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Issue 11 December/January 2008                       your local magazine from Islington Council

Christmas delights

It’s been a star-studded Christmas lights switch-on in Islington this year, with
                                                                                                                                         2  LETTERS
                                                                                                                                            Your questions answered

pop stars, fashion designers and tv presenters doing the honours. So why not join                                                        3  NEWS
                                                                                                                                            New look for council website

in the fun and check out some of the fantastic displays around the borough?                                                                 ENVIRONMENT
                                                                                                                                            Green Living Centre opens its

                                                                                                                                         6  SAFER ISLINGTON
                                                                                                                                            New look for Mayville Estate

                                                                                                                                         7  YOUNG ISLINGTON
                                                                                                                                            Tucking into our new school

                                                                                                                                         8  IN FOCUS
                                                                                                                                            Shop local this Christmas

 Cheeky Pete and The Priscillas
                                                                                                                                            OPENING HOURS
                                                                                                                                            Holiday opening hours

It was a rock’n’roll switch-on    with fashion designer Sadie       look? Go to p13 for more.         shopping feature on p10.
at the Nag’s Head, with           Frost flicking the switch.           And while you’re at it, you    We've got the lowdown on              LOCAL LIFE
Cheeky Pete Donaldson,            People warmed up with a           may be able to pick up a few      the best places to go in Angel,       Win tickets to Christmas
sidekick to Alex Zane on          glass of mulled wine and          last minute Christmas gifts. If   Archway and Nag's Head, as            shows!
the Xfm breakfast show,           delicious mince pies … and        you need some inspiration,        well as a rundown of all the
doing the honours with local
all-girl punky pop quartet
The Priscillas.
                                  even Santa Claus managed to
                                  take a break from his busy
                                  schedule to make a very
                                                                    check out our fantastic local

                                                                     Free visitors’ parking vouchers!
                                                                                                      best local markets.
                                                                                                                                        16  LIFESTYLE
                                                                                                                                            New Year… new you!

   People turned up in their
droves to join in the festive
fun, which included a beautiful
                                  special guest appearance.
                                     There are other lovely light
                                  displays at locations around
                                                                     We want everyone in the borough to have a great time this
                                                                     Christmas without the worry of arranging parking
                                                                                                                                        17  YOUR VIEWS
                                                                                                                                            Have your say on the future
                                                                                                                                            for Highbury Corner
lantern procession involving      the borough including              vouchers for your visitors. So on p15 of this edition of
local schoolchildren.
   Fashion was the order of
the day at Camden Passage,
                                  Highbury Barn and Archway,
                                  so why not get in the festive
                                  spirit and go along and take a
                                                                     IslingtonNow, you will find four free parking vouchers for
                                                                     your visitors to use. We hope you enjoy them!                      18  OUT AND ABOUT
                                                                                                                                            Things to do over the holidays

                                                                                                                      2                                                                          LETTERS          Councillor
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  James                   Letter of the month
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Leader of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  answers your
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Getting greener
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  letters…                Very well done on the new green centre,                 We opened the centre with the same
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          an excellent idea. But I’m not going to              hours as our old Energy Centre, but I’d like
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          visit it. Why? Because - like a lot of local         to re-assure you that as the centre
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          people - I’m at work Monday to Friday,               develops and establishes itself, we’re
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          9am-5pm.                                             planning to constantly improve it, including
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          What a shame that such a promising                   reviewing the opening hours. This may
                                                                                                                                                              I’ve made listening to what residents have to say about                     service will be closed at the only time              mean opening on Saturdays, or keeping
                                                                                                                                                              life in Islington, and what the council can do to improve it,               most folk could go! Come on, open on a               the centre open later into the evening so
                                                                                                                                                              top of my priorities. That’s why I became a councillor in                   Saturday - morning at least - and close              people can pop in on their way home
                                                                                                                                                              the first place.                                                            on Monday if you have to!                            from work.
                                                                                                                                                                  I can’t promise to solve every problem - especially when                Oliver Shipp, N1                                        In the meantime you can also access
                                                                                                                                                              different residents have different views - but as Leader of                                                                      advice on living a greener life through
                                                                                                                                                              the Council I do promise to read and consider all your letters              I’m glad to hear you’re pleased the Green Living or
                                                                                                                                                              carefully and get the council to help wherever it can.                      Centre has opened though I’m sorry to hear           email There’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          you are disappointed with the opening hours.         also more on the Centre on page four.
                                                                                                                                                              Send your letters to:
                                                                                                                                                              Cllr James Kempton, Leader of Islington Council
                                                                                                                                                              IslingtonNow, Town Hall, Upper Street, London N1 2UD
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      It’s in the bag                      not like seeing them in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           residential streets.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 and in parks. In the last year
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 the CCTV system has both
                                                                                                                                                              Phone: 020 7527 3416                                                    It's all very well issuing           Michael Constable, N1                 helped the police identify
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      residents with a sample roll                                               people and to secure
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      of 10 cornstarch bags to             Thank you for your feedback.          prosecutions for crimes such
                                                                                                                                                              PICTURE OF THE MONTH                                                    line food waste bins and             Yes, we are the most-watched          as assault and affray that can
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      telling us which local               citizens in Western Europe!           make the area unpleasant
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      retailers we can purchase            The one thing that residents          for residents.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      them from - but will                 consistently tell me they would           However, as passionate as I
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      someone please tell the              like the council to tackle is         am about tackling crime, I am
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      people who collect the               anti-social behaviour and these       also keen to balance this with
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      bins about these bags?               CCTV cameras are one way              the privacy of our residents.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      They refuse to take my               that we’re working to help            Indeed, I can think of one
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      recycled food because it is          combat crime and make                 camera in a residential street
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      in 'plastic bags'!                   residents feel safer.                 that we are going to move to

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Toni Parker, N1                                                            protect a resident’s privacy.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     We do try to take care to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Thank you for taking the time                                              ensure that CCTV is located in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      to contact me and let me                                                   the best position possible to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      know there was a problem.             CCTV cameras                         protect individual’s property
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      You’re right, our crews should                                             whilst having a clear view of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      be collecting all food waste          are one way                          the public highway. The
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      left in cornstarch biobags and                                             system also allows us to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I’m sorry to hear that it             that we’re                           screen off private property
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      hasn’t happened.                                                           with an electronic black-out.
                                                                                                                                                               There was entertainment galore at the Estimated Time of                I’ve spoken to the service and        working to help                      Our CCTV operators are
                                                                                                                                                               Arrival procession. The event was held to celebrate the opening        all crews have been reminded                                               licensed and work to an
                                                                                                                                                               of St Pancras International.                                           again so you shouldn’t have           combat crime                         approved code of conduct

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      any problems in the future.                                                and all images are destroyed
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                                                                                                                                                                                                  IslingtonNow                        touch again.                                                               evidence by the police or
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                                                                                                                                                               IslingtonNow in large              is printed on                                                            located in busy areas such as             In making the decision to
                                                                                                                                                               print, audiotape, or               100% recycled paper.                Big brother                          the Emirates Stadium and              install the CCTV system I
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Please use your green box                                                Finsbury Park Station where lots      knew that some would
                                                                                                                                                               another format,                                                        I can understand the need            of people congregate. Others          welcome it and others might
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      people congregate.                   moving traffic offences. And a        cameras are helping to keep
                                                                                                                                                              Contact us:                                                             However, I am concerned              number have been installed            our streets and residents
                                                                                                                                                              IslingtonNow, Town Hall, Upper Street, London N1 2UD                    that the number of                   because residents or the police       safer convinces me that the
                                                                                                                                                              Email:                                    cameras is becoming                  have requested them, in               positive benefits outweigh
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                                                                                                                           IslingtonNow December 2007/January 2008

NEWS                                                                                                                                          IN BRIEF
New look
site makes                                                                                                                                    Blue badge
                                                                                                                                              Three people who illegally

life easier                                                                                                                                   used blue badge parking
                                                                                                                                              permits have been fined over
                                                                                                                                              £3,000 by Highbury
                                                                                                                                              Magistrates. This year, the
Islington Council's website has a fresh new look, making it                                                                                   council has confiscated 329
easier for people to find what they need and fast.                                                                                            stolen and forged blue
    The homepage has a new, simple design, and the website                                                                                    badges, and our parking
as a whole has been updated so it is easier to use. With nearly                                                                               attendants are being trained
3,000 webpages providing an enormous range of                                                                                                 to spot fakes.
information, we want to make it as easy as possible for
people to find what they need to know.

        Check it out at

A supportive new outlook                                                Cash for homes incentive
Islington Outlook, a newly        Islington Council has also been       If you’re a council tenant with too many bedrooms for your
refurbished resource centre, is   awarded a government grant to         needs, you could get cash to downsize. With lots of families in
now open to provide support to    help improve the lives of older       need of larger homes, the council is offering people in homes that
around 130 people each week       people living in residential homes.   are too big for them £500 for every bedroom they give up plus
who have become disabled          The authority has been awarded        up to £300 towards removal costs.
through accident or injury.       £215,000 from the Dignity in              This means that someone moving from a four bed to a one
The new centre has a purpose-     Care grant, which will be split       bed home would receive £1,500, so it’s a win-win situation for        Young consumers
built gym, training and study     between eight care homes. The         both the tenant and council, because it means the council can
rooms, an IT suite, meeting       money will be spent on projects       secure a property for a fraction of the cost of having to build it.   Consumer education was on
rooms and a walled garden. It     such as new sensory gardens                                                                                 the agenda for local school
provides employment and           and rooms, improving                                                                  For more              children to help teach them
training advice, health and       communal TV                                                                           information,          about issues ranging from
leisure opportunities, a gym      lounges, bathrooms                                                                    please call           under-age sales, value for
project, swimming group and       and kitchens.                                                                         020 7527 4140.        money and healthy eating to
peer support.                                                                                                                                 counterfeit goods and product
                                                                                                                                              labeling. Metropolitan Police
                                                                                                                                              led the initiative as part of
Islington sees                                                                                                                                Junior Citizen Week.

15 per cent                                                                                                                                   IslingtonNow
drop in crime                                                                                                                                 We hope you enjoy this
                                                                                                                                              bumper edition of
Crime in Islington is falling                                                                                                                 IslingtonNow! We would like
more than in any other inner                                                                                                                  to wish all our readers a
London borough, according to                                                                                                                  very happy Christmas and
half-year crime statistics.                                                                                                                   New Year.
As well as major reductions in
all types of hate crime and
domestic violence, Islington                                                                                                                  Library windfall
has seen a 14 per cent
reduction in residential                                                                                                                      West and North libraries are
burglary, a 20 per cent                                                                                          London Wasps star Paul       celebrating a cash windfall,
                                                                                                                 Sackey with local children   having secured £791,000
reduction in motor vehicle
                                                                                                                                              from the BIG Lottery fund.
crime and an 11 per cent
                                                                                                                                              The money will go towards
reduction in robberies.
    To find out more about this    Boost for budding footballers                                                                              refurbishing and improving
                                                                                                                                              the libraries.
story, and what we are doing       Rosemary Gardens, Southgate Rd, N1 has been transformed with a state-of-the-art all
to tackle crime in Islington,      weather sports pitch and four brand new changing rooms. The council has worked alongside
please check out the Safer         Barclays and Arsenal FC to make the improvements, which also include new fencing,
magazine, which was delivered      floodlights and revamped tennis courts. The bookable pitches will be open until 10pm
with your issue of                 weekdays and 6pm at weekends, and there will also be coaching, activity programmes and
IslingtonNow this month.           courses provided in the new-look park. Call 020 7700 1370 to book a pitch.

4                      ENVIRONMENT
 Children from
 Pooles Park Primary
 were among the
 first to check out
 the new Green
 Living Centre

                                                     If you’re after some information and advice
                                                     on living a greener lifestyle, then the new
                                                     Green Living Centre is the answer. Situated
                                                     on Upper Street in the heart of Islington, the
                                                     centre has a fresh and funky look and is full

                          steps to                   of interactive displays. It’s also the place to
                                                     go to find out how simple it is to save
                                                     energy, recycle more and reduce your carbon

                           If you’ve been along
                           Upper Street recently,
                           you’ve probably noticed
                           the council’s cool new
                           Green Living Centre.
                           The centre is the
                           borough’s one-stop-
                           shop to make greener
                           living easier.
                                                                                                                      IslingtonNow December 2007/January 2008

       60777                                                                                                                                                        5
                                                  Text ‘Challenge’ to this
                                                  number to take part in
                                                  our Climate Change

                                                  Recycle your tree                                                                       WILD ABOUT
                                                  Your tree will stay green even after          Homes for Islington will collect
     What do you think?                           the needles begin to fall if you take      trees from estates between 7 and             Winter bounty
                                                  advantage of our Christmas tree            18 January. Ask your caretaker for
      Have you visited our new Green                         recycling service.              more information.                            Holly trees are closely
      Living Centre? If you have, tell                           If you live in a street        There will also be four bring sites for   associated with Christmas, and
            us if you like it! Email                          property you can simply        Christmas trees at parks in Islington:       its distinctive green leaves are                           leave your Christmas tree      , King’s Square                              not the only thing that gives us
                                                                     at the edge of your     , Rosemary Gardens                           some winter colour - its
                                                                       property along with   , Elthorne Park                              berries do as well. These fruits
                                                                       your normal green     , Barnard Park.                              are attractive to the eye, and
                                                                      waste from Monday         And remember the Household                attract a variety of different
                                                                               7 January.    Reuse and Recycling Centre on                birds looking for a snack during
                                                                                             Hornsey Street also accepts green            the cold winter months.
                                                                                             waste and Christmas trees all year           Islington, as well as many other
   Staff are on hand to provide information                                                  round.                                       places in the UK, attracts a
on everything from getting a grant for solar                                                    You can also consider:                    range of migrant visitors that
panels to wildlife gardening. Energy                                                         , Buying a real tree with roots that         make their way over
experts can give advice to residents on                                                         can be planted in your garden or          to our comparably
reducing their impact on the                                                                    kept in a pot for next year.              warm winter
environment, while planning staff can                                                        , Buying a good quality artificial tree      conditions from
answer questions about developing                                                               that can be reused for many               places like
property the greener way. Visitors can also                                                     Christmases to come!                      Scandinavia. Birds
see if they can apply for a grant from our                                                                                                such as the waxwing
Climate Change Fund for renewable energy                                                                                                  (pictured), fieldfare
                                                   Have you taken                   Send us your burning recycling                        and redwing are treats to
   It’s the small changes that can help make                                                                                              see with their colourful
a difference, so pop along and find out how        the challenge?                   questions!                                            plumage and unusual calls, and
you can do your bit.                                                                From next year, our recycling experts will be on      they make the most of this
                                                   Islington’s Climate Change       hand to answer your burning recycling                 winter bounty.
COME ALONG FOR SOME                                Challenge is still going         questions. Whether it’s recycling plastic bottles
CHRISTMAS FUN!                                     strong, with hundreds of         or where to take your used batteries, we’ll           BIRDSONG
If you want to check out the new centre,           people already signed up.        have all the answers you need.                        Now is also the time when the
why not come along to our Green Christmas          Everyone who joins receives          Send your questions to                            dawn chorus starts in earnest.
Day on 19 December? There will be green            a free toolkit         , or by post to          Robins are one of the first
festive fun for all the family! There’s a local    You can also join by             Recycling Questions, Room G12, Town Hall,             species to start singing, with
food session from 1–3pm and Christmas              , texting ‘Challenge’ and        Upper Street, N1 2UD.                                 the males marking out their
crafts for children from 3–5pm                     your name to 60777*                                                                    territories in readiness for the
                                                   , emailing                                                                             coming breeding season. They

        The centre is open 9am - 5pm
                                                   , calling 0800 953 1221
                                                                                    Eat out with                                          are also fiercely territorial, and
                                                                                                                                          tend to drive away any rivals
        Monday to Friday, or you can email or go
                                                   For further information visit
                                                                                    confidence!                                           from their chosen patch. In
                                                                                                                                          contrast, other species, such
to             challenge                      There’s no shortage of options if you fancy a           as finches, are much more
for advice on greener living.                      * texts cost standard          meal out in Islington this Christmas, but to help       gregarious and will happily
                                                   network rate                   you choose your restaurant with confidence,             feed together in a flock.
                                                                                  Islington has signed up to the ‘Scores on the              You can help the Royal
                                                                                  Doors’ scheme, which is supported by the Food           Society for the Protection of
                                                                                  Standards Agency. Following an inspection by            Birds (RSPB) in their annual
                                                  Get funding!                    one of the council’s environmental health               bird survey. The Big Garden
                                                  You can still apply for funding officers,                                               Bird Watch is run on the
                                                  from the council’s £3m          businesses                                              weekend of 26 and 27
                                                  Climate Change Fund. The        are given a                                             January, and is the largest bird
                                                  fund provides support to        star rating,                                            survey in the world. It only
                                                  residents who wish to install   from zero                                               requires an hour of your time
                                                  renewable energy                stars for                                               and this important information
                                                  technologies in their homes.    businesses                                              helps organisations like the
                                                  Support is available to guide   with very                                               RSPB and the council’s Nature
                                                  residents through every step    poor hygiene standards to five stars for those          Conservation Team monitor
                                                  of the process.                 who demonstrate excellent standards. Businesses         how Britain’s birds are doing
                                                                                  are then given a window sticker which shows             and identify which species may
                                                           For more information, how many stars they’ve achieved. You can also            need a helping hand.
                                                           call freephone         check out all ratings at
                                                           0800 953 1221, go          We also support the Best Bar None scheme.                   To get involved visit
                                                  to        Venues which achieve Best Bar None status             
                                                  environment/gettinggreener/ demonstrate high standards of management and                        birdwatch or call
                                                  climate_change_fund or          that they are committed to providing safe and           Islington’s Nature Conservation
                                                  email greenliving@              enjoyable venues. All accredited venues display a       Team on 020 7354 5162 for
                                                        distinctive plaque.                                     more information.

6                                SAFER ISLINGTON

 Don’t chuck your                                                                Have fun but
 old mobile!                                       Did you know?
 If you get a new mobile phone this              One in three accidental fires
                                                                                 be safe!
 Christmas, don’t chuck out your old one.          starts in the kitchen. If
 Every old handset donated to Help the           you’re cooking or holding a     Do make sure you plan ahead
 Aged can raise £5 for the charity to help       dinner party make sure you      how you’re going to get home
 vulnerable older people and help ensure             never leave cooking         after a night out. Drinking too
 they are safe and cared for all year round.             unattended.             much can put anyone, including
    And during December and January,                                             usually sensible people, into
 every mobile donated will be entered into                                       difficult and sometimes
 a prize draw to win a brand new Nokia                                           dangerous situations.
 fashion phone.                                                                     If you do go out drinking,
    To donate your mobile, simply pop it into                                    make sure you leave your car at
 an envelope to FREEPOST, ShP Solutions,                                         home, use public transport or
 Lancaster, and if you want to be entered into   Everybody needs                 licensed cabs or get one of your
 the prize draw, include a slip of paper with                                    friends to be the designated
 your name, contact number and Help the          good neighbours                 driver who sticks to soft drinks.
 Aged written on it.                             If you have older neighbours       And look out for our safer
    If you have more than 10 mobiles to          who are on their own this       drinking campaign which we’re
 donate, you can schedule a courier collection   Christmas, please take the      running with Westminster City
 by calling 0808 1788144.                        time to pay them a visit and    Council to promote responsible
                                                 check they are safe and warm.   drinking.

Putting something back
A great scheme is seeing
ex-offenders help make a
difference in the community
Mayville Estate Playground, N19, has had
a fantastic makeover with the help of
    The ex-offenders are from Homes for
Islington's Community Payback team, and are
part of a scheme to help ex-offenders do their
probation within the local community.
    The probationers worked under supervision
to dramatically improve the playground. There
was great new play equipment, a spruced
up playground with new fencing and a
restocked garden.
    Mayville is the 10th estate to be revamped
as part of the ex-offenders scheme.
                                                                                                                          IslingtonNow December 2007/January 2008

YOUNG ISLINGTON                                                                                                                                                         7
The chips are down!
It’s all change for school
lunches with healthy
options galore now on offer
Nearly 7,000 more Islington schoolchildren
are now enjoying school lunches instead of
packed lunches thanks to healthy and
nutritious new menus in many of the
borough’s schools.
   Since the council, following consultation
with parents, chose new caterer Caterlink to
come on board, the quality of the school
lunches has improved drastically, with a
fantastic range of fresh produce and delicious
hot meals now on offer.
   And even the teachers are converted with
over 32 per cent more opting for school
meals for their lunch.

Rachel Parkinson works as a teacher at the
Hanover Nursery, with children Hannah and
Alex attending Hanover School. When she saw
the great lunches being served up, Hannah
and Alex were soon saying goodbye to their            Headteacher      jacket potatoes and cheese, so for the less         children a packed lunch, they should definitely
packed lunches. “The children used to have            Mandy Reese      adventurous children these basics are always        take a fresh look at the options now available in
packed lunches, but when I saw the food               with Tsing-Yee   available. Before the change, I was a bit           the schools. Not only is the food healthy and
being served at the nursery - which is the            Yu and Felix     concerned about my children eating here as a lot    nutritious, switching to school dinners also saves
same as the food served in the school - I             Samuels          of the food was processed. I don’t give them        me having to make their packed lunches every
switched the children over to school meals                             processed food at home, so I definitely didn’t      morning – and it means I don’t have to worry
straight away,” she said. “There is a great                            want them having it at school, so I made packed     about picking stuff up for them during the
choice of food, and it is all fresh with a lovely                      lunches for them. But now the lunches are so        weekly shop!”
selection of fruit and vegetables. Best of all,                        much better and all the ingredients are fresh.         And Hannah’s impressed too. She said: “I love
there is always the option of bread and butter,                           “If there are parents that still give their      my school dinners – they’re really yummy!”

                                                                                                                           MARVELLOUS MENUS
                                                                                                                           Hanover headteacher Mandy Reese is also
                                                                                                                           delighted with the new menus on offer in the
                                                                       There is a great choice of                          school. She said: “There has been a lot more take
                                                                                                                           up of school dinners since these meals were
                                                                       food, and it is all fresh with a                    introduced at the start of term. I’ve started
                                                                                                                           eating them all the time too, and I’ve been very
                                                                       lovely selection of fruit and                       impressed with them and with the amount of
                                                                                                                           fresh fruit and vegetables on offer. There really is
                                                                       vegetables                                          a lot of choice, and the menus are very well

                                                                                                                           thought out. They are always nutritious and
                                                                                                                           reflect what the children want to eat. It may
                                                                                                                           encourage them to try new things as well,
                                                                                                                           especially if they see their friends eating
                                              Rachel Parkinson with                                                        something different.
                                              her daughter Hannah                                                             “And there is always a basic, staple option on
                                                                                                                           offer so no children are left out.”

  Ofsted joy for Tyndale                                               Ofsted report refers to
                                                                       ‘exceptionally able
                                                                                                         understanding and respect
                                                                                                         for one another’s traditions
                                                                                                                                             my girls' education. They
                                                                                                                                             love school, are learning
                                                                       leadership’, ‘consistently        and beliefs’.                       loads and are happy and
  William Tyndale School on         the school’s ‘clear focus on       good teaching’, pupils who        Rachel Hall, whose two              confident. I also get a
  Upper Street has received         raising standards as well as       ‘are confident and outgoing       daughters attend the                feeling, as a parent, that
  a glowing report from             promoting the personal             with excellent social skills’     school, said: “Tyndale is a         all the staff work together
  Ofsted, which recognises          development of pupils’. The        and who show ‘an excellent        fantastic starting block for        and that is important too.”

8                      IN FOCUS
Last minute Christmas shopping to do? Don’t fret –

the solution could be right on your doorstep!
                       The mere thought of a trip to the         And shopping locally isn’t only easier     The more you support your
                       West End in the weeks leading up to       on your feet, it’s also great for the
                       Christmas can fill even the most          local economy. The more you support        local shops, the more
                       ardent shopper with fear. But with        your local shops, the more thriving
                       so many fantastic places to shop          the area becomes and the more              thriving the area becomes
                       right here in the borough, why            investment other shops, such as
                       bother? Islington has so much to          national high street chains, are likely    and the more investment
                       offer that you can fulfil all your last   to make. So take a fresh look at the
                           minute Christmas shopping             shops on your doorstep – you’ll be         other shops, such as
                                  needs without going far.       surprised at just how much choice
                                                                 there is. And you can find out more at     national high street chains,
                                                                                                            are likely to make

                       Shop Angel
                       One of London’s favourite high               Allan Carr at Angelic Flowers
                       streets, the Angel attracts people
                       from far and wide with its exciting mix
                       of shops and eateries.
                          From the quaint Georgian setting
                       of Camden Passage with its world
                       famous antique shops and stalls, just
                       cross Upper Street to find yourself in
                       the N1 Centre with its mix of top high
                       street stores. And if you’re after some
                       foreign fare, you don’t have to jump
                       on the Eurostar from St Pancras
                       International, as the N1 Centre
                       regularly hosts food markets from
                       all over Europe.
                          Then there’s the hustle and bustle
                       of Chapel Market, but don’t miss
                       what’s on offer in the small shops and
                       restaurants in, around and behind the
                       stalls – traditional pie and mash,
                       coffee, croissants or an Indian buffet.     Business Improvement District (BID)      restaurants as well as a wide variety
                          And if you need a rest before a          which delivers services in the area.     of shops. As well as all the high street
                       final browse along Upper Street, the        “There are cafés, restaurants and bars   chains on the other side of the road,
                       green oasis of Islington Green is the       to take a break from your shopping       over on this side you can find eclectic,
                       perfect spot.                               and Angel BID is focused on making       specialist shops. The antique mall and
                          “The Angel experience is everything      the area even safer, cleaner and         Camden Passage are beautiful.
                       a shopper could possibly want – the         brighter for residents and visitors         “December is really busy for us as
                       diversity and uniqueness of our             to enjoy.”                               we sell lots of Christmassy things,
                       specialist shops perfectly complement          Alan Carr works at Angelic Flowers    from trees, wreaths and table
                       the high street multiples,” says            and he loves the area. “The Angel is a   decorations to garlands, bouquets
                       Christine Lovett, director of Angel         great place with all its bars and        and mantelpiece decorations.”
                                                                                                                IslingtonNow December 2007/January 2008

                             £23                                                                                                                          9
                                                        the average spent per
                                                        UK household on
                                                        Christmas decorations

                                                                                                                 Check out your
Shop Nag’s Head                                                                                                  local markets!
The Nag’s Head Pub which gave the area its name           Vinod Patel                                            Islington’s markets provide a huge range of
may no longer be around, but the great shopping                                                                  choice when it comes to buying Christmas
which once made the area the place to shop                                                                       presents and food. Islington has several markets
continues. The area’s main strength is the diverse                                                               which between them have been serving local
range of shopping available, so if you’re looking for                                                            people for well over 350 years!
your high street names, or perhaps smaller                                                                           The largest is Chapel Market at the Angel,
specialist shops, the Nag’s Head is the place to                                                                 which has around 100 stalls and runs from
shop.                                                                                                            Tuesday to Sunday. Selling everything from
   Seven Sisters Road offers a fantastic range of                                                                food, clothes, books and music to shoes,
fresh produce from around the globe, while the                                                                   stationery, jewellery, accessories and lots more
Nag’s Head covered market, which is open seven                                                                   besides, Chapel Market is a must for shoppers
days a week, offers an assortment of new and                                                                     with stamina!
second hand goods. The weekend Boot Market in                                                                        Next is Archway Market on the corner of
Grafton Primary School is great if you are looking                                                               St John’s Grove and Holloway Road. It runs every
for a bargain or a hidden treasure! Nag’s Head is                                                                Thursday from 12-5pm and Saturdays from
easy to get to - and it boasts an eight-screen                                                                   10am-5pm. The oldest market in the borough is
cinema and the only department store in Islington!                                                               at Whitecross Street near Old Street. The market
   Nag’s Head Town Centre Manager Joyce Pollaya                                                                  runs every Monday to Friday, and has a range of
says: “I love the diversity of the Nag’s Head both in                                                            products on offer, including food, books, music,
terms of businesses and people, and the area has a                                                               jewellery and DIY essentials.
great buzz. By bringing events such as the French                                                                    Exmouth Market off Farringdon Road runs
Market and ‘World Flavours’ to the town centre,                                                                  from Monday to Saturday. With up to 20 stalls,
we hope to widen the appeal and attract those           “You can get everything you want at the Nag’s            check out this buzzing market for a great range
people who would not usually visit the area. So         Head and don’t need to go further away. You can          of food, clothes, jewellery and books.
whether you’re looking for great value for money,       get all you need as there’s a big mix of shops. We’re
or higher end products, the Nag’s Head has it all       expecting things to get busy in the run-up to
and that’s why it’s such a great place to shop!”        Christmas and as well as cards and wrapping paper          Foodie fun
   Vinod Patel works at Hallmark Cards. He says:        we also have a selection of toys and gifts.”
                                                                                                                   You could also try buying at least some
                                                                                                                   of your Christmas dinner ingredients
                                                                                                                   from your local farmers’ market or

Shop Archway                                                                                                       organic market.

                                                                                                                   Islington Farmers’ market
                                                                                                                   Where: William Tyndale School behind
With over 150 shops in Archway Town Centre,             furnishings, vintage clothing, children’s toys and         Islington Town Hall on Upper Street
the area provides a mix of long established             a range of food stores. When your feet are                 When: Sunday 10am to 2pm.
independent shops and high street brands. You           aching you can end the day with a visit to a
can find everything from electrical goods, home         growing choice of cafés, bars and restaurants              Sunnyside Organic Market
                                                        where you can sample everything from                       Where: Sunnyside Community Garden,
                                                        gastropub grub to Italian, Thai and Turkish                Hazelville Rd, N19.
                                                        cuisine.                                                   When: Saturday 10am-3pm.
                                                           Anna Woodward, Archway Town Centre
                                                        Manager, said: “Archway is a year round shopping           Freightliners Farm Organic Market
                                                        destination, with something for everyone. I’d              Where: Sheringham Road, N7
                                                        start my Christmas shopping off with a visit to            When: Tuesday to Sunday 10am to 4pm
                                                        Archway Market to browse the stalls for unusual            and Saturday 10am to 3pm
                                                        presents. A cappuccino and pastry at Boulangerie
                                                        Jade opposite would set me up for some food
                                                        shopping, followed by a visit to Pure Groove
                                                        Records for my male relatives. Next stop Map             Shop with
                                                        gift shop on Junction Road for my female
                                                        friends, and not forgetting Woolworths for all
                                                        my wrapping paper!”
                                                           Abbas Parseh works in the Big Bargain                 Keep a lookout for shops displaying the
                                                        Superstore. “We’ve been here for two and a half          Islington Trader Scheme (ITS) red bag.
                                                        years and have built up a steady business with           Members who achieve ITS status
                                                        local residents,” he says. “Archway is a good            demonstrate that they are committed to
                                                        place for local people to shop as you can buy all        fair trading principles and good
                                                        your basic essentials here from clothes and food         standards of customer care.
                                                        to electrical goods and toiletries. There are also       So look out for the ITS
 Abbas Parseh                                           lots of restaurants and cafés if you like eating         bag logo and know you
                                                        out and entertainment.”                                  can shop with

10                                 CHRISTMAS AND NEW
                                 January. However, the office
Adult social                     at 292 Essex Road - which is                                          Parks                             Parking
                                 responsible for dealing with                                          Islington’s parks will be open as
services                         concerns about the welfare                                            usual except on the following: enforcement
Adult social services are closed of children - will only be                                                                    24, 27, 28 and 29 December
on 25 and 26 December and 1 closed on 25, 26 and 31                                                    24 December             normal enforcement rules apply
January, but open as normal      December. For any child                                               parks not locked        on these days (see page 15 for
Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm welfare concerns on the Bank                                                                         free visitor vouchers valid on
at all other times. For out of   Holidays, weekends or out-                                            25 December             these day)
hours emergencies, call          of-office hours, contact the                                          open all day
020 7226 0992.                   Emergency Social Work Team                                                                    25, 26 and 30 December
                                 on 020 7226 0992.                                                     26 December             minimal enforcement -
                                                                                                       open all day            dangerously parked,
Cemeteries                                                                                                                        obstructions and double
Opening hours for Islington        Homes for                                                           27 December                    yellow lines
and Camden, East Finchley and                                                                          parks locked in the
Trent Park cemeteries:             Islington (HFI)                                                     evening                           31 December
   All cemeteries will be open     HFI Direct closes at 8pm on                                                                           normal enforcement
from 7.30am-4pm, and the           24 December and re-opens         They will close at 5pm on          31 December
offices open from 9am-5pm          at 8am on 27 December, and       31 December.                       parks not locked                    1 January -
except on Christmas Day when       closes again at 8pm on 31           Libraries will be open as       in the evening                     12-4.30pm
the cemeteries will be open from   December and re-opens at         normal at all other times.                                         matchday restrictions
10am-2pm, and on 26, 29, 30        8am on 2 January. Area              Please check                    1 January                     will be enforced.
December and 1 January, when       Housing Offices are closed     open all day
the cemeteries will be open from   from 25 December until           for normal opening times.                                        2 January
9am-4pm. The offices will be       2 January.                                                          2 January                     normal enforcement
closed on all of these days.          Emergency repairs can still                                      parks locked in the
                                   be reported on                   Noise Patrol                       evening
                                   0800 694 3344.                   Noise Patrol will not be                                          Vehicle
Children’s                                                          operating on 24, 25 or 31          For more on
                                                                    December.                          Islington's parks              pound
Services                           Libraries                          To contact noise patrol at all   and greenspaces,              The vehicle pound
Children's Services will be  All Islington’s libraries will be      other times, please call 020       please go to                 will be open 24
closed from 24 December to 1 closed between 24-26                   7527 3258 during the day, or        hours a day over the
January, re-opening on 2     December, and on 1 January.            020 7527 3229 at night.            environment/parks           Christmas period.
                                                                                                                    IslingtonNow December 2007/January 2008

Contact Islington                                                     Town Hall for births, deaths
Contact Islington is the main port of call for council-related
queries, and can be contacted on 020 7527 2000. The
service closes on 25 and 26 December and 1 January. Other
                                                                      and marriages
opening hours are:                                                    The Islington Registrar for Births, Deaths and Marriages is located at Islington Town Hall,
                         Service centre,                              Upper Street, N1, or you can contact them by calling 020 7527 6350/1.
                         222 Upper Street       Phone lines           For more information, please go to
15 December              9:30am - 1pm           9:30am - 6pm

21 December              8am – 6pm               8am – 8pm
                                                                      Dates            Facility offered                  Special service(s) offered Opening times
22 December              Closed                  9:30am - 1pm
                                                                      21 December Normal office hours                                                9.30-4pm
24 December              8am – 5pm               8am – 5pm
                                                                      22 December Weddings                               Deaths only                 11am-1pm
27 December              8am – 5pm               8am – 5pm
                                                                      23 December CLOSED                                 Standby service available   9.30-11am
28 December              8am – 5pm               8am – 5pm
                                                                      24 December Open to public 9.30-1pm ONLY           Standby service available   1-4pm
29 December              Closed                  9.30am-4pm

31 December              8am – 5pm               8am – 5pm            25 December CLOSED                                 CLOSED                      CLOSED

2 January                8.30am – 6pm            8am – 8pm            26 December CLOSED                                 Standby service available   9.30-11am

                                                                      27 December Open to public 10am-1pm ONLY           Standby service available   1-4pm
 Refuse and recycling collections
                                                                      28 December Open to public 10am-1pm ONLY           Standby service available   1-4pm
 Normal collection day            Revised collection day
 Monday 24 December               Monday 24 December                  29 December Weddings and civil partnerships        Deaths only 10-11.30am 10am–3pm
 Tuesday 25 December              Thursday 27 December                30 December CLOSED                                 Standby service available   9.30-11am
 Wednesday 26 December            Friday 28 December                  31 December Open to public 10am-1pm ONLY           Standby service available   1-4pm
 Thursday 27 December             Saturday 29 December
                                                                      1 January        CLOSED                            Standby service available   9.30-11am
 Friday 28 December               Sunday 30 December
                                                                      2 January        Normal office hours                                           9.30-4pm
 Monday 31 December               Monday 31 December

 Tuesday 1 January                Wednesday 2 January
                                                                               This information was accurate at the
 Wednesday 2 January              Thursday 3 January
                                                                                       time of going to press.
                                                                        For the most up-to-date Christmas and New Year
 Thursday 3 January               Friday 4 January
                                                                                    opening hours, please go to
 Friday 4 January                 Saturday 5 January
Leisure Centre opening hours
                    Archway             Cally Pool         Finsbury           Highbury            Ironmonger Row       Islington Tennis Centre         Sobell
24 December         8am-3pm             8.30am-3pm         closed             7.30am-3pm          closed               7am-3pm                         9am-3pm

25 December         closed              closed             closed             closed              closed               closed                          closed

26 December         closed              closed             closed             10am-4pm            closed               closed                          closed

27 December         10am-5pm            closed             closed             7.30am-5pm          closed               10am-5pm                        10am-5pm

28 December         10am-5pm            7.30am-3pm         closed             7.30am-5pm          10am-5pm             10am-5pm                        10am-5pm

29 December         10am-5pm            7.30am-3pm         closed             7.30am-7pm          10am-5pm             10am-5pm                        10am-5pm

30 December         10am-5pm            7.30am-3pm         closed             7.30am-9.30pm 10am-5pm                   10am-5pm                        10am-5pm

31 December         8am-3pm             8.30am-3pm         closed             7.30am-3pm          closed               10am-4pm                        9am-3pm

1 January           closed              closed             closed             closed              closed               closed                          closed

12                                LOCAL LIFE
Eye for the details                                                                                      Islington
                                                                                                         Do you feel inspired while you’re walking or
                                                                                                         cycling around the borough? Use this
                                                                                                         inspiration to create a work of art for the
                                                                                                         MoveMe competition, and you could find
                                                                                                         your work being displayed in a funky art
                                                                                                         gallery or busy tube station!
                                                                                                            Your artwork could be a photo, drawing,
                                                                                                         mural or painting, and should represent
                                                                                                         everything you love about walking or cycling
                                                                                                         through the borough. How you interpret the
                                                                                                         theme is up to you, but it should inspire others
                                                                                                         to walk or cycle, so be creative! You could, for
                                                                                                         example, send us photographs of your
                                                                                                         favourite walk, or an illustration that sums up
                                                                                                         the freedom of cycling.
                                                                                                            All images must be supplied digitally
                                                                                                         and must be accompanied with a paragraph
                                                                                                         describing what you love about walking
                                                                                                         or cycling, your age and all relevant
                                                                                                         contact details.

                                                                                                          YOU COULD WIN:
                                                                                                          , your artwork on a poster space in King’s
                                                                                                            Cross, Finsbury Park or Angel station for two
                                                                                                            weeks in February
                                                                                                          , a place in an exhibition at the Rainbird
                                                                                                            Gallery in February
Becoming an Eye for Islington could be the             as they come across them during their normal       , an art print to take home
                                                       everyday trips around the borough, whether it’s , spot prizes including a new bicycle.
perfect solution if you want to make a positive        the walk to school or a cycle to work. “I hope
difference to your local environment. Signing up       people carry on signing up because it’s really
makes it easy to report problems like dumped           important that we all do our bit for our                    To find out more information about
rubbish or graffiti. And you’ll be in good company     borough,” says Nora. “People might think that               the competition go to
                                                       being an Eye will be really time-consuming but    
– we’ve recently recruited our 1,000th member          it’s pretty easy to make a quick call while you’re or call 020 7527 2062.
                                                       walking the kids to school or on your way home All images must be received by 20 January
                                                       from work if you spot something unsightly.”        2007, so get creative this festive season!
The Eyes for Islington scheme helps the council
to identify problems that might otherwise go
undetected. Once a signed-up Eye reports a
problem to us, we respond as quickly as we can.          Some of the problems that
   Nora Nolan recently joined the Eyes scheme
and became our 1,000th member. She was                   Eyes can report:
talked into attending an Eyes for Islington
meeting by a friend who was already signed               , dumped rubbish
up to the scheme, and was pleasantly surprised.          , problems in parks and
“I have to admit the Eyes meeting was completely
                                                           open spaces
different to what I expected,” Nora said.
“It was really informal and friendly, and you could      , graffiti
chat to people and ask questions – and get               , pavement obstructions
honest answers.”
                                                         , abandoned vehicles
GETTING INVOLVED                                         , dog fouling
Nora was also concerned about some of the                , defective streetlights.
safety aspects of her local park, Spa Fields, so it
wasn’t long before she signed up. “I really want to
get involved in what’s happening in the borough
and help out if I can, and this is a great way to do
my bit. The council can’t be everywhere at once,       JOINING THE SCHEME
so they really need people out there on the            It’s easy to sign up, and there are lots of
streets to feedback what is happening.”                benefits. If you would like more information,
   The great thing about the Eyes scheme is that       please contact Fatma Mehmet on 020 7527
members are not obliged to go on patrols or            2334, email or go to
check certain areas, they can just report problems
                                                                                                                      IslingtonNow December 2007/January 2008

£305m                                    how much we’ll
                                         spend on turkeys
                                         this Christmas
                                                                                   3,000                                 tonnes of foil
                                                                                                                         we’ll get through
                                                                                                                         this Christmas
Christmas ticket
‘Tis the season to be jolly, so take the
opportunity to get into the Christmas spirit
by taking in one of the wonderful shows in
the borough this month. Best of all, you can
win free tickets to see some of the best ones!

                                          to give away for one show between
Cinderella                                26 and 30 December.
You can win two free tickets (one
adult, one child) to Cinderella at The
Little Angel Theatre, 14 Dagmar
                                             If you want to be the lucky winner,
                                          simply email us the name of the
                                          narrator of the Big Ugly Monster.
                                                                                   Lighting up the borough
Passage, at 11am on Saturday 5            Don’t forget to let us know which date   As well as great displays at Camden            singers, turned on the festive lights at
January. The show is only suitable for    and time you would prefer!               Passage and Nag’s Head, the switches           Highbury Barn.
children over the age of five.                                                     have also been flicked at Highbury Barn           Islington is aiming to be London's
   To be in with a chance of winning,  HOW TO ENTER                                and Archway.                                   greenest borough, so this year all our lights
please answer this question:           Please email your answers to                   Broadcaster and writer Clive Anderson,      feature low energy bulbs and are powered
   How many unkind sisters did with a        pictured here with some enthusiastic carol     by energy bought on a green tariff.
Cinderella have?                       phone number where you can be
                                       contacted. Please state in the subject
Big Ugly Monster
                                       line of the email which competition
                                                                                    Classic cards                                          Warmth and
                                       you are entering.
We are also giving away a free family      The deadline for all competitions is                                                            Comfort Scheme
ticket (two adults and two children or 20 December.                                                                                        If you need extra help in the
one adult and three children) to the                                                                                                       cold months, check out the
Big Ugly Monster children’s theatre                                                                                                        Warmth and Comfort scheme
show, narrated by Rik Mayall, at the            For more on activities and                                                                 which is being run by Islington
Pleasance Theatre N7. The show is               events in the borough                                                                      Council and British Gas. The
running until 30 December,                      during December and                                                                        scheme will deliver hundreds
Wednesday-Sunday at 11am and           January, please turn to our Out and                                                                 of thousands of pounds of
3.30pm, and we have a family ticket About guide on p18.                                                                                    improvements in energy
                                                                                                                                           efficiency in homes across
                                                                                                                                           the borough by providing free
                                                                                                                                           insulation and heating
                                                                                                                                           installation to householders
                                                                                    This picture shows what is thought to be the very      who receive a range
                                                                                    first example of a Christmas card.                     of benefits.
                                                                                    This copy was sent by "John Washburn and his
                                                                                    wife" of 22 Theberton Street, Islington, on                     Call 0800 652 0782
                                                                                    December 23 1843.                                               for more information.

                                                                                   Eurostar competition                                    Curl up with a
                                                                                   Congratulations to Melanie Trotter, N7, who             winter warmer!
                                                                                   is the lucky winner of our November Eurostar
                                                                                   competition. Well done Melanie!                         All our libraries have a
                                                                                                                                           great selection of specially
                                                                                                                                           picked books for winter.
                                                                                   Pride of Place                                          Among the great reads are
                                                                                   The Emirates Stadium was the proud winner               Divine Evil by Nora Roberts,
                                                                                   of a recent Pride of Place poll. People were            Sweethearts by Emma Blair
                                                                                   invited to vote for their favourite local               and Oyster House Siege by
                                                                                   attraction, and Arsenal’s new stadium won               Jay Rayner. So why not
                                                                                   with around a third of the votes, beating off           escape the hustle and bustle
                                                                                   competition from Highbury Fields and                    of Christmas and curl up with
                                                                                   Camden Passage.                                         a good book?

14                               LOCAL LIFE
                                                                                                                   Nominate your local
Parking changes gear                                                                                               treasure!
 As part of our common sense approach to                   no longer need to see proof of residence and vehicle    There are lots of great spots around the
 parking, the way you get parking products just            ownership.                                              borough, and everyone has their favourite
 got a whole lot easier.                                     If your application is re-approved we will            local treasure. But don’t keep it a secret –
    Forget queuing - reclaim your time by going online,    despatch the permit within 48 hours.                    tell us about it! From next year, we’ll be
 using the post or letting your fingers dial. While over                                                           running a series of local treasures. It could be
 the counter facilities at Waterloo Gardens and            VISITOR VOUCHERS                                        your favourite park, shop, market …
 Contact Islington will stop from Friday 21 December       From 24 December visitor vouchers can be ordered        absolutely anything! Send us your
 they will be replaced with our new streamlined            online from or by          nominations, along with a photo if you like,
 services that promise relaxed rules while also ensuring   sending an application form to Parking Services.        to or by post
 greater security and convenience. Read on for more        Alternatively phone 020 7527 2000.                      to Local Treasures, Room G12, Town Hall,
 details on how to get the parking product you need…          If we have your correct information and the          Upper Street, N1 2UD.
                                                           application is approved we will despatch your
 NEW RESIDENT PARKING PERMITS                              vouchers within 48 hours.
 Get a new resident parking permit by completing
 an application form and posting it, along with            PERMISSION TO PARK                                       Rubbish
 proof of residence and vehicle ownership, to
 Parking Services. We don’t need to see your
                                                           Permission to park notices are available for builders
                                                           and contractors working in the borough. They
 original documents, as we now accept photocopies.         provide all day parking places in resident, business     If you’ve found
   If we have the correct information and your             and pay and display bays.                                yourself with a
 application is approved we will despatch your permit        Tradespeople now have the convenience of               stack of unwanted
 within 48 hours.                                          organising a notice online at                            gifts this
                                                  and printing it out         Christmas, don’t
 RESIDENT PARKING PERMIT RENEWALS                          before leaving home or the office rather than having     chuck them! Check
 Current permit holders get a letter reminding them to     the hassle of queuing in a parking shop.                 out swapXchange,
 renew their permit a month before it expires. Simply                                                               where you can
 complete the enclosed form and post it back in the               For more information, go to                       swap or give away
 prepaid envelope supplied. Or from 24 December         , write to            any items you
 renew your permit online at                                      Parking Services at PO Box 46106, EC1B            don’t want any more. From shoes to sofas,                              1BR or call 020 7527 2000 for general parking            fridges to fishtanks, anything goes! Check
   If your circumstances have remained the same we         information.                                             out
                                                                                                                     IslingtonNow December 2007/January 2008

                                 175m                                                            1b                                                      15
                                                                 mince pies                                    the number of
                                                                 we’ll get                                     cards sent each
                                                                 through this                                  Christmas
                                                                 festive season

Free visitor parking vouchers
In addition to a better service                                    Parking enforcement over the holidays:
for parking customers, we                                          24, 27, 28 and 29 December - normal                31 December - normal enforcement
are giving all Islington                                           enforcement rules apply on these days
residents free visitor parking                                                                                        1 January - noon-4.30pm
                                                                   25, 26 and 30 December - minimal                   matchday restrictions will be enforced
vouchers for the Christmas                                         enforcement - dangerously parked,
and New Year period                                                obstructions and double yellow lines               2 January - normal enforcement

All you need to do is cut out the voucher for the day
your guest requires parking, and get them to fold the                                                                   vehicle within the marked parking place.
voucher over the side window closest to the kerb and               RESTRICTIONS
close the window so that the voucher is inside the                 All-day complimentary visitor                      3. This voucher does not entitle the user to
vehicle. Make sure that the details on the front are                                                                     park in contravention of other restrictions.
clearly visible from the outside. Please make sure your            parking voucher instructions and
visitors are aware of the terms and conditions though,             conditions for use                                 4. Vehicles issued with a Parking Charge
as restrictions do apply.                                          1. These vouchers can be used in any                  Notice may be clamped and/or removed
   On Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day*, you              Islington Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ)            and impounded.
can also park in any residents’ parking bay or pay-and-               but are only valid in resident permit holder
display bay in Islington. You cannot park on double yellow            (including residents’ shared-use) parking
lines or in dedicated disabled bays at any time. You must also        places. Not valid in pay and display bays,              If you have any questions, please
have the appropriate permit to park in car club bays and              on double yellow lines, disabled bays, car              see the parking Frequently Asked
doctors’ parking spaces.                                              club bays and doctors’ parking spaces.                  Questions (FAQs) on
  *Arsenal is playing a home game on New Year’s Day, and           2. You are liable for a Penalty Charge notice              call Contact Islington on 020
you must have a valid permit or voucher to park in zones              if you do not park with all the parts of the            7527 2000.
with match day controls between 12noon and 4.30pm.

      COMPLIMENTARY                               COMPLIMENTARY                             COMPLIMENTARY                                COMPLIMENTARY
      ALL DAY VISITOR                             ALL DAY VISITOR                           ALL DAY VISITOR                              ALL DAY VISITOR
     PARKING VOUCHER                             PARKING VOUCHER                           PARKING VOUCHER                              PARKING VOUCHER

         Valid on:                                   Valid on:                                  Valid on:                                   Valid on:
        Monday24                                   Thursday 27                                 Friday 28                                  Saturday 29
      December2007                                December 2007                             December 2007                                December 2007

    VALID ALL ZONES                             VALID ALL ZONES                           VALID ALL ZONES                               VALID ALL ZONES



         AL COP
     VALID ALL DAY IN                            VALID ALL DAY IN                          VALID ALL DAY IN                              VALID ALL DAY IN
    RESIDENT PERMIT                             RESIDENT PERMIT                           RESIDENT PERMIT                               RESIDENT PERMIT

               IES ON
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    Winayear’sfree                                                             New year, new you
    gymmembership!                                                             Christmas and New Year is time to have a break, and have some fun! So
                                                                               don’t despair if you overindulge during the festive season. These handy
                                                                               hints can help you purge the pies and forget the fags for the New Year.
    One lucky winner will receive free use of gym, pool
    and exercise classes for one year! Plus five runners up
    will receive a free one month pass to be used at all
    seven Aquaterra leisure centres in Islington.
                                                                               Booze safely!                                      Ditch the cigs
      Simply fill in this form and post to Aquaterra Leisure,                  The holiday season is a time where many of us      Islington is now smokefree, and it’s far too cold
    Marketing Department, 1-11 Ironmonger Row, EC1V                            may drink a bit more than usual. When you are      to stand outside having a sneaky smoke. So
    3QF.                                                                       drinking alcohol try to have lots of water in      maybe the time is right to think about packing
                                                                               between drinks and never drink alcohol on an       it in for the New Year.
    Name:                                                                      empty stomach. It’s better to make sure you            If you want some help, pick up the phone
                                                                               are with friends or family if you’re planning a    and call freephone 0800 093 90 30 or email
    Phone:                                                                     big night – and keep your mobile to hand so
                                                                               they know you have got
    Address:                                                                   home safely. The
                                                                               holiday season is a time
                                                                                                                                  Not sprouts again…
                                                                               for fun, but keep                                  If you’re tucking into a traditional turkey dinner
                                                                               yourself safe when                                 this Christmas, don’t forget to load up your
    Postcode:                                                                  you’re drinking.                                   plate with veggies! Eating a wide
                                                                                  If you find yourself                            variety of fruit and veg can
    Email:                                                                     in need of a taxi this                             make your skin look great as
                                                                               Christmas, text HOME                               well as packing you
    Aquaterra may wish to contact you with details of special                  to 60835, and you will                             full of the
    offers available from us. If you do not want this please                   receive details of                                 vitamins your
    tick here ■                                                                nearby licensed minicab                            body needs. It’s
    This free prize draw is open to residents aged 16 or over. One entry per   firms. The cost per text                           also the perfect
                                                                               is 35p plus standard                               weather for hearty

    person. Closing date Friday 29 February 2008. Full terms and conditions
    available on request.                                                      network charges.                                   veggie soups.

                                                                               Feel great                                         HEALTH

                                                                               in 2008!                                           Get the jab
                                                                               How often have you made a New Year’s
                                                                               resolution to get fitter? And how often have       Less than half of people over 65 who are at
                                                                               you kept it? If you struggle to stick to your      risk from the flu got their flu jab last year, and
                                                                               resolutions, you could try the following:          we want to give that figure a healthy boost
                                                                               , Workout when it’s convenient for you. Try to     this winter.
                                                                                 combine exercise with other things that             Flu is an unpleasant experience for anybody,
                                                                                 happen in your life, so go for a jog with your   but to those who are at risk, flu can be a major
                                                                                 partner or a swim with your kids. Train with     health concern. If you, members of your family,
                                                                                 your mates so you can combine socialising        friends or neighbours are over 65, please
                                                                                 with exercise – and it’s great motivation. For   encourage them to visit their GP, practice
                                                                                 most people time is a major factor, but most     nurse or pharmacist to find out more about
                                                                                 of us can find a spare 20-30 minutes a day.      getting their free flu jab.
                                                                               , Set yourself a goal – how can you succeed if
                                                                                 you don’t know what you want? All new                        To find out more, go to
                                                                                 members at Islington’s leisure centres             ,
                                                                                 receive free one-to-one sessions with a             or call NHS
                                                                                 gym instructor to help you achieve your                      Direct on 0845 4647.
                                                                               , Sit down each Sunday evening and plan
                                                                                 when and where you will exercise during the      Counterfeit cigarettes
                                                                                 coming week … and stick to it!                   Following an article on counterfeit cigarettes in the October
                                                                               , Vary your exercise routine. Just doing           edition of IslingtonNow, Islington PCT would like to clarify its
                                                                                 workouts in a gym can get boring so why          position with regards to counterfeit cigarettes. The PCT does
                                                                                 not try an exercise class, go for a brisk walk   not have specialist equipment required to "test" counterfeit
                                                                                 or swim a few laps in the pool.                  cigarettes, but the PCT has commissioned research which
                                                                                                                                  acknowledges the evidence that counterfeit cigarettes have
                                                                                                                                  unregulated levels of tar, chemicals and toxins which are
                                                                                        For further information on the            harmful to health. However, Islington PCT states explicitly that
                                                                                        leisure facilities in Islington, visit    all cigarettes - counterfeit or non-counterfeit - contain tar,
                                                                                                       chemicals and toxins which are harmful to health.
                                                                                                                     IslingtonNow December 2007/January 2008

YOUR VIEWS                                                                                                                                              17
Tell us                                            Newbagsforgreen
A new look for Highbury Corner?
Thousands of residents and commuters who
use Highbury Corner could see dramatic
improvements to this busy London transport
                                                   wasteand foodwaste!
hub, depending on the outcome of a public          New green waste collection
consultation by Transport for London, in           bags and environmentally
partnership with the council.                      friendly corn starch bio bags
   Local residents are being asked to have their   that can be used in your
say on options for improving the area, which       kitchen food waste bins have
involve redesigning the area outside the           been introduced after
station, possibly closing either the northern or   residents said this would
western arms of the roundabout and                 be useful.
transforming the roundabout itself into a             Residents chose a reusable
landmark space.                                    green waste bag because it’s a
                                                   handy size, does not get too
The three options for improvements at              heavy for residents or
Highbury Corner are:                               collectors to carry and it can
Option A: western side closure                     be folded away when not in
Option B: northern side closure                    use. You can continue to
Option C: minor improvements                       place any extra green waste
                                                   in an open sack or bin liner
For more information, go to                        for collection.

                                                   “ and to
download the brochure and questionnaire go
You can also email your thoughts to                This biobag is the
Running until: 14 January                          only type of bag
                                                   that can be used in
Talkback panels
We always want to know what you think of           food waste bins

our services, and our new talkback panels
offer a great opportunity for you to tell us of
your experiences.
   Recently, we’ve installed talkback panels at       The new corn starch bio
Contact Islington (222 Upper Street), Housing      bags have been introduced in     Reusable         approved by our composting         any bags if you so wish.
Aid Centre (38 Devonia Road) and South             response to residents saying     green waste      site. The bags will disintegrate      To find out where you can
Library on Essex Road. The boards are easy         that their food waste stuck to   bags are a       if wet and left outside so must    purchase the biobags please
to read and use, and are designed to collect an    their bin. This biobag is the    handy option     only be used with a bin. The       call Contact Islington on
immediate response to your visit and give an       only type of bag that can be                      corn starch bags are optional      020 7527 2000 or go to
overall impression of the service you have         used in the food waste bins                       and you can continue to use
received.                                          because they have been                            the kitchen waste bins without     recycling
   The information we get from you will be
used to plan improvements. We will move the
panels around every three months so different
services can be monitored.
                                                   Laycock Street Park                               Two new 20MPH
Supporting parents and carers
Are you a mother, father, grandparent or carer?
                                                   Over 100 people attended the recent public
                                                   consultation in Laycock Street Park and many
                                                                                                     zones launched
If so, what would help you in bringing up your     questionnaires were completed and returned.
children? We want to hear about what kinds            The majority of people supported the           Two new 20mph zones are now up and
of information, advice and support you would       removal of overgrown shrubs and the addition      running in the north of the borough in

find helpful and where you would like to have      of new plants along the north boundary wall.      the areas surrounding Ashley Road
this available.                                    Almost everyone who responded said they           and Waterlow Road, following
   We are holding a series of open meetings        would like to see the games pitch improved,       consultation with local residents.
around the borough to get your views. If you       and many people also wanted to see the               The new zones include cycle-
would like to come along to a meeting, or          existing trees trimmed to allow greater           friendly speed humps, raised
give your views directly, please email Siobhan     light penetration.                                junction crossings and camera
at or phone                    A decision is still to be made on the          enforced no entry points within the
020 8986 3378.                                     installation of a paved footpath from Liverpool   Waterlow Road scheme. All these
                                                   Road to Highbury Station Road, and local          measures are expected to provide a safer
Consultation open to: all mothers,                 residents will be further consulted before a      environment for all road users but particularly pedestrians,
fathers, grandparents and carers of children       decision is made.                                 cyclists and other vulnerable road users.
0 - 19 years                                          All work is scheduled for completion by 31        To find out more about these schemes please contact Alan
Running until: 31 January                          March 2008.                                       Elias on 020 7527 2806 or Rud Francois on 020 7527 2220.

                                OUT AND ABOUT                                                                        Where: The Little Angel, 14 Dagmar Passage
                                                                  Get active                                         When: until 27 January
                                                                                                                     Prices: from £6-£10
                                                                  Islington cyclists’ action group                   For more information, go to
West Area Committee Meeting                                       cycle ride                               , and to book call
7 January 7.30pm Barnsbury Centre, Offord Road, N1                Ride your bike to the South Bank with local        the box office on 020 7226 1787
South Area Committee Meeting                                      cyclists to join Critical Mass, a celebration of   * To win tickets to Cinderella, please turn
7 January 7.30pm Location to be confirmed                         cycling through central London. Please bring         to p13!
East Area Committee Meeting                                       your bicycle lights and a bell as you ride
10 January 7.30pm Location to be confirmed                        through the streets with plenty of other           Alice in Wonderland on Ice
North Area Committee Meeting                                      cyclists. No need to book.                         Sobell Ice Skating Club presents its Christmas
10 January 7.30pm Postgraduate Lecture Theatre, Holborn Union     Where: Meet outside Islington Town Hall,           pantomime. Bring the whole family for 90
Building, Archway Campus, Highgate Hill, N19 5LW                  Upper Street, N1                                   minutes of action packed fun.
Standards Committee Meeting                                       When: 28 December and 25 January                   Where: Sobell Leisure Centre
14 January 7pm, Town Hall, Upper Street                           6.15pm, finish time to be agreed on the day        When: 20–23 December
Performance Review Committee Meeting                              How Much: Free                                     Times: 5pm & 7.30pm
14 January 7.30pm, Town Hall, Upper Street                        For more information please contact Chris          Prices: £6 per person or £22 for a family
Executive Meeting                                                 Ashby on 020 7609 5093.                            of four
17 January 7.30pm, Town Hall, Upper Street                                                                           For further details call Sobell Leisure Centre
Commission on Young People and Safety in Islington                Cally canal walk                                   on 020 7609 2166.
22 January 7.30pm, Town Hall, Upper Street                        Join a group of enthusiastic seniors for a
Regeneration Review Committee Meeting                             stroll along Regent’s Canal and the                Children's Art Workshops
22 January 7.30pm, Town Hall, Upper Street                        surrounding ages, suitable for any age and
Corporate Services Meeting                                        fitness level. After the walk is a cookery
29 January 7.30pm, Town Hall, Upper Street                        session where you are taught new recipes
                                                                  and can chat with other members.
                                                                  Where: Jean Stokes Hall, Carnoustie Drive,
        For more information call Jakki Crowder on 020            Bemerton Estate N7
        7527 3251, email           When: Every Monday, 10.30am – 11.30am
        or see                     For more information please contact Garrett
                                                                  Turbett on 020 7527 1256                           Anna Boggon
All meetings are subject to change. Please                                                                           will be leading these
check the website before attending.                               Mildmay Local History Walk                         workshops for children aged
                                                                  Organised by the Staying Alive Project             nine to 13. She is a professional visual artist
                                                                  Where: Meet at the Starbox Café in                 who exhibits internationally.
                                                                  Newington Green                                    Where: Whittington Park Community
                                                                  When: 29 December 11am with lunch                  Association, Yerbury Road N19
                                                                  provided at 12.30pm                                When: 18 January, 3.45pm-5.45pm
                                                                  For more information please call Sonia             How much: £36 for six sessions.
                                                                  Gouveia on 020 7527 7096                           To book a place please call Anna on
                                                                                                                     07899 817 005

                                                                   Young fun
                                                                   The Big Ugly Monster and the Little
                                                                   Stone Rabbit                                      Free Community Training for
                                                                   Rik Mayall narrates a production of Chis          Islington’s Park Users
                                                                   Wormell’s hilarious story of an ugly monster      If you want to help out at your local park,
                                                                   with a beautiful heart, suitable for children     you can attend free training sessions to help
                                                                   ages three and over                               learn more about what you can do to help.
                                                                   Where: Pleasance Islington, Carpenters            Sessions include:
                                                                   Mews, North Road N7                               -How to run safe planting events with
                                                                   When: 12 -30 December (Wednesdays                   volunteers in Islington’s Parks
                                                                   to Sundays)                                       -Basic and Emergency First Aid
                                                                   How much: £8 (£6), £25 family ticket,             -Fundraising workshops
                                                                   schools £4 per child                              Where: BTCV King’s Cross Office, 80 York
                                                                   To book call 020 7609 1800                        Way, N1
                                                                   * To win tickets to The Big Ugly Monster,         When: 12 January, 9.15am-4.30pm, with
                                                                     please turn to p13!                             other sessions in the coming months
                                                                                                                     Call 020 7527 4953 / 3288 or email
                                                                   Cinderella/Little Cinders                for more
                                                                   Come and see a puppet production of               information.
                                                                   children’s favourite Cinderella, for ages five
                                                                   and over, and a shorter version for children      Little Green Ride
                                                                   aged two to five called Little Cinders.           Bring your own bike for an easy-paced cycle

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                                                                                                                      IslingtonNow December 2007/January 2008

           ride of about 30 miles in the
          Hertfordshire countryside. Bikes         Community events                                       CONTACT ISLINGTON
            will be taken on the train there
             and back and the day will include     Volunteer practical workday                            Contact Islington is the council’s telephone and customer
               a stop at a local pub to get a      The final volunteer workday for 2007 – come            service centre based on the ground floor of 222 Upper
                  bite to eat. There is no need    and join the rangers for some seasonal hedge           Street, N1. Contact Islington can help you with a range of
                    to book.                       management in the morning and then a hot               services including housing advice and environmental queries.
                        Where: Meet outside        lunch to say thank you for all your hard work.
                        Finsbury Park Railway      Where: Gillespie Park                                  The service centre is open from 8am to 6pm Monday to
                         Station                   When: 20 December 10am-3.30pm                          Friday (8.30am to 6pm on Wednesday only) for your face-
                     When: 20 January              How much: Free                                         to-face service needs. It also opens every fourth Saturday
                     9.45am-4pm                    For more information please contact Islington          of the month, from 9am to 1pm (third Saturday if
                       How much: Free bike         Ecology Centre on 020 7354 5162. Suitable              coinciding with Bank Holiday weekends). Phonelines are
                         ride, costs for train     for adults only.                                       open from 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday, and 9am to
                           fare and lunch only                                                            6pm every Saturday.
                            For more information   Dance sessions in Mildmay
                            please contact         Staying Alive, along with Urdang Dance                 Phone: 020 7527 2000
                            Stephen Taylor on      Academy, are inviting adults of any age and            Email:
                            07977 235735           ability to learn how to salsa, lindyhop, tango         Minicom: 020 7527 1900
                                                   and country dance. Join in the fun, meet               Fax: 020 7527 5001
                                                   new people and get some exercise. No need
                                                   to book.                                                 Other useful contact numbers
The arts                                           Where: St Jude and St Paul’s Church Hall,
                                                   Mildmay Grove North, N1                                  CEA@Islington
Thames above Oxford talk                           When: Every Thursday from January 10,
                                                                                                            020 7527 5800
Hugh Compton of the Railway and Canal              5-6pm
Historical Society speaks about the history of     For more information on these or any other
                                                                                                            HFI Direct (repairs)
this less well known section of the Thames.        sessions, contact Sonia on 020 7527 7096.
Where: London Canal Museum, New Wharf                                                                       0800 694 3344
Road, N1                                           Inner Space                                              (minicom 0800 073 0536)
When: 3 January                                    The charity Inner Space hosts free talks from  
                                                   guest speakers from all around the world to              Islington Police
Vera Waddington exhibition                         serve as an introduction to personal                     020 7704 1212
A chance to see the work of renowned early         development and spirituality in daily life.              Report non-emergencies at
20th Century artist Vera Waddington, a             Where: Yoga Therapy Centre, Pentonville        
student at the Slade and friend of Duncan          Road, N1 9HS                                             NHSDirect
Grant and other members of the Bloomsbury          When: Sundays 6pm – 7:30pm                               0845 46 47
group                                              How much: Free                                 
Where: The Millinery Works, Southgate Road         For more information, call 020 7836 6688 or
When: until 6 January                              go to
For more information, go to                                                                                 Local leisure centres
How Much: £3, £2 for students, senior                                                                       Archway Leisure Centre       Ironmonger Row Baths
citizens, members of the Canal Museum Trust                                                                 020 7281 4105                020 7253 4011
and unwaged                                        Arsenal’s December                                       Cally Pool                   Islington Tennis Centre
For more information go to                         and January                                              020 7278 1890                020 7700 1370                                                                   Finsbury Leisure Centre      Sobell Leisure Centre
                                                   fixtures                                                 020 7253 2346                020 7609 2166
Rough Music                                                                                                 Highbury Pool
Set in 1892, Rough Music is the story of a         12 December 7.45pm                                       020 7704 2312      
northern girl, Jessie Sanders, who moves to        Arsenal v Steaua Bucharest
London to become an entertainer and
eventually finds herself on trial.                 16 December 4pm                                        CONTACT YOUR LOCAL COUNCILLOR
Where: King’s Head Theatre, 115 Upper Street       Arsenal v Chelsea
When: until 13 January                                                                                    Islington has 48 councillors. Councillors make decisions on
For more information, go to                        22 December 12.45pm                                    council policy and spending. They are the people who                           Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur                            know what’s going on in your local area, and are there for
                                                                                                          you to talk to about any problems you may have with
Connecting Conversations                           1 January 3pm                                          council services. They can take up your case themselves or
Novelist Esther Freud will talk to psychoanalyst   Arsenal v West Ham                                     point you in the right direction to get more advice.
John Tydeman about the themes of the absent
father and coming-of-age that she explores in      12 January 3pm                                         You can meet any of your ward councillors in person at
her latest novel, Love Falls.                      Arsenal v Birmingham City                              one of their regular surgeries, write to them at the Town
Where: The Resource Centre, 356 Holloway                                                                  Hall, email or telephone them.
Road, N7                                           29 January 7.45pm
When: 25 January, 7-8.30pm                         Arsenal v Newcastle United                             For councillors’ contact details, to find out when they
How much: £12/£6 concessions (including a                                                                 hold surgeries, and for details of your local Member of
glass of wine)                                     All fixtures are subject to change. Please check       Parliament, Member of European Parliament and Greater
For more information, go to               for the most up-to-date   London Authority representative, please call 020 7527                    information.                                           2000 or visit

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