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As we slowly develop this newsletter version of Village Raw you'll find we've now categorised the notices in a similar way to the magazine. So you'll find Art & Culture, Village Sounds, Community, Sustainability, and Food and Drink. 

Some things to take note of: today is the last day to note an objection on the Whitehall Lodge planning application. And there are still a few places to join the charity cook session Cook. Veg. Love. which is on Saturday.

A reminder that you can read issue 11 of Village Raw here, and our cover star Lisa-Marie Price is taking part in the Artists Walk (see Art & Culture section). 



Artists Walk - on until 14 December

Your daily walks are set to get more inspiring from 14 November, as you'll start to see windows in the area filled with art. Local creatives are invited to register with Artists Walks, to display artwork in their windows and be added to the online interactive map. Image above by participant Marice Cumber @maricecumber

The aim is to bring the inside out and showcase the pool of creativity in the local community for all to enjoy. Covid-19 has changed a lot of things in the art world: galleries and events have been hard hit and many opportunities have been cancelled or moved online. 

Artists Walk aims to bring greater awareness and connections amongst artists and art lovers. For the local community, it's a way to discover the creative people in your neighbourhood and to make your daily walks more enjoyable!

Get involved at www.artistswalk.org and follow on Instagram 

Ben Wilson Chewing Gum Man books

We have a very limited number of hardback and paperback copies remaining of ours and Ben's lovingly produced Millennium Bridge Gum Trail book. You can find out more and order copies here.

Coronanews - a short visual diary

In an attempt to capture the ever-changing emotions of lockdown, East Finchley based Creative Director, Becky King started a personal poster project. After 200 days, and 300+ posters of thoughts, emotions, mumblings, experiments and graphic sketches later this project was turned into Coronanews. A 64 page newspaper full of typographic expressions that is a visual diary of changing times. To check out more visit Becky's Instagram.

Sophie Charles Design

Sophie is a Scottish artist and designer, currently living in north London. She creates abstract interior textiles and prints mainly inspired by modern architecture and colour interactions. Often using hand collage as a starting point, her work mixes bold geometric shapes with mark making techniques. Sophie loves to play with shapes, textures and colours - a theme that occurs throughout her practice.

Orders are sent out in plastic free biodegradable or recyclable packaging. All products are made in small batches in the UK. For more info check her website or Instagram.

Botanical Tiles

Design studio Glithero’s Botanical Tiles are made using flora that is foraged from the pavements of north London. From their studio in Crouch Hill, the designers preserve and archive the botanicals which they have collected in flower presses before using them to create intricate compositions. These compositions are then translated onto tiles using the artisanal process of sgraffito, a technique where a layer of glazed is scraped away to reveal an alternative coloured glaze beneath. Each tile is scribed by hand creating a highly detailed silhouette impression on a pooled tin-glaze surface. You can check out more of their work on their website.


Comedy at the Bald Faced Stag

Local resident Mark Maier compares monthly comedy nights at the pub. With the lockdown, as he says: “comedy clubs have closed their doors left, right and centre, but if not now, more than ever, there exists a need for us to have a laugh.” The socially distanced events sell out fast – an no wonder with the talent Mark is able to pull in with past shows featuring the likes of Stewart Lee, Harry Hill and Alan Davies. For details of future events search for Bald Faced Comedy in WeGotTickets.

Caitríona – Some Days - OUT NOW

Local singer songwriter Caitríona has her new single Some Days coming out on 13 November. All proceeds from the single are going to Beder, a mental health charity close to her heart. 

Caitríona is a singer songwriter with Irish roots. After years of hiding away in her bedroom writing mountains of songs and playing them only to her cat (and to the occasional applause of her neighbours through the thin walls), Caitríona faced her fears and started playing open mics around London and Paris whilst studying History of Art at The Courtauld Institute. Using a degree in Art History to its full potential (...not...), Caitríona decided to join two others to open Crouch End Studios. After watching countless other artists recording and releasing music whilst working at Crouch End Studios and curating a music blog, Caitríona is finally ready (albeit hesitant) to release her own music. 

You can find out more on her website and follow her on Instagram.


Whitehall Lodge - planning application comments close 20 November.

Does this really gorgeous modernsist building, Whitehall Lodge, built in 1937 really need another floor built on top? The developers lost the first round but they’re back with a new application for a rooftop extension of four flats. Comments can be made up to 20 November here

MHFGA Short Story Competition

MHFGA is inviting members (and new members) to enter the short story competition - entries close 1 December. For further information, or to find out more about the Muswell Hill and Fortis Green Association and become a member, click here.

Grange Big Local Community Grants - closes 7 December

Following its success last year, Grange Big Local’s #GBLCommunityGrants programme is back for round two, with applications open from Monday 16 November – Monday 7 December.
There are two kinds of grants up for grabs: up to £500 for local residents and up to £10,000 for local organisations to fund community projects that will have a positive impact on their patch of East Finchley.
Grange Big Local are on the hunt for creative and inclusive projects that can bring everyone together; be that arts and crafts activities, cooking clubs, language classes, reading groups, environmental projects, mental health provision, after-school and holiday activities, community gardening projects, sports clubs, youth projects, community get togethers, support networks – the list goes on!
More details on the application process can be found on their InstagramTwitter, and Facebook, as well as on their website. They are also hosting two online info sessions where you can run any ideas by them or ask any questions - the first is at 6-7pm on Thursday 12th November and the second is at 2-3pm on Thursday 26thNovember. Get your name down for either session by reaching out at info@grangebiglocal.org or calling on 020 3857 9492 ext 0237.

Free Art Workshops

Starting on Mon 2nd November 2020 The Village Green Pub is playing host to BLM and solidarity themed art workshops - to come together to express creatively our ideas about solidarity and diversity in society. The resulting artwork will decorate the windows at The Village Green pub during the festive season. Please ring 07985171789 to book a place.


An Act of Resistance – Seed Saving

OmVed discuss their Seed Savers Network in the current issue of Village Raw. It’s a community of growers that aims to save quality seeds for the future. OmVed provides people with seeds they have saved then ask that they return a portion of their seeds to be redistributed the following year to more growers. The network is guided by the principles of biodiversity, adaptation and community. You can find out more and join the programme by following this link.


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.

Cook. Veg. Love.

Local naturalfood cook and coach Anna Freedman is holding Cook. Veg. Love.; a live virtual cooking workshop this Saturday 21st November at 4 - 6pm GMT.  An ideal opportunity to explore healthy cooking, learn about ingredients for wellbeing and create a delicious, plant meal with recipes ideal to integrate regularly at home. Receive equipment  and shopping list or *box of organic, natural, vegan and sugar free ingredients (*for participants in certain NW London postcodes).

£10/ screen or household and Anna is donating alll proceeds towards the incredible Global Girl Project which is mobilising the most marginalised girls. For further information click here.

The Micro Cheesemonger

Sarah Moore has had a long and varied career as a professional caterer, including a star-studded spell at Sir George Martin’s AIR Studios. The lockdown saw Sarah switch from catering for events to set up The Micro Cheesemonger, offering free local deliveries of British cheeses and charcuterie. Each week Sarah selects a range of cheeses which you can order from her website - the small or large cheese board alongside accompaniments. 

Baked with Love

Baking has always been Ariana’s passion and this year with much more 9me indoors and Christmas around the corner it has been a ‘now or never’ decision. Her homemade gingerbread biscuits are going to be your excuse for yet another cup of coffee or tea, dunking is strongly encouraged. Take it a step further and it could be a surprisingly tasty treat to those few being able to visit you in the comfort of your home or to all those strolls in the park with a hot drink at hand.

The first batch went to friends and neighbours and with the next step being a market stall, why not being amongst the first by following her page ‘Baked with Love N22’ and ordering directly. Based in N22 with collection available daily and local delivery weekly. More info.

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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