Evolution Quarter Residents' Association http://www.evolutionquarter.org Serving the residents of the Evolution and South Quarter developments in North Peckham Sat, 25 Jan 2014 20:50:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.25 Bus Campaign Breakthrough! http://www.evolutionquarter.org/2014/01/25/bus-campaign-breakthrough/ http://www.evolutionquarter.org/2014/01/25/bus-campaign-breakthrough/#comments Sat, 25 Jan 2014 20:48:37 +0000 http://www.evolutionquarter.org/?p=2605 [..read more..]]]> Bus campaign breakthrough at last

Since EQRA was formed six years ago, one of our biggest issues has been transport. Top of the list, the 343 bus.

We have campaigned, and campaigned, and campaigned on the issue, lobbying TfL (Transport for London) and the Mayor to do something about the overcrowding and the lack of links to anywhere useful in Central London.

At long last, TfL have finally accepted they need to do something.  They are proposing to introduce a second bus route along Southampton Way.

The new bus route will be the 136 which comes through Catford and Lewisham to Peckham.  It will then follow the 343 route to Elephant & Castle.

But the 136 won’t go any further than Elephant.  We will still have to change buses to get into town.  Nevertheless, it may mean that after just 6 years of lobbying, the buses can cope making it easier to get to work in the mornings.

TfL are running a consultation exercise about their idea.  They are holding a drop-in session at St Luke’s Church Hall, just off Chandler Way, on Thursday 13th February.

The session will be open from 5pm until 8pm.  We encourage as many of you as possible to visit the drop-in session to let TfL know your views.

Please also fill in the consultation questionnaire, it’s online here: https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/buses/routes-136-and-343/consult_view

EQRA will also be responding to the consultation and we would like to know what you think of TfL’s proposal.  Please e-mail us: committee@evolutionquarter.org

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EQRA Public Meeting Sat 16th November http://www.evolutionquarter.org/2013/11/11/eqra-public-meeting-sat-16th-november/ http://www.evolutionquarter.org/2013/11/11/eqra-public-meeting-sat-16th-november/#comments Mon, 11 Nov 2013 14:34:13 +0000 http://www.evolutionquarter.org/?p=2599  

park life cafe

Our next public meeting is this Saturday 16th November at 11am.

Venue is the Park Life Café in Burgess Park.

Free Tea and Coffee, and come along to discuss anything about the local area or raise any issues. Hope to see you there!


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Creative writing for children – Tuesdays after school http://www.evolutionquarter.org/2013/11/10/creative-writing-for-children-tuesdays-after-school/ http://www.evolutionquarter.org/2013/11/10/creative-writing-for-children-tuesdays-after-school/#comments Sun, 10 Nov 2013 20:28:43 +0000 http://www.evolutionquarter.org/?p=2592 [..read more..]]]> Peckham Space have teamed up with Peckham Library to hold creative writing workshops for children this autumn.

The workshops, for children aged 11 to 16 are being hosted by writer and storyteller Sandra Agard with artist Ruth Beale.    Children will have an opportunity to explore the creative writing process, using the theme of ‘dreams’.

The writing from the workshops will be exhibited at Peckham Space in an exhibition running from January to March next year.

Workshops are being held every Tuesday evening from 4pm until 6pm, starting on Tuesday 12th November until 10th December.  No advance booking necessary, just turn up at Peckham Children’s Library (on the 4th floor of Peckham Library) and ask for Sandra Agard.

Please do go along and support this project if you can!

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Free Outdoor Cinema : Wreck It Ralph at Calypso Gardens http://www.evolutionquarter.org/2013/09/04/free-outdoor-cinema-wreck-it-ralph-at-calypso-gardens/ http://www.evolutionquarter.org/2013/09/04/free-outdoor-cinema-wreck-it-ralph-at-calypso-gardens/#comments Wed, 04 Sep 2013 20:39:53 +0000 http://www.evolutionquarter.org/?p=2558 [..read more..]]]> Wreck-It-Ralph-long

After the great success last year of our first ever free open air cinema evening, we are back!

This year we’ve got the Disney animation “Wreck It Ralph”, screening on Friday 13 September, staring at 8pm

It’s all part of Peckham and Nunhead Free Film Festival and we’re grateful for their support.

We’ll have popcorn and refreshments for sale.

Chairs, blankets, bean bags etc all welcome.

Watch this video on YouTube.

Check out other free films in the local area on the Free Film Festivals web site

Some pictures from last years screening below :

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Our Annual Summer BBQ this Saturday http://www.evolutionquarter.org/2013/08/26/our-annual-summer-bbq-this-saturday/ http://www.evolutionquarter.org/2013/08/26/our-annual-summer-bbq-this-saturday/#comments Mon, 26 Aug 2013 13:34:09 +0000 http://www.evolutionquarter.org/?p=2545 [..read more..]]]> Fingers crossed for good weather on Saturday for our Annual Summer BBQ

2PM – 6PM
(Calypso Crescent)

We’ll have a bunch of activities for everyone too, including :
  • Bouncy Castle
  • Face Painting
  • Badge Making
  • Tombola
  • Giant Games

On the food and drink side there will be Burgers, Hot Dogs, Beer, Pimms, soft drinks and snacks for sale, plus a cake stall.

If anyone would like to bake a cake or cookies for the cake stall we would really appreciate it! Bring them on the day or email chair@evolutionquarter.org in advance.



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New BMX Track about to open http://www.evolutionquarter.org/2013/07/26/new-bmx-track-about-to-open/ http://www.evolutionquarter.org/2013/07/26/new-bmx-track-about-to-open/#comments Fri, 26 Jul 2013 15:22:44 +0000 http://www.evolutionquarter.org/?p=2538 [..read more..]]]>

The new Burgess Park BMX track is nearly finished and plans to open on 6th August. There’s also a special open day planned for 16th August with demonstrations and live entertainment.

Anyone aged 8 years and over can have a go on the track once you pass an induction session.

The track has been built to national professional standards and has received £150,000 in funding from the Olympic Legacy Fund.

More info on the Southwark Council web site

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343 bus problems now featured nationally on BBC TV http://www.evolutionquarter.org/2013/07/25/343-bus-problems-now-featured-nationally-on-bbc-tv/ http://www.evolutionquarter.org/2013/07/25/343-bus-problems-now-featured-nationally-on-bbc-tv/#comments Thu, 25 Jul 2013 08:21:56 +0000 http://www.evolutionquarter.org/?p=2523 The current overcrowding situation on our local buses which EQRA has long been campaigning to try and improve has now been featured on national TV.

BBC2 series “The Route Masters” recently featured the current overcrowding problems on the 343 line in North Peckham. It showed the bus rammed full of passengers, large crowds repeatedly failing to board buses and clips from a recent meeting between local residents, local councillors and TFL representatives.


Watch this video on YouTube.

It’s great to see this issue getting more attention. Recently TFL representatives have begun to engage in more serious and open dialogue with residents about how to solve local transport problems. We hope that soon we’ll get some actual changes as a result.

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Beware local Courier Fraud http://www.evolutionquarter.org/2013/04/14/beware-local-courier-fraud/ http://www.evolutionquarter.org/2013/04/14/beware-local-courier-fraud/#comments Sun, 14 Apr 2013 20:10:03 +0000 http://www.evolutionquarter.org/?p=2500 [..read more..]]]> There have been a spate of ongiong courier fraud issues in the area which have been highlighted by Southwark Council and Southwark Police….

“The fraud works by the suspect telephoning the victim and claiming to be someone from an authority – usually the police, bank or Serious Fraud Office. They tell them that their bank account has been compromised and their card must be collected.

The most convincing element of the ruse is that the suspect instructs the victim to hang up and call the police/bank/Serious Fraud Office on a genuine number to check that they are who they say they are.

The victim dials the new number but the fraudster does not disconnect so, unknown to the victim, they are still speaking to the suspect or a co-conspirator.

The fraudster then convinces the victim to reveal their PIN, usually by typing it in on their keypad. The suspect is able to tell which keys have been pressed.

They then instruct the victim to put their bank card in an envelope and send a – usually unwitting – courier or taxi driver to the victim’s house to collect it. The card is delivered to another suspect and is used, with the PIN, to empty the victim’s bank account.

Police have identified that Criminal Groups are behind the fraud but despite arresting many of these, courier fraud is continuing as new Criminal Groups take over and convince victims that they are genuine.

The ongoing scam has impacted every borough and claimed 2,229 victims – mostly elderly – in two years.”

The Key Crime Prevention pointers are :

  • Police and banks will never ask for your PIN or bank card
  • Never give your PIN or bank card to anyone
  • If you are contacted by someone who asks for these, hang up
  • Use a different line to report it to police on 101 or allow at least five minutes for the line to automatically clear. Call 999 if the crime is in action.


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Bus 343 public meeting, Thursday 18th April http://www.evolutionquarter.org/2013/04/10/bus-343-public-meeting-thursday-18th-april/ http://www.evolutionquarter.org/2013/04/10/bus-343-public-meeting-thursday-18th-april/#comments Wed, 10 Apr 2013 20:30:11 +0000 http://www.evolutionquarter.org/?p=2486 [..read more..]]]> 343, the only bus on Southampton WayOur local councillors have arranged a public meeting next week to discuss the long-running problems with overcrowding on the 343 bus.  The meeting will be chaired by our London Assembly member, Valerie Shawcross, who has lobbied for many years for better transport for this area.  A representative from TfL will be there to hear what we say.

We hope that as many local residents as possible will come along to the meeting.  It is being held on:

Thursday 18th April at 6.30pm until 8pm


St Luke’s Church Hall, Pentridge Street (off Chandler Way)

See you there!

Don’t forget, if you haven’t yet signed the petition for better buses on Southampton Way, it’s here

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Free films coming to Southampton Way http://www.evolutionquarter.org/2013/03/11/free-films-coming-to-southampton-way/ http://www.evolutionquarter.org/2013/03/11/free-films-coming-to-southampton-way/#comments Mon, 11 Mar 2013 22:21:01 +0000 http://www.evolutionquarter.org/?p=2473 [..read more..]]]> Camberwell will be the venue for a Free Film Festival this month.

The 2013 Camberwell Free Film Festival runs from Thursday 14th to Sunday 24th March.  The programme includes two film double-bills being shown at venues on Southampton Way:

Friday 15th March

The Big Lebowski + Brother From Another Planet

at Cool Cats Café, 149 Southampton Way, 8pm

Sunday 24th March

Best in Show followed by Hairspray

at The Flying Dutchman, corner of Southampton Way and Wells Way, 6pm

Admission to these events is, of course, free  :)

Later this year, a Free Film Festivals will return to Peckham and Nunhead.  EQRA hosted a screening of Toy Story 3 in Calypso Gardens as part of last year’s festival.  We hope to put another film on in September this year (hopefully on a less rainy evening!), as part of the 2013 Peckham & Nunhead Free Film Festival.  If you would like to help us, please get in touch by e-mail

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