#HCA at Camden Mela 2018

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Are you sure you want “Allez les bleus” painted on your face, Kate…?

Last Sunday (15th July), HCA’s Befriending Organiser, Kate, and Project Worker Hanif manned a stall at Camden Mela at Coram’s Fields.

HCA’s Activities Coordinator, Carmen, was also on hand, practising her face-painting skills on local kids, and our very own Kate.  HCA member George also turned up and chatted to Kate, Hanif and Carmen.

The turn out on Sunday wasn’t bad, considering that the World Cup Final was on at the same time [spoiler alert: France beat Croatia 4-2].  Entreaties to FIFA to move the final so as not to clash with the Mela were not answered.  However, this reporter is given to understand that the 2022 World Cup in Qatar is to take place during the winter, thus avoiding another potentially embarrassing faux pas, so you won’t have to choose which event to attend.

Ahem.  Anyhoo, the 2018 annual Mela also featured Arts & crafts, food stalls, live music and dance, and a funfair.  A marquee provided health information and advice and there was plenty of free family activities to keep kids busy.

During the Mela, Kate and Hanif promoted HCA volunteering opportunities and services across our three HCA Centres.

“It was lovely weather,” said Hanif.  “Quite a few people took information,” he added.  “Face-painting was really amazing,” he furthered.  “It was a good event!”

Fortunately, your HCA hack wasn’t there to take photos of his usual dismal standard, so you’ll have to make do with these better quality ones, courtesy of Kate:

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Photos: Kate; report: Notes Smudger

 

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#Trip to Whitstable 19th July

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HCA members in Whitstable, 2015

There are still a couple of seats available on the coach for tomorrow’s seaside jaunt to Whitstable, Kent.  If HCA members are interested, tickets are £12.  Please hurry to book, as the coach is due to depart Millman Street around 10am tomorrow.

Holborn Community Association members visited Whitstable in 2015.  The locals have just about recovered by now, one would hope.

During the 2015 trip, our lot had a good rummage through the stalls on the look-out for bargains.  Then it was into town for fish’n’chips, before an amble through the streets to the seafront, where our members enjoyed ice creams on the seafront.

At Cushing’s View (named for the late, great Dracula actor Peter Cushing, who had made Whitstable his home) members were afforded the panoramic view across the Swale, towards the Isle of Sheppey and the WW2 sea forts on the horizon.

Then it was on to the fish market for tea, rest and a good old natter.  “I enjoyed the walk and the fresh air,” Gloria said, adding “I find it easier to breathe the air down here!” – a sentiment echoed by several members.  “There’s fresh air you can taste,” added Fred.  “It differs from London air.”

Whitstable boasts a castle and gardens, a Museum and Gallery, Harbour Market and a number of churches. There is also the Horsebridge Arts and Community Centre, and surfing, kitesurfing and stand up paddle boarding for the more adventurous.

Whitstable Town FC are the current holders of the Kent Senior Trophy, having defeated local rivals Sheppey United 2-1 back in April.  This reporter is unsure if the Oystermen will parade said trophy around the town tomorrow, but you never know.

Anyhoo, if you fancy it, tickets are £12.  And you should let us know before 5pm today.

Tel: 0207 405 2493

Email: steve.lugard@holborncommunity.co.uk

Photo by Sarah;The Whitstable Tourism Association would probably like to thank Notes Smudger for this puff piece

 

 

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#Garden Party at Millman Street Community Centre

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Garden Party 2018

Today, HCA’s Gardening guru Rema hosted a garden party at Millman Street Community Centre in the, erm, garden, obvs.  Our members enjoyed tea, scones and a delicious carrot cake baked to perfection by volunteer Gloria.  A special mention for our youngest volunteer, Arif (and his mum).

Members and staff basked in the summer sunshine, enjoying some vitamin D and admiring the flora lovingly cultivated by Rema, Lilly and other gardening helpers.  New gardening volunteer Walter also joined our members.

Former manager Richard also popped in to see our members and staff, and apparently to settle an old score with Rema:

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Your chrysanths or your life…

This reporter got a bit carried away with photographing proceedings, so the slideshow is chock-a-block this week:

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HCA would like to thank Rose, Ruma, Carmen and especially Gloria for preparing and cooking the food enjoyed by our members today.


Foliage photos and florid verbiage: Notes Smudger

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This flower seems to have a face. Cool…

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#Mela 2018#Sunday 15th July (Unless England Reach the World Cup Final)

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Next Sunday (15th July), HCA’s Befriending Organiser, Kate, and ProjectWorker Hanif will again have a stall at Camden Mela at Coram’s Fields.

Unless England are in the World Cup Final on Sunday at the same time.  If so, the Mela is to be postponed until the following Sunday (July 22nd).

Whenever it takes place, this annual event will also feature Arts & crafts, food stalls, live music & dance and a funfair.  A marquee will provide health information and advice and there will be plenty of free family activities to keep kids busy.

During the Mela, Kate and Hanif will promote HCA volunteering opportunities and services across our three HCA Centres.

So, get yourself down to this community festival celebrating the richness of British cultural diversity.

Sunday, 15 July 2018 (or 22nd July)
12 Noon to 6:00 pm
Coram’s Fields, 93 Guildford Street, London WC1N 1DN
FREE ENTRY

For further information or stall bookings please contact:
Nasim Ali OBE on 07852 223403 or Email: nasim.ali@kcbna.org.uk

Forthcoming attractions: Notes Smudger

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#Queen Square Fair 2018

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HCA staff and volunteers

Last Saturday (7th July), was a gloriously hot and sunny day; England were beating Sweden in the World Cup quarter-final, and all seemed right with the world.

Meanwhile, Holborn Community Association once again joined in with the annual Queen Square Fair [QSF], with stalls selling bric-a-brac and food and refreshments.

Staffed by Bedford House stalwarts Saira, caretaker John and Charles, the food stall did a roaring trade, with Saira’s delicious cooking a big hit with hungry fair-goers, as usual.

Colleen and Hazel from 1A Arts also held a pottery workshop, and also among HCA’s representatives were Millman Street’s Sarah and volunteers Pat, Bridie and Hannah, the latter two staffing the bric a brac stall.

This reporter didn’t attend this year’s event (by popular demand), so details are fairly scant.  But it seems that there were a number of bands performing in the square, and HCA member Norman was among those who got up to sing along with singers from the Mary Ward Centre.  Handily, Sarah took some photos, without which this slideshow wouldn’t really work:

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It seems that a good time was had by all, and HCA looks forward to contributing to QSF 2019 next July.

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Photo: Hazel

Holborn Community Association would like to thank all staff and volunteers who attended QSF 2018 and helped make it a great success.

Photos: Sarah (and Hazel); report: Notes Smudger

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#Queen Square Fair 2018#July 7th

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The Spirit of Queen Square…

This coming Saturday (July 7th), Holborn will celebrate its annual Queen Square Fair.

Location: Queen Square, Holborn, London, WC1N

The event takes place between 12 noon and 5pm, and will be opened by the Mayor.  It will feature live music, food stalls and free workshops.

As usual, Holborn Community Association will be represented with two stalls, selling bric-a-brac, plants and jewellery.  There will also be Arts and Crafts, and pottery with Hazel from 1A Arts.

Now, the QSF organisers weren’t to know that England would win on penalties in last night’s World Cup game with Colombia – England win a penalty shoot-out?  Who would have thunk it? – and so the Three Lions will be playing Sweden in the quarter-finals at 3pm on Saturday.  However, there will still be plenty of time before and after the match to nip down to Queen Square and sample the atmosphere.

Non-Holborn Mystery:

On an, erm, totally unrelated note, reports from Russia suggest that a contingent of German men disappeared from Kazan on June 27th.  The Germans had apparently originally expected to stay in Russia until mid-July, possibly to meet some Brazilians in Moscow.  Rumour has it that Russian police are looking for eleven South Korean men in connection with the Germans’ mysterious disappearance…

Ahem.  Anyhoo, Hoborn Community Association hopes to see you at QSF at some point.  Dance, sing, eat, drink, enjoy, and pick up a bargain from the HCA stalls.

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God Save The Queen, you squares: Charlotte, not Latifah…

@#QUEENSQUAREFAIR

WWW.QUEENSQUAREFAIR.ORG.UK

Forthcoming distractions and frightful photos: Notes Smudger

 

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#Line Dancing at Millman Street Centre

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Yee- and, indeed, -har…!

Last Wednesday (27th June), Millman Street Community Centre was again the venue for the latest of our new Line Dancing classes.

Hosted by Emma from the Mary Ward Centre, the Line Dancing sessions take place each Wednesday between 4pm and 5pm.

Naturally, this reporter didn’t participate due to (a) aversion to physical exercise and (b) frightful noisomeness, which others (rightly) object to.  As such, he doesn’t know what went on during the session.  However, our Manager, Andrew, was on hand to take photos, which indicate dancing.  Not much of it in a line, curiously, but there you are:

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If you’re over 55, live local, and Line Dancing sounds like your cup of tea, then please contact our Manager, Andrew, for further details on 02074052493 (option 2).

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Emma doing the heavy metal sign, for some reason…

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Peg noses: Notes Smudger is loose…

Photos: Andrew; Report: Notes Smudger

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