The Saturday Arts Club for 7-12 yr olds is back!

imagine and make imageThe Saturday Arts Club is back at Brixton Community Base on Talma Road, newly titled ‘Imagine and Make’.  The organisers say: “it’s a fun art session for youngsters 7-12 years old to use their imagination and be creative. Whether it’s painting, group drawing or constructing cardboard monsters, there will be the opportunity to work with a variety of materials, have fun, and make new friends.”

Starting up from Saturday 6 April, sessions will last from 11am – 12.30pm.  It’s £5 a session, which covers all the materials, and refreshments.

For more info contact Natasha Downes – 07508 346986 or go here 


New hub for on-line campaigning in Brixton? Meeting on Weds night

hubA few Brixton residents have been discussing the creation of an online hub to connect up local groups and residents associations in Brixton to make it easier to club together on shared issues, initiate stronger campaigns, raising awareness and enabling rapid mobilisation when required. They’ve set up a webpage and are meeting to discuss on Wednesday, 27th March at 7.30pm at the Effra Social

Here’s more info 

Here’s the facebook page

They say:

We hope the Brixton Hub will make it easier to:

·         Club together on shared issues

·         Collect and disseminate information via the hub

·         Initiate campaigns and enable rapid mobilisation and petition signing by large numbers

·         Make it easy to get engaged – one click petitions and micro delivery & volunteering

·         Reach people offline as well as the online

·         Make it easy for groups to use the hub to manage their own email mail-outs

·         Link to useful resources and advice on getting stuff done

·         Opt in to issues of interest

·         Get involved in ‘micro delivery’ of leaflets on our street or block

Somerleyton Road/Brixton Green update

cropped-bg-logo-onlyJust a little pointer to the excitement that is plans to redevelop the area under the railway arches just a stone’s throw from us at the Brixton Green project in Somerleyton Road, to bring new homes, a theatre and a variety of different community resources. After years of lobbying, this community-led project has now had the go-ahead and is being funded through the detailed planning stage. They held a consultation event at Dexter’s playground recently at which over 100 people came.

Workstreams are now being set up that aim to involve local people in all aspects of the future planning of this project. Let’s make sure our views are represented – there’s more information here on the Brixton Green Site and here on the site of the people organising the next stage of the consultations.

Calling all children…we invite you to design a poster for the street party….

child paintDo you live in our grid of streets? If so, we need you to design a poster for the Effra Street Party on Sunday 16th June. Its time to get those coloured felt tips out and draw something really great that will make everyone in your street want to come.

We want to see jolly posters of people having fun doing things like dancing, bouncing on the bouncy castle, playing music, eating and drinking. That kind of thing. When you’ve finished you can get your grown up to scan it and send it to us at effrablog[at], or drop it through the letter box at 18 Dalberg Road. We will laminate it and stick it on a tree or lamppost near your house. You’ll also be able to see it on this website. Please remember to tell us what road you live in, so we can get it stuck up in the right place.

Here’s what needs to go on it: EFFRA STREET PARTY. 16th June. Mervan Road. Lunch 1pm. Bring food to share.

Any questions, get your grown-up to email us. And spread the word….

Local poet shares work at The BreadRoom Brixton on Saturday

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Local poet Leila Segal  will be teaming up with other local writers to treat you  to a live reading of their work, at The Breadroom, the little bakery in Brixton Market on Saturday. Come and enjoy a glass of punch and some stories.

Leila Segal reads from ‘Breathe’, her Cuban short story collection, published by Flipped Eye.
Courttia Newland reads from ‘The Gospel According to Cane’, his new novel, just out with Telegram Books
Jacqueline Crooks reads from her short story collection, ‘The Ice Migration’, fusing patois with standard English.Saturday 16th March, 7.30pm ~ free entry. Join on

Anyone else living in our grid of streets got something groovy to publicise? That’s what we’re here for….

(Photo by Leila Segal)

New movie to be filmed in Brixton

honeytrapA new film set in Brixton has kicked off its Crowdfunding campaign ahead of filming in August, with nearly £10,000 raised for the film HONEYTRAP after just three days. Set in Brixton and inspired by true events, HONEYTRAP is an urban drama seen from a girl’s point of view. Yearning for love and status, fifteen-year-old Layla is swept into a whirlwind romance with self-styled gang leader/rapper Troy – and then spat out the other side. Desperate to win Troy back, Layla offers to set up the boy who’s in love with her to be killed…

Writer and director Rebecca Johnson has been making short films with young people in Brixton for the last ten years through her not-for-profit company Fierce Productions and she was named one of Screen International’s ‘Stars of Tomorrow’ in 2009.

To find out more and pledge support go here.


Learn to play up in the air!

skylabThere are new classes starting every Monday at the Brixton Community Base on Talma Road that teach aerial hoop and silk techniques. Isn’t that reason enough to live here?

They run from 6 – 7pm and 7 – 8pm. Beginners and intermediates welcome. £15 per class. Special two for one taster offer in March only. Come and have a taster class and if you bring a friend you both get it at half price.