SCCoop and the Friends of Streatham Common are very excited to present Rookfest. The event will be held at the finest outdoor venue Streatham has to offer, the Rookery on Saturday July 1st from 11am- 10pm.
We have been working with the best record shop in Streatham, Turnstyle Records www.turnstylerecords.co.uk/ and deli –lama www.deli-lama.co.uk/ to bring you an amazing roster of musicians to suit every taste. All the acts have a strong local connection and are an eclectic mix of Folk, Jazz, Pop, Soul, World music, Americana and Indy.
The artists are performing for free to raise funds towards the upkeep of the Rookery. On the day you can also expect food and drink stalls from local suppliers including beer from Inkspot Brewery. The event also kicks off the Streatham Festival www.streathamfestival.com so what better way to start enjoying the best Streatham has to offer!
Tickets – Limited availability!
Due to our license at the Rookery we only have a limited amount of tickets available. Entrance will be available for a donation on the door. However if the Rookery fills up we will have to operate a one in, one out policy.
If you would like to guarantee entry to the event on the day, and bypass the queue, we have a limited number of fast-pass tickets available at £10 each (inc. VAT). Remember only these tickets will guarantee you and your guests entry on the day!
An Exhibition of Landscape Paintings & Drawings of Streatham Common and The Rookery
by Local Artist Nishad Karim
Saturday 29th July 2017
11:00am – 7:00pm on the top lawn by the main gates of the Rookery.
THIS IS A ONE DAY SHOWING!
The exhibition will be postponed to a later date in the event of rain.
Donations will be made to the Friends of Streatham Common.
Nishad Karim is a Trinidadian born artist and has been a teacher for the last 20 years. Nishad graduated with a B.A. Visual Arts ( First Class Hons.) from the University of the West Indies, Trinidad, but considers himself a self taught artist. He admires the works of Turner, Constable, Cezanne and Monet but he grew up studying the works of local Trinidadian artists such as Cazabon, MP Alladin and Boscoe Holder. He works in all media, with oils being his favourite. His canvasses are often highly textured as he expresses his joy of pressing and working the paint into cracks and crevices to get a variety of effects.
His interest with drawing, colouring and painting started at an early age, exploring still life and his natural outdoor environment which he has grown to love and appreciate immensely. He especially reminisces about the days when his father, a businessman and farmer, would take him fishing in the Caroni Swamp and how he was always amazed at the flora and fauna. This love inspired him to capture the atmosphere and mood of the Caribbean landscape with its scenic, lush tropical vegetation and vibrant colours.
Nishad is currently residing in London and works as a Learning and Teaching Leader/Art Coordinator at Rockmount Primary School in the Borough of Croydon. He is continually on a path of education and learning with regards to his teaching and his passion, art. Nishad is also a freelance photographer.
Enjoy a lovely relaxing evening summer walk through the common. Botanical expert, Tony Wileman, will lead a nature walk on Streatham Common identifying the wildflowers and other plants that he comes across.
Meet by the Rookery Cafe SW16 at 7.00pm. The walk will last for about two hours.
It is free but donations to the London Wildlife Trust will be welcome on the day.
A walk around the Common, led by Dr Iain Boulton of Lambeth Council, who will point out key features of, and facts about, the different tree species that can be found in the area.
You can see this event as not only a fun educational walk, but one that will be good for your health! Research shows that within minutes of being surrounded by trees and green space, your blood pressure will drop, your heart rate will slow and your stress levels will come down.
Meet by the Rookery Cafe at 2.00pm.
Free – but you can always make a donation if you enjoyed it!
For those that dont have access to a garden or balcony, or work long hours, or have young children – Streatham Common provides the perfect place for escape. Whether its hanging out in the playground or walking through the woods, laying in the long grass or kicking around a football – we all agree its a wonderful place to spend a sunny day.
The common hasn’t escaped the swinging cuts of the last few years and has lost around 70% of its funding. The FoSC volunteers & Sccoop work hard to make the most of what we have in way of volunteering and fundraising. They also spend a lot of time trying to negotiate with the Council to have things fixed, or even to have a rubbish collection. Everything is fought for.
But one thing we cannot control is litter. That is down to everyone of us who use the Common.
If taking a picnic, chilling out or using the Common for exercise – we ask that you leave no trace. The cuts mean that we only have a limited bin collection. The Common on busy days & weekends is unable to cope with the amount of litter left. The downside of this very much affects the environment in a number of ways.
Vermin numbers increase, attracted by leftovers. Foxes pull the bins out at night and the common in early light is strewn with rubbish. Food, Nappies, pizza boxes – its all a favourite among our unwelcome visitors – Rats.
Collected rubbish cannot be separated and recycled, which increases the costs on all of us through Council Tax.
Broken glass is a danger to children and pets.
Wild birds become starved by ingesting plastics and rubbish which doesn’t break down in their gut. Leftover scraps can also poison or choke dogs.
BBQ’s [which are not allowed] leaved scorched earth and destroy grasses. It is a particular concern as we are part of a designated Nature Reserve, the largest in Lambeth. And as they are usually too hot to move, they are left smouldering and already this year the fire brigade has been called on more than one occasion.
Love your Common. Take ALL your rubbish home with you. Recycle. And know you have invested, in a small way in protecting your Common and keeping it safe for your Community.
Green space everywhere is under attack. From development, from budget restrictions, from environmental impacts, from vandalism, from privatisation. We need our green spaces, for play, for peace, for health and for future generations to enjoy. The Common belongs to us all.
All sorts of skills are needed to keep on top of the work that the volunteers of the FoSc provide. Our Kite day is run entirely by volunteers and attracts people from all over the country, and some even travel from abroad to attend, such is the professionalism of the event and those who play apart in it. Bird walks and nature trails are great fun & educational for the volunteers and attendees alike. It brings you closer to the common. But have you got something you know about? Do you see something missing that could enhance and sustain the Common through into another century? A transferable skill…a particular knowledge…..something that you think the community might enjoy?
Come and talk to us.
We need to think outside the box on how we raise funds, on how we preserve, on how we educate others on how special this place is. New ideas are welcome. Especially from young people. You are the future of this common and it needs safe hands to pass it into. You are not expected to give up a lot of time, just now and again when we need a spare pair of hands or a voice where we need to be heard. But if you want to give more – we would love that!
Streatham Common Kite Day is run entirely by volunteers through the Friends of Streatham Common. If you would like to help support Kite Day and the continued maintenance of our Common, please text KITE17 £5 to 70070 to donate £5 to the Friends of Streatham Common