News from Loughborough Junction Action Group, April 2013

Welcome... the April 2013 newsletter from LJAG - the longest newsletter to date - which is a reflection of all the exciting things that are happening here at the moment. Please visit our website, follow us on Twitter or like our Facebook page to keep up-to-date with the latest news.

LJAG needs a new treasurer
LJAG is looking for someone to join our board of trustees and fill the role of treasurer. Responsibilities include producing the draft annual accounts and a monthly financial report to the committee and attending a monthly committee meeting. Please contact Anthea on 07799 621582 or email for further information.
New pavements for LJ
Have you noticed the brand new paving slabs on the stretch of Coldharbour Lane between the station and the Pomfret Road bus stop? As a result of LJAG’s campaigning on this issue and the fact that Loughborough Junction is now on the map Lambeth Council have finally replaced the broken and dangerous pavement.


Streetscape is a social enterprise dedicated to growing lives. They provide paid apprenticeships in landscape gardening to young people who are long-term unemployed, helping them to build the skills, experience and attributes needed to move into and retain work. They promote green careers and apprenticeships among young people through 'taster days' in Myatts Fields Park, SE5 9RA, where young people can work for a day, experience what landscaping and horticulture is all about and can then put themselves forward for an apprenticeship with Streetscape. The next taster day is on Monday, 29th April, 9.30am-4pm. If you're interested, give them a call on 020 3542 3464 or email

Did you know...

... that a three storey, ten-windowed house once stood on the ground that is now covered by Evandale, Claribel, parts of Loughborough, Lilford and Akerman Roads – also known as Fiveways? It was known as Loughborough House, although bears no relation to the Loughborough House that currently sits on Coldharbour Lane. The name Loughborough comes from a link with seventeenth century Leicestershire. Henry Hastings, the first Baron Loughborough, leased the house, that then became known as Loughborough House, in 1664. 

Up the Junction returns

After a bit of an absence, the Up The Junction Arts Salon is back; the next event is on Monday 29 April at the Whirled Cinema, 259-260 Hardess Street, SE24 0HN. Once again it is stellar line up of writers and film-makers, hosted again by Loughborough Junction’s own Stella Duffy (excuse the pun). 

The theme is In The City and our guests include author Rupert Thomson, whose new book Secrecy is getting rave reviews; C E Meredith whose novels go by the gory titles of Devoured and The Devil’s Ribbon; and local film maker Kirk Hendry, whose short animated film Junk is all about Jasper, a child obsessed with junk food – just how topical is that!

Doors open at 7.30pm and entrance is £5 or £3 for concessions.

Get those needles clacking

The House in The Junction is calling all knitters (or those that would like to learn) to get their knitting needles out to colour the junction. They will be covering the junction this spring with a riot of bright primary colours.  What could be lovelier? For more information email The House or Facebook: TheHouse in The Junction or Twitter: @TheHouseinLJ. Or pop in to Ray’s Sunshine International Arts C.A.F.E. in the arches in front of the station, every Wednesday evening to get the wool and join the knitters’ club.

New plants for Station Avenue

LJAG finally got the better of the bad weather and planted the evergreen shrubs and pretty primulas in the beds under the silver birch trees in Station Avenue. Thanks so much to volunteers Carolynn Russ, David Williams, Helen Lee, Justin Brady and Rosa and to Margherita Poggiali and Lizon Tijus for the donation of the primulas. Resident Charlotte Knowles wrote to thank us thus: "I got back late last night and saw the flowers. They are beautiful". This little street has great potential. Anyone want to help us start a market here? Email if you’re interested.

Project co-ordinator sought for Loughborough Farm

We are looking for a project co-ordinator to lead on the Loughborough Farm project – which is designed to use spare pieces of land for food growing. This is a short-term freelance contract of 120 hours, paid at £12.50 an hour. Read more and see the full job description.

Eat Well event

LJAG felt privileged to host a healthy eating event at the Max Roach youth centre on 27 March for Building Communities in Coldharbour. Thanks so much to Fan Sissoko and Emma Couper from Brixton Kitchen and Marisa Mendes from Love Food Hate Waste who all came and shared their knowledge and passion for good food. And LJAG's Angela cooked some great food again. What a brilliant chef she is. LJAG supports the NHS's Change4Life programme. Two further events are planned: Be Well! 30th April 1-4pm at the Loughborough Centre, corner of Barrington Road and Angell Road SW9 7PD. Lunch, and a massage with free health checks, advice and information; Live Well! May (date TBC) at the Marcus Lipton centre with a guide to work outs, walking and fitness questions with answers!

Bread Bread

Loughborough Junction is home to many hidden and exciting local businesses. This month we’re featuring Bread Bread. Bridget Hugo, the co-founder of Bread Bread says that it is one and a half years old, having migrated from Brixton Market, where bread was baked overnight at pizzeria, Franco Manca. Almost all of the products are sourdough (long fermentation products) and most use organic flours milled at an English stone mill called Cann Mills in Dorset. They supply several local businesses, but also Fortnum and Mason and now the Michelin starred Hibiscus restaurant in Mayfair.

A map for LJ

Spread the word. Loughborough Junction isn't just the gate to Brixton or the bus route to Camberwell. It has a buzzing little life of its own. A group of local people have created an interactive map that allows you to stick your tales, tips, talking points and treasures right here. Help pull this vibrant neighbourhood out of the shadows and onto the map! A big thanks to local resident Katriona Gordon for making this happen.
See the map

And finally...

Neighbourhood Enhancement event, 27 April
Lambeth Council is planning a huge Neighbourhood Enhancement Programme designed to improve the way our neighbourhood looks with new pavements, tree planting and new public spaces. It covers a large area of Lambeth stretching all the way from Clapham through Brixton and on to parts of Coldharbour ward. The council is planning a big event with free food, children’s activities and free bike maintenance in Millbrook Road a short step away from Coldharbour Lane close to the Ebony Horse Riding Club on Saturday 27 April between 10.30am and 4.30pm. This is your chance to say what needs to be improved in the area. Log on to for more information. See a map of the area covered by the NEP.

King’s centenary
This year King’s College Hospital is celebrating its 100th year in the area. Events will be held later in the year and staff are collecting local people’s memories. Read more.

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