With my second quarter since joining the Hatton Garden BID team ending, I feel that the Executive Team have built upon the foundations in which were laid in our first quarter working together.
I have been able to build strong relationships with the local police team, and with our own local security team, to ensure that the streets of Hatton Garden are kept safe. We continued to run Dr Bike Workshops, in partnership with Central District Alliance, which has continued to be a huge success. We also collaborated with the police to tackle a squatting issue in Petersham House, to which the police were successfully able to remove the squatters. I feel this is an invaluable part of the BID, as by working towards our core values of A Protected Area, enables us to foster positive community relations. Similarly, our on-street community facilities manager, Luis Carlos, continues to take great pride in keeping the streets clear and clean. We will continue to listen to our members regarding any threats or cleanliness issues to have them resolved in an efficient manner.
On Monday 10th October, we celebrated World Mental Health Day by co-hosting a cake sale at the Johnson Building. We are pleased to say that £300 was raised for the charity, Mind. We are proud to be a pillar within our community and to share this journey with our members - from hosting mental health first aid courses with the widely accredited Charlotte Wiseman, to fundraising events that raise money and awareness for charities that highlight mental health.
The Hatton Garden BID also hosted some of its members and stakeholders at this year's Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 1st November 2022. Copies of accounts, annual report and articles of association were also distributed. The board also provided an overview of activity from the past year and plans for the year ahead.
Putting on events that encourage networking amongst our members is another core principle of the BID. In the post-lockdown world, I believe it is key to ensure our members are supporting one another in any way that they can. We also try and achieve this in a variety of different ways. One of these was our recent Pumpkin Carving session with our friends at Jar & Fern. This was a great success, allowing people to come together in a fun and relaxed environment to intermingle with one another whilst at the same time creating their very own unique pumpkin for the festivities.
The festive period was an extremely busy one for the Hatton Garden team. We have put up even more decorations this year including our new 30ft Christmas tree on Leather Lane, Christmas wrappings around the lamp columns across Hatton Garden, the crossings down Greville Street, and the lights in the trees on Hatton Garden make for a lovely festive spirit! I really hope that you have seen and enjoyed all of these. As a BID, we are always trying to find new innovative ways to help improve the local area and make this a place where people enjoy coming to! We also hosted a Christmas Wreath making exercise, again with our friends at Jar & Fern. And we also installed a Menorah along Hatton Garden to celebrate Chanukah.
We will shortly share our plans with you regarding events for the New Year! Should you ever need anything from me, or have any concerns relating to the local area, please feel free to email me at [email protected]
On behalf of the Hatton Garden BID Executive Team, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.