Join our Mulberry community picnic & music – Myatt’s Field Park, Saturday 27 July 1-3.30pm
As part of our celebration of SE5’s magnificent mulberry trees we invite you to come along to our free feelgood community picnic in Myatt’s Fields Park on Saturday 27 July from 1pm to 3.30pm.

As the fruiting season begins, enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of the park with live music, fun and games for young children, and free tasty mulberry recipes. Bring a picnic, family & friends! 

• Soak up the summer sun with a free concert by vocalist Beth Angharad (above) & musicians from Jazzlive at the Crypt. They will perform a set of original songs written by Beth across genres including folk, indie and jazz, with some songs inspired by nature and the Myatt’s Fields Mulberry Tree.

• Taste free mulberry cuisine from Spring Community Hub and wonderful mulberry jam on scones from TFC Supermarkets.

• Free fun kids’ activities from the Mulberry Outdoor Preschool

Brought to you by SE5 Forum and The Camberwell Society with sponsorship from Lambeth Council’s Changing Lives fundThe Nunhead Gardener and TFC Supermarkets

Myatt’s Fields Park, Saturday 27th July 1-3.30pm
By the Roundhouse, next to the Mulberry Tree. 

Mulberry Tree Walk around Camberwell 
There will also be a guided mulberry tree walk around Camberwell in the morning by Peter Coles, a renowned expert.  Peter set up Morus Londinium with the Conservation Foundation to document and raise awareness of London’s mulberry tree heritage. Starting at The Phoenix pub at Denmark Hill Station at 10.30am, the walk will end up in Myatt’s Fields Park at 12 midday, in time to join the picnic and concert. Tickets are £7.50 (£6 concession) on Eventbrite. 

Feel Good Festival Camberwell Green & Ruskin Park: thanks for coming!

Our free wellbeing events were a great success, bringing Camberwell’s community together
Thanks to all the participants and volunteers who devoted their time and energy to both Feel Good Festivals in Camberwell Green and Ruskin Park.

Some photos thanks to In The Right Light.
Mural to celebrate local Olympian Kye Whyte in Camberwell: calling local artists
A unique opportunity has been launched to celebrate local hero and Olympic BMX silver medallist Kye Whyte through a public mural commission.

Artists can apply to create an inspiring public artwork on the wall at the bottom of Masterman House opposite Burgess Park. Kye used to be a resident of Masterman House, and the BMX club where he trained is in also in the park.

This exciting initiative, as we approach the 2024 Olympics, is led by Poets Estate’s TRA, Camberwell Arts and the Camberwell Identity Group.

Applications are welcome from artists who live, work, or study in Camberwell to submit their proposals by 27th July. 

This is a chance to contribute to the community and honour a local sports icon. For more details and to apply, please email: and

Further details are on the Camberwell Arts website. 

The Akwasidae Festival returns in all its glory to Camberwell Green on Sunday 28th July. Organised by Southwark Black Parents Forum, come along and join in the colourful festivities – there will be a fantastic line up to showcase the rich cultural heritage of Ghana.
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Feel Good Festival brings health & happiness to Camberwell

Join our free health & wellbeing events on Camberwell Green Sat 6 July and Ruskin Park Sat 13 July, 11am-3pm.

FREE health, wellbeing and creative activities: Body & mind • Creative arts & crafts • Food & live music. Full programme below:

Join in free fitness, yoga, kids’ active fun, mindful arts & crafts, and much more! Get NHS health checks & advice. Enjoy free food, local choirs and music. All free for all the community.

The Camberwell Feel Good Festival returns for Summer 2024 with two Saturday festival events, packed full of fun and engaging health and wellbeing activities, free food and music, and vital support services for all ages. After the fantastic success of last year’s Feel Good Festival, which attracted more than 1000 visitors, SE5 Forum invites everyone to this summer’s festival of wellness, community connection and joy. 

The festival brings together local charities and organisations, arts and health professionals, food banks and pantries, and volunteers, to support the health and wellbeing of the local community and create a free, uplifting event.

Event Highlights:

  • Yoga, tai chi and physical exercise for all ages
  • Mindful arts and crafts stalls 
  • Children’s active fun and games 
  • Free lunch and pantry from local food charities
  • Children’s no-cook food workshop
  • Live music and choirs
  • Health support services stands
  • Gardening & food growing workshops
  • NHS physical and mental health advice and support

The Feel Good Festival is free and open to everyone in the community – an opportunity to relax, rejuvenate and connect with neighbours. 

Follow the Feel Good Festival on Facebookand Instagram @se5forum. For further info, email:



RUSKIN PARK 13 JULY 11am – 3pm

Activities will take place by the Bandstand. Gardening sessions in the community gardens.

Fitness, yoga and tai chi:
11-11.30 Fitness to Music: Bizzy Izzy Fitness – get fit moving to music with this popular local session!

12-12.30 A Mindful Walk in the park with yoga and meditation practitioner Chris Owens from Zen Yoga/Zenways

12-1: Gentle Hatha Yoga for all – with Linda Small, a practitioner who specialises in yoga for elders and reducing back pain.

1-1.30 and 2-2.30 Tai Chi Wu’s Academy Brixton – Breathing and stretching exercises and an introduction to Wu Style Tai Chi Chuan, including exercises for balance, posture and looseness of limbs.

11-3 Active Lambeth – get fit and active with taster sessions from Lambeth Council’s leisure centres, and an exclusive offer of no joining fee for any new membership.

11-3 B-Uzuri – join in fitness sessions and find out about a personal training fitness programme for the black community

Music – beautiful voices and songs from local groups:
1.30-2.30 Camberwell Recorders Group
2-3 Cambria Choir 
2.30-3 Camberwell Community Choir

Free, healthy snacks:
11-3: Healthy Living Platform local food pantry will be serving up delicious and nutritious plant-based wraps.

Drumming Workshop:
11-3 Happy Drums: get happy drumming in these fun, inclusive sessions with the unstoppable super-drummer Tony!

Children’s Active Fun & Games: penalty shoot out, archery, Zorbs, and more active, outdoors fun for kids from Amuru charity. Learn to juggle with Nick from The Camberwell Society

Art for Wellbeing:
11-3: Mental Wealth London – a space for mindful painting for anyone in the community that would like to experience the therapeutic effects of art. 

11-3: African Heritage Storytelling & bookshop – from local creative community group Black Stock Media.

Community Gardening and Food Growing with Friends of Ruskin Park & Urban Canopy:
11-3: Community gardening and open garden food growing – drop in to chat and find out more about the Community and Willow Gardens. Plus tea-tasting – tisanes of mint, lemon verbena etc, from the garden, and sharing information about growing a diversity of food, including different and unusual vegetables, fruit and herbs.
12.30-1 Urban Canopy Join Urban Canopy and Ruskin Park’s volunteer gardening crew for a tour of the labyrinth garden. Hear about the work they’ve been carrying out to improve the garden, and its history from a private walled kitchen garden, to public bowling green, and eventually a beautiful flower garden.

Health checks and wellbeing advice: Lambeth Together’s Health and Wellbeing Bus – NHS health checks from blood pressure and cholesterol checks to accessing welfare. Age UK Lambeth – advice and support for elders.

We hope to welcome you there!

CAMBERWELL GREEN 6 JULY 11am – 3pm (past event)

Thanks to all the participants and visitors at our Feel good Festival on Sat 6th July on Camberwell Green for an uplifting, community event – despite the weather challenges!

Get fit & have fun for all ages:
Amuru – bouncy castle, penalty shoot out, archery, Zorb bubbles, Jenga and more active fun for kids.

Southwark Black Parents Forum and The Winners Fitness Gym bring fitness fun to the green, from punchball (with leader board!) to skipping and circuit training.

Zen Yoga/Zenways – Join mindful yoga sessions in the Zen Yoga marquee.

Babies & toddlers: face painting, nature theme crafts and play with sand and water for young kids with Salvation Army and baby play mats and toys with Parent Action, part of Citizens UK.  

Get healthy:
Spring Community Hub – Local food charity Spring Community Hub cooks up a free healthy West African lunch

SE5 Forum stall and no-cook children’s nutritious food workshop – make tasty snacks with the kids and find out more about SE5 Forum activities

Partnership Southwark’s Wellbeing Van – Get essential mental and physical health support and advice from the NHS, blood pressure and weight checks, advice on cancer screening and diabetes prevention, vaccinations and more, plus a chance to win gift card prizes.

Osteopathy on the Green – get free physical support and advice from this local business, with a raffle for massage and therapy vouchers

Get mental health advice and stop smoking support from South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. The Mental Health Carers’ & Unpaid Carers’ Group supports families and carers of those going through long term mental or physical illness. You can also visit the South East London MIND stall.

Arts and crafts for wellbeing:
Make dreamcatchers with local volunteer and occupational therapist Holly or sensory shakers with Bethlem Gallery. Join The Camberwell Society for some fun making balloon dogs.

Let kids explore their feelings with the unique My Emotions Activity book and drawing activity.

Join mindful embroidery workshops stitching shapes and pattern with mental health specialist and designer Hannah.

Relax to live music with local bands:
11.30: Scottish Session – Celtic live folk band
12.30: Vagabond music: Malick Kouyate – uplifting sounds from local musicians
2pm: Welcome Singers choir from Southwark Pensioners Centre with a community sing-a-long at 2.30!

We are happy to be partnering with the Camberwell Green Market as well as Black Stock Media, who will be following the festival with their lively Let’s Get Together and Feel Alright: African Heritage festival offering Zumba, drumming, music, food, heritage craft stalls, bouncy castle and fun for the kids until 6.30pm.


Key partners in the Feel Good Festival are Spring Community Hub, Healthy Living Platform, Partnership Southwark, Lambeth Together’s Health & Wellbeing Bus, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, Bethlem Gallery, Black Stock Media, Amuru, Southwark Black Parents Forum, Friends of Ruskin Park. 

The Feel Good Festival festival is supported by:

Southwark Council’s Neighbourhoods Fund 

Changing Lives, Lambeth Council’s Social Value Fund

Thanks to Good Gym Southwark & Lambeth for their essential support setting up and taking down.

Thanks to Pete Lewis, Mr Pete Lewis Studio: for his fab publicity designs.

Thanks to photographer Julia Hawkins and volunteer photographers on the day.


Mulberry Community picnic: Sat 27th July, Myatt’s Fields Park
Our two festival events are followed by a Mulberry Community Picnic in Myatt’s Fields Park on 27 July to celebrate the summer mulberry trees in SE5. Bring a picnic and enjoy free music from Jazzlive at the Crypt, a special mulberry recipe from Spring Community Hub food charity and kids’ activities from Mulberry Outdoor Preschool.

Beth Angharad & musicians, Jazzlive at the Crypt

Mulberry Outdoor Preschool

Myatt’s Fields Park

Mulberry picnic sponsors: 

The Camberwell Society

The Nunhead Gardener

TFC Supermarkets

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Camberwell Talks: A dive into Clubland’s history

Experience the enthralling history of Camberwell’s legendary Clubland at our next Camberwell Talk on Monday, 1 July, 7pm. In our latest series of fascinating talks by talented locals, journalist and filmmaker Michael Holland screens his documentary Clubland and leads us into the fascinating Camberwell club, which drew in royalty, top footballers, British acting legends and even a sprinkle of Hollywood, set up by the Rev. Jimmy Butterworth.


The event features an exclusive screening of Clubland, which explores the fascinating history of a local youth club that attracted royalty, top athletes, and famous actors such as Michael Caine. Meet Michael and enjoy a screening of this illuminating slice of SE5 history!

Clubland background: Founded in the 1920s by Rev. Jimmy Butterworth, Clubland was not just any youth club—it was a place where celebrities like Bob Hope and the Queen visited.From 1922 to 1976, Reverend Jimmy Butterworth transformed the lives of many young people in South London through his Methodist youth club, Clubland. Catering to boys and girls aged 10-18, Clubland became the UK’s leading youth club. It featured impressive amenities like a theatre, gymnasium, and library. These facilities reflected Butterworth’s commitment to providing the best for all members, regardless of background. His own tough beginnings inspired his dedication to helping disadvantaged youth, establishing Clubland as a beacon of hope and development in South London.

Michael Holland, a journalist and filmmaker, has captured the spirit of Clubland through interviews and rare footage. This is a unique chance to see a film that is shown only once a year, in the place it celebrates. After the screening, meet Michael Holland and learn more about how this documentary came to life. Don’t miss out on this captivating evening of film and local history in Camberwell.


Monday 1 July, 7pm

The Crypt*, St Giles’ Church, Camberwell Church Street, SE5 8RB

Tickets £10/£7, including a free drink. Under-18s free.

BOOK TICKETS HERE or at SE5 Forum’s Saturday market stall on Camberwell Green. Some tickets will also be available at the door.

For a further cost of living discount, email:

*Apologies that this venue is not step-free.

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Camberwell Food Festival
CAMBERWELL FOOD FESTIVAL: thanks for coming! The sun came out and our food festival Eat Around the World on Camberwell Green was a great hit last Saturday, with all ages popping down to enjoy food, flavours, family fun and live music on the green. With more than 60 stalls and up to 6,000 attendees, our survey so far shows that people would definitely come again next year. Thanks to the many volunteers that helped organise.

We’d love to know what you thought about the event. If you haven’t already done so, please take a moment to fill in our short survey below – many thanks! Click to fill in our survey here

Camberwell Business Map: Eat around the world in SE5
We’re developing a map of Camberwell businesses and are pleased to announce that you can now access our Eat Around the World map of our fantastic food in SE5.
This map is in development thanks to funding from Southwark Council’s Thriving High Streets Fund and follows the successful Camberwell Food Festival on the green and our Camberwell Food Walk . We will adding loads more local businesses soon.
To go to the map on our Camberwell Life website, click here:

For more cuisine exploration in SE5, why not join our first guided Camberwell Food Walk on Saturday 15th June. We will meet at 12.15 and visit 4-5 top local food destinations and go behind-the-scenes to sample favourite dishes and learn more about the global cuisines that have made Camberwell their home.
We’ll show you really can eat around the world without ever leaving SE5.

Camberwell Talks: Monday 3rd June, 7pm
Celebrating Camberwell Arts Festival at 30

Join us for a fascinating and uplifting talk with Camberwell Arts Festival chair Kelly O’Reilly to celebrate 30 glorious years of the festival. From dog shows to degree shows, underground to underwater art, the annual Camberwell Arts Festival has a long history of taking art out of the studio and onto the street.

Kelly will be in conversation with founder Selina Hamilton, and other key crew behind the UK’s longest running visual arts festival.Monday 3 June, 7pm at The Grove House Tavern, 26 Camberwell Grove, SE5 8EE. Tickets: £10/7 concessions + a free drink. Under-18s free. Some tickets available on the door. For further cost of living discount, email:

The 30th Camberwell Arts Festival runs from 8th-16th June with an eclectic mix of open studios, arts markets, exhibitions, workshops and commissions designed to inspire, entertain and engage audiences of all ages. BUY CAMBERWELL TALK TICKETS 

Drawing mulberries: tree drawing workshop
Thanks to those who joined our free tree drawing workshop last Sunday, focusing on the marvellous mulberry in Lucas Gardens, led by illustrator David More. Look out for more mulberry adventures coming soon from our Trees & Green Spaces group, a joint initiative by SE5 Forum and The Camberwell Society.

Local businesses at risk from council rent increase
Five small essential independent businesses in Crossthwaite Avenue, SE5 – a post office, launderette, pharmacy, hairdresser and supermarket – are under threat of closing down as a result of Southwark Council’s threatened rent increase of 143%. This is despite attempts at negotiation and communication with the council. 

A petition has now been set up to protect these small essential shops, which form a neighbourhood hub for the local area, including five large council estates. If you’d like to support them, click here to go to the petition.  


Southwark Maternity Commission
Share your experience of maternity care

Southwark Council is running a Maternity Consultation to find about the standards of maternity care during pregnancy and the first few months after birth and make recommendations about how services can better meet resident’s needs.

Please respond to this survey if:
·       you (or your family) have had a pregnancy in the last five years
·       or you’re a frontline professional who delivers maternity services

Both surveys take 5 to 10 minutes to complete and close on 30 July 2024. They are available in 10 languages. 
Complete the survey if you’re a resident
Complete the survey if you’re a professional in maternity care
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EAT AROUND THE WORLD on Camberwell Green: Saturday 18th May, 10am-6pm

A Global Culinary Adventure! Support local, taste global, and celebrate Camberwell’s multicultural community with a feast of flavours at our first Camberwell food festival on the green.

Foodies everywhere are welcome to our very first Camberwell Food Festival: Eat Around the World on Camberwell Green – Saturday 18th May 10am-6pm – a gastronomic gala!

There will be cooking demos, tastings, food passports to delicious dishes, food walks, bars and chocolate foundations and much more!

Bring all the family – with bouncy castle, kids’ creative workshops and active fun and games.

PLUS GO TO OUR NEW ONLINE CAMBERWELL FOOD MAP to discover the amazing range of cafes, restaurants, takeaways and cuisines in SE5!

FOOD STALLS FROM AROUND THE WORLD: Delicious food options from four continents and an al fresco dining area. From Madascar’s Madagasy food to Gambian benanchin (the original Jolloff rice) and Vietnamese BBQ, veg curries, Mexican fajitas, and a  fountain of authentic Venezuelan chocolate! Not forgetting Spanish paella, charcuterie from France,authentic greek street food and from Italy pasta and cakes from the Amalfi coast.

FREE COOKERY DEMOS: Learn to cook dishes from around the world. Collect ingredients for cheap and cheerful dinners. 
11.30am-12.30pm: Spring Community Hub food charity
1-2.30pm: Join Tafe and her Zeret Kitchen team will unveil the secrets behind some of their favourite Ethiopian flavours!
12.30pm and 1.30pm Cake icing with Margaret’s Cakes of Distinction.

BARS: Quench your thirst with local beers, wine and beverages and more – from Clarkshaws Brewery real ales to Veraison Wines tastings, Mooboo Bubble Tea, a mini cider brewery and healthy juices.

FREE FAMILY FUN & CRAFT STALLS: Bring the whole family for fun and games – bouncy castle, penalty shoot out, Zorb balls, seed planting, drawing & painting workshops and more from Amuru Charity.

LIVE MUSIC: Relax to the beats of live music while savouring delicious dishes from local vendors – from the Celtic sounds of the Scottish Session (12.30-1.30) to Dubplate Pearl & Mr Swing Easy reggae and soul vinyl/Camberwell Connection listen on Soundcloud.

FARMERS’ & CRAFTS MARKET: Explore fresh produce, plants and herbs at our vibrant farmers’ market handmade lavender products, art , prints, crafts, cushions, greeting cards, and floral bouquets. Follow Camberwell Green Market on Instagram.

FOOD WALK: Sign up to join our Camberwell food walk on 15th June for further cuisine explorations.

BIKES: Free bike marking and low cost bikes for sale from Peddle My Wheels charity.

Follow the festival on Instagram: @camberwellfoodfestival

The festival is being launched by the Urban Farmer’s Market and the Camberwell Identity Group’s Camberwell.Life Love Local project, thanks to funding from Southwark Council. Camberwell Identity Group is a partnership between SE5 Forum, Camberwell Arts and the Camberwell Society.

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Camberwell Talks Spring 2024 • Plus, a tiny forest for Burgess Park?

Our Spring season of fascinating Camberwell Talks by SE5 locals has launched! Come along to learn more about Bolivian indigenous culture and Black identity textile art • Plus, Southwark Council are seeking views on planting a tiny forest in Burgess Park


MONDAY 4 MARCH, 7pm: BOLIVIA: AN INDIGENOUS STORY – a heartrending but joyful talk of protest and activism, and a celebration of Bolivan culture with mother and daughter Miriam Amancay Colque and Yandire.

They will share their love of their native country, discussing the culture, history, food and political struggle of the indigenous people. Miriam will also tell her moving story of protest against dictatorship as a student and her time in a Bolivian concentration camp.

MONDAY 8 APRIL 7PM: STITCHING IN BLACK IDENTITY: Textile artist Celia Johnson on using fabrics, quilting and embroidery to reflect on and celebrate Black identity. Celia create pieces which are personal, political and symbolic, but are also an expression of Black vibrancy, creativity and resilience. Follow Celia on Instagram: @truthdollquilting

Find out more & book here:

Tickets are £10/£7 concessions, including a free drink. Free for under-18s. For a further cost of living discount, email Tickets can also be purchased at the Saturday SE5 Forum market stall on the green or on the door.

Talks take place at The Crypt, St Giles’ Church, Camberwell Church Street, SE5 8RB. No step-free access.

Would you like to see a tiny forest planted in Burgess Park? Our Trees & Green Spaces Group (with Camberwell Society) is working with Southwark Council to propose a new tiny forest as part of the council’s tree planting projects to address the climate emergency. 

Please tell Southwark Council’s parks and leisure team what you think about the tiny forest proposal at the park:
Please have your say in the consultation here

Southwark Council says: “We are proposing the creation of a Tiny Forest in Burgess Park as a means to address rising temperatures, storing carbon, creating habitats and increasing valuable green spaces which can be used by the community.”

They’re keen to hear from people who live and or work in the wards of Camberwell Green, Faraday, North Walworth, Old Kent Road, Peckham, and St Giles. And anyone else who has an interest in Burgess Park. Closing date: 21 February 2024.

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Camberwell Black History Launch
Camberwell Black History Walk: Launch & Guided Tour – Saturday 3 February, 11am

Join this guided walk celebrating Camberwell’s black historical figures to mark the official launch of the Camberwell Black History Walk.

The walk, penned by local historian Stephen Bourne, with designs by artist Tayo Fatunla (photo), explores black history through 8 historical and contemporary figures in Camberwell: from 17th century John Primero to Star Wars actor John Boyega. A WWI soldier to fireman and British Empire Medallist, from the Windrush to Southwark Mayor, a black feminist broadcaster on the BBC in the 1940’s and a man sometimes described as the Martin Luther King of Britain.

The Black History Walk will be launched at 11am on Saturday 3 February by Southwark Mayor Michael Situ and Theatre Peckham’s artistic director and CE Suzann Mclean on Camberwell Green.

At 12pm, the guided tour will start at the main Black History walk plaque in the centre of Camberwell Green park.

We will walk to each of the eight stops, where there’s a plaque that describes each important person featured in Camberwell’s black history, as well as a QR code for an auditory guide voiced by young actors from Theatre Peckham.

From the Camberwell Green plaque, the route will be as follows:

1. George Roberts, Warner Road, Camberwell SE5

2. Sam King, Site of Emmanuel Church, Camberwell Road SE5

3. Una Marson, 16 Brunswick Park SE5

4. Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Former St Giles’ Hospital, St Giles’ Road SE5

5. John Boyega, Theatre Peckham, 221 Havil Street SE5

6. John Primero, St Giles’ Church, Camberwell Church Street SE5

7. Dr Harold Moody, Wren Road, Camberwell SE5

8. Belle Davis, Corner of Orpheus Street and Denmark Hill, site of the Camberwell Palace
of Varieties

You can also view and download the full text and map of the Black History Walk on the Camberwell Society website here.

The initiative was funded by Southwark Council (from the council’s developers’ levy) and the Camberwell Society. Photos by: Julia Hawkins @juliahawkins

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Join Camberwell local Ann Kenrick for a unique talk about planning for the ‘inevitable’ – our or others’ end of life. It sounds morbid but the talk is more life-affirming than you might think. Ann encourages us to reflect upon and talk about our approach to end of life in a positive and constructive way. And to get organised!

Ann is founder of End of Life Matters, which supports people of all ages to consider and put together their end of life plans. Having dealt with the challenges of her own parents’ death, Ann says: “Few people give birth or organise a wedding without meticulous planning but most of us are totally unprepared for this most vital of times at the end of all our lives… and as a result, this can have a drastic impact on grieving family and friends.”

Ann helps people look at care considerations, how to ensure their voices are heard and their wishes followed even if they lose capacity, and to think about their legacy and funeral wishes.

There will be an opportunity to ask questions and gain a thorough understanding of how easy it is to get started with planning to give you peace of mind and leave your friends and family without the chaos that Ann had to deal with when her mother died suddenly.

TICKETS ARE £10 OR £7 CONCESSIONS, INCLUDING A FREE DRINK. Cost of living discount available: email

Grove House Tavern, 26 Camberwell Grove London SE5 8RE

Step-free access. 

Ann Kenrick has lived in Camberwell for over 30 years, after an unusual upbringing from Calcutta to school on the Isle of Iona. Ann received a Southwark Civic Award for her work encouraging children to walk and cycle to school as Chair of London Cycling Campaign and was also first female Master of the Charterhouse, an historic seven-acre almshouse in central London.

Look out for our next Camberwell Talks coming up at The Crypt at St Giles Church – more info and booking link coming soon:

MONDAY 4 MARCH: Bolivia: an indigenous story
In this fascinating and heartfelt talk, Miriam Amancay Colque and her daughter Yandire will share their love of their native country Bolivia. They will discuss the culture, history, food and political struggles of the indigenous people, as well as Miriam’s younger years as a student activist including time in a Bolivian concentration camp.

MONDAY 8 APRIL – Textile artist Celia Johnson talks about her practice, which uses fabrics, quilting and embriodery to weave in ideas and issues around Black identity. Instagram: @truthdollquilting

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Free Camberwell Community Xmas event on Camberwell Green Dec 2023
Camberwell Community Xmas on the Green

Thanks to everyone who participated in, volunteered at and enjoyed our FREE Camberwell Community Xmas last Saturday on Camberwell Green

Our free, fun festive event was launched by Southwark Mayor Michael Situ, Southwark Council leader Kieron Williams and Theatre Peckham artistic director Suzann McLean and actors from their show Rapunzel, who read out a poem in honour of Camberwell’s community!

As well as the active kids’ games, crafts and food decoration stalls, the event also provided free lunch, food, clothes, toiletries, cost of living advice and free health checks and information. 
You can watch a reel of this fantastic community event here on FacebookInstagram or Twitter

Thanks to all our local partners and participants and food sponsors: Spring Community Hub, Theatre Peckham, Amuru Charity, Havinabubble Ltd, Partnership Southwark, Southwark Pensioners, Camberwell Arts, Pedal Me, Excel Beyond Barriers CIC, Camberwell Community Choir, The Scottish Session, Southwark Black Parents Forum, Southwark Wellbeing Hub, Good Gym Southwark, Southwark Young Advisors, Wine Box Company (WBC), Co-op, Budgens, Morrisons, and Holland & Barrett. Thanks to United St Saviours charity for funding the event. 
Some photos by Joelle Depont 

Foxglove favourite tree for Camberwell Green 
Thanks to all who responded by email or on our Twitter/X poll to vote for the tree to replace the old Chestnut tree on Camberwell Green, which was diseased and removed. The foxglove came out a clear winner and we will pass this information to Southwark Council’s tree department, who are also taking comments directly. Read the full notice from Southwark Council here.  

Black History Walk: new map on Camberwell Green
A fantastic new map installation designed by local artist Tayo Fatunla has gone up on Camberwell Green to signpost Camberwell’s Black History Walk created by local historian Stephen Bourne. With QR Code and map to guide walkers.

Could you be a community health ambassador
Southwark Council want to hear from you if you’re passionate about supporting health and wellbeing in your local community. You can get training and resources on mental and physical health, vaccines, food and financial support, and more. Get in touch to join their team of over 140 community health ambassadors. 
Find out how to become a community health ambassador

Lambeth Larder cost of living guide
Lambeth Larder has produced an essential cost of living guide in the borough of Lambeth, signposting to services from financial support, food charities, housing, children and families, older residents and energy/fuel.
You can download the document here. 

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Free Camberwell Community Xmas Event Dec 2023
Come to our free Camberwell Community Xmas!
* 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

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SE5 Forum AGM
SE5 Forum AGM & Q&A with Southwark Council CEO Althea Loderick

Thanks to those who joined our successful AGM last week at United Reformed Church and on Zoom. It was great to showcase SE5 Forum achievements over the past year. Thanks in particular to Southwark Council’s CEO Althea Loderick for taking questions on a range of topics on Camberwell and Southwark.

You can read/download the full Minutes of the meeting here, as well as our annual report and other documents:

AGM Minutes
Annual Chair’s Report

Board Member Nominations & Statements



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Come along to our SE5 Forum AGM and join the Camberwell discussion – Wed 18 October 6.30pm.

Are you interested in Camberwell now and in the future? 

Will Southwark Council’s new priorities for 2030 help Camberwell?
Come and have your say!

Everyone is welcome to join SE5 Forum’s AGM 2023 on Wednesday 18th October 6.30pm at United Reformed Church Camberwell, Love Walk, SE5 8AE.

• Hear from Southwark Council’s CEO Althea Loderick on how Southwark Council can support Camberwell’s future and join the Q&A discussion.

• Find out what SE5 Forum achieved last year in local partnership – from free wellbeing events, getting street clutter removed, focusing on green spaces of Camberwell and supporting local shops. 

We are asking residents, local voluntary groups, TRAs, businesses, and more, to come and have your say on what you want to see done in Camberwell. 


Click here to download the papers:
Annual Report 22-23
Board Member Nominations & Statements
Minutes 2022

Join us to make a better Camberwell? 
Would you like to join SE5 Forum as a volunteer and make Camberwell a better place to live, work and visit?

We are recruiting new board members for our next AGM and would love to welcome you!

Please contact us at to find out more or register your interest! See details below or download the flyer here.

Camberwell Talks: Black football pioneer 
We’d love you to join us for the next Camberwell Talk:

• The Jack Leslie Campaign: Story of a black football pioneerby Camberwell author & producer Matt Tiller is on Monday 6th November, 7pm @ The Crypt, St. Giles’ Church, Camberwell Church St, London SE5 8RB. 

Matt Tiller’s new book The Lion Who Never Roared tells the story of one of Britain’s first black professional footballers, Jack Leslie. Matt will also talk about his own journey as co-founder of the Jack Leslie Campaign to properly recognise and celebrate this British football pioneer. 


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