The next South Bank and Waterloo Forum - Thursday 14th December at Morley College
You're very welcome at the next Forum. It will be at Morley College, 61 Westminster Bridge Rd, London SE1 7HT on Thursday 14th December, starting at 7pm, with Christmas drinks afterwards.
Morley have a range of student showcases, music and refreshments for college staff and stakeholders earlier that evening, from 5pm, to which we are also warmly invited.
The theme for this Forum will be 2024 - the year ahead. We'll be thinking about how we can contribute to all that's happening locally - especially planning, the net Zero project, green spaces, the history group's work, and distribution of funds - including the Health and Wellbeing and the London Eye. It promises to be an interesting meeting! A full agenda will follow shortly.
SoWN to distribute Health and Wellbeing funding
In January SoWN will be launching a Health and Wellbeing grants programme, funded by Lambeth Public Health.This will provide grants of up to £5,000 for projects contributing to the health and wellbeing of those with a particular need and living in Waterloo. The total fund available is £50,000. Full details will be announced in the New Year.
Lambeth Civic Awards Nominations Deadline this Sunday 26 November
Lambeth Council is relaunching the Lambeth Civic Awards. If you know an individual, group or organisation that makes a difference through their time, work, or passion to help others, nominate them for an award.
There are 11 categories of awards and you are encouraged to nominate as many people or organisations as possible. Nominations are open until Sunday 26 November and Lambeth Council will be holding an event ceremony in February 2024 to celebrate the winners and finalists.
For more information and to nominate click here: https://www.lambeth.gov.uk/lambeth-civic-awards-2024/about-nomination-process
Waterloo Streets News
This from Lambeth's South Bank Spine Route team:
Healthy Route for the South Bank – Trial Launched
On 30 October Lambeth started the construction of the trial schemes for the South Bank Spine Route heathy route. Construction is now complete, and the trial has begun.
This is the start of the 12-18month trial which aims to make the area safer, healthier, and more enjoyable for all road users walking, wheeling and cycling. In particular, these changes will help to reduce through traffic to make the Spine Route compliant with Lambeth's Healthy Route criteria.
Find out more about the Healthy Streets improvements:
You must not go through the ‘No Motor Vehicle’ signs or you will be fined. Enforcement has begun with a period of warning notices. Penalty Charge Notices (PCN’s) enforcement will begin towards the end of November.
In order to satisfy the Healthy Route criteria, dispensations will not be provided for the Spine Route Waterloo Bridge filters. There are many alternate routes to choose from in the local area including using local main roads. We have provided several maps to help guide you along these routes.
An Experimental Traffic Order covering the scheme is now in effect. This allows us to enforce the scheme, monitor its impacts and engage over a minimum 6-month period.
The trial will be assessed, considering traffic and air quality monitoring, feedback gathered through engagement and objections to the traffic order. A decision will then be taken on whether the scheme is made permanent, altered or removed.
Community Engagement - What is to come?
• You can make an objection or representation relating to the Experimental Traffic Order in the first 6 months of the trial
• If you wish to object, this should be directed to SouthBankSpineRoute@lambeth.gov.uk stating the grounds for your objection
• Further details of how to feedback in person and online will be announced soon
Do you have any questions about these healthy street improvements?
Please send any questions you may have to SouthBankSpineRoute@lambeth.gov.uk
Cost of Living crisis support from Lambeth Council
The Council has produced a resource to support people struggling with the cost of living crisis. There is lots of information and advice here.
Update on Royal Street Development and Old Paradise Yard
The Guys' and St Thomas' Foundation have issued this statement giving an update on the Royal Street development plans.
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.
WeAreWaterloo are teaming up with South Bank BID for our annual Together at Christmas campaign. We're calling on Waterloo and South Bank businesses to join us in donating, wrapping, and distributing gifts to local charities.
Carol Singing in Lower Marsh
Thursday 7th December 11.30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Please come, sing with South Bank Churches from 1.10 pm - 1.30 pm.Among other local choirs singing between 11.30 - 2 pm on Thursday 7th December in Lower Marsh are choirs from Johanna and Southbank Oasis, Notre Dame .St. George's Primary School
Waterloo Local History - Recommended exhibition
Reformation Cardinal: Reginald Pole in sixteenth-century Italy and England
This exhibition at Lambeth Palace Archives is open from 5 October to 15 December in the Exhibition Room and can be visited 9:30 to 17:00 Monday to Friday. It is also open Saturday 4 November and 2 December between10:00 - 17:00.
Admission is free
Where - Lambeth Palace Archives,15 Lambeth Palace Rd, London SE1 7JT
A copper beech in Bernie Spain Gardens
The Trees in Archbishops' Park.
Where in Waterloo and South Bank can you find an Indian Bean Tree close to an olive tree and a crab apple? A tree walk around Archbishops' Park has been created.
Tree week 2023
National Tree Week 2023 marks the 50th anniversary of the famous ‘Plant a Tree in 73’ campaign – from which National Tree Week (and The Tree Council) emerged.
To pay homage to those foundations we want as many people as possible to have the opportunity to Grow a Tree in 23 – either by participating in an organised tree planting event, or by hosting your own National Tree Week Tree Party!
Christmas at Oasis
Christmas Fayre at the Farm
Saturday 2 December 1-5pm – Oasis Farm Waterloo
An afternoon of festive activities, crafts, animals, a Christmas market, warm drinks and of course, Santa’s grotto. A small charge will apply for some activities and refreshments, bring some cash on the day.
Waterloo Foodbank fundraiser: Carol singing as part of Lower Marsh Lates (in partnership with We Are Waterloo)
Thursday 7 December 12-2pm – Lower Marsh
Sing some songs and shake some buckets as we raise much-needed funds for the Waterloo Foodbank.
Beer and Carols
Friday 8 December 7pm – The Three Stags
Raise a glass and the roof with some festive favourites!
Sunday 10 December 11am – Oasis Church Waterloo
An epic and unpredictable all-age celebration of the Christmas story!
Carols by Candlelight
Sunday 17 December 7pm – Oasis Church Waterloo
A highlight of the festive calendar. Enjoy your favourite carols, performed by the Oasis choir and our brilliant band, along with a space for reflection on the Christmas story.
If you’d like to join our scratch choir for Carols by Candlelight (rehearsals on Tuesdays at 7.30pm, starting on December 5, in the auditorium), click here to sign up – no previous experience needed, just enthusiasm!
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
Carols by Candlelight - with Coin Street Community Singers and Take Note Singers.
Sunday 17th December, 5pm
Experience a traditional carol service for all ages at the beautifully renovated St John’s Church, whilst helping us reach our target to raise £1,500 for two outstanding local community projects this Christmas.
Singers from St John’s Church Choir, Coin Street Community Choir and Take Note Chamber Choir are coming together to perform Christmas favourites and special choral pieces. Why not get in the festive spirit and join in on a carol or two? Stick around to enjoy stalls, mince pies and mulled wine after the service.
This year, St John’s has teamed up with Coin Street to raise funds for Room For You and Coin Street community singing group – two brilliant projects that support and bring together local people in Waterloo and North Southwark.
Booking recommended. Further details and booking here.
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.
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
Christmas at Coin Street
This year’s toy drive appeal has begun. Coin Street calling for new, unwrapped toys, large or small, for children and young people aged 0-17 years. Please drop them off at the Coin Street neighbourhood centre reception, 108 Stamford Street, SE1 9NH, by Monday 11 December. We’ll make sure your gift gets to a local family to open on Christmas Day.