13 June Update

Not the Alma Street Fair but there’s a lot happening on 21 June (Sunday week)  

As you may remember, 21 June would have been the 2020 Alma Street Fair.  🙁

On that day, the IARA website will be featuring film clips from past years – including a lovely new compilation Jeff has made, covering some of the fairs from 2009 to 2018. Paul will also be tweeting links every half hour or so during the day – The Alma St Fair twitter account is @AlmaStreetFair.

On the same day, Ryland Road is inviting musicians from other streets to join them for the “Fête de la Musique” coming to Rue de Ryland on Sunday 21 June.


The Fête de la Musique is an annual music celebration that takes place each year on 21 June. The first all-day musical celebration on the day of the summer solstice was originated by Jack Lang, Minister of Culture of France, in Paris in 1982. Fête de la Musique’s purpose is to promote music. Amateur and professional musicians are encouraged to perform in the streets.

Music Day UK is the name for the British component of the annual celebrations, and it’s also the organisation that has been coordinating UK events since 2012: https://makemusicday.co.uk/

Sooooo… in Ryland road they thought it would be nice to have our very own Music Day. For now it’s a Save The Date on Sunday 21 June from 2.30pm to 5.30pm, and it’s a Think If And How You’d Like To Take Part and play/bring out your ukulele and old tambourine/sing/dance/bake/chat/carry safety barriers. More to come about the warily social distancing in due course.  

Pavement widening on Kentish Town Road

Some of you may have had a letter (we didn’t) telling you about a Camden council response to Covid 19. With some shops re-opening from next week Camden wants to create some wider pavements to facilitate social distancing. This is the summary:

 We are making changes to widen some sections of the pavement on Kentish Town Road to make it easier for you to physically distance from other people in response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

 Work is estimated to start from Friday 12th June 2020

 You can share your comments on these changes via safetravel@Camden.gov.uk     

 You can find out more about these changes on our website https://www.camden.gov.uk/making-travel-safer-in-camden

 Make your suggestion for locations you think need changes via https://camdensafetravel.commonplace.is/  , email or call us using the details above

Free energy saving advice

Groundwork have sent us this, and see flyer attached:

Green Doctors are a team of expert energy advisers who arrange a one-hour phone consultation with residents on their energy use.

With more people at home due to COVID-19, and many people losing their jobs, energy bills are harder to manage for more households. This service helps residents save money and reduce the mental stress of bills at an already stressful time. It also helps residents keep their home comfortable which can improve health conditions which are exacerbated by the cold and damp.

During telephone consultation, the Green Doctor will help residents to:

– save money on their energy bills

– switch energy provider to save money

– access the Priority Services Register

– access the Warm Homes Discount (£ 140 payment)

– apply for grants for energy and water debt

– refer residents to other services for additional support

This is available for FREE for all households in the London Borough of Camden, if they meet one of the following criteria:

  • If they are over 65, or
  • Are on a low income, or
  • Have a long-term health condition or disability
  • Or with children under 5

How to refer?

email GreenDoctorsLDN@groundwork.org.uk,phone 0300 365 3005 (freephone)

Residents Parking Permits – a reminder

Now we’re not using cars much it might be easy to forget to renew a permit (or to use a visitor’s permit). John T has alerted us to noticing a parking penalty notice on a resident’s car, so worth checking when yours ends.

Have you lost your marbles?

A small local mystery. In some houses in Alma Street and Raglan Street we have, over the last couple of years, occasionally found marbles. Sometimes almost buried in the ground, sometimes quite visible. Can anyone throw any light on this rather curious, but pleasing, phenomenon?

Street Gardens

Some of the new street gardens are looking lovely (no thanks to the mean plant thief who took some of the new plants). Hatti from Athlone Street has done a terrific job at the junction of Spring Place and Holmes Road. Gill and David have made a tongue-in-cheek, pop up garden in an empty tree pit in Alma St  – and one of our youngest members, Mair, has created what she calls her “butterfly garden” complete with fairy lights outside her house on the corner of Willes Road and Inkerman.

Hilary also has jam jars to give away for the jam makers among you (so do we!)

One of our members has a brand new Rowing Machine which he does not need.  He is willing to part with it for a reasonable donation to the NHS.  Details from us.   
D & D