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Get great hints on history while walking with Jane

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30 March, 2018 — By Helen Chapman

Jane Parker leads guided walking tours in the borough

Jane Parker has turned her curiosity into a career, hosting guided walking tours of the borough to show off what she calls the unknown “hints of the past”. Jane, who has lived in Holloway for 30 years, has completed an accredited Clerkenwell and Islington guiding course and now is ready to share her knowledge with other locals.

“I look at bits and pieces on the streets that people don’t notice such as shop doorways and pubs that give hints to the past,” she says. “I thought doing walking tours would be about making people aware of what things are around, even more so now people have their heads in their phones. My walks attract all sorts of people. Some people who are older and know the area well quite like it. Other times I’ve had people come all the way from Richmond or somewhere further.”

Jane comes from a background in graphic design and used to work in advertising. She now has picked up a new skill in photography and sells her prints in shops such as The Only Place for Pictures in Upper Street and occasionally has a stall at Archway Market.

You can find more details on Jane’s website and book tickets for her walking tours on

On song for St Patrick’s Day

Sing-a-longs to guitar songs The Wild Rover, Molly Malone and The Parting Glass rang out in Lower Hocking Hall on St Patrick’s Day with neighbours from Whittington Park Community Association. Twenty-five people gathered in the hall to munch on colcannon mash, ham hock and peas, washed down with Guinness for a celebratory lunch. “Bringing people together is so important,” says Loan Tran, project development worker. “That’s one of the main reasons why we’re here. Another way to meet people and create something lovely together is to get involved with our Community Garden project.”
Please contact for more information about the Whittington Park Community Association and the garden project or see their website at


Library chief joins community AGM

British Library’s chief executive Roly Keating at the Highbury Community Centre meeting with, from left: Gill Shepherd, Highbury Community News; Bahar Chowdhury, committee member; Beth Moir, committee member and Highbury West Ward Councillor Teresa de Bono

It was a jam-packed agenda at last Saturday’s Highbury Community Association meeting where the chief executive of the British Library shared a few words with local neighbours. Roly Keating spoke about the library’s 20th year in St Pancras, making the Islington and Camden border a key part of London’s knowledge quarter. As well as its cultural events, talks and exhibitions, the library in Euston Road houses the heritage collection from the British Museum, including treasures such as the Diamond Sutra, the world’s oldest printed book. Five hundred pounds was raised at the meeting’s raffle and auction in support of the Highbury Roundhouse, the youth and community centre which is undergoing redevelopment and will be ready to open in the summer. The meeting, which took place at Christ Church Highbury, also discussed issues affecting residents including the future of Highbury Corner and traffic restrictions in Drayton Park and Gillespie Road.
Details about the Highbury Community Association at
More details about the Highbury Roundhouse can be found at
Details about events at the British Library can be found at


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