1 October 2015


More than 200 people had a fun afternoon and their say on £1million spend at Grange Big Local’s third Community Festival


Grange Big Local held its third Community Festival on the afternoon of Sunday 27th September at Bishop Douglass School, which was a great success.


This built on the success of the previous ones, including last year’s youth event at Brownswell Road, which was run collaboratively with Art Against Knives and the year before, which had live music, pizza and stalls.


Grange Big Local is an area of East Finchley that has been awarded £1 million of National Lottery money for local residents to decide how to spend over the next ten years.  It is one of 150 areas in England that have been awarded such a grant, which is overseen by Local Trust nationally, often focusing on areas of deprivation that have missed out on other funding. The Grange Big Local area is made up of the roads and spaces south of the North Circular, west of the High Road, north of Church Lane and east of East End Road.  It includes the Grange, Font Hills and Thomas More estates.


There were plenty of fun activities for old and young and everyone in between - food and drink, community information, face painting, a bouncy castle and a variety of games.  Casserole Club engaged people on their project linking volunteers who share home-cooked food with people in their area who aren’t always able to cook for themselves.  There was art therapy, a credit union and a fire engine to engage children!  A Star People rep was on hand to advise people on starting a business.


People used sticky notes to add their own ideas for making the area an even better place to live.  This included ideas put onto a map which was sponsored by Haven Estate Agents.  People also voted on priorities by putting sweets into jars – youth and children and open spaces and environment came up as high priority.  


These ideas will help inform the development of a Plan for spending the £1 million for the area over up to ten years.


Photos from the event can be found here. People can still offer their comments, get in contact and submit ideas for projects via the Grange Big Local website