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Belsize Society Newsletter: November 2020

Welcome to the November BelSoc Newsletter.

As we enter a second lockdown, the Newsletter has a focus on strolls around the Belsize areawith a walk that takes you to Hampstead and back. There is also a piece looking at the trees listed in Camden’s open data.

We are hosting the Camden Air Quality team via zoom November 25, a first event for quite a while for the Society. The Newsletter introduces this session and gives joining details.

The lockdown means that a few of the activities we were hoping would continue after the summer – such as the popular streatery in Belsize village and the re-opening of Hampstead Theatre – have had to be paused. But each are ready if the lockdown ends in December as planned.

This issue comes to you with a letter about renewing your membership. We hope you continue to support us as we continue to develop our charitable activities – consider using gift aid when making payments to us.

Hope you enjoy this Newsletter.



Local News: November 2020

Hampstead Theatre will lift our spirits with Pinter

If you are by now yearning for the theatre, then you will be interested in the Hampstead Theatre’s production of Harold Pinter’s “Dumb Waitor”.  Directed by Alice Hamilton, it is now due to run from 3 December to 16 January. The play received its premier as part of Hampstead Theatre’s first ever season in 1960. It returns for its 60th Anniversary Production.  Reviewing the 1960 production, the Sunday Times wrote:  ‘If the Hampstead Theatre Club keeps to this standard, it not only deserves success it will command it’.  That has certainly come true.

Belsize Community Library

Due to the new lockdown rules, Belsize Community Library is closed to the public this November but as part of their BCL Recommends Series, they will be offering a community book-lending scheme.

To participate you will need your library card, (to get a card, use this form) then either email or phone 020 7586 6746 on Mondays between 11.00 and 17.00, saying what types and how many books you would like.  Allow one hour for the library team to pick your books then collect them from the library entrance during the hours above, making sure you wear a mask and observe all social distancing guidelines.

The Belsize Village Streatery 

Many members will have taken advantage of the outdoor eating facilities in Belsize Village over the summer months. The Streatery has had its licence renewed until 1 January 2021. Let’s hope that they will be able to use it. The licence includes permission for environmentally-friendly electric heaters to be installed, which may encourage people to continue dining outdoors over the winter period.

Access to Council Libraries during Lockdown

Camden Council writes:

  • Swiss Cottage Library: this library will close on Thursday 5 November and reopen on Monday 9 November for “request and read”. Collections will be from the foyer.
  • Camden Local Studies and Archive Centre: the centre will be closed to customers but resources can be accessed online:
  • Home Library Service: we will continue to deliver to housebound customers. If you, or someone you know, can’t get out and about, you may be eligible for the free home library service. Every four weeks, we will bring reading, music and films to your home. Email

BelSoc Matters


BelSoc membership subscriptions for 2021 are due on 1 January 2021.  We hope you will all wish to renew your membership as we are dependant on subscriptions for our work.  We do not send out invoices but enclosed with this Newsletter you will find a letter addressed to you personally with details of what to do.  Please read it and take action before 1 January.
Remember all the benefits of the membership, such as the ‘Tradesmen You Can Trust’ booklet and the chance to be involved with local issues. Also, if you are able, please use gift aid when making membership payments.

BelSoc Trustee Reporting Requirements

As members will know, Trustees of charities are obliged under charity law to comply with the reporting requirements set by the Charity Commission. For a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) like BelSoc, this means submitting an annual Trustee report on the charity’s activities and a statement of accounts. Trustees have ten months following the end of the reporting period to do this.

Our first Trustee report and financial return can therefore now be found as a download on the Charity Commission’s website. BelSoc was registered as a charity on 26 November 2018, so the report and return cover the period from that date to 31 December 2019. Hereafter our reports will cover the calendar year.

As BelSoc’s annual income is less than £25,000 there is no legal requirement to have our accounts independently examined. However, as you may recall, the end of year statement of accounts that we present to members at the AGM has for a number of years been examined independently, and in preparing our financial return for the Commission we have followed the same practice. An Independent Examiner’s report to Trustees is therefore included among the documents. We are most grateful (as ever!) to Jill Tyrrell for agreeing to undertake this.

HS2: More Adelaide Road works

Update 29.10.20.: HS2 will be carrying out further drainage surveys from 9-12th November and from mid November for up to six weeks, will start to remove further vegetation and trees within their site boundary. Here is the notification or visit HS2incCamden
Traffic management on Adelaide Road will now continue until late November, with no access between Adelaide Road and Eton Road from 2 November. Overnight utilities surveys will take place on 2 and 3 November.
Please see details, including maps, as attached here or visit for more information.

Camden Friends of the Earth – Energy Cafes

Camden Friends of the Earth are co-hosting virtual Energy Cafe chats in collaborations with Power Up North London, Transition Kentish Town and Camden Council.
Their goal is to help those whose energy costs have become too high and are struggling to understand the cheaper options out there as well as helping homeowners who are looking to retrofit and highlighting the Government’s Green Homes Grant which Camden Council has said it will match for residents who apply, all of which fall squarely within their plans for a green and fair recovery.
The first Energy Cafes will be held via zoom on Tuesday 10th and Tuesday 24th November. To attend, register on Eventbrite; search for Camden Energy Cafe.
It is also possible to join a webinar directed at homeowners aiming to retrofit; you may register here.

Camden Planning Guidance; new drafts and updates

Camden is consulting on two new drafts for Home Improvements and Housing plus updates on Amenities (air quality; basements; community, leisure and pub uses; design; employment, energy efficiency and adaptation; planning for health and wellbeing; town centres; transport).
To see what is being proposed and comment, please go to
They would like your views by 09.10.20.

Planning Matters

100 Avenue Road: Pause in Construction

Many will have noticed the removal of cranes from the 100 Avenue Road site. The developers – Essential Living – held a Construction Working Group meeting in July to update local groups and councillors about plans. The phase removing the old building and putting in place foundations has ended and work at the site has been paused. Continue reading