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Belsize Community Choir in 2023

Belsize Community Choir was founded in 2010, and we embrace a blend of eclectic music from secular and sacred traditions worldwide that captures a broad spectrum, with around 30+ members, and is a non-auditioned choir so anyone can join us. We are an inclusive, fun and engaging community that values the playful and relaxed pursuit of choral excellence. 

The Choir rehearses at St Peter’s Church on Thursday evenings from 7 pm – 9 pm. There is a break during rehearsal for a drink (or two) for nibbles and socialising. Concessions to the subscription are available. See belsizecommunitychoir.wordpress.com for further details.

Our Christmas event this year is “Music and Words” on Sunday, December 17th at 7:30 pm, led by our Musical Director Ezra Burke and our Accompanist Dimitri Kennaway.

Admission is free, refreshments are available, and donations appreciated. All proceeds go to St Peter’s Church.

Belsize Society Newsletter August 2022

The August BelSoc Newsletter is online here as a pdf

Welcome to the August Newsletter of the Belsize Society.

It was great to see many of you at the Summer Party this year, after being unable to host this event for the past two years. We had a sunny day, cakes and tea, and a wonderful garden to enjoy this in. 

We are really pleased that our former chair Averil Nottage will lead an historical walk in the area around Parkhill Road. In this Newsletter, she has written about one of the themes in the walk – spies in Belsize – complementing her piece last time on the British Modernists who also lived in that area. Please do sign up for this walk on EventBrite, which will be a tour through this history.

We were deeply saddened to hear of Diana Self’s passing. The Newsletter has a piece commemorating her. There is also a piece about volunteering for the Society, an aspect of our work for which Diana provided a lot of support, as she hosted numerous events bringing members together to progress Society work.

The Newsletter has two pieces about clean air, with Camden consulting on its pollution strategy and the new Parklets being established in the Borough. A Parklet has appeared at the corner of England’s Lane and Antrim Road.

On planning matters, we report on the O2 Centre development and on the closing of the England’s Lane launderette. Also, the Hampstead Theatre’s autumn schedule is highlighted. 

Hope you enjoy this Newsletter.

HEDGEHOG SURVEY 2022

The Zoological Society of London (ZSL), in partnership with the Heath & Hampstead Society, is leading a survey of some wildlife on Hampstead Heath, Regents Park and their environs under the title ”London Hogwatch Project”. The three endangered species on which they wish particularly to improve conservation are hedgehogs, foxes and badgers and the first step is to map the populations to see how they are distributed in this area (a map is included in the survey).
The survey questions are straight forward and the Society would appreciate submissions by September. Results will be advertised on the Society’s website. This is the link Hedgehog Survey 2022

Streaming “The Story of Moll King’s Belsize Houses”, 20 Dec-6 Jan

David Percy’s presentation is available to stream online over the seasonal period, in case you would like to see this excellent presentation again or were unable to go to the recent screening. David has kindly allowed his illustrated production to be available for a limited period, streaming from 20 December to 6 January.

The link online is https://vimeo.com/646936549/4ea43b20ea.

The original screening for this was at the Belsize Library at an event marking the Society’s 50th anniversary. We would also encourage you to make a donation to the community library. The Community Library receives no regular funding from national or local government and relies almost entirely on contributions, large or small, to ensure it continues to be free to use. Please make a one-off donation or become a sponsor to fund this community-driven vision for the future: https://thewinch.org/imagine-a-place-for-everyone

HS2 works in Eton Road

HS2 will be closing Eton Road for works from 8th – 17th December. Here are the contents of their email:

“Dear Residents
High Speed Two (HS2) is the new high speed railway for Britain. Phase One of HS2 – from London to the West Midlands – is now in its construction stage.
We wrote to you recently about works to carry out utility surveys on Eton Road for one night on 1 December. You can view our pervious notification here
As part of our ongoing works to set up the Adelaide Road site, we will be carrying out ground investigation works on Eton Road. This will involve digging a temporary trench to confirm the location of utility services under the road surface.
The ground investigation works will take approximately 10 days, starting from 8 December until 17 December. We will be working during our core hours which are 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday and 8am to 1pm on Saturdays. Eton Road will be closed for the duration of these works, you can find further information about our traffic management plans on our notification here
If you have a question about HS2 or our works, please contact the helpdesk on 08081 434 434 or email HS2enquiries@hs2.org.uk.
Kind regards
Liam Heath
Community Engagement Officer – Area Central
Braitrim House, 98 Victoria Road, London, NW10 6NB
Communities@scsrailways.co.uk

Belsize Community Choir in 2021

Belsize Community Choir was founded in 2010, and embraces a blend of eclectic music from secular and sacred traditions worldwide.  The Choir has 30-40 members and is a non-auditioned choir so that anyone can join it.  It is an inclusive, fun and engaging community that values the playful and relaxed pursuit of choral excellence.

The Choir rehearses at St Peter’s Church on Thursday evenings from 7 pm – 9 pm. There is a break during rehearsal for a drink (or two), some nibbles and some socialising.  Concessions to the subscription available.  See belsizecommunitychoir.wordpress.com for further details.
Here is a taster of future events:

  • Wednesday, December 8 at 7:00 pm. Concert raising money for Maggie’s Cancerkin. Featuring Belsize Community Choir, a gospel group, and other local singers.
  • Sunday, December 19  at 6:30 pm. Annual carol service at St Peter’s, led by Father Paul Nicholson, with music by Belsize Community Choir.

HS2 online event for residents on Tuesday, 8th November from 18.00-19.00.

Their email invitation follows:

From: Communities <communities@scsrailways.co.uk>
Sent: 26 October 2021 17:07
Cc: HS2Enquiries <HS2Enquiries@hs2.org.uk>; Communities <communities@scsrailways.co.uk>
Subject: HS2 and SCSJV – Adelaide Road site community update (sheet piling) – 8 November 2021

Dear Residents

High Speed Two (HS2) is the new high speed railway for Britain. Phase One of HS2 – from London to the West Midlands – is now in its construction stage.

We will be holding an online information event on 8 November 2021 from 6pm to 7pm to talk about our site at Adelaide Road in Camden.

At this event you will find out more about:

·  upcoming sheet piling works (within site)
·  upcoming traffic management on Adelaide Road
·  measures in place to minimise disruption to our neighbours

Our team of experts will provide a presentation at 6pm. Following this, you’ll be able ask any questions you may have about our works.

This information event will be held on Microsoft Teams. Register your attendance here

 We look forward to meeting you.

If you have a question about HS2 or our works, please contact the helpdesk on 08081 434 434 or email HS2enquiries@hs2.org.uk. HS2enquiries@hs2.org.uk.

Kind regards

Liam Heath
Community Engagement Officer – Area Central

Braitrim House, 98 Victoria Road, London, NW10 6NB
Communities@scsrailways.co.uk

Find out about Air Quality in Belsize

What has lockdown meant for air pollution in London, and how does air quality in NW3 compare to other areas?

In this interactive virtual Q&A session, Camden’s air quality officer Tom Parkes will present the results of last year’s volunteer-led air quality monitoring project in Belsize Park and will describe the current situation for air pollution in Camden amidst the second national lockdown, as well as updating on the Council’s ambitions for achieving the World Health Organization air quality standards.

The event will be online 6pm, Wednesday 25 November, by Zoom. Contact  info@belsize.org.uk for meeting details.

Tradesmen You Can Trust

A New Decade and nearly time for a new TYCT

So please get busy with email or pen and form, to send us your new tradesmen ‘finds’, plus re-recommendations for existing entries. All this input is for members, by fellow members  – so mutually beneficial!

Our thanks to all who have already contributed. As a reminder to those who intend to do so, please use the form enclosed with this newsletter, or download the same form from www.belsize.org.uk/membership/tradesment-you-can-trust, or just email full details, including your own, to TYCT@belsize.org.uk by 3rd April 2020.