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This 'Snow Hero' has been rescuing vehicles stuck on Old Park Ridings

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Happy Christmas N21: Still much to celebrate

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Real Coffee. Real Food - the Hopper & Bean promise


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more details here

 


 

 

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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 


 1.6d2

 

more details here

 


 

Join the Park Run

in Grovelands Park


29.12b8

 

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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Another golden year for N21


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see all our gold winners here


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

Big Seff

Fitnesshub21

The Little Green Dragon

Hair 21

Hopper & Bean

Mesa Kitchen & Lounge

The Nail Station

N21 Carpentry & Joinery

N21 Repair Service

N21 Roofing & Construction

PH Sports

S.E Beauty

Swiss Care Clinic

Winchmore Hill Speakers Club 



 

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TfL's Guiding Standards on the design of cycle lanes 

and how they have been applied to the A105


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Read the article here 




Beware the hidden hazards on the A105


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SPOT THE ORCAS


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Bike lanes don't clog up our roads, they keep London moving

says Will Norman, London's walking and cycling commissioner


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Read the Guardian article here




Are Enfield Council preparing for trams?

(if only)


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 I deliberately walk along the cycle track myself - so far without risk as no cyclist has ever passed me while on it. The space for pedestrians has been cut and what is left is cluttered with street signs and lights, shop billboards, and occasional tables and chairs at cafes. Heaven knows what mothers pushing prams and pushchairs, or anyone pushing a wheelchair, now does.

Mike S

 


 

Have you tripped over or hit one of these

whilst walking, driving or cycling?

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Report it to Enfield Council 

HERE

 

Download an incident report form 

HERE

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Chaos on Masons Corner


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watch the video here

 


 

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READ THE REPORT GIVEN TO TfL

 


 

Another near miss?


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WATCH THE VIDEO

 

"Should an accident at this junction occur I will present this clip to the police and insurers along with my numerous emails warning you of my concerns about the dangers of your design". 

Rich Turner, Manager of Lords DIY

 


 

Another tyre damaged on the A105 cycle lanes 


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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.

  



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?

 

 


 

Why are Enfield Council ignoring safety risks?

 

 What safety risks have TfL identified

on your section of the

A105 (Green Lanes)?

 

 15.6f4

15.6f2

 

Stage 2 Safety Audit

 

why is LBE risking our residents?

 


 

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

 

22.5.17


Watch the video

Your decide

 


 

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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

 


 


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N21 star Nikki Christou launches

STOP SPEAK SUPPORT

with Prince William


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www.stopspeaksupport.com

 


 

Train Services from Grange Park Station

are STILL under threat


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more details here

 


 

Local Heritage List

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29 properties in the

N21 postcode

more details here

 


 

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https://www.writetothem.com/


 


 

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http://www.broomfieldhouse.org

 


 

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https://www.fixmystreet.com

 


 

19.6d1

December Newsletter 

 7.12g2


download here


Winchmore Hill Police 


19.6d5


CONTACT HERE

19.6d3

NEW NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH CO-ORDINATORS NEEDED

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

 

26.10c1 

 more details here

 


 

Ruth Winston Community Centre

 

 

 ruthwinstoncentre.com


 

Winchmore Hill Community Care

 

29.12b7

 

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

 14.10b5
 

Winchmore Hill Mummies 
Facebook Group
 


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How to encourage boys to read

on Tuesday, 30 June 2015. Posted in N21 Experts

 

If you type into Google the phrase "encouraging boys to read", you get some idea of the scale of the problem, not just in this country but in many parts of the world, boys are doing less well than girls, throughout the education system. For example, a BBC article "Boys reading skills must be tackled" says one of the problems is that boys think reading is "uncool".  Michael Morpurgo, writing in the Guardian' "we are faiiling too many boys in the enjoyment of reading". There has even been an all party parliamentary commission into Boys Reading. All made interesting reading.

 

So boys' lack of interest in reading isn't new and despite all the good intentions from above, it is likely that technology is always going to be a bigger draw for many boys. It has also been argued that the education system just isn't geared towards the way that boys learn; they have ants in their pants. Yet reading is fundamental to all learning and unless children can read properly they struggle across the whole curriculum.

 

Inspiring teachers, but also parents are enormously important in helping boys (as well as girls) appreciate the joys of reading. I know it's not easy as I have three boys of my own, but it is a battle worth fighting. I often meet parents who despair about getting their children (not always boys) reading. So what can I do, you ask? Here are some tips that will hopefully help you to get your child reading:

 

It may be stating with the obvious, but reading with children regularly is incredibly important and it is never too young to start. Babies as young as five months show an interest in books, even if they are the chewable variety.

 

Getting dads and other males to read with young boys, is particularly helpful. It is also good for children to see their parents reading, especially their dads and other males. Reading with your child is the ,ost important thing you can do towards getting them to read independently.Do this every night, if you can and if you can have some quiet time during the day, when you might otherwise let them watch TV or play with their technology games, internet etc. Why not have gadget free weekends once in a while – although you will also have to obey the rules! Let your child get bored and discover the books on their shelves that are there waiting to be opened, or go out together to buy a new book.

 

The key to getting boys to enjoy reading is to introduce them to books which appeal to their love of action, adventure, super-heroes, mystery, humour and even horror. Boys are naturally curious and often develop more interest in non-fiction than girls. This curiosity about a subject can be a great way of engaging them in reading to find out more about their chosen subject, even if it is football.

 

Let them choose what they want to read, without being too prescriptive and don't force them to read when they are just not able to sit still, as this will create negative associations. However, settling down with a good book is a way of calming down boys who are over tired or fractious. Reading little, but often may work best for your son, if he seems to have a short attention span, but this will usually improve once he starts to enjoy books.

 

Do some preparation yourself. Think about how to talk about the story, their favourite character; the pictures. Children of both genders like repetition and will often have a favourite story and character. Maybe you can find further books with this character, make up alternative endings or even make up your own stories together based on the characters they love

 

Book, books, books.


If you are not already a member of a local library, join tomorrow, not only for a plentiful supply of new books but also because our local libraries have lots of events for young children, especially during the holidays; keeping them involved in books, outside of term time. Go to the library together and choose a pile of books.

 

Hunt down second hand books in charity shops, such as the wonderful Red Cross book shops in Palmers Green, as well as buying wonderful new children's books as rewards.

 

Visit bookshops and let them spend time immersed in the beauty, colour and enormous range of wonderful reading matter. They may see other children getting excited about books nd this will rub off. 

 

When looking at books ask your son to keep an open mind. Choose from different genres: Science Fiction, Historical Fiction, Horror etc. and from books for different reading abilities. Try them out. You may not get past the first page of some of them and that is fair enough. There are many books that I don't read past the first page of. But there may just be one or two that you manage to read to him to the end. Once you have found an author or genre that your son enjoys then borrow more books that you now know will appeal to him and maybe he may start to read them on his own. But until such time, keep reading away. You will enjoy it too.

 

Talk about books that you are reading. Children are naturally curious and if they see you enjoying a book, they are more likely to want to do the same Do you own a Kindle? Whilst it isn't a substitute for a real book, it might be a way of enabling your son to com-bine reading with his obsession with technology. Why not let him have a play with yours?

 

Don't confine reading just to books - comics, the Internet, billboards and even cereal packets can count as reading.

 

Audio books are a fantastic way to introduce children to literature. You can choose books that are above your child's reading level but within their comprehension level. I recently listened to Frank Cottrell's Boyce's 'The Unforgotten Coat' with my son and the actress who read it really brought it to life with her Liverpudlian accent, a much better job than I would have done. We enjoyed it so much that we have ordered an-other book by the same author to listen to. Audio books are perfect for any length of car journey.

 

Many older boys love the work of local teen author Caroline Green, who has created dark fancy worlds that young teens love. You can read about her work here

 

Book clubs and reading groups are run by some libraries and also some schools. Sometimes outside influences are more powerful. I run a Book Club which has nine boys in it. It was not intended to be a book club for boys but that is how it ended up, weirdly. One mum said it has worked for her son be-cause her son has a 'competitive nature, so as they are all reading the same book they ask each other which part of the story they are up to and it encourages [her] son to read more.'

 

Try sending them to creative writing workshop events and author events. Sometimes these are run in independent bookshops. I run The Story Room which runs creative writing workshops, book clubs, and writing groups and in each event we talk about books that we are reading and introduce children to new literature. We also run author workshops, which are hugely successful in encouraging a child to read.

 

Let them choose what they want to read, without being too prescriptive. You know yourself that choosing books is a very personal thing; what appeals to your friends may not appeal to you. Your son initially may make mistakes and choose books that disappoint them but be patient, they will get there in the end. Guide them if they do not know what to choose. There are numerous websites with really good book reviews - my favourites are moontrug.com and readingagency.org.uk. If you are looking for reviews of books written by children who have read them, visit our website www.storyroom.co.uk.Most of the reviews have been written by boys!

 

Whatever you do, have patience and don't give up!

If you would like any further help on this subject, please feel free to contact me by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

"We are failing too many boys in the enjoyment of reading" says Michael Morpurgo

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