Stockwell-based community group Big Up Films has won £500 funding from Skipton Building Society’s Grassroots Giving initiative.
Big Up Films is run by a small collection of volunteers, who work to offer film making, drama, music production and urban arts workshops to the community. Young people who take part in the workshops have access to professional filming and recording equipment, and are trained in how to use them. The group meet in a local youth club, and is run by professionals.
Every Christmas the Kennington Association gives a shopping voucher to local families needing help at this time of year. The families are chosen by local early years professionals. The KA is not told who the families are – hence Secret Santa…
CAN YOU CONTRIBUTE?
The need is greater than ever this year. Every penny donated will go to the families.
DONATIONS, LARGE OR SMALL… are being collected at Amici, Duo Amici and Doost in Kennington.
Creative Sparkworks, a local arts charity based at Lollard Street Adventure Playground have agreed to help us collect too.
Durning Library will also accept donations (in a clearly marked envelope), which will be kept securely in their office.
If you want to contribute by cheque, please make it out to ‘Kennington Association’ (and write Secret Santa on the back).
The Kennington Association is ‘a politically independent community association created to facilitate co-operation, communication, crecretion and a conduit for lending a helping hand in the neighbourhood,’ it says on their website).
‘The Stockwell Strangler,’ Kenneth Erskine, who murdered seven elderly people in Stockwell in a four-month period in 1986, is to be the subject of a Channel 5 documentary series. First Kill, Last Kill, which explores his first and last murders, is scheduled to be shown in early 2014. It has been made by Crackit Productions and GroupM Entertainment and will be presented by Professor David Wilson.
Erskine was sentenced to life imprisonment for murder in 1988. In July 2009 his murder convictions were reduced to manslaughter on the grounds on diminished responsibility following an appeal. He is currently in Broadmoor Hospital.
Hyde Plus are appealing for donations of dried and tinned food and toiletries for their next collection on Thursday 21 November 2013, 9am-9pm
Drop-off your contribution at
The Stockwell Centre
1 Studley Road
London SW4 6 RA
For more information on the collection and produce accepted contact Felix Dyer on 020 7346 6586 or email@example.com
Some of you may remember previous stories on the poetry of ‘Hurricane Sue’ who tapes her work to bus shelters and the like.
We haven’t heard from her since last year, so it’s nice to know she is still about. This is the latest posting that we are aware of.
Our thanks to Ian Cameron for the photo.
A Lambeth Council byelection has been called for Vassall Ward following the resignation of Councillor Kingsley Abrams.
The byelection will be held on Thursday 28 November 2013.
On Saturday 5 October Our Hut are running two tours of Stockwell Bus Garage. The tours start at 10.30am and 2.30pm and each will take around an hour.
This is a rare opportunity to visit the interior of the stunning 1952 concrete building, still operating as a 24 hour bus garage. The tours will be led by Colin Opher, General Manager of the garage and you will be able to draw and photograph the building. All drawing materials will be provided.
The tours are free but booking is essential. To reserve your place(s) please email Judy at firstname.lastname@example.org stating which tour you’d like to join and how many adults and how many children will be in your party.
Cllr Mark Bennett, the Mayor of Lambeth, on Saturday unveiled a plaque to mark the completion of works at Memorial Gardens to renovate the clock tower and repaint the mural on the rotunda.
The ceremony was attended by local residents, families and councillors, including three generations of the Dartnell family. The Treasurer of the Friends of Stockwell War Memorial and Gardens, Sheila Dartnell, is a great-niece of Christopher Dartnell, who was killed in action on 16 October 1917 age 21. She commented:
“Our campaign has always been about remembering those who made the final sacrifice and our duty to preserve the past for future generations. When I began campaigning for the restoration of the clock tower in 2006, I had no idea it would develop into the wonderful results we can see today.”
Cllr Bennett paid tribute to the efforts of all involved in the work, including the Friends of Stockwell War Memorial and Gardens and the London Mural Preservation Society, who worked cooperatively with Lambeth Council and the War Memorials Trust on the project.
“I congratulate all who have given their time and toil, their expertise and care, to bring the War Memorial and Mural back to a state that shows proper respect for so many who served and died, and proper pride in the history of Stockwell. As we approach the centenary of the outbreak of World War One, and rightly reflect on the human cost of all conflicts, the Memorial and Mural now stand as restored and renewed symbols of sacrifice and remembrance.”
Ruth Miller of the London Mural Preservation Society, said:
“We were delighted to be involved in the repair of the mural in Stockwell Memorial Gardens. The mural was restored with the help of local volunteers who worked tirelessly through snow, rain and very hot sunny days. The refreshed colours of the mural encourage people to look at both memorials and contemplate the histories of the past residents of Stockwell.”
Starting on 24 September Bolney Community Centre at 31 Bolney Street is showcasing their wonderful facilities with a week-long programme of free Fun Health and Fitness activities activities.
They aim to offer regular activities to Bolney Meadow estate residents and other local people in the Stockwell, Oval and Vauxhall area at the Centre in the near future on a paid basis, so these are taster sessions to try out new things.
Email email@example.com for more details or contact Michael (07904 248157) or Kamal (07783 941624)
Download the programme by clicking this link ->
Bolney Meadow Fun and Fitness programme