Cloudesley Association – October 2020 Update

1. Changes and a Very Big Thank You

Our biggest news this month is that Florence has decided to leave her current job, do a 3 month furniture making course and then make an extremely exciting move (along with her lovely partner Tim) to live in the Lake District early next year. Sadly, this means Florence will also be leaving the role of secretary of the Cloudesley Association. We would like to thank Florence for the wonderful job she has done as secretary over the past few years, during some particularly interesting times including the rebuilding of the school, the change of occupancy and renovation work in the Church and more recently keeping up to date with the many changes taking place in the community throughout the pandemic - she has been a joy to work with and we will miss her enormously.

I am delighted to report that Nick Collin who kindly set up the Cloudesley Association website many years ago and has subsequently helped us on numerous Association projects, has kindly agreed to fill Florence’s shoes.

Whilst we would ordinarily appoint/vote in both the Chair and Secretary roles annually at a physical meeting, it looks unlikely that a physical meeting can take place any time soon. We will therefore be arranging a zoom meeting in the next couple of months in which appointments will be top of the agenda. Naturally, if anyone else would like to take on either of these roles, please do reach out to let us know you wish to be considered so that we can ensure you have sufficient time to speak at our next meeting.

2. Holy Trinity Church (newly renamed the Cloudesley Centre) - Zoom Meeting

You may all have received the attached letter through your letterboxes about the newly renamed Cloudesley Centre.

Kevin Rogers and Rosie Fraser will be giving a Zoom talk this Thursday, 29th October at 6pm to let residents know about the progress being made on the church and plans for the crypt. There will be opportunities for residents to ask questions. Zoom meeting details are set out below:

Zoom Meeting ID: 722 627 9564
Password: 041293

3. Highways Amendments

In our last update, we informed residents of the tool for commenting on ‘People Friendly Streets’ and since then various changes have taken place locally.

As many of you may have noticed, part of Thornhill Road and Lofting Road, alongside Thornhill Road Primary School, is ‘closed’ to vehicle traffic between the hours of 8:30-9:30am and 3-3:40pm. Please be aware as the only notifications are signs on a post right where the restriction applies and there are cameras in place. These restrictions are part of the ‘School Streets’ programme mentioned before ( There are also restrictions on Matilda Street. For the full list of schools taking place, please visit Islington’s website.

If you believe you might be eligible for an exemption, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. They will ask for a picture of your V5 document along with the name of the school street you would like to be exempted from.

Please note that we have spoken to Rowena Champion who has confirmed that the restrictions do not operate during half terms and holidays.

Changes to the road layout have also taken place to create cycle lanes on Liverpool Road and elsewhere within the borough. These have been received with mixed reviews and should any resident like to raise any questions or make any comments, please e-mail us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will share these with our local councillor, Rowena Champion. (This applies only to people on our contact list). If there is sufficient interest we will ask Rowena if she would kindly join us for a virtual Q&A session.

4. Keeping up-to-date with COVID-19 Restrictions

As rules change, the best way to have the full breakdown of the local restrictions is to visit the government website, which will redirect you to the area of interest based on the postcode inserted.

Islington’s website also provides comprehensive information:

5. COVID-19 Support and Donations

Should you wish to provide any help during this pandemic, you can for instance:

· become a Covid-19 Health Champion,
· donate to Islington Giving Crisis Fund or
· join the Islington COVID-19 Mutual Aid Facebook Page.

Local cultural institutions such as the Almeida Theatre are also seeking donation so if you have a favourite venue you are fortunate to be able to support, why not reaching out to them.

6. Kings Cross and Islington Square

There is loads going on in Kings Cross this month, from Oktoberfest, the Travel Photographer of the Year exhibition to London Cocktail week. Click on the link below to find out more:

Islington Square is also hosting a “Winter Terrace” until 30 December which will include a host of safe, socially distanced events. You may all be aware of Boulevard Market which takes place on weekends but in the run up to Christmas, there will also be a Christmas Boulevard Market on Thursday evenings.

If you are aware of any event, consultation or news item that you would like us to include in our next newsletter, please let us know.

As ever, if you know of any neighbour who is not on the Cloudesley Association e mail distribution list, please pass this e mail on and/or ask them to provide me with their contact details (to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so that they can be kept in the loop.

Amanda, Florence and Nick
On behalf of
The Cloudesley Association

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