Archive for July, 2012

Lambeth Council has now agreed budgets for all libraries, but is aiming to cut funding by April 2014.  Friends of Tate South Lambeth Library, with support from Stockwell Partnership and Lambeth Council, invite  members of the local community  to bring ideas, views, proposals on how the Tate South Lambeth library budget could be spent while facing this cut in funding.

“Some changes are inevitable but funds should be spent on what local people most need and want.  New activities would be welcomed.  We could expand community use of the library as well as bring in additional income.” 

Tate South Lambeth Library, 180 South Lambeth Road

on Wednesday 8 August,  6-8pm


If you are unable to attend but wish to comment, please email: friendsoftsl@hotmail.com


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AGM reminder

A reminder that all residents are very welcome to attend the annual general meeting of ASSA this coming Tuesday.
  • Tuesday 17 July, 8pm – refreshments from 7.30pm
  • St Stephen’s Church
The AGM will hear about ASSA’s work in the last year, as well as reports from our community police team and a local councillor. We have also invited a representative of  the Lambeth Film Office to answer your queries and concerns about location filming in the area.
We are very keen to have local residents take part in the work of ASSA through joining the committee and helping to shape our work and activity for the future. So don’t be shy – whether you are a new resident or have lived here for an age, and whatever your age or the home you live in, please do get involved. You can come along to the meeting and nominate yourself, as well as other residents. If you want more information on the work of the committee, please contact Rosemary on 0779 290 1295   or Brenda on 020 7735 6087.

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Mr George Fergusson Governor Of Bermuda unveiling the dispensary Plaque in Wilkinson Street SW8


The Governor of Bermuda, Mr George Fergusson  did the honours today, unveiling the newly renovated Plaque that had  marked the opening of the dispensary in 1866.   In 1866 , the  newly created Dispensary would  have given vital medicine to the poor of South Lambeth.

The afternoon commenced with an address by Mr Tom  Fish. Ordinand of St Stephen’s, in the absence of Rev Bill Wilson who was away working.  Tom  made the  interesting point that while the Dispensary was no longer necessary given the NHS , essential work to assist the poor  continues under the auspices of St Stephen’s  Church. ASSA also supports these causes.

Mr Michael Leapman, historian, journalist and author then introduced  his research for us  into the  history of  Charitable dispensaries  and the detail that is available with regard to  the South Lambeth Dispensary . We will try to produce this on our web site soon.  He made note that on  the  day of the Stone laying ceremony on 14 July 1866,  The South London Press  reported that there was ” a numerous and fashionable company.”

Mr George Fergusson  then unveiled the plaque  on Wilkinson Street in front of the    numerous and  fashionable Company that was available on our streets in 2012.

We were extremely fortunate to get the 10 minute window this summer  when it was not pouring down.

Today, anyone fashionable then returned to the cover of the church and  took tea, cucumber sandwiches and fabulous cake.

Our thanks to the Fergussons, George and his wife Margaret for attending the event and giving our streets another overlay of importance, history and interest.

ASSA thanks  everyone who was involved in the impetus and  momentum to  have the plaque  renovated before the writing on the stone  became entirely illegible.

This extends to so many people and our thanks to Anne and Dick. With Luck and a fair wind it will mean that  in another  140+ years time, local residents in 2150 +  will also be aware of the legacy and the history of the Victorians in their streets.

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If you have ever wondered about the plaque on the house on the corner of Wilkinson Street and St Stephen’s Terrace directly opposite St Stephen’s Church, you can find out more at an event on  Saturday 14 July.
The plaque, on the wall of 46 Wilkinson Street, was erected to mark the opening of the South Lambeth, Stockwell and North Brixton Dispensary on 12 July 1866. The plaque has recently been restored by the current residents of the house, with the support of ASSA, with the work carried out by  renowned stonecutter Philip Surey.

If you would like to come along to St Stephen’s Church at 3pm on Saturday, you will hear a short background on the history of the dispensary from local resident Michael Leapman. The plaque will then be unveiled by another local resident, George Fergusson, who is also the  Governor of Bermuda. After the unveiling, ASSA will be providing tea, cake and sandwiches back in the church.

All local residents are welcome to attend the unveiling and the refreshments in the church.

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