SE5 Forum

A kind of guest-post, this; it was left as a comment on an earlier post

Hi. I’m one of the owners of the Sun and Doves. Got here through inspecting web reviews on Google. i’m on holiday at the moment and when I get back to Camberwell probably won’t have time to follow up with Camberwellonline properly (rent review coming up, lot of time taken up with that).

Would anyone taking part in Camberwell like to take an interest in SE5 Forum for Camberwell? It’s a community group I’ve been stting up with a few others who are really fed up with Camberwell not moving along (a la Brixton, Peckham, East Dulwich & so) and we want to bang local authority heads together to help make Camberwell be more functional, have a focus and heart that’s not just based around the few pubs some people have had the nerve to set up locally. Better shopping, better facilities — a one stop shop for SE5 people to come to to find out what’s really happening in the area instead of relying on rumours all the time (St George PLC, Camberwell garage, leisure centre et al).

We need a representative committee to generate ideas, vision and objectives (a development trust? Wind farm behind Sainsbury’s or on Burgess Park or maybe a local green power CHP network (King’s might be interested in buying)). Money’s been raised already (for a website, logo, letterheads and so on and for minute taking and distribution and refreshments at meetings), more can be raised, anythings possible — it would be around three hours a month max and we’ll find and raise funds for an administrator to carry out the committees’ wishes.

If interested, get in touch and let’s talk! mark@​sunanddoves.​co.​uk

Author: Peter

Long-time resident of Camberwell, author of this blog since July 2004.

8 thoughts on “SE5 Forum”

  1. I’m all for positive change in Camberwell and would be up for anything that encourages it along. Having said that, do you think a new group is necessary / a good idea or would more be achieved by joining the existing Camberwell Society which has a structure and website etc? They seem to lobby for various local causes and are the purveyors of reliable local info. Perhaps it could do with an injection of new blood?!
    It seems a bit of change is afoot — new library / improvements to the street-scape. But the overground is a bit of a double-edged sword in my view: it’s a pity our services into town had to be cut so dramatically and I wonder whether more vocal / visible protest could have prevented this?
    Happy to offer opinions / attend the odd meeting but I wouldn’t have the time for much more than that.

  2. I think this is what’s called a wind-up, around here. Some whistle-blower is pulling our plonker. We are prawns on the chessboard of life, Rachel. The previous two posters posted in 2005.

  3. Yes, the SE5 Forum is still around but the Sun and Doves is sadly no more!

    However, I do disagree with you about the Camberwell Society. For all their talk about promoting Camberwell, and wanting to reach out beyond Camberwell Grove / Grove Lane, they tend to stick to the tried and tested formula of planning applications that affect them and making sure that the two Groves are ticketty boo!

    The SE5 Forum, for all it’s faults, at least does do a great job and represent a wider group of people in Camberwell.

    1. Haha! What an idiot… New to blogging and fairly new to Camberwell (moved here 3 years ago) but wanted to engage. Thanks for putting me straight. I will get myself over to the SE5 Forum without further ado.

  4. Nonsense, Rachel. Us wee people really matter. We us people are it.

    By great good luck, the SE5 Forum annunal general meeting is taking place at the most amazing venue on

    WEDNESDAY 25 SEPTEMBER 2013 at 6.30pm for a 7pm start. Ends at 9pm.

    The amazing venue is the Temple Bowling Club at 1a Sunset Road London SE5 8EA.

    The Forum is alive and well, popular and well-presented and very effective through the sharp, professional and expertise of those working on it. Anyone with a sense of, instinct for and like of Camberwell will be there.

    There are great things happening in Camberwell — the SE5 Forum is a powerhouse of local energy.

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