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 fa├žade, 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 Benediktsd├│ttir, 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.