EventLambeth Update October 2020

Following the various announcements around COVID-19 guidance and legislation EventLambeth wanted to ensure that we provided updated information for event organisers going forward. There has been a minor operational change in our processes where for ALL new event applications we consult with colleagues in the Public Health team to agree whether an application should be taken forward to stage 2 or declined at stage 1. This is to save the time and money that can be spent in planning the initial stages of an event if there is a clear steer that it cannot be accepted under current guidance. Prior to an event permit being issued the event will be presented back to the Health Protection Board to highlight any local issues or further changes that would impact the event taking place. Further information on the processes for event applications can be found in our Events Policy 2020 – 2025. We are accepting applications at present. Each application will be assessed under current legislation and as above in consultation with Lambeth Public Health. Any application lodged is done so at the applicant’s risk should the application be taken forward through the processes there is the risk that circumstances, legislation or guidance may change meaning that the event cannot take place. If this happens EventLambeth will work with the organiser around identifying other dates to postpone to. Lambeth council is not liable for any costs incurred. There are some applications that will not be considered at the moment – these are ones which have the potential to create a crowd or gathering without management of social distancing, the rule of...

Government Guidance from DCMS update for Outdoor and Indoor Events 10 July 2020

Current Situation Government announcement from DCMS made on the evening of Thursday 9th July set out a list of detailed objectives and some guidance. Licensing Authorities are asked to “avoid issuing licenses for events that could lead to larger gatherings forming and provide advice to businesses on how to manage events of this type. If appropriate, the Government has powers under ​schedule 2​2​ of the Coronavirus Act ​2020 ​to close venues hosting large gatherings or prohibit certain events (or types of event) from taking place.” Until such time that more detailed event or public gathering specific guidance has come from Government and Public Health England then Lambeth Events team will not be permitting any new events to take place without adhering to the DCMS current guidance. EventLambeth will only consider events which can demonstrate they meet the following requirements. Lambeth Council requirements may change should there be further guidance from the Government and Public Health England. Current Government Guidance Social Distancing must always be maintained Reviewing capacity in our venues and open spaces Reviewing entrance, exits and hygiene facilities Reviewing the health & safety provisions to maintain government guidance Restriction on singing and playing of wind / brass instruments for professionals only Social interactions should be limited to a group of no more than two households (indoors and out) or up to six people from different households (if outdoors). It is against the law for gatherings of more than 30 people to take place in private homes (including gardens and other outdoor spaces). Events in public outdoor spaces that are organised by businesses, charitable or political organisations, and public bodies, provided they take reasonable steps...

Vauxhall Gay Club has PhD

After running every Saturday night at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern for 25 years until the lockdown kicked in, Duckie, the South London gay club and cabaret night, has joined forces with Queen Mary University of London and launched “Duckie in the Community,” a PhD on the club’s work. And so welcome Dr Duckie – aka ex-journalist Ben Walters – a self-described “in house bent boffin” who has spent 5 years examining the work of Duckie and written a hefty 100,000-word dissertation on the legendary LGBTQ clubnight and its ancillary projects. When it’s ambition prompted an upgrade from gay clubs in Vauxhall, Duckie started to take itself seriously as a legitimate arts company and developed a programme of unusual events, inventive large scale club nights and ambitious interactive theatre shows.  In order not to be ghettoised, it also spread its wings and began to serve an audience outside its core Vauxhall gay clubbers.  This new programme included making cabaret shows for the over 70s, creating arts drop ins with homeless people in hostels in Lambeth and setting up a QTIBPOC youth theatre. But long-term fans of its infamous Saturday night residency need not fear, as it plans to return to the RVT when the current health crisis is over, and restrictions for pubs and clubs are relaxed.  If there is a future for Vauxhall “bentertainment” after the lockdown Duckie hopes to be at its centre and is planning to survive and thrive for another 25 years into the future. To read the Dr Duckie PhD or watch a 60 minute talk about the research, go to duckie.co.uk/drduckie Both photos below...

Ideas for the Weekend – Keeping Fit!

With some of our usual outlets for exercise curtailed in recent months (anyone else missing the chance to go for a swim?) and many having to stay indoors to look after others or protect themselves we wanted to bring you some ideas of ways to keep fit while indoors or maintaining social distancing.  As we are not experts in this field (though we do know a lot about fields) we spoke to our lovely colleagues in the Lambeth Sports team to find out what they’d advise people to try.  Below are a selection of different ways to keep fit inside and outside of the house! Hopefully there is something for everyone, Sport England Join the Movement page is full of links to activities people can do at home. https://www.sportengland.org/jointhemovement#get_active_at_home The NHS Active 10 is an app which encourages you to do 10 minutes of exercise a day- did you know that even walking briskly counts! https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/active10/home The NHS Couch to 5k a classic! Some of the Events Team have been giving it a go with varying degrees of success.  Some of us have downloaded the app (that counts right?), while others are racing around the streets of Lambeth! When you get to the 5K don’t forget there are the fabulous free Parkruns in Brockwell Park and Clapham Common.  https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/couch-to-5k-week-by-week/ Another offer from the NHS – Strength and Flex exercise plan this is a 5-week plan consisting of a series of equipment-free exercises designed to improve strength and flexibility https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/strength-and-flex-exercise-plan/ And finally if the above haven’t already exhausted you enough Love to Ride https://www.lovetoride.net/uk is starting Bike month in June...

Idea for the Weekend – Egg Box Seedlings

Following on with this week’s theme of green and reuse of things that might be thrown away this weekend we have a fun activity that will help you bring greenery to your home!  You will need: Egg Carton (s) Soil Seeds Used Coffee grounds or Tea leaves (optional) Water EventLambeth is having a go at using egg cartons for seedling containers – this is a great way of sprouting seeds which can then be potted out later.  We have saved the Chili and Pepper seeds from recent cooking, but you can use other vegetables or fruit (if you tried last week’s Apple Crumble you could use the apple pips) and flowers for a splash of colour. If you have coffee grounds mix with the soil and then fill the “cups” of the egg carton 4/5 full.  then add your seeds (3 or 4 per cup spread out depending on the seed size you might want to put fewer in there for example the Nasturtiums are large seeds so only one per cup). Cover with soil and water well.  As egg cartons are porous, they soak up the water which will help to keep the soil damp. It’s a good idea to pop it in a waterproof container – you can also then put water in the container so that the moisture is maintained (not too much!).  Pop them on a sunny windowsill and watch for sprouts.  Your seedlings will be ready to pot out after around 8 weeks – have a look out for how much water they are taking in and the size of the plant (wider and...