August – Notice of a friendly, low key Summer general meeting on 4 September

Dear Members

It’s August (though you wouldn’t know it from the weather) and we know many of you are away, but here are a few things for your interest – and a couple of requests.

1. Notice of a General Meeting – Monday 4 Sept 7pm at The Grafton, Prince of Wales Rd

The next general meeting of IARA is to get people together for an update on some of what’s going on in the neighbourhood, and to get your ideas for any future activities.

This will include:

  • A brief introduction to the Highline project (a crowd funded initiative to build a new park – King’s X to Kentish Town on old disused railways)

  • Kentish Town Neighbourhood Forum – what’s happened since the referendum

  • Kentish Town Christmas lights

  • Police matters

  • The Raglan Estate – ideas for making it better

The meeting will be in the upstairs bar (buy a drink downstairs and bring it up)

2. Paid companion wanted 1 – 2 evenings pw

We have a request from Ruth, the niece of an elderly resident. She is looking for a responsible adult to sit with her aunt, who suffers from extreme anxiety and cannot bear being left in the home unattended. She also has memory problems.

She has a companion who lives in the home but would like a couple of evenings out during the week. Ideally she would like to be out for 3 hrs from 7-10 or 6-9 pm. The aunt needs someone who would be prepared to play games on her iPad with her or watch tv with her. No meds have to be given and no personal care is required, it is just company she needs. You would need a DBS check for working with a vulnerable adult (and Ruth would arrange and pay for that if necessary)

The pay is £12 an hour. If you are interested, please contact Ruth

3. Room to let?

A young woman teacher who is due to start work at a local school in early September is urgently looking for affordable accommodation. If you can help, please reply to this email and we can put you in touch.

4. Post office relocation

This is the reply we have had to our letter about downsizing the Post Office:

please be assured that if the move goes ahead, the Post Office will be carefully integrated into the store ensuring there is enough space for both Post Office and retail customers and easy access to our services. I understand that there are plans to increase the floor space within the new premises by utilising a current store area at the back of the shop.

I can also clarify that the range of Post Office products and services will remain the same as at present, as will the number of counter positions, i.e. five.

We are very conscious of the impact queuing can have on customer satisfaction and will work with the operator to ensureadequate staff coverage to meet customer needs, particularly at peak times. Additionally, on an ongoing basis, we will monitor that the level of service continues to meet the high standards we expect at any of our branches.”

5. Raglan Street Gardens

Work on the wall in Raglan Street is finally over, the hoardings are down, and Robert (with a bit of help from other residents) is doing great work replanting the community flowerbeds there. Camden have given us some money to buy replacement plants, and many of these are now in place. Some residents have kidly donated plants. Sadly, one or two plants have been vandalised. The police Safer Neighbourhoods Team have agreed to keep any eye on the area, and if you see anything dodgy going on please let them know

6. Changes to C2 bus route

Some of us are not happy about the fact that the C2 bus, which used to go down to Piccadilly and Victoria, now stops at Regent Street. If you want to give feedback there’s an online comments form at

7. Jose Nava

People may know Jose Nava the artist who lived in Holmes Road for many years. He was a striking figure and had a warm presence and sense of humour. We are sad to report that he has died and there is an obituary in this week’s Camden New Journal – although we cannot find it onliine. This link gives a good flavour of Jose:

or Google him for some of his pictures.