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Aardvark recycling is a not-for-profit social enterprise specialising in food waste collection and processing services to residents and businesses.

Mayor of Lambeth with the Aardvark team

Mayor of Lambeth with the Aardvark team

Their profits are ploughed back into local environmental improvement projects, including healthy eating initiatives and a real nappy scheme for south London.
 
Mayor of Lambeth with Natasha Harris from Aardvark Recycling

Mayor of Lambeth with Natasha Harris from Aardvark Recycling

 
The food waste is broken down into high quality compost which they offer to local community groups and individuals. Last year Aardvark Recyling diverted 50 tonnes of residential food waste from landfill. They turned that waste into high quality compost that local community groups and individuals could use to fertilise gardens, allotments, parks, window boxes and pot plants.
 
Processed food waste breaks down into compost

Processed food waste breaks down into compost

It was great to tour the site and gain, once I got used to the smell, a better understanding of how the system works – and see the rich healthy compost that they produce.

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The Wellness Games are an annual London Wide sporting event for the over 55’s. Teams are entered on a borough basis and this is the first time that the event has been held in Lambeth with a Lambeth team taking part.

Mayor of Lambeth visiting the Wellness Games at Brixton Recreation Centre

Mayor of Lambeth visiting the Wellness Games at Brixton Recreation Centre

Along with visiting the games, chatting to team members from Lambeth and other boroughs it was a great opportunity to visit the leisure centre that I used to use regularly when I lived in Brixton but had not seen since its refurbishment.

Mayor of Lambeth with the Mayor of Greenwich who was also visiting the games

Mayor of Lambeth with the Mayor of Greenwich who was also visiting the games

Everyone was having a great time and it was clear that the games were hugely popular.

Mayor of Lambeth with one of the entrants to the Wellness Games

Mayor of Lambeth with one of the entrants to the Wellness Games

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A packed congregation greated us at St John’s Church in Angell Town for their Harvest Thanksgiving.

Mayor of Lambeth and consort Anne Sassoon with Rev Rosemarie Mallett

Mayor of Lambeth and consort Anne Sassoon with Rev Rosemarie Mallett

I was welcomed by the Reverend Dr. Rosemarie Mallett, Priest in Charde of St John’s. Also attending was Lambeth councils chief executive Chief Executive Derrick Anderson and local councillor Rachael Heywood.

It was a hugely varied service with readings and Hymns together with Preacher Reverend Claudette Douglas reminding everyone that they should not take what they have for granted.

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On Loos Sunday, in September, The London Irish Rifles remember the service their Regiment gave in the Great War. The Rifles showed their character and determination at the costly Battle of Loos. Whilst advancing under fire across open ground in gas masks, the London Irish Rifles famously kicked a football between them all the way to the enemy trenches.

Contemporary cartoon by a member of the Regiment depicting the advance at the Battle of Loos

Contemporary cartoon by a member of the Regiment depicting the advance at the Battle of Loos

This year had an extra special element given it is the 150 anniversary of the London Irish Rifles.

Guests visit the London Rifles museum

Guests visit the London Rifles museum

As ever we were made extremely welcome and were able to hear first hand about many of the challenges faced by soldiers in both Afghanistan and Iraq. We were also able to hear about some really positive outcomes as they had experienced improvements for local people during their tour of duty.

The original football from the Battle of the Loos
The original football from the Battle of the Loos

During the dinner names of those who were present who will be going next April to serve in Afghanistan. After meeting some of these soldiers it really brings it home the commitment and sense of duty they have. It is one thing to discus the right and wrongs of British soldiers being sent to these regions – it is clearly something very different to go and serve our country in extremely difficult circumstances.

Listen! 

London Irish Rifles

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The North Lambeth Expo showcased many of the brilliant organisations that support the community and offer local people the opportunity to talk to people who are influencing decisions about the local area.

Judging the picture competition at the North Lambeth Expo

Judging the picture competition at the North Lambeth Expo

We were treated on arrival to some delicious food whilst being entertained by dancers from the Portuguese community.

Mayor of Lambeth speaking at the North Lambeth Expo

Mayor of Lambeth speaking at the North Lambeth Expo

We met young people from SE1 United, a forum run by young people for young people.

Mayor of Lambeth with young people from the SE1 United youth forum

Mayor of Lambeth with young people from the SE1 United youth forum

We met councillors from the area who were there to talk with local people.

Mayor with councillors and event organiser at the North Lambeth Expo

Mayor with councillors and event organiser at the North Lambeth Expo

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The Transiston Town Brixton Food and Growing Groups Ultimate Community Think Tank Day was the final event in teh future of our food series. The Ultimate Community think tank day on food and growing in Brixton was designed to answer the question “How will we feed ourselves in a post-oil world?”

Mayor of Lambeth withone of the organisers of the event

Mayor of Lambeth withone of the organisers of the event

The event worked to get the community to lead the discussion, to create a vision and make plans for the future.

It was a packed event and we were given an insight into the issues that is driving the need for communities to become more sustainable on a local level and less reliant on oil.

Mayor of Lambeth with Cllr Rachael Heywood, cabinet member for culture and communities

Mayor of Lambeth outside the event with Cllr Rachael Heywood, cabinet member for culture and communities

Hugely informative and another example of the hugely beneficial work being done by Transistion Town Brixton.

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