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Guided walk into history

Guided walk – Saturday 21 January 

The Spa Field Riots of 1816


In 1816 Islington hosted a huge demonstration to demand political reform and cuts to taxes. The meeting started peacefully but some protestors had other plans. Clerkenwelll and Islington Guide Rob Smith leads this one hour walk that tells the story of the riots and why they are significant today.

Meet at Islington Museum, St Johns Street EC1V 4NB 10.30 for an 11 o clock start. The walk costs £5 payable on the day.


Tribute to Susan de Mont


Susan de Mont  08.01.61 – 03.01.16

For twenty-one years Susan was the indefatigable Treasurer of the Angel Association who saw it as her priority to look after the resources of members past and present and increase donations to local charities seeking our help. It was a job nobody else really wanted to undertake but it was a job Susan dedicated herself to as her way of contributing to the wellbeing of our community in St Peters Ward.

After arriving in the Ward back in March 1988 with her husband Alex, moving into a house in Elia Street, Susan fell in love with the local area, its history, amenities and wider society. But she knew our area beforehand through her father who had worked in customs and excise at the Royal Agricultural Hall long before it was transformed into the Business Design Centre. A good cook in her own right, Susan was always keen to try out new restaurants and cafes and then write reviews about them for TripAdvisor.

Susan ended her working career as a director of the city regulator, the FCA (Financial Conduct Authority) towards the end of 2015 following the return of a secondary bowel cancer. She died at home with Alex and her younger sister, Catherine, in early January of this year, aged 54 years. A memorial bench bearing her name was subsequently placed in Colebrooke Row Gardens as a personal tribute to the affection in which she was held by many local residents.


Volunteers needed for Vincent Terrace woods

The Friends of Vincent Terrace Woods are planning another gardening day on Saturday November 12 from 10.00 to 15.00 hrs to clear up the woods and plant trees generously donated by the Woodland Trust and more daffodils and bluebells for spring .
Meet at canal tunnel entrance.
More info please contact Jenett 0n 07769 292208vincent-terrace-1

Visit to the Museum of the Order of St John

Our next social event will be on Sunday 11th September at 3pm when we will be given a guided tour of the Museum of the Order of St John, at St John’s Gate in Clerkenwell. As well as exploring the Order’s 900 year history, the tour will include the ancient Priory Church and Crypt.


We will meet at 2 45 at St John’s Gate, St John’s Lane, Clerkenwell EC1M 4DA. The tour will last for about an hour.


Tickets are £5 each, payable on the day. Email me on to book a place

Angel Association annual meeting

Angel Association AGM pic

Eric Sorensen, chairman, presented his report to the annual meeting of the Association on Tuesday 12 July.  Neil Bennett, partner at Farrells architecture practice, was the guest speaker.

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Angel Association AGM July 12


Notice of Angel Association AGM

Tuesday 12 July 2016   7pm – 10pm

Our AGM will be on Tuesday 12 July 2016 at 7pm at St James’ Hall, Prebend Street, (corner of Packington Street), N1 8PF. All members and friends of the Angel Association are welcome. Refreshments will be provided.

7pm (prompt) – 9pm Formal business, presentation, discussion. 

 Elections will be held for the officers: chairman, treasurer and secretary.

Elections will be held for the membership of the executive committee.

The chairman will give an update on the work of the Association over the last year and present the executive committee’s report.

The treasurer will present the accounts.

Details of social and other events planned for 2016/2017 will be announced.

Ward update – Councillor Martin Klute

The guest speaker is Neil Bennet, partner at Farrells, international architecture practice based in Islington. He will open a discussion on: “What is happening to London”.

9pm to 10pm – summer party

Angel Association AGM 12 July 2016

What is happening to London?  Neil Bennett, partner at Farrells, the internationally  recognised architect planners, will talk about planning issues and trends for the area and the city. Farrells have been players in planning and design for a number of years. His talk will be followed by a discussion.

The meeting is at 7pm at St James’ Hall, 11 Prebend street, N1 8PF

Rowan Moore is no longer able to speak at the meeting.

Islington Council to abandon doorstep kitchen and garden waste collection

Residents have reacted angrily to council plans to end the collection of  garden and kitchen waste from doorsteps.  The council is to require residents to use communal bins on streets.  The scheme has been trialled in Tollington ward and will be rolled out across the borough.

It is not clear where the communal food waste bins are to be located, but there are likely to be more than a 100 in each ward.

Garden waste bins are to be located near parks.  Residents will have to pay if they want the council to collect garden waste from their homes. The minimum charge will be 10pounds (for upto 10 bags).

Residents have complained to the  council on the grounds that the scheme will lead to fly tipping, less recycling and unsightly bins.

Councillor Klute has responded to complaints on his blog.

What the AA does next

Where should the Angel Association focus its work? The committee is currently reviewing its structure and work programme.

Eric Sorenson, chair of the Angel Association, has set out initial proposals. They are:

1 Development and management of the area, including feeding into planning strategies, commenting on development proposals, traffic management, cycling provision.

2 Licensing. Monitoring licensing application in the ward in order to maintain a balance between providing entertainment and preserving the amenities of a residential area.

3 Greening and parks. The association has to be selective and has been concentrating on Vincent Terrace Gardens and the Graham Street park.

4 Canal. The need to keep pressing the Canal and River Trust to deliver improvements.

5 Youth provision. The need to explore options for local provision.

6 Safer neighbourhood. Participation in safer neighbourhood meetings that involve the community police team.

7 City of London academy. Assist the school with finding work placements and supporting music at the school.

8  Council relationship.  Involvement in ward partnership and policing forums.

9 Maintaining links with other local organisations.

Your comments are welcome