Body and Soul Charity

Body and Soul Charity

Trauma charity brought Christmas cheer to vulnerable families in pandemic

The pandemic didn’t stop more than 500 vulnerable London families receiving hampers full of goodies after their Christmas party was cancelled.

Charity Body and Soul, based in Angel, supports thousands of adults and children living with trauma across the UK, and set up the Big Christmas Give to show members they were valued.

Hollie Smith, from Body and Soul, said: “Every year we have a big party to celebrate and we didn’t want to do nothing, so we decided to send gifts to our members in their homes.”

Volunteer Ruby Stringer, who works in sustainable transport planning, realised the logistics would be “complicated”.

“It’s not very often transport planning is seen as a useful skill and I thought this is my chance. We also wanted to make sure drivers had time to check in with members – and it wasn’t just a delivery but someone who cares,” she said.

Routing software company QRoutes came to the rescue and and created a bespoke plan to deliver the hampers before Christmas.

One Body & Soul member said: “I’ve never received a gift like this.Thank you, it’s really appreciated.”

Rob Roberston, from QRoutes, said: “We were delighted to help Body and Soul bring some Christmas cheer to families in need.”

Readers can support Body & Soul here



Communication Hub


Looking to connect with new people, but without staring at a screen…?

Local social enterprise Wave Cafe usually run a welcoming and diverse community cafe in Muswell Hill. Forced to close temporarily due to the covid restrictions, they’ve been thinking of other ways to change attitudes to inclusion and diversity in the community.  ‘The Neighbourhood Project’ introduces participants to a writing partner who they can exchange regular letters with, connecting people who might never have met otherwise. A slower paced antidote to all those zoom calls! Sign up today and see how you can make genuine and meaningful connections with new people despite the tier 3 restrictions!                                

All are welcome to sign up, and there’s no deadline for joining. More information can be found at



High Barnet Discount Club

High Barnet Discount Club

Big Barnet Discount Club

COVID 19, lockdown 1, 2 and being in tier 4 in December has had a devastating impact on local businesses. Our businesses (both on and off our high streets and broadways) create local jobs and opportunities and we must do all we can to ensure they continue to survive and thrive.

Surviving and thriving post lockdown means we must shop more. We know some of our local businesses are not the most competitive price wise and this has been the biggest challenge but over the last few months, we have been thinking of how to make shopping locally more attractive and came up with the Big Barnet Discount Club.

 The Big Barnet Discount Club is a loyalty scheme that aims get more residents shopping with local businesses especially those on our high streets and broadways by rewarding residents for shopping with participating businesses. For their loyalty, residents get a guaranteed discount from participating local businesses and could win amazing prizes when they are entered into our prize draws.

Vegan Recipe

2 cups baby spinach
1 3/4 cups shiitake mushrooms
1 cup white button mushrooms
3 shallots, peeled and roughly
3 cloves garlic, peeled and
roughly chopped
2 sprigs fresh tarragon, stemmed
2 teaspoon vegan butter
(Becel vegan butter is good!)
1/4 cup vegetable stock
Black pepper to taste
4 portobello mushrooms
1 sheet vegan puff pastry
1/2 cup red wine
1 3/4 cups low-sodium veg stock
2 tablespoon date syrup
1. Preheat the oven to 400°F / 200°C or Gas Mark 6.
2. Add spinach, shiitake, button mushrooms, shallots, garlic, and tarragon to a
food processor and pulse until finely chopped.
3. Add the vegan butter to a large sauté pan and set over medium heat. Add the
mushroom mixture and vegetable stock and sauté for 10 minutes until most of
the liquid has evaporated. Season with a pinch of black pepper and set aside
to cool.
4. Gently scrape the gills from inside the portobello mushrooms with a spoon.
Place the mushrooms on a baking tray lined with parchment paper or use a
non-stick baking tray. Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes, then set aside.
5. Cut the pastry sheet into four equal parts. Using a spoon, cover each
mushroom with a layer of the mushroom / spinach mix, making sure to fill the
cavity of the mushroom.
6. Place one mushroom in the centre of each pastry sheet, cavity side up. Fold
the pastry around the mushrooms and press down lightly with fingers to make
sure it is sealed completely. Place the mushrooms, with folded side down, on
a baking tray lined with parchment paper. And cook for in the oven until the
pastry is golden brown – about 20-25 minutes.
7. Make the red wine sauce by combining the red wine and vegetable stock in
small saucepan. Simmer uncovered for 20 minutes. Stir in the date syrup and
set aside. Reheat on low right before serving and drizzle over the wellingtons.
8. Serve with roasted potatoes and glazed baby carrots.

Mount House School

Mount House School


Mount House is a small independent school in Barnet, North London offering a highly nurturing environment to develop and learn.  With a maximum of sixty pupils in each year group, a ‘small is beautiful’ ethos is the magic ingredient, where every student is well known and supported to reach their true potential.

In September 2020 our new Head Mrs Richardson joined Mount House and from her previous role as Deputy Head of the Perse School in Cambridge.  As well as making enhancements to the academic curriculum and co-curricular programmes, Mrs Richardson is due to announce exciting plans for the development of the school site including new sport, music, science and outdoor learning facilities, some elements of which will be ready for the start of the academic year in September 2021.

Education has been the main purpose of this beautiful building and its grounds since 1940 when Mount House became the Architectural Association School during the war and subsequently St Martha’s Catholic Girls School. In 2017 the transition to co-education was implemented and Mount House School was established.  In September 2021 all year groups at Mount House (except Year 11) will be co-educational.

Pastoral care is truly exceptional at Mount House.  Central in delivering that care are tutors working with small groups of students, enhanced by a supportive and enjoyably competitive House system where all students participate.  Art, music and sports all play an important part alongside the academic focus and we place great emphasis on the all-round education of our students.