Night-time antisocial behaviour – have your say

The Camden Community Police Consultation Group will be dedicating its next public meeting to late-night noise and antisocial behaviour associated with its busy night-time economy. This can affect residents in all parts of the borough and we want to hear about your experiences.

The meeting will take the form of a ‘community conversation’. This is an opportunity for all concerned in this issue to share their experiences and insights about how this effects them. This event will be taking place on Thursday 3 October, 7.00 pm, at Ort House, 126 Albert Road, London NW1 7NE. The nearest Tube is Camden Town.

Detective Superintendent Richard Tucker will be heading the meeting for the Police. Tom Preest, Camden’s Head of Community Safety and Jim Foudy, Head of Regulatory Services, will also attend. Camden licensees and venue owners will also be taking part.

Roy Walker, CCPCG chair, said; ‘Many residents have told us Camden’s night time economy has a severe impact on the quality of life, not just for them but for thousands of residents across the borough. They tell us it’s not just the thoughtlessness of high-spirited revellers; it’s when they use our doorways as toilets; It’s the taxi drivers sat in their cars in residential areas making noise whilst waiting for their fares; it’s the street traders dragging their noisy contraptions through the streets; it’s this and a lot more. We want to hear from you about your experiences. Everyone who can do something about it will be in one room. It’s important that there should be a strong turnout of residents so that they know exactly how you feel.’


Food and refreshments will be provided.

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Want to have a room made-over on TV?

You may have seen the flyers on the noticeboard looking for volunteers to have a room made-over for a brand new television series for BBC2 celebrating Britain’s interior design and architecture.

The series will feature some of the most talented amateur designers Britain has to offer, and every week will visit a different region of the country to look at the incredible architecture of that area. They are looking for modernist/brutalist properties for one episode and are really keen on doing a programme based in the Brunswick estate– subject to finding three suitable homeowners!

Each episode will be set in a different part of the country and will explore and celebrate a historical or architectural style specific to that area. They are looking to feature amazing homes that best represent the breadth of Britain’s housing heritage: Regency apartments in Brighton, Art Deco homes in London, Late-Victorian properties in Birmingham etc.

The series has a contest at its heart – a bit like British Bake-Off or Masterchef – but rather than a cooking competition, it’s a contest between people with a talent for interior design. The designers are people who have a great eye and a passion for designing interiors – but who don’t currently work as interior designers – it’s strictly ‘talented amateurs.’ In every episode we take three designers and give them each a room to make over – in three houses, ideally in the same location. They will be given three days to transform it. The makeover will be overseen by two judges – professionals from the world of interior design. At the end of the series, one overall winner will be declared Britain’s Best Home Designer!

So, they are looking for three homeowners in the Brunswick Centre who would be interested in having a room in their home transformed. The owner would give the designers a brief about what they want from each room – what style they would like, what the room would be used for, preferences in terms of colours/materials etc. The designers will be judged on how well they fulfil the brief they are given.

Outside of the design contest, the main presenter, Tom Dyckhoff, the BBC’s culture and architectural correspondent, will be exploring the history and background of each location, examining the architectural style of the period and the cultural backdrop.

If you would like to be involved, or have any questions at all about the series then please contact Ellie Priestman of Studio Lambert by e-mail or on 020 7502 5745.

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Bloomsbury Festival 2013

Installation, Bloomsbury Festival 2011

Installation, Bloomsbury Festival 2011

Clear your diary – this year’s Bloomsbury Festival is coming, from 15-20 October, with the usual strong programme of events, music, installations, art, talks and walks.

There are lunchtime and after work events during the week, including walks on themes from the railway revolution to Bloomsbury women, piano and organ recitals, a Tim Rice masterclass, and talks by author Will Self and artist Terry Duffy.

On Friday evening 150 local school children will open a pop-up Embassy of Children’s Rights in Russell Square, and throughout the weekend the square will host a range of children’s activities, music and craft stalls, plus food and drink.  Download the full programme here.

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Bloomsbury Summer Fete 2013

The 2013 Bloomsbury Summer Fete will take place on Friday 14 June 2013 in Bedford Square. The event will be opened by Cllr Jonathan Simpson, the Mayor of Camden, and will feature a wide range of attractions including:

  • Stalls open from 11am
  • Children’s activities
  • Four awesome robot drummers
  • Europa, a 50 minute dramatic, musical and architectural collaboration between designer collective ADA and composer/director Adam  Donen at 1.30pm
  • the Bloomsbury Big Alfresco Lunch
  • An evening music programme put together by Midtown Music, from 4.30-10.30pm.

Performers include our very own Brunswick Singers, so do go along and support them. For more details visit the Bloomsbury Summer Fete website.

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St Pancras talks

St Pancras old churchStuart Tappin has sent a note about an interesting series of talks taking place during the year at St Pancras old church – which is well worth visiting, if you haven’t been there. Although little is left of the original building, you can sense the history of the site, which is believed to be one of the oldest sites of Christian worship in England. The graveyard also has an interesting history: the novelist Thomas Hardy worked on the exhumation of graves when Victorian railway works cut through the site – a forerunner of the Channel rail link – and the remaining graves include the impressive family mausoleum of Sir John Soane, which inspired the Sir Giles Gilbert Scott’s design for the famous red telephone box.

The talks start on Saturday May 11, the eve of St Pancras Day, and are in aid of  an appeal to raise funds for the fabric of the church, as ancient drains are threatening this picturesque Grade II* listed building. All money raised will go towards building new drains and securing the cracks in the stone walls. Entry to the talks costs £10, and they are given by leading historians and authors including Roger Bowdler on the tombs, Gillian Darley on John Soane and St Pancras, and Simon Bradley on St Pancras Station.

For more information see this leaflet St Pancras lecture series 2013 or email:

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Parking consultation

Residents should have received the consultation on Controlled Parking Zones this week. Camden is asking for feedback on whether to extend the hours during which the parking controls operate. Currently, these are 8.30am to 6.30pm on Mondays to Fridays and 8.30am to 1.30pm on Saturdays, with no restrictions on Sunday.

It is obviously tricky to balance the competing needs of residents and those visiting them or the shops, restaurants and cinema in the Brunswick, and there is also the general desire to minimise traffic in the centre of town. Personally, I can see both sides of the argument: tranquility is very important to me but I do worry that if controls are increased it will create a barrier for my visitors. At the moment, my brother and his children can come down to see me and play in Coram’s Fields at the weekend, but they are unlikely to do so if they have to pay for parking or use public transport (a bus and tube journey with three young children and two bikes: any volunteers?).

What do you think? The consultation is also available online at and is open until Monday 11th February.

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Calling all Brunswick Singers and Readers!

Isobel alerts me to the fact that the Brunswick Singing Group are singing again! The group meets on Wednesday evenings from 6.30-7.45pm in the BTRA Community Room, 10 Foundling Court. New members are warmly welcomed and no prior experience is necessary, so do go along and join in.

Not content with getting us singing, Isobel is also involved in the set up of a new reading group, which sounds like a great idea. It meets on the last Wednesday of the month, from 3.30-5.30pm in the BTRA Community Room. The next meeting is Wednesday 28 November and the book they are reading is Animal Farm by George Orwell. There will be no meeting in December, so the date after that will be 30 January.

Enquiries about both groups to Isobel on or call 0207 837 0008.

Singing and reading – what better way to while away these long dark evenings!

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