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Reflections of Grovelands Park Centenary Weekend in a hundred photos

on Saturday, 01 June 2013. Posted in N21 Community


Reflections of Grovelands Park Centenary Weekend in a hundred photos





They marched into the park from all directions, parading from Woodcroft Wildspace; through the Inverforth Gate, through the woods; from Southgate, Palmers Green and Winchmore Hill: a park uniting three communities.





 Some in style



with panache





 The Village Vets Dog Show was a roaring success, with 200 dogs taking part






Dressed for the occasion - Congratulations to wee chef Robbie for winning first prize





demonstrating their tricks


or just enjoying a day out in the park. Has Grovelands Park ever seen so many dogs?




And the cars, a big attraction - boys' toys?







A full programme of music and dance on the stages; performances from the young and the not so young, some reliving the glory days of former music careers. 




The Trembling Wilburys were the headline act on Saturday




with plenty of local talent









 So many proud parents







High energy demonstrations




Grovelands Park Centenary was opened by some local dignitaries, and a big thanks to Assetgrove for stepping in and sponsoring the manin stage, ten days before 'GPC' weekend.



 "Here comes the sun" sang Glen Knowler (aka George Harrison)  and right on cue, the sun came out








The Exhibition tent, telling the story of Grovelands Park 



and exhibits of art and photography depicting Grovelands Park






there was a chance to take a turn around the 'Royalty Ballroom'




Boats returned to Grovelands for the first time in a generation 



except that this time round life jackets were compulsory




Plenty of old fashioned amusements for the children






 It was the first time many children had seen Punch and Judy





and the chance to race around and just have fun








 Yes, there were queues





Has Grovelands Park ever seen so many people?




There was still space for quiet reflection






or to sit chatting with friends




The small businesses, charities and community groups that are such a vital part of our local area, were in the Park









And the guys who made it all possible, thank you Friends of Grovelands Park





Here is the Grovelands Park Centenary Oak.





Wishing it well for the next one hundred years.




Thanks to the dozens of people whose photographs have been used to create this celebration of a memorable weekend, in one hundred years


These photos will be uploaded into a photo book, to be auctioned to raise funds for the Friends of Grovelands Park

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Grovelands Park Centenary Message from The Friends of Grovelands

on Wednesday, 22 May 2013. Posted in N21 Community


Grovelands Park Centenary Message from The Friends of Grovelands

Grovelands 100 Centenary Celebration: May 18 & 19 2013

Hi Everybody

Well the birthday party is now over, the food plates, drink glasses, the Marquees, Stages, Equipment and Stalls have all been cleared and our treasured Grovelands Park is now restored to the natural state we all love. We are left with the memories but what great memories. 

From the day that the idea was mooted to celebrate the Centenary of the park I stressed that if we were to do it we must do it properly with professional class and style to make the two days in May special family days to remember for us all. It was to be about the history of this wonderful park, the place where generations have shared happy days and will continue to do so for the next 100 years. 

With the sun on our backs and the whole community coming together on these days in harmony I hope we achieved that. 

I feel privileged and honoured to have been involved and could not have done it without the fantastic  support of all the volunteers from the Friends of Grovelands Park, The Councillors, The Deputy Mayor, David Burrows MP, the local schools, the musicians, the Stage crews, the sponsors  and of course you who came in droves to share these precious memories. 

We have had so many kind messages saying how much people enjoyed it all but I confess a tear came to my eye when it was all over on Sunday as a little girl was heard to say to her mother when they left the gate “Mummy this was the bestest day of my life!”  Mission accomplished!

Thanks to everybody. Treasure those memories. Treasure Grovelands Park.

Michael McDonagh 

Event Director

Friends of Grovelands Park

Memories of Grovelands Park

on Wednesday, 22 May 2013. Posted in N21 Community


Memories of Grovelands Park





Here are some of the happy memories of Grovelands Park, collected during the Centenary weekend. Maybe they could be buried in the park in a 'time capsule' to be dug up in 100 years?


“Watching the ladies cricket teams and 40lb carp in the lake” David


“Pooh sticks in 100acre wood, four seasons in one wonderful place, trees, wild life, lake, Nash house and not another house in sight”  Steve & Judy, 28 years in N21


“Just the best place to walk the dog” Lee, Drapemasters


“Not forgot – pitch & putting, swings & roundabouts, boating, bikes, games & fishing” DAO


“My husband Frank remembered having acorn fights in the late 1950’s. I remember walking through the woods on hot summer afternoons in the late 1980’s. There was always the problem of balancing on a narrow plank over a muddy area” Christine Morton (Assistant Priest at St Paul’s)


“Many good times with Barrie, Kate & Chris (1977 – 1981). One time our rowing boat sank and we got stuck on the island” Ninos Themistolleous


“Remember making dams in the stream, playing on the swings & roundabouts and being late home for tea! Got locked in the park and had to climb over the railings, all in the 1950s & 1960s” Susan Verrall


“This park holds many happy memories, I love the feeling of the grand oak tree as it has watched over this park for many years and will stay standing for as long as I live. This park has always and will always be part of my childhood” Poppy (10)


“The Parkway Crowd – 1930s to 1950s, damming the stream, collecting tennis balls, the police had to be called when one of us went missing in 1942!”


“A very special park for our family. My children (Marie & Poppy), its like having a huge garden as we feel like it belongs to us. We often go to the huge oak tree in all weathers. Their childhood would not have been the same without it. Thank you Grovelands” The Medenis Family


“Feeding swans, wandering through the woods, playing tennis, best park ever! Another 100 years is a must!”


“Feeding the ducks with my young kids” Cllr Martin Prescott


“1987 fishing competition, Monday evening, park keeper forgot us and locked us in” Dennis Lipscombe


“I have known the park for 81 years and have many happy memories fishing & making camps in the woods” Bryan


“The park was so great, the smell, the freedom, the fresh air, we used to go on the boats sometimes” Jilly Clark


 “Best park in the world, spent my young days fishing in the lake, even caught a couple of fish” Rob Ducksworth


“I remember in the 1950’s rock jumping in the stream, also admiring the birds in the aviary” David


“Son aged 3 getting his feet wet in the water in the woods then blaming us, despite lots of warnings!”


“I remember the happy times I had here in this beautiful park” Barbara Atkins


“Early to mid 1960s Enfield Council arranged summer entertainment in the park. My children enjoyed many happy afternoons, including talent competitions, aunty Gee played the piano” Madeline Solomons


“Taking our bikes to cycle up the down and down the up, bombing down the gradients towards the lake, until the park-keeper threw us out on more than one occasion”  Brian Kotz


“When we first looked round the area the first place we went to was Grovelands Park. I knew from that moment we would be very happy here and have never looked back”

“Grovelands is full of memories – mum takes me there with my sis every weekend, (with Kings Head chips after). And the river – I remember using the deep bit (near the submerged bricks) as a water home, my pants as a swimming costume!  Sledging, attempting to fly a kite with dad, rollerskating, learning to ride my bike. Now a new memory 100th anniversary! Thanks Grovelands"


“I grew up with Grovelands, from the age of 7 (ish) it was my playground. We used to see summer shows, play in the woods, bikes, sledging in winter, outside all day in summer. An important part of my life” Lynne (46)


“I find it a very spiritual place to walk in. Beautiful trees & lake. I also love to paint here”. Helen Ryan


“Over 30 years of enjoying Grovelands, especially when my daughter was growing up. Many friends and family have enjoyed the park. Thank you Grovelands! Jo Hall  


“I was weaned on the Travelling Wilburys, it took me back to my childhood! Here’s to Grovelands!” Rachel R


“I have been coming to the park now for 47 years, there is no better! I came from Milton Keynes on my scooter to take part in the parade (we moved last year). I remember the boats, the Punch & Judy, the old playground and the storm that knocked all the trees down and when the lake was drained. I love Grovelands” Juliet King


“Cycling next to the tennis courts all day, because the bumps made you go faster. Falling off the monkey bars and hitting my head”

“Cross country races with Minchenden Upper School, wild games in the woods with the scouts”  Matthew Rawling


“Grovelands was really my back garden from the age of 5 upward, I live in WH and I’m 68. It was like an adventure playground still you could climb trees, swing from branches, fish in the lake and when older row the boats. If I was lucky, I would help the man row the boat to the island, sadly no longer there We laughed and laughed, Grovelands for me is laughter and happiness”. Russell


“Coming skate boarding with my girls”The park that ‘feeds’ the community, picnics, running, ice-cream, Cally loves Grovelands”


“Time spent in this beautiful park has been intoxicating, life changing, enjoy the beauty we have around Winchmore Hill” Sonia Wallace


“Proposed to my wife in Grovelands in 2004” Freddy


“Playing cricket on the grass fields, enjoying a picnic, love it here x”

“Broke my foot in the Park whilst playing football with my sons in 1978, fond memories”


“Happy family times, learnt to row on the lake, horse riding on Saturdays, 1956 onwards” Nicola Kilkenny


“A group of us meet regularly for a Saturday walk around this lovely park”

“A beautiful park, let’s hope it is still as green in 100 years time” Jack & Isobel


“Sitting on great grandma, being reminded of the happy memories I had with her” Anna Rayson


“Grovelands is centre of our N21 life” Julia


“I remember enjoying the simple things, kicking leaves in the woods with my dog in 1948 as a youngster” Clare Hutchinson


“Been coming to the park for over 50 years I used to do my cross country through the park, including twice around the lake”

“Making an enormous snowball in the park”


"When my wife & I were courting, one evening we overstayed and were locked in and had to climb over the gate” Gill & Dick Pritchard


” I remember rowing on the lake in the 70s, and the witches hat in the playground where we used to hang out” Rachel Kelly


 “The best part of Grovelands Park is when I am with my family”

“I used to spend a lot of time in Grovelands Park when playing truant from school (Mid 1970s). My golf improved and what I saw in the woods was an education in itself” Paul Kramer


“I remember the playground before Health & Safety!”


“I took part in a fishing competition during the summer holidays in 1960. The only fish I caught was a dead one floating on the surface. Afterwards my cousin Peter and I took a boat out on the lake, very enjoyable” Robert


 “I grew up on one side of Grovelands Park and now I live almost in the park, on the other side. It’s a wonderful space with so much to offer” Natalie


“Winchmore Hill wouldn’t be the same without the park! The festival should be here every year!”

Harvey's story: help our lad to get to the Endeavor Games

on Tuesday, 21 May 2013. Posted in N21 Community


Harvey's story: help our lad to get to the Endeavor Games
If you were in Grovelands Park over the Centenary weekend, you may have seen or even met the event’s youngest star, Harvey Parry, aged seven; double amputee and one of the world’s youngest paralympians. If you weren't there, meet Harvey and his mother Carol.
Harvey was born on October 25th 2005 to Carol and Jon, who already had an adopted daughter Sharma, now aged 23, who is studying law, but was a former pupil of Palmers Green High. Harvey was a surprise baby, as Carol was 43 when she conceived and the couple had been told that they could not have children.  However, the joy turned to sorrow when Harvey was fifteen months old, as he developed meningitis meningococcal septicaemia and the family’s lives were turned upside down.
To save Harvey, surgeons had to amputate both of his legs and half of his right hand, whilst his left hand is partially paralysed and he has extensive scarring over this body. Whilst surgeons were able to save Harvey’s life, the family were soon to find out that the aftercare for children like Harvey was less than satisfactory, especially as Harvey’s stumps were not the same length, so it was impossible for him to stand on the basic prosthetic stumps provided by the NHS. It was apparent that if they didn't want Harvey to be confined to a wheelchair, they needed to go to the States for prosthetic limbs, to give him the best possible start in life.
The limbs alone cost over £116,000 a year, without all the ensuing travel and sustenance costs, which has been financed over the past five years by a relentless round of fundraising, using all the possible channels to keep Harvey’s story in the news to meet these demanding targets, Harvey’s state-of-the-art prosthetic limbs need to be changed every six months as he grows, so they need to finance at least two trips a year to the States. Here is Harvey at various stage of his ongoing treatment, through the years. 
It was though the prestigious Hanger Prosthetics institute, who supply Harvey's limbs, that the Parry’s were introduced to the Endeavour Games, organised by the International Paralympic Committee and the University of Central Oklahoma, a world authority on sports rehabilitation. Hanger Prosthetics sponsored Harvey for the first year and for the past five years Harvey has ‘represented’ Britain – yet has received no financial support to participate, as the Government does not support competitions for children of such a young age. Yet ironically, Carol, Harvey’s mother would argue that Harvey has benefited enormously from his participation in the annual games and other camps for child amputees, building his confidence and stamina. If you google Harvey Parry you will find dozens of stories about his gold medals and achievements and fundraising campaigns for Harvey, including the Mirror and VIrgin Airlines. Locally the family have received massive support from the Edmonton branch of the Rotary Club, who now run the trust fund for Harvey. 
Yet the years of fighting for funds for Harvey has taken its toll on the family, both Carol and Jonathan have lost their businesses, they have been burgled by thieves looking for cash and a few months ago Carol suffered a heart attack, as a result of the strain. As a result, she has had to reduce the amount of time she spends fundraising for Harvey. Hanger have agreed to fit Harvey with new legs but there isn't enough money in the account to pay for them, due to the fundraising hiatus.
The family moved to Winchmore Hill in March 2013, now living close to Grovelands Park. Carol and Harvey came to the Park on Saturday afternoon and the Friends of Grovelands Park arranged for an impromptu fundraising in the park on Sunday. So many people were moved by Harvey’s story and his plucky approach to life that over £1200 was collected on the day.  The family and his supporters were moved by the generosity of people in the park and Harvey spent an enjoyable afternoon playing with children, who accepted him without questioning his disability.
So warm was the reception that he received, that Harvey now feels confident about the idea of moving to a local school in N21, which he had previously rejected, which would save his father two hours in the day. 
Why isn’t more done for children like Harvey, to maximise their life changes? That question was put to David Burrowes MP who was introduced to Harvey and Carol. Mr Burrowes is arranging for Carol to pose these questions to the Sports and Disability Ministers shortly.
 Whilst the people in the park gave generously, more finance is needed for Harvey’s next trip in a few weeks, to participate in the Endeavor Games and sports camps, where he will receive specialist physiotherapy. Despite his handicaps, Harvey is sports mad and his ambition is to take part in the Paralympics in 2020 and bring more gold back to Britain. Harvey is the youngest child in the world to have running legs and the first child to be fitted with hydraulic knees. 
Carol and Jon recognise that there are many more children like Harvey who are far less fortunate, often having to make do with "prosthetic legs which look like something left over from the First World War", according to Carol. It is her ambition to bring the Endeavor games to Europe and set up 'Camp Living Life' to raise the aspirations and achievements of young children like Harvey and give them a brighter future. She is a highIy professional campaigner, who has devoted her life to her son but is already benefiting thousands of other people. In 2010 Carol fought to get rules changed regarding co-payments, which used to prevent people who have sought help in the private sector from also receiving NHS support.
If you are a parent, there was almost certainly a time when you thought that strange rash on your child could be meningitis. Thankfully it wasn’t.
Can you make a donation?
Can you organise a local fundraising event for Harvey?
Can you help to share Harvey's story to keep the campaign going?
Details can be found on the Harvey Parry Appeal Fund website, together with scores of extraordinary stories, documenting his brave fight. Remember he is only seven.
Click on the image to download the sponsorship details
Bank Account Details UK 
Name: Harvey Parry Appeal Fund 
Barclays Bank: Sort Code: 20-29-90 
Account No:10628034

Harvey would like to say a big thank you to the generous people who gave money to the fund on Sunday.
"Thank you for being nice to me and welcoming me to your community I made lots of new friends which was nice and i really liked playing on the bouncy castle it was really really good.The music and different shows was brilliant and the fireworks display at the end was Magnificent. The whole Centenary at Grovelands Park was actually spectacular and a Grand Event . I am very happy to join this Energetic, happy, friendly and fun Community. I really enjoyed it. I just wanted to add that the event raised £1212. I am stunned and happy that people actually sponsored me".  Thank you from Harvey Parry, dictated to Mum
Perhaps we will have our own local Paralympian in 2020?
Before that, wouldn’t Grovelands Park make a great setting for the UK’s first Endeavour Games?

Grovelands Park Centenary Photography Competition Winners 2013

on Tuesday, 21 May 2013. Posted in N21 Community


Grovelands Park Centenary Photography Competition Winners 2013






Francesca Chinnery  Walking in Grovelands 




Mel Bocks Snow day in Grovelands Park 





Susan Roberts Grovelands Park Daddy and Skye




William Addison Grovelands Park Twilight Across The Lake


Winchmore School excelling in art

on Thursday, 09 May 2013. Posted in N21 Community


Winchmore School excelling in art


Winchmore School became a Specialist Arts College in 2004, as part of the Government’s plans for raising standards in secondary schools. Has this been achieved?  Judge for yourself.


*   The School has been awarded an Arts Mark Gold by the Arts Council


*   Students work is regularly exhibited in the annual Mall Galleries’ National Students Exhibition, organised by The Royal Society of British Artists, to showcase the work of promising young artists and provide an opportunity for them to meet eminent British artists.


*   Students were invited to take part in the Royal Albert Hall Festival of Remembrance ‘Reflecting Remembrance’ art exhibition, seen by over 80,000 people


*   Over 100 pieces of pupils’ artwork are on loan to the Bank of Cyprus.


*   Earlier this year, a group of seventeen students had the opportunity to participate in the Segro Young Artist 2013, one of only six London schools selected for the programme, designed to give talented young artists the opportunity to participate in a unique and invaluable commercial project, over a five month period.


The  students, ranging in age from 12 to 18 spent a week with artist in residence Carlos Cortes, each developing a piece of artwork based on the theme of ‘The World of Work’. The lucky participants had an unparalleled experience in working with a ‘real’ artist’, on a defined commercial brief, over a longer timescale.



The project enabled them to work collaboratively with people of different ages, to experiment with new mediums, including oils and to provide a piece that was more complex than time would normally allow within the school curriculum.


Five of the group’s pieces were exhibited in the Royal Society of Artists final exhibition – more than any other school!  During the evening four pieces of work were purchased by corporate clients, including this oil painting of The Houses of Parliament created by Jake Orros, who represents Enfield at the UK Youth Parliament.




All work exhibited had a price tag of £250 and if purchased by a guest that evening then SEGRO price matched, so four Winchmore School pupils received £500 for their artwork to be used to further their academic study (more than any of the other schools). At the exhibition, both Kayla MIles and Jake Orros delivered thank you speeches on behalf of the students and Jack shared his ambition to be the future Prime Minister!


Remember the name!


Well done to Jake, Kayla and also to Nilukshan Navaratnam (Year 7), Sofia Esposito (Year 8) and Anahita Mohammadkhani (Year 13).






You can read more about the project in the Arts College newsletter here


You can find out more about this annual Segro arts programme, which is organised by social enterprise Creative Junction here


Whilst only a minority of students can ever take part in this type of project or will go on to study art related subjects for GCSE and A level, there are whole school and cross curricula arts programmes, and after school arts club;  all designed to encourage participation and instil an enjoyment of the arts in its myriad forms - and importantly develop creativity and foster innovation. The School provides leadership and best practice in arts teaching to other local schools. In the Summer 2013 term Winchmore School is running an art competition in conjunction with Woodcroft Wildspace which is open to all local primary school Year 6 pupils.




Whilst Arts College status has provided extra resources, including commercial links, much of the School’s success is a result of the tireless work and enthusiasm of Winchmore’s Head of Art, Alison Grassham. She is described by the School’s senior management as someone who goes that extra mile. For example, becoming part of the Segro programme required hours of work outside school hours, filling in detailed submission forms.


Alison is the Arts College Community Coordinator and the School is keen to find further ways of working with the local community. Here are some of the projects already in place.


*   The School can provide artwork for display on loan to brighten up public spaces.


*   Pupils can respond to artwork briefs from local companies. The School isn't up in competition with local creative businesses, but the opportunity to translate a company's brief into a piece of artwork provides invaluable commercial experience for students who want to go on to work in the creative industries, which form such a vital part of the UK economy.


* Winchmore School runs community art classes which are open to anyone. During the 2012-2013 academic year there were classes in life drawing and silk painting.  Details about the 2013 – 2014 programme can be found on the School website here or you can collect a brochure from the School’s reception desk.


The School is always keen to hear from professionals working in creative industries who could spend time with pupils in school or can provide work experience and other learning opportunities in art, design, ICT, dance and drama.


You can see for yourself the high quality of art work produced at the school as you are invited to an exhibition on May 22nd.




If you have any more ideas for involving the School in the local community or could provide potential work experience opportunities please get in contact with Alison Grassham. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


'Learning to raise potential' is the tattoo that Kayla has 'given' to Mr Owen, who is in his first year as Head of Winchmore School. It pretty much sums up some of the ground breaking work within the school - worth sharing?


Two days in May: Grovelands Park Update

on Friday, 03 May 2013. Posted in N21 Community


Two days in May: Grovelands Park Update

Two Days in May : Parade, Music, Dance, Exhibitions, Boats, Stalls, Dog Show, Food, Fun and lots more in this historic park

once in 100 years


The Friends of Grovelands Park are pleased to announce the planned events to celebrate the Centenary of Grovelands Park supported by funding from the London Borough of Enfield Residents Priority Fund, local businesses and donations. The Main Stage is being sponsored by local business Assetgrove whilst Stage Two and the Exhibition Marquee are being sponsored by the historic Woodman Pub.

Grovelands Park is the ‘jewel in the crown’ of the parks in Enfield much treasured by the local community


Celebration events planned will include Art, Music on two stages, Dance, Film, Photography, Exhibitions, Vintage Cars and fun activities for children plus a Fancy Fair with a variety of stalls.


The celebration in the Park over these two days will be inaugurated by a historical Edwardian themed pageant involving local schools dressed in styles reflecting the 100 years of the park. It will be led by the Emerald Pipe band with community groups and Civic dignitaries who will officially open the proceedings to replicate the original 1913 opening by the Lord Mayor of London.


It is hoped that other interested groups, associations and societies will join in too, dressed in their uniforms, ethnic costumes or in the popular fashion styles that often went with the music of the day. If you were or are a ‘Ted’ or a ‘Mod’, into Traditional Jazz or maybe a ‘Punk’ or were even a Hippy from the sixties you can dress up and join in the fun.


There will be two stages to present music and dance from old style or ‘retro’ sounds to new up and coming bands with local connections. The  world famous Tornados, led by the legendary local musician Clem Cattini, who has played on 44 No 1 singles and gave us the first UK No 1 on the USA charts with Telstar, will headline on Saturday May 18th. Up and coming local band Dixie will headline the main stage on Sunday May 19th with a wide variety of music on both stages throughout the event.


There will be over 50 stalls selling a variety of interesting items as well as food and drink. The historic Woodman Pub is relocating for the two days into the park in an old style marquee as used in 1913 and speaking of history there will be a lavish exhibition showing the history of the park and how important it is in this part of North London as a wonderful much loved open space enjoyed by families for generations. 


A nostalgic evocation of the legendary 'Royalty Ballroom’ Dance Hall, once the epicentre of Rock N’Roll in the south, will be re-created in a  marquee that will feature music and dance from the years gone by. It will have a Tea Dance and sessions for Rock ‘n roll or Motown soul. Re-live those memories of your youth at the legendary ‘Royalty’. Also being created is a small cinema tent showing film clips of footage shot in the park and area over the years. Local charities will be represented with stalls showing off all the excellent work that they do.


For children there will be lots of funs things from Face Painting to a Climbing Wall, Bouncy castles and children’s games.


Many local residents will have fond memories of rowing a boat out onto the lake on balmy summer days but the boats have not been there since the seventies. For this weekend only they will be back for these two days so now is your chance to relive those days by booking a rowing boat on the lake.


Spread the word and make this a memorable weekend by being there with your friends and family to enjoy the two once in 100 year days in May.


Could your cat give blood?

on Thursday, 14 March 2013. Posted in N21 Community


Could your cat give blood?




Dear Pet Owner,


This is a very important appeal to cat owners to help us establish a Blood Donor Register at Village Vets clinic.


Some pets, due to injury or illness, require blood transfusions as part of the treatment we provide. In these circumstances we need to be able to have a list of willing donors who we can call upon to help.


Before enrolling we would ask you to bring your cat to a free health check to see if they are likely to be a suitable donor.


Criteria to be a cat donor:

·                    Healthy & fully vaccinated

·                    Not too stressed at the vets

·                    Less than 8 years old

·                    Over 4.5 kg in weight (preferably 5kg, but not obese)


If a donation is required, we take a blood test to ensure that your cat is free from certain viruses, is a match with the recipient cat and has a good supply of red blood cells.


Any cat that gives blood will receive their next vaccination free of charge as a thank you from us.


If you think you cat fits the above criteria and would like to help us continue this important service, or require any further information then please either email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call on 020 8360 2020


Many Thanks

From all at Village Vets

Ash Dieback Alert

on Friday, 08 March 2013. Posted in N21 Community


Ash Dieback Alert


Enfield Council would like residents to be on the lookout for ash trees showing signs of the dreaded Ash Dieback. Should you think you have spotted it, the advice is to contact the Forestry Commission or the Council’s arboriculture officers, but don’t touch it or take samples, as this could transfer fungal spores.


Here are the tell tale signs



  • Blackened, dead leaves – may look a bit like frost damage
  • Dark lesions – often long, thin and diamond-shaped – appear on the trunk around the base of dead shoots.
  • The tips of shoots become black and shrivelled.
  • The veins of leaves, normally pale in colour, turn brown.
  • In mature trees, dieback of twigs and branches in the crown, often with bushy growth further down the branches where new shoots have been produced.

In autumn and winter, native ash trees will naturally be shedding their leaves making it very difficult to identify Ash Dieback until they start to come into leaf in April. . All of these symptoms can also be caused by other problems, so final diagnosis should be made by an expert which is why it is important to contact the Council or the Forestry Commission before taking action.

Residents can find out more on the Forestry Commission Website



Salmons Brook Healthy River Challenge

on Thursday, 21 February 2013. Posted in N21 Community


Salmons Brook Healthy River Challenge



Click on the image to read this presentation prepared by Thames21, on the innovative SuDS programme to improve the Salmons Brook, including Boxers Lake and the Houndsden Gutter.

Can you help a three in a million girl?

on Wednesday, 20 February 2013. Posted in N21 Community


Can you help a three in a million girl?
It’s the nightmare of every parent to find out that their child has an illness; let alone be told that the condition is incredibly rare and that there is no known cure.
Meet Nicole, who is eight years old, lives with her family in Winchmore Hill and suffers from a very rare condition called AVM, Arteriovenous Malformations.
Since Nicole became ill two years ago, she has had more than 130 visits to Great Ormond Street Hospital, several major operations and emergency hospital admissions. 
Nicole's mother Tanya describes her condition as "abnormal connnections between arteries and veins" .  Nicole's AVM is one of the most difficult to treat, because it is on her face.

"Our beautiful daughter Nicole Lily was a seemingly normal, happy child enjoying life to the full when at the age of six large veins started appearing on the right side of her face. This was followed by swelling and terrible bleeds from her nose and gums. After many tests it was found that Nicole was born with a high flow craniofacial AVM (Arteriovenous Malformation)".
When she was diagnosed, Nicole's father George began researching his daughter's condition online and "came across things that scared the hell out of me!". There is no known cure, the condition can lead to heart failure and because it is so rare (three in a million) the pharmaceutical companies are not invest much in researching the disease and developing treatments, becasue there are so few sufferers.
Whilst there was plenty of information about AVM available on the website, the Christous could not find a current support group, so they have decided to set up one themselves, together with a charity, The Butterfly AVM Charity, to raise funds for research into AVM, increase awareness of theis painful, debilitating and life threatening condition and offer support to other sufferers and their families. 
In a little over six months since the charity was set up Nicole's family and friends have raised a staggering £30,000. This has enabled them to establish a research fund with the team at Great Ormond Street, which begins work this month (February 2013).
The Butterfly AVM Charity website explains this complex condition, brings together the latest information on AVMs and its treatment, stories about AVM sufferers and of course is central to their fundraising drive. It has given them something positive to focus on, through what has been a traumatic period of their lives, when they don't know what the future holds.
Nicole was rushed into hospital on Christmas Eve, where she stayed for ten days and has not been well enough to go to school for the first half term of 2013. They hope she will to rejoin, at least part time but are taking life one day at a time. 
The Butterfly AVM charity needs the oxygen of publicity, if it is to continue to raise funds not just to help Nicole but also others suffering from AVM.  
"Nicole is an inspiration to all that have had the pleasure of meeting her, and we are proud that she is our little girl. In the last year and a half she has experienced a life that no one should suffer, let alone a child full of hopes and dreams. Despite this, she is the bravest girl in the world and no matter how dark the clouds become, she always has a smile to brighten up our day.

Please help us reach our goal and be a part of Nicole and so many other people’s dreams that one day, we will find a cure. Let’s not just wish for a cure and better specific treatments; lets make them a reality. It is not how much you donate, it is that you cared enough to press the button and give us hope"
Can you make a donation to help this brave little girl and her family?
Can you help with fundraising?
Can you help spread the word about the Butterfly AVM Charity?
Registered Charity Number - 1149170

Reseach reveals 'Facebook Envy'

on Thursday, 24 January 2013. Posted in N21 Community


Reseach reveals 'Facebook Envy'


Do you log-on to Facebook only to be confronted with updates and images that leave you angry, envious or just darn right miserable with your lot in life? If so, you're not alone, according to new research by two German universities.

When German researchers from Humboldt University (Berlin) and Technical University (Darmstadt) asked 600 Facebook users how they felt when browsing the social network they found that, for a third, it was a negative emotional experience.

It seems that, for many, being bombarded with idyllic photos of holidays and family, along with ebullient status updates, makes them compare their lives with those in their Friends list. For the most part, that leaves people feeling dissatisfied with their own lives.

The research found that "Facebook users in their 30s were likely to feel jealous about their friends' happy families. Women were more likely to obsess over physical appearance and social standing, and men tended to boast about their accomplishments at home and at work".

And it's not only those that are most 'involved' with Facebook that are most affected. Passive Facebook users, who tend to read the newsfeed, browse friends' pages and scan through photographs, were the ones most likely to be negatively affected.

Negative feelings, such as envy, can lead to what researchers refer to as "envy spiral". This happens when such emotions cause Facebook users to exaggerate recent success and embellish their Facebook profile to show them in a more positive light, which, in turn, leads to jealously among others. And so it goes on.

"Access to copious positive news and the profiles of seemingly successful 'friends' fosters social comparison that can readily provoke envy," explains Hanna Krasnova of the Institute of Information Systems at Humboldt University. "By and large, online social networks allow users unprecedented access to information on relevant others - insights that would be much more difficult to obtain offline."

Let's face it. Facebook users rarely portray themselves in anything but a positive light. Photographs are vetted before being broadcast to friends lists, and the more morose aspects of life are usually left out. To believe that everyone on your friends list is having the ideal life, except you, only serves to illustrate the 'pimping' that goes on to hide what is, for the most part, probably a mundane and normal existence. 

Article by Helen Leggatt




Tickets please for community cinema

on Wednesday, 23 January 2013. Posted in N21 Community


Tickets please for community cinema
Why is that in the age of the multiplex, the 3D blockbuster and viewing on demand is community cinema gaining in popularity, in this local area and all over the country?   Church and village halls, pubs and clubs are being booked for viewings of classical films and less well known pieces, often from local film makers. One answer - you actually get to talk about what you are watching, with a group of like minded people, before the film starts, during the interval and afterwards, instead of sitting passively in an impersonal room and filing out quietly at the end, bearly giving the film any more thought!
We are lucky to have two new community theatre groups in our local area, dedicated to bringing back classic films and reinstating community values. Talkies Community Cinema held its first viewing in October 2012, set up by David Williamson, shortly after he took early retirement, from his job as a school inspector. He is however no new kid on the block, as "The idea for Talkies came from my experience with a group of friends locally - all former parents at Hazelwood school - getting together to watch films. We have now being doing that for over 10 years and seen 100 films of great variety. We had such joy with our friends group that Talkies formed as the germ of an idea to bring this same approach to the wider community".

Talkies kicked off with some local colour, showing the A Man of No Ambition", about Palmers Green Resident Ralph Hutchings. Ralph, whose interests include "anatomy, cabinets, photography and vintage cars". Ralph is shortly to be the subject of a six-part TV series and the man himself was at hand to introduce and entertain with insights into his unique range of talents. 
Talkies will continue to show a film a month, using local venues, including the Kings Head on Winchmore Hill Green for the first time in March. Talkies are showing Strictly Ballroom on Wednesday 30th January and The Blues Brothers on February 20th, both at The Fox in Palmers Green, with live acoustic music will be provided by The Vintage Blues Club before and after the screening. See links at bottom of the article and details on prior to the scrfeening dates.
 Our second local community cinema, Around the Corner is run by John Stewart. John was the project leader for the hugely successful N21 Film Festival, held as part of the week long N21 Festival celebrations in June 2012; with over 30 films being screened in Waterhouse Hall, the Friends Meeting House and the 3rd Southgate Scout Hut, playing to packed audiences. So positive was the feedback that John decided to set up Around the Corner. The project begins in 2013, with plans initially for 2 - 3 screenings a year in Winchmore Hill and even to take the project out to other areas.
Around The Corner's debut screening on Saturday 9th February at 7.30pm is the 1959 Billy Wilder classic ‘Some Like It Hot’ (PG). Described by many as “the best comedy of all time”, it’s being organised in collaboration with local resident Tony Cooke, a copy-writer and writer for television. Tony is running the London Marathon for The Samaritans this April, and he's working with Around the Corner to organise the screening as a way to help boost his fundraising total – all proceeds will go to the charity. Tony and the team are also very grateful to their local sponsors Vic Smith Beds for helping make the night possible. And you may escape the hordes but not the popcorn, as freshly popped popcorn by Cafe Choo Choo will be served at the Some Like It Hot showing! A treat I'm sure!
And on Wednesday February 13th at 7.30pm the Oscar winning silent film, Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans, frequently voted as one of the best films in the history of the motion picture. Introduced by Pamela Hutchinson, Editor of Silent London and with live, "improvised piano accompaniment from British Film Institute pianist, Costas Fotopoulos". It’s all kindly sponsored by The Creative Timber Company. A delicious selection of Sardinian artisan food will also be on sale from local N21 business Palmavera Fine Foods. 
Both cinema groups are keen to hear from film buffs and people who would like to join the team, to help with future screenings. The choice of film is crucial to the success of both films; any ideas please let the guys know.
2012 was the first time that there had been cinema screenings in Winchmore Hill for 53 years, let’s keep community cinema alive, sign up to the newsletters for details of screenings or watch out for details on the events pages. 
The Capitol Cinema, where Capitol House is on Green Lanes, closed in 1959
Visit the websites to book tickets

In search of a Venezuelan odyssey in Winchmore Hill

on Thursday, 17 January 2013. Posted in N21 Community


In search of a Venezuelan odyssey in Winchmore Hill
As you are walking around your home area, or any other area for that matter, do you ever wonder who lives behind those anonymous front doors? Within our London suburb reside all sorts of interesting people, including believe it or not, the world’s greatest authority on the butterflies of Venezuela.

Meet Andrew Neild, Grange Park resident and said butterfly expert.
Andrew caught the ‘butterfly bug’ (excuse the terrible pun), after spending time in Venezuela as a child and resolved as a teenager to dedicate his life to writing the definitive guide to Venezuelan butterflies. As a young man as well as gaining a Masters degree in Latin, he spent three years in the field, mainly in the Andes and the remote South of the country researching butterflies for his first book The Butterflies of Venezuela, Volume 1, which was published in 1996, covering 274 species. The book is still in print, priced £75.
Andrew estimates that there are around 20,000 butterfly species in the world, of which over 8,000 are to be found in Central and South America. Hundreds of new species and subspecies are found (or described) a year, to use the correct terminology for the identification of an unknown specimen. So many new species and subspecies are being discovered because they are often extremely localised, occurring in areas of only a few hundred square metres. This localisation may be the result of adaptation to specific micro habitats, or perhaps due to the rarity of the food plants used by their larvae, or in some cases because they live in the canopy over 40 metres above the forest floor. In an area as vast as the Amazon basin, for example, there will be many colonies of such "rare" butterflies, but they will never be discovered until a road or track is pushed through their tiny colony.

Andrew is certain that there are many more as yet unnamed and unrecorded butterflies to be found.  He has described 10 new butterfly species, including Pagyris renelichyi shown here.

This is in addition to at least a hundred new subspecies, found only in specific geographical areas.  Part of the cataloguing process requires naming the new species and  many colleagues, friends and family including his wife Alice and son Jack have had butterflies named after them!  

                                                                                       Podanotum andrewneildi                                 Philaethria neildi 

Andrew in turn has had a rare tree frog names after him, meet Phyllomedusa neildi!

A house husband and primary carer of his son Jack, Andrew’s work requires hours of dedicated research and collaboration with other butterfly specialists all over the world. Volume Two of Butterflies of Venezuela was published in 2008 (£110) and volumes 3 – 5 are in progress, covering over 1200 species. He is a Scientific Associate of the Natural History Museum in London; regularly contributes to scientific papers and leads butterfly tours to Ecuador and other parts of South America, although sadly not to Venezuela as he says it is too dangerous for tour parties.
Andrew is also an expert photograher, there are many stunning images on his website, as well as in his books.
 Lyropteryx apollonia

 Pterourus zagreus
Family commitments limit how long he is able to spend in tropical South American rain forests. His next tour (which he describes as one of his “odysseys”) will be to Ecuador in October and November and has already nearly sold out. In the future he would like to run an eco-n Ecuador and spend more time introducing butterfly lovers and photographers to his wonderful world (if his family allow him).
On Andrew’s website you can see many more pictures of his extraordinary world.  
The world would be a poorer place without the single-minded dedication of people like Andrew.

For Sale: Des Res in N21, a labour of love

on Thursday, 03 January 2013. Posted in N21 Community


For Sale: Des Res in N21, a labour of love

Why do miniatures of everyday objects have a universal appeal; miniature railways, model villages, cars etc, as well as doll houses? This highly desired des res has been made by retired Winchmore Hill carpenter Roy Hooper.




Roy based his house a Queen Anne house in Mayfair, (now converted into offices) because he loved the symmetry, the elegance and architectural detail. The house is a true labour of love, built over a number of years in his workshop at the bottom of the garden. Nearly every component is built from scratch, including the ceiling coving, dado rails, wooden floors, and cardboard tiles. Every brick is individually made and hand painted, only the doors, banisters and stair spindles were sourced from a dolls house supplies company, as Roy felt that he couldn't make better.



Roy made his first dolls house back in the 1970s, for his daughter, based on a house in Highgate where the family were living at the time. Unbeknown to him, his grandfather, (who he never met) used to make dolls houses, as a hobby and also a cousin, perhaps it is something in the genes? He describes the project as like a great big puzzle, where the individual elements have to be firstly designed to scale and 'manufactured' before they are put together. The construction is held together with screws and glue. There are no nails or pins used, and all the paint is water based, except for the small areas which are painted with  Humbrol paints.



Roy says that his joy is in the making, not the keeping. "The more eccentric the better". Therefore he plans to sell the house, which is currently taking up space in his spare room and begin a new project this year. It is hoped that Roy's house will shortly be on display in a local estate agent, to raise money for a children's charity. Like any other house for sale, offers are invited. More details will be published shortly.


If you would like a lasting memento of your home, which would become a family heirloom, Roy takes commissions, he is a true craftsman.


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