Summer Newsletter – Alma St Fair

The Alma Street Fair is coming soon!

In fact, it’s only just over 2 weeks away, on Sunday 23 June, from 12 noon to 7 pm.

The Alma Street Fair has always been brilliant because it is a genuine community event.  It is organised and run by us as volunteers working for some months to prepare. 

And we are now asking for volunteers to help on the day: to set up (from 8 am), to act as stewards and programme sellers (you get to wear a hi-vis vest !), and to clear up at the end. Last year we had 50+ volunteers and it was really enjoyable and a great way to meet neighbours. 

We’re also asking for households prepared to provide electricity to a stallholder, especially if you live near the Crimea former pub (we can reimburse reasonable costs).  If you haven’t already been asked, and would like to help with any of this please let us know.

It would also be good if anyone wants to organise any children’s activities on the day – and if your child would like to help be the one to pick winners for the prize draw that would be great too.

Alma Street, Inkerman Road and the bottom of Cathcart will be closed to traffic and cleared of parked cars.  The parking suspension signs for the day should be going up this weekend, asking people to make sure their cars are moved on the 23rd by 6.30 am and not returned until after 9 pm on the 23rd.  The parking suspension also applies to Anglers Lane, but that won’t be closed for residents who need access. 

We have a special request for everyone who can to please move their cars no later than the Saturday evening, the 22nd. Alma Street and Inkerman Road plus the bottom half of Cathcart will all be closed to traffic from 0630 on the Sunday with road barriers in place. It really helps the organisers and de-stresses the set up in the morning if we have no cars on site to worry about. Also, if you think there is a car that has not moved for a while, could you let us know. It is possible the owner is away and we have in the past been able to make contact for the car to be moved by a friend or family member in advance

It should be a great day.  Nearly 100 people have booked stalls (including many of us residents), there’s a great line-up for the three music stages, a new area for food and drink and a sit-down outside the Crimea. There will be beer and wine on sale to raise money to fund the fair, plus lots of food stalls, games, local history, green issues.


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What is the Inkerman Area Residents Association?

To remind established residents and to introduce us to new residents…

The Inkerman Area Residents Association (IARA)  is our local residents’ association. We cover the area bounded to the east by Kentish Town Road, to the south by Prince of Wales Road and to the west and north by the railway lines.

That’s about 10 streets. Prince of Wales, Anglers Lane, Alma, Cathcart, Raglan, Inkerman, Willes, Grafton, Ryland, Holmes and then tiny Perren St and Athlone St.

We started about 50 years ago. We are all volunteers. Anyone who lives here is automatically a member, and you can be involved in the association by coming to meetings and/or joining our ever-growing e-mail group, of over 300 residents, the main way we consult on local issues as they arise (e mail us on to join the group).

In 2021, with lockdown etc we created a WhatsApp group which now has over 212 members and is very lively. Just email us with your name, address and phone number to join.

It is extremely active about local planning and traffic matters as well as too many offers to list:  eg some very good quality furniture, tickets for events, cat food! etc. and requests for help and recommendations for resources and tradespeople as well as answers and offers of help.

And you can join one or more of the other WhatsApp groups:  The Local History Group has 27 members and we are responsible for the Local History section on the IARA website. Introduction to the history pages. The Theatre Goers group has 41 members and they have very successful evenings out together of theatre and sometimes supper. The Dog lovers group has 16 members and is a great exchange of information network. The SustainIARA has 22 members and is working on sharing knowledge of climate mitigation and resilience. Ideas about Green Issues and practical ideas about greening our homes Sustain IARA –  the Inkerman Area Residents Association sustainability group. Information sheet on some local houses.  The Trees and Gardening group of 23 members cares for the street trees and has recently broadened its remit to be an exchange of information and resources for all gardening including window boxes etc.

We play an active part in representing our interests to Camden Council, helping to make this an attractive neighbourhood and a good place to live.

We’ve been involved in major planning and environmental issues, (helping to head off some truly awful planning applications), last year successfully with the hugely noisy and objectionable Beer Garden and also successfully opposing the application by Segro for a warehouse in Grafton Rd.  See some of the recent updates.

The biggest triumph was joining with other local groups to defeat the application by Murphy’s at the top of the High St for a massive over-development – including 19 story tower blocks – blocking the view of the Heath.

In the past we have dealt with endless licensing applications, and with the Kentish Town Baths redevelopment, the French School, gardening schemes. Street parties and IARA meetings and events are a chance to meet neighbours and work out which issues are important for the area.

Past meetings have usually been well attended by residents, local councillors and – when there are particular issues to discuss – relevant council officers.

We have organised the Alma Street Fair most years which is quite a major event. See on this website and if you Google Alma St Fair you can see reports.

As of March 2016 we are now Inkerman Area Residents Association Limited.  ie we have limited liability so that the officers, Chair, Secretary and Treasurer, do not have unlimited liability if we go bust.  Registered office 31 Alma St NW5 3DH  Registered in England No. 10075818.

Welcome to our website

This is the website of the Inkerman Area Residents Association.   See above for information about the Association.

See also the articles reporting local events as well as links to other information about the area.

If you are interested in the history of the area, click on Local History in the column on the right for a series of maps through the years showing how the area was built up on fields.

In Local history there is also a link to the excellent Conservation Area Statement which has a description of all the streets and buildings in the Conservation Area which cover much of The Inkerman Area.

Any comments or suggestions:

Introduction to the history pages

Before we start… please note this part of the website is still being developed. The history notes are available in sequence if you click on the Local History link to the right hand side of the page. And.. these articles are also spread through the main run of articles below. We hope to tidy this… Read more »

Local food and drink etc.

There was / is a posting on this website for our first attempt in 2012 – Local venues and other cultural links 2012. We’ve left it there for historic purposes. ie the Grafton Arms had just be rehabilitated … and the George pub was still going! This is an update in 2024: It is triggered… Read more »

Spring newsletter – Alma Street Fair, Film Quarter, Kentish Town walkabouts, Green issues, crime … and more

The Big Event! The Alma Street Fair 23 June 2024  …  …when local residents and local firms and organisations unite in a one-day event which means we close the streets and have three music stages and dancing and 100+ stalls selling food and drink and lots more.  Stall reservations now open on Eventbrite Volunteer for… Read more »