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