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09 June, 2017 — By Emily Finch

Annette Roachford at work in her salon

Beautician Annette Roachford celebrates her beauty therapy store’s eight-month anniversary at St Luke’s Community Centre this month. Annette, who has been a beautician for 18 years, started her own business called All About Eve Therapies following support from the business start-up programme at the community centre at 90 Central Street, EC1. She was provided with £2,000 to develop her business alongside mentors who helped her with legal advice and setting up social media websites.

Her services include deep cleanse facials, manicures and full body massage. “Sometimes it’s the smaller things in life that can make people feel better,” Annette says. “For example, just tinting someone’s eyelashes and eyebrows and making it complement their hair colour, can make someone leave with a smile on their face and with more confidence. I like people so this is the perfect job for me.”

John Garces, business engagement manager at St Luke’s says: “She started with two-and-a-half days a week but from last month, she’s now working three days a week. I think it’s been successful.” The programme sponsored by law firm Slaughter and May supported 27 businesses of which 18 are still trading.

More information about St Luke’s Community Centre at: and Annette’s therapies by emailing her at: 

Make time to stop and smell the roses

Four Upper Holloway residents met for a morning walk and talk in Whittington Park to escape the hustle of city life on Wednesday. They discovered red roses growing on the edges of the astroturf during the 30-minute walk which ended with cups of tea and a chat at the park’s café.

Marilyn Daish, Maria Soteriou and Jessica Lubin take time out in Whittington Park

The event – organised by the park’s community association in partnership with the Lottery funded project Stay Well, Live Well – aims to promote health and wellbeing. Loan Tran, project development manager at Whittington Park Community Association, says: “The red roses were absolutely stunning. They were exquisitely perfumed and sweet smelling. It’s the little things like that which cheer you up. Every time people meet for the walk they find gems. Families usually walk past the park without realising there’s a pond and wildflower meadows.”

The community association was recently awarded a £150,000 grant from the London Marathon Charitable Trust which will see the park’s two halls modernised and made fully accessible. The park will host a celebration on September 9 with food stalls and taster sessions for classes usually held in the halls including ballroom dancing and tango.

More information about these events including the walk which meets every Wednesday at 11.15am in front of the Whittington Park Cafe at:

Borrow a piece of art from the library

Artworks including those made by an artist featured in a Banksy exhibition will be available to borrow for free when the Holloway Art Lending Library opens this weekend. The library will allow members of the public to borrow pieces by high-profile and amateur artists for a period of three months.

The project, which is in its second year and volunteer-run, will have a piece by Tinsel Edwards available to rent which was previously featured in Banksy’s Dismaland, the graffiti artist’s dystopian parody of Disneyland in Weston-super-Mare.

Artwork by Tinsel Edwards, above, will be available to rent. Photo: Esther Raymond

“It’s just a way of making art more accessible and not a commodity or investment,” says Amy Dunnigan, founder of the lending library. “It’s so you can enjoy something without committing.”

Membership is free and open to anyone over 16 who is living or working in Islington, Camden, Haringey or Hackney. There are more than 100 artworks by 28 artists available to rent. Other works include photo prints of people walking in Holloway Road by Anne-Marie Salmon.

The artworks can be viewed at Resource for London, 356 Holloway Road, N7, from 10am to 4pm on Saturday and Sunday, June 10 and 11. More information at:


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