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The sun is shining and it’s time to book some forthcoming events in your diary.

Trash or treasure?

When? Saturday 7 May, 10.30am-1.30pm
Where? Outside your house!

Back by popular demand, our next Trash or Treasure street sale takes place on Saturday 7 May, 10.30am-1.30pm. The aim is to sell, swop or give away your unwanted goods – and buy or take away those of your neighbours. All you need do is set up a table outside your house, and away you go. ASSA will do the publicity, organise other community recycling, information and other events at the same, and arrange to clear away your unwanted things at the end of the event by donating them to local charity shops and through a special collection by Lambeth Street Cleaning.

Albert Square Summer Fair

When? Saturday 4 June, 3pm-6pm + Jazz in the square, 7pm-10pm

Book the date – it’s ASSA’s annual summer fair. We are planning our usual spread of stalls and games, an art competition for kids and adults, Vauxhall City Farm, owls, bees, face painting etc… But we need YOU to volunteer to make sure the day goes well.

We are looking for volunteers for the following – and any new ideas or offers from you!

  • BBQ
  • plant stall
  • book stall
  • tea/coffee stand
  • tombola
  • Pimms stall
  • music – live or recorded
  • raffle
  • games
  • entrance gate and stewards
  • setters up and clearers up

Also – please do let us know if you have spare tables or gazebos that you can lend on the day. Sponsors also gratefully accepted!

If you want to help out at the Fair, or have further ideas or would like more information, please do get in touch with Rosemary Ellis on: rosemary_ds@hotmail.com or Brenda Kirsch on: brenda@bskirsch.demon.co.uk

Look forward to seeing you there!

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Our local Tate Library on South Lambeth Road is currently showing an exhibition of lively and vibrant painting and artwork by children from the Herbert Morrison Primary School.

The show has been put on by the Friends of Tate Library South, with support from ASSA. ASSA donated funds from our Summer Fair 2009 to the Friends to help with the costs of putting on this and similar shows in the library.

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Albert Square  Summer Fair is welcoming  your budding artists to take part in the annual art competition.

This years theme is THE WORLD CUP!

(goals, football, Teams, South Africa, team strips, goalies, strikers, favourite players….anything to with The World Cup!)

Any medium, size or material.

Please come to the fair and bring your kids contribution where their work will be displayed and later judged by Frances Morris – Head of Collections at the TATE Modern

There will be prizes and 2 catogories under 9’s and over 9’s.

£50 gift certificate for each winner

Just put your name and contact details on the reverse.

Looking forward to seeing you all there!!!!

Any questions:

Rosemary: rosemary_ds@hotmail.com; 020 7793 9538

Roli: 07900 168 388

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This Saturday’s Albert Square Summer Fair still not enough for you? On Sunday there are TWO local events… the Kennington Association Summer Fete in Cleaver Square 12.30-4pm and Portugese Day in Kennington Park which runs from 11am until the evening – you could even do both! (there’s a good list of local events here from local blogger ‘Lurking about SE11’

[taken from Lambeth Life]

Every year the borough’s Portuguese community comes together and invites the rest of London to join them for a Portugal Day festival. The festival is a chance for the largest Portuguese community outside of Portugal to get together and celebrate together.

Lambeth is now home to a Portuguese community of around 27,000 people and that means each Portugal Day the borough is at the centre of celebrations in the UK. Rui Simoes is part of the team organising this year’s festival and he said the event will be a chance for Londoners to sample some genuine Portuguese culture. “We have a lot of cultural events on the day,” said Rui. “There will be music and dance with Portuguese bands and performers. There is also gastronomy from Portugal so people can try the typical food and drink.”

The day is not just for Lambeth’s Portuguese community and Rui is hoping to attract people from across London so they can get a taste of Portugal and its culture. However he admits that Lambeth’s Portugal Day celebrations will mean more to those who have a connection with the country. “One of the main things for the festival is that it is for people who are living a long way from their home,” said Rui. “It’s a real family event and a chance to celebrate Portugal Day. It is not just people from Portugal who celebrate – we get people from former colonies like Mozambique and Angola who also want to take part. “But of course for people who do not have a connection to Portugal it will still be an enjoyable day with lots to do.”

Portugal Day takes place at Kennington Park on Sunday 13 June from 11am with events going on into the early evening.

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The Albert Square Summer Fair will be upon us!

Its on Saturday 12 June 3pm-6pm

Last year’s fair was a real success, and we want to make this year’s just as enjoyable.  So please let us know if there is anyway you would like to help. We are always looking for fresh faces to provide new input so don’t be afraid to come forward!

We’re looking for help in the following areas.  If you can help with any of these – or want to propose further activities – and also nominate local good causes who we can support through our fundraising,  please contact:

Chris – assacan@assa.org.uk or 07971 198555

Rosemary rosemary_ds@hotmail.com; 0207 793 9538

  • Volunteers to run stalls – we urgently need someone for the BOOK stall and the TOY stall and PIMMs tent – please call Chris
  • Displaying publicity boards outside your house (they look like estate agents boards and are vital to our fund raising) – please call Rosemary
  • Designers to design our flyers and posters
  • Volunteers on the day – for the gate, setting up and clearing up
  • Helpers to organise the sports and games
  • Donations of cakes, bottles for the bottle stall, plants, books and toys (a notice will come round soon with collectors names)
  • Loan of gazebos and trestle tables for stalls


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Thanks to the generosity of local residents who made the ASSA Summer Fair 2009 such a success, we have been able to raise funds for local community groups, such as the Friends of Tate South Lambeth Library, who have been able to mount two recent art shows at our local library with your support. The first was an exhibition of work by the GCSE art class at Stockwell Park High School that was held in December and January for which ASSA helped in buying materials.

There is now a new exhibition which runs until 1 April of photographs by Sonalle, highlighting the experience of people in ethnic minorities who have come out about their sexuality. More about Sonalle and her photographs can be found on the flyer for the exhibition and on her web site.

You can find opening hours for the Tate South Lambeth Library here.

Thanks to the generosity of local residents who made the ASSA Summer Fair 2009 such a success, we have been able to raise funds for local community groups, such as the Friends of Tate South Lambeth Library, who have been able to mount two recent art shows at our local library with your support.

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If you haven’t already received the newsletter through your front door you can download it here. The newsletter for this quarter contains:

  • Tube noise: the rumblings of change?
  • Clint Eastwood’s visit and details on filming in the area
  • Call for ideas on how to spend ASSA community £s
  • Rubbish collections and bins in Albert Square
  • Details of the recent draught busting day and street sale
  • Call for helpers in the Summer fair (June 12th – put it in your diary!)
  • Call to action on companies who refuse to deliver up more than 13 steps

Download here: ASSA Newsletter Q1_2010

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There will be a ‘Draught Busting Day’ at 6 Wilkinson Street on Saturday, November 21st from 10am to 1pm. Anyone from Albert Square, St Stephens Terrace, Aldebert Terrace, Wilkinson Street or surrounding area is welcome. The focus is on Victorian and Edwardian properties.

A Draught Busting Day is an opportunity to learn how to make your Victorian/Edwardian house warm and cosy in time for the worst of winter.


What will be happening?

  • We have sourced draught proofing kits for sash windows that really work. They are normally only available to trade but we have sourced some so you can buy on the day (cost is approx £15 per sash window and they can be fitted with a modicum of DIY skill)
  • Demonstrations on how to fit the draught-proofing to sash windows and doors every 45mins
    • 10:45am Draught-proofing sash windows
    • 11:30am Draught-proofing external doors
    • 12:15am Draught-proofing sash windows (again)
  • Demonstrations of affordable, removable secondary glazing
  • Samples of energy saving lightbulbs that actually work in our houses
  • Have a look round at the low cost energy efficiency measures we’ve taken which you could copy in your home
  • Contacts with local tradesmen who can help you carry out the work
  • Tea and biscuits!

It would help if you could let Chris Morrison know if you’re planning on coming (assacan@assa.org.uk) so he can prepare for numbers but no obligation, feel free to just turn up anytime during the morning.

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Get into the Christmas spirit with a bit of local carol singing.
We need enthusiastic singers and musicians. At the end of the evening we will convene to have a drink and chat at a local pub.

If very few are interested in doing this then the traditional evening will not go ahead.

All queries to Rosemary Ellis
Albert Square 0207 793 9538

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I think everyone involved in the street sale on Saturday agreed that it was a great success. I’d like to quote one resident who I think put it far better than I could:

“this neighbourhood event… was so much better than I expected:
· Cleared out lots of our own stuff
· Provided a site for lots of other stuff from neighbours to clear their stuff out

·Picked up a couple of bargains
· Felt  proud to have found homes for so many highly unlikely objects (absolutely “trash as treasure!”)
· Met lots of neighbours and passers by
· And made… [almost £70 for our] charity”

Which I think kind of sums it up. We also had lots of people ask if was a weekly thing or will it be (no!) and a resident of over 20 years came up to me and said it was the best thing that this community had ever done!

Personally I thought the best aspect was seeing so many neighbours and locals out on the street talking to each other.

After 1pm, Rosemary and I managed to fill up two estate cars of clothes, books, CDs and electronics which we gave to the MIND charity shop on Wandsworth Road. Lambeth eventually came round on Sunday to pick up the rest.

See the photos on the flikr page (scroll to the bottom on the left of this page for photos)

Plan is to do the same next year, hopefully a few more people, perhaps a some food and drinks (supplied by the Royal Albert?). Any thoughts, advice etc more than welcomed either as comments here or mailed to Chris assacan@assa.org.uk

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