Monday, 30 May 2011

Business Meetings - 16 and 17 June

The future of Vauxhall Nine Elms Battersea – Business Opportunities

Meetings - 16 June 18.30–20.30 and 17 June 8.00– 9.30am
Two meetings have been arranged for businesses to learn more about the regeneration of the Vauxhall, Nine Elms, Battersea (VNEB) area. The development proposals emerging will transform the area and have positive implications for your diverse business community. To meet the needs of a range of businesses two sessions are avaiable; one evening meeting with drinks and light refreshments and one morning meeting with breakfast.

You may already be aware of the major development proposals for the area over the coming years. The purpose of the meeting is to:-

(a) update you on the developments and proposals in the Vauxhall Nine Elms Battersea area;

(b) give you access to advice and support for your business; and

(c) establish a Business Group for the area to act as a focus for your ideas and any business issues and opportunities.

The events will also provide an excellent opportunity to network with the teams leading the developments and to meet local businesses large and small in a relaxed environment

Covent Garden Market Authority has kindly agreed to host the event in the New Covent Garden Flower Market meeting room. To attend the meeting you will need to register online at or ring 0208 871 7693/7807. Spaces are limited to 100 at each event and are exclusively for the business community. We anticipate high demand for places, so please register early. For further details of the Nine Elms Vauxhall regeneration programme visit or

We look forward to meeting businesses, including those running businesses from home, on 16 or 17 June.

Launch of David Coke and Alan Borg's new book Vauxhall Gardens: A History

Please come along to the launch of David Coke and Alan Borg's new book about the fascinating history of Vauxhall Gardens.

7.00 PM on 27 June at the Tea House Theatre, Vauxhall Walk SE11 5HL. FREE, donations welcome.

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Volunteering opportunities at Oasis, Stockwell

Oasis has an exciting opportunity to obtain a new building, get the indoor space we desperately need and save a piece of London's architectural history from a landfill site.

To do this your help is urgently need.

Coin Street Community Builders have donated their former office space, a pioneering, bolt together Walter Segal building currently situated on Upper Ground near the National Theatre, to Oasis. We have two weeks to systematically dismantle the building and move it to Oasis where it will be re-built and begin its new life in the heart of Stockwell at the centre of our vibrant community.

Here's how you can help:

Sign up for one of the two volunteer weekends on 4th & 5th June and 11th & 12th June

Give some time during the week (Between 1st June and 17th June) to help the team of skilled workers

Tell as many people as possible about the project and how to get involved

Please call Jess on 020 7720 4276 or email

Your support is needed to take advantage of this fantastic opportunity, rescue a building and strengthen a community.

Digital Bazaar - Tate South Lambeth Library, 4 June 10.00 - 12.00

The next DIGITAL BAZAAR is on on SATURDAY 4th JUNE, 10.00 to 12.00 at Tate South Lambeth Library.

All the basics like how to make best use of your mobile phone, send email, search the internet, set up a blog, use Facebook etc will be covered, plus more advanced subjects too, like how to add soundtracks and music to your home movies, use an i-phone, find cheap flights and holidays online, make your own Google map and how to use RSS to keep up with your favourite websites. We also have special advice for those with visual impairment, taught by an experienced technology user who is blind.

You can bring along your own phone, laptop or other digital equipment if you need help with using it more efficiently. Please be sure to charge them beforehand as the library only has a few powerpoints available.

Do bring a friend if you think they might benefit. Everyone who lives/ works in Stockwell and Vauxhall is welcome!

For more information, visit or call Christina on 020 7793 7740

Sunday, 22 May 2011

TFL community cycling grants available - till 3 June

TfL community cycling grants to boost cycling projects across the Capital

· Twenty-five grants of £5,000 available for London-based cycling projects

· Any community group wishing to apply for funding can do so between 20 May and mid day on 3 June

Transport for London (TfL) is offering 25 grants of £5,000 to groups and organisations to help increase the number of cyclists in their communities.

The grants are part of the Community Cycling Fund for London (CCFL), a scheme funded by TfL and administered by the London Cycling Campaign (LCC) to support home grown initiatives that enable people of all ages and backgrounds to experience the benefits of cycling.

Any community group wishing to apply for funding can do so between 20 May and 3 June. Funding may be used to help to run local rides, events, bike maintenance or other small scale projects that encourage cycling and build the confidence of new and infrequent cyclists.

Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, said: “This is all about helping the smaller cycling groups within London to pass on their enthusiasm for cycling to local people. There is an army of potential cyclists within the boundaries of our great capital and the smaller community groups this funding is meant for have the local know how that will help them encourage other Londoners to take to two wheels.”

Ben Plowden, Director of Better Routes and Places at TfL, said:

“London’s cycle revolution is moving at a remarkable pace, with a huge rise in the number of journeys being made by bike and more and more people from all walks of life giving cycling a go.

“The Community Cycling Fund is a great way to create opportunities for people who may never have considered cycling to get on a bike and discover the benefits of cycling in London.”

Matt Mallinder, Deputy CEO of the London Cycling Campaign, says: “These grants are an excellent catalyst to get more people on bikes, which in turn opens up communities and provides health benefits and employment opportunities.”

Last year, a broad range of groups including schools, residents’ associations, mental health charities, and youth organisations received funding from the CCFL to encourage cycling in their communities.

For more details on the CCFL application forms and for eligibility criteria, visit . For all media enquiries please contact the TfL press office on 0845 604 4141.

The CCFL is part of the huge programme to promote cycling in London. The Mayor and TfL are introducing a wide range of initiatives to help increase the number of people cycling in the Capital, including:

· Barclays Cycle Hire - with more than four million journeys made since the scheme launched last summer

· By Spring of 2012, Barclays Cycle Hire will be extended eastwards as far as Bow while hundreds more docking points are being added in central London

· Barclays Cycle Superhighways, the first two of which were introduced last summer to make it easier and safer for cyclists to commute into London on direct and continuous cycle routes. The number of cyclists using the routes has increased up to 70 per cent with increases of 100 per cent or more seen during peak hours. Work on the next two routes is underway and the remaining eight routes will be introduced by 2015.

· Free or subsidised cycle training is available in most London boroughs.

· Earlier this month, the Mayor announced London’s thirteen biking boroughs who have been awarded a total of £4 million of funding to create cycle hubs and cycling communities in outer London. London’s biking boroughs for 2011 are: Barking and Dagenham; Bexley; Brent; Bromley; Croydon; Ealing; Haringey; Havering; Hillingdon; Hounslow; Kingston; Merton and Redbridge.

More information:
1. The Community Cycling Fund for London (CCFL) is a grant scheme funded by Transport for London and co-funded by the Big Lottery

2. A total of £125,000 is available for funding in 2011

3. Successful applications will be announced by 10 June 2011

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Aircraft noise and night flights - campaign

Concerned about aircraft noise and night flights?

HACAN (a campaigning organisation) will be having a stall at the Oval Farmers' Market this Saturday 21st May.

This will be an opportunity to find out what the government is doing, what the current developments are on the issues of night flights and aircraft noise many miles from Heathrow, and how to help to add pressure on the government to resolve these issues.

Saturday, 14 May 2011

KOV Forum AGM and Nominations to Board, 7 June 6.30 for 7.00 pm

Kennington, Oval & Vauxhall – our interlocking villages
The Kennington, Oval & Vauxhall Forum's Annual General Meeting will be held on 7th June 2011 at 6.30 for 7.00 p.m, at Montgomery Hall, 58 Kennington Oval, SE11 5SW (near Oval tube station). Agenda will be on website (meetings page) one week before the meeting, otherwise please phone 07506 072 307 or email

The ongoing developments at Vauxhall will affect all residents and businesses in one way or another so, this year, more than at any other time, there is a need for wide representation on the Board.

To reflect and needs and wishes of the whole area, we need active participation from a cross-section of community organisations, Friends’ groups, Tenants & Residents Associations (TRAs), Residents’ Associations, schools and local businesses.

Please consider representing your organisation on the KOV Board which currently meets no more than four times a year.

Elections will be held if we have more nominations than places available. Please contact for a nomination form and return it by Friday 27 May. For any queries please contact 07506 072 307.

Maureen Johnston MBE


Lambeth Walk Group Practice - Learning Day - Thursday 19 May from 10.00 onwards

At Lambeth Walk Surgery,
5 Lambeth Walk,
SE11 6SP on
Thursday 19 May from 10 a.m. onwards

FREE activities and refreshments

Sittercise (exercises you can do whilst sitting)
reading group, book club
bread baking
Free seeds from the gardening group
FREE drop in computers and internet workshop
Spelling and maths - Free help

Bring family and friends!

Get active and learn for a healthier life

Contact Ed Rose, 07908 834 203 for more information
From Lambeth Walk Group Practice, London South Bank University

Roots and Shoots 5 June 11.00 - 16.00 FREE admission

Join Roots and Shoots,Spread the Word, Incredible Edible Lambeth, to celebrate Lambeth's Living Roots

Sunday 5 June | 11am - 4pm | FREE admission | Roots and Shoots, Fitzalan Street or enter off Walnut Tree Walk, SE11
Enjoy the wonderful wildlife garden, 'Grow Your Own' green workshops and 'My Old China Fun Day' with Spread the Word.

My Old China, a community history project made possible by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, has been exploring the social, cultural and industrial heritage of the area. Poet Steve Tasane has been ‘in residence’ on Lambeth Walk collecting memories from local people.

Most activites free:

Storytelling, live music, guided walk, face painting, jellied eels, pottery, tea and cakes, vegetable plants for sale, pearly king.

For more information, contact or 020 7587 1131

Open Day POSTPONED Lilian Baylis, Lollard St

Unfortunately we have been informed by the Sports Action Zone that the Open Day scheduled for May 2011 has been postponed "at the request of the local authority". We'll be informed as soon as it is rearranged.