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)

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


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


    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.

    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