Why I Love Peckham

After shops in Peckham were smashed, burned and looted during Monday night’s riots, the people here started sticking post-it notes on the front of a boarded-up Poundland. There are messages about why the people living here love Peckham so much and statements about the strength of our community. I went down to see it this morning and it brought a tear to my eye. This is the reason I love living here: the people. This really sums up our spirit; I’ve never felt more proud. Here are some more pics. I’m really glad someone (other than me) felt moved to mention the food…

Update: The people behind the wall sent a message via Peckham residents association saying, “Poundland replaced their window today but were so touched by the communities work that they paid for a new board to be put over the glass so that the people of Peckham could continue with a new Peace wall. The previous three boards, now all full of amazing post it notes, have been moved to Peckham Library for public display until a more permanent home/exhibition space is found for them.” Check out their website.

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35 Responses to “Why I Love Peckham”

  1. Craftilicious

    How nice to see Helen – thanks for sharing it. Hope things are improving this evening – stay safe.

  2. Jessica

    Such good sentiment. I live in Dalston and was heartened to see that today things seem to be getting back to normal, and people are planning a sort of ‘thank Turk’ day on Saturday, to say thankyou to the Turkish resteraunt and shop owners who defended Kingsland Road from looters and seemed to have prevented a lot of damage and destruction.

  3. Steve Fox

    Cream rises.

    Filth sinks.

    Good on ya, Helen.

    And keep y’chins up, Peckham.

  4. Kuechenschabe (= cockroach in English)

    Wonderful photos. I thought of you the last days (you are the only person I “know” in London), and I hoped, you feel well. Peckham is extraordinary, Iloved it, when we visited it one year ago.

  5. Leluu

    thank you for the great photos!

  6. Sharmila

    Indeedy – Peckham is a brilliant place that will keep on doing all the amazing stuff it does.

  7. Yaxdog81

    Heartwarming stuff from my local community. This blog does an excellent job of highlighting the many many wonderful things about our corner of South London. Now, if the mainstream media could pay that same kind of attention we might be onto something.

  8. Ginandcrumpets

    Hooray for the Peckham love! The Wall of Love gets bigger every time I go past. Proof that the vast majority of us Peckhamites are nice people.

  9. Leigh

    This ‘notice board’ has become one of the iconic positive images to come out of this week’s events and has been a really great advert for our wonderful neck of the woods. Thanks for posting these lovely images.

  10. Steve Slack

    I saw that comment about food and thought it was great that’s one of the things what people wanted to celebrate about life in Peckham.

    Great pictures, by the way. I took some as well and have posted them here: http://dulwichonview.org.uk/2011/08/09/why-we-love-peckham/

  11. Greedy Diva

    Such a feel good post! Thanks for sharing these snaps.

  12. Lizzie

    This brought a little tear to my eye. I’m proud to be a neighbour of Peckham.

  13. Alex Paton

    Beautiful & heart warming images. I love Peckham too, it always pulls through in the end.

  14. May

    That’s the spirit!

  15. Andy

    We’ve been following the news here in the States. Your post & pics show once again that most people are basically good. All the best…

  16. Alice

    Just fantastic to see all that support.

  17. Richard Westwell

    It is the same everywhere, community spirit will overcome the minority idiots, who themselves hopefully will learn about living together!

    Stay safe Helen.

  18. Cassandra

    This is why I loved Peckham too – scary as fireworks landing in our back yard were, it’s just one night…

  19. Kalyn

    Love seeing that; thanks for sharing. Hope you are staying safe.

  20. Beth Follini

    Wonderful post and photos. I hope you don’t mind but I used one of your photos on my blog – I credited you and your blog of course. (but let me know if you would rather I took the photo off and I will do that ASAP)

  21. Helen

    Hello Beth – of course I don’t mind! Use away.

    Thank you everyone for your kind comments. They are appreciated. Big Up Peckham!!

  22. Leigh

    Apparently they’ve now moved the Why We Love Peckham board to a permanent place at peckham Library :-)

  23. Sammy Dee

    Hi Helen. Thank you for sharing your photographs with us. I agree with Leigh that “This ‘notice board’ has become one of the iconic positive images to come out of this week’s events”.

    It’s touching how much warmth a whole group of strangers can deliver with a simple act of kindness such as this.

    I blogged about the riots in Manchester – I live in the city centre but fortunately we stayed safe whilst all the madness was happening around us.

    I hope you don’t mind but I borrowed your photo in response to a comment on my blog. I credited to you and your blog of course.

    Stay safe. x

  24. Gary

    Such a heart-warming display of affection for their community

  25. gastrogeek

    Really moving stuff. Awesome post x

  26. annie griffiths

    I taught in Thomas Calton School Peckham from 1972 til 1984 and have such fond memories of Peckham. Loved it!

  27. olira m etyang

    it is a pity to see all that street action done by our youth! Who will be our next leaders?How will they govern when their time comes?
    Our present leaders should listen to the plight of this young generation and promote harmony love and piece all the time.

  28. Robert

    Sweet. It’s good to see despite the riots that most people are good hearted by nature.

  29. Alix from Holland

    Fundamental goodness rules!
    All the sticky note writers: thanks for your courage. Helen, thanks for spreading the words! May you all remain safe and be happy.

  30. Francesca

    How inspiring to read such positive messages after a truly traumatic week. Keep up the fabulous work Peckham and pave the way for the whole of the UK to follow your example.

  31. Sally - My Custard Pie

    Great post and pics Helen. I hope your precious corner of London is back to normal soon and this community spirit is not only confined to Peckham.

  32. Becs@Lay the table

    Heard about this – how wonderful. Out of great tragedy comes great community.

  33. bigsands

    Amazing!! Hope this never happens again. Great post.

  34. Anonymouse

    Great Britain!!
    This is good to See.

  35. Steelasophical

    The human spirit is an amazing thing to behold … the local community came together to Right the Wrongs and to stand united. A year down the line, and lives have started to rebuild .. lessons have been learned .. through adversity, people pull together and they help each other pull through!!

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