Edmundsbury Court Estate Tenants & Residents Association
Edmundsbury Community Hall, 171 Ferndale Road, London SW9 8FQ
Mon-Sun: 9am-10pm
16 Jul 2018

Ferndale Safer Neighbourhoods panel meeting

Your Safer Neighbourhoods Team (SNT) is a group of Met police officers dedicated to serving your community. The team is made up of officers based in your area (or ‘ward’), supported by additional officers from the wider area.

We work closely with local authorities, community leaders and residents to decide our policing priorities for the area. This helps us to find useful, long-term solutions to local problems, while maintaining our wider focus on reducing crime across London.

The Next Ferndale Ward Panel Meeting will be held at 7pm on Monday 30th July in the Edmundsbury Court Estate Community Hall at 171 Ferndale Road, SW9 8FQ

We will be having an input from some colleagues from Roads and Transport Policing who would like to tell you about their new Community Road Watch Team and are hoping for some volunteers to assist with the work they are doing. Have a look at the following link which outlines some of the work they do and feel free to bring along any neighbours or friends who you think may be interested in hearing more about their project


If anyone would like anything added to the Agenda please let me know

Sadly this will be my final Panel Meeting as I will be stepping away from Neighbourhood Policing in the near future – I hope to see as many of you as possible at the Meeting

Kind Regards

Julie-Anne Cockburn  PC 284LX  Lambeth Central
Ferndale Dedicated Ward Officer

Metphone 789581   Telephone 020 7161 9584
Mobile 020 8721 2774
Address 4-6 Clement Avenue, Clapham SW4 7TY

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05 Apr 2018

2018 AGM – May 14th 7pm

All Residents are warmly invited to attend our Estate TRA’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Monday 14th May 7-9pm in our Community Hall

The AGM is where you get to put yourself forward to lead the Tenants and Residents Association or vote for its officers:

  • Chair – the person who leads and directs the TRA and chairs the meetings
  • Secretary – the person who records what goes on in the meetings (writes the ‘minutes’), and looks after the website and social media
  • Treasurer – looks after the bank account and keeps the income and expenditure organised
  • Vice-Chair – assists the chair in leading the TRA

All this is done in accordance with the TRA’s Mission Statement and Constitution (the rules that govern how the TRA is run).

At the AGM all officers stand down, and Lambeth Council officers oversee the election for the new people, or those wishing to stand again. At this year’s AGM, the Chair and the Vice-Chair are not standing again, and the Secretary has already moved away from the estate.

We will need 3 new people to continue the TRA! 

If you’re reading this – then you should seriously consider standing. Without three people taking the leadership role – there will be no TRA. You can be a council tenant, private leaseholder or a sub-letter. There are four resident meetings a year – and everyone is informed and invited.

The TRA’s income comes from hiring out the Community Hall – which we are very lucky to have (not all TRA’s are so fortunate). We use the Hall for our own events (Keep Fit, Meetings, Youth Club), and hire it out for resident parties and to other organisations, like the NHS, for meetings.

The income that comes from the Hall is used for its maintenance and upkeep, and also for TRA events, such as: Summer Coach Trip, Children’s Pantomime, Summer BBQ.

Another part of the role of the TRA leadership is to represent the residents in dealing with the Council and its Contractors. You could put yourself forward to be on the Area Board, influencing all Lambeth’s Council’s housing, or attend the quarterly police panel to bring issues of community safety.



We’ve had many accomplishments over the year.


  • Keep Fit organised by Cherlyn, is the mainstay event of Edmundsbury – the weekly group meets every Tuesday at 7pm with different teachers who make exercising fun and exciting. Their recent WhatsApp group gives them weekly reminders, tips and motivation.
  • Summer Coach Trip also organised by Cherlyn, is always a sell-out. Last year a coach load of residents, friends and family, visited Margate.
  • Girl’s Friendly Society Youth Club, started by Bryony this year, meets every Wednesday in the Hall at 5pm.
  • Summer BBQ was a great event again this year – organised by Bryony and Lois, Esther – we’re already looking forward to this year’s!
  • Hanging Baskets make our estate look even better in the summer – and the annual planting event is such a great day – we didn’t have so many people turn out this last year as we do normally, so we’re hoping for a big crowd this year.
  • Community Gardening Brian and Kajsa consistently do wonderful work in the vegetable garden, and are supported by a community gardener funded by Lambeth. Gardening is a wonderful activity, suitable for all ages, if you’ve never done it before, or are an experienced gardener, join the monthly gardening group. This year they have plans for new green houses behind the community hall.
  • Block Painting was, for me, the best event of the year. Not only did it make the biggest difference to the look of our estate – it was also the most fun I had.
  • Leaseholder’s Group met for the first time, and sought legal advice on Lambeth’s bills.
  • Christmas Carol Concert in the community hall with the vicar of St Paul’s leading the proceedings with participation from many families and children on the estate.
  • Edmundsbury Social WhatsApp group – had some great evenings at the Duke of Edinburgh and other venues (see Bryony to join the group).

Dan does a great job in opening up the hall and making sure it’s warm and organised for the dozens of events we host every week.


  • Outdoor Gym installation was a great success, despite some initial reservation. It blended in well with the garden, once the grass had grown back, and was used every day during the summer last year – especially by a couple of very dedicated residents who got together every morning.
  • Community Hall Renovation is currently underway – with new flooring, windows, kitchen. We are very grateful for the funding we got from Lambeth Council for this, which will make the hall everything we wanted it to be.
  • Tree Pruning at the back of Fosbury and Dalbury House.

Projects in the Pipeline

  • Cycle Storage has been scoped out and Chris is working with Estate Pride to get this installed.
  • Estate Action Plan produced by Samantha Stewart, sets out the resident agreed focus for the estate maintenance. We’ve put the number-pad activated gates at the front of the estate as our main priority, to prevent fly-tipping, outsider parking, drug-users and other anti social behaviour on the estate. Other essential repairs that Lambeth need to complete are: metal grills and doors at the top of the stairwells that bang in the storms and let water in; Cowls on vent pipes on roof that left water in; Damp; Rat holes; Cracked gables on front of blocks.
  • Greenhouse to support our gardeners, at the back of the community hall.


  • Monty won best private garden in the Annual Lambeth Pride Awards

My Four Years

I‘ve been chair for four years and this year I stand down. I not only put a lot of time into the estate and its people, but have got so much out of it too! Who would thought I would get into gardening and be part of a garden which won ‘Best Food Growing Project of the Year’? My farming family were quite surprised when I announced this to them, being a ‘soft city person’. I was also very pleased to win Resident of the Year for setting up the Lambeth TRA Network, and helping other estates with their projects and issues.

When I was elected chair, I had never attended a TRA meeting before, and didn’t know what a TRA was for or what it did (or didn’t) do! It was great to think about how to actively go about improving our estate, our homes, our experience of living at Edmundsbury. The best bit was to get to know all the neighbours. I know many people in London like to keep themselves to themselves, and I had done that for 15 years. Having been thrown in at the deep-end, I have come out with some truly lovely friends.

I set up a web site, a private Facebook Group, Twitter, and published a monthly newsletter for a while. Cherlyn and I upgraded the Community Hall, ordered new furniture. I established an online booking system for people to hire the community hall – which enabled us to take payment cards and get rid of cash. I installed fast broadband wi-fi in the hall. We built the Edible Garden, and planted some areas under two trees. I planted saplings from the Woodland Trust, and planted hundred of bulbs that were donated. We had a film club. I worked with Monica to set up the After School Club, which I hope will start up again next September. I worked with Estate Pride to get the children’s playground renovated, and with Lambeth to trim the trees. I participated in the Tai Chi that ran for a year, that Cordelia organised, and worked with Cherlyn to take children to a Christmas Pantomime. I introduced the annual Christmas Carol Concert, which was a great way to reach out our wider community and involve St Paul’s opposite the estate.

I got to run several really useful and well-attended workshops in our community hall, or on other estates or Pop Brixton: Dealing with vulnerable residents, Build your own website; A Guide to Lambeth Repairs Process; Training and Courses available Free to Lambeth Residents; How to apply for Grants; How to start events for Young People.

Working with Lambeth Council was also very enjoyable, if not challenging at times. But it proved to be way more rewarding than I expected. Meeting the decision-makers, finding out how things actually work, meeting people like Ivor (who sadly passed away last year) who encouraged me to build the garden, and Mark, who gave us the money to renovate the hall, and Maria from comms… I got to chair the Clapham Area Housing Forum, to attend the quarterly police panels, speak at other estate’s AGMs, attend the annual Tenant’s Conference and run a workshop there, attend courses, and be invited to award presentations and ceremonies that Lambeth Council were nominated for.

For two years we turned our AGM into the ‘Edmunds Awards’, acknowledging residents for amazing work they had done.

It’s been a very rewarding time for me, I’ve learned a lot, it’s given me great confidence and been a fascinating journey of discovery, positive action and I’ve received some awards and some wonderful acknowledgement. I’ll look back at this four years and feel it was all worth it.

I heartily encourage residents to get involved in the TRA, to stand for election at this year’s AGM – its full of surprises and rewards, and you have us all supporting you, helping and encouraging you.


24 Nov 2017

Girls Friendly Society relaunches in Brixton

This is an article from the Brixton Blog: http://www.brixtonblog.com/girls-friendly-society-relaunches-in-brixton/48414

Girls Friendly Society (GFS) has recently re-launched its Brixton group for girls and young women at The Edmundsbury Estate Community Centre on Ferndale Road.

The group which opened its doors on Wednesday 8 November 2017, offers opportunities for young women aged 10-17 to meet new friends, take part in new activities and gain new skills.

Girls Friendly Society  was established in 1845 in partnership with the Anglican Church. It has a long  history  of providing opportunities for girls and young women since 1845 – with the first project starting in Brixton.

Girls Friendly Society leader Bryony LongBryony Long (right), the Brixton group leader said: “We brought the group back to our roots this year and have recently moved home! We are now based at the Edmundsbury Community Centre and run sessions every week on Wednesdays 5:30pm – 7pm (term-time only).

Bryony says she was inspired to volunteer by the women in her life – bosses, family members and friends – who have helped her grow. With her team of volunteers, she wants to support young women in the local community.

She said: “There’s never been a more exciting time to be a woman; strong female leaders and grassroots activists are campaigning against sexism, pay inequality and reproductive rights on a global scale.

“At GFS Brixton, we believe young women will change the world. We exist to provide a safe and fun space for girls to be themselves, make friends and to pass on the tools they need to grow to their full potential. We also have funding to support young women to receive a leadership award so it could make a huge difference in their lives”.

Find out more about GFS Brixton here.

24 Nov 2017

Edmundsbury Sunday Social

Bryony invited residents to come for a Sunday Social last week at the Duke of Edinburgh pub opposite. We had a great time, as you can see – and a good turn out. We all got to meet people we hadn’t met before, and got to know each other.

Everyone gave their mobile number to Bryony who has created a What’s App Group – so people can keep in touch and organise other social events. If you would like to be invited, join the What’s App group called ‘The Edmunds’ by What’s Apping Bryony Long (ask Jonathan for her number, as I don’t want to put it on a public website!).

12 Sep 2017

Paint the Blocks – this weekend!

On Saturday and Sunday the TRA needs YOU to volunteer to help us paint the Blocks.

We are painting the exterior masonry blue paint.

TRA volunteers will attempt to paint the ground floor on Saturday and Sunday 16th & 17th September. We shall be supported by two professional painters who will direct us in how to rub down and clean the areas as well as paint. A jet-wash has been booked for this week for the ground floors.

If you have a balcony, then the TRA can give you the blue paint and instructions (if needed) to do it yourself. If you are unable to paint your balcony by yourself, please let the TRA know, and we’ll put together a booking sheet for people who require assistance – and if we have enough volunteers, we’ll come around and paint your balcony.

We’ve matched the blue paint – so if some people paint their balconies and others don’t – then it won’t stand out as much as if we chose a different colour.

We also have some fire-retardant cream paint for the corridors – not enough to repaint the whole communal areas, but if you have a particularly bad wall or area, we can provide paint or touch it up for you.

We asked the Council if they scheduled painting, and they said there is no longer a percentage of your service charge that goes into regular redecoration. If they painted the flats for us, they would charge us (and their service charges are sometimes more expensive than hiring contractors yourself).

Please – we need as much support as possible to get these flats looking nice. The posters have been up in every block for a month – so everyone has been informed. If you can’t make this weekend, but can do next weekend or the weekend after – then please contact the TRA as we may be able to put another group together. This is something that will benefit everyone, and even an hour or two from everyone will really help.

10 May 2017

Are you concerned about Clean Air?

Brixton Road breached its annual air pollution limit only five days into the new year this year (2017).

Levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) on Brixton Road repeatedly breached the EU limit, according to research by King’s College London.

EU law states that the average hourly level of NO2 must not exceed 200 micrograms per cubic metre more than 18 times a year. KCL, which runs the London Air Quality Monitoring network, found that Brixton road exceeded this annual limit 19 times in the first five days of 2017. At one point, NO2 levels were nearly double the legal limit.

Christophe questioned Councillors Sally Prentice and Paul McGlone at our AGM. Sally said that pollution was literally killing us in Brixton. Paul pointed out that Lambeth by itself could not sort out the problem – we need to deal with pollution across the whole capital. Paul highlighted the work of environmental lawyers ClientEarth who took the government to court and forced them to publish their Clean Air Plan.

Monday 15 MAY 5pm-6pm

Bolney Meadow Community Centre, 31 Bolney Street, London, SW8 1EZ

Cabinet meetings are held in public, but members of the public can only ask questions by putting in a request before the meeting.

To view details of this meeting use the link: http://moderngov.lambeth.gov.uk/ieagenda.aspx?M=9759

10 May 2017

Housing Surgeries

Samantha Stewart, our housing officer, will be holding weekly surgeries in the kitchen of the Community Hall for anyone with complaints, concerns and suggestions about their homes or the estate.

The dates are:
Wednesday 5 July 10am-1pm
Wednesday 12 July 10am-1pm
Wednesday 19 July 10am-1pm
Wednesday 26 July 10am-1pm
Wednesday 9 August 6:30-8pm
Wednesday 9 August 10am-1pm

Please come along – no need to book.

07 Dec 2016

Christmas Eve Carol Service 4-5pm

Join us in the Community Hall on Christmas Eve 4-5pm to celebrate Christmas with traditional carols and readings. Followed by mince pies and mulled wine.

If you can sing and would like to be in a small choir, and can spare 1 hour for a rehearsal, please email jharbourne@mac.com. We are looking for 8 people to do the readings – especially children.


Draft programme: Christmas Carol Service

23 Nov 2016

Free children’s Pantomime: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Saturday December 17th 10am leave for 11am start

Once again Edmundsbury Estate is taking the children to a Christmas Pantomime.
Last year we had a minibus to Croydon. The Fairfields Hall in Croydon is undergoing a £3m renovation and is currently closed.
So this year we’ve booked 15 tickets to The Shaw Theatre on the Euston Road – which is accessible easily by tube.

  • Edmundsbury Children Free
  • Edmundsbury Adults half price
  • All others £18 per person

Book by emailing or texting Cherlyn: 07951 577804 chez2083@hotmail.com
Pay in cash or with Paypal to edmundsbury@icloud.com (email your Paypal receipt to Cherlyn)


04 Nov 2016

How to be a successful TRA or community organisation

The Lambeth TRA Network invites you to meet with your fellow Tenants Associations and community leaders for an evening of Networking at Pop Brixton

49 Brixton Station Road, London, SW9 8PQ – www.popbrixton.org
on Tuesday November 22nd 7-9pm

Please join us at this fantastic venue to meet, share, learn and collaborate with community activators.

Guest Speakers:
Colin Crooks, CEO of Tree Shepherd, winner of Lambeth Community Pride Award for Innovation and Enterprise.
Nicholas Okwulu from Pem People ‘People Empowering People’.

Network with our other guests: Lambeth Adult Learning, Healthwatch Lambeth, Age UK Lambeth, Time4Lambeth, Urban Growth – more to come.

For more information on topics, guest speakers, contributors, activities and refreshments – please come back and visit this page or follow us on Twitter @LambethTRA or if you would like to be involved in this event, please email Angelie angelie_events@hotmail.co.uk or jonathan@lambeth.network.



Download a PDF flyer/poster: tra-network-poster-pop