Little Village is a charity collecting clothes, toys, and other goods for babies and preschoolers. The Camden hub is in Somers Town, and is run by volunteers. So if you want to donate good quality baby clothes, or donate some of your time, please contact them.
Camden Council run a network of libraries, located around the Borough. You can borrow up to 25 books for three weeks for free. For a fee, you can even have access to items in the British Library.
There are concessions for students and pensioners, and even a visiting library service if you are unable to leave your home.
The next District Management Committee meetings are:
- Kentish Town DMC – Tuesday 17 September
- Camden Town DMC – Wednesday 18 September
- Gospel Oak DMC – Thursday 19 September
- Hampstead DMC – Thursday 26 September
- Holborn DMC – Tuesday 01 October
Link to minutes and agendas can be found here:
This Saturday, 14 September, there will be a free festival at the Ampthill Estate, celebrating 50 years of the Ampthill Estate, and 100 years of Council Housing.
HS2 will be providing an update on the archaeological dig at St James’ Gardens on Wednesday 04 September, from 3 pm to 5 pm, at the Surma Centre, 1 Robert Street. You can also get information on the rest of their works in the area.
Recent news stories in the Camden New Journal have bad news about a couple of big trees in the borough.
Firstly, the large Cedar of Lebanon in West Highgate Cemetery has had to be cut down because of disease. It seems the tree was there before the Cemetery. The Cemetery are looking into replacing it with another large tree.
People are also worried about the “Hardy Tree”, located in the grounds of St Pancras Old Church. The tree was used by a young Thomas Hardy (author of Tess of the d’Urbervilles) to rest gravestones on while clearing graves during the construction of the Midland railway in the 1860s. The gravestones still remain where they were put 150 years ago. But the tree has become infected with a fungus, and it has been fenced off for people’s safety.
Reports in the news indicate that Argent, the developer of the King’s Cross precinct, is using facial recognition technology in the King’s Cross area. This potentially covers all areas developed over the last few years including Granary Square, Coal Drops Yard, office buildings occupied by Facebook, Google and Camden Council, as well as the many residential buildings. Details of exactly where and how it is being used are unknown at the moment.
Concerns have been raised as to how the indiscriminate use of facial recognition technology in a public area complies with people’s rights to privacy and under data protection regulations.
Here is the latest update from HS2 on what is happening on the Regents Park Estate.
Camden Council are running a number of activities over the summer for children and young people.
Dear all, please see below and attached.
Summer activities for children and young people
School’s almost out – and there’s lots of activities on offer for children, young people and families over the summer holidays.
Youth, play and leisure centres across Camden are running packed programmes – and to help young people and their families to find out what’s on we’ve produced a handy guide to summer activities for young people (see attached), as well as the Council’s main Summer Programme.
The Council has also launched a new website for children and young people, called Camden Rise, where local activities, opportunities and support is all brought together in one place in a way that is much easier for young people to find what they’re looking for.
And don’t forget this year’s Camden Summer University, which begins on 25 July. Places are still available on some courses so avoid disappointment and book your free places now.
Find out more:
See our children and young people’s summer activities guide (see attached).
London Borough of Camden