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Archive for July, 2008

The weather held out, after a very wet Friday, for the Clapham Park Festival at Agnes Riley Gardens, Poynders Road. The festival included music and live performances including local youngsters from local primary schools and Lambeth Performing Arts who took to the stage to show off the singing and dancing.

Along with the entertainment on stage their were activities including football, basketball, netnball, facepainting, badge making and other arts and crafts. There were free health checks and other health advice on several stalls and I saw Councillor Lib Peck having her blood pressure taken.

We visited the Time Bank stall. This is a fantastic initiative where you give your time to others and in return others can then help you. For every hour you give you earn an hours time credit, you can exchange this for an hours help from other members of the time bank for any of the services they have to offer.

Several councillors and local MP Keith Hill joined the local people that had turned out to enjoy the day. I was pleased to meet again Donna C Henry, chair of Clapham Park Project and Joe Moll, Chair of Clapham Park Homes.

A very successful and fun day, in particular I was impressed by the talent of the children who confidentially took the stage and were enjoyed by all.

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Balfour Beatty London Youth Games

Every year over 20,000 young Londoners from the 32 London Boroughs and the City of London, compete in over 30 different sports competitions that comprise the Games. I attended the 2008 games, with Deputy Mayoress Emita Griffith, in Crystal Palace.

Whilst at the games we attended a reception where we heard speeches from London Youth Games Limited, Sports England and sponsor Balfour Beatty.

Balfour Beatty London Youth Games

Following the reception we toured the games visiting some of the teams proudly representing Lambeth. Watching them play you could really see their passion and commitment.

We also visited the Archery team where we spent time hearing about the sport. It was clear that this sport demanded huge discipline, however cost of equipment and traveling to a limited number of places where you could practice means not all who could benefit from partaking in this sport are able to.

We were extremely impressed by all the young people in the Lambeth teams and all the officers and volunteers that work with the teams working for success, not just at the games, but towards a healthy sporting future.

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