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The Royal Vauxhall Tavern / GMFA Sports Day is an annual charity gay themed charity sports day.

Mayor of Lambeth and Councillor Mark Harrison with entrants at the RVT/GMFA Games on Spring Gardens
Mayor of Lambeth and local Councillor Mark Harrison with entrants at the RVT/GMFA Games on Spring Gardens

This year the event supported the gay mens health charity GMFA, Vauxhall City Farm and the friends of Spring Gardens.

Mayor of Lambeth and Councillor Mark Harrison with entrants at the RVT/GMFA Games on Spring Gardens
Mayor of Lambeth and local Councillor Mark Harrison with entrants at the RVT/GMFA Games on Spring Gardens

To open the event I had to say a few words then throw a golden handbag. Proving my total ability to throw anything I went on to throw the handbag behind me instead of into the crowd 🙂 Luckily the participants in the sports day did a much better job and as the sun shone down on Spring Gardens there was a whole host of events including egg and spoon races and tug of war.

Spectators enjoy the games
Spectators enjoy the games

I was very impressed by one entrant dressed as Joanna Lumley, complete with high heals, taking part in the tug of war. Unfortunately the heals were not very helpful when trying to get footing. He told me later he brought the heals from Brixton market – so if you are a size 8 and looking for some high heals you know where to head.

Tug of war
Tug of war

Joanna Lumley, hearing that her support for the gurkas had prompted the theme for three of the teams had rather sportingly donated prices which were later auctioned at the after part at the RVT.

Mayor of Lambeth and Councillor Mark Harrison with entrants at the RVT/GMFA Games on Spring Gardens
Mayor of Lambeth and local Councillor Mark Harrison with organisers of the RVT/GMFA Games on Spring Gardens

A great day, with a huge crowd growing throughout the event.

Mayor of Lambeth and Councillor Mark Harrison with entrants at the RVT/GMFA Games on Spring Gardens
Mayor of Lambeth and local Councillor Mark Harrison with entrants at the RVT/GMFA Games on Spring Gardens
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The Lambeth Summer Arts project ran over 5 weeks where Lambeth young people learned a variety of skills including protagraphy, film making and music.

The project worked with partners Photofusion, Raw Material and Noh Budget Films.

Mayor of Lambeth with one of the young men from project

Mayor of Lambeth with one of the young men from project

The quality of the work was fantastic and I was amazed that they had achieved so much in such a short time. Those who took in the project spoke passionately about how much they had enjoyed it and it was clear from the work that they have a lot of natural talent.

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I was greeted at the Westbury estate carnival fun day by Tenants and Residents Association chair Elaine Mander who has worked with others from the estate, Lambeth and Wandsworth councils to make this event possible.

Mayor with TRA chair Elaine Mander

Mayor with TRA chair Elaine Mander

It was a great event with music, face painting, rodeo ride, bouncy council, free cycle repairs and football tournaments.

Mayor with the Groundworks mascott

Mayor with the Groundworks mascott

There were stands for the new Heathbrook childrens centre, Groundworks, Lambeth College, Clapham Town saferneighbourhood police and officers from Wandsworth Environment department who were collecting feedback on ideas for redeveloping Heathbrook park which backs onto the estate.

Mayor of Lambeth with local resident helping with the planting

Mayor of Lambeth with local resident helping with the planting

Groundworks were also on hand to help local people with planting as part of the better neighbourhood development which includes new pavements on the estate.

Mayor visits some of the developments as part of the Better Neighbourhoods programme

Mayor visits some of the developments as part of the Better Neighbourhoods programme

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Across Lambeth each summer a partnership of the Lambeth Summer Projects Trust, Lambeth Police, the Community, Lambeth Children & Young People’s Service and other agencies run one of the capitals largest inner city boroughs, partners work together for the benefit of hundreds of 9 to 16 year old young people and their families each year.

Mayor with consort Anne Sassoon and organisers of the Summer Projects

Mayor with consort Anne Sassoon and organisers of the Summer Projects

The Brixton Project, Kennington Project, Clapham Project, Norwood Project and Streatham Project, provide a programme of activities during the long summer school holidays.

Mayor with children at the Clapham Summer Project

Mayor with children at the Clapham Summer Project

I visited the project in Clapham which was held this year at the Lambeth Academy. There was a huge variety of events being held in this fantastic school from sports to arts and crafts.

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Clapham, Larkhall and Heathbrook Children Centres came together for the Fun in the Sun event at the One o’clock club on Clapham Common.

Mayor of Lambeth with some of the organisers of Fun in the Sun

Mayor of Lambeth with some of the organisers of Fun in the Sun

The event was a great opportunity for those involved in the centres, one o’clock clubs, children and their families to come together for an afternoon of entertainment.

Families enjoying the Fun in the Sun event on Clapham Common

Families enjoying the Fun in the Sun event on Clapham Common

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