Judith Dainton was an avid community activist in the WC1 area, though in fact her years of work to benefit local people of central London date back to the Fitzrovia area in the 70s.
When she died on 12th January this year she left the Calthorpe Community Gardens (CCG) as Executor of her Will. Her worldy goods will be auctioned off, the proceeds going to the CCG (once the balance of her cremation has been met - not even Judy expected that she would be leaving us just yet!).
The CCG would like to create a memorial to her to pay tribute to her work for the community and to give the community a place to remember her. Exactly what shape this will take has yet to be decided. Many have already asked what can be done to honour her memory so there clearly is a need for something. However even just a park bench can cost thousands. This Crowdfunder gives us all an opportunity to donate to her memory. If there are any funds over after all costs are met then these will go towards supporting the great work of the Calthorpe Community Gardens, just as she would have liked. So do not be afraid of exceeding the target as only good will come of it which would please Judy immensley.
Below are a few excerpts from her obituary by Tom Foot for the Camden New Journal
A COMMUNITY activist who devoted her life to battling double-dealing developers and unscrupulous landlords has been remembered this week as a likeable and loyal character “who you’d want in your pub quiz team”.
Judy Dainton, who has died aged 79, was a leading light in a group of residents that came together to fight for decent social housing and to set up the Fitzrovia Neighbourhood Association.
She moved to Calthorpe Street, King’s Cross, where she was the chair of the Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood Forum and had campaigned to stop developers taking over the Carpenters Arms pub and supporting the Calthorpe Project.
Most recently she helped secure an Asset of Community Value status for her favourite local pub, the Calthorpe Arms, and was working with councillors to create an outdoor space for children at Christopher Hatton school.
Holborn and Covent Garden councillor Julian Fulbrook said Ms Dainton had been “an incredible asset to our neighbourhood, particularly in our struggles over the Mount Pleasant project.”
Councillor Awale Olad, meanwhile, described her as “an incredible person, a big character, and was always up for the good fight”, adding: “She never lost the fire in her belly. She will be missed and we are thinking about an appropriate to honour her memory.”
Being the legend that she was Judy has not 1 but 4 tributes written about her to mark her passing. Such was her significance. You can read them all here:
Camden New Journal: https://www.camdennewjournal.co.uk/article/farewell-to-judy-dainton-the-scourge-of-the-central-london-developers
Fitzrovia News 2: https://fitzrovianews.com/2022/02/01/obituary-judy-dainton-the-mount-pleasant-years/