Walworth Society - (w/c 30th March) Latest News and Activities during Covid-19

1. Walworth Society Virtual Discussion and Walworth Virtual Book Group. 


Remember to add to your diary the Walworth Society themed meeting/discussion to be held on Thursday 9th April starting at 7pm with a talk from local historian Neil Crossfield, who recreated the Walworth War Shrines at the 2018 Walworth History Festival. Neil says These are unsettling and frightening times, for few of us have experienced anything like this before. In situations such as the coronavirus pandemic, it is perhaps useful to turn to history to help us make sense of what is going on. In the first of our online discussions we will look at some of the challenges Walworth, Southwark and London has faced over the years and how we have always managed to come through them. More details and Zoom link to follow.



And don't forget to join the Virtual Walworth Group Book Club. Actor and author Paul Clayton will be in conversation with Michael Holland, (Arts correspondent for Southwark News) discussing his new book - The Punishment, on Wednesday 8th April, 8 pm. Join this Zoom Meeting: by clicking https://zoom.us/j/922926432  or copy link to your browser (Meeting ID: 922 926 432)

There are 20 free e-copies available for residents in SE17 wanting to join us - Please email info@creationtrust.org. The book is also free if you have kindle unlimited, or is on offer at Amazon at £3.99 - click here.

2. News From Pembroke House. 


News of two new projects from Ollie Finn at Pembroke House.


1. A neighbourhood website, https://www.walworthse17.info/ which brings together up-to-date information for local people in Walworth/SE17. At the moment it has information about: local supermarkets (opening hours and times for elderly/vulnerable people and keyworkers); ways to help in the area; how to find your local pharmacy; and information about some community organisations.


2. A virtual version of the Walworth Living Room: an online platform for virtual activities that local people can join -  https://www.walworthlivingroom.org/

We know this isn’t perfect, and that there are lots of things still to add. We’re encouraging visitors to the site to let us know what else they think it should feature (there’s an online form at the bottom of the page). If you have any comments, or something you think we should feature, please do let us know.


There are already a couple of things that people can sign up for: a virtual babies’ and toddlers’ group, and an online choir. More will follow in the coming weeks, and we’d like to hear people’s feedback: is this useful? what else would they like to see here? could they help set up or run an activity?


We hope these sites will be useful for local people during this difficult period. If you have participants who could benefit from either/both of these, please do encourage them to take a look.


Best wishes, Ollie Finn | Projects Officer

Pembroke House, 80 Tatum Street, London SE17 1QR

T: 020 7703 3803 M: 07485 304 774

E: ollie.finn@pembrokehouse.org.uk

www.pembrokehouse.org.uk | @Pembroke1885

3. Walworth Town Hall Consultation - CLOSES 5th APRIL.


We are getting close to the end of the Walworth Town Hall consultation which closes on Sunday 5th April. Do have a look at the consultation boards at: http://walworthtownhall.co.uk or outside the Town Hall in the Memorial Garden. There are three ways to respond:


1. Use the website feedback form at http://walworthtownhall.co.uk

2. Email: consultation@rolfe-judd.co.uk

3. Post comments to Rolfe Judd Planning, Old Church Court, Claylands Rd, London, SW8 1NZ



4. Key Updates From Local Councillors. 


1. If you become aware of a vulnerable resident who needs support but is not getting it, please email details to covidsupport@southwark.gov.uk. If people need support, they can also visit www.southwark.gov.uk/covidsupport or call 020 7525 5000. 


2. The council's websitewww.southwark.gov.uk/covidsupport is being constantly updated so please do continue to refer to this. In particular, there are new sections on food access, click here, with advice for those who are self-isolating and also unable to afford food.


3. Opportunities to volunteer and donate - Community Southwark has a new page here listing requests for support from different organisations. They are also working with the council to coordinate volunteering across the borough and are in touch with the local mutual aid groups (which are doing a fantastic job), more information click here


4. Supporting Central Southwark Community Hub: In particular we wanted to highlight the request on the list above from Central Southwark Community Hub for volunteers to help with admin, delivery and food searchers. They also still need donations. Felicia and her team do fantastic work in Newington Ward. Contact: felicia.boshorin@cschub.co.uk.

5. Covid-19 Mutual Aid Group Contact Details.


Newington Mutual Aid group

Apply to join WhatsApp grouphttps://chat.whatsapp.com/DFyrDOrkPFeJR7ehOlFjds

email: newingtonma@gmail.com


Faraday Mutual Aid Group

Apply to join WhatsApp group https://forms.gle/yQL1rX7ctj8DJn1CA

Or phone 07981 292734. Also information on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/630834007765764


North Walworth Mutual Aid Group

Email northwalworthmutualaid@outlook.com

Or phone 07934 719 492 or 07385 793 112


Elephant & Castle Mutual Aid group. contact

https://chat.whatsapp.com/H9saN1Zt2llGLEw8FfkXAn.


Run an Errand The idea is that runners and cyclists are wanting to get outdoors, and there are a group for people most in need who are not able to do so. Join or find help at https://run-an-errand.com/


Next Door Walworth help map https://nextdoor.co.uk/help_map/?is=note1+  links to offers of help from local residents and business


Southwark Mutual Aid Group, details on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/833177740485170/


National Mutual Aid Group website at https://covidmutualaid.org/get-involved/.


6. Memories From Bob Fowld's Funeral.


Barbara Fowlds, Bob’s sister, has sent memories, poem and tributes which were read out at Bob’s funeral last Tuesday. These are attached here. If you would like Barbara to send you a copy of the Order of Service, please let us have your postal address and we will pass this on to Barbara.


7. A Nightingale Sang in Walworth Square.


Bridget Bell from Plane Hell writes of the peacefulness of SE London life, a rare bonus of the impact of Covid-19 grounding (most) planes.  For Bridget a particular pleasure is hearing the birdsong, drowned out when on planes are on westerlies. To hear the bird song click here and zoom in on the map to London Walworth (then click the mic icon).


This livestream is part of an exercise to show the naysayers that life under a flightpath (when it returns even if in a slightly altered form) is grim and destructive: there is no reason why a narrow band of communities should be forced to endure all arrivals to Heathrow. 


Bridget welcomes feedback, particularly if you have noticed the difference without planes: info@planehellaction.org.uk



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