Guardian Volunteers Improve Bemerton

On Thursday 12 of June 2014, The Bemerton Estate played host to the Guardian newspaper volunteers for a day of gardening and a residents’ barbeques in the sun. The now annual event saw the volunteers, Bemerton Staff and contributors from Central St Martin’s University transformed the corner on Copenhagen Street and Caledonian Road (in front of Orkney House). Centred on a theme of art and well-being, the volunteers planted a new hedge, built three impressive beds and planted them full of plants donated from the Chelsea Flower show. The day also provided a platform for three Masters Students from Central St Martin’s to present their work with the local community on the Bemerton.

Caledonian Ward Partnership Public Meeting, Tuesday 19 November 2013 at 7pm at Jean Stokes Community Hall, Coatbridge House, Bemerton Estate, N1 ODQ

You’re warmly invited to the forthcoming Caledonian Ward Partnership Public Meeting which will include information gathered from the recent consultation on the Cally Plan, an opportunity for you to hear about the new Bemerton East – West pedestrian route, a progress report on Team Cally ward priorities and a look back at this year’s Cally Festival.

Cally Plan – Next Steps - the purpose of the Cally Plan is to set out a vision for the future of the Cally and the practical steps for achieving this vision. The plan focuses on a stretch of the Caledonian Road from Regent’s Canal north to Pentonville Prison. The meeting will look at the information gathered from this summer’s public consultation on the plan and will outline how it will be implemented over the coming years.

Bemerton East – West Pedestrian Route – the Bemerton East – West Route is a scheme that will provide a pedestrian route from the new developments at Kings Cross Central, through the Bemerton Estate (Perth Green) to Caledonian Road and Thornhill Square to the east. The project was initially identified in the Bemerton Links and Spaces Project.

Team Cally Progress Report - the Cally has seen some significant changes over the last three years, and Team Cally has worked hard to respond to emerging issues and ensure that the Cally community is best placed to adapt and make best use of new opportunities. . There have been many highlights over the life of Team Cally, and this will be an opportunity to reflect on some of them and celebrate how far the neighbourhood has come.

A look back at Cally Festival 2013 - the Cally Festival organisers will present a short film showing the best highlights of this year’s Festival. This will be an opportunity to get your feedback on the festival in preparation for Cally Festival 2014.

Welcoming The Cally bridge to the Cally Road

Thank you to all who came to join us on Saturday afternoon to celebrate the opening of the newly named and newly painted bridge across the Caledonian Road. Deputy Mayor Theresa Debono joined us to release balloons as part of the festivities, alongside Councillors Paul Convery, Rupert Perry and Charlynne Pullen

We are very thankful to Network Rail who have project managed the regeneration of the bridge with the sole aim of benefitting the Caledonian community.

Kennedy’s pub offered their garden and generously prepared a delicious spread and celebratory drinks to enable the community to gather and further mark the occasion.

Bemerton TMO is recruiting Trainee Community Organisers

Trainee Community Organiser x 3

We are recruiting 3 Trainee Community Organisers to introduce an exciting approach to community organising and make real change in our local area.  

Are you passionate about bringing people together, getting people talking, listening to people’s ideas and making your community a better place to live? Do you have a positive and optimistic outlook, and are you open-minded and able to challenge your own and others’ attitudes and assumptions? Then this is the role for you!

The Community Organisers will be employed by Locality and hosted locally by Bemerton TMO to work with residents, businesses and groups, in Caledonian Ward of Islington and Bemerton Estate, to develop collective change at the grass roots.

Contract: 51 week fixed term contract with Locality commencing October 2013

Salary: £8.55 per hour

Hours: 30-35 hours per week

Closing Date for Applications: Monday, 19 August 2013 5pm

Interviews will be held on week commencing 16 September 2013

This is an accredited training post leading to a Certificate in the Foundations of Community Organising.  Successful candidates must be able to attend a three day residential training course from 22 – 25 October 2013.

Application is by personal statement and CV by email to:  

This should clearly show how you meet the essential criteria for Trainee Community Organiser as outlined in the Person Specification, including describing your experience and knowledge gained from paid and unpaid work roles.

Please email Chantell Brown for an application pack:

To download an application pack click here

For further information regarding these posts please call:  020 7609 – 8959 

Team Cally Caledonian Ward Partnership Public Meeting Wednesday 26 June 2013 at 7pm Jean Stokes Community Hall, Coatbridge House, Bemerton Estate, N1 ODQ

You’re warmly invited to the forthcoming Team Cally Caledonian Ward Partnership Public Meeting which will include a presentation on the Cally Plan, an opportunity for you to hear about the new arrangements for neighbourhood policing and find out how you can get involved in this year’s Cally Festival.

Cally Plan – We want your feedback

The presentation will allow all interested parties to hear what is being proposed in the ‘Cally Plan’ and will provide an opportunity for you to share your views and ask questions.

The purpose of the Cally Plan is to set out a vision for the future of the Cally and the practical steps for achieving this vision. The plan focuses on a stretch of the Caledonian Road from Regent’s Canal north to Pentonville Prison. The ‘Cally’ has some challenges which the plan seeks to address, as well as a lot of positive aspects that the plan aims to build on.

Learn about how the new arrangements for neighbourhood policing

Neighbourhood policing is an approach that seeks to increase contact between the police and local communities. Following several months of discussion about what the services will be include and the level of policing cover required, the new arrangements for our neighbourhood police teams are due to start on 24 June 2013.

Getting involved in The Cally Festival 2013

The Cally Festival is back on Sunday 8 September 2013 between 12 and 6pm. The Festival is a FREE street celebration of the Caledonian Road’s collection of diverse trade, community and art. This year’s Festival promises to be a great day out with a range of music, food, art, accessories, activities and entertainment on offer.

Volunteers are crucial to the success of the Festival from informing the public about the festival, stewarding, helping set up the equipment, and promoting activities to creating a fun and enjoyable atmosphere in the Cally on the days itself. Anyone can be a volunteer, no experience is necessary and it is a great opportunity to meet people, try something new and be part of a growing community festival.

For more information or to have your say email Mohamed Hammoudan on  or call 0207 609 8959 / 07960670435




Help choose a simple new legend for the Cally Road railway bridge

Option1 – Caledonian Road

Cally Labour Councillors are asking for the public’s opinions on a new sign for the railway bridge which is currently being repainted.

A few weeks ago, Islington Council learned that Network Rail was planning substantial maintenance of the bridge over Caledonian Rd.

A major part of the maintenance involves a complete repaint and this will remove the now faded “Ferodo” name.

Network Rail intends to paint the bridge in a bright blue – as they have already done at Camden Road.

Their plans have moved quickly. The maintenance work is already underway with half the road width blocked by scaffolding and one-way traffic working.

Option 2 – Cally Road


In the past fortnight, Team Cally and Islington Council have reached an agreement with Network Rail to permit a new legend on the bridge to create a new landmark sign on the bridge.

Because time is short we need to keep this simple.

Cllr Paul Convery says “Many people have a soft spot for the old sign. The name “Ferodo” has been a landmark on the Cally Road for decades. But it’s days are clearly numbered. It is, after all, an advertisement for a brake linings company that went bust in 2001.

“Many things are turning around on the Cally these days. We have the annual Cally Festival now well established, a Saturday street market, new businesses opening up, road safety measures and a programme of environmental improvements on our high street. It makes sense to paint a new legend on the bridge that reflects the renewed sense of identity for the Cally.”

Option 3 – The Cally


Three possible legends are illustrated in the pictures. Please let the local Councillors know which you think would suit best.

Contact them with your opinions or ideas by email at or send a text to 07768-117120. They will be taking a decision within the next 5 days.

Indeed if you have a better idea for a simple sign, please let them know.

The three modelled suggestions are: