Half term and Halloween are you coping!


Events for kids the Half term closure at short notice of Dexter playground made some parents  get together to ensure a service was available.

Save Dexter playground.Lambeth | Facebook a compromise was reached and play facilities instigated via Dexter playground  with hard work organising by Brixton Community Base.

We hope Lambeth will look at how its future children’s play facilities can operate more effectively. Equalities Commission Lambeth are hosting sessions Nov 1st  on  Education and Learning  7pm at Clapham Centre Lambeth College.https://lambethnews.wordpress.com/2016/07/12/lambeth-launches-equality-commission-to-spearhead-the-crusade-against-poverty-and-disadvantage/
Meanwhile this week there is still a chance to enjoy some free fun events

Our spookiest event of the year!  Bring a pumpkin during the afternoon to carve and we’ll light them up as the sun sets on Windmill Gardens.  http://www.brixtonwindmill.org/whats-on?item=115

There will also be a spooky storytelling session with Caroline Partridge inside the windmill, which will be suitably decorated for the occasion.

And face painter Snezana Nikolic can help transform your little angels into ghoulish goblins.

The event is free but please bring your own pumpkin for carving. We hope to see you there!

Please note that the windmill will not be open for public tours during this event.

Time notes:

Sunday 30 October, 2-5p


BrixtonPOP and pem people Bike fixing. Friday  and Halloween Fun carve a Pumpkin at Brixton Windmill Sunday http://www.brixtonwindmill.org/whats-on

Rock on Down Electric Avenue

Less than 24 hours after Electric Avenue’s new neon sign was officially turned on by music legend Eddy Grant, the thing has already gone on the blink.

Locals returning to view the sign the next day saw that the letter V has already broken, leaving the sign’s message as “ELECTRIC A ENUE.”

It looks lovely Heritage Lottery Money eventually got to Electric Avenue. At the pre meeting with Cllrs , GLA  rep and market traders issues were raised regarding Network Rail, Public Toilets,Public transport links on the Atlantic Road side and future difficulties for residents when :

building and refurbishment takes place. Not all happy smiling faces present STILL IT WAS GREAT TO ROCK ON.

Next Door another blogpost facility for local residents?

I think this may be a useful way to communicate neighbourhood issues. I got a mail shot through the door, and it encourages recipients to spread the word – hence this
iWindmagesOur neighbourhood is using a private online network called Nextdoor Effra Road. On Nextdoor, neighbours can post events and recommendations, share safety tips, offer things to share, and simply get to know one another better

More than 2,700 neighbourhoods across the country are using Nextdoor to share recommendations, safety tips, local events and simply to get to know one another better. David thinks it would be a great way for you to discover what’s going on in your neighbourhood.
Next Door is one of many that looks at ways Neighbourhoods connect with one and another. Locals/ effra residents i.e the area bounded by Effra Road/ Railton Road/  Saltoun and Barnwell Roads to pass on any intersting news. We also use wwweffrablog.com with No advertisements attached! email effrablog@gmail.com
Meanwhile Rushcroft Road residents have set up their own network for issues relating to their street especially vulnerable as it leads onto Windrush Square and they organised a Police meeting on Monday Oct 17th  and there is the Friends of Windrush Square who convene via Brixton Society: info@windrushsquare.org.uk http://www.brixtonsociety.org.uk/friends-of-windrush-square/ There is also Brixton Neighbourhood forum  website  brixtonforum.btck.co.uk/

Well done to local parents who challenged Lambeth to enable their children to benefit from Play facilities over this half-term

Well done to local parents who challenged Lambeth to enable their children to benefit from Play facilities over this half-term

Please contact Betiel for any details to enable their children to benefit from Play facilities over this half-term

Including Betiel Mahari , Jane Duncan Ribeiro of Brixton Community Base and others

Contact for details of the campaign save Dexter and Max Roach and other Lambeth Adventure plays: b.mahari@hotmail.com

Message from Cllr. Jane Pickard

Dear all

I am passing on a message about half term arrangements from Paul Davies, the Lambeth officer responsible for youth and play. As we promised, YLC will be running activities in the playground. There will also be two days available at the Brixton Community Base in Talma Road. They want to meet parents tomorrow from 4.30 to 5.30 to talk about planning activities (see below).I am asking for a notice to be pinned to the playground gate as not everyone has email or is on this list. As there were around 400 names and addresses collected from the site in September and as Lambeth is short-staffed currently, it has not been possible to input all this data into a computer yet. But this will be done for future communications.

Jane Pickard
Labour Cllr for Knight’s Hill
Cabinet Member for Families and Young People
07805 943085

Safer Neighbourhood Team meeting tonight Weds 5th Oct 6pm Overton Road Langport House also a Dexter Road closure protest reopen petition link below.

Police say there was a recent burglary in Rattray Road near Jelf Road? Neighbours  look out for your property.



Angell Town Housing office, Langport House, Overton Road, London SW9 7HN

Time: 1800 – 2000 on Wednesday 5th October 2016


  1. Introductions & Apologies


  1. Safer Neighbourhood Team Police Report
  1. Review locally set promises
    1. Drug dealing
    2. Offensive weapons
    3. Begging/Vagrants
    4. -General ASB/ Youth Engagement

                 Any other business

     4.-General ASB/ Youth Engagement

  1. Dates / venues of next meeting


Please encourage anybody living or working in Coldharbour Ward, with an interest in local policing, to come along.



Black History Month Hip Hop and latest Jamaican novel at Brixton Tate library

This weekend sees a wide range of activities for locals for Black History Month sees on Friday 7th :’What Hip Hop means to me’ at  7pm and on  Saturday  8th Young est signed author to Faber 19 year old Nigerian writer 12pm-1.30pm and later same evening, Kei Miller  a Forward prize winner discusses his latest novel  ‘Augustown’ set in Jamaica. love.lambeth.gov.uk/blackhistorymonth/

There are events in other venues through the month including Black Cultural Archives and of course for those among you f a more protesting variety a ‘Stand Up To Lambeth’ March on Saturday from Windrush Square 12pm to Clapham Common with a family picnic thrown in.

and celebrating women of Lambeth : ‘Its your local Market’ hosts an event at Max Roach park also that afternoon from 1pm



Sorry too late but worth knowing about Effra Space news also Dexter Playground closure has a petition on Change.org

Sorry too late but worth knowing about Effra Space news also Dexter Playground closure has a petition on Change.org https://www.change.org/p/councillor-jane-pickard-save-dexter-and-other-adventure-playgrounds-in-lambeth

and totally different topic

You are warmly invited to join us for our FREE open day event THIS SUNDAY 2nd October 11am-4pm at effraspace, 21 Effra Parade, London SW2 1PX.

Sample one or more of the many FREE taster classes offered or just pop in to say hello, have a coffee or tea in the effraspace lounge and browse the Pinter & Martin bookshop where all books are 3 for 2.

No booking necessary – just drop in on the day. (NB: the following schedule may be subject to change)

10:45 am Doors open
11:00 am Toddler Yoga
11:00 am Vinyasa Flow
11:30 am Children’s yoga <10
11:30 am Nia
12:00 pm Postnatal Pilates
12:00 pm Vinyasa Flow
12:30 pm Pilates
12:30 pm Children’s / Tweens Dance
1:00 pm Pregnancy Yoga
1:00 pm Pilates
1:00 pm Nia
1:30 pm Postnatal Mum & Baby Yoga
1:30 pm Children’s /Tweens Dance
2:00 pm Hulahooping
2:30 pm Self-defence
2:30 pm Postnatal Dance
3:00 pm QiGong
3:00 pm Nia
3.30 pm Argentine Tango
4:00 pm Drinks & Close

Please share with your friends and family – especially if they live in Brixton or Herne Hill area.

For more information on what we have to offer, check out www.effraspace.co.uk

With all best wishes,
The effraspace team x