Community café seeks new Sandra!

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Saturday, 21st April 2018 — By Helen Chapman

Our Neighbours_Sandra Ribeiro

Sandra Ribeiro has been successfully looking after Whittington Park Community Café

For the past six years the Whittington Park Community Café has been run by Sandra Ribeiro, a local mum who has now decided to return to Portugal, where she grew up. So the time has come for the baton to be passed on to someone else who will keep the café success story running. Loan Tran, project development officer at the community centre, says: “The café is popular with everyone from footballers from the astroturf pitch to mums from Yerbury School meeting for coffee and staff getting their lunch. It pro­vides a nourishing three-course lunch for members of our Over-60s lunch club five days a week. Many of the members rely on it as their main meal of the day.”
Anyone interested in finding out more should go to or email WPCA’s manager, Ann Mason at or call 020 7272 1847.

Make everything in the gardens lovely

James Dean at the launch of Islington in Bloom

Residents and neighbours across Whittington Park, Paradise Park and Duncan Terrace Gardens got their hands muddy at the launch of Islington in Bloom. The competition kicks off this summer when entries will be judged in 12 categories, including Best Front Garden, Best Tree Pit, Best Children’s Planting and Best Forgotten Corner. Andrew Bedford, the Town Hall’s head of greenspace and leisure, said: “Islington in Bloom is always a highlight of the year and following last weekend’s launch, I’m sure this competition will be no exception. I look forward to seeing this year’s entries on display across the borough. I encourage all residents, businesses, schools and community groups to enter the competition – anyone with a box, balcony or garden that can be seen from the street is eligible.”

Sisters Elif, 8, and Ayse Bandanoolu, 3, at the launch of Islington in Bloom, with James Dean, above, and below, Shuaa Ferej, 2

Every entrant will receive a free bag of compost from Camden Garden Centre and winners receive a £100 voucher to spend there. Lucky winners of second and third place will receive Camden Garden Centre vouchers worth £75 and £50. Entries are accepted until Sunday 3 June. Judging takes place from Monday June 18 until Friday July 6. Entries can be made online or by picking up a form from any of Islington’s libraries and leisure centres, as well as the reception areas in the Town Hall at 222 Upper Street.
For more information on Islington in Bloom or to enter online, visit, call 020 7527 6394 or email

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