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Youth centre party sees dancing and a bouncy castle

25 August, 2017 — By Emily Finch


Dance troupe entertain at youth centre party

THE Rose Bowl Youth Centre in Canonbury celebrated the end of its summer activities programme with a big party on Saturday.

Hundreds of visitors watched the centre’s Adore Dance club perform to pop hits, while youngsters enjoyed a bouncy castle and arts and crafts activities, including face decorating with glitter.

Rose Bowl manager Ceri Prinsloo said: “It was heart warming – it makes me feel like I am doing what I need to do. I’m still overwhelmed.”

Ceri organised the party on her own after her colleague had an operation. She added: “It was a lot of hard work, but it was for the most amazing cause – trying to bring together the community. I was totally overwhelmed by the support and people asking me how they could help. One parent even made a curry for the staff.”

The centre has big plans for the stretch of woodland next to the centre, which they have recently leased for five years from the Town Hall. Ceri said she was planning to install fire pits to create a countryside environment.

Inspired by the community spirit she witnessed at the party, she would also like to start a herb garden for the local community.

The centre, which is for children aged between 8 and 19 years, will launch a new programme of activities on September 4. To find out more, go to:


Growing, Cooking and Eating at St Luke’s Community Centre

Kids pick, prep and cook with local chef

PICKING fresh vegetables and cooking with them is a luxury usually only afforded to those with gardens or allotments. However, local children have been able to enjoy this luxury, thanks to Mark Breen.

Mark has been running a cookery school for around 16 children at St Luke’s Centre in Clerkenwell for the past few weeks, teaching them how to grow vegetables, and turn them into delicious meals, too.

The 33-year-old chef and former health and wellbeing policy adviser said his sessions were not just about food.

“Every week is a bit of a party – there’s plenty to eat, lots of chatting and music playing. There’s a lot of physical activity, too, like netball with flower pots, hula-hooping and running around,” he said.

Mark said his sessions helped children to see the link between growing, cooking and eating healthy food, which promotes healthier lifestyles.

During the final cookery session on Monday, the kids whipped up some tabbouleh from tomatoes, parsley and mint, picked in the garden next to the centre, to accompany their hand-crafted falafel.

“The children’s confidence has grown. Each week I give them less direction. For this last session, I just gave them the recipe instead of bossing them around,” said Mark.

To find out more about future cookery classes at the centre, which also has an excellent cafe, go to:

Nursing history brought to life

CHILDREN were enthralled by stories of life as a Second World War volunteer nurse at an event commemorating 140 years of St John Ambulance on Wednesday.

Actor Olivia Armstrong dressed as a Joint War Organisation nurse and told children about the perils of makeshift infirmaries in underground stations and life as an evacuee.

The party at the Museum of the Order of St John in saw children and parents learn how to perform CPR on infant and adult dummies. The children also bandaged teddy bears, learning first aid skills.

Access and Learning Officer at the museum, Hannah Agass, said: “It was good to welcome local families to the museum and offer first aid demos, alongside the craft activities we offer during all school holidays. St John has been on this site for almost 1,000 years, and has been part of the local community for a long time. It’s important we continue to be an active presence.”

Infamous Italian artist Caravaggio’s The Cardsharps is on long-term loan to the museum in St John’s Gate. The 16th-century artist sought refuge with the Order of St John when he fled from Rome after being accused of murder.

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