers)


The River Thames winds through the heart of London, fed by its many tributaries, streams and brooks. Though we cannot see many of these rivers today, they still flow beneath our homes, our streets and our feet. They also leave tantalising traces on the surface that hint at the rushing ‘lost river’ below.


Join the Walworth Society and Stephanie Ostrich from the Walworth HAZ for a virtual walk along one such hidden river: the Earl’s Sluice, on its journey through Walworth to the Thames. Find out more with Stephanie (several slides featuring photos of stink pipes guaranteed!).


Where the Sluice crossed the Old Kent Road there was a medieval bridge, ‘St Thomas a Watering’, here Chaucer's pilgrims stopped to water their horses and decide who would tell the first tale.




2. The Walworth Virtual Book Club.


Apologies for anyone who tried to join the Book club on the 15th of April. We had to close the session as we were zoom bombed.  We will be increasing the security of the session and as such will need to ask you to pre-register at info@creationtrust.org where you will be able to access a meeting ID and password for the session. 


Mark Baxter and Charlie Carter continued their interview about "The Mumper" in a closed session that we recorded and will make available on our website soon. 


WED 22nd April, 8pm – John Sutherland will be in conversation with broadcaster and journalist Sarah Passmore about his book |”BLUE”



A Sunday Times top-five bestseller

'This is a remarkable book . . . profound and deeply moving . . . It has as much to tell us about mental illness as it does about policing' Alastair Stewart


John Sutherland joined the Met in 1992, having dreamed of being a police officer since his teens. Rising quickly through the ranks, he experienced all that is extraordinary about a life in blue: saving lives, finding the lost, comforting the broken and helping to take dangerous people off the streets. But for every case with a happy ending, there were others that ended in desperate sadness, and in 2013 John suffered a major breakdown.

Blue is his memoir of crime and calamity, of adventure and achievement, of friendship and failure, of serious illness and slow recovery. With searing honesty, it offers an immensely moving and personal insight into what it is to be a police officer in Britain today.


You can register at info@creationtrust.org

We have a number of free e-copies for Southwark residents on low incomes wanting to join the meeting.


WED 29th April, 8pm – Janie Millman will be in conversation with actor and author Paul Clayton about her book ”Sky’s the Limit”

3. Pembroke House Appeal


Pembroke House has been a centre for the community in Walworth since 1885. It’s been doing everything it can to respond to the Covid-19 crisis:

  • Becoming a food distribution centre, bringing volunteers together to get vital food packages and supplies to local people in need.

  • Setting up a Virtual Walworth Living Room, helping people stay healthy and active through free online activities.

  • Launching a new neighbourhood website to share important, up-to-date information about services, activities and opportunities in Walworth.

Right now, their most urgent need is financial support to keep this work up. Pembroke House needs to raise £160,000 over the next three months, and has launched a fundraising campaign: click the Pembroke House Covid-19 Appealor paste http://cutt.ly/pembrokehouse. Please share details of the campaign and donate to their appeal if you can.


4. Domestic Abuse Help-Lines





5. 20's Plenty FREE Wheelie Bin & Window Stickers.


We have been sent 20 free large stickers by 20's Plenty for Us who have just launched a campaign for 20mph speed limits to reduce the burden of road crashes on the NHS as they battle with Covid-19. The stickers work well as wheelie bin stickers, window stickers and on car windows. If anyone would like one please drop us a line (walworthsociety.co.uk - contact) and we will sort out delivery/collection. For more information about the campaign click here or paste http://www.20splenty.org/lower_baseline.
























6. Old Kent Road Community Review Panel: Call for Members. News from Southwark Council


Responding to the Covid-19 emergency is the Council’s top priority at the moment and we are concentrating our efforts on critical services. But we are also continuing other important work, where possible, to ensure we can get back up to speed, quickly, when this crisis is over.


This means we’re continuing with our plans to deliver the new homes and new jobs that the Old Kent Road area needs. To help us, we’re setting up a new panel, comprising local people, to review and comment on these plans.


Now we want to recruit at least 15 people to participate.


Old Kent Road is undergoing a major transformation and we want to ensure that the growth this brings will benefit those people who already live in the area. So it’s essential that we listen to the views of the community and that local people have a say in decision-making. The Community Review Panel will be one of the ways in which we do this.


We want 15 local people to be members of the panel and to participate in one meeting a month for at least a year. We want people of all backgrounds and ages (aged 18 or over) none of whom will need any specialist knowledge or experience in order to participate.


We especially want to hear from people who aren’t already involved with an established community group in the area and to listen to those voices that are not currently being heard.


If you would like to apply or if you just want to find out more please visit: www.oldkentroad.org.uk/crp Applications should be submitted by 15 May 2020.


And if you would like information or support from the council (either as an individual or for your business) during the coronavirus outbreak please visit: www.southwark.gov.uk/coronavirus


7. Key Updates From Local Councillors.


1. Southwark Business Hardship Fund

This week saw the repurposing of the Southwark Pioneers Fund and funds available for the next round of the High Street Challenge to create a Business Hardship Fund. Grant payments of up to £10,000 will be available to businesses in Southwark which do not qualify for national government support. Awards will be determined by size of business and the level of need. Full details and application form are available by clicking here


2. COVID-19 Community Treatment Centres

Two COVID-19 community treatment centres are temporarily opening in the borough. These centres will provide care for patients who are unwell, are suspected of having COVID-19 and require medical attention. They will offer additional support to secondary care and alleviate pressure at local hospitals. The centres will initially be open from 8am to 6.30pm Monday to Friday, and will be appointment only services. Patients will be seen at the centres on the same day after contacting their GP or 111 if they need a face to face appointment. All GP surgeries will be working together to support these community treatment centres and making sure that vital care is still available for people with illnesses and conditions other than COVID-19.

Patients will either transport themselves to and from appointments by car or by taxi using a new temporary scheme provided by London black cabs. Patients with severe symptoms will be moved into a holding area before being taken to hospital. All staff working at community treatment centres will be in appropriate PPE.


3. Southwark Council Cabinet meeting

The council’s first digital cabinet meeting took place last week. You can watch a recording on the Southwark Council YouTube page by clicking here.


4. More guidance on reasonable excuses to leave where you live

The National Police Chiefs’ Council this week released some additional guidance on what constitutes ‘reasonable’ reasons for leaving your room. The updated guidelines can be viewed here: https://www.college.police.uk/What-we-do/COVID-19/Documents/What-constitutes-a-reasonable-excuse.pdf



8. The Peoples Company Cockney Knees-up/Sing-A-Long.

  • Join The Peoples Company for a community Cockney Knees-Up!

  • Date- Friday 24th April.

  • Time-7-8 pm.

  • Costume is optional!

  • Please email John Whelan on whelanjohnwalworth@gmail.com to register and be sent the Zoom link to freely participate.



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