We would like to thank our friends, neighbours and local businesses who have supported us through becoming members of Friends of St James Square. Without you, we wouldn’t be able to put on these events:
Who are Friends of St James Square?
We are group of local ladies (and a token gent!) caring about All Things Muswell.
We held our first Annual General Meeting on Monday 20 March 2017 at the Everyman Cinema. Here are our first year’s accounts and the minutes from our meeting. Thank you to Ala of Auto Werke for being our accountant.
In the meantime, here are some photos from our AGM!
LET’S BE FRIENDS
Why, where did it come from? And what is it to do with me?
As for its origins, the seeds were sown on 20 June 2015 when the newly paved concourse opposite St James Church was officially named ST JAMES SQUARE. The officials concerned included the Facebook-elected Mayor of Muswell; and the naming of the square was the centrepiece of MIDSUMMER MUSWELL, a sunny celebration of all things Muswell: music, dancing and staged entertainment, on the Square and across the road in St James Church. All organised by a group of local residents.
So then what?
Since then the same group of residents has given you a spooky GEISTERFEST on the Square, for Halloween, and, in the run up to Christmas, a “Santa Dash” under the banner TIS THE SEASON TO BE JOLLY. This year we are planning another MIDSUMMER MUSWELL, a further GEISTERFEST and, (wait for it) the installation of an enormous Christmas Tree!
In order to handle these events in a more business-like way, we have formed a not for profit company called FRIENDS OF ST JAMES SQUARE LIMITED. The secretary is the former “Mayor” Peter Thompson and the Directors are Deanna Bogdanovic, Lindsay Miller, Jacqueline Goldenstein and Mel Pretorius. The company ‘s aims are to promote community use of St James Square for fairs, festivals, concerts and markets, to organise such events and to assist in other community events such as the recent memorial concert in Hillfield Park for the late great Vivian Stanshall and the Bonzo Dog Doodah band.
What’s in it for me?
Membership of the company is open to anyone who supports our aims and is willing to subscribe £25 a year. Membership gives the right to vote at the AGM, to receive newsletters and, as many of you do already, to help and support our efforts.
So please let us hear from you if you would like to help us and to become a subscribing member. We want you all to be FRIENDS.
Peter Thompson, Secretary of FRIENDS: firstname.lastname@example.org
Board of Directors
Secretary: Peter Thompson – barrister, Free Legal Advice at St James’s Church
Deanna Bogdanovic owner and music producer at BonaFideStudio recording, postproduction and rehearsal studio.
Brian Bogdanovic chief sound engineer at BonaFideStudio recording, postproduction and rehearsal studio.
Gillian White solicitor.
Lindsay Miller, Mel Pretorius and Jacqueline Goldenstein– of RedDesk VA, virtual assistance and social media.
Friends of St James’s Square is open to anyone who lives in the area and accepts our aims and priorities. Membership for a calendar year is only £25. (Email Peter Thompson our secretary: email@example.com)
Read Membership Rules
Our aims and priorities:
– Making our community a better place, by bringing local residents closer together
– Developing a shared sense of identity and community pride
– Encouraging ‘shop local’ and supporting independent businesses
– Improving Muswell Hill as a whole, while paying attention to those most in need
– Sharing business expertise through inspiring networking events
– Maintaining the village feel of the area
– Promoting the rich history of Muswell Hill
We value diversity and the wide range of skills and perspectives a diverse group of professionals can bring.