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It’s turned out to be a blooming great garden at Whittington Park!

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16 August, 2018 — By Helen Chapman

Garden volunteer Alf, left, with Frederique, and Lunch Club co-ordinator Alex

THE garden at the Whittington Park Community Centre is in full bloom this summer following the planting of seeds by Yerbury School’s After School club. It boasts a mix of wildflowers including poppies, blue, and marigolds, golden and red beetroot, swiss chard, rocket and potatoes. Alf, a regular gardening volunteer, walks to the garden from Archway and says it keeps him fit and well. “I like coming here because I like the atmosphere, the smells of herbs and flowers and seeing the bees and butterflies,” he says. Anyone is welcome to join Frederique, gardening coordinator, with her duties during August on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10.30 am-12pm. For more about the garden project please see:


Rain and smiles at Waterside party

Islington CEO Lesley Seary, right, with party-goers at Waterside

FUN and games were had at Waterside Adventure Playground last week at their summer street party – with smiles and laughter despite the rain. Chantelle, a parent who attended the event, said: “It was an amazing day, good for everyone together. Even with the weather didn’t stop us.” Dawn Jarrett, playwork coordinator, said: “The local community turned out in force to support Waterside adventure playground and enjoy the get-together. We would like to thank the local community, the Mayor Dave Poyser and Islington CEO Lesley Seary for supporting our event.” The playground, off Essex Road, is run by Awesome CIC playgrounds.


Big cheque for the mayor’s charities

Cllr Poyser with Festibowl directors, William Goy (left) and Freddie Fison

A MASSIVE cheque was handed over to Islington charities this month at a festival in Finsbury Square called Festibowl. The cheque for £1,000 was presented to Islington’s mayor, Dave Poyser, for the charities he is supporting as part of his mayoral role: Freightliners Farm and CARIS Islington Winter Night Shelter for the Homeless. Festibowl founder and director, William Goy, said: “We are over the moon to be able to give something back to this wonderful borough that has made us feel so at home for yet another year. Finsbury Square has one of the oldest bowling greens in the country and we feel very honoured to have been able to bring our festival version of lawn bowls to the community here. To give those maybe less able to bowl on the green the opportunity for a better life through this donation is a really proud moment for us as a team.”


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