7 Ways to Save Your Soul in North London
Written by: Violet Myers
Remember the time you convinced Jason Anderson that eating grass was how the Hulk achieved his super human powers? How about the time you devoured your housemate’s Mini Milks and then blamed it on global warming? Well, we don’t mean to worry you or make anyone repent too heavily, but that divine intervention hasn’t happened and it turns out that the great big metropolis in the sky works on a points system. Unfortunately, you’re getting a D- at best.
Now, as we’re mates and all, we’ve had a word.
The big guy upstairs has his concerns but knows that deep down you are a stand-up chap and just need a chance to prove your decency. We think the big bacon slide on the disco cloud may get a bit lonely without you, so we’ve devised a list of ways to help your community and save your soul all at the same time. Tell Gandhi and Bowie to make room on their ultimate frisbee team, this heaven thing is in the bank.
1. The GoodGym – Help Kentish Town Farm
May 4th, 6.45pm
150 Ossulston St, Kings Cross
Savagely kill two birds with one stone by toning up those gams and that flabby old soul. Embrace that inner Olivia Newton John by getting physical, mucking in and helping some farm brothers out.
Check out The GoodGym for other local opportunities to get fit while helping your community.
2. Food Not Bombs – Volunteer to Cook / Collect / Deliver Food
Donate those stew making skills to a wonderful charity who are saving the world one vegan lasagne at a time. Food Not Bombs do fantastic work all over the country, offering food, friendship, support and community to anyone who needs it. They’re always on the look out for cooks willing to lend a helping hand, or if cooking brings back molten pasta nightmares why not offer some help delivering these delicious bounties?
Check out Food Not Bombs to see how you can help your local chapter.
3. Folk Against Violence – Charity Concert for Solace Women’s Aid
May 4th, 7.30pm
St Pancras Old Church
A charity folk concert raising funds for Solace Women’s Aid, a local charity offering support to those who have been victims of domestic and sexual abuse. Featuring an all-female lineup, soloist Katey Brookes alongside bands Xylaroo and Wednesday’s Wolves, will treat their audience to a night of exceptional music in one of North London’s most beautiful venues.
4. The Scouts Association – Become an Assistant Scout / Beaver Leader
Stoke Newington, N16 0AH
Help to mentor your local scout group and pretend you’re a good self-sacrificing member of your community while really indulging in a spot of glitter craft and some outdoor adventuring. Damn, karma is fun! No qualifications are necessary, although a certain tolerance for children is very much advised.
Check out Do It for more information.
5. Team Up – Tutor English and Maths
Stoke Newington, N16 9EX
Help under performing students reach their full potential with small group tutoring. Here’s your chance to help inspire struggling kids and guide a new generation through the marvels of writing BOOBIES into a calculator, St Peter better get your massage chair ready in heaven because you’re going to be a shoe in.
Check out:Team Up to see which schools are looking for help.
6. Centra Volunteering – Laughter Therapy
Got a knack for a good old knock knock joke? How about a raunchy limerick? “There once was a lady from Harringay…” This stuff writes itself, I’m telling you, well, Centra Volunteering needs you! Laughter therapy gives older people the opportunity to enhance their lives, build relationships and have a jolly good giggle in the mean time.
If you’re outgoing, optimistic and looking to give back check out Centra Group.
7. Muswell Hill Baptist Church Soup Kitchen – Feed the Hungry
Lend a helping hand to a charity that has been feeding the needy since 1994, Boy George, that’s a lot of soup! Open 5 nights a week, the Soup Kitchen feeds around 40 people a night, offering friendship, guidance, support and a hot meal to anyone who needs it.
For more information contact: email@example.com.
Hivemind are coming to the Hen and Chickens Theatre this Summer with a cracker of an innovative show. Three directors try to win over the audience with improvised stories acted out by the rest of the Hivemind cast on the spur of the moment. As each scene ends you decide whether to “stick” and see where the story goes or “twist” and let the next director take over. The director who ends up with the least scenes acted out has to pay a ‘terrible forfeit’. Told you it was harsh.
We have been wondering whether or not to share this secret gem with you for a while now. Having walked past Cazenove Road on many a drunken occasion, we’d spotted The Lacy Nook A Board luring us inwards with a siren’s call of cocktails and beer garden. But unfortunately we’d get the timing all wrong and they’d rarely be open. “Closed at 4am! How ludicrous?” we’d holler, slurring and swaying up the road. Until now. Opening last year, The Lacy Nook is a collaboration between two friends who turned to Kickstarter to help them achieve this culinary dream . Think small and large plates of fusion Balkan BBQ, salads and carpaccio alongside
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Tonight, on this dull yet sweaty Monday, what you may well need is to show your confectionary based fillings to the ceiling and let it all out with a huge bellowing guffaw about nothing in particular. Let the likes of quick witted Josie Long, surreal twosome Max and Ivan and the downright uproarious Tom Parry help you escape the chocolate lacking reality of 2017.
Registered charity, All Dogs Matter are a dog rehoming centre based in Archway. They use a mixture of foster homes and kennel spaces to house their dogs, who are each looking to be fostered or adopted. Occasionally we look through their profiles of beautiful singletons looking for love and feature one at random. We interviewed one newly single lady in particular called Lottie. A fun spirited character with smooth hair and a huge grin, Lottie was a right laugh.
Next Sunday it’s the Cally Road Jumble Trail, run by the community. Think a car boot sale but on the street with vintage clothing, accessories, toys, original creations and cakes if you’re lucky. The whole of the trail is set up online over at jumbletrail.com where visitors get a colour coded map to explore and discover all the hidden treasures on offer from your neighbourhood.
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Until five minutes ago I would’ve believed Pet Nat was a holistic dog food brand / veterinary business in Wood Green. I’m half right actually*, but in the boozios world it’s a fizzy wine. Pétillant Naturel is light and fizzy, usually pretty low on the alcohol scale and rather sweet. Think the opposite of a dry red wine.
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Every last Thursday of the month a motley crew of performing acts shuffle off to the skinny little Moustache Bar on Stoke Newington Road for a night of microphone hogging. It’s Open Mic night and the stage isn’t just available to acoustic guitar yielding crooners. The floor is open for all you comedians, rappers, poets, hell even actors are welcome to come tread the boards at Moustache Bar this Thursday 27th July.
Ah Stokey. You chilled out little rebel of North London. The seemingly easy breezy, laissez-faire attitude that appears to exude from every award winning eatery and baby clothes shop of Church Street is all but an organic hessian veil over it’s anarchic and rebellious history. Nonconformists, anti fascists and dissenters built the area as we know it.
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