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Some free pot plants from North London Samaritans?

NLS will be at the Myddleton Road market on May 7th.
Some free pot plants and a chance meet us and get an update on our fundraising for re building Shaftesbury Hall. 

Added by North London Samaritans on May 3, 2017 at 14:05 — No Comments

Enter our free citizen journalism competition for great prizes!

The Media Society has joined forces with the London Learning Consortium to promote a competition to support aspiring citizen journalists across London. The deadline for entries is 22nd May 2017.

The ‘London Voices’ competition is for everyone with something to say - if you live, work or study in London and are over 16, this competition is for you. No previous experience required - it's all about encouraging new talent and getting Londoners to have a…


Added by Amanda Pavon-Lopez on April 24, 2017 at 9:54 — No Comments

Confessions of a Middle Aged Girl

Confessions of a Middle Aged Girl

We met at the retreat,  friends at first. 

Casual conversations, weeding organic vegetables.

Occasional weekenders, just friends.


You were slightly younger, tall, dark, attractive

In an ugly way.  Kind words.  Common sense.

Good hugs, but friends, just friends.


Then one weekend it changed:  or I changed.

Friday as usual, Saturday transition,

Sunday I was…


Added by Andie Phillips on April 14, 2017 at 15:13 — No Comments



I am looking for a gardener, top soiled and turf !

A little pebble/stone border also


Added by Kiran on April 14, 2017 at 8:46 — No Comments

Big Lottery funding helps secure future of Shaftesbury Hall in Herbert Road

North London Samaritans has been given a grant of £545,0000 to rebuild Shaftesbury Hall to provide a centre for Samaritans’ volunteers and fund an amazing new public facility for local people.

The charity now needs to look to local businesses and individuals to raise £15,000 in the next 6 months to complete the project. If all goes to plan, NLS aim to start building work in the autumn of 2017 and complete it by…


Added by North London Samaritans on March 24, 2017 at 13:00 — No Comments

Good News Flowers

10 years ago I wrote a short piece for some friends about daffodils and Bounds Green. I was deleting a load of old files and found it.  As it is daffodil time again, and there are even more people here escaping wars 'back home' , I am 'sharing' it wider. 

"Yesterday something happened that sort of woke me…


Added by Caroline Simpson on March 22, 2017 at 13:36 — No Comments

Samaritans Quiz Night

Come along to our quiz night and help raise money for your local Samaritans 

Date: 27th March at 19:00

Venue: The Springfield Bar and Grill 


Help us be there when it matters

Added by North London Samaritans on March 3, 2017 at 10:58 — No Comments

Chair, The Broomfield House Trust

The Broomfield House Trust, a registered charity and private limited company, is looking for a new volunteer treasurer who would also become a Trustee.  The Treasurer makes the normal returns to the Charity Commission and Companies House; however, a new project will involve some additional tasks. The Trust is preparing a bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund to create a digital history of the House and the surrounding area and carry out a trial…


Added by Colin Younger on February 11, 2017 at 16:51 — 3 Comments

Interested in joining the Fundraising Team at North London Samaritans?

Help us to raise funds and awareness of Samaritans in the local community through a variety of events and activities.

Bowes Park is on the verge of having an amazing new community space as we are at the final stage of a Big Lottery grant application to redevelop Shaftesbury Hall on Herbert Road, London, N11. 

If successful, the £500,000 grant will enable the complete…


Added by North London Samaritans on February 6, 2017 at 10:00 — 1 Comment

Singing Lessons

Hi All, 

I'm not sure if this is the right place to post this, but, I'm very proud to be taking part in this.



Are proud to announce X Factor live show finalist MELANIE MASSON will be giving singing lessons for all ages.

If you want to sing professionally or just for fun, for an audition, special occasion or just to build confidence.



Added by Melanie Robertson on January 24, 2017 at 13:54 — No Comments

Gangnam Style Strictly Sonnet

    Gangnam Style Strictly Sonnet

We’re glued to the set every Saturday

To see glamour and glitz, sequins and frills

Athletes, presenters, singer and actors

Strutting and gliding to show off their skills.

Now we know who’ll be going to Blackpool

With the judges and Claudia and Tess

Who’ll be cool?  Who’ll play the fool? Who will rule?

Will their tangos or salsas have finesse?

Craig Revel Horwood is…


Added by Andie Phillips on November 15, 2016 at 14:54 — No Comments

Shaftesbury Hall Roof update

You may have seen that a professional team have taken the roof off Shaftesbury Hall.  This has been done to prevent squatters returning to the site whilst we apply to Big Lottery to refurbish the site.

The contractors were masked and suited when removing the asbestos.  They have informed us that all the asbestos was removed in a day and hoses were sprayed on to the panels.

For the timber cladding the contractors informed us they didn't need to wear suits as there was no…


Added by North London Samaritans on October 9, 2016 at 16:30 — 6 Comments

New voluntary Treasurer for North London Samaritans

North London Samaritans are looking for a new voluntary Treasurer - someone with an accountancy background.

The treasurer will be a support volunteer, so not involved in directly supporting callers, and will be a trustee of the charity.

If you are interested, please contact Alison Scoltock Chair North London Samaritans. 

Added by North London Samaritans on October 1, 2016 at 14:12 — No Comments

Big Lottery Answers Call for Help from Samaritans

September 29th 2016

The Big Lottery has confirmed that it has granted funds to North London Samaritans, which earlier this year was praised for its work by local resident, actor Neil Morrissey.

The Big Lottery has confirmed it has granted funds to North London Samaritans to help complete essential design and preparatory work for the redevelopment of Shaftesbury Hall. The grant, given at the close of stage 2 of a larger 3-stage process, will enable the North London branch…


Added by North London Samaritans on September 29, 2016 at 7:28 — No Comments

Cat Lost & Found

Hello Neighbours

A lost cat has found me and I am looking to find his/her (probably his) home.

He is a young (6 months to a year?), long-haired, black and white cat. Found in the Queen's Road area of Bounds Green. Do you know anyone who has lost a cat recently? Very friendly and domesticated. Will sit for ages watching the washing go round in the washing machine!…


Added by Jo on August 20, 2016 at 13:10 — 2 Comments

Stray cat in Maidstone rd update

We have taken collar off stray cat and put posters on trees at Maidstone rd and Tewkesbury rd. We will give it another week and then take to vets and have him neutered and tagged and keep him as one of our menagerie .

Added by gerry kift on May 10, 2016 at 16:49 — No Comments

Lost cat found in Maidstone Rd

A grey,black,white unneutered male 1/2 years old has camouflage collar and is not chipped. Checked out at vet in good health. Please contact Sue and Gerry Kift on mobile no 07914 667829.
Photo to follow when I can work out how to send attachment.

Added by gerry kift on May 5, 2016 at 11:03 — No Comments

Local job posting: Vacancies for local Nursery (Term time only)

 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Wood Green Preschool (which has just been awarded outstanding by Ofsted), has opened a new nursery on White Hart Lane. They are looking for staff starting immediately. See attached for more detail or email for the application pack.…


Added by Doris Quinn on April 24, 2016 at 20:57 — No Comments

Watford Gap

Shrugging off the worn leather jacket, he hung it on the chair back, sat down, and comfort stroked his thin white moustache.  Pot of tea.  Tiny jug of milk.  So different to the semi-stewed 6 pence a cuppa tea of the sixties.  Blue Boar inn used to run it.  We thought we were it back then:  guitars, sideburns, drainpipe jeans.   Cold draughty vans, swapping drivers to stay awake.  Polo mints all night.  It wasn’t all bad though -  this was the place, the middle ground, this ‘no man’s…


Added by Andie Phillips on April 18, 2016 at 8:09 — No Comments

CLEAR-UP DAY THIS SUNDAY, 17th APRIL between 11-1pm

Albert Road Recreation Ground on Durnsford Rd is a wonderfully well-used sports facility with a community cafe.

There’s now a new project to regenerate the old Bowling Green and Hut, (hidden behind a hedge at the back of the Pavilion) and give it a new lease of life. Not as an old-fashioned bowls club but instead Bare-foot Bowling, BBQ & Beer – a facility with no dress code and open to all. In the long run we plan to give the bowling green an all weather…


Added by katy ferguson on April 15, 2016 at 17:36 — No Comments

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