News roundup: Camberwell Fair returns, the Green reopens

Quite a lot of the local news now happens on Twitter, and I sometimes forget that readers of this blog who aren’t also there miss out on some things. So I’m starting a semi-regular roundup for all those people, starting with this one.

Monday (4th July) night is the 10th anniversary AGM of the SE5 Forum. There will be food from Love Walk Cafe, music by Camberwell Community Choir, and appearances from the leader of Southwark Council, Cllr. Peter John, and the London Assembly Member for Lambeth and Southwark, Cllr. Florence Eshalomi. It’s at Cambridge House, Camberwell Rd., from 6.30pm.

The owners of the ridiculously popular Frank’s Cafe, in Peckham, are hoping to take over the former Club Couture premises at the foot of Camberwell Grove. There’s a public meeting to discuss the proposal at the Camberwell Arms at 6.30pm on 7th July; I’d imagine the influential Camberwell Society will have something to say.

The Green is set to reopen on 16th July, with a community launch event running from 12pm to 5pm, and an afterparty at the Tiger with DJs from Rat Records.

The relaunch event is being organised by Camberwell Fair, who are also back with their own event, on 20th August, although this year in Burgess Park. The first acts on the music lineup have been announced. If you’re a local business there’s still time to apply for a stall.

TfL are investigating the reopening of Camberwell Station after 52 years inactivity, reporting that “initial work suggests a station is physically feasible”. The station would be on the Thameslink line. Next steps will be to assess the impact on the rail network and any development plans in the area, and with the rebuilding of the station required, this won’t be happening in the next few years.

And finally, the war memorial to the Surrey Rifles brigade, located in front of St. Giles church, has been awarded Grade II listed status.

This was the news.

Clacton-on-Sea: Twinned with Camberwell

Camberwell sits in the middle of the London Borough of Southwark. Clacton-on-Sea is in Tendring, Essex.

In the recent EU referendum Southwark was the 14th most Remain part of Britain, whilst Tendring was the 14th most Leave area in the country.

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Clacton-on-Sea: Twinned with Camberwell

As someone who loves Camberwell, and the EU, I see and hear the arguments and reasons why places like Clacton wanted to leave the EU but I don’t necessarily understand them. I live a very different life in an inner city neighbourhood to coastal town in Essex.

 

How did people in both areas come to their decision to leave or remain? How did our country become so divided? Is there a way to heal the divisions and respect the other’s decision?

Camberwell: Twinned with Clacton-on-Sea. Populated by giants.

I’d love to find out.

This is not an exercise in trying to change people’s mind.

This is not an exercise in blaming the other side of the debate for the result.

I am organising an exchange visit with people from both towns to visit our respective neighbourhoods.

I am looking for LEAVE voters from Clacton and REMAIN voters from Camberwell who would be willing to share their experiences of their lives, why they live where they live, their jobs, their friends and neighbours,

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their attitude to politics and politicians, and why they voted the way they did.

I would love to organise an exchange trip where myself and others can show you around my beloved Camberwell, show Clactonites the sights, meet some wonderful people and hopefully residents of Clacton can host some Camberwellians in their home town and show off what is best about their corner of Essex.

I want to understand more about the lives of people outside the London bubble and hopefully people from Clacton would like to find out a bit more about us! This may not make either of us change our minds, but would hopefully help heal the differences between the two sides and respect the other’s decision.

Camberwell Green

As a photographer, I would like to photograph and film the people involved and document the discussions so hopefully you would be happy to be involved in this process.

I am planning to organise the trips sometime in July and August, (and hopefully have a lovely time by the sea if the sun ever comes to visit!)

If you have any questions, please get in touch. You can email me on hello@​photosbytomtom.​com or call me on 07939 250935.

Thank you and see you soon in Clacton-on-Sea / Camberwell!

Tom Leighton

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Camberwell Arts Festival 11–19 June

Camberwell Arts Festival 2016

Come see art and creativity flourishing in SE5, from artist studios to open spaces, cafes, bars and pubs to the public spaces, where you can discover the delights of the emerging artistic bubble.

2016 MIC

To kick off Camberwell Arts Festival 2016, join us for the summer edition of the MADE IN CAMBERWELL arts market full of locally produced handmade art and design. Savvy shoppers will be able to purchase unique gifts, homewares and jewellery sold directly by the artists and makers. Expect a fun, bustling atmosphere with music and entertainment from Camberwell Choir School and Pangea


2016 MERCHANDISE

We are delighted to collaborating with design hero’s Mini Moderns on the last ever exclusive range of FESTIVAL MERCHANDISE celebrating Camberwell. All merchandise will be available at Made In Camberwell arts market on Saturday 11th June and Pigeon Hole whilst stocks last.


2016 ORGANOKE SOCIAL SQ

In the evening, head across the road for the opening night gala, and a world first: ORGANOKE! Avoid the football, and come join in this musical extravaganza and sing along to all of your favorite Karaoke tunes en mass with the mighty church organ, a live band and the one and only Ida Barr!

Plus the premiere of Sarah Doyle’s short film Walking in Father’s Footsteps. If you are shy, fill up at our fully licensed bar fully stocked with Orbit beers. Afterwards, head down to the Crypt for a feel-good afterparty.

Tickets £5 Adv (+booking)  / £7 on the night — We have given away 100 community passes to local community groups to make this event open to everyone in Camberwell.


IMG_00442016 THE CAMBERWELL OPEN

In its second year, the CAMBERWELL OPEN is an art exhibition that aims to present a snapshot of creative practice from artists based in, or associated with Camberwell.  This is an exhibition where we plan to ‘hang the lot’ to truly present the spectrum of talent from across SE5, at Camberwell Leisure Centre in Artichoke Place throughout the festival.


2016 OPEN STUDIO A3 LANDSCAPE

Rounding off the festival will be fourth collaborative Camberwell Arts OPEN STUDIO event, with up to 100 artists, makers and creators throwing open their doors to art-lovers and collectors. Representing the spectrum of creative arts: ceramics, craft, illustration, jewellery, silversmithing, mixed media, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture and textiles, SE5 has it all!

We are also very excited to be collaborating with GX Gallery this year, to showcase their favourite 20 artists from the open studios. check out their REVOLVING GALLERY in their window during the festival.


In harmony with this year’s theme, Metamorphosis, ten local artists have been commissioned to re-design 10 SHOPFRONTS as well as public events in a variety of spaces: A tinfoil phonograph workshop will be hosted by Browbeat theatre at the Flying Dutchman, Owl Parliament Choir will be performing at Datchelor Place; and an LED glove puppet workshop will take place at Art Deli.

We are also delighted to have a full and varied FRINGE PROGRAMME from comedy at the Joiners Arms (Happy Hr Comedy), performance at Blue Elephant Theatre (In The Gut) and St Giles (Buried Alive), music at Grove Chapel, workshops at Flux Jewellery School, Cowling & Wilcox, Open Studios and exhibits at SLAM Ad Art, Sunshine Arts, Hill Bakery, Camberwell library and walks around SE5.

We hope you have a fantastic 9 days discovering the creative side of Camberwell.

For latest information follow us on:

Promoting the arts in Camberwell and Camberwell through the arts.

Registered Charity Number: 1138225 / Company Registration No: 0414 8321

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Camberwell’s pubs: addendum

A few brief additions to my post on local pubs a few weeks ago.

First, The Bear has (re-)opened, although not quite fully. It’s now a craft-beer focused pub with a kitchen. The interior has seen a spruce-up, no massive changes but a bit more bright and with more beer pumps. The space still looks a little sparse, but will no doubt improve over the coming weeks.

They have some 20 or so beers on cask and keg, including many locals. The staff are very knowledgeable about their craft beers, and this seems to be the intended differentiator between themselves and other local pubs. I look forward to revisiting many times to see them grow into the space, and wish them success — that’s a tricky location, but hopefully soon to be more popular due to the many new flats being constructed across the road.

Also re-opened is The Phoenix, at Denmark Hill station. They’ve likewise spruced up, with some nice new booth seating particularly noticeable — and it’s still the best place to catch the sun later in the day. There’s a new menu as of last week, which looks good albeit identical to at least one other pub in their chain, The Commercial in Herne Hill.

In my previous blog post I mentioned that The Crooked Well wasn’t the best place for drinkers, but that was out-of-date information; they’ve refurbished their lounge to have more seats and tables, and made the difficult change from being a tied pub to a freehouse which means they have freedom to serve the beers they want. So in addition to their nice restaurant it’s now also a decent place to sit and have a beer.

Finally, some pubs I missed from my round-up: First is The Amaryllis on Coldharbour Lane. I’ve been there once, about eight years ago, so fear I have nothing useful to add about it other than it’s still there so seems at least moderately successful. Then there are The Kennington, La Tavernetta/The Golden Goose and The Clarendon Arms, all on Camberwell New Road. You can tell by their omission that I don’t get out that way much.  Sadly, I also have nothing to report on them except that they’ve been through name changes in the past few years.

Perhaps it’s time I did a pub crawl through the places I’ve never visited.