Last weekend I spent time out and about on my bicycle in Hornsey and Wood Green, thanking supporters and visiting some of the events that put so much into our community.
The North London YMCA had their fun run and festival in Priory Park this weekend. The event becomes bigger every years and it isn’t hard to see why. The races are a great opportunity for children and adults to be active in the community and promote a healthy lifestyle.
The festival that ran alongside it allowed some fantastic organisations to showcase the work they have been doing with young people in Hornsey and Wood Green.
All the musicians were from the local area, and organisations like the Haringey Shed made sure that the stage was full of young children getting involved in the performing arts. The group runs a wide range of inclusive theatre and performing arts activities, which ensure everyone has a part to play.
Later on in the afternoon, I visited the Pavilion Sports and Café on Albert Road in Muswell Hill for the opening of their Lawn Bowling Green. Since 2003, Robby Sukhedo has been working with Haringey Council and the friends group FAARG to create on of the most brilliant examples of a community scheme I have seen.
Robby inherited the derelict Pavillion in 2001 and has since worked to resurrect it for the community. He started a tennis club and soon expanded into other sports such as football, basketball and running.
The Lawn Bowling Green is the latest addition, and I was invited to have a go myself before planting a ceremonial tree to mark its opening. This diverse area of the Pavillion will soon be home to a vegetable garden, a community pub and a beehive! All these will be free to use and open to the community.
The mix of sports, recreation and café makes the Pavillion a wonderfully accessible focal point for the community, and strives to involve people whatever their circumstances. The café offers experience to local young people, meaning they can contribute directly to the making of this community asset; something Robby feels has significantly decreased problems in the area.
These initiatives are exactly the sort of thing we need in Hornsey and Wood Green, and why I am so proud to have been elected MP. In the years to come, I will continue to be a strong local champion of community activities like this, and will support them wherever I can.