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The Brix at St Matthews – the charitable company that owns that massive building in the middle of the Brixton one-way system – has invited local residents to a meeting tonight, Monday, 27th February at 7pm, to discuss holding a Diamond Jubilee Picnic right in the heart of Brixton in their grounds.
In a leaflet to publicise the meeting, The Brix writes: “The summer of 2012 is going to be one of the most exciting in London for many years. As part of the celebrations for HM the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the Brix at St Matthews is considering organising a community picnic for local residents in the Peace Garden beside The Brix. The event would occur on the Jubilee long weekend in early June 2012”
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Former Talma Road resident Chris, who now teaches at Yoga Point at 122 Dalberg Road organised Brixton’s first ever Yogathon yesterday to raise money for the Prison Phoenix Trust.
She says: “It’s all to raise money to support yoga and meditation in prisons – and a couple of ex-prisoners, plus the yoga teacher from Brixton Prison are there.” One of the former prisoners, Nick, grew up in Tulse Hill, and you can read his story here.
A yogathon consists of 108 sun salutations. Some 13 yoga teachers and students participated over the course of three hours, and raised nearly £2000 in sponsorship for the Prison Phoenix Trust.
The photo shows some of the participants in yesterday’s yogathon. You can see more at the Yoga point website
There have been reports of gunfire on Kellett Road on Friday night, 24th February. The Brixton Blog newspaper carried a report that residents had heard screaming and gunshots at around 9pm on Friday night, and that the police had been called, who cordoned off the area.
If you know anything, you can contact the Coldharbour Safer Neighbourhoods team on 07843-065917 (mobile) or 0208-649 2007 (office) or email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you think your bike or scooter isn’t cool, and don’t want to fork out for a new one, don’t despair. Come along to a Sunday afternoon “Bling ya bike” session at the St Vincent’s community centre on the corner of Talma and Probert Roads and you’ll be shown how to re-spray it to your own showy design. Or you can choose a recycled bike to work on.
The idea is the brainchild of artist Lamonte Johnson who saw the potential when a bike he had decorated for his girlfriend (to match her decorated shoes) caused such a stir that loads of people started banging on his door wanting him to do one for them.
He says: “I could have just set up a business but decided it would be better if I trained young people how to do it for themselves.”
The sessions run from 1-4pm each Sunday and most people there are between 9 and 19 years old.
This picture shows some of the results. He’s hoping to produce some bikes painted with a jubilee theme in time for the celebrations in June.
Lamonte also runs a fashion outreach project that goes to Tulse Hill and Norwood, giving young people the confidence and skills to to design their own clothing such as teeshirts and baseball caps.
You can find out more here.
Local young people have a great opportunity to work with professional actors and directors at the Brixton Youth Theatre at the Brixton Community Base on Talma Road.
Project leaders are professional actor/directors David Baker & Max Gold (credits include: National Theatre, RSC, ‘Eastenders”) David is also Associate Theatre at the Lyric theatre, Hammersmith where he was co-founder of the Lyric Young Company.
The sessions start again after half term on 24th Feburary and run until Easter. Friday Evenings from 6-7.30 for 13-15 year olds & 7.30-9.00 for 16-19 year olds.
Students will also have the chance to quality Trinity Bronze and Silver Awards. For more information, visit www.brixtonyouththeatre.com
Community Draught Busters are running a free workshop on Saturday 11 February between 11:00am and 2:00pm at 7 Mervan Rd SW2 1DP.
Please feel free to come along and learn how to install simple, cheap and effective DIY measures around draughty doors and windows.
Call Sibylle on 0789 2792944 for more information.
The date has now been set for the next Effra Residents Neighbourhood Watch meeting. It’ll be on Wednesday 25th April at 6pm at the Brixton Community Base/St Vincent’s Hall on Talma Road. All local residents welcome.