Sunday, 27 December 2009

New Year's Eve: CLF Music Odyssey @ Bussey building



2100HRS - 0700HRS

Admission £10 BEFORE MIDNIGHT [or with flyer]. £15 AFTER

2010 A MULTI-SPACE BASS ODYSSEY Look out for a night of exploratory, celebratory bass fueled, soul driven audio madness and mayhem, as some of Europe's leading DJs come together for an eclectic 2 Floor New Years Eve CLF Warehouse Session @ The famous Bussey Building in SE15. From the Bassbins of Brixton to the DjemBass of Bamako. Dub Step to Jungle, Future Jazz to Broken and Afro Beat. It's a new decade + is time to party like it's 2010. The Year we make Contact!!!!!!




£10 Before Midnight [Or with a flyer]
£15 After

£10 Tickets also available In advance from

Event / CLF Art Cafe Info:

CLF Music, Videos & Info:

Wednesday, 9 December 2009

hosts needed for international youth volunteers coming to Southwark

Do you have a spare room a pair of 18-25 year old volunteers could share for any length of time between 2-10 weeks next summer (June- August)?
Or does your local organisation have a volunteering opportunity for them?
See all details below.
For queries and further information, contact Geors Richards (UK programme supervisor),, 07785741395
June-August 2010
Global Xchange is an international 6 month youth volunteering programme run in partnership between the British Council and Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO).  A team of 24 volunteers from 6 different countries (Yemen, Netherlands, Morocco, Bosnia, UK and Egypt) aged between 18-24 years are coming to Southwark this summer  (June- August 2010) to live in local homes and volunteer on local community projects.  They will have spent the previous 3 months in a community in Egypt.
Do you have a spare room a pair of 18-25 year old volunteers could share for any length of time between 2-10 weeks next summer (June- August)?
* An unforgettable intercultural learning experience from the comfort of your own home
* £100 per week per pair of volunteers to cover your costs
* Enthusiastic volunteers who have undergone rigorous training and selection
* 2 programme supervisors on hand for support wherever necessary
VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITIES NEEDED!Could your organisation use a pair of cross cultural volunteers for 10 weeks this summer or a team
of 24 multi cultural volunteers for one off days of volunteering activity? 
BENEFITS INCLUDE:* Help from enthusiastic and global minded young people who have undergone rigorous selection
and training (CRB checked)
* 2 programme supervisors on hand for support wherever necessary
* The chance to kick start new projects
* Capacity building, skill sharing, networking and future recruitment opportunities
Could you involve the team with your organisation in any way?  i.e. community events or social activities running next summer, venues for the team to hold Global Citizenship educational workshops at?
For more information please contact:
Geors Richards (UK programme supervisor),, 07785741395

Geors Richards Global Xchange UK Programme Supervisor Multilateral Youth Xchange: Morocco, Netherlands,Yemen, Bosnia, Egypt and UK Hosting Communtiies: Sharkeya (Egypt)- Southwark, London (UK)   Tel: 07785741395 Email: Post: ATD Forth World, 48 Addington Square, London, SE5 7LB Website:  International volunteer youth exchanges that develop and inspire active global citizens
VSO is an international development charity that works through

Saturday, 5 December 2009

Dulwich Hospital Campaign

This will be of interest to all residents in and around Peckham as Dulwich Hospital is part of our local hospital services.
Message from the "Keep Dulwich Hospital Campaign"
Tuesday 15th December 2009 at 6.30pm

Goldsmiths Room, Dulwich Hospital,
East Dulwich Grove, SE22
* fight to keep Dulwich Hospital as a fully functioning Local Community Hospital;
* engage wider support from the public;
* fill up our Petition to persuade the Government and others to support our Hospital;
* get yourselves, your neighbours and friends, to pledge support and ideas for the future of Dulwich Hospital;
* contribute written support and suggestions to our website;
* maintain the pressure on Government Ministers and local Health Bosses to Keep Dulwich Hospital.

DON'T let them destroy Dulwich Hospital JOIN the fight to KEEP it.

Jonathan Mitchell: Chair "Keep Dulwich Hospital Campaign"
phone: 07825 392303
SAVE OUR BEDS in Dulwich Hospital
Kings Hospital is overcrowded: patients on trolleys
Patients bussed to Lewisham not Dulwich for Treatment
Patients sent home too early after operations, only to return later as emergency cases
Patients in mixed wards
Elderly, dementia and mentally ill patients in the same wards as seriously ill patients

Keep Dulwich Hospital on our land: in an area of high social need for Lambeth and Southwark. The Primary Care Trust is no longer involved in providing services.
NOW the PCT commissions others to provide our Health services, but they are likely to bypass local people and go to PRIVATE health services.
We do not want American-style Private Health Schemes here.

1. London as a Capital is short of beds;
2. Dulwich is near Kings Acute hospital, and can take the overflow patients;
3. Dulwich can provide Intermediate Care beds;
4. Dulwich can provide beds for ill people whose carers need respite from their work;
5. Dulwich Hospital has good transport links;
6. A skilled workforce for the Hospital lives locally to provide qualified staff.

800 beds in 1970; 90 beds in 2000; 12 beds in 2009; no plans for any beds in the future.


Sign the PETITION in Local Shops

Southern Rail Passenger Panel

Do you use any of the trains that go through North Dulwich, East Dulwich, Peckham Rye, Queens Road, & South Bermondsey to London Bridge, or the South London Line that runs from London Bridge to Victoria via South Bermondsey, Queens Rd, Peckham Rye and Denmark Hill?
If so, please consider volunteering to become part of Southern Rail's Passenger Panel to give your views. It would be very good to have Southwark rail users on the Panel to give feedback on our parts of the services, so hope some of you volunteer. See below for details.
Southwark Rail Users' Group (SRUG)
Message from Southern Rail:
We are looking for passengers who want to be involved in giving views on Southern services by joining our new Passenger Panel.

The role of the panel is a consultative one with opinions of members gathered on our services and changes we might want to make. This could be anything from timetable changes to announcements on trains.

The panel of 1000-plus people complements our existing consultation process with local councils, user groups and other passenger representatives.

In order to tailor Passenger Panel consultations as much as possible, we ask you to provide us with information about you and your typical journey on Southern. We expect consultations to take place no more than once a month and depending on your typical journey and the plans and issues to be discussed, relevant consultations for you may be less frequent than that.

The panel is managed through the Southern website and by email so you must have access to both in order to participate.

If you would like to be involved, why not apply to become a member by completing the form using the link below.

Tuesday, 1 December 2009

Christmas Open at the Arches- Blenheim Grove SE15

From Southwark Arts Forum E-Bulletin: December 2009
Christmas Open at the Arches- Blenheim Grove SE15
Frid 4 Dec 6-9pm Private View
Sat 5 Dec 11-6pm
Sun 6 Dec 11-5pm

Tucked away in the arches under Peckham Rye Station, the other end of Blenheim Grove, there is a hive of Christmas activity. The artists and makers will open their studios to the public over the first weekend of December. Amongst others, Arch 191 will be open. Come along and see new works by ceramicist Loraine Rutt and new paintings and drawings by Laura Moreton-Griffiths.

Venue: Arch 191 Blenheim Court 48-50 Blenheim GroveFor more info:

Sunday, 29 November 2009

latest news on the Save the South London Line Campaign

Message from Southwark Rail Users' Group
The campaign continues on a number of levels. Visit to keep up to date.
Two key recent events reported below. Also don't forget - if you use Denmark Hill Station - 8am Tuesday 1st December a media photo event. Come and support. see link on
1. On 4th November Southwark Council agreed a cross party motion supporting fully and comprehensively the campaign to Save the South London Line. See details here
2. Meeting with TfL on 24th November - News from the Save the South London Line Campaign (** see at end for campaign members)
Subject: TfL Recognises Need For Central London Links from South London Line stations
At a meeting on 24th November with stakeholder groups in South London, TfL recognised one of the main objectives of campaigners, the need to keep radial services to Central London for current South London Line stations. TfL has proposed a variety of short-listed options for keeping service to Victoria, including diverting the East London Line from Clapham Junction, introducing a Victoria-
Bellingham service and making current Victoria-Dartford services run all day, guaranteeing for Denmark Hill and Peckham Rye all day trains to Victoria. This is in contrast to TfL's earlier assertions that SLL passengers should take ELLX to Clapham Junction and change for Victoria there.
However the Save South London Line Campaign is calling out for the Department for Transport to review all terminating services at London Bridge, based on impact and future demand. Network Rail has acknowledged that keeping the South London Line to London Bridge is possible but would require elaborate signalling or the removal of other services. The Campaign has argued that the cutting of SLL would be a rupture of links and hence impact disproportionately. Negotiations with the DfT over this will continue.

The Campaign group is also looking for a Lawyer with experience in Judicial Review proceedings. Anyone able to help?

** The SSLL Campaign is a consortium of elected representatives from all 4 main parties, plus the Southwark Rail Users' Group, Clapham Transport Users Group, Lambeth Public Transport Group, Kings College Hospital, and SLAM (South London & Maudsley).

Saturday, 28 November 2009


is on Saturday 5 December From 2 - 4 pm

DIRECTIONS: The Copleston Centre is on Copleston Road SE15,midway between Danby Street & Avondale Rise

Excellent bookstall, Toys and children's clothes,
Face painting, Father Christmas,
Christmas cards, Home-made cakes,
Vintage jewellery, scarves and handbags,
Bric à brac, Raffle and Tombola,
Free trees from Marsden Road Wildlife Garden Centre.

Come along and buy your Christmas presents,
Meet people and have fun!
And help a great Community Centre which provides support for all sorts of local people!

Tuesday, 24 November 2009

Free Screening Thursday 26 Nov Peckham unique film

This is to let you know that there is a very interesting free film on this Thursday at the Peckham Multiplex. It is about the dynamic of the commercial world in Peckham, and looks like a unique opportunity to understand more about the town centre. Further details below.
If you are interested in contributing ideas or projects to the future revitalisation of the town centre please click reply and say what your interest is. We can put you on the mail list for information about further work which is being developed following the recent meeting about the station and central Rye Lane.
You are invited to a free screening as part of I Love Peckham 2009 Development Project. I Love Peckham 2009-2010 is managed by Southwark Arts Forum

Free Screening: Thurs 26 November, 6-8pm
Peckham Multiplex. 95a Rye Lane.

Consume Peckham: 18 films, is a collaborative film project between 18 businesses and 57 students from Chelsea College of Art and Design. The films take a fresh look at the complex relationships between culture and commercialism in Peckham, as seen from the point of view of young people unfamiliar to the area. With guidance and support from mentors the students have been encouraged to integrate themselves into the community and take a deep approach to research in order to gain trust from the businesses they are seeking to understand.

We observe the mundane and the poetic in the day to day routine of Ozzie’s Café; we witness the preparation of a traditional Pakistani goat stew, we seek to understand why Peckham needs a Persian corner shop, and see how the small adds in a newsagent’s window are a vital hub of information exchange. Seen together, the 18 films build up a multifaceted documentary portrait of Peckham revealing tangled cultural, social and economic relationships. The films ask if the abundance of diversity in such a confined space can create a utopia; or if divisions and differences create tensions that cannot be bridged.  
Venue: Peckham Multiplex, 95a Rye Lane, SE15.
Mentors: Neil Drabble & Kieron Dennis
Persepolis - Ali Hanson, Katy Jones, Kate Coe. 2009
Persepolis is a Persian corner shop in Peckham. Authentically and meticulously stocking a host of unusual foods and products is an obsession for the owner Sally Butcher. The film documents a day in the life of Sally, revealing her philosophy of a multicultural community and offering an insight into why a haven of Persian culture is so important for Peckham.

Reprezent - Lennord Freij, Josh Osbourne, Tom De Hooge. 2009
Reprezent is a youth-led radio station in Peckham providing learning and broadcasting opportunities for young people. The audience is introduced to two young DJs who share their personal experiences, opportunities and their ambitions for the future.

Money Gram - Jenny Lam, Anniken H-Gjelseth, Sarah Bradley. 2009
Sam runs a franchise business in the Money Gram company, he helps people from Peckham send money to family and friends all over the world. Through interviews and by transferring money themselves, the filmmakers explore concepts of communication and exchange within Peckham’s community.

ZA Afro Foods - Kayo Kuribayashi, Georgina Ashdown, Sam De la Monte. 2009
In collaboration with ZA Afro Foods Students from Chelsea School of Art and Design observe and document the preparation of a traditional Pakistani goat stew, discovering and reflecting on new and unusual ingredients in the dish. As a celebration of cultural difference the students buy ingredients and prepare their own goat stew in a Vauxhall apartment, literally and figuratively bringing a piece of Peckham back to their own homes.

Furniture Mall - Juhee Park, Nicolas Cambier, Laura Walters. 2009
Graphic Design Student Nic Cambier takes a job in a furniture shop and helps out during Saturday afternoon deliveries. By working directly with the people from the shop; Ali, Marwan and James, he is able to gain their trust and understand more about their lives and their connection with Peckham. Nic then makes a successful proposition to redesign the Graphic identity of the shop.

Little Hut - Billy Steiger, Daz Peck, Sara Williams. 2009
The newsagent Little Hut sells a wide range of products; from cornflakes to combs, from mango juice to magazines. However, the personal ads displayed in the front window reveal a wider range of products and services. The small adds in the window might also be a microcosm of the area itself encompassing a multitude of languages and revealing a vital hub of information exchange. The film brings a light-hearted interjection into this space exploring a forum of paper and glass existing in the high street.

Petitou - Craig Sharp, Julian Shaw, Vanessa McKeown. 2009
Barely moments away from the frantic heart of Peckham, with its endless supply of butchers, grocers and mobile phone shops you will find Petitou, an independent café situated in a quiet street more reminiscent of a leafy New York suburb than the mayhem of South East London. This short film focuses on the how the café has responded to the social and economic changes in the area, such as the nflux of young families and professionals.

Tommy’s Wear and Tear - Amy Jordan, Leon Kesko, Stephanie Jones.2009
Peckham is a popular location for young families, and for three generations Tommy’s Wear and Tear has been providing affordable children’s clothes and product in the community. Through interviews with Tommy, Abu and Ali they reveal the importance of regeneration to encourage young families to continue choose to live in the area.

E&M Travel Agents - Malia Baker, Marine Malak, Robbie Schweidler. 2009
E & M Travel offers its customers a personal service, responding to Peckham’s unique identity as a destination and a hub for travel. Though interviews with employees; Melisa, Bridget and Patrick we can appreciate the value of a local business committed to helping customers face-to-face, and ultimately connecting people and places all over the world. However, we learn that the increasing threat from internet bookings and current economic conditions are proving tough times for the travel agency business.

Bar Story - Holly Featherstone, Willy Harris, Melanie Baerlocher. 2009
Under the train station, and squashed into a railway arch, Bar Story is often the first port of call for young people coming to Peckham; the young trendy crowd that frequent this bar are not interested in meeting the established communities of Peckham, but only how the rent is cheap, and the scene is catching on.... The film presents a separated relationship between the settled Peckham community and art students.

Number 46 - Alex Herrmann, Scarlet Shillingford-Blay, Kitty Spicer, Caroline Dyet 2009
Julie runs a decrepit shop that carries no name, it could be described as a conglomeration of untold peculiar objects and artifacts from the past. The shop is located on Choumert Road, and located right at the invisible demarcation line that separates the social and economic contrasts of Rye Lane and Bellenden.  The shop with no name serves as metaphor for the old and the new as it is on the verge of being converted into a gallery space.

Peckham Business Park - Vachira Tongrow, Daniel Lincoln, Christian Pinchback, Adam Laucht. 2009
Profiling Peckham Business Park where artists, studios, designers, printers, carpenters and churches all co-exist in close proximity. Using interviews the film asks if social, economic and cultural diversity in such a confined space can create a utopia; or are there cultural divisions and tensions that cannot be bridged.

The Rastafarian Shop Peckham Covered Market (Rye Lane) - Dan Cottrell, Sian Beeton, Michael Clarke.2009
Birdy runs a small Rastafarian shop, selling his artwork, amongst other things, in the Covered Market in Rye. His important connection with the community has led the film makers to inquire how a place can be defined without its residents. The film goes on to ask members of the community 'What is the most important thing in your life?’ inviting some unusual replies.

Ozzie’s Café - Christina Donellan, Glynis Hutamarez, Christina Colombo. 2009Documenting the routine of Ozzie’s Café we experience the poetic and mundane details of the everyday. We observe how customers come to sit and enjoy the company of others without even speaking a word; and asks the audience to find an appreciation for the muted conversation and sluggish energy that buzzes within the small confines of the cafe walls.

Sahki Quality Meat and Fish - Vicky Vialichka, Emma Terry, Jack Gladstone. 2009
A short film based around Sahki Quality Meat and Fish, one of the many butchers along Peckham Rye high street. We learn that the business is thriving despite being one of twenty-one meat shops along the small stretch of Peckham Rye. An interview with Moah the owner reveals the day to day challenges of running a business in Peckham, and offers an explanation of why meat and phone shops co-exist in the same premises.

Christmas and Wards Demolition Yard - Joe Joiner, Vanessa Humphreys, Frazer Howie.2009
Recording the making of a phoenix sculpture that was constructed from scrap wood from ‘Christmas Wards Demolition Yard’ this short film, is focused on the manual workers of Peckham. The Phoenix according to legend is reduced to ashes at the end of its life, from which a new, young phoenix is reborn to live again. The film using the metaphor of destruction and creation aims to communicate a message of rejuvenation among the community.

The Bun House - Dave Russell, Walter Wong Wing Hong. 2009
The Bun House is one of the last of a dying breed of Pubs. With the growth of bar chains and gentrification, it is becoming increasingly rare to find independent pubs with as strong a sense of community. In this film, local legend Michael Mulcahy describes his unique approach to running a pub, combining everything from art exhibitions, to the humble darts night to demonstrate that the heart and soul of a town is and always will be the local pub.

Al Sibtian’s - Jowey Roden, Louise Robinson, Sae Young Yang. 2009
Al Sibtian’s is a continental butchers and grocers located on rye lane, he has managed the store for 9 years and takes pride in being located where he is. Through interviews and conversations with Al Sibtain he convinces the filmakers to challenge their pre-conceived ideas about the people of Peckham – taking up the challenge, and taking to the street they set out to test the community spirit in Peckham.

Monday, 23 November 2009

celebrate a centenary for the South London Line

TUESDAY 1st DECEMBER at 8am at Denmark Hill station (yes 8am!)

On 1st December, it is 100 years since the South London Line became the first in the country to be electrified. The Save the South London Line Campaign is going to celebrate our local London metro service.
Join us at 8am outside the pub at Denmark Hill Station for half an hour or so.
There will be some goodies to eat and champagne for the lucky few! We will toast the future continued success of this service to Inner South London. It is an important media event - come and join the leading campaigners.
Everyone is welcome, especially those in Edwardian dress (or Victorian or any fancy dress if that is all you can find, or just as you are on your way to work!)

Southwark Rail Users Group
to keep up to date visit the website

Saturday, 14 November 2009

Network Rail survey of stations

Message from Southwark Rail Users' Group for all local rail users

Network Rail is launching the first ever Nationwide stations research project asking passengers what is important to them at their local station, where they would like to see investment and what are their priorities. They say they want to know what passengers want from stations and what's important to them. See further information in their Press Release below.
This seems an opportunity not be missed to tell them what we think of our own stations - Peckham Rye, Queens Road Peckham, South Bermondsey, East Dulwich, Nunhead, Denmark Hill.
Let's get lots of local users taking part so they really get the message about what needs to be improved. If you need another incentive - you might win an annual season ticket or £2000.if you take part!
The survey can be accessed online at
Click and check it out now!

Southwark Rail Users' Group
to join the email list email:

Network Rail Press Release Thursday 12 Nov 2009


Network Rail today launched the first ever piece of passenger research specific targeting stations, as it unveiled its plans to improve thousands of stations across the country in a five year, £3.25bn, programme of investment.
Dave Ward, Network Rail's route director for Kent, said: "Stations are the railways' shop-front and they have been ignored for too long. With the punctuality of the railways now running at record levels and our major programme to boost capacity and provide more seats on trains underway, we can now look at other priorities and stations and are at the top of the list.
"Much is planned in the area over the coming years and we must invest wisely. We shouldn't try and second guess passengers but ask them what they want from stations and what's important to them. We need to listen to passengers and use their views on stations to guide our decisions."
In a pioneering move, Network Rail is launching the first ever Nationwide stations research project asking passengers what is important to them at their local station, where they would like to see investment and what are their priorities. The survey can be accessed online at

The research project will kick off later this month, last for up to three months and involve on-line surveys, telephone surveys and focus groups to really get into the detail of what passengers rate as the most important things to have at stations. The results from the survey, along with the station champions report expected shortly from the Department for Transport, will feed into a much wider review on stations, led by Network Rail. This will take place over the next twelve months involving every train operator, rail funding partner and interest group in the country.
At the same time Network Rail said over 150 stations on routes to, from and across Kent will benefit from investment between now and spring 2014 with sums ranging from tens of thousands of pounds to millions. The improvements to be made include things like:
* New passenger information systems
* New lifts and stairways
* New toilets, waiting rooms and shelters
* New, longer or resurfaced platforms
* Bigger or refurbished ticket offices and ticket halls
* Better lighting and CCTV
* Smarter stations - redecoration, more seating and retail opportunities
Nationally, over 2,000 stations will benefit from this £3.25bn investment.

Notes to Editors:
* Network Rail is also publishing an information booklet about stations and the research entitled 'Action Stations'
* Tens of thousands of leaflets will today be handed out to passengers inviting them to take part in the on-line survey
* All those who complete the survey will be entered into a free prize draw to win a season ticket (value up to £2,000)
* The investment announced today does not just come from Network Rail funds but pulls together all the investment being targeted at stations over the next five years and includes sources such as the DfT, train operators, Scottish Government, Welsh Assembly Government, PTEs, local authorities and other third parties
* The list of stations is not exhaustive and represents a 'snap-shot' in time and may include stations that are in the early stages of being planned but we, or our partners, are keen to see come to fruition over the next five years

Thursday, 12 November 2009

Tues 17 Nov Creative Network Launch

Message from Southwark Arts Forum
enquiries to: Katy Fattuhi

INVITATION: SE15 Creative Network Launch
Tues 17 November @ Peckham Library 5.00pm to 7.30pm

You are invited to the launch of the SE15 Creative Network: a network to support creative people working in the arts and creative industries within the Nunhead and Peckham area. The network is funded by Southwark Council and is part of *I Love Peckham* development programme 2009/10. The network is managed by Southwark Arts Forum (SAF).

5.30pm Registration. Drinks available
6.00pm Network introduction by Edward Birch, Director of SAF
6.15pm Speakers to be confirmed will focus on past, present and future development of Peckham
6.40pm Q and A session
7.00pm Goal setting for the network, led by Edward Birch
7.15pm Networking - Food and drinks available
7.30pm Close of meeting

Venue: Peckham Library in the adult pod on the 5th FloorTo book: Please RSVP to
phone: 020 7231 3222

I Love Peckham Background

I Love Peckham was first piloted in 2004 as a small weekend festival in Peckham town centre, aimed at celebrating the area's diverse creative community and was funded through the Neighbourhood Renewal Fund.
By 2008 I Love Peckham grew to be a week long festival, offering a range of supportive creative platforms from which to profile local talent. Activities took place in 45 venues and spaces around SE15 culminating in an outdoor weekend festival in the town centre engaging local artists, schools, shopkeepers and local business, community and voluntary groups and venues, with audiences of over 5,000, up to 300 artists and over 2500 young participants.
In 2009, Southwark Council and Southwark Arts Forum aim to establish I Love Peckham as a creative portal to better serve Peckham's blossoming cultural quarter and to initiate the much needed SE15 creative network.
I Love Peckham has profiled SE15's creative community to a London wide audience and raised local aspirations through successful marketing of the brand. It has been instrumental in encouraging new creative spaces, generating models of best practice and influencing cutting edge creative projects in open and disused spaces. It has also encouraged artists to work with local businesses in town centres and continues to attract new creative partners to SE15.

Southwark Arts Forum helps artists, arts organisations and creative industries in Southwark to excel and to have a greater impact on their local community. We do this by providing a wide range of networking, information and advice services including: networking events, E-Bulletins and one-to-one sessions. With over 2000 members we are a rich creative network widely known in Southwark and beyond. To become a member, please visit

Saturday, 7 November 2009

28 Nov St John’s Christmas Fayre

Santa is coming to East Dulwich & Bellenden this year! 
On Saturday, 28 November between 11am and 3pm he will be at St John’s Christmas Fayre.
There will be an Elves' Workshop for children next to Santa’s Grotto with fun activities including face painting, Christmas card making, puzzles and a Lucky Dip. During the afternoon *Magic Billy* will entertain children with magical tricks and puppet shows. Live musical accompaniment to the festivities will be provided by Opal Flutes and our local Brass Players.

Stalls will include: Christmas cards & Decorations - Home-made Cakes - Jams and Preserves - Books - Toys - Bulbs and Houseplants - Collectables - FairTrade - Luxury knitted and sewn goods - Jewellery - Baby goods - Pottery - Christmas produce - Santa's Workshop - Gifts - Raffle - Tombola - Games - Face painting - Hot refreshments. And a special Lucky Dip for grown-ups, too!

Come along and enjoy yourselves! Bring your friends!
Goose Green Centre, East Dulwich Road, SE22 9AT (adjacent to church)
Admission £1, accompanied children free.

Saturday, 17 October 2009

The Peckham Experiment Symposium Sat 24th Oct

If you have ever wondered about the famous Peckham Experiment of the 1920s, 30s and 40s, here is your chance to find out.
The Peckham Experiment exhibition runs in Camberwell, Peckham, East Dulwich to 7th November 2009. See for Programme for dates & venues. Information about the Peckham Experiment at the Pioneer Health Foundation website:
And an Invitation to:
The Peckham Experiment Symposium
*Self-organising but with strict parameters*

Saturday 24th October 2009
Free; booking required; to book a place:
- email Tatjana Gretschmann
- Or phone- 020 7514 6302
Please book before 4.00pm Wednesday 21st October 2009
Lunch provided.

10.30-4.30pm Wilson Lecture Hall,
Camberwell College of Arts, Wilson Road, London SE5 8LU.

The Symposium will explore some of the themes of The Peckham Experiment exhibitions and projects, curated by Rachael House and Jo David. The Peckham Experiment exhibition is inspired by the original radical wellbeing and health study of the same name, which ran from 1926-1950. The first part of the exhibition is showing at Camberwell Space at Camberwell College of Art. The second part is at Space Station Sixty-Five. The symposium will become part of The Peckham Experiment publication, to be launched after the exhibition.

Morning session will be chaired by Ben Perry and includes-
Registration from 10.30am.
Lisa Curtice from the Pioneer Health Foundation
Sue Hill from The Peckham Society
Ken Taylor of M2,
Eileen Conn from Peckham Vision
Jini Rawlings film A Pool of Information,
discussion and questions from the floor.

Lunch - a vegetarian sandwich lunch will be provided,
and there will be information about local community and arts organisations.
Afternoon session includes-
Kit Poulson performance We're too lazy for the future, artists' panel including Gayle Chong Kwan, Nicholas Cobb, Dean Kenning, Annie Whiles and Jo David, discussion and questions from the floor and a closing session from Gayle Chong Kwan.
The symposium will finish at Camberwell Space with a glass of wine or juice and an opportunity to see part one of The Peckham Experiment exhibition.
We look forward to meeting you.

Space Station Sixty-Five
65 North Cross Road, London SE22 9ET
020 8299 5036

Thursday, 15 October 2009

Peckham Society Sun 18th October 3pm

Message from The Peckham Society for their meeting next Sunday
Peckham Society meeting. All welcome.

SUNDAY 18th OCTOBER 3pm-5pm.
Tea & coffee after talk
Goose Green Centre, beside St John's Church,
Goose Green, East Dulwich Road, SE22
The Theatres, Music Halls and Cinemas of the Old Kent Road.
Talk by Richard Norman. Richard is writing a book on the cinemas of south London. This is one of a quartet of talks. We have previously had Peckham and Camberwell, next year hopefully the Elephant and Castle.

All are welcome. This is a good way to join in The Peckham Society and meet other members and locals keen on local history and the modern day local world we live in.
Future Peckham Society meeting dates for the diary are:
Sunday 21st February 2010 3pm - Recent Archaeology in Southwark
Christopher Constable, Southwark's archaeologist

Sunday 18th April 2010 - 3pm AGM
3.30pm lecture - John Beasley, author & historian
Origin of names in Peckham and Nunhead

Wednesday, 7 October 2009

RLSAG Wed 28 October 6.15pm

Please see message below from the Rye Lane & Station Action Group (RLSAG). This is a key meeting for all interested in the future of the station and this part of the town centre.
There will be a meeting of the RLSAG on
5.45pm light buffet & displays
6.15pm - 8.30pm meeting

Please email to say if you can come, so we can get a view of numbers, and give you venue details.
Topics will be:
* reconstructing the station inside
* transforming the square in front and the area behind the station,
* how this fits in central Rye Lane, & the Council's PNAAP (Peckham Area Action Plan).

Come and hear from Southern Rail's architect the plans to rebuild the interior of the magnificent Peckham Rye station buildings, to make them accessible while preserving their historic beauty.
This is a really key meeting and we need a good number of local people to come to learn the latest and to take part in the discussion.
So if you are free, please put the date in your diary and let us know you can come.

For a reminder of some of the background visit:

Rye Lane & Station Action Group (RLSAG)

Sunday, 27 September 2009

Wed 30 Sep rail public meeting

Message from Southwark Rail Users' Group
REMINDER for all local rail users: first rail campaign public meeting

6.30pm refreshments & networking, 7.00pm - 9.00pm meeting
Institute of Psychiatry, 16 De Crespigny Park, Denmark Hill, Camberwell, SE5 8AF, between Denmark Hill and Grove Lane. The meeting is
* to demonstrate the very strong support for the campaign,
* to inform on the facts and issues of the campaign.

Representatives of the rail companies, Network Rail, Transport for London and London TravelWatch, the passenger watchdog group, will be attending.

* Please come if you can. Lots of supporters needed. This is rail users' chance to impress the rail industry of our need for direct rail services into central London.
* Please forward this information to your neighbours and friends if they use the trains.
* Visit the SRUG website for overall information and facts about the issues and the campaign:

Wed 30 Sep rail public meeting

Message from Southwark Rail Users' Group
REMINDER for all local rail users: first rail campaign public meeting

6.30pm refreshments & networking, 7.00pm - 9.00pm meeting
Institute of Psychiatry, 16 De Crespigny Park, Denmark Hill, Camberwell, SE5 8AF between Denmark Hill and Grove Lane. The meeting is
* to demonstrate the very strong support for the campaign,
* to inform on the facts and issues of the campaign.

Representatives of the rail companies, Network Rail, Transport for London and London TravelWatch, the passenger watchdog group, will be attending.

* Please come if you can. Lots of supporters needed. This is rail users' chance to impress the rail industry of our need for direct rail services into central London.
* Please forward this information to your neighbours and friends if they use the trains.
* Visit the SRUG website for overall information and facts about the issues and the campaign:

Sunday, 13 September 2009

rail campaign Wed 30th Sep PUBLIC MEETING

Message from Southwark Rail Users' Group:
Calling all local rail users!

If you use the local rail services, do please come to the first Campaign PUBLIC MEETING:
6.30pm refreshments & networking
7.00pm - 9.00pm meeting
Institute of Psychiatry, 16 De Crespigny Park,
Denmark Hill, Camberwell, SE5 8AF
see map attached - entrance at letter A
between Denmark Hill and Grove Lane
meeting hosted and facilitated by
the SE5 Forum
with Southwark Rail Users' Group (SRUG)

This meeting is to enable rail users
* to get the facts
* discuss the issues
* join the action

* Put Wed 30 Sep 6.30pm in your diary now. Come and support the campaign.
* To be more regularly informed, and support the campaign, please join the email list by emailing Southwark Rail Users Group
* Please forward this information to your neighbours and friends if they use the trains. This is a really great chance to strengthen the campaign - we hope a lot of people will come.
* Please print out and display the A4 poster in local places, and print out some of the A6 flyers to hand out to fellow passengers on your own station. These are attached, and also for download on
* We need volunteers to help on the evening in a variety of ways. Please email us if you can come by 6.30pm; we need to know to help us with the organising.
* Visit the SRUG website for overall information and facts about the issues and the campaign: http://www.bellend

1. The South London Press (on sale Tuesdays & Fridays), and the Southwark News (on sale Thursdays) are supporting the campaign, and helping to bring out the facts.
2. London TravelWatch have just reported on their recent user survey which provides significant evidence to support our campaign.
3. TfL are reviewing with London TravelWatch the ways that new services or tweaks to existing services could mitigate some of the negative impact of the cuts in the South London Line. This review will report in December so we have till then to try to influence what happens.
4. The ultimate decision makers are the Rail Minster (and Department for Transport) and the London Mayor (and TfL). A meeting with the Rail Minister is being planned. A meeting has been requested with the Mayor.
5. Over 3000 signatures have now been collected on the petition. We need more. You can sign the online petition at Also you can print out paper copies and collect signatures - give some to your local cafe or local pub. Petition for download is at

Saturday, 12 September 2009

Sat 26 Sep 1.30-7.30pm Warwick Wingding

From Friends of Warwick Park an invitation to all local people
It’s more than just a local music festival!
When: SATURDAY 26 SEPTEMBER, 1:30pm - 7.30pm
Where: Warwick Gardens, Lyndhurst Grove, Peckham, SE15
On Saturday 26 September, Warwick Gardens in Peckham, is hosting the first-ever Warwick Wingding. More than just a local music festival, the Warwick Wingding will celebrate the burgeoning musical talent coming out of Peckham and surrounding areas, plus feature hands-on theatre, hoola-hooping, yoga classes, stilt-walking, dressing-up, plus arts & craft stalls and much more.

The very local and very hot new band THE PEPYS ( will headline. Also confirmed are the brilliant SAUDIs (, experimental drum n’ bass rockers LIME HEADED DOG (, 30 piece brass ensemble from Peckham THE STARTER BIG BAND, the unique pedal powered BOYCOTT COCA COLA EXPERIENCE ( and talented singer/songwriter PIERRE LA ROUGE (, as well as a line-up of acts which promises an eclectic mix of live music and DJs including local bands, orchestras, choirs and solo artists, plus performances from local school children.

The event will be MC’d by Peckham’s (and Southside Radio’s) very own DJ Mickey Smith.

No festival would be complete without food and drink. Home Made & Home Grown stalls will be in abundance as well as a barbecue, home-made Indian, Caribbean and Latin American food plus beer and wine from Green & Blue.
The Warwick Wingding is presented by the Friends of Warwick Gardens in partnership with Southwark Council and is funded by Capital Community Fund.
Further information from

Sun 20 Sep 2pm - Peckham cycle tour

Organised by The Peckham Society

a cycle tour next SUNDAY 20 SEPTEMBER 2.00pm.
The Best Buildings in Peckham!
Meet at the Peckham Library, SE15 at 2.00pm

This afternoon tour uses bicycles to highlight the very best architecture in Peckham covering 300 years of the neighbourhood’s history. Starting in the historic village core we will travel to both the east and west edges of the district celebrating the muscular Victorian civic buildings, industrial architecture and 20th century modernist experiments. All welcome.
Led by Benedict O’Looney
The Peckham Society
The Peckham Society's following event for your diary:
talk Sunday 18 October 3.00pm.
The Theatres, Music Halls and Cinemas of The Old Kent Road.
Richard Norman (Author).
Goose Green Centre,
St John’s Church, Goose Green,
East Dulwich Road, London SE22.

Wednesday, 9 September 2009

Sat 12 Sep - Global Plastic Bag Free Day

Message from local group East Dulwich SNUB (Say no to unwanted bags)
Dear all,
I wanted to alert your group, friends, colleagues, neighbours to Saturday 12th September- the first International Plastic Bag Free Day.

We're encouraging folks to use their shopping bags, get local suppliers to hand out reusable bags (sometimes their suppliers have bags as a promotion), get schools to design a school shopping bag to sell in their local community and make bags- see!

Poster is available at:

All best wishes,
Marilyn Donahue-Schiller
East Dulwich SNUB-Say no to unwanted bags

East Dulwich Plastic Bag Free Day
Saturday 12th September 2009
A range of activities will be taking place along Lordship Lane between 12 noon and 5pm on the 12th of September as part of the first International Plastic Bag Free Day. See here for more details:
We hope to see you there!

Friday, 4 September 2009

Sat 5th September 2009 - Peckham Rye Fete

Friends of Peckham Rye Present
Peckham Rye Fete
on Peckham Rye Common

Beer & Pimms
Punch & Judy
Hog Roast
Plants & Books
Home-made cakes
Coconut Shy
Fancy Dress
Dog show
Now in its sixth sensational year!. A real community fair; a great Saturday experience.

Also featuring local community groups/projects including:
Peckham Residents Network,
Peckham Vision
Southwark Rail Users' Group
Bellenden Residents' Group,
Friends of Goose Green
So if you are interested in their activities and wonder who the local residents are who do the work come and visit our two stalls and meet us on Saturday 5th September!

Wednesday, 19 August 2009

CLF Bank Holiday Event Happening 28 August 2009

The CLF at the Bussey!
CLF Bank Holiday Event Happening: 
Date: Fri August 28th
Times: 9PM -5AM
Admission: FREE
Address: 1/F Bussey Building, Rear Of 133 Rye Lane, London SE15 3ST
opposite Blenheim Grove
Get there Early
Mojhito Cocktail Happy Hour: 9 30PM - 10 30PM

A Globalistic Excursion Through The Audio Fields Of Planet Groove.

Hosted By: CLF Founder and Internationally Renowned Progressive Beat Head 

Join the Chronic Love Foundation [CLF] for a FREE Bank Holiday Mojhito Fueled Audio Meltdown at The CLF ART Cafe this coming Fri August 28th.

THE CLF 'FREE' BANK HOLIDAY PROGRESSION SESSION taking place on the first floor of the Amazing Bussey Building [a unique Victorian Multi-Level Warehouse, located at the Rear Of 133 Rye Lane] - Hosted by CLF Founder / Producer and Leading DJ JAZZHEADCHRONIC MICKEY SMITH. 

THE CLF 'FREE' BANK HOLIDAY PROGRESSION SESSION promising to take you mind body and soul on a sublime musical journey across the continental audiospheres of Planet Earth. From the Bass Bins of Brixton to The Future Jazz Fields of Tokyo and The Afro Spheres of Mother Africa. Look out for special guests on the night, Live Visuals by Rodders, Plenty of Chill Out Space, A great Blend Ah Chilled People + more. The Event kicking off with a Mojhito 2-4-1 Happy Hour from 9 30pm - 10 30pm to get the Bank Holiday off to the right kinda start and Spirit. Sooooo People, spread the word +  get there early, is gonna beyond special!!!  

Note: This is the first major CLF gig that we've dropped at the Bussey since The x4 Floor, 3 Day CLF Weekender back in August 2007. And, if you were there, well you know what to expect! Something Very Special this way comes!!!!! And don't forget it's FREE!!!!!!!

For more event info please email:

For More Info on The CLF, Please visit

For more info or to hear tracks, watch videos by / on Jazzheadchronic - please visit

CLF Co-Founder Marque Gilmore [theinna-most]

CLF Art Cafe [3 Day CLF Weekender] Footage

Thursday, 13 August 2009

public meeting Wednesday 30 September 2009


6.30pm refreshments & networking
7.00pm - 9.00pm meeting
Institute of Psychiatry, 16 De Crespigny Park,
Denmark Hill, Camberwell, SE5 8AF

Save Your South London Train Service
Stop cuts to Victoria and London Bridge trains
get the facts, hear the issues, join the action

The meeting hosted and facilitated by the SE5 Forum
on behalf of the Southwark Rail Users' Group

Further details, and information for publicity, will follow.
In the meantime please note the date in your diary

We will need volunteers for a variety of tasks on the night, e.g. stewarding, serving tea & coffee, supervising stalls for the individual rail stations, etc.
Can you help? If you can, please email, and SE5 Forum
When the details are developed, we will be in touch with volunteers to sort out who can do what.

Lots happening - pursuing TfL for information on the review of services; Freedom of Information requests to DfT & TfL for facts about the cuts decision; preparing for meetings with Rail Minister and with London Mayor; over 2600 petition signatures; emails & letters going to Minister, Mayor, MPs, councillors; frequent coverage in local press - get the Southwark News (Thursdays) & SLP (Tuesdays & Fridays).

Your continuing active support is needed: see here for what you can do:

Southwark Rail Users' Group (SRUG)

Saturday, 8 August 2009

Wed 12 Aug 7-9pm: Nigel Rd, Sternhall Lane, Heaton Rd junctions exhibition


Dear local residents
The Council are planning changes to the junctions where Nigel Road, Heaton Road and Sternhall Lane meet Rye Lane and Peckham Rye.
This is a complicated and dangerous stretch of road, and the Council's aim is to make it safer. But it is a complicated set of junctions and not easy to get an ideal solution. So your input will be very valuable.

There will be an exhibition on the proposals
next Wednesday 12 August 2009
at 218 Rye Lane, London, SE15 4NL
7.00pm - 9.00pm.

This is in the empty shop (previously the betting shop) between Nigel Road and Sternhall Lane. This is right in the middle of the stretch of Rye Lane where all these junctions are.

If you use these junctions at all, do try to get to the exhibition to see the plans and talk to Council officers about them. It is the best way to understand what is proposed. Please pass this information on to your neighbours as well.

Bellenden Residents' Group

Tues 11 August 7pm Transition Town Peckham

Here is a message from local community group Transition Town Peckham about a film, talk and refreshments on Tuesday 11 August 7pm.
further info:
Tuesday 11 AUG, 7pm
Peckham Settlement, Goldsmith Road, SE15 5TF

TTP is a new Transition Town for SE15. We are aiming to build a more sustainable community in Peckham to improve the environment and the lives of everyone in the community.

On 11 Aug, we will be giving a short talk, followed by a 50 min short film - "The Power of Community". The film is a documentary showing how Cuba began a slow recovery and focused not on finding new energy sources, but on rejecting consumption in favour of sustainable growth.
This is transition at work - it shows that it can be done! We hope that it will inspire our members and build confidence in what we are trying to do in Peckham.
We also want our members to get to know each other, and to encourage new people to get involved. So we will be inviting people for a few drinks and a meet and greet after the film. Please tell your friends and neighbours to come along and get to know TTP.

Friday, 7 August 2009

Frank's Cafe & Campari bar

The Hannah Barry Gallery recently wowed the Venice Bienniale with its Peckham Pavilion. Now they are wowing lots of visitors to the sculpture exhibition and Frank's Cafe & Campari bar, on the roof of the multi storey car park.
A lot of these visitors come to Peckham from London Bridge and Victoria by overground rail. Their great discovery is how close Peckham is to central London. This shows the importance of the local campaign to publicise the importance of the direct rail services to London Bridge and Victoria, and stop the planned cuts.
See Peckham raises the roof and save our rail services for more information about the exhibition & Frank's Cafe, and how to support the local rail services campaign.

The exhibition and Frank's cafe is open every Thursday to Sunday from 11am to 10pm. It is really worth a visit. You can get to it via the lift right beside the entrance to the cinema on Rye Lane, up to the 6th floor and then walk up the levels through the sculpture exhibition to the top.

See the stunning pictures and reviews through the website: <>

See short video at:

The exhibition ends on 30 September. Make sure you don't miss it! Take advantage of this superb weather at the moment and enjoy the whole thing.
If you care about the rail services, make sure you sign the petition and email the Rail Minister and the London Mayor, see here for the details:

Saturday, 1 August 2009

is your street surface or lighting in need of attention?

Does your street need resurfacing, or the street lighting improved? If so see details below for how to get it on the list for action. Deadline for proposals 21st August.

Information on Highways Capital Allocation Scheme for Community Councils

This is a proposed scheme for improvement works for highways and lighting. Each Community Council has been allocated £100,000 for resurfacing (this would pay for about 100 linear meters of road and paving) and £75,000 for lighting.

£100,000 for highway resurfacing:
The Highways capital is solely for the resurfacing of footway and carriageways for Southwark roads including dropped kerbs/mobility access works such as tactile paving. No traffic management or transport aspects will be considered i.e. no crossings, one ways, CPZ, 20mph Zones, cycle lanes, traffic calming measures and so forth. In addition for the spend to be capital it must be of a minimum of £2,500. Therefore if patching is required it would need to be of the whole or a major part
of the road.

£75,000 for street lighting:
The upgrade or replacement of lighting has conditions attached. Firstly, the lighting must be functional and not decorative and in line with the Council's standard specification and in keeping with the surroundings. Secondly, single lights can not be replaced, added or removed; a location must be chosen where all of the lights on that street need to be replaced.

We would like to hear from you which highways and areas of street lighting you think should be improved. Please note the closing date for submitting suggestions is Friday 21st August.
We will carry out a feasibility study on the suggestions we receive to determine their suitability. This information will be provided to a future Community Council where decisions will be made about allocating the available funds.

Please e-mail your suggestions to and be as specific as possible about the location:
* for all lighting
* for all surfacing

Wednesday, 29 July 2009

Ethnic diversity and participation within green community initiatives

If you are involved in any green environmental community groups, you may be interested in responding to this research survey.
EMAIL FROM Annalisa Dorigo email:
This is a call out to all green community groups in Peckham. I am a MSc student at the LSE carrying out my final research project on ethnic diversity and participation within green community-led initiatives.
I would be very interested to hear from green community group members (regardless of how ethnically diverse their group may be), to help with a short email survey (max 10 minutes).
Please note that all respondents will remain anonymous.
On completion of my project and as a thank you, I am planning to organise evening drinks for all participating; this would be an opportunity for different groups to come together and find out about other activities in Southwark, and share best practice.
Please note that the deadline for my thesis is 27th August. I look forward to hearing from you soon!
Please email me at:
Many thanks,

Tuesday, 14 July 2009

traffic problems in your neighbourhood?

Do you have any traffic or pedestrian issues in your neighbourhood?
If so, and you are in the Nunhead & Peckham Rye Community Council area, you should try to come to the next meeting and encourage your neighbours to come as well.
The Nunhead & Peckham Rye Community Council
Wednesday 22 July 7pm
at Rye Oak Primary School and Children's Centre,
Whorlton Road, London, SE15 3PD
(use the Old James Street entrance)

The Council will explain their latest ideas for tackling local traffic issues. They will be asking at the meeting if there are any other local areas that have problems and what the priorities should be for any of these. This is your chance to make sure your local traffic or pedestrian issues are put on the list for attention.

We are told that this topic is on the agenda for all current Community Council meetings. So if you are in a different area visit here to see if there is a meeting soon of your Community Council (see CC names in left hand column) and how you can find out if traffic is on the agenda.

Monday, 29 June 2009

30 June 6-9pm opening new sculpture park in multi-storey car park

Invitation from Hannah Barry Gallery
Please join us next Tuesday 30 June from 6pm to celebrate the opening of Bold Tendencies III, the new sculpture park we are opening on the top four floors of the Multi-Storey Car Park in Rye Lane, Peckham. The gallery will present 17 specially commissioned sculptures by new young artists.

The evening starts at the Car Park and will be followed by a party nearby at the gallery where James Balmforth's exhibition THE MAKING OF ASHES is installed.
Frank’s Cafe and Campari Bar, designed by Lettice Drake and Paloma Gormley, will open on the top floor of the car park with panoramic views of London from the O2 Arena past Big Ben and the London Eye to Crystal Palace. Frank’s will serve lunch, supper and drinks Thursday through Sunday.

Hope you will be able to come!

Bold Tendencies III and FRANK’S
Tuesday 30 June – Wednesday 30 September 2009
Level 7-10, Peckham Rye Multistory Car Park, 95A Rye Lane SE15
Entrance on foot from Rye Lane and by car from Cerise Road, parking available on level 6
Exhibition and Cafe opening hours: Thursday – Sunday 11am - 10pm

further information from:

Friday, 26 June 2009

Stop the Strip Clubs in New Cross

Peckham residents successfully resisted the opening of a lap dancing club on Peckham High Street. See the information below, from the New Cross campaign to Stop the Strip. Please pass this on to anyone you know who may not want strip clubs to spread and not on the doorstep of Peckham. Communities need to support each other against this encroachment.


The White Hart Pub is right at the heart of New Cross Gate in an NDC regeneration area. Is this the regeneration we want or need?
The aim of the STOP THE STRIP group is to see an end to the licensing of Lap Dancing clubs in the New Cross area. We believe in the rights of women working in the Lap Dancing industry, and related industries and for them to be treated with respect and dignity. Campaigning against the establishment of this Lap Dancing venue does not constitute an attack against the individual women working there. This is not an anti-sex campaign but rather a campaign by a range of local people who are concerned about the establishment of these clubs in residential areas. We believe our area, New Cross, deserves better. Women working in modelling and sex industries are often treated poorly and their rights often breached. As a group we believe all workers have the right to Unionise and seek support when they are being exploited. We would extend support to any and all women working in the venue.

STOP THE STRIP will work actively on three fronts:
1) Monitor the running and impact of the White Hart in terms of any breach of its licence and the potential growth in criminal activity and particularly crimes against women.
2) Alert local residents to the existence of the club.
3) Actively and vocally campaign against this exploitative establishment.
Evidence suggests that when venues were introduced in Camden, incidence of rape increased dramatically. The image of areas that play host to Lap Dancing venues is broadly negative: New Cross is already battling with negative images. There are many people in the area who feel strongly about this issue and we want to bring everyone together to make our voice heard collectively.



Tuesday, 23 June 2009

Tues 30 June 7.30pm Transition Town Peckham

Climate Change - Food Supply - Energy Supply
how can we in Peckham cope?
what new opportunities are there?
interested in these issues?
Come to an introductory meeting of
Transition Town Peckham
Tuesday 30th June at 7.30pm
The Peckham Settlement
Goldsmith Rd, SE15 5TF
Further information below and from
Dear Peckham/Nunhead [or nearby] resident
A small group of local people wanting to get together to take positive action around climate change, energy and food supply has been exploring the possibility of setting up a Transition Town initiative in Peckham. If you have not heard of a Transition Town and would like to find out more, here is an article that explains the basics:
You may also be interested to hear that Rob Hopkins, the founder of the Transition Movement, has recently become an Observer’s Ethical Award winner. Here he is in a short film

There are already a number of successful environmental groups and activities in place in Peckham. But TTP is a little different, in that its structure allows for the development of a broad range of interest groups – eg food, energy, education, etc. This initial workshop will explain more about Transition thinking and find out local people’s views on taking these ideas further in Peckham. We can discuss what already exists and where there is a need for more action. We have been granted a free meeting slot at 7.30pm on Tuesday 30th June 2009 at the Peckham Settlement,
Goldsmith Road, SE15 5TF. Further details on this and more on the Transition Town concept are also available on the Transition Town Peckham website.

MEETING 30 JUNE 7.30pm
We really hope you will be able to come along and share your views at the meeting on the 30th of June. We hope you will share our excitement in creating a new kind of urban Transition initiative in which Peckham residents of all backgrounds come together to lead the way as a community tackling the challenges of climate change, peak oil and global resource depletion.
Please RSVP Or call 07961 108 849 or 07749 657 665
We look forward to seeing you there!
The TTP Peckham team

Sunday, 21 June 2009

Sun 28 June The Lives of Buildings - an Open House Weekend

walk Sunday 28 June
assemble 1.30pm
walk 2.00 pm
Open House walk Includes Bussey Building and Peckham Rye Station
Meet 133 Rye Lane, SE15
entrance opposite Blenheim Grove
Duration 1+1/2 hours
Led by Peter Frost.
The Peckham Society invites you to join a special Open House weekend walk on Sunday 28th June at 1.30pm in central Peckham.
This weekend, organised by Open House London and English Heritage, celebrates the richness and variety of London's buildings. Discover how buildings live, grow, die and are reborn, what links exist between past and present in London's architecture, why some buildings stand the test of time and how London will look in the future.
The centre of Peckham, around the Bussey building and Peckham Rye station, is a rich example of this story.
The Bussey building is a very expansive historic Victorian factory, now in the emerging Copeland Cultural Quarter. On the tour we will see examples of Victorian, Edwardian, and pre-war architecture, a view over the whole of Peckham and central London, the ultra modern Hannah Barry Art Gallery, the now listed Peckham Rye station, designed by Charles Henry Driver, and now with exciting renovation in the old waiting room. All these buildings are currently changing in some way, reflecting the movement from Peckham's past to the future. We will discuss the economic and cultural potential of that central area, and the possibilities of sustaining and improving Peckham's townscape. For your orientation on the walk, it is worth having a look beforehand at

Other useful background on this central Peckham area can be found at:
26 – 28 June 2009
Celebrating the renewal of London through its architecture. Brought to you by Open House in partnership with English Heritage, the Lives of Buildings is your chance to debate and discover how buildings live, grow, die and can be reborn for the future. This programme includes details of events and activities featuring in the Lives of Buildings programme (26 – 28 June) during the Story of London festival.

come to Denmark Hill Fri midday 26 June

message from SRUG - Southwark Rail Users' Group
You are invited to a rally at Denmark Hill station this coming FRIDAY 26th JUNE at MIDDAY.
It is the official launch of the campaign to save the South London Line train services to London Bridge and Victoria.
The two local MPs Harriet Harman and Tessa Jowell will be there leading the Rally.
Lots of media will be present, so do please come and give your support if you are around at that time. Come and get to know other fellow campaigners!

We hope it will gear up the campaign to the next level. Already there are over 1000 signatures on the petition. But we need thousands more. So we need you to spread the word to fellow rail users, and to carry the petition with you to get signatures.
See here for petition and flyers to print out to take with you on your travels...

A lot has been happening and we will do a round up of news soon. In the meantime we have successfully put pressure on TfL and they now say they will do a review of south London rail services in the next few months. That is just the start of getting this decision to cut services reversed.
See here for summary about the campaign

Tuesday, 16 June 2009

18 June meeting - Warwick Gardens gig for musicians, crafts and arts people

Message from Friends of Warwick Gardens:
THE WARWICK GARDENS MONSTER MUSIC GIG is happening in the last weekend of September 2009. The planning group are now looking for local acts who need a showcase for their talents. Any and all local (Peckham and nearby) musicians are invited to apply for the opportunity to perform live at this free event. We will provide a stage, mics and PA - you provide the talent!
We are also looking for local craftspeople and artists who have something interesting and original to sell and would like to book a stall at what promises to be a big day out for all ages. 
Come along to find out more at our next meeting at: 
South London Tabernacle Church Hall
Bushey Hill Road 
or email us at
This event is being organised by the Friends of Warwick Gardens with funding from the Capital Community Fund. If you would like to get involved in organising or helping to run the event - please come to our next meeting or get in touch with us!

Saturday, 13 June 2009

16 June opening exhibition Hannah Barry Gallery

The latest exhibition from the now internationally famous Peckham's own Hannah Barry Art Gallery opens this next Tuesday 16th June and runs to 5th July. It is in the warehouse next to the historic Bussey building in the emerging Copeland Cultural Quarter, entrance at 133 Copeland Road, SE15 3SN. See invitation below for details.

The Gallery has had a big impact at the Venice Bienalle: see links

Some quotes:

... for the past couple of years I’ve followed the progress of gallerist Hannah Barry and her stable of young artists from their base in Peckham to a recent West End show. And, blow me down, here they were in Venice, with a Peckham pavilion...

... there is an eclectic assortment of new minority groups to boot, ranging from Catalonia through the Principality of Monaco to Peckham in South London, which stands proudly apart from the rest of the British capital, setting up its own mini-empire in an empty shop... TimesOnLine

Venice, glorious city of Titian, Casanova and Vivaldi, has welcomed a new artistic powerhouse into the international fold at the Biennale this week... The Peckham Pavilion at the Venice Biennale is a whitewashed studio the size of a small newsagent’s shop. Although it is outside the official competition it is already attracting appreciative visits from some of the art world’s most influential tastemakers... TimesOnLine
Please join us at the gallery in Peckham on Tuesday 16 June from 6 - 9 pm to celebrate the opening of THE MAKING OF ASHES, James Balmforth's exhibition of four sculptures.
Directions to the gallery can be found on and the exhibition will run until July 5. We hope you can join us.
Hannah Barry Gallery
Unit 9i
Copeland Industrial Park
133 Copeland Road
London SE15 3SN
Tel: +44 7850 639 570

Friday, 12 June 2009

18 June reception art exhibition in Bussey building

You are invited to a new art exhibition at the historic Bussey building
in the emerging Copeland Cultural Quarter, 133 Rye Lane, entrance opposite Blenheim Grove, SE15
Opening reception Thursday 18th June 6.30pm - 9.30pm
Amy Smyth will perform “Suite” at 8pm on the opening night.
Exhibition open 19th June - 24th June, 1pm - 6pm
Details below.
further information
phone: 07947819597 
Press Release 2nd June 2009
"Plagiarise" is an exhibition devised to question originality and newness within fine art.
It is a group show curated by peckham artists Jo Dennis and Dido Hallett
Open 19th June - 24th June, 1pm - 6pm.
Opening reception Thursday 18th June 6.30pm - 9.30pm.
As artists we are informed by art which has come before us; there is no such thing as an original idea. Artists translate and transcode information from one format to another, wandering in geography as well as in history.

Our globalised perception calls for new types of representation: our daily lives are played out against a more enormous backdrop than ever before. Artists traverse a cultural landscape saturated with signs, creating new pathways between multiple formats of expression and communication.

Participating artists are; 
Hannah Alton, Gill Bedson, Jenna Collins, Victoria Deero, Jo Dennis, Dido Hallett, James Alec Hardy, Tanya Kaprielian, Tom Leamon, Gareth Lloyd, Joanna McCormick, Lena Pomford, Richard Somerville, Charlotte Squire, Emma Thompson, Jacqueline Utley, Tisna Westerhof, Gary Whitworth
Amy Smyth will perform “Suite” at 8pm on the opening night.

1st Floor, Bussey Building, 
133 Rye Lane,
SE15 3SN
phone: 07947819597 

Saturday, 6 June 2009

ethical fashion - vols. wanted for student research

Are you 60+ and interested in ethical products? If so, read on...
I'm a Peckham based MA student in Ethical Fashion at the University for the Creative Arts, Epsom. I'm looking for volunteers for a focus group based research for my final project. I'm looking for about 6-8 participants, aged 60+.
The focus of the research is about finding out consumers' perceptions and expectations of organic and fair trade products, particularly cotton. I'm keen to hear the view of the general public aged 60+ who have some interest in this subject area. The session will be about 1.5 hours and there will be group discussion on around 5 questions. I'm planning the session in Peckham at daytime either on the week commencing 15th or 23rd of June (this will depend on the availability of the participants). It will be quite informal and a relaxed discussion. Refreshment will be provided.
I'm more than happy to discuss any further detail. If you are interested to volunteer, please contact me by email 
Many thanks,

Wednesday, 3 June 2009

remember to vote Thursday 4 June

European election candidates: London

BBC Voting guide - All you need to know about Thursday's elections

Sunday 7 June 1- 6pm Open Day: Choumert Sq.

The Open Day that thinks it's a Village Fete!
The annual summer event in Bellenden. All welcome.
A fabulous summer experience, not to be missed.

From The Residents of Choumert Square, SE15 4RE

The National Gardens Scheme 82nd ANNIVERSARY
Garden Open for Charity
- entrance off Choumert Grove, a few minutes from Peckham Rye station,
- one minute from Choumert/Chadwick car park.
Sunday 7 June 1pm - 6pm
Admission £2.50, Child 50p
Tea No Dogs Stalls will include….
* A Gourmet Tombola * Garden Plants * Afternoon Teas
* Wine and Beer * Books DVDs and CDs * Pimms Emporium
* Gift-Cards * Home-Made Cakes to buy * Bric-a-brac
* Face Painting * Art Exhibitions * Live Music
* The Peckham Society

From 1pm to 6pm
Choumert Square, built in the latter half of the 19th Century, presents to the visitor not a Square but a laneway of 46 tiny cottages leading to a communal `walled' garden. The gardens of this secret Southwark street are amongst the tiniest it's possible to tend! They've evolved over some twenty years, triggered initially by a few neighbours' gardening passions that infected the enthusiasm of others. Today the Square gardens uniquely demonstrate how gardening unites a community.

The street is `divided' into a sunny and shady side, and the gardens' eco-climate (and planting) reflect this. Key features are the variety of roses growing in the Square, the mix of trees (including birch, willow, eucalyptus, acer and a dramatic robinia), and a colourful array of perennial border plants and annuals, many home-grown. The garden has been featured on BBC TV (Gardeners' World three times) and on Channel 4, in numerous magazines and national press articles (including BBC Good Homes, Period Living, London Evening Standard, The Sunday Times and The Guardian).
In November 2007 our Square won one of the special 25 `Blooming Fantastic' Awards which the Conservation Foundation bestows on those areas that have brought a Green awareness to corners of London. In August 2008 the Square received the Silver Gilt Award for Best Community Garden, Southwark in Bloom.

The Open Day is primarily about gardens and sharing with others our residents' love of this little corner of the inner city; but it is also renowned for its demonstrable community spirit. Visitors will find themselves invited to sit and partake of a wide variety of refreshments in between purchasing delicious home-baked cakes, artwork, crafts, plants, books and photo mementoes of their visit.

Via wrought iron gates off Choumert Grove. Peckham Rye mainline station is visible from the gates [trains from London Bridge and London Victoria], & buses galore (12, 36, 37, 63, 78, 171, 312, 345) less than 10 mins walk. Car park 2 mins
About 46 mini gardens with maxi-planting in a Shangri-la situation that the media has described as a 'Floral Canyon', which leads to small communal 'secret garden'. Open day has village fête atmosphere with many art stalls and delicious refreshments.
Adm £2.50, child 50p, (share to St Christopher's Hospice) Lunches & Teas
Sun 7 June (1-6).
The National Gardens Scheme:

Tuesday, 2 June 2009

3 June OpenStreetMap in Peckham

Come and help complete the free Open Street Map of central Peckham on the evening of Weds 3rd June!
OpenStreetMap is a completely free map and database for the whole world, created by volunteers in a similar fashion to Wikipedia. The main web site has a nice friendly map that's aimed at:
* pedestrians
* a great cycling version
The level of detail for much of Peckham is already far more useful than Google, Yahoo! and Microsoft maps. Because you can get at the underlying data and it's all 100% free, local residents and community groups can create their own maps in any style, or use the data for any purpose.
Join a crowd of OpenStreetMap volunteers who will be descending on the area to gather the names of roads, the locations of green spaces, pubs, post boxes and more!
More info can be found here
Email Tom Chance: if you're curious but confused!

Monday, 1 June 2009

BIG Music and creative arts Festival - planning mtg 3 June 7pm

After the HUGE success of the DOG DAY AFTERNOON in April, The Friends of Warwick Gardens have further funding to plan, organise and run a BIG Music and creative arts Festival in the park this autumn!
If you are interested in performing, or helping with planning this event please come along to our first planning meeting which will be held on
Wednesday 3rd June 7pm  
at The South London Tabernacle Church Hall Bushey Hill Road.
We want input from as many local residents as possible so please come along to find out more and how you can be involved.

Friday, 22 May 2009

improvements at junctions Rye Lane, Peckham Rye, Nigel Rd, Heaton Rd, Sternhall Lane

Do you ever walk, cycle, use the buses, ride a motor bike, or drive a car through any part of the junctions at the south end of Rye Lane?
If you do, you might be interested to come and see proposals for improving the whole layout. This is an unsafe set of junctions and a great opportunity for users of them to contribute to the design before the formal consultation. See below the Council details of meeting and walkabout next Wednesday 27 May.
If you aim to go, or have any queries, email who is arranging the meeting for the Council.
Invitation from Southwark Council
Dear Stakeholder,
You are invited to attend a design workshop to discuss new proposals for highway, public realm and road safety improvements between Rye Lane (junction with Heaton Road & Sternhall Lane) and Peckham Rye (junctions with Nigel Road and Philip Walk). The meeting will be held on 
WEDNESDAY 27th MAY 5pm-7pm
meeting first at
The CLF Art Cafe
1st Floor Bussey Building
133 Rye Lane
London SE15 3ST
(entrance opposite Blenheim Grove near station)
Southwark Council has joined together funding from recent development contributions with Transport for London's LIP, cycling and road safety budgets to drive forward a large scheme for this important location. Under discussion will be:
•proposed new facilities for pedestrians and cyclists;
•proposed new trees and landscaping;
•proposed changes to traffic operation at the junction of Rye Lane and Sternhall Road; and,
•the proposed redevelopment of the public space outside the Nags Head Pub.

During the workshop you'll be given the opportunity to collaborate with Southwark's engineers and designers, and to help make sure the proposals make the most of this great opportunity to improve the area. The event will start at the above venue, where we can take a look at current plans of the proposals, and then move on to a 'walkabout', where we can discuss the challenges and opportunities of the scheme on site.   
I hope you are able to attend. Please reply letting me know whether you can so that we have an idea of numbers attending.
Kind Regards
Chris Gibney
On behalf of Southwark Council

Wednesday, 20 May 2009

time to get yr. comments in on the PNAAP

Do you have any burning issues about Peckham town centre or your neighbourhood in Peckham or Nunhead? If so this is your great chance to get your views in about them, and the Council has to listen and respond!
The formal date to submit comments on the PNAAP (Peckham & Nunhead Area Action Plan) is Monday 25 May. But there is an extension, if you can't meet that date. They will accept them later if, before 25 May, you email . Just let them know when you aim to get your comments to them.

COUNCIL DOCUMENTS for reference:
- Overview of the PNAAP and the process at:
- Download copy of Future Peckham, the Council's report on the Issues & Options: . The report outlines the Issues & Options that the Council wants your comments on - are there any missing and what do you think of the options?

Central Rye Lane: - Some ideas about options for transforming the area around Peckham Rye station to the to the east and west of Rye Lane can be found here:

Traffic: - This is a big issue for residents and for the commercial future of the town centre. Important to spell out any particular problems you know about, and if you have any ideas on how they might be solved by changing the way traffic moves through and around the town centre.

You can write your responses on the questionnaire at and submit direct on the website, or download and send by email, or by post.
If the questions are too restrictive and you have other things to say, you can write comments on a separate page as long as you put **PNAAP consultation** and your name and address on it, and send it with the form with your various details completed.
If you don't have time to deal with all the questions, look in the questionnaire for the topics and issues you have views on and at least get your views in on those to the Council.
It would be useful to have a cc of your comments including if you have already sent them in. Please email to Peckham Residents' Network:

If you have any queries on the Council's report, or the questionnaire, email Brenda at:
If you have any queries on how residents can approach the issues, email Eileen at:

Tuesday, 19 May 2009

Support the Peckham Saturation Zone extension.

Council proposals for control of licensing in Peckham Town centre
Council arranged meeting
TUESDAY 19 MAY 2009, 7pm - 8.30pm
at the Unity Centre, 37-39 Peckham High Street, SE15 5EB.

The email below from local residents gives information about the Council proposals, and seeks other residents' support for the proposals. A map of the proposed extension is available here . If you live in the current zone, the proposed extension, or in nearby streets, or care about the future of Peckham town centre, you will be interested in this.
------- Forwarded message follows -------
Dear Peckham resident,
Have you ever heard stories of shootings and stabbings at bars and clubs in Peckham? Perhaps you have suffered personally from problems of violent disorder or noise nuisance at or around licensed premises in Peckham. Have you ever wondered why the council doesn't do something about these problems? Well now is your chance to make sure they do, by making your voice heard.
If you live in or around Peckham Town Centre and you believe that the council should have greater powers to combat crime, disorder and nuisance caused by licensed premises in the area, then please act now to support the proposed extension to the Peckham Saturation Zone.
What is the saturation zone?
The Saturation Zone gives the council greater powers to limit the number of licensed premises within the zone.  
The effect of the saturation zone is to factor in the issue of cumulative impact (lots of licensed premises within a concentrated area) when considering license applications within the zone. 
Under the 2003 licensing act, any application for an alcohol or entertainment license should be granted unless it can be demonstrated that it will breach one of the four licensing objectives (prevention of crime & disorder, public safety, prevention of nuisance and prevention of harm to children). 
Within the saturation zone, however, whenever an interested party makes a representation against a new license application, it is down to the applicant to prove that the proposed license will not add to existing problems caused by licensed premises in the area. 
In other words, the default position within the saturation zone is to refuse a license application whenever an objection is raised to it.  
The existing saturation zone has already been used to prevent at least one night club on Rye Lane being given a late-night license. The extension will ensure that residents south and west of the zone are given the same protection.
Does this mean my local pub could be shut down?
No. The saturation zone has no effect on exisiting licenses, only new applications.
But if a license is revoked due to breach of licensing conditions, then any application for a new license at the same premises will be affected by the saturation zone. In effect, this will make it more difficult for problem premises to re-apply for revoked licenses.
What areas are affected?
The current saturation zone stretches from just north of Peckham High Street to Choumert Road/ Bournemouth Rd north-to-south, and from Consort Rd to Sumner Rd/ Bellenden Rd east-to-west. 
The extension will stretch to Talfourd Road/ Lyndhurst Way on the west side and McDermott Rd/ Bernhall Lane/ Heaton Rd on the south side.  
A map of the proposed extension is available at 

How do I make my voice heard?
Download the questionaire on the Saturation Zone extension at and return it to the council licensing department. 
Only those living within the saturation zone area or in surrounding streets are entitled to respond to the consultation.

More details
Full details of the proposed extension are available at 
Saturation zone extension meeting
There is a meeting to discuss the proposed saturation zone extension on Tuesday 19 May 2009, between 7pm and 8.30pm at the Unity Centre, 37-39 Peckham High Street, London SE15 5EB. Call the licensing team on 020 7525 5748 to reserve a place at the meeting.

Who is behind this e-mail?
Tim and Alison Irwin. We live on Peckham High Street and, unfortunately, we have considerable experience of the negative impact badly-run licensed premises and over-generous licensing hours can have on residents' quality of life, having lived near to the M'Balax nightclub on Peckham High Street for 18 months, until it was closed down following a triple shooting. 
We believe the saturation zone extension will help prevent similar problems within the extension area in the future. We can be contacted at
Once again, if this is an issue that concerns you, please visit the Southwark website and make your voice heard. 
Yours faithfully,
Tim and Alison Irwin.