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So here we all are again, in lockdown, peering through our windows and twitching our curtains as the nights draw in. With this email, begins a series of reminders of who some of the curtain twitchers are, some of the businesses that are still in business, and local opportunities and events. If you'd like to be included in future email newsletters then please get in touch.

Photo above features Mischa Haller's photo series New Normal - as featured in the current issue of Village Raw. If you’re interested in advertising in the April to June issue then please get in touch. If you’d like to receive the April print edition delivered to your door, and support the magazine, 🙏 you can subscribe. And if you haven’t got the current issue of Village Raw, you can always read it online at Yumpu. STAY SAFE!


Artist focus - Zoe Hirson

Zoe Hirson @hirsonzoe is a Fine artist who makes visual poetry using reclaimed wood and other materials. The north London artist sources the wood from local skips, destined for landfill, or houses being renovated – where original floorboards are turned into artistic mementos. Zoe says: “I love etching and woodblocks. I started sewing paper together marrying my love of textiles with printmaking.” Message @hirsonzoe for more info.

Lockdown Art Classes

Art in the Lockdown! Local Artist Cleo Harrington MA(RCA) and guest Artist Mark James MA (RCA) are offering fun and friendly arts classes on Zoom. Art in the Village is an established, family owned arts company that really understands how to bring out the creativity in any student. They offer painting with Watercolour or Acrylics, collage with hand painted papers and drawing with a wide variety of media. 
For more info check their website or Instagram.


Musician Focus - Glasshopper

For the first lockdown we ran the Lockdown Music Live and enjoyed a great session from Jonathan Chung from the band Glasshopper. Their debut album, Fortune Rules, is out now with @ampmusicrecords.
Doobeedoobeedoo New York said: "The sense of groundedness, collaborative questing and restrained emotional intensity makes one curious as to where Chung and the Glasshopper crew’s travels might take them in future." Fortune Rules' is available on CD and digital download. More info here

Open House podcast

Local actors, Mel Lowe and Clancy Ryan, found themselves in free fall this year when the pandemic put an indefinite pause on the theatre industry. To stay creatively engaged they launched Open House, a podcast all about having difficult conversations. Each week they speak to a notable guest as they spill the the tea on times they’ve found talking about a problem about as tough as getting on the London property ladder. From microagressions to break ups, coming out stories to work drama, Open House takes an unflinching look at chats that are hard to broach and even harder to navigate. Have a listen here and follow them on Instagram. More podcasts coming for 2021!



Cha Cha Cha will be continuing business online through Etsy so for a range of vintage homeware and clothing you can now shop from the comfort of your own home. For Homeware go to   ChaChaChaCo.etsy.com. For Clothing go to ChaChaChaStore.etsy.com. Cha Cha Cha also has a  range of utility items available in store at La Dinette in Muswell Hill, where you can buy a coffee and point and collect through the hatch. Ruth and Megan would like to say a big thank you to Claire (La Dinette) and all their wonderful customers for keeping the boat afloat.

Saint and Smith 

Saint & Smith is a north London (Muswell Hill) herbalist and holistic clinic, specialising in herbal medicine.  Private consultations available for sleep issues, stress, pain, inflammation, infections, chronic health concerns, nerves, skin disorders, food relationship, cardiovascular and respiratory conditions, digestive issues, support through illness and recovery. Ease the burden of ill health with herbal medicine, botanicals, nutrition and a lifestyle prescription. You can book a personal health consultation and also purchase their products via the online shop. Consultations via zoom or FaceTime. Appointments available weekdays and weekends. T: 07971193396. E: ola@saintandsmith.com

Celastrina Botanicals

Dee who handcrafts soaps in N10 is offering a new purchase for January and February. A regular delivery of soap, ideal for a loved one you can’t see. You save on postage charges. Six deliveries of soap to spread some happiness and look forward to. New soap designs also on offer. Check the website for more info.

The Right Kind of Loud

Welcome to the Right Kind of Loud zoominars with Kim A. Page - exploring communication / business topics alongside a diverse group of participants. The zoominars run every second Wednesday and the first session of the year is Wednesday 13 January from 4pm to 5pm. Email Kim to receive invite with meeting link. The topic next week is: ‘Even a silence can be loud - Silence in COVID times.' 

Ally Pally opportunities

The Creative Learning team at Alexandra Palace are continuing to offer a range of activities for families and young people online. You can join the Culture Bubble seminar on 28 January, which is a panel discussion for young people exploring social change in 2021. Biblio-Buzz 2021 – the Palace’s annual reading challenge held in conjunction with local schools and libraries – has now been launched by Children’s Laureate, Cressida Cowell. All the information you need about taking part in the reading challenge, workshops and awards in 2021 is here

If you are on the lookout for creative activities for people of all ages during lockdown you can check out a range of art, dance and craft resources on the Palace’s Creative Learning pages. Keep your eye on the Palace’s Twitter, Facebook and Instagram pages throughout the lockdown for more initiatives and projects.

Yoga with Alex Elinson

Film industry creative turned Muswell Hill yoga teacher jumped on the online platform with the first lockdown and continues to offer a welcoming space of online classes for all levels. Offering Restorative yoga, Gentle Hatha and Dynamic flow. A new year offer includes a free one to one mini session with class bundle. Further information at Facebook and Instagram.


OmVed - The Chef's Table, Feeding Peace

For the latest instalment of Chef's Table, OmVed travels with the World Food Programme to El Salvador to look at the role of food in countering gang violence. Host and World Food Programme Chef Advocate Arthur Potts Dawson will lead a cross-continent cook-along with Salvadorian Chef Frank Arevalo, bringing us a deeper understanding and appreciation of the food culture of El Salvador. Once registered you will receive a list of ingredients needed for the cook-along. The United Nations World Food Programme was awarded the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize. This free event will explore the links between conflict and hunger and the importance of peace and stability to food security. Find out more here.

The Micro Cheesemonger

Muswell Hill and Crouch End homes have delighted in The Micro Cheesemonger’s doorstep deliveries of artisan British cheeses and charcuterie.  Contactless and swift - please visit the website for the current line up of cheese choices.

Honey tasting with Highgate Honey

Are you tired of bland, blended supermarket honey? Come and learn about amazing honey from Britain from the comfort our your home. Join Helen, beekeeper at Highgate Honey, for a Zoom tasting of a selection of delicious raw honey samples from around the country. Each participant will be sent a box with everything needed to join in. For more information, please sign up via the contact form on the Highgate Honey website.

Dare to Share

James started Dare to Share Food Club in December 2019 as a way to make new connections from sharing food stories & ideas. James opened up his home for anyone to come along with a dish that meant something to them and share it with everybody. Since the lockdown in March, the food club had to evolve. Now it is a regular event where people create a food product, take it to a drop off point (to stay in line with the social distancing rules). Then everyone’s food product gets packed up, so every participant takes away a bag full of delicious culinary creations made by people in the local community. Each event the numbers have grown and the latest event on New Year’s Eve 2020 had over 20 participants. The next Dare to Share will be in January or February. Follow Jame's Instagram for further info.

Maghreb London

Just launched locally is Maghreb London. Chefs who have worked in some of London and Israel's finest restaurants bring traditional flavours and spices, served up in an innovative mezze style feast inspired by the rich traditions of the northern coast of Africa and throughout The Levant. Everything is handmade from scratch and slowly cooked in their kitchen, from locally sourced, British, sustainable and traceable sources. There are currently four boxes (with more coming!) that come fully prepared and ready to finish off at home. They deliver twice a week within a north London area. To find out more check their website.

Muswell Hillbilly Brewers

If you fancy some delicious beer for your weekend, the Muswell Hillbilly Brewers are open for takeaway: Friday 5pm to 8pm, Saturday 1pm to 7pm and Sunday 1pm to 5pm. Their beers have distinctive flavours and contain locally sourced ingredients, including their own N10 hops.  They also offer free local delivery on orders over £25 in N10 and surrounding postcodes. You can get 10% off Hillbilly bottles and draft beer with the code “Hillbilly” on collection/takeaway. DM @muswellhillbillybrewers for more details.

Pic above shows the Village Raw photo exhibition we held there - we're looking forward to the time we can do events again...

Greens of Highgate

Greens of Highgate have extended their delivery service to include items from the local fishmongers & butchers. When you order one of their fruit and veg boxes, you can request fish & meat items for them to also collect & deliver. There are five different sized boxes to choose from, all including fresh seasonal fruit and veg. They offer free delivery to local north London postcodes. Next day delivery is also available. For further information check their website.

Sable D'or

Sable D'or is a modern French café offering fresh homemade sweet treats & healthy options daily.It’s located in Muswell Hill and Crouch End – currently open for takeaway only. The bakery and french coffee shop continues to offer lovely cakes, coffees, french viennoiseries, salads, quiches, sandwiches, sourdough breads, baguettes, juices, smoothies, soup, granola, porridge... Follow @sabledorpatisserie for more info. Enjoy and stay safe! 

Chefs Night In

Chefs_Night_In was created by Chef Ed Hardy and cheesemonger Sophie Berkoff. They've used lockdown as a time to curate dishes, photograph them and in Sophie's case start her own cheese delivery business, The Fromage Cat. During this lockdown they are using the time to work on new seasonal dishes which they hope to offer in the form of a pop up later in the year. You can find more info here

Miranda Cafe

Since the first Lockdown, the team of Miranda have been delivering monthly ingredients boxes to the families of their employees to make healthy food at home. They created recipes utilising these ingredients and shared them on their website which also hosts their vegan online supermarket.

Sarah in the Kitchen

Sarah in the Kitchen celebrates the joy of home cooking, from authentic family recipes to garden-to-table meals.

Deliziosa is the first business by East Finchley based Sarah in the Kitchen, making fresh pasta and sauces with a focus on health and sustainability. All food is made fresh to order every day with homegrown herbs and quality ingredients. Deliziosa showcases traditional Italian pasta shapes and techniques that enhance the authenticity of every dish. Founder Sarah is committed to the environment and ensures that all of their packaging and materials are recyclable, reusable and plastic-free.

Visit their website to learn more.

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