Grange Big Local Fun Palace

Grange Big Local Fun Palace

Tarling Road Community Centre, Tarling Road, London, N2 8HU

6th October, 2019 - 12:00PM - 4:00PM

We want to be part of a thriving, caring community. We want to share in the fun and brilliance of our neighbours. We want to learn together, listen to each other and play. And we want it all to be free. Grange Big Local is a community association that was formed because a small pocket of East Finchley has been awarded lottery funding that can be spent in any way local people would like. We want to hear what people want to do.


Barnwood - the woodland space on Tarling Road
Petting Farm with Appreciating Animals
Haka-zome leaf printing with Tomato Education
Soil pH and nutrient testing with Avra Archer
Nature table with Long Lane Pasture
Seed bombing with Our Barnwood
Tarling Road Community Centre
Meet London Fire Brigade and their engine
Beat the goalie with Lymore Garden FC and Kick Action
Doll making and meditation with Dreams and a Heart
Sourdough bread making with Margot Bakery
Calligraphy in Farsi with members of Farsophone Association
Meet the Pearly King and Queen of Tower Hamlets
Arts and Crafts with Hope North London
Learn how to appeal incorrect parking tickets and ULEZ with Mr Mustard
Learn to knit with Valentina and her daughters
Learn how to make floral buttonholes with the Flower Bank
Make Vietnamese Summer Rolls with Sophie Thompson
Pom-pom making with Kate and Camila from Little Dot Loves
Layers of History - tell Roger your memories of the area
Nail painting with Art Against Knives In Our Hands project
Make banana milkshakes with Bread n Butter CIC
Meet the East Finchley Safer Neighbourhood Team
Make Slime and Volcanoes with Little Volcanoes
Help the RAF Museum create their Battle of Britain exhibition
Face painting with Tarling Nursery
Help Grange Big Local build their next plan
First Aid with Joe from London Ambulance Service
Create Sun Print Cyanotypes with Community Focus
Music and timed activities
12:00pm Relaxing Sound Bath with Naomi and her Himalayan Singing Bowls
12:15pm Book reading and questions with author Rosie Fiore
12:50pm Music on guitar and cello, and vocals, with Dinah and John
01:15pm Jane and Wendy sing and play guitar.
01:35pm Singing from the children at Fixation Theatre
01:55pm Poetry for children young and old by Dennis Evans
02:10pm Singing from Jen Chum
02:40pm Rory Fear singing and playing guitar
03:10pm Rock with the AutistiX
01:00pm Character-writing workshop with author Rosie Fiore

Create sun print cyanotypes with Community Focus

Use light to create silhouettes of leaves with Community Focus. Community Focus are an all inclusive arts charity based in Friern Barnet. Find out more about them here  

Relax with Himalayan Singing Bowls with Naomi

Thank you to Good Gym Barnet

Just want to give a shout out to Good Gym Barnet, who helped us deliver leaflets and will be helping us set up the Fun Palace. If you haven't heard of them Good Gym Barnet are a running club who meet weekly, run together and then do community work - leafleting, litter-picking, digging ponds for schools, laying paths for Long Lane Pasture, and much more. If you want to start running but need the motivation of someone relying on you to get you out, or you want to join a lovely friendly running group, do check them out

Film of the Day with Barnet TV

We are very grateful to Bidemi from Barnet TV, who has very generously volunteered to make a film of our Fun Palace this year. Barnet TV is an online channel devoted entirely to events and activities in the London Borough of Barnet. They will also be offering training to local young people, with support from Grange Big Local's community grants.

First Aid with Joe from London Ambulance Service

Have a go at learning CPR and learn about First Aid with Joe, a very kind volunteer from London Ambulance Service

Songs from Jen Chum

Guitar and singing with Jane and Wendy

Listen to some golden oldies from Joni Mitchell and Simon and Garfunkel with Jane and Wendy

East Finchley Safer Neighbourhood Team

Come and meet our local police officers

Singer-Songwriter Rory Fear

Rory Fear is a singer, songwriter, spoken word poet, rapper and guitarist. We are really grateful he has offered to come along to play. You can find him on Facebook or Instagram @roryfear_guitar

Rock with the AutistiX

The AutistiX are an exciting and inspiring band who will get everyone going. We are really grateful to them for coming along.

Facepainting with Tarling Nursery

A huge thank you to Amelia and her team for lending us her nursery space and putting on facepainting. Incredibly kind of you.

Poetry for children young and old by Dennis Evans

Dennis is a local poet who will be reading some of his own poems for children of all ages.

Songs on the cello and guitar by Dinah Beamish and John Erskine

Dinah is a renowned cellist and local resident who has played with the Royal Philharmanic Orchestra, as well as artists as diverse as Peter Gabriel and Jools Holland. Find out more about her here John Erskine will be singing and accommpanying her on guitar. He is a local artist and volunteer at Nazareth House. You can find his work here Should be fab.

How to write characters with author Rosie Fiore

Rosie Fiore was born and grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa. She studied drama at the University of the Witwatersrand and has worked as a writer for theatre, television, magazines, advertising, comedy and the corporate market. She has lived in London since 2000. She has published several novels to critical acclaim: This Year’s Black, Lame Angel, Babies in Waiting, Wonder Women, After Isabella and What She Left. Rosie also writes under the pseudonym Cass Hunter, and her first novel as Cass, The After Wife, was published by Trapeze in March 2018. It has been translated into nine languages and optioned as a feature film in China. Rosie has an MA in Creative Writing and teaches creative writing as well as effective business writing. Rosie will give a short reading from her novel, The After Wife, and will talk about the importance of creating compelling characters. She will then run a short workshop where you will get the chance to write your own character profile and begin to write in the voice of that character.

Nature Table with Donald from Long Lane Pasture

Long Lane Pasture is a small meadowland nature reserve, run by volunteers, and tucked next to the North Circular, across the road from Finchley Fire Station in Long Lane. Alongside the meadows there is a pond, orchard and beehives. Find out more at

Art inspired by the Battle of Britain with Rhiannon from RAF Museum

Soil Testing with Avra

Learn how to check the pH and nutrients of soil with landscape architect Avra @space_and_place_design on Instagram. Find out more about her here

Seed-bombing with Barnwood

Make bombs of wildflower seeds to start your own wildflower meadow with members of Barnwood. Barnwood in a new charity that is caring for the woodland open space next to Tarling Road. You can find out more at @N2Barnwood on Twitter or @ourbarnwood on Facebook and Instagram.

Hapa-zome leaf printing and herbal remedies with Tomato Tutors

Learn how to use leaves to print and dye fabrics and hear about different herbal remedies with the lovely Laura from Tomato Education. Find out more about their studio here Or check out @tomatoeducation on Facebook or Instagram

Make Slime and Volcanoes with Janka from Little Volcanoes Science

Beat the Goalie with Lymore Gardens Girls FC

Have a go at beating the goalie with Lymore Gardens FC Grange Big Local is supporting their  U11 girls football which meets at Martin School on Saturday mornings

Ministry of Make Believe: Become and Official Investigator

The Ministry of Make Believe has lost some of its characters and creatures somewhere in N2. They have created a map and you can come and show them where the make believe creatures are hiding. If you help out you can get an Official Investigator sticker and join the Ministry. 

Find out more about the Ministry of Make Believe here

Make Banana Milkshakes with Bread n Butter CIC

Bread n Butter CIC help tackle food waste by teaching cooking using food donated from supermarkets through the Felix Project. They are currently running a lunch project with Grange Big Local on Fridays at St Mary's Parish Centre. Find out more about them here

Nail Painting with In Our Hands and Art Against Knives.

Local history - tell your stories to Roger and Kate

Roger and Kate would like to collect memories, stories and history about our area to record as part of the Layers of London project which you can find here

Pom-Pom Making with Kate and Camila from Little Dot Loves

Kate and Camila are craft crazy, and the nicest women. They run an Etsy shop called Little Dot Loves, and crafting club called Makers Mob - check out @littledotloves and @makers.mob for the brightest, sparkliest feeds around. We are really pleased that they will be back to teach people how to make pom pom key rings - bright enough to be found in the depths of any bag, lovely to touch and the perfect Christmas or birthday present.      

Learn to make floral buttonholes with the Flower Bank

The Flower Bank is an amazing social enterprise that uses waste flowers from supermarkets to make funeral wreaths for those who could not otherwise afford them, flower arrangements for care homes, and they teach flower arranging to young offenders and others. Find out more about the amazing work of Ursula at the Flower Bank here:

Build a den for an animal and learn how to groom and care for animals with Finchley RSPCA

Finchley RSPCA will be at the Fun Palace, along with some toy animals, to teach you how to handle and groom them properly. They will also be teaching you how to build dens, just like a wild animal does. Find out more about them here

Learn how to knit with Valentina and her daughters

Local resident Valentina will be coming along to teach people how to knit. Needles and wool provided.

Learn how to appeal incorrect parking tickets with Mr Mustard

The amazing Mr Mustard will be there to explain how you can appeal parking tickets in Barnet. If you have received one recently, bring it along, with the ticket, letter and envelope. You can find more advice on his website

Arts and Craft with Hope North London

The youth workers from Hope North London have been entertaining kids on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons on the Grange Estate. Join them at the Fun Palace for indoor and outdoor fun

Pearly King and Queen of Tower Hamlets

We are delighted to welcome Lorraine and Terry Sadler, the Pearly King and Queen of Tower Hamlets. The tradition of Pearly Kings and Queens was started in Victorian London, by Henry Croft, an orphan who grew up in a workhouse, and later became a rat-catcher and road sweeper. He built on the tradition of the Coster Kings and Queens - elected from the apple traders and active in charity work, and he started the tradition of sewing pearly buttons onto his suit. Henry Croft is buried in East Finchley Cemetery You can find out more here

Calligraphy in Farsi with talented volunteers from the Farsophone Association

Dreams and a Heart

Dreams and a Heart is Regina Mendes’ long-running participatory artwork for peace.

Each doll is filled with dreams and given a heart, before the maker completes a short meditation, guided by the artist. Come and add your dreams to the growing community of 2000+ dolls.

Find Regina at @dreamsandaheart on FB, Instagram and Twitter or here

Finchley Fire Station - we are grateful to welcome Aaron and his crew (emergencies permitting)

A film of the 2017 Grange Big Local Fun Palace

A film of last year's Grange Big Local Fun Palace