SE5 Forum launches campaign to Stop Bus Idling on the Green

Can you help stop buses idling on the Green by posting on social media?
This weekend SE5 Forum launches a week-long campaign to encourage bus drivers not to leave their engines idling and polluting the Green while changing buses. 
SE5 Forum are engaging with bus companies about this but we hope more public support will lead to more action. Schools will be out and we all want cleaner air for our kids playing on the Green in the holidays, and everyone else using our valued green space. 
The campaign will run on Twitter from Sat 17 to Fri 23 July – please support us by retweeting or posting to our Twitter account

READ ALL ABOUT THE CAMPAIGN BELOW and how to support it:

SE5 Forum – Bus Idling Campaign

About the campaign The SE5 Forum for Camberwell is leading a social media campaign to highlight the damaging practices of London bus drivers who are leaving their engines idling (running while parked) when changing drivers at Camberwell Green.

Why are we campaigning?  By leaving engines idling, buses are contributing towards poor air quality and creating needless noise and pollution next to Camberwell Green. The negative effects of engine idling are widely recognised, and the practice is forbidden against in the Highway Code (Rule 123).

Why now? In the lead up to the school summer holidays, during which time footfall and the amount of time children will be spending around the Green will increase, SE5 Forum is aiming to draw attention of this behaviour to the bus companies so they take appropriate action to stop bus drivers from leaving their engines idling. The week before the school summer holidays, Saturday 17th July until Friday 23rd July.

What will SE5 Forum be doing? SE5 Forum will be sharing videos of buses with their engines idling on social media channels as well as sharing some short video messages of support from local Councillors. SE5 Forum for Camberwell will also engage with the bus companies on the issues to what action they are going to take to eliminate this behaviour.

How can you support?  Residents can record and share videos on social media of buses with their engines running while parked on the bus stand adjacent to Camberwell Green. You might also like or retweet content from SE5 Forum. Other ideas to get you started….. 

  • Take a short (10-second) video on their mobile phone when spotting a bus engine idling alongside Camberwell Green. If possible, residents should try to capture the bus operator name in their video which is above the front entry door! 
  • Post their video on Twitter, noting the bus route number, and the amount of time the bus engine was idling for. To help us make sure the bus companies see it, include an @ mention of the relevant bus company. Operators that serve Camberwell include @Abellio_UK and @Go_Ahead_London.
  • Don’t forget to also tag SE5 Forum @SE5Forum so that we can re-tweet.
  • Include the hashtags #CleanAirCamberwell so more people will see your post, and we can get the topic trending!
  •   Lastly, it goes without saying, but remember to be respectful and don’t use any inflammatory or offensive language in your post

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The Camberwell We Want to See

The Camberwell We Want to See: Thanks for Coming!
Read our post-event report 

SE5 Forum’s public event The Camberwell We Want to See saw a great turnout – with 46 participants – on Thursday 8 July on Zoom.

The main session was lively with speakers and a Q&A. Speaking from Southwark Council were:
• Cllr Jason Ochere, Cabinet Member for Jobs, Business & Town Centres, talked of the importance of Camberwell town centre and the setting up of a new town centre forum (watch this space for more details), 
• Matt Derry, Senior Regeneration Manager, on how engagement and consultation has worked well for the upcoming public realm design for Camberwell Station Road

Questions covered: a walkway from Denmark Hill station to Camberwell businesses, the Camberwell Lanes development and use of materials and the Camberwell identity in designs, and how the Miah Close area on Camberwell New Road could act as a satellite to Camberwell town centre in the planning for Camberwell, amongst others. 

4 break-out workshops focused in on the following and how this work can be taken forward:
• Green ways and green spaces: Susan Crisp, Friends of Burgess Park
• Reflecting Camberwell’s unique character and identity: Kelly Blaney, Camberwell
   Identity Group
• Getting about – trains, trams & bikes: Will Reeves, SE5 Forum
• Getting buildings listed locally: Jason Leech, Camberwell Society

What came out of this meeting was:
– A town centre forum for Camberwell will be set up from August by Cllr Jason Ochere, Cabinet Member for Jobs, Business and Town Centres, with an initial 3-4 meetings planned. More details soon.

– There is demand for more communication from Southwark Council and more opportunity for discussion.

Unfortunately, a Lambeth Council representative was unable to attend and focus on those areas of SE5 that fall into the borough and on the boundary. 
Thanks to everyone who attended and contributed – and to those who’d expressed an interest but were unable to make it. And a special thanks to the speakers, facilitators and reporters – Cllr Jason Ochere, Matt Derry, Susan Crisp, Kelly Blaney, Jason Leech and Ben Moxham – alongside our volunteer board members. 


Camberwell Green & St Giles joint ward meeting: Thursday 22 July 6.30pm
Supporting the Local Economy 

Southwark Council is inviting all to a joint ward meeting of Camberwell Green & St Giles: On supporting our Local Economy

Councillor Jason Ochere, Cabinet Member for Jobs, Business & Town Centres, will take questions together with the Local Economy Team on what the Council is doing about our local shops and businesses? How can the council support small businesses in the local neighbourhood?

Dr.Olimpia Mosteanu will also report on the key emerging findings of the research by Social Life on how people feel about the impact of Covid 19.

Please register in advance of the meeting on the enclosed link:

Zoom meeting room opens at 6.15pm for a 6.30pm start. Meeting Chaired by the Community Champion: Councillor Dora Dixon-Fyle MBE Empowering Communities Programme Officer: Grace | 020 7525 4928

Camberwell Fair looking for young creators
Do you live in Camberwell? Are you aged 18-25? Are you an aspiring or emerging #podcaster#filmmaker#animator or #photographer? If you are passionate about new music & #Camberwell ’s creative culture then we want to hear from you Places limited

SE5 Forum Market Stall
Visit our market stall this Saturday 10-2 on Camberwell Green
This Saturday, we’ve invited local artist/designer Corinne Alexander to share our community stall at the farmer’s market. Corinne’s designs will be on sale at the stall:

Also at the farmers’ market this Saturday is last visit from Herbal Haven, with 150 culinary and medicinal herbs, along with the organic bread, rare meat and other stalls. 

We’re always looking for volunteers to help on the stall – setting up and down or helping on the stall. If you’re interested, please email:

Covid-19 Update 
Where to find the latest information on vaccination, testing, support when self-isolating and restrictions: 
In Lambeth: Coronavirus (Covid-19) public health advice and current restrictions | Lambeth Council
In Southwark: Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Southwark Council
In South East London Boroughs, including Lambeth and Southwark: COVID-19 – South East London CCG ( and for the latest vaccination pop-up clinics click here
Government: Coronavirus (COVID-19) – NHS (

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Come to our open meeting: The Camberwell We Want to See

Thursday 8 July 7-8.30pm on Zoom

SE5 Forum for Camberwell invites you to our public meeting: The Camberwell We Want to See – and how do we make it happen? Camberwell is changing fast and we believe the local community should have more say in how we’d like our town centre to be. 

The meeting is open to everyone and takes place on Zoom on Thursday 8 July from 7pm to 8.30pm.

 Speakers include Southwark Council’s Cabinet Member for Jobs, Business and Town Centres Jason Ochere, who will explain the council’s plans to revise the way it consults with the community. This will be followed by discussion and 4 break-out sessions. 

Come along, have your say and find out how to get involved and have some influence on your local area. If you’d like to attend, please indicate which break-out session you would like to join. 
Email: to register and for Zoom details. 

 Download the flyer here.

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New musical mural for Camberwell

Welcome to the sounds of Camberwell! The Peckham Road entrance to Camberwell has a new piano keyboard mural on the wall of 36 Peckham Road mural inspired by the history of the Piano Factory building.

And a QR code will be added to the mural soon, which takes you to a short history of music in Camberwell, playing clips including the Basement Jaxx track ‘I live in Camberwell’ and Mendelssohn’s Spring Song (also known as Camberwell Green because he  composed it while staying there in 1833).

The mural was painted by mural artist Lionel Stanhope after consultation with Piano Factory residents and the 23rd Camberwell Scouts group. It was funded through a crowdfunding campaign which raised over £1000, the balance of £500 was contributed by the Camberwell Society. 

The 23rd Camberwell Scouts group tweeted about the new mural: “We played a part it this! We joined @CamberwellArts, @lionel_stanhope & @SE5Forum on a Zoom call to discuss art within our area and gave our thoughts and suggestions towards this piece of work. And we love it!!

Kelly Blaney, Chair of the Camberwell Identity group which organised the crowdfunding campaign said: “Camberwell Murals is part of building the buzz around Camberwell. Encouraging people to explore more of our diverse area and attract new customers for our local businesses.”

Camberwell Murals is part of the Camberwell Identity project by SE5 Forum, Camberwell Society and Camberwell Arts with the local community and businesses. Camberwell is an incredible place to live, work and visit but can be overshadowed by neighbouring areas such as Brixton and Peckham. The aim of these murals is to highlight Camberwell’s unique identity and make everyone feel proud of it.  The Identity Group has already successfully installed three murals: one on the Camberwell New Road entrance to Camberwell, one at Denmark Hill station, and one on Wren Road at Butterfly Walk.

The Piano Factory was constructed at the turn of the last century, used as an ammunition factory during World War 1 before becoming a Piano factory. The Piano Factory on Peckham Road kept the name when it was converted into apartments in the 1990s.

Main photo: Lionel Stanhope. Photo below: Marie Staunton.

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Camberwell Mural crowdfunder • Our Love Local campaign to support businesses • Join Team SE5 for The Big Half run

Camberwell Mural: New crowdfunder kicks off for mural at The Piano Factory 

The Camberwell Identity Group has already had two murals successfully installed – on Camberwell New Road and Denmark Hill station. We are working to gain permission and funds for more murals as you approach Camberwell so you know when you’ve arrived!

This new crowdfunder is for a music-themed Camberwell mural, featuring the new brand identity, on the wall outside the Piano Factory apartments on Peckham Road (permission now secured). Local mural artist @lionel_stanhope has mocked up a cool-looking graphic (below). The 23rd Camberwell Scouts also gave us great feedback on the mural and other local projects in a fun Zoom session with the Camberwell Identity group and with Lionel.

We need your help to raise the funds: To READ MORE and donate, go to:


Check out our ‘Love Local’ Campaign
The Camberwell Identity Group – SE5 ForumCamberwell Arts and the Camberwell Society –  has launched its new Camberwell Life website and #Love Local Campaign to support our fantastic local businesses – and this week is calling on everyone to shop local for their Valentine’s flowers and gifts.

The campaign is running on the new Camberwell Life website – – as well as on: Instagram #CamberwellLife, Twitterand Facebook. Businesses can also sign up to become campaign supporters and download the new Camberwell brand identity to use in promotions. 

Website visitors can find out all about Camberwell and download the Travel Guide to Camberwell and the Camberwell Community Cookbook

Right now, the campaign is focusing on helping businesses during lockdown but we look forward to when Camberwell will be back open for business again, and we can get the campaign really going!


Camberwell Run? Want to run The Big Half as part of Team SE5?
SE5 Forum would like to set up a Camberwell Run in the near future (we’re optimistically thinking Camberwell Fair weekend).

But, in the meantime. we have secured 5 places (and maybe more) for The Big Half run, and at a bargain price of £10 per entry (normally £34 or £36) and would like to create a 
Team SE5

More info below and as a downloadable Word document here

In advance of organising our own Camberwell Run,we are looking for a few runners now to form a diverse Team SE5 and enter the Vitality Big Half-Marathon for a bargain £10 per entry (normally £34 or £36).
The Vitality Big Half is a major half marathon planned for 25 April 2021, organised by London Marathon events and to be run on a course from Tower Bridge through Wapping to Canary Wharf, back to Tower Bridge then to Surrey Quays and to finish at Greenwich. Over 16,000 runners finished in 2020, when it included the UK half marathon championship. Home | The Vitality Big Half (

We will publicise our team and seek collective sponsorship but this would not exclude individuals arranging their own charity sponsorship.
SE5 Forum is starting to plan for a Camberwell Run, hopefully later this year, probably a half marathon with a relay option, and open to walkers/runners of all abilities. News of Team SE5’s efforts in April’s Big Half will help generate interest in our later event and we will expand Team SE5 before the Camberwell Run to include information and support  for all interested in helping or taking part.
If interested in running the Vitality Big Half in April please send the following details to
Email address
Sex, Ethnic Group
Current running distance per week
Home postcode (or work if local)
Brief further information, e.g.: why you want the place, your running background.
Only name and email information will be stored electronically.
We have 5 places but can apply for more to make the team as diverse/inclusive as possible.
We will contact successful applicants with the entry link. You will need to pay £10 for a full race entry, with entitlement to a finisher T shirt and medal.

• Laptops for Learning 
London South Teaching School Alliance has launched the Laptops for Learning campaign with support and match-funding from Southwark Council, to get laptops to children that need them.
Find out more or donate to the campaign
The campaign is also appealing to businesses to donate devices they may no longer need, and IT/ digital firms that may be able to provide in-kind support. Businesses can contact

• Census 21 is here! 

Census 21 has to do things differently this time because of Covid. The Office for National Statistics says:
“We’re making it easy for everyone to take part. We will send you a letter with an access code. Visit our secure website and enter your access code to get started. If you can, offer help to family and friends who need support to fill in the form.”
Find out by downloading the leaflet here: 

Don’t forget you can follow us on Twitter @SE5Forum or Facebook to find out what is happening in Camberwell! 

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Can you support King’s College Hospital staff? Or volunteer for Team Lambeth?

Fundraisers for staff working at King’s College Hospital during Covid Lockdown.

As we go through another challenging Covid-19 lockdown and hospitals come under immense pressure, please think of donating to any of the following fantastic fundraisers to help NHS staff at King’s.

GoFundMe Buy Them A Coffee was set up by local resident Jill Orr to support the amazing, hardworking staff at King’s. The fundraiser has just been re-started – it raised £43k in the first lockdown – to provide fresh food, treats and essentials for dthose staff working on the Covid wards, in ICU, the Wellness Hub and all those working at King’s College Hospital. 

Click here to go to the GoFundMe Buy Them A Coffee page to find out more and donate 

In the first lockdown, many local residents donated and local businesses helped with fundraisers and food deliveries, too. This time round, it’s more difficult economically for everyone. However, Jill, local residents and businesses have already been active in finding ways to support:

Jill gives these latest updates (which you can read on the web page):

“Thank you all for spreading the word and helping us expand our fundraising. There are now over 30 covid wards operational. We are working with them and the hub staff to support the delivery of wellness boxes to the staff who service these wards. For the most part these boxes are made up of product donations (toiletries and treats) to the hospital and to the charity (Support Kings) but they can also include local donations too. If your street or your business would be interested in finding out more, drop us a line at
Already happening this week:
– Fresh fruit is being delivered every Wednesday from the team at Smith and Brock (
– Doughnuts are being delivered from Ayres Bakery (
– Bradley Foods ( – who work with Ayres Bakery – have gifted some snacks for the wellbeing hub
– Suzanne James Catering ( and Vits and Kicks ( are supplying fresh immune boosting juices and smoothies to the staff in the critical care units 

You can also donate directly to the King’s College Hospital’s S.O.S. Appeal – Support Kings – Support Our Staff.
“If you would like to see how we have supported #TeamKings amid the COVID emergency so far, please read our report on how together, we have made a real difference. Donations to the S.O.S. Appeal will be used across our whole range of valuable work of King’s College Hospital Charity which supports King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

One of SE5 Forum’s new board members – Joanna Large – is a King’s nurse redeployed to ICU and has already been a very grateful recipient! 

Other cafes and restaurants are also lending their support and you can donate to them directly while helping local businesses:

Buy Them a Pizza: Theo’s Pizzeria
Theo’s Pizzeria is also running its own fundraiser by asking locals to buy a pizza for King’s staff. You can buy a voucher for £5 or more – and this donation provides funds for Theo’s Camberwell to make and deliver free food to the frontline staff at the hospital. Go to:

Lumberjack: Buy Lunch for an NHS Worker
Buy lunch (or a bundle of lunches); a main, a drink, and a snack for someone working on the frontline during the Covid-19 pandemic. As Lumberjack says: “It’s only a small gesture when compared to what they’re doing for us, but by feeding our frontline workers, we can help them carry on with their vital work during long and demanding shifts. You buy it, we’ll distribute it!”

Lumberjack is a small charity-owned cafe in Camberwell and every bundle you buy also helps us the cafe so that post-Covid they can go back to helping young people step up into employment. Go to:

Team Lambeth is looking for volunteers:

See the flyer below but use the links here to find out more and/or register directly: 
If you’d like to know more, please submit your question here
If you’d like to sign up now, please have one form of picture ID ready and register to volunteer here

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SE5 Forum AGM: Post Covid Camberwell

SE5 Forum AGM: Thank you for joining us online!

SE5 Forum held its first successful online AGM – thanks to the 40 speakers, community and board members that joined us. We are delighted that three new members were elected to the SE5 Forum Board, which is now as follows:
Barbara Pattinson, Marie Staunton, Sophy Tayler, Craig Stansfield, Andy Murray, Steve Shemilt, Marcia Foster Norman, John Frankland, Christine Coleman, Simon J Taylor, Mastoor Khan, Lauren Johnson-Ginn (new), Nigel Brissett (new) and Toby Holland (new). We will be electing the positions of Chair, Vice-Chair/s, Secretary and Treasurer at the next meeting. 

Our theme this year was Post Covid: How to build back a thriving Camberwell for business, environment and better ways to live – with a panel of speakers including ‘local hero’ Bim Patellia, Sub-Postmaster, who delivered essential food and medicines to vulnerable people during lockdown, Southwark Council Cabinet Member for Jobs, Culture & Skills Stephanie Cryan and Lambeth Council Cabinet Member for Planning, Investment & New Homes Matthew Bennett, who explained how their councils had helped businesses during lockdown and how they would endeavour to help as Covid continued to raise serious challenges.

Southwark Council Business Rates Lead James Brock said the council was now offering a half-day consultancy with an accountancy firm to support businesses – those interested or needing to discuss rates could contact him on: or 0207 525 5505.

Nick Harvey of the Wine Box Company (WBC) gave a presentation on the Camberwell Identity Group‘s Love Local and Camberwell Business Champions schemes to support local businesses and use the new Camberwell identity design merchandise as promotion. The group, in which SE5 Forum is a key part, will be launching its new local and independent business-oriented website Camberwell.Life soon. The website will have dedicated business pages, and visitors will find listings, bios, upcoming events. Camberwell Champions can become featured businesses on the website. Watch this space for more details soon!

The AGM concluded with a discussion on moves to decrease air pollution, and create safer streets and low traffic neighbourhoods – and how to ensure this benefits all residents, businesses and roads. 

To read the full minutes of the AGM meeting, please download them here

The AGM took place online on Zoom on Wednesday 7 October from 6.30pm to 8.30pm

SE5 Forum Agenda: Click here to view 

SE5 Forum Accounts: Click here to view

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Help create a new public artwork on health and wellbeing for Denmark Hill Station

The local community are invited to help create a sculpture for the new second entrance to Denmark Hill station, which opens in April 2021.

Join the Zoom Workshops on Thursday 24 September 7.30pm or
Friday 25 September 2pm  

In June 2020, station passengers voted for health and wellbeing as the theme of the artwork. South London artist Godfried Donkor was selected through an open competition – the internationally celebrated British Ghanaian artist’s work has been exhibited at the ICA, Smithsonian, Tate Modern and Venice Biennale.  

Godfried’s proposal offers a new take on the traditional Adinkra symbolism of Ghana. Like emojis, but created hundreds of years earlier, Adinkras offer a short-hand, often humorous, representation of shared lessons, proverbs and philosophies. They can encapsulate collective values and reflect on the health and wellbeing of our community in these COVID times.

Next week, Godfried Donkor is holding a series of workshops with local residents and organisations. The purpose is for the local community to contribute ideas to the artist about the Adinkra symbols, their colours and materials that for us mean Health and Wellbeing. We also want to develop our own Camberwell Adinkra symbol. These ideas will form the basis of the new sculpture.

Come and join an online session with the artist, organised by Camberwell Arts, on Thursday 24September, from 7.30pm or on Friday 25 September at 2pm. To request a Zoom link for the workshops, please email: 

Godfried is working with a wide range of local partners – led by the Camberwell Society and including Camberwell Arts, SE5 Forum, Camberwell Identity group, Network Rail, Govia Thameslink, Kings College Hospital and the Maudsley hospital (SLaM) – to bring this new artwork to Camberwell. Godfried will also be delivering private workshops with local community groups and schools, including Dog Kennell Hill Adventure Playground, Love Walk Residential Centre, the Maudsley hospital and Sacred Heart School.  

The completed artwork is due to be unveiled in April 2021, as part of the new entrance for Denmark Hill Station.

For further information about the art work, please contact

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SE5 Forum for Camberwell’s campaign to re-open Camberwell Train Station continues

SE5 Forum for Camberwell’s campaign to re-open Camberwell Train Station continues!

Bid for Department of Transport’s ‘Restoring our Railways’ Ideas Fund now at second stage.  

Please Retweet your Support!

As many of you know, the campaign for a re-opened Camberwell train station has been going on for some years now – thanks to the ongoing support from all sections of the local community, major stakeholders such as the hospitals, institutions and University of the Arts London, Southwark Council and our local MPs Helen Hayes and Harriet Harman, among many others who support the case for a station. 

 Now SE5 Forum is continuing its campaign to re-open Camberwell train station with a bid to the Department of Transport’s Restoring our Railways Ideas Fund.

We now need your help again. Please show your support for our bid to the Department of Transport’s Restoring our Railways Ideas Fund before the panel reviews the bids by the end of July. As this was a last-minute bid and we are short on time, we can’t do an extensive campaign but are asking, in the first instance, for some show of support on our social media.

Please support us on Twitter by retweeting (and commenting on) our Tweet here @se5forum

You can also like our post on Facebook here.

Or drop us an email

Southwark News has covered the story:

 Read our Press release below:

 SE5 Forum bid to governments Restoring Your Railway fund as campaign for Camberwell train station continues 

SE5 Forum for Camberwell, with backing from local MPs, Southwark Council and residents, leads initiative for re-opening Camberwell train station. 

The SE5 Forum has confirmed that it has submitted a bid for funding to the Restoring Your Railway programme run by the Department of Transport to build on the business case for re-opening Camberwell train station. A successful funding award from the New Ideas workstream would allow the business case for Camberwell Station to be refined, gain a better understanding of build costs and timetabling options, and provide early design work and invite local feedback. 

Helen Hayes, MP for Dulwich and West Norwood, says: “Along with my constituency neighbour Harriet Harman MP, I met with the Minister for Transport, presenting him with a petition signed by more than 2,000 of our constituents, asking for the train station to be re-opened. So we were both delighted to sponsor this SE5 Forum bid to Restoring Your Railway.”

The campaign had a major setback in 2018, when a study by TfL suggested that the local benefits would be outweighed by the impact on long distance commuters. However, more recently SE5 Forum has understood that Network Rail is undergoing a major strategy review of all its London services. In that context, SE5 Forum believes it would be possible to consider areas such as Camberwell not currently served by effective transport links.

Councillor Richard Livingstone, Cabinet Member for Environment, Transport and the Climate Emergency and Councillor Johnson Situ, Cabinet Member for Growth, Development and Planning, at Southwark Council, said: “We’re pleased to be match funding this important initiative and supporting SE5 Forum with their long standing campaign for better transport links in the area. We too hope that these works will drive the local economy and help to create jobs for local people.”

Southwark Council also successfully bid for £2m from the Mayor’s Good Growth fund to improve Station Road in Camberwell (where the old Camberwell train station was sited). SE5 Forum believes  there could be a multiplier effect from working up these initiatives at the same time, gaining even better outcomes for the area.

Barbara Pattinson, Chair of SE5 Forum, adds: “We would like the judges on the Restoring Your Railway award panel to know that Camberwell may be an inner city area, but the quality of transport and access is relatively poor. Helping us to develop the business case for re-opening Camberwell train station would put us on track for improving facilities which would really help local residents, as well as all the millions attending King’s College Hospital and the Maudsley Hospital.

Successful bidders to Restoring Your Railway funding will be announced in the autumn, so meanwhile SE5 Forum is asking its members and local residents and businesses to take to Twitter and other social media to show their ongoing support for Camberwell station.

SE5 Forum is a voluntary constituted group which works to improve the area and make Camberwell a better place to work and live. 

Restoring Your Railway/New Ideas , Department of Transport:

For further information please contact: Sophy Tayler, SE5 Forum Board Member, or Mobile: 07584 390712 or

SE5 Forum on Twitter: 

ATTACHED PDF: Restoring Your Railway bid by SE5 Forum for Camberwell plus appendices

Helen Hayes MP for Dulwich and West Norwood and Harriet Harman MP for Camberwell and Peckham supporting the earlier SE5 Forum campaign for the train station. 

Timeline of Camberwell Train Station campaign since 2016:

What is the Restoring your Railways bid?

As part of the ongoing push for a station, at the beginning of 2020, SE5 Forum organised a meeting with Network Rail, which was a great opportunity to understand the process that railway planners are going through to develop a wider London Strategy. The hope is that this will create extra capacity, allowing Thameslink trains sufficient stopping time (an average of 90 seconds) at the new Camberwell Station

In May 2020, sponsored by our MPs Helen Hayes and Harriet Harman, we put in an Expression of Interest for funding to develop a train station Business Plan to the Department of Transport’s new Ideas fund of Restoring Your Railways Fund.

We’ve now got to the next stage and, with the support of the London Borough of Southwark, have submitted a longer document explaining how we propose to develop our plans. We needed matched funding  and Southwark Council have been fantastic in earmarking enough cash so that we could outline plans for a comprehensive and compelling bid. 

Working through costs of complex engineering work is something that the next stage of work/planning really needs to look at. And it would mean we could develop high level plans for the station that everyone can comment on. 

Also, London Borough of Southwark has been granted funding from the Mayor’s Good Growth fund to improve Station Road. The railway arches are now owned by Archco, which is looking to bring in further investment. Taken altogether, it should be possible to look again at the economic benefits of a train station – not just for new housing, but also looking more widely at economic regeneration and employment.

The planning horizon for Network Rail, when thinking about stations and infrastructure, is decades. So we are looking well beyond the immediate issues of the Covid-19 crisis to the late 2020s for a possible opening date. 

What are our chances of getting the funding? 

An expert panel is reviewing all the bids, and we should hear in the autumn. Because it’s a rolling programme, we know that in the last funding round, there were 60 bidders, and 10 got awarded funding. There are 50 bidders this time round. We are slightly unusual, in that we are an inner city bidder, and that the bid is led by a community organisation.

Thanks for all your support! 

More Background Information: 

Government Press Release: Demand from England and Wales to Restore Beeching Lines as deadline for proposals closes

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Covid-19 Support Page: Find out how to get and give help

Find out here:
• how to get help, support and advice in the Covid-19 crisis
• how to volunteer and help vulnerable people, foodbanks and the NHS
• Find specialist support for domestic abuse, mental health and more
• Find support if you are a local business.

SE5 Forum, as a voluntary group, is keen to help all members of our community at this extremely difficult time, especially those vulnerable and self-isolating. Also to support those wanting to help others, too. So we will do our best by circulating and sharing essential and useful information online through our website here, on social media and through our regular e-newsletters.

Below is a list we’ve started to put together of useful links for the community. We will add to this and keep it as up-to-date as possible on our website. Please send us any news and information that you’d like us to share with members.
You can contact us on email: or via Twitter @SE5Forum or SE5 Forum’s Facebook page.



NHS Advice on Covid-19:
Click here for advice from the NHS.

Government advice for employers and businesses:

Lambeth Council Covid-19 advice:

Lambeth Council support for vulnerable people:
Helpline number: 020 7926 2999
The helpline is open from 8am – 8pm everyday.
For more info on support from Lambeth Council for vulnerable people, click here, – including welfare, benefits and council tax support, employment support and advice, and a list of support organisations in Lambeth.

Lambeth Living Well Network Alliance has helpful advice here.

Southwark Council – Covid-19 Support and Advice:
From financial support, food banks and access to emergency food, vulnerable people, how to help, business support and more, go to Southwark’s Covid-19 pages on its website:
Southwark Council has also set up a Community Hub to support people who are vulnerable and/or need to be shielded from the Coronavirus. To get support, email: or tel: 020 7525 5000 and choose Option 3.

Citizens Advice Southwark – no face-to-face appointments but if you have financial difficulties and/or can’t pay bills or rent/mortgage. Tel: 0344 499 4134  or go to website to get email or online advice:
There is also a dedicated telephone number for carers: 0300 330 1170

Southwark Wellbeing Hub: find out about food banks and other essential advice and support at: Email:

Older people:
Age UK: Tel: 0800 169 6565.
Age UK London: @ageuklondon 0800 678 1602
Age UK Lewisham & Southwark:

Community Southwark has launched a map as a guide to all services in Southwark during Covid – for communities, volunteers and frontline workers. The map has information on food resources, community groups and organisations, TRAs, mutual aid groups, faith networks and charities providing extra support to the most vulnerable people during Covid-19. Learn more about Community Southwark map here. This includes: Signposting & Advice, Virtual Meets and Online Activities, Legal Advice & Universal Credit, Domestic Abuse, Befriending, Telephone Calls, Shopping, Delivery & Collection, Medicines & Prescriptions Collection, Mental Health, Wellbeing and Bereavement, Help Getting Online, Homelessness, Translation & ESOL. Other services – Mutual Aid Groups, Tenant and Residents Groups (Coming Soon), Online & web resources (Coming Soon).


Emergency 999 Met Police: If you’re in danger, you can also dial 999 and do a ‘silent 999 call‘, where you press 55 after dialling 999. The Met Police is urging those suffering domestic violence to speak out – you will not be penalised for leaving your home to seek help.
National Domestic Abuse Helpline: Tel: 0808 2000 247. For guidance and support 24h/day, run by domestic abuse charity Refuge for women & children: There’s a quick link to escape/hide the website from view.
Solace (London): Tel: 0808 802 5565.
Women’s Aid website has an online chat function:
Southwark Council helpline: 020 7593 1290
The Respect Phoneline provides confidential advice and support to help perpetrators stop being violent and abusive, and is free to call 0808 8024040
Men’s Advice Line: 0808 801 0327 a confidential helpline for male victims of domestic violence and those supporting
Karma Nirvana: 0800 5999 247 Mon to Fri 9am–5pm supporting victims of honour based abuse and forced
Hour Glass: 0808 808 8141 challenging the abuse of older people in all its forms
Galop LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Helpline: 0800 999 5428


Contact Southwark Council: or phone Kevin Dykes at 07944754977. If you know a child and who needs help or protection, then trained social workers are available at Southwark MASH on 0207 525 1921 or by email on

Help, advice and support available for children and young peopleSouthwark young advisors are currently mentoring young people by phone with their parents’ consent. Email Please include the young person’s name, their parents contact details and address, and a little detail.  The aim is to tell young people about positive online training, online learning opportunities, and specialist support services.

If you know a child or young person who wants to have a live internet chat with someone from the Princes Trust, about their future, education, safety or general well being and health, they can go to:  on a phone or computer and use the Live Chat function to reach a trained person who will understand them and help them.

The Children’s Society are also here to help, with the emphasis on empowering children and young people and disrupting situations that risks children becoming victims of exploitation:

Child safety:
Childline: 0800 1111


The Samaritans have good advice and resources on mental health on their website or call The Samaritans on Tel: 116
Mind: 0300 123 3393
Solidarity in Crisis offers an out-of-hours advice line; click here.
*See our mental health tips at bottom of page below

Check your local dentist for phone advice.

Camberwell Dental Care is offering phone advice on dental issues for free as a service to the community. The service is available for phone triage, advice, issue of prescriptions, and possible onward referral to Urgent Dental Care centres in severe emergencies.
Camberwell Dental Care, 6 Camberwell Church St, SE5 8QU. Tel: 020 7703 0301


Southwark Mutual Aid Covid-19 groups organises volunteers on a local basis. Find your local group here if you need help or want to help: Or on the Southwark Mutual Aid Google sheets document which is constantly being updated. This has lists of local WhatsApp groups on individual streets and areas and how to set one up, as well as information on local community groups, foodbanks, volunteering, businesses doing local deliveries, mental health resources and more.
Southwark Mutual Aid Covid-19 Facebook page – look on this Facebook page to post or find help and support in SE5.
Southwark Mutual Aid Covid 19 Facebook:

Southwark CAN/Community Southwark has set up new website pages with information on Southwark Mutual Aid groups and how to join them, volunteering opportunities, information on Foodbanks and support for local charity and volunteering efforts to help the community during the crisis: For specific volunteering opportunities:

A useful website for sharing help locally is

The Lambeth Mutual Aid Covid-19 also does the same. Refer to their links: Lambeth Covid mutual aid and their Lambeth Whatsapp coordination spreadsheet, this has links to Whatsapp groups which have been set-up for streets or wards across Lambeth, but now have some more local neighbourhoods. The Lambeth Mutual Aid Covid-19 Facebook page can be found here:

Lambeth Council has started its own volunteer scheme:
Twitter: @lambeth_council. Lambeth Council is appealing for volunteers to help support vulnerable people during the Coranvirus outbreak Enlist here:

Volunteering Opportunities and guidance can also be found on The Mayor of London‘s website: Go to the Covid-19 information and advice here, which includes finding volunteering opportunities.

St Giles Trust in Camberwell is appealing to all of their supporters to donate what they can to their Covid 19 crisis fund. They will be supporting local vulnerable
people. Brewbird café is closed but supporting St Giles Trust by operating as a social supermarket.

Southwark Pensioners Centre needs your help. Over 70 of their older people have asked for help with either a weekly social telephone call, food delivery or prescriptions delivery. Go to:
Twitter: Southwark Pensioners @SwarkPensioners

Pedal Me: Cycle couriers including @pedalmeapp are delivering essential food supplies to people in self-isolation, in partnership with councils and businesses. Cycle freight is crucial to #zerocarbonroads but more than that, it’s saving lives and caring for people in need of help.


The Trussell Trust and Independent Food Aid Network – charities which represent food banks across London and the UK – have recently reported some food banks have been forced to close or are considering closing due to a shortage of food and personnel. Please consider supporting your local food bank with a donation of food, money or time. You can find your local food bank and more information on how you can support them at: or

Southwark Council have set up a food access page for those who are unable to afford food or who are self-isolating and can’t access food. Some of the food access points listed for those in need are:

Central Southwark Community Hub Foodbanks, including St Giles Parish Hall, 161 Benhill Road, SE5 7LL – available to those referred or with school vouchers or universal credit. Tel: 020 7703 1653 or 07762 501656. email: website:

PECAN Southwark Foodbank. Pecan is a Peckham Charity that does a range of work in the community including hosting the Southwark Foodbank. You can donate to their general COVID appeal here:
If you want to volunteer your time please ring 020 7732 0007 or email You can make a financial donation here:
If you want to volunteer to help at the foodbank contact –
The current Southwark Foodbank Shopping list is here Donations can be dropped off at Pecan, 121A Peckham High Street SE15 5SE, Monday, Tuesday & Thursday from 10am-12pm.

The Pantry in Chandler Way, SE15 – a community-run shop – for a small monthly fee, shoppers can buy groceries at an affordable price.

Albrighton Community Fridge operated by Albrighton Community Centre, off Dog Kennel Hill, is asking for food donations. Open 10am through to 4pm Monday to Friday. The Community Fridge has been providing long and short life food for a number of years now and are now responding to the current COVID crisis with an expansion of their current provision to include delivery to those self isolating and shielding. They are also working with Southwark Council’s COVID Community Hub delivering to households in urgent need of food provision, not just in the immediate area but also further afield. You can also donate to them via: 

Also look on Southwark Wellbeing Hub for more details on food banks:

Community bridges is operating a basics food delivery service for those in self-isolation  in SE5 and SE15 – order online and they deliver to your door: Tel: 0800 046 5393.

For local food and drink businesses that are running collection and deliveries, please go to our local businesses page.


Lambeth Council has set up a dedicated page with information for voluntary community sector  organisations including details of where to seek additional funding and support.

Southwark CAN/Community Southwark is supporting local voluntary and charity organisations with Covid-19 advice and support for local community groups and volunteering. Find out more here: and

Voluntary sector organisations may be able to get help from:
City Bridge Trust has given £1 million to an emergency fund
Help Musicians Coronavirus Financial Hardship Fund
John Lewis PartnershipCommunity Support Fund
Arts Council EnglandCovid-19 support
London Community FoundationCoronavirus Appeal
National Emergencies TrustCoronavirus Appeal


Lumberjack cafe in Camberwell is dropping off meals for NHS staff at King’s College Hospital and has been asked to supply other NHS organisations. Please donate buy buying their bundles at:

Wellbeing deliveries for King’s Hospital workers: Local resident Jill Orr is successfully fundraising a regular supply of food, drinks and healthy refreshments to King’s NHS heroes by stocking up their Wellbeing Centres for NHS workers at King’s College Hospital on Denmark Hiland Princess Royal Kings for Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. Find out more at:

Meals for the NHS: buy a meal for NHS workers with this fundraiser online. After 18-hour shifts trying to save our lives from COVID-19, NHS Hospital Staff are faced with canteens that shut at 5pm. Help get food to wards with your donation.

National NHS Volunteer Scheme: The government has launched a national scheme for volunteers to help the NHS, which has seen a massive response. Find out more here: You can sign up to be a Community Response volunteer, NHS Transport volunteer, or Check-in and Chat volunteer.


Lambeth Council support for businesses:
Lambeth have set up a dedicated information page for businesses in Lambeth which they will be using to share updates. The Government has announced that all non-essential retail premises must close to limit the spread of coronavirus (Covid-19). It is important that all Lambeth businesses urgently read the new guidance.

Southwark Council has a business support page and has now paid over £15 million to local businesses in business grants – another £45 million due out soon. Go to their support page.
Southwark Council has also set up a Business Hardship Fund for smaller businesses:


Everyone is affected by the lockdown in different ways. We are bombarded by advice and resources on-line but some most vulnerable people don’t have access to these. Many local groups are working hard to identify and help where they can.The impact on mental health is huge whatever your situation. Anxiety, loneliness, boredom and uncertainty can be helped by focussing on any positive things in your life rather than the negatives.

List tasks that you now have time to do rather than dwelling on missed activities.
Make an effort to communicate with friends and family by phone or internet meetings on apps such as Zoom /video calls.
Talk about your worries to others via contacts or helplines. Ask for help where needed.
Take each day at a time and plan tasks for the day. Have some structure to the day.
Look after your body with healthy diet and some exercise. Take up yoga or Tai Chi.
Start a new hobby or interest.
Have concern for others.
Seek out pleasurable things e.g. beautiful flowers, art , special food.
Limit time spent reading/hearing about the news.
Some things are certain that the sun will rise and set each day and there will be an end to this lockdown.

Southwark Council AND Lambeth Council General Updates:
Lambeth Council information:
The council’s number one priority is to support the over 4,000 most vulnerable residents in our borough. We are working very closely with our foodbanks, Lambeth Larder, Age UK and other organisations to ensure vulnerable residents have access to the supplies they need to stay safely at home. In only a week we have put in place a network which will shortly be called into action to deliver at a local level. We are launching a helpline for vulnerable people to contact the council as part of our Community Hub which is the command centre for their protection and where food and medicine delivery, connection and distance support as well as intelligence and information will be coordinated.
Now, we need to harness the energy of our community to help our neighbours at this time of great need – please volunteer online at to take part in this enormous community effort.
Rent relief for voluntary and community sector and businesses that rent council properties and are most impacted by the crisis including hairdressers, cafes, restaurants, beauty salons and non-food retailers. This benefits over 220 local small businesses and community organisations.
Grants to businesses – Government have announced grants of either £10,000 or £25,000 for businesses who receive Small Business Rate Relief or are in the retail, hospitality or leisure sectors. From today we are paying these grants directly to businesses who are eligible, and we are doing this before receiving the funding from Government. There is no need to apply for this and those who are eligible will be contacted directly.
Business Rates relief – the business rate relief support announced by Government is being applied to accounts automatically. This includes 100% business rate relief for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses for 2020/21.
Freezing commercial waste charges for any pub, club or restaurant that requests it.
A Business Task Force with Lambeth’s seven Business Improvement Districts, coordinating our response and working up additional proposals to support local businesses and support the eventual economic recovery effort.
Expanding our Emergency Support Scheme for those at immediate risk of financial hardship, with an extra £500,000 for emergency financial support for Lambeth residents.
Pausing all enforcement activity against people for council tax and rent arrears during the pandemic. It is vital you keep paying your council tax and rent if you can so you do not fall into debt but we do not wish to cause anxiety for people at this stressful time. We have already committed to not pursuing any evictions during this period as well. Expanding our support for vulnerable people who struggle to pay their council taxby increasing the scope and funding for our Council Tax Support Scheme.
Offering council tax payment flexibility, for example switching direct debit payments so they run from June to March. Please contact the council tax team if you wish to discuss this further.
We have invested additional money in our Crowdfunding platform to enable grants for local community organisations that are responding to the pandemic.
Free parking for NHS staff, social care staff and other key workers in the borough.

Southwark Council information:
A new community hub will support vulnerable residents, and especially those who the NHS has identified as needing to take extra care (known as the shielding programme). Our priority will be to work with voluntary and community groups to help those who are unable to rely on friends and family. We will make sure they receive the food, essential supplies, medicines and social contact they need. You can find out more here.
We are taking action locally to provide financial protection to those in our communities who are most in need. We have supplemented our Southwark emergency support scheme (SESS) budget of £650,000 per year with an additional emergency fund of £1.5 million. We have suspended all debt recovery actions related to council tax and business rates and are looking at how we can help residents who are struggling financially. We also have information and support if you’re struggling with rent payments.
Information about business grants, business rates relief, the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan scheme and much more is available on our business support webpage which is being regularly updated. We know this is a very difficult time for the Southwark business community. If you have questions or concerns, please contact us.
We are currently keeping our parks open so that residents have somewhere to exercise and get some fresh air alone or with members of their household, but it is essential that we all limit our time outside and stay at least 2 metres away from other people. Any enclosed areas within parks where it is more difficult to keep away from other people (such as playgrounds, cafés, tennis courts) have been closed.
Our libraries are now closed. However, we are auto-renewing all loans and cancelling overdue fines until we can reopen, so there’s no need to worry about any books or DVDs that you’ve already borrowed. In the meantime, you can explore our huge, free, online library offering. We have free audiobooks and online booksfree magazines and newspapersfree movie streaming and more.
Waste and recycling
Although our Reuse and Recycling Centre is currently closed to the public, we are prioritising the collection of household waste, and will reach you as quickly as possible. We ask that you please bear with us if your waste is collected on a later day than normal, as we are experiencing some delays.
All health and key workers in Southwark are being allocated free, virtual parking permits. These are associated with their registered vehicles and apply to all of our permitted parking spaces. The permits are allocated through the businesses and organisations that employ health and key workers. We have reached out to as many as we can identify, including NHS workers, schools and police, but would invite other such employers to come forward by emailing. Controlled Parking Zones (CPZs) will continue to operate, with parking concessions for health and key workers. Parking restrictions and CPZs play an important role in keeping traffic moving and ensuring that deliveries (especially essential medical supplies) reach their destinations on time.

We hope to post more information soon. In the meantime, keep us informed and check for updates on our social media channels and our website – see links below. Keep safe everyone!

Best wishes,
SE5 Forum for Camberwell

Don’t forget you can follow us on Twitter @SE5Forum or Facebook to find out what is happening in Camberwell! 

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Camberwell Food Businesses: What’s Open for collection & delivery

Below is a list of businesses that are open for collection or deliveries in Camberwell as of 2 April 2020. We will keep updating this page and will also be putting up the information at Denmark Hill station for NHS hospital staff and other key workers. Please share this information to those who need it: eg. who are self-isolating or vulnerable and volunteers who are helping them.

For information on Foodbanks and access to food for those in need, please go to our Covid-19 Support Page to find contact details.

You can also find local businesses operating deliveries (not just food & drink) on My Virtual Neighbourhood website, which has a section on Camberwell.

Also check Uber Eats, Deliveroo, Just Eat and other delivery business options for local cafe and restaurant deliveries.

Camberwell Online blog has also set up a map of local businesses that may be open for collection or delivery.

Community Bridges is helping those self-isolating by delivering essentials that can be ordered on their website: Freephone: 0800 046 5393. Email: Website:


Don’t forget to keep your social distance!

Adams Food and Wine
6 Coldharbour Lane 020 7738 4983 Wide range of beers and booze and some groceries 

All Stars Food and Wine
112 Coldharbour Lane. Neighbourhood convenience store.

Bolu Kabab
Collection only service. Open 12-12

Bright News 
62 Coldharbour Lane, Camberwell SE5. Greeting Cards, Groceries, Household Goods, National Lottery, Off Licence, Oyster Card, Scratch Cards, Stationery, Travelcards.

Cafe Noir
Open for collection only customers through Uber etc. 9-9 daily. 07951 581520

The Camberwell Arms
Shop and delivery open. For cook at home meals and beer and wine, order online. Otherwise pop down to buy fresh produce, fresh bread and pasta and wines and beers.
65 Camberwell Church St, Camberwell, London SE5 8TR

Open for take-away. Telephone to order from 12pm. 020 7207 1612.

Celtic Bakery
From the people who usually run the Saturday market stall. Deliveries of bread, cakes, croissants on Wednesdays Fridays and Saturdays. 07464 962712

Chicken Express
47 Denmark  Hill. Opening hours 12 noon to midnight. Delivery or collection of chicken, burgers, fries family and kids meals.

The Crooked Well is open Fri -Sun 1-5pm for collect/takeaway wine, beer, cocktails and classic meals. You can also buy vouchers with credit to support the business.

A grocery shop has opened under new management.

FM Mangal is open from 12 each day for takeaway and collection.

Falafel & Shawarma
27 Camberwell Church Street. Open for take-aways. Free drinks for NHS staff.

Open for take away, collection and Uber Eats. 4.00-10.00

Offering a collection service. Open 12-9 daily. 020 7701 0400.

General Stores Etc.
41 Denmark Hill. This family-run business is an Aladdin’s Cave of everything you need for the house.

Hardware Howard Brothers
From paint and plumbing to electricals and even some motor parts, Howard Bros has been solving Camberwell’s DIY dilemmas for decades. Open Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm, Saturday 9am to 5pm. Only two customers at a time. 

Hayatt Lebanese takeaway 
Offering a takeaway service 12 to 12. Collection Only 21 Camberwell Church St 02077016004

The Hill Bakery
4a Grove Lane. Now open. Wed-Sat 10-4pm

Favourite local diner. Now doing collection only. 104-106 Coldharbour Lane, SE5 9PZ.

Keely’s fruit and veg 
Fresh Fruit, vegetables and eggs. Market stall next to Denmark Hill station. Open 7am to 2pm onday to Friday. Deliveries locally. Email Surplus donated to Kings well being centre 

Knock Knock 
Camberwell business delivers veg boxes and dairy boxes

Cafe closed but offering orders, bread, cakes, milks  for home delivery – free within half mile radius. You can also buy a breakfast for an NHS worker £6 or a lunch for an NHS worker £12 Order on line only.

Marsh Produce
Family farm from Kent who usually do the Camberwell Green Market on Saturday. Meat, eggs and veg Order and pay on line. Deliver to Camberwell on Fridays.

Maloko: @mymaloko has started to open for take-away orders. Phone 07534 329883 for pick up or order via Uber Eats.

Milk and More 
Delivers milk, bread, basic groceries. 0345 6063606

Mr Falafel (formerly Cafe Noir)
37 Camberwell Church Street.

Offering a collection service – prefer to have online ordering especially 6-9 pm when extremely busy.

Oregano Leaf
Open for collection or via delivery service .0207 703 5555

New Dewaniam
Open for collection and delivery service every day from 5.30-11.00
0207 7039318

The Pigeon
The Pigeon is now open. They have renovated the space, installed new fridges and have fresh stock. Opening hours Tues-Thurs 3-8pm, Fri 1-8pm, Sat 11am-8pm, Sun 11am-4pm.
Twitter: The Pigeon – Anspach & Hobday@ThePigeon_AH·5h#Camberwell

Reem Restaurant
55 Denmark Hill  0207 358 5271 Lebanese cafe open for takeaway.

Spice and Nice
8a Coldharbour Lane. 020 7733 2283. Favourite bakery, spicy takeaway now doing collection only. 

Stormbird is open Wed-Sun 3-7pm (5pm Sun) for take-outs and deliveries, including draught beer in one litre containers. Check for changes in hours.

Delivery service 12 to 5 pm are the new hours. Pared-back menu. They’re prioritising KHC and NHS people and they have already been delivering to staff at KCH for free. They have set up a fund for ingredients to enable them to provide food for free to KCH staff and have already had donations of £500. These donation vouchers can be purchased from the Instagram account @theospizzeria. For all other customers, a minimum order of £30 and free delivery to SE5 postcode.

The Camberwell Farmers Market has been suspended so SE5 Forum’s Saturday market stall on Camberwell Green is not running at the moment.

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Camberwell Covid Champions: Read positive stories about local volunteers

Clap for our Camberwell Covid Champions!
So many of you in the local community have been helping those in need and we are starting this Positive Stories page about local volunteers – Camberwell Covid Champions, which we will also circulate on social media to keep our spirits up!

Read the latest positive stories from Selborne Covid-19 Mutual Aid group in South Camberwell:
• Will, Freya, Becks, PJ, Ellie, Rosie, and Roddy and Nadia of the Selborne Covid-19 Mutual Aid group have been visiting an extremely anxious and isolated 73-year-old man in lockdown. He is hard of hearing and struggles to talk by phone. Every day they visit and chat to him through his open window, taking biscuits, grocery shopping and  magazines. They have sorted out his Council Tax and gas bills and are trying to source a CD player so he can listen to music. He is a classically trained singer, a former mixologist and has a really interesting history.
• Christina and Lucy, the co-ordinators of the Selborne Mutual Aid group, have organised a daily hot meal for a homeless man now staying in a local hotel.
• Hannah D, Clare, Ellie, Lizzie, Hannah C and Ma are cooking and delivering home-cooked meals every day.
The Selborne group fund their support for local people in isolation through donations to

We would love to hear more of your positive stories and what volunteer efforts, however big or small, are going on in Camberwell. Please send them to us and we can publish them on our website and/or social media. You can write about your own experience giving or getting help. Email:

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