Revealing the impact of World War I on people’s lives and society
Almost one hundred years ago, on the night of 19th October 1917, a Zeppelin bomb landed in Calmington Road, Southwark. It killed 10 people, injured 24 more, and destroyed a fish and chip shop, a doctor’s surgery, and many homes. The Friends of Burgess Park project “Zeppelin 1917” will uncover the stories of local heroes and piece together the dramatic raid right over what is now Burgess Park.
Jon Pickup and Andrew Pearson, from Friends of Burgess Park are leading the project supported by a successful £9,800 Heritage Lottery Fund award. Jon Pickup said “We’re looking for people to volunteer, get involved and during the summer we’ll be visiting the Imperial War Museum and Southwark Heritage Library to look into archive material about the people who lived in the street. This is a fantastic opportunity to do some original research and uncover hidden stories. We’re also delighted that Southwark Council are funding an art piece for the park to remember this event.” Sally Hogarth has been appointed as the artist.
The project kicks off over the summer. Volunteers will find out more about the Zeppelin and the lives of ordinary people who took heroic action as part of the war effort. In September, children’s workshops led by Art in the Park will take place at the Creation Trust, Giraffe House.
During October 2017 a festival of events at Theatre Delicatessen, in the Old Library, Wells Way, will showcase the work created by local residents. John Whelan will bring together the historical research with volunteers to tell the story of the raid through an animated walk. Stephen Bourne, local historian, and author of Black Poppies, will talk about the armed services as well as men and women who stayed at home and played a role in the civil defence.
The Zeppelin 2017 festival will feature:
Exhibition – A timeline of the raid and archival display – open Saturdays during October 2017, with opening talk by Zeppelin expert Ian Castle on Saturday 7 October.
Hidden Heroes – Talk by Stephen Bourne, author of Black Poppies, on the black community and the Great War, Saturday 14 October 2017.
Animated Walk – Created by actors using research by local volunteers, to animate the history of WW1 and the Zeppelin Raid on Calmington Road in October 1917, on Saturday 21 October.
Family events – Drop-in family events including art workshops with Art in the Park, Cuming Museum object handling, stories and rhymes with Vanessa Wolf, Saturday 7 and Thursday 26 and Friday 27 October.
Still time to comment on the plans for Cobourg Road and the Sports Centre development
Southwark Council are proposing a major redevelopment of the Community Sports Centre on Cobourg Road. Friends of Burgess Park are concerned that the plan will fence off more of the park, reduce accessibility, cut down mature trees, increase pedestrian/cyclist conflict and cause parking problems. Read the Friends of Burgess Park submission.
Almost one hundred years ago, on October 19 1917, a Zeppelin bomb landed in Calmington Road, Southwark killing 10 people, injuring 24 and demolished a fish and chip shop, doctor’s surgery and houses. The Friends of Burgess Park project “Zeppelin 1917” will uncover the stories of local heroes and piece together the dramatic raid right over what is now Burgess Park.
Discover the fascinating story of World War One’s final London Zeppelin raid right over the streets that became Burgess Park. Be part of the October season of events — walks, talks and shows remembering the catastrophic raid of 100 years ago.
Exhibition – each Sat in Oct, 1–5:30pm, and Thurs 26, Fri 27 Oct, 1-5:30pm; at Theatre Delicatessen, Old Library, Wells Way; no booking required. Fun Palaces – Sat 7 October, 1–3pm. Eventbrite booking. Talk by Zeppelin expert Ian Castle, Sat 7 Oct, 4pm. Eventbrite. Talk by author Stephen Bourne Sat 14 Oct, 2pm. Eventbrite. 1917 Knees Up! Pub quiz from Mike Raffone and singalong Mister Meredith Sat 14 Oct at 7.30pm. Eventbrite. Animated Walk of the Zeppelin Raid Sat 21 Oct 2-4pm. Eventbrite. Scratch Night of Hidden Heroes from the home front, presented by Theatre Delicatessen. Sat 21 Oct, 7.30pm. Eventbrite. Family events – Thurs 26 Oct at Theatre Delicatessen, Old Library, Wells Way: 2–3pm stories and songs for children 7 and under with Vanessa Woolf, 3–5pm workshop with Art in the Park – just drop in..
Fri 27 Oct at First Place Nursery, Chumleigh Gardens: 11am – 12 noon stories and songs for children 7 and under with Vanessa Woolf.
Fri 27 Oct at Theatre Delicatessen 2:30–4pm object handling with Cuming Museum – just drop in. Sculpture by Keith Roberts – installed 19 Sep, Chumleigh Gardens. New memorial – Meet the artist Sally Hogarth Sat 21 Oct, 4.30 – 5.30pm; details in the exhibition. Poetry, letters, short stories – 12–24 years, Sat 28 Oct, 1 – 3 pm at Theatre Delicatessen Full details on the Zeppelin 1917 events listing page.
The darkness of night is essential for our wildlife and equally important for people. Through “Into the Night” Friends of Burgess Park are exploring the night time. We are holding events about bats, the stars and watching films about space. In London we have a lot of electric light which means we never experience real darkness. “Into the Night” will invite people to come into Burgess Park and find out more about the park at night time.
A new catering company will be taking over Burgess Park Café. The café will be closed on Monday and Tuesday, 30 and 31 October 2017. Southwark Council apologise for the inconvenience and thank Prestigious Catering Ltd trading as Park Life Café who will cease operations on Sunday, 29 October 2017. A Fuorvito & Sons will take over on Wednesday, 1 November 2017.
Friends of Burgess Park Meetings
First Tuesday of each month
All welcome from 7-9 pm
Burgess Park Community Sports Centre, 106 Cobourg Road, SE5 0JV.
Bridge to Nowhere history project
The Bridge to Nowhere heritage project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund involved loads of people to learn more about the history and heritage of Burgess Park. The project included the Wells Way underpass artwork – a reminder of the main feature of the area which lead to the creation of the park – the Grand Surrey Canal. And we have launched the new Burgess Park Heritage Trail. Look out for the blue plaques around the park.