Who is your Brixton local hero?

Written by on December 30, 2016 in Brixton People, Community, Local History, News - 2 Comments
Teri Bullen hanging her historic patchwork of revolutionary women – Change the World! At the Brixton Calling! Exhibition in the 198 Gallery in 2011. Picture: Stefan Szczelkun/Flickr/Creative Commons

Teri Bullen hanging her historic patchwork of revolutionary women – Change the World! At the Brixton Calling! Exhibition in the 198 Gallery in 2011. Picture: Stefan Szczelkun/Flickr/Creative Commons

Do you have a special Brixton person who should be remembered as a local hero in the Brixton Tate library?

Friends of Tate Library Brixton and Friends of Windrush Square are inviting you to celebrate your own Brixton Local Heroes on Tuesday 10 January at the library from 6 to 8pm.

“David Bowie is an icon, Olive Morris will never be forgotten.  Some of us still remember Alec Clunes who played Richard III; or even Clive Dunn of Dad’s Army,” say the organisers, who are also looking at the wider area of Lambeth.

“We owe much to Trevor Uprichard of West Norwood, supporter of Lambeth Parks in general and Brockwell Park in particular.

“We certainly should not forget the great Brian Bloice, a true Lambethan, founder member of Lambeth Local History Forum and long-term chair of the Streatham Society.

“Some of us did know Maurice Cockrill, RA, much-loved artist, well known and appreciated in Lambeth, even after he migrated his studio across the road to Southwark.”

The two friends groups have got together to offer everyone a chance to celebrate people they think were special for many worthwhile reasons and of great importance in their life and others.

They are talking about people like artist and campaigner Teri Bullen and Gillian George, Lambeth College lecturer and member of the Women’s Institute, and more who you would like others to know about.

The event will investigate a future ongoing display through a “Local Heroes” wall at the Brixton Tate Library.  Plans for a future commemorative image by local artist Pam Williams (who creates Eric the Fish for the Brixton Bugle) are under way.

You can take this opportunity to ensure that your community learns about your own special person or people by completing a postcard, available at the library, with your suggestions for local heroes and returning it to: c/o Friends of Tate Library Brixton, Tate Library Brixton, Brixton Oval, London SW2 1JQ; or email: foftlbrixton@gmail.com.

There will also be a free T-shirt painting; and badge-making workshops at the event (donations welcome to cover costs) which is organised in collaboration with Brixton Tate Library.

About the Author

Alan Slingsby moved to Brixton just as the 1981 uprising began. His nearest pub was the Effra and nearest off licence the Frontline — long gone in an earlier wave of closures of treasured community establishments. Has edited newspapers for the National Union of Students and National Union of Teachers. Now makes a living designing magazines and books and anything else people will pay him for.

2 Comments on "Who is your Brixton local hero?"

  1. John December 31, 2016 at 11:27 am · Reply

    Oh the manager of Foxtons for me, please! The man is an absolute sweetie and deserves an OBE for the way he went out of his way to help Clarissa and I find a lovely to-die-for 4 bedroom Scandinavian-inspired art deco studio apartment slap bang in the middle of up and coming Brixton. It was an absolute steal at only £3.5 million, and we’ve already doubled our money. Original Victorian bare brickwork and fireplaces, gorgeous wrought iron staircase and just-must-have flooring and furniture constructed from endangered Amazonian hard wood. Cassa John & Clarissa is a mere 5 mins from that quaint Brixton market where we love to walk round taking photographs before doing our weekly shopping on line with W/aitrose. In fact, is it possible to nominate the whole staff of Foxtons for this award? They’re wonderful people providing a sterling service to the local community.

  2. geraldine martick December 30, 2016 at 4:08 pm · Reply

    casey macglue,
    the man who stopped brockwell lido being turned into a carpark.

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