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In many towns and cities the  night time economy can be a major source of crime, disorder and anti-social behaviour. The effect of this, if not managed properly, is to deter ordinary people from enjoying the amenities and services in areas around the local ‘club land’. For example, cinemas, restaurants or other amenities not linked to alcohol, can suffer as fear of crime may discourage people who are apprehensive about confrontation with younger people or violence. Business Crime Reduction Partnerships offer evening economy businesses a very real and practical support mechanism, which is designed to help partners tackle these real and potential problems.

Mayor of Lambeth presents a Safer Socialising Award

Mayor of Lambeth presents a Safer Socialising Award

The safer socialising awards focuses on businesses in Lambeth that meet or exceed standards designed to improve the management of businesses and provide a guide to businesses of the standard required.

It was really interesting to talk to local businesses and operaqtors of CCTV in Lambeth to hear first hand the challenges they experience.

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Hundreds of enthusiastic children greeted me at the Whippersnapper Swimming Gala at the Brockwell Park Lido.

Mayor of Lambeth with an enthusiastic whippersnapper entrant

Mayor of Lambeth with an enthusiastic whippersnapper entrant

Whippersnappers, who organised the gala, were founded in 1994 when Caroline Burghard a professional actress; a mime artist teamed up with Kirk Service an established R&B and Reggae artist. For the past 12 years the company has been based in The Brockwell Lido building in Brockwell Park, Brixton.

Mayor of Lambeth with volunteers at the Whippersnappers Swimming Gala

Mayor of Lambeth with volunteers at the Whippersnappers Swimming Gala

This was the second year of the swimming gala and it was clear that the children really could not wait to get started whilst the speeches were made. Once over they quickly moved to their spaces eager to start their races and when I asked who was going to win virtually every hand went up.

A great event and as ever a please to be in the newly refurbished Brockwell Lido building which is simply amazing.


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Mayor of Lambeth at the Friends of Clapham Common Party

Mayor of Lambeth at the Friends of Clapham Common Party

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The London Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival this year had 40 dragon boat teams competing.  Included in the programme will be staged live entertainment and full childrens play area, Chinese cultural and curiosity stalls as well as stalls serving food and beverages throughout the day.

Mayors from across London come together to enjoy the boat race

Mayors from across London come together to enjoy the boat race

The Mayoress and I attended along with Mayors from across London. The event, held just across from London City Airport, was extremely busy with a whole array of entertainment along with the race which was extremely exciting.

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Clapham Street Party celebrated it’s 5th year, the event is organised to raise much needed funds for two charities, GMFA and the Albert Kennedy Trust.

Mayor and Mayoress of Lambeth back stage with drag artist Sandra at Clapham Street Party

Mayor and Mayoress of Lambeth back stage with drag artist Sandra at Clapham Street Party

The Mayoress and I had a great time at the event, meeting many of the acts back stage including this years winner of Drag Idol which was held the night before at The 2 Brewers in Clapham.

Our role for the afternoon was to host the charity auction with the popular London drag act Sandra and together we raised over £500 for the charities.

It was great to meet some of the acts that I have seen over the years and that Sandra was well behaved – well as well behaved as Sandra can be.

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The Rhodesia Road play area was once neglected and disused, now there is a refurbished play area and multi use sports area following a long campaing by residents of the Grantham Road Estate which consists of three tower blocks Beckett, Pinter and Arden houses.

Mayor of Lambeth and Joyce Hooper cutting the cake to celebrate the official opening

Mayor of Lambeth and Joyce Hooper cutting the cake to celebrate the official opening

I was pleased to be asked along by Councillor Pete Robbins to officially open the play and sports area. It was a great chance to meet some of the residents, many who had lived there for 40 years since it was first built.

I gave special thanks to Joyce Hooper and members of the Grantham Road Residents Association who had worked hard to lobby for the funding neccessary to refurbish the play and sports areas.

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The Abbeville Fete is organised by the Church of the Holy Spirit. Over the years it has grown for a low-key affair into an event that involves and supports the local community.  Last year over £17,000 was raised to support local charities.

Mayor of Lambeth and Rev Jeremy Blunden at Newtons restaurant on Abbeville Road

Mayor of Lambeth and Rev Jeremy Blunden at Newtons restaurant on Abbeville Road

Abbeville Fete has a huge number of events including dog show, pet show, fancy-dress parade, waiters’ and shopkeepers’ race, kid zone; along with music in the church and stalls / traders along Abbeville Road and Narbonne Avenue.

I was met by Rev Jeremy Blunden who showed me around the fete and introduced me to many of the stall holders.

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