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WELCOME TO SOUTHWARK.TV a venture in community media 3 ways off this page - Sitemap, Select A Partner

Southwark.TV is run by Community TV Trust [CTVT] which campaigns for greater Governmental support for local media, especially non-broadcast.

As of Saturday 18 January 2014 and a bad-tempered consultation bringing all the parties together at Rye Lane Baptist Chapel, outline design proposals revealed new buildings, 6 and 7 storeys high, to the front of Peckham Rye Station. Several hundred local residents aired their concern at this turn of events.

For more information see Peckham Vision and

Peckham's rise to new status continues - internationally - but the CULTURAL BLOSSOMING is in clear danger of being swept away by the rampages of BIG MONEY PROPRERTY DEVELOPMENT. Local MP Harriet Harman missed an opportunity at the launching of Peckham Platform, the reborn Peckham Space, to encourage the local arts community with her support and demonstrate her involvement in this important evolution to Peckham's built environment.

Social care is under pressure - but that's nothing to what you'll find at this care home. Address unknown. Staff dubious ... Freewheelers Theatre Company have a responsibility in all this.
Another year of funding has been secured to run the Dragon Cafe on Borough High Street, a Mental Fight Club venture. The venue is The Crypt of St George The Martyr, Borough High Street SE1 1JA opposite Borough tube. In 2013 Southwark.TV ran filmmaking workshops and helped produce a documentary about the Dragon Cafe founder Sarah Wheeler. We hope to continue our involvement with this important project in 2014.
PECKHAM TALKS: Little Lagos In London
This is a video from Little Lagos in London, the first Peckham Talks event at the Bussey Building. Peckham's Bola Agbaje, whose play "BELONG" has just finished its Theatre Local run, was on the panel. The host is BBC journalist Nkem Ifejika. Panel:
Alice Ukoko, Women of Africa
Bola Agbaje, Playwright (Belong)
Ade Solanke, Playwright and Producer, Spora Stories
Dr Osita Okagbue, Professor at Goldsmiths University
Kayode Ogundamisi, journalist and Convener of the Nigeria Liberty Forum
Here is "COSSALL NEW AND OLD", a film made locally in Southwark as part of the Well London project, by Amanda Egbe with support from Arts Express -
London Young Voices
Community TV Trust's 3-year project supporting filmmaking with young people at the helm, showed films at a range of venues including PECKHAM SPACE in June 2010, when it opened, NFT2 also in 2010, and at Bold Tendencies in Peckham in August 2012. Participant schools include Goose Green Primary School, Academy at Peckham, St Michael & All Angels Academy; also Bede Youth Adventure Project, and SILS4.
LYV celebrates positive media made by and about young people and their issues, loves, fears, challenges and hopes.
SOUTHWARK.TV at Bold Tendencies for four events in August 2012. These reflected London Young Voices, a new Gangs & Violence DVD project in production, relationships between local art galleries and community via media projects, and marginalised communities.

BOMBERG & SSSO in autumn 2012 St Saviour's & St Olave's School showed films at the new Borough Road Gallery made with Chris Haydon's guidance in response to the Bomberg collection now on show to the public.

PECKHAM TRAVELLERS was launched at Tate Modern on 22 June 2011.

LOOKING FOR SIERRA LEONE was screened at South London Gallery in April 2011.

MOSQUE: The Story of Islam in Southwark was launched at Tate Modern in November 2010.

"DECISIONS" and "CHOICES", two films under the London Young Voices banner, were screened at NFT2 in July 2010.

Southwark.TV's links with Goose Green Primary School, Southwark Pensioners Action Group celebrated in September 2009 when the film "PENSIONS FOR ALL!" was screened at the Portobello Film Festival.

Also in September 2009 Chris Haydon's film "SUM OF US ALL" for Bede House, the Bermondsey settlement, was screened at Tate Modern.
The Great Southwark Dragon Quest organised by Mental Fight Club explored the history and presence of dragons in our midst. With a little help from the Confucius Institute and some young knights.
John Constable, who devised the clues and led the Quests, is a local writer and performer, and author of The Southwark Mysteries and Secret Bankside - Walks in the Outlaw Borough, both published by Oberon Books. The Southwark Mysteries was performed in The Globe and Southwark Cathedral in 2000, and again in Southwark Cathedral in April 2010. This short film captures the spirit and fun of the Quest ... do you know where to find a dragon on Southwark Cathedral ? It's been there a while.
Southwark.TV here publishes an open letter reviewing Government funding aimed at countering violent extremism.

PREVENT REVIEW for The Home Office
submission by
Chris Haydon, Director
Community TV Trust

Peckham-based Community TV Trust was commissioned to produce a documentary and DVD on the Mosques in Southwark, their history, and the whole culture of Islam in the Borough. PVE funding supported the venture which launched recently at Tate Modern, generated a very strong turnout and received a warm welcome from a diverse gathering of active and influential people.

Filming took place with three communities in particular, and included visiting the Mosques they run - Somali, Nigerian and Turkish. Bengalis were represented as well.

The project was created by Sadiq Hoque, a practising Muslim, who lives at Elephant & Castle.

Over the course of production, which spanned a twelve month period from November 2009, many enjoyable new links were made across Southwark's extraordinarily diverse community, both at a personal level and at an organisational level. It was quite evident that those trying to run a successful Mosque were encouraged by visits from Council managers, for example (and of course our cameras and equipment). There was a palpable
sense of the wider community formally accepting these worshippers and their way of life into their midst. The range of voices from within the community of Southwark that are now gathered together on this DVD is impressive: multifaith, Muslim, Buddhist, non-Muslim, young, old, professional, student, political, celebrity ... it forms quite an array.

What is most needed now is a little financial push to secure the DVD its role out in the community, engendering debate and reflection. Countering the stereotyping and fear-mongering so persistently createdby mainstream media is an important job. This DVD, so imaginatively funded out of PVE by Southwark Council's Emma Kehoe, can do that job.

One can never really know if radicalisation has been prevented. Yet if an aspect of Foreign Policy is judged sufficient by an individual to cause their religious fervour to transform their whole approach to life, then nothing done locally can guarantee deflecting that person from their new chosen path.
However, if that individual lives their life in a community which palpably and self-evidently is welcoming, understanding, interested and respectful, this does at least stand a chance of prompting 'second thoughts'.

As an ordinary citizen I believe that formal intelligence gathering is powerful 'in defence of the realm', but that it cannot do everything and be everywhere. That would after all be Orwellian. What I equally believe is that money invested in the Common Good, across boundaries of ethnicity, age, culture and faith, is powerful too.

PVE has in this instance facilitated an imaginative and wide-ranging project that has begun to touch many parts of our community. It can only lead towards a cohesive future. This is a visionary way of tackling the issue of radicalisation. Bravo.

Rumours of 'Cohesion'/'Social Cohesion' being removed from PVE's agenda are therefore concerning. Please contact myself or Emma Kehoe if you would care to view this DVD: "MOSQUE: The Story of Islam in Southwark".

With best wishes.
Yours sincerely,

07970 970 715
Chris Haydon
Community TV Trust
WEB-EVENT-TV ... is the mix that we believe makes robust local media. That's our Southwark Template ...

There are 3 ways off this page - via Sitemap, Select A Partner and the navigation buttons - to over 50 groups and schools from the Southwark area. Each runs their own space, making up Southwark.TV. This public space for community voices has no political or religious views of its own, but with our broadcast TV experience and training expertise we encourage all to find their voice and have their say.
This venture in open-access community media is run by Community TV Trust who have space on this website as well as their own.
Terry Waite visited Southwark to share his wisdom, when attending September's Peace Breakfast. See separate page in left hand menu.


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Reprezent offers Free Radio and DJ Taster courses - see NEWS

Peckham Peace Wall - Peckham is a home to us - behave... messages from the people to last August's rioters were formally launched, opened and celebrated on Wednesday 8 August 2012 in the presence of the Mayor of Southwark, councillors, Council Leader Peter John, members of Southwark Youth Council and local people of all ages.

View on Vimeo "My Elephant", a film by Sanda Kolar with straight talking young people speaking about life around the Elephant.

See images from Willowbank at New Scotland Yard.


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BEDE HOUSE had all its domestic violence funding cut and ran out of money in April. It continues with a new Starfish project.
It is an important local partner, a longstanding member of the Southwark community. Apart from their distinguished record working with victims of domestic violence, they have worked with young people, LGBT, the learning disabled, and have been a community hub for over seventy years. Their wide ranging activities include running a cafe with LD volunteers, offering adventure holidays for young people, video and filmmaking projects ... Since 1938 Bede House on Southwark Park Road has stood for social cohesion and compassion in action. Their LD project has won the Queen's Award for Volunteering, imaginatively putting together two vulnerable social groups.
Bede House website []