Activities

Planning for your neighbourhood can be fun too!


We are keen to have Nicolas Fonty from justMap in our team! He is going to organise a few fun activities for the AGM to be held on 14th October 2017.
Have a look at what he is up to at this page dedicated to the Elephant & Walworth neighbourhood forum! 

Please do get in touch if you want to influence the way your neighbourhood is developing.


EWNForum mapping stall at Westmoreland road festival on 19 August.


Elephant & Walworth neighbourhood forum AGM

Saturday 28th November 2015 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm  - Pelier Estate Community Hall, 19 Hillingdon street, SE17 3UL (on the corner with Harding Close). 




2nd Elephant & Walworth Neighbourhood Forum Conference

Saturday 4 July from 10am to 4pm - Inspire, The Crypt at Saint Peter's Church 




Towards a neighbourhood plan...

Between January and April 2015, the Elephant & Walworth neighbourhood forum has collaboratively worked with 3 groups of UCL master students, who produced three different reports on the following issues:
Green Infrastructure
- Migrant and Ethnic Businesses
- Assets of Community Value
Please follow the links to view the reports. This important work builds upon the themes developed by the forum during 2014 workshops. The forum will discuss the results and proposals emerging from the reports in the upcoming conference to be hold on the 4th July 2015. Soon more details and info about the conference!



2014 Workshops reports: 

In 2014, the forum was granted some funding by Locality to organise three workshops on issues which are central to the aspiration of the forum to eventually develop a neighbourhood plan.

1 November 2014 - Workshop on green infrastructure by Angela Koch:



6 December 2014 - Workshop on community assets by Andy Perkin:
      

10 December 2014 - Workshop on Independent businesses in Elephant and Walworth by Patria Roman:




Saturday 6th December 2014

Vanishing pubs, clubs, centres and Halls. Can the community give them a future?
Free Community Assets workshop





1st November 2014. Connecting The Neighbourhood 

A community planning workshop



Let's explore our neighbourhood!
Join us on Sunday 13th July for a walkabout
around the Brandon estate & west Walworth.




1st Elephant & Walworth Neighbourhood Forum Conference 

Sat 28th Sep 2013

Click here to view the report


Rockingham Conversations 

July 7th, 2013

June 2013 saw a 7 day series of events and conversations with people living and working in the Rockingham estate and surrounding area. The objective of the conversations was to engage the community around the prospect of creating a neighbourhood forum for the Elephant and Castle area. As we see it, the neighbourhood forum is an enormous opportunity to influence planning policy for where we live or work. Once approved the neighbourhood plan would have to be taken into account by any future developments in the area, and developers will have to assess their plans against our neighbourhood plan policies. This will go some way towards ensuring that developments will benefit the existing communities and take into account what we value.


 

The founding of a neighbourhood forum is of course the first step towards writing a neighbourhood    plan. For a neighbourhood plan to be inclusive of all the different needs in the area, it will have to        engage people from a variety of backgrounds, skills and interests. A variety for which the Elephant    and Castle is well-known and from which this bold project should draw upon. This is why we took on  the challenge of engaging local communities in a discussion about what their concerns for the area  are, and if they would welcome being included within the boundary of the neighbourhood forum. We  spent 6 weeks prior to our week of events talking to established groups and associations: The  Rockingham Community Day Nursery, Rockingham Estate Play Association, the Bengali Women’s  Club, Rockingham Somali Support Group, Bait-ul Aziz Islamic Cultural Centre, The Rockingham  Community Association, Connextions (Faces in Focus), the Harper Road traders, St Matthews Church, Trinity Newington Residents Association. After these conversations, we decided to establish a street presence in the area north-east of the E&C roundabout (from the Rockingham estate to Trinity square) where we set up our stalls, maps, mint & strawberry plants, leaflets, community stew and walkabouts, every day for a week.


Another happy discovery was the Rockingham estate allotments, whose plots are open to everyone (not only Rockingham residents) for £25 per year. There are still allotments available and people are welcome to seize this opportunity in making our green spaces productive and beautiful! To book an allotment email rockallot@gmail.com Our neighbourhood plan will certainly try to enhance the allotments’ potential for building up as a community asset. Another discussion we had was around the enhancement of Newington Garden as a great place to enjoy sport and striking greenery still not used to its full potential.

This is why and where we started, but what did we learn from this one week long conversation? In Trinity Square, we heard about the high cost of living and how many of the homes are rented, with short term tenancies making this a changing area. Planning issues are very important for the Trinity Newington Residents Association. At the Rockingham Community Centre, the most active group is the Bengali Women’s Group. As well as their luncheon club on Wednesdays, they organise a mother and toddler group, a homework club and a food growing club at Vauxhall City Farm (though they would prefer something closer to the Rockingham).

On the walkabouts, we were surprised by the width of Falmouth Road and the possibilities this offers for different uses. We also noticed the sad condition of Dickens Square and how it could open up to Rockingham Estate Play Association (REPA) with raised growing beds and community art. Many told us how important the Harper Road shops are, particularly to the Bengali community, and how they could be linked with the commercial units on Rockingham Street and with Newington Causeway.

 To round off the week of events we set our stall up on the corner of Walworth road and Heygate street, where we  started conversations about the trees which are about to be lost using a number of speech bubbles. The installation  was a powerful tool in starting discussions about the green spaces in our neighbourhood, how they can be linked  and how they can be secured for future generations to enjoy.

 Thanks to everyone who stopped by for a chat with us. 15 of you signed up as members of the Neighbourhood  Forum and many others asked to keep in touch. That’s all for now, but we are organising a similar series of events in  Walworth over the summer. Send us your email if you would like to be kept up to date



Elephant Spring Festival 2013


Join us for our Spring Festival events around the Elephant & Castle from 3rd - 9th June