August 2013 newsletter from Loughborough Junction Action Group

Loughborough Farm: come and grow food with us in Loughborough Junction

The Loughborough Farm is an LJAG-led community growing project. Come and see us at Lambeth Council’s safer neighbourhood event, Max Roach Park, Wed 21 August 12-4pm and at our Loughborough Road site opposite Wyck Gardens for a site clean-up event on Saturday 24 August from 4-6pm. Our official launch will be at the same Loughborough Road site on Saturday 31 August from 2-5pm.

The Loughborough Farm site on Loughborough Road

Loughborough Farm aims to locate under-used and derelict pieces of land in the Loughborough Junction area for food growing for local consumption and sale. Please email us if you want to get involved
Logo designer needed!
Calling all local or budding graphic artists - here's your chance to design an eye-catching logo for the Loughborough Farm. We are open to ideas. It needs to have the following: "Loughborough Farm" and the strapline "a patchwork of community growing spaces".  If you are interested email or And if you need any inspiration take a look at the examples below of logos created by local children from Jessop and Loughborough Primary Schools! These and other colourful logos will be available to look at on our stalls at the events described above.

What's in a name?

Evidence of a Loughborough Junction vanished from memory has appeared recently in the form of old trading signs exposed as part of renovation. Recent renovation works at a small supermarket at 233 Coldharbour Lane exposed a brown, hand-painted sign for Ernest Page Wine and Spirit Merchants, Harbour Stores. Research has shown that Ernest Page took over from a previous wine and spirit merchant just before 1934, and were in turn taken over by Unwins in the early 1970s. It is clear that in the past businesses thrived in Loughborough Junction, and were often open for many, many years. We would like to know what would make you spend more in Loughborough Junction.

LJAG is keen to support the business community in Loughborough Junction and welcomes suggestions to enhance it and encourage a proactive business forum. Finally let's try and capture the history of the area before all local knowledge disappears. Please share your memories and photos with us

Read more about the history of local businesses

Classic VW restoration in heart of Loughborough Junction

Right in the heart of Loughborough Junction is Mayflower’s Garage. Specialising in classic car restoration Ian Mayflower, and his assistant Ron, restore and fix any car (classic or otherwise) but with a particular passion for Volkswagens. Ian is a local businessman with his roots firmly in Loughborough Junction. His grandmother lived on Northway Road, his mother on Cambria Road and he was born in King’s.

People come from all over the country to Mayflower’s to get their VWs restored – in some cases as far away as Wales and Somerset. Ian doesn’t advertise and relies on word of mouth and is extremely well known and respected in the industry. The garage is on Hinton Road, near the junction with Coldharbour Lane.

Lambeth Heritage Festival 

The Lambeth Heritage Festival takes place in September. There is an exciting programme of fascinating events planned. Here’s a few to whet your appetite:
  • Tracing the history of your Herne Hill house (talk), Wed 4 September, 7pm
  • 100 Year’s of King’s College Hospital (talk), Wed 11 September, 7.45pm
  • Brixton Murals (walk) – Sun 15 September, 11am.
Download the full brochure.

Legible London comes to Loughborough Junction

By now you will have noticed the lovely Legible London signs that have gone up all over Loughborough Junction. We are delighted to have them, not least because due to LJAG's efforts, they mark Loughborough Junction out as its own place rather than part of Brixton or Camberwell. If you have any suggestions where content could be improved or spot any inaccuracies do let us know

Simple kit helps police to stop burglaries

There has been a spate of burglaries in recent months, mostly concentrated on properties around the Southwell Road part of Loughborough Junction. Local police have made Smart Water available to residents. This is a solution, which is painted onto household items, leaving a forensic fingerprint encoded with the owner's details, which is virtually impossible to remove. This not only helps police to catch criminals but it acts as a deterrent.

If you would like to order a smart water kit please call the Herne Hill Safer Neighbourhood Team on 020 8721 2824ʉ۬and leave a message if there is no answer.

Made in Loughborough Junction

LJAG is thrilled to have been awarded an Arts Council grant - our first - for a photographic project Made in Loughborough Junction, which will feature all the fabulous artists and makers working in the hidden corners of Loughborough Junction. The project will give three young photographers between the ages of 13 and 25 the opportunity to work with a professional portrait photographer and in the process get a Bronze Arts Award.  We are working with Photofusion in Brixton and the Milkwood Residents' Association and we are looking to recruit three young people from the Milkwood area to take part in the project.  If you know anyone who is interested please email us at or the chair of the Milkwood Road residents' association

Kids Whirled launches next month!

Do you have a budding film buff in your family? There's a magical place under the railway arches, a place where you can dream, imagine, discover and learn...
Kids' Whirled launches on September 28 — a new programme of film screenings and activities for children and their families in your own local cinema! Read more.

Have your say on park management

Lambeth Council are changing the way that parks in the borough will be managed giving residents the chance to become much more involved. This is your chance to have a say. Read more.

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