Our Community Centre

Activities in our Community Centre are now provided by a combination of regular groups who use the Centre for sports, health and dance activities, to provide children’s tuition and performing arts classes, and to share their faith. Community and political groups are increasingly holding their meetings here. Several local theatre companies regularly enjoy the space we can offer for their rehearsals, extending invitations to local school students to observe their preparations and performances. Our Christmas Pantomime was enthusiastically received by local kids and parents – as was Santa’s visit (many thanks to Akosua and Shannon and their teams for staging this for us).       Details of some of our Spring activities are below.   Enquires about bookings can be made by email to kpccoval@gmail.com or via the website kpccoval.org. Kennington Park Estate Tenants’ & Residents’ Association has a Licence to Occupy the Centre until July 2018, and manages the …

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Community Centre news

Our Community Centre is getting busier! Our schedule of Autumn events and activities is filling up with both old and new users – check out the kpccoval website.   Along with Akosua of AkomaAsa Performing Arts Academy (our regular Saturday users) and Shannon of Simply Smiley Productions (from nearby Oval House), we organised an opening day on Saturday 29 July when local artist, Boyd, provided an amazing splash of colour on the wall coming into the Centre –   His relaxed Turtle has now been joined by a family of elephants by international artist, Falko (you can see more here )           Everyone had a great time!               And here’s the video of the event –   Many many thanks to Shannon and Akosua for all their work and this amazing production!  

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Local communities need local community centres!

Kennington Park Community Centre – at the heart of our Estate – has been run by Hyde Housing since it took over the Estate from Lambeth Council in 2005. Hyde recently decided to hand the running of its community centres across London to other organisations and, in the case of KPCC, to explore developing the space it occupies to build private flats.   The Tenants & Residents Association, along with our neighbours supporting Hyde’s Stockwell Centre, launched an immediate campaign to Save KPCC, which has been most successful in raising public awareness of its value. We have had a lot of support from local people, both Estate residents and those who live and work in the wider neighbourhood, as well as local businesses and organisations – for which we thank you. In parallel to our campaign we have been talking to Hyde about how to keep the Centre open and …

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