Camberwell Talks Summer Programme

Come join the Camberwell conversation at the next series of talks hosted by SE5 Forum for Camberwell at St Giles’ Church. From the innovative youth theatre vision of Suzann McLean, artistic director of Theatre Peckham, to the stories behind the delicious Kurdish cuisine served up by Nandine’s Pary Baban and Antiques Roadshow’s resident art expert Rupert Maas talks art and money.

Don’t miss these fascinating, personal stories from our inspiring locals.
Book tickets here on Eventbrite: £10 or £7 concession. Your ticket also includes a free drink and a half-price deal on the night for a pre- or post-talk set meal at local restaurant Caravaggio.



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SE5 Forum to host Local Elections Hustings for Camberwell

SE5 Forum to host Local Elections Hustings for Camberwell
Wednesday 20 April, 7pm-8.30pm

United Reformed Church, Love Walk SE5 8AE

Hear from and quiz local candidates for Southwark and Lambeth Councils 
Register on the SE5 Forum Eventbrite page to attend. 
For this Hustings, we are focusing on Southwark and Lambeth wards in Camberwell and SE5. The following issues will be covered:

• Improving public transport 

• Cycle hire and storage

• Improving Camberwell town centre

To book, please register for free on Eventbrite here.

We plan to invite a candidate from four parties (Conservatives, Greens, Labour and Lib Dems) representing Southwark and Lambeth, so eight candidates in total.

If you have a question for candidates, please write your question on the form when you register – or email us at with your question and your full name.

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Camberwell Talks spring season, mapping Green Corridors in Camberwell and more news…

Camberwell Talks Spring season
We’re kicking off our SE5 Forum Camberwell Talks 2022 season with a focus on music and design – three fascinating talks by talented locals on first Mondays, 7-9pm at The Crypt, St Giles Church. 

– Broadcaster, blogger and vinyl afficianado Anna Doble (7 Feb). 
– Musician and force behind Jazz Live at The Crypt Russell Occomore (7 March).
– Mini Moderns, the Camberwell-based homeware designers Keith and Mark. 
We hope you’ll join us. 

Tickets £10/£7 concession (with free drink). For more information and to book tickets on Eventbrite, click here

Green Corridors in Camberwell – have your say!

Thursday 24 February, 7pm 

• Which streets would you choose to walk or cycle if there was less traffic and car pollution?  
• How can we link up our parks and open spaces to create routes not just for people, but for nature to link up?
• Come and hear about the green routes planned for SE5.  
Join neighbours and local community groups for a Zoom session to map out routes for Green Corridors. Let’s get ahead of local policies and planning, so we can be proactive and clear about our community’s priorities.  

To book tickets, go to:
The Trees and Green Spaces group is an initiative by SE5 Forum for Camberwell and the Camberwell Society

Graffiti in the town centre: take our survey 

How do you feel about the graffiti around Camberwell town centre? Would you like to see your council do more to remove it? Or perhaps it doesn’t bother you. Do you have any concerns about dog fouling on pavements? We want to know what you think so we’ve created a super short survey  to get your views so we could present any specific issues to the council. Many thanks if you could take a few minutes to fill in our survey here:

Cycle parking around the station  
Are you unsure how to use the new, locked cycle parking in Windsor Walk by the new Denmark Hill station entrance? Did you know it’s free?
Just apply for a free Key Smartcard (also usable for rail ticketing). Then use to scan in. You can get your Key Smartcard here: The Key Smartcard | Southern Railway

Southwark Pensioners 
In this challenging winter, Southwark Pensioners is running vital Winter Wellbeing support for older people. Their projects include: BESN Saving Energy CostsAgeing Well Warm and Well, Being Prepared this winter – avoiding slips and falls (below), and the Warm and Well Small Grants Programme.  

If you would like to learn more, call Southwark Pensioners on 020 7708 4556 or ring the Ageing Well Southwark service on 020 7358 4077.

You can also email: or find out more on their website:

Southwark Council News 
Cultural Celebrations Fund Southwark Council’s Cultural Celebrations Fund is now open for applications. The fund will support outdoor events between 1 May 2022 and 31 March 2023. Applicants are invited to apply for a maximum of £10,000. Applications need to be in by 9am on Wednesday 9 February 2022. More info here

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Camberwell Station Road improvements – have your say
What is happening on Camberwell Station Road? Join a Zoom meeting hosted by SE5 Forum for Camberwell with Southwark Council to have your say on improvements to Camberwell Station Road. The online consultation event runs on Zoom from 6pm to 7pm on Tuesday 30 November. 

Everyone is welcome but you will need to register for the event on Eventbrite to access the meeting: Click here

Southwark Council won a grant from the Greater London Authority (GLA) Good Growth Fund to make Camberwell Station Road safer and more inviting to individuals and businesses, to improve air quality and reflect local history. Work is due to start in 2022.Magda Bartosch, Regeneration Manager (South) at Southwark Council, will brief local residents and stakeholders on the work that has been done to produce the concept designs for Camberwell Station Road, including who has been involved so far and how you can engage with the project going forward.
Read more on the background here:

Click here to attend the free consultation event and have your say:

Winter Arts Market & SE5 Forum Market Stall
Saturday 27 November, Winter Arts Market on Camberwell Green 11am-4pm. 
Come and browse the 50+ stalls at Camberwell Arts Winter Arts Market on Camberwell Green and get your Christmas presents early while supporting local artists, designers and makers. Discover Christmas crafts and gorgeous gifts with a seasonal mix of art, design, outdoor decorations, music, mulled wine and more.

The arts market takes place alongside an expanded Farmers Market of 20+ stalls, including the SE5 Forum community stall with our popular range of Camberwell mugs, butterfly t-shirts and our brand new tea towel design featuring our illustrated map (see below) with highlights of the local area.

Artists, designers and makers will also be opening their studios for this year’s Winter Open Studios.
Read more here: Camberwell Open Studios runs across 3 weekends, from Saturday 27th November to Sunday 12th December, and studios are open from midday – 5pm unless otherwise indicated. This is your opportunity to meet local artists and buy directly from the maker. 

More information will be published on the Camberwell Arts website and in the brochure before the festival starts.


Southwark Community Action Network (CAN): Social Action network event
Join CAN’s quarterly event by registering on Eventbrite on:


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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Job opportunity: Freelance Business Marketing Consultant

Temporary freelance contract, flexible hours, to promote Camberwell businesses, funded by Southwark Council’s High Street Recovery Fund.

Camberwell Identity Group – Role Specification

Job title: Business Marketer (contract), Camberwell

Contract: 44 days between October 2021 to August 2022 @ £250 per day.

Camberwell based. Flexible working including out of normal office hours.

Funded by the Southwark High Street Recovery Fund. Paid via SE5 Forum.

Applications: Email your application to Closing date is 15 October 2021

About the Camberwell Identity Group 

The Camberwell Identity Group is a consortium of the SE5 Forum, Camberwell Society and Camberwell Arts working with the community and businesses.  All three organisations have a history of delivering projects – lamppost banners, market stalls, festivals, annual days, murals, Camberwell Champions retailers’ scheme, promotions, and marketing workshops for businesses. 

Following community consultation three years ago, the Camberwell Identity Group worked with a designer to create a narrative and brand story that unifies Camberwell. The group has successfully worked with the community (incl. businesses, scouts, schools, hostels, playgrounds, developers, residents, and Southwark Council) to incorporate the identity throughout Camberwell on lamppost banners, market stall, local business and retail champions, digital channels, branding at the new entrance to Denmark Hill station and a murals progamme.

Camberwell.Life love local campaign

The Camberwell Identity Group launched a pilot of Camberwell.Life, a love local campaign, at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. More detail here. The aims are:

  1. increase positive perceptions and awareness of Camberwell
  2. increase spend and footfall in Camberwell from visitors, local workers, and residents 
  3. to build civic pride, through digital channels

Purpose of the position

We are now looking to scale Camberwell.Life and have secured funding from Southwark’s High Street Recovery Fund for the supporting services to be provided by freelance business marketing consultant. These services require someone that will support the needs of small and midsized enterprises, now and looking to the future, enabling them to maximise sales and increase their customer base, as well as feeding into the Camberwell.Life love local campaign

Deliverables (Once appointed, we will agree together how the deliverables are quantified)

Camberwell Champions: Encourage small businesses to become a Camberwell Champion. For which they receive shop window stickers, coasters, a listing on Camberwell.Life and supported across our social media channels, to help increase footfall or home delivery. To date, 65 have signed-up.

Camberwell Saturdays: Coordinate promotions offering customers a discount, a free product, or a free month of service, to run on the first Saturday of every month, and in addition on Small Business Day – 28th November 2021 and Independents Day – w/c 4th July 2022.

Camberwell Independent Food Festival: Deliver a creative programme of digital marketing support targeted towards independent food outlets based in Camberwell, with a focus on healthy eating, diverse food shops, restaurants, and cafes. Working with a UAL film student to develop a series of short films of the different businesses, where they can share their story – a budget of £1,000 is available for the film student and digital content.

1-on-1 coaching: Provide a series of advice to businesses on improving green credentials, maximising merchandising, using emerging retail digital platforms, and running promotional campaigns.

Shop front mural programme: Support the Camberwell ID Group by brokering partnerships between local artists and small businesses interested in placing colourful feature murals on shop front shutters that celebrate Camberwell’s diverse community to foster a sense of social cohesion. 

Meanwhile spaces: Carry out a survey of empty sites in the town centre. Contact landlords with a support package including a licence for meanwhile use, and inclusivity guidelines. 

The Camberwell Clarion: Inform local businesses of the availability of affordable and effective advertising space to connect with their community through the new hyper-local newspaper. 

Camberwell Business Innovation District: Develop leadership, representation and build confidence to establish a business-led and business funded body formed to improve a defined commercial area i.e. Camberwell Town Centre.

Experience and skills

  • Experienced marketing professional, including planning and managing campaigns to promote a product or service
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and ability to communicate with a wide range of stakeholders – especially with businesses, commercial organisations and community representatives
  • Proven ability to work on one’s own initiative, with experience of working with and reporting to a Board/Committee.
  • Understands small and medium businesses and town centre issues
  • Strategic thinking including issues and understand context and likely challenges 
  • Strong IT and social media skills

SE5 Forum for Camberwell policies and values can be found here

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SE5 Forum AGM: How to create a better Camberwell

***THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO CAME TO THE SE5 Forum AGM 2021 – How to create a better Camberwell

Wednesday 6 October 6.30-8.30pm on Zoom 

We would like to invite you to join our next online AGM 2021: How to Create a Better Camberwell.

Following on from our successful public event in July, our invited speakers will focus on how to:
• fill empty retail spaces on our high streets
• create a community space
• make Camberwell greener 

SE5 Forum board members will also talk about our achievements over the past year in our priority projects of Business, Transport, Identity and Environment. 

We will also be holding our annual Board Elections. We invite anyone to nominate themselves or others as new SE5 Forum board members. We welcome all applications and are also actively looking for more members who are from BAME background and/or under 40. 

If you’d like attend the AGM, please email: to register for Zoom details.

If you’d like to stand as a board member,please download this invitation for more information and email: with your name, contact details and a short statement on why you’d like to join us.  

• Joanna Large, who joined the board last year, is a specialist nurse at King’s College Hospital but also has a background in arts and culture. She successfully launched our new Camberwell Talks events last month with a sell-out first event. Joanna says: 
‘I started volunteering occasionally on the SE5 Forum market stall, then joined the Board last year. They backed my idea of having Camberwell Talks, which are now happening on the first Monday of the month at The Camberwell Arms. We’re now looking at how the community can use local empty shops and retail spaces. Even with a busy job and a family, I have been able to help the community through SE5 Forum.’

We are also looking to recruit more volunteers. Currently we would love to have board members and volunteers who can bring the following skills or expertise to SE5 Forum:
Transport: Expertise in rail planning process or bus policy/guidance
Environment: Experience in greening, urban planning, development/regeneration
Business: Planning, marketing, merchandising experience 
Community/Stakeholder: Experience in stakeholder/community engagement/consultation
Events: Help on our weekly market stall on the green, or help at other events. Events organising/ management experience or in stewarding, health and safety, AV/tech, photography, online events.
Marketing, PR & Content production: Producing press releases and/or social media or any other marketing content. Converting technical information into accessible material or Powerpoints. 
Website: WordPress website specialist to help upgrade SE5 Forum website 

Next Camberwell Talk on Monday 4 October at The Camberwell Arms
with local fine art photographer John Yabrifa 

After our sell-out first event, come and listen to John Yabrifa ponder pictures, philosophy and why community matters. John will be looking specifically at how photography and music has affected his life as a south London native.
Tickets include a free drink and there will be a raffle, interesting company and the welcoming atmosphere of The Camberwell Arms. We hope to see you there!
To buy tickets for £10 (£7 concession), go to Eventbrite:

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Denmark Hill station: new entrance showcases Camberwell identity and culture
Fantastic response to New Entrance for Denmark Hill New entrance and major improvements offer greener journeys for passengers, and better access for patients and staff to the Maudsley and King’s College Hospitals

Improvements unveiled by local Sandi Toksvig include a range of new art and design elements to reflect Camberwell’s unique, vibrant identity.

The station now boasts more comfortable waiting facilities, sheltered platforms, better lighting powered by solar energy, and a brand new 85-space cycle hub, in the new £7.5m extension. It’s the first carbon positive upgrade of its kind at a station in Europe. And visitors can also enjoy Camberwell identity and culture as part of their journey experience. 

The entrance was officially opened by Rail Minister Chris Heaton-Harris, who was joined by local resident, writer, broadcaster and campaigner Sandi Toksvig, representatives from Network Rail, GTR, SE5 Forum, the Camberwell Society, Camberwell Identity Group, Kings College and Maudsley NHS hospitals. 

Network Rail designed the new entrance walkway to include a plinth for artist Godfried Donkor’s public art, commissioned by the Camberwell Society. Godfried says: “This sculpture is dedicated to the pandemic frontline workers. It carries the theme “Health and Wellbeing” and offers a new take on the traditional adinkra symbolism of Ghana, which are like emojis yet created hundreds of years earlier.”

Etched on the windows is a poem by Una Marson, former Camberwell resident:“The test of true culture is the ability to move among men, East or West, North of South, with ease and confidence, radiating the pure light of a kindly humanity”.Local actor, Daniella Arthur-Kennedy of Theatre Peckham, who read the poem, says: “Una Marson was a Jamaican feminist, activist and writer, who inspired so many through her writing and character. She was the first black woman programme maker to be employed by the BBC and showed true commitment despite facing inequalities and injustice.” 
Listen to the poem being read hereOther elements include a wall tiled in the ‘Camberwell Brick’, in the palette of colours drawn from local greenery, architecture, water and sky. Designed by local design consultancy Studio Sutherland, the brick was inspired by the well in Camberwell’s name, history and coat of arms. Kelly Blaney, Chair of the Camberwell Identity Group, says: “We have been working closely with Network Rail and, through community consultations. The new art and design elements have created a unique identity for our station.”MORE:
Read Network Rail’s press release – New and Improved Denmark Hill Station delivers first carbon positive upgrade on rail network 
See our Twitter page for more photos and videos posted. The Camberwell Identity group is a project by SE5 ForumCamberwell Society and Camberwell Arts with the local community and businesses. 

Camberwell Talks – join our first event on Monday 6 September
Don’t forget the first in our series of entertaining talks by interesting locals – Camberwell Talks: The Vibrant Voices of SE5 with writer and filmmaker ‘The Mumper’ Mark Baxter on Monday 6 September at The Camberwell Arms 7pm. £10/£7 concessions. The ticket includes a free drink and raffle ticket. Tickets are going fast but we hope to reserve a few for any last-minute turn-ups on the door!
Buy your Camberwell Talks tickets on Eventbrite here

Camberwell Talks at The Camberwell Arms, 65 Camberwell Church Street, SE5 8TR

Ruskin Park Paddling Pool Fundraiser
Ruskin Park’s much-loved paddling pool needs a big refurbishment by spring 2022.

The total cost of the works is expected to be approximately £75,000. Friends of Ruskin Park hope to raise at least £15,000 of this from donations – with the remainder coming from Lambeth Council, previous fundraising, grant applications and a generous £10,000 donation from Urban Village.

So far £4,800 of the £15,000 has been raised on the GoFundMe page – please consider donating to keep this vital water play for local little ones and families. 

Find out more and donate here

St Giles’ Clock Restoration Fund Open Day 
The Friends of St Giles’ Church are organising an open afternoon Saturday 18 September 1-4pm to help raise funds towards a £30,000 restoration of its historic clock.

Under the umbrella of the National Trust Open Heritage Days, St Giles’ Church will be open to all, including  the tower with its great views. A team of bellringers will be on hand to answer questions. The ringing chamber also houses the pendulum of the church clock.

Ashley Valentine, the Director of Music, will bring a musical interlude, and there will also be book and bric a brac stalls, cake and refreshments.

Please support the church with your visit and if anyone would like to donate books, bric a brac or cakes, they can be delivered to the church the day before or collected via Alec Gray on 07494 089114.  

St Giles’ Clock background: The tower clock at St Giles’ church was commissioned by the then vicar and churchwardens to be a benefit to the local community when the church was rebuilt but it has not worked for a long time. The clock was built in 1844 by E.J. Dent, who subsequently made Big Ben in 1859. The St Giles’ clock is the earliest example of a turret clock bearing the Dent name and is the only remaining double-framed clock manufactured by them in its original condition. 
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 (
 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 Talks: the vibrant voices of SE5 – join the conversation • plus: Camberwell Fair sounds on the green and Brunswick Park streetspace review
Camberwell Talks – join the conversation.
Buy your Camberwell Talks tickets on Eventbrite here.

SE5 Forum invites you to our first series of monthly Camberwell Talks -The Vibrant Voices of SE5 given by a diverse range of lovely and inspiring people from, about or connected to Camberwell. 

We are very pleased to present our first line-up of speakers from September-December 2021. First up is ‘The Mumper’ Mark Baxter on 6 September, writer, raconteur and film maker, on his colourful life and Camberwell’s influence on it. Here’s Mark on Twitter: 


Following Mark on 4 October is local fine art photographer John Yabrifa on pictures, philosophy and community, Keely Stanhope on the glory of exotic veg on 1 November and on 6 December, BBC broadcaster, writer and musician Neil Brand

The talks will run on the first Monday of the month 7-9pm, thanks to the generosity of the fantastic The Camberwell Arms, which is lending its space for free. Tickets cost £10 or £7 concession, which includes a drink and 10% off a meal. There will also be a raffle and with numbers limited to 45, there’s a good chance of winning! 

Buy your Camberwell Talks tickets on Eventbrite here

Or pop down to the SE5 Forum stall at the farmers’ market on Camberwell Green on Saturdays 10am- 2pm to buy a ticket.

We hope you’ll be inspired to come and listen and join in the Camberwell conversation!

If you would like to be a speaker or know someone who would – please get in touch with SE5 Forum by email at:  

Camberwell Talks – The Vibrant Voices of SE5  at The Camberwell Arms, 65 Camberwell Church Street, SE5 8TR


Camberwell Fair: Summer sounds come to the Green
Camberwell Fair‘s Summer Series Part 2 brings more uplifting sounds to Camberwell Green with its second series of summer concerts in August and September:

“After the stonking success of Camberwell Fair’s Summer Series Part 1 on Myatt’s Fields Park, we are thrilled to announce Part 2 on Camberwell Green from this Saturday 14 August! Over the next 6 weeks of August and September, Saturday afternoons will be filled with live music from the hottest global and local musicians, artists and bands on the green for everyone to enjoy!”

Camberwell Fair Summer Series has been created for local communities to enjoy live music for free, safely in their communities. All performances take place on Camberwell Green 3-6pm, so bring a picnic, get ready to dance and enjoy the best live music celebrating the vibrant and diverse cultures of Camberwell.  Saturday 14 August: Kicking off the series will be Sister Cookie with her dynamite sound and dose of funk-soul-blues medicine.

Saturday 21 August: Grupo Lokito take to the stage with a modern-day cocktail of music fusing Congolese grooves with the fire of Cuban music. 

Saturday 28 August: A stellar line-up featuring WheelUP (Tru Thoughts), Tiawa (Tru Thoughts) and Chiminyo (Gearbox).

Saturday 4 September: Camberwell Fair Artists in Residence take over the Summer Series. Artists & Mentors K.O.G., Tawiah, Gaika and Shirley Tetteh have been working with 12 emerging artists as part of the programme supported by PRS Foundation’s The Open Fund to test new ideas, collaborate and develop their practice. South East London legend Joe Milli will close the party with a mix of afro, soul, house, funk and grime.Saturday 11 September: things get even hotter on the green with The Heatwave vs Tash LC x Fehdah. 

Saturday 18 September: Closing the Summer Series on Camberwell Green are The Dylema Collective, a talented collective of musicians put together by female lead Dylema that blend contemporary jazz, poetry and soulful harmonies.

NB: These events are intimate, pop-up performances for smaller audiences, given the impact of Covid-19 in our communities. There are no additional stages, stalls, food trucks or bars. Camberwell Fair organisers ask that any rubbish is taken away with you to ensure our green flag park is kept litter-free.

For more info:

 Brunswick Park Streetspace consultation – have your say

The Brunswick park streetspace scheme was introduced in 2020, which saw roads around the park blocked off to traffic to make it safer for pedestrians and cyclists. You can now have your say on this scheme and whether you’d like to see permanent changes: 

The consultation link is here:

SE5 Forum Market Stall
Visit our market stall on Saturdays 10-2 on Camberwell Green
Come and browse our new Camberwell Identity merchandise as well as our popular range of Camberwell mugs, butterfly t-shirts and more. And find out about our latest work and campaigns. 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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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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