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Monthly Archives: August 2010

East Dulwich Sat 18 Sep – Meeting People From Different Cultures and Backgrounds

To East Dulwich, SE22 and Peckham Rye lists on the PRN – not all of you in East Dulwich but best we can do on this list!

Meeting People From Different Cultures and Backgrounds
Sharing food and ideas

East Dulwich Community Centre,
46-50 Darrell Road, SE22 9NL
Saturday 18th September 2010
5.30pm -9pm

Entrance by dish or donation
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4th & 5th September events

Some events next weekend, first weekend in September:
SATURDAY 4th September 12 noon till 5pm
Our own local annual Village Fete, run by residents for residents.
For details, scroll down.
SUNDAY 5th September, 8.00pm – 10.00pm,

The Pioneer Centre, St Mary’s Rd, London, SE15 2EE.
A rare chance to see archive film & find out what this was all about,
and why it is still important today to Peckham and the world.
For more information scroll down.
SATURDAY 4th September 1.30pm to 5.30pm.

St George’s Cathedral Southwark, Westminster Bridge Road, SE1 7HY.
For more information scroll down.
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Camberwell Village Hall – planning application

To the Camberwell list of PRN
for your information, In case you are not yet aware of this campaign:

For a summary of the issues and the campaign, see the website and click on the links at the top of the page.
Latest news from the Campaign is:
The House of Praise have made no attempt to engage with the community and have made no guarantees that the building will be available for community use outside of the church’s own activities.
They have said that they hope to have at least 850 people for each Sunday service, and that about a third of the people arriving will come by car. However, there is provision for at least 1500 seats so that could equate to a lot of cars coming and going for each service (around 450). And with less than 50 car parking spaces available, that’s a lot of people looking for somewhere to park.
In addition there is no evidence that it will benefit the local economy and they expect people to come from all over London.

You can still sign the petition To do so, click on the link below.
And you can still send letters to the planning department about .
* Amenities and Regeneration
* Transport and Noise
* Consultation and the Arts in Camberwell
see website for information

Bussey music+bar-b-q on the Panoramic roof, + PeckhamPlex charity film

Some events in Peckham town centre next weekend:

CLF Weekender 2010 free August Bank Holiday weekend festival
Saturday 28th August 4pm – 10pm on the Bussey building roof
Friday + Saturday 9pm – late on floors 1+2
Venue: The CLF ART CAFÉ, 133 Rye Lane
Admission: FREE
see further information below.
28th AUGUST 12noon
at PeckhamPlex Cinema, Rye Lane
Tickets £3.99 Available from the box office or
see further information below.


a chance to experience the fabulous panoramic experience on the Bussey roof on Saturday 28th August, five years after we first heard it was to be demolished for the tram depot. Now the threat has gone completely as TfL discovered it was in fact the worst site for the tram depot. – see
Dates: Friday August 27th + Saturday August 28th
Times 1: Fri August 27th 10pm to 5am
Times 2: Sat August 28th 4pm – Late

Address: 1st, 2nd, 5th floors The Bussey Building
133 Rye Lane, London SE15 4ST
Admission: FREE

On level 5 The PANORAMIC ROOF offers one of the best views of London anywhere in the capital, and will be –
serving up the best in local live music,
great food with award winning Jamaican Jerk SKA-B-Q,
CLF Cocktail bar [Jamaican rum punch, moujitos + more]
Interactive DJ exploration on levels 1 + 2
And, best of all, the CLF WEEKENDER is 100% ADMISSION FREE!

For Info, updates and footage of past projects + info on future events, visit:

arranged by PeckhamPlex Cinema for Heal the World for Children
at our very own independent Peckham Cinema

28th August 2010 marks the weekend in which the late Michael Jackson would have celebrated his 52nd birthday. In honour of this occasion, PeckhamPlex Cinema is screening the movie Moonwalker. All proceeds from the ticket sales will be donated to Heal The World For Children, a not-for-profit organisation that provides benefits and events for sick and underprivileged children in the local area.

For more information please visit: or

28th AUGUST 12noon Tickets £3.99
Available from the box office or

Rye Passage Fri 20 Aug 2.30pm

Improvements to Rye Passage: a celebration
Friday 20 August 2.30pm
in Rye Passage near the Peckham Rye end
If you are around, do come and join us to celebrate the completion of phase one of the Rye Passage improvements.

As you walk along Nutbrook Street in the direction of Peckham Rye and pass Anstey Road, you come to a road sign saying Troy Town and a passage way called Rye Passage.
The Troy Town road name plate is all that is left of some Victorian terraced houses bombed during the second world war, and now occupied by the senior residential home formerly called Wilkinson House and now Cherrycroft. We think also that what is now Dewar Street was also called Troy Town originally. To confuse matters further about names, in 1952 after the war, the new block of flats built by Camberwell Housing Association for the elderly between Rye Passage and Nigel Road was named Troy Town flats.
Rye Passage runs alongside and between the boundaries of Cherrycroft and Troy Town flats, and crosses the end of Relf Road, and comes out opposite the Rye Hotel, at the northern triangle of Peckham Rye between East Dulwich Road and Nigel Road.

It has a very long history as a public right of way before the houses and streets were built in the 19th century. Now it provides a lovely oasis from traffic in the hurly burly of the surrounding roads, as well as a very important pedestrian route between Peckham Rye and the surrounding area to the west.
For many years the part of the Passage, which is near the join with the path coming from Dewar Street, has been a mess with corrugated iron, deteriorating fences, rubbish dumping, a blind corner which people could hide behind and anti social behaviour of various obnoxious sorts.
During the Bellenden Renewal Scheme (1997-2007), local residents suggested improvements to Rye Passage, especially to remove the blind spots caused by the line of the fences. But we were unsuccessful in getting it into the programme. However, we successfully applied for funding from the council’s Cleaner Greener Safer initiative, for which we are very thankful.

Phase one has now been completed by the Council. In agreement with the Camberwell Housing Association, there is a new fence and gates along the Troy Town flats boundary, and new gates at the entrance from Relf Road to stop car parking which was the source of some of the anti-social behaviour. Phase 2 will create improved visibility through the design of the fence on the other side of the passage once the Japanese Knotweed in the Cherrycroft garden has been eliminated.
Public safety has already been boosted, and the appearance of the area substantially improved. See the pictures in the attached poster, and also at The dream we always knew was possible is slowly taking real shape.

For further information contact: Eileen
Bellenden Residents’ Group (BRG)

Memories campaign for the re-opening of Dulwich Leisure Centre Sept 2010

Have you ever used the Dulwich Baths in East Dulwich Road, opposite Goose Green? It was opened in 1891 so there will be people living in Peckham and nearby, or known to people living here, who have used it during the many years in the last century. If you have elderly neighbours do ask them if they have any memories of it. It is reopening, fully refurbished for this next century, in September. People with memories and stories of the pool are invited to speak to Julie Vindis asap.
See information below.
Her contact details are:
phone: 07973 753014
In the run up to the re-opening of the Dulwich Leisure Centre in September I am putting together a ‘Memories’ campaign.

I am very keen to speak with anyone that has memories of using the Dulwich Baths since it opened on 25 June 1891.  For example:
a) Celebrations held at the baths – weddings, christenings or historical announcements
b) War time use of the baths
c) Use of the first and second class pools and washing facilities
c) Olympic training/ Guinness Book of Record attempts, swimming galas or something else perhaps covered by the media of its time?
I would be delighted to speak with people if they believe they are the longest user of the swimming baths, or have used it for a quirky reason other than swimming!

The reason for this request is that the best archive footage, photos, stories, people I can pool together (sorry about the pun!) I will be sharing with local TV, radio and the press in the run up to the re-opening and indeed well after. So please send me an email with your story and contact details and will be back to you within 24 hours or sooner. A picture says a 1000 words, so if you have a photo, old newspaper or even footage to support your story then that would be brilliant! You can contact me at:

I have to move rather quickly with this campaign and have all my editorials ready by early September, so please don’t delay if you’ve got a story to share then send it over as soon as possible. Ask family and friends that used to live nearby, local residents, local historians – anyone with a smashing story to tell!
Best regards
Julie Vindis, Stakeholder Communications Manager
Investing in Leisure Programme – Southwark Council
3C/D21 160 Tooley Street, SE1 2TZ
07973 753014