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September events

A clean up, a creative workshop, a communi-tea party & lots of walks

September is going to be a busy month with a number of events where you can come and meet us, find out more and contribute to what’s going on.

Kirkwood Nature Reserve Clean Up
On Sunday, September 4th from 2pm, we’ll be down at Kirkwood Nature Reserve giving it a clear-up ahead of the events the following week. If you’re green fingered and are up for spending a couple of hours pulling out weeds, sprucing up beds and putting news plants in – we’d love you to join us.

Make Your Mark: creative workshop
Also as part of the very first Peckham Festival, we’ll be hosting the very first ‘Make your mark’ workshop in Copeland Park on Saturday the 10th, 12-3pm.

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In the workshop we will:
• Look for visual inspiration in the local area
• Produce simple graphic motifs
• Cut out simple stencils
• Create a Peckham Festival / Coal Line painting incorporating our motifs.

Your motifs will then be added to the Coal Line motif library and may be reproduced on planters along the Coal Line route.

The session is open to those of all ages – you just might need to bring something you don’t mind getting a bit grubby. You can sign up to attend here.

Communi-tea party
The clean up comes ahead of the Commi-Tea Party the following Sunday 11th as part of Peckham Festival. As well as having an excellent name, the party is a good reason to spend a little time at this often-overlooked little treasure of a place.

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We’re running this in collaboration the Friends of Cossall Park & Kirkwood Nature Reserve and is made possible thanks to Southwark’s contribution through their Neighbourhood Fund.

The current line up is as follows:

  • 11am - Mad Hatter's walk from the Peckham Festival base in Copeland Park to the Communi-tea party - taking in the proposed route of the Coal Line. Cheshire Cats and White Rabbits not guaranteed.
  • 12noon – tea & cakes are ready and served through the afternoon. We’ll also be running kids woodcraft activities throughout plus have a display of Peckham Coal Line info and activities for you to input into the feasibility study too.
  • 12noon – Foraging walk with Penny of Pickling Peckham fame – spend an hour of so foraging for edible goodies and then the second part of the session turning them into tasty goodies
  • 1pm – hear local Peckham locals Alan Glen “one of Britain’s top harmonica players”, & Steve Barbe who will play a set amongst the tress. Read all about them in the Peckham Peculiar.
  • 2pm – we’re hoping to be joined by a new local choir, Murmuration

  • 2.30pm – Hylda Sims local, Novelist, Songwriter & Poet will be performing with Simon Prager and Alan Glen for an extra special - playing their eclectic mix of Blues, Skiffle and original songs

Following the tea party – and as part of the Peckham and Nunhead Free Film Festival the Cossall Hall just next door will be showing the film Get on Up - based on the incredible life story of the Godfather of Soul, Get on Up stars Chadwick Boseman as one of the most influential figures of the 21st century. The perfect way to finish of a musical afternoon!

Sign up to join the Communi-tea Party here.

Open House: walks & info
Then on Sunday the 18th, we’ll be taking part in the London-wide Open House for the second year. There will be guided walks on the hour (tbc) as well as maps for those who wanted to navigate the route yourselves. Sign up for all the latest info on this one here.

As well as sharing the latest feasibility study news and hearing your views at all of these events, we will be continuing to ask people the routes they take (and don’t take) around Peckham to see how they should influence the Coal Line design.

It’s worth saying that none of these events would be possible without all the hard work of lots of talented local volunteers too. So thanks for all of them who are making these happen, sure you’ll love meeting them when you come along to these events too. And if you'd love to help out at any of these events - then do drop us a line.