• With the disappearance of Sarah Everard on her way home last week, residents in Clapham are asking Lambeth Council to add more lighting to Clapham Common, and have started a petition. After all no one should feel threatened or scared on their way home.The common is widely used by communities in the borough of Lambeth and surrounding areas. Now more than ever, we need access to local outdoor space considering the restrictions we are under due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Rather than a luxury recreational space, it has now become an essential part of our day to day lives. With the recent and ongoing events surrounding the disappearance of Sarah Everard in Clapham, the question of safety for not only ourselves but our friends, families and the community as a whole is at the forefront of our minds. The common is heavily populated throughout the day however for those trying to utilise it after working hours, they are forced to use the common in complete darkness (as most of the common has little to no lighting). So, the purpose of this petition is simply to request that the local council urgently take action to provide sufficient lighting to cover all areas of the common, so that we feel safe to continue to use what currently stands as a wonderful outdoor space on many of our doorsteps. You can view the petition to maximise lighting on Clapham Common to improve safety here: https://www.change.org/p/lambeth-council-maximise-lighting-on-clapham-common-to-improve-safety-cbc115b6-0ff4-4c8c-b097-4b5ec46f8239?recruiter=false&recruited_by_id=8264b860-8114-11eb-aae8-6324832a9288
  • In the wake of the terrible news about Sarah Everard this week, a Covid-secure vigil will take place at the Bandstand on Clapham Common this Saturday evening. The organisers say: We believe that streets should be safe for women, regardless of what you wear, where you live or what time of day or night it is. We shouldn’t have to wear bright colours when we walk home and clutch our keys in our fists to feel safe. It’s wrong that the response to violence against women requires women to behave differently. In Clapham, police told women not to go out at night this week. Women are not the problem. We’ve all been following the tragic case of Sarah Everard over the last week. This is a vigil for Sarah, but also for all women who feel unsafe, who go missing from our streets and who face violence every day. Come to the bandstand on Clapham Common at 6pm on Saturday the 13th of March to reclaim these streets and our public spaces. This event is for and about women, but open to all. Bring a light to remember those we’ve lost. This vigil will observe strict Covid-19 safety guidelines, including compulsory mask-wearing and social distancing. We would also encourage anyone who comes along to download the NHS contact tracing app and turn their Bluetooth on. Top
  • Linden @Linden Stockwell updated 11 months ago
    And thats how my christmas tree will look like this year lol
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  • On Friday 18 December, the Southbank Centre will, for the first time ever, stream an evening of dance and jazz live from the iconic Royal Festival Hall to help combat loneliness this winter. Announced today, some of the BBC Strictly Come Dancing judges and professional dancers will make special cameo appearances with messages of support during the event. The free, ‘Winter Tea Dance’ invites the country’s dance-lovers to take part in a communal experience from the comfort of their own homes. Hosted by one of the venue’s most popular ballroom DJs and London’s leading dance promoter, Mr Wonderful alongside former Senior British Ballroom Champion Janet Cunningham-Clayton, audiences will be taken through an evening of Foxtrot, Waltz and Tango, alongside festive jazz numbers performed by awarding-winning ensemble and talent development organisation, Tomorrow's Warriors. Through the Southbank Centre’s partnership with the National Activity Providers’ Association, the event will reach over 3,000 partner care homes across the UK and thousands of socially-isolated people nationwide. Other key partners include Kings’ College Hospital. The event follows the Southbank Centre’s long-standing tradition of hosting social dances in the Royal Festival Hall Clore Ballroom. The venue will be welcoming back its regular attendees, alongside many of the 4,500 participants from its hugely successful Art by Post scheme - the national arts and wellbeing project created in response to the COVID-19 emergency. Art by Post participants have exclusive access to our Front Row tickets, engaging in the event through Zoom, with the option to interact with Mr Wonderful and show off their dancing from their living room. The Southbank Centre is home to the National Academy of Social Prescribing. The arts organisations’ social dances are a staple of our extensive Creative Learning and Arts & Wellbeing programme. As the format goes online for the first time, the Southbank Centre will demonstrate its commitment to finding innovative ways of increasing access to enriching social encounters for those in social care and community settings. Strictly Come Dancing’s Head Judge, Shirley Ballas, said: “The Southbank Centre’s virtual winter tea dance is a brilliant way to get dancing at a time when we are unable to physically access our local arts centres and dance classes. It’s so important to keep active and keep our spirits up and I hope people of all ages across the UK join in from their living rooms and kitchens, as well as everyone in care homes across the country. I am thrilled to be making a guest appearance!” https://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whats-on/performance-dance/winter-tea-dance

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