Making the best of Lockdown in Highgate

by | May 28, 2020 | Economic activity, Event, Social & Community, Traffic & Transport | 0 comments

How to make the best of Lockdown Life

Highgate Festival 2020 goes digital

Despite lockdown, we are excited to announce a smaller, online Festival for this year that;

  • celebrates and documents our community in this extraordinary time
  • explores new ways of reaching people and letting people participate
  • tests and pilots some events and ideas for next year

We need your creative input to make this work. Please email with your ideas and events and participate in LockdownLife project.

We have some of our usual themes;
Art/Craft – sharing our community’s creativity
Music – Street concerts, mini-concerts and Nevin Family concert
History – online visits to some of Highgate’s best-loved places and Pink Plaques 2020
Nature – virtual tours of Open Gardens and Tree Pit competition
Climate Crisis – workshops and ideas on how to be greener

LockdownLife looks to create an amazing online community archive of life now. Everyone is invited to participate. Our themes are;

  • View from my window – photo, drawing or painting, video
  • Poem/Haiku/limerick  – words and reflections about lockdown
  • Hidden Highgate – photos of normally unseen bits of Highgate that you might discover on your walks or are inside your own house
  • I made this – food, clothes, jigsaw, hat, anything that you have created
  • Silver Lining – something good that has come from lockdown

Pink Plaques returns for 2020 with new nominations for recipients and a film about some of remarkable women of Highgate.

Find out more on the Festival website.

Advice and support to join the digital world

Need help to get connected via your computer, tablet or phone? During the lock-down Coffee and Computers sessions will be run online using Zoom. The sessions will be on the usual days – the  first and last Fridays in the month – at the usual starting time of 10.30. The Zoom link will be circulated by means of a mailshot to all those on the Highgate Coffee and Computers email list a few days before the meeting. To be added to the mailing list or to ask further details, email

If Zoom looks daunting, check out the guide to using it on our website

More Highgate pubs and restaurants now offering takeaway and delivery

Our local shops, pubs and restaurants are doing an amazing job adapting to the lockdown. Most of our shops have figured out ways for us to social distance as we shop and many are offering a delivery service. Now several Village pubs and restaurants are also open for business in new and creative ways. The Gatehouse has transformed itself into a general store and takeaway business; the Red Lion and Sun offers an extensive menu for pick up or delivery, alongside wine and beer; Don Ciccio Osteria offer take away and delivery; and the Turquoise Kitchen have a call and collect service. Check out the HighgateHitlist for a full list of what’s on offer.

And Jacksons Lane have listed all the many resources available in the Archway Road – too many to list here so check out their blog

Please support all our local businesses to ensure they are still here for us when lockdown is over.

Meanwhile, Holly Lodge Community Centre (HLCC) continues to act as a food and volunteer hub. When Brookfield Primary School reopens, the coronavirus meals on wheels scheme currently operating from their school kitchen by Highgate Newtown Community Centre (HNCC) will also move to HLCC. HNCC’s food bank is also looking for support – you can donate here

Harington students and staff have been working hard to produce plants for their annual Spring Sale and are pleased to offer them online this year for pick up or delivery. Check them out here.

HLSI short courses in June
The Highgate Literary and Scientific Institution (HLSI) is offering a wide range of courses in June – from Garden History and Science to Watercolour painting, Fitness and Pilates  – all  delivered via Zoom. See details on their web site

Making travel safer in Camden

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has created new road safety challenges in Camden. The Council want to make it easier and safer for people to walk and cycle locally, shop on their local high street, reach their local green spaces, schools and NHS sites, all while maintaining physical distancing. Give them your suggestions on the map here.

Stay safe and well!
Alicia Pivaro
Chair, Highgate Neighbourhood Forum



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