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

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. lambeth.html 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 to book yourself into a session. Otherwise, feel free to drop-in and see the farm on the day We hope to see you soon! from Vauxhall City Farm (and Trevor the turkey)