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Sadiq Khan - Stop TfL from imposing an unworkable cycle lane scheme on Enfield




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"the needs of local residents affected by the cycle schemes must be paramount. It must be a workable scheme that takes into account the needs of disabled users among others."


"The first phase has not been a huge success. We need to learn lessons from the pilot boroughs (Waltham Forest, Enfield and Kingston).There are some teething problems but if you're inconvenienced, it's more than a teething problem."




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Discounts available on garden sundries
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View planning applications in the N21 postcode in 2016 here







Old Grammarians awarded

RFU accreditation



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Enfield Golf Club invites you to play twilight golf


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Winchmore Hill Hockey Club

invite you to Get Back into Hockey



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City Combat Savant Boxe


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New Karate Beginners Course




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Bush Hill Park Golf Club offers FREE Junior Membership


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Old Grammarians RFC

recruiting Under 14s


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EXTEND Exercise Classes for the Over 60s




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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 






Join 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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Join The Grange Park Horticultural Society

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The North London Organic Gardeners

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Woodcroft Wildspace

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Minimising health risks in the garden




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Get Sheducated



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Are you thinking of starting a business?


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"We have strongly voiced our opinion, the council needs to stop the Cycle Enfield scheme in its tracks or face the devastation of empty shops and the loss of local employment"

Martin Redwood, Pounds


Here more letters against the A105 cycle lanes written

by Green Lanes businesses and residents

Why are the long suffering people of Winchmore Hill not employing tactics of non co-operation?

Read here


A Radcliffe Road resident explains to Enfield Council why the Green Lanes cycle lane consultation is unsafe

Read here


An open letter to Cycle Enfield from Malcolm McGrath of Keymakers

Read here


The Dance Studio: why Enfield Council must reconsider the cycle lane proposals

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Pounds: An open letter to Chris Bond regarding Mini Holland Proposals

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The Only Place For Pictures – an open letter to Enfield Council

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New & Updated Business Pages



Barker Gooch & Swailes

City Combat Savate Boxe

Fiona Robertson Food Intolerance Testing

GK Electrical

Hormone Health Solutions

Jil Rickards Garden Design

Jungle Falls Adventure Golf

Monsoon Takeaway

The Only Place For Pictures

R Voices Contemporary Choir

Slimming World With Lizzie


Steamcleaning by HK&O

Winchmore Hill Autocentre

Winchmore Hill School of Karate

Your White Room



Save Our Green Lanes to appeal on Judicial Review decision

and calls for a public inquiry

more details here




How many cars would need to cross the cycle lanes?

an accident waiting to happen?




What happens when you put parking bays outside of cycle lanes?



Why putting parking outside of cycle lanes is dangerous


TfL is urged to stop building

'floating' bus stops


more details here

Disability group worried about the withdrawal of Blue Badge parking on the A105


more details here



This Sainsbury's delivery lorry was forced to park at the side of the road because of a logistical log jam

where would it go if the cycle lanes are built?




Winchmore Hill Safer Neighbourhood Newsletter August 2016







The Larder has a lovely new courtyard garden




 Tapas and cocktails at Buckle & Vaughan


click on the menu 

come and take a seat at our bar



La Nostra opens on Winchmore Hill Broadway




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Ambrosia opens on Station Road



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"I just celebrated my 10th birthday at Ambrosia and the food was astonishingly good. I had moules mariniere, followed by seafood linguine and amazingly they brought a slice of tiramisu with a candle and sang Happy Birthday. Wow! My mum and dad were impressed too!"





Tony Ghattas opens his new shop/office

at 61 Station Road

more details here





Jenny Bourke of Palmers Green Tales

interviews Annahita Hessami

about her beautiful stained glass work


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A case study in Conservation

in Vicars Moor Lane




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Rachel Oxley Winchmore Hill artist & illustrator





Do you live in Grange Park?




Click on the image to download the

Grange Park Conservation Area

Character Appraisal report 




Ten reasons why you should

live local and spend local

read them here





The great fat diet myth

Forget those strict regimes of self-denial that are truly impossible to keep up

says Kim Knight


 Read her advice here




The Local PC Shop demonstrate how to upgrade your laptop ram


Arranging a funeral - one step at a time


Zeleka Sutherland provides a useful check list to help you in this dfficult time.

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La Nostra

the best pizza I have had in ages. Friendly service, I like this new place

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The Worry Expert


Joanne that you so much for your time and great wisdom. Your none judgemental approach and ways of making me rethink how I think about myself and my world are working, I feel much more in control and able to confront my demons.

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Fiona Robertson Osteopath

Being treated by Fiona is a truly unique experience that can literally change your life for the better. She is such a nurturing, genuine, insightful and thorough practitioner, who really takes the time to understand your whole story. She is totally committed to improving your well being by planning and supporting you through a comprehensive and very personal programme, designed to meet your individual needs and is with you every step of the way to recovery. Every session with Fiona truly is treatment for the mind, body and soul. I cannot recommend her highly enough

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Harrisons Funeral Home

Thank you Liz and the team of Harrisons You gave myself and family a lot of support at a very difficult time. You made us understand that my father was being treated with dignity after his death. You helped make my father's funeral go in an amazingly smooth manner and I know that dad was smiling down on us that day.

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Decoplast recently did some work for me - re-plastering part of an interior wall that was cracked and then redecorating the room. They responded promptly to my initial enquiry and visited me to understand what needed doing. The quote arrived when they said it would - and was very reasonable. They started the work quickly and finished when they promised. The work was done to a very good standard and Michael and his team were very professional and left the room in a very clean state, I am planning to use them again.

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Grovelands Park Bat Walk 

Sunday 28th August 2016

7.45pm at Grovelands Park cafe


Celebrate International Bat Weekend

FREE evening tour of Grovelands Park

Setting out at dusk, you will be led by a bat expert,

bat detectors will enable you to hear the

ultrasonic echolocation calls they use to navigate

and find their insect prey in the dark!



Free wild flower seeds 



more details here



Firs Farm Wetlands Festival

- a day to remember



" We are always at our strongest when we are working together"

Cllr Bernadette Lappage, Mayor of Enfield


see for yourself here


"Every time I go I just amazed by the transformation. I was there with my friend's children yesterday and to see them enjoying paddling in the river, playing in the woods and messing around on the grass was great in this digital age. Want more people to know about the park and this will surely happen through the festival"

Caroline W







 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.








Good food 

Fun on the farm

For all the family















 WH resident Joseph Tzouvanni wins Enfield Business of The Year




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The Highlands Village Book Group invites new members


We have a couple of spaces and wondered if anyone was interested

We meet every month at each other's homes.

Contact Kate  on 07944 756757



 Charity Golf Day at Enfield Golf Club

- in the name of Sue










Opens August 5th

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Confidence Lab Dance & Fit Camp

Create Theatre Summer Workshop

Jigsaw Arts Summer Fun


Kalo Sports Camps At Hazelwood Sports Club


Soccer Revolution Summer Holiday Camps

The Story Room Creative Writing Workshops

Vicars Moor Lawn Tennis Club Summer Camps


Winchmore Hill Football Club Summer Camps 




The Story Room Reading List here



Are we about to lose our weekly green bin collection?


take part in the consultation here



"Neighbourhood plans give local communities important new rights around local planning"



"A neighbourhood plan is written by the local community. That means that the people who know and love the area decide on the type of development they want in the places they want it"





Trent Park Secret War Museum




"The beautiful Grade II listed mansion and heritage grounds at the heart of Trent Country Park (North London), used in WW2 by British Intelligence spies for its secret war against Nazi Germany, was recently purchased by the Berkeley Group and looks set to become a housing development within the Green Belt. Its future as a public asset is uncertain.

Support our campaign to ensure a museum is established within the mansion house to ensure future generations can learn about the critical role this place played in our nation's history".

Watch the More4 documentary which explains

Trent Park's role in wartime intelligence gathering





 Enfield Road Watch Update


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Do you have any unwanted

musical instruments?




ForeSound Music

can find good homes for them

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The Alzheimer Society runs

a Dementia Cafe

at St Peter's Church Hall

on Fridays

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Join the Park Run in Grovelands Park 


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What makes the North London Hospice so special? 



Chickenshed Theatre Changing Lives




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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