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Jul 18 2017   |   By: beefy   |   0   |   Posted in Uncategorized

Trust It's so simple, So basic, Yet we lack it. Interaction is nothing without it. Unable to make a bond because the fact is, We've missed the point. The point that connects you and me, And not just on a family tree; That connects us all from A to Z, And not just on eHarmony.   Trust.   Where did it go? Or did we even have it years ago? Afraid to go on the right track, Because we might get stabbed in the back. Locking our doors and checking it twice, Like we're Santa Clause on a Christmas blight. Putting a lock on our phone for protection, Because your friends may use it as a weapon. Hiding what belongs to us, Because we lost our trust in all our lust. But trusting each other is a must, Because you cant spell TRUST without us.   Trust.   A firm belief in the reliability, Truth, Ability, Or strength in someone. Can you think of anyone? I am sure you can, Maybe the one that holds your hand. But for how long? I'm sorry but it's true, People can back-stab you. But this can change starting with you, Because if you trust people, They'll trust you. You may get hurt but at least you'll live, With your heart on your sleeve and something to give.   So let's break this cycle of deceit and start this world anew. It doesn't start with them, It starts with you. Trust someone and you will see, How great this world could be, For you and me. It's not that hard so don't make it be, It's only the fear of the possibility, Of losing everything. Don't fear, Trust.  19       6a00d83451bd8169e2017c316f6dd5970bTRUST

Frankie The Artist

May 18 2017   |   By: beefy   |   0   |   Posted in Art, Uncategorized

FullSizeRender20170329_122126 20170329_122148 Hey how you all doing?  Frankie Most of you know Frankie he has been a resident on the estate for over 30 years and since i’ve known him he has been doing his brilliant artwork, His paintings are displayed in alot of homes. I remember my mum having a few of his paintings and her friends coming round and asking who is the artist or where did she get them from. All of his paintings you can see the love and attention to detail he has in them, We will be having a launch of the new centre soon and Frankie’s paintings will be on display, Also he will be selling his work and already there has been alot of interest and enquiries about his art. So don’t forget to keep your eyes and ears open for more details about Frankie and his paintings, You can even pop into the community centre if you would like to see a few of them.

Footie news

May 18 2017   |   By: beefy   |   0   |   Posted in Uncategorized

“What a year it has been for the Tandridge U14 C division Team!!  Not only have they reached the League Shield semi finals but also they topped the division!  Goals by Wesley Martins, Darrell Agyemang, Arthur Hardiman and Kyle – Luke Gordon – Todd won the final game. Great performance from Josh Hewan from Stockwell Park and the rest of the team led to the manager being thrown high into the air by his excited and delighted team.  Well done lads....self discipline, supportive parents and motivated squad, These young guys i can see them reaching far in the football world if they keep it up and stay focused...what more could we ask for from our youngsters? We all need to show them our support, Not only parents but footie supporters aswel. Untitled.jUntitled Get active with your kids!” 

Poem (Welcome)

May 10 2017   |   By: beefy   |   0   |   Posted in Uncategorized

Welcome to the new building now that it has finally been done This is for the community old and young You can come in and play board games like ludo or chess Even if you don't know how to, you can learn from the best There will be plenty things for kids to do There will also be things for you too If you would like to bake a cake you are most welcome Have you tried beefy's banana or choc chip cake? Ooooh they are so awesome We have so many varieties of nationalities on this estate For someone from all nationalities to cook would be great Weekends is sports on the box so why not come in and join the fun Sitting there on the edge of your seat thinking whens a goal gonna come You can see the passion in some of the guys faces when they are watching their team Yeahhh they've scored now look how their faces beam Also on Saturdays we have Salome with her art classes So who of you is going to be the next artist If your a resident and want to checkout the new place Don't just stand there come in and show your face Come and meet the staff, Julie the manager and Jamie manager no:2 We welcome you all to the new place this is a place for all of you So don't be shy come on through Welcome.....................................   poem by beefy    

beefy’s blog

Apr 11 2017   |   By: beefy   |   0   |   Posted in Uncategorized

Police officers line the street as the coffin of PC Keith Palmer, who was killed in the recent Westminster attack, is transported from the Palace of Westminster, where it laid overnight, to his funeral at Southwark Cathedral in central London, Britain April 10, 2017.     REUTERS/Hannah McKay

Police officers line the street as the coffin of PC Keith Palmer, who was killed in the recent Westminster attack, is transported from the Palace of Westminster, where it laid overnight, to his funeral at Southwark Cathedral in central London, Britain April 10, 2017. REUTERS/Hannah McKay


Painted Brixton School

Oct 28 2015   |   By: admin   |   0   |   Posted in Uncategorized

There is an area on the Stockwell park estate which is known to the indigenous of the population as either: "The Pen", "The Coffin" or "The football pitch". Covered with ancient astro turf and with two distinct spaces, "The Pen" is a popular place for young people to spend time. Usually they can be found hanging over the railings watching the graffiti artists hard a work... sweating hour after hour... hungry and thirsty... worn out by their endeavours - that are allowed to remain untouched for at least twenty four hours... before the next artist sweeps away the image in a burst from a spray can. Sometimes they kick a ball around, blasting it into the concrete walls so that the bounce back hurts anyone daft enough to stand in its path! This time the kids themselves got to have a go at the artistic side. Whilst many refused to accept that they had an artistic bone in their body and said “I can’t”... they found it easy to work alongside Charlotte and Boyd and were enthused at the idea of writing on the walls, getting messy, working with seriously cool adults and leaving their mark. Thanks to Big Local, small grants were made available to sprinkle entertainment and employment support to the North Brixton Area over the summer period. So there they all were... in the Pen, just a little bit “painty” and very, very hungry! The Community Trust prepared a hearty supper for all those involved... every Friday! The Painted Brixton Project attended the Community Trust Housing Funday in Slade Gardens and painted “live “ pictures for their parents to admire... they then moved on to Brixton Bloc where some amazing fishes were intricately designed... they will soon be hanging on the walls of our newly refurbished Centre (soon, soon... we are assured it WILL be happening). An intergenerational, multi faith, multi racial group having fun, eating and laughing together, being productive and positive... who could want for a better way to spend a Friday evening?
Check out the video of the second "Painted Brixton" school session at Stockwell Hall of Fame.
Year 4 children create their word of the week. Thanks to Stockwell Community Centre. Funded by Big Local North Brixton and The London Community Foundation.    
Check out the video of the "Painted Brixton" school, sessions 3 and 4: twice the work in half the time at Stockwell Hall of Fame!
Year 4 children complete their graffiti experience at Stockwell Hall of Fame. We hear from their teachers, and see their work. Thanks to Stockwell Community Centre. Funded by Big Local North Brixton and The London Community Foundation.  

The Hottest Place to be this weekend: Sunday 2nd August 2015 was Brixton Splash….

Aug 02 2015   |   By: admin   |   0   |   Posted in Community, Music, Party, Uncategorized (click this link for the original article on "Brixton Buzz") the Hottest Place to be this weekend – Sunday 2nd August 2015 was Brixton Splash.... Brixton Splash 2015 a small local affair that has grow’d and grow’d (just like Topsy) it was magnificent in its size but also in the massive amount of respect that hovered above the crowd – often mistaken as weed smoke. Trying to run up the road to Tesco became an assault course and having reached the interior, the alcohol aisle was packed with young people buying up the shop whilst appearing to be half cut already. The weather was good, the vibe was great and yet again Brixton smashed it... and not the windows of Foxton’s! brixton-splash-after-parties-02

Now and then… a story crossing generations – by Alvin Howell

Aug 01 2015   |   By: admin   |   0   |   Posted in Uncategorized

London is the host to many communities and Brixton in particular has a link with the Ras Tafarian movement. The Community Trust has many links with this community but our closest one is with Alvin Howell – our volunteer cook for probation and the Friday Night Supper. Alvin Howell is also a writer... and a thinker. His poetry hangs on the wall of the Centre, his words hang on the lips of our clients.

NOW: Alvin Howell

Knowing that my ancestor was a great speaker and helped motivate a lot of people inspired me to start writing poetry which has helped me a lot as I am not one to speak out all the time - but my poetry helps me do that and I hope it helps to inspire other people too (which it has previously)... I've even had people ask me to write a piece, so that they can put on their relative's grave stone. I will continue to write my poetry so I can inspire more people, here are some of my poetry titles: DARK CLOUD, I CAN BE ME, POEM FOR MY MOTHER AND I SPEAK. I will also be writing my poetry book which hopefully will be ready by the end of the year, it will be titled: MY THOUGHTS... (by Alvin Howell) - so keep a look out for it! Alvin aka "Beefy"  

THEN: Leonard Percival Howell

Leonard Percival Howell Leonard Percival Howell is part of my ancestry, which I only discovered about 10 years ago when my sister had a book and told me that he is part of our family tree on my dads side. He was one of the first to start the Rasta Movement which took him around the world, Leonard Percival Howell was born in the Parish of Clarendon, Jamaica. W.I. On June 16th, 1898. He died in Kingston, Jamaica. W.I. In 1981. He was born a hero, a scholar and beyond the shadow of a doubt died a hero defending his race. His parents Thomas and Clementina Howell, who were independent farmers and business owners, motivated their son Leonard to travel. In the 1920’s he left Jamaica on a ship to the United States of America, where he advanced his intellect and academic skills. Howell became the most successful teacher of Rastafari doctrine. He enjoined black people to be PROUD of heritage and culture, to have their own “Money” Banks, be self-motivated, strong, self-sufficient, where black economies would triumph and to hold high the value of education. Furthermore, he preached to show respect, love and honor. He said, “The white mans doctrine has forced the black man to forsake silver and gold and seek heaven after death. It has brought us to live in disgrace and die in dishonor”. Despite the fact that Howell became the most persecuted man in the history of Jamaica, he must be credited for purchasing over 500 acres of Land at Sligoville, in St. Catherine became known as PINNACLE. It was the center of the Rastafarian Movement, the first free slave, self sufficient and economically empowered African village in Jamaica (an historical move) Many generation of African slaves , in the thousand , came from rural and urban Jamaica settled on the land and made their vision a reality. They lived a natural way of life, in harmony with the universe, showed love and peace to all race and color, lived in unity, worked collectively, upheld culture, heritage, freedom and justice. Many who were farmers planted organic food, others who were skilled in arts and craft made household items. In addition: herbal medicine, roots, tonics and other produces were supplied and sold to the local government, private and public sectors. Howell was a man of great vision, and mystic spirituality. He created codes and principles based on the teaching of His Imperial Majesty, Haile Selassie I and developed the Nyahbinghi Order (a mystical religious order) that defined “death” by the Divine Creator to the blacks and white oppressors. Years later Howell formed “The Ethiopian Salvation Society” Before his death in 1981 Howell once said: " I am convinced that the children we are teaching today, will become vanguards and guardians to our freedom tomorrow and better citizens to defend our democracy and to ensure that generations to come will learn from the Holocaust of slavery, and keep the flame of remembrance burning. Help them to understand more about the past, that our history NEVER repeats itself so that we can create a better future for all human race.” The Community Trust likes to remember the words of others and to acknowledge the part they played in creating the building bricks of our diverse and harmonious community. When members of our community held an Emancipation Day Family Rally walking from Windrush Square to Kennington Park on Saturday 1st August 2015 the Trust were there to help them out with their banner making and seating arrangements. Everyone needs to reflect on the words of His Imperial Majesty, Emperor Haile Selassie I: "Throughout history it has been the inaction of those who could have acted, the indifference of those who should have known better, the silence of the voice of justice when it mattered most, that has made it possible for evil to triumph.” As relevant today as to all our yesterdays....

Outsiders in London – Are you one, too?

Feb 22 2015   |   By: admin   |   0   |   Posted in Art, Community, Homepage Article, Information, Uncategorized

Press Release: 22nd February 2015 By Milan Svanderlik A free, seven-week exhibition, featuring the powerful portraits and deeply moving life stories of 41 extraordinary Londoners. This is Milan Svanderlik’s second major non-commercial exhibition at St Martin’s, in the very heart of London. Mon 23 March 2015 - Sat 9th May 2015 The Gallery in the Crypt, St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 4JJ (scroll to the bottom of the page for a location map)

Gary Barnes and Dennis Rose

UPDATE: Check out the following link where Dennis (no longer such a menace!) is the main feature in a 5 minute London Live culture programme, LondonGo. Dennis on the London Live programme Dennis Rose and Gary Areef Barnes are two of the 40 people who took part in the project: they have both felt like outsiders and in many ways they continue to do so. Yet they are insiders too and very much a part of the Stockwell Park Estate community in Brixton. Both their life stories are captivating, moving and inspirational because they offer hope to a younger generation; indeed, they are an inspiration to all of us. The term ‘outsiders’ often has negative connotations: these are the people who are regarded as ‘them’ incontrast to ‘us’, the arrivals from distant provinces or foreign lands, those not quite belonging, those not exactly fitting in, those not conforming. Of course, there is another side to this coin: there are those who stand out deliberately, who choose to go against the grain, the ones who challenge established social, cultural or religious norms, who question the policies and orthodoxies broadly accepted by those who are of the mainstream, those ‘on the inside’. Outsiders in London aims to illustrate how many of us will experience the feeling of being an outsider at some stage in our lives; how some of us are labelled as, or feel ourselves to be, outsiders from the very outset but manage to turn this into an advantage, or just make the best of it; how some of us are crushed by the burden of being ‘on the outside’, while others grapple with it, grow stronger and, in overcoming adversity, quite often make exceptional contributions to society. This Exhibition reveals something of the lives of 41 such individuals, who perceive (or have perceived) themselves as ‘outsiders’ in one way or another, and to celebrate both that they have survived and what they have achieved. It is also to be hoped that every one of us will recognise in these images, and life stories, some facet of ourselves or of someone close to us. Milan’s latest exhibition has a strong link to its predecessor, 100 Faces of London, held at The Gallery in the Crypt in 2012, as it too emphasises the extraordinary diversity of London’s population, but this time with a more explicit socio-political slant. All the portraits and the associated life stories (in full) of the 40+ individuals are already online and can be viewed at:
The Gallery in the Crypt St Martin-in-the-Fields Trafalgar Square London WC2N 4JJ

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