Neighbourhood watch mtg – Weds 2 May

The date for the next Effra Residents Neighbourhood Watch meeting has changed. It’ll now be on Wednesday 2 May at 6pm, not 25th April. The venue is the same: the Brixton Community Base/St Vincent’s Hall on Talma Road at the corner with Probert Road.

All local residents welcome. If you’re planning to come it’d be useful but not essential if you could RSVP to Dai Hawkins at effra_nhw@btinternet.com to get an idea of numbers. Volunteers to help are also much appreciated.

The purpose of the meeting is to:

  • enable you to shape your Neighbourhood Watch
  • provide an opportunity for us to meet each other
  • identify / confirm what are our main concerns
  • identify what the Neighbourhood Watch should be doing, or doing differently
  • generate ideas for improving effrablog.com
  • meet a representative from our Police ‘Safer Neighbourhoods Team’ to talk about local issues

For more information, email effra_nhw@btinternet.com

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It’s tonight: FREE CAKE!!

There will be a free cake taster day held in the lower hall at Brixton Community Base on Talma Road from 6-9pm on Saturday 28th April. Yep, that’s free cake, right here on your doorstep.

The organisers say “This event is focused on tasty healthy home made treats. With a variety of muffins and entertainment.”

Effrablog thinks that’s about as good as it gets.

To find out more, contact Maskelah on 07983 747186 or info@brixtoncommunitybase.org

Grab power from the government to shape Brixton: MEETING TONIGHT

The Brixton Neighbourhood Forum meets tonight to discuss how the government’s localism agenda can give power to local people to shape their own communities. There will be speakers from the Department of Communities and Local Government and the Princes’ Trust, as well as the Divisional Director of Planning, Regeneration and Enterprise from Lambeth Council, Alison Young. The Brixton Neighbourhood Forum brings together existing groups and members of the public interested in the future of Brixton town centre.

The meeting takes place at the Lambeth Accord building, just up from the town hall at  336 Brixton Road, SW9 7AA, tonight, Tuesday 24th April, from 7-9pm.

Here’s the flyer

 

Effra crime figs show monthly fall

The latest street-by-street crime data published by the police show that reported crime in our grid of streets was significantly lower in February 2012, the latest month for which figures are available, than the month before. There were 25 recorded crimes in and around our streets in February, as compared to 46 in January.

This was mainly due to a big fall in reported anti-social behaviour (from 10 to 2 reported incidents), but there were also lower reported levels of street robbery (down from 12 to 5  incidents), and burglary (down from 11 to 4 incidents). The next highest category of crime was vehicle crime, of which there were five incidents in February 2012.

Kellett, Mervan and Barnwell Roads came top in the monthly crime league in February.

You can report a non-urgent crime by calling 101. The Lambeth anti-social behaviour reporting line is 020 7926 4000. The local Coldharbour ward police team can be contacted on 020 8649 2007 or 07843 065917 or by emailing coldharbour.snt@met.police.uk. In an emergency it’s of course 999.

Pilates on Talma Road…

Effra-ites seem particularly interested in exploring the relationship between body and mind. One of our first stories was about the Brixton yogathon; we’ve just posted details of our very own yoga studio in Mervan Road as well as writing about details of Tai Chi and even Flamenco dancing on our doorstep.

So it was no surprise to hear that there are now pilates classes taking place at the Brixton Community Base on Talma Road – on Wednesdays from 7-8pm.

The sessions are run by Rachel Phillips who had been a ballet dancer for 15 years but when she found her career curtailed by injury found pilates was the perfect relaxation cure to office based work.

She says: “the classes will take a holistic and relaxed approach to a traditionally very structured discipline, fusing the principles of Joseph H. Pilates with a range of Ballet exercises for core strength building, improved mobilisation and flexibility.”

For more information visit her facebook page www.facebook.com/PilatesWithRachael or have a look at this flyer

…and yoga on Mervan Road

As if having our very own yogapoint were not enough, Effra-ites may be interested to know that there is actually a fully functioning yoga and massage studio right in the heart of the community, at 11 Mervan Road.

Going by the name of “Joyoga studio” it is run by Joy Anderson, and her classes are “a unique combination of Scaravelli inspired yoga along with a dynamic Vinyasa flow making it accessible for everyone”. Joy adds that the studio is: “used mainly by local residents and is a little jewel in the community.”

You can find out more by visiting www.joyogastudio.com or emailing Joy on info@joyogastudio.com. She also told effrablog that she might be able to offer a first-time discount to local residents, so make sure to mention where you live…

Neighbourhood watch meeting now on 2 May (not 25 April)

The date for the next Effra Residents Neighbourhood Watch meeting has changed. It’ll now be on Wednesday 2 May at 6pm, not 25th April. The venue is the same: the Brixton Community Base/St Vincent’s Hall on Talma Road at the corner with Probert Road.

All local residents welcome. If you’re planning to come it’d be useful but not essential if you could RSVP to Dai Hawkins at effra_nhw@btinternet.com to get an idea of numbers. Volunteers to help are also much appreciated.

The purpose of the meeting is to:

  • enable you to shape your Neighbourhood Watch
  • provide an opportunity for us to meet each other
  • identify / confirm what are our main concerns
  • identify what the Neighbourhood Watch should be doing, or doing differently
  • generate ideas for improving effrablog.com
  • meet a representative from our Police ‘Safer Neighbourhoods Team’ to talk about local issues

For more information, email effra_nhw@btinternet.com