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Village Raw writes a good long newsletter you might find interesting Issue 11 Nov 2020

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After the epic intro to the last newsletter we're keeping this one short. Below are just a handful of some of the great local opportunities, events and other local titbits. Hope you find it useful, and if you'd like a mention in a future mag then send us a short para (in third person), a link, and a photo (16:9 format).


Village Raw issue 11

We managed to get the bulk of the Village Raw copies our before the lockdown kicked in, but as we've had a lot of people asking us about its availability we've placed this issue online. While it's not quite the same as the print edition, this is the closest we can get to the print edition digitally. As you flick through the pages pause for a moment on the ad and partner pages - without these, and our amazing subscribers, Village Raw just wouldn't be possible. 


Right Kind of Loud - Friday 13th

Kim A. Page (The Right Kind of Loud) is running a series of zoominars exploring a range of communication / business topics. They run every second Friday and the next session is Friday, November 13 at 4 to 5 pm with the topic: Professional. Personal. Private - Realness in COVID times. Email Kim to receive invite. 

Artists Walk - begins on Saturday!

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 Craig Barnard.

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.

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. 

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

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.

Grange Big Local Community Grants - opens 16 November

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.

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.

Connected Voices - Saturday 14 November!

Global Girl Project is running their first ever online global summit, which is open to both young people and adults from around the world who want to create the change they want to see in our world. This will be a full day event that will include keynote speakers, panel discussions, and small group work with a focus on leadership, the future of community development, and how to create a network of change.

Attend and meet people from all over our world who want to connect with others and find the solutions to some of our most challenging issues. For further info check here.

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.

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.

MHSG Green Homes Hot Tips for a Warm Home - 16 November

In this event from the Muswell Hill Sustainability Group, Tom Ruxton from HEET provides practical advice on low cost measures to make your home greener, more comfortable and cheaper to heat. Tom has been providing energy advice for over 20 years and has delivered many popular events for MHSG. You can book here.

Where the Leaves Fall - Issue 4

Where the Leaves Fall is a quarterly independent magazine exploring humankind’s connection with nature, created by the Village Raw team in conversation with OmVed Gardens. The themes for this issue focus on mutualism, interconnectedness, and pandemic, alongside a series of dialogues. You can find out more information about the content on the WtLF website.

Sign up for the newsletter and follow the Instagram for details of upcoming opportunities. 

Gifted Local Virtual Christmas Market - 15 November

Join the Gifted Local Virtual Christmas Market on 15 November.
They’ll be showcasing the very best art, homeware, Christmas essentials, gifts and edibles made by talented local and independent sellers in our community. They’ll be releasing more information over the coming weeks so keep an eye out on their social feeds.

Autumn Family Empowerment Box – Marie Curie

A box of activities perfect for families looking for some education and empowerment inspired by Marie Curie. It contains everything you need to create a magic wand and perseverance potion, some edible elements, an x-ray lantern and a prompt to create your own personalised affirmations, treats, surprises and a Marie Curie Fact File. Your children will be learning whilst having fun and creating. Suitable for all ages.

10% of the profits will go towards the Marie Curie Charity and the price includes postage. A bargain at £12.

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.

Upstairs at the Gatehouse

On Monday 12th October Ovation Theatres Limited, the company that runs Upstairs at the Gatehouse were awarded £56,242 from the Government’s Cultural Recovery Fund. The theatre will re-open on Thursday 12 November with a rehearsed reading of a one act play Margaret – Rebel Royal with a programme of socially distanced events to follow. You can find out more here.

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.

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.

Caitríona – Some Days

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.

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