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Monthly Archives: June 2010

CLF at the Bussey Saturday 26th June 2010

An invitation to two different events this coming
at the CLF Art Cafe
in the Bussey building, 133 Rye Lane.
If you haven’t yet experienced the view and the experience of being on the Bussey building roof, this Saturday is your chance!

2.00PM TO 10.00PM
Bussey building rooftop SKA-B-Q [Jamaican Jerk Barbeque]:
variety of local live music and good Caribbean food
on Peckham’s roof with one of the best views of central London!
Admission Free.
See photos from previous events:
JazzHeadChronics, Orgiastic, Fantastic Musiquarium :
Chapter 2 of a brand new bi-monthly night at
The CLF Art Café & Warehouse Lounge / The Bussey Building.
Hosted by JazzHeadChronic Mickey Smith + special guests
serving up an eclectic globalistic selection of cutting edge music.
Dub Step to Batucada, Future Jazz to Jungle & Afro Beat.
Admission Free before 10pm

See further details below.

2PM – 10PM
NEWSFLASH!!!! The CLF & NEEDLE & THREAD Presents THE BUSSEY BUILDING ROOFTOP ‘SKA-B-Q’ taking place from 2PM – 10PM this SAT JUNE 26TH. Serving up the best in Local LIVE /
ACOUSTIC MUSIC, SKA, ROCKSTEADY and ROOTS DJS from The NEEDLE & THREAD Collective + a selection of Barbecued JERK CHICKEN / FISH, RICE & PEAS + MOJITOS & JAMAICAN RUM PUNCHES to die for care of THE CLF COCKTAIL BAR. ADMISSION IS FREE + as well as giving you access to one of the most stunning Panoramic Views of London, THE SKA-


SAT JUNE 26TH sees Chapter 2 of a brand new night at The CLF Art Café & Warehouse Lounge / The Bussey Building. JAZZHEADCHRONICS, ORGIASTIC, FANTASTIC MUSIQUARIUM. Hosted By CLF Founder JAZZHEADCHRONIC MICKEY SMITH + special Guests – The Experimental, Broken Audio Beat Head C.O.N.E. [Rotterdam] and Old Skool Ragga Jungalistic DJ BEATROUTE. Serving up tasty plates of DUB STEP to BATU, FUTURE JAZZ to JUNGLE and AFRO BEAT, running from 9pm to Late on the 1st Floor. 100% Pure Summer Soulshine!!

All Events take place @
133 Rye Lane, London SE15 3ST


Simply turn up at the MUSIQUARIUM EVENT or SKA-B-Q to receive your free Membership card or register on-line Membership gives you access to CLF Sessions in Film, Animation, Theatre and Music. For Info, updates and Invites, pls join our facebook group at

For More Info on these + upcoming events with Cuban Multi- Instrumentalist OMAR SOSA and Dub Pioneer LEE SCRATCH PERRY as well as the CLF pls contact
Tel: +44 0 7941 429 374

See yehs all there,


The venue is less than 60 secs walk from Peckham Rye Station. Right out of the station onto Rye Lane, cross the road and the venue is just after the bridge, 50 metres up on the left hand side, at the end of a long coridoor directly opposite Blenheim Grove.
Full Address: 133 Rye Lane, London SE15 4ST
Nearest Train Station: Peckham Rye Station [10 mins from London Bridge, 16 Mins from Victoria]


Flat Time House Bellenden Rd 24 June – 25 July

An invitation to visit the next show at Flat Time House. This is the remarkable building with a huge book emerging from the front (see photo). It is 210 Bellenden Road, near the Bellenden shopping parade. The show is free, everybody is welcome, and it is open Thurs to Sun 12pm – 6pm from 24 June – 25 July. More information below about the history of the building, the artist John Latham and their significant role in the art world.
AMM, Better Books, Bob Cobbing, DIAS, Coleridge Goode, Joe Harriott, James Joyce, Jeff Keen, John Latham, Annea Lockwood, Gustav Metzger, John Stevens, Val Wilmer and more.
Exhibition dates: 24 June ­ 25 July 2010
Opening times: Thursday to Sunday, 12pm ­ 6pm
Preview: Friday 25 June, 6 ­ 8pm

Venue information: Flat Time House, 210 Bellenden Road, London SE15 4BW
A new exhibition of artworks, archive, movies and sound curated by Tony Herrington (Editor-in-Chief & Publisher, The Wire) and David Toop (musician, curator, long-time collaborator of John Latham).

For a period in the 1960s there was a great creative synergy in the UK between the visual arts, experimental film, free jazz, psychedelic rock, and the energetic poetry scene that formed the UK¹s so-called Underground. BLOW UP will present a visual and aural map of those connections through art works, recordings, archival film and documents, contemporary accounts, posters and album art.
The artist John Latham, who lived at Flat Time House until his death in 2006, was a central protagonist in this explosion of cross-talk and the mythologies surrounding his film Speak (1962) were a catalyst for exhibition. Speak is a powerfully strobing, paper-disc animation and, although it precedes the psychedelics of the high sixties by half a decade, its physical effect on the viewer is typical of the whole mind/body experiences of the early light-show gigs of Soft Machine or Pink
Floyd and the environmental happenings of the late 60s organised by artists ncluding Cobbing, Keen, Latham and Jeff Nuttall.
In fact, Speak illuminated some of the seminal events of the UK¹s new counter culture: it served as the Floyd¹s light show at early gigs at the UFO club and the Roundhouse; it was screened at Better Books on Charing Cross Road, the bookshop where Bob Cobbing hatched plans with Allen Ginsberg and Alex Trocchi for the International Poetry Incarnation at the Albert Hall, and founded the London Filmmakers Coop with Keen and others in 1966. But it is the film¹s soundtrack that
really connects the dots between London¹s art scene and contemporaries in free jazz and psychedelic rock: remarkably Latham rejected as Œtoo musical¹ scores recorded for him first by the Joe Harriott Quintet and then the Pink Floyd, before adding his own circular-saw soundtrack, pointing towards the simultaneously emerging noise aesthetic.
This exhibition begins to write a history of these connections, artistic, personal, or just in the air, and Speak¹s story is just one of the many told in BLOW UP.

Hannah Barry Gallery & Frank’s Cafe Return!

Frank’s Cafe and the Hannah Barry Gallery Bold Tendencies sculpture exhibition are back on the top four floors of the multi storey car park this summer from 30th June to 30th September. Frank’s Cafe opens 2nd July. Thereafter all opening days for exhibition and cafe are: THURSDAYS – SUNDAYS 11am – 10pm. See all details below.

This was one of THE happenings in Peckham last year – a fabulous experience. If you missed it then, try not to miss it this year. See here for some reviews from last year:

BOLD TENDENCIES SCULPTURE PROJECT is an annual exhibition held on the top four floors of the disused car park in Peckham, South London. The exhibition runs from June 30 – September 30, 2010.

BOLD TENDENCIES 4 will present new works by: Rachel Adams, James Balmforth, Nicholas Byrne, Juliana Cerqueira Leite, Matthew Darbyshire, Edward Fornieles, Lauren Gault, Anthea Hamilton, Alex Hoda, Sam Kennedy, George Henry Longly, Mohammed Qasim Ashfaq, Florian Roithmayr, Giles Round and Alexandre Singh.

Last year the project commissioned 14 works by new artists and had over 30,000 visitors in the three months it was open. For this fourth year, the structure of the project has been changed to reflect its position in the public realm and to encourage an ongoing conversation about new sculpture in London. An external council has been created through which individual sculpture projects are recommended, reviewed and commissioned.  

Frank’s Cafe and Campari Bar, designed by Lettice Drake and Paloma Gormley and run by Frank Boxer and chef Michael Davies, will return for a second year. The food at Frank’s is a reflection of the best available British summer produce – fruit and vegetables, meat and fish, cooked with consideration and presented simply.

Admission Free
Dates: Wednesday 30 June – Thursday 30 September 2010
Exhibition and Frank’s opening hours: Thursday – Sunday 11am – 10pm
Address: Level 7-10, Peckham Rye Multistory Car Park, 95A Rye Lane
Peckham, London SE15 4ST

Access: On foot via entrance on Rye Lane or drive into the car park on Cerise Road (SE15 5HQ), parking is available on level 6.

Enquiries: telephone: 02074934224 or 07850 639 570 or email
Restaurant bookings and enquries: 07580 545 837

Website: and
Notes to Editors

The council members are: Rachael Barrett, Oliver Basciano, Jack Bell, Katherine Brinson, Anna Colin, Julie-Ann Delaney, Noah Horowitz, James Lindon, Arsalan Mohammed, Lizzie Neilson, Inigo Philbrick, Claire Shea, Sam Thorne and Adam Waymouth.

Our grateful thanks for the support of: Arts Council, England, Southwark Council, TATE ETC. Magazine, Campari, CASS Sculpture Foundation, Montblanc, Outset Contemporary Art Fund, and University of the Arts London.

Frank’s was designed by Paloma Gormley and Lettice Drake and built over three weeks with a team of volunteers. Their firm Practice Architecture is a design-build practice working on small-scale projects with an emphasis on pragmatic design. Recent projects include Bench 1, an amphitheatre on stilts designed for the New Art Centre in Salisbury.
Frank’s is run by Frank Boxer and Michael Davies who met working at the Anchor and Hope in Waterloo. Head chef Michael Davies trained under Lawrence Tottingham currently of the Aumbry in Prestwich, and has been working at the Anchor for the last 18 months under Johnathan Jones. Frank Boxer established the successful Italo deli in Vauxhall with his father and has recently opened the Brunswick House Cafe also in Vauxhall

Peckham Power events

News from Peckham Power

Peckham Power is a local energy infrastructure project, and as part of its activities is keen to showcase what local people are already doing to produce and use energy differently.

We are therefore holding a series of events called “the real thing…” in which local people, with experience of using low energy or low carbon equipment, share their experiences with others so that we can learn what this is really like. The next events are:

Thursday, 17 June at 7pm, at 55 Blenheim Grove, SE15.
Two local people with fold-up bikes, one a Brompton, the other a Birdy, will be talking about their experiences of using them and showing how they work.

Thursday 15 July at 8pm, at 240 Bellenden Road, Peckham.
“the real thing…” will be about insulating Victorian buildings with two local people who have experience of doing this.

On Saturday 31 July, refreshments from 1pm, formal meeting start at 2pm
venue to be confirmed nearer the date

For more information, please see
e-mail or phone 0207 7617 7650

leading walks training

Would you like to lead walks around the East Dulwich/Dulwich area?

The East Dulwich Community Centre Association is holding a workshop on
Walk Leader Training – How to lead walks around the local area
Open to all ages, backgrounds

Tuesday 29th June 2010.
9.30am – 2pm
East Dulwich Community Centre,
46 Darrell Road, SE22 9NL

To reserve your place at this event Please RSVP by 15th June 2010 to

This event is supported by a community development grant from Southwark Council

community liaison for new Integrated Waste Management Facility

To the East Peckham list:
See below invitation and message from Veolia Environmental Services (UK) plc This will be of interest to anyone living in the areas affected by the new facility in any way in the Old Kent Road area or on approaches to it. Please pass the info on to anyone else who might be affected. Further information from Rachel Jay at:, 020 7525 2423
Please find attached an invitation to represent your community or group at the community liaison group for the construction phase of the new Integrated Waste Management Facility planned for the former gasworks site on Old Kent Road. The first meeting takes place on Wednesday 30 June 2010, from 6pm to 7.30pm.

If you feel that this would be relevant to your group or community please do join us. If you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Kind regards
Rachel Jay
Communications Project Manager
Veolia Environmental Services (UK) plc
Manor Place Depot
30-34 Penrose Street
London SE17 3DW
Tel: 020 7525 2423

Thurs 24 June Camberwell Beauty

An invitation from the SE5 Forum to
Camberwell Beauty
Thursday 24th June 2010 7pm

Institute of Psychiatry
16 De Crespigny Park, SE5 8AF


Come and meet designers and makers from Camberwell’s creative industries. Further information from

“”The Camberwell Beauty event is the SE5 Forum contribution to the Camberwell Arts Festival and a great way to escape the World Cup. We do hope that we will have a good crowd at this fun event. See attached poster. Best Wishes from Ish Lennox, for SE5 Forum for Camberwell””

23 June The Lane SNT ward panel meeting

To residents in The Lane ward

Safer Neighbourhoods Lane Ward Panel meeting
Wed 23rd June
arrive from 7pm for 7.30pm
McDonalds, Rye Lane

see invitation below from Police Sergeant Mark Hurst
Dear Residents,
The next ward panel meeting for The Lane ward will be held on Wednesday 23rd June 2010 in the upstairs meeting room at McDonalds, Rye Lane, SE15. The meeting starts at 19:30 but you are welcome to arrive from 19:00hrs onwards.

The Lane Ward current policing priorities as set by our local residents through the Ward Panel last time are:
* Youth Engagement
* Supply and Consumption of Drugs
* Anti-Social Behaviour
I would like to see as many people there as possible as these meetings really are starting to prove useful for the local residents and police alike. Can I ask to let me know if you will be coming so that I can get an idea of numbers. Please email your reply to
Finally, if there are any questions you may have then please feel free to email me or give me a ring on the below number. I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible.  
Kind Regards,
Mark Hurst | Police Sergeant 25MD
The Lane Safer Neighbourhoods Team
MetPhone 788323 | Telephone 020 7161 8323 | Mobile 07766 442999
Address Bellenden Road Safer Neighbourhoods Office, Unit 1 Bellenden Road Retail Park,
Bellenden Road, Peckham, SE15 5DR
You can also contact The Lane Ward

Peckham Space: opening 11-13 June

Peckham Space – a new creative building for new happenings in Peckham Town Square opens weekend of 11-13 June. See latest news below.
For forthcoming events:
Peckham Space Newsletter
Welcome to the fifth Peckham Space e-newsletter. It’s all systems go at Peckham Space right now, as we look toward the launch of the first exhibition in our new venue on 12 June 2010 with a weekend of free events for all.

News: Launch Weekend
To launch our new venue, Peckham Space announces a weekend of free events for all from 11 – 13 June 2010 including London’s first mobility scooter meet: Rachael House’s ‘Peckham Peacocks’ on 12 June. Featuring special guests The Red Wheelies mobility scooter formation display team, riders and non-riders are all warmly welcome to this art event. read more

Events: Public Programme
Artist Ana Laura López de la Torre has made new work in response to working with Harris Academy Peckham for the launching exhibition of Peckham Space. Her new work consists of documentary film work and a series of events working with local organisations throughout the opening exhibition entitled ‘Neighbours’. read more

News: Opening Exhibition
Peckham Pledge is an artwork by the art collective FREEE. Presented as a series of four photographic postcards available for the duration of the exhibition, the work invited local shops, The Flower Shop, Persepolis, Scope and The Greyhound, to sign a symbolic gesture towards an imagined future inspired by the visions that poet William Blake experienced on Peckham Rye. read more

Online: New Website
We are pleased to announce that our brand new website is now up and running featuring project, artist and partner information alongside images, video and podcasts from recent projects. If you have an arts venue that you want to add to our local Art Map email us at You can also keep up to date with us on Facebook, Twitter, or join our mailing list. read more

Tues 8 June – Burgess Park urgent meeting

Please forward this email to anyone with an interest in the future of Burgess Park.
Message from Burgess Park Action Group:
Burgess Park stakeholders meeting this
Tuesday 8th June 2010 at 6pm

at the Sports Centre in Burgess Park.

Southwark Council plans to destroy large parts of Burgess Park (see draft list below) and use the Aylesbury £4 million to bulldoze the park and replace it with “A purpose built space for some of the largest festivals in Europe with amphitheatre style viewing for over 100 thousand people, a floating stage, and a dedicated cultural hub”
Please could you forward this email to any tenant reps or amenity groups or others that use Burgess Park and that you know would oppose the destruction of the existing park. This is an urgent and important meeting.
Donnachadh McCarthy
pp Burgess Park Action Group
020 7703 8748
07947 884299
3 Acorns Eco-Audits
DRAFT: List of previous park investments and wild-life sites to be bull-dozed by the latest LDA/Council “masterplan”

1. Landscaping paid for by Groundwork Southwark in front of Library – now mature to be bulldozed.

2. The landscaping and re-tiling and new lighting installed by Groundwork Southwark in Wells Way underpass to be bulldozed. (This is the only safe connection crossing a road that is so busy it carried 50% of the Old Kent Road – essential for parents and very popular with cyclists.)

3. The 20 year old woodland and hill between the lime kiln and library to be flattened.

4. The newly installed Borough’s first LED ultra-efficient park lighting scheme installed on path between Southampton Way and Albany Road to be removed completely.

5. The large and formerly very popular toddler and teenage playground on Wells Way – to be bulldozed and landscaped instead of being repaired, installed by Southwark Council about 15 years ago and which the council had no money to repair even the swings.

6. About 400 meters of the popular cycle and pedestrian Canal Avenue where it passes under the old canal bridge is to be dug up and a pond put in its place, paid for by Groundwork Southwark about 8 years ago.

7. Entire side of the dual line of cherry-blossom trees planted by Groundwork Southwark at same time as laying of Canal Avenue is to be bulldozed for its entire length between the canal over-bridge and Glengall Road on St Georges side of Avenue.

8. The cycle track by the lime kiln is to be bulldozed – part funded by Southwark Cyclists just over two years ago.

9. The woodland, wildlife site and hill at east end of Burgess Park Lake which was planted by Southwark Council rangers service about 15 years ago and now mature to be flattened.

10. A second woodland, wildlife site and hill on other side of closed Calmington Road to be flattened.

11. The wildflower meadow by the Canal Avenue – been colonised by range of wild-plants and flowers for over 10 years and been undergoing meadow management for over 10 years to have the Cycle/BMX track built on it.

12. The mature wildlife woodland sections along St George’s Way which was planted by Groundwork Southwark about 12 years ago and now mature, is to be split up with a complex maze of paths.

13. The landscaping between Lake and Old Kent Road to be bulldozed to allow lake to be seen from the Old Kent Road (disastrously this will allow traffic and pollution from Old Kent Road to be seen from the currently peaceful lake).

14. The entrance at Old Kent Road installed by Southwark Council about 13 years ago to be completely bulldozed rather than revamped.

15. LDA “landscape architects” have been unable to provide a number of mature and semi-mature they intend to kill and remove. Initial guestimates are well over 1,000. Nearly 50 years of planting and growth of trees is threatened in large swathes of the park.

16. In the words of the architects the Canal Avenue mature wildflower meadow will be replaced by “A purpose built space for some of the largest festivals in Europe with amphitheatre style viewing for over 100 thousand people, a floating stage, and a dedicated cultural hub;

17. The wildlife site beside the cricket pitch is to be bulldozed. This is well over 30 years old and is on the site of a garden that predates the park.

18. An area the size of THREE football pitches is to be removed from open space and instead fenced off for polytunnels and allotments.

19. The existing cafe that overlooks the beautiful multi-cultural Chumleigh garden is to be closed and moved inside the building to overlook the Aylesbury Estate and Albany Road. The outdoor tables instead of being placed in a beautiful sheltered Arabic garden with the cafe furniture designed in line with the Arabic heritage of the garden will be on a concrete site exposed to a wind-tunnel funnelled from adjacent buildings.

20. Two sets of paths are to be placed through the existing RSPB maintained special house-sparrow meadows.

21. The 30 year old wildlife woodland and nesting area by the Albany Road side of the lake to be bulldozed.

22. The largest and most mature section of wild woodland along Albany Road at other side of path near lake looks to be bulldozed.

23. Mature shrubbery in front of St George’s Church at junction of New Church Road to be bulldozed –planted by international student workshop 14 years ago.

24. The avenue of mature trees between entrance at corner of Wells Way to the Canal Avenue all look likely to be removed, along with the path installed by Groundwork Southwark about 8 years ago.
LDA architects and the current council proposals are classic 1960’s style bulldoze and start again disposable landscape school of architecture. The financial, ecological and community investment that is proposed to be destroyed will be painful to the thousands of local people who have watched our park gradually and organically grow from the collection of bombsites and scrap yards that plagued it 20 years ago.

It need not be like this. The existing park is a loved, living and breathing entity in its own right already, with some already beautiful corners already thriving. With careful nurturing and investment, this community led organic growth and investment can continue, so that it continues to provide a green haven and lung for the tens of thousands of people who live within walking distance of the park and the hundreds of thousands of people who play sport, walk or simply picnic in it every year.

An alternative vision to the LDA nightmare would be a national quality Eco-Park designed for the 21st century and based on eco-friendly principles of working and developing the best of what we have already and creating a dream of a zero waste, zero-carbon, green ecological oasis, where people can escape, relax and play, to recharge from the densely built surrounding city – a Hampstead Heath that South Londoners can be proud of.

Burgess Park needs to demonstrate the best of environmental sustainability principles, so that it can act as a beacon of hope in the midst of the threatening environmental crises our children are facing as they grow up. Telling them that the way to treat their own homes and gardens is to bulldoze them every ten to twenty years fails this crucial test of sustainability – the first test of which should always be – is it necessary? LDA’s ecologically disastrous proposals fail this test and are a major crime in wasted carbon terms to boot. Lets show our children instead that there is a different way – one based on community ecology and respect for their future and respect for the wildlife and investments that previous generations have nourished and created.