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Yarnbombing – on the cutting edge from LJ to the G8 protests

Who would have thought that the ‘old-fashioned’ pastime of knitting could ever be so cutting edge? Well, aside from the unexpected joy brought about by the yarnbombing of an area or the sudden colours in a grey, London street, it’s also become one of THE ways to protest.

We’ve had a bit of yarnbombing in LJ at the Big Lunch and look forward to lots more – and if you want to see some jolly knitting for yourselves head to the House in the Junction next to the Shakespeare Business Centre and take a peek at their window. Fun and funky …

So G8 summit leaders beware … the very chairs you sit in as you (desperately hopeful here) decide on some humane and decisive actions could be ‘made over’ into a colour-fest of knitted glory as you pontificate!

According to the Guardian the yarnbombers are there and ready …

Yarnbombers Purl 1 and Knit 1

Yarnbombers gear up for the G8 summit
photo: the Guardian

Big lunch, big fun

Big lunch, big fun


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Myatt’s Fields Park Summer Fair and Family Fun Day 22 June from 11am to 6pm

Myatt's Fields Park - in bloom

Myatt’s Fields Park – in bloom

 

Myatt's Fields Park

Myatt’s Fields Park

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Everyone is invited to take part in Myatt’s Fields Park summer fair and family fun day which will be held on 22nd June 2013.

This year the event will be organised in partnership with local charity the Cherry Tree Trust and it will be bigger and better than ever – starting at 11am and continueing through to 6pm.

There’ll be a full day of entertainment including rock steady music and live bands on the bandstand, a talent contest and ballet performance in the picnic area, a football tournament, the family fairground and a plant sale. As part of Camberwell Arts Week, the park will also have an art fair this year, and artists can pay to hang work for sale on railings outside the park.

You can get involved too and development/education officer Victoria Sherwin tells you how:

Competitions

FREE SEVEN A SIDE FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT noon to 2pm: under 8’s and under 11’s are invited to enter. We encourage teams from schools, youth and community groups or anyone who can form a team. To book your team or find out more information, contact Lucia Hinton on 07956 101387 or luciahinton09@googlemail.com

TALENT CONTEST: show off your talent during our contest which will be held in the picnic area during the afternoon. All ages and talents welcome to enter. Acts will be chosen by audition before the event. Contact Lucia Hinton (details given above) for further information.

BAKING COMPETITION Bake the best Victoria sponge, ginger cake, chocolate cake, fruit cake, lemon drizzle, cake containing a vegetable, dish made with rhubarb (sweet or savoury) and jam, chutney or pickle. Just come along to our competition tent on the day (we’ll be in the picnic area). Contact Victoria Sherwin on Vsherwin@lambeth.gov.uk for further information.

ART FAIR:  Contact Victoria Sherwin (details above) for further information.

Stalls

We would very much like to have a good range of food and craft stalls, including community and commercial. The price of a stall for community/non-profit groups is £20 and the cost of a stall for commercial companies is £40.

FOOD STALLS: Please see the map attached which shows food stall pitches (four near the café and two in the picnic area). When you book, please site your preference and we’ll allocate as near as possible to your preference on a first come first served basis.

OTHER STALLS: Stalls will be allocated on a first come, first served basis around the picnic area on the day. People will be drawn to this area by a variety of entertainment during the day, including a talent contest, a ballet performance, a range of stalls and a storyteller.

TABLES: You are welcome to bring your own tables, or you can hire these from us at a charge of £10 per table. Please pre-book as no additional tables will be available on the day. Chairs will not be available so please bring your own if you need them.

To book, use the form attached and send to Victoria Sherwin, development/education officer, The Old Depot, Myatt’s Fields Park, Cormont Road , London SE5 9RA .


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Get writing with the Junction Writers’ group: first meeting Wednesday 19 June

If you love to write, join us for the new bimonthly Junction Writers’ group. Whether you are published or yet-to-be published, fulfilling a lifelong dream or just looking for a creative pastime, this group is for you. Bring along some of your writing to share, or come along to get inspiration from others. The focus will be on fiction, but poets are also welcome.

Meetings will be held at the SIA Community Arts café (under the arches), opposite Loughborough Junction rail stationevery first and third Wednesday of the month, 6.30-8.30pm. First meeting: 19th June. Loughborough Junction is 15 minutes’ walk from Brixton or Camberwell, and can be reached by buses 35, 45, 345 and P4. The group is free but please support the café by buying refreshments. All welcome. For more information, contact Kate at junctionwriters@hotmail.co.uk or just turn up.


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Ed Davey MP, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Changes praises renewable energy community projects on the Loughborough Estate

On the 6th June, Ed Davey, Secretary for State and Greg Barker MP, Minister of State for Climate Change from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) came to the Loughborough Estate to look at the community energy projects set up on the roofs of the Loughborough Estate by Repowering London.

This project has installed several hundred square metres of solar panels on six blocks in the Loughborough Estate and the project is providing work placement opportunities for local young and unemployed people from the estate. All the investment has come from local people and the energy generated is owned by the community who have set up community-owned co-operatives.

Ed Davey chose to showcase this project to launch DECC Call for Evidence on Community Energy. DECC are preparing a Community Energy Strategy that will be published in the Autumn. The Government is looking for views from a range of people and groups to help ensure the new Community Energy Strategy can inspire as many new projects as possible.

Check it our here: 

Ed Davey and Greg Barker met local residents, investors, Community Draught Busters and members of the Repowering Team at the Loughborough Community Centre on Barrington Road, and then were taken up onto the roof of Elmore House to see the panels for themselves, both on Elmore House and nearby Style Gardens. Thank heavens the sun was shining!

In the presence of the Ministers, Repowering took the opportunity to launch their third project, Brixton Energy 3 which will see the installation of 52kW of photovoltaic arrays on four buildings on the Roupell Park Estate.

Local residents will be invited to purchase shares in Brixton Energy Solar 3 co-operative to raise £67,000 that is the capital funds required for the installation of the solar panels.

To see Ed Davey’s thoughts on the Loughborough project go to

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2013/jun/06/community-energy-revolution-uk

to read more about Repowering go to http://www.repowering.org.uk/

If you are interested in find out more about how you can invest in Brixton Energy 3 go to http://www.repowering.org.uk/projects/roupell-park

If you want to find out more about making your home more energy efficient then contact the Community Draught Busters http://ttbdraughtbusters.co.uk/

by Becky Payne


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Brixton Station Road: Foodie heaven as Food Corner market launches on 7 June 2013

Food Corner market: bunny chow

A rather upmarket version of Durban’s famous ‘bunny chow’

Hanoi kitchen will be offering hot pots, spring rolls and vermicelli noodles

Hanoi kitchen will be offering hot pots, spring rolls and vermicelli noodles

The all-important map of how to get to the Food Corner market

The all-important map of how to get to the Food Corner market

As someone who lived and worked in Durban for four years I can’t wait to head down to the new Food Corner in Brixton Station Road and try out Bunnychow’s version of Durbs’ famous bread ‘n curry treat.

Their photos show a more upmarket version certainly but I am sure the gorgeous curry sauce-melting-into-the-bread effect will be the same.

Will the curries be as hot as some of the Durban delicacies? I’ll have to wait and find out – and try and find room for some of the other goodies on offer.

Brixton Station Road Community Market is bringing five new hot food traders to offer lunch time specials for around a fiver. Aside from Bunnychow there will be Pangea, offering a wide variety of street foods, Bare Bone Cue with slow, pulled pork, Hanoi Kitchen with Vietnamese dishes and Woodbox Pizza.

All of them sound delicious so I expect to be buffeted around a bit while queuing.

Tomorrow’s opening market will be running from 11.30am to 2.30pm, on the corner of Brixton Station Road and Pope’s Road.

Usual operating hours will be from Monday to Friday, 10am to 5pm and BMFT (Brixton Market Traders’ Federation) is aiming to develop the local market economy on week days.

Important news for local workers is that the BMFT will be offering a 10% discount to all Lambeth Council, Veolia Environmental Services, Police Station and Rec Centre staff who visit the Food Corner and show their badge/identification.

AND other organisations in Brixton can apply to join the discount scheme by emailing camila@brixtonmarket.net

 

So what do they say about the five food stalls?

 

BUNNYCHOW

The original urban Durban street food lands in the UK and debuts in Brixton. Little loafs hollowed out and crammed full of big global flavours. Big helpings of flavourful chicken, mutton, beef & vegetables all coated in bold delicious sauces served in award winning artisan little loafs.

Be one of the first to try the legendary bunnychow!

http://www.bunnychow.com/

www.facebook.com/pages/Bunnychow/426116440814204?fref=ts

Twitter: @thebunnychow

PANGEA

Street flavours from every corner of the world, regularly changing the menu, adapting to seasons and creativity. Rice meals, burgers, grills, kebab, and a wide range of vegetarian options and salads.

http://www.pangeastreet.co.uk/

https://www.facebook.com/PangeaStreet?fref=ts

@PangeaStreet

BARE BONE CUE

Low & Slow super tasty Pulled Pork! Smoked over apple & cherry with our own spices, rubs, sauces in sourdough from Blackbird

http://www.barebonescue.co.uk/

www.facebook.com/BareBonesCue

Twitter: @BareBonesCue

HANOI KITCHEN

Vietnamese hot pots, spring and summer rolls, and vermicelli noodles with a choice of beef, pork, prawn and vegetarian.

http://www.hanoikitchen.co.uk/

www.facebook.com/pages/Hanoi-Kitchen/129171240563221

Twitter: @hanoikitchen

WOODBOX PIZZA

Woodbox offers sourdough ‘street’ pizzas similar to the ones found all over Naples& the surrounding area & beloved by Neapolitans. They make them in front of customers in a wood fired oven from the freshest, ingredients we can find. The sourdough pizza is made from a traditional recipe, freshly prepared and proved for 24 hours. Their ingredients are sourced from quality British producers.

http://www.thewoodbox.co.uk/

facebook.com/woodboxpizza

@woodboxpizzavan

Camila Cabral, Marketing Manager of BMTF said: “We identified that there was a demand in Brixton for more options of high quality food on the go during week days, with great taste and affordable prices. We expect the FOOD CORNER to be a success, and that we can offer more trading opportunities in the near future.”


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Loughborough Junction BIG LUNCH on 2nd June – get all knitted up!

Let’s get in the mood for the Loughborough Junction BIG LUNCH on this SUNDAY, 2nd JUNE.

The third ever LJ BIG LUNCH will be held on the Square next to the Hero of Switzerland on Loughborough Road.

There will be a BBQ a cake competition and lots of goodies plus entertainment and a CARNIVAL procession from Ray’s Sunshine International Arts C.A.F.E. (209a Coldharbour Lane) PLUS look out for Yarn Bombing (or dazzling knitting) organised by The House in the Junction.

Check it all out on this Sunday at the Hero of Switzerland pub at 148 Loughborough Rd, London, Greater London SW9 7LL, UK.

 

Yarn Bombing can transform an aread

How we’re hoping the Junction will look on Sunday 2 June – except for the trees of course!

 

 

Margherita's knitting from The House in the Junction

Margherita’s knitting from The House in the Junction


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Levi Roots and the Loughborough Junction Big Lunchers prepare for 2 June

Local Loughborough Junction Big Lunchers sample Levi Roots' Five Recipes for a Fiver

Local Loughborough Junction Big Lunchers sample Levi Roots’ Five Recipes for a Fiver

Local Big Luncher Hazel Watson tucks in to Levi Roots' Roasted Treacle Toffee Bananas

Local Big Luncher Hazel Watson tucks in to Levi Roots’ Roasted Treacle Toffee Bananas

 

Yesterday I got to see Levi Roots in action at the Marcus Lipton Centre. The consummate entertainer and chef demonstrated how to BBQ, grill or bake five recipes at a cost of £5 each for the Loughborough Junction Big Lunchers who are holding our BIG LUNCH on Sunday 2 June on the corner of Loughborough and Barrington Road.

First he had to ‘de-bling’ all his rings – luckily he’d organised for a ‘bling bowl’ to be on the table. And then straight into the recipes and a few stories along the way.

After all as Levi said, cooking in the Caribbean is all about being social, having fun and chatting, listening to music while the BBQ splutters in the background and the sun shines.

We had a lovely British grey sky but were soon enjoying the banter and after his trademark ‘Lord a mercy’ Levi launched into his recipes.

Hot cheesy potato skins went down a treat with the local ‘tasters’ and the prebaked (20 mins) and scooped out potato skins were filled with chopped spring onions (scallion) and thyme and then drizzled with olive oil and baked at Gas Mark 6 till brown on the outside – and then they were filled with the ‘magic’ Reggae Reggae sauce and topped with cheese before being bunged back in the oven till the cheese had melted. Serve with a dollop of sour cream and an optional pinch of sea salt on top.

Carnival food got a look in too – with corn on the cob – but whereas most Caribbean cooks put the whole corn, leaves and all on the BBQ, these were de-skinned and pre-boiled on the stove. You put them on the BBQ with salt and oil and serve it once it’s got that BBQ tinge with flavoured butter. (Levi suggests premaking the flavoured butter and keeping in the fridge – you add spring onion and garlic to softened butter and then wrap it up in wax paper ready to cut when needed). Delicious.

To add some spirituality to the mix we got an I-tal dish – vegan and made from local produce. You need flakes of thyme, 2 big tomatoes (from your garden or Brixton Market) sliced in 3 thick slices and chopped up garlic with a bit of chilli.

First toast brown bread with the crusts cut off and then rub the pieces with a slice of garlic. Mix the thyme, garlic and chilli in a bowl with olive oil and then pour mixture onto the tomatoes before grilling toms until they are brown. Press into the pieces of toast and then cut up – superb.

Then a dish that Levi said he’s added to his repertoire ‘because Halloumi cheese is not typically Caribbean’. Halloumi and melon wrap.

You cut up pieces of sweet melon or watermelon or even mango and put them into a bowl, then add some chopped mint and red onions and pieces of cucumber. (Levi’s tip is to de-seed even the cucumber or it gets into the teeth especially of elderly relatives). Then add chopped up chilli (with seeds for hotter) and cover with the juice of a lime. For the Halloumi, you can cut pieces and BBQ straight onto grid or place the pieces on tinfoil, which Levi prefers. After it’s ready you place the combo into wraps (or roti) and cut up or eat whole.

Wonderful food and a great vibe.

For pudding: bananas. Slit them along their skins the natural way from top to bottom and then cover the banana inside with a mix of yummy muscovado sugar, softened butter and vanilla extract mashed up together. Then whip them onto the BBQ. Optional extras are nutmeg and a tot of rum!

You stick them on the BBQ for about 20 mins until the sugar seeps around the banana and serve the hot insides with a dollop of cream. BOOM and it is ready, as Levi says.

The Big Lunch is funded by the Big Lottery Fund and led by the Eden Project and aims to encourage us to reach out to our neighbours, chat and eat together. This year’s event will be based around a carnival theme so keep your eyes and ears open and let’s get in the mood!

Angela Akinyemi, Events Coordinator, Loughborough Junction Community Action Group and organiser of the Loughborough Junction Big Lunch, says: “We can’t wait for our event on 2 June and we’ll definitely try out some of Levi’s recipes on the day.”

For more information about the BIG LUNCH visit www.thebiglunch.com