Guest Editor’s Mary Portas & Melanie Rickey

Welcome to November

Arethra Franklin who died in August knew all about community: “Being the Queen is not all about singing, and being a diva is not all about singing. It has much to do with your service to people. And your social contributions to your community.”

Primrose Hill has a strong community. It’s part of whatmakes it special. At the centre of it all is the Primrose Hill CommunityAssociation which exists to serve its residents and provide vital socialresources for all ages.

There are many creative people in Primrose Hill, some are atthe top of their career and some are just starting out, such as the female entrepreneurs in this issue.And there are those who are equally creative, but have somehow fallen through the cracks such as Marcel Schmitt. Phil Cowan has written down his memories of Marcel for us which give a reminder that it’s our duty as a community to care for all its members. Our Community Centre helps us to do this. There are activities for young children, over 60s and Narcotics Anonymous to name but a few.

As the Community Association have signed a lease from Camden Council, they now need to raise £250,000 before the end of the year in order to secure its future for the next twenty-five years. Details of the fundraising campaign can be found here.

It’s ‘Hall or Nothing’ for the future of our Community Centre, so please give what you can to keep it serving our Primrose Hill community.


Photo credit: Sarah Louise Ramsay

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