London Irish Centre Redevelopment gets Camden Council approval

The London Irish Centre was formed in 1954 to help the needs of London’s Irish community. It has been in its current Camden Square location since 1955.

Since the beginning, it has had an important role supporting the Irish community in London, providing food and accommodation, cultural activities, and consular support.

Last week they received Camden Council approval for a £18 million redevelopment of the site, to allow them to expand their activities.

londonirishcentre.org

Local residents still have some concerns:

http://camdennewjournal.com/article/irish-centre-gets-the-green-light-for-18-million-overhaul

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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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.

DMC Meetings – March 2020

UPDATE: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Hampstead DMC has been cancelled.

The next round of meetings for the DMCs are:

  • Tuesday 03 March – Kentish Town DMC
  • Wednesday 04 March – Camden Town DMC
  • Thursday 05 March – Gospel Oak DMC
  • Tuesday 10 March – Holborn DMC
  • Thursday 12 March – Hampstead DMC

Camden Council meeting schedule

As always, if you have any issues that you would like to raise, please contact the CASP Committee on casp.committee@yahoo.co.uk or by using the Contact form on this website.

Camden Pop-Up – Think & Do

Camden Think & Do pop-up

We’re getting in touch from Camden Council because we’ve just opened a pop-up ‘think & do’ community space for climate and eco-action in Kentish Town. This is in response to the Citizens’ Assembly recommendation to do more to bring existing community groups together to work on tackling the climate crisis.

The aim of the pop-up is to give people in Camden the chance to take part in, run and grow activities that get people more involved in tackling the climate crisis. From clothes swaps to meals made from surplus veg, there are a variety of events coming up that we’d love you to attend.

Where is the community space and when is it open?

We’re the teal blue building at 315 Kentish Town Rd, Kentish Town, London NW5 2TJ (opposite the library). We’re open every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10am – 8pm now until 7th December.

What is happening at the pop-up?

The 6-week programme of events is being curated and led by Camden residents and community groups. See schedule for the first week below.

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