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Grange Big Local Newsletter

November 2018

Are you free on 
Sunday November 25th?

Community gardening event

Brownswell Green, between Oak Lane and Brownswell Road

Take part in a bulb planting and clean up event at the Tarling Road Eco-Garden, known as Barnwood. 
  • Turn up with your gardening gloves (if you have some) and give us - and other local groups - a hand to start transforming Barnwood
  • Enjoy snacks
  • Meet neighbours and enjoy this precious patch of green
In the early hours of 7th November there was a fire at Willow House on the Grange Estate. Thankfully no one was injured, but a number of people have lost their homes and belongings.
GBL board members and Hope North London have organised two lunches for those affected, with the support of other community groups, to offer home cooked food, as well as advice and support at this difficult time.

How can you help?

There has been a massive response from the East Finchley community in support of families affected - your continued help is most appreciated.

GBL & CommUNITY Barnet have set up a Gofundme page to raise money to support those involved. If you haven't already done so, please consider giving a donation here: Please share this link on social media and with your local networks. 

If you are a business able to donate, please call CommUNITY Barnet offices on 020 8364 8400

If you are able to donate/purchase household items, children’s toys and books, electrical items etc. please email with details. We will then contact you if we have a particular request we can match your kind offer with.
Thank you to everyone who attended our AGM at the end of October. We had around 20 local residents join the meeting. We were pleased to appoint two new members and a new Chair.
The current list of board members is:
James Masters (Chair), Pat Murphy (Vice Chair), Julia Hines (Treasurer)
Plus Eric Albani, Dinah Beamish, Sandy Barker, Spencer Birsinger, Dennis Evans, Elizabeth James, Semir Johar, Leo Smith and James Watson.

We said farewell and thanks to two outgoing members: Emily Burnham and Maria Petnga-Wallace.

Meet our new Chair
James Masters

At our AGM at the end of October, we appointed a new Chair, James. Big thanks to Pat Murphy who held the role for three years - she stays on as Vice Chair. Here James answers a few questions about GBL.

How did you find out about GBL?
It was via a GBL flyer through my door which had a map on the back. When I looked closely I realised that I lived within the GBL area - up until then I thought the area stopped at the Northern Line.
What attracted you to join in?
I’d always wanted to get involved in the local community but I didn’t know where to start. My first taste of GBL was helping arrange the music stage and logistics planning for last year’s Fun Palace festival.

The more I learnt about GBL and the value of the work and efforts they put in to our local area, the more I realised I could help. Initially I had no idea that we are just one of many Big Local areas and how it is all from the Big Lottery Fund.
What’s your background?
So far I’ve had two different career paths. First I had quite a corporate role, working here and in Europe for a large Japanese manufacturing company. Then I went fully into music which was always a passion, owning record labels, managing artists and building careers.
What is best about being on the board?
Working closely with people that are passionate about people and the area we live in, who think about others before themselves and are focusing on delivering real changes that directly impact on the lives of others in the best way possible.
What is your vision for GBL?
I aim to start moving the focus towards building a legacy for when the funding period ends – but I agree wholeheartedly with our shared vision which is “Promoting a thriving and caring community.”
What would you say to a person considering getting involved?
Please be in contact. You can do as much or as little as you want. We’re all volunteers and understand the pressures and demands of real life. If you’re considering GBL drop us an email and we can chat
If you have any electrical equipment that needs fixing, bring it along to this Archer Academy event at the Ann Owens centre - and get support from specially trained students and Restart volunteers.
Did you know? We are on Twitter, Instagram and have a group and page on Facebook. Give us a follow to keep updated...
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