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:
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.
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.
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.