The Camberwell Society

Society for those living, working or interested in Camberwell

Music at St Giles Presents: The Rocky Horror Picture Show

For one night only,,, a classic cult screening:

By kind permission of the Vicar, a night of rocky horror mayhem and fancy dress in the gothic surrounds of St Giles. ⁠⠀

Get your best stockings and suspenders ready. Dust off that corset and channel your inner Magenta and Riff Raff.⁠⠀⁠⠀

Prizes for the most fabulously dressed people⁠⠀⁠⠀


Thurs 31st October 2019⁠⠀⁠⠀

St Giles Church, Camberwell Church Street SE5 5RB⁠⠀⁠⠀

Doors and bar: 7.30pm | Screening: 8.00pm⁠⠀⁠⠀

Tickets: £10 online here

£10 Hill Bakery | £12 on the door (subject to availability)⁠

Donations for Margaret Powley-Baker Late Lamented Editor of the Camberwell Quarterly

Ahead of this week's funeral for Margaret, see below for details for any donations:

In accordance with Margaret's wishes we [her family] have selected a Zimbabwean animal charity for donations to be made in her memory. The AWARE Trust is based in Bulawayo, Margaret's birthplace and is run by veterinarians, focusing on the welfare of wildlife and conservation of wildlife habitats. To read more about their work go to

Please don't donate through their website because of the complexities of sending money to Zimbabwe.

Donations can be made at

WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY - Thursday 10th October Free Event at ORTUS

Thursday 10th October is World Mental Health Day. The Maudsley Charity is holding a drop in day at ORTUS with workshops, information stalls and film screenings throughout the day from 11:00am to 7:30pm. You can see the full programme here. The daytime events are free drop in but the evening showing of Irene's Ghost (a son’s moving journey to understand his mother’s postpartum psychosis) and subsequent panel discussion requires a ticket. Tickets are also free and can be found at Eventbright here

Come along and find out more about the challenges of mental health and support the work of the Maudsley Charity who provide grants to mental health projects in the area.

Find Out About the Buildings of Grove Lane and Camberwell Grove - From the Inside!! Sunday 13th October

The Autumn History Walk this year is a fascinating insight into the buildings of Georgian Camberwell. Open to members and guests only, meet at 34 Grove Lane to buy a ticket for £6.00 per person (non-members can sign up in situ, please allow extra time or in advance at The walk starts at 3:00pm and finishes at the Vineyard for a cuppa or something else at 5pm, bring funds as refreshments are not included in the ticket price. You will join groups each of which will be visiting 4 houses in the area north of the railway. Each group will be led by an architect or historian knowledgeable in the subject. The intention is to show how the buildings have developed over the 1800's.

Save the afternoon for a fascinating exploration. Monies raised go toward the Society's charity of the year.

Sad News About Margaret

It is with great sorrow that we have to report that our dear friend and the esteemed editor of the Camberwell Quarterly, Margaret Powley-Baker, passed away peacefully Tuesday morning (9th September 2019). Margaret was a Camberwell resident for over 30 years and editor of the Quarterly for the last 10.

Her gentle wit and positive attitude to the foibles of life will be greatly missed.

RIP Margaret Powley-Baker (1934-2019)

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The Camberwell Society was formed in 1970 and is the recognised amenity society for those living, working or interested in Camberwell.

The Society’s objectives, as defined by our constitution, are: to stimulate public interest in Camberwell, to promote high standards of planning and architecture in Camberwell, and to secure the preservation, protection, development and improvement of features of historic or public interest in Camberwell.

We are a charity and raise money for local charities. In the past we have raised money for Southside Rehabilitation Association, St Giles Trust, Cambridge House, the Camberwell Community Choir, the Hollington Youth Centre and the Camberwell Arts Festival