Dave Ferris: neighbourhood worker who led collective action and fostered a community spirit

By Nick Bailey, Helen Haigh, and Mairi Mills Dave Ferris (left) with partner Adrian Dowson. Dave Ferris, who died in April, was a community worker at the Fitzrovia Neighbourhood Centre for more than two decades, and was highly regarded by his colleagues and the management of the organisation. Generous in spirit, and genuinely democratic, it …

Monitoring of air pollution in Fitzrovia to begin in August

View of Fitzrovia.

Recording of the levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) in Fitzrovia's streets will start in August as part of a borough-wide project funded by Camden council. Fitzrovia Neighbourhood Association will be run the project for six months recording NO2 levels at four sites in the Camden part of Fitzrovia. The work will be done by volunteers. …

Women’s art group to take part in pop art exhibition at British Museum

Women around table working on art project.

A Fitzrovia women’s art group will join other community organisations this summer in putting on a display of pop art at the British Museum. London Pop is a collaborative art installation and a response to American Dream: pop to the present, a major exhibition which has been on show at the British Museum since March. …

Neighbourhood Association celebrates 40 years but faces ‘severe challenges’ to fund services and community work

Outside of Fitzrovia Neighbourhood Centre.

This summer the Fitzrovia Neighbourhood Association (FNA) is celebrating 40 years since opening the Neighbourhood Centre, with an exhibition, sale of art and craftwork, and historical talks and walks. Despite its proud history and valued services the FNA faces a difficult time competing for grant funding as the community faces threats from over-development and spiralling …

Proposals for Arthur Stanley House are unacceptable say community groups

Computer graphic of building.

Plans for the redevelopment of a former hospital building in Tottenham Street have been criticised as unacceptable and will fail to comply with borough and local strategic plans to deliver housing and public open space. The proposals which were unveiled at a public exhibition in November are for a mostly office development with only two affordable housing …

Buses diverted through Fitzrovia for summer 2014

Map of bus diversion routes.

Streets in Fitzrovia will carry bus diversions from next week until the end of the summer say TfL due to the closure of Oxford Street and New Oxford Street for eastbound traffic between Oxford Circus and Bloomsbury Street. The diversions will be along Mortimer Street, Goodge Street and Chenies Street. The diversions includes both daytime and …

Community organisations in Camden and Islington create fleet of longboats, knorrs and fishing boats

By Maddy Fisk The installation of "Vikings: Journey of 1000 Boats" will be exhibited in the Great Court of the British Museum from Friday 28 February until Tuesday 4 March. If you get a chance please do go and visit.  Inspired by the journeys taken by Vikings this project aims to create a fleet of longboats, …

Fitzrovia’s community groups see opportunities but are threatened by cuts to funding and rising costs

By News Reporters Fitzrovia has a thriving voluntary sector but it is threatened by a lack of new people to continue the work of an increasingly older generation of volunteers, cuts to funding, rising costs, and a town hall that considers residents a nuisance, according to some of the speakers at an event on Monday …