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PAINTING APPRECIATION: NATIONAL TREASURES

Up close and personal with the best art ever. Golden Man – one of London’s famous gravity-defying living statues – and a couple of pavement artists are just setting up in Trafalgar Square as Drovers’ art appreciation group arrives at the National Gallery. Such distractions are not going to sidetrack ...

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GARRY KENNARD: A HEAD FOR HEIGHTS

Garry Kennard, 69, is as passionate about art and science as  climbing mountains – and all this is planned from his Holloway home. It’s possible that one of Garry Kennard’s proudest moments was when the Islington Gazette ran a story in 2014 about a brave “climbing pensioner” who scaled a ...

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TESSA NEWTON: THE DIGITAL DILEMMA

How to help carers get online, build skills and get connected. Many of our carers struggle to find the time to focus on themselves and build new skills and this can be particularly challenging when staying connected. We talked to Tessa Newton, Operations Director at Age UK Islington, about the ...

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DIANE ARMSTRONG: DIFFERENT STROKES

Discover an eclectic array of creativity at an Art Evening. Diane Armstrong is one of Age UK Islington’s super volunteers. You’ll often find her assisting at Drovers as she’s a whizz with indoor bowls and on the new round table tennis. But recently she also started helping to host the ...

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EDDIE MENCE: LOST TRADES

Eddie Mence recalls his time spent in Clerkenwell as an antique barometer restorer. “Whenever I say I was a barometer restorer I get blank looks,” says Eddie Mence, 69, who was born in Archway and grew up in Holloway. “I’m old enough to remember trolley buses on Holloway Road, but ...

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CLARE ROELS: TOUGH LOVE

It is extremely difficult and isolating to have to care for a loved one with dementia. But in Islington there are meet ups every week that you could go to for friendship and advice. Across the country, 6.5 million carers are supporting a loved one who is older, disabled or ...

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ROSAMUND THUNDER: FINE ART

Colour therapy that will brighten up your day. “Painting is easy when you don’t know how, but very difficult when you do,” was allegedly first coined by Edward Degas. But that message is not the impression you get from Rosamund Thunder’s art class on Friday afternoons at Drovers. For starters ...

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OONAGH GAY: STEP BACK IN TIME

When Oonagh Gay retired she was determined to keep busy, so she now runs guided walks bringing history to life. Until June 2015 when she retired, Oonagh Gay was running the Parliament & Constitution Centre, which she set up at the House of Commons Library more than 15 years ago. ...

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TOM MALLENDER: TRADE STORIES

Tom Mallender uses poetry to help people share their tales of working life. He’s currently searching for people who used to work in Islington professions that might be considered unusual today. Tom Mallender, 35, comes across as an old soul despite his trendy Goth clothing. He did a Creative Writing ...

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PURLEANE CHAMBERS: ALL HEART

When you’re caring for a family member at home, it is easy to become isolated. But in Islington there are meet ups every week – and more – that you could go to for friendship and advice. When Purleane Chambers’ husband, Clifton, fell ill aged 54, she was in Barbados ...

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GAL ZELINGHER: HAPPY HOURS

Stop by the Breakfast Club Angel for a super-friendly chinwag. The Breakfast Club at Camden Passage is one of Islington’s hippest weekend meet ups with long queues snaking past this famous street’s quirky shops. But fortnightly, on Tuesdays from 3-5pm, three tables in the sunshine yellow-painted back room are reserved ...

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NIGEL TAYLOR: MONEY TALKS

Nigel Taylor has gone from managing TV hits like The Bill to helping people manage their bills. Read his practical tips on how to avoid the pain of escalating debt. Nigel Taylor volunteers one day a week offering practical help dealing with bills and money matters. “Now you can ring ...

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NANN DU SAUTOY: EVERYBODY EATS

Nann du Sautoy talks emergency bags of food. “In an ideal world foodbanks shouldn’t exist,” says Nann du Sautoy who has lived in Highbury New Park for the past 20 years. Nann, now retired, volunteers at Islington’s only Trussell Trust foodbank, which is based in a shipping container at Highbury ...

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KATRINA WILSON: JAZZ JAM!

Get hip to this foot-tapping Friday night session. In Archway every Friday night you can hear the sound of music coming from the impressive rust red brick of Hargrave Hall, which is just a short walk from the tube. And on the last Friday of the month the talented local ...

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TOBY MORGAN: CURE YOUR ENERGY CRISIS

Struggling to pay energy and water bills? Unable to stay warm in winter or suffering from a roasting home in the summer? You need to see the Energy Doctor. Toby Morgan arrives at Age UK Islington’s offices on his trusty workhorse – a non-polluting bicycle. Energy Advice Officer Toby, 36, ...

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