What’s been going on around the Odeon in Muswell Hill? After years of debate and planning discussion an ambitious project to create retail space, flats and a continental-style piazza that will “revitalise Muswell Hill town centre” is almost complete. Its name? We’ll have to wait for the result of a public competition, to be announced at Midsummer Muswell, a day of festivities planned to officially open the new space on the 20th June. I can reveal that one possibility is Athenaeum Square, could another be Kinks Corner?
Here’s what the Muswellites have to say about the day: (If you live in Muswell Hill you may like to look at their website: www.muswellites.com – and or volunteer to help on the day).
Midsummer Muswell Posted on 24 April, 2015
The transformation of the area surrounding the Muswell Hill Odeon has been long overdue.
The new village square outside Planet Organic is just part of the revamp and even while the works continue around the back of the cinema, a newly formed group the Muswellites has seized the moment to shout about the new space.
Determined to make the square the focus of the community the Muswellites have planned a big opening event. Called “Midsummer Muswell” the event will showcase the best of all things local including song, dance, a fashion show, pop-up arts and crafts stalls as well as food & drink. The event will also act as a fundraiser for WAVE (We Are all Valued Equally) at St James Church, an outreach programme for young adults with learning difficulties.
Live performances from local choirs, schools, musicians and dancers run throughout the day. Our compere will be the effervescent John Plews from Upstairs at the Gatehouse. Amongst the song and dance will be a Mr Muswell Hill competition and Zumba so make sure you are ready to cheer on contestants and shake your booty! And, Michelle Collins has also confirmed she will also be appearing on the main stage. The square will be lined with stallholders selling crafts, plants, clothes, books together with food and drink available from Victoria Stakes. Across the way at St James Church we will have the “Mayor of Muswell Hill” who will preside over parachuting teddies and pets whilst inside the church there children can take part in Music Bugs, budding Elsa’s can let it go in a “Frozen” workshop, and those in need of some R&R can enjoy a sit down with tea & cake in the church grounds.
Midsummer Muswell has been organised by a group of local people but we also need around 50 volunteers to help out on the day with setting up and clearing away as well as stewarding, so if you can spare two hours on the day, please email email@example.com stating ‘Volunteers’ in the subject line.Subscribe to our blog