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Petition delivered to

Theresa May

regarding negligent road re-engineering in Enfield


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Four Range Rovers stolen in Grange Park

in one night

watch this video







Fly-tipping on Thames Water land

on Bush Hill





 more details here



Enfield Council undertakes



and the 'patient' is poorly

a cause for concern?

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Lots of other sporting activities

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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

Western Enfield Residents Association


Winchmore Hill Residents Association 





The Friends of Grovelands Park

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Become a Friend of Firs Farm

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Gardening Friends

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Grange Park Horticultural Society

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North London Organic Gardeners

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Woodcroft Wildspace

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Anokhi Restaurant

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Cloud9 Wellness Hub 


Fortitude Dance Company

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Winchmore Hill charity shop










Lucy Wilkinson fell over an orca in November 

and spent Christmas on crutches

more details on the Enfield Independent website



YES - Because the A105 cycle lane scheme 


Enfield Council 'forget' this crucial fact, but now has to consult residents and businesses on its 'value'

Read the article


"Green Lanes from the PG direction can get so bad that I drive anywhere but head towards those lights. The stupid thing is that the Sainsbury entrance used to work fine without lights. And there was never a jam on Green Lanes"

Robin C




Mind the gap




The new planters in Palmers Green are a very tight squeeze

Watch the video


Maybe this should be the correct sign?


The results of the Fernleigh Road Area

Quieter Neighbourhood Consultation:

a partial 'victory' for residents



more details here



The distance between the zebra crossing

north of Masons Corner and the crossing

outside the Post Office at 822 Green Lanes

is 400 metres




Council to keep cycle lane dividers

despite safety fears

read Cllr Daniel Anderson's defence of orcas




If you are concerned about the safety of orcas

please sign the petition




Whose clever idea was this?



Have you tripped over or hit one of these

whilst walking, driving or cycling?



download the leaflet on how to report incidents


 Report it to Enfield Council

on the incident reporting page




Enfield Council say orcas are safe - really?





Read this research published

in the Evening Standard




Segregated cycle lanes are putting patients' lives at risk

medical leaders have warned



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

read the Telegraph article




A beginners guide to taking wildlife photographs


Read here



Fix My Street





Check out pollution levels today











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 Enfield Local Plan Consultation


The draft plan sets out options for development over the next 15 years through 'good growth' principles, as endorsed by the Mayor of London

Consultation closes








Our vision for Enfield is:

Heritage for change - engaged, cherished, conserved and enjoyed



Enfield Council has published a new

Heritage Strategy 'Making Enfield',

with a consultation,





Petition: Save The Intimate Theatre




Sign the petition


Steven Berkoff backs call to save The Intimate Theatre

Read the article in The Stage

"I definitely think that St Monica's Church should take more pride in the Intimate's history and its place in our community - after all, churches have always had an important community function - and look seriously at the alternatives to demolition"

St Monica's Players have put forward

an alternative plan for the Intimate Theatre

 View the proposals









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Southgate Homebound

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Winchmore Hill Community Care




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Dementia Cafe

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Chickenshed Theatre 



The Fontliners Book Club

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Woodcroft Wildspace - a case study of Winchmore Hill community action

on Monday, 14 June 2010. Posted in N21 Community


Woodcroft Wildspace - a case study of Winchmore Hill community action


How many of you have ever visited the Woodcroft Wildspace, the award winning environmental haven bang right in the middle of Winchmore Hill?

Over the past decade this five acre former disused sports ground has been transformed into a local nature reserve, providing a natural habitat to a growing number of species. The project was kickstarted by former Winchmore Hill Councillor Martin Prescott, who conceived the idea of turning a site which never worked as a sports recreation field (because of problems with flooding) into a nature reserve. Martin cajoled council officials into putting together a feasibility plan for the site and then brought in local residents who have picked up the baton and the 'Friends of Woodcroft' was born, now led by local resident Bob Ladell and an enthusiastic band of Friends of Woodcroft volunteers.


In 2011 the long term future of the site was secured and whilst a proportion of the site is being sold off for housing, Woodcroft Wildspace is wildspace, not a park, for everyone to enjoy. It is a place where people can come and enjoy some quiet tme, it is so6emwhere that parents, carers and schools can bring their children to learn about nature - insects, birds, small mammals, pond life, plants and trees in a natural habitat. This is especially beneficial for those who do not have the luxury of their own garden. Everyone is invited to come along and both help the series of projects we have in action as well as to see the wildspace.ional Lottery, 


Whilst funding has been secured from Enfield Council and the National Lottery, the management of Woodcroft Wildspace and its growing role as an educational resource, is largely dependent on volunteers.


Woodcroft Wildspace is open to the public throughout the week. Volunteers can normally be found working on the site on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, from 10am to 1pm. Here is our latest site plan





 Spring 2014 sees the final topping out of our well, many hours of hard,dirty and sometimes dangerous work.




With the help of volunteers, including residents, schools, local community groups and our corporate Give and Gain, team building days, we have slowly turned the site from a disused sports ground into a wildspace, with a range of habitats. Our wetland area ponds and boggy area are home to frogs, and newts; whilst insects abound, stag beetles. Our orchard, has 83 trees, with over 30 varieties which are cropping well. 








Here are some of our Give and Gain volunteers. Under this excellent Business in The Community programme, volunteers from dozens of companies have spent the day with use, helping in teams to help us achieve some of our larger projects such as bigging our wildlife ponds. If your company would like to participate in this rather unusual but highly worthwhile away day please get in contact, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



 Woodcroft Wildspace is a great place for children, here are just a few of our younger visitors. Children are never to young to start to understand the importance of the natural world and Woodcroft Wildspace provides learning opportunities for children of all ages; right across the curriculum. A number of nearby primary and secondary schools are regular visitors, whilst Duke of Edinburgh Award participants have helped us to create hedges and dig our ponds. Our apiary building also serves as a class room and we are keen to raise funds to extend our range of classroom facilities.







We have hosted a number of open days, picnics and community events at Woodcroft and we are looking forward to our Woodcroft Wildspace Family Fun Day on Sunday July 13th 2014. Here are some pictures of some of our past open days. 






Our bees are recovering from three difficult winters, but we are now hopeful that our new colony is thriving. This is an important project for us, and it is a great place to teach children just how important bees are to our natural environment. 




 Woodcroft Wildspace is a haven for many species, here are just a few of our residents. 




As well as our wells, 2014 will be the first session for our new sensory gardens, which you see taking shape here and our new outside gym.




On the Woodcroft Wildspace website you can follow the transformation of the Woodcroft Sports Ground, shown below, to Woodcroft Wildspace; starting with three years of complex negotiations with Enfield Council to secure
the lease.  Whilst the site is still under development it is being transformed into managed woodland, with a range of tree species, some of them self seeded; a wetland with a newly created wildlife pond, dug by the volunteers and a
meadow area.

2009 was a big year in the short history of the project, with a Big Dig Day, in partnership with BBC Breathing Places and Blue Peter and the opening of the Woodcroft Apiary, the planting of bee friendly plants and the first batch of Woodcroft Honey and Woodcroft Beeswax. Use this link to see pictures of the event on the website, here

Sadly, security gates have had to be erected, because of vandalism and antisocial behaviour on the site, including irresponsible dog owners, but please come and see us, we always welcome new volunteers. 



Woodcroft Wildspace is registered charity and more volunteers and money are still needed to secure the long term future of the project.
You can help secure the long term future of the project by becoming a Friend of Woodcroft Wildspace for a mere £10 a year, £15 for couples and households.

Woodcroft Wildspace is open from 9am to 5.30pm or sometimes later from April to September. Opening times vary during the rest of the year, depending on the weather.


Volunteers work on the site on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday mornings from 10am to 1pm


If you wish to visit as a group, please call 020 8819 1662 ahead of your visit. It is fantastic example of what can be achieved when local residents, community groups and businesses pull together.


Cherry Pickers, a tale of a local investment club

on Friday, 04 June 2010. Posted in N21 Community


Cherry Pickers, a tale of a local investment club

The first Friday evening of the month is the night when the Cherry Pickers Investment Club get together.

The club formed three years ago comprises a dozen people living around Winchmore Hill and Southgate, including three couples. Two people have left to be replaced by two more during the life of the club.

We are a properly formed club, with a constitution, Chairman and Treasurer who is responsible for transacting our deals. We use a model constitution taken from a manual called "Proshare Investment Clubs", which runs the National Register of Investment Clubs). Our deals are transacted through The Share Centre, which caters for small investment clubs such as ours in terms of buying and selling and providing information and market analysis.

We each put in £25 a month into our investment fund, a grand total of £300 of new money to invest. Our portfolio is small, so that we don’t incur too many dealing charges and currently we have shares in eleven companies and we review our portfolio every month.

Each Investment Club member takes responsibility for a sector, researching potential investment opportunities as well as the overall performance of the sector.  Our investment strategy isn’t sophisticated, we tend to look for shares that are currently trading at a lower price, but have potential to rise, also companies with good dividend records – buy low and sell high is the theory. We try to get out of a stock at the high point, before it starts to fall, thus taking a profit, not necessarily at the top of the market.

We read the financial press for investment advice on Buys, Sells and Holds and can check out the performance of companies on the Share Centre website. We aren’t experts (although we do have one stockbroker in our Club) but very soon looking at charts, talking about high, lows, PE ratios, yields and dividends becomes second nature, although the knowledge and expertise (of most of us) is wafer thin!

We hold a mix of blue chips and emerging companies, in the last year we have been more conservative and some months we have held cash and not spent our kitty. So how have we done? The last month has been difficult, some of our blue chips have been weaker, but we are up overall, over the longer timescale. We have had some disasters and our star performer was actually a stock we bought by mistake, because someone misspelt the name!

It’s fun, sociable, usually fuelled by a few bottles of red wine and is a great way of investing a small amount of money, but not a great way to get rich. Apparently around 40% of investment clubs are based in pubs and true to form, the Cherry Pickers began life in the Cherry Tree on Southgate Green! Is hobby investing, but it has been rewarding in other ways, getting to know new people and becoming (a little) more knowledgeable about the workings of the Stock Market (which still appears to me to be another form of gambling!).

There’s plenty of information on the Internet about how to set up an investment club, The Share Centre and ProShare manage the portfolios of hundreds of small investment clubs like The Cherry Pickers.  ProShare even offers an investment club ‘dating service’ to put people looking to join an investment club in touch with each other in the same area.

Alternatively you could always advertise for potential members on n21online.com.

Join in on an upward trend, although we won't be linking to the FTSE just yet.





Donating not Dumping!

on Friday, 21 May 2010. Posted in N21 Community


Donating not Dumping!


The Oxfam shop in Green Lanes is run by Gill Smith, who has been involved with the shop for 30 years and as volunteer manager for the past ten years. The shop is staffed by a team of 30, some of whom have been
helping out for over forty years.

This small shop is totally reliant on local donations, as it is too small to offer Oxfam Trading ranges and made a whopping £66,887 for Oxfam partners in 2009. 


Nothing that gets donated is ever wasted. If the stock isn't sold in two weeks, it is passed to other shops in East London and from there, any residual stock is sent to Oxfam's Waste Saver Depot oin Huddersfield, where
it is resorted. Some items such as blankets will be sold cheaply at festivals, which other stuff will be recycled and
upcycled, to be reprocessed into other materials.

Whilst Gill and her team are very grateful for all donations, please donate not dump!  No electricals can be sold, bric-a-brac and books always sells well and clothes should be wearable, not stained or beyond wear.

Over the years Oxfam in Winchmore Hill has sold some valuable, some interesting and in some instances highly desirable items. The trend for vintage fashion has brought younger people into the shop and yes Gill does get
the occasional pair of Jimmy Choos!

Volunteers are always needed, Oxfam participates in the Youth Action Volunteering Scheme in Enfield (YAVE) and the Duke of Edinburgh scheme also offers work experience placements. There are lots of different jobs to be done and if you are creative you might get a chance to dress the windows, which are always beautifully themed.

For all you budding Mary Portas' why not spare a few hours to join our local Oxfam team!

If you don't believe that the words Oxfam and Vintage Fashion go together, have a look at the Oxfam website



Plugging in the car at Sainsbury's

on Monday, 10 May 2010. Posted in N21 Community


Plugging in the car at Sainsbury's

Have you noticed the electric vehicle charging points which have been installed in Sainsbury’s car park? 

At the moment they are only being made available for Sainsbury’s own delivery vehicles. Currently Sainsbury's home delivery vans run on diesel, although the new electrical fleet is due to take over in June.

When can expect that recharging points will shortly become available for the use of Sainsbury’s customers? No date has been fixed yet according to Sainsbury's. Customer car recharging
is already available at 11 Sainsbury’s stores across London, although our nearest Sainsbury’s charging point is the Islington store. It is a free service and to quote Sainsbury's commercial director "This will turn London into an electric vehicle super-highway. Electric vehicles create less noise and help keep the city's air clean."

Currently there are only around 5,000 electric cars in the UK, and Sainsbury’s Environmental Affairs manager Jack Cunningham has said that the aim of the initiative was to cater for existing customers known to use electric cars, rather than attract more business from environmentally-friendly shoppers; “We believe longer term that this kind of technology is going to be very important, so it's important for us to start providing it at this early stage."

So do we have any electric cars in N21?

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Catch-up sermons in N21

on Friday, 07 May 2010. Posted in N21 Community


Catch-up sermons in N21

Grace Church is the newest church in London N21. It was set up in January 2007, by a group of Anglicans from Christ Church Cockfosters, to serve the Highlands Village Community.

Grace Church is a modern church, it is not rooted in a consecrated building, but meets at 10.30 on Sunday mornings at Highlands School.

The Church has a website, nothing too unusual in that, most of our local churches now have an Internet presence. However, on the website you can listen to and download sermons from previous Grace Church services, prepared by Reverend Andy Wandsworth and other members of the congregation.

Andy is on a mission to reach out to the local community, to connect with people with no religious affiliation or links with a local church. The website uses audio and video to engage the site visitor and Andy is fully aware of the power of the Internet as a communications tool.

As more of us use catch-up services such as podcasts, BBC iplayer et al, to listen and view media at our convenience, this would seem a natural evolution for other local churches, so that they are no longer just preaching to the converted.


Why being sociable is good for your health

on Friday, 02 April 2010. Posted in N21 Community


Why being sociable is good for your health


Being sociable and active is good for a person's health and well-being; scientists are now saying that it can even protect against memory loss and the effects of ageing. Studies have even shown that when people feel part of a close knit group they are less likely to have a heart attack or suffer from stress, than people who are socially isolated.

According to Professor Alex Haslam of the University of Exeter, "we are social animals who live and have evolved to live in social groups. Membership of groups, from football teams to book clubs and voluntary societies gives us a sense of social identity".

A study of 650 stroke patients over five years found that those who were part of a close-knit social group were significantly less likely to suffer from a second life-threatening problem.  According to Professor Haslam, social isolation can double the risks of many life threatening conditions.

Another good reason to get out and enjoy the amazing array of activities we have in N21, start off by exploring this website!

Making A Difference - Locally

on Wednesday, 24 March 2010. Posted in N21 Community


Making A Difference - Locally

Making A Difference – Locally is a new charity that has been launched to help independently-run local stores to add value in their communities through donations to local charities or good causes - such as local football teams, hospices or one of a thousand charities that run throughout the UK.

According to the website, The scheme is truly local, to quote "as money will be raised by local stores over time through the sale of specific products in their stores. The store owner then choses the beneficiary for the money and a donation is paid to the charity or cause by the Making A Difference – Locally Charity.

Local stores are at the heart of communities, ideally placed to provide their customers with a personal and friendly service during their shopping trip. The Making A Difference – Locally charity will help them further cement their position in the community – YOUR community - and reward it for the support it has given over the years.

Over 2,000 stores nationwide are participating in Making A Difference - Locally - all of which display the Making A Difference logo"

Our major supermarkets already make donations to local organisations and charities, this is an initiative that helps the independent shop keeper also demonstrate their commitment to the local area.

Lets support our local convenience stores so that in turn they may be in a position to donate through the Making A Difference Locally initiative.


Why hiring is the new green

on Monday, 16 November 2009. Posted in N21 Community


Why hiring is the new green

Over the past five years we have seen a growing number of new businesses emerge which allow people to rent something which is either too expensive for them to buy or something they don’t use very often or for very long. The basic principal isn’t new, we stay in hotels where we are renting a room for a period of time, we rent cars, hire tools and equipment when we need them. However, the idea can be applied to all sorts of goods and the concept is very green.

Here are some examples of this fractional ownership trend:

Urban car clubs, such as streetcar, are one step up from conventional car rental are designed primarily for people who only occasionally use a car, perhaps because they live in Central London or can’t justify the cost of running a car. Subscription is growing, you can literally rent a car for an hour and of course the concept is very green.

Whilst some of these new businesses are also green because they are reducing consumption, a number are enabling people to rent status products such as designer dresses and handbags. To quote  “Why spend all that money on one bag when you could have a new bag every month - or even every week? A designer bag on your arm turns you into that A-list fashionista you deserve to be and lets you feel like a million dollars every day”.

You can rent baby clothes on the same principal, an idea pioneered by a German company, Lütte-Leihen, so that once babies grow out of a size, the set can be exchanged for the next size up, free of charge. Perhaps the wackiest shared ownership idea again comes from California - FLEXPETZ is a shared dog ownership concept that provides members with access to a dogs for a few hours or days, compatible with their members’ individual lifestyles and circumstances.

And greenest of all is this new Christmas tree rental service, starting up in Los Angeles, www.livingchristmas.com, which suppliers rooted trees in pots, which will be picked up after Christmas, nurtures them until next Christmas. A good idea, although perhaps the company is going to have a seaonality problem, but maybe it could do summer rental as well.

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