Watercolour Art Show 16 June

“Flowers and Parks” by Sarah Whitton at the Oasis Nature Garden. For details please download: SW invite

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Leaf blowers in VG – more pollution than a car!

Every Wednesday morning come rain come shine, a dull, continuous droning sound, sometimes roaring to a crescendo is slowly moving along the pavements outside Rosewood House and Pippin Court opposite my house. Glancing out of my window, I observe a workman pointing a device at the pavement that resembles a blunderbuss which blows air instead of pellets. In the autumn dead leaves are dancing in its air flow, blowing them into a corner where they can be picked up and bagged, or simply into the gutter.

Apparently, this labour-saving device replaces sweeping with a broom. At first his seemed to make a certain amount of sense to me, albeit at a high price re peace and quiet! But the leaf-blowing didn’t stop after all the leaves had gone – even on wet wintry Wednesday mornings the pavements were blow-dried methodically! And the same noisy Wednesday morning routine continued throughout the spring, sometimes creating minor dust devils.

I thought – o.k. this is technological progress saving on elbow grease and one mustn’t grumble about a bit of extra noise in our noisy city. But then I did some research into the environmental impact of these leaf blowers, and they have cropped all-around London in recent years. What I found rather surprised and dismayed me:

http://greenblizzard.com/2014/02/21/leaf-blowers-harmful-environment/

Posted in Local news, Street Trees and Plants

Lambeth’s tall buildings strategy vindicated by LSE research?

An article by Dave Hill http://www.onlondon.co.uk/who-is-living-in-the-nine-elms-homes/  based on research by the LSE  seems to vindicate Lambeth’s tall luxury buildings strategy – however, it’s conclusions merely indicate that a lot of buy-to-let activity is taking place, and there is a limit of how much rent even a luxury property can fetch, because those you can afford it will always prefer to buy instead of renting. Also, from my experience door knocking in St George Wharf before the EU referendum (and I have heard similar stories since from others on the campaign trail) many doors never get opened, and those who do are very often not the people on the electoral register for that address.

I wonder who commissioned this research – someone with a vested interest perhaps?

This article (below) takes a different view:

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/may/29/skyscrapers-wrecks-cities-luxury-towers-ugly-greed

Posted in Local developments, Vauxhall cluster of tall towers

Rhythm Village community dance and movement festival until 17 June

RHYTHM VILLAGE – a community dance and movement festival supported by the EU based around  Vauxhall Pleaure Gardens (incl. Beaconsfield Gallery Vauxhall, St Peter’s)

https://www.rhythmvillage.org/ in Vauxhall 7th – 17th June! With a wide range of events around dance and a host of high level UK facilitators in 5Rhythms, Movement Medicine, Open Floor and other practice. They are bringing their wealth of knowledge and passion for the dance to the wider London community, in connection with a wider EU Erasmus community inclusion project we have been running with Budapest, Italy, Germany and UK, WE ARE EXPLORING what movement, celebration, community and inclusion can do for all. Continue reading

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Singing for Wellbeing – 7 Week programme from 12 June

A 7 week programme on Tuesdays, starting 12th June, 7.30pm in the Oasis Auditorium SE1 7QP

£2 suggested donation – FREE to those on low income. Contactfelicity.maries@oasiswaterloo.org / 020 7921 4205

The Oasis also hosts a reduced services public library in accordance with Lambeth Council’s ideas:

http://defendthe10-lambeth.org.uk/2018/04/17/report-on-waterloo-oasis/

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New Shoots Training Programme at Vauxhall City Farm

New Shoots training programme at Vauxhall City Farm starts again in June to help 18-25 year old unemployed people in Lambeth to move into work or education.  Vauxhall City Farm is a positive learning environment where participants experience engaging, enjoyable and developmental workshops and activities designed to support personal goals. The programme (fully funded for eligible young people) is delivered by experienced and qualified staff from our Education & Training team dedicated to helping young people succeed.

Who benefits? Continue reading

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Kennington Chartist Project – 3 free walks from 14 June

“Will You Fight For it?” A Radical History walk. from Camberwell Green to Kennington Park

A snapshot of Chartism in South London and other radical wanderings in the local rebellious past. Continue reading

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