Noel Hughes, the none driving/cyclist and owner of Il Falcone on Winchmore Hill Broadway explains what a disaster this cycle lane scheme has been for his his shopping parade

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how people in our local patch are raising staggering amounts for good causes

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How fast is your internet speed in N21?

 

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more details here

 


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Another golden year for N21


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See all the Gold award winners 

here


 


 


STRIPES SEEKS RECECTIONIST

& BARBER/NAIL TECHNICIAN 

More details here



 

N21 BUSINESS PREMISES TO LET


Physio/Medical room available to rent at Winchmore Hill Sports Club.

Please contact Sue Coates, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 


 

Hazelwood Ladies win

Middlesex Cup FInal 2017

 

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TARGET

£66,233

more details here

 


 

Southgate Photographic Society

Southgate, Palmers Green, Winchmore Hill - since 1939

 

  New River Loop, Winchmore Hill

Clive Wade

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 You can view all the finalists

www.southgatephoto.org.uk/


Southgate Photographic Society

meet at St Paul's Church hall

and welcomes new members

 


 

New path along the New River

between Carpenter Gardens

and Barrowell Green

from this 


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to this - but why the delay?


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more details here

 


 

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View planning applications in the N21 postcode in 2017

here

  


 

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 Fitnesshub21 opens in Winchmore Hill 


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more details here

 


 

Join the Park Run

in Grovelands Park


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www.parkrun.org.uk/grovelands/

 

Lots of other sporting activities

to join in N21!

more details here


 

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Bush Hill Park Residents Association


Enfield Town Residents Association


Fox Lane & District Residents Association


Grange Park Residents Association


Grovelands Residents Association

 

Winchmore Hill Residents Association 


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The Friends of Grovelands Park

more details here


Become a Friend of Firs Farm

find out how to join here


Gardening Friends

more details here


Grange Park Horticultural Society

more details here


North London Organic Gardeners

more details here

 

Woodcroft Wildspace

more details here

 


 

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Ten reasons why you

should Live Local Shop Local

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here

 

 


 

N21 Experts


The inheritance tax nil rate band has been raised to £1m?

 

True or False?

 

 George Ttouli of Burlington Wealth Management explains

more details here

 


 

Four tips for first time buyers

 

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Mark Edwards of Mortgages & Insurers

provides tips to help buyers get on the property ladder

more details here 

 

 


 

Preparing your house for sale

 

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Havilands provide some simple tips

more details here

 


 

 

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Are you thinking of starting a business?

 

Are you unemployed?


www.enterpriseenfield.org

 

 


 

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New & Updated Business Pages

 

AM Developments (Landscaping)

Aroma Tea & Coffee House

Fitnesshub21

The Little Green Dragon

Hopper & Bean

The Nail Station

N21 Carpentry & Joinery

N21 Roofing & Construction

Oakwood Painting

PH Sports

Winchmore Hill Speakers Club 


 

The Queen's Head

reopens under new managment

 

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more details here



 

The Green Dragon returns

to Winchmore Hill


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  more details here


 

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Pussy Bow is closing on Saturday


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Takings are down by 90% this year

Killed by Cycle Enfield

 


 

 

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REPORT INCIDENTS HERE


 


 

Another of the tyres damaged on the A105 cycle lanes 


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Mind the granite setts


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Cyclist and car involved in accident

on Bush Hill Road/London Road junction (2/9)


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Months of barricades are

destroying our businesses


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This afternoon 6/9/17

There was no parking on the South Side of The Broadway. No parking in Queens Avenue, No parking on the North Side of Green Lanes. I am a registered Blue Badge holder. The only place I could park was in Compton Road about 20-30 metres up the road. I needed to get to my pharmacist on the South Side on the Broadway. (Atkinsons) The whole of the south bound side is now fenced off apart from 2 car parking spaces. I did not realise that there was no way to get to the pavement until I reached the fencing. and therefore had to walk in the road to get round the fencing. As there is no temporary crossing on the Broadway I had to walk approx. 400-500 meters just to pick up my prescription which unfortunately was not ready.  

Richard Johnsen


 

The new Compton Road junction

Where are pedestrians supposed to cross?


How can you judge whether it is safe

to pull out from behind the double white lines?

 

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Are pedestrians second class citizens?

 

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 The pavement on this section of Winchmore Hill Broadway is only 1.42m. 

Less than the 2.5m shown on the Cycle Enfield consultation drawings.

 


 

Another pedestrian accident

in Palmers Green

(24/8/17)

 

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Disgusted Winchmore Hill

 

"I am writing to make a complaint in the strongest terms regarding the cycle lanes that run from Enfield town to Palmers Green.

The first question has to be WHY!

 Why have you done this?

 The road along there was perfectly good".

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"This email has been sent to record inadequacies in the design, the implementation, the planning, the programming and the workmanship and of dangers brought about to the public".


READ WHAT RESIDENTS ARE TELLING

ENFIELD COUNCIL 

HERE



Winchmore Hill businesses

seek a moratorium on business rates


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"businesses have suffered a significant loss of trade and service disruption for deliveries, compromised access to their shops due to restricted road widths and blocked pavements and an almost total loss of parking".


read the letter here



Is this how we should be treating our elderly residents?

 

 


 

More accidents on the A105

as a consequence of the cycle lanes


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Why are Enfield Council ignoring safety risks?

 

 What safety risks have TfL identified

on your section of the

A105 (Green Lanes)?

 

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Stage 2 Safety Audit

 

why is LBE risking our residents?

 


 

 Another driver hits a 'wand'


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Segregated cycle lanes are putting patients' lives at risk

medical leaders have warned

 

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Ambulance on the wrong side of the road opposite Sainsbury's

 

read the Telegraph article

here

 


 

Enfield Council says that orcas

(plastic cycle lane dividers) are safe

 

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Watch the video

Your decide

 


 

So are cyclists using their new cycle lanes?


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or is it too slow and complicated!!


 

 

 


 

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"We are making sure we speak to the councils and try and divert cyclists away from main roads onto what I call quiet ways in order to encourage people particularly in outer London to cycle rather than have all our eggs in the Embankment cycle superhighway previous generation basket.... the bad news is that as a consequence of the congestion not only is it leading to worse air quality but people are stopping using certain buses because they can't rely on getting from A to B, so it is in everyone's interest to sort out congestion in London".

SADIQ KHAN

 LBC December 2016

 

SIGN THE PETITION TO SADIQ KHAN


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Check out pollution levels today

  

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http://www.londonair.org.uk/

 


 

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CHECK OUT WHAT WE CAN RECYCLE HERE

 


 


Can you help your local community?

 

 

n21online is a community portal for the Winchmore Hill postcode 

 

If you have a news story about life in

or around Winchmore Hill, or wish to communicate with people in the local area about an activity, business, campaign or local event; please email info@n21online.com

 

 

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Enfield Town Show

 


https://www.enfieldshow.co.uk/

 


 

Free Taster for Big Choir  

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 more details here  


 

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https://www.writetothem.com/



 

 

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http://www.broomfieldhouse.org

 



Draft Enfield Town Framework

Master Plan

Public consultation

 

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 Download the document

CONSULTATION SURVEY

 Consultation period ends

 5pm on Monday 25 September 2017



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letter reproduced from the Enfield Independent


 


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https://www.fixmystreet.com

 


 

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September Newsletter

 

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download here


Winchmore Hill Police 


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CONTACT HERE

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NEW NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH CO-ORDINATORS NEEDED

more details here

 


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more details here

  


  

Enfield Local Heritage List

 

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Explore our rich local architectural heritage

LINK

 


 

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North London Hospice

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www.northlondonhospice.org

 


 

 

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More details here

 


 

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 Through the hatch of a café kiosk at the train station on Platform 1 of Palmers Green station, the film unearths the treasures of the everyday.

 People who make the early morning daily commute, half asleep and pensive, reveal personal stories, hopes and fears.

 


 

Southgate Homebound

and Disabled Association

 

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 more details here

 


 

Ruth Winston Community Centre

 

 

 ruthwinstoncentre.com


 

Winchmore Hill Community Care

 

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more details here 


Your local good neighbour scheme, sponsored by the seven churches in Winchmore Hill, is looking for a part-time paid administrator to work 6 hours per week, based in our office in the  Friends Meeting House, Church Hill, N21. 

For further details please contact the office on 0208 882 7824 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


 


 

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Dementia Cafe

at St Peter's Church Hall

on Fridays

More details here

  


 

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www.noahsarkhospice.org.uk



Chickenshed Theatre 

 


 

The Fontliners Book Club

meets once a month in the Winchmore

 email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 READ OUR 2017 NEWSLETTER

 

The Highlands Village Book Group

invites new members

 contact Kate on 07944 756757

 
Winchmore Hill Book Club
 


Grovelands Park
Facebook Group

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Winchmore Hill & Palmers Green Memories 
Facebook Group

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Winchmore Hill Mummies 
Facebook Group


 
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more details here


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Capital Growth - how urban food is a growing movement

on Monday, 11 April 2016. Posted in N21 Community

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Capital Growth - how urban food is a growing movement

 

 

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Capital Growth, set up in 2012  is London's largest food growing network. It is a partnership initiative between London Food Link, the Mayor of London and the Big Lottery's Local Food Fund, which now has over 2,000 community growing spaces, allotments and private gardens registered, throughout the city.

 

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The objectives are not greatly different from the war time 'Dig For Victory' campaign; to encourage people living in the capital to grow their own food. Joining the network is free and Capital Growth have an extensive calendar of events, publications, training and support programme, discounts & offers, suitable for everyone, from beginners to the expert horticulturalist. The Capital Growth website is an invaluable resource for schools and a number of local schools, including Eversley, St Paul's and Hazelwood Infant and Junior School are members of Capital Growth;our last big dig a fantastic event where all the family enjoy getting involved to make the school a lovely environment.

 

Naomi Greig who is involved in the Hazelwood Wild Garden says:

 

"Capital growth is a fantastic resource to be part of, the information for schools are incredibly useful. The handout for Growing in schools is particularly good to help ensure the best crops within the school year. The courses which are run through the year have been inspiring and knowledgeable, this has given us the confidence to pass on information to other teachers and really engage the children with learning outside"

 

Here are some families working in and enjoying the wildlife garden.

 

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Another important local Capital Growth member is the Broomfield Community Orchard, which was awarded a 'Community Tree Award', in the London Tree and Woodland Awards 2015.

 

 

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Located next to the bowling green off Aldermans Hill, the orchard was planted in December 2014 and is a good example of the kind of community growing projects that Capital Growth is keen to promote. Initally started by the Friends of Broomfield Park and the Fox Lane and District Residents' Association, with the support of Enfield Council, more than sixty people have been involved in the project. To date it has been planted with more than seventy fruit trees, along with hawthorn, blackthorn, hazel, wild plum and spindle in the surrounding shrubberies. As the orchard mature, the fruit will be available to local people, schools and community groups.

 

Across the borough there are around 80 community garden spaces registered and the organisation is now opened its membership to people who grow their own produce. Capital Grow are keen to expand the urban growing movement. Their biggest event of the Capital Growth calendar is The Big Dig, Now in its fifth year, on Saturday April 16th 2016, Capital Growth want to encourage hundreds of volunteers to pull on their wellies and help a community garden get ready for the new growing season. 

 

The Friends of Broomfield Park are seeking volunteers to build a new pond in the park, from April 13th - April 16th.

 

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Typical jobs will include shovelling compost, building trellises, planting seedlings and getting more involved in the growing urban food movement.

 

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The Capital Growth photo gallery shows people of all ages getting stuck in, working with friends and neigbours transforming underused land into urban growing space

 

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 https://www.flickr.com/photos/capitalgrowth

 

Sign up to Capital Growth, it may be a cliche but this is a growing movement!

 

 http://www.capitalgrowth.org/

 

 

 

 

The power of video to tug at the heart strings

on Thursday, 31 January 2013. Posted in N21 Community

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The power of video to tug at the heart strings

 

This video has been watched over 5 million times and shared around the globe.

Jim Stenson put the music to it. "I found this video online, I did not film it but I thought it was so special I had to put a song behind it"

If you agree with Jim, share it, but be warned it won't leave you dry eyed!.

Boxers Lake A Cause For Concern

on Friday, 14 December 2012. Posted in N21 Community

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Boxers Lake A Cause For Concern

  

  

The aim of the project is to reduce urban pollution such as road run-off in the Salmons Brook by creating sustainable urban drainage systems (SuDS) in 6 locations along the brook and its tributaries, including Boxers Lake on the edge of N21.. Thames 21 tests showed that there are very high levels of phosphate,Phosphate can cause algae and duckweed to grow very vigorously, which can then cover the surface of water, block out sunlight and reduce oxygen for other plants and fish. Sometimes the algae can be dangerous too, in the case of blue green algae, which can be seen in some other lakes in the borough. The water here is also warmer than elsewhere, which suggests that outfflow from misconnected pipes from houses near the lake is causing the problem. Thames 21 Project Manager Aimee Felus, who conducted the tests says that that misconnections, whereby a property is plumbed incorrectly are common,.

 

Thames 21 estimate that around 10% of homes are misconnected and this is a problem along the whole of the course of the River Lea. This means waste water from washing machines, showers or toilets is going down the drainpipe instead of into the sewer pipe. Drainpipes are just meant for rain – many lead to local rivers. With thousands of properties polluting their river it adds up to a heavy burden on the environment. For example a washing machine or dishwasher (dishwasher tablets are high in phosphates) might be connected to the drain meant for rainwater (which goes straight to the local stream) instead of the sewers (which go to the treatment works). A Lonsdale Drive resident has noted that the swans and geese appear to be spending less time in the lake than in the past and have been waddling up the road awy from lake, causing a potnential accident hazard. People can check if their house is misconnected using the checker on the ConnectRight website and Thames 21 will contiue to work with residents, Enfield Council, Thames Waterand

 

The Environment Agency to ensure that there are improvements in water quality. http://www.connectright.org.uk/ As part of the treatment Thames 21 are SuDS, which are 'green sponges', which are being planted and will naturally intercept and remove pollution, provide storage for flooding, and create new areas of wildlife habitat. All the work will be done alongside local people, and sites will only be selected if local people want to have SuDS there. Key to the success of this project is ensuring we collect excellent data to establish current levels of pollution and show the positive effects of SuDS installation, which we are doing in collaboration with University College London. Thames 21 are looking for volunteers to help with its projects. This presentation provides an update of the SuDS project, wih plans for creating new wild spcaes that local residents can use. Click on the image to view. If you are interested in finding out more about the Boxers Lake and Salmon Brook projects contact Aimee Felee Thames21 - bringing London's waterways to life

 

The Lock Office Gillender Street Bromley by Bow E3 3JY

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Congratulations to the St Nicholas Fair team

on Wednesday, 12 December 2012. Posted in N21 Community

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Congratulations to the St Nicholas Fair team

 

A great community event, congratulations to all the organisers.

Photo courtesy of the Enfield Independent

Taken by Bob Ludlam

to view a time lapse video go to n21.net

A war memorial for Winchmore Hill?

on Friday, 12 October 2012. Posted in N21 Community

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A war memorial for Winchmore Hill?
Many, if not most, towns, villages, suburbs and parishes erected memorials in the aftermath of the First World War. These were almost all funded by public subscription and bore the names of those from that place who had been killed in action in the war. To these memorials were added new names after the Second World War.
 
In Winchmore Hill I understand that plans were drawn up for a memorial to be cast in bronze and erected inside the parish church of St Paul. However, for whatever reason this did not happen and I have no idea whether a public subscription was ever taken up.
 
We are now two years from the centenary of the beginning of the Great War and I have been in conversation with one or two of you over the last year or so about whether this would be a good opportunity to consider raising funds and commissioning a public memorial not only to the First World War but to all those who suffered and continue to suffer as a result of war. There are some rolls of honour and other memorials around in Winchmore Hill, for instance the 3rd Southgate (St Paul's Winchmore Hill) Scout Group has one, as do Winchmore Hill Baptist Church and Winchmore Hill Cricket Club, but there is no public memorial.
 
Initial thoughts about the site for such a memorial have been to place it somewhere on Winchmore Hill Green. The planning of such an enterprise is going to be long and complex and will involve the local authority planning department, local groups and organisations and the public at large. I am writing to you as someone who is involved with the community at this level to gauge initial support. If it seems that there is some enthusiasm for such a project then we will call an initial meeting to take counsel together with others who are interested.
 
Rev Dr Will Adam, Vicar, St Paul's Winchmore Hill
020 8886 3545
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George Ttouli raises £1,000 for The North London Hospice

on Friday, 12 October 2012. Posted in N21 Community

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George Ttouli raises £1,000 for The North London Hospice

 

Congratulations to George Ttouli of Burlington Wealth Management, based in Highfield Road has handed over a cheque for £1,000 to Natalie Gordon at the new North London Hospice Day Cente in Barrowell Green. George raised th money through a sponsored cycle ride from Winchmore Hill to Tour in France, natually finishing in the Mumm champagne tasting room!

 

 

George is a member of the newly formed N21 Support Group.

Find out how you could get involved with the Group here

Winchmore Hill Quakers launch £33,000 appeal for historic meeting house and grounds

on Tuesday, 25 September 2012. Posted in N21 Community

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Winchmore Hill Quakers launch £33,000 appeal for historic meeting house and grounds

 

 

Quakers originally met in a barn, built their first Meeting House in 1688, making them the oldest religious foundation in Winchmore Hill. The current Meeting House was built in 1790. A number of nationally famous people are buried in the grounds.

 

The Quaker appeal leaflet says "The Meeting House and gardens/ Burial Ground are a very special place of tranquillity and reflection in our busy lives. The gardens are open to the public and the Meeting House is let to local groups. It is an asset for everyone. It is the centre of our Quaker community, an open and accepting spiritual group, which has no dogmas or creeds, but which tries to live out our testimonies in the modern world"

 

Our Meeting House is built on clay,

The walls have cracked, we have to pay;

Five times the roof has lost its lead,

We need to find a plan instead;

Windows and doors have now gone rotten,

Our planet too is not forgotten,

Our welcome is warm but not carbon free safe, green and friendly - that's our plea.

 

A Georgian island in a sea of calm,

A place of peace and prayer and balm,

Where noble trees view ancient graves.

Here love moved us to free the slaves.

 

The rows of stones show faithful lives,

Luke Howard's science named the skies,

Two schools were founded, that spared the rod,

For loving our neighbour is the breath of God.

 

In times of strife and times of need,

There is more to life than war and greed.

For some the beauty, for some the history,

Some moved by love, the greatest mystery...

 

The Quaker story – still long to run

There's more to do and more to come

Come those of faith and those of none

Together we are not weak but strong! 

 

http://www.winchmorehillquakers.org.uk/wpsite/?page_id=56

 

 

 

From Lands End to Grange Park: Cycle For A Cure

on Wednesday, 22 August 2012. Posted in N21 Community

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From Lands End to Grange Park: Cycle For A Cure

 

 

 

Micheal Peatchey of Peatchey's Fine Foods returns to a hero's welcome, with over a hundred customers, friends, family and members of the Cure Parkinsons charity at the shop in Grange Park to welcome him home. Michael was sponsored by Paul O'Sullivan of Le Peloton Cycles, who loaned him a light-weight bike for his gruelling 330 cycle ride from Lands End to Grange Park.


Michael has already raised over £6,000 and you can still sponsor him at the shop or using this link to his sponsorship page 


http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserProfilePage.action?userUrl=cycleforacure

 

Michael's Jubilee recipe sausages (delicious, I can vouch for them) are on sale over the weekend, with proceeds to Cure Parkinsons

 

http://www.cureparkinsons.org.uk/ 

 

Creating local edible landscapes

on Friday, 10 August 2012. Posted in N21 Community

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Creating local edible landscapes

 

Boys & girls come out to play

on Thursday, 15 August 2013. Posted in N21 Community

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Boys & girls come out to play

 

 

Two years after this article was first written, Winchmore Hill has it's first play street. Orpington Road was closed for play for the first time on Saturday July 18th, for three hours between 2pm and 5pm.

 

The verdict?


"Loads of families with children and lots of grandparents with their grandchildren were out spending time together and as a community. We met loads of people we had never spoken to before and the children just loved running around and playing games in the street. There was lots of traditional games as well as just scooting up and down the road and even some Dad races at the end! It was a real 'street' event with everyone helping out and tidying up. Well over 90% of residents were able to move their cars which we were delighted about and very thankful that people have been so supportive".

 

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There will be four more play street days in Orpington Road over the next twelve months. 


Shouldn't play streets be commonplace?

 

 


 

DEVONSHIRE ROAD UPDATE

 

Devonshire Road in Palmers Green has become the borough's first Play Street. The street is now closed to traffic one Sunday a month, from 2pm - 5p, to allow children to play out on the street..

 

 

Drivers tend to use Devonshire Road as a rat run to avoid the traffic lights on the high street, but on the afternoon of Sunday 1st June 2014 , barriers will be placed at both ends and supervised by volunteer stewards. Only residents' cars will be allowed in and out at walking pace – and children will have the freedom play in the road as they choose.

 

This is a new scheme for Enfield – Devonshire Road is the borough's first 'play street'. The idea comes from Playing Out, an organisation started by two mothers in Bristol who wanted their children to play outdoors with the same freedom they had enjoyed growing up. As more streets take up the idea, local authorities across the country are offering road traffic orders like the 'Temporary Play Street Order' that Devonshire Road has successfully applied for.

'We had a one-off trial a couple of years ago,' says Devonshire Road resident Clare, a mother of two. 'The children were so excited to have the freedom of the whole road to play in. One mum told me she was amazed that her son spent three hours running around outdoors instead of playing on his X-Box. We're looking forward to doing this once a month.'

 

Richard, father of two and a town planner, is also looking forward to reclaiming the street. 'Streets should be much more than just conduits for cars and parking. When we use it as a social space to play and meet our neighbours it changes the dynamic on the street completely.'

 

Neighbours will use the first play event to discuss ways to calm traffic on the street permanently.

 

For more information on play streets, see www.playingout.net, or contact Devonshire Road organisers via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Here are the dates agreed so far

 

6 July 2014, 3 August 2014, 14 September 2014, 5 October 2014, 2 November 2014, 7 December 2014, 11 January 2015, 1 February 2015, 1 March 2015 12 April 2015, 10 May 2015

 

Read more about the project on the Devonshire Road Facebook page here

 


 


THE LONDON PLAY CAMPAIGN

 

In the middle of August comes the timely announcement that councils across London are planning temporary road closures to allow children to play outside their homes in a safe environment. This follows on from lobbying by a number of pressure groups and an interesting experiment in Bristol where a group of mums persuaded the Council to close a street for three hours a week. It proved so popular that Bristol's third Play Street has recently been added. You can read about the Bristol project by clicking on the image.

 

 

These are the ladies who have got it started.

 

 

 

 London Play has broadly the same objectives, and this group will be releasing details of a study entitled Explore. Play. Connect - in the City in October

 

 

http://www.londonplay.org.uk/index.php

 

 

Play England have just released the results of a new study into children playing outdoors which found that whilst 50% of the parents interviewed reported playing out at least seven times a week when they were growing up, less than a quarter of children (23%) to do today. Yet, 40% of the 3,000 children who took part in the survey said they would love to spend more time playing outside.

 

 

 

So what's stopping them?


Concerns about traffic and 'stranger danger' were high on parents' reasons for not encouraging their children to play outside. However 28% of parents cited intolerant neighbours as a major barrier stopping children playing out where they live and a concern that children playing out in the street would upset the neighbours.

 

In addition, a lack of dedicated community space was also cited as hampering children's opportunities to play, with almost a third of adults (32%) and a fifth of children (20%) saying that more spaces to play within their local community would get more children playing out.

 

Play England argue that "play has the power to bring communities together" If ways can be found to enable children to play out on the streets, it gets them into the fresh air, away from the telly and 'digital play', children make new friends, get to know children who are both older and younger and it helps families to get to know each other; which can only be good for fostering stronger community ties.


Cath Prisk, Director of Play England writes "It's up to all of us to turn around the creeping disappearance of children from our streets, parks and communities. We all have role - as families, neighbours, and friends. We can all do something to say we love kids playing outdoors, that we want to live in communities that actively welcome kids playing out. There always was and always will be some people who want to squash kid's fun - but there are far more that really want kids back outside playing, not stuck indoors, especially over the summer holidays! Play is fundamental to our children's enjoyment oheir childhood; it can't be taken for granted. All of us, from parents to planners, from neighbours to policy makers have our part to play in allowing and supporting children's play as it is vital for our children's health, learning, development and happiness.'


So what is Enfield's Policy? 

 

Nothing has been announced yet but the person responsible for road closures across the borough is Elliott Parkin 020 8379 2126.

 

Devonshire Road in Palmers Green is already kickstarting a local campaign. Here are some of the pictures from the Devonshire Road Facebook page.

 

 

 

So what are you waiting for?    

 

Playingout.net have produced a useful manual which you can download by clicking on the image.


 

 

 

Lets get the boys and girls out to play!

 

 

 

 

Jubilee party fun

on Wednesday, 06 June 2012. Posted in N21 Community

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Jubilee party fun

 

Jayne Poole and Tanya Lugli organised a very successful street party in The Orchard N21.

 

"Its was a fantastic day and great fun was had by all.  We only encountered one downpour and a little shower of rain so were very lucky.  This started out as a small event and as the day approached more and more neighbours wanted to take part.  We had over 150 people attend. 

 

We wanted to organise one as we felt it was too great an opportunity to miss to get to know neighbours at the other end of the street we had never met, this was definitely achieved.

 

We have met a good number of our neighbours who have now become firm friends. We had country dancing, a couple demonstrating Latin American dancing and also a Tai Chi demonstration.

 

Thanks to all those who helped to make this such a successful event, particularly Denis the DJ, Tez and Paul the men on the BBQ's.


What's that I hear "Can we have one every year?' - What a fabulous idea!


Fifty shows with ELODS

on Tuesday, 08 March 2011. Posted in N21 Community

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Fifty shows with ELODS

                            

 

 

 

 

On 22 March Mark Newport will take up the baton for his 50th show with Winchmore Hill based amateur theatre group ELODS, conducting Thoroughly Modern Millie.  The show will run from 22-26 March at the Wyllyotts Theatre in Potters Bar. 


Mark’s 26 year personal commitment to ELODS is mirrored in his professional life where he’s spent nearly 20 years working on the hit musical Les Miserables.  In that time he’s had a variety of jobs including conducting the show on tour and a spell as Associate Musical Director at the Queen’s Theatre, the show’s West End home.  He’s been involved in several community activities for Les Miserables, including concerts of the show, master classes, TV competitions and school productions as well as regular rehearsals for cast changes and understudies.  And he’s also worked on a string of other hit musicals, including Sunset Boulevard, Phantom of the Opera, Starlight Express, Cats and Chicago.  


Performing so many different musicals with ELODS means that every six months Mark has to learn a new score and coach principals and chorus members through the songs.  He also has to recruit an orchestra of professional musicians to play for the week the show is running.  But Mark thrives on this constant challenge. 


“The cast will rehearse with me for months before each show” Mark says about his rehearsal schedule.  “But the musicians only join us the week the show goes on.  That makes the two days before our opening night pretty intensive, but also great fun as the orchestra learn their parts and the cast get used to singing with them.  Their professionalism always shows through, and they always pull off a great performance”. 


For Mark, it has always been important to work with his local community.   He has taken his enthusiasm for music making into teaching in primary and junior schools, college, University and some of the country’s top drama schools.  In November last year Mark organised a concert at his local school in aid of Children in Need.  In typical style, he drafted in soloists from Les Mis as well as from ELODS to sing with the school choir.  For all involved it was a fun and very special day.  He has also used his West End contacts to bring the Resident Director of Les Miserables to North London for a master class in musical theatre with ELODS.  


“It’s surprising how many of the same basic ideas and techniques can be used throughout”, Mark said about his professional work and his role with ELODS.  “Les Miserables has given me lots of experiences that hopefully I can pass on to ELODS, but equally I have learned things at ELODS which have helped me in my West End career.” 

 

 

 

Fancy a role in the next ELODS production? Could you help out with make up, lighting or props?

 

Get in touch with ELODS

 

 www.elods.org.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How fast is your broadband connection in N21?

on Tuesday, 19 September 2017. Posted in N21 Community

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How fast is your broadband connection in N21?

Local resident David Haywood has been lobbying Openreach about the slow speed of his internet connection for several years. 

 

Is this a problem that you have suffered?

 

Anecdotally , it seems that there is a local problem, certainly for BT customers. BT Infinity is not yet available in N21, although it is offered in some other parts of the borough.

 

You can test your broadband speed regardless of your internet provider:

 

http://www.broadband.co.uk/broadband-speed-test/


Here is the national average


19.9g7


And the speed from this N21 postcode, less than 0.5 miles from the exchange

 

Your last test (2017-09-19 11:40:17) 7.84Mb download speed

0.85Mb upload speed

 

Well below the national average.



 

On 19.9.17 Mr Haywood wrote the following letter to  Bambos Charalambous MP

 

Dear Bambos Charalambous,

Could you please help me with this issue.

I live in Wades Hill and my post code is N21 xxxx, There is no fibre broadband connection available to my immediate area, and I need to upgrade my internet speed.

 

An internet search confirms the lack of fibre connection, but there is no target date for its installation. I have been chasing Openreach for years but can get nowhere. It makes a mockery of the recent claims by BT that the London Borough of Enfield has one of the fastest internet speeds in the country.

 

It is ridiculous that when rural areas complain about lack of connectivity, they quickly become the centre of activity and money is thrown at them. In the meantime, concentrated urban areas like N21 are ignored. As I understand it, the procedure is to make the connection by upgrading one of the telephone green boxes in the street, but those near my home have not been touched.

Could you please chase this up with Openreach to find out when this area will be connected. Admittedly, there is a Virgin cable available in Wades Hill that could give me a faster connection, but I would prefer a BT fibre connection which gives me a good choice of potential broadband suppliers, rather than rely on just one.

 

Regards

David Haywood

 

If you would like our MP to take up this issue on your behalf you can submit your letter via 


https://www.writetothem.com/