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September 2019 Bulletin

Quick Reminders

Brixton Town Centre plans – 50 years on – Thursday 12 September

Two related events hosted by Photofusion are now fully booked but there is still space at this event to find out about the ambitious Town Centre plans which cast a long shadow over Brixton 50 years ago.  7 pm at the Vida Walsh Centre, 2b Saltoun Road, SW2 1EP, a talk by Nick Weedon (who happens to be the Forum’s Treasurer) hosted by the Brixton Society.

Part of the Lambeth Heritage Festival, which continues through the rest of September – for other events see bit.ly/HeritageFestival2019

Commemorating Local Heroes – Wednesday 18 September

For a third year, a celebration of individuals connected to Brixton, some achievers you may already know, and others who have quietly contributed to their community.

6-30 pm at Brixton Tate Library, Brixton Oval, SW2 1JQ, organised by Friends of Tate Library Brixton, as part of Lambeth Heritage Festival.

Next Forum meeting – Thursday 24 October

Finally in this section, just in case you are too busy to scroll down to the end of the bulletin, let’s remind you now that the next Forum general meeting will be on Thursday 24 October, 6-45 for 7 pm at the Vida Walsh Centre, 2b Saltoun Road, SW2 1EP (just across the road from the Black Cultural Archives).

If you want something included in the agenda, please contact the Forum Secretary, Alan Piper, at apiperbrix@aol.com

You may want to raise a local issue, or you may want to share with us what your group is doing – but if we know in advance, it’s easier to allow enough time during the meeting. 

These Consultations are closing this month!

Livable Neighbourhoods – more walking and cycling, less motor traffic?

Lambeth Council is currently consulting on ideas for safer and healthier routes for walking and cycling, and for reducing motor traffic.  This now covers an extensive area around Brixton Town Centre, much expanded from the original Atlantic Road/ Coldharbour Lane focus.  The effective closing date for comments is 30 September, so that the team can spend the next few months digesting your inputs and drafting a plan.

When we last looked, there was still no link from the Consultations page on the main Lambeth Council website, so to input your comments, please go direct to https://brixtonlnmap.commonplace.is/

Cycle Hangar installations (phase 4)

In advance of the Livable Neighbourhoods project, Lambeth is rolling out another batch of cycle stores on local streets. The latest phase includes clusters sited:

– between Acre Lane and Ferndale Road (10 in total);

– between Acre Lane and Brixton Hill (north of Blenheim Gardens/ Windmill Gardens, 14 in total);

– another cluster of 6, between Brixton Prison and New Park Road;

– between Effra Road and Atlantic/ Railton Roads (16).

Another 10 are proposed between Brixton Hill and Tulse Hill (so within the territory claimed by Tulse Hill Neighbourhood Forum).

Also another 6 between Landor Road and Clapham Road, which I think falls within Stockwell Neighbourhood Forum.

So far, over 220 hangars have been installed on Lambeth streets.

Closing date for any comments is next Sunday 15 September – see the Consultation page on the Council website and follow the links.

Rush Common Improvements

A reminder that Lambeth Parks Department has invited ideas for improving the parkland walk alongside Brixton Hill, between Brixton Water Lane and the Brixton Orchard.

Closing date for comments is 30 September – see the Consultation page on the Council website and follow the links.

News, Events and Activities around Brixton

Settled Status for European Union Citizens – advice sessions

Lambeth Council have reminded us that they have organised advice sessions for EU citizens seeking “settled status”. The next two locally are: 

Thursday 12 September, 5-30 to 7-30 pm at Longfield Hall, 50 Knatchbull Road, SE5 9QY and

Saturday 12 October, 2 pm to 4 pm at Stockwell Community Centre, 1 Studley Road, SW4 6RA (behind Stockwell Underground Station).

For more information on how to apply, see also www.gov.uk/eusettledstatus 

Junior Open Mic – Micro Music Festival – Sunday 15 September

A free music festival in Brockwell Park, alongside Brockwell Hall, from 1 pm to 5 pm.  That’s 4 hours of live music in 32 acts with performers aged from 5 to 17, from all over London.

Nearly all of the performers have attended a local Junior Open Mic event in Brixton or Herne Hill, and the final performers will be the Honey Hahs (3 young sisters from Peckham) and Sam Wilkinson from Lewisham, this year’s winner of ITV’s The Voice Kids.

Tickets are free but please book via eventbrite to help with final planning – www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/jom-micro-music-festival-ii-tickets-60523894598

Other enquiries to Andy Gray, andyg.coms@gmail.com

Road works resume on Brixton Road

Another phase of work has started up, to continue renewing the gas mains along Brixton Road.  SGN aim to maintain 2-way working over the next 4 months, as they move south from Normandy Road towards Loughborough Road, but the junction of Mostyn Road will be closed as excavations pass that section.

New services from Lambeth Libraries

Time was when libraries just loaned out books, but two new services are being introduced by Lambeth Libraries:

Firstly, a free film streaming service started last week. Kanopy is a film streaming platform offering mainly independent films, shorts, documentaries and world cinema – in short, items you are less likely to find via Netflix or Amazon.  You will need to register and download the App, then just add your library card to use the service. Enquiries about this and other library services to TODell@email.lambeth.gov.uk

From this week, Brixton Library is offering the loan of smart clothing for interviews.  Yes, if you are unemployed or on low income, you can borrow clothing for up to 4 days to attend an interview.  You will need to show proof of an appointment, such as a letter or e-mail.  For more details, contact Abibat at aolulode@lambeth.gov.uk

Black Culture Pop-up Market – 28 & 29 September

A reminder about this showcase event for entrepreneurs from the African and Caribbean diaspora, running in the Impact Hub at the back of Pop Brixton from 11 am to 5 pm on both Saturday and Sunday.  Expect food, clothing, stationery, books, jewellery, cosmetics and hair care products.  Enquiries to team@impactbrixton.com 

Art4Space sessions in Brixton Village arcade

We have mentioned Art4Space before, but maybe their Stockwell studio location seemed a bit remote? For the next few months they will also have a presence in Brixton Town Centre!

Starting this week, they will be based in Unit 12 in Brixton Village, on Tuesdays between 10 am and 4 pm for drop-in sessions, followed by Tuesday evening classes in mosaic and tile work. Thursday sessions continue in the main studio in Jeffreys Road, Stockwell. All enquiries to jewels@art4space.co.uk or pop in on a Tuesday and have a word. 

Calling Actors and Creatives!

Brixton has been a base for performers and musicians for well over a century.  Maddy Anholt is launching the Academy of Dramatic Change to run low-cost masterclasses and networking nights for actors and creatives, with most of its sessions to be held in Brixton.  The aim is to help creatives get onto the next career rung.  Coming up will be a panel of top casting directors as well as a 4-week intensive evening course in scriptwriting in a Brixton railway arch.

Maddy Anholt is a comedian, actress and broadcaster, who has just finished filming Jerk, a sitcom for BBC Three.  She has also appeared on BBC One, ITV, Channel 5, BBC Radio 4, in Sunny D and in shows at Underbelly, Latitude Festival and the Soho Theatre.  Local sessions will be held at Arch 504 in Ridgway Road SW9, close to the Platform cafe alongside Wyck Gardens, off Loughborough Road. Enquiries to maddyanholt@gmail.com or tel. 07 514 983 730 or see www.maddyanholt.com 

News from Longfield Hall

This community hall on the north-east side of Brixton continues to nurture new generations of performers. Their regular weekly sessions have resumed after the summer break, with McAlpine Dance Studio back in action from Saturday 14th.  A showcase event featuring many of their regular users and artists is taking place on Saturday 27 September at 7-30 pm. Tickets for a Longfield Celebration are £5 (£3 concessions).  Enquiries to enquiry@longfieldhall.org.uk 

Love Knitting? It’s not just performing arts on their programme – Sue Addo is running a 10-week course for knitters, ideally with some experience, collaborating on creative projects that benefit the community. The course starts on Thursday 19 September, and costs £25 (£15 concessions). 

Book via the website: www.longfieldhall.org.uk/events or contact Catherine: catherinehamilton@longfieldhall.org.uk and pay on the first session.

Could you be spending less on gas or electricity?

Repowering London is a Lambeth-based independent charity that gives free energy advice and promotes renewable energy projects for schools and community buildings. Repowering can help you:

– find a cheaper tariff or payment method;

– access grants and benefits like the Warm Home Discount;

– sign up to the Priority Services Register;

– apply for a Smart Meter;

– generally save energy in the home.

We hope to have a presentation from them at our October Forum meeting. In the meantime, you can contact them at 020 3674 7519 or support@repowering.org.uk

Funding, Training and Support

Disability Support at 336 – Wednesday 18 September

Do you have a personal or professional interest in disability or other related issues? Then come and find out what is going on at London’s largest disability hub.

336 Brixton Road is opening its doors from 10 am to 3 pm on 18 September.  To book your free tickets, please visit www.weare336opendoor.eventbrite.com or phone 020 7274 2299.

An evening of Flash Consulting – Thursday 26 September

At a recent Town Hall event, we encountered Link UP London, who provide a channel for professionals to offer their services to local voluntary organisations. They are offering an evening of “Flash Consulting” – a bit like Speed Dating – which sounds like a great opportunity to get expert advice on making your work more effective. Ideally come with a 2-minute pitch about your organisation, and a 5-minute (max.) description of a challenge or problem you are facing.  The event runs from 5-30 to 7-30 pm at Tripod in the basement of the Town Hall. Enquiries to Tom Stannard at Age UK Lambeth, tom@ageuklambeth.org or we can forward the link to you if asked (there is a short Googledocs form to complete). 

London City Airport Community Fund – bids close 25 October

Lambeth is under the flightpath of airliners on their way in to London City Airport, so it’s just as well that it’s among several boroughs covered by this grant scheme. Bidding rounds are quarterly, and for more details see their website: www.londoncityairport.com/corporate/responsible-growth/community-fund

Training for small charities – 12-14 November

Another batch of courses is being provided in Central London by the Foundation for Social Improvement, with 14 courses fitted into a 3-day timetable.

Although these short courses are charged for (£10 to £20 each), the prices are more affordable than some we have seen advertised by other providers – the key is to choose what will be most useful for what you want to do.  Book before the end of October to secure a place – more details on their website at www.thefsi.org

Introduction to Computers

If you are struggling to read this, or if you have colleagues or clients who would like to learn how to use a computer, Mosaic Clubhouse in Effra Road is hosting an Introduction to Computers course, starting 18 September.  Sessions will be every Wednesday, 11 am to 1 pm until 4th December.  This course is open to all Lambeth residents and free to those receiving benefits.  Students must be able to attend all sessions, at Mosaic Clubhouse, 63 Effra Road, SW2.  To sign up, call Sinead on 020 7924 9657 or e-mail s.obrien@mosaic-clubhouse.org

If you think you have mastered the basics, there are also monthly TechClub sessions, usually at Tripod in the Town Hall Basement, offering a presentation on a key topic, a tech clinic and networking.  Drinks and snacks are included in the pay-what-you-can ticket.  Next session is on Cyber Security for Individuals, Tuesday 24 September from 6-30 to 9 pm. 

Sessions are provided by AGT UK (based at Loughborough Junction) in association with Impact Brixton. More info at https://techclub3.eventbrite.co.uk or contact Shanise Lewis at 020 3745 4303 or shanise@agt.uk.net 

Are you providing services for older people?

Age UK Lambeth has started a Resilient Ageing project to encourage innovation and joint working with other local groups, to offer better support and services for older people within Lambeth. If you are attempting to help older people in your part of the community, maybe there are ways to link up or develop new ideas? Contact their project facilitator, Paul Springer at paul@ageuklambeth.org or phone him on 07 785 365 294.

Desk space at Longfield Hall

A couple of desk positions are becoming available in a shared four-person office at Longfield Hall, on the corner of Knatchbull Road and Burton Road, opposite Minet Library.  They can offer decent wi-fi and shared use of a printer.  They are looking for upwards of £100 a week for the space.  Other rooms can be booked for meetings as required, and there is some storage space.  All enquiries to Will Ollard, Chair of Trustees, 07 530 529 130 or willollard@longfieldhall.org.uk

Meeting Room hire at Carnegie Library

The Carnegie Community Trust is now able to offer rooms for hire, for either commercial or community events, within the old library building.  There is a choice of a large room (capacity up to 150), medium room (capacity 60 seated) or a small meeting room (capacity 25 seated).  Spaces can be booked by the hour, half-day or whole day.

For further information, terms and conditions, see their website, https://carnegiehernehill.org.uk/project-documents/  or e-mail to info@carnegiecommunitytrust.org.uk

Integrate Agency comes on stream

You should already be aware that the Integrate Agency was appointed by Lambeth to take over the support role for community groups that was previously provided by Community Southwark.  Regular bulletins have begun to circulate and training events are being offered, so maybe it’s OK for us to say less about grants and training opportunities in future Forum Bulletins?  If you are not already on their circulation list, contact them on contact@integrateagency.co.uk

And look out for an event on Volunteering on 15 October.

Team London and Thrive LDN Small Grants

A reminder that these schemes to support young people in volunterring re-opened for applications this month, but deadlines are only in October – see www,london.gov.uk/what-we-do/volunteering

New fund-raising guides

This month the Directory of Social Change is launching new editions of its various funding guides and directories of grant-givers – more details on their website, www.dsc.org.uk

There are also several handbooks covering different aspects of running a small charity or community organisation.

Keep in Touch

Spreading the Word

We welcome news from our member organisations to include in these bulletins – ideally in concise form so we can just drop it into place without spending too much time on rewrites!Items for the October issue should reach us by 5th October, though a week earlier would be helpful – to apiperbrix@aol.com

Mailing List updates

Remember to tell us about any changes, to ensure that you and your group are kept in the picture – report all changes to admin@brixtonneighbourhoodforum.org

– if you want to add a colleague or another local organisation to the mailing list;

– if you need to update your e-mail address, instead of messages going to an old inbox;

– if you have moved away or are no longer interested.

August 2019 Bulletin

Last-minute Reminders

Summer Youth Project at 198 Gallery – 12-16 August

Lost Legacies of the British Black Panthers is the theme for the free project for the 13-19 age group at the 198 Gallery in Railton Road, SE24 0JT.

A chance to learn new skills in T-shirt design and printing, photography and ‘zine making. 10-30 am to 4-30 pm daily, limited spaces, e-mail to book:kareen@198.org.uk

The Freelancer Showdeck at Impact Brixton, 15 August 

An evening showcase for local freelancers, from 7 – 10 pm at Impact Brixton, at the back of Pop Brixton, 49 Brixton Station Road SW9 8PQ. Aimed at designers, marketers, creatives, writers, suppliers and agencies. If you provide services to businesses, and want to connect with more companies in South London, last chance to apply – team@impactbrixton.com

Black British Bloggers Co-working Day, Saturday 17 August

Work, network, chill – Black British Bloggers are hosting a co-working day where you’ll get to mingle with fellow online content creators, fine-tune your skills and attend a series of workshops.  Attenders get 25% off Impact Brixton membership if you sign up on the day.  Enquiries again toteam@impactbrixton.com

Current Consultations

More Walking and Cycling, Less Cars?

A couple of years back, there was a lot of discussion about making Atlantic Road safer by reducing through traffic, while ensuring that deliveries could still take place to the arcades and shops, including Electric Avenue and Popes Road.  Transport for London asked for proposals for a wider area around the Town Centre, to include safer and healthier routes for walking and cycling, as well as reducing motor traffic.

Lambeth is currently seeking ideas for what is now called Brixton Livable Neighbourhoods.  Sadly, this got off to a bad start because nothing appeared on the Consultation pages of Lambeth Council’s website, no closing date was stated and only cycling interests were informed at the outset.  People even questioned if it was genuine, because a non-UK website was quoted for responses.

The team have now begun meeting with local groups, and a more concentrated effort is to be made during September, including some public events and calling on most traders in the Town Centre.  Plans will then be developed between October and April, with an overall timescale of 3 years to carry out the work.  There is an interactive map on the website for you to input comments – great for identifying “hotspots” and hazards, though less suited to broader concepts.  So far, comments from cyclists dominate, so let’s hear more from pedestrians and businesses too, before the end of September – seehttps://brixtonlnmap.commonplace.is/

Rush Common improvements

One consultation that really is on the Council’s website invites ideas for improving public open space on Rush Common, alongside Brixton Hill.

Lambeth Parks Department is focussing on the section between the Brixton Orchard and Brixton Water Lane, which last received attention nearly 25 years ago.  However, if you think other sections need more urgent attention, it’s worth saying so – and do share your comments with us too. 

 Closing date is 30 September – e-mail to parks@lambeth.gov.uk

A new memorial in Windrush Square?

The Government recently announced an intention to set up a memorial to the Windrush Generation, to recognise the contribution that Afro-Caribbean people have made to the UK.  Present intentions are for this to be at Waterloo Station.

Councillor Sonia Winifred, Lambeth’s Cabinet Member for Equalities and Culture, recently launched a petition to persuade the Government to site the memorial instead in Windrush Square, in the heart of Brixton.  Brixton certainly seems more relevant than Waterloo.

The difficulty is that Windrush Square already contains several features, scattered around. It was not easy to find a suitable spot for the African & Caribbean War Memorial, finally unveiled a couple of years ago.  We don’t know what form of memorial the Government had in mind, though the supposed £1 million budget suggests more than a wall plaque.  Are there other sites around Brixton with more elbow room? Let us know your views.

To sign the petition, go to www.lambeth.gov.uk and follow the links. 

News, Events and activities around Brixton

More delay in re-opening Atlantic Road railway arches

Just as it looked as if all the shops would soon be open again, Network Rail has propped up half the London-bound platform of Brixton Station with a forest of scaffolding. Repair work looks likely to continue to the end of August, with limited access along Atlantic Road.  Some of us pointed out the need for repairs to the viaduct when Network Rail first proposed refurbishing all the railway arch shops 3 years ago, but these comments were brushed aside.

Ups and downs of Brixton Cafe trade

Two recent closures in Atlantic Road – the Brixton Pound Café at No.77 had to close due to rising rents, which meant this community-based effort was no longer sustainable.  The Brixton Pound team would like re-open if an affordable location can be found.

Across the road, the Dip and Flip burger bar closed its doors in late July, though the chain still runs 4 other sites in South London.  There have been several short-lived restaurant/bar venues at this location on the fringe of the Town Centre.  The next tenant is expected to be Tequila Mockingbird, which already has 3 other bars in south-west London, though this will be the first to serve food.  Refurbishment is now underway for a September opening.

Franco Manca started in Brixton’s Market Row arcade in 2008, and now has 47 sites around the country for its pizza offer, with up to 10 more likely to open in the year ahead.

The Platform Café, Ridgway Road

Back at grass-roots level, the former public toilet block in Wyck Gardens continues to host a series of guest cooks to run the café,  though openings are reduced during August. Brian of Soulfuel Vegan will be keeping the space open every Wednesday, selling home-made vegan lunches, snacks, puds and cakes.

LEAP Lambeth’s Food Ambassadors take over the Lunch service on Friday 16 and Monday 19 August, 12 noon to 2-30 pm, with eat-in and take-away options.  Then on Sunday 1st September there’s a chance to learn how to make the Korean staple, Kimchi, from 2 to 5-30 pm with Heather – to sign up e-mail her at xoidclothing@yahoo.co.uk

Enquiries about future openings and training sessions to ljcommunitycafe@gmail.com

Mosaic workshops at Stockwell

Free summer workshops are being offered on 12, 14 and 16 August, 10-12 and 2-4 pm. Mosaic classes also run every Tuesday evening, at 31 Jeffreys Road, SW4 6QU. All enquiries/ bookings to jewels@art4space.co.uk

…and Art workshops at Mosaic!

The Perspective Project are currently running a series of artist-led creative workshops for individuals affected by mental health issues, hosted at Mosaic Clubhouse, 65 Effra Road, SW2 1BZ.  These are on Tuesday evenings, 5 – 7 pm, until 3rd September.  These will be followed by an exhibition at Pop Brixton on 15 September.  Sessions are free, but to join e-mail Maz at m.duble@mosaic-clubhouse.org or phone (020) 7924 9657. 

Lambeth Heritage Festival runs through September

A series of events linked to local heritage, culture and history will run through the whole month of September.  Too many to list here, but there is a fat little booklet, listing all 60 events, which you can pick up at a local library.

A Brixton highlight is the Local History Fair at Brixton Tate Library on Saturday 7 September, 10-15 am to 4-15 pm. The Black Cultural Archives, Brixton Windmill, Photofusion and the Van Gogh House are among those hosting events.  See also www.lambethlocalhistoryforum.org.uk

Black Culture Pop-up Market at Impact Brixton, 28 & 29 September

Join Impact Brixton for an inspiring showcase of black businesses. This is an indoor event presenting entrepreneurs from across the African and Caribbean diaspora, displaying high-quality products including food, clothing, stationery, books, jewellery, hair and beauty products. Come down and support them between 11 am and 5 pm each day.

If you want to trade at the market, please e-mail team@impactbrixton.com and include a link to your website/products info. Due to limited space, not all applications can be accepted.

Gearing up for Oxjam Brixton, 13 October

Oxjam is a grass-roots music festival that raises money for Oxfam projects.  Their team are currently planning a one-day festival across 3 Brixton venues – the Prince of Wales, the Market House, and Blues Kitchen on Acre Lane.  The present team is all volunteers, and they are keen to recruit more, to manage fund-raising, donations, promotion, tickets, and the stages. Volunteers must be over 18 – enquiries to Lowri Ellcock, production manager, atproduction.oxjambrixton18@gmail.com

Refill your water bottle

Transport for London recommends carrying water with you during hot weather, but there is a growing concern about single-use plastic bottles for spring water, and how to dispose of them.  A more sustainable approach is to use a refillable container, and suitable water points are beginning to appear in our public open spaces so you can refill them.  There’s one in Windrush Square (between BCA and the War Memorial) and another was recently installed inMyatt’s Fields Park outside the cafe.

Funding, Training and Support

We had a useful discussion with Richard Davis of the Integrate Agency at our 22 July meeting. We look forward to more news from them over the next few months about training and funding opportunities, Meanwhile, here are a few more leads:

Small Grants from Team London and Thrive LDN

To encourage young people into volunteering or social action, such as sports, arts, media, environment, inter-generation activities or music, the Mayor is offering grants of £5,000 to £10,000 for projects working with the 10-20 age range.  Priority will be given to projects supporting young people at risk of mental health issues or being drawn into crime.  Applications open in September, in partnership with Thrive LDN – see the website for more details:www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/volunteering

Grants to Boost Walking and Cycling

If you cannot wait for Lambeth’s Livable Neighbourhoods bid, or you are just outside the target area, maybe there is still something you can do locally.  The Mayor has a small grants scheme offering £5,000 to £10, to support diverse communities to walk and cycle more often and more safely. The scheme is administered by Groundwork, and projects can run for up to 3 years.  See their website for case studies and application forms:https://walkingandcyclinggrants.london

If Air Quality is a major concern on your patch, the London Sustainability Exchange is organising a sharing and networking event at City Hall on Tuesday 10 September from 6 – 9 pm – enquiries to Alice Vodden at LSX, A.Vodden@lsx.org.uk

Crowdfunding Accelerator

Word just in via Lambeth Forum Network: A new Crowdfunder Accelerator programme is being launched, to run from 11 September to 2nd October. Hosted on Facebook, the Accelerator is an on-line experience to help you turn your ideas into a successfully-funded project. The 3-week programme will include live discussions, peer-to-peer feedback and advice from the Crowdfunder team.  For more information, or to sign up, see the website:https://welcome.crowdfunder.co.uk/accelerator/

Places to Meet

One difficulty that groups face is finding places to meet that are local, affordable and accessible. It can be a challenge when you want to start up a new activity that needs more space or particular facilities.  If you have specific needs, tell us and we will share what we know.  Of course, if you run a venue or community hub, we will be keen to publicise your availability too – respond to apiperbrix@aol.com

WinTrade – for women in business

Potentially a useful network for women in business or striking out on their own, with a database of 25,000 contacts and occasional eventsand webinars. For more information, contact Yvonne Thompson of 7 Traits Leadership Learning Ltd. at yvonne.thompson@wintradeweek.com

Keep in Touch

Next Forum Meeting

Our next general meeting is set for Thursday 24 October at 6-45 for 7 pm at the Vida Walsh Centre, 2b Saltoun Road, SW2 1EP (facing onto Windrush Square).  If you want something included on the agenda, please contact the Forum Secretary, Alan Piper, at apiperbrix@aol.com

A Home of our own?

We are in discussions about an office base for the Forum within Brixton Town Centre.  In recent times we have struggled when forum officers have been out of action through illness or injury, so the aim is to provide some continuity and a central contact point for leaving mail. More news once arrangements have been tied up.

Spreading the Word

We welcome news from our member organisations to include in these bulletins – and if there is something else you want to see in future issues, please tell us!  Items for the September issue should be sent by 6th September, though a week earlier would be helpful, to apiperbrix@aol.com

Mailing List updates

Please report all changes to admin@brixtonneighbourhoodforum.org

– If you want to add a colleague or another group to the mailing list;

– If you have moved away or are no longer interested;

– if you want to change your e-mail address so you receive news more quickly or reliably, instead of through a half-forgotten mailbox.

July 2019 Bulletin

Next Forum Meeting – Monday 22 July

We have been able to fit in an extra meeting before the summer break. It’s at 6-45 for 7 pm at the Vida Walsh Centre, 2b Saltoun Road, SW2 1EP (facing onto Windrush Square).

First of all, this is a chance to hear from the Integrate Agency, who have been appointed by Lambeth Council to continue the programme of support and training for community groups that was until February provided by Community Southwark.

We would also like to hear your comments on:

– Traffic around Brixton. Of course we urge you to use the on-line consultation (see below) but is there anything you want to share or query with other Forum members?

– Lambeth Country Show – how was it for you? Whether as a visitor or a stallholder, how could arrangements be improved?

If there is anything else you want to raise or present, please contact us as soon as possible so we can firm up the agenda – to the Forum Secretary, Alan Piper, on apiperbrix@aol.com

We have another Forum meeting booked for Thursday 24 October at the same venue.

Lambeth Country Show, weekend 20/21 July

Open from 12 noon to 7-30 pm each day (last admission 6-30 pm). There are some layout changes, including the main music stage returning to the field above the Lido. Once again the Show will be in a fenced enclosure within Brockwell Park, but this year there will be more gates:

– Entrance A – approach from Brixton Water Lane or the Lido (23 queuing lanes);

– Entrance B – approach from Herne Hill gate (40 lanes);

– Entrance C – approach from Rosendale Road or Norwood Road gates (10 lanes);

– Entrance D – approach from Tulse Hill or Arlingford Road gates (10 lanes).

Lambeth Forum Network

As we said in last month’s e-bulletin, the 14 different forums in and around the borough form the Lambeth Forum Network (LFN). LFN will have a spot at the Show, on Van Gogh Way – look for us about 200 yards downhill from Brockwell Hall, to the right of the path to the Herne Hill gate, beyond the portaloos. Staffing the stall is a shared effort, so if you don’t find a Brixton member when you turn up, there may well be somebody from a nearby forum like Tulse Hill, Vassall or Loughborough Junction.

Local groups taking part

We hear that Friends of Windmill Gardens, the Brixton Society, Friends of Brockwell Park and Age UK Lambeth will have stalls at this year’s show.  If there are any more of you taking part, please take the opportunity to introduce yourselves.

More news, events and activities around Brixton

Consultation on Traffic Around Brixton – Act Now!

We contributed to planning improvements to Atlantic Road a couple of years back, but Transport for London have now asked for ideas for improvements over a wider area, to create “low traffic neighbourhoods”.  The emphasis is on encouraging walking and cycling, and discouraging cars from “rat-running” through residential streets to get to somewhere else. 

The current on-line consultation aims to pick up problems and suggestions within a fairly wide area around Brixton. It is bounded by Brixton Water Lane, via Brixton Hill and through Blenheim Gardens to Lyham Road, thence northwards via Bedford Road to Clapham North Tube Station, then via Landor Road, crossing Stockwell Road to Robsart Street, across Brixton Road and along Loughborough Junction, then via Milkwood Road to Herne Hill Station.  Curiously, Dulwich Road is omitted.

Publicity has been patchy – it’s not on the Consultations page of the Lambeth website, and the closing date is unclear.  So we urge you to get your comments in soon – see the website https://brixtonlnmap.commonplace.is

And remember to share local issues with us too, so we can add our weight to local concerns.

Dexter Playground Decision

In January we flagged up that Lambeth was inviting proposals for running the Dexter Adventure Playground on Railton Road.  Despite tight deadlines, 19 organisations expressed interest, including the Moorland Community Development Group.  Lambeth announced on 4th July that it would sign a 10-year lease with BIGKID, who already run a programme based in Stockwell.  From Autumn 2018, the playground was operated 3 evenings a week by Play at Heart, on a temporary basis, but it’s recently been dormant again.

Services should resume on site once formalities are completed between the Council and the new operators. 

200 Years of Brixton Prison

Friends of Windmill Gardens tell us that they will have a presence at an event in Jebb Avenue, outside the prison, to mark its 200th anniversary. It will be on Friday 26 July, from 2 to 5 pm.

Events in Windmill Gardens

Other events within Windmill Gardens include Art in the Park on Sunday 11 August.  Funding from the Mayor’s National Park City Fund has enabled FoWG to offer 4 free Tai Chi sessions this month – Saturday 20th, Tuesday 23rd, Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th.  Each starts at 11 am and lasts 90 minutes maximum.

The Windmill itself is open for tours at least one weekend a month until October – for dates or to book a place on a full tour, see www.brixtonwindmill.org/visit

Security Survey for Brixton BID

We Rise has been collaborating with the Brixton Business Improvement District to survey local business views on security priorities.  Responses were being collected this week, and will then be analysed to report to the BID in September.

We Rise conducted the last of its Summer series of Careers Networking events on 9th July.  Each event focuses on a specific field of business, and this one covered Marketing and Enterprise.  A new series will start up again in the Autumn. Enquiries to hello@werise.org.uk

Night-Time Economy update

Three workshops were held locally in May and June, including residents, businesses, key venues and other stakeholders.  Night Time Economy Solutions Ltd. have been commissioned to report back in September with proposals based on techniques which have been applied in other town centres around the country.  We will keep you informed as the situation develops.

Lambeth Community Solar Energy Project

Lambeth Community Solar, Lambeth’s first borough-wide energy co-op, is proposing to install community-owned solar panels on schools, community buildings and businesses across the borough. Not only will this generate clean green electricity, but the profits from the sale of electricity will not only refund the investors, but also support energy advice, education and innovation projects within the borough.

Already there are plans to install solar panels on Elm Green and Norwood Schools in the south of the borough.  To fund this, a community share offer will be launched in September, seeking investments from £100 upwards and offering an average 3% interest.  At this stage, the focus is on raising awareness, but we may ask LCS to come to our October meeting to tell us more.  That would still fall neatly within the timeframe of the share offer.

LCS is supported by Repowering London, www.repowering.org.uk

Longfield Hall update

Bear in mind that some of the regular classes and exercise sessions take a break over the summer – please check with class leaders or see the website, www.longfieldhall.org.uk

Meanwhile there are a couple of shows coming up – 

Space in the City, a free show at 6 pm on Wednesday 24 July, to showcase the work of resident dance and drama groups.

The Merry Wives of Windsor, at 7 pm on Saturday 27 July, tickets £5 (£3 concessions), Shakespeare’s play presented by Open Bar Theatre.

Longfield Hall recently received a grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund for a project recalling the Dark and Light Theatre Company, who were based at the hall in the 1970s.This will include an 8-week drama course for people over 50, running from September, and a 3-day drama course for the 8-14 age range in the October half term.

Look ahead to the Celebrating Age Festival

October will once again offer a series of events for older people.  If you are considering an event or activity, contact Age UK Lambeth to get the details included in their programme and other linked publicity – e-mail to info@ageuklambeth.org

20 years of Art4Space at Stockwell

It’s 20 years since Art4Space was established, and they have been in Stockwell ever since.  They are putting on a festival on Friday 26 July, 4 pm to 10 pm, at the Art4Space Art Centre, 31 Jeffreys Road, SW4 6QU.  All welcome – but particularly if you have a project in mind with scope for mosaic or ceramics, whether an installation or some hands-on activity for your members. Enquiries to jewels@art4space.co.uk or see their website, www.art4space.co.uk

Sexual Health Services

King’s College Hospital launched South London’s first sexual health service for trans-gender and non-binary people in April.  This is funded by the 3 boroughs of Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham, and the Health Innovation Network, in partnership with CliniQ. The walk-in clinic runs every Tuesday from 4 pm to 7 pm, at the Caldecot Centre within the King’s College campus, off Coldharbour Lane, SE5. More information from www.cliniq.org.uk

Funding, training and support

Finding Volunteers

A common concern among community groups is finding more volunteers to help out. It’s more difficult when you need somebody with particular skills, such as a treasurer or book-keeper who can add up.  The first step is probably to take stock of who you are looking for, and think about how you will brief and support them.  Lambeth Council has adopted a scheme for Council staff to contribute up to 3 days a year to voluntary or community groups based in the borough, supported by Paxton Green TimeBank.  Lambeth Forum Network will be represented at an open afternoon for potential Council volunteers on Wednesday 17 July.  We will be happy to canvass on your behalf – but you need to send us information about what you do and who you need NOW – to Alan Piper at apiperbrix@aol.com

Rethink the collection box

With more people using card or contactless payments, rather than cash, maybe the traditional charity collecting box needs to move into the 21st Century?

ECL Plastics have launched a range of hybrid donation boxes and contactless donation devices to suit – more information at www.direct-fundraising.co.uk or contactcontactless@eclplastics.co.uk

Business Support

Sometimes it’s hard to distinguish between grass-roots business start-ups and small community groups, but there are resources out there which can be useful to both…

Linking up with Impact Brixton

You don’t have to be based in Impact Brixton (at the back of Pop Brixton) to get some of the benefits of membership. 

Open Project Nights continue, free, in the Impact Hub on Monday evenings, 6-30 pm (with free food if you get there promptly).  More effective though if you plug-in to the on-line discussions or set up your own meet-up or talk as part of the evening.

Connect Membership is available for non-resident individuals or enterprises, providing most of the full membership benefits.  Sign up before the end of this month for £18 a month (fixed forever they say) or leave it till 1st August and it will be £29.99 a month (inc. VAT).

Apart from plugging-in to regular news of up-coming events, there’s a Tea and Cake session on Wednesdays at 4 pm – great for informal networking. There’s also a free Members Lunch Club on Fridays at 1 pm, which seems to be working its way through a list of all the local cafes and cuisines.

The Designer Showdeck on 15 August, 7 to 10 pm, is a chance for freelancers to connect with South London businesses looking for designers in VFX, film, architecture, graphic design and more – but apply now.

Black British Bloggers Co-Working Day will be on 17 August, from 11 am to 5 pm. A chance to mingle with fellow on-line content creators, fine-tune your skills and attend a series of workshops.  Also another opportunity to sign up for Impact Brixton membership at a discount rate.

Get into Film, VFX and Animation on Saturday 27 July, 12 noon to 4 pm, for the 13-19 age group. Free but you need to register. Culture in the Craft is taking over Impact Brixton for a “chop and chat” with a team of industry pros.

All enquiries to team@impactbrixton.com or see their website.

Moving into the Food or Drink Business?

Is your start-up a brand of the future? How would you pitch to a big retailer? UK Future Brands is a strand of Food Matters Live, an industry exhibition devoted to food, drink and sustainable nutrition.  It takes place at Excel on 19 & 20 November.  Applications are now being invited from innovative enterprises – for more details seehttps;//fulreg.wufoo.com/forms/q1lqyk7m179zphb or general enquiries to(020) 3735 5960 or info@foodmatterslive.com 

Trade Shows

Trade Shows are useful opportunities to see what the competition is doing and to spot emerging trends, even gaps in the market.  Before you consider exhibiting, it’s worth checking out what sort of customers a particular event will attract, and how many of them could be potential customers for your own enterprise.

The Business Show at Excel on 27 & 28 November is rather generic, with the emphasis on business-to-business support, but it offers lots of short free seminars. If you are looking for a particular business sector, get in touch in case we can suggest events of interest – some really obscure events come to our notice!

Keep in Touch

Spreading the Word

We aim to issue these bulletins each month – even in August – so if you want something included then, please ensure it reaches us by 5th August , and send to apiperbrix@aol.com

We will give priority to Brixton items, and please remember it takes a few days to compile the bulletin and distribute it, even digitally, so there’s no point now in telling us about an event planned for the 7th!

Money Matters

We want to develop other funding sources for the Forum, in addition to our grant through the LFN. As a first step, we are encouraging local groups to pay a membership subscription.  You may receive an invoice in the month ahead, as we work our way through the contact list.

Subscription 2019
There is an annual subscription fee of £5 for individuals £2 for concessions, and £25 for community organisations. This is to cover basic costs without full reliance on external grants. 
Subscribe online at www.brixtonneighbourhoodforum.org Follow the Membership link to the Paypal facility BACS Co-operative Bank Acc. 65560051 Sort code 08-92-99

The Mailing List

We want to be sure we are reaching as many groups and activists as possible. Please tell us if:

– You want to add a colleague, or another group, to the mailing list;

– You want to change your e-mail address so you receive news more quickly or reliably, instead of through a half-forgotten mailbox;

– You have moved away or are no longer interested.

Please advise all such changes to admin@brixtonneighbourhoodforum.org 

June 2019 Bulletin

 
Forum Meeting on Thursday 27 June
Time again for us to come together, review the past year, and discuss what we want our Forum to do in the next 12 months – 6.45 pm at the Vida Walsh Centre, 2b Saltoun Road, SW2 (the Effra Road end, facing Windrush Square). 
This is the time to tell us if there is a cause that the Forum should take up, or help you need, or topics that you would like covered in future bulletins. If you cannot make this date, e-mail to apiperbrix@aol.com


News, Events and Activities around Brixton
 Windrush Commemorations, Saturday 22 June
The Black Cultural Archives are hosting a Family Fun Day between 1 pm and 6 pm at BCA, Windrush Square – see  www.blackculturalarchives.org

Pop Brixton is holding a Black Culture Pop-up Market over the weekend, 11 am to 5 pm both days, with featured stalls in the Pop Box and Impact Brixton.

Brixton Village is hosting a programme of live music, poetry and other performances on its Coldharbour Lane forecourt this Saturday 22 June, between 12 noon and 8 pm.

In Lambeth Town Hall, one of the ground floor rooms will be open 10 am to 5 pm on Saturday 22nd, and 9 am to 6 pm on weekdays until 5th July, with a free exhibition Before and After Windrush: 350 years of Black People in Lambeth.  Lambeth Archives have drawn on records of black people active in Lambeth before 1948, as well as a repeat showing of some of the work of the photographer Harry Jacobs, whose studio in Landor Road was popular with the black community in the 1950s and 1960s. 

Memories of Loughborough Road shops, 22 June
LEAF Tenants & Residents Association have been researching the variety of shops near the Brixton Road end of the street, and their changing uses over the past 150 years. If you have memories of the changing street scene, they would love to hear from you – drop in to Azawala at 55 Loughborough Road on Saturday 22 June between 11 am and 4 pm for a drink and a chat.  If you can’t make this date, they would still love to hear your stories or see any old photos – get in touch at leaftra@gmail.com
Look out for an exhibition at the San Mei Gallery (the old Loughborough Hotel) in September.
 
Rapport Festival, 28-30 June
The ultimate arts festival celebrating the African Diaspora returns to Brixton for its third year.  Over the three days 28-30 June, Brixton’s streets, cinemas and arts venues will provide the stage for this unique arts festival.  Rapport will showcase the enormous contribution of the African Diaspora to British culture.  Highlights this year include Brixton-based DJs One Nation, photographer Eddie OtchereTwo Gents Productions with their South African-inspired theatre, artist Morris Thompson and master tailor Jahmale Ukson with his Denim Recon London brand, plus an eclectic selection of films across an inspiring weekend.  More details on the website, https://rapportfestival.com  
Thanks to funders and supporters including Arts Council England, Lambeth Council, Brixton BID, the National Theatre, Whiled Cinema, Impact Brixton, Azawala Café Gallery, Pop Brixton, San Mei Gallery, Pure Vinyl, Renaissance Studios.
 
Encouraging Women in Business – Impact Brixton
Discoaching Workshop, Wednesday 3 July, 6-30 to 9-30 pm at Impact Brixton, at rear of Pop Brixton, Brixton Station Road. A fun, energetic and creative workshop to help you get some Direction, Inspiration, Success, Confidence and Optimism (DISCO) into your life.  Discoaching is the brainchild of Suzanne Willems, based on her 24 years of working in creative and music industries and coaching. Fee £7 + VAT – book via Eventbrite. 

Fe-Fest 2019: As part of their Female Founders series, Impact Brixton are launching a festival in September to celebrate the ways women in our community are impacting Brixton through entrepreneurship. The festival will showcase women who are creating change in art, business, culture and their community, through workshops, keynote speeches and an exhibition.  If your company/ organisation is female-led, or focused on empowering women, they would love to hear from you – contact news@impactbrixton.com

Remaking the Remakery
Since the Remakery was founded in 2012 in a disused Brixton car park, this not-for-profit maker-space has fostered a community of makers, artists and enterprises, mainly drawn from local people.  They have breathed new life and creativity into objects previously destined for dumping in landfill.  Now they are preparing for the next chapter, continuing their mission to rethink, resource, re-use and redeistribute materials, skills and lifestyles.  Meanwhile, you can still visit them at 51 Lilford Road, SE5 9HY.  If you have questions, suggestions, or to arrange a tour, contact them at hello@remakery.org

Lambeth Country Show, weekend 20/21 July
Time again for another show in Brockwell Park, open from 12 noon to 7 pm on both Saturday and Sunday.  Once again it is expected to be a fenced event, but there will be some layout changes, including the main music stage returning to the field uphill from Brockwell Lido.
 
Neighbourhood Forums Networking at Lambeth Country Show 
We are part of the Lambeth Forum Network.  This network (LFN) is a collaborative group of area-based community forums, working voluntarily to ensure that local voices are heard by the Council and other services, and working with a range of groups and services to improve the lives of everyone living in our area.
Once again the LFN will have a presence at the Country Show – look for us about 200 yards downhill from Brockwell Hall, towards the Herne Hill gate. 
Representatives from the 14 member groups will share staffing the stand, so don’t expect Brixton to be present all the time, but you may well find members from adjacent areas like Tulse Hill, Loughborough Junction or Stockwell to compare notes with.  Our colleagues from the Brixton Society will also be nearby.

Live Music in another Brixton Park
The Bandstand in Myatt’s Fields Park is now hosting performances by a range of live bands and performers on two Sunday afternoons each month until October.  Actual dates are 30 June, 14 & 28 July, 25 August, 8 & 22 September, 6 & 20 October.

Army Reserves at Tulse Hill
The old Territorial Army and associated cadet forces have scaled back considerably over the past 30 years, but there is still an active unit of what are now the Army Reserves at 132 Upper Tulse Hill, SW2 2RS.  This is a detachment of the Royal Military Police, 253 Provost Company, which is the reserve company for London and the South East.  Parade nights are on Wednesdays 7-30 to 9-30 pm, plus occasional weekends and a 2-week training camp in October.  They are currently recruiting people between 17 and 50 years old, who must be physically fit.  Enquiries to Captain Steve Hall, steven.hall479@mod.gov.uk 
 
Funding, Training and Support
Support at last for Community Groups across Lambeth?
News has finally emerged of which organisation will provide advice and support for community groups around the borough.  This will be The Integrate Agency CIC, a social enterprise agency providing training, advocacy and support.  For the past several months, we have tried to fill the gap by sharing news of funding and other resources in these bulletins. So far, we know very little about how the new scheme will work, but for more information, contact laura.bassett@integrateagency.co.uk 

Publicity through Pop Brixton
If you have an opportunity or event that you feel will benefit young people, please contact Bayo Obasaju at Pop Brixton, bayo@makeshift.org and they will try to include it in their next e-mail bulletin.

Mosaic Clubhouse

This Friday 21st June we are hosting a CV & Interview Workshop. Everyone is welcome! It will run 1.30 – 4pm at Mosaic Clubhouse, 65 Effra Rd, Brixton, SW2 1BZ. 
The workshop will be run by KPMG Book your FREE place herecvinterview123.eventbrite.co.uk

Restart Project  london@therestartproject.org

Tuesday 25th June from 6.30pm-9pm

Get electrical goods such as toasters and laptops fixed.
https://therestartproject.org/parties/brixton/


Sourcing Volunteers
Link UP London operates by linking charities and community organisations with qualified professionals willing to volunteer their skills pro bono.  If you have a specific project or task where you could use some expert help, then it’s worth seeing what they have on offer.  Recent offers included career coaching, secretarial support, architectural design, accounting, human resources, and organisation planning.  You can find them athttps:www.linkuplondon.org

Asset Sharing Network
Asset Sharing Networks are a way for charities and community organisations to meet and network, building relationships based on the Time Bank model of exchanging skills and resources.  If you work in the Voluntary Sector and have skills you would like to trade to improve your work and the wellbeing of your community, maybe you should get involved.
We hear there is a meeting taking place on Wednesday 19 June at Black Prince Trust Community Hub, Beaufoy Walk SE11 6PT.  I know this is short notice but there may be another event a month later – all enquiries to time4lambeth@pgtimebank.org

Focus on Adult Social Care
Safeguarding Adults Partnership Board
The Board is trying to raise awareness about different forms of abuse, and how to deal with them.  Their next event will be on Monday 1st July between 12 noon and 2 pm, to focus on self-neglect, one of the less-recognised forms of abuse.  Attendance is free (lunch included) but please register beforehand, either phone 020 7926 6902 or e-mail LSABAdmin@lambeth.gov.uk

MYCommunity Directory 
The Directory is a service provided by the Independent Living and Carers Partnership, to make access to information as simple as possible.  Services featured include advice on benefits, finding help at home, community services such as social activities, and help with health and well-being.  There is also a simple Eligibility Checker to show if you or a family member or neighbour may be entitled to help from Adult Social Care.  See the websitewww.mycommunity.directory

London City Airport – Community Fund
At last some payback for those low-flying aircraft circling over Brixton!  London City Airport has launched a £75,000 community fund to support community organisations and charities across the eastern half of London.  Individual grants will be from £300 to £3,000 maximum. 
Lambeth is included in the list of eligible boroughs, and grant priorities are:
– Building stronger, healthier and safer communities;
– Creating more sustainable and greener communities;
– Creating pathways into employment.
The deadline for the current funding round is 5 pm on Friday 19 July, with results to be announced in September.  There will be 4 funding rounds a year, the next in the Autumn. Further details from the website, www.londoncityairport.com/corporate/responsible-growth/community-fund

Early Years Awards for Kids
If you are working with children under 3 in Central Lambeth, grants of up to £2,000 are available from Lambeth Early Action Partnership (LEAP).  Currently this is limited to 4 Council wards, Stockwell, Vassall, Coldharbour and Tulse Hill, and aims to encourage either better diet and nutrition, or social and emotional development, or communication and language development.
The latest funding deadline fell while we were putting this bulletin together, but there will be 4 quarterly rounds, with the next round in August so start planning now. The grant scheme is run by Groundwork London so for further details, see their website, www.groundwork.org.uk/sites/london where you may find a couple more funding streams worth exploring.

Help with Reducing Energy Bills
For Residents
Repowering London is a Lambeth-based charity which gives free energy advice and promotes community energy projects.  They provide a free service for individuals, including an energy audit.  Referrals for individuals are welcome, or the organisation can arrange a visit to your group to explain their work and discuss the scope for greener energy sources or a local project. Enquiries to Helen Shears, tel. (020) 3674 7519 or support@repowering.org.uk

For community groups, enterprises and businesses
If your main concern is the utility bills for your organisation’s own premises, there are a number of advisers out there who can review your costs and help you get better rates. One such is Energy Prices Direct Ltd, enquiries to Peter Smith, tel. (020) 8144 3803, peter@energypricesdirect.com

Charity Shops and Stalls
If you run a charity shop, or base or just a regular market stall, you can now put your operation on the map for people to find you. What Charity claims to have 42,000 users and has recently upgraded its website to enable more specific searching by good cause and location.  The aim is to attract customers, volunteers and bequests, though there is a subscription for putting your organisation on the site – see www.whatCharity.com
Enquiries about the site and services to shona@whatcharity.com

Affordable Computer Software
We have reported before that Tekgia can supply charities, schools and churches at discount prices.  Programs available through them include MS Office 2019 (Professional Plus, Standard or Mac versions), MS Publisher, MS Outlook 2019, MS Access 2019, MS Visio 2019 (Standard or Professional), MS Project 2019, MS SharePoint Server, MS Windows Server 2019, Adobe Acrobat Pro 2017, Adobe Photoshop Elements, Adobe Premiere Elements (for video editing).  For more, see their website, www.tekgia.com 

Printer Refills – for free!
Keeping your computer printer or copier topped up with ink can be a drain on resources, so if any of these ink refills/ cartridges would fit your machine, they are free to the first group to respond!  Cluttering the office corner right now we have:
– Brother 1100 series (lots, but mostly black or blue);
– Hewlett-Packard HP950 (black) and HP951 (colours);
– A few other odd HP inkjet refills (tell us what you need!).
You will need to arrange collection – all enquiries to Alan Piper, apiperbrix@aol.com 

Keep in Touch
We aim to issue these bulletins each month, but it helps if we receive items for the July issue by 8 July.  Please send to apiperbrix@aol.com

Special thanks for information feeds from Age UK Lambeth, Impact Brixton, Myatt’s Fields Park Project, Locality and Lambeth Council.  Always remember that information received on line may not be accurate or reliable!

Don’t hesitate – tell us today if:

  • – You want to add a colleague or another local group to the distribution list;
  • – You want to change your contact details so you receive bulletins sooner or more reliably;
  • – You have moved away or are no longer interested.
  • Please advise all such changes to admin@brixtonneighbourhoodforum.org 

May 2019 Bulletin

Our June Forum meeting

Just 4 weeks until the Forum’s next General Meeting – it’s on Thursday 27 June, 6-45 pm at the Vida Walsh Centre, 2b Saltoun Road SW2 (near the Effra Road end, facing Windrush Square).  We are due to present the Annual Report and Accounts, and elect committee members for the year ahead.

If your group would like to make a presentation to the meeting, please contact the Secretary by Monday next, so we can settle the agenda for the evening – to apiperbrix@aol.com

Welcome to New Members

Thanks mainly to our Treasurer, Nick Weedon, and the assistance of Friends of Windmill Gardens, 50 new members were signed up during the Windmill Beer and Bread Festival on 6th May.  Our contact list has continued to grow over the past year and we look forward to seeing more of you at our meetings and events this year.

Keeping in Touch

We aim to issue these bulletins each month, but publication has slipped a week due to time pressures. Thanks for the quantity of items received since last time – we cast our net widely but try to give priority to Brixton-centred items and those which could be useful to our many local organisations.  Please send material to us before 10 June if you want it to appear in the June issue – to apiperbrix@aol.com

Remember to tell us if:

– You want to add a colleague or another local group to the contact list;

– You have moved away or are no longer interested;

– You want to change your contact details so you receive bulletins sooner or more reliably.

Please advise all changes to admin@brixtonneighbourhoodforum.org 

Current Consultations

These don’t always tie in neatly with our bulletin dates or meetings schedule, but we highlight them whenever possible. 

Brixton at Night

If you thought you had missed it, the deadline for comments has been extended by another week, until 31 May.  This has been a frequent topic at our Forum meetings over the past few years, so make sure you feed in your views to the survey – see the Council website, www.lambeth.gov.uk/consultations 

Waste and Recycling Collections

Lambeth is updating its Waste & Recycling Strategy and inviting comments from residents and organisations.  The previous version dates from 2011 but Lambeth needs to increase the proportion of rubbish that is recycled above the present 30%, and ideally reduce its disposal costs for general rubbish.  Although householders could be more diligent, to make real progress the big targets surely should be flats and shops?  A summary of the strategy and a survey questionnaire can be found on the Consultations page on the Council website, www.lambeth.gov.uk

Comments can also be e-mailed direct to wastestrategy@lambeth.gov.uk but the closing date is 10 June.

Dementia Action Plan

Lambeth Dementia Action Alliance is a network of local organisations trying to make the borough more user-friendly for dementia sufferers and their carers. They have drafted a 3-year plan and are now inviting comments from the community.  Completing the survey online takes about 5 minutes – visithttps://bit.ly/2w2RyXi

Alternatively contact Age UK Lambeth on (020) 7346 6800 or info@ageuklambeth.org and request a paper copy (Freepost return).  Closing date for responses is 14 June.

Lambeth Gambling Policy

The Council is obliged to review its policy every few years on premises licensed for gambling such as betting shops and casinos.  The law gives Lambeth limited scope for restrictions, though it can ban them from vulnerable or over-provided neighbourhoods.  The Council currently has a ban on Casino operations in the borough, but Lambeth receives 500-800 applications a year for other gambling operations, mostly amendments to existing licences.  The policy adopted after this consultation will run for 3 years (i.e. until 2022).  The consultation launched on 23 May and runs until 20 June – for the survey questionnaire, go to the Consultations page on the Council website, www.lambeth.gov.uk

Government Aviation Strategy

This subject could be over our heads in more ways than one, but this is topical both for climate change implications and the projected increase in flights over London due to a third runway being added at Heathrow Airport.  Closing date is 20 June. For more details of the Aviation Strategy consultation, plus a briefing from HACAN, see https://hacan.org.uk/?p=5068

News, Events and Activities around Brixton

Roads to Avoid!

If you are heading south from Brixton, a reminder that work starts on renewing Water mains in Norwood Road, West Norwood, from 27 May and continues into November!

Meanwhile, Gas main replacement is ongoing in Brixton Road, currently affecting the section between Loughborough Road and Vassall Road.

In addition, various closures are planned near Brockwell Park in connection with the Mighty Hoopla and Cross the Tracks Festivals in the Park over the weekend 8/9 June.

At the Herne Hill gate, the link road from Norwood Road into Dulwich Road may be closed between 30 May and 16 June to enable access for vehicles setting up and taking down the festival staging.

Most other restrictions should only apply around the Festival weekend, but include closing Dulwich Road, Morval Road and the eastern arm of Brixton Water Lane to private vehicles. Vehicles will also be banned from entering Arlingford, Brailsford and Trelawn Roads.  Look out also for parking and turning restrictions in the area.

Some changes have been made this time from experience of the previous year’s events, but please tell us about any problems that arise from these Park-based events so we can feed back to Councillors and to bodies like Brockwell Park Community Partners and the Lambeth Parks Forum.

Common Ground – Friday 31 May

Sixteenfeet Productions are presenting Common Ground at Brixton Tate Library on Friday at 7 pm. Following a series of free writing workshops at Brixton Community Base, this will be a sharing of the pieces created by Lambeth Elders, hosted by spoken word artist Wordplay (Elliott Ajai-Ajagbe Daley).  Free entry but book via Eventbrite: www.eventbrite.co.uk/d/united-kingdom–london/common-ground/ – enquiries tobrixtoncommunitybase@gmail.com

Cecile Nobrega plaque unveiling – Saturday 1st June

The Nubian Jak Foundation, who were instrumental in installing the African-Caribbean War Memorial in Windrush Square, have arranged a memorial plaque to Cecile Nobrega, to be unveiled on Saturday.  The ceremony takes place between 12-45 and 1-45 pm outside Lee Samuel House, 10 Nealden Street, SW9 9QX, and marks the centenary of her birth in what is now Guyana.  Cecile was an educator, poet, playwright and composer, and one of her poems inspired the creation of the Bronze Woman statue that now stands in Stockwell Memorial Gardens, near Stockwell Tube Station.  She died in 2004 at the age of 84, but the statue, long-planned, was only finally unveiled in 2008, as part of the 60th anniversary commemorations for the arrival of the Empire Windrush, with the first migrants from the Caribbean.

Enquiries to info@nubianjak.org or pr@acmemorial.com

Visit Brixton’s Windmill

During the Summer season, the Windmill is open for tours one weekend each month – the next dates are 8 & 9 June, between 2 pm and 5 pm. Tours are still free but prior booking is advised if you want to see every floor – see www.brixtonwindmill.org/visit

This Week’s Theme…

These can sometimes be useful opportunities to highlight what your group is doing.

Volunteers Week takes place between 1st & 7th June each year – see https://volunteersweek.org for events, ideas and how to get involved.

Carers Week is the following week and we are aware of 3 local events organised by Lambeth Carers Hub.

Tuesday 11 June – Carers Walk and visit to the Garden Museum: Meet 10-45 am at We Are 336, 336 Brixton Road, SW9, for a walk to the Garden Museum at Vauxhall (next to Lambeth Palace). Booking essential – phone (020) 7501 8970 or contact connect@carershub.org.uk

Thursday 13 June – Get Connected Information Event, 11 am to 2 pm at We Are 336, 336 Brixton Road, SW9.  Lambeth-based community organisations will provide information and workshops about their work.  Lunch available (but please advise any dietary requirements). Booking arrangements as for 11 June. 

Friday 14 June – Carers Coffee Morning, 10 am to 12 noon at Brixton Pound Café, 77 Atlantic Road, SW9.  A great chance to meet other carers, no need to book.

Small Charity Week runs from 17 to 22 June – enquiries to (020) 7324 4777 or info@smallcharityweek.com

Wake up to Tai Chi

Friends of Brixton Tate Library are launching Saturday morning Tai Chi sessions at the library from 15 June.  Sessions will run from 9-30 to 10-30 am each week, thanks to support from the London Community Foundation.

Funding from the Mayor’s National Park City programme is helping to sustain additional Tai Chi sessions at Windmill Gardens off Brixton Hill – seewww.brixtonwindmill.org for timings.

Knit and Natter

The latest regular session at the Brixton Pound Café, 77 Atlantic Road, SW9.  Free on Monday afternoons between 2 and 4 pm. Enquiries to Christina Ballard, info@cballardphoto.com

Photo Exhibition – Brixton 1973-95 

Chris Steele-Perkins travelled widely as a photographer for eminent agencies such as Magnum, but Brixton was his home base for over 20 years, and he recorded the changing local scene in between his global assignments.  His Brixton photos are now the basis of an exhibition at Photofusion’s new location in International House, Pope’s Road, until Saturday 29 June. Open 10-30 am to 5-30 pm daily (closed Sundays) with free entry.

Junior Open Mic Sessions

For budding young performers, it’s free, local, parent-organised and well-supported, with 39 performers at the last event in March. The next JOM session will be on Sunday 23 June 2 pm to 4-30 pm at the Off the Cuff Music Bar in Railton Road, Herne Hill end.  From 1 pm to 2 pm is a pre-jom session for new kids to try out before appearing in front of an audience of 120-180 at the main session.

As a follow up, there will be a JOM Micro Music Festival in Brockwell Park for 30 Junior Open Mic acts, on 15 September.  Last year’s festival was enjoyed by an audience of 400, with sound engineering by Radiohead. 

Enquiries to Andy Gray, 16 Trinity Rise SW2, e-mail andyg.coms@gmail.com 

Dr Bike in Brixton

On the last Wednesday of every month, a bike mechanic will be carrying out FREE repairs and maintenance for anyone between 11 am and 2 pm.

Sessions take place on Brixton Station Road, supported by Brixton BID and Cycle Confident.  Next dates are 29 May and 26 June.

Vintage Fair at Vida’s – Saturday 15 June

Sale of vintage vinyl, clothes, jewellery, household items and refreshments, 11 am to 3 pm at the Vida Walsh Centre, 2b Saltoun Road, SW2. Turn up on the day and give a donation to Age UK Lambeth for entry.

Summer Fair in Myatt’s Fields Park – Saturday 22 June

Plans are underway for the Summer Fair, to run from 1 pm to 5 pm.  If you would like to run a stall – or offer help on the day – contact Tori on community@myattsfieldspark.info

Longfield Hall Highlights

Movers and Shakers on Friday 21 June at 7-30 pm will showcase work by dance groups who use the hall regularly.  It forms part of the Camberwell Arts Fringe Festival.

The hall’s artistic director, Laura Harling, is developing a new production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream to be performed in nearby Myatt’s Fields Park on Saturday 29 June.

Their Lottery-funded Space in the City summer holiday course for children 8-14 runs from Monday 22 to Wednesday 24 July, with a performance at 6 pm on the 24th.  They will also be hosting young people on the National Citizen Service “Challenge” over the summer holidays.

For further details of activities, see their website www.longfieldhall.org.uk 


Green Corner

 Last Call for Blooming Lambeth Awards

Once again this year’s awards are being organised by Incredible Edible Lambeth, but 1st June is the closing date for nominations in the 7 categories.  Gardens will be visited during July, with an award-giving event at the Town Hall on 15 September.

Full details on their website at www.incredibleediblelambeth.org

Better Fridays – Garden Therapy at Brockwell Greenhouses

Feeling a bit low? Like to get out and enjoy nature? Fancy helping to grow some tasty veg?  Join Cathy and Cat for some gentle gardening, chat and tea, every Friday between 1 pm and 4 pm (Shared lunch at 1 pm, tea break at 3-30 pm).  The greenhouses are in the middle of Brockwell Park, between the tennis courts and the old walled garden.

Contact Cathy at edu.assistant@brockwellgreenhouses.org.uk or phone 07 834 343 664.

Brixton Orchard

The site on the corner of Brixton Hill and St. Matthew’s Road depends on local volunteers to keep it looking green and flourishing. Gardening sessions take place on Thursday afternoons, between 1 pm and 2-30, and more volunteers are welcome.  Tools are supplied but please book in advance so they know how many are coming – call Seb on 07 715 656 665 or e-mail to woods@urbangrowth.london or via Eventbrite.

Pocket Park on Brixton Hill

Another of our member groups, Community Education Foundation & Lyncx, based at the Eurolink Centre, has been helping Brixton Hill tenants rescue a neglected estate garden space.  Hyperion House on Brixton Hill is now managed by Roupell Park Residents Management Organisation.  Residents were keen to restore and reclaim the unloved open space behind the block, and collaboration between the RMO and CEF Lyncx over a 5 year period led to funding from MHCLG and Veolia Environment Trust for creating a “pocket park”, due to complete in October.  However members of both groups are well aware that the final challenge is setting up a sustainable strategy and capacity-building so that the park is preserved for community use in the years ahead.

Loughborough Farm News

Despite the building work going on around them, they will be selling a mix of edible and ornamental plants, and freshly harvested salads, at a Farm Market on Saturday 1st June, between 1 pm and 3 pm.

The following Saturday, 8th June, there will be a free training session on Composting, starting promptly at 1-15 pm. Enquiries toloughboroughfarm@gmail.com

Funding, Training and Support

Igniting Change in Lambeth – Wednesday 29 May

A series of six free workshops at Impact Brixton spread over June and July, but first you need to attend the information/workshop session on 29 May at the Portico Gallery, Knights Hill, West Norwood SE27 from 6 pm to 8-30 pm.  (A similar session in Brixton will have happened before you read this.) Organised by the School of Social Entrepreneurs and funded by Lambeth Council and Capita. Enquiries to Helen Animashaun on (020) 7089 9120,helen.animashaun@sse.org.uk or see website www.the-sse.org/courses/igniting-change-in-lambeth

Community Tree-planting Grants

Applications are now open for the third round of the Mayor of London’s Community Tree-planting grants, part of the Greener City Fund.  Planting can be on estates, in parks or community gardens, but not on streets. Application deadline is 24 June, for planting to take place between September 2019 and March 2020.

Full details are at www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/environment/parks-green-spaces-and-biodiversity/greener-city-fund 

Trust for London – last call

The latest round of grants from the Trust closes for applications on 4th June.  The Trust offers grants of up to £150,000 over 3 years for work which tackles the root causes of poverty and inequality in London.  Work must fit within any of 7 themes: Good Homes & Neighbourhoods, Better Work, Decent Living Standards, Shared Wealth, Pathways to Settlement, Stronger Voices, Connected Communities.  There will be a further funding round in the Autumn.  See the website www.trustforlondon.org.uk

Health & Wellbeing Trade-up Programme

This is another programme run by the School for Social Entrepreneurs, with Guys & St.Thomas’ Charity.  They are keen to support projects which tackle childhood obesity or that slow progression from a long-term condition in working-age adults.  Projects must be active in Lambeth and/or Southwark, and have an income of at least £15,000 in the last financial year.

The programme offers 10 days of free training, a match-trading grant of up to £10,000, and a full year’s membership of a supportive network. Again see their website, www.the-sse.org

Our neighbouring forum, the Stockwell Partnership, are already signing people up for this, so we suggest you contact them for some pointers,john@stockwell.org.uk or steve@stockwell.org.uk

YouthConnect Careers Events

Two more YouthConnect early evening events are lined up for June and July. Tuesday 4th June (5 pm to 7 pm) will focus on careers in Finance and Information Technology,

As before, these careers networking events for young people will be in 3Space, International House, corner of Popes Road and Canterbury Crescent, SW9.  Organised by We Rise – Brixton, enquiries to hello@werise.org.uk

We Rise are also looking for work experience opportunities for young people, and for senior staff in larger firms willing to act as mentors or coaches. Enquiries to Abigail@werise.org.uk

Start-up Help from your Library 

Help is now available through Lambeth Libraries if you are starting a business – or still thinking about it. A number of free services are available, and there is also access to low-cost training.  Contact Rachel Samuels, on 07 944 733 172 or RSamuels1@lambeth.gov.uk  

Rachel is based at Brixton Tate Library but has regular sessions at other Lambeth libraries.

Support for Small Charities

If you want to turn your small group into a Charity, the Small Charities Commission has set up an online tool to lead you through the process.  There are different types of charitable status and structure, depending on what you want to do, but the site provides checklists to help you choose.

See https://charitysetup.org.uk

Workshops at the Remakery

For more hands-on training, upcoming training workshops at The Remakery include a sign-making session this Saturday, 1st June, at a cost of £5.  Make outdoor signs from recycled materials, to suit your community garden or outdoor event.

An introduction to Woodwork hand tools is running over three weekly sessions, on Tuesdays 4, 11 and 18 June – cost £42 in total.  

For the more confident, there is an introduction to the machine tools on-site on Saturday 8th June, cost £16.

The Remakery is at 51 Lilford Road, SE5 9HY.  All enquiries to hello@remakery.org

New Boilers for Business Premises

Small businesses based in Lambeth could be eligible for up to 40% cashback when replacing an old boiler with a cleaner and more efficient version. After all, 40% of carbon dioxide emissions in London come from non-domestic buildings, commercial gas consumption accounts for 7% of London’s Nitrous Oxide emissions.

The Cleaner Heat Cashback scheme has a £10 million fund open to firms of up to 250 people, based in London and with a heating system of at least 70 Kw. An existing gas, oil or LPG boiler must be at least 10 years old, or an existing coal or biomass boiler can be any age. Further details athttps://love.lambeth.gov.uk/cashback-cleaner-heating-may19/

April 2019 Bulletin

News, Events and Activities

Windmill Gardens – Beer & Bread Festival 

This will be the next major event in Windmill Gardens, open between 1 pm and 5 pm on Bank Holiday Monday, 6 May.
Brixton Windmill itself will now be open for tours one weekend a month until October – for dates and bookings, see the Friends website, www.brixtonwindmill.org 

Events at Impact Brixton

The Hub at the back of Pop Brixton has an ongoing programme of training sessions and workshops, mainly to support those getting small enterprises underway.  Free or discounted rates for those who are already members of the Hub. Two notable sessions are coming up on Thursday 25 April:

Overcoming barriers on the way to success, 2 pm to 3-30 pm, non-members £5, free to members, workshop led by Vegard Olsen as part of the Business Helpdesk series.

The Mom Test – How to talk to customers and learn if your business is a good idea when everyone is lying to you,6-30 to 8 pm, non-members £15, members £5, a talk based on Rob Fitzpatrick’s bestseller. Register athttps://themomtest.eventbrite.co.uk

For more events, see their website, www.brixtonimpacthub.net or enquiries to Tamara Amarquaye on (020) 7926 3032 or e-mail tamara@impactbrixton.com

Creative Community Placemakers Network

A network covering Creatives, Artists, Performers, Designers, Placemakers and Community groups is being developed by Jacqueline Bleicher of Global Urban Design.  She has organised a meeting to explore the idea on Tuesday 30 April, 6 pm to 7 pm at the Basement level of Lambeth Town Hall, 1 Brixton Hill SW2. If interested, please register via Eventbrite on www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/creative-community-placemakers-network-tickets-59300768194
or e-mail to enquiries@globalurbandesign.org or call 07 570 438 977.

Brixton Community Base

Under the banner of Common Ground, Brixton Community Base has launched a new series of classes for over 55s.  All Classes are free and held at Brixton Community Base in Talma Road, SW2 1AS.  To sign up, contact Jane on 07 941 624 247 or e-mail to brixtoncommunitybase@gmail.com
Topics include:
Drama Workshop, Saturdays 20 & 27 April, 10-30 am to 12-30 pm, Arts & Crafts, Thursdays from 2nd May, 2 pm to 3 pm;
Yoga, Thursdays from 30 May, 2 pm to 3 pm.

Youth Connect Careers Event

A reminder that We Rise is holding monthly careers events, each focussing on a different field of work, in conjunction with Business Launchpad.  Each is at International House, Popes Road, SW9, between 5 pm and 7 pm.  These are aimed at Lambeth-based 16-18 year-olds, to help them explore different careers and build conections with professionals in those fields.  Enquiries to: hello@werise.org.uk
Next up are:
– Tuesday 14 May –  Health & Sport, 
– Tuesday 4 June – Finance & Tech.

Support the Remakery!

A familiar story around Brixton these days is of landlords jacking up rents and thereby pricing out familiar traders and community organisations.  More disappointing though when it’s Lambeth Council adopting the greedy landlord approach. The Remakery, below Council flats on the corner of  Lilford Road and Paulet Road, is facing a rent review in July, with the threat of its annual rent increasing from £6,000 to £40,000 a year – hardly realistic when the whole turnover of the organisation is only £28,000 a year.  It looks unlikely that a commercial business would want to take over this remote location.


The Remakery – or Lambeth Re-use Centre –  was set up a few years ago, with Council support, to encourage recycling of unwanted objects into resaleable goods, and to help people learn practical skills.  Once again a grassroots project appears to be the victim of the Council losing interest once the novelty wears off.

Were you around back in 1971?

An unusual request from a documentary film company, On The Corner Films:  They are producing a documentary series focussed on the music, culture and politics of the year 1971. They are particularly keen to track down home movie footage, particularly of people playing or listening to music, or at music festivals or carnivals. See also their website, www.onthecorner.tv


If you (or your granny!) have anything to share, contact Natalie Fiennes on 07 986 559 115 or e-mail to natalie@onthecorner.tv

Community Business Weekend – 16/19 May

Do you run a Community Business? Want to find new customers, volunteers or members? This event can showcase your impact and provide free marketing support (and some bunting).  Word came to us via Locality but the event is organised by Power to Change – more details at their website, www.powertochange.org.uk

Your Views on Events in Parks and open spaces – reminder

We discussed this at our last meeting on 1st April, and the main concerns expressed were:

– Large areas of public open space are being taken out of use for long periods so commercial events can be staged on them.

– Although this is supposed to be to raise money, finances are not transparent about how much comes back to that park, or to Lambeth parks generally.

– These events cause damage to grass and paving from heavy vehicles, concentrated footfall and temporary structures. There is not enough time between events for the ground to recover.

– Noise disturbance to people living around the park, particularly from entertainment events.

– Community-based events are discouraged by the demand from commercial events, and by cumbersome booking arrangements designed for bigger events.

Have we missed anything?  We encourage you to respond directly to the Council – see www.lambeth.gov.uk and follow the links to the Consultations page. The closing date for comments is Sunday 5 May.

Funding, Support and Training opportunitiesLambeth Wellbeing Fund projects

Last year we published details of this grant programme, and it’s good to see several local projects now being supported from Round 3, including Brixton Community Base, Community Education Foundation/ Lyncx, Moorlands Community Development Project, The Remakery and Ubele.  A few examples are mentioned in this bulletin, or the previous one.  More recently, Friends of Brixton Tate Library were awarded funding for a series of Tai Chi sessions at the Library on Saturday mornings, starting in May.

Introduction to Computer Skills Course

Just about to start at Mosaic Clubhouse, 65 Effra Road, SW2 – assessment session on Wednesday 24 April, 11 am to 1 pm.  Course will run from Wednesday 1 May until 10 July, 11 am to 1 pm at Mosaic Clubhouse.  The course will cover key computer skills including e-mail, web search and basic Microsoft programs Word and Excel.  You will gain a City & Guilds Functional ICT qualification.  This course is free to Lambeth residents on benefits.  Enquiries to Sinead on (020) 7924 9657 or s.obrien@mosaic-clubhouse.org

Tech Mates at Pop Brixton

For older residents, Pop Brixtonhosts introductory sessions on computers, smartphones and IT on Thursday mornings, 10 to 11 am.  Equipment is provided but feel free to bring your own phone, laptop or tablet – particularly if you are struggling with how to make it work! This free class is led by Pop member, KHK Technology, who supply refurbished IT equipment to schools and other organisations.  NB – limited to 6 places per session, sign up through the Pop Brixton website or enquiries toinfo@popbrixton.org

First Aid Skills Day for over 50s

Another event at Pop Brixton in Brixton Station Road – St. John’s Ambulanceare holding a free First Aid Skills session (with lunch!) on Thursday 23 May, 11 am to 2-30 pm. The aim is to build up a network of first aid champions among local community groups.  For enquiries or bookings, contact Rosie on 07 896 969 869 or e-mail to rosie.mcgloughlin@sja.org.uk

Achieving Life Balance Workshop

Wise Women Wellness presents a free self-development programme, Sista Self-care Coaching Circle, for a small group of women to learn the 6 life domains, set goals and boost confidence in a supportive coaching group.  Sessions over 7 weeks at the Eurolink Centre, Effra Road, SW2, the first on Saturday 27 April, 9-30 am to 4 pm, then on Tuesday evenings.  Supported by the Ubele Initiative and funded via LCF.  To book, call Sharon Brooks on 07 973 825 255 or e-mail toinfo@wisewomenwellness.org.uk

Lambeth Larder Resources Directory

Lambeth Larder started with a church-based group in Kennington in 2015, trying to map community food resources. When the pilot scheme ended, they decided their online map was too useful a resource to let go, so they managed to find more funding to expand the project and also publish paper copies of their Directory, a 20-page free guide to food banks, advice centres and other support groups.  Lambeth Larder now works in partnership with Brixton Advice Centre, and last year its resources reached 35,000 people around the borough. Enquiries to info@lambethlarder.org or to download the directory, go to the web pages below.

In fact there are several strands of information about health services, advice and community contacts to be found by exploring the revamped Public Health web pages within the Lambeth Council website: Start from www.lambeth.gov.uk/adult-social-care-and-health/your-health

Volunteers Wanted!

Loughborough Farm (on Loughborough Road, opposite Wyck Gardens) is hosting a Welcome session for new and prospective volunteers on Saturday 27 April from 1-15 pm. This will include a tour of the space and an introduction to how it is run. The session will last about an hour, but you are welcome to stay for the tea-break afterwards. Regular volunteering is an opportunity to pick up or refresh basic gardening skills, such as sowing, transplanting, composting and harvesting. Please book your place by e-mail to Emily at loughboroughfarm@gmail.com

If your project needs volunteers for certain tasks, why not advertise your needs in our next bulletin?

Measnwhile, national charities are not hesitating to ask.  News just in from Keep Britain Tidy that they are seeking volunteers (over 18) for their Litter Heroes Ambassador Programme, for people who want to get their communities involved in litter-picking and improving public spaces for all.  Applications are open until Monday 6 May. For more information contact LHAmbassador@keepbritaintidy.org

Directory of Social Change

We continue to receive occasional updates from the Directory of Social Change about their funding directories, charity management handbooks and training courses. For more details about all of these, see their website at www.dsc.org.uk 

Keeping in Touch

Forum Meetings

We are currently trying to firm up a couple of informal meetings to plan Forum activities through 2019.  You are all welcome to attend the next General Meeting of the Forum – it has been booked for Thursday 27 June, 6-45 pmat the Vida Walsh Centre, 2b Saltoun Road, SW2 (facing onto Windrush Square).

Future Bulletins

We aim to issue these bulletins each month, so if you want to include something in our next issue, please send it to us before11 May.We are often short of time, so earlier is better – and after allowing for editing and distribution, there’s not much point in telling us about events happening much before the 18/19 May weekend. Please send direct to apiperbrix@aol.com

Stay Connected!

It looks impressive if we build up a long list of contacts, but we much prefer if the information is reaching people who are still active and in a position to make use of some of it.
Please respond to this e-mail to tell us if:
– You have moved away or are no longer interested in Brixton affairs;
– You want to add a colleague or a related group to the contact list;
– You want to change your contact details so you get these bulletins sooner or more reliably.

November 2018 bulletin

Next Forum Meeting

There has been a long gap in our bulletins because our team has been depleted by illness, but we are now starting to plan for a more active programme next year. The first step is to agree a budget so that we can renew our basic funding from the Lambeth Forum Network.

We also need to hear what you think the Forum’s priorities should be for the year ahead. That’s two good reasons for holding a Forum meeting on Monday next, 26 November, starting from 7 pm at the Vida Walsh Centre, 2b Saltoun Road SW2 (facing onto Windrush Square). 

We need your views – take our survey!

If you cannot make the next meeting – or just want to feed in ideas before the meeting – please complete our simple survey on the link in the version of this bulletin sent to our mailing list members.

If you don’t have time to respond before the meeting, we will continue to collect results up to mid-December, to help inform next year’s Forum activities.

Current Consultations on Planning and Transport

Lambeth has 3 important policy documents out for comment until Monday 17 December:

– the Draft Revision of the Lambeth Local Plan;

– changes to the Charging Schedule for the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL);

– Lambeth’s Draft Transport Strategy.

We will briefly introduce these on Monday and highlight a few of the changes that Lambeth wants to make.  We would encourage you also to respond directly (via the Consultations section of the Council’s website).  Are the proposed changes helpful or not?  Are other issues being ignored?

The Local Plan is probably the most important of the three documents, but there is a lot of it to check through.  There are certainly some new proposals for Brixton this time. 

The CIL Charging Schedule is generally being increased, so that more money from new developments comes back to the Council, but we need to be careful that key services for a balanced community are not discouraged.  There is a risk that our Council will become too dependent on developers’ money and allow too much building, to the detriment of the local community.

Transport strategies are largely set by the Mayor and Transport for London, so Lambeth’s strategy is largely a reflection of London-wide priorities – but it’s a great opportunity to press for access to the London Overground,  or for better bus connections.

News from Local Organisations

If your group wants to make a presentation or report to Monday’s meeting, please tell the Secretary as soon as possible, so that we can organise the final agenda.  We are also happy to put out your news through these bulletins or on our website.  Also contact us if you would like to present to a future Forum meeting.

Brixton Rec User Group – public meeting, Tuesday 27 November

6 pm to 8 pm in the meeting room on Level 6. Is the Rec working for you? What changes would you like to see?  Enquiries to recusergroup@btinternet.com

Ten years of Transition Town Brixton:

Marking 10 years of the Transition Town movement in Brixton, with reports from several projects which grew out of TTB, including Brixton Pound, the Remakery and Incredible Edible Lambeth. Thursday 6th December, 7 pm to 10 pm at the Impact Hub (at back of Pop Brixton) 49 Brixton Station Road SW9.

Christmas Fairs and more

Saturday 24 November – Friends of Carnegie Library Winter Fair, 11 am to 3 pm at St. Saviour’s Church Hall, Herne Hill Road (c/o Finsen Road) SE24.

Saturday 1st December – Loughborough Farm Market @ The Platform, 2 Ridgeway Road SW9 7AH: 1 pm to 3 pm, featuring the farm’s winter harvest, Christmas greenery and handmade gifts.

Sunday 2nd December – Friends of Brockwell Park Winter Fair, 11 am to 3 pm in Brockwell Hall, in the centre of the park.

Monday 3rd December – Stockwell Good Neighbours Christmas Fair, 11 am to 3 pm at the Oval House Theatre, 52-54 Harleyford Road SE11 5SW. Enquiries to info@stockwellgoodneighbours.org

The Brixton Society will have their regular stall in Brixton Station Road on Saturday 8th December, 11 am to 3 pm, to coincide with their monthly Market walk.  A chance to stock up with local history books, maps and postcards.

The Crafty Fox Christmas Market this year will be downstairs at The Department Store, 248 Ferndale Road SW9, Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 December, 11 am to 5 pm.

Van Gogh bust unveiled at Hackford Road:

A bust of Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh has been set up in Van Gogh Walk, off Hackford Road, close to where he stayed as a young man in 1873-74.  It is one of a series designed by sculptor Anthony Padgett, which are being set up at various sites associated with the artist – others are planned for sites in Isleworth, Ramsgate and Arles in France.  The local example was unveiled on Friday. 

Funding, support and training opportunities

We will continue to share information that comes to us from funders and other agencies.

Workspace Opportunity for a Social Enterprise

Tripod is the business space in the basement of the remodelled Town Hall, managed by Meanwhile Space.  They are looking for a social enterprise to join their nucleus of creative and tech businesses, offering event space, subsidised office space or hot desk memberships.  Enquiries to rosie@meanwhilespace.com

International House open for Business

Lambeth has moved its own staff out of International House, and handed it over to 3Space to manage.  The Brixton BID, Brixton Design Trail and We Rise are among those who have already moved in.  More details at www.3spaceinternational.co.uk

Published by Brixton Neighbourhood Forum.