Friends of Brunswick Park Community summer fete

Friends of Brunswick Park Community summer fete

Saturday 5th August
1pm – 4pm
Brunswick Park, SE5 Camberwell

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Would you like to star in the Southwark’s next recycling campaign?

Would you like to star in the Southwark’s next recycling campaign?

We are looking for residents who would like to feature in a waste and recycling photography shoot on Tuesday 1 August. The photographs will be used for future campaigns and leaflets that may be distributed throughout the borough.

All participants will receive a £30 multi-store gift voucher that can be used in over 130 high street stores such as John Lewis, B&Q, Argos, Topshop and Mothercare. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by adult and will receive a £10 voucher.

Above is an example of a previous campaign which featured Southwark residents.

To take part you must be available on Tuesday 1 August 2017 between the hours of 9am and 5pm. The shoot will take place in and around the Denmark Hill area.

To help us ensure that the campaign is representative of the Southwark community please could you respond with your:

– age
– gender
– ethnicity
– occupation
– email address
– telephone number

Places are limited so please respond by email to by 5pm on Tuesday 25 July 2017.

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Camberwell Yards Public Consultation

Camberwell Yards Public Consultation

Former HSBC Bank, 23 Denmark Hill, SE5 8RP on the 20th July, from 3-7pm

Spot Property Company Limited is proposing to submit a planning application to the London Borough of Southwark for a temporary pop up complex built from 14 refitted shipping containers surrounding a main communal area. Similar to the successful concepts already established at Shoreditch and Croydon, the proposal for Camberwell will provide opportunities for independent businesses to provide food and drink and local enterprise/commercial facilities to the local area. One container will be dedicated entirely to local community use.

The proposal will provide:

– Four containers dedicated to food and beverages
– One container dedicated to local community use
– Eight containers dedicated to local businesses
– One container for on-site amenity facilities (WCs)
– A central communal area for flexible use such as a pop up cinema.

Share your initial thoughts on the proposal and express your opinions at a public consultation at the Former HSBC Bank, 23 Denmark Hill, SE5 8RP on the 20th July, from 3-7pm. Representatives will be on hand to answer any queries you may have. We will also provide a summary of all questions asked and our responses after the 20th July 2017.

If you have any queries in the meantime or are unable to attend, please call Grace Liu at Rolfe Judd Planning on 0207 556 1617 or email

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Community picnic

Community picnic this Saturday 8th July, 2 – 6pm

Myatt’s Fileds Park, organised by local residents.

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Blue Elephant Theatre is to Become a NPO

Blue Elephant Theatre is to Become a NPO

Blue Elephant Theatre, Camberwell, was amongst just five new theatre organisations in London to be added to Arts Council England’s National Portfolio Organisations on June 27th.

Blue Elephant Theatre is a small fringe theatre located on the Wyndham and Comber Estate in Camberwell, South London. It seeks to offer creative opportunities to those who may not otherwise to be able to access them, through both its Artistic and Participation Departments. Its Artistic Department works with emerging artists, programming new work across art forms but with a particular focus on theatre and dance. Its Participation Department has developed free high-quality creative, learning and community provision over many years to tackle issues locally which prevent people, especially disadvantaged young people, achieving their potential. The Blue Elephant’s equal emphasis on professional and participation work is very unusual in London fringe theatre.

Blue Elephant Theatre has been supported by Southwark Council since it opened in 1999 and by many other funders over the years, including Children in Need which has supported its Young People’s Theatre for a decade. In 2014, members of Young People’s Theatre joined Gareth Malone and a number of celebrity singers to record the year’s official BBC Children in Need single which went to number one in the charts. Recently, as Southwark Council’s Arts & Events’ budgets have been drastically cut, the future of the Blue Elephant has been uncertain at best but the prospect of being a National Portfolio Organisation from 2018-2022 provides much-needed stability for the organisation.

Co-Artistic Directors, Niamh de Valera and Jo Sadler-Lovett, are delighted by the news as are all Blue Elephant’s Board of Trustees, staff and volunteers. Niamh says, “We’re absolutely blown away by this news and by the number of people who have come forward to congratulate us this week. The Blue Elephant has touched a lot of people’s lives for the better and we are so relieved and excited that its future is now more secure than ever”.


Notes for the Editor:

1.     The Blue Elephant was founded in 1999 by Antonio Ribeiro who ran it until 2006 when its then administrator Jasmine Cullingford took over its management. Jasmine won Fringe Report’s Best Venue Manager Award in 2009 for “evolving the Blue Elephant into a prime and welcoming destination of imaginative theatre and performance.”

2.     Niamh de Valera and Jo Sadler-Lovett are the only two full-time members of staff and have been running the theatre jointly since 2014.

3.     The theatre has nurtured such artists and companies as Theatre Ad Infinitum, Theatre Témoin and On the Run.

4.     Blue Elephant Theatre is likely to receive £72,500 for each year of its funding agreement with Arts Council England, roughly 25-30% of its total necessary income. It will continue to need to fundraise in order to ensure its programme of activities can go ahead, including through its recently launched Friends’ Scheme, Mad About the Elephant.

5.     Blue Elephant Theatre has three patrons: Joanna Lumley, Radzi Chinyanganya and Maggie Alphonsi.

For press enquiries, please contact Niamh de Valera: or 0207701010

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Grow your business, Hire locally

Grow your business, Hire locally, 35 – 50% wage subsidy from Southwark Council

You are invited to the launch of the SEEDS2 Programme!

Grow your business, Hire locally, 35 – 50% wage subsidy from Southwark Council

If your business is an SME based in Southwark, sign up to take advantage of the wage subsidy on offer. We will reimburse you 35 – 50% for employing a young Southwark resident (16 -25) for 6 or 12 months, either as a regular employee or as an apprentice, at the London Living Wage.

The project ensures that we:

Invest in local businesses like yours to help meet your needs
Train employers and offer them up to 12 months of business support
Prioritise talent from the community
Support young people starting their careers

With years of expertise in youth employment and business support, InSpire will enable both young people and businesses to create successful relationships.

To be eligible, you must employ 1 – 49 staff, be based in Southwark and be able to employ a new young person for a minimum of 30 hours a week at the London Living Wage for the length of their contract (6 or 12 months).

For more information on the project and to speak to other businesses that have already benefited from the SEEDS Programme attend the launch event on Tuesday 27th June. Book your tickets on SEEDS2 Launch Event Spaces are limited so don’t miss out!

Kind Regards

Raja Miah

Business Development Coordinator



For any other inquiries or if you are interested but will not be able to attend the launch event please contact me to set up a meeting.


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Learning new cookery skills for free

Learning new cookery skills for free

Be Enriched have an exciting new project to share with you. CooksForce is a cookery project that the people you support could benefit from.

Background information on Be Enriched:
Be Enriched was founded, in 2013, by a group of youth workers, arts professionals and young people to provide relevant projects and develop non-formal education skills and community cohesion through training and overseas volunteering opportunities. Over the past years, we have worked with young and disadvantaged people in London, Wales and Scotland and European youth organisations projects around European citizenship, UK based inter-generational theatre, disabled toddler groups and community food.

Be Enriched works with local community and youth to bring people together around food (community meals, fight against food waste, etc.).




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Dog Kennel Hill parking consultation

Dog Kennel Hill parking consultation

Have your say on Southwark Council’s Dog Kennel Hill parking zone study before 17 July parking/parking-projects/dog- kennel-hill-parking-study- consultation

Come along and talk to officers at the drop-in session being held at:

The Main Hall
Albrighton Community Centre 37 Albrighton Road, Thursday 29 June 2017, 4.30pm to 7.30pm

Your views are very important to us, please return your questionnaire by 17 July 2017

If you haven’t received your consultation pack, please contact us:


Telephone: 020 7525 2665

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Southwark Refugee Response campaign is this year working with Theatre Delicatessen based in the Old Library, 39 Wells Way, SE5 0PX to put on an array of events during refugee week 17th -24th June.

We have debate, theatre, music, films, story-telling and spoken word. All events are free but donations are requested.
Launch event Saturday 17th June, 12-4pm :
The Refugee Crisis is a Human Crisis – what can we do in Southwark : An afternoon of discussion and films chaired by Giles Fraser, Parish Priest St Mary’s Newington and columnist for The Guardian.

Confirmed speakers include:

Beth Gardiner-Smith: Safe Passage on the Dubs Amendment and what happens now

Shivani Jegarajah: Justitia Chambers, one of Chambers and Partners Best Lawyers 2017, on protecting human rights in a hostile climate

Harriet Grant: award winning freelance journalist on UK government returning refugees to other European countries

Refugees living in Southwark
Councillor Barrie Hargrove: Southwark Council Cabinet Member for Communities and Safety on Southwark’s plans for Syrian refugees

Following the debate we will show some short films

No human is illegal a short film presented by the LAWRS Sin Fronteras Project

Miracle Life a short film from My Pockets, multi award winning production company
Frozen Out: the US interpreters abandoned on Europe’s border a short film presented by photojournalist Alice Aedy

To book a place please visit Eventbrite:

Please help us to publicise the events on your websites, on social media and newsletters

Here is the link to the full programme for refugee week 2017

Here is a link to the Southwark Refugee Response Twitter account: Please follow us @sthwarkrefugeesand retweet information about the event. Help us to raise awareness of these crucial issues.

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Theme: Diversity
Thursday 29th June, 7 – 9pm, Hollington Youth Centre, 56-60 Comber Grove, Camberwell, London SE5.

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The happy hour comedy club

The happy hour comedy club

15 June at 20:00–22:30
The Cambria
40 Kemerton Road, SE5 9 London, United Kingdom

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Dear All

Please find below important information regarding the tragic acts of terrorism seen at

London Bridge over the weekend, as well as notice of tonight’s vigil.


The Mayor of London and the Leader of the Council will tonight host a vigil to honour and remember the innocent people killed and injured during the London Bridge terror attack.

The vigil is open to all Londoners, and to everyone visiting our city.

The vigil will be take place at Potters Field Park from 6pm onwards. Representatives from the Metropolitan Police, London Fire Brigade, and the London Ambulance Service will be joined by civic, faith, and community leaders from across London.

Those who cannot make it to Potters Fields Park are invited to observe a minute’s silence at 6.20pm in solidarity.


The Leader of Southwark Council, Cllr. Peter John, released the following statement in the aftermath of the attacks:

Finally, the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, released the following statement in response to the attacks:



Anyone affected by the events on Saturday night are encouraged to visit the Home Office website for signposting to guidance and support.

The message to all Southwark residents and visitors remains to be calm but vigilant. If you see or hear anything suspicious which might be terrorism-related, the police Anti-Terrorist

Hotline is available 24 hours a day on 0800 789 321 to report concerns. The police emergency number should always be used in any instance where there is deemed to be an immediate risk of harm.

Southwark Council and the police continue to work closely to ensure a zero-tolerance approach to hate crime in any form. Anyone who experiences an incident of hate crime is encouraged to report it to the police at the earliest opportunity.

More information around reporting and support is available at:

Kind regards

Grace Semakula

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