June 2018 Bulletin

Coming Events and Activities

A Snapshot of Brixton – open until 6 July
We have already mentioned the exhibition, in Room G01 on the ground floor of the Town Hall. It’s based on the photo collection of the late Harry Jacobs, who ran a photography business in Landor Road through the last half of the 20th century.  If you would like to hear some more background, joint curators Kelly Foster and Jon Newman are putting on free talks in the room on these dates: Tuesday 12 June at 6-30 pm, Friday 22 June at 6-30 pm, and Tuesday 26 June at 1-15 pm.  Tickets are free, but please book through the Eventbrite page,


Lambeth Country Show – 21 & 22 July
If your group plans to have a presence at the show in Brockwell Park, we will be happy to announce details in the next e-bulletin.  Remember to tell us where to find you, because it’s such a big show nowadays, you could easily miss a whole section!
Advance notice also that security will be tighter this year, with a fence round the whole show, so please allow more time to get in and out – last admission each day will be 6-30 pm. Stalls generally are expected to be set up during Friday, and removed on Monday. 


Brixton Summer Bazaar, Sunday 10 June
From 12 noon to 4 pm in Windrush Square, just outside Brixton Tate Library, with children’s book sale, bric-a-brac, badge-making and paper crafts, gardening workshops to help you grow your own food.
Organised by Friends of Tate Library Brixton, with Brixton Library staff. Enquiries to


Events at Longfield Hall
Movers and Shakers will be an inspiring evening of new dance by emerging and established artists, on Friday 22 June at 7-30 pm – doors and bar open from 7 pm. Tickets £4 and £5 in advance, or £5 and £6 on the door – book via www.longfieldhall.org.uk
The hall is at the corner of Knatchbull and Burton Roads, opposite the Minet Library.
Enquiries about their whole events programme to Catherine on 020 7978 9153 or


Rapport Festival
15 -17 June – volunteers needed
We mentioned the Film Festival element a couple of months back, but we now hear that a wider range of arts and entertainment activities are being planned.  A final reminder that volunteers are being sought to help with administration, marketing, photography, videography, leaflet distribution, ushers and marshalls.  The Festival will take place in various locations around Brixton over 15-17 June.
As founder-director Lara Samuels says, 
“All the world’s a stage, and Brixton will be ours for 2 days. Its iconic status in the lives of the British African diaspora, and the Windrush generation in particular, provides us with a perfect setting. As urban regeneration continues its inexorable march, we want to re-engage with a community that feels disregarded and reclaim Brixton’s black heritage for a new generation.”
More info at


Myatt’s Fields Park Summer Fair
Saturday 16 June
Once again there will be music on the bandstand, a children’s fairground, a dog show, cake competition, dance performances and community stalls. Open from 1 pm to 5pm, stalls cost between £10 and £50 – enquiries


Brixton Pound Café
Not only great tea and coffee, but also delicious vegetarian and vegan lunches, made from surplus food that would otherwise be wasted.  The café runs totally on a pay-what-you-can basis, providing an accessible, inclusive and non-judgmental space for the residents of Brixton and further afield.
Why not use the café for a meeting space, or hire the basement for a film screening, yoga class or art exhibition?
There are also many opportunities to get involved with some of the amazing events already happening in the space.
Open 9 am to 6 pm, Monday to Saturday – more information at www.brixtonpound.org
If you are interested in their Volunteer Training Programme – whether to make the perfect coffee, brush up your cooking skills or help promote the space with your social media know-how – please contact Sean at  kitchen@brixtonpound.org


Brockwell Park Community Greenhouses
They have several upcoming events, including 2 music performances on the evenings of Sunday 17 June and 1st July, both starting at 6 pm.
Also some practical workshop sessions:
Sunday 24 June, 11 am to 12-30, How to take plant cuttings (free);
Saturday 30 June, 11 am to 2 pm, How to prepare and make plant dyes.
Please book via their website,
 www.brockwellgreenhouses.org.uk and follow the links.


Into the Night – Friday 22 June
Photofusion in Electric Lane are hosting a night of free photography classes, screenings, walks and workshops in collaboration with the Museum of London. Billed as a free drop-in, from 6 pm onwards.
Opportunities for Funding and Support


Stronger Together Programme
Training and support delivered by Community Southwark for community organisations working in Lambeth – some upcoming training sessions are:

Be more enterprising: earn and prosper through social enterprise on Tuesday 10 July, 10 am to 4-30  pm
Shaping the future of your organisation: develop practical plans and winnable strategies,Wednesday 5 September 10 am to 4-30 pm
Fund-raising made easy: Tuesday 25 September, 10am to 4.30pm
Venues not yet confirmed, but all bookings should be made via their website, 


Small Groups Network
For groups with less than £50k turnover a year, so most sessions are in the evenings to suit volunteers:
The next Network meeting is on 
Thursday 19 July, 6 pm to 8 pm – topics not yet confirmed, but all enquiries to Deborah@communitysouthwark.org 


Project Smith – Community connectors training
We have mentioned this in a few earlier bulletins, but please note there is now a new local contact, Dave Goslyn, tel. 07 540 095 696.  Training courses are typically 4 days, spread over 5 weeks, 9-30 am to 3 pm at various venues around Lambeth. One course has recently started, but expect another in early autumn.  


News from Local Groups  Please keep us in touch with what you are doing, and we will flag up highlights in this bulletin whenever we can.


Brixton People’s Kitchen  – New Café at the Vida Walsh Centre
Since 2011, Brixton People’s Kitchen has been tackling food waste, fighting poverty and strengthening the local community. BPK has run a variety of community events which bring people together to celebrate food, and helped them learn healthy living skills.
They have now launched a Community Café at the Vida Walsh Centre, providing hot food and drinks at subsidised prices for lunches and special supper club events.
The café proceeds will support BPK’s charity, Be Enriched, and its community canteens. These serve free meals to individuals and families who are unable to do so themselves, due to health, poverty or social exclusion.

The café is currently open on

 Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 10 am and 4 pm, with hot meals available between 11-30 am and 3 pm. The menu changes weekly and guideline prices are:
One course £3;
Two courses £5 (£4 subsidised price);
Three courses £6.50 (£5 subsidised price).
Enquiries to Kemi Akinola on 07 934 346 917 or e-mail to

brixtonpk@be-enriched.org More details at www.be-enriched.org.uk


Better Fridays at Brockwell Park Community Greenhouses
Need to get out more? Like to grow some vegetables, harvest and cook them? Come and try a spot of gentle gardening with Cathy and Cat at the Community Greenhouses on Friday mornings at 10-30 am, and enjoy a home-cooked lunch at 12-30 pm. Feel free to bring a friend or carer with you for support. Sessions continue weekly until 19 October. The greenhouse and community garden are sited between the Tennis Courts and the Walled Garden.
If interested contact
 Cathy on 07 834 343 664 or edu.assistant@brockwellgreenhouses.org.uk


Remembering Loughborough Road
LEAF is the Tenants and Residents Association for the older Council-owned houses between Fiveways and Brixton Road. With the help of a small grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, they are investigating the various past uses of the shops on Loughborough Road, and collecting memories from people who have lived in the area.  If you want to be involved, they have a workshop session at Lambeth Archives at the Minet Library, Knatchbull Road SE5, on Saturday 16 June2 pm to 3-30 pm, or otherwise contact leaftra@gmail.com 


Lambeth Carers Forum – Wednesday 13 June
The next Forum organised by the Carers Hub Lambeth will be beyond our own Forum’s area, but may still be of interest to those supporting a family member with a disability or ongoing illness. 
The theme of the day is to support carers to be healthier themselves, and better connected through fun, sociable activities. It runs from 11 am to 2 pm, at Black Prince Trust, Beaufoy Walk, Kennington SE11 6AA.
Booking is essential – call (020) 7501 or e-mail to