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SoWN News - Sept 2023.

In this edition - Forum Agenda, St John's Heritage Open Day, WCDG seeks a new Chair and more

Next South Bank and Waterloo Forum

The next South Bank and Waterloo Forum, chaired by our MP Florence Eshalomi, will be at Coin Street Neighbourhood Centre on Thursday 21st Sept at 7pm. The focus will be on health. The agenda will include:

· Update from Florence

· Current local issues from Councillors

· A Presentation on the progress to a permanent Health Centre in Waterloo led by Malcolm Brydon – NHS South London Integrated Care Board)

· Update from the Waterloo Elders Group (a group established to consider needs of elders in the area) – David Kesby

· The launch of The South Bank and Waterloo 2030 Vision – Nic Durston

Future Neighbourhoods 2030 - net zero project - Nic Durston

· Community Grants programme – Tim Hollins

· Community announcements

The December South Bank and Waterloo Forum will be on Thursday 14th December.


News from SoWN members


St John's Heritage Open Day: Sunday 17th Sept

Come and explore the beautiful Grade II* St John’s Waterloo following a major refurbishment project which transformed it into a contemporary space for the community and sensitively restored its heritage artefacts.

Picture of St John's Church, 1942

St John's newly-trained tour guides will be running 4 sessions on the hour, starting at 2pm, taking you around the church, retelling its history and answering your questions. You will also have the chance to speak with members of our staff and volunteers who will share information on the creative and community life of St John’s.

At the end of the first 3 sessions, you are welcome to join a family storytelling event inspired by St John’s Churchyard and 19th-century social reformer Octavia Hill, run by the team at London Dreamtime. If you’re interested in storytelling as part of creative practice, we recommend joining our Space for Storytelling monthly free workshops at St John’s. For more information, click here.


12pm: St John’s Waterloo’s Open Day kicks off

2pm: Tour of St John’s Waterloo

2:40pm: Storytelling event in the churchyard

3pm: Tour of St John’s Waterloo

3:40pm: Storytelling event in the churchyard.

4pm: Tour of St John’s Waterloo

4:40pm: Storytelling event in the churchyard.


Climate Cafe in Lambeth

Tuesdays, 14:30 - 16:30 @ The Jamyang Buddhist Centre, SE11 4NA

14 September 12 October 9 November

Step into the Climate Cafe, where passionate individuals gather for an open discussion on climate change. Whether you're a climate activist or concerned about the future, the Climate Cafe welcomes everyone to join the conversation and share your feelings about climate change. Plus, enjoy complimentary refreshments courtesy of the Cafe at Jamyang London Buddhist Centre. Let's tackle the climate crisis together!


Wanted: a new Chair for WDCG.

Your opportunity to help shape the conversation.

Waterloo Community Development Group (WCDG) is a registered charity which has worked for and with the Waterloo residential community for over fifty years to protect, preserve and improve the environment and to maintain and develop a healthy and sustainable community.

WCDG promotes community involvement in improving the places and spaces of value for the benefit of all, empowering people positively to engage with the planning process and shaping their environment; aesthetically, practically, socially and economically.

WCDG’s mission is as relevant today as it was 50 years ago. After 8 years as Chair, Jeremy Cross will be stepping down at the AGM this November. The opportunity is open for a Waterloo resident, on a voluntary basis, to chair the Board of Trustees and help lead and shape the charity.

We seek an energetic and committed person to lead WCDG’s committed and dedicated Board of Trustees in order to continue to fulfil our mission. For further details visit WDCG's website.


Celebrating St George's Cathedral 175th year

To mark the 175th Anniversary of the opening of St George's in 1848 a walk has been organised for

anyone who is interested in the history of the Cathedral and the surrounding area of Southwark

Bankside, The walk will start at St George's Cathedral and end at St George the Martyr in Borough High


The walk will start at 2pm on Saturday 30 September outside the Cathedral. This History Tour will be led by Jenny Rossiter of The Lambeth Tour Guide Association. The Tour is free. However, all donations are welcome for the nominated charity: The Archbishop Romero Trust


Lambeth Heritage Festival

Lambeth Heritage Festival seeks to celebrate the extraordinary diverse history of Lambeth. It runs through September and has an amazing range of events. It is coordinated by Lambeth Archives and the Lambeth Local History Forum


Webber Street Day Centre needs clothes

The Webber Street Day Centre provides huge support to homeless people in and around Waterloo - breakfast, showers, advice, medical help and more. They are now fully reopen after lockdown, and are very short of men's clothes to give out. They would welcome donations of all kinds of men's clothes. Please take them to the Centre, between 9 and 5 - ring the bell if it's closed.


We aim to publish our next newsletter in mid October. Items to be included should be sent to

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