Stamford Hill

Stamford Hill pensioner killer jailed

By Jessica Elgot, December 20, 2011

A man who tied an 83-year-old woman to a chair while he ransacked her home and stole her jewellery, leaving her to die of hypothermia, has been jailed.

Polish-born Szymon Wyrostek, 26, will serve nine years for manslaughter, burglary and robbery of Eveline Kelmenson, at her home in Stamford Hill.


London synagogue initiatives attract the votes of politicians

November 24, 2011

Equalities Minister Lynne Featherstone joined Muswell Hill teenagers clearing litter from Cherry Tree Wood as part of a Mitzvah Day venture. The Hornsey and Wood Green MP said she "really enjoyed the good clear up, with some spring bulb planting to top it off. I am always excited to join the local synagogue for this wonderful day of community action.


Boris on song at housing launch

By Jessica Elgot, September 27, 2011

London Mayor Boris Johnson praised the "energy and dynamism" of the Stamford Hill community at the opening of a £12 million housing project for strictly Orthodox residents on Monday.

Mr Johnson attended the launch of the Stoke Newington Avigdor Mews project by Agudas Israel Housing Association in 2008, and returned to officially open the 29 flats on completion.

"We have to make sure homes a


Donor gets update on £6m home

By Anna Sheinman, September 22, 2011

Philanthropist Leo Noé donned wellies and a hard hat on Wednesday to visit a £6 million respite home for Jewish children with special needs which is under construction in Stamford Hill.


Special needs project saved

By Jessica Elgot, August 25, 2011

A Stamford Hill housing association is to give away land worth more than £1.5 million to special needs school Side by Side for new premises, with the proviso that planning permission is obtained for flats on top of the property.

The school has wanted to relocate for some years and has been looking forward to moving to the Agudas Israel Housing Association's £10 million Avigdor Mews housing de


Terror in Tottenham and bedlam in Birmingham

By Jessica Elgot, August 11, 2011

Jewish business owners and residents in London, Manchester and Birmingham have described the "devastation" of the local areas, following this week's violent riots.

Groups of youths smashed shops and homes and looted high streets in cities across the country, beginning in Tottenham on Saturday night.

Following pictures of Charedi youths watching the looting in Tottenham on their way home from


Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy offers to help with riot clean up

By Jennifer Lipman, August 8, 2011

The chairman of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club has pledged to support the local community in rebuilding the area following Saturday's mass rioting.

Daniel Levy expressed sadness and concern about the "disruption to local people's lives and the effect on the community as a whole".


Tottenham Jews: life goes on after riots

By Jessica Elgot, August 8, 2011

Tottenham's Chasidic residents turned out to watch the weekend's riots on their way home from synagogue, but retreated after warnings from rabbis.

A warning was sent out to the Stamford Hill community via strictly Orthodox security service Shomrim, from Rabbi Efraim Padwa.


Orthodox school wins reprieve

By Robyn Rosen, August 4, 2011

A strictly Orthodox primary school in Stamford Hill has been granted temporary retrospective planning permission.

With around two dozen pupils, the Gur school has been operating from a three-storey house in Fairholt Road for almost a year.

Hackney Council has approved plans for a five-classroom school for 40 boys aged from three-to-seven.

The council received 102 letters of support and 25


Polish man jailed for seven years for Stamford Hill pensioner death

By Robyn Rosen, July 21, 2011

A Polish decorator has been jailed for seven years for manslaughter after he left an elderly Stamford Hill woman gagged and bound to a chair while he raided her home.

Eveline Kelmenson, 83, died a "slow death" of hypothermia and lay undiscovered for five weeks before she was found by relatives on New Year's Day 2009, her decomposed body still bound to a chair in her bedroom.