Who’s up for a community clean-up in the spring?

fencepaintingIn the past, local residents have organised volunteer community clean up days, for example planting bulbs, picking litter, painting fences.

They are supported by Lambeth’s Community Freshview team who provide the stuff we need.

Anyone fancy getting involved with another one? If so, which road needs a bit of a spruce up? This is your chance to get a few people to sort out your road.

Comment below or email Dai at effra_nhw[at]btinternet.com

A possible date might be April 13th. Good day for a spring clean anyway.

Effra Street Party set for Sunday 16th of June!

streetpartydancingWe’ve now set the date for the 2013 Effra Street Party – Sunday the 16th of June.

This is the weekend after the ‘Open Gardens’ weekend, but before school holidays.

So put this date in your diary, and we’ll let you know of the details over the next few months.

Free booster numeracy and literacy classes for local children

kidsreadingThere will be free numeracy and literacy classes running at the Brixton Community Base on Talma Road every Saturday for 8 weeks from 4-6pm from 2nd February. They are run by Study to Show, an organisation devoted to ensuring that every child has the opportunity to realise their potential. Last year they worked intensively with 19 children in Brixton.

They work to:

  • Identify areas of underachievement or potential underachievement in a child
  • Provide tailor-made solutions to help tackle areas of underachievement
  • Offer practical advice and support to families, schools, groups, organisations
  • Set up one-stop-shop centres bringing our services to their doorstep
  • Arrange workshops and events for children, families and organisations
  • Showcase our success stories to motivate even more children
  • Attend as speaker at events, workshops, seminars to raise awareness
  • Signposting information about useful services

Sessions are free but you need to register – more information here

Creole women photo exhibition ends on Sunday

creole-300x205Come down to Brixton Community Base on Talma Road to have a look at the exhibition on Creoles, which they describe as an increasingly “assertive group of citizens of the world”.

The exhibition runs till Sunday 27th January and is run by  Mozambique Heritage and funded by the National Lottery.  The exhibition uses amateur photography to portray a concrete reality, and “raise the veil over the full humanity of Creoles”.

Take a friend to the exhibition, select the best photo and sign the visitors’ guest book.

Next police-community ward meeting is 24 Jan

met_police_logo-nofloatThe next meeting between the police and with residents and community representatives  will take place on Thursday 24th January at 6.30pm (till 8.30pm) at the Angell Delight Resource Centre, Unit B, Fairfax House, Overton Road, Angell Town Estate, SW9 7JR.

This meeting covers a wider area than our own grid of streets (it covers the whole of Lambeth’s Coldharbour ward of which we are part) but is open to anyone who is interested in policing matters in the area or has an issue to raise with the community safety team.


Campaign to save Nour cash and carry in Brixton Market

nourA campaign has started to save local shop Nour Cash and Carry from closure due to massive rent increases. Here’s the petition: http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/save-nour-cash-and-carry-brixton-market.html And here’s the facebook page:

The campaigners write:

” Since Brixton village started becoming a hive of new activity with the opening of numerous cafes and restaurants, much publicised by the likes of Observer food critic Jay Rayner, the character of the market has started to change.We are now concerned that the success of these new ventures means that we are in danger of losing the diverse character of Brixton market altogether. The older businesses and shops selling everyday goods to a diverse local population are being put out of business as commercial rents become affordable only to those selling luxury goods and services to a more affluent population. Nour is a wonderful alternative to the big supermarket chains selling an incredibly diverse range of affordable foodstuffs and is unlike any other shop in Brixton.  Please help us to save Nour and safeguard the diversity of Brixton market by signing our petition and sharing it with your friends and other Brixton locals”

Tweet and share this story if you want to join the campaign. And sign the petition and like the facebook page.