Mary’s Living and Giving: Volunteers Needed

It’s a busy Saturday morning in Mary’s Living and Giving shop in Primrose Hill. The manager, Monica Nsue Jurado, is checking the inventory room; volunteer Nada carries downstairs the donation bags that a local resident brought in; and John, a former charity communications manager, is happy he managed to fix the window display. “The interesting part about volunteering,” Monica says, “is that you get to … Continue reading Mary’s Living and Giving: Volunteers Needed

A Happy High Street?

Our urban environments are always evolving and Primrose Hill is no different. Local businesses make a significant contribution to the unique ‘village’ lifestyle enjoyed by Primrose Hill residents. Micael Johnstone explores the trends driving some of the Hill’s recent changes and looks at ways in which local shops and restaurants can continue to thrive. Walking through Primrose Hill on a sunny day and browsing the … Continue reading A Happy High Street?

Lucie Allison on Wreaths

As you kiss under the mistletoe, be mindful that the plant was once said to have mystic properties. Likewise, holly was considered sacred by pagans. Because of these beliefs, a sixth-century Catholic bishop banned Christmas foliage as being ‘dangerous and heathen’. Savouring the thought of being dangerous and heathen, I seek out Lucie Allison to ask about the wreaths she makes. If you were fortunate … Continue reading Lucie Allison on Wreaths