In this section you can find out about news about the estate, about community events, half term activities for kids, fitness classes and more.
DAWN CHORUS IS BACK!
The dawn chorus walk is back Sunday 6 May 2018.
This is the 4th edition of the guided walk around our parks to discover, listen and enjoy the magic of birdsongs before sunrise.
The first birds begin to sing about an hour before sunrise. Sunday the sun will rise at around 5.23 am so make sure to be at the fort, the round structure at the Abbey Road end of Rowley way, at 5.00 am and don’t forget to wrap up warm!
There will be coffee and croissants in the tenants hall after the walk.
Did you know the law has changed and now dog owners must have their pets microchipped?
Come along on Tuesday 3 April 2018 to the Dogs Trust Community event in Alexandra Road Parks between 11am and 3pm, and have your dog microchipped for free and while your at it why not treat it to a free nail clipping and basic health and weight check…
…Grab a good bargain or set up your own stall at the Spring Fair in our TRA hall on Saturday 14 April 2018 between 2-6pm
Look for handmade crafts, food and drink, second hand bargains while your child enjoys a face painting session!
To set up your stall get in touch with Patricia by Friday 30 Th of March on 07909141661
NEAVE BROWN, ALEXANDRA AND AINSWORTH ARCHITECT, 1929-2018
Here are just some of the tributes paid to Neave Brown:
‘Tributes paid to architecture ‘giant’ Neave Brown’ The Architects’ Journal
‘Neave Brown obituary’, The Guardian
‘Neave Brown: architect who transformed Camden dies aged 88’, Camden New Journal
In December 2017 he received the 2018 Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Royal Gold Medal, the UK’s highest honour for architecture.
Given in recognition of a lifetime’s work, the Royal Gold Medal is approved personally by Her Majesty The Queen and is given to a person or group of people who have had a significant influence ‘either directly or indirectly on the advancement of architecture’. Read more here…
SUNDAY 17 SEPTEMBER 2017 – ‘LONDON SYMPHONY’ IN THE A&A PARK , 7pm
Join us in the Alexandra and Ainsworth Park for a screening of the inspiring and beautiful black and white film London Symphony. A silent film, accompanied by original musical score performed by the Covent Garden Sinfonia, London Symphony (2017) offers a poetic journey through London.
Directed by Alex Barrett, and featuring an original musical composition by James McWilliam, it is an artistic portrait of the city as it stands today, and a celebration of its culture and diversity.
The film was nominated for the Michael Powell Award for Best British Film at the Edinburgh International Film Festival 2017.
SATURDAY 8 JULY 2017
GREAT FUN COMING TO OUR PARK THIS SATURDAY 8 of JULY.
JOIN AN INTERACTIVE THEATRE EXPERIENCE WITH PERFORMANCES AT 4PM AND 8PM
THE JUNK ORCHESTRA- Sunday 21st August 2016
CELEBRATE LOVE PARKS WEEK AT ALEXANDRA ROAD PARK – THURSDAY 21 JULY 2016
Enjoy a lovely day in the park with family and friends. Take part in our exciting selection of free activities including nature trails, animal adventure games, live music, face painting and more.
GARDENING MASTERCLASS -SATURDAY 28 MAY 2016
As part of Camden in Bloom 2016, the Camden Council, in association with Project Dirt, invites all residents, families and businesses in Camden to join an exciting workshop hosted by the former Blue-Peter gardener Chris Collins. A regular face on TV, Chris has worked in horticulture for over 25 years and is passionate about engaging community groups in gardening and food growing.
Chris’ popular workshops will get you share great tips and tricks about growing food and gardening. This interactive workshop will get everyone to participate in making their own creations which they can then enjoy at home. Join us for an afternoon of learning tips to greening your gardens and communities.
Chris’ talk will cover ‘Successful gardening – the basic steps’, and include:
- Seed sowing demos
- Propagation demos
- Importance of soils & composting
- How to irrigate
- Feeding your plants
- Plant hygiene
- Creating an edible hanging basket
- Project ideas for your community.
Tickets are free, but you must register to attend. You can do this here
If you have any queries, please feel free to get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org
COME AND JOIN A VERY EVENTFUL DAY IN THE PARK ON THURSDAY 29 OCTOBER 20015
Would you like to have a free NHS medical check-up ?…..well, then the NHS Health Bus is coming to our Park from 11am to 4pm on Thursday 29 of October and will also provide cholesterol and blood pressure checks.
Want to fix your bike instead? If it is your bike you are worried about then bring it along and you can get it fixed for free with the help of Dr Bikes mechanics. They will check over your bike and make repairs such as fixing punctures, fitting new brake blocks, etc.
In the meantime if you feel like uncluttering your home or simply exchange an unwanted household item (please note that broken or unsafe items will not be accepted) come along to ‘the Bowl’ for the ‘Give and Take‘ event. You can donate items between 11am and noon and take items away with you between 1pm and 3 pm on the same day.
AUTUMN ACTIVITIES IN THE PARK
We have all sorts of new activities going on in the ARP this autumn, from photography to fitness classes. Find out more and join in!
BECOME AN ALEXANDRA ROAD PARK VOLUNTEER !
Are you interested in developing your conservation and gardening skills and help with the promotion and conservation of our newly restored park?
Under the supervision of the park gardner and the activities coordinator you will have a chance to learn and improve your gardening and horticultural skills with the added bonus of getting some physical activity, keeping healthy and sharing an interest with others.
Volunteering activities will start in August 2015!
Read more here…
High Speed 2
A few months ago, a group from the TRA joined forces with representatives from some neighbouring blocks and made a formal petition to Camden about our concerns with the HS2 proposals and the impact they will have on the area.
Our biggest concerns are:
• The construction of a large vent shaft on the corner of Loudoun Road and Langtry Walk, which will replace the building with the laundrette, dry cleaners etc and lots of flats with a completely blank building. The ugly design will be out of keeping with the listed estate, cause lots of disruption while it is being built, and takes away important facilities for residents.
• The risks of the tunnelling underneath the listed estate which could potentially cause subsidence and problems with the buildings because of their unusual foundations and construction techniques. We have asked Camden to commission independent engineers to fully assess the risks.
The good news is that Camden listened to our petition and now have included these specific issues in their objections on the project. We also sent a formal objection from the TRA directly to HS2 covering the same points. Next, the proposals go before parliament so the TRA may do another petition to parliament.
Article on the importance of our Estate in The Guardian newspaper
There’s an interesting article in today’s Guardian written by Owen Hatherway on the importance of our estate and others like it built by Camden in the 1970s as part of a “spacial redistribution of wealth”. In particular how Sydney Cook and a team of architects working for Camden at the time were committed to building high quality council housing. As Hathaway says “Under the borough architect Sydney Cook, Camden in particular built possibly the finest working-class housing ever provided in British history – estates such as Highgate New Town, Alexandra Road and Branch Hill, all of them low-rise, sharply (but not bleakly) modernist, based around pedestrian streets, and finished to an exceptionally high standard”. As residents we are glad and proud that our estate is getting full recognition, not only for the excellent design, but also for the democratic ideas that lay behind it. Let’s hope that councils can one day once again start building places like it in the centre of our cities.
Read the full article here.