There is clear evidence the coronavirus pandemic is adversely impacting the UK’s Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities.
Local West Norwood councillor Sonia Winifred is Lambeth’s lead for Equalities and Culture and has written to key stakeholders outlining her concerns. Sonia says: “Whilst I am pleased to hear the government will launch an inquiry into the disproportionality of BAME deaths due to COVID-19, I would urge the government to approach this as a matter of priority. Lambeth is recording the relevant equalities data in all of the support services that we are providing and for example making sure our BAME business community is accessing the support for business we have put in place locally , as well as accessing the government’s scheme.”
To see Sonia’s open letter in full see:
For local advice & help during the coronavirus crisis please see:
“Before and After Windrush: 350 years of Black People in Lambeth” is a free exhibition in Lambeth town hall in Brixton SW2 1RW on weekdays 9am to 6pm until Friday 12th July.
Evidence from Lambeth Palace & council archives of Black People in Lambeth goes back to the 1660s. It includes records of former slaves and servants who were being baptised in a Lambeth parish church in the eighteenth century, African princes & sons of chiefs who were being educated in Clapham and the mysterious, unnamed Black Woman of Brixton Causeway who was struggling to bring up her child in Lambeth in the 1720s.
Photographs by Harry Jacobs of the Black community in Brixton between the 1950s and the 1990s are also on display.
To meet the curator of the exhibition on Monday 1st July at 6.30pm email firstname.lastname@example.org to book a place.
Cllr Sonia Winifred, pictured, said: “Multiculturalism and the history of our Black communities in Lambeth goes back much further than most people probably realise.
We have a packed schedule of events through the month to mark Windrush Day on 22nd June it. Check out the brilliant programme of events we are putting on throughout June”
For details of Windrush events see: https://love.lambeth.gov.uk/windrush-celebrations-2019/
Our library is closed this week to prepare for opening over the road in Norwood High Street SE27 9JU on Friday 9th November from 10am and will be sharing the building with a 4 screen Picturehouse cinema & cafe.
This Lambeth library will be operate 54 hours a week and be open every day. Library times are: Mondays 1pm to 8pm; Tuesdays 10am to 8pm; Wednesdays 10am to 6pm; Thursdays 10am to 8pm; Fridays 10am to 6pm; Saturdays 10am to 6pm; Sundays 1pm to 5pm.
Our library will have 35,000 books, free IT facilities with Wifi and over 30 computers to use, a special children’s area, study space, full time library staff, regular activities for all ages and much more.
The West Norwood Library & Picturehouse building is fully wheelchair accessible with a lift and 3 disabled parking bays. Every screen will have an infrared system to play audio-described tracks (when provided by the film’s distributor) through hprovided headphones.
Children’s area in new Library
Cllr Sonia Winifred ( pictured) says: “I’m delighted that the West Norwood Library & Picturehouse is opening 9th November. It’s taken a little longer than we had hoped but now it’s ready for all to enjoy. I am sure it will soon become central to West Norwood’s community life.”
For details of the cinema programme see: https://www.picturehouses.com/cinema/West_Norwood#this-week. Opening films are Widows (15) and Wildlife (12A) . Standard adult tickets £11.10 to £14.10 . Members get discounts and there is still time to sign up as a Founder Member.
October is Black History month and Lambeth council has partnered with the Black Cultural Archives to deliver a fantastic programme of more than 50 events – something for all ages and al tastes. Most activities are free but some have to be booked in advance.
See our events section on this web site for local events in Norwood – mainly in school half term week . For the full programme get a free copy of the booklet from the library or check it out online:
https://www.lambeth.gov.uk/leisure-parks-and-libraries/libraries/black-history-month @BHMLambeth @BCAheritage
Cllr Sonia Winifred is pictured by one of Alvin Kofi’s Rooted installations in the town hall – part of Brixton Design Trail during 2018 London Design Festival. http://www.kofiarts.com/ https://www.brixtondesigntrail.com/
Cllr Winifred with Lambeth’s Starting School booklet
The deadline to apply for a reception place in a Lambeth primary school for
the school year starting September 2018 is midnight Monday 15th January.
Reception places in 2018/19 are for children born between 1 September 2013
and 31 August 2014.
The application form and proof of parents and child’s current address are
essential part of the application. It is also important to name your top 6
To apply online and for more details see:
Families will be offered a school place on April 16th . Late and invalid
applications will not be actioned until after April 16th.
Sonia Winifred, local Labour councillor, says ” I work in primary schools
and know how easy it is for parents with hectic lives to forget deadlines.
Do remind friends and neighbours about the January 15th application
OFSTED has rated 96% of Lambeth schools rated as ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’.
Labour councillors at West Norwood station
To start off the new year 2017 train fares have gone up another 2.3% since last year. The total increase in rail ticket prices since 2010 is 27% – far in excess of the inflation rate & wage increases.
In West Norwood the train situation is made worse by very poor services from Southern rail causing ever more misery & stress to commuters reliant on trains to get to & from work. For example during an hour this last Tuesday morning’s rush hour commuters said one train was cancelled and another doubly overcrowded as it had only 5 carriages instead of the normal 10 carriages.
The Southern rail situation is exacerbated by the government’s Transport Secretary cancelling plans, at the last minute, to transfer responsibility for running London suburban train services to Transport for London (TfL) and the Labour London Mayor.
Our MP, Helen Hayes, is a founding member of the newly formed All Party Parliamentary Group on Southern rail and campaigning for the government to remove the failing Southern rail service from Govia’s contract. You can help the campaign by recording your recent experiences of using Southern Rail in this short survey .
People who chose to vote by post are voting now to choose the next London Mayor.
There are 3 ballot papers: one for the Mayor; one to represent Lambeth & Southwark on the Greater London Assembly(GLA) and one for party representatives on the GLA.
To be counted postal ballots must be posted in time to reach the Council by the end of May 5th. Or they can be handed in at any polling station on Thursday May 5th election day.
If your postal ballot has not arrived by post by Thursday 28th April you can get another one- apply in person to Olive Morris House, 18 Brixton Hill SW2 1RD with photo-id and confirmation of your address.