Two new heraldic stone plaques were unveiled in King George’s Field, Rotherhithe, by the former Mayor for Southwark, Cllr Kath Whittam, earlier this month.

The stone plaques were funded through Bermondsey & Rotherhithe Community Council’s Cleaner Greener Safer (CGS) programme

The Friends of Southwark Park applied for CGS funding to create replicas of the stone plaques, as the originals were destroyed during the Blitz.

The plaques show symbols from the royal coat of arms; a Lion (England) and a Unicorn (Scotland).  The plaques were made by London company – Priest Stoneworks – and can now be found at the entrance to King George’s Fields, Lower Road.

Cllr Barrie Hargrove, Cabinet Member for Communities, Leisure and Safety, said:  “These heraldic plaques are a fantastic way to bring Southwark’s history back to life and continue to ensure that these green spaces are maintained for the public, now and in the future.”

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The Fields in Trust UK’s Best Park Award is now open for a public vote to select the nation’s favourite local park.

A total of 64 of London’s cherished green spaces – including Russia Dock Woodland and Southwark Park – are featured in the 360 UK-wide nominations each a much-loved part its local community. Now it is time to choose the winners via an online public vote at www.fieldsintrust.org/bestpark/london

Princess Astrid, sister of King Harald V of Norway, opened the new St Olav’s Square in Albion Street on Sunday 17 September.

St Olav’s Norwegian church, which stands near the entrance to the Rotherhithe tunnel, formerly a mission to sailors in nearby Surrey Docks, now serves Norwegians living throughout the UK.

The church has worked over several years with Southwark Council to improve the area in front of the church. This involved the removal of the disused public toilets and a car park and opening up the space in front of the landmark church, newly visible to traffic approaching from Jamaica Road.

After a church service led by The Revd Torbjorn Holt, the Princess and invited guests gathered in the new square for the unveiling of a new bust of King Haakon VII, which is based on a full length statue in Oslo. Haakon’s biographer, Tor Bomann Larsen, spoke about the King’s life in wartime London when having refused to abdicate in face of demands from Germany, regularly attended St Olav’s Norwegian church and attended to Norwegian government business in exile.

Leader of the council Peter John, past mayor and local councillor Kath Whittam and cabinet member for regeneration Mark Williams were presented to the Princess in recognition of Southwark’s partnership in the creation of a new public open space as part as the ongoing regeneration of the Albion Street.

Wreaths at a restored war memorial were laid by veterans of the wartime Norwegian shipping fleets, including Donald Hunter who served as radio officer on three Norwegian merchant ships carrying dangerous cargoes to allied forces.

The small fountain in the garden was donated by a Norwegian family in memory of their daughter.

Edible Rotherhithe, a newly created community gardening and arts group, has been selected to received £1,000 after applying for funding from organic skin and haircare brand Green People.

In celebration of its 20th year, Green People launched a national campaign – ‘Change the World in 20 Ways’ – where individuals and groups across the UK were invited to apply for £1,000 to put towards projects to make a difference in their local communities.

Edible Rotherhithe will be transforming a disused piece of land on the Silverlock Estate into a community allotment.  The project will enable local residents to grow their own food – promoting healthy eating and outdoor activity – whilst also becoming a welcoming social space to host community dinners with produce grown on the site.  In addition, there will also be workshops in arts and crafts to increase the skills and confidence of local residents and an amphitheatre for community film and theatre events.

Christina Wheatley, who nominated Edible Rotherhithe, commented: “We’re so excited to have been selected as the recipients of £1,000 and have great plans to take our project further.  We’re helping to bring about positive change in our part of the world by kick-starting a new community garden and teaching space through the purchase of a polytunnel that will provide sufficient room for food growing and educational workshops.”

 

Find out more about Edible Rotherhithe on Facebook and Twitter.

Southwark Council has confirmed that it will once again stage a fireworks display in Southwark Park, this year on Sunday 5 November.

21,000 tickets are available; these will be free for people who live in Southwark, but because of the risks associated with the night’s huge popularity and the significant cost of bringing Southwark fireworks night to residents, those from outside the borough will have to pay a small fee.

Last year Southwark residents booked 62 per cent of the tickets.

Of those 62 per cent, 48 per cent came from the SE16 area and a further 26 per cent
came from the adjacent SE1 area.

Non-Southwark residents will be charged £8.50 for admission to the event, with child tickets costing £2.50 and a family ticket available at £20.

The council hopes to raise £10,000-£15,000 from ticket sales to help offset the cost of the event.

Gates will open at 5pm, with food, drink and entertainment available until 8pm. Last entry to the park will be at 6.30pm. Ticket holders are strongly advised to arrive as early as possible, to avoid disappointment.

Cllr Johnson Situ, Cabinet Member for Business, Culture and Social Regeneration, said: “At Southwark Council we are very proud of our magnificent annual fireworks display. It’s a really special family and community event.

“Please do book your tickets as early as you can and we look forward to welcoming everyone to Southwark Park on 5 November.”

Tickets will be available on a first come first served basis from 22 September, so residents are encouraged to sign up early at: www.2.southwark.gov.uk/fireworks

 

The Camden Society, which runs The Riverside Day Centre in Bermondsey, has launched a crowdfunding campaign to transform the centre’s underused car park into a beautiful food growing garden and art studio. The project will ensure that people with a learning disabilitycan learn skills and discover new interests, whilst also being open for the local community to use.

The centre currently supports around 90 people with a learning disability and provides a tailor-made service that allows people to plan how to spend their day. Due to the immanent closure of the charity’s South London centre, The Riverside must expand its services to ensure it can accommodate more people each day.

The crowdfunding campaign has already received a £10,000 pledge from the Mayor of London. Thanks to further pledges from the public, local and national businesses, 83% of the funds needed have been raised. However, as this is an all of nothing campaign, if they do not reach their target, they will lose every pledge.

The charity is appealing for public support to get behind the campaign and help them reach their goal.

Pledges can be made to the project here: www.spacehive.com/a-space-for-art-and-nature

The Bermondsey in Bloom Competition is open for entries once more this month.

There will be prizes and certificates for the top three entrants (decided by independent judges) in each of the following categories:

  • Balconies and window boxes
  • Pubs and businesses
  • Community gardens
  • Edible gardens and allotments
  • Estates gardens
  • Resident gardens

The competition is open to all residents who live in the following wards:

  • Riverside
  • Grange
  • South Bermondsey
  • Surrey Docks

Full details at http://salmonyouthcentre.org/bloom2017

Photo 01-03-2016, 16 36 05The CGP community allotment in Southwark Park is to receive a grant from the Tesco ‘Bags of Help’ scheme – but shoppers will determine how much cash the garden receives

Tesco has allocated £30,000 to community projects in and around Southwark in the second round of its Bags of Help scheme, funded by the proceeds of the mandatory 5p charge for plastic carrier bags introduced in England last autumn.

The amount each project receives will depend on where it is ranked in a public vote against two others: £12,000 will be granted for first place, £10,000 for second and £8,000 for third.

Customers in Southwark stores will receive a token at the checkout and be asked to place it in the box of the project they favour the most.

The three contenders are:

  • Melior Street Garden, SE1
  • CGP Community Allotment in Southwark Park, SE16
  • Somerville Kitchen Garden, Lee SE12

Voting continues until Sunday 6 March in the stores listed below.

Participating Tesco stores in Southwark

  • Tesco Extra – Surrey Quays
  • Tesco Superstore – Old Kent Road
  • Tesco Metro – Tooley Street
  • Tesco Metro – Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre
  • Tesco Metro – Jamaica Road
  • Tesco Express – Tower Bridge Road
  • Tesco Express – The Cut
  • Tesco Express – Borough Road
  • Tesco Express – Great Suffolk Street
  • Tesco Express – New Kent Road
  • Tesco Express – Long Lane
  • Tesco Express – Camberwell New Road
  • Tesco Express – Peckham
  • Tesco Express – East Dulwich
  • Tesco Express – Queen’s Road Peckham
  • Tesco Express – Southwark Park Road
  • Tesco Express – Walworth Road
  • Tesco Express – Camberwell