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Highbury Fields is a dog-meet-dog world for Robin

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23 February, 2018 — By Helen Chapman

Robin Farrell with rescue greyhound Parker

THIS professional dog walker finds her clients by chatting to pet owners in the park, usually Highbury Fields. “It’s a really nice area where I’ve met a great group of people,” says Robin Farrell. “It’s a great community to be a part of. It’s helpful for the dogs too so they can meet new dogs.” It all began when Robin moved to London a year ago from Ireland. She missed her dog Bambi, a Border Collie/English Setter mix, who she now only sees every other weekend. To fill the Bambi-shaped hole in her life, Robin has started her own dog walking business called Hounds Around Town. Her other passion is photography. “I got into it by taking my camera and a roll of film down to dog shows and took a load of pictures,” she says. “I would love to do more of that.” The charge is £14 for a 90-minute group walk or a one-on-one walk for 45 minutes. She also offer a full day and night’s sitting, including walks. More information and details of Robin’s photography at or her Instagram @Hounds_around_town

Workshops with all the right moves

Lilian Baylis Arts Club’s Jennifer James with Amina Patel, right

NOTHING is better for the body and soul than having a move and a shake which is what happens at the Claremont Project. Based in White Lion Street, Angel, the project offers a range of activities for people aged 55-plus including music, art, dance and therapies. Last month, they teamed up with the Lilian Baylis Art Club at Sadler’s Wells for a special workshop called New Adventures with Cinderella. Members were taught a sequence from The Nutcracker with Alan Vincent from the Matthew Bourne Dance Company. Claremont member Amina Patel said: “It was fantastic – he was a brilliant teacher.” Amina, who has lived in Islington for 40 years and has been a Claremont member for a year and a half, said she started by doing ballroom dancing before moving on to ballet. “I love going there,” she said. “It is the most friendly place imaginable. It’s a lovely feeling because you don’t skip and leap at our age but in the classes they get us all leaping across the hall.” Programme manager at Claremont, Blanche Fitzgerald, says: “It was very energetic and uplifting. It is also important for mental and physical health. It engaged people on a different level rather than sitting back in a concert – they were fully immersed. The project brings a sense of community. The Lilian Baylis Art Club is also a group of people from Islington. Bringing them both together has that communal feeling of everyone doing the same thing. Then we have tea and coffee afterwards.” More details from Blanche at the Claremont Project on 020 7689 8090 or email
or the Lilian Baylis Arts Club, Sadler’s Wells at or call 020 7863 8141.

Pupils enjoy a tasty Chinese New Year

Year 5 pupils Ronald Lai, Natalie Man and Ryan Nestor

A party at Copenhagen Primary School celebrated the Chinese New Year in style, sharing spring rolls, rice and noodles from a local Chinese takeaway. The event was organised by the Copenhagen community of parents and staff, The Friends of Copenhagen, for more than 64 pupils. Head of school Amardeep Panesar, expressed a “huge thank-you to Mr and Mrs Duong” of Hot Wok takeaway in Caledonian Road, “who donated spring rolls, egg fried rice and venerable noodles. The children loved the food and we are very grateful for their support at this event,” she said. “We truly are a multi-faith school and we celebrate the diversity in our school. It was delightful to see so many communities celebrating together.”


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