Women

Helena Spurr, foodie, chef & café owner Everyone has a story, some of these stories are heard at cafes. The Finsbury Park end of Blackstock Road is crammed with north African style coffee shops packed with men, but there’s also Good For Food run by Helena Spurr which offers a very different Mediterranean dining experience that women,…
Blackstock Road in the 1870s – robbers, trout fishing and aristocrats Everyone in Islington’s got a story. Jenny Scarbrough, 63, was about 20 when she met a 96-year-old man who knocked on her door (in N4) asking if he could have a look at his old home. She recalls his amazing story of robbers on Blackstock Road, aristocrats at the top of…
Everyone in Islington has a story… especially at Freightliners Farm, which began life in old railway goods vans behind Kings Cross Station in 1973, before moving to Sheringham Road in 1978. You can still find one old carriage housing a mix of pheasants and quails. The farm is a lovely…
Everyone in Islington has a story, so meet Anglea Sinclar-Loutit who has many tales to share – no surprise really as she was born in 1921. Interview by Nicola Baird.   “To my amazement I’ve lived in Islington for 32 years,” says Angela Sinclair-Loutit (rhyme with “blue tit”), now 91. I…
Sharon Hayes, animal nurse Everyone has a story, so meet animal lover Sharon Hayes doing the perfect job. Interview by Nicola Baird. Sharon Hayes gives a huge Cheshire-cat grin and looks around happily at the place where she works as an animal auxiliary nurse at abbeyVET on Blackstock Road.There are bags of Science Plan pet…
Joan O’Donovan, charity shop manager Everyone in Islington has a story, so meet charity shop manager Joan O’Donovan . Interview by Nicola Baird. Despite radiating calm Joan O’Donovan, 64, never stops being busy. She started off in Co Galway, Eire one of eight sisters and two brothers, but by the time Joan was 19 years old…
Everyone has a story, so meet early retiree Sai Gulam Bi. Interview by Nicola Baird. “I’ve lived 33 years in this street,” says Sai leading me through the front door and into her immaculate front room that faces on to the N4 road. “It’s always been friendly”. From the kitchen…