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Pempamsie – African cultural shop

PempamsiePempamsie is an African cultural shop on Brixton Hill: a stone’s throw away from Lambeth Town Hall, it is run by Ehwunah.

The store sells an eclectic mix of items, such as wonderfully patterned clothing, cool jewelry, books, art, home furnishings, as well as lifestyle and health and natural beauty products. These are made out of an array of African plant ingredients, which you’ll be forgiven for not recognizing!
Workshops and talks are also held in the shop.

Whether you are interested in all things African, or you are just looking for a stylish gift, this is the place for you: Pempamsie, 102 Brixton Hill, SW2 1AH. Tel: 020 8671 0800

Pempamsie supports the B£: do ask in store about any B£ special offers.

Brixton Pound badges are the latest craze…

Keyring designs

Did you know that you can buy yourself our very special Brixton Pound badges and key rings from our community shop?

They come in various colours and design, are handmade in store, by our team of creative craftspeople, using recycled materials as much as possible, and we are selling them at the bargain price of 1 Brixton Pound.

By wearing them you will help us raise awareness about the initiative, may get some conversations started about local currencies, while of course also looking absolutely cool…

Or you could come to the community shop and make your own – we have fabrics and materials, but you are also welcome to bring your own.

All money raised goes towards supporting the Brixton Pound.

Olley’s Fish & Chips

Olleys2Olley’s fish and chips has been a Herne Hill institution for almost 20 years, and it still serves some of the best fish and chips you will find in town.

Whether for take-away or to have-in, you will be impressed by the quality of the food and the diversity of the menu, with a vast choice of over 20 species to chose from, which are cooked to order to suit your taste.  If you have a little space left in you, why not try their amazing vanilla ice-cream, smooth and velvety. Scrumptious! And if you sit at the restaurant, you will undoubtedly meet Harry, a most welcoming host who will unashamedly indulge your taste buds till you leave with a big smile on your face.

Olley’s is running a special offer for Brixton Pound paying customers only:

Every Tuesday, FREE CHIPS with any fish purchased.
(not to be taken in conjunction with any other promotion or offer)

Olley’s is at 65-67 Norwood Road, SE24 9AA, just opposite Brockwell Park: a perfect spot to sit and watch the world go by, especially now that spring is upon us.

New pop-up shop opens doors

New Generation Project 1As part of the Space Makers initiative and for two weeks only the NEW GENERATION project has set up shop and is offering a range of workshops in Unit 67 Granville Arcade, Brixton Village. Available workshops really offer something for everyone, and include:

  • wood carving
  • stone sculpting
  • costumes making
  • banners making
  • stainglass making
  • drumming
  • bicycle repair

So whether you are artistically inclined, or need some help fixing your bike, or you simply enjoy making stuff with your hands, do pop over and say hi to resident sculptor and painter Jose and bicycle-repairs man Jimmy. They will be very happy to get your hands dirty.

New Generation also sell a number of paintings and sculptures, which you will be able  to purchase using Brixton Pounds.

The unit is open every day, except Sunday, until Saturday 17th April, between 10am and 5:30pm.

Community Shop lease extended!

Community shop April 2010We are absolutely thrilled that Transition Town Brixton (TTB) has decided to keep the shop in Granville Arcade for at least the next 6 months.

It will be home to the 3 Future Jobs Fund workers, including our very own new Project Manager, the Remade in Brixton Marketing and Engagement Coordinator role, and TTB‘s Shop Manager and Assistant Coordinator post: the roles will be advertised as soon as all details have been finalised.

TTB plans to develop the community shop as a really useful Transition Resource and Work Centre. The Brixton Pound will therefore continue to have a central base in the market, from which to launch its community expeditions…Come and see us at the shop, we would love you to get involved.

Volunteers to staff the shop are also always welcome, so if you can spare a few hours do let us know.

B£ Portuguese User Guide now available

B£ User guides

B£ User guides on our community board

We are delighted to inform you that in addition to our Spanish and Italian versions, our user guide is now also available in Portuguese, therefore enabling us to reach further into our diverse community. The user guide is currently available on our website, but it is soon to be circulated also in key public places, including Olive Morris House and Brixton Library.

Thanks to Ana Mattos and Mark Coster for their invaluable contribution.

Opening of Windrush Square

Windrush Sq

Good afternoon fellow -ers, 


Just a very quick reminder that the much talked about [and somewhat delayed] Grand Opening of Windrush Square is happening this weekend. The weekend promises to be a lively one packed with live acts, dance and of course in true Brixton style… plenty of live music.


ChildrenledLanternProcessioThere’ll be lots of opportunities to get involved in during the day with art workshops… and later a lantern-lit procession will parade through Brixton leading to a spectacular firework display including a magnificent Phoenix and a human Catherine Wheel!! 


“The Windrush Square scheme has linked Tate Gardens and Windrush Square as a pedestrianised open space which has been designed with safety in mind and includes improved lighting, better sightlines and CCTV coverage. World class design that includes a new water feature, 21 new trees, new lighting and a sculptural granite seat have contributed to creating a brand new civic space.” Lambeth Council


The Brixton Pound team will be out in force from 1pm on Saturday 27th February. You’ll find us in a marquee by the stage; do pop in and introduce yourself. We will have:


  • £: exchange point available all day
  • all the latest promotions and discounts you can receive when paying in Brixton Pounds
  • badge making!!
  • video and documentary screening
  • pedal powered music – bring along your ipod
  • lots of information on how works and friendly, knowledgable people to answer your questions
  • Ways that you can get involved in the project
  • raffle with some great local prizes


Fingers crossed for fine weather. Hope to see you on Sat!

Grab yourself a piece of local history


Our beautiful B£ notes

Our beautiful B£ notes

Give yourself or someone you know a piece of local history: B£ collectors sets make a wonderful gift, and each consist of 1 x B£20 note, 1 x B£10 note, 1 x B£5 note, 1 x B£1 note.   Beautiful images of Vincent Van Gogh, CLR James, James Lovelock and Olive Morris adorn our B£20 note, B£10 note, B£5 note and B£1 note respectively – these personalities have all had important links with Brixton at some point in their lives.

Designed by a local designer, all notes are uncirculated, and all have matching serial numbers. They are also accompanied by a letter of endorsement from the Mayor of Lambeth and a Brixton Pound user guide

We can deliver in UK, Europe and Rest of the World, and each set costs £50, plus P&P. You can make your order here, where you can also order other combinations of uncirculated notes Or you could place your order at our Community Shop.

Few days to consultation deadline

There are a few more days left for taking part in our consultation on B£ aims, values and the B£ becoming a Community Interest Company (CIC). Please let us know your thoughts by Feb 15th, by clicking here

The same deadline also applies for anyone interested in becoming a B£ director: although there are some skills that we feel would be particularly useful (e.g. business experience, community links, accountancy) essentially passion and a commitment to making the B£ work are the most importance qualities for the role.

To learn more about the responsibilities of the directors click here.

To show your interest, please click here

Olive Morris House to issue B£s!


Brixton Customer Centre, Olive Morris House

We are delighted to announce that the council has agreed for Olive Morris House (Benefits centre, 18 Brixton Hill, SW2 1RL) to become a B£s issuing and exchange point, thereby making the currency ever more accessible.  B£ user guides will also be available on site, thus helping the B£ make further inroads within our community. Keep an eye on this site to find out when you will be able to buy your B£s at Olive Morris House.