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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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First Capital Connect changes to booking office hours

Dear Loughborough Junction

You may recall that you contacted us earlier this year in relation to the proposed changes to booking office hours by First Capital Connect. At the time we informed you that we had submitted a formal objection to the proposals on the basis that they would significantly reduce the ability of passengers to access rail products at the stations affected. In addition, we also stated that we were hopeful that the company would reconsider their proposals in the light of our and passengers’ concerns about the impact of their proposals. Continue reading

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Local shops in Loughborough Junction

Loughborough Junction has come a long way in the past five years, new businesses have started up where the old haunts were shut down, but much of the shopping is the same but improved. There is a good range of shops, you can buy pretty much anything you need for day to day life but there is also a proliferation of low quality fast food shops and believe it or not hair dressers / nail bars. Why on earth does Loughborough Junction need 4 hairdressers. Some how the area needs to attract new and varied business.

Just a little further towards Camberwell, between here and the Sun & Doves, there is a stretch of shops that began to considerably improve about 3 years ago. This stretch now includes a Portuguese cafe / shop, a bed maker, newsagents, a pub, a pretty grim cafe, a dry cleaners, a music shop, a solicitors and there is space for more business too. Loughborough Junction on the other hand has 4 hairdressers, countless low quality fast food take away outlets, one quite decent supermarket, a good chemist, a green grocer, and a news agents / off license, three churches and a Vietnamese restaurant (which is actually quite good).

Is Loughborough Junction so on the road to nowhere that nobody wants to invest? It actually has quite a lot going for it, and certainly has more of a centre than the stretch of shops I mentioned above. The train station, (love it or hate it) attracts a lot of people, and the area itself is attracting more proffessional families. It seems to me that Loughborough Junction is ripe for investment. But please no more hairdressers.