And there we thinking the last summer street party had been and gone (York Rise, since you’re asking). Now it turns out there’s a couple more big community events this Sunday before we batten down the hatches this autumn.
First off is the eighth (!) Tufnell Park Yard Sale, which sees about 70 houses putting a table or two up outside their gaffs to flog clothes, bric-a-brac, home-made jams, plants, shoes, books and more. The central area is the block between Holloway Road, Tufnell Park Road, Campdale Road and Foxham Road (location map here).
And then there’s the first ever Parliament Hill Street Party on the same day. Earlier this year local Jessica Jacobs, who’s been part of the Heathview Housing Co-operative on Gordon House Road for the last sixteen years, got together with some pals to apply for a Camden Community Street Festival grant. And guess what? They got it. Yay.
So the inaugural P-Hill Street Party is happening, and will see 28 stalls including a dog show (with prizes awarded by Nicky Clarke), a myriad of delish streetfood, lots of beer (natch), community organisations and a speaker’s corner (starring Sian Berry and more). There’s also a Rossella restaurant stall, Oxfam books outpost, a raffle with goodies donated by local businesses and two stages of live music including Acoustic Live and Vibe Machine. Phew.
Better still, it’s all to celebrate these diverse local milestones: 40 years of the Heathview Tenants’ Cooperative, 50 years of Greek Orthodox church St Anargyre (at the eastern tip of Gordon House Road), and 30 years of Mortimer Terrace Nature Reserve (it’s the one tucked away down behind the Southampton Arms).
And finally, the festival is raising money for homeless charities, refugees and the nature reserve itself, as it’s privately owned so – like everything now – under threat of development.
In the meantime, shop secondhand in Tufnell Park – and then eat, drink and be merrily community-minded in Gospel Oak. Burp.