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Vol 3 Issue 1 Issue no.18

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2018 ends with successful events

2019 is now with us and just to recap on a wonderful December in Mill Hill. The Panto at the Hub was a huge success and the panto characters helped turn on the Square Christmas Tree which looked very impressive over the holiday period. Prior to that nearly 300 people packed the square for a Menorah lighting ceremony and for the first time ever we had our own Menorah here in Mill Hill. It was fantastic to see lights in the square for nearly every day in December reflecting our community and our faiths.

Mill Hill Legends THE FALSE DOTS at the Barnet Eye Community Aewards (2019 sees their 40th Anniversary ) LPAC Carols

2018 started badly with the tragedy on the Broadway but this led to the community coming together in a huge way in 2018. Despite teething issues with new improvement projects like Thameslink we all know eventually the area will have a much better and more frequent service. New local community groups like the litter pickers and events like the first ever Professional Panto have also made 2018 a great year. The Town Square has been a huge success with regular markets and music events packing it out throughout the year - and the first ever Mill Hill Broadway Menorah was a great sight to see - not least the record crowd of over 300 filling the square to bursting point.

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So Happy New Year from all of us at MH Today and at the Mill Hill Neighbourhood Forum to you the community of Mill Hill. You are what makes our area special !




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Welcome to our 18th monthly edition. Published by : AMG The Broadway

EDITOR : The Community COPY EDITOR : John Gillett SPORTS EDITOR : Hugo Webster WRITERS & CONTRIBUTORS Adam Morley (Theatre& Arts) Richard Logue (Environment) Hugo Webster (Sport) Andy Smith (Wines) Samantha Elliott (Music/Gaming/Web) Louisa Walters (Restaurants) Rachel Barker Caroline Oliver (MH Litter Pickers) Hernan Pecile (Colindale Litter Pks) Farhat Dar (MHMTC) John Gillett (MHNF) Niamh Vibe Markets ( Sara & Osita) Mill Hill Village Sports ( Phil ) LPAC (Carole) Mark Warren (Inside Mill Hill) Roger Tichborne ( Barnet Eye) Mark Heller (Mill Hill Families) Broadway News & Blog (Mark) IMAGES : Caroline Oliver Broadway News Mill Hill Guide John Gillett Vibe Markets MHMTC

So Christmas and Chanukkah are over for another year and we head into 2019 full of optimism for a great year in Mill Hill. 2018 had many firsts including the first Professional Panto - which was a storming success. New community groups founded such as the Mill Hill Litter Pickers. Plus record attendances at MHMTC Fiddler on the Roof and LPAC’s Messiah - showing the area’s great love for the arts. The Town Square has hosted many events including markets - lights switch on - a Christmas Tree - A menorah - and some excellent music festivals. It has also become a meeting place and in the summer a mini oasis in the shopping centre. 2019 will welcome back the MILL HILL MUSIC FESTIVAL in June which is always eagerly anticipated. In addition the Summer and Winter Festivals continue to grow with their markets and events and will be even bigger we are promised in 2019.

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NEWS The Light Switch on and Market was packed on the Friday for the ceremony and THE LONDON BELLES

The Christmas Lights switch on was a great success (See right) as was the Carols in the Square with choirs and drama schools providing a fabulous afternoon of music in the Town Square. Thank you to THE LAB and MILL HILL MUSIC COMPLEX for their sponsorship of this event

Also in December we had on the TOWN SQUARE the first ever MENORAH to celebrate Chanukkah. A huge crowd came to watch the official lighting and it is hoped this will be an annual event and tradition in Mill Hill. Thank you to Mill Hill Synagogue and those who set up the Menorah and the lighting event

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MILL HILL COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS TREE Thank you to all who helped sponsor and create the decorations A fantastic beautiful tree which has received much praise,

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Carols on Christmas Eve by St Michaels Church on the Broadway in the sun !


CANNONS OPENS A RESTAURANT AREA The popular Take Away CANNONS on the Broadway have opened a new restaurant area in their Broadway premises which allows diners to sit and eat their superb menu and drink from their licensed selection. Already becoming a favourite for their high quality Fish and Chips it is fantastic to have a Fish Restaurant back on the Broadway after several years. There is also a special offer at Lunchtime for the restaurant and as an opening offer there are 20% discounts available if you can get a flyer from Cannons. There is a huge choice of Fish and how you like it coated. The Chips are also top quality and there are vegetarian options as well as pies, scampi etc. In 2019 we hope that the local area will support this new improvement to our High Street and try dinner in Cannons. The New Blinds over the Restaurant have been created by Broadway’s fabulous DAVE MORGAN BLINDS whose work you can also see around the Capital on the FIVE GUYS restaurants !!! More restaurant news next month.

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The Mayor of London will now determine the latest application to redevelop this site in Mill Hill. It is located between the A1/A41 trunk roads, the M1 & the Mainline Railway. The current application which as amended, proposes to create 724 “Build to rent” flats, can be found under reference 17/8102/FUL on Barnet Council’s Planning Portal at : The scheme was refused by Barnet Council’s Planning Committee on 25th July 2019. You will find the Case Officer’s report recommending refusal at the link below: The MHNF’s report to this Committee is available at this link for your review: The above documents will provide many points that you can raise in your own objection letters/emails. Your objection must be personal – the council do not consider copy and pasted objection letters– please choose what’s most important to you and include it in your comments. 686 people commented on the application with 682 objecting to it in the strongest terms. While you may have been one who has already objected, please now additionally write to the Mayor of London, to register your views. If you have not yet objected to this ill-conceived scheme that will irreversibly damage our delightful suburb, please do now write to the Mayor.

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The images above, are computer generated impressions, indicating in the most favourable terms, how the development might look. You will see Tower blocks of up to 16 storeys, parking for only 500 cars but spaces for more than 1100 bicycles. 724 flats could see 2500 new inhabitants, or an increase of 10% in the current number of residents in Mill Hill. A more typical density of housing for a suburban area with similarly poor transport links, would be less that 200 dwellings. We all suffer the severe daily congestion, on the A41/A1, Bunns Lane, Graham Park way etc. Such a development as proposed would sit incongruously within, and permanently alter for the worse, the low rise and open suburban character of the broad area. Please take ACTION now before it is too late.

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During the last 12 months, the application to develop the site of the old National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR) were approved by the mayor of London. 450 Flats and 12 houses are in the plan for development. Unfortunately, the Mayor reduced the number of car parking spaces to 500 but there will be more than 800 cycle spaces. We expressed an opinion that the “pavilions” surrounding the Core building (to be built as a replica of the old building) were not sufficiently distinctive for the Mill Hill Conservation Area. The picture below shows the rather edgy designs with flat roofs. It is disturbing that local views are overturned.

A new application was submitted for the redevelopment of Pentavia Retail Park between the A1, the M1 and the Mainline railway. This increased the number of dwellings to 728, while previous plans had been discounted as being too dense. It increased the height of the tallest block to 16 storeys when previously 4-5 storey buildings had been recommended base on local comparisons. It proposed around 500 onsite parking spaces and more than 1100 cycles spaces. It was refused by Barnet Council at the Planning Committee, but undoubtedly this site needs to be developed having been left to run down over many years. Hopefully before any future applications are submitted the developer will listen to the massive amount of criticism levied at earlier plans and propose a scheme that is sensitive to it’s surroundings. Hasmonean Schools The Mayor of London instructed Barnet Council to refuse the application to build two schools, partly in Copthall open space off Page Street. There have been discussions about a revised proposal and we trust that it will not attempt to enclose so much of our primary Green Space at Copthall. The outline we have seen however suggests that parking spaces for teachers’ cars will be at surface level, thus increasing the take of public land. This is wholly unjust and an underground car park should be built for such purpose. We await sight of the revised application. International Bible Study Association (IBSA) IBSA own a large amount of real-estate in NW7 with the 3 main buildings being IBSA House, Watchtower House and the Kingdom Hall all close together on the Ridgeway, Mill Hill. IBSA (a Charity) are moving all of their facilities to Chelmsford, and IBSA House will undoubtedly become a residential site, with a few offices remaining. Plans are in preparation. Watchtower House is set in wonderful mature gardens in the Green Belt and development thereof will hopefully retain much of the current structures and of course the gardens. On the other side of the footpath from the Ridgeway to Rushton Gardens lies Kingdom Hall which is has a magnificent auditorium. We look forward to receiving suitable applications that are distinctive in architectural character and sympathetic with their surroundings.

COMMUNITY Mill Hill Business Network Join The Network as an Associate for FREE or for a small fee get our REWARDS programme High Streets nationally are having a hard time. 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 public 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. 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. We are trying with the support of our Councillors to create the “Mill Hill Businesses Network”, to encourage co-ordinated development of Mill Hill‘s commercial activities, towards a more sustainable future for all, and to ensure that are able to buy locally. This is a new MHNF initiative and we trust it will receive widespread support as we move towards 2020 when the Broadway will be 100 years young.

We are pleased to provide an update on the status of Step-FreeAccess at Mill Hill East Station, from Andrew Dismore, the GLA Member for Barnet & Camden, as follows: Mayor’s Question Time: Question No: 2018/5326 Andrew Dismore: Q. Can you update me on progress and the timetable for Mill Hill East tube station step free access? The Mayor: Last updated: 27 December, 2018 Transport for London (TfL) remains fully committed to improving step-free access for customers across the TfL network. A planning application was submitted to the London Borough of Barnet on 26 September 2018. Detailed design work is currently being progressed and the main construction works are due to commence in Spring 2019 with completion by early 2020. Footnote: The Planning application was approved by Barnet Council on 19th December 2019


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God appears to have been pretty big on town planning according to the Book of Numbers when he advised Moses to found new cities and surround them with an agricultural belt – pretty progressive for 1,400 BC. In the 7th century Muhammad established a green belt around Medina. The idea of a settlement surrounded by countryside seems as old as human civilisation itself. More recently Thomas More published his book, Utopia, in 1515, describing a fictional island, in which he discussed that people should live in small towns separated by country, so townsfolk could ‘walk abroad on the fields, or into the country that belonged to the city’. In 1580 London had 75,000 people living within the city walls and some 115,000 in the area beyond known as the ‘liberties’. With the influx of poor and unskilled people, congestion, price inflation and dangers to public health caused by overcrowding, the city could scarcely be well governed. Elizabeth I (1533-1603) introduced a country zone around the city that extended 3 miles from the city walls. New building inside it was prohibited but proved impossible to police. Less than a century passed before the victorious Oliver Cromwell (1599-1658) suggested that there should be no building within 10 miles of the edges of London. Christopher Wren (1585-1658) envisaged an agricultural belt twelve miles wide around London, and John Evelyn (16201706) produced a rival scheme to encircle the metropolis with fashionable landscaped gardens and plantations. Sir William Petty’s ‘Essay on the Growth of London’, 1682, notes the population of London stood at 670,000 and estimated it would reach 4.5 million within two centuries. He suggested that the diameter of the city should be limited to 4 miles, encircling it with a mighty 35-mile wide agricultural belt. None of the schemes were taken up - Petty’s plan was rejected just as Wren’s and Evelyn’s had been. The Inclosure Act of 1773 was responsible for shaping our ‘modern’ English countryside and disempowering the majority of people who lived in it by removing their ancient rights. Over the next hundred years an astonishing 4 million acres of common fields were affected by the Act, alongside 1.5 million acres of woodland and heath. The process was brutal and led to the poor being denied access and use of common land. The arrival of new industries in mill towns encouraged the resettlement of the once rural families in rapidly expanding cities like Manchester, Glasgow, Birmingham and Leeds. Some of the fields and villages nearest the cities found themselves slowly swallowed up as the suburbs began to grow. According to Dickens and Hogarth the age of the workhouse, the poorhouse, drunkenness, disease and destitution had arrived. Thanks to the book by James Silk Buckingham ‘National Evils and Practical Remedies’ (1849) (which included a plan of a model town) the fashionable ‘town belt’ idea born of city development in Australia and New Zealand made its way to Britain. He named his model town Victoria - a place of regular grid roads, free medical treatment, communal kitchens, no pubs and an agricultural ‘green belt’; ideas echoed in our own enlightened model villages at Lanark, Saltaire, Bournville and Port Sunlight – a reaction to the overcrowded homes of the Industrial Revolution. Methodists, Quakers, Humanists and organisations such as ‘Ladies Sanitary Association of Manchester’ helped propel improvements in British society. The ‘Kyrle Society’ brought activist Octavia Hill (1838-1912) to the frontline with her campaign for open spaces and her obsession for housing the poor. One of her far-reaching essays was entitled ‘More Air for London’ (1888) in which she produced facts that were shocking. In west London there was one acre of open space for every 682 people, whereas in the poorer East London there was one acre for every 7,481 people. The article coined a key phrase … “Might it not be possible to secure sometimes a green belt to a road newly cut across the country, plant it with trees, and make of it a walking and riding way?” Octavia Hill’s final immense contribution would be co-founding the National Trust in 1895 with the slogan ‘Common Land for Common People’. Coincidentally the Garden Cities Movement arrived following the publication in 1898 of Ebenezer Howard’s book ‘Garden Cities of To-morrow’ – an extraordinary work that created the idea of networks of leafy new towns. By 1905 there was sufficient interest to found Letchworth in Hertfordshire. By 1909 over a thousand acres to the south of this garden city had been purchased by the Garden City Corporation, not for more development, but to be held as farmland


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A full venue were entertained by live music including THE FALSE DOTS who played an excellent short set of some of their most popular songs. The Awards were presented by Roger from The Barnet Eye in a short ceremony. Most award winners were present and it was great to hear from the Landlord of the Midland Hotel. A very successful event which should be on everyone’s caldender for next year. Mill Hill Rugby Club were the perfect hosts - great drinks and friendly to all newcaomers and regulars. Fabulous evening. Barneteye Person of the year Rev Helen Shannon Nominated by Julia Hines Citation: “ She and her volunteers have been providing help and support to residents on the Strawberry Vale estate, through gas and water cuts, for some time now, as well as helping to run Finchley Foodbank. However, it was their actions on the night of the Willow House fire on the Grange estate, and in the weeks afterwards, that make her the winner. The fire broke out at midnight on 7 November. It took almost 4 hours, 15 fire engines and 100 firefighters to get it under control. Helen and her team opened the Green Man Community Centre, to provide the people evacuated with a warm place to go, gave them tea, food and comfort, set up space to sleep with air mattresses and sleeping bags, and went out to Tesco to buy clothes, phone chargers, food and toiletries for the 39 people who were made homeless that night. At 6am the last of the residents had been found a hotel bed and she was there clearing up and planning for the next steps. In the days following she was the first point of contact for those residents, often visiting them late at night to bring emergency cash, supporting them in the Homeless Persons Unit and in meetings with Barnet Council and Barnet Homes, and helping to cook and serve two community lunches for the residents affected. Barneteye Charity of the year Barnet Mencap Nominated by The Mill Hill Rugby Club Citation: “Barnet Mencap have been amazing in their efforts to get people of all abilities to enjoy Rugby and participate in the sport, through the mixed ability Rugby sessions. The scheme has proven that Rugby is fun for all”

Barneteye Pub of the Year The Midland Hotel, Hendon Nominated by Graham Ramsey & Save London Music Campaign Citation: “The Midland has once again stepped up, cementing its place as an important music venue, community hub and a proper pub environment in an age of plastic pubs” Barneteye Band/Artist of the Year The Silencerz/ Nick Godwin Nominated by Save London Music Citation: “The Silencerz have made an amazing contribution to the Barnet Music scene this year, with amazing gigs, free to enter at venues such as The Chandos and The Bohemia. Nick Godwin deserves special mention as composer of much of their album and especially as an artist for designing the #KickOutCapita logo” Barneteye Sports Club of the Year Mill Hill Rugby Club Nominated by Richard Logue Citation: “For the second year running, Mill Hill Rugby Club exemplify what a community sports club should be. They have been at the heart of the local sporting community for decades. The scheme with mixed ability rugby scheme Mencap is groundbreaking” Barneteye Community Event of the Year North Finchley Music Festival Nominated by The Save London Music Campaign Citation: “ For the second year running, staging an event with 50 live bands at six venues was a monumental achievement. The Roll on next year” Barneteye Campaigner of the year Mark Amies Nominated by The Barnet Eye Citation: “Mark has worked tirelessly fighting for the preservation of The Railway Hotel in Edgware and The Midland in Hendon. His knowledge of industrial heritage has this week been rewarded with a regular slot on BBC Radio London” Barneteye Local Campaign of the year Save The Midland Campaign Nominated by The Save London Music Citation: “An amazing campaign, supported by the whole community including religious leaders, pub regulars, our local MP, GLA rep and Councillors” CITATION FOR COMMUNITY CONTRIBUTION MILL HILL AND COLINDALE LITTER PICKERS Nominated by Mr Colin Izzard Citation: “The local litter picking g roups have made an enormous contribution to the communities in Mill Hill and Colindale, giving up their time for the greater good of our community and environment” Many thanks to Mill Hill Music Complex, The Day of the Raj and The #SaveLondonMusic Campaign for the amazing

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GET INVOLVED LOCAL CLASSES & EVENTS If you are making any New Year resolutions then why not get involved in a local class or event in the Arts. Mill Hill has loads of dance classes for kids ( and some for adults ) Just look at these two pages for the leading providers - but if they do not suit you then there are also classes at The Hartley Hall - Orion School - Copthall School etc and a quick Google will provide you with details of such classes. Ideal for your kids - both boys and girls can benefit from dance - drama - music. In addition if you wish to sing then there are choirs including the PRO ARTE choir and several church choirs who are always looking for new members. Singing is a great way of de-stressing and is also fun and helps to get to know many others in the local community. So rather than diet - pump iron ( Though both are fun and healthy ) why not make 2019 the year of the Singing or Dance class ! The benefits are massive. 2019 ! Make it your year !

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JOIN A CHOIR IN 2019 ! Do you sing or would you like to sing? Why not join London Pro Arte Choir, which is based in Mill Hill and welcomes new members? We sing a wide range of choral music to a high standard. Have you read the review of our recent performance of Messiah? READ HERE We rehearse on Thursday evenings at Hartley Hall – potential new members are welcome to come along to a rehearsal – our first one next term is on 10 January. There is no formal audition.

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NEWS FROM MHMTC By Farhat Dar Mill Hill Musical Theatre Company


HAPPY NEW YEAR! We’d like to wish everyone in Mill Hill and beyond all the very best for 2019, a year that will bring many challenges to the community. And we’re so grateful for the invaluable support we received in 2018, including the cast and helpers, our Patrons and audience, and Hartley Hall for accommodating us so generously.

THAT WAS THE YEAR THAT WAS 2018 Firstly, MHMTC is happy to say that we had a very successful year in 2018. We put on two successful shows – The Boy Friend and Fiddler On The Roof. We raised an important amount of funds with two sold-out Quiz Nights, and also just last month raised £360 for Fight Bladder Cancer with a charity coffee morning. It was the third year that MHMTC had held a charity event, and despite a busy and exhausting year it was decided to organise another one because as our president and long-time member Grant Graves had the year before been diagnosed with bladder cancer. He took time away from the group to fight the disease, and after a few ups and downs, is finally getting back to 100 per cent. Bladder cancer is quite a common condition, but not one that most people know a lot about. So we felt we had to do something to help increase knowledge about it. And we were delighted that the event, on Sunday 9 December, was so well attended. We’d like to thank everyone who donated, some of whom were not able to attend - plus Father Steven Young and the congregations of St Michael’s Church & All Angels and Sacred Heart & Mary Immaculate churches for their support.

WHAT’S COMING UP IN 2019? Auditions for our Patrons’ Party – the classic British show Me And My Girl – took place in December and we’re pleased to announce that the main roles of Bill Snibson and his sweetheart Sally Smith have been won by Robert Murray and Saju Vaswani, while the Duchess and Sir John Tremayne are to be played by Suzy Jarvis and David Rose. Georgia Dove will be portraying flirty Lady Jacqui and Paddy Cockshutt won the role of the solicitor Parchester. Robert Murray played Motel in MHMTC’s Fiddler On The Roof last October, while Saju Vaswani was Chava. David played Tevye in the production, and Suzy was Motel’s mum. Me And My Girl – a brilliant British musical about a cockney barrow boy who discovers he is heir to an earldom – is being performed on Friday 29 and Saturday 30 March 2019, curtain up at 7.30pm at Hartley Hall in Flower Lane. It is a private party, which only MHMTC’s patrons are able to attend. It is really easy to become a patron. The fee is just £15 for adults and £9 for under 16, for which you will get you an invitation to attend the show and early, cut-price tickets to our October show. Just email our Acting Patrons Secretary James Bingham on for more information. Our first Quiz Night of the year is being held on Saturday 9 February at 7.30pm at Trinity Church on The Broadway. These events are really important fund-raisers for MHMTC, as putting on shows is getting very expensive. Although our main shows do make a profit, the quizzes bring in extra funds that allow us to ensure we can cover costs for things like directors, musical directors, scenery, lighting, sound, costumes, hall hire, publicity materials, etc. If you’d like to attend, tickets cost £12.50, for which you’ll get a great evening out, a fun, brain-stretching quiz and a fish-and-chip supper. Contact Chris Hubbard via We’d love to hear from anyone who’d like to join MHMTC on stage and as backstage helpers. Email us via


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A PRIVATE PARTY FOR OUR PATRONS Our 2019 Patrons’ Party is Noel Gay’s popular musical

Friday 29 and Saturday 30 March 2019 Hartley Hall, Flower Lane, Mill Hill, London NW7 2JA YOU MUST BE A PATRON TO SEE THE SHOW To become a patron, please call James Bingham on 01923 269923 or email


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2019 PREVIEW We have much to look forward to in 2019. The biggest event will be the MILL HILL MUSIC FESTIVAL which will take place in June in the area at several venues and in the Town Square as part of the Summer Festival. We hope to bring you dates and booking information as soon as everything is confirmed. Please support this festival ! It is long established and very important for the area. MHMTC preview their events earlier in the issue and LPAC as well. Both rely on your support and generosity for their success. If you have never been along then please consider 2019 to be the year when you finally take the plunge and attend an event ! The regular local clubs continue with Comedy at the Adam and Eve monthly and The Chandos. Jazz at the Mill Hill Golf Club and live music at The Chandos - The Midland Hotel by Hendon Station. Have a great going out 2019.

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.

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

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Invisalign Open Day Friday 16th November 9am to 5pm One day offer with limited spaces! Upto £750 worth of savings if signed up on the day See Digitized results before you decide On site orthodontist present!

Flat 1 Broadway House, First Floor 36-38 The Broadway, Mill Hill, NW7 3LJ 0208 959 2497


DATE : EVERY WEDNESDAY Mill Hill Golf Club MILL HILL JAZZ CLUB Stars of jazz and jams every week in superb clubhouse.

WHAT’S ON West End etc. BOOK AHEAD Send your events in for January by Christmas please.

Visit The South Bank Travel to Blackfriars Station from Mill Hill Broadway direct. You can walk along the South Bank and within 15 minutes have access to the National Theatre, BFI, The Royal Festival Hall. Further down the road is the Young Vic and Union Theatres. It has great walks and views !

July 13th -September Various/ Daily ROYAL ALBERT HALL South Kensington Promming from £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 BOOKING OPENS MAY

DECEMBER/JANUARY Various Dates COLISSEUM MANON/SWAN LAKE£14 - £130 on sale now Great production 2018 - 19 SEASON 7.30p.m FROM OCTOBER London Coliseum VARIOUS £12 - £150 Porgy &Bess, La Boheme, Requiem, Lucia

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


“ A Night at the Oscars” Legendary 60s Band THE FOUNDATIONS AND MUCH MORE

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Rounds 13 to 16 of the Gallagher Premiership have been confirmed. Saracens will be on BT Sport three times starting with an Allianz Park tie against Leicester Tigers on Saturday 16th February 2019 (KO 15H00).

A Friday night trip to Gloucester follows before a home fixture against Northampton Saints. The block ends with another evening fixture in the West Country, Bath at the Rec.

List of confirmed Sarries fixtures for Round 13-16

Sat 16th Feb – Leicester Tigers, Allianz Park, KO 15H00, BT Sport Fri 22nd Feb – Gloucester, Kingsholm, KO 19H45, BT Sport Sat 2nd Mar – Northampton Saints, Allianz Park, KO 15H00 Fri 8th Mar – Bath, The Rec, KO 19H45, BT Sport


MILL HILL RUGBY CLUB Celebrating 80 Years

Mill Hill Rugby Club shirt for the season !


Happy New Year from all of us at Mill Hill Rugby Club See next month for latest news and results Thank you for your support in 2018.

SEE INSIDE PAGES FOR FIXTURES Did you know? in 2019 Mill Hill RFC will be going on tour to Hungary! Interested? Join today!

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Preview of the New Year and review of December 2018. Local news with latest on Pentavia, Step Free at Mill Hill East, and local arts news.


Preview of the New Year and review of December 2018. Local news with latest on Pentavia, Step Free at Mill Hill East, and local arts news.