Flamenco taster classes – start now for next year’s street party

Right so we have been here before. Remember that great Street Party we held in July where our local Flamenco dancing teacher La Morenita Flamenca got us all strutting our stuff in an open class? Yes, here’s the video evidence.

Well, she is offering some taster classes to local residents to hone their skills.

So, if you secretly start now, you can wow everyone at next year’s street party. Go for it.

The details are:

Day: Sundays 18th and 25th November
Venue: Small World Dance Centre
Unit 11, Eurolink Centre, 49 Effra Rd, Brixton SW2 1BZ (Ring Doorbell 011 to be let in)
Time: 1.15 pm – 2.45 pm
Cost: £10 per session
Can be taken on a drop in basis or as a three week course.

Let us know how you get on

Effra residents exposed: photos and videos from the street party

Here’s a link to the photos from the Effra street party on 1 July

And here are some youtube videos, including the world premier of Effra residents doing French country dancing.

(And some cooler stuff, naturally…)

Effra Street Party: Sunday 1 July on Mervan Road from noon

There’s a street party in Mervan Road on Sunday – 1st July – from noon. Please bring a chair, and some food & drink to share. Cutlery might be handy as well. There’ll be trestle tables up for a big lunchtime community feast.

The road will be closed, so if you live in Mervan Road, please move your car by 10am on Sunday morning. If you fancy helping with the set-up, that’s also the time to come. We’ll be putting up bunting, assembling the stage, decorating trees etc

In the afternoon there’ll be live music and other performances on the stage, and a licensed bar run by the Effra pub (but you’re welcome to bring your own drinks too).

For the kids, activities include a bouncy castle, an ice-cream van, pavement chalking, ping pong and an arts and crafts table. And possibly a fire engine (emergencies permitting…)

We’ll wind things up when it starts to get dark.

With thanks to Martin Barry estate agents, Herne Hill Forum, Effra Tavern, Lambeth council, London Fire Brigade and the police for their help and support.

Oi, Mervan Road – pls move your cars, its 2 days till the street party

Dear esteemed neighbours who live on Mervan Road:

You are extremely lucky to be the Chosen Place for this year’s Effra Street Party on Sunday. What could be better than having a wonderful coming together of the local community right outside your house? But – and here’s the crunch. You need to move your car either today, Friday, or tomorrow, Saturday. Not least because Lambeth has authorised the road closure so you will be trapped. But in particular because you don’t really want a gazebo on top of it. You have been warned…

3 days till the Effra Street Party: buy food, get cooking

The Effra Street party is on Sunday on Mervan Road from noon. The community is coming together. The Effra Hall is selling drink. Local musicians will play. Cars will be moved and pavements will be chalked. We’re borrowing a stage from the Herne Hill Forum and a microphone from one of Aron’s mates. Trestle tables, gazebos and barbeque kits are being requisitioned from far and wide. An ice cream vans and (hopefully) a fire engine will be there for the little ones along with an arts and crafts table to make masks to scare the grown-ups.

So now’s the time for the important bit: IT’S A FEAST. This means we need FOOD. Basically everyone brings some food and drink and we share. So it’s Thursday today and the street party is on Sunday. Time to get cooking!! Effrablog is considering something involving rice. And beer. (But separately.)

4 days to go to Effra street party – do you have a gazebo?

OK so the weather forecast isn’t perfect. There are some things that even Effrablog can’t control. But its GOING TO BE BETTER THAN THE JUBILEE.

Just in case, we thought it might be a good idea to requisition all available gazebos in the area. Have you got one? If so please bring it down. And barbeques of course. Effrablog can arrange transportation if required.

The Effra street party will be in Mervan Road on Sunday, 1st July from noon. There’ll be music, food and fun. Bring a chair and food to share. More details here

Only 6 days till the Effra Street Party – time to find the old barbeque set

The Effra Street party will be held on Mervan Road from noon this Sunday, 1st July. Bring a chair and food to share. We’re looking to have as many barbeques on the go as possible. Do you have one? If so, please bring it down or let effrablog know and we’ll arrange transport.

Budding chefs wearing aprons and expertly branding various kitchen implements also much in desire…

Effra street party – 1st July – download your window poster here

The Effra street party will take place in Mervan Road on Sunday 1st July from noon. Bring a chair and some food to share, plus plate and cutlery. The exciting news is that we now have a great line up of performers – including a Cuban band, so bring your dancing shoes…

The final planning meeting is being held on Friday 29th June at 6pm (not 7pm) at Aron’s house (18 Dalberg Road). If you can help on the day, please just come down to Mervan road at around 10am.

As well as just sharing a feast, we’re planning music, kids activities, an open mike for performers, a fire engine, a bouncy castle, a pink ice cream van and most importantly a chance to chill out, meet and share food and drink with those people you live near to. The Effra Tavern will be selling some special concoctions.

We’re looking for people to put posters in their windows, and on their gateposts. You can just download this image and print it – or there’s a black and white one down at the bottom of this post. If you can print off more. then stick some leaflets through your neighbours’ doors as well. Or email effrablog@gmail.com and we’ll send you the file.

We’re also looking for musicians, childrens’ entertainers and generally people to help out on the day. Come along to the next planning meeting, or email effrablog@gmail.com or just put it in your diary to come and help out – we’ll be there from 11, and it officially starts at 12.

Thanks to Martin Barry estate agents in Brixton for some sponsorship to pay for the bouncy castle.

Here’s the poster in black and white (download it, print in landscape and cut in half for two A5 posters):

And here’s what it looked like last year, just to get you in the mood:


Planning meeting for Effra street party this Saturday at 4pm

Following the success of last year’s Big Lunch on Mervan Road, the same organisers are planning another Effra street party in 2012. The date has been fixed for Sunday 1st July. The first planning meeting is tomorrow, Saturday 24th March at 4pm at 17 Mervan Road (top flat).

The date of the street party is is a few weeks after the jubilee weekend, so there is plenty of scope to have jubilee parties as well.

Please come along to the meeting to have your say on how it should be done.  If you can’t make it, you can follow the preparations by signing up for news alerts on the right hand side of this website – that way you can get involved as and when you want to.

Effra street party 2012: Sunday 1st July

Following the success of last year’s Big Lunch on Mervan Road, the same organisers are planning another Effra street party in 2012. The date has been fixed for Sunday 1st July. The first planning meeting is on Saturday 24th March at 4pm at 17 Mervan Road.

The date of the street party is is a few weeks after the jubilee weekend, so there is plenty of scope to have jubilee parties as well. Indeed, as reported on effrablog last week, the Brix at St Matthew’s are considering holding a jubilee party and the national Big Lunch organisation also offers advice and help to anyone wanting to have a street party on 3 June as part of the diamond jubilee celebrations.

Please come along to the planning meeting for the Effra street party at 4pm on Saturday 24th March at 17 Mervan Road.  If you can’t make it, you can follow the preparations by signing up for news alerts on the right hand side of this website – that way you can get involved if and when you want to.