3 Major Clapham Festivals Axed This Summer

3 major festivals have pulled out of taking place on Clapham Common this summer, with organisers and sponsors claiming that money and time is being invested elsewhere  in Diamond Jubilee and Olympic events. Topping the line-up of events that have faced the chop is the extremely popular Ben and Jerry’s festival which has bought in big acts to the Common for the last seven years. Also not happening this year is the Super Saturday pop concert, the Jamie Oliver Food festival and the British Gas Big Dip swimming pool. The loss of festivals will please the Park Groups who recently complained that there were too many events being hosted in the borough. However don’t be disheartened by the news Clappers, there are still a whole host of events happening in our area this summer which you can take part in including the SW4 Dance Festival, Cancer Research 5k and 10k Race For Life, Eastern Electrics Festival, and the Urban Art festival to name just a few!

Edwin Drood arrives in Clapham next week!

With a cast headed up by Natalie Day (Les Misérables, Queens) as Edwin Drood, Victoria Farley (Les Misérables, Barbican) as Rosa Budd and Daniel Robinson (Jekyll and Hyde Tour) as John Jasper with former Coronation Street star Wendi Peters as Princess Puffer, you’d be forgiven for thinking that this exciting adaptation of The Mystery of Edwin Drood was coming to the West End. But no … it’s on our doorstep!

Based on the unfinished novel by Charles Dickens, The Mystery of Edwin Drood is a compelling and comical play within a play following the exploits of the Theatre Royale Music Hall Company. Wendi Peters, best known for playing Cilla Battersby-Brown in Coronation Street, is delighted to be returning to the stage as the Princess Puffer. LoveClapham caught up with her and here’s what she had to say:

“The Mystery of Edwin Drood is a wonderful mix of Music Hall, murder, mystery and

musical Theatre all rolled into one evening. I’m really enjoying being in my 1st

musical for 15 years, although some of the dance routines are scaring me a little !!

We have a wonderful company of 13 actors and 5 musicians and guarantee you a fun

evening with an ‘X Factor’ ending … The audience decide the outcome and the

murderer !! Hope to see you all there …. Best wishes and ‘VOTE FOR ME ‘ !!!”

Edwin Drood runs from April 11th to 5th May at the Landor Theatre , Clapham North. Tickets start from £10.

Clapham News Roundup

Happy summer Clappers! Well, almost. It’s still a bit chilly but the sun’s out, the flowers are in bloom and we at Love Clapham HQ are feeling it. There have been quite a few developments around Clapham over recent months leading us into what promises to be a better summer in Claps than ever. Here’s the roundup…

WHSmith has opened on Clapham High Street, which might not seem like a huge deal but it’s significant as the first big brand shop to open since Boots took over from Woolworths a couple of years ago. Given that Clapham High Street has very limited shops compared to bars and restaurants, we’re happy about this.

Of course, the new Clapham Leisure Centre has been open for a few months now and is being heavily used – a great success after eighteen months without it, albeit with mixed feedback from our loyal readers.

Venn Street has really transformed the Clapham High Street area. Bringing a weekly market on Saturday’s with very high quality produce and snacks, but most noticeably for pedestrianising the road creating a community hub. We love it.

As you’ll see in the previous posts there’s huge debate about the bus station situation in Clapham Old Town – should more busses be stopping in one of Clapham’s prettiest spots?

Finally, Love Clapham has been hit with a series of stray cats, luckily they’ve all been re-homed. But where are they coming from?!

Six live bus stations in our Old Town?!

MP Kate Hoey and a small group of residents are vigorously lobbying TfL bosses for a LIVE bus station in the square in the heart of Clapham Old Town. This scheme will involve up to six live bus stands with platforms, shelters, signage and commercial lighting, taking up the majority of the square and leaving the Old Town Square open to development as a transport hub. Save Clapham Old Town has set up a site and Facebook page in an effort to try and stop these plans going ahead, by making Clapham residents aware of how it will change the area and asking people to sign their petition.

They are very supportive of the overall Regeneration Project that will widen pavements, slow traffic, improve crossings and  generally better public spaces, however they are against the plans to put 6 live bus stands in the square. Please have a look at the plans and let us know what you think.

Lost Cat Clapham

Is this your cat, or do you recognise him? He arrived in our back garden near Clapham North, between Edgeley Road and Clapham Manor Street, on Saturday night and hasn’t left – which makes us think he may also come from an end terrace. He’s relatively large, fairly fluffy and very friendly, wanting attention – we believe he’s male but not confirmed. Has a deepish miaow, a tortoiseshell coat on top and all white underneath. While he seems in relatively good shape, he’s clearly been outside for a while with a scratch on his face that’s healing. He’s miaowing a lot 🙁

Update: we’ve now taken him to the vet and onto Battersea Cats and Dogs Home where he is currently housed and being cleaned up should you recognise him or want to adopt him. He is lovely!

New Clapham Leisure Centre Open

Clapham has been without a swimming pool for over a year but the new leisure centre (which looks something like the above drawing) is open. And dagnamit, it’s only got a swimming pool with a moving floor to change its depth! This probably entitles Clappers to say we have a ‘state of the art’ leisure centre. It also has a large gym area and a sports hall above it. Fabulous. For those of you going “whaaa? A new leisure centre? In Clapham?” you can find it on Clapham Manor Street next to the equally healthy KFC. Have you been yet, what do you think? Tell everyone below…

Hamper Winner!

Congratulations to Leoni Munslow who is our Whole Foods Hamper winner. We thought her poem about why she should win was excellent!

My boyfriend’s had a tough old year, His father passed away, I’d really like to cheer him up, Especially Christmas Day.

 His sport is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, He is a British Champ,  But torn a tendon in his knee, His winter’s looking damp.

He teaches kids in Battersea, Including those with special needs, Then heads off up the Lavender Hill  To get his special feed.


His diet is clean and fresh and whole, Junk food goes in the bin, He eats at Wholefoods every week, That’s why I’d like to win!

Ho Ho Ho…here comes Christmas in Clapham


Want to get in the festive spirit without travelling any further than Clapham? … Abbeville Road will be playing host to the 2011 Christmas Feté  which takes place from 4pm to 9pm on Thursday 15th December. Local shops will extend their trading, with stalls out on the pavements offering fabulous Christmas specials, along with plenty of complimentary food and drink. There will be treats on offer such as mulled wine, mince pies and roasted chestnuts and musical entertainment including carols by candle light.  Festive fancy dress is encouraged, with prizes for the best boy/girl/dog (yes really!) outfits.  And don’t forget to stop by Santa’s grotto…

WIN a Whole Foods Christmas Hamper!!!

The bite-sized Clapham Junction Whole Foods Market store is a one-stop shop for everyday essentials, from fresh fish and just-baked breads, to meats, cheeses and all of your general groceries. They only work with producers that share their commitment to great tasting food that is fresh, wholesome and safe to eat, seeking out and promoting organically grown foods. They also have a section called Whole Body which features their organic skincare range for the whole family including make-up and natural remedies. Whole Foods Market Clapham Junction is also a great place to eat. They pick the freshest ingredients; add a dollop of local flavor, a pinch of seasonal flair and the skill of a trained chef to bring a taste of fine dining to Clapham Junction. Plus you can create your own fresh juice, smoothie or coffee at their juice bar. THIS IS THE BEST BIT…they are giving away a Christmas Hamper to one lucky LoveClapham reader …YAY! All you have to do is send us an email explaining why you deserve to win the hamper in no more than 100 words and we’ll pick the best! The winner will be announced on the 15th of December. Good luck!

Pretty Pregnant Pamper Evening

 Pretty Pregnant would like to invite local Mums and Mums to be to their exclusive Autumn/ Winter 2011 Sale Preview with discounts of up to 70% off at their Northcore Road Store on the 1st December between 5-7pm. Therapists from Neals Yard Remedies will also be on hand to offer you complimentary mini taster treatments to alleviate any shopping fatigue. Not only that, but all attendees will receve a goodie bag with lots of lovely Neals Yard and Pretty Pregnant products to take home. Shopping, pampering and a goodie bag! What more could you ask for?! To attend this event, simply email events@prettypregnant.co.uk to book a pampering treatment. RSVP only.

Lambeth’s Library

Proposals to reform Lambeth’s library services are being heard by the Council today. The plans, drawn up by Lambeth’s Library Commission, propose to give residents more say in how libraries are run. This is on the back of Lambeth Council’s heavily publicised plans  to become a co-operative council. The commission – set up to recommend how Lambeth’s libraries could bring about a £750k reduction in the library budget – has suggested that, rather than close libraries, staff structures should be remodelled, waste reduced, and more self service technology brought in. Under the plans, Brixton and Streatham libraries will be open seven days a week fully equipped with the latest IT and a full range of specialist library staff. West Norwood, Minet, Carnegie, Durning and South Lambeth libraries will all remain open and be developed into community libraries, run in partnership with the residents who will decide how they are managed, how budgets are spent. Clapham’s new library will open in the New Year.

Annabelle’s Attic

Clappers … this one’s for the ladies. Looking for some great fashion bargains or perhaps some early Christmas presents? Well I thought I’d share this little gem with you – Annabelle’s Attic. New and nearly new clothes, shoes, handbags, jewellery and lots of other products are on sale at this fun event at The Bramford Room, The Alma, 499 Old York Road, Wandsworth SW18 1TF. Entrance fee is only £1 and all proceeds go to Homestart Wandsworth. I can personally vouch for this event as I’ve been before and picked up some great designer items and as a bonus the pub downstairs is one of the best gastro pubs south of the river – yay! Annabelle’s Attic Sale takes place on Tuesday 15th November between 6 and 9pm.