Save Gordon Grove Adventure Playground

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

  1. bimble

    bimble noisy but small

    Winot i haven't done much lately but Gramsci's been a total star and there's a bunch of people been working their arses off for this.
    Its looking great - made me so happy today, building now compliant with all safety regs and with a bit more cleaning ready to open its doors Monday :):)



    editor any chance of a mention on buzz of what Gramsci posted up above re opening times this Summer?
  2. bimble

    bimble noisy but small

    It’s going brilliant - full of children building painting running about, can’t put pics but total joy to see.
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  3. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

    Got this email today.

    If anyone can help email

    Dear All,

    I am writing to ask if any of you have a spare amp and speakers, or a pa of a decent quality, to use at The Grove Adventure Playground. We desperately want to have some music at the adventure playground, but have no funds to purchase at this time. This could be a loan or a gift.

    Most of you will know about the project to re-open the adventure playground with volunteers and a lot of hard work in the last year and a bit, and the playground has been a big hit in the community since it re-opened in July, 3 years after Lambeth shut it down.

    I attach our fledgling website which gives more details and an idea of what we are trying to maintain for the community, so if you were to have a stereo or anything else you would like to offer that could be used, please let me know.

    Also, please feel free to pass on the website on social media and if you were to hear of anyone wanting to hire an iconic and brilliant venue for an event or party, please let me know.
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  4. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

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  5. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

    Meant to add. All welcome on Friday barbecue. It's from 12 to 5 .
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  6. TopCat

    TopCat It's hard it faster

    Hugely proud of you lot for your effective efforts. Would take too long to express my admiration.
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  7. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

  8. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

    Now Summer holidays have finished going to start opening on Saturday. IMG_3431.JPG IMG_3430.JPG
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  13. editor

    editor hiraethified

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  16. OvalhouseDB

    OvalhouseDB Well-Known Member

    Way late to this, but just to say a big congratulations to everyone who worked so hard to put together a fantastic night for the Gala. I had visited the playground a few weeks earlier, and returned for the Gala. It was sold out, the film was fantastic and needs a wider audience. Great atmosphere, I loved the bonfire that kept everyone warm and social, good bar with some local beers, excellent food, and great performances from Potent Whisper and local youth ensemble The Youthsayers. Met so many local friends and work contacts down there and talked with many new people. A good night out, and I hope much money was made.
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  17. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

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  18. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

    This new document gives summary of recent use of the adventure playground.

    It was done as the adventure playground future is still under long term threat of redevelopment. The Council view was that the site was under used and that there was no demand for supervised adventure playground space. So this site is was available for redevelopment.

    Attached Files:

  19. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

    The Drew Elves need your help!

    The Drew Elves need your help!

    Please donate what you can...
    On Saturday 15th December we will be throwing the children of the Grove Adventure Playground a special festive party.
    Our microsite is now open, and we have one week to collect all donations.
    Click on the icons below to donate now!

    Please consider donating what you can towards the cost of providing a Christmas meal for the children of the Grove?
    Perhaps you can offer something to make the day even more special, from packets of mince pies to presents for the children?

    Or maybe you can even spare some Christmas decorations, colourful napkins or crackers?

    If you prefer to donate physical gifts, contact and we will collect them directly.

    Every single donation will mean the world to the children at the Grove, many of whom I’ve come to know personally through my volunteering each weekend.

    I know from experience that putting a smile on their faces is one of the most rewarding things you can do, so I hope you’ll join me by giving what you can.
    With thanks,
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  20. Winot

    Winot I wholeheartedley agree with your viewpoint

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  22. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member


    Thanks. Much appreciated
  23. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

  24. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

    Christmas tree up this morning. Thanks to generous donations presents for the young people. 20181215_114053.jpg
  25. Gramsci

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  26. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

    View this email in your browser
    A Huge Thank You to Everyone for Your Help in 2019
    We have been astounded by the success of the playground since opening in July 2018. We have over 230 families registered and 30-60 young people regularly attending our play schemes

    We are back and preparing for the February Half Term Opening
    We are running 2 Volunteer Days on Saturdays 9th and 16th of February 2019. 10-4.
    We need help with Gardening/Building/Clearing/Painting/Cleaning and the young people of Loughborough Junction would very much appreciate your help in getting the playground reopened. Lunch is Provided

    February Half Term Opening Times are Mon 18th- Fri 22nd Feb 10-4
    We will providing a simple lunch

    We need Volunteers at Grove to help with running our Saturday sessions
    Also to help with Managing the Grove Adventure Playground.
    If you are interested, please contact us on

    Football Coaching
    Thank you FFEM @weareffem
    and Marcus Lipton Youth Centre

    The Unity Cafe
    Designed and Built by the Young People
    Thank you BuildUp @BuildUpFdn
    Fun at Grove Christmas Party 2018
    Thank you DREW @DrewLDN and their clients.
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  27. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

    The DIY day yesterday went well.

    Another one next Saturday.
  28. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

    I was chatting to one of the parents yesterday. She told me that having the playground re opened has been invaluable to her. Gives her child somewhere to go on school holidays and on Saturdays.

    Council still are not guaranteeing the future of the APG even though one of the main arguments they used against keeping it- that there is no demand for an APG in LJ- has been proven wrong.
  29. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

    Grove Adventure Playground fights for its survival – open day coming up on Sat 16th Feb 2019

    Article written by one of the volunteers.

    This is important to know.

    Re opening the playground has provided evidence that there is a demand for the APG if its open regularly.

    Particularly disheartening recently is that the Council are pushing ahead with idea of hiring a consultant to devise a "business plan" for the Marcus Lipton/ Grove APG and now Elam Open Space.

    So Elam Open Space is now also a development opportunity.

    The Council tried to get written into the Masterplan for Loughborough Junction that the Grove APG would go. This failed to get past the local community.

    The ongoing argument with Council about results of the consultation meant that the LJ Masterplan was never finished. It was eventually proven that the consultation info was used was not a reflection of what was said by residents at the consultation meetings.

    Now this is being re interpreted by Council officers as the LJ Masterplan being "paused". The hiring of a consultant to do a business plan will feed into the , what officers now refer to , "emerging" LJ Masterplan.

    Part of the reason for persuading the Council to let us re open the adventure playground was to see if there is a demand.

    The result. Yes there is.

    Does the Council in that case support in a Cooperative Council fashion the the re opened playground?

    Last edited: Feb 15, 2019
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  30. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

    Sorry haven't posted up much recently. Partly as negotiations about the site have been ongoing.

    After the recent murder at the Youth centre the community meeting was told plans for the APG site were shelved.

    Report from the public meeting on community safety in the Loughborough Junction area, Thurs 21st Mar 2019

    The four main groups - LJAG, Marcus Lipton Youth Centre, Grove Adventure playground management committee and Loughborough Junction Neighborhood Planning forum wrote a joint letter to Council leader asking for clarification of what was promised at the meeting.

    Here is the letter.

    Im getting a bit concerned that what Cllr Jack Hopkins says is not being followed up. Recent events have made me concerned about whether the long term future of the site is going to be guaranteed.

    1563744534099_Leader 2019 05 0112 - LJAG Reply-page-0.jpg

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