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Merry Christmas from SoWN


Merry Christmas from all at SoWN - cast your vote for a new mural in Sandell Street - Invitation to action on Old Paradise Yard - planning update for 2024 - Christmas services in Waterloo

If you're wondering where in Waterloo this view can be seen ... sorry, it's Vienna. But this comes with best wishes for Christmas and the New Year from all at SoWN. It's been a year of change and development for us. We've helped to launch the 2030 Net Zero project, focused on major planning issues, hosted 4 successful forums and worked closely with our partners to make Waterloo and South Bank an excellent place to live, work and have fun. We are very grateful for all the support and engagement over 2023, and are looking forward to 2024!


Your chance to vote for a new mural in Sandell Street.

There are plans afoot to create a new mural at the end of Sandell Street (the street nearly opposite Waterloo Station where the Union Jack Club is located). A series of workshops with Coin Street and London Nautical School have produced some excellent proposals. Patrizio, who is leading on the project, wants your vote on which should be taken forward (subject to funding!). You can see the proposals here and there is a QR code to take you to the voting page. Or follow this link to the voting form.

The deadline is Monday 15th January


Update on Royal Street Development and Old Paradise Yard

We recently shared a statement from the Guys' and St Thomas' Foundation. The Save Waterloo Paradise campaign have now issued this response to the Foundation’s statement and they say that there are just a few days to save the charities and small businesses in Old Paradise Yard from being evicted after Christmas. Anyone who wishes to write to the Foundation about this can find a template email here.


January launch of Waterloo and South Bank Health and Wellness Grants

On January 15 SoWN will be launching a Waterloo and South Bank Health and Wellness Grants Programme. Funded by Lambeth Public Health, funding will be available to charities, community groups and individuals with good ideas, to run projects that contribute to the health and wellbeing of people living in the Waterloo and South Bank Ward.  The total fund is £50,000 and you can apply for a grant of any size up to £5,000 or even more if the project justifies it. Further details will be available, with the online application form, from 15 January, at


Planning - what's afoot for 2024?

Chris Bagot, the chair of SoWN's planning committee, gave this very helpful presentation at the Forum on Thursday 14th Dec. He explains the enormous scale of the proposed office developments locally, the improvements to the Spine Route behind the National Theatre and Southbank Centre, the plans for Emma Cons and more. Definitely a good read, giving lots of context for the forthcoming potential changes locally.


Christmas in Waterloo and South Bank


Christmas at Oasis

Christmas Day Service 

Monday 25 December 10.30am – Oasis Church Waterloo 

Come along for a short, all-age service as we celebrate Christmas together.


Christmas at St John's

Crib Service: Christmas Eve, 4.30 pm

A service for children telling the story of Christmas. Featuring Bible stories, carols and the crib. All welcome.

A nativity scene

Midnight Mass: Christmas Eve 11.30 pm

A traditional Eucharist service on the night of Christmas. All welcome.

Christmas Day: 10.30

A service to celebrate Christmas! All welcome


And we wish you a very happy and peaceful New Year.

We aim to publish our next newsletter in January. Items to be included should be sent to by Thursday 4th January.

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


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