Business Survey Launched with £150 Support Prize

Powered by the drive to create a Community Economic Plan for the Cally, businesses are asked identify changes required to launch the district as a shopping area over 2016! If you run a business and you’ve missed the postal and web survey, download and return the questionnaire here (2016.02.01) Business Survey v4. The Cally is proud to be an independent high street with around 110 local businesses operating at any one time. This means taking co-ordinated action to marshal change is possible and the only way to improve the area for everyone.  This survey is the final piece of research phase for the Community Economic Plan. Funds from the DCLG have paid for mystery shoppers to visit local businesses, high street consultants to take a ‘snapshot’, research into the Cally Market, and for a partnership project with London Metropolitan University to question local shoppers. The conclusions will be developed into an action plan where businesses can make concrete changes.  Businesses need to return their surveys by 21 February in order to win up to £150 in business support that will help them maximise their impact on the business, environment and community.

November Business Newsletter Now Out

The latest business newsletter has been circulated to companies on the Cally Road between the Cally pool and the Cally Bridge. Please download your copy at the link below. In summary:

We welcome new police sergeant to the neighbourhood, Sgt. Eddie Joseph, after Marcel Baker left the area. He’ll be doing a walk about to meet businesses on Thursday 19th Nov; get in touch if you want to speak to him.

The Festive Lights reached its target; thanks to the principal sponsor, London Square, and to all the other businesses and volunteers who made that happen. There will be a switch on event on Saturday 28th November to kick of a traditionally busy time of year for retail. Cllr Convery will be master of ceremonies and we want to see as much publicity as possible do please download the poster and display it in your premises Cally Christmas Local Poster v3.

A grant has been approved to write a Community Economic Plan  Clare Richmond Associates is helping with the programme and wants to talk to local businesses. We will be surveying shoppers and local residents on Thursday 12 November. A mystery shopping exercise will be organised for later in the month and you can opt out by getting in touch with Team Cally in the usual way by emailing

If you are interested in making the area safer please speak to who is organising local businesses who want to register their premises to create a refuge for people who are feeling they are in danger or vulnerable.

The full newsletter can be downloaded by clicking (2015.09) Team Cally Newsletter v6 (PDF document).


Team Cally Transfers to New Office

Team Cally has been working in the Caledonian ward since 2009, based in the Bemerton housing office. Housing services on the Bemerton Estate are now being directly provided by Islington Council. As part of these changes, the council is pleased to be hosting Team Cally to ensure it continues to deliver community and economic regeneration to local residents across the ward. Team Cally delivers the Ward Partnership for the council and is the force behind the Cally Festival and the Cally Market, and has worked with local schools, businesses and residents to improve all the Caledonian area for everyone. Forthcoming projects that local residents can be a part of include an initiative to improve local people’s health. You can get in touch directly with Team Cally at Islington Town Hall or by calling 0207 527 7816

Run a Successful Business at a Market near You

FREE training for Islington residents to get business skills. Participants will gain all the skills fundamental to running a successful business with trainer Jan Glockner. Experienced in running market stalls, Jan will provide intensive coaching over 4 sessions before they get a month of free trading at the Cally Market where they can test their ideas to real shoppers risk free. If you want to gain skills but not focus on a market stall, that is not a problem. Work through your own busClick on the poster for more information, or to book your place get in touch with Sam on or call 0207 609 8959. The course has been part funded by Bemerton TMO, Islington Council and The Guinness Partnership.

(2015.08.04) Market Business Poster

Caledonian Ward Partnership Meeting – 11 Feb 2015

The next Caledonian Ward Partnership Meeting is 7pm on Wed 11 Feb 2015, at All Saints Church on Carnegie Street N1 9QW.

The Caledonian Ward Partnership is working together to improve the community. If you are active in the area whether as an individual or an organisation then you will be very welcome to attend. This meeting is the place where local people and agencies meet, understand and influence local services.

There are some big changes in the neighbourhood. What is going on??? Decorative lights are being install to illuminate the Cally Bridge, not only to make people feel safer but to make a statement about the area. Complementing this, new cycle racks are to be installed, and artists are being sourced to design them. Furthermore, a clampdown to reduce the waste dumped by householders on the high street is to take place.The Council has agreed to pilot a new scheme that will stop tonnes of waste being dumped and causing a nuisance. All this, the Ward Improvement Plan and Local Councillors Paul Convery, Rupert Perry and Una O’Halloran will be present. It will be a chance to voice your views directly and participate in local decision that affect you and your neighbourhood. Look forward to see you there!!! For more information about the Caledonian Ward Partnership click here or see the Team Cally website click here. For any other enquiry please contact Sam Rowe on or call 0207 609 8959.


Congratulations to Bemerton Volunteer


Congratulations to Patsy who started a new job this week. Patsy was attending the Job Club run in collaboration with the Guardian. Bemerton TMO offered her some work experience to refresh her skills and the placement was a fantastic success. While at the TMO she took on the running of the Job Club and proved herself to be very capable. Patsy now goes on to full time employment with a local company where she will undoubtedly be an asset with a new set of skills and a fresh reference, all from her time with the TMO. We wish you all the best for your new role.


Amazing Creative, Media and Digital Opportunities for Young People

There are some fantastic opportunities for young people at the Roundhouse, which have just been advertised. Roundhouse offers courses in all sorts of media and digital areas.

  • Opportunities to be part of Roundhouse Rising 2015 (our festival of new music) as musicians, DJs, broadcasters, bloggers and more
  • Workshops in magic, comedy and festival producing
  • Chances to make animations and documentary films for a major theatre production
  • A free fast track training programme in live TV broadcast and post production. We make sure all our projects are equally accessible, supportive and collaborative and are at a low cost. A bursary scheme is also available should costs be an issue. If you’d like print brochures or posters feel free to contact me. Or if you’d like to find out more about the Roundhouse’s work with young people, please do get in touch.

For more details see their website . Bursaries are available


We Wish You a Cally Christmas


The Christmas season has well and truly arrived. And in true Cally style a couple of hundred people joined Cllr Convery to officially switch on the lights up and down the Cally Road. There were arts and crafts activities for young people; sausage rolls and mince pies; mulled wine for adults and drinks (provided by Iceland) for the kids; a grotto for local kids to meet Santa; vintage, craft and produce stalls at the Cally Market and music courtesy of local legend Dave Elvis and a cappella group The Refrains. This year’s appeal to local businesses had been really successful and had raised a grand total of £4,360. Many thanks to the local businesses who sponsored us listed below. The atmosphere on Tilloch Street was made all the more festive by Rachel and the lovely helpers from Kings Cross Church and students from Central St Martins’ who need particular thanks for all their work behind the scenes in making the space look amazing. More photos of the event can be seen on the Cally Ward facebook page.

Thanks to our sponsors: Caledonian Joinery, Cally Pets, Cast Iron Radio & Recordings, Chessabrook Ltd, Hammerton Brewery, Igloo, Jolie Rouge, King’s Cross, MMA Consulting Engineers, Mulalley, Optic Realm, Petra Restaurant, Sun Flour Bakery, Tarmon Pub, Telford Homes, Villa Framing, Sir William Crookes Society, William Hill and Yasar Market.


Football under Threat at Barnard Park?

(2014.11.19) Barnard Park

Arsenal in the community is encouraging residents to get involved in a public survey about a possible reduction in the football facilities at Barnard Park. They say that worryingly the survey doesn’t allow a full options and is encouraging people to vote ‘none of the above’ to challenge any reduction in the size of playing fields. The quick on-line consultation is available by clicking here . A spokesman for Arsenal in the Community stated, “We would suggest that the responses to Questions 5 and 11 should be ‘None of them’ and that Question 12 be ‘A full-size 3G regeneration of the current sports pitch footprint for sports activities,’ and for Question 22 ‘Options including a full renovation of the sports pitch footprint should have been included in this consultation.” The consultation closes on the 30 November 2014 and full information is available from Islington Council’s website.