Free Camberwell Community Xmas Event Dec 2023
* FREE Camberwell Community Xmas 
* Camberwell Green, Sat 9th December, 11am-2pm
* Everyone welcome! 

Come and join in the FREE fun, food and festive cheer on the green on Saturday 9th December 11am to 2pm at our Camberwell Community Xmas!

Mr & Mrs Santa and Rapunzel are coming to the Saturday market at Camberwell Green bringing a free Caribbean lunch, free treat, decorating and badge-making fun, crafts for all ages, festive choir & music and fun-packed active games to get the kids moving! 

The event also aims to create awareness of food banks and pantries in the area and provide essential health, welfare and cost of living support, alongside free items such as toiletries, clothes and food.

The Camberwell Community Xmas celebrations kick off with Mr & Mrs Santa, alongside characters from Theatre Peckham’s highly anticipated Xmas show Rapunzel (5-24 December). They will be touring local estates on a Pedal Me cargo bike ‘reindeer sleigh’ and giving out satsumas to local children on their way to the green.

 A free warming Caribbean lunch for all
• Free Activities for Kids – hi-energy games, making Christmas treats, badges and decorations, face painting
• Mr & Mrs Santa in the grotto with a free stocking filler
• Crafty Older People arts & crafts
• No cook/low cook recipes and advice on food charities
• Community Stalls with welfare, warm spaces, and cost of living information and advice
• Hygiene products, warm clothes and food to give away. 
• Partnership Southwark’s Wellbeing Van offering NHS physical and mental health advice, information and services 
• Free festive choirs & music

The event will be launched at 11am by Southwark Mayor Michael Situ, Southwark Council leader Kieron Williams and Theatre Peckham artistic director Suzann McLean.

Thanks to all our local partners and participants: T 
Spring Community HubDonations can be dropped off at: Spring Community Hub, St Giles Parish Hall, 161 Benhill Road, London, SE5 7LL. Monday – Friday, 10am to 2pm.
 Theatre Peckham, CEO Suzann McLean. Rapunzel runs from 5-24 December.
 Amuru charity,
Camberwell Arts
Southwark Pensioners Centre 
Partnership Southwark, South East London Integrated Care System
Pedal Me
Urban Farmers Market, Annette Cauneen 
Excel Beyond Barriers CIC – Lara Daniels, CEO/Founder
Good Gym
Camberwell Community Choir
Southwark Black Parents Forum
Camberwell College of Arts, University of the Arts London (UAL)
The Scottish Session 
Havinabubbleltd ,
as well as food sponsors Co-op, Budgens, Morrisons, and Holland & Barrett.
Thanks to Good Gym Southwark, Southwark Young Advisors and volunteers for help with setting up our stalls. 
Thanks to the Wine Box Company for support with producing our lovely Camberwell tote bags on sale at the SE5 Forum stall during the event.


Camberwell Events & News:

Vote to replace old chestnut tree on Camberwell Green
Goodbye to the Chestnut tree on Camberwell Green. Sadly this old  tree was diseased removed this week. Southwark Council will plant a new semi-mature tree early 2024 to replace it and is reaching out to the local community to choose between 3 trees. Read the full notice from Southwark Council here

We are partnering with Southwark to gather more votes. Either vote on our Twitter/X poll (just a few hours left) or email us at  by 14th December. The foxglove is leading the pack so far!

1. Pagoda tree: drought, heat and pollution tolerant tree, summer flowering and of benefit to nectar gathering species.

2. Hornbeam: drought tolerant and pollution tolerant, golden autumn foliage and winter seeds retained giving structural seasonal interest.

3. Foxglove Tree: Fast growing, drought tolerant, bee friendly with purple flowers.

Denmark Hill Station: refurbishment of Station Master’s House
Read all about the beautiful new Denmark Hill Station refurbishment of Station Master’s House in a Southwark News feature this week. 

Business news: Cut costs and carbon
Local businesses can join the Southwark climate collective. More than 70 businesses have signed up already. The free 12-month programme offers bespoke audits, recommendations, specialist training and support worth up to £6k for Southwark small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to reduce carbon emissions, increase efficiency, and cut costs. Apply by 31 December

Southwark Safer Neighbourhood Board: public meeting 
Want to find out more about community safety and policing within Southwark? The next Public Meeting of the Southwark Safer Neighbourhood Board  will be held this Monday 11th December, 6pm, at Dene Community Centre, 95B Meeting House Lane, Peckham, SE15 2TU. The meeting will cover ward panels and policing in Southwark and a police update. 

Sign petition for a lift at Loughbourh Junction station
The Loughborough Junction Action Group (LJAG) and the LJ Neighbourhood Forum are running this petition until Spring 2024 when National Rail will open its Access for All programme to decide which stations need improved access. Sign the petition here 
Camberwell Events: the festive season
• Theatre Peckham‘s popular festive show this year is the story of Rapunzel as the performers “weave and style this modern day Hairy-tale with a few twists”. Running 5-24 December. Tickets £10. Book here.

• Camberwell Arts Festival Indoor Market.
St Giles Church, Saturday 16th December 10am – 4pm

Search for Christmas inspiration in the beautiful surroundings of St Giles Church. Discover Christmas crafts and gorgeous gifts from a seasonal mix of art, design and decorations – with live music and a festive cafe.

• The Alternative Organoke Christmas and Carols by Candlelight at St Giles’ Church. Find out more here

• A Choral Christmas at Longfield Hall: Free 
Bringing together four choirs from all over South London for a night of Festive Fun. 16th December. 7:30pm. Tickets free but reservations in advance:Reserve your tickets here. Other shows to look out for at Longfield Hall: Elves & Shoemakers on 22nd December and Big Fish Little Fish family rave on 29th December. 

• The Elf Who Saved Christmas at Blue Elephant Theatre from 5th-17th December. Find out more here

More News:
What do you want to see in your street?
Streets for People is a short survey by Southwark Council to find out what you would like to see on your street and in your neighbourhood under their ambitions for: Cleaner air; Safer and quieter streets; Healthy travel options; Greener and more pleasant spaces, and a better place for all. The survey here is open until March 2024. In order to be more inclusive, Southwark Council is also conducting door-to-door surveys in-person to get views from the wider community. 

Free Day pass at Southwark Leisure Centres 
Southwark Council is offering everyone a free day pass to try out one of their local leisure centres. The pass will get you a free swim session, a free gym session and a tour of the centre.
Get your free leisure centre pass

Free health check kiosk at Camberwell Library
You can also check your height, weight, body mass index (BMI), blood pressure, heart rate and more at free health check kiosks from Southwark Council, including at Camberwell and Brandon Libraries. 

Artist call-out to lead children’s workshops
South London Gallery’s Art Block Commission Open Call is seeking proposals from local artists and creatives to lead a series of workshops with children and young people (ages 6-16). Sessions take place over 12 weeks in Art Block, a free creative space on Sceaux Gardens Estate. Deadline: 27 November 2023. Full details here.

Camberwell Magistrates Court planning application open
The planning application for the Camberwell Magistrates Court site is now open  for comments at: Ref: 23/AP/2786. The planning application includes 15 storeys, a hotel, cafe, social rent & affordable flats.

Free youth drama course at Southwark Playhouse
Southwark Playhouse in Elephant & Castle has spaces for its new youth drama courses for any child or young person from South London. See flyers below. Contact