Peckham Residents' Network

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Category Archives: Health/NHS

health impact? Take-Aways/ Fast Food outlets

MESSAGE FROM NHS South East London

You are invited to a consultation event on Take-Aways/ Fast Food outlets at St James The Great Catholic Primary School, Peckham Road, SE15 5LP, on Wednesday 29th June 2011, 4-6pm.

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good food & healthy living

News for locals keen on good food & healthy living!
Incredible Edible Todmorden NATIONAL conference in Peckham.
Saturday 9th October 9pm-4pm
at John Donne school, Woods Road, Peckham, LONDON SE15 2SW
For anyone interested in health, food growing, community sustainability or related things;
links to the New Peckham Experiment project.
Further information and booking form from see also below.
Dulwich Vegan and Vegetarian Society just launched
for people in East Dulwich & nearby neighbourhoods interested in
environmental and animal welfare & meeting to eat vegetarian / vegan food.
Contact see more info below.

The MONTPELIER PUB has had a revival! – newly refurbished, independent.
43 Choumert Rd on the corner with Costa Street, in the heart of Bellenden:
* fine local ales, organic wines, happy meat & fish
* – 0207 635 9483
see also info below.
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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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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

Sun 18 July The Big Lunch in a street near you!

Hi – this is relevant for you wherever you live

The Big Lunch is happening again for the second year – on SUNDAY 18th July. It is a national one- day get together with your neighbours. It can be anything from a simple lunch to a full-blown street party with DJs and lots of food and drink.

More information from: You just have to type in your own postcode, and it will show you where the nearest Big Lunch parties are to you.

The first year, in 2009, there was just one in the Bellenden area, in Bellenden Road. This year there are several more see here for the latest list: See here for some pictures and reports from last year:

There are also Big Lunches in other parts of Peckham, Nunhead, East Dulwich and Camberwell, and elsewhere in Southwark. If you work here but live somewhere else there will no doubt be some near you!

To find out more, to make contact or to sign up with any in your own area go to: and type in your postcode, and follow the links to send a message to the organiser.

And you can also just turn up, preferably with something to add to the party! They are great fun, and a fantastic revival of the street party.

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

Sat June 12th Raising awareness of Domestic Violence

Raising awareness of Domestic Violence
Christ Church, East Dulwich
Is holding a free event
For anyone interested in this issue.

Topics include:
What is domestic violence?
Dynamics of violence & abuse
Impact on victims/ survivors
Where can you go for help and advice?

11.00am – 1.00pm

Christ Church, Barry Road
(opposite Dulwich Library)
East Dulwich, SE22

for more information email

wellbeing & health & The Peckham Experiment

Have you heard of the Peckham Experiment? Do you have an interest in ideas about well-being and health, or about local economic, community and environmental sustainability, and the connections between the two? If so, and you are free on 22nd April during the afternoon, you may be interested in a seminar which offers a possibly unrepeatable opportunity for a quality free seminar on this topic, and in Peckham.
See below for some further information. You can also see more about the Peckham Experiment at
Attendance at the seminar is free but places are limited. So if you are interested please let me know asap, and I can tell you more and give the booking details. email:
The Peckham Experiment
This was a pioneering exploration into the nature of health, which ran in Peckham, south London from 1926 until 1950. Families came together in a purpose-built centre, the Pioneer Health Centre where they had opportunities to take up new interests and learn about health. The Experiment’s founders, Dr George Scott Williamson and Dr Innes Pearse, believed that health was much more than the mere absence of disease. Instead, they saw health as something that is co-created by people through their relationships with each other and with their environment.
The building
The building which housed the experiment was specially designed and built for it in St Mary’s Road, near Queen’s Road station. The building is still there, and listed, though it is converted into housing. Pioneering work was carried out there, demonstrating what health and well being is really about. People, who have been inspired for decades by the project and what it confirmed, come from all over the globe to visit the building to connect with these ideas that we still need to get into wider understanding. It is a tremendous asset for Peckham and this seminar is a good opportunity to help to increase local understanding of it.
The Seminar
The aim of this afternoon seminar is to bring together local community groups, local public agencies and others interested in the Pioneer Health Centre, to discuss the relevance of the Peckham Experiment to local environment and wellbeing projects. It will provide participants with an opportunity to share ideas and to consider what principles might define a new Peckham Experiment in the twenty first century.
The seminar will feature speakers and presentations from a variety of organisations. A sandwich lunch will be provided on arrival from 12.30pm and the seminar will also show video material from last year’s exciting Peckham Experiment art exhibition, as well as original archive material.

jumble sale Sat 27 Mar for Albany Midwives

Message from the Albany Mum’s group campaigning to save the Albany Midwives service in Peckham. See
Drop in as well to find out about this campaign relevant across Peckham and East Dulwich, and maybe beyond.

The Scout Hut, 212 Bellenden Road,
Peckham, SE15

The Albany Mums group is holding a jumble sale this Saturday at the Bellenden Road Scout’s Hut, in aid of the Albany Midwives who were, until recently, based at the Peckham Pulse.
I’ve attached the poster with details; we’ll be open from 11am-3pm on Sat, with home-made cakes, teas, and lots of great jumble. Much of it is baby and child-related but there will be books, adult clothes and some lovely hand-made items as well. Obviously we’re hoping to raise as much as possible to boost the fighting fund for our wonderful midwives.
Many thanks
Chloe Elwood
07970 452032

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