Grange Big Local’s Fun Palace
Ann Owens Centre, Oak Lane, London, UK, N2 8LT
8th October, 2017 - 12:00PM - 4:00PM
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Is it really all free?
The short answer is yes. The long answer is that all the activities and music are free. There will be food on sale - from Majjo's http://www.majjos.com/ Floss's Cupcakes http://www.flossiescakes.com/ Café Buzz doing pancakes Margot's Bakery http://www.margotbakery.co.uk/ Pizza by Pizza Massimo https://www.facebook.com/pizzamassimouk/ And ice cream. But, you are welcome to bring a picnic - tea and coffee will be free - and if you want to make your own Vietnamese Summer Rolls or press your own juice, you can eat for free too.
Brass and Steel
Abdul Williams will be paying the Steel Pan Drums https://northlondonmusicacademy.com/project/steel-pan-teacher-abdul-williams/ You can listen to London Metropolitan Brass here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EdGYylIePgg
Preview of the Rockin Bones
We're happy to welcome back the Rockin Bones, who will be closing out the festival You can listen to them here https://www.facebook.com/rockinbonesbarnet/ Visual Text
Preview of Brilliant Strings
We are very proud to welcome Brilliant Strings, including Grange Big Local board member Dinah Beamish, to our Fun Palace. Listen to them here, with Pete Bennett https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLPC7KIvyuk
Thank you to all our lovely volunteer leafletters - these boys and @goodgymbarnet
Loop machine - make beats with Jimi Dolan
Lay down beats with Jimi Dolan Check out his Soundcloud here https://soundcloud.com/ampersandddd
Very happy to welcome the Polish School to our Fun Palace. Not sure what they will be up to yet, but it wouldn't be a Fun Palace if we knew what was going to happen. http://www.polska-szkola.org.uk/
Very happy to welcome our lovely local cinema to the Fun Palace - thank you.
Haven Estate Agents are sponsoring the Fun Palace!
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We are very lucky to welcome Brilliant Strings - Anne Stephenson, Gini Ball, Claire Orsler and Grange Big Local's very own Dinah Beamish - to our Fun Palace. They will playing a mix of stuff from Czardas to Elvis to Tom Jones, with a little Vivaldi thrown in. The list of artists they have worked with is just as wide-ranging. Have a look at their website here (seriously - click around a bit) http://www.brilliantstrings.co.uk/html/intro.html Dinah will be around to let people have a try at the playing the cello on the afternoon, when she isn't playing for us.
Our MC for the day - many thanks to Ben Cantopher @benteki_
Ben is a DJ and presenter on @reprezentradio and founder of Creo Collective record label. Find him @benteki https://twitter.com/ReprezentRadio/status/910567819770761216 https://twitter.com/ReprezentRadio/status/712729375284793344
Long Lane Pasture, our local nature reserve, will be joining us
Grange Big Local at Grange Big Local's Fun Palace
Grange Big Local will have our stall at the Fun Palace, but we are there purely to listen to you. We are a community association, based in East Finchley, because a small pocket of N2, bounded by the North Circular, East End Road, Church Lane and the High Road has been awarded some funding from Big Lottery, through Local Trust. We can spend this in any way that local people choose, so please come along and give us your ideas, tell us what you think of the ideas other people have had, put your name down for our newsletter or volunteer to help us. You can join our Facebook group here https://www.facebook.com/groups/grangebiglocal/ or check out our website here http://www.grangebiglocal.org/ We look forward to meeting you.
Leprechauns, Rainbows and a Pot of Gold with Ministry of Stories
Let your imagination run free with Ministry of Stories and tell us your tales - with many thanks to very bubbly Kate. To find out more about Ministry of Stories, chack out their website here http://www.ministryofstories.org/
East Finchley Open Artists - Eco-Art
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London Metropolitan Brass Band
We are very pleased that London Metropolitan Brass Band will be performing. In addition to this band, they have beginner's band, for people who would like to learn a brass instrument for free. And membership for school-children is free. Some members of the band will be around afterwards, for anyone who wants to have a toot. Find out more about them here: http://www.londonmetropolitanbrass.com/ Visual Text
Watercolour painting with Vera
Vera Moore will be teaching watercolours to anyone who wants to have a try. For more information about her art classes check out her website here: http://www.veramoore.uk/
Big Bubbles with Leo
The Real Game of Thrones
We are very excited to welcome Barnet Museum to our Fun Palace. They will be bringing along some of their finds from the Battle of Barnet archaeological dig and they need help cleaning them up. The Battle of Barnet is the only historic battlefield within London. The battle took place in 1471, as part of the War of the Roses. You can find out more of the story and help with some real archaeology at our Fun Palace http://www.barnetmuseum.co.uk/ Thanks so much Mike.
Ever fancied a go on the ukelele? Meet North London Ukelele Club
The Rockin Bones
Looking forward to seeing the Rockin Bones. Listen to them here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bt_TPqeoWG0
Have a go at Thai kick-boxing with the fab East Finchley Combat Academy
We have a crack team of scientists, led by the fantastic Saj, with experiments and microscopes and answers to all your how and why questions. Saj is an Emeritus Reader in Oral Biology from UCL, and she will be joined by a team of volunteer science teachers and researchers.
The music line up is still to be announced, but I wanted to give a shout out to the kind, hardworking volunteers who have been putting the programme together. A big thank you to James Masters, co-owner of Rekids https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJzZ08lSMFlnSC7R_KK7JSg?sub_confirmation=1 Dinah Beamish, cellist http://dinahbeamish.com/ And Mary Otumahana - WondrWomn https://soundcloud.com/wondrwomn/up-down-groove-slow-wondrwomn Thank you - can't wait to hear what you put on.
Learn about building strong and stable structures with the very kind Blanca and Alan, who will be building balsa wood bridges. Blanca and Alan are local architects - you can find their website here https://www.acxisltd.com/ They will be helped through the day by engineer Chris and furniture designer/ cabinet maker Olly http://ollyvanderbreggen.com/ Visual Text
Finchley Fire Station will be there with an engine you can climb on and in, and East Finchley Safer Neighbourhood Team are coming too. Many thanks to Matt and Jan.
I Can Dance
I Can Dance will be performing and getting everyone to have a little strut at the Fun Palace. Find out more about them here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mZ6IXOxZlF0
Have a go at writing characters in different scripts - neighbours on hand to show you how to have a go at writing in Farsi, Arabic, Hebrew, Hindi and other languages,
Nail Painting with Vales Nails and Art Against Knives
Would you like to find out more about how your brain works? Dr Catherine Loveday, principal lecturer in cognitive neuroscience at Westminster University will be at the Grange Big Local Fun Palace with some fun experiments for you to try. If you want to learn more, Catherine has written a book called The Secret Life of the Brain. You can find it here Thanks for coming along, Catherine - looking forward to seeing you. Visual Text
The Circus Is Coming To Town Ever fancied having a go at juggling, diablo, stilts, hoops or skipping? Airborne Circus will be there to show you what you need to know. Check out their website here http://www.airbornecircus.com
The lovely Joe Sullivan from the RAF Museum will be coming along to the Grange Big Local Fun Palace for a little model aeroplane building. Thanks Joe! You can check out the museum's website here https://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/
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A little shout out for the cooks who will be sharing their talents at the Fun Palace. The lovely Naomi, who writes the Asian Food Adventures blog, is volunteering to teach people how to make Vietnamese Summer Rolls. You can find out more about her, and check out her amazing recipes, here http://asianfoodadventure.com/about-us/ Roger will be bringing the apple press from the Forest School at Martin Primary, so you can have a go at making fresh apple juice. Here is a link to the Forest School http://www.martinprimary.barnet.sch.uk/forest-school Finally, Saj will be busy with science experiments, but that doesn't mean you can't take a peek at her recipes in the meantime. http://chachiskitchen.blogspot.co.uk/ Thanks for all your help, you three.
East Finchley Open Artists
It seemed time to start filling in a little bit of the programme for the Grange Big Local Fun Palace. First up are East Finchley Open Artists, who will be teaching people how to make eco-art using recycled materials. East Finchley Open Artists are a group of local artists and craftspeople with an ethos that hopes to inspire and share ideas. They are very much at the heart of community events. A huge thank you to Joan Padel, Caitlin Smail, Diana Stoker, Judith Devons and Peter Kyte for volunteering, and to Myra Lawson and Peter Hale for helping to organise this. I'm really looking forward to seeing you. In the meantime, anyone who wants to see their work and support our local artists, is welcome at East Finchley Open Artists open house weekends on 1/2 July and 8/9 July. The details are on their website. http://www.eastfinchleyopen.org.uk/
We have started planning
On Sunday we had our first meeting to plan Grange Big Local's Fun Palace. 17 local volunteers turned up, including artists, musicians, scientists, food bloggers and a sports coach. My vision of a Fun Palace is like the perfect English beach, with waves, sand and rockpools. And ice-cream. Always ice-cream. Our Fun Palace won't look anything like a beach but there will be space to run around in, things to build, places to sit and small curious stuff to examine. And ice-cream. We have a budget, we have a venue and we have people who want to help make this happen. If there is anything you would like to learn or do, or anything you would like to teach or share, please get in touch.
We have started planning
Grange Big Local - who are we?
Grange Big Local is a community association, run by volunteers, and formed because a small pocket of East Finchley has been awarded money from the Big Lottery Fund and Local Trust. You can find out more about us at http://www.grangebiglocal.org or follow us on @grangebl. This is our first Fun Palace, but you can catch a bit of last year's festival and learn more about us here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mFWify8Q2UY. We would love to hear from you.