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Newcomer to community cafe dishes up fresh ideas

25 January, 2019 — By Helen Chapman

Salina (left) and Lupe are newcomers to the Whittington Park Community Cafe


A newcomer to the Whittington Park Community Centre café is bringing fresh spices and ideas to the table. Salina Faro took over the running of the Archway eatery in October last year. She is planning to put on events, such as talks about sustainability, and provide a library for people to peruse whilst eating. Salina, who has a degree in psychology, says: “My vision is to create a space to make everyone feel happy and welcome. My passion is food and people so here I can bring both worlds together.”

She works with Lupe Nuñez, in-house chef who creates homemade treats for customers to enjoy, from banana cake to sourdough toast. Salina says: “Everything is homemade and locally sourced from independent businesses. We also want to try and introduce a Spanish theme to some of our dishes.”

The cafe, in Yerbury Road, Upper Holloway, N19 4RS, is open Monday to Friday 8am-5pm, and Saturdays 10am-3pm.

Jeane’s care reaps Mayor’s reward

Jeane Trend-Hill supports sufferers of Crohn’s


A local hero has been nominated for recognition in the Mayor of London’s “unsung heroic women” scheme.
Jeane Trend-Hill, 50,who lives near Angel, volunteers for My
Crohn’s and Colitis Team – a network for people who are diagnosed or recently diagnosed with Crohn’s or colitis, also known as
irritable bowel syndrome.

“I was absolutely  thrilled, I was speechless,” says Jeane. “When I was diagnosed five years ago I felt so alone, like the only person who had it. It was nice to talk to other people who have the condition.”

Jeane spent her Christmas day on the online network talking to people with the disease who felt suicidal and depressed. “I am not overly fond of Christmas so I was quite happy to chat to other people so they don’t feel so alone,” she says. “I have done work with Samaritans and had training in counselling so I have had experience helping people. I just try to do what I can when I can.”

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Winners are given “special recognition” on the Mayor of London’s Instagram account.



Grant will bring life back to garden

Cynthia Locke – dedicated gardener to Corsica Street garden

A green-fingered Highbury resident has been offered a grant of £426 from the Metropolitan Public Gardens Association (MPGA) to transform a disused railway space.

Cynthia Locke spent more than 20 years creating a community garden on Corsica Street and was devastated when rail workers destroyed it. The Corsica Street garden – on a bridge over rail tracks from nearby Canonbury Station – was trashed during early- morning maintenance work by Network Rail on December 22 2017, despite repeated pleas from residents to look after the plants they had spent years cultivating.

After an article in the Islington Tribune, Cynthia was contacted by the MPGA to say they had awarded her the grant, which will be used on plants, sheds, manure and compost. Cynthia told the Tribune: “This would not have happened without your kindness in passing on the information, thank you very much indeed.”

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