Peckham Residents' Network

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Monthly Archives: June 2008

Sun 15th June open day The Spike, Copeland Rd railway bridge

A special open day at The Spike this Sunday – a chance to visit this amazing community project serving all ages. Invitation & details below. Entrance between the railway lines under Consort Road railway bridge. See petition to save The Spike: <>
Information circulated by the Peckham Residents Network.
Message from The Spike
Hi everyone,
Welcome to the June Spike Open Day (Showcase)
SUNday the 15th June.
starts 2ish 3ish and runs til 10ish.
Puppetry, art, paddling pools, games, free shop, food, permaculture demos on irrigation, cob ovens, solar cooking, bee keeping, outside stage with PinStickers headlining, as well as DJs and stuff from the Sunday Sound crew and much more.
Come see the latest community efforts. It’s reAlly growin!
And if you haven’t signed the petition yet, please do : <>
Hopefully see you then

The Spike is a beautiful and diverse community space that raises awareness of low-impact living, celebrates the fascinating history of the place and makes dreams come true.

Emerging from DIY culture, the Spike Surplus Scheme landed in 1998 in an abandoned, fly-tipped, burnt-out building. This building was formerly The South London Children’s Scrap Scheme, and before that, the administrative block for the largest Doss-house in London (check ‘Down and Out in Paris and London’, George Orwell), providing shelter for up to 1,100 wayfarers a night.

Help save the Spike!!!

The Spike operates on a not-for-profit basis, so that it is within reach of everyone. To date we have never charged admission for anything. This has been made possible thanks to local support and by a favourable lease from the council.
But this may end soon! The Spike is under threat of closure! Please help! Sign the petition!


Fri 13 June 6.30-10pm Bussey Building 133 Rye Lane – an exhibition The Biggest and the Best

Here is an invitation to the opening event on Friday 13th June of another artists’ exhibition, this time in the historic Bussey Building itself, and from the artists with studios in the building. Details below.
Information about the Bussey Building at
This information circulated by the Peckham Residents Network
The Biggest and the Best:
an exhibition of local Peckham artists,
from the studios in the Bussey Building
1st Floor, Bussey Building
133 Rye Lane, entrance opposite Blenheim Grove
London SE15

6.30pm – 10.00pm
all welcome
Live Music by:
The Boycott Coca-Cola Experience
Lewis Floyd Henry One Man Band

Exhibition then open 12noon – 6pm
Sat 14th, Sun 15th,
Fri 20th, Sat 21st, Sun 22ndJune 2008
Visits to the studios from the art exhibition

Further info: Phone: 07796 684834, 07947 819597

Artists:Stuart Chubb Martin Church Jenna Collins Jo Dennis Simon Haddock Dido Hallett Margot Hill Alastair Kenward Hatty Lee Ed McGarry Colin McMaster Dan Mort Lena Pomford Charlotte Squire Jacqueline Utley David Wojtowycz

Tues 10th June 6pm Hannah Barry Gallery

“… this young serious bold gallery in a Peckham warehouse.” Financial Times, 1st June 08.

This warehouse is right next door to the Bussey building (;
entrance from 133 Copeland Road (between Bournemouth Rd & railway bridge).

Here is an invitation to the next exhibition, opening tomorrow.
Please join us on Tuesday of this week -10 June – from 6 – 8 pm
to celebrate the opening of DRAWINGS FOR MACHINES,
an exhibition of drawings and sculpture by James Capper.

The exhibition runs at the gallery in Peckham until 18 June,
open daily 4 – 8.30 pm.
Directions and more information can be found at

James’ new machine RIPPER will be on display as part of the Chelsea College Degree Show, Saturday 14 – Thursday 19 June: Chelsea College of Art and Design 16 John Islip Street London SW1P 4JU.
We hope to see you on Tuesday.

Sun 8 June 1-6pm Choumert Sq open gardens

Sunday 8th June 1pm – 6pm.Choumert Square Gardens Open Day.
Open Gardens & Village Fete in one!
This is one of the best summer events in Peckham!
About 46 mini gardens with maxi-planting in a Shangri-la situation that the media has described as a ‘Floral Canyon’, which leads to small communal ‘secret garden’. Art, craft and home-made produce stalls and live music. Delicious refreshments. Winner Best Community Garden Southwark in Bloom. Featured in ‘The Guardian’. see further information at end of email
Adm £2.50, children 50p, concessions £1.50 (share to St Christopher’s Hospice)
Light refreshments, teas & wine
Choumert Square, SE15 4RE
Via wrought iron gates off Choumert Grove.
Peckham Rye mainline station is visible from the gates,
Buses galore (12, 36, 37, 63, 78, 171, 312, 345) less than 5 mins walk.
Free car park 2 mins
ALSO OPEN SUNDAY 8 June 2pm-5pm
5 Lyndhurst Square, SE15, off Lyndhurst Way
90ft x 50ft secret garden in the heart of London offering a mix of traditional and unusual herbaceous plants and shrubs. The design combines Italianate and Gothic themes and offers a secluded green vista
You can combine this with a visit to Choumert Sq.
Choumert Square, built in the latter half of the 19th Century, presents to the visitor not a Square but a laneway of 46 tiny cottages leading to a communal `walled’ garden. The gardens of this secret Southwark street are amongst the tiniest it’s possible to tend! They’ve evolved over some twenty years, triggered initially by a few neighbours’ gardening passions that infected the enthusiasm of others. Today the Square gardens uniquely demonstrate how gardening unites a community.
The street is `divided’ into a sunny and shady side, and the gardens’ eco-climate (and planting) reflect this. Key features are the variety of roses growing in the Square, the mix of trees (including birch, willow, eucalyptus, acer and a dramatic robinia), and a colourful array of perennial border plants and annuals, many home-grown. The garden has been featured on BBC TV (Gardeners’ World) and on Channel 4, in numerous magazines and national press articles (including BBC Good Homes, Period Living, London Evening Standard, The Sunday Times and The Guardian). Winner of numerous prizes, in 2007 it was awarded a first prize for Best Community Garden, Southwark in Bloom.
We were extremely excited in November 2007 when, unknown to us, our Square was nominated for a Conservation Foundation Green Award…. and won one of the special 25 `Blooming Fantastic’ Awards which were made to those areas that had brought a Green awareness to corners of London.
The Open Day is primarily about gardens and sharing with others our residents’ love of this little corner of the inner city; but it is also renowned for its demonstrable community spirit. Visitors will find themselves invited to sit and partake of a wide variety of refreshments in between purchasing delicious home-baked cakes, artwork, crafts, plants, books and photo mementoes of their visit.