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18 March, 2017 — By Gabe Evans

Tile-tagging at a fundraising event for Union Chapel’s roof repairs

IT’S the people’s history in a tiled roof! There was a flurry of activity at Union Chapel, Highbury, on Saturday at the Tag a Tile Fundraiser. Locals packed into the church to make their mark on the upcoming repair of the vestry building roof, personalising handmade clay tiles donated by handcraft tile makers, Wienerberger.

With a generous grant of £61,200 from the Listed Places of Worship: Roof Repair Fund, which totals 48 per cent of the cost, the Chapel team has been busy organising to make up the rest. Their regular Saturday lunchtime mini gig, Daylight Music, was hosted by the 40 strong London Accordion Orchestra, who really got the creativity flowing. Around £350 pounds was raised with 80 beautiful tiles ready to adorn the Chapel rooftop.

Getting together for a gift giveaway

Speak Street and Kindness Offensive volunteers ready for the big gift giveaway at the Camden Road HQ

IN the latest chapter of Speak Street language cafe’s collaboration with the Kindness Offensive, the two local champions broke their record for gift giveaways last Thursday. With new funding from the Big Heritage Lottery Fund and more generous donations from Lush Cosmetics, colourful presents were piled hight at the KO headquarters in Camden Road. “We’re celebrating our neighbours,” said Speak Street founder Joanna Bevan, who was expecting drop-in visitors from the local school, community centre, mosque and Centre 404. Speak Street is a pop-up language café helping people to improve their everyday language skills in a fun, flexible and community-based environment. Sessions at the Kindness Offensive headquarters are held on Thursday mornings. More details:

Grab your spatulas and get baking

NORTH London Cares is asking bakers to grab spoons, spatulas and scales and hold a bake sale to help raise money for its spring activities. The charity hopes to get enough funds to keep more than 70 social clubs –running this spring. The volunteers work to bring young and older neigh­bours together in conversation and companionship. Cares’ Cake Week runs from March 27-April 2. More details on how to run a bake sale at


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