Bellenden Residents Group

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The Bellenden Residents’ Group (BRG) is a community group run by local residents. We aim to develop a network of people in the neighbourhood who can communicate easily on matters of mutual local interest. The neighbourhood is the SE15 area west of Rye Lane, lying between Grove Vale, Goose Green, East Dulwich Road, Peckham Rye, Rye Lane, Peckham High Street and Peckham Road. [link to map] The website is in development. Suggestions and comments are welcome.

The Bellenden news items listed on this Home page are from Bellenden Residents' Group emails to local residents. To join the mailing list and for any other information contact the Bellenden Residents' Group.

18 Dec 08 - Late night shopping invitation from Bellenden traders to support your local shops

17 Dec 08

Join us for a free glass of bubbly and mince pies and pick up some bargains at the Alfonso de Nicola Christmas Sample sale. Past season stock and huge discounts on current range.

Thursday 18 December – until 9pm: 1DEA5PAC7 Gallery – the venue for 'Let them Eat Cake'; 157 Bellenden Road, Peckham, London SE15 Other participating shops, all close by:

Review bookshop: perfect for books, cards, gifts and general Christmas pressies! Petitou: our favourite café will be doing late night supper and mulled wine! Fenton Walsh: great Christmas pressies and the best place to get a party frock this Christmas! Melange Chocolates: have you tried this great new shop? It's full of delicious chocolate! Please pass on to any locals you know ...

From: Carla Simpson, Director. Alfonso de Nicola LTD.

10 Dec 08 - Review 15th Dec - The Cat's Whiskers!

10 Dec 08

Monday 15th December from 4pm

Viviane Schwarz will be juggling with her knitting whilst signing copies of her new book for children. Viv likes to get to know her characters before drawing them, so she makes them out of socks and other such stuff or she knits them (see photos below).

There are cats in this book makes the purrfect Christmas gift for 0-5 year olds.

Come along, Viv will show you how to make her cute cat characters and ... there may be cake!

Walker Books £9.99


131 Bellenden Road

London SE15 4QY

See more info about the lovely Viviane here -

She is also the author of The Adventures of a Nose, Shark and Lobster's Amazing Undersea Adventure and Timothy and the Strong Pyjamas.

28 Nov 08 - The Copleston Centre Christmas Fair

28 Nov 08

Saturday 6 December 2-4pm: Cakes, books, cards, raffle, Christmas goods, bric-a-brac, massage, light refreshments etc.

The Copleston Centre Christmas Fair will be on: Saturday 6 December 2-4pm.

Cakes, books, cards, raffle, Christmas goods, bric-a-brac, massage, light refreshments etc. All proceeds will go to the Copleston Centre.

All very welcome. Please pass on the message.

The Copleston Centre offers an asylum seekers' project, mental health project, free counselling service, pilates, yoga, tai chi, gentle exercise, a literature group, a music group, parent and toddlers group, dance for children, as well as an Anglican/United Reform Church and an Emmanuel Christian Fellowship Church.

22 Nov 08 - St John's Christmas Fayre

22 Nov 08

Saturday, 29th November, 11am-3pm in the Goose Green Centre, East Dulwich Road.

Cakes and home-made produce, Christmas cards, gifts, books, raffle, face-painting, bric-a-brac, refreshments and hot food.

Also featuring children's entertainer Mike Paul, magic, music and puppets.

All Welcome.

7 Nov 08 - Friends of Warwick Gardens

7 Nov 08

Next meeting: Tuesday 11th November

Venue: South London Tabernacle Baptist Church,

Welton Hall,

Bushey Hill Road,

SE5 8QF.

(opposite no. 52 Bushey Hill Road)

Time: 7pm

Among other items we will be hearing from David Reid from the Peckham Voluntary Sector Forum, and discussing our plans for an exciting Arts Fair in September 2009.

Please come along – you will meet with a warm and friendly welcome!

8 Oct 08 - John Latham flat time house opens, 2 October 2008

8 Oct 08
John Latham with Flat Time House behind him.

Opening Exhibition: Distress of a Dictionary

2 October – 2 November 2008

Flat Time House, 210 Bellenden Road London SE15 4BW

Hours (during exhibitions): 11am–5pm Thursday to Sunday

Admission Free

FTHo will also be open by appointment for private study and research

At this exhibition, find out all you ever wanted to know about the house in Bellenden Road which has a huge book emerging from the front into the street. The house itself is an important artwork by John Latham, the artist who lived there.

John Latham (1921–2006) lived at FTHo (Flat Time House) in Peckham, South East London for over 20 years.

Latham considered the house a ‘living sculpture’, with different rooms taking on the attributes of a living organism. At FTHo, a giant and colourful book-relief sculpture penetrates a large window on the front of the house, known as the Face, into a room called the Mind, in which a permanent installation of works demonstrating Latham’s Time-Base Theory has been maintained. The next room is known as the Brain. Latham described it as the space for ‘rational thought’ and this is where he worked on his theoretical writing and correspondence. The Brain will now be home to the John Latham Archive. The Hand, formerly Latham’s studio, will be the main location for the programme of changing exhibitions and events. The remainder of the house is taken up with what is termed the ‘Body Event’, where eating, sleeping and ‘plumbing’ take place. The name of the house derives from John’s theoretical language, in which ‘Flat Time’ describes the way in which time and all possible events can be represented by the length and width of a flat canvas, demonstrated in works including Time-Base Roller (1972. Tate Collection).

This exhibition and the rest of the programme at FTHo will explore important moments and themes within Latham’s practice, including his involvement with underground culture in 1960s London, his interest in ecological issues and solutions, and a re-evaluation of his work in film and video. Works by Latham’s contemporaries and collaborators will also be exhibited, as well as pieces by a younger generation of artists influenced by his practice. The programme at FTHo will run from October 2008 to July 2009 and is supported by the John Latham Foundation and Lisson Gallery.

Latham has been associated with several national and international artistic movements since he began showing work in the late 1940s. He is associated with the first phase of conceptual art of the 1960s, was an important contributor to the Destruction in Art Symposium of 1966, and was a founder member of the Artist Placement Group (1966-89). Latham’s work has been exhibited internationally, including recent solo exhibitions at Tate Britain (2005) and PS1, New York (2006). His work has been included in numerous historic group shows and many survey exhibitions of British Art since the 1960s including Live in Your Head (Whitechapel Gallery, London, 2000), From Blast To Freeze (Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany, 2003) and Art and the 60s: This was tomorrow (Tate Britain, 2004). Latham’s work is held in collections worldwide, including Tate Collection and MoMA.

In the painting and sculpture for which he is best known, Latham’s primary materials included glass, books, canvas and the spray gun.

John Latham’s work has been represented by Lisson Gallery since 1970.

15 Sep 08 - Friends of Warwick Gardens, SE15

15 Sep 08

The next meeting will be:

DATE: Wednesday 24th September 2008

AT: The Villa Nursery (corner of Lyndhurst Grove and Azenby Road)

TIME: 7pm

Main topics for discussion will be:

the adaptation of the park gates (Lyndhurst Way entrance) funded from our successful 2007 Cleaner Greener Safer application.

New play equipment.

Future plans for the park including a Spring/Summer fair in 2009.

All welcome.