BPCP review of 2015

Arson destroys public shelter January and February – the Park gets off to the worst possible start – an arson attack totally destroying the shelter facility by the tennis courts (subsequently rebuilt at the end of the year), followed by serious vandalism to the shelter on the path between Herne Hill gate and Norwood Lodge.

VolunteerMarch saw Lambeth Council’s public consultation on the future of cultural services, including parks and libraries.

Many park users expressed concern about the implications of the 50% cut to Lambeth Parks budget by 2016.


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAApril saw the unveiling of a plaque to 2nd Lieutenant Benjamin Geary, a Lambeth resident that fought in the First World War in a ceremony attended by family members and the Worshipful Mayor of Lambeth.


downloadMay saw a surge in crime at Brockwell Park – a serious sexual assault near the Lido gate and serious criminal damage to the Community Greenhouses, Rosendale shelter facility, several Park noticeboards and both toilets by Brockwell Hall. Local groups St Matthew’s Project and Green Rock River Band brought some much needed cheer to the Park and the Hall with a respective free sports photography exhibition and free rock concert supported through the MADD for Brockwell Park Programme.

thamesJune brought a large commercial dance music event to the Park – Found Festival – which caused disturbance to local residents. Earlier that month, BPCP and the Herne Hill Society put together the first Thomas Lynn Bristowe memorial event – The Making of South London by historian Len Reilly, a fascinating and well attended lecture.

Dog ShowJuly witnessed arguably Brockwell’s best ever dog show, rescued at the eleventh hour by spirited and talented local volunteers following Lambeth Officer withdrawal. Actor Mark Rylance chaired a panel of celebrities, including Trudie Goodwin, to judge the well received ‘Woof Hall’ event. Either side of the dog show was a free Wuntanara African drumming and dance concert, and the 41st Lambeth Country Show. A huge ‘I heart Lambeth’ sign was installed in the park – which also retained its Green Flag status.

lambethAugust brought a change to Lambeth Parks staffing structure. Out went the dedicated Brockwell Park Manager and Park Education Officer posts. In came an Area Parks Manager post serving Brockwell and ten other parks in Herne Hill and Tulse Hill. The Park also welcomed back ‘Funky Breakers’ for a free afternoon of breakdancing workshops and hip hop showcase.

IMG_2010September’s spontaneous ‘Soul Train’, courtesy of local residents band ‘Soul Intent’ provided superb free entertainment for park users on a beautiful day in Park. This was followed by Third Thought’s ‘Invisible People’ – providing non intrusive free theatre performances to park users in the Walled Garden.

HHMFOctober’s Herne Hill Music Festival brought the curtain down on MADD for Brockwell Park with a wonderful free performance by the All Saints Concert Band.


IMG_2144November and December (now without the annual fireworks display) saw more vandalism to the shelters near Norwood Lodge, while demolition work progressed on the redundant Changing Block following a decision passed by BPCP stakeholders in 2014 The hardstanding will be retained for park uses.

So that was 2015. A largely difficult and a destructive year for the Park, brightened by some magical moments of community creativity for which we are very grateful to local volunteers and performers without whom this would not be possible. To volunteer in Brockwell Park please email us at: brockwellparkcommunitypartners@gmail.com

Brockwell Hall hosts community sports exhibition

A new collection of pictures were on display in the Picture Room at Brockwell Hall this weekend.

Curated by Director, Lee Dema, the photographs record young participants through 10 years of the St Matthew’s Project, which offers football and sports education to young people from St Matthew’s Estate and surrounding areas.

The St Matthew’s Project is one of Brockwell Park Community Partners stakeholder groups and this initiative was supported through the MADD for Brockwell Park programme.

St Matthew’s Project Exhibition at Brockwell Hall – 16th & 17th May 2015

MADDBrockwell Hall hosts a free photographic exhibition by the St. Matthew’s Project on the weekend of 16th and 17th May 2015, to celebrate and document ten years of the SMP in the local community working with young people. The exhibition will be open during Hall opening hours and is part of the MADD for Brockwell Park Programme


The SMP offers free, structured football and coaching sessions in safe, friendly environments such as Brockwell Park to young people from Lambeth aged from 6 to 21.

It also offers support off the pitch to the young people, including literacy and numeracy workshops.

Please come along to the exhibition and show your support for this important community initiative.

Tulse Hill’s finest Light Up Brockwell Park

FutebolLast month, The St. Matthew’s Project celebrated its tenth anniversary with a special dance performance – Futebol – by Light Up The House.

The event was part of the 2014 MADD (Music, Art, Drama and Dance) for Brockwell Park Programme.

Brixton Bugle has written a great feature about the work of The St Matthew’s Project, and the MADD Programme.

Read it here.

The St. Matthew’s Project celebrates tenth anniversary – Sunday 3rd August 2014

FutebolBrockwell Park marks another anniversary at 1pm this Sunday, 3rd August, with an urban dance, capoeira and football freestyling performance at the Peformance Space, Brockwell Hall, by Light Up The House.



The performance celebrates the tenth anniversary of The St Matthew’s Project (SMP), a community group which offers football and coaching sessions to young people aged 6 to 21 from disadvantaged backgrounds in Tulse Hill, SW2, in the friendly environment of Brockwell Park.

You will see SMP coaches Lee Dema and James Alexander on Saturday mornings on the ‘Tulse Hill’ side of the park encouraging and inspiring young people to fulfil their potential through football. The SMP has also initiated numeracy training for the young people at nearby Jubilee Community Hall.

SMP is kindly providing refreshments and encourages all park users to come to the dance performance on Sunday 3rd August and show their support for the SMP.