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Summer Party

Come join us at our
Summer Party

Saturday, 22 September, 12noon - 3pm.

We'll have food, music, children's entertainment and more.

Outside the community hall, Rowland Hill House.

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.

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.



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



will be given on

At 106 The Cut, Waterloo, at 7.30 p.m.
The hall will be open from 7 p.m. and refreshments will be served before the talk.

The hall is almost opposite the Old Vic
and just round the corner from
Waterloo Station.

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

18 June 2016 | March against the housing bill

NSGCA endorse the motion to kill the housing bill, propposed legislation to make housing more expensive.
Join the national march on 18 June 2016


Amended Motion to Tenant Council - Kill the Housing Bill April 2016 - Passed unanimously 4.4.16 (the original, unamended motion was passed unanimously by Tenant Council in February 2016) This amended motion inserts two references to the Brownfield Register and replaces support for the national demonstration on 13th March 2016 with support for the national demonstration on 18th June 2016.
This Tenant Council notes:
The Government's Housing and Planning Bill means higher rents, less security and less chance of a home you can afford.

The Bill:

  • Makes councils sell off existing council homes
  • Removes secure tenancies
  • Introduces a "pay to stay" scheme for social housing tenants if two household members' income is more than £30k (£40k in London)
  • Means increased rents and longer waiting lists
  • Reduces travellers' rights
  • Makes councils provide unaffordable "Starter Homes" instead of affordable housing for rent
  • Makes councils set up a Brow field Register and give planning "Permission in Principle" to all land on this register

The Kill the Housing Bill Campaign has already organised protests, lobbies and meetings aimed at bringing the Bill down, or making it unworkable. Walworth East Area Forum has already voted to oppose the Housing Bill and urge Southwark Council to do the same.
This Tenant Council believes that the Housing and Planning Bill will not solve the housing crisis. It will make it worse. It will force people from their homes, families and communities, into insecure private renting. This Tenant Council calls on Southwark Council to refuse to implement the Housing Bill and in particular to:

  • Not collect data on the incomes of tenants
  • Not introduce higher rents for some tenants as part of the government's pay to stay scheme, or any local variant involving a taper system
  • Continue to issue secure tenancies to all new tenants
  • Not sell off "high value council homes" and refuse to pay the levy imposed by the government to fund Right to Buy to housing association tenants
  • Not place social or council housing estates on the Brownfield Register
  • Call on the Council Trade Unions to support non co-operation with the Housing Bill and resist any attempt by council chief officers or Government appointees to force through implementation
  • Call on TRAs, Area Forums and SGTO to support the Council's position of non-co-operation with the Housing Bill
  • Propose a joint campaign of non-co-operation with other Councils opposed to the Bill

This Tenant Council resolves:

  • To add its name to the Kill the Housing Bill Campaign
  • To urge the delegates of Tenants Council to publicise the Kill the Housing Bill Campaign and send representatives to the organising meetings
  • To urge tenants to support the national demonstration on Saturday 181h June 2016
  • To urge Area Forums and TRAs and SGTO to adopt this motion and organise local activities against the Bill.


The housing bill is a UK Government Bill, details of which can be found here.
Link to the original bill.


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

Annual General Meeting - 11 May

The Annual General Meeting

will be held on

11 May 2016

at 7pm

in the residents' hall, 60a Rowland Hill House.

Please show us your support by attending.
We are looking for people to get involved, and join our committee.

Logo Competition & Prize


Our association needs a logo, and we want your help with designing it.
Submit your entry by 24 April 2016, either through our website, or through our letter box.


The winner will take away £100 worth of John Lewis vouchers, the runner-up £50 worth of John Lewis vouchers.


There are no hard limits on what is possible, but the guidelines below should help decide how to approach your entry.

  • the design will server various purposes, for example as logo on the web site, as letter head, for business cards, and in official correspondence with residents, the council, funders, parliament, and other official bodies
  • the design must usable in digitized form (either natively, or via scan)
  • the design should be reproducible in black and white
  • a variety of sizes can be accepted, 300px x 186px may be a good place to start


  • The winner and runner-up are chosen by vote of the committee
  • The choice of the committee is final, and cannot be challenged
  • The winner forgoes all copyright claims to his / her entry by accepting the prize
  • The committee may choose to use an alternative design, regardless of the prize being awarded
  • Late entries cannot be accepted
  • Participants must prove a connection with Nelson Square Gardens (i.e. live here, or care for somebody who lives here)

What our friends have

(for your inspiration)

Styles House TMO Southwark
Styles House TMO Southwark
Hampstead Garden Suburb Residents Association
Hampstead Garden Suburb Residents' Association
Basford and Cliffe Vale Residents' Association
Basford and Cliffe Vale Residents' Association



Lightmoor Village Association
Lightmoor Village Association


Trinity Newington Residents' Association Southwark
Trinity Newington Residents' Association Southwark

Next general meeting, Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Wednesday 24 February 7pm

General Meeting

Agenda includes: Dog and Pot and entrance planting new design (BOST speaker), Launch of NSGCA log competition, Estate matters

Venue: TRA Hall, 60a Rowland Hill House



General Meeting & Christmas Party, 9 December

Our next General Meeting (and Christmas Party) will be held on

Wednesday, 9 December 2015 at 19:00 - 22:00

in the hall, 60a Rowland Hill House.
All welcome.

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

Southwark Estate Action Day

Something broken in your home / house / estate?

Southwark are holding an Estate Action Day for Nelson Square Gardens on
28 August 2015 in the community hall at 60a Rowland Hill House SE1 0LU, where you can raise any issues with our Resident Officer.
Our Resident Officer is Adama Mansaray,, 020 7525 2858.

More details on Southwark's website.

Nelson Square consultation meeting

Following a number of objections to the latest design for the Nelson Square Gardens (and playground), the council is required to hold another public consultation.

It will be held at Sub Planning Committee B on Wednesday 1st July at 160 Tooley Street and the meeting will begin at 7pm.

Nelson Square redesign

The redesign of Nelson Square has been referred back to the planning committe, following a number of objections concerning the removal of seating spaces, reduction of the number of flower beds and noise concerns.

The planning application ( number 15/AP/1590) can be reviewed here:

New Committee Elected

A new committee was elected on 21 May 2015 by a unanimous majority of the quorum.

We are:

Chair          Paul Beaumont
Vice Chair  Pamela Kaseke-Mushore
Secretary   Eddie Arnavoudian
Treasurer   Toby Scholz

You can get in touch anytime via the contact form.


Residents get-together 18 March

Nelson Square Residents are having a get-together on 18 March 2015 at 7pm in the Rowland Hill House Residents' Hall (No 60a).
All welcome - drinks and nibbles provided.

Survey about the future of Nelson Square

Survey about the future of Nelson Square

or direct link:

Must be completed by 2nd November.

You can find the outlined redesign proposals here,  currently, we have two plans, Concept One, and Concept Two.

Join the discussion here.