December's news from Loughborough Junction Action Group

Loughborough Farm 

We will be firing up the pizza oven at the Loughborough Farm on Saturday 14 December from 1pm-3pm. If you haven’t visited before, you can find the Loughborough Farm on Loughborough Road opposite Wyck Garden by the beautiful painted chaffinch.

We have had a busy time at the Loughborough Farm over the last month. We are still gathering salad crops (pictured above) and we have planted lots of onion, garlic and broad beans for next year.

Special thanks to Ed Payne and his south London team of tree surgeons and Pavlin at Tree Star for helping us to create woodchip paths at Loughborough Farm. Farm volunteer Karen said: “After the delivery of the woodchips, I stood one night watching the sun going down. The smell of those old oak trees, now chipped in a pile in front of me made me realise how lucky I was to have that 'country' moment in an urban landscape.”

Wyck Garden orchard

We are working with the London Orchard Project and we will be planting a small orchard – two apple trees, a pear, a quince and a greengage – at the Millbrook Road end of Wyck Gardens on Sunday 12 January.  Please come and join us as we still need more volunteers to help look after the trees while they get established.

Local food forager, Ceridwen Buckmaster, publishes her first book

Ceri’s book Street Food: Urban Foraging and World Food features over 60 dishes from around the world cooked with wild foraged food including Vietnamese rice wraps with wild herbs, Polish Pierogi with nettles and thistle shoots and South Asian chestnut and fig biryani. With photographs from Nemo Roberts the book costs £15 plus packaging and postage. The book makes a great and unusual Christmas present; to order a copy contact

The First World War in Loughborough Junction

Does your family have any First World War stories or photographs from the Loughborough Junction area or about someone from Loughborough Junction? One of our volunteers, Walter Reed, is working on an exciting project to mark next year’s centenary of the war and we’d love to hear your stories. Contact to share a story or get involved.

Loughborough Women's Group, Saturday 14 December

Get to know what is going on in your neighbourhood. The Loughborough Women’s group invite you to the Loughborough Centre, 105 Angell Road, SW9 7PD on Saturday 14 December from 2pm-8pm. There will be craft stalls, wellbeing and mindfulness events and the launch of the third round of the Community Challenge Fund with grants of up to £3,000 for residents with great ideas for improving life for people in Loughborough Junction. There will be food – bring a dish if you can – poetry readings and a short film.  Book your place.

Welcome to your December newsletter from LJAG
It's customary at this time of year to look back over the achievements of the past year and we think it's fair to say that there's never been a busier, or better, one for LJAG. With the help of our wonderful volunteers we have done so much - completed the Loughborough Junction Plan, launched the Loughborough Farm, appointed a photographer for our exciting photo project, Made in Loughborough Junction, put up artworks under Cambria Bridge, started working more with local businesses on keeping our area clean and much, much more. Read below or take a look at the news section of our website if you'd like to find out more about any of these things.

We always need more help though, so if you'd like to get involved, or have an idea you'd like to share with us please email

And, please let us know what you'd like to see happen next in Loughborough Junction, by filling in our short online survey - read more below.

With best wishes

The LJAG Team

Are you a friend of Elam Street Open Space?

If you use Elam Street Open Space, perhaps to exercise in, walk your dog, or even just walk through every day then we want to hear from you. We are working with the SE5 Forum and Lambeth council to set up a Friends of Elam Street Open Space group to ensure that this park is better maintained and used by the whole community. Elam Street Open Space is the small park that runs between Gordon Grove and Lilford Road. It has a lovely fitness trail and a small children’s playground – if you’ve never been why not check it out this week? In addition the Loughborough Farm will soon be working on a project there with Embrace Cooperation. Email us at if you’d like to get involved in the Friends group.

Are you interested in hot desking in Loughborough Junction?

The Work Lounge in Loughborough Junction (at the Biz Centre at the bottom of Shakespeare Road) is a modern space offering a professional yet relaxed atmosphere.
Less than two minutes’ walk from Loughborough Junction rail station and under ten minutes from Brixton underground, this co-working space is a great location for home workers, mobile workers, freelancers and anyone wishing to reduce their commute to work.

With comfortable furniture and free WiFi, the Work Lounge also has a dedicated kitchen where you can help yourself to free hot and cold drinks.

Come and join us on the 16 January for our open day or contact Natasha Walker at the Biz Centre for more information on 020 7274 7511.

Tell us what you'd like to see happen in Loughborough Junction

Please fill in our short online survey to give us your views on the Loughborough Junction Plan. If you complete this short survey by 10 January 2014 you’ll have the chance to win £50 for the first response picked at random and £25 for the next two. Complete the survey.

Cambria bridge mural

If you’ve walked under Cambria bridge recently you’ll have seen that not only has the steelwork gone up to provide a framework for the artworks but ATM has started painting a fantastic mural on the underside of the bridge. The mural is an abstract representation of 'The Cambrian Explosion' using the ideas of energy and beginnings to represent the ideas of 'punctuated evolution', which it is believed is what the Cambrian era represented.

The Cambrian Explosion was an era approximately 480 million years ago when the fossil record shows a massive acceleration in the complexity of life on earth. It apparently happened so quickly that it made Charles Darwin question his theory of evolution. His theory allows for slow gradual change over many millions of years but the Cambrian fossils show massive evolutionary changes over just tens of years. The bridge represents Loughborough Junction's own Cambrian Explosion. The overall idea is to create a collection of fossils or a Victorian cabinet of curiosities.

Made in Loughborough Junction

LJAG, working with the Milkwood Residents Assocation, Photofusion and Embrace has appointed leading portrait photographer Giles Duley to work on our Made in Loughborough Junction photographic project that has Arts Council and Lambeth Council funding. Giles will be working with young people from the Milkwood Estate on their Bronze Arts Award. Together they will be taking portraits of many of the artists and makers who beaver away – often unacknowledged – in Loughborough Junction. We are still recruiting young photographers between the ages of 13 and 25 who would like this opportunity to work with Giles who has a really inspiring story to tell, as you will see from his Tedx talk.

Caribbean cookery course to take place in January

Do you know your akra from your ackee, and your coucou from your cho-cho? Are you a local cook who loves making Caribbean food? Four exciting cooking sessions are on offer between January and March 2014. Local entrepreneur Levi Roots will be joining the first session. 

Visit our website to find out more or contact Victoria Sherwin by emailing or telephone 020 7926 0394. Places must be booked.

Local Christmas events


Empress Mews open studio
The Empress Mews Studios (on Kenbury Street) are holding their Christmas open studio this weekend, Friday 13 to Sunday 15 December. Find out more.

Christmas lunch for retired people
A Christmas lunch for retired people will take place at 12.30pm on Friday 13 December in the Depot at Myatt’s Fields Park, Knatchbull Road. Find out more.

Myatt's Christmas market and carols
A market and carol service will take place in Myatt’s Fields Park, Knatchbull Road, this Sunday, 15 December. The carols are at 5pm. Find out more.

Christmas carols in Ruskin Park
The annual Salvation Army Christmas carol concert will take place this year at 2pm on Sunday 15 December at the Bandstand in Ruskin Park. Everyone is welcome. Find out more.
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