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February 2020 Newsletter

What are residents top three favourite things about the GBL area?
1. Friendly community/village feeling
2. Good local shops & businesses
3. Leafy, green & pleasant environment

(GBL Community Profile 2019)

As you may know, GBL has been developing its next Big Local plan which will start in April and will be published shortly.

We are pleased to now share with you our latest "Community Profile". The profile is a ‘snapshot’ of the neighbourhood and is informed by official statistics, our local survey and community consultation - thanks to everyone who took part in building this picture of our area. It will inform the priorities that we set in our next plan and will help us make a lasting and positive difference for the area.

You can view the full document on our website here

Money A+E is coming to East Finchley...

This award winning social enterprise provides money advice & educational services. Grange Big Local is funding a Saturday workshop on Church Lane - open to all who would like support with any money issues - including debt, budgeting and saving. 

Maybe you want to get control of the family budget, income and expenses. Others of us might want to pay down a debt, or save for a big family birthday. 

Spaces are limited, so please sign up to secure your booking - you can call (0208 616 3750), email ( or sign up online (book online).

Venue: The Lounge, Holy Trinity Church, 67 Church Lane, East Finchley N2 0TH
Timing: Wednesday 18th March from 10.30-2.30pm


First aid saves lives, and knowing what to do in an emergency can make all the difference....

We are pleased to be offering a free First Aid course for residents of the GBL area this March. If you are interested in taking part, please get in touch at


Update from Barnwood
The new community forest garden on Tarling Road

This project is run by a great group of volunteers, and has received funding from Grange Big Local.

"On Sunday 26th January Barnwood hosted a memorial service with Faiths Forum For London as part of Holocaust Memorial Day. We planted 125 soft fruit bushes to mark the remembrance and viewed the snowdrops planted last year which are now in flower ! We were joined at midday by two groups from Somali Bravanese Welfare Association to observe a silent reflection and light candles to share our thoughts.

This brings the total of trees and bushes planted this year to 498. We are holding back two Mulberry trees to plant with board members of GBL to mark our journey together."

To keep up to date on all the latest Barnwood news, follow them on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook
GBL funded community projects

Thanks to Bidemi and the team at Barnet TV (above) for running our free TV Skills training sessions this month.

This girls football club based at Martin School continues to run every Saturday - term time until March, 10am-11am. The club has been set up to encourage, mentor and support girls under 11.

Some of our grants recipients are working on developing community gardening projects in the area - if you are interested in getting involved please email us at

Local resident Naomi received a grant from GBL to set up meditation sessions, and she is now continuing the project independently - still based at Martin School, you can follow her on Insta for more information
by Sandy, GBL partnership member

We have a new business within the boundaries of the GBL area, just in time for spring.  It’s The Happiness –Bespoke Boutique at 472 Long Lane (corner Church Lane). It offers dry-cleaning, laundry services, expert alterations and repairs, as well as personal attention to “what the customer needs”.
When interviewed at her glamorous remodelled premises, the young owner Saffa said that her vision for “Happiness” was that it would support people “ in looking their best, and comfortable in their own wardrobe” and that there would also be opportunities to hire exclusive outfits for special occasions.  She will design and carry out bespoke embroidery on textile gifts for reasonable prices.
When asked why she chose the site, Saffa said that it was near where she lived, and that residents were friendly and cared about their environment.  “Jennie Mann” the florist had welcomed and encouraged her when she first looked at the premises. Since she has moved in, Loli at the Imperial Café next door had provided wonderful sandwiches and support. The Galaxy Drug Store across the road has provided many useful essential supplies. She is keen to reduce her carbon footprint, not only by cutting down her own travelling, but also by substituting alternatives for single use plastic, and encouraging recycling of packaging and hangers.
Saffa is a welcome addition to the community. Although she is a young entrepreneur, she is carrying on a family tradition established by her grandfather in Bagdad, and her mother in central London. Her mum lives very nearby and will continue to provide crucial support.There are lots of special introductory offers available. LET'S USE LOCAL SERVICES!
Our community cooking classes continue every Friday 11am to 1pm at St Mary's Church Hall (until 10th April 2020. All residents welcome!
Local Resources

We are building a list of useful resources available in our local area, if you have any others to add, please email
Five Bells Computer Club a free club all about getting to know your smartphone, tablet or laptop computer - giving you more confidence with new technology.The Five Bells Pub 165-167 East End Road, every Tuesday Afternoon from 2-4pm

Ann Owens Centre offers a wide range of support and activities for people over the age of 55 from exercise classes and IT, to cookery classes and lunch clubs. 

Newstead Children's Centre supports families in areas such as childcare, parent support, health and adult learning - they offer a wide range of weekly activities including messy play for under 5s and employment advice sessions.

Finchley Foodbank provides food for people in need, open on Saturdays 12.30pm to 2.00pm at St Mary’s Parish Centre, East Finchley, 279 High Road.

Finchley Community Toy Library - borrow toys for young children, and stay and play on Tuesday mornings at 9.30, Green Man Community Centre

N2 United is a local business and community network for N2 that meets each month


We have a big programme of work and would love to have more volunteers join us. If you have ever thought about volunteering and would like to get involved in our community more, please drop us a line. We can talk about your interests and go from there.
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