November 2019 Bulletin

News, Events and Activities

Quick Reminders

Walcot Foundation – funding opens 18 November But you need to get your expression of interest in to them during the week commencing 18th – more details below in our Funding & Support section.

Brixton Christmas Lights switch-on is Friday 29 November

Brixton BID have confirmed timings as follows:

4.30 pm Winter Windows, a collaboration between Lansdowne School pupils and Squire & Partners, will be switched on at  Department Store, Ferndale Road.

7 pm – The Mayor of Lambeth will switch on the Town Centre Christmas Lights by the Christmas Tree in Tunstall Road, opposite the Tube Station.

Supported by Brixton Chamber Orchestra and special guests.

Living Well Open Morning, Thursday 28 November

11am – 1pm at Mosaic Clubhouse, 65 Effra Road, SW2. This session will focus on support for young people. For more details see or e-mail to

A Gospel Christmas 2019 Saturday 7 December 
7pm – 10pmEnjoy an evening of award-winning gospel music, choirs, spoken word and join the chorus in a way you’ve never done before! NTCG Brixton Community Church Lambert Road, Brixton SW2 5BB Adult early bird tickets £15 before 15 November! Make it a wonderful gift for friends and family and support mothers living in poverty this Christmas.
Buy tickets at or 020 7523 2321    
For discounted group bookings:

Black Culture Christmas Market 7th & 8th December 
11am – 5pm at 3Space Brixton (This used to be called International House)

The Voice Black Business Fair, Saturday 7 December

The Black Business Fair returns to Lambeth Town Hall from 10 am to 6 pm, providing a platform for black-owned businesses to showcase their products and services. To trade at the Fair or book a stall, e-mail to

To reserve your free ticket to attend, visit

Brixton Windmill Festive Bake-Off

Brixton Windmill is hosting its own Festive Bake-off on Sunday 15 December. To enter, just make a festive dish using Brixton Windmill flour. Then bring it, along wityh the recipe, to the Windmill at 2 pm for judging (by Richard Scroggs of the Old Post Office Bakery).  There will be 3 categories:

– Adults (age 16+) non-professional bakers only;

– Children, 11-15 years;

– Children, 10 and under.

A festive hamper will be awarded to the winning bake in each category.

Santa will also be visiting the windmill that day, and there will be free family craft workshops and carol singing to round off the afternoon.

Any queries to

Winter Fair at Myatt’s Fields Park, Sunday 15 December

From 10 am on into the evening, by the bandstand in the park. More details expected soon, or contact

Events at Brixton Tate Library

We the People – Tuesday 26 November Free film screening at 6-15 pm of a short film by Virginia Nimarkoh & Fan Sissoko. We the People features Brixton Housing Co-op, Cressingham Gardens Estate, Race Today Collective, Loughborough Farm, Remembering Olive Collective and others. Commissioned by Museum of London.

Somewhere in-between – until 30 November An exhibition of 50 books and 48 artworks, curated by artist Foster Spragge – for more info, see

Kanopy Streaming serviceThis video streaming service was founded in Australia 11 years ago, and Lambeth was one of the first councils in Britain to sign up, earlier this year. The service offers access to 15,000 films, mainly shorts, documentaries and educational videos, but there’s also a World Cinema category. Films can be checked out on a standard library card, and are then available for home viewing for 3 days. another reason to join (or rejoin) your local library. (Previously mentioned in our September e-bulletin.)

A Place to Meet?

Clapham Park Community CubeThe new community centre for the Clapham Park Estate was completed a few months ago, and already has a diverse programme of regular activities 6 days a week. Strictly speaking, this is just beyond the south-west corner of our catchment area, but worth considering if you need somewhere for a series of day-time or evening sessions. It’s at the corner of Kings Avenue and the South Circular Road – enquiries to Hannah Moody of Metropolitan Thames Valley,

News from Longfield HallLongfield Hall Trust signed a 39-year lease with Lambeth Council last month, so work can soon start on enhancements to the Hall which were given planning permission in July last year. These will include a wheelchair lift and a new ground floor main entrance on Burton Road, opposite the Minet Library.

The Annual Community Carols event will be on Sunday 8 December at 3 pm, led by Longfield Voices and with contributions from the McAlpine Dance School and The Nest pre-school.     All enquiries to

Space to spare?   Moorland Estate Community Development Group have set up the Lambeth Co-operative Enterprise Group to support small businesses among estate residents. They are looking for a meeting place not too far away, for training and advice sessions. If you can assist, contact Dorothy Bell on 07 940 038 438, or e-mail to

Free Creative Workshops for Young People, 11-19, at Stockwell  Drop-in sessions for 11-19 year-olds continue until 19 December on Thursdays, 3-45 to 5 pm. Those attending 5 or more sessions will gain an Arts Award. Enquiries to Julie at

Green Corner

Blooming Lambeth Awards

Good to see some organisations from around Brixton among those recognised at the Awards presentations last month. Congratulations to:

Landor Garden Project for Best Community Garden;

The Greenhouse Market Stall at Myatt’s, Highly Commended in the Innovation Award;

Loughborough Farm, Highly Commended in the Ivor Picardo Best Veg Garden category.

News from Brockwell Park

Making more of Brockwell Hall  Plans are being developed by Lambeth, working with Brockwell Park Community Partners, using the first stage of Lottery funding, to produce a viable package to attract second stage funding – the serious money. Groups with ideas for using space within the enhanced complex should contact Emily Keenan of CFP at

For individual residents with views, comments or ideas, there is a survey at

Police in Parks  Lambeth Council has agreed a deal with the Metropolitan Police, similar to that made by Brixton BID, for extra police resources. In this case, a small police team will cover Lambeth’s parks, including being able to enforce the parks’ by-laws.

Paths and Trees Work is underway in Brockwell Park on repairing several sections of paths within the park, including some damaged during commercial events in the past 2 years. Selected trees are to be felled or cut back where damaged by disease, to avoid dead branches falling on park users.

Steering Myatt’s Fields Park – AGM on Sunday 1st December If you are on the North-East side of Brixton, do you want a say in how your local park is run? The Annual General Meeting of the Myatt’s Fields Park Project will be held from 4 pm to 6 pm in the Greenhouse, next to the Park Depot. More committee members and volunteers are welcome – contact

Great North Wood Photography Competition   London Wildlife Trust is inviting entries for its annual competition, to illustrate the monthly pages of its 2020 calendar. The overall winner will win a meal for two at the Great North Wood pub.

Photos should be from the Great North Wood area, which extends from Streatham Common, across Tulse Hill and through Dulwich to New Cross and Honor Oak.

Photos can be of wildlife, fragments of the natural world in an urban setting, or simply people enjoying nature. Camera-phone photos are quite acceptable.

Deadline for submissions is 30 November, which can be sent by e-mail to or post on Twitter with #GreatNorthWood and tag @GreatNorthWood.

Funding, Training and Support

Lambeth Community Fund – closes 16 December  This is open to Lambeth-based organisations with annual income less than £250,000. £150,000 is available for this round, but each grant will be between £1,000 and £10,000, for projects running between May 2020 and April 2021. Proposals must address at least one of 4 themes:

– Stronger Together: bringing together people from diverse parts of the community.

– Feeling Fine: focussing on health and wellbeing, including meeting specific needs or supporting vulnerable groups.

– Learning for Life: developing skills, experience and knowledge, either for career purposes or simply to keep the mind active.

– Strengthening Organisations: building the capacity of Lambeth groups to support local residents, including volunteer development, staff training and developing business plans or working procedures.

More information on the LCF website at

Walcot Foundation – funding round opens 18 November  Walcot offers revenue grants of up to £25,000 a year for up to 3 years, for organisations working with low-income Lambeth residents. Projects need to be focussed on the Governors’ current priorities. If you think you have a project that fits their criteria, please contact Walcot by telephone in the week commencing 18 November with your verbal expression of interest. For more information and how to apply, see their website,

Funds Online via Directory of Social Change

DSC offers access to its online funding database on a subscription basis. Different subscription packages are available depending on the types of funding that you are looking for, such as:

– Company giving, in cash or in-kind, for organisations, worth £330 million a year;

– 3500 Trusts and charities able to make grants for individuals in need;

– £4.9 billion given annually to organisations via grant-making Charities;

– £2.4 billion of funding from Government and public sector sources.

See the DSC website at

Consortia and Partnership Development, Thursday 28 November

Another event organised by the Integrate Agency, to be held 11 am to 3 pm at Streatham Space Projec t(close to Streatham Hill Station), SW2 4PA.. Consortia arrangements should achieve economies of resources through shared delivery and shared risk, but this is easier said than done. For example, you need to agree on mediation arrangements in case of disputes between the collaborating parties. This event will explore ways to collaborate better, rather than compete. Enquiries to

Recognising Modern Slavery, Thursday 21 November

As part of National Safeguarding Adults Week, the Lambeth Safeguarding Adults Board is hosting an event for voluntary and community groups, to raise awareness. 2 pm to 4 pm at 336 Brixton Road, SW9 7AA. To sign up, register at (search modern slavery Lambeth) or e-mail or phone 020 7926 6902.

Community Connector Training, January/ February 2020

It’s now possible to book a place on the next round of Community Connector training, starting near the end of January. Venue still to be confirmed but will be within Lambeth. Sessions will run from 9-30 am to 3 pm on 29 January, and February 5, 6 and 12. You must be able to attend all the sessions to complete the training.

Enquiries and applications to the interim Project Manager, Emma Corker, on 07 734 670 300 or at

Mental Health First Aid Course, 3 & 4 February

If you missed the recent course, there is another coming up in February, based at Art4Space, 31 Jeffreys Road, SW4 6QU. Organised by It’s a Playground and Studio Moross. Bookings/ enquiries to

Looking Ahead

Our Next Bulletin

We will issue another bulletin in early December, so if you want anything included, please send it before the end of November to

If urgent news arises in between times, we try to circulate brief extra bulletins, but overall we try to follow a monthly pattern.

Planning for 2020  We hope that, by the time you read this, our funding from Lambeth Forum Network will finally be approved and we can make firm plans for the rest of 2019/20. We will shortly set our main Forum meetings for the year ahead, so if you want to offer a venue or suggest a topic for discussion, tell us soon!

Among other things, we want to put on a Showcase event for local groups in early summer 2020, to make ourselves and our member groups better known.

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