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F.A.R.C.E - what should the missing R stand for?

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 Dementia Awareness Week

14-20 May



Remembering the person

more details here



National Children's Day

at Firs Farm Wetlands




Stroke Awareness Month


Ken Waterhouse of Homecare Preferred

explains why you must act FAST

more details here



Bee swarm at Firs Farm Wetlands



Removed by Enfield Beekeeper




Can you help Firs Farm Wetlands fundraise to buy an outdoor table tennis table?


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New path along the New River

between Carpenter Gardens

and Barrowell Green

from this 


to this


more details here



Warning: N21 ambulance response times

below the national average


Source: The Times

more details here



Compton Road

marketed by Havilands



more details here








View planning applications in the N21 postcode in 2017 here


Woodberry Medical Practice

Planning Application


more details here






Fit-Blitz opens In Winchmore Hill 



more details here 



Join the Park Run

in Grovelands Park



Lots of other sporting activities

to join in N21!

more details here




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 






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






 North London Chamber of Commerce and Enterprise Manager

more details here


Ten reasons why you

should Live Local Shop Local








Are you thinking of starting a business?


Are you unemployed?





New & Updated Business Pages



AM Developments (Landscaping)

Angell Learning & Development

Aroma Tea & Coffee House

Atherton York

GK Electrical

Hormone Health Solutions

La Nostra


N21 Roofing & Construction

Oakwood Painting

La Rocca

Slimming World With Lizzie


The Vine Leaf

Trent Park Country Club

Winchmore Hill School of Karate

Your White Room



Fresh Aroma on Winchmore Hill Green




more details here






Open letters to Cllr Daniel Denial

& LBE officers

read what local residents have told our council




Segregated cycle lanes are putting patients' lives at risk

because they prevent traffic moving out of the way of ambulances,

medical leaders have warned.

 read the Telegraph article





watch the video




Commons Selective Committee calls for review of Mini Holland

read the Guardian artcle




"Furious row in north London election race over future of £42m Cycle Enfield scheme"

says the Evening Standard


read the article here



Are drivers confused by the new Sainsbury's lights?


Watch the video



Accident at the new bus boarder bus stop


"Monday night (15.5.17) around 11pm I stopped and helped an old lady who was forced out of the way by on coming traffic and drove up one of the new layout bus stops on Green Lanes. She was very shook up and her air bags deployed after hitting a lamp post, I waited with her and some witnesses until the police arrived. The new bus stop layout protruded into the road without any warning signs in place to avoid the high kerb. Yes this is a construction issue, one of many however, the cycle lanes have made the roads so narrow there is now no margin for error which is a major concern"


Beware of the new Station Road

traffic lights






A resident (cyclist) has submitted a complaint about the new junction


 Read the complaint here

if you aren't happy with what is happening in Winchmore Hill and Palmers Green email

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Compton Road junction assault begins




 The remnants of our historic tree







Save our trees on 'Green' Lanes


Enfield council presented false statements and visual plans of green lanes in their 'consultation for the cycle lane scheme - on the drawings no mention was made of tearing up and ripping out ten mature trees along our green lanes to date - and more to come.The residents of Winchmore hill did not agree to the replacement of beautiful mature trees with grey slabs of concrete - 'improving public spaces ' in the council's words.




The new bus stop opposite Sainsbury's




Do people realise they are standing on a cycle lane?






So are cyclists using their new cycle lanes?



or is it too slow and complicated!!









"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".


 LBC December 2016






Winchmore Hill's businesses are suffering


Read the Evening Standard article




Watch the Express video

to find one the damage that it has already done to our local economy


 What have they done?

Retailers hit out at Enfield Council over cycle route

read the Enfield Independent article here

Where is the money coming from asks John Callen?

read the Enfield Independent article here

Delays to Walthamstow fire rews up 50% since Mini Holland began

read the East London Guardian article here


Councils are removing 'hazardous' low level cycle dividers

So why is Enfield Council putting them in?

more details here


Richard Turner of Lords DIY

sets up a petition to remove Cllr Daniel Anderson

more details here


Camden's newest cycle route is under threat

more details here 


  Add your comments here

"I have not spoken to a single local resident who is in favour of this ridiculous cycle lane. The level of disruption is horrendous. As a Mum of a young baby, I am out and about most days meeting friends and every single one avoids Green Lanes now and therefore the cafes and shops that used to have our business will now miss out all because of this chaos! I have spoken to cyclists who say that the new cycle lane will be even more dangerous because cars won't necessarily remember to look before turning left, therefore they don't see how it will make cycling any safer for them. Such a shame to make a busy road even busier, and such a shame to spend money on this when it could go elsewhere".






Grange April Newsletter

Grange contact page

Winchmore Hill May Newsletter

Winchmore Hill contact page





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Check out pollution levels today




Enfield is the worse borough

in the country for fly-tipping










Can you help your local community?

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Pretty Muddy Enfield here

Enfield Race For Life here




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Capitol House Redevelopment




Residents questionnaire


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 Watch WH's amazing Nikki Christou on CBBC





 Winchmore Hill resident petitions against chronic underfunding for brain tumour treatment



Read the Enfield Independent article



Enfield Local Heritage List




Explore our rich local architectural heritage







North London Hospice







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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.






Enfield Road Watch



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Southgate Homebound

and Disabled Association



 more details here



Ruth Winston Community Centre


Winchmore Hill Community Care




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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. 

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Dementia Cafe

at St Peter's Church Hall

on Fridays

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Chickenshed Theatre 



The Fontliners Book Club

meets once a month in the Winchmore

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The Highlands Village Book Group

invites new members

 contact Kate on 07944 756757

Winchmore Hill Book Club

Grovelands Park
Facebook Group


Winchmore Hill & Palmers Green Memories 
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Winchmore Hill Mummies 
Facebook Group

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Winchmore Hill People & Pictures: A labour of love

on Thursday, 15 December 2011. Posted in N21 Community




Winchmore Hill People & Pictures is the latest book from local historian Stuart Delvin. It is a book in two parts, the first section which makes up the largest proportion of the book is oral history, described by Stuart as “a new set of accounts from ordinary people”; gained through a series of interviews over the past five years; The second half of the book, “the Great & the Good” includes potted biographies of some of Winchmore Hill’s most distinguished former residents and families.


Stuart has been researching and writing about the history of Winchmore Hill and its past residents since the 1970s. His first Winchmore Lives was published in 1991 and More Winchmore Lives a decade later, in 2004. His latest book, Winchmore Hill People & Pictures is a book to dip into, rather than read from cover to cover. It is self published and perhaps would have benefitted from a little editorial pruning. Nevertheless, the book is a real labour of love, involving hundreds of hours of detailed research and writing and Delvin continues to do a service to the local area, retelling the stories of a number of people who have sadly died since they were interviewed.


Some of the oldest WH residents he interviewed recalled stories from both world wars; “vivid memories of seeing the Zeppelin shot down over Cuffley in the summer of 1916, whilst the V1 attack on Carpenter Gardens in the summer of 1944 is etched people’s minds”; and “on 15th November 1944, a V2 rocket landed in Ringwood Way”. Mr Tragis, born in 1929 talks about the public bomb shelter on The Green, “just down a bit from the horse trough” (opposite the Kings Head), which he described as dank and hardly ever used.


The book contains some rich insights of a time not so long ago when Winchmore Hill was truly a village, beautifully illustrated in the collection of photograpahs he has brought together from a variety of sources, including private family photos.


Harry Skinner, who was born in 1912 and was interviewed in Delvin in 2005, talked about his Winchmore Hill childhood  “Winchmore Hill was still a lovely country place with fields all the way to Enfield. ..... I can remember scrumpying in the grounds of Southwell Farm, between the Hall and the New River, and climbing up an oak tree in Paulin’s grounds to watch the cricket. What a good service the family did when they left the grounds to the club”. Winchmore Hill Cricket Ground was founded in 1880 and the land was left to the Club in 1960 by Irene Paulin, on a 99 year lease.


While Alf, born in Wades Hill in 1920 recalled “the fine livestock in Paulin’s fields, as you walked alongside the Broadfields estate in Wades Hill”.


Colin Wackett, a war baby, born in 1945, speaks about the late 1950s as being a golden era : “You ask when the area was at its best as far as I’m concerned.  I would opt for the late 1950s. After that it changed quite suddenly. Up until 1960 there was a real family centred community feeling and all the children were able to get into their homes without a key because the front doors had been left on the latch”. Colin goes on to blame “the more extensive use of the motorcar” for the demise of the strong local community.


The book contains lots of interesting little facts about the local area. For example, in the 1940s and 50s at the top of Orpington Road was a factory run by a Thomas Salter, which made jigsaw puzzles. Bourne Hill used to be called Dog and Duck Lane, which is where the pub of that name in Hoppers Lane will have got its name.  Where Barrowell Green rubbish dump now stands was Barrowell Green lido, which opened in 1913. Capitol House in Green Lanes was formerly the site of this vast cinema, shown below.


There are over a hundred photographs, some dating back to the 1880s. Stuart has kindly allowed some of these to be reproduced, here are a few to whet your appetite. They depict a simpler, quieter, not necessarily easier life and the book is a fascinating insight into what has changed and what has remained broadly the same over the past one hundred years or so.



The motor car and the coming of the railway in 1871 was to accelerate residential development. This image, a postcard which was franked in 1904 shows the line between Winchmore Hill and Grange Park, as open countryside.




Not much call for saddlery and corn in Winchmore Hill these days and sadly you have to drive out of the area for ironmongery and all those other useful bits & bobs you only seem to be able to find in a DIY superstore these days.



The book also looks at some of the families who had lived in the local area for hundreds of years. The Downes family were well known shop keepers.



Life before we had mass car ownership was so much quieter, although many of the residential roads were not tarmac until the late 1920s




Station Road and the Queens Head nearly a century ago are much the same, although the Queens Head was rebuilt in the 1930s and the road was widened.




Copies of Winchmore Hill People & Pictures can be ordered directly from Stuart Delvin, at £14 plus £2 p&p on orders to be sent outside the Borough of Enfield. Cheques should be made out to Stuart Delvin, 259 Southbury Road, Enfield, Middlesex EN1 1RG


Other books by Stuart Delvin which are still in print which can also be ordered include:

A Look at Old Winchmore Hill £6.45 (+ 40p p&p outside Enfield)

More Winchmore Hill Lives £5.80 (+ 45p p&p outside Enfield)

Winchmore Hill Village 1780  1830 (+ £1.80 p&p outside Enfield)


Stuart is continuing with his Winchmore Hill social history project and is keen to find out more about Ted Ray, radio and TV comedian of the 40s and 50s, remembered best for Ray’s a laugh. Can anybody help?



Winchmore Hill People & Pictures is the latest book from local historian Stuart Delvin. The book is part oral history and  "the Great & the Good" includes potted biographies of some of Winchmore Hill's most distinguished former residents and families.

Winchmore Hill People & Pictures is the latest book from local historian Stuart Delvin.

Comments (1)

  • Glynn


    30 October 2014 at 21:16 |
    I am researching my family history and have found a connection with Robert & Ann Bishop who were living in your area in 1813. Robert was a bricklayer and Ann was the daughter of William Dotterill who made his will in that year. As Ann was left £300, I wonder if there are any records of the family in the area? Did Robert start his own business building houses perhaps?

    I'd love to know more.

    Many thanks.


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