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Tree planting in memory of Barnsbury Square’s Terry Jones

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20 October, 2017 — By Emily Finch

Terry at the park keeper’s hut with his affectionate friend Missy

AN apple tree will be planted tomorrow (Saturday, October 21) at Barnsbury Square Gardens to remember a much-loved community organiser who helped make the place happier. Terry Jones along with his friend Tamara would open the old park keeper’s hut on Tuesdays and Saturdays offering passers-by tea, coffee and company. A great lover of dogs – his favourite was Missy – he would bake dog cakes on special occasions and his hut was always stuffed with treats to give out to the pooches being walked in the gardens off Thornhill Road. “He was a great organiser and liked things done properly. A great supporter of the local community he helped organise the annual Christmas and Summer parties held in the Square to great success,” said friend and fellow Friends of Barnsbury Square Gardens community member Richard Plumb. “He was a great one for puns – some we are still tying to figure out what they meant! He was very intelligent and went along with Tamara to art galleries. He was a fund of knowledge. He loved dogs and they loved him a lot. Missy was looking for him.” Terry passed away suddenly on October 1 after a short illness. For his funeral this week friends from the gardens created a tribute of flowers planted by Terry to accompany his coffin. An apple tree will be planted in his memory at the square tomorrow, around noon. All welcome.

Step up for a weekly walk

Sue Sinton-Smith and, below, some residents on one of her guided walks

A WALK a day should keep the doctor away and the Whittington Park Community Association is helping residents keep fit with a regular weekly outing. To launch the series, accredited guide Sue Sinton-Smith took a group of 20 people on a walk from Whittington Park to Tufnell Park playing fields last Saturday. “It was a guided walk with a few facts about buildings while linking the parks together try to help people know what parks there are and where,” said Sue who became an official guide three years ago. She said one of her favourite facts about the area is that doctors boycotted the food at Whittington Hospital’s canteen in 1964. “The walk went really well,” said Sue. “It was nice to have a good number – it’s the first outing of this particular walk. It was a drizzly day so it was nice people didn’t decide to stay in bed. And they gave me little bits of information they know that is not necessarily in the public domain.”
The weekly walks organised by the Whittington Park Community Association, charity Manor Gardens and the lottery-funded Stay Well, Live Well project will take place on Mondays, 12.30-1pm. For more information about meeting points and the walk itself go to:

Church café opens doors to dementia

Christ Church Highbury Vicar Tania Witter and her husband Nick with their café flyer

A VICAR is launching a café at her church for people suffering from dementia and other memory loss-related illnesses. Tania Witter, vicar at Christ Church Highbury, was inspired to start the Memory Cafe after reading that the borough had one of the highest levels of people suffering from mental health issues. Her mother also suffered from dementia. “This is a free event and we welcome anyone who is older, or has some memory loss,” says Tania. “What we offer is refreshments and a variety of activities, including seated exercises, music and singing, games and quizzes, in a safe, friendly and welcoming environment. We can’t offer expert medical help. We’re not trained for that can but we can help stimulate the memory if they suffer from memory loss. People with severe dementia can come with their carer.”
The café will run every Tuesday morning, starting on October 24, from 10.30am to 12.30pm, at Christ Church Highbury, 155 Highbury Grove, N5 – next to the Clocktower at the top of Highbury Fields.


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