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Lambeth is offering up to 2 cycle hangars for safe storage of bikes in Aldebert Terrace and one in the entrance road to Albert Square. Let us know your thoughts by signing Lambeth’s form.

To see where they propose to put the storage contact your ASSA member (see website) or call Peter on 020 7582 4483 or 07876 561252 to see the plan and sign before 27 March.

We are having a spring Clean up on the morning of Saturday 7th March between 10.30 and 1 pm to weed, prune, clear up and  generally make the neighbourhood ready for Spring.
We plan to plant 200 daffodil bulbs in the build outs as well as clear up the communal beds by the church and near the Clapham Road.
Lambeth Community Freshview have promised some help with loan of tools, some topsoil to refresh our communal beds and a skip to take away our rubbish.
Please do join if you can – the group will be working across the local streets (Albert Square, Aldebert Terrace, St Stephen’s Terrace and Wilkinson Street) so should be easy to find. Once we are finished, all the workers are invited for a light lunch of bread, cheese and salad, a glass of wine and chat to meet neighbours and learn about what is going on locally. This will be held in a local home.

The Albert Square and St Stephen’s Association (ASSA), a residents’ association for the Albert Square conservation area in South Lambeth, is inviting local charities and organizations to submit bids for small grants which can be paid from the association’s funds.

Organizations considering making a bid are given the following guidance:

  • We invite bids for grants of up to a maximum of 500 pounds. The average size of grant paid in the past is around 300 pounds, and we do not anticipate any significant change in this policy.
  • Whilst ASSA do not insist that bidding organizations are active within the precise area covered by the association, we do ask that the grant will be used for the benefit of local people.
  • Bids should be made for a specific capital expenditure or project, rather than to meet the general running costs of an organization.
  • Organizations receiving a grant will be expected to send a short report once the grant has been spent.
  • ASSA will not make grants to sectarian or political organizations
  • Bids should be accompanied by a copy of the most recent set of accounts for the organization making the application.

To submit an application please write to the Chairman of ASSA, Peter Edwards (superedwards3@gmail.com) giving an brief outline of the organization making the bid, the purpose for which the grant will be used, and the amount requested. Bids should be submitted before 20th February 2015.

We are holding an autumn neighbourhood clean-up (Community Freshview in Lambeth-speak). This is the chance to clear out your homes and gardens and tidy up the public green spaces for our neighbourhood. Do please join us out on the streets weeding, sweeping and giving the plants an end of season tidy up. We also need volunteers to help with the plants and shrubs outside the church.

As in previous years, we will finish with wine and cheese once the work is all done. Please do come along if you can.

ASSA clean up edit

Art4Space, a new community art centre on Jeffreys Road, is opening this weekend, and have invited ASSA residents to join them for their launch party on Friday 26th September, or open studio on Saturday 27th September. Nina, their Business Development Manager, has passed on these details:
After 6 years of negotiations with the council and property developers, Art4Space are now in their new community arts centre and as such we would like to invite our community to the launch weekend. Friday will be more of a celebration with all our supporters and local community. Imogen Walker (local councillor) will be cutting the ribbon and Rosie Saunders from the BBC and channel 4 will be filming the event, there will also be drinks, food and entertainment. And Saturday will an open Studio for people and families to drop in and take a look at what we do. Everyone in our local community is welcome to join us in these celebrations.
Full details of the event are in the flyer below.
party flyer Final 3

ASSA recently delivered a newsletter to all streets in our area. Just in case you didn’t receive a copy, you can download it here:  27th September colour newsletter

FRAUD ALERT

While the official crime rate might be falling, the incidence of online fraud and telephone, internet and mail scams continues. Please be aware of the following.

Phone scam – attempted credit card fraud
Reported last week by one resident:

“A man phoned purporting to be DC Robert Bain, Warrant Number CAD 68905 [there are no such warrant numbers: warrant numbers are pure figures – CAD is what comes at the beginning of crime reference numbers, standing for computer aided despatch].

“He told me my cards had been compromised. Two persons had been arrested, one male one female and six people had been affected – I think he said they were bank employees and had been able to access my card details though they didn’t actually have the cards. He asked various plausible questions and I answered one about which bank branch I used most frequently.

“He then said that before he went onto the next steps he wanted me to check what he had told me by dialling 999 as soon as I had put the phone down, ask for “police” and then give them his details so that they could authenticate him. I put the phone down and dialled 999 but realised – partly as a result of a mistake he made – that he was still connected, then hung up properly, waited for a dialling tone and dialled 999 again – got someone who immediately told me it was a scam and sent round two officers to take a statement.

“It seems to me that the crucial point is: NEVER FOLLOW AN INSTRUCTION TO HANG UP AND DIAL UNLESS YOU HAVE HEARD A DIALLING TONE FIRST.

“The caller will not be disconnected unless HE/SHE hangs up, so you can dial 999 or anything else but you will just get back to them (or their accomplice). “

This scam in one of many variations detailed in The Little Book of BIG SCAMS, now in its second edition and available online to read at: www.met.police.uk/fraudalert (for a paper copy, call 020 7230 1228). The website also has a business fraud edition of the scam booklet, along with latest fraud alerts and valuable information on how to protect yourself against a broad spectrum of fraud. 

Microsoft phone scam – still making the rounds after several years
… with callers trying to convince you that there is something wrong with your computer and offering to help you
figure out the problem right there and then. Typically, they guide you to revealing your IP address, which
would give them access and control over your PC.

Fraud reporting

Any kind of fraud should be reported to Action Fraud:

 – unless a crime is in progress, about to happen, there is a chance of apprehending the perpetrators or they are
known, still in the area etc, or the crime involves a vulnerable person, in which case:

  • dial 999 in an emergency

Otherwise, dial 101 or visit your nearest police station.

All residents of Albert Square, Wilkinson Street and Aldebert and St Stephen’s terraces are invited to the annual general meeting of the Albert Square and St Stephen’s Association to have your say about what’s happening in the area, elect a new committee and decide on the issues for the coming year.

ASSA AGM

TUESDAY 15 JULY 2014

8PM – tea and coffee from 7.30pm

ST STEPHEN’S CHURCH

  • Neighbourhood enhancement
  • Cycle parking
  • Communal bins
  • Crime and safety
  • Filming
  • Community events
  • Tube noise
  • and more …..

 WANT TO PLAY A PART?

We always welcome new members on to our committee. If you would like to take part, find out more or nominate someone, please contactPeter Edwards on: superedwards3@gmail.com

 

The Nine Elms Vauxhall Partnership is holding open days about the development of the project at  the community centre on Bolney Meadow estate on Thursday 26 June, 3pm – 8pm and  Friday 27 June, 8am – 6pm.

The event will be an opportunity to have your say if you wish to save the Vauxhall bus station, which is threatened with demolition under proposals to replace the current one-way traffic system (‘gyratory’) with two-way traffic, and dispersal of the bus stops from their current accessible and user-friendly sites.

The event will also provide information on developments with the scheme, including the latest scale model, and the development of the Northern line extension to Battersea, cycle ways and a proposed new Thames bridge,

Further information at: http://www.nineelmslondon.com/events/open-days-2014

The Friends of Vauxhall Park’s Summer Fair is on Sunday 22 June 2-5pm. They urgently need helpers for the various attractions. Maybe you have a post A/GCSE teenager hanging around eating too much toast – they’d love to get them out from under your feet for the afternoon … In fact any underemployed family members and friends most welcome!

Lots of fun promised and wonderful food and entertainment (including the National Youth Jazz Orchestra and football coaching by Chelsea FC!

Please contact Polly Freeman on 7720 7568 or pollyf@talktalk.net