Save Gordon Grove Adventure Playground

Discussion in 'Brixton' started by bimble, Dec 3, 2015.

  1. SpamMisery

    SpamMisery Pretty comfortable here right under your skin

    What are the cafe opening times? I'm not sure I've ever seen it open
  2. Oli Perrins

    Oli Perrins New Member

    Hi , Is there any news on this? Would like to get involved. As a special needs teacher and playworker, I know what a massive impact play centres can have.
  3. bimble

    bimble noisy but small

    Hi Oli will pm you :)
  4. editor

    editor hiraethified

    And don;t forget to send me stuff if you want anything publicised on Buzz!
  5. bimble

    bimble noisy but small

    editor it is a really complicated story, in short the councils plans to ‘regenerate’ the playground and Marcus Lipton youth center next door to provide new housing are very much ongoing.
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  6. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

  7. editor

    editor hiraethified

  8. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

  9. Tricky Skills

    Tricky Skills Well-Known Member

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  10. bimble

    bimble noisy but small

    ^ not exactly like the council just freely decided to propose this but yep. :thumbs:
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  11. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

    From the officers report:

    Don't we all just love the Cooperative Council? :rolleyes: Council officers are such caring humanitarians.:facepalm:
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  12. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

    We in LJ should be grateful that are hard working officers in Lambeth council have granted us the generous two years before it's "regenerated" as part of Council policy in making diverse and sustainable neighborhoods.

    Thank you so much Lambeth council.
    Last edited: Apr 26, 2018
  13. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

    The officers list the "risks" in allowing reopening of the APG.
    Ie local people might not want the APG to be lost. What a frightening scenario for the council officers. On a prime piece of land just waiting to be redeveloped.
  14. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

    I was at the last Grove APG diy day. We got a lot of work done. The Council report Tricky Skills posted makes no mention of the unpaid hours of work volunteers have put in to get the APG in working condition. That doesnt count in Cooperative Lambeth.

    A few photos. One volunteer made these T shirts on the day.

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  15. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

    Im impressed Tricky how do you dig these reports up?
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  16. Tricky Skills

    Tricky Skills Well-Known Member

    PM sent ;)
  17. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

    We still have lots more Work to Do Before
    Our Playgrounds Summer Opening
    Please come and Join us on Sunday 13th of May
    The Grove Adventure , Gordon Grove, SE5
    From 11am. Lunch will be Provided
    For Info Contact:
  18. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

    Loughborough Junction Action Group now have a 2 year lease for Grove Adventure Playground.

    We have already been working on the building and the playground at regular Fix and Play Days.
    We now have the keys for the building and there is lots of work to be done.

    Volunteers are now needed to help clear, clean and prepare for Opening for this Summer!

    Some of us will be doing much needed work at the Playground over the next few weeks.
    If you can come and lend a hand, I can keep you informed by Whatsapp or email.
    Please send me an email at with your contact details.

    We will also be holding a couple of DIY days soon which you will be informed about.
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  19. editor

    editor hiraethified

  20. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

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  21. bimble

    bimble noisy but small

    Really exciting that the building has finally been handed over, loads to do but getting those shutters up for the first time in years is :) :)
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  22. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

    Yes it was three years originally. You weren't wrong.

    Council officers changed there minds. Its now two years.

    Im not happy with this.

    It's taken far to long to get the building. By the time the project gets off the ground two years is short time. This is intentional on officers part.

    Officers in Regeneration are hiring consultants to work up redevelopment plans for the whole site. The APG and the Youth centre. Budget for that is £50 000 I've heard.

    They haven't asked locals about this.
  23. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

    Volunteer at the Grove

    As you can see we need lots of Help to get Grove Adventure Playground open for the Summer Holiday 2018

    We are holding Volunteer evenings, every Thursday at 6.30 at the Grove.

    We also have one of our regular Fix and Play Days on Saturday 30th June. 10 - 4 Lunch is provided.

    Contact us at
    Grove is at 18 Gordon Grove, Brixton, London SE5 9DT
  24. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

  25. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member


    Build Up | GROVE BUILD

    This summer Grove Adventure Playground will be re-opening near you!

    To kick start the opening of this great community space we will be designing and building a new outdoor kitchen.

    If you’re aged 12-14 then join us on this project to develop new design skills as well as learning how to use hand and power tools. The whole project will be designed at built by you!

    In the first week of summer holidays, 23rd-27th July, we will be designing and building the initial shelter structure that will form the new kitchen space, as well as constructing a new fire pit, for outdoor cooking. We will be working from 11am – 4pm.

    We will close the week with an opening party on Friday 27th July and BBQ cooked on the new fire! All welcome!

    ( You can sign up online or contact:

    or )
    Last edited: Jul 1, 2018
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  26. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

    Call Out for Volunteers across Brixton, help us get Grove Adventure Playground open this Summer

    We have a deadline to meet if the playground is to open on time, but there is a lot that still needs to be done.
    We urgently need some painting, cleaning and other works done all around the site, (anyone can help).
    We also need some specialist help in areas of Plumbing, Carpentry and Electrics.
    From this Monday, the playground will open every day* for volunteers to help from 10.00 - 12.00 and 17.00-19.00.
    * (If the playground is closed or you want to come at some other time, I am just 2 minutes from site)

    Please come and help if you can and pass this to anyone who may be interested.
    Contact me at any time, Nick 07914-258491,

    If you would like to go on our mailing list or help us by donating please contact Leah,
  27. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

    Working on the APG building this weekend. A lot has been done by the volunteers. IMG-20180715-WA0002.jpeg IMG-20180715-WA0004.jpeg
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  28. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

    The APG will open for Summer.

    It will be open for 6 to 14 year olds from 23rd July to 31st August.

    Hours are Monday to Friday 10.30 to 5.30. bring lunch.

    ( Hoping to get some food in the new fridge)

    Please pass this on.

    There will be trained youth worker on site at all times.

    More info email
  29. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

  30. Winot

    Winot I wholeheartedley agree with your viewpoint

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