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.
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.
As many of you will already know, Lambeth council has cancelled the fireworks on Clapham Common this year which is a real shame and means that a lot of local businesses wont get that annual assured boost, that so many depend on. However the fireworks haven’t disappeared completely … they are going to be on a three year rotation between Clapham, Brockwell Park and Streatham. This year is Brockwell Park’s turn and the fireworks will also be a joint celebration of the bicentenary of Brockwell Hall, now a Grade II listed building. The fireworks will be set to music from the last 200 years and a funfair and stalls, food and mulled wine will be available from 4pm – best of all it’s FREE! Fireworks start at 8pm. Other displays close by are Wimbledon Park on Friday and Battersea Park and Crystal Palace on Saturday, all of which will charge an entry fee. Should you not be around this weekend, next Saturday 12th, The Lord Major’s Show and Fireworks are a definate must see and FREE too! Have fun Clappers and don’t forget your sparklers!!!
On Saturday 12th November ‘Shout About’ an online magazine for creative writing and illustration will be launched at Under the Greenwood Tree, in Clapham Old Town. Local authors will be running events throughout the day. The event starts with storytime, craft sessions, writing workshops and a writing surgery where children can bring their stories to be workshopped.
10:30 – 11:30 Story time with Judy Allen followed by craft/drawing session with Margaret Bateson -Hill
11:30 Story time with Nicolas Allan reading ‘Father Chrsitmas Needs a Wee’
3:00 – 4:00 For the older kids a ‘Secret Self’ writing workshop with Sarah Mussi & Sam Osman. Ages 8+.
2:00 – 5:00 Open Writing Surgery with many great South London authors for childrens ages 5+There will be surprise speed reads by guest authors, book signing and activities going on all day so it’s well worth popping along.
A new venture from Hamish Johnston of Northcote Road, The Tiny Italian is a brand new stall selling simply the best in Italian food. Remember Salumeria Napoli? The legendary Italian deli run by the unforgettable Salvatore Maggiulli. Well since its recent closure, the long running family business is moving to pastures new. Not in the form of a new shop, but a new stall, a tiny Italian stall. And luckily for all you Clappers…it’s just across the road! The Tiny Italian is run by Paola, Salvatore’s daughter and she promises to uphold his excellent reputation of selling the finest of Italian foods and she will certainly give her father a run for his money when it comes to his famous, friendly chat! So there’s no longer a reason to miss out on your italian favourites, Phew! Every weekend from this Saturday 22nd October.
World-renowned artist Andrew Logan has been commissioned to create works of art for Clapham’s new public library and leisure centre sites. The artist is currently working on two large-scale works of art: a giant red glittering heart will hang at the centre of the new leisure centre, while the word ‘LIBRARY‘ will be spelled out in two metre high letters along Clapham High Street outside the new public library. The sculptures will be entirely covered with Logan’s signature brightly coloured hand-crafted mosaic of glass, mirror and found objects. Clapham residents are being invited to donate personal mementos, which Logan will include in the mosaic on the sculptures outside Clapham’s new public library. Andrew commented ‘This is my first public realm commission in London after being here for over 40 years. I am delighted to contribute to the life of the city in a manner that celebrates healthy minds, healthy bodies and quality of life. I hope to visit the pool with frequency!’. Collection of has started and will carry on until 31st October. You can donate your items at the three following places: Clapham Library (North Side), Clapham Family Practice on the High Street and at the new Clapham library site on the High Street.
If you’re venturing down towards Northcote Road in the next few weeks you may want to check out the new Edward James Salon. Being the flagship store they’ve gone all out and its not just a hair cut you get but a whole relaxation experience, complete with a pre-consultation massage. The salon is an Aveda partner, exclusively using their range of up to 97% naturally derived hair and skincare products. Intimate and luxurious, the premises have undergone a radical transformation including National Trust sourced tree trunks, hand-made eco-lighting and reclaimed timber flooring and fixtures – all of which allow you to treat yourself to a calming and fresh experience. But even more exciting is that all LoveClapham readers get 50% off a cut and blow dry when you buy a colour service or £20 off yourfirst appointment! Who doesn’t love a bit of a bargain offer?! Just quote LoveClapham when you book.
Do let us know how you get on and what you think!
Having spent a top night at Gigalum (Clapham South) on Friday night I thought I’d let you know about a seriously hot ‘must be there’ night coming up next weekend. On Sunday 11th September, Italian DJ, Manuel de la Mare is being flown in specially to get Gigalum jumping with his beats that mix somewhere between house and techno. Already a familiar face at global venues like Ministry of Sound in London, Womb in Tokyo and Fabrik in Madrid, Manuel has managed to procure a worldwide fan base that has enabled him to perform his music throughout Europe, Asia, Middle East, Africa, as well as North and South America. With a soaring profile and constantly growing international followers and fans Manuel launched his own labels 303Lovers and Hotfingers back in 2007 along with Alex Kenji and Marshall. The labels has now showed themselves as one of the key names in House and Techno Music with a never-ending flow of quality releases which fire the dancefloor. So if you want to party it up with one of the hottest DJs on the planet then head over to Clapham South this Sunday and great news – its free!
The fruit juice and nectar company, Simply Nectar is sending a banana to hand out FREEBIES to Clappers this Friday!! All you have to do is head over to Clapham Common and say happy birthday to a large, human banana! The fruity character will be based in the area throughout the day handing out freebottles of Banana Simply Nectar and ‘other goodies’ to passersby in celebration of company’s tenth anniversary.The festive giveaway is also being held in a bid to promote a healthy lifestyle and to encourage people to opt for pure fruit juices and nectars rather than sugarfilled alternatives. Simply Nectar van and the large banana will start making its wayround Clapham Common and the surrounding areas during the morning of Friday 26 August. They will also be donating some drinks to local charitable organisations. For more information on Simply Nectar click here or read their blog follow this link.
This is a great event to take part in and organisers hope to raise as much money as possible, so please tell all your friends, family, work colleagues, etc to try to get them involved in this worthwhile event.
Date: Tuesday 23rd August 2011 (TONIGHT!!!)
Registration: Opens at 18:30 – where you collect your race number and bag number (If you want to store bags)
Nectar has always looked for the UK’s Savviest Shopper; people would email in their top tips and hints to save money. This year Nectar decided to expand the campaign, this time to find the “UK’s Savviest Family”. Over a period of two months, up to eight families are going head-to-head in a competition to see who can be the savviest with their saving and spending. Families are blogging their savvy experiences online at nectar.com and are in the running to win prizes such as flights, cash and obviously loads of Nectar points! One of the eight families is the Owen family from Clapham. Tabitha Owen commented ‘- In a town like Clapham, it’s really easy to be Savvy. I make the most of the local charity shops, where I buy all my books and the park is also an easy and free day out. It’s great how you can make use of the wide open spaces of the common. I also grow my own vegetables with the help of my son, which really helps to cut costs’. The competition runs to the 31st August when one family will be crowned UK’s Savviest Family. To find out more about the Savvy family competition, the Owen family and lots of money saving tips click here.
Monday 8th of August 2011 will be the day all local residents remember wanton violence coming to our much loved streets. Worst hit was the Clapham Junction area around Lavender Hill caught in its early throes in the below video.
Of course, the most familiar image to us all is now the gutted Party Superstore – which Love Clapham has frequented for many a fancy dress party – ablaze.
Other shops were smashed, looted and destroyed in a disgusting abuse of our local area. Clapham High Street was largely unaffected, although Blockbuster near Clapham North has had its windows smashed, and property destroyed and stolen. Love Clapham witnessed a gang of 20 or so hooded youths lurking behind KFC at around 11pm – they may have been entirely innocent, but last night was not the night to be hanging around in gangs.
Riot police eventually turn up en masse captured in this resident’s video:
No one involved had any intentions of delivering a political of social message, they just wanted to enjoy themselves by destroying people’s livelihoods. It was disturbing to watch on television, and terrifying for some of our residents stuck in the thick of the violence. Personally, the worst image for me was that of the young girls in the attack laughing at their friends tearing a TV off the wall in Ladbrokes. Such a depressingly pathetic display of ignorance and stupidity.
But the local community has come together in a tear jerking response as residents supported those affected today with broom in hand to clean up. Something to be proud of. Take care Clappers.
Read more on the following websites:
- Clapham Junction riots: A timeline of the violence and looting, images, write up and videos [Metro]
- Clapham Junction riots in pictures [BBC]
- London riots: Clapham broom picture goes viral as Londoners defy looters [Metro]
- Boris Johnson being heckled in Clapham Junction [Guardian]
- Clapham Junction write up [Telegraph]
- Boris Johnson criticised on Clapham Junction visit [Mirror]
- Clapham riot clean-up brings 400 volunteers [BBC]