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Grange Big Local Newsletter

October 2019

Share your views and win a prize!

We need your help to write our next plan, by answering the questions in our survey, talking to or emailing us. We would also be grateful for any time you can give to make these ideas happen. The more volunteers we have, the more we can do.

The survey should take no more than 15 minutes to complete, and it will make a great contribution to our work to find our what local people want for our area.

To thank you for helping us with this, you can enter a prize draw at the end of this survey. First prize is a voucher for £50 for a meal at La Rugoletta and the second prize is a voucher for £25 for a takeaway of your choice. Be sure to leave us your contact details if you want to enter the prize draw!

Please share the link with any neighbours in the area:

The survey will close Friday 29th November 2019

You are warmly invited to the Grange Big Local Get Together

Saturday 16th November from 2 to 5 pm

Let’s talk about what improvements we would like to make with our lottery funding
We want to create an area where
–      Residents can flourish
–      Our environment can blossom
–      Our economy can grow

Venue: St Mary’s Parish Centre, 279 High Road, East Finchley
With tea and cake and a kids craft table

Everyone welcome - can you come along and bring a neighbour?


We are really pleased to see some of our grants projects now up and running in the community.

Local resident Naomi is running a great relaxation session at Martin School Tuesdays at 7pm (instagram @naomisoundsessence)
Community cooking classes are happening with Bread N Butter at St Marys Hall Fridays 11-1pm (, 07940 571 676, instagram @breadnbuttercic)
Barnet TV is offering TV skills training to local young people (instagram @mybarnettv)
Lymore Girls FC is offering football training and mentoring to girls at Martin School on Saturdays 10-11am in term time (instagram @lymoregardengirls)
Please contact the organizers for more information and to confirm timings. A list of our confirmed projects is now up online:

Thanks to everyone who took part in the Fun Palace - it was a great event, and some have said our best community festival yet! We would like to say a special thank you to volunteer and GBL board member Julia Hines, who puts so much into organising this event. And to all the volunteers who came on the day to make it happen - including the great team at the Barnwood open space next to the community centre.

The Fun Palace is all about local people sharing their skills with others, and the variety of activities and the generosity of the participants really made it a special day - thank to you all.



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.
Did you know? We are on Twitter, Instagram and have a group and page on Facebook. Give us a follow to keep updated...
We are building a list of useful resources available in our local area, if you have any others to add, please email

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
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