New adult learning courses, activities for children, food, music and more

 

There’s lots on this summer in Southwark!

 

Southwark summer

What’s on for children, young people and families

 

Visit Elephant Springs: a new natural play area in SE1

Elephant springs is a new urban oasis in Elephant and Castle with rocks, streams, sand and water fountains. If you’re local, pop along for a unique experience.

Enter a graphic art competition

Our annual summer art competition for ages 7 to 17 is back! Share your art and win prizes for you and your school. Your drawing can be of an existing graphic or comic character, scene from a book or you can create your own.

Time to go adventuring

Enjoy the exciting outdoors at Mint Street, Peckham Rye and Ellen Brown Adventure Playgrounds. The free summer programme runs until Friday 27 August and is open to all children aged 8 to 15 years.

Free: join pan-disability inclusive sport sessions

Join an inclusive summer of sport festival throughout August in celebration of the Paralympics, including a free virtual inclusive sport festival on 24 and 25 August, featuring online sports activities, creative sessions and insight panels. 

Community jam session on the Kingswood estate

Celebrating the expressive and creative voice of young people with dance, music and words. No need to book for this family-friendly event, just drop in with a picnic and enjoy. 21 August 2021, 3pm to 6pm.

Songs and rhymes in the garden

Sing your favourite rhymes in Dulwich Library Garden, while baby listens, sings along and dances to the rhythm. Suitable for children aged 0 to 4 years. 27 August 2021, 11am to 11.30am.

>> Check out all our summer listings for children and young people


What’s on for all ages

 

Music, food, a dog show and more at Dulwich Park fair

Dulwich Park fair on 5 September is a free outdoor, family-friendly event which includes a fun fair, farm, interactive performances and a dog show. There will also be local musicians, brass bands, choirs and dance acts, as well as food, craft, drink and charity stalls.

Art and music with a view

Bold Tendencies’ Visual Arts Programme, ‘Arcadia’, features performances and new works in the site’s unique spaces at Peckham multi-story car park, with panoramic London views. Check out the programme which runs until 18 September 2021.

Yoga, Pilates and artisan market stalls in SE1

Courage Yard in SE1 is hosting a Wellness day on Saturday 21 August featuring yoga, Pilates and stretch classes from local instructors. There will also be artisan market stalls selling kombucha, vegan food, candles, and more!

Elephant Arcade Carnival 

Elephant Arcade celebrates Carnival over the Bank Holiday Weekend. From 27 to 30 August this new shopping arcade in Elephant and Castle will host free events for all the family. Expect music, costumes, a carnival catwalk and face-painting. There will also be special offers and give-aways from the traders throughout the weekend.

*Please enjoy events safely, and remember hands, face and space.*

>> Check out all our summer listings 


COVID-19 updates

Everyone aged 16 or over can now get vaccinated

If you’re 16 or 17, the NHS will contact you when it’s your turn to get the COVID-19 vaccine. You’ll be invited to a local NHS service such as a GP surgery. Some children aged 12 to 15 may also be eligible for a vaccine.

Everyone else can get a COVID-19 vaccine in south east London – no need to book

There are lots of ways to get vaccinated, including at regular walk-in COVID-19 vaccine clinics at Guy’s and St Thomas’, and King’s College hospitals, plus other places across south east London. Check the individual COVID-19 clinics for full details and to see who offers free Moderna, Pfizer, and AstraZeneca vaccines. You don’t need to book, or provide proof of address, immigration status, or an NHS number.

Get tested for COVID-19 twice a week, free of charge

It’s important we continue to get tested regularly, even if we’ve been vaccinated. If you don’t have symptoms there are different ways to get tested in Southwark:

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Free adult swim sessions, cage cricket and bitesize festival fun for all

There’s lots on this summer in Southwark!

Southwark summer

What’s on

Free, adult swim sessions are coming back

We’re excited to restart our free swimming lessons for residents aged over 16 years, this September. Being active is a great way to prevent illness and boost mental wellbeing. Sign up now to secure your place and come and learn to swim in a friendly, supportive environment, at your own pace.

Some Bitesize festival fun is heading to Southwark Park

Come down to Bermondsey Bitesize on Saturday 14 August, 12noon to 6pm to enjoy a traditional funfair, family activities and good food. Live music on the bandstand is headlined by reggae band Indika, led by Bermondsey’s own Phillip Poleon. Free entry via Jamaica Road, all ages welcome.

Let a magical orb take you on an outdoor sonic adventure

Go on a tour of London Bridge, guided by sound alone. £5 per ticket/orb, book for an individual or up to a group of four people per orb. Children are welcome when accompanied by an adult. Friday 13 August to Sunday 15 August 2021, various times.

Get your BMX skills up to an Olympic level in Burgess Park

If you were inspired by Kye Whyte’s silver medal in the BMX racing, then book a session at the track in Peckham where he trained. BMX Track London offers experienced coaching, equipment hire and bookable sessions for riders of all abilities.

*Please enjoy events safely, and remember hands, face and space.*

>> Check out all our summer listings 


What’s on for children, young people and families

Free ‘Create and Play’ session in Burgess Park tomorrow

Children aged six to 16 years are invited to our ‘Summer of Play’ pop up event in Chumleigh Gardens, Burgess Park on Saturday 14 August. Children can try six different fun and creative activities run by artists and a gardener, both in the morning and afternoon.

Time to go adventuring

Enjoy the exciting outdoors at Mint Street, Peckham Rye and Ellen Brown Adventure Playgrounds. The free summer programme runs until Friday 27 August and is open to all children aged 8 to 15 years.

Babies invited to rhyme time

Babies love to listen to the words of rhymes and dance and move to the rhythm. Come along with your baby and enjoy popular nursery rhymes on Thursday 19 August, 11am to 11.30am. For ages 0 to 4. It’s free, but booking is essential.

Six cricketers go into the cage, one will emerge victorious

Cage Cricket is dynamic, visual, high-octane entertainment. Sessions run until 29 August for those aged 12 to 16 years.

>> Check out all our summer listings for children and young people


COVID-19 updates

Everyone aged 16 or over can now get vaccinated

If you’re 16 or 17, the NHS will contact you when it’s your turn to get the COVID-19 vaccine. You’ll be invited to a local NHS service such as a GP surgery.

Everyone else can get a COVID-19 vaccine in south east London – no need to book

There are lots of ways to get vaccinated, including at regular walk-in COVID-19 vaccine clinics at Guy’s and St Thomas’, and King’s College hospitals, plus other places across south east London. Check the individual COVID-19 clinics for full details and to see who offers free Moderna, Pfizer, and AstraZeneca vaccines. You don’t need to book, or provide proof of address, immigration status, or an NHS number.

Get tested for COVID-19 twice a week for free

It’s important we continue to get tested regularly, even if we’ve been vaccinated. If you don’t have symptoms there are different ways to get tested in Southwark:

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35% Campaign update – Former Council leader glides through revolving doors

   

Aug 11, 2021 01:00 am

Former Southwark Council leader Peter John OBE has joined the long list of councillors and ex-council staff now working for property developers. Cllr John led Southwark from 2010 to 2020, and was chair of London Councils from 2018 to 2020.

Cllr John was recently appointed Chairman of the Terrapin Group, a lobbying firm, whose client list is dominated by property developers and real-estate investors. Cllr John joins three other serving councillors, from different boroughs, as a Terrapin ‘practitioner’, but in the more senior chairman’s role.

Terrapin was founded by former Tory politician Peter Bingle in 2012 and has acquired a reputation for lobbying local government politicians to help developers get planning consents.

The Public Affairs Board Register shows Elephant & Castle developer Delancey is one of Terrapin’s oldest clients, having benefited from their consultancy services since 2013. The Elephant Park (formerly Heygate estate) developer Lendlease was also on Terrapin’s books for 4 years, from 2013 to 2017.

Other Terrapin clients with schemes in Southwark include Barratt Homes (from 2013 to 2017; Blackfriars Circus, Maple Quays, the Galleria, Redwood Park); Telford Homes (from 2019; Bermondsey Works), Hollybrook Homes Ltd (2018 – 2020; Eagle Wharf) and Bellway Homes (from 2013; Elmington estate regeneration, Phase 3).

The biggest developer in the Old Kent Rd Opportunity Area, Avanton Ltd, was also a Terrapin client from 2017 to 2019. Avanton is behind the approved Ruby Triangle development and the upcoming Gasworks and Carpetright schemes, which together will have over 2,100 homes. Ruby Triangle Properties Ltd was also on Terrapin’s books, from 2017 to 2019, as was its affordable housing partner A2 Dominion, for different periods.

Other developers with smaller schemes in Southwark, who are or have been registered with Terrapin include Higgins Homes plc (Cherry Garden School); Southern Grove, who are looking to develop two sites (the ‘Brooklyn’, near Rotherhithe tunnel, and the St James, Bermondsey) and Pocket Living (Varcoe Rd and Credon House).

Peter John’s relationship with Terrapin’s Peter Bingle spans most of the years of his leadership at Southwark. The Council’s Register of Interests shows a number of dinners paid for by Terrapin, Bingle himself or his previous company – the disgraced Bell Pottinger.

The announcement of Cllr John’s appointment as Terrapin chair gives us an opportunity to look back at some of the controversial schemes signed off during his 10 years as Council leader.

Heygate estate redevelopment

In July 2010, just months after taking the reins at Southwark, Peter John signed a development agreement with Lendlease for the demolition of the 1,200 homes of the Heygate estate and its replacement by a private development with only 25% affordable housing – 10% less than Southwark’s policy requirement – and with a minimum of social rented housing. In the event, Lendlease has built nearly 3,000 homes on the site, with just 100 at social rent.

It emerged that the deal involved a payment to the Council of just £50m for the 25 acre site – barely enough to cover the cost incurred by the Council in emptying the estate.

Later, in 2012 and 2014 Cllr John came under fire for accepting tickets to the London Olympics, paid for by Lendlease and for making a trip to Cannes, to attend the MIPIM developer jamboree.

Aylesbury estate redevelopment

In 2014, Peter John signed-off the sale of the 2,759 council homes and 60 acres of land of the Aylesbury estate for demolition and redevelopment to housing association Notting Hill Genesis. Whilst the deal required Notting Hill to provide 50% ‘affordable housing’ it failed to secure any of the 3,500 proposed new homes as council homes and would have entailed a net loss of social rented housing.

Delays and political pressure forced Southwark into a U-turn last year, when it agreed to pay Notting Hill £193m to convert 581 new homes in phase 1 of the scheme into council homes. Southwark has also now committed to no net loss of social rented housing.

Canada Water redevelopment

In 2018, Peter John signed off the sale of 15 hectares of council-owned land at Canada Water to developer British Land.

The deal secured 35% affordable housing, but this is below the 50% requirement for publicly-owned land, set by the Mayor in his London Plan 2021 (Policy H4A).

It is unknown what land receipts (if any) the Council will receive in return for its 15 hectares, because the development agreement with British Land has been heavily redacted.

Elephant & Castle shopping centre

Also in 2018, Cllr John took the unusual step of announcing his support for Delancey’s proposed redevelopment of the shopping centre despite it having been knocked-back by the planning committee earlier in the year. Amongst other things, the scheme, while exceeding density limits, didn’t meet minimum social rented housing requirements, or offer any relocation support to existing traders.

It was only after a concerted local campaign (leading to legal action) that Delancey improved its offer from 33 to 116 social rented homes and agreed to provide relocation units and financial support for some of the traders.

Southwark also boosted Delancey by adopting Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) powers to help clear the site of traders. This little-publicised power gives local authorities a great deal of legitimate leverage in its negotiations with developers; if a site is not empty, it cannot be developed. But rather than use the power to get a better deal for traders, it stood behind Delancey, whose own hand was strengthened at the traders’ expense.

Letting developers off the hook

Aside from the shopping centre, Delancey has also been involved in other schemes in the borough, including Elephant Central (formerly Elephant One), with 272 student rooms and 374 private residences and 185 Park Street (next to Tate Modern) with 69 new homes – neither development has any social rented housing.

These schemes are not exceptions. Our research shows that only 456 new homes, out of 11,863 units in 25 major developments, approved in Southwark from 2006 to 2016 were social rented tenure – 3.8%. Had these schemes to complied with minimum policy requirements then around 2,500 social rented homes would have been delivered in total.

What we say

Confidence in the planning system has been badly dented by high profile schemes not delivering the affordable housing we need. That confidence is not improved when the former leader of the council becomes the chair of a lobbying firm whose business is ‘influencing government’, including ‘public authorities’, such as councils.

The Terrapin Group boasts that it is a ‘market leader’ and has ‘a superb track record of helping our clients achieve successful planning consents right across Greater London’ and invites inquiries for ‘potential assignments’.

We cannot know for whether any of the developments featured above are examples of such successful ‘assignments’. More recent developments, such as along the Old Kent Rd, have at least 35% affordable housing, most social rented and so it looks as if the current administration may not be cut from quite the same cloth as the previous one. But more needs to be done; the bar has been stuck at 35% affordable housing for too long and should be raised to 50%. To help achieve this behind-the-scenes lobbying by developers must be ended. Southwark can take a lead on this by taking two immediate measures;

  1. No sitting councillor should also work for a public affairs company whose clients are property developers and investors. It is not enough that councillors do not engage in such work within their own borough, as required by the Public Affairs Code. They should not be trying to persuade fellow councillors in other boroughs to approve schemes either. Planning decisions must be seen to made solely on the merits of the application, with all discussions open to public view.
  2. A local register of public affairs companies for the borough should be established. Every applicant for at least major schemes should be required to list their agents, including public affairs companies.

These measures would not only help maintain the integrity of the planning system, but might also avoid this kind of damaging headline:

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Legal battle for the Elephant and Castle shopping centre ends

Jun 12, 2021 09:54 am

Final decision goes Delancey’s way

The Appeal Court has upheld the High Court decision allowing developers Delancey to proceed with the demolition and redevelopment of the Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre, after it found that there were no grounds for reversing the High Court’s decision.

The legal challenge was mounted as part of a hard-fought 4-year campaign by Up the Elephant. This brought together housing campaigners (including the 35% Campaign), students, tenants’ groups, local councillors and trade unionists, in the fight for more social rented housing and a better deal for traders displaced by the proposed development.

The decision will now allow the mixed-use development of new shops and homes to proceed, with 116 social rented units, out of 979 ‘Build to Rent’ homes.

Despite the legal outcome the Up the Elephant Campaign secured many improvements to the original proposals, compared to the baseline of the original application, made in October 2016.

  • Increase of social rented housing from 33 units of ‘social rent equivalent’, owned and managed by the developer, to 116 proper social rented units, owned and managed by the Council or housing association
  • Provision of affordable retail space
  • An established traders’ panel
  • Temporary traders’ premises on Castle Square
  • Trader relocation to Elephant Arcade (Perronet House)
  • Trader relocation and assistance funds of £634,000 and £200,000
  • 15-year affordable retail lease

What we have lost

Despite these improvements Delancey’s scheme still remained a bad one, hence the legal challenge. The shopping centre may have been shabby, but it housed one of the largest bingo halls in Britain, much used by older people from black and ethnic minority backgrounds, with a bowling alley next door, equally popular with younger people.

It had over decades become one of two social hubs for Latin Americans living in London (along with Wards Corner, in Seven Sisters). Most of the other independent traders come from other parts of the world and had built businesses for themselves and their families. All this would be lost. And while the affordable housing ‘offer’ was improved it still did not meet Southwark’s minimum policy requirements, falling short by over fifty homes for social rent.

The GLA grant mystery

The status of a purported £11.24m grant from the Mayor, that allowed Delancey to improve the social rented housing offer from 74 to 116 units and how this was reported to the planning committee was a key question before the court. The planning committee was told variously that the grant was ‘an agreement in principle for grant funding’ (Officer’s report Adden. para 11), or ‘recently confirmed’ (OR 371), when in fact it was neither. There was no grant and no application had been made. Delancey had only been advised by the Greater London Authority (GLA) that an application would be welcome (Appeal Judgement para 87) and of the steps that they needed to take to make an application.

On this point, the appeal court ruled that while there had been an ‘overstatement’ (AJ 87) of the position, all-in-all the committee had not been misled, particularly as Delancey had committed to building the social rented housing, with or without grant (AJ 85,86).

This commitment naturally led the legal challenge to argue that if Delancey could provide 116 social rented units without grant, they should be able to provide more with a grant. Again, the appeal court did not agree, citing the viability assessment, which stated that 116 units was ‘the maximum reasonable amount’ of social rented housing, and accepting that Delancey was committed to building the social rented housing at their own risk, even if grant were not available (AJ 91).

‘The land and sum of money’

The appeal court also found that the officer’s report and two addenda were only guidance and allowed council officers discretion in how the committee’s decision was practically put into effect (AJ 49, 50). This ruling had important consequences. One of the main grounds of the legal challenge was that a stipulation that would allow Southwark, not Delancey, to build the social rented housing, but without cost to itself, had not properly found its way into the legal agreement that sealed the planning permission.

To this end, the officer’s report had said that ‘The s106 agreement would therefore stipulate that if the development on the west site has not substantially commenced within 10 years of the east site commencing, the land and sum of money sufficient for construction and completion of the social rented units would be transferred to the council, to deliver the social rented units’. (OR 364)

What actually appeared in the s106 agreement was a more complicated arrangement of three options, two of which require Southwark to find up-front costs of construction. Delancey argued that the land value and non-residential elements of the social rented housing block had to be taken into account in this transaction and that this arrangement was therefore perfectly correct. Surprisingly, given that it was putting itself in a position of finding money to build something that Delancey would otherwise have to pay for, Southwark agreed with Delancey. The judge agreed with both, against the campaign’s arguments, ruling that this was a fair rendering of the committee’s decision (AJ 57-60).

Social rent and social rent equivalent – different, but the same

The legal challenge also took issue with Southwark and Delancey effectively treating ‘social rent equivalent’ and ‘social rent’ as being the same tenure.

This distinction becomes relevant if part of the development were to be switched from ‘Build to Rent’ to ‘Build to Sell’, with a higher affordable housing requirement and higher profit leading to an uplift to the social rented housing numbers. Delancey argued that any such uplift would have to be housed in towers that were managed by the affordable housing provider, who could not cope with real social rented housing, for stock-management reasons, and so the uplift would have to be social rent equivalent.

Despite the campaign offering three sets of differences between the tenures – including differences of security of tenure (3 years assured short-hold for social rent equivalent against lifetime tenancies for social rent) and differences in regulatory oversight – the appeal court judges these differences to be ‘nuanced’ rather than ‘material’ (AJ 77-79).

The implications of the judgement

While the Court of Appeal’s decision is disappointing, and the end of the legal challenge against the redevelopment of the shopping centre, we are not disheartened. The Up the Elephant campaign took up the fight in defence of council policy for a minimum amount of social housing, about 170 units, when Southwark Council refused to do so. The campaign did not succeed in getting 170 units, but it did raise the number from 33 social rent equivalent, to 74, then 116 social rent. Other gains have been made along the way, as noted at the beginning of this blogpost.

But though the local community and the Up the Elephant campaign won 116 social rented units, Southwark’s track record of repeatedly conceding ground to Delancey shows that it is more than capable of losing them.

It was not enough for Southwark to allow Delancey almost 10 years to build the social rented housing; Southwark then allowed Delancey the option of passing the task back to them, without adequately securing the resources to do the job. Southwark then went to court, not to make sure that they got the social rented housing, but to defend this lopsided arrangement, and back Delancey up, when it argued that this was all fair and proper.

The appeal court’s endorsement of Delancey and Southwark’s interpretation of ‘land and a sum of money’ (AJ 58, 59) now opens the door, under one option, to Southwark getting nothing more than the land and £1 (one pound). A second option will get Southwark money to build the social rent, but not the full construction costs. Both options would leave Southwark having to find upfront the construction costs. And, despite the appeal court’s judgement, we don’t believe that this is what the planning committee had in mind when it approved Delancey’s scheme.

Southwark should also demand to know when Delancey are going to make the application for the £11.24m that back in 2016 was claimed to be both agreed in principal and confirmed, but in reality, in 2021, does not seem to exist. As at June 2021, Delancey had not completed the registration of its affordable housing provider T3 Residential Limited with the Regulator of Social Housing, that the GLA advised was a condition of a successful grant application. As a recent Sunday Times exposé has shown, Delancey are well versed in how to use the public purse to its own advantage, when it comes to affordable housing. It is not difficult to envisage a scenario where it does so again, at Southwark’s expense.

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Free holiday activities, BMX inspiration and rooftop art

Southwark summer

What’s on for children, young people and families

There’s a host of events and activities for children and families this summer as part of our Summer of Play programme. Check out a few up-coming highlights below.

Free summer holiday food and fun activities for 5 to 16 year olds

The Southwark Food and Fun holiday programme runs until 27 August and is for those eligible for benefits-related free school meals. If you’re a parent or carer of children or young people that might benefit from healthy food and fun activities, contact the various providers to sign up.

Get your BMX skills up to an Olympic level in Burgess Park

If you’ve been inspired by Kye Whyte’s silver medal in the BMX racing last week, then book up at the track in Peckham where he trained. BMX Track London offers experienced coaching, equipment hire and bookable sessions for riders of all abilities.

Book for family yoga every Tuesday in Brunswick Park, Camberwell

Enjoy some active family time, improve your movement and fitness in the park every Tuesday from 10am to 10.45am, until 28 September. Book a free family yoga session in Brunswick Park, SE5.

Free family workshops and performances from Blue Elephant Theatre

The theatre is running free, bookable workshops and performances for children aged 2 to 10 years old in Elephant Park. Sessions include caring for the environment, exploring nature and numeracy and literacy skills, with some in Spanish.

*Please enjoy events safely, and remember hands, face and space.*

>> Check out all our summer listings for children and young people

There’s lots on this summer in Southwark! Check out some highlights below:

What’s on

Rooftop visual art, architecture and live music in Peckham

Book tickets for eclectic events in the unique multi-storey car park with open panoramic views of London.

A ‘Fine Day For Seeing’ at Southwark Park Galleries, SE16

The free exhibition celebrating words and images, pairs acclaimed poets and artists and is open 11am to 5pm, Wednesday to Sunday. Workshops and performances run until 29 August.

New play launches at the Golden Goose Theatre in Camberwell on 10 August

‘A Rat, A Rat’ features an all female cast and portrays character Charlie, a teenager being treated in an adult psychiatric unit, and reflects on how we as individuals care for one another. Book tickets from £12 for performances of A Rat, A Rat until 28 August.

>> See all listings


COVID-19 updates

Get an NHS COVID Pass to show you’ve been vaccinated, or results of a COVID-19 test

You may be asked to show a COVID Pass to get into some venues or to travel abroad. Find out how you can get an NHS COVID Pass to show your vaccination status or COVID-19 test results.

Vaccination walk-in sites in south east London

There are lots of ways to get a first or second dose, including at daily walk-in vaccine clinics at Guy’s and St Thomas’, and King’s College hospitals, plus other places across south east London. Check the website for full details and to see who offers free Moderna, Pfizer, and AstraZeneca vaccines. You don’t need to book, or provide proof of address, immigration status, ID or an NHS number.

You can also book your vaccine appointment via the NHS website.

Jazz, adventure play, food, Shakespeare and more in Southwark!

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There’s lots on this summer in Southwark! Check out some highlights below:

What’s on

Free: listen to jazz performances in Bermondsey Square 

Bermondsey Square Jazz supports aspiring and seasoned creative music talent. The line up of musicians changes at every event and the events are hosted by vocalist Stephen Pierre. From 2pm to 5pm on 1 and 15 August.

See …cake at Peckham Theatre

Book now for a psychological drama which unapologetically queers the existing complexities of family, roots and belonging; where power and duty dance in equal measure. Shows until Saturday 31 July and tickets from £10.

Enjoy food, drink and rides at the Rotherhithe festival

The Rotherhithe Festival will return to King George’s Fields, SE16 on Saturday 7 August. It’s a great day of free music with food, drink and rides and attractions for children, starting at 11.30am and finishing at 8.30pm.

Join a local archaeology walk

Join a guided walk around the historic borough of Southwark, exploring Borough and Bankside’s archaeology on 29 or 31 July. Free, but booking required.

*Please enjoy events safely and remember hands, face and space.*

>> See all listings

What’s on for children, young people and families

There’s a host of events and activities for children and families this summer as part of our Summer of Play programme. Check out a few up-coming highlights below.

Shakespeare for younger audiences at the Globe

The Shakespeare’s Globe annual storytelling festival, Telling Tales, is back on stage this summer until 22 August. These storytelling performances will take you on a sensory, interactive adventure, giving younger audiences the chance to get into Shakespeare’s stories. Tickets: £12

Visit Elephant Springs: a new natural play area in SE1

Elephant springs is a new urban oasis in Elephant and Castle with rocks, streams, sand and water fountains. If you’re local, pop along for a unique experience.

Book now: holiday gymnastics club in Camberwell

Southwark Gymnastics Club is offering gymnastics sessions for children aged between 4 and 15 over the summer holidays, based in Brunswick Park School in Camberwell. Prices are £7.50 per session, but discounts are available.

Try Ellen Brown adventure playground

8 to 15-year-olds can head to Ellen Brown adventure playground in SE1 on any day until 27 August for open access, free and fun outdoor activities.

Join a Teddy Bears’ picnic in Canada Water

Let’s have lots of fun singing your favourite teddy bear rhymes and listening to wonderful stories. Bring your favourite teddy or soft toy and a little snack. 4 August 2021 11am to 11.45am. Free, booking essential.

*Please enjoy events safely, and remember hands, face and space.*

>> Check out all our summer listings for children and young people

COVID-19 updates

Vaccination walk-in sites in south east London

There are lots of opportunities to still get your vaccine, including walk-in clinics at Guys and St Thomas’ hospitals every day (Pfizer, Moderna and Astrazeneca vaccines all available) and other places across Southwark and southeast London. You do not need proof of address, immigration status, ID or an NHS number.

You can also book your appointment via the NHS website.

Want to know more before you get a COVID-19 vaccine?

Do you need your questions answered before you get your COVID-19 jab? Get the facts on vaccines from medical professionals and hear from south Londoners on why they got theirs.

Get an NHS COVID Pass to show you’ve been vaccinated, or results of a COVID-19 test

You may be asked to show a COVID pass to get into some venues or to travel abroad. Find out how you can get an NHS COVID Pass to show your vaccination status or COVID-19 test results.

Get tested for COVID-19 twice a week

It’s important we continue to get tested regularly, even if we’ve been vaccinated. If you don’t have symptoms there are different ways to get tested in Southwark:

Stay safe this summer

If you’re out and about this summer please keep getting testing regularly and remember the vaccine is the best protection against COVID-19. Book your vaccine if you haven’t had yours yet.

Other updates…

Join celebrations at Bermondsey town centre this Saturday

Enjoy delicious food from local traders and a family-friendly line-up of free entertainment and workshops at The Blue in Bermondsey to celebrate the new and improved Market Place being back open for business and now featuring a striking new clock tower. From 12 noon to 4pm

Peveril Garden Studios opens

A new arts space and public roof garden launched this week at Peveril Garden, Bricklayers Arms. Commissioned by the council, the studios have been created by converting and refurbishing a 1960s building previously used for garages. Peveril Garden Studios will be operated by Forma Arts Media.

The Elephant Magazine Summer issue out now

Keep up to date with everything that’s happening in Elephant and Castle. The Elephant Magazine summer issue is out now and includes features on the new Southwark Heritage Centre and Walworth Library; local artist and musician, Natty Bo; and Elephant Springs, the new water feature at Elephant Park. Pick up your copy in Elephant and Castle or read online.

Come and talk to us about life after COVID-19

Come and talk to a member of the team at our Blue Market stall on Wednesday 4 August between 10am to 4pm or you can complete our Life after Covid survey online. You can host an event yourself with your neighbours, faith group, community group or Tenant and Residents Association and we can offer support and some funding for you to do this.

Closure of the Burgess Park car park

The car park in Albany Road is closed for parking for the foreseeable future. The current COVID-19 testing facilities in the car park are temporarily closed whilst work is done to expand the facility. If you have COVID-19 symptoms you can book an appointment at a testing site in the borough.

Share your ideas on how we can redevelop the old PC World + B&M sites on Old Kent Road.

We’ll be hosting workshops and group discussions at 682 Old Kent Road from Thursday 22 to Saturday 31 July. Find out more here: https://pcworldbm.commonplace.is/proposals/ideas-week

Not registered with a GP practice?

Anyone in England can register and receive care from a GP practice. You don’t need proof of address or immigration status, ID or an NHS number. Find a local GP and how you can register with them.

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What’s on in Southwark this summer…

southwark-summer_cropWhat’s on for children, young people and families

There’s a host of events and activities for children and families this summer as part of our Summer of Play programme. Check out a few up-coming highlights below.

Wildlife photography competition for children and young people

If you’re aged 8 to 17 you can take part in our summer wildlife photography competition

Try beach volleyball

Free of charge: young people can join in beach volleyball sessions and could even be picked to represent Southwark at the London Youth Games. Sessions continue until 23 August.

Visit Elephant Springs: a new natural play area in SE1

Elephant springs is a new urban oasis in Elephant and Castle with rocks, streams, sand and water fountains. If you’re local, pop along for a unique experience.

Try pond dipping and join a big butterfly count

Head to the free open day at Lavender Pond Nature Reserve on Saturday 24 July, 11am to 4pm. Activities include pond dipping, craft and a Big Butterfly Count at 2pm.

Take up the summer reading challenge!

This year’s summer reading challenge theme is Wild World Heroes and will inspire children to stand up for the future of our planet. Prizes are on offer for children who read six books over the summer holidays. Find out how to take up the summer reading challenge.

>> Check out all our summer listings for children and young people


What’s on for all ages

At part of our Southwark Summer programme there’s also lots on for all ages. Here are some highlights:

Food, drink and rides at the Rotherhithe festival

The Rotherhithe Festival will return to King George’s Fields, SE16 on Saturday 7 August. It’s a great day of free music with food, drink and rides and attractions for children, starting at 11.30am and finishing at 8.30pm.

Latin American festival at Dulwich Park

Celebrate Latin America through independent cinema, dance, music and regional cuisine on 24 and 25 July at Dulwich Park. Tickets start at £25.

Join a local archaeology walk

Join a guided walk around the historic borough of Southwark, exploring Borough and Bankside’s archaeology on 29 or 31 July. Free, but booking required.

>> See all listings


COVID-19 updates

Vaccination walk-in sites in south east London

There are lots of opportunities to still get your vaccine, including walk-in clinics at Guys and St Thomas’ hospitals (every day) and Charlton Athletic football club (24 July) and many other places across Southwark and southeast London. You do not need proof of address, immigration status, ID or an NHS number.

You can also book your appointment via the NHS website.

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Book now: first or second Pfizer doses at Tate Modern this Friday

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Dear resident,

Anyone aged 18 or over, who hasn’t had their first COVID-19 vaccine dose, can get vaccinated at Tate Modern this Friday. The Pfizer vaccine will be on offer.

Second doses of Pfizer will also be available to people who had their first dose eight weeks ago or longer.

>> Book your vaccination at Tate Modern now (via Eventbrite)

*Some time slots may be fully booked. Please look at other time slots if your preferred time isn’t available.*

Event details

  • Location: Tate Modern, Bankside, London SE1 9TG
  • Day and time: Friday 16 July, 5pm to 9pm
  • Booking information: Please book in advance to secure your vaccination. (Some time slots are already fully booked.)

>> Book your vaccination now

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Walk-in vaccination clinics, family fitness classes, funding for high streets and more

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Dear resident,

Get your COVID-19 vaccination this week

COVID-19 rates are rising across London. It’s important to get vaccinated if you’re eligible and to keep getting tested regularly.

Over 40? Get your first or second dose at a walk-in clinic this week

There are walk-in vaccination clinics across Southwark this week for people aged 40+.

  • If you’re aged 40+ and have not have the COVID-19 vaccine you can get your first dose at
    a walk-in clinic this week.
  • You can also go to a walk-in clinic for your second dose if it is 8 weeks or more since your
    first AstraZeneca dose and you don’t have your second dose booked.
  • You don’t need an appointment and the vaccine is free to everyone.
  • You do not need proof of address, immigration status, ID or an NHS number.

Don’t miss your second COVID-19 vaccine dose

The Delta variant now makes up 96% of new cases. After only one dose, the vaccines are around 26% to 40% effective at reducing symptomatic disease from the Delta variant. After two doses, the vaccines are estimated to be between 76% and 84% effective against symptomatic disease.

If you book online, you’ll need to book appointments for both doses. If you have your first dose through your GP surgery, you’ll be contacted when it’s time to book your second dose.

Survey: Let’s talk about life after COVID-19

Help us shape Southwark into an even better place to live, work and enjoy life. Give us your thoughts as we plan what the borough should look and feel like as we work to recover from the last 15 months. Survey closes 30 July.

Rotherhithe Festival returns on 7 August

The Rotherhithe Festival will return to King George’s Fields, SE16 on Saturday 7 August. It’s a great day of free music with food, drink and rides and attractions for children, starting at 11.30am and finishing at 8.30pm.

Aged 14+? Come to our Youth New Deal launch event

Aged 14+ and live in Southwark? White Yardie will be hosting our online youth event to launch Southwark’s ‘Youth New Deal’ on 8 July 6.30pm to 8.30pm. The Youth New Deal puts young people at the heart of decision-making in Southwark. Come to the event to hear from some great speakers, have your say and share your views. Contact youthserviceinfo@southwark.gov.uk to book your place now!

Check out this promotional video to find out more: https://youtu.be/x5XGPO2_JaU

The Ultra-Low Emission Zone expands from 25 October 2021. Have you checked your vehicle?

The central London Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) is expanding to create a single, larger zone up to (but not including) the North Circular Road (A406) and South Circular Road (A205). Four out of five cars already meet the ULEZ emissions standards but you can check your vehicle now.  

Thank you to the emergency services

Following the fire in Elephant & Castle on Monday our huge thanks go to the London Fire Brigade and the emergency services for all their efforts to keep everyone safe. Our thanks also go to residents for staying calm and to council officers who supported them.

Free family fun fitness classes

Work on your fitness and create a balanced lifestyle for you and your family with a range of classes to choose from, including Zumba and family yoga. Join in our free classes, running from 22 June to 1 October,  aimed at families with young children. For more information visit www.southwark.gov.uk/familyfunfitness or pre-book your place now.

Job and career support for 16 to 25 year olds

We’re linking young people with jobs, training, career support and educational opportunities to help them achieve a bright future. Sign up now to get jobs, training and education opportunities by email.

Elephant and Castle statue returns

Elephant and Castle’s much-loved elephant statue was given a big welcome back on Saturday. The statue, which used to stand outside the shopping centre, has been restored and can now be found in Castle Square. The statue will stay at Castle Square while the new Elephant and Castle town centre development is completed. Find out more about the regeneration of Elephant and Castle.

Food growing on Southwark housing estates

Would you like to grow food in new growing spaces or community gardens? Southwark’s community gardening coordinators will help groups of residents look at potential sites and develop projects. If interested, find out how to apply or email us for more information.

Funding available to improve our high streets

Do you have a great idea to revitalise our town centres? Apply to The High Street Recovery Fund to have the chance to bring your big idea to life, shape our high streets, support local businesses and bring long term benefits to Southwark. Application deadline is 27 July.

Get tested for COVID-19 twice a week

There are increasing numbers of COVID-19 cases in Southwark and it’s important we continue to get tested regularly, even if we’ve been vaccinated. If you don’t have symptoms there are different ways to get tested in Southwark:

How to book a test if you have symptoms of COVID-19

It’s essential that you get a PCR test as soon as possible if you have any of these symptoms:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste

You and anyone you live with should stay at home until you get your test result. Only leave your home to have a test. Find out how to book a COVID-19 test at a local testing site or order a home testing kit.

Please keep following the rules

Despite the success of the vaccine rollout, COVID-19 cases are rising again in Southwark. It is vital that we continue to follow the current guidance. This means:

  • work at home if you can
  • washing our hands regularly
  • keeping our distance from others (only mixing inside in groups of up to six or two households)
  • wearing a face covering when required (unless you’re exempt).

The government has confirmed they plan to lift restrictions on 19 July. Check all the current rules.

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Women’s Safety – Safer Streets Consultation, 10am, Thursday 24th June 2021

Dear TRA committee member,

Safer Streets Funding June 2021 – Stakeholder Consultation

The Home Office has just released Round 3 of the Safer Streets Fund. Southwark Council in conjunction with Met Police and other partners will be submitting a bid and would be really grateful for your views to help shape the submission. The key aims of the fund are to:

·       reduce violence against women and girls (VAWG) and increase women and girls’ feelings of safety in public spaces

·       build the evidence base for what works on reducing VAWG crimes and increasing feelings of safety in the public domain

·       improve both the national and local data picture regarding VAWG crimes in public spaces, which could include increased reporting for some crime types

·       make public spaces safer for all

A consultation meeting will be held via zoom on Thursday 24th June at 10am. You can join simply by logging on to the session on Thursday. There is no need to book in advance.

Join Safer Streets Consultation Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/99482647341

Meeting ID: 994 8264 7341
 Passcode: 545122

If you are unable to attend the meeting, we would be really grateful if you could consider the attached questions and send a written response by 5pm on Thursday 24th June

Apologies for the extremely tight timescales but the Home Office have not given us much time to submit a bid.

Kind regards

Lisa

Email address – Lisa.Negi@southwark.gov.uk