Day of family fun at the Hornsey Vale Community Center


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4:29 PM September 23, 2021



The Hornsey Vale Community Association (HVCA) will be celebrating its 30th anniversary on Sunday September 26th with a “family fun day”.

This will launch an oral history and archival project, leading to an exhibit in the spring, which is supported by a grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

The day will start from 2 p.m. at the association’s community center at 60 Mayfield Road, with yoga, crafts and a 1991 soundtrack.

The community center hosts over 40 regular classes and activities each week, a monthly community lunch club, and donation-based counseling sessions for low-income people.

Hornsey Vale was born out of a popular campaign to create a community center from the remains of the Stationers’ Company school, demolished in the 1980s.

The founding trustees persuaded Haringey’s council to give them a lease on the school’s remaining gymnasium and ultimately secured £ 750,000 to create the new community center.


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President Debra Mendes said: “We local residents owe a lot to the tenacity of these pioneering activists.

“We are fortunate to have such a beautiful facility in the heart of our community, allowing us to come together to enjoy the classes or to organize our own activities.

“While proud of what has been accomplished over the past 30 years, the current board does not stand still.

“We want to meet the changing needs of the people of the region, and we relish the challenges of updating the building and operations, and the introduction of digital systems, to keep the center relevant and valued.

“We look forward to inviting more neighbors to experience this great local center for the next 30 years.”

Haringey Mayor Adam Jogee said: “The Hornsey Vale Community Center has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember.

“From family celebrations to the after-school football club, and community events to town halls, I am deeply grateful for all that our community center has done for the area and its residents.

He added, “I will be celebrating my 30th birthday in December and although I’m a few months younger than the Hornsey Vale Community Center, I can’t wait to toast its future on September 26th.

“I am proud to wish everyone involved in the Association – and our beloved community center – a very happy birthday. “

Tickets cost £ 1 per person and must be booked in advance at www.tinyurl.com/Hornsey-Vale-Party.


Sam D. Gomez