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Welcome to LJAG's newsletter - January 2013

A very happy new year to everyone. The year has started with a huge victory for LJAG - success in our campaign to save the train services from Loughborough Junction. We're delighted of course, but things don't end there - now the fight is on for a lift at Loughborough Junction station and longer trains to alleviate rush hour overcrowding (sometimes people can't even get on the trains at all). See below for more details about the consultation.

If you'd like to get involved with this, or indeed any of our other work, we'd love to hear from you. We will be meeting at the Cambria pub at 7.30pm on Tuesday 5 February - please join us if you can. Alternatively email to get in touch.

We hope that you enjoy reading this newsletter. Any feedback is of course welcome. And if you'd like to include something in our newsletter please email and we'll see what we can do.
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A new type of consultation: rickshaws and twinkly lights

Loughborough Junction’s masterplanners DSDHA took over an empty shop on Saturday 8 December on Loughborough Road for a big consultation event for the Loughborough Junction masterplan. The shop was decked out with twinkly lights and there were rickshaw rides around the neighbourhood with people taking the masterplanners on trips around their favourite places.

On the same day, in the Loughborough Centre, local resident, Angela, hosted the Big Local event with support from LJAG. Local people got to learn about the Big Local for North Brixton, a Lottery project which will invest £1 million in the area over the next 10 years in projects devised by local people. Read more.
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Victory for LJAG in battle to save train service

The Thameslink service to central London from Loughborough Junction station has been safeguarded, the government announced this week. All passengers travelling north from Loughborough Junction would have had to change trains at Blackfriars from 2018 under Network Rail proposals, which the Department for Transport has now decided to scrap. Our volunteers collected around 1500 signatures in August and September last year on platforms, in carriages and outside the station and many of us (including LJAG) wrote impassioned letters of protest. This work contributed greatly to the decision not to go ahead with the plans. We thank everyone who got involved. See the consultation document.

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Park life: Myatt's Fields Park

Did you know that Myatt’s Field’s Park on Cormont Road has a lovely café? The Little Cat Café in Myatt’s is open Friday to Sunday in winter, from 10am-3pm. It serves hot and cold drinks, cakes and has an exciting new take away hot lunch service, serving a different Thai dish every week.
Myatt's Fields Park Project was formed in 2000 by a group of local residents who wanted to improve the park and bring more life into it. They run the café, a food project, and a large greenhouse and a few cold beds where people are taught how to grow food. All produce is used or sold in food sessions or the café. Anyone who is a local resident and park user and supports the aims of the Group is regarded as a member and can be involved.

Keep your eyes open for updates on and the park noticeboards. If you would like to be on the mailing list, please email
Why not join one of the free weekly sessions?
  • Friday, 9-10.30am, Mulberry Centre, Family Breakfast Club
  • Friday, 12.30-2pm, park depot, Retired People's Lunch Club
  • Saturday, 10.30am-1pm, park depot, Cook and Eat
No need to book, just show up!
Upcoming greenhouse sessions: Sunday 3 February and Sunday 3 March, 11.30am-2pm. Free cooked lunch for all volunteers!

Myatt's Fields Park bandstand

Loughborough Park

Loughborough Park is the park that no one knows about. Tucked away opposite the Evelyn Grace Academy with entrances on Moorland Road and Loughborough Park it was once a nursery serving Loughborough House which stood in the area we now know as Fiveways. The park has recently had a mini-makeover; the picnic area has been revamped; an innovative edible hedge has been planted and there is a new food growing area. If you are interested in food growing or want to volunteer for the friends group come along on Saturday 16 February from 1-4pm when Lambeth is planning a launch event.
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The future of the Carnegie Library

LJAG loves the Carnegie Library building in Herne Hill Road. The architect was the little-known Clapham firm of H Wakeford & Son and it was built at a cost of £11,316 and was paid for by the Anglo-Scottish industrialist Andrew Carnegie who paid for over 380 libraries in the UK and countless more in the United States. Now the library is under threat but the Friends of Carnegie Library are determined that it won’t shut. According to local councillor Carol Boucher there is lots of wasted space which could be put to better use. “We want to turn it into a hub for the whole community and find a way of making the building and library sustainable in the long term”. If you want to get involved email the Friends at  And use the library: the opening hours are Monday 1pm to 8pm, Wednesday 10am to 6pm, Friday 10am to 6pm and Saturday 9am to 5pm.
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Community building volunteers wanted at the Remakery

Could you lend a hand to transform a formerly derelict space into workshops for re-use and upcycling enterprises? The Remakery is seeking skilled and unskilled volunteers for painting and decorating, carpentry, electrical and plumbing work. Site Socials take place every Thursday 6-9pm, with a volunteering session followed by pizza and drinks. Volunteers are also needed on weekdays and Saturdays, with morning slots from 10am-1pm and afternoons 2-5pm. 

Email us or call Hannah on 07919 038778. Visit the Remakery at Garage Block 1, Paulet Road Estate, London SE5 9HZ. Rear entrance at end of Penford Street (cul de sac opposite Minet Library).

Find the Remakery online at, on Twitter (@remakery) and Facebook.
Ruskin Park Stable Block

Ruskin Park Stable Block 

It’s a bit of an eyesore. And if you ever wondered what that ramshackle building near the Denmark Hill and Ferndene Road entrance to Ruskin park is, then now is your chance to find out. Have a peep through the padlocked gates and you will discover an old Victorian stable block that once belonged to one of the grand mansions which stood on Denmark Hill. Now the Friends of Ruskin Park want the building rescued and turned into a community centre and they want local people to get involved. There are lots of ideas and the list of ‘must haves’ includes a cafe selling freshly-made food, an events space, exercise classes, pensioners’ group, the integration of the building with the park, good security and evening openings. This has the potential to be a magical space, which could earn its keep as a romantic wedding venue. LJAG will be playing its part on the steering group. If you want to learn more email Vicki Badham. The group is particularly interested in hearing from anyone who is good at writing funding applications.
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