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Elephant Arcade Christmas Fair

12 December 2021
Elephant Arcade Christmas Fair Saturday 18 December
Saturday 18 December

Shop local and join the Christmas celebrations at Elephant Arcade on Saturday 18 December.

It’s the last Saturday before Christmas so it’s the perfect time to do your shopping, grab a bargain and enjoy a festive bite to eat while you’re there.

Elephant Arcade is home to a range of shops offering a wide selection of Christmas gifts and cards. There will be special offers and discounts available throughout the day and free face painting for the kids. You can also drop-in to see the free My Elephant Story exhibition currently on show in Unit 7.

The Elephant Arcade Christmas Fair runs from 11am to 6pm on Saturday 18 December at Elephant Arcade  50 London Road SE1 6FY (opposite the Bakerloo line station).

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Artist appointed to create landmark artwork

6 December 2021
Ryan Gander Workshop
Ryan Gander Workshop

Ryan Gander OBE has been appointed by Lendlease to deliver a landmark public piece of art for Elephant Park, conceived and developed with the local community.

Ryan is working with the Peckham-based, South London Gallery on a series of workshops for local school children that will bring together their playfulness and imagination to co-create the design for the final artwork.

This final piece may take the form of a distributed trail around the park’s two acres for people to discover and enjoy.

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The Elephant Magazine: out now

24 November 2021
The Elephant Magazine Autumn 2021
The Elephant Magazine Autumn 2021

The Elephant Magazine is available throughout Elephant and Castle.

Pick up your copy in Castle Square, Elephant Arcade or at your local pub, cafe or library.

In this issue:

  • Faye Gomes on Kaieteur Kitchen Original
  • The award-winning Peveril Gardens Studios
  • Find out what’s in store at Ash Avenue 

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Christmas Extravaganza in Elephant and Castle

22 November 2021
Castle Square at Christmas
Christmas in Elephant and Castle

Christmas gets started in Elephant and Castle on Saturday 27 November.

The Mayor of Southwark will switch on the Christmas lights in Castle Square as part of the Christmas Extravaganza and Elephant Park will join in the fun with a trail of lights from Sayer Street, through the wildflower meadow and onto Castle Square.

Expect carol singers, Christmas grottos, food and drink and plenty of festive photo opportunities.

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Award for Peveril Gardens Studios

18 November 2021
Peveril Gardens Studios
Peveril Gardens Studios

Sanchez Benton architects won the prestigious Editor’s Choice Award from the Architect’s Journal last night for Peveril Gardens Studios at Bricklayers Arms.

Commissioned by Southwark Council, the studios have been created by converting and refurbishing a 1960s building, previously used for garages.

Peveril Gardens now comprises a new headquarters for Forma Arts & Media; five affordable artist studios; a residency space for visiting international artists; an event space and room for a café and bookshop.

The rooftop has been converted into a new roof-garden for both the public and the residents of nearby Peveril House.

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Southwark Council wins housing award

8 November 2021
Inside Housing Development Awards
Inside Housing Development Awards

Southwark Council celebrated the achievements of its development programme at the Inside Housing Development Awards last week.

The council won the Best Development Team in London award, and William Cuffay House, a new council block in Walworth, was highly commended in the Best Affordable Housing Development under £10m.

Southwark Council has one of most ambitious council homes building programmes in London. It aims to start or deliver 2,500 new council homes, across the borough, by May 2022.

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New library to be named after Una Marson

25 October 2021
Una Marson Library, Walworth
CGI of the second new library coming to Walworth

Southwark Council has announced it will name its latest new library after local hero, Una Marson. The new library will open on to a new public square being built just off Dawes Street, SE17.

Una was a local poet, playwright, campaigner for equality and the first Black woman programme maker at the BBC.

The Una Marson Library will open next spring, hot on the heels of the new Southwark Heritage Centre and Walworth Library, making it the second new library to have opened in Walworth in as many years.

It will extend Southwark Council’s excellent offer for children and young families as well as providing workspace for students, space for computer skills, dementia groups, stay and play, homework clubs and more.

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Halloween at Elephant Arcade

18 October 2021
Elephant Arcade
Join the party at Elephant Arcade

Join the Halloween celebrations at Elephant and Castle’s newest shopping venue, Elephant Arcade.

The party starts on Freaky Friday (29 Oct from 6-10pm). Devour the ghoulish flavours of the Arcade’s creepy cocktails,  shimmy and shake to the spooky soundtrack and, of-course, enjoy some late night shopping.

On Scary Sunday (31 Oct, 2-5pm) bring the kids in fancy dress for trick or treating, face-painting and a special prize for the most scary outfit!

There will be £5 discount offers in every store.

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Join the board for the Walworth Town Hall Community Space

12 October 2021
Walworth hoarding by Kerry Lemon
Walworth Town Hall

An independent management board is being recruited for the new community space to be built at Walworth Town Hall.

The positions include a chair of the board; two community representatives and two youth representatives.

The social enterprise, Social Life is working with Southwark Council and General Projects to recruit the board and will hold two online Q&A sessions about the project on 19 and 20 October at 6pm.  Anyone is free to join the sessions but you must book a place first.

The deadline to express interest in being a member of the new board is 1 November 2021.

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Cinema Museum directors win international award

8 October 2021
Cinema Museum
The Cinema Museum

Martin Humphries and Ronald Grant, directors of The Cinema Museum, Elephant and Castle, have won the prestigious Jean Mitry Award for their work in creating and operating the museum.

This annual, international award is presented to “individuals and institutions, distinguished for their contribution to the reclamation and appreciation of silent cinema’”

Following a temporary closure due to the pandemic, this treasured, neighbourhood gem has now reopened to the public and is running a full programme of events.

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Heritage Centre open day

4 October 2021
The World Wall at the Heritage Centre
The World Wall at the Heritage Centre

Syrup Magazine is hosting an afternoon of activities at the brand new Southwark Heritage Centre and Walworth Library.

The centre, which opened earlier this year, was delivered by Southwark Council in partnership with Lendlease, as part of the Elephant Park development. It combines a heritage centre for the whole borough with a local library for Walworth.

Join the team on Saturday 9 October, between 1pm and 5pm, for zine making, story sharing, memory mapping, discussions on heritage and the chance to be part of the forthcoming Southwark Today exhibition.

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Dickens’ Fields reopens

1 October 2021
Dickens Fields
Dickens’ Fields transformed

Cllr Catherine Rose cut the ribbon to officially reopen Dickens’ Fields (formerly Dickens Square Park) this week following a major revamp.

The park is one of several parks to benefit from £1m of funding committed to improving green spaces as part of the regeneration of Elephant and Castle.

The transformation includes new entrances and pathways, better design and a new playground named after Anne Keane, a local parks champion who lived on the nearby Rockingham Estate

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Latin Folk Festival: 25 Sept

20 September 2020
Elephant statue Castle Square
Join the party on 25 September

This month marks Castle Square’s first birthday.

To celebrate, the Elephant and Castle Community Hub is hosting a free Latin Folk Festival with Fusion de Los Pueblos on Saturday 25 September from 12-6pm.

You can expect a fiesta of Latin culture with folk music and dance performances from 17 different talented groups from every corner of Latin America and the Caribbean. There will even be the opportunity to get involved with free dance workshops throughout the day.

In between taking in the festivities, visitors can take advantage of special food and shopping discounts and enjoy a bite to eat from one of Castle Square’s many local traders.

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Improving Walworth Garden

15 September 2021
Walworth Garden improvements
Have your say on 18 September

Walworth Garden were one of many local community organisations to be allocated CIL funding by Southwark Council, earlier this year.

The charity will use the money to increase capacity for courses and events and to improve the garden itself. Now it wants to hear from local people on what they think about the plans.

Walworth Garden is hosting an open evening on Sat 18 September where you can find out more or you can visit the website where you’ll find a short survey to complete.

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Have your say on Kennington Stage

14 September 2021
Lifestory CGI
Lifestory CGI of proposed development

Developer, Lifestory is consulting on plans for a residential-led development in Elephant and Castle.

The initial proposals for the redevelopment of Woodlands Nursing Home and Masters House on Dugard Way were rejected by Lambeth Council. Now Lifestory has drawn-up new proposals and wants your opinion.

The scheme comprises 170 new homes, including affordable housing, in a development up to 16 storeys in height. Lifestory is holding two webinars, on 15 and 21 September, and will also be door knocking in the area on 17 September.

You can provide your feedback up until 24 September on the consultation website

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Blue Elephant Street Party

10 September 2020
Blue Elephant Theatre Street Party
Join the party on 18 September

Join Blue Elephant Theatre for a street party on Saturday 18 September between 12 and 6pm.

The party, which takes place on the Wyndham Road side of the Jessie Duffett Hall, will feature free theatre  workshops and performances. It will be a public celebration and a chance to get to know this community arts organisation and everything they do.

Planned with the Blue Elephant Youth Board, the party has been funded by the Southwark Council Cultural Celebrations Fund.

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Local community groups share £50k in grants

1 September 2021
Elephant and Castle Community Fund
More than £300k for community projects so far

Six local groups have been awarded grants totalling £50k from the Elephant and Castle Community Fund.

The fund was was set up in 2012 by Lendlease and Southwark Council to support projects that benefit people living in the regeneration area. In total, it has already provided more than £300k in funding to local community groups and charities.

The latest groups to benefit are: Art in the Park; Citizens UK; COLAB Charitable Foundation; Pembroke House; Southwark Carers and The Listening Place.

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Elephant Arcade Carnival

16 August 2021
Elephant Arcade Carnival
Elephant Arcade Carnival

Elephant Arcade celebrates Carnival over the Bank Holiday Weekend.

Elephant Arcade is the new shopping destination at Peronet House on London Road. From 27 to 30 August the arcade will host free events for all the family. Expect music, costumes, a carnival catwalk and face-painting.

There will also be special offers and give-aways from the traders throughout the weekend.

Check out Instagram and Facebook for all the details.

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25 new council homes for Newington

30 July 2021
Rutley Close
25 new council homes for Newington

Southwark councillors and Guildmore building contractors celebrated a topping out ceremony for 25 new council homes in Newington, this week.

Topping out ceremonies are traditionally held when the last beam is placed on top of a structure during its construction.

The Rutley Close development replaces an old bungalow block and a disused car park podium to create 25 high-quality new council homes for Southwark residents, as well as a landscaped courtyard.

The works are expected to complete in spring 2022.

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The Elephant Magazine: out now

19 July 2021
The Elephant Magazine: Summer 2021
The Elephant Magazine: Summer 2021

The Elephant Magazine is available throughout Elephant and Castle.

Pick up your copy in Castle Square, Elephant Arcade or Sayer Street.

In this issue:

  • Natty Bo on the return of live music
  • Explore the new Southwark Heritage Centre and Walworth Library
  • Escape the heat and cool down at Elephant Springs

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Community Hub Summer Party

14 July 2021
Community Hub opens 24 June
Community Hub Summer Party

The Elephant and Castle Community Hub is throwing a free summer party, online, this weekend.

Join in the fun with a beach parade dress-up competition, summer themed quiz, Community Hub choir and decorative flower making.

There will even be a selection of classic beach-themed movies to watch, including Jaws.

The party is on Sunday 18 July from 7pm.

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£30k for Walworth Heritage Project

6 July 2021
Baldwins, Walworth Rd in the 60s

Historic England has awarded a £30k grant to the Walworth Society to kickstart the Walworth Stories project.  This two-year project will create a collection of written histories about Walworth’s diverse communities.

Southwark Council has also contributed funding as part of the Walworth Heritage Action Zone (HAZ) initiative.

The material produced by the Walworth Stories project will be archived at the Southwark local history library and will be free to access online.

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Look who’s back…

23 June 2021
Elephant statue Castle Square
Welcome home party: Sat 26 June

This Saturday, we celebrate the return of the elephant statue.

The elephant is taking up residence in our neighbourhood, once again, this time in Castle Square, having been restored and repainted.

On Saturday 26 June the Elephant and Castle Town Centre Team will host a welcome back party for the whole community, in Castle Square, to celebrate the statue’s return.

It includes a full day of free, family-fun entertainment, and delicious food and drinks will be on sale from the local traders.

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High Street Recovery Fund

15 June 2021
High St Recovery Fund
High St Recovery Fund

Do you have a great idea that will help our high streets and town centres thrive?

If so, you’re invited to submit your suggestion to The High Street Recovery Fund.

High streets have taken a real hit during the lockdowns and closures over the past year. So now the council wants your inspirational ideas – brought to life through projects located in one of the borough’s high streets or town centres – which will help shops and businesses to grow and thrive once again.
Up to £25k is available for those ideas chosen for funding.

Welcome to Elephant Springs

7 June 2021
Elephant Springs
Elephant Springs: now open

Elephant Springs is a new, natural play area in Elephant Park.

Comprising landscaped water features, this new addition to the park has opened just in time for the hot weather.

It includes cascades of water, rock channels and miniature, babbling streams. It has hand operated ‘village’ pumps and jets that you can chase and others that surprise you as you walk by. And there are even several sand pits – ideal for young children with their buckets and spades.

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Southwark Heritage Centre and Walworth Library

20 May 2021
Southwark Heritage Centre and Walworth Library
Southwark Heritage Centre and Walworth Library

The new Southwark Heritage Centre and Walworth Library officially launched this week.

Delivered by the council in partnership with Lendlease, as part of the Elephant Park development, this brand new facility combines a heritage centre for the whole borough with a local library for Walworth.

The centre has a permanent Story of Southwark exhibition and will also host temporary shows throughout the year. It also features art and artefacts from the borough’s heritage collection, including items previously on show at the Cuming Museum.

So drop-in and take a look; borrow one of 20,000 books, check-out the exhibits or simply make use of the free wifi and study-space.

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Elephant Says Hi: Support Local

17 May 2021
Support Local
Support Local: deadline 10 June

As lockdown restrictions start to relax, community initiative, Elephant Says Hi is encouraging people to support their local organisations.

The team want creative minds to design a poster for Elephant and Castle that will celebrate the reopening. The poster, to display in windows, will call on local people to support their neighbourhood venues, shops and other organisations.

Entries should be submitted by 10 June 2021 and the winning design will be printed and distributed throughout Elephant and Castle and Walworth as well as on social media.

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Putting the Elephant’s creativity on the map

10 May 2021
SuperArts dancers by Peter Cool
SuperArts Dance Academy

Elephant and Castle’s creative venues are celebrated in a new, interactive map which has been published ahead of the relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions on 17 May.

Visitors and locals can explore some of the neighbourhood’s world-leading creative and cultural venues, from Corsica Studios to Siobhan Davies Dance, on the new map published as part of London College of Communication’s Creative Elephant project.

Creative Elephant was initially developed by the college in 2019 to showcase local creativity as part of its degree shows. Last year, it was developed further (partly in response to the pandemic) to serve as a year-round guide which will help to support local arts and culture venues.

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Join the Tannery Arts/Drawing Room board

26 April 2021
Drawing Room
Drawing Room

Tannery Arts/Drawing Room, currently based in Rodney Place, Elephant and Castle, is looking for new board members.

The non-profit studio provider and gallery, wants to recruit people who are passionate about the visual arts and who believe the arts can help maintain and build communities.

This is an opportunity to play a key role at this dynamic organisation as it makes the move to its new, permanent home in Bermondsey in 2022.

Training will be provided for those with no prior board experience.

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Southwark Playhouse Young Company

22 April 2021
Southwark Playhouse Young Company
Southwark Playhouse Young Company

Southwark Playhouse Young Company is running a community theatre group for young people aged 14-18.

Spaces are available from 8 May for in-person workshops. These socially-distanced sessions will take place at Southwark Playhouse on Newington Causeway.

If you’re interested in drama or the theatre and are itching to get back out and meet new people, then this could be for you.

It’s free to take part and there are no auditions to join.

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Community grants of up to £10k now available

8 April 2021
Elephant and Castle Community Fund
2021 Fund now open for applications

The 2021 Elephant and Castle Community Fund has gone live.

This is your opportunity to apply for grant funding to support an existing project or to get something new and exciting off the ground.

Since it was established by Lendlease and Southwark Council in 2012, the fund has awarded roughly £300k to local community organisations and directly benefited thousands of local people. Last year, five local organisations received around £10k each, including Blackfriars Settlement and InSpire at St Peters.

Your project must benefit people in the Elephant and Castle regeneration area and should address one or more of the five themes below:

  • Further Education / Skills Building / Training and Entrepreneurship
  • Arts and Culture
  • Environment
  • Young People
  • Wellbeing

The grants on offer are between £500 and £10k and the deadline for applications is midday Monday 24 May 2021.

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200 new food-growing plots for Southwark

6 April 2021
200 new food growing spaces

Southwark Council is giving green-fingered residents the chance to create new community gardening and food growing spaces with the launch of its Allotment Expansion Guarantee.

This new initiative will empower residents to create their own community gardening spaces on council land much like the Rockallot project on Elephant and Castle’s Rockingham estate.

In total, up to 200 new plots are planned across the borough.

Each new community growing site will be run by a local group, which will be responsible for maintaining the space, allocating plots and supporting individual plot holders.

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Residents get the keys to new council homes

21 March 2020
William Cuffay House
William Cuffay House

William Cuffay House, Southwark Council’s new development in Walworth, was completed at the end of 2020 and has now opened its doors to residents.

The seven-storey development of 17 spacious flats, which overlook the greenery of Pelier Park and offer panoramic views of the London skyline, are available at council rent levels to local people in housing need.

The development is named after William Cuffay, the son of a former slave who was a leading figure in the Kennington Chartist movement in the 1800s.

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Have your say on Liverpool Grove

17 March 2020
Liverpool Grove
Liverpool Grove improvements

Southwark Council wants your feedback on plans to improve Liverpool Grove, just off Walworth Road.

Following previous consultation, the plans to improve the street (which are part of the council’s Low Emission Neighbourhood programme) can now be viewed online.

The plans aim to make the street a greener, safer and more pleasant place to spend time. This includes measures to improve the street for walkers and cyclists, widen the pavements and improve greening and planting. The proposals will also create a better setting for the Grade 1 Listed St Peter’s Church.

The council wants your thoughts on the proposals before 18 April 2021.

Find out more and have your say

The Elephant Magazine: out now

14 March 2021
The Elephant Magazine Spring 2021
The Elephant Magazine: Spring 2021

The Elephant Magazine is available throughout Elephant and Castle.

Pick up your copy in Castle Square, Elephant Arcade or Sayer Street.

In this issue:

  • The Elephant’s king of coffee spills the beans
  • The Cinema Museum – preserving local heritage
  • Elephant Park expands

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Government safeguards Bakerloo route

4 March 2021
Back the Bakerloo
Back the Bakerloo

The Secretary of State for Transport, Grant Shapps, has issued directions to safeguard the route of the Bakerloo line extension from Elephant and Castle to Lewisham via Old Kent Road.

This protects the land required for the tunnels, alongside new stations on Old Kent Road, at New Cross Gate and Lewisham, as well as key operational infrastructure and construction sites.

Kieron Williams, Leader of Southwark Council, Heidi Alexander, Deputy Mayor for Transport, and Damien Egan, Mayor of Lewisham, have welcomed the news in a joint statement.

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TfL upgrades CS7 cycle route

18 February 2021
The Elephant is becoming a better place to cycle

TfL is upgrading CS7, one of London’s busiest cycle routes.

The route will be improved between Oval and Elephant and Castle to make it easier and safer for people to travel by bike. The changes include new cycle ‘wands’ to segregate the existing cycle lanes and wider bus lanes (to help cyclists).

Since the regeneration of Elephant and Castle began, the neighbourhood has started to become a much easier place to get around on foot or by bike and this trend is set to continue with the development of the new town centre.

Construction work on this portion of CS7 will commence in March and TfL would like your hear your thoughts on the upgrade.

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Elephant Park Sessions

1 February 2021
Elephant Park Sessions
Elephant Park Sessions

Elephant Park Sessions is Elephant Park’s free, virtual community festival.

Join the team for a jam-packed programme showcasing the best of Elephant and Castle’s thriving, creative community.

Hosted by local partners such as Beza Food, Koi Ramen Bar and Art In The Park, these sessions promise to be creative, fun-filled activities that you can participate in from the comfort of your own home. From mindfulness to fitness to cookery classes, there’s something for everyone.

Some events take place live (via Zoom) and all sessions are recorded and made available on the Elephant Park Sessions website.

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LCC Postgraduate Showcase

28 January 2021
LCC Postgraduate Showcase
LCC Postgraduate Showcase

The London College of Communication (LCC) Postgraduate Showcase launches today, celebrating some of the most extraordinary new work across design, media and screen.

Based in the heart of Elephant and Castle, LCC has a diverse, world-leading community of teaching, research and industry partnerships. The university supports the development of creative disciplines in ways that make a positive impact on the world beyond academia and the annual showcase is an opportunity to celebrate its incredible breadth of emerging new talent.

This year’s showcase is entirely online and will be accompanied by an exciting programme of digital events between 28 January and 3 February 2021.

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Consultation on the final phase of Elephant Park

22 January 2021
Elephant Park Plot H1
Elephant Park

Lendlease has begun the second round of public consultation on the final phase of development at Elephant Park (Plot H1).

Last October, Lendlease introduced some early plans for the plot, which is located on the corner of Walworth Road and Elephant Road.

Since then, the team has been working to respond to the initial feedback and is now ready to share its updated proposals.

The consultation is open until 7 February.

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£325k boost for local community projects

19 January 2021
Walworth Garden
Walworth Garden: a green oasis in the Elephant

At Cabinet today, Southwark Council agreed a further £325k in funding for community projects in the Elephant and Castle regeneration area.

This includes £150k to open up new community space at the Walworth Living Room (Surrey Square) and £175k to improve Walworth Garden near Manor Place.

The money comes from the Local Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL), a levy raised on developers with local building projects. CIL is just one of the ways in which regeneration and redevelopment can benefit the community, directly, with a financial contribution towards improving local infrastructure.

Last year, the council invited the public to suggest projects which could be funded with the £6m of Local CIL available throughout the borough. Over 1,000 ideas were suggested and today’s decision means that the Walworth Living Room and Walworth Garden will join more than 65 other projects chosen by the council to receive CIL money.

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Community Hub Online

15 January 2021
Community Hub opens 24 June
The Community Hub

Elephant and Castle’s Community Hub (originally based in the shopping centre) is continuing to provide free, online activities for local residents throughout lockdown.

The Hub, which went digital last year, is running a full programme of craft, cookery, dance, exercise and musical activities – for all ages – via its website and Zoom.

On Sunday 31 January, the Hub is hosting its very own White Dress Party . The white dress themed evening will include a quiz and singalong choir amongst other group activities, and there will be prizes for the best white outfit.

So if you want to join the party, get involved in something creative, or if you just need a bit of virtual company while stuck at home: visit the website to see what’s on offer.

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Elephant statue removed ahead of relocation

5 January 2021
Elephant statue being relocated
The elephant statue is being relocated

The famous elephant statue, which has stood outside the Elephant and Castle shopping centre for decades, has been removed from its plinth ahead of relocation to Castle Square.

The shopping centre site is due to be redeveloped as part of Elephant and Castle’s new town centre. Work has already begun on the initial stages of demolition and the statue will be repainted and restored before taking up residence, just around the corner, in Castle Square.

Castle Square (alongside Elephant Arcade and Elephant Park ) is now home to many of the businesses which formerly traded in the shopping centre. The statue will remain here while the new town centre is being built.

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