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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. 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! 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. 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 And finally if the above haven’t already exhausted you enough Love to Ride is starting Bike month in June... read more

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... read more

Pineapples, Pineapples, Pineapples

  What is it with Lambeth, Stockwell and Pineapples? Well in 1600’s John Tradescant who was botanist and importer brought Pineapples to the UK for the first time. His botanical garden was in Stockwell,  and included the ground that we now know as Larkhall Park. Now you know this,  you’re going to start seeing Pineapples all over Lambeth! This certainly was the case for some unsuspecting motorists on a sunny Saturday morning on Stockwell Road back in 2008. With funding from Arts Council England and European Union regeneration funding Stockwell Festival were given a grant for further outreach projects to support the annual Stockwell festival. Stockwell Festival worked with local Lambeth carnival arts company Mandinga Arts to create the costumes and Art Community Exchange a local arts company based in Brixton ran schools programme and co-ordinated the parade. Bureau of Silly idea also based in Brixton made the Pineapple car. Everyone gathered at Stockwell Primary School.  The local bloco samba carnival band created the soundtrack and then the pineapple parade too to the street with the support of the festival stewards and local met police officers. People joined in along the way and all arrived onto Larkhall Park to enjoy a full day of music, food, theatre and lots lots more. I still remember standing on Larkhall Park at 12:30 having just got the festival open. Music was on the stage, people were milling around the festival site and stalls were open and slowly the festival was coming alive. Then in the far corner the procession burst onto the park and all of a sudden there were dancing pineapples... read more

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