Prince Charles & Camilla Royal Visit to Pempeople
This week, as a panel partner for Community First, PemPeople were honoured with a royal seal of approval and a special royal visit from HRH Prince Charles The Prince of Wales and Camilla HRH The Duchess of Cornwall, to Peckham on the morning of 18th December 2012.
The royal visit was kept under wraps with only a select few knowing of this surprise visit. So the shock and disbelief on the many faces of invited guests who filled the room was unforgettable when the royal entourage arrived at The Everlasting Arms Ministry T.E.A.M – The Old Civic Centre, Old Kent Road SE15. The Big Lunch Reunion event came about through PemPeople’s work with the Eden Project. Prince Charles and the Duchess Camilla heard about what we do and came to acknowledge our efforts.
The royal guests of honour – Prince and Duchess were greeted by Nicholas Okwulu (PemPeople) who in turn presented them to residents and community groups in the South London area’s of Southwark and Lambeth who had partnered with PemPeople, in recognition of their community work over the years.
Those attended included local residents, faith groups, grassroots groups, second tier organisations, various councillors representing South London, chief executive of CDF and the Mayor of Southwark.
Special performances were put on by:
Jason Cameron Xellorate dancer choreographer.
Recycled Teenagers with the Carl Campbell Dance company,
Camelot Primary School put on a beautiful singing performance that had the royal couple smiling throughout and as you can see from the video above Prince Charles was showing some moves dancing along to the sounds of King, a local steel drum band.
It is fantastic to see PemPeople honoured for their excellent work in the communities of Southwark and Lambeth. As a Community First panel partner, PemPeople are integral in ensuring that projects receiving funding are tackling the issues that matter locally.Alison Seabrooke, Chief Executive of CDF (Community Development Foundation)
This event was organised by local residents and organisations and Nicholas (PemPeople) would like to personally thank :-
The Eden Project
Community Development Foundation
Gwen and her Daughter
The Everlasting Arms Ministry and it helpful members
Pastors Kay, Lola Awolabi, Pastor Andy
Marsha and Jane from Southwark Volunteers
Recycled Teenagers Carl Campbell Dance Company 7
Loughborough Estate Tenants and Residents Association
Eleanor Kelly C.E.O Southwark Council
Peter John Leader Southwark Council
Laura James Stars in Class
Althea Smith – Mayor of Southwark
Hugh Balfour Christ Church
This was an amazing and unforgettable day for all those attended and it was great to put Peckham and Livesey Ward on the map for all the positive work happening in the area.