“Nicaragua House” – 121 Tyers street

In the late 1980s a man called Ron Tod fixed up a dilapidated old house in Vauxhall with the view to selling it and sending all the money to Bluefields in Nicaragua.

You can download the brochure for the house when it was completed here 121 Tyers street brochure

Below is some of the media coverage about the house, and this article sums up why Tod did it and all the help he got to make it happen.

The house was eventually sold and the money use to fund building projects in Bluefield’s on the Atlantic Coast.

John Todd article Independent May 1990
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John Todd 121 Tyers Street Tatler article 1990

 

 

Booklet: He was only the District Auditor, but…

Booklet issued in 1986 for the fundraising drive

When they were surcharged in 1985 and forced to pay £126,947 between them the 31 Lambeth Councillors launched a huge fundraising campaign to cover both the surcharge and the court case for their appealed.

This pamphlet, with photos provided mainly by Lambeth NALGO member Dave Stewart, covers some of the key events, protests and personalities of the dispute.

Includes a foreword by Tony Benn MP; “The Lambeth Councillors have, of course,
committed no crime, unless it is a crime to look after the old and the sick, the disabled and the unemployed, the homeless and communities who are suffering so much under the Tories… We are all proud of them because they kept faith with their own people, with the party and with their principles and no-one can do more than that.”

To view the PDF click here

Lambeth 31 defiant – Interview with Ted Knight (August 1985)

Ted Knight, Leader of Lambeth Council, interviewed by Joan Twelves,-Secretary of Vauxhall CLP, after Lambeth had set a rate on July 3rd.

London Labour Briefing, No. 52, August 1985
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