Rest in Peace, Frank, A Great Man for St. Pancras.

Frank Dobson

Frank Dobson’s gone. He passed away this week and will be remembered by most for his work as Secretary of State for Health, a role in which he was instrumental in securing the funding to expand and enhance the NHS.  

For those that knew him personally he was a special, gentle man, a true gentleman in the full sense of the word. He used to hold surgeries in my office when I was based in Maiden Lane and would regularly phone his wife before leaving. The calls were incredibly tender and so very caring. Maureen Hall knew him through his links with the London Mayor’s office and through her husband, who knew Frank well.

“A lovely man” was their simple summary.   

Local councillor Roger Robinson came up with a very similar “Wonderful man, wonderful comrade”.

As a constituency M.P, he showed enormous care, concern and efficency. Jeanette Smith told me how he had helped her with her housing issues in St Pancras. “ Frank and his team really helped me and got everything fixed in a day. He was a hard working MP and will be missed” she said.

Wherever you look, whoever you ask, there are good things to be seen and good  things to be heard about Frank Dobson.  Rest in peace Frank, and thank you for everything you did for St Pancras and its community. Thank you  for inspiring us way back when, and for continuing to inspire us today, even though you are gone. You made…and you make…. our dreams come true. .

Graham Cobb.

Director, St Pancras Community Association, 2014-date       Manager, Maiden Lane Community Association, 1995-2000. 

Annual General Meeting 16th Sept 2019 at 6.00pm

We would like to invite you to our Annual General Meeting to be held at 67 Plender Street, London, NW1 0LB. The doors will open 5.30pm and early arrivals will be welcome to coffee and biscuits.  The main meeting will start at 6.00pm and the formal part should last less than an hour. There will then be a buffet, a chance to meet with new people and to hear about our exciting future plans.  We’ll even give you a free raffle ticket with a chance to win a prize.

Please contact Elaine Taylor on 0207 380 1501 or email info@spca.org.uk if you wish to attend. Childcare is available if needed. Please let us know how many children and their ages as soon as possible if you would like to use this facility.

Healthy Eating Week – How We Got On

Are you ready to transform your body from the inside out? 

Health is Wealth

Breakfast is vital in replenishing your body with essential nutrients to maintain your energy levels and kickstart your day. Whilst sleeping your body has been in a fasting period hence ‘break-fast’ and requires important minerals such as iron, calcium and B vitamins alongside protein and fibre to function at its optimum. If nutrients are missed at breakfast your body is less likely to make it up later in the day. Studies prove that a healthy breakfast can help children improve their performance at school, improve overall memory, prevent type 2 diabetes and shed those extra pounds!

Our director Graham Cobb states, “We signed up to BNF Healthy Eating week as we wanted to demonstrate and encourage the importance of healthier eating and lifestyle choices. Our healthy community breakfast in the nursery had a massive impact on the children who became more focused and energised. We are keen to do it again.”

 

What Does a Healthy Breakfast Look Like?

The key components that make up a healthy breakfast are…

  1. Wholegrain. Trying to lower your cholesterol levels? Then fibre is your answer. Wholemeal bread for your toast or oatmeal for your porridge are hearty wholesome foods that promote healthy bowel function.
  2. 5 a day. We’ve all heard how important it is to eat at least 5 pieces of fruit and veg a day, so why not give yourself a head start and include it in breakfast? This could be some blueberries on your porridge or a sliced banana and peanut butter toasted sandwich.
  3. Protein. Busy day ahead and not sure when you can next break for lunch? Protein foods balance your blood sugars so you can avoid the 11am energy dip and will keep you fuller for longer. Eggs (scrambled or poached) and flaxseeds (sprinkled on porridge) are great examples of this.
  4. Water. Our bodies are 60% water and need at least 2 litres of water a day to keep them ticking over. Start your day right with a tall glass of water or a healthy hot beverage like green tea which is full of antioxidants to improve skin health, brain function and is also fat burning.
  5. Dairy. Calcium is a win-win for everyone. It’s vital for growing children to establish healthy bones whilst being integral to older people to ward off bone diseases like osteoporosis. Greek yoghurt and semi-skimmed milk are great sources of it. Look out for almond milk which is ‘calcium-fortified’ if you are lactose intolerant.

Our service users often skipped breakfast -the healthiest meal of the day. We responded with activities around fresh fruit / healthier snacks, daily community breakfasts, a new workout class and encouraged people to discuss mental health with Mind Camden.

Our Nursery manager Sarah chopping up some melon.

Our Nursery manager Sarah chopping up some melon.

Healthy community breakfast.

Healthy community breakfast.

 Healthy fruit platter.

Healthy fruit platter.

Interested in eating healthy yourself?

Here’s a guided meal plan for you:

Monday

Peanut butter and sliced banana on a slice of toasted wholemeal bread with a strawberry smoothie made up of yoghurt, water, honey and berries.

Tuesday

Shakshuka (popular Israeli dish) consists of eggs, different vegetables, feta and chopped tomatoes with a cup of green tea.

Wednesday

Oatmeal porridge with almond milk, sprinkled with flax seeds and blueberries with a cup of hot water and lemon.

Thursday

Fruit salad mixed with quinoa, cinnamon, honey and lime with a peppermint tea.

Friday

Guacamole (avocado mixed with greek yoghurt, lime and chilli) with scrambled tofu and a glass of orange juice.