This weekend marks 70 years since the arrival of the Empire Windrush. On 22 June 1948, 492 passengers mainly from Jamaica arrived at Tilbury Docks. The majority of the first passengers made their home in Lambeth and the streets around Coldharbour Lane in Brixton quickly became the nucleus of the Jamaican community in London.
Pathe news shown at Tea party in Lambeth Town Hall
Lambeth Town Hall hosted much of a new musical heritage and was the location of the famous No Colour Bar dance in 1955.
Lambeth council is spearheading the Windrush 70 campaign and commissioned the official anniversary design from young local Lambeth designers.
Sadly, this year’s celebrations have been accompanied by the Conservative government’s “hostile environment” policy which has made many of the Windrush generation feel unwelcome in their home.
This weekend is not only about recognising the contributions of the Windrush generation, against the backdrop of a hostile government, but we will also celebrate the importance of immigration and embrace our tolerance, openness and diversity.
See Cllr Winifred’s blog about the importance of celebrating Windrush:http://www.lambeth-labour.org.uk/windrush_weekend
A new holiday camp is opening this summer at St Mary’s Lodge (formerly Virgos Fidelis Preparatory School) Central Hill SE19 3FA . Camp Allstars is designed entirely by parents to meet the needs of children at a reasonable price ( £20 per day). Serving kids ages 5 -11, this new camp boasts fantastic facilities, a host of engaging activities and a talented staff.
The camp will open it’s door for the first session on 30/7/2018.
For details see: https://www.campallstars.co.uk/
Dawn Hill & Gerald Jacobs at the exhibition
If you or your family were in Brixton in 1960’s and 1970’s check out the photo exhibition in Lambeth Town Hall on until Friday 6th July.
Harry Jacob was a popular portrait photographer with Brixton’s black community. His studio was at 152 Landor Road. Pop into Lambeth Town Hall, Brixton SW2 1RW between 10am and 8pm Monday to Friday and try to identify people in the photos – post-it notes provided! Harry’s son Gerald was pictured at the opening last week with Dawn Hill, chair of the Black Cultural Archives.
And if you have any photos at home taken by LE Campbell, who had a studio at 82 Atlantic Road in the 1960s, please get in touch with the Black Cultural Archives in Windrush Square SW2 1EF.
For many more events in the Windrush 70 year anniversary programme see: http://www.windrush70.com/
Cllr Jackie Meldrum with the Open House directory
This weekend, 12th & 13th May and next weekend, 19th & 20th May, provides a chance to meet many of our local artists as they open their doors and studios. It is your chance to see their work and maybe get a bargain or acquire a masterpiece!
The studios and homes are open from 11am to 6pm – just look out for the Artists Open House signs. Or check out the directory at: http://dulwichfestival.co.uk/artists-open-house/
Roseberys Auction House have a taster exhibition at 70 Knights Hill SE27 0JD if you are not sure where to start….
Help is on hand locally for anyone you know affected by the tighter rules on British citizenship for Commonwealth citizens.
The Black Cultural Archives , based in Windrush Square Brixton SW2 1EF, is organising a set of advice surgeries throughout the month of May on:
Wed 2 May 5pm-8pm
Sat 5 May, 10am-1pm
Wed 9 May 5pm-8pm
Sat 12 May, 10am-1pm
Wed 16 May 5pm-8pm
Sat 19 May, 10am-1pm
Wed 22 May 5pm-8pm
Sat 26 May, 10am-1pm
Wed 30 May 5pm-8pm
You can just turn up or book an appointment by phoning 020 3757 8500 or emailing email@example.com,uk
For more information see:
Help shape the future of West Norwood by attending the Norwood Planning Assembly AGM and visioning event on Wednesday 25th April at 7pm at Portico Gallery 23 Knights Hill SE27 0HS. For details see: https://www.norwoodplanning.org/
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Check out the Labour Party’s manifesto for Lambeth council elections on Thursday 3rd May at https://lambeth-labour-manifesto.org/
This manifesto has been drawn up with hundreds of local people to create a positive and ambitious vision for a better, fairer Lambeth that aims to improve the lives of all Lambeth residents.
It builds on Labour’s strong record over the last four years – including building the first new council homes in a generation, protecting our 23 fantastic children’s centres and paying every Lambeth employee at least the London Living Wage.
Labour promises are:
- Tackling Lambeth’s housing crisis – by completing our ambitious programme of 1,000 council homes and introducing a new private renters charter
- A cleaner and greener Lambeth – by keeping a full weekly bin collection, boosting recycling and improving air quality
- Delivering value for money – by keeping council tax one of the lowest in London
- A safer Lambeth – by tackling youth violence and fighting Tory police cuts
- A more equal Lambeth – by creating 1,500 apprenticeships and encouraging every Lambeth business to pay the London Living Wage
- Fighting against a Tory Hard Brexit – by campaigning to defend the rights of our EU friends and neighbours