Monday, January 18, 2010

Exciting activities in Ladywell

Eight projects in Ladywell ward are soon going to make a difference after the final go-ahead for the funding from the 2009/10 Locality Fund was given by the council last week:

· A second notice board cabinet for the Brockley and Ladywell cemeteries (£1,000), at the Brockley Road end to complement the one that went up at the Ladywell end in the autumn.
· Street trees for the stretch of Brockley Road between Ivy Road and Wickham Road (£1,900), in addition to the funding for street trees in Arabin and Braxfield Road – trees are scheduled to be planted in the spring.
· Bowling equipment for Hilly Fields bowling green (£500), which will enable the bowling club to extend their programme of free bowling coaching for residents of all ages.
· A plaque to commemorate the original Lady Well in Ladywell Road (£500).
· A contribution to the Brockley Max Festival in 2010 (£1,300); this year the focus of activities is going to be on younger and older people (under 25s and over 55s).
· Start-up funding for youth provision 'Vessel Works' (£1,900) for equipment to set up a production studio for music production, graphic design and video editing, to be based at Crofton Park Baptist Church.
· Printing costs for a Ladywell walking tour leaflet (£1,200) which will highlight the local natural history and the built environment and encourage residents and visitors to the area to find out more.
· Contribution to the Saturday School in Ladywell Centre in Dressington Avenue (£700); this takes place every Saturday during term-time from 10am-12pm for children aged 4-15.

Thanks are due to the 318 residents who participated in the online poll about the funding that was held in November – a very good turnout and strong support for improving the area in different ways.

You can find out more about those projects (and much more!) at the next Ladywell Assembly, which is going to take place in Prendergast School (lower site on Adelaide Avenue) on Saturday, 6 February from 1-3pm. This is going to be a social assembly with stalls from community groups and council services so you can drop in at any time and find out more about what is happening in the area. Refreshments are provided and there are probably going to be activities for children (tbc).

And finally, good news about the Youth Village project that received funding from the Mayor’s Fund. The Assembly allocated £1,000 (also from the Locality Fund) to upgrading the alarm system at the Ladywell Centre so that the sports hall could be accessed separately, in order to allow extended community use. This work has been completed and the Youth Village offering activities for 13-19 year olds is starting there now! Watch this space for further details.

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