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Local Events

  • Email Mailboxes across the land have, in recent weeks, been filled with requests from newsletter-senders for subscribers to confirm that they still wish to receive group emails after GDPR becomes law on Fri 25 May.  WaCoCo is no different.  If you wish to continue to receive this newsletter, you will need to email admin@wacoco.org and say so.

  • Roots & Shoots is hosting a four-day training event - titled the "Pure Bioenergy Workshop" from Thur 24 May 24 - Sun 27 May. It will focusi on the power of energy healing.  It is described by its organisers as being perfect for first-timers.  Place still available. For more information, click https://www.nikolajbloch.com

  • The next meeting of the South Bank Forum will be on Thursday, 7 June.  As usual, it will run from 7-9pm at the Coin Street Community Centre on Stamford Street.  Local MPs Kate Hoey and Neil Coyte will co-chair and local councillors will be there. The agenda is not yet available online.  Everyone welcome.

  • There are still places available for Roots & Shoots' next pop-up dining events.  The supper club will be held on the two consecutive nights of 25 and 26 May at the charity's Walnut Tree Walk site. It will be a chance to celebrate Magpie Kitchen's third birthday.

  • As part of June's Waterloo Festival, there will be a sponsored sleep-out in the churchyard.  Funds raised will go to ROBES.  This is bound to be a less daunting, but no less worthwhile, challenge than the midwinter ROBES sleep-outs which have become a regular fixture on the St John's calendar.



  • Sunday 24 June 2018
    12 – 9pm

    Bankside Open Spaces Trust will once again host a day-long ‘free’ street party spanning Redcross Way and Union Street to Flat Iron Square...

    Part of the nationwide ‘The Great Get Together’ initiative inspired by the late MP, Jo Cox, invites all who live and work in the area, and those visiting, to get together and celebrate all that we hold in common.

    Last year’s event saw 4,500 people, aged 0 – 98, gather in the heart of Bankside to celebrate the Great Get Together in true street party spirit.

    This year’s event is set to attract yet more visitors as organisers get set to showcase an even broader mix of talent, interactive shows, exhibits, dance and partnerships together forming one of London’s most vibrant, diverse and accessible street festivals.

    In addition to popular fixtures from bark-offs to bake-offs, wacky races to live music and theatre, some of 2018’s highlights include live performances across three music stages.  With Ben Somers, Brothers Ignatius Ska Band, Swing Patrol’s massive jazz dance workshops, DJs from Corsica Studios to a laugh a minute from the Country Mile Comedy Club.

    The sought-after Feast on the Street will be hosted by emerging eco-chef Clair Hodge and,  we will be screening of World Cup Live Match, England vs Panama.

    This year’s event will form part of the London Festival of Architecture (LFA) putting Bankside on the map of its global festival trail with a series of design-focused events and exhibits reflecting its theme of ‘Identity’. This includes Musicity’s extraordinary singing buildings, and an exhibition and dedicated installation, which coincide with the centenary year of women’s suffrage to celebrate the inspirational societal work of female figureheads in SE1 and throughout the capital.

    *Access to the street festival is entirely free, with tickets available for selected events.

    We'd love to see you there, so please do sign up to our Facebook event page to let us know if you're coming and make sure you receive event updates. And the more the merrier, so don't forget to click the "Share" button to invite friends or post it on your news feed.

    While preparations are well advanced we are still looking for enthusiastic volunteers both in advance and on the day to help make this a roaring success. If you would like to be involved as a resident or a business please get in touch at info@bost.org.uk.

    If you can help support The Great Get Together Bankside and make a difference with a donation text “BOST17 £5” to 70070. You can make a further donation here.

  • To mark the 70th anniversary of the arrival of the 'Empire Windrush' from Jamaica, with its 500 passengers bound for work in the UK, the OXO Gallery plays host to a photography exhibiion capturing that moment. 

    Entry is free.  Gallery open 10am - 6pm, every day

  • May brings a packed programme of talks and readings in libraries across the borough in the shape of the Lambeth Readers and Writers Festival.  See the following for further details:

    Facebook https://www.facebook.com/LambethReadersAndWritersFestival/
    Twitter https://twitter.com/ReadersWritersF

  • The well-established Waterloo Carnival returns in July.  Watch the parade, visit the stalls and buy refreshments in the Waterloo Millennium Green event.

    Twitter: @waterloocarn