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Whittington Park Community Association

ADMINISTRATIVE/BIOGRAPHICAL HISTORY: The Whittington Park Community Association (WPCA) is a community centre located near Whittington Park in Upper Holloway. The Association was formed by local residents in 1973, achieving charitable status shortly afterwards. Initially, the residents had come together in 1972 to campaign against the demolition of houses surrounding Whittington Park. It was during this period that the residents acquired All Saints Church Hall and formed the community centre. The WPCA formed shortly afterward and the organisation’s remit was extended to include the running of a nursery, clubs for the elderly and a summer festival in the park. In 2013 the centre was continuing to organise clubs for children and the elderly, as well as providing a venue for exercise and cultural classes.  The WPCA is administered by a Board of Trustees.

SCOPE AND CONTENT: Papers of Whittington Park Community Association, (1970-2012). Includes the following: Papers of Mr Miles, a founding member of the Association, including a history of the WPCA and photographs, (2013); Photographs of events, the centre, and individuals, (1970-1990); Posters advertising Whittington festivals, classes, groups. Also includes class sign-up sheets, (1970-1990); Artwork, probably created by members of the centre, (1970-1990); Plans and maps of the centre, (1983); Signs including a menu board, schedules and committee lists, (1982-1983); Administrative papers including draft programmes, draft newsletters and log books; (1981-1997); Whittington News Community Newsletter and Unwaged Fight Back: Islington Action Group magazine, (1981-1982); Video of the Lunch Club for Over 60s in MP4 format, (2012); Images, mostly of the Lunch Club for Over 60s, in JPEG format, (2012); Interviews with George Brade, Suzy Cadou, Maggie Colman, Beatrice Cocker and Alfred Caddle in MP3 format with draft transcripts, (2012).

QUANTITY: 11 boxes and loose items