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PLUS All jazzed up with Emily Dankworth, Stanley meets Jon, listening out at St Mary’s and all your local news and views

That Was Summer A POEM BY Susan Greenhill

So glad to be back from holiday, fraught airports, flights on tight-packed planes, long delays, time whiled away in Duty Free, a fortune spent for a few days in the sun with sand-filled books, polluted seas, itchy bites, daytime sweaty lethargy, no sleep in breathless heat at night.

What relief – all home again, there’s comfort in normality, the prickly rash and tan have gone though the memories may live on, it’s back to reality. We can wear our favourite sweaters and complain about the rain.

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September On The Hill On The Go Keep up with the latest news and happenings on our social media channels.


02 Poem and Primrose Hill Laughs 05 Editor’s Letter 07 On The Street

Screening of I, Daniel Blake to bring awareness to Chalk Farm Foodbank, Primrose Hill Lecture Series reviewed, all your local news and views – and more!


07 16 What’s On

September events for your diary

18 The Primrose Hill Illustrator Arthur Rackham's 150th anniversary

21 Stanley meets Jon Stanley Johnson and Jon Snow event review

22 Aristocrats of Jazz

All jazzed up with Emily Dankworth

25 Beside the Wave

Beside the Wave showcases a sense of ‘place’

26 Listening Out

Mental health support at St Mary’s


28 Marketplace


Contact details for local services

30 @onthehillinfo @onthehillinfo

30 Primrose Hill Eats Kale curry from My Primrose Hill Kitchen

32 Hello, Primrose Hill! Memories of the summer


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A rare opportunity to acquire an elegant, Grade II Listed house, boasting a dual aspect drawing room, sitting room, dining room, family room with direct access onto a large terrace, modern fully fitted kitchen, principal bedroom with en-suite bathroom and dressing room, 4 further bedrooms, family bathroom, shower room and guest cloakroom. Further benefits include a roof terrace, courtyard, utility room, double garage, cellarage and good storage.

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A stunning Victorian house located close to the epicentre of Primrose Hill. The accommodation comprises a double reception room, open plan kitchen/dining room with wood flooring, a spacious family room leading onto a lovely child friendly garden and 3 double bedrooms (1 with access to a roof terrace). Further benefits include a separate study room, 1 en-suite bathroom, additional shower room and a separate guest cloakroom.

A stunning and recently refurbished 5 bedroom, 3 bathroom family house ideally positioned within a short walk to both Primrose Hill and Regents Park. The house comprises 4 reception rooms, spacious fully fitted eat-in kitchen, principal bedroom with a dressing room and ensuite bathroom, 4 further double bedrooms, 2 further bathrooms and a well-manicured private garden.

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This publication is created by the community and for the benefit of Primrose Hill on behalf of your local charity, the Primrose Hill Community Association (PHCA). All proceeds from this publication go directly to fund the charity. We hope you enjoy. Disclaimer: the views in the magazine are not necessarily the views of the PHCA. This magazine is printed on FSC® certified paper. The trees used are sourced in an environmentally friendly, socially responsibly and economically viable manner.

Welcome to September September is a bittersweet time for children. Summer is nearly over, but the pencil cases are full of fresh pens and protractors, and there are new books to read. This month sees the 150th anniversary of one the most well-known children’s book illustrators, Arthur Rackham. Much of his most celebrated work was done in Primrose Hill – of course – in the Primrose Hill Studios where he lived. If your child is still very young, they have the fabulous opportunity to experience some jazz aristocracy in the Jingle Jam classes at the Community Centre. The classes are run by Emily Dankworth, the granddaughter of Cleo Laine and John Dankworth, and herself a proficient jazz musician. I was invited to a screening of I, Daniel Blake this summer which was run in conjunction with the Chalk Farm Foodbank. If you haven’t already seen the film, please do. It highlights the frustrations of dealing with the benefits system and demonstrates how people can end up in such hopeless no-win situations. And if you want to give a bit back to the community, please consider donating or volunteering with our local foodbank – details follow the article. The Primrose Hill Lecture series drew to a close with Andrew Marr speaking to a packed audience about how we ended up in the muddy waters of Brexit. Thank you to everyone who supported the lecture series; all the money goes towards the outreach work at St Mary’s, including a cold weather shelter for people who find themselves homeless over the winter. If running is your thing and you’re still keen to find a way to help, then don a gorilla suit and join Bill Oddie for an 8 km run through the City of London on 16 September. Money raised will go towards mountain gorillas on the verge of extinction, and poverty reduction projects in Central Africa. And you get to keep the gorilla suit! If you see a gorilla walking by this month, please greet them with a smile.

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Primrose Hill Lectures review p9

Postcards from Primrose Hill p 10

Monument to despair: an epitaph p 11 AND MORE

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Helping hands WORDS BY Maggie Chambers

Earlier this summer, a private charity screening was arranged of Ken Loach’s film I, Daniel Blake, in order to increase awareness of the Chalk Farm Foodbank. The film highlights the human trials and difficulties in gaining support from the state in modern-day Britain and the real stark issue of food poverty. Daniel Blake (played by Dave Johns) is a 59-year-old widowed carpenter who must rely on welfare after a heart attack leaves him unable to work. Despite his doctor’s diagnosis, the authorities deny Blake’s benefits and tell him to return to his job. As Daniel navigates his way through an agonising appeal process, he develops a strong bond with a destitute, single mother (played by Hayley Squires), who is struggling to take care of her two children. The screening was organised by BSBP Partnerships, a global consultancy specialising in creating strategic partnerships between luxury brands and the film industry. It was founded by Bethani Stainfield-Bruce Pearmine in October 2016, and is run by Bethani and her sister, Ruari. After watching I, Daniel Blake, BSBP Partnerships was inspired to reach out



to their local foodbank to discuss ways in which they could help, in addition to making donations. The Chalk Farm Foodbank opened in 2012 and is part of a nationwide network of foodbanks supported by the Trussell Trust, working to combat poverty and hunger. They are constantly in need of donations, volunteers and financial support. The Foodbank doesn’t just strive to help people gain access to food; it also offers services such as CAP debt money services, and an ‘eat well, spend less’ cooking course to educate its patrons in making the most (nutritionally) of the items they receive from the foodbank. In the near future, the foodbank hopes to introduce a lunch club and a clothes bank.

The long-term objective is not only to provide families and individuals with food and other essentials, but to become a resource that will help them obtain the life skills and support they need to engage better with all aspects of their lives. Bethani and Ruari arranged the screening at the Soho Screening Rooms and asked Hayley Squires, the lead actress, if she would be willing to hold a Q&A session afterwards. Hayley Squires

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was nominated for Best Supporting Actress at the BAFTAs for her role as Katie in I, Daniel Blake, and the film won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. Other key guests included Jack O’Connell, Daniel Kaluuya and Laura Carmichael. The event was sponsored by the Soho Screening Rooms, Itsu, Jeroboams in Hampstead and Tyrells. After the screening, Hayley spoke to the audience about her involvement with the film, working with Ken Loach and how the film has opened her eyes to what’s going on within the benefits system and beyond. Hayley researched the film by working closely with Shelter. Her character Katie was a single mother with two children living in London, but the family was moved to Newcastle. This shift of responsibility from the benefits office is common and uproots people from their families and support networks. If people refuse to go, they are declared voluntarily homeless. Hayley said she had met people on the verge of deep breakdown and now finds it hard not to want to speak about it. She claims that the system has become more rigorous since the Tories have been in power and is organised deliberately to trip you up until you give up and go away. The statistics on the Chalk Farm Foodbank’s website confirm Hayley’s bleak findings. One in five of the UK population lives below the poverty line, and last year 1,356 three-day emergency food supplies were given to people in crisis. The foodbank website (https:// sets out how to help and ask for help. Please check it out. They need our support.

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Work-life balance and the modern family

Primrose Hill Lectures review

People who come to live in Primrose Hill are from a wide variety of backgrounds and motivations, but they all love that special something that sums up Primrose Hill village. There is one other thing that we have in common. We are all striving to find the perfect work-life balance. Modern life places many demands on us. Work and leisure time place emphasis on screens and there is the pressure of longer working hours. We work harder to buy more. All of this is done at the expense of the family and this daily quest means our relationships suffer. The work-life balance is about understanding that all aspects of life need to be in harmony. Alison Raphael has designed a talking therapeutic approach which can help individuals and couples to build new foundations of inner selfempowerment. Alison practices in Primrose Hill and Herefordshire. Sessions can be face-to-face or via Skype, which is proving to be extremely effective. You can contact Alison on 07962 2244333. Introductory sessions are on a complementary basis.

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eborah Moggach treated the audience at the Primrose Hill Lectures in St Mary’s Church to a lively account of her adventures working behind the scenes in the film trade. As well as being a best-selling novelist, Deborah also writes screenplays. A few years ago Steven Spielberg asked Deborah to meet him in Hollywood to discuss adapting her novel Tulip Fever for the screen. Before she left, she mentioned to her milkman, Ron, that she was going to Hollywood and that of course the two of them must be extras in the film. On her return she spotted a headline in the Ham and High that a local milkman had a role in a Steven Spielberg film – Ron hadn’t been able to contain his excitement. Spielberg never made the film but Justin Chadwick did, with Judi Dench, Cara Delevingne and Alicia Vikander. And Deborah did get to play a part as an extra: a Dutch woman smoking a clay pipe. Deborah’s best-selling novel These Foolish Things began from the idea that we outsource everything, so we might as well outsource the elderly to India – warm weather, no hoodies, and nice children with white socks. It was adapted into the film The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, directed by John Madden, and ranked among the highest grossing films of 2012. Deborah also wrote the screenplay for the 2005 film of Pride and Prejudice, featuring Keira Knightley. The final lecture of the series was by Andrew Marr. He spoke to a capacity audience ‒– only one of three speakers ever to have done so (the other two being Alan Bennett and Jonathan Miller) – about the Brexit referendum. He began by saying that Brexit was the biggest upset since Winston Churchill was defeated in Parliament after winning the war in 1945, and that

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this government is the most fragile and unstable of his lifetime. Nonetheless he feels it will stick together and that Brexit will happen. In his opinion there will be no second referendum, but we will probably maintain a good relationship with Europe in return for placing a vast amount of money into European coffers. He suggested that the result of the referendum was probably caused by a combination of the 2008 crash (for which no one had been openly punished), the expenses scandal and the encouragement of large-scale immigration since 2004 by the Labour government, which radically changed communities (without implying that people were racist or xenophobic). Marr gave the residents of Primrose Hill the generic name ‘Primrose’ and came to the conclusion that the current government isn’t actually too bad for ‘Primrose’. The Tories won’t be able to attain much of what is in their manifesto, due to their reliance on DUP votes; and the Labour party is strong, although not actually in power, so we won’t be subject to their taxes. So what can we do about it all? Marches have been shown to have little effect, so we should take any concerns to our MPs. We also need to take back control from global US companies, although that is probably more easily done in a bigger group. Such as the EU.





You might wonder where this picture was taken. This imposing terrace, with its separate access road, was named Regent’s Park Gardens, and was situated on the corner of Regent’s Park Road and Fitzroy Road. On the left you can just about see the trees in Primrose Hill Park. But these houses are of course no longer there. The complete terrace, nos 72–94, and the large mews behind it, were demolished in 1963, and replaced by the Oldfield Estate, so named because the plot was originally purchased in 1840 by a Mr Oldfield. The postcard was posted on 9 May 1906 to a Mrs Colebrook in King’s Cross with a very short communication: “Shall be very pleased to come on Sunday.” A postcard was very much the WhatsApp message of its day! If you look closely, you can see that a house is available to rent (‘To be let’). How sweet the boys with their big hats look! And what is the gentleman carrying in his arms?



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Monument to despair WORDS BY Jan McPherson

ilhouetted against the evening sky, the blackened smouldering skeleton of a tower once home to so many, now an epitaph of pain, sorrow and despair. All is quiet: no birds sing, only the gentle breeze ripples through the branches of the trees, stillness a time of meditation and thoughtfulness. The metaphor enters my head of a surrealist painting by Salvador Dali, the blackened structure a macabre sculpture. Eerie shapes move from deserted rooms, their tears the jewels of remembrance of a time gone by when children’s laughter filled the empty spaces. Now only sorrow and numbness engulf the hearts of those who watched as the story unfolded. The air filled with toxic smoke, the warmth of the flames engulfed all in their path. Leaving only charred paper to gently float away into the sky, their written history only a fleeting memory. My heart cries out for all those who perished, the terrified fall to freedom, the blackened smoke, all around a mist descending. Flames and the sound of screams and anguish still fill the air. A mother’s selfless love as she protects her child, a son or daughter, for their parent to guide them to sanctuary away from this inferno. The owner of faithful dogs, which he could not leave; their fear and pleading eyes as they looked into their owner’s face, assured of his devotion. Out of all this turmoil, the empathy of a community coming together to show they care. Love unconditional reaches out, regardless of colour, creed and gender. We all need to accept others to be enriched by their traditions and history; not to fill our hearts with intolerance, but with love and acceptance. Flowers lie in remembrance; the pain of grief will take time to heal, but let us move on and not allow Grenfell Tower to be a monument to despair.

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ZSL London Zoo applies for planning permission to revamp Snowdon Aviary ZSL London Zoo has formally submitted plans to Westminster Council for its Snowdon Aviary to receive a bold new makeover. Last year, ZSL (Zoological Society of London) partnered with renowned architects Foster & Partners to rejuvenate the pioneering model of British architecture. Now plans have been registered with the Zoo’s local council that give a first impression of how the new Aviary will come to life in 2019. ZSL’s Zoological Director, Professor David Field, said: “ZSL London Zoo is excited to have submitted our plans for the redesign of the landmark Snowdon Aviary. Our most ambitious project to date, the new Aviary will reflect our decades of animal expertise and delivering innovative visitor experiences.” One of the Zoo’s most famous structures, the Aviary celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2015 and stands proud and visible from the nearby Regent’s Canal and Primrose Hill. The new structure is set to be transformed into a walk-


through colobus monkey enclosure, which will give visitors a unique and up-close experience of the amazing primates. Inspired by the graceful movements of flying birds, the Snowdon Aviary was truly unique in its time; conceived by Lord Snowdon and realised by architect Cedric Price and structural engineer Frank Newby, when the construct opened in 1965 it was Britain’s first walk-through aviary. In early 2016 ZSL secured the first stage of a Heritage Lottery Fund grant for the initial research and planning phase of modernising the Snowdon Aviary, and to use the new space to interact with different audiences, particularly school children. With £2.3 million left to raise for the project, ZSL is currently inviting a range of sponsorship opportunities to support the build and run all associated activities for five years. To donate and keep up to date with the project, visit


Anti-idling in Primrose Hill

Free sculpture in Regent’s Park

Fed up with breathing in fumes from cars, vans, lorries and coaches which just leave their engines on while they wait around? Idling engines are worse than passing cars as the poisonous gases just hang around. Join in an anti-idling afternoon on Monday 11 September. Meet at the library at 1.30 pm for special training from eco agency Green Gumption in the arguments to use and how to approach drivers, then spread out on our streets and get challenging (politely!). We shall also have a giant air pollution snakes and ladders game for kids and the young at heart. To register your interest, email and find more information at

Frieze’s first ever summer exhibition in Regent’s Park is still running in the beautiful English Gardens. The scupltures are hand-selected by Clare Lilley, Director of Programmes for Yorkshire Sculpture Park, and brings together 25 works by leading artists from around the world. Until 8 October, free.

Jeremy Noble 1930-2017 For many years an active member of the Community Association, all who knew Jeremy Noble will greatly miss him. He began his outstanding academic career by winning a scholarship to Oxford when he was only sixteen. It was a surprise to learn that he had read Classics (aka Mods and Greats) because he became a musicologist, and as early as the 1960s founded the Josquin des Pres Choir. He was on BBC radio, where he interviewed notable figures such as Alma Mahler, and wrote articles for The Times and Musical Times, including a piquant obituary of Igor Stravinsky despite his main area of research being the music of the Renaissance. His nephew, who is in the music business, arranged the funeral service around beautiful recordings of Jeremy’s choir under his direction. Between the musical interludes there were moving reminiscences from the well-known historian, Roger Lockyer, and the music critic, Ivan Hewett.

Jeremy spent most of his working life as Professor of Music at Buffalo University, a major US centre for the study of classical music, where he taught during 1966–70 and 1976–95. After his retirement to Primrose Hill, Jeremy continued his work, although he was always modest about his achievements. However, he demonstrated both his research skills and his lecturing talent when, as one of the organisers of the PHCA Talks programme, he gave one himself in 2004 on ‘Life in a new suburb: Primrose Hill 1871’, based on the census of that year. That evening he had the largest audience there is ever likely to be in the upstairs hall of the Community Centre – well over 100 – as fire regulations now limit the number to 80. The closing funeral music was Cole Porter’s Just One of Those Things, which neatly illustrated his philosophical courage when suffering from macular degeneration and foot drop in his later years.

Goodbye Cachao, hullo Sam’s Café!

Lads and ladies who lunch

Local actor Sam Frears, who featured in OTH’s first ever issue, is the man behind the new café coming to the old Cachao premises. Look out for a grand opening in the second week of September.

The Community Association is restarting lunches in the bright and airy Oldfield dining area in October: on Mondays and Wednesdays at 12.30. A freshly cooked two-course meal will be served for a very reasonable £5, and will be delivered to those who cannot make it downstairs. The diner will be open to non-residents too. PHCA is seeking a cook (paid position) and volunteers to help with serving and clearing up. This is a chance to join in and get to know some of our older neighbours ‒and hear some of their fascinating life stories! Ring Mick at the Community Centre on 0207 586 8327 to find out more.



Rosie Stark 1939–2017

Nikki Haydon retires after 43 years at Haverstock School Nikki Haydon, Primrose Hill resident for the last 34 years, has retired from Haverstock School after 43 years’ service. She started as an English teacher, progressed to be head of department, then assistant head and finally Community Partnerships Co-ordinator. Nikki taught thousands of young people, including some who became very famous (and some infamous). She was instrumental, with the headteacher John Dowd, who also retires this year, in the transformation of the school into the outstanding inclusive, community comprehensive school it is today. One of her most important contributions to the local community was creating a network of six Camden primary schools, including Primrose Hill, to improve literacy through the arts, a revolutionary idea that was given


full financial support by the Labour government for ten years. Then the money ran out, but that legacy still lives on. There is still outstanding drama and poetry writing in those schools. It was during this time that Nikki started the links with The Roundhouse, still strong today. Marcus Davey, Creative Director of the Roundhouse, wrote to Nikki: “You are a one-and-only, brilliant, amazing, wonderful and so much more. The Roundhouse loves you and we can’t thank you enough for all you have done.” They have recognised her contribution by giving her Headliner Membership. In return Nikki plans to spend time there as a volunteer. She will also continue with the monthly Saturday bingo sessions for older members of the community. Jim Mulligan

Rosie Stark, who died in May, was an eminent food writer for magazines ranging from Good Housekeeping to Gourmet Good Food. She had many strings to her bow, creating the first food writing course at City University, chairing the Guild of Food Writers and being an examiner at the British Board of Film Censors for twenty years. Narrow boats and motor bikes were also a passion. She was welcoming and hospitable; parties at her Chamberlain Street home featured wonderful food and an eclectic mix of people. In later years she worked generously and meticulously with Transition Primrose Hill, and there are still some of her seasonal recipes developed with local restaurants on the website

Great Gorilla Run Join Bill Oddie and hundreds of people dressed as gorillas to run (or walk) 8km through the City of London on Saturday September 16 at 10.30 am. Money raised goes towards gorilla conservation and poverty reduction projects in Africa. The Gorilla Organisation, 110 Gloucester Avenue.


HRH The Prince of Wales launches new Royal Parks charity One of the UK’s largest conservation charities to be launched in recent years has been unveiled by its new patron, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales. The Prince formally launched the Royal Parks charity, which supports and manages 5,000 acres of Royal Parks, stretching from Greenwich Park in the east to Bushy Park in the west. He said: “I remember the parks as a very small child, being taken around Richmond Park with my great grandmother Queen Mary in her wonderful old, upright green Daimler. As a result, those parks are imprinted on my childhood memory in a very special way, which is why I have always felt that children should have the opportunity to experience parks at a young age. “Today I want to pay special tribute to all those who make these parks what they are. To all the marvellous staff who do Previously the parks had been managed by an agency of the all the hard work; grow all the plants; and of course all the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (the Royal Parks volunteers and special people who give up their precious time Agency) with fundraising and some education undertaken by to do so many of the tasks that are absolutely essential. All the Royal Parks Foundation (RPF). Now the two organisations these people are so often unsung and unseen, and they do have joined forces to bring together the best of fundraising, matter hugely. A huge thank you, also, to the police who help education and park management. keep the show on the road.” Becoming a new charity will allow the parks to be managed The new charity’s Chairman, lifelong arts and heritage more efficiently, and allow the charity to plan further into enthusiast Loyd Grossman CBE, described how he was the future, rather than on a year-by-year basis. It will also put committed to ensuring that the Royal Parks remain the finest the parks in a stronger position to attract corporate sponsors, parks in the world. private donors, charitable trusts and volunteers. He also welcomed HRH The Prince of Wales as the charity’s patron, saying: “We are extraordinarily grateful to the Prince of Wales for becoming our first patron, and also for his tremendous knowledge and understanding of what we do, and we are thrilled, delighted and honoured that he is today launching our new charity. “Nearly 600 years’ worth of history inspire us and bring us so much joy, so much pleasure, such an enrichment of life for the 77 million people who . Goods Yard visit these parks every year. They are of Camden t n e m p lo e also one of the things which contribute the redev rely and Regarding ie prematu d K U e immeasurably to the distinctiveness of th nds more eople in ds of thousa t 25,000 p a re th d and n d London, which is the greatest city in the u in h t m a l pollution, Bear in r and th use of diese tion. The  every yea a ly c ri world, and to the attractiveness of life in e a b ss e tly c c e unn d dire of pollu and disable ther forms our wonderful country.” r cities. are made ill 5,000 are killed by o in the majo re a ts n 2 e l m a n le o b an additi s and disa these death rotect majority of posed to p ro p re a y, n s, if a a, and n safeguard le in this are traffic p ve o e ro p p e ly b th f o tion What verifia well-being ra construc health and d by the ext that are se s u n a c tio c n directly the a e pollutio the class th d it in m lim onsible in tly r sp c a indire s? Be those re amden site prosecute C n to n the o a e g p ; c in ro th rk u a wo and de ght in E u ss ro e b lln g l i in ra e b Lisa Hauck has moved from Primrose Hill up collate e mitigated currently nnecessary nger will b u a d is th lth a g to Steele’s Village. e n h si for cau how this now specify Her new salon has been refurbished and authorities be used? ill w rategies st is being kept green throughout, and not just t a with h w d an on coping y the NHS the wall colour! The furniture and fittings b t thereby n t e u sp b ;   is le’s health 50 billion p £ o d e p s’ te a n are almost all vintage and second-hand from o im An est ollution ar industrie effects of p leum and c o e tr e tiv eBay and auction houses. All the lighting will a  p g e e th n the dising ancially.   rtually subsi be LED so electricity consumption is kept to ically and fin th they are vi e , lly ra o ties: m a minimum, and eco-heads will reduce the tion are responsibili diesel pollu is th on in m o water consumption by 1/3. fr illness r commissi   f death and ission and/o e. o m s o f se o Good for you Lisa. We wish you well with u t a c c a The rtanc so the ense impo identified, your new salon. s is of imm th known and a e d se e ting th not preven


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What’s On September NEW THIS SEPTEMBER


TUESDAY 5 Film Night at the Library Victim (1961), starring Dirk Bogarde, directed by Basil Dearden. PHCL. 7.15pm. £8, including a glass of wine, in cash, in advance at PHCL or on the door. 

TUESDAY 3 OCTOBER Film Show at the Library The Battleship Potemkin (1925), directed by Sergei Eisenstein. PHCL. 7.15pm. £8, including a glass of wine, in cash, in advance at PHCL or on the door.

WEDNESDAY 6 Meditation yoga Meditation yoga with Ellen Emmet. PHCL. 6.30–8pm. Free. Contact

THURSDAY 5 OCTOBER Primrose Hill Community Association AGM PHCC Top Hall. 7pm for 7.30pm, followed by a surprise speaker.

Open House Off the Beaten Track in Eastern Siberia. An illustrated talk by Peter Darley of Camden Railway Heritage Trust. PHCC. 2pm. Free.


Evening Open House Iron Men: Henry Maudslay and his Circle. An illustrated talk by David Waller, author, business consultant and former Financial Times journalist. PHCC. 7.15pm. Free. THURSDAY 7 Piano recital Xander Benham Concert. 100 years of music in France. PHCL. 7pm. WEDNESDAY 13 Open House Camley Street Nature Gardens, 12 Camley Street, King’s Cross, N1C 4PW. Meet at Camden’s Nature Reserve for a tour of the gardens. Transport available: ask at PHCC. 2pm. Free.

MONDAY Ready Steady Go: ABC classes Exploratory play, music, singing, dance and stories for babies and toddlers. PHCC. 6–12 months, 9.15–10.15am; 12–18 months, 10.30–11.30am; 0–6 months, 11.45–12.45pm. £150 per term (10 weeks). 25 September–4 December. Contact 020 7586 5862 to register. Circus Glory All levels welcome. Trapeze for ages 3–12. PHCC. 3–6.30pm. Contact Genevieve 07973 451 603, Rhyme Time Library Rhyme Time for under 5s. PHCL. 10.30– 11.15am. Suggested £2 donation. Contact: 020 7419 6599

THURSDAY 14 Fitness Boxing. 5 weeks. PHCL. 7.00-8.00pm

Homework Club Do your homework in the Library with a qualified teacher. PHCL. 4–6pm. Free. Contact: 020 7419 6599

SUNDAY 17 Meditation yoga Meditation yoga with Ellen Emmet. PHCL. 6.30–8pm. Free. Contact

TUESDAY Monkey Music Music and play for under 5s. PHCC. 9.30–11.30am. Classes £11. Contact Alex 020 8451 7626

WEDNESDAY 20 Open House American folk songs. Live singing with guitar from Andrew Wyman. PHCC. 2.15. Free.

Hartbeeps Baby Sensory PHCC. 1.30–5.15pm. Classes £8. Contact Clare 07528 688 734

TUESDAY 26 Library author talk Annabel Leventon talking and playing music to celebrate the publication of her book on Rock Follies. PHCL. 7pm. £2 on the door. WEDNESDAY 27 Open House Film screening of Fences, in which an AfricanAmerican father struggles with race relations while trying to raise his family in 1950s United States. PHCC. 2pm. Free. THURSDAY 28 Library Book Club PHCL. 6.45–8.15pm

Music and Rhyme for under 4s Drop-in sessions. PHCC. 4.30–5pm. £1. Contact: 020 7586 8327 WEDNESDAY Circus Glory Trapeze for ages 3–12. PHCC. 2.30–6.30pm. Contact Genevieve 07973 451 603, Homework Club Do your homework in the Library with a qualified teacher. PHCL. 4–6pm. Free. Contact: 020 7419 6599 Primrose Hill Children’s Choir Learn to sing, enjoy fun songs and games. Ages 4–11. St Mary’s Church, NW3 3DJ. 4–5pm. First time free, then £8 per week. Contact Matthew 07817 234 925, All-ages Chess Club Join us for a game of chess. PHCL. 6.30pm. Free. Contact: 07830 107 477,

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THURSDAY Mini Mozart Musical story time for children. PHCL. 9.30am. Contact: Ready Steady Go Exploratory play, music, singing, dance and stories for toddlers. PHCC. Babies on their backs (0–9 months), 8.45–9.45am; babies on the move (6–15 months), 9.45–10.45am. £150 per term (10 weeks), 25 September–4 December. Contact 020 7586 5862 to register Mothers and Babies Pilates Pilates for mothers and babies. PHCL. 11am. Contact: Mini Mozart for Babies Musical story time for children. PHCL. 10.15am. Contact: Drop-in for under 4s Drop in and take part in a variety of activities. PHCC. 11.15am–1pm. £2.50 to include snack, tea and coffee for mums. Contact: 020 7586 8327 Catherine’s Ballet, Chalk Farm School of Dance for under 5s Ballet classes at PHCC. 4–5pm. Contact:, First Class Learning English and Maths tuition. PHCL. 3.30–6.30pm. Contact: Music and Rhyme Time for under 4s Drop-in at PHCC. 4.30–5pm. £1. Contact 020 7586 8327 FRIDAY Mothers’ Mornings Meet other mothers while your children play. PHCL. 10.30–11.30am. Free. Contact: 020 7419 6599. Circus Glory Trapeze for ages 3–12. PHCC. 2.30–6.30pm. Contact Genevieve 07973 451 603, Tatty Bumpkin Yoga-inspired movement, to soothing music, in a relaxed multi-sensory environment to nudge your child towards physical and social development, 0–7 years. PHCC. 2.45–3.45pm. Contact: 07393 970 185, Funky Dance Classes – Pitta Patta Ages 4–16. PHCC. 4–7.15pm. Contact Juliet 07971 916 174,, SATURDAY Jingle Jam Music Jazz-orientated music classes for ages 0–5 by Emily Dankworth. PHCC. Jitterbugs, 0–18 months, 10.10–10.55 am; Jelly Rollers, walking to 5 years, 11.10–11.55am. Contact: 07905 979 024,

SUNDAY Perform weekly drama, dance and singing classes Confidence-building fun for 4–7s. A unique mix of drama, dance and singing specially formulated to bring out every child’s true potential. Try a free class. Sundays 10–11.30am, 11.30am–1pm. PHCC. Contact: 020 7255 9120,,

FOR ADULTS MONDAY ACOL Bridge Club PHCC. 1.45–3.45pm. £3. Contact Maureen Betts 07919 444 187 Circus Glory: Trapeze for Adults All levels welcome. PHCC. 1.30–2.45pm. Contact Genevieve 07973 451 603, Neighbourhood Information Centre Drop-in advice centre. PHCL. 2–4pm. Free. Contact: 020 7419 6599 Trauma Release Exercises (TRE) New drop-in class. TRE uses the body’s natural tremoring mechanism to release chronic tension patterns and pain and return the nervous system to balance. PHCC. 4–6pm. £15 per class, 5 classes for £50. Contact Tim Kirkpatrick, Chilled Strings Small amateur string chamber orchestra, guided by professional tutor Kwesi Edman. PHCC. 6.30–8.45pm. £10 for each evening. Contact: Bridge Class Beginners/intermediate. Join us in the Library for a game of bridge. PHCL. 6.30pm. Contact: Primrose Hill Community Choir Love to sing? Try us out! All welcome. PHCC. 7.30–9.30pm. £6. Contact Matthew 0781 723 4925, TUESDAY Dynamic Pilates Pilates class. PHCL. 9am and 10.15am. £12 per class, £100 for 10 classes. Contact: Gentle Pilates Gentler Pilates class. PHCL. 11.30–12.30pm. £12 per class, £100 for 10 classes. Contact: ESOL Class Learn English at the Library. PHCL. 12–1.30pm. Free. Contact: Hatha Yoga PHCC. 1.30–2.30pm. Drop-in £11, 5 classes £50, 10 classes £90. Contact: 0780 855 3599, Keep Fit for over 60s PHCC. 3–4pm. Free. Contact: 020 7586 8327 General Yoga PHCC. 6.30–8pm. Contact Catriona 020 7267 5675,

What’s On September Laban Movement Workshop For those interested in practising and exploring Rudolf Laban’s Scales and Efforts. PHCC. 12–1pm. £10. Contact: 07970 536 643,

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WEDNESDAY Circus Glory Trapeze for adults. All levels welcome. PHCC. 1.15–2.15pm. Contact Genevieve 07973 451 603,

SUNDAY Hopkinson’s Bar Meet for a drink with your neighbours. All welcome. PHCC. 12 noon–2pm. Contact 020 7586 8327

Feldenkrais Gentle movement using the Feldenkrais method. PHCC. 6–7pm. Free. Contact: 020 7586 8327

Summer Teas Served in the garden of St Mark’s Church, St Mark’s Square, NW1. 3–6pm each week, May to September. Contact: 020 7586 1694

Open House A regular activity (film, talk, performance) followed by tea, cake and chat. PHCC. 2pm. Free. Contact: 020 7586 8327 All-ages Chess Club Join us for a game of chess. PHCL. 6.30pm. Free. Contact: 0783 010 7477, English Folk Dance Club Camden Starting 6 September. Great fun for adults of all ages. No partner needed. For dancers of all abilities or none. PHCC. 7.30–10pm. Drop-in charge £5. Contact: THURSDAY Pilates For mothers and babies. PHCL. 11am. Contact: Gentle Pilates Gentle but effective Pilates class. PHCL. 12.30–1.30pm. £10 per session. Contact:

CONTACT DETAILS PHCC Primrose Hill Community Centre 29 Hopkinsons Place (off Fitzroy Road) NW1 8TN Contact: 020 7586 8327

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The Primrose Hill Illustrator WORDS BY Maggie Chambers 18

One hundred and fifty years ago this month, the well-known illustrator Arthur Rackham was born in London. Throughout his life he illustrated more than 65 books, including Shakespeare, the Brothers Grimm and Charles Dickens. Many of his most celebrated illustrations were done at a time when Rackham lived in Primrose Hill Studios off Fitzroy Road.

Primrose Hill Studios were built in 1877–82 as artists’ studio houses. The first tenants included the painters John Dawson Watson, Joseph Wolf, John William Waterhouse, John Charles Dollman, PM Feeney, Charles Whymper and Lawrence George Calkin. Arthur Rackham was born in Lewisham on 19 September 1867. He was the fourth son of Alfred Rackham, who worked in government and became an admiralty marshal at the Ecclesiastical and Admiralty Courts; and Annie, who came from a family of lace manufacturers. They had twelve children, of whom Arthur was one of the few to survive to adulthood. Arthur was a sickly child, and when he was seventeen his parents sent him on a sea voyage to Australia in the hope that it would cure him. Throughout the trip, accompanied by two aunts, he kept a detailed notebook of watercolour landscapes. On his return he enrolled at the Lambeth School of Art and worked at the Westminster Fire Office in order to pay for classes. In 1892, Arthur began work full time as an illustrator for the Pall Mall Budget. He illustrated music-hall events and at one time a Votes for Women meeting, where a fight broke out. He moved on to the Westminster Budget, but didn’t enjoy the kind of work he had to cover. By this point he realised that photography was the upcoming medium for journalism, so he turned to book illustration. The first book that Rackham illustrated was To the Other Side by Thomas Rhodes, a travel journal about the United States and Canada. His first children’s book was SJ Adair Fitzgerald’s The Zankwank and the

Opposite: Illustration of Daphne from Comus by John Milton Above: Some of Rackham’s works

Arthur Rackham

Blethwitch, illustrated in 1897. Following that he was commissioned to illustrate Tales from Shakespeare (1899), Gulliver’s Travels (1900) and Grimm’s Fairy Tales, which were exhibited at the Royal Watercolour Society in 1902 and became much acclaimed. Arthur Rackham came to this area in 1901, when he moved to Wychcombe Studios off England’s Lane. Rackham married a neighbour of his, Edyth Starkie, in 1903. The following year Edyth suffered a miscarriage, but the couple went on to have a daughter, Barbara. Much of Rackham’s best known work was published when he lived at No 3 Primrose Hill Studios during 1905/‒6. Books which would go on to become collectors’ items were illustrated here, including Rip Van Winkle (1905) and Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens (1906). In 1906 the family moved to 16 Chalcot Gardens, where he published Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1907). Rackham’s technique was to use pen and India ink for black and white illustrations, and to build up layers of watercolour washes for his colour pictures. He would generally over-ink his drawings due to the three-colour printing process used at the time, which would lose the definition of the illustrations. Rackham was elected to membership of the Royal Watercolour Society and the Société Nationale des Beaux Arts, and he became Master of the Art Workers’ Guild. Book sales were helped by exhibitions for the publications at the Leicester Galleries, and in 1914 he had an exhibition at the Louvre in Paris. After WW1, the appetite for expensive illustrated books declined, and so did the public’s taste for fairies and fantasy. Rackham turned his


attention to the American market, for whom he continued to exhibit and publish books, and do drawings for Colgate’s advertisements for Cashmere Bouquet soap. In 1920 the family moved to Houghton, West Sussex; and in 1929 they moved again to a newly built house in Limpsfield, Surrey. Rackham took on Studio No.6 at the Primrose Hill Studios so that he had a London base from which to work. Since Rackham’s tenure, Lord Methuen RA, Patrick Caulfield, John Hoyland and Sir Henry Wood have also lived and worked there. Through the 1930s Rackham was still producing book illustrations, including The Night Before Christmas (1931), Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Anderson (1932) and The Arthur Rackham Fairy Book (1933). Rackham developed cancer at the end of the 1930s and died on 6 September 1939. His final work was The Wind in the Willows, which was published posthumously in 1940. To this day, Rackham’s illustrations remain popular: they are keenly sought at auctions and widely used by greeting cards companies. Director Guillermo del Toro credits Rackham as influencing his faun in the film Pan’s Labyrinth. Our Primrose Hill artist has given delight to generations of children and adults with his illustrated books. “Rackham’s illustrations to Grimm, Hans Andersen or Poe show him at his most imaginative and observant of human nature, while his gnomes, fairies and gnarled anthropomorphic trees in Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens or A Midsummer Night’s Dream represent his more fantastic side... He was ‒and remains ‒ a soloist in front of an orchestra, a player with the responsibility to interpret and add a personal lustre to great works with variations of infinite subtlety and grace.” James Hamilton, author of Arthur Rackham: A Life with Illustration.

‘Fee-fi-fo-fum, I smell the blood of an Englishman’, from English Fairy Tales by Flora Annie Steel

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Stanley Johnson meets Jon Snow

One night at the end of July, two literary and political titans met at Cecil Sharp House to celebrate the publication of a new political thriller called Kompromat. WORDS BY Brenda Stones The author is Stanley Johnson, famous father of famous son Boris; and the interviewer, or referee, was our local Jon Snow, hotfoot from finishing his evening stint on Channel 4 News. The first thing you need to know is what ‘Kompromat’ means: it’s a Russian term, meaning ‘compromising material’, ie edited videos and other such media used to blackmail and discredit individuals, especially politicians; and such is the stuff of this page-turning romp through the recent events around Brexit and its impact on world politics. Stanley hastened to assure us that none of it should be taken as true; it’s a ‘fake book’ in the spirit of ‘fake news’, so it should all be taken with a large handful of salt – and assurances from the publisher’s lawyers that it’s outrageous enough not to be libellous… The reader is provided with a list of Dramatis Personae with their fake names, and there’s a great temptation to fill in the real names as you decode them – Nancy Ginsberg is the probing Laura Kuenssberg, and Jack Varese turns out to be Leonardo DiCaprio; easier guesses are the former chancellor Tom Milbourne, and centrally President Igor Popov, who is given an active role in Stanley’s other passion, tiger conservation.

So what are the major targets of the satire, apart from the badinage? Within the close circle around the Referendum decision, we are led to question how sincere any of the politicians were in their commitment to Remain or Leave – even the former prime minister himself. But in the wider world, it is suggested that both Russia and America have imperialist reasons to welcome a disintegrating Europe, and only China might have reason to value a strong economic force with which to continue trading and investment. The audience leapt in with impassioned views on Brexit, Russia and tigers. And the 200-strong attendance also meant a healthy contribution to Primrose Hill Library funds. But what is sure, without any doubt, is that every cabinet member will be securing a copy for their poolside ‒or Alpine ‒hols, to check out how they feature in the satire. It will be mandatory reading for the parliamentary recess!


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l a r u t a n s Music i for young child ren The other day I heard (we moles have phenomenal hearing) a jazz version of ‘The Wheels on the Bus’ that did my heart good. The woman who was singing put me in mind of that night when Johnny Dankworth and Cleo Laine came up the hill and she sang to him. That was special. And this woman sounded just like her.

The voice that The Mole heard was Emily Dankworth, aged 31, singing at ‘Jingle Jam Music’ in Primrose Hill Community Centre. How does this accomplished jazz performer come to be working with under-fives in her jazz workshop? “I grew up in North London, sang in the choir at my school and learned drums from Dave Webster. Dave is now the Musicians’ Union national organiser for the Live Performance department. Then we moved to New York for a year, where my Dad was playing with Dave Brubeck, and I went to the Cathedral School of St John the Divine. Very grand. I was a chorister. There was an induction ceremony where we were robed and sang at all the services, just like at an English cathedral.” The ‘my Dad’ that Emily refers to here is Alec Dankworth, son of Sir John Dankworth and Dame Cleo Laine. After attending Bedford School, he studied at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. In 1978, he joined his parents’ quintet and toured the world with them, going on to work with Clarke Tracey, the BBC Big Band, Ginger Baker and Van Morrison, with whom he recorded three albums.

“English jazz is very strong. Dad is always working. It is quite a normal thing for him to be on the road, so me and my Mum (Linda Dankworth) are used to it. I had a solid home upbringing. I didn’t feel that he wasn’t there enough. I think the fact that they have lasted so long – thirty-five years – is that they don’t see each other all the time. They met when Dad was in the orchestra of a show and she was training the dancers. Linda no longer dances. She has a PhD on Dance Ethnography and has published a book, Dance Ethnography and Global Perspectives.” From the age of seven or eight Emily attended, as her father had before her, the renowned summer camps at the Stables Theatre in the Dankworth back garden. “When he was a kid, my Dad would pack his bag and walk down the garden path to the tents and unpack his bag. Then when my turn came, I would do the same thing. You slept in tents and learned any instrument you wanted. There was a steel-pan tent, a ukelele tent, a trumpet tent and so on. Then we’d have a big show at the end of the week, and if you were lucky John and Cleo would turn up and tell


you what you were doing well and what not so well.” The Stables Theatre was an immediate success, with 47 concerts given in the first year. It now presents over 350 concerts and around 250 education events a year. On 6 February 2010 it celebrated its 40th anniversary with a gala concert which was tinged with sadness, because of the death earlier in the day of Sir John Dankworth. While at school, Emily was an enthusiastic member of the Hendon Air Training Corps. “I was in the Corps for five years. I learned to fly, I was a marksman and the best drill instructor. I don’t know why, I just loved marching and drill sequences. We won lots of competitions. It was amazing to go to Hendon twice a week and get to learn so many new skills. A lot of the kids who went there wouldn’t have much else to do, but in the Corps we were all equal. We camped together twice a year. It was a great cultural melting pot. I finished up with the highest rank before you became an officer, Cadet Warrant Officer. Then I went to Canterbury to study Psychology and Art.” After university it seemed a good idea to go to Majorca for a few months to learn Spanish. Four years later … it’s a familiar story. Emily learned Spanish and she also learned what it is like to be a hostess on a small yacht sailing round the Mediterranean. Plenty of people spend their lives doing this, but you can imagine the summons from home and the family conference. Enough is enough. And so it came, to go to the Guildhall School of Music for an MA in jazz performance. And here is a fascinating story: while she was there she was spotted by Wynton Marsalis, who for some reason sometimes appeared under the pseudonym E Dankworth. They met up and Wynton later invited her to join a tour in the USA, singing the Abyssinian Mass. This was a meeting of the aristocrats of English jazz with the black American aristos. Wynton Learson Marsalis is a trumpeter, composer and the artistic director of jazz at the Lincoln Centre in New York. He has been awarded nine Grammys, and ‘Blood on the Fields’ was the first jazz composition to win the Pulitzer Prize for Music. In 2008, Wynton Marsalis was commissioned to write a piece commemorating the 200th anniversary of Harlem’s Abyssinian Baptist Church. The result was a sweeping composition described as having the immense power to make audiences clap their hands and sing along to its joyous spirituality, its profound swing and bluesy swagger.


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cities in eks four we “I was twenty-five at the Guildhall, singing in a choir, and I got an email from jazz at the Lincoln Centre, saying, ‘Do you want to sing with us?’ Like a shot. I was one of only two English people in the choir (led by Damien Sneed), and very few light-skinned people (although my Jamaican roots often shine through). There were 76 singers and 15 instrumentalists, and we toured sixteen cities in four weeks, travelling in coaches and staying in a different hotel almost every night. It was massive. We all got paid. The trip was funded almost entirely by a businessman from St Louis, David Steward. The singers were all very strong church-goers, and you could see they were completely transported by the music.” Since the Guildhall, Emily has performed live at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, the Barbican Hall, the Lincoln Centre in New York, the Boston Symphony Hall, the National Centre for Performing Arts in Beijing, the Elgar Room and Kings Place. She has featured on many BBC Radio and Television shows, plus Ronnie Scott’s Radio Show, Jazz FM and Jamie Cullum’s Radio Show. Now we come to Jingle Jam Music. “There are lots of music classes for under-fives. Some are classically based, some use more traditional nursery rhyme scenarios. Ours is focused on live music with a jazz flavour. We always have at least one professional jazz musician, either on piano or another instrument. I sing; my Dad is often

there with his double bass; my husband, Jose Chicano, is always there with his guitar. He is brilliant at Spanish guitar and flamenco; and he has a rapport with young children, an energy that draws them to him and they love him. We always have lots of instruments for the children to play, and they are able to experience the sound and vibration up close. They play the instruments, they improvise, they take solos. Music is natural for young children. They don’t have the restriction we impose on ourselves as we grow up. It is also important that the parents have to stay and sit in the circle and take part. We have classes designed for specific age groups, ranging from three months up to five years old.” We can’t end without mentioning Spanish Accents. “This is a group my Dad founded. We love Majorca and the family have a flat there. We perform with a flamenco dancer, Jesus Olmedo, reinventing traditional songs, often based on Spanish poets like Garcia Lorca. I also have my own band that performs originals and covers of mine. I write the words and music and we are about to release an EP. I’m also in an a cappella group, Silk Street Singers, and I perform as a duo with my closest musical friend, the guitarist Jamie Leeming.” If they ever get a minute, it would be nice if Emily and Jose could sneak up one night and give us a song. It would do this old Mole’s heart good.

Beside the Wave The Beside the Wave gallery has now been open in Chalcot Road for two years. To celebrate its anniversary in Primrose Hill, Beside the Wave has been holding an open group show throughout the summer on the theme of ‘Place’. Each artist was encouraged to interpret the theme as widely as they wished. Gallery manager Claire Pearce explains: “We really want to welcome in the creativity that surrounds us with this show. The majority of our exhibitions in the two years we have been in Primrose Hill have showcased the contemporary Cornish art scene – the home ground of our sister gallery in Falmouth, Cornwall. Now we feel equally at home

between the two sites, with the warm welcome we received from the amazing community here, so we want to reflect that in our shows. “We have met a lot of artists during our time here and know there is a wealth of talent to draw from. The theme of place could be interrupted in any way. It could literally be landscape-inspired artwork, or it could be linked by the locality of the artist.”  The show will run until Wednesday 13 September. Beside the Wave, 41 Chalcot Rd, London NW1 8LS. Tel 020 7722 4161

Primrose Hill Trees at Sunset by Max Oliver, 30 x 25cm


PHOTOGRAPH BY Sarah Louise Ramsay

Listening Out WORDS BY Tracey Mitchell


“We take time getting to know people. Once they see us as human and able to relate to them, they’ll open up.” Mental health is in the spotlight at St Mary’s, Primrose Hill. Reverend Marjorie Brown and Tim Miller, the previous assistant curate, devised the Mental Health Listening Project after a previous intern identified mental health as a concern. The aims of the project are to cultivate awareness of mental health; broaden understanding of what mental health is; offer care for the well-being of the congregation; support elderly people; reduce stigma; and diminish loneliness. Liunis Tapia, 25, and Natalia Guzman, 23, both from Santa Domingo in the Dominican Republic and with scholarships in Applied Clinical Health Psychology at Middlesex University, applied for roles with the project. They discovered a wonderful community which treated them like part of the congregation. The pair began by building rapport and speaking at church services. “We made a lot of visits getting to know people. We see our role as caring for the mental well-being of the church,” Natalia said. “We’re not offering counselling, or psychotherapy, but we’re interested in how much the church reaches out to mental health.” Liunis agreed: “We take time getting to know people. Once they see us as human and able to relate to them, they’ll open up.” All the same, it wasn’t easy to get past people’s wariness and defences in the beginning. Natalia explains that most people with mental illness are already being cared for. They’ve met people who want

to know how to help someone else and those who want more information, having experienced something similar themselves. The situations are varied, as anyone can be sad, lonely or have too many responsibilities. They might have family problems or be caring for someone else and finding the demands too much. “Many people are caring for someone with depression, anxiety or someone who’s lonely, and they’ll see what we can do to help. By listening, we give them a way to vent their emotions.” More people are coming along to the monthly get-togethers which they arrange. They began in April by screening a film called The Blind Side, in which a child from a harsh neighbourhood is adopted and thrives in new circumstances. They held a yoga night with YouTube clips after two teachers cancelled but found people ready to try yoga as a way in, and meditation with a mindfulness trainer who works with the NHS, followed by a Q & A with psychotherapist Denise Reeves – Let’s Talk Mental Health. In February, they met with children and parents at St Paul’s Sunday School during Children’s Mental Health Week. They found that parents were very interested in what they could offer to children. Since then, they’ve planned activities on recognising emotions for interested parents and Sunday School teachers. Luinis sums up the skills she’s gained at St Mary’s: “Listening, listening properly without distraction; and learning through language what

people might need and how to approach them.” Natalia adds: “It’s surprising how much more common this problem is than I’d expect. People come to church and smile and everything appears okay, but things can be different.” She compares what’s available in London with mental health services in the Dominican Republic, which are so expensive that people don’t get treated. “Seeing the help available anywhere here, either online or through a GP, is heartening.” They will report their findings and suggestions to Camden Council, sharing the opinions of the public on how mental health services work in London. Natalia believes that the high demand indicates that services aren’t always available immediately, but once in place the standard is good. Natalia reflects about her experience: “The most courageous approach us, and there may be others. It’s hard to know the actual need, but there is a lot of demand. I’ve met many people who’ve been through depression, and maybe the need is bigger than we know, even now, and it takes time for someone to talk about it.” “It’s the actual importance of asking people how they are, how their day is going,” said Liunis. They’re both certain that people talking to each other will be important for the future, and that having someone to talk to changes everything. They hope that volunteers from within the church will keep the work running when they both return to Santa Domingo this month.

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PRIMROSE BAKERY 69 Gloucester Ave, NW1 8LD 020 7483 4222 M–Sa 08.30–18.00 Su 09.30–18.00 ODETTE’S 130 Regent’s Park Rd, NW1 8XL 020 7586 8569 Tu–F 12.00–14.30, 18.00–22.00 Sa 12.00–15.00, 18.00–22.30 Su 12.00–15.00, 18.00–21.30 GREENBERRY CAFÉ 101 Regent’s Park Rd, NW1 8UR 020 7483 3765 Tu–Sa 09.00–22.00 Su–M 09.00–16.00 THE LANSDOWNE 90 Gloucester Ave, NW1 8HX 0207 483 0409 M–S 12.00–23.00 Su 12.00–22.30 LA COLLINA 17 Princess Rd, NW1 8JR 020 7483 0192 M–Su 12.00–14.30, 18.00–22.15 NEGOZIO CLASSICA 154 Regent’s Park Rd, NW1 8XN 020 7483 4492 M–S 11.00–24.00 Kitchen closes at 22.30

MANNA 4 Erskine Rd, NW3 3AJ 020 7722 8028 Tu–Su 12.00–22.30 THE PRINCESS OF WALES 22 Chalcot Rd, NW1 8LL 020 7722 0354 M–F 11.00–24.00 Sa 09.30–24.00 Su 09.30–23.00 MICHAEL NADRA RESTAURANT, MARTINI BAR AND GARDEN 42 Gloucester Ave, NW1 8JD 020 7722 2800 Tu–Th 12.00–23.00 F–S 12.00–24.30 Su 12.00–14.30, 18.00–22.00 THE ENGINEER 65 Gloucester Ave, NW1 8JH 020 7483 1890 M–F 12.00–23.00 Sa 10.00–23.00 Su 12.00–22.30

Home PRIMROSE HILL FRAMING COMPANY 45 Chalcot Rd, NW1 8LS 020 7586 4571 M–F 09.30–13.00, 14.00–17.30 Sa 09.30–13.00 CLIFTON INTERIORS 168 Regent’s Park Rd, NW1 8XN 020 7586 5533 M–F 09.00–18.00 Saturday by appointment CAVE INTERIORS 29 Princess Rd, NW1 8JR 020 7722 9222 M–F 09.30–17.30 PRIMROSE INTERIORS 55 Regent’s Park Rd, NW1 8XD 020 7586 6595 S–F 10.00–17.00 JINO DESIGN Studio 44, Chalcot Rd, NW1 8LS 020 7419 1774 Mon–Fri 10.00–17.00

BESIDE THE WAVE 41 Chalcot Rd, NW1 8LS 020 7722 4161 M–Sa 10.00–18.00 Su 11.00–16.00

Food & Drink Shops NICOLAS WINE SHOP 67 Regent’s Park Rd, NW1 8XA 020 7722 8576 M–Th 10.00–21.00 F–Sa 10.00–22.00 Su 11.00–21.00 LA PETITE POISSONNERIE 75a Gloucester Ave, NW1 8LD 020 7483 4435 Tu–Sa 09.30–19.30 Su 10.30–17.30 MELROSE & MORGAN 42 Gloucester Ave, NW1 8JD 020 7722 0011 M–Sa 08.00–19.00 Su 09:00–17.00 BOTTLE APOSTLE 172 Regent’s Park Rd, NW1 8XN 020 3805 5577 M–F 11.00–20.00 Sa 10.00–20.00 Su 10.00–18.00

Specialist ADAM SIMMONDS 87 Regent’s Park Rd, NW1 8UY 020 7813 1234 M–Sa 10.00–18.00 Th 10.00–19.00 PRIMROSE HILL PETS 132 Regent’s Park Rd, NW1 8XL 020 7483 2023 M 09.30–18.30, Tu–Sa 09.00–18.00 Su 11.00–17.00 RUTH KAYE DESIGN 67 Gloucester Ave, NW1 8LD 020 7722 7227 M–Sa 09.30–17.30 By appointment only

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GALLERY 196 196 Regent’s Park Rd, NW1 8XP (orange door) 020 7722 0438 M–Su 10.00–18.30

KETURAH BROWN 85 Regent’s Park Rd, NW1 8UY 020 7586 0512 M–F 10.30–18.00 Th 10.30–18.30 Sa 10.00–18.00 Su 13.00–18.00


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ROSE & NORTH FINANCIAL PLANNING & WEALTH MANAGEMENT 142 Gloucester Ave, NW1 8JA 0203 627 6297 M–F 10.0017.00







FITZROY’S FLOWERS 77 Regent’s Park Rd, NW1 8UY 020 7722 1066 M–Sa 09.00–18.30 Su 10.00–17.00 PRIMROSE HILL DENTAL 61a Regent’s Park Rd, NW1 8XD 020 7722 0860 / 07845 0088 240 M, W, F 09.00–17.00 Tu, Th 09.00–20.00 Sa 09.00–13.00




SEW MUCH FUN 46 Chalcot Rd, NW1 8LS 020 7722 9889 M–F 11.00–18.00 Sa 10.00–17.00

ANNA 126 Regent’s Park Rd, NW1 8XL 020 7483 0411 M–Sa 10.00–18.00 Su 12.00–18.00 PAMELA SHIFFER 75 Regent’s Park Rd, NW1 8UY 020 7483 4483 M–Sa 10.00–18.00 Th 10.00–19.00 Su 12.00–18.00

Community PRIMROSE HILL COMMUNITY CENTRE 29 Hopkinson’s Place, Fitzroy Rd, NW1 8TN 020 7586 8327

PRIMROSE HILL SURGERY 99 Regent’s Park Rd, NW1 8UR 020 7722 0038 M–W 09.00–18.00 Th 09.00–12.30 F 09.00–18.00

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PRIMROSE HILL COMMUNITY LIBRARY Sharples Hall St, NW1 8YN 020 7419 6599 M 10.00–18.00 W 13.00–19.00 F 10.00–18.00 Sa 10.00–16.00 POST OFFICE 91 Regent’s Park Rd, NW1 8UT M–Su 06:00–22:00

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Primrose Hill EATS

Kale Curry Embrace the onset of autumn with this fragrant vegan curry that is perfect for an easy week-night supper. Creamy and comforting, it’s perfect with basmati rice or served alongside roast chicken. Whether you eat the chilli garnish depends on how brave you are feeling! For those who cannot imagine curry without a beer, Bottle Apostle provide some ingenious pairings. 1. Grind the desiccated coconut, cumin seeds and mustard seeds to a fine powder using a coffee grinder or pestle and mortar. Set aside. 2. Melt 2 tsp of coconut oil in a heavy medium-sized pan, then fry the garlic, pine nuts, chilli powder and turmeric for a few minutes on a medium heat. 3. Add the kale and the sultanas, turn the heat down to low, put a lid on and sweat the kale for a few minutes. 4. Add half a cup of water, the maple syrup and the coconut milk and stir through. Next add the ground coconut mixture and stir through again, then simmer for about five minutes. 5. Meanwhile heat up ½ cup of coconut oil in a small frying pan and fry the ginger sticks until golden. Drain on kitchen paper and set aside.


My Pr OM Hill Kiimrose tchen

Ingredients (serves 1–2) • A big bunch of kale, spines removed • ½ cup of coconut milk (the thick cream only) • A handful of pine nuts • A handful of sultanas • 2 tsp coconut oil • 1 tsp maple syrup • ½–1 tsp chilli powder • ¼ tsp turmeric • ¼ cup desiccated coconut • 1 tsp mustard seeds • 1 tsp cumin seeds • 1 clove of garlic, peeled and minced Garnishes • ½ cup coconut oil • 2–3 fresh mild red chillies • ½ tsp mustard seeds • 1 thumb-size piece of fresh ginger, cut into matchsticks

6. Tip out most of the hot oil into a ceramic bowl (you can use it again) and put the pan back on the heat. Add the mustard seeds and chillies and fry for a couple of minutes. 7. Put the kale into a bowl or on plates, tip the fried mustard seeds, chillies and oil over the top and garnish with the fried ginger.

Beer pairings from Bottle Apostle Partizan Lemongrass Saison (3.8%, 330ml, £2.50) Five Points XPA (4%, 330ml, £2.10) Yeastie Boys Anticipation Japanese Rice Beer (5.4%, 330ml, £2.50) (see Marketplace for more details)


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