Harvest Month

I can’t believe it’s September already. Plenty going on this month, starting with the return of the Farmers Market on the Green this Saturday. Also on the Green later this month is Camberwell Information Day:

Meet local councillors and learn about plans for your area, such as: Improved homes; New library and resource centre; Burgess Park transformation; Street improvement schemes.

Also it’s the College of Arts MA show next week; find out more at MA Digital Arts or MA Fine Art, which has an impressive list of events.

McDonalds on Denmark Hill want to open 24 hours at weekends. I know that in the past the area outside McDonalds has been marked as one with a high incidence of crime, so I hope that’s taken into account when the planning decision’s being made.

Last weekend I went to the new bar where Funky Munky used to be, which is currently nameless (well, I know what the name is but I’m going to let the owners unveil it when they’re ready; suffice it to say, you’ll never guess what it is). It’s bright and spacious and has a fantastic range of beers; they offer the new 13 pint measure so you can experiment many different beers without getting too hammered.

Three small glasses of beer

Beer taps on a bar

It’s not officially opened yet but I’m already optimistic that this is going to be a great addition to the area; finally a place which serves more than the standard choices provided elsewhere (to be fair, The Phoenix has a pretty decent selection too).

I really, really hope they keep the NEVER GIVE UP sign.

Update: More stuff! Saturday is the Brunswick Park fete, from 12–4 in Brunswick Park (obviously). And at 9am on Sunday the Bikes for Books team departs from Camberwell for a ride to Burwash, some 50+ miles away.

Author: Peter

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

61 thoughts on “Harvest Month”

  1. @Dagmar — hot damn — you beat me to it. Have been trying to remember the other deadly sins all day. Was also wondering if sloth would find any of her/his brothers and sisters here? Would Gay Camberwell like to come forward and claim Pride (geddit?)?

  2. Although Camberwell people may feel they are part of Camberwell irrespective of arbitrary administrative and political boundaries The Lambeth bits of Camberwell — in SE5 — look towards Lambeth politically and administratively because they are considered by Lambeth to be in the outer reaches of Brixton. It’s inconvenient and cumbersome for Lambeth to consider them to be part of a different place.

    So when things have to be dealt with locally in the Lambeth part of SE5 i.e. in Camberwell — they are handled in the context of what’s happening locally i.e. in Brixton and lots of stuff does not get joined up with what’s happening locally in the other Camberwell, the SE5 part.

    The same applies to the Southwark side of the divide.

    This makes people who are active citizens both sides of the borough boundaries focus their energies on working with an administrative body whose attention is not on their local ball. There is only so much that active citizens can do — few people have the time or energy to attend meetings to lobby two boroughs to take serious notice of one small place on their edges. Life’s too short. And, so, it goes on interminably.

    Not sure that’s very well described. But it’s why nothing changes.

  3. The above is an example of how people become unintentionally divided and conquered in day to day life and is an insight into some of the reasons why democracy struggles to provide democracy, leaving people feeling unheard, unrecognised and ignored in local political environments where they are encouraged to engage and have their say in what happens in their neighbourhood.

    The same forces are at play in the way the pub industry works, applied and manipulated, in the most clumsy and uncouth Machiavellian manner imaginable, by pub companies.

  4. Ah, the old divided self, R.D. Laing, the Sixties, all that. So, talking of which, Marcus Doddsus, why not position yourself the other side of the bar. It is nearly always better than being behind it. Then you could enjoy pubs rather than suffering so much in them.

    You could use your retail experience for running something else, or you could advise old Wetherspoons Martin about adding value through cultural outreach — sponsoring Dulwich Hamlet, for instance — and have a company car, one of those tiny walkie-talkie phones and be based in an office in Swindon manned by sexy secretaries.

  5. @Mark — with respect, I’m not really sure I buy all that stuff about divided Camberwell — on the edge of both boroughs. Peckham’s pretty much at the heart of Southwark and look at Rye Lane and the town centre!
    I think our problem is down to the fact that both Southwark & Lambeth are poor inner-city areas, with the odd posh street here & there. Denmark Hill is never going to be Northcote Rd, SW11, full of chi-chi baby-clothes shops & (schizophrenic as this is, after my negative slant comments about Peckham, above), I’m sort of pleased about that. But then, I haven’t got a baby.

  6. @ J Mark Dodds: very sorry to hear about what’s going on with your pub, and I do hope you’ll stay in the area. Good luck for whatever you do next.

    As I understand it, tonight is the last chance for everyone on here to have drink at the Sun and Doves. I hope you get a good turnout for the Grand Finale Mark.

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