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April 2009

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Hello and Welcome to the April 2009 issue of EN Magazine. As the clocks have now gone forward and the evenings are getting longer EN Magazine is looking forward to taking advantage of the activities in the local area. In this months issue we take a look at the celebration of Easter, at a few of the Easter traditions from around the world and some of the activities taking place over the bank holiday in the area. We also take a look at Gardening and DIY, two activities that people often undertake over the bank holiday weekend. With the credit crunch affecting the value of the ÂŁ for trips abroad we take a look at some of our favourite holiday locations in the UK. All this plus local news and events in the EN area. We hope that you enjoy the April issue of EN Magazine and please do not hesitate to write to us with your comments or suggestions. Kind regards

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Contents Page 4 - 12 Local News and Events Page 13 - 15 A Look At Easter Page 16 - 17 Purse-onality! Page 18 - 20 A School for the Community Page 21 - 23 Holidaying in the UK Page 24 - 25 Gardening Page 26 - 27 DIY Page 28 - 31 What’s On Local Business Services and Classified Advertising

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He said: “I would be more than happy to see no fines issued at all if people did not drop litter on our streets. The council is not making any money out of fining people – let me explode that myth right there. The money accrued will go towards £4.3 million of street cleaning costs our residents are paying for.” And Cllr Neville repeated his wish to see Enfield become known as the Singapore of London – renowned for its safe, clean streets. He said: “Enfield has a reputation as one of the cleanest boroughs in London but we still have a long way

The increase in the number of fines comes after the borough decided to commission XFOR Security and Investigation Consultants to issue fines on behalf of the council. There are now two teams, each consisting of two staff in uniform and clearly badged as Enfield litter wardens. They operate throughout the Borough five days a week. - a significant increase on the one day each week by the Council’s Enviro Crime Unit. Cllr Neville said: “There was no excuse to drop litter in the borough. Litter is litter - which includes cigarettes as well as crisp packets and cans. “Smokers can use over 350 special stub-bins in our borough plus stubbie pouches, 5000 of which we handed out in the borough before the smoking ban.”

Local News and Events

New Arrivals At The Farm Cute cuddly and absolutely adorable, Spring has brought forth dozens of new borns at Lee Valley Park Farms. They are all available for you to see at Lee Valley Park Farms, Stubbins Hall Lane, Crooked Mile, Waltham Abbey, EN9 2EG, just four miles from Junction 26 of the M25. Many of the animals are part of the Farms rare breed programme and include: 3 Hebridean, 5 Jacob and 2 Manx Logthan lambs, 12 Speckledy Chicks, and 14 piglets. Additionally the Farm has adopted 13 orphan lambs from neighbouring farms,

which are being hand reared and visitors can help bottlefeed these bundles of woolly cuteness - more are on the way! The Farm has also seen the birth of a Belted Galloway calf and we want the public to name him. Angela TewCragg, Lee Valley Farms Manager, explained: “Our other Galloways are named after money - Florin, Lira and Sixpence - so we want a name that fits in with this theme, but we also want people to be as imaginative as possible.”   The Lee Valley Regional Park Authority, which operates the Farms, is offering a prize of a family ticket to the

Lee Valley Park Farms for the winning entry. The closing date for entries is: Monday 20th April 2009. Email your entry to: marketing@leevalleypark., please include your name, address and date of birth. If you would like to see the calf before you enter the competition, the Farms are open to the public from 10:00am till 5pm Daily.   Join in the fun at the Easter Eggstravanza from 4th – 18th April with an Easter

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Local News and Events

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Sites and Sounds of Edmonton

The art is all around you!


aturday 4 April sees Edmonton transformed as you have never seen it before, for a special festival event, incorporating live performances and aerial acts. Enfield Arts and Events team in association with St Modwen Developments, who are behind the regeneration of Edmonton Green, along with Art Start have developed a month long arts project entitled Sites and Sounds of Edmonton. The project celebrates and promotes the cultural diversity that exists in Edmonton through a series of high quality art experiences, bringing together a programme of creative workshops, sitespecific installations, artists’ performances, a cultural mapping project, and a live creative procession. The idea behind this project is that all too often we take for granted our immediate surroundings without really looking around and taking in the more unconventional beauty of a place. Edmonton has a great deal of colour and vibrancy in its culture and its architecture, and yet this is often over-looked in the common perception of the 19/3/09 place. ‘Sites and Sounds of Edmonton’ attempts to draw out these qualities through artistic experience, engaging the public through creativity. The skyline of Edmonton is peppered with a gritty urban architecture that looms impressively over a colourful mix of cultural buzz in its








streets. The artists that have been commissioned for the project are equally diverse in their artistic reflections on Edmonton. Janetka Platun’s exhibition, Edmonton Under the Spotlight uses community workshops to create objects that represent a personal identification with Edmonton, and each object will be placed under one of 100 spotlights in a darkened shop in the Edmonton Green shopping centre. Julian Walker’s Collecting Edmonton explores themes of memory through examining the past present and future of Edmonton through collected objects and memories of the local people of Edmonton. Sumer Erek’s sound sculptures highlight the sensory history of the culturally diverse 09:39:12 communities in Edmonton through oral narrations mixed with the textual material garments of the subject’s clothes. The installation highlights the importance of an individual’s oral narrative, as sound lends character to a place and oral narration adds colour to community history.

Local News and Events The final commission is for a cultural mapping project, and Marianne Holm Hansen’s alternative Guide to Edmonton Green works with the V notion of a local encyclopedic map; A picture map of the place - that indexes the experience of site from the perspective of its inhabitants. Together the artist and community will create an alternative guide to Edmonton Green using drawing, collage and digital (mobile phone) cameras. The maps will be available for visitors to collect from the exhibitions in the shopping center and will also be available as a pdf download from the council’s and St. Modwens websites. On Saturday 4 April, a special festival event surrounding the art projects will take place, starting with a procession led by Art Start with puppets, costumes and props. Professional

Street and aerial acts will be programmed in specific locations around the shopping centre, requiring the audience to look above and below their usual eye levels. The culmination of the day’s event will be in the form of a special festival development event at Art Zone, where visitors will be invited to have their say in an artistic consultation forum. Gary Morris, senior development manager at St. Modwen said “The regeneration of Edmonton Green is not just about bringing new facilities to the area and boosting the local economy, important though that is. It is also about finding opportunities to bring the community together, to learn new skills and to appreciate each other’s cultures. ‘Sites and Sounds of Edmonton’ does just that.”

Pyjama wearing fund raisers!


s part of Comic Relief, a group of business people from the local BNI Vision networking group in Enfield decided to do their bit for charity. In the early hours of Friday March 13th, 32 members of the breakfast network group, who meet at 6.30am on Friday mornings, left their homes either still in their Pyjamas or dressed up for the occasion. They all drove to their weekly meeting wearing their Red Noses. They had some interesting sleeping attire on show as well as surprise visits from a Snorkeller, aSoldier, a member of the Beatles, Ali G and Mini Mouse. “Prior to the meeting we had placed some

rules for the day in order to make sure we managed to raise some money for Comic Relief. It clearly worked. In total our meeting raised the sum of £947!” said Michael Cuschieri the group secretary/ treasurer. “The VisionChapter of BNI is a great networking opportunity for local business professionals and entrepreneurs to meet and help each other to promote their businesses locally.” added Michael. For further information visit

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Any One For Croquet? D

oes the thought of croquet engender thoughts of willowy ladies with parasols and well dressed gents of times gone by gently hitting balls through hoops, on beautiful smooth lawns, during a wonderful summer’s day. Or do you envisage retired ladies and gents with nothing better to do than thwack a ball through a hoop, with what point? Well, if you are one of the latter, it may surprise you to know, that nowadays Croquet is actually more popular than ever since its introduction in the last century and is a fast growing sport. Croquet is for

amateurs and professionals alike and many tournaments are played around the world. Clubs exist in every part of Britain and its popularity arises because it is easy to understand, fun to play, both sexes can enjoy the sport, there’s no age barrier and best of all it requires one skill – to propel a ball with accuracy through a hoop. It is thought that the game originated in 17/18th Century France where the most popular of games were those where a ball was knocked around a course of hoops/ obstacles with a mallet. One of these was called “Paille Maille” and was introduced to

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London and played on open ground near St. James’ Palace, an area that later became known as Pall Mall. There is also a claim that the game was actually brought from Ireland in 1851 when a woman who had been watching peasants in France play the original game, passed the idea to a Mr. Spratt, who then passed it onto a gentleman called John Jacques (although he later claimed the idea as his own). It was he however, who was ultimately responsible for the production of the equipment needed to play and he also published the first code of laws. Croquet became the sports craze of Victorian England and national championships were held at Wimbledon before the lawns were turned into tennis courts. It was initially a sport favoured by ladies in Britain, because they were actually allowed to take part in it, plus they played outside in the company of men, without intense chaperoning. Popularity declined with the fairer sex when the All England Croquet Club was formed in 1868 and the sport became too regulated. In 1874 a further decline was seen as Lawn Tennis became more popular but despite this downturn croquet went on to become the rage in the United States.

Enfield Croquet Club (registered charity) established in 1992, wants to raise the profile of this sport where men and women of all ages can compete on an equal footing and enjoy the experience. There are several variations of croquet differing in scoring systems, order of shots and layout but Golf Croquet in particular, is good fun, quick to play and an easy way to get started. The croquet club has the use of three full size lawns in Bush Hill Park and prospective members can try the game for free before deciding whether to join the club or not. The annual subscription rate for 2009 is £45.00 but potential members will be entitled to the first two afternoons free. Lawns are available for members to use approximately 1st April – 31st October each year, although certain days maybe allocated for club matches. Enfield Croquet Club is offering free tuition for a sixweek introductory course for beginners starting 18th April. This will give you an opportunity to enjoy this absorbing game of tactics, skill and concentration. Contact Mr. Alan Foott on 020 8886 4431 for further information or email:

Giving Your Time To Help Others T

here are millions of charities across the globe and they all focus on helping those who are less fortunate. According to Guide Star, who lists registered charities on their website (www. there are over 169,000 registered charities across England and Wales. In 2007, the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) and the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) conducted a survey and found that an estimated £9.5 billion was donated to charity in 2006, but while donations are appreciated, there are many other ways to help. Many people choose to help in a more practical way and there are so many different routes to volunteering, from helping out in charity shops to personally working with families who need support. But why do people volunteer and what do they get from it? There are many reasons why people choose to donate their time to a good cause, which could include a desire to help and make a difference, or to learn a new skill. Whether their choice to volunteer is personal or

professional, in many people’s minds, there is a strong concept of ‘giving something back’. As well as helping the community, there is also the social aspect of voluntary work. Volunteers may be looking to build up friendships, spend time with people with the same interests, or just be there for someone who is in need of support. It is easy to make new friends whilst volunteering because it is ultimately a social activity. EN Magazine spoke to Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice, a local charity dedicated to providing help and support to many life limited children and their families, within the South Hertfordshire and North London area. The charity aims to help children who suffer from illnesses such as cancer and cystic fibrosis, to improve their quality of life, or just to help with dayto-day family life. Noah’s Ark tries to provide a service that takes into account each family’s specific needs. There is a range of services available including providing nursing care, which can include help with symptom control. Noah’s Ark has a range of qualified counsellors, play specialists,

Local News and Events trained carers, nurses and clinicians. These services are available in children’s homes thanks to a community care team. EN Magazine talked to Megan, a regular volunteer with Noah’s Ark. Megan works on a one to one basis with one of the families supported by Noah’s Ark. “Working as a secretary became repetitive after a while. I was working a full time job and doing the same tasks every day, I wanted to try something new but I had no idea what I wanted to do. Volunteering seemed like a good choice because I could do it in my own time and it would give me the challenge that I needed without having to give up my job. At Noah’s Ark I started by helping out with fundraising and events, but when I was told about training to work with a family, I decided to give it a go. The training really helped and I learnt a lot, it also gave me the chance to meet new people. I felt very nervous when I first met the family I was working with but they made me feel at ease. I provide support for the family by working mostly with the child’s siblings. Sometimes when a child is ill, their siblings can feel overlooked. I spent time with the sister, playing games, reading books and

helping out with homework. Just little things like this can take a lot of strain off the family. Helping out the family is my favourite part of volunteering because I can tell that it just means so much to them. I have found I am able to fit volunteering into my life and the impact has been positive for myself and I believe, that family I work with. I am able to work my time volunteering around my full time job. I love my role and there has never been a moment where I have regretted it. Anyone can volunteer, but I think they need to have certain qualities to succeed. They need to be fairly outgoing and extremely trustworthy. If you have ever thought about volunteering, I would say go for it because you never know if you’ll like it unless you try.” For more information about Noah’s Ark and the support they offer, you can visit their website www.

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Cash for local projects L

ocal people will be able to bid for cash to improve the area they live in. The Ward Improvement Initiatives Scheme (WIIS) means £2,000 a year will be available for each Councillor to spend on local issues within their ward – that means there is £18,000 for Potters Bar. Cllr Morris Bright, Leader of the Council, explained: “The scheme has been created to empower ward members and their communities so that cash can be spent locally on projects put forward by local communities. “The idea is that local people will bid for money to

their local ward councillor and the local councillors can decide what will be supported in their local area.” Each Hertsmere Borough Councillor will get £2,000 and ward members will be encouraged to liaise with all key partners in their ward to identify projects. Application forms will then have to be submitted for consideration. “The scheme encourages ward members from different political parties to work together on behalf of their communities so projects for the common good of our communities can be funded,” continued Cllr Bright. “Two neighbouring wards can also make a joint bid for funding

and this is encouraged, particularly when the proposed project will deliver community benefits across both wards.”

which lead to ongoing financial commitments for the council and projects which benefit only a few select people in the ward.

There will be strict criteria about what will, and will not, be supported. Items that will be supported include: • Replacement or repair of children’s play equipment in public areas. • New equipment for a local community hall or meeting place which promotes greater levels of use by the community. • Local events which promote the take-up of organised sport or recreational activity by residents. • Local events which encourage greater participation in heritage or cultural life by residents.

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ith the national media so full of stories about recession and redundancies, EN Magazine thought it appropriate to discover what’s happening in and around Enfield. To find out more, we talked to Graham Martin; Managing Director of Orchard Recruitment who has been in Enfield Town for over 20 years. EN Magazine. “So, Graham; what’s the Enfield jobs scene really like?” Graham Martin “Well, it’s a bit of a mixed bag right now. Yes, there have been redundancies locally; but no where near as many in the recession of 1991-93 when we lost hundreds of jobs from Bellings and MK Elecrtic for example. We have seen some local firms go bust; losing all their staff; but many other firms have experienced partial job losses.” ENM “What type of jobs have gone?” GM “All types of positions have been made redundant, from secretaries, accounts, admin, sales, warehouse, engineering and management across all business sectors.” ENM “Have any businesses been more affected than others?” GM “Well, obviously those in the property sector, financial services and construction have been hardest hit; but other firms have experienced job losses too!” ENM “Is there any good news at all?” GM “Well actually yes. Some companies are hiring despite the recession! Also, some companies over reacted to the hype and shed too many staff last Autumn and are now looking to replace them!” ENM “And what type of staff are you looking for at Orchard Recruitment?” GM “We are keen to register candidates that have specific, transferable experience with above

average IT skills. Those with exceptional communication skills will often do better at interview as well as people with good passes at GCSE and A level. Those that walk in saying they ‘just want a job’ and say that they ‘will do anything’ are going to struggle. Today’s successful job hunter must be realistic about salary and should be aware that employers have a choice!” ENM “So, why should people come to Orchard Recruitment?” GM “Well, to start with, we have been going for 21 years and we are the oldest independent commercial recruitment agency in Enfield. People come to us because we know a lot of local employers and have excellent contacts. Additionally, we’re an independent company rather than a large chain run purely for profit. At Orchard we are really interested in helping exceptional candidates find work with outstanding companies. We are not going to recommend people to join a company that we would not recommend to a friend. Our reputation is important to us and we have a responsibility that we take very seriously.” ENM “What do you do differently to other Recruitment agencies in the area that have made you a success for 21 years?” GM “Our approach is very consultative. We treat everyone as an individual and endeavour to establish exactly how we can help people. We conduct interviews privately, not in an open office, provide careers advice when appropriate, support candidates with interview coaching and give feedback after interviews. Additionally, and

this may seem harsh, we will tell people if we believe that we can’t help them. We don’t want to waste anyone’s time” ENM “Is there anything else we should know?” GM “Yes, our business has two divisions. Orchard deals with all office work and Heroes specialises in Warehouse, Industrial, Driving and Catering vacancies. We cover temporary & permanent positions.” ENM “Who can job seekers talk to at your office at 30 London Road, Enfield above Royal Bank of Scotland?” GM “Nicole Elias for permanent commercial & office work, Christina Baptista for temporary office work and Angelo Vella for all industrial, production & catering work.” ENM “Will EN readers benefit from anything special?” GM “Yes, if they come into our office with a copy of this article; we’ll give them a copy of our Job Hunting In A Recession guide.”

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Local News and Events

skate park extension


he building of a skate park extension at Furzefield in Potters Bar is now well underway.

Young people chose the design for the new section of the skate park, which has been pioneered by the AllenPrice family who sadly lost their son, Tomer, in a car crash in 2006. Tomer was a keen BMXer and frequent visitor to the Furzefield skatepark. The


Allen-Price family has raised in excess of ÂŁ20,000 for the work. Hertsmere Borough Council and the Potters Bar Carnival Committee have also contributed funds towards the project. An event to celebrate the completion will take place on Sunday 2nd May and will include professional BMX/ skateboard demonstrations, competitions and more .


esidents of Hertsmere aged 60 and over, and 16 and under will be able to make a free splash from 1 April. Hertsmere Borough Council and Hertsmere Leisure have teamed up to offer free swimming for the two age groups. Participants will need to provide proof of age and residency and will then be issued with a swim card. In Potters Bar you will be able to take part at the Furzefield Centre within the following times: Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 10am to 12pm and 4pm to 6pm. Saturday: 1pm to 4pm. Free swimming will not be available outside of

these times.

You are advised to telephone the centre prior to your visit (01707 850500) to ensure the pools are available for public use as special events and/or programmed activities (including fun swims) may restrict availability during some of the times listed. The scheme will operate from 1 April to 30 September 2009 at which time it will be reviewed and a decision made on its success or otherwise. Participants will be asked to complete a short questionnaire in order to evaluate the success of the scheme.

Congratulations to last months Competition Winners


ongratulations to the winners of our Sparkle & Wow competition, Joyce Gerald from London N15, Christina May of Broxbourne, Verity Clayton of Enfield, Kerry Harvey of Potters Bar and Christine Clark of Enfield These lucky ladies have won tickets to attend the wedding exhibition at Alexandra Palace, Sunday 5th April. We hope they will enjoy their day and we look forward to hearing about their experience.


We also congratulate Alison Mardell also from Enfield, who has won Dinner for Two at the Stag Restaurant. We hope the evening lives up to expectations and again look forward to hearing about the culinary delights sampled. Well done also to the prize winners of the Emma Claire competition. 1st prize of Pevonia Spa Hamper goes to Cheryl Medcalf and 2nd prize ÂŁ50 Voucher, goes to Hayley Smart.

Special Report - Easter


t’s that time of year when the occasional sunny day lightens our mood, daffodils and crocuses spring through the grass and lambs gambol in the fields; on top of all these mood enhancing events, there’s chocolate, chicks and the Easter Bunny. Originally Easter was called Pascha, a Hebrew word for Passover. The word Easter itself evolved from Eostre, which was the name of an Anglo-Saxon goddess

of fertility and Spring time. For hundreds of years this custom, which marks the end of the deprivations and restrictions of one season and the beginning of new life and fertility in another, has been celebrated religiously or with bizarre customs throughout the world. EN looked into some of the ways that other countries observe Easter:

Greece On Easter Saturday morning, people throw pots out of windows symbolizing their rejection of Judas – Make sure you wear a helmet if visiting the country at this time of year because it may not be a bright idea get hit on the head ! France In Haux, villagers make giant omlettes every Easter Monday. Last year’s was made from 4,507 eggs, was almost 3 yards wide and fed

approximately 1,000 people! Finland Fins make noise, and lots of it….children walk around their home village on Easter night carrying loud musical instruments, ratchets or a cowbell – the little darlings Poland We included this for the name – Smingus-Dyngus!!!!! On Easter Monday, Polish boys lie in wait for the Polish girls to wander by and then sprinkle/pour water over


Special Report - Easter


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them; it is thought that those girls who are caught, will marry within the year. Water is an ancient Spring symbol for cleansing and purification. Italy Italian Easters can be explosive as the Scoppio del Carro will attest to. During this festival a fleet of white oxen drag an elaborate multistorey wagon through the streets of Florence and end up in front of the Basilica di S.Maria del Fiore. Following Mass, the Archbishop ignites a fire and the cart explodes with a wonderful firework display. A big bang ensures a good harvest. Of course Easter is another excuse for family and friends to get together and celebrate in whichever way they deem suitable and obviously food plays a big part in this. We all know that cake, buns, eggs, rabbits and lamb are all closely associated with this occasion but do you know why? EN looked up the symbolism behind the food and discovered that Simnel Cake was originally thought to be a cake brought home to mums by girls in service, on the 4th Sunday of Lent. The cake would have 11 marzipan balls on top, representing the 11 Apostles (minus Judas of course). Hot Cross buns have always been eaten all over the world, for example ancient Greeks & Egyptians ate them in honour of goddesses, Saxons in honour of Eostre with the cross representing the moon and its cycle and for Christians the cross represents the crucifixion. Apparently rabbit and lamb are the two meats eaten most at this time. Rabbit represents fertility and symbolizes new life and lamb represents the animal that was sacrificed when Jesus was on the cross.


Eggs, chocolate or otherwise have always represented fertility and new beginnings and when painted with bright colours they epitomise sunlight or the beginning of spring, although some countries colour their eggs all red, which represents Christ’s blood. The most elaborate and famous eggs are probably those of Peter Carl Faberge and his assistants, who designed 69 jewelled and decorated eggs between 1885 and 1917, 50 of which were presented to Czars Alexander III and Nicholas II. Czar Alexander’s wife Maria was so impressed by her first Faberge egg, that the Czar commissioned an Easter gift each year thereafter, stipulating only that it be unique and contain a surprise. His son Nicholas II continued the tradition annually presenting an egg each spring to his wife and then widowed mother. Those wonderful pieces of craftsmanship that have survived the years are now either ensconced in museums or within a private collection and it is doubted that we will ever see their like again but colourful packaging on chocolate eggs hark back to these jewelled wonders. On a wackier note, the World’s largest Easter egg is located in Vegreville, Canada. Constructed in 1975 to commemorate early Ukranian settlements. The egg took 12,000 man-hours to build and is 25.7ft in length x 18.3ft in width x 31.6ft in height, made of aluminium permanently anodised in gold, bronze and silver. This engineering wonder is recognized worldwide as a unique artistic masterpiece. In earlier times, Easter bonnets were commonplace. People liked to dress up in

Special Report - Easter their finest clothes for this social gathering, especially women who would be proud of their new bonnet specially bought for the event and the more adorned, the better. It is thought that in many ways this was a reaction to the end of Lent and limitations. Practically, the bonnet could be used afterward to store eggs and other treats for the children. Across the UK in the present day, communities will be taking part in Easter events or carrying out annual traditions. Particularly popular all over England throughout the Easter weekend, is egg rolling. Hardboiled eggs will be rolled down hills – winners can be those whose egg rolled the furthest, or survives most rolls, or even the egg that rolled between two pegs at the finish line. In Bromley-byBow, London at the Widow’s Son pub, successive landlords keep up the tradition of

putting out a hot cross bun on Good Friday for the sailor that never returned.

occurring at the Tower of London and The London Eye, to name but a few.

There is also the Bacup Nutters Dance, yes, a group of Morris Dancers with blackened faces who assemble at the Travellers Rest pub near Rochdale in Lancashire and then accompanied by a band, dance through Bacup, boundary to boundary. Ours is not to question why but it is thought that this practice was brought to Lancashire by Cornish tin miners, which could explain the blackened faces, or maybe they just don’t want to be recognised!

Locally events are taking place at: Capel Manor Easter Egg Hunt Saturday 11th April, 12pm - 3pm Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice are once again organising an Easter Egg hunt and many other activities such as egg and spoon races, face painting, crafts, games etc at Capel Manor Gardens! Join them for some Easter fun and keep your bunnies busy! Whilst there you can enjoy 30 acres of themed gardens including an Italianate Maze and Kim Wilde’s Jungle Gym Garden, plus animal corner with Kune Kune pigs. Adults £5.50, Concessions £4.50, Children £2.50, Family £13.50 (2 adults + 3 children), Under 3’s free

If you are not entertaining or being entertained over Easter, why not try some local events or even travel into London? Easter Egg hunts are happening at The Imperial War Museum, Kenwood House, Kew Gardens and Hamleys toy store and there are some family events

Forty Hall’s annual Spring Eggcitement, a day of fun fuelled Easter themed silliness

for all the family. Taking place on Saturday 11 April between 11am and 4pm, come and join the fun and games in the beautiful grounds of the historic Forty Hall. Games and activities will be taking place throughout the day, including competitions, mystery trails around the hall and grounds, our famous egg discus challenge and the chance to decorate your own egg. * Admission is £1 per person.  Children must be accompanied by an adult. *Don’t forget to bring a hard-boiled egg to decorate! We hope that whatever you are doing during this period, the sun will shine and life will feel lighter and brighter! Happy Easter from all at EN Magazine.

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Have you got purse-onality? W

hether on a business trip, a night out with the girls, a voyage abroad or a hot date, you will rarely see a woman without her handbag. But if it’s what’s on the inside that counts. What exactly are women carrying around with them everyday that is too important to leave behind? EN magazine investigates the Handbag Dependency phenomena. A sunny Spring afternoon and Enfield Town centre is buzzing with shoppers - no sign of a credit crunch here! Looking around there are groups of teenage girls gossiping, girlfriends enjoying a latté in the sunshine and professional women power walking to their business appointments. I notice that from the tailored suits to the skinny jeans, every woman is carrying a handbag. I too am weighed down with my own shoulder boulder. So what is it that encourages the fairer sex to carry around her most important possessions, and in fact, what are these all important possessions that we feel unable to live without? Looking through my own bottomless bag that is itself an homage to Mary Poppins’ magical bag, I find the usual purse, keys and mobile phone, but I am also carrying around a diary, notebook, iPod, tissues, makeup bag, handcream, lip balm, hat, umbrella and sunglasses. I am truly prepared for four seasons in one day! I decided to ask a few of the Enfield locals what they are carting around day in and day out, determined to find out more. It would seem that most women are carrying similar items; the essential wallet; keys; phone; but some of the more unusual items included half a


packet of stale Doritos and spare pair of socks and glow-sticks from the night before! What could possibly be the purpose of carrying around these items, are we are all too busy to spring clean our handbags? It would seem that it is almost impossible to find the perfect handbag for all of our needs. Many women are constantly searching for the ultimate bag of all bags, which might explain why we end up buying so many of them! Nearly everyone I spoke to said that their bag was not big enough and on average would spend about £60 on a new handbag. The most expensive handbag I saw was a shocking £600 designer number, although the world’s most expensive bag to date is a platinum and diamond encrusted evening bag at an astronomical £1 million! And the cheapest was a clever charity shop find for £2.80, a feel good purchase for the soul and the bank balance. Many women admitted that they felt lost without their handbag, that it was practical and easier in their busy lifestyles to keep all their important items in one place ready to go at a moment’s notice. And for the wives and mothers in the EN area it would seem that they end up carrying the possessions of their husbands and children too, including “his wallet”, cartons of juice and an Igglepiggle soft toy! Perhaps Man-Bags should be introduced in these situations to share the load? So what does your handbag say about you? With the contents examined it was now time to look at the exterior. Remembering that this is where a woman keeps all of her

most important possessions, lugging her life around in her bag, they’re almost an extension of her. The women I spoke to seemed to fall into distinct categories suggesting that you can tell a lot about a woman simply by looking at the handbag. Shoulder Bag The most popular style according to the women I met. This style is for the busy woman on the go, leaving both hands free but more fashion savvy than a rucksack. They tend to be small however, forcing editing decisions that are often regretted later in the day. Quilted shoulder bag by Jane Norman

Clutch bag Reserved strictly for evenings, clutches make a fantastic style statement but because of their size are better suited to women confident enough to pack light. But with no strap for safety, clutches are the most likely to get lost or left behind. Yellow satin clutch bag by Faith

Fashion Tote bag or shopper Large enough to carry the kitchen sink, items are often lost at the bottom of tote bags, they are always heavy and bursting with useless items, possibly a sign that the wearer can be disorganised and a hoarder. Barrel lock tote bag by M&S

women of Enfield was not encouraging! But of all the different people I spoke to, the issue that was of most concern for all ages and professions was one of safety. It would seem that many women are concerned about potentially having their handbag stolen or items picked from them. Indeed, some of them had already been victims of bag theft. Although we were able to look back and laugh with the girl that had fallen asleep on the night bus and woke up to find her bag had gone, the serious nature of the crime is not to be overlooked. It sounds simple but here are a few points to remember that will help keep your handbag safe. 1. Never leave your bag unattended in a bar or restaurant, it only takes a second for it to be snatched.

Designer imitations These were the least popular styles and if it is possible to judge another woman by her choice of handbag I would steer clear, the feedback from the

2. Always make sure the clasp or zip is closed to prevent items from being fished out.

4. Only you are responsible for your bag, do not leave that responsibility with somebody else. And if you are unlucky enough to fall victim of bag theft, alert the manager of the establishment immediately and telephone the local police service. So the next time you are waiting for a train or for your date to arrive, have a quick look around you and perhaps you too can recognise personality traits linked to handbags styles. But more importantly take a look at your own choice of bag and what others could be thinking about you. If your handbag is the window to your soul, make sure that you are sending out the right signal. You might be surprised but by updating your choice of handbag you could have a more positive impact on your friendships, love life and career. By Victoria Dove

3. Wear your shoulder bag across your body, not on one shoulder, as this makes it harder to grab.

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A School That’s Much More Than Just A Place To Educate The Young! There are several popular secondary schools in the EN area and each school offers a range of initiatives to bring the community together. Chace Community is situated on Churchbury Lane in Enfield and currently has over 1,000 students studying to make the most of their futures. Chace was originally an all boys’ school when it opened in 1956 and then became a coeducational school in 1985. Mrs. Sue Warrington, the headmistress of Chace, doesn’t just aim to provide a stable learning environment for the school’s many students, she wants to make Chace the heart of the Enfield community.


“At Chace we are committed to being a community school in more than name, determined to work in and with the community – local, national and global. We value the relationship we have with our neighbours and as an extended school are keen to enhance learning opportunities for our students and our neighbours”, said Sue Warrington The school building and facitlties are used for amongst other things: · Lettings to local groups from Monday – Saturday and Sunday morning including Rosemary Conley keep fit classes, Apollo Gym club, a range of dance, football and exercise classes

· Host meetings of the Neighbourhood Watch · Links with Nightingale Hospice - summer fair on the field · Partnerships with local primary schools – sharing expertise. Lavender School used the hall for their school play in the summer. · Chace Association – the dedicated PTA working with parents to raise funds to support learning at Chace – currently working to save to buy a new mini bus · Mothers’ English language class · Age Concern IT lessons · ECDL classes (European Computer Driving License certificate) · Dads and Lads technology workshops · Breakfast club · After school clubs for students · Diversionary activities during holidays including Summer Action with the Safer Schools Team · ‘Youth Club’ provision on 3 evenings – Kickz, a Tottenham Hotspur and Metropolitan Police initiative · Prince’s Trust xlclub Christmas Party for our elderly neighbours

Education · Planned to offer drawing classes in the summer term 2009 The beginning of the new school year (2008-2009) saw the much-anticipated opening of the new building. This structure has provided new resources in the school, including a new drama theatre, art block and dance studio. However, it is not just the students of Chace that will benefit, the new resources mean that the school is able to offer more to the community of Enfield, including dance classes and adult education courses. Chace is proud of the range of adult learning classes that the school provides to members of the public. EN Magazine spoke to one local resident, who takes a weekly computer class in order to enhance her computer skills. She is not only a member of the community, but also runs the Chace Community PTA, as her son attends the school. “I heard about the computer classes through my meetings with the PTA but the classes are also advertised through the school newsletter which is given to the students on a monthly basis. The class is broken into seven different modules and each module has different sections within it. The modules can be completed in any order and once they are completed, you are awarded with a European Computer Driving License certificate, which is a recognised qualification on CV’s. The modules include an introduction to computers, Word, PowerPoint, Excel and the Internet. You can start the class at any time and you can work at your own pace. I was impressed by the level of help you can get; you are free to work on your own, but help is always there if you need it. The class has a nice vibe because of the mix of age range. You have the older generation with people up to the age of 70 hoping to learn how to use a computer, to people in their 20’s aiming to enhance their computer skills. Everything is computerised nowadays, so I thought it would be a good idea to invest in these lessons, the very least to help me to gain confidence when using a computer” Chace is also home to various sports’ programmes such as the ‘Kickz’ project, which aims to reduce antisocial behavior and crime rates. ‘Kickz’ is organized by the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation and gives young people the

chance to learn soccer skills from a top quality coach. “The Tottenham Hotspur Foundation aims to create opportunities that change lives and our work with Kickz demonstrates that. Kickz is about creating safer and stronger communities by developing the skills of young people through sport and other recreational activities. The programme at Chace Community School is a great example of how such initiatives can be successfully implemented and embraced” said a Tottenham Hotspur Foundation spokesperson. Chace Community School is known for its hospitality towards the general community. The gap between the older and younger generations has widened over the years with increasing attitudes of young people being reckless and antisocial, whilst older people are seen as frail and grumpy. In this day and age, this shouldn’t be the case and Chace are working hard in order to close the gap between the two generations. Chace, along with

Albany School and St Anne’s School are running an initiative with Age Concern to bring young and old people together. We’re living in a society where computers are used for almost anything and what better way to bring the two generations together than encouraging students of the three schools to teach computer skills to those from Age Concern. The IT classes are organised by Age Concern and are part of the YAVE (Youth Action Volunteering Enfield) project. Sixth Form students volunteered to take part and they showed their commitment


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Education Each visitor is assigned their own teacher from the Sixth Form who they remain with throughout the course. “I felt very nervous when I arrived for my first class but I was made to feel at ease by my partner. I was assigned to a nice, polite teacher who just inspires me to have confidence in myself, and my own ability. I have learnt so many new things, like how to do my banking online and how to send emails. I even have my own email account at home. I get so much help from my teacher; she explains it really well and I’m not made to feel stupid. I get lots of encouragement and she advises me what to do rather than tells me. I really appreciate her help. The classes have definitely made me look at my own attitude towards young people. You see all the young kids coming out of school in big groups shouting and pushing each around and it can be a little intimidating but attending these classes made me look at younger people differently. These students are giving up their own time to help us learn about computers and I think older and younger people just need to mix more”.

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by attending a training course. EN Magazine talked to a few of the participants that attend the classes about their reasons for doing so. “I heard about the IT classes through Age Concern, although it was advertised through the local paper. I was interested because computers are such a large part of society now and it means a lot to be able to keep up with the grandchildren”, one of the participants told EN Magazine.

We also talked to one of the volunteers who have taken time out of their own lives in order to commit to this project. “I’ve always been interested in helping people, so when I was told about this initiative, I jumped at the chance to volunteer. During my first class, I felt a little nervous because being young, I am used to being the student rather than the teacher, I found it slightly intimidating to be teaching someone who is older than me but I soon relaxed and started to enjoy the class. I really enjoy talking and interacting with my partner and when I start to see my partner improving, I get this sense of achievement and it’s an amazing feeling. Taking part in these classes has made me believe that more older people should get more involved with young people, so this gap between the generations can close”. For more information on Chace Community School and its work in the community visit www.chace.enfield.sch. uk By Hannah Sesstien


veryone likes to travel at some point in their lives; sometimes a holiday is a great way to escape from everyday stress, and it can be a brilliant way to spend some quality time with friends, family or loved ones. Why waste time queuing at airports when you have everything you could want right here on your doorstep? With the credit crunch affecting every single decision that we make and the pound struggling to hold it’s value in a global recession. It’s time to send yourself a postcard to remind you exactly what holidaying in the UK has to offer. Whether it’s a romantic break in the country, a family getaway or an exciting action packed holiday in the bright lights of the city you’re looking for, EN Magazine looks at some of its favourite UK holiday destinations. The Cotswolds If you’re ready to get out of the hustle and bustle of the city, then the glorious rural setting of The Cotswolds could be just the place for you. The Cotswolds are well known for their beautiful honey coloured limestone villages and there is no better place to escape from the perils of city life. The Cotswolds are located just a short drive away from popular tourist spots such as Oxford, Stratford and Bath. A new generation of quirky attractions such as

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farmers’ markets, spa breaks and naturebased activities have infused a breath of renewed vitality to the area. For example, there is not a better match than young children and young animals; Cotswolds Farm Park provides a haven for both children and adults to enjoy a fascinating collection of British farm rare breeds. If your children love cuddling up to cute animals then they will love this place, as they will have a chance to bottle feed lambs and calves. There are also tractor and trailer rides, so you may find it difficult to drag your children away.

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For more information regarding attractions, things to do and accommodation, visit www.cotswolds. com Blackpool Seaside holidays are a common choice for many families and one of the most popular destinations for a fun packed beach break, is Blackpool, a seaside town in Lancashire that relies heavily on its tourism. Blackpool thrives on the resort’s popular attractions and has around ten million visitors per year. The Pleasure Beach is one of the main magnets, with its 42-acre amusement park and sensational live shows. Blackpool Tower and Circus provide fun and entertainment for the whole family, including the Tower Ballroom for those who have wanted to take a turn on the dance floor since they first watched Strictly Come Dancing. The Doctor Who Exhibition is home to an extensive collection of memorabilia from the science fiction drama, which is a must see for any Time Lord fanatics. To learn more about a break away in Blackpool, visit



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Have you ever wondered about the Loch Ness Monster? Even fancied investigating the myth behind the mysterious miscreant of Scotland? Travel to the Highlands of Scotland and the scenic Loch Ness, which is surrounded by beautiful wildlife and you may just get the chance to meet ‘Nessie’, the widely famous Loch Ness Monster.

Cornwall is located along the iconic and idyllic south coastline of Britain, but there is a lot more to this area than the stunning scenery and beautiful beaches. The history of the seaside county dates back centuries and Arthurian myths and legends as well as many others, encompass the fifty miles of heritage coastline.

Loch Ness has a range of activities and attractions both on land and out at sea. If you enjoy walking and exploring then this is a fantastic place for you to visit. Hill walks and long distance hikes are catered for all abilities and are suitable for the whole family. Whilst on the water, you can try your hand at more adventurous sports such as sailing or canoeing, or even opt for the calmer activity of fishing for salmon, trout or pike.

This place has something for everyone, whether you want to relax surrounded by the magnificent sandy beaches or take a walk on the wild side with some extreme sports. There is a huge range of sporting activities available including cycling quietly

If you start to crave the hustle and bustle of city life, a visit to the ‘Capital of the Highlands’ may be in order. Inverness is seen as the ‘beating heart of Northern Scotland’ and is surrounded by stunning riverbanks. In recent years the city has become more modern, with the introduction of popular shops, clubs and restaurants. If you’re interested in the idea of visiting Loch Ness, visit www. for more information


through the beautiful villages, or catching some waves in Newquay, one of the top destinations for surfing and partying in Europe. Water sports are very popular in Cornwall due to the fact that around 80% of the land is surrounded by the sea. What better way to spend your day than relaxing on the golden sand while listening to the waves crashing against the shore. To read more regarding a break away in Cornwall, you can visit the website

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Portsmouth With a mix of history and heritage, lively entertainment and a beautiful waterfront, Portsmouth is becoming a popular tourist spot. Its newest landmark, the Spinnaker Tower, is located close to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and the award-winning shopping complex Gunwarf Quays, which is home to over twenty bars, nightclubs, designer outlet shops, a multiplex cinema and bowling alley. Portsmouth is a destination for everyone, so there’s fun for all members, young and old. With attractions such as the Blue Reef Aquarium and Pyramids Fun Pools, the kids won’t know where to begin and down on the seafront, Southsea is teeming with playgrounds, funfairs and activities such as mini golf. Portsmouth offers an impressive and reasonable priced nightlife, with popular bars such Tiger Tiger and Bar Bluu, going out couldn’t be more fun. And have you ever dreamed about walking on air? A trip to the Spinnaker Tower can make that wish come true as you walk across the stunning glass floor and learn about the history of the harbour at the same time! Visit for more information By Hannah Sesstien

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Planning Your Garden Advice from Tom Cole Head of the London School of Horticulture & Landscaping at Capel Manor


o matter the season, perennial gardens look much better when interspersed with small shrubs that are in scale with their perennial counterparts. On a snowy day in winter, look out to the border and if there are only perennials there, all you may see are grasses and the dried flower heads of sedum. By using shrubs with interesting barks, forms, persistent berries and colourful stems, you have added structure and interest to the garden. Many of these shrubs have wonderfully variegated foliage and exceptionally long periods of bloom. Their use is not limited to perennial borders; they can be incorporated into back-bone plantings, shrub borders or even in containers. You can use them under windows or around decks and patios without fear of their becoming so enormous that you have added constant pruning to your workload. Slender deutzia - Deutzia gracilis ‘Chardonnay Pearls’. In spring the plant is covered with a multitude of beautiful white buds that pop open to emit a delicate fragrance. This three-foot shrub

also has very lovely lime-yellow foliage that provides colour from spring to the autumn. It does well in average garden soil. In hot climates it does best in partial shade; in cooler climates, it can take morning sun but needs shade in the afternoon. Buddleia davidii - Many cultivars range from 10 to 15 feet, but ‘Purple Emperor’ is only four to five feet tall. Its fragrant, lavender-purple blooms from summer through to autumn make it a good background plant for shrub or perennial borders. Although shorter, ‘Purple Emperor’ is as floriferous as its taller cousins and quite well-behaved. It grows in full sun and average, welldrained garden soil. After the plant is established, cut back in early spring to rejuvenate and increase flower size. When planning your garden look closely for insect pests and signs of disease. Avoid tall spindly plants. A short bushy plant will transplant easier and is more likely to grow into a nice specimen. The roots provide the food for the plant, and are of the utmost importance. It is essential that there is a healthy, robust root ball which fills, or nearly fills the planter. On the other hand, you don’t want a root system which is compacted into the pot so densely that it is choking itself out. It is inappropriate to remove the plant from the pot yourself, but if you have doubts about the condition of the roots, you may be able to convince the nurseryman to do it for you. Normally, you can look at the drainage holes in the pot and get a pretty good idea of what is going on inside the pot. A few (but not too many) roots should be beginning to poke through the drain holes. These roots should not be dry or brittle. No roots should be showing above the surface of the soil. The stems and trunks will determine the shape and fullness of the plant. The main stem(s) should be thick and healthy in appearance. I feel that it is better to have four or five main stems and just a few lesser branches, than to have a mass of small branches with one big stick in the middle. The stems should be spaced evenly around the plant. Look for abrasions, breaks or other stem damage which may be slowly killing the plant.



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The foliage should be clean and show no signs of wilting. The leaves should appear to be strong and healthy, and the foliage colour should be bright. A single burned leaf can be snipped, but if the entire plant shows signs of distress, forget it. Flowering plants should have young, tight buds. It’s nice to see the plant in full bloom, but if it is fully flowered now, you may not see it bloom in your garden until the following year. This is especially true with Rhododendrons, Azaleas and other flowering shrubs. Some perennials and most annuals have an extended blooming period, so with these plants this is not a major concern, but should be considered. This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to selecting small and wonderful shrubs for combining with perennials, in foundation or shrub borders, and even for containers on patios or decks. This year Capel are holding a Festival of Gardening & Food (4th – 5th April). This new format event replaces the Spring Show and aims to unite the joy of gardening with the delights of food. Not only will Capel’s own 30 acres of themed gardens give you ideas and inspiration but exhibitors will be on hand to show you the latest gardening tools, plus there’ll be plant sales, a spring flower show, organic food and Capel’s own lecturers on hand to offer advice and guidance on specialist topics. The ideal show for taking the opportunity to wander and visit nursery stands for

the perfect plant. Whatever you decide I generally choose about a half dozen of the healthiest looking plants, and set them off to the side. Then I will go back for a closer examination of the different parts of each plant, before making my decision by process of elimination – this event, although new, has a great range of plant ideas to tempt your fancy. Also this month, if you want something slightly different, why not visit Capel’s Celebration of Trees & the Countryside event (24th – 25th April). An excellent chance to experience chainsaw carving, woodland crafts, try your hand at archery, let the kids climb and watch the professionals take to the trees and compete in Capel’s Pro-Climb Challenge.

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Don’t let Do It Yourself Become Disasters In Your Home I

f like me, the thought of DIY has filled you with trepidation, then read on. Attempting small jobs, a bit of painting, putting up a shelf or even fixing a blocked sink have been as far as I have been willing to test myself so far.

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Right Way to Hang Wallpaper

So with this in mind I spoke to the professionals at Bosch to get their top tips.

However a recent survey from Ipsos, an international market research institute, conducted on behalf of Bosch, found that DIY booms in times of financial uncertainty. The present economic situation is prompting many people to tackle repairs and decoration jobs themselves before calling a professional craftsman.  73 percent of respondents stated that faced with times of financial concern, they are completing smaller decoration and repair projects themselves. While 43 percent surveyed said that they are now happy to try DIY tasks that they would normally avoid.

1. Calculate how many rolls required – over estimating is better. 2. Ensure the surface that applying wallpaper to is dry, clean and flat. Remember the work you do stripping off old wallpaper and evening out surfaces, will make the end result better 3. Once this is done, cut wallpaper into appropriate lengths (in fact add 10cm for pattern matching and mistakes) 4. Mix paste as indicated on the packet and leave whilst cutting strips of wall paper. Lay the wallpaper on a trestle table, apply paste from middle to both ends evenly. Only prepare the number of strips you can hang in 15mins or paste will dry. 5. Before fitting the first strip, use some sort of plumb line or level to line it up correctly, press paper onto wall and carefully smooth it out with a brush from the middle outwards. 6. Use Stanley knife or another sharp blade to cut off excess

For many people, do-it-yourself work has become an alternative to expensive activities such as going out or jetting of to places in the sun. Nearly 50 per cent of those surveyed prefer to spend their time improving their home, more so than in previous years. Creativity is also now a large factor in the DIY movement with over 60 percent stating that they are devoting more time to creative projects such as giving walls and curtains new colour, adding seasonal decorations or individual furnishing highlights. EN Magazine decided to set me the task of finding out proffessional tips and sharing their secrets with anyone brave enough to give DIY a go. According to DIY multiple B&Q their customers’ top five DIY projects are: 1.      Kitchen makeovers 2.      Bathroom makeovers 3.      Wood flooring (solid wood, real wood and laminate) 4.      Painting (room makeovers and interior design) 5.      Garden landscaping and general


DIY Equipment you should always have 1. Screwdrivers with different heads or an electric one which has everything. 2. Hammers – heavy and light duty. 3. Gripping and cutting pliers. 4. Spanners – buy brand names rather than a whole box of cheap ones. 5. Stepladder – indispensable for safe working around the house. Old furniture – New splendour 1. Thoroughly sand down piece of furniture 2. Wipe down with damp sponge 3. When dry, sand again 4. Wipe down again with damp sponge 5. Sand for a third time 6. Brush down surface with soft brush and apply varnish, wax or paint 7. For a stylish antique look, apply some patina after varnishing or painting and leave to soak in briefly, then wipe off

Stripping & Repainting Doors 1. Unhinge door & lay flat on two trestle tables. If you strip the door yourself do so outside and wear gloves and a mask. Apply paint remover with a wide paintbrush and leave to soak in for about 30 mins

DIY window casement, lay on trestle tables and sand the deep grooves until smooth 3. Remove dust, paint windows. Once first coat of paint dry, it should be sanded again and a second coat applied Fitting Venetian blinds

(or you could call in a commercial company to do it for you) 2. Push off softened paint using scraper until wood surface revealed. On doors with decoration use steel wood (NOT Oak wood), or a clean wire brush 3. Sand door down 4. Remove dust & apply wood preservative 5. When dry, coat door with varnish or paint in the direction of the grain. Leave to dry and apply second coat

1. Check if the window will still open with the blind fitted? If not, you’ll have to reconsider a face rather than recess mount 2. Ensure blinds clear any window vents and handles 3. Decide which side you want control ropes/slat tilt mechanism on 4. When the above done, brackets are simply screwed into the window casement, using raw plugs if necessary and blind secured onto them

Fitting a Kitchen sink

Painting in straight lines

Most sinks come with all the fittings, so no need to worry about this. If there is not already a cutout in your work surface already then the following applies: 1. Place sink upside down in position on the work top and mark out the contours (draw round the shape). It is important to move the cutting line for the jigsaw inwards by the width of the rim. 2. Make sure the work surface is the correct way round! 3. Drill 10mm holes in each corner of the cutout shape and start the jigsaw here. 4. Saw shape out carefully. 5. Check sink sits within the cut out area correctly. 6. Apply a suitable sealant on the cutting surfaces before installing the sink as this prevents moisture penetrating under. Sanding down wooden windows 1. Mask windowpanes and clean the surfaces that are to be painted, using soapy water. Sand off the old paint and then paint if the damage is superficial 2. If scratches are deeper, unhinge

1. Put down masking tape at the margins of where you are painting, to stop any stray strokes of paint. Remove once the area is painted 2. Wrap your paintbrush in cling film ready for tomorrow’s workload

How to drill glazed tile without cracking it 1. When fixing accessories to a tiled surface, first tip is to try to align at least one of the screws into the grout rather than the tile itself. Use a bradawl or small screwdriver to make the initial hole. 2. Drilling into the tile however requires you to again use a bradawl or sharp nail and make a light scratch to the surface of the glazing until you reach the clay under base 3. Make a large X with masking tape over the area to stop the

drill bit slipping/skating across hard surface and then use low-speed drill to get through the tile. DO NOT use a hammer drill. 4. There are drill bits specifically designed to drill tiles but an ordinary 6/8mm masonry drill bit will do 5. Finally, insert a raw plug if needed but not a butterfly bolt. Wiring a Plug 1. Strip off outer cable sheathing to expose 4cm of the insulated wires. Remove insulation to leave about 1cm of exposed metal core on each wire. Twist wires together neatly 2. Connect wires to correct terminals. Brown live wire to terminal marked ‘L’, the Blue Neutral wire to terminal marked ‘N’ and Green & Yellow Earth wire to terminal at top of plug, if there is one 3. Fit the exposed metal wire through or around each terminal and then tighten with screws. Ensure that the insulation reaches right up to each terminal an that there are no loose strands of wire 4. Fit the flex firmly into the cordgrip 5. Fit correct fuse 6. Fit plug cover and make sure that plug casing not cracked or chipped. For further information and tips and tricks on DIY visit Or if like me the thought DIY still fills you with fear and trepidation then turn to the services section on page 30 to find local tradesman who can help. by Douglas Lee


What’s On Potters Bar Flower Club The Club meets at 8.00pm on the second Wednesday of every month (except August) in the main hall of King Charles the Martyr Church, Dugdale Hill Lane, Potters Bar. Most months we have a flower arranging demonstration but occasionally a speaker. Refreshments are available in the interval. We also have social events such as a lunch or afternoon tea, an occasional outing and an Open Gardens Sunday. Visitors are welcome (£3.80 a meeting). If you would like further information please ring Wendy on 01707 654179 or Chris on 01707 656796 Cuffley Floral Art Club Cuffley Hall Maynards Place, Cuffley 14th April 2009 @ 8pm Doors open 7pm Flower demonstration by Pamela Cantellow Title: Reverie Contact Val 01707 889447 MUSIC FOR A SPRING EVENING Marie Curie Cancer Care presents the Lynmore Singers Saturday 09th May 2009 7:30pm at the DeVere Hotel Chestnut Tickets £6.00 Performances will include the humorous piece Captain Noah and his Amazing Zoo made famous by The King Singers

School Holiday Workshops Museum Of Domestic Design And Architecture (moda) , EN4 8HT Dates: 07 April 2009 – 09 April 2009 Time: 10:00 Duration: 2 hour(s) Contact Phone/Fax: 020 8411 4394 Contact Email: Web Link: Meditation Classes For All Levels Winchmore Hill , N21 1LE Date: 09 April 2009 Time: 19:30 Duration: 2 hour(s) Contact Phone/Fax: 020 8455 7563 Contact Email: info@ meditation-classes-winchmorehill.php Spring Eggcitement At Forty Hall Meeting Organiser: Gavin Williams Location: Forty Hall , EN2 9HA Date: 11 April 2009 Time: 11:00 Duration: 5 hour(s) Contact Phone/Fax: 020 8363 8196 Contact Email: gavin.williams@

Give Or Take Day Meeting Organiser: Bowes Park Community Association/enfield Freecycle/enfield Council Location: Trinity-at-bowes Methodist Church Hall , N22 8RA Date: 18 April 2009 Time: 11:00 Duration: 4 hour(s) Contact Phone/Fax: 020 8379 1000 Contact Email: Web Link: http://www.enfield. Salisbury House Poets, Salisbury House, Bury Street West, Edmonton N9 Saturday 4th March Guest Poets Peter Phillips and Sylvia Rowbottom Evening begins at 7.30 with “Poets from the Floor” and ends by 10, with a break for refreshments and socializing. Entrance £3.50, concessions £2.50. The People’s Happiness Chickenshed Location: The Studio Theatre At Chickenshed , N14 4PE Dates: 22 April 2009 – 25 April 2009 Time: 19:30 Contact Phone/Fax: 020 8292 9222 Contact Email: info@

Quiz Night The Nightingale Community Hospice Trust Location: The Mount Carmel Parish Centre , EN2 6DS Date: 25 April 2009 Time: 20:00 Duration: 3 hour(s) Contact Phone/Fax: 020 8366 9674 Contact Email: mary@ Hertsmere Events Mums of Steel – Every Thursday, 10am to 11am until 7 May. Oakmere Park, Potters Bar. Exercise for mum and baby – just turn up, meet new people and have fun for FREE! Easter egg hunt – Thursday 9 April Oakmere Park, Potters Bar 1pm – 3pm Some charges may apply but turn and join the fun. Subject to weather conditions. Art play fun - Tuesday 14 April For 5 to 11 year olds 9.30am to 3.30pm –at Ladbrooke School, Watkins Rise, Potters Bar. £16. Playrangers – Thursday 9 April and Wednesday 15 April Oakmere Park 11am to 1pm and Furzefield Park 2pm – 4pm FREE – just turn up for fun.

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What’s On Twlight Dance Wednesdays 9.15pm – 10pm Furzefield Centre, Potters Bar - £3 a week or £20 a term. For any further details contact Hertsmere Borough Council events on 020 8207 7568. Regular Events The Enfield Writers’ Workshop meets Tuesdays and Fridays from 8 -10 pm at Salisbury House, Bury St. West N9 and welcomes all writers and budding writers. Tuesdays are writing evenings with tutor guidance and Fridays are for readings of work for sympathetic comment and advice. There is an interval for refreshments and chat at around 9pm. Unlock your creative talents, whatever you want to write: novels, short stories, poems, articles, autobiography etc. We cannot guarantee publication but are strong on support and encouragement! Registration is £5 a year and £3 each attendance. Contact Eric Savage at 020 8367 3169 or The Bonsai Group Meetings at Capel Manor College, Bullsmoor Lane on the 2nd Tuesday of each month except August. New members welcome - learn how to keep that bonsai alive! For more details 020-8367-3169 or email joyliz. French & Spanish Language Club in the Enfield Area KCP.indd 1 LEARN FRENCH and Spanish THE FUN WAY!*FREE TRIAL LESSON* - Native French / Spanish speaker with experience - Small classes, 5 maximum per group - High quality and stimulating teaching resources following the QCA guidelines - Classes tailored to child’s age and knowledge of French/ Spanish - Holding Full CRB certificate Phone Deborah Cheney on 020 8372 5854/07910 155537 or email

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Potters Bar Cine & Video Society Wyllotts Centre, Potters Bar Alternate Thursdays 8.00pm Contact Penny 01707 656446 or John 01707 872210 www.pottersbarcineand for amateur cinematographers. Programme includes §editing, filming techniques, competition evenings, social functions “Ears of Enfield”, Enfield’s very own social group for hard of hearing people, are on the move. Our final meeting at our present venue, Trinity Church, Enfield, will be our Christmas Party. We then move to Oakwood Baptist Church, Merrivale, Southgate, London N14 4TE. Our meetings are on the first Tuesday of each month from 2pm to 4pm and our first meeting at these premises will be on Tuesday 3rd February when we will have a slide show. These premises have an induction loop and there is a car park. We have a varied and interesting programme to suit all tastes. For details ring 020 8482 0212. Enfield Wine Makers Meet at St. Stephen’s Church Hall 3rd Friday of each month 8-10.30pm. New members welcome. Social evenings of wine tasting, discussions, home brewing & speakers. Contact Peggy Osborne 020 8366 1829 Enfield Camera Club meets at Trinity Church Hall Thursday evenings at 8 pm. New members are always welcome. Alternatively they can contact the club through the website www. or email

Come along and meet our team of highly experienced, fully qualified therapists. Opportunity to ask any questions you may have about complementary health can help in a fully confidential environment

to The subscriptioin rate is £32 for the full season - Visitors are asked to pay a £1 visitor’s fee, Enfield Video Makers meet at Jubilee Hall, Parsonage Lane, Enfield on the 1st & 3rd Tuesday of each month, at 8pm until 10pm. Contact Stan Lane, 0208 363 8898, e-mail pole-school pole dancing classes a great way to loose weight, tone up, strengthen and sculpt your body, whilst meeting new friends and having fun! Classes held in Barnet and Enfield for details visit our website; www. or call Nathalie on 07798 524119 The Rotary Club of Enfield Chase Meets on Thursday mornings from 7.30am until 8.30 am in the Coffee Lounge, Enfield Baptist Church, Cecil Road, Enfield Town. For more information call 020 8367 7278 The Civil Service Retirement Fellowship, Enfield and Edmonton groups holds meetings on the first Monday of the month in Enfield (at St. Andrews Church Hall Enfield; and the third Monday at Millfield House. Edmonton,each meeting from 10am to noon. All former, serving, and retired Civil Servants and their partners welcome. Contact Sue on 020 8360 4361 for more information.

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Grange Park Floral Art Club meets Church in the Orchard,corner of Park Drive every 3rd Monday of the month at 2pm.Flower arrangements are raffled at the end of demonstrations.Visitors are most welcome.Contact Marion 0208 3601328 Edmonton Camera Club meet each monday at 7.45pm, Millfield House, Silver Street, Edmonton, N18 1PJ. Visitors welcome, please ring Pete on 020 8363 1568 or check our website edmontoncameraclub. We offer lectures, discussions, practical evenings, learning events, competitions, outings & exhibitions.

Enfield National Trust Association meet twice monthly, one afternoon at Holtwhites Sports & Social club, Holtwhites Hill at 2pm, one evening at Enfield County School, Holly Walk, Enfield at 7.45pm. We offer, lectures, London outings, summer outings, concert & theatre outings. Ring Peter on 020 8363 1568 for details of next meetings & events Enfield RSPB meet the first thursday of the month at St Andrews Church Hall, Silver Street, Enfield from 8.00 to 10.00 for lectures plus we have local afternoon walks, coach trips to bird reserves,a quiz evening & two “birding” holidays a year. Contact Pauline on 020 8363 1568 for details or check our website uk/groups/enfield/news/


What’s On Chase Diabetic Exercise Club at Chase Farm Hospital at 6.00pm for an hour of varied exercises not only for diabetics but for all who wish to improve their health’ Ring Pauline on 020 8363 1568 for further details Bridge Club Bridge Players – Room 6 Bridge Club plays duplicate alternating with Chicago/rubber in a social atmosphere Mondays 7.30 – 10 pm at Southgate School close to Oakwood tube station Contact 020 8360 8098 or 020 366 3769 Enfield & District Fuchsia Society New members Welcome. Learn how to grow fuchsias, Join our friendly club, meeting every 3rd &4th Thursday of the month,7-45-9-45 at Capel Manor College, Bullsmoor Lane. For more information phone Roy 0208 292 6965.

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Wednesday’s Club 19 @ Trent Park Doors Open 7.30 till 12pm Beginners - Level 1 8-9 pm Improvers - Level 2 9-10 pm Intermediates- Level3 9-10 pm Advanced - Level 4 9-10 pm La Hot Salsa Social after 10 pm For more information visit or call 07947 765 499 Dance Addiction New Friday Night Practice Night (from 7th November) Large attractive hall with the very best music. Highly Qualified Teachers who are anxious to assist but not interfere .Tutorials available for all levels with the emphasis on style - all grades welcome at Enfield Highway Community Association 117 Hertford Road, Enfield (between Green Street & St. James Church) contact Bill Kincaid (LISTD Latin & Ballroom)020 8363 3636 Private Lessons to High Standards at Low Prices

Matrix Latin and Ballroom Combining the elegance of Ballroom with the dynamic Latin American dances these nice ‘n’ easy fun introductory classes will ease even the most hesitant firsttime dancer on to the dance floor with confidence. TUESDAYS 8:00 – 8:45 Improvers/ Intermediate Class 8:45 – 9:30 Beginners Class 9:30 – 10:30 Social Dancing for all levels St Andrews Church Hall Chase Side Southgate London N14. Situated next to Asda (for parking use supermarket car park) For more information please call 07903 244085 or visit www.

9th May Angela Brownridge (pianist) 6th June Ellerdale Piano Trio (violin,cello,piano) 4th July Junko Kobayashi (piano) Hertfordshire Chorus Saturday 18 April 2009 ST MARY’S CHURCH, The Walk, Potters Bar, Herts EN6 1QQ 7.30pm TICKETS £15 | £10 concessions available Ticketline 0870 4580445 or BIGBOPPA’S ROCK’N’ROLL CLUB c/o Botany Bay Cricket Club, East Lodge Lane, Enfield Doors Open 7.30pm, Shows Starting 8.45pm Admission £5 for members and £7 for guests. Guests welcome but must telephone 020 8292 7562 Admission restricted Wednesday 8th April – Cat on A Hot Tin Trio Wyllyotts Centre Darkes Lane Potters Bar Box Office 01707 645005

Live Music Saturday Morning Concerts Grange Park Methodist Church The Church in the Orchard. Saturday morning concerts 2009 Coffee from 10.15am Recital in the Church at 11.30 for exactly one hour 18th April Jessica Burroughs (cellist)

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Sweeney Todd The famous story of the barber who murdered his customers, has wonderful music and is both funny and dramatic. Amateur production - Potters Bar Theatre Company Tuesday 21st – Saturday 25th

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