CAMBERWELL FOOD FESTIVAL: thanks for coming! Plus don’t miss our CAMBERWELL ARTS FESTIVAL SPECIAL TALK on Monday 3 June to celebrate 30 years of the arts festival. 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

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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Camberwell Talks autumn 2023 season at The Crypt
Join our lively new Camberwell Talks season – from a local vintner to a black football pioneer. Book now and join the conversation! And save the date for our Camberwell 2030 AGM on 18 October…

Camberwell Talks
Our new season of Camberwell Talks kicks off with two fascinating talks by interesting locals:


  • A Vintner’s Tale: a walk through the vines with Camberwell wine expert Patrycja Lorek, Veraison Wines on Monday 2nd October, 7pm@ Veraison Wine Bar, 78 Camberwell Church Street, London SE5 8QZ

Wine expert and local business owner, Patryjca Lorek, will be sharing her expertise and passion for the glorious grape. Hosted in lovely neighbourhood favourite Veraison Wines, you’re invited to enjoy a glass of vino (included in the ticket price) as you expand your viticultural knowledge!

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

Matt Tiller, local broadcaster, producer and author on his new book The Lion Who Never Roared, which tells the emotional 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.


SE5 Forum AGM – Camberwell 2030 – Save the date!
Wed 18 October, 6.30-8.15pm, United Reformed Church

Come and have your say about the vision for Camberwell 2030. Please join our next AGM will take place at United Reformed Church, Love Walk, SE5 (and also on Zoom).

More details, an invite to join SE5 Forum as a new member, and Zoom link will be posted here soon.

Everyone is welcome. Come and join us to talk about Camberwell 2030, and put forward your priorities about our local area. We are delighted that the CEO of Southwark Council, Althea Loderick, will be the key speaker for our Q&A.

This year, we are focusing on partnerships and will showcase what SE5 Forum has achieved by reaching out and working with a diversity of local volunteers, voluntary organisations, health and wellbeing organisations, food banks on community events, campaigns, and more.

Refreshments will, of course, be provided. See you there.

We are also looking to recruit new members of our team. Find out more about Camberwell, get involved and make a contribution – and have fun as part of SE5 Forum.

Please email us at with your name and contact details if you’d like to join us.

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Free Feel Good Festival in Camberwell: Full Programme


We are excited to welcome you to our second FREE health and wellbeing Feel Good Festival event in Ruskin Park.

Join lots of free wellbeing activities and stalls in the beautiful, natural environment of the park

Free smoothies & food pantry

• Free sessions of Yoga, Tai Chi, Movement to Music and Mindfulness

• Gardening workshops: wellbeing & edible gardening, composting, or join a Wellbeing Tree Walk

• Arts for wellbeing workshops – for all ages

Free music, henna tattoos, face painting & drumming. 

• Health support & checks from the Lambeth Health & Wellbeing Bus – vital mini-health check, physical and mental health advice from the NHS. 

• Stalls for life coaching, tech support, physio advice and horticulture courses

All free for all the community. 



FREE ACTIVITIES – All activities are in the bandstand area, except gardening:

11    WELLBEING TREE WALK – Sophy Tayler and Ben Moxham from Trees & Spaces Group with Tracie Culpitt from King’s College Hospital wellbeing team. Meet at Denmark Hill entrance.

11-11.45   MINDFULNESS – Reconnect with yourself and others – Chris Owen of Zenways and

11.30  DRUMMING with Happy Drum – a workshop for parents, carers and young children. Part of Lambeth community health project Project Smith –

11.30-12.30     YOGA – Oshala Livity – A gentle session of breathwork, accessible postures and mindful meditation –

11.30-12   PLANTING FOR THE SENSES: Wellbeing Gardening – explore how plants can stimulate sight, taste, smell, sound and touch. Willow Garden  –

12-3: EDIBLE GARDENING – come and drop in to our community growing project – Community Garden –

12.15-12.45 TOUR OF LABYRINTH GARDEN –  volunteers from Urban Canopy show how they look after this peaceful flower garden in the middle of the park –

12.30-1.30:  MOVEMENT TO MUSIC – Get moving with Bizzy Beats 

1-1.30 MUSIC: The Scottish Session – traditional music from Scotland and wider. Playing in the open air in Ruskin Park kept our spirits up during the pandemic!

1-1.30: TAI CHI – Wu’s Academy Brixton – – Wu style Tai Chi Chuan is for local people to improve and enhance their physical and mental health. Come and try an introductory session!

1.30-2.30: YOGAMisterCollieman Yoga – – MisterCollieman is a local yoga teacher, specialises in teaching yoga for sport, & enjoys using the practice to help us move, breathe and feel more freely.

1.30-2: COMPOSTING – learn top tips for composting at home – Willow Garden – Friends of Ruskin Park

2-2.30: TAI CHI – Wu’s Academy – Wu style Tai Chi Chuan is for local people to improve and enhance their physical and mental health. Come and try an introductory session!

2-2.30: MUSIC: CAMBRIA CHOIR – Be uplifted by south London’s leading, non-auditioning community choir

2-2.30: TREE SURVEY FOR KIDS – Bring the kids along for a fun activity exploring trees in the park with Stephen and Bill from Urban Canopy – meet near bandstand.

2.30-3.30: YOGA Noriko from Zen Yoga – mindful body movement. This session will connect the body with nature, gently opening the mind and body and cultivating breath. /

2.30  DRUMMING for everyone with Happy Drum – go home on a natural high!
Part of Lambeth community health project Project Smith –

FREE STALLS & Workshops: 11am-3pm

Healthy Living Platform – Free Solquench smoothies and a healthy pantry selection –

Lambeth Together’s Health & Wellbeing Bus – free health checks, mental and physical health advice – Lambeth’s Health and Wellbeing Bus – Lambeth Together

Art wellbeing activity – Arts By Kola  – Using art to express and address concepts around race, identity, nature and for mental health and relaxation –

12.30-1.30:  Clay Modelling – Oshala Livity – community clay workshop to create small individual containers or sculptures – 

Life coachingQuincy from You in the Room supports you to gain clarity, confidence and control – the changes you want to see and the goals you want to achieve are all within your reach

Support & Sustain physiotherapy – advice and special offers from local physiotherapy business, from sports injuries and rehabilitation to mobility issues and menopause

Henna Painting – Beautiful henna creations by Sara Fatima –

Face painting – Touch of Magic. Transforming smiles into works of art, Face Painting Magic is here to add a splash of colour and joy to your Saturday.

Clear Community Web – A charity that runs vital tech support for elderly and vulnerable people, carers and families –  ClearCommunityWeb

Bankside Open Spaces Trust (BOST)  Future Gardeners – Community Garden. Future Gardeners is a free training and work experience scheme, giving participants core skills to gain entry level jobs in the horticulture industry Shereen from BOST will be in the Community Garden talking about Future Gardeners and the Camberwell Triangle Community gardens. 

Friends of Ruskin Park stall – Friends of Ruskin Park

SE5 Forum stall – find out about our work to help improve Camberwell for everyone


Thanks to King’s College Hospital charity support and Changing Lives, Lambeth Council’s Social Value Fund for supporting our two Feel Good Festivals.

Thanks also to Spring Community Hub 
and Healthy Living Platform, and to all the local health practitioners and organisations offering their services for free.





11   Mindfulness – Reconnecting with yourself and others through Mindfulness – Chris Owen of Zen Yoga – and

11.30  Yoga – Oshala Livity – A gentle hour long session that will include breathwork, accessible postures and mindful meditation –

12  Live Music & Exercise Shakeyabrass – Benefit from the health properties of music and movement and above all else, it will be really good fun!

12.30  Community Kitchen – Roll up for a delicious Caribbean curry – veg or halal meat – from Camberwell’s Spring Community hub. And advice on cooking good food cheaply – 

12.30 Coping with the Cost of Living: getting your finances on track, reducing debt and savings tips – Amuru charity –

1-1.30  Roller Skating – Nikcarl Skate Club – 4-13 years. Let your children feel good joining an interactive coaching session led by an experienced instructor from the Nikcarl Skate Club. This session will help get your kids active and on wheels, regardless of their skill level. If your child already has rollerblades, please bring them along. Limited skates will be available – – Nikcarl Skate Club runs weekly group sessions, exciting games and occasional events.

1   Live Music & Exercise Shakeyabrass – Benefit from the health properties of music and movement and above all else, it will be really good fun!

1.30  Chair-based

1.30   Tree Walk – Ben Moxham/Camberwell Society – – A 45 min tour of remarkable trees located within five parks & gardens close to St Giles Church 🌲

2  Live Music & Exercise Shakeyabrass – Benefit from the health properties of music and movement and above all else, it will be really good fun!

2 Learn to make pink lemonade with roving chef Hayley

2.30 Restorative Yoga – with Doran of Zen Yoga – and

3 Chi Kung – meditation, coordinating slow-flowing movement, deep rhythmic breathing, and a calm meditative state of mind – Chris Jordan of Maintaining Health Partners and Southwark Pensioners Centre.


11-3: Children’s No-Cook Tasty Treats & Food Decorating Workshops – Make flavourful fruity treats and delicious bites at our two children’s no-cook food and food decorating workshops – SE5 Forum

12-1.30: Clay Modelling – Oshala Livity – community clay workshop to create small individual containers or sculptures – 

My Emotions Book (Children) Activity – Laura Brown is the illustrator and author of ‘My Emotions Activity Book’ which gives children a gentle opportunity to open up and express themselves.

Henna Painting – Sara Fatima –

Face painting – Touch of Magic – Transforming smiles into works of art, Face Painting Magic is here to add a splash of colour and joy to your Saturday.

Play for AllAmuru charity- children’s active games – archery, dodge ball, giant 4-in-a-Row and giant noughts and crosses – + some bubble football from!

Cake decorating – Margaret’s Cakes of Distinction – Come and get creative with your cakes. Margaret will show you how to make royal icing, sugar flowers and more.

Art modelling – Izzy Parker-Nasir, Bethlem Gallery – Make your own 3D sculptural picture inspired by expressing emotions with colour and texture @BethlemGallery @izzyizzyparker @nhs_Maudsley

Life coachingQuincy, You in the Room supports you to gain clarity, confidence and control – the changes you want to see and the goals you want to achieve are all within your reach

Osteopathy – Osteopathy on the Green – info & advice, plus treatment giveaways!

Knit a Tree – Enjoy the calming benefits of knitting and crocheting, any level – Debbie Allen, Camberwell Arts –

Craft activities – Crafty Older People –

Kooth – Young people’s mental health service – a free online mental health and wellbeing service available to all young people in South East London aged 10-25 –

Free health checks: Partnership Southwark Wellbeing Van – child immunisation, Vital 5 – Partnership Southwark

Good Gym Southwark – do good and get fit

Meet Southwark Young

Met Police – children can have fun trying on uniform and helmets!

SE5 Forum stall – come and find out about our work to help improve Camberwell for everyone


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Feel Good Festival at Ruskin Park July 2023
Come to our free Feel Good Festival: Camberwell Green: Mind & Body, Sat 8 July, 11am-3pm • Ruskin Park: Growth & Wellbeing, Sat 15 July 11am-3pm

SE5 Forum’s Feel Good Festival on Camberwell Green last summer was a fantastic success and attracted nearly 1000 visitors. 

This summer, we are inviting all the community in Camberwell to our Feel Good Festival 2023 with two free health and wellbeing events. 

• Come down for free food, music, henna and face painting

• Stay to join in free taster sessions for all ages: from exercise, yoga, tai chi, chair-based exercise and roller skating, to arts and crafts, nutrition and children’s tasty treats workshops and community gardening. 

• Get essential community health support – with food banks and pantries, and vital mini-health checks, mental health advice and signposting from the NHS. 

All free for all the community. 

The festival brings together local organisations and charities, health professionals, food banks and pantries, health organisations and volunteers, all offering their services for free. 

This year, the festival is generously supported by King’s College Hospital Charity and Changing Lives, Lambeth Council’s Social Values Fund

Key partners in the festival are Partnership SouthwarkSouthwark Pensioners CentreFriends of Ruskin Park, the Lambeth Together’s Health & Wellbeing BusSpring Community Hub, and Healthy Living Platform. Local dad Pete Lewis, who runs design studio Mr Pete Lewis, has created publicity designs for the event free of charge and photographs were kindly supplied by local photographer Thanks to Good Gym for help with setting up our event.

Mind & Body – Camberwell Green, Saturday 8 July, 11am-3pm

Get fit and active with live music and exercise with Shake da Brass and roller skating, or gentle chair-based yoga and Chi Kung. 

Get creative with mindful, crafty fun like ‘Knit a Tree’. 

Get vital health checks and signposting from Partnership Southwark offering help with your physical and mental health. 

Calm yourself with mindfulness, yoga or life-coaching. 

Enjoy a free Community Kitchen feast from Spring Community Hub, plus children’s tasty treats workshops, face-painting, henna tattoos and local choirs.

Growth & Wellbeing – Ruskin Park, 15 July, 11am-3pm 

Improve your mental and physical wellbeing with free gardening sessions and tree walks, yoga, tai chi and zumba, mindful art workshops such as clay modelling.

Listen to music from a local choir, or get a unique henna tattoo, all in the beautiful, uplifting setting of the park. 

Stay well with a mini-health check and signposting to local services at the Lambeth Together’s Health & Wellbeing Bus. 

Taste delicious free smoothies from Healthy Living Platform, who will be running their community food pantry.  

For more information, please email:

The full programme will soon be available here.

Camberwell’s Free Feel Good Festival

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