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Brixton chitter chatter and news and updates (Feb-Aug 2011)

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quimcunx

protestant traybake
Well if they've changed shift, there may be more cute ones now.

You see, as good as Editor is at taking photos, he's not taking photos of the things we want to see :D:(
That was the changed shift. I did exchange smiles with one earlier while he got out of the area. pff.
 

gaijingirl

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Maybe it was to do with the amount of foam they needed? I dunno?

You should probably get down there and engage a firefighter in conversation to find out - or send Quimmy perhaps?
 

quimcunx

protestant traybake
I could pretend I had to make good my escape from a fire hazard and didn't have time to put shoes on. good thinking, minnie.
 

nagapie

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I've been really annoyed that in addition to the days the one o' clock clubs operate being reduced, the times have now changed so that it is open mostly over lunch. This means that I and many people who used to use them don't any longer as we take our kids home for lunch and naps. I mentioned this to someone today who told me that the staff had raised this with Lambeth and had found ways to run their previous hours within budget but that this had been rejected by the council. The prevailing feeling is that the council wish to reduce the number of people using the clubs so they can point to lack of use as a reason for selling them off.

What do people suggest I do by way of challenging the council on this? Bearing in mind that lots of my information is third hand.
 

gaijingirl

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I've been really annoyed that in addition to the days the one o' clock clubs operate being reduced, the times have now changed so that it is open mostly over lunch. This means that I and many people who used to use them don't any longer as we take our kids home for lunch and naps. I mentioned this to someone today who told me that the staff had raised this with Lambeth and had found ways to run their previous hours within budget but that this had been rejected by the council. The prevailing feeling is that the council wish to reduce the number of people using the clubs so they can point to lack of use as a reason for selling them off.

What do people suggest I do by way of challenging the council on this? Bearing in mind that lots of my information is third hand.
Gosh.. I didn't realise this. It's all very very annoying. If you do challenge it, I'd be happy to add my name to anything. It's all so underhand and nasty. O LOVES the 1 o'clock club and it's a nice safe space with the best baby loos around.
 

London_Calling

Pleasant and unpatronising
I popped into The Poets (pretentious, moi?) at Herne Hill last night (next to The Commercial) because I quite like that kind of late night chilled jazz thing. Mix of live music and DJs. Nice enough but fuck me, some people work very hard to be the part.

Even if it did take a little off the park, that's such an excellent set up now around HH station.
 

nagapie

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Gosh.. I didn't realise this. It's all very very annoying. If you do challenge it, I'd be happy to add my name to anything. It's all so underhand and nasty. O LOVES the 1 o'clock club and it's a nice safe space with the best baby loos around.
Some people have suggested to me that they think that's just a cynical viewpoint and I've got no proof, the latter is true. Going to try email the one o' clock clubs first to ask why the timings are so unfriendly.
 

nagapie

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One o' clock onwards. AFAIK the Brockwell Park one was (and is?) open from lunchtime until about 4.
It's now open from 12-3.30. If you go home for lunch and/or naps as many families do, you're usually ready to come out again around 2.30. This hardly makes it worth going, especially as you now have to travel further to get to the one that is open on that day as your local one may be closed due to the reduced timetable since the cuts.

Maybe that half an hour doesn't seem like a big deal to people reading this but I know loads of mums who've told me they don't use it because of the new times.
 

nagapie

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Exactly, something open from 12-2 is much less use than something open from 2-4 (5, even better!). Is that the Hillsomething one? I noticed it wasn't on the list of new times I got from Lambeth and wondered if they were doing their own thing as they're really proactive there?
 

Greebo

'scuse me, Mrs May, can I have my country back?
R.I.P.
Yes, Hillside. But you have to pay - it's £1 per child.
Ouch! Doesn't sound a lot, but if you need to go there at least a couple of days a week, and your household has a low income (show me parents of small children who don't wish they had more money), and you've got more than one child with you, it quickly gets expensive.
 

Plumdaff

joy in people
Definitely find out. Write to whoever's in charge and ask what the reasoning was behind the changed times and what prevented sticking to the original times.

(You def need to find out some facts but given the recent history of the clubs and Lambeth Council and the current financial climate, it could well be shenanigans)
 
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