Ham & High’s top stories of 2015 – March

I compiled an overview of the top stories making the news in Ham & High  for each month of the year. This was published in print as a 5-page spread on December 31st 2015.

Front page stories:

A crowd-funding campaign urged Ham & High readers to assist arts and education centre Lauderdale House raise £125,000 to restore their galleries. At the time staff and volunteers had raised £1.8million for the project in renovating the heritage-listed building. At the end of the crowd-funding in late April the campaign saw 120 backers donate £10,765 collectively. At present £2.1million has been raised and £2380,000 is still needed. Refurbishments commenced this month. The original story can be viewed here.

Camden Council puts teen-targeted events promoter Teen Fest on a “watch list” after a promoter was spotted outside two Camden schools handing out flyers to teenagers inviting them to secret parties. Worried about the sexual exploitation of children the council’s the multi-agency safe guarding hub (MASH) were called upon to inform and address the schools of the potential risks to the school’s children if attending the events. Social workers and care homes in Camden were also alerted. The original story can be viewed here.

Light-hearted: Closing after 84 years in business, Blustons shut down as third-generation owner Michael Albert retired. To celebrate the closure Ham & High ran a competition to win the red and white polka dot dress that adorned the front window for years. Readers were asked, “Why do you deserve the red polka dot dress?” The winner, Lizzy Chater’s, entry was: “I would absolutely love the red spotty dress from Blustons as I haven’t had such a cute dress for 40 years!” Won on her 45th birthday, her entry was accompanied by a picture of her wearing a similar dress at age 5. It was later reported that the store would continue to trade under the same name by its new owner. The original story can be viewed here.

Eye-catcher: Sure to be filling many stockings this Christmas, February and March saw signs popping up in some Royal Parks, including Primrose Hill, banning the potentially dangerous and invasive flying camera toys continue to soar all over London. A poll of Ham & High readers saw 34 per cent supporting the ban, 28 per cent against the ban and the remaining were undecided. The original story can be viewed here.

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