At Abney Park's FREE festive festival, there'll be loads of things to see, do and buy. Who'd have thought you could cram so much fun into one fun day!
Father Christmas â€“ Chorus of Dissent (2pm) â€“ Original Colombian Coffee Company â€“ wreath-making workshop â€“ Abney Park guided tour â€“ Christmas presents and card stalls â€“ green woodworking workshop â€“ prize raffle â€“ free health check â€“ Stokey Local info stall â€“ plus lots, lots more.
Abney Park is managed by a small community-led charity and depends on you for donations of time, money and participation to keep the park free and open every day for all!
Chorus Of Dissent are Stokey's very own community choir and they'll be singing Dissenters' Anthem, (which has very different words to Land Of Hope And Glory), specifically referencing the battle for Wilmer Place, and inviting everyone to sing along. They've been singing the Anthem since the choir was formed two years ago, but are delighted to lend their voices (quite literally) to our campaign.
Either catch them at 2pm on at the Abney Winter Fun Day or come along to the Stoke Newington Town Hall Christmas Fair at 3:30pm to hear them singing.
We need more volunteers to undertake some of the leg-work this weekend - dishing out flyers, answering questions, shifting equipment, and collecting money. If you can help - even if it's just for half an hour - on either Saturday (at Abney, or later at the Town Hall) or Sunday (for the evening gig at The White Hart) then let us know via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 over five floors, looming large over 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.
Despite Court Orders limiting our "adverse" costs, a team of barristers working at no cost to us, solicitors working at vastly reduced fees, and doing much of the paperwork ourselves, we still face a bill of around Â£25,000 for legal actions to date. And we need a further Â£9,000-Â£14,000 (depending on Protective Costs Orders) to take our case to the Court of Appeal.
We've raised an incredible Â£27,000 so far, and need another Â£7,000-Â£12,000 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 thenemail us to let us know when you have made a donation.
Account: Stokey Local Community Fund Sort code: 08-60-01 â€¢ Account: 20316473