2020 Lambeth festival of history

Lambeth’s Heritage Festival is taking place throughout September with at least one event each day. This year everything is online so book your free real time place early!

See the full programme here: https://love.lambeth.gov.uk/lambeth-heritage-festival-2020/

There are virtual walks, archive film screenings,  talks, podcasts, virtual reality films, banner making and drawing workshops, discussion groups, virtual building tours and author interviews – hopefully there should be something for everyone.

A big thanks to Lambeth Archives, the Lambeth Local History Forum and local groups for setting up this event.

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Book for books!

West Norwood Library has reopened after lockdown Mondays to Saturdays 11am to 4pm . But to maintain social distancing you must make an appointment by phone.

Ring 020 7926 8034 to collect books ordered in advance

Ring 020 7926 8092 to make an appointment to use a  computer or study space and for photocopying., scanning & printing.

The Picturehouse Cinema is open with a separate entrance through its café area. See: https://www.picturehouses.com/cinema/west-norwood-picturehouse

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Picking up parcels from our Sorting Office

Our SE27 Royal Mail parcel collection point and sorting office is still here and Royal Mail seem to be renovating the building!

Picking up parcels is now easier than before as new 30 minutes free parking spaces have recently been installed by Lambeth council outside!

Labour councillors & our MP have been campaigning since 2017 with residents  to keep our local parcel point open.

See our earlier posts:

3/9/2017

7/4/2107

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Tackling climate change locally

Climate change has become a climate crisis. Lambeth council has committed to be carbon neutral by 2030 and under Cllr Holland’s leadership the council  is setting up a Citizens  Assembly to develop recommendations on the actions we need to take together as the community of Lambeth.

Cllr Holland

To input your initial ideas to shape the Assembly discussions see the Climate Hub at : https://lambethclimateaction.commonplace.is/.

Delivering environmentally sustainable policies requires a significant degree of consensus from residents & businesses and cannot just be done through enforcement. The Citizens Assembly on the Climate Emergency will be a key process for gaining wider support for urgent new actions & policies. It involves bringing together a wide range of views from representatives of the diverse communities that make up our borough.

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Park Tavern

The Park Tavern

The Park Tavern on Elder Road SE27 9ND has been a pub since 1867.

Developers now want to turn it into 5 flats – four 2-bed room flats & one 1-bedroom flat.

Lambeth has a policy of keeping pubs as important community asset. However if the developer can prove the business is no longer viable  a change of use can be considered.  See policy ED8 in the Local Plan.

The Park Tavern was rebuilt in the 1920’s and is also part of the Elderwood Conservation area since 1976.

To see details and comment on the planning application use ref:  20/01945 at Lambeth’s planning portal .

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Feast is back on Sunday

West Norwood Feast markets are back for real on 2nd August this Sunday 10am to 4pm. Come along and support our local independent businesses.

Things have changed around a little since last year and  Feast is now on three sites: Food Fair at St Luke’s Church ,  Artisans’ Market at Chatworth Way  and Village Green in Devane Way SE27 0DF . Due to social distancing there is no picnicing in St Luke’s Gardens.

For details see: https://westnorwoodfeast.com/feast-is-back-sunday-2-august/

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Suggestions for changing local ward boundaries

The Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) is now looking at making changes to ward boundaries so that each councillor represents about the same number of resident electors.

Ward councillors in different parts of Lambeth represent varying numbers of residents as Lambeth’s population has increased over the last 20 years at different rates in different parts of the borough. Overall, by 2026, the Lambeth electorate is expected to increase by over 60,000 people.

To make suggestions for changes ( deadline 21st September) please check out the LGBCE web site:

https://www.lgbce.org.uk/all-reviews/greater-london/greater-london/lambeth

In Norwood there are 3 wards: Gipsy Hill, Knights Hill and Thurlow Park each with 3 councillors.

For details of all Lambeth’s councillors see: https://moderngov.lambeth.gov.uk/mgMemberIndex.aspx?FN=WARD&J=3

Ward boundaries were last changed 20 years ago by the LGBCE  For details of the current ward boundaries see:

https://www.lambeth.gov.uk/elections-and-council/about-lambeth/ward-maps

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Norwood Road works finished!

Early this week Thames Water finished their mains water project on Norwood Road and have now left the area free of diverted buses, extra traffic lights , cones and one lane roads. We have almost forgotten what it’s like to be free of road works as Thames Water started digging up Norwood Road in May 2019 and before that roadworks on Leigham Vale from 2016.

Thames Water has offered the local community £2,000 compensation for the disruption to our town centre. One suggestion is to produce and  distribute a business /service  directory to all the households surrounding West Norwood to encourage people to return to their local shopping centre and local traders.

Replacement of our trunk water mains is important infrastructure work  BUT it will not reduce the numerous leaks in our local roads and pavements. Please continue to report these to Thames Water: https://www.thameswater.co.uk/contact-us/report-a-problem/report-a-problem-online or phone 0800 714 614 or facebook/twitter @thameswater

The original Thames Water Authority was privatised in 1989 and is now owned by Kemble Water Holdings. The largest shareholders are:

Canadian pensions group OMERS , BT Pension Scheme , the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, the China Investment Corporation and the Kuwait Investment Authority.

See our recent earlier posts:

20/5/20

16/5/20

19/4/20

3/1/20

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Lambeth Country Show 2020

18th & 19th July will be the 2020 Lambeth Country show – online this year due to coronavirus.

https://lambethcountryshow.co.uk/virtual/

There will be plenty for everyone across the two days: music, workshops, shopping, community groups, animals, competitions and more.

Deadline for submitting photos for the competitions:

Flower Show  11pm Wednesday 15 July rules [ https://lambethcountryshow.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/LCS-Virtual-Flower-Show-Schedule-2020.pdf  ]

winning cake in 2019

Vegetable Sculpture: 3pm Friday 17 July – winner voted by the public up to 8pm on Sunday 19th:

Scarecrow, Recycled Garden & Best in Show: 3pm Friday 17 July

In the meantime watch compilations of the highlights of previous Country Shows:

https://www.facebook.com/lambethcountryshow/videos

@lambethcountryshow

#LCS20 #VirtualLCS #LCSintheHouse #LambethCountryShow

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Summer activities for children and young people

To find out about local summer activities for children, young people and families check out Lambeth’s web site:
http://www.lambeth.gov.uk/Summer2020

Or you can download this brochure.

With the coronavirus lockdown reducing there are changing government guidelines every week. So do check regularly for the latest information.

Here is are examples of activities:
Lambeth Libraries programme includes the Summer Reading Challenge https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/UKLAMBETH/bulletins/292c570
Fun packed summer programme filled with engaging activities for young people aged 11 to 19 years.

Rathbone in West Norwood have fun-packed summer activities for young people aged 11 to 19 years. include Sports, Arts and Creative Crafts, Music, Dance, Media, Cookery, Trips and much more  – contact cking@rathbonesociety.org.uk

CEF Lyncx are offering 5 weeks of activities for children and young people aged 8 – 15 and volunteering/work experience opportunities for young people aged 16+  http://cefi.org.uk/home

Lambeth Autism Group (NAS Lambeth) will be hosting a range of online sessions this summer -contact: lambeth@nas.org

Inspirational Youth have a one week  3rd to 7th August Summer Club for Year 6 children transitioning to Year 7  – at Streatham Youth and Community Trust SW16 – contact   louise@inspirationalyouth.org

@lamlibs
@_rathbone_
@CEFLyncx
@LambethNas
@iyeducate

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