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Category Archives: Education

Peckham Vision News October 2017

TO Peckham Vision mailing list

PECKHAM VISION OPEN STUDIO Wednesdays 11th & 18th October
Having had a constant flow of visitors to our Open Studio in September during the Peckham Festival, it was so enjoyable that we have decided to open the studio again on the next two Wednesdays 11th and 18th October from midday to 9pm.
See details here:

We do hope you will be able to drop in during these times to see the exhibition about the role of community action and local businesses over the last decade in the transformation of the town centre. It also covers the waste, recycling, reuse and repurposing of buildings, spaces and materials that are an emerging feature of the transforming economy. Members of the Peckham Vision team will be present to respond to queries and glad to discuss the issues.

For those who have followed Peckham Vision’s news over the years, much has shown that the planning system creates hard work for anyone who wishes to follow it and take part in some way. It is a system clothed in technical language and mystery to most people who are not planners, architects or developers. Peckham Vision has teamed up with Community Southwark and Southwark Law Centre to develop a series of events to demystify this whole area to help citizens to play a real part in shaping their neighbourhoods.

Together we are presenting a free workshop to develop the training for this on SATURDAY 28th OCTOBER 10am-3pm, coffee & tea from 9.45am, at Cambridge House, Addington Sq, SE5 0HF. If you want to know more about the planning process and to take part more effectively, please book a place via eventbrite here:

Further information in the leaflet here:


Young People and the Arts

Message from Peckham & Camberwell MP Harriet Harman’s office:
Following Harriet’s recent speech on ‘Young People and the Arts’ at the Roundtable in Camden, Labour has launched a policy consultation on the issue. To ensure that a generation of young people is not excluded from the arts and creative industries, Labour’s policy will include measures to ensure that every young person experiences artistic excellence and participates in cultural activity. The consultation will consider the following: Read more of this post

2-7 June exhibition and talks abt learner-creators

An exhibition celebrating the power of Adult Learning to transform lives at the Thomas Calton Centre, Alpha Street, off Choumert Rd, London. Press release from the Centre:  Monday 2nd – Saturday 7th June 2014. Mon-Fri 9am-5pm. Sat 10am-4pm. Special viewing 6-9pm on Monday 2nd June with free refreshments.  Charmaine Brown who is a local historian and former Thomas Calton tutor will give a talk at 7.30pm on Monday evening.  You are welcome to come & meet the learner-creators for a question and answer session on Weds 4th June at 8.15pm.   *Create* is a free, week-long celebration of the learning communities within the Thomas Calton Centre. It is an opportunity for you to see the variety of work produced in Southwark Adult Learning Classes. Featuring African dressmaking, ceramics, painting and sculptural woodcarving, there will be finished artifacts, accounts of work-in-progress and classes will be open to prospective learners. There will also be displays and moving testimonies of the immense value of courses such as English for speakers of other languages (ESOL),computing courses for employability and functional skills such as maths and literacy for jobseekers.

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Join the Vote – save our democracy!

From Peckham Vision Facebook:  Peckham Vision works to help local people become more informed about things that affect our neighbourhood, and to take effective action about them. This is a key part of a healthy democracy. Another important part is voting in elections. The numbers of people voting have been declining for many years. A national campaign run by ’38 Degrees’ is supporting us all to help our neighbours to get on to the election register to make sure they can vote in the upcoming elections for local councils (in London) and in the European elections on 22 May. 24 hours left to sign up as a volunteer for this. Will you join this national campaign and help revive our democracy? See


Yoga comes to the Bussey building

From Peckham Vision facebook – Evening Standard discovers yoga in Peckham! After years in the yoga wilderness, south London is suddenly dripping with downward doggers. Emily Jupp grabs a mat and heads to Peckham’s Bussey building… all part of a wave of shiny fitness establishments that have appeared in Peckham in the past two months. Hurrah! Yoga’s finally gone south… All the feedback has been, ‘Oh, thank God, we can finally do it here!’” The studio, located in Peckham’s mixed-use Bussey Building, is flooded with light from the large windows… more:

The Sunday Painter in Blenheim Grove

From Peckham Vision Facebook: From Will Jarvis: Hello, I run an art Gallery and studios called The Sunday Painter located in a beautiful Art Deco building on Blenheim Grove, we recently spent over £20,000 redecorating the front of this incredible building. We are one of the sites proposed to be knocked down in favour of six storey generic flats. We currently lease studios to over forty small businesses, artists and designers and over the years we have helped hundreds of young creatives find a decent affordable studio, providing a platform for them to start the often arduous task of trying to get somewhere within the creative industries. Our studios act as an incubator for young creative individuals who go on to other initiates In and around the area.
The Sunday Painter - from pp

Community pop-up 16-18 Dec

From Peckham Vision Facebook: Come & meet us in our Peckham Vision community pop-up @ Peckham Springs 16th-18th December. Mon+Tues 11am-2pm, 4pm-9pm. Wed 10am-1pm. For details see poster. In the Arches under platforms 3+4 entrance Blenheim Gv.
Can you spare a couple of hours of yr. time to help at this exciting new venture? If so, you will take part in an enjoyable Peckham social experience, and learn interesting important things about Peckham’s past, present and future. If you would like to help please email for more details.

PV Community Pop Up Poster

business mentors for local young people

From Peckham Vision Facebook:  Message from The Next Big Thing (  We are looking for local business people and entrepreneurs from organisations of all sizes to help mentor local young people in two Schools in Peckham and East Dulwich. Next Big Thing is a fantastic enterprise development competition for young people running from January – March 2014.  This is a great opportunity to give something back and utilise your skills and experience to help local young people. Full training and support is provided. Check out this video of the final: See more below. Please contact for more information.   Read more of this post

11 May Pocket Places workshop

Here is a great chance for us to brighten up some dreary places in Rye Lane. Come and join our very own local growing team of community urban designers.  Read more of this post

protecting our historic heritage – volunteers needed


As you know Peckham town centre is now a designated Conservation Area. This means that alterations to historic buildings need local authority consent. However that is not much good if property owners and property occupiers are unaware of this and no one is paying close attention to what is going on. So we would like to establish a community-led system, for those local people who are keen to help, to monitor any changes and also to spot any detailed historical features that are worth further investigation so we know exactly what is there. That detailed survey work has not been done yet. Read more of this post