Crystal Healing – a talk by Lyn Robbins

Monday, 9th June, 7pm (doors open 6.30pm)

CrystalsLyn Robbins is a qualified crystal healer and trained with the Institute of Crystal Healers and did a degree diploma with the open college network. She  will talk about the use of crystals to enhance one’s life and well-being, and everyday uses for the crystals. She will include angel cards in her talk and has  a selection of crystals for discussion.

Admission free. Light refreshments available.

A Gardener’s Christmas


In November the Garden Group runs two sessions which may be of interest to anybody, whether they are into gardening or not.

9 November, 2-3 pm – Blooms for ChristmasRHS_WSYD0003643_344902

We will pot up hyacinth and other bulbs. If kept indoors, they should bloom around Christmas / New Year time. This session will take place in the library garden at the back, so please dress warmly. Rain shelter will be provided, if needed.

23 November, 2-3 pm – Christmas Decoration

Make your own table decoration with candle (£1.00 for materials), tree hangings or gift tags with crab apples, pine branches, holly & ivy, colourful berries, little cones and other decorative items found outside.

downloadThis session will take place indoors. Please bring any ribbons you may have, all other materials will be provided.

A knitter speaks – Knitting Group International!

Knit 2Carrying my ball of wool and knitting needles I came along to the TSL fortnightly knitting and crochet group one Thursday morning.

If truth be told I had seen photos of some rather dashing knits earlier in the year and I was hoping to snap one up before the craft show on the 7th December. What I wasn’t expecting was to encounter a wonderfully diverse vibrant group of women brightening up the far corner of the library. By the way, where are you chaps! The best knitter I knew was a man (now a GP) and wasn’t there a wonderful Bishop who knitted?* Continue reading “A knitter speaks – Knitting Group International!”

Presentation of photographs from the Remembrance Image Project, narrated by photographer Simon Gregor, approx. 50 mins, followed by Q&A

Wednesday, 20th Nov 2013, 7pm (doors open 6.30pm)

NeuvilleAs part of the First World War centenary commemoration, the Remembrance Image Project is photographing wartime sites as they appear 100 years on, and using these images to foster understanding and debate about the war, and about the role of remembrance.

Lambeth-based photographer Simon Gregor is leading the project, and has been travelling extensively in France and Belgium as well as in the UK to research the project.  He will be sharing a number of the images created during the research phase, in preparation for the project’s main activity in 2014-18.

Simon has previously exhibited photographic work in both London and Hertfordshire.  The Remembrance Image Project is part of the Imperial War Museum’s Centenary Partnership.   More information at

Light refreshments available.

Talk about Vauxhall Gardens by Dr Alan Borg

IMG_0268Tuesday, 26th November 2013, 7pm (doors open 6.30pm)

From the end of the 18th century until it closed in 1859, Vauxhall Gardens were London’s most famous pleasure gardens, offering food, noise, culture and debauchery to anyone who could afford the (modest) entry fee. In Vauxhall Gardens, David Coke and Alan Borg have chronicled with wit and learning the raucous history of a place central to the social and literary history of Georgian London.1985-0336, 29/7/02, 4:08 pm,  8C, 3962x6126 (1078+405), 88%, bent 6 stops,  1/10 s, R72.1, G54.6, B70.9Betterlight Model: 6100 Serial:1534Lights: Balcar Fluxlite Serial:70185Filter: Daylight IRLens: Schneider 5.6/180 Makro-Symmar HM (No14762512)Photographer: Iris FernandesProfile: Adobe RGB(1998)Gamma:2.2

Dr Alan Borg, CBE, FSA co-author of a History of Vauxhall Gardens was trained as a historian and art historian and is a former Director of the Imperial War Museum and Victoria & Albert Museum.

Light refreshments available.

Craft Show – Saturday, 7th December

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Saturday, 7th December, Open 9am-4pm.

Free entry.




Come and meet local craft people.  Hear them talk about and show their work – from jewellery, hats, bags, cards, knitting, felting, garden produce and more ….  The library knitting group and Friends of Tate South Lambeth garden group will also be there and selling reasonably priced gifts to help fundraise for their activities.


Poetry, Comedy and Music Performance by Superbard

image credit – Richard Jephcote

Superbard is George Lewkowicz, a London based writer and performer.  George has been performing his multimedia shows as Superbard since 2010, and has quickly gained excellent reviews and a reputation on the spoken word scene, appearing on Newsnight, Radio 4 and The Jeremy Vine Show.

Superbard will be performing stories from Flood featured at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival.  The Flood is Superbard’s debut interactive eBook featuring illustrations and stories set to music.  It will expand according to the reader’s suggestions.

Light refreshments available.

THE SPIRIT OF ’45 directed by Ken Loach

cthe_spirit_of_45_dogwoof_1930_slums_copyright_bbc      Do come along to a viewing of the film ‘The Spirit of ’45’ on October 16th at 7pm (doors open 6.30pm) 

  In post war Britain people were “all in it together” and vowed never again to return to the    miserable conditions that the working classes endured in the 30s.
The aim was to ensure social security, a National Health Service, free education, council housing and full employment to conquer poverty, disease and ill health.
 What has changed since then? Why and how?
‘Loach movingly argues that we should look to the past for  a better future’

Talk by John Bird, Founder of the Big Issue

John Bird, was brought up in an orphanage from the age of 5 and served time in a young offenders institution before he was out of his teens. During the turbulent and difficult times of his youth he often slept rough as one of London’s homeless.  He founded the Big Issue 21 years ago.  The weekly magazine achieves its mass circulation through being sold on the streets of the UK and only by vendors who are homeless or vulnerably housed.   In transforming himself from being part of the problem of society into being part of the solution, John has become a globally admired social entrepreneur.

John will be discussing self educating your way out of homelessness, why he loves Lambeth and social opportunity through greening London.

Monday, 30th September, 7pm (doors open 6.30pm)


Admission free.

Refreshments available.    JB - Portrait by Martin Gammon

Screening of a Story of Waterloo

In partnership with the Vauxhall SocietyTVS-logo-type-B

 Wednesday, 18th September 2013, 7pm (doors open 6.30pm)

A Story of Waterloo is an outstanding piece of local history, covering the period up to the end of the Second World War.  The documentary blends archive material with interviews with local residents.
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Admission Free.

Light refreshments available.