Join your neighbours to mark the festive season: Effra community Christmas street drinks 9 December

Everyone who lives in the area covered by this website is cordially invited to come and share mince pies and mulled wine on Sunday 9th December at 6pm.

The venue is simply outside, on the corner of Talma Rd and Probert Rd, outside the Brixton Community Base/ St Vincents Centre. There was a little bit of money left over from the street party so it is being spent on some mulled wine. There’ll be a stove and a brazier to keep warm.

Put it in your diary and float by and join us for a bit.

If you want to bring some food and drink to share, that’d be great. Children, music and carol singers welcome. Spread the word. Download the poster and put it in your window/car.

Flamenco taster classes – start now for next year’s street party

Right so we have been here before. Remember that great Street Party we held in July where our local Flamenco dancing teacher La Morenita Flamenca got us all strutting our stuff in an open class? Yes, here’s the video evidence.

Well, she is offering some taster classes to local residents to hone their skills.

So, if you secretly start now, you can wow everyone at next year’s street party. Go for it.

The details are:

Day: Sundays 18th and 25th November
Venue: Small World Dance Centre
Unit 11, Eurolink Centre, 49 Effra Rd, Brixton SW2 1BZ (Ring Doorbell 011 to be let in)
Time: 1.15 pm – 2.45 pm
Cost: £10 per session
Can be taken on a drop in basis or as a three week course.

Let us know how you get on

Supermarkets move in to Coldharbour Lane

Love ’em or hate ’em  we thought that effrablog readers would like to know that both Sainsbury’s and Tesco’s are hoping to move into Coldharbour Lane. Tesco’s are going for a site just this side of Loughborough Junction (242 Coldharbour Lane), and Sainsbury’s just on the other side (201 Coldharbour Lane). The planning consultations have just ended now, and so are due to be considered by the council shortly.

Create your own pop-up curiosity book: November 17th

There will be free community workshops in Brixton Tate Library on Saturday 17th November for young people to create their own pop-up curiosity book. They will be held from 11am-12.30pm and also from 1.30-4.30pm. This is a drop-in event, no booking is required.

The workshops are funded by Coldharbour Community First and will be followed by workshops with young people in community venues culminating in a display at Tate Library Brixton later in December.

For more information contact Marilyn Rogers on mrsd4[at] or comment on this story.

Effra pub and Kellett Road on the telly

You may have noticed that temporary parking restrictions were in place in Kellett Road near the Effra pub this week for filming. An intrepid Effrablog reporter set off to find out more (ie we asked a man in a high vis vest) and discovered that it was to film a scene in a forthcoming 1970s-retro TV cop series with working title “The life of crime”. Apparently its mainly set in Ireland. You heard it here first.

This is a picture of the lights being set up outside Effra pub

“Save Hootananny” campaign

New licensing restrictions are stopping entry to the Hootananny after 11pm. The venue is campaigning to change this back to the 2am time and have put some leaflets through doors in our area, but in the meantime urges people to get there before 11pm. To sign the online petition go here. There were around 630 signatures as of sunday night. What do local residents think?

Jumble sale at Dexter’s Adventure Playground: Sat 3rd Nov

There’s going to be a jumble sale at Dexter’s Adventure Playground on Railton Road – the land behind the coloured railings – from 11am to 4pm on Saturday. Call 07940 038438 for more info. You can set up your own stall for a £5 donation to help running costs. Looks good, not least because its a chance to check out the amazing new adventure playground itself but also because the posters say there are many things for sale “including love and courage”. Someone got some spare then?