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Christmas 2017 /January 2018 Vol 2 Issue 1

SEASON’s GREETINGS See Page Three for the Full Seasonal Message from our Neighbourhood Forum.

FROM OUR LOCAL ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES “Your councillors have enjoyed meeting and working with you this year, and especially hearing your views on the many local issues we’re all dealing with. It’s certainly been a busy year and we’d like to wish everyone a peaceful time over the Christmas holiday and send our best wishes for a happy 2018." From Tom Davey Val Duschinsky John Hart Sury Khatri Hugh Rayner Conservative Councillors for Hale and Mill Hill wards.

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EDITOR : Ray Richards COPY EDITOR : John Gillett ARTS EDITOR : Mark R Richards GAMING/INTERNET/YOUTH : Samantha Elliott MARVELLOUS MILL HILL : Caroline Oliver SPORTS EDITOR : Hugo Webster WRITERS : Richard Logue Hugo Webster Caroline Oliver Mark Richards Farhat Dar John Gillett Vibe Markets IMAGES : Caroline Oliver Broadway News Mill Hill Guide John Gillett Vibe Markets

Thank you once again for all your contributions this month making another bumper and interesting edition. We welcome new writers again this month and we look forward to receiving your aticles. See below for details. Christmas has been a fantastic season here in Mill Hill and Chanukka. The Christmas Market was a huge success with a record crowd attending the stage and lights switch on. So crowded that both sides of the road were busy and the square jammed solid. Community groups like Saracens - Mill Hill Rugby Club - the Local Churches - The Pro Arte Choir and the Musical Theatre Company have all contriubuted to the growing sense of community in the area.

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We continue to be positive about Mill Hill. This paper wants to highlight the good about our fantastic area. It is not perfect but moaning changes nothing. If something is wrong then lets get positive and fix it together as a community. 2018 will be a special year because the NW7Hub is beginning many amazing activities and the Square will get its furniture and events. Community is growing in Mill Hill - let’s all work together to make Mill Hill a great place to live and work for everyone.


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2018 will be busy in Mill Hill as we deliver the Neighbourhood Development Plan, progress other schemes such as Step-Free-Access at Mill Hill Broadway Station along with redevelopment plans for the Bunns Lane Car Park and the Undercroft. Regrettably these won’t be completed in 2018 but hopefully funding and committed plans will be on the table. We will complete the works at Salcombe Gardens and deliver the planters and seating to the new Town Square. Your local charity, NW7hub will deliver its plans for the new Community Centre in Daws Lane during 2018 and you will be able to see from April how this landmark building will look based on drawings and a model to be exhibited in the NW7hub (library building). They will be active in seeking funding for the build of the new facility. There will be 6 street markets during the year from end March, together with many other programme activities held mainly at weekends in the Town Square. Do make sure you are on our mailing list to receive information on such events. Doubtless there will be further changes in tenancy of some of our town centre stores and restaurants. We hope that all business owners will come together in the New Year in a joined-up effort to improve still further this area as a “Destination� that many more people will find to serve their daily needs. We really want you input to help us determine the strategic future of the NW7. We are not here to handle the day to day issues you may have; these can be reported easily to the Council on-line and if a response is not appropriate then your Councillors are here to help and they hold regular surgeries where you can approach them. Please do however take time to write to on matters that could be significant to the future evolution of NW7. We will listen! We will have to address new planning applications for Hasmonean School(s) and of course Pentavia Park and doubtless many more. Be ready to play your part in either supporting or voting against the new concepts once they are submitted. Finally, we are always looking for volunteers to help us deliver more for Mill Hill, so do not be shy, get in touch; your talents could be just what we need. Please make contact initially at the email address above. Likewise, if you have ideas for activities that could be run at the Town Square or in the NW7hub do please get in touch. The Mill Hill Neighbourhood Forum committee and the NW7hub trustees wish you

NEWS ONWERSHIP OF ADAM & EVE CHANGES Regional pub operator and craft brewer, Laine Pub Company has acquired the four-strong, leasehold pub estate of the Distinct Group. Savills licensed leisure team acted on behalf of Laine in the acquisition. With the reopening of Laine’s Aeronaut pub in Acton this weekend, the acquisition of the Distinct Group pubs takes the Company’s total estate to 60 pubs operating in the London and Brighton areas. The Distinct Group estate comprises the Prince Albert in Camden, the Edward Lear in Holloway, the Three Compasses in Hornsey and the Adam & Eve in Mill Hill. Gavin George, Laine CEO, commented, “The Distinct Group team has created an estate of high quality pubs which they have traded to an equally high standard. We are very excited to be welcoming the pubs’ staff into Laine’s family and looking forward to applying our resources and experience to support them in meeting their trading aspirations.” The acquisition was managed by Laine’s chairman Gary Pettet. He added, “We are delighted to have secured these excellent pubs for our estate and are pleased that they strengthen our presence north of the river, in fantastic locations. I would like to thank Gareth and the Distinct Group for the professional manner in which they handled the sale and I wish them well with their continued focus on hotel accommodation.” Gareth Leakey, group manager for Distinct, said, “Gary, Gavin and Laine’s team have been very easy to deal with from the outset, and I have no doubt that this is the start of an exciting journey for the Distinct pubs and the great staff that work within them”.

NEWS IN SHORT OPEN EDITORIAL The second open editorial meeting at the NW7hub took place on Monday 20 November. The next one takes place on MONDAY 29 JANUARY at the NW7hub and is at 7p.m It only lasts one hour and is a great way to get involved in our local community. Please come and join us.

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Shopping will be more enjoyable this holiday season with Barnet Council providing shoppers and visitors with free parking throughout the borough this December. Following positive results over the past two years, the council has again agreed to make free parking available every weekend in December. Everyone using Barnet’s high streets will be able to park for free on pay-to-park bays and council owned car-parks during the month. The free parking period starts on Small Business Saturday, 2 December, which is considered the biggest day of the year for small businesses in the country. The day of the Town Square opening and Christmas Market on Broadway. Councillor Dean Cohen, Chairman of Barnet Council’s Environment Committee, said: “This is a great way to give back to our community during the holiday season and encourages both residents and visitors to our region to come and explore the unique and diverse high streets we have in Barnet. It is an initiative we have successfully run in past years and I’m pleased it will once again be applied throughout the borough.” The dates left for free parking are: 23/24 December 30/31 December Please note that free parking only applies to council operated ‘paid-for’ parking areas. It does not apply to permit bays or private car parks. Valid permits will still be required at these locations.

MILL AND BREW HOSTS SARACENS STAR AT EVENT England rugby star Billy Vunipola was a VIP guest at Mill and Brew’s Pop Up Thanksgiving party on Thursday.(23rd Nov) The Saracens number 8 is pictured with the new restaurant’s joint owners Paul Tanner and Antonio Motisi at The Broadway, in Mill Hill. The 25-year-old player, who is currently recovering from a cartilage injury , joined 44 diners for a three course American packed themed night. The restaurant was decked out with American flags and pumpkins and diners tucked into American- style burgers and hotdogs, slow roasted turkey and honey-glazed chicken wings, followed by traditional apple pie and blackberry pancakes. Antonio said tongue in cheek: "Fortunately our first pop up event was an American menu and the portions were on the large size so Billy was not disappointed! " The restaurant gave out scented candles to guests as a leaving gift and they are now planning a Caribbean themed evening for the next pop up event. James Kenneth


“In an Extraordinary Council Meeting held earlier this week, council members voted in favour of bestowing Saracens Rugby Football Club with the Honorary Freedom of the London Borough of Barnet. The award was presented to reigning champions of the European Rugby Champions Cup, in recognition of the club’s sporting success, and for the way in which the club has been able to bring Copthall Stadium (Allianz Park) back into full use by the club and the community. Leader of Barnet Council, Councillor Richard Cornelius, said: “Since moving here, Saracens have not only brought use back to Copthall Stadium, but they have made themselves part of our community. “In addition to bringing international fans and coverage to our borough, Saracens continually support community events and the Mayor's charities, showing a real willingness to help and improve the area they are based in. “The generous way in which they have contributed is an example for all organisations, and the London Borough of Barnet celebrates their part in the continuing success of our borough.” Saracens Rugby Football Club Chairman, Nigel Wray, said: “To be awarded Freedom of the Borough, makes us as a club, incredibly proud. We cherish the fact that we are seen as a key member of the Barnet and North London community. We like to think that Saracens is more than just a rugby club – by committing our energy and resources, to help engage and work with the local community. To us, Allianz Park is not just a rugby stadium – we see it as a thriving community hub, that provides a multitude of purposes for thousands of people in the surrounding area every day. “As we approach our 5th anniversary at Allianz Park and reflect on what has been achieved to date, we are excited about what can be accomplished in the future to benefit our community. Saracens would like to thank Barnet Council for bestowing this honour.” In conferring the Honorary Freedom on Saracens Rugby Football Club, the council formally recorded the high esteem the club is held by the council and the community and recognises its invaluable contribution to the life of the borough.”

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The most talked about issue in Mill Hill for many years is the new proposal to build a huge development on the vacant Pentavia Park Retail site next to the Park including an 18 story tower block. Feelings are very strong against this plan in the community and each month we will get leading community leaders and political figures to share their opinions. MH Today is against the current plan.


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While in the last few years our Town Centre has seen many changes how does it compare today in times considered to be turbulent, for High streets in Barnet and nationally. One comparison is the number of empty shops, where we fair well in a survey commissioned by Barnet Council in May 2017. The chart below is an edited list for comparison where Mill Hill as a “District” centre has a very low number of empty shops – see column in yellow. We know that another couple of banks have left us since this report was compiled. . District centre







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Many do comment that it has improved in the last couple of years but there is more to do to make it best suited to cope with the predicted 40% growth in population (between 2011 & 2028) and to make it a more desirable destination for shopping and leisure activities which will also attract visitors from surrounding areas. Adding additional footfall, embracing new technology and continuing to offer products and services with compelling reasons to buy, will ensure growth into the future. High Streets operators can complain about the impact, of the recession, of on-line shopping, higher rents & rates, lack of parking etc. On the plus side consumer behaviour is changing and people are shopping in local stores for food more frequently, perhaps to save on wastage or to “top-up” a shop done on-line or at an out of town retail store. Home delivery, which has become more popular recently will increase as people value their leisure time more and reduce their dependency on private cars in favour of walking, cycling or using pubic transport as we are told we have to do! Consumers are becoming more discerning too and in many cases, where a purchase is not for a recognisable, generally available, product code, they want to see and touch before they buy. The move to organic products and to vegetarian or vegan tastes, again fuels this move back towards local stores. People expect friendly added value service not just lowest price. A shop that can genuinely and professionally advise and guide consumer selection (without being overtly pushy) will do well and will develop loyal customers who return to buy more. If you genuinely “add-value” with a smile, then the customer experience will be popular. If not, there are plenty of other places to shop. And the same is true for restaurants; even more so when social media can be used to review the experience and people are more likely to be negative than give a positive comment.

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ow The trend then, back to shopping locally, and an increase in people’s desire to eat out, are both good for High Streets that have a balanced quality offering. Spending on food and drink typically accounts for more than 50% of total leisure spending, compared to around 15% on ‘cultural services’ (e.g. going to the cinema, theatre, art galleries or live music) and under 10% on hotels, ‘games of chance’ and recreation/ sporting services. There is scope for town centres to capitalise on this trend, redefining their function as leisure ‘destinations’ in their own right. The development of a strong commercial leisure offer can help to increase footfall, particularly outside of retail hours, and visitors undertaking ‘linked trips’ between retail, leisure and other uses also spend increased dwell-time in centres. Markets are a key generator of footfall as well as a known attractor to centres. Tesco announced in 2015, they would abandon the development of 49 ‘very large’ food-stores and close 43 unprofitable stores. Both Sainsbury’s and Morrison’s have also withdrawn from a number of large development schemes. Many large retailers have failed in recent months and now we see that Toys-R-Us are closing some of their out of town “sheds”. In America some Shopping Malls are being partially converted into offices as shopping habits change in favour of local added-value retailers. We see Amazon, Google, Microsoft and Apple opening shops to display their wares rather than relying totally on on-line sales or dealer networks. Multi-channel retailing (when a company provides numerous ways for customers to purchase goods and services. This includes sales through traditional brick-and-mortar stores, internet derived sales (including click and collect purchases), shopping channels and sales through mail order/ catalogues.) needs to be the norm for most retailers. It is not good enough to just have a website that is simply an on-line brochure; it needs to be transactional as well. As a retailer you need to really understand the “whole product” needs of your target market or markets, and the channels you can best deploy to address these needs. Londoners value high streets beyond their core utility. Opportunities for social contact and the compendium of social assets offered on high street are recognised and valued by users. People value opportunities for face-to-face contact and the option to participate in public life. The high street, as perceived by its users, is inherently social. In summary, Mill Hill Broadway is not bad (many are worse) but could do better with all of the operators and freeholders helping to drive for the future as one. Yes, some compete at the micro level but at the macro or strategic level we all need to be involved in improving the offering and the overall appeal of our town centre. All businesses will be invited to a meeting at the NW7hub (Library building) in the New Year to discuss this short report and to debate the best ways of meeting the changing demands. I hope you will all want to attend and actively participate in driving for the most successful future of our Town Centre. Author: John H Gillett, Chairman- Mill Hill Neighbourhood Forum

PREVIEW | Next Year’s Markets Plans are being made for next year’s markets. If you wish to have a stall or have a trader you know would be of interest to local people please get in touch using the contacts below. In addition if you have any comments about the Markets - what you like or think could be improved the let the hard working Vibe Markets team know. They rely on our feedback to create the events. In addition sponsorship of the Posters - Flyers - and the Market Square Stage is available at each and every market in 2018. We rely on local businesses to pay for the entertainment and the more sponsorship - the better the offering ! So please get in touch and help us to make 2018 a great year. Thank you to all businesses who sponsored events in 2017. Information about the markets can be found online from the following: Facebook: Facebook: Twitter: @Vibemarket and @millhill_nf

FEATURE | Why I volunteer in Mill Hill by Caroline Oliver For a few months now, I have been volunteering with a local Mill Hill charity that specialises in providing neighbourly support to elderly and disabled people living in our local area. Back in early September, after having passed the DBS and referee stages, I was paired with an elderly lady called *Joanne who lives very close to Mill Hill Park. Being housebound, she wanted someone in the local area that could keep her company and make the odd supermarket run every now and then to help her keep her cupboards stocked. I felt that I fitted those requirements and so we ended up meeting for the first time with the scheme’s Deputy Co-ordinator who introduced us to each other. Joanne and I got on like a house on fire and I couldn’t help but be attracted to her fiery, self-assured personality. She is so much fun and has taught me a lot about myself and life as a whole. Joanne doesn't have any family in the area and neither do I, so I suppose it was a match made in heaven! Three months on and I still regularly visit Joanne and keep her company by discussing everything from politics to Strictly Come Dancing and arts and crafts to must-watch films. Without Mill Hill and it’s strong volunteering ethos, Joanne would not have made her way into my life and I, into hers. * name changed for privacy/data protection In 2018 perhaps if you have some free time then you could volunteer in our community. It would be a great way of giving to the elderly or disabled or young. For details about community groups please see the MILL HILL GUIDE or contact the Mill Hill Neighbourhood Forum via the contacts on page 2 who would be delighted to point you in the right direction.

HIRE & NEWS | From NW7Hub NW7hub is the local charity (1171742) that was formed this year by local residents to run the Mill Hill Library in Partnership with Barnet Council, such that it has remained open for the benefit of us all. Further they now have a café, business co-working space and an Art Gallery established, together with meeting rooms taking from 4-80 people with impressive facilities. See the picture below of the main room set up for a party recently. How cool to have yours there!

There will be a huge number of activities run in the NW7hub next near including new Saturday morning art classes for 4-11 year old children (see WWW.DESIGNFUSIONLONDON.CO.UK for more information), regular Sing, Dance & Act classes, (see for 16month – 5 year olds & www.thebigtimeacademycom for those over 6 years and adults.) There will be shows and all sorts of events such as the Battle of the Big Bands & a monthly Craft Fair. The NW7hub team also have the vision for developing the old Civil Defence site at 80 Daws Lane as a grand facility for the Community in the Park. It can now be announced that on Thursday last the team received a grant of £39000 from Central Government, namely the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), to help fund the development of plans for the new building and architects have been commissioned to prepare concepts for a stunning building that will be extremely sustainable. We look forward to seeing the resulting plans, and will be following with interest the teams’ fund raising activities, which will be needed to supplement the £1million pounds the Council have agreed to contribute towards the cost of building this new facility, to be enjoyed by all. It is great to see members of our Community using their efforts to help improve Mill Hill in such significant ways. Also available are BOOKS covering Art, history, reference, cookery, humour and much more available in the NW7Hub cafe every day with most under £10

OPEN WEEKDAYS 8.45a.m to 5.30p.m With Great Cake and Coffee plus soft drinks and snacks !

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FEATURE | Working on Broadway Have you ever wondered when you buy your coffee in one of the great coffee cafes on the Broadway what it is like to work in one ? We are pleased and grateful to Niamh for writing for us to tell us about her day ! If you work in Mill Hill please let us know about your day !

Unfiltered news: A morning behind the coffee counter in Mill Hill Broadway On a good day I get out of bed at 5.15 a.m for a 6.00 a.m. start. I say 6 a.m. start, but leaving my house at 5.55 and sprinting to work is quite a start in itself. An hour before the café officially opens, I take deliveries inside and put furniture outside, amongst a host of other tasks, one of which is admittedly making myself coffee; ‘self-love is important,’ I assure myself. At 6.30 I begin miming to the builders on their way to work that, ‘no, we are not open until 7.00,’ but give up the battle at 6.45 when a few regulars bustle inside. The first drink of the day is always a double espresso. On arrival, the next few early birds request their ‘usual’ order, although the double espresso is the only one I can ever seem to remember. I stand awkwardly, with an expression which suggests that the till may not be working until I receive a reminder. The reminder is given hastily as customers keep an eye open for the ever vigilant parking control officers on the Broadway. It’s common knowledge that they should all receive ‘employee of the year’ awards for their rigorous determination. Otherwise I use the excuse ‘still asleep’ or ‘didn’t sleep’. I hope I don’t graze their egos too much! Both excuses are usually true anyway, but I probably shouldn’t expand on that. Once the regulars have settled down, the school children stroll into my peripheral vision. They settle outside, toying with the sugar, the chairs and unfortunately, they don’t discriminate against cigarette ash either. I’m supposed to shoo them away but I am inside and they are outside. I do not wish to cross the border today. At 10 a.m the young mothers stroll inside. Minutes later, the first Babycino (hot milk) hits the deck and I know it won’t be the only one. The young mother apologises profusely but it’s okay. I guess we can all say ‘been there, done that’. And of course, we’ll make another one; the quicker it’s made, the quicker the tears will stop. Soon more staff will arrive to help out with the lunchtime rush but until then I’ll continue to run food and drinks, overhear snippets of conversations and hope that a morning coffee can make someone’s day. Niamh

YOUR VIEWS | Let Us Know ! ROYAL MAIL CHANGES YOU NEED TO KNOW ! While touring Mill Hill can be very pleasant, when you need to post a letter urgently, it can be trying too. I visited the Post Box in Wise Lane only to find out that the only collection was now at 9.00am. A notice advised me to go to the Post Box in Milespit Hill where a collection would be made after 4.00pm. When I arrived at the box in Milespit Hill, a notice there said the only collection was at 9.00am and that I should go to the post box on the Ridgeway. When I arrived there, yes you guessed it, I was told that the only collection was at 9.00am and I should go to a post box on the Watford Way for a later collection. Having had more that a sufficient run around, courtesy of Royal Mail, I called at the sorting office in Daws Lane. I was told that collections are now made by postmen when they deliver mail and not at any later time in the day, unless you take them to the sorting office in Daws Lane, yourself. I am not sure whether this is a new phenomenon. Certainly, the notices need to be updated urgently so that others are not set off on their own wild goose chase. (ACTION NOW ROYAL MAIL) This change of collection times effectively means that the First-Class postal service takes at least two days now, instead of the one day we have been used to. Its clearly not a change for the better for those who write their letters during the daytime and now cannot get them collected without travelling to the sorting office, until the following morning. Perhaps this is another reason for extra congestion on our roads. Of course, the Mayor of London expects us all to have time in our busy schedules to walk or cycle everywhere!

Broadway Baubles!

Many thanks go to the young people from Copthall, St. Paul’s, Millbrook primary, St Martin’s and Goodwyn schools for their great efforts in decorating the baubles for the Christmas tree in the new Town Square. If you have not seen the detail in these baubles you really should take a close look at the tree. A picture of them, before they adorned the tree, is shown below:

REVIEW | Town Square Opening

On Saturday 2 December the Town Square was officially opened. At the end of Brockenhurst where it joins the Broadway and next to Boots the square is a very useful space for community and shoppers. New Street Furniture will be in place for the Spring but at the Market the Deputy Mayor was present with the official party to do the honours. John Gillett from the Neighbourhood Forum and NW7Hub was on hand to provide the scissors and has been the driving force behind this new warmly received development in Mill Hill. In 2018 the Square will be used for Markets - Concerts - Celebrations and for those who just wish to sit and have their lunch in the sunshine. Thanks goes to Tesco for helping to fund the project with their Bags for Change initiative and to Barnet Council for also helping out and making it happen.

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COMMUNITY In community news this month we are pleased to share the latest developments at our local community centre THE NWhub. See the ads on this page and opposite to see daily activities - many of them free of charge or with a very small cover charge. You can use the cafe to work in for FREE if you buy a coffee etc. and this is a quiet place with excellent tables - and if you want you can hire a business hub workspace for the day or longer in rooms set apart from the public and with proper desks and chairs and other facilities. Go and have a look - it may surprise you that such a facility is available in Mill Hill. New pricing for the business hub is now happening check the hub space website here : THE MILL HILL GUIDE IS AVAILABLE IN THE CAFE IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A COPY

BUSINESS HUB FREE to work in the CAFE weekdays FREE Wifi available ( We ask that you buy some coffee etc) DESKS AVAILABLE Various Costs dependent on use MEETINGS ROOMS Available for hire for your business meetings LECTURES/CONCERTS/SUB 100 THEATRE/ MUSIC PRODUCTIONS The whole Hub is available to hire with various spaces to promote events up to 100 seated for your music or drama or comedy events


REVIEW | Lights Switch On

A huge crowd packed the new Town Square and both sides of the Broadway to see stars from Saracens including the Mascot Sarrie turn the lights on both on the Tree and on the road. The bands on the stage and the Marching Band all provided excellent entertainment and the huge crowds went home very happy. Next year will be even bigger and better. Sponsors are already being sought in order to add to the lighting and decorations. Please contact the Neighbourhood Forum now to support !




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Social Media Editor Caroline Oliver

As you may have seen MHNF’s Social Media Editor Caroline Oliver is currently running a hugely successful weekly social media project featuring local people. Make sure you visit Twitter Instagram or the Facebook page every Wednesday evening to be first to see whether you know anyone ! Here are the four most recent featured stars #marvellousmillhill. “We’ve been here nearly three years and first it was just me and my brother working here, operating out of a little shed. Now there are nine of us. We did a pop up cinema here which was fabulous and that’s something we’re looking to do again in the future.” #marvellousMillHill NAOMI | Finchley Nurseries Cafe

“We lived in St John’s Wood for 9 years and after my little boy was born we started talking about schools. Mill Hill was the only place for us. My husband is an Old Mill Hillian and we wanted our boy to have those values.” #marvellousMillHill Mihaela | Mihaela Christou Bespoke Jewellery

“There’s a really nice sense of community in Mill Hill as it’s safe, it feels warm and people talk to each other which is lovely.”

“A lot of what I do is word of mouth. A lot of the kids that have started have got sisters that will be following on. I think the classes get the confidence up in kids. After a couple of weeks some of the most shy students start to join in.” Erna | Jumpup Dance School

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EVERY WEDNESDAY SOCIAL MEDIA Check Mill Hill Neighbourhood Forum Social Media Acounts #marvellousmillhill

WEB REVIEW | Internet | Computer Game Our Youth Editor is college student : Games Designer and Musician : Sam Elliott : If you have a story you want her to cover about the Net - or an activity then please contact her using this address


Mill Hill’s Up Coming Rock Band and Barnet’s New Band of the Year ( Barnet Awards ) Before the gig I caught up with the band backstage and asked them a few questions about who they are and what they are up to. It was a cold winter’s night and a good crowd had gathered in the Town Square to watch the band. If you want to see the band’s performance, then the full show is on Periscope.

The band What’s The Name of your band ? Drop Pink What are your names and how old are you ? Jack Medlin I’m 16 Callum Graham I’m also 16 Shanuk Dilhara I’m 17 Corey Herbaut I’m 16 and Jack informed me he was 17 tomorrow ! How long have you been together ? Its been just over a year, about a year and a half What bands are you inspired by ? Loads of bands. We are all into different stuff. From Queens of the Stone Age, David Bowie and Arctic Monkeys. Depends which of us you ask !

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What are your individual talents ? I sing and play ryhthm guitar( Shanuk ) Im the drumner and some backing vocals ( Jack ) I play bass ( Callum ) I play lead guitarand backing vocals (Corey ) How would you describe the music genre of the band ? Indie Alternative Rock Anything you want to tell the people of Mill Hill about the band ? At the moment we have about 5 of our own original songs. We are recording some demos and one is up on Sound Cloud and it would be great if people checked it out. The song is called Hypnotised. Our Instagram and Facebook is also just Drop Pink We really enjoy playing gigs in Mill Hill and we are looking forward to this one. Would you enter a Mill Hill Battle of the Bands ? Yes. Sounds good. ( more details to follow in MH Today) The Gig We then said our thank yous because the band were called to perform on stage. An excellent set followed which was played to an enthusiastic crowd. A great success. The Following week Drop Pink won an award at the Barnet Eye Awards for Best New Band. Look out for them in 2018. Happy Christmas and more games reviews and You Tube crazyness in the THE CRAZY WORLD OF YOU TUBE next issue. My Favourite Crazy Videos CHECK OUT DROP PINK AT THESE LINKS and FOLLOW TO KEEP IN TOUCH WITH THEM SOUNDCLOUD SONG FACEBOOK CLICK FOR VIDEO







You are warmly invited to the Mill Hill Churches Christmas and Advent Services

All of our fabulous local churches have special Carol Services which they warmly invite everyone to attend. They will all be delighted to see you there. Please see the Mill Hill Guide for details of all other Churches during December and for details of other faiths celebrations during this period.

CHRISTMAS Market Photos CHRISTMAS MARKET & WINTER FESTIVAL A wonderful time was had by all who attended the two days of the Christmas Market. Record crowds came to the Lights switch on. Thank you to all who sang or played and to those who provided decorations and all the great stallholders. Next year We want it to be even bigger ! Get in touch ASAP Sponsors needed for Lights Stage Tree Posters and much more Put Your Business out there and support our area !


CHECK BEFORE TRAVELLING OVER CHRISTMAS ( See Chart for possible disruption ) Places to go include London’s Theatres, a wonderful Market outside the Royal Festival Hall and the Ice Skating at Somerset House where we took this photograpgh.

✁ Your Christmas Recycling and Waste Collection Schedule Usual collection day

Monday 25 December

No garden waste collections on Saturday 23 December these dates Revised collection days

Tuesday 26 December

Wednesday 27 December

Wednesday 27 December

Thursday 28 December

Thursday 28 December

Friday 29 December

Friday 29 December

Saturday 30 December

Monday 1 January 2018

Tuesday 2 January 2018

Tuesday 2 January

Wednesday 3 January

Wednesday 3 January

Thursday 4 January

Thursday 4 January

Friday 5 January

Friday 5 January

Saturday 6 January

Normal scheduled collections of recycling, food waste and refuse will resume from Monday 8 January 2018. Garden waste collections will pause from Sunday 17 December for six weeks over the Christmas and New Year period. Normal service will resume from Sunday 28 January 2018 onwards. Please check the website to confirm your next collection date.

You can leave real Christmas trees beside your green bin on your next scheduled collection day in 2018. If possible, please break large trees in half. They can also be taken to the Reuse and Recycling Centre, Summers Lane, North Finchley, N12 0RF.

Cut out and place on your fridge!

Recycle Right – check what you can and can’t recycle Your Bin

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Recycling Bin

n cardboard n cartons n food tins and drink cans n mixed glass bottles and jars n mixed paper, including loose shredded paper n plastic bottles n plastic tubs, pots and trays

n nappies n food waste n textiles n wood n electrical items n polystyrene n clinical waste n batteries n plastic bags and other plastic items

Food Waste Bin

n bread, pasta, and rice n dairy products n fish n fruit and vegetables n meat and bones n tea and coffee grounds n mouldy or out-of-date food

n plastic bags n nappies n animal faeces/pet waste n cooking oil n wood n newspaper n tissue paper n large meat carcasses

n grass cuttings n hedge trimmings and tree prunings n branches up to 20cm (8”) in diameter and under 60cm (24”) in length n flowers n leaves n weeds

n food waste n nappies n black bags or plastic bags n animal faeces/pet waste n soil n large branches n cooking oil n large meat carcasses n paper and cardboard

Garden Waste Bin

If in doubt, please find out. Visit our website.

Please keep a watch on our TWITTER and BROADWAY NEWS accounts over the Christmas season for extra news and stop press information. We look forward to providing the area with information and news in 2018 and we do ask that you support all our local businesses and in particular those which have advertisied in the Mil Hill Guide and MH Today - plus sponsored the events on the Broadway. Without the support of these fantastic businesses the area would not be building such a fantastic community. Read through this paper again and please visit them and if possible thank them for what they are doing. Remember more detailed information is in the Mill Hill Guide which is online at ISSUU or Copies can be collected for FREE from the NW7Hub. MH TODAY

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Thank you for all your contributions to the ARTS SECTION We will return at the end of January with loads of new show reviews and our regular features including Rock Album of the Month. If you have an event you want listing here please send it to us. It is totally FREE to be listed.

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THE NUTCRACKER ROYAL BALLET Royal Opera House Sold out (Returns only) every performance and if you see this show you will understand why. It has beautiful music and is staged in wonderful sets with costumes and a retelling of the story which makes you feel good. The dancing was fabulous with Francesca Haywood taking the lead role - and with Stephen McCrae and Sarah Lamb dancing the Grande Pas de Deux. If you have not got a ticket this year then make sure the next time it is performed you book on the day the tickets come out. Any aspiring ballerina or ballet boy will love to see this. It is probably the best Christmas treat that is possible for all ages. Recommended.

SLAVA’s SNOW SHOW December until Jan 4 Royal Festival Hall An immersive experience which is firmly aimed at kids but creates a spectacle like no other. The Snowshow starts with Clowns on an empty stage.....and develos into a series of adventures many of which were in snow ! The kids in the audience were shouting and laighing with excitement all the way if you have some little ones who need entertaining and like the idea of circus style clown entertainment with lashings of snow and effects then this is the show for you. I cant say anymore because the wonder of the show is how suprising it all is ! For adults it is a non demanding spectacle. Think Cirque de Soleil mixed with the Russian State Circus and the Telebtubbies ! Crazy !

REVIEWS & LISTINGS NEEDED If you go to a MusicalClassical Concert or Opera or Ballet or ANY local arts production then please do a review and send it with some photos and we will put it into the Newspaper !

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CAV and PAG ROYAL OPERA DECEMBER Royal Opera House The Royal Opera have brought back their new critically acclaimed production of Cavalliea Rusticana and Pagliacci. Set in an Italian village both operas use the same village in this production. It works really well and is very atnospheric. The singing was absolutely superb with the moving Easter Hymn in Cav a big highklight. The chorus were on great form and for anyone who loves Italian opera this was a real treat. TEMPLE WINTER FESTIVAL THE TALLIS SCHOLARS DECEMBER For the last 5 years Temple Church off Fleet Street within a few minutes of Thameslink Blackfriars and City has hosted a choral music festival in the stunning church. This year the main attraction was Peter Phillips award winning choral ensemble. Singing music by Monteverdi - Palestrina and Issaac the concert was brilliant with world class singing and a very special atmosphere. When you consider many seats were just ÂŁ15 in an intimate setting you can see why it was totally sold out and a great time was had by all. Other groups who have appeared this year include Voces 8, The BBC Singers, and Temple Church Choir. Visit for details of 2018 concerts. Many concerts take place all year round. The Winter Festival takes place in December.

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Barnet, Working for Small Businesses - Business Breakfast by The London Borough of Barnet, Re Ltd

REGISTER for this FREE event AT LINK BELOW: DESCRIPTION Small business breakfast: Wednesday 17th January 2018 8am – 11am Hospitality House, 11-59 High Road, East Finchley, London, N2 8AB Barnet Council, together with partners Re Ltd and CSG, want to support local businesses to grow the local economy and make Barnet a great place to live, work and invest. Together with our partners, we are keen to work more closely with our business community to understand the challenges that you face as a small business in the borough and look at how we can develop solutions together. With this in mind, we would like to invite you to join us at 2018's first small business breakfast event where you can find out about Barnet's commitments to supporting small businesses, the Council’s procurement processes and our commitment to increasing access to council contracts.

Location: Hospitality House, High Road, London, N2 8AB (next to East Finchley Tube Station.

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FRIDAY 13 & SATURDAY 14 APRIL 2018 at 7.30pm

Hartley Hall, Flower Lane, Mill Hill, NW7 2JA YOU MUST BE A PATRON TO SEE THE SHOW To become a patron, please contact Sharon Brandelli on 020 8449 4943 or

GET INVOLVED local arts Mill Hill has some fantastic arts organisations and drama/dance schools catering for all ages. We also have the best Music Studios complex in London. There is therefore no excuse but to get involved. Along with our Sports we want to encourage all Mill Hill residents not just to read on Social Media and on MH Today but actively support or take part in Arts and Sports activities in the area. It is good for the community and it is good for our wellbeing. Each month we will highlight Dance and Drama schools - tell you how you can join the fab Mill Hill Music Theatre Company and take part - or just become a Patron to support others and get great invites to events or become a Friend of the Pro Arte Choir or better still if you can sing join them ! We are encouraging advertising from all arts groups - and the NW7Hub will be doubling as an Arts Centre from 2018 with many shows and activities for the area - watch this space. In addition we will continue to bring you the booking information about the most exciting arts events via Thameslink and review them all as well. Let us know your news if you are running a Dance or Drama or Arts organisation in the area. We’d love to hear from you.

WHAT’S ON local THE BOYFRIEND in APRIL Patrons Performance by MHMTC Mill Hill Music Theatre Company [MHMTC] will be performing a special show THE BOYFRIEND in early 2018 ( See advert on previous page ).

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DEC - JAN DATE : First Thursday of month 7.30p.m The Chandos NW9 COMEDY CLUB FREE Laughter and great food. Dont miss !

DATE 3rd Weds of month 7.45p.m Adam & Eve NW7 COMEDY CLUB £6 Top comedy and extensive food offering. Upstairs at the Adam & Eve presents award-winning comedians delivering a mixture of new material as well as tried and tested bits. 3rd Wednesday of the month Doors Open at 7:45pm Show - 8:00pm to 10:00pm Ticket Price: £ 6.00 (advance) / £7.50 (at the door) www.adamandevemillhill.

WHAT’S ON West End, South Bank & Herts DEC-JAN 2018 7.30p.m London Coliseum VARIOUS £12 - £105 now booking for La Traviata, The Barber of Seville and more. Check site 14 DEC - 16 JAN 7.30p.m ROYAL OPERA HOUSE Covent Garden From £12 - £185 RIGOLETTO Established production with star USA tenor Michael Fabiano. Booking now but going fast. 19 JAN - 9 MARCH 7.30p.m ROYAL OPERA HOUSE GISELLE £4 - £115 Stunning ballet with beautiful music, A must see but selling fast. 15 JAN - 3 MARCH 7.30p.m ROYAL OPERA HOUSE TOSCA £9 - £195 Great opera with JOSEPH CALLEJA !

DEC-JAN 13th Dec to Jan 6th 7.30p.m London Coliseum THE NUTCRACKER From £14 to £79 English National Ballet Festive Favourite with half price for children.

9th Dec to Jan 27th 7.30p.m SADLER WELLS CINDERELLA From £12 - £75 New Adventures favourite returns. Superb. http://www.sadlerswells. com/whats-on/2017/

2018 SAT 20 JANUARY 5.30p.m St Albans Cathedral St Albans FREE ORGAN RECITAL/ SIDNEY SUSSEX with CHOIR of CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY The internatiomal organ festival have their regular event. See site for details.

Visit The South Bank Dec 21st-Jan 4th Travel to Blackfriars Station 7.30p.m from Mill Hill Broadway direct. ROYAL FESTIVAL HALL You can walk along the From £20-£105 South Bank and within 15 Slavas Snowshow minutes have access to the Christmas and snow. National Theatre, BFI, The You cant beat it. Show Royal Festival Hall. Further down the road is the Young for all the family (8+) on Vic and Union Theatres. It has the South Bank.

EVENTS June/July 2018 7.30p.m Young Vic Theatre The Cut From £10 - £40 FUN HOME The brilliant Broadway hit comes to London

July 13th -September Various/ Daily ROYAL ALBERT HALL South Kensington Promming £6 Various The World’s cheapest top classical concerts. Book online on the day at 9a.m for £7,25 or join the Q from about 5p.m

great walks and views !

Dec 5th until Jan 10th 7.30p.m ROYAL OPERA HOUSE Covent Garden From £5 - £125 The Nutcracker Tickets ONLY available every FRIDAY at 1p.m from £5 at website rush.

SEND US EVENTS AT LEAST 7 DAYS BEFORE LAST FRIDAY OF MONTH Need to be accessible via Bus Routes or Thameslink from Mill Hill

FITNESS & WALKING WALKING IN BARNET | Footpath Map Available In the MILL HILL GUIDE 2018 which is now out you can read about the area’s special characteristics and there are several photos and links to where to get the excellent local footpath map created by the Mill Hill Preservation Society. Later in the year we will be putting together some walking outings for anyone to join in FREE in order to write some pieces with photos about our local walks. Look out for infomation about the dates and how to join us in future editions. Keep walking - it is great for your health and Mill Hill has some of the best walks within the M25. If you are a walker and want to write about your favourite walks which are either in Mill Hill or reachable from Mill Hill - then please let us know and we will feature your work on this page. This is YOUR community newspaper and we welcome contributions every month and you are also invited to join our OPEN EDITORIAL MEETINGS which take place once every 3 months at the NW7 HUB on Monday evening for one hour.

SPORT HENDON FC Hendon Football Club are historically the biggest in the local area. This year they have many special offers to entice you to attend their games. They play at SILVER JUBILEE PARK sports ground.

Support The European Champions The international break has played havoc with Saracens in November and early December plus injuries as well. Therefore it is vital for fans to get behind the team in the New Year.

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LET US KNOW ABOUT YOUR SPORTS CLUB and YOUR FIXTURES WRITE MONTHLY FOR US More Sports Pages Will be added if we get more writers about local clubs. YOUR PAPER - YOUR COMMUNITY !


SPORT by Hugo Webster

MILL HILL RUGBY CLUB Celebrating 80 Years


The Christmas Party with Santa was a fantastic success with many attending. A collection for Colindale FoodBank was made. The First Team are top of the league for Christmas which ends a superb start to the season. The Clubhouse continues to be open before Saracens games and all are welcome.. Thank you to the community for their support in 2017 and wishing everyone a good Christmas and Happy and Successful New Year.


Did you know?

Mill Hill RFC love to tour both country and globe! In June 2018 we’re heading on a tour of Romania & Hungary for some cultural enrichment! Previous tours have included: Sweden, Malta, Czech Rep., East Germany (read that right!), France, Portugal, Spain, Poland, and many more including most of the UK!

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NEXT ISSUE OUT JANUARY 31st For FEB 2018 All articles by weekend previous please. OPEN EDITORIAL MEETING Monday 29 January 7p.m - 8pm All Welcome


A Christmas and January Issue of the popular NW London local News and Arts Newspaper. A must read.


A Christmas and January Issue of the popular NW London local News and Arts Newspaper. A must read.