Latest News at Hargarve Hall
Hargrave Hall is closed due to the current lockdown.
Our staff our monitoring emails, however, please note they can not discuss or confirm any bookings at this time.
Coronavirus is spreading fast in Islington and London. The more the virus spreads, the more serious ill health and deaths we will see in our communities. We’re in a dangerous situation, with growing pressure on our NHS and local hospitals as more people become ill. Between 23 – 29 December, there were 1,670 new confirmed cases in Islington.
England has entered a national lockdown. We must stay at home to help save lives and protect the NHS, leaving home only to:
- Shop for basic necessities
- Go to work, or provide voluntary or charity services, if you cannot do so from home
- Exercise on your own, with your household or support bubble or one other person – this should be limited to once per day, and in your local area
- Meet your support bubble or childcare bubble, where necessary
- Seek medical assistance (including Covid tests) or avoid injury, illness or risk of harm, including domestic abuse
- Attend education or childcare, for those eligible
Richard Watts, leader of Islington Council, has said: “It’s right that the Prime Minister has listened to public health advice about surging cases and last night announced new measures to help bring this deadly disease under control. We all need to do everything we can to stop Covid from spreading, to help keep our loved ones safe, and to help protect our NHS.” You can read his full statement.
Islington Council’s Active Spaces bringing you some festive cheer to round off 2020.
Join us online for a hamper filled with festive fun to keep you and your families entertained over December.
Please share with your family and friends!
Full timetable and descriptions attached.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to book and receive the activity link.
Join the Get Active Stay Active online challenge.
Register your participation to receive certificates, medals and prizes!
For more information and to book www.accesstosports.org.uk/bookings
Streets Kitchen in Archway
Streets Kitchen will be feeding homeless people in Archway on Friday and Sunday evenings every week from Friday 4th December between 7-8pm. They will be prepping and cooking the food in our kitchens beforehand however no food will be distributed from the centre.
Streets Kitchen and Islington’s outreach team are conscious that there has been a lot of activity in Archway recently and know some may be worried about locality issues, and for this reason, they would like to invite you to the below zoom meeting to discuss this project, answer any questions you may have, and see if anyone is interested in getting involved.
Sadly we will close again between Thursday 5 November until Wednesday 2 December for all groups except NHS and support groups.
Please stay safe and remember ‘Hands. Face. Space’:
- hands – wash your hands regularly and for 20 seconds
- face – wear a face-covering in indoor settings where social distancing may be difficult, and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet
- space – stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place (such as wearing face coverings or increasing ventilation indoors)
We are delighted to announce that we have started our phased reopening of our Community Centre.
From Monday 7th September some of our regular groups will be returning offering their wonderful weekly classes.
What’s happening at the hall click here
We have been working hard behind the scenes, undertaking a thorough deep clean, completing risk assessment in accordance with government guidelines. There are new safety measures, such sanitizer stations and a one-way system and our hall capacities have dramatically reduced. All to ensure that everyone can maintain the appropriate social distance. We have also expected a lot from our hirers; each has had to prepare their own risk assessment explaining how they will reorganise their groups and what measures they have put in place in case of any issues, then each groups documentation had to be approved by our board. All this was done with your safety in mind, whilst allowing everyone to experience a friendly, welcoming environment in our centre.
Over the next few weeks, subject to guidelines at the time, more groups will be returning filling our halls again with plenty of activities for you to enjoy.
If you are intending to join a group, please note that the government has outlined that the wearing of face masks is compulsory within enclosed public buildings, although there are exceptions in certain circumstances and you should liaise with your class organiser directly to see how the group will run.
VE Day Celebrations
VE Day party Seward Street Finsbury May 1945
The 75th anniversary of VE-Day (Victory in Europe), marking the end of the Second World War in Europe, is being commemorated on Friday 8 May.
Discover what life was like back in Islington during WW2 in Islington Museum’s captivating photo exhibition.
Share photos of you and your family celebrating with us @IslingtonLife #VEDay75.
Garden Project Update
We’ve been busy tidying up the garden with the help of our hard-working volunteers, and we can’t wait to start turning this unloved wasteland into something special for our community.
If you want to get involved with the garden project please click here
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and the advice from government we have decided to close and suspend activities at Hargrave Hall Community Centre with immediate effect. This will be until at least 30 April 2020. We will keep you updated here and on our social media channels when we can.
The health, safety and security of our customers, staff and those who visit us is, will always be our main priority.
Support Your Local Business
Small, independent and local business are one of the things that makes Islington such a great place to live but shops, bars, restaurants and other businesses have been hit hard by the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19).
To help support them Islington has created a directory that lists businesses that are still operating in the borough.
Check out this all lovely film commissioned by Islington Council showing the range of activities taking place in community centres in the borough.
It includes the big band rehearsing and under 5’s messy play group at Hargrave Hall!
For more information about what is happening here click on our events calendar.
Junction Ward Police Survey
Junction ward police are undertaking a survey asking people to voice their concerns about the local area. Your local team will use these results to inform their policing priorities, therefore we encourage all to take a few moments, click on the link below and complete.