Here’s a link to the photos from the Effra street party on 1 July
And here are some youtube videos, including the world premier of Effra residents doing French country dancing.
(And some cooler stuff, naturally…)
Ever since the decision to close our very own Effra primary school around a decade ago, there’s been no obvious place for the children in our grid of streets to go, not helped by being outside of the usual catchment area of some of the more oversubscribed schools.
Now we have the chance to do something about this. A letter landed on Effrablog’s doormat yesterday from the council asking for views on the proposed expansion of one of the heavily oversubscribed schools, namely Sudbourne School on Hayter Road in Brixton.
They are proposing to swap one of their own sites that is becoming vacant elsewhere in the borough (the old Livity school site) with a site near the school currently owned by a housing associaiton, in order that an annex to Sudbourne can be built.
This would effectively double the number of children at Sudbourne from 315 to 630 places (1.5 form entry to 3 form entry) meaning more places available for children in the Effra area.
So let’s say yes to this? You can do so by emailing Michelle Banville at the council on mbanville[at]lambeth.gov.uk or going to one of the consultation drop-in sessions at the school, as follows:
Thursday 12th July, 4-7pm
Wednesday 18th July, 4-7pm
Unless I’m missing something, there’s no downside to this for people living round here.
Effra childrens’ centre is seeking to beat the government cuts to its budget by holding a “childcare fundraising day” on 16th August at the Brockwell Park 1 o’clock club (that building by the shiny new playground) from 10.30am to 2pm. Entrance costs are £1 per family and there’ll be a bouncy castle, facepainting, a craft table, a penalty shootout, story telling, henna tattoos, raffle and a cake stall….
News has reached Effrablog that a book has just been published that is set UNDERNEATH our grid of streets. Entitled “Effra – a love story” its about a young Londoner who falls in with a group of squatters and activists who have become fixated on London’s underground rivers, especially the Effra, which as Effrablog readers know, runs underneath Dalberg/Effra Road on its way to join the Thames.
The author, Greg Roughan, writes to effrablog “I lived in Brixton for several years before I moved back to New Zealand, so I know your little patch really well – I lived on Mayall Rd and Crownstone Rd, plus off Brixton Hill and have set my book in and around this area…Some of the action takes place in the sewers underneath Effra Rd, and the picture on the cover is actually a photo taken from within the Effra river’s underground course. Sounds like this could be right up your alley – literally! Sewerage scenes aside, it’s a love story of a sort. Hopefully it’s something your readers could really get their teeth into.”
Effrablog is intrigued to think how love and sewers can mix.
Here’s the link to get it on amazon. Maybe Effrablog readers could review it.
Someone dropped their housekeys in Mervan road during the street party yesterday. Was it you? If so, email effrablog[at]gmail.com and we will arrange their return. Hope you didn’t get to spend the night on the pavement.
While we are on the subject of the street party, send us your photos and we’ll put them on the site – planning a bit of a montage.
(no photos of children without the consent of their grownups pls)