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Wanted for project – your memories of King’s Cross

21 June, 2018 — By Helen Chapman

Ken, 93, Islington’s oldest veteran who served at Dunkirk

A project in King’s Cross is documenting the social history and personal memories of people in the neighbourhood from the Second World War to the present. The King’s Cross Story Palace aims to celebrate and share the area’s history over the past 100 years. The team was at Caledonian Road’s Cally Fest on Sunday collecting memories and titbits from neighbours about living, working and playing in the area.

Michael Hall and Polly Rodgers at Cally Fest

Polly Rodgers from the story palace said: “We took Polaroid portraits of people and asked them to write their memories on postcards. Highlights included Ken, a 93-year-old veteran, the oldest in Islington, who had seen service at Dunkirk.”
The story collections come ahead of an exhibition at the St Pancras & Somers Town Living Centre opening next week. The exhibition will run at the St Pancras & Somers Town Living Centre, King’s Cross, NW1 1DF from June 27 to July 3 from 10am-5pm. The project is delivered by public engagement organisations Historypin and Building Exploratory, both based in Clerkenwell, and is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
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CrossFit coaches trialled at school

Pupils from Copenhagen Primary School, who will be trialling classes with fitness coaches

A primary school off York Way is the first to trial classes with fitness coaches from the Royal Docks CrossFit, a gym based in East London, for Year 5 and Year 6 pupils.

Headteacher at Copenhagen Primary, Amardeep Panesar, is a regular attendee at the Royal Docks and has found it has had a positive impact on her life, hence rolling out the model for her pupils. Amardeep said: “CrossFit training is transforming my life – consolidating my values of resilience and bravery on a daily basis through challenging myself both during my training and at work. I am a firm believer that a strong body equates to a strong mind, a necessity in our profession. For me, the impact of these sessions on academic attainment and the further development of values in our pupils, I know are going to be truly beneficial.”
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Members of stroke club visit museum

South Islington Stroke Club at Islington Museum

A group from South Islington Stroke Club visited Islington Museum for a lunch session last month.
Stroke survivors, carers and volunteers enjoyed a sandwich lunch with tea and coffee in the education room before viewing a special exhibition on “Fighting apartheid in Islington” and local history displays. Evelyn Thomas from the stroke club said: “A big thank you Roz Currie, curator at the museum, and other staff for their support for our group.”
The South Islington Stroke Club provides a weekly lunch with exercise, story telling and activities at St Mary’s Community Centre in Upper Street. They meet on Thursdays from noon-2pm.
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