A recently-arrived neighbour on Fawnbrake Avenue, Maxine Latinis, is a Barre fitness instructor, and would be happy to welcome local residents to her classes at the South London Dance School in the centre of Herne Hill.
After noticing that several gyms in the area offer oversubscribed Barre classes, Maxine decided to team up with The South London Dance School and bring Drop In classes to South London. She hopes to save Barre converts the long trip into central London, or the commitment of a gym membership.
Barre, she explains, is a fitness class, open to all abilities, that utilises the strengthening elements of Ballet, the stabilising focus of Pilates and the stretching techniques of Yoga. Each class is to music, and runs for 55 minutes. As she puts it … “imagine the repetitions of Pilates with a little more diversity & excitement!”
Maxine can be found at The South London Dance School, Wednesday mornings, between 7-7.55am & 8-8.55am
Maxine also teaches for Virgin Active, around London, including Virgin Active in Streatham.
I guess we’ve all noticed that the noise from flights overhead has worsened in recent years, badly affecting our enjoyment of our homes, gardens and local parks, and disturbing our sleep particularly in the early morning.
This is due to changes which mean that over this part of South London, flights are more frequent and planes are flying lower.
Herne Hill, Dulwich, Forest Hill, Brixton, Camberwell and swathes of south-east London are particularly affected.
Changes in recent years mean that we are on a concentrated flight path for arrivals into Heathrow Airport. When the wind is westerly, which is 70% of the time, all flights arriving into Heathrow airport are flying over our area in a concentrated descent approach.
Dulwich and Herne Hill Quiet Skies Campaign
Some neighbours in Dulwich have started a petition and have highlighted this in a post on the Herne Hill Forum website, but this does not seem to have been well publicised on social media, least of all on Twitter unless I have missed something. The number of signatures so far is disappointing.
We would encourage all readers of this message to visit the petition site at change.org and sign it.
Next weekend, the Friends of Ruskin Park are planning another extravaganza with old favourites and new surprises for all ages.
It’s Saturday afternoon, from 12pm to 6pm at and around the Ruskin Park Bandstand.
As they say … Bring the family, there’s so much to do including donkey rides, arts workshops, face painting, raffle, craft stalls and local groups.
They will have live music on the bandstand and in the new acoustic tent. Plus this year we’ll be joined by Matt Barnard juggler extraordinaire and a daring trapeze show.
Food and Refreshments
These will be provided by Canopy Beer Company, Tyjanick Galettes, Deli Jerk, Clarkshaws Brewery, Gourmet Sausages and Eden Organics. There’ll also be a Friends of Ruskin Park stalls selling tea and cake and Pimms and strawberries.
For this and all their events, they have an excellent website.
John Ruskin, without doubt Herne Hill’s most famous resident, was born 200 years ago and this year has witnessed events, exhibitions, talks and books to celebrate and reassess his life and his actions, as probably the most globally-known and influential public intellectual of the Victorian era.
He was not just an art critic and champion of Turner: his powerful criticisms of many of the damaging consequences of rapid industrialisation, abandonment of tradition, neglect of the natural environment, and inhuman living conditions heralded social changes in the 19th century, and remain relevant in the 21st.
He lived in Herne Hill from his earliest years. The leafy garden of his parents’ house on Herne Hill, just a few hundred yards up the slope from Fawnbrake Avenue, made a huge impact on his awareness and love of nature. He kept a house here as his London base and visited frequently after he had retired to the Lake District. (The Ruskins’ houses, though, are long gone.)
On Wednesday 12 June, Jon Newman, author and Lambeth archivist, will give a lecture looking at why Ruskin is still relevant today.
This important event, which is this year’s Thomas Lynn Bristowe Memorial Lecture, is hosted by the Herne Hill Society and Brockwell Park Community Partners. It will be in the Herne Hill Baptist Church on Half Moon Lane at 7:45 PM on Wednesday 12 June – everyone welcome, free of charge.
This site does not generally canvass for charitable giving, but this excellent cause is brought to us by one of our neighbours on Fawnbrake Avenue, so please read on.
Although most of us on this street haven’t had any reason to use it – and with luck may never need to – the Citizens Advice Bureau in Brixton, or more accurately the Brixton Advice Centre, is a vital and unique port of call for people who often have nowhere else to turn for advice and help. But it is desperately short of money, and our Fawnbrake neighbour, Fred Taggart, who is the Honorary Secretary and a Herne Hill resident for 39 years, has launched a local appeal for critically needed funds. Trustees and staff are looking for sponsorship when they join in the 2019 Legal Walk in two weeks’ time.
Fred Taggart writes:
“Herne Hill is generally an affluent and socially-aware community. But not everyone has a million-pound home, and many neighbours and friends struggle to get by on tight budgets, or have employment, debt or bad housing problems. For 50 years the Brixton Advice Centre on Railton Road has helped, advised and acted for local people with legal or administrative problems who would otherwise be unable to afford legal services. It averages getting on for 5000 cases each year. It is a vital part of life in Herne Hill and Brixton. Unless you have used its services you probably don’t know it exists.
“Austerity has savaged the Centre’s budget, so to generate income, trustees and staff will be taking part in the 2019 Legal Walk on17th June when the Lord Chief Justice and thousands of lawyers raise funds for good causes.
“Just as sponsored walkers want to be first, everyone in Herne Hill wants to ensure that no-one in our community gets left behind. So, support your community Advice Centre. By making life better for some, the Centre makes the community better for everyone.”
Wednesday 8th May will see an important event for Herne Hill.
With wide, compassionate and practical support from all around Herne Hill, including a good number of Fawnbrake Avenue neighbours (and a boosted by generous contribution collected at last July’s Fawnbrake Street Party), a group of local people – Herne Hill Welcomes Refugees (HHWR) – have overcome many challenges to welcome a refugee family into our neighbourhood via the government’s Community Sponsorship scheme.
It was never going to be easy. The talents, skills, time and financial support of dozens of individuals made it happen. But Herne Hill can be proud of what the team, with widespread support and encouragement, have achieved. After a painful and stressful time in the refugee camps of the Near East, a grateful family arrived in December 2018 and is now settling in well.
All are invited to hear about this remarkable project and join in celebrating the journey thus far. The occasion (supported by the Herne Hill Society) is an opportunity for the team to report on what they have learned, to thank the community for its support, and to look ahead.
Wednesday 8th May , Herne Hill Baptist Church, Half Moon Lane, SE24 9PW, starting at 7:00pm
Free, everyone welcome. No tickets are required, but the organisers would be grateful if those planning to attend would RSVP as they will be offering refreshments. Please RSVP to: firstname.lastname@example.org
In this bi-centenary year of Herne Hill resident John Ruskin, the Herne Hill Music Festival is hoping to include a musical based on Ruskin’s only children’s story in its programme.
Professional composer Paul Ayres plans to turn The King of the Golden River by Ruskin (recently republished by Thames & Hudson with wonderful illustrations by Quentin Blake) into a musical to be performed by St Saviour’s Primary School.
However, they need, quite rightly, to pay a fee to the composer, and there are other costs of production as well.
The Festival organisers have already had generous support from the Herne Hill Society and other business sponsors, but they are still short of £350.
So there’s a fund-raising campaign
If you can help celebrate John Ruskin and give the young performers from St Saviour’s the unforgettable experience of taking part in a musical, have a look at the fund-raising page and perhaps consider making a donation.
A recent press release from The Mayor and Transport for London (TfL) has announced an extension of the Liveable Neighbourhoods programme that promises improvements in Brixton and Herne Hill. This follows a bid from Lambeth.
The general intention – an ambitious one, for sure – is that junctions will be made safer, new cycle infrastructure built, and traffic reduced on residential streets to enable more Londoners to walk, cycle and use public transport, and clean up the capital’s toxic air. The scheme promises new walking and cycling infrastructure, new pedestrian crossings and rat runs closed to motor traffic. New pocket parks (er, what’s that?) and revamped public spaces will improve air quality and make local streets more attractive places, helping to support local high streets.
The element of the programme closest to us is focused around Atlantic Road in Brixton, which will be transformed for people walking, cycling and using the bus. Local freight access will be maintained with technology utilised to better manage loading and servicing. Investment will overhaul public spaces, widen footways and add new pedestrian crossings, creating a more welcoming environment for the area’s many visitors, residents and businesses.
Brixton to Herne Hill cycle route
There is not much more detail at present, but the official TfL/Mayor’s office statement says the project will build high-quality infrastructure on three key strategic cycle routes: Brixton to Clapham Common, Brixton to Camberwell and Brixton to Herne Hill. “Low traffic neighbourhoods” will be created in the Ferndale and Railton neighbourhoods and a new, fully segregated cycle route will link to the Loughborough neighbourhood.
We await more information with interest. If the project can do something about the heavy and often dangerous traffic along Milkwood Road, and on Herne Hill Road, that would be a bonus.
This March sees the 400th anniversary of the death of Richard Burbage – artist, entrepreneur, friend of Shakespeare, and celebrated during his lifetime as the most eminent actor of his age.
Our neighbours in Burbage Road, built across the fields in late Victorian times to join Half Moon Lane to Dulwich Village (or vice versa), have launched a timely festival to commemorate Mr Burbage, entitled Exit:Burbage, with the first event (waiting list) – a guided Burbage walk between Shoreditch and the Globe Theatre – on 13 March, the exact anniversary of Burbage’s death.
They have created an excellent website and we can follow them on Twitter: @ExitBurbage
There will be another session of the successful Free Junior Open Mic, supported by the Herne Hill Forum, this coming Sunday.
Junior Open Mic is designed to make young performers feel as special as possible and nurture confidence. The Off the Cuff venue provides a professional sound engineer and a dedicated sound stage featuring an array of mics, fully mic’d up house drum kit, full size Roland keyboard and guitar amps. On-hand is a performers’ assistant, award giver, compere, stage assistant and supportive, friendly audience. And a free soft drink to every performer!
These events started in late 2017 and have become the largest Junior Open Mics in London. They are organised by local parents as community events. Typically, young performers are aged between 4-14 and we see up to 36 performers per session – from solo singers with backing track, poets, instrumentalists to rock bands.
So if you have children who’d like to try it, it’s this Sunday 27 January 2019 – 2:00pm to 4:30pm, at Off The Cuff, Arch 645, 301-303 Railton Road, Herne Hill, London SE24 0JN (just next to Herne Hill Station).
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