Welcome to March 2024

From the editor Maggie Chambers

Our community was deeply shocked by the stabbing on the top of Primrose Hill on New Year’s Eve, and our hearts go out to the family and friends involved. Tragically, it occurred soon after another fatal stabbing at the end of December, in nearby Abbey Road.

Our local charity, St. Mary’s, works 24/7 to reduce violence in the area. In the last two years they have removed hundreds of knives from the streets, through negotiations or via their knife amnesty bin on King Henry’s Road. They are also part of the Safer Parks Panel for Primrose Hill. Let’s hope Primrose Hill can join together in its pursuit to remove knives, and help to make our streets safe again. You can read about the work Mary’s does on page of the print magazine. Please support this work as much as you’re able, as it’s crucial, both to the young people whose lives are being ruined, and ultimately to us all as a community.

On a (much) lighter note, you might have noticed how freshly painted our iconic phone boxes are near The Queen’s. They’ve been made over, along with others in the area, by Rob, a volunteer who paints them for free. BT just send him the paint and he gets on with it. In his free time, he has painted nine in the past year, which is such a generous gesture. BT, if you’re reading this, Rob deserves a nice holiday somewhere sunny …

There’s good news for disco fans as the Village Disco is back this month. Shimmy on down to the Community Centre on 16 March (if you have a ticket!).  There are a lot of events in the pipeline and I’m looking forward to seeing you all out and about as we emerge from hibernation.

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