Brixton Community Base 31st January 2-4pm for get together

Play Streets may continue later next month and apologies for putting up the wrong  date!

Mixing up January and February.. . Easily done.

Hope you all had a ‘Hootenanny’ good time on ‘Burn’s night and are looking forward to Chinese new year Dim Sum at ‘The Courtesan’? Our local cafe’s and restaurants are feeling the January blues with takings down post festive season.

Remember to try Betie at Art Nouveau for coffee with a Street vibe and Local activism. Housing MARCH against the Housing Bill on Saturday  30th January from Imperial War Museum 12pm and trend setters at  Parissi for that  cool jazz.

February 6th is National Libraries Day with lots of creative ways to chase away the blues at Tate library Brixton all day with  Library members enjoying a  free evening of David Bowie nostalgia. Support your local Library.henry Irving David Bowie 2


Events for your diaries in February

Effra neighbours and residents are gearing up to local events (picture of Mervan Road Street party 2013 )by having a gathering at Brixton Community Base Sunday 29th Jan 2-4pm for 2016. Some are  funded by Lambeth via Lambeth Age UK and some by London Community Foundation via Vassal and Coldharbour Area forum in partnership with:photo (33)NHS Lambeth and Lambeth Council for Brixton Community Base. All events for Effra residents Effra Cooks flyer 25.01.16(1)

Effra Cooks : Tuesday 9th Feb. 16th Feb. Friday 12th Feb. and 19th Feb. 10.30am – BrixtonCommunity Base Talma Road

Lambeth Age UK ‘Warm and Well’ events 2016 12th Feb with a Soup and sandwiches 12.30-1.30pm lunch followed by Winter Wiser event On 19th FEb. Sixteen feet at Brixton Community Base 19th Feb 1.30-3.30pm to ‘Get Creative’ with stories and developing an oral history over tea and cakes.

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Leila Segal at Tate Library Brixton

Local writers and readers please note: change of time for reading Now 7.30pm Weds 27th January and look out for First Draft in 2016. with local links to Library Writers Development.

Interview with Leila Segal

Leila Segal is a London based writer and facilitator. On 21 January 2016, her debut short story collection ‘Breathe: Stories from Cuba’ will be published by Flipped Eye. We interviewed Leila about the collection, her writing process, getting published and her advice for emerging writers. Leila (@leilasegal) is appearing at a number of events across London to coincide with the launch, including an event at Brixton Library on 27 January with Laura from Spread the Word.

You can find out more about her events on her website and buy a copy of ‘Breathe’ here.

and look out for future developments from 16 feet productions whose successful First Draft  new playwriting took place last year.






Lambeth’s New Playwriting Competition


First Draft Plays


Sixteenfeet is committed to offering Lambeth writers continuous support, and as part of our new writing competition, First Draft, we have adapted and recorded two of the winning plays for radio

Widrush Square News

Brixton Society and Friends of Windrush Square and Tate library Brixton have worked hard to improve things for Lambeth Residents in Windrush Square. The Brixton Society Winter social is at Vida Walsh centre 2b Saltoun Road this evening 7pm -9pm. All welcome.

There are moves afoot to improve things for the residents and users who pass by.  Brixton Bid the business hub is working with local community groups and The Night Market to look at how improvements could occur. Friends of Windrush Square, Chairperson Annick Allett coordinated a bulb planting session before Xmas but the abuses to the Square with lack of Lambeth maintenance money to pay for improvements  would leave it looking sad and uncared for.annick 3 bulb planting

Rushcroft Road residents have lobbied hard for better policing and rubbish clearance over many years.

Friends of Tate library Brixton have received a grant to work with vulnerable adults and Mosaic Clubhouse members and will continue to liaise with the Library and its community. The Lambeth Libraries action is still taking place to support the Head of Lambeth Libraries Staff and Mutual feasibility concept to continue to run the Library Service

News Update Crimestoppers

Safer Police Teams Crimestoppers sent this to NHW residents. Coldharbour Ward ‘s next meeting is at Brixton Police Station 19th January 2016 6.30pm. They sent this out after a successfull raid on a house in Kellet Road.

Suspect drug dealing?
Signs to look out for:
•    Unusual numbers of callers to an address at all times of the night and day
•    Drugs paraphernalia (please do not remove it, but alert Lambeth Council)
•    People with an unusually lavish lifestyle.

How to spot a cannabis factory
•    Lights left on all day and night
•    Curtains constantly drawn or windows blacked out
•    Strong pungent smell
•    High humidity in the property
•    Lots of different people, coming and going at strange times
•    No one seems to be living there and they only visit for short periods
•    Venting protruding from the roof and constant noise of cooling fans.

Advice for landlords
•    The tenants may pay their rent in cash.
•    The tenants may be vague or not available at the property
•    A sudden jump or fall in electricity bills
•    Spot checks should be carried out on the property
The more information we are able to gather, the more we are able to tackle issues that affect you. Therefore if you suspect it – report it.

Thank you for your ongoing support.
Coldharbour Safer Neighbourhood Team