Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Public meeting at Tate South Lambeth Library, Wed 8 Aug, 6-8pm

Friends of Tate South Lambeth Library are hosting a public meeting on Wednesday evening, 8 Aug, 6-8 pm in the library, South Lambeth Road, SW8, to seek views and proposals on the use of library funds.  These are due to be reduced by one-eighth next year. 

The meeting is a drop-in event with one-to-one discussions with Council staff.

All welcome!

Sunday, 17 June 2012

'Garden Open Today' - Garden Museum- until 24 June

‘Garden Open Today!’on at the Garden Museum until 24th June. It tells the story of 300 years of garden visiting and includes pictures of Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens on loan from the V&A and private collections. Adults £7.50. Concessions £6.50. Art Fund £3 (and full time students), Special offer 2-for-1 entry members of the National Trust www.gardenmuseum.org.uk

Digital Bazaar at Tate South Lambeth Library Saturday 23 June

Saturday 23rd June, Digital Bazaar at Tate South Lambeth Library 10am to 12 noon - the popular drop-in session where beginners and experts share tips on getting the best out of the internet, mobile phones, digital cameras... Just drop in.

An Alphabetical Adventure in North Lambeth Wednesday 20 June

Wednesday 20th June, meet at 6.45pm for a 7pm departure to end around 9.30pm An Alphabetical Adventure in North Lambeth (part of Lambeth Cyclists' Bike Week events). Playfully riding from A through to Z, this ride introduces you to 26 (and a few more) curious places, famous people and odd facts from the Mesolithic era to the present day between Vauxhall and Waterloo. Discoveries along the way will include circus and music-hall, pleasure gardens and drugs, gin and the underground, the true centre of London and, if fortune smiles upon us, the fastest creature in the world. We'll gently twist and turn our way to cover a dozen flat miles, taking two to three hours, to work up a thirst for a lager at the end of the ride. Meeting point: outside Lassco, Brunswick House, 30 Wandsworth Road, SW8 2LG (on Vauxhall Gyratory by the start of Nine Elms Lane - don't worry we're not cycling on the road there). FREE, just turn up with your bike or a Barclays one. http://kenningtonpob.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/alphabetical-adventure-in-north- lambeth.html http://www.lfa2012.org/events/view/an-alphabetical-adventure-in-north-lambet h-324

The Sugar Girls at Tate South Lambeth Library 18 June

Monday 18 June, Tate South Lambeth Library, doors open 6.45 pm; Talk on the Sugar Girls by Duncan Barrett and Nuala Calvi. Tales of hardship and love in Tate and Lyle’s factories in Silvertown during the 1940s and 1950s. FREE entry, light refreshments available with a suggested donation to Friends of Tate South Lambeth Libraries

ARTS LAV - Friends of Kennington Cross AGM Thursday 21 June

The Friends of Kennington Cross have been working for many years to re-open this wonderful Victorian gents lav as a small arts venue. They are very close to achieving this. Could you help? Come along to the AGM, find out what the Friends have achieved and have a rare chance to visit the lavs themselves. The AGM is on Thursday 21 June, 6.30 to 7.30 pm at 181a Kennington Lane (opposite the Dog House pub). All welcome. For more info, call 07976 935 986

Vauxhall City Farm History Weekend! 30 June and 1 July

What’s it all about? The Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens (FCFCG), a charity which supports and creates opportunities for local communities to grow, has been awarded funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund to record a new oral history around the growth of the UK’s city farms and community gardens. A landmark project to coincide with the 30th anniversary celebrations of the FCFCG (and no doubt the 35th anniversary of Vauxhall City Farm!), this record is the first of its kind in documenting the growth of this pioneering movement from its origins in the 1960s. How is Vauxhall City Farm involved? Vauxhall City Farm has been selected as one of the city farms to be included in the project. The goal is to capture as much ‘eye witness’ information as possible from all those associated with the farm over its 35 years: members, volunteers, allotment holders, Trustees, local community groups, staff and visitors . What will happen? The research will be carried out mainly through group discussion sessions and one-to-one interviews. All contributions will be captured in audio, video and photographic formats (of course subject to your consent), of which participants will be offered free copies as a token of our thanks for taking part in the project. The Farm will also be running a drop-in History Desk during this weekend so that, if you are unable to attend specific sessions or they are fully booked, someone will be on hand to capture your experiences and views on the farm: the highs, the lows and your expectations for its future! Timetable Saturday 30 June Venue: Vauxhall City Farm classroom Sessions facilitated by the FCFCG History Project Manager: Tracy Craggs 12 noon – 1.15pm Witness Seminar A (up to 10 people) 1.15pm – 2.30pm Witness Seminar B (up to 10 people) 2.30pm – 3.00pm BREAK 3.00pm – 3.30pm 1:1 interview 3.30pm – 4.00pm 1:1 interview 4.00pm – 4.30pm 1:1 interview 4.30pm – 5.00pm 1:1 interview Venue: Vauxhall City Farm rain temple/ recycled hut depending on weather 12 noon – 5pm Drop in sessions: short video interviews, paper-based surveys and referral to an online survey Sunday 1 July Venue: Vauxhall City Farm classroom Sessions facilitated by the FCFCG History Project Manager: Tracy Craggs 9.00am – 9.30am 1:1 interview 9.30am – 10.00am 1:1 interview 10.00am – 11.15am Witness Seminar C (up to 10 people) 11.15am – 12.30pm Witness Seminar D (up to 10 people) Venue: Vauxhall City Farm rain temple/ recycled hut depending on weather 9.00am – 1pm Drop in sessions: short video interviews, paper-based surveys and referral to an online survey What happens next? Following the Vauxhall City Farm History Weekend, all recollections will be submitted to the archive that is being created to bring together all the findings of the FCFCG’s work. A full summary of the findings will be placed on the FCFCG website at the end of the project and a celebration event will take place at the Museum of Bristol to mark the collection. Get involved! This is a unique chance to capture your memories and views surrounding the history (and indeed future) of Vauxhall City Farm, so we hope you can join the farm by getting involved. If you are interested in taking part in a ‘Witness Seminar’ or one-to-one interview, please ring Katherine on 0207 582 4204 or drop her an e-mail at katherine@averygoodcompany.org to book yourself into a session. Otherwise, feel free to drop-in and see the farm on the day http://www.vauxhallcityfarm.org/p/about-us_16.html. We hope to see you soon! from Vauxhall City Farm (and Trevor the turkey)

Monday, 28 May 2012

Jubilee Party Monday 4 June in Vauxhall

A Jubilee Party is being held for all residents in Kennington, Oval and Vauxhall on:
Monday 4 June
12 noon to 6.00 pm at the
Carmelita Centre,
41 Vauxhall Walk SE11 5JT (corner of Jonathan St). 
Music, food (BBQ ... and more), bouncy castle, face painting, cake competition – judged by Harry of the Tea House Theatre, loads of games and of course loads of prizes. 

Food and drink will be available for a small donation to support Vauxhall Gardens Estate Residents Tenants Association (VGERTA). Please bring something simple to eat and share. 

To hire an indoor or outdoor stall to sell items, email vgerta.secretary@gmail.com or call 07532 012 614.  Please also visit www.vgerta.org.uk

The party is hosted and organised by VGERTA and sponsored by KOV Forum.   Other supporters: Tea House Theatre, Alford House, Friends of Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens, PJ Frankland of 6 Jonathan St.
This  one can't be missed!

Friday, 25 May 2012

KOV's AGM 20 June 6.30 for 7.00pm (Note date change - NOT 21 June)

KOV's AGM will take place, at 6.30 for 7.00 pm, on Wednesday 20 June (please note NOT 21st June as originally advertised) at the Carmelita Centre, 41 Vauxhall Walk SE11 5JT (corner of Jonathan St). In addition to electing a new Board which will be in position till June 2013, local organisations will be providing brief presentations on their activities and projects. Thames Water have confirmed they will attend and outline how their proposals for a tunnel might impact on the Albert Embankment Foreshore. If you would like to either stand yourself, or nominate someone else, for election to the Board, please email forumkov@gmail.com. Please use the same email address to book a slot to promote the activites of your organisation. ALL WELCOME, FREE refreshments!

Sunday, 20 May 2012

Community Fun Day - 7 July 2012 on Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens

Local organisation Lighthouse Education Service are hosting a Community Fun Day on Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens, 9.00 am to 9.00 pm on 7 July. To book a stall, email your details to Hayley: hwilliams@l-e-s.org

Thames Tunnel and Albert Embankment Foreshore - Public Exhibition 18 and 19 June

Thames Water have made some changes to their plans for Albert Embankment in response to comments made during their second phase of consultation, which ended in February 2012. Information about these changes wil be available on their website www.thamestunnelconsultation.co.uk from 6 June 2012. A drop-in session will be taking place to find out what they are proposing for Albert Embankment, as follows: Public Exhibition 18 and 19 June, 2.00 - 8.00 pm Park Plaza Riverbank Hotel 18 Albert Embankment SE1 7TJ This consultation closes on 4 July 2012 at 5.00 pm

Working it out. A 16 week volunteer programme for young people aged 16-19

Are you aged 16 - 19? Are you ready to do something different? Join WORKING IT OUT and: * Learn new skills * Improve your CV * Help the community * Buid your confidence * Meet new people * Prepare for a job Expenses and travel costs paid INTERESTED? Call or text Tommorow's People on 020 7928 7232 / 07971 969 133 Email Leila Best: lbets@tomorrows-people.co.uk Eligibility details: * Aged 16 - 19 and can provide proof of age and NINO * Actively seeking employment, training, education or further development * Available weekday mornings Course content: * Teambuilding and leadership skills * Practical and crative volunteering in the community (in groups or individually) * Communication skills (verbal and written) * Confidence and motivation * CV production and job search support * Interview training, practice and feedback * Mentor support from business professionals * Work experience opportunities Regular 1-2-1 target setting Benefits Weekly expenses and travel paid Reference supplied when applying for jobs Tomorrow's People - Making Life Work

Does Lambeth understand the impact of Vauxhall developments on demand for our local library? Public meeting Monday 28 May 6.15 to 7.45 at Tate South Lambth Library

Has Lambeth understood the impact of Vauxhall’s development on demand for our local library? That is the question that Friends of Tate South Lambeth Library will put to Adrian Smith, the director of cultural services at Lambeth Council, at a public meeting at the library on Monday May 28th, from 6.15 to 7.45pm. Why is this an issue? The current proposals for the future of the library service in Lambeth involve a cut of near one half in money spent on Tate South Lambeth Library over the next two years (a cut that is much higher than the average for the whole library service). This will inevitably result in a reduction in the service provided – most likely, and immediately, through slashing the number of hours it is open. Its future as a small and under-resourced library must be in doubt – whatever the statements from Lambeth representatives that they do not intend to close any library. Yet over the next two years – and beyond- the population living in the Vauxhall area is due to rise massively as the result of ongoing and planned investment in residential housing there, as part of the Vauxhall Nine Elms Battersea development. Does the proposal make sense? Lambeth Council representatives, at the two public consultation meetings held at the library in April, claimed that they have consulted Greater London Authority figures for population in Vauxhall before setting the funds available for the library. How up-to-date are Lambeth’s figures? Have they taken account of high-rise development in the future? The meeting on May 28th is your chance to raise these – and other – questions. Come along to Tate South Lambeth Library, 180 South Lambeth Road.

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Celebrate your Library! Tate South Lambeth, Wednesday 9 May

Celebrate your Library! Wednesday 9 May, 7.00 pm at Tate South Lambeth Library 180 South Lambeth Road SW8 1QP South Lambeth Library is surrounded by great writing talent and Lambeth Libraries, together with the Friends of Tate South Lambeth, invite you to an evening showcasing the work of local authors. From children’s writers and illustrators to non fiction and the thrills of the novel, we’ll have it all for one night only. Come along and share your writing, come along and enjoy the writing of Vauxhall and Stockwell people. All welcome. Please book on 020 7926 1075 or email: readersandwriters@lambeth.gov.uk See www.lambeth.gov.uk/readersandwriters

Thursday, 19 April 2012

Localism and Neighbourhood Planning - Public meeting 24 April

Brixton Neighbourhood Forum presents a public meeting on Lambeth, Localism & Neighbourhod Planning

Date: Tuesday 24 April 2012
Time: 7.00 to 9.00 pm
Venue: Lambeth Accord, 336 Brixton Road, SW9 7AA
(500m from Brixton Sation/Bus stop Villa Road 3, 59, 133, 159, 415)

* Is this really when the Co-op Council meets community-led planning policy for your area?

* Did you know that any group of people now has the right to become the local body that Lambeth could be obliged to work with to develop local planning policy?

* Are you interested in having a real say in how your area develops in the future?

The Brixton Neighbourhood Forum is hosting a special borough-wide meeting on seeing that these groups are representative of all Lambeth communities and that Lambeth communities get the best out of the new opportunities from the Localism Act.

Speakers/main guests:

* From Department of Communities and Local Government
* Biljana Savic, Urban Programme Manager, Prince's Foundation
* Alison Young, Divisional Director of Planning, Regeneration and Enterprise, Lambeth Council

* Come and hear how this is all supposed to work
* Get your questions answered
* Start engaging with how to make this work in your area

All welcome

The Brixton Neighbourhood Forum is a formally constituted open-access body made up of an association of existing community groups and individual members. It is designed to take on the role of neighbourhood planning under the Localism Act. This meeting is open to all and free of charge. Contact: apiperbrix@aol.com

Our Wishes for Vauxhall (from Workshop in June 2008)

The following notes are from a workshop about needs held at our AGM in June 2008. We think our wishes then, though sometimes contradictory, are still very relevant today


Alternative to gyratory system
Better management for cycle routes
Improved pedestrian access to all sations
Improved access to North and West side to underground
Install lifts to Rail station platforms
Ticket office better manned
Improved pedestrian route signage
Bus station weather proof for passengers
Clearer indications at bus stops
Introduce facilities for taxis

Tall Buildings

Alternatives to tall buildings?
Anything! But perhaps high density, low rise
More human scale development

To make them acceptable?
High quality, with architectural merit and not too many - necessary to have good community space, halls, swimming pool and sports facilities
More trees, especially on traffic island and small corners

Not all along the river (view of the river is an important and historical asset)
Least impact next to river (away from traditional residential buildings)

Overall comment
Vauxhall is lacking any "town centre" and too many high buildings will completely destroy any feel of a "Town Centre". More facilities such as an art gallery needed to attract people into the area.

Housing - tackled by three groups - combined results, some overlap with Tall Buildings group

Wish List
Additional Housing
Family housing with space for children
Also need development by Nine Elms Lane
Need gardens and Square for family use, bicycle parks
Improved public housing
Balance of all types, eco friendly on a human scale
No concentration of tall buildings in bus area
Not toohigh on island sites at Vauxhall Cross
Reduce road capacity and reintroduce two way streets
Developments must maintain riverfront for local people
Replace Tesco/Sainsbury car park with housing

Community Facilities

Wish List
London-wide national facilities
e.g. Specialist sports centre
Large swimming pool
Section 106 must stay locally
New facilities to be built away from immediate development
Play facilities for chldren/childcare places
Sports/Youth facilities
Small scale facilities which work
School places needed

Shopping Wish List

Small independent shops (Lambeth Walk)
Occasional Markets (Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens)
Shopping in town centre environment (Vauxhall Town)

Streets, Parks, Open Space Wish List

Pedestrian path along whole of river frontage (railway and viaduct streets in general)
Better lighting and signage of East-West arches
Unblock streets e.g. Whitgift St
Remove speed bumps in Black Prince Road

Parks & Open Spaces

More rubbish bins
More public toilets

Saturday, 14 April 2012

Digital Bazaar at Tate South Lambeth Library on Saturday 21 April 2012

The next Digital Bazaar is taking place on Saturday 21April between 10 and 12 noon at Tate South Lambeth Library, 180 South Lambeth Rd

Just drop in!

All welcome, from beginners to the very experienced, who want to try out a new programme or pick up new tricks. As usual, a wide range of subjects is on offer. The final menu is still to be set, but, to whet your appetite, support recently on offer includes:

How to use the online e-resources offered by Lambeth Libraries including:

Downloading electronic books and subscription geneology sites
Learning foreign languages using the internet
Getting the best from your mobile phone, including iPhone
Effective internet searching
How to set up a free blog
Using Facebook and Twitter
Online shopping including flights and holidays
Using Microsoft Word to write letters and documents
Enhancing your photos with Photoshop - bring your own if you wish
Using Excel to make spreadsheets and manage your money
How to make free calls with Skype

There will also be a chance to try out an I
iPad tablet or a Kindle e-reader

If what you need is not on the menu, just ask the trainers on the day - there is usually someone who knows the answer.

Please feel free to bring in your own laptop, mobile, camera or other equipment if there are things you don't know how to use. Remember to make sure your battery is charged and/or bring your power cable, and an extension lead if you can. Power points in the library are limited.

Please encourage everyone in Vauxhall or Stockwell who might enjoy the DIGITAL BAZAAR to attend, and to bring friends and neighbours. For more information, please visit www.digitaltuesdays.co.uk

Thursday, 12 April 2012

Open Day at the Fire Station Social Centre (Rear block, 8 Albert Embankment)

The Fire Station Social Centre in Rear block, 8 Albert Embankment, in Whitgift St) has been occupied, and the occupants 'We, the People', Free Ideas Require Everyone (F.I.R.E.) are inviting all locals to an open day on:

Thursday 12 April 2012
between 2 and 8 pm

Puppets Workshop 13.00 - 16.00
Kids Club 14.00 - 16.00
Afro Capoeira 18.00 - 20.00
Bicycle Workshop 18.00 - 22.00
Performance and Projections 18.00 - 22.00
Juggling Workshops from 19.00 - 20.00
Video Art Preview Exhibition 19.00 - 21.00
Fire Show 20.00 - 22.00
DJ Workshop all day
Fine Art Exhibition all day
SWAP SHOP all day + Tue to Fri 17.00 - 20.00


There is a court case pending, this might be the only open day and opportunity to see the Lambeth community hub in action, inside. Visitors are also welcome to drop in on between 17.00 and 20.00 on Tues to Fridays

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Workshop on Neighbourhood Planning, 18 April 2012

A FREE workshop will be held on neighbourhood planning on

Wednesday 18 April at 7.00 pm sharp at
Montgomery Hall, 58 Kennington Oval, SE11 5SW

Facilitated by Richard Lee of Just Space and sponsored by London Civic Forum it will cover:

* What could Neighbourhood Planning mean for our area?
* Who needs to be involved?
* Are the priorities agreed at an earlier KOV workshop for Vauxhall still valid?
* Next steps

Please book your place by email forumkov@gmail.com or text 07506 072 307 if possible.

Next Forum meeting Wednesday 11 April 2012

The next Forum meeting will be held at

Montgomery Hall
58 Kennington Oval
SE11 5SW

at 6.30 for 7.00 pm
on Wednesday 11 April 2012

To be discussed:

Community Hubs and what they could mean for our area - Cllr Lorna Campbell
The Olympics and how they could affect you - Ian Baker, Lambeth Traffic Manager
Eastbury House redevelopment proposals

All welcome, FREE refreshments with a social break and a glass

Library meetings - Tate South Lambeth, 4 and 12 April

Laura of Friends of Tate South Lambeth Library, writes:

What are you doing in April? Make sure you do THIS!


Lambeth Council has published a report - Cooperative Libraries – which sets out its proposals for a library service that is “co-produced” by the Council and the general public.

These proposals have very serious implications:

· for the level of the library service we can expect at Tate South Lambeth Library over the next two years, since our funding is due to fall to almost half what it was in the past 12 months.

· for the continuation of that library service, since the report proposes that the “community” will come forward to “co-produce” that service. So what if it does not? Or if some community organisation takes on the role of co-producer and then collapses? What happens then?

We have an opportunity to raise these questions – and any others – at two public meetings at which Council representatives will seek local feedback. They are to be held at Tate South Lambeth library, South Lambeth Road, SW8 on:

Wednesday April 4th at 7-9pm

Thursday April 12th at 10am-noon

It is vital that the Council is made aware of local feeling –

what you think of the proposals, what you want from the library,

what you see as the role of the community.

So come along and have your say. We need you!!

You can still pick up the report at the library or download it from the Lambeth website (www.lambeth.gov.uk/CooperativeLibraries). It’s lengthy, at 28 pages - so Friends of TSL have written a summary which you can find at www.tatesouthlambethfriends.org

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Lambeth Black Families Forum - Mothers Raising Boys to Become Men

The Black Families Forum is holding an event this Saturday 31 March, 3 - 10 pm at the Karibu Centre, 7 Gresham Rd, SW9 7PH. The theme is 'Mothers Raising Boys to Become Men'. For more information, or to book a place, please contact lambethblackfamilies@gmail.com or call 07961 025 526

A new housing strategy for Lambeth

Lambeth is developing a new housing strategy for the Borough. The housing strategy will be a shared vision for all housing in Lambeth and it will set out how Lambeth will work with partners and residents to improve housing and housing services. This strategy will be coproduced with the community in line with the Council’s ambition to be a cooperative Council by 2014.

Lambeth states it is committed to having a strategy based on a shared set of priorities from our residents and housing partners.

Four key themes have emerged from the previous year's discussinos and Lambeth officers would like to hear your thoughts on what these mean specifically for Lambeth and we can all contribute to delivering these outcomes over the next four years:

•Quality of place (to include priorities around safety and quality of neighbourhood)

•Quality of property (this is across all tenures and will include the Lambeth Housing Standard)

•Greater choice and options in housing (to include statements around affordability, sustainability, more homes for families and the range of tenures available in the borough)

•That Lambeth remains a Borough where vulnerable people and those on low incomes are able to live and are well supported.

Lambeth plans to hold four thematic workshops, details of which are below, and you are invited to as many of them as you feel would be appropriate:

1. Quality of place 3rd April 2pm to 4pm
2. Quality of property 5th April 10am to 12noon
3. Greater choice in housing 10th April 2pm to 4pm
4. Vulnerable people 12th April 2pm to 4pm

All workshops will be held in Lambeth Town Hall.

You can book a place at any or all of the workshops by emailing: housingstrategy@lambeth.gov.uk, by Friday 30th March 2012. Please include the following information in your reply:



Telephone number:

Any special needs requirements you may have:

If you are unable to attend the workshops you can still give your views. Please take a look at the website www.lambeth.gov.uk/housingstrategy for details.

Friday, 23 March 2012

Lilian Baylis (former site) Open Day Saturday 31 March

Henley Homes invite residents / nearby workers to review their redevelopment proposals for the former school site.

Venue: Dance Studio, former Lilian Baylis School
Lollard St, SE11

Time: 10.00 am - 3.00 pm

Senior staff from Henley Homes and their project team, including the architects, will be available to answer your questions. Light refreshments will be available.

For further information, please contact Phil Kapur at Henley Homes, 103 Union St, SE1 0LA or E: phil@henley-homes.co.uk

Sunday, 18 March 2012

Vauxhall One Business Improvement District - recruiting now

Vauxhall One have a vacancy for a Marketing and Events Manager (three days a week), salary £32,500 pa pro rata.

A vacancy for a full time Administrator also exists (40 hours a week), salary £25,000 pa.

Closing date for both posts is 5 pm 13 April 2012, with interviews for both posts on 17 or 18 April. Please visit www.vauxhallone.co.uk for futher details.

Thursday, 15 March 2012

Vauxhall One Business Improvement District - recruiting now

Now that the Business Improvement District ballot amongst Vauxhall businesses has delivered a 'YES' vote, there is a vacancy for an Operations Director. Closing date is 5.00 pm on Friday 16 March 2012. Download the job description for the role from www.vauxhallone.co.uk

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Volunteers - choose your organisation! St Anselm's, Sat 17 March 3.00 - 5.00

Q: What's great about North Lambeth?
A: The people and what they do.

If you're interested in volunteering, come to:
St Anselm's at Kennington Cross
286 Kennington Road
SE11 5DU

on Saturday 17 March 2012 between 3.00 and 5.00 and choose your organisation.

Amongst the volunteering opportunities: gardening, events organising, broom,fixing and painting teams, cataloguing, reception, shopwork, administration, fundraising, personal support, outing guides, sport coaching, DiY, cookery, farmyard assisting, writing and editing, website development, caretaking, invoicing, marketing and photography.

Organisations attending:
• Age UK Lambeth
• Beaconsfield Art Gallery
• Cinema Museum
• Diamond Way Buddhism
• Feminist Library
• Friends of Archbishop's Park
• Garden Museum
• Girlguiding London South West (Lambeth North)
• GreenSW8
• Indoamerican Refugee and Migrant Organisation (IRMO)
• Lambeth Autism Group
• Royal London Society for Blind People (RLSB)
• Triangle Adventure Playground Association
• Vauxhall City Farm
• Vauxhall Society
• Waterloo Action Centre
• Wheatsheaf Hall Community Centre and
• Wheels for Wellbeing

All welcome. FREE refreshments by Amici
Organised by KOV Forum, supported by Lambeth Council

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Changes to community psychological therapies services

The way psychological therapies are provided is changing in Lambeth. Service users, carers and interested individuals are invited to this public meeting co-hosted by the Lambeth LINk and SLaM to find out more about the proposal and influence the way forward.

Tuesday 13 March
5.30pm to 7.30 pm
Lambeth ACCORD
336 Brixton Road

for further information adn to book a place contact the Lambeth LINk Team on 020 7274 8522 ir e-mail: Jeanette.Threadgold@ageuklambeth.org.uk

Vision for Vauxhall - 14 and 15 March 2012

Vauxhall and Albert Embankment are part of an area earmarked for major redevelopment. What should the Vauxhall area look like in the future?

Lambeth Council is preparing a supplementary planning document (SPD) for the Vauxhall and Albert Embankment area that will set out a vision for the future and provide a guide as to what kind of development will be acceptable. They would like you to help them to shape this document. Come along to the event below, meet the urban designers and council officers involved and have your say.

A vision for the Vauxhall area

Open days

Wednesday 14 March 2012 / 3pm to 8pm

Thursday 15 March 2012 / 3pm to 8pm

Unit 13A, St George Wharf, Vauxhall SW8 2LL

What to expect:
Draft principles to guide future development
Plans for a new linear park (in Wandsworth)
Information on how new infrastructure, such as schools and community facilities, could be paid for.

How to get there:
The nearest tube and rail station is Vauxhall. St George Wharf is opposite, on the river just west of Vauxhall Bridge. Use Exit 6 from Vauxhall tube or cross over Wandsworth Road from BR or bus station. Unit 13A is on the River Walk, very close to St George Wharf pier (follow signs to the pier through St George Wharf).

Information on the Vauxhall area SPD is available online. Exhibition materials from the open days will also be available on line. You can also follow us @LambethRegen.

Saturday, 25 February 2012

Durning Library - Public Meeting 27 February


* FIND OUT about current planning for the library's future - and what we can do about it

* SEE what local people said in our recent questionnaire

* HEAR from the staff


DURNING LIBRARY, 167 Kennington Lane, SE11 4HF 6.45 for 7.15 pm


Friday, 24 February 2012

Eastbury House, 30 - 34 Albert Embankment Public Exhibition Wednesday 29 February 5 pm - 8 pm and Saturday 3 March 10 am. - 1 pm

Public Exhibition on proposals for the redevelopment of EASTBURY HOUSE, 30 - 34 Albert Embankment

at Vauxhall Christian Centre, 105 Tyers Street,

Wednesday 29 February 5 pm - 8 pm and
Saturday 3 March 10 am - 1 pm

The site currently comprises an 11 storey office building location within the Vauxhall, Nine Elms and Battersea Opportunity Area. The developers' preliminary proposals are for a scheme comprising residential apartments, new offices and retail/coffee shop uses. The scheme will also include the creation of a small public piazza at ground floor level.


Consideration of responses from public exhibition and further development of proposals - March/April 2012
Submission of planning application - May 2012

A website will be available from early March at www.eastbury-house.co.uk which will contain details of the exhibition boards.

For more information please call +44 (0) 1932 869350

Screening of Vauxhall Memories at Vauxhall Community Gardens Community Centre, 29 February

Free screening of Vauxhall Memories, a film by Monica Alcazar, on

Wednesday 29 February from
3pm onwards at
Vauxhall Gardens Community Centre (VGCC)
100 Vauxhall Walk, SE11 5EL

Enjoy a cup of tea with VGCC members and guests. Film screenings will take place at 5 pm and 6 pm.
Please rsvp to admin@lmhs,org.uk or alternatively call LMHS on 020 7793 1110



Beaufoy Institute - drop in session at the Carmelita Centre Thursday 1 March 6.30 to 9.00 pm

A drop in session is being held Thursday 1 March 6.30 - 9.00 pm at

The Carmelita Centre
41 Vauxhall Walk
SE11 5JT

This will be hosted by the two organisations intending to purchase one of two plots on the Beaufoy site - Diamond Way Buddhism who intend to purchase the area containing the Beaufoy building and Bellway, who intend to construct new homes on the carpark part of the site.

Diamond Way Buddhism and Bellway will be hosting the joint drop-in session to share their plans and listen to your views before they submit planning applications in March.

Everybody is welcome to this event. Spread the news!

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Vauxhall Planning 'Expo' on 14 and 15 March 2012

Two open days will be held on 14 and 15 March (3 pm to 8 pm) to kick start a new phase of consultation on the Vauxhall Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) (originally consulted on in 2008). The 'Expo' format, which proved successful for the VNEB event in November, will be used and the venue will be Unit 10A at St George Wharf.

The open days will include information on:

* Suggested draft principles to guide future development proposals
* Plans for a new linear park (in Wandsworth)
* Information on how new infrastructure, such as schools and community facilities, could be paid for

The material on show will also be available on Lambeth's website. Lambeth will be asking for feedback, which will help them to bring up to date the draft Supplementary Planning Document.

Friday, 17 February 2012

Opening doors for older LBGT people

South London is short of facilities and activities for older lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. What would you like to see happening south of the river? Together we should be able to make London's southern boroughs friendlier places for older LGBT people.

This event is being organised by Age UK London, Age UK London, Opening Doors and Greater London Forum for Older People.

When: 21 March 2012, 10.30 am - 3 pm

Where: Lambeth Accord
336 Brixton Road

To register, please contact:

Janine Aldridge
Age UK London
E: jaldridge@ageuklondon.org.uk
Tel: 020 7091 2593

Thursday, 16 February 2012

Struggling with technology?

If you want to learn more, experiment - or share your knowledge...

Now's the time to drop in to ...


Saturday 18 February 10 - 12

At Tate South Lambeth Library, 180 South Lambeth Library, SW8 1QP

Local people share Internet, mobile phone, camera and computer skills like searching the Internet.

Using email, online shopping, creating websites, sending photos, making free calls with Skype...

Setting up a blog, using Facebook or Twitter, managing money with Excel, adding soundtracks to your videos, trying out iPhone, iPad, Kindle e-reader etc.

Great for beginners, and also for those with lots of experience who want to explore new programmes or try the latest gadgets. If you live in Vauxhall or Stockwell, just drop in.

Informal, friendly and FREE!

For more information; www.digitaltuesdays.co.uk

Kick Start your New Year Resolutions!

Thursday 16 February 2012
3-5 at Kennington Park Community Centre,
8 Harleyford St,
(opposite Oval tube station)
SE11 5SY

* Advice from Lambeth PCT on losing weight, cutting down on alcohol, stopping smoking.

* Demonstrations and individual health checks from PureGym

* Massage, beauty tips from trained practitioners,

* Children's activities.

For more information, contact Chin from Hyde Housing on 07918 057 068

Sunday, 22 January 2012

Spring Mews Planning Application submitted

CLS Holdings have confirmed that a planning application has been submitted to Lambeth Council (16 December 2011) for a £50m mixed-use scheme. Spring Mews comprises:

* New community centre and cafe
* 120-bed mid range hotel
* Flexible business/studio space facing onto Tinworth Street and Spring Mews
* Small convenience foodstore
* 402 student rooms and communal facilities.

CLS expect around 85 additional jobs to be created across the site, and to secure the existing jobs at The Spring Community Centre. Tinworth St is expected to be resurfaced, footpaths around the site to be upgraded and new street trees, furniture and lighting will be introduced.

Approximate Timescale (dependant upon a positive planning decision by Lambeth's Planning Committee)

Spring/Summer 2012
The planning decision could be made by Lambeth Council

Autumn 2012
Tenants vacate the site. Vauxhall Gardens Community Centre move to temporary accommodation at 5 Glasshouse Walk

Autumn/Winter 2012
Potential demolition/construction start on site

Summer 2014

Potential completion

Visit www.springmews.co.uk for further information.

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Change of venue - Forum meeting 25 January 2012

The venue for the next Forum meeting (Wednesday 25 January 2012, 6.30 pm for 7.00 pm) has changed. It will now be at St Anselm's Church, 286 Kennington Road (Kennington Cross), SE11 5DU. Free refreshments will be available.

On the agenda:

Meet the purchasers of the Beaufoy and hear what's proposed
Grant information for local organisations from Capital Communities Foundation
Much more

All welcome!