So why am I doing this?
My great grandmother, Scotty Nana, used to live in Swiss&South. During the War, she got bombed out of Adelaide Road and came to live on Canfield Gardens.
I love this area so much. But it does have the A41, London’s second busiest road, running continuously through it, and to be honest, since having a family, I do hanker after the idea that this used to be an ancient bluebell forest.
I think we are owed a bit of identity-making, not in the ‘this is mine’ sense, but in the ‘this is all ours’ sense and I hope to leave the Finchley Road a better place than I found it. I wish that every visit, every journey we make in this area can be a calm and connected one, whether that means I can hear my children over the traffic in the morning or not!
And it would be quite nice to know if the fountains in Swiss Cottage are on or off before heading out so hopefully, this is the place to navigate the information of the area. I’ve got the email contact with Grounds Maintenance Camden and will be asking for updates as to whether it is on or off… Here’s to being part of Swiss&South and knowing what to expect before we leave the house (particularly helpful with chalk, water play items, a buggy, and a toddler for the day).
I hope that every visit, every journey we make in this area can be a calm and connected one
In its ideal form, this would be a multi-page printed newsletter that is delivered to everyone’s doors, so as to make sure that everyone can access vital and also uplifting community information and news. However, I don’t have the funds to make that happen (yet). For those that don’t use the internet or are very isolated, a condensed sheet of vital numbers can be printed off in one page for you to print off for yourself or others. My plan is to print off sheets for Swiss&South posties to give out and distribute on their streets. This will be particularly helpful to people in the community if there is a second wave.
Katie Gosling, October 2020