Tuesday, 16 November 2010

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Thursday, 11 November 2010

Consume Peckham - Cinema Wed 17th Nov

Here is a sequel to last year's most popular local film. Don't miss it if you are interested in the future of businesses in Peckham, or the vibrant local social economy we have here, or local film making or other things! Come and enjoy and also support our own local independent Cinema.
This film will satisfy a variety of interests, and is followed by a celebration in our very own Bussey building, which now has a promising lively future.
The Copeland site where the Bussey is, just minutes from the Cinema, has been rescued from a plan to kill it off for a soul-less tram depot (see here for a 2007 article on the meaning of that: http://www.peckhamvision.org/wiki/Croydon_tram_depot )

WEDNESDAY 17 NOVEMBER 6.30 - 8.30 pm
New Film - Consume Peckham: Take 16

Peckham Multiplex
Admission £1.99

9 - 2.30 am

*Consume Peckham: Take 16* comprises sixteen short films focusing on a variety of local businesses. Together they build up an authentic portrait of Peckham’s rich and diverse local economy, as well as questioning how these different cultures are able to live side by side.The filmmakers from Chelsea College of Art & Design have immersed themselves within the community. The aim has been to build relationships and to gain the trust of the businesses whom they are seeking to observe, understand and represent.
From bread production to international shipping logistics; from bespoke fashions to the ever-busy greengrocer; Consume Peckham: Take 16 provides a snapshot of the varied and occasionally bizarre cultural mix that is to be found in South London’s most infamous postcode. See below for film synopses.

| Melange Chocolate

Steven Williams, Sarah Bates, Kate Black
Run by self taught chocolatier Isabella, Melange Chocolate is a passionate addition to Peckham's gastronomic offering. Passing on her trade and talent to the local community through chocolate workshops, her specialist cuisine is made available to those with a keen taste for interesting, sometimes exotic flavours. With previous experience of other cultures and professions behind her; we explore the fusion between Isabella's chocolatier and the growing trade in the cultural melting pot that is Peckham.

| The Greyhound Pub
Joe Mania, Sophie Heath, Louis Yiallouris
The Greyhound is a pub set deep in the heritage of the local community. For locals Peter Hill and Brendon McCann, the pub is a vital part of their day to day lives. Having met thirty years ago in pubs in the surrounding area, the two have seen the community grow and alter around them. Whilst Peter can sing like Elvis and do maths like a mathematician; Brendon's passion lies in deer print shirts and silver belt buckles.

| Born and Bread
Isabel Gibson, Joe Myers, Jack Haslehurst
Born and Bread, a wholesale bakery in London caters for a widespread clientele, from the local delis of the surrounding area, to luxury food hall of Harrods. Exploring the process behind bread production, the documentary sees the varying forms of bread created, catering for all cultural tastes. Following the process from the ground up, this film explores the initial selection of ingredients; through to the mixing process and baking in a traditional wood burning oven. Following the delivery in the early hours of the morning, the bread is seen from preparation to baking; to packaging and delivery.

| Theatre Peckham
Yasameen Noorian, Sam Pavans de Ceccatty, Jessie May Peters
Established in 1985, Theatre Peckham is proud to be celebrating its 25th anniversary his year. Founded under the name New Peckham Varieties, the company has become an inspirational aspect of the community. Currently preparing for their Christmas performances, we follow rehearsals, as well as the variety of classes taught. Budding actors, singers and dancers attend the theatre, making the company a hub for local creativity. The vibrant and imaginative atmosphere found within the theatre is an exciting representation of young, creative arts within Peckham.

| Ryecraft Motors
Simon French, Jon Endres, Elaan Bourn
Ryecraft Motors is a Peckham based automobile workshop established in 1982. This short film document's several days worth of work from mechanic and owner Pete's perspective. Born in Cyprus, Pete was first introduced to automobile mechanics at the age of eight; an honest man who works a manual trade and runs his own business. Coming from a background of long hours, dedication and ambition, Pete and his workshop offers a glimpse into a skill now sadly in decline. 

| The London Chroming Company
Dan Cooper, Joshua Stocker, Frasier Howie, Margarita Young
The London Chroming Company is one of Britain’s last traditional chroming facilities. Based on the Old Kent Road, the company was formed in 1979 by Mike Chamberlain and Phillip Lefelle. Hidden behind a non-descript façade, is an Aladdin's cave filled with car bumpers, grills, panels, and bubbling vats of chemicals. The film gives an insight into a long forgotten craft, most of which hasn’t changed for over a century, along with the personal stories of the individuals working there.

| Peckham Spares
Christian Jeffrey, Veronica Law, Tineshia Johnson
For over thirty years, Peckham Spares has assisted the local community with its mechanical needs. Now owned by Harry, the family run company is crammed with spares and catalogues for every vehicle imaginable. We observe the importance of the company to people within the local community, and see the vibrant personalities who work there. The atmosphere found within Peckham Spares, is a true reflection of the sense of community found in the area.

| Chaz Hairdressers
Didi Blackhurst,  Tom Brushwood
Chaz Hairdressers is one of Bellenden Road's longest running businesses. Alongside his family, the owner George has opened his doors to the locals for over forty years. In an environment where businesses change hands frequently, this small shop has, in an essence, created a sense of community within itself. Any day in George's shop sees a diverse range of clients through it's doors. Alongside the day to day workings of this salon, the film reveals the unusual hobbies he practices on his premises.

| Gisella
Danny Wheeler, Marielle Jay, Chloe Hwang
Gisella is a bespoke fashion boutique based in Peckham Rye, started in 1991 by a mother and daughter. Working by appointment only they have developed a diverse range of clients and projects. Designing and making all their pieces on site the film documents a creative energy at work through a aspirational and unique business. 

| Il Giardino
Andrew Baker, Haobo Chen, Helen Chesner
Eduardo Tello, chef proprietor of Il Giardino tells of humble beginnings and Peckham's culture. Catering for a varied palette, the restaurant creates an eclectic mix of Italian and Peruvian food; with the atmosphere of a Sardinian bistro. Eduardo sees his restaurant as an escape from the reality of urban life, priding itself in its family origins. 

| The Bun House
Sophia Ray, Emil Placheta. Gabrielle Gerard
A traditional family run pub, The Bun House is based on Peckham High Street. With a strong community base this pub brings in an unusual juxtaposition of clientele, regulars of over twenty years sit alongside the youngsters. The once empty back room of the pub is now home to The Bun House Bandits - a group of young graduated artists who put on a monthly exhibition, producing work on site. This documentary delves into this dying breed of old English pub; and how the long term regulars interact with the younger artists infiltrating and changing their familiar surroundings.

| Urban Collections
Joel Baker, Greta Benediktsdóttir, Arwa Al-Balushi
Urban Collections is a small shop tucked away inside Sky Shopping City which caters for the young people of Peckham. What started out as two men selling hats on the street is now a fully fledged shop; still selling hats with jeans, t-shirts, jumpers, music and DVDs too. The welcoming owners use bright colours and loud music in attempt to lure the customer in; acting as a wider metaphor for a business that grabs every opportunity it can. The film considers the vision of two charismatic men whose ambition extends much further than their 5 metre wide establishment.

| The London Car Service Express
Jean Lopes, Ali Coggan, Kelsey Lampman
The London Car Service Express, a well established minicab company based in the heart of Peckham gives us an insight into the local area. We get up close to the inner workings of the business and the relationship between employees and their clients. With over fifty years experience between them, the cab drivers provide the viewer with an insight into the area; relaying personal encounters and personal perspectives on the local people. 

| Ali's Greengrocers
Iona Davis, Natalie Doto, Josh Carpenter
The Greengrocers in Peckham are quiet and unassuming. Take a closer look and you’ll see the vibrancy and passion behind these stalls. This documentary focuses on the richness of the business, from the colours of the fresh fruit, and the relationship between the family members who run it. We observe the day to day workings of the store, and the touching personal relationships formed between a local greengrocer and the customers. 

| Nimba Shipping
Bhav Mistry, Emma Noble, Morgan Winter
Nimba Shipping documents the process of transportation involved in shipping customer's goods from a small yard in Copeland Industrial Park, Peckham, out to Africa. We gain an insight into a service that connects Africa and Peckham physically through trade and logistics. Sarjoh the owner of the organisation along with his staff, friends, customers and passers by expose their working system, and their vital role in serving the community. 

| Neil
Olivia Tytherleigh, Matt Flynn, Jessica Waters
Neil is the proprietor of five small business in Peckham. Through first hand observation of his diverse collection of business and anecdotes from Neil and his staff, this documentary aims to give an insight into those who provide a service for the Peckham community. With a primary focus on the coin operated Laundrette, a communal hub of Peckham; this dated practice is seen as integral to local community life. 

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Peckham future - public events

The next stage of the Council's planning for the future of Peckham is beginning. There will be some formal consultation on their proposals next February. In preparation for this, and following Peckham Vision's successful Town Centre Forum meetings, the Council has organised two preview events to give us a chance to give some early feedback. One is on a Saturday day time and one a weekday evening to maximise the chances people can get there.
For anyone keen on a revitalisation of Peckham, and the town centre in particular, these are excellent chances to make a contribution and become better informed. It is really worth going to one of these events:

- Saturday 27 November 2010,
12.30pm to 3.30pm,
Bussey Building, 133 Rye Lane, SE15
- Tuesday 30 November 2010, 6pm to 9pm,
Bussey Building, 133 Rye Lane, SE15

The Council says: "These will be informal sessions. People may come for part of the time if they wish. There will be displays and information on the key emerging preferred options for the Peckham and Nunhead area action plan (PNAAP). As well as an early opportunity to find out what direction the preferred options are heading in, this is a chance to give initial thoughts and reactions as an input into finalising the preferred options that will be consulted on next year."

Please come to one of these events, and also pass this information on to anyone else you know who lives or uses facilities in Peckham.
To help with the arrangements, if you think you can attend please
RSVP to futurepeckham@southwark.gov.uk

Background information:

Peckham Vision:

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Fri 29th Oct 7pm CLF Art Cafe

see the latest at: http://www.peckhamvision.org

You are officially Invited to a weekend of
FREE Celebratory CLF Launch Events
133 Rye Lane, London SE15 4ST
further info: http://www.clfartcafe.org

Launch event 1
7.00PM - 2.00AM

Free Admission before 11pm / £5 After

Do come and drop in to this celebration of the launch of the CLF Art Cafe, over 3 years of Bussey Building CLF Events and the Official Launch of one of London's leading cutting edge venues.

Come early between 7pm and 9pm when music will be low and background, suitable for hearing each other! So come also and mark the success of Peckham Vision's work to lift our spirits and our sights to what Peckham could become. Just last Saturday the CLF Art Cafe hosted the Peckham Town Centre Forum again and an enthusiastic meeting of people working together across a variety of interests for the future of Peckham. See http://www.peckhamvision.org/wiki/Peckham_Town_Centre_Forum

As many of you know we first started publicising events in the Bussey building in 2005 when we stumbled on the plan to demolish it and the adjacent 7 acre site for the tram depot. Fortunately TfL finally saw sense and concluded that it was the wrong thing to do for this key part of the town centre, and discovered it wasn't the right place for the tram depot anyway (see the report here http://www.peckhamvision.org/wiki/Visions_for_Peckham#Latest_News ).

Over these last few years the Bussey building has revealed its significant potential as part of the burgeoning cultural world in Peckham. You can get a taste of some of this at the celebration this coming Friday and Saturday events in the Bussey building itself at the official launch of the CLF Art Cafe.

The CLF Art Cafe, developed by Mickey Smith, has been the host of many Peckham Vision events over the last few years, and other community events, and now has the permissions it needs to open full time:

from Friday 5th November:
the THE CLF ART CAFE will be open daily for
Opening times:
Tuesday to Thursday midday - 11pm
Friday & Saturday midday to 2am
Closed Sunday & Monday
two launch events this weekend:
Friday 29th October - celebration event
Saturday 30th October Halloween Special event

FULL EVENT INFO: http://www.clfartcafe.org


Doors are open at 7PM, with FREE Jamaican Rum Punch till 8PM, so pls. get there early + help us celebrate over 3 years of Bussey Building Events and the Official Launch of one of London's leading cutting edge venues.


7pm - Late
Free Admission before Midnight / £3 After
music & cinema

133 Rye Lane, London SE15 4ST

from Friday 5th November:
the THE CLF ART CAFE will be open daily for
Opening times:
Tuesday to Thursday midday - 11pm
Friday & Saturday midday to 2am
Closed Sunday & Monday

Saturday, 16 October 2010

Peckham town centre revitalisation

News from Peckham Vision

The Peckham Town Centre Forum has evolved from the work of Peckham Vision and the Rye Lane & Station Action Group. It is bringing together anyone who is enthusiastic and wants to contribute to new thinking and actions to revitalise the town centre.

If you would you like to get actively involved in this work, please email info@peckhamvision.org, so we can link you in.

The Forum's next meeting is on Saturday 23rd October. We will be having a walkabout in the town centre in the morning to work on ideas for improving the street scene, think about the large development sites, and in the afternoon at the meeting discussing those and several other topical issues.

You can see some of the activity, that has led up to this, on the website at

And here are some recent articles commenting on our community initiative:

Let me know if you would like any more information.

Sunday, 19 September 2010

20 Sep 6pm Public Meeting Safety in Peckham

Public safety concerns in Peckham
to address community safety concerns of local people in Peckham after the recent murder and serious assaults in the area.

When: MONDAY 20th SEPTEMBER, from 6pm - 8pm
Where: Wickway Community Hall, St. George’s Way, SE15

* police and council officers will provide an update on the recent local issues including the police investigation
* police and council officers will provide information on where local people can go to get advice, support and help if they have concerns
Police from Southwark borough and the Met's Operation Trident will be attending with officers and councillors from Southwark Council.

please pass this email and info onto anyone who may be interested.
The independent Southwark Police and Community Consultative Group (SPCCG)are hosting and chairing the meeting
Further information from SPCCG at:
email: spccgroup@btconnect.com
phone: 0207 635 6490

Sunday, 12 September 2010

good food & healthy living

News for locals keen on good food & healthy living!
Incredible Edible Todmorden NATIONAL conference in Peckham.
Saturday 9th October 9pm-4pm
at John Donne school, Woods Road, Peckham, LONDON SE15 2SW
For anyone interested in health, food growing, community sustainability or related things;
links to the New Peckham Experiment project.
Further information and booking form from http://www.incredible-edible-todmorden.co.uk see also below.
Dulwich Vegan and Vegetarian Society just launched
for people in East Dulwich & nearby neighbourhoods interested in
environmental and animal welfare & meeting to eat vegetarian / vegan food.
Contact thomasmicklewright@hotmail.com see more info below.

The MONTPELIER PUB has had a revival! - newly refurbished, independent.
43 Choumert Rd on the corner with Costa Street, in the heart of Bellenden:
* fine local ales, organic wines, happy meat & fish
* http://www.themontpelier.net - 0207 635 9483
see also info below.
From Incredible Edible in Todmorden:
NATIONAL conference in Peckham.
Saturday 9th October 9am-4pm

John Donne school, Woods Road, Peckham, LONDON SE15 2SW

Come and hear an uplifting and inspiring story about a Northern town's growing success and what this could mean to us here in Peckham, in Todmorden''s own words - "the home of the world famous Peckham Experiment".
Further information and booking form from: http://www.incredible-edible-todmorden.co.uk
Incredible Edible Todmorden aims to increase the amount of local food grown and eaten in the town. Businesses, schools, farmers and the community are all involved. Vegetables and fruit are springing up everywhere. Public flower beds are being transformed into community herb gardens and vegetable patches.
Listen to thought provoking speakers like Professor Tim Lang. Hear Pam, Mary, Nick and Paul and others talk about being sustainable the Incredible Edible way, and hear the story of IET.

They have been inspired like many people around the world by the Peckham Experiment from 1920s - 1950. Let us, in modern Peckham, honour our history and also be inspired.
From the Dulwich Vegan and Vegetarian Society
The Society is just being set up for people who are interested in the environment and animal welfare. We will soon be meeting up for monthly social events, eating vegan and vegetarian food and discussing these issues and swapping recipes. We will also be holding a stall in East Dulwich to raise awareness about these issues and dish out some lovely free vegan food!
If you are interested in the environment or animal welfare (no need to be vegan or veggie) then please contact: Thomas Micklewright
http://www.themontpelier.net - 0207 635 9483

The Montpelier pub on Choumert Rd has had a revival. It was recently taken over by four friends from South London who know a thing or two about running great pubs. They set the up The Roebuck & The Trinity in Borough 7 years & 3 years ago respectively and through blood sweat & tears have turned them into well loved busy pubs. They've now set their sights on making The Montpelier a truly fantastic local.
The Montpelier will still very much be an independent pub, being run by Neil Watson who's one of the owners. He says
" We had been looking for a pub in this area for a while as one of us lives on Amott Rd and we have many friends around here. We really love the community feel of the area and felt that every community needs a good local pub which it was lacking. When the Montpelier became available we jumped at the chance"

So what will The Montpelier offer? " We know that if we get all the basics right customers will want to come back. So great drinks, sourcing quality local ales, organic wines and decent lagers & ciders. Delicious traditional home cooked food using organic free-range meat, sustainable fresh fish from F.C.Sopers in Nunhead and plenty of vegetarian options. Also great service, with lovely staff who'll always give a smile and genuinely want you to have a great time. "

The Montpelier has had a great refurbishment with an eclectic mix of furniture and feels a lot more homely. The front garden has been done up too and is the best place to get the evening sun. They will be open earlier in the day soon serving brunch and light lunches and there is also a quiz night coming up.
So Neil and the guy's have done the hard work now it's your turn. Come down, try it out and make it your local.

Wednesday, 1 September 2010

Peckham & Nunhead Free Film Festivals 5-12 September

Peckham and Nunhead Free Film Festivals start on Sun 5 September with a screening at the Pioneer Centre (Peckham Experiment).
All events are free and organised by local residents from Peckham and Nunhead. Full details are at www.freefilmfestivals.org but a summary is in the attached e-mail - with links to the individual pages about the events on the website. But these will need to be copied and pasted into yr. browser as too much work to do all the linking here! But you can also get all the info at the website: www.freefilmfestivals.org
Further info from Neil: neil@freefilmfestivals.org

------- Forwarded message follows -------
Peckham and Nunhead Free Film Festivals
Sun 5 - Sun 12 September


Sunday 5 September, 8pm
The Pioneer Centre, Frobisher Place, Peckham SE15 2EE
Rare chance to see archive footage from the Peckham Experiment.
Outdoor screening. Booking in advance required - see website for details

Monday 6 September, 8pm
A guided walking tour of SE15's lost cinemas

Tuesday 7 September, 1pm
Southwark Asian Centre, off Nigel Road, Peckham SE15 4NU
Free screening for over 60s. Booking in advance required - see website for details

Thursday 9 September, 8.30pm
KOYAANISQATSI (Life Out of Balance) (PG)
Centre for Wildlife Gardening, 28 Marsden Road, Peckham SE15 4EE. Outdoor screening

Friday 10 September, 8pm
Nunhead Cemetery, Linden Grove, Nunhead SE15 3LW Outdoor screening

Friday 10 September, 8pm-12.20am
Old Nun’s Head, Nunhead Green Come along after the film in the cemetery

Friday 10 - Sun 12 September
OPEN ART EXHIBITION(with a film theme)
Nunhead Community Centre, opp Nunhead Green (12-5pm daily)

Saturday 11 September, 11am
Buchan Road Community Hall, Buchan Road, Nunhead SE15 3HQ

Saturday 11 September, 2pm
Buchan Road Community Hall, Buchan Road, Nunhead SE15 3HQ

Saturday 11 September, 1-6pm
The Bussey Building, 311 Rye Lane SE15 4ST

Saturday 11 September, 8pm
Peckham Rye (by the cafe), Strakers Road, Peckham SE15 3UA
Outdoor screening

Sunday 12 September, 3.30pm
The Old Nun’s Head, Nunhead Green, Nunhead SE15 3QQ

Sunday 12 September, 7.30pm
The Old Nun’s Head, Nunhead Green, Nunhead SE15 3QQ

Sunday 12 September, 8pm
Frank’s Cafe and Bar, Peckham multi-storey car park roof, Peckham SE15 5HP
Outdoor screening

Please check details at
www.freefilmfestivals.org before attending.

Monday, 30 August 2010

East Dulwich Sat 18 Sep - Meeting People From Different Cultures and Backgrounds

To East Dulwich, SE22 and Peckham Rye lists on the PRN - not all of you in East Dulwich but best we can do on this list!

Meeting People From Different Cultures and Backgrounds
Sharing food and ideas

East Dulwich Community Centre,
46-50 Darrell Road, SE22 9NL
Saturday 18th September 2010
5.30pm -9pm

Entrance by dish or donation

The East Dulwich Community Centre invite YOU to an early Autumn Celebration Discovering different, cultures & communities in East Dulwich Imagine how we could understand each other better, by sharing ideas, music and food.
Please bring a dish representative of your country or your favourite dish to talk about and share, or a song to sing, dance…..

East Dulwich Community Centre,
46-50 Darrell Road, SE22 9NL
Saturday 18th September 2010
5.30pm -9pm
Entrance by dish or donation

For more information contact Kate Start
Email: Kate@ImagineHealth.org.uk

This event is funded by a Community Development grant from Southwark

4th & 5th September events

Some events next weekend, first weekend in September:
SATURDAY 4th September 12 noon till 5pm
Our own local annual Village Fete, run by residents for residents.
For details, scroll down.
SUNDAY 5th September, 8.00pm - 10.00pm,

The Pioneer Centre, St Mary's Rd, London, SE15 2EE.
A rare chance to see archive film & find out what this was all about,
and why it is still important today to Peckham and the world.
For more information scroll down.
SATURDAY 4th September 1.30pm to 5.30pm.

St George's Cathedral Southwark, Westminster Bridge Road, SE1 7HY.
For more information scroll down.
SATURDAY 4th September 12 noon till 5pm.

Fun Races for all the family - egg and spoon, sack races, 3 legged etc
Green gym, Face painting, Friends tea and cake marquee,
Crafts, Books, Plants, Vintage clothes, Charity and many more stalls,
Treasure map, Sparrow project,
Coconut shy, Punch and Judy,
Hog roast, PIMMS TENT, French Cider,
Doggie games
.....all at unbeatable prices!
1 pm - Children's fancy dress competition
2 pm - Fun Dog show

Organised by the residents for the residents of our local community!
Offers for help on the day to FOPRP@aol.com.
Contributions for the stalls books, plants or cakes stalls:
BOOK stall - call 0208 299 2680 for delivery or collection of books.
PLANTS - please leave outside 3 Elland Road, SE15. or call 079 684 16108.
CAKES - home-made cakes etc bring along on the day to the tea and cake marquee. Call 0770 446 3614
We welcome your support and let us all hope the SUN SHINES!!
SUNDAY 5th September, 8.00pm - 10.00pm,

The Pioneer Centre, St Mary's Rd, London, SE15 2EE
Special screening of archive film and reflections on the life of the Peckham Experiment.
This event launches the first Peckham Free Film Festival (www.freefilmfestivals.org).
a celebration of the life of the famous 1920s-1940s Peckham Experiment

In celebration of the 70th anniversary of the opening of the Pioneer Health Centre, you are warmly invited to a special screening of archive footage and reflections on the life of the Peckham Experiment:
Sunday 5th September, 8.00pm - 10.00pm,
The Pioneer Centre, London, SE15 2EE

8.00PM: Welcome, refreshment and reflections
8.20PM: Two films:
* The Story of the Peckham Health Centre: the 1947 film of the work of the centre
* Pool of Information: film documentary by film-maker Jini Rawlings including reflections from Centre members and staff
9.15PM: Refreshments and music from the era

Please bring a picnic blanket and join current residents of the Pioneer Centre and people from Peckham and beyond for a celebration of the work of the Peckham Experiment: the inspiration it has provided over time, and the potential of a New Peckham Experiment to meet a range of contemporary challenges.
RSVP: ruthpotts@gmail.com to say if you are coming.
The Pioneer Centre is two minutes walk from Queens Road Peckham rail station

BACKGROUND see also http://thephf.org
The Peckham Experiment: An experiment in the living structure of society

Between 1926 and 1950 experimental biologists George Scott-Williamson and Innes Hope Pearce developed what was to became known as the 'Peckham Experiment', a pioneering project that set out to make health 'more contagious than disease'. Built around principles of self-organisation, local empowerment, organic farming and a holistic focus on social connection as fundamental to health, the learning from the Peckham Experiment is as relevant today as it was then.
In a time of climate change, the imminent peak and decline of fossil fuels and with levels of inequality in the UK reaching record levels (with negative impacts for all of us), the need for creative, participatory thinking about whole community well-being has never been more necessary. As the Peckham Experiment showed, healthy, equitable, economically resilient and environmentally thriving communities can be cultivated if we work together to make them happen. 70 years after the purpose-built Pioneer Health Centre opened, the legacy of the Peckham Experiment echoes through community initiatives around Peckham and beyond.
SATURDAY 4 September from 1.30 to 5.30pm.
Amigo Hall, St George's Cathedral Southwark, Westminster Bridge Road, SE1 7HY.

A conference getting to the heart of local democracy
Tell the Council how to improve Southwark's Council Assembly, your local parliament. They want you to tell them how you would like to get involved in the debates and decisions on issues such as housing, transport and schools.
You are invited to a community engagement conference
http://southwarkcouncil.createsend1.com/t/r/l/cdjthd/hyirxlid/r ,
hosted by Southwark's democracy commission
at Amigo Hall, St George's Cathedral Southwark, Westminster Bridge Road, SE1 7HY
on Saturday 4 September from 1.30 to 5.30pm.
There will be a keynote speaker and lots of opportunities to meet councillors, talk to other active citizens and for you to ask questions and give your views.

Southwark Council's democracy commission is aiming to bring the council closer to its residents, making it more accountable to them and more connected with their concerns. It was established in July this year and is made up of seven councillors.
For more details, to ask questions about the democracy commission or give your views
go to www.southwark.gov.uk/democracy
email democracy@southwark.gov.uk or
phone Julie Timbrell on 020 7525 0514.

Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Camberwell Village Hall - planning application

To the Camberwell list of PRN
for your information, In case you are not yet aware of this campaign:

For a summary of the issues and the campaign, see the website http://www.camberwellvillagehall.com and click on the links at the top of the page.
Latest news from the Campaign is:
The House of Praise have made no attempt to engage with the community and have made no guarantees that the building will be available for community use outside of the church's own activities.
They have said that they hope to have at least 850 people for each Sunday service, and that about a third of the people arriving will come by car. However, there is provision for at least 1500 seats so that could equate to a lot of cars coming and going for each service (around 450). And with less than 50 car parking spaces available, that's a lot of people looking for somewhere to park.
In addition there is no evidence that it will benefit the local economy and they expect people to come from all over London.

You can still sign the petition To do so, click on the link below.
And you can still send letters to the planning department about .
* Amenities and Regeneration
* Transport and Noise
* Consultation and the Arts in Camberwell
see website for information http://www.camberwellvillagehall.com

Sunday, 22 August 2010

Bussey music+bar-b-q on the Panoramic roof, + PeckhamPlex charity film

Some events in Peckham town centre next weekend:

CLF Weekender 2010 free August Bank Holiday weekend festival
Saturday 28th August 4pm - 10pm on the Bussey building roof
Friday + Saturday 9pm - late on floors 1+2
Venue: The CLF ART CAFÉ, 133 Rye Lane
Admission: FREE
see further information below.
28th AUGUST 12noon
at PeckhamPlex Cinema, Rye Lane
Tickets £3.99 Available from the box office or www.peckhamplex.com
see further information below.


a chance to experience the fabulous panoramic experience on the Bussey roof on Saturday 28th August, five years after we first heard it was to be demolished for the tram depot. Now the threat has gone completely as TfL discovered it was in fact the worst site for the tram depot. - see http://www.peckhamvision.org/wiki/Bussey_Building
Dates: Friday August 27th + Saturday August 28th
Times 1: Fri August 27th 10pm to 5am
Times 2: Sat August 28th 4pm - Late

Address: 1st, 2nd, 5th floors The Bussey Building
133 Rye Lane, London SE15 4ST
Admission: FREE

On level 5 The PANORAMIC ROOF offers one of the best views of London anywhere in the capital, and will be -
serving up the best in local live music,
great food with award winning Jamaican Jerk SKA-B-Q,
CLF Cocktail bar [Jamaican rum punch, moujitos + more]
Interactive DJ exploration on levels 1 + 2
And, best of all, the CLF WEEKENDER is 100% ADMISSION FREE!

For Info, updates and footage of past projects + info on future events, visit:

arranged by PeckhamPlex Cinema for Heal the World for Children
at our very own independent Peckham Cinema

28th August 2010 marks the weekend in which the late Michael Jackson would have celebrated his 52nd birthday. In honour of this occasion, PeckhamPlex Cinema is screening the movie Moonwalker. All proceeds from the ticket sales will be donated to Heal The World For Children, a not-for-profit organisation that provides benefits and events for sick and underprivileged children in the local area.

For more information please visit: peckhamplex.com or healtheworldforchildren.org

28th AUGUST 12noon Tickets £3.99
Available from the box office or www.peckhamplex.com

Monday, 16 August 2010

Rye Passage Fri 20 Aug 2.30pm

Improvements to Rye Passage: a celebration
Friday 20 August 2.30pm
in Rye Passage near the Peckham Rye end
If you are around, do come and join us to celebrate the completion of phase one of the Rye Passage improvements.

As you walk along Nutbrook Street in the direction of Peckham Rye and pass Anstey Road, you come to a road sign saying Troy Town and a passage way called Rye Passage.
The Troy Town road name plate is all that is left of some Victorian terraced houses bombed during the second world war, and now occupied by the senior residential home formerly called Wilkinson House and now Cherrycroft. We think also that what is now Dewar Street was also called Troy Town originally. To confuse matters further about names, in 1952 after the war, the new block of flats built by Camberwell Housing Association for the elderly between Rye Passage and Nigel Road was named Troy Town flats.
Rye Passage runs alongside and between the boundaries of Cherrycroft and Troy Town flats, and crosses the end of Relf Road, and comes out opposite the Rye Hotel, at the northern triangle of Peckham Rye between East Dulwich Road and Nigel Road.

It has a very long history as a public right of way before the houses and streets were built in the 19th century. Now it provides a lovely oasis from traffic in the hurly burly of the surrounding roads, as well as a very important pedestrian route between Peckham Rye and the surrounding area to the west.
For many years the part of the Passage, which is near the join with the path coming from Dewar Street, has been a mess with corrugated iron, deteriorating fences, rubbish dumping, a blind corner which people could hide behind and anti social behaviour of various obnoxious sorts.
During the Bellenden Renewal Scheme (1997-2007), local residents suggested improvements to Rye Passage, especially to remove the blind spots caused by the line of the fences. But we were unsuccessful in getting it into the programme. However, we successfully applied for funding from the council's Cleaner Greener Safer initiative, for which we are very thankful.

Phase one has now been completed by the Council. In agreement with the Camberwell Housing Association, there is a new fence and gates along the Troy Town flats boundary, and new gates at the entrance from Relf Road to stop car parking which was the source of some of the anti-social behaviour. Phase 2 will create improved visibility through the design of the fence on the other side of the passage once the Japanese Knotweed in the Cherrycroft garden has been eliminated.
Public safety has already been boosted, and the appearance of the area substantially improved. See the pictures in the attached poster, and also at http://www.bellenden.net/category/road/rye-passage The dream we always knew was possible is slowly taking real shape.

For further information contact: Eileen
Bellenden Residents' Group (BRG) http://www.bellenden.net

Thursday, 5 August 2010

Memories campaign for the re-opening of Dulwich Leisure Centre Sept 2010

Have you ever used the Dulwich Baths in East Dulwich Road, opposite Goose Green? It was opened in 1891 so there will be people living in Peckham and nearby, or known to people living here, who have used it during the many years in the last century. If you have elderly neighbours do ask them if they have any memories of it. It is reopening, fully refurbished for this next century, in September. People with memories and stories of the pool are invited to speak to Julie Vindis asap.
See information below.
Her contact details are:
email: Julie.Vindis@southwark.gov.uk
phone: 07973 753014
In the run up to the re-opening of the Dulwich Leisure Centre in September I am putting together a 'Memories' campaign.

I am very keen to speak with anyone that has memories of using the Dulwich Baths since it opened on 25 June 1891.  For example:
a) Celebrations held at the baths - weddings, christenings or historical announcements
b) War time use of the baths
c) Use of the first and second class pools and washing facilities
c) Olympic training/ Guinness Book of Record attempts, swimming galas or something else perhaps covered by the media of its time?
I would be delighted to speak with people if they believe they are the longest user of the swimming baths, or have used it for a quirky reason other than swimming!

The reason for this request is that the best archive footage, photos, stories, people I can pool together (sorry about the pun!) I will be sharing with local TV, radio and the press in the run up to the re-opening and indeed well after. So please send me an email with your story and contact details and will be back to you within 24 hours or sooner. A picture says a 1000 words, so if you have a photo, old newspaper or even footage to support your story then that would be brilliant! You can contact me at: julie.vindis@southwark.gov.uk

I have to move rather quickly with this campaign and have all my editorials ready by early September, so please don't delay if you've got a story to share then send it over as soon as possible. Ask family and friends that used to live nearby, local residents, local historians - anyone with a smashing story to tell!
Best regards
Julie Vindis, Stakeholder Communications Manager
Investing in Leisure Programme - Southwark Council
3C/D21 160 Tooley Street, SE1 2TZ
07973 753014

Saturday, 31 July 2010

Peckham and Nunhead free film festivals

New website is launched for the Free Film Festivals in Nunhead and Peckham in September. See http://www.freefilmfestivals.org and more information below.
Peckham and Nunhead free film festivals

'Free Films Festivals' is a community group formed in 2010 to promote free film screenings in neighbourhood venues.
This September we're launching our first two free film festivals with a great series of films and film-making workshops across London SE15 - all free. For more information and developing film programmes see: http://www.freefilmfestivals.org
There will be free outdoor films on Peckham Rye, Nunhead Cemetery and the Centre for Wildlife Gardening in Peckham. Plus great films at a host of other venues in SE15 and free film-making workshops too.
Details of all the screenings are still being finalised so all films and venues and subject to changes at this stage.

The best way to keep in touch is to subscribe to our e-mailing list: http://www.freefilmfestivals.org/subscribe.html Your details will not be given to anyone else or used for any other purposes.

Why not start off by voting for the film you want to see at the Nunhead Cemetery screening on Friday 10 September. Just use the buttons on the home page to select from the three films. http://www.freefilmfestivals.org

And if you'd like to organise a screening as part of the festival (or even organise your own free film festival elsewhere in the country) we'd love to hear from you.

Further information

Tuesday, 27 July 2010

email from Burgess Park Action Group - 31 July deadline for further comments

As mentioned in the earlier email with the Council's letter, here below is the email from the Burgess Park Action Group.
Further information from: Burgess Park Action Group: contact@3acorns.co.uk

Dear Southwark Resident
Many thanks to those of you who have helped in so many ways over recent weeks. Following very wide community objections to various aspects of the LDA masterplan produced for Burgess Park 6 weeks ago, the council has modestly revised the plans, dropping some of the proposals.

The revised proposals are on the council's website and the deadline for responses to this new proposal is this Friday, 30th July. The email address is des.waters@southwark.gov.uk

BPAG has drafted a letter that you might like to base your responses on, following consultation on our Facebook Page. Please feel free to adapt or personalise as you see fit. The text is below. If you could get an email in, we would be very grateful.

Many thanks
Donnachadh McCarthy
Burgess Park Action Group
To: Southwark Council's Burgess Park Project Board

Dear Des Waters
Re: Consultation on latest proposals for Burgess Park

Thank you for re-opening the consultation period for the proposals for Burgess Park and agreeing already to some modifications following concerns expressed by many local resident and amenity groups.

I would like to express my support for the following:
1/ Improving the Walworth Road entrance but would ask that you do not remove the healthy mature trees in this area.
2/ Proposed removal of derelict roads at New Church Road, Neate Street, Calmington and Longcroft etc
3/ Abandoning the £1 million plan to rip up the canal avenue and move it 3 meters to the north and to save the 180 cherry trees.
4/ The decision not to bulldoze the landscaped area to the north of the Wells Way Library.
5/ The decision not to destroy the western one of the two wooded hills at the western end of the lake.
6/ The decision to preserve the central wildflower meadow following your decision to locate the BMX track elsewhere.
7/ The decision to preserve all of the woodland clumps along St Georges Way.
8/ The decision not to proceed with the massive and expensive expansion of the lake to bisect the park to the south.
9/ The expansion the New Church Road wildlife area.
10/ Planting of new trees
11/ The use of a borehole to use aquifer water to fill the lake rather than tap-water as at present.
12/ The repair of the current lake and installation of nesting islands.

Things I Would NOT like to see in final master plan or Phase 1
1/ I do not want to see you bulldoze a new wide path along a straight line from Old Kent Road to St George's Church through lake and destroying two wooded wildlife areas. I see nothing wrong with the lovely meandering path there currently and fail to see the purpose of spending £200,000 on this pointless proposal.
2/ Oppose completely the proposal to bulldoze all of the existing Old Kent Road entrance and would prefer to instead to see some limited modest refurbishment.
3/ I do not want to see the central playground bulldozed on Wells Way and started from scratch on Albany Road. Please instead refurbish the current playground.
4/ I do not support the bulldozing of the beautiful glade opposite Bath House and the hill adjacent to it.
5/ I do not support your proposal to bulldoze entire mound from Bath House to Lime Kiln to Albany Road, including the woodland and cycle track.
6/ Please do not bulldoze the cycle track.
7/ I do not want the creation of 100,000 (down from 120,000), 60,000, 15,000, 20,000 and 5,000 events areas, now totalling 200,000 instead of 220,000 for largest events, as detailed in the events map in the master-plan.
8/ I would like to see the protection of a pathway from Southampton Way to Portland Street.
9/ I do not want to see removal of between 200- 600 existing trees.
10/ I do not want to see destruction of 3 existing woodland areas (the one adjacent to the cycle track mound, by western border of the lake and by the 3 meter path through the bird nesting lake by the northern lake boundary).

In addition to the above I would like to see the following positive things added to project:
1/ Please refurbish the major play area on Wells Way rather than bulldoze it
2/ Add at least a thousand new trees and improve and expand wildlife areas and links between wildlife areas of the park
3/ Complete the integration of the cleared MOL sites along New Church Road into the park.
4/ install proper entrance at Southampton Way which is a very well used but ignored entrance to the park.
5/ Provide funding to make the park an Eco-park i.e. energy efficiency, renewable heat, renewable electricity, on-site composting, recycling, elimination of pesticide use, rainwater-harvesting, borehole etc
6/ Use the money proposed to be wasted on bulldozing of hills and woodlands and OKR entrance on prioritising in Phase 1, the installation of satellite play for various communities around the park

I look forward to seeing your latest plans further improved and hope the council will continue to work to repair and improve the existing park, rather than as in the original LDA masterplan bulldoze so much of the park and starting again.

Yours sincerely,
A. R. Resident

Burgess Park - latest news from Council - 31 July deadline for comments

I have been asked by the Council to send you the latest news from them on how they have responded to recent concerns about Burgess Park, and which I circulated earlier through this email list. They point out that they can continue to receive comments on the latest developments until 31st July.
So it seems reasonable and sensible to send this latest information. I have also been asked by the Burgess Park Action Group to circulate further information from them which I will do in a separate email.

I try hard to avoid overburdening this email list and so apologise for such a lot of information in a short space of time on one topic. But once this flow started it seemed right to complete it.

EC - distributor and manager for the PRN informal voluntary email list
From: Miller, Ruth
Cc: Waters, Des; Towers, Rebecca
Sent: Wed Jul 21 17:10:21 2010
Subject: Sent of behalf of Councillor Hargrove regarding Burgess Park


Dear Resident

Throughout July we've been gathering further views on the latest proposals for Burgess Park, and incorporating them with the extensive consultation we've been doing over the last 16 months (more than 25 events and over one thousand responses in various forms). Some proposals have been supported, but there are others you are unhappy with, and we have listened to you.

Public meeting on 20 July
At a public meeting on 20 July the council set out what it had heard from this consultation and the possible changes to address these, in the first part of the £4.5m project.

The meeting was well attended, with lively debate and strong views. A great many of the people there were supportive of the revisions, many saying they were happy with how the council has listened, and the changes we've incorporated. These are set out below.

I also provided, and repeated, my complete reassurance that there is no proposed amphitheatre at all in the plans for the park.

Proposals outlined at the meeting
We think there is general agreement on converting redundant roads to park, improving entrances and boundaries , improving accessibility and footpaths, planting new gardens at St. George's Way, introducing a play area for older children, and installing new signage, seating, litter bins, and new railings and so we propose these should go ahead.

However, there were mixed opinions on areas such as biodiversity and sports provision, location of play and adventure areas, when to improve the lake, and whether to do the canal, and as a result we have made some changes.

We will now not be removing the trees along Canal Walk, St George's Way and Cobourg Road, we will not be reinstating the canal, we will not be filling in the underpass and we will not be expanding the sport hub, among others.

For a full list of the elements that we propose to keep, and changes we propose to make, in the plans, click on this web page:

Extra Funding
The council will also continue to seek more funding for more improvements, which will be carried out alongside the revitalization project work. These works are food growing areas near the Surrey Canal Walk, outdoor gyms and local play areas and a national standard BMX track.

Consultation opportunities
Don't forget, you still have a chance to give us your thoughts, and we'd welcome your feedback not only on the plans, but on these recent proposed changes we've made. You have until July 31 to give us your views on the above, as well as the opportunity to give your views when the planning application of the project is submitted, later in the year.

I'm passionate about making sure we make the most of this opportunity - chances like this come around only once in a generation, and I'm determined to see that we make the most of it. With your help we can make sure this project is a success, and we can make the park something that the whole borough can be proud of. I'm grateful for the time and energy that everyone has shown in getting involved in this project, and I look forward to seeing the huge improvements these changes will bring to Burgess Park.

Councillor Barrie Hargrove, cabinet member for transport, environment and recycling at Southwark Council.

Further information from:
Ruth Miller
Burgess Park Project Manager
Southwark Council
Environment & Housing Dept
Public Realm Division
PO Box 64529
London SE1 5LX
07967 662 495

Sat 31 July Peckham Power event

Peckham Power invites you to its next meeting:
Saturday 31 July
at Bellenden Old School
, 165 Bellenden Road, Peckham, SE15 4DG
All are welcome.
From 1.00pm bring and share light refreshments
2.00pm meeting with two topics

Further details below. For further information:
email info@peckhampower.org, or
phone and leave a message on 020 7617 7650.
Peckham Power is a local, community-led energy infrastructure project, with the aim of helping people to use and generate energy sustainably, whatever their income.
The Peckham Power members' event on Saturday 31 July will be at Bellenden Old School, 165 Bellenden Road, Peckham, SE15 4DG, between 1-5pm  All are welcome.
1.00pm bring and share light refreshments
2.00pm meeting with two topics:

practical presentation and answer and question session on domestic loft insulation from Peckham Power trustee Jack Kelly, and local architect Clyde Watson who has many years' experience of working with housing associations and on other properties.
discussion of what you want from Peckham Power and Peckham Power's future irections. For instance, what are the energy needs you have right now that you want help with?

If you have ideas for what you'd like to see Peckham Power doing but can't get to the meeting, please send them to us either
email info@peckhampower.org, or
phone and leave a message on 020 7617 7650.

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday 31 July,
Best wishes,
Jack, Gordon, Anna, Clyde and Lesley
part of the Peckham Power team

Sunday, 25 July 2010

Bellenden Road Nature Garden opening 1st August

The Centre for Wildlife Gardening invites you to the official opening of the Bellenden Rd Nature Garden, opposite Highshore Rd school, at the Peckham High Street end of Bellenden Road.
On Sunday 1st August between 11am - 3pm
ribbon cutting at 11am by Cllr Mark Glover .

The Bellenden Road Nature Garden is a peaceful haven promoting wildlife gardening in an urban setting and will provide an opportunity for nature study by local children

All invited to celebrate the opening of the garden and participate in activities for all the family including:
Minibeast hotel making
Planting activities
Face painting
Cake and refreshments
London Wildlife Trust has been creating a small urban community wildlife garden in Peckham. The Bellenden Road Nature Garden has been developed on the site of a former tree nursery and has recently undergone extensive re- landscaping with the aid of a grant from Southwark Council's Cleaner, Greener, Safer fund.
The Nature Garden opens on 1st August and will promote environmentally friendly and sustainable wildlife gardening practices to the wider public and provide an opportunity for nature study by local schools.
The garden has a variety of mini- habitats including native broadleaf hedgerow with emergent trees, mature broadleaf trees, Stag Beetle loggery, and wildflower borders. Features include a grassy central social mound with sleeper benches, wheelchair accessible path, raised flower beds, standing tree trunk sculpture, minibeast village and pergola for climbing plants.
The Bellenden Road Nature Garden has been established for education and amenity purposes for local schools, community groups, and for residents and workers to use and enjoy. The site is situated opposite Highshore School, a special secondary school for children of mixed needs.
Throughout the planning and development stages of the garden the London Wildlife Trust worked in consultation with students from Highshore School to generate ideas for the main features of the garden.
The garden will be open to the general public and accessible to all. Its appeal is as a relaxing and peaceful haven in the midst of a busy and built up area, where members of the community can undertake quiet recreation and environmental studies. Local schools, residents and volunteers will be involved in further development of the garden.

Further information from:
Ashley White
Conservation Projects Officer Southwark
Centre for Wildlife Gardening
28 Marsden Road
London, SE15 4EE
Tel: 020 7252 9186
Email: awhite@wildlondon.org.uk

Do one thing to create a wildlife and climate friendly garden
Make your pledge at www.wildlondon.org.uk/gardening
London WildlifeTrust - Protecting London's wildlife for the future.

The London Wildlife Trust is part of a network of 47 local Wildlife Trusts across the UK, working under the umbrella of The Wildlife Trusts Partnership, the UK's leading conservation charity dedicated to wildlife protection.

Saturday, 24 July 2010

29 July film: brave & visionary women who demanded peace for Liberia

See below an invitation to a community event for everyone of any faith and none to a screening of an award-winning documentary on
Thursday, July 29th from 7pm-9pm
All Saints Church, Blenheim Grove, Se15.

More information below about the screening, and about the film at http://www.praythedevilbacktohell.com/v3/
Women for Women International
In association with
All Saints Church, Peckham
Presents a special screening of

You're Invited!
29th July from 7pm-9pm at All Saints Church, Peckham
Blenheim Grove, Peckham, London SE15 4QS


Gini Reticker o USA 2008 o 1h12m o DVD o 15

Join us on Thursday, July 29th from 7pm-9pm at All Saints Church, Peckham for a screening of the award-winning documentary Pray the Devil Back to Hell followed by Q & A and discussion.
Pray the Devil Back to Hell is the gripping account of a movement of brave and visionary women who demanded peace for Liberia, a nation torn to shreds by a decades-old civil war.
Click here to watch the trailer. http://www.praythedevilbacktohell.com/v3/

For more Info contact:
T: 020 7922 7765 M: 077 8885 3677

Saturday, 17 July 2010

23-25 July Blenheim Grove Open Studios

Invitation below from the artists and creative enterprises under the Arches in Blenheim Grove, SE15 - another cluster of creative enterprises in Peckham town centre. See Http://www.peckhamvision.org/wiki/Peckham_Town_Centre and click on 'vibrant artists communities'

Summer Open Studios in Peckham

Before you rush away on your vacations come along to see a curiosity of new works by the artists, ceramicists, sculptors, jewellers and makers at the Arches, Blenheim Grove.
Loraine Rutt, Laura Moreton-Griffiths, Debbie Randall, Roy Middleton, Georgina Corrie, Jane Muir, Cathy Hart, Carolyn Tripp, Eunice de Pascale, Catherine McLeod, Sam Hills and others, open their studios to the public over the first weekend of the summer holidays.

PV Friday 23 July - 6pm to 9pm
Open Saturday 24 July and Sunday 25 July - 12 to 6pm

Arch 191 Blenheim Court
48-50 Blenheim Grove, London SE15 4QL
(tucked away in the arches under Peckham Rye Station,the other end of Blenheim Grove from Bar Story)
more information from:
40c Grove Park
London SE5 8LG
Mobile  +44(0)79 4978 5118


Saturday, 10 July 2010

Area10 Arts Space in Peckham Urgently Needs Your Support

The big historic warehouse Eagle Wharf, behind Peckham Library, used to be the home of Whittens Timber and was at the end of the canal that came all the way to the heart of Peckham, until 1972. The warehouse is now the home of Area 10 Arts Space, which has played a key role in developing creative enterprises in Peckham. The Council propose to sell the building for commercial development. A strong campaign to seek a change in the Council's plans is now under way. See below for details and here http://www.savearea10.org to sign the petition.
Further information from:
Dimitri Launder email.  dimitri.area10@googlemail.com
Lina Jungergård email.  jungergard@gmail.com
Area10 Arts Space in Peckham Urgently Needs Your Support

Area10 is calling out for support to help save and develop Peckham’s largest arts and performance space. Area10 and its associated artists have been in the warehouse space behind Peckham Library for the past eight years, and have developed it into one of the most exciting arts spaces in London. Along with studio and rehearsal space for artists, they host and organise a wide variety of international art exhibitions, workshops, performances, an audio-visual lab, and other collaborative events.

Area10 has recently been informed by the Council that they do not intend to renew the lease beyond the 15th July. Its artists have been given just two weeks to find and secure new premises, transport all artworks, and terminate all events in Peckham. The venue is much loved by local people, and has helped over 4,000 artists, local organisations and community groups. It has brought audiences in excess of 35,000 to Peckham, boosting local businesses and helping to make Peckham a vibrant and creative area.

The organisation has been fund-raising for repairs and improvements to the building, which would help transform it into a world-class arts space, and was aiming to work closely in consultation with local residents to achieve this ambition. However, the Council has indicated that financial pressures may mean it has to sell the building to private developers for demolition and redevelopment.

Termination of the lease will mean all future workshops, events and exhibitions will need to be cancelled, including partnerships with Battersea Arts Centre, the Thames Festival, Edinburgh Festival, London Design Week, Jeunes Talents du Cirque and the Wallis Gallery, . The organisation has helped bring significant investment into the local area through grants, arts funding, visitors and in-kind support, and this investment will also cease. So too will its education partnerships with The Royal College, Goldsmiths, University of the Arts, Camberwell College, London College of
Communication, Wimbledon, Central St.Martins, and the educational opportunities it gives to many young and unemployed people in the area.

Do you think Peckham should have its own inspirational arts space, instead of having the building replaced with high rise flats or another supermarket?

If so, please sign our Call for Support at http://www.savearea10.org  and add your comments – whether you have enjoyed events at Area10, participated in workshops, or just want to see Peckham retain this exciting and vibrant arts space.

It would also help us if you have time to write to your local Councillors and MPs giving your support for saving Area10, and asking the Council to work with the organisation to develop it into a long term arts and performance space that Peckham can be proud of:

Peter.John@Southwark.gov.uk, harmanh@parlament.uk, 
Veronica.Ward@Southwark.gov.uk, Fiona.Colley@Southwark.gov.uk, 

To see the kind of activities Area 10 hosts and supports, click the gallery at the bottom of the website - http://www.savearea10.org

Press Contacts
Dimitri Launder
mob.  079 7356 8357
email.  dimitri.area10@googlemail.com

Lina Jungergård
mob. 079 4647 6257
email.  jungergard@gmail.com

Wednesday, 7 July 2010

Burgess Park developments

Further to the news about local concerns on the plans to develop Burgess Park, the council is holding some consultation and drop-in events. These are:

* 8 July - walkabout and workshops, 6pm, Burgess Park sports club
* 10 and 11 July - walkabout and workshops, 10am to 4pm, Chumleigh Gardens
* 20 July - public consultation event, 5pm to 7pm, Thurlow Lodge, 1 Thurlow St, London, SE17 2US
* 31 July - consultation feedback drop in session, 10am to 4pm, Chumleigh Gardens
* You can also drop in to the Chumleigh Gardens café to see the plans for the park and leave your comments in the comment book there, or email ruth.miller@southwark.gov.uk.

You can read more:
* about the plans at www.southwark.gov.uk/burgesspark.
* at www.southwark.gov.uk/info/200280/burgess_park_transformation/1719/latest scroll to the end of that page and click on:
* Response to Burgess Park Action Group consultation
* Frequently asked questions
The full letter from the Council is below.
You may have heard recently in the local press and on television about plans for the redevelopment of Burgess Park. The council would like to take this opportunity to tell you directly about the next steps involved in unlocking the potential of the borough's largest green space.

For too long Burgess Park has been 'unfinished' and in the past improvements have been piecemeal and without a coherent vision. In December 2008, members of the public shared their ideas on how to improve Burgess Park through consultation and a Facebook campaign and helped support our bid to the GLA for money to invest in the park. In March 2009 it was announced that Burgess Park had won £2m from the Mayor of London, and it received a further £4m in match funding from the Aylesbury New Deal for Communities.

Since then Southwark Council's parks team has been busily working to turn the £6m into visible improvements to one of London's most deserving open spaces, extensively consulting with community groups and partners. Between May and October 2009 we ran a design competition for the park, and members of the public were invited to meet the two shortlisted designers, see their plans and ask questions. Based on residents' feedback, LDA Design was awarded the contract. In March the designs were sent out for public comment. The proposals you see now have been shaped by those comments and suggestions - there have been over 20 events, meetings and workshops since last December involving over 600 local people, plus a dedicated Facebook group.

We believe the development is an amazing opportunity to realise the full potential of Burgess Park. The plans to date propose: An increase in the amount of green space in the park for residents to enjoy The creation of new children's play facilities
A new café in Chumleigh Gardens Improvements to the lake and sports facilities
A safer park - improved entrances, redundant roads removed and a new path network created A park with richer and more diverse habitats, supporting existing biodiversity and helping new wildlife flourish

We are considering the environment at every stage of the project. Any trees, shrubs and lighting that are removed will be replaced elsewhere and land moved will be used to create new features elsewhere in the park.

The latest plan is not set in stone - there is still time for you to have your say on the future of the park, before any plans are finalised. We will also be providing you with a range of options for the phase one works, as well as the costs for each option. This will allow you to see the choices available. Throughout July we will be holding events where you can drop in and talk to someone about the plans: 8 July - walkabout and workshops, 6pm, Burgess Park sports club 10 and 11 July - walkabout and workshops, 10am to 4pm, Chumleigh Gardens 20 July - public consultation event,
5pm to 7pm, Thurlow Lodge, 1 Thurlow St, London, SE17 2US 31 July - consultation feedback drop in session, 10am to 4pm, Chumleigh Gardens. You can also drop in to the Chumleigh Gardens café to see the plans for the park and leave your comments in the comment book there, or email ruth.miller@southwark.gov.uk.

You can read more about our plans to transform the park at www.southwark.gov.uk/burgesspark.
We have included a set of 'frequently asked questions' at http://www.southwark.gov.uk/info/200280/burgess_park_transformation/1719/latest_developments/3. And the council's response to a set of comments from Burgess Park Action Group is also available at http://www.southwark.gov.uk/info/200280/burgess_park_transformation/1719/latest_developments/2

We are aware that the park plays an important role in residents' lives. This plan may not reflect everyone's personal view but we are committed to including as many ideas and suggestions as we can, in order to meet the majority's needs. Your views are valuable in finding the best plan.

I'd like to thank you for your input and your future involvement during the consultation, in what is an extremely exciting scheme and one that will release the full potential of one of London's most important parks.

Councillor Barrie Hargrove
Cabinet member for transport, environment and recycling Southwark Council.

Monday, 5 July 2010

Sun 18 July The Big Lunch in a street near you!

Hi - this is relevant for you wherever you live

The Big Lunch is happening again for the second year – on SUNDAY 18th July. It is a national one- day get together with your neighbours. It can be anything from a simple lunch to a full-blown street party with DJs and lots of food and drink.

More information from: http://www.thebiglunch.com/what-is-the-big-lunch/index.php You just have to type in your own postcode, and it will show you where the nearest Big Lunch parties are to you.

The first year, in 2009, there was just one in the Bellenden area, in Bellenden Road. This year there are several more see here for the latest list: http://www.bellenden.net/biglunch See here for some pictures and reports from last year: http://www.bellenden.net/category/road/bellenden-big-lunch

There are also Big Lunches in other parts of Peckham, Nunhead, East Dulwich and Camberwell, and elsewhere in Southwark. If you work here but live somewhere else there will no doubt be some near you!

To find out more, to make contact or to sign up with any in your own area go to: http://www.thebiglunch.com/map/find-a-big-lunch.php and type in your postcode, and follow the links to send a message to the organiser.

And you can also just turn up, preferably with something to add to the party! They are great fun, and a fantastic revival of the street party.


Wednesday, 23 June 2010

CLF at the Bussey Saturday 26th June 2010

An invitation to two different events this coming
at the CLF Art Cafe
in the Bussey building, 133 Rye Lane.
If you haven't yet experienced the view and the experience of being on the Bussey building roof, this Saturday is your chance!

2.00PM TO 10.00PM
Bussey building rooftop SKA-B-Q [Jamaican Jerk Barbeque]:
variety of local live music and good Caribbean food
on Peckham's roof with one of the best views of central London!
Admission Free.
See photos from previous events: www.peckhamvision.org/wiki/CLF_Weekender
JazzHeadChronics, Orgiastic, Fantastic Musiquarium :
Chapter 2 of a brand new bi-monthly night at
The CLF Art Café & Warehouse Lounge / The Bussey Building.
Hosted by JazzHeadChronic Mickey Smith + special guests
serving up an eclectic globalistic selection of cutting edge music.
Dub Step to Batucada, Future Jazz to Jungle & Afro Beat.
Admission Free before 10pm

See further details below.

2PM - 10PM
NEWSFLASH!!!! The CLF & NEEDLE & THREAD Presents THE BUSSEY BUILDING ROOFTOP 'SKA-B-Q' taking place from 2PM - 10PM this SAT JUNE 26TH. Serving up the best in Local LIVE /
ACOUSTIC MUSIC, SKA, ROCKSTEADY and ROOTS DJS from The NEEDLE & THREAD Collective + a selection of Barbecued JERK CHICKEN / FISH, RICE & PEAS + MOJITOS & JAMAICAN RUM PUNCHES to die for care of THE CLF COCKTAIL BAR. ADMISSION IS FREE + as well as giving you access to one of the most stunning Panoramic Views of London, THE SKA-



SAT JUNE 26TH sees Chapter 2 of a brand new night at The CLF Art Café & Warehouse Lounge / The Bussey Building. JAZZHEADCHRONICS, ORGIASTIC, FANTASTIC MUSIQUARIUM. Hosted By CLF Founder JAZZHEADCHRONIC MICKEY SMITH + special Guests - The Experimental, Broken Audio Beat Head C.O.N.E. [Rotterdam] and Old Skool Ragga Jungalistic DJ BEATROUTE. Serving up tasty plates of DUB STEP to BATU, FUTURE JAZZ to JUNGLE and AFRO BEAT, running from 9pm to Late on the 1st Floor. 100% Pure Summer Soulshine!!


All Events take place @
133 Rye Lane, London SE15 3ST


Simply turn up at the MUSIQUARIUM EVENT or SKA-B-Q to receive your free Membership card or register on-line join@clfplanet.com Membership gives you access to CLF Sessions in Film, Animation, Theatre and Music. For Info, updates and Invites, pls join our facebook group at


For More Info on these + upcoming events with Cuban Multi- Instrumentalist OMAR SOSA and Dub Pioneer LEE SCRATCH PERRY as well as the CLF pls contact
E: info@clfplanet.com
Tel: +44 0 7941 429 374


See yehs all there,


The venue is less than 60 secs walk from Peckham Rye Station. Right out of the station onto Rye Lane, cross the road and the venue is just after the bridge, 50 metres up on the left hand side, at the end of a long coridoor directly opposite Blenheim Grove.
Full Address: 133 Rye Lane, London SE15 4ST
Nearest Train Station: Peckham Rye Station [10 mins from London Bridge, 16 Mins from Victoria]

Tuesday, 22 June 2010

Flat Time House Bellenden Rd 24 June - 25 July

An invitation to visit the next show at Flat Time House. This is the remarkable building with a huge book emerging from the front (see photo). It is 210 Bellenden Road, near the Bellenden shopping parade. The show is free, everybody is welcome, and it is open Thurs to Sun 12pm - 6pm from 24 June - 25 July. More information below about the history of the building, the artist John Latham and their significant role in the art world.
AMM, Better Books, Bob Cobbing, DIAS, Coleridge Goode, Joe Harriott, James Joyce, Jeff Keen, John Latham, Annea Lockwood, Gustav Metzger, John Stevens, Val Wilmer and more.
Exhibition dates: 24 June ­ 25 July 2010
Opening times: Thursday to Sunday, 12pm ­ 6pm
Preview: Friday 25 June, 6 ­ 8pm

Venue information: Flat Time House, 210 Bellenden Road, London SE15 4BW
http://www.flattimeho.org.uk info@flattimeho.org.uk
A new exhibition of artworks, archive, movies and sound curated by Tony Herrington (Editor-in-Chief & Publisher, The Wire) and David Toop (musician, curator, long-time collaborator of John Latham).

For a period in the 1960s there was a great creative synergy in the UK between the visual arts, experimental film, free jazz, psychedelic rock, and the energetic poetry scene that formed the UK¹s so-called Underground. BLOW UP will present a visual and aural map of those connections through art works, recordings, archival film and documents, contemporary accounts, posters and album art.
The artist John Latham, who lived at Flat Time House until his death in 2006, was a central protagonist in this explosion of cross-talk and the mythologies surrounding his film Speak (1962) were a catalyst for exhibition. Speak is a powerfully strobing, paper-disc animation and, although it precedes the psychedelics of the high sixties by half a decade, its physical effect on the viewer is typical of the whole mind/body experiences of the early light-show gigs of Soft Machine or Pink
Floyd and the environmental happenings of the late 60s organised by artists ncluding Cobbing, Keen, Latham and Jeff Nuttall.
In fact, Speak illuminated some of the seminal events of the UK¹s new counter culture: it served as the Floyd¹s light show at early gigs at the UFO club and the Roundhouse; it was screened at Better Books on Charing Cross Road, the bookshop where Bob Cobbing hatched plans with Allen Ginsberg and Alex Trocchi for the International Poetry Incarnation at the Albert Hall, and founded the London Filmmakers Coop with Keen and others in 1966. But it is the film¹s soundtrack that
really connects the dots between London¹s art scene and contemporaries in free jazz and psychedelic rock: remarkably Latham rejected as Œtoo musical¹ scores recorded for him first by the Joe Harriott Quintet and then the Pink Floyd, before adding his own circular-saw soundtrack, pointing towards the simultaneously emerging noise aesthetic.
This exhibition begins to write a history of these connections, artistic, personal, or just in the air, and Speak¹s story is just one of the many told in BLOW UP.

Saturday, 19 June 2010

Hannah Barry Gallery & Frank's Cafe Return!

Frank's Cafe and the Hannah Barry Gallery Bold Tendencies sculpture exhibition are back on the top four floors of the multi storey car park this summer from 30th June to 30th September. Frank's Cafe opens 2nd July. Thereafter all opening days for exhibition and cafe are: THURSDAYS – SUNDAYS 11am - 10pm. See all details below.

This was one of THE happenings in Peckham last year - a fabulous experience. If you missed it then, try not to miss it this year. See here for some reviews from last year: http://www.peckhamvision.org/wiki/Hannah_Barry_Gallery#Exhibitions

is an annual exhibition held on the top four floors of the disused car park in Peckham, South London. The exhibition runs from June 30 – September 30, 2010.

BOLD TENDENCIES 4 will present new works by: Rachel Adams, James Balmforth, Nicholas Byrne, Juliana Cerqueira Leite, Matthew Darbyshire, Edward Fornieles, Lauren Gault, Anthea Hamilton, Alex Hoda, Sam Kennedy, George Henry Longly, Mohammed Qasim Ashfaq, Florian Roithmayr, Giles Round and Alexandre Singh.

Last year the project commissioned 14 works by new artists and had over 30,000 visitors in the three months it was open. For this fourth year, the structure of the project has been changed to reflect its position in the public realm and to encourage an ongoing conversation about new sculpture in London. An external council has been created through which individual sculpture projects are recommended, reviewed and commissioned.  

Frank's Cafe and Campari Bar, designed by Lettice Drake and Paloma Gormley and run by Frank Boxer and chef Michael Davies, will return for a second year. The food at Frank's is a reflection of the best available British summer produce - fruit and vegetables, meat and fish, cooked with consideration and presented simply.

Admission Free
Dates: Wednesday 30 June – Thursday 30 September 2010
Exhibition and Frank’s opening hours: Thursday – Sunday 11am - 10pm
Address: Level 7-10, Peckham Rye Multistory Car Park, 95A Rye Lane
Peckham, London SE15 4ST

Access: On foot via entrance on Rye Lane or drive into the car park on Cerise Road (SE15 5HQ), parking is available on level 6.

Enquiries: telephone: 02074934224 or 07850 639 570 or email hannah@hannahbarry.com
Restaurant bookings and enquries: 07580 545 837

Website: www.hannahbarry.com and www.frankscafe.org.uk
Notes to Editors

The council members are: Rachael Barrett, Oliver Basciano, Jack Bell, Katherine Brinson, Anna Colin, Julie-Ann Delaney, Noah Horowitz, James Lindon, Arsalan Mohammed, Lizzie Neilson, Inigo Philbrick, Claire Shea, Sam Thorne and Adam Waymouth.

Our grateful thanks for the support of: Arts Council, England, Southwark Council, TATE ETC. Magazine, Campari, CASS Sculpture Foundation, Montblanc, Outset Contemporary Art Fund, and University of the Arts London.

Frank’s was designed by Paloma Gormley and Lettice Drake and built over three weeks with a team of volunteers. Their firm Practice Architecture is a design-build practice working on small-scale projects with an emphasis on pragmatic design. Recent projects include Bench 1, an amphitheatre on stilts designed for the New Art Centre in Salisbury.
Frank's is run by Frank Boxer and Michael Davies who met working at the Anchor and Hope in Waterloo. Head chef Michael Davies trained under Lawrence Tottingham currently of the Aumbry in Prestwich, and has been working at the Anchor for the last 18 months under Johnathan Jones. Frank Boxer established the successful Italo deli in Vauxhall with his father and has recently opened the Brunswick House Cafe also in Vauxhall

Tuesday, 15 June 2010

Peckham Power events

News from Peckham Power http://www.peckhampower.org

Peckham Power is a local energy infrastructure project, and as part of its activities is keen to showcase what local people are already doing to produce and use energy differently.

We are therefore holding a series of events called "the real thing..." in which local people, with experience of using low energy or low carbon equipment, share their experiences with others so that we can learn what this is really like. The next events are:

Thursday, 17 June at 7pm, at 55 Blenheim Grove, SE15.
Two local people with fold-up bikes, one a Brompton, the other a Birdy, will be talking about their experiences of using them and showing how they work.

Thursday 15 July at 8pm, at 240 Bellenden Road, Peckham.
"the real thing..." will be about insulating Victorian buildings with two local people who have experience of doing this.

On Saturday 31 July, refreshments from 1pm, formal meeting start at 2pm
venue to be confirmed nearer the date

For more information, please see http://www.peckhampower.org
e-mail info@peckhampower.org or phone 0207 7617 7650

Saturday, 12 June 2010

leading walks training

Would you like to lead walks around the East Dulwich/Dulwich area?

The East Dulwich Community Centre Association is holding a workshop on
Walk Leader Training - How to lead walks around the local area
Open to all ages, backgrounds

Tuesday 29th June 2010.
9.30am - 2pm
East Dulwich Community Centre,
46 Darrell Road, SE22 9NL

To reserve your place at this event Please RSVP by 15th June 2010 to

This event is supported by a community development grant from Southwark Council

community liaison for new Integrated Waste Management Facility

To the East Peckham list:
See below invitation and message from Veolia Environmental Services (UK) plc This will be of interest to anyone living in the areas affected by the new facility in any way in the Old Kent Road area or on approaches to it. Please pass the info on to anyone else who might be affected. Further information from Rachel Jay at: Rachel.Jay@veolia.co.uk, 020 7525 2423
Please find attached an invitation to represent your community or group at the community liaison group for the construction phase of the new Integrated Waste Management Facility planned for the former gasworks site on Old Kent Road. The first meeting takes place on Wednesday 30 June 2010, from 6pm to 7.30pm.

If you feel that this would be relevant to your group or community please do join us. If you have any queries, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Kind regards
Rachel Jay
Communications Project Manager
Veolia Environmental Services (UK) plc
Manor Place Depot
30-34 Penrose Street
London SE17 3DW
Tel: 020 7525 2423

Friday, 11 June 2010

Thurs 24 June Camberwell Beauty

An invitation from the SE5 Forum to
Camberwell Beauty
Thursday 24th June 2010 7pm

Institute of Psychiatry
16 De Crespigny Park, SE5 8AF


Come and meet designers and makers from Camberwell's creative industries. Further information from http://www.se5forum.org/business

""The Camberwell Beauty event is the SE5 Forum contribution to the Camberwell Arts Festival and a great way to escape the World Cup. We do hope that we will have a good crowd at this fun event. See attached poster. Best Wishes from Ish Lennox, for SE5 Forum for Camberwell""

23 June The Lane SNT ward panel meeting

To residents in The Lane ward

Safer Neighbourhoods Lane Ward Panel meeting
Wed 23rd June
arrive from 7pm for 7.30pm
McDonalds, Rye Lane

see invitation below from Police Sergeant Mark Hurst
Dear Residents,
The next ward panel meeting for The Lane ward will be held on Wednesday 23rd June 2010 in the upstairs meeting room at McDonalds, Rye Lane, SE15. The meeting starts at 19:30 but you are welcome to arrive from 19:00hrs onwards.

The Lane Ward current policing priorities as set by our local residents through the Ward Panel last time are:
* Youth Engagement
* Supply and Consumption of Drugs
* Anti-Social Behaviour
I would like to see as many people there as possible as these meetings really are starting to prove useful for the local residents and police alike. Can I ask to let me know if you will be coming so that I can get an idea of numbers. Please email your reply to Mark.Hurst@met.police.uk
Finally, if there are any questions you may have then please feel free to email me or give me a ring on the below number. I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible.  
Kind Regards,
Mark Hurst | Police Sergeant 25MD
The Lane Safer Neighbourhoods Team
MetPhone 788323 | Telephone 020 7161 8323 | Mobile 07766 442999
Email Mark.Hurst@met.police.uk
Address Bellenden Road Safer Neighbourhoods Office, Unit 1 Bellenden Road Retail Park,
Bellenden Road, Peckham, SE15 5DR
You can also contact The Lane Ward through:TheLane.snt@met.police.uk