News from Loughborough Junction Action Group, March 2013

Welcome... the March 2013 newsletter from LJAG. We've got lots of exciting news this month, not least that we have now become a registered charity. This will make a big difference in our negotiations with our local council and other government and national organisations. It will also help us as in our fundraising as many big funders will only look at applications from charities. Read more.
We have also launched our brand new website where you can now get all the latest news on projects, events and developments in Loughborough Junction. The site has been redesigned and edited to better reflect the exciting work going on here, make it easier to find essential information on us and our projects and to tell more stories about the people making change happen.

Lambeth Tigers

Need a break from the billion pound entertainment industry that is professional football in 2013? The Lambeth Tigers are a football club that has trained hundreds of youngsters in the Loughborough Junction area. The Tigers are more than just football, though; they also offer their players much needed support and mentoring. It is also a truly inspiring story; the club was reformed in 2010 by two of the young people coached by Christopher Butler before it closed in 2001 after he sadly died of cancer. To find out more visit lambethtigersfc or email

Community open mic day success

Over 50 representatives from different community groups in Loughborough Junction came to share their hopes and aspirations for the area at a community open-mic day at the Remakery on Saturday 16 February organised by LJAG. The event was organised as a showcase for local groups who hadn’t yet had a chance to feed into the masterpan for Loughborough Junction. Read more.

Tesco traffic chaos

Lambeth Council has pledged to tackle traffic chaos outside the new Tesco on Coldharbour Lane. Residents have complained about large delivery lorries, which have led to vehicles overtaking dangerously on a bend with poor visibility and buses being stuck behind lorries. The council will take up the issue after local councillor Rachel Heywood raised concerns with the planning department. Read more.

New food growing project 

The Loughborough Farm is a new local initiative led by LJAG which is looking for green spaces in the Loughborough Junction area for food growing and training. Cllr Matt Parr has secured a small piece of land on Minet Road opposite Loughborough School and we hope to have a date for clearing the land for growing soon. In the meantime, we meet at 6pm on the last Monday of the month at the Loughborough Centre - the next meeting is on Monday 25 March. Everyone is welcome.

Rethinking our local economy

Transition Town Brixton and Reconomy are to hold a Rethinking our Local Economy workshop for Lambeth change-makers on Wednesday 13 March, from 1.30 for 2pm until 5pm, at room 115, Lambeth Town Hall. Read more.

Make the Junction greener

Help us make the centre of Loughborough Junction cleaner and greener on Sunday 17 March, from 11am to 2pm. Volunteers will be planting climbers and possibly some lovely lavender, mowing the lawn and tidying up the bill board green and the planters. Meet at 11am at billboard corner, the junction of Coldharbour Lane and Loughborough Road. If you're late find us there or in Station Avenue.

The House in the Junction

Have you seen the colourful stencils covering the pavements in Loughborough Junction recently? Each one says “We live here” in a different language. Or perhaps you’ve walked past the end of Shakespeare Road and spotted a shop front covered in colourful speech bubbles featuring the names of different languages. Read more to find out where they’ve come from. 

Brixton People's Kitchen award

Brixton People’s Kitchen, which turns unused food from local businesses into free, healthy meals for local people are inviting residents to get involved with the building of a mobile kitchen. Read more or visit their blog.

In brief

Loughborough Women’s Group
Local women can learn handicrafts, food growing and gardening and yoga every Tuesday from 12-3pm at the Max Roach one o’clock club as part of a ten week activity programme organised by Loughborough Women’s Group. Read more

Eat Well, Live Well, Be Well
On behalf of the Building Communities in Coldharbour project, LJAG is helping to organise a number of healthy living events. These will help people devise healthy meals on a limited budget, as well as advising on the importance of exercise and regular health checks. The first event, which covers diet and eating well will be held at the Max Roach centre on Wiltshire Road, SW9 7YA on Tuesday 26 March from 12-3pm.

Free theatre show for under fives
A free theatre show, Blown Away, for children under 5 is to be held on Loughborough Estate on Friday 22 March. Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to see a wonderful live show created especially for very young children. The show is being put on by Birdsnest Theatre. Read more about timings and how to book tickets.

Free courses for local residents
Adult education expert City Lit is offering free courses in money management, health and fitness and citizenship to Loughborough Junction residents. Courses take place at different times throughout the week and more courses will be available soon. Read more

Jessop headteacher appointed to national role
Lilian Umekwe, headteacher of Jessop Primary School and Children’s Centre on Lowden Road, has been appointed as a national leader of education. This is an important role supporting schools in challenging circumstances. Read more.

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