Stamford Hill

Hackney North and Stoke Newington: Election 2010

By Bernard Josephs, April 22, 2010

Only in Stamford Hill would you see a posse of bearded Hasidim adorned with party political rosettes, their pockets stuffed with election leaflets.

With the general election on the horizon the strictly Orthodox community — the biggest in Europe — is playing a major role.

Part of the Labour-dominated Hackney North and Stoke Newington constituency, the “Hill” is reckoned by local figures to be one place where both the Tories and the Liberal Democrats might improve their performances.

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Charedi plan to buy Skinners' School

By Leon Symons, March 18, 2010

Hackney's Charedi community is to renew its efforts to buy the old Skinners' School after councillors rejected a home-building plan for the site.

The planning sub-committee voted 5-4 against Berkeley Homes' proposal to knock down the school and build luxury homes. The decision was greeted with delight by local Charedim who packed the public gallery.

Members of the Belz, Satmar and Lubavitch communities maintain that the site should remain in educational use.

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Paedophile who hid in Stamford Hill jailed

By Marcus Dysch, March 16, 2010

A paedophile who fled to London to escape justice in Israel has been jailed for 13 years for raping a teenage boy.

Nachman Stal lived secretly among the Charedi community in Stamford Hill, north London.

He had left Israel in 2006 after being found guilty of sodomy and indecent assault of a minor.

The father-of-nine was only recaptured by chance in May 2008 when police stopped to help him change a punctured tyre in west London.

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Orthodox girls' school is ordered to close

By Robyn Rosen, March 11, 2010

Hackney Council has ordered the closure of a 260-pupil strictly Orthodox girls' school in Stamford Hill.

The council has issued an enforcement notice against Beis Trana School in Upper Clapton Road, giving it until August to stop using the school and play area and to remove play equipment and portacabins.

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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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