Stokey Local #LoveN16 Valentine's day fundraiser plus some great art for your wall.
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We've a great Valentine's day antidote and fundraising event coming up, and a few screenprints available:


#LoveN16 - Stokey Local fundraising dinner


Saturday, February 14, 2015 from 7:30 PM - 11:00 PM

Bring your beloved, bring your friends, bring your polyamourous thirds and fourth, bring your neighbours, or heck, even come alone and make new friends — to Stoke Newington’s fabulous alternative Valentine’s dinner #LoveN16.

Enjoy a three-course seasonal dinner made by Philip Dundas, Stokey resident, pop-up restauranteur, food writer and cook. For one night only, Philip is reuniting with Mary Doherty (his kitchen partner at PipsDish at The Garage on Upper Street N1), to support the Stokey Local campaign. With produce kindly donated by Stoke Newington’s award-winning Growing Communities box scheme and Farmers' Market, and meat from Isington's Farm DirectPhilip and Mary have sourced the best seasonal ingredients from farmers, fishermen and artisan producers to bring you an unforgettable St Valentine's dinner.

And in an antidote to boring Valentine’s dinners, we’ll have Colin Sell (from BBC Radio 4's I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clueon the piano, and St Paul’s very own crooner, Naill Weir on the mic. Local beer writer, Pete Brown, will be abridging and reprising his acclaimed music and beer pairing challenge.

As we're in a church hall, there will be the obligatory raffle, with prizes donated by local businesses. (If you’d like to donate a prize, get in touch.)

Food and drink

Enjoy a three-course seasonal dinner - a fixed menu with a vegan option (specify when booking).

Ingredients donated by local businesses and producers.

Optional english cheese plate supplement - buy on the night*.

Bring your own bottle (no corkage charge), or buy from a selection of matched beers and wines on the night*.

*a proportion of proceeds from the cheese and drink stalls will go directly to Stokey Local.

#LoveN16 is social dining, with everyone sitting at shared tables but we welcome larger groups who want to sit together, if you reserve your places at the same time.

Tickets are £30 each. For more information and to book tickets, visit

Limited Edition Screenprints

Support Stokey Local and bag yourself a beautiful hand-pulled screenprint.

Local artistic screenprinter BeyondThrilled designed and printed this limited edition print and still has a small number left. Visit for more info or email

They're only £40 and all the money goes to the StokeyLocal fighting fund. Payment is by cash, cheque, bank transfer or PayPal - see the donation links at the foot of this email. 

The prints are a limited edition of 40, printed on 300g Fabriano paper. They're sold unframed and measure 30x40cm. We can deliver or you can pickup within the N16 area by arrangement.

December fundraisers

We had a great time in December raising awareness, raising money and raising the roof!

The Abney Park Winter Fun Day raised an impressive £575 for the campaign and got people really enthused and engaged again. Thanks to Abney Park Trust, The Abney Park User Group, The Chorus of Dissent and all the volunteers and helpers who made this such a great event.

The evening after we raised a further £399 at a fabulous gig at The White Hart - featuring Candida Doyle (DJ Set) and some surf noir from the Bikini Beach Band. Take a look at our gallery on Facebook. Thanks again to all the talent and volunteers who gave their time for free.

And there's more coming up…

Our superb volunteers have been beavering away on other fun-filled fundraising ideas to help us take our fight to the Court of Appeal. These include:
  • Stokeyopoly - a fun day in the new year, that uncovers Stoke Newington trivia. A cross between Monopoly, Cluedo and Trivial Pursuit, where the ‘board’ is Stoke Newington and the ‘pieces’ are real people scoring points as they solve clues on history, the built environment, rebels and renegades, music, theatre and local ecology.
  • Auction of Promises - a celebrity auctioneer will be banging his gavel to auction off services and skills offered by local tradespeople and skilled professionals. 
We always need more volunteers to undertake the leg-work for what we hope will be some fun, community fundraising events. Whatever skills you can offer are helpful - from carousing people and organizing meetings to putting leaflets through letterboxes - if you would like to know more or get involved, email


If you've been forwarded this email or haven't been following the campaign recently you might like to find out more about our campaign to resist a mixed development comprising a large supermarket and 53 luxury flats, hard by Abney Park Cemetery. The development, by dint of its scale and position, will damage the local ecology, seclusion, heritage and trade. It offers only 9 "affordable" flats and a supermarket to add to 45 that are already within 1.8 miles of the site.

We're taking our battle to the Court of Appeal and you can read more about our fight on our website.

Legal Update

At our last community meeting in November, in the face of defeat in the High Court, we all voted to continue to support the fight. Our lawyers filed court papers in December. In the next few weeks, a single judge will decide, based on our papers, whether to grant us permission to take our case to three judges in the Court of Appeal - and if so to agree to limit our costs if we lose. We'll let you know as soon as we know more.

In the meantime we need to raise the funds to cover our legal bills to date and those in the Court of Appeal if we lose.  

Donate now!

Despite Court Orders limiting our "adverse" costs, we currently face a legal bill of around £25,000 for legal actions to date. Our team of barristers continue to work at no cost to us, but we do have to pay our solicitors (at a vastly reduced rate) along with court fees and printing, etc. We'll need a further £9,000-£14,000 (depending on Protective Costs Orders) to take our case to the Court of Appeal.

We've raised an incredible £29,500 to date so need another £4,500-£9,500 to cover our costs if we lose in the Court of Appeal.

If you have donated recently, we are not asking you to dig deeper, rather, we would encourage you to circulate this newsletter to friends and encourage them to make a donation.

If possible, please pay by transfer direct in to our bank account and then email us to let us know when you have made a donation.
Account: Stokey Local Community Fund
Sort code: 08-60-01 • Account: 20316473 
If it's easier, you can use a credit card, debit card to donate via PayPal, by clicking here, but PayPal take about 3.5% of your donation so direct transfer is preferred.

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Yours, as ever, 

Stokey Local
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