Grange Big Local Fun Palace

Grange Big Local Fun Palace

East Finchley Library, 226 High Road, N2 9BB

6th October, 2018 - 12:00PM - 4:00PM

Grange Big Local Fun Palace is an afternoon of fun, friendship and inspiration. We want to bring our neighbours together, to share, meet friends and make new ones, and be inspired. Grange Big Local’s vision is promoting a thriving and caring community; Fun Palaces are part of that.


The Secret World of the Brain with Prof Catherine Loveday
Streetdance with SOTO CIC
Nail Painting with Art Against Knives
First Aid Step by Step with Angela Townley
Mind-reading with Magic Girio and Magic with Thomas Dixon, and Eric Rabacov
Cheerleading with Saracens Sports Foundation
Looking for life on other planets with Mill Hill Observatory
Big Bubbles by Leo
Balloon modelling with Marianne
Football with Spencer and the Monday Club from Compton Power League
Make fresh apple juice with Roger and Kate
Make kokedamas with The Flower Bank
Muay Thai with Barnet Combat Academy
Watercolour painting with Vera Moore
Rockets and Slime with Janka and Little Volcanoes Science Club
Celebrate East Finchley Library 80 Birthday - share your stories and memories
Drama and Theatre of the Absurd with A&B Drama
Pom-pom making with Kate and Camilla from Little Dot Loves and Makers Mob
Nature Table with Long Lane Pasture
Dress up with uniforms from the RAF Museum and make paper aeroplanes with Rhiannon
Talk to Grange Big Local about playgrounds and more, and talk to Octavia from City YMCA about Tarling Road Community Centre
Calligraphy in Farsi with Farsophone Association
Our Music MC will be Benteki, a DJ from Reprezent Radio, and this is the stage line up
12:00pm Dinah Beamish on cello and John Erskine on guitar
12:30pm Malavika - pop songs and guitar
12:50pm The Lab presents Youth and Sparku - Hip Hop and Rap
01:00pm The Haze - Indie
01:30pm Angie A - soul singer
02:10pm Girio and Eric Rabacov - mind reading and magic
02:30pm Wondr Womn - Soul hop and Rap
03:00pm Streetdance with SOTO CIC and Cheerleading with Saracens
03:20pm The AutistiX - rock
Make dolls and Meditate with Regina and Sarah from Dreams and a Heart
Get some free tennis coaching with Chandos Lawn Tennis Club
Get to use some music tech with the Lab and Art Against Knives
Story-telling with Carolyn Pickles in the children's library

Good Gym Barnet

A massive thank you to Good Gym Barnet for their heroic efforts with setting up the Fun Palace in the freezing cold. If you would like to know more about this great running club - they run together to help their local community - check them out here

Story-telling with Carolyn Pickles

The very lovely Carolyn Pickles - actor from Broadchurch and Harry Potter - will be reading stories and poems from 1938 onwards in the children's library

Make music with The Lab and Art Against Knives

Have a go at making music on sample and drum machines with the Lab and Art Against Knives.

Tennis With Chandos Lawn Tennis Club

Get yourself some free tennis coaching from the very kind, and very talented coaches at Chandos Lawn Tennis Club on East End Road  

Make dolls and meditate with Regina and Dreams and A Heart

Make dolls and meditate with them with Regina and Sarah Find out more here

Pop with Malavika

Fresh from East Finchley Festival, singer Malavika

Jazz with Dinah Beamish and John Erskine

Dinah Beamish is a cellist with a wide-ranging repetoire. She has played with orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic, English National Ballet, and New Sadlers Wells, in West End Shows including Showboat, Les Mis, the Sound of Music, and Evita, and as part of Jools Holland Big Band on the New Year Hootenanny for 18 years, where she accompanied Amy Winehouse, BB King, Paul Weller and Tom Jones, to name a few. She now focuses on teaching cello You can find her website here John Erskine is a local painter, with a love of jazz, who will be joining Dinah on the guitar You can see his work here Thank you both

Wondr Womn

We are happy to welcome back Wondr Womn . You can find her on Twitter and Instagram @kidwondr

Rock out with the Autistix

Find out more about this amazing band on their website

Our band
We are a unique rock band, who have been together since 2010. What makes us unique?
The three young men who are at the centre of the band all have autism. This gives us our
talent and notable creativity. Our mission is to create and perform quality music, to
illustrate the talent of musicians with autism (hence the name) to promote social inclusion.
We’re proud to include musicians with autism, our songwriting talent and performances.
Our performances
The AutistiX stage presence is lively, to say the least; we are super charged with witty
banter, quick repartee and an infectious energy. We have performed at legendary UK
venues (The Monarch, The Barfly, (the old) Bull and Gate, Proud Camden, O2 Academy
Islington, Star & Garter, The White Rock Hastings, Brighton Dome, and recently at the
iconic and wonderful Cavern Club in Liverpool, to name a few). We regularly appear at
summer festivals, and perform at fundraising gigs on behalf of the National Autistic Society
and other charities. A few years back, in front of an audience of over 1200, our
performance with Sir Tom Jones, resulted in a rousing standing ovation. We’ve also mini-
toured Spain, Switzerland, Guernsey and Romania.
We released our latest EP, The Meadow Sunshine’ in the Spring with four new songs:
Positive; Not the Same; My Future Life; Heaven. We had a very successful launch event in
March at The Monarch, Camden Town. The songs were recorded at Evergreen Studio at
Cable Street Studios with Gaetano Serra and mastered by Geoff Pesche at Abbey Road
We were filmed recently by the BBC for an episode about The AutistiX that was televised
on Saturday 5
May. It is a programme on BBC 3 tv (online) in a series called Amazing
Humans .
We had an amazing time at the end of March in Liverpool where we performed 2 gigs in
Liverpool at the iconic ‘Cavern Club’ followed by our first ever acoustic sets at the Hard
Day’s Night Hotel and the Beatles Story Museum. This was intentionally timed during
‘Worldwide Autism Awareness Week’, Then we flew to Romania where we were invited to
perform, also as part of WAAW at the Doors Club in Constanta, Romania.
Then we had a busy Spring and Summer, playing a number of gigs, summer festivals and
disability festivals.
We also had an amazing time being filmed for an upcoming TV piece (also for the BBC but
we can’t reveal which programme yet!). We were filmed about the uniqueness of our band,
as we include musicians with autism. We were also filmed with the wonderful, warm,
talented (ex) drummer from Elbow, Rick Jupp, and his talented and lovely son Dylan (who
is also on the autistic spectrum). We can’t wait to let you know when the programme will
go live so keep checking our social media to find out!
The AutistiX band members:
Jack Beaven-Duggan (electric guitar/backing vocals); Saul Zur-Szpiro (drums/ backing
vocals); Graham Spragg (bass guitar/backing vocals); Jim Connelly (lead singer); John
Duggan, Jack's father (electric guitar) & Michael Zur-Szpiro, Saul's father (harmonica).

Join Angie A in singing some soul and jazz

'Angie A is a vocalist of soulful jazzy flavours. A professional vocalist/songwriter and entertainer who is a seasoned performer. Angie has sung as backing Vocalist with some great established artists including Yazz, Shakatak and was backing vocalist to Olive who got to number 1 in the national charts with the song 'You're Not Alone'. [ YouTube - ]


Angie has performed on Top of The Pops and was a Britains Got Talent contestant.

Angie's sings a range of styles from soul, Motown, reggea,jazz, swing/jumpjive.

Her Up, Close, & Personal show invites everyone to " Get A Good Feeling & Pass It On" and will bring you joy'. 


Social media / website links - 

Facebook - e-ARam-Jam-Records-11134658223 3236/

Twiiter- @1angiea

Instagram - @angiejazzya


Angie A

Benteki_ is our MC

Benteki_ is a DJ on Reprezent Radio, and has very kindly offered to MC the performances for the Fun Palace. You can find him on Twitter and Instagram @benteki_ and follow his monthly mix series Blended on mixcloud here Thanks Ben

Calligraphy in Farsi with Farsophone Association

Grange Big Local consultation table

Come and talk playgrounds and give Grange Big Local your views on how the area's lottery funding should be spent. Octavia Findlay from City YMCA will also be there to talk about Tarling Road Community Centre.

Dress up in uniform from the RAF Museum and make paper aeroplanes - Typhoons and Vulcans - with Rhiannon

Nature Table with Long Lane Pastures

Pom-pom making with Kate and Camilla from Little Dot Loves and Makers Mob

Have a go at making pom-poms and tassles with Kate and Camilla, run the crafting club Makers Mob - you can find them on Instagram. You can also find their shop Little Dot Loves, or get in touch with them through their shop here

Theatre of the Absurd with A&B Drama Club

Ever wanted to try your hand at acting? You can join Martin Szalla and A&B Drama Club and have a a go. There will be plays for both adults and children to join in with. Interested in finding out more? A&B Drama are presenting an Evening of Conceptual Absurdity at Finchley Youth Centre on 30 Sept, 7 Oct and 14 Oct. You can buy tickets for those from Black Gull Books on East Finchley High Road. If you would like to find out more about A&B Drama, or join them, their website is here  

Celebrate East Finchley Library 80 Birthday

East Finchley Library was opened on 1 October 1938. Find out more about the history of the library and share your stories and memories of the building. We would love to have an archive that spreads across its whole lifetime.

Rockets and Slime with Janka from Little Volcanoes

We are very pleased to welcome Little Volcanoes Science Club to our Fun Palace (and they will also be playing at the Arts Depot Fun Palace). You can find out more about them here . Thanks Janka

Muay Thai with Barnet Combat Academy

Make Kokedamas with The Flower Bank

Kokedamas are Japanese mossed balls, which you can create and hang up, just like a hanging basket. The very kind Ursula from The Flower Bank is running this activity. The Flower Bank makes funeral wreaths for those who can't afford them, and flower arrangements for care homes, using end of code flowers (supermarket flowers that are going out of date) that would otherwise be wasted. Her work benefits people with dementia, young offenders and people experiencing mental health issues.. Ursula is about to start a crowfunder so that she can have base for activities. If you are interested in finding out more, or in supporting her, click here: You can also find her on Instagram @banktheflower

Make fresh apple juice with Roger and Kate

Balloon modelling with Marianne

Big Bubbles by Leo

Looking for life on other planets with UCL and Mill Hill Observatory

Meet the scientists from Mill Hill Observatory and University College London and find out about cosmic rays, exoplanets and searching for aliens. Weather permitting there might be a solar telescope too. If you are inspired to visit the observatory, you can book free tours here.

Cheerleading with Saracens Sport Foundation

Saracens run free cheerleading classes for 12+ at on Wednesdays at Christ College School Check out their Instagram account @saracenscheerleading to see more of this.  

The Secret World of the Brain with Prof Catherine Loveday

Back again, after her stall was swamped last year, Prof Catherine Loveday and her students from Westminster University. They will be teaching us all about the brain and letting us have a go at some experiments. Prof Loveday is Principal Lecturer in Cognitive Neuroscience at Westminister University and the author of The Secret World of the Brain . She is a regular on BBC Radio 4 All in the Mind and featured in their series How to have a Better Brain . She is also a trustee of Age UK Barnet. We're so grateful and we can't wait to find out more this year.  

First Aid Step By Step

The very kind Angela Townley is volunteering her skills as a first aid trainer with First Aid Step By Step to let everyone have a go at CPR and, of course, lots of fun with bandages. If you are interested in finding out more about the courses she runs her website is here  You can also find her on Facebook or Instagram. And if you want to get in the mood before the event, here is a little refresher of that Vinnie Jones clip, Staying Alive Thanks Angela - can't wait to have you join us

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