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Beware of the new traffic cameras coming our way

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Can Bridgette help you to Stop?

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Lots of classes to choose from

What's stopping you?

check out classses here




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Ten reasons why you

should Live Local Shop Local





Anyone know why?




Warning to cat owners

It is believed that the M25 cat killer has struck in Winchmore Hill




more details here



 Vicars Moor Tennis Club granted 'Community Asset' status


more details here

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






more than a thousand people have signed


"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."





All over N21 large family homes are being aquired by developers, demolished and divided - good use of land or destruction of our architectural heritage?




Demolition and division in

Old Park Ridings






View planning applications in the N21 postcode in 2016 here





Old Grammarians awarded

RFU accreditation



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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

find out how to join here

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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Watch the Grange Park Horticultural Show Video


Free Seeds


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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?


Are you unemployed?







"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

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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



Angell Learning & Development

Atherton York

City Combat Savate Boxe

Decorating Danny


GK Electrical

Hormone Health Solutions

Jungle Falls Adventure Golf

Mortgage & Insurance Solutions

Monsoon Takeaway

Pat Fitness

R Voices Contemporary Choir

Slimming World With Lizzie


Steamcleaning by HK&O

Winchmore Hill School of Karate

Your White Room


Grange Park roadworks chaos






Local authorities have a duty "to secure the expeditious, convenient and safe movement of vehicular and other traffic (including pedestrians) and the provision of suitable and adequate parking facilities on and off the highway"

S.122, Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984



It is this safe for bus passengers?

Ridge Avenue cycle lane construction

- it is even worse than feared




Work was due to start on Fords Grove Car Park

on Monday 17th September




"My friend Ian told me he was coming home on a bus from Walthamstow to Wanstead and the new cycle lane works added at least 20 minutes to his journey. He said that it is obvious that the people using the buses, the elderly and mothers with children are the ones most inconvenienced by the scheme who have no other choice than to use public transport. When I first told him about what was going on in this area he thought I was just having a moan and now he has changed his opinion completely."

N21 Resident

"It's astounding that despite several other options and in the face of fierce local opposition, Enfield Council has persisted in pushing on with this farce. I can only suppose that the reason is because they can undertake work on the main roads under the guise of the cycle scheme and use the money granted from the London Mayor to effectively finance maintenance rather than find the money out of their own highways budget.


for your disgraceful undemocratic and unconstitutional behaviour.

N21 Resident


Cycle lanes lunacy! More and more are being built across Britain, causing gridlock and pollution. But the maddest thing of all? They're often EMPTY




"with congestion set to get worse, not better, the war of the cycle lanes has only just begun"

Read the Daily Mail article here 



Has this man ever run a business?


Hundreds of businesses call for

Cllr Daniel Anderson to resign

read the Enfield Independent article 



Shop Local say Enfield Council

on this poster outside Riverside Florist





Find out about the other Enfield

Mini Holland cycle lane schemes




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




Find out here 


Winchmore Hill Safer Neighbourhood Newsletter October 2016



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LTV would like to invite you to

their opening event on October 22nd

more details here



Inspiring Women Programme



are you a woman looking to start a new business?

2017 business start up and growth programmes begin shortly

more details here

Enterprise Enfield is seeking a Business Skills Development Manager

to support to start ups and small medium size businesses (SMEs) participating in the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) Inspiring Women Programme.

 more details here


 Marketing and Development Assistant

to provide support for a number of Enterprise Enfield programmes

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







Katy Schweiger of Domestico uses cheap 'ingredients' to add a shine in the kitchen


Ten top tips for easy cleaning

Vassos Vassiliou of the After School Learning Centre has useful advice for parents




Helping your child get better grades this school year

Secondary school selection & how to get the most out of school open evenings


More local experts






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N21 Gold Winners




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Evening Standard

" Palmers Green absolutely thrums with energy and character in the evenings when the wonderful Greek and Turkish restaurants attract diners from all over London"

read the article here 



So why is Enfield Council putting our 'evening economy at risk?



David Burrowes launches

Save Our Southgate


 should our constituency be split across

FIVE constituencies? 

more details here

The solution?






more details here



Half term & Halloween

Angell Educational Workshops

Kalo Sports Half Term Camps

Soccer Revolution 

Halloween Walk in Trent Park

Vicars Moor Tennis Club Half Term Camps

Winchmore Hill Football Club Half Term Camps







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Chickenshed presents




Last night 29th October

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Chase Farm Hospital Garden Project



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Public consultation on the draft

Local Heritage List


Open for public comment until 30th November

Explore our rich local architectural heritage









 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.



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



"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 Set

to become a reality




"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. 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".

Berkeley Homes have agreed to hand over the ground floor and basement of the listed mansion to the Trent Park Museum Trust - pending approval of their planning application which has been submitted to Enfield Council.






 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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Winchmore Hill Community Care




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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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North London Hospice 


Knit A Chick For North London Hospice

 Volunteers are needed to knit chicks for its Spring 2017 campaign




The Hospice will stuff them with yummy chocolate eggs and sell them to raise much-needed funds.

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Chickenshed Theatre Changing Lives


Zebras Club is a voluntary not for profit organisation that provides unique recreational services to disabled people and those who suffer mental health difficulties.


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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