Emmanuel, West Dulwich
community needs this land"
London Vicar is backing residents' demands for a redundant Lambeth Council
depot to be used for community facilities.
action group has been formed in the Vincennes Estate, Gipsy Hill, where Lambeth
plans to sell the Vale Street Depot site. The locals want part of it to provide
facilities for young people and are currently putting together proposals. They
have the backing of the Gipsy Hill Ward councillors.
Rev. George Ansah, Vicar of Emmanuel, West
Dulwich, thinks Lambeth Council
should go further.
believes that all the proceeds from the sale of the site should be invested in
the estate. "Ideally, I would like Lambeth Council to hand the whole site over
to the community so it can use the land it needs and sell the remainder to fund
the local initiatives" he said
Dillon Chair of the Vincennes Tenants & Residents Association said "There
is a crying need for facilities for youngsters in the neighbourhood. If we can
get the land and the money to provide them, we can make a real difference".
Ansah added "The local community should have a say in the future of the site.
Residents fear that it will be sold for more light industrial units - which we
don't need in the area.
do need are facilities for youngsters - particularly sporting facilities. We
also need a community centre and residential services for our older residents,
so they can stay in their community.
is an opportunity which should not be wasted and I hope Lambeth Council
recognises the need and responds positively."
Lambeth Council press officer told The Bridge "We've had a number of approaches
for the site and are waiting for them to come back to us with detailed
proposals which the Council will consider. "However, we have no money available
and redevelopment could be costly.
old transport depot with buildings to demolish and probably pollution from oil
and so on. But the residents have been given two months to come up with a
Christ Church, Clapham
at what's possible...
Rev. Penny Rose-Casemore writes about Christ Church,
Clapham, Community Day
looks different now. It has come alive.
murals depict scenes of children and their grandparents; children dancing and
playing; looking through 'windows' we catch a glimpse of our area, including an
apple tree with falling apples, reminding us that we were once set in an apple
Approaching the hall from the west, you'll see "little hands" cemented
on the wall - those of some of the children to be found within - and crossing
the threshold, a series of small footprints, with 'welcome' in some of our
hall looks (and feels) different now. Brightly decorated and renovated inside
to comply with the stringent regulations of Lambeth Council, we now have a
Seeing the need
that there was need for a day nursery and wanted to offer a Community facility,
keeping costs as low as possible to allow local people access. Part of the aim
is to enable mothers to train and/or find employment.
project started as a possibility and has come to fruition through working with
a model of small group ministry. It meant.
- Working solidly and
conscientiously over fifteen months - seven members of our congregation working
with an advisor from the Co-operative Development Agency.
- Holding a common
vision for our parish and not giving up, although at times this was very
- Stamina and support,
prayer and perseverance, and a huge sense of humour.
now in a different place; in a different relationship not only with each other
but also with others in our congregation and parish who caught the vision and
journeyed with the project. We drew together from within our congregation a
number of people offering different gifts and skills. Empowering one another
and enabling each one to take up tasks, helped us to grow closer and we
recognised that group dynamics can be positive too! Our prayer and spiritual
growth has deepened and now, far more people in our locality are involved,
staff, children, volunteers and members of other churches.
What have we learned?
- Lots about
- Team work - its
benefits and its frustrations
- Not to be put off or
to be put down by officials
- That stamina and
perseverance are pre-requisites
- That to have a
vision and to believe in its outcome can work if there is a dedicated core
group who never lose sight of that vision
- That the prayers and
practical support of the congregation, the interest of others living locally
and keeping people informed of progress are essentials.
We are a
Registered Company Limited by Guarantee and are applying for charitable status.
Our Management Committee currently consists of members of the original planning
group and some interested parents and local residents, who offer a range of
two months from our opening we had nineteen children in our nursery. We are a
twenty-six place nursery and hope to reach our capacity by March.