October's news from Loughborough Junction Action Group

We keep Loughborough Junction clean

Tired of finding cigarette ends stuck to your shoes? Sick of seeing litter on the pavement? Fancy something to read while waiting for your take-away?

LJAG is addressing these concerns by reaching out to the Loughborough Junction business community in a clean streets initiative: ‘Keep Loughborough Junction Clean’. 

We will be visiting local businesses in November to ask them to participate in our programme. Their agreement means we will provide a handy broom and dust-pan for them to use and a beautiful sticker to decorate their windows. If their business is near a planter they will also be given a watering can.

The broom will be used to sweep the pavement in front of their shop once a day and keep it free of rubbish, benefitting all LJ citizens. 

If you’d like to see local businesses take up this initiative, please mention it the next time you are shopping with them.

If you work in a LJ shop, please tell the manager about this initiative (so our visit is not a surprise) and we look forward to speaking with you soon. We will also leave participating businesses printed copies of the LJAG newsletter to share information with the community on an ongoing basis.

New under 9s football team in Ruskin Park

A new under-9s football team has started in Ruskin Park on Sundays from 10am-12pm. The team is run by Dynamo Football Development, who are also working with local young people aged 16-24 to help them develop as coaches in order to get FA badges in the future and consider coaching as a future profession. To find out more email or call 07547 787763 or see the Facebook page.

Special screening for teenagers at Whirled, this Saturday

This Saturday, 26 October, at 2.30pm Kids Whirled (Hardess St, SE24 0HN) is to have its first screening especially for teenagers. The film shown will be Mud, a  slow burning, poignant adventure about two boys, Ellis and his friend Neckbone, who find a fugitive named Mud hiding out on an island. Set in Mississippi. Recommended for ages 11+. Find out more.

Welcome to your October newsletter from LJAG
Even more artworks going up under the Cambria Bridge, an orchard for Wyck Gardens and the greengrocers now accepts card payments - could it get more exciting for Loughborough Junction? Also, look out for a voting slip coming through your letterbox soon - this is your chance to vote for an idea to improve Loughborough Junction. All the ideas are based on the Loughborough Junction Plan, which is now available via our website.

As ever, there's plenty going on at LJAG, and we hope you'll join us for a social at 7.30pm on Tuesday 12 November, upstairs at The Cambria, to find out more, as well as share with us your ideas, hopes and aspirations for the area. Plus we are looking for a new trustee to join our board with legal experience. If you can fill this gap please email ljactiongroup@gmail.com.

With best wishes

The LJAG Team

Update from Loughborough Farm

The air is smelling sweet down at the farm with the arrival of some fresh woodchip. It's also helped making walking around the farm paths a less muddy experience! The crops are continuing to grow well and we hope to supply some of our produce for a World Food Event on the 30 October organised by Ray at C.A.F.E. and Loughborough Estate Tenants' and Residents' Association (LETRA). From 3-8pm at C.A.F.E. 209a Coldharbour Lane it will include cookery demonstrations and tastings for healthy and economic meals from around the world. For more information contact Grace from LETRA on 07834 828 292 or loughboroughtra@gmail.com Please vote now for our Lloyd's Community Fund bid if you haven't already done so. The deadline is 1 November and the funds will build a mobile kitchen. It will be used to cook at the farm. It will also take the tasty food we are growing out into the community and to local events and we will use it to teach young people to cook. You can vote online or text VOTE LWRA to 61119. And tell your friends. Thanks!

We are also on the look out for donations of the following if you have extra to spare: spring bulbs, wellington boots, waterproof coats, garden tools, winter crop protection - tunnel hoops! If you have anything else you think might be useful please email loughboroughfarm@gmail.com 

Loughborough Junction architect to feature in exhibition 

The curious work of much-vilified Loughborough Junction architect Joseph Boshier is to feature in an exhibition this November. Following the Chesney Court incident, Boshier became a virtual recluse, living until his death in 1982 in a house on Southwell Road. When he died, his home was discovered to be full of intricate wooden sculptures and a mass of drawings and writings. This exhibition presents his work and includes a documentary film about Boshier’s life and work – made by Southwell Road film-makers, Darra and Reed. The exhibition is open from 8 November to 6 December at The Standpoint Gallery, 45 Coronet Street, N1 6HD. Find out more about the exhibition at www.josephboshier.co.uk

LJAG social, 12 November, The Cambria

You are invited to join us upstairs at The Cambria, 40 Kemerton Road, SE5 on Tuesday 12 November at 7.30pm to find out more about the work of LJAG and how you can get involved. We would love to meet you, hear your ideas and find out how we can help you to make them happen. 

An orchard for Wyck Gardens

Wyck Gardens is to get a new orchard and is looking for volunteers to plant and look after some new fruit trees. The Loughborough Farm is working with the London Orchard Project to plant a small orchard at the far end of Wyck Gardens close to Millbrook Road. There will be two apple trees, a pear, a quince and a greengage. There is a training day at Roots and Shoots in Kennington on Sunday 24 November and planting will take place on 12 January 2014.  And for the very keen there is a mass pruning day at a large community orchard in Wembley on Sunday 1 December. For more information contact Loughborough Farm project coordinator Emily Myers at loughboroughfarm@gmail.com

Cambria Bridge update

If you’ve walked under Cambria Bridge over the last month you can’t have failed to notice the new “fossils” that have gone up. The brainchild of our volunteer, Walter Reed, the Cambria Bridge project will eventually include 35 pieces of art, individual artist’s interpretation of the word fossils. There will also be steel rails to link the artworks and a mural on the concrete underside of the bridge. See photos and get regular updates on the 7 Bridges Facebook page.

All about energy

Transition Town Brixton are holding an event called “All about Energy”, at The Loughborough Centre, Monday 11 November, from 6-9pm. Read more.

Reduce the stress of money course

A course on how to reduce the stress of money will be taking place in Loughborough Junction on Saturday 16 November and 7 December from 11am-2pm at Sunshine International Arts C.A.F.E., 209a Coldharbour Lane, SW9 8RU (in the arches opposite Loughborough Junction station). Read more.

Could you write for the Brixton Blog?

Calling all budding journalists. The Brixton Blog is looking for someone to cover Loughborough Junction for the blog and the Bugle. If you are interested contact Tim Dickens at 020 3730 1312 or info@brixtonblog.com

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