2017 TARA Big Lunch

The TARA Big Lunch 2017 will take place on Sunday, 18th June, from 12 to 4 in the northern end of Tradescant Road.  Please join us for a bite to eat and a chance to get to know your neighbours. Bring food and drink to share! This year it is a double celebration as it is Fathers’ Day! Tara window poster 1-page-001

Many thanks to Stephanie Waddell for generously allowing us to reproduce her beautiful painting of Tradescant Road on the leaflets and posters for this event. Thanks also to Kate Joseph for the design of leaflet and poster, and Mike Noy for arranging the organizing meetings and printing.

The Friends of Vauxhall Park are also holding their Summer Fair on that Sunday, from 2 to 5, we do hope that people will be able to spend time at both if they want to! Perhaps joining us for some food before it starts or coming back for the food and games (about 3.00) or entertainment (about 4.00).

If you would like to help with organizing the party, send a message to tara@tradescant.net or come on the day at 10.00 a.m. to help set up.

Begun in 2009, the Big Lunch is the UK’s annual get-together for neighbours organized by the Eden Project and funded by the National Lottery.  This year the celebration is also being linked to the Great Get-together – the Eden project website explains …

“What is The Big Lunch’s involvement with The Great Get Together?

Since its inception, The Big Lunch has been striving to create a ‘Thanksgiving day for neighbours’, to create opportunities for neighbours to come together. We felt that the ‘more in common’ values that Jo Cox advocated throughout her work echoed our own, and thus a partnership with The Great Get Together and the Jo Cox Foundation made sense. The anniversary of Jo’s death is 16 June, and The Great Get Together weekend that follows is all about furthering what we are all trying to achieve: community connections and stronger relationships.”





TARA Annual General Meeting 2016

Wednesday, 23 November 2016 at 8 p.m.

In the Ruby Lounge, upstairs at the Vauxhall Griffin, 8 Wyvil Road, London SW8 2TH

If you live in the TARA area or own a property there, do come to the TARA AGM to find out more about TARA, join (if you aren’t a member already – if you are, you can pay your subscription) and elect the officers (Chairperson, Treasurer, General Secretary, Communications Secretary) and the ordinary members of the committee. The current committee list is here: http://www.tradescant.net/officers/

2016 AGM leaflet

We have been distributing this leaflet to all the houses in the TARA area. Hopefully you have received one!


Afternoon Gin(ger ale), Cake and Ceilidh

Afternoon Gin(ger Ale), Cake and Ceilidh

Tradescant Area Residents Association Invites you to the Afternoon Gin(ger ale), Cake and Ceilidh.

The Wheatsheaf Hall – Saturday 22nd November from 3pm to 7pm

£8 (£10 non members)
bring along cakes and drinks
Please buy your tickets in advance – there will be no ticket sale at the door.
For tickets please e-mail: tara@tradescant.net or call Matt on: 07865043323

2014 TARA Big Lunch

The TARA* Big Lunch 2014 will take place Saturday 31st May 2014 from 12noon to 5pm.


The Big Lunch is a nationwide get-together for neighbours – an excuse to get to know people, try new things and have a party. The northern end of Tradescant Road will be closed to traffic and there will be a marquee and tables.  If you park on this road, please move you car elsewhere on the day, or you may find it trapped inside!

How does it work?

The Big Lunch is a bring-your-own barbecue lunch.  Bring your own main course (for the grill) and drink, and a side dish or dessert to share.  The organisers ask that you RSVP to biglunch@tradescant.net

What else is on?

There will be games like the intensely competitive egg and spoon race and the now-famous handbag toss. There will also be a cake-baking competition and auction; bring your best stuff and see how it rates.

There may well be a prize for the best fancy dress…

* TARA covers Tradescant Road, Walberswick Street, Meadow Place, Old South Lambeth Road, Heyford Terrace, Heyford Avenue and the western end of Dorset Road

TARA Freshview – 10 May 2014

Our TARA FRESHVIEW is coming up on Saturday 10th of May, 10:00am

You may be familiar with this event from previous years. If so, please just mark this day in your calendar and get your overalls ready!

If you are new to the area, this is a perfect opportunity to improve your street whilst spending a morning meeting some of your neighbours.

Jobs to be undertaken this year include tidying up and re-planting pavement planters and tree bases, repainting white front garden walls, building flower boxes, weeding and clearing large rubbish into skips provided by the council. But feel free to come along with anything else you can think of to improve the look of your street.

Meet up at 10am at the corner of Heyford Ave and Old South Lambeth Road (in front of what was Nacional de Londres) or at the corner of Tradescant Road and Walberswick Street on Saturday 10th May 2014 at 10:00am.

Do you have any spare/unwanted flower pots or troughs? Please bring them along

TARA Wild West Line Dance – Saturday 23 March 2013

Following hot on the heels of the hugely successful South Lambeth Ceilidh and Barn Dance comes the South Lambeth Wild West Line Dance.

Yes it’s another hoedown – but this time featuring Country & Western line dancing. As with the previous events there will be a caller to teach you the dances and a live band so no experience necessary (or desirable, come to that).

South Lambeth Wild West Line Dance.
Saturday 23rd March 2013 7.30pm-11.00pm
Wheatsheaf Hall, Wheatsheaf Lane, South Lambeth SW8 2UP

Bring your own drink and something for the buffet.

Prizes for the wild west’s best dressed.

Tickets are £10 (£8 for TARA members) in advance only.

Please buy your tickets from Trend Dry Cleaners, 123 South Lambeth Road, SW8 1XA (cash only)

or email tara@tradescant.net

TREND Opening Hours
Mon: 08:00 – 17:30
Tue: 08:00 – 17:30
Wed: 08:00 – 17:30
Thu: 08:00 – 14:00
Fri: 08:00 – 17:30
Sat: 08:30 – 17:30

Karaoke Kabaret – Friday 1st February 2013


TARA iIs proud to present the KARAOKE KABARET
at the South Lambeth Speakeasy in the Ruby Lounge, Vauxhall Griffin, Wyvil Road
Friday 1st February 2013  7.30 PM – late (arrive early if you want a seat)

It’s like karaoke, but with Stockwell musician Chris Dann to accompany you LIVE on piano or guitar. Or bring your own instrument. Or do a magic trick or some other entertainment

There will be a wide selection songs to choose from but feel free to bring sheet music or email your requests to tara@tradescant.net

BOOKING ESSENTIAL Tickets are £5 for TARA members (£6 for muggles)

To book email tara@tradescant.net


Cocktails & food available  DRESS: UP!



TARA General Meeting, 3-October

You are warmly invited to attend the Tradescant Area Residents’ Association’s Quarterly General Meeting next week, followed by our monthly pub social.  There’s a lot in the works – this meeting is not to be missed!

WHEN:   8pm, Wednesday, 3rd of October
WHERE: Ruby Lounge at the Vauxhall Griffin
8 Wyvil Road, SW8 2TH

What’s on the agenda:

Special presentation by Lambeth Planning on the Vauxhall Area Supplementary Planning Document (SPD).  This important document sets out the Council’s vision for the future of the area, and how it will shape development.  It has just been approved for consultation, and this is a great chance to make your opinion count.  Review the document in advance at www.lambeth.gov.uk/vauxhallspd

Find out what your Residents’ Association has been doing to make your neighbourhood safer and reduce crime.

Get involved with our upcoming autumn event.

You’ll also be asked to approve the minutes from the July meeting, which you can find here: http://www.tradescant.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/TARA-General-Meeting-Minutes-2012-07-04.doc

Photos from the Big Lunch 2012

Please add your photos to this slideshow by uploading your pictures to our flickr photo pool. Or if that’s too difficult, simply email them to biglunch@tradescant.net and we’ll do the rest!

Photos from the TARA Big Lunch – 2 June 2012

THANK YOU to everyone who came to the 2012 Big Lunch. What an amazing turnout, what great food and what delicious food. Also, we raised about £300 and only spent about £200 so on top of everything else, the TARA coffers have been swelled.

Thanks in alphabetical order go to

  • Andrew for the party music & organising the menus
  • Chris for organising the whole shebang
  • David for his tireless commentating work on the PA
  • Gary for his beautiful bunting
  • Kay for her amazing customised trophies
  • Mick for his wonderful sound system
  • Mike for sourcing the gazebos and tables
  • Matt for many things including
  • Matt & Mark for sourcing the raffle prizes
  • Penny for working the raffle table
  • Robb for the balloons and the barbecueing and beans in the jar
  • Roy and Joffrey for filling water balloons
  • Sally for her scrummy cake whose weight was guessed
  • Wheatsheaf Hall for the loan of the tables (thanks Julie and Angie)
  • We’re sure to have left people out. Sorry!

And especially to STEPH and TOM for organising all the fantastic games – egg & spoon, handbag-tossing and the rest. Fabulous.

Also thanks to

  • ASSA for trying to lend us a gazebo
  • Whoever made the second cake whose weight was also to be guessed

And in particular to our raffle prize sponsors (please visit them, support them and mention the street party so they do it again!):

FIRST PRIZE An amazing £100 meal at Rebato‘s – a South Lambeth institution and great friends to the TARA community. The best Spanishrestaurant and Tapas bar in London.They are in danger of having to close so please support them!  Rebato’s, 169 South Lambeth Road SW8 1XW  www.rebatos.com/home.htm

SECOND PRIZE Sunday Roast for two people plus a bottle of wine at the Vauxhall Griffin. They kindly let us hold our meetings in their lounge from time to time. Ale, food and an all-inclusive atmosphere.The Vauxhall Griffin, 8 Wyvil Road SW8 2TH www.thevauxhallgriffin.com

THIRD PRIZE A free delivery from Flowers For The Weekend. Each Thursday Tradescant Road resident Andrew delivers a selection of flowers fresh from New Covent Garden flower market to local residents. www.FlowersfortheWeekend.com

FOURTH PRIZE Free dry cleaning of a suit or frock at another South Lambeth institution – Trend Dry Cleaners. Trend Dry Cleaners, 123 South Lambeth Road SW8 1XA

FIFTH PRIZE A free starter and pizza at South Lambeth Road’s newest eaterie – Pizza Pazza. Pizza Pazza Restaurant, 145 South Lambeth Road SW8 1XN  www.pizzapazza.co.uk

SIXTH PRIZE A bottle of wine donated by the Canton Arms. The Canton Arms, 177 South Lambeth Road SW8 1X www.cantonarms.com

SEVENTH & EIGHTH PRIZES: Gunther’s BAGS. Two handmade bags by local tailor Guenter Werner Winkler (find him at Greenwich Market most Saturdays)

NINTH PRIZE: A goodie-bag donated by STARBUCKS Vauxhall. www.starbucks.co.uk/store/3099/


Wall fixed!

After many, many years, the wall outside Tradescant House on the south tine of Tradescant Road has finally been fixed.

TARA had highlighted the potentially dangerous masonry in its submission to the Neighbourhood Enhancement Programme and – via Tradescant House resident Deborah – as part of the Community Freshview project. Continue reading

Party in Albert Square – Monday 4th June 2012

As if one jubilee weekend party weren’t enough. TARA and ASSA have got together to bring you another one: the Jubilee Big Band and  Barbecue in Albert Square’s central garden.

This free party will take place on Monday 4th June from 7pm to 10pm. The Lewisham Wind Band will be provinding the music.

Everyone in the area is welcome to attend but do please email inquiriesassa@gmail.com so the organisers can get an idea of numbers.

Here are the details:

Monday 4th June 2012
7pm to 10pm.
The Jubilee Big Band and  Barbecue
Albert Square central garden

  • Optional dress code: Royalty / Coronation style
  • A barbecue will be available or bring your own picnic
  • Bring you own drink (and picnic rug, chair, umbrella or whatever other comforts you think you’ll need)
  • It’s free of charge but please email inquiriesassa@gmail.com  or call 07792 901295 so the organisers can get an idea of numbers.


Tradescant Road closed to traffic

The northern end of Tradescant Road (from the junction with Walberswick Street to the junction with South Lambeth Road) will be closed to traffic from 10am to 5pm on Saturday 2nd June for the Big Lunch. Please park your care elsewhere during these times to ensure  that there is plenty of room for the boisterous games. Based on last year’s experience you really do not want you car to be in the way of the handbag throwing contest. This road closure has been approved by the council. No cars will be allowed except for emergencies or access to disabled bays.

Bunting/Eurovision Party

Following the success of last year’s exciting social innovation, TARA is pleased to announce that the 2012 Bunting Party will take place on Saturday 26 May 2012 at 8pm at 19 Tradescant Road.  Help make bunting for the Tradescant Road 2012 Big Lunch and watch the Eurovision Song Contest at the same time. It’s hosted by Gary (of course) and you just need to bring some drink (and – if you have any – some scissors and/or scraps of material if you have any.