Make a film using your phone: free classes for 13-17 yr olds.

filmInterested in Documentary Film Making? Then join the new local 10-week video journalism course. You’ll learn to make broadcast quality films all using your mobile phone.

When? Monday evenings 4-6pm, starting April 2013

 Where? Brockwell Park Community Greenhouses, Brockwell Park SE24

A limited number of free places are available to young people aged 13-17 years.

To ask more questions or to reserve your place,       contact Beth on      before 2nd March 2013



Effra Social opens on Thursday

effra social 50s pic


Woah, there’s a big opening party for the Effra Social venue on Thursday and its a 50s theme night. This is their publicity photo.

The Effra Social is at 89 Effra Road – the building that used to be called the Conservative club. Here’s how we reported the story, and here’s more on the opening party. 

But the question is: what are we going to call this place when we can’t be bothered to say “Effra Social”? We can’t call it the Effra because that is the name of our most fine and highly revered pub. Will we all just be going down to the ‘social’?

‘Bling ya fashion’ workshops this week at Brixton Community Base

DSCN1853If you have a 12 to 16 year old getting restless this week, there are free fashion design workshops being held this week at Brixton Community Base.

The workshops started on Monday, but continue today and Friday, between 5.30 and 7.30pm.

‘Bling Ya Fashion’ has set-up a 3-day T-shirt and baseball cap design project, covering:
– basic hand stitching techniques
– learning about different types of fabric and how they can be used
– understanding the sewing machine and learning basic stitching techniques
– learning about commercial patterns and how garments are put together
T-Shirt printing and design
– learning how to recycle old clothing into new fashion.
– street merchandising
– learning how to apply for funding (entrepreneur confidence workshops)

For more information and consent forms, please; or contact Lamonte Johnson on 0758467947

Bling Ya Bike!

bikeblingIf  you missed it last Sunday, ‘Bling Ya Bike’ workshop will be back at Herne Hill market (on Railton Road) this Sunday between 10am and 4pm.

Here, you will be able to bling up not just your bike, but your skateboards and scooters, so there’s no excuse for drearyness

More information at:

Brixton’s future

brixton mugThe council is consulting on proposals for growth and change in Brixton town centre. Go here for more, and get involved.

The main proposals are:

  • Better shops on Brixton Road
  • Upgraded offices behind the town hall
  • Opening up the area between the railway lines around the market to attract more independent traders and creative industries
  • A new theatre and cultural facility around Somerleyton Road (see this post on Brixton Green)

Effra people are encouraged to give their comments and have their say – there are consultation events, forms to fill in and more details here.  Or you can pick up hard copies from any library.

The consultation ends on 15th March

3 days left to comment on Carpetright becoming a Sainsbury’s

As avid readers of Urban75 and Brixtonblog will have noticed, Sainsbury’s supermarkets have put in a licence application for the Carpetrightcarpetright site on the corner of Tulse Hill and Brixton Water Lane. The deadline for the public to make comments on this is Monday, 18th February.

Basically, since both Carpetright and Sainsbury’s are shops, the only way to have your say is over this issue of whether the building should be permitted to sell alcohol – there is no further planning permission required. Effrablog guesses that the site will be sold to Sainsbury’s if the licence is granted. Streatham MP Chuka Umunna has been consulting with residents on this.

So the big question is – while it may be handy to be able to buy carpets locally, is it more convenient to be able to buy groceries? And what’s with the big hippo in pyjamas anyway?

Either way, this is how you comment (taken from this Lambeth page)

  • By email –
  • By letter – Licensing, 5th Floor, Blue Star House, 234-244 Stockwell Road, London, SW9 9SP
  • By fax – 020 7926 6150

“Please ensure that you give your name and full address in your representation, as we will not consider anonymous representations. It should also be noted that applicants will have access to any representations that are made in respect of their application, to allow them the opportunity to respond to the points raised.

Applications which attract valid representations will be referred to a hearing of the Licensing Sub-Committee. The applicant and anyone who has made a valid representation will be invited to attend the hearing and present their case. The Sub-Committee will then decide whether or not to grant the application, and whether to add conditions to any licence granted.

Lambeth Rising

one billion risingResidents from the Effra area last night took part in the global Valentine’s Day movement to protest against violence against women and girls. Local group Whippersnappers designed a dance routine specially for the event which was performed by around 25 local children, leading hundreds of adults outside the Ritzy in Windrush Square at 5.30pm yesterday. Here’s some more info – we’ll post the video when we have it.

Have your say on a theatre for Brixton: drop in event at Dexter’s playground this Sat, 9th Feb.

Brixton-Green-family-fun-day-team2You may have heard the great news that the Brixton Green campaign to redevelop Somerleyton Road – including possibly a new theatre – is making progress and is now part of Lambeth’s official plan for the area.

There’s a consultation event for local residents being held this Saturday February 9th, at Dexter’s Adventure Playground on Railton Road (the place with the coloured railings) from 11am to 5pm. Come along and have your say. Its all very exciting.