Bus Route Cuts: Have your Say

TfL Bus Route Reductions: consultation ends on 7 August. Find out more about SE5 Forum’s campaign and read our consultation response.

The TfL Central London Bus Consultation closes on 7 August; this will remove routes 12 and 45 that go through Camberwell. 

SE5 Forum objects in the strongest terms to TfL’s proposals to reduce and re-route bus services from Camberwell. They fail to recognise the significant socio-economic and equalities issues affecting Camberwell and its residents.

SE5 Forum is using social media to campaign to fight these cuts due to their negative impact on Camberwell – please share our tweets and posts. We are calling on the Mayor of London to withdraw these flawed proposals and reverse other recent cuts.

We will also be submitting our response to the consultation and sharing our objections. If you care about the loss of bus services, have your say here: haveyoursay.tfl.gov.uk/busreview.

Here is a summary of our consultation response: 
Thank you to consultant Jane Bevis, for volunteering to put together a full response to these cuts and show their negative effect on public transport in Camberwell. You can read the full document here

• The proposals to withdraw completely two bus services connecting Camberwell with central London to the north, Lambeth to the west and reducing service along the corridor towards Lewisham in the east. These are key locations supporting Camberwell’s economy and opening up employment and education opportunities across London for residents.

• Overall TfL’s proposes to withdraw 16 routes across London. It is completely disproportionate to target 2 of these on Camberwell – a single community reliant on its bus connections.

• High levels of multiple deprivation, unemployment, low pay, child poverty, physical and mental health problems and an ageing population speak to the need for enhanced, not deteriorating, public transport services in Camberwell.

• Access to car transport is limited among residents and TfL targets for Southwark look to reduce car ownership further.

• Impacts resulting from the withdrawal of services and re-routing of others include increased and less predictable door to door journey times, loss of Hopper fares due to extended journey times, and fears over personal safety at interchange points affecting women, older and young people, disabled people and LGBTQ people. Camberwell has a majority BAME population, many of whom experience multiple deprivation factors.

• Collectively these factors show TfL is failing in its Public Sector Equality Duty in the way it has assessed its proposals and their impacts on Camberwell residents.

• Visitors to Camberwell and its businesses and services, notably including two major London hospitals, King’s College Hospital and South London & Maudsley Hospital, will also face reduced services and access.

• Significant levels of housebuilding in Camberwell means the population is growing and bus passenger figures can be expected to rise by 15-30 percent by 2030.

• There has been a century of disinvestment in Camberwell’s transport infrastructure since the railway station closed in 1916. Repeated failures over 80 years to invest in Tube, rail and tram services connecting Camberwell with central London leaves Camberwell uniquely reliant on bus services. Over recent years these too have been reduced with the loss of 5 cross-river bus services and the reduction in frequency on remaining routes.

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SE5 Forum launches Free Feel Good Festival on the Green

NEW free Feel Good Festival brings health, art, music and food experts to Camberwell Green this summer 

  • Free workshops covering all areas of physical & mental wellbeing for children and adults 
  • Every Saturday from 25th June to 30th July at SE5 Forum’s stall at Camberwell Green market, from 10am to 1pm 

SE5 Forum’s Feel Good Festival brings together 35 health professionals to run free health and wellbeing sessions for the community on Camberwell Green over 6 weeks this summer. 

The sessions include exercise, yoga, tai chi, skating and cycling classes, art, music, creative writing, nutrition and food pantries. Partnership Southwark’s health and wellbeing tent will also be there to provide mini health checks alongside Covid-19 vaccination for all the family. The aim is to help local residents improve their physical and mental health and to signpost people to services. 

The programme is the brainchild of local parent Shazna Choudhry. She was moved by the impact of COVID on her community. Shazna says: “When lockdown hit, I saw the loneliness of my elderly neighbours, the isolation of  our children, the difficulty of accessing health care. Now post-COVID, it is wonderful to see the community coming together in our Feel Good Festival to improve everyone’s wellbeing.”

Shazna joined the board of community organisation SE5 Forum, who backed the Feel Good Festival as did Partnership Southwark, MIND and the Bethlem Gallery at the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. Shazna’s own employer Eversholt Rail, generously provided funding, while local health practitioners are providing their services for free. Local dad Pete Lewis, who runs creative design agency Curious Ways, has designed all the marketing for the event free of charge.

Shazna says: “It is so special to have all these experts provide their skills and services for free to the community for our Feel Good Festival.”

For further information, please email: admin@se5 Forum.org.uk. 

Feel Good Festival programme:


Week 2: – Izzy Parker workshop replaced with Weaving a Community Tapestry with Camberwell Arts’ Debbie Allen.
– Added: Clay candleholder making at 12-1pm.

Week 1 – Saturday 25th June: BODY with face and henna painting, mini health checks and Covid-19 vaccination at the health and wellbeing tent from Partnership Southwark, Osteopathy from Osteopathy on the Green, Pulse diagnosis, Women’s cycling for beginners with Joyriders, Salsation with Rebeca Italiani, a guided tree walk with The Camberwell Society and Tai chi with Wu Style Brixton.

Week 2 – Saturday 2nd July: ART with creative workshops by Izzy Parker and Bethlem Gallery, Restore Your Calm with Arts by Kola, Wor(l)d building writing with Mary Paterson, #joinmycanvas with Ange Mukeza, Yoga with Oshala Livity.

Week 3 – Saturday 9th JULY: MIND with the MIND charity, My Emotions activity book workshop with Laura H Brown, Mindfulness through photography and play with South London & Maudsley CAMHS, Creative Writing with Camberwell Scribes, Music performance with Lyndhurst Primary School Choirs, and Healthcheck and fitness advice with Pure Gym.

Week 4 – Saturday 16th July: MUSIC with drop-in sessions for parents with child psychologist Dr Jen Wills Lamacq, Margaret’s Music – Kids’ singing workshop with South London Songsters, EasyGym fitness class and free gym passes, Salsation with Rebeca Italiani, Skating for beginners with Landshark. 

Week 5 – Saturday 23rd July: FOOD with Nutrition & Caribbean fermentation workshop with Jasmine Carbon, Pop up Pantry and Food Workshop with Healthy Living Platform, West African Feast with Spring Community Hub, Fitness with BizzyIzzy, Get Fit & Do Good with GoodGym Southwark, Nikcarl Mckenzie’s comic drawing workshop.

Week 6 – Saturday 30th July: EXERCISE withYoga with Mistercollieman, Self-defence with Vegan Special Forces, Whole Body Workout with Alex Naylor, Salsation with Rebeca Italiani, Nikcarl Mckenzie’s kids’ skate workshop, Mini health checks and Covid-19 vaccination at the Partnership Southwark health and wellbeing tent. 

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Platinum Party on the Green Sat 4 June • Big Feast, Community Kitchen, arts stalls and more • New mural for Wyndham Road • Nandine’s story at Camberwell Talks • Have your say on proposed bus route cuts in Camberwell
Platinum Party on the Green this Saturday!
Big Feast, Community Kitchen, art stalls, dog show and more

This year’s Camberwell Arts Festival (4-12 June) kicks off in platinum style on Camberwell Green. A free feast has been laid on for all and SE5 Forum has teamed up with Camberwell Arts, and local food bank Spring Community Hub to create a Community Kitchen on healthy food:

• Big Feast – Camberwell’s fantastic restaurants are providing a free Jubilee feast. Serving starts at 12noon until the food runs out! 
• Community Kitchen – Food demos and ideas focusing on healthy food and food poverty. Starts at 11am with a Food Fuel demo followed by the QuizDog fun-filled quiz at 12 and a No-bake treats session at 2pm. Come to the SE5 Forum stall to join in. 
• Arts Market – browse 70 arts market stalls between 11am – 5pm
• Family fun, music and a Fire Engine on site (11am-1pm) 
• Dog Show at 2pm (register your dog from 1.30pm)

PLUS don’t forget to send your unique Camberwell photos to Camberwell Arts’ new archive: share your favourite photographs of Camberwell from 1952 to today.

Download the @Camberwell Arts brochure here

New mural for Wyndham Road celebrates Camberwell’s vibrant community

Unveiled for the Camberwell Arts Festival, artist Joel Gray, master stonecutter from the Anish Kapoor’s Studio, has painted the new ‘Patterns of Camberwell’ mural with help from London Urban Textiles Commons.

The mural was designed with the artist working with pupils from the two local schools next to the studio – Ark All Saints Academy and Highshore School, using expanding geometric shapes drawing on religious, cultural and artistic traditions associated with Camberwell. It was organised by the Camberwell Identity Group (a joint project of SE5 Forum, Camberwell Arts and The Camberwell Society). 

Camberwell Talk: Nandine’s Pary Baban tells the moving story of her much-loved Kurdish recipes 
Monday 6 June, 7pm, at The Crypt, St Giles’ Church 

Pary Baban fled genocide with her family as a young Kurdish woman, holding on to her love of food and cooking passed down by her grandmother, by collecting unique Kurdish recipes from villages on her way. Now she runs her two successful Nandine restaurants in Camberwell based on these delicious recipes. Expect tasters and a chance to win a Nandine meal in the raffle. 
Book tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/camberwell-talks-summer-2022-tickets-324845500637

ON a more negative and urgent note – bus routes are being cut…
TfL Bus Route Reductions in Camberwell and wider area
Have your Say on proposed removal of routes 12, 45 and 78

Respond to the TfL consultation by 12 July here. 
Sign the Change.org #SaveSouthwarkBuses petition

Transport for London (TfL) has just announced proposed reductions to bus routes, which will affect Camberwell residents with the removal of routes 12, 45 and 78. We are encouraging everyone to respond to the consultation and sign the petition. 

At our SE5 Election Hustings in April, we asked for ‘No reduction in the level of bus services through Camberwell’, with agreement from all candidates. SE5 Forum will be putting together our response to the consultation. 
Please contact us at admin@se5forum.org.uk if you have expertise in this area and would like to contribute.  

The reductions have been already severely criticised by Southwark Council leader Kieron Williams, and both local MPs Harriet Harman and Helen Hayes:

“The proposed cuts to buses announced today would be deeply damaging…Southwark runs on buses. They’re how 1,000s get to school,work & family & it’s disproportionately people experiencing the hardest lives that depend on them most. At a time when we also need to urgently cut carbon emissions cutting public transport is on every level the wrong call”: Cllr Kieron Williams

“Tube-less Camberwell and Peckham needs more buses not fewer! What an irony days after Elizabeth Line opened! We must have detailed “impact assessment” on race/class/gender. Elderly at risk on crowded buses, women/girls not safe waiting/walking, etc”: Harriet Harman MP

“…cuts to bus services…will have the worst impacts on Londoners on the lowest incomes, women & those from Black & minoritised communities, at a time when the climate emergency means we need more public transport not less. It isn’t acceptable.” Helen Hayes MP

Respond to the TfL consultation by 12 July here. 
Sign the Change.org #SaveSouthwarkBuses petition


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Camberwell Talks Summer Programme • Ruskin Tree Walk film premiere • Volunteers needed for Big Feast + Community Kitchen events
We’ve got lots of events planned for the coming weeks: New Camberwell Talks by inspiring locals, a film premiere of our Ruskin Tree Walk plus volunteers needed for the Big Feast and Community Kitchen food events on the Green….
Camberwell Talks Summer Programme: Tickets on sale
Looking for inspiration on your doorstep? Don’t miss our next Camberwell Talks programme at St Giles’ Church this time featuring:
– Monday 9 May, 7pm: the innovative vision for youth theatre of Theatre Peckham’s artistic director Suzann Mclean. 
– Monday 6 June, 7pm: Nandine’s Pary Baban sharing the story of her delicious Kurdish recipes. 
– Monday 4 July, 7pm: Antiques Roadshow resident art expert Rupert Maastalking art and money.

Come and join the Camberwell conversation.
Tickets are £10 (£7 concessions) and include a free drink and a half-price discount on the set menu meal at local restaurant Caravaggio before or after the talk.


Can you help out at our community food events?
Volunteers needed!

SE5 Forum is planning some exciting free community food events on Camberwell Green this summer and we urgently need some volunteers to help out. 

Help is needed for Camberwell Arts Big Feast (Sat 4 June) and two Community Kitchen events with workshops and demonstrations as part of the Big Feast on Sat 4 June and the SE5 Forum Feel Good Festival on 23rd July.
• Help out on Friday 3 June with food collection and preparation tasks before the Big Feast on Saturday 4 June.

• Help on the day:
 Saturday 4 June: to help staff a gazebo on the Green promoting Community Kitchen, Big Feast and Feel Good Festival events as a carnival of food aimed at all communities and cuisines in Camberwell, including those in food poverty.
– Saturday 4 June Big Feast: to collect food donations from businesses, receive deliveries, set out and serve food, etc. 
 Sat 4 June Big Feast and Saturday 23 July Feel Good Festival Nutrition Day Workshops: To help with activities for our Community Kitchen healthy eating and food poverty support workshops and demonstrations.

We need your help to make these free food events a great success for all of the Camberwell community. Anyone interested, please get in touch at admin@se5forum.org.uk• More details coming soon on our 6-week Feel Good Festival – which will run every Saturday on Camberwell Green from 25 June to 30 July. 

 Ruskin Tree Walk Film Premiere at The Cambria 
Local film, local cast, local food! Come and join us for the premiere of a short film featuring the Ruskin Tree Walk.

Following on from our successful Ruskin Tree Walk, SE5 Forum for Camberwell and The Camberwell Society are delighted to present the Ruskin Tree Walk Film Premiere on Saturday 21 May, 12pm or 1pm at the newly re-opened The Cambria.

In this movie short, a group of volunteer presenters cast from the local community provide compelling insights from leading experts about the Victorian influencer John Ruskin. The film was produced by independent filmmaker Lisa Thomson. Book tickets here on Eventbrite for 12pm or 1pm on Saturday 21st May 
at The Cambria, 40 Kemerton Road, London SE5 9AR. Tickets cost £10 (or £5 concessions). This includes a free drink and 20% discount on The Cambria’s food menu on the day on presentation of your ticket.Event proceeds will support litter picking and community gardening activities organised by the Camberwell Trees and Green Spaces Group, a joint initiative of The Camberwell Society and SE5 Forum for Camberwell.Book tickets here on Eventbrite

Our Local Elections Hustings
SE5 Forum’s Local Elections Hustings on 20 April, held at United Reformed Church, were a great success – with seven candidates speaking from the four main parties for Southwark and Lambeth wards within SE5.

The speakers responded to a range of questions specific to Camberwell, including air pollution and traffic congestion, improving schools, how to help independent businesses, community spaces, the cost of living crisis and housing/homeless. Thanks to all those who spoke, attended and submitted questions. SE5 Forum asked for election pledges from candidates on some of our priorities (which have come out of ongoing consultations with our members and the public) and we were pleased that all candidates were happy to support them, including:Town Centre – our 6-point plan to clean up the town centre and make it more attractive for visitors and businesses. SE5 Forum will organise a walkabout after the hustings.  Active Travel: increasing cycle storage and hire, and creating new green walking routes. Public Transport – re-opening Camberwell train station, introducing a tram route, and no reductions to bus routes. 

An example of answers to questions submitted by the public:

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Camberwell Talks Summer Programme

Come join the Camberwell conversation at the next series of talks hosted by SE5 Forum for Camberwell at St Giles’ Church. From the innovative youth theatre vision of Suzann McLean, artistic director of Theatre Peckham, to the stories behind the delicious Kurdish cuisine served up by Nandine’s Pary Baban and Antiques Roadshow’s resident art expert Rupert Maas talks art and money.

Don’t miss these fascinating, personal stories from our inspiring locals.
Book tickets here on Eventbrite: £10 or £7 concession. Your ticket also includes a free drink and a half-price deal on the night for a pre- or post-talk set meal at local restaurant Caravaggio.



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SE5 Forum to host Local Elections Hustings for Camberwell

SE5 Forum to host Local Elections Hustings for Camberwell
Wednesday 20 April, 7pm-8.30pm

United Reformed Church, Love Walk SE5 8AE

Hear from and quiz local candidates for Southwark and Lambeth Councils 
Register on the SE5 Forum Eventbrite page to attend. 
For this Hustings, we are focusing on Southwark and Lambeth wards in Camberwell and SE5. The following issues will be covered:

• Improving public transport 

• Cycle hire and storage

• Improving Camberwell town centre

To book, please register for free on Eventbrite here.

We plan to invite a candidate from four parties (Conservatives, Greens, Labour and Lib Dems) representing Southwark and Lambeth, so eight candidates in total.

If you have a question for candidates, please write your question on the form when you register – or email us at admin@se5forum.org.uk with your question and your full name.


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Camberwell Talks spring season, mapping Green Corridors in Camberwell and more news…

Camberwell Talks Spring season
We’re kicking off our SE5 Forum Camberwell Talks 2022 season with a focus on music and design – three fascinating talks by talented locals on first Mondays, 7-9pm at The Crypt, St Giles Church. 

– Broadcaster, blogger and vinyl afficianado Anna Doble (7 Feb). 
– Musician and force behind Jazz Live at The Crypt Russell Occomore (7 March).
– Mini Moderns, the Camberwell-based homeware designers Keith and Mark. 
We hope you’ll join us. 

Tickets £10/£7 concession (with free drink). For more information and to book tickets on Eventbrite, click here

Green Corridors in Camberwell – have your say!

Thursday 24 February, 7pm 

• Which streets would you choose to walk or cycle if there was less traffic and car pollution?  
• How can we link up our parks and open spaces to create routes not just for people, but for nature to link up?
• Come and hear about the green routes planned for SE5.  
Join neighbours and local community groups for a Zoom session to map out routes for Green Corridors. Let’s get ahead of local policies and planning, so we can be proactive and clear about our community’s priorities.  

To book tickets, go to: https://bit.ly/3KQ6Gwg
The Trees and Green Spaces group is an initiative by SE5 Forum for Camberwell and the Camberwell Society camberwellsociety.org.uk.

Graffiti in the town centre: take our survey 

How do you feel about the graffiti around Camberwell town centre? Would you like to see your council do more to remove it? Or perhaps it doesn’t bother you. Do you have any concerns about dog fouling on pavements? We want to know what you think so we’ve created a super short survey  to get your views so we could present any specific issues to the council. Many thanks if you could take a few minutes to fill in our survey here: https://forms.gle/rxbve338puqhnr8C9

Cycle parking around the station  
Are you unsure how to use the new, locked cycle parking in Windsor Walk by the new Denmark Hill station entrance? Did you know it’s free?
Just apply for a free Key Smartcard (also usable for rail ticketing). Then use to scan in. You can get your Key Smartcard here: The Key Smartcard | Southern Railway

Southwark Pensioners 
In this challenging winter, Southwark Pensioners is running vital Winter Wellbeing support for older people. Their projects include: BESN Saving Energy CostsAgeing Well Warm and Well, Being Prepared this winter – avoiding slips and falls (below), and the Warm and Well Small Grants Programme.  

If you would like to learn more, call Southwark Pensioners on 020 7708 4556 or ring the Ageing Well Southwark service on 020 7358 4077.

You can also email: advice@southwarkpensioners.org.uk or find out more on their website: www.southwarkpensioners.org.uk

Southwark Council News 
Cultural Celebrations Fund Southwark Council’s Cultural Celebrations Fund is now open for applications. The fund will support outdoor events between 1 May 2022 and 31 March 2023. Applicants are invited to apply for a maximum of £10,000. Applications need to be in by 9am on Wednesday 9 February 2022. More info here

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Camberwell Station Road improvements – have your say
What is happening on Camberwell Station Road? Join a Zoom meeting hosted by SE5 Forum for Camberwell with Southwark Council to have your say on improvements to Camberwell Station Road. The online consultation event runs on Zoom from 6pm to 7pm on Tuesday 30 November. 

Everyone is welcome but you will need to register for the event on Eventbrite to access the meeting: Click here

Southwark Council won a grant from the Greater London Authority (GLA) Good Growth Fund to make Camberwell Station Road safer and more inviting to individuals and businesses, to improve air quality and reflect local history. Work is due to start in 2022.Magda Bartosch, Regeneration Manager (South) at Southwark Council, will brief local residents and stakeholders on the work that has been done to produce the concept designs for Camberwell Station Road, including who has been involved so far and how you can engage with the project going forward.
Read more on the background here: 

Click here to attend the free consultation event and have your say:

Winter Arts Market & SE5 Forum Market Stall
Saturday 27 November, Winter Arts Market on Camberwell Green 11am-4pm. 
Come and browse the 50+ stalls at Camberwell Arts Winter Arts Market on Camberwell Green and get your Christmas presents early while supporting local artists, designers and makers. Discover Christmas crafts and gorgeous gifts with a seasonal mix of art, design, outdoor decorations, music, mulled wine and more.

The arts market takes place alongside an expanded Farmers Market of 20+ stalls, including the SE5 Forum community stall with our popular range of Camberwell mugs, butterfly t-shirts and our brand new tea towel design featuring our illustrated map (see below) with highlights of the local area.

Artists, designers and makers will also be opening their studios for this year’s Winter Open Studios.
Read more here: www.facebook.com/camberwellartsfestival. Camberwell Open Studios runs across 3 weekends, from Saturday 27th November to Sunday 12th December, and studios are open from midday – 5pm unless otherwise indicated. This is your opportunity to meet local artists and buy directly from the maker. 

More information will be published on the Camberwell Arts website and in the brochure before the festival starts.


Southwark Community Action Network (CAN): Social Action network event
Join CAN’s quarterly event by registering on Eventbrite on: bit.ly/CANcommunity


Covid-19 Update 
Where to find the latest information on vaccination, testing, support when self-isolating and restrictions: 
In Lambeth: Coronavirus (Covid-19) public health advice and current restrictions | Lambeth Council
In Southwark: Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Southwark Council
In South East London Boroughs, including Lambeth and Southwark: COVID-19 – South East London CCG (selondonccg.nhs.uk) and for the latest vaccination pop-up clinics click here
Government: Coronavirus (COVID-19) – NHS (www.nhs.uk)
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Job opportunity: Freelance Business Marketing Consultant

Temporary freelance contract, flexible hours, to promote Camberwell businesses, funded by Southwark Council’s High Street Recovery Fund.

Camberwell Identity Group – Role Specification

Job title: Business Marketer (contract), Camberwell

Contract: 44 days between October 2021 to August 2022 @ £250 per day.

Camberwell based. Flexible working including out of normal office hours.

Funded by the Southwark High Street Recovery Fund. Paid via SE5 Forum.

Applications: Email your application to admin@se5forum.org.uk Closing date is 15 October 2021

About the Camberwell Identity Group 

The Camberwell Identity Group is a consortium of the SE5 Forum, Camberwell Society and Camberwell Arts working with the community and businesses.  All three organisations have a history of delivering projects – lamppost banners, market stalls, festivals, annual days, murals, Camberwell Champions retailers’ scheme, promotions, and marketing workshops for businesses. 

Following community consultation three years ago, the Camberwell Identity Group worked with a designer to create a narrative and brand story that unifies Camberwell. The group has successfully worked with the community (incl. businesses, scouts, schools, hostels, playgrounds, developers, residents, and Southwark Council) to incorporate the identity throughout Camberwell on lamppost banners, market stall, local business and retail champions, digital channels, branding at the new entrance to Denmark Hill station and a murals progamme.

Camberwell.Life love local campaign

The Camberwell Identity Group launched a pilot of Camberwell.Life, a love local campaign, at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. More detail here. The aims are:

  1. increase positive perceptions and awareness of Camberwell
  2. increase spend and footfall in Camberwell from visitors, local workers, and residents 
  3. to build civic pride, through digital channels

Purpose of the position

We are now looking to scale Camberwell.Life and have secured funding from Southwark’s High Street Recovery Fund for the supporting services to be provided by freelance business marketing consultant. These services require someone that will support the needs of small and midsized enterprises, now and looking to the future, enabling them to maximise sales and increase their customer base, as well as feeding into the Camberwell.Life love local campaign

Deliverables (Once appointed, we will agree together how the deliverables are quantified)

Camberwell Champions: Encourage small businesses to become a Camberwell Champion. For which they receive shop window stickers, coasters, a listing on Camberwell.Life and supported across our social media channels, to help increase footfall or home delivery. To date, 65 have signed-up.

Camberwell Saturdays: Coordinate promotions offering customers a discount, a free product, or a free month of service, to run on the first Saturday of every month, and in addition on Small Business Day – 28th November 2021 and Independents Day – w/c 4th July 2022.

Camberwell Independent Food Festival: Deliver a creative programme of digital marketing support targeted towards independent food outlets based in Camberwell, with a focus on healthy eating, diverse food shops, restaurants, and cafes. Working with a UAL film student to develop a series of short films of the different businesses, where they can share their story – a budget of £1,000 is available for the film student and digital content.

1-on-1 coaching: Provide a series of advice to businesses on improving green credentials, maximising merchandising, using emerging retail digital platforms, and running promotional campaigns.

Shop front mural programme: Support the Camberwell ID Group by brokering partnerships between local artists and small businesses interested in placing colourful feature murals on shop front shutters that celebrate Camberwell’s diverse community to foster a sense of social cohesion. 

Meanwhile spaces: Carry out a survey of empty sites in the town centre. Contact landlords with a support package including a licence for meanwhile use, and inclusivity guidelines. 

The Camberwell Clarion: Inform local businesses of the availability of affordable and effective advertising space to connect with their community through the new hyper-local newspaper. 

Camberwell Business Innovation District: Develop leadership, representation and build confidence to establish a business-led and business funded body formed to improve a defined commercial area i.e. Camberwell Town Centre.

Experience and skills

  • Experienced marketing professional, including planning and managing campaigns to promote a product or service
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and ability to communicate with a wide range of stakeholders – especially with businesses, commercial organisations and community representatives
  • Proven ability to work on one’s own initiative, with experience of working with and reporting to a Board/Committee.
  • Understands small and medium businesses and town centre issues
  • Strategic thinking including issues and understand context and likely challenges 
  • Strong IT and social media skills

SE5 Forum for Camberwell policies and values can be found here

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SE5 Forum AGM: How to create a better Camberwell

***THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO CAME TO THE SE5 Forum AGM 2021 – How to create a better Camberwell

Wednesday 6 October 6.30-8.30pm on Zoom 

We would like to invite you to join our next online AGM 2021: How to Create a Better Camberwell.

Following on from our successful public event in July, our invited speakers will focus on how to:
• fill empty retail spaces on our high streets
• create a community space
• make Camberwell greener 

SE5 Forum board members will also talk about our achievements over the past year in our priority projects of Business, Transport, Identity and Environment. 

We will also be holding our annual Board Elections. We invite anyone to nominate themselves or others as new SE5 Forum board members. We welcome all applications and are also actively looking for more members who are from BAME background and/or under 40. 

If you’d like attend the AGM, please email: admin@se5forum.org.uk to register for Zoom details.

If you’d like to stand as a board member,please download this invitation for more information and email: admin@se5forum.org.uk with your name, contact details and a short statement on why you’d like to join us.  

• Joanna Large, who joined the board last year, is a specialist nurse at King’s College Hospital but also has a background in arts and culture. She successfully launched our new Camberwell Talks events last month with a sell-out first event. Joanna says: 
‘I started volunteering occasionally on the SE5 Forum market stall, then joined the Board last year. They backed my idea of having Camberwell Talks, which are now happening on the first Monday of the month at The Camberwell Arms. We’re now looking at how the community can use local empty shops and retail spaces. Even with a busy job and a family, I have been able to help the community through SE5 Forum.’

We are also looking to recruit more volunteers. Currently we would love to have board members and volunteers who can bring the following skills or expertise to SE5 Forum:
Transport: Expertise in rail planning process or bus policy/guidance
Environment: Experience in greening, urban planning, development/regeneration
Business: Planning, marketing, merchandising experience 
Community/Stakeholder: Experience in stakeholder/community engagement/consultation
Events: Help on our weekly market stall on the green, or help at other events. Events organising/ management experience or in stewarding, health and safety, AV/tech, photography, online events.
Marketing, PR & Content production: Producing press releases and/or social media or any other marketing content. Converting technical information into accessible material or Powerpoints. 
Website: WordPress website specialist to help upgrade SE5 Forum website 

Next Camberwell Talk on Monday 4 October at The Camberwell Arms
with local fine art photographer John Yabrifa 

After our sell-out first event, come and listen to John Yabrifa ponder pictures, philosophy and why community matters. John will be looking specifically at how photography and music has affected his life as a south London native.
Tickets include a free drink and there will be a raffle, interesting company and the welcoming atmosphere of The Camberwell Arms. We hope to see you there!
To buy tickets for £10 (£7 concession), go to Eventbrite: https://bit.ly/2Xai6qc

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Denmark Hill station: new entrance showcases Camberwell identity and culture
Fantastic response to New Entrance for Denmark Hill New entrance and major improvements offer greener journeys for passengers, and better access for patients and staff to the Maudsley and King’s College Hospitals

Improvements unveiled by local Sandi Toksvig include a range of new art and design elements to reflect Camberwell’s unique, vibrant identity.

The station now boasts more comfortable waiting facilities, sheltered platforms, better lighting powered by solar energy, and a brand new 85-space cycle hub, in the new £7.5m extension. It’s the first carbon positive upgrade of its kind at a station in Europe. And visitors can also enjoy Camberwell identity and culture as part of their journey experience. 

The entrance was officially opened by Rail Minister Chris Heaton-Harris, who was joined by local resident, writer, broadcaster and campaigner Sandi Toksvig, representatives from Network Rail, GTR, SE5 Forum, the Camberwell Society, Camberwell Identity Group, Kings College and Maudsley NHS hospitals. 

Network Rail designed the new entrance walkway to include a plinth for artist Godfried Donkor’s public art, commissioned by the Camberwell Society. Godfried says: “This sculpture is dedicated to the pandemic frontline workers. It carries the theme “Health and Wellbeing” and offers a new take on the traditional adinkra symbolism of Ghana, which are like emojis yet created hundreds of years earlier.”

Etched on the windows is a poem by Una Marson, former Camberwell resident:“The test of true culture is the ability to move among men, East or West, North of South, with ease and confidence, radiating the pure light of a kindly humanity”.Local actor, Daniella Arthur-Kennedy of Theatre Peckham, who read the poem, says: “Una Marson was a Jamaican feminist, activist and writer, who inspired so many through her writing and character. She was the first black woman programme maker to be employed by the BBC and showed true commitment despite facing inequalities and injustice.” 
Listen to the poem being read hereOther elements include a wall tiled in the ‘Camberwell Brick’, in the palette of colours drawn from local greenery, architecture, water and sky. Designed by local design consultancy Studio Sutherland, the brick was inspired by the well in Camberwell’s name, history and coat of arms. Kelly Blaney, Chair of the Camberwell Identity Group, says: “We have been working closely with Network Rail and, through community consultations. The new art and design elements have created a unique identity for our station.”MORE:
Read Network Rail’s press release – New and Improved Denmark Hill Station delivers first carbon positive upgrade on rail network 
See our Twitter page for more photos and videos posted. The Camberwell Identity group is a project by SE5 ForumCamberwell Society and Camberwell Arts with the local community and businesses. 

Camberwell Talks – join our first event on Monday 6 September
Don’t forget the first in our series of entertaining talks by interesting locals – Camberwell Talks: The Vibrant Voices of SE5 with writer and filmmaker ‘The Mumper’ Mark Baxter on Monday 6 September at The Camberwell Arms 7pm. £10/£7 concessions. The ticket includes a free drink and raffle ticket. Tickets are going fast but we hope to reserve a few for any last-minute turn-ups on the door!
Buy your Camberwell Talks tickets on Eventbrite here

Camberwell Talks at The Camberwell Arms, 65 Camberwell Church Street, SE5 8TR

Ruskin Park Paddling Pool Fundraiser
Ruskin Park’s much-loved paddling pool needs a big refurbishment by spring 2022.

The total cost of the works is expected to be approximately £75,000. Friends of Ruskin Park hope to raise at least £15,000 of this from donations – with the remainder coming from Lambeth Council, previous fundraising, grant applications and a generous £10,000 donation from Urban Village.

So far £4,800 of the £15,000 has been raised on the GoFundMe page – please consider donating to keep this vital water play for local little ones and families. 

Find out more and donate here

St Giles’ Clock Restoration Fund Open Day 
The Friends of St Giles’ Church are organising an open afternoon Saturday 18 September 1-4pm to help raise funds towards a £30,000 restoration of its historic clock.

Under the umbrella of the National Trust Open Heritage Days, St Giles’ Church will be open to all, including  the tower with its great views. A team of bellringers will be on hand to answer questions. The ringing chamber also houses the pendulum of the church clock.

Ashley Valentine, the Director of Music, will bring a musical interlude, and there will also be book and bric a brac stalls, cake and refreshments.

Please support the church with your visit and if anyone would like to donate books, bric a brac or cakes, they can be delivered to the church the day before or collected via Alec Gray on 07494 089114.  

St Giles’ Clock background: The tower clock at St Giles’ church was commissioned by the then vicar and churchwardens to be a benefit to the local community when the church was rebuilt but it has not worked for a long time. The clock was built in 1844 by E.J. Dent, who subsequently made Big Ben in 1859. The St Giles’ clock is the earliest example of a turret clock bearing the Dent name and is the only remaining double-framed clock manufactured by them in its original condition. 
Covid-19 Update 
Where to find the latest information on vaccination, testing, support when self-isolating and restrictions: 
In Lambeth: Coronavirus (Covid-19) public health advice and current restrictions | Lambeth Council
In Southwark: Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Southwark Council
In South East London Boroughs, including Lambeth and Southwark: COVID-19 – South East London CCG (selondonccg.nhs.uk) and for the latest vaccination pop-up clinics click here
Government: Coronavirus (COVID-19) – NHS (www.nhs.uk)
 Best wishes,
SE5 Forum for Camberwell 

Don’t forget you can follow us on Twitter @SE5Forum or Facebook to find out what is happening in Camberwell! 
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Camberwell Talks: the vibrant voices of SE5 – join the conversation • plus: Camberwell Fair sounds on the green and Brunswick Park streetspace review
Camberwell Talks – join the conversation.
Buy your Camberwell Talks tickets on Eventbrite here.

SE5 Forum invites you to our first series of monthly Camberwell Talks -The Vibrant Voices of SE5 given by a diverse range of lovely and inspiring people from, about or connected to Camberwell. 

We are very pleased to present our first line-up of speakers from September-December 2021. First up is ‘The Mumper’ Mark Baxter on 6 September, writer, raconteur and film maker, on his colourful life and Camberwell’s influence on it. Here’s Mark on Twitter: 


Following Mark on 4 October is local fine art photographer John Yabrifa on pictures, philosophy and community, Keely Stanhope on the glory of exotic veg on 1 November and on 6 December, BBC broadcaster, writer and musician Neil Brand

The talks will run on the first Monday of the month 7-9pm, thanks to the generosity of the fantastic The Camberwell Arms, which is lending its space for free. Tickets cost £10 or £7 concession, which includes a drink and 10% off a meal. There will also be a raffle and with numbers limited to 45, there’s a good chance of winning! 

Buy your Camberwell Talks tickets on Eventbrite here

Or pop down to the SE5 Forum stall at the farmers’ market on Camberwell Green on Saturdays 10am- 2pm to buy a ticket.

We hope you’ll be inspired to come and listen and join in the Camberwell conversation!

If you would like to be a speaker or know someone who would – please get in touch with SE5 Forum by email at: admin@se5forum.org.uk.  

Camberwell Talks – The Vibrant Voices of SE5  at The Camberwell Arms, 65 Camberwell Church Street, SE5 8TR


Camberwell Fair: Summer sounds come to the Green
Camberwell Fair‘s Summer Series Part 2 brings more uplifting sounds to Camberwell Green with its second series of summer concerts in August and September:

“After the stonking success of Camberwell Fair’s Summer Series Part 1 on Myatt’s Fields Park, we are thrilled to announce Part 2 on Camberwell Green from this Saturday 14 August! Over the next 6 weeks of August and September, Saturday afternoons will be filled with live music from the hottest global and local musicians, artists and bands on the green for everyone to enjoy!”

Camberwell Fair Summer Series has been created for local communities to enjoy live music for free, safely in their communities. All performances take place on Camberwell Green 3-6pm, so bring a picnic, get ready to dance and enjoy the best live music celebrating the vibrant and diverse cultures of Camberwell.  Saturday 14 August: Kicking off the series will be Sister Cookie with her dynamite sound and dose of funk-soul-blues medicine.

Saturday 21 August: Grupo Lokito take to the stage with a modern-day cocktail of music fusing Congolese grooves with the fire of Cuban music. 

Saturday 28 August: A stellar line-up featuring WheelUP (Tru Thoughts), Tiawa (Tru Thoughts) and Chiminyo (Gearbox).

Saturday 4 September: Camberwell Fair Artists in Residence take over the Summer Series. Artists & Mentors K.O.G., Tawiah, Gaika and Shirley Tetteh have been working with 12 emerging artists as part of the programme supported by PRS Foundation’s The Open Fund to test new ideas, collaborate and develop their practice. South East London legend Joe Milli will close the party with a mix of afro, soul, house, funk and grime.Saturday 11 September: things get even hotter on the green with The Heatwave vs Tash LC x Fehdah. 

Saturday 18 September: Closing the Summer Series on Camberwell Green are The Dylema Collective, a talented collective of musicians put together by female lead Dylema that blend contemporary jazz, poetry and soulful harmonies.

NB: These events are intimate, pop-up performances for smaller audiences, given the impact of Covid-19 in our communities. There are no additional stages, stalls, food trucks or bars. Camberwell Fair organisers ask that any rubbish is taken away with you to ensure our green flag park is kept litter-free.

For more info: camberwellfair.co.uk#CFSummerSeries

 Brunswick Park Streetspace consultation – have your say

The Brunswick park streetspace scheme was introduced in 2020, which saw roads around the park blocked off to traffic to make it safer for pedestrians and cyclists. You can now have your say on this scheme and whether you’d like to see permanent changes: 

The consultation link is here: 

SE5 Forum Market Stall
Visit our market stall on Saturdays 10-2 on Camberwell Green
Come and browse our new Camberwell Identity merchandise as well as our popular range of Camberwell mugs, butterfly t-shirts and more. And find out about our latest work and campaigns. We’re always looking for volunteers to help on the stall – setting up and down or helping on the stall. If you’re interested, please email: getinvolved@se5forum.org.uk.
Covid-19 Update 
Where to find the latest information on vaccination, testing, support when self-isolating and restrictions: 
In Lambeth: Coronavirus (Covid-19) public health advice and current restrictions | Lambeth Council
In Southwark: Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Southwark Council
In South East London Boroughs, including Lambeth and Southwark: COVID-19 – South East London CCG (selondonccg.nhs.uk) and for the latest vaccination pop-up clinics click here
Government: Coronavirus (COVID-19) – NHS (www.nhs.uk)
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