Meetings 2018/19

Day Date Event / Guest speaker
Wednesday 18 July 2018 tbc
Wednesday 12 September 2018 tbc
Saturday 15 September 2018 Summer Party
Wednesday 14 November 2018 tbc
Wednesday 12 December 2018 Christmas Party
Wednesday 13 February 2019 tbc
Wednesday 10 April 2019 tbc
Wednesday 15 May 2019 Annual General Meeting & Elections

Always at 7pm in the Residents' Hall, 60a Rowland Hill House, London SE1 0LT.
Contact us if you want to see your concern on the agenda.

Meetings 2017/18

 Day Date Event / Guest speaker
Wednesday 12 July 2017 tbc
Wednesday 11 October 2017 tbc
Wednesday 13 December 2017 Christmas Party
Wednesday 7 February 2018 tbc
Wednesday 4 April 2018 tbc
Wednesday 9 May 2018 tbc
 Wednesday 23 May 2018 Annual General Meeting & Elections

Always at 7pm in the Residents' Hall, 60a Rowland Hill House, London SE1 0LT.
Contact us if you want to see your concern on the agenda.

Robbery on Nelson Square

Dear Resident, following the stabbing last autumn, a mobile phone robbery took place recently on Nelson Square.
Our councilors have this message for you:


Dear Resident, Robbery Warning-Nelson Square
On Monday 5th March a young male resident was threatened and robbed of his mobile phone and money by two young men, one of whom was masked, just after 7pm while he was walking through Nelson Square. Although he was not physically hurt he was understandably shaken up by the incident.
Can we please ask residents to be very careful in light of this incident and to report any suspicious activity in or around Nelson Square to the police dialling 999 if you think a crime is likely to be committed and 101 if you have any intelligence about the incident on Monday or if you see any further suspicious activity.
We would like to reassure you that robbery is very unusual in our ward but we want to have zero tolerance for this type of behaviour, and would ask that residents look after each other to make it clear that this is not a place where we will tolerate crime.
Since the re-design of Nelson Square last year there has been an increase in levels of anti-social behaviour in the summer months, which has led to requests from some residents for the square to be locked at night. The alternative is to consider the option of putting lighting in the square. If you have a view about your preferred option please email us at and

If you have any information about the robbery on Monday please contact the police on 101 quoting the following reference CRlS 3006453/18 or ring Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 to report information anonymously.

With best wishes

Cllr David Noakes, Cllr Adele Morris and Victor Chamberlain Cathedrals Ward
Liberal Democrat Councillors & candidates for Borough & Bankside Ward

Fire Risk Assessment

Fire risk assessments are periodically carried out to ensure that residents are safe in their dwellings. Their purpose is to identify any hazards, and recommend ways of mitigating the identified hazards.
This could include obstacles to escape routes, poor construction, aged cabling, or faulty standing pipes.

The latest Fire risk assessment reports can be found below:

Vaughan House

Rowland Hill House

Helen Gladstone House

Noise on Nelson Square

Many residents have reported annoyance at the noise levels on Nelson Square, particularly during the night.
We have brought this issue to the attention of the council via our housing officer Debbie Ming, and our councilors.

The initial response is that Nelson Square does not fall under the remit of housing, as it is a public park, which also means the noise team is unable to deal with it.
The recommendation currently is:

  • Call 101 (police non-emergency number) and report noise when it happens
  • Keep a diary of disturbances
  • Contact Southwark Parks

Also refer to and

The Quiet Garden | Sunday, 30 July, 3pm

On Sunday, 30 July, we will hold a fund raising event for the Helen Gladstone Garden from 3pm onwards (Surrey Row, corner Blackfriars Road).

Prosecco, scones and music.

Now that Southwark Council have sold off the green spaces belonging to the Helen Gladstone Maisonettes and Tower to private developers, we feel the remaining small garden deserves extra attention to give residents a quiet green space they can visit.

Please help support us, so we can make it a safe and beautiful place to come to.



Safety information packs for high rises

For all buildings in Southwark higher than 10 storeys, specific fire safety information packs are available at

Estate Walkabouts

They take place from 10am - 12:30pm with our resident officer Debbie Ming (; meeting place is the central entrace of Rowland Hill House. Dates for 2017 / 18 are:

 Day Date
Wednesday 24 May 2017
Wednesday 21 June 2017
Wednesday 19 July 2017
Wednesday 23 August 2017
Thursday 28 September 2017 - 10:30
Wednesday 18 October 2017
 Wednesday 22 November 2017
Wednesday 20 December 2017
Wednesday 24 January 2018
Wednesday 21 February 2018
Wednesday 21 March 2018

Helen Gladstone Gardens get-together, 13th May

Helen Gladstone Gardens are the little green space next adjacent to Surrey Row, next to the Temperance building and Helen Gladstone House.
We would like to improve these gardens to reduce crime and make them more attractive to use to our residents.
Meet with us on
Saturday ,13 May, 12-3pm
in Helen Gladstone garden (on the corner of  Blackfriars Road and Surrey Row)
Share your views and ideas
Get involved in the care of the garden
This garden is a lovely little space which needs to be renovated and cared for and used. We hope you can help!
Come on the day or contact Julia on  or 0207 403 3393


New Housing Officer

We would like to welcome Debbie Ming ( as our new housing officer for Nelson Square Gardens.
She is replacing Mojisola Moses and Adama Mansaray in this role.

Nelson Square makeover

Nelson Square is getting a makeover

What: The whole of Nelson Square will be re-designed
When: 12 September 2016 - January 2017
Who: Southwark council is driving the work - contact for enquiries

See for details.

Alternative playgrounds:
Ufford Street re-creation ground
Mint street park
Little Dorrit park

Films for all

NSCGA are pleased to annouce
Films for all
several social evenings per month,
combined with a film screening,
Commening late summer.

We are very grateful to
United St Saviour's Charity
The Axis Foundation
for sposoring this initiative to help us cover the costs for
equipment, licenses, and refreshments.

Please check back for details.

New committee

Following the Annual General Meeting on 11 May 2016, a new committee has been elected for the ensuing year:
Chair: Paul Beaumont
Vice Chair: Franco Marigliano
Secretary: Eddie Arnavoudian
Treasurer: Toby Scholz
Committee members: Janet Amery, Ann Fairbrass, James Guess, Sharon Murphy, Maxine Walker

Estate walkabouts / repairs & improvements

Southwark council conducts monthly walkabouts on the estate to identify and address things that need repairing and improvement the can be made.
They take place from 10am - 12:30pm, meeting place is the central entrace of Rowland Hill House. Dates for 2016 / 17 are:

25 May 2016
22 June 2016
20 July 2016
24 August 2016
21 September 2016
19 October 2016
23 November 2016
21 December 2016
25 January 2017
22 February 2017
22 March 2017

ESTATE SERVICES Nelson Square Gardens

Your Resident Officer is Adama Mansaray -Telephone no: 020 7525 2858
The work we do to maintain your estate includes:

• Clearing litter and removing any fly-tipping in and around the estate
• Cleaning and mopping lifts
• Sweep and clean communal areas of the estate
• Ensure litter bins are emptied when they are 75% full
• Inspect rubbish chutes and remove blockages

• Mop the floor of the main communal area
• Empty dog waste bins Refuse and recycling services
• Refuse collection days are Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays for Rowland Hill House, Vaughan House and Helen Gladstone House. (collection days and frequency are subject to change and we will keep you updated as changes happen)
• Recycling collection days are Mondays for Rowland Hill and Vaughan House and Mondays and Thursdays for Helen Gladstone House.
• Mixed collection days are Wednesdays for Rowland Hill and Vaughan house. None for Helen Gladstone

Estate surgeries

Surgeries take place at Nelson Square Residents and Tenants Association Hall, 60A Rowland Hill House, Nelson Square, at 6.30pm before TRA meetings. All residents. are welcome to discuss any tenancy related issues with Adama Mansaray.

Estate walkabouts

We carry out an inspection of the estate every four weeks with representatives from residents. The inspections take place on a Wednesday from 10.00am - 12.30pm, meeting point is at Rowland Hill House, Central Entrance. Quality checks of our cleaning and grounds maintenance services and identification of communal repairs/issues on the estate are noted at the inspections. All residents are invited to attend these inspections. If you are interested please contact me on the telephone number above.

Useful housing contacts

Rent-Pay by direct debit & deb1Ucred1t card: 020 7525 2600
Pay online
Repairs - Report repair on 0800 952 4444 (24hours)
Environment - Abandoned vehicles, flytipping, bulky collections (free), graffiti, rubbish collection - 020 7525 2000
Southwark antisocial behaviour unit - Tel: 020 7525 2600, email: & web: uk
Leaseholders/ freeholders - Home ownership unit - Mon to Fri, 9am to 5pm Tel: 0207 525 2600 or email: hsg. homeownersh k
We are committed to providing a high quality service to all our residents.
If you are not getting the level of service we say we will provide tell us by contacting us on the numbers listed above so we can put it right.

Financial statements / audited accounts 2015 / 16

Below the finacial statements for the financial year 2015 / 16.

Audited Accounts

Clare Whittelsea

Clare stroking a guinea pig at Surrey Quays Clare presented with Freeman of the Borough

Clare was a much valued member of our Community Association serving for 15 years as its Treasurer. But she was much more than that. She was one of those people who worked freely and hard for the public good and for the benefit of others. The sadness felt on this estate when news of her death came spread far and local people expressed not only their sorrow but also their great respect for her.  That same respect was shown in May this year when Clare was  presented with Freeman of the Borough of Southwark at Southwark Cathedral.

She gave vast amounts of time and care for Nelson Square and its community. Nelson Square is much improved today partly because of her effort and her meticulous and forensic  eye for detail.  She cared about people and getting things done properly - but always did that with the paperwork neatly filed, the receipts in order and a quiet determination which was unbeatable.

That forensic eye was also evident when power needed to be held to account. Many Council and other officials have been taken aback during meetings when Clare produced her notes from previous meetings and charmingly reminded them of their promises.

If you walk around the Square today you will see many things that are testaments to her hard work. One striking example was when a massive 27 storey development was proposed just behind the Square. It was Clare who went through their plans and discovered that they were planning to steal one of the gardens that the Community Association had raised funds for and built. This pubic relations disaster led to demonstrations and protests and today that block is – as a direct result of her diligence  – only 10 storeys high.

Another came during major works on the estate when Clare gave endless hours of advice and held the builders to account. She was personally responsible for saving leaseholders many thousands of pounds and also for helping to ensure that the works were finished to a reasonable standard.

Above all she loved to Garden and several of the gardens in the Square benefited from her work. She  was never happier than pulling on her khakis, on her hands and knees and digging out weeds and moss in the cracks of the paving stones in the Square. She loved planting and weeding and it is fair to say her soul is firmly embedded in Nelson Square, she is everywhere


Following this link to our constitution.