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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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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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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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Murder – Northlands Street, E-fit released.

Following a community meeting regarding the tragic recent murder on Northlands Street, we are posting the letter below with details of the incident and observations on the area. If you have information regarding this case please contact the incident room 02087214906.

Police investigating the murder of Andrew Pratt have released an e-fit image of a man they wish to speak to in relation to the incident.

Police investigating the murder of Andrew Pratt have released an e-fit image of a man they wish to speak to in relation to the incident.

At 10.45pm on Saturday 2 August, 43 Year old Andrew Pratt was fatally stabbed on Northlands Street, having walked there from Coldharbour lane.

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Thank you to those of you who attended this meeting last night (4th September) or sent apologies but asked to be kept informed.

The meeting was addressed by Detective Inspector John Oldham from the investigation team who described current police understanding of the circumstances of the murder of Andrew Pratt and answered questions. A team of 35 is working on this case: to date noone has been charged and police are still trying to identify the suspect. Research and behaviour suggest that he is a local drug addict.

A “photo fit” image has been released: http://cms.met.police.uk/news/appeals/murder/e_fit_released_in_camberwell_murder_inquiry )

Anyone with information is asked to call the incident room at Lewisham on 020 8721 4906. If you wish to remain anonymous call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111

I then gave a summary of crime figures in Southwell Road/Harbour Road/Vaughan Road/Northlands Street. Prior to and since the murder no street robberies nor violent crime have been reported in these streets for 12 months. This is in line with the rest of Lambeth where street crime has fallen dramatically since last year. House burglary is the most common crime reported with 11 during the last twelve months (Southwell Road accounting for seven). Most of these burglaries could have been prevented if windows had been locked shut or if the front door had been locked with a “Chubb” mortice lock instead of merely a “Yale”. Most burglaries occur during the daytime when houses are unoccupied.

The work of the local Herne Hill ward “safer neighbourhood” police team was then explained. I supervise a team of 5 patrol officers ( 2 PCs and 3 PCSOs) dedicated to dealing with longer term, non-emergency crime and disorder problems.

We can be contacted on our mobile phone via: 0208 721 2824 or HerneHill.SNT@met.police.uk
My team complements the existing 24 hours emergency “response” officers based at Brixton police station: tel 999 (emergency) or 0208 326 1212 (non-emergency).

We work in partnership with Lambeth Council who play a key role in reducing crime and fear of crime. Lambeth Council Community Safety coordinator Rachel Gailey (RGailey@lambeth.gov.uk) and local Councillor Kirsty McHugh (kmchugh@lambeth.gov.uk) were present and explained their roles.

It was suggested that the Loughborough Junction area would benefit from a cohesive residents’ group or forum to represent local opinion. Such a group, if established, could influence the safer neighbourhood police team’s local priorities through our 3 monthly community pane meetings.

Yours sincerely
Tom Cornish
Sergeant
Herne Hill ward “safer neighbourhood” police team
http://www.met.police.uk/saferneighbourhoods/