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Come and join a local shared reading group to help you relax, improve your well-being and make new friends! The group is run by The Reader Organisation, a national charity and social enterprise, who work to connect people to great literature and to each other.
You don’t have to read anything in advance as everything is read aloud to you each week. You can simply enjoy listening to a good story or poem- there’s no pressure to talk, to read, or even to drink tea!
Additionally, The Reader Organisaition are currently working in partnership with Goldmsiths University, and as a member of this reading group you will be involved in some exciting research investigating how reading together may influence peoples’ health and sense of well-being.
Everyone in Herne Hill is welcome! Interested?
Come along to our taster session on Friday 25th July at 10.15-11.45am at Carnegie Library. We will also be holding another taster session on the 22nd August.
For more information, please get in touch
email: email@example.com or call: 020 7078 5484
PEOPLE passing by the Herne Hill gate to Brockwell Park may have noticed a new feature on the traffic island.
Volunteers from Brockwell Park Community Greenhouses have injected some colour into the space with a collection of planters designed like rays of the sun.
The flowers have been chosen for their spectacular colours and forms as part of our theme for the year – pollination.
Next week our #PollinationFestival starts – a 10 day series of workshops and lectures for adults and children. We are hosting top UK experts on hoverflies, moths, bees of all sorts, flies and butterflies to help us identify these amazing creatures and understand their life cycles.
The UK is home to 23 species of bumblebee, 260 solitary bees, 2500 moths, 59 species of butterfly, 200 hoverflies and 7000 flies. The charity Buglife estimates 60% of them, many stunningly beautiful and a joy to behold, are in decline.
Urban gardeners can have a massive impact on pollinator health. The plants being grown at the Community Greenhouses for the Chelsea Fringe and for other displays in Brockwell Park will have a vast range of flower shapes and colours suited to different invertebrates' eyes and mouthparts.
They'll provide a long season of flowering, and therefore sustained pollen and nectar supply, into late autumn. And they'll look extremely eye-catching for humans too.
Take a look at the video trailer here!
Herne Hill film makers Maureen and Tom are planning a new longer documentary about street pianos - starring our very own Herne Hill piano.
They managed to make the short film with zero budget - but this time they need a basic budget to cover a full length documentary.
'We've been inspired to make the longer film because so many people are interested in street pianos - they seem to have a powerful effect,' says Maureen. 'What has happened around the Herne Hill piano is quite exceptional and we feel like we've only scratched the surface - there's a lot more to say.'
Please pledge if you can - anything from £1 upwards - everything helps! And if you can't, please share the campaign through twitter and facebook.
Film makers Maureen Ni Fiann and Tom Rochester got so much interest in their short documentary The People's Piano,
- that they are launching a kickstarter campaign on Tuesday to fund a longer documentary about Street Pianos.
"Everybody loves that piano" said Maureen "It is remarkable how people interact and connect around that piano. People are more social than cities allow them to be. We feel the story of street pianos is that they bring life back to urban streets. That is something that everyone wants. The Herne Hill Piano has shown us how much it matters to people. So we want to make this next film."
"Our funding campaign begins on Tuesday! If you would like to see this film get made you can be a part of it by contributing online - anything from £1 upwards. Everything helps. Sharing the campaign on facebook and twitter helps a lot too!"
Keep an eye on the Forum for the launch link on Tuesday!!
In the meantime here's a lovely film of the Piano Birthday last Saturday
For more info
The Brockwell Park Dog Show is all set for this Sunday July 13th. Brockwell Park Community Partners says it's "more ‘scruffs’ than ‘crufts’", so if you're ready to compete you can register a dog for a small fee between noon and 1.45pm for entry into the Show at 2pm. Categories include handsomest dog, prettiest bitch, cutest puppy, golden oldie and best dog and owner fancy dress! In addition to the main event they’re be a raffle, stalls, free micro-chipping and dog ID tags, as well as the Reptile Event with rescue snakes and lizards you can hold and learn about. The judging panel includes representatives from the local community and there are prizes up for grabs. The event is organised by the Dog Show Committee and kindly supported by local vets, charities and businesses, with profits donated to BPCP and the Blue Cross animal charity.
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