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Spread the word: marmalade lessons at Central Street Cookery School!

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25 January, 2018 — By Helen Chapman

Chef Matt Driver, right, with Claude

A one-off cookery class is coming to St Luke’s Community Centre at the end of January on how to make Seville orange marmalade. The special session is with the centre’s chef Matt Driver on January 31, priced at a £3 concessionary rate for EC1 residents. The Central Street Cookery School has a range of classes coming up on its schedule including sessions for kids, families and a special on seasonal vegetables, with children as young as four attending with their parents. Cookery school manager Sofia Larrinua said: “We provide the space, time, ingredients and knowledge to those who might not have access to these things. We basically bring people together and teach people to understand more about food.”

Youngsters learning how to cook at the classes

Sofia says it is a joy to watch the cookery regulars learn and grow. “I feel really proud for them,” she said. “Sometimes when children first come in they don’t know what they’re doing. Then they learn how to bake, how to cook, and it’s great to see children mastering what they’re doing.” She adds: “We are also strong on composting food scraps and we learn about harvesting food, bringing back that side of cooking to urban people.” For more details call 020 7549 8176, email:

Exhibition takes a no-holds barred look at Holloway Prison

A still from Susan Merrick’s Holloway

Ringcross Community Centre is to host an exhibition in response to the recent closure of Holloway Women’s Prison. The exhibition brings into question the site’s history and its connection to the redevelopment of the area.
Savvas Panas, chief executive of the youth homeless charity the Pilion Trust, who are hosting the event, said: “It will be artwork about women in prison, looking at the history of the prison. It’s all about the female voice, and the lack of the female voice.” Curator Bod Jaman said: “The exhibition is about the future significance of the Holloway Prison site and current plans for redevelopment, highlighting existing discourse around gentrification and austerity.”
The exhibition programme will also include work from the campaign group Sisters Uncut and a screening of the 1956 British film Yield to the Night. The film, about a woman (played by Diana Dors) facing execution who recounts the events that led her to murder, takes place at 9pm on February 8.
The exhibition at Ringcross Community Centre, 60 Lough Road, N7 8RH, opens on February 6, with a live spoken word performance on the night, and runs until February 23.

Garden project plots its 40th anniversary

Ronald Barrow, who has been attending therapeutic horticulture for more than 20 years, with a Christmas star he made with materials from Sunnyside

Sunnyside Community Garden celebrated its 40th anniversary last month. “It’s amazing to think this has been here and people have been having this much fun for 40 years,” says manager Anna Portch. An old newsletter, inset, was found, telling the story of how the garden was created by local residents on derelict land.

Newsletter from the early days

The garden in Hazelville Road, N19, has a drop-in session for all ages on the first Sunday of every month. Anna says: “Gardening has huge health and social benefits. There are not many places you can drop in to and meet people from such a wide range of backgrounds.” Sunnyside Community Gardening Project also hosts therapy horticulture sessions for people with disabilities. Anna says: “It’s also a lovely place to be outside, to come for general health, and to drink lots of tea and have cake.” More details at 020 7272 3522,


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