Highbury auction raises foodbank funds
05 April, 2019 — By Helen Chapman
The Revd Tania Witter and Verity Baldry at the AGM speaking about the Heart of Highbury Campaign
Highbury Community Association have raised £454 for the Islington foodbank at a raffle and auction at its annual general meeting at Christ Church in Highbury Grove.
Sarah Potter, from the association, said: “We had heard that there was going to be more pressure on the food bank because Universal Credit is being rolled out in new areas.
“They have had a very large increase in the people coming to them. They have 150 volunteers and are open 1-4pm on Monday
and Saturday afternoons.” Raffle prizes included tickets for the Park Theatre in Finsbury
Park and a box of fresh fruit and vegetables from Seasons and Blossoms, Highbury Park.
Last year, the HCA raised money to go towards the refurbishment of the Highbury Roundhouse Youth and Community Centre in Ronalds Road near Highbury Fields where the Islington foodbank is located.
Daphne Davies from the Islington foodbank said: “These people are really up against it. We have had 1,444 people come to us in the past three months including 600 people who are on
low pay. The numbers are up every year. A report by the Trussell Trust says there has been a 52 per cent increase in areas where Universal Credit has been rolled out.”
Gill Shepherd, a social anthropologist, was guest speaker at the association’s AGM. She talked about her recent experience work- ing with people in
tropical rainforests. Gill edits Highbury Community News where she has lived since the 1970s. The meeting took place March 16.
New venue for crafternoon chats
A group of crafty makers who have tried their hand at knitting, stitching, sewing, lavender bags and felted ornaments, have found a new home for their club.
Community Crafternoons used to meet in Cressida Road but have been on the search for a new location. From now on, they will meet every other Tuesday at the Aladdin’s Café in Hazellville Road.
Sujan Nandanwar, who runs the club, says: “We start off with a lunch together and have just a general chat. Some people come that want something to do.
Sujan at a crafternoon
“Other people are coming because they have friends but not crafting friends. They are looking for other like-minded people to bounce ideas off.”
Community Crafternoons plan to hold sessions to help raise money for mental healthy charity Mind in the summer.
“We want to continue doing work for charities,” says Sujan. “We also made poppies for Remembrance Day in November.”
Community Crafternoons will next meet at 1pm on April 9 at Aladdin’s Café, Hazelville Road, N19 3LW. More information on Sujan’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/sujan.nandanwar
‘Time of their lives’ for Ambler friends
From Bon Jovi’s “Living on a Prayer” to the Dirty Dancing classic “I’ve Had the Time of My Life”, parents and teachers got their boogie on at a fundraiser for Ambler Primary School. Along with friends of the primary school in Blackstock Road they dolled up in big hair, pastel tones and shoulder pads for an evening of 80s-inspired classics.
Nadine Mellor, chair of the Friends of Ambler committee, said: “Head teacher Juliet Benis and deputy head Sandeep McNicholl judged the costume competition, although their own outfits could easily have won – prizes of Babycham were awarded to four lucky winners.
“Guests enjoyed also retro snacks and indulged in much singing and dancing.”
They raised £1,100 which will help fund arts initiatives, including next year’s programme of workshops and continued support of Music in the Mornings, musical instrument tuition before school starts. The event took place on March 22.