News Archive

Magazine wins national prize

Our editor travelled to Harrogate in his native Yorkshire on 3 May to receive a prize of £100 for our society. This was the reward for Peckham Society News being the runner-up in a national competition run by The David St John Thomas Charitable Trust in association with Writers’ News. The first prize was won

Neglected buildings to undergo a £120K lift

Thousands of pounds are to be spent on improving a gateway to Peckham and the old library. Groups such as the Peckham Society have been asking for years for the early 19th century buildings on Shard’s Terrace to be done up. Since the new state-of-the-art library in Peckham opened five years ago, the old building

Local people flock to Peckham Vision

On 21 January and again in March 2006 the Peckham Society through Peckham Vision arranged a historical event and meeting about the future of Peckham town centre. The venue was innovative as it was held in a CIP (Copeland Industrial Park) building which in the 19th century was a factory for making sports goods including

First Peckham tourist map published

Much publicity on television and radio, as well as in the national and local press, was given to the publication of Peckham’s first tourist map. Among the guests at the official launch on 22 September, in the Bellenden Road Peckham Experiment restaurant, were West Ham footballer Anton Ferdinand who was brought up on the Friary

Peckham named as Britain’s most vibrant cultural hotspot

The Times reported on 6 October 2005 that Peckham has been voted as Britain’s most vibrant cultural ‘hotspot’ by a panel of arts critics. It beat Glasgow city centre (2nd) and Totnes in Devon (3rd). The list, commissioned by The Fish Can Sing agency, was compiled by arts experts such as Ekow Eshun, head of

Plaque unveiled at former Peckham Pioneer Health Centre

Pam Elven unveiled a Southwark blue plaque at Pioneer House, St Mary’s Road, Peckham on Saturday 24 September 2005. This was the Pioneer Health Centre which celebrated its 70th anniversary since opening in the spring of 1935.

Peckham Experiment celebrated

On 21 May 2005 the 70th anniversary of the Peckham Experiment was celebrated in Peckham Library. This was arranged by the Pioneer Health Foundation (PHF) which cares for its archives, films and legacy. About 50 of us, former members of the Pioneer Health Centre, PHF trustees and supporters from around the country, and local people,

100 Not Out reached

Our Society’s first publication, a two-sided newsletter, was issued in October 1975. Today our magazine has a wide circulation around Britain and is also sent to various countries abroad. We pay tribute to Bob Smyth, the founder of our Society, and the large number of people who have played a part in our Society. We