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Clapham Labour’s team have successfully argued that Clapham Pottery, an outstanding community asset, should be the first choice to buy the Old Chapel in Rectory Grove – a move that will save it from Tory cuts. The Pottery now has a secure home for its wonderful range of classes, enjoyed by all ages of Clapham residents.

Clapham Labour has a great record for saving local buildings for community use. The old library is now a community art centre, thanks to the hard work of local residents and Labour councillors’ firm backing.

The Tory way when they ran Clapham, was to sell off local community buildings, including the old fire station.

Nigel Haselden and Linda Bray


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On Friday 18 October, as part of the Future Clapham project, the thriving Clapham Pottery will celebrate its move to the attractive former chapel in Rectory Grove, previously the site of CAVE adult literacy school. The Mayor of Lambeth will officially open the site at 4pm.

Clapham Pottery is a self-funding not-for-profit community organization that has been operating at Clapham Leisure Centre for many years. The Pottery has gone from strength to strength since the long-established, professional North Street Potters took over its management two years ago. The group is committed to serving the wider community and each week this fine building will now be home to pottery classes and workshops for 150 students of all ages and all abilities. 

Clapham Pottery logo

As part of the Future Clapham scheme, the Leisure Centre is due for demolition and rebuilding. Labour councillors insisted that the future of the Pottery was made secure and we have worked with the group and with officers to ensure the pottery would find a new home.

We were impressed by the efforts that led to Lambeth Council re-housing the project at: The Old Chapel, 4A Rectory Grove, SW4 0DZ

Under the preceding Conservative /LibDem administration, the Leisure Centre and neighbouring depot would have been sold off, with no allowance made for many of the popular clubs and classes.

Cllr Haselden said ‘I am delighted that this building is going to be kept in community use and that the longer-term future of Clapham Pottery has been secured.’

‘As councillors we were determined that Clapham Pottery stayed in Clapham to provide its much-valued service to a wide range of local people.’

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