Help create a new public artwork on health and wellbeing for Denmark Hill Station

The local community are invited to help create a sculpture for the new second entrance to Denmark Hill station, which opens in April 2021.

Join the Zoom Workshops on Thursday 24 September 7.30pm or
Friday 25 September 2pm  

In June 2020, station passengers voted for health and wellbeing as the theme of the artwork. South London artist Godfried Donkor was selected through an open competition – the internationally celebrated British Ghanaian artist’s work has been exhibited at the ICA, Smithsonian, Tate Modern and Venice Biennale.  

Godfried’s proposal offers a new take on the traditional Adinkra symbolism of Ghana. Like emojis, but created hundreds of years earlier, Adinkras offer a short-hand, often humorous, representation of shared lessons, proverbs and philosophies. They can encapsulate collective values and reflect on the health and wellbeing of our community in these COVID times.

Next week, Godfried Donkor is holding a series of workshops with local residents and organisations. The purpose is for the local community to contribute ideas to the artist about the Adinkra symbols, their colours and materials that for us mean Health and Wellbeing. We also want to develop our own Camberwell Adinkra symbol. These ideas will form the basis of the new sculpture.

Come and join an online session with the artist, organised by Camberwell Arts, on Thursday 24September, from 7.30pm or on Friday 25 September at 2pm. To request a Zoom link for the workshops, please email: 

Godfried is working with a wide range of local partners – led by the Camberwell Society and including Camberwell Arts, SE5 Forum, Camberwell Identity group, Network Rail, Govia Thameslink, Kings College Hospital and the Maudsley hospital (SLaM) – to bring this new artwork to Camberwell. Godfried will also be delivering private workshops with local community groups and schools, including Dog Kennell Hill Adventure Playground, Love Walk Residential Centre, the Maudsley hospital and Sacred Heart School.  

The completed artwork is due to be unveiled in April 2021, as part of the new entrance for Denmark Hill Station.

For further information about the art work, please contact

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SE5 Forum for Camberwell’s campaign to re-open Camberwell Train Station continues

SE5 Forum for Camberwell’s campaign to re-open Camberwell Train Station continues!

Bid for Department of Transport’s ‘Restoring our Railways’ Ideas Fund now at second stage.  

Please Retweet your Support!

As many of you know, the campaign for a re-opened Camberwell train station has been going on for some years now – thanks to the ongoing support from all sections of the local community, major stakeholders such as the hospitals, institutions and University of the Arts London, Southwark Council and our local MPs Helen Hayes and Harriet Harman, among many others who support the case for a station. 

 Now SE5 Forum is continuing its campaign to re-open Camberwell train station with a bid to the Department of Transport’s Restoring our Railways Ideas Fund.

We now need your help again. Please show your support for our bid to the Department of Transport’s Restoring our Railways Ideas Fund before the panel reviews the bids by the end of July. As this was a last-minute bid and we are short on time, we can’t do an extensive campaign but are asking, in the first instance, for some show of support on our social media.

Please support us on Twitter by retweeting (and commenting on) our Tweet here @se5forum

You can also like our post on Facebook here.

Or drop us an email

Southwark News has covered the story:

 Read our Press release below:

 SE5 Forum bid to governments Restoring Your Railway fund as campaign for Camberwell train station continues 

SE5 Forum for Camberwell, with backing from local MPs, Southwark Council and residents, leads initiative for re-opening Camberwell train station. 

The SE5 Forum has confirmed that it has submitted a bid for funding to the Restoring Your Railway programme run by the Department of Transport to build on the business case for re-opening Camberwell train station. A successful funding award from the New Ideas workstream would allow the business case for Camberwell Station to be refined, gain a better understanding of build costs and timetabling options, and provide early design work and invite local feedback. 

Helen Hayes, MP for Dulwich and West Norwood, says: “Along with my constituency neighbour Harriet Harman MP, I met with the Minister for Transport, presenting him with a petition signed by more than 2,000 of our constituents, asking for the train station to be re-opened. So we were both delighted to sponsor this SE5 Forum bid to Restoring Your Railway.”

The campaign had a major setback in 2018, when a study by TfL suggested that the local benefits would be outweighed by the impact on long distance commuters. However, more recently SE5 Forum has understood that Network Rail is undergoing a major strategy review of all its London services. In that context, SE5 Forum believes it would be possible to consider areas such as Camberwell not currently served by effective transport links.

Councillor Richard Livingstone, Cabinet Member for Environment, Transport and the Climate Emergency and Councillor Johnson Situ, Cabinet Member for Growth, Development and Planning, at Southwark Council, said: “We’re pleased to be match funding this important initiative and supporting SE5 Forum with their long standing campaign for better transport links in the area. We too hope that these works will drive the local economy and help to create jobs for local people.”

Southwark Council also successfully bid for £2m from the Mayor’s Good Growth fund to improve Station Road in Camberwell (where the old Camberwell train station was sited). SE5 Forum believes  there could be a multiplier effect from working up these initiatives at the same time, gaining even better outcomes for the area.

Barbara Pattinson, Chair of SE5 Forum, adds: “We would like the judges on the Restoring Your Railway award panel to know that Camberwell may be an inner city area, but the quality of transport and access is relatively poor. Helping us to develop the business case for re-opening Camberwell train station would put us on track for improving facilities which would really help local residents, as well as all the millions attending King’s College Hospital and the Maudsley Hospital.

Successful bidders to Restoring Your Railway funding will be announced in the autumn, so meanwhile SE5 Forum is asking its members and local residents and businesses to take to Twitter and other social media to show their ongoing support for Camberwell station.

SE5 Forum is a voluntary constituted group which works to improve the area and make Camberwell a better place to work and live. 

Restoring Your Railway/New Ideas , Department of Transport:

For further information please contact: Sophy Tayler, SE5 Forum Board Member, or Mobile: 07584 390712 or

SE5 Forum on Twitter: 

ATTACHED PDF: Restoring Your Railway bid by SE5 Forum for Camberwell plus appendices

Helen Hayes MP for Dulwich and West Norwood and Harriet Harman MP for Camberwell and Peckham supporting the earlier SE5 Forum campaign for the train station. 

Timeline of Camberwell Train Station campaign since 2016:

What is the Restoring your Railways bid?

As part of the ongoing push for a station, at the beginning of 2020, SE5 Forum organised a meeting with Network Rail, which was a great opportunity to understand the process that railway planners are going through to develop a wider London Strategy. The hope is that this will create extra capacity, allowing Thameslink trains sufficient stopping time (an average of 90 seconds) at the new Camberwell Station

In May 2020, sponsored by our MPs Helen Hayes and Harriet Harman, we put in an Expression of Interest for funding to develop a train station Business Plan to the Department of Transport’s new Ideas fund of Restoring Your Railways Fund.

We’ve now got to the next stage and, with the support of the London Borough of Southwark, have submitted a longer document explaining how we propose to develop our plans. We needed matched funding  and Southwark Council have been fantastic in earmarking enough cash so that we could outline plans for a comprehensive and compelling bid. 

Working through costs of complex engineering work is something that the next stage of work/planning really needs to look at. And it would mean we could develop high level plans for the station that everyone can comment on. 

Also, London Borough of Southwark has been granted funding from the Mayor’s Good Growth fund to improve Station Road. The railway arches are now owned by Archco, which is looking to bring in further investment. Taken altogether, it should be possible to look again at the economic benefits of a train station – not just for new housing, but also looking more widely at economic regeneration and employment.

The planning horizon for Network Rail, when thinking about stations and infrastructure, is decades. So we are looking well beyond the immediate issues of the Covid-19 crisis to the late 2020s for a possible opening date. 

What are our chances of getting the funding? 

An expert panel is reviewing all the bids, and we should hear in the autumn. Because it’s a rolling programme, we know that in the last funding round, there were 60 bidders, and 10 got awarded funding. There are 50 bidders this time round. We are slightly unusual, in that we are an inner city bidder, and that the bid is led by a community organisation.

Thanks for all your support! 

More Background Information: 

Government Press Release: Demand from England and Wales to Restore Beeching Lines as deadline for proposals closes

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Covid-19 Support Page: Find out how to get and give help

Find out here:
• how to get help, support and advice in the Covid-19 crisis
• how to volunteer and help vulnerable people, foodbanks and the NHS
• Find specialist support for domestic abuse, mental health and more
• Find support if you are a local business.

SE5 Forum, as a voluntary group, is keen to help all members of our community at this extremely difficult time, especially those vulnerable and self-isolating. Also to support those wanting to help others, too. So we will do our best by circulating and sharing essential and useful information online through our website here, on social media and through our regular e-newsletters.

Below is a list we’ve started to put together of useful links for the community. We will add to this and keep it as up-to-date as possible on our website. Please send us any news and information that you’d like us to share with members.
You can contact us on email: or via Twitter @SE5Forum or SE5 Forum’s Facebook page.



NHS Advice on Covid-19:
Click here for advice from the NHS.

Government advice for employers and businesses:

Lambeth Council Covid-19 advice:

Lambeth Council support for vulnerable people:
Helpline number: 020 7926 2999
The helpline is open from 8am – 8pm everyday.
For more info on support from Lambeth Council for vulnerable people, click here, – including welfare, benefits and council tax support, employment support and advice, and a list of support organisations in Lambeth.

Lambeth Living Well Network Alliance has helpful advice here.

Southwark Council – Covid-19 Support and Advice:
From financial support, food banks and access to emergency food, vulnerable people, how to help, business support and more, go to Southwark’s Covid-19 pages on its website:
Southwark Council has also set up a Community Hub to support people who are vulnerable and/or need to be shielded from the Coronavirus. To get support, email: or tel: 020 7525 5000 and choose Option 3.

Citizens Advice Southwark – no face-to-face appointments but if you have financial difficulties and/or can’t pay bills or rent/mortgage. Tel: 0344 499 4134  or go to website to get email or online advice:
There is also a dedicated telephone number for carers: 0300 330 1170

Southwark Wellbeing Hub: find out about food banks and other essential advice and support at: Email:

Older people:
Age UK: Tel: 0800 169 6565.
Age UK London: @ageuklondon 0800 678 1602
Age UK Lewisham & Southwark:

Community Southwark has launched a map as a guide to all services in Southwark during Covid – for communities, volunteers and frontline workers. The map has information on food resources, community groups and organisations, TRAs, mutual aid groups, faith networks and charities providing extra support to the most vulnerable people during Covid-19. Learn more about Community Southwark map here. This includes: Signposting & Advice, Virtual Meets and Online Activities, Legal Advice & Universal Credit, Domestic Abuse, Befriending, Telephone Calls, Shopping, Delivery & Collection, Medicines & Prescriptions Collection, Mental Health, Wellbeing and Bereavement, Help Getting Online, Homelessness, Translation & ESOL. Other services – Mutual Aid Groups, Tenant and Residents Groups (Coming Soon), Online & web resources (Coming Soon).


Emergency 999 Met Police: If you’re in danger, you can also dial 999 and do a ‘silent 999 call‘, where you press 55 after dialling 999. The Met Police is urging those suffering domestic violence to speak out – you will not be penalised for leaving your home to seek help.
National Domestic Abuse Helpline: Tel: 0808 2000 247. For guidance and support 24h/day, run by domestic abuse charity Refuge for women & children: There’s a quick link to escape/hide the website from view.
Solace (London): Tel: 0808 802 5565.
Women’s Aid website has an online chat function:
Southwark Council helpline: 020 7593 1290
The Respect Phoneline provides confidential advice and support to help perpetrators stop being violent and abusive, and is free to call 0808 8024040
Men’s Advice Line: 0808 801 0327 a confidential helpline for male victims of domestic violence and those supporting
Karma Nirvana: 0800 5999 247 Mon to Fri 9am–5pm supporting victims of honour based abuse and forced
Hour Glass: 0808 808 8141 challenging the abuse of older people in all its forms
Galop LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Helpline: 0800 999 5428


Contact Southwark Council: or phone Kevin Dykes at 07944754977. If you know a child and who needs help or protection, then trained social workers are available at Southwark MASH on 0207 525 1921 or by email on

Help, advice and support available for children and young peopleSouthwark young advisors are currently mentoring young people by phone with their parents’ consent. Email Please include the young person’s name, their parents contact details and address, and a little detail.  The aim is to tell young people about positive online training, online learning opportunities, and specialist support services.

If you know a child or young person who wants to have a live internet chat with someone from the Princes Trust, about their future, education, safety or general well being and health, they can go to:  on a phone or computer and use the Live Chat function to reach a trained person who will understand them and help them.

The Children’s Society are also here to help, with the emphasis on empowering children and young people and disrupting situations that risks children becoming victims of exploitation:

Child safety:
Childline: 0800 1111


The Samaritans have good advice and resources on mental health on their website or call The Samaritans on Tel: 116
Mind: 0300 123 3393
Solidarity in Crisis offers an out-of-hours advice line; click here.
*See our mental health tips at bottom of page below

Check your local dentist for phone advice.

Camberwell Dental Care is offering phone advice on dental issues for free as a service to the community. The service is available for phone triage, advice, issue of prescriptions, and possible onward referral to Urgent Dental Care centres in severe emergencies.
Camberwell Dental Care, 6 Camberwell Church St, SE5 8QU. Tel: 020 7703 0301


Southwark Mutual Aid Covid-19 groups organises volunteers on a local basis. Find your local group here if you need help or want to help: Or on the Southwark Mutual Aid Google sheets document which is constantly being updated. This has lists of local WhatsApp groups on individual streets and areas and how to set one up, as well as information on local community groups, foodbanks, volunteering, businesses doing local deliveries, mental health resources and more.
Southwark Mutual Aid Covid-19 Facebook page – look on this Facebook page to post or find help and support in SE5.
Southwark Mutual Aid Covid 19 Facebook:

Southwark CAN/Community Southwark has set up new website pages with information on Southwark Mutual Aid groups and how to join them, volunteering opportunities, information on Foodbanks and support for local charity and volunteering efforts to help the community during the crisis: For specific volunteering opportunities:

A useful website for sharing help locally is

The Lambeth Mutual Aid Covid-19 also does the same. Refer to their links: Lambeth Covid mutual aid and their Lambeth Whatsapp coordination spreadsheet, this has links to Whatsapp groups which have been set-up for streets or wards across Lambeth, but now have some more local neighbourhoods. The Lambeth Mutual Aid Covid-19 Facebook page can be found here:

Lambeth Council has started its own volunteer scheme:
Twitter: @lambeth_council. Lambeth Council is appealing for volunteers to help support vulnerable people during the Coranvirus outbreak Enlist here:

Volunteering Opportunities and guidance can also be found on The Mayor of London‘s website: Go to the Covid-19 information and advice here, which includes finding volunteering opportunities.

St Giles Trust in Camberwell is appealing to all of their supporters to donate what they can to their Covid 19 crisis fund. They will be supporting local vulnerable
people. Brewbird café is closed but supporting St Giles Trust by operating as a social supermarket.

Southwark Pensioners Centre needs your help. Over 70 of their older people have asked for help with either a weekly social telephone call, food delivery or prescriptions delivery. Go to:
Twitter: Southwark Pensioners @SwarkPensioners

Pedal Me: Cycle couriers including @pedalmeapp are delivering essential food supplies to people in self-isolation, in partnership with councils and businesses. Cycle freight is crucial to #zerocarbonroads but more than that, it’s saving lives and caring for people in need of help.


The Trussell Trust and Independent Food Aid Network – charities which represent food banks across London and the UK – have recently reported some food banks have been forced to close or are considering closing due to a shortage of food and personnel. Please consider supporting your local food bank with a donation of food, money or time. You can find your local food bank and more information on how you can support them at: or

Southwark Council have set up a food access page for those who are unable to afford food or who are self-isolating and can’t access food. Some of the food access points listed for those in need are:

Central Southwark Community Hub Foodbanks, including St Giles Parish Hall, 161 Benhill Road, SE5 7LL – available to those referred or with school vouchers or universal credit. Tel: 020 7703 1653 or 07762 501656. email: website:

PECAN Southwark Foodbank. Pecan is a Peckham Charity that does a range of work in the community including hosting the Southwark Foodbank. You can donate to their general COVID appeal here:
If you want to volunteer your time please ring 020 7732 0007 or email You can make a financial donation here:
If you want to volunteer to help at the foodbank contact –
The current Southwark Foodbank Shopping list is here Donations can be dropped off at Pecan, 121A Peckham High Street SE15 5SE, Monday, Tuesday & Thursday from 10am-12pm.

The Pantry in Chandler Way, SE15 – a community-run shop – for a small monthly fee, shoppers can buy groceries at an affordable price.

Albrighton Community Fridge operated by Albrighton Community Centre, off Dog Kennel Hill, is asking for food donations. Open 10am through to 4pm Monday to Friday. The Community Fridge has been providing long and short life food for a number of years now and are now responding to the current COVID crisis with an expansion of their current provision to include delivery to those self isolating and shielding. They are also working with Southwark Council’s COVID Community Hub delivering to households in urgent need of food provision, not just in the immediate area but also further afield. You can also donate to them via: 

Also look on Southwark Wellbeing Hub for more details on food banks:

Community bridges is operating a basics food delivery service for those in self-isolation  in SE5 and SE15 – order online and they deliver to your door: Tel: 0800 046 5393.

For local food and drink businesses that are running collection and deliveries, please go to our local businesses page.


Lambeth Council has set up a dedicated page with information for voluntary community sector  organisations including details of where to seek additional funding and support.

Southwark CAN/Community Southwark is supporting local voluntary and charity organisations with Covid-19 advice and support for local community groups and volunteering. Find out more here: and

Voluntary sector organisations may be able to get help from:
City Bridge Trust has given £1 million to an emergency fund
Help Musicians Coronavirus Financial Hardship Fund
John Lewis PartnershipCommunity Support Fund
Arts Council EnglandCovid-19 support
London Community FoundationCoronavirus Appeal
National Emergencies TrustCoronavirus Appeal


Lumberjack cafe in Camberwell is dropping off meals for NHS staff at King’s College Hospital and has been asked to supply other NHS organisations. Please donate buy buying their bundles at:

Wellbeing deliveries for King’s Hospital workers: Local resident Jill Orr is successfully fundraising a regular supply of food, drinks and healthy refreshments to King’s NHS heroes by stocking up their Wellbeing Centres for NHS workers at King’s College Hospital on Denmark Hiland Princess Royal Kings for Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. Find out more at:

Meals for the NHS: buy a meal for NHS workers with this fundraiser online. After 18-hour shifts trying to save our lives from COVID-19, NHS Hospital Staff are faced with canteens that shut at 5pm. Help get food to wards with your donation.

National NHS Volunteer Scheme: The government has launched a national scheme for volunteers to help the NHS, which has seen a massive response. Find out more here: You can sign up to be a Community Response volunteer, NHS Transport volunteer, or Check-in and Chat volunteer.


Lambeth Council support for businesses:
Lambeth have set up a dedicated information page for businesses in Lambeth which they will be using to share updates. The Government has announced that all non-essential retail premises must close to limit the spread of coronavirus (Covid-19). It is important that all Lambeth businesses urgently read the new guidance.

Southwark Council has a business support page and has now paid over £15 million to local businesses in business grants – another £45 million due out soon. Go to their support page.
Southwark Council has also set up a Business Hardship Fund for smaller businesses:


Everyone is affected by the lockdown in different ways. We are bombarded by advice and resources on-line but some most vulnerable people don’t have access to these. Many local groups are working hard to identify and help where they can.The impact on mental health is huge whatever your situation. Anxiety, loneliness, boredom and uncertainty can be helped by focussing on any positive things in your life rather than the negatives.

List tasks that you now have time to do rather than dwelling on missed activities.
Make an effort to communicate with friends and family by phone or internet meetings on apps such as Zoom /video calls.
Talk about your worries to others via contacts or helplines. Ask for help where needed.
Take each day at a time and plan tasks for the day. Have some structure to the day.
Look after your body with healthy diet and some exercise. Take up yoga or Tai Chi.
Start a new hobby or interest.
Have concern for others.
Seek out pleasurable things e.g. beautiful flowers, art , special food.
Limit time spent reading/hearing about the news.
Some things are certain that the sun will rise and set each day and there will be an end to this lockdown.

Southwark Council AND Lambeth Council General Updates:
Lambeth Council information:
The council’s number one priority is to support the over 4,000 most vulnerable residents in our borough. We are working very closely with our foodbanks, Lambeth Larder, Age UK and other organisations to ensure vulnerable residents have access to the supplies they need to stay safely at home. In only a week we have put in place a network which will shortly be called into action to deliver at a local level. We are launching a helpline for vulnerable people to contact the council as part of our Community Hub which is the command centre for their protection and where food and medicine delivery, connection and distance support as well as intelligence and information will be coordinated.
Now, we need to harness the energy of our community to help our neighbours at this time of great need – please volunteer online at to take part in this enormous community effort.
Rent relief for voluntary and community sector and businesses that rent council properties and are most impacted by the crisis including hairdressers, cafes, restaurants, beauty salons and non-food retailers. This benefits over 220 local small businesses and community organisations.
Grants to businesses – Government have announced grants of either £10,000 or £25,000 for businesses who receive Small Business Rate Relief or are in the retail, hospitality or leisure sectors. From today we are paying these grants directly to businesses who are eligible, and we are doing this before receiving the funding from Government. There is no need to apply for this and those who are eligible will be contacted directly.
Business Rates relief – the business rate relief support announced by Government is being applied to accounts automatically. This includes 100% business rate relief for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses for 2020/21.
Freezing commercial waste charges for any pub, club or restaurant that requests it.
A Business Task Force with Lambeth’s seven Business Improvement Districts, coordinating our response and working up additional proposals to support local businesses and support the eventual economic recovery effort.
Expanding our Emergency Support Scheme for those at immediate risk of financial hardship, with an extra £500,000 for emergency financial support for Lambeth residents.
Pausing all enforcement activity against people for council tax and rent arrears during the pandemic. It is vital you keep paying your council tax and rent if you can so you do not fall into debt but we do not wish to cause anxiety for people at this stressful time. We have already committed to not pursuing any evictions during this period as well. Expanding our support for vulnerable people who struggle to pay their council taxby increasing the scope and funding for our Council Tax Support Scheme.
Offering council tax payment flexibility, for example switching direct debit payments so they run from June to March. Please contact the council tax team if you wish to discuss this further.
We have invested additional money in our Crowdfunding platform to enable grants for local community organisations that are responding to the pandemic.
Free parking for NHS staff, social care staff and other key workers in the borough.

Southwark Council information:
A new community hub will support vulnerable residents, and especially those who the NHS has identified as needing to take extra care (known as the shielding programme). Our priority will be to work with voluntary and community groups to help those who are unable to rely on friends and family. We will make sure they receive the food, essential supplies, medicines and social contact they need. You can find out more here.
We are taking action locally to provide financial protection to those in our communities who are most in need. We have supplemented our Southwark emergency support scheme (SESS) budget of £650,000 per year with an additional emergency fund of £1.5 million. We have suspended all debt recovery actions related to council tax and business rates and are looking at how we can help residents who are struggling financially. We also have information and support if you’re struggling with rent payments.
Information about business grants, business rates relief, the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan scheme and much more is available on our business support webpage which is being regularly updated. We know this is a very difficult time for the Southwark business community. If you have questions or concerns, please contact us.
We are currently keeping our parks open so that residents have somewhere to exercise and get some fresh air alone or with members of their household, but it is essential that we all limit our time outside and stay at least 2 metres away from other people. Any enclosed areas within parks where it is more difficult to keep away from other people (such as playgrounds, cafés, tennis courts) have been closed.
Our libraries are now closed. However, we are auto-renewing all loans and cancelling overdue fines until we can reopen, so there’s no need to worry about any books or DVDs that you’ve already borrowed. In the meantime, you can explore our huge, free, online library offering. We have free audiobooks and online booksfree magazines and newspapersfree movie streaming and more.
Waste and recycling
Although our Reuse and Recycling Centre is currently closed to the public, we are prioritising the collection of household waste, and will reach you as quickly as possible. We ask that you please bear with us if your waste is collected on a later day than normal, as we are experiencing some delays.
All health and key workers in Southwark are being allocated free, virtual parking permits. These are associated with their registered vehicles and apply to all of our permitted parking spaces. The permits are allocated through the businesses and organisations that employ health and key workers. We have reached out to as many as we can identify, including NHS workers, schools and police, but would invite other such employers to come forward by emailing. Controlled Parking Zones (CPZs) will continue to operate, with parking concessions for health and key workers. Parking restrictions and CPZs play an important role in keeping traffic moving and ensuring that deliveries (especially essential medical supplies) reach their destinations on time.

We hope to post more information soon. In the meantime, keep us informed and check for updates on our social media channels and our website – see links below. Keep safe everyone!

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 Food Businesses: What’s Open for collection & delivery

Below is a list of businesses that are open for collection or deliveries in Camberwell as of 2 April 2020. We will keep updating this page and will also be putting up the information at Denmark Hill station for NHS hospital staff and other key workers. Please share this information to those who need it: eg. who are self-isolating or vulnerable and volunteers who are helping them.

For information on Foodbanks and access to food for those in need, please go to our Covid-19 Support Page to find contact details.

You can also find local businesses operating deliveries (not just food & drink) on My Virtual Neighbourhood website, which has a section on Camberwell.

Also check Uber Eats, Deliveroo, Just Eat and other delivery business options for local cafe and restaurant deliveries.

Camberwell Online blog has also set up a map of local businesses that may be open for collection or delivery.

Community Bridges is helping those self-isolating by delivering essentials that can be ordered on their website: Freephone: 0800 046 5393. Email: Website:


Don’t forget to keep your social distance!

Adams Food and Wine
6 Coldharbour Lane 020 7738 4983 Wide range of beers and booze and some groceries 

All Stars Food and Wine
112 Coldharbour Lane. Neighbourhood convenience store.

Bolu Kabab
Collection only service. Open 12-12

Bright News 
62 Coldharbour Lane, Camberwell SE5. Greeting Cards, Groceries, Household Goods, National Lottery, Off Licence, Oyster Card, Scratch Cards, Stationery, Travelcards.

Cafe Noir
Open for collection only customers through Uber etc. 9-9 daily. 07951 581520

The Camberwell Arms
Shop and delivery open. For cook at home meals and beer and wine, order online. Otherwise pop down to buy fresh produce, fresh bread and pasta and wines and beers.
65 Camberwell Church St, Camberwell, London SE5 8TR

Open for take-away. Telephone to order from 12pm. 020 7207 1612.

Celtic Bakery
From the people who usually run the Saturday market stall. Deliveries of bread, cakes, croissants on Wednesdays Fridays and Saturdays. 07464 962712

Chicken Express
47 Denmark  Hill. Opening hours 12 noon to midnight. Delivery or collection of chicken, burgers, fries family and kids meals.

The Crooked Well is open Fri -Sun 1-5pm for collect/takeaway wine, beer, cocktails and classic meals. You can also buy vouchers with credit to support the business.

A grocery shop has opened under new management.

FM Mangal is open from 12 each day for takeaway and collection.

Falafel & Shawarma
27 Camberwell Church Street. Open for take-aways. Free drinks for NHS staff.

Open for take away, collection and Uber Eats. 4.00-10.00

Offering a collection service. Open 12-9 daily. 020 7701 0400.

General Stores Etc.
41 Denmark Hill. This family-run business is an Aladdin’s Cave of everything you need for the house.

Hardware Howard Brothers
From paint and plumbing to electricals and even some motor parts, Howard Bros has been solving Camberwell’s DIY dilemmas for decades. Open Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm, Saturday 9am to 5pm. Only two customers at a time. 

Hayatt Lebanese takeaway 
Offering a takeaway service 12 to 12. Collection Only 21 Camberwell Church St 02077016004

The Hill Bakery
4a Grove Lane. Now open. Wed-Sat 10-4pm

Favourite local diner. Now doing collection only. 104-106 Coldharbour Lane, SE5 9PZ.

Keely’s fruit and veg 
Fresh Fruit, vegetables and eggs. Market stall next to Denmark Hill station. Open 7am to 2pm onday to Friday. Deliveries locally. Email Surplus donated to Kings well being centre 

Knock Knock 
Camberwell business delivers veg boxes and dairy boxes

Cafe closed but offering orders, bread, cakes, milks  for home delivery – free within half mile radius. You can also buy a breakfast for an NHS worker £6 or a lunch for an NHS worker £12 Order on line only.

Marsh Produce
Family farm from Kent who usually do the Camberwell Green Market on Saturday. Meat, eggs and veg Order and pay on line. Deliver to Camberwell on Fridays.

Maloko: @mymaloko has started to open for take-away orders. Phone 07534 329883 for pick up or order via Uber Eats.

Milk and More 
Delivers milk, bread, basic groceries. 0345 6063606

Mr Falafel (formerly Cafe Noir)
37 Camberwell Church Street.

Offering a collection service – prefer to have online ordering especially 6-9 pm when extremely busy.

Oregano Leaf
Open for collection or via delivery service .0207 703 5555

New Dewaniam
Open for collection and delivery service every day from 5.30-11.00
0207 7039318

The Pigeon
The Pigeon is now open. They have renovated the space, installed new fridges and have fresh stock. Opening hours Tues-Thurs 3-8pm, Fri 1-8pm, Sat 11am-8pm, Sun 11am-4pm.
Twitter: The Pigeon – Anspach & Hobday@ThePigeon_AH·5h#Camberwell

Reem Restaurant
55 Denmark Hill  0207 358 5271 Lebanese cafe open for takeaway.

Spice and Nice
8a Coldharbour Lane. 020 7733 2283. Favourite bakery, spicy takeaway now doing collection only. 

Stormbird is open Wed-Sun 3-7pm (5pm Sun) for take-outs and deliveries, including draught beer in one litre containers. Check for changes in hours.

Delivery service 12 to 5 pm are the new hours. Pared-back menu. They’re prioritising KHC and NHS people and they have already been delivering to staff at KCH for free. They have set up a fund for ingredients to enable them to provide food for free to KCH staff and have already had donations of £500. These donation vouchers can be purchased from the Instagram account @theospizzeria. For all other customers, a minimum order of £30 and free delivery to SE5 postcode.

The Camberwell Farmers Market has been suspended so SE5 Forum’s Saturday market stall on Camberwell Green is not running at the moment.

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Camberwell Covid Champions: Read positive stories about local volunteers

Clap for our Camberwell Covid Champions!
So many of you in the local community have been helping those in need and we are starting this Positive Stories page about local volunteers – Camberwell Covid Champions, which we will also circulate on social media to keep our spirits up!

Read the latest positive stories from Selborne Covid-19 Mutual Aid group in South Camberwell:
• Will, Freya, Becks, PJ, Ellie, Rosie, and Roddy and Nadia of the Selborne Covid-19 Mutual Aid group have been visiting an extremely anxious and isolated 73-year-old man in lockdown. He is hard of hearing and struggles to talk by phone. Every day they visit and chat to him through his open window, taking biscuits, grocery shopping and  magazines. They have sorted out his Council Tax and gas bills and are trying to source a CD player so he can listen to music. He is a classically trained singer, a former mixologist and has a really interesting history.
• Christina and Lucy, the co-ordinators of the Selborne Mutual Aid group, have organised a daily hot meal for a homeless man now staying in a local hotel.
• Hannah D, Clare, Ellie, Lizzie, Hannah C and Ma are cooking and delivering home-cooked meals every day.
The Selborne group fund their support for local people in isolation through donations to

We would love to hear more of your positive stories and what volunteer efforts, however big or small, are going on in Camberwell. Please send them to us and we can publish them on our website and/or social media. You can write about your own experience giving or getting help. Email:

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Camberwell branding and banners launched by actress Jenny Agutter

The ‘Camberwell Brick’ branding design has been unveiled, with strong cultural and historical significance. The colourful design is featured on the new crowdfunded Camberwell Banners along Denmark Hill to reflect the diversity and vibrancy of the area.

The ‘Camberwell Brick’, created by local design consultancy Studio Sutherland, who have designed identities for the Natural History Museum, Pallant House Gallery and Kings Place, was inspired by the well which features in the area’s name, history and coat of arms. The well acts as a metaphor for Camberwell’s diverse and vibrant community, with each brick able to symbolise different characteristics that come together to make a cohesive whole. The bricks also form the C for Camberwell.

Camberwell-resident Jenny Agutter, currently starring in Call the Midwife, says: “Camberwell is a real neighbourhood; its strong cultural mix and rich history are what make it a great place to live. Using the Camberwell Brick on the banners and other projects will enable us to bring the story of Camberwell’s vibrancy to life, making everyone feel proud of what we have here in SE5.”

The visual branding was commissioned by the Camberwell Identity Group, following research which showed people felt Camberwell can often be overlooked, and its identity overshadowed by the surrounding areas of Peckham, Brixton and Dulwich. The group of volunteers recognised the need to create a sense of place for Camberwell; one which brings the community together, creates more business for local traders and a Camberwell for everyone to be proud of.

“Working closely with our chosen designer, Studio Sutherland, and through on-going community consultations, we have created branding which can show the many reasons Camberwell is a great place to live and work, such as its diversity, green spaces, food & drink and community,” says Jessica Bishop, Chair, Camberwell Identity Group. “We are delighted with the ‘Camberwell Brick’; it provides us with a distinctive and relevant space to own, enabling us to tell the story of Camberwell brick by brick. It will be used to signpost and raise awareness of Camberwell and enhance the look of the area.”

The branding, which uses a palette of colours drawn from local greenery, architecture and the sky, and a typeface created by local typographer Berthold Wolpe, was unveiled today on lamppost banners positioned along Denmark Hill.

The banner themes are based on locals’ favourite aspects of Camberwell which are community, creativity, health, green spaces, businesses and food and drink and the visuals used are by local artists and photographers.

The aim of the banners is to encourage the millions of people that come every year to visit its world-famous hospitals to see more of Camberwell, leading them down the high street to discover the wonderful cafes, shops, green spaces and galleries of Camberwell.

Local business owner Ross Farmer from Support & Sustain, who was consulted on the brand development, says: “the ‘Camberwell Brick’ introduces a consistent and highly visible branding that unites all the different elements that make Camberwell great. The lamppost banners create immediate impact and bring life into the high street which will hopefully boost the local economy by attracting new visitors and customers into Camberwell.”

The Camberwell Identity Group has developed guidelines for all stakeholders, which will allow the brand to work consistently. This will include a bank of imagery donated by local people, artists and photographers. The Group has an open call-out to residents of Camberwell to submit their visuals that they would like to make available for use.

The banners are just the beginning. The Group is in talks with local businesses and organisations, Network Rail and Southwark Council about using the identity, they are looking for a local maker to produce real bricks for use in development projects, and residents will also be encouraged to use and own the idea.

The money for Camberwell Banners was crowdfunded through Spacehive, with donations received from local businesses, community groups and Camberwell residents, and supported with matched funding of £6500 from the Mayor of London’s Crowdfund London scheme.

Camberwell Identity Group

The Camberwell identity group includes brand experts, artists, teachers, and representatives from local churches, mosques and estates. It consulted widely and commissioned local designers Sutherland Studio, whose award-winning portfolio includes the rebrand of the Natural History Museum, had experience of developing identities for geographical locations and also local understanding and connections, to develop the brand identity for Camberwell.

The Wolpe Collection Font

Camberwell even has its own font, thanks to Berthold Ludwig Wolpe – the visionary German-Jewish calligrapher, typographer, designer and illustrator who helped shape graphic design in post-war Europe. He designed the Albertus typeface which is used for many road signs in London.

Having escaped Nazi persecution in Germany in 1935, Wolpe moved to London where he created his legendary Albertus, Sachsenwald and Pegasus fonts for Monotype. In 1941 he joined Faber & Faber, where he designed many of their most beautiful and memorable book jackets over the course of three decades.

Wolpe went on to teach at Camberwell School of Art from 1948-53, as well as designing a masthead for The Times in 1966. He was made a Royal Designer for Industry in 1959, awarded an honorary doctorate by the Royal College of Art in 1968 and appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1983.

The Wolpe Collection, revived by type designer Toshi Omagari, brings together a restored set of his typefaces and reinvigorates the work of a man who was quietly instrumental in the world of British visual culture.

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SE5 Forum AGM 2019: Creating a Camberwell iD


Thank you for coming to our fantastic AGM!
Thank you to everyone who came to our SE5 Forum AGM: Creating a Camberwell iD. It was a highly successful event, with 50+ attendees and lively discussions. 

The main focus of the evening was the work of our Camberwell Identity group in partnership with Camberwell Arts and Camberwell Society and in consultation with the community. Projects to strengthen Camberwell’s identity include murals, banners, vinyls and illustrated maps, as well as a new brand expression for Camberwell that can be used by local organisations and businesses. 

There was also a volunteer presentation by Southwark’s Deputy Mayor Barrie Hargrove and our Chair Barbara Pattinson to community safety volunteer Mark Webb, who had received the Keib Thomas Active Citizen of the Year award from Community Southwark.  

We would also like to thank Camberwell College of Arts, University of Arts London (UAL) for their kind offer of the Wilson Hall for the event. 


SE5 Forum for Camberwell would like to invite you to our upcoming AGM 2019 which will present:

• This year’s topic – Creating a Camberwell iD.
A panel of speakers & discussion on our ambitious Identity Group projects, including: a new brand design iD for Camberwell, devised using wide consultation with the community; Camberwell Banners (successfully crowdfunded and with Mayor of London backing); murals (one already completed on Camberwell New Road – see below); and a Travel Guide to Camberwell.
All to create a buzz in the area and support the local economy. 

The latest developments in our strategic areas of Transport, Business & Identity as per our Strategy & Action Plan 2018-21

• Q&A and community safety, chair’s and finance reports.

The AGM takes place on Wednesday 2 October 6.15-8.30pm at Wilson Road Hall, Camberwell College of Arts, University of the Arts London (UAL), 1 Wilson Road, SE5 8LU.

We really hope you can join us on this occasion. Refreshments, as always, will be provided. 

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TV actor Jenny Agutter O.B.E. backs Camberwell Banners and new partnership with Denmark Hill Station
TV actor Jenny Agutter O.B.E. backs Camberwell Banners and new partnership with Denmark Hill Station

But we still need help from local residents and businesses to reach our Camberwell Banners crowdfunding target on Spacehive! 

Local actor Jenny Agutter O.B.E., star of Call the Midwife, has now joined actor Lorraine Chase in supporting our Camberwell Banners crowdfunding project on Spacehive, And with the £6,500 Mayor of London matchfunding too, we’re getting near our target.

Just £1,078 more to raise to reach £10,703. But we’ve only got 22 days left!

We need your help to brighten our high street and support our local cafes, shops and businesses!

We want to thank all those fantastic pledgers to Camberwell Banners so far. But if you haven’t already, if you can pledge any amount to Camberwell Banners, however big or small amount, or pledge again just £5 – we will be able to install inspiring lamppost banners down Denmark Hill. Or why not spread the word and encourage a friend or colleague to give. 
Please pledge here at: 

As Jenny Agutter tweets: “Support your local shops and facilities folks… Enjoy them quietly in case they disappear quietly!” 

Jenny Agutter is not only backing our Camberwell Banners project but has also launched a new local partnership with Denmark Hill Station – with the help of Mole the terrier. Jenny, famous for her role in the Railway Children, was welcomed by new Station Manager Louis Williams, Florence Eshalomi, Chair of the Transport Committee of the London Assembly,  local Councillor Jason Ochere and members of the Camberwell Identity group, who represent Camberwell Arts, Camberwell Society and SE5 Forum. Local residents including Mole the terrier joined in.

The colourful signposting installed at Denmark Hill station – along with the Camberwell Banners – will lead station visitors to explore the great shops, cafes & green spaces down in Camberwell.

Anyone can pledge (again) to Camberwell Banners here:

Many thanks from SE5 Forum, Camberwell Arts and Camberwell Society, working with the local community. 
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Colour comes to Camberwell! New mural launched by school pupils is first of our local identity projects

Pupils from Sacred Heart School art club in Camberwell opened the first mural today to be painted as part of Camberwell’s place identity project.

The Camberwell mural by Lionel Stanhope, famous for his vintage typography, is on Camberwell New Road under the railway bridge right next to Sacred Heart School.

The colours were chosen by the pupils from Sacred Heart who said it best reflected how they see Camberwell – Culture, Colour, Cool, Community, saying that these colours give life to the bridge.

The mural is part of a new Camberwell identity project by SE5 Forum, Camberwell Society and Camberwell Arts with the community and businesses. The aim is to bring to life Camberwell’s unique, vibrant identity and make everyone feel proud of Camberwell.

Jordan Naylor, Art teacher at Sacred Heart explains “We have been studying Bob and Roberta Smith – promoting the arts with text art. So, this mural is really relevant to the pupils’ work and it is great to be involved in something representing Camberwell’s community.”

Eddie Burton, Customer Service Manager at Network Rail, who are funding the mural, said: “Our experience across South London is that these artworks inspire pride in people’s neighbourhoods and encourage people to respect railway bridges and other structures.

The Camberwell identity group, which includes brand experts, artists, teachers, representatives from churches, mosques and estates, is now raising money to install raised lamppost banners along Denmark Hill. The banners aim to lead visitors down the high street to discover the wonderful cafes, shops, green spaces and galleries of Camberwell – please donate any amount here by 12 August to help us reach our target:

The mural has already attracted a local twitter storm:

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Local celebrity Lorraine Chase backs our Camberwell Banners campaign

We are excited to announce that local resident, TV star, actress and presenter Lorraine Chase is supporting our Camberwell Banners crowdfund campaign on Spacehive.

Lorraine says: “As a resident of Camberwell, born and bred, l’m proud to support the Camberwell Banners crowdfund campaign and share the delights of my community to support our wonderful pubs, restaurants and cafes, as well as local businesses.”

Thanks Lorraine!
You can pledge to Camberwell Banners here.

And also thanks to the Mayor of London, who has now awarded our Camberwell Banners campaign with a generous £6,500 donation (more than 50% of our target) from the Crowdfund London scheme, which backs community projects in the capital. Camberwell Banners is only one of two projects in Southwark, and one of 23 in London, to receive matchfunding from the Mayor. 

We’re now getting close to our target but we still need your help!
We need to get to £10,712 by 12 August or the project can’t happen. 
Please pledge now at:

Camberwell Banners – by SE5 Forum, Camberwell Arts and Camberwell Society – will install banners from Denmark Hill to Camberwell Green, to encourage visitors down into Camberwell to enjoy our excellent shops, eateries, green spaces and facilities – helping to give a well-needed boost to the high street. 

Many thanks to those who’ve already pledged to Camberwell Banners and keep spreading the word. If we go over our target, we can install more banners along Camberwell Church Street and/or Camberwell New Road.

You can read more about the Mayor’s Crowdfund London scheme here

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Free Business Brunch with Camberwell Business Network and Theatre Peckham

Camberwell Business Network and Theatre Peckham invite all local businesses to attend the next FREE Business Brunch: Creative Approaches to Local Opportunities on Thursday 4 July, 10-11.30am.

This is a chance for businesses to come together to build relationships, develop networks, share best practice and exchange skills in the heart of the community. SE5 Forum for Camberwell will also present its latest projects to boost Camberwell’s identity and support the local economy.

If you’d like to attend, please contact Simone Watson, Head of Events, Theatre Peckham: or tel: 0207 708 5401.
Theatre Peckham, 221 Havil Street, SE5 7SD. 

This event is a partnership between SE5 Forum’s Camberwell Business Network and Theatre Peckham.

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Camberwell Banners: Please pledge to our crowdfund campaign

Camberwell Banners – support our Spacehive campaign!‐banners.

Support inspiring Camberwell lamppost banners from Denmark Hill station to Camberwell Green and get a free Travel Guide to Camberwell 2019 – the essential companion for those in search of the real SE5.

SE5 Forum, Camberwell Arts and Camberwell Society have got together to design new Camberwell Identity projects with the local community (banners, murals, floor vinyls at Denmark Hill, travel guide to Camberwell and more) to encourage visitors, boost the high street and celebrate the unique vibrancy of our area.

Now we’ve launched a fundraising campaign for one of our projects – Camberwell Banners – on Spacehive and we need your help! With your pledge, this can happen!

Thanks to all of you who’ve pledged so far. With your amazing generosity, we managed to get 150 people pledging by 18 June. This was the amount we needed to reach for the Mayor of London to consider matchfunding the project – we will find out soon if we’ve succeeded. Meanwhile, our Camberwell Banners campaign will keep running until 12 August, so keep those pledges coming in by sharing and tweeting about it.

Some of our favourite shops are closing in Camberwell ‐ Cruson grocers, GX gallery, and Pesh flowers. Yet 5 million patients use King’s College Hospital and more than 3 million pass through Denmark Hill Station every year. Camberwell Banners will install raised lamppost banners along Denmark Hill to lead visitors to the hospitals and station down the high street to discover the wonderful cafes, shops, restaurants, businesses, green spaces and galleries of Camberwell.
Go to:‐banners & pledge from £2

Thanks also to those who gave feedback at our stall during the Camberwell Arts Festivals launch on our Camberwell Identity design ideas which will inform the final banners design.

Many thanks for your support.

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