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.

Anti-Social Behaviour at Primrose Hill

People sitting on Primrose Hill
People sitting on Primrose Hill

Police have noted an increase in parties and loud music occurring at Primrose Hill at nights in recent months. This has also been happening at other parks across London.

A videocall was held with local residents and police to discuss what can be done to reduce anti-social behaviour.

Among the options discussed was the possibility of installing lockable gates to Primrose, that would be locked at night to reduce the number of people getting into the park. The Royal Parks, who manage Primrose Hill, will also be putting up signs asking people to act responsibly.

http://camdennewjournal.com/article/park-may-be-locked-up-at-night-as-loud-parties-on-primrose-hill-continue

Hampstead swans: the latest installment

As you may be aware, the Camden New Journal has been following a pair of newly-mated swans at Hampstead Heath, both with sad back stories (search previous posts for more details).

Well, the story continues …

Having successfully hatched some cygnets (CNJ, 01 June 2020), “the Widow” was attacked by a dog (CNJ, 23 July 2020). She was taken to The Swan Sanctuary and treated for her wounds, and closely watched for signs of infection.

She made a good recovery, and was happily re-united with her family (CNJ, 04 August 2020) .

The City of London, who manage the Heath, have fenced off the area near where the swan was attacked, and have increased the barriers around the dog swim area.

Snapshot of lives during lockdown

London photographer Ruth Corney has published a book of photographs, Two Metres, documenting the people of Camden during lockdown. It is described in this article in the Camden New Journal.

http://camdennewjournal.com/article/snapshot-of-lives-in-lockdown

All proceeds from the sale of the book are being donated to charity. More images, and the book itself, can be found on her website:

http://www.ruthcorney.com/projects/two-metres/

Job opportunities at Camden Council

Please see below a list of job opportunities at Camden Council. The Council is keen for local residents to work in these positions as far as possible. Click on the links for more information.

Programme Manager M&E
https://camdengov.referrals.selectminds.com/togetherwearecamden/jobs/programme-manager-mechanical-and-electrical-1729

M&E PPM Manager
https://camdengov.referrals.selectminds.com/togetherwearecamden/jobs/mechanical-and-electrical-ppm-manager-1722

Property and Investment Officer
https://camdengov.referrals.selectminds.com/togetherwearecamden/jobs/property-and-investment-officer-1720

Quantity Surveyor
https://camdengov.referrals.selectminds.com/togetherwearecamden/jobs/quantity-surveyor-1721

Energy Efficiency Officer
https://camdengov.referrals.selectminds.com/togetherwearecamden/jobs/energy-efficiency-officer-1727

Energy Performance Manager
https://camdengov.referrals.selectminds.com/togetherwearecamden/jobs/energy-performance-manager-1726

Programme Manager – Housing
https://camdengov.referrals.selectminds.com/togetherwearecamden/jobs/programme-manager-housing-1725

Contract Resourcing Team Leader
https://camdengov.referrals.selectminds.com/togetherwearecamden/jobs/contract-resourcing-team-leader-1724

Programme Manager – fire safety and complex schemes
https://camdengov.referrals.selectminds.com/togetherwearecamden/jobs/programme-manager-fire-safety-and-complex-schemes-1719

Consultation Manager
https://camdengov.referrals.selectminds.com/togetherwearecamden/jobs/consultation-manager-1723

Project Manager
https://camdengov.referrals.selectminds.com/togetherwearecamden/jobs/project-manager-1730

On This Day – 7 July 2005

Coronavirus – Further easing of restrictions

With a gradual reduction in the number of new Covid-19 cases, the Government has announced a further easing of restrictions in England to take effect from Saturday 04 July.

  • Two-metre social distancing reduced to “one metre plus” if other precautions are in place.
  • Restaurants, pubs & hairdressers can re-open if they meet COVID Secure guidelines.
  • Cinemas, galleries, museums, libraries, and community centres can all re-open if they can do so safely.
  • Hotels, B&Bs, caravan parks, etc. can re-open, so people can go for holidays within England.
  • Two separate households can meet up in any social setting with social distancing, so, for example, grandparents can meet their grandchildren (though maybe not all at once).
  • Different rules apply in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, so check the rules there before planning any longer journeys.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/pm-announces-easing-of-lockdown-restrictions-23-june-2020

There are still some things closed:

  • Indoor gyms are still closed.
  • Swimming pools are still closed.
  • Nightclubs, etc are still closed.
  • Theatres cannot have live performances, but it seems that they could show televised performances to a live audience.

Remember to wash your hands frequently, don’t cough or sneeze on anyone, and wear a face covering on public transport.

Local History – the St Pancras Rent Strike of 1960

Those with a bit of spare time on their hands might be interested in this documentary covering the St Pancras Rent Strike of 1960.

A new council elected in 1959 for the borough of St Pancras (Camden Council didn’t exist yet) planned to drastically increase council tenant rents. Naturally, many council tenants objected. They formed tenants associations, and started withholding rent when the rent increases came into effect.

The dispute went on for most of 1960. Although ultimately unsuccessful, the rent strike did lead to the formation of many tenants associations, and arguably laid the groundwork for the system of tenant participation that we have today.