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SoWN News 19 Oct 2023. Have your say about Lambeth's Housing and Healthy Streets...


South Bank and Waterloo Forum on Tuesday 17th Oct

Many thanks to all who came to the Forum, and to Coin Street for hosting it. It was good to hear that there is a lot of work going on to identify a permanent home for the Waterloo Health Centre and Lambeth Walk GP Practice, and we look forward to the consultation once plans have moved forward. There is new initiative emerging to support elders in our area, and we were pleased to learn more about that from Carole Milner. Nic Durston introduced South Bank BID's vision for 2030 - more on that to follow.

The next Forum is on Thursday 14th December.


Net Zero programme lead appointed!

Local partners including SOWN, Lambeth Council, South Bank BID and WeAreWaterloo are excited to welcome Jackson Bylett as the Net Zero Programme Lead for the area.

The Net Zero Programme Lead is a new position, following on from the launch earlier this year of the Net Zero Strategy and Action Plan for South Bank and Waterloo in St John’s Waterloo, which many residents attended.

The Net Zero Programme Lead will be part of South Bank BID’s delivery team, with the role being co-funded by local partners to enable true partnership working across businesses and residents - they will also work closely with Lambeth Council's Climate Team.

We are looking forward to welcoming Jackson to a future Forum.


Lambeth's current activity on CommonPlace Engagement Hub

Lambeth is committed to creating streets and neighbourhoods that are healthy, safe, inclusive, pleasant, climate resilient, and that support active travel. Enabling the community to walk, wheel and cycle more benefits public health and wellbeing. These are part of Lambeth's Climate Action Plan objectives to become a net zero compatible and climate resilient borough by 2030. Lambeth want to make Waterloo a world class place for local residents, businesses and visitors to travel through or spend time in. Lambeth are currently developing proposals to match this vision.

From Friday 15 September to Friday 20 October Lambeth are engaging on:

To have your say and find out more and to sign up for updates visit:


Healthy Street Improvements to South Bank Spine Route

A street with a bus

At the end of October/early November Lambeth will introduce healthy street improvements to the South Bank Spine Route. This 12-18month trial will make the area safer, healthier, and more enjoyable for all road users walking, wheeling and cycling.

Find out more about the healthy street improvements here:

Do you have any questions about these healthy street improvements?

Sign up to the online Q & A (Questions and Answers) sessions here:

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Have your say on Lambeth Housing

Lambeth wants your views on our long term strategic plans for all types of housing in Lambeth. Please share your views with Lambeth by completing the online survey in the webpage or attending

a workshop.

A lack of government investment in new or existing homes coupled with rising costs and a cost-of-living crisis means there are many housing challenges facing Lambeth. The draft Strategy sets out how Lambeth will address these challenges across three priority themes:

PRIORITY ONE: More Affordable Homes

PRIORITY TWO: Delivering Excellent Housing & Repair Services

PRIORITY THREE: Supporting Healthy and Safe Neighbourhoods

Lambeth want to hear your views on the draft Strategy.

You can have your say by completing this online survey. Or attend a workshop at the Lambeth Civic Centre;

Tuesday 24 October Tuesday 31 October Tuesday 7 November Tuesday 14 November Time: 2 - 4pm Location: Lambeth Civic Centre, 6 Brixton Hill, London SW2 1EG If you would like to attend one of the above sessions please email


News from SoWN members


Miracle on Leake Street Returns

Mark your calendars, as the most festive night of the year returns! WeAreWaterloo and South Bank BID are teaming up again to deliver a Winter Wonderland in Leake Street Arches, as Miracle on Leake Street returns on the Thursday 7th of December, from 6 - 9pm.

Expect cabaret drag act, wreath making workshops, festive foodie pop-ups, some crazy entertainment, a festive movie on the big screen, and even a bit of snow! Monetary donations collected throughout the night will be going to Waterloo Foodbank to help support those locally in need.


Monthly South Bank Walks Launched

A street with trees

This autumn, South Bank BID are launching a brand new series of free monthly walking tours of South Bank! These are being delivered through South Bank London, the online destination for everything that’s happening in South Bank.

See the neighbourhood from a different perspective while hearing remarkable stories from South Bank’s past and present on these monthly walks led by guides from the Lambeth Tour Guides Association.

While the walks are free, prior booking is required as space is limited – learn more here.


Celebrating Black History Month at Coin Street

Black History Month community celebration 21st October 1 - 7 pm

Celebrating Black Culture at Coin Street


Waterloo Local History Society

Aerial view of the South Bank

Wednesday 8th November

Doors open - 6.30pm

Talk starts - 7.00pm

Octavia Room

St John’s Church, Waterloo

Waterloo Road SE1

What do you know about London’s South Bank?

Find out from Mireille Galinou, author the recently published London’s South Bank - The History.

Mireille Galinou, a well established author and historian, will take us through her research and findings about the amazing and complex story of London’s South Bank from Tower Bridge to Vauxhall. Her book London’s South Bank – The History published this year is packed with wonderful illustrations, maps and information about London less well known quarter.

Booking: Tickets cost £6.13, including booking fee, and are

available from Eventbrite


St George's Cathedral 175th Anniversary Concert

175th Anniversary Logo

On Friday 3 November at 7.30pm the combined cathedral choirs of St George's present

an evening of choral music to commemorate the 175th anniversary of the Cathedral.

The concert will map the history of the cathedral in music, with singing interspersed with

historical reflections from Joanna Bogle. Repertoire will include well-known favourites by

William Byrd and Anton Bruckner, music by the Cathedral's first Director of Music, Meyer

Lutz, and The Wisdom of Christ, by Frederick Stocken, which was commissioned by the

Cathedral for this anniversary year.

Entrance is free and the concert will last around an hour. (Donations can be made)


Black History Month: Film TONIGHT at St John's Waterloo

Can I Live? Film publicity

Drawing inspiration from Black History Month in October and Interfaith Week (12th – 19th Nov) St John's will be thinking about justice and spirit in our super-diverse city. St John's will be showing films linked with eco justice in collaboration with the Faith for the Climate network.

Can I Live? TONIGHT -Thursday 19th October, 7pm.

A film by actor and activist Fehinti Balogun and Complicité. The film follows Fehinti’s personal journey as a Black British man exploring his relationship to the climate crisis and posing questions about his role to tackle it, focusing on building community. Complicité and Fehinti are working with Doc Society this year to support community and grassroot activist groups to host screenings of the film. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with the filmmaker.

Martin Luther King’s Christmas Sermon: A legacy | Sunday 22nd October, 5pm.

A live reading and reimagining of Dr. King’s final Christmas sermon. With Christmas approaching, we dig deeper into this sermon’s legacy from a climate justice perspective. How do racial injustice, colonialism, militarism, and climate change continue to intersect? The reading will be followed by a discussion that draws upon MLK’s legacy of revolutionary spirituality and non-violence, examining war as a metaphor for climate chaos. In collaboration with Tipping Point North South, a “co-operative that supports and initiates creative, campaign-driven projects that advance the global social justice agenda”, focusing on campaigns such as demilitarisation and a global Green New Deal.

King: A Filmed Record…Montgomery to Memphis | Thursday 26th October, 5:30pm.

Constructed from a wealth of archival footage, this film is a monumental documentary that follows Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. from 1955 to 1968, in his rise from regional activist to world-renowned leader of the Civil Rights movement. Rare footage of King’s speeches, protests, and arrests are interspersed with scenes of other high-profile supporters and opponents of the cause, punctuated by heartfelt testimonials by some of Hollywood’s biggest stars. Tipping Point North South has the rights to screen this film and approached Faith for the Climate with this idea. Tipping Point North South is a “co-operative that supports and initiates creative, campaign-driven projects that advance the global social justice agenda”, focusing on campaigns such as demilitarisation and a global Green New Deal. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion.


BFI Southbank - Few free places available for filmmaking holiday workshop for 12 - 16 year olds

Video Art Workshop

Monday 23 to Thursday 26 October, 10:30am to 4pm

What is the difference between film and video art? For four consecutive days in the October half-term, students will learn about the many forms that video art can take and experiment with expressing their thoughts and ideas artistically. Video art is a wonderful opportunity for young filmmakers to think outside of the box and move away from conventional storytelling. The possibilities are endless and the concept of video art is an eye opener for young minds. Together with their peers and our tutors, students will get hands on experience working in a team to make a video art piece from concept to completion, and develop their confidence, creativity and collaborative skills along the way.

To book a ticket please click on the below link and enter the promo code YOUNGFREE before you select the tickets, to see the free option. (Please note free spaces are limited.)


SoWN AGM Minutes

The Trustees of SoWN held the AGM on 10th June 2023. We received the Annual Report for 2022 and elected the Board of Trustees for the coming year. The Minutes are here

The Trustees for 2023 are

Suat Binkaya – business representative (re-elected 2023 for a second term) Michael Johnson resident and business representative (re-elected 2023 for a second term) David Clarson - resident (re-elected 2022 for a second term) Giles Goddard – resident (re-elected 2022 for a second term) John Langley - business representative (re-elected 2022 for a second term)

Carmelita Lee - resident (elected 2021 for a first term) Max Weiner – resident (elected 2021 for a first term)

There are vacancies for further Trustees so if anyone would like to serve in this way, please contact us at


We aim to publish our next newsletter in late November. Items to be included should be sent to by Thursday 16th November.

If you would like to volunteer to be part of editorial team please email


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