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Our popular community recycling event, Trash or Treasure, is back! Save the date –  Saturday 20 April from 10:30 am – 1 pm – and start collecting your disposables, sale items, crafts etc.
If you have any unwanted items – toys, clothes, unwanted DIY bits, old pots of still useful paint etc – get them together for sale/giveaway/exchange outside your door on the day.
You can keep the money made or give it to the charity of your choice.
ASSA is planning to host Dr Bike  – free bike repairs – and other recycling events on the day.
Look out for the flyers and posters nearer the date, as well as more information here.
For those who haven’t done it before  Trash or Treasure is a fun event and a really nice way of meeting the wider neighbourhood.

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Friends of Tate South Library are hosting a talk by top local architects David Marks & Julia Barfield

Tuesday, 12 March 2013, 7pm (doors open 6.30pm)

 at 180 South Lambeth Road, London SW8 1QP

David Marks and Julia Barfield have lived in Stockwell for more than 30 years and have run their architectural practice from Clapham Common for more than 20 years.  Julia will talk about a selection of their projects, both local and global, including the London Eye, Kew Tree top Walkway, Michael Tippett School, Bayt Abdullah Children’s Hospice, Cambridge Mosque and Clapham Gateway

Admission Free. Light refreshments available.  Suggested donations £2.


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ASSA is pleased to support local good causes through the income we raise from holding fundraising events, as well as the facility fees that we charge to TV and film companies for using our location for filming.

Is there a local good cause that you wish to nominate to receive a modest grant from ASSA funds?

Our most recent recipients of funds have included:

  • Friends of Tate South Lambeth Library
  • Oasis playscheme
  • Quaker Book Trust
  • St Stephen’s parents and toddlers group
  • Thrive (therapeutic gardening for people with disabilities)
  • United Families homework club (for children from the Eritrean community)
  • Vauxhall City Farm

Please send us your suggestions for further good causes, with a short description of their work and contact details, and we will announce further recipients on this website.

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Lambeth Council has approached all the residents’ associations in our area about its plan to invest in a Neighbourhood Enhancement Programme. The Neighbourhood Enhancement Programme is about street improvements for all the streets in the triangle between Stockwell, up to Oval and Vauxhall.

The committee of Albert Square & St Stephen’s Association wants your views on what we should ask for in our streets. We’re trying to encourage people who live in the following streets to tell us what they think:
– Albert Square

– Aldebert Terrace
– St. Stephen’s Terrace
– Wilkinson Street

Lambeth has given us a number of options to chose from. Please have a look at the online questionnaire we’ve created. There are only 10 questions to respond to. It should take five minutes to fill out the questionnaire.


We’ve asked for your name and contact details at the bottom of the questionnaire. You don’t need to tell us who you are unless you want to. We’ll only use this information to let you know what progress we’re making or to ask any questions if you have specific queries.

We look forward to seeing your responses on the online questionnaire

Many thanks

The committee of Albert Square & St. Stephen’s Association

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The Friends of Tate South Lambeth Library are inviting local residents to the following events at the library in South Lambeth Road:

  •  January’s free film screening – Sicko:  Wednesday 16 January, 6.45pm (doors open at 6.30pm). A documentary by Michael Moore, comparing the quality of health care provided in the United States with free, universal care in Canada, the UK and France. Moore contrasts reports in the US media on Canadian care with Canadians’ experience of hospitals and clinics there. He also interviews patients and doctors in the UK. Screening permission granted by Lambeth’s Keep Our NHS Public (KNOP).
  • Gardening group – Saturday 10 January, 3-4pm. A workshop on building an earth box.
  • Annual party for Friends – and friends of Friends; Wednesday 23 January 7pm. A pre-Burns Night Party, offering the traditional fare of haggis (including a veggie version) neeps, tatties, whisky (as well as other drinks) . Entertainment will include Scots poetry, a singing session and an introduction by May Anderson, the well-known local artist (and a proud Scot), on her exhibition at Tate Local. Entrance is free to members of Friends of Tate South Lambeth library. But you can join Friends at the door – and be welcomed in.
  • Gardening group – Saturday 24 January, 3-4pm.  Lambeth Council’s Dr Compost gives advice.

For further information on the Friends of Tate South Library –www.tatesouthlambethfriends.org

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BIG Jubilee  Buffet In ALbert Square

The ASSA residents came out and decorated the Square, putting up marquees, lugging tables and hanging up bunting.

Then out came the food, more people arrived with more food and every had a very lovely  and convivial  time.


Our Big Buffet was held on the Monday, rather than the  Big Lunch Sunday so as not clash with the Jubilee River Pageant. In doing so we somehow managed to get the best of the weather and did not even need the marquees.We were extraordinarily  fortunate.

Neighbours and friends brought out wonderful food to share and then sat down and caught up with goings on. The event kicked off with local children press ganged at short notice to play the National Anthem.

It was lovely to see  residents new to the area pitch up and enjoy themselves. The children ran around the Square garden, playing games or interrogating adults to get answers for the Jubilee Quiz. Congratulations to Coco for her investigative work leading to 100% correct answers.

It was a very relaxed, warm, laughter filled time.

Thanks to everyone who turned up, who made delicious food and made the afternoon a delightful event.

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We’re looking forward to welcoming as many as possible of you local residents, your families and friends to the Big Buffet taking place on Monday 4th July, from 1.00pm to 4.00pm, in Albert Square Gardens. Do come along and bring some food and drink for yourselves and to share with others. Let’s have a really good turn out!

You might need an umbrella, too – or better still a gazebo, if you have one!

For further details, here’s a copy of the flyer we put through people’s letter boxes.

Queen Jubilee buffet

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We have been asked to get the word out on this and are happy to do so. Please pass this on to all/ any creative types. in our Wider neighbourhood.  Perhaps a jubilee Mosaic for posterity sounds rather fun.
Get your creativity flowing through the medium of MOSAIC
This course covers basics as well as more advanced techniques – dive in at whatever level suits you!
We have a studio packed full of amazing materials for you to use and create your own art piece.Classes held at: Art4Space Community Arts Centre, Stockwell Studios. McCall Close, 37 Jeffreys Road, Stockwell, SW4 6QU.
Classes will run on Tuesday evenings
– 6.30pm until 9pm.Cost (all inc): £20 – drop in class£90 – 5 week course£185 – 10 week course       CONTACTElinor SeathArt4Space:www.art4space.co.uk             eli@art4space.co.uk07949 154 628

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DIGITAL BAZAAR SAT 24th MARCH 2012 from 10 to 12



come along to  THE DIGITAL BAZAAR

at Tate South Lambeth Library, 180 South Lambeth Road, London SW8 1QP

Here is the list of subjects from our last session on 21st January.  The menu for 24th March will be posted nearer to the date, as it depends on which of our neighbourhood trainers is available on the day.

Learn to get the best from your mobile phone

Find out how to search the internet and use email

Set up a blog, use Facebook and/or Twitter

Discover how to make free calls with Skype

Make your photos look great with Photoshop

Find out about the great e-book and online resources from Lambeth libraries

Learn foreign languages using free online programmes

Add music and soundtracks to your home movies

Try an iPad or Kindle eReader

Use Excel spreadsheets to manage your money

Learn more about Microsoft Office Word, Powerpoint and Access

These are the kind of subjects you can find at the DIGITAL BAZAAR TM, where local people share what they know in a friendly, informal exchange of skills and experience.

Perfect for beginners – but also for the very experienced who want to learn some new tricks.   Some who come to learn  have never touched a computer or used the internet, others have high level computer science qualifications, but want to try out a new programme like music editing software or Photoshop, or a new device.  Everyone is welcome!

Come and ask questions, see a demonstration, or try things out for yourself.  And if you own an item of digital equipment you would like to learn to use better, bring it with you and we will try to help.

All very relaxed, friendly, fun and FREE.  Come for the whole two hours or just drop in.

Dedicated support available so those with visual impairment can take part

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What will make Vauxhall A Lovelier Place?

It could be argued that a great deal of development has got through  planning without a proper or engaged debate about the needs of the existing communities around  the Vauxhall Nine Elms development area (VNEB).

The VNEB development is 195 hectares- a colossal area- larger than Hyde Park and it is proposed that more than 16,000 homes will be built.

There will not be many more opportunities to  input into  the  overall planning picture  and this should be considered a last chance to really influence Lambeth to get the best solutions for Vauxhall.Image

 WHERE ? : The council is holding open days on Wednesday 14 and Thursday 15 March (3pm to 8pm) at Unit 13A, St George Wharf, Vauxhall SW8 2LL. All are welcome to share their views.

WHY ? : The council is currently preparing a supplementary planning document (SPD) for Vauxhall area that will guide development in that area for the next few years and it wants to hear people’s views about what the priorities should be.


The council is putting forward a number of ideas that will make it clear what kind of development will be welcome.

This includes the creation of a new public square that would provide a focus for the area, and the potential for replacing Vauxhall bus station with bus stops along a new high street lined with shops.

“We are determined that any future development in the area brings improvements and benefits for the local community,” says Cllr Steve Reed, leader of Lambeth Council

“We want to create a proper town centre in Vauxhall and remove the physical barriers, like the gyratory, that make this difficult.

“The SPD will set out what improvements local people and the council want, making it clear to developers what will be acceptable and how they will be expected to contribute.”

The council says it wants to wants to consider ambitious plans to remove the gyratory and reintroduce two-way to get a better balance between cars, walking and cycling.

Last year the Mayor of London Boris Johnson told the London Assembly that abolishing the one-way system would cost “in excess of £20 million”.

Last month Mr Johnson said: “TfL is continuing to work closely with the London Borough of Lambeth and the GLA to develop short and long term proposals to improve Vauxhall gyratory for all road users.

“There are currently a number of options that are being considered and discussions are continuing between the public bodies, landowners and other stakeholders, although no agreement on a preferred solution has been reached as yet.

“TfL hopes to be in a position to provide a further update by the middle of this year.

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