September news from Loughborough Junction Action Group

Join LJAG for a party under the Cambria Bridge, Saturday 6 September, 12.30-7pm

Everyone is invited to join us under the bridge on Cambria Road (SE5) for a party to celebrate the artworks under the bridge and launch of our First World War app (see below) in memory of Angela Akinyemi.

Have you noticed anything unusual about the paving slabs around Loughborough Junction lately? Some of them have been replaced by new ones containing colourful shapes and numbers.

The paving slabs are linked to three brand new commemorative World War One walking trails, which can be accessed through an interactive app (funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund) on your smartphone or tablet. The trails will tell three separate fictional stories about Loughborough Junction between 1914-18. Each trail represents a different theme and the stories include references to real stories about the area collected by our volunteers. These trails will be launched at the party on 6 September.

The party will include
  • a talk from a leading geologist on the Cambrian Explosion and contributions from the Black Cultural Archives from 12.30pm
  • the chance to do one of the First World War trails with guided help, from 2pm
  • a wide variety of music acts between 3 and 7pm
  • vintage tea room and food stalls from 3pm.
To find out more, or if you would like to volunteer at the event please contact Kristin Bayliss or Walter Reed
We hope you are as excited about this app launch and event as we are, and we couldn't do these great initiatives without the help of our LJAG neighbours and volunteers. If you would like to donate some money to the costs of the event please go to and click the donate button on the top right hand corner.
 South London Jazz Orchestra to play on Ruskin Park bandstand

The South London Jazz Orchestra is playing at 3pm on Saturday 6 September on the bandstand in Ruskin Park. The group are a local community jazz band that rehearses at St Matthew's Church on Lilford Road every Wednesday night. 

Myatt’s Fields Park greenhouse open day, Sunday 7 September, 11am-2pm

The greenhouse in Myatt’s Fields Park, Cormont Road, SE5 will be open on Sunday 7 September from 11am-2pm. Everyone is welcome to come in, have a walk around and join in some gardening if you feel like it. Gardener, Fabrice, will be on hand to answer your gardening questions. A free hot lunch will also be on offer. In addition there are grants and support available for community growing spaces. Read more.

Cambria Choir opens doors for new members.

The first two weeks of the autumn term will be open for all to come along and have a sing, either email, or just turn up on the 8 September and the 15 at 7.15pm for a 7.30 start. The choir rehearses upstairs in the Cambria pub on Kemerton Road. Each session is £6, payable on the night. Read more.

New chapter for Carnegie Library

The process has begun to transfer management of the Carnegie Library over from Lambeth Council to a charitable trust. The group aim to keep the library as a council service at the heart of a new cultural and community facility housing educational, artistic, musical and community uses that can be enjoyed by everyone in our community. Read more.


Welcome to your September newsletter from LJAG

We've been extremely busy over the summer putting on an exciting programme of summer activities at the Loughborough Farm and keeping track of planning developments in the area, not to mention planning our biggest event of the year - our party under the Cambria Bridge this Saturday. See the column to the left to find out more. Everyone is welcome and we hope to see you there.

If you're interested in planning developments in the local area please go along to the consultation event being held this Thursday, 4 September, about the proposed developments to the Higgs Triangle area (Herne Hill Road).

Read more below, and as ever, please get in touch if you'd like to get involved, or have an idea you'd like to share with us:

With best wishes

The LJAG Team

Made in Loughborough Junction exhibition goes to 198 Gallery

Made in Loughborough Junction, the photographic exhibition featuring local artists and makers working in Loughborough Junction, is getting a second showing with a new set of smaller prints on show at the 198 Gallery, at 198 Railton Road, SE24 0JT from Tuesday 9 September to Sunday 14 September; opening hours are 10am to 6pm except at weekends when the times are 12pm to 4pm.

Look out too for a whole programme of events at 198 Gallery in September and October featuring artists working in Loughborough Junction all part of Building Communities in Coldharbour's Arts Collaborative.


Would you like to see a local market in Loughborough Junction?

Join members of Loughborough Junction’s fledgling business forum on Sunday 7 September at 12pm as we meet with the organisers of the West Norwood Feast. We’re planning to pick their brains so that we can organise a local market event in Loughborough Junction.

Everyone is welcome so come along and join us at the church on the square between Knight’s Hill and Norwood High Street.

Please let us know if you would like to join us, or give Amanda a call if you can’t find us on the day - call 07904 956239 or email

A busy autumn of events at Minet Library

Autumn looks set to be busy for staff and visitors to the Minet Library with an exciting series of films lined up, a fundraising coffee morning and a bake off competition. Read more.

Making uncovered, Saturday 13 September

Ever wondered how to make your own hair conditioner, dye an egg or upholster a chair? Well now’s your chance to find out. Makerhood are hosting an exciting sounding event on Saturday 13 September giving you the chance to find out all of these things and more from the many talented makers based across Lambeth. Read more.


Second local enterprise takes over old toilet block in Loughborough Junction

After a successful first month hosted by local start-up Recovery Arts, The Platform is now welcoming its second project to the space. Community focused enterprise Alifya Education Ltd provide classes and workshops to support children of disadvantaged families to achieve their maximum potential in schools. Alifya Education will be based in the old toilet block at 2 Ridgway Road until 19 September 2014. The block has been taken over by Meanwhile Space and turned into a place where local entrepreneurs can try out their ideas.
The next business to take on the space will be The Grain Grocer, who will launching their pop-up shop selling re-fill organic wholefoods & ecological household products from 21 September through to 11 November 2014. 
For more information please do drop in to the space or visit 


Car Free Day – Sunday 21 September 12pm to 5pm

This year Lambeth Council is holding Car Free Day in Loughborough Junction. The event will be held under the bridge on Loughborough Road (close to the junction with Coldharbour Lane) and in Wyck Gardens. There will be food, music and lots of information about walking and cycling.

There will also be a chance to comment on public realm improvements planned for the junction of Loughborough Road and Coldharbour Lane and proposals to change the traffic arrangements in the area. This is your chance to have your say on ideas which will make a big difference to the appearance of the area and could reduce the amount of traffic coming through Loughborough Junction and the level of pollution.

Loughborough Farm volunteers learn about autumn and winter veg

Three volunteers from the Loughborough Farm visited Capital Growth, based in Regent’s Park, north London, to learn about how to grow autumn and winter vegetables. One of the volunteers, Charlotte said: “The amount of veg you can plant in the winter really surprised me”. “It was a great way to learn about winter veg growing and protection with lots of tips to take away. We are now looking forward to putting them into practice in the farm.”
Read the full story.

Mental health commissioners breakfast together at Loughborough Farm

Local mental health commissioners recently attended a collaborative breakfast at the Loughborough Farm where they heard first hand how projects like the farm can have a positive impact on mental health and wellbeing. Sarah Corlett from Lambeth Council’s public health team said: “It was the first time I have had salad at that hour of the morning but it was delicious as was the courgette cake. Hearing about the project, including directly from someone who was volunteering really showed how a gardening project builds communities and improves wellbeing.”
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