Doggy Splash Day 13th October 2019 11:00

Doggy Splash Day 13th October 2019 11:00

The day all dogs wait for in their furry calendar. So lovely to watch dogs go wild in the surf…well at least the pool anyway! All gets very excitable. Humans allowed in also if you are well behaved.

From 11.00am until 5.00pm in the paddling pool. A chance for all dogs to splash around in the pool before it closes down for the year. Non dog owners welcome to come and watch the fun.

A donation is requested with monies raised going towards supporting the Childrens paddling pool at the top of the Common for 2019


The event is run entirely by volunteers so even if you are not a member and just a dog lover – we welcome any help you can give us on the day to steward the event. Please contact us at


Scruffs Dog Show 8th September 2019 12:00

Scruffs Dog Show 8th September 2019 12:00

Friends of Streatham Common are hosting ‘Scruffs’ Fun Dog Show on Streatham Common. This years theme is Horror Movies! 

Registration opens 12pm and costs £1.50. Starts at 1pm.
All proceeds go to Friends of Streatham Common and Pets as Therapy.

John Rhodes has run the dog show for 20 years now. He has worked tirelessly for both Pets as therapy and the FoSC. Lets give him some payback this year. We need volunteers. So any dog lovers out there. please let us know ASAP!

The annual fun show for dogs of any age, shape or size, now in its 21st year! We have the following categories
Cutest Puppy
Prettiest Bitch
Handsomest Dog
Best Rescue
Best Veteran
Parade of PAT Dogs
7 Legged race
Dog and Spoon Race

On the Common opposite the cafe.  From 12.00 until 5.00pm.

Bat Walk: Friday 13 September 2019 @ 19:30

Bat Walk: Friday 13 September 2019 @ 19:30

A perfect night out for a spooky Friday 13th and if  you are a fan of ‘What we do in the shadows’ series. Join Dr Iain Boulton for an evening walk & talk about one of our very popular residents, the much misunderstood bat. Now protected, they are a small but important pollinator & pest controller for our common.

Free, but booking is essential.
Book your place at

Meet at the Rookery Cafe at 7.30pm
Free event – donations welcome

For more information on the British Bat population – please go to



Shakespeare in the Rookery: 7 July 2019

Shakespeare in the Rookery: 7 July 2019

Festival Player’s will perform Much Ado About Nothing with an all male cast on the Rookery lawn.

Performance starts at 3.00pm.
Tickets available online here
Adult: £13.50 / Conc: £12.00 / Children: £6.00

“The course of true love never did run smooth”, but the sparring antics of Shakespeare’s erstwhile lovers, Beatrice and Benedick, provide great hilarity for the other members of the household who plot to reunite them. Against this background, another romance is almost derailed by the machinations of a jealous Duke until the local constabulary bumble upon his plans.

This delicious comedy, popular for over 400 years, will be performed for you by The Festival Players acclaimed all-male Company, in a crystal clear, energetic, colourful production, enhanced by original songs composed by Johnny Coppin.
Don’t miss this Summer treat; fun for all the family.

Open air performance, bring your own rugs and chairs and picnics.

As with every visit to Streatham Common – we ask you to take home your litter. Please leave zero trace.

The park has no recycling facilities, please recycle at home.

Band in the Rookery: 15 June 2019

Band in the Rookery: 15 June 2019

After the Rookery market, enjoy an afternoon of acoustic music in the Rookery from 3.00pm to 6.00pm.

Bring a rug and a picnic.

No charge but donations for beer money for the band appreciated.

As with every visit to Streatham Common – we ask you to take home your litter. This event is organised by volunteers and we can thank their year round hard work by leaving zero trace.

The park has no recycling facilities, please recycle at home.

Purple Hairstreak Butterfly survey Wednesday 17th July 2019: 7.00pm

Purple Hairstreak Butterfly survey Wednesday 17th July 2019:  7.00pm

Meet by the Rookery Cafe at 7.00pm to join the hunt for this elusive butterfly, which lives around oak trees.

This survey is held in conjunction with London Wildlife Trust’s Great North Wood Project.

Scientific name: Favonius quercus

Underwings grey with white streak and small tails, upper wings brown. Males have a purple sheen, females have a purple mark on forewing.

This handsome butterfly is widely distributed throughout southern areas wherever there are oak trees; even a solitary tree may support a colony. It is frequently overlooked as adults remain largely in the canopy where the main adult food source is honeydew; they fly more commonly in the evening of a warm summer’s day. They are only driven down to seek fluid and nectar during prolonged drought, as occurred in 1995-6.

There has been a recent increase in records and an extension of the range of this butterfly especially in the English Midlands and south-west Scotland, even in urban areas (including London) which may be related to improvements in atmospheric quality. White-letter Hairstreak is similar but has W-shaped streak.
Size and Family

Family: Hairstreaks
Size: Small
Wing Span Range (male to female): 37-39mm

Conservation Status
Butterfly Conservation priority: Low
Fully Protected under the 1985 Northern Ireland Wildlife Order
European status: Not threatened

Caterpillar Foodplants

The Purple Hairstreak is restricted to Oak trees including both the native species, Sessile Oak (Quercus petraea) and Pedunculate Oak (Q. robur), and the introduced Turkey Oak (Q. cerris). Evergreen Oak (Q.ilex) also may be used.

Habitat : Difficult to spot as it flies around the tops of Oak trees in woods, hedgerows and parks, including in urban areas.

Countries: England, Wales, Ireland and Scotland
Widespread in England and Wales, less common in Scotland and Ireland
Distribution Trend Since 1970’s in Britain: -15%

Information from



CANCELLED: Birds of Prey Flying Display: Saturday 29th June 2019

CANCELLED: Birds of Prey Flying Display: Saturday 29th June 2019

To celebrate these wonderful birds in the meantime, read all about them on the RSPB website

Our yearly display showing the majesty of the Kings & Queens of the Skies. Great fun for kids and adults.

Owls, falcons, hawks etc. on show
between 1.00pm and 5.00pm.

Displays of flying at approximately 2.00pm and 4.00pm.

On the Common, near the path from opposite
Copley Park to opposite Valley Road SW16

A FREE event but donations very welcome on the day.

AGM: Wednesday 5th June 2019 @ 7.30pm

AGM: Wednesday 5th June 2019 @ 7.30pm

Friends of Streatham Common Annual General Meeting
Venue : The Rookery Cafe
Date : WEDNESDAY 5th JUNE 2019
Venue: The Rookery Cafe
Time : 7:30pm

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Members only – but very easy to become a member for the price of a couple of cappuccinos here online – fast & simple

A wonderful opportunity to hear local Historian John Brown talk about Bygone Streatham as well as to meet fellow members and hear about all the work being done by the members to support the Friends aims for the Common. If you haven’t been before – please come along – the more the merrier. A chance to sit back and listen or, if you want, to become more involved. We always welcome those with ideas and the drive to make the Common better still for users and the wider community.
● Introduction
● The past year on our common
● Elections of officers and reportsTalk :TBC
● Talk by local historian John Brown on Bygone Streatham*Presentation by Maurice Nelson on Streatham United Football Club
● The plans for the coming year
● Q&A


Make an evening of it – Refreshments available from the bar.

Open to members of the FoSC. But its never too late to join. We’d be happy for you to attend. Membership is just £6.00!
Join the friends at


[Please be aware – being part of the FoSC facebook page does not automatically give you membership].

Kisstory license application hearing: Tuesday 21st May 2019 @19:00

Kisstory license application hearing: Tuesday 21st May 2019 @19:00

Kisstory are back in July with a 2 day event on Streatham Common on the 27th & 28th July 2019.

A single extended license application to cover 3 years July 2019-2022 has been made on behalf of Kisstory by the organisers We Are The Fair Ltd. This is to be heard at the

Licensing Sub-Committee

Tuesday, 21/05 7pm Brixton Town Hall.

Anyone is welcome to attend to hear the meeting [other planning applications are also on the agenda], but to make any kind of Oral representation you MUST inform Thomas Dunn either by phoning the licensing planning office or emailing him at by 14th May. If you do not, you will not be allowed to speak on the evening. All support is welcome.


The organisers of Kisstory, We Are The Fair Ltd had attended a committee meeting with Friends of Streatham Common and spoke on future plans in February. FoSC had an opportunity to directly feedback on issues surrounding previous issues. It was a useful meeting, we very much appreciate them reaching out and whilst we do not have a problem with the organisation themselves who have listened to our concerns, it is problems with the councils overall responsibility to the common which have been identified. FoSC objections include:

  • Damage to the Common is never adequately repaired.
  • Noise levels are unacceptable with houses only 100m from the stage yet noise levels are monitored over 400m away.
  • No transparency on the deal between the council and the events company – the initial agreement was to put 1/3 of the profit back into the Common but this agreement has now disappeared.
  • Parking & traffic is severely disrupted from the start of set up to final take down.
  • Rubbish in the surrounding streets is never cleared.
  • Drugs are openly sold in the surrounding streets.
  • Urination (or worse) in the surrounding streets.
  • The event is not run for the benefit of local people or for the Common but instead run entirely for the profit of the council and at the expense of the Common.