23 December 2011

Waste collections and Lambeth Council office opening times over Christmas

Lambeth have given details of Council service opening times over the Christmas and New Year period.


Your rubbish and recycling will be collected on your normal day as usual over Christmas and the New Year.

The Lambeth customer centres  will be open as usual over the Christmas and New Year period apart from the bank holidays Monday 26 and Tuesday 27 December and Monday 2 January when they will closed.


Lambeth libraries inclduding the Minet Library in Vassall Ward will be open as usual over the Christmas and New Year period apart from bank holidays Monday 26 and Tuesday 27 December and  Monday 2 January.

The Lambeth Living call centre will only be taking calls on urgent issues or emergency repairs from Saturday 24 December to Tuesday 27 December 2011 and from Saturday 31 January 2011 to Monday 2 January 2012. Ring 020 7926 6666 (24 hours a day) if you have an urgent issue or emergency repair. A normal service will resume again at 9am on Wednesday 28 December 2011 and Tuesday 3 January 2012.

21 December 2011

Christmas message from Lambeth Council Leader Steve Reed

Councillor Steve Reed, Leader of Lambeth Council, has released a Christmas message to all residents of Lambeth

(taken from Lambeth website)

Happy Christmas from Steve Reed, Leader of Lambeth Council

2011 Christmas Card, designed by Dylan DuffyThis has been a difficult year for many people in Lambeth. Many residents have faced the loss of jobs, income or benefits, youth unemployment is soaring and we all faced the turmoil of the riots across London in early August. Yet despite all of that Lambeth remains a confident place buzzing with new ideas, energy and creativity that I know will see us through the difficult times in better shape than ever.

We recovered quickly from the summer riots. Our main high streets were reopened within hours, most affected businesses were open and trading the same day, and we were all inspired as our community showed the world that the rioters do not represent us. People across Lambeth came out to help with the clean up and hundreds of new volunteers signed up to help their community.

That powerful spirit of cooperation is what makes this such a wonderful place to live and it's the driving force behind our plans to turn Lambeth into Britain's first cooperative council. We are looking at new ways to hand more power, choice and control to local people over the place they live and the services they use.

No one will have to run their own services, of course, but you will get a much bigger say in how they're run on your behalf. It's a bold experiment that's put us at the centre of a national debate about the future of local government.

I was disappointed at the way the Government has shared out the spending cuts as they pay down the national debt. They chose to impose cuts of £37m on Lambeth this year, which is one in every three pounds we had to spend, while wealthier boroughs such as Richmond lost only £1m.

We have worked hard to protect the front line services local people depend on, and I am proud that over 90 per cent of our savings have been found by cutting back office costs. This helps us to meet our objective which is to protect the most vulnerable while also keeping Lambeth safe, and investing in a better quality of life through improved schools, housing and a cleaner environment.

Looking to the coming year and, while acknowledging the challenges we face, I feel a sense of confidence. Our town centres remain busy despite the recession, our communities are coming together to support each other and our council is exploring new ways to run services that give more control to local people.

The London Olympics will be a highlight for 2012 and I hope our young people will be inspired by the world class athletes visiting our city. We must never forget our duty to help those who are most vulnerable but we are a strong and resilient community and that's why I know that the New Year will be a good one.

I wish everyone who lives or works in Lambeth a very Happy Christmas.

15 December 2011

Steve Bradley selected for London-wide Liberal Democrat list

According to independent party website Liberal Democrat Voice Vassall Ward Liberal Democrat Councillor Steve Bradley has been selected for the Liberal Democrats' London-wide list for the London Assembly elections in May 2012.

The London Assembly is made up of 25 Assembly Members - 14 of which are drawn from constituency seats (Vassall Ward is in the combined Lambeth and Southwark seat) together with 11 additional London-wide Assembly Members with places allocated according to the overall number of votes each party gets.

Currently the London Assembly constituency section has eight Conservative Assembly Members and six Labour Assembly Members. The London-wide section has three Conservative Assembly Members, three Liberal Democrat Assembly Members, two Labour Assembly Members, two Green Assembly Members and one British Nationalist Assembly Member.

13 December 2011

Older peoples Christmas lunch in Myatt's Fields Park this Friday: everyone welcome

Christmas in Myatt's Fields Park, Vassall WardAfter a successful Christmas market and carol singing in Myatt's Fields Park last Sunday (pictured) events in the park continue this week with a retired people's Christmas lunch on Friday.


All older people in the local area are invited to celebrate Christmas in Myatt's Fields. The lunch will be held in the park depot building (Cormont Road/ Brief Street side of the park) from 1-2:30pm this Friday, 16 December 2011. Suggested donation £2.

The food will be prepared by volunteers in the park depot kitchen 10:30am onwards - if you can help with the preparations contact rebeccamaddox@myattsfieldspark.info.

Myatt's Fields Park is situated in Camberwell: between Calais Street, Cormont Road and Knatchbull Road, SE5 in Vassall Ward in Lambeth.

10 December 2011

Advent and Christmas at St John the Divine, Vassall Road, SW9

Our local church; St John the Divine on Vassall Road, SW9, has published details of its Advent and Christmas 2011 services.

Information on the services can be found on the Church's website

08 December 2011

New playground at Slade Gardens

A new playground for under-5s is being constructed in Slade Gardens, SW9 in Lambeth's Vassall Ward.

Building of the new playground began in mid-November and will be completed by Christmas. This fantastic new facility is being built through the Community Spaces programme run by Groundwork UK and financed by Big Lottery funding, it will bring benefits for all of Vassall Ward's children. An artists impression of the new facility is shown below.

new playground at Slade Gardens on vassallview.com

Photo and information from Young Lambeth website

07 December 2011

Christingle, Carols and Christmas market in Myatt's Fields Park this Sunday

This Sunday, 11 December 2011, come to Myatt's Fields Park, Camberwell in Lambeth's Vassall Ward for a celebration of Christmas.

bandstand in Myatt's Fields Park, Vassall Ward, SE5
There will be a Christmas market, Christingle making for children and carols led by the Choir of St John the Divine Church and Southwark Concert Band.

Come along from 1pm for the Christmas market then from 4-5pm children will be making Christingles before everyone joins together from 5pm onward for carols around the bandstand.

Myatt's Fields Park is situated in Camberwell: between Calais Street, Cormont Road and Knatchbull Road, SE5 in Vassall Ward in Lambeth.

05 December 2011

Minet Library film club Tuesday 6 December 2011: Look back in Anger

Come to the Minet Library in Lambeth's Vassall Ward on Tuesday for a screening of the classic film Look Back in Anger.All are welcome and admission is free to the film which starts at 6:30pm

Minet library Look back in Anger flyer on vassallview.com

01 December 2011

Christmas 2011 in Lambeth

With Christmas approaching Lambeth Council have published a guide to Christmas in Lambeth - see the Lambeth website for details of festive events.


Christmas in Lambeth starts on Friday 2 December 2011 with the Christmas lights switch on in Windrush Sqaure, Brixton - come along from 4pm onwards

30 November 2011

Lambeth MPs issue statement on todays strike

Lambeth MPs Kate Hoey, Tessa Jowell and Chuka Umunna have issued a statement on today's strike:

"A strike is a sign of failure which results in huge disruption and great inconvenience for all of our constituents which we could not condone. So the government and the trade unions must do all they can to thrash out a deal – this will involve compromise on both sides.

However, we cannot condemn those who faithfully serve our communities for taking industrial action. To do so would be to ignore the fact that the decision to go on strike is not one any of our constituents who work in the public sector take lightly - they feel they have been left with no other option by a government which has imposed a 3% surcharge on thousands of workers and instead of engaging in constructive dialogue, has indulged in irresponsible brinkmanship with minsters taking to the airwaves, ramping up rhetoric and refusing to negotiate.

Ministers are, in effect, imposing a 3% tax rise on thousands of public sector workers who are approaching retirement, including many who work part time such as dinner ladies and nursing assistants – the monies raised by the 3% extra contribution demanded of them are not going into the various public sector pension funds but are going straight to the Treasury.

This has nothing to do with the long-term sustainability of public sector pensions.

Public sector pensions need to be reformed which is why, in government, Labour negotiated a deal under which the cost of public sector pensions was not allowed to become unsustainable. But this government acts as though it is happy to see a disruptive strike, rather than working flat out and leaving no stone unturned to reach an agreement."

29 November 2011

Disruption due to the strike on Wednesday 30 November 2011

As you may be aware members of several public sector unions are due to go on strike on Wednesday 30 November 2011 to protest at central government attacks on often low paid workers' pensions and working conditions. This will result in the closure of many council services.

Lambeth has published a list of schools in the borough affected by the strike

TUC's Pensions justice website

28 November 2011

This winter help your community: sign up to be a Lambeth Snow Warden

Could you do your bit to keep your local area safe in snowy and icy conditions?

Snow in Vassall Ward
Lambeth are encouraging local residents to sign up to become snow wardens and, if it snows, will take an active role in clearing snow from the street outside their homes.

Lambeth will give you the equipment and grit to carry out this work effectively and will be holding a training day on Tuesday 6 December 2011.

To find out more see the Lambeth Snow Warden page, email SnowWardens@lambeth.gov.uk or tel 020 7926 0524
Lambeth Snow Wardens logo

23 November 2011

Ken pledges to cut fares

Ken Livingstone, Labour's candidate for Mayor of London, has announced the next important part of his Fare Deal for London – a new zone 2-6 ZoneSaver card to replace the Travelcard abolished this January by Conservative Boris Johnson.

Thousands of outer London commuters were stunned to find the zone 2-6 Travelcard was abolished by the Conservative Mayor earlier this year, leading to a 74% fare hike for these customers on 3 January 3 2011.

Mr Livingstone made his announcement on a visit to the London Borough of Bexley, part of his ‘Tell Ken’ programme of day-long visits to all 32 London boroughs.

The ZoneSaver Travelcard will end the stealth tax fare rise imposed by the Conservative Mayor this January – introducing a new replacement zone 2-6 Travelcard as part of the emergency fares cut planned for autumn 2012 if Ken Livingstone is elected.

Boris Johnson abolished the Zones 2-6 Travelcard (which cost £8.60) meant that passengers who wanted to use a Travelcard were forced to buy a Zone 1-6 Travelcard (which cost £15) paying £128 a month more.

Pressed by London Assembly members about the Outer London stealth tax fare rise, Boris Johnson said the difference between prices was ‘very little.’

Fares have rocketed under Boris Johnson. The cost of a single bus fare has risen 56% (jumping from 90p to £1.40) and the cost of a popular weekly zone 1 – 4 Travelcard is up 23%, costing Londoners £416 a year more than in 2008.

Ken Livingstone said: “This is about righting a wrong and ending a disgraceful stealth tax on outer London that should never have been imposed by the Conservative Mayor. In tough times we need to use the levers available to the mayor to reduce the pressure on people who are really feeling the pinch – not a city administration that has become so remote it thinks nothing of a 74 per cent fare rise for many commuters in outer London.

“If I am elected I will cut the fares and introduce a 2- 6 travelcard, the ZoneSaver card, saving fare-payers in outer London hundreds of pounds a year. Boris Johnson abolished it in January 2011. I will reintroduce it by October next year. The choice could not be clearer.”

”This part of the new Fare Deal for London – to tear up the current plan of above-inflation annual fare rises, cut fares by 5% next October, freeze them for a year and from 2014 ensure they do not rise by more than inflation. It will mean the average commuter in London will be £800 off over the next four years – in stark contrast to the staggering fare hikes we have seen in the last three years.”

Val Shawcross Assembly Member of Lambeth and Southwark added: “It was telling that Boris Johnson regarded the financial impact of scrapping the 2-6 Travelcard as, ‘very little’ when thousands of commuters in outer London have been forced to pay hundreds of pounds a year."

”No wonder the Conservative Mayor is increasingly being seen as out of touch with the interest and concerns of ordinary Londoners. In tough times like these, Londoners can’t afford a mayor who is so out of touch that he is hitting Londoners with stealth taxes like a 74 per cent rise in some Londoners’ fares but thinks it’s okay to have a second job paying £250 000 a year – an amount he calls ‘chicken feed.’

“Outer London has been hit particularly hard by decisions made by Boris Johnson. Fares have risen steeply under his watch. Every single outer London borough has seen police numbers cut in the last year. Vital transport projects like the DLR extension to Dagenham and Croydon tram extension have been scrapped.”

16 November 2011

Victoria Line closed this weekend

Stockwell Station sign on Vassall View
The whole of the Victoria Line will be shut this weekend for Transport for London engineering works.

A replacement bus service will operate between Brixton and Victoria calling at Stockwell, Vauxhall and Pimlico stations.

At the other end of the line a bus service will operate between Walthamstow and Finsbury park calling at Walthamstow Central - Blackhorse Road - Tottenham Hale - Seven Sisters - Manor House (for Piccadilly line) - Finsbury Park (other stations not covered by the bus service are also on other underground lines).



For further information see the TfL website

14 November 2011

Lambeth Library Commission recommends keeping Minet Library open

The Minet Library on Knatchbull Road, SE5 in Lambeth's Vassall Ward is set to remain open if the proposals of Lambeth's Library Commission are adopted by the Council Cabinet at their meeting next week.

Minet Library in Vassall
Owing to central government cuts Lambeth is having to reduce spending on its nine libraries by £750,000  and it was feared that the smaller community libraries such as the Minet would be hit hardest.

The Commission however recommends keeping the Minet open and the Council has come forward with proposals to make libraries such as the Minet into community libraries run in partnership with local people.

In other sections of its report the Commission recommends introducing seven day opening for Brixton and Streatham libraries and increased self-service facilities to reduce costs.

The Commission also recommends introducing wifi across the borough's libraries to allow library users to make use of their laptops, smartphones and other devices to access the internet - this will also reduce pressure on the library computers.

Councillor Florence Nosegbe, Lambeth Cabinet Member responsible for libraries, who chaired the Commission said: “I’m pleased that the Commission has proposed a model that protects access to the library service in every part of the borough by working more closely with the local community."

She added “As part of our plan to make Lambeth’s Britain’s first co-operative council, the final decisions rest with the community - and we’ll back the community’s decisions. Our aim is to increase access, and extend the reach of libraries by making services available at more locations, and get more people using them so that the service is preserved for future generations. Investing in new technology such as ebooks and wifi will expand their appeal but also save money and make the service more flexible."

Read the full Library Commission report

12 November 2011

Vassall to benefit from neighbourhood enhancement programme

Lambeth's Vassall Ward has been chosen as one of the first areas in Lambeth to benefit from the Neighbourhood Enhancement Programme of environmental improvements.

According to the Lambeth website "The Neighbourhood Enhancement Programme (NEP) changes how we manage traditional engineering schemes by looking at all the transport issues over an area - complementing any works, such as local road safety schemes and 20 mph zones, with other environmental measures such as improving cycle parking and cycle training, setting up car clubs, tree planting and removing street clutter such as unnecessary bollards, railings and redundant street signs"

A series of events are taking place around the borough.
  • 9 November, 2.30 to 6pm - Brixton Library, Brixton Oval, SW2 1JQ
  • 15 November, 3 to 6pm - Minet Library, 52 Knatchbull Road, SE5 9QY
  • 18 November, 2 to 6pm - South Lambeth Library, 180 South Lambeth Road, SW8 1QP
  • 22 November, 12 to 3pm - Windrush Square - central Brixton outside the Ritzy cinema and library
  • 26 November, 10 to 3pm - Oval Farmers Market Sat 3
  • 3 December, 12 to 3pm, 10-17 Papa Park 10 to 17 Pulross Road, SW9 8AF 
  • 10 December, 11 to 2pm - Clapham Methodist Church, Clapham High Street, SW4 7JR .

The Council are consulting on the scheme until 16 December 2011 - to get involved go to the Lambeth website 

10 November 2011

Ken's Fare Deal

09 November 2011

Ken comes to Brixton to promote his Fare Deal

Labour candidate for Mayor of London Ken Livingstone this week launched his Fare Deal - his fares policy which will save the average Londoner £800 over the next four years. To mark this, dozens of supporters joined Ken for a 'Fareride' on the Victoria line from Walthamstow to Brixton to spread the word.

Ken Livingstone in Brixton on vassallview.com
A large crowd wearing Fare Deal T-shirts, waving placards and balloons had gathered to welcome Ken when he emerged at Brixton. Joined by Tessa Jowell MP and Val Shawcross AM, Ken spoke to the crowd (pictured) about how steep fare increases under Boris Johnson are squeezing Londoners hard.

Ken’s Fare Deal proposes to reduce transport fares overall by 5% next autumn with no fare increases at all in 2013. After which fares will rise no higher than RPI inflation. Measures that will save Londoners hundreds, and in some cases, thousands of pounds over four years. In contrast, Tory Mayor Boris Johnson plans to raise fares at 2% above inflation year on year.

Boris Johnson is out of touch and simply doesn’t get how hard ordinary Londoners are finding it at the moment. In reaction to Ken’s pledge on fares, Boris Johnson said “It would be, I think, the last thing that Londoners want or deserve”.

Ken will put Londoners first and cut the cost of travel.

More information on the campaign at www.kenlivingstone.com

06 November 2011

Myatt's Fields Park held up as example of Cooperative council

Myatt's Fields Park in lambeth's Vassall Ward has been held up the council as an exemplar of the new 'Cooperative Council' model being developed in Lambeth.

Myatt's Fields Park bandstand on vassallview.com
Lambeth Council Leader Steve Reed said “These projects and activities are really good examples of what we mean by making Lambeth a Cooperative borough - helping residents who want to get more involved in helping their local community by giving them the tools to do so. These are just some of the plans we have in place to revolutionise local government as more and more residents come forward and help their communities to work together for everyone’s benefit."

More information on the Cooperative Council is avaialbale at www.lambeth.gov.uk/cooperativecouncil

02 November 2011

Minet Library Reading Group's November book is After Dark by Haruki Murakamit

The Minet Library Reading Group meets on the third Tuesday of the month at the Minet Library at 52 Knatchbull Road, Camberwell, SE5 in Lambeth's Vassall Ward.  Every month the group meets for an informal discussion of the book of the month. The meetings take place from 6:30-8:30pm.

November 2011's book is After Dark  by Haruki Murakami.

At the time of writing several copies were still available in Lambeth libraries so there is still time to get the book and read it before the meeting - check library book stocks on the Lambeth libraries web catalogue.

The Minet Library Reading Group meeting will take place at the Minet Library from 6:30-8:30pm  on Tuesday 15 November 2011. Follow the Minet Library on Twitter

01 November 2011

Vassall Labour Councillors' surgeries in November 2011

Photo of Adrian Garden and Kingsley Abrams, Vassall Ward Labour Councillors on Vassall View
Vassall Ward Labour Councillors Kingsley Abrams and Adrian Garden will be holding surgeries in Vassall Ward in November  2011 on the following dates


Tuesday 1 November 2011 - 6:30-7:30pm The Holland Room, Christ Church, Brixton Road, SW9 6BE
Thursday 17 November 2011 - 6:30-7:30pm, The Annex, Cowley Estate, Brixton Road, SW9 6LZ
Saturday 19 November 2011 - 2-3pm, Myatts Field North TMO Boardroom, Foxley Square, SW9 7RY
Saturday 26 November 2011 - 10-11am, Myatts Field South Tenants Hall, Burton Lane, SW9 6NX

(Click on the address for a link to a map showing the location)

If these dates are inconvenient for you or you have a problem or issue that requires immediate attention please contact the Vassall Labour Councillors directly:
Kingsley Abrams - email kingsleyabrams@hotmail.com tel 07932 447763
Adrian Garden - email agarden@lambeth.gov.uk tel 07814 568 024

31 October 2011

Celebrate bonfire night and more in Brockwell Park this Saturday

Lambeth Council's firework display this year will take place on Saturday 5 Novmeber 2011 in Brockwell Park, Herne Hill, SE24. There is a full programme of events in the park from 4pm onwards. To celebrate the 200th anniversary of Brockwell Hall the main firework display from 8pm onwards will be set to music from the past 200 years.

See the Lambeth website for further information

29 October 2011

Lambeth housing conference 12 November 2011

United Residents Housing and Lambeth Living tenants are invited to the 2011 Lambeth housing conference on Saturday 12 November 2011 at the Oval.

For further information and to book your place see the Lambeth website

27 October 2011

Camilla comes to Brixton to open Ebony Horse Club

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall has opened a new horse riding centre in Brixton near to Vassall Ward in Lambeth. The new £1.7million facility in Millbrook Road, SW9 offers riding lessons and other activities for young people in the local area.

Read more: BBC - Duchess of Cornwall opens Ebony Horse Club's new centre

Further information: Ebony Horse Club website

26 October 2011

Minet Library Film Club: next film Room at the top: 1 November 2011

Room at the top film poster on vassallview.com
The Minet Library in Lambeth's Vassall Ward is starting a new season of film screenings focusing on the British new wave films which emerged in the late 1950s.

The first film to be screened will be Room at the top: an adaptation of John Braine's classic novel about a young man on the make in 1940s Yorkshire. Room at the Top is considered the first of the British New Wave of realistic and gritty film dramas. Simone Signoret won the Academy Award for Best Actress for this film, while Hermione Baddeley's performance became the shortest ever to be nominated for an acting Oscar.

Room at the top will be screened at 6:30pm on Tuesday 1 November 2011 at the Minet Library, Knatchbull Road, Camberwell, SE5 in Lambeth's Vassall Ward.

Further information on the Film Club website

21 October 2011

Children's African and Caribbean tales at the Minet Library 25 October 2011

All children are invited to come to the Minet Library next Tuesday, 25 October 2011 at 6:30pm, for a special session with Winston Nzinga who will be telling African and Caribbean tales.

See flyer below for further details


African and Caribbean tales flyer

07 October 2011

Free bag of compost!

Gardeners who sign up for Lambeth's Garden Waste Scheme in October 2011 will get a free bag of compost.

The Council launched the new service earlier in 2011 for gardeners who want to recycle garden waste using the handy fortnightly garden waste collections.

See the Lambeth website for further information on the scheme

04 October 2011

Minet Library Film Club tonight: We are the Lambeth Boys

The Minet Library in Lambeth's Vassall Ward will tonight be showing the film We are the Lambeth Boys as part of the Celebrating Age festival starting at 6:30pm, all welcome

02 October 2011

October is Black History Month in Lambeth's libraries

October 2011 sees a full programme of events across Lambeth's libraries including at the Minet Library in Vassall Ward.

See the programe for further details or see the Lambeth website

01 October 2011

Vassall Labour Councillors' surgeries in October 2011

Photo of Adrian Garden and Kingsley Abrams, Vassall Ward Labour Councillors on Vassall View
Vassall Ward Labour Councillors Kingsley Abrams and Adrian Garden will be holding surgeries in Vassall Ward in October 2011 on the following dates


Tuesday 4 October 2011 - 6:30-7:30pm The Holland Room, Christ Church, Brixton Road, SW9 6BE
Thursday 20 October 2011 - 6:30-7:30pm, The Annex, Cowley Estate, Brixton Road, SW9 6LZ
Saturday 15 October 2011 - 2-3pm, Myatts Field North TMO Boardroom, Foxley Square, SW9 7RY
Saturday 22 October 2011 - 10-11am, Myatts Field South Tenants Hall, Burton Lane, SW9 6NX

(Click on the address for a link to a map showing the location)

If these dates are inconvenient for you or you have a problem or issue that requires immediate attention please contact the Vassall Labour Councillors directly:
Kingsley Abrams - email kingsleyabrams@hotmail.com tel 07932 447763
Adrian Garden - email agarden@lambeth.gov.uk tel 07814 568 024

29 September 2011

Lambeth Archives Open Day this Saturday

This Saturday, 1 October 2011, the Lambeth Archives situated at the Minet Library, Knatchbull Road, SE5 in Lambeth's Vassall Ward. Throughout the day there will be various events, the details below are taken from the Lambeth website

Lambeth Archives Open Day is a free annual event which this year includes talks, films, workshops and an exhibition of original art and photographs around the theme of 'Festival'. Other attractions through the day include children's activities, local societies, stands and book stalls and home-cooked refreshments.


Exhibition: Festival in Lambeth 10am to 5pm: An exhibition of watercolours, photographs, photos and objects from the archives' collections celebrating Festival in Lambeth over time: from the 18th century entertainments at Vauxhall Gardens and Lambeth's other pleasure gardens, its fairs, pageants and popular entertainers, through to the Victorian crowds at the Crystal Palace and the local church garden party, and on to the Festival of Britain, the various Royal jubilees and visits and the Lambeth Country Show. Whatever the century, people have always loved a spectacle! 

Talks: A programme of talks running through the day, mainly linking into our theme of Festival in Lambeth.
  • 10.30am Malign Fiesta: the crowds who came to the gallows and gibbets of south London, Jon Newman
  • 11.15am Charles Edward Brooke: a Lambeth vicar and his legacy, Will Ollard
  • 12 noon Gay Pride in Lambeth: the Gay Pride marches of the 1970s and 80s, Bill Thorneycroft
  • 2.00pm The Art of Celebration: patriotism on display at Vauxhall Gardens, David Coke
  • 2.45pm Michael Tippett and the 1937 Brockwell Park Music Festival, Peter Bradley
  • 3.30pm After the Crystal Palace: a century of London's great exhibitions, Brian Bloice
  • 4.15pm The Festival of Britain: 'bread and circuses' for a post-war world, Len Reilly 

Films A mix of short films from the archives and contemporary work by local film makers including: 
  • Bonnington Square, a history of the 1980s squats by Alistair Oldham, 2011
  • Stall Stories, a film about Brixton Market
  • Saida's Story, a Ugandan refugee in Clapham, from the Clapham Film Unit's UG2LON project, 2011
Workshops Informative workshops by local experts on how to get started with your research.
  • 11am Introduction to House History by Len Reilly, Lambeth Archives
  • 12 noon Photographs and memories: creating a community archive, Fiona Price, Lambeth Archives
  • 2pm Introduction to Caribbean Family History, Kelly Foster of Caribbean Family History Group - Lambeth. 
Local Societies stands and book stalls 10am to 5pm: Organisations present include Black Cultural Archives, Brixton Society, Clapham Society, East Surrey Family History Society, Herne Hill Society, Norwood Society and Streatham Society. Children's activities 3.30 to 4.30pm including face-painting, crafts and other activities.Details on Lambeth website

27 September 2011

Lambeth Open Studios this weekend

This weekend, 1-2 October 2011, artists across Lambeth are opening their studios to the public. Come and see the work of over 100 Lambeth artists in more than 35 studios all around the borough - see map.

Details from the Lambeth Open House website: This event showcases the fantastic range of creative talent tucked away in our borough and is a great way to discover the various art spaces too often hidden in your neighbourhoods. Visitors will be able to see inside the artist's studios and exhibition spaces for a unique personal insight into the individual creative processes. It is also timed to coincide with the first weekend of the neighbouring Wandsworth Open House event.

More information including the locations of the studios on the Lambeth Open website

26 September 2011

Ken pledges to cut fares by 5% in 2012

Labour's candidate for Mayor of London Ken Livingstone has announced details of an emergency fares package to cut fares if elected in May 2012.

Ken promised to rip up Boris Johnson’s high fare policy which has committed Londoners to 20 years of fare increases at 2% above inflation each year and replace it with a fairer fares package starting with an immediate overall fares cut:

- An overall cut in fares for Londoners of 5% in the autumn of 2012

- No further fare rises at all in 2013.

- From January 2014 and in subsequent years no fare rises above RPI inflation.

Boris Johnson has raised fares by 21.1% between 2009 and 2011, yet RPI inflation was just 8% over that period. Boris Johnson’s fare increases have meant the cost of a single bus fare using Oyster has risen by a staggering 56% since 2008, costing Londoners £260 a year more. A zone 1-6 travelcard is up 22% costing Londoners £509 a year more.

Ken’s carefully costed plan redirects some of the increasing operating surplus from TfL fares income and uses it to cut the cost of travel. TfL had an operating surplus in the Financial Year just ended of £728million. Ken's plan uses the most conservative assumptions about operating costs and surpluses to ensure the most prudent and robust basis for the fares cut.

See Ken on Youtube:

25 September 2011

Myatts Fields Park Annual General Meeting this Thursday

This Thursday, 29 September 2011, the Myatts Fields Park Project Group are holding their Annual General Meeting at which the year's activities will be reviewed and a new committee elected to oversee the management of the park over the next year.






The AGM will be held at Longfield Hall, Knatchbull Road, Camberwell, SE5 in Lambeth's Vassall Ward starting at 7:30pm.

More information on Myatts Fields Park is available on the park website or follow the park on Twitter @Myattsfields

20 September 2011

Holland Grove Sheltered Scheme jumble sale 21 September 2011

Everyone is invited to a jumble sale at the Holland Grove Sheltered Scheme in Lambeth's Vassall Ward on Wednesday 21 September 2011 from 10am - 2pm.

There will be lots of bargains, clothing, bric a brac and toys available.

The Holland Grove Sheltered Scheme is located just off Vassall Road at 38 Holland Grove, SW9.

19 September 2011

Vassall Senior Citizens Association health promotion day 21 September 2011

Older people in Vassall Ward, Lambeth are invoted to the Vassall Senior Citizen Association Health Promotion Day this Wednesday, 21 September 2011, 11am - 4pm at St John the Divine Community Centre, Frederick Crescent SW9 (near to the church)



Activities
* Stroke & Arthritis Workshops *
* Head Massages *
* Tai Chi *
Refreshments including lunch will be provided

ALL WELCOME

Further information on the Vassall Senior Citizens Association website

17 September 2011

Boris to increase fares by 7%

oyster card
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has confirmed the Transport for London fares for 2012.

And there are increases that will affect all Londoners whether they use the bus, tube or tram.



The main changes are
  • Oyster pay as you go fare on the buses rising by 10p to £1.40
  • Oyster pay as you go fares on the Tube rising by between 10p and 30p
  • Cash fares on the Tube increasing by between 30p and 40p
  • London Travelcard season ticket prices rising by 8%
Fare information on TfL website

    16 September 2011

    Myatt's Fields Park Harvest Festival this Sunday

    This Sunday, 18 September 2011, there is a Harvest festival celebration in Myatts Fields Park, Camberwell SE5 in Lambeth's Vassall Ward with music, dancing and food.
    Myatts Fields Park bandstand in Vassall Ward on vassallview.com

    Music 

    Rumba de Londres will be performing popular Congolese Soukous dance rhythms and songs in Lingala and French (1-3pm) and at 3.30pm Organic, a local band who started life in the Funky Monkey, Camberwell, will showcase their talents.

    Food
    Everyone is invited to sit down to a free vegetarian feast from 1pm which will include food grown by volunteers on local estates and in our greenhouse. The feast will be prepared by local cooks and will include Caribbean, Eritrean, West African, Moroccan and Polish food.

    London Orchard Project will be bringing a large juicer and people will be able to take away (or drink) fresh juice made from locally-foraged fruit.

    Also running will be a jam making session, making elderberry and apple jelly, crab apple jelly and a green tomato relish. Please do bring your own fruit along and help to make these, then take some home at the end of the day.

    Invisible Food will be joining the celebrations after a morning forage for wild food and will make elderberry chutney during the afternoon. Their walk starts at the Loughborough Centre, SW9 7PD at 10.30am.

    There will also be a bee keeping demonstration with honey from Myatt’s hives.


    The music for the day has been funded by the National Lottery’s Awards for All programme, and the cooking activities are funded by the Big Lottery Fund’s Local Food fund. The day is organised by Myatt’s Fields Park Project in partnership with London Borough of Lambeth. The juicing will be carried out by London Orchard Project and the bee keeping demonstration will be by Bee Urban who keep bees in the park.

    Myatts Fields Park on vassallview.comMyatt's Fields Park is situated in Camberwell: between Calais Street, Cormont Road and Knatchbull Road, SE5 in Vassall Ward in Lambeth.

    15 September 2011

    Vassall Ward to move to new Brixton constituency?

    The Boundary Commission in its latest report has proposed that Vassall Ward in Lambeth be included in the new Brixton parliamentary constituency transferring from the existing Vauxhall constituency.

    If implemented the new arrangements will be in place for the next 2015 general election. Kate Hoey remains our MP until 2015.

    Read the full Boundary Commission South London proposals - the page also offers a chance to feedback on the proposals.

    14 September 2011

    Shawcross condemns Boris' proposed fare increases

    Lambeth and Southwark Assembly Member and Labour's Transport spokesperson Valerie Shawcross AM has today hit out at Mayor Boris Johnson’s announcement that further inflation busting transport fare rises are to go ahead next year, despite high inflation and continued economic uncertainty for Londoners.

    During questioning by Val at today’s Mayor’s Question Time meeting, the Mayor confirmed that he would be continuing with his policy of increasing fares by RPI inflation plus 2% next year.

    Val said ‘This is going to hit Londoners hard yet again at a time when coalition cuts are also taking full effect, meaning that many people will be finding things even less affordable. I’m particularly concerned about bus passengers, who tend to be lower paid workers as this means that they could be paying up to yet another ten pence next year. Bus fares will have gone up a whopping 50pence since Mayor Johnson’s election - that’s 56%!’

    Commuters from outer London will also be hit as prices from outer zones soar. Calculations suggest that the cost of an annual zone 1-5 travelcard has gone up 13.5% since 2008 costing passengers an extra £224 this year.

    National Rail fares passengers will suffer too, the Conservative Transport Secretary has recently announced these will be rising by up to RPI plus an additional 3%.

    Val continued ‘The Mayor claims the revenue raised is needed for investment in the transport system, but I think what will be most apparent to Londoners is the fact that their travel is costing them even more. The London Assembly budget committee has previously indicated that large fare rises are not necessary at this time and that TfL need to look at how they work out what ordinary Londoners can afford, but clearly they weren’t listened to. In my view that is not sensible. What’s more, I don’t think Londoners are seeing the benefits of this ‘investment’ that TfL are supposed to be using their fares for. This could almost be regarded as a ‘stealth tax’.

    13 September 2011

    Stockwell Festival this Saturday in Larkhall Park

    This Saturday, 17 September 2011, the annual Stockwell Festival takes place in Larkhall Park, Courland Grove, SW8 from 1 -6pm

    The festival is working with Oasis Play to bring five live sites of festive fun.

    Larkhall Park and Playground, Oasis Nature Garden, Go Kart track and Adventure Playground will be filled with an array of accessible activities to keep the whole family entertained.

    The theme this year is PEACE, INCLUSION & COHESION.

    Event highlights includes:
    The Pineapple Stage which promises a vibrant line up of music and dance.

    The Children’s Village where theres face painting, arts and craft workshops, magic and circus workshops, interactive drumming workshops with Lambeth Music Service plus Bureau of Silly Ideas

    Local artists, Art 4 Space will be on hand to help participants paint their messages of Peace on the Giant Peace Wall and a chance to make some peace flags and dove masks to wear on the parade.

    Listen to locals tell their stories and sing their songs with Stockwell Stories or jump on board Oasis Pedal Cars for some relay racing fun or enjoy acoustic vibes at the Enchanted Stage in Oasis Nature Garden.

    Plus much much more! Food and drink also available

    Follow the Festival on Facebook and Twitter @stockwellfesty

    09 September 2011

    Charles Edward Brooke School to become St Gabriel's College

    Charles Edward Brooke Church of England girls school in Lambeth's Vassall Ward is proposing changing its name to St Gabriel's College and changing its admissions policies to take boys and girls.

    If the changes are approved the School, located at two sites in Vassall: Langton Road SW9 and Cormont Road SE5, would start taking boys as well as girls in year seven from September 2012 so that over time the school will become fully co-educational.

    Full details of the proposal and a prospectus for the new school can be seen at www.saintgabrielscollege.org

    08 September 2011

    Retired people's lunch club launches this Friday with cream tea

    As well as parents and children Myatt's Fields Park in Vassall Ward will also be offering a retired people's lunch club every Friday at 1pm in the park depot meeting room. The lunch club will meet every week and serve lunches made from the vegetables and fruit grown in the greenhouse.
    bandstand in Myatts Fields Park, Camberwell SE5 on vassallview.com

    To celebrate the launchof the lunch club free cream teas will be available at the Bandstand in Myatt's Fields Park at 3pm on Friday 9 September 2011 so come along for some scones and tea this Friday and lunches on subsequent Fridays!

    Myatt's Fields Park is situated in Camberwell: between Calais Street, Cormont Road and Knatchbull Road, SE5 in Vassall Ward in Lambeth.

    07 September 2011

    Come and have a family breakfast every Friday in Myatt's Fields Park

    Parents and under fives are invited to come along to the Mulberry Centre (pictured) in Myatt's Fields Park, Calais Street, SE5 for a family breakfast from 9am onwards.

    Mulberry Centre in Myatts Fields Park, SE5 on vassallview.com
    Starting on Friday 9 September every Friday will see the family cook and eat breakfast club bringing together local parents and children for some food and fun!

    The sessions are funded by the Big Lottery's Local Food fund and are run by Myatt's Fields Park Project in partnership with Lambeth.

    More information on Myatt's Fields Park is on the Park's website

    Myatt's Fields Park is situated in Camberwell: between Calais Street, Cormont Road and Knatchbull Road, SE5 in Vassall Ward in Lambeth.

    05 September 2011

    Come and see Nil By Mouth at the Minet Library Tuesday 6 September 2011

    On Tuesday 6 September 2011 (tomorrow) there will be a free screening of the film Nil By Mouth at the Minet Library, Knatchbull Road, Camberwell SE5 in Vassall Ward. The screening will start at 6:30pm - all are welcome.

    Nil by Mouth poster source wikipedia
    Nil by Mouth
    Nil by Mouth is a 1997 British drama film portraying a family of characters living in South East London. It was Gary Oldman's debut as a writer and director; it stars Ray Winstone as Raymond, the abusive husband of Valerie (Kathy Burke). The film was a critical success, winning eight awards and being nominated for a further eight.

    The film depicts the environment Oldman witnessed growing up on a council estate in South East London. (Description taken from wikipedia)

    This film is being put on by the Minet Library Film Club - all are welcome.

    Details of the other films in the series were given here on Vassall View

    Follow the Minet Library on Twitter -@Minet_Library

    02 September 2011

    Myatts Fields Park September Sunday music events

    Myatts Fields Park in Calais Street, Camberwell SE5 in Lambeth's Vassall Ward has a regular programme of music events in the park bandstand every Sunday at 2pm.

    Myatts Fields Park bandstand on vassall view
    September events in the bandstand
    Sunday 4 September London Saxophone Choir
    Sunday 11 September Lambeth Wind Orchestra
    Sunday 18 September Harvest Festival 
    Sunday 25 September The Trouser Band  

    To keep up to date with events in Myatts Fields Park bandstand see the park's website

    31 August 2011

    Minet Library Reading Group's September book is We need to talk about Kevin

    The Minet Library Reading Group meets on the third Tuesday of the month at the Minet Library at 52 Knatchbull Road, Camberwell, SE5 in Lambeth's Vassall Ward.  Every month the group meets for an informal discussion of the book of the month. The meetings take place from 6:30-8:30pm.

    September 2011's book is We need to talk about Kevin by Lionel Shriver. Published in 2003 this book documents a mother's attempts to come to terms with a murder committed by her son. It received critical acclaim on publication winning the Orange Prize for Fiction. It will also shortly be released as a film. 

    At the time of writing several copies of We need to talk about Kevin were still available in Lambeth libraries so there is still time to get the book and read it before the meeting - check library book stocks on the Lambeth libraries web catalogue.

    The Minet Library Reading Group meeting will take place at the Minet Library from 6:30-8:30pm  on Tuesday 20 September 2011. Follow the Minet Library on Twitter

    25 August 2011

    Register to vote now

    Polling Station sign on vassallview.com
    The Council's Electoral services department are currently sending out electoral registration forms to every house in the borough. To be added or to stay on the electoral roll you need to check the details on the form you receive and return it amended as appropriate. You can confirm details by post, phone, text or on the website - details of how to reply are contained in the letter.

    In 2012 there will be important elections for the Mayor of London and the London Assembly scheduled for Thursday 3 May 2012. Dont miss your chance to vote - make sure you are registered!

    Further information is available on the Council and democracy page of the Lambeth website

    14 August 2011

    A23 Brixton Road closed Northbound every night 15 - 27 August 2011

    We have been informed by Transport for London that Brixton Road Northbound will be closed every evening from 8pm to 6am the following day for road resurfacing works. The works will take place over the next two weeks: Monday 15 - Friday 27 August 2011. As well as the road closures there is likely to be construction noise affecting local residents.

    Buses and other traffic will be diverted up Clapham Road.

    Full details from TfL:

    A23 Brixton Road - Essential carriageway resurfacing works

    Ringway Jacobs, on behalf of Transport for London (TfL), has been appointed to carry out essential carriageway resurfacing works on the A23 Brixton Road , between A203 Stockwell Road and A202 Camberwell New Road . These works will bring benefits to road users by renewing the existing road surface to eliminate cracks and pot holes. Upon completion, these works will also reduce the need for large scale maintenance of the carriageway for many years to come.


    The works will be carried out from Monday 15 August to Saturday 27 August 2011 between 20:00 and 06:00hrs. During the works, A23 Brixton Road between A203 Stockwell Road and A202 Camberwell New Road will be closed to northbound traffic, however southbound traffic will be maintained. Northbound traffic will be diverted via A203 Stockwell Road and A3 Clapham Road .


    TfL is firmly committed to minimising disruption to traffic; resurfacing the road overnight provides us with the best chance to complete these works as quickly as possible with as little disruption as possible. During the works, proposed diversion routes will be indicated via traffic signs.


    Also note that the noisiest activities, such as breaking out and planing off the existing carriageway surface, will be carried out in the initial part of each night and aim to stop by 24:00hrs; the remaining works, such as laying and compacting the new surface and the associated road markings, will continue till 06:00hrs.


    All stakeholders, including the London Borough of Lambeth, have been consulted and support our coordinated approach. In order to carry out these works we will require full access of the carriageway and therefore all parking will be suspended during the works. Your patience and cooperation would be greatly appreciated.

    We anticipate moderate disruption to vehicular traffic and to mitigate this, we will have electronic Variable Messaging Signs (VMS) in the area to pre-warn drivers of these works.

    Tfl website


    13 August 2011

    Friends of Slade Gardens AGM Wednesday 17 August 2011

    This Wednesday, 17 August 2011, the Friends of Slade Gardens are holding their Annual General Meeting at St Michael's Church Hall, Stockwell Park Cresecent in Vassall Ward, SW9. The meeting will start at 7:30pm. Come along and find out more about plans to regenerate the park.


    Friends of Slade Gardens website

    10 August 2011

    Lambeth Labour politicians and party members help with Clapham clear up following disturbances

    Vassall Councillor Adrian Garden with Councillor Mark Bennett and Lambeth Labour Party members on Vassallview.com

    Lambeth Labour politicians and party members have got stuck in to the clear up following the disturbances in the Brixton and Clapham Junction areas.

    Here Vassall Ward Labour Councillor Adrian Garden reflects "I toured Vassall ward yesterday and found everything quiet and peaceful, quite different from the mayhem further south round Brixton station. So in the afternoon I went to Clapham Junction - where in Northcote Road I came across a vast crowd of mainly young people attacking the road, the pavement, and the broken windows - with brooms, brushes and dustpans, black bags and rubber gloves. Far, far more than the few rioters and looters who had been there the evening before, these hundreds of people were the true face of the community, coming together."

    Adrian is  pictured above (left of photo) together with Lambeth Councillor Mark Bennett (centre) and Lambeth Labour Party members helping with the clear up.

    09 August 2011

    Lambeth thanks volunteers for clear up after disturbances in Streatham and Brixton

    Lambeth Council has thanked all the people who offered to help clear up after the disturbances in Brixton and Streatham on Sunday night.

    Thousands of volunteers across London have been helping authorities clear up, with the efforts often coordinated through social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook.

    Cllr Rachel Heywood, Cabinet member for Communities on Lambeth Council, said: “It’s been a very difficult few days, but the public spirit of local people who want to do something to help has been a fantastic reminder of the strength of community spirit in our borough."

    “We’ve had lots of people spontaneously turning out yesterday and contacting us via Twitter to ask whether they could help with the clear up, and I don’t think there is any better indication of how much people care about Brixton and Streatham than that."

    “The main clear up has now been done, but we suggest that people who still want to do something to help could speak to local shop owners to see whether they need any assistance. It’s also important to be thinking about neighbours and friends, particularly older residents who may be feeling vulnerable, and now is a good time to pay them a visit to check they are OK.”

    08 August 2011

    Lambeth Council leader Steve Reed comments on Brixton disturbances

    Lambeth Council leader Steve Reed has commented on the disturbances in parts of Brixton on Sunday night. He condemns the rioters but concludes on a hopeful note saying "This is a community that is strong, cohesive, and proud of itself. No mindless thugs are going to damage that."

    Read more on Steve's blog

    05 August 2011

    Myatts Fields Park Sunday music events

    Myatts Fields Park in Calais Street, Camberwell SE5 in Lambeth's Vassall Ward has a regular programme of music events in the park bandstand every Sunday at 2pm.

    Myatts Fields Park bandstand on vassall view
    August events in the bandstand
    Sunday 7 August No Frills Band
    Sunday 14 August Merton Concert Band
    Sunday 21 August The Lucky Ones
    Sunday 28 August South London Jazz Orchestra

    To keep up to date with events in Myatts Fields Park bandstand see the park's website

    03 August 2011

    Mulberry Centre timetable for August 2011

    The Mulberry Centre in Myatt's Fields Park in Lambeth's Vassall Ward has published its programme of activities for August. See below for details - the Mulberry Centre is open to all parents and children.
    Mulberry Centre, Lambeth SE5 on vassallview.com

    Mondays: 12.30 - 3.30 pm - Stay and Play session with Madlyn and Gregory

    Tuesdays: 9.30 am - 11.30 am - Childminder drop in with Annette and Helen; 12.30 - 3.30 pm- Stay and Play session with Madlyn and Gregory

    Wednesdays: closed

    Thursdays: 9.30 am - 11.30 am - Childminder drop in with Annette and Helen

    Fridays: 12.30 - 3.30 pm - Stay and Play session with Madlyn and Gregory

    Saturdays: Mulberry Centre is available for party hire in mornings and afternoons; contact Kasia on 07940547056 or kolszewska@lambeth.gov.uk for further information and bookings.

    And dont miss the Mulberry Centre Magical Music Week 15 - 19 August 2011
    Programme of events
    Monday 15 August 2011 - 1.30 pm - African Drumming Workshop with Henri: beat the drums and feel the beat. Come and join Henri to bang on some drums and make some noise!

    Tuesday 16 August 9.30 - 11.30 am - Childminders Music Day with Annette and Helen: if you are a childminder come and join in with a musical instrument making workshop and take part in the Mulberry Music Parade at the end of the session.

    Tuesday 16 August 1.30 - 3 pm - Music Madness: Join Madlyn and Gregory in learning Jamaican songs and reading musical stories. Come ready to create some summer sounds and take part in a musical procession.

    Friday 19 August - 1.30 pm - Gypsy Duo Kathryn and Nick: come along to this exciting workshop and performance. See the mandolin and violin in action, creating atmospheric sounds. Get ready to dance away the afternoon and learn some new songs.

    The Mulberry Centre is a childrens centre funded by Lambeth Council located in Myatt's Fields Park, Calais Street, Camberwell SE5 in Vassall Ward.

    01 August 2011

    Vassall Labour Councillors' surgeries in August 2011

    Photo of Adrian Garden and Kingsley Abrams, Vassall Ward Labour Councillors on Vassall View
    Vassall Ward Labour Councillor Adrian Garden will be holding surgeries in Vassall Ward in August 2011 on the following dates


    Tuesday 2 August July 2011 - 6:30-7:30pm The Holland Room, Christ Church, Brixton Road, SW9 6BE
    Thursday 18 August 2011 - 6:30-7:30pm, The Annexe, Cowley Estate, Brixton Road, SW9 6LZ



    (Click on the address for a link to a map showing the location)

    If these dates are inconvenient for you or you have a problem or issue that requires immediate attention please contact the Vassall Labour Councillors directly:
    Kingsley Abrams - email kingsleyabrams@hotmail.com tel 07932 447763
    Adrian Garden - email agarden@lambeth.gov.uk tel

    30 July 2011

    Recycling on estates in Vassall and across Lambeth gets easier

    Recycling on the estates across Lambeth, including those such as St Gabriels estate, Holland Rise House and Church Manor in Vassall Ward, has become a lot easier with the extension of the reusable orange bag scheme allowing recycling to be stored and carried easily and safely to the estate recycling bins. Over the next few weeks residents on the affected estates will receive a reusable orange bag for this purpose.

    See the list of estates affected or for further information on recycling see the Lambeth website.   

    This initiative is part of Lambeth's new waste strategy, which came into effect on 4 April 2011. This aims to get everyone reducing the amount of waste they produce and increasing recycling as much as they can. Recycling levels have increased by nearly 5 per cent already and Lambeth is on course to exceed the target of saving £600,000 on waste disposal costs by an extra £300,000 by the end of this year.

    28 July 2011

    Summer activities for young people in Lambeth

    A wealth of activities are availble for young people in Lambeth over the summer holidays period.

    Further information is available on the Young Lambeth website

    25 July 2011

    Older residents visit Cowley food farm

    Adrian Garden and Drew Woodhouse at Cowley food farm on vassallview.com
    On 21 July 2011 a group of older residents visited the Cowley food farm on the Cowley estate in Lambeth's Vassall Ward, SW9. A great time was had by all with an impressive barbecue and tours of the food farm by head gardener Drew Woodhouse (pictured left with Vassall Ward Councillor Adrian Garden).

    There was a large turnout, and everyone enjoyed the afternoon despite the occasional rain shower.



    Cowley food farm barbecue on Cowley estate, SW9 on  Vassallview.com

    Cowley food farm is a food growing initiative funded by Lambeth Council which aims to get people on the Cowley estate involved in gardening  and growing food for themselves.

    For further information see the Facebook page or contact Drew on 07817 543279 or email cowleyfoodfarm@gmail.com.

    Cowley food farm barbecue 2 on Vassallview.com



    Cowley food farm poster on vassallview.com

    23 July 2011

    Sign up for the Lambeth summer university

    Taken from new release on Lambeth website

    Now the summer holidays are here why not sign up to our Summer University, there's something for everyone this summer for children and young people aged 11 to 19. We have a wide range of affordable courses in music and performing arts, business and careers, digital media/IT/film/photography, and sport, fitness and wellbeing.

    21 July 2011

    Ken's secret weapon: powered by people

    Labour's candidate for Mayor of London Ken Livingstone is being welcomed across the capital, in this video the people who are campaigning for Ken explain why they are doing it.




    Get involved
    The two things you can do today to contribute to our campaign
    1) Volunteer: click here to do so
    2) Give a small donation to pay for the running costs of the campaign. As little as £10 will make a huge difference: click here to do so

    Over the last few months we have been building a formidable grassroots campaign in London.
    We've had real success. We are making a real difference. Our movement to retake City Hall is building momentum street by street, phone call by phone call, leaflet by leaflet and door knock by door knock.
    You are making a real difference. Our secret weapon is our volunteers.

    Ken for London logo

    18 July 2011

    Come and meet Ken Livingstone in Stockwell on Wednesday

    Ken Livingstone for London 2012 on vassallview.com
    Come and meet Labour candidate for Mayor of London Ken Livingstone in Stockwell this Wednesday 20 July 2011.

    Come and tell Ken what you want him to include in his manifesto for the Mayoral elections in May 2012. Hear what Ken thinks should be London's priorities.

    This meeting is open to everyone

    The event is being held from 7:00pm until 8:30 pm on Wednesday 20 July 2011 at the Springfield Community and Medical Centre, 110 Union Road, SW8 2SH. For further information telephone 020 7783 1054 or see more on the Ken Livingstone website

    11 July 2011

    Come to the Lambeth Country Show this weekend!

    lambeth country show banner

    This weekend, Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 July 2011, the Lambeth Country Show is taking place in Brockwell Park, Herne Hill, SE24. Lambeth have safeguarded funding for what has become South London's premier summer event enjoyed by up to 200,000 people. Come along from 11am onwards on Saturday and Sunday for music, displays, food, drink, animals, flower shows and much much more. You can also find out about the work of local charities and other organisations as well as get the latest information on council services.

    For information on  the Lambeth Country Show see the Country Show website

    09 July 2011

    Come to the Stockwell Good Neighbours bring and buy sale Monday 11 July 2011

    Come to the Stockwell Good Neighbours bring and buy sale on Monday 11 July 2011 11am-3pm at the Oval House Theatre, Kennington Oval, SE11.

    More information on Stockwell Good Neighbours on the Lambeth website

    06 July 2011

    Fruit tree workshop this Saturday in Myatt's Fields Park, SE5

    This Saturday, 9 July 2011, learn how to maintain your fruit trees in a special workshop at Myatt’s Fields Park, Camberwell SE5 in Lambeth's Vassall Ward.

    The London Orchard Project will be helping to prune and care for the fruit trees planted around the greenhouse and in the wildlife area, and volunteers are welcome to join from 10.30am to 2pm.

    Volunteers will also be planting more vegetables in the greenhouse and caring for the ones that are growing there now during a workshop from 11am to 1pm, led by Bob Johnson.

    Meet at the greenhouse for both. Everyone and all ages warmly welcome.

    This planting day is organised by Myatt’s Fields Park Project in partnership with London Borough of Lambeth. The greenhouse session is funded by Capital Growth, the campaign to support 2,012 new community food-growing spaces for London by 2012.

    Myatt's Fields Park is situated in Camberwell: between Calais Street, Cormont Road and Knatchbull Road, SE5 in Vassall Ward in Lambeth.

    05 July 2011

    London Assembly Member Valerie Shawcross publishes Summer update

    Photo of Valerie Shawcross on Vassall View
    Valerie Shawcross, London Assembly Member for Lambeth and Southwark (pictured left), has published her summer update giving an overview of her work over the past few months.

    The newsletter is available to download on Valerie's website








    Contact Val
    Valerie Shawcross AM
    London Assembly Member for Lambeth & Southwark
    City Hall, The Queens Walk
    London SE1 2AA
    val@valshawcross.com
    Tel 020 7983 4401