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Cloudesley Association – October 2020 Update

1. Changes and a Very Big Thank You

Our biggest news this month is that Florence has decided to leave her current job, do a 3 month furniture making course and then make an extremely exciting move (along with her lovely partner Tim) to live in the Lake District early next year. Sadly, this means Florence will also be leaving the role of secretary of the Cloudesley Association. We would like to thank Florence for the wonderful job she has done as secretary over the past few years, during some particularly interesting times including the rebuilding of the school, the change of occupancy and renovation work in the Church and more recently keeping up to date with the many changes taking place in the community throughout the pandemic - she has been a joy to work with and we will miss her enormously.

I am delighted to report that Nick Collin who kindly set up the Cloudesley Association website many years ago and has subsequently helped us on numerous Association projects, has kindly agreed to fill Florence’s shoes.

Whilst we would ordinarily appoint/vote in both the Chair and Secretary roles annually at a physical meeting, it looks unlikely that a physical meeting can take place any time soon. We will therefore be arranging a zoom meeting in the next couple of months in which appointments will be top of the agenda. Naturally, if anyone else would like to take on either of these roles, please do reach out to let us know you wish to be considered so that we can ensure you have sufficient time to speak at our next meeting.

2. Holy Trinity Church (newly renamed the Cloudesley Centre) - Zoom Meeting

You may all have received the attached letter through your letterboxes about the newly renamed Cloudesley Centre.

Kevin Rogers and Rosie Fraser will be giving a Zoom talk this Thursday, 29th October at 6pm to let residents know about the progress being made on the church and plans for the crypt. There will be opportunities for residents to ask questions. Zoom meeting details are set out below:

Zoom Meeting ID: 722 627 9564
Password: 041293

3. Highways Amendments

In our last update, we informed residents of the tool for commenting on ‘People Friendly Streets’ and since then various changes have taken place locally.

As many of you may have noticed, part of Thornhill Road and Lofting Road, alongside Thornhill Road Primary School, is ‘closed’ to vehicle traffic between the hours of 8:30-9:30am and 3-3:40pm. Please be aware as the only notifications are signs on a post right where the restriction applies and there are cameras in place. These restrictions are part of the ‘School Streets’ programme mentioned before (https://www.islington.gov.uk/environment-and-energy/pollution/air-quality/what-we-are-doing/school-streets). There are also restrictions on Matilda Street. For the full list of schools taking place, please visit Islington’s website.

If you believe you might be eligible for an exemption, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. They will ask for a picture of your V5 document along with the name of the school street you would like to be exempted from.

Please note that we have spoken to Rowena Champion who has confirmed that the restrictions do not operate during half terms and holidays.

Changes to the road layout have also taken place to create cycle lanes on Liverpool Road and elsewhere within the borough. These have been received with mixed reviews and should any resident like to raise any questions or make any comments, please e-mail us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will share these with our local councillor, Rowena Champion. (This applies only to people on our contact list). If there is sufficient interest we will ask Rowena if she would kindly join us for a virtual Q&A session.

4. Keeping up-to-date with COVID-19 Restrictions

As rules change, the best way to have the full breakdown of the local restrictions is to visit the government website, which will redirect you to the area of interest based on the postcode inserted. https://www.gov.uk/find-coronavirus-local-restrictions?priority-taxon=774cee22-d896-44c1-a611-e3109cce8eae

Islington’s website also provides comprehensive information: https://www.islington.gov.uk/social-care-and-health/coronavirus-covid-19

5. COVID-19 Support and Donations

Should you wish to provide any help during this pandemic, you can for instance:

· become a Covid-19 Health Champion https://www.islington.gov.uk/social-care-and-health/coronavirus-covid-19/offer-hel,
· donate to Islington Giving Crisis Fund https://donorbox.org/islington-giving-crisis-fund or
· join the Islington COVID-19 Mutual Aid Facebook Page.

Local cultural institutions such as the Almeida Theatre are also seeking donation so if you have a favourite venue you are fortunate to be able to support, why not reaching out to them.

6. Kings Cross and Islington Square

There is loads going on in Kings Cross this month, from Oktoberfest, the Travel Photographer of the Year exhibition to London Cocktail week. Click on the link below to find out more:

https://www.kingscross.co.uk/whats-on

Islington Square is also hosting a “Winter Terrace” until 30 December which will include a host of safe, socially distanced events. You may all be aware of Boulevard Market which takes place on weekends but in the run up to Christmas, there will also be a Christmas Boulevard Market on Thursday evenings.

https://islingtonsquare.com/events/winter-terrace-at-islington-square/

If you are aware of any event, consultation or news item that you would like us to include in our next newsletter, please let us know.

As ever, if you know of any neighbour who is not on the Cloudesley Association e mail distribution list, please pass this e mail on and/or ask them to provide me with their contact details (to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so that they can be kept in the loop.

Amanda, Florence and Nick
On behalf of
The Cloudesley Association

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Cloudesley Association – September 2020 Update


1. People Friendly Streets / Low Traffic Neighbourhoods

The London Borough of Islington is seeking local residents' views on the concept of the ‘People Friendly Street’ so whatever your opinion, now is the opportunity to express it.

Islington Council have stated on their website that we all have experienced quieter streets during the height of lockdown and ‘if we don’t act now (…) traffic will be much heavier than before the coronavirus crisis’. Changes to neighbourhood streets are likely to affect everyone and some will be welcoming of the changes and others very much opposed so it is particularly important that your views are known (whichever way you may feel).

Some changes have already taken place, e.g. the widening of the pavements by the school on Thornhill Road, the various tube stations and a temporary cycle lane on Euston Road. On the other side of Islington many residential streets have already been temporarily closed to traffic for 6 months, although it is unclear whether these temporary changes will be reversed if residents object to them.

Further information can be found here:
https://www.islington.gov.uk/roads/people-friendly-streets
and you can add your ’thoughts, ideas and suggestions’ on an interactive map: https://islingtonpeoplefriendlystreets.commonplace.is 

The Barnsbury and St Mary’s Neighbourhood Group has recently been formed to support the plans of Islington Council to introduce Low Traffic Neighbourhoods in the borough. They have a website that has a lot of information: https://barnsburystmarys2020.ghost.io

There are also weekly protests/marches on Thursdays outside the Town Hall for those who object greatly to the plans/current arrangements in other parts of Islington.

Some of you will recall there were discussions about cycle lanes before. One for York Way is planned according to https://www.islington.gov.uk/roads/cycling/improvements. This link will give you the list of a large number of cycle routes at various stage of implementation (implemented to those being aspirational).

We would warmly encourage everyone to record their thoughts on the interactive map referred to above!

 

2. Thornhill Square Gardens

Dirk Meerstadt has kindly provided us with the following update in relation to the ongoing work in Thornhill Square Gardens:

The Friends of Thornhill Gardens project was started a couple of years ago by Rowena Champion, Barnsbury Ward Councillor, and has made real progress over the past year.

The aim has been to establish a supportive community-building project to create an inclusive inner urban Garden meeting the needs of children and families, the elderly and dog owners. It has been a real pleasure to see how many more people are using the Gardens; early mornings people exercising and walking their dogs, day time children and their families coming to play and picnic on the child-friendly upper lawn which is now fenced off as well as running along the new Children’s Nature and Wildlife Trail, groups sitting on the central benches meeting and chatting to neighbours and elderly sitting on the benches round the outside enjoying the view over the best green lawn (in London!) during the hot weather watching the thrushes hopping along searching for worms. More birds (song thrushes, blackbirds, starlings, robins, ring necked pigeons and parakeets, and occasionally a greater spotted woodpecker) and wildlife are now seen in the Gardens.

The volunteers have worked throughout the lockdown socially distancing. It has been enormously satisfying work seeing all the developments ... and getting so much positive feedback (and donations!) from the users of the Gardens.

Recent achievements have been...
1. Clearing the peripheral shrubs to create a view of the War memorial
2. Fencing off of the top lawn and 4 flower beds
3. Deep forking the grass, spreading 4 tons of sharp sand, fertilising and irrigating it to create a proper green lawn
4. Spreading 2 tons of sharp sand 4 tons of compost on the 4 flower beds now with beautiful roses
5. Digging out 120 yards of shallow trench, wood lining it and filling it with wood chips to create the Childrens Nature and Wildlife Trail with ferns
6. Building a pyramid of wood logs filled with earth and planted with ferns to create a fernery... much admired!
7. Building 2 wood structures for worms, slugs and insects for children to explore along the Trail
8. Erecting a donated wooden garden shed next to the Gardeners brick house with its small kitchen a toilet and large metal back store
9. Purchase of a powerful shredder to cope with all the cuttings to make compost and mulch
10. Fencing off of a corner area to create a WildFlower Meadow area
11. Digging out the 3 lower lawn flower beds and adding large amounts of compost with the planting some pear tees (beautiful flowering in Spring) and various shrubs
12. Planting 6 New Zealand Flax in a circle in the centre of the lower lawn which is being restored by Brendan.

In all we, mostly oldies, have shifted some 25 tons of earth, sand and compost since February 2020... it has been exhilarating work.

We want to restart the last Sunday of the month volunteer gardening 10 am to 2pm followed by a picnic on the lawn. Usually about 15 turn up... youngest 3 and oldest 91! . It has been a joy seeing locals really getting to know neighbours, often chatting to them for the first time. Do come and join us!

Many thanks Rowena for starting this wonderful community building project.

To celebrate this amazing space and the achievements above, Nick Collin has kindly added a screenshow – “Thornhill Gardens Gallery” – at the bottom of the Thornhill Gardens page on our website, here: https://www.cloudesleyassociation.org/about-the-area/places/thornhill-gardens You can also access it via a sub-sub-menu item under “The Area”.

 

3. Holy Trinity Church

Kevin Rogers from the Diocese hopes to be able to give a full community update on progress that has been made to the Church at some point in October. In the meantime he has confirmed that work to the south aisle and vestry roofs are now almost complete and we will be moving over to the north side of the building in the coming weeks.

With the south aisle complete, they will initially use this space to house the exhibition planned for the library which would have opened in March.

Kevin has also let us know that the design work on the ‘bone library’ (which was mentioned at the October 2018 public meeting) is moving forwards. The initial phase of investigation and design work is virtually complete. They have submitted a pre Planning Advice application about 3 weeks ago and are awaiting contact from the Planning Department. In terms of use, the Diocese anticipate about 6 to 10 scholars will use this facility every year. The impact, in terms of traffic, will be very low.

As the repair works progress, the Diocese are looking at an option to renew the wrapping on the turrets for a further 3 years. If they can afford this work, it should be possible to strike much of the scaffolding on the west front – a major visual improvement to the square - apparently they should know where they are on this in about 5 to 8 weeks.

In addition, the Diocese have been invited to apply for a major grant which would complete the majority of the external repairs. The major challenge will be to find between £500k and £800k of match funding. If any of the residents are linked with firms that have a philanthropic arm please do let us know and we can forward details to Kevin.

Please see attached a flyer for details on:

- Free exhibition on ’Tales from the Crypt’ at The Cloudesley Centre (Saturday mornings between 26th Sept and 28th Nov 2020)

- Guided Walking Tours weekend and lunch time walks between the 26th September and the 14th November.

- Evening Talks using the Zoom platform, and

- Legacy Zoom Workshops.

 

4. Website Revamp

Our website, www.cloudesleyassociation.org , has been revamped and we would encourage you to check out our “Breaking News” items – in particular the new blog on the progress of the church restoration. We very much value any feedback you might be prepared to give us via the “Comments” facility.

 

5. Islington Farmers’ Market and Canopy Market are open!

The farmers' market has returned on Sunday mornings to Chapel Market has been operating successfully for quite a few weeks now.

The market that used to be under the canopy opposite the large Waitrose by Granary Square has now relocated to Coal Drops Yard. While there, there is also a photography exhibition between the German Gym and Granary Square.

 

6. Nature Walks and Wellness Events at Kings Cross

A number of walks and walking events (including a drawing walk and a wild urban wander) are taking place at Kings Cross - for more details please click on the following link: https://www.kingscross.co.uk/event/wellness-walks.

 

7. Insights from the Past - A Gem!

And finally, we thought you would all be interested to see this wonderful and quite emotional video which gives a real insight into Islington living conditions in the 1950s. This post WW2 documentary about Milner Square (the hole in the wall being the same one we walk through to get to Almeida St today!) - men and women remembering life in the 1950s, during which period several generations of a family lived in the Square with loads of children in awful poverty and filth. They all knew each other and despite the incredibly difficult living conditions, were supportive of each other with abiding memories of 'happy times'! Please do take a look:

www.vimeo.com/138173028 

Through the hole video

Through The Hole In The Wall on Vimeo
Through The Hole In The Wall Milner Square 1935-75. Produced and Narrated by Susan Oudot Directed by Chiara Messineo Edited by Dan Jobar. When Islington Council took over their slum tenements in the 1970s, Milner Square’s residents were dispersed to estates and New Towns.
www.vimeo.com

 

 


If you are aware of any event, consultation or news item that you would like us to include in our next newsletter, please let us know.

As ever, if you know of any neighbour who is not on the Cloudesley Association e mail distribution list, please pass this e mail on and/or ask them to provide me with their contact details (to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) so that they can be kept in the loop.

Amanda and Florence
On behalf of
The Cloudesley Association


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Cloudesley Association – May 2020 Update

Hope you are all keeping well in these uncertain times and thank you to all our neighbours who are abiding by the government’s guidelines.

It has been about two months and most of us will have settle into a routine but below are a few tips that might help.

Islington support
Are you struggling to cope at the moment, or concerned about a friend or neighbour?
If you or someone you know needs support, then help is available.  Islington Council, voluntary sector and mutual aid groups are working together to provide support. This could include help with getting food or medicine, online group activities, legal advice or a friendly phone conversation.

You can contact  the organisations  directly or call the We are Islington helpline on 020 7527 8222 or minicom on 020 7527 1900. Lines are open every day from 9am to 5pm.  For British Sign Language (BSL), use Signvideo. Lines are open Monday - Friday from 9am to 5pm, Saturday from 9am to 1pm, Sunday closed.

You can also email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
You can also get in touch with our local councillor, Rowenna Champion: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Looking after your well-being
These are uncertain times and we will all react differently. If you find you are struggling a bit, you are not alone and there are resources out there to help, so do reach out.
Try https://mentalhealth-uk.org/help-and-information/covid-19-and-your-mental-health/ 
The NHS has a page dedicated to mental health: https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/coronavirus-covid-19-staying-at-home-tips/ 

Helping others
The Union Chapel has become a COVID-19 community emergency response hub for those most in need on North London. They are raising money through crowdfunding and have raised already £42,611 out of their £50,000 target! see https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/union-chapel-needs-you?dm_i=4UJH,C7EH,OSSWC,1D4WI,1  if you are able to support their cause.

There is also a charity collection of clothes, toiletries, food and books by Under OneSky https://www.underonesky.cc organised at the Margin Project at the Union Chapel. Drop off are Monday-Thursday 10-12m at the back entrance of the Chapel on Compton Avenue.

Although websites have been provided below, the instragram or facebook pages are usually more up-to-date. Best thing to do is to search for your favourite venue, artists etc. on facebook and instragram and you might be surprised and find out an artist is doing live performances for instance, or that restaurant you liked now does deliveries.

Fresh Food and Delectables
Rollo from the farmers market is delivering food to N1 on Sundays. These must be ordered on-line. If you are missing the lovely Isle of White tomatoes for instance, you can have this delivered straight to your door or, since last Sunday, picked-up from 15 Canonbury Lane between 10am and 4pm on Sundays only. This includes vegetable box, asparagus, eggs, butter, olives, coffee, fruits, flour with more produce added regularly. Have a look at https://www.nourishedcommunities.com.  They will also send you a lovely newsletter with some community news.

Steve Hatt, the fishmonger on Essex Road does collection. You ring them on 020 7226 3963 the day before to place your order. When its ready they will call you, take payment over the phone and you go and collect to the shop without needing to queue. Their facebook page is more up-to-date than their website and you will not be limited to the fish listed on their website.

Still looking for flour?  Middletons Delicatessen on Amwell Street has some lovely Wessex Mill bread flour.  Although bit further out but still walkable or cyclable distance away: the Spence bakery in Stoke Newington and Tufnell Park sells flour and yeast. http://www.thespence.co.uk.  These things change though so best check before setting off.

Meal delivery / collection
• Leon has developed a ‘feed britain’ programme: https://feedbritain.com/  for vegetable / salad box and ready meal including a vegan option.

• Cote Brasserie has developed ‘Cote at Home’: https://coteathome.co.uk,  for something a bit fancier. And Salut! on Essex Road also does a three course meal delivery.

• More local, ’the Alpaca’ next to Steve Hatt on Essex Road operates as an off-license and makes chilled meal to make at home: https://www.thealpaca.co.uk 

• Fancy a different cuisine: Delhi Grill on Chapel Market and Zaffrani on Cross Street do collections, and also delivery. Gallipoli has opened their windows to collections.

• A bit further afield but a nice walk away, The Scolt Head in De Beauvoir has set-up 'frozen glory' that also offers ready meals, as well as mini kegs of beers and ice creams. https://www.thescolthead.co.uk 

• Or check the following article for more: https://www.hot-dinners.com/Features/Hot-Dinners-recommends/best-feed-delivery-takeaway-takeout-islington-highbury-holloway  and keep an eye out as more ‘open' regularly.

Exercise
Everyone will know about PE with Joe that’s available on Youtube live at 9am Monday to Friday.

Online Pilates: Karmen Pirh does short videos to follow on YouTube including a 15 min. stress relief routine and a 15 min killer ab workout. Go onto Youtube and search for Karmen Pirh. There are loads more by many people and if you know of any to recommend, let us know and we can add this onto the website version afterwards.

Culture
Quite a few organisations have developed on-line programmes:

Check out BBC Culture in Quarantine: https://www.bbc.co.uk/arts  there is loads on there including a ‘draw along’ every Wednesday with Pete McKee and a ‘Meet and Make’, dance, music, theatre, interviews and documentaries. Missing a bit of nature, they had a programme on sheep gathering in the lake district. There is really something for everyone.

The Royal Albert Hall has set up the ‘Royal Albert Home’ with performance streamed from artists’ home from across the world.

To bring a bit of Spring into our lives, especially for those without a garden or who might not be able to venture out: The Royal Botanical Garden in Edinburgh is posting videos of the garden: https://www.rbge.org.uk/visit/virtual-spring/virtual-spring/ 

Our Website
We update our website at www.cloudesleyassociation.org on a fairly regular basis with articles about the area, past and present. For example, check out this new article about the history of Barnsbury: https://www.cloudesleyassociation.org/cloudesley-history/places/251-how-barnsbury-was-built.  And feel free to add comments - we’re always interested in learning more.

 

And finally, remember to be vigilant for fraudsters. The following website gives some tips: www.takefive-stopfraud.org.uk 

These are only a few of the many available resources. If you wish to share your favourite one, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  and we will add it to the list.

As ever, if you know of any neighbour who is not on the Cloudesley Association e mail distribution list, please pass this e mail on and/or ask them to provide me with their contact details (to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) so that they can be kept in the loop.

Amanda and Florence
On behalf of
The Cloudesley Association

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Cloudesley Association - March 2020 Update 2

Coronavirus local support

1. Please ensure you access information from official channels: www.nhs.uk and www.gov.uk, as well as the BBC will provide all the relevant information.

2. There is a local group that has been set-up to support residents: Caledonian and Barnsbury Covid 19 Mutual Aid Group. Leaflets have been dropped into people’s letterboxes and a copy of the leaflet has been posted on the Cloudesley Association website in the new Coronavirus section, here. If you need support or to self-isolate, do get in touch with them: phone numbers, a What’s App group and Facebook page details are provided on our Cloudesley Association website. Alternatively, get in touch with us by e-mailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

3. Although such events brings communities together (and initiatives such as the one above is a good example), others are taking advantage so please be extra careful - Neighbourhood Watch has provided us with advice and details of scams to watch out for. This has been also posted on our website in the Coronavirus section.

Stay safe and follow the official advice provided by the government. If you have any concern, get in touch and we will do what we can to help.

Amanda and Florence
On behalf of
The Cloudesley Association
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Cloudesley Association – March 2020 Update

1. The Bridge ILS School - Residential Block Update

Penny Barratt has written to us to let us know about a proposed change to the conditions of use for the residential block. The current condition states:

“13. CONDITION: The use of the ancillary residential accommodation hereby approved shall be used during school term time only and not during school holidays. The accommodation shall be used by pupils of the Bridge International Learning Space School and their carers only and shall not be used as self-contained C3 residential units.
REASON: To protect the approved use of the site and the amenities of the neighbouring residential occupiers.”

As many of you will already be aware the residential block is not going to be used for the purpose that it was originally intended. However, the ILS still want to provide a service to the Borough’s pupils and their families, so have agreed with social care and the SEN team to offer after school and holiday provision. At present, they already have use of the residential block for the after school provision, but they would like to use the residential block for holiday provision, which they are currently unable to do because of the above-mentioned condition. At Christmas, holiday provision was provided in the main school building instead, but this caused significant issues for one of the attendees/students as he associated the school building with school not holiday provision.

Penny wanted us to inform you that the ILS are requesting this condition be amended to “The accommodation shall not be used as self-contained C3 residential units” and for the other conditions to be removed.

She would like to hear from anyone who has any questions or objections etc. Please let us know if you would like Penny’s details.

2. Victoria Line Update

If you are affected by the Victoria line noise, you may want to join the local group that is specifically tackling this on-going issue. Dr Jospeh Jeballi has been putting leaflets through local letterboxes but please see attached in case you have not received it. Please also see attached some maps showing the actual location of the Victoria line train tracks in relation to local housing.

3. Holy Trinity Church Update

You will have seen the scaffolding rise on the south aisle of the church over the last few weeks. We understand that this work, funded by Historic England, is for emergency repairs to the South Aisle roof which was discovered to be at the point of collapse.  Further work to the North Aisle roof and the West Turrets is expected to follow.  The attached letter from the contractors, Fullers, has been circulated, estimating that the works will last for 18 weeks.  We understand that a formal announcement will soon be released by the Diocese about this work and the larger renovation project for which funding by the Heritage Lottery Fund is being sought. We understand that the Diocese are also hoping to host a residents update meeting about the proposed renovation of the church at some point in mid to late April (date TBD).

As you may have seen in Islington News, the Islington Society is hosting a talk about Holy Trinity Church and the “Tales from the Crypt” local history research project on 25th March at 7pm in Islington Town Hall. Details can be found in the flyer attached. Two further talks about the church will be hosted by the Islington Society on April 22nd and May 13th.

There will also be a “Tales from the Crypt” exhibition at the Islington Museum, 245 St John St, starting on Thursday 19th March.  Several Association members have worked as volunteers on this project.

4. Neighbourhood Watch

Our local neighbourhood watch scheme has been in touch. Please find attached the Neighbourhood Watch Members’ booklet and Cybercrime Handout, which you may find useful.

If you have any queries about the neighbourhood watch scheme or wish to be included in their distribution list, please contact them on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

5. Carol Singing in Lonsdale Square/St Mungos

A date for your diaries - this year’s carol singing in Lonsdale Square has been provisionally booked for 15 December. In the end close to £450 was raised for St Mungos at last year’s event and we wanted to pass on a message of thanks from Sylvia at St Mungos to those who attended the event and donated.

"Thank you for helping us to end homelessness and rebuild lives. Your £410.00 donation on the 18th December 2019 is truly appreciated.

Homelessness damages the lives of some of the most vulnerable members of our society. Thanks to our supporters, we will continue to welcome them into warmth and safety, provide much needed support for their mental and physical wellbeing and help them rebuild their lives.

Together, we can end homelessness and ensure that everyone has a place to call home and fulfil their hopes and ambitions.

Best wishes,
Sylvia"

Sylvia Kamara
Supporter Care Team
St Mungo's

6. Islington Clean Air

Some of you may be interested in a petition by Islington Clean Air Parents regarding an Ocado depot (with diesel pumps) that’s planned to open up next to a local school.

The link to the petition is: https://www.change.org/p/islington-council-stop-ocado-building-a-diesel-delivery-depot-next-to-our-school

7. Angel Central

We have asked Rowena Champion for an update as to the lack of progress on the N1 Centre/Angel Central but do not currently have an update. Rowena is kindly looking into this for us.

8. Kings Cross and Islington Square

· Play crazy gold in Coal Drops Yard until 29 March . Tickets are £5 each (kids under 12 go free). Head to Lower Stable Street to pick up your putter and ball.

· The Aga Khan Centre is home to a “Retreading and retracing textile techniques” exhibition until the 3rd May. Details can be found at https://www.agakhancentre.org.uk/

· Rubber stamp printmaking workshops are taking place on Thursday afternoons in March in Islington Square. Tickets can be bought here: https://islingtonsquare.com/events/

· The Humble Grape is inviting wine lovers to join them at their Wine masterclasses on Friday evenings in March at Islington Square. Tickets can be bought here: https://islingtonsquare.com/events/.

If you are aware of any event, consultation or news item that you would like us to include in our next newsletter, please let us (or your street rep) know.

As ever, if you know of any neighbour who is not on the Cloudesley Association e mail distribution list, please pass this e mail on and/or ask them to provide me with their contact details (to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) so that they can be kept in the loop.

 

 

Amanda and Florence
On behalf of
The Cloudesley Association
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Cloudesley Association – November 2019 Update

1. Christmas Carols in Lonsdale Square Church

The wonderful annual tradition of singing Christmas carols on the four corners of Lonsdale Square is happening this year on Tuesday 17th December, starting at 7pm. All residents are warmly invited so please do go along if you are free.

2. TfL - Victoria Line

A number of you are affected by the increased noise generated by the Victoria Line this past year or so.

Tfl did some grinding on the southbound rails in the area on 12 September, which has hopefully made a difference to noise levels. However, TfL doesn’t yet have a fixed date for when the northbound grinding will be carried out, but have indicated that it will potentially be in March 2020.

TfL are going to be taking noise measurements at a couple of properties on a regular basis to monitor the situation. Generally-speaking, the grinding will be taking place at least once per year, but the regular measurements will help them to understand if and when more regular grinding will be required.

3. ILS - Christmas day-care

The ILS will be providing some holiday day-care during the Christmas holiday season.
Any queries please contact Amanda via the Cloudesley Association, and we will put you in touch with Penny Barratt.

4. Islington Square

Islington Square is now open! Kicking off with a bang, it is hosting a number of events including a “Feeling Good” Jazz Residency Weekend from 29 November to 1 December. Timings can be found on the Islington Square website www.islingtonsquare.com

5. Kings Cross

Christmas is a busy time at Kings Cross. Some of the more interesting events on in the coming month include:

(a) Northern Brights Festive Workshops: get stuck into some festive workshops - a host of independent brands will teach you everything from wrapping paper printing and candle dripping to cracker and piñata making. Listings can be found at www.kgx.cc/xmas;
(b) Christmas under the Canopy: Expect carol singers, live jazz, special events, seasonal master classes, workshops, tastings and so much more at the Canopy Market - open every day from 29 November to Christmas. In particular do not miss: (i) a ceramics / craft special weekend at Canopy Market 29 November - 1 December and (ii) the London Winter Craft Beer Festival at Canopy Market from 6-8 December.

6. Election register

If you haven’t received your polling card yet and wish to vote, the deadline to register is the 26th November. Information on who can vote and how to be added onto the register can be found at https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

7. Cloudesley Association website

Nick has updated and reorganised the website. This is full of information about the local history. Hope you enjoy it and please do get in touch should you have any historical facts or photos that might be of interest.

If you are aware of any event, consultation or news item that you would like us to include in our next newsletter, please let us (or your street rep) know.

As ever, if you know of any neighbour who is not on the Cloudesley Association e-mail distribution list, please pass this e-mail on and/or ask them to provide us with their contact details so that they can be kept in the loop.

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Amanda and Florence
On behalf of
The Cloudesley Association

Cloudesley Association – July 2019 Update

1. May Residents Meeting - Minutes

Our last residents meeting took place on 21st May. We had two special guests, Jenny Tatton and Rowena Champion, and had more general discussions about the Victoria Line and plans for the Church. Minutes of the meeting can be found here  (http://www.cloudesleyassociation.org/meetings/204-meeting-21-05-19)

2. Victoria Line Update

A group has been set up by a local resident for all those affected by the noise and vibration issues currently being experienced as a result of the Victoria Line. This has been an ongoing issue for a long time, but the situation seems to have deteriorated over the past year.

If you are affected by this and are not already part of the group, please do let us know and we can put you in touch with the person running it. The main message is that TfL will only feel pressure to do the work necessary to reduce the current noise and vibration levels if sufficient numbers of people get in touch with them to complain.

There is a meeting on 30 July with Heidi Alexander, deputy mayor where this will be discussed in detail – we will report back on this in our next update.

[Later addition: click here for what to do if you are experiencing tube noise]

3. Thornhill Gardens Update

On 30 June, 10 local volunteer gardeners, in wonderful sunshine, dug flower beds, power-washed benches in preparation for oiling, swept paths and were refreshed with tea and toasted sandwiches from the new kitchen. They have a fundraising target of £500 which will be used to buy 10 tons of compost (generous donations have already amounted to £335 + £1 from a dog walker from Colebroke Row!) They are also currently trying to identify horse stables to get free manure!

Volunteer litter pickers visit the Gardens every morning.

The next volunteer gardening days are:
Sunday, 28th July (10am-2pm);
Sunday 25th August (10am-2pm).

Please do go along, even if just for moral support.

Any further contributions towards the restoration of this local garden would be most welcomed. It will be a glorious space SOON with wild meadow grass areas for bees and butterflies!

Any questions about this, please get in contact and we will put you in touch with Dirk Meerstadt about this.

4. Thornhill School – Fundraising for a New Library

A group of parents, the Thornhill Foundation, has been raising money to build Thornhill Primary a much needed new library. Thornhill is a fantastic school but is suffering, as others, from wider Governmental school cuts and reliant on fundraising to make projects vital to teaching and learning happen.

As well as a resource for the children and teachers they hope this will, in time become a wider community resource for local book readings, poetry events and a Barnsbury book festival.

The library is costing around £150,000. Through events, grants from charities and generosity from parents and local friends of the school they have raised c. £137,000 in 18 months. They are now in the final push to raise the remainder.

A leaflet about the project is attached.

The group is asking local people who value the school and its impact on the wider community to donate to their crowdfunding campaign. If 1000 local people now give £20 then they will make their target.

To find out more about the project or pledge, go to:

www.spacehive.com/thornhillschoollibrary

 

Cloudesley Association – May 2019 Update and change of meeting date

1. Residents Meeting

Unfortunately we were unable to secure a suitable venue for our proposed residents meeting on 14th May so we have had to change the date – it will now take place on Tuesday, 21st May at 6.30pm in the Drapers Arms (the room upstairs).

We will circulate an agenda a couple of days beforehand. Rowena Champion has kindly agreed to join us to discuss issues of local interest. We will also be joined by Jenny Tatton who will speak to us about the amazing local history work she has been doing. We are also aiming to spend some time talking about the plans for restoration of the Holy Trinity Church more generally. If you would like to raise a specific subject/topic for discussion, there is still time so please let us know ASAP.

2. Barnard Park – Date for the Diaries

The Friends of Barnard Park will be holding their AGM at 7.30pm on Monday 13th May in the Adventure Playground building just off Copenhagen Street. We understand from Rowena that there has been some progress made in relation to the proposed regeneration of the park and we hope that we will be able to report back with some more information on this soon.

3. Holy Trinity Church - News

The Diocese have received funding for a project to research local Cloudesley history, focused initially on the parishioners of Holy Trinity buried in the crypt. Read the press release on the Cloudesley Association website. This exciting project will build on the work that has already been started (Read about that here). Anyone wishing to volunteer to help with the research should contact the Diocese at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . There is also one final drop in session at Finsbury Library, 245 St John Street on Thursday 9th May (2-5pm)

4. Friends of Thornhill Road Gardens - Gardening Club

On the last Sunday of each month, anyone keen to get stuck into some gardening can join the Friends of Thornhill Road Gardens between 10am and 1pm in Thornhill Road Gardens for a spot of gardening. It should be a lovely opportunity to meet other local gardening enthusiasts.

5. Islington in Bloom

Islington in Bloom is your local horticultural competition and is run by Islington Gardeners and Islington Council. The 2019 competition is now open. Entries close by 2 June. To enter the competition, click here.

Contact details are: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  and Daniela on 2027 527 6394.

6. N1 Centre Redevelopment

According to Nextdoor Barnsbury, the old site of Gap and French Connection is being redeveloped to house a new Uniqlo shop and mini golf centre. We understand that there are other changes afoot, including an expansion to H&M.

7. Visitors Car Parking Permits

It has not been particularly well advertised but there is now a new/alternative way to get parking vouchers for residents’ visitors, which we thought you might want to know about.

Visitor E-vouchers can be bought through RingGo. They are paperless vouchers linked directly to a vehicle number plate. You can buy for the exact amount of time you need rather than needing to buy 30 min, 3 hour or 1 day blocks.

If you are new to RingGo you will need to register online first (you can register in advance now so you are ready to go), but after that you will have more choice over how you order vouchers – through the RingGo app, online, or by calling 0203 046 0005.
You can order e-vouchers for immediate use or up to two days in advance.

8. Kings Cross

Of interest in Kings Cross this month:

London Craft Week: 8th – 12th May. Coal Drops Yard joins London Craft Week for the first time, presenting a packed programme of workshops, installations and experiences. More detail on the programme here.

Everyman Music Film Festival: 9th – 26th May. Everyman and music venue Spiritland bring you this celebration of sound and screen. programme

 

If you are aware of any event, consultation or news item that you would like us to include in our next newsletter, please let us (or your street rep) know.

As ever, if you know of any neighbour who is not on the Cloudesley Association e mail distribution list, please pass this e mail on and/or ask them to provide me with their contact details (to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) so that they can be kept in the loop.

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Cloudesley Association – March 2019 Update

1. The Integrated Learning Space Update

Last week Amanda met with Penny Barratt to discuss the school. Penny and Ed have happily found someone to head the residential unit but it will take some time before it is fully operational – perhaps another 12 months or so, mainly because of council funding issues. Penny said that, consequently, the school (specifically the ILS part of the building only, i.e. that part accessed from Richmond Avenue and occupying the first floor of the building/the residential unit) may be used (during the day on weekdays only) for 3 weeks or so over the summer months for educational purposes (a summer course/club) and she was keen to let residents know of this plan.

2. Barnard Park – Date for the Diaries

The Friends of Barnard Park have been busy organising two Pop-Up Saturdays on June 1 & 8 from 11am-4pm in Barnard Park. They will be free fun for the whole family. Past favourites will be on hand. Mrs. H and the Sing-along Band headline on June 1.

There will be activities for children, food and music. The Adventure Playground will also be open for families to enjoy their amazing play frames structures and more.

3. Website update on “Cloudesley History”

Nick Collin and Jenny Tatton have been busy researching the local history of the Cloudesley Estate and updating our website with the results – see www.cloudesleyassociation.org . In particular we wanted to let you know about Jenny Tatton’s magnificent new labours of love: “Hunting Ghosts – Cloudesley Road – Past and Present” and “Gold Dust – Born and Bred in Cloudesley Road”, which you can find by clicking on the latest Breaking News item on the website Home page or via Projects > Cloudesley History.

4. Holy Trinity Church

We’ve been contacted by the Church Commissioners who have prepared a “Legal Scheme” and related documents setting out the Diocese’s proposals for renovating the church. They are inviting representations from interested parties for or against the proposals, which must be received by 14 April 2019. You can view the proposals on the Church Commissioners website here: https://www.churchofengland.org/consultation/Cloudesley-Square - where you can also download a complete pack of explanatory materials. Residents of Cloudesley Square have also been sent a hard copy of this pack and we will be publishing it on our website. Our first impression is that this development is just a standard legal procedure to prepare the ground for the renovation project proper, but if you have any views, positive or negative, or informed opinions on the proposals, then please do make your representations known to the Church Commissioners by the April 14 deadline. There will also be an opportunity to discuss this subject at the next Meeting in May (see below).

5. Pupil’s Referral Unit

Rowena Champion, Amanda and Florence are meeting with Nigel and others from the PRU at 5.30pm on Weds 27th March. If you have any questions/queries that you would like us to pass on, please do let us know.

6. Residents Meeting

We have tabled 14th May for the next residents meeting. We will circulate details of location in next month’s newsletter. If you would like to raise a specific subject, or would like to suggest a guest to be invited to address a topic of local interest, please let us know by 3 April.

7. Kings Cross

Of interest in Kings Cross this month:

Vintage Classic Car Boot Sale – this is back – 27-28 April 2019.

If you are aware of any event, consultation or news item that you would like us to include in our next newsletter, please let us (or your street rep) know.

As ever, if you know of any neighbour who is not on the Cloudesley Association e mail distribution list, please pass this e mail on and/or ask them to provide me with their contact details (to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) so that they can be kept in the loop.

 

Amanda and Florence
On behalf of
The Cloudesley Association
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Cloudesley Association – February 2019 Update

1. Local History

We are delighted to announce that the website has been updated with a massive treasure trove of information about past Cloudesley residents. Check it out at http://www.cloudesleyassociation.org/issues/cloudesley-history or follow the Breaking News link. We have Holy Trinity Church Births, Baptisms, Marriage and Burials data going back to 1829, and extensive census data for Cloudesley Square from 1841 to 1911.

If you would like to get involved or contribute data or stories to bring the records to life, please speak to Nick Collin.

2. Layers of London

On a similar theme, Layers of London, an HLF funded project, has been in touch with the Association. Their remit involves trying to encourage community groups to share their history and memories of London online with a wide range of audiences.
More specifically, Layers of London has a new website that enables community groups and individuals to share the heritage of London online by pinning that information on a map.

The website can be found at: www.layersoflondon.org. We also attach a leaflet which should provide some useful background. The website is free to use and anyone can create an account. We have already created a "Collection" called "Cloudesley Estate".  Layers can also offer training and advice on what makes a good online collection, and have an extensive engagement programme for children and youth groups. Please do get involved.

3. School

Rowena Champion met with Nigel Smith (Head), his colleague Joe Calouri (Executive Member for Children and Young People) and Mark (business manager) from the PRU late last year. She had a positive meeting with them. Clyde Brennan has separately reached out to let us know that he is the new Head of New River College Primary. We are looking forward to getting to know Clyde this year.

4. Residents Meeting

We are hoping to hold the next residents meeting in the second week of May. We will circulate details in next month’s newsletter.

5. StAn’s Café

StAn’s café takes place on 3rd Saturday of the month (10am - 1pm) at St Andrews church in Thornhill Square. The next one is on the 16th February, with the following one on 16th March. Further information can be found on the StAn’s café Facebook page. www.facebook.com/standrewscafe.

6. Kings Cross

Of interest in Kings Cross this month:

From Coal to Club – there is a fascinating exhibition in Kings Cross Visitors Centre about the history of Coals Drop Yard that runs until 30 March 2019.

Wave Field – there are illuminated musical seesaws sitting in Coals Drop Yard until 17 March 2019.

Valentines – there is a Valentines theme at Canopy Market this coming weekend – 14-17 February 2019.

Half Term Activities for Kids – there is a week long festival of activities for kids during half term week – 16-24 February 2019.

If you are aware of any event, consultation or news item that you would like us to include in our next newsletter, please let us (or your street rep) know.

As ever, if you know of any neighbour who is not on the Cloudesley Association e mail distribution list, please pass this e mail on and/or ask them to provide me with their contact details (to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) so that they can be kept in the loop.

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The Cloudesley Association
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Cloudesley Association – December 2018 Update

1. Christmas Carols

Residents have been kindly invited to join the following Christmas Carol events:

(a) Sunday 9th December at 8:30pm: The Crown, 116 Cloudesley Road, is hosting the Church on the Corner Christmas Carols;

(b) Tuesday 11th December at 7pm: The annual Lonsdale Square Christmas carol singing is taking place on all four corners of the square - everyone is welcome!

2. Kings Cross

Since our last update, the amazing new Coal Drops Yard shopping area has opened. It is quite spectacular and worth a visit.

For more information as to what’s on, check out www.kingscross.co.uk for a programme of events, including:

· wreath making workshops;
· a ‘festive canopy market’ every Friday (noon-8pm);
· Store Projects is running a series of workshops; and
· the House of Illustration’s Winter Fair is back, on the 8th December (noon-6pm).

3. The School(s)

Our local councillor Rowena Champion has managed to arrange a meeting with the school and will be talking to them about some of the concerns raised by residents this year. We have been liaising with Rowena and will report back as to how that meeting went in the New Year.

4. Update on the Holy Trinity Church:

Notes from the meeting organised by the Diocese on the 30th October 2018 at St Andrew’s Church are provided below.

The following people spoke to the audience:

· Kevin Rogers, Head of Parish Property Support (Diocese)
· Ptolemy Dean, Architect
· Harvey Howlett, Church Commissioners
· Carole Patey, Fundraiser

Presentations

Kevin introduced the various speakers and explained that the Diocese was rethinking how to be part of the community and how to raise £6m for restoring the church. A feasibility study has been funded by various partners and they are in discussion with the YMCA who is in need of a new office space. The YMCA is felt to be a charity with similar purposes to the Diocese.

Ptolemy took us through the history of the Church’s development. He described it as ‘amongst the finest low cost built’ that bears plaster ceiling beams rather than timber for instance. It is framed by the adjacent streets and its West front is inspired by King’s College Cambridge. There are no architectural drawings dating back to the original construction. In 1901, the church was remodelled: the galleries were removed and the raked pews in front of the West front window were added.

Scaffolding has been in place since 2005 when emergency repairs were carried out by Historic England. This included steel strengthening and some re-roofing.

Ptolemy briefly showed an earlier proposal by The Church Conservation Trust, since rejected, that introduced a double height wall at the bottom of the raked pews, with the purpose of using this space for lectures and introducing a floor within the nave at mezzanine level.

Since then, a feasibility study has been carried out looking at a different arrangement that would provide mix-used facilities. This would consist of offices at first floor with the raked pews removed and levelled, reinstating the full height West window and also reinstating the galleries above the aisles. This would create space for approximately 80 desks in open-plan offices. This would have limited visual impact on the views from the ground floor. The volume of the nave would be retained open as a flexible open space, possibly including a café, while the aisle below the galleries would be subdivided into rooms by predominantly glazed partitions. Space needs to be allowed for ancillary spaces such as kitchen, toilets, meeting spaces etc.

Ptolemy identified that there are issues with access in that a spiral stone staircase currently leads to the first floor pews. The current sketch plan suggests a lift in the west porch and staircases at the end of both aisles leading to the first floor.

The Diocese is currently working with the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), a Trust and the YMCA, but will require further sources of funding.

The crypt currently holds 180 “residents” from 1826-1844 and it is proposed that the space is used as an ossuary that would be used by medical students. The intention being that a medical / university institution would partner with the Diocese.

Harvey explained that the project will need Listed Building and Planning Consent. The Commissioners are actively involved in the disposal scheme and will write a document that will list the potential use considered acceptable ‘on principle’ by the Commissioners. The residents will be formerly consulted, in writing, by the Commissioners on those principles before Listed Building and Planning Consent are submitted.

Carole explained that Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has historically been the main funder for historic buildings. HLF is currently rethinking their schemes and the earliest an application will be possible is April 2019. Any application to the HLF must benefit the heritage and the community. At this stage, HLF recommends an “Our Heritage” grant (https://www.hlf.org.uk/looking-funding/our-grant-programmes/our-heritage) to start the process and the Diocese is looking at researching the social history of those buried in the crypt, and to work with creative writer and artists to interpret the resources to satisfy HLF’s request (see point 5 below).

Our Heritage | Heritage Lottery Fund.  www.hlf.org.uk  "An Our Heritage grant can help you protect and share the heritage you care about. Your project could focus on anything from personal memories and cultural traditions to archaeological sites, places of worship, museum collections and rare wildlife."

Kevin concluded by reminding residents that they will hear from the Commissioners when these are carrying out their consultation. He indicated that the Diocese would like to start the work in late 2019 / early 2020 with a completion in 2021/22, ideally. He then opened the floor to questions

The following information was gained from the questions raised:

· Heritage stakeholders (Historic England, Victorian and Georgian Societies) have indicated that converting and sub-dividing the building for residential use will not receive their approval.
· It was suggested by members of the audience that the church should be re-consecrated. Funding available is more limited for a consecrated church according to Kevin Rogers.
· The Diocese plan A is to find a charitable tenant with a clear purpose to partner with. They haven’t spoken to other charities (other than YMCA and previously CCT) as the scale of investment required is too large for most, but they will go through an advertisement process and YMCA is not definitive yet.
· The number of people that could use the ‘office’ space on a daily basis is currently evaluated at about 80.
· The Diocese has learned from the previous mistake made by not having a robust enough lease in place, and the Commissioners are also aware of issues from unsuitable leases written in the past. Both parties will ensure that a suitable lease is being used to avoid such situation arising again. But the Diocese doesn’t know yet the type of lease arrangement given they haven’t secured an end user yet.

5. ‘Our Heritage’ Research Project

Here is a brief summary of the research project being submitted to the HLF by the Diocese. This information was kindly provided subsequently by Carol Patey by e-mail to Nick Collin. The application is going in on Monday and if successful, Carol and her colleague will be very keen to hear from any potential volunteers.

'The Place Where We Live'
Tales from the Crypt

“'A group of local volunteers, led by a professional historian, will explore the history and people of Cloudesley Square, London, N1 and its focal point, Sir Charles Barry's Holy Trinity Church (now decommissioned), together with the surrounding parish of Barnsbury.

One focus of the project will be 'Tales from the Crypt' which will specifically focus on the burials in the crypt dating from 1829, (the year the church was first opened), to 1854. These were the first parishioners of the Cloudesley area and we plan to create a 'snapshot' of their lives: who they were, what they did, where they worked and how they died.

The research will be published on the diocesan website and used as the basis for a community led exhibition in the local library and a school arts project involving the local PRU, New River College for Primary pupils. Islington Guides will lead a series of free public walks based on this knowledge. It will also inform the conservation plan for the restoration of the church.

This project will be carried out with the assistance of 'Islington Heritage' (part of Islington Council), Islington Guides; New River College, (PRU); Cloudesley Residents' Association; The Cloudesley Trust; Barnsbury Parish; and Voluntary Action, Islington.'

We will be in touch with you again as soon as we have any progress to report. This is not likely to be before early March 2019 when, all being well, the project will begin in earnest. The research is expected to take around six months, after which we will be in a position to share the stories and to progress with the guided walks, the school’s art project and plan the exhibition for the Library.”

6. Other matters

We will be planning an Association meeting in the New Year, where the main agenda item will be developments at the church, set out above.

If you are aware of any event, consultation or news item that you would like us to include in our next newsletter, please let us (or your street rep) know.

As ever, if you know of any neighbour who is not on the Cloudesley Association e mail distribution list, please pass this email on and/or ask them to provide us with their contact details so that they can be kept in the loop.

Amanda and Florence
On behalf of
The Cloudesley Association

Cloudesley Association – September 2018 Update

1. Dowrey Street Site – School Use

Amanda and Florence met with Rowena Champion (our local councillor) on the 11th July to express the concerns raised by several residents about the current use of the School's ground on Sundays and the use of amplifiers by the Celestial Church in particular, as well as the absence of communication from the PRU / Islington. There isn't anything further we can report on that subject at the moment. We are intending to organise a resident's meeting in late October and will invite the schools' representatives to attend.

For those who live on the north-east corner of the site (Richmond Avenue / Stonefield Street), please note that planning application has been sought to change the fencing on the back walls of the gardens of those properties. The Bridge school is keen to engage with local residents affected by these proposals to ensure that residents are comfortable with the plans. We will ask the Bridge to join us at our next residents meeting to discuss the matter with those affected.

2. Holy Trinity Church – Update

On the 3rd July, Amanda, Florence and Nick (the residents' representative for the square) met at the Church with Susan and some of her colleagues. A report of dilapidation evaluates the cost of repairs to £6m (including fees), of which £1.5m are emergency works. Susan and her colleagues explained that the church had been closed down in the 1970s and was deconsecrated.

The Diocese have three main aims regarding any restoration work:

1/ to meet the community needs,
2/ to restore the fabric of the church, and
3/ to be financially viable.

They anticipate that some sort of mix-use will be explored, and the YMCA is one project partner carrying out a feasibility study. 

The Diocese is doing a survey and would like to hear your views - which would help identify what the 'community need' is, before the 24th September. The survey can be found at https://bit.ly/2Ocuf5d.

Extract:

"Have your say..... In 2018 the Diocese of London began the Cloudesley Challenge Project to design, together with the local community, a new future for Holy Trinity Church. From June to September 2018, Barnsbury Parish and the Diocese of London are running consultation activities to understand: ....the importance of Holy Trinity Church to local communities; and ....local community needs and opportunities for the future use of the building. Completing this form should take 5-10 minutes and will give you the opportunity to have your say on the future of Holy Trinity. We thank you for your time and your interest." The Cloudesley Challenge

Some of you will have received a newsletter that Susan hand-delivered to residents, but for those who didn't receive it, please click here.

The Diocese are also looking to hold a meeting. As soon as they find a suitable date and venue we will let you know.

In the meantime Susan has provided us with the following update for this newsletter:

- The gate at the west entrance has been reinstated. The pintle had broken off and was embedded into the base so the gate had to be taken away for a new pintle to be made.

- The gutters/drains etc have been cleared out again and she has confirmed that they are in much better shape since the trees were pollarded a few months ago.

- The final branch of the middle plane tree will be cut back. There is a bird's nest in the tree and the branch could not be cut back when the tree works were carried out.

3. Events

Of interest this month:

- Open House London: This weekend (22/23 September) there is another opportunity to gain free access to numerous buildings across London. Please see details at https://openhouselondon.org.uk/. There is also an app that can be downloaded from the website which contains a useful map.

- London Design Festival: The London Design Festival also has events across town until the 23 September, including some nearby. For details please see https://www.londondesignfestival.com/.

- Kings Cross: Check out www.kingscross.co.uk for the calendar of events taking place around Granary Square. A particular highlight may well be the Time Out 50th Birthday celebrations in Granary Square on 29 September.

- October Beer Festival: There will be an October Beer Festival at St Pancras International between the 1st and 21st October. For details please see https://stpancras.com/events/2018/october/st-pancras-beer-festival

If you are aware of any event, consultation or news item that you would like us to include in our next newsletter, please let us (or your street rep) know.

As ever, if you know of any neighbour who is not on the Cloudesley Association e mail distribution list, please pass this e mail on and/or ask them to provide me with their contact details so that they can be kept in the loop.

Amanda and Florence
On behalf of
The Cloudesley Association

Cloudesley Association – June 2018 Update

1. Noise Levels – Dowrey Street Site

On Sunday 26th May, the Celestial Church of Christ had an event in the New River College School premises that carried on into the afternoon and made use of amplified music, the level and duration of which was beyond an acceptable level in such a residential area. Mid afternoon Amanda went to see the Celestial Church of Christ and asked for the music to be turned off, but this event had already led to several complaints from residents.

Nigel Smith, Executive Head of the NRC, Mark Gilleran of the NRC and Rowena Champion were contacted on the 29th. On the 31st, we received the following e-mail response from Mr Gilleran:

"Dear Amanda,
Many thanks for your email letting us know. I was unaware such amplified music would be used. I was informed it was a summer fair like event with activities and food. I will liaise with the Church organisers. It was a one-off event to celebrate their 40th anniversary within the local community. I apologise for any inconvenience.
Regards Mark"

A second e-mail was sent out on the 3rd June to the NRC suggesting that a meeting be organised to discuss the issue. No response has so far been received.

The Noise Pollution department at the Council was also contacted by numerous residents concerning the issue.

We are still hoping to speak to the NRC about the issue and their proposed usage of the building during weekends and holidays moving forwards and will let you know as and when we do hear from them.

2. Central Island - Liverpool Road

A consultation is currently taking place in relation to the building of an island on Liverpool Road at the junction of Liverpool Road and Barnsbury Street. You have most Iikely already received a letter about this in the post. The deadline for comments has just passed but if you do have views on this, the Council may still be willing to accept them. Chris Loughton at the Council can be contacted about this on 02075273734 or an e mail can be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

3. The Holy Trinity Church, Cloudesley Square

Susan Speece has informed us that the Diocese have now held their first meeting with a stakeholder engagement consultant and would like to arrange a meeting for the consultants to brief residents on the progress of work on the Church and a couple of events that they are intending to hold, but also to answer questions you may have. We will let you know when this is scheduled.

4. Kings Cross

Of interest in Kings Cross this month:

27 June – 15 July: Summer Love Film Festival (Everyman's open air film festival on the banks of the Regents Canal!)
2-15 July: Strawberries and Screen is back!
3 July – 30 September: Scoop, a wacky pop-up ice cream museum arrives in King's Cross, Gasholder 11.

If you are aware of any event, consultation or news item that you would like us to include in our next newsletter, please let us (or your street rep) know.

As ever, if you know of any neighbour who is not on the Cloudesley Association e mail distribution list, please pass this e mail on and/or ask them to provide me with their contact details so that they can be kept in the loop.

Amanda and Florence
On behalf of
The Cloudesley Association

Cloudesley Association – May 2018 Update

1. GDPR –IMPORTANT INFORMATION

As you will be aware, the new General Data Protection Regulation comes into force later this month. Consequently, there are a number of changes that we will be making.

Firstly, future Cloudesley Association e mails will be sent from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so please keep a look out for e mails from that address as we will no longer be sending e mails from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Secondly, in the next few days you will be receiving an initial e mail from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. asking you to consent to receiving further correspondence from the Cloudesley Association. We do not want to lose touch with you so please provide us with your consent to retain your contact details by responding to that e mail.

Thirdly, we will be updating our website with a new privacy policy relating to how we keep your personal information safe.

2. Cloudesley Walk

During 2017/18, Cloudesley is commemorating the 500th anniversary of Richard Cloudesley's bequest. To mark the anniversary, the charity commissioned Clerkenwell & Islington Guides Association (CIGA) to develop a guided walk. The walk, Cloudesley – Cattle, Churches and Charity, was offered twice in the autumn and was oversubscribed on both occasions. Cloudesley are now offering two further opportunities to take part in this free guided walk on Saturday 12th May and Saturday 19th May, from 11.00am – 1.00pm.

The guided walk was developed and is led by Susan Hahn, an experienced CIGA guide. It gives a fascinating insight into Richard Cloudesley and his bequest; the urbanisation of Islington and, in particular, the development of the Cloudesley Estate; and the changing ways in which the income from Richard Cloudesley's two 'stony fields' has been used to support Islington over the past 500 years.

For further information and to book a place, please see https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cloudesley-cattle-churches-and-charity-tickets-44149280687 .

Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

3. Cloudesley 500th Anniversary Concert – 9 June

In commemoration of Richard Cloudesley, Cloudesley is also putting on a special concert at St Mary Islington on Saturday 9 June at 7.30pm.

The performance at St Mary Islington, Upper Street N1 2TX will include The Stony Field, a specially commissioned choral piece which celebrates the life and legacy of Richard Cloudesley, which has been developed by Justin Butcher and Harvey Brough from Vox Holloway. There will also be an opportunity to hear The Foundling Hospital Anthem by GF Handel and A Particulare Care by Harvey Brough. The concert includes soloists Andrew Rupp, Julie Kench, Clara Sanabras and Jo Marshall, with the Holloway Baroque Players, the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School Choir and Vox Holloway.

If you would like to attend, tickets can be purchased for £10 from the Pleasance Theatre box office. The full concert programme is also being performed on the following dates and tickets for these performances can be bought from the Pleasance Theatre:

Sunday 20 May, 7.30pm St Luke's West Holloway, Hillmarton Road N7 9RE

Thursday 7 June, 7.00pm St James Clerkenwell, Clerkenwell Close EC1R 0EA

4. Holy Trinity Church – Update

Susan Speece has written to us by way of update. There hasn't been a great deal of progress in the past couple of months, but you will have seen that the trees were finally pollarded and the self-seeded sycamore tree has gone. Susan did confirm that a kick off meeting took place a couple of days ago with a Stakeholder Engagement Consultant. Susan has suggested that the Consultant come to our next Residents meeting, so we will be in touch in due course with a date for our next meeting.

5. Kings Cross

Of interest in Kings Cross this month:

  • 11-13 May: Chocolate Festival at Canopy Market.
  • 8-18 June: Phobiarama - an immersive excursion into our contemporary culture of fear! This 21st century haunted house comes to London for the first time following sell out performances across Europe.
  • 2-15 July: Strawberries and Screen is back!

If you are aware of any event, consultation or news item that you would like us to include in our next newsletter, please let us (or your street rep) know.

As ever, if you know of any neighbour who is not on the Cloudesley Association e mail distribution list, please pass this e mail on and/or ask them to provide me with their contact details so that they can be kept in the loop.

 

Amanda and Florence
On behalf of
The Cloudesley Association

Cloudesley Association – March Update


1. Residents Meeting – Minutes
Thanks to the many residents who attended our residents meeting two weeks ago.

Please find attached:

Minutes of the meeting; and
• a thank you email from Susan Speece of the Diocese, together with the "Cloudesley Challenge" volunteering form for those of you who might be kind enough to give up some time to help the Church.

2. Holy Trinity Church – Association Support Letter – Action Required!

Please also find attached a letter of support that we have been asked to provide to assist with the fundraising activities of the Church.

We understand from Susan Speece that the Diocese needs to raise at least £1mil in order to do necessary repair work to the West Entrance and roof of the church in order that the building can be used again. This is obviously only the first (and small) part of the full restoration project, but we understand an Association support letter would be very helpful in order for the Church to raise funding.

In order to ensure that residents agree that this letter should be sent by the Association and that this support letter represents the views of the majority of our residents, we would like residents to reply to this e mail with (a) a Yes, I am supportive of the Association sending this letter or (b) a No, I am not supportive of the Association sending this letter, by no later than 5pm on Thursday 15th March.

3. Friends of Barnard Park – AGM
Just a reminder for those of you interested in the development of Barnard Park, the Friends of Barnard Park are holding their Annual General Meeting at 7.30pm on Thursday, 15th March 2018.

4. Kings Cross

Of interest in Kings Cross this month:

Ceramic Art London: From 23rd – 25th March you can buy work directly from 90 leading contemporary ceramic artists in the Granary Building in Granary Square.

Michelin-star lunch by Singaporean Hawker Chan: This will be available for £6 at Granary Square Kerb pop-up Wednesday 14 to Friday 16th March.

If you are aware of any event, consultation or news item that you would like us to include in our next newsletter, please let us (or your street rep) know.

As ever, if you know of any neighbour who is not on the Cloudesley Association e mail distribution list, please pass this e mail on and/or ask them to provide me with their contact details so that they can be kept in the loop.

 

Amanda and Florence
On behalf of
The Cloudesley Association

Cloudesley Association Update – February 2018

Here are our updates for the month of February:

1. Residents Meeting – 27th February 2018 - 6.45 for 7pm start – The Bridge ILS

Just a reminder that our next residents association meeting is scheduled to take place on 27th February 2018 at the Bridge ILS school. We will start at 7pm but please do come along any time after 6.45pm. The meeting will take approximately one hour.

Please could residents come via the Dowrey Street entrance to the school.

Susan Speece from the Diocese will be our special guest and will be able to answer all your questions regarding the Church and its redevelopment. Ed Ashcroft and Nigel Smith from the Bridge ILS and PRU schools respectively, have happily also agreed to attend the event and can answer any of your questions regarding the schools.

2. Local Crime Update – Burglary Update

You may recall that in our last newsletter, we mentioned that many houses down Cloudesley Road and neighbouring streets have been "stickered" and that this practice is sometimes associated with potential scoping exercises (i.e. are a way of burglars identifying homes as possible targets for break-ins).

One of our residents has happily received some comforting feedback from the Met police in relation to the recent round of stickering, which we thought we should pass on:

"Thank you for passing on the newsletter to me.
As discussed earlier, I rang the mobile number advertised on these stickers in Cloudesley Square and, unlike the Wandsworth case, it appeared to be a genuine locksmith business number.
Having done some further research, it is a company based in Cricklewood with further branches in other parts of London.
However, now that I have seen the Evening Standard article, and the remarkable similarity of both stickers, I can certainly understand why residents would be alarmed at the sudden appearance of these.
The business owner has been warned to stop this practice of placing stickers on people's front doors with immediate effect.
In the meantime, I would advise residents at Cloudesley Square/Road to remove the stickers, and if they know their neighbours might be away for a while, to remove those as well.
The reason I am advising this is because any remaining stickers might give potential burglars a clue that this house is unoccupied, and therefore an easy target for a break-in.
I will write to all residents with the above advice, you can never be careful enough when it comes to thieves and scammers...if you can spread the message as well via the Cloudesley Association that would be great.
If there are any other issues we can help with, please do let us know."

3. Recycling

Rowena Champion has contacted us to let us know that the Environment and Regeneration Scrutiny Committee is currently scrutinising recycling. As part of that exercise, Islington council have produced a survey at www.islington.gov.uk/recyclingscrutiny which you may be interested in participating in. Please do participate if you have time as I understand all feedback would be very gratefully received.

4. Kings Cross – Canopy Market

The monthly pop-up market that takes place on the last weekend of each month at West Handyside Canopy. Check it out Friday 23rd February 2018 - Sunday 25th February 2018.

If you are aware of any event, consultation or news item that you would like us to include in our next newsletter, please let us (or your street rep) know.

As ever, if you know of any neighbour who is not on the Cloudesley Association e mail distribution list, please pass this e mail on and/or ask them to provide me with their contact details so that they can be kept in the loop.

Amanda and Florence
On behalf of
The Cloudesley Association

Cloudesley Association Update – January 2018

Happy New Year!

Here are our updates for the month of January:

1. Local Crime Update – Extortion Letters

Please see below some extortion letters that were received by Amanda recently. We wanted to share these with you so that you are all aware that these letters are a scam and should not be responded to. The police have received similar letters from about 30 residents in the Islington area but there are others across the whole MET area.

2. Local Crime Update – Moped Crime

Whilst on the telephone to the police in relation to the above matter, one of the detectives mentioned that Islington now accounts for 50% of all moped crime across the whole of the UK. They asked that we remind residents of this horrific statistic and ask that residents are very careful when using their mobile phones in public.

3. Local Crime Update – Burglary Update

Many houses down Cloudesley Road and neighbouring streets have been "stickered" in the past few days. Please see below a useful article about this practice, which is a way of burglars identifying homes as possible targets for break-ins. We understand that residents have contacted the police about the sudden appearance of all these stickers but again, this is a good reminder to ensure all your locks and burglar alarms are working correctly.

https://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/thieves-using-stickers-to-target-london-houses-for-burglaries-8946396.html?amp

4. Neighbourhood Watch

Inspector Steven Murfin's has posted on Next-door that he is looking at re-invigorating the Neighbourhood Watch scheme in Islington.
If you would like to be a member, set up a scheme or find out more information about your local scheme then please contact PC Sara Langridge or PC Heather Farrell at:

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5. Residents Meeting – 27th February 2018

As mentioned in our last update, our next residents association meeting is scheduled to take place on 27th February 2018. Susan Speece from the Diocese will be our special guest and will be able to answer all your questions regarding the Church and its redevelopment.

Ed Ashcroft and Nigel Smith have happily also agreed to attend, as well as very kindly offering the use of the school to host the event. Further details on which entrance to go to and timings (assume a 7pm start) will be sent nearer the time.

For those who live on Stonefield Street, please note that Adi Cimic has contacted me to try and get us all together to discuss replacing the back fence the whole way along – I suggested to Adi that we can discuss immediately before the residents meeting on 27th but will confirm nearer the time.

6. Kings Cross – Lumiere London 2018

Lumiere London is back! From Thursday 18th January to Sunday 21st January Lumiere London is back and it's brighter, bolder and more magical than ever. See King's Cross transformed into a spectacular, nocturnal art show that will lift your spirit. Lumiere London is a major international festival with over 40 installations to explore across London's streets, buildings and public spaces. The festival is completely free of charge.
If you are aware of any event, consultation or news item that you would like us to include in our next newsletter, please let us (or your street rep) know.

As ever, if you know of any neighbour who is not on the Cloudesley Association e mail distribution list, please pass this e mail on and/or ask them to provide me with their contact details so that they can be kept in the loop.

Amanda and Florence
On behalf of
The Cloudesley Association

 

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Cloudesley Association Update – December 2017

Here are our updates for the month of December:

1. Thornhill School Annual Christmas Fair – Friday 8th December

Thornhill School would like to invite the members of the Cloudesley Association to their annual Christmas Fair, at the school this Friday 8th December (3.15 pm– 5.30pm). Please find attached flyers for the event (Flyer 1 - Flyer 2). There will be a great range of stalls, activities, food and drink, a Raffle with fantastic prizes and Christmas trees for sale. They are also seeking to raise awareness of the Thornhill Foundation, which is working on key projects to develop and improve the school.

2. Christmas Carols in Lonsdale Square – Tuesday 12th December

Just a quick reminder that the Lonsdale Square residents association has once again kindly invited us to join them at their annual Christmas Carols event. For those who haven't been before, it is a lovely Dickensian evening of carols in the four corners of Lonsdale Square starting at 7pm on 12th December. Please do come along.

3. Residents Meeting – 27th February 2018

Please save the date! Our next residents association meeting will take place on 27th February 2018. Susan Speece from the Diocese will be our special guest and will be able to answer all your questions regarding the Church and its redevelopment.

Ed Ashcroft and Nigel Smith have happily also agreed to attend, as well as very kindly offering the use of the school to host the event. Further details on which entrance to go to and timings will be sent nearer the time.

4. Church Update

Susan Speece has informed us that she will be providing us with an update on the church in the next couple of weeks – we will forward to you as soon as we can.

5. Christmas at Kings Cross – Canopy Market

This December Canopy Market goes festive. The traders will help you get into the Christmas spirit with delicious seasonal produce and gift ideas. The market runs from Thurs 14 until Sunday 17th. The market features more than 30 emerging artists and designers, creative and culinary workshops, food, live music and more! Timings: 14th and 15th: noon – 8pm, 16th and 17th: 11am – 6pm.

If you are aware of any event, consultation or news item that you would like us to include in our next newsletter, please let us (or your street rep) know.

As ever, if you know of any neighbour who is not on the Cloudesley Association e mail distribution list, please pass this e mail on and/or ask them to provide me with their contact details so that they can be kept in the loop.

Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas.

Amanda and Florence
On behalf of
The Cloudesley Association

Cloudesley Association Update – Additional Update November 2017

Prior to the weekend, we felt it was necessary to send out a further update on a few key matters:

1. Protest THIS WEEKEND in Cloudesley Square

Please find attached a document that the Celestial Church of Christ has sent to local MP and councillors.

You will see that the Celestial Church of Christ intends to hold a protest on Sunday morning between 11am and 12 noon (notably on Remembrance Sunday).

The police have been advised in case it gets out of hand and there will be a security guard on hand.

2. The Church – Progress Update

Please see below an e mail from Susan Speece on the events of this week.

"Thought I would just send you a brief update of events this week since the Diocese took back possession of the church.

Gutters/drains
I'm hoping that residents of the square saw that we had the gutters and drains cleared out on Wednesday. A total of 42 bags of leaves were cleared away. Our contractor will be coming back to install some grills to stop vegetation accumulating.

Trees
I know trees are of great concern to the square and I have booked Custom Cutters to look at the trees to re-specify the works next Tuesday. Andrew Stuart from Islington Council also attended yesterday and I'm hoping he can help speed up the permissions for the tree cutting so we can get any works needed before the end of this year.

Other works
I am arranging for other minor works to be carried out, including removing the pile of slates that has been there for, I believe, a decade.

Gas cylinders
I have arranged for some of these to be collected on Monday afternoon by Calor Gas.

No access to property
We have stipulated that nobody is allowed onto the premises unless either Kevin Rogers or myself is present so you are likely to see me around quite a bit.

Security
Our security guard left Wednesday morning. I'm very pleased he was there on Tuesday evening as there was a visit from the former tenants requesting access – a total of six cars hung around the square for a couple of hours. I think Otto, the guard dog, was enough of a deterrent.

Potential squatters were also deterred on Wednesday by the presence of various contractors.

Caretakers/guardians
Caretakers moved into the church late Wednesday morning. A very pleasant young couple who will stay for just over a week before we install guardians to live in the property. Contractors will be on site starting on Monday to fit out areas for guardians to live. Once we have our 'permanent' residents we will let all the residents know, meanwhile, if anybody should ask what's going on, please pass on this information.

Goods and chattels
The Celestial Church of Christ (CCC) have asked to collect their possessions tomorrow, Saturday 11 November. Islington Council have granted emergency parking suspension around the west side of the square and I apologise for any inconvenience this will cause residents. I hope it will be short term pain for the morning and then it is over and done with. There will be two removal vans packing up the goods to take to a storage facility – those of you who live in the square will see that there is a vehicle there today to pack and remove about one third of the goods. The CCC will also be arriving tomorrow between 9.30 and 11.30 to collect the items they have requested. I image it will be an emotional day for the CCC.

We will have a security guard and dog in attendance tomorrow. My colleague, Kevin Rogers, will be present and I may be there.

I have been keeping the local police updated and their message is to call 999 should any problems occur tomorrow.

As long as it isn't information overload, I will send updates during the first few weeks to keep you informed of progress.

If you have any questions, or concerns, do get in touch.

Kind regards.

Susan"

3. Christmas Carols in Lonsdale Square – 12th December

The Lonsdale Square residents association has once again kindly invited us to join them at their annual Christmas Carols event. For those who haven't been before, it is a lovely Dickensian evening of carols in the four corners of Lonsdale Square starting at 7pm on 12th December. Please put the date in your diaries.

4. Dirk's Christmas Lunch – Correction

As some of your may have spotted in our last update, Dirk's Christmas lunch in the Crown will be on Saturday 16th December (not 18th!)

5. Residents Meeting

We will be in contact over the next couple of weeks with a date for our next residents Association meeting (which we hope to hold in the school, if possible).

If you are aware of any event, consultation or news item that you would like us to include in our next newsletter, please let us (or your street rep) know.

As ever, if you know of any neighbour who is not on the Cloudesley Association e mail distribution list, please pass this e mail on and/or ask them to provide me with their contact details so that they can be kept in the loop.

Amanda and Florence
On behalf of
The Cloudesley Association

Cloudesley Association Update – November 2017

1. Barnard Park

Islington Council's park department, Greenspace, has decided to withdraw its planning application for proposed regeneration of Barnard Park. Sport England had objected to the park plan submitted, which led to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government "calling in" the plan and a Public Inquiry being organised for next year.

We are however delighted to report that Greenspace has now reached a compromise acceptable to Sport England based on a 9-a-side football pitch, not a 7-a-side football pitch, as was in its proposal. This means that there need not be a Public Inquiry, and also that the regeneration of the park could take place in one phase instead of two (as was previously anticipated). It will allow also the Council to bring forward plans to provide a community hub building that would include new park toilets.

LBI's press release suggests that the detailed design of the compromise has still to be worked up, but it is to be consistent with the key elements of the plan in the application. It will involve a new planning application and further community consultation.

We will update you as the new plans become available but it seems that this is a positive way forward that will suit everybody.

2. Cloudesley Square Church

Today the Diocese have evicted the Celestial Church of Christ and taken possession of the Church – please see the attached letter which you may have seen through your letterboxes. We are hoping that Susan Speece will be able to join us at our next Association meeting to discuss the Diocese's plans for restoring the church and give Susan residents' input.

3. Residents Meeting

We will be in contact over the next couple of weeks with a date for our next residents Association meeting (which we hope to hold in the school, if possible).

4. Christmas Lunch

After the success of last year's Christmas lunch in the Crown (which was enormously enjoyed by all), Pat and Dirk Meerstadt are organising another such event. This year it will be on Saturday 18th December. If you would like to attend, please let me or Dirk/Pat know.

5. The Bridge ILS

Tiba Sears and Dirk Meerstadt have now joined Linda Quirk to become Governors of the Bridge ILS. Congratulations to Tiba and Dirk – it is fabulous to have our residents taking such an active interest in the school.

If you are aware of any event, consultation or news item that you would like us to include in our next newsletter, please let us (or your street rep) know.

 

As ever, if you know of any neighbour who is not on the Cloudesley Association e mail distribution list, please pass this e mail on and/or ask them to provide me with their contact details so that they can be kept in the loop.

Amanda and Florence
On behalf of
The Cloudesley Association