March's news from Loughborough Junction Action Group

Help us make Elam Street Open Space really lovely this spring


Our volunteers have been working extremely hard in February and March to tidy up Elam Street Open Space. We’ll be there again this Sunday, 23 March, from 11am-3pm and lunch will be on offer at around 1pm. Please come and join us. Find out more.


Big Dig in Loughborough Junction


We will be tidying up the green space at the corner of Loughborough Road and Coldharbour Lane by the billboards on Saturday 22 March from 10am-1pm to get it ready for a beautiful new planting scheme for the summer. This is being organised by the farm's Marion Palmer and her colleague Natalie with funding from Building Communities in Coldharbour. Refreshments will be served.

Loughborough Junction Business Forum

On Wednesday, 26 February, a group of local businesses met up as part of LJAG’s commitment to helping trade in the area. We want to hear how we can be supportive to the businesses in our area and the key issues they need tackled. The meeting was really positive and resulted in an action plan for the next 18 months. Read the full story.
 

The future of Ruskin Park’s stable block

Architects Pollard Thomas Edwards (who redesigned Brockwell Lido) have been charged with carrying out a feasibility study for the renovation of the Ruskin Park stable block by the Friends of Ruskin Park (funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund).

A cafe and gallery, nursery, community meeting space and venue, or dual purpose use were some of the suggestions. People agreed it was important that whatever the choice it was sustainable. 

A public consultation will take place in Ruskin Park on Sunday 18 May from 10am- 4pm. At this point, there will be a number of options for park users to respond to. This will be followed up with a public Friends of Ruskin Park Meeting on Tuesday 20 May at 7.30pm in the Cambria Pub, Kemerton Road when the outputs of the consultation will be shared.

Brixton Give and Take Market

Need to have a clear out? Or in need of some new things, for free? If so this is for you. The annual Give and Take Market will take place on Saturday 29 March from 12-3.30pm. Everything at the market will be free. Donations are welcome in the morning and volunteers are needed to help sort these out. Find out more.
 

Thursday evening yoga at C.A.F.E.

New yoga classes have started in Loughborough Junction on Thursday evenings, from 7-8.15pm at C.A.F.E. on Coldharbour Lane. Full details.

Welcome to your March newsletter from LJAG

We are delighted to announce that all of the artworks are now up under the Cambria Bridge! If you haven't been down to the bridge recently please head down to take a look. We think it's looking fantastic. A big thanks to all the artists who contributed, and to our volunteer Walter Reed, for making it all happen.

There are plenty of events taking place over the next few weeks and we'd love you to get involved, even if you can only spare an hour or two. Read on to find out more.

Even if you can't make it along to these events, we always need more help, so if you'd like to get involved, or have an idea you'd like to share with us please email ljactiongroup@gmail.com.

With best wishes

The LJAG Team

Loughborough Farm

The Loughborough Farm has gone from strength to strength over the winter months but now that spring is here the fun can really begin! Join us every Saturday at the farm between 1-3pm (when the weather gets better we’ll be changing this to 2-4pm so check out events pages on our website to be sure of the time. This weekend we’ll be digging, cropping our salads, propping up our peas, planting some more, making beautiful furniture, clearing the still derelict areas and eating cake.

For the first time this week the Loughborough Farm will be opening for a new weekday session on Tuesday 25 March from 1-3pm. It will include an introductory session for any new volunteers, and we will be doing some sowing, weeding, cropping and designing cold frames from recycled windows.

Plus we even have our own song now, written and recorded by Jacob Doran!

We’re always keen to hear your thoughts and ideas for what we can do next so please come down to one of these sessions or email us to find out more.



Check out these amazing chairs made out of old pallets by some of our volunteers.
We love the Loughborough Farm logo designed for us for FREE by local artist Emerald Mosley. If you would like to commission her (or are just curious) you can see her work at goldtop.org and you can email her goldtop.mail@gmail.com. Also Emerald is responsible for one of the artworks under the Cambria Bridge. Can you guess which one? Email us if you think you know.  Thank you again Emerald.

Local artists need your help

A collective of local artists are running a Kickstarter campaign to raise enough funds to enable them to take part in The Other Art Fair in Marylebone this April. Find out more.
 

Sharing information about our makers and community groups

We have added a new section to the LJAG website called Our Community. We would like to include as many different community groups and makers to this section as possible.

Please email us at ljactiongroup@gmail.com if you would like to be included.

Free places are available on Project Dare course for women

If you would like to learn more about how to love your own body then this course is for you. Free places are available for 25 women from the Coldharbour area. Read more.

Local teenagers learn photography skills from “inspirational” professional

A world-renowned photographer shared his skills with Loughborough Junction teenagers this February half term. Giles Duley, 42, shared his photography knowledge with four young people, aged from 14-18, from Loughborough Junction, three of whom lived on the Milkwood Estate.

The teenagers spent the week taking portraits of local artists and makers that will be displayed in an open-air exhibition in June. Giles Duley will be returning to the area soon to take further portraits, which will be displayed at the same exhibition.

Kalina Gordon, 18, Zulieka Taylor, 18, Amy Finch, 14 and Hayden Martin, 16 all thoroughly enjoyed the course. Zulieka, who is studying for an A level in Photography at the moment, said “I wanted to do photography anyway but this has made up my mind for me. Giles was inspirational and his own story was really interesting.”

Duley made his name as a music photographer in the 1990s before travelling the word to photograph humanitarian stories often in areas of conflict. In 2011 he lost both legs and his left arm after stepping on an explosive device in Afghanistan. Despite this he has continued working as a photographer, and has travelled to Jordan and Syria recently.

The project was organised by LJAG in conjunction with the Milkwood Residents Association and Photofusion Gallery and was funded by the Arts Council and Lambeth Council

Kids’ Whirled

Kids’ Whirled has received funding to continue its Saturday afternoon screenings of family films. This is great news for Loughborough Junction as the screenings are enjoyed by many children from the area. This weekend's film is James and the Giant Peach, shown at 3pm on Saturday. Find out more.

 

Cancer awareness event

This will take place at the Carnegie Library, Monday 31 March, 5-7pm. Find out more.
 
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