Belsize Society Newsletter May 2022

Posted on 15/5/2022

The May BelSoc Newsletter is online here as a pdf.

We were able to hold an AGM in March that was face-to-face, and this issue describes some of the discussion. We also returned to Belsize Square Synagogue in May to listen to candidates for the local elections at our hustings and you’ll find a report in this Newsletter.

This Newsletter has two articles about Belsize in the 1930s, one about the pioneers of the British Modernist movement. Averil Nottage is due to host a historic walk later in the year drawing on themes in her article. We also have a piece about the 1930s block of flats Howitt Close, based on research Barbara Abraham has undertaken about the building. Built at around the same time as the cutting edge modernist flats of the Isokon building, the article highlights the rich Art Deco architectural pedigree of Webb’s building. 

There has been some good news for all of us who would like to see a greener Belsize. The Society secured Community Infrastructure Levy funding and this will allow Camden Council’s Greener Spaces team to plant trees in the triangular island at the junction of Eton Avenue, Lancaster Grove, Lambolle Place and Eton Garages. The Newsletter also has an update on discussions between the Council and a number of resident bodies about the enforcement of construction policies during development.

Thanks to members for contributing to TYCT, and we are really pleased to include the 2022 edition with the Newsletter.

The Newsletter has more dates for diaries than the past couple of years, as Hampstead Theatre and other local venues begin to host a fuller set of events. We also note an initiative inviting locals to have a drink at one of the popular restaurants in Belsize Village.

We are holding the first summer party since emerging from lockdown. Details are in the Newsletter and hope to see you there. Enjoy this Newsletter.