6:30 December 30, 2021
Despite the fact that 2021 started in lockdown, there was still the well-known urgency to get Ham & High on the newsstands.
With the lack of organized events, image scattering had to be picked up out of the fact that not much was happening. So like everyone else I went.
I searched for historical remains in both Hampstead and Highgate to photograph. I went to Camden Town, where among the closed shops was great street art, and of course I went to Heath.
Of course, things still happened, but due to the virus-themed circumstances, they tended not to make a press release.
However, it became clear that the ongoing Covid crisis also served as a springboard to a swift action from some of the amazing, determined and organized women I had previously met at more public events. Women like Sue Measures of the Sidings Community Center in West Hampstead and Lindsay Wylie of the Highgate-based charity Alexandra Wylie Tower Foundation, both moved up to expand their respective food banks and coordinated important supplies for the hardest hit.
A mention also for Katherine Ives, at the helm of Lauderdale House, who managed the historic house and art education charity through lockdowns almost on her own by firing staff and holding events online.
Then there was our local brigade of unstoppable volunteers; people like April Cameron and Fiona Murphy from Friends of Waterlow Park along with members of Heath Hands who all continued to add their care, skills and green fingers to our open spaces.
I probably would never have met any of these people, or even known what a huge difference they make to our community if it had not been for Him & High.
This newspaper has been a part of the community for over 100 years, but in the last 21 months there has been a whole new set of challenges for its journalists.
During these strange times, they have had to operate from isolation by working from home and chasing almost all news by phone or other remote means. So mentions of the year would not be complete without a nod to the Ham & High team: editor André, editor Bridget and journalists Michael, Sam, Nathalie and Sally.