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The latest of the Society’s Saturday walks saw Blue Badge Guide Angela Morgan take 25 members to see the delights of Camberwell. Hannah Murphy reports (and took these photographs).

The tour began in Camberwell Green, a spacious common in the heart of Camberwell. Angela, our Blue Badge tour guide, explained that ‘Camber’ means crooked and that Camberwell literally meant ‘Crooked Well’. Historically Camberwell Green and St Giles Church, a Victorian gothic church on the hill, formed the heart of a village surrounded by farms and market gardens.

We ventured up Denmark Hill, noting the ceramic Camberwell Beauty above a shopfront. The Camberwell Beauty, also known as Morning Glory, is a maroon butterfly with blue spots and a yellow petticoat and was given its name after it was first sighted in Britain in 1748 near Camberwell.

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By 2035, the number of over-60s in London alone is expected to rise by 48%, and the over-80s group is set to increase by 70%.The built environment has a huge impact on the experience of ageing, affecting those who live, work or visit London.

Future of London’s six month research programme asked how older people will afford the housing they want, and as a sector, how we can to provide the amenities they need.

The final report identifies challenges, best practice, innovation and practical recommendations for ensuring a better London to age in.

You can download the report here.

 

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15 May saw the Society meet at Pilbrow and Partners to hear Rebecca Barrett, Principal Adviser of the London Heritage at Risk team at Historic England talk about some of London’s most interesting and unusual sites at risk. Ian Morrison reports.

The event was introduced by Fred Pilbrow of the practice, who described some of the work his firm is doing with heritage sites (including 8 Albert Embankment; the Wren church of St. Mary Somerset; and the old EMD cinema in Walthamstow) before handing over to Rebecca Barrett.

Rebecca heads the team at Historic England which produces the annual Heritage at Risk (HAR) Register. This gives priority to sites (mainly residential buildings and places of worship but also monuments, parks, public buildings, gardens and cemeteries) at risk of falling into serious neglect and disrepair. The causes can range from one-off events such as a fire to functional redundancy through to lack of maintenance.

This year is the 20th anniversary of the register. The current version (2017) contains 5290 assets, which is 97 fewer than in 2016. There is a lot of churn as new ones come on and repair or restoration enables others to be removed. There are still 450 from the first register in 1998. The aim is to see an annual net reduction.

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The Annual General Meeting of the London Society will be held on the evening of Monday, 16 July (6pm). 

Full details will be published shortly, along with the 2017 accounts, but we wanted to give members notice so that you can save the date in your diaries.

The minutes of the 2017 meeting can be found here.

If you have a motion that you would like to be debated at the AGM, or would like to put yourself up for election as a trustee, please email director@londonsociety.org.uk

Motions and nominations must be received before midnight on 23 June so that they can be circulated to members. (Proposed amendments to the Constitution of the Society need to be received before midnight on 15 June.)

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Could you be a Trustee (committee member) for the London Society?

We’re looking for new members of the committee to help continue the Society’s growth, providing guidance, opinion, expertise, knowledge and contacts to support the work of the employees of the Society.

You do not need a background in architecture or planning (in fact, we would welcome interest from such non-professionals, but we are also keen to hear from professionals), but you should be interested in the work of the Society and in the development of London. We would be particularly keen to hear from anyone with a background in marketing or PR, fundraising, writing or editing.

There are generally six committee meetings a year, which take a couple of hours on a Monday evening, so being a Trustee does not require a huge commitment in terms of time.

If you are interested in finding out more, please email the Director who will be delighted to send further information.

 

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