Shopfront of the Year 2016 – nominations sought

We’re seeking your nominations for the Marchmont Association ‘Most Improved Shop Front 2016’ award.

This is the award made each year to the shop we think has made the biggest difference to the street environment over the previous 12 months. Recent winners have included Pitted Olive, Vital Flowers, Fork deli and Balfour restaurant.

This year we want to open up the competition by asking our supporters to nominate shops you think have improved the most over the past year. Shops need to be in MA’s ‘Area of Benefit’ and must have carried out some improvement work over the last twelve months. Please send nominations to by 18th July.






First AGM, approved constitution, new executive

Coram's Fields User Group

In an interesting and vibrant small inaugural AGM on the 19th of June  members heard an introduction by Daniel Zylbersztajn, a talk by Stewart Woods on the challanges and opportunities of  Coram’s Fields and from Alex Zika on “Creative Play Outdoors. A Way to explore the possible for Children and those who look after them”. We approved the  consititution  including some amendments, and voted in a new executive membership.

The new committee members are

Chair: Daniel Zylbersztajn

Secretary: Snezana Pejic

Treasurer: Judit Izquierdo

Other elected Committee Members:  Tessa Larner, Maisie Rowe, Charlotte Lamont, , Veljko Zizic

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Heron’s Brunswick Centre aquaduct restored


After 10 years of waiting the artwork commissioned by Allied London Properties when they refurbished the Brunswick in 2004/5 has at long last been restored to working order, following years of neglect and intermittent use as plant troughs or settings for artificial Christmas trees.

The work, by artist Susanna Heron and titled Aquaduct has been without water since 2008. The original idea – now reinstated – was to have fast flowing water running through the three troughs and into the central pool.

Extra monitoring for Tavistock and Brunswick Squares in ‘Unlocking parks’ pilot

Two weeks in to Camden’s ‘Unlocking parks’ pilot, and three parks have have had to be re-categorised following late night incidents – two of them in Bloomsbury. Tavistock Square and Bloomsbury Square have both been re-categorised from green to amber. This means they will remain in the pilot, but receive extra monitoring and patrols.

In the case of Tavistock Square this is due to the vandalism of the Barbirolli tree we reported on 9th June.  Brunswick Square has been re-categorised due to an unspecified incident which may have occurred inside “or just outside the boundary of the park” according to Camden.  No other concerns or incidents have been reported for Brunswick Square.

The pilot continues until 26 June.  If you want report an incident please telephone Contact Camden on the usual number – 020 7974 4444.

Great tits nesting in Marchmont Garden — Bloomsbury Squares & Gardens

Delighted to see a pair of great tits using the nesting box in the Marchmont Community Garden – the committee’s original policy of planting for wildlife and diversity is paying off. But the birds move fast, so getting a good picture is difficult -better to come and see them and the charming garden (which is […]

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Children at Kings Cross: New independent grassroots user group for the betterment of Coram’s Fields — Kings Cross Environment

Come and join us on Sunday the 19th. of June 2016, 17.45 Fellow parents and carers of the wider Kings Cross and Bloomsbury area have worked for eight months to set up a user group of interested stakeholders (e.g. parents, children, neighbours and others) to have a voice on the experience and future of Coram’s Fields. […]

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