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Pub’s thank-you gesture to the firefighters

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23 June, 2017 — By Emily Finch

GoneBurger manager Will Trippas with crew from Old Street Fire Station

Firefighters were offered free food and drinks this week at a pub in Pentonville Road one week after the devastating fire at Grenfell tower in West London. The Lexington is giving out free burgers and beers to firefighters with a valid ID until Sunday. Matt Daniel, 32, owner of GoneBurger which is based in the pub, said he wanted to say thank you to the people who risked their lives in the inferno which claimed at least 79 lives. “We tried to get food arranged for the victims, but we couldn’t get the personnel down to the help centres,” he said. “We’re trying to help. Like real Londoners we just muck in.” Matt set up GoneBurger four years ago and it specialises in organic beef burgers with hand-smoked cheeses and homemade BBQ sauces. The manager of the pub, Matty Hall, said they had served around 20 firefighters so far but expected many more over the weekend.

Invitation to join iftar at mosque

After the horrific attack on Muslims in Finsbury Park on Monday, join Finsbury Park mosque for iftar tonight (Friday) to show solidarity and support. The iftar is the meal eaten by Muslims after sunset and marks the end of the day’s fast during Ramadan and draws the community together. There will be speakers from faith groups and other yet to be announced special guests but with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn living nearby there’s a chance he’ll be there. Start time is at 8.30pm outside Finsbury Park mosque in St Thomas’s Road.

Ecology centre hosts stroke club lunch

Members of the South Islington Stroke Club at the Ecology Centre

The Ecology Centre in Gillespie Park hosted the South Islington Stroke club after their regular meeting spot was used as a polling station. The group meets every Thursday for lunch and activities which include drama workshops and singalongs for stroke victims and their families. Club volunteer Evelyn Thomas said: “We were so grateful and the people at the centre were so helpful. They have a lovely spacious activities room for people in wheelchairs.” She said they sadly didn’t see any wild animals outside but the group enjoyed a talk about the development of the park from a former factory site to lush meadow with hundreds of wild flowers. Evelyn started volunteering with the club after her daughter volunteered there during her gap year. To find out more about their meetings and to volunteer visit: 

Blooming good job in Arlington Square

Mayor Una O’Halloran presenting the Lisa Pontecorvo Award to Gordon McArthur

The mayor awarded Paul Thompson and Gordon McArthur a community award for transforming Arlington Square Gardens into a blooming community space after it was neglected for years. The Lisa Pontecorvo Award, named after an environ­mental activist who died in 2008, is given to those who work towards building a stronger community in Islington. Gordon has volunteered with the Arlington Association for seven years and is now chairman. He said: “It was lovely to be recognised but I guess Paul and I think it’s an award for everyone.” He said around 10 volunteers join them to work on the gardens once a month.


Arlington Square Gardens – a beautiful community space. Photos: Jeffrey Pike

The square has previously been recognised with an award from the Royal Horticultural Society and Keep Britain Tidy. The £1,000 prize money will go towards buying more plants for the square including roses so the area is going to look even more beautiful soon! You can visit the gardens at Arlington Square, N1, and find out more at: 


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