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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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Notting Hill Carnival – join the Sunshine International Arts fun, make a costume, party at Europe’s biggest street festival

Carnival workshops - join the fun at Notting Hill

Carnival workshops – join the fun at Notting Hill

 Always wanted to take part in the Notting Hill Carnival?

Then head to the Sunshine International Arts C.A.F.E at Studio 5, 209 A
Coldharbour Lane SW9 8RU

Opposite Loughborough Junction Railway Station

Make your own costume, get involved and get ready to party

You can join the Children’s Day on 25 August with your kids or the Adult
day on 26 August.

Simply phone Ray on 07881571743 for more details

Flyer 1 nh2013 pub


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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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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