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Denny Garden Party

A quick reminder that we are having the annual summer party in the communal garden this Saturday, 15th August, from 2.30pm.  All residents and friends are invited.  Please bring some drink and food to share.  Hope to see you there.

Denny Garden Party

Denny Garden Ltd. will be having our second annual summer get together on Saturday, 15 August in the garden itself.

We’ll be kicking off at 2:30.  If you’re interested in helping out or would like to bring a particular dish, just make a note to David Tinney and pop it into the letterbox at number 6 Denny Street or post a comment below.  We will try to coordinate if too many people want to bring the same thing.

Look forward to seeing you there!

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Cast your mind back to August last year and this Denny Garden blog post about the work being done at the time to the streetlights and our observation that our attractive York flagstones were being dug up.  At the time we were given reassurances that any stones removed would be “replaced with a like-for-like surface material”.  As many of you have observed, the concrete or tarmac that was in fact used is not at all an equivalent.

Initial calls to the contractor led to partial reasssurances about some of these being “temporary” fixes, however it has proved necessary to bring in the Conservation and Urban Design Team of Lambeth Council to force any actual action some 10 months later.  We have the tenacity of Scott at number 15 (Street) to thank for this.  He has done the rounds of the various teams at Lambeth, and has been persistent in applying pressure to ensure that the council makes the effort needed on our behalf to negotiate through the web of contractors and sub-contractors responsible for this.

The council has now visited the Street and Crescent with the relevant contractor.  The Conservation Team was of the opinion that the removed flagstones have not been replaced like-for-like.  The contractors have therefroe agreed to replace all of the stones affected by the lighting work to York stone.  They do not have a start date as yet, but we are assure that it will be done.

Trades

At the AGM we discussed the sharing of recommendations of local tradespeople and, in the circulated minutes, we asked for contributions of recommendations that we could compile and share.  Unfortunately, not many of these were forthcoming.  Perhaps we are all in need of these recommendations more than we thought!  However the Kennington Association has come to the rescue with its own list of exactly this: local tradespeople, as recommended by its members.

You can access this very useful resource here.

The way this is laid out, you will have to scroll through a few pages (“Older Posts”) to find what you are looking for; nonetheless it is a useful resource and no doubt more comprehensive than we would ever have managed on our own.

If you are a freeholder of a house on the stretch from numbers 5 to 15 Denny Street, or anywhere around Denny Crescent you will be aware that each of these properties contributes to the cost of the upkeep of the shared Denny Garden.  This is facilitated through Denny Garden Ltd., in which each of the aforementioned properties has 1 share.

In this regard, an Annual General Meeting of shareholders is taking place on Tuesday 12th March 2009 at 7.00pm at 6 Denny Street.  If you are a shareholder in Denny Garden Ltd., please come along and have your say as we discuss what has been spent on the garden this year, the state of the finances and any proposals for next year.

Light refreshments will be served after the meeting for those wishing to stay for a chat, so there is a social element too.

Joseph & Grace Smith

We have been contacted by a lady called Jeanette who is keen make contact with any local residents that might remember her grandparents, Joseph and Grace Smith, who some years ago lived at number 20 Denny Street.  Jeanette has been in touch with the current occupants and is now trying to find anyone else who might have known her grandparents or who might have old photographs of the area (she is aware of the Lambeth Archive).

If anyone is able to help Jeanette out they can contact her at: janandgeoff236@btinternet.com

You might be interested in two upcoming meetings where our local area will be discussed.

The first of these is The Kennington Association’s AGM on Monday 20th October to be held at 6.30 for 7.00pm at The Little Apple pub, 98 Kennington Lane.  More details can be found if you click here.

The second is a meeting of the Kennington, Oval & Vauxhall Forum on Monday 27th October to be held at 6.30 for 7.00pm at The Redfearn Centre, 329 Kennington Lane.  Not sure what the “Kennington, Oval & Vauxhall Forum” is although we think it is Lambeth Council related.  Two email enquiries to Lambeth Council have yet to yield a response to this question.  We will update the blog when we hear, or perhaps if anyone knows then they can comment.

Agenda items include: Vauxhall Supplementary Planning Document Consultation (Clive Fraser), Spring Gardens Framework Meeting (Derrick Prentice), Future Kennington (Debbie Hunter) and Kennington, Oval & Vauxhall Forum future development.