A Community Network for Bowes Park and Bounds Green
"On my London street, you're lucky if your direct neighbour waves a greeting. Anyone living four houses down could be living in Timbuktu; I don't even know what they look like." That's what I remember from an interview on the radio a few weeks back. The woman being interviewed was explaining her opposition to a new Royal Mail scheme where neighbours opt-in to receive parcels for each other. She hardly knew her neighbours and was certainly not ready to trust them with her Amazon deliveries.
That's definitely not how I feel. This morning; in London; I had an encounter which resoundingly confirmed my positive experience of neighbourliness. I answered my door to a woman who I vaguely recognised but had never spoken to or even greeted. She'd come to tell me that my car window was open, and was obviously concerned about a potential break-in. The car was parked 40 meters away in front of her house.
Here was someone living eight houses away from me who: knew that I owned the car, knew where I lived and most of all cared enough to come and tell me. I still don't know your name; but thank you very much.
You've also gifted me the awareness of the invisible strands of connectedness that exists between many of us on the street; even if we don't chit-chat, wave or even nod when we pass by each other.
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