July news from Loughborough Junction Action Group

Tessa Jowell to talk at LJAG AGM next week

We’ll be holding our AGM on Thursday 17 July from 6.30pm at Sunshine International Arts C.A.F.E., 209a Coldharbour Lane. We’re thrilled that Dame Tessa Jowell (MP) is going to attend to talk to us all and answer our questions. We are also looking forward to sharing with all our supporters news of the exciting work that we have done over the last year, and our plans for the coming year.

The C.A.F.E. is at 209a Coldharbour Lane, opposite the laundrette to the right of Loughborough Junction station.

Read more.


Can you help LJAG?

Because of our recent fundraising successes we are now in a financial position where the Charities Commission requires us to have our annual accounts audited. Are you an auditor? Or do you know someone who is? If so please contact us if you would be happy to audit our accounts as a piece of pro bono work. Email ljactiongroup@gmail.com In addition we are still looking for people to help us with communications and events. Join us and get valuable experience to put on your CV.

Survey of local businesses

Our newest volunteer, Alex Marsh, is going to be helping us to conduct a comprehensive survey of local businesses. If you would like to help out with the survey, and in the meantime meet some of Loughborough Junction’s most interesting people, please let us know (ljactiongroup@gmail.com). Alternatively if you’re a business who would like to get the ball rolling and talk to us, please contact us on the email address above.

Carers Time

Herne Hill Road Medical Practice in partnership with its Patient Participation Group and Carnegie Library held an event in the library garden in the run-up to Carers' Week in June. Carers Hub Lambeth led the way in the borough as the nationwide week got into full swing celebrating the unpaid workers whose care to friends and relatives is equivalent to an estimated £119 billion every year. The Hub also circulated local GP surgeries with specialist carers' information packs.

Join us down at the farm, Tuesdays and Saturdays

The Loughborough Farm is open every Tuesday and Saturday from 1-3pm for planting, gardening, food growing, harvesting, DIY and of course, tea and cake. We have lots of exciting plans for the rest of the year, including a couple of potential new sites in Loughborough Junction, and a winter food growing plan to organise. Please email loughboroughfarm@gmail.com if you'd like to find out more, or just turn up at the Farm during one of the sessions mentioned above. Loughborough Farm is on Loughborough Road, opposite Wyck Gardens.

Welcome to your July newsletter from LJAG

We hope you've been out and about over the last few weeks and spotted the Made in Loughborough Junction exhibition boards which are up under the bridges on Coldharbour Lane and Hinton Road. We're very proud of this project, which shows some of the hidden talent that is working all around us in Loughborough Junction.

We're also pleased to announce that Tessa Jowell, MP, is going to be speaking at our AGM next week, Thursday 17 July. We hope you can make it along.

Read more about both of these items, and more, below, and as ever, please get in touch if you'd like to get involved, or have an idea you'd like to share with us: ljactiongroup@gmail.com.

With best wishes

The LJAG Team

Made in Loughborough Junction outdoor exhibition

We are delighted to announce that the portraits taken by world-renowned photographer Giles Duley, and the students he worked with, are currently on display in Loughborough Junction. The portraits feature artists and makers from Loughborough Junction.
In February half term, Giles worked with  four students from the area to teach them some of the tricks of his trade. He then returned to the area in May to take the remaining portraits. These are currently being exhibited underneath railway bridges on Coldharbour Lane and Hinton Road. There are 22 boards in total in the area – can you find them all?

Secure cycle parking

Would you welcome more secure cycle parking in Loughborough Junction? Lambeth Council wants to improve cycle parking as part of their transport plan, providing new and existing cyclists with secure overnight cycle parking by introducing Lambeth bike hangars. They are currently holding a consultation to assess the need for cycle parking and identify possible parking locations out of a potential 20. The consultation closes at 5pm on Friday 18 July.

Find out more and share your thoughts.

Comedy Knights returns to Loughborough Junction

Comedy Knights presents a night of Alternative Live Comedy in the iconic Whirled Cinema this Tuesday 15 July, at 8pm. The show features a double bill of hour long Edinburgh previews with David Trent and Stuart Laws.
Buy tickets or find out more.


Wanless Road development

How did this one pass under our radar? Easy. Lambeth intend selling its site in Wanless Road - it is currently the dog pound - for housing to help pay for the town hall scheme in Brixton. But no one thought to ask us. We all know we need more housing but is this the best use for this site. What do you think?

Launch of business association in our area

Loughborough Junction's newest business - Harbour Cycles at 200 Coldharbour Lane - hosted the launch of the Loughborough Junction Business Association in early June.  With refreshments from the Blue Turtle Oasis Cafe and support and assistance from Lambeth Council, Labour Councillor Rachel Heywood and Green Party activist Rashid Nix and many nearby associations in attendance, the group got off to a booming start.  

The business association is aiming to keep LJ thriving by encouraging local trade and will soon be surveying businesses on how we can best help them grow.  We'll also be launching an online directory on our website so residents can see what is produced locally before searching far and wide.  There is so much creativity and talent right on our doorstep!

Harbour Cycles is a new cycle shop and cafe run by Brenton Smith. It is an absolute Tardis inside with room for cycling education classes, a full workshop and a place to stop for a nice juice after taking part in a group ride. Harbour Cycles is just one great example of the new offerings LJ residents can enjoy. We wish Brenton a successful shop and are pleased to see so many local business owners networking and finding ways to work in partnership.

If you run a business in Loughborough Junction and would like to take part in the business association (it's free!) or learn more, contact Amanda.

Friends of Ruskin Park photography exhibition

The Friends of Ruskin Park photography competition exhibition is now on display at the Carnegie Library until Saturday 2 August 2014. Read more.

NEP consultation wins an award

Councillor Jack Hopkins has written to thank residents for their involvement with the Neighbourhood Enhancement Programme (NEP). LJAG played its part and helped organise a co-design workshop at the Loughborough Centre and we would like to congratulate the Lambeth team on winning a national award from LARIA (the Local Area Research and Intelligence Agency) for the consultation.
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