Happy Diwali

Tomorrow is the major Hindu festival of Diwali, the festival of lights. For most Hindus, the day is the third day of a five-day celebration, celebrating the victory of light over darkness and of knowledge over ignorance. The highlight for many is the Lakshmi Puja, a festival to the goddess Lakshmi, the goddess of prosperity, although other gods may also be honoured.

People celebrate by lighting lamps and putting up decorations, setting off fireworks, visiting family, giving gifts, and eating special sweets.

Diwali Lamps and Rangoli
Diwali Lamps and Rangoli

The time of Diwali is also sacred for Sikhs, who celebrate the day as Bandi Chhor Divas, the “Day of Liberation”. On this day, the Sikh Guru Hargobind was released from prison by the Mughal Emperor Jahangir.

Sikh Golden Temple in Amritsar
Sikh Golden Temple in Amritsar

Making Green Come True

With rising fuel costs and changing climate, there is more and more talk of making homes more energy efficient. But what does that mean in practice? And how will it happen?

Fuel Poverty Action are hosting a half-day online conference on Saturday 05 December to discuss various issues around “Green Housing”.

FREE Basic Computer Skills

The Sidings Community Centre (West Hampstead/Kilburn) is running FREE basic computer skills teaching. Items covered include:

  • Using Email
  • Using Google Maps
  • How to move photos from a camera or mobile phone to computer
  • Using Google Photos to back up photos
  • Making Video Calls

If you or anyone you know could benefit from this, please read this poster:

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Shanah Tovah

Rosh Hashanah

This weekend marks the Jewish celebration of Rosh Hashanah, the New Year celebration in the Jewish calendar, and the start of a holy period leading up to Yom Kippur.

The Jewish community has long had, and continues to have, a significant presence in the Borough, and they have made many contributions to London. Although activities have been disrupted by COVID, in Camden there are:

To the Jewish community we wish Shanah Tovah, or Happy New Year.

Open House 2020

St Pancras London
St Pancras

The annual Open House festival allows people to view interesting buildings around London that are not normally open to the public, or that you might not have heard about.

https://openhouselondon.open-city.org.uk/

This year’s event will be a bit different.

Instead of being just one weekend, the festival will go from 19 September to 27 September. There will be events, online events, booked tours, self-guided walks, and many more. The main Open House weekend will be 19 & 20 September.

Events in Camden include:

  • Self-guided tours around Camden (both walking & cycling)
  • Guided tour of Somers Town
  • Edwardian Art & Architecture tour in Bloomsbury
  • St George’s Church, Bloomsbury Way
  • Shaftesbury Theatre , Shaftesbury Avenue
  • St Pancras Chambers & Clock Tower, St Pancras Station, Euston Road
  • Hampstead Friends Meeting House, 120 Heath Street
  • Acland Burghley School, Burghley Road
  • Fitzroy Park Allotments
  • Warehouse refurbishment, 9 Jeffrey’s Place
  • Photographic exhibition at Pushkin House, Bloomsbury Square
  • Bloomscape online event run by John Birkbeck School of Arts

Camden Pop-Up Business School

Opportunity forwarded on from Camden Council:

Camden Council logo
Camden Council logo

Camden Pop-Up Business School – StartUp

The Pop up Business School (PUBS) is an alternative to traditional business start-up support and aims to work in specific communities to teach people how to start a business without borrowing money and without a formal business plan.

We’ve partnered with the popular PopUp Business School to help would-be start-ups in Camden to get their ideas off the ground. If you’re a Camden resident looking to start your own business – sign up to the free live online course.

When: 7th September to 18th September

How to sign-up: https://www.popupbusinessschool.co.uk/camden-startup

We have a small number of in-person places at the Highgate Centre which will be reserved for Camden residents who do not have digital access – contact EconomicDevelopment@camden.gov.uk, inserting ‘Camden Pop-Up Business School’ as the subject title.

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Stagetext – Making culture accessible for the hard of hearing

Stagetext is a registered charity which provides captioning and live subtitling services to theatres and other arts venues to make their activities accessible to people who are d/Deaf, deafened or hard of hearing.

It was established in May 2000 by Peter Pullan, Merfyn Williams and Geoff Brown, each of whom had varying types of deafness and a determination to improve access to the performing arts for all deaf, deafened and hard of hearing people.

Stagetext is a National Portfolio Organisation of the Arts Council England.

To see what’s on in London, click on the link below. However, with events being done remotely at the moment, why not also explore what else is on around the country?

http://www.stagetext.org/

Many Shops re-open

As of yesterday, 15 June 2020, many non-essential shops have started to re-open in England. We welcome the gradual relaxation of lockdown restrictions. However, we remind all of our members to remember:

  • Wear a face covering at all times on public transport.
  • Try to maintain social distancing of 2 metres (6 feet) at all times wherever possible.
  • Consider wearing a face covering at other times when out and when you can’t social distance (e.g. in a crowd).
  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • If you are over 70 or have other health conditions, still be very careful about protecting yourself – you really don’t want to get sick.
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Places of worship are also starting to re-open for private prayer only. Many churches and gurdwaras will start to re-open, but mosques, synagogues and temples will remain closed for now. Check with your local place of worship for more details.

Unfortunately, hairdressers and beauty salons are still closed.

Government Guidance for non-essential retail