Stockwell’s Big Up Films receives funding

big-up-filmsStockwell-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.

Kennington Secret Santa

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…

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).

Channel 5 commissions documentary on the Stockwell Strangler

kenneth-erskine2‘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.

Your local food bank needs you

foodbankHyde 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


Your voice is needed for the visually impaired

audio-hiThe Friends of Tate South Lambeth library are appealing for volunteers for the Lambeth Libraries campaign LibriVox 100. The aim is to record 100 books and make them available to the visually impaired and other readers around the world.
They want 100 sighted readers to volunteer, by this Christmas, to upload to the LibriVox website audio files for out-of-copyright books. LibriVox, which is part of Project Gutenberg, is an online database of free public domain literature.
No prior experience is needed, nor auditions or samples of work done – just your voice, some free software, your computer, and maybe an inexpensive microphone.
All you need to do is register with LibriVox ( and let Lambeth Libraries know you’re taking part via, where you can share which books you are recording and how you are getting on.
If you want to know more, contact Tim O’Dell on to’


2 tours of Stockwell Bus Garage

Tours of Stockwell Bus Garage by Our HutOn 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 stating which tour you’d like to join and how many adults and how many children will be in your party.

Generations gather to witness the unveiling of a plaque at Stockwell Memorial Gardens

Cllr Mark Bennett, Mayor of Lambeth, unveils the plaqueCllr 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.”

Bolney Meadow Community Centre Fun Health and Fitness Week

Bolney Meadow community centre fun and fitness weekStarting 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 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