30 September 2010

October 2010 is Black History Month in Lambeth


October is Black History Month across the UK and in Lambeth there are events planned throughout the month.

Black History Month logoThe Black History Month events this year are based on the three themes of  cultural heritage, economic wellbeing and health and social wellbeing.

 
The full listing of events is on the Lambeth website or see below for a listing of events by week

27 September to 3 October


4 to 10 October

11 to 17 October

18 to 24 October

25 to 31 October

Events in November

29 September 2010

No Victoria line tube this weekend

Stockwell station sign
There will be no service on the Victoria line this Saturday and Sunday 2 and 3 October 2010. A replacement bus service will run between Brixton, Stockwell and Victoria tube stations and between Manor House and Walthamstow stations.

Further details on the TfL website

28 September 2010

Watch Ed Milliband's Labour Party conference speech

Today new Labour Party leader Ed Milliband gave his first speech as leader to the Labour Party conference in which he set out his vision for the Party and the country.

See the speech here



Get involved - join the Labour Party now

25 September 2010

Ed Milliband elected as new Labour Party leader - good news for Vassall Ward

It was announced today that Ed Milliband has been elected as Labour leader. On election Ed commented ""Today a new generation has stepped forward to change our party. We are united in our mission to transform Labour so that, once again, we stand up for the hardworking majority who play by the rules and want a less divided and more prosperous Britain. I know we have a lot of work to do. The journey starts today.""

We in Vassall Ward Labour Party share Ed's vision and will be working hard to ensure that Ed's vision becomes reality.



Send a message to the new Labour Party leader Ed Milliband
In a unique initiative the new leader will be listening Labour Party supporters and voters around the country to hear their concerns and priorities - you can send a message to the new Labour Party leader on the Labour Party website or through Facebook

24 September 2010

Ken Livingstone selected as Labour candidate for Mayor of London 2012

Ken Livingstone has been overwhelmingly selected by the London Labour Party as its candidate to be the next Mayor of London. Ken, who served as Mayor between 2000 and 2008, will take on Conservative Boris Johnson in the contest to be held on Thursday 3 May 2012.

Ken Livingstone said:
"We need a Mayor who will stand up for London. The choice between me and Boris Johnson could not be clearer. I will protect the fare payer. After Boris Johnson’s unnecessary fare increases that go hand in hand with cuts to investment we need fairer fares. I promise that fares under my administration will be lower than if Boris Johnson is re-elected."

He continued "Today’s decision by London Labour members signals the start of a campaign to change London for the better and to protect Londoners from the cuts of this government that threaten to wreck lives and push us back into recession. I will unite Londoners around this message."

"The London election in 2012 will be the chance to send a message to David Cameron and George Osborne that we don’t want devastating cuts to our public services, fewer jobs, and declining living standards. If you want them out, first vote Boris out."

http://www.kenlivingstone.com/

Edited to add: See the interview with Ken in the Guardian 29/09/2010

23 September 2010

Lambeth Labour questions Clegg's assertions

Labour in Lambeth have questioned statements made by Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg in his leader's speech on Tuesday. In the Speech, published on the Lib Dems website, Clegg claimed that the Lib Dems had had to pick up the pieces in Lambeth. Lambeth Labour Councillors recall a slightly different version of events - Labour was forced to pick up the pieces in 2006 after a Conservative Liberal Democrat coalition left office in Lambeth.


To help correct the deputy Prime Minister Lambeth Labour have outlined the reality of what a Lib Dem council really achieves. In 2006 Labour took control of Lambeth after the electorate had got fed up with the Lib Dem / Tory administrations failings which led to the council having the worse finances in local government at the time, they hammered the community with a 40% rise in council tax hike and the left the borough with just a poor one star performance.

After the  electorate had decided enough was enough and voted in  Labour to take over the running of the council the the new administration carried out the following and much more;
  • Delivered a council tax freeze between 2008 – 2010
  • Cut £35 million of waste left behind by the previous administration
  • Secured a 3 Star rating and became the fastest improving council in the country.
  • Delivered on promises for new schools, better road cleaning and improved parks and spaces for residents.
  • Helped to boost GCSE results year upon year.
As a result of Labour achievements and ability to manage the council effectively the electorate voted in their masses in the June 2010 election and gave Labour a massive thumbs up and  a second term in control of the council.

Labour in Lambeth are also surprised to hear that the Lib Dems feel they are successful in Sheffield, Southwark and Liverpool. In the latter two their management of the authorities was rejected at the ballot box in May 2010 where Labour took control of the council after the Audit commission in 2008 named the then Lib Dem managed Liverpool council as having the worse financial management in the country. Also in Sheffield, Cleggs own back yard, a recent defection to the Labour party from the Lib Dems further suggests that Lib Dem support is on the decline.

22 September 2010

Lambeth Labour fights back at Conservative / Lib Dem swimming cuts

In a fight back against the ConDem cuts to Labour’s free swimming programme for children and older people, Lambeth Labour along with leisure provider GLL have negotiated subsidised swimming meaning that all under 16s and over 60s can enjoy a dip in pool for just £1.

In a series of cruel cuts being enforced by the government free swimming was struck off in June this year to coincide with the summer break from schools leaving many children and parents worried about the impact this will have on them. However Lambeth kept free swimming throughout the summer holidays until schools reopened and have now managed to find a way for children and older people to swim at a subsidised rate. The over 60’s will be able to get a “Real Plus” pay as you go membership card for free before the 13th October which qualifies them for a discounted swimming session at just £1, as well as other discounts of upto 55 per cent at Lambeth Leisure Centres. Under 16’s will also be able to swim for £1 with a “Real Plus” card, which will be automatically issued to those already registered on the previous ‘free swim’ scheme.

Cllr Florence Nosegbe, Cabinet Member for Culture, Sport and the 2012 Games, said: “We are extremely disappointed with the coalition government’s announcement to scrap the free swimming from July this year, weeks before the start of the school holidays. This scheme was popular with young people and elderly residents and encouraged them to enjoy a new sport. The Coalition Government claim that they are committed to delivering an Olympic legacy but the decision to cut the funding for a scheme which benefited over 20million people across the country and received endorsement from Olympic Swimmers is very short sighted. I call on Mayor Johnson to defend London’s Olympic legacy and provide funding to help keep our residents swimming.’

The loss of the grant funding at a time when we are already facing a real term reduction of about 30% in funding means that we simply cannot afford to provide free swimming any longer. For the council to wholly subsidise the free swimming scheme would simply not be affordable in the current climate, but by offering swims for £1, we are making sure that a trip to the pool remains a cheap day out for families and a great way of promoting healthy living and combating obesity.”

21 September 2010

Lambeth Archives Open Day at Minet Library in Vassall Ward this Saturday

Come along this Saturday to the Lambeth archives Open Day at the Minet library in Knatchbull Road, SE5.

The Lambeth archives are situated at our local library in Vassall Ward, close to Myatt's Fields Park. The archives  hold the historical records of the council and of local organisations and businesses, over 50,000 photographs, several thousand old maps, the local newspapers back to the 1840s - all offering an insight Lambeth past and present.


This years open day looks at the local history of cinema going, film locations and home movies with a mixture of film screenings, illustrated talks, practical workshops and advice. Other activities and displays include an exhibition of original art and photographs, children's activities, archives enquiry desk, local societies' stands and book stalls. refreshments will also be available.

The full programme is on the Lambeth website- highlights below

Talks and films in the Michael Church - across the road from Minet Library
  • 10.30 to 11.45am - In the Shadow of the LampIrish nurses in 1950s Lambeth
    Anne Ward, Lambeth Archives
  • 11.45am to 12.30pm - The making of Black JoyThe 1979 film that helped re-define Brixton as the centre of Black London
    Sally Shaw
  • 12.30 to 1.15pm - The history of home movies
    H
    ow amateur film makers represent their communities
    David Cleveland
  • 2.00 to 2.45pm - Stories from the Stockwell war memorial
    Naomi Klein
  • 2.45 to 3.30pm - Brink of Change - Unsung HeroesLives on the Clapham Park Estate
    Charlotte Bill
  • 3.30 to 4.15pm - The Ladies BridgeThe story of the women who re-built Waterloo Bridge
    Karen Livesey
  • 4.15 to 5.00pm - Going to the picturesA local history of the cinema
    Robert Holden

Workshops and theatre in Lambeth Archives
  • 12.30pm - Tracing your Lambeth House History Len Reilly, Lambeth Archives.
  • 1.15pm - Me, Myself and Miss Gibbs
    One-woman drama about Edwardian life in South London Written and performed by Francesca Millican-Slater
  • 2.00pm - How to look after your home movies David Cleveland
  • 2.45pm - Tracing your Black family history
    Kelly Foster, Black Cultural Archives
  • 3.30pm - Children's activities
The open day takes place on Saturday 25 September from 10am to 5pm at Lambeth Archives, the Minet Library, 52 Knatchbull Road, SE5 9QY.

For more information and the running times of all the talks and films pick up a leaflet in your local library or telephone us on 020 7926 6076.

20 September 2010

Charles Edward Brook School Open Days this week

Charles Edward Brooke School in Lambeth's Vassall Ward will be holding open events this week for prospective pupils and their parents

Open evening Tuesday 21 September 2010 4:30-7:30pm
Open morning Thursday 23 September 2010 9:15-10:45am
Open morning Friday 24 September 2010 9:15-10:45am

Further information in the advert below



See www.charlesedwardbrooke.lambeth.sch.uk

19 September 2010

Myatts Field North consultation event Monday 20 September 2010

Come and have your say tomorrow, 20 September 2010, on plans for a new community centre and public park in Myatts Field north in Vassall Ward.

As previously mentioned on Vassall View the Myatt's Field North estate in Vassall Ward is going to benefit from a £114m regeneration project that is set to transform homes and surrounding areas. Lambeth wants local residents and businesses to have their say and find out more about the plans for a new public park and community centre at a consultation event on 20 September 2010.

The event takes place at the Myatt's Field North estate and will run from 2 to 7pm. It will give people an opportunity to talk to architects and landscape designers and to express their views about the open spaces and community centre plans. Members of the residents committee will also be on hand to discuss the programmes that the community centre might offer in the future.

Viveen Blair-Rodney, chair of the Myatt's Field North tenants' management organisation said "Residents of Myatt’s Field North are really proud to be at the heart of this scheme which we envisage will bring about the unification of our local communities. I would encourage everyone to take this 'once in a lifetime opportunity' to come along and have an input into our future, and help make this scheme the best it can possibly be with something for everyone young and old."

When the final designs have been agreed and completed, a planning application will be submitted to the planning committee next Spring.

The event takes place on September 20 at the St John the Divine Community Centre, Fredrick Crescent, London SW9, from 2 until 7pm.

Sign up for a Lambeth Voluntary Action Council Active Citizens' course

LVAC logo
LVAC’s Active Citizens' Hub has an exciting range of courses designed to empower and motivate you to make a positive impact on your community. Courses are free, and there is no limit to the number of courses you can attend. To find out more contact LVAC


Courses

Community Advocates
(3 day course with graduation event and membership to the Community advocates network)
21, 22, 24 September 2010 and 16, 17, 19 November 2010 (9.30-4.30)

Community Advocates for young people
9, 10, 11 March 2011 (9.30-4.00)

Introduction to being a magistrate
5 October 2010 (9.30-1.00)

Introduction to being a school governor
7 October 2010 (9.30-1.00)

Introduction to being a trustee
20 October 2010 (9.30-1.00)

Good Governance
(2 day course)
9-10 November 2010 (9.30-4.30)

Volunteering with young people
8 February 2011 (9.30-1.00)

Introduction to Residents and Tenants' Associations
15 February 2011 (9.30-1.00)

Health and social care for community representatives
17 March 2011 (9.30-4.00)

These courses are open to everyone - to book a place email Active.citizen@lambethvac.org.uk or phone 020 7737 9467

18 September 2010

Stockwell Festival Saturday 25 September 2010

Next Saturday 25 September 2010 is the Stockwell festival and Expo in Larkhall Park, Courland Grove, SW8. The event runs from 1pm -6pm and promises a great programme of events centred around the theme of cohesion, creativity and wellbeing.


Event higStockwell Festival imagehighlights includes:
The Pineapple Stage promises a vibrant line up with local street dancers Dance Starz, Stockwell Good Neighbours choir, acrobatic cheerleaders Fyer Flyz and South London’s very own 2008 X Factor boot camp contestants RTI (Reach To Inspire) xfactor.itv.com/2008/videos/video-detail/item_200091.html. Plus, professional swinging sounds from Kingsize 5 www.myspace.com/thekingsizefive and Congolese favourites Grupo Lokito www.grupolokito.co.uk
Children’s Village (sponsored by Hyde Housing)
There’s face painting, arts and craft workshops, Punch and Judy shows, magic and circus workshops, interactive drumming workshops with Lambeth Music Service plus Bureau of Silly Ideas’ Pineapple Car is back to take you on a hair-raising ride around the park!
Celebrating 10 years, local artists, Art 4 Space www.art4space.co.uk invite us to make ‘A Wish For Stockwell’ - watch out for the giant birthday cake. Sponsored by London & Quadrant Housing.
Jump on board Oasis Go Karts’ pedal cars for some relay racing fun or enjoy creative environmental activities with Oasis Nature Gardens.
Later in the afternoon, Lady Pineapple leads the Pineapple Parade around the park with an array of pineapple puppets, masks and hats culminating in a performance from the Fyer Flyz on the main stage.
Well Being Zone:
Trust Art Project invite you to join them for The Big Tea; have a brew and a slice of yummy cake and enjoy the exhibition and art workshops.
Lambeth Community Health trainers will be sharing wellbeing information and offering health checks all day.
Or why not pamper yourself with a massage or reflexology treatment? Local therapists are on hand to treat you.

Peace Zone
Celebrate Peace Week will your local Bobbies! Meet your safer neighbourhood team, their police dogs and horses and find out all about local safety. The Fire Brigade will be joining us from 2 – 4pm so listen out for those sirens!
Stockwell EXPOsed – find out what’s available on your local doorstep as organisations and Council services offer a one stop shop of information. There’s a chance to meet your local councillors and put your burning questions to them or simply browse around the many arts and craft stalls selling their wares.
DR BIKE – Get your bike fixed for FREE! Lambeth’s Sustainable transport team offer advice and mechanical know how.
Friends of Larkhall Park exhibit the latest park developments.
Caterers and bar – Taste the flavours of Stockwell from the spice of the Caribbean and the heat of a hot dog to the chilling delight of a whippy ice-cream or a nice cold beer – you’ll not be hungry or thirsty that’s for sure!

17 September 2010

Next week is London's Week of Peace

Next week 18 - 25 September is London's Week of Peace.People from different faiths will be coming together to get a part in a celebration of the borough's diversity.

As part of London's Week of Peace, Lambeth Council has organised a number of events from 18-25 September, kicking off with a community event for BMXers and skateboarders at Stockwell skate park.

The opening weekend will also see an inter-faith picnic on Windrush Square from 3 to 5pm on Sunday, a sponsored bike ride by the Tulse Hill Safer Neighbourhood Team from Lambeth to Brighton and a Voices of Youth event at the South London National Centre on Bernay's Grove.

The theme of this year's Week of Peace is giving back and it is hoped that thousands of people across London will sign up to donate time. Other events running through the week include peace walks through the borough, karaoke and a live music and comedy event.

Lambeth events

Saturday 18 September

Skateboard Jam

This event marks the official start of Lambeth Peace Week. Skate Park Jam for BMX, Scooters and Skateboarders with various competition categories, bringing together young people in the community. Categories include: BMX High Jump, Skateboard High Jump, Longest Wall Ride and Day’s Best Trick.
Venue: Stockwell skateboard park, corner of Stockwell Park Road, SW9.
Time: 9am to 8pm

Choose Life Voices of Youth
An event to encourage the development of the greatest potential in young people. The event will consist of personal stories, a theatre workshop, along with group meetings exploring young people's issues, a Peace photo-booth and much more. A BBQ inspired lunch with refreshments is provided.
Venue: South London National Centre, Bernay's Grove, SW9 8DF (behind Morley's in Brixton)
Time: 12 to 3pm
Contact: Ayse Hasan
Mobile: 07950 445 254
Website:  www.sgi-uk.org 

Sunday 19 September

Interfaith Peace Picnic, Windrush SquareCome and share food and drink with Lambeth's faith communities. Enjoy a cultural programme that celebrates our multi-faith and diversity.
Venue: Windrush Square, Brixton, SW2 1JQ
Time: 3 to 5pm
Cost: No charge

Tuesday 21 September

Safer Lambeth information stall
Visit the Safer Lambeth stall and get information and advice on a range of council and police services.
Venue: Tunstall Road, SW9 8BN (alongside Bodyshop Brixton)
Time: 10am to 2pm

Peace Walk
Unite together for a peace walk around Brockwell Park.
Venue: Brockwell Park Dulwich Road, SE24 0PA.
Meeting place: The entrance of the Lido at Brockwell Park
Time: 2pm
To reserve your place email: peaceweek@lambeth.gov.uk.

Wednesday 22 September

Safer Lambeth information stall and Spanish and Portuguese Forum
Visit the Spanish and Portuguese stall to get information and advice about the Forum. Police surgeries.
Venue:Tunstall Road, SW9 8BN (alongside Bodyshop Brixton)
Time: 10am to 2pm

Multicultural Women’s Peace WalkCome and unite together for a peace walk around Streatham Common.
Venue: Streatham Common at The Rookery, SW16 3BZ.
Time: 10am to 12pm
To reserve your place email: peaceweek@lambeth.gov.uk.

Reclaiming Our Communities (ROC)
Come and find out how Churches and Christian organisations have been working successfully with the Police.
Venue: Christ Church and Upton Chapel, 1a Kennington Road, SE1 7QP
Time: 7.30 to 9pm

Thursday 23 September

Safer Lambeth information stallVisit the Safer Lambeth stall and get information and advice on a range of council, police and other partnership members' services.
Venue: Tunstall Road, SW9 8BN (alongside Bodyshop Brixton)
Time: 10am to 2pm

Peace Walk
Unite together for a peace walk around Streatham Common. 
Meeting place: Streatham Common at The Rookery, Streatham Common, SW16 3BZ.
Time: 1 to 2pm
To reserve your place email: peaceweek@lambeth.gov.uk.

Time for Change
Come and find out more about people and services that have made a difference in Lambeth and how you can make a difference too. Light refreshments will be available.
Venue: Lambeth Town Hall, Brixton, SW2
Time: 7 to 9pm
For further details email peaceweek@lambeth.gov.uk.

Friday 24 September

One Love Karaoke afternoon
Come and join the users of Lambeth's Day Centres for an afternoon of fun, music and song. Celebrity guest and prizes. Venue: Lambeth Resource Centre, 1 Park Hall Road, SE21 8EH Time: 1 to 4pm

Gospel Café - The Power of PeaceAn evening of open mic live music comedy dance and prizes designed to inspire and build community understanding through the celebration of the diversity and the creativity of the human spirit.
Venue: 167 Clapham Manor Street London SW4 (5 minutes from Clapham Common tube)
Time: 8 to 10.30pm

Saturday 25 September

Stockwell Festival and Expo event
Meet your police Safer Neighbourhood teams together with Metropolitan Police Specials and Met volunteers. There will be music, dance, arts and craft.
Venue: Larkhall Park, Courland Grove, SW8 2PX.
Time: 1 to 6pm.  

For more information go to www.lambeth.gov.uk/peaceweek for full details of events in Lambeth of www.weekofpeace.org.uk for London-wide events.

16 September 2010

Activate festival of sport this weekend in Kennington Park

This weekend 18 - 19 September 2010 the Activate festival of sport takes place in Kennington Park, SE11. Details below are taken from the Lambeth website

This free festival is your opportunity to 'have a go' at over 25 Olympic and Paralympic sports including tennis, rowing, cycling, martial arts and athletics. (full list of sports below).

Other sporting activities will come in the shape of a climbing wall, a BMX track and a football kick out. With activities suitable for young and old, Activate is designed to get you up and active and having fun - whatever your age or ability.

Local sports clubs will also be on-hand across the whole weekend to offer training and advice. They will have information on how to get involved in all the sports on offer for those who want to continue doing their chosen sport after the Festival. 

Activities will be divided into:
  • demonstrations, where experts in different sports put on exhibitions and show you how its done
  • have-a-go, your chance to give a new sport a try or brush up your skills if you've been away from it for a while
  • competitions (pre – registration required), Summer World Cup Finals (football), Disability Football Tournament and Skills sessions.

Full list of sports and activities
  • Tennis
  • Basketball
  • Netball
  • Disability Football
  • Football
  • Duathlon
  • BMX
  • Fencing
  • Rowing (indoor)
  • Climbing
  • Sailing (simulation)
  • Tag Rugby
  • Boccia
  • Volleyball
  • Athletics (sprinting)
  • Handball
  • Taekwondo
  • Kung FU
  • Tai Chi
  • Judo
  • And a number of other dancing to music disciplines

Healthy lifestyle
As well as all the sporting activity, if getting fit and maintaining a healthy lifestyle is your thing, special trainers from NHS Lambeth and Lambeth Community Health will be offering free health advice. 

These qualified trainers can help with advice about controlling your weight, getting fitter, stopping smoking or having a healthier diet.

If you are aged 40 to 74 without a history of cardio-vascular disease, the Lambeth NHS Health Check outreach team can run checks to help identify potential risks of heart disease, kidney disease, stroke, diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol at an early stage. This free service can help spot the early signs of problems. So even if you're feeling well, it’s worth having your NHS Health Check now.

For more information or to find out how you can be involved contact the Activate Team on 020 7926 4038 or activate@lambeth.gov.ukSee a video of Activate! 2009.

Where and when
Venue: Kennington Park Road, SE11 4BE
Bus: 3, 36, 59, 133 155, 159, 185, 333 and 436
Location map for Kennington Park
Date: Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 September 2010
Time: 12 noon to 5pm
Cost: free

15 September 2010

Open House London this weekend

The new childrens centre building (below)in Myatt's Fields Park in Vassall Ward is only one of the many buildings that will be open across London this weekend as part of Open House London. This annual event allows everyone to look around some of London's most impressive and interesting buildings which are often shut to the public.

new childrens centre in Myatts Fields Park , Vassall Ward


See the Open House information on the Myatt's Fields Park children's centre
"The Mulberry Centre is a new children's building in the recently refurbished Myatt's Fields Park. As well as being a social and play club for parents and toddlers (One O'Clock Club), facilities are provided for parenting classes and staff training. Sustainable features include rainwater harvesting and air source heat pump" Open Sat - 10am-1pm. Sun - 10am-1pm

See the other 25 Lambeth buildings that are open

Afro-Cuban music and barbecue in Myatt's Fields Park this Saturday

As well as the opening of the new children's centre (outlined in the previous post) this Saturday 18 Spetember 2010 also sees a performance by Afro-Cuban band Cuarteto Lokito as well as a Caribbean barbecue from 1-3pm. All this will take place around the the bandstand in Myatts Fields Park.

Myatt's Fields Park is situated between Calais Street, CormontRoad, Knatchbull Road, SE5 in Vassall Ward in Lambeth.

New children's centre to open in Myatt's Fields Park this Saturday

This Saturday 18 September 2010 will see the opening of the new Children's Centre in Myatt's Fields Park in Vassall Ward, Lambeth SE5.

Everyone is welcome to come along and have a look around the new centre which will offer social and play facilities for parents and toddlers (also known as a One O'Clock Club). In addition facilities are provided for parenting classes and staff training. The centre will be open 10am -1pm on Saturday and Sunday as part of the Open House London weekend

The formal opening ceremony will take place at 3:30pm when there will be refreshments served from the Myatt's Feilds' Little Cat Cafe as well as children’s art and gardening activities.

The children's centre is located next to the children's playground at the Calais Street entrance to Myatt's Fields Park, SE5

Little Cat Cafe blog

13 September 2010

Cowley Estate Management Board funday this Saturday 18 September 2010

This Saturday the Cowley Estate Management Board in Vassall Ward, Lambeth SW9 will be holding a family funday. Come along and meet your fellow estate residents and celebrate harvest time. The event will take place 12 - 4pm on the Cowley Estate in Gosling Way, SW9 - see flyer below for further details.

Cowley Estate Management Board funday flyer

10 September 2010

Bramagh Green Centre funday this Saturday

Another event taking place this week end in Vassall Ward in Lambeth is the Bramagh Green Centre fund day.

Come along between 1 and 5pm to find out whats happening at the Centre at 40 Bramagh Green, Myatts Fields North estate in Vassall Ward, SW9

This event is being put on by the Myatts North Tenants Management Organisation (MNTMO)

09 September 2010

Planting day in Myatt's Fields Park this Saturday 11 September

This Saturday come along to Myatt's Fields Park in Vassall Ward and get your hands dirty in planting autumn and winter vegetables. This session is open to everyone and will run 10am - 1pm.


Myatts Fields Park is located between Knatchbull Road, Calais Street and Cormont Road in Camberwell, London SE5.

08 September 2010

Register to vote now

polling station signLambeth Council has recently sent out voter registration information for households across Vassall Ward and other parts of the borough.

It is vital that you complete the form and return it to the council, even if there are no changes, if you want to stay on the electoral roll. The information can be supplied to the council through the post, online or through a text message. Whilst there are no local or general elections planned for next year there will be a referendum on electoral reform on 5 May 2011

As well as giving you the right to vote being on the electoral roll also will help you get credit if you ever need to apply for a mortgage, bank loan or even a mobile phone contract.

The new electoral register will be available for inspection in libraries across the borough from 1 December 2010.

Further information on electoral registration is available at www.lambeth.gov.uk/registertovote

07 September 2010

Vauxhall Expo 2010 Saturday 11 September

Come along to Spring Gardens, Vauxhall for the 2010 Vauxhall Expo!
Vaixhall Expo 2010 flyer

06 September 2010

Free pet microchipping this Saturday in Stockwell

RSPCA South East London are running three pet microchipping sessions in the next few weeks in locations near to Vassall Ward. Come along to the drop-in sessions to get your pet chipped so that if it gets lost it will be returned to you.
The sessions will run at the following locations (click on addresses for location maps)




The RSPCA advise that cats should be in baskets and dogs on leads and that all animals must be at least 10 weeks old. Chipping is free but suggested donation is £5.00 per animal.

Further information on the RSPCA South East London website

05 September 2010

Free bike checks and repairs every Tuesday in September

Lambeth's Transport Department will be running free Dr Bike sessions every Tuesday 5:30-7:30pm in September. This is a chance to get your bike checked for roadworthiness and get minor repairs carried out so that you can keep on cycling through the autumn and winter months.

Free bike checks in Lambeth flyerThe free bike checks will take place at
  • The first Tuesday of the month – Waterloo
    (King's College, SE1 8WA)
  • The second Tuesday - Clapham Common
    (Cedars Road, SW4 0PN)
  • The third Tuesday - Brockwell Park
    (Lido, Dulwich Road, SE24 0PA)
  • The fourth Tuesday - Streatham Common Southside (SW16 3BT)
Most of the events will feature a Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGV) awareness element. An HGV will be on site for cyclists to experience the view from the cab and be advised on where to be positioned on the road for ultimate safety when sharing the road. At many sessions members of the Safer Neighbourhood Teams of the Met Police will be adding people's unique bike numbers onto http://www.immobilise.com/ and advising on avoiding bike theft.


Further information on the Lambeth Transport webpage

03 September 2010

02 September 2010

Vassall Ward school in first 32 opting to become academies

Durand Primary School in Durand Gardens/ Hackford Road, SW8 in Vassall Ward is one of 32 across the country that have been designated academies under the central government's new initiative.

The school is the only one of the group which is a primary school - it has been a foundation school and so is not under the direct control of Lambeth Council's Education Department.

Greg Martin, executive head of Durand Academy was quoted in the Evening Standard as saying  “The freedom that academy status brings will allow us to deliver and develop a flexible curriculum to ensure that these children reach their full potential.”

For further information on Durand see the Durand Academy website

01 September 2010

Calais Gate and Coligny Court Tenants and Residents Association AGM

The Calais Gate and Coligny Court Tenants and Residents Association AGM will take place on Saturday 11 September in the Cherry Gardens at the back of Calais Gate Coligny Court starting at 4pm. All residents are welcome. For further information contact Zena Maddison, Secretary of the TRA.

Lambeth First Annual Meeting 16 September 2010

Thursday 16 September 4:30 -8:30pm is the Lambeth First Annual Meeting, everyone is welcome at this event which will be held at Elm Green School, Tulse Hill, SE27 9BZ.

Give your practical ideas on how to build a Lambeth that is healthy, safe, sustainable and enterprising, with opportunities for young and old to work and live life to the full in our borough.

Themed workshops will take place bringing people together from across the diverse partnership – community leaders, front line workers, chief executives, residents, and service managers – to come up with proposals to help deliver change.
Places are limited, so please book a place: rsvp@lambethfirst.org.uk or tel 020 7926
1708.

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