The Street Party to end all street parties was how But First, Coffee, our local coffee shop, billed the Quernmore Road event on 29th October. The sun shone warmly on hundreds of local people celebrating the unveiling of a beautifully furnished public space made possible by The Quernmore Road Project – a small regeneration project devoted to transforming the cul-de-sac by Harringay Station. A working group of local businesses and residents worked hard to apply successfully for a £10,000 grant from the Tesco Bags of Help Fund. Hats off to all those who voted for the Project at our local Tesco. They also worked hard to organise the spending of the grant – on running children’s art workshops to produce the mural, a planter set, planting and, most wonderful of all, the lovely benches and chair with salvaged legs from an old snooker table. Some of the funding was matched with Haringey Council’s Ward Fund to organise the street party.
Here’s the striking mural with our very own Snowy, the Harringay Station Cat, snuggling up in a tree.
And the bench with its snooker table legs.
I was interested in the display board giving information and old photos of the original shopping parade, the Library and Rail Station.
The planting schedule is designed to create year round interest: for example we can soon enjoy sweet box with its winter perfume and the greenery of the ferns and evergreen shrubs such as yew, bay and japanese spindle. I look forward to the display of spring bulbs: alliums, tulips and narcissi.
I had another engagement that Sunday so all I could do was a quick trot around the stalls when the event opened at 12 noon. I missed the unveiling ceremony which I understand was done by Haringey’s Mayor.
I met Peter and his nephew, Matt, at the bulbstore with their jumbo Hippeastrum bulbs. My friend was sorely tempted to buy one of these.
Next up was Alan Briggs of Briggs Bughouses, whom I first met at Woodberry Wetlands Wild Weekend earlier this year. I had my eye on the loveliest winter wreath planted with succulents.
This is Suzie London with her vibrant pieces of joy – lampshades, planters, phone cases, make-up bags. You can iron one of her pretty patches onto your jeans.
Here’s Nicole and Toby with their colourful vintage store.
I lingered at the Friends of the Library stall. The Friends earned £183 from the sale of books, DVDs and CDs, sharing their takings with the Library.
Then on to Etsuko, head librarian at the Stroud Green and Harringay Library, with her ‘Join the Library Today’ balloon.
My friend and I joined the queue at But First, Coffee for a latte and a cappuccino. Here’s Nic, one of the owners, and Alison working their socks off.
We couldn’t stay long but left with jazz music by BessDeeThree ringing in our ears. Note the amazing all-in-one van. They just open the side and set up stage.
Well, all too short at time was spent I’m afraid, but I wish the Quernmore Road Project the very best and I’ll certainly be using the space – it’s a great place to meet your neighbours.