News & Views – July/August

Primrose Hill Fair Instagram Competition

Primrose Hill Community Association held an Instagram photo competition for the Summer Fair in Chalcot Square using the hashtag #PHFair2018. There were some expert entries and the winning photo was by Safiyyah Goollam Kader @safiikader. The runner-up was @christophernm.

Safiyyah was presented with a voucher for a Melrose and Morgan hamper by Maureen Betts, Chair of the Primrose Hill Community Association. Winning images can be seen on the back cover of the current issue of On The Hill.

Hygge Pygge Café

A warm welcome to Hygge Pygge Café which has opened opposite Camden Market (37 Chalk Farm Road). The café has been working closely with local charities, bands and families to create a unique space for people to get together in a warm atmosphere and enjoy good, locally sourced food. They have already held live acoustic guitar sessions and cater to families by providing a play area for kids.

The café is embracing the community spirit of the area by offering a ‘pay it forward coffee scheme’ whereby people can buy a second coffee at half price for someone in the community less fortunate than themselves. They also distribute coffees to charities at closing time.

Congratulations to Cave Interiors

Primrose Hill based interior design studio Cave Interiors studio has recently been included in the prestigious House & Garden Top 100 Interior Designers list. This list is only announced every three years, so it’s a particularly special honour. You can view the image on the House & Garden website here.

Coaches Parked on Prince Albert Road

We’ve had various reports of the coaches parked on Prince Albert Road who park leaving their engines running and empty their toilet waste along the roadside. As one resident quoted on Nextdoor ‘It’s foul, disgusting, unsanitary and illegal’. The worst of it is that the coaches are parked near the playground, so children are getting to breathe in the fumes – and worse – as they play.

OTH printed a letter about this last summer and Camden New Journal has run an article. Local blog ILovePrimroseHill has been very proactive and actually filmed conversations with the coach drivers – and Camden council have been alerted. Yet in spite of our joint objections, the situation continues. As a community we need to put pressure on the council, and the drivers, to prevent this from continuing.

The Primrose Hill Ballet Schools

The Primrose Hill Ballet Schools will be staging The Secret Garden on Saturday 7 July at The Haverstock Theatre. Claire Calvert, their patron and a Principal with The Royal Ballet will be attending to hand out achievement awards.

Broadway meets Primrose Hill

The upcoming Broadway transfer of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King and I is transferring to London’s Palladium this Summer and the show’s director Bartlett Sher will be staying in Primrose Hill throughout the run.

The Tony Award winning production, including stars Ken Watanabe, Kelli O’Hara and Takao Osawa will be rehearsing at WAC Arts in Belsize Park.
With music by Richard Rodgers, book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, The Kind and I features the classics Getting To Know You, Hello Young Lovers, Shall We Dance, I Have Dreamed, and Something Wonderful. Set in 1860s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher, whom the imperious King brings to Siam to tutor his many wives and children.

The show opens on 3 July and runs until 29 September. Tickets: £15 – £82.50. Box Office: 020 7087 7755

Ice Without, Fire Within: A Life of Jacquetta Hawkes

Jacquetta Hawkes (1910-1996) was an author, poet, film-maker and archaeologist. She was also the wife of JB Priestly and together they founded the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND). Priestley remarked of his third wife: “What a woman, ice without and fire within.” His comments have inspired the title of a biography of Jacquetta by Christine Finn.

Jacquetta’s life has been forgotten in recent years but is now in vogue, especially her book The Land which she wrote at 39 Fitzroy Road. Christine has talked about Jacquetta at the library and community centre and led a walk to read from A Land at the top of Primrose Hill. She has also written about her in Primrose Hill Remembered.

Ice Without and Fire Within is currently being crowdfunded at Unbound. Please pledge to bring to life the story of one of our fascinating residents.