2019 AGM: Agenda and Constitution

Invitation to the Marchmont Association AGM

The Marchmont Association’s next AGM takes place at 7.30 pm on May 21 at the Meeting room 3B, Garden Halls, No 1 Cartwright Gardens.

If you live or work within the MA’s Area of  Benefit or are interested in the work of the Association, then you are most welcome to join us.

At the AGM we will provide a short report on what the Committee has done since May 2018, including a financial report. We will also elect Committee members for the following year and vote to adopt an amendment to our constitution which will permit the appointment of two joint chair-persons.If you have suggestions about issues you would like to see discussed at the AGM or given attention during the next 12 months, please send an email to info@marchmont.org before the 14 May so we can consider them and then put an Agenda together.

The MA Committee is composed of a small group of volunteers, so we’ll be welcoming new ‘neighbours’ to step forward either to be proposed as Committee Members or to support the Association with any special skill or resource they can offer.

After the meeting there will be a chance to mingle with the team and enjoy light refreshments. We want your views about any issues you would like Marchmont Association to address.

The AGM will be held in a meeting room in the recently built student accommodation that lies opposite the garden and tennis courts in Cartwright Gardens.

The committee is keen to involve the community with matters concerning how we work. We welcome your interest and any questions arising.

Yours sincerely,

Trevor Shonfeld

Committee spokesperson

The Marchmont Association Committee

Note: The proposed constitution has been unanimously approved by the sitting committee and the hard copy version signed by Caroline Persaud, the Association secretary. If you would like to view the revised constitution that will be proposed for adoption at the AGM please email info@marchmont.org and we will be pleased to forward a copy to you.

News from Marchmont Association

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News from Marchmont Association

The Marchmont Association to elect new officers
The Marchmont Association has announced that Ricci de Freitas and Ian Broderick have resigned as officers of the association and will not be standing for reelection at the association’s May 2019 AGM. 
The Association committee expresses its gratitude and appreciation of hard work and the wide-ranging contributions made by Ricci and Ian since the association was founded in 2005. It is the practice of the association to elect a chair at its AGM and the committee will welcome interest from new and current members.

An evening with Zachary Macaulay

The Friends of St George’s Gardens and Goodenough College invite you to

An evening with Zachary Macaulay

in the Gardens at 5.45 for 6.00pm on Friday 19th October 2018

Please gather at the Handel Street entrance, WC1N 1PD

The evening will start with the dedication of a new memorial to this leading anti-slavery activist,

born 250 years ago and buried in the Gardens.

Zachary himself will then lead a walk through the Gardens and into Goodenough College, telling you about our slave-owning past

and the long campaign to end slavery. The evening will finish with a talk from Ryna Sherazi of Anti-Slavery International,

an organisation founded in 1839, a year after Zachary died. The fight against slavery continues.

RSVP to friendsofstgeorges@hotmail.com by October 12

Special invitations to Marchmont Association members and friends.

October 17th –  Fascinating talk:  Lepton’s Bloomsbury Squares,  7.30 pm  School of Pharmacy Brunswick Square
October 19th  – Pankhurst commemorative plaque unveiling.  2.00 pm Corner Russel Square and Bernard Street by by the Principal Hotel


Celebrating the bicentenary of Humphry Repton, landscape gardener, during the Bloomsbury Festival

An illustrated talk by Susan Jellis, author of ‘Repton’s London Squares’ in the new book Repton in London published by the London Parks and Gardens Trust.

Wednesday 17 October at 7.30 pm, UCL School of Pharmacy, Brunswick Sq

Tickets £12 (incl a glass of wine) through Eventbrite website, booking essential.



Illustrated London News – 12.12.1891

Witness the unveiling of a commemorative plaque to Emmeline, Sylvia and Christabel Pankhurst by Dr Helen Pankhurst, Emmeline’s great-great granddaughter, on Friday 19th October from 2 pm, at the site of their former Bloomsbury home, on the corner of Russell Square and Bernard Street.

The family lived at 8 Russell Square in 1888-93. The house was demolished in 1894 to make way for the Hotel Russell, recently re-opened as The Principal London Hotel, where the plaque is to be unveiled. This is an important event celebrating 100 years since some women won the right to vote.

A Conference of the Women’s Franchise League, lasting three evenings, was held in the Drawing Room of 8 Russell Square, the home of Dr and Mrs Pankhurst, in December 1891. It demanded no less for women than “equal civil and political rights with men”.

This event is brought to you by the Marchmont Association in association with Bloomsbury Festival 2018, the theme of which is Activists and Architects of Change – inspired by the centenary of The Representation of the People Act 1918, which permitted women to vote for the first time.

The plaque and unveiling event is sponsored by The Principal London

Three Men and a Field – Inaugural launch and signing! The development of Bloomsbury

You’re invited

Inaugural launch and signing! The development of Bloomsbury – lavishly illustrated

You are cordially invited to attend the launch of a new book – Three Men and a Field – Bloomsbury North of Tavistock Place – by Ricci de Freitas. The event will be held in the historic setting of St Mary’s with St George’s German Lutheran Church, 10 Sandwich Street, on Tuesday 16th October, 6.30pm to 8.00pm.

The author will sign copies of the book, which will be on sale for the special launch price of £15 (cash or card), saving you £6.95 (30%) on the RRP of £21.95. (Cheques may be accepted for multiple copies)

Many thanks to the Church for hosting this event, to John-Paul Muir for his background jazz piano, and to Waitrose Bloomsbury for the Prosecco!

Note: This lavishly illustrated book is centred on the development of that part of Lamb’s Conduit Fields which lay between the Foundling Hospital Estate and the New Road (later renamed Euston Road), which was acquired by Sir Andrew Judd in 1572, and became The Skinners’ Company Estate. It remained farm land until 1807, when the prolific Georgian architect, builder and developer, James Burton, began developing the estate. By 1820, The Skinners’ Company Estate was an established residential district, with 11 new streets of houses, each of which has its own dedicated chapter in the book, with mini-biographies of their most notable former residents. The area underwent a further transformation in the early 1900s, when Abraham Davis, under the auspices of the London Housing Society Ltd, single-mindedly replaced 13 ‘tired’ Georgian terraces with the impressive array of red-brick mansion blocks which characterise the area today.


It’s Marchmont Street Party Time!!

This Saturday 22nd September 12 – 5.00 pm

Main Stage

London International Gospel Choir

Absolute Bollywood

JO Big Band with Catherine Lima

Cut-a Shine Cellldh Band

Coco Xpress Salsa Band


Juggling – Magic – Punch & Judy

Fun Fair

Great variety of stalls and concessions

Special Offers. Food and Drinks

Plus ‘Meet the Marchmont Association’

THE Street Party that’s fun for all the family!!



Clean Air – You’re invited!

Efforts to reduce air pollution in Camden will be “seriously hampered” by the proposed construction of the High Speed 2 rail line, according to the council and environmental campaigners. Picture credited to Ham&High

Camden Council have invited MA to give feedback about how they can improve air quality in the borough  

The council often rebuff criticisms of their approach to ‘consulting’ by saying they are disappointed when response is low. MA encourages everyone in our Area of Benefit to voice their own thoughts on this issue.

What about …

  • Planning traffic flow to offset idling and slow moving vehicles – the worst polluters.
  • Planting more street trees
  • Lobbying  for cleaner fuel for helicopters that seem to hover all day above our streets.
  • Regulating diesel trains that exhaust noxious gases high in pollutants
  • Clean air zones around schools
  • High rise urban development that harbours pockets of pollution at ground level

Have your say at  https://camdencommunitychallenges.commonplace.is/

This is the letter we received from Ana Ventura of the council

From: Ventura, Ana [mailto: Ana.Ventura@camden.gov.uk]
Sent: 24 August 2018 13:39
To: Undisclosed recipients: (MA is the recipient)
Subject: Clean Air for Camden – we want to hear from you!

Dear all,

Camden is seeking feedback from our residents, schools and businesses on how we can improve the air we breathe and we would like to hear from you.

We all have a role to play in improving air quality in Camden, that’s why we’re asking you to help develop our Clean Air Action Plan.

During our Camden 2025 community conversations you told us that air quality is vitally important, with participants in particular asking that we work together to improve the air that we share.

With this in mind, we launched our Camden Clean Air Partnership in July, bringing together residents, local businesses and campaigners for a ‘Design Day’, exploring practical ideas for air quality improvement.

Key themes covered on the Design Day included:

  1. Transport emissions
  2. Construction and development emissions
  3. Public health and awareness raising
  4. Delivery, servicing and freight
  5. Communities and schools
  6. What can you do to help improve local air quality

Now we’re opening the discussion wider with a new website where you can have your say. We’re keen to capture as many of your voices as possible to help us develop our Clean Air Action Plan which will launch next year.

Please note that this engagement is not a formal consultation our future Clean Air Action Plan but rather a review of the Design Day outputs, which will inform the Action Plan development.

Read the full details of actions from the design day and join the conversation by Sunday 30 September.  And also, please feel free to pass this on to as many Camden businesses and residents as you can as we want to hear from everyone!

To leave your feedback visit https://camdencommunitychallenges.commonplace.is/

We look forward to hearing from you.

Kindest regards,

Ana Ventura
Senior Sustainability Officer (Air Quality)
Supporting Communities
London Borough of Camden

Telephone:    0207 974 3901
Web:              camden.gov.uk