Effra residents invited to meet Met police boss

Effra area residents – along with others in Lambeth – have been invited to a public meeting to meet the head of the Metropolitan Police, Commissioner Bernard Hogan Howe. It’s a good opportunity to raise any general policing or crime issues locally, and for the city as a whole. The invitation was extended to Effra residents through our neighbourhood watch.

It’s on Wednesday 11th April from 7-8pm, with refreshments from 6.30pm at Lambeth College Sixth Form Centre, 45 Clapham Common South Side, London SW4 9BL. Places are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.  Here’s the official poster about the meeting, complete with a nifty logo involving a beat bobby’s helmet: April Roadshow Poster(1)

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Sign up to help with the Effra Street Party: 1st July

Plans are now cranking into gear for this year’s Effra street party, to be held on Sunday 1st July. The application to close the road has been submitted to Lambeth council and people are now getting on with the important stuff like working out where the trestle tables have got to.

If you’re around that day and can help with any of the following, please let the organisers know by emailing effrablog@gmail.com and we’ll put your name alongside the item in question.

Specifically, we’re on the look out for people with:

  • time – helping in the preparations and / or on the day
  • gazebos
  • barbeques
  • trestle tables
  • sound system
  • street decorations
  • ideas, skills or contacts for activities, eg face-painting, bouncy castle, table tennis

Don’t feel constrained by this list – if you have an idea of something that could be fun, please just tell us

The next planning meeting is at 8.30pm on Wednesday the 9th May at 18 Dalberg Road. All welcome.

Learn Flamenco for the Effra street party…

Local Rattray Road resident, Michelle Carrier (pictured), has started a beginners Flamenco dance class round the corner at the Small World Dance Centre on Effra Road. She’s told Effrablog that if enough people are up for it, she’d be keen to support some absolute beginners to do a performance at the Effra Street Party on 1 July.  Sounds like an opportunity to show the rest of Brixton how classy we are, so sign up now at www.lamorenitaflamenca.co.uk

Michelle, also known as La Morenita, is a professional flamenco dancer who dances with a group called Sumaya who have performed locally at the Ritzy as well as touring nationally throughout the UK. She has also lived and studied in Spain and toured in Europe.

Her Thursday night class for absolute beginners is working towards an end of year show in the Lost Theatre in Stockwell to be held in June, so the street party on 1st July would be a good way to continue the celebrations.

Michelle says: “ Late last year we did a joint show with some bellydancers in November in Talma Road in the BSVCC (where I actually started my classes) and it went down really well, I was thinking of getting my beginners to do a little demonstration of what they’ve learnt over the year which would involve getting a guitarist along and have a few students in costume do a dance or two. The street party was one idea of somewhere to do that as there was some (improvised) dancing at the last one and I think it would have added to the festival atmosphere.

“Usually people travel quite a distance in London to go to flamenco dance classes and there are some happening right on their doorstep.”

Here’s the link again.

Planning meeting for Effra street party this Saturday at 4pm

Following the success of last year’s Big Lunch on Mervan Road, the same organisers are planning another Effra street party in 2012. The date has been fixed for Sunday 1st July. The first planning meeting is tomorrow, Saturday 24th March at 4pm at 17 Mervan Road (top flat).

The date of the street party is is a few weeks after the jubilee weekend, so there is plenty of scope to have jubilee parties as well.

Please come along to the meeting to have your say on how it should be done.  If you can’t make it, you can follow the preparations by signing up for news alerts on the right hand side of this website – that way you can get involved as and when you want to.

NEW Effrablog to monitor local area crime data

You told us in the effrablog residents survey that you thought crime was the most important issue in our area.  So we are going to start monitoring it, and lets see if we can take action to make our grid of streets safer.

The police now publish monthly crime data by street here. Effrablog will now monitor this and report on any trends, as well as giving advice as to how to avoid being a victim of crime.

In January 2012, the latest month for which data is available, there were 46 reported crimes in the Effra area. These mainly comprised of burglary (11), anti-social behaviour (10) and street robbery (12).

All roads were affected, with the most crime being reported around Mervan and Dalberg Road (6 each, mainly burglary and robbery) and Kellett Road (9, mainly anti-social behaviour)

Here’s some top tips from the police for how to avoid being a victim of street robbery:

  • if you’re carrying a bag, try to have it across your chest and keep your hand over the fastening
  • be aware of your surroundings and stay alert to what’s going on around you
  • be careful with your electronics; talking on a mobile phone, listening to an MP3 player or carrying a laptop bag shows thieves that you have something to steal
  • don’t carry important documents or credit cards that you do not need
  • avoid using cash machines at night
  • only take your wallet out when you need to
  • if you think you are being followed, cross the road or go into a shop and stay there until you’re sure you’re safe

This data will be updated monthly and published on this site.  If you’re really lucky we might even publish a graph….

Effra pub joint third in ‘fave Brixton pubs’ poll

Our very own Effra Hall pub has polled joint third in an on-line poll of  favourite Brixton bars and pubs, organised by the Londonist site in conjunction with Brixton Blog, polling a mighty 31 votes to the winners’ 40 votes.

(Yes, we know, effrablog followers could’ve made the difference, next time we will ruthlessly organise weeks in advance and win hands down…)

The full results were (courtesy of Londonist):

1. The Trinity Arms (40 votes)
1=. The Duke of Edinburgh (40 votes)
3. The Effra (31 votes)
3=. The White Horse (31 votes)
5. Hootananny
6. The Prince Albert
6=. Dogstar
8. Seven
9. Mango Landin’
10. The Windmill

To celebrate there will be a pub crawl on Tuesday 27th March to the top four pubs in Brixton, coming to the Effra at 7.30pm. Why not pop by and give them all a welcome?

While we’re on the subject of Effra Hall, did you know the site used to house a lunatic asylum for women, with the same name? There’s a good history here

Community tidy-up on Saltoun Road this Sunday

The Effra Neighbourhood Watch is organising a session to tidy up Saltoun Road  this Sunday, 18th March, from 10am to 3pm.  Come along for all or part of it to join your neighbours in improving the way the street looks.

The group will meet at 10am at the Lambeth ‘Community Freshview’ van which will park somewhere towards the middle of Saltoun Road. If you’re coming along later, just join the group in the street.

Community Freshview is a Lambeth scheme, led by residents to make a difference to our streets. It can include painting walls, trimming overgrown greenery, and removing dumped rubbish. Lambeth provides all the tools free – such as overalls, hedge-cutters, paint, brushes & a skip.

You can get more information on Community Freshview here.

Details of future tidy-ups in the Effra area are on our events page. The picture shows the team who worked on Mervan Road last year.