Bountagu Newsletter - Winter 2019/2020

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Community Newsletter Winter 2019/2020


Bountagu winter Newsletter

Join us to explore funding from UnLtd or from the Little Ideas Fund. See back cover for dates of Unltd’s N9 Winter Roadshow. (Image: Last December’s UnLtd launch for Edmonton Social Entrepreneurs.)

Bountagu Big Local is a resident-led project to improve our neighbourhood, supported by the National Lottery Community Fund through Local Trust. We’ve got big news on page 8, as we launch Bountagu’s Little Ideas Fund; a new way for ANY of us make a local difference. If you’ve ever had an idea to do something great in our area, the fund is here to help make that happen! Maybe you want to turn a street corner into a garden or a cycle-repair hub, start an over-40s football team or a live music night, organise a play street or outdoor cinema, run a first aid course for new parents, a minibus outing or a regular litter-pick… The fund is to help get little ideas off the ground, so let’s see what schemes our creative and passionate neighbours (YOU!) can come up with! Join us at an Open Evening (p9), or one of Unltd’s N9 Roadshow dates (back cover), to explore your community business idea or your plan for the Little Ideas Fund. 2

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We’ve also got updates from local groups and activities (p10,11,14), including the reopening of 229 Bounces Road as a community hub called Social Sphere; there are photos from the area’s first Play Street, a local crafting day, and our day trip to Colchester Zoo (p6,7). And you can meet our new staff team (p3)! Read about our over 50s group as they explore some of the borough’s offerings (p4,5), and about the launch of their lunch club (Wed 04 December) and new afternoon choir (from Wed 11 December) - timed for the school run! Check p12 if you’re interested in supporting our tender for Young People.

Get in touch if there’s anything happening locally that you think we should know about. There’s so much news!

Meet our new staff Bountagu has recruited two part-time workers to help deliver its plan to 2021. I’m really excited to be joining Bountagu and look forward to supporting Partnership over the next 2 years. I live locally so the community is familiar to me, but have lots more to learn about the wonderful people, projects and places that make up Bountagu. I will be introducing myself to the community through existing local groups and services - many of whom are already connected to Bountagu - but I’m particularly interested in finding out about local groups or individuals who have yet to connect with the project. So, if you know anyone who would like to know more about Bountagu please do suggest they contact me! I’m hoping I can meet lots of you through our Open Evenings initially and hope to see some of you at the next one on December 3rd. Please come along if you can, you will receive a very warm welcome from me and the rest of the team. Sylvie Leithgoe (Community Development Manager)

I’ve been volunteering with Bountagu since 2016, managing the former Job Club and Business Network projects, and this year have been helping set up our new office and facilities, getting this magazine and social media off the ground, and supporting Partnership. This summer I spent 3 months as Interim General Manager, while Bountagu set the plan in motion and began recruiting permanent staff. This job opportunity to help build Bountagu’s capability, and deliver ideas that will improve the area where my family and I live, and where I have spent most of my life, was just too exciting to let pass! I’m really looking forward to working with Sylvie and with Bountagu’s Partnership and key volunteers to help our neighbourhood take positive steps forward. George Georgiou (Office Manager)

Interested in getting involved? Have ideas to share? Want to know more? We’d love to hear from you! Email or call 020 8807 5827.


Focus on: bountagu over 50s Out and About Our over 50s group have been out and about, trying out what is available around the borough. Pickets Lock Athletics In September a few of us attended a taster day run by Age UK, at Lee Valley Athletics Centre. As I am not athletic, I had never entered the building before but was very surprised with what it had to offer. There is a Gym and a very good cafe, and it has a lovely outlook on to the running track. It was a nice atmosphere, very spacious and relaxing, and the staff there were lovely. During our time there we tried Line Dancing, Tai Chi and Chair Exercises. We would definitely go there focused on getting people moving and again even if it’s just for a coffee. we took part in Walking Netball. None of us had played netball since leaving Southbury Rd Leisure school (many years ago) but the coaches In October we went to a taster day run by were very friendly and after a bit of Enfield Over 50’s Forum, at Southbury practice we were well on our way, the Leisure Centre. The whole day was only hard thing was not to run.

our Priorities: Older People Bountagu currently supports older people who are isolated and engages them in community activities and events. Bountagu will build on the successful programmes already being run, some of which are to be developed further. For others, sustainability is now the key focus. Key local partnerships will be made to improve the lives of local people over 50. Interested in attending, helping run an activity, or have ideas to share? We’d love to hear from you! Contact us or drop in to a coffee morning. 4

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We also joined the Walking Football and although we were clueless about the rules (and often walking about like headless chickens), the gents were very kind to us, explaining, and not getting too frustrated! We followed up our fun day with a wellearned lunch at Morrisons.

The performance was very professional, and we had a great evening of mixed, excellently sang songs. We came away extremely uplifted, with the tunes still going around in our heads all the way home on the bus.

St Peter’s Church Quiz And finally for this month we will be making up a team for the St Peter’s Church Quiz evening (even though you couldn’t quite call us the Brains of Britain) This will be our third attempt. 1st time we came last, 2nd time was a slight improvement and who knows what could happen this time? The thing is at all these events we are us having fun, this is what our over 50’s group is all about, not feeling alone, not going out because you have nobody to go with, improving your well-being and making new friends. Please come and join us and become part of our group. See you soon. Colleen and Rose. St Andrews Choir Also during October, a group of us went to St Andrews Church for a Choir Recital in aid of the Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice. We were interested in seeing the Choir, as we hope to start a community choir in the Bountagu area.

To find out more about any of these activities, email or join us at Friday coffee morning.

please join Bountagu Over 50s at our….

NEW Lunch Club

WHERE: St Peter’s Church Hall, Bounces Road, Edmonton N9 8JR WHEN: Wednesday, 4th December 2019 at 12:30

- 3pm

COST: £3 contribution (2 courses) CALL: 020

8807 5827 for further information

come join the fun and meet some new friends!


Focus On: Trips & Activities Play Streets Edmonton Parents Get Together hosted their first local Play Street in September, closing part of Exeter Rd for a few hours, as part of London Car Free Day. Children brought things to play with and share, adults brought flasks of tea and an open mind. Space hoppers hopped, swingballs swung, bikes cycled (and were fixed - thanks Doctor Bike!), go-karts were built and raced. And everyone demonstrated their defiant spirit by ignoring the rain and having a great time anyway! The group are planning a ‘Host Your Own Play Street’ workshop in time for Enfield Council’s April deadline, to cover the application form process, getting neighbours on board, marshalling and sourcing suitable play equipment.

Join @EdmontonParentsGetTogether on Facebook for more info. More photos on Facebook and Instagram @bountagu


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Colchester Zoo Day Trip Our half-term coach trip to Colchester Zoo was a really fabulous day. Sorry if you couldn’t get a place, but it was incredibly popular and sold out really fast. Huge thanks to everyone who joined us, who looked out for each other on the day, and of course to our wonderful Bountagu volunteers for organising our first coach trip in a while.

Halloween Crafts Day Zoe at Zinfinity ran a ‘spooktacular’ family creative workshop in late October, decorating Halloween bats and spooky houses. Over a dozen local kids (and adults) went home covered in glitter!


Get involved: Funding for your ideas The Little Ideas Fund 2020 Bountagu are hugely excited to launch our Little Ideas Fund to help strengthen our community. We want to inspire and empower local people to improve life for their neighbours. What Is It?

What Is The Bountagu Area?

We are providing grants up to £250 for projects that help improve the lives of residents in our area. You can apply for funding to run a small local project, event or activity.

The Bountagu area includes almost 2100 households on 38 streets in Lower Edmonton. The map on page 15 should make it clearer, or you can visit

What Are The Rules?

What If My Great Idea Doesn’t Fit?

We’re trying not to be too restrictive initially, because we want your ideas! 1. You should be a Bountagu resident OR your project should mainly benefit Bountagu residents. 2. Your idea needs to match at least one of our four priority areas: • Children and Young People • Older People 50+ • Environment (Outdoor Spaces and Community Safety) • Developing Opportunities for Local People (Business, Jobs and Skills)

If you aren’t sure whether your idea meets our priorities or geographical rules, want to apply as a group or organisation, or need more than £250 to make your idea a reality, contact us anyway! There are other avenues for local support - both through Bountagu and other organisations - and there may be another way we can help.

Could Bountagu help you make something amazing happen? The Little Ideas Fund is for you!

For more about applying to Bountagu’s Little Idea Fund, or to discuss your social business idea with UnLtd, join us at any of the workshops or info sessions in January or February - details and dates are on the back page - email, or join us at an open evening. 8

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>>> Get Involved <<< Your ideas and energy will change our neighbourhood for the better! • Lend a hand at a workshop or event, in our office, or on the streets. • Join a Working Group to direct our priorities or organise activities. • Listen and talk to our community, on our Engagement team. • Join the team producing this magazine and our social media. If you’ve got an idea, we’d love to hear from you (no commitment!)

Find out more about Bountagu Big Local, Meet some of our volunteers, See how you could get involved

Next open evenings Tuesdays: 3 December & 21 January: 5pm to 9pm AT Our new offices: Centre 14, Centre Way, Claverings Estate, N9 0AH


Run a Neighbourhood group?

Got Free Time Each Week?

Want to connect with other groups in the area? Should more people know about your work?

15 mins: Water a green patch or planter 45 mins: Turn over soil at allotment 90 mins: Help run our social media 3 hrs: Support in the office

Drop us an Email, call, or pop along to an Open Evening

Contact us if you want to volunteer!


Focus On Local: Groups & Events Social Sphere: New Community Hub Open Social Sphere is now open at 229 Bounces Road, supporting the community by offering training, small business advice, employment and support services, coffee mornings, craft workshops, and is also a CHiPs Community Help Points location.

Regular Activities: Coffee mornings are running on Mondays and Tuesdays. Job Club runs every two weeks. Training courses include: Introduction to IT, ESOL & Everyday English, Employability for Sewing, and more. Hub for Business Advice and Support (UnLtd).

About Social Sphere: Social Sphere is a community hub and service run on behalf or in partnership with Samafal, ECYPS, Barnet and Southgate College, UnLtd, and Jobcentre Plus.

Open Monday - Friday 9am-3pm | 020 8373 2722 |

Macmillan Coffee Morning We want to say a BIG THANK YOU to everyone involved in helping us, and all those that attended our coffee morning for Macmillan Cancer Support on 27 September. We couldn’t have done it without you. We received lots of lovely cakes, which we enjoyed munching our way through, whilst chatting, having a laugh and making friends. It was good to see many new faces, and hope to see them again soon. Your generosity raised £214 which was even more than last year, so once again thank you all, and we will be pleased to see you anytime at our regular Friday event.

Friday Coffee Morning (9am-12noon) | St Peter’s Church, Bounces Rd N9 10 Bountagu Community Newsletter - Winter 2019/2020

CAPE Lower Edmonton Our local CAPE (Community Action Partnership in Enfield) meets every two months, reporting incidents and offences to the police and the council that have been logged by residents and local neighbourhood groups. Also, the police provide latest crime reports, advice and info on how to stay safe,

and our local councillors work with us to improve our environment. Join a meeting (no need to book) or email and get involved!

12-1pm, Jan 16 | St Peter’s Church, Bounces Rd N9

Edmonton Parents Get Together (EPGT) EPGT is a growing Facebook group run by three local mums, focused on local parenting ideas, activities and all things family-friendly in N9/N18. They share stories, events and tips, and create chances to meet new friends and enjoy local spaces. They’re passionate about Edmonton and know you don’t need to cross the borough to find plenty to be proud of! Anyone with parental or fostering responsibility is welcome, who wants to be part of a positive difference in the area theyíre raising their children.

To Join the EPGT Facebook Group: Search for “EdmontonParentsGetTogether”

our Priorities: Environment (including Outdoor Spaces and Community Safety) Bountagu aims to provide resources to improve access to outdoor spaces and experiences, including parks and play areas, and to reduce rubbish and fly tipping. We will also work in partnership with the Police, local partners and local authorities to ensure resources are available to provide a safer environment.

Interested in helping with this priority focus? Have ideas to share? We’d love to hear from you! Email or call 020 8807 5827.


Focus on: bountagu young people Could YOU raise the voice of local young people?

Help Develop Our Work With Young People Bountagu are inviting tender applications for a short-term project that aims to have long-term local benefits. This is an exciting project opportunity for individuals or organisations with the skills to engage and support young people (11-19) living in the Bountagu area.

For project background and application process, visit or call 020 8807 5827.

Our Priorities: Children & Young People Bountagu will provide opportunities for children and young people to participate in active, healthy and positive activities, learn skills and build confidence. We will engage with children and young people, supporting them to lead the development of activities, including through youth and community leadership training.

Interested in attending or helping to run any of these? Have ideas to share? We’d love to hear from you! Email or call 020 8807 5827. 12 Bountagu Community Newsletter - Winter 2019/2020

Focus on: developing opportunities Employment & Learning We want to reshape our Employment and Skills support. What kind of help would be best for you? Do you miss our Job Club? Let us know!

Run a business? We’re exploring how to support you to thrive locally, through networking, advertising, and mentoring. Could we help you? Could you help others?

our Priorities: Developing Opportunities Bountagu promotes an enterprise culture and encourages residents to be entrepreneurial. We support people into employment and help them to set up businesses. Bountagu will link up with local development partners such as Meridian Water and find areas of mutual benefit. We are committed to supporting people to access opportunities for learning, employment and enterprise, existing and new, and continuing to support the UnLtd Social Enterprise programme already underway locally.

Want to help? Got ideas? Email or call 020 8807 5827.


Focus on Local: Groups & Activities Cuppa With A Copper The Lower Edmonton Neighbourhood team’s regular Cuppa With a Copper sessions happen every week or two, hosted at either St Peter’s Church (Bounces Rd), The Ark (Montagu Rd), or Cobblers Coffee (Fore St). Dates publicised on NextDoor app and Twitter @MPSEdmontonGrn

St Peter’s Memorial Garden The garden project is progressing really well, and Rev Tina often puts a call-out for volunteers when needed. Keep an eye on our newsletters and social media, and on the church’s website below. Details of St Peter’s Church activities

Edmonton Eagles ABC Edmonton Eagles Amateur Boxing Club runs from Montagu Rd Clubhouse, providing low-cost sessions six days a week for all abilities, including mixed junior and senior fitness classes, ladiesonly, and free after-school sessions. Equipment provided. No membership fees.

Bounces Rd NHW Bounces Road Neighbourhood Watch (NHW) Scheme is organised by concerned residents to reduce crime in the local community. Meetings are on the last Tuesday of the month (not Aug/Dec), 7-8.30pm and are open to all local residents. 28 Jan & 25 Feb | St Peter’s Small Hall 14 Bountagu Community Newsletter - Winter 2019/2020

The Bountagu area covers about 2,000 households and more than 5,000 local people, and is one of 150 Big local areas in England.

Bountagu is a resident-driven project with the ambition to support and improve our community, and “leave a legacy of beauty, hope and aspiration for the future�. Decisions and activities are led by the Bountagu Partnership, formed of local volunteers passionate about making a positive and lasting difference to our area.

Contact us to find out more or to get involved. Bountagu Big Local, Unit 11, Centre 14, Centre Way, Claverings Estate, N9 0AH | 020 8807 5827 NEXT OPEN EVENINGS: TUESDAYS 03 DECEMBER & 21 JANUARY 5PM-9PM


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