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.

Revived Cally Market – Sat 15 Nov

Cally Market - 2012 2

ITS BACK!!! Join us and local traders at the revived Cally Market as we move to the new site on Tilloch Street next to Kennedy’s Pub. Paul O’Brian from Sun Flour Bakery has worked with Bemerton and Team Cally to get the market running again. Come and see what what you think as we run in the lead up until Christmas. For a stall email and for all other matters concerned with market call Sam on 0207 609 8959 or email See you there!

Make the Most of Your Money

Learn all the tricks about being cash savvy with FIT Money. If you are living in social housing in the Caledonian Ward then you could be quids in after spending 3 hours with these cash clever folk. Give your finances a make over ready for Christmas by increasing your income and reduce your costs with a FREE 3 hour course. Thursday 30 October between 11-2pm at the Hugh Cubitt Centre on Collier Street. To find out more click here FIT MONEY PEABODY WORKSHOPS 30 October. Don’t forget to book a place. Look forward to see you there!!!

Give and Take Event Sunday 12 Oct

Need more space??? How about de-cluttering and have the opportunity of trading up some unwanted items. Come along and find out more at the Give and Take day at Jean Stokes Hall, Sunday 12 October 2014 between 11-3pm. You can drop off unwanted items between 11-1pm and collect anything you like the look of after 12pm. Simples!!! For more information please see the poster Give and Take poster- Jean Stokes 12Oct_amended version or visit the website. Certain restrictions apply.

Local Initiative Fund – October 15 Deadline

The deadline for the next round of the Local Initiative Fund is the 15 Oct. Applications are welcome from community groups in the Caledonian Ward. Most applications are between £1,000 – £2,000. The fund is allocated by local Councillors and is used for activities and improvements in the area. Decisions will be made on 20 Oct 2014. The next deadline is the 5 December 2014. Full details and applications forms can be found on the website .

Caledonian Ward Meeting Sept 2014 – Standing Room Only


Cllr Paul Convery at Ward Partnership Meeting Sept 2014


People just kept arriving, until it was standing room only at the last Caledonian Ward Partnership meeting, chaired by Cllr Paul Convery, with fellow Councilors Cllr Rupert Perry and Cllr Una O’Halloran. Speakers were Kate Kelly, from Islington Giving, who is running a project looking at uptake of youth opportunities, Jonathan Gibb from the Council Planning department, who updated everyone on the Cally Plan, and Sam from Team Cally who got feedback on the latest Cally Festival. The meeting was a lively exchange between speakers and the public. As you can imagine it was a mix of local issues and national policy. Cllr Convery took business from the floor which covered local issues from littering and recycling, pavements, crime and policing, housing issues and the investments going in to the Cally Pool. A report of the meeting and presentations are below.

(2014.09.10) Caledonian Ward Partnership Meeting – Report of meeting

The Cally Plan – Update by Jonathen Gibb

Cally Festival 2014 – Presentation to Ward Partnership Meeting

Next meeting of the Caledonian Ward Partnership will be 11 February 2015 – ALL WELCOME