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READ all about it – at Lambeth’s libraries

Lambeth Archives & Minet Library

One of the best libraries in the borough

Let me be perfectly clear and openly state: I am a life-long user of libraries and I have no intention of stopping.

As a Lambeth resident I use both Brixton and Minet Libraries, one because it’s central and has a bigger selection, the other because it’s closer to home and has a good selection of books, DVDs and comics.

The staff members are really approachable and helpful in both libraries too.

I find it odd and worrying that so many people seem to have forgotten about libraries – never popping in on the off-chance of getting out something new or an old classic, or just browsing and coming across some obscure treasure.

Even many friends – up to date in the fights against cuts in public services – seem not to remember that libraries offer books, computer usage, DVDs and CDs for very little and a whole wealth of knowledge.

You can get Series 1 and 2 of Borgen and all three series of The Killing for a tiny pittance for goodness sake!

And every Lambeth library except West Norwood offers free, unlimited Wi-Fi access.

So Lambeth’s libraries are in Brixton, Herne Hill (Carnegie Library), Clapham, Kennington (Durning Library), Streatham, Tate South Lambeth, Upper Norwood, Waterloo and West Norwood.

And don’t forget the irreplaceable Lambeth Archives and Minet Library.

It’s not just the service for old fogeys, youngsters flock into Lambeth’s libraries to catch up with friends on the computers, do homework and even get books out.

The staff are going all out to entice people back to the libraries – under threat from council cuts – with anything from reading competitions to film evenings – at Minet library on the first Tuesday of every month (or the last Wednesday at 2pm) you can sip a glass of wine and watch some fascinating old classics like Ida Lupino’s 1953 The Hitch-Hiker and Orson Welles’ 1958 Touch Of Evil.

PS did you know that Ida Lupino was born and raised in Herne Hill? No, neither did I, but the library staff did.

Yeah, yeah – you can get Netflix and LoveFilm etc etc but this is about more than ease of hire, it’s about bringing a disparate community together for an evening watching a film and then discussing it. People from all walks of life and ages come along to the library and you see dads and mums reading to their kids, old people catching up with the news and youngsters doing their homework at the tables.

They are not as S-I-L-E-N-T as they used to be ‘back in the day’ of far off times but who cares. There’s a buzz and a joy of people all doing something they enjoy – together.

Brixton offers a great reference and information service and a good, quiet place to study or work and you can find out all about Lambeth and its history at the Lambeth Archives at Minet Library.

Or head to  www.lambethlandmark.com for a history of the borough in pictures.

The borough’s diverse and the libraries stock books in 19 languages and offer all kinds of activities including literacy classes and silver surfers and computer workshops.

Hire a few DVDs, read some library books, go along to a classic film evening – it’s not much of an effort but it might be the difference the libraries need for when the debate about closing them comes around again.

And I gather that the debate has only been postponed.

So go to www.lambeth.gov.uk/libraries and visit its online catalogue and pop into your local and join now.

I am NOT a librarian secretly trying to muster up support, I AM a library lover and do not want to see our local libraries replaced by yet another chain or another **^%&^&^^*&* estate agent.

Let’s keep it real local!

And if you are concerned about losing our libraries and services why not visit www.lambethsaveourservices.org and see what others are doing.

SM


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Community computer training at the Angell Delight Community Project on Angell Town Estate

Lynnette Sebuwufu and her Silver Surfer class details at the Angell Delight Community Project

Lynnette Sebuwufu and her Silver Surfer class details at the Angell Delight Community Project

I popped into the Angell Delight Community Project on Angell Town Estate to meet London Creative Labs (LCL) graduate Lynnette Sebuwufu who is been running a ‘Silver Surfers’ project – teaching over 50s (and anyone else) how to use computers and the internet.

The Project centre is an ideal venue for the class as it has four computers for use by residents and other amenities too.

With a Masters in IT and a strong interest in community engagement, Lynnette has enjoyed running the course on Wednesday mornings from 10am to 1pm.

When the project began in November last year it was funded, but that has now ended and Lynnette is looking for more financial support but is managing to keep the lessons going at the moment as she has committed to the project for two years.

“I am able to contribute to community cohesion and also get to engage with others as we have a discussion group before each tutorial,” she says.

With a small class who are keen to grow their online skills, the sessions have also provided a chance for neighbours and Angell Town residents to meet and have some amazing chats.

Class member Doreen said she had gained in confidence after attending the classes and was considering building up her Facebook page.

“Although I am not so sure about the time people spend on social media,” she laughs

A dedicated teacher, Lynnette pops in on other mornings too, to check if residents need help on the Angell Delight Community Project computers or have technical questions for her.

“I think it is better for people to work out their computer problems in this kind of community space where we can help them and not when they are at home alone,” she says.

Inspired by her attendance at courses run by Social Business (LCL), Lynnette is keen to keep building on the community structures already in place in Angell Town.

She’s inspired by LCL’s Sofia Bustamante who “still pops in when she can” and the organisation’s ethos of: creating the jobs and kind of work that we would want our children to have, discovering better business/other models to generate the jobs and work and helping more people participate in the process.

Angell Delight Centre co-ordinator Mary Ekenachi arrived mid-session. A seasoned organiser of numerous community events, she had been one of the key players in identifying residents who would benefit from and be interested in the project.

If you can suggest possible funding for Lynnette’s project, provide funding, want to find out more about it or would like to chat to her about it email her at lynsebu2005@yahoo.co.uk or pop into the centre at Unit B, Fairfax House, Overton Road


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Camberwell: new Community yoga classes

Classes started today from 10am and the first class was £4.

And then on Wednesdays from 10-11.30am at the Hillington Youth Centre in Comber Grove (off New Camberwell Road) SE5 0LD

£8 drop-in

There will be another class from Saturday, 6 July from 9.30-11am at 1 Addington Square, Camberwell Road (opposite BP petrol station) SE5 0HF

£9 drop-in

For more info take a look here


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Eleven FREE two-hour workshops and activities for LJ women starting 20 JUNE

Yarn courtesy of vitasamb2001

Arts and Crafts – get your business started

Head to the C.A.F.E at Studio5 209A Coldhabour Lane SW9 8RU (C.A.F.E. is opposite Loughborough Station) if you want to train and develop your arts and craft skills with the intention of becoming self employed.

With funding from The London Community Foundation the C.A.F.E will be hosting workshops on Thursdays 18.30-20.30 and some Saturdays 14.00-16.30.

Fixed dates to be confirmed.

So join Janice Francis and Ray Mahabir for a cup of tea and a bit of cake @ C.A.F.E. tomorrow (on Thursday 20th June) to learn more about this project.

Bring an idea that you would like to work on or just go to the C.A.F.E and learn more.

 On offer 11 free 2hr workshops!

1. Market and product research

2. Designing and specialising in your product

3. How to set up production

4. Material sourcing, pricing and product testing

5. Making workshop

6. Product display, packaging, labelling and sales pitch

7. Setting up market or craft stalls

Image courtesy of vitasamb2001 at FreeDigitalPhotos.net


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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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Loughborough Junction: waiting for Waitrose?

Loughborough Junction has now got the Tesco store and we’re (still) waiting for Sainsbury’s to arrive – BUT Zoe Williams points out in her interesting Guardian piece, it’s when Waitrose chooses to arrive that you know your area is definitely on the UP.

Some things apparently just have to go together, so it is with rising high prices and gentrification and the arrival of Waitrose’s lovely cheese counters and extensive choices.

Williams also name checks the arrival of Foxtons – now just down the road from us in the Brixton High Road. Apparently the business is used to their windows being splashed with paint by disgruntled locals and those who fear being priced out of the area.

‘In March, Foxtons opened branches in Brixton and in Mare Street, Hackney. There was immediately graffiti (“yuck” and “yuppies out”), but that, said Ben, described in the article as having worked for the company for some time, always happens. “We got the same thing in Shoreditch.”

As Williams points out, in previous decades the protests were more pointed. ‘A decade ago, we used to use May Day to protest against globalisation, but I don’t remember thinking, Londoners are going to be in the eye of this; they’re going to see themselves priced out of their homes by international currency fluctuations, and all they’ll be able to do about it is throw some paint at Foxtons.’

With extensive new-builds going up in Camberwell and Peckham, the surrounding areas are gentrifying without question – but whether the intentions of the Loughborough Junction Action Group among others to  lift the area without pricing it out of the current residents’ range will be possible, remains to be seen.

As Brixton local Tracey says in the article, ‘we can’t save for a deposit because the rents keep going up.’ SM

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Are Foxtons and Tesco and other big companies good for Loughborough Junction?