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Great Fete at Alexandra Park

The slope in front of the Palace was full of people on Saturday, including lots and lots of babies !

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Lots of Kids' activities under the trees; making ladybird crowns:

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Re-designing the Park (see Stephen's picture in the Gallery of the designs drying in the wind!):

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 What's going on here?    

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Music on the main stage  

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Yemalla drummers on the People's stage

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Creative writing workshop, to be followed by Art workshop 

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 Not so easy matching old photos with current locations in the Park:

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*** STOP PRESS ***  Here's a very short informative film of the Haringey street event produced by realmedia, together with a (written) explanation of the thinking behind using roadblocks and other methods of nonviolent direct action by Extinction Rebellion. Thanks realmedia.

The sun shone (thanks, global warming!) on the Crouch End street party last Sunday afternoon, when the local Extinction Rebellion (XR) group took over part of the green in front of Hornsey Town Hall for kids' activities, banner making and an impromptu People's Assembly. The latter focused in particular on air pollution in the neighbourhood (some radical suggestions were suggested by both adults and children).

Meanwhile a continuous program of singers, speakers, poets and a band inspired by African music performed in front of the still-being-refurbished Midgey's restaurant (beside the green),

with cakes from the cake stall keeping everyone going.

 

 

 

                                        

 

There were positive responses from many people on Crouch End Broadway, some of whom took part in discussions about the climate emergency, and over 100 signed up to receive more information about the local group and the demands and actions planned by Extinction Rebellion (which do not necessarily involve getting arrested!) – in particular, the International Rebellion taking place in the second half of April.Three very brief roadblocks were included in the afternoon's program. All in all, it was a very successful event.

The Rebellion will start with huge numbers of people descending on central London, with a view to bringing parts of it to a standstill with festive and artistic activities, among others. XR consider that such acts of non-violent civil disobedience are necessary to force the Government to address the fact that "Climate Breakdown and ecological collapse are a direct existential threat to us all"; to tell their citizens the truth about them; and to act to reduce our carbon emissions to zero within the 12 years that the recent IPCC report says is all we have before feedback effects will cause cascading climate breakdown. They demand that a citizens' assembly be convened to set out appropriate measures to tackle it (as has been done in Ireland, for example). 

To find out more:

  • Come to a talk – the next local one is on 11th April at 7.30pm in the Friends Meeting House, Muswell Hill.
  • Come to a meeting of the XR Haringey group - details on their Facebook page, and their email is xr.haringey@gmail.com
  • Check out national XR events and the International Rebellion – on their website or Facebook page

 

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Palmers Green is tackling rat-running

Just north of the lovely Broomfield Park in Palmers Green, there is an apparently quiet neighbourhood of substantial houses, mostly located on roads opening onto Aldermans Hill and parallel to Green Lanes. This is a very convenient route, however, for drivers wishing to avoid the congestion of Bourne Hill and Green Lanes, and a quick way to get to the North Circular. Enfield Council is trying to tackle the consequent rat-running, as part of the ongoing Mini-Holland scheme (for which they received funds from TfL). Last Friday I went to have a look at what they have been doing, thinking that it might be of interest to some residents in our neighbourhood who suffer from rat-running. Any Palmers Green residents who are members of this site might like to correct anything I get wrong!

The scheme – named Fox Lane Quieter Neighbourhood – is gradually being rolled out at the moment (one of several 'quieter neighbourhoods' being introduced by the Council). Its neighbourhood-wide strategy is simple (there are also other location-specific measures), using very large planters as a means of blocking one lane at the start and end of some of the roads. The idea being that residents should only be slightly inconvenienced, but hopefully drivers who want to cut through the neighbourhood to get to somewhere else will be deterred, or at least have to slow down. The intention is to have planters on most of the roads, but for the moment only a few roads are being trialled.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    The pairs of smaller planters have gaps between them to allow bikes through. Cars do slow down to check if anything is coming the other way, and I guess this should be still more effective if tall plants are grown in the planters.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A very large planter has been placed on a built-out section of pavement near the start of Old Park Road, rather than on the road itself. At the very start of the road the pavement and road are continuous. This tactic perhaps gives drivers a gentle hint that they should slow down.

I look forward to seeing how the scheme develops. There is a lively on-going discussion about it on the Palmers Green Community website. Contributors seem to be fairly postive about the proposals (after lots of consultation), although with doubts about particular aspects of the placing, colur and shape of the containers, and complaints about there not being enough of them! (Searching for Fox Lane Quieter Neighbourhood on the site displays links to many other discussions, documents and consultations about it).

At least, the scheme doesn't seem to be fostering the loud opposition generated by the new cycle lanes along Green Lanes – but in spite of the noise over these, most of the opposition seems to have come from people outside the area rather than residents. I'm not a cyclist myself (though might have been if the area were not so hilly, and the traffic so dangerous), and would be interested in how local cyclists around here view this cycling strategy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I must admit to straying onto the brown cycle lane without realising it – there were few cyclists at that time of day, and the pavement is quite narrow for the many shoppers and others going to local cafes and such (Palmers Green has become so much livelier since I was last there!).

 At some points there is no room for a separate cycle lane, so the space has be shared with pedestrians, which could be a particular problem when the space is at a bus stop. Here the paving is a different colour, but I did find all the changes in paving-colour confusing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the Netherlands, pedestrians and all the different types of traffic have to watch out for each other – so maybe here it's a problem of transition, and people getting used to new sets of desirable behaviours - ?

 

There were also attractive flowerbeds at the corners of some side-roads, with tall plants, perhaps intended to slow down traffic turning into or out of them.

 

Finally, I noticed this lovely sign for Hazelwood School's Walking Bus.

 

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Music at St Andrew's 2018

A one hour (approx.) programme - tea served afterwards

 

Further events in 2018 include:



Saturday 30 June 7.30pm - Fortismere Community Symphony Orchestra

 

Please note:

Saturday 23 June 7.00pm - Alexandra Chorus (with Veronica Chacon & Jerome Royet)
Saturday 14 July 7.00pm - Hannah Gardiner, Jared Bennett, Robert Smith & others

Both of these concerts have been postponed - revised dates to follow

 

 

www.alexandrapark.org

@alexparkparish

 

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Music at St Andrew's 2018

A one hour (approx.) programme - tea served afterwards

 

Further events in 2018 include:


Sunday Afternoon Recitals 4.00-5.00pm

3 June - Recital by Jennifer Lee (piano)

Also:

Saturday 12 May 7.30pm - Fortismere Community Choir

Saturday 23 June 7.00pm - Alexandra Chorus (with Veronica Chacon & Jerome Royet)

Saturday 30 June 7.30pm - Fortismere Community Symphony Orchestra

Saturday 14 July 7.00pm - Hannah Gardiner, Jared Bennett, Robert Smith & others
(programme inc. newly-commissioned works & Beethoven Septet - details tbc)

 

Details of a programme of concerts/recitals for the second half of 2018 and in 2019 is awaiting confirmation

 

www.alexandrapark.org

@alexparkparish

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Music at St Andrew's 2018

A one hour (approx.) programme - tea served afterwards

 

Further events in 2018 include:


Sunday Afternoon Recitals 4.00-5.00pm

6 May - Recital by Sebastian Mueller (violin) & Yukiko Shinohara (piano)

3 June - Recital by Jennifer Lee (piano)

Also:

Saturday 12 May 7.30pm - Fortismere Community Choir

Saturday 23 June 7.00pm - Alexandra Chorus (with Veronica Chacon & Jerome Royet)

Saturday 30 June 7.30pm - Fortismere Community Symphony Orchestra

Saturday 14 July 7.00pm - Hannah Gardiner, Jared Bennett, Robert Smith & others
(programme inc. newly-commissioned works & Beethoven Septet - details tbc)

 

Details of a programme of concerts/recitals for the second half of 2018 and in 2019 is awaiting confirmation

 

www.alexandrapark.org

@alexparkparish

 

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Searching for teenagers train enthusiasts!

My son is in year 7 at APS and is really fascinated by trains and is very knowledgeable about them! He thinks he is the only person his age (12) who likes watching trains, but I thought perhaps there is someone else out there of a similar age (and local) who would enjoy trainspotting with him. 

By trainspotting, I don't mean standing with a notebook noting down the number on the same type of train as they pass by. He likes taking photos and making videos and looking out for more unusual trains. He has done this at Alexandra Palace station and has also travelled into London to Euston, Paddington etc.

Please reply to this blog if you might know someone who would be interested in joining him.

Thanks, 

Mollie

 

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Garden drainage expert needed

This is what happened after the heavy rains over Easter. Almost our entire garden under water. It’s often got waterlogged but this was far worse than usual. It also doesn’t help that the soil in our garden is pretty poor and composed largely of clay.

If anyone can recommend garden drainage experts, I’d be very grateful. 

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FRIENDS OF ALEXANDRA PALACE THEATRE

Hello from a new member, the Friends of Alexandra Palace Theatre.  As you may know, the Palace's Victorian theatre, tucked away behind the Ice Rink, is being restored.  In the next year, it will reopen. For the theatre's history and the latest news on the restoration, the Friends have a YouTube page - www.youtube.com/channel/UCaJybyAEYU0hr_cRiLBvW9A. New videos are being added every so often, so plese take a look and enable the 'subscribe' function so you'll know when there's something new.

We're also on Facebook (www.facebook.com/aptheatre) and have a webpage, too (fapt.org.uk). If you want to join us as a Friend, it's not expensive - fapt.org.uk/w/membership. As a Friend, you will be kept bang up to date on what's going on and will be contributing to the fundraising still needed to complete the restoration work. 

In the meantime, we'll use this site to keep you informed as well, if you're happy for us to do that.  When the theatre eventually re-opens, we'll all have something to be really proud of on our doorsteps!

 

I'm Richard Smith and I'd be happy to answer any questions you have - and even happier if you are able to share the videos and messages with your friends and contacts.

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Kaire Dressmaking and Alterations

I’m Kaire and I am designer and dressmaker working from the studio nearby Alexandra Palace. I make custom made clothing and alter all types of clothing.

As a child I spent lot of my time in my aunts atelier. It is where I got my interest for dressmaking. I went on studying fashion design in Estonian Academy of Arts and continued with design technology degree in Denmark. In 2009 I moved to London and been working in Muswell Hill for many years now. Something that began with few dresses for friends has now grown into small business that creates made-to-measure clothing for women and also offers alteration services. 

Here is something I am working on at the moment.

If you like to get in touch please look up Kaire Dressmaking, visit www.kaire.co.uk

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From the Muswell Hill and Fortis Green Association

Local resident and famed gum painter, Ben Wilson, was born in Cambridge and grew up in Barnet. He has lived in Muswell Hill for 25 years and is a familiar face in the area. His tiny paintings on the discarded gum which litters our streets are his way of working with the environment and transforming it in a delightful way. Ben attended an Arts Foundation course at Middlesex University and was offered places at various art colleges but preferred to develop his skills in his own individual style. The university supported him to work in its grounds. He began with wood sculpture, using fallen wood, and then moved on to gum painting. As he paints on existing ‘litter’ he is not technically inflicting criminal damage but transforming a negative action into a positive result. Ben has a huge portfolio of requests from passers-by who may ask for dedications, declarations of love, and a variety of messages personal to them. He tries to fulfil them all. This is the main impetus for his work, the fact that he is relating both to people and his environment and providing social commentary. His art attracts a lot of interest locally, nationally and internationally – his work can be seen all over the world. His fondness for Muswell Hill lies in the village atmosphere, the variety of people he meets on the street, the individual shops, the nearby woodlands and the panoramic views over London, a city he loves. There is a wealth of information about Ben, including images and videos, on the internet – just search for Ben Wilson chewing gum man! But also look carefully next time you are rushing around shopping or visiting the bank. Take a moment to absorb and enjoy the miniature world that Ben has created for us all.

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Music at St Andrew's 2018

A one hour (approx.) programme,

previously performed at St Clement Danes Church

 

Further events in 2018 include


Sunday Afternoon Recitals 4.00-5.00pm

29 April - Recital by Yukiko Shinohara (piano)

3 June - Recital by Jennifer Lee (piano)

also

Saturday 17 March - Fortismere Community Symphony Orchestra

Saturday 12 May - Fortismere Community Choir

Saturday 30 June - Fortismere Community Symphony Orchestra



 

www.alexandrapark.org

@alexparkparish

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Music at St Andrew's 2018

Further events in 2018 include


Sunday Afternoon Recitals 4.00-5.00pm

18 February - Recital by Jaivin Raj (baritone) & Sina Lari (piano)

29 April - Recital by Yukiko Shinohara (piano)

3 June - Recital by Jennifer Lee (piano)

also

Saturday 17 March - Fortismere Community Symphony Orchestra

Saturday 12 May - Fortismere Community Choir

Saturday 30 June - Fortismere Community Symphony Orchestra



www.alexandrapark.org

@alexparkparish

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One weekend a couple of months ago I spotted a group of unknown men with cameras wandering around the garages behind our house. I was a bit anxious about what they might be doing. Were they a developer's spies hunting for yet more back areas to cram new flats into? I went out and spoke to them, and they turned out be an entirely peaceful expedition from Club Lotus France on a pilgrimage to the sites where the earliest Lotuses were built by Colin Chapman and the Allen brothers, in garages on Alexandra Park Road, and Valance Road, and later at the works they set up next to Hornsey station, at what is now Jewson's depot. They kindly set me straight over conflicting accounts I had heard of where exactly the first car was built (Alexandra Park Road, not Valance Road - though I believe that which car really was the first Lotus may remain contestable).

Gilles, who acted as the very diplomatic spokesman, has written a nice and interesting article on their visit in the Club's house magazine, and has sent a scan. Here it is - a bit shrunken to fit this post. The French conversation group might like it for homework. If anyone would like the full-size images, let me know, with e-mail, and I'll send it.

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