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Hampstead Heath’s ladies’ pond will reopen on Saturday after being closed for more than a week from a sewage leak.

Nitrous Dioxide (NO2) levels at the old Hampstead police station are at an “unacceptable level”, according to an expert witness at the inquiry into plans for Abacus Belsize Primary school to move to the Rosslyn Hill site.

The long-awaited meeting between execs at the Belsize Park charity Wac Arts and a group of high-profile critics was a “constructive” one, and the trustees will now take a number of recommendations to a board meeting later this month.

Hampstead Heath’s Ladies’ Pond remains closed due to a sewage leak, while protesters against compulsory charges returned on Sunday.

On day four of the inquiry into plans which would see Abacus Belsize Primary School move into the disused former Hampstead police station, the school’s headteacher and parents of pupils spoke of the importance of the school to the Belsize community.

Arguments over transport pressures and air quality were heard at the planning inquiry into Abacus Belsize Primary School’s scheme to move into the old Hampstead Police Station in Rosslyn Hill.

After a century “at the centre of the Kilburn and West Hampstead communities”, the Kingsgate Community Association (KCA) has announced it is to close with immediate effect.

As summer wanes, the Highgate Horticultural Show is usually a joyous occasion.

Photographer Polly Hancock took to the towpath to capture these colourful images of the Regent’s Canal, which has been rejuvenated in recent years.

The fundraising campaign to safeguard the future of Hampstead’s Pentameters Theatre will continue for a further month, while writer and comic Ben Elton has backed the campaign – and reminisced about seeing Rik Mayall and Ade Edmondson perform in 1980.

The fundraising drive to support Hampstead’s Pentameters Theatre had another boost this week as a famous name helped it inch closer to its £8,000 target.

The Charity Commission will not be “taking further regulatory action” against Wac Arts, it has confirmed to the Ham&High.

The woman behind the oldest fringe theatre in London, Hampstead’s Pentameters, has been “amazed” by support from members of the community and famous names, as she looks to raise £8,000.

A fixture of Hampstead’s cultural scene since the 1960s, Pentameters Theatre in Heath Street has launched a crowdfunder to stay alive as the impact of the pandemic hits hard.

“Free-range” tours of Highgate’s West Cemetery have been “really popular” according to the man in charge at the north London landmark.

High-profile Wac Arts alumni have spoken out about their reasons for signing an open letter on the college’s “state of crisis”.

Visitors may have to start paying to visit Belsize Park’s Isokon Gallery after it was hit by a drop of up to £10,000 in revenue during the coronavirus pandemic.

Beneath the wild, overgrown weeds of a Hornsey churchyard lies a curious and forgotten tale of a mistress and servant buried side by side.

A West Hampstead primary school, currently dedicated to a man with links to the slave trade, has revealed the timeline for changing its name.

Alexandra Palace turned red on Monday night in solidarity with the arts and theatre industry hard-hit by the coronavirus pandemic.

Britain’s first Asian MP should be commemorated in Muswell Hill as part of the council’s Black Lives Matter review into public spaces, Haringey’s opposition says.

A historic railway bridge lying between Muswell Hill and Alexandra Palace could be demolished under government plans.

Black Lives Matter (BLM) activists held an exhibition outside Hornsey Town Hall on Wednesday to showcase a centuries-long timeline of Britain’s slave trade legacy, from abolition to Windrush.

The Coleridge Trust, set up this year, has plans to refurbish the crypt and create a facility for scholars. Mark Collinson talks to the trust and looks at the Sage of Highgate’s connection with the village.

For the first time in more than four decades the west side of Highgate Cemetery will be open to the public next weekend – without the need to book on a guided tour.


Reception and Year 1 classes at St Anthony’s Girls School have been learning about the changing seasons and wildlife through regular trips to Golders Hill Park, following months of limited outdoor activity

For the past six months, employers and employees have been adapting to ways of working from home. The green light has now been given to many people to go back to offices safely. From flexible hours and staggered starting times to deep cleaning, we’re getting ready for new ways of working.

School’s in for summer – and beyond – with health experts agreeing that pupils safely returning to their studies is “positively” the right thing to do. It’s vital for all children’s welfare, not just in terms of students’ future education but also mental and physical well-being, as well as social interaction of classmates.

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