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Welcome to your October - November issue of en MAGAZINE Well Autumn is here, the promise of the Indian summer has disappeared and we are left with the mix of warm bright days and damp cold mornings with too much rain for my liking. The question of heating your home starts to appear, do you leave it on all the time or put it on timer? One local plumbing and heating company has taken steps to help people with reducing heating bills – find out more inside. Did you know that the end democracy as we know it, and the rule of Parliament nearly came to an end from Enfield? Read EN Magazines report on how one man set out to change the Parliament we know. In this issue of EN Magazine we start our new section on Business. The EN area, throughout, history has been at the leading edge of business and innovation. EN Magazine does not see why this should stop. And with this in mind we are going to bring you in-sights into business, both modern and historical to help keep the entrepreneurial spirit alive. I hope that you enjoy reading this issue of EN Magazine. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with me if you have any comments on this issue at Kind regards


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Turn off the tap and win £75 Get your smart phones ready! Capture a photo to help show why it’s important to save water and you could win up to £75 in shopping vouchers. Hertfordshire has one of the highest rates of water consumption in the country, with people wasting up to 12 litres a day leaving the tap running while they brush their teeth or having an overindulgent shower! So join the campaign and help people turn off the tap by taking a powerful and creative photo which captures water and the need to save it.

Environment Portfolio Holder Cllr Jean Heywood and chair of Herts Sustainability Forum, said: “We’re just trying to encourage residents to change their habits slightly to stop needlessly wasting water.”

Blues Brothers

Fri 1st Nov 8.00pm Tickets: £18, £17 concs Music from the original film, plus classic Blues, Funk, Motown & Soul!

Phill Jupitus

Thurs 14th Nov 8.00pm Tickets: £15 Three part performance based on his Edinburgh Fringe Show!

Puppetry of the Penis

Sat 16th Nov 8.00pm Tickets: £19.50 Comic brilliance as the double act perform the ancient art of genital origami! Call the Box Office for further information or if you would like to receive our free cinema and entertainment brochure. WYLLYOTTS BOX OFFICE 01707 645005 Wyllyotts Theatre, Wyllyotts Place, Darkes Lane, Potters Bar, HERTS EN6 2HN

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“ Here in Hertfordshire we each use 162 litres of water a day which is 12 litres more than the national average. We should only be using around 130 litres a day so we have some work to do.” “Saving water not only helps the environment but also saves you money on metered water bills and reducing hot water will also lower your energy bills. We hope residents get on board with the competition, which is a fun way to help spread the word.”

Hertsmere has teamed up with Affinity Water and ‘Green our Herts’ – a county-wide partnership of local authorities – on the competition and to promote water efficiency. Eye-catching posters have been put up on bus shelters and other places around the borough with simple ways to reduce water use. Free shower and toothbrush timers and

‘save a flush’ devices are also available from council offices in Borehamwood (Civic Offices, Elstree Way), and Potters Bar (Wyllyotts Centre, Darkes Lane) or online at www. Top tips to help save 12 litres of water a day:

• Turn your tap off while brushing your teeth and save 6 litres of water a minute. • Cut your shower time by just 1 minute saves up to 10 litres of water. • Using a hose for 10 minutes wastes 60 litres of water – collect rainwater to water your garden instead. • Every toilet flush uses up to 9 litres of drinkable water – don’t use your toilet as a bathroom bin and only flush when you need to. • Running the tap for cold water wastes 6 litres a minute – keep a jug of water in the fridge. • Fix leaky taps as soon as you notice them – this saves up to 60 litres of water per week. To enter the photo competition use a smart phone or camera and send your photo with a snappy title and short description to waterphoto@stalbans. by 5pm on Fri 22 November. Entries will be judged on the creative and effective delivery of the water saving message. There will be first, second and third prizes of £75, £50 and £25 of shopping vouchers respectively. For full instructions and terms and conditions visit www.

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Mummies, monsters and mayhem! Are you brave enough to come to the Noah’s Ark Halloween Howler this year? Taking place at Capel Manor Gardens, Enfield, on Sunday 27th October, the whole family is in for bags of tricks and treats including a haunted trail, a mummy wrap contest and spooky face painting! Other bone-tingling activities include pumpkin carving, trick or treat tombola, and the chance to test your footie skills against Noah’s Ark’s very own Gorilla Goalie. If all this running around proves too much, you can relax in the Capel Manor restaurant or enjoy hot refreshments, Halloween Hotdogs and a chocolate fountain at Choo Choo’s stall, before enjoying an interactive retelling of the well-loved kids classic, The Room on the

Broom, presented by The Pauline Quirke Academy of Performing Arts. Your little monsters may also want to try some Halloween themed arts & crafts with Doodle Designs or have a haunting time pinning the bones on the skeleton, guessing the name of the Halloween teddy or creeping up to the Scary Friends stall! Other highlights include a visit by the Honey Monster, tractor rides around Capel Manor and chilling out with Laughing Yoga. You can also capture all the fun, and the results of your face painting, at a photo booth! This event would not be possible without the support of many local organisations and volunteers, including Halifax Building Society, Harris & Hoole and Merryhills Primary School.

Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice Noah’s Ark is an expanding children’s hospice service, seeking to serve an estimated 900 lifethreatened and life-limited children or young people, and their families, living within the communities of North London, specifically the boroughs of Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Haringey and Islington. Noah’s Ark’s aim is to help families enjoy their lives together while their child is still alive or undergoing

stressful treatment and go on to face the future with hope if their child dies.

Halloween Howler is at Capel Manor Gardens, Bullsmoor Lane, Enfield, EN1 4RQ Sunday 27th October, 10am-3pm. Admission: £5.50 adults; £4.50 concessions; £2.50 children and free to under threes. Some activities are included in the admission price. Visit www. or www.capelmanorgardens.

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Personal safety advice for 20,000 kids Thousands of secondary pupils will receive crime fighting advice as part of a massive Enfield wide clampdown in robbery and anti-social behaviour. The initiative by Enfield Council and the Metropolitan Police to mark National Personal Safety Day on 14 October will see police officers giving presentations to schools across the borough and every secondary school pupil receiving information on how to avoid being a victim of crime and antisocial behaviour. The drive follows in the footsteps of a successful initiative which slashed

youth robbery in Enfield by 60% and which resulted in the borough receiving an international award for the project. Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Wellbeing and Public Health, Cllr Christine Hamilton, said: “We have a strong track record in driving down youth crime and this initiative will build on the excellent work we have already done to reduce the likelihood of our school children becoming a victim of crime. “We must never be complacent and we will continue to find ways of protecting our young people and giving them

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the information they need to keep safe on our streets.”

Advice to young people on keeping safe includes:

• Consider where you’re going and how you’re going to get there. Is the route you’re planning busy and well-lit?

• Can you avoid any high risk spots, such as quiet or badly-lit alleyways, subways or isolated car parks?

• Consider carrying a personal safety alarm, which could be used to shock and disorientate an attacker if necessary, giving you vital seconds to

get away. Stay alert, as the sooner you see or hear potential danger approaching, the easier it is to avoid it.

• Avoid wearing earphones or chatting/ texting on your mobile phone when walking down the street alone, as this will distract you from your surroundings and could prevent you from hearing danger approaching • If you do see potential danger ahead, it’s advisable take action immediately. Change your route and head for a safe place, such as a pub, garage, friend’s house or anywhere there are other people. • Try to walk facing oncoming traffic to avoid kerb crawlers. If this isn’t possible and a vehicle pulls up suddenly alongside you, turn and move as quickly as possible in the other direction.

• Trust your instincts. If you think you’re being followed, take action. Cross the road, turning to see who is behind you. If you’re still being followed, keep moving and make for a safe place. • Don’t let fear of crime stop you from getting out and about. Taking precautions to minimise any risks will not only make you safer, it should also make you feel safer and give you more confidence when out on the streets.

• If you are out and about in Enfield and feel unsafe for any reason look out for the Community Help Point Scheme (CHiPS) logo in local shops and businesses. During their opening hours you can go in to these premises and ask for help if you are lost, worried, or have been the victim of crime, bullying or intimidation.

An Indoor Car Boot Sale?

Who doesn’t like a car boot sale or a chance to find a bargain! Well the best place to come on a Saturday morning is the pop up Indoor Car Boot Sale in Southgate, 10am till 2pm. 141, High St, N14 6BP (near Southgate college and Royal Mail) It is warm and dry with refreshments, home made cakes and pastries and also a chance to have a taster session with a medium/tarot reader. £10 for 20 mins! No waking up at 5am, in the dark and cold getting frost bite!

Up to 25 stalls selling good quality baby/ children’s items, bric a brac, household goods, toys, books, cd’s, jewellery, cosmetics, clothes and much more! Come down have a look it

is free entry to the public, you have nothing to lose but lots to gain!!

Christmas is round the corner so you might pick up some great gifts at amazing prices. If you are interested in a stall you can contact me on or 0795 4686015. This event is going on until the end of Nov and then maybe longer if the premises are still empty but don’t risk it come down this week!! (Not on 26th Nov, unless there is a demand).

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Christmas comes but once a year… … although sometimes it can seem like a very long once. The run-up starts around August, when those who are channelling their inner Hyacinth Bucket start planning the colour scheme for the table decorations. (Is red and green too trad and boring? Maybe we should go for a snow-and-glitter theme this year.) Christmas cards start vying for space in the shops with ‘Back to school’ promotions, Happy Harvest Fair hampers and Hallowe’en paraphernalia. It can be a retail festival mash-up out there, so the savvy Christmas shopper learns to plan ahead. First, you need to make a ‘to do’ list. Presents will probably feature somewhere, as will seeing friends. And family. And

the people you work with. And possibly a get-together with the neighbours, the people in your Book Group and those lovely chums in the town you moved away from five years ago but still absolutely must see because it’s Christmas and that’s when people get together.

At this point you may be tempted to cross out everything on your list and simply put ‘Leave the country until it’s all over’, because you’re already feeling exhausted and have a sneaking suspicion that, without the benefit of a Tardis, you simply can’t be in that many places all at once. Well, it’s true that the big day itself is only 24 hours long, the same as the other 364 in the year, but you can, with a bit of forward planning, extend

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the party spirit by spacing out your gatherings. This means you get to goof around with the guys from the office, have a quiet dinner with whichever set of in-laws you won’t be able to see on Christmas Day (although at least one set of our friends has been known to motor over 50 miles between Christmas lunch and dinner and consume two separate turkey-fests in order to accommodate both sets of parents, which is genuinely heroic), and a relaxed evening of banter around a table with your friends.

You don’t even have to wait until December, if you’re both intensely popular with lots of people to see and intensely organised. For instance, Christmas is coming early to the Cricketers in Chaseside Place, Enfield EN2 6QA (0208 363 5218). Host Gerado Guglielmucci announces cheerfully that anyone booking and paying for a party by the end of October will be presented with a free glass of bubbly to get the evening going. November bookings may offer further temptations. A three-course menu will be £14.95, including coffee, while a two-course meal will be £12.95, in case you want to save a bit of room for other gatherings. Meanwhile, Enzo’s, 8890 Chase Side, Enfield EN2 6NX (0208 363 6974), is offering lunches from Monday – Friday at £17.50, dinner from Monday – Wednesday for £22.50, Thursday

£27.50 and Friday and Saturday at £33.50. From late November you can also enjoy a disco on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

The EN area has a variety of venues that can cater for your festive fun, so get out there and make the most of them – and remember, going out means no washing up afterwards!

Don’t forget to plan ahead for after the party as well as before – you may need to appoint a designated driver, or book a taxi. Tell friends or family where you’ll be and when you expect to be back, and whatever you do, do not be tempted to take a short-cut home in the dark through a graveyard wearing stilettos. (Did anyone see that episode of Whitechapel?) It never ends well. Stick to well-lit areas, take a mobile phone (although keep it close, as pickpockets have been known to venture out into the night at this time of year). Have fun, stay safe, enjoy what your town has to offer, and merry Christmas! Sarah Vittachi

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C hristmas Fayre WWI memorabilia @ the CriCketers

wanted by Enfield Council Local people are being urged to lend items relating to Enfield during World War One to Enfield Council so they can form part of a special exhibition about the conflict planned for next year. Next year is the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the war, which finally ended in 1918 having claimed millions of lives around the world and historians in the borough are especially keen to hear from anyone with items relating to the Home Front, Armistice Day celebrations, military hospitals in the area or the Royal Small Arms Factory based in Enfield.

The exhibition will be on display at the Dugdale Centre from March next year and will explore the role Enfield residents played during the war, and how it affected their lives and the borough. It will also explore nationally significant events that took place locally such as the Cuffley Airship crash in 1916, during which Lieutenant William Leefe Robinson became the first British pilot to shoot down a German airship, and was awarded the Victoria Cross for his heroism during the incident. Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure, Youth and Localism, Cllr Bambos Charalambous, said: “Enfield played a unique part in World War One, in no small part because the Lee Enfield Factory in the borough

produced more than two million rifles for our armed forces during the conflict.�

“This borough really was the armoury for the British Army during this dreadful conflict, but while making a magnificent contribution to the war effort, the people of our borough suffered terribly during the war years.� “We would like people to have a look and see if there are any pieces of World War I memorabilia that they would be willing to lend to Enfield Museum Service, or any stories they can tell the team that can help build up a picture of the people of Enfield and how they coped during these dark and difficult times.�

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Pilates for the party season? The party season is fast approaching, and the chances are you’ll be planning to dress to impress. The thing is, looking good isn’t just about the clothes; it’s about what lies beneath. Body confidence, strength and the way you move say more about you than a wardrobe full of designer labels. Sadly, there aren’t any instant fixes (trust us, at EN we’ve tried them all). Diets and exercise regimes take time to show results, but you can improve the way you feel, and the image you project, surprisingly quickly. Pilates before the party, anyone?

Pilates is a physical fitness


system that focuses on concentration, control, precision, balance and breathing. Valerie Burns runs classes in the EN area, and we asked her a few questions about the method. First of all, what is it? ‘It’s a series of deep muscular exercises, involving the core abdominal and back muscles,’ she said. Apparently its targets include the hips, bottom and inner thighs, and who wouldn’t want to see some improvement there? ‘It’s an all-body workout that can help relieve tension, correct your alignment, make you more able to stretch, and will strengthen your muscles.’ Is anyone too young or too old to take part? Valerie has class members aged

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18 to 80, all enjoying the benefits of her one-hour classes, which take place locally and require no specialised equipment (light clothing and bare feet or socks plus your body are all you’ll need to bring, while light hand weights are supplied). Um, how fit do you need to be before you start? we wondered, a tad nervously. ‘Any levels are welcome,’ Valerie said reassuringly. Participants find a standard of exercise that suits them and work to their own level.

And the results? ‘Improved muscular strength, joint flexibility and general well-being,’ Valerie says. You can’t change the way you look instantly, but even after one Pilates session you can feel the benefits; feeling good is half way to

looking good, and that can only bode well for your party season campaign. And at £7 per class, you’ll have enough left over to spend on a killer outfit.

For classes contact Valerie Burns 07944 843296 Monday 9.30 am, St Paul’s Church, Winchmore Hill, N21 1JA

Tuesday and Thursday, 7 pm, St Andrew’s Church Hall, Chase Side, Southgate N14 5TP Saturday 10 am, St Thomas’s Church Hall, Prince George Avenue, Oakwood N14 5SN

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EN’s Creative Baking Competition Wright’s Flour Winners Decorative Supplies sponsored by

In September issue of EN Magazine we launched a Creative Baking competition sponsored by Decorative Supplies and Wright’s Flour. We had loads of entries proofing that the EN area is full of people that enjoy baking, or perhaps just people that enjoy eating cakes! The winner of the over 16’s category is Claire Hornett from Potters Bar with her burger inspired cake.

The runner up is Grace Bullen from Winchmore Hill with her cleverly heart shaped sponge with champagne frosting in rose design.


In the under 16 category the winner is Benjy Dukes aged 9 who has made a strawberry pavlova. The judges were impressed that this difficult cake had been creted by someone so young. The runner up is Nick Charalambous aged 15, with his character inspired cake.

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Perfect plants for darker days Autumn’s definitely here – trees blazing red, gold and orange; mist and damp in the morning air; the days shortening and the shadows lengthening. High summer‘s bright intensity has given way to the golden afterglow of autumn. And the jewelled cobwebs of the first frosts warn us that winter’s around the corner. The garden’s in transition too. Summer bedding is more or less finished and early flowering perennials are looking raggedy and tired. There’s a general feeling of ‘running out of steam’ – but fear not! Plenty of the new season’s flowers are at their majestic best right now. Together with cleverly chosen foliage,


they’ll keep colour and impact going in your little patch right through the winter. They’re also important sources of late season nectar for bees and butterflies preparing for winter hibernation.

Choose plants that match the mellow autumn light – golden yellow Rudbeckias (coneflowers), glowing orange Kniphofias (red-hot pokers), earthy terracotta Achilleas and warming, sunset-hued Crocosmia (montbretia). Autumn’s shadows aren’t as dense as sharp summer ones. Blacks become shades of dark brown and midnight blue. Emphasise this by using plants with flowers or foliage in shades of deepest purple and dusty pink. Try Penstemon,

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with its graceful tubular flowers and Eupatorium purpureum (Joe-pye weed), with tall purple stems and flowerheads. Bees and butterflies love them.

Japanese anemones are also perfect for pollinators. Their rosy pink blooms combine well with the succulent foliage and distinctive flat flowerheads of Sedum, available in many shades from pink to purple. And Asters, with their classic daisy faces, provide weeks of autumn colour in dusky pinks, moody violet-blues, bruised purples and jewelrich magenta. Foliage plants prolong seasonal interest, too. Heuchera’s large textured leaves are particularly good in autumn – and there’s a huge range of cultivars to choose from, with colours from blackcurrant and raspberry to caramel and marmalade and every shade in between. They’re great ‘fillers’, perfect for gaps left in the border

once summer bedding has been cleared. Grasses are great, adding statuesque beauty as they swish and sway in the breeze, seedheads sparkling in the low sun. Look for Molinia caerulea (purple moor grass) with its purple spikelets on erect stems and Panicum virgatum (switchgrass) cultivars, whose leaves turn rich purple-red. Miscanthus sinensis (Chinese silver) grasses add height to the back of the border with dramatic feathery flower plumes in

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This is the time of year when berrying plants are at their best, laden with abundant fruits, attracting birds and small rodents. You’ll be familiar with these shrubs – the red, yellow and orangeberried Cotoneaster, the violet berried, mauvetinted foliage of Callicarpa bodinieri var. giraldii (Beauty bush), glossyleaved spiny hollies and the pretty mini snowballs of Gaultheria mucronata. Look out too for another lovely autumn berrying shrub, Leycesteria formosa (Himalayan honeysuckle) with its unusual drooping clusters of reddish-purple berries. All these can be planted in your beds and borders while the soil is still warm, to fill gaps left by departing summer flowers. Remember, you can also plant many in containers like hanging baskets, pots and window boxes. The containers can be moved around your porch or patio, so you can enjoy them at close quarters, or in more distant spots of the garden where they’ll catch the last of the day’s golden sunshine, adding light and colour.

with dwarf evergreen perennials such as heathers, heucheras or mini grasses for fantastic hanging baskets that’ll give you a warm welcome whenever you come home. Many of these smaller plants work well in window boxes too, doing a brilliant job of brightening your front garden - even when the weather turns rainy and cold.

In larger pots you can have a wonderful autumnal mix of berrying shrubs, grasses and any of the autumn flowering perennials. Mix and match them to create a riot of colour, or limit your colour palette to look contemporary and stylish. But don’t forget plants in pots need more TLC than plants in the ground. They need watering, feeding and deadheading regularly. Try not to think of this as a chore – it’s a few minutes each week that will reward you with a wonderful display, adding interest and impact through the autumn and winter months. Summer’s colour may be over but your autumn plants and flowers will keep the winter blues at bay … Amanda Clibbens-Stoney Capel Manor qualified Planting Designer Amanda Clibbens-Stoney  Planting Design email amanda.cstoney@

Now’s the time for autumn and winter bedding to shine. Pansies and violas come in all colours, from autumnal yellows, bronzes and reds to winter whites, cool violets and blues. Try combining them

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Was The Gunpowder Plot hatched in Enfield

Whitewebbs revealed as safe-house for Guy Fawkes and his gang Every 5th November we remember Guy Fawkes and his infamous attempt to blow up the Houses of Parliament. EN magazine can reveal that the Borough of Enfield may have more links with the Gunpowder Plot than you might think. Born in Yorkshire in 1570 Guy Fawkes was raised a devout Catholic attending St. Peter’s School in York. It was here he met John and Christopher Wright who would later become his accomplices in the Gunpowder Plot. After leaving school Fawkes went on to fight for over 10 years in many of the Protestant-Catholic wars of the time in France and Spain, where he earned the nickname ‘Guido’. Notorious for his involvement with one of the most infamous acts of terrorism, The Gunpowder Treason and Plot was an attempt by a group of Catholic conspirators to kill the first Protestant King of England, James I and his aristocratic entourage on 5th November 1605 at the state opening of the Houses of Parliament. Although the plot was masterminded by Robert Catesby, Fawkes was responsible for its execution because of his military and explosives experience. Guy Fawkes and his conspirators rented a cellar beneath the House of Lords where by March 1605 they had managed


to hide over 800kg of gunpowder. The 36 barrels of explosives are rumoured to have been stolen by Fawkes from the Royal Gunpowder Factory in Waltham Abbey, transported along the New River to the Thames and then on to the Houses of Parliament. Fawkes is believed to have drunk at a pub on Whitewebbs Lane known at the time as The White Hart but now as The King and Tinker. The pub changed its name back in the 1600’s when King James I, who had lost his courtiers whilst hunting in the area, stumbled across it and decided to take shelter. While he waited for his royal courtiers to come back and find him, the King sat drinking his ale with a local tinker who was unaware that he was in the company of the King of England. Fawkes and 11 others rented Whitewebbs House in Enfield Chase as a meeting place and safe house perhaps to discuss their plans for treason. On October 16th 1605, Guy Fawkes and some of his accomplices met there for a secret meeting prior to the infamous failed assassination attempt.

Some of the conspirators became concerned that their plans for violence could harm innocent Catholics who would be present at the State Opening of Parliament and one of the plotters wrote a letter to fellow Catholic,

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Lord Monteagle, to warn him of the danger ahead. A suspicious Monteagle forwarded the letter to the Secretary of State who ordered a search of the vaults beneath the House of Lords on the morning of 5th November 1605 where Guy Fawkes was discovered guarding the explosives disguised as a nobody named ‘John Johnson’.

Guy Fawkes was arrested immediately taken to the Tower of London where he was tortured. For four days he refused to reveal the names of his accomplices. It was only upon learning that his coconspirators had already given themselves up that he confessed. Fawkes and a number of his men were found guilty of treason at Westminster Hall on 31st January 1606 and taken to St. Paul’s Yard where they were to be hanged, drawn and quartered. A rebel to the end, Fawkes managed to cheat the hangman by jumping from the scaffold, breaking his own neck before he could be drawn and quartered.

Today, the cellars below the Houses of Parliament are searched every year by the Yeoman of the Guard as part of the State Opening of Parliament in order to prevent a modern day Gunpowder Treason. The downfall of Fawkes’ plot is celebrated every year around November 5th with fireworks, bonfires and “Guys”.

Whether you visit a local display or host a firework party at home, remember that safety always comes first. When buying fireworks, make sure they comply with BS 7114 and are clearly marked for their intended use “Indoor, Garden or Display”. The Firework Code has some good tips to make sure your Bonfire Night celebrations go with a bang: 1. Keep fireworks in a sealed box or tin 2. Use them one at a time, replacing the lid immediately 3. NEVER put fireworks in your pocket 4. Read the instructions carefully, using a torch or hand lamp NEVER use a naked flame 5. Light fireworks at arms length using a taper or a firework lighter 6. Stand well back and NEVER return to a firework after it has been lit, it could explode in your face 7. Ensure that all children with fireworks are well supervised 8. NEVER throw fireworks 9. Keep all pets and animals indoors 10. Take care of sparklers, wear gloves to hold them and dispose of sparklers in a bucket of water as soon as they are finished

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Employment status and Zero hours

In the run up to Christmas many companies will look to take on additional staff to cope with the increased sales. This boost in employment opportunities can give a needed income boost to pay for all the Christmas trimmings but many companies are now offering staff zero hours contracts. What are these contracts will you get paid and what are your rights? The Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development estimates that around one million people are on zero hours contracts. Someone working on a “zero hours contract” basis generally means casual workers where the employer makes no promise to provide work, but the worker is expected to make themselves available to take on work when it is offered, although they are not obliged to accept it.

As a result, such casual workers do not achieve “employee” status and therefore do not receive protective rights such as for unfair dismissal, redundancy or statutory notice. Generally they are classed as “workers” only which has a much reduced employment protection status. Further, because zero hours workers (“ZHWs”) are likely to have breaks in their contracts, their right to overtime can be affected. That said, as workers, ZHWs are entitled to paid annual leave, the National Minimum Wage and pay for work related travel. Equally, when employment is broken, an employer has to pay the worker for any accrued and untaken holiday pay.

Common work utilising zero hours contracts occurs where an employer needs workers to cover unexpected or last-minute events, temporary staff shortages or oncall/bank work. However, research by the Resolution Foundation found that those engaged on zero hours

arrangements earn on average £6 an hour less than other employees with that zero hours workers earning an average of £9 an hour, compared with £15 for other workers.

Whilst most ZHWs are ‘workers’, the way the relationship with that worker develops may enhance the employment status to that of an ‘employee’, who then has additional employment rights. For example, subjecting the worker to disciplinary procedures or punishing them in some way if they don’t accept all the hours they are offered. Where there is a dispute over ‘worker’ or ‘employee’ status, an Employment Tribunal may determine what contractual relationship exists between employer and worker and any associated employment rights, including enhancements such as accruing the right to take maternity leave or pay and the right to ask to request flexible working.

It is important to be aware of the provisions of the National Minimum Wage Regulations, which state that workers on ‘stand-by time’, ‘on-call time’ and ‘downtime’ must still be paid the National Minimum Wage if they are at their place of work and required to be there. Similarly, such time is likely to count as ‘working time’ under the Working Time Regulations if the worker is required to be on-call at the place of work. This means that it’s against the law to ask employees to ‘clock off’ during quiet periods but still remain on the premises. Zero-hours contracts may suit some people who want occasional earnings and are able to be entirely flexible about when they work. However, the unpredictable nature of working times means that they won’t be for everyone. If you are considering taking on people on a zero-hours basis, it’s important to be aware of your responsibilities as an employer and to set out the terms of any contract clearly. If in doubt you should seek independent legal advice, consult a solicitor with expert knowledge and find out how the law applies to you. Gareth Humberstone Employment Solicitor MARTIN SHEPHERD Solicitors LLP

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Are you eligible for a FREE Boiler Lets Take A Look At The Green Deal -It Could Save You £’s On Your Heating We are all concerned about the cost of our heating – the phrase “now more than ever” is somewhat of a cliché given the recent surge in energy bills. We are local plumbers and specialist heating engineers covering the Enfield borough. Day-to-day we are embroiled with leaking radiators, faulty boilers and central heating enquiries. As a company focusing on the community we believe that people who really struggle with their bills should take advantage of any financial assistance available. Our mission possible is to help people save money on their bills, make their homes more energy efficient and get brand new free boilers.

Bottom line – we want to give a warmer and a more comfortable life this winter. You may have heard that the big energy providers are obliged by law to give away free energy saving measures. It’s called the “Energy Company Obligations” (ECO) – and it’s focused on helping people who suffer from fuel poverty – namely people who get child tax credit and have an annual income of £15,860 or less or get certain benefits such as state pension credit.

Where do boilers fit in? Boilers are one of the biggest contributors to your energy bills (up to 60%) – the more efficient your boiler, the more heat it produces from each gas unit. Depending on its age, a brand new class A boiler (90% plus efficiency) could save you up to £310 every year – and more as prices increase. The stumbling block? A new boiler including installation will set you back an average of £2300. It’s a massive investment, especially for older folk who need a top-up on their pension (pension credit), own a property but have no prospect of any other income. Know a pensioner already in receipt of the Warm Home Front Discount Scheme? That’s where the ECO deal comes in.

Get a FREE boiler installed within a month. So who is eligible? • Do you live in private rented or your own accommodation? • Can you provide as proof a benefits letter in your name? • Do you have a boiler that’s more than 7 years old? (If so it probably meets the criteria of being inefficient) • What type of property do you live in? The scheme targets houses as opposed to new build flats, simply because the more rooms there are, the more the savings. If you fulfill the above criteria you will need an up to date Energy Performance Certificate. All domestic and commercial buildings in the UK available to buy or rent must have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). If you own a home, getting an energy performance survey done could help you identify ways to save money on your energy bills. EPC’s tell you how energy efficient a building is and give it a rating from A (very efficient) to G (inefficient). They let the person who uses the building know how costly it will be to heat and light, and what its carbon dioxide emissions are likely to be. The EPC will also state what the energy efficiency rating could be if improvements are made, and highlights cost-effective ways to achieve a better rating. That’s an important criteria in deciding whether you’re eligible for a free boiler – will a new boiler actually make a big difference to your heating bills? So if you’ve got your paperwork, an old boiler, live in your own house or private rented and your EPC shows savings to be made…. Thumbs up new boiler.


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So what’s the application process like? It’s new territory for us as well. At Associated Response we have become accredited installers (PAS2030-2012) under the Green Deal and ECO scheme – that means in addition to our being gas safe registered (501758) you are safe in the knowledge that we have been checked out and approved by the government to install these free boilers. Who’s paying for us to install the boilers? The energy companies. The challenge many people struggle with is in trying to contact one of the energy companies to make an appointment for someone to come out and look at their boiler, complete the paperwork and do an energy assessment.You could be on hold for ages. Obviously with more than one national company involved there could be a lot of waiting involved as you are passed from pillar to post. Plus the EPC can cost up to £70 – and it’s not necessarily included as part of the free package. Two contrasting stories in the media last Monday highlighted the scheme works and realizing the importance of speaking to the right people. the Guardian recounts how one family now saves over £200 a year with their new boiler and thermostat – and remember as well the boiler itself works much better. Meanwhile BBC Wales consumer watchdog reported on the collapse of a company charging over £249 for an ECO assessment.

So what are we doing about it? • We’ve taken matters into our own hands. Rather than just fitting a boiler, we will take you through the process from the very beginning to – a new boiler within a matter of weeks – • We do not subcontract our work. The same engineer who assesses your boiler is the same person who will fit the boiler (and service it for years to come). And he’s gas safe qualified as soon as you open the door. • We will help you complete the application form. All you need is proof of benefits. • We will pay for the EPC (that’s worth at least £50) no questions asked

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Home Improvements

A Touch of Class

Things ancient and modern in your home So, you’re drooling over Downton, loving the exquisite interiors whilst simultaneously wondering how long it’s going to take Lady Mary to ditch the black gloves and jump back onto the side saddle of love. You think it’s all gorgeous, but there’s this nagging little voice in the back of your head saying, well, it was probably fine if you had shedloads of servants, didn’t mind the primitive plumbing and probably didn’t know anything different; but what if you’re living in a new-build in the here and now and want a bit of the historical style without relinquishing the joys of the ensuite power-shower? Conversely, given that the EN area has been here a fair while, with a market charter dating back to 1303 – thank you, Edward I, you may be living in an older property that you adored on sight, but which, in the absence of a butler and a


thin-lipped, tight-haired housekeeper at the helm, could do with a bit of makeover magic to bring it into the twenty-first century; maybe some underfloor heating wouldn’t go amiss under those authentically chilly Victorian kitchen tiles, for instance. Whether you’re living in a modern property that needs to be given a bit of character, or a period charmer that could stand to have a little work done, you’ll be pleased to know that you do have options. Here at EN, we’ve been exploring some of them.

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Making an entrance Have you ever dreamed about descending a grand staircase to gasps of admiration at the beauty of your evening gown/your immaculately-pressed dinner suit? (delete as appropriate). Well, you can. Richard Burbidge can help you with renovating a staircase in an older home, giving advice on what you should bear in mind. ‘The choice

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of stair balustrade is as important as the style,’ the company says. ‘Timber balustrade complements period homes that already feature a lot of wood, especially as natural materials add to the warmth of a room. Richard Burbidge offers White Oak and Ash stair balustrades to complement period homes, and work well with the surroundings of the staircase. ‘When it comes to style, timber and rustic work best in an older home. If you want to update your staircase, but stay true to the original design, you can mix and match stair balustrade components to ensure that the finished staircase looks as authentic as possible. Turned spindles will add interest as well as match period décor, and Richard Burbidge offers an array of styles, such as the Elements range. If you want to add a contemporary spin on a traditional look, try the Taper range, as it has been designed to meet both classic and modern styles. ‘For help and advice on designing your staircase, Richard Burbidge also offers an innovative online planning tool called Stair Project. The free service allows you to experiment with different balustrade styles and generates plans, drawings and parts lists that can be taken to your nearest stockist.’ (See Richard Burbidge on the internet www.stairproject. for further details)

If you’re looking to upgrade your entire central heating system, then now is the time to take advantage of the Government’s Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), which is essentially a cash back scheme to encourage more households to opt for biomass boilers.

Running on biomass fuel, which basically translates into wood-based fuel such as split logs, wood pellets or wood chips, a biomass boiler is a modern, eco-friendly alternative to traditional central heating systems. The boilers run on biomass fuel, heating a water tank that supplies the radiators and provides hot water for domestic use. With the RHI, for every kilowatt hour of heat produced by a biomass boiler, homeowners will receive 12.2p in cash back, helping not only claw back the initial outlay for installation but also to make money in the longer term.

Sensational Winter Savings

Keep the home fires burning

If you have a more modern property but still want a touch of period style, a fireplace is a great starting point. It can be as traditional or modern as you like. Euroheat, the leading distributor of woodburning stoves in the UK, offers a wide range of contemporary options that will be a focal point of the modern living space all year round and will provide warmth and comfort throughout even the coldest winter months. As simple to operate as a gas fire, their Rika Como model is even controllable via a mobile phone, for guaranteed warmth the minute you walk through the front door. (Maybe you don’t need that butler/housekeeper combo after all.) Simon Holden, chairman of Euroheat says “Opting for a woodburning stove is not only an environmentallyfriendly way to heat your home, it can also help you make significant savings on utility bills in the long-term, compared to alternative fuel sources.” “Burning wood costs around 2.5p per kilowatt per hour, compared to as much as 11p per kilowatt an hour when heating your home with electricity and 4p when using gas. And of course if you can source the wood that you burn from your back garden these costs can be reduced even further.” With the wide range of woodburning and pellet stoves on the market this heating method also enables you to opt for a stove that will be a focal point of any room, as well as being an effective heat source that is less harmful to the environment.

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Home Improvements Neal Stean at The Hertfordshire Fireplace Gallery (01707 657070) says: ‘However traditional our individual décor may be, most homes have the kind of technological equipment we can’t live without, such as TVs, computer equipment and so on. When helping people select the kind of fireplace that will work best for them, we try to find something that bridges both modern and traditional. Portuguese limestone is a popular choice, as it has a neutral, matt finish but is in a traditional style; it blends with the room, but gives a period feel.’

Seeing the light

Older properties often have windows that look the part but don’t offer the convenience of more modern models. Enfield Windows (0208 363 3233) are stockists of Residence 9 windows, which specialises in making new windows to give a period look with all you would expect from twenty-first century technology. The windows replicate the style and elegance of former eras, whether you hanker after Period Living, Village Life or The Town House, with details such as traditional hinge styles, handles and weatherbars. Your home’s original windows may only have single glazing, with all the joys of noise pollution and morning condensation; the replacements on offer are easy to open and clean, can significantly reduce the amount of noise from outside, and can come in triple glazing.

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So there you have it – EN’s guide to having a little touch of stately home style right here in the midst of the urban bustle. Now all you have to do is polish your tiara, pull on your evening gloves and get your butler to serve up some cocktails. Sarah Vittachi

Business News

Making A Change – Achieving Your Life Goals A couple of days ago I received a text from one of my friends who is mid way through her usual once a year ritual long haul holiday to an exotic destination. This time the holiday was to the Maldives, and attached to the text message is was a picture of a view from her plush holiday accommodation. The message “Could you please play both the lottery and the euro lottery for me this week please” Was she trying to convey a hidden message? Now you might be wondering why I am telling you all this, and what its got to do with you, but it will all become clear as you read on. This friend, in fact is my best friend, she is beautiful, talented, a professional, good at what she does and gets paid a pretty penny for that matter.

This time something deep down has triggered the vision of “What Life Could Be” without corporations and bosses dictating her very existence.

Every year, for the past three years or so, the three months following her long haul holidays, our conversations have been dominated by “Freedom”, freedom in terms of claiming her life back, and being financially “Free”. It’s all to do with the quality of life and how she wants to do her own thing. This is perfectly understandable if we do something about it. This is how most of the conversations go. “How work dictates when we should jump out of bed in the morning, how fast we should be walking to the train station in order to catch the 7.32 train in order to get to the city (levels of anxiety rising whenever trains are delayed or slow moving), how fast to walk from the

station in order to be at our desk at the right time, when to have lunch and when to go home and so forth, and ultimately how she wants to break away from all that” In a very blunt but nice way, I keep reiterating the fact that “Without Actions, Dreams Will Always Be Dreams”. I am sure various scenarios in this conversation ring true to the majority of us. If we would take time to consider “What Life Could Be”, and take steps towards achieving them, life could be very different. On a scale of 1 to 10, 1 being “I am okay with my present situation, and 10 being “I really want to do something to improve my situation now”, where do you think you are? My point is, whether we earn a pretty penny or just enough to keep us comfortable and ticking along, whether we are professionals, skilled, or as many of us will quickly say “I haven’t got any skills or talent to offer”, is irrelevant. There is something out there for everybody with a positive mindset and the determination to succeed, and there are enough people and enough money out there to pay for what we have to offer, if we find the right area to operate in.

The surprising thing is, we don’t even have to give up our day jobs (the certainty and our comfort zone) in order to pursue our lifestyle aspirations, till we are absolutely certain we are making the right choice. I did not have to give mine up when I started pursuing my business and lifestyle dreams. I just adopted a business model that allowed me the luxury of doing both. I am sure the majority of us who are contemplating a better lifestyle (earning more money, working less, and doing what we love doing most) could do the same.

On this note, I have put together a 6 Part “How To” strategies which I will be releasing in coming issue of EN Magazine I am more than happy to help you find the right direction and inspiration to achieve your dreams. Just drop me an email.

7 Secret Strategies of a Successful Business

Picking the right opportunity always involves a feeling of uncertainty. You have to be convinced that the opportunity matches your skills and passion, and that it is likely to offer an attractive business model that can

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Business News deliver the growth and profitability necessary to make your vision a reality. You need to ask yourself these questions: Fundamentally, how attractive a business is it?

him or herself. A successful business owner who has built a thriving business will always be surrounded by outstanding experts who take initiative, make decisions and provide leadership and support.

Find the opportunity that matches your skills, passion and ambition. Work out your strengths and weaknesses and identify the best opportunities and putting in place the structures to take advantage of those opportunities. Find the opportunity to bring money and enterprise together

5. The fifth criterion is capital intensity. Are you able to raise the necessary capital? Different businesses require different levels of finance.

o How fast will it grow? o How reliable are its projected revenue streams? o How controllable are its costs o How protected are its operating margins? o Once established, will the business enjoy barriers that protect its sales and profits from competition for long?

1. Before you set out on an entrepreneurial venture, ask yourself which area is the most promising area for you. The key criterion is the size of the opportunity. As a rule, you are better off choosing an opportunity with great rather than limited potential.

2. The second criterion after market size is your particular aptitude and depth of understanding of your market. Do not enter a market unless you understand it as well as anyone else, or you have someone who will help you navigate your way through it.

3. The third criterion, after size and aptitude is your personal ability to attract specialist (technical, strategic, sector expertise) needed to build an outstanding business. An entrepreneur or business owner who thinks he or she can do everything is fooling

4. The fourth criterion is to do with your business model – the elements of the business that drives its growth and profitability, and the manner in which they fit together. A good business model provides significant financial reward if the operations of the business are successful. A poor business model provides scant rewards, even if the operations of the business are outstandingly successful 6. Having analysed two or more business opportunities, how do you make a decision on which one to pursue? You will need to analyse the relative merits of alternative paths, starting with the initial choice.

7. By doing this, the combinations of various outcomes and probabilities will give you a robust analytical method for weighing up the initial choice. Most decisions involve a trade off – you give up something of value in return for something else, and getting these tradeoffs right is what working out your opportunities is all about. By Asheley Biggart (Strategic Business Consultant) 0845 056 3554

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Celebrating 25 Businesses back University Years Technical College Businesses in Enfield are being urged to join forces with a number of multi-national corporations and back a University Technical College based in the proposed new Meridian Water Development near Edmonton which will train the engineers of the future. Meridian Engineering and Science Academy (MESA) will be one of a number of education facilities earmarked for the £1.3 billion Meridian Water development which will provide up to 5,000 homes and 3,000 jobs in one of London’s largest developments. Enfield Council, North London Chamber of Commerce and the London Community, Learning Trust, who are providing the college, are calling on businesses to become partners of the college, meaning they work with teachers and sponsors to design the curriculum and ensure trainees can learn the skills that companies in the borough need. The businesses will work alongside the partner university, Anglian Ruskin University. To date Warburtons Bakery, London Waste, Newsprinters, Johnson Matthey, Kelvin Hughes, and Ardmore Construction have already signed up to support the college but local business and council leaders are keen for more companies to sign up.

Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Business and Regeneration, Cllr Del Goddard, said: “We want to make sure that businesses in our borough can draw upon an effective, hard working and well trained workforce that can help those companies expand and flourish.

“This college will provide hundreds of young with the skills that local businesses need and going into partnership with MESA is a fantastic opportunity which I believe our companies should grab with both hands.”

Huw Jones said: “The need for this facility is borne from the frustrations of local business recruiting engineers. This new facility will make a significant contribution to address that issue and deliver a workforce that meets the needs of business both now and for the future.” Margaret Bundy from Kelvin Hughes Ltd., an advanced engineering firm who have recently moved to Enfield, said: “We see the academy as being a valuable way of ensuring that we have a well-qualified local workforce with the engineering skills we are looking for. It’s good that the employers and the partner university will be designing the curriculum and making sure it is fit for purpose”


We hear, all the time, of companies that are struggling or closing their doors in these tough economic times. But it is not every business, Enzo’s Ristorante has just celebrated their 25th anniversary. “It was in October 1988 that I opened the doors to Enzo’s for the first time.” Enzo told EN Magazine.

“The original Enzo’s was very different to the restaurant that we have today. The décor of the restaurant was a warming and inviting pink with the menu reflecting the boom time of the eighties. Dishes like Medallions of Beef with Oyster Sauce were on the menu and an extensive wine list of predominantly French wine. One of the things that we did that was very different for the time was to serve our food on clean white plates and use white table clothes and napkins giving a sharp edge to the restaurant, but the one thing I made sure of and I believe made the restaurant stand out from others in the area, was my insistence on the highest quality silver service for all our diners.” “Over the last twenty years I have guided the restaurant through many changes to reflect the shifting tastes and demands of our customers. I truly believe that a restaurant only has a life span of a few years before people look elsewhere for change, so continued success comes from reinvention. We have always tried to give people the dining experience that makes them want to return time and time again. This has come not just from the quality food and service that we proffer but also from developing attractive and affordable offers. Today as well as offering entertainment evenings with live performers we have also redesigned our menu. The latest offering is our 3-6-9 deal. Any starter £3 any pasta £6 and any main £9.” “We have also expanded the restaurant to include a bar and cocktail lounge area where customers can join us for a drink without eating.” “I am looking forward to the future and welcoming customers old and new to Enzo’s.”

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Has your business outgrown your home? Stacks of paperwork cluttering up your home office? Finding it hard to focus solely on your business? There are countless benefits of moving your business out of your home and into a vibrant business centre as well as utilising the many extensive facilities and services that centres can offer today. Serviced offices are a total solution for any business, providing all round support. Check out our top 5 reasons on why you should consider using a business centre: 1. Professional Image

No matter what size your business is, a professional image for your business is essential.

By residing at a business centre, your clients will be greeted at a professional Reception Desk which provides a prestigious image for your business. Having an external office or workshop, as opposed to working from home, portrays professionalism to your clients and suppliers. Business centres offer clients immediate access to well-equipped workspace in key locations. 2. Virtual Office Services

If you’re not quite ready to move in to a business centre, why not take out a virtual office package instead which can help boost and develop the image of your business by portraying a reliable and more established organisation? If you struggle to answer all of your business calls, a telephone answering service can help to ensure that you never miss out on potential work. What’s more, if you work from home and need an established business address, a mailbox can be used for collating all business mail which can be sent out or collected by you at your convenience. If you’re looking to create a regional presence for your business in a particular area, having a local business address can really help. 3. Routine & Networking

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getting bogged down in ‘home life’ in ‘business time’. Having an external business premise, away from home, allows you to get away from home distractions allowing you to focus on your business solely.

Being based in a building with other companies can also provide great networking opportunities. Whether it’s in the business centre bistro, at a networking event held by the centre or just by bumping into a potential client or supplier at the coffee machine, you are in a great position for networking. Some business centres now offer flexible, co-sharing workspace facilities which are excellent for networking. 4. Business Support Facilities

Business centres offer much more than just office and workshop space. By basing your business at a centre, you have a wealth of business support right on your doorstep. Useful facilities such as on-site conference and meeting rooms as well as catering can be booked immediately and there is often a team of business centre staff on hand to assist you with administration work such as faxing, photocopying, printing etc in times of need. 5. Flexibility for Business Growth

There are a number of business centres out there that can offer flexible agreements, on easy-in and easy-out terms, so that you do not have to be signed up in a lengthy licence. If you’re a small business that is looking to grow steadily, you could start off with either small or shared workspace and work your way up to something bigger. Overall, business centres can offer a wide range of benefits to any business and are definitely worth considering.

If you’re looking for business centre services in the Enfield or Potters Bar areas, why not take a look at The Wenta Business Centre, Enfield or The Enterprise Centre, Potters Bar. Visit www.wentabusinesscentres. for more information.

Panto Time

It’s Panto time... Ohh 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. 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.

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!! Oh yes he did!

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. One of the most famous Dames in recent times has been Sir Ian McKellen (Gandalf in Lord of the Rings) who played Widow Twanky in 2005 and broke box office records. Commedia Dell’Arte from whence is sprung has all but died but pantomime survives because it is a living growing art form, holding firm with traditions but adapting them through the ages to modern trends and including comedy, sometimes mild sexual innuendo and topics of interest to those watching. 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 humor filled fantasy on a cold winter’s night.

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Panto Time

Millfield’s Wonderful Christmas Pantomime Dick Whittington Set your Satnav for Silver Street this Christmas and join us for our annual extravaganza of comedy, singing, dancing, audience participation, glamour and glitz, better known as the Millfield Pantomime! This year we are presenting the ultimate London Panto, Dick Whittington!

London’s streets of gold are calling and, with his faithful cat by his side, our hero Dick goes searching for his fortune in our big city. But he won’t make it without your help. Be there to cheer Dick on along his journey, ‘boo’ at the biggest baddie of all time - King Rat - and ‘ahh’ at the object of Dick’s affections, the beautiful Alice. Packed with glittering spectacle, an acrobatic cat, a chorus of local down and dirty rats and a thighslapping Dick. Fantastic tunes, awesome dancing plus lots of festive sparkle and chances to join in, this is going to be one Christmas panto not to miss. For fun laughter and great family entertainment make Dick Whittington your Christmas treat. So, what are you waiting for? Christmas just isn’t Christmas without the Millfield Theatre panto and it’s never too early to book – oh no it isn’t!

Ticket Information £12.50 – £17.50 (schools and youth groups from just £10) Concessions: £11.50 – £16.50 Fantastic value Family Tickets from just £60! (2 adults & 2 children)


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Wyllyotts Theatre Formula for a perfect Panto Snow White 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 Snow White, which opens on Saturday 15th 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 Snow White. 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. 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 ashimmer, 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! Following only two week’s rehearsal, the cast will sing 504 songs over the course of the run. 12,600 lighting cues and 10,500 sound cues will be given.

Why not join us and experience live panto, live music and the magnificent seven?!!! (dwarfs) Sat 14th Dec – Sun 5th Jan 2014 www.wyllyottstheatre.

SHOWTIME Viva la Drag!

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Saturday 9th November Millfield Theatre Tickets: £19.00 - £20.00 Box office: 020 8807 6680       

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Directed by Kylie Minogue’s creative director, featuring songs especially composed by Boy George, starring Sam Buttery from TV’s The Voice, the latest hit show from London’s West End – Viva la Drag! – is coming to town.

Dennis Locorriere was a founding member, lead vocalist, guitarist and songwriter for the internationally popular, multi-million selling band, Dr Hook.

An evening of glitz, hits, dance and kitsch boasting a real musical pedigree,” says Michael.

In the 15 years the band was together, Locorriere and Dr Hook toured around the world, playing to record breaking crowds, receiving gold and platinum singles and albums everywhere they went.

But Dr Hook was just the beginning of what Dennis Locorriere has accomplished in his long and colourful career. Locorriere penned songs have been recorded and performed by artists such as Helen Reddy, Lou Rawls, BJ Thomas, Olivia Newton-John, Southside Johnny, Willie Nelson and Bob Dylan.

Sweet harmonies, costumes to die for, a score packed with more hits than you can bat a pair of oversize lashes at, thrilling cutting-edge variety and ripped male eyecandy make Viva la Drag! the party night out of the year.” Theatregoers are advised that the content of the show is suitable for over-16s.

Buddy Holly & the Cricketers

Wyllyots Theatre Sat 2nd Nov 8.00pm Tickets: £17, £16 concs, £15 grps 10+ Box office 01707 645005

This breathtaking show has rock ’n’ rolled audiences across the globe from Cardiff to California, Barking to Bangkok and Swindon to Sweden and is guaranteed to have everyone singing along to the music and dancing in the aisles.

It stars some of the finest actor-musicians in the UK whose combined West End credits include Buddy, Lennon, Forbidden Planet and Jailhouse Rock and was endorsed as Britain’s most popular Buddy Holly act when the boys guested on BBC One’s Saturday night live programme, “The One and Only”, hosted by Graham Norton. Make your Heartbeat a little faster with the show that has thousands of fans the world over saying: “I can’t believe it’s not Buddy!”


We’ve teamed up with the producers of brand-new stage show Viva la Drag! to give a lucky reader/listener the chance of winning a pair of tickets to see the spectacular production at the Millfield Theatre, on Saturday 9th November. Just tell us which famous Australian singer the director of the show worked with?

To enter email your answer to competitions@ alternatively you can send your entry to Competitions, EN Magazine, 63 High Street, Potters Bar, EN6 5AS. Deadline for entries Friday 8th November

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What’s On Creative Markets: At: The Co-op Car Park, 654-658 Hertford Road, Enfield Wash, Enfield EN3 6LZ Sunday 27th October, 12 noon - 4pm Christmas Market Sunday 8th December, 12 noon - 4pm Come along and browse the beautifully crafted handmade items made by local traders - plus FREE arts and crafts activities and FREE face-painting for kids too! It’s a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon - a chance to purchase fantastic products not found on the high street, such as: Jewellery - delicious cakes – homeware – clothing – accessories - cards and gifts For details of how to book a stall contact Enterprise Enfield on 020 8443 5457, www.

Trent Country Park - History & Mystery Walks Special Halloween Walk!!! Meet 10.00am, outside Trent Park Café, the main car park, near the Cockfosters Road entrance. Total distance of the guided walk will be no more than 3 miles. Approx 12.30pm

Halloween Howler Sunday 27 October 2013 Capel Manor Gardens, Bullsmoor Lane, Enfield, EN1 4RQ 10am – 3pm see Capel Manor website Activities - Pumpkin carving, traditional craft activities, spooky shoot out, trick or treat, face painting, tractor rides, ghostly stories, haunted trail and much more. We are interested to hear from any Community groups that are interested in getting involved by organising Halloween activities. Please contact Priya Singh on T: 020 8449 8877 or E: psingh@

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Enfield Classical Guitar Society We meet 8:00 every Friday from September. Please see website enfieldclassicalguitarsociety.

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Enfield Over 50s Computer Clubmeets first Sunday of every month at St John’s Hall, Strayfield Road, off Theobalds Park Road, Enfield EN2 9JP from 10.30am to approx 3.00pm Our website is www. or phone Eric at 0208 366 6162

Enfield Video Makers meets first and third Tuesday of every month at 8pm at St Stephen’s Church Hall, Park Avenue, Bush Hill Park, Enfield EN1 2BA Website: www. Contact us by email through the website or Eric at 0208 366 6162 Film making, talks about techniques, competitions.

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


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Ok you are sat in your metal box and feel safe as you speed along the local roads – but please stop, think about what your doing, and consider the other road users! Remember when you took your driving test?

Remember stop – mirror – signal – manoeuvre? Well what happened?

As a fellow driver I beseech you to search back through your memories and remember what those stick things protruding from the side of the steering column are for.

Yes you know the ones I am referring to the indicators. They make those yellow lights on the corner of your car flash to let people know that you intend to make a manoeuvre.

Now I know that many of you are busy; talking to your friends on the phone or texting, eating or drinking, doing your hair and makeup in the rear view mirror or you are just in a hurry to be somewhere and other road users are not your consideration. But I am sorry us other road users are not mind readers. We do not know your intention to change lane, turn the corner or pull out of a junction if you do not give us some form of indication.

You may wonder am I just having a rant about the behaviour of other motorists on the road? Well yes and no – it brings me on the real reason for my rant. Excessive use of speed bumps and traffic calming measures!

As I drive around the local area I cannot help or should that be feel the ever-increasing number of speed bumps being put onto our roads. No, I am not a speed freak that resents not being able to drive at 50-60mph down a side road, but I do resent the increased wear and tear and being bumped up and down as I drive along. Suddenly I can see the appeal of a large 4x4 such as a Range Rover as they just appear to glide over the bumps.

Perhaps if all drivers took a little but more time to be considerate of other road users, and follow the highway code, then the ever increasing need to block our roads, in the name of safety, would come to an end. And with it the luxury and pleasure of driving would once more be returned.

And please if some one has the misfortune not to be able to read your mind as you decide to change lanes please refrain from trying to berate them by tailgating, shouting, making signs or trying to cut them up.

Using the roads is a privilege for all road users and I am sorry if you are running late but no mater how close you drive up behind me I cannot go faster than the car in front. Flashing your lights beeping your horn and making hand gestures cannot make the traffic disappear.

And another point have you noticed those white lines, usually double lined dashes across the road. These normally appear at the point where your road is about to join another, usually larger road. I am sure you know the ones I mean, they imply you should stop and check the way is clear before using your indicator and pull out. Please if you see these lines on the road, could you stop, too often I see people ignoring these and just pulling out into on coming traffic.

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