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The annual ceilidh get all ages on the dance floor

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16 February, 2018 — By Helen Chapman

Dancing at the ceilidh at Whittington Park Community Association

Whittington Park Community Association’s annual ceilidh fundraiser took place earlier in the month, welcoming more than 90 people to Hocking Hall off Yerbury Road. People aged from 7 to 75 came to dance together and brought food for the sharing table, including vegetarian haggis, sausage rolls and sushi.

Brian, proud winner of the whiskey raffle prize, donated by the Tufnell Park Tavern

“We couldn’t have run the event without our lovely volunteers who did everything from decorate the hall to run the bar,” said Loan Tran, project worker. “Bunting, jars of daffodils and tartan transformed the sports hall into a village hall for the evening.” She added: “We raised £600 and just as importantly brought friends, family and neighbours together. These events aren’t just about raising money but also bringing the local community together and using our halls to have fun!”
Whittington Park Community Association, Yerbury Road, N19 4RS, 020 7272 1847,

Playground makes a great start to the day

Getting a great morning start at the playground breakfast club

Awesome’s six adventure playgrounds are now opening from 8am for a breakfast club. The club began piloting during half-term and will run until the summer holidays in response to parents and carers who feel they would benefit from the playgrounds being open earlier. The breakfast club is also piloting at the Barnard, Cape, Cornwallis, King Henry’s Walk, Three Corners and Waterside adventure playgrounds.
The core offer for the breakfast club is free, otherwise there is a charge of £5-£8 depending on what time the children would like to join. Becky Pryce, director of play, said: “We want to meet the needs of those parents who are working or feel they need extra support. The kids seem to enjoy it too!”
Parents and carers who wish to join the breakfast club should book by contacting the playground.
For more information email

Have you seen King’s Cross lately?

Exploring the park inside a Victorian gasholder at King’s Cross

There’s now a way to keep active whilst discovering more about the local area. The Building Exploratory and the King’s Cross Story Place are organising local walking tours for elderly people.
The programmes features visits to places of architectural and historical significance such as Granary Square and the Goods Yard complex, the new Somers Town bridge, and Old St Pancras Church.
Katie Russell from Building Exploratory said: “It’s especially interesting as a place which is undergoing massive change.”
A series of public exhibitions will be created from what they learn. Over the past year, the King’s Cross Story Place team has been gathering memories and stories of local people, and sharing them on the dedicated website The website showcases a number of the fantastic stories which captures the rich history of the King’s Cross area over the past 100 years.

The King’s Cross Story Place team is gathering memories

The project is also looking for volunteers who have an interest in local history to help the project team research the stories that are being gathered.
The King’s Cross Story Palace is a Heritage Lottery funded project run in partnership by the Building Exploratory and Historypin. For further information on the older people’s programme or volunteer roles please contact: Aimée Taylor, Learning and Public Engagement Officer, 020 7608 0775


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