Act now to save our Camberwell name!

The Boundary Commission has proposed revised areas and names for parliamentary constituencies.  
The Camberwell name has been completely dropped, despite residents feeling strongly about our identity. 

Save the Camberwell Name – act now, before 5 December, and let the Boundary Commission know that the Camberwell name is important.  

••Read our chair Sophy Tayler’s piece: Cancelling Camberwell: Why Parliamentary Boundaries Matter
Respond to the Boundary Commission here before 5 December 
– and ask them to save Camberwell’s name

We may not be able to change the proposed boundaries, which have divided Camberwell in to three, but we may have a chance of saving Camberwell’s nameon one of the constituencies. 

You have until December 5 to send in your comments: 

You could say: 
“I am a resident of Camberwell and I am writing to you to keep Camberwell in the name of our local constituency – either Camberwell and Peckham, or Camberwell and Vauxhall. Camberwell is an ancient, historic place. It appears in the Domesday book and has its own identity, local groups and organisations.”

The proposals to drop the name Camberwell and divide our town centre between three different constituencies is against the wishes of local people set out in a previous 800 signature petition submitted to them earlier in the proposals. 

Jordana Leighton, SE5 Forum’s Camberwell Business Marketeer, who helped lead our high street recovery fund grant programme this year, told Southwark News: “This new proposal completely eradicates Camberwell from the agenda. Camberwell is not going to get a well-rounded strategy because we’ll have to answer to three MPs who might not have that much of an affinity with the area.”
Read the full Southwark News piece here: 
Constituency boundary reshuffle could ‘wipe Walworth and Camberwell off the map’

The Boundary Commission for England is an independent body, which is redrawing parliamentary constituencies. It aims to divide Camberwell into two at the Green – creating the two new constituencies of Vauxhall and Peckham – and also moving Champion Hill to a new Dulwich and West Norwood constituency.

The name Camberwell will disappear from the name of any constituency at parliamentary elections. 
(Our local wards will remain the same for Council elections)

Read the Camberwell Quarterly news piece below:

Bus Routes 12 and 45 Saved! 
Thanks to everyone who supported the community-wide campaign against proposed cuts to bus routes affecting Camberwell and responded to TfL’s consultation. TfL have now made a U-turn after the backlash, and the bus route cuts to the 12 and 45 affecting Camberwell will no longer go ahead.

With help from local transport expert Jane Bevis, we put together a comprehensive response to the bus route cut proposals, and also co-ordinated with Southwark Council. This is a great win showing the strength of community response. Read more here from Southwark Council

What’s On: Festive Camberwell 

Community Kitchen: Saturday 10 December on the Green

Save the date for SE5 Forum’s Festive Community Kitchen on the green which aims to destigmatise food insecurity and support those struggling with the cost of living.

Our Community Kitchen is in partnership with Spring Community Hub, Healthy Living Platform and other local supporters – there will be a free lunch, food pantries, signposting to food poverty service, choirs and more. We look forward to seeing you there!
Full details will follow soon.

Camberwell Arts Winter Festival
Camberwell Arts Winter Festival Outdoor Arts Market kicks off the festive spirit tomorrow on Camberwell Green! There will be unique festive gifts, art works and designs as well as festive food and music. 

You can also visit artists, designers and makers in their studios at the festival’s Open Studios, running this weekend 26/27 November – and 3/4 December. 

The Camberwell Winter Festival’s Indoor Market is at St Giles’ Church on Saturday 17 December.

Cost of Living Crisis Concert: 10 December
SE5 Forum is delighted to support this fundraising concert in aid of local charities who are helping those struggling with food poverty and the cost of living crisis – Copleston Centre and St Giles’ Trust and Pantry.
£5 donation suggested and/or bring non-perishable food items for the Albrighton Community Fridge and Food Shift Charity Grove Collective.
On Saturday 10 December 3.30-11.30pm at the George Canning, 123 Grove Lane, SE5 8BG.


Camberwell: Warm Spaces 
For anyone needing to keep bills down and keep warm this winter, Southwark Council has opened 30 warm spaces across the borough, including in/near Camberwell: Southwark Pensioners, Camberwell Library, Copleston Centre, and Southwark Carers. 
Full list of Southwark warm spaces here. 

What’s On: Theatre Shows and School Winter Fairs
Look out for all the local school winter fairs coming up in Camberwell. Kids can find Santa in his grotto at Lyndhurst School’s Winter Fair tomorrow.

Theatre Peckham’s Scroogelicious is an unmissable musical take on Charles Dicken’s A Christmas Carol – but this time Scrooge is an unscrupulous property developer looking to make bucks gentrifying the local area! 


Golden Goose Theatre – Off West End Award Winners 2022 – has comedy, children’s stories, Shakespeare Scratch and a Dream Machine throughout December.
Golden Goose Theatre, 146 Camberwell New Road, SE5 0RR.

Blue Elephant Theatre is perfect for young kids this year with its inventive A Topsy Turvy Christmas suitable for 4-8 years. 9-18 December. 59a Bethwin Road, SE5 0XT. 

Longfield Hall‘s fabulous festive family production by The Dot Collective is The Elves and the Shoemaker from 9-11 December. 50 Knatchbull Road, SE5 9QY.

Camberwell Talks: Kit Green – Mon 5 December, 7pm
The last of our Autumn Camberwell Talks welcomes Kit Green, writer, performer, music hall legend and Camberwell’s Organoke rapping pensioner, aka Ida Barr, who will share tales of their fascinating life and work. Tickets £10 or £7 concessions, including a free drink and discount meal at Caravaggio. Please email if you’d like further concessions: The Crypt at St Giles Church.


Give to a local charity next week and double your donation
The Big Give: 29 November-6 December 

If you’re able to support a local charity this Christmas, then look out for The Big Give running from 29 November to 6 December. If you donate between those dates, your donation is doubled as part of The Big Give Christmas Challenge 2022.


Reminder: Southwark Council wants your views on Camberwell Area Study
Southwark Council is undertaking an Area Character Study of Camberwell and they want your views. The study looks at the physical, social and economic information about Camberwell. It considers the experience of those who live, work in and visit the area. It will inform priorities for the area and guide future changes. The online consultation will close on 18 January 2023: Have your say online

Come and see us on our Saturday market stall! 
Saturday on the Green 10am-3pm

Come and browse all our Camberwell merchandise and find out a festive gift celebrating our local area! We have adult and kids’ t-shirts, water bottles, prints, Colour in Camberwell books, and beautiful mugs, and more.

We also have a fab new Tote bag design @£10 as well as as a lovely new print design by artist Dean Wood of the historic Clarendon Terrace parade on Camberwell New Road on sale – as a framed print or simply as an attractive tea towel! 


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Public Consultation on Police Front Office closures

Public Consultation on Police Front Office closures

Don’t forget to HAVE YOUR SAY in the Public Consultation on Police Front Office closures. Deadline for responses is 5:30pm on Friday 6 October 2017.

1.    You can visit the website at– access and see the draft strategy & online survey; or

2.    Email: uk; or

3.    Write to: Public Access Consultation, MOPAC, City Hall, The Queen’s Walk, London, SE1 2AA.

Please note that this applies  borough-wide.

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Help out at the Harvest Festival – Myatt’s Park

Help out at the Harvest Festival – Myatt’s Park

We need a hand at our Harvest Festival, 2-6pm Sunday 24 September, setting up marquees, stewarding, litter picking and baking cakes for the cake stall.

Contact Tori Great music, nature-inspired fun and lovely food – including our famour bake off. Bring your entry to the cake stall by 2.30pm. 

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Vote for Myatt’s Park

Vote for Myatt’s Park

Please support the park by voting in the Green Flag Awards People’s Choice and help by spreading the word to all your friends, family and fellow park fans.
It only takes one click to and you don’t need to register. But be quick – voting closes 30 September.

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Governance Made Easy

Governance Made Easy (Lambeth)


Spend an invigorating half-day getting up to date with the roles and responsibilities of those in governance/trustee positions.
Community Southwark workshops are ideal for those new to trusteeship or simply looking for a refresher. Using games, exercises, peer learning and lectures, we provide the key information and space to think about the key governance issues affecting your organisation.

We will explore roles and responsibilities, duties and liabilities, the Code of Good Governance and where to get quick support.
By the end of the course, you will be able to up-date the rest of your board and carry out your duties with confidence.

Date and Time
Thu 12 October 2017, 10:00 – 15:00 BST

Location: TBC

Register HERE.

Who should attend?

This course is suitable for anyone who:

• Trustees/Management Committee members of charities and charitable incorporated organisations or charitable companies
• Those wishing to become trustees/management committee members
• Staff members who support trustees/management committee members

Course content
• What is a trustee/management committee member
• What is Governance
• Who can be a trustee management committee member
• Roles and Responsibilities
• Duties of trustees/management committee members
• Liabilities and risk
• Code of Good Governance
• Further support

On completion of this Governance Made Easy workshop participants will be able to:

• Identify and explain their role as Trustees within the sector
• Identify legal and best practice trustee responsibilities
• Describe the boundaries between staff and trustees, operational and strategic
• Demonstrate an understanding of conflict of interest, conflict management and the difference between personal and organisational views
• Demonstrate a greater confidence in their ability to be an effective trustee

FREE to groups based in and/or working in the Borough of Lambeth

Please note that there is a £25 fee payable for non-attendance unless 3 working days’ notice of cancellation has been given. If three of our training courses are missed without prior notice, you will not be able to participate in any sessions for the remainder of the annual training and events

Please see Terms and Conditions before booking your place

What is included?

• Course Workbook
• Refreshments
• Certificate of training course attendance if required

Lunch is not provided for this course. Ideally, please bring a sandwich or something with you so that we can chat during this time.

We offer bespoke training and consultancy for organisations wishing to undergo a tailor-made programme specific to their requirements. For more information please call 020 7358 7020.

Training Provider
Community Southwark, Development Team

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Draft Southwark Mental Health Strategy out for consultation

Draft Southwark Mental Health Strategy out for consultation

Since October 2016, NHS Southwark Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Southwark Council have been working with NHS organisations, the voluntary and community sector, users of services, carers, and local residents to develop Southwark’s mental health and wellbeing strategy.

The CCG and Council have been talking about what is important, what services need to be in place, whether there are any gaps, and what works well and what needs improving.

They want to improve mental health and wellbeing by getting the most from every pound spent on health and care in Southwark. The strategy is the start of a process to consider how best to spend the available money in this area.

The CCG and Council are keen to learn what you think about the steps that are being proposed to improve mental health care in Southwark.

In summary the vision is to:

/ Support everyone in Southwark to live healthy, happy and longer lives;
/ Stop people from becoming unwell where possible;
/ Support more people in the community and at home;
/ Work together to share the money that is available across health and care in Southwark; and
/ Give people the skills they need to stay well and support one another.

In order to achieve this, the CCG and Council think that the focus should be on:

01 Prevention of poor health and promotion of wellbeing
02 Community based care and activating communities
03 Improving clinical and care services
04 Improving recovery
05 Improving quality and outcomes
Clink here to access the full consultation and the summary of the draft strategy and to give your views through the online survey. The consultation closes on 10 September 2017.

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Camberwell Grove Railway Bridge

Camberwell Grove Railway Bridge Consultation

Information available HERE.

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Safety improvements at the Camberwell Green junction

Safety improvements at the Camberwell Green junction

TFL have been working in partnership with Southwark Council to deliver safety improvements at the Camberwell Green junction because its recent collision history ranks it as a priority for improvement.

Their plans aim to improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists in the short-term as we continue to work with Southwark Council and the local community to develop more transformative proposals. Their designs are coordinated with Southwark Council’s other plans for the area, including ‘pocket places’ on side streets.

For more information and to submit your questions and comments, please follow this link:

Question and comments deadline is 3rd September, 2017.

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Free website design for Southwark charities

Free website design for Southwark charities

London College of Communication (LCC) is offering free website design and build to 15 charities in Southwark.

Does your charity tackle disadvantage and make a positive difference to the lives of people living and working in Southwark? Will a new website help you increase your impact?

If so LCC will match you with a trained student designer. The designer will work with you to design and build a simple modern new website. We can replace your existing website or create something brand new.

LCC will pay the students for their work so the web design will be free for participating charities. You will need to set aside time during September and October to work with your designer.

How to apply for this?
Apply by completing the online form here. The deadline for applications is 09:00 Tuesday 29 August 2017.

LCC will shortlist applications by 4 September 2017. They will speak to shortlisted charities about your requirements before offering a place. 

Any queries?
If you have any questions please contact Matt Guy, Partnerships Manager at London College of Communication on

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Volunteer Advisor role with Community Southwark

Volunteer Advisor role with Community Southwark

People volunteer for many different reasons – to make new friends, to learn new skills, to feel connected in their community or to gain work experience to name just a few. Southwark is home to over 1500 registered charities and over 2000 Community Groups, many of whom are looking for volunteer support to enhance and continue their services.

One of Community Southwark’s many roles is to match local people to find local volunteering opportunities through our Volunteering Advice Service.

Here, during 30 minute appointments, people can receive advice and suggestions on what type of volunteering role might be right for them, in terms of their interests and availability.

We are looking for volunteers to help us grow this service and help more local people find pathways into volunteering. If you are interested in giving information and advice and enjoy working 1-2-1 with different people, then read this role description and get in touch.

How to apply?
To apply, please email: for an application form.

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Camberwell Station Great Cake Event: Saturday 5th August, Brunswick Park Fete 1pm – 4pm

Camberwell Station Great Cake Event: Saturday 5th August, Brunswick Park Fete 1pm – 4pm

Camberwell Station – The sweetest new railway station in South London? Today a cake, tomorrow a reality. Join campaigners decorating a huge cake with the Camberwell Station logo. Facebook or tweet your photo – we’ll be sending a slice of the action to TfL and Sadiq Khan – and also sharing with at least a trainload of local supporters on the day.
Sign the petition, find out more and get involved at:

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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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