31 March 2011

Farmers' Market this Saturday on Camberwell Green

In addition to the regular Farmers Market held at St Marks Church near Oval tube station there will be a Farmers Market this Saturday 2 April 2011 on Camberwell Green from 10:30 - 2pm.

Quality local produce direct from the producers

All variety of fresh locally grown fruit and vegetables, organic bread, organic meat, lamb and pork, local fish, eggs and cheese

Cakes, preserves, hone, jam, plants and herbs

Further information on the Urban Farmers Market Ltd website

28 March 2011

NHS Lambeth decide its officially the Akerman Health Centre...

The new health centre being constructed on Akerman Road in Vassall Ward, Lambeth SW9 will be known as the Akerman Health Centre. This decision, made after consultation with local residents, is announced in the latest March newsletter from the project - see below or download the March newsletter in pdf format

As previously reported on Vassall View this exciting project will create a totally new health centre on Akerman Road bringing together three existing doctors' surgeries -Myatts Field, Foxley Square and Iveagh House in or near Vassall Ward to provide a better service for all local Vassall residents. The work is being carried out by NHS Lambeth. in conjunction with Lambeth Borough Council. Construction is expected to be completed in July 2012.

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27 March 2011

Transition Town Brixton to create first permaculture showcase in Slade Gardens

Transition Town Brixton have announced that they are working with the Friends of Slade Gardens to create the first public permaculture showcase in London in Slade Gardens in Vassall Ward, SW9

If you would like to be involved in this innovative project come along to the first design workshop on Thursday 31 March 2011 6:30-9PM aT 6-8 Robsart Street, SW9. To find out more email isabel.clarke@btopenworld.com

Transition Town Brixton website
Friends of Slade Gardens website

21 March 2011

March for the alternative!

On Saturday 26 March 2011 join thousands of people from across the UK to show the Conservative / Liberal Democrat government that there is an alternative to the massive cuts programme. March for the alternative: jobs, growth and justice.

March with Vauxhall Constituency Labour Party
If you would like to join our group and march under our banner to show your opposition to the Tory Government’s cuts, then please come along and march with us. We are meeting outside the front door of the IMAX Cinema in Waterloo at 11.00 before heading off at 11:30 to join the main demonstration

Vassall View: March for the Alternative 26 March 2011

18 March 2011

Choir performance in Myatt's Fields Park on Saturday

This Saturday, 19 March 2011, there will be singing in Myatt's Fields Park in Vassall Ward - come along to watch a choir performing the bandstand from 3pm.

The performance is part of Camberwell Sings, which will include performances in buses, barbers, pubs and parks throughout the area this Saturday.

The park's Little Cat Cafe will be open for refreshments.

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

17 March 2011

Pram walking sessions in Myatts Fields Park, Camberwell SE5 every Friday 11am

All parents are invited to come to exercise and make friends at the weekly Myatt’s Fields Park pram walking sessions every Friday morning from 11am to noon.
Meet next to the bandstand in Myatt's Fields Park in Vassall Ward at 11am, you are advised to wear sensible shoes and bring a bottle of water.

These fitness classes are funded by Activate London (Peabody Trust funded by the Big Lottery) and organised by Myatt's Fields Park Project in partnership with London Borough of Lambeth. For further information contact Victoria Sherwin on 020 7926 0394.

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

16 March 2011

Tabletop sale at Reay School on Saturday

This Saturday, 19 March 2011, Reay School on Hackford Road, in Vassall Ward SW9, is holding a table top sale. Come along between 1:30 and 3:30pm for an array of goods for sale all to raise funds for school projects. The event is being organised by the Friends of Reay parents' group.

Further information on Reay School on the Reay School website

15 March 2011

14 March 2011

On Saturday 26 March protest against the cuts: join the TUC March for the Alternative

On Saturday 26 March 2011 join thousands of people from across the UK to show the Conservative / Liberal Democrat government that there is an alternative to the massive cuts programme. March for the alternative: jobs, growth and justice.

Vassall View: March for the Alternative 26 March 2011

13 March 2011

Lambeth protects children's centres against Tory cuts

Lambeth Labour have pledged not to close any Sure Start children’s centres in Lambeth, despite the Tory government cutting funding by 21% in just one year.

David Cameron and George Osborne have abandoned their promise to protect Sure Start, and are instead slashing budgets by hundreds of millions across the UK, with poor areas like Lambeth singled out for bigger cuts. The Early Intervention Grant which pays for children’s centres has been cut by over £5 million in Lambeth, equivalent to a £90 cut for every young person. Labour councillors are fuming that the Tory-led Government appears to be protecting wealthier boroughs like Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire and Windsor and Maidenhead, who are seeing a cut of only £30 a head.

Photo of Liz Atkinson Children's Centre, Vassall Wardm SW9
Despite the Tory betrayal, Lambeth’s Labour administration has pledged to protect Lambeth’s entire network of 27 children’s centres, which are vital to ensure very young children and their families get the very best start in life. No Lambeth children’s centre will close this year despite the cuts, and Labour have ring fenced more than £13 million to spend on early years. This is good news for the Liz Atkinson Children's Centre on Mostyn Road, SW9 in Vassall Ward (pictured) which can continue to work with the young people of Vassall Ward.

Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, Cllr Pete Robbins said: ‘We are furious that Lambeth has been singled out for bigger cuts by the Tory Government – by cutting too far and too fast and asking children to bear the brunt, they are showing that they have no idea what pressure ordinary families are under. As a Labour administration we have no hesitation in pledging to protect Lambeth’s children’s centres from closure. Early Intervention services like Sure Start Children’s Centres do vital work with local families to improve health, education and life chances for their children.”

Lambeth has lost over £6million in grants for services like Children’s Centres, which is on top of the £79m of savings the Council must make after the Tory-led government slashed its budget by a third.
Further information
Full list of Lambeth's Children's Centres on Lambeth website
Details of the Liz Atkinson Children's Centre in Vassall Ward

09 March 2011

February newsletter from Labour MEP Claude Moraes

Photo of Claude Moraes MEP on Vassall View
London Labour Member of the European Parliament Claude Moraes has sent out his latest newsletter giving details of his activities in  February 2011. Read more on Claude's website

Dear Friends

Welcome to my February Newsletter.

The last few weeks have seen dramatic and unprecedented events in the Middle East. The European Union has a major role to play here, where so called “Neighbourhood Policy” is a critical element of EU strategy with third countries. MEPs and the EU were fully aware of significant changes in Libya and to a lesser extent Tunisia because of increased refugee flows to southern Member States.

As the Socialists and Democrats Spokesperson in this area, I have been working with EU Commissioners and the Council on our policy in the Mediterranean, particularly in relation to Frontex (the EU’s border agency) and the new refugee problems in the Mediterranean.

Labour MEPs have also been working hard on a whole host of other issues this month, including the rights of victims package, resisting an EU-Columbia Trade Deal until human rights concessions are won, blocking US-style prescription drug advertising and continuing our work on important counter-human trafficking efforts.

I regularly update my website and Facebook page on these themes and other issues and hope that this report to you will be both informative and interesting.

Claude Moraes
Labour MEP for London

Read the full newsletter

07 March 2011

Ken calls for a fair deal for tube users and tells Boris to get a grip

Photo of Val Shawcross AM on Vassall View
Ken Livingstone, Labour's candidate for Mayor of London, has joined with Lambeth and Southwark London Assembly Member Val Shawcross (right) to call on Boris to get a grip and take action on tube delays after Transport for London performance figures showed that delays and station closures are both up on the tube with the Victoria and Northern lines especially being affected.
Ken and Val have launched their fair deal for tube users initiative which calls for action in five areas:
1.   Get a grip of persistent tube delays and disruption;
2.   Improve how TfL communicates tube problems to passengers;
3.   Compensate delayed passengers and clearly explain how to claim refunds for late running journeys;
4.   Bring common sense to the weekend tube-closure programme;
5.   Tackle the problem of engineering works over-running into Monday mornings.

Ken Livingstone said: “The increased number of delays and closures on the Tube are causing huge frustration and inconvenience for millions of Londoners. It’s time for Boris Johnson to roll his sleeves up and get a grip. My Fair Deal for Tube Users would put the interests of Londoners at the very top of the Mayor’s agenda. The Mayor must be far more accountable for the tube, improve the way TfL communicates with Londoners, make more effort to ensure delayed passengers can fairly claim compensation and review the weekend tube-closure programme.”

Val Shawcross AM, Labour’s London Assembly transport spokesperson said: “It is hard to recall a day in the past few months when there has not been a signal failure or major delay on the tube which has caused real inconvenience for Londoners. We are all paying more for tube services which Boris Johnson’s own figures show are getting worse. It’s about time Boris Johnson paid some attention to his day job and got a grip of the increasing number of tube delays. The Mayor claims he watches the tube on a screen in his office ‘like a hawk’, I think Londoners want a Mayor who is more than a spectator.”

More information on Ken's fair deal for tube passengers 

06 March 2011

Sunday 27 March 2011 is census day

Census advert on Vassall View

For further information on the census in Lambeth see the Lambeth census page and the list of FAQs

05 March 2011

Pancake fun in Myatts Fields Park, Camberwell this Sunday

This Sunday 6 March 2011 there is a celebration of pancakes in Myatt's Fields Park, Camberwell in Lambeth's Vassall Ward.

Photo of Myatt's Fields Park, Camberwell on Vassall View
Come to the bandstand in the park from 3pm onwards for pancakes; choose your own sauces.

Bring a frying pan and take part in pancake races. At 3pm there is an adults' race and at 3:15 children will have an opportunity to race.

Everyone is welcome to this free event.

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

04 March 2011

Vassall and Stockwell Lambeth Living leaseholders' meeting Monday 7 March 2011

Lambeth Living logo on Vassall View
There will be a meeting of Lambeth Living's Vassall and Stockwell area leaseholders on Monday 7 March 2011 6.30 pm - 9.00 pm at Myatts Field South Community Hall, Urlwin Walk, SW9 6QG (click on postcode for link to map)

For further information contact Frank Tamplin - 020 7926 8324  ftamplin@lambethliving.org.uk

02 March 2011

Top women authors coming to Brixton Library

Five top-selling women writers will be coming to Brixton Library on Friday 11 March for a special event to  mark International Women’s Day.
Photo of Brixton Library on Vassall View
Organised by Lambeth Council’s Library service, the event, called All About the Girl, features some of the UK’s best known authors.

Orange Prize winner Monica Ali will join Sophie Kinsella, Lisa Jewell, Stella Duffy and Rebecca Chance for an evening of book readings and fun.

Stella Duffy, who lives in Lambeth and recently led events to protest at the possble closure of the Minet Library in Vassall Ward, said the group had not decided the exact format for the event, but is certain it will be an enjoyable night. She said: “We don’t know exactly what we will be doing because we haven’t got together to discuss it yet. But we all know each other and are good friends so we’ll be able to sort things out before."

She continued "I expect it will be readings, us talking and a Q+A session – along with some cake and wine. I think the great thing about it is there is such a diverse range of writers. Normally you would have three that are very similar, but Lambeth has managed to get a really wide range of writers.”

Stella added “There is a perception that women write about the domestic and men write about the universal. Someone like Sophie Kinsella is a mega-selling author, but she never gets reviewed in the papers.”

This event is just one of a range of exciting and entertaining events in Lambeth Libraries throughout March. To see what’s going on in Lambeth's libraries go to www.lambeth.gov.uk/libraries

Cllr Florence Nosegbe, Cabinet Member for Culture, Sport and the 2012 Games, said: “This is a fantastic line up of five of the best and most exciting female writers around, and it’s a great coup for the borough. It promises to be a really great evening and a fun and informative way of marking International Women’s Day. There’s always lots going on in Lambeth libraries so if you have never been to an event before then
why not start this month?”

All About the Girl takes place on Friday 11 March 2011 at 7pm in Brixton Library, featuring Monica Ali, Sophie Kinsella, Stella Duffy, Lisa Jewell and Rebecca Chance. Booking for this event is essential - contact Marie Ayoola on 020 7926 1075 or email mayoola@lambeth.gov.uk for tickets

01 March 2011

Camberwell swimming pool reopens

On Monday 28 February Camberwell swimming pool reopened following closure for a refit and refurbishment.

The Lesiure Centre in Artichoke Place, SE5 features a 25 metre fully refurbished and retiled swimming pool and learner pool, with new male, female and family wet-changing areas. The entrance area has also been rebuilt with reception and new cafe.The next phase of the development will see the gym area, sports hall and young peoples facilities refurbished - this is due to reopen later in 2011.

For more information see the Camberwell Leisure Centre website or the Southwark website

Vassall Labour Councillors' surgeries in March 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 March 2011 on the following dates

Tuesday 1 March 2011 - 6:30-7:30pm The Holland Room, Christ Church, Brixton Road, SW9 6BE
Thursday 17 March 2011 - 6:30-7:30pm, The Annexe, Cowley Estate, Brixton Road, SW9 6LZ
Saturday 19 March 2011 - 2-3pm, Myatts Field North TMO Boardroom, Foxley Square, SW9 7RY
Saturday 26 March 2011 - 2-3pm, Mostyn Road Methodist Church, entrance in St. Lawrence Way, Myatts Field South Estate, SW9 6PH

(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 kabrams@lambeth.gov.uk tel 07932 447763
Adrian Garden - email agarden@lambeth.gov.uk tel 07814 568 024