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Local Clicktivism

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A couple of recent petitions that I’ve been asked to promote:

We want physically segregated cycle lanes on Albany Rd & Thurlow St and Dutch standard prioritised protected crossings for cyclists/pedestrians at cycle route junctions, in the Aylesbury Estate plan - with the recent cancellation of CS6, better provision for cyclists on the back streets becomes more important.

We call on Eric Pickles, to investigate allegations of governance failure, poor financial management and potential fraud at the London Borough of Southwark, relating to the sale of the Heygate Estate - not directly about Camberwell, but it’s just down the road and has also cost you money from your taxes.

Update: A public consultation on the proposal to extend the Bakerloo Line South — via either Old Kent Road, or a new Camberwell station.

Update: Here’s another one, calling for fairer flight paths to and from Heathrow — Camberwell is one of the affected areas.

If you know of any more, email peter@​camberwellonline.​co.​uk or tweet @camberwellblog.

26 Comments » . September 28th, 2014. Filed under Activism

Ten Years Later

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I’ve been away, and busy. Away in New York and Italy, busy writing the second edition of a book about the other part of my life, making websites. But now I am back, so let’s have some local news.

Work is well underway on the new Camberwell Library, between the Green and the Magistrates Court. It’s set to open in Spring next year. Some revitalisation work on the Green itself is due to start soon, but nothing visible so far.

All of our new businesses are still going, and sounds as if we’re going to be joined by a new hip pizza restaurant on the site of the former Johansson’s cafe, and possibly a new artisan bakery a few doors up (the owners are actively advertising for a deli on the site, not sure if there’s any movement on that front).

And the proposed CS6 cycle lane [PDF], from Penge to the City, passing through Camberwell (AFAICT down Denmark Hill and along Camberwell Road), has been dropped.

But you knew all of that already, of course, because of the fantastic comments on this site, which keep going even when I can’t. The problem is, I don’t have time to devote to the blog as I did in the past. I’ve been writing this for TEN YEARS! (I missed the anniversary, in July). And while I have some helpful regular contributors (thanks Mumu, especially), most of the work is done by the commenters.

A few people, presuming abandonment, have asked about a forum for more regular news; we had the SE5 Forum forum in the past, but people preferred to comment here. Although that was when I posted more regularly; now that’s not the case, is a forum or discussion board an alternative worth pursuing? Or should I repeat the call for more authors, and hope for the best? Or, perhaps, provide more regular updates in the form of collected tweets, as the shorter form of Twitter makes it easier for me to write there.

I want to know what you, the loyal lifeblood of this blog, want to do. And then I’ll do it.

In the meantime, now that the writing’s finished I should be able to come back to some kind of semblance of semi-regular blogging. Send me your news.

23 Comments » . September 24th, 2014. Filed under General

Come to Camberwell for Coffee

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Following on from the previous post on Camberwell coffee it seems that development of the Camberwell cofee ‘scene’ is continuing — two new arrivals are worth highlighting — Daily Goods and the Pigeon Hole.

Daily Goods is due to open very very soon (maybe this week or next?) at 36 Camberwell Church Street. According to this article on the new shop will combine American influences with the proprieter having moved from a concession in Kinko Cycles in Soho to this new venture in Camberwell.

A coffee shop that has fairly recently opened is the Pigeon Hole Cafe at 2 Datchelor Place (just down from the Flying Fish) — it is a cafe and antique shop, its website states “Everything you see inside – from the tables and chairs, to the artwork on the walls – is for sale, whilst the cafe will provide customers with the best of local food and drink, sticking to simple recipes with an aim to excite the taste buds.” The cafe’s website features lots of enticing food and cakes

Cant wait to wake up and smell the new Camberwell coffee!


Edited to add: According to their Twitter account Daily Goods Camberwell opened on Thursday 24 July

61 Comments » . July 23rd, 2014. Filed under Eating & Drinking

Camberwell Arts Festival, 20th Anniversary

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It’s 5 days until kick off…

… No, not the England game, but London’s finest Camberwell Arts Festival, which this year celebrates its 20th anniversary.

From the 14th June, Camberwell will once again become the urban gallery as artists take their work out of the studio and on to the fair streets of SE5, exhibiting in unusual locations, from bus-stops to billboards, cafes to car parks and pubs to parks. 20 public installations have been commissioned with help from Arts Council England, as well as a bigger better Lucky Dip arts competition.

The Literary Kitchen Festival

This year there is even more performing arts, spoken word and live music then ever before: The wonderful Literary Kitchen Festival will take residency at the Peckham Pelican, championing new and emerging talent and acting as a hub to generate writing practices and a sense of community for writers.

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St Giles Church will host two evenings of live music, one of which will feature the inimitable Ida Barr hosting The Pop-Up Choir’s 5th birthday on Saturday 14th June with music from Fleetwood Mac, Daft Punk and J-Lo all washed down with a fully licensed bar. You’d be fools to miss it. (£6 on the door)

The festival also includes an exclusive Edinburgh preview by Nitroglicerina at The Bear along with a wealth of Fringe events which will include workshops by Camberwell UAL, public art installations throughout SE5 and an Open Studio weekend (21/22nd) showcasing the diversity of the local artistic community who hail from studios: Clockwork, Coldharbour, Empress Mews, Warrior, Vanguard as well as artists based at their own homes.

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The festival opens this Saturday (14th June) with the ‘Made in Camberwell’ Art Market on Camberwell Green (10-5pm) bringing together some of the best hand crafted products by local artists, designers and creators of ceramics, fine art, photographic prints, textiles, bags and more.


And how do you celebrate a 20th anniversary? With China of course! Camberwell Arts is very proud to have collaborated with local design hero’s, Mini Moderns to release a range of already sought after commemorative mugs, which are on pre-order at Etsy and can be collected from the Arts Market.Don’t be a Mug: They are sure to become collectors items! Purchase a set of these Camberwell Beauties and 100% of the profit is invested back into the festival.

On Sunday 22rd June, once you’ve complete the Open Studio trail, kick back with an afternoon of Comedy in the Sun with an impressive lineup of comedic talent, followed by a trip to see Chutney8 and their annual encampment on Camberwell Green where we celebrate the end of this 20th arts festival with a carnival of the weird and wonderful.

Full programme details are now available at and a beautiful printed brochure is available throughout Camberwell. We suggest you grab a copy, and a highlighter pen and start planning how much you can squeeze in!

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9 Comments » . June 9th, 2014. Filed under Art, Events, General