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Community Connector training 
A new round of Community Connector training will start soon: Applicants must attend all four sessions on 17th May, 1st and 2nd June and 27th June 9.30am – 3pm at a variety of settings around the borough.
Community Connectors are people who link others in their local community with activities and organisations that can help improve their quality of life.   To find out more contact   Fraser Serle   tel: 07720 601048

Nextdoor   free private social network which took over  ‘streetlife’  a  UK neighbourhood site. Geese poetrasanta

Twitter is hot on Swans in Brockwell Park at the moment: Twitter acct. : BrockwellParkMAC@brockwellpark  the picture above is not of them  and this goose is hiding her brood but check the twitter.

NEXTDOOR is proving useful to let residents know of Forums etc. Lambeth Air Quality Forum is operating with Lambeth Street Champions and local residents involvement.

Friends of Lambeth Libraries, (FoLL)  and Parks Forums also meet with the council to improve the quality of life for residents.


There are two MAIN organisations : Brockwell Park Community Partners Hertage Lottery for next phase plans to restore Brockwell Hall. The hall and landscaping of the park  belong to a unified Heritage setting. They co-ordinate efforts regarding Heritage Lottery Funding and liaison with Lambeth Council and Parks Department. Friends of Brockwell Park , BLU Lido users, Whippersnappers, Community Greenhouses , BMX track, Miniature railway organisation, Bowling club, Volley Ball, Tennis, St Matthew Football project among others all run independently some as social enterprises businesses but contribute to the park and our community in many ways.

New Ping Pong Club has formed  as part of a free sport facilities run by  volunteers on the site of the old Changing Rooms.

Music Arts Dance and Drama (MADD) help run some Community Events e.g.Dog Show. coming up in June. Volunteers always welcome to help set up and run these events.

Misty remembrance

From Jane,

Hi, I was visited today by my neighbours at Mervan RoadTilly on bed 6Aug09

(The Picture attached is not Misty but Misty like)as they witnessed Misty, the remarkable cat being knocked down and killed. He was not my cat but was my upstairs neighbours. They are in bits. The most awful thing of this is that his body was left on the pavement today, 24 hours after he was killed. No note, no apology, nothing. He currently resides in my bike shed and will have a decent burial tomorrow in my back garden that his owners look on to. If anyone has any information about the incident please let me know. Not going to take anything further but I think my neighbours deserve peace.

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Police contacts Safer Neighbourhood Team Coldharbour Ward

A few  untoward attempted burglaries ahve occurred  in the area and some residents have cut back their hedges to stop perpertrators attempting to enter. It  means neighbours should be vigilant April Agenda(2) SNT Coldharbour Police Community meeting in Angell Town Housing Office  Langport House, Overton Road, SW9 7HN is on Weds.April 12th. 6.30pm-9pm you can forward any points to them for discussion. Cathy Valentine is the chair Cllr Matt Parr, Clr Rachel Heywood attend regularly

Safer Coldharbour Neighbourhood Team Police Meeting 12th April at Angel Town Housing Office

Forwarding SNT information: Dear all,
Hope you’re well. Please find attached the minutes from the meeting in January as well as the agenda for the meeting taking place on Wednesday 12th April from 6:30-8:30 at the Angell town Housing Office.
Coldharbour ward safer neighbourhood panel Minutes from Wednesday 11th January 2017’s meeting , 6:30-8:30pm at Angell town housing office

Chair: Cathy Valentine

Agenda Item Notes/Actions
Introduction and apologies All welcomed to the meeting and apologies given from Mary Gibson, Andrew Murray Watson, MP Helen Hayes, Rachel Haywood and Margaret Ajanaku. No other apologies were given.PA from Trading standards gave a brief presentation regarding their services. PA mentioned that there will be several drop in sessions taking place across Lambeth for people to attend. Times and dates of the sessions are as follows:Friday 13th January 2017, 2-4pm, Brixton LibraryThursday 26th January 2017, 9:30-12:30pm, We are 336, Brixton RoadMonday 6th February 2017, 7-9pm, Brixton Law centre.

ACTION: PA will email flyers to all attendees to advertise sessions to service usersACTION: CV will go to the Trading standards base and collect hard copies to distribute

Safer neighbourhood team police reports General NH and DM run through report for the past few months. Several crimes showed a peak in December. NH explained this is nothing out of the norm. These crimes usually show a peak due to the holidays. They also show a decline across the months of January to March.

Wyck Gardens

DM provided an update on Wyck Gardens where a member of the public was using the arches to store lighting and volleyball equipment. Residents reported the individual inviting friends and playing loud music to the early hours of the morning. DM mentioned that this person is now going to be evicted and the premises will be used for a bike programme instead.

Rushcroft road

NH let the group know that the bins have been removed and there has been a noticeable difference in the area for the better.

CV raised the need for an officer from Lambeth to attend the meetings and provide an update. She mentioned Jamie Akinola specifically. MP mentioned that there are low numbers in the service and it’s hard for someone to attend.   MP has requested that someone attend several times but hasn’t had a reply. ACTION: MP will chase this up.MP let the group know that he has spoken with Councillor Sidat who is responsible for community safety. He is happy to attend a future meeting.ACTION: PA to ask about Community safety report from councillor Sidat and Jamie in time for the next meeting.


Review locally set promises The current promises are:( Local area prioritised issues)

1.     Offensive weapons

2.     ASB in general including Begging and Vagrants

3.     Drug dealing and consumption

The group are happy to keep these promises. Reminder that any information residents have should be sent to the Police to help support investigations.

CV raised issue of motorbike being parked at the back of Leys Court on a consistent basis. ACTION: Police to look into and report back for the next meeting.

AOB CV raised question about Civil enforcement officers and their role. DM explained that the Officers do patrol shifts and have several roles, one of which is giving fines for littering, etc. DM confirmed that the officers can be tasked to specific areas.

GH, housing support officer from Ekaya housing let the group know that the mother and baby unit which previously had a few problems is doing much better since they were provided with more bins and support. This has made a massive difference and all residents wanted to say a big thank you to those responsible.ACTION:AM to send calendar invite to all attendees for the next meeting

Date and time of next meeting Wednesday 12th April 2017 6:30-8:30 Location: Angell Town Housing Office



Yoga Point with Joy Yoga

Check out details of all Yoga Point courses. Yoga studio has one coming up on 19th March 

Local ex residents run courses in Yoga and Shiatsu at Yoga Point. Get fit for  the summer!!

or Garden at Myatts Fields Friday am their Community Greenhouses  grow your seeds for you> or with community events Brixton Orchard

Friends of Tate library Brixton / Friends of Windrush Square 2nd Tuesday of the Month to brighten your local square

Vintage Voices at BCB Talma Road starts Thursday March 23rd 1-3pm Lunch 12.30pm

Creative Writing and Oral History

Vintage Voices is a creative project which will draw on memories, experience and place.
Sixteenfeet Productions invites Lambeth Elders to take part in a series of 7 writing workshops developing skills, sharing experiences and having fun on Thursday afternoons at Brixton Community Base.
Thursday 23rd March
Thursday 30th March
Thursday 6th April
Thursday 13th April
Thursday 20th April
Thursday 27th April
Thursday 4th May
Sessions will run from 1-3pm. Lunch from 12.30 (Free but donations welcome).  During the sessions, we will be exploring different writing styles, how stories are crafted and mapping Brixton’s recent past.  This is a great way to share your experiences, flex your creative muscles and make friends.
Do you have a story to tell? 
We will also be recording memories and experiences of first generation Brixtonians who settled here and shaped its identity. This is an exciting opportunity to paint a picture of how things were to pass on to a new generation. The work from the Vintage Voices project will be part of Lambeth
Readers and Writers Festival at Brixton Library 2017.
The Voice of our past alive in the present  To find out more or to sign up please contact; Caroline   07958 448690 Jane Duncan  Jane 07941 624247

Brixton Orchard still needs volunteers Saturday 4th March 9.30am -4.30pm

What was happening this week in Brixton Hill with Corner of St. Matthews ?

Urban Growth is planting fruit trees.

(see website. For how it came about

and Urban Growth’s involvement via Brixton BID

Some funding came from London Mayor ‘s Air Quality fund

The project is listed in  this month’s online Lambeth news communication