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projects and voluntary organisations within the City of London “square mile” and the limit is your imagination. If you have hopes to set up a new community project or wish to develop an existing one you could well be eligible to receive funding from the new scheme which has been set up by the City of London Corporation in partnership with the CSV City of London Volunteering Service. Don’t hang around: funding is limited

and the final deadline for the next round of applications is 15 November 2012. It’ll come ‘round’ quicker than you think. Please contact Joanna Kelly

at for an application pack or call 020 7643 1398. We look forward to hearing from you.

medieval churches in London. It is widely known that Kentish ragstone is prone to delaminate. The problem is not structural but does require for the ragstone to be brushed back

and then suitably

consolidated, or replaced if the erosion is severe. Additionally, any hard cement mortar from previous repairs will need to be removed and the stonework repointed using a lime based mortar. The repairs will require the Tower to be

scaffolded to provide access for the stone masons, with sheeting around the scaffolding to prevent dust and debris from falling outside the scaffolding. Work will begin on Monday, 3 September, 2012 and we expect it to be completed by 10 December, 2012. The contractors will follow Barbican guidelines and work will be carried out Mon – Fri 9.00am – 4.00pm or until daylight permits if earlier. St Giles administration is confident that this necessary conservation work will not disturb its neighbours and will ensure that they will continue to look out upon a well- maintained, ancient, historic church of great beauty.


City of London Small Grants Scheme

he first round of awards for the City’s

Scheme has just been made, and

there are a lot of happy faces. Grants went to the Ralph Perring Club on the Golden Lane Estate and the Barbican’s Tuesday Club, both of which provide a warm and lively forum for older people to get together. Other grants have been awarded to the newly formed Barbican Art Society Charity, and to an Art Project at the Green Box community centre which will benefit young people living in the Portsoken Ward. Funding is available for community

fledgling Small Grants S

Sewing and textiles classes at Prior Weston

tephanie Ross recently visited the Sewing & Textiles course held in Golden Lane Campus (Prior Weston

School) and found the diversity of attendees and projects engaging. Large red, cream, green and gold cushion

covers are being made, children’s aprons with pockets also. One lady’s lost so much weight that alterations are needed on her entire wardrobe. Someone else hasn’t found suitable trousers in the shops and so is making a pair using floaty, summery fabric in reds, oranges and yellows. Across the room a very professional looking lined shoulder bag in plain and patterned dark blue and beige is being stitched. Other projects include kids pyjamas and quilt. Maritza Tschepp is the incredibly capable and experienced teacher who has run this course for twelve years. Although she has a structured syllabus that students can follow as closely as they like in order to learn the basics or fill gaps in skills, she also has the range of knowledge to advise on an inspiring array of personal projects. She also teaches a fashion course at the Golden lane Campus on a Wednesday evening. Christmas 2010 saw some students rent the community stall in Whitecross Street market and sell their work. One recent

student has set up her own fashion business. For Sewing and Textiles class times and

information please contact City of London Community Education Centre (COLCEC) at 99 Golden Lane – 020 7608 2753


Now Men’s Raincoats too from The Cambridge Raincoat Co.

Company is now on the cusp of introducing its first menswear collection. The company was established by Sally


Guyer in 2010 with the motivation of providing fashion raincoats for people riding upright bicycles. Launching with an initial design for women, The Cambridge Raincoat Company quickly cemented its position in the cycle chic market. Following on from this success,


September, a hotly anticipated men’s design is being released. Much like the women’s range, the men’s

raincoat has been designed with the cycle chic ethos is mind. The length, the cut, the fabric and the construction of each garment are all carefully considered to suit the practical needs of cyclists as well as keeping them looking smart and stylish.


Cordura fabric used is lightweight, windproof, breathable, washable and highly water-resistant making the raincoats perfect for all weather, all year round. The raincoats are made in England, with the team involved in production having had experience with high prestige brands. This instils a true, British quality into these raincoats, ultimately making them very durable and stylish investment pieces whether you cycle or not. The men’s raincoats will be available

from mid-September from The Cambridge Raincoat Company’s

website in two

lengths and five colours; Royal Blue, Forest Green, Tomato Red, Maroon and Navy.

Works for Barbican Cinemas 2 and 3 now nearing completion

aving already made a name selling high quality, stylish rainwear for women, The Cambridge Raincoat

Scaffolding works beginning at St Giles.


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