Dear Friends of Southwark Park, we are delighted to announce the publication of our free Summer 2016 activities brochure. If you would like a copy then please drop in at the Southwark Park Office and ask for one. Or you can download a copy by clicking on the pdf file below.
Hope to see you at some of the events.....
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- Ada Salter Day On July 15-16 Bermondsey and Rotherhithe will celebrate the 150th birthday of Ada Salter (which actually falls on July 20). The central event will be the laying of flowers at Ada’s statue in the afternoon of July 16. Ada Salter was the first woman councillor in Bermondsey and the first woman mayor in London but her fame went far beyond London. In continental Europe and the USA she was famous for her ‘beautification’ of the London slums with trees, flowers and music, for her children’s playgrounds, for model housing in Wilson Grove, for her defence of dockers and factory-workers from dreadful pay and conditions, for her fight against conscription and for her struggle in the Women’s International League for world peace at conferences in Bern, Zimmerwald and Zurich. She worked selflessly over decades for the people of Bermondsey and London alongside her equally dedicated husband, Dr Alfred Salter, a noted MP and innovative doctor, whose work for the poor prefigured the National Health Service. They have two separate entries in the pages of Wikipedia and in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography - one of the few couples to earn this distinction. The planned sequence of events is as follows:
- Friday 15 July, 7.30 - 8.35 pm: Performance of Lynn Morris’s acclaimed play, Red Flag Over Bermondsey, at the Sands Film Studio in St Marychurch St, Rotherhithe. The play movingly describes Ada’s first years in Bermondsey, the tragic death in the slums of her daughter, Joyce, and her victory in 1922. This performance will be attended by Neil Coyle MP, and there will be an opportunity for questions and discussion afterwards.
- Saturday 16 July, 10 am - 5 pm: An exhibition, depicting Ada’s life and times, will be open in Cherry Garden Hall, on the corner of Southwark Park Rd and Jamaica Rd (previously, Millpond Hall).
- 10.30 - 12 noon: Reception at Cherry Garden Hall of a Quaker delegation andof a delegation from the Historical Society of Raunds (Ada’s home town), to be accompanied by the Mayor of Raunds, Cllr Helen Howell, and Cllr Lee Wilkes. The Mayor of Southwark, Cllr Kath Whittam, will welcome the two delegations and they will also be greeted by Stephen Humphrey, President of the Rotherhithe and Bermondsey History Society, by Sheila Taylor of the Cherry Garden TRA and by local councillors.
- Noon - 2 pm: There will then be a chance for visitors to look round the exhibition and see some sights (the Wilson Grove houses, the Salter Statues and the Ada Salter Garden), before taking lunch at the Angel pub (booked), or at a venue or picnic-area of their choice.
- 2 pm: Laying of birthday flowers at the foot of Ada’s statue on the river-front. The Leader of Southwark Council, Peter John, and Juliet Prager, representing Quakers in Britain, will lead the speeches. Present at the statue too will be the two Mayors; representatives of the GMB and Unite trade unions; a representative of the peace movement; Rachel Henderson and Pauline Ellis of the Raunds HistoricalSociety; Chris Newsam of the Quaker Socialist Society; a member of Ada’s family; and local councillors.
- 3 pm - 5.00 pm: Second performance of the play, Red Flag over Bermondsey, at Sands Film Studio, finishing at 4.05, followed by a Question-and-Answer session on the play and on Ada’s life by David Morris and Graham Taylor.
- 7 pm: The summer choral event at St Peter’s church, put together especially by Sue Heath-Downey so as to include Ada’s favourite songs and arias. Ada was herself a singer and this promises to be a very enjoyable event.! All the sites mentioned are in easy walking distance of each other. Coaches may be parked in Fulford St, close to the Salter Statues (at the end of Cathay St). The nearest tube station is Bermondsey (Jubilee Line).
- We now have a Friends of Southwark Park Facebook group!! If you have a Facebook account you can access the page here and sign up to be a group member.
- Southwark Park Cricket Club - if you are interested in becoming a member (and they are recruiting), go to their website at here.
- The Council's Cleaner, Greener, Safer programme approved an outdoor table tennis table and a nature area classroom for Southwark Park.
- One of our members, Graham Taylor, has recently published a book about Ada Salter. Here is the publisher's link: https://www.lwbooks.co.uk/book/ada-salter or simply click on the image below:
Other Free Downloadable Publications’
You can download copies of the books (for free) here: