Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Opening of newly restored Stockwell War Memorial

Following a campaign by local residents and relatives on the memorial, supported by Stockwell's Labour councillors, the Stockwell War Memorial has now been restored to its former glory, along with improvements to the gardens. The mural on the underground shelter has also been repainted thanks to the activity of local volunteers, helped by the original artist, Brian Barnes and the London Mural Preservation Society

To celebrate this, The Friends of Stockwell War Memorial and Gardens are inviting everyone to the unveiling of a plaque at Stockwell Memorial Gardens on Saturday 14 September at 12 noon. The Mayor of Lambeth, Councillor Mark Bennett, will be doing the honours.

Naomi Klein, chairman of the Friends of Stockwell War Memorial and Gardens, says: “The plaque is a small reminder of the fantastic efforts of everyone involved in this project to create a fitting space to remember the war dead in Stockwell. Some of the families of the men listed on the First World War clock tower will be attending, which shows that the memories of these men are, in some ways, as fresh as ever.”

Cllr Alex Bigham, Labour Councillor for Stockwell, says:
“It is fantastic that we now have a restored memorial that is fit to commemorate those from our community who served in the First World War. Following a long campaign by Sheila, Naomi, and other local residents, Lambeth’s Labour council found the money to renovate the borough’s official war memorial. I’m delighted that this was able to happen in good time for the centenary of the First World War next year.”

The clock tower, which lists 574 Stockwell men who died in the Great War, was unveiled in 1922. In recent years, its condition had deteriorated and some of the carvings had become worn. Sheila Dartnell and Naomi Klein of the Friends of Stockwell War Memorial and Gardens brought the plight of the memorial, a Grade II listed structure, to the attention of Lambeth, who responded last year with a plan to improve the entire Memorial Gardens as well as four other memorials in the borough.

Working with Lambeth Council, the Friends of Stockwell War Memorial and Gardens developed a comprehensive plan to bring the clock tower to a state suitable for next year’s centenary of the start of World War One. It included cleaning the stone and recutting some of the carving, renovating the original wooden doors and replacing the windows. At the same time, new furniture, signage and replacement trees were brought in. The work was completed in August 2013.

In addition, many groups of local volunteers organised by the Friends and the London Mural Preservation Society spent hours carefully scraping off the old paint on the deep level shelter and repainting it. They were ably led by Brian Barnes, the original artist. Thanks to everyone who gave up their time. 

Event details:
Saturday 14 September 2013, 12noon to 3pm

Sunday, 21 July 2013

Community Champions picked to fight next election for Labour

Alex Bigham, Guilherme Rosa and Imogen Walker chosen to fight for Stockwell

Stockwell Labour Party members have selected three local community champions to stand for Lambeth Council at the next election, including the first Lambeth Labour candidate from a Portuguese background.

Guilherme Rosa, who is involved in a number of projects, such as helping set up a Portuguese language section at the Tate South Lambeth Library was chosen at a packed meeting of party members held at the Stockwell Partnership.

Guilherme will be working closely with all residents in Stockwell, building on strong links with Portuguese speaking residents and businesses, and helping the work of the Portuguese Community Centre which Labour supported the community to create.

He joins the two existing Stockwell councillors Imogen Walker and Alex Bigham. Both Imogen and Alex have represented Stockwell for a number of years and live in Stockwell. They have been campaigning to deliver real improvements to the area such as the planned Stockwell Square, the refurbished Stockwell war memorial, new kitchens and bathrooms on many of our estates and bringing the TFL bike scheme to Stockwell. They have also fought hard to protect residents incomes, keeping council tax frozen for the last five years.

Pete Bowyer is standing down at the next election after 10 years , and we would like to thank him for all his hard work.

We want to hear your ideas about how we can improve Stockwell over the coming years - please do get in touch in the comments section, or contact us.

A new square for Stockwell...

Your local Labour councillors are backing plans to create a new square in Stockwell which would improve the area around Stockwell tube station.

The plans would provide a more pedestrian friendly area around the tube which local residents have complained does not feel friendly and welcoming.

The new Stockwell Square would be created by expanding the pavements on Binfield Road, creating new areas for people to sit, a new TfL bike docking station, and other improvements such as trees. The area would be partly closed to traffic.

There are also proposals to close part of the Stockwell one way system on South Lambeth Road in order to create a new pedestrianised area linking the recently refurbished Stockwell war memorial with Stockwell Square. The plans have been drawn up by Lambeth Council and local community group the Stockwell Partnership.

Local residents have expressed their support for the project, but you still have time to have your say, you can either contact your councillors, or more details are on Lambeth's website. You can download the consultation report here and the design plans from the architects here.

There are other plans to improve our area such as traffic calming, tree planting and new cycle storage. You can read more here, and do send in your ideas as the new plans are being drawn up now, as part of the 'Neighbourhood Enhancement Programme'.

Friday, 22 March 2013

Help Restore the Stockwell War Memorial!

Can you help restore the painted rotunda in the Stockwell War Memorial Gardens?

Stockwell Memorial Rotunda Volunteer Day 9:00am – 5:00pm SATURDAY 23 MARCH – 9am to 4pm

The rotunda next to the Stockwell War Memorial will be repainted following a campaign by the Friends Group and local councillors.

In order to prepare for the re-paint, the Friends of Stockwell War Memorial and Gardens in association with the London Mural Preservation Society have organised a special volunteer day.

If you can spare some time – even if it’s just for an hour or so – please go along and lend a hand.

The Friends will provide all the equipment and there will be sandwiches and soft drinks for volunteers.

No special expertise needed.

For more information, email stockwellmemorialfriends@gmail.com or call 07525 244337