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November 2017

MAGAZINE It’s Panto Time

Oh Not It’s Not!

How Safe Are You On-Line?

Local News & What’s On In Your Area

Win Panto and Ideal Home Show Tickets Home Spa Kit

Welcome to your November 2017 issue of en MAGAZINE Contents

Hello and welcome to the November issue of EN Magazine.

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We all spend hours of our time using technology and interacting with people and companies on line, but just how safe are we? Is the way we use technology making us vunerable to hackers? We take a look at some of the dangers of communicating on line.

Page 15 - it’s Panto Time - Oh No It’s Not Page 21 - On Line Security - Just how safe are you on line? Page 24 - Home Improvements - is your home burning money? Page 27 - S.A.D - how to compete with long dark nights Page 28 - EN Directory, Local Trades and Services Page 28 - What’s On and Things To Do

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Christmas is not far away and with it brings the opportunity to visit a local Pantomime. In this issue we take a look at the history of Panto and bring you information on some of the fantastic local Christmas Shows. We also bring you the chance to win tickets to two local Pantos (see page 20), Tickets to the Ideal Home Show at Christmas (see page 14) and a Home Spa Kit from naturalspafactory.com (see page 21). If you have any comments or suggestions; please get in touch at editorial@enmagazine.co.uk.

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Time to Get Your Christmas Cards Have you thought about what your Christmas Cards will look like this year? Well why not chose from a selection of cards that will help a local charity at the same time. Local estate agents Chamberlains have donated the printing of 3 designs of Christmas Cards to raise money for The Nightingale Cancer Support Centre.

“For several years Chamberlains Estates have worked with the team at The Nightingale Cancer Support Centre to help raise money by paying for the printing of Christmas Cards.” Andrew Ryde told EN Magazine. “After the success of last years cards, when we helped to raise over £3,000, we have decided to expand the selection and this year there


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are three new designs; Forty Hall in the Snow by John Stockle - local artist, A religious themed card Mother & Child, and a card designed and painted by a Nightingale competition winner Verona D’Souza. A pack of 10 cards will cost just £4.00 and 100% of the sale proceeds are going direct to The Nightingale. We have set ourselves a target to try and raise £4,000 for The Nightingale Cancer Support Centre.” The cards will be available from The Nightingale, Chamberlains Estates, local businesses, schools and Churches.

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Local Baker Rises to the Occasion Stars of the bread-baking world gathered together at St John’s Church, Hyde Park on Tuesday 17 October 2017 for the much-anticipated announcement of the winners of Tiptree World Bread Awards with Brook Food, www. worldbreadawards.com

The awards ceremony was hosted by Stephen Hallam, Master Baker, Managing Director of Dickinson & Morris and Chair of the Judges who was delighted to declare Richard Copsey of Holtwhites Bakery, Enfield, as Winner of the Carr’s Flour Baguette

category with his Multiseed Baguette. “The field was more competitive than ever,” says Hallam, whose fellow judges, all 86 of them, included Charles Campion, Food Critic, Dr John Foster of BBC’s Victorian Bakers and Andrew Whitley, Founder, The Real Bread Campaign. Richard beat off competition from hundreds of loaves sent in from around the United Kingdom – delivered by

courier, taxi and in person on the morning of the judging at Cathedral Hall, Westminster Cathedral, to ensure maximum freshness. Tiptree World Bread Awards with Brook Food, launched in January 2013, seek to celebrate the very best of British bread baking. “The choice, range and quality of bread in Britain today is immense,” says Caroline Kenyon, Director of the Awards.


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Local College Top For Satisfaction The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London (CONEL) is officially the best further education college in the country for student satisfaction.

and IT and Computing Academies to help prepare students for the world of work, including paid internships, mentoring and employability workshops with top employers.

The College, which has centres in Tottenham and Enfield, scored a 94.6% response rate from students who said they would “recommend CONEL to their friends and family” in the FE Choices Learner Satisfaction Survey for 2016/17.

Enrichment activities at CONEL include Football, Basketball, Martial Arts and Athletics Academies, and specialist weeks focusing on diversity, health and wellbeing, college values, and fundraising and volunteering.

This score compares to a national average for England of 88% across all public and private post16 training providers, including sixth form colleges and specialist colleges. The survey was carried out by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) from October 2016 to April 2017. CONEL offers a wide range of vocational skills courses, many offering work experience as part of their programme of study, along with apprenticeships, higher education courses and teacher training qualifications. Areas of study include accounting, business, childcare, construction, creative and media, engineering, hair and beauty, health and social care, computing, music, public services, science and travel and tourism. The College also boasts Business Management, Accounting


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As one of the largest apprenticeship providers in London, CONEL delivers to over 1500 Apprentices and 450 employers each year. CONEL also ranked number 1 in London for Employer Satisfaction in the FE Choices Survey, which shows the College offers excellent training and support to employers and students alike. Kurt Hintz, Vice Principal – Curriculum and Learner Experience, said: “We’re thrilled to have achieved the best in the country for student satisfaction in the 2016/17 Learner Satisfaction Survey, and along with the top ranking for Employer Satisfaction in London last year, we are exceptionally happy. The fact that our students and employers have recognised CONEL as a great place to study and would recommend the college to their friends and families is one of the best endorsements we could possibly have.”

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Homes Discount for Local People Hertsmere residents and people with a local connection are being offered help to get on the property ladder, thanks to a pioneering council scheme. Hertsmere Borough Council is offering anyone who already lives in the borough, has worked locally for at least six months or has close family ties to the borough, an opportunity to secure a one or two bedroomed property in the heart of Borehamwood for 80 per cent of its market value.

accommodation, social housing or might be still at home with mum and dad, to actually own their own home.” “Too often people who currently live in the borough have to move away to find somewhere they can afford to buy. We believe this scheme could give those families and individuals the helping hand they need to get on the property ladder, without having to leave their family, friends or move miles from their places of work to do so.”

For example, under the equity share scheme, a two-bedroom flat, which would have a full market price of £345,000, could be purchased for £288,000 - a discount of £57,600. In addition, to be eligible, applicants should not earn more than £80,000 a year, cannot be a current home owner and should be unable to buy a home without help.

The properties in Liberty Court benefit from underground parking, come with flooring throughout and are fully equipped with modern household appliances.

Twenty properties in Liberty Court, part of the newly developed complex formerly known as Isopad House, are available through the scheme - the fifth one of its kind to be offered by the council. The purchaser does not pay rent on the share that they do not own. The remaining equity is owned by the council, who act as ‘silent partners.’

Armed forces personnel who live in the borough or have lived locally before being posted will receive high priority.

Councillor Jean Heywood, Portfolio Holder for Housing, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for families or individuals who are living in rented

Construction at the site off Shenley Road roundabout is due to end shortly with most properties available to rent or buy before the end of the year.

Anyone who believes they may be eligible should register with Hertfordshire’s Help to Buy agents bpha who are managing applications on behalf of the council. To find out more go to www.helptobuyese.org.uk/

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Over 60’s Don’t Miss.... Ferrying the kids around, having a boss who breathes down your neck – and the daily stress of running a family home, have emerged among a list of things the older generation DO NOT miss about being younger, according to a new study. Worrying about your weight, being woken up by the sound of an alarm clock, and the constant juggle of work and childcare also emerged as aspects of life the nation’s retirees are MORE than happy to have left behind. Researchers polled adults aged 60 and over and asked them to list the life activities they do not hanker after, including sitting exams, worrying about what people think of you, cooking meals for the family every night - and waiting for pay day.


Ironing school uniforms on a Sunday night and hosting the family Christmas were also we are glad to see the back of in our golden years. Of those polled, 87 percent said, although they enjoyed their youth and miss certain aspects of it – they are just as happy now as they ever were, with nearly two thirds (63 percent) saying they are happier now than they have ever been. More than half said their relationship with their spouse was at its best now – with half saying it was due to not having the stress of work and running a family home. Nearly three quarters of those polled said they were happy with what they had achieved in life with marriage, children, owning a home and travelling the

world among the biggest accomplishments.

did and they wish they had done it sooner.

A spokesman for retirement housebuilder, McCarthy & Stone who commissioned the survey of 1,500 over 60s, said: “Many of the things the older generation don’t miss involve work – and that comes as no surprise. We are all looking forward to the day we don’t have to endure the commute to the office and deal with the stresses that our jobs place on us.

Other plus points of selling-up the family home for a smaller property included cheaper utility bills, less DIY and maintenance and not being put upon to host all the big family parties.

“But it is interesting to see the stress of running a family home and the struggle to get on the property ladder also both made the list of things older people DON’T miss about being young. For many, getting older means downsizing and that’s a welcome move.” Of those polled, 28 percent have already downsized with nearly nine in ten retirees claiming it has made life much easier. A quarter went as far to say it’s the best thing they ever

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Freeing up equity in the home and having a better social life were also listed as benefits of downsizing according to the over 60s. The poll found 67 was the perfect age to downsize; but of those who haven’t, four in ten said they can’t face the upheaval of a move. And 15 percent said their current property has many emotional ties. A spokesman for McCarthy & Stone added: “Deciding on when to downsize takes a lot of consideration. It’s a big step, but once the decision has been made many retirees have a whole new lease of life.

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Pamper yourself for charity – You deserve it! The best of North London’s Wellbeing talent is in Enfield Town on Saturday 4th November 2017 at the second annual Enfield Wellbeing Showcase – a Soul’s Compass Event. More than 40 local wellbeing businesses will all be gathering at the Dugdale Centre, London Road, Enfield EN2 6DS, 11am-4pm. The Mayor of Enfield will be opening the event this year! Cheryl-lya Broadfoot and her team, Stacey Chapman, Aileen Kennedy, Nicola Antoniou and Alev Jemal run this event for free, for your wellbeing. You meet local experts, sustain local charities and pamper yourself! Support the awesome talent Enfield has, Saturday 4th November 2017, you deserve it. There is a £3 door fee, all of which is being donated to two awesome local

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To Tech Or Not To Tech

By Richard Jenkins

Brits are spending millions of pounds a year on tech - with features they NEVER use, according to research. A poll of 2,000 adults found the average UK adult admits to using a fraction of the available functions on their gadgets. More than a third only use HALF the available tech on their smartphone, and six in ten have no idea how to fully operate their washing machine. The survey was conducted by Dacia, whose spokesman said: “The influx of gadgets and technology into our lives was supposed to make living easier. “But our survey showed that millions of people aren’t even using half of the functions their tech offers, so you have to wonder what the point of it really is. And in some instances not knowing how things work can be dangerous,for example if you get a new car and can’t figure out how to turn on the windshield wipers.”

that gadgets have simply become too complicated now, featuring too many functions. With 15 per cent of confused shoppers having to return a piece of technology because it was too difficult to use. And nearly a third of respondents have bought a piece of exciting tech, like a drone or VR headset, which has been sitting in storage after the first couple of uses. Of these, 55 per cent believe they’re missing out on good experiences by not knowing how all their tech really works. Half say they just don’t have time to learn how everything works properly, and a quarter of Brits think that as long as it does all they need it for, they’re happy. And more than one in 10 who took part in the OnePoll.com study think

the symbols on their technology and gadgets are too complicated to fathom. More than two thirds of the country don’t understand all the symbols on their car dashboard, with nearly a tenth admitting they hardly know what any of them mean. Dacia’s spokesman contiued: “There’s a lot to be said for simplicity in gadgets, things that have just one function and perform them well. However, we believe that if there’s a benefit to the user by adding technology, then it’s worth doing – provided it gets the balance right

Kitchen appliances are less likely to cause injury, but one in five Brits owns three or more kitchen gadgets that they simply never use. And nearly 60 per cent of us just leave our tech on the same one or two modes rather than experimenting with all the different options available. A huge 84 per cent of the population believe


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and remains useful, rather than over-complicated. At Dacia we focus on getting things done as simply as possible – we’d rather people knew exactly what they were doing when they were behind the wheel.”

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New vehicles to bolster the fight against fly-tippers The fight against flytippers in Enfield has stepped up a gear with the purchase of six new vehicles by the Council to help boost streetcleansing operations.

operate effectively and efficiently. The vehicles will be available for duties for longer periods, allowing officers to carry out their services on a more regular basis.”

The new vehicles will offer improvements to the current arrangements, with each vehicle equipped with tool storage and a lift platform to allow staff to sort and check fly-tipped waste, whilst maintaining a swift and efficient removal service.

“The decision to update the current fleet was taken as the older vehicles were past their prime and their efficiency was waning. As well as saving the Council money over a seven-year period versus the previous leased trucks, the new vehicles are also greener. They are compliant with any proposed extension of the London Ultra Low Emission Zone, making sure our carbon footprint from vehicle operations is kept to the absolute minimum. Cllr Anderson added, “The vehicles will have better fuel efficiency, reducing pollution and improving air quality, all helping with the Council’s strong communities priority.”

The service operates from early morning through two work periods collecting waste illegally placed on the street. The vehicles will increase capacity and help to reduce the number of miles driven to and from 29/01/2016 11:54 the waste transfer station. With fewer journeys the vehicles will also boost the Council’s green credentials whilst spending more time on Enfield’s streets, helping to keep them clean and safe. They have also been designed to safely transfer fridges for recycling, ensuring that damaging CFC’s are removed from the environment. Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Daniel Anderson, said: “Our street scenes and housing teams work hard to help keep the Borough clean. These new vehicles will markedly improve their ability to

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If you would like to report an instance of fly-tipping or littering, please contact Enfield Council via their website: www.new.enfield. gov.uk/services/rubbishand-recycling/rubbishand-litter/fly-tipping-andlitter/

Local News and Events making ‘shareable and interactive’ dishes to help create more meaningful mealtimes.

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Lindsay Hill added: “Taking the time out of our busy schedules and putting down the tech can be difficult so Old El Paso wants to help families reclaim mealtimes, with fun, delicious and sharable food like our Stand ‘N’ Stuff Mini Soft Tortillas – perfect for little hands. “Get messy and break the rules and make dinner yours again.”

By Gemma Francis

Modern families are now more likely to text or email at the dinner table than discuss their day, a study has found. Historically, the evening meal was the time for busy families to sit down together, unwind and talk about their day at school or work. But now, the average family finds time to sit down to just four meals a week together – with one of those spent in complete silence because everyone is tapping away on their phones. One in ten even admitted they often eat in silence with almost one quarter blaming technology for the lack of conversation. More than half (56%) of mums and dads regularly find themselves alone at the table - because the kids dash off as soon as they finish their food. The study of 2,000 parents by Old El Paso found eight in ten believe it’s important to sit and eat dinner together as a family. Mums who took part in the research laid down the law and came up with a list of rules which they believe should NEVER be broken during mealtimes. No elbows on the table, no texting or emailing and no hats or caps all featured on the list. Lindsay Hill of Old El Paso said: “With our increasingly busy lifestyles and the effects of technology, many families are now finding it harder to have meaningful meal times together. This is

despite many agreeing they can be an ideal opportunity to sit down and catch up.’’ Psychologist and behavioural expert Emma Kenny added; “Modern life is hectic and it is very easy to let family meals go on the back burner. The truth is, eating together is critical to a harmonious and connected family life, and is often the only time that everyone gets chance to sit down to catch up with other family members all in one place. Making sure that mealtimes are a technology free zone is critical to family cohesion and means that every family member can be fully present whilst enjoying a nutritious and delicious shared meal.” The study also found more than a third (32 per cent) of parents said they had to sit down for family dinners every night of the week when they were growing up.” But one in ten admit that as parents themselves, with their own family, they never gather at the dinner table for their evening meal and even those who do, spend just 18 minutes sat around the table. One in twenty even admitted they are lucky to last five minutes before everyone goes off to do their own thing. Eighteen per cent blame the TV while more than a tenth said their quality time at the table was affected by social media.

evening meal, with 62 per cent further admitting they will argue every night of the week, and suffer two meals a week where children complain about what they have to eat. Sixty-eight per cent of parents admit they need to make more effort to sit together as a family at the dinner table, with eight in ten believing mealtimes are an ideal opportunity to spend time together. Other rules mums swear by include encouraging children to try a bite of everything, no rude conversation, getting everyone involved in 3DRKS_WED_95X141_003.pdf preparing the food and



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Celebrities head to Olympia for Christmas Gregg Wallace is a festive enthusiast who says, “Love Christmas, bring it on! Roast potatoes, stuffing, quality gravy and of course, big thick sticky puddings! All of this, a couple of bottles of wine and your loved ones around you, what could be better?!”. Greg is one of the celebrity chefs who, along with food and drink experts from Gino D’Acampo to Olly Smith, and masters of interior decoration led by Laurence LlewelynBowen, join the line-up at the Ideal Home Show at Christmas. Including free entry to the Eat & Drink Festival running alongside it at London’s Olympia, London’s largest Christmas exhibition takes place from 22 to 26 November 2017. Italian cook Gino D’Acampo says “Christmas is a fantastic time of year, Brussels sprouts are one of my favourite vegetables. I can’t understand why people turn their noses up at them; there are lots of delicious ways to serve them other than boiling them to death. The main thing: don’t overcook them ... they’re delicious!”. D’Acampo takes to the Foodie Stage to share his

tips on creating the perfect Italian Christmas. “For me, cooking at Christmas is about providing the wow factor while keeping it simple,” says Gino D’Acampo. “I can’t wait to get on stage and have some real Ginostyle fun. And this year I’m going to be doing something I’ve never done before at the show. As well as cooking up something delicious, I’m going to host my first live question and answer session with the audience. Ask me anything. You have been warned ...” In the Christmas Theatre, Vanessa Feltz and Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen give their take on this year’s interior trends and decorating for Christmas, while TV beauty expert Hayley Sparkes gives tips on looks for the Christmas party season. “Decorating for Christmas is one of my favourite annual activities. I encourage everyone to really go for it with their decorations, be crazy, be vibrant and share the festive spirit however and wherever they can”, says interior designer Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen.

On the Foodie Stage TV chef and Masterchef host Gregg Wallace cooks a favourite Christmas recipe while Masterchef finalist Steve Kielty puts his own twist on Christmas cooking. Larger-than- life TV cook Rosemary Shrager suggests alternative Christmas puddings and for those doubtful over which knife to lunge for, gives a masterclass in table etiquette. Wine expert and author Olly Smith says, “Christmas is a time to reach for those ingredients we tend to overlook at other times of the year. Spiced cocktails with ginger, hot buttered rum and warming mulled cider come into their own when the roaring fires are lit and the Christmas baubles are well and truly out!”. Olly shares his top festive drinks and favourite wines with experts giving advice daily on wine tasting, the art of cocktail mixology, and pairing wine with foods. 2016 Great British Bake Off winner and Londonborn Candice Brown shows the live audience how to cook her favourite Christmas cakes and biscuits, and Channel 4’s First Dates host Fred Sirieix joins chef Joo Won to create fine Asian fusion cuisine. Nadia Essex from TV’s ‘Celebs go Dating’ guides singles through the Christmas party season. Theatre demonstrations


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include paper decoration, Christmas wreath and table centrepiece classes, as well as Christmas decoration workshops for all the family. The bandstand stages performances from rock and gospel choirs to everyone’s Christmas favourite: the Salvation Army. Swing bands, carol singers and Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalist Ella Shaw, guarantee a Christmas spirit while visitors take advantage of everything for Christmas under one roof. Tickets for the Ideal Home Show at Christmas 2017 are now available from £11.00*, www. idealhomeshowchristmas. co.uk and by phone on 0844 209 7330.

WIN WIN WIN EN Magazine has 4 pairs of tickets to giveaway to our readers valid from Wednesday 22 to Friday 24 November at London Olympia.. To be in with a chance of winning just tell us Gino D’Acampo’s favorite Christmas vegetable? To enter, email your answers to competitions@ enmagazine.co.uk or, by post, to Competitions, EN Magazine, 63 High Street, Potters Bar, EN6 5AS. Please include name, address and a daytime phone number. The closing date for all entries is Monday 13th November 2017.

Panto Time

It’s Panto Time “Oh No It’s Not...” With Christmas fast approaching many people are planning their traditional annual trip to a Pantomime. EN magazine looks into the origins of pantomime and what keeps audiences coming back for more. But, in the modern technologically driven world where the youth of today seem to spend their days looking at hand held gadgets, is there still a place for Pantomime?

“Pantomimes are not what they were” “Pantomime is no longer what it used to be. They have had their day” “Pantomime seems at present to hold its own, I do not see how it can continue to do so” The above quotes might be mistaken for recent press cuttings. In fact they date from 1831, 1846 and 1882 respectively. For the magic to take hold a degree of chaos, spontaneity, laughter, excitement and inspiration are required and in the case of a truly magical ‘panto’: songs, music and celebrity guests can help a production acquire that ‘stardust’ coating. Audience participation has, and always will be, an important part of the English panto tradition and they are actively encouraged to boo the villain, cheer the hero and joust verbally with other members of a cast. Traditional panto traces its roots to the Italian Commedia Dell’Arte which was originally a type of 16th Century traveling street entertainment, traditionally made up of family members who would improvise their way through a plot with characters such as Columbine, Harlequin & Punchinello (who exists today as Mr. Punch in seaside ‘Punch & Judy’ shows). It was a very physical type of art form involving dancing, music, acrobatics and general buffoonery during the storytelling. In the middle of the 17th Century this type of entertainment became very popular in England to the extent that intense rivalry between theatres blew up, each one trying to out do the other and the beginning of what we know as pantomime today, began. Commedia Dell’Arte has all but died but modern pantomime survives as a living, growing art form. Pantomime recognises the traditions it is built on but continually adapts them to meet modern trends such as comedy, mild sexual innuendo and contemporary topics of interest.

Original panto was based on lovers and over protective fathers; today it is aimed more at children (big or small) and based on fairy/folk tales but it is always about good overcoming evil. Cinderella and Peter Pan remain the most popular stories to convey the feel good factor. There are some characters that appear in all pantomimes and are the stalwart foundation of these extraordinary shows, which bring enjoyment and laughter into our lives. A Fairy Queen and Evil Villain appear in most pantomimes, although their titles may differ. They represent Good and Evil. Good enters from the right of the stage and Evil from the left and tradition dictates that the villain always enters first. The Principal ‘Boy” is traditionally played by a woman. Back in the days when it was nigh-on impossible to catch a glimpse of an ankle, (let alone a celebrity’s knickers as they get out of a car!) it was thought to be a marvelous opportunity to increase and encourage male audience audiences because the woman playing principal boy, would wear the shortest skirt, tights and long boots. I don’t think an audience appreciation for a fine pair of limbs has changed much over the years. The Dame is a study of female eccentricity and played by a male cast member dressed in drag. The enduringly popular Ugly sisters, originally from Cinderella, are also portrayed by men in drag and are often interwoven into other stories.

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Panto Time Every memorable pantomime includes an animal because they promote sympathy and support. It is said that Charlie Chaplin once played the front end of a horse; well he was a comedian and liked to make a bit of an ass of himself!!

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One would think that having celebrity guests in the cast was a contemporary thing but in fact the practice dates back to the late 19th Century when the proprietor of the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, hired well-known variety artists to attract audiences. Long may these gregarious, colourful and wonderful exhibitions continue to entertain us. In a world where life can be too serious it is good to escape into a humour filled fantasy on a cold winter’s night.


Weds 13th Dec – Sun 31st Dec 2017 Tickets from £15.50 - £19.00 Family Ticket for two adults & two young persons £64.00 and £68.00 Wyllyotts Theatre www.wyllyottstheatre.co.uk Box Office 01707 645005 What do you get if you cross five kilograms of multicoloured glitter, 45 metres of fairy lights, a football pitch-sized amount of fabric, a cast of 29, some truly terrible jokes and a whole lot more? In the run-up to Cinderella, which opens on Wednesday 13th December, Wyllyotts Theatre has revealed the formula for the perfect panto! The annual Potters Bar panto is one of the most visually stunning and colourful productions around. This year, Jordan Productions is bringing the most magical fairy tale of them all to life - but how do they do it? 9 actors, 12 dancers, 8 panto babes, 4 musicians, 1 director, 1 company manager, 3 dressers, 1 make-up artist and 16 technicians are needed to pull off just one performance of Cinderella. 500 metres of timber and 100 litres of paint are required to build the colourful set, which transports the audience to all the locations in the story, including Cinderella’s kitchen (where the magic takes place) and the Royal Palace where Cinders meets the dashing Prince Charming. A massive 8,000 square metres of fabric are needed to


make the 85 costumes needed for the show - all together, that’s larger than the average football pitch! A huge 5kg of glitter (the weight of ten guinea pigs) and 45 metres of fairy lights will set the production a-shimmer, along with 200 additional lights, a dazzling 378 pyrotechnic flashes, 2 kilograms of fake snow and 20 litres of smoke fluid. Powering it all is 2,000 metres of cable - that’s 166 buses laid end to end, just think of the traffic jam! So, if you want your ticket to the Prince’s Ball then you had better head down to the Wyllyotts Theatre Box Office or call 01707 645005 - you’ll be sure to live happy

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Jack and the Beanstalk

Thur 23rd Nov – Sun 31st Dec 2017 Tickets £20 & £17 Concessions Family Ticket for two adults & two young persons £70 Millfield Theatre www.millfieldtheatre.co.uk Box Office 020 8807 7760 North London’s biggest Christmas Pantomime is back, this time with Jack and the Beanstalk. Passing the test of time, Millfield Theatre’s Christmas pantomimes continue to fill families with joy and excitement that draws them back again and again. It will be yet ‘another rip- roaring Millfield panto’ states resident Creative Producer, Marc Day. Who is in this year’s Panto? If you have seen a recent Millfield pantomime you probably witnessed Alex Scott Fairley spruce up the villain with his charming comical flair. No Millfield panto would be the same without him, so Alex returns this year as the evil hentchman, Fleshcreep. Alex James Ellison is set to play Jack Trott after appearing n the UK/Asia tour of the children’s favourite, Aliens Love Underpants! Alex has delighted audiences at the Union Theatre with Whistle Down the Wind and the Hertford Theatre with Simple Simon. Jill will be played by Lydia Rose Bertie. Lydia is no stranger to pantomimes after recently appearing in the nearby Dugdale’s Easter show Red Riding Hood. David Boyle will play the much loved role of Dame Dottie Trott. Often cast in the role of Peter Sellers between panto the seasons, David’s endless list of credits for his theatre work will fill the page …Oh yes it


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Panto Time We can also expect Christopher Burr as Simple Simon, Katriona Perrett putting the magic into Fairy Deluxe all alongside six professional dancers and eight talented local children. All brought together with melodious music and energetic choreography there is no doubt it will be a fun filled festive treat. Tickets are now on sale, head over to www. millfieldtheatre.co.uk or call the Box Office on 020 8807 7760

Chickenshed Christmas Shows

Chickenshed will be presenting not one but two Christmas shows this year. Opening on Wednesday 22 November, we present a huge seasonal extravaganza with our exciting musical adaptation of the much-loved fairy tale, Rapunzel. You will see Rapunzel as you have never seen her before; mysterious, romantic and a little dramatic!! Featuring Chickenshed’s famously large and amazingly diverse cast, this magical

extravaganza will dazzle and thrill both children and adults alike. For younger children, this year we will be performing Christmas Tales at two venues, Chickenshed and the Dugdale Centre in Enfield. If your children love puppets, funny characters, songs, dancing and Christmas then bring them to Christmas Tales – a festive treat, guaranteed to entertain the very youngest audiences at this most wonderful time of the year! For full details visit www.chickenshed.org.uk

Aladdin’s Scout Panto Awaits You

This year’s amazing Scout Pantomime is coming together to help you welcome in the true Christmas spirit. Come and ride Aladdin’s magic carpet for this year’s family presentation from The London Pantomimers in their 72nd production.  This must be something of a world record because The Mousetrap claims to be the world’s longest running show spanning 64 years, but we know better. Our Scout Panto family keeps on evolving, and this year’s production will be no exception.  You have the pick of eleven performances, running from Thursday 7th December until Saturday 16th December.  The cast will contain highly talented young people from local Scout Groups and Explorer Scout Units from across North London.  We now have a new Panto website: www. londonpantomimers.org.uk and a new email Box Office contact boxoffice@londonpantomimers.org.uk but the box office phone number is still the same: 07932 607901. The Scout Panto has always been a Christmas treat for all families and proceeds will be ploughed straight back into local Scouting.  We look forward to welcoming you at The Intimate Theatre in Palmers Green.  Book now to secure the best seats in the house!


EN Magazine has a family ticket to giveaway to our readers to both Cinderalla at Wyllyotts Theatre or Jack and the Beanstalk at the Millfield Theatre.*

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On Line Security

How Safe Are You Online?

Since the arrival of the Internet, scams and fraud have evolved from an obscure threat to the UK’s number one crime.

by the ONS5 in a new attempt to capture the true volume of cyber crimes which remain, for various reasons, woefully underreported.

The results for the Crime Survey for England and Wales estimate there were 5.6m cases of cyber fraud and related crimes in the year to September 2016. Together, these were the leading crimes experienced by UK adults, accounting for almost half of all crimes. As incidence grows, so too, the financial impact. Cyber criminals cost the UK an estimated £11bn in 2015-16, while victims of online crime are estimated to lose an average of £523 each.

And with Christmas not far off how many of us will be inputting personal details into websites to make purchases, just how safe is our personal information and what should we be looking out for?

“Online scams are very prevalent. Criminals call the victim, for example, and pretend to be from a software company. They say they have spotted an error on the victim’s computer, and ask the victim to log in and give them the control of the computer. That happens so often, and people believe it. We need to make people more aware of these scams.”

Emma Philpott, Founder of the UK Cyber Security Forum

A startling 25% of adults say they have fallen victim to a cyber fraud or scam at least once in the past three years. At least 18% of individuals were victims more than once. Separately, 19% were victims of fraud and 14% victims of scams. These figures may sound alarmingly high – particularly as the Home Office data on reported crimes showed just a 1% incidence of fraud last year – but it is close to the annual rate of 8% of adults recently estimated

“People who feel very comfortable with technology can have a false sense of security. They think that they would never either be targeted or that if they did receive a phishing email, that they would recognise it. And of course, some phishing emails now are so sophisticated that even people in the cyber security profession wouldn’t immediately recognise that they are malicious.”

Jessica Barker, Cyber Security Consultant

Barclays Bank has launched a multi-million-pound public engagement campaign to help raise awareness of the importance of digital safety and to provide support, information and tools to help society understand safe behaviours and better spot the risks online. Barlclays believe that if individuals are to reduce their vulnerability to online crime, they need sufficient ‘digital safety awareness’: the ability to protect their devices against malware and hacking, and to understand when they are at risk of more serious threats such as identity theft, fraud and scams. And have shared their information with EN Magazine.

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On Line Security Are you sure who are you really talking to on-line?

Types of Cybercrime Phishing emails

Phishing is a scam where criminals typically send emails to thousands of people. These emails pretend to come from banks, credit card companies, online shops and auction sites as well as other trusted organisations. They usually try to trick you into going to the site, for example to update your password to avoid your account being suspended. The embedded link in the email itself goes to a website that looks exactly like the real thing but is actually a fake designed to trick victims into entering personal information.


Some fraudsters will call your landline or mobile, pretending to be from your bank, building society, a government agency or someone you do business with. This is known as vishing (voice + fishing).


Smishing is the commonly-used name for SMS phishing – is an activity which enables criminals to steal victims’ money or identity, or both as a result of a response to a text message. In common with both phishing, which uses email as an initial approach, and vishing, which uses phone calls, smishing uses your mobile phone (either a smartphone or traditional non-internet connected handset). Like the other methods mentioned, it manipulates innocent people into taking various actions which lead to being defrauded.

Invoice Fraud

Fraudster poses as someone else to notify you that supplier payment details have changed. They will then provide alternative payment details in order to defraud you. Your funds are often quickly transferred on so recovering the money from fraudulent accounts can be extremely difficult.

Tax Scams

Don’t be fooled by scam tax emails made to look like they come from HMRC. Emails of this sort not only look official, but can often look like they’ve been sent from official government email addresses, making them harder to spot.

Fake Websites

Scammers will try to direct people to their fake websites through email scams, and hope that people will enter their personal log-in details - always check and verify that you’re on the official website.

Malicious Software

Malware is used to disrupt computer operations and access confidential information. Software can be installed into your computer through clicking a link in an email, opening an attachment or downloading software


This a form of malware that provides criminals with the ability to lock a computer from a remote location - then display a pop-up window informing the owner or user that it will not be unlocked until a sum of money is paid.

How safe is your password According to research a password with 6 random letters will take 7 milliseconds for computer software to crack. Compare this to a 10 character password including at least one symbol, ie an excalamtion mark would take 14 years for the same software to crack. It is recommended you choose a password with at least eight characters (more if you can, as longer passwords are harder for criminals to guess or break), a combination of upperand lower case letters, numbers and keyboard symbols such as @ # $ % ^ & * (for example LqWk&£@240bvURp) If you think it would be difficult to rember a bunch of


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On Line Security random letters why not Pick a phrase known to you, for example ‘Tramps like us, baby we were born to run’ and take the first character from each word to get ‘tlu,bwwbtr’

backup in the cloud - in case your phone is destroyed, lost or stolen.

Social Media

Social Media

Social Media and other online tools have provided a fantastic way for us all to connect with people and make our lives easier much easier. But we must be aware about what we share online and how people may use this to their advantage. This means we all must stay vigilant and be able to spot the signs when someone is trying to mislead or trying to dupe you into sharing more personal information.

Social Media and other online tools have provided a fantastic way for us all to connect with people and make our lives easier much easier. But we must be aware about what we share online and how people may use this to their advantage. This means we all must stay vigilant and be able to spot the signs when someone is trying to mislead or trying to dupe you into sharing more personal information.

Barclays Digital Eagles in Enfield

How many people share images and messages of their holiday while abroad? Beware some insurance companies will now not pay out if your home is burgled while you are away as you have been telling people your home is empty.

As part of the Barclays campaign an exciting new initiative was unveiled at Enfield’s annual school governor conference when it was revealed how Digital Eagles teams made up of pupils, teachers and governors were preparing to tackle the growing threat of cybercrime in schools.

How many people share information about their birthday celebration, links to there family and friends, information about the area they live or work. All of this is information that can be used by cyber criminals to build up a fake profile.

Working with Barclays who have pioneered the Digital Eagles programme nationally, the Enfield school’s initiative will educate people of all ages within the school community about how they can keep themselves safe from the unwanted intrusion of cyber criminals.

Tips to Keep Safe Avoid Public WiFi

Piloted in three large secondary schools, Enfield Grammar, Enfield County and Chace Community, three pupils from each school will work alongside a teacher and governor to deliver workshops to pupils and parents about how they can be DigiSafe, rather than DigiSorry!

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Carole Layzell who heads up the Digital Eagles programme at Barclays is delighted that schools are now involved, “This is an important new dimension to our Digital Eagles landscape. Schools provide great opportunities to both educate and raise awareness of the perils of cyber threat. Teams of mixed ages and experiences running workshops for audiences of different age groups seems a perfect fit. Social networking and the Internet are an integral part of the world we live in and used sensibly and safely enrich our lives. However, it comes with a health warning and this is why I am so pleased that we are working with schools in Enfield to spread some very important messages”.

Cyber criminals often spy on public Wi-Fi networks and intercept data that is transferred across the link. The criminal can access users’ banking credentials, account passwords, and other valuable information. Don’t just assume that the Wi-Fi link is legitimate. It could be a bogus link that has been set up by a cybercriminal that’s trying to capture valuable, personal information from unsuspecting users. It is vital to keep your internet security software up to date in order to provide the most complete protection. Thousands of new viruses are detected every day, each has a set of characteristics or ‘signatures’ that enable internet security software manufacturers to detect them and produce suitable updates. You will generally receive a notification from the software manufacturer in the form of an alert on your screen, that updates are available. You will normally be given the choice of whether to download and install the update immediately or later. We recommend you download and install as soon as possible.

Smartphone Security

Activate your phones screen lock - your phone should auto lock itself after a short period). This will stop people accessing your data if they get hold of your phone. Use a password to unlock the screen - Biometrics are one of the most secure ways to authenticate)

Matt Miller MBE, the strategic lead for governance in Enfield explained that the plan is to roll the programme out to more schools across the Borough, “This is an exciting opportunity to reach out to our school communities. There is no higher priority in schools than keeping our children safe and that includes e-safety, so this project sits squarely under the safeguarding umbrella.” With the new Digital Eagles teams planning to spread their wings across Enfield schools in the year ahead there is every reason to think that this initiative will truly fly!

Be careful with those apps - You could be exposed to Malware / adware / ransomware. Only download from official app stores. Watch out what you click on - don’t click on links that you didn’t request. Activate automatic

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Home Improvements

Could your heating be burning away your money? Simple ways to ensure you are more efficient with your heating By Nick Baylis, Director, Castrads

With the average price for heating a three bedroom home reaching over £1,000 per year, making sure you are not wasting money heating your home is essential for many families to keep within their budgets. From the placement of radiators, to improved insulation and boiler maintenance, many families could benefit greatly from small changes in their homes, which could lead to big monetary savings. We share our top tips for heating efficiency, and making financial savings on your household bills.

Don’t overlook insulation Insulating an old home not only reduces heat loss, it also creates a more stable temperature eliminating hot and cold spikes. It can also result in significant savings on your household bills. For example: laying loft insulation to a thickness of 270mm in a typical non-insulated three-bedroom semi, could trim £175 a year from energy bills, as less heat will be lost through the roof. Insulating the cavity walls could save around £140 a year, which means insulating both your loft and cavity walls could equate up to £315 in financial savings.

Placement is important

Placement of radiators is key to ensuring there are no cold spots in the house. Putting a radiator in the coldest part of a room both heats the cool air (for example downdraughts from windows) and also encourages the radiator to work harder by giving off more heat. Radiators placed on internal walls will also lose less heat than those placed on an external wall. The wall itself will be warmer and the heat absorbed into the wall will be released into the house rather than to the outside. Wherever you choose to place your radiator, try not to position it behind large items of furniture as doing so will restrict the flow of hot air around the room. Keep the immediate area surrounding the radiator as open as possible to allow the heat to permeate the room efficiently.

Choose your radiator system carefully Radiators have improved over the years, so if yours is particularly old it could be wise to look into replacing it with a newer model, that is more energy-efficient. Heat output is all about surface area. The size of your radiator depends on the size of the room it is intended to heat, how well insulated the space is and what the room is used for. For example; living rooms and bathrooms should be warmer than hallways and kitchens. Choosing the right type of radiator is also essential. A cast iron radiator will take longer to heat up than a modern flat panel radiator as it has a larger surface area, so will take more power to heat up. However, a cast iron radiator will also take longer to cool down and as such will be equally as efficient. Column radiators tend to give a higher heat output for the volume of water inside them than the more ornate, traditional styles, so can also be very cost efficient. If choosing a new radiator system, it is useful to calculate exactly how much heat you are going to need for your home to make sure you pick the most efficient type for your home. The easiest way to calculate your heat requirement is to use a heat requirement calculator.

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Home Improvements more efficient boiler. While the initial cost of a new boiler may seem large, if you are planning to stay in your home for the next few years it will work out to be most cost effective investment.

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Installing thermostatic radiator valves will help to eliminate wasteful heating and can regulate the temperature throughout a house. Thermostatic valves work by automatically turning off a radiator when the room reaches a given temperature. They work on a low frequency cycle so will need to be set and left for a couple of hours to bed in. Once set, they don’t need to be changed. This will allow naturally cooler rooms to heat for longer than a well-insulated room, which will stop heat being wasted. In addition, individual thermostats will ensure the heating is controlled automatically when you may not need it (e.g. when you’re out or asleep). Set it to switch off before you’re due to go out to work, or go to bed, so that your home is just starting to cool down when it’s empty. Having set times will reduce your heating bills significantly.

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Feeling S.A.D? Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a relatively new term in the psychology lexicon. People used to call it Wintertime Blues. While the exact causes of seasonal affective disorder are unclear, most theories attribute the disorder to the reduction of daylight hours in winter. EN Magazine spoke to Tina Bakardzhieva a Solution Focused Hypnotherapist and Mindfulness Teacher to find out more about this condition and ways to try counteract the effects. The shorter days and reduced exposure to sunlight that occurs in winter are thought to affect the body by disrupting:

Circadian rhythms. Your body’s internal clock or sleepwake cycle responds to changes between light and dark to regulate your sleep, mood, and appetite Production of melatonin. When it’s dark, your brain

produces the hormone melatonin to help you sleep and then sunlight during the day triggers the brain to stop melatonin production so you feel awake and alert. During the short days and long nights of winter, however, your body may produce too much melatonin, leaving you feeling drowsy and low on energy

Production of serotonin. The reduced sunlight of

winter can lower your body’s production of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that helps to regulate mood Winter is therefore the perfect time to rest deeply and catch up on sleep. Everyone is different and needs varying amounts but in this fast paced world, I believe we ALL need more sleep and consistently. If you are one to stay up late into the night, go to bed earlier. Look at your daily schedule and plan it in, working backwards to allow an hour before bed to establish a bedtime ritual that paves the way for sweet dreams. Invite some self-care rituals to end with before bed. Try these tips to invite peace and relaxation before lights out: Bring your attention to your breath. Breathe in through your nose to the count of 3 then exhale through your nose to the count of 4. In just a few minutes you will feel calmer and more relaxed. Try a simple aromatherapy bath ritual to soak away the day and relax your mind, body and spirit. Combine a handful of Epsom salts with a few drops of lavender essential oil. Pop on a mask for some added magic. Try a warm mug of milk of your choice with a pinch of cinnamon, turmeric and ginger. Take a moment to enjoy the aroma and then sit and enjoy drinking from your favourite cup with your full attention.


Unplug from the day and enjoy some quiet before falling into a sleepy slumber or take the time to listen to your favourite guided meditation. Write it out. Let go of all your worries and plans until tomorrow by doing a brain dump onto paper. Practice being thankful. List 3 things that you are feeling thankful for in this day. Following on, Shona Wilkinson, Lead Nutritionist, Nature’s Best provides an insight on how to improve our health during the winter and suggests more ways on how to improve sleep.

How can I get more vitamin D into my diet during the winter months? “Add oily fish to your diet – Oily fish such as salmon, herring, mackerel, anchovies, and sardines are some of the few foods which contain Vitamin D naturally and are incredibly good for you. They also contain Omega 3 which is an essential fatty acid important for cardiovascular and skin health. Make sure you have about 2-3 portions of oily fish per week. Canned oily fish is a great healthy snack to have. “Mushrooms are also a source of Vitamin D. Try having some sliced mushrooms in your fridge that you can easily sprinkle over a salad or add to soups. There are a huge variety of mushrooms available in the supermarkets nowadays so plenty of options to go for! “Egg yolks contain Vitamin D. People used to be worried about cholesterol and eggs but this has now been disproved so eat them as much as you like! Try having scrambled or boiled eggs for breakfast which will not only give you some Vitamin D but also some protein to help keep you fuller for longer. “Ricotta cheese is one of the few kinds of cheese which contains Vitamin D. Since ricotta cheese is so delicious, it’s an easy addition to make to your diet! “Some cereals are fortified with Vitamin D. Watch out for cereals which have loads of added sugar though”.

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Health enough protein during the day. High-protein foods are meats, fish, beans and lentils, seeds and nuts (choose unsalted and raw rather than roasted). Protein foods provide the amino acid tryptophan, which converts to the hormones serotonin and melatonin; melatonin, in particular, is needed for good sleep. A good amount of protein is about 0.8–1g per kg body weight per day, so for a woman of 50kg for example, a good amount is 40-50g per day. Avoid too much high-protein food in the last few hours before bed, however, as they can be hard to digest – especially red meat and nuts. Include plenty of magnesium-rich foods in your diet such as buckwheat, pumpkin and sunflower seeds, fish and seafood, leafy green vegetables such as spinach and kale, and dried fruits such as dried apricots or figs (but in smaller quantities due to the sugar content). Magnesium is known as ‘nature’s tranquiliser’ and is needed to relax our muscles; it is also needed for conversion of tryptophan to serotonin and melatonin (as discussed above). Include zinc-rich foods such as pumpkin seeds, oysters and other seafood, whole grains and nuts, especially pecans and Brazil nuts (but as mentioned above, not too many nuts before bedtime, as they can be hard to digest). Zinc is also needed for conversion of tryptophan into serotonin and melatonin. “If you have your evening meal more than about four hours before going to bed, a snack of a complex carbohydrate food before bed – such as a couple of oatcakes, or half a slice of rye bread or some rye crackers with a bit of hummus – can give a gentle release of energy and help to stop us waking up hungry during the night. “Calming herbal teas such as chamomile, passionflower or valerian, or specific sleep blends can be helpful to drink before bedtime”.

What foods should we avoid before bedtime? “Avoid large meals and too much hard-to-digest food for three to four hours before going to bed. Hard-to-digest foods include red meat, cheese, nuts and fried foods. “In addition, sugary foods such as chocolate, sweets, cakes, sugary drinks etc. need to be avoided before bedtime;

And if you need to find some time for your self how about having an extra special soak in a hot bath?

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Firstly because sugar is a stimulant and gives a burst of energy, which we obviously don’t want before bedtime; Secondly, the body responds to sugar in the blood by releasing the hormone insulin, which takes sugar into the cells. “Stimulants such as tea and coffee should obviously be avoided too. Caffeine can stay in the body for up to 12 hours so if you do have sleep problems, avoid tea or coffee from about 12 noon onwards. Also, strong dark chocolate may be better for us than milk chocolate but also contains other stimulants similar to caffeine so is best avoided before bed. “Too much alcohol can disrupt sleep. Although it may

make us fall asleep quickly, sleep is poor quality and we can wake up after a few hours and be unable to get to sleep again. Every person will have different tolerance levels, but I would advise sticking to no more than one glass of wine or beer to encourage optimal sleep”.

To help you relax these long dark nights away EN Magazine has a After Hours Gift Set From the Natural Spa Company to give away. RRP is £40. To be in with a chance of winning these tickets just tell us what what country the beans in the Body Scrub come from? To enter, email your answers to competitions@ enmagazine.co.uk or, by post, to Competitions, EN Magazine, 63 High Street, Potters Bar, EN6 5AS. Please include name, address and a daytime phone number. The closing date for all entries is Monday 13th November 2017.

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Quiz Night Join Age UK Enfield at our Quiz Night on Saturday 25th November 2017 From 6.30pm to start at 7pm. Presented by The Padwicks. “Solutions for under your feet” Tickets £12.50, includes fish & 01707 875545 chips supper. Bring your own drinks. St. Peter’s Church Hall For actioncontractcarpets@gmail.com more information and booking call Marketing Vera Avenue 020 8375 4118 or Grange Park N21 1DN Your Local Media Action Carpets v2.indd 1 25/4/13 11:43:19 Bus W9 or Grange Park over Communications Company ground station email: customerservicesageukenfield.org. Magazines - Newsletters uk Advertising -Design laura.newey@ageukenfield.org.uk

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Twist and Shout Wyllyotts Theartre Fri 17th Nov 8pm Tickets: £19, £18 concs Twist & Shout – An all-star cast from the West End deliver a musical powerhouse of a show that starts with the explosion of Brit Pop in 1962 through to the era of Flower Power and Free Love of the late sixties. Sing and dance along with an all-star West End cast to the music of The Beatles, Hermans Hermits., Gerry & The Pacemakers, The Rolling Stones. Cilla Black, Manfred Mann, Dusty Springfield, Lulu, Sandy Shaw and many more... Further details of shows and to book visit www.wylloytstheatre. co.uk

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What’s On Cuffley Art Societywill be holding their 63rd Art Exhibition on Saturday 18 November in Cuffley Hall, Maynards Place, Cuffley from 11am to 4.30pm. ENTRY IS FREE. Come along and view our Member’s original pictures which will be for sale on that day. Refreshments are available all day. Join our members for homemade soup and french bread at lunchtime and tea and coffee with homemade cakes all day. Handmade cards, unframed pictures and nearly new artists materials and books will be for sale too. Cuffley Art Society welcomes New Members of all abilities and we meet in Cuffley Hall on Monday afternoons from 1.30 to 4.30 pm and Tuesday evenings from 7.30 to 10pm. Phone Sylvia on 01992636977 or Marianne on 01707874232 for details. The Nutcracker Ballet Wyllyotts Theartre Sun 26th Nov 2pm Tickets: £18, £13 child Be swept away on a magical adventure in one of the most famous classical ballets of all time – The Nutcracker. With its combination of enchanting choreography and unforgettable music, this fabulous ballet is a Christmas treat like no other. Set to Tchaikovsky’s sumptuous score, the traditional tale of The Nutcracker tells the story of Clara and her enchanted nutcracker doll. Their adventures see Clara and the Nutcracker combat the Mouse King, and join the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier on a wonderful journey through the glistening Land of Snow to a kingdom made entirely of sweets. Further details of shows and to book visit www.wylloytstheatre.co.uk

REGULAR EVENTS AND CLUBS Adorned Community Gospel Choir - Meet on Tuesdays 7:30pm9pm at St Paul’s Centre, 102 Church Street, Enfield, EN2 6AR Come sing your heart out with Adorned Community Gospel Choir. Be uplifted and encouraged by upbeat contemporary and classic Gospel songs. All are welcome, no auditions, no need to read music. sign up at adornedvoicesuk@ gmail.com or visit www. adornedgospelchoir.com Tel: 07980550542

Albany Badminton United play at Oasis Academy,South Street,Ponders End every Wed.8.30pm to 10 pm. All standards welcome.Open for over 16 years old.£5 a session. We have 4 courts and good facilities.Large car park in Falcon Rd. very near the school.Contact Sheila Nielsen on 0208366 1901 for more details or just turn up on the night. Adoramus Choir meets every Tuesday in term time at Christ Church House from 8.00-10.00pm. The Choir has a Christian ethos and gives 5/5 concerts each year with orchestral accompaniment performing in a variety of styles of music. For further information contact choir@adoramus.com or www.adoramus.com . Broomfield Park Laughter Club. Free community group Last Sunday of the month. Meet us at the bandstand at 11 am. (Aldermans Hill, London N13 4RB) Laughter really is the best medicine Bosst you mood Lower Stress improves health No Special Equipment or Clothing It’s Fun & Easy…All You Need Is YOU!! For more information contact Denise Ryan 07946372853 or Nick Nicholson 07985386606 (After 6pm) deniseryanreiki@hotmail.com Enfield Arthritis Group Frist Wednesday of the month 6pm to 8pm The Art Town 29-30 The Town Enfield Whether you have arthritis or care for some with the condition Our Group is for You For more information about the group please email enfieldarthritissocialgroup@ outlook.com or call Arthritis Care on 020 7380 6522 Second Sunday Car Club The Plough Pub Crews Hill Enfield Middx 10-00 to midday Bring something interesting along with two, three or four wheels FaceBook#Second Sunday Car Club Whitewebbs Museum of Transport and Model Railway: open every Tuesday and the last Sunday of the month. Annual membership available. Special events held and parties welcome. Whitewebbs Road, Enfield, EN2

9HW (near Crews Hill): Tel No: 0208-367 1898. Web address http://www.whitewebbsmuseum. co.uk. Hertfordshire Showband 60 strong Community Concert and Marching Band based in Potters Bar. Core age teens and young adults, but with several senior members as well! Brass, wind and percussion players always welcome to join us. Very sociable group with lots of good gigs and fun activities, including Lord Mayor’s Show, Disneyland Paris, Christmas Concert. Rehearsals Monday nights, Mount Grace School, Potters Bar. Training Band 7pm to 8pm Senior Band 8pm to 9.30pm Membership just £12 per month – uniform supplied. Many instruments free on loan. Contact Terry Barnes 01707 650209 Southgate Photographic Society are a friendly group of amateur photographers who meet on Tuesday evenings in St Paul’s Church Hall, Winchmore Hill, 8.00 – 10.00 pm, term time, to socialise and improve our skills. We would really like to meet you – please email Mike on info@ southgatephoto.org.uk for further information. Enfield N.H.S. Retirement Fellowship. We meet on the 2nd Thursday of the month at Enfield Community Care Centre, Gater Drive, EN2 0JB at 2 p.m. Meetings include illustrated talks, quizzes and discussions, plus local visits. Membership is open to all National Health staff, their families and those working in social care services. For details please contact Brenda Hurford on 01707655297 or at bkh32@btinternet. com

Potters Bar’s Twin Towns The Municipalities and Twinning Clubs of Franconville (nr. Paris) and Viernheim (nr. Mannheim) offer a warm welcome to local clubs and residents on a reciprocal basis. Make new friends - and there is so much to see, do and learn. Interested? Contact pbtwintowns@ hotmail.com Enfield Town Model Railway Club We meet every Thursday from 8pm to 10pm in the small hall (at the rear of) St.Pauls Centre, !02,Church Street, Enfield, EN2 6AR. (bottom of Windmill Hill). Prospective new members always welcomed Enfield Decorative and Fine Arts Society Meet on the last Thursday of the month 10.00a.m.-12.00noon St Paul’s Community Centre, Church Street, Enfield. Varied programme of lectures given by excellent speakers. We welcome visitors and new members. for more information go to www.enfield-dfas. org.uk or call 020 8367 3171 Barnet Walks A series of guided walks around the borough of Barnet, and Cockfosters. These include: The Battle of Barnet, Barnet Ghosts (including Halloween walks), Dickens in North London, Hampstead Garden Suburb, Monken Hadley Common to Cockfosters, Mill Hill, High Barnet, Monken Hadley. Also walks in London, including Soho and Jack the Ripper. For details please phone 07506 761294, or email pbaker54@hotmail.co.uk. Website www.barnetwalks.talktalk.net. Potters Bar Film Makers. A very friendly club, meeting at Wyllyotts Centre, Potters Bar on alternate Thursday Evenings. Details from Penny on 01707 656446 or visit www.Potters Bar Film Makers co.uk and watch some Members’ Films.

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What’s On Enfield Woodcarving Club is a small local friendly woodcarving club which meets once a week on Tuesday evenings between 7-30 pm and 9-30 pm in Enfield. Chace Community School Enfield EN1 3HQ New members of all abilities always welcome. Tools and tuition available. Ring George 07703219022 for further details or come along any Tuesday and have a look. Winchmore Hill Writers We’re a small,friendly group who meet on occasional Sunday afternoons in Winchmore Hill to develop our skills and for mutual support. Group lead by Christine Vial,experienced tutor and published writer.All kinds of writing and levels of experience (including none) welcome. Please contact me for dates, topics and cost of future sessions Christine 0790 5209 459 or christine@roomofherown.plus. com

Edmonton Camera Club Meets at Millfield House Arts Centre N18 1PJ, on most Mondays between September and Mid-June. We pride ourselves on being a very friendly club and invite visitors and potential members to attend up to four meetings before subscriptions become payable. For more information contact John McAndrew 0n 020 8920 6651, email info@edmontoncameraclub. co.uk or find out more about the club and our current programme by looking at our website www. edmontoncameraclub.co.uk The North London Humanist Group provides activities for the non-religious to meet like-minded people. They meet on the second Thursday of each month (ex. August & December) for discussion meetings at 7.45 pm at the Ruth Winston Centre, 190 Green Lanes, Palmers Green, and have meals out, theatre visits, etc. Current events:

Useful Contact Numbers Enfield Borough Police Crime Prevention Office Crimestoppers Neighbourhood Watch Anti Terrorist Hotline Hertfordshire Police

020 8807 1212 020 8345 1102 0800 555 111 020 7963 0160 0800 789 321 0845 330 0222

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020 8379 1000 020 8207 2277 0845 300 0021 01707 357 000 0800 111 4484

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www.northlondonhumanists.org. uk/ E-mail: nlhumanists@gmail. com Tel.Secretary: 020 8886 4176 Oaklands Badminton Club Held at Dame Alice Owen’s School, Sports Hall, Potters Bar every Tuesday 8pm to 10pm. There are 5 courts always available. Membership is by invitation and new members with experience are always welcome. We are a small friendly club with social events organised throughout the year. If you are interested please contact Yvonne for more details. 01707 642328, yvonnenewby@sky.com Whist Drive Every Thursday 1.30p.mActivity room 1st floor Skinners Court 1 Pellipar Close N13Admission £2.50 includes raffle and tea and biscuits. Details contact Pat 0208 482 3449

1.45 Ladies Group We are a friendly group who meet every Wednesday, in term time, at 1.45pm in the church hall at Grange Park Methodist Church, Park Drive, N21 2EU. We enjoy a variety of speakers, slide shows, quizzes and outings.Contact Carol - 0208 360 4081or Sue - 0208 367 8489 Radio Enfield Radio Enfield broadcasts music, news, quizzes, interviews and items of local interest 24 hours a day to patients in Chase Farm Hospital on channel 1, and can also be heard on www.radioenfield.co.uk Record request programmes are broadcast every night from Sunday to Friday at 8pm and can be telephoned in on 020 8363 6000 or emailed to studio@radioenfield. co.uk

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Outstanding two story, six bedroom Vacation Villa sleeps up to 12 available. Located 15 minutes from the Disney Theme Parks. Facilities include Swimming Pool, Spa, TVs, Games Room, & Wi-Fi. Telephone 020 8366 3311 or 07967 681908 for info’ on the fantastic rates available for both high & low Season. Visit www.villaneardisney.info

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are open to both ex civil servants and non Civil Servants.We meet at St Andrews Church Hall, Silver Street, Enfield EN1 3EG on the 1st Monday of the month [2nd Monday if a Bank Holiday] at 10am for a 10.30 am start. For details, please contact Sue Sims 07946 901 856 or susanksims@gmail.com Potters Bar & District Photographic Society Wyllyotts Centre Potters Bar Mondays 7.45pm to 10pm. Contact Ann on 01438 832504 Competitions, lectures, practical sessions; we are a keen group of amateur photographers of all abilities. New members very welcome. Enfield & District Fuchsia Society Now in our 50th year. Meet at Capel Manor, Bullsmoor Lane, Enfield. 2nd & 3rd Wednesdays of each month 7-45 - 9-45 pm. Demonstrations, talks, advice, regular speakers. Beginners warmly welcomed. Free entry to our show, in July.Christmas party in December.For further information tel: Roy Fenwick 020 8292 6965 or Mark Mendes 020 8368 6670 Enfield Video Makers meet the first and third Tuesday of the month from 8pm to 10pm at St Stephen’s Church Hall, Park Avenue, Bush Hill Park, Enfield, EN1 2BA. Demonstrations, film making and advice. Phone Eric at 020 8366 6162 or see our website at www. enfieldvideomakers.co.uk Cuffley Floral Art Club We are a friendly flower arranging club meeting every 2nd Tuesday in the month (except January and August) at Cuffley Hall, Maynards Place from 8pm-10pm. Doors open from 7pm, visitors always welcome.

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Oakmere Bridge Club Held at Wyllyotts Centre, Darkes Lane Potters Bar every Monday, 7.30 p.m. to 10 p.m. We are a small friendly club and would welcome new members. We have vacancies for improvers and intermediate players We play Chicago Bridge. Interested? Then contact Robert 01707 658677 Janice 01707 850983 Grange Park (Evening) WI would love you to come and join us at 7.30pm on the first Monday of each month in the Main Hall, Grange Park Methodist Church, Old Park Ridings, London N21 2EU for an evening of entertainment and friendship usually involving a speaker and sometimes a quiz. We also organise social events and other activities. For further details please contact Chris on 0208 360 4029 or why not take a look at our website at www.grangeparkeve@ weebly.com. The Rotary Club of Edmonton Venue - The Winchmore 235 Winchmore Hill Road Winchmore Hill London N21 1QA 020 8886 6385Meeting each Wednesday 12.30pm - 2.30pm Southgate Rotary Venue - Jolly Farmers 2 Enfield Road Enfield Middx. EN2 7QS 020 8363 1917 Meeting each Monday 6.30pm for 7pm Enfield Chase Rotary Venue - The Coffee Lounge Enfield Baptist Church Ceceil Road Enfield Middx. EN2 6TG020 8360 9403

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Potters Bar Film Makers. A very friendly club, meeting at Wyllyotts Centre, Potters Bar on alternate Thursday Evenings. Details from Penny on 01707 656446 or visit www.Potters Bar Film Makers co.uk and watch some Members’ Films. Business Events North London Chamber of Commerce and Enterprise Networking Breakfast Tuesday 7th November, 8am - 10am includes a talk on Cloud Computing and Internet Security (Held at Malone & Co, Enfield Town) Enterprise Enfield’s Free Start Right in Business for Women Seminar Thursday 9th November, 10am - 3pm (Held at Enfield Business Centre) Green Sector Business Forum: Building Community Heat Networks with Energetik Tuesday 14th November, 10am - 12noon (Held at Fortuna Mobility Centre) North London Chamber of Commerce and Enterprise & Workspace Commerce: Tuesday 14th November, 6.30pm - 8.30pm Free Connect North London Monthly Networking Event (Held at Workspace Commerce) Build. Blog. Boost. - 3 Strategies to Grow Your Business in a Day! Friday 17th November, 10am - 4pm WithThe Dynamic BizNiz Ladies (Held at Enfield Business Centre) Transport and Logistics Forum: Monday 20th November, 10am 12 noon The London Ultra Low Emission Zone (Held at Lee Valley Leisure Complex) To Book For more details and to book visit www.EnterpriseEnfield.org orwww.nlcce.co.uk or call 020 8443 5457.

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