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PLANNING - SPECIAL ISSUE

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JULY 2018 www.mhtoday.co.uk Vol 2 Issue 7 Issue no.12

#NW7Meetyourneighbours NEW INITITATIVE LAUNCHES THIS SUMMER

Last year Caroline and the Mill Hill Neighbourhood Forum launched the Marvellous Mill Hill initiative. This year the initiative is called COME AND MEET YOUR NEIGHBOURS. John Gillett of the MHNF says that the idea came from a community in the USA and has worked really well. Therefore, each month in MH Today and on Social Media we will be highlighting several social events which we invite everyone to attend in order to meet their neighbours. The events are a mix of FREE and paid for events so there will hopefully be something for everyone. If you have recently moved to the area then come along and introduce yourself to people. Some of the events will have tables from the MHNF at them such as the Market events - do come and say hello. If you have lived here for a long time this is also a chance to get to know new people.

EXCLUSIVE FEATURES ON FACEBOOK MILL HILL GROUP and CASTING FOR NEW MILL HILL MUSICAL inside

MILL HILL RUGBY WINS AWARDS At Twickenham stadium, home of English Rugby, The Middlesex RFU End of Season awards were in full swing. We are incredibly proud to announce Mill Hill RFC were the winners of the President’s award for Community Engagement 2018, some top honours! Additionally three members were nominated for the England Rugby Mitsubishi Volunteer of the year award; Joey Healy, Ed Wade, and Hugo Webster. Fortune continued to smile on Mill Hill RFC as Hugo Webster won the award and will now go through from county to the national awards held at Twickenham September 7th. – Just goes to show, small clubs and its members can still compete with the big guns!

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EDITOR : The Community COPY EDITOR : John Gillett SPORTS EDITOR : Hugo Webster WRITERS & CONTRIBUTORS Richard Logue Hugo Webster Andy Smith Samantha Elliott Rachel Barker Caroline Oliver Farhat Dar John Gillett Niamh Vibe Markets Broadway News and Blog (Mark) Mill Hill Village Sports ( Phil ) LPAC (Carole) Mark Warren (Inside Mill Hill) IMAGES : Caroline Oliver Broadway News Mill Hill Guide John Gillett Vibe Markets MHMTC Graphics : Broadway Design & Graphics

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Welcome to our 12th monthly edition. The summer is here and the great weather means that many of us have headed for the park and community fetes and fairs. The biggest one in the area takes place this weekend of 29/30 June on the Broadway with a fantastic music festival and market. So please come down and say hello. We will be based on the Square at the Music event. Our front page sees the launch of this year’s community initiative. Please get involved if you can. We want Mill Hill to be one of the most welcoming places to all. We also congratulate Hugo who has been writing for us since the first issue about local rugby. He has deservedly won a ommunity award for Middlesex and the club as well. Another fantastic success. This month is a “planning special” - the area is changing. Please read & take action.

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PLANNING - SPECIAL ISSUE

BY JOHN GILLETT

NEWS Neighbourhood Forum PENTAVIA RETAIL PARK

We see yet another terrible scheme from the developers, Meadow Partners, for this site, which is undoubtedly now sadly in need of some redevelopment having been deliberately left to decline for several years. The Mayor of London wrote that the current scheme did not contain the right levels of “affordable housing” and recommended that Barnet Council should refuse the application. Indeed, they should because it also contravenes the current National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), the current London Plan, the current LBB Local Plan and the specific Planning Brief prepared by the Council for the site. Still with buildings from 6- 16 storeys, rather than taking account of all of the Planning Guidelines, the developers

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believe they can produce a development to maximise their profits. The revised scheme increases the number of flats from 717 to 724, it reduces by 708sqm the non-residential floorspace (Use Class A1, A3 and D1 – as such this would have been Retail, Restaurant and Community Use space, of use to residents on-site) an increase of 168Sqm in the amount of ancillary residential floorspace along with amendments to the site access, Landscaping and external layout. The Council offered less than a week for comments; an unacceptable period to review the revised plans in any level of depth. So, do continue to send your comments to the Case Officer, Carl Griffiths: Email referencing 17/8102/FUL to planning.consultation@barnet.gov.uk This revised application is not in any way an improvement on the previous scheme; in fact, by increasing the number of flats and making some larger than before they are increasing the density of the site in our suburban area. The density is at least 3 times that allowed in Outer London in a poor PTAL (Public Transport Access Level) area. All flats will be “Built to Rent” and the site will not attract long stayers who will add any value to our local economy. It really is a blight on the very fabric of what the glorious suburb of Mill Hill is all about, and the Tower blocks proposed will overlook all surrounding areas, including the new properties in Graham Park which have been built within the strict Local Plan guidelines. We are also all aware of the detrimental effect, growing up in Tower Blocks has on children. This application has to be refused and Meadow Partners have to work within Planning Guidelines and listen to the views of Local People, which they clearly have not done again in this amended scheme.


NEWS PLEA TO BROADWAY RESIDENTS AND BUSINESSES With the hot weather we are enjoying taking hold there have been pleas from community leaders to make sure residemts and businesses only put bins on the appropriate days - especially on the Broadway where rats have been sighted by the station. Tuesday evening is when bins can be put out on the Broadway and then returned home after emptying first thing on Wednesday. The area is looking much better since the Litter Pickers and Barnet Council worked hard in May and June to clear up the area. In addition pleas to everyone to use bins and pick up any rubbish they see on the pavements and verges and place it in the nearest bin.

NEWS IN SHORT

PLANNING Planning applications for Dominoes in the Old Lloyds Bank on Broadway and for an extension to St Vincents Primary School have both been turned down by Barnet Council Planning Committee at their June meeting. Pentavia - have resubbmitted a planning application - we will bring you the latest news. SEE NEIGHBOURHOOD FORUM PAGES FOR LATEST DETAILS ABOUT PLANNING ISSUES

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MILL HILL PRESERVATION SOCIETY is delighted to support the valuable work of the Neighbourhood Forum To see how we fight to maintain the green spaces and unique character of Mill Hill visit our website www.mhps.org.uk Join us and help us try to keep Mill Hill a pleasant place to live  contact@mhps.og.uk  020 8906 0769 Mill Hill Preservation Society


NEWS LONGEST RUNNING SHOP ON BROADWAY CELEBRATES 35 YEARS

WE ATTEND THE PARTY !

On a sunny Saturday we attended the all day party at Mill Hill Wines. We were treated to Prosecco and Cupcakes as well as advice on buying wines. Most people also entered the draw by buying themselves wines and many took advantage of the discount for spending over £50. A great time was had by all. Thank you to Andy and his team


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STOP PRESS

Hasmonean reveals new plans for school relocation As we went to press the JC Newspaper revealed the new plans for the controversial Hasmonean School relocation. If you wish to discuss this then the MHNF Facebook Group is the place to discuss planning developments. The original proposal upset Green Belt campaigners and those worried about the huge increase in traffic in Mill Hill that has already made much of the area gridlocked at school opening and closing times. This is what the Jewish Chronicle has said about the new plan : “Hasmonean High School hopes its redevelopment will be back on track after drawing up a revised planning application to go before Barnet Council. Although Barnet’s planning committee narrowly approved the scheme last year, it was blocked by the Mayor of London’s office because of concerns over the use of green belt land. The main part of the plan is to relocate the boys’ division from its overcrowded and run-down premises in Hendon to next door to the girls’ school in Mill Hill. The amended proposal broadly follows “the design of the previous application but will be housed on the existing girls’ school site”, parents were told by the Jewish Secondary Schools Movement, the school’s religious authority. It followed “a lengthy and positive process of workshops with the Mayor’s office”. Playing areas would be incorporated in the fields around the building. Hasmonean is also proceeding with plans to formally split the boys and girls divisions into two schools, which will be run jointly under the umbrella of a multi-academy trust. It has been forced down this route after a Court of Appeal ruling last year against a state-aided Muslim school that it was illegal to separate boys and girls entirely.”


LATEST MARKETS NEWS ‘On Broadway’ Summer Festival returns to Mill Hill Town Centre On Friday 29 and Saturday 30 June, Mill Hill town centre will be hosting the ‘On Broadway’ Summer Festival. This vivacious, music-filled event will run from 1pm to 8pm each day in the recently completed Town Square and on Mill Hill Broadway from Santander bank, continuing up to Mill Hill Wines. The Festival is the perfect place to stop for a drink from the bar and bite to eat from one of the many tempting food stalls, while shopping on the Broadway and among the Festival vendors. The theme of this year’s festival is ‘Meet Your Neighbours’ – and this community event, now in its third year, provides the perfect opportunity. Join us for two days of non-stop live performances on stage in the Town Square, with music spanning the genres from acoustic to jazz to rock n’ roll and beyond. Local talents including Drop Pink, Rad Fax, Simply Grey, and Bossa Bandits will be returning to the Town Square stage by popular demand. Take a tasting tour around the world with the Festival’s selection of international cuisines, including Nigerian, Indian, Hungarian, Pan-American, Portuguese and Brazilian, and wood-fired pizza, as well as plenty of sweet treats. Mill Hill Markets favourites including African Rose, Budapest Bangers, Momz Kitchen, Silmar’s Taste, and Jen Jen’s Cupcakery will all be back on the Broadway for the Festival. The Festival bar will be offering a selection of refreshing drinks, including beers, wine, cocktails, and soft drinks in the Town Square by the Festival stage. ‘On Broadway’ will also feature the vivid hues of gorgeous hand-made jewellery, quality cosmetics and chic fashion items, health and well-being advice and aloe-based products. Don’t miss a chance to find out about organic produce delivery from Riverford Organic, as well as the the great work being done by charities Dogs Trust and Guide Dogs, and the Woodland Trust. Stop by the Mill Hill Neighbourhood Forum and NW7 Hub stalls for a friendly chat, and find out more about what’s going on in your community. UPCOMING MARKET DATES 14 July – Saturdays in the Square specialty food and drink market 21-22 September – Mill Hill Autumn Market 13 October - Saturdays in the Square specialty food and drink market 2-3 November – France at Home French Market 30 November – 1 December – Christmas Lights Switch-On and Festive Market


SPOTLIGHT | Inside Mill Hill MILL HILL’s BIGGEST PUBLIC FACEBOOK GROUP : Our Story

It was March 15th this year that a few of us had an idea and thought it would be good to create our own Facebook Group , we wanted to start something new and fresh that could be built around the community for the community. When we started the group we had a lot of doubters, people asked why do we need yet another group, I hope over the last few months, these questions have been answered. The ethos of our group is to be unbiased, we won’t show any favouritism to one single group or company, we try to be fair and interesting. We didn’t want a group that is just advert after advert, this is why we only allow members to advertise in Thursdays, we also try to be current and relevant and discuss issues that relate to the local community. Within a week of starting we had already grown to a 1000 members, and it was only last week that we had hit the 2000 member mark, that’s just 3 months from creating Inside Mill Hill. We never imagined our group would grow like this, obviously local people needed a platform to discuss local issues, and that’s what our group is for. From our group we’ve been able to promote other community groups such as Mill Hill NW7 Litter Pickers, this is another small group of local people who are passionate about keeping the local area clean, they meet the first Saturday of every month and carry out a thorough clean up of litter in publicly nominated areas, its amazing how many bags these guys fill at the end of their sessions. With Inside Mill Hill they are able to use our platform to promote their group and tell a larger audience about planned cleanups and future events, we welcome all community groups to advertise on our page at any time, this is what our group is about, working together to build a better, cleaner and stronger Mill Hill. We hope to carry on growing our group, please feel free to add you friends and family, remember together we can make Mill Hill a better place. Mark Warren : Founder and Chief Admin

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PLANNING - SPECIAL ISSUE

BY JOHN GILLETT

NEWS Neighbourhood Forum PLANNING LATEST and ADVICE

Three significant planning applications were “refused” at the Hendon Area Planning Committee on 13th June. The 1st was the proposal from Domino’s Pizza,18/1288/FUL, to take over the landmark building that was Lloyds Bank at the gateway to Mill Hill Broadway. From a 10am to 4.00pm “Banking hours” operation the family living in the flats above were to be subjected to opening hours until Midnight for a fast-food takeaway, within 100 yards of 3 other establishments serving Pizza. The change of Class Use from A2 to A5 was thankfully refused, as elected members overturned the recommendation of Officers. The building lends itself to a Retail store or a Professional Services organisation as offices, but the annual rent being suggested is out of kilter with the area. We trust that the site will soon have a new owner who will add-value to the High Street for many years to come. The 2nd was Sweet Tree Farm 17/7627/RCU which was seeking planning approval for changes already made to their site Green Belt site. While Officers recommended the scheme, The Committee of elected members were not convinced that the development met the requirements for development in the Green Belt, so the application was refused. The 3rd application was for St Vincent’s School 18/1518/FUL where is was proposed to bring in 2600 lorry loads of waste soil from basement excavations in St.John’s Wood. While as such this would have been very lucrative for the school it was deemed that it would destroy the ecology of Drivers Hill, a site of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINC) -Borough Importance Grade 2, in Mill Hill’s Conservation Area. There was also great concern over the impact of such a development on the residents of Woodcote Avenue. The Officers recommended refusal and the Committee agreed. It is vital that residents of Mill Hill do comment on local Planning Applications. At least 5 separate responses opposing an application are required such that an application is not processed by Officers under their delegated powers. With 5 people opposing it the application has to be heard before the Planning Committee. In Barnet Council small applications in Mill Hill or Hale wards should be heard by the “Hendon Area Planning Committee”. The next meetings for this Committee are planned for 24th July & 3rd September. Large scale planning applications across Barnet are heard by “The Planning Committee” and the next meetings for this group are scheduled for 25th July & 5th September. Meetings are mainly held at Hendon Town Hall. Commenting on a Planning Application may be a daunting prospect for many who may be unfamiliar with the process. Comments will only be considered if they are based on established Planning Guidelines. The information below may help those who wish to get their views heard by Officers and then Elected members. I should say that Planning is one aspect of Local Government where Political views should not be a consideration and any real or potential conflicts of interest must be declared openly.

STOP PRESS : HASMONEAN SCHOOL SCHEME RESUBMITTED see News Pages


MILL HILL GUIDE

There is only one OFFICIAL MILL HILL GUIDE which goes to every household in Mill Hill. With a print run of over 12,000 and an online version it is the best way for everyone to keep in touch with shopping - eating out - organisations - local contact information and plans for the future. The Mill Hill Neighbourhood Forum brings this to you for the third time for 2019.

ADVERTISE YOUR BUSINESS or ORGANISATION Advertising is just at cost for all local companies and organisations Reach the whole area in a Book which lasts for a whole year Top quality printing with card covers makes this a coffee table or phone holder publication All listings are FREE for organisations and businesses This year for the first time we will have an advert section for : PLUMBERS - HANDYPERSONS - MASSAGE - PERSONAL TRAINERS - INSTRUCTORS etc where you can advertise competitively on these pages DANCE SCHOOLS - DRAMA SCHOOLS - SPORTS ACTIVITIES will also have their own page of adverts where you can advertisec ompetitively CONTACT : JOHN GILLETT FOR RATES CARDS using the EMAIL ADDRESS : john@NW7hub.org.uk


NEWS: from the NW7hub (Charity 1171742)

NEWS: from the NW7hub (Charity 1171742)

During June we held several new events/activities for the enjoyment of Residents. The 2nd June saw our third Arts & Crafts fair, and these will be held probably 6 times per year with the next being on September 15th. A 3-day seminar was held by the Academy of Design Thinking from Somerset House. The lecturer has offered an introduction to “Design Thinking” which will be held at 6.30 on 5th July. One Thursday evening a party was held for 80, 12-year olds with full lights display, Disco, Fish & Chip supper, Pop Corn & Waffles, and a Photobooth. The “Society Room” looked rather different on the night:

We also held a great Puppet show entitled “the Elves & the Shoemaker” on Saturday 8th June and the first of our Comedy nights on 24th June. Do keep an eye out for many more events over the coming months. Specifically, in July we would like to highlight the following: Our 2nd Edinburgh Festival Preview Comedy Night is on Monday 2nd July. Tickets are still available on-line at https://www.ents24.com/nw7hub or from NW7hub itself at the Library Building, NW72HX 5th July at 6.30pm Design for Life. An introduction to “Design Thinking”. This will be a special event designed to help you understand that “hope is not a strategy” and managing your destiny is possible. 26th July the third of our Chill nights where local residents meet to play board games, eat take-out, watch TV and meet liked minded people. 28th July is the third of our Coffee, Cake, Crafting afternoons, with workshops to teach you new skills. Throughout the month we are running activities for Mothers, Babies and Toddlers (now including Sundays) we have acting, singing, dancing and art classes. We will soon be announcing Piano, Violin & Guitar lessons. We will have themed “Summer camps” featuring “Frozen” on the 1st to 3rd August and Peter Pan between 8th & 10th August. We have sessions for Seniors, a book club and space for you to work with your PC, or simply have tea/coffee and cake. It’s a great place to “meet your neighbours” and to hire for parties, meetings etc. Please see www.facebook.com/NW7hub and “like” us to receive regular updates throughout the month.


WINES OF THE MONTH |

Andy Smith

JULY WINES OF THE MONTH with Andy Smith from Mill Hill Wines

Boutinot Cotes du Rhone Villages Les Coteaux £9.99 Common practice in the Côtes du Rhône is to bottle the best cuvées as a single named Village wine and the rest as basic Rhône Villages. Boutinot’s philosophy, on the other hand, is to start with the intention of making the very best Côtes du Rhône Villages possible by sourcing wine from the vineyards of named villages and enriching them with a small proportion of barrel-aged wine from Sablet, Séguret & Cairanne. Immediately impressive this wine reveals its class from the start. Brambly fruit underpinned by subtle oaky nuances, lovely sweet spice; warm star anise with a touch of cinnamon. This classic Côtes du Rhône Villages is enriched with specially-selected parcels from the cru vineyards of Séguret, Sablet and Cairanne. A delicious accompaniment to your summer BBQ!

We are hosting a World Rum Evening on Wednesday July 11th from 7pm until 9pm Tickets £15 Domaine Les Grands Presbytères Vieilles Vignes, Muscadet Sèvre & Maine Sur Lie £13.99 The vineyard lies on one of the best sites in Nantais at St Fiacre. Here the soils are layered with 'orthogneiss', a cracked mineral rich rock through which the vine roots weave and nourish the vine. 'Vieilles Vignes' is made from Nelly Marzellau's oldest 45 year old vines - a rarity for Muscadet where most are dug up after 40 years. Made traditionally at this small estate. The grapes were hand-picked, lightly pressed to keep all the delicacies and purity of flavour and fermented at cool temperatures to preserve aromas. The older vines need longer on their fine lees - five months in fact - and so are not bottled until a year after harvest in October. Flinty, lightly mineral with appley fruit and real texture and interest. The old vine fruit adds amazing depth and mineral complexity to this fresh, savoury wine that has so much more to it than you might expect from Muscadet. This is a true French classic and makes a perfect match for fish and shellfish. With the price of Sancerre steadily increasing this is a great alternative to revisit! We are delighted that Wine Expert Andy Smith from Mill Hill’s oldest independent wine shop has joined our writing team to bring you the latest news on Wines - tastings - and offers each month. Catch Andy and his staff in Mill Hill Wines every day for great friendly advice on Mill Hill Broadway.


MONTHLY 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 ? Each month Niamh writes for us to tell us about her day ! This is her sixth installment........... If you work in Mill Hill please let us know about your day ! By Niamh

Unfiltered News: Batman Barista

At times, I feel that people take me for just a Broadway barista. It’s shouted in tone of voice and customer actions. If I were a Google Executive I probably wouldn't mind being defined by my job title. But I’m not. I’m walking down the middle of my road, pretending the central white line is a tightrope after an uneventful day at work, when I spy two youths attempting to push a car up the hill towards me. When I get close in on the pair, I recognise one of the boys; a friend’s younger cousin, Sean. I believe the car is his parents’. I doubt he’s old enough to drive. The lightning twist of his body when he spots me confirms my theory. Clearly, he’s aching to be ignored, so I walk past. Yet, the senseless scene forces me to turn around. The boys are pushing the Audi, which neither of them can drive, up a hill in the opposite direction of its owners’ house, towards the main road. What’s more, neither boy is in the car, even attempting to steer. They’re both pushing with determination but failing. Looking hopeless, I decide that they’re hardly likely to be committing a grand theft auto. If they are, it’s a very slow one. I feel I’ve been here to watch most of the action and they’ve barely moved a metre. I put on my cape. ‘Do you guys need help?’ They answer simultaneously: ‘No,’ Sean assures me, with attitude. ‘Yes, we’re so stuffed’. ‘You look like you need help,’ I direct to Sean, giving him the opportunity to change his mind. ‘Why don’t you....’ he starts, before realising I could be a valuable asset in his little suicide squad. ‘...my parents went away for the week and we thought it’d be a good time to learn how to drive. We managed to get the car down the hill...’ ‘But then you stalled and now you’re here’, I finish for him. ‘I’m starting my lessons when I turn 17, I just decided to get a head start,’ he adds. How driven of you, I think. ‘It’s not as easy as it looks until you get the hang of clutch control.’ His friend cuts me off. ‘So, you know how to drive?’ ‘Well yeah but...’ ‘Come on,’ Sean groans. ‘How will I explain to my mum that when she left for Paris, her car was up there, and now it’s all the way down here? ‘. I think about all of times where I could have benefitted from a Broadway Barista to save me. ‘Fine,’ I say very unsurely, unhappily. ‘But if I crash this car, you didn’t see me tonight’. I expect some words of reassurance but none are forthcoming. I adjust the seat nervously. Sean’s friend encourages me to take as much time as I need. If I give my actions any more thought, I will get out the car, march over to my house and head straight for bed. I get the car started and drive back to Sean’s house. I realise, upon arrival, that I drove with no lights on, but assure myself that Batman would have done the same. I park it exactly where his parents left it and turn the engine off. We get out of the car and they thank me profusely. I just saved their bacon. I know Batman doesn’t charge for his good deeds, but I’m sure he’d accept tips after their next cappuccino.


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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 :

www.nw7hubspace.co.uk 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


WEB REVIEW | GAMING

Each month we look at different aspects of Games - Videos and much more on the web and cover local music and events with a twist ! This is the fun page for MH Today. Contact via the weblink by SAMANTHA ELLIOTT below.

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Instead of a review this month here are some of the things making the news in gaming. Fortnite has got alot of bad press in the tabloids in the last few weeks. It is addictive and it is fun but most people just enjoy the game. It has added new features since my review including : Shopping trolleys and even stink bombs.

CHANNELS TO LOOK OUT FOR ON YOU TUBE Top 200 FUNNIEST FAILS IN FORTNITE Very funny !

PS4 are releasing classic games for just £16.99 on their new series “Playstation Hits” of budget releases. Worth checking out at games shops and on Amazon. NEW YOU TUBE CHANNEL My college friend Marcus has a new gaming live stream channel on YOU TUBE and I hope to join him there for occasional group player games. If you look up CSMMarcus593 on You Tube you can subscribe and follow the streams. He is streaming games including Fortnite and others that are Over 18 including Dying Light and several Tom Clancy games. Hope to see you there. DIRECT LINK CLICK

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If you want to create Games then try Speed Tutor for UNITY 3D games engine.

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INTERNET DATING ADVICE

The web has loads of advice for teens and twenties about dating....I put this together from several of them !

8 things Men subconsciously desire in a woman: What triggers a mans attraction, instincts? Or superficial turns out its unlikely things, habits and even mannerisms that can make a man attracted to a woman. Men and women are naturally drawn to each other in means to reproduce, we are wired to find each other attractive. 1. Figure: Men are often enticed by soft feminine curved figures; a small waist isn’t a must. Men are instinctively attracted to wide hips and a curved lower back as this is a symbol of fertility and child bearing ability, men find the small of a women’s back irresistible because of its innocent feminine allure. 2. Eyes: A women’s eyes are hypnotic to men, men find a women’s eyes extremely beautiful no matter what shape, size or colour. Women’s eyes naturally have a more curved lash line, men are naturally more drawn to curved slopes and lashes as they represent femininity and innocence. Men are drawn to large striking eyes, because they are considered to childlike and feminine. 3. Tone of voice: A women’s voice is naturally higher then men’s, men are attracted to higher pitched voices, but this isn’t always the case sometimes deeper raspier voices are able to induce sexiness as this is a playful way to turn your partner on. A pleasing voice is associated with a pleasing personality, it is also associated with ones psychically attractiveness. 4. Pheromone smell: Each of us have our own distinct smell, certain smells will attract certain males, one’s smell can send a message of sexual preference, most pheromones are in sweat, bodily fluids, males and females have differing smells. The smell of a women can increase testosterone levels in men. A women’s tears have the adverse effect and decrease levels of testosterone. 5. Hair: Men are drawn to a women’s hair because it represents her health and longevity, no specific colour is preferred to another. Men are drawn to gorgeous long locks of hair, medium to long hair is preferred because this shows vitality and youth, hair is also a symbol of playfulness, curly or wavy hair is a symbol of mischievousness which is attractive to men. Silky luscious hair represents a pleasant personality and health. 6. Lips: Lips are an important part of a women’s face as they can tell a man what mood she is in, her health and personality type. Men are typically drawn to big kissable lips or a prominent cupids bow, both are equally as attractive, men like the roundness of a women’s lips because they show that the person is well nourished and healthy, striking bright lips are bound to make a man stare, specially when coated in bright lipsticks e.g. red. 7. Kindness: A good personality is a must for attractiveness as females who are mean and unkind wont exactly gain the best attention men find kind women easy to trust and less intimidating, kindness is more feminine and adds attractiveness to her personality 8. Intelligence: Smart women are every mans weakness, men love it when women can keep him interested with facts, this makes a man want to stay with you, men aren’t just attracted to physical things in women, they want a woman who knows what she is doing. Intelligent women are easy to trust and are entertaining to be around.


LONDON ARTS HUB

Welcome to our new review centre here at MH TODAY covering the best shows and gigs in London so that you can get a flavour of what is hot out there. From Opera and Ballet to heavy rock we will cover it all and if you wish to review for us please send us your reviews and photos to the email address on Page 2.


LONDON ARTS HUB REVIEW

BOOKING OPEN NOW BALLETS and OPERAS CHRISTMAS SHOWS and AUTUMN SEASONS THE NUTCRACKER booking is open now for the English National Ballet at London Colisseum. It takes place in December. In addition Operas by ENO including SALOME - LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR - LA BOHEME and PORGY AND BESS are now on sale with tickets from £12 for all performances. Book at www.eno.org The ROYAL OPERA HOUSE season goes on sale on 25 July at 9a.m If you want to get the best cheap tickets for around £20 for a performance of the Nutcracker then you need to log in at that time to get them because they go very quickly. CLICK HERE FOR BOOKING INFORMATION Also in the season are two major ballets La Bayadere and Mayerling. The Ring cycle is already sold out but there is a Verdi opera and Carmen makes a return. Finally there is a family opera the week before Christmas HANSEL and GRETEL. New Adventures present their SWAN LAKE at Sadlers Wells over Christmas and tickets start at £12 and are on sale now. So hurry to get the best seats. This like most of the events on here will sell out quite quickly and the best value tickets always go first. ENB at the Colisseum follow The Nutcracker with some performances of Swan Lake and Manon going into January. Tickets are on sale already and available from around £12/£15. There are child discounts and family tickets available for some of these ballets. Locally FIDDLER ON THE ROOF booking opens for patrons in August and the public in September for MHMTC much anticipated musical at Hartley Hall which is sure to sell out fast. OUR REVIEWERS ARE TAKING THE SUMMER OFF THEY WILL RETURN IN THE OCTOBER ISSUE WITH THE NEW SEASON REVIEWS In SEPTEMBER we will have our PROMS reviews

LONDON ARTS HUB REVIEW


MHMTC

MILL HILL MUSICAL THEATRE COMPANY

Proudly presents…

Based on Sholem Aleichem stories by special permission of Arnold Perl

Book by JOSEPH STEIN Music by JERRY BOCK Lyrics by SHELDON HARNIC Produced on the New York Stage by Harold Prince

Original New York Stage Production Directed and Choreographed by JEROME ROBBINS

Wednesday 24 to Saturday 27 October 2018 7.30pm and Saturday 2.30pm matinee

Tickets on sale in September

Hartley Hall, Flower Lane, Mill Hill, London NW7 2JA

www.mhmtc.co.uk This amateur production is presented by arrangement with Music Theatre International (Europe) All authorised performance materials are also supplied by MTI Europe www.mtishows.co.uk


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FEEL THE SPIRT LONDON PRO ARTE CHOIR SATURDAY JUNE 16 2018 Shearing Songs and Sonnets Copland Two Songs of Emily Dickenson Barber Sure on this Shining Night Lauridson Nocurnes Rutter Feel The Spirit

Helen Charlston Mezzo Soprano Charles Andrews Piano Tom Winpenny Conductor

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REVIEW The annual summer concert by the Pro Arte Choir is always a joyous occasion and St Michael's Church in Flower Lane Mill Hill was packed out to see a varied and very jazzy programme on a warm summer's day. The concert began with the choir singing jazz arrangements of Sonnets and Songs by Shakespeare composed by George Shearing. These were full of bluesy harmonies and set the tone for an evening of works by Anglo/American composers. The star turn of the evening was Mezzo Soprano Helen Charlston who dazzled us all with some very impressive singing. In this first half she sang two songs by Aaron Copland setting words by Emily Dickinson and then a glorious, soaring rendition of Samuel Barber's Sure on this Shining Night. Helen was greatly appreciated by the large audience. To complete the first half were some nocturnes by Morten Lauridson - one in French - one in Spanish and one in English. In fact the English nocturne was the same text Sure on this Shining Night which gave us two versions in one sitting to compare and contrast. The choir are certainly working hard these days under the direction of Tom Winpenny and in the first half had to deal with complex harmonies in Lauridson - jazzy blues rhythms and harmonies in the Shearing as well as singing in three languages. That they carried it off so effortlessly is a great achievement. The interval is worth mentioning. There was Strawberries and cream ( At an incredible £1.50 a go !) Pimms - Wine - Soft Drinks and a fantastic home made cake stall. The large audience enjoyed the interval ! A very successful #NW7meetyourneighbours event ! The second part was the main event. John Rutter the famous English composer of Christmas Carols also writes many other works. This one called FEEL THE SPIRIT was a gospel tinged arrangement of several of the best known gospel songs for choir. Starting with Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho and ending with When the Saints go Marching In. The choir gave a blistering performance in these audience pleasing gospel songs. Helen Charlston provided the solos and rose above the choir with great clarity and power. The audience cheered all the performers at the end of what had been a marvellous and varied evening. Don’t miss the September Choral Day ( See advert ) and then on SATURDAY 24 NOVEMBER the very popular HANDEL’s MESSIAH is the Winter Concert. Tickets are sure to be in high demand for this and we will let you know next month how to get hold of them.

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FIDDLER ON THE ROOFNEWS CASTING NEWS FROM MILL HILL MUSICAL THEATRE COMPANY FROM MILL HILL MUSICAL THEATRE COMPANY Farhat ByBy Farhat DarDar After one of the most fiercely contested – and largest – set of auditions in recent MHMTC history, casting has been decided for the Company’s October 2018 production of classic musical Fiddler On The Roof. Christine Hubbard, chairman, said: “We had an amazing response to our audition call, and the quality of auditionees was outstanding. Thank you to everyone who tried out. “The panel had a really tough time making its decision, and we’re delighted to reveal our casting to Mill Hill Today, as follows.” The coveted central role of Tevye, the poor dairyman and father-of-five daughters, who struggles to uphold the traditions of his Jewish family and community, has been awarded to David Rose, who previously played gangster Curtis in Sister Act for MHMTC last October. Clare Shah, meanwhile, is to play Golde, Tevya’s feisty, sharp-witted wife of 25 years, who hopes to get her daughters married off well. Their headstrong three eldest daughters, Tzeitel, Hodel and Chava, who have a will of their own with regards to their future, are played by Corrine Ward, Kim Llewellyn and Saju Vaswani respectively. The roles of suitors Motel, an impoverished tailor, and radical student Perchik have been won by Robert Murray and Rob Brown, who also appeared in Sister Act as Sweaty Eddie and gangster Pablo. Russian Fyedka, who romances Chava, is yet to be cast, and MHMTC would love to hear from anyone interested in playing the part. Barbara Shapiro is to portray busybody matchmaker Yente, and Nigel Kelly the wealthy middle-aged butcher Lazar Wolf, who is keen to marry for the second time and has set his sights on young Tzeitel. Also cast are Suzanne Cohen as Fruma-Sarah (the ghost of Lazar Wolf’s first wife), Sidney Mittleman as Sphrintze (Tevye and Golde’s fourth daughter), Beth Shah as youngest daughter Bielke, Roger Dowlen as the Rabbi, Christine ‘Becky’ Gutowski as Grandma Tzeitel, and Stuart Killen as the Constable. “We’re delighted with our line-up of talent, which we will really do justice to Fiddler On The Roof – one of the best Broadway musicals ever coming to our own Broadway in Mill Hill during October half-term,” said Chris Hubbard. “We will have casting news soon for minor characters including Innkeeper Mordcha, Rabbi’s son Mendel, bookseller Avram, Nachum (the beggar), Motel’s mother Shandel, hatter Yussel, Fyedka’s friend Sasha and The Fiddler.” Directing Fiddler On The Roof is David Coleman and the MD is Derek Holland. MHMTC’s Fiddler On The Roof is being staged from Wednesday 24-Saturday 27 October 2018. There are five performances, four at 7.30pm (Wed-Sat) and a matinee on the Saturday at 2.30pm at Hartley Hall, Flower Lane, Mill Hill NW7 2JA. Tickets go on sale in September, with priority Patrons booking from August. Ticket prices, including special deal for group bookings of 10+ seats, will be published soon on our website, www.mhmtc.co.uk. If you’d like to become a patron – minimum patrons’ fee of £15 for adults and £9 for under 16s – please email patrons@mhmtc.co.uk. Anyone who’d like to join us on stage or help out backstage for this or future productions, please email join@mhmtc.co.uk.


Barabara Shapiro (left) and Clare Shah

David Rose

David Rose and Clare Shah

Clare Shah (left) and Barabara Shapiro

Clare Shah and David Rose

Kim Llewellyn

Nigel Kelly

Rob Brown & Robert Murray


Mill Hill Musical Theatre Company

Saturday 22 September 2018 at 7.30pm

. QUIZ NIGHT Trinity Church, 100 The Broadway Mill Hill NW7 2JA

Ticket price: £12.50

To book your place, contact Chris Hubbard on 01923 247098


NEWS FROM MILL HILL MUSICAL THEATRE COMPANY By Farhat Dar

THE MHMTC QUIZ THAT PUTS THE FUN IN FUNDRAISING MHMTC enjoyed another successful evening of fund-raising with our Quiz Night on Saturday 23 June at Trinity Church on the Broadway. Richard Ings was our MC, and he ably and entertainingly stood in for regular quizmaster Grant Graves, who is now very much on the mend. We had a whopping 11 teams of up to eight members each, who all had a good go at the sometimes tricky questions. The rounds included the year 2017, general knowledge, literature, film and TV, geography, and a marathon picture round. We also enjoyed the delicious fish and chips that arrived bang on half way through the rounds. Congratulations to the winning team. Thanks to everyone who came to support MHMTC, and we look forward to seeing as many people at our next Quiz Night on Saturday 22 September at 7.30pm. See our poster for further information.

PHOTOS of the Quiz on 23 June


PREVIEWS

Taking Part ? | Choral Workshop

London Pro Arte Choir invites you to come and explore selected choruses from Messiah. Have fun and improve your singing skills with like-minded people

Saturday 15 September 2018 – 9.30 am – 5 pm St. Michael’s Church, Flower Lane, London NW7 2JA Registration 9.30-10 a.m. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Informal sing-through at 4pm of the choruses we have studied. Family and friends will be welcome to come and listen. The musical team will guide participants in all aspects of high quality choral singing, including: voice production and singing vocal runs breath control and support techniques good diction and pronunciation of text Cost – £20 (£10 for full time students) for the one-day workshop including lunch, refreshments and hire of scores. On our website www.lpac.org.uk you will find full details of how to book on line. We look forward to seeing you there. Meet the superb Musical Team who will guide you through the day

Tom Winpenny Music Director of LPAC and Assistant Master of the Music at St. Alban’s Cathedral tomwinpenny.org

Tom Appleton co-founder of the Come and Sing Company, former member of the Monteverdi Choir and BBC Proms soloist comeandsingcompany.co.uk


London Pro Arte Choir

Choral Workshop choruses from Handel’s Messiah Have fun and improve your singing skills Scores and lunch included

Saturday 15 September 2018, 9.30am to 5pm St Michael’s Church, Flower Lane, Mill Hill NW7 2JA To register: £20; students £10 - from www.lpac.org.uk


OPERA - BALLET - MUSICALS - GIGS - COMEDY - JAZZ - ARTS FAIRS - CONCERTS - CLASSICAL - EVENTS

WHAT’S ON GUIDE

FIND OUT What is happening locally Plus the best of the West End & South Bank


WHAT’S ON local NEW COMEDY CLUB FOR MILL HILL Tickets are bound to be in demand for an exciting new Comedy Club which opens at the NW7hub at the end of June with a double header of Edinburgh Festival Previews. Starring the brilliant RACHEL CREEGER who will perform on both nights and host two guest performers each evening. Your ticket even gets you a free drink - so make sure you tell your friends and bring them down to the NW7hub for a night of fun and laughter. So why not get the tickets now using this link !!! or visit the NW7hub.

CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS www.ents24.com/NW7hub

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

DATE : EVERY WEDNESDAY Mill Hill Golf Club MILL HILL JAZZ CLUB Stars of jazz and jams every week in superb clubhouse. https://www.millhilljazzclub.co.uk/

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.

“Free class on How to Find Peace and Be Calm with Mindfulness” Come along to a friendly and open class on mindfulness with Dr Hagen Rampes of “Mindfulness Healing”. You will be guided through mindfulness practices and understand the benefits of mindfulness. Classes held at Trinity Church on the Broadway. Visit https://mindfulness-healing.co.uk/free-mindfulness-class-london/ to claim your free place.” Dr Hagen Rampes BSc MBChB FRCPsych Mindfulness Teacher & Consultant Psychiatrist Listed by UK Network for Mindfulness-Based Teachers & Access MBCT https://mindfulness-healing.co.uk


Send your events to info@millhillbroadway.co.uk


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DON GIOVANNI FOR FREE THURDAY JULY 12th TRAFALGAR SQUARE 6.30pm

AFter reading our review in the Arts section then perhaps you would like to see an opera for free. There is a way and we will tell you how ! This is a very visual opera with great music and story, BP BIG SCREENS have been going for several years now. They run in Trafalgar Square. They are totally free to attend and have become a really popular way to watch opera and ballet while having a picnic and enjoying the huge screen and sound. In addition there are Hosts from the Royal Opera House who introduce the events and special features on the big screen to get more enjoyment from the event. So here are the details : Getting There / What to Bring : We reccoment getting there any time after 6p.m. Charing Cross Tube is next door to the entrance to the event. Obviously the earlier you go the better position you can find. Toilets are on the Square. You cant take in glass bottles so make sure you have plastic - decant wine/beers into plastic If rain is possible take plastic macs. Bring a cushion or get a free one on the night....concrete is hard...and a bag for food litter. THE EVENT | DON GIOVANNI The Opera Look out for the DIGITAL PROGRAMME - which gives you casting and a synopsis. You get this programme for free and just have to sign into the website. Begins with features and host at 6.30p.mp.m. This is a great way to get the crowd warmed up and you can be eating your picnic and having wine, BALLET 7.30 to 10.20p.m The ballet is in two parts - Act 1 and 2 then a 30 minute interval and then act 3 and a further interval of 25 minutes then Act 4. This gives plenty of time to socialise and have food and drink and enjoy the host and features. As long as the weather is good then it is a fantastic experience and one that everyone should do at least once, Opera can be expensive to watch in a theatre though tickets start at under ÂŁ15 for all ENO and ROH operas. This big screen is a good way to see top opera stars up close for nothing. If it is sunny then it is a fantastic experience.


West End etc. JUNE - JULY Various Dates ROYAL OPERA HOUSE LA BOHEME £11 - £200 A few tickets still left for this brilliant opera www.roh.org.uk 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 !

BOOK AHEAD

MAY to JULY 7.30p.m ROYAL OPERA HOUSE SWAN LAKE £ returns and £100+ New production of the famous ballet. Friday Rush Tickets from £16. www.roh.org.uk

2018 - 19 SEASON 7.30p.m London Coliseum VARIOUS £12 - £105 Goes on sale in MAY. Keep checking website - operas announced on 1 May. www.eno.org

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 OPEN NOW Most concerts still have good availability for seats. www.bbc.co.uk/proms

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

DECEMBER Various Dates COLISSEUM NUTCRACKER £14 - £130 on sale now Great production www.eno.org

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


SEASON TICKET DETAILS FOR SARACENS

How to Buy

Payments can be made by the following methods: CHEQUE - made payable to "Saracens Limited" CREDIT CARD DEBIT CARD DIRECT DEBIT – Contact Supporter Services to provide your full bank details.

Where to Buy

Memberships can be purchased through the following: Online - by visiting www.saracens.com/tickets. In person – Come and see us between 09H00 and 17H30 Monday to Friday at Allianz Park. Our offices are in the East Stand on the mezzanine level. Over the phone - Call Supporter Services on 0203 675 7200 and choose option 1


SPORTS NEWS THE LATEST FROM ALL OUR LOCAL CLUBS

SARACENS SEASON TICKETS INFORMATIONKey Benefits Direct Debit Payment Scheme

Want to spread payment for your season ticket evenly across 10 months? Join our Direct Debit scheme and we'll set up a payment plan for you with the first collection in June and payments being collected on or around the 5th of the month until March. The exact collection date will be confirmed on receipt of the full Direct Debit mandate for the 2018/19 season. In the event of joining the direct debit scheme after June one ‘catch up payment’ will be taken and then equal monthly payments through to March. By signing up to the Direct Debit scheme you are committing to the full 2018/19 season. Memberships cannot be cancelled at any stage through the season. If you cancel your direct debit then you will still be liable for the outstanding balance of your seasonal package. Failure to keep up with repayments may result

16 regular season competitive games Updated tickets and discounts at Wembley Priority booking for knock out fixtures and 25% off your seat at home First Class Rugby See the Aviva Premiership and European Cup champions in action as well as the Saracens Storm and Saracens Women Entry into the ballot for tickets to the Autumn Internationals and Six Nations games at Twickenham Additional Benefits Our loyalty scheme gives you 5% Club Cash on all purchases to spend on future ticket purchases and merchandise Entry to the Allianz Park Summer Gathering, a great family day out with fans, players and coaches Ticket exchange for sold out matches so you can make your ticket available to other fans if you can't make the game Option to pay by direct debit and spread your payments out over 12 months from April to April Travel to Allianz Park Accessible by car, tube, train and bus Choose from onsite parking or one of our satelite car parks just a short walk from the stadium Access the stadium from Mill Hill East or Mill Hill Broadway stations, from where a match day shuttle bus will drop you at the stadium The 221 and 113 buses stop within walking distance from Allianz Park Sign up to the Saracens Express coach service for the season which runs from four routes across Hertfordshire Travel to Allianz Park by cycle or motorbike and park for free


Events at Mill Hill Village Sports Club We are busy preparing for the marquee event of our 150th Anniversary Year, celebrating the existence of Mill Hill Village Sports Club. Cricket has been the ever present sport throughout the duration. On 30th June, the Club will be celebrating with a Grand Summer Ball, welcoming members, past members and friends of the Club to celebrate the longevity and future prosperity of our wonderful establishment. Hundreds of tickets have been sold, a huge Grand prize draw organised, live music has been booked and we are keeping our fingers crossed for a fine evening. We hope to be able to report on the success of the event in the next edition.

Sport at Mill Hill Village Football has finally given way to Cricket as the Summer has now properly arrived. However, the 1st team footballers received an unexpected boost when they learned that they will be promoted into Division 1 North next season following the league’s annual constitution review. These are heady heights for the ‘Village’ who have not been competing at the this level since the ‘glory years’ of the 80s and 90s when there were many more players and teams around at the Club. The 2nd team will continue to battle in Division 5 North next season, which is approximately half way up (or down!) the Regional divisions. Pre-season training will get underway on 4th July and will continue every Wednesday evening until the season gets underway again in September. If you are interested in joining us for pre-season training, please feel free to get in touch via the club email millhillvillagesportsclub@yahoo.co.uk.


MILL HILL VILLAGE SPORTS CLUB The Adult Cricket teams started the season in fine fashion and all were competing towards the top of their respective divisions after the first few games. This has tailed off a bit as poor availability and weak batting performances have contributed to several recent losses. The 1st and 2nd teams both lie 4th in the table and the 3rds are currently 6th, with 10 teams competing in each league. All teams still harbour hopes of challenging for promotion come the end of the season but performances will need to come good again. The 1st XI are expecting the imminent return of some long term absentees and this will undoubtably improve the playing strength throughout the Club. When the sun is shining, there aren’t many finer places to be than our Burtonhole Lane ground, so feel free to pop down and enjoy our hospitality. Finchley Nurseries Garden centre and the Pond Life Aquatics are close by, and always worthy of a visit, particularly their splendid new Café facility. Junior cricket both starts and finishes a little earlier than the Adults and we are already heading towards the back end of the Junior season. Coaching sessions on Friday evenings have been very well attended. The U11s have won one match in the top division of the Middlesex North Area structure but otherwise have struggled a little to compete with the ‘big boys’ of the district. The U13s on the other hand have had a fine season, winning the North Area Cup by beating Totteridge Millhillians. They lost the regional Semi finals against an incredibly strong Eastcote CC but acquitted themselves well nonetheless. League games have also been largely wins, although school exams and trips did take their toll on one or two occasions. It looks likely that the U13s will finish runners-up in their Division 2 league. Finally the U15s saw a season and half unbroken run of wins come to an end following a poor performance against London Maccabi Vale. Despite this, the Under 15s should still secure promotion from Division 3 to Division 2 come the end of the season.

At the younger end of the scale, the Club are a delivery centre for the ECB (England and Wales Cricket Board) All Stars Cricket initiative. We welcomed 33 new 5 to 8 year olds to the Club on this 8 week introduction to cricket programme which is now drawing to a close. This is a brilliant scheme and shows the tremendous enthusiasm that still exists for our national Summer sport. We hope that all the new boys and girls will return next season either as All Stars once again or as Junior club members. Fundraising at Mill Hill Village Sports Club We await notification of our finishing position in the ‘race’ for the ‘#community matters’ Waitrose Green token scheme which we were involved with last month. Talking of races, members have continued to be active in fundraising for our partner Charity Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice. Several are raising sponsorship for the forthcoming Rainbow Run around Trent Park on the 8th July. The course will follow a fully sign-posted route with the Rainbow Squad posted at various points ready to shower you in a kaleidoscope of colour as you pass – by the time you reach the finish line, you’ll be well and truly rainbowed! MILL HILL VILLAGE SPORTS CLUB Club Email: Facebook: Cricket Website: Twitter: Football Website: Club landing page:

millhillvillagesportsclub@yahoo.co.uk www.facebook.com/millhillvillagecc www.millhillvillagecricketclub.co.uk @MHVCricketClub www.pitchero.com/clubs/millhillvillagefc www.millhillvillagesportsclub.co.uk


SPORT by Hugo Webster

MILL HILL RUGBY CLUB Celebrating 80 Years

Club News: Our 80th season is over but we are far from done! There’s plenty going on until the season begins so keep a look out! Throughout the summer we will be doing pre-season fitness every Tuesday and Thursday to which we welcome anyone who wants to keep fit over summer. Tuesday’s will see us continuing our Project rugby in partnership with the Saracens Sport Foundation, Premiership Rugby, and Barnet Mencap, so if you know anyone who would like to take part, just come down! It’s free of charge and open to all levels of disAbilities. Volunteers to help run the sessions are welcome too. Our NEW ladies side are recruiting and training throughout the summer too, every Thursday – we’re very excited and hope to have a full squad by the start of the season! The 18/19 season will officially begin with two games on the 15th September – As always, we’re kicking off with a start of season party the week before on the 8th – All are welcome to attend! Though our 1st XV missed out on promotion their league has grown in team numbers which now include teams such as Watford RFC and London Scottish 2’s & London French. Our 2nd XV who were previously in Herts/Middlesex Merit League 6 now find themselves in League 5! The Vets XV will have a couple of friendlies through the season so watch this space! The aim with the new Ladies XV is to have a full squad playing friendlies regularly through the season and entered into a league in the next – join them and make it happen! The 2018 Tour to Bucharest – It was hot, humid, and hectic! Now we all know what goes on tour stays on tour so apologies for the limited information! I can report Mill Hill RFC have brought back two wins! Both Friday night and Saturday mornings games were played at the home of Romanian professional football side Dynamo Bucharest on a beautiful pitch. Our hosts Arlechinii Bucurest RFC (Harlequins Bucharest RFC) we’re fantastic opponents and took us out for a wonderful meal where club memorabilia were exchanged, songs sung together, and then a fantastic night on the town. Pictures and videos available at their Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Arlechinii.Bucuresti/ Fantastic 80th Anniversary tour – Touring is by far one of the best reasons to join a rugby club! Honours and Awards for Mill Hill RFC! While we were over a thousand miles away; back at Twickenham stadium, home of English Rugby, The Middlesex RFU End of Season awards were in full swing. We are incredibly proud to announce Mill Hill RFC were the winners of the President's award for Community Engagement 2018, some top honours! We’d like to let everyone know that this award will not have us resting on our laurels and we will continue and push further with what the club can offer to all aspects of the community. We are YOUR club, YOU are our lifeblood. Additionally we were fortunate to have not one but three members nominated for the England Rugby Mitsubishi Volunteer of the year award; Joey Healy, Ed Wade, and Hugo Webster. Fortune continued to smile on Mill Hill RFC as Hugo Webster won the award and will now go through from county to the national awards held at Twickenham September 7th. – Just goes to show, small clubs and its members can still compete with the big guns! Thanks for reading – we hope to have your come through our doors soon!

Did you know?

American Football fans will be pleased to know that this summer the London Hornets AFC will be using Mill Hill RFC as a home ground – Usually playing on Sundays their fixtures can be found via their Facebook.

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