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Lambeth fails to consult – yet again!

October 16, 2014

The Friends were alarmed to find a modest Notice attached to railings on Clapham Common, which, if granted, would give Lambeth carte blanche to approve events on the back of their own licence, allowing the Council to avoid the scrutiny of the Licensing Committee and reduce the period of consultation ahead of events on Clapham…

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Nature Trail event a great success

September 17, 2014
Nature Trail event a great success

Lovely weather attracted families, couples and singles to our second Nature Trail day on Saturday 13 September. Some 20 eager walkers set off in parties with Melanie Oxley and Bob Robinson. The 40-minute walks took in all the sites we have been active in recently. At the same time, Marion was happy to sell many…

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Discover the wildlife of Clapham Common with our Nature Trail for families!

September 7, 2014
Discover the wildlife of Clapham Common with our Nature Trail for families!

Saturday 13 September 2pm – 4.30pm, Clapham Common Bandstand Children of all ages will learn about the bugs, animals, birds and trees that live on Clapham Common, using our informative, straightforward Nature Trail, to be specially led from our stand every 40 minutes during the afternoon. The walk takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. On…

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Devastation after SW4

September 3, 2014
Devastation after SW4

Members have been writing and emailing their response to the appalling condition of the Event Site on Clapham Common, after 20,000 revellers left the SW4 sonic event over the Bank Holiday. Heavy rain all day on August Bank Holiday Monday saw the vehicles used for dismantling the event structures, ploughing their way through mud and…

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Bat-tracking on Friday 12 September

August 17, 2014
Bat-tracking on Friday 12 September

Join us as we listen for bats on Clapham Common, Friday 12 September 7.45 – 9.30pm Everyone is welcome. We will be meeting in the Bandstand, learning a little about bats and how to use the equipment, then setting of at sunset, when bats start flying and calling. This is an exciting opportunity to find…

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New outdoor gym equipment on Westside and Northside

July 18, 2014
New outdoor gym equipment on Westside and Northside

Many will have noticed the new wooden installations designed for outdoor exercise, on Westside, Battersea Rise and Northside. FCC has supported this idea since it was first proposed back in 2008. Lambeth Sports have various ideas for the better, more sustainable use of the Common in the face of increasing numbers of people hoping to…

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Sad demise of mature Black poplar

July 9, 2014
Sad demise of mature Black poplar

Many will have noticed that a mature Black poplar, possibly 300 years old, which was growing close to Mount Pond and the children’s play area, has been dispatched by Lambeth’s Trees Service. It appears that formal notices to fell the tree were not issued, and although it had been the subject of investigation over the…

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Chuka Umunna MP gives his support to the Friends at Abbeville Fete 28 June

June 28, 2014
Chuka Umunna MP gives his support to the Friends at Abbeville Fete 28 June

The Friends stall was buzzing at Abbeville Fete – we recruited more than 15 new members and launched our petition against mega-events on Clapham Common. Chuka Umunna MP for Streatham, came to lend his support for our work.  Chairman Melanie Oxley said, “Chuka said that Clapham Common needed us, to keep the pressure on Lambeth…

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Event noise complaints – Calling Festival 27-29 June

June 26, 2014
Event noise complaints – Calling Festival 27-29 June

If you are disturbed by noise from the Clapham Calling Festival this weekend, phone Lambeth on 0203 475 6949, followed up by an email to complaints@lambeth.gov.uk copied to friends@claphamcommon.org. You can also undertake the formal complaint procedure – see How to complain.

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Eagle Pond wetland planting day – 1 June

June 1, 2014
Eagle Pond wetland planting day – 1 June

Friends and volunteers came to plant wet-loving shrubs and water-weed at our new wetland close to Eagle Pond, on a glorious 1 June.   Willows, hazel and hawthorn were planted in groups close to the protective fencing and young children had great fun throwing water plants into the middle of the wetland. They discovered freshwater…

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