Stokey Local and Associated Events in December

Stokey Local fundraising fun next weekend. Some great art for your wall. A legal update.
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We’ve lots of news of fun fundraising activities coming up and a brief legal update:

Sat 13 Dec


Abney Park Winter Fun Day

At Abney Park’s FREE festive festival, there’ll be loads of things to see, do and buy. Who’d have thought you could cram so much fun into one fun day!

Father Christmas – Chorus of Dissent (2pm) – Original Colombian Coffee Company – wreath-making workshop – Abney Park guided tour – Christmas presents and card stalls – green woodworking workshop – prize raffle – free health check – Stokey Local info stall – plus lots, lots more.Abney Park is managed by a small community-led charity and depends on you for donations of time, money and participation to keep the park free and open every day for all!

Read more here.

Bikini Beach Band - Sun 14 Dec 8-11pm - White Hart N16

Sun 14 Dec


Bikini Beach Band

Live at the White Hart, N16 on Sunday 14 December from 8pm, the Bikini Beach Band will be performing and Candida Doyle from Pulp will be on the decks playing “uptempo danceables”.

Just a meagre £3 on the door with all proceeds going to Stokey Local, so you’ve no excuse not to treat all your friends!

Find out more on the Facebook Event Page.

Limited Edition Screenprints

Support Stokey Local and bag yourself a beautiful hand-pulled screenprint for yourself or as a wonderful Christmas present.

These fantastic letterpress-style prints are produced by local artistic screenprinterBeyondThrilled. for more info or email

They’re only £40 and all the money goes to the StokeyLocal fighting fund. Payment is by cash, cheque, bank transfer or PayPal – see thedonation links at the foot of this email.

The prints are a limited edition of 40, printed on 300g Fabriano paper. They’re sold unframed and measure 30x40cm. We can deliver or you can pickup within the N16 area by arrangement.

Shop Local

It’s Shop Local Saturday this coming Saturday 6 December. The Stoke Newington Business Association has events going on in the run up to Saturday, including late night shopping till 8pm on Thursdays, and Christmas Carols tonight at 7pm.

Visit for more information and use your local shops to demonstrate how important local trade is to you and be sure to tell the shopkeepers, that we sent you!

And there’s more coming up…

Our superb volunteers have been beavering away on other fun-filled fundraising ideas to help us take our fight to the Court of Appeal. These include:

  • Stokeyopoly – a fun day in the new year, that uncovers Stoke Newington trivia. A cross between Monopoly, Cluedo and Trivial Pursuit, where the ‘board’ is Stoke Newington and the ‘pieces’ are real people scoring points as they solve clues on history, the built environment, rebels and renegades, music, theatre and local ecology.
  • An Anti-Valentine Valentine’s Day meal – not so much dining à deux as a riotous slap-up supper club with food from talented local foodies and celebrity cabaret. Save the date!
  • Auction of Promises – a celebrity auctioneer will be banging his gavel to auction off services and skills offered by local tradespeople and skilled professionals.
  • Stokey Local beer – a brew with local significance.

We need more volunteers to undertake the leg-work for what we hope will be some fun, community fundraising events. If you would like to know more or get involved in the various groups planning these events,


If you’ve been forwarded this email or haven’t been following the campaign recently you might like tofind out more about our campaign to resist a mixed development comprising a large supermarket and 53 luxury flats, hard by Abney Park Cemetery. The development, by dint of its scale and position, will damage the local ecology, seclusion, heritage and trade. It offers only 9 “affordable” flats and a supermarket to add to 45 that are already within 1.8 miles of the site.

We’re taking our battle to the Court of Appeal and you can read more about our fight onour website.

Legal Update

At our last community meeting a month ago, in the face of defeat in the High Court, we all voted to fight on. We filed court papers a couple of weeks ago and are preparing detailed arguments to allow a single judge to decide on paper, whether to grant us permission to take our case to three judges in the Court of Appeal – and if so to agree to limit our costs if we lose. We’ll find out what the Court thinks of our case in the New Year.

In the meantime we need to raise the funds to cover our legal bills to date and those in the Court of Appeal if we lose.

Donate now!

Despite Court Orders limiting our “adverse” costs, we currently face a legal bill of around £25,000 for legal actions to date. Our team of barristers continue to work at no cost to us, but we do have to pay our solicitors (at a vastly reduced rate) along with court fees and printing, etc. We’ll need a further £9,000-£14,000 (depending on Protective Costs Orders) to take our case to the Court of Appeal.

We’ve raised an incredible £27,000 to date so need another £7,000-£12,000 to cover our costs if we lose in the Court of Appeal.

If you have donated recently, we are not asking you to dig deeper, rather, we would encourage you to circulate this newsletter to friends and encourage them to make a donation.

If possible, please pay by transfer direct in to our bank account and then email us to let us know when you have made a donation.

Account: Stokey Local Community Fund
Sort code: 08-60-01 • Account: 20316473
If it’s easier, you can use a credit card, debit card to donate via PayPal, by clicking here, but PayPal take about 3.5% of your donation so direct transfer is preferred.

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Yours, as ever,

Stokey Local

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