Stamford Hill

Affordable housing scheme in Stamford Hill will

By James Martin, May 27, 2009

An affordable housing scheme in Stamford Hill will take in 15 Orthodox families over the next week or so, with another nearby project set to provide a further 15 homes in the autumn.

Jewish housing association the Industrial Dwellings Society (IDS) purchased 20 of the total 300 units from Taylor Wimpey at Latham’s Yard in Clapton in 2002 with the support of a £3 million Housing Corporation grant. As well as maisonettes intended for families with a number of children, the properties include five single-bedroom flats which are ready for occupation.


Health talk

April 16, 2009

The Charedi community in Stamford Hill is being consulted by the NHS on how it could better understand their medical needs.

Residents will be canvassed on issues including mixed hospital wards, which the community strongly opposes.

A questionnaire has been devised on behalf of City and Hackney Primary Care Trust with the help of local Jewish GPs and the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations.


Grandmother extends her marathon effort

By Craig Silver, February 12, 2009

A 61-year-old Stamford Hill woman with three children who suffer from autism and Aspergers is preparing to run her eighth London Marathon this year in support of a charity helping Jews with special needs.

Glenda Aussenberg — who has nine children aged between 25 and 35 — originally ran on behalf of Chai Cancer Care raising over £25,000.

She feels a particular affinity with In Touch, explaining: “They are a wonderful charity and have helped my daughter who has a child with Down’s syndrome.”


Police attack ‘vigilante’ security plan

By Leon Symons, October 17, 2008

Police have condemned a move to set up a New York-style private security force in the borough that hosts Britain's biggest Orthodox community.

The force, based on the Shomrim (guards) in New York, has already been given credit on a number of strictly Orthodox websites for having taken part last month in the successful search in Stamford Hill for two missing boys aged six and nine.


Cheap Charedi store helps stretched families

By Charlotte Fisher and Sheli Levenson, September 19, 2008

More than 200 families in Stamford Hill have benefited from a new money-saving venture perfectly timed for the economic downturn: a mini-market providing basic amenities at wholesale prices.

The store, Low Cost Living, is directed only at customers in kollel (full-time Torah study) and those with large families. In order to keep overheads low, it has no phone, does not deliver and is run entirely by volunteers. And as they are from the kollel, opening hours are restricted to evenings and Sundays.


Charedi community fight over Stamford Hill pub turning into a synagogue

By Marcus Dysch, September 12, 2008

A long-standing feud within the strictly Orthodox community has resurfaced for the most unlikely of reasons - a plan to turn a North London pub into a synagogue.

Last month the JC reported that The Swan in Stamford Hill had been sold to members of the Charedi Bobov community for £1 million.


Make mine a service — pub to become shul

By Marcus Dysch, August 8, 2008

There will soon be a new synagogue for Stamford Hill's Bobov community - The Swan pub in Clapton Common.

The building has been bought for around £1 million and will be turned into a synagogue and meeting rooms.

It is thought to be the first time a British pub has been used in this way.

Once the refurbishment is completed, it is estimated that 150 people will be able to use the complex at any one time for services or other activities.


Stamford Hill bakery closes

By Craig Silver, August 8, 2008

One of the oldest bakeries in Stamford Hill will shut up shop today.

Ross Kosher Bakery has served the local community for over 50 years and been a family-run business for 20. But now owner Leslie Cantor has decided to retire.

Shop manager Ellie Cantor, 34, who has been working with his father for 10 years, said the day would be an emotional one for the family. "It really is the end of an era for us, but my family and I feel the time is right to make the next step.


Skinner's girls help at Brenner Community Centre

August 1, 2008

As part of a Hackney programme to get schoolchildren helping in the community, year-10 pupils from the Skinners' Company's Girls' School tidied the roof garden at Jewish Care's Brenner Community Centre. Brenner's Denise Alexander reports that the girls spent part of the day chatting to members.


S Pinter Youth Project choir perform for Schonfeld Square home for the elderly

July 25, 2008

Fifteen girls from the S Pinter Youth Project choir performed for residents at the Schonfeld Square home for the elderly. Project manager Dolly Sharf said that involvement in the choir had given the girls more confidence.