This is community website working to support Lavender Hill, a neighbourhood of shops, restaurants and small businesses in Battersea. We have no political affiliation, but promote the street and support development that can improve Lavender Hill and its surroundings. We take a keen interest in projects and developments that could make the street a more welcoming environment, and help local businesses thrive. The website also covers a scattering of local history and general curiosities, and we’re always open to tips on things worth posting about. The reason we also go by the name Lavender Hill for Me, which is a reference to the refrain in Lavender Hill, a celebrated (but little known) 1968 song by The Kinks.
A few neighbouring community groups & sites –
We have a very local focus, but we’re lucky to be in an area with several community groups and local societies, as well as some active discussion groups, several of which have some interest in Lavender Hill. Here’s a non-exhaustive list –
Clapham Junction Action Group – Campaigning and reporting on issues affecting the area as a whole, with an impressive campaign record on stopping overly large new developments in the Clapham Junction area. While we have a more local focus than CJAG we unsurprisingly have many common interests (and indeed some common contributors) so you’ll often find us talking about similar things.
Battersea Society – Long established membership society with a strong track record dating back to the 1970s, focussing on the past, present and future of Battersea, with a recently refreshed website. The society has an active and well-informed interest in planning and development issues, with a long track record of activity including the early days of Battersea Square, and also organises a programme of talks and events.
The Junction – the site of the Clapham Junction Business Improvement District, delivering strategies and innovative projects to improve the trading environment for businesses, the shopping experience for residents and visitors, and to drive tourism – all within a safe and welcoming environment while benefitting from opportunities to coordinate activity and save money (who are also very active on twitter).
What Next Wandsworth, a group and local network for people working in or interested in the arts (also on twitter & facebook). The group currently meets every month online, and produced the Wandsworth Arts Map (pdf), an artist-designed map highlighting fifty local venues that offer range of arts, activities and entertainment, as well as places for learning.
Friends of Clapham Common – Working to protect and improve Clapham Common, as an active environmental group of some 500 members, and running projects to improve the biodiversity of the Common and restore its buildings and facilities
The Wandsworth Society – A non-political community environment group, formed in 1971 with a focus on Wandsworth’s buildings, open spaces, rivers and transport – in some ways the sister of the Battersea Society. As you might expect for locations so close, the Wandsworth Society has many common interests with CJAG and us.
And a few active local discussion groups –
Nextdoor – As ever, the local activity is dominated by people looking for trustworthy plumbers and reports of stolen bicycles and lost cats – but it’s also quite active on community issues, which is why we post links to some of our articles on Nextdoor where they may be of wider interest.
Nappy Valley Net – Very active community website covering everything from schools to plumbers, with a sideline in local developments, retail and supporting local traders. NappyValley was initially focussed on mums in the Northcote Road area but has considerably broadened both its membership and geographical scope to include the Lavender Hill area – indeed, don’t be surprised if you see some of our reports featured on Nappy Valley’s news section.
And sources of local updates –
Newsie is a local news aggregator – covering CJAG, Wandsworth Council, and others as well as their in-house reports. Well worth following if you want to be up to date (many of our posts are also reported via Newsie) – especially as we don’t currently run a Twitter feed of our own.
South London press. Probably our last notable local newspaper, after the Wandsworth Guardian was subsumed in to the wider Newsquest empire, renamed the Wandsworth Times, and lost much of its more local content. The South London Press is based in Charlton, partly funded by donations, and does actually have reporters and covers proper local news. It’s distributed fortnightly in paper form in a variety of local locations.
For those who only read our (very occasional) local history posts, or with a wider London interest –
853 – an impressively thorough site focussed on Greenwich and south east London, in many ways the replacement for some of the local newspapers we’ve lost.
Diamond Geezer – the most comprehensive mostly-London-based blog of them all, going back to the early days of blogs and well worth a detour. Daily at 7am, and (unusually) anonymous, its author makes no pretence of being a local news site but does in practice cover a lot of local interest issues in some detail, with impressively wide coverage (with a particular focus on the Bow area).
Summerstown182 – Summerstown’s the area near the old greyhound stadium between Earlsfield and Wimbledon, and stands out the quality and depth of content on their website! Local history, points of interest, and latterly lockdown self-guided walks right across the area.
Brixton Blog and Brixton Buzz. Only Brixton could really have two separate quality local sites, they’re both admirably detailed, with slightly different focus. Brixton Blog is a not-for-profit social enterprise published by Brixton Media, a Community Interest Company supported by local advertising; while Brixton Buzz is a volunteer-driven and completely non commercial site (funded to a significant degree by reader donations) – coupled with an active discussion forum – that has its origins in Urban75, a pioneering Brixton-based website that goes back to the early days of the internet.