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SoWN News Nov 2023 - Christmas in Waterloo and South Bank


The next South Bank and Waterloo Forum - Thursday 14th December at Morley College

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

Some children playing football

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.  


Waterloo Streets News

Ariel view of the south bank

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.

What’s Next?

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 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


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!

flyer about the Miracle on Leake Street

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.


Together at Christmas on Lower Marsh

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

Exterior and interior of Lambeth Library

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
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

Grow a tree in 23!

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

Red candles lit

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.

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


Christmas at Coin Street

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.


We aim to publish our next newsletter in January. Items to be included should be sent to by Thursday 6th January.

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


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