SLT staff, trustees and volunteers: Katy Connell; Hannah Kalmanowitz; Eileen Thomas; Savitri Udalagama ; Cady Stone and Brian Devine
A CHARITY helping fight isolation and loneliness celebrated with their volunteers last Friday at their Annual General Meeting.
More than 55 volunteers were recognised with outstanding achievement certificates presented by the Stuart Low Trust (SLT) board of trustees.
Volunteers and participants gave moving tributes as to what SLT meant to them, with one saying: “Just being given a piece of fruit by someone who didn’t know me on my first evening four years ago meant everything to me. It meant I was noticed and valued.”
Hannah Kalmanowitz, SLT’s chief executive, said: “It was very moving hearing what SLT means to so many people and how much it has supported them. It reinforces we are on the right track with the services we provide, especially as we strive now to expand existing projects and bring in new ones, as per our business plan. With our new staff in place – Lorna Lewis, operations manager, and Adam Wilson, fundraising manager – I am optimistic and confident for SLT’s bright future.”
Food was generously donated by Angel Deli in Chapel Market and drinks courtesy of the Pret Foundation.
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Amwell community takes to the street
HUNDREDS of revellers flocked to Clerkenwell to mark the 11th annual Amwell Street Fete. It’s a festival that began in 2008 as a “thank you to the community” from businesses and retailers in the area after residents supported them against the council selling swathes of the historic area off to property developers.
There were more than 30 stalls this year selling food, drink, ceramics, candles and hand- painted cards. There were also groups raising awareness and fundraising for various causes such as the Bevin Community Gardens and the Amwell Society.
Margaret Lamont, of the Amwell Street Fete Committee, said: “It is a lot of work by the committee putting it all together but it is all worth it when it goes as well as it did on Sunday. Friends, neighbours and the local community enjoying themselves.”
The day started with an open- air yoga class in Amwell Street before bands serenaded the audience on the George and Monkey pub’s outdoor stage. The pub was celebrating a year from the day it reopened after a five-year hiatus.
The committee aims to make the festival self-funding in a “few years”. They have applied to the council for money through the Local Initiatives Fund.
Restored St Mary’s portico revealed
A CELEBRATED bit of Islington architecture is to be unveiled this weekend after a six-month restoration project.
The portico at the entrance to St Mary’s Church in Upper Street has been given a facelift as part of the “heart of Islington” project which aims to restore the historic building with a £2million budget after it was placed on the national Heritage At Risk register. Now with the portico almost fully restored the mayor of Islington Rakhia Ismail will unveil it on Saturday afternoon at about 1pm. Churchwarden Jules Cassidy, 71, said: “I don’t know how long it has been covered in London grime, years of major traffic going past. And now it is beautiful, it’s just fantastic.”
The frieze on the front of the portico depicts a scene from the nativity. Dr Nicola Stacey, director of the Heritage of London Trust, said: “Heritage of London Trust gave a grant for the restoration of the frieze on St Mary’s portico – it’s a wonderful eyecatcher, beautifully carved in Portland stone, but all the masonry joints had failed and it needed complete dismantling and repair. The whole scene with its nativity animals now looks fantastic.”
A stage has been erected under the portico for this year’s free Soul in the City festival.
Festival director Patty Kostcova said that she was “delighted” the portico could be unveiled in time for the festival.
There has been a church at the St Mary’s site since the 12th century. But fires and bombings have meant it has had to be rebuilt and restored several times.