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No 65 | JULY/AUGUST 2018
Published monthly in and for Brixton
GOOD NEIGHBOURS OF COLDHARBOUR LANE
Louise Barron and Tony Pommell, who have run the 414 Club on Coldharbour Lane since the mid-eighties, have reacted with surprise and indignation to claims by residents of just a few months that the club, a key part of Brixton’s vital nighttime economy, is either a source of noise or cigarette smoke pollution. Above, they stand with their notice for clubbers that predates the complaints and, below, they point to their noise certificate. They have always taken care that late-night visitors, and not only those to their club behave themselves on Coldharbour Lane. Good neighbourliness, suggests Louise, is a two-way thing. Full story page 3
RITZY SACKINGS UNFAIR
Union representatives at Brixton’s Ritzy Cinema were unfairly dismissed, an employment tribunal has ruled. Workers at the Ritzy have been campaigning over several years to be paid the London Living Wage and for other employment rights. Its owners, the Picturehouse chain, part of the international Cineworld conglomerate, has steadfastly refused to budge or negotiate. The finding of unfair dismissal applies to two of three Ritzy workers who took their case to the tribunal. The third had been employed for less than two years, was barred from taking a case by current employment law. The three members of the tribunal agreed unanimously that the sackings had been unfair but, by a majority, decided that they were not automatically unfair due to victimisation for trade union activity.
Gerry Morrissey, head of the Ritzy workers’ trade union BECTU, said: “The judgement is clear that Picturehouse management showed a lack of neutrality and assumed the guilt of our representatives. “We are very disappointed, however, by the tribunal’s finding that our representatives’ trade union activity was not central to Picturehouse’s decision to dismiss. “We find this hard to accept given the leading role which Ritzy representatives have played in our long-running dispute with the company. We believe that the company took advantage of the circumstances to dismiss BECTU activists.” The sackings were ostensibly over an email in which the representatives said: “we are also going to have to start
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Sacked union reps (l-r) Tom McKain, Marc Cowan and Natalie Parsons outside the Ritzy in Brixton
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TOWN HALL WORKSPACE OPEN SOON
Much-needed workspace for Brixton will soon be open in the refurbished Lambeth town hall. In a striking atrium setting designed and implemented by local firms Eley Kishimoto and Dolman Bowles who created Brixton’s “flash crossings”, there are several self-contained offices – most already let as the Bugle went to press – and hot desking space that will be available for about £125 a month. The space, to be known as Tripod, is leased from the council and operated by the community interest company Meanwhile Space, which has eight or nine similar projects at the moment. There will be a preference for local and creative and digital workers. AA For more information, see tripodbrixton.co.uk
16-year-old Saara Yearwood Hadadj says government should not be banning music, but opening youth clubs Over recent years knife crime in London, has become a major issue of public concern. Despite its significance to society, not much is known about the factors that drive it. In 2015 knife crime had been declining to 25,000 offences a year, but through 2016-2017 the rate of knife crime offences had increased to 37,000 in England and Wales. Reports indicate that there were more than 50 homicides in London in the first 100 days of 2018. Last year 39 teens in the UK were killed by knives – more than half in the capital. The rise in crimes involving knives are seen in hospital records. In the five years to March 2017, stab wounds increased by 13% in England and 17% in London. Everyone is searching for the answer to what is really driving knife crime? But it seems like it’s in plain sight, there are not enough extra-curricular activities in our society. In April this year, I carried out a survey “Social Awareness”, questioning the youth on how they feel about knife crime. I asked them how significant they felt in their community. Some 79.31% did not feel like a significant member of their society, which shows why they turn to crime in order for them to feel included in something (gangs). I then asked what changes they would like to see within their community and I came to the realisation that they all thought that their communities need “more youth clubs” – which would help them in reality as it would take them off the road. Some also responded to this question saying that they want somewhere to be able “to vocalise our thoughts in order to create opportunities for us”. Following this question, I asked them how they feel about the influx in knife crime in London and their responses consisted of: “Vulgar”; “Scary”; “Shocking”; “Horrible”; and “It disappoints me”. This goes to show that the youth want change and they do not like the influx of crime and that extra-curricular activities set in place could help them focus on something. There are loads of unsettling reasons that may drive knife crime ideas of children coming from broken homes, or the belief that the music industry is influencing the youth to commit crime. But some see music as a gateway for them to do something with their time and life, as they are able to express their feelings through their own words. For example, Santan Dave is seen to show how he feels about the society we live in today, speaking RAW facts, which would influence the youth to think like him. But there are also repercussions as some musicians rap about violence, but it usually isn’t acted upon. The government’s idea of taking drill/grime/rap music down is creating a larger gateway for the youth to commit crime as they are no longer focussing on something and then have time on their hands.
RITZY SACKINGS UNFAIR ☛☛ from page 1 pushing cyber-pickets”. This is a potentially unlawful activity. Six Ritzy representatives were investigated by Picturehouse in a process which led to three sackings in June 2017. A fourth representative was dismissed later and a further tribunal hearing in this case is pending. The decision in the case of the two unfairly dismissed workers says that notes of the disciplinary meetings “show a lack of neutrality at the investigation and disciplinary stages”. There was an assumption of guilt and during the disciplinary a Picturehouse regional manager stated that the onus was on the accused workers to prove, in effect, their innocence. The decision also says: “There was a failure … at all stages of the process for the respondent [Picturehouse] to properly engage with the nature of the claimants’ defence. Further, we conclude that the penalties applied to both claimants were outside the band of reasonable responses.” The tribunal panel concluded: “Accordingly, in a number of respects the dismissals were unfair.”
A Ritzy workers’ representative said: “If anyone should be fired for dishonesty it is Picturehouse and Cineworld bosses. “It’s now proven by the tribunal that they were biased from the beginning. Since the sackings last year many striking sites have been chronically understaffed which puts huge strain on remaining staff members.” Support for workers at the Ritzy Cinema and at Picturehouses in East Dulwich, Crouch End, Central London and Hackney continues to grow. The workers are calling for a boycott of Picturehouse cinemas, which the Bugle observes. AA Lambeth council has worked with Picturehouse to build a new cinema at the Nettlefold Hall former library site in West Norwood, contributing at least £3.4 million towards an estimated total cost of about £6 million. In December 2014 it said it had “negotiated with Picturehouse that, in line with council policy, staff employed by the Picturehouse for the West Norwood cinema would be paid the equivalent of London Living Wage.”
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Brockwell Park events criticised The Open Spaces Society, that campaigns to protect people’s right to enjoy parks, paths and other open spaces, has accused local authorities, including Lambeth, of using parks for “inappropriate commercial activities”. Lambeth council denies the accusation saying that it is aware of the need to balance different interests, funding pressures and environmental quality pressures. Paul Clayden, president of the charity that was founded in 1865, told its annual general meeting in London that public parks were under unprecedented pressure, 50 years after the Countryside Act 1968 enabled local authorities to create country parks and to “conserve and enhance natural beauty”. Clayden said: “In these cash-strapped times, local authorities are selling or neglecting their parks … they use the parks for inappropriate commercial activities to the detriment of the local population. Brockwell Park and Clapham Common in Lambeth and Finsbury Park in Haringey were just a few London examples. He said that the Open Spaces Society argues for authorities to have a duty to manage and care for parks and to have sufficient resources to do so.
Green sweep Lambeth street-cleaning contractor Veolia are introducing zero-emission electric street sweeping vehicles – its first in the UK. The five new electric sweepers replace diesels. Veolia said that between them, they will save 78 tonnes of CO2 from entering the environment each year.
414 Club rebuts noise and smoke claims By Alan Slingsby A new threat faces Brixton’s 414 Club that kept the flame of the now vital local night-time economy alight during many difficult years and has seen off several threats to its existence from police, local authorities and developers. New neighbours in Clifton Mansions on the other side of Coldharbour Lane from the club, appear to be agitating either for its closure or for restrictions on its licence. They have prevailed on Lambeth council to check noise levels – which were not a problem – and written a letter of complaint to local MP Helen Hayes. They have also complained of cigarette smoke travelling the width
of Coldharbour Lane to reach their open windows. While proprietors Louise Barron and Tony Pommell have fought to keep their club and night life alive in the centre of Brixton since the early eighties, the new inhabitants of Clifton Mansions, which was once squatted, have been there less than a year. Tony and Louise stress that they have always been “good neighbours” – taking care of what goes on in Coldharbour Lane, whether it involves their customers or not. They also point out that not all of the people in Clifton Mansions are unhappy. Some have become regular visitors to the club. 414 now has the status of an “asset of community value”. The move means that it would probably be
Ei Group, the UK’s leading pub company, has named the Hootannay as Best Live Music Venue at its inaugural Awards for Excellence. As well as its wide and exciting range of music, the Hootananny, run by publicans Sophia and Eva Yates, also supports local visual artists, whose works adorn its beer garden and interior, and
hosts local and international writers at the quarterly Brixton BookJam. Ei Group chief executive Simon Townsend said: “This award celebrates those pubs that are known for their live music, and Sophia, Eva and their team continue to do a brilliant job of giving performers a really popular outlet.”
supporting pupils, staff, families and the local community, will get about £150,000 from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation to investigate the impact of using opera and visual arts to develop growth mindsets among pupils. It will involve Brixton’s Pegasus Opera company and
explore how arts-based learning can encourage risk-taking and problem-solving skills to raise attainment for pupils who experience disadvantage. Acclaimed South London artist Liz Atkin will also work with teachers as they experiment and take risks alongside their pupils.
Brixton Windmill sails past appeal target Brixton Windmill’s Crowdfunder appeal for its new education centre raised more than £15,000 from nearly 200 supporters – comfortably passing its original target of £12,000.
harder to obtain planning permission for a change of use for the premises housing the club. The move also means an apparent change of heart from Lambeth council which Louise and Tony successfully took to court in 2016 over a planning decision. The irony, as they told the Bugle, was that the council itself was responsible for helping to get 414 off the ground with a £5,200 grant in the aftermath of the Brixton uprising/ riot in 1981. During the nineties, when nightlife was altogether different from today in Brixton, they kept alive the idea that a music venue could be open well into the early hours – keeping the door open for later arrivals like Dogstar, Pop Brixton and others.
Winners (l-r) Sophia Yates, Simon Townsend (CEO Ei Group), Eva Yates and Caroline Whittle from sponsor Jägermeister
Local schools win arts learning funding The Brixton Learning Collaborative (BLC), in partnership with the local Windmill Cluster of schools, is one of six UK organisations this year to receive a major grant to develop arts-based learning. BLC and the Windmill cluster, which cover 25 local schools and children’s centres
The total took it half way to a new “stretch” target of £18,000 but, because the first target was reached, all the money will be available for interpretation boards inside the education
centre and an updated and improved website enabling school groups to book workshops online, local community groups to hire space, and people to volunteer.
The Awards for Excellence are designed to recognise the achievements of pub operators across England and Wales and highlight the accomplishments of Ei’s most innovative and successful publicans across 15 categories. AA The Leigham Wells in Streatham was named as Best Newcomer.
Brixton-born brand backs Design Trail The Brixton-born and now world-famous, hairbrush brand Tangle Teezer is supporting the Brixton Design Trail (BDT) this year as an innovation partner. Shaun Pulfrey (above), the company’s founder and inventor, has lived in Brixton for 20 years and started the business from his two-bedroom flat on Brixton Hill. Following a stint at the local Access Self Storage, Tangle Teezers moved into its new headquarters on Stockwell Road two years ago. Shaun says: “I’ve seen many changes in Brixton, but what has never changed is the hub of creativity that it harbours. “Tangle Teezer is a brand with people at its heart and it’s very exciting I’m now in a position where I can give back to the community in an area I’ve always believed in for a positive impact.” Tangle Teezer will work with Brixton creatives on an installation for the Trail and will be inspiring creative enterprise in events during the week. “Tangle Teezer is probably one of Brixton’s best kept secrets,” said BDT director and curator Binki Taylor. “Working with a company whose story of innovation, creativity, perseverance and now global success is something for us all to celebrate.” AA tangleteezer.com
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Months of roadworks for Brixton Hill Brixton Hill in both directions between Brixton Water Lane and St Matthews Road is due to be afflicted by 16 weeks of roadworks from Monday 16 July until 26 October. Transport for London (TfL) works, including carriageway widening and resurfacing, and new traffic lights and pedestrian crossings, will be accompanied by closures of side roads, bus lane suspensions and contraflows.
Students’ Brixton Road fags win support for car free day Students from Brixton’s School of Communications Arts created another striking memorable and successful campaign when they distributed packs of “Brixton Road” cigarettes outside the Tube station. Phil Le Brun and Adeline DeChaud were launching a range of cigarettes representing some of London’s most polluted roads and calling for support for a petition for a car free day all over London. They achieved their aim of 10,000 signatures for a petition calling for the day and got a letter from London mayor Sadiq Khan saying he was “happy to support International Car Free Day” and that his deputy mayors for transport and for environment and energy were exploring ways to identify a central London event for 2019. On the same day that Phil and Adeline handed out their packets, it was revealed that a South London girl may have died as a result of pollution from the South Circular Road in Lewisham. Shocked by the toxic effects of London’s air quality, they launched the range of cigarettes to urge Londoners to reconsider the health impact
of their vehicle use. They said that inefficient cars and trucks account for most of the city’s toxic air, with over half of London’s air pollution attributed to road transport. Londoners make 6 million car journeys each day, a third of these are less than two kilometres, or a 25-minute walk. Three pollution hotspots are represented on the packets – Brixton Road, Marylebone Road and Hammersmith Broadway. All have daily vehicle emissions so concentrated that anyone spending a day by the roads could be exposed to nitrogen oxides (NOx)
Spurned by Lambeth council … consulted by Korean PM Brixton Green – the organisation whose plans to build genuinely affordable and community led housing on Somerleyton Road has been spurned by Lambeth council – was recently consulted by officials from South Korea’s prime minister’s secretariat and NGOs wanting to learn more about its model of participatory governance for the project. Members of Brixton Green spent two hours with them in Brixton Community Base on Talma Road. When they left, the Koreans said they wanted to take the model and build it
out in Korea, and especially the capital Seoul, where they are focussing on community-based city rehabilitation. “We didn’t get to talk about estate ballots!” said Brixton Green’s Dinah Roake. The Koreans spoke of “compact governance”, which comes from the UN’s Global Compact, an initiative to encourage businesses to adopt sustainable and socially responsible policies, and describes a “compact” arrived at between participants through a process of discussion, collaboration and realisation of shared objectives.
equivalent to smoking more than 25 cigarettes. “We chose to target these locations because of the deadly levels of air pollution, and because there are schools and nurseries nearby,” the students said. Marco Picardi, one of the organisers of London’s first Car Free Day on 22 September, said: “Car Free Day is an opportunity to test the transformative potential of car-free streets.” The School of Communications Arts is based in St Matthews Church. AA You can still sign the petition for London’s first Car Free Day at bit.ly/2tItuYS
TfL also has long-term works running from 4 June this year to 9 January next year scheduled for the same stretch of Brixton Hill, including kerbline changes, drainage work and modification of traffic islands.
Top award for the Department Store Brixton’s Department Store, the restored shop building that is now the Ferndale Road home of Squire & Partners architects, has gained a top national award. A winner in the workplace category of the Royal Institute of British Architects annual awards, the Department Store was praised as “a wonderful case of preservation and updating”. The judges say that the project “took an unoccupied and dilapidated former department store from 1906 and reimagined the buildings to create a series of inspiring work and social spaces for a multidisciplinary architecture and design practice.” The brief included units for new and existing local businesses, including a community Post Office, coffee roastery, vinyl record store, delicatessen and a bar/restaurant. “It is a stunning building which has been brought back to life,” said the judges. “It demonstrates exquisite and sensitive restoration, filled with beautiful material choice, attention to detail and wonderful spaces.”
Council fees ‘kick in the teeth’ for Urban Art show The organiser of Brixton’s Urban Art show, a regular local summer event that attracts thousands of visitors, has accused Lambeth council of “knocking the spirit out of its community” by imposing charges and conditions on an event that has raised thousands for charity since 2002. Tim Sutton, the event organiser, said that Event Lambeth (the council’s body to “co-ordinate and manage all street parties and street events”) had demanded a fee of £1,152.50 for a street trading licence covering five streets.
It had also demanded a long list of documentation, including evidence of the organisers’ “engagement with local residents” that Tim Sutton said had been carried out in February, a more “detailed site map” of the event, even though it takes place on a single street, and “a comprehensive event management plan”. After protests, Event Lambeth reduced the fee to £471 covering two streets. The numbering for Helix Gardens starts in the middle of Josephine Avenue, but the show
occupies just a single stretch of road. Last year Urban Art reluctantly decided to cancel its popular street art area due to an increase in Lambeth road closure fees from £1,300 to over £2,000. Brixton Business Initiative District (BID) offered to pay this year, but the Urban Art organisers said they would need time to rebuild links with suppliers and supporters that had been lost. This year’s event will still go ahead on 14 and 15 July, but Tim Sutton is calling on local councillors and local MP Chuka Umunna to step
in so that the event can go ahead in the future. “At the moment it seems Lambeth are intent on squeezing every last penny out of the community it claims to support,” he said. “The fact that a fund-raising event is being charged anything at all is a disgrace. To impose business models on voluntary led events is not realistic. “Lambeth is knocking the spirit out of its own community. This is yet another kick in the teeth to all our volunteers, artists and visitors. The council should be ashamed.”
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BRIXTON LEGAL Pam Douglas is a solicitor with local firm Wainwright & Cummins. Each month, she takes a common legal issue and asks colleagues to explain it for readers
Travelling with minor children – when you need consent As the school summer holidays begin, many families are planning overseas trips, but it is increasingly common for one or both parents to stay at home, perhaps due to illness, relationship breakdown, work, finance or other constraints, or because children are spending leisure time in the care of extended family or friends In response to the growing incidence of international child abduction and trafficking, immigration officials in many countries will not allow minor children (usually under 18) to enter without the written consent of both parents or legal guardians (ie all those with parental responsibility), even if the child in question lives with just one of them. In such cases, a formal Letter of Consent is demanded that authorises the accompanying adult to make the trip. My colleague, Robert Wood, is a Notary Public and assists with such matters on regular basis, particularly at this time of year:
he Letter of Consent must be authenticated and certified by a Notary Public (not just any solicitor). This is because the authority of a Notary Public stretches world-wide whilst a solicitor’s authority is only valid within England and Wales. The Notary will witness the consent-giving adult’s signature, confirm their identity and place an official seal on the document. The Letter of Consent need not be complicated and indeed, the simpler it is, the better. But it needs to be specific as to the nature and duration of the trip, who the child will be traveling with and where they will be staying. It can also include contact details of the non-traveling parent as well as any important medical needs relating to the child. A template letter can be downloaded free of charge from the UK Home Office as well as the websites of most foreign embassies, major airlines and travel agents. But you should always check the requirements for the particular country your child will be visiting, as they can vary. Such a document will often also be required if the travelling child’s last name is different from that of the accompanying adult, whether or not they are the parent. In such circumstances, it is wise to also carry birth, adoption, marriage and divorce certificates and any other paperwork which will assist in clarifying the relationship. You should bear in mind that proof of consent can be requested at both ends of the journey and any transit stops in between. Without it, there is a risk that travel will be delayed or denied, sometimes necessitating the intervention of the authorities. Once you have your notarised consent, you should ensure that your child and the named
chaperone each carry one and keep it somewhere safe throughout the period of travel. Where parents are separated or divorced it will sometimes be the case that consent from the “other parent” is refused. It might then be necessary to make a “specific issue” application to the Court for an Order under Children Act 1989. This should be done well in advance of the proposed travel dates, to allow sufficient time for a court hearing to be scheduled. You can do this yourself or instruct a family solicitor to make an application on your behalf. It will generally be granted if there are no parental competence issues, travel is for a short duration and to one of the countries signed up to the Hague Convention, (as there are legal arrangements between signatories that can be enforced in case of abduction). However, ultimately, the Court’s decision will be based on the welfare of the child and not the convenience of the parents. Once obtained, the Court Order should also be notarised to give it international validity. It is worth remembering that Notaries Public are authorised to authenticate any document that needs to be presented overseas, and their signatures and seals are registered with the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, enabling global verification. Finally, do please check your child’s school term dates and speak with with the head teacher, if necessary, before booking your travel, as any unauthorised absence (due to a late return, for instance) can result in a hefty financial penalty from the local council with no right of appeal. AA Feel free to get in touch if you would like advice on this or any other legal issue: email@example.com
Making a business out of drama for the community By Emma Lange
Open Curtains Theatre Company is a creative arts service provider that uses drama as a tool to build young people’s confidence, social skills and creativity. Since September last year it has run more than 32 after-school drama sessions for young people (11-16) at the Brixton Road Youth Centre. The company’s vision is to empower young people by providing a safe space for them to imagine, create and express through drama. “Growing up as a young person, I witnessed the powerful impact of combining drama with youth work, as it brought about positive change within communities,” says founder Makeda Nation. As are many entrepreneurs, she was inspired to start the company when her 9 to 5 employment no longer offered the stimulation and room for creativity she desired. Also frustrated by the lack of youth provision in Lambeth, she set up her own business doing what she enjoys most. Last month Open Curtains was selected to receive mentoring and business support from the Brixton-based charity Hatch Enterprise. “I have reached a point where I need a mentor who can share their experience, knowledge and skills sets to help take my business to the next level,” says Makeda. Having struggled with funding applications, managing volunteers and building a marketing strategy, she applied to Hatch for vital support that will enable the company to expand their services and scale their impact. “We’re looking to build more partnerships within Lambeth and secure events where the youth can build confidence by performing for large audiences,” says Makeda. She is one of 10 Lambeth-based entrepreneurs who will begin Hatch’s Incubator programme. Over 12 weeks they will be supported to establish their ventures through interactive workshops, peer learning and dedicated one-toone support. Hatch has been supporting young entrepreneurs in Lambeth since 2013. Its mission is to work with individuals from underrepresented,
underserved communities to grow smart ideas into successful, profitable and sustainable businesses that have a positive impact on their communities. “Lambeth has such a wealth of young people with brilliant ideas”, says Lisa Wilson, Hatch’s young enterprise programme manager. “We’re thrilled to be supporting a group of entrepreneurs whose ventures are having incredible impact in their communities.” AA The Open Curtains Theatre’s drama club runs every Thursday from 6.30 to 8.30pm at Brixton Road Youth Centre at 143-145 Brixton Road SW9 6LZ. It will also run a two-week summer programme from 30 July to 10 August. Check its Instagram page @opencurtains_drama to find out more or contact: firstname.lastname@example.org. AA Looking for support to grow your venture or idea? Visit hatchenterprise.org or contact email@example.com to learn more about the business programmes and mentoring that Hatch offers.
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VISUAL ARTS Urban Art is back Celebrating its 17th year, Urban Art once again takes place in Josephine Avenue over 14 and 15 July. More than 120 exhibitors will be there showing paintings, prints, photography and mixed media works. Inevitably the quality is variable, but the enthusiasm and energy are not, as this tree-lined street once again comes to life like a mini Montmartre. And there are some real gems – at bargain
prices. It’s a great way to spend a sunny morning or afternoon. Don’t miss: AAColin Failes’ whimsical and wonderfully skilled trompe l’oeil paintings AAPriscilla Watkins’ scintillating swimmers AAMartin Grover’s views of Brockwell Park and perfectly rendered vinyl records and sleeves from the 1960s AASteve Yeates’ macabre papier mâché figures AAJennifer Greenland’s urban landscapes.
Arthur Wint in Railton Road
Untold story of Black leaders Expectations: The Untold Story of Black British Community Leaders in the 1960s and 1970s will be centre stage at the Black Cultural Archives from 8 August until 28 September. Curated by photographer Neil Kenlock – once the official photographer of the British Black Panthers – and his daughter Emelia Kenlock, the exhibition highlights untold stories from black British culture and history. Seventy photographic images celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Windrush, focussing on challenges, collaboration and change. Covering the 1960s and 1970s, Expectations will include famous
images, including the notorious “Keep Britain White” from 1972. Giving a unique insight into the lives and experiences of the first generation African and Caribbean leaders who settled in the UK, and influenced the community in Brixton and elsewhere, the exhibition features celebrated figures such as Darcus Howe (broadcaster and civil rights campaigner); Olive Morris (anti-discrimination, womens’ and squatters’ rights campaigner); Lord David Pitt (Baron of Hampstead, Labour Party politician, GP and political activist); Arthur Stanley Wint OD MBE (first Jamaican Olympic gold medallist
and Jamaica’s High Commissioner); and Steve Barnard (first black BBC radio presenter with a reggae music show). Neil Kenlock said: “This project aims to give access to examples of black leadership, as well as archive material outside of the normal educational environment … I truly hope the exhibition will add to the national cultural narrative and resonate with new audiences”. AAThe exhibition is hosted by the Black Cultural Archives in Windrush Square. It runs from 8 August to 28 September. The BCA is open from 10.00-18.00 from Tuesday to Saturday.
A rhinoceros in the room By Leslie Manasseh I first saw the work of local artist Benedict Hughes some five years ago in a friend’s house. It was a beautifully crafted, decently sized tiger made from bits of old furniture and looking very much at home in a Streatham garden. To some, his latest exhibition of 50 hand-made and hand-painted porcelain plates may seem a far cry from the earlier interest in jungle wildlife. While he explained that “it’s normal for me to jump from one medium to another
… experimenting with materials”, there is a unifying thematic thread. The plates are all on show in the ground floor of a Kennington gallery. But in the basement below stands a magnificent, life-sized rhino. Crafted from pieces of steel and standing in brooding isolation, this is the West African black rhino which gives its name to the exhibition. The black rhino was declared extinct in 2011 and so its massive silent presence here testifies to an enduring tragedy. The plates are portraits of 50 famous people across
the ages who happen to be vegan or vegetarian. From Confucius, Voltaire, Rosa Parks and Franz Kafka to Kate Bush, Russell Brand, Venus Williams and Vivienne Westwood (left), 50 well known individuals gaze out with a simple message; unless we adopt sustainable forms of consumption we will destroy the world. Fortunately their gaze is neither gloomy nor judgemental. Rather the
plates themselves are explicitly in the decorative tradition of the Charleston set and the The Famous Women Dinner Service its members commissioned in 1932 – bright, confident and witty. This is fun rather than fine china! But that does not detract either from the underlying message or their intrinsic merit. Hughes spent several months in India learning ceramics and pottery skills which he combines with a diverse artistic talent, and an obvious passion for ethical living. The exhibition runs until 4 August in the Brockett Gallery, 16 Windmill Row, SE11 5DW phone 020 7582 1509. If you find yourself on the bus into town and have some time to spare, get off in Kennington and enjoy the show. The plates are for sale and reasonably priced for original artwork.
This photo by Senegalese artist Omar Victor Diop, is part of an exhibition, Project Diaspora, that celebrates notable Africans across four centuries of colonial oppression. Omar Ibn Said was an Islamic scholar born in Senegal in 1770 but captured and enslaved in America from 1807 until the end of his life. The artist has recreated a painting with himself as the sitter. We are introduced to many other Africans using the same technique in a series of arresting images. Liberty Omar Victor Diop, Omar Ibn is the other half of the Saïd (1770–1864). From exhibition and is a series of Project Diaspora (2014). photos, once again with the Courtesy ©Omar Victor artist as the subject, which Diop / MAGNIN-A, Paris commemorate defining moments of Black struggle – from the slave trade, through the civil rights movement and up to the “Black Lives Matter” campaign. AAThe exhibition runs from 20 July to 3 November in Autograph, Rivington Place, EC2A 3BA every day except Sunday and Monday.
ROUNDUP AALife in the Deep Blue: Creation out of Rawness, is the summer group exhibition at Studio 73 in Brixton Village. curated by Ivana D’Accico and Miranda Holms. Highlights include: Jo Holt’s Eye of the Beholder, ceramic pieces inspired by the phenomenon of bioluminescence. Jessica De Salis’s printed textiles, combining traditional methods of embroidering with digital design techniques. Vera Genovese’s glitch art prints made by sonification – an image is first converted to music and then re-converted into a visual medium. AAThe Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair this year takes place from 22 – 25 November in the Royal Arsenal in Woolwich. Artists are invited to submit their work for consideration as an exhibitor by 29
July. Further information and details of how to apply at woolwichprintfair.com. With over 250 specialist artists and exhibitors, it is the only fair in London to deal solely in contemporary printmaking, and the largest of its kind in the UK. With a wide range of prints for sale, interactive demonstrations and workshops, and a programme of talks and tours, the fair is a must for artists, collectors and anyone interested in the world of contemporary prints. AAIn anticipation of the fair where her work is on show, Emily Crookshank will be the artist in residence throughout August in the Brockett Gallery (details left). The gallery will be open every Saturday throughout the month as an open studio where you can meet the artist and see her at work.
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Trump up the volume Dave Randall on music to greet President Trump
It’s not only football and the weather that has heated up in recent weeks but political protest too. 50,000 marched for the NHS last month and the Brixton Bugle hits the streets on the same day that thousands more bring central London to a standstill to mark their opposition to US President Donald Trump. Many musicians are among those who abhor his policies, misogyny and racism. From the stages of last year’s magnificent women’s marches artists including Madonna, Alicia Keys, Lilly Allen, Janelle Monáe and Sleater-Kinney delivered performances and speeches, while improvised chants and songs reverberated on the streets. In both Washington and London thousands hollered “Small hands, small feet; All he does is tweet, tweet, tweet” while in New York church bells rang out Woody Guthrie’s This Land Is Your Land
and Lady Gaga’s Bad Romanc’ The President’s policies have been lambasted by Bruce Springsteen, Rihanna, Childish Gambino, Arcade Fire, Questlove, Deadmau5, Bat for Lashes, John Legend, Queens Of The Stone Age, Eminem, Grimes, Sia and many others. These musicians join a proud tradition. Woody Guthrie was the first artist to challenge a chump called Trump. In 1950, on moving to a Coney Island apartment block, he was dismayed by the racist policies of his landlord Fred C. Trump – Donald’s dad. Woody penned the following poem: I suppose Old Man Trump knows Just how much Racial Hate he stirred up In the bloodpot of human hearts When he drawed That color line Here at his Eighteen hundred family project
In recent years Londoners Captain SKA (above) have provided just the right remix for every political occasion. They recently released a song in solidarity with the Windrush generation and at the last election their tune Liar Liar denouncing Theresa May reached number 4 in the charts. A new version targeting Trump has been recorded in time for his visit. Brixtonians can catch a live performance when the band bring their protest party to the Hootananny.
Each month we ask a Brixton community member to choose five records and tell us why … Omar Infante (left) moved to Brixton from Ecuador 15 years ago. Together with BRIXTON his sister Elisa HI-FIVE (centre) and her husband Mario (right) he runs the Little Cat Café in Myatts Fields Park.
I asked bandleader Jake Painter what he hoped to achieve with the song. “Liar Liar has taken on a life of its own. I’ve had over 2,000 messages asking me to do a Trump version, but it was only when I read a fact-check report by the Washington Post listing over 3,200 lies that Trump has publicly told that I decided to do it. “I think it’s really important for music to get these points across. Liar Liar is a simple song that a two-year-old could sing.
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4. LA RUEDA QUE MUEVE AL MUNDO BY LOS ESPIRITUS ‘The Wheel that moves this world will always spin.’ I have been concerned how our world is going and I hope I am not the only one. Well this song says it all. Their albums are the new addition to my library, just good music, hope you all understand Spanish though!
5. ILESO BY CONTROL MACHETE I normally don’t listen to hip hop, but they are an exception. Their twisted yet cool rhymes and a bit aggressive rhythm just drag you into the old school hip hop. I spend my young years listening to their music. Don’t expect to understand everything when you turn to Google translate – lol!
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“There’s been a lot of really good music written about Trump, but it tends to be a little bit more subtle. “I just thought: this is the biggest liar the world has seen in a long time, so the song couldn’t be more appropriate.” Join the Together Against Trump rally in Trafalgar Square at 5pm on Friday 13 July and Captain SKA’s protest party at the Hootananny on Friday 20 July. Dave Randall is a musician and author of Sound System: The Political Power of Music.
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Tony Smith, a member of the team that won a special Brixton Windrush dominoes tournament, shares his migration memories with Sandra Brobbey Residents of Lambeth have been marking the seventieth anniversary of the arrival of SS Empire Windrush. Many of the 500 Jamaican passengers on board the ship who arrived at Tilbury Docks on 22 June 1948 had travelled to Britain in response to government advertisements seeking Caribbean workers to ease skills shortages caused by World War II. The journey made by those passengers would go on to have a profound effect on Britain and would later lead to a wave of migration from the Caribbean and the Commonwealth, in the fifties, sixties and seventies, that would transform British society. One Jamaican-born South Londoner who considers himself part of the Windrush generation is Tony Smith, 71, from Croydon. Mr Smith, an avid dominoes player who moved to England from Jamaica at the age of 17, served in the British army in the 1960s. Mr Smith is also part of a Croydon dominoes team who were victorious in a cross-borough competition hosted by Brixton Dominoes Club last month to mark the seventieth anniversary of Windrush. Brixton Bugle caught up with Mr Smith at Windrush Square in June. He reflected on his love of dominoes, his early years in Britain and the plight of residents whose lives have
It’s good to see people being celebrated been affected by the Government’s hostile environment policy. “Dominoes is a social event. We West Indians play a lot of dominoes. It keeps us together. We travel all over the world and play. I have been playing for 60-odd years. “I’m a product of Windrush. I have been in Britain since the early sixties (1964). I have been in this country for a long time and I have always lived in Croydon. “When I first came here it was very hard for me personally. I joined the British army in 1966 and there were not many Black people in the army back then. “I went to Aden (a port city in Yemen) and I was fighting against Black people. I was with the Fusiliers and I remember walking down the street one day and someone shouting, “you black bastard” at me. It affected me personally. “All the Windrush people who came here are English. I have been here since I was a young man. I don’t know Jamaica. “At the moment I’m personally going through the same process as other Windrush migrants – trying to get a passport and citizenship. “The treatment of the Windrush Generation with this ‘hostile environment’ policy has been horrible. “I have friends who have for the past five years struggled to get a place to live and they can’t get benefits. “They have been to school here, they have worked here and now they have nothing. I just can’t understand that and I know many people facing this problem. “I’m glad there has been a celebration of Windrush and it’s good there will be one every year. It’s good to see people being celebrated.”
Tony Smith with the trophy won by Croydon Dominoes at a tournament hosted by Brixton Dominoes Club to mark the 70th anniversary of Windrush
Celebrating Great Britain’s DNA Scott Leonard, creative director of Brixton’s Champion Agency, explains why he and colleagues visited 10 Downing Street
Scott Leonard, right, at No 10 with Oscar Park and Symone Barden who all worked together on the Windrush project
The Empire Windrush may have sunk in 1954, but her legacy sails on. Back in January, we created a unifying identity for the 70th anniversary of the landing of Windrush at Tillbury Docks. We have come across the ship before – we’d used her iconic image to launch the Black Cultural Archives, and illustrated the ship in the Black Sound exhibition there that we co-curated with Lloyd Bradley – and thought we knew the boat well.
Then we got an invite from the Prime Minister to attend a reception, at Downing Street, “for the 70th anniversary of Windrush”. Knowing what we all now know about the scandal, initial excitement quickly turned to questions about our position on the invite – should we go? We acknowledge we’re not the first creatives to consider turning the establishment NG S TI N’ RA AI down. But we chose EB BRIT L CE AT D N A to go because we E GR genuinely believe in celebrating Great Britain’s DNA – and
Number 10 is exactly where it needs to be honoured the most. We went to celebrate inclusion and unity, not hostility and isolation; to recognise the massive contribution the Caribbean communities have made to all our lives. It’s vital that we celebrate the arrival of the ship as a landmark moment in British history. Thankfully, an official Windrush Day has now been written into the nation’s calendar. As Brixtonians, we’re vehemently proud of our vibrant community, and that day was another step in celebrating our shared diverse history.
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National significance – The Prince of Wales, accompanied by Black Cultural Archives chair Dawn Hill, meets Royal Navy and RAF veteran Allan Wilmot and members of the West Indian Association of Service Personnel during his visit to the BCA last year
No car day Just do it!
The campaign by two students from Brixton’s School of Communications Arts (page 4) to draw attention to London’s polluted roads was brilliantly executed. Its aim was to get more people behind the idea of a no-car day in London. If that sounds extreme or unnecessary to you, then look again at the campaign’s message: standing for a day by Brixton Road is the health equivalent of smoking a packet of cigarettes. Lambeth council and the mayor of London have reduced outrageous levels of dangerous gases on the Brixton Road to just awful by getting rid of the most polluting buses. The council draws attention to the dangers of engine idling with publicity campaigns; highlights the issue with “green screens” at schools; welcomes Transport for London hire bikes; and is the first to use electric street cleaners. All these initiatives are welcome and worthwhile but, as Mums for Lungs pointed out when they blocked the Brixton Road for a few minutes last year, only truly radical action on diesel and petrol driven cars will begin to solve the life-threatening problem. It took decades to get cigarettes and their smokers out of public places and it will probably take as long to ban the internal combustion engine. But the process has to start somewhere and a day without cars in London would be a good way. No-car days in Lambeth have been half-hearted affairs to date. If we cannot organise one across London, why not harness the borough’s much vaunted spirit of radicalism and rebellion and institute a one-borough one-day ban? Regulated by IMPRESS: The independent monitor for the press 16–18 New Bridge Street EC4V 6AG 020 3325 4288 firstname.lastname@example.org www.impress.press
Black Cultural Archives – a national resource, critical to our understanding as a society Helen Hayes MP , whose Dulwich and West Norwood constituency includes Brixton’s Black Cultural Archives, argues that its national significance requires national funding We have just marked the 70th anniversary of the arrival of the Empire Windrush at Tilbury Docks, on 22 June 1948, bringing passengers from the Caribbean who had responded to the call from the British government to help rebuild Britain following the devastation of the Second World War. The celebrations have taken place in the context of the scandal of the discovery that many Windrush citizens, who arrived in the UK as British citizens, have been systematically denied their citizenship by the current government. There is much to do still to ensure justice and compensation for the Windrush generation, but the scandal also gave an urgency to the Windrush 70th anniversary celebrations, both in terms of asserting the enormous contribution that the Windrush generation have made to the UK, and to seeking a lasting legacy from this anniversary for the future. Brixton has a very special connection with the Empire Windrush. After arriving at Tilbury and travelling to London, around 200 of the Windrush passengers found temporary accommodation in the Clapham South deep air raid shelter,
from where they found their way to the nearest Labour Exchange, on Coldharbour Lane, to look for work and permanent accommodation. Many found accommodation from Jamaican landlord Gus Leslie, who had bought property in and around Somerleyton Road, and they settled in the area. The Windrush Generation helped to forge the Brixton we know today, bringing food, reggae, jazz, calypso and soca music, stories and songs, working in the NHS, London Transport and other public services and setting up businesses, including shops and stalls in Brixton market.
The BCA needs stable core funding from the government to enable it to do the work of outreach and interpretation and secure it for the long term In doing so, they made a huge contribution to ensuring a community where everyone is welcome, where difference is not feared, but celebrated. Talented young people from Brixton recently designed a beautiful logo to mark the 70th anniversary of the arrival of the Windrush. It is based on the pattern of human DNA. The Windrush Generation, and subsequent migrants who have come to this country from all over the Commonwealth, sparked the emergence of modern, multicultural Britain. They are all part of the UK’s 21st century DNA.
I was pleased to secure a debate in Parliament to mark the 70th anniversary, and I called on the government to ensure a lasting legacy from this anniversary in a number of different ways including by ensuring justice for the Windrush generation, and redoubling efforts to tackle racism wherever it is found. I also asked the government to commit national funding to the Black Cultural Archives, based in Brixton. The BCA has an extensive archive documenting the history of Black people in the UK, from the African Roman Emperor who was stationed at Hadrian’s Wall, Septimus Severus, to black Georgians, the Windrush Generation and much, much more. It is a national resource, which is critical to our understanding as a society, and vitally important for the sense of place and belonging of many black British people. Unusually for a national archive, the majority of the BCA’s core funding is now provided by Lambeth council. This is neither appropriate nor sustainable, particularly in the context of cuts to the council’s budget – the BCA needs stable core funding from the government to enable it to do the work of outreach and interpretation and secure it for the long term. Since the debate, we have met with Department of Culture Media and Sport minister Michael Ellis at the BCA, and he has agreed to establish a working group to look at secure funding. We will keep the pressure up to ensure that the BCA is set on the same footing as other national archives and museums, to secure its vital work for the future.
Something special is happening in Lambeth Jonathan Bartley, leader of the Green group on Lambeth council and co-leader of the Green party of England and Wales, says something special is happening in the borough
Lambeth has always had a proud reputation for doing things a bit differently. And, once again, something quite special is happening. While May’s local elections saw
the Labour Party surge to its best results in London since 1971, here in Lambeth it was the Green Party that made the gains. The stranglehold of two-party politics which has seen a bland choice between a Conservative Party in disarray and a Labour Party at war with itself has finally been broken. The Green Party is now the official opposition on Lambeth Council, forming the biggest Green council group anywhere in London.
Of course this didn’t happen in a vacuum. It comes after huge disillusionment with the way the council has been run. Housing co-ops have been broken up and the property sold off to speculators. Traders at the Brixton arches have been let down as big business has moved in. Estates are being demolished against residents’ wishes and libraries closed – despite alternative plans put forward by local people to save them. The local air remains toxic as Lambeth continues to
incinerate its waste. And at a time of draconian cuts from central Government the council has spent a budget-breaking £105m on a new town hall and awarded £450,000 in additional allowances to its councillors. Local people are choosing an alternative. The Green Party has shown that it is on the side of local people and will stand up for the community. And we want to say a huge thank you for putting your trust in us. Let’s make history together!
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The rise of the Humanist wedding A non-religious wedding does not have to be dull, says Humanist wedding celebrant Ify Uchegbu “Please tick only one option in each section for your chosen wording. Please note, the bold type is compulsory and constitutes the legal framework of the ceremony.” This was the text at the top of the long form that we received from the register office for our wedding ceremony. Each section had a list of alternatives for those apparently sacred words that you will exchange during one of the most special days of your life. I knew that avoiding religion may leave the wedding ceremony somewhat municipal, but I did not expect it to be Wedding by Numbers. This plainness is an interesting contrast to the rest of the wedding industry, which thrives on flamboyance, probably to justify inflated costs. It’s not a unique event, 245,000 couples do it every year. But with the rise of social media, like everything else in life, there is an increasing trend in making sure your wedding is instagrammable. This means avoiding the status quo, getting creative and letting everyone know about it. Dwayne Branch and his husband Andrew Wood organised their Humanist wedding in Pop Brixton. “It was funny … it was emotional … a little bit over the top. It was us”. Their idea for sharing the wedding was so unusual that it ended up in Buzzfeed. “We had a #Branchwoodwed wedding wall, which had pictures people took on the screen all night. People collected 10 pictures and posted them to
Rolling back a food desert Sue Sheehan on an Incredible new market in Myatt’s Fields Park
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Insta, Twitter, Facebook etc.” So when it comes to the ceremony, the actual reason for the celebration that has drained you and your parents’ bank accounts, why settle for just an administrative procedure? “We are millennials after all, we want to personalise everything,” Dwayne explains. And this is why I became a Humanist wedding celebrant. According to the British Social Attitudes survey, 53% of the UK population identify themselves as n on-religious. A Humanist wedding is catering for this growing majority. It’s for any couple who are looking for a meaningful, non-religious and personalised ceremony, that
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can fit seamlessly into the atmosphere that you lovingly slaved over to create for your special day. You don’t have to be a member of Humanists UK – the national charity working on behalf of non-religious people, campaigning for fairer society and secular state – to have a Humanist wedding. We are an open organisation that simply wants to offer a refreshing alternative. Humanist wedding celebrants get to know the couple so they can bring a sense of their character to the ceremony. We help them choose the right readings, music and even symbolic acts that express who they are. I even write vows (only if the couple wants me to and based on their input of course) so there’s no need to stick to “having and holding… in sickness and in health”. Everything can be tailored to what the couple wants. And we’re not judgemental. In fact, quirky ideas are embraced. Dwayne told me that “apart from dancing up the aisle to soca music … we had a reading of a poem made up entirely of Rihanna lyrics” However not all weddings need to be as gregarious as Dwayne’s. South Londoner Stephanie Kendrick, who has been delivering ceremonies for years, told me that: “All of the weddings are different in their own way. I’ve done weddings across the UK in different
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venues and even different languages. But one thing that is common is that they all very personal to the couple”. Currently Humanist weddings are not legal in England and Wales, but that doesn’t stop them from being any less special. Many couples, like me, still go to the register office to make their marriage legal, but knowing that this is just a legality makes this process less disappointing. The campaign for legal recognition continues and ia growing in strength. The Court of Appeal for Northern Ireland recently ruled that Humanist marriage must be legally recognised – so the case for England to legalise Humanist wedding is looking even more likely. So if you’re planning on getting married, what are you waiting for? Visit the Humanist website to find your local celebrant, who will make your wedding ceremony really mean something to you. AAHumanist.org.uk/ifyuchegbu
Local people in the Myatt’s Fields Park and Loughborough Junction area have set up their own fresh food market to help overcome the shortage of good food shops there. The project is a collaboration of the Myatt’s Fields Park Project and local organiser Stephanie Clive. “Myatt’s Fields and the Loughborough Junction area is a food desert – an area with very few opportunities to experience good food,” says Stepahnie. The aim of the market it to bring quality food to local people and to celebrate South London makers and traders. This is great news for Incredible Edible Lambeth which has a focus on improving the food system in Lambeth, and making more healthy and sustainable food accessible to all. We will be working with the market organisers to see if we can get locally grown food on sale with a shared stall selling plants and vegetables/fruit. Please let us know if you are interested in this by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Stalls include rare breed meats from Ladywell’s Heckstall and Smith, fresh fish from Streatham’s Fish Tale (pictured), cheese and charcuterie from London Smoke and Cure, brownie heaven from The South East Cakery, organic bread from The Old Post Office Bakery and Aston’s, delicious locally made Caribbean food, handmade hot-filled flatbreads from South London stalwarts Mike and Ollie. There are also lots of other rotating food products from Lambeth-based craft producers, plants, pots, produce from local growing projects, and more. The market also supports start-up food businesses that can have a free stall for six weeks to help them get started. These are offered to those living in Lambeth and on a low income. Each free stall also receives business support during its tenure. There is currently one stall left on this scheme for this summer, so email email@example.com if you have an idea! One of the free stalls, The Healing Gardens, has just completed the full process of getting registered as a food business with Lambeth. It was previously supported with a small grant from Incredible Edible Lambeth. Through the summer there will be various craft and kids activities, including the Portable Print Studio, face painting, drawing classes, mask making and more. There will also be music on the bandstand including acoustic music from Stop Look Listen and local choirs. AAFor more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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Destination … Brixton BID Managing Director Michael Smith Fact or fiction … the thought of Queen Elizabeth I being rowed up the River Effra from the Thames in her royal barge to picnic with her “friend” Sir Walter Raleigh in the Brixton area simply adds to the reality of Brixton as a historic destination. Today, that journey (not by barge) would take Queen Elizabeth I a mere 10 minutes from the centre of London to Brixton. She could (unlikely, I know) use one of a proliferation of buses (routes 2, 3, 45, 59, 133, and 159) as well as our latest transportation addition, Santander Cycles. But sorry, no royal barges. London is still the No. 1 destination in Europe (92 million bed-nights in 2017, beating Paris into second place). The economic and political fates of London and Brixton are now more closely entwined than ever. London and Brixton are also more united than ever. Brixton must take advantage of this relationship and proximity with our local offers and attractions. Brixton is the perfect destination with something for everyone: ●● Extremely good transportation links ●● An evening and night-time economy that is being compared to the West End’s ●● A historic market town with indoor and outdoor markets ●● A currency that is as famous as the town, if not as functional ●● Exceptional live music venues ●● At least 12 historic public houses within one mile of the underground station ●● The Black Cultural Archives and other historical sites and attractions ●● Attractive High Street shopping Business Improvement Districts have a vested interest in placemaking and destination promotion, and the Brixton BID is no different. Our recent partnership with Morris Visitor Publications – who produce 1.9 million magazines each month for distribution from Aspen in Colorado to Rio in Brazil – and London & Partners is aimed at doing just that: Promote Brixton far and wide as a distinctive destination … like nowhere else. Our distinctly young population – Brixton has the youngest under-17 population of Black British and Afro-Caribbean people – must see the benefits of this in the form of employment and training. Our population of people of South American heritage – a significant proportion of the 200,000 South Americans in the UK, must also see in the drive to make Brixton a distinctive destination, the opportunity for better jobs and careers and a higher quality of life. Brixton is poised to be that distinctive destination for all, but some things change. The 47% of the economy that belongs to the evening and night-time economy must grow, increasing its overall contribution to the economy of Lambeth. This will not happen without more protection given to evening and night-time businesses – especially those involved in live music promotion.
The planned Planning (Agent of Change) Bill, due for its second reading in Parliament in October 2018, must be deployed to offer its protection to this industry from “nimbyist” neighbours and hard-nosed developers. Opposition to “vertical drinking” (while standing up) should not be used to curtail an industry that needs growth. Safe drinking and a democratic application of any cumulative impact process in planning and licensing decisions is what is most relevant to this industry. There is an all-time low in property vacancy rates in the town centre (6.4% and falling) and indoor markets must not be used as the platform to catapult commercial rents sky-high, driving independent businesses who have been here for 10 years or more out of Brixton. Brixton is known the world over for its African-Caribbean, Black British, and South American populations. These and other minority groups must be reflected through growth in our businesses across the area and not be denied this access by the negative manifestation of gentrification across our town centre. A Brighter, Cleaner, Safer Brixton is a more welcoming Brixton for all visitors, businesses and residents. Our Brixton BID Team has already delivered to Brixton: ●● 4,800 hours of additional S-92 policing funded by the BID annually ●● 80 additional cleaning days delivered per year ●● Waste and recycling, and air quality initiatives ●● Anti-street-urination campaigns launched since the BID began ●● Over £1.75million invested in the Brixton town centre since the BID launched ●● 33% drop in shop-lifting since the inception of the BCRP and Section-92 policing ●● More than 2,000 training hours for BID members ●● Support for additional footfall initiatives including the Brixton Design Trail, Christmas lights and public concerts ●● Campaigns on business rates reduction and saving Club 414 The Brixton BID Team is firmly focussed on the development of local businesses and the local economy. Brixton must, however, also remain relevant to the London economy both day and night, so we buy into many initiatives of the Greater London Authority and other partners: ●● A vision for London as a 24-hour city (www.london.gov.uk/24hourvision) ●● Low Emission Bus Zones (tfl.gov.uk/modes/buses/improving-buses) ●● Creative Enterprise Zones (www.london.gov.uk/press-releases/mayoral/ mayor-announces-creative-enterprise-zoneshortlist) ●● Click. Collect. Clean Air. (crossriverpartnership.org/projects/ click-collect-clean-air/) ●● Grimsey Review 2 “It’s time to reshape our town centres” (http://www.brixtonbid.co.uk/ the-grimsey-review/) We have developed the team to focus on both the local business agenda and the London-wide initiatives. A successful renewal ballot for the Brixton BID will promote another five years of growth, development, and promotion, establishing Brixton as a place like nowhere else.
In October 2018, a yes vote is a vote for all.
Above: BID Managing Director Michael Smith Below: Octopus Energy partnership manager Schroeder Carbado
CLEAN AIR DAY Almost 100 bicycles were repaired and rejuvenated by Dr. Bike over the two-day (20 and 21 June) Clean Air Week activity organised on Brixton Station Road by the Brixton BID. The BID’s plan to repair and bring bikes back into circulation will positively impact on clean air in and around the town centre with more people riding and opting for alternative modes of transport. The BID is planning further monthly free bike repairs on Brixton Station Road throughout the summer. Watch out for dates.
MAKING A DIFFERENCE FOR THE NEXT GENERATION Brixton BID partnered with Octopus Energy to host a sustainability conference in lambeth town hall to mark Clean Air Week. Local business leaders and public sector officials discussed new ways of promoting sustainability across the BID area. Schroeder Carbado, partnership manager of Octopus Energy Business Solutions, said: “We are proud to be partnering with Brixton BID to encourage local business leaders to make the switch to 100% renewable energy. “Brixton Road remains one of the most polluted high streets in Britain but, through our collective efforts, we really can make a difference for the next generation.” Over the past five years, the BID has gained a well-earned reputation for prioritising sustainability in the local business community and we look forward to working together for the next five years to continue inspiring BID members to turn Brixton green.”
The BID wishes PC Richard Weaver (right) the best of luck in his new endeavours as a sergeant, and we are excited to welcome PC Ricky Haruna to join our team with PC Jonathan Luckett (above). We know that this dynamic male and female partnership will be just what Brixton needs and we look forward to working closely with her.
TRAINING DATES First aid (level 3) Day 1*
First aid (level 3) Day 2*
Make‑up masterclass 10 Sep
Chris Johnson (above), content director at Morris Visitor Publications (MVP) at the recent “Experience Brixton” workshop at the Prince of Wales. MVP produces 22 million copies a year of its magazine Where that is available in more than 80 cities around the world. The BID is pushing to expose Brixton in the September issue of Where. Matthew Purtill (below), business insight manager at London & Partners, addressed the value of tourism to Brixton.
Health and safety
Food safety (level 2)
Emergency first aid (level 2)
Food hygiene (level 3) Day 1*
Food hygiene (level 3) Day 2*
First aid (level 3) Day 1*
First aid (level 3) Day 2*
All training takes place at Lambeth College, Clapham Centre (45 Clapham Common South Side, London, SW4 9BL) and starts at 10am with a 5pm finish. These training sessions are fully-accredited courses, free of charge to BID levy payers and are available strictly on a first-come, first served basis. Email admin@brixtonbid. co.uk to reserve your space.
Clockwise from top left: Laverne Walker, Elly Foster, Michael Smith, Operations manager Gianluca Rizzo, Marketing and communications lead Ingrid Wright, and project assistant Reece Simwogerere. Centre: savings consultant Susana Crespo
MEET THE TEAM Meet the Brixton BID team taking us through to the renewal ballot in October this year (voting takes place from 1 to 31 October). The team will engage with the 500-plus businesses in Brixton eligible to vote in the ballot. They will be in touch soon. Our team may be supported by consultants providing expertise when required. Our co-chairs Elly Foster (Satay Bar, Market House, Nanban) and Laverne Walker (Sackville Travel) will play a leading engaging role with other members of the team, including our Section-92 police officers. Engagement with Brixton businesses will continue through to and after the renewal ballot.
THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH 204 Ferndale Rd SW9 8AG 480 metres from Tube Deceptively compact facade conceals one of the biggest beer gardens in South London. Tucked away between Brixton and Clapham North. Comfy sofas inside, a pool table, sport TV, ale and cask beers on rotation. Food by White Men Can’t Jerk. Very handy for the O2 Academy. Host to Plonk Brixton crazy golf. 020 7326 0301 | bit.ly/brixpubs-duke
THE TRINITY ARMS 45 Trinity Gardens SW9 8DR 320 metres from Tube Stylish pub with good food on the picturesque conservation area Victorian square in the heart of Brixton. Recently refurbed in jewelbright colours. Walled garden at the back. Built in 1850, the pub was named after the Trinity Asylum on Acre Lane, which was founded for poor women who professed belief in the Holy Trinity. Youngs.
CRAFT BEER COMPANY 11 Brixton Station Road SW9 8PA 150 metres from Tube
THE BEEHIVE 135 metres from Tube 407–409 Brixton Road SW9 7DG First a Victorian tailors, then a shoe shop from 1909 until 1993, artfully transformed into a spacious traditional English pub in the spirit of “old Brixton”. Cosy booths frequented by Brixton locals. Guest beers, low prices and specialist gins, plus decent, affordable food. Very handy for the 02 Academy. Wetherspoons. 020 7738 3643 | bit.ly/brixpubs-Beehive
020 7274 4544 | bit.ly/brixpubs-trinity
On a site once used by the “old Brixton” institution the Jacaranda Café and the Hive Bar, the Craft Beer Company has been bringing choice to Brixton drinkers since 2012. It hosts 20 keg beers and 10 cask, along with more than 200 bottles and cans. It’s a handy watering hole between the Tube and the O2 Academy. Snacks and a Friday DJ. 020 7274 8383 | bit.ly/brixpubs-craftbeerco
PRINCE ALBERT 320 metres from Tube 418 Coldharbour Lane SW9 8LF Reputedly one of Brixton’s best places for an unplanned good time and for making new friends. A recent refurb has transformed the Prince Albert from old-school boozer to a DJ-driven party place in the heart of Brixton. Tables outside for watching the world go by on Coldharbour Lane. Garden out the back. Greene King. 020 7274 3771 | bit.ly/brixpubs-albert
THE PRINCE OF WALES 467–469 Brixton Rd SW9 8HH 160 metres from Tube There has been a pub called the Prince of Wales on this site since 1800. The massive Victorian hotel underwent an art deco rebuild in 1935 and more recently lost a lot of ground floor space and what was its main entrance to KFC. Still a massive multi-storey palace topped by a huge heron sculpture by artist Maggi Hambling. Impressive music and comedy line-ups all year round, skyline roof terrace for partying, snug lounge bars for talking, airy family pub with good food on the ground floor. Something for everyone.
DOGSTAR 389 Coldharbour Lane SW9 8LQ 320 metres from Tube Formerly the Atlantic – close by Somerleyton Road where many of the Windrush arrivals made their homes in Brixton and later handy for Brixton’s Frontline. In 1995 an imposing and, some might say, forbidding traditional boozer was transformed into a very early example of, if not the first, DJ bar. Now home to everything from comedy through live and DJ gigs to craft afternoons in the upstairs bar.
020 7095 1978 | bit.ly/brixpubs-PoW
020 7733 7515 | bit.ly/brixpubs-dog
MARKET HOUSE 443 Coldharbour Lane SW9 8LN 150 metres from Tube Remembered by some as the old men’s pub Coach and Horses, this handsome building has morphed through Isobar … Living Room … Living … the fish and meat cash and carry Lobo, and into its current settled state of Market House. It houses a downstairs bar and diner with top guest chefs and an upstairs events room. Market House transitions smoothly between a relaxed day and early evening bar into a lively home for Brixton’s favourite musical genres.
EFFRA HALL 38 Kellett Road SW2 1EB 480 metres from Tube Much loved Brixton institution, distinguished by its mixed friendly crowd, and a very long-running live jazz scene. Off the main drag in a residential side street. Family run, great Guinness, Caribbean menu, nice little beer garden.
020 7095 9443 | bit.ly/brixpubs-markethouse
020 7274 4180 | bit.ly/brixpubs-effra
THE WHITE HORSE
22 Blenheim Gardens SW2 5BZ
94 Brixton Hill SW2 1QN
95 Effra Rd SW2 1DF
1,100 metres from Tube
950 metres from Tube
800 metres from Tube
Named as one of the top three music venues in the whole of London (alongside Brixton’s O2 Academy). Leftfield and underground acts play almost every night at this pub in a low rise 60s housing estate. Drinks very affordable and admission charges minimal. It’s all about the music.
Once one of two White Horses in Brixton (the other is now Jamm) this friendly and popular pub on Brixton Hill now hosts DJs from Friday to Sunday with a 3am weekend licence. But it’s a pub, not a club. Homemade food is served fresh, seven days a week at sensible prices. Courtyard out front.
Formerly The George Canning, then the Hobgoblin. Reinvigorated by the indefatigable Sofia Yates in 2007. Huge building dating back to 1861 that hosts frequent and fabulous line-ups of music and dance from around the world. Street food plus pizza oven in garden, acres of space, pool tables. Great vibe.
020 8671 0700 | bit.ly/brixpubs-windmill
020 8678 6666 | bit.ly/brixpubs-whitehorse
020 7737 7273 | bit.ly/brixpubs-hootannay
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FOOD & DRINK REVIEW: 24 THE OVAL
Good neighbours make good dishes Nick Buglione discovers a little jewel just down the road
It’s the Brixton Bugle. So on a food and drink front, there has to be a decent reason to leave to eat out. Want the hipster-ville Brixton isn’t anymore? Uber off to Peckham. Want posh Michelin stars and a big fat bill, hello Mayfair. But Kennington? Not so much. Except perhaps for 24 The Oval, a new “neighbourhood” restaurant collaboration from The Dairy’s Matt Wells and Andrew Bradford from Knife. I like the Dairy (with the occasional caveat) and am a big fan of Knife and suspect this combo will work philosophically. The Dairy’s occasional over-cheffy swirly-whirly tasting plate bombardment of technique matched with Knife’s no nonsense beef-based solidity. Turns out, 24 The Oval is worth the Brixton exit visa – although it’s still in SW9. We chose the nonetoo-painfully-priced tasting menu (at a basic £38.50 with the occasional supplement). Floor to ceiling windows bring sunset dapple into a relaxing “farmhouse kitchen” style informal room with worn-in wooden tables and terracotta pot plants. It’s friendly with none of the (now) tiresome testosterone fuelled showy-offiness (see Temper or most of the diners in Shoreditch). Of course everything is cured, pickled, smoked and there is lots of technique, but it doesn’t shout at you or ask for a fanfare.
An imaginatively constructed series of dishes kicked off with sourdough and smoked butter, some great home-cured charcuterie and smoked mackerel pate. Followed by subtly home-smoked eel, turnip cannelloni and apple. Then asparagus, fresh sharp curd and radishes. Both excellent. They do a slightly weird thing where the chefs charge up and down the stairs to introduce each dish, which feels a bit unnecessary, and I suspect they might be happier buried below stairs creating what, for us, were the stars of the show. BBQ Monkfish with smoked mussels, salsify and seaweed probably has had all kinds of things done to it to appear so simple, but was delicious, a swirl (they are allowed) of deep smoky hits and textures. It’s a toss-up between that and Welsh lamb, Lancashire hotpot, broad beans and wild garlic (£3pp supplement). Roughly speaking, lamb three ways. Slow cooked under an umbrella of potato slices, crispy breast (we probably have Fergus Henderson of St John to thank for the fact that this cut is no longer, unbelievably, just thrown away) and beautifully forgiving roast (pink). It’s a pimped mini Sunday roast with good gravy and I can’t find fault. I don’t do desserts, so they happily constructed a pared down version of their cheese board, with crackers and chutney. I do savoury. With a glass of port of course. The wine list is good, we had a nice meaty Les Boudalles Ventoux grenache – and they do nice cocktails. 24 The Oval doesn’t show off. It does interesting, innovative (they say “old fashioned”) British cooking with the right amount of bells and whistles and a relaxed ambience. It’s homely.
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16 FOOD & DRINK brixtonblog.com2018 JULY/AUGUST LIDO LATES
Pool party Carina Murphy dives into Brockwell ‘Lido Lates’ Ah, Brockwell Lido. Where better to head in the sun-blasted hazy days of endless heatwave than South London’s finest outdoor oasis and much loved grade II art deco marvel? Well, nice idea folks, but you’ll probably have to join that monster queue snaking round Brockwell Park and risk a touch of heatstroke in the meantime, cooling off not being the most original of ideas right now. Or, as locals in the know, you could always enjoy its many charms without the crowds and general frenzy at one of its new out of hours ‘Lido Lates’. Launched this summer and running through to September (check the Lido for dates, they’re a bit random but in August they’re on as many nights as not), from 7.30 to 11.30pm they’re a perfect chance to enjoy a moonlit swim. There’s a party atmosphere starting when you’re handed a
glo-stick on entering, which my husband particularly enjoyed, and the lido is adorned with flamboyant floats, fairy lights and fountains. The specially created short menu, only available at Lido Lates, takes its inspiration from ever-fashionable street food with thoughtfully sourced ingredients by American chef Lily Ferguson-Mahan. Snacks are served in seaside-style cornets. Choose from “housemade” pork scratchings, beer-battered deep-fried dill pickles with chili mayo and popcorn shrimp alongside a nice smattering of creative small plates. They all hit the spot being moreish and just the kind of
high-energy classy carby grub you want when you’ve been for a dip in that 50m “Olympic” pool. But the fried pickles had the edge, in an “I’m still dreaming about them days later” kind of a way. Afterwards, you’re basically looking at burgers, no bad thing especially when all dietary variations are catered for in a classic Longhorn beef burger, jam-packed veggie burger with piquillo peppers and chipotle mayo and vegan burger in a vegan charcoal bun. All come with an inspired side of curry spiced fries redolent of chip shop curry sauce. Which is a taste
of wonder in my (northern) books. The drinks are equally fortifying. “well-being shots” such as turmeric hit and carrot cooler pave the way for summery cocktails like elderflower spritz or an innovative rosemary paloma with tequila, fresh pink grapefruit juice, lime, salt and rosemary syrup. So basically you could just sit and eat and drink by the pool as the sun sets, taking advantage of the fact the maximum allowed in is 120 (which is lovely in itself), but to really get into the spirit (and make the most of the £20 entrance fee) you really should take a dip. Especially when its been warmed
up through the day by the baking sun. It’s over-18s only so you (probably) won’t get dive-bombed by little rascals. In fact, as drinks aren’t served poolside, but on the restaurant terrace, the night we went people seemed to swim, relax on loungers and hit the cute little wood-burning aromatherapy sauna hut before drying off and heading to the candlelit poolside tables to eat and drink. As it gets nearer closing time, staff lay out fetching pink rugs to snuggle into. All very civilized. Now if only I can get hubby to part with that ravey glo-stick …
Brockwell Lido, Dulwich Road, SE24 0PA | bit.ly/BL-lates | 020 7737 8183 | @thelidocafe
Come on down to Electric Avenue’s favourite Caribbean restaurant and takeaway. Here at Healthy Eaters we serve freshly cooked, great value, great tasting authentic Caribbean food over the counter with speedy and friendly efficiency. So stop by for a take-away or sit a while and eat in. We have a downstairs eating area and we are open early lunchtime right through the afternoon.
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JULY/AUGUST 2018 brixtonblog.com REVIEW: BLUES KITCHEN
DIY COCKTAIL: THE SOUTHSIDE ROYALE
Blues’n’Booze brothers Nick Buglione channels his inner Belushi at Blues Kitchen I don’t quite know why Blues Kitchen gets me thinking about jeans. Except I do. Way back when I remember practically sandpapering my 501s to achieve post-Kamen distressed denim cred. Anyone under 30 is now going “?” – mostly as your average millennial now buys jeans with gaping holes at the knees straight off the Asos shelf, cos, y’know, no-one has time to wear in their own clothes as they are too busy instagramming their every waking moment of existence. Blues Kitchen is the pre-distressed jean of Americana rock n roll dining. A deal of effort has gone into making something 20 minutes old look like it’s been a Louisiana drinking den for decades. Yes, its fake but done well with a degree of panache. Anyone who has had the misfortune to eat the criminal tourist slop at a Hard Rock or Planet Hollywood will recognise that Blues Kitchen is something of a successful template. In passing, Hard Rock served me the worst burger I have ever had, and that includes stalls on the way to Highbury in the pre-food hygiene regulation late ’80s. Anyone under 30 is now going “?”. You know the drill, semi-identikit attempt at offbeat and distressed (knowingly) mismatched and broken in. If you are going to play this game, do it well and make sure the food and
drinks add up. So I am here, ostensibly to meet their burger of the month. For June it was … cue world cup marketing … the “Hand of God” burger. Peter Shilton has apparently refused an invite. Anyone under 30 is now going “?”. The World Cup is over (he said writing this on the night England beat Colombia) but they have a burger of the month every
month. From a menu that I won’t even bother unveiling as you know what’s coming – classic, standard American Deep South tinged grill classics. No surprises. We started with buffalo wings and Padrón peppers. Back to jeans. Burgers are everywhere but in the end you know they are never leaving your “wardrobe” and you will always have a pair. Do I have burger fatigue? Yes, but I’m still eating them. To be honest I am not totally convinced by the Hand of God – Argentinian
steak patty, Provoletta cheese, sliced avocado, crispy chorizo, mayonnaise, beef tomato, Chimichurri and fried egg, served on a steamed bun with fries, pickles and ’slaw. Feels a bit like they threw the kitchen sink at it and it’s not bad, but I am probably happier with a straight cheeseburger and, sometimes, less is more. Mrs B, who has possibly never heard of Mr Shilton and thinks Diego Maradona is just a bizarre fat bloke making a performance of himself watching Argentina stumble out of major football tournaments, went for some very decent St Louis Pork rib (smoked for four hours we’re told). Proper good ribs, good depth of marinade and not one of those awful paint jobs. Unlike Grace Dent who absolutely hated Bodeans (Soho), I am a big fan of the Clapham outpost. They do good ribs, these are in the same ballpark. I’m not sure about the blues bit – sure they have murals of Howlin Wolf, Robert Johnson and Muddy Waters on the way to the loo, but that’s about it. It was pretty much packed out on a Tuesday night with a “straight out of work and grab a pitcher” melange of new wave Brixtonians. Sure, I can go to Louisiana and find a grizzled guy called “Red” who is more authentic but Red isn’t cooking round my way and Blues Kitchen are doing a pretty good alternative. Unsurprisingly surprisingly good. Once again, I can forgive a stylistic trompe l’oeil if you get the food “on point”.
40 Acre Lane, SW2 5SP | 020 7274 0591 | theblueskitchen.com/brixton | @TheBluesKitchen
BEGINNINGS San Marino began in 1993 when Mario set out to bring great Italian coffee to Brixton. And with it, a touch of continental style
It’s summer and you may be getting bored of Negronis, Pornstar Martinis and Mojitos. So how about a Southside Royale? Refreshing and potent in equal measure, rumour has it was born in the Prohibition era as Chicago’s Southside Gang disguised the quality of their bootleg liquor. It’s “Royale” for the splash of champagne luxury.
¡¡ Small handful of fresh mint (save single leaf for garnish) ¡¡ 2 parts London dry gin ¡¡ 1 part fresh lemon juice ¡¡ 0.5 part sugar syrup (it’s easy to make your own) ¡¡ Champagne – Difford’s Guide recommends Laurent Perrier (Cava is a decent, cheaper stand-in)
METHOD 22 Chill a Martini glass or coupe 22 Muddle mint in a cocktail shaker 22 Add gin, lemon, sugar syrup, ice cubes and shake well 22 Strain into your glass 22 Top with a splash or two of champagne/cava 22 Garnish with mint leaf
Pimp it? Technically the champagne is the pimp, but once at a pretty indulgent party, your Bugle Food & Drink Ed stumbled into the garden and picked oregano instead of mint, didn’t notice and his “oregano royale” was surprisingly impressive.
BREAKFAST ? We do a Full English (halal, veg and vegan). Or try one of our delicious breakfast paninis, a cheese and honey roast ham muffin or a freshly baked croissant.
MEETING PLACE In the following 25 years San Marino has become a Brixton institution and a favourite rendezvous – centrally situated on the corner of Brixton Road and Brixton Station Road, on the way to just about everywhere – where all are welcome to sit, take a break and watch the world hurry by. 25 years: Three generations of Family Schifano serving great coffee to Brixton
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BRIXTON’S CAFE CONTINENTAL where you can sip a cappucino, a glass of wine or a beer al fresco at one of our many tables on the spacious pavement terrace outside. Or you can enjoy the aromas of Arabica coffee mingling with freshly baked panini’s and Italian home cooking in the cosy interior. There is downstairs seating as well. Mario and Enza also offer professional catering services for both small and large events. Come in and say hello. CUTTING THE CARBS AND CAFFEINE ? San Marino offers an award winning selection of 100% natural smoothies. There are 17 to choose from including The Veggie-nator, Blueberry Thrill, Detox-zing, Coco Loco and Avo-Go Go.
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The amazing BRIXTON FUND supporting grassroots projects and charities.
Yay - what - you - can! Our Reiki, Osteopathy & Cranial and Sound Healing are all now pay-what-you-can.
What’s On July/Aug Mondays 10:00 Pay-what-you-can Reiki 19:00
Tuesdays 08:30 Pay-what-you-can Osteopathy (Fridays from Fri 27th July) 19:30
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Wednesdays 09:30 Mindful Hatha Flow Yoga 16:00 Kids’ Yoga with YogaFam 18:30 Kundalini Yoga Check the website for the latest listings
Thursdays 20:30 Pay-what-you-can Sound Healing Fridays 08:30 Pay-what-you-can Osteopathy (from Fri 27th July) Last Friday in the month: Film Night! Saturdays 10:30 Kids Kreate! Art Group Sundays 17:00 Mandala Flow Yoga Sunday July 22 10:30 Frida Khalo Self Portrait Workshop
Can you help us?
Experienced chef and veggie activist Tom is hosting a Supper Club on 20th July, presenting a 100% vegan banquet featuring some fantastic summer produce! £30 per person gets you an arrival cocktail and a multi-element three course menu... don’t forget to bring your own wine! Mail firstname.lastname@example.org for booking.
We are looking for volunteers to help run our community film nights.
If you’re a budding chef or experienced restauranteur, we offer great rates for supper clubbers, contact email@example.com for more info.
Come and get involved with our community film night, last Friday of the month, every month.
Do you have a passion for documentaries? Are you keen for change? Can you make some mean popcorn?
Our basement space is FREE weekday mornings for community activities. Café available for hire evenings and Sundays at very reasonable rates. Open for radical thinking, delicious food and excellent coffee from 08:30 Monday – Friday 09:00 Saturday
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WHAT’S ON The Lambeth Country Show, once an urban version of a traditional rural event, has been changing as fast as Brixton. Inside the controversial fence, you will find, in addition to music and sheep, a mixture of fun and people with serious messages …
TTB and IEL at LCS! What? Two local institutions introduce their country show presence Transition Town Brixton and Incredible Edible Lambeth are jointly hosting a whole bunch of inspiring local organisations at the country show on 21 and 22 July. Projects that came directly out of TTB include the Brixton Pound, the Remakery, and Brixton Energy/Repowering London. Incredible Edible projects include the Loughborough Farm. Come and talk to people who are pioneering a better future that is more equitable, cooperative, skilled, abundant and FUN, including the Brixton People’s Fridge, Open Project Night (with the Impact Hub Brixton), Local Greens and Divest Lambeth. You might be inspired to get involved. If you’ve ever been involved with any of these projects and want to
Slip sliding all day The show’s traditional funfair may be gone, but the UK’s biggest inflatable slide (50 by 120 feet) will be free to anyone over seven. Brought to South London by coconut water vendor Vita Coco, it will be open from noon to 8pm on both days. Slip N’ Sliders will be offered free photos and videos of themselves splashing down the slide to use on social media
and Vita Coco will be handing out free samples of Vita Coco coconut water. A “Sip N’ Slide Challenge” will offer Vita Coco prizes and motorcycling banker and Bake-Off star Selasi Gbormittah will be on hand with Vita Coco cocktails. Anyone wanting to have a go is advised to bring swimwear. Changing facilities will be available.
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help us have rich conversations on the stand please email info@ transitiontownbrixton.org. There will be activities for kids and adults: designing your own fridge magnet; a chance to beat a solar panel generating electricity using a bike generator; veg sculpture; beautiful reclaimed furniture by the Cover Girls and much more. You can buy Brixton Pounds – the most beautiful money in the world. We’ll be in the Flower Zone near the veg sculpture so pay us a visit. You can buy souvenirs from the future, books, teeshirts, “I love Brixton” bags, mugs. And if your phone has run out of juice you can make that emergency phone call, powered by the sun. Together towards a better future!
The message is clean air
The Red Line Rooftop Gallery, working with South London schools, returns to the show with giant willow letters spelling out CLEAN OUR AIR! that visitors can bedeck with thousands of recycled flowers. When finished, the giant sign will sit on top of Olley’s Fish Experience – overlooking Brockwell Park in Herne Hill. Local parent campaigning group Mums for Lungs, supported by artist Hannah Littlejones of UpsideArts, is joining in to engage the wider community using dynamic visual arts. The gallery will also organise drop-in workshop and petition.
UKG SUMMER ROOFTOP PARTY - SPECIAL GUEST (DJ)
CONCRETE MUSIC BRIXTON DAY/NITE PARTY DIXON AVE BASEMENT JAMS, FOLD, LK, LOODS & MORE
MONTH OF SUNDAYS 0 JAZZIE B (SOUL II SOUL)
16th to 19th
EDINBURGH PREVIEW SEASON - COMEDY FESTIVAL
SUMMER DISCO ROOFTOP PARTY ADESSE VERSIONS, BLACK LOOPS, REG NAYLOR & MORE
SLIDE'S ROOFTOP DISCO - CREDIT TO THE EDIT WITH GREG WILSON & FRIENDS
MONTH OF SUNDAYS - THE SOUTH LONDON SOUL TRAIN UP ON THE ROOF & IN THE CLUB WITH JAZZHEADCHRONI
BRIXTON SOUP KITCHEN - ROOFTOP PARTY
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BYDAY BYNIGHT: JULY SUMMER TERRACE PARTY WITH PBR STREETGANG, MAN POWER
MONTH OF SUNDAYS CRAIG CHARLES FUNK AND SOUL ROOFTOP PARTY
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Brixton Design Trail starts to take shape
The Brixton Design Trail from 15 to 23 September is beginning to take shape and one highlight should be a series of events exploring how technology, ecology, culture and protest can build a more positive future. SOCIETY x SW9, organised by Edible Bus Stop and This Ain’t Rock’n’Roll will “mine the past and imagine the future,” they say. “We’ll think, laugh and, most importantly, act.” These are some of the offerings …
Laetitia Dosch in Jeune Femme
What’s on at Whirled Lean on Pete Monday 16 July – Wednesday 18 July | 8pm Sunday 22 July | 6pm Director Andrew Haigh (45 Years, Weekend) returns with Lean on Pete, an emotional story about a young boy’s search for belonging on the fringes of contemporary American society. Jeune Femme Monday 23 July – Wednesday 25 July | 8pm Sunday 29 July | 6pm First-time filmmaker Léonor Serraille and the dazzling Laetitia Dosch burst onto the scene with Jeune Femme, a raucous portrait of a woman in her early 30s in
Paris. Anarchic, complicated and charming. A Cambodian Spring Thursday 2 August | 8pm In this Whirled Doc, Buddhist monk and activist Venerable Loun Sovath is harassed, censored, and evicted by his own religious leaders when he becomes a key figure in land-rights protests. Two fearless women, children in tow, take charge and lead the growing movement, repeatedly facing imprisonment and violence. A Cambodian Spring is an intimate portrait of three people caught up in forced evictions in the name of “economic progress”.
Whirled Cinema | 259 Hardess Street, Loughborough Junction SE24 0HN | 020 7737 6153
Brixton and beyond symposium Brixton’s creative community slug it out with the “establishment” as artists, designers, musicians, filmmakers and more pitch their vision for Brixton against that of politicians, planners, construction and finance.
Youth Workshop Future Hack A two-day student workshop to investigate what belonging means to young people in Brixton – and what kind of society children would like to build. Results will go on display.
Maybe it’s because I’m Brixtopian An evening of music, comedy, poetry, protest and intrigue as the team behind nation state-of-mind Brixtopia (fresh from the Design Museum’s major protest retrospective Hope To Nope) and urban realm activists Edible Bus Stop curate a mind-boggling line-up.
The BDT Pub Quiz Brush up on your architecture,
anarchy and anti-establishment general knowledge, with the Brixton Design Trail pub quiz and win a locally sourced sustainable hamper.
Designing for the end of the world Participants will be invited to workshop, write, design and realise climate change protest materials which will be used in ensuing direct actions.
A community in step Brixton photographer Luke Forsythe discusses what it takes to capture the spirit of a community to film (or pixels).
The Writing Shed For the duration of BDT, visitors can discover the lost art of hand-writing and bare their souls for all to see in this interactive installation.
Create the space Participatory art therapy workshops show how creativity can unlock and unblock our minds.
Gig will raise cash for grassroots venues campaign Our Year – MMXVIII – at The Cavendish Arms in the Stockwell/Vauxhall borders on 2 August is a fundraiser for the Music Venue Trust (MVT) charity that campaigns to keep grassroots venues open, improve their reputation, lower their costs and increase their income. Headliners Renz will be joined by TISROME and Matt Blvck with all profits raised from the event going towards the campaign. Launched in 2016, Fightback is the fundraising arm of MVT that this year aims to raise £100,000 over 100 events to support venues across the UK. MVT, the only organisation that places the future of grassroots music venues at the heart of everything it does, relies on public donations and financial support from fundraising events like this. AA The Cavendish Arms, 128 Hartington Road, SW8 2HJ, 7-11pm. £8.50. Tickets: bit.ly/TheCav-OurYear
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Jamila Omar rounds up an eclectic summer selection of gigs and more in Brixton and nearby FRI 13 @ BRIXTON JAMM
For the past four years HIP HOP VS DANCEHALL has been packed to capacity, spinning anything from brand new dubs to classic floor-fillers. With a crew of residents on rotation including Shortee Blitz (Kiss FM), DJ Cable (1Xtra), Mo Fingaz, DJ Raskal and Chris K Martin there’s nowhere better to get your bashment and rap fix. 10pm-4am. £10 on door before 12, £15 after.
SAT 14 @ THE BREAD & ROSES
Pop over to Clapham Manor Street to catch a LIVE GIG from south London-bred Jack and the Mandem. Jack and his cohorts assemble for a set of pure fire jokes and rudeboy ukulele vibes. 9pm. Free.
SUN 15 @ POW
Month of Sundays champions various music genres and invites the best names in the business to steer the sounds of garage, icons, disco and carnival. This week’s FUNK, SOUL AND ICONS celebration features Jazzie B from legendary Soul II Soul, with Bill Brewster, Frank Broughton and Ray Mang. 2pm-midnight. £5-£10.
MON 16 @ THE COMMERCIAL
Herne Hill’s Commercial Pub hosts a weekly PUB QUIZ every Monday evening with cash prizes and wine up for grabs. 8-11pm. £2.
TUE 17 @ PRINCE OF WALES
The Prince continues its season of stellar Edinburgh COMEDY fringe previews with Marcus Brigstocke and Jen Brister with resident Red Imp host Susan Murray, 7.30-11pm. £12.
WED 18 @ BRIXTON POUND CAFE
Come together to build strength and flexibility in an inclusive and nonjudgemental space with MINDFUL HATHA FLOW with YogaFam. 9.30am. £10 drop-in, £25 for 3 classes, £5 concs.
WED 25 @ BROCKWELL PARK Sixteenfeet Productions brings its unique brand of open air PROMENADE THEATRE to the Walled Garden in Brockwell Park. Wind in the Willows is full of high jinks, adventure and camaraderie, with an array of truly unforgettable characters, including the impulsive Toad, good-natured Mole, wise Ratty and reclusive Badger. Until 31 July. Weekdays 11:30am/2:30pm. Weekends 2.30pm/5.30pm. £12.50/£8.50.
THUR 26 @ POP BRIXTON Join lettering artist and stationery designer Kirstie Bird for an introductory class to the art of MODERN CALLIGRAPHY. The class includes an essential kit of calligraphy materials to use in class and take away with you. 7-9pm. £65.
FRI 27 @ LONGFIELD HALL Pop over to Camberwell, where Gida Live and Triple A presents IN OTHER WORDS, an imaginative fusion of live classical singers, musicians, poets and urban spoken word artists. Hosted by Brixton’s very own Uncle Errol. 7-10.30pm. £7.
SAT 28 @ ADULIS RESTAURANT One of the biggest weekly KIZOMBA PARTIES in London where Africa meets the world. A wonderful mix of people from various cultures enjoy a classy PALOP (Angola, Sao Tome e Principe, Mozambique, GuineaBissau and Cape Verde) experience, for pure Kizomba and Semba indulgence. Kizomba classes 8-10pm. £12. Party 10-3am. £10.
SUN 29 @ EFFRA TAVERN With her soulful blues jazz voice, Lauren Dalrymple has hosted an OPEN MIC session as this much loved Brixton boozer for the past 15 years. Just rock up with your instrument and register to perform. 9-10.45pm. Free.
THUR 19 @ HOOTANANNY
MON 30 @ POP BRIXTON
FRI 20 @ ELECTRIC BRIXTON
Each Monday, Daddy, Mummy and Me TODDLER YOGA focuses on the children with the encouragement of parents, guiding their child to learn and grow. It includes breathing games, yoga postures, singing, stories, yoga games and music. 11-11.45am. Free.
Cecil Reuben presents a ROOTS ROCK REGGAE special live – I Am Malakhi And Friends, who hail all the way from Birmingham. 9pm-2am. £3. Europe’s premier DESI NIGHT is back with another indoor festival of epic proportions, with a fully homegrown line up of UK British Asian artists. Featuring PBN & Raj Bains, Dr Zeus and more, with bhangra, Bollywood and Desi anthems. 10pm-4am. £15-£30.
SAT 21 @ BROCKWELL PARK
LAMBETH COUNTRY SHOW returns in all its glory, with the main stage featuring an eclectic mix of afro-beat, drum and bass and soul. Midday to 8pm. Free.
SUN 22 @ HOOTANANNY
Rootmaster celebrates the Lambeth Country Show with an AFTER PARTY with Moussa Dembele’s Koroleko. Heavyweight African vibes with balafon, kora and grooves, plus DJ support from Nala who has been making waves across Europe with his specialist Afro bootlegs. 9pm-12am.
MON 23 @ BRIXTON POUND CAFE
A friendly LIFE DRAWING class with tutor Natalie and local artist Andy. Come and expand your skills and enhance your creativity in a relaxed setting. Sketchbooks and materials provided. 7-8.30pm. £7.50 concs, £10 standard.
TUE 24 @ TRINITY ARMS
Test your knowledge to win a £25 bar tab at this weekly PUB QUIZ, held every Tuesday. 8-10pm. Free.
TUE 31 @ RUSKIN PARK Experience a thrill like no other with the TLCC TRAPEZE SCHOOL that is offering lessons to all ages and from complete beginners to experienced. Classes run throughout the summer on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays. Noon-8pm. From £25. Book online at www.tlcctrapeze.com.
WED 1 AUGUST @ BLUES KITCHEN Inspired by legends from across the pond, Nial Kelly brings his signature ELECTRIC BLUES sound to Brixton, the perfect feettapping vibe for a mid-week get-down. Live music from 10pm-midnight. Free.
THUR 2 @ THE CAVENDISH ARMS LWilz x Fightback Presents: Our Year – MMXVIII. Bringing you cool, URBAN SOUNDS from Renz, Tisrome & MattBlvck. Great music from live artists, with a DJ to continue the music after the performances. 7-11.30pm. £8.50.
FRI 3 @ OFF THE CUFF For fans of early Wild Nothing, Beach Fossils or The Pastels, MARGOT grace the stage again with their ethereal guitar waves, heaven opening synths and baby soothing vocals. 8pm. £5.
SAT 4 @ POW
Hotel Room – Spangland 10th Birthday. GET DIVERTED celebrate 10 years of parties at London’s best outdoor party space. The venue and Brixton itself have changed a lot during their tenure, but the great vibe, music and people have remained constant. 4pm-4am. £5-£17.50.
SUN 5 @ CLUB 414 Grassroots Live Music. A weekly Sunday night that looks set to encourage and inspire LOCAL GRASSROOTS talent. UB40 trumpeter Patrick Anthony leads the experienced house band, with resident DJs and Caribbean food available too. 10pm-3am. Free.
MON 6 @ BLUES KITCHEN Sexy BLUES TUNES paired with a side of succulent and saucy ribs. Each and every Monday night. 8pm-midnight. Free.
TUE 7 @ PRINCE REGENT The Prince Regent PUB QUIZ is held every Tuesday. Big cash prizes, free drinks questions and a rollover jackpot question that grows each week. Come down early because it’s first come first served. 8pm.
WED 8 @ CLUB 414 This much-loved local club continues its relatively recent weekly event WICKED WEDNESDAY JAM that invites local musicians to come on down and join in to play funk, jazz, reggae, soul and more. 10pm3am. Free.
THUR 9 @ DOGSTAR
A night of RnB, early 00s pop and DANCEHALL BANGERS, Dogstar Thursdays features the likes of Kevin Lyttle, Sean Paul, Akon and Destiny’s Child. 9am-2am. Free before 10pm, £5 after.
FRI 10 @ GREMIO DE BRIXTON
Situated only a hop, skip and a jump from Tube, in the majestic crypt of St. Matthews Church, this authentic SPANISH TAPAS restaurant/bar oozes style and seduction. DJs play commercial house on rotation from 10pm at weekends, with a live saxophonist from 11pm. Open until 3am. Free.
SAT 11 @ ELECTRIC BRIXTON
AUDIOWHORE return to Brixton after a sold-out seventh birthday show earlier in the year. The line up includes Flashmob, Martin Ikin, DJ Majesty, Steven Cee, Shenin Amara & AR, Jack n Danny, Lance Morgan, Lee B3 Edwards, Jerome Six, Emma Knight and Fabio Luis, 11pm-6am. £7-£20.
SUN 12 @ WINDMILL BRIXTON
Gather round people for proper, round the table FOLK MUSIC All abilities tolerated. Swap tunes and songs, meet people and learn stuff.Or, do what most people do and just get a pint and enjoy the music. 7pm. Free.
SAT 18 @ PHONOX
For the penultimate session of Haai’s Coconut Beats parties, she invites Mehmet Aslan and Baris K to take you on a Turkish trip. 9.30pm4am. £5-plus advance. More on the door.
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POSY BERNSTEIN’S DATING DIARY
Time to take stock
I spent the afternoon at the Royal Horticultural Society’s Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, with the ladies on my team. We went for a well-deserved afternoon out, but also we went for inspiration, ideas and to walk among like-minded people. It was a scorching day, and also the final day of the show, so it was absolutely heaving. We went to see the show gardens predominantly, but the sales pitches were also selling wonderful and luxurious goods. As we feel we have come up for air after an intense three to four months, it’s good to take stock and to try to get some ideas to pass on to our clients and to improve our service. It’s very easy to continue to do what you know and feel comfortable with, but gardening and horticulture are evolving. The way plants are used in our gardens is so versatile. The decorative aggregates we can use, the way you can mix plant styles together like grasses and perennials is shaking up the way we think about planting and design. Affordable outdoor furniture, excellent solar-powered lights, water features and the like, mean that we can use our outdoor space as an extension of our home. So, maybe you can’t get to a “fancy” flower show, but there are many local community
(who only wanted to, like, hang out in bed) Lovely-browed Brad (LBB): Are you out tonight? Me: Just got home, are you? LBB: Kinda, now in Clapham McDonald’s. Me: Oh that’s like a 20 minute walk from me. LBB: Can I come over? Me: [after a speedy discussion of safety protocols with flatmate] I’ll put the kettle on. events, fetes etc, over the summer. Many of the local shows have plant sales and vegetable displays and you can often pick up a bargain. Otherwise, why not visit local parks, gardens and get some inspiration to freshen up your garden. Gardens change as we change and when you have run out of ideas or just feel in a bit of a rut there is no shame in looking elsewhere for inspiration. At Gardening Girl we have taken on some challenging projects this summer that have definitely been out of our comfort zone, but we’ve had the idea and we have shown that we aren’t afraid to move with the times and improve our clients’ gardens. 66 If you would like to discuss some new planting, zoning or any other aspect of soft landscaping, then please contact me on 07826 551353.
Lovely-Browed Brad was sweet, like weirdly sweet. Not sickly sweet like a Love Island-type fuckboy, genuinely sweet, like a lost child. Posy! Don’t describe someone you slept with as ‘like a lost child’. No! I just mean, he only moved to London about three weeks ago soOh, so just because he’s not some cityboy or faux roadman you think he’s comparable to a lost child? Yes. To be honest … Or a lost lamb, or a rabbit in the headlights. Some kind of sweet and scared country-dwelling animal. Anyway, it was fun. Brad was very good looking, quite funny, and had a soft West Country accent which he later described to my flatmate (Flo) as “an accent that sounds like home”. “Did you just describe your own accent as ‘sounding like home’?” Flo retorted. “Yes.” He replied, shrugging, “It sounds like my home”. (Sweet!)
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Brad told me he was very close with his 14-year-old sister, and was sad that he wasn’t home to give her advice and scare off boys who treated her badly. Brad also told me not to catch any feelings, and that he wanted to stay the night but would like us to sleep back to back, “otherwise it’s too intimate”. (Sweet!) “Are you joking?!” I screeched in a very-unchill, uncool manner. “You can just leave! I don’t want a weird cold stranger in my bed.” “OK, OK, OK, fine.” he laughed. “No, whatever, I don’t care I’m just tired.” I said, and turned away. At 5am Brad sat straight up in bed and announced he was leaving, “I just can’t sleep!” “OK” I said, three-quarters asleep. “Don’t try and make me stay!” He exclaimed. “OK,” I said, half asleep. “Seriously, I’m just going to get an Uber right now,” he said, getting dressed. He passed me his phone so I could tell him “how many minutes before it arrives”?! (I love boys). “OK, one minute – Oh, it’s here” I think we kissed. “Bye!” “Wait!” screamed Brad. “Where are my playing cards!?” I looked at him blankly. “I don’t have my playing cards!” He repeated. I shrugged and got back into bed, making a mental note to contemplate the innumerable bad decisions of the night in the morning. I assume Brad found his cards somewhere but I was too scared he was a weird magician to engage in further discussion. Hope you got home safe Brad. Love, Posy
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Hill Mead HERALD Our memorable experiences – from nursery to year 6 Sallyanne, Nathaniel, Sahayla, Year 6
Balancing acts at the Hill Mead sports day
How plastic litter threatens seabirds Nevaeh-Rae and Najia, Year 4 We have been studying how plastic pollution is affecting seabirds in the Tasmanian sea. How does it affect the seabirds? People go to beaches on places like Lord Howe Island (near Australia) and litter the sea – bottle caps, straws, bags, cups, plates, cans, crisp packets and sweet packets and plastic packaging. The list is so long! The problem is that so many things are made from plastic. So all the marine animals’ food gets mixed up with the plastic. Then the adult sea birds come and collect their food and feed their chicks plastic by mistake. Then the baby chicks don’t have any room for food and they get very sick. What do scientists do to help the sea birds? We have seen many videos
Checking for pollution of how scientists have been trying to save sea birds by flushing sea water out of their mouth to see if some of the sharp plastic can come out of their stomach. This process is called lavage. They also have
been investigating to see how much plastic the sea birds have been eating. What we can do to help? Here’s some tips that will help stop the pollution ●● Never litter in the sea
●● keep on recycling ●● when you go to the beach make sure your family doesn’t litter. ●● if you see any plastic anywhere then make sure you throw it in the bin.
Planning our pollution protest Wesley and Zeinab, Year 4 We are crazy about litter picking because we watched a film which made us really sad. It was a dead bird on a beach and the scientists cut into the bird’s internal organs and found loads of bits of plastic. Even worse, the plastic had cut into one of the organs. One day last week we went to the local park and we saw lots of litter near the entrance and near the swings there were cigarette butts. We looked behind benches and found crisp packets and sweet wrappers.
So we started to pick up the litter, to make sure that there was no litter left. We have started to pick litter on the way to swimming and school trips. Now we are planning a
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protest to take to Brixton. We are making signs and banners about plastic pollutions. We are going to stick some of litter and dirt we have picked up onto our banners. Our slogans are:
I am happy I brought Malachi to Hill Mead. The staff have been amazing and everything about my son has improved Malachi’s mum Hill Mead was the best thing for my son, improving his academic performance and behaviour Olumayokun’s mother
YOU ARE MAKING THE OCEAN INTO POLLOCEAN PLASTIC IS MURDEROUS PLASTIC POLLUTION ISN’T THE SOLUTION IF YOU CAN’T RE-USE IT, REFUSE IT PLASTIC POLLUTION RULES THE OCEAN Look out for our protest.
Starting school was like starting a new life. You didn’t know anyone, you weren’t a baby and your parents weren’t there anymore. On the first day picking who you sat next to at lunch was like choosing your friends, there was a 50% chance you would still be friends with those people. The first friend I made was Ishmael and we have been friends ever since. And my favourite teacher was Miss Hathaway, who is still here and still in the nursery. I loved our year 1 trip to Margate beach, we played in the sand, dipped our feet in the water, had ice-creams and twisters … it was fabulous. In year 1 we started to do proper lessons. I still have my bean diary when we were growing plants for science. My (Sallyanne) best memory of Year 2 was dancing in our play of The Little Acorn about growing up. Then in Year 3, I was covered in tin-foil! We were
acting our story of the Iron Man. We explored the rocks at Seven Sisters (cliffs on south coast) and on the coach back I fell asleep (Nathaniel) and my teacher joked that my snoring was as loud as a pig! We loved watching the National Theatre perform Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors – a play about two sets of twins who were separated and when they met again they got muddled up. This was in Year 4. In Year 5, we met our favourite Teaching Assistant ... the fantastic and brilliant Miss Charles. Now, our best memory of year 6 was residential. I liked kayaking (below) but I loved the disco (Nathaniel)! The potholing was really difficult and some of us felt claustrophobic, we were so glad to get out. I was the first up the ladder (Sallyanne). Hill Mead was a great experience all the staff here are amazing and fair. Leaving is not easy because we have learnt so much from the teachers and we couldn’t imagine being in any other primary school.
We were delighted to host six former Hill Mead pupils who assisted class teachers for their work experience
My sons joined Hill Mead four years ago and it has been a great experience. The teachers are wonderful and give you all the information you need. The leadership are always at the gate at the beginning and end of the day making sure the children arrive and leave safely. The school residential was a great experience and the first time my son’s had been away from home Mory and Lamine’s dad The staff at Hill Mead are very supportive and understanding with families when they are going through difficult times Charlie’s mum
The Miguel’s team after a successful weekend
Delight as Brixton’s Miguel’s punches well above its weight
Ballers aim for top three finish By Sandra Brobbey
Brixton Ballers are aiming for another top three finish as they prepare for a new season in the Third Division South of the National Wheelchair Basketball League. The team, who play at the Brixton Rec, won eight games and accrued 22 points, enough to earn them a third place in the division in 2017-18. The Ballers’ last game was a 56-25 away loss to Sussex Bears who finished the season top of the table. Ballers’ assistant coach Percy Hutchful hailed his squad and expects the team to consolidate their efforts by pushing for another place in the division’s top three next season. “Coming third last season was a great achievement for us because we came up against some seasoned professionals,” said Hutchful. “Being a young team it taught us a lot. There were games where we lost by a point or two, which could have made the difference in terms of where we finished. “We really took this on as a learning curve and I’m proud of what they delivered. I think next season is going to be really big. “We have a player who is 15 and in his first season with us he scored two points. Last
season he scored 100. That shows there is development and growth within this team.” Brixton Ballers have been boosted by the addition of three new players and the return from injury of Kyle Alexander, 17, a squad member who represented England in the Powerchair Football World Cup earlier this year. “I had scoliosis on my back to a severe degree and it meant I was out for a whole season,” said Kyle. “There was a lot of pain as it was in the nerve endings of my back. I had to get used to a new shape and a new feeling. “To build myself back up there has been a lot of physio, a lot of time spent in the swimming pool, a lot of early mornings and a lot of pushing to try and get back to full fitness. “The biggest challenge I have faced as a player is coming back from injury, as it was definitely a lot more mentally demanding than I thought it would be in comparison to the actual pain I felt after surgery. However, once you get back there is no better feeling. “Now I’m back I’m just raring to go, I’m excited. It feels great to be back with my teammates. I feel like I have missed out on a lot, but I feel there is a lot of time to make up for it.”
By David Moftakhar
Above: Kheron Gilpin with his gold medal Below: Alex Richards wins her bout
Miguel’s Boxing Club in Brixton achieved the remarkable feat of finishing second in the Haringey Box Cup – Europe’s largest amateur boxing event, held this year at Alexandra Palace in North London – winning four gold medals over the course of the weekend. Competing against nearly 100 clubs from across Europe – almost all much larger and with far greater resources – Miguel’s, headed by coach Mike Burton, finished second only to Bethnal Green’s world-famous Repton Boxing Club, where a number of world champions and Olympic gold medallists have trained. Burton described himself as “absolutely delighted” with the performances of his young charges as the club put in the best performance in their history. Alex Richards avenged her defeat in last year’s final beating Emma McCulloch in the Female A 48kg class, with Ella Harris winning the Female C category at the same weight. The other winners over the weekend were Iduino Balde, who won his Senior B 75kg final against Rob Magill, and fast-talking heavyweight Kheron Gilpin who defeated Iman Zahmatkesh to lift the title in the Senior B 91kg weight division. The future looks bright for Miguel’s under the tutelage of Burton. A number of promising fighters are already starting to make their mark and a pipeline of talent is waiting in the wings.
Velodrome festival may become annual event
Kyle Alexander: ‘Now I’m back I’m just raring to go’
By Simon Still
Herne Hill Velodrome was the venue for the World Cycling Revival – a weekend celebrating 200 years of cycling. Organisers hope the event will become an annual fixture. Pro and amateur riders went head to head racing special edition David Millar CHPT3 Brompton folding bikes for a £10,048 purse presented by ex-pro David Millar and Brompton founder Andrew Richie. It went to 25-year-old local Alec Briggs who has been riding at Herne Hill since he was eight, but had not ridden a
Brompton until a couple of days before. Round-the-world-record cyclist Mark Beaumont
rode a penny farthing 21.92 miles in an hour to beat the 127-year-old British record (Set at Herne Hill).
He was agonisingly close to breaking the world record as well – coming up just 290 yards short. Local riders put in a strong performance against a multi-national field in track racing over the weekend. VC Londres (home club of the velodrome) rider Oscar Nilsson-Julien won both the golden wheel scratch and the men’s introduction races. Off the track there were cycle polo matches, a museum of cycling and some entertaining interviews hosted by sports journalist and presenter Ned Boulting.
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