Update 20 June

Dear Members

First, we wish you a happy summer solstice, and for better times ahead.

Instead of the Alma Street Fair
Tomorrow, 21st June, would have been the Alma Street Fair. Instead, click on the attachment above as a very short introduction, produced by John H – and after that you can revisit past fairs at the Inkerman Residents website where you will find Jeff’s new compilations of Alma Street Fair pictures starting at 2007 and going to 2018, as well as the films you may have already seen from last year https://www.inkermanresidents.org.uk/

And see our last email for details of the music event in Ryland Road tomorrow afternoon.

Possible scams at your front door

Last week we warned about a probable scam involving people coming to the door offering Covid testing allegedly from the Harley Street Clinic – but not in fact. 

Two reports this week of possible scammers – one offering to fix loose roof tiles, and one asking about problems with broadband. The general advice is don’t deal with anyone at the door – if you think you may have a problem, contact a reputable company by phone or via their website, and if you have suspicion of a scam then report it to the police, with as much detail as possible.

Are you a budding artist?
One of our members writes:

Do you know of anyone who is about to embark on an active interest in painting etc? I have, literally, a cupboard full of art materials of all descriptions which I am never going to use again – acrylic paints – partly used tubes but all useable, oil paints (some of which are unopened of ‘artist’ quality), watercolour (in pans), charcoal, chalk, brushes, plates, container boxes, framing system etc. etc. I would like, preferably, to get rid of the lot as a job lot – that not wanted be can taken to the dump) but it’s a case of clearing it all out!”

If you’re interested, let us know and we’ll put you in touch.

And don’t forget, if you’re creating wonderful things during lockdown send us a picture and we’ll include it in a newsletter – and think about an exhibition for when we can get back together properly.

Do you want a 7th storey on the student block in Holmes Road?
If not, you now have until 5 July to comment on the planning application.

65-69 Holmes Road London NW5 3AN
Erection of 7th of roof extension to facilitate the creation of 27 student accommodation rooms (Sui Generis) to existing student accommodationApplication number: 2020/2406/P
Application type: Full Planning Permission
View Application

Anyone under 21 interested in tree planting?

Dilip has sent this:

I am happy to help with applications if anyone local and under 21 is interested in this. We have a few tree pits that need filling ( I’d like to see some fruit trees) and this could be a local initiative. Also spaces for trees in ‘spare bits’ of ground ?

Funding Available for Tree-Planting Projects in UK

Schools and community groups can apply for grants for tree planting projects across the UK, preferably taking place during National Tree Week.

Each November, the Tree Council organises National Tree Week at the start of the tree planting season. Its purpose is to raise public awareness of trees and to encourage tree planting and good management.

Applications are now being accepted from schools, community groups, members of Tree Warden Networks and parish and town councils that want to undertake well-planned tree and hedge planting projects which involve young people aged up to 21.

Projects have to take place this winter (November 2020 – March 2021), preferably during National Tree Week (28 November – 6 December 2020). If funded projects cannot go ahead at any time this winter due to social distancing restrictions related to the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, then the delivery deadline of the grant will be extended to the following year.

This year, the Tree Council will fund 100% of the cost (excluding VAT) of strong applications from £300 to an increased upper limit of £1,500.

The grants can be used for:

  • Buying trees, hedges and fruit trees.
  • Reasonable costs of supports and aids – stakes, ties, cardboard guards (not plastic ones), mulch, fertiliser and peat-free soil amelioration products (only where conditions make this necessary).

Applications are assessed on a rolling basis.”

Let us know if you’re interested.

Meanwhile re tree gardens … in the last update we featured Matt and Mair’s garden on the corner of Alma and Inkerman with a photo.  In future updates we will try and assemble a wider set of photos and credits.  The hollyhocks are currently magnificent!      

IARA WhatsApp Group. 

This is gradually growing and we are now 35.  It is useful for immediate communication – as in warning about scams (better than Neighbourhood Watch)  or helping with urgent requests for food or prescription collections.  Just email us with your phone number.   inkermanara@hotmail.com   

Temporary accommodation wanted
A friend of ours has been very seriously ill with Covid 19 and now needs some temporary accommodation – up to 6 months. It really needs to be a ground floor, with some outside space. If you know anyone who is looking for a responsible house sitter, or a short let on an affordable rent please let us know.

Does your child need extra help with schoolwork?Syeda’s 17 year old daughter Syra is looking for extra pocket money through tutoring. She is a tutor at Fine Tutors, however due to the COVID-19 lockdown she’s been out of her job. She teaches Maths, English and Science for KS2&KS3 children. If you’re interested, contact her on 07939 340903 or syralfeena@hotmail.com. Syra charges £7 for an hour on Zoom.

Help for a post operation dog?
Harriet’s dog has to have some surgery and she is hoping to get the loan of a stair guard and, if possible, a small wire dog crate. If you can help, please ring her on 07950158287

D & D