About the Lavender Hill for Me website

David Curran, site author, standing in a row of bicycles

David Curran, main site author

Lavender Hill For Me is a community website working to support Lavender Hill, a neighbourhood of shops, restaurants and small businesses in Battersea.  We have no particular political affiliation, but work to promote the street and support development that can improve Lavender Hill and its immediate surroundings.  We therefore take a keen interest in projects and developments that could make the street a more welcoming environment, and help local businesses thrive.

In case you’re wondering, our name Lavender Hill for Me alludes to the refrain in Lavender Hill, a celebrated (but little known) 1968 song by The Kinks.

A few neighbouring community groups

We have a very local focus, but we’re lucky to be in an area with several community groups and local societies, as well as some active discussion groups, several of which have some interest in Lavender Hill.  Here’s a non-exhaustive list –

Clapham Junction Action Group – Campaigning and reporting on issues affecting the area as a whole, with an impressive campaign record on stopping excessively tall developments in the Clapham Junction area. While we have a more local focus than CJAG we unsurprisingly have many common interests (and indeed some common contributors) so you’ll often find us talking about similar things.

Battersea Society – Long established membership society with a strong track record dating back to the 1970s, focussing on the past, present and future of Battersea.  The society has an active interest in planning and development issues, including the early days of Battersea Square, and also organises a programme of talks and events.

The Junction – the website of the Clapham Junction Business Improvement District, delivering strategies and innovative projects to improve the trading environment for businesses, the shopping experience for residents and visitors, and to drive tourism – all within a safe and welcoming environment while benefitting from opportunities to coordinate activity and save money.

And, slightly further afield…

Friends of Clapham Common – Working to protect and improve Clapham Common, as an active environmental group of some 500 members, and running projects to improve the biodiversity of the Common and restore its buildings and facilities

The Wandsworth Society – A non-political community environment group, formed in 1971 with a focus on Wandsworth’s buildings, open spaces, rivers and transport – in some ways the sister of the Battersea Society. As you might expect for locations so close, the Wandsworth Society has many common interests with CJAG and us.

Go Earlsfield – Reporting on new opportunities and developments in the Earlsfield area.

And a few active local discussion groups –

Nextdoor – It’s like a local version of Facebook – but based around real names and specific locations; about a third of th eneighbourhood is a member so far.  There are inevitably plenty of people looking for trustworthy plumbers but it’s also quite active in the area on community issues.  We post most of our articles on relevant parts of Nextdoor.

Nappy Valley Net – Very active community website covering everything from schools to plumbers, with a sideline in local developments, retail and supporting local traders.  NappyValley was initially focussed on mums in the Northcote Road area but has considerably broadened both its membership and geographical scope to include the Lavender Hill area – indeed, don’t be surprised if you see some of our reports featured on Nappy Valley’s news section.

Love Clapham – Reporting on things of interest in the Clapham area, with a local discussion forum.

And sources of local updates –

Newsie is a local news aggregator – covering CJAG, Wandsworth Council, and  others as well as their in-house reports.  Well worth following if you want to be up to date (our posts are also reported via Newsie) – especially as we don’t currently run a Twitter feed of our own.