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Southwark Conversation

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Southwark, like the rest of London, is changing. The council wants this change to work for all our residents – to help you and your families enjoy life, be healthy and thrive in Southwark.

With or without the council, the next few years will see new developments and buildings, new businesses and technology, and an ever-changing skyline. Southwark’s population will also continue to change, as more people choose to make our borough their home.

We have been bold in our plans to encourage home building and, with rapidly reducing budgets, finding ways to make sure private developers help pay for the thousands of new council homes we are building, the new leisure centres and libraries we have opened, and new cultural and open spaces.

We are also helping residents to take advantage of the opportunities around them, and have helped 5,000 people into work, as well as creating nearly 2,000 apprenticeships for local people. We’re also ensuring that as our population grows, we have the new schools, health services and transport improvements that our residents need – despite massive cuts in funding from national Government.

But we don't want to make assumptions - we want to build on previous consultations to make sure we're getting it right for you and your families now, and for future generations. We want to hear direct from our residents about how the changes are affecting you, how you feel about the future, and whether there's anything you think we can do differently.

While we don't have a magic wand, and the Government, the Mayor, the NHS and the private sector all play an important role in influencing our lives, the council does have some powers and levers that we can use to help make Southwark an even better place to live, work and play than it is today.

We want to hear from you - please take a few minutes to fill in our questionnaire, and come and speak to us as we travel around the borough on our most far reaching engagement with the people who live and work in Southwark. You will find the on-line survey at www.southwark.gov.uk/talksouthwark

Headline feedback will be published by the end of February.

Southwark Remembers 2017

Remembrance Sunday

The official borough service for Remembrance Sunday will take place at St Saviour’s War Memorial, Borough High Street, London SE1, on Sunday 12 November 2017 at 10.45am, ahead of the nationwide two minute silence at 11am. 

It will be led by The Very Reverend Andrew Nunn, Dean of Southwark, who will be joined by other clergy of the district.  Guests are asked to assemble by 10.30am and the service will be followed by light refreshments in the adjacent Slug and Lettuce Public House.

Armistice Day  

 The official borough service for Armistice Day 2017 will take place at West Lane War Memorial off Jamaica Road, London SE16, on Saturday 11 November 2016 at 10.45am.  

It will be led by The Right Reverend Jonathan Baker, Bishop of Fulham, assisted by clergy of the district. Guests are asked to assemble by 10.30am and the service will be followed by light refreshments in Cherry Garden Hall off Jamaica Road.   

An important message about wreath laying at both ceremonies

The Civic Office will provide wreaths for The Mayor, The Representative Deputy Lieutenant, Southwark MPs, the Leader of the Council, the Leader of the majority opposition party, and the Chief Executive of Southwark Council.  

All others who wish to lay wreaths will need to supply their own on the day. Please advise the Civic Office in advance of each ceremony if you intend to participate in wreath-laying so that you may be duly announced and called forward on the day.  You can do so by calling 020 7525 7303 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

 Wreaths are purchased by the individual and the contact for this area set out below:


The website address for the Royal British Legion is : http://www.britishlegion.org.uk/remembrance/how-the-nation-remembers/wreaths

Requests for wreaths

For wreaths, please download and complete an application form from the website (Word) and send to:

The Poppy Appeal

Royal British Legion Village


Kent ME20 7NX

Your presence and participation will be much appreciated at this year’s ceremonies and The Worshipful Mayor of Southwark, Councillor Charlie Smith, looks forward to welcoming you.

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