A local solar energy initiative

Cally Energy has been set up by local residents to bring not-for-profit community energy to the area. It has the support of Islington Council, which will cover the cost of detailed feasibility assessments. Similar ventures exist elsewhere in London.

Cally Energy is looking for large roofs suited to photo-voltaic (PV) solar panels. Installation of the panels would be funded by a community share offer open to everyone. The funding would be returned to the shareholders over the lifespan of the installation, while any gains from selling surplus energy would be invested locally in community projects, education initiatives and fuel poverty actions as decided by the shareholders.

The meetings will give you opportunities to understand and develop the venture.

See ‘Cinderella’ on Sunday 8 August

The author says:

The play is an adaptation inspired by the numerous variants of the well-known tale as well as a desire to tell a story about love and magic that felt grounded in reality… Cinderella is a strong, intelligent young woman who is happy enough in her work and life, but for the cruelty of her stepmother and stepsisters.  Prince Arren is a thoughtful, kind and slightly awkward young man who doesn’t feel comfortable in his role as prince of the realm.

The publisher says:

Cinderella is a new play by Matt Beames with lyrics by Kayleigh Benham that is a witty updating of the classic fairy tale. As the feast of midwinter approaches, the King wishes to find a suitable partner for his eldest son and heir to the throne, Prince Arren. He decrees a Midwinter Ball and all across the land his excited people prepare for the big celebration. But in a small shoe shop close to the palace, one young woman sits at her workbench, carefully making shoe after shoe after shoe… Poor Cinderella has so much work to do, she can’t hope to go to the Ball, however much she might wish to… but sometimes dreams really do come true!

The railings of Thornhill Square Garden

Many people have been grateful for the open space of Thornhill Square Garden during the last year and have helped with the gardening led by Anna McKane.

However, the original listed Victorian cast iron railings around the garden are deteriorating alarmingly, with the east side being worse than the west. As the pictures above show, young children could escape through the holes in the railings onto the road and very heavy loose metal might fall on someone or even be taken as a weapon.

In the past Historic England has provided grants to repair a short section of the railings in a trial and to conduct a full survey of the defects in anticipation of completing the repair. Historic England remains keen to have the repair completed and to avoid wasting the earlier expenditure.

For thirty years we have been urging Islington Council to find ways in which the railings can be repaired before their final collapse. We are searching for such ways now.To obtain further information, make any helpful suggestions or ask to be kept informed please contact us.