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Street art starts a colourful future

Who’s been making the news round your way this week?

25 October, 2019 — By Helen Chapman

Hennie gives a helping hand

Neighbours rallied together to help get a mural painted by a local artist on the side of a building in Mayton Street.

Luc Reso Janin is celebrated for engaging the community through his artwork. “What’s great is that this mural was a real community project with contribution from so many different people, helping wherever and whenever they could,” he says. “I was being brought lunches and coffees while painting and got so much support from the locals.”

Mayton Street mural

The project sprang from graffiti workshops Luc had been holding with children in the area prior to the Mayton Street festival in the summer.

Helena Farstad, who lives in the street, says: “Through September and October, seeing Luc on the scaffolding has been a lovely sight, following how the artwork developed into a finalised into an amazing mural, a real talking point and yet something else that Mayton and neighbouring streets can be proud of.

Fabricio helps Luc Reso Janin with the mural

“The kids have been involved along the way and did the finishing touches at the bottom where Luc sketched out the following: ‘the future is in your hands, let’s make it colourful’.”

A scaffolding was provided free of charge by Griffin Scaffolding London and there were celebrations with baked bread and cake as the mural was unveiled on Saturday.

Foodbank stages rematch at Arsenal

Islington Foodbank collecting outside the Emirates in April

Islington Foodbank is collecting food donations before the Arsenal v Crystal Palace match on Sunday.

Volunteers will be accepting donations of food and toiletries from giving Gooners between 2pm and 4pm by Thierry Henry’s statue and outside the Emirates Stadium.

The foodbank previously collected donations when the two teams met in April.

“We were overwhelmed by the generosity and support we got on our first fundraising day with Arsenal, when we raised nearly 400kg of food and toiletries,” says Daphne Davies from Islington Foodbank. “We’re really looking forward to coming back again to beat that total with this food drive.”

Since January this year the foodbank has served more than 4200 people.

Mark Brindle, Arsenal Supporter Liaison Officer, says: “Our supporters are always up for helping local initiatives and the foodbank drive is no exception. We hope the second food drive will be as successful as the first.”

Pupils show skills to code drones

St Joseph’s pupils with Tess Daly and teacher Miss S Loughney

Youngsters from St Joseph’s Primary in Highgate Hill took part in a world record-breaking drone display last week, showing off their skills in coding.

The children helped code the show of 160 drones with telephone company BT for the launch of their new programme Beyond Limits, which includes a commitment to digital skills training for 10 million people.

St Joseph’s is part of BT’s Barefoot programme of training in coding and computer skills, so far reaching 70,000 teachers and more than two million children.

“Collaborating with BT to produce this creative display of digital coding has been exhilarating for the teachers and children involved,” says Angela Noronha, Head of School at St Joseph’s. “As a five-year sponsor of our computing initiative, BT has been integral in expanding the programme and it is now ingrained in 60 per cent of UK primary schools.”

TV presenter Reggie Yates helped the children choreograph the show which took place on October 17 at Wembley Arena. It was hosted by TV presenter Tess Daly.

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