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Monthly Archives: February 2010

Sun 28 Feb 11-5pm Livesey Museum Family Day

Message from people connected with the Livesey museum:

Two years after the closure of the beautiful Livesey Museum the doors will open to the community once again this Sunday the 28th of February 11-5pm for a family fun day.
Activities include:
* Free lunch and refreshments
* Storytelling
* Theatre workshop with Red Thread theatre group
* Vegetable growing workshop
* Art & Crafts
* Lantern making
* Treasure hunt
* Bicycle maintenance
* Knitting group
* Plastic bottle greenhouse workshop.

This will be a great day at the Livesey once again! Any queries or if you have an idea for the day
email or ring 020-7639-8573
682 Old Kent Road, London, SE15 1JF


What’s Happening to Our Bingo Hall?

This is a message from the SE5 Forum sent to the Camberwell section of the PRN mail list.
Dear Friends of SE5 Forum for Camberwell
What’s Happening to Our Bingo Hall?
Has anyone asked you what YOU would like it to be?
Gala Bingo closed on the 21st February 2010. This Grade 2 listed building has been part of the community in Camberwell for nearly 80 years, first as a cinema and then as a bingo hall.
According to a representative from the Gala Bingo group the sale is due to be completed on Monday 1st March 2010.  This gives us very little time to find out what is happening to a very important buildings in our community.

To get involved check

Photo Call tomorrow 2pm Wednesday 24th February in front of the Bingo Hall. Hope to see you there.

With all good wishes
Barbara Pattinson
SE5 Forum for Camberwell
020 7274 8045

Alzheimer’s Disease Open Day 24 April booking needed

See below and attached for information about an Open Day at Denmark Hill on Alzheimer’s Disease and Motor Neurone Disease on Saturday 24th April 2010 from 9.15am to 4.30pm. We are very fortunate to have centres of research like this on our doorstep, and this is an opportunity worth taking up. Tickets needed. See booking details below.
Enquiries to: Alison Sharpe email:
Research Co-ordinator, Department of Old Age Psychiatry and NIHR Biomedical Research Centre for Mental Health, Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London and
at the Institute of Psychiatry, De Crespigny Park,Denmark Hill, London SE5 8AF
Saturday 24th April 2010 from 9.15am to 4.30pm
* Want to know more about research into Alzheimer’s Disease and Motor Neurone Disease?
* Meet the scientists and see their research at the Neurodegenerative Disease Research Open Day

A full and active day’s programme, open to all, starts with a short introduction, followed by several guided visits to meet and talk to scientists in their research laboratories. The day concludes with a Questions and Answers session with a panel of experts. A free sandwich lunch and light refreshments will be provided.
Admission is free but restricted to named ticket holders only. To apply for a ticket, please complete the form below and return it by no later than Wednesday 24th March 2010 to:

Alison Sharpe, Institute of Psychiatry, Box PO70, De Crespigny Park, London SE5 8AF (Tel: 020 7848 0550)
or email all the information to including Ref: PRN

Please note that the Open Day is very popular and we cannot guarantee everyone a ticket. Tickets will be issued by lottery drawn after the closing date of Wednesday 24th March 2010. All applicants will be notified soon after the closing date.

I would like to attend the Neurodegenerative Disease Research Open Day
on Saturday 24th April 2010
Name, address and contact details should be provided for each person who would like a ticket.
Title: First Name: Surname:
Tel: Mobile:  
Please return this slip no later than Wednesday 24th March 2010 Ref: PRN


Taste of Africa event Peckham 4pm 20 Feb 2010

See below for news of an interesting and important event in Peckham on Saturday 20th February 4pm – 7pm at the Copleston Centre, Copleston Road, SE15 4AN
midway between Danby Street and Avondale Rise
Please pass on to anyone you know from Africa, any traders in African goods, anyone interested in Africa, or interested in cooking!
“Taste of Africa” events to help raise awareness of the Personal Food Imports campaign within the African community

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), as part of its Personal Food Imports Campaign, is encouraging members of the West African community to attend local “Taste of Africa” events. These events will be held at three prominent community centres in London. Members of the public will be able to find out more about the rules and regulations surrounding the campaign, whilst sampling West African food, supplied by local caterers.

It is illegal to bring meat and dairy products for personal use back into the UK from countries outside the EU and there are restrictions on bringing back fish, shellfish, honey, eggs and certain types of fruits and vegetables.

The event will take place on the 20th February at The Copleston Centre in Peckham, from 4pm to 7pm.
During the events, attendees will be given a presentation on the campaign. There will also be an opportunity to engage with Dr. Anna Vanderpuye, the campaign ambassador, and Defra representatives, to ask questions about the campaign and the current restrictions on food items.
The “Taste of Africa” events are open to all local residents. As many members of the African community travel abroad during the Easter holiday season, it is imperative they are made aware of the rules surrounding personal food imports.
If you are interested in attending any of these events, please contact Media Moguls on: 020 8902 5575 and ask for the Personal Food Imports team.
Notes to editors
Seizures from people travelling to the UK from Western Africa (including Nigeria and Ghana)between April 2008 and March 2009 included:
·         806 seizures of meat products totalling 9,795kg
·         328 seizures of dairy products totalling 3,669kg and 4,469ltrs
·         1,588 seizures of fish products totalling 18,139kg

During the same period a large number of seizures from other regions were made, including:
·         1,154 seizures of meat products totalling 4,446kg from Eastern Europe
·         1,698 seizures of dairy products totalling 7,007kg and 846ltrs from Southern Asia
·         1,564 seizures of fish products totalling 13,173kg from Eastern Asia

·           The Personal Food Imports campaign is run by Defra with support from the UK Border Agency (UKBA), and the Food Standards Agency (FSA).

·           These events are part of a national campaign which incorporates a public information film, radio and print advertising across both ethnic minority and mainstream media. Posters and leaflets are available in English, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Farsi, Gujarati, Hindi, Punjabi, Turkish and Urdu.

·         The campaign includes significant community outreach activity with a team of trained staff who visit key locations across the country, including community supermarkets, places of worship and shopping centres to explain the campaign’s key messages.

·         Until March 2010, the outreach team will visit over 50 locations around the country. Stops include: London, Birmingham, Bradford, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle and Wolverhampton.

·            Awareness raising campaigns are only one part of the action to prevent illegal imports. Enforcement activity continues at ports and airports and Defra continues to assess the risks of introduction of animal and plant disease. In 2008/09 there were in excess of 20,000 seizures of illegally imported animal products, with over 191,000kg being seized.

·         For further information on what food products can or cannot be brought back into the UK, call the Defra helpline on 08459 33 55 77 or visit

·         Defra is responsible for policy issues relating to imports of products of animal origin, with Fera (Food and Environment Research Agency) responsible for plants and plant products.  Defra, UKBA and the FSA are together responsible for the delivery of illegal food imports policy.  All three departments are working hand-in-hand to ensure a consistent approach to the core policy messages.

·         UKBA is responsible for anti-smuggling controls on illegal animal products from non-EU countries at ports and airports in Great Britain.  It also has responsibility for detecting illegal food items sent through the post and for enforcing the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). UKBA is not responsible for controlling movements of animal products from other EU Member States except where they have not been subject to Customs control elsewhere on arrival in the EU.

·         The FSA is responsible for public heath aspects of food imported into the UK.  The FSA has particular responsibility for policy issues for imports of fishery products, bivalve molluscs and food which is not of animal origin. The FSA has responsibilities for assisting and co-ordinating local enforcement activities of Local Authorities, both inland and at ports, in this aspect of their duties.

To obtain further information/images from the event please contact Media Moguls:
Leila Molaei                020 8902 5575     
Hasiba Rehman           0208 902 5575  

Hasiba Rehman
Account Manager
Media Moguls
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South London Line news

Below is latest news sent by SRUG (Southwark Rail Users Group), a member of the campaign to Save the South London Line. The other campaign members include Clapham Transport Users’ Group, Lambeth Public Transport Group, the two major hospitals – King’s And SLAM, all local elected representatives, and the four main political parties.
SRUG is a group for local rail users of routes and stations in mid-central Southwark, serving Peckham Rye, Nunhead, South Bermondsey, Queens Road, Denmark Hill, East Dulwich, North Dulwich. SRUG aims to learn about the local rail system to make informed comments and secure improvements to stations and services. The current main issue is the campaign to reverse cuts on direct train services into central London.
For actions, news & background visit and follow the links.
To join the SRUG mailing list to be kept up to date, email:
Press Release from the Save the South London Line Campaign

The campaigners battling to save the South London Line have published a short report which argues that it is vital to retain the line if South London is ever to enjoy a train service which runs at a tube-like frequency. click here for the report

The report shows that key stations in South London will suffer if the South London Line is withdrawn.
·      Peckham Rye’s 10 minute service to London Bridge will be reduced to a train every 15 minutes. It will lose its evening and Sunday services to Victoria altogether.
·      Denmark Hill, which serves the major Maudsley and Kings College hospitals, will lose all its direct services to London Bridge and its evening and Sunday services to Victoria.
·      Clapham High Street and Wandsworth Road will lose all their direct services to both Victoria and London Bridge. 
The report argues that, instead of cutting services in South London, Transport for London and the rail companies should be looking to enhance services. It makes a number of suggestions which could improve the rail service in South London for just a moderate cost.

John Stewart, the Co-ordinator of Lambeth Public Transport Group, said “The South London Line is a vital link for South London. There should be no question of scrapping it. Indeed, there should be more trains stopping in South London rather than fewer.”