The Parish Pump - Issue 29

The South London Liberal Synagogue, in Prentis Rd. has announced “The Abraham’s Tent Project”, which aims to raise £50,000 to renovate a disused two-bedroom caretaker’s flat to be offered to a Syrian refugee family being resettled in Lambeth. The biblical story of Abraham’s tent describes how he built an open-sided tent to welcome strangers. The Council has promised to accommodate 20 families by 2020, which has resettled 6 families so far, including one at Lambeth Palace in a cottage in the grounds.

An article in The Guardian quoted Alice Aphandary, the synagogue chair; “There is a sense that we as Jews have benefited from sanctuary in the past. For example, my father was a refugee in the 1950s. Now we want to repay that welcome to a new generation.”  

The synagogue will be launching a fundraising campaign in February -  keep an eye on for more information.

Marks and Spencer’s announcement (via a planning application in January) that they plan to open another Food Hall in Streatham at the site of the old Morrison’s to join the one opening at London Square’s Megabowl development is the big news on the retail front this month. The #Streatham twitter feed was ablaze as they confirmed to @heartstreatham that they will open sometime in the third quarter of this year. We can’t wait to welcome them!

Joining them at the Morrison’s site is The Gym, with membership from £12.99 a month, the chain is focused on fitness rather than luxury, and offers 24 hour a day opening in other locations. The Streatham site is due to open in September.

Costa Coffee has also been tipped to have taken one of the Morrison’s units, though they will face stiff competition from our independent favourites surrounding the site, Café Barcelona, Deli Llama, and The Filling Station – love their beautiful fragrant spring vases of freesia and hyacinths on the tables!

The Streatham branch of Santander is currently closed for refurbishment (13th January - 8th February). The refurbishments will continue after that, but out of hours to “minimalize customer impact”. We are promised a newly designed customer-centric branch in April with ”state of the art digital facilities, and an innovative design to place the customer at the centre”. Gosh!