Local Gems

In our community, there are people every day who go above and beyond and may not get any sort of recognition. We are proud to salute these unsung heroes!

2017 Nominations Now Open!

Please submit your suggestions to our well-deserving list by emailing muswellife@gmail.com

o George and the Clissold Arms (posthumous)
o John Hadju (Muswell Hill & Fortis Green Association)
o Martin Stone (Muswell Hill Soup Kitchen)
o Bubble Gum painter Ben
o Annie Morris (St James’s Lane neighbourhood watch)
o John Gregg and Rose (Muswell Hill’s amazing Big Issue sellers)
o Avenue Mews N10
o Toffs Fish and Chips
o Jill (Northbank House)
o Cheeses
o Sarah Perman and Jenny Poirier (Walk Safe N10 campaign)
o Cllr Gail Engert

If you wish to sponsor these awards in 2017, please do get in touch!

Muswell Hill Local Gems of 2016 are

1. Peter Thompson


Since 1997 Peter has been running a free legal advice service, which has grown from nothing to about 500 cases a year.

St James’s Church makes its premises available for drop-in sessions two mornings a week and, on other days, he runs sessions at Wilton Community Church and the Salvation Army Centre in Wood Green.
Customers come from all over the borough, and beyond, and he also deals with email inquiries, mostly from overseas, regarding immigration.

Peter is assisted by a growing band of volunteers, including law students from Middlesex University. No one is paid and no one is charged. Everybody wins.


2. PC Sharon Rogers


“I have been the Dedicated Ward Officer for Muswell Hill for the last 3/half years, I am committed to doing my best for the residents/workers and visitors of Muswell Hill. I enjoy getting out and about in the Community, meeting new people and making a difference to the lives of the community. Working together can really make a difference, even the smallest of things. I work alongside local authorities, housing associations and other partners to tackle and solve community issues which are a range of quality-of-life issues. I honestly love my job and love the community I serve. Being a Ward Officer allows me to really get to the heart of issues or concerns and it gives me the time to tackle long term problem solving”. My motto is ‘knowledge is power’.

I am passionate about dogs, I have a rescue dog called Poppy from a Cyprus shelter, she came over to me at 15 weeks, she has just turned 2. Outside of work I love nothing more than taking Poppy for a walk, either to the fields or the sea. Being a Labrador cross she loves the water. Nothing makes me happier than to watch her enjoy her life, which is a world away from the life she would have had”. @MPSMuswellHill

3. Kay Eracleous


Kay runs  Kay & Ko hair and beauty salon, she is a mother, animal lover and great community activist. Due to Kay and her team’s passion, commitment and dedication, Kay and Kompany Salon won Two London Hair and Beauty Awards in October 2015 for; ‘North London Hair Salon of the Year’ And ‘North London Team/Service of the Year’! Over the years, Kay has cut and styled many celebrities hair, including top notch musos but she remains grounded, humble and always grateful for everyone’s business. Kay is one of the nicest people you will ever meet. Her social media etiquette, ongoing support of fellow small businesses and her community is to be applauded for. 

4. Roger Ward


Roger is not just running  Feast Deli and Catering (an independent deli and catering business based in Muswell Hill), head of Muswell Hill and Haringey Trading Group, he is also a drummer of Muswell Hill Exchange Band.

Roger serves on countless committees, a man who could easily be described as “the volunteers’ volunteer”, working tirelessly to help Muswell Hill community and its traders.  

5. WMartyn

W Martyn

W Martyn is a traditional and old-fashioned family business, established in 1897 and still going strong. As specialists in tea and coffee and retailers of fine foods, Martyn’s now bring quality products to your door across the UK with our online tea and coffee shop. While you may not be able to visit us and experience the quaint ambience of our shop, you can still appreciate the fine quality of our own packaged teas and shop-roasted coffee wherever you may live. If you live in London though, then please take a trip to visit us, where you will always be welcome.

With over 100 years of retail experience, you are guaranteed to receive the highest quality of service and products. From your morning cup of tea or coffee to that special gift for family or friends, you’ll find a wealth of choice at W Martyn of Muswell Hill.

 “Heroes didn’t leap tall buildings or stop bullets with an outstretched hand; they didn’t wear boots and capes. They bled, and they bruised, and their superpowers were as simple as listening, or loving. Heroes were ordinary people who knew that even if their own lives were impossibly knotted, they could untangle someone else’s. And maybe that one act could lead someone to rescue you right back.”

The awards will be presented at MidSummer Muswell  

on 25th of June 2016

by our MP Catherine West