Founding member of the Hunter Bush Poets and Islington resident, Ron Brown, will be our special guest at the next meeting of the Islington Village Community Group on Wednesday 6 April 2011 at Islington Public School.
Bush poetry draws from the traditions of the late 1800s, when the Australian Colony was beginning to develop a sense of awareness and acknowledgment of an Australian identity. Stories and poems were memorised and shared in the pub, around the camp fire and in the drawing room.
Ron will share some of his poems with the group between 6-8 pm, a light supper will be served following the performance, and there’ll still be time for Islington Village news updates. We hope to see you there.
Newcastle residents and visitors are being invited to provide their input on what they’d like to see in the future of Islington Park.
Throughout January, Newcastle City Council is working in conjunction with local residents and community groups in Islington, Tighes Hill and Maryville to gather ideas and volunteers within the local community to help inform a masterplan for rejuvenating the park.
To have your say and find out how you can be involved in shaping the future of Islington Park, go to the Newcastle City Council website and complete a short questionnaire before 11 February 2011 .
Newcastle City Council are currently undertaking community consultation to inform a plan for Council investment into Islington Park.
Up to 70 local residents attended two facilitated workshops in September and October 2010, and gave their thoughts on what they’d like to see happen in the park. Four key themes emerged from the workshops: the children’s playground, environmental issues, public art, and community events.
Representatives from the Islington Village Community Group and Tighes Hill Community Group volunteered to collect further information from the local community to help determine the top priorities within these key themes for Council investment. A brief online survey has been set up to help achieve this aim and will soon be available from this website.
If you’d like to receive notification when the survey is available, subscribe to receive posts via this website or email email@example.com. If you’d like to provide your ideas in person, drop by the Islington Markets at Wickham Park this Sunday (28 November) and speak to a member of the Islington Village Community Group, or come along to the IVCG meeting at 6.30 pm Wednesday 1 December at Islington Public School.
Jarrah McBain in Islington Park
On the first weekend in November the Islington Village Community Group sent 50 recyclable cameras out to residents and business owners of Islington and asked them to capture the unique sights and scenes that characterise life in our diverse community.
Photos taken by participants in the project have been pulled together into an exhibition called Only in Islington. The exhibition will be on display in the windows of Islington businesses from Friday 26 November until 12 December 2010.
Prizes for the best entries will be awarded at the next meeting of the Islington Village Community Group at 6.30 pm on Wednesday 1 December 2010 at Islington Public School. A selection of photos from the exhibition will also be uploaded to the Islington Village Flickr site in the coming weeks.
The Islington Village Community Group would like to thank the Islington Business Group and the City of Newcastle for their support and all of the people who have participated in the project.
Members of the Islington Village Community Group have begun distributing recyclable cameras this week to local business owners and students at Islington Public School in preparation for the Only in Islington photo project.
If you’d like to take part, come along to the IVCG meeting on Wednesday 3 November at 6.00 pm at Islington Public School.
Also at this meeting, representatives from Newcastle Council will be discussing the outcomes of a recent Place Making workshop on initiatives for Islington Park.
Fancy yourself as a bit of a photo journalist? Or just snap happy? The Islington Village Community Group (IVCG) is sending 50 recyclable cameras out into the community and asking people to photograph their day in the life of Islington.
Cameras will be handed out to participants at the November meeting of the IVCG on Wednesday 3 November at 6.00 pm at Islington Public School.
The photos will be exhibited in the shop fronts of Islington businesses for two weeks from from 27 November. There’ll also be prizes for the best pics! If you’d like to be part of it email firstname.lastname@example.org or come along to the meeting.