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Urban Art is South London’s annual open air art gallery which is being held this year on the 18th & 19th July, Josephine Avenue, London SW2. I was there to open this fantastic event now in its eighth  year.

Mayor of Lambeth with local councillors and Chuka Umunna at the opening of Urban Art 2009

Mayor of Lambeth with local councillors and Chuka Umunna at the opening of Urban Art 2009

And what an event it is, I was amazed by the number of exhibitors which have now begun to spill out beyond Josphine Avenue itself because of the sheer volume of artists displaying their work, with a huge variety of work of an amazing standard.

Mayor of Lambeth taking picture of art work on display in Josephine Avenue

Mayor of Lambeth taking picture of art work on display in Josephine Avenue

Josephine Avenue is one of the many hidden treasures of Brixton. The historic tree lined avenue was restored to its Victorian splendour in the 1970’s when the railings were replaced after the originals were removed for the ‘war effort’. It is these railings, and the wide tree shaded avenue, which make this the perfect venue for this unique London alfresco art fair. [Urban Art website]

Mayor and his consort Anne Sassoon with an artist next to her work

Mayor and his consort Anne Sassoon with an artist next to her work

Huge congratualations to the organisers of the event and I look forward to visiting it again next year.

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View from Lambeth Town Hall

View from Lambeth Town Hall

Mayors from across the United Kingdom were asked to raise a flag today ahead of British Armed Forces Day, all at the same time of 10:30.

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On Friday 12th December I attending the Metropolitan police service passing out parade for the student intake 02/08-9. Students passing out that will be coming to Lambeth were trained at Croydon, and during the day I met with them and their families. They will come to Brixton and Kennington where they had spent time whilst training.

Their proud parents had come from far and wide, I met one students family whose mother had worked for Lambeth and other local authorities in the past but now lived abroad.

Mayor and Mayoress of Harrow with the Deputy Mayor of Lambeth

Whilst at the event I met with the current Mayor and Mayoress of Harrow, the first borough I had lived in as a child. Whilst talking I discovered that Councillor John Nickolay was my councillor when I was three years old and that his first child was born two months after me at the same hospital in Kingsbury.

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On Thursday 27 November I attended the Clapham Park Project Annual Celebration at the Ritzy Cinema in Brixton.

Clapham Park Project event

The purpose of the event was to celebrate the achievements of the organisation over the course of the last year, as well as to launch their Annual Report for 2007/2008.

Clapham Park Project

Guest speakers included Guardian columnist Polly Toynbee and the Rt. Hon. Keith Hill MP with introductions from the Clapham Park Project chair Donna C Henry and a review of the year by the Chief Executive Angus Johnson.

Awards were presented to a number of residents who have shown themselves to be real community champions over the past year.

Clapham Park Project

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Black Cultural Archives fundraising event

On Wednesday 12 November I attended an event, hosted by Kwame Kwei Armah, to launch a campaign to raise funds for the planned Black Cultural Achieves building in Brixton.

Held at The Deck, National Theatre at the South Bank this was an excellent opportunity to learn more about the Black Cultural Archives which will be the first national black heritage centre in the UK.

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On Thursday 13 Novemeber I attended the Friendly Almhouses Christmas Serendipity, held at the friendly Almshouses in Brixton.

The Friendly Almshouses, originally established in 1802 as the Female Friendly Society is a Registered Charity,  and a member of the Almshouse Association.

The Friendly Almshouses

The social event is for residents and friends with items for Christmas on sale including cards, decorations and presents together with home-made cakes and preserves.

I had a lovely time meeting volunteer members of the management committee, staff and residents. I enjoyed pulling and calling out the raffle winners. All proceeds from the event will be used for the benefit of this small 200 year old Brixton charity which provides sheltered accommodation for women over 50 years of age of modest means.

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On Saturday 08 November I attended the Lambeth Archive open day at the Minet Library which this year was inspired by the centenary of Lambeth Town Hall which opened one hundred years ago in 1908. To mark the event Lambeth Archives encouraged local people to contribute their stories and experiences from those hundred years including old family photographs, documents or anything else that tells a story about Lambeth.

Outside Minet Library

The Deputy Mayoress and I were taken around the many stands of local societies and organisations from Brixton, CamberwellClaphamCrystal Palace  Herne Hill, Streatham and The Museum of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society

Clapham Potteries were running stands where local people were contributing to creating tiles featuring historical images to contribute to a map of the borough. The children were also producing figures that were made out of a type of clay that would set by itself enabling them to take their creations home.

We also visited the Lambeth Mobile Library where we were pleased to hear that there was a large number of new members who had signed up on the day.

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