Fiona and Beatrix

Fiona and Beatrix

Time for a break

Time for a break

Francois Wasselin

Hoe, Hoe, Hoe Francois Wasselin

Hosts Nicola and Gavin Ralston

Rt Hon Emily Thornberry MP and Philip Walker

Hosts Nicola and Gavin Ralston

Hosts - Nicola and Gavin Ralston

Jack Lambert

Jack Lambert


Canonbury Place by Gary Powers


The Friends of Canonbury Square,  have launched their website: and Facebook page
(search@friendsofcanonburysquare). We are working together to put the sparkle back into our community square. Please like and share the Facebook page and feel free to send ideas and updates for the website.
The next gardening morning is:
Sat 15th Dec


There was a great turn-out for the first-ever community gardening morning for the Friends of Canonbury Square on Saturday 21 July as neighbours and families gathered to weed, sweep and rake leaves. Fiona Mackenzie-Cardy of LBI Green Space gave some useful training in the safe use of tools to protect backs and joints,  as well as suggesting lots of ideas for the future. Watch this space.
We also gained entrance to the park gardeners' shed which is packed with garden tools, hose pipes and wheelbarrows -- everything we need for our gardening mornings.
Thanks to everyone of all ages for giving their time and putting some sparkle back in the square.
A special thanks to St Mary's Ward councillors Nurullah Turan and his children for their hard work sweeping and weeding; and to Angela Picknell for taking the time to come and meet us.
Thanks to Lynn for the delicious shortbread biscuits and many thanks to Obiorah who has been sleeping on a park bench since just before Christmas 2017 and helped us sweep the flagstones on the West side of the square.

Report anything that looks suspicious!

Islington's Greenspace team have provided contact numbers to ring if you see anything in the Canonbury Square parks that worries you, call Parks Patrol on 07970 893588. This is a two-person team with dogs that work during day-light hours and after-dark. They work closely with the police.You can also call the Anti-social Behaviour team on 0207 527 7272. This team works with Parks Patrol and typically deals with threatening and drunken behaviour.

SUMMER GARDEN PARTY 2018 celebrates Women's Suffrage in style

The glorious gardens of Canonbury House set a splendid scene for the Canonbury Society's annual summer garden party on 24 June celebrating the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage. 
Guests donned the Suffragette colours of purple, green and white to commemorate the occasion. Children made historical banners and everyone joined together to sing  Suffragette anthems -- 'Shoulder to Shoulder,'  'Rise Up Women' and  'The Women’s Battle Song'  -- led by the Ukelilies.    
Gorgeous flute melodies played by Canonbury Society committee member Mo Talukder floated through the sundrenched gardens as guests enjoyed summer drinks and a magnificent spread of homemade food.
Along with celebrating the 100th anniversary of Women's Suffrage, we honoured Philip Walker, Chair of the Canonbury Society for 15 years, and Jack Lambert, longest standing Canonbury Society Committee member.  (see separate story). The Rt Hon Emily Thornberry MP presented medals celebrating their hard work, dedication and success. She also thanked hosts Nicola and Gavin Ralston for sharing their lovely home and garden through the years for Canonbury Society events.

The hard work and dedication of two leaders of the Canonbury Society was recognised by
the Rt Hon Emily Thornberry MP during our annual summer garden party 24 June at Canonbury House.
Philip Walker has been chair for 15 years and Jack Lambert is the longest serving member of the Canonbury Society committee. Both men received medals for their sterling service in conserving the Canonbury conservation area for many years.
Philip and Jack liaise regularly with Islington Council, local businesses, local organisations and key stakeholders to preserve the special character of Canonbury.   Under their leadership, the Canonbury community has averted inappropriate developments and traffic schemes. Their work has fostered the local economy and brought the community together.
Philip’s diplomacy skills, sincerity and determination are essential to the often-difficult task of winning support from vested interests, local government and the community. Calmly and efficiently, he leads the Canonbury Society and its members to successful outcomes. Philip also serves as chair of the Union Chapel Project, playing a lead role in transforming it into a thriving venue for events, vital community projects and a place of worship.
Jack has been a member of the Canonbury Society committee so long that even he can't remember. As an architect, he was an advisor to the Society when it was formed in 1972 to prevent the Marquis of Northampton from tearing down the period houses in the Alwynes.
 Jack was a winner of the Winner of Islington Civic Award in 2005-06 for his work as the Chair and driving force behind the Friends of New River Walk. He headed up a lottery bid that brought in over £1 million to re-vitalise the walk.


Below is a Report of the Executive Member dated 22 March 2018. A public meeting was held on 26 June at the Town Hall. Representatives from TFL, Councillor Claudia Webbe and Councillors of St Mary's Ward were present.
Report and Map of proposals 2018. In March the 2016 Canonbury Society Committee reviewed these proposals in detail.
Click here to see the Canonbury Society's objections

Canonbury heritage under siege by stone thieves

Read the tribute to Diane Brace in The Islington Tribune ISLINGTON LOCAL PLAN
You can also read the Guardian's obituary -

Islington Council has recently undertaken a consultation on its Local Plan Review. The Local Plan is the basis for all of Islington’s planning policies and decisions and usually covers a five year period.
Following the consultation, the council will submit in January 2018 an amended draft Local Plan and supporting documents for independent examination which takes place in May 2018. The Inspector’s report is received in October/November 2018 and it is anticipated that the Local Plan will be adopted by the full council within a couple of months from then.


You can download the most recent here. You might like to see the register of Listed Buildings for Canonbury and also the register of Local Listed Buildings. This register is mentioned in the newsletter.

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The Society thanks Petra Laidlaw for her photos of the birds on the New River.

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