Dawn Hill & Gerald Jacobs at the exhibition
If you or your family were in Brixton in 1960’s and 1970’s check out the photo exhibition in Lambeth Town Hall on until Friday 6th July.
Harry Jacob was a popular portrait photographer with Brixton’s black community. His studio was at 152 Landor Road. Pop into Lambeth Town Hall, Brixton SW2 1RW between 10am and 8pm Monday to Friday and try to identify people in the photos – post-it notes provided! Harry’s son Gerald was pictured at the opening last week with Dawn Hill, chair of the Black Cultural Archives.
And if you have any photos at home taken by LE Campbell, who had a studio at 82 Atlantic Road in the 1960s, please get in touch with the Black Cultural Archives in Windrush Square SW2 1EF.
For many more events in the Windrush 70 year anniversary programme see: http://www.windrush70.com/
Proposed new boundaries
The Boundary Commission is determined to split up the wards of West Norwood into two separate parliamentary constituencies giving us two MPs. The new proposals put Thurlow Park ward into the Streatham & Brixton South constituency and Gipsy Hill & Knights Hill wards into the new Norwood & Thornton Heath constituency. There was much local opposition last autumn to splitting Knights Hill ward off from the rest of West Norwood. ( See our earlier posts 25/9/16 & 21/3/17. )
Check this map to see the latest proposed new constituencies: https://www.bce2018.org.uk/
Deadline for comments is 10th December 2017.
The Boundary Commission is aiming to give each MP between 71,000 and 79,000 constituents. Despite London’s rising population this means a drop from 73 MPs in London down to 68 MPs.
At the Community Police Consultative Group for Lambeth meeting last night it was agreed a joint statement would be issued over the unacceptable scenes in Brixton that followed Baroness Thatcher’s death.The CPCG members, Lambeth Council and Lambeth Police have all condemned Monday’s events saying protests of the kind seen on Monday are not welcome in the borough.
Jim Toohill, CPCG for Lambeth Honoury Comptroller, said: “Celebrating an individual’s death is tasteless and will have been widely seen as such in Lambeth, whatever our political views.“But even tasteless assembly, if peaceful, is lawful. Criminal behaviour is not. We support our local police in maintaining that distinction and will fight to ensure they have the resources locally to do so.”
Cllr Lib Peck, Lambeth Council leader, said: “We condemn the events in Windrush Square on Monday night, as holding a gathering to celebrate anyone’s death is totally unacceptable.“The scenes we witnesses throughout the evening do not represent, or speak for, the community in Brixton and across Lambeth. We are working with the police to ensure those responsible for any disorder and criminality are brought to book.”
Chief Superintendent Matt Bell, Lambeth Police Borough Commander, said: “The community of Lambeth and particularly Brixton who were affected by the disorderly behaviour of a small minority of people on Monday night are furious.“I’ve met and spoken with many who totally condemn the disrespectful outpouring that followed the announcement – whatever political views you may hold. “They were not representative of, nor is their brand of protest welcome in, our community. Local policing arrangements are in place to ensure any further attempts to abuse the hospitality of Lambeth in this way are robustly dealt with.”