February Newsletter : Street Fair, lots from the council, Elders and some sad news

Alma Street Fair 2023 

We’ve had the second planning meeting for the Fair, which is going to be held on Sunday 9 July.  Much of it will be familiar to you, but there will be some changes in response to feedback from earlier years.  There will be no main stage in front of the old Crimea pub, but the three other stages (acoustic, Dig It and MAP) will be at the three edges of the site.  We hope to have a central area for food and drink, with more space to sit.  We hope to have all the usual stalls including, we hope, more vegetarian and vegan food.  

Later on we will be contacting everyone who has volunteered to help in previous years, and hope to get more offers from newer residents.  There will be more information about this a bit nearer the time, as well as details of how to book a stall, how to perform etc. 

We are particularly looking for volunteers to organise or to help with a children’s area – and indeed to get involved with planning the fair.  Our next meeting will be on the evening of Monday 27 March – let us know if you want more details. 

Conversion of Inkerman Road electric vehicle charging point to be for local residents only  

From Camden Council: 

We are writing to inform you of the Council’s proposal to dedicate the parking space opposite 41 Inkerman Road to electric vehicle charging only for CA-L permit holders. 

You can respond by email to: evcpdedication@camden.gov.uk  Please note that you must provide your postal address in order for your views to be considered. Please ensure any comments are received by 16/03/2023. 

And from Veolia: 

Camden’s Garden Waste Collection Service 
Signup for our garden waste collection service starting 1 April 2023. A 12-month subscription, which runs from 1 April 2023 until 31 March 2024, costs £75. We also offer a 9-month service for £60, which runs from 1 April 2023 until 30 November 2023 and includesMarch 2024.

As part of the service,we will collect three 80L bags or a 240L bin every week on your normal recycling collection day. You can also share containers with your neighbours to help spread the cost and save space.  To find outmore and sign up visit thelinkbelow. 
Sign up here 
Great British Spring Clean 
The Great British Spring Clean returns on 17 March and runs until 2 April2023.
CamdenCouncil and Veolia are supporting local cleanups by providing litterpickers, recycling & rubbish bags and waste collections. If you would like to arrange an event please completethisformFor more informationvisit the link below. 
Find out more here 

Training opportunities for Camden residents – from Camden

LIFT supports Camden residents into vacancies and training linked to Tech, Digital, Creative production and Life sciences growth sectors 

The aim is to target local Camden residents, with particular focus on groups from diverse backgrounds, women, and residents who identify as having a disability, and support them to upskill and secure good and sustainable employment which reflects their interests and aspirations. 

We can support you by providing the following to your clients and caseloads: 

· Insight sessions on a variety of roles within the Tech and Digital industries. 

· Short entry-level courses to equip residents with the skillset and knowledge to embark on employment journey 

· High-quality internships and apprenticeships 

· Enterprise programmes to support you start and grow your business, secure funding and find affordable workspace 

· Wrap around employability support through a dedicated community engagement officer and your Job Hub Advisor 

· Events such as opportunities fairs, employer visits, and networking events 

If you would like more information or to join LIFT, please email Community Engagement Officer ; Cina Aissa – Cina.Aissa@Camden.gov.uk 

Independent Elders of IARA

Our next meeting will be at 12 noon at The Grafton on Tuesday 14 March.  All welcome for good conversation, coffee or something stronger, more updates.  No age limit, up or down!  

And this might interest some, again from Camden: 

Could you share your home with someone that needs support?

Shared Lives placement is different and the support you provide will depend on you and your life, and the person that you want to share your home with.
You do not need any qualifications as our carers comes from all different walks of life and join Shared Lives. All we ask is that you have a spare room.
We offer extensive training, lots of support and a generous package of around £25,000.

To find out more please click here or email sharedlives@camden.gov.uk 

She had lived in Alma St for many, many years. and she was an interesting and delightful woman.  She used to work for Air France and  travelled into the office by bicycle, 

Sad news
Those of you on the WhatsApp group already know that Sigrid, very long-term resident in Alma St, died on Friday night.   

initially into the West End and then, right up until she retired, to their new offices in Chiswick!  She was very keen on gardening, including in the street and won an award from  

Canden for her efforts.   

She also campaigned for and paid for the preservation of the pub sign outside the Crimea Pub and agitated successfully for the street lights to be changed from a modern  

design to something slightly more appropriate for the area. 

Her health declined over many years and she was ultimately housebound. 

We will circulate details of any funeral arrangements that we are informed of. 

More generally: 

To keep in the loop: if you want to join the very active WhatsApp group with 166 local members – please let us know your name, address and phone number.  And remember there are subgroups for dog lovers, local history, gardening, theatre going, and for sustainability ideas and action.   

And all previous emails are on the website with local news and with lots of information- about the history of the local area, walk suggestions.   https://www.inkermanresidents.org.uk/ 

D & D