Friday, 7 December 2012

New Temporary Surgery Venue

**UPDATE - the Stockwell Community Resource Centre is now open again, so surgeries will be held there again**

Surgeries are held on the first Thursday of the month at 6pm and the third Saturday at 11am. The Stockwell Centre is at 1 Studley Road, behind Stockwell tube station

Or you can contact your Stockwell councillors via phone or email.

Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Stockwell Festival 2012

The Stockwell Festival is coming to town. Put the date in your diary now - 22nd September from midday in Larkhall Park.

The festival has a different format this year, as well as dance groups and choirs there will be an Adults Zone with a bar and comedy tent and a Carnival Kids area with entertainers and a bouncy castle mini village.

The South Lambeth Market will be laying on three zones: a Foodies Market (for cold foods and gourmet treats), Arts, crafts and retro clothing, and a bric-a-brac table top sale.

The organisers are looking for volunteers to get involved - specifically local dance groups, ballet dancers, karate groups, choirs, steel drummers, artists, musicians, crafts and food, and 'Stockwell enthusiasts'!

For more details, contact the organisers below.

Twitter: @Stockwell2012

Getting involved: To take a stall in the South Lambeth Market areas contact Ian at by Friday 10 August 2012.

For all other enquiries (including hot food stalls) contact

Sunday, 15 July 2012

'Boris Bikes' come to Stockwell

Following a petition signed by hundreds of residents, and a campaign by local Labour councillors, the TFL bike scheme (also known as [ahem] Boris Bikes, although a certain Labour mayor came up with the project) is coming to Stockwell.



The extension will include 12 new sites, with at least one being within 300m of Stockwell Underground either on Clapham Road near Linhgam Street or on Binfield Road ‘island’. TfL’s preference is for the Lingham Street site but we are pressing for the Binfield Road site.

The stations should be ready in 2013.

 Priority sites:

1. L83 Union Grove, Wandsworth Road

2. L86 Landsdowne Way Bus Garage

3. L89 South Lambeth Library, South Lambeth Road

4. L91 Clapham Road, South Island Place

5. L95 Heathbrook Community Hall

6. L97 Wandsworth Road, Silverthorne Street

7. L98 Wandsworth Road, St Rule Street

8. L100 Teversham Lane, South Lambeth Road

9. L101 Courland Grove

10. L106 Jeffreys Road, Clarence Walk

11. L109 Oasis Garden, Larkhall Lane

12. L112 Clapham Road, Lingham Street

Contingency sites:

13. L85 Hartington Road

14. L90 Albert Square

15. L84 Thessaly Road, Wandsworth Road

16. L99 Wandsworth Road, Allington Court

17. L111 Binfield Rd Island

Thanks to Tradescant Road blog for the map.


Pictures of the Clapham Library

If you haven't yet been to the new Clapham Library, it's worth a visit. The building has been inspired by the Guggenheim, and inside a central atrium has a children's library as it's central focal point, with rows of books running around the walls accessible via a spiral ramp. Off the main walkway are small rooms for quiet reading, studying or using a computer.

The building was funded through a private-public partnership, with new homes built above the library. A smart way to fund public services at a time when money is tight.

Sadly, the miserly Lib Dems have attacked the new library, calling it a 'flop'. Wouldn't it have been nicer if they could have welcomed it?

More details on how to access the library are here:

Despite swingeing cuts from the Tory-Lib Dem Government, The Tate South Lambeth Library will remain open, and will have a new wifi service installed soon.

Nine Elms website launched

It's a bit full of PR gumf, and needs a lot more information adding to it, but it's a start - there is a new website that covers the *Vauxhall* Nine Elms development -

Monday, 18 June 2012

Great Result for War Memorials

Following a petition signed by hundreds of local residents, Labour Lambeth Council has announced approval of £200,000 funding to refurbish five war memorials, including the Stockwell War Memorial.

Stockwell Councillor Alex Bigham said "It is fantastic news that this money has been provided to ensure that our memorials are fit for heroes.

"Many modern heroes such as Naomi Klein and Sheila Dartnell have campaigned for years to ensure these memorials get the recognition and funding they deserve. We look forward to working with them on plans to restore and imporve the memorial and surrounding gardens."

Councillor Paul McGlone, Lambeth council’s Finance cabinet member, said: “Capital funding is very tight, but all Lambeth councillors agreed that the £200,000 funding had to be allocated to honour our responsibility to our war memorials in memory of those who have fallen.

“We also owe a debt of gratitude to local people like Naomi Klein, a Stockwell resident, who wrote a book, ‘These Were Our Sons’ to commemorate the memory of the 574 local men whose names are inscribed on Lambeth official War Memorial at Stockwell, as well as the Friends of Stockwell Memorial [and Gardens] for their important role in raising the profile of the need for investment.”

The other memorials that will benefit from the funding include:
•Holy Trinity Church, Clapham Common
•St Mark’s Church, Oval
•The London Regiment memorial in Kennington Park
•Streatham War Memorial

The Friends of Stockwell War Memorial said: “We are very pleased that Lambeth’s war memorials, including of course the major memorial at Stockwell, are receiving the attention they deserve. We have been working with Lambeth co-operatively over the past year on plans for improvements to Memorial Gardens and hope to see the results shortly.”

The works are due to be completed early next year.

Stockwell road sweeper gets honour

Anthony Cleland, a street cleaner from Stockwell has been awarded a British Empire Medal for a quarter of a century of service cleaning the streets of Lambeth.

He was nominated by Kate Hoey MP and the Stockwell Communiny Resource Centre.

As Stockwell News reports,  Mr Cleland is a widower, and the father of two children and a grandfather-of-three.

He said: “I am very proud and I think it’s great that the BEM has been brought back, it shows that ordinary people deserve to be recognised as well. My children are over the moon about it and my colleagues think it’s great that a road sweeper is being honoured. I lost my wife a few years ago but I am sure she will be up there, looking down on me when I receive the medal.”

Congratulations to Anthony from all at Stand up for Stockwell!

Cycling to Brighton

A formidable team of Lambeth councillors and residents, including Stockwell's Cllr Pete Bowyer took part on a long cycle from London to Brighton last Sunday to raise money for the British Heart Foundation.

If you would like to donate, you can do so at

Monday, 30 January 2012

Stockwell the Movie

Garreth Carter has sent me an amazing video of Stockwell at night time - some beautiful images and moving shots of people in the best neighbourhood in London. Hope you enjoy as much as I did.

Stockwell By Night from Garreth Carter on Vimeo.