Your July newsletter from Loughborough Junction Action Group

Welcome to your July newsletter from Loughborough Junction Action Group

Read on to find out more about what we've been up to lately and what we have planned for the rest of the summer. If you'd like to get more involved, or if you have any ideas please email ljactiongroup@gmail.com or join us at our regular social on the first Tuesday of every month. See our website for more details.

New mentoring opportunity for young people
We are running a four-week long peer-to-peer mentoring programme for young people aged 10-18 who would like to:
  • share their skills and abilities
  • build their confidence and help others to build theirs
  • work with other young people to empower each other in a small group. 
The group will meet on Wednesdays from 31 July, 5-7pm at the Loughborough Centre (on the corner of Angell and Barrington Roads).
 
Call or text Angela on 07985 636 662 or Lois on 07970 858088 to find out more.

Events and funding opportunities
We regularly post details of local events and funding opportunities on our website. Please take a look to find out about Generations Together Coldharbour, the Youth Challenge Fund, First Steps in Social Enterprise and more.

And last thing - please take a look at loughboroughjunction.wordpress.com  - let's talk about Loughborough Junction!

Help design your neighbourhood: Tues 23 July, 6.30pm

Don’t forget – we’re hosting a co-design workshop for the Neighbourhood Enhancement Programme at the Loughborough Centre, Angell Road, this Tuesday 23 July from 6.30-8.30pm. This is your chance to tell Lambeth Council how to spend money on your neighbourhood. Read more.

Are you an auditor who can help us?

LJAG is looking for an auditor who can do an independent examination for the purposes of our return to the Charities Commission. Email ljactiongroup@gmail.com if you can help.

New plant locks outside the station

In sweltering heat LJAG planted six plantlocks - planters that double as bike stands - outside Loughborough Junction station helped by a lovely team from F M Conway - thanks a lot guys. The plan is to make the area around the station a lot lovelier now that the pavements have been redone and to stop pavement parking - and so far so good. But we could do with some help with the watering. Sabina in the Beanery has been providing the water; if anyone has time to give us a hand, please get in touch.

Have you visited Ruskin Park's cafe?

The Ruskin Park café is managed by Madga and Gaia, two local sisters. The café now has a lovely new pergola covering the seating area which offers shade from the midday sun. This was generously funded by The Friends of Ruskin Park. In addition there is a book basket, puzzles and toys for under fives to keep little ones occupied while you enjoy your coffee! The café is open on weekdays from 11-5pm (closed on Thursdays during term time) and from 10-6pm on weekends, weather permitting. There is a good range of coffees, snacks and cold drinks as well as lovely ice cream and lollies, home-made tiffin bars, rolls and fish finger sandwiches. 

Why is Loughborough Road shaped like an L?

One of our volunteers, Susan Miller, recently interviewed Jon Newman from Lambeth Archives (based at the Minet Library). She found out lots of fascinating facts about Loughborough Junction, including the reason for Loughborough Road’s odd shape. In our April newsletter we told you about Loughborough House. According to Jon it is extremely unusual for a road to be an L shape, like Loughborough Road and the reason for this is due to it being the original two routes to Loughborough House - one from Brixton Road and one from Coldharbour. We’ll be sharing more facts about Loughborough Junction in future newsletters.
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