Stamford Hill

Simon Marks Primary School searches for fourth head

By Robyn Rosen, March 11, 2010

Simon Marks Primary School in Hackney is searching for a "charismatic" head, who will be its fourth in a short timespan.

Norma Blair-Clayden took over as acting head in November after Nicole Delamere resigned after only a year in charge.

Chair of governors Howard Pallis declined to comment on the job search, Mrs Blair-Clayden's position, or the factors behind the high turnover of head teachers.

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Stamford Hill couple attacked by burglars

By Leon Symons, March 11, 2010

A Stamford Hill couple were attacked and tied up by a gang of burglars who broke into their home in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

It is believed the five-strong gang entered the Castlewood Road property through an unsecured window.

They woke the couple, who are in their early thirties. Their children were asleep in other rooms.

After tying them up and assaulting them, the gang took the keys to the husband's office in Clapton Common but failed to open it. They otherwise fled the house empty-handed.

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Labour MP Diane Abbott vows to save Yemeni Jews

By Marcus Dysch, March 4, 2010

A Labour MP has accused the government of putting the lives of Yemeni Jews at risk by not doing enough to save them from al-Qaeda and other Islamic extremists.

A year ago, London's strictly Orthodox community worked with Immigration Minister Phil Woolas in the hope that 120 Yemenis could move to Stamford Hill, north London.

The Home Office was expected to agree to allow them to settle in Britain, but the move never happened. Now Diane Abbott, Labour MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington, has stepped in and demanded that they reconsider.

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Step by Step expands

March 4, 2010

A Stamford Hill charity providing outings for Charedi children with disabilities has expanded its services to teenagers.

Step by Step organised a weekend at Skeet Hill House in Kent for 15 boys aged between 13 and 18, who enjoyed a programme including a trip to a wildlife park. It was arranged in conjunction with special needs charity Kisharon. Plans are afoot to offer further activities such as after-school sports.

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Charedi anger at homes to be built on school site

By Leon Symons, March 4, 2010

Hackney Council has denied claims by local Charedi leaders that it reneged on an agreement to keep the site of a former school reserved for educational use.

The Lubavitch, Belz and Satmar groups have launched a campaign to oppose a plan to build luxury homes on the site of the former Skinners' School on Stamford Hill .

They intend to demonstrate at a planning committee meeting next week that will consider the application from Berkeley Homes. Letters of support have been sent by Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks and Board of Deputies' president Vivian Wineman.

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The Chasidic blogger who doesn't believe in God

By Simon Rocker, March 4, 2010

He looks just a regular Chasid among the strictly Orthodox legions of north London's Stamford Hill: his kippah is black velvet, he wears peyot and he is the product of Yiddish-speaking school and yeshivah.

But Pen Tivokeish - to give him his pen-name - harbours a secret. He is part of a religious underworld, the author of a blog where he records his true feelings as a Charedi man who does not believe in God.

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