1. Walworth Society Virtual Themed Meeting - Thursday 30th April 7pm.
From Thurlow Street to V Beach Gallipoli- The story of Leonard Arthur Peachey
Talk by Walworth Historian - Neil Crossfield
In June 1890, a boy called Leonard was born in Thurlow Street. Unbeknownst to him, his life would be turned upside down when he was just ten, and fate would lead him away from Walworth. Leonard’s story is interesting if sometimes tragic, for Walworth was a tough place to live at the end of the nineteenth century.
Leonard’s story can give us an insight into what it could be like when fate dealt you a bad hand at the end of the 19th/beginning of the 20th Century. This is the tale of a soldier, but this was just one part of Leonard’s eventful life; so, do not fear, this is not going to be a military history lecture!
As we learn about Leonard, we will also meet many other interesting characters along the way (You may even learn something new about another of Walworth’s famous sons!!).
Time: Apr 30, 2020 07:00 PM
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Meeting ID: 834 0319 1080, Password: 015996
2. The Walworth Virtual Book Club.
WED 29th April, 8pm – Janie Millman will be in conversation with actor and author Paul Clayton about her book ”Sky’s the Limit” Janie Millman. Janie trained at The Guildford School of Acting. Her career focussed mainly on theatre including several appearances in London's West End, numerous tours not only in the UK but around India and the Middle East and last but not least an appearance as Leonardo the Ninja Turtle in a Glasgow shopping mall for which she is still receiving counselling and treatment!
'Life's A Drag' was Janie's debut novel. Her second novel 'Sky's The Limit' was published in the UK in 2018. Sky's The Limit is set in Marrakech and SW France: Sky is devastated when she finds that her husband is in love with someone else, even more that it is her oldest friend Nick. She has lost the two most important men in her life and can't ever trust either of them again.
To escape, she goes alone on a dream trip to Marrakech and meets Gail, on a mission to meet the father of her child, a man she loved but thought did not want her. In Marrakech, Sky and Gail both find unexpected joys - and surprises. For Sky these lead to France, to a beautiful chateau and a family whose relationships seem as complicated as her own....
We have a limited number of free e-copies for residents of Southwark on a low income.
3. Build Back Clean Air Campaign.
News from Global Action Plan.
Over the next four weeks, Global Action Plan in partnership with Guy's and St Thomas' Charity, are looking to collate experiences from residents in Lambeth & Southwark during the coronavirus lockdown as part of the #BuildBackCleanerAir campaign.
WHY? When we return from lockdown, we do not want to bring back poor air quality with us. In order achieve this, we need to encourage government and businesses to do everything they can to avoid a sudden surge in air pollution as “normal” life resumes. Public experiences and feedback will give us the insights we need to inspire top level change.
WHAT? Over the next four of weeks, we are asking residents to share their feedback on four questions:
How is reduced traffic affecting your daily life?
How are you finding walking and cycling as a form of leisure and travel?
What businesses are you most looking forward to returning to when lockdown is over?
If you are working from home, how are you finding it and would you like to continue doing it in future?
HOW? We are asking for videos with commentary audio, but are also accepting photos with accompanied text to explain what they are.
WHERE? Videos, photos and messages can be shared via social media channels or emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org
5. Key Updates From Local Councillors.
Laptops and equipment for Southwark children and young people
If a child or young person is unable to access and complete work that has been set online because they do not have access to a laptop (or other essential equipment) then they can apply for an immediate grant from the Newcomen Collett Foundation. Once accepted, the foundation will aim to get the laptop to the student within 4 days.
The fund is only available for Southwark students up to age 25. There are only a limited number of laptops available, so please reach out to those young people and families in most need.
Parents or students have to apply online, and will need access to an internet/broadband service. They will need a school, college or university teacher/lecturer to support their application and to countersign a supporting form that will need to be sent off along with the main application form. To apply, the child/ parent should go to online applications, click here, then follow the link to 'grants to individuals'. Alternatively, the school or university can apply via this link on their behalf.
Deadline extended on £6m CIL fund for community projects
In March the council launched a new website to gather ideas for how to spend £6m of Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) money. Since then, we’ve had more than a hundred suggestions. Due to the disruption caused by COVID-19, we’ve extended the deadline through to May 31 to enable more people to have their say. So if you know of any residents or community groups with a good project idea, please help to get the word out and encourage them to visit the Southwark CIL website and share their ideas for how the money available in their wards should be spent, click here or go to https://southwarkcil.commonplace.is/
Launch of Stay at Home Library
The council has launched its online Stay at Home Library to help residents find a wide range of activities and entertainment to help keep families entertained, physically active and educate at home.
The Stay at Home Library can be found in the Coronavirus information pages on the council’s website and the link is being shared on social media, or click here. Please do share this with your networks for anyone who may be interested in accessing these online resources.
Printing for TRAs.
The Southwark Group of Tenants Organisations (SGTO) is offering a limited printing service to TRAs for the foreseeable future which may be useful for posters etc. All requests will be completed once a week and must be with them by Thursday 5pm and will be printed on Friday mornings for collection from Peckham. Contact Amanda for more info - Amanda@sgto.co.uk
The latest email update from the council went out on Friday and can also be read in full at https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/UKSOUTHWARK/bulletins/2882d1a or click here.
6. Jude Woodward.
It is with great sadness that we pass on the news that long time Walworth resident and international campaigner Jude Woodward has died from cancer.
Jude was a stalwart of the local Labour Party and the wider labour movement, and will be much missed by all who knew her.