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London lifestyle ISSUE

Gardening tips for a tip-top Spring garden GET READY FOR THE C&C GARDENING COMPETITION

The artist interview

Seasonal recipes




Welcome We hope you like this issue of our newly styled Inspiration. This magazine is full to the brim of ideas of how you can embrace the Spring and enjoy all it has to offer. It is a great time of year to get yourself ready for those more active summer months. This issue continues the conversation we started with you all at C&Cycle in June last year around our residents’ health and wellbeing. See inside for healthy recipes, fitness tips and mental health. This is also our ‘London Lifestyle’ issue. We live in an amazing city with so much history and culture. We hope this issue gives you a few more ideas about the things you can do and see that are near to your C&C home. Enjoy the magazine. Julia Ashley CEO, C&C Housing Trust

THINGS TO LOVE ABOUT SPRING Rhubarb, broccoli, asparagus, cucumber, radishes, cauliflower, spinach and spring onions are all in season.

The London Royal Parks change their opening times and stay open for longer. Look out for calving deer in the late spring.

Sport comes to London with the Virgin Money London Marathon and the Oxford and Cambridge boat race.

The C&C Asian Spring Festival celebrating our diverse communities starts in our care homes and sheltered properties.




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EVENTS A guide to the free resident events and activities we offer HEALTH






RECIPES Budget friendly tasty recipes that are healthy too 4


TIPS Get your garden ready for the upcoming C&C competition


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CONFERENCE Find out what was discussed at the 2018 conference





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London lifestyle ISSUE


6 YOUR LONDON GUIDE Ideas for you to live an inspired life in London



UNDERGROUND A history of the underground


DAY OUT Affordable day trips to escape the hustle and bustle of the city 5

YOUR LONDON GUIDE Some free or low cost ideas to help you live an inspired life in London

EXERCISE JOIN A GYM OR ACTIVE COMMUNITY PROJECT A number of London gyms offer discounted rates and specialist offerings to members over 55. SQUARE MILE HEALTH WALKS Age Concern City of London are running a programme of health walks for older people, under the ‘Walking for Health’ banner. Walking for Health is a nationally recognised FESTIVALS programme of health walks coordinated by the Ramblers. These 1-2 hour walks are free to attend and held regularly and graded for different levels of ATTEND A FREE FESTIVAL ability, around places of interest in the City. NEW CROSS AND DEPTFORD FREE FILM FESTIVAL The South London community-led festival is back GREEN GYMS Make new friends and work up a sweat gardening for another year of over 30 free screenings at 22 with the community charity, The Conservation venues across New Cross and Deptford. Volunteers. Why not improve your health and the environment at the same time with this free The programme is an eclectic mix of independent, art-house and mainstream fayre, that also outdoor alternative to the gym? highlights local film-making talent.

There are Green Gyms across London including 26th April - 5th May, New Cross & Deptford Richmond, Camden & Islington.

BETTER LEISURE CENTRES Better offer an all inclusive senior membership and have locations across Central London with a number in Camden.

CANALWAY CAVALCADE Free annual early May bank holiday celebration of London’s nautical-dwelling communities, taking place along the Grand Union Canal between Blomfield Road and Warwick Crescent.

Better (GLL) is a not for profit charitable social enterprise committed to delivering a better quality Around 130 water homes will be moored along of fitness and leisure, libraries and performing arts the picturesque route, dressed up for the pageant. Visitors can also expect old British fair traditions, facilities for everyone at a reduced price. including Morris dancing, real ales, trade stalls, children’s entertainment, live music and plenty of refreshments. 6


Canalway Cavalcade

5th May - 7th May, Warwick Avenue COVENT GARDEN MAY FAYRE & PUPPET FESTIVAL This is the 42nd anniversary of this annual event. It’s a celebration of London’s most old-school wooden puppet show. Punch and Judy will be joined by other wooden (and human) friends, including a brass band procession, workshops, clowns, folk music and refreshments.

SPORTS WATCH LIVE SPORTS THE OXFORD & CAMBRIDGE BOAT RACE The London Boat Races are back! Join thousands of other live spectators (millions if you count TV spectators) along the Thames River (Putney to Mortlake) to cheer on the competing rowing crews from Oxford and Cambridge universities.

The women’s race starts at 2.15pm and the men’s The procession is at 11am, followed by a church race starts at 3.15pm. Get there early to snag a service at noon, and more performances from good spot on Putney Bridge. 12.30 onward. The races can also be viewed all along the river Admission is free. Refreshments are provided by bank by Hammersmith, Barnes & Putney. Food Chain by are raising funds for Londoner’s 7th April, Putney & Hammersmith living with HIV. 13th May, Covent Garden 7

YOUR LONDON GUIDE Some free or low cost ideas to help you live an inspired life in London THE MR PORTER NOCTURNE LONDON Celebrate cycling in all its forms with a day of two-wheeled fun at Mr Porter Nocturne London in Cheapside. This unique day and evening event showcases a mix of penny farthing, fixed gear and folding bike races, in a journey through cycling history. Enjoy a fun festival atmosphere that includes big screens, bars, music, plus expo and VIP areas around the circuit.

THE VIRGIN MONEY LONDON MARATHON The London Marathon is one of the most iconic running events in the world. The 39th edition of the London Marathon sees Eliud Kipchoge defend his title against Sir Mo Farah and former champions. With more Guinness World Records set to fall, the 2019 race promises to be one of the best yet.

Whether you’re there to watch or get involved in Cheering on the runners along the route offers a races open to the public, this free event is a chance festival-like atmosphere and a glimpse of London’s for the whole family to get involved in cycling. community spirit in action. Want a seat? The route goes past over 80 pubs from which you can watch Watch both amateur and elite British and World the runners go by. Tour professionals compete around the exciting Cheapside race circuit, with the final race after Elite races start with the Wheelchair race, starting nightfall event is a chance for the whole family to at 8:55 and the Men’s Elite race at 10:00. get involved i e event is a chance for the whole family to get 8th June, Cheapside 28th April, Greenwich and various locations

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MUSEUMS AT NIGHT From evenings at the Chocolate Museum to murder mystery events at the Museum of Archaeology, this is an opportunity to see the museums of London in a whole new light. The event is inspired by the European La Nuit de Musees and held on the weekend nearest to National Museum Day on May 18th.

ALEXANDRA PALACE ANTIQUES & COLLECTORS FAIR Run by the International Antique & Collector’s Fairs group, this is a large fair repeated throughout the year with some excellent opportunities to find some unusual items. There is an antique evaluation roadshow between 10.30am and 3pm at most fairs so if you have something you’re unsure about, Some of the events are free, including Suffragette bring it along to find out! Gaming at the London School of Economics and Political Science, Symbols at the Library and Trade Buyers can enter from 8.30am for £12 and Museum of Freemasonry and Banknotes and Public Buyers can enter from 9.30am for £6. Bullion at the Bank of England Museum. 19th May, Alexandra Palace 15th - 18th May, Westminster MUSEUM OF LONDON DOCKLANDS Housed in a warehouse built 200 years ago to store sugar, coffee and rum, this free museum tells the story of the Thames and its port and the people from all over the world who settled there.

URBAN VILLAGE FÊTE A free, modern take on the traditional British summer fête, celebrating design, art, music and craftsmanship. The Urban Village Fête takes place in the green space by the 02 in Greenwich and features creative workshops, live music, talks, and international street food.

Thousands of objects and pictures trace the area’s history, from the arrival of the Romans to the rise of 19th - 20th May, Greenwich Canary Wharf. GOD’S OWN JUNKYARD This free to visit collection of neon art by the late artist Chris Bracey’s is found in a salvage yard in Walthamstow. Showing signs from Soho sex clubs in the ‘60s to works created for blockbuster movies. Visit the Rolling Scones cafe in the show space for a cream tea or glass of wine or beer.

KEW VILLAGE MARKET Held on the first Sunday of each month by Kew Garden tube station, Kew Village Market has free live music and an array of stalls showcasing local foods, crafts and homewares. 7th April / 5th May / 2nd June, Kew Gardens 9

Columbia Road Flower Market




Some free or low cost ideas to help you live an inspired life in London COLUMBIA ROAD FLOWER MARKET One of London’s most visually appealing markets, Columbia Road in Hoxton, East London, overflows with bucketfuls of beautiful flowers every Sunday. From 8am-3pm, market traders line the narrow street selling flowers, house plants, herbs, bulbs and shrubs.

to arrive much earlier to secure a good view.

STATE OPENING OF PARLIAMENT Marking the start of a session of parliament, the State Opening of Parliament sees the Queen For a bargain, visit when the market is winding travel from Buckingham Palace to the Palace of down (around 2-3pm) because that is when the Westminster by horse drawn carriage to give her traders reduce their prices to shift their remaining “Speech from the Throne”. stock. Thousands of spectators watch as the procession of household cavalry and the Queen’s carriage proceeds as it heads along The Mall and Whitehall before arriving at the Houses of Parliament.



The ceremony usually takes place in May or June. In 2017, citing Brexit pressures, PM Theresa May announced that the new session of parliament would be for 2 years, so there would be no Queen’s Speech in 2018.

THE CHANGING OF THE GUARDS Enjoy an interesting display of British pomp and 20th May, Westminster pageantry, as you witness the Changing of the Guard ceremony outside The Buckingham Palace. The ceremony starts at 10.45am daily, but be sure

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Gardening tips Spring is a busy time for gardeners. Get it right now and you’ll be all set for the best summer yet. And with our C&C Garden Competition coming up there never has been a better time to get out and active in our C&C communal gardens.



Spring is a good time to freshen up the beds and apply a little mulch to feed the soil and the plants. Hoe out any weeds to keep them under control early. If you have any containers, use this quieter time to top dress them with fresh compost, readying them for planting. Put down slug pellets to protect new shoots.




Whilst you’re prepping your soil, keep an eye out for your perennials. Some should already be coming through, making them easy to identify. There’s still time to do a little dividing. Lift them, divide the crown and re place the plant in a smaller group or elsewhere, discarding the central part of the crown.




Remove dead, damaged, and diseased branches from woody plants. Thin and trim summer-blooming shrubs such as butterfly bush, hydrangea, and most roses, except for old-fashioned once bloomers. Prune cold-damaged wood after plants resume spring growth. Prune spring-blooming shrubs and trees after flowering. Check for nesting birds before clipping any big bushes. And don’t forget, our C&C maintenance team are there to do any heavy duty work!



Spring weather can be ever changing, so keep an eye out for frost and protect your fruit blossoms from cold snaps. Mid-spring (April) is a good time to sow seeds for hardy annual herbs. Start to feed citrus plants around this time too. Late spring it is time to earth your potatoes and promptly plant any still remaining.



Plant bare-root trees, shrubs, and perennials such as hostas and day lilies by early spring. Choose a cool, cloudy day if possible. Transplant container-grown plants anytime during the growing season except mid summer; be sure to water them thoroughly. Sow seeds of cool-season flowers like sweet peas, poppies, and calendula, and vegetables such as lettuce, parsley, and spinach.



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C&CYCLE CELEBRATING OUR C&C COMMUNITY On June 22nd last year C&C held a community festival called C&Cycle. This all-day festival was to celebrate and unite our amazing C&C community in a discussion about health, fitness and welbeing. Three parties were held at our biggest sheltered schemes where food, games and music were enjoyed by all. C&C care homes joined in, hosting their own healthy events and activities. There were sponsored fitness events throughout the day to raise funds for the installation of Tovertafel magic tables in four of our care homes. Sponsored walks where both residents and staffs took part were a highlight of the day, as well as the 70km cycle ride completed by both staff of C&C and our event sponsors, Montagu Evans & Regal London. Overall, C&Cycle was a great success; meeting both the fundraising targets and delighting staff and residents. C&C would like to thank everyone for their support, attendance and positive energy on the day. Special thanks go to Montagu Evans & Regal London for their generous donations.




70+ 400+ 80+ 11 £24,000+ THE SPONSORED CYCLE ROUTE Residents engaged in activities on the day (housing and care)

Kilometres cycled by our cyclists visiting our sites, care homes & schemes.

C&C staff and business partners attended and supported on the day.

Sites hosting events from sponsored walks, garden parties boat rides.

Funds raised by our staff, residents, their friends and families and our corporate sponsors through the sponsorship for one of the many sporting activities held on the day.













Tovertafel magic tables were developed for people in the moderate to severe stages of dementia. A Tovertafel is a projector & processor that is mounted in a ceiling and above a table or surface. The projector creates interactive artworks that respond to arm and hand movements, allowing those sitting around the table to play with the light and artwork. These interactive games encourage social interaction by stimulating both physical and cognitive activity. The interactive images are calming, gently inquisitive and inspire reminiscence. Through this, Tovertafel engages even the most withdrawn. Thanks to the sponsorship raised through C&Cycle, C&C were able to purchase four Tovertafel magic tables for our care homes. These were installed and ceremoniously opened in early 2019.





Tovertafel magic tables were developed for people in the moderate to severe stages of dementia. A Tovertafel is a projector & processor that is mounted in a ceiling and above a table or surface. The projector creates interactive artworks that respond to arm and hand movements, allowing those sitting around the table to play with the light and artwork. These interactive games encourage social interaction by stimulating both physical and cognitive activity. The interactive images are calming, gently inquisitive and inspire reminiscence. Through this, Tovertafel engages even the most withdrawn. Thanks to the sponsorship raised through C&Cycle, C&C were able to purchase four Tovertafel magic tables for our care homes. These were installed and ceremoniously opened in early 2019.




There are many reasons why we tend to slow down and become more sedentary. It may be due to health problems, weight or pain issues, or worries about falling. Perhaps you just think that exercising simply isn’t for you? As you grow older, an active lifestyle becomes more important than ever to your health. Getting moving can help boost your energy, maintain your independence, protect your heart, and manage symptoms of illness or pain as well as your weight. Regular exercise is good for your mind, mood and memory.



Helps you maintain or lose weight

Improves sleep

Reduces the impact of illness or chronic disease

Boosts mood and self-confidence

Enhances mobility, flexibility and balance

Helps prevent memory loss or cognitive decline

Reduces the risk of heart disease

Can slow the progression of brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease

Can prevent muscle and bone loss




Strength exercises build up muscle with repetitive motion using weight or external resistance. The exercises below use your body weight to create resistance. Strength training helps prevent loss of bone mass, builds muscle, and improves balance, both important for staying active and avoiding falls.

MODIFIED PUSH UP 1. Begin in a kneeling position on a mat with your hands below shoulders and your knees behind your hips so that your back is angled and long. 2. Tuck your toes under, tighten up your abdominals, and bend your elbows to lower your chest toward the floor. Keep your gaze in front of your fingertips so your neck stays long. 3. Press your chest back up to start position and repeat for 8-12 reps (or as appropriate to your personal fitness level) Targets: chest, biceps

SINGLE LEG HAMSTRING BRIDGE 1. Lie on your back with your knees bent, hip distance apart and feet flat on mat 2. Squeeze your glutes and lift your hips off the mat into a bridge. 3. Lower and lift the hips for 8-12 reps then repeat on the other side. Targets: hamstrings, glutes, quads

START YOUR OWN FIT FUTURE NOW. JOIN OUR C&C FITNESS COMMUNIT Y Did you know we hold free fitness classes for C&C residents in our sheltered schemes and care homes? Get fit and meet your neighbours at the same time. We offer a wide range of classes and sporting activities with more to be added in 2019. Contact our Arts & Events team to find out what is happening at a scheme or care home near you. 23


The Roadshow is a twice yearly forum for the C&C residents to meet with key decision making staff and discuss ‘the bigger picture’ of C&C resident services. The first two roadshows were held in 2018, in sheltered schemes with an additional meeting held at C&C Central Office for our general needs residents. The Roadshows were well received, with 114 residents attending the 12 meetings held and submitting 38 pre-prepared questions for the C&C staff panel. From these Roadshows, C&C took away 13 key issues that will be addressed before the next Roadshow in May 2019. These are outlined in the Roadshow Report that is available to all residents through their scheme office and staff.

The C&C Resident Roadshow Yearly Cycle

RESIDENT ANNUAL REVIEW 2017 - 2018 Our 2017 -2018 Resident Annual Review was released in Autumn of last year. Copies can be found in communal lounges of our sheltered schemes and care homes. The Annual Review can also be found on our website. 24


If you are passionate about your community and making a positive change to your home, becoming a Resident Ambassador is for you. C&C offers a number of opportunities for our residents to get involved in how we run and improve our services. Resident Ambassadors provide a voice for the C&C resident community through our resident panels.

Leaflets are available at all scheme offices and can be found online on our website: Chris Barber, Engagement Co-ordinator: 020 7922 5401


Arts & Events Our C&C Arts & Events team have been working hard to maintain a busy programme of free activities for our residents in 2017. And what a year it was! Ballet workshops, arts & crafts, day trips to London attractions and let’s not forget our regular dance and exercise classes. Thank you to everyone who participated and we hope to see you at events this year.

BALLET WORKSHOPS AND A TRIP TO THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL The residents’ Ballet Worksop is a part of an outreach project held by the Royal Albert Hall and The Birmingham Ballet, as a part of their 2018 Christmas Nutcracker production. This workshop ran over a course of a month and allowed residents the opportunity to obtain ballet dancing skills, as well as provide the opportunity to witness The Nutcracker production live at the Royal Albert Hall. CRAFT WORKSHOPS Our regular craft making workshops held at both C&C care homes and sheltered schemes continued in 2017 and were joined by a few new seasonal events, including Christmas and Halloween decorative crafts. SENSORY CRAFTS AND HOLISTIC THERAPIES After the success of our regular holistic therapy activities in the care homes, we have introduced new sensory craft workshops. 26

ARTS & WELLBEING DAY TRIPS There have been a number of fantastic excursions to London attractions including Kew Gardens, Tate Britain, The Royal Academy of Arts and scenic boat rides on the River Thames. EXERCISE AND SPORTS Regular exercise classes are held at a number of our schemes and care homes, including yoga and dancing. In 2017 we also saw cycling demonstrations, boccia bowls and the introduction of the new Oomph walk clubs. RESIDENT-RUN EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES Bingo, knitting clubs, coffee mornings and choir practices; our amazing residents have set up a variety of events for everyone to join in on.



What is on in 2019? CHOIR SINGING In March, C&C’s Resident Choir, ‘All Together Singing’ will be back up and running. On Friday 26th April they will be performing in the Tate Exchange as part of a wider arts festival. The choir practices at Oldfield Estate in Primrose Hill. Want to join in? Contact Rachael Dinnage, Arts & Partnerships Lead




We will be holding a gardening competition for our C&C residents, care homes and schemes.

To celebrate the spring, we will be holding an East Asian festival to include Bon Odori, Thai Chi, Martial Arts, origami, kanzashi, sushi making and wagashi.

More information to come soon.

Want to join in? Contact Jessica Corlett, Arts & Events Coordinator


COMMUNITY WALKING GROUPS We are looking to set up resident-led community walking groups in our schemes over the summer period. Want to take part? Contact the Arts & Events team: 020 7922 5365

THE BIG SUMMER EVENT Last year it was C&Cycle. Our summer festival celebrating fitness, fun and our C&C community is back! My Fit Festival is a week of fun and fitness is planned for this summer. A ‘triathlon’ choose your own challenge from taking the stairs to jogging a mile. Followed by a big party, of course! Join us, challenge yourself and, most importantly, have some fun!

NEW ACTIVITIES: TRIPS, FITNESS AND MORE! Our Arts and Events team are looking at new ideas for our residents to enjoy. Have some ideas? We want to hear from you! Contact the Arts & Events team: 020 7922 5365

More information to come soon.


Sign up to pay your rent by Direct Debit today and get a free computer tablet. Direct Debit is the best way to make regular payments, such as your rent, to C&C. If you are interested in setting up your payments by direct debit, please contact our Income team. This offer is open to our residents Any tenant living in our sheltered, supported and general needs properties is eligible, provided they meet the following criteria: • Tenants rent account must be in credit or have a nil balance & has been maintained that way for at least the previous 3 months. • Tenants have not previously paid by Direct Debit and this is their first Direct Debit with CCHT for rent. • Tenants have not previously benefited from the scheme.


Email: Main switchboard: 020 7922 5300


My Fit Festival 15th - 19th July Our summer event just got bigger! Join us for a whole week of fun and fitness. Sign up to your own ‘triathlon’ (three activities or challenges of your choosing) and become a part of C&C’s new Fit Club, giving you access to sportswear give-aways, training support and more! Join us for the ‘Warm Up Party’ at Oldfield Estate on Tuesday 7th May (4 - 6pm) to sign up or find out more.



In those days, this was the only holiday most people in the East End could take or afford.

C&C resident David Justice shares his memories of holidays past. SEASIDE TRIPS WITH THE COMMANDO ASSOCIATION During the Second World War my father, who was born in the East End of London, was a Commando and did all his training in the highlands of Scotland. He met and married a Scottish girl. That is how I came to be born in Scotland. After the war and due to lack of employment, my whole family - my father, mother, my older sister and myself returned to the East End of London. Around this time, the British Armed Forces formed the Commando Association. The Commando Association organised monthly get togethers and, once a year, a day out to the coast. In those days, it was to only holiday most people in the East End could take, or afford. Every year this day out was in a different British seaside town. The usual format of the day was for the wives and children to spend time on the beach whilst the men spend the day in the pub; an opportunity for them to relive their wartime experiences.

ON THE FARM IN SCOTLAND When I started to attend school, my sister and I would be sent to Scotland to spend six weeks on my uncle’s farm. Well, I say ‘sent’... we were put aboard a train at Kings Cross with a paper label, with our name and address on it, pinned to our coats. We were picked up at the Scottish station by relatives. Just imagine doing that now! Those six weeks were some of the best in our young lives. By the time I was 13 I was well educated in the usage of a 12 bore shotgun. I could drive, having driven a tractor, a Land Rover and three ton lorry on the farm. Everything there was fresh. We had milk straight from the cow and still warm. If we wanted chicken for dinner we had to kill it, pluck it and gut it. I do not think there were any children back in the East End who were as healthy as we were. And we were taught to be respectful, appreciative and grateful of the good times we had there. 32


Resident Poetry The Last Day of Summer It was the last day of summer and it poured with rain. Typical, I thought to myself. In England the weather never goes according to the calendar. Summer is supposed to be warm or hot, yet it’s often chilly. September is often warmer than July. The weather is rarely what it’s supposed to be. But that makes it a wonderful topic of conversation. You can get to know complete strangers by talking about the weather at the bus stop or in the pub. - Tom Mohan, 2018 The Woods I walked today in the woods. I saw the Autumn leaves as they fell silently to the ground. I hear, as I walk, leaves crunch every step I take. Time has come, shorter days, longer nights, walking home through the woods, watching the rays of the last sun coming through the trees.

- Janet Ikin, 2018

The Hidden Garden Sunburry Manor is now only a memory remembered only in a painting. One treasure remains in reality. A beautiful garden. A place of peace. Behind an enriching wall where all cares cease and trouble fades. Amidst the lawns and flower fields tended by man. But by nature made.

- John Macewen, 2018

Digging As I bend and catch the earth and feel it run through my fingers, soft darks, as the spade hits the earth, deep into the ground I go turning over and over. Makes me relaxed seeing things grow, knowing I helped to make it happen.

- Janet Ikin, 2018

Tom Mohan 8th August 1935 – 16th January 2019 Greatly missed by his friends and fellow writers at Colville Court. 33


The Ben Uri Gallery is a registered charity as well as the only specialist art institution in Europe that through art, addresses universal and central issues of identity and immigration. Just a five minutes walk from Central & Cecil’s Philip House, this is a gallery you don’t want to miss. LOCATION 108a Boundary Road, off Abbey Road St John’s Wood, London PHONE 020 7604 3991 WEBSITE


This Westminster gallery showcases contemporary art spaces that focus on collaborative approaches to cultural production. With The Show Room’s location near Central & Cecil’s Compton Lodge, we think this is a gallery many of you will want to check out! LOCATION 63 Penfold St, Marylebone, London NW8 8PQ PHONE 020 7724 4300 WEBSITE


Victorian philanthropists established the South London Gallery on its current site in 1891. Today, South London Gallery is one of the London’s leading contemporary visual art institutions. The Gallery’s location is amongst London’s thriving cultural centres of Camberwell and Peckham and is definitely an art gallery worth visiting. LOCATION South London Gallery, 65-67 Peckham Rd, London, SE5 8UH PHONE 020 7703 6120 WEBSITE


Swiss Cottage Gallery displays a mix of historical, artistic and communal art, nestled within its location of an architectural landmark, designed by Sir Basil Spence (which is an art piece in itself). Being close to the Central & Cecil schemes of Rathmore house and Compton Lodge, this gallery is worth the visit. LOCATION Swiss Cottage Gallery, 88 Avenue Road, London NW3 3HA PHONE 020 7974 4444 WEBSITE 34


ARTIST INTERVIEW ROBERT ELLIS-HAWKE Robert Ellis-Hawke is an artist and C&C resident who lives at Oldfield Estate in Primrose Hill. In this issue we interview Robert to learn more about his work and his passion for the arts.

Years ago I met a friend of mine who was a curator at City Lit art college. I showed him some of my work and he was really impressed. He told me to always be myself and keep that in my work. There are millions of painters and sculptors better than me so I’ll just keep doing my own thing! I call my pieces wall sculptures but I think the technical term is ‘Dioramas’

WHEN DID YOU START MAKING ART? I’ve always mucked about with materials and being creative. I remember being 8 years old and in trouble at school. I was stuck in a classroom with nothing but a load of coloured pencils, I decided to copy a map of the world and was amazed that I could do it. Life got in the way though and I couldn’t always find the time. When I could, I played around with ideas, I remember creating my first sculpture when I got married. When I retired it kicked things off again.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVOURITE ARTISTS? A mixture of painters and sculptors for their style, shape and use of colour. Cezanne, Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Turner, Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth and Dave Nicholson.

WHAT INSPIRES YOUR WORK? I’m inspired by shape, minimalism, architecture, Greek mythology and history. I’m a saxophonist and music also plays a big part in my work.

HOW DOES YOUR ART MAKE YOU FEEL? I get excited. It’s a journey. You make mistakes, pieces evolve, you do one thing and it influences another. Knowing I’ve got a piece to work on gives me a sense of purpose when I wake up in the morning.


WHAT MATERIALS DO YOU USE? Anything I can find. Metal, wood, glass paints, acrylic paint. I recently got this great new material from Japan - it’s similar to mirror but it turns a different colour depending on the angle that you are looking at it from.


Book reviews

C&C staff review some of their favourite reads

‘Quilting on the go: English Paper Piecing’ by Sharon Burgess Reviewer: Jessica Corlett, C&C’s Arts & Events Co-ordinator & Volunteer Co-ordinator Craft technique book, covering the basics of ‘English paper piecing’; a hand sewn method of quilting. 16 projects, including quilts, table runners, bunting, pouches, book covers and pin cushions. Jessica gives this book:

“This is a great guide for anyone new to the hobby or who already knows the basics. I was particularly impressed by the illustrations and clear descriptions of techniques.”

‘The Snow Child’ by Eowyn Ivey Reviewer: Lisa Britton, C&C’s Office & Feedback Manager Set in 1920, in Alaska. Jack and Mabel have relocated and facing the freezing temperatures. Both are struggling; Jack trying to make ends meet and Mabel with the heartache of a still birth 10 years ago. One night they are playing in the snow and they build a little snowman. The next day there are footprints leading away from it and shortly afterwards a little girl appears from the forest and soon becomes a firm part in the lives and hearts of Mabel and Jack. It is not clear where the little girl has come from but left to the imagination of the reader and Mabel and Jack! Lisa gives this book:

“This was a very different story to the ones I would normally read, however I really enjoyed the steadiness in pace. It felt real enough to keep me reading and enjoying it, but there was a hint of softness which made it magical. I took to the characters easily and there was plenty of content in the plot to keep the story going.”



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A STROLL THROUGH LONDON REGENT’S PARK & PRIMROSE HILL We live in a city rich in history. In each Inspiration we will explore the history of the areas local to our sheltered schemes and care homes. In this issue we look at Regent’s Park and Primrose Hill. In the London Borough of Camden and part of London’s Royal Parks, these oases of natural beauty sit on the doorstep of our Oldfield Estate and Rackstraw House as well as our care homes Swiss Rathmore House and Compton Lodge.

Oldfield Estate residents admire the view

Gate to the Queen Mary’s Gardens

REGENT’S PARK Originally small holdings for hay and dairy produce, Regent’s Park’s 197 hectares of land was redeveloped in 1816. Its designer was the famous Georgian Architect John Nash. His design included a lake, a canal and 56 palatial terraces and villas (including a summer home for the Prince) of which only 8 were ever built. London Zoo, the world’s oldest scientific zoo, was added to the design and opened in 1828. At this time Regent’s Park was private land and it wasn’t until 1835, during the reign of William IV, that the public was allowed entry two days a week. For 4 years the Post Office had a depot in the centre of Regent’s Park, which closed in 1920. Queen Mary’s Garden, in the inner circle of the park, was opened in 1935. 38

Regents Park c. 1833


PRIMROSE HILL Primrose Hill is located on the northern side of Regent’s Park. The name Primrose Hill was also given to the surrounding district of this area. With Regent’s Park, Primrose Hill was appropriated by Henry VIII in 1841. Shortly after, in 1842, an Act of Parliament declared the land open to the public. Primrose Hill is famous for being the scene of the mysterious murder of anti-Catholic activist Edmund Godfrey in 1792. Godfrey was found dead in a ditch, impaled with his own sword. Primrose HIll is also famous for its 150 year old oak tree, first planted in 1864 to mark the 300th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth. Today Primrose Hill is most known for its sweeping view of London’s ever-changing skyline.

View from the top of Primrose Hill

Farm in the Regent’s Park, 1750 39

Did you know that C&C owns and manages 2,000 properties? These properties are spread across 16 London boroughs, with the majority located in Central and West London.





Whether you love it or hate it, there is no denying the enormity of the London Underground. It is one of the most famous transportation systems in the world, with around 1.35 billion passengers using its services every year. But how did the capital’s underground network grow to become what it is today? In the first half of the 19th century, London was experiencing great growth, resulting in the development of a commuting population that arrived by train each day. This ultimately led to the forming of Underground trains which served as a congestion solution. The Underground’s first induction was the Metropolitan Railway, which carried 38,000 passengers on its day of opening. Following this transition, technology demonstrated a great advancement and the steam trains were gradually removed and replaced with electronic lines, such as the Victoria and Jubilee lines. During the war the Underground played a pivotal role in helping London survive the war. Special trains ran and provided seven tonnes of food and 2,400 gallons of tea and cocoa every night to people staying on the tube. However, the Underground didn’t just act as a protector of the people, it also proved to be an important storage place for landmark treasures. Part of the Piccadilly line (Holborn-Aldwych branch), was closed and British Museum artefacts were kept in the empty spaces which were left. Today, the London Underground is a rapid transit system that connects London to various areas within its own radius, as well as adjacent counties. Many Londoners who experience the Underground will be extremely familiar with the infamous Tube map. The map was designed by Harry Beck, an English technical draughtsman, which he drew up when out of work. The non-commissioned spare time project was initially snubbed by London Underground in 1931, however was introduced two years later. Beck was reportedly paid 10 Guineas (£10.50) for his efforts. The London Underground has been an ever present and the heartbeat of transport throughout London, it has adjusted with the city and is now a key part of nearly every Londoner’s daily routine and will continue to be for many more years to come.

Circa 1940’s underground train at Blackfriars Station 42



The 2018 Resident Conference We held our annual Resident Conference on the 13th of December last year. The event allowed residents, board members and staff to network, discuss important issues and to come together to celebrate the year’s successes.

This year’s topic for conversation was ‘Resident Health & Safety’. The topic was discussed in an interactive session and round table discussion, at the request of our residents. The points raised by residents and staff on the day were recorded in a report that is available for you to read on our website and in hardcopy at all scheme offices. Question 1: What can residents do to improve their health & safety? The feedback strongly showed that a feeling of community is important to residents; there is an interest to build better and more supportive communities. Question 2: What can C&C be doing to improve the health & safety of our residents? Much of the feedback received discussed additional services that C&C can provide to support resident safety and wellbeing. Question 3: What other organisations should C&C be partnering with to improve the health & safety of our residents? Services mentioned by residents included mental health organisations, physiotherapists and organisations included the London Fire Brigade and Age UK. Other events on the day included a festive mulled wine and mince pie reception, craft workshops and a Christmas market of craft and cake stalls and tombolas. Representatives from Age UK and Appello were present at the event. The day was concluded by a joint performance by both our C&C staff and resident choir. 44

“Thank you so much to everyone who came, bringing lively debate and some very important issues to the fore” Andrea Schrader, Head of Marketing & Engagement






A bit of fun

JUST FOR LAUGHS “I couldn’t figure out why the baseball kept getting larger. Then it hit me.”

Did you know, exercising the mind to keep it active is as important as maintaining physical fitness and strength in later life?

“The other day, my wife asked me to pass her lipstick but I accidentally passed her a glue stick. She still isn’t talking to me.” “What did one hat say to the other? You stay here. I’ll go on a head.” “My boss told me to have a good day, so I went home.”

CROSSWORD 1. Spinach is a type of (?) 2. A healthy snack which is also used to make wine 3. Vitamin C helps support which system of the body? 4. An exercise activity starting with ‘R’ 5. Necessary for hydration 6. A lack of beans, dark greens and animal products may result in 1. 2.


which deficiency? 7. Drinking milk provides your body with which mineral? 8. A fitness activity that includes stretching 9. A green vegetable starting with ‘B’ 10. A carrot grows in the what? 11. Aloe vera juice balances 4.




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the body’s natural (?) levels? 12. To smile is to be (?) 13. A yellow fruit 14. This fruit has the same name as its colour 15. This vegetable comes in green, yellow and red 16. An apple is a type of (?) 17. Walking, cycling and skipping are all a part of (?) 18. Eating well and regular exercise encourages good (?)


C&C’s arts and crafts expert Jessica Corlett tells you how to make her own pattern for... Super Simple Knitted Legwarmers! These are a really simple style of knee high leg warmers. A plain tube of knitting with some stretchy ribbing on each end.

Arts and crafts

Perfect for all your ballet, Zumba and keeping snuggly on the sofa needs. We don’t have much insulating flesh on the front of our shins so legwarmers can make a big difference when keeping warm. It’s also a good idea to keep your calf muscles warm when exercising to avoid injury. Not to mention they look groovy!

Instructions 1. Using 3.5mm needles, cast on 68 stitches. 2. Knit 2x2 rib (knit2,purl2) for 6cm. For me this was the cast on row and then 18 rows. 3. Swap to 4 mm needles and knit stocking stitch (knit row, purl row, repeat) until the total length from the beginning is 34cm…. or until you reach your desired length. 4. Swap back to 3.5mm needles. Knit another 6cm of 2x2 ribbing. For me this was 18 rows of rib. 5. Cast off. 6. Sew up the longest edges to make a tube. 7. Knit another the same and you are ready to dance on top of a London taxi like the cast of Fame.

What you need • Double Knit Yarn (DK) • 3.5mm needles • 4mm needles • A big needle for sewing up at the end


They see it, they fix it! C&C’s in-house repairs service, C&C Direct. Our C&C Direct team are fully operational and working for our residents, across all of our properties now.

Repairs enquiries: 080 0121 8742 Repairs enquiries (out of hours): 080 0533 5719



HOW TO STAY YOUNG AND ENERGETIC We take a look at day-to-day changes that can make a big difference to your health, energy levels and wellbeing. MAKE SMARTER FOOD CHOICES As you get older, your metabolism slows down and you need fewer calories. So make the ones you get count. Choose foods packed with the nutrients you need. Eat dark, leafy greens and colourful fruits and vegetables. Increase low-fat dairy to get calcium for bones. Fortified foods, like cereals with vitamin B12 and milk with vitamin D, can help too. Cut down on empty calories from sugary drinks and sweets. If you’re looking to boost your energy, fresh, whole and unprocessed foods renew energy levels with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Eat animal products (especially red meat) in moderation: they take longer to digest, which saps energy. You already know that saturated fats are bad for your arteries and heart health. But they may also harm your concentration and memory. So cut down on the red meat, butter, and other such foods. Instead, add more fatty fish and fats from plants, like flaxseed and nuts. These healthy fats may have extra benefits for your heart and brain. Is your blood pressure higher than it used to be? That’s not unusual. It tends to rise as we get older. Since sodium can drive your readings up, cut down on salt in your diet. The worst sources are ready meals and packaged foods. Bread and rolls can also have a lot of salt. Want a natural remedy? Eat a banana -- the potassium will lessen the effect of sodium in your diet and may

lower your blood pressure. BUILD STRENGTH Aerobic exercise is important, but don’t forget to build your muscles, too. Strength exercises help you regain some of the muscle you naturally lose as you get older and slow cell aging in our bodies. A study on regular strength training in ‘seniors’ found that it caused genetic changes in cells making the muscles of those tested more like those of younger people. THINK ABOUT VITAMINS Vitamins are organic substances necessary for our growth, vitality and general wellbeing. They are essential to the normal functioning of our bodies and can be found in all natural foods. As we grow older and our bodies change, our vitamin needs change. Those over the age of 65 often need extra minerals, especially calcium and magnesium, as well as extra vitamins such as B-complex and C. Not all vitamins come from your diet. Vital for energy levels and mood, vitamin D is best taken in through a little sunshine; when UV rays hit the skin, they get transformed into vitamin D. As you age, your skin gets less efficient at this conversion. Vitamin and mineral supplements can be taken to support your diet and help you get the vitamins your body needs. Everyone’s nutritional needs vary so we recommend consulting your doctor or pharmacist first before making any changes. 51

SPRING FRITTATA WITH BACON AND FETA Feta is a staple in the Mediterranean diet, which studies show can reduce the risk of heart disease. Feta is also lower in fat compared to other cheeses. Moreover, it’s high in calcium to keep your bones strong. SERVES: 2 PREP TIME: 5 minutes COOK TIME: 8 minutes PER SERVING: Cals: 605kcals | Carbs: 7g (6.5g Sugar) | Fat: 45.9g | Fibre: 3g | Protein: 40.4g | Salt: 1710mg 4 free range eggs 1 bunch of parsley 1 courgette ½ block feta cheese ¼ tsp chilli flakes 4 units of bacon 1 bunch of asparagus 1 small bag of baby spinach leaves ¼ cup of milk A dash of Olive Oil 1. Preheat the oven to 200°C / 180°C fan assisted. To prepare the ingredients, finely chop the parsley and bacon (remove the rind). Diagonally slice the courgette. Trim the asparagus and cut into 2 cm lengths. Lastly, crumble the feta cheese. 2. Whisk the eggs, milk, chilli flakes (be carefu with the chilli flakes as these can be very hot!) and parsley in a jug until well combined. Season with pepper. 3. Heat a dash of oil in a medium ovenproof frying pan over a medium to high heat. Add the bacon and cook, stirring, for 2-3 minutes or until browned. Add the courgette and asparagus and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes or until softened slightly. Add the feta cheese to the pan and pour in the egg mixture. 4. Transfer the pan to the oven and cook for 10 to 15 minutes or until set. 52

Spring recipes


VEGETARIAN LENTIL SALAD Lentils are low in calories, rich in iron and folate and an excellent source of protein. They pack health-promoting polyphenols and can reduce the risk of heart disease. SERVES: 2 PREP TIME: 5 minutes COOK TIME: 5 minutes PER SERVING: Cals: 303kcals | Fat: 14g | Protein: 15g | Carbs: 30g (5g Sugar) | Salt: 589mg 1 chopped red onion 1 tablespoon Olive Oil 200g rinsed Puy lentils 1 chopped garlic clove Vegetable stock, enough to cover lentils Handful of feta (cubed) ½ cup of semi-dried tomatoes ½ cup of cherry tomatoes 1 table spoon of chopped fresh basil and mint 1 lemon Salt and pepper 1. In a pan, soften the red onion in the olive oil. Add the garlic clove and fry for 1 minute. 2. Add the Puy lentils and cover with vegetable stock. Bring all of the ingredients in the pan to boil and simmer until tender. 3. Chop the cherry tomatoes into halves and set aside. Drain the ingredients in the pan, then stir in the feta, semi-dried tomatoes, cheery tomatoes, basil, mint and a pinch of lemon zest 4. Season with salt and pepper, add a squeeze of juice from the lemon and serve. In the UK, adults are advised to eat 0.75g of protein for each kilogram they weigh, based on the Reference Nutrient Intake (RNI). So if you weigh 70kg (11 stone), you should eat about 52.5g of protein a day. On average, men should eat 55g and women 45g of protein daily.

BEEF BURGERS SERVES: 4 PREP TIME: 5 minutes COOK TIME: 10 minutes PER SERVING: Cals: 330kcals | Fat: 11g | Protein: 26g Carbs: 26g (9g Sugar) | Fibre: 8g | Salt: 2.4g 1 red onion Sunflower Oil Cooking Spray 4 beef burger patties 4 burger buns 1 large gem lettuce 4 slices of cheese 4 finely chopped large Gherkins 2 finely chopped tomatoes Mayonnaise 1. In a pan, soften the red onion in the cooking spray. 2. Add the beef burger patties and cook until cooked through. 3. Finely chop the gherkins and tomatoes. 4. Fill the burger buns with the beef patties and other ingredients as desired.


Service Hub, C&C’s resident concierge service goes live. The Service Hub is fully operational and ready to take your calls now. Our team are on hand to deal with C&C’s general customer enquiries including reporting repairs, tenancy queries, resident feedback and much more. Main switchboard: 020 7922 5300 Repairs enquiries: 080 0121 8742



The Dunford Whisky Special Lucy Dunford, born on the 23rd March 1913, is a C&C resident at Blackham House. In Lucy’s working years she ran a variety of Central London public houses including a pub in Edgware Road, Marylebone and Soho. Lucy also spent some time working in the BBC World Services with the production team, making sure the presenters got their stories on time. Lucy embraces an outgoing life in London. In homage to her, we have created this cocktail recipe which we hope is as every bit as fabulous as she is. SERVES 6 INGREDIENTS 3 glasses of whisky 2 glasses of French vermouth 1/2 glass of orange juice Nutmeg 6 Olives DIRECTIONS Pour ingredients into the shaker and shake, adding a little nutmeg. Serve with an olive for a deliciously dry cocktail.

“A true London classic. Both sweet and strong. Like a good whisky, only gets better with the years”



Some day trip ideas to escape the city, in and around London

TAKE A STROLL IN RICHMOND PARK Richmond Park is a great escape outdoors, allowing Londoners to leave their city behind and enjoy some nature. Richmond Park incorporates open spaces, grasslands and deer herds. Completely free to enter, a stroll along one of it’s many scenic walking routes is a great way to get some light exercise. HOW TO GET THERE Catch the South West Railway train (from Waterloo station), the District line underground or the overground service to Richmond station (Zone 4).

ADMIRE THE VICTORIAN GLASS HOUSES OF KEW GARDENS The Royal Botanical Gardens of Kew is home to the largest and most diverse botanical collection in the world. This famous tourist attraction has recently reopened Temperate House, the largest Victorian glass house in the world. Visitors with a disability and 60+ get a reduced rate of £14.50 at the gate and £16.00 online. Essential carers go free. HOW TO GET THERE Catch the South West Railway train (from Waterloo station) to Kew Bridge or the District line underground or the overground service to Kew Gardens station (Zone 4). 56



the most comprehensive collection dedicated to the polar region in the world.

Cambridge is home to some beautiful examples of many an enchanting view and is home to some beautiful examples of 20th century and Gothic inspired architecture. A must see is the chapel of King’s College. A tour of the college will cost you £9, but you can view the chapel for free by attending evensong. The choral services are held at 5.30pm from Monday to Saturday, and at 10.30am and 3.30pm on Sunday.

After all that culture, you may find yourself thirsty for a good pint. You will have to get out your wallet for that, however we suggest you make it worth your while by visiting a famous pub, The Eagle. Francis Crick, a pub regular, announced in 1953 to the other patrons that he and James Watson had uncovered ‘the secret of life’, also known as the double-helix structure of DNA.

There are a number of great museums in Another big draw to the pub is the ceiling graffiti Cambridge that are free to enter. left by RAF and American airmen during WWII. The Fitzwilliam Museum, named the most popular HOW TO GET THERE free attraction in all of East Anglia, offers everything Catch an overland train from Liverpool Street from medieval weapons to impressionist paintings. Station; otherwise, couches are available from Stratford. The Scott Polar Research Institute Museum & Library, named after Robert Falcon Scott, the explorer who died in Antarctica in 1912, boasts


Our new values Together our staff redefined C&C’s values. They were developed alongside our ‘Fit Future’ strategy and launched in 2017. These values underpin C&C’s behaviour – as individuals and as a business. They are a tool for residents and staff to refer to in decision-making, communication and the management of colleagues and services.

Be a pioneer We expect our staff to be creative, innovative, rock the boat and challenge the status quo. Believe in better Introducing leaner processes, believe things that can always be improved, change the way we all feedback and see it as an opportunity to grow. Do it from the heart Whatever you do, do it with compassion, integrity and care. Investing in each other Going above traditional development such as training and coaching. We support each other’s emotional and psychological well-being. Have the courage to act Don’t be afraid to challenge, embrace mistakes and learn from them. Be confident to make the small gestures that can change someone’s day. 58

Key Contacts


We always welcome hearing from our residents. If you have a general enquiry please contact us at or on 020 7922 5300. If you are contacting us to give feedback or to register a complaint please send us an email at Julia Ashley Chief Executive 020 7922 5310

Jo Teare Group Chief Financial Officer 020 7922 5330

David O’Neill Director of Assets & Development 020 7922 5409

Yvonne Atkinson Director of Services 020 7922 5352

Amelia Mosquera-Pardo Director of Workplace Culture 020 7922 5442

Matt Ewan Head of Resident Services 020 7922 5440

Michelle Cox Head of Care 077 2103 9826

Deb Thomas Head of Development 020 7922 5331

Andrea Schrader Head of Marketing & Engagement 020 7922 5423

Stuart Harper Head of Technology & Innovation 020 7922 5350

Derrick Singleton Head of C&C Direct 020 7922 5337

Laurence Fowler-Stevens Head of Risk & Governance 078 2565 5136

Ian Robinson Head of Compliance 020 7922 5377

Graeme Newton Head of Finance 020 7922 5338

Jamie Parris Head of Procurement & Contracts 020 7922 5404

Maynard Stevenson Head of Assets 020 7922 5314 59

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