Clink Chef Ambassador Cyrus Todiwala coming to Clink Brixton

Celebrated chef Cyrus Todiwala OBE DL is hosting a special evening at The Clink Restaurant at Brixton Prison to raise vital funds to support The Clink’s ongoing commitment to prisoner rehabilitation and reducing reoffending rates.

Todiwala, who is a chef ambassador for The Clink charity, will invite guests to ‘explore the culinary flavours of India’ with a five-course menu. The evening will begin with drinks and canapés, before serving coconut wrapped fish and curried mince lamb. Other dishes on the menu include Indian-style apricot chicken and caramelised onion rice, sprinkled with spice dust. To finish, guests can indulge in Cyrus’s famous baked custard, flavoured with cardamon, nutmeg and rose scent.

Tickets are £49.50 per person. Places are limited and must be booked in advance in order to attend. Please email brixton@theclinkrestaurant.com for more information and to book your table.

EVENT: The future of Clapham Park

image003A series of drop-in sessions for residents this week showcases plans for the future of Clapham Park. Brixton Hill ward residents in area 3 on the map shown, including those in Kintyre Court and Kingswood Road, are invited to the session on Thursday 26 January on Kings Avenue.

Metropolitan Housing are reviewing the masterplan for Clapham Park to make sure it delivers what the local community needs today and into the future.

At these events Metropolitan want to talk in more detail about specific elements of the masterplan, including:

  • Landscape and open spaces (including play areas, public parks, private and communal outside areas)
  • Movement and parking (including parking, types of streets and how pedestrians, cyclists and cars get around)
  • Buildings and height
  • Use of land (including retail, recreational and community facilities)

The event for ‘Clapham Park East’, covering Brixton Hill ward, takes place in the marquee by the Community Resource Centre next to Sainsbury’s, Kings Avenue, SW4 on Thursday 26th January. Drop in any time between 2pm and 8pm.

Christmas fetes this weekend

Brixton Hill’s two principal Christmas fairs take place this weekend. On Saturday 3rd December Corpus Christi Primary School will hold its fair 12-4 with Santa’s Grotto plus food and goodies, compered by Miranda Sawyer and Richard Avery.

This is followed by Sudbourne School’s Winter Fair on Sunday 1-4 with the traditional stalls and raffle. Entrance £1.

Corpus Christi schoolchildren are also taking part in the switch-on of Brixton’s Christmas lights tonight (Friday 2nd December) at 6pm.

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NTCG Brixton on Lambert Road celebrating 60th anniversary

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Brixton New Testament Church of God on Lambert Road is celebrating its 60th anniversary this coming weekend. In 1956, the NTCG took over the former Anglican church of St Saviour’s, making it one of the oldest of the 130 congregations the NTCG has today.

All are welcome to join the celebration on Saturday 12th November 2016 – doors open at 4pm and the service commences at 5pm.

Next Safer Neighbourhood Panel on 20th October to discuss speeding

Edit: THIS MEETING HAS NOW BEEN CANCELLED

Met-Police-logoThe next Brixton Hill Safer Neighbourhood Ward Panel meeting takes place on Thursday 20 October at 7pm. The venue is the Clapham Park Project at 1-4 Brixton Hill Place off Brixton Hill, SW2 1HJ.

The panel is an opportunity to discuss local concerns and to and set priorities for the local police team. The agenda will include a discussion on tackling speeding and anti-social driving.

Events for Brixton Windmill 200th anniversary

Events continue to celebrate Brixton Windmill’s 200th anniversary in 2016.

This weekend sees the Harvest Festival, coinciding with Brixton Design Trail and Open House Weekend. A highlight will be local pattern and print designers Eley Kishimoto  who will dress the windmill sails with their striking Flash design. There’s a chance to see flour being ground at the windmill, local bakery the Old Post Office will run baking demonstrations alongside Brockwell Bake, selling products made from Brixton Windmill flour, and refreshments will be available as well as a chance to buy Brixton Windmill flour. Continue reading

Brixton Design Trail events in Brixton Hill

Brixton Design Trail 2016 starts today with a series of events and activities until 25th September. Under the theme ‘Rebel Rebel’, it aims to engage the local community and wider design world with a series of installations, exhibitions and events throughout the town centre by resident artists, designers and creative organisations. Rebel Rebel of course plays tribute to Brixton’s own David Bowie.

Several activities are taking place in Brixton Hill. 

  • F Mondays at 112A Brixton Hill is hosting an exhibition by screenprinter Chiara Leto all week.
  • Brixton Windmill has a Harvest Festival 1-5 on Sunday 18th September, coinciding with its 200th anniversary year and Open House Weekend. As well as rural crafts and baking demonstrations, local pattern and print designers Eley Kishimoto will dress the windmill sails with their striking Flash design, made to celebrate the 200th anniversary.
  • The new South Bank UTC, which opened this month in temporary buildings off Horsford Road, has a talk and exhibition at 4pm on 22nd September about training young engineers.

Details of these and all the events across Brixton can be found on brixtondesigntrail.com

TONIGHT: Chuka Umunna debates Europe in Brixton Hill

Chuka Umunna MP is taking part in a public meeting tonight to hear both sides of the European Referendum debate.

Chuka will be speaking on behalf of the Remain campaign with Mustafa Jameel in favour of Leave.

The event takes place at 7.30pm, 15th June 2016, at Corpus Christi Church Hall on Trent Road.

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Lib Peck’s statement on the Housing & Planning Bill

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Ahead of this weekend’s ‘Kill the Housing Bill’ march from the Imperial War Museum to Westminster, Councillor Lib Peck has issued the following statement on the Housing and Planning Bill being considered by Parliament:

The Lambeth Labour Group of Councillors fully opposes the Tory Government’s Housing and Planning Bill.

Labour, locally and nationally, have been lobbying to try and make the bill less destructive. I gave evidence of the Bill’s damaging impact to Lambeth at a Parliamentary committee in November 2015, and together with Cllr Matthew Bennett (Cabinet Member for Housing) we have met with several government ministers, leading housing associations and the mayor of London to make our views known. Our views on the Bill have been set out clearly by Cllr Bennett here. We are also working with the other London councils to see how we can make the best  out of a very bad deal if the legislation goes through.

Housing is a top priority for Labour in Lambeth and London and we will continue to support constructive ways to improve provision across the region  and develop more affordable solutions. Locally in Lambeth Labour is spending £450 million bringing our council flats and houses up to the Lambeth Housing Standard. Thousands of homes are now in far better condition than when we took back the council from the Tories and Lib Dems nearly 10 years ago. We are also building 1,000 new council rent homes by 2018, a policy consistently opposed  by the Conservative and Green parties in Lambeth. Lambeth Labour has also done  a lot of work to support residents who have been badly affected by Tory  policies, like the bedroom tax, by supporting them to manage their finances  better, move into more suitable properties and find training and work.  Where Labour is in power, as it is at council level, I think you can see that we take action to support social housing and residents who live in it.  Unfortunately, it is the Tories who are in charge at London and national level and there they use their power to shift resources from the poorest to the richest. We all work extremely hard to put Labour in power at every level and when we succeed to use that power to benefit ordinary people, particularly those who need help to improve their own situation.

None of your Labour representatives want to see this kind of social division  and will continue to campaign and act to stop it – Where we can act to limit the impact on residents we will do so.

I will also ensure that details of your march are circulated amongst the Labour Group Members and further within the Labour movement.

Lib Peck,

Leader of Lambeth Council and Lambeth Labour Group