LAMBETHWATCH – FAKE NEWS FROM LAMBETH LABOUR? / DIARY DATES

Portrait of Cressingham Gardens resident wins National Open Art Competition

“Phylis” – this photograph by Mark Aitken of a Cressingham Gardens resident whose home is threatened by Lambeth council’s hugely controversial demolition plans has won first prize in the 21st National Open Art Photography competition.

FAKE NEWS FROM LAMBETH LABOUR?

Herne Hill ward Labour Cllr Jim Dickson Tweeted: 

Out talking to #HerneHill residents with a great @DaWNLabour team @helenhayes_ @jack_holborn @fredacowell – ppl v supportive & pleased to hear about @CarnegieLib reopening soon #labourdoorstep

Replies have included the following:

sarabredemear‏ @sarabredemear Nov 26: Oh dear. .did you tell them it would have an unqualified gym assistant watching them on CCCtv most of the time and that @GLL_UK will be paying nothing towards the building’s upkeep?

Looletea‏ @Looletea Nov 26: You close our library then you go round telling people you ‘saved’ it?! Breathtaking

Helen‏ @jhgm50 Nov 26: Replying to @JimDicksLambeth @DaWNLabour and 4 others: Will Lambeth Labour ever stop spinning and talk honestly? They knocked on my door and I wasn’t pleased with them nor were many of my neighbours. We really deserve better. @FrndsofCarnegie @defendtheten

Defend The Ten Retweeted Garrett Mears‏ @garrettmears Nov 26: I believe @JimDicksLambeth when he says people were very pleased and supportive as much as I believe him saying @CarnegieLib will be opening “early 2017″… The pattern is clear.

Defend The Ten Retweeted Eleanor‏ @ellymitchiner Nov 26: Retweeting Jim Dickson: The only good thing about this #newspeak is that @CarnegieLib still top of local agenda. This = thanks to @FrndsofCarnegie & @defendtheten for fighting on

Defend The Ten Retweeted Indar Picton-Howell‏ @NadirIndar Nov 23:

What are the chances that @LambethLabour will convince residents that they saved the library, which was threatened by wicked Tory cuts? Getting slimmer by the day.

LAMBETHWATCH DIARY

SATURDAY DECEMBER 2nd

Carnegie Christmas fair at St Saviour’s, Herne Hill Rd, SE24 0AY just down hill from library. starts 2pm.

Cressingham Gardens demo 2pm – please see separate story.

MON 4 DEC
7.30pm, Martin Heath is chairing a meeting for Thurlow Park ward,candidates invited, again to air common issues re Lambeth council. Speaker from Defend the 10 & others. Rosemead School, 70 Thurlow Pk Rd, SE21 8HZ.

Defend The Ten‏ @defendtheten Nov 26:

With 22 weeks until the local government elections we meet Hazel (76), who says “@CarnegieLib has always meant so much to me. My grandchildren (15 & 12) always stay with me in the school holidays. They were always so enthusiastic to go to the library”…

…”It’s such a trip to the other libraries now, we don’t go so much or they go without me. I miss our trips’. I was a member of Silver Surfers and Book at Breakfast too”. Like @RuskinReaders, both these clubs were left homeless when @CarnegieLib closed unexpectedly.

Social clubs like these are vital for reducing loneliness & isolation, especially among older people. Part of libraries’ value is enabling less mobile people to connect with communities, something now lost to the many groups who used @CarnegieLib.

“Hazel adds: “When the library closed the book club moved to a local retirement home. For me it wasn’t the same as it meant getting there on time or the door was locked. I’ve never been great with time…I miss the contact with people in the library. I used to meet all sorts”

Closing @CarnegieLib has also meant Hazel is faced with digital exclusion. With so many Government services and communication media (like Skype) being online-only, accessing such services is extremely difficult when her home computer breaks down, as it has done recently.

.@CarnegieLib was also a trusted source of reliable information: “I remember when my son was growing up he came to me confused about something he heard at school about sex. I said ‘lets go the library and get a book, I don’t want anyone telling you rubbish behind the bike sheds!”

While, as Hazel says, “it was great the library was there to set him straight”, for many young people in Herne Hill & more widely the library is not now available to play that role, at a time when Lambeth has the highest rate of STI’s in the whole of London.

MoreOverall, losing @CarnegieLib has disadvantaged Hazel, her family and families like hers in important ways. All the more reason to reopen it ASAP with all services in place as previously, as we, @FrndsofCarnegie &others have called for for many months.

…”It’s such a trip to the other libraries now, we don’t go so much or they go without me. I miss our trips’. I was a member of Silver Surfers and Book at Breakfast too”. Like @RuskinReaders, both these clubs were left homeless when @CarnegieLib closed unexpectedly.

Social clubs like these are vital for reducing loneliness & isolation, especially among older people. Part of libraries’ value is enabling less mobile people to connect with communities, something now lost to the many groups who used @CarnegieLib.

“Hazel adds: “When the library closed the book club moved to a local retirement home. For me it wasn’t the same as it meant getting there on time or the door was locked. I’ve never been great with time…I miss the contact with people in the library. I used to meet all sorts”

Closing @CarnegieLib has also meant Hazel is faced with digital exclusion. With so many Government services and communication media (like Skype) being online-only, accessing such services is extremely difficult when her home computer breaks down, as it has done recently.

.@CarnegieLib was also a trusted source of reliable information: “I remember when my son was growing up he came to me confused about something he heard at school about sex. I said ‘lets go the library and get a book, I don’t want anyone telling you rubbish behind the bike sheds!”

While, as Hazel says, “it was great the library was there to set him straight”, for many young people in Herne Hill & more widely the library is not now available to play that role, at a time when Lambeth has the highest rate of STI’s in the whole of London.

Overall, losing @CarnegieLib has disadvantaged Hazel, her family and families like hers in important ways. All the more reason to reopen it ASAP with all services in place as previously, as we, @FrndsofCarnegie &others have called for for many months.

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