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Grange Big Local Newsletter

Spring 2019

We are launching an exciting new grants programme!

GBL is offering grants to residents and local organisations with the passion, skills and ideas to bring a positive impact to our area. Residents can apply for up to £500 and organisations up to £10,000 to run community projects in the Grange Big Local area.

What can the money be used for?
It has to be used for something that will help the area – whether that is a gardening project, a community lunch, a community jumble trail, a junior disco, or equipment for a youth group. Whatever it is has to be open to everyone.

Who can apply?
Residents who live in, or organisations that work in, the Grange Big Local area. That is the roads within the boundaries of the North Circular, East End Road, Church Lane and the High Road.

The deadline for applications is 24th June.

Got an idea, or want to find out more? Let's talk..

Please join our drop in sessions at East Finchley library on
Monday May 20th 9.30am-11.30am or
Wednesday May 22nd 6.00-8.00pm
to find out more.

You can also email for more information or to register your interest: Community Engagement Manager, Claire Meade,

Our simple 5 minute application form will be live online from May 13 at


Grange Big Local is pleased to be funding a new kids and youth activity programme for the Grange Estate starting in June 2019. We know that local activities for young people are high on your priority list.

Local Finchley-based organisation Hope North London will be leading the programme - they have lots of experience running young people's activities on East Finchley's estates.

If you live on The Grange you'll be getting more info through your door soon!

We are building a list of useful resources available in our local area, if you have any others to add, please email

Citizens Advice Service A specific service for our area funded by GBL, residents of N2 can access advice on a range of issues including welfare benefits, debt, employment, housing or relationship breakdown advice.

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 2pm at St Mary’s Parish Centre, East Finchley, 279 High Road.
Get Creative with a Flower Flash in East Finchley

On Sunday 19 May, between 1.00pm-3.30pm Ursula Stone of The Flower Bank is organising a Bloomin Barnet Bins competition as part of the Chelsea Flower Show Fringe
What is Bloomin Barnet Bins?
It is a flower flash - there will be ten new, clean dustbins around Barnet that teams can decorate within the time with flowers provided by the Flower Bank and any other items you can scavenge. We could use the bin as a giant case, or make a dalek, owl, flowery bonfire, or jellyfish.

Two of the bins will be in East Finchley - one by Market Place playground and one in Barnwood on Tarling Road. If you would like to join a team - come along on the day.
Each team will have a florist assigned to help them, so you don't need any experience with flowers. There will be pictures posted on Instagram afterwards to judge the winning bin. After the flash is finished team members can take the flowers home.  

If you would like a reminder on the day, or would like to help with planning, email
The Flower Bank
The Flower Bank is a local social enterprise that works in floristry. They use donated, out of date flowers to make funeral wreaths for families who couldn't otherwise afford them and arrangements for care homes and day centres. They work with a variety of people including young offenders and people with mental health issues to teach floristry skills. They will soon be opening a base in Friern Barnet. 


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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