A lot of what we offer here at Southwark Pensioners Centre will allow you to be express yourself in new, unique ways and keep learning by trying new things and making new friends. The section below contains specific activities that we have termed creative. Do come and try them out.

Creative Writing and Poetry

We partnered with Camberwell library who run the creative writing course. Please contact Southwark Pensioners Centre for further details on 020 7708 4556.



We partnered with Camberwell library who run the craft sessions. Please contact Southwark Pensioners Centre for further details on 020 7708 4556.


Art Class

The class covers a variety of painting and drawing techniques with a tutor.
Suitable for all activities.

Small charge required.

Every Monday from 10.00 am to 12.30 pm.

Main Activities Room,

Southwark Pensioners Centre, 305 – 307, Camberwell Road, London, SE5 0HQ.


Jewellery Making Class

The Jewellery-making class has been suspended pending a review of the best way forward to deliver it in future.


Local History Group

Every other Tuesday, 2.00 pm  –  4.00 pm.
Main Activities Room,
Southwark Pensioners, 305-307 Camberwell Road, London, SE5 0HQ.
Tea and biscuits are served. There is a small charge of £2.00 for each session.


Next meetings:
4th September “Peculiar People, radicals or snails? 136 years of the Salvation Army in Southwark”
Ruth MacDonald, Archivist and Deputy Director of the Salvation Army Heritage Centre

18th September “War to Windrush”
Stephen Bourne, Southwark Historian

2nd October “Sweet Sixteen” at South London Gallery PTO (Leave 2pm from SPC for 2.30pm at South London Gallery)
Ed Webb-Ingall, Artist, filmmaker, writer and TECHNE PhD candidate at Royal Holloway University, Surrey

16th October “Sweet Sixteen” NB 3-5pm (Leave 3pm from SPC for 3.30pm at South London Gallery)
Ed Webb-Ingall

30th October “Rare Doings in Camberwell – Camberwell Fair”
John Whelan, Local resident and Historian

13th November “Charlie Chaplin: From East Street to Easy Street”
Dr Patricia Dark, Archivist, Southwark Local History Library and Archive

27th November “The History of the Isle of Dogs”
Con Maloney, Committee member, Friends of Island History Trust with George Warren and Brian Grover, former Millwall Dock stevedores and Committee members

11th December “The History of Tower Bridge and The Monument”
Richard Smith and Daniele Middleton – City Guides, and Accredited Tower Bridge Guides

Sweet Sixteen at South London Gallery on 2nd and 16th October

Revisit Carry Gorney’s 1977 film Sweet Sixteen at the SLG’s new Fire Station annexe. Artist Ed Webb-Ingall will lead on two sessions in the new SLG Archive this October, bringing the Local History Group together with a group of local young people to develop a new short film to be screened at the Fire Station exploring intergenerational exchange. Over two sessions, we will watch and discuss Gorney’s film, reflect on changing personal and political landscapes over the last 40 years, and share our own recollections and memories.

Ed Webb-Ingall is a filmmaker and writer with an interest in exploring practices and forms of collaboration. He is currently a TECHNE PhD candidate at Royal Holloway University, Surrey, where his research focuses on the history and practice of community video in the UK between 1968 and 1981.

Carry Gorney is an artist, writer and psychotherapist currently living between London and Eastern France. She worked in community arts and video from 1968. Among her many initiatives, she developed the use of video for community participation.

‘I chose to do the programme Sweet Sixteen because I felt that sixteen is a very good age at which to do something artistic, because people remember the music, the songs, the dancing and the clothes they wore. It is a period of rebellion, a period of transition, a period of becoming your own person, the time to decide which values from your own or your parents you want to keep, which you want to reject and how you want your life to be different.’ – Carry Gorney