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

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

From: Ventura, Ana [mailto:]
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

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


Holyoake Plaque Unveiling – You’re invited!

You are cordially invited to witness the unveiling of a commemorative plaque to George Jacob Holyoake, Secularist and Co-operator, on Friday 17th August at 2 pm, outside 4 Woburn Walk, WC1H OJL, where he lived from 1850 to 1861. The unveiling ceremony will include an informative talk about Holyoak’s work and a celebration of it.

The Marchmont Association is delighted to announce the unveiling of its 27th commemorative blue plaque, and would like you to join us on this special, historic occasion, when we will also be joined by representatives of the Secular Society, who have generously funded the plaque, as well as representatives of various national and regional bodies connected with Mr Holyoake’s work. The Deputy Mayor of Camden – Councillor Maryam Eslamdoust will also be attending.

Acknowledgement to The National Secular Society

Burton plaque unveiling

The Marchmont Association is delighted to announce the forthcoming unveiling of a commemorative plaque to James Burton, who was responsible for building much of the Foundling Hospital, Bedford and Skinners’ Company Estates between 1790 and 1820. The unveiling will take place on Wednesday 6th June at 2pm, on the corner of Lansdowne Terrace and Guilford Street WC1.

The plaque has been installed on his original Bloomsbury home, where he lived whilst building Guilford Street and the south side of Brunswick Square. After his extraordinary exploits in Bloomsbury, he went on to build the villas in Regent’s Park and several of the grand Nash designed terraces, working in partnership with his son, Decimus. Together they went on to build much of Regent Street and the new town of St Leonard’s on Sea.

We have tracked down a few surviving relatives of the great man, who will be unveiling the plaque in conjunction with Burton’s biographer and the Mayor of Camden.

We hope you will be able to join us for this important day in the history of our area.

We are grateful to the University of London for allowing us to install this plaque on their building, and for sponsoring it.



Green tokens

Marchmont Street Party 2018 is one of the Waitrose ‘green token’ good causes over the next 3-4 weeks.

If you are able, your support will ensure that we receive a healthy contribution towards the cost of children’s entertainers at the event, which takes place on Saturday 22nd September.

MSP 2018 is once again being organised by the Marchmont Association in partnership with KCBNA, with the financial support of local businesses and a small grant from Camden Council, who will also be providing the roadclosure at no charge.

Many thanks

Ricci de Freitas

MSP 2018 Organiser

The suffragettes of Camden.

We’ve heard news of an exhibition to be held in Camden Local Studies and Archives Centre from 14th June that will interest many of you.  “A Stone’s Throw from Westminster: Suffragettes and Other Feminists in Camden.”  is being curated by Dr Susan Croft and Irene Cockroft of Unfinished Histories.

It explores the contribution of suffrage activists based in Camden,  setting that history in the larger context of the struggle for women’s rights – from the militancy of the WSPU based in Kingsway to the law-abiding activism of Millicent Fawcett in Gower Street; from the 1912 Women’s March in Edinburgh that entered London at Camden Town to the suffragette who raced a stolen fire engine down Tottenham Court Road.

The exhibition will trace the contribution of those actresses and writers who wrote and performed suffrage plays, along with the Slade-trained artists who designed banners and posters for the vote. Also included will be displays marking 100 years of women in the law and the history of the female-run Endell Street military hospital in World War One. The exhibition will situate the suffrage movement within the earlier campaign for women’s education and later feminist struggles in the borough. It will be accompanied by a series of talks, discussions, workshops and play readings.

All this fits very well with the forthcoming unveiling of an MA plaque to Emmeline, Sylvia and Christabel Pankhurst, who lived at 8 Russell Square prior to the house being demolished to make way for the Hotel Russell.

We also allude to The Minerva Club at 28 Brunswick Square in ‘Tales of Brunswick Square – Bloomsbury’s Untold Past’, which was home to the Women’s Freedom League in 1907-61, a ‘break-away’ group from the Women’s Social and Political Union.

 The curators are seeking funding to help make the exhibition happen and would be very grateful for any donations to assist. These can be made at

Marchmont Assoc AGM coming up

TUESDAY 15th MAY 2018

6.45 for 7pm – 9pm

Bloomsbury Holiday Inn hotel, Coram Street


1. Introductions and apologies.

2. Minutes of the last AGM.

3. Adoption of the Annual Accounts.

4. Annual Report.

5. Election of Chair and Committee for 2017/18 (nominations to join the Committee will be most welcome).

6. Adoption of revised Constitution

7. Any other business.

Anybody living or working in MA’s area of benefit (within the red line on the above map) who supports of our aims, is welcome to attend and vote at the AGM. Light refreshments provided from 6.45pm. For more details visit:

MA is grateful to the Holiday Inn hotel for hosting this meeting