Monday, 27 July 2009

Date for your diary: Stockwell Festival

This year, the Stockwell Festival will be taking place on Saturday 26th September from 12 noon to 6pm in Larkhall Park.

According to the Stockwell Partnership, this year’s Festival theme is health and wellbeing and there’ll be all sorts of great opportunities to improve your well-being and create a healthier lifestyle for yourself.

Features at the 2009 Festival include:
  • Stockwell’s first ever Expo; a market place with local businesses and voluntary groups showing off their wares.
  • taster fitness classes
  • watch a live cookery demonstration
  • Get a head, neck and shoulder massage
  • If you’ve got a bike problem, Dr Bike will be on hand to fix it
  • Performing on the main stage will be swinging jazz sensations Kingsize 5 and local talents from Lambeth’s Music Service.
  • Capoeira and street dance performances, Flamenco and Djembe drumming
  • Visit the Children’s Village of Tropical Delights and leave your wishes on the peace tree,
  • Watch out for theatrical entertainers Peat Moss and the Topiary Gardeners,
John McCay of the Stockwell Partnership said, “Our ambition this year is to creat another inspiring, interactive community family fun day in Larkhall Park."

The famous Stockwell Festival parade returns again this year and joining the spectacular Stockwell pineapples will be lots of local children dressed as tropical fruit making the procession even more colourful.

If you want to take part in the parade full details on how to participate and a map of the parade route will be available in August at or phone 020 7735 5051.

*This story is from "Home Ground" the excellent magazine produced by Hyde Southbank Homes. The full copy of the magazine is available to download here:

In Harmony Lambeth launches its Summer programme

In Harmony Lambeth aims to provide local children as young as four with opportunities to grow and develop both socially and musically. The project is being supported with £1 million in funding.

As part of the project, a fun and FREE week of musical mornings open to children on the Lansdowne Green estate will be taking place from 3rd to 7th August in the Community Hall from 9am to 12.30pm for 7 to 10 year olds. No music experience necessary. Please call Donna Pieters on 07912 476928 for further information.

There are free music classes starting in September for other local residents, 7 to 10 year olds can join in learning string instruments, violin, viola or cello on Wednesdays from 4 to 5.30pm. Sessions with the early years group from 0 to 6 years olds will explore music through play, using instruments, puppets, drums and singing, and take place from 11am to 12noon on Thursdays. Classes will be held in the Community Hall, 283-291 Wandsworth Road.

Brendon Le Page is head of Lambeth Music Service and theman leading the In Harmony project.“My aim in Lambeth is to offer along experience of music for everychild. I’m always looking for ways inwhich we can reach more children,especially those children who don’tnormally access music education ontheir own and need an opportunity.”

For further information contact, phone 020 7091 1250 or visit

*This story is from "Home Ground" the excellent magazine produced by Hyde Southbank Homes. The full copy of the magazine is available to download here:

Tuesday, 14 July 2009

Stockwell Strangler wins appeal

Kenneth Erskine, known as the 'Stockwell Strangler' today had his convictions for murder reduced to manslaughter after winning his case at the Court of Appeal.

Erskine, who killed seven pensioners in 1986 had his conviction quashed after he was found to have diminished responsibility on the grounds of suffering from schizophrenia.

He was serving a life sentence of 40 years for strangling a group of men and women aged between 67 and 94.

It does not mean he will be freed, however - his sentence will now be changed to an indefinite hospital detention order. He will remain in a high security hospital for as long as doctors feel he is a danger to society.