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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SE5 Forum events coming up: Camberwell Gardeners’ Question Time • Camberwell Trees: A Growing Ambition zoom • Our fantastic free Feel Good Festival 8 and 15 July

Camberwell Gardeners’ Question Time: Monday 3 July, 7pm.
Our next Camberwell Talk presents a green-fingered special, with a panel of local gardening experts – from community gardens to poetry gardens, or just get tips on how to spruce up your own green space, balcony or window box. Come and join us for this evening talk in the urban oasis of Lettsom Gardens.Tickets are £10/£7 concession, refreshments provided. Monday 3 July, 7pm. BOOK TICKETS HERE

Camberwell Trees: A Growing Ambition
Join our community zoom meeting 

Our Trees & Spaces Group invites you to a community zoom discussion on 27 June, 7pm.Want to see more trees for Camberwell? Join this zoom to hear Tree Officers from Southwark and Lambeth Councils update on tree planting plans – and we’ll be talking, local canopy cover, possible planting sites, street trees, parks ‘Tiny Forests’ or bring your own ideas!

For full details and to sign up for free, go to our Eventbrite page here

Free Feel Good Festival Summer 2023
Sat 8 July Camberwell Green • Sat 15 July Ruskin Park 

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 local community to Feel Good Festival 2023:  two free health and wellbeing events for Camberwell.

• Camberwell Green: 8 July, 11am-3pm: Mind & Body 
• Ruskin Park15 July, 11am-3pm: Growth & Wellbeing

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, children’s tasty treats workshops and community gardening. 

There will also be 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. Full programme coming soon!

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Camberwell News:

Vote for Denmark Hill station in the World Cup of Stations • Camberwell Talks: delving into Camberwell’s music hall past • plus new murals, health and wellbeing news, and What’s On. Read more here…

Vote for Denmark Hill in World Cup of Stations!
Our amazing local station of Denmark Hill has been shortlisted to represent London in the World Cup of Stations: a competition to find the best loved station in the UK.

If you like what has been happening at Denmark Hill, then please vote to get the station through to the next round. You can vote on Monday 22nd May on Twitter #WorldCupOfStations or on the website. If the station gets through to the next round, you need to click again on Thursday and maybe even again in the final on Friday! 

Walworth Garden on BBC Gardners’ World tonight
See your community garden on the small screen tonight on BBC Two’s @gardenersworldtv! Walworth Garden say: “We’ve come a long way from being a derelict plot of land, all through the contributions of local people – for and by the community. Learn more about our Gardening Therapy programmes, along with all our other programmes as well as our history.” Instagram:

Partnership Southwark: Health & wellbeing in Camberwell
Partnership Southwark and Southwark Culture Health and Wellbeing Partnership would like to invite anyone interested in a thriving community in Camberwell to come together and hear about the wonderful things going on that support health and wellbeing (below).

The meeting will be a great opportunity to meet like-minded people, share the work and activities you are involved in the local area and explore ways in which we can work together. If you have any questions about the meeting or would like to take a more active role, please email: Partnership.Southwark@selondonics.nhs.ukSign up for free on Eventbrite


Your Care, Your Choice: A course for Black people and those that support them (above)
This pilot course from South London and Maudsley (SLaM) has been co-produced with Black people with lived experience, their carers/supporters, mental health staff, and researchers  – for back service users, carers/supporters, & mental health staff. Every Tuesday in June from 10am – 3pm (June 6, 13, 20 & 27) at the David Goldberg Centre, 18 De Crespigny Park, London, SE5 8AF.  Sign up to the course here or email or call 020 3228 3643u3a: A chance for retired and semi-retired locals to share interests
u3a is an organisation of retired and semi-retired people who meet in small, friendly groups in own house or local venues to share interests and activities – from music, knitting, craft, mahjong to languages and arts and more. They also visit places of interest. It’s a national organisation but local groups cover Camberrwell and other south London areas.They are keen to reflect the rich diversity and culture of south London. For more information and to find local activities:

Camberwell Murals

Mural Public Consultation: Masterman House Wall. 
Camberwell Identity Group is asking the public for their views on commissioning a mural on Masterman House wall (below). Tomorrow, Saturday 20 May, 10am-5pm they will be at Rust Sq/ Burgess Park talking to passersby, residents, dog walkers, parents with children and anyone interested! The dominant theme will be celebrating local hero Kye Whyte, BMX silver medalist at the Tokyo Olympics and former resident of Masterman House. Other themes can be included. If want to give your views, please come along.
OR email

Call-out for public art work on Southampton Way Estate
Southampton Way Tenants and Residents Association is launching an exciting murals project for the Southampton Way Estate (above) –  with a call-out to an artist or art collective to create a public art work on two estate walls, collaborating with the community. The full brief can be read here. Apply by 5 June 2023. 

What’s on in Camberwell:

Camberwell Green Market: Sat 20th May
The popular Herbal Haven (below) will be attending the next Camberwell Green Market with their extensive range of Culinary, Medicial and aromatic herbs alongside a wide range of stalls from hot food stalls, Camberwell Honey, Cheese, Pasta, local artisans, craft, natural beauty products and much more. Come and make a day of it: running Saturdays 10am – 4pm. Full list on Instagram @camberwellgreenmarket

Camberwell Talks: Monday 5 June 7pm: Our next talk presented by Camberwell Arts: local historian Richard Norman brings entertaining stories of Camberwell’s role in the early days of film production and music hall comedy, with clips + music of the era. The talk ties in with the Camberwell Arts Festival‘s theme this year of Showtime, which runs from 10-18 June.

Peckham Fringe: until Sunday 4 June
Theatre Peckham brings you the second annual Peckham Fringe, a festival of dynamic stories and culture: Go to What’s On.

Camberwell College of Arts Foundation Diploma show: 
is open to the public from 20-25 May, with a social Friends & Family day 20th May.  Check here for days and times.

Alice’s Adventure in Aerialand: Myatts Fields Park: Longfield Hall presents Alice’s Adventures in Aerialand aerial open-air circus adaptation of Lewis Caroll’s classic story. Dementia friendly and additional needs accessible show. 11 June & 30 July (2pm & 6pm), Myatts Fields Park. Adapted by the Dot Collective. Book tickets here

Feel Good Festival: Sat 8 July Camberwell Green • Sat 15 July Ruskin Park: Save the dates for SE5 Forum’s popular free health and wellbeing event  – the Feel Good Festival with free health checks, food, local food charities, choirs, music and much more. 

London Festival of Architecture: Loughborough Farm
There will be a variety of free workshops and activities around the theme of Common Gardens at Loughborough Farm on Saturday 10th June, as part of the London Festival of Architecture: Find out more here

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Camberwell News

SE5 Forum’s Camberwell Talks in May & June: from post-show gossip with Eurovision 2023 to a delve into Camberwell’s fascinating music hall heritage. Plus: save the dates for our free Feel Good Festival on 8 and 15 July.

We have two exciting talks in the coming weeks:

Monday 15 May 7pm
: Get all the Liverpool glam and gossip from top Eurovision expert William Lee Adams, who will be entertaining the audience at The Crypt, St Giles Church.

Monday 5 June 7pm: Camberwell Arts presents historian Richard Norman, who will delve into Camberwell’s fascinating musical hall and variety past – the talk ties in with the Camberwell Arts Festival‘s theme this year of It’s Showtime. The festival kicks off on Sat 10 June on the green and runs until 18 June:

Tickets for Camberwell Talks are £10/£7 concessions, including a free drink. Each ticket also gives you a half-price meal deal at local restaurant Caravaggio. For anyone who’d like to attend but is affected by the current cost of living, please email us at



Save the Dates for our free Feel Good Festival
Sat 8 July Camberwell Green • Sat 15 July Ruskin Park 11am-3pm

Our popular free health and wellbeing event – the Feel Good Festival – is back in 2023. Open to all the community, SE5 Forum is excited to announce that this year there will be two events – one on Camberwell Green on 8 July to refresh and rivatilise your Mind & Body and a second event in Ruskin Park, in collaboration with Friends of Ruskin Park and their new Wellbeing Garden, with a focus on green growth, nature and wellbeing.

Both sessions will bring a range of free taster exercise sessions to enhance physical and mental wellbeing, as well as arts, craft and children’s activities, NHS health checks, free food, local food charities, choirs, music and much more. Watch this space! 

We would like to thank King’s College Hospital charity for their amazing support:


Camberwell Arts Festival: It’s Showtime! 
It’s that time of year again when Camberwell Arts Festival brings art out into the street to celebrate our local creative talent with open studios, micro commissions and a festival fringe. 

This year’s festival takes the theme of Showtime – shining a spotlight on Camberwell’s fascinating music hall heritage. The festival is also looking for volunteers to help get the show on the road. To find out more or how to get involved, go to their website at:


Organoke is back
The legendary Organoke returns to St Giles’ Church, Camberwell, for two nights of joyous singing on Sat 3 June 8pm and Sun 4th June 7.30pm. Early bird tickets are now on sale so snap yours up quick.

May Bazaar: Table Top Sale
Lyndhurst Primary School: Sat 20 May 10-1

SE5 Forum Market Stall

Free Sunflower Seeds & Litterpicker equipment loan

We are giving out free sunflower seeds to the community to brighten up our local community. Come and visit our market stall on Saturdays 10am-3pm on Camberwell Green to get your packet! 

We also have a set of litter picking equipment we are very happy to loan for free to local litter picking groups. Contact us and we will arrange handover at the stall. 

We’re also asking for any local organisations for their leaflets to display on our stall.

We also have our usual wide range of Camberwell themed merchandise, including our popular range of Camberwell mugs, butterfly t-shirts and more. And you can find out about our latest work and campaigns. Looking forward to seeing you! 

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Camberwell News

Don’t miss SE5 Forum’s upcoming events: Free Tree Drawing Workshops in Brunswick Park Sat 13 May • Camberwell Talks Summer 2023 – Leading Eurovision expert gives us all the gossip from Liverpool on 15 May and Camberwell Arts delves into Camberwell’s music hall heritage with historian Richard Norman on 5 June.

Join us at for an inspirational free tree drawing workshop with tree illustrator David More in Brunswick Park.

There will be two free workshop sessions on Saturday 13th May, starting at 2pm and 3.30pm. 
Book your free place here 

Drawing materials will be provided, and all levels of ability, whether adults or children, are welcome. Participants under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. 

Local artist David More is a renowned illustrator of tree guides and encyclopedias. Brunswick Park has a number of interesting trees to draw, including a lime said to be the tallest tree in Camberwell, and a horse chestnut with tangled and twisty branches.

The workshops are brought to you by the Trees and Green Spaces group, sponsored by SE5 Forum for Camberwell and The Camberwell Society. and are part of the 2023 Urban Tree Festival.


Camberwell Talks go Eurovision! 15 May 7pm • Free tree drawing workshop in Brunswick Park • Camberwell Business Event • Arts Festival Showtime • New midweek market on the green, our sunflower seed giveaways and more local news…

Get all the Liverpool gossip from top Eurovision expert: We’ve added an extra date to our SE5 Forum Camberwell Talks to celebrate Eurovision 2023 coming to the UK. Leading Eurovision journalist William Lee Adams will be entertaining the audience on Monday 15th May 7pm at The Crypt, St Giles Church. 

Tickets are £10/£7 concessions, including a free drink. Tickets also give you a half-price meal deal at local restaurant Caravaggio. For anyone who’d like to attend but is affected by the current cost of living, please email us at

CAMBERWELL TALK 5 JUNEm 7pm: IT’S SHOWTIME with Camberwell Arts and historian Richard Norman

Dive into the music hall past of Camberwell with historian Richard Norman as part of SE5 Forum’s Camberwell Talks and in collaboration with @CamberwellArts. 

The talk ties in with the Camberwell Arts Festival 2023 theme: It’s Showtime (10-18 June). 
Richard’s Camberwell Talk will unfold the various forms of entertainment, from Victorian times to the end of the twentieth century, covering Music Hall, Theatre and Cinema and the buildings which were especially constructed to entertain the folk of Camberwell and beyond. Delving further into South London’s heritage, the talk will also include the contribution Camberwell has made to the world of entertainment during the early days of pioneering film production and music hall comedy.
This will be a well-illustrated talk also using samples of songs and music. Richard Norman is a local historian specialising in buildings designed for entertainment and has given talks at the Victorian and Albert Museum, Tate Modern and many local history societies.

Tickets can be booked on Eventbrite (£10/£7 plus drink, plus half-price meal deal at Caravaggio) below. The talk takes place at Goose Green Theatre, 146 Camberwell New Road, SE5 0RR and is an accessible venue. 



Camberwell Arts Festival: It’s Showtime! 
It’s that time of year again when Camberwell Arts Festival brings art out into the street to celebrate our local creative talent with open studios, micro commissions and a festival fringe. 

This year’s festival takes the theme of Showtime – shining a spotlight on Camberwell’s fascinating music hall heritage. The festival organisers would love to hear from any local actors, artists, comedians, performers performing pets and anyone else willing to help create an all-singing, all-dancing festival that captures the unique spirt of Camberwell.  

The festival is also looking for volunteers to help get the show on the road. To find out more or how to get involved, go to their website at:


Camberwell Business Event: Wed 3 May 6pm 
Southwark Council is hosting a free event for all Camberwell businesses at Camberwell Library on Wed 3 May 6-7.30pm. 

If you run a local business, come and find out what help is on offer and give feedback on what your business needs. At the event, you will be able to find out:

• What help and support Southwark Council can offer your business
• How to access the council’s Southwark Pioneers Fund
• How to benefit from the Thriving High Streets Fund
• What is planned for Camberwell town centre
• How you can use the council’s free graffiti removal service offer

You will also be able to put your questions to Councillor Martin Seaton, Cabinet Member for Jobs, Business and Town Centres and give your feedback and input into future plans for Camberwell.

Reserve your free attendance on Eventbrite



New mid-week Camberwell Green Market 
Building on the success of the Saturday Camberwell Green Market, Southwark Council is launching a mid-week market at Camberwell Green from this Thursday, 20th April. 

The new market will run 10am to 3pm every Thursday and Friday as a pilot until Christmas 2023. For more info, go to:


SE5 Forum Market Stall: Free Sunflower Seeds
We are giving out free sunflower seeds to the community to brighten up our local community. Come and visit our market stall on Saturdays 10am-3pm on Camberwell Green to get your packet! 

We’re also asking local organisations for their leaflets for the display on our stall.

We also have our usual wide range of Camberwell themed merchandise, including our popular range of Camberwell mugs, butterfly t-shirts and more. And you can find out about our latest work and campaigns. Looking forward to seeing you! 

 Making Southwark more age-friendly 
Southwark Council is holding two community engagement events on how to make the borough more age-friendly. Find out more here: 


 The Met Police Ride Along Scheme
The Met Police is publicising its Ride Along Scheme, which offers members of the public the chance to join its officers on patrol and experience daily policing first hand. You can also give feedback to police from your perspective as a member of the community. You must be aged 16 or over and live in London. You’ll need to fill in a consent form and pass a criminal record check. You can join the following units: Emergency Policing Response Team; Territorial Support Group; Violent Crime Task Force; or the Roads Policing Team. To apply, fill in the online application form.

 FixMyStreet App in Southwark:Residents in Southwark can now use the FixMyStreet App to report fly-tipping, graffiti, potholes and more through the online app and web service.  The app has been used successfully by other boroughs.

  New free fob for the safe cycle parking hub at Denmark Hill Station is now available from Govia Thameslink. Collect your free fob at the ticket office at the station’s Champion Hill entrance. 

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New SE5 Forum events: Camberwell Talks spring season and our free Ruskin Tree Walk

SE5 Forum is proud to present two new events coming up soon: Ruskin Tree Walks and Camberwell Talks:

Free Ruskin Tree Walk (& Draw)
Sunday 5th March, 2pm and 3pm

Following on from a successful event last year (including the making of a film), SE5 Forum and The Camberwell Society present the 2023 edition of our free RUSKIN TREE WALK, with optional drawing workshop.  

The guided tree walk around Ruskin Park will be led by volunteers from King’s College Hospital and Friends of Ruskin Park to explore linkages between trees, nature and wellbeing. 

They will present key insights about John Ruskin, the Victorian artist and thinker, written by world leading experts on his ideas on nature. 

After each walk, you can choose to participate in a free Tree Drawing Workshop led by local artist Natasha Godfrey. 

The two walks – at 2pm and 3pm – are limited to 30 people so book your free ticket/s quickly to avoid disappointment: **UPDATE – both walks are now booked up!

If you’d like to do a self-guided Ruskin Tree Walk or find more information, go to The Camberwell Society’s Ruskin Tree Walk page, where you can download a map, guide, essays and illustrations: There are guides to other fascinating tree walks in SE5, too.


New season of Camberwell Talks
From Monday 6 March 7pm

Spring is coming… and with it our new season of Camberwell Talks!

First stop is Chris Roberts, an expert in all things Camberwellian.Then we get physical with Support & Sustain’s physiotherapy advice for women, arty with a mystery talk by Camberwell Arts as they launch their 2023 festival, and green-fingered with a special summer Camberwell Gardeners’ question time.

Tickets are £10/£7 concessions including a free drink. Plus there’s a half-price meal deal at local restaurant Caravaggio on the night. For anyone who’d like to attend but is affected by the current cost of living, please email us at


Other Events: 
• The ever-popular Camberwell Organoke is stepping out of SE5 for a special Karaoke Classics sing-off at Battersea Arts Centre’s Grand Hall with the star of the show, The Hope-Jones Organ, plus a live band and legendary local MC Ida Barr. Book tickets here:

• Theatre Peckham: Following a sold-out run at Peckham Fringe in 2022, new show Sunny Side Up is a lyrical solo performance piece, blending drama and poetry until 4 March. Book here:

• New to skating and want to have a try? SE5’s Jam Speed Rollers are putting on another community indoor skate event tomorrow – 4pm for families and 7pm for adults – with optional fancy dress! The sessions takes place at Ark Globe Academy but they’d love to find an indoor venue in SE5 in the future. 

You can find more local events on Southwark Council’s Southwark Presents listings: click here


Southwark 2030:
Have your say on the future of Southwark. Southwark Council is holding a wide-scale Southwark 2030 consultation – it wants “local people to share their ambitions and hopes, to develop a shared vision with the council, local partners, community groups and businesses”. 

Ways of responding to the consultation:
Fill in the short online survey here
Join a Conversations event: sign up here. There are events still available until 8th March. 
There are also school packs and opportunities for groups to host ‘listening events’. Find out more here

Southwark Pensioners is hosting its own listening event for older people on 24 February 10.30am to 1.45pm at Inspire in the Crypt, St. Peter’s Church, Liverpool Grove, SE17 2HH. To attend, tel: 020 7708 4556 or email

New free fob for Denmark Hill Station cycle hub
Govia Thameslink is re-launching the cycle parking hub at Windsor Walk,Denmark Hill Station this Monday 20th February, at 10am, with a free fob available to all cyclists to park their bikes safely. 

The Community Engagement Officer will be on hand to explain the new fob entry system and how you get access. From now on, free fobs will be available from the ticket office at the Champion Hill entrance. You just need to give your email address and show Photo ID. The fobs are registered for 12 months and will need reactivating once a year. They can also be activated at other cycle hub locations on the network. 

Disused railway arches in Camberwell to get £1.1m restoration
Five abandoned railway arches in Camberwell, which have been empty for over five years, will be given a £1.1 million investment so they can be rented out again amid the demand for industrial space.
Read more here in Southwark News

New Retired People’s Lunch Club
Myatt’s Fields Park Depot has launched a new Retired People’s Lunch Club. It takes place at Myatt’s Fields Park depot (warm space) on Wednesdays noon to 2 pm. You can also choose activities such as trips, art, dance. Find out more

SE5 Forum Market Stall
Visit our market stall on Saturdays 10am-3pm on Camberwell Green
Come and browse our Camberwell Identity merchandise, including our popular range of Camberwell mugs, butterfly t-shirts and more. And find out about our latest work and campaigns.

We always welcome new volunteers and board members to help us improve Camberwell. We’re also looking for volunteers to help us with our Saturday stall – either setting up and down or on the stall. If you’re interested, please email:

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SE5 Forum launches free Christmas Community Kitchen
Camberwell Green – Saturday 10 December 12-2pm

Santa is coming to the Saturday market at Camberwell Green bringing a free Caribbean lunch, free treats and Xmas decoration workshops for kids, choirs and a tree of wishes….

SE5 Forum is launching a free Festive Community Kitchen on Camberwell Green on Saturday 10 December in partnership with local food bank Spring Community Hub and Southwark Pensioners

The free Christmas Community Kitchen will offer: 

• A free Caribbean lunch for all

• Pop-up Pantry – five items for free 

• Free Activities for Kids – making Christmas decorations, decorating gingerbread, making treats

• Meet Santa and get a free stocking filler 

• Add your wish to the Tree of Wishes

• Pick up no cook/low cook recipes

• Community Stall with festive gifts and info about local food charities, warm spaces and cost of living crisis support 

• Free festive music from local choirs Cambria Choir, Camberwell Choir School and Give a Song (featured on BBC One)

Come down and find out about or support your local food banks and pantries.

Marie Staunton, Secretary of SE5 Forum for Camberwell says: “Local groups have come together to celebrate Christmas for everyone in our community. The Camberwell Saturday market will bring free festive cheer with a free Caribbean lunch, music and Xmas workshops. But we are in the middle of a cost of living crisis, so will also give out information about access to food and warm spaces this difficult winter. And by creating more awareness, we will help local food charities fundraise for badly needed Christmas hampers for families and the elderly.”* 

This festive special Community Kitchen follows on from SE5 Forum’s two successful summer Community Kitchens this year. It aims to create awareness of the food banks and pantries in the area and destigmatise food insecurity. All three Community Kitchens have been funded by a grant from Southwark Council’s Neighbourhoods Fund.

Thanks to our partners Spring Community Hub and Southwark Pensioners, and support from Healthy Living Platform, Cambria Choir, Camberwell Community School Choir, Give a Song, University of Arts London (UAL), Good Gym, the Urban Farmers Market and volunteers. 

*NOTE: A Christmas hamper for a family costs £50 and £30 for an elderly person.


Spring Community Hub: can be dropped off at: Spring Community Hub, 1 Wilson Road, Modular Building, London, SE5 8LU. Monday – Friday, 10am to 2pm.

Southwark Pensioners Centre –

Healthy Living Platform –

Cambria Choir –

Camberwell Community School Choir –

Give a Song –

University of the Arts London (UAL) –

Good Gym –

Urban Farmers Market

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Act now to save our Camberwell name!

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

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

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

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

You have until December 5 to send in your comments: 

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

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

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

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

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

Read the Camberwell Quarterly news piece below:

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

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

What’s On: Festive Camberwell 

Community Kitchen: Saturday 10 December on the Green

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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


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SE5 Forum AGM: How can Camberwell survive and thrive?

We are are delighted to invite you to come along to our next SE5 Forum AGM public meeting and discussion. There will be key speakers covering developments and issues in the town centre and beyond for residents and businesses. Plus: we will be holding our board elections and are looking for new board members who want to contribute in any way to our area.


Wednesday 5 October, 6.30-8.15pm
In-person at United Reformed Church, Love Walk SE5 7AE 
or on Zoom

This year’s AGM focuses on:
How can Camberwell survive and thrive?

There will be key speakers covering developments and issues in the town centre and beyond for residents and businesses. 

Panel includes:

  • Kieron Williams, Camberwell Green councillor + Southwark Council Leader
  • Stephen Lovejoy, Urban Planner – on the Character of Camberwell study
  • Jordan Leighton on the High Street Recovery Fund and supporting local Camberwell businesses
  • SE5 Forum board member Tony Jones on tackling graffiti and street clutter and cleaning up the town centrer
  • Peter Babadu, ex-Southwark Councillor and standing as an MP for Camberwell & Peckham on his Camberwell survey
  • Councillor Donatus Anyanwu, Cabinet Member for Stronger Communities, Lambeth Council

We will also look at what SE5 Forum is achieving with local partners including:

•  Six to Fix campaign to clear rubbish, graffiti and street clutter.

•  Feel Good Festival on Camberwell Green.

•  Community Kitchens  working with food banks and pantries.

•  Love Local – promoting local businesses, the high street and the market.

•  Trees & Green Spaces – tree planting, green walks & Ruskin Park tree film.

•  Transport – campaigning for buses, trams, cycles and Camberwell station.

•  Identity –  shop front murals, more banners and the new Wyndham Road mural.

We look forward to seeing you there and hearing your views on how we can help Camberwell thrive in the coming years. 

To attend in-person, please register on Eventbrite here

To attend on Zoom, please register on Eventbrite here 
You can watch the speakers and discussion and post questions in the Chat.

Would you like to become an SE5 Forum board member? 

As always, we will be holding our board elections at the AGM and we welcome new members to join our Board! An invitation to new members and information on what’s involved is HERE

Last year, new board member Shazna Choudhry wanted to focus on the health and wellbeing of all the community and set up our fantastic summer Wellbeing Festival on the green.

We would love to recruit some more members from BAME backgrounds as well as younger members, too, to increase the age and ethnic diversity of our board.

If you’d like to have an input in your local area or just want to find out more about SE5 Forum, please contact us on to express an interest or discuss further. The deadline for nominations is 21 September 2022. 



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Camberwell Talks Autumn 2022 Programme

Our next season of fascinating talks by talented locals kicks off on 3 October. Come and join the conversation first Mondays from October to December, with a free drink and a local meal deal at Caravaggio thrown in!
First Mondays from October-December


3rd October 7pm: Dr Francisco Diegoastrophysicist and environmentalist at UCL, guides us through the amazing images from the new James Webb Space telescope and how these reflect on our Paradise Planet Earth. @ The Crypt, St. Giles’ Church, Camberwell Church Street, SE5 8RB.

7th November 7pm: Jessica Moxham, writer and mother, talks about the joys and challenges of bringing up a disabled son and her book ‘The Cracks that let the light in’. @ At the Grove Room, Grove House Tavern, 26 Camberwell Grove, SE5 8RE. Step-free access.

5th December 7pm: Kit Green: writer, performer, music hall legend and Camberwell’s own Organoke rapping pensioner AKA Ida Barr, shares tales of their life and work. @ The Crypt, St. Giles’ Church, Camberwell Church Street, SE5 8RB*.

Tickets £10 (£7 conc.) including a free drink.
Carravagio is offering a half-price pre- or post-talk set menu meal for ticket holders.
You can also buy tickets from the SE5 Forum stall, Camberwell Green Market, Saturdays 10am-2pm.

*Please note that The Crypt does not have step-free access. 


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Bus Route Cuts: Have your Say

TfL Bus Route Reductions: consultation ends on 7 August. Find out more about SE5 Forum’s campaign and read our consultation response.

The TfL Central London Bus Consultation closes on 7 August; this will remove routes 12 and 45 that go through Camberwell. 

SE5 Forum objects in the strongest terms to TfL’s proposals to reduce and re-route bus services from Camberwell. They fail to recognise the significant socio-economic and equalities issues affecting Camberwell and its residents.

SE5 Forum is using social media to campaign to fight these cuts due to their negative impact on Camberwell – please share our tweets and posts. We are calling on the Mayor of London to withdraw these flawed proposals and reverse other recent cuts.

We will also be submitting our response to the consultation and sharing our objections. If you care about the loss of bus services, have your say here:

Here is a summary of our consultation response: 
Thank you to consultant Jane Bevis, for volunteering to put together a full response to these cuts and show their negative effect on public transport in Camberwell. You can read the full document here

• The proposals to withdraw completely two bus services connecting Camberwell with central London to the north, Lambeth to the west and reducing service along the corridor towards Lewisham in the east. These are key locations supporting Camberwell’s economy and opening up employment and education opportunities across London for residents.

• Overall TfL’s proposes to withdraw 16 routes across London. It is completely disproportionate to target 2 of these on Camberwell – a single community reliant on its bus connections.

• High levels of multiple deprivation, unemployment, low pay, child poverty, physical and mental health problems and an ageing population speak to the need for enhanced, not deteriorating, public transport services in Camberwell.

• Access to car transport is limited among residents and TfL targets for Southwark look to reduce car ownership further.

• Impacts resulting from the withdrawal of services and re-routing of others include increased and less predictable door to door journey times, loss of Hopper fares due to extended journey times, and fears over personal safety at interchange points affecting women, older and young people, disabled people and LGBTQ people. Camberwell has a majority BAME population, many of whom experience multiple deprivation factors.

• Collectively these factors show TfL is failing in its Public Sector Equality Duty in the way it has assessed its proposals and their impacts on Camberwell residents.

• Visitors to Camberwell and its businesses and services, notably including two major London hospitals, King’s College Hospital and South London & Maudsley Hospital, will also face reduced services and access.

• Significant levels of housebuilding in Camberwell means the population is growing and bus passenger figures can be expected to rise by 15-30 percent by 2030.

• There has been a century of disinvestment in Camberwell’s transport infrastructure since the railway station closed in 1916. Repeated failures over 80 years to invest in Tube, rail and tram services connecting Camberwell with central London leaves Camberwell uniquely reliant on bus services. Over recent years these too have been reduced with the loss of 5 cross-river bus services and the reduction in frequency on remaining routes.

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