Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Auditions tomorrow (Thurs) for Streatham Theatre Company's next show

Free open auditions will continue tomorrow (Thursday 26th September) for the Streatham Theatre Company's next show.

They take place at 6.45pm for 7pm, at Vinters Studios, 1b Sunnyhill Road, Streatham, SW16 2UG

They are open to all and there is no need to prepare.

The next show will be performed in early November (subject to venue arrangements). It's based on a Sherlock Holmes radio play and has been adapted and enhanced by Frances Bruce who has recently become the company's Artistic Director.

Set in the radio studio during the special live anniversary performance of a Sherlock Holmes story, the tensions and conficts between the members of the cast and production team which have built up during the long running series come to a head. The off-mic drama threatens to interfere with the live braodcast, but whatever happens the show must go on...

There are a range of parts in both the radio cast and the production team with flexibility in age and sex.

People are invited to come along whether interested in auditioning for a part, or are interested in helping behind the scenes.

Audition pieces will be provided so you don't need to prepare, but do bring details of any dates when you won't be available from now until mid-November.

The auditions are free and open to members and non-members, but if cast you will need to join Streatham Theatre Company.

You can like Streatham Theatre company on Facebook here. Visit their website here.

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

'Safe and Secure Streatham' event - 7.00pm tonight

I'll be speaking tonight at the Safe and Secure Streatham event at St Leonard's Church about the progress of the CitySafe scheme run by London Citizens, to provide Safe Havens for young people in the local area. You can find out more about the scheme here.

The meeting tonight is being organised by community forum Streatham Action, and begins at 7.00pm. All are very welcome to attend. There will also be updates on the new Wardens on the High Road, and plans for some of Streatham's Green spaces including Streatham Green and Streatham Common.

Friday, 20 September 2013

Getting the fencing fixed on Streatham Green

We have asked Lambeth Council to urgently sort out the fencing around the William Dyce fountain on Streatham Green, which has been vandalised and is now lying all over the place.

The fountain itself has been fenced off for months, awaiting repair, as it is in danger of falling over.

For those who don't know the history of this green space, it continues to be a particular example of neglect by Lambeth Council, despite a very active local Friends of Streatham Green group who do their best to look after this important area.

The green was plunged into darkness at night for several weeks last winter, making it very dangerous for people crossing the green at night. The lights were then fixed, only to be kept on all day for several months, wasting energy and money.

This is all in addition to lack of general maintenance of the Green and the area around it along Mitcham Lane and Streatham High Road which remains strewn with rubbish, despite numerous requests to the council to clean it up and make more regular collections.

The relevant person at the council responsible for the green is currently on leave, so we have contacted the parks department.We will post an update here as soon as we have one.

Monday, 16 September 2013

London Contemporary Voices at St Leonard's church this Friday

There's a great selection of events going on at the moment as part of Streatham's Little Big Peace festival.

One not to miss is the London Contemporary Voices (LCV) at St Leonard's Church this Friday 20th September at 7.30pm.

LCV are a modern forward-thinking mixed voice choir. From singing with Mercury winners Alt-J to playing massive concerts at the Royal Albert Hall with Imogen Heap to small intimate settings this bold and unusual choir are 100% worth catching wherever they play.

PLUS you will also have the pleasure of hearing the wonderful local St Leonard's Church Choir...

Don't miss this evening of fabulous voices - all for just £2! More information and booking here.

Sunday, 8 September 2013

Sorting out the rubbish around Streatham Green on Mitcham Lane and Streatham High Road

We have asked Lambeth council again to make more regular inspections and clean the area around Streatham Green on Mitcham Lane.

In some places there are so many rubbish bags that they are blocking the pavement and the areas around the bus stops. They are quite often there for days before they are collected.

Here are some of the pictures we took recently in this area:

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Leak on Fernwood Avenue

There has been a significant water leak from the pavement on Fernwood Avenue for at least six weeks, which Thames Water have failed to repair. We reported it via the #tweetaleak hashtag on twitter on 24th July and again on 2nd August when the leak had become much worse.

We have subsequently been contacted by local residents who have also asked Thames Water to fix it several times. Thames Water say they aim to repair leaks within 15 working days. They have clearly failed in this, but also failed even to update local people and let them know what is going on.

Local residents have been particularly poorly served by Thames Water recently, having been left without water on several occasions over the last year. The water main around the corner from Fernwood Avenue, on Mitcham Lane, has also had to be repaired on several occasions.

We are now pursuing it directly with Thames Water as a priority, and will be raising it with Consumer Council for Water, the body to which Thames Water is accountable. It appears that the job was closed down by Thames Water in error. The job has now been reopened, and they have promised us that an inspection will be made this morning. We have asked for an update following this morning's inspection.

[Update: 16/9/13 We have been told that Thames Water will begin the repair today]