Cloudesley Association – July 2019 Update

1. May Residents Meeting - Minutes

Our last residents meeting took place on 21st May. We had two special guests, Jenny Tatton and Rowena Champion, and had more general discussions about the Victoria Line and plans for the Church. Minutes of the meeting can be found here  (

2. Victoria Line Update

A group has been set up by a local resident for all those affected by the noise and vibration issues currently being experienced as a result of the Victoria Line. This has been an ongoing issue for a long time, but the situation seems to have deteriorated over the past year.

If you are affected by this and are not already part of the group, please do let us know and we can put you in touch with the person running it. The main message is that TfL will only feel pressure to do the work necessary to reduce the current noise and vibration levels if sufficient numbers of people get in touch with them to complain.

There is a meeting on 30 July with Heidi Alexander, deputy mayor where this will be discussed in detail – we will report back on this in our next update.

[Later addition: click here for what to do if you are experiencing tube noise]

3. Thornhill Gardens Update

On 30 June, 10 local volunteer gardeners, in wonderful sunshine, dug flower beds, power-washed benches in preparation for oiling, swept paths and were refreshed with tea and toasted sandwiches from the new kitchen. They have a fundraising target of £500 which will be used to buy 10 tons of compost (generous donations have already amounted to £335 + £1 from a dog walker from Colebroke Row!) They are also currently trying to identify horse stables to get free manure!

Volunteer litter pickers visit the Gardens every morning.

The next volunteer gardening days are:
Sunday, 28th July (10am-2pm);
Sunday 25th August (10am-2pm).

Please do go along, even if just for moral support.

Any further contributions towards the restoration of this local garden would be most welcomed. It will be a glorious space SOON with wild meadow grass areas for bees and butterflies!

Any questions about this, please get in contact and we will put you in touch with Dirk Meerstadt about this.

4. Thornhill School – Fundraising for a New Library

A group of parents, the Thornhill Foundation, has been raising money to build Thornhill Primary a much needed new library. Thornhill is a fantastic school but is suffering, as others, from wider Governmental school cuts and reliant on fundraising to make projects vital to teaching and learning happen.

As well as a resource for the children and teachers they hope this will, in time become a wider community resource for local book readings, poetry events and a Barnsbury book festival.

The library is costing around £150,000. Through events, grants from charities and generosity from parents and local friends of the school they have raised c. £137,000 in 18 months. They are now in the final push to raise the remainder.

A leaflet about the project is attached.

The group is asking local people who value the school and its impact on the wider community to donate to their crowdfunding campaign. If 1000 local people now give £20 then they will make their target.

To find out more about the project or pledge, go to: