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Clapham Pottery is a very succesful community organisation which ahead of it’s redevelopment has moved from Clapham Leisure Centre to this lovely site in the Old Chapel at 4a Rectory Grove.

Mayor of Lambeth with some of the work of Clapham Potters

Mayor of Lambeth with some of the work of Clapham Potters

Clapham Pottery is a busy self-funding and not-for-profit community pottery, offering pottery classes for all ages and all abilities. Pottery classes are held during the daytime and evenings for adults and kids, over a 10 week term, with a half term break. Weekend courses for adults are available on a monthly basis.

Mayor of Lambeth cutting the ribbon to officially open Clapham Pottery

Mayor of Lambeth cutting the ribbon to officially open Clapham Pottery

Clapham Pottery classes are taught by professional, working potters from The North Street Potters, which was established in Clapham in 1978.

Mayor of Lambeth with Naine Woodrow for Clapham Potters

Mayor of Lambeth with Naine Woodrow for Clapham Potters

I was pleased to have the opportunity to personally thank Naine Woodrow, a long term member of the North Street Potters and a key driver behind this project and Clapham Potters. The whole team provide an invaluable service to the local community and beyond and it was wonderful to see their longer team future at the heart of Clapham.

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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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