August 2023


Brixton Chamber Orchestra check their website for upcoming gigs
and residencies,

Brixton X Harlem Festival, 15-20 August
Brixton BID celebrate their twinning links with Harlem’s 125th Street BID over a 5-day festival. Local businesses are presenting a varied programme of events – details on the website at

Windmill Gardens, See the website,

Black Culture Market, Saturday 19 & Sunday 20 August
Returns to Downstairs at the Department Store, 248 Ferndale Road SW9, open 11 am to 5 pm with a different mix of traders and makers each day .Admission free but please register via Eventbrite:
If you want to trade at these events, contact the organisers via

Everywhere’s a Beach – Sunday 20 August, Myatt’s Fields Park
Longfield Hall presents a family-friendly aerial circus theatre show in the Quiet Garden in Myatt’s Fields Park. Tickets from £10, shows at 12 noon and 2 pm, book online via

Summer Holiday Activities for children and young people
NB – Some events may be fully booked by now, but there may also be places available due to cancellations – please check with organisers first. Free Summer Holiday activities for children: for a summary of what’s available across the borough, see

Summer of Play at Max Roach Park Tuesday to Thursday, 10-30 am to 3pm until 24 August, free play and activities with lunch, age up to 13 but children under 7 must be supervised.  Run by LCC at Max Roach Centre, Wiltshire Road, SW9 7NE.  Enquiries to 020 7737 2472 or or see website

Creative Minds Summer School is a joint effort between Photofusion and 198 Contemporary Art & Learning.  They offer one-week courses in art, design and photography, with a choice of 3 dates remaining:14-17 August for 8-12 age range;21-24 August for 12-14 age range;28-31 August for 14-16 age range. Register on-line via

Holiday Art Classes at Art4Space: Mondays 14 & 21 August, 9 am to 12 noon or 1 pm to 4 pm, for ages 6-12 years, £35 per half-day, choice of media. Held at Art4Space leaning hub, studio 1, 31 Jeffreys Road, SW4 6QU.

Summer Scrap Club at Art4Space: Wednesdays 10 am to 2 pm, Thursdays 10 am to 1 pm, Fridays 10 am to 2 pm, running until 1st September. For ages 5-16 but children under 8 to be accompanied by a parent/ carer.  Free but priority for children receiving free school meals or with special educational needs or disabilities.
Enquiries for all Art4Space events to

Events at Sunshine International Arts
Based in railway arches at 209a Coldharbour Lane – opposite Loughborough Junction Station (Thameslink).
Open Studios and Thrift Market – Saturday 19 August.
Hand Lettering workshop – Saturday 9 September.
Watercolours workshop – Saturday 16 September with Jason Gibilaro. 
Enquiries to or see website

Lambeth Heritage Festival runs through September
Heritage Festival will run through the whole month, with events all over the borough.  Around Brixton we should highlight:

Lambeth and Music Hall – Thursday 7 Sept., 6 pm at Brixton Tate Library.
Brixton Market Walk – Saturday 9 Sept., 2-30 pm.
Brixton Hill Walk – Sunday 10 Sept., 1 pm.
Urban Sketching in Brixton Market – Sunday 17 Sept., 10 am.
Tracing the River Effra – Sunday 17 Sept., 2-30 pm from Canterbury Square.
Windrush 75 Guided Walk – Monday 18 September, 11 am from Windrush Square.
Brixton Windmill tours – Saturday 23 Sept., open 1 pm to 5 pm.
Harvest Festival at Brixton Windmill – Sunday 24 Sept., 1 pm to 5 pm. 
Stockwell Green Walk – Sunday 24 Sept., 2-30 pm.
To see the whole programme, go to or see

Interested in History?
Volunteers are invited to take part in a research project into the history and awareness of the Transatlantic Slave Trade.  This will involve a visit to the Museum of Docklands or the National Maritime Museum in September or October.  You can register via this link: or enquiries to

Health and Social Care 

Making Lambeth an Age-friendly borough
Lambeth Council are currently consulting on how to make the borough and its services more user-friendly for older people.  Last day to input comments is Sunday 10 September – see the webpage or you can e-mail comments to

Volunteers wanted to support Older People
Age UK Lambeth are seeking more volunteers, particularly for their Walking and Befriending programmes.  For more information on all their volunteering roles, see

Mental Health First Aid Course
Art4Space will be hosting further Mental Health courses at their Stockwell premises. The next course on 21 & 22 September will be focussed on the needs of Young People, where issues can include depression, anxiety, eating disorders and addiction, which can be common at a young age.  As before, the course will be run by It’s a Playground.  Booking via

Re-use Outgrown School Uniforms
Work is currently underway to collect in good-quality items of school uniforms, coats and shoes to help struggling families with kitting-out their kids for the new school year.  There is already a collection hub at St. Margaret’s Church, Barcombe Avenue, SW2 3BH (drop off weekdays between 9-30 am and 2-30 pm) in conjunction with Norwood & Brixton Food Bank, but other hubs are being set up too.  Enquiries to

Drumming for Wellbeing, Myatt’s Fields Park
Shamha Vibration are holding drumming sessions in the Roundhouse in Myatt’s Fields Park every Friday during August, 5 pm to 7 pm.  All welcome – free and drums provided, more details at or e-mail to Peter at

Funding, Training and Support 

Funding deadlines approaching
Another reminder of grants previously notified among VCS groups via Integrate – contact them if you missed the earlier notices OR if you are not on their mailing list yet – e-mail to

Lloyds Bank Foundation – for Deaf/ Disabled People’s organisations: deadline Thursday 31 August.

Local Collaborations to support local or regional collaborations and networks, deadline Friday 8 September.

The 2023 Which Fund to support consumer advice and protection, deadline 18 September.

Community Organisations Cost of Living Fund offers grants between £10k and £75k for services supporting people on low incomes.  Deadline 16 October BUT Integrate suggest that you apply now. See

Time after Time e-waste fund – to support digital inclusion and re-use of IT equipment, closing date Friday 20 October.

Training courses and sources 

Top Tips for Social Media, Monday 21 August: Targeted at voluntary and community groups, an on-line briefing by Integrate, 10 am to 11-30.

Grantspire – a focus group for young fund-raisers, Tuesday 22 August:
Aimed at fund-raisers (or prospective fund-raisers) aged under 35.  Another on-line session by Integrate, 10 am to 1 pm.
Enquiries for both events to

Keep in touch 

We’ll Meet Again…
We have had our funding renewed for another year through the Lambeth Forum Network, so we are currently planning our activities over the next few months.  Right now is a difficult time to get everybody together because of holidays, but we have booked a general meeting for all Forum members on Monday 25 September, 7 pm at the Advocacy Academy in Vining Street, SW9. .  In the meantime, please get in touch if you want to present your project to the Forum, or raise an issue for discussion, or suggest a topic where you need more support.

Reach other Forum members
Wonder why some organisations often appear here and yours does not?  If you are doing something locally, why not tell us about it?  We love to hear about events that are coming up, but we are also happy to record your achievements as well.  We try to feature a range of local organisations, and to provide information that is likely to interest the wider Brixton community
Please send information for future bulletins to the Forum Secretary at – preferably by the 5th of the month so we can publish by the 10th.

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