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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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Friends of  Clapham Common started life as the Clapham Common Residents Association (CCRA) which was formed by a group of local residents concerned about the decline of Clapham Common. The catalyst was the impact of a number of large and poorly managed events that had taken place in 1996 & 1997. An open meeting was held in September 1997 at the Northcote Road Library and a committee was nominated with the task of creating a properly constituted organisation.

Mayor of Lambeth with Kate Hoey MP and Peter Burke-Murphy Chairman of Friends of Clapham Common

Mayor of Lambeth with Kate Hoey MP and Peter Burke-Murphy Chairman of Friends of Clapham Common

The new organisation was launched in June 1998 as the Friends of Clapham Common (FCC). This new name was chosen as we felt it reflected better our interest in protecting Clapham Common rather than merely the interests of local residents.

The Friends of Clapham Common Summer Garden Party is an annual event and I was pleased to be invitied to demonstrate the boroughs support for this local organisation whose focus is the protection and improvement of this important green space.

The event is a great way for the friends to come together with other local organisations which they work with on the common purpose of bringing improvements to the common.

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Big Open Day Live at Lambeth College Vauxhall Centre

Lambeth College’s BIG open day was an open day with a BIG difference.  It was an opportunity for local people to see the centres new facilities including the new performing arts centre and 160 seat theatre, to meet staff and students, see performances and exhibitions of student work and get valuable information advice and guidance to help them choose their courses.

The new building is amazing and I was stunned by the amazing views of the common from the top floor. The building is fresh, modern and a far cry from cramped classrooms that I remember studying in. The staff, governors and students were clearly extremely proud of their college and the work they are doing there.

I enjoyed seeing some of the amazing art work that the students had done and pleased to present students with certification for their excellent work.

New Park Road Baptist Church Community Fun Day

I was pleased to be asked to return to the New Park Road Baptist Church Community Fun Day, as I had the pleasure of visiting as Deputy Mayor last year.

Unfortunately the weather was not being as kind this year, however there was still an enthusiastic turnout with free food, drink and activities for all that attended.

Trees for Cities Woodland Family Picnic – Clapham Common

The picnic was to celebrate the tree planting carried out as part of the capital woodlands project which aims to raise appreciation of London’s woodlands. Trees for cities have planted an amazing 300 new trees on the common and are planning further planting in the coming year.

The were free activities and workshops based on a woodland theme for children to enjoy at the picnic, with face painting, arts and crafts, storytelling and games. At the event I was pleased to be able to take time to talk to the Friends of Clapham Common who had a stall and were talking to people about the commons masterplan including plans that would mean Windmill Drive would no longer be a through road.

Upper Norwood Joint Library – Crystal Palace Festival and Victorian Afternoon 

This was my first visit to the Library, which if you do not know it is on the edge of the borough and is jointly funded with the London Borough of Croydon. The library, which unusually is run by a committee of local people, librarians and councillors, was buzzing with activity when we arrived and were quickly introduced to the Mayor of Croydon. With magic shows, talks and other activities based around the Victorian theme the event had attracted a wide range of people and ages.

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On Saturday 29 November I visited St Mary’s Church Christmas Fayre in Clapham Common. I was shown around the stall where I met all the volunteers who had given up their time to man the stalls, prepare food and organise the event.

St Marys Church

I was pleased to be asked to open the event which quickly filled with local people who flocked to the wide array of stalls.

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