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There is such a thing as free brunch!

11 August, 2017 — By Emily Finch

Robert Ledger, left, with new Solidarity friend John Glackin

A NEW community centre has opened in Seven Sisters Road offering free brunch to those in need. More than 50 people gathered at the Solidarity Centre yesterday (Thursday), exchanging stories over cups of tea. “I have been here several times, it’s social, like a café. You can help yourself to toast. I’ve been having problems with benefits so I come here for a couple of hours,” says Robert Ledger, 56.

The Solidarity Centre

The Town Hall loaned chief volunteer John Glackin space for the café and housing chief Cllr Diarmaid Ward drops in on some Wednesday advice sessions to help out residents with housing problems. The centre, which has been running for a month, is looking for a permanent home. Donations and new users are welcome, drop by at 48 Seven Sisters Road 11am-1pm, seven days a week.

Canal pursuits raise cash for kids

David Amstel and Andrew Davidson at the Falkirk Wheel

A COUPLE traversed a 65-mile stretch of canal to raise thousands of pounds for a children’s welfare charity. Andrew Davidson and David Amstel, who live in Canonbury, started their expedition on the Thames Estuary Path and walked from London to Northampton, before travelling up to Scotland to trek from Glasgow to Edinburgh last month. Andrew, a former governor at Ambler primary school, celebrated his 40th birthday on the trip. “I wanted to set myself a personal challenge and to take the opportunity of this milestone,” he says. “We’ve done so much walking together it was a good opportunity to talk. We planned a birthday party and talked a lot about the weather. I’ve have been involved with Barnados for a long time, both my parents work in a Barnados shop. It’s important to support children who need help, and the charity is about creating better futures for children. It’s important not just for children but everyone in society.” The ambling duo have raised £3,500 on their online page and Andrew has also collected £600 from his bake sales. “Walking is the best way to see the country at a slow pace,” he says. “My favourite thing was an abandoned boat house which was near to Edinburgh reflecting really beautifully in the water.” To find out more about their walk and to donate, go to: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/andrewdavidson40walk 

There’s something about Dan & Alice

Dan Offen and Alice ‘only a slight’ Burden – the couple are taking a show to the Edinburgh Fringe, where they first met

A COMEDY couple are testing their love for each other by taking their show to the Edinburgh Festival – one year after they met in an Edinburgh pub during the Fringe. Dan Offen from Angel and Alice “only a slight” Burden from Bromley will perform their show Splitting the Bill at the end of the month. “I knew something would happen between us the moment we were introduced,” says Alice. “There was a frisson in the air, and the first thing he said to me was, ‘I’ve heard a lot about you’. I guess I had a reputation to live up to!” Alice has been recognised as one to watch by female comedy community Funny Women, while Dan was a semi-finalist in last year’s prestigious Amused Moose competition. They will compress everything they’ve learnt about each other in the past year into an hour long show – warts and all… On the pressures of performing together, Alice says: “Dan and I are very realistic people – we know it’s risky because it’s our relationship on the line but we’re also very open about what we’ll say about each other. We also want this show to succeed so we’re both working really hard towards it. To be honest, I’m more worried about sharing a room with Dan in Edinburgh because he’s very messy.”To get a taster of their show get along to a preview on Sunday (August 13) at Angel pub The Joker, from 6pm. They are at Edinburgh’s Bar Bados from August 19-26th August, 7pm. All free, like the best things in life, apart from alcohol.

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