In accordance with government advice on limiting social contact and unnecessary journeys, none of the usual KOVE activities, either indoors and outdoors, can take place.
We wish all our members the very best during these unprecedented times and look forward to seeing you at KOVE events in the not too distant future.
What we've been up to lately
2020 will be forever known as the Year of COVID. Yet despite the enforced isolation many people have had to endure, KOVE members proved themselves both resourceful and creative. In November 2020 we published an anthology of writings and artwork produced by KOVE members during the first three months of lockdown. Please click on the icon of the cover to read the contents. If you would like a print copy please let Deborah know, by phone or email.
KOVE bench success stories!
Early in 2020, KOVE members and West Hampstead residents, Anne-Marie Rivers and Phyllis Young, raised the issue of the disrepair of benches at West End Green. This was reported to Camden, supported by the argument that benches – always required by older people (and others) who need a rest whilst out – was given greater emphasis by COVID restrictions. The need for daily exercise meant places to stop and rest had become essential.
The project manager of the Green Space Investment programme was persuaded and £50,000 was allocated to West End Green, with refurbishment of benches amongst identified works. Happily, rather than discard the old benches, the original ironwork was retained and the wood replaced.
So, all credit to Anne-Marie and Phyllis, plus former KOVE Co-ordinator and volunteer, Mel Wright.
Left - Anne-Marie, Lynda and Phyllis; Right - in situ, West End Green KOVE members and campaigners at the Shoot Up Hill community bench
(Both photos by Lynda Stuart) (Photo by Lydia Shellian-Walker)
In addition, a new community bench was officially 'opened' on 5 December 2019 on Shoot Up Hill, across the road from Kilburn tube station (see above, left).
Seating on Kilburn High Road (Brent side) remains in limbo due to major refurbishment plans. KOVE is seeking a resolution as it has an impact on older people and others needing a rest when out shopping or taking exercise.
Public loos on Kilburn High Road
Last November KOVE members stage a masked-and-distanced protest by forming a queue outside the closed public toilet on Victoria Road, off Kilburn High Road. This was followed up with a letter from KOVE Vice Chair, Lynda Stuart, published in Camden New Journal on the subject of Camden's community toilet scheme.
Read more about the Toilet Manifesto for London at: https://pailondon.org.uk/toilets
We are pleased to announce that we have been given a grant of £8,947 by The Mercer's Company to support our work with older people during the COVID-19 pandemic. We would like to thank them for their support.