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December 2008/ January 2009

issue 13

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Hello and welcome to the December and January issue of EN Magazine With Christmas just around the corner EN Magazine turns its attention to the festivities. We bring you our gift guide looking at both what is available locally and some different ideas from the internet. Many people will be decorating their home at this time of year and EN Magazine takes a look at some of the traditions and decorations at Christmas and where they come from. We also bring you a round up of some local news and events as well as the EN Magazine What’s On Guide.

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EN Magazine will be taking a short break over Christmas and we will be back with you in 2009. We would like to thank all our readers and advertisers for their support in 2008 and wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Kind regards

Douglas Lee Publisher EN Magazine

Contents Page 4 - 15 Local News And Events

Page 16 - 17 Christmas Party Survival Guide

Page 18 - 20 Christmas Decorations

Page 21 - 26 Christmas Presents - Some Tips and Ideas

Page 27 De stressing Christmas

Page 28 - 31 What’s On Local Business Services & Classified Ads

Whilst every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of material published, the publisher cannot accept responsibility for loss or damage caused by omissions or errors in the printing of this publication. No part of this publication may be reproduced in any medium without written permission of the publisher.




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he decision by the Secretary of State for Health (Alan Johnson) to downgrade services at Chase Farm, has been challenged by the Save Chase Farm campaign group. The Save Chase Farm group believes that this decision is wrong and has launched legal action against the Secretary of State’s decision and have written to him outlining their concerns which include: “The proposals themselves amounted to a decision to discontinue the provision of Accident and Emergency services and consultant-led Women’s, Children’s and Maternity services at Chase Farm Hospital as well as supporting services. This decision was taken without any proper consultation and was unlawful. The Secretary of State’s decision to confirm this prior decision therefore was perverse and unlawful.” “Further, the Secretary of State’s assessment of the proposals and his decision to confirm them was perverse and unlawful in that: •The proposals depend on planned developments in primary care being in place. They are not in place. As the decision letter recognises, there has so far been no consultation on them. In these circumstances it is premature and perverse to accept the proposals. •The Secretary of State’s reasons for rejecting concerns about transport are irrational. For example,

it is irrational to dismiss concerns about transport to a new Maternity Unit on the basis that “The changes to maternity services will only mean increased travel for the birth itself”, when the birth is the moment when acute care is most likely to be needed and may be a matter of life and death. In general there is no proper basis (and no reasons are given) for concluding that “transport issues do not outweigh the significant clinical benefits”. “No sufficient reasons are given for accepting proposals relating to secondary care, which are inconsistent with Lord Darzi’s report on future healthcare for London, in particular with respect to his clear vision of what a ‘local hospital’ should provide.” “Having correctly acknowledged the concerns about managerial and financial capacity, the Secretary of State accepts the proposals on the inadequate and irrational basis that there have been new individuals appointed to managerial posts and that NHS London will oversee the implementation of proposals and will (merely) “review” the capacity of the organisations to implement the changes.” “The Secretary of State disregarded the fact that a decision to discontinue A&E, consultant led women’s, children’s and maternity services, was taken without sufficient Equality Impact Assessment.”


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Enterprise Enfield

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Business Award 2008

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nterprise Enfield has revealed the winners and runners up of its third annual Business Awards 2008 competition. The winners in each of the four categories were announced at an awards ceremony held at the Royal Chace Hotel in Enfield and was attended by over 140 people including the Mayor of Enfield, Cllr Lee Chamberlain. EN Magazine has the low down on what made this year’s winners and runners up stand out from the crowd. Start-Up Business of the Year sponsored by The RSA Trust Winner: Sparkle & Wow, Sonia Abrams www. sparkleandwow.co.uk Sparkle & Wow was established by Sonia Adams in December 2006 and specialises in organising weddings and events, designed to give the “wow factor” without the exorbitant costs. Sonia has recently raised £40,000 worth of funding through The London Development Agency Access to Finance Programme through Enterprise Enfield, which has enabled her to move the business from her home in Edmonton to new offices in leafy Cockfosters, enabling her to live her dream. Runner up: JO JO Mangoes, Angela Watkins and Joanna Gunter www.jojomangoes.com

JO JO Mangoes is a online retail business that has a range of stylish and funky clothes, toys and unique gifts for babies and children up to 8 years old.

High Growth Business of the Year sponsored by The RSA Trust Winner: The Courier Service Same Day Ltd, Denise Fresco and Mark Oliver www.thecourierservice. co.uk The Courier Service Same Day Ltd is an Edmonton based business demonstrating an enthusiasm for expansion and showing determination to succeed through sheer hard work. It has been a tribute to Mark and Denise that they have embraced the challenges of expanding their business in a highly competitive environment. The company’s recent expansion into new offices, increased staffing levels and investment in state of the art IT systems ensured they were in a stronger position to operate efficiently and to project a professional image to attract new customers. NorthLondon Music4.indd 1 Runner up: Goodlooking Optics Ltd, Garry and Dinos Kousoulou www.goodlookingoptics. co.uk Goodlooking Optics, owned by Garry and Dinos Kousoulou, was chosen as a runner up for this High

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Local News and Events Growth award in recognition of the company’s drive to increasng its turnover in a competitive market whilst ensuring its commitment to service standards and value for money was not compromised. Green Business of the Year sponsored by The RSA Trust Winner: Queen Anne Care, Pamela Kelly www.queenanncare.com Queen Anne Care is a long established business located in Palmers Green, which offers both residential care and supported housing, to clients with severe and enduring mental health needs. Manager Pamela Kelly is enthusiastic and determined to reduce the company’s impact on the environment and has introduced a recycling and



environmental policy which includes activities such as composting, recycling rubbish, batteries, light bulbs and using environmentally friendly local suppliers. Newsletters are produced online, paper is shredded for recycling and plastic bags are no longer used. The company is even growing its own fruit and vegetables and has applied for an allotment. Runner up: Smartbags, Leanne Dal Santo and Matt Lewis www.smartbags.co.uk Smartbags is a young business that supplies ecofriendly bags – otherwise known as “bags for life” which help reduce landfill and waste. Matt and Leanne regard the environment as a central part of the business and make decisions to minimise the effect both as

individuals and as a business. Barclays Innovative Business of the Year Winner: Choolips, Annegret Affolderbach www.choolips.blogspot. com Choolips is a groundbreaking ethical fashion company specialising in the design of textiles and women’s wear. Annegret is currently developing her next range of prints and dresses in Ghana which will be sold in TOPSHOP and other retailers during spring/ summer 2009. Runner up: Ritec International Ltd, Stephen and Karen Byers www.ritec.co.uk Ritec pioneered durable glass surface protection by developing the first,

and still the only, complete system for glass renovation, protection and maintenance. Over a number of years of product improvements and innovative marketing themes, this technology is recognised within the glass industry as the pioneer and market leader. Now situated in Enfield Business Centre on the Hertford Road, Enterprise Enfield is an independent, not for profit, business advisory and training organisation dedicated to helping people start, establish and succeed in their business. Many of the Enfield based winners have received valuable support and assistance from Enterprise Enfield which has enabled them to build their businesses successfully. If


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you have an idea for a new business and don’t know where to begin, perhaps with the help of Enterprise Enfield it could be you scooping awards in 2009!

The 2008 winners and runners up pictured above: Katy Tustian, Smartbags; Sonia Abrams, Sparkle and Wow; Vera Antwi, Choolips; Cllr Lee Chamberlain - Mayor of Enfield; Janet Collett, Chief Executive Enterprise Enfield; Denise Fresco, The Courier Service Same Day Ltd; Pamela Kelly, Queen Anne Care; Stephen Byers, Ritec International Ltd; Garry Kousoulou, Goodlooking Optics Ltd; Mark Oliver,The Courier Service Same Day Ltd.

Congratulations

foreground contrast with the interesting trees in the background which appear almost as a silhouette. This is a difficult photo as it is taken into the sun rather than with the sun behind you. I also thought this was a view that people in the EN area would recognise.”

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ongratulations go to Christine Matthews who was the winner of the EN Magazine photography competition sponsored by Jessop’s in the October issue of EN Magazine. The photos were judged by David James, President of The Enfield Camera Club. David said “I picked this photo as the winner as the sharp colours in the

Christine Matthews collecting her prize from the manager of Jessop’s in Enfield Town




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Democracy At Work - Potters Bar Residents Vote Against Plans For A Parish Council

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major local issue affecting more than 16,000 residents was decided through the democratic process at Hertsmere Borough Council. Residents of Potters Bar were given a vote on whether or not they wanted a parish council, after the council received petitions for and against the idea. A staggering 44% responded - that’s 10% more than the average turnout for May’s local elections in Potters Bar. The petition in favour of an emparishment was received in November 2007 and was closely followed by a counter petition in January 2008. A postal ballot and community consultation formed the basis of a community governance review, which was carried out under the Local 26/11/08 Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007. The council ran a publicity campaign to highlight the issue to local residents, groups and businesses. This included liaising with local press, setting up a website page, which was updated throughout the process and sending posters to community places, such as the local library, and local businesses. Ballot papers were sent to all Potters Bar residents on the electoral register

in October and the 44% returned was equivalent of 7,253 responses out of 16,443. A total of 4,446 voted against and 2,807 voted in favour. In addition, the council invited comments from businesses and organisations in Potters Bar so they could have their say as well. Leader of the Council Morris Bright said: “Listening to residents remains very important to us at Hertsmere. We agreed that Potters Bar should have a referendum so that residents could decide themselves whether it wanted a parish council in the town. “We also agreed to abide by the outcome of that referendum. Some 44% of residents took part – a very healthy figure for a vote on a local issue – and it was two 12:41:03 to one against setting up a parish council. “I am particularly pleased at the very high turnout and consider that this was an excellent exercise in local democracy and community engagement. The people of Potters Bar had their say and it was our duty to listen to their wishes.” Councillors agreed to abide by the referendum at a full council meeting on Wednesday 19th November.


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nfield’s Community Help Point Scheme (CHPS) won the ‘Staying Safe’ award at the Children & Young People’s Award ceremony. Introduced in January of this year, this unique scheme now involves over 100 Enfield locations including businesses, police stations, shops and libraries that help children and young people who may have a momentary fear while travelling in and around Enfield. Designated as Community Help Points (CHPs) these locations provide safe havens for young people who feel

threatened or need help in any way. If young people feel unsafe or worried while travelling about they can take refuge at local shops and businesses displaying the distinctive CHPS sign in their windows. Introducing the award, Ed Balls, Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, said that the scheme is an excellent example of what can be achieved by working together and a way of ensuring the safety of many of Enfield’s young people. Ex Blue Peter presenter, Peter Duncan and Baroness

Delyth Morgan of Drefelin presented the award to the Enfield team. More than 10,000 young people have been made aware of the scheme and there have been a number of examples where it has helped young people. Wherever there is a CHPs sign there are trained people able to calm a frightened young person, make a phone call or summon other help. Staff working at businesses in the CHPs scheme have received full training and checks have also been made with the Criminal Records Bureau

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to ensure that they are responsible people who can be trusted. All Enfield pupils have details of premises that are in the scheme and will be able to identify the nearest help points on the routes of their most common journeys - whether to school, leisure centres or other activities. Cllr Glynis Vince, Cabinet Member for `Education, Children’s Services and Youth, said, “This is a great example of the work of our Children’s Trust. Our

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partners have worked extremely hard to create a scheme that offers great help and reassurance to young people. Congratulations on this success.” Peter Lewis, Director of Education, Children’s Services and Leisure, added, “CHPs can be used to help schools, parents and young people plan safe journeys to and from school and will also reassure parents who may be worried about young people travelling through Enfield alone. “This award shows just how valuable the scheme has been and I am delighted that it has been recognised in this way.” Borough Commander Adrian Hanstock added,

“For all young people this is good news. There is no need for them to feel threatened now that this network of locations has been established. I am delighted that so many businesses and organisations have agreed to take part and thanks go to our partners who put the scheme together.” Caterina Vetrano who displays the sign at her café La Dolce Piazza at Edmonton Green, said, “We want to do all we can to help anyone who may feel threatened, particularly young people. We have had excellent training and feel confident that we can provide the security that will help a young person overcome a fear.”

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ollowing a successful bid to Defra (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs), the Herts and Beds Air Quality Network, which includes Hertsmere Borough Council, has set up an airAlert service. This is a free air quality alert service for asthma sufferers and other people with respiratory conditions, which will be launched across Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire on 19 November. airAlert is designed to send messages to mobile or home telephones and via email at times when poor air quality is predicted. The service is designed to inform vulnerable people of a pollution episode the day before it is expected, to help them make informed choices about managing their respiratory health.

The service is provided by the Herts and Beds Air Quality Network which includes all 14 district authorities in Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire. Anyone with asthma or any other respiratory complaint can register for free, from 19 November, online at www.airalert.info. Or you can fill out a freepost response form which is attached to the airAlert leaflets available from Hertsmere Borough Council at: Civic Offices, Elstree Way, Borehamwood; The Bushey Centre, Bushey High Street; and Wyllyotts Centre, Darkes Lane, Potters Bar. For more information on 27/11/08 21:12:55 the airAlert service, please contact Sarah Hoggett, Senior Environmental Health Officer, on 020 8207 2277 ext. 5740 or at sarah. hoggett@hertsmere.gov.uk


Beating The Credit Crunch

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ith the Credit Crunchtaking hold for many and the government taking drastic measures to try and spark the economy into recovery EN Magazine spoke to local independent financial advisors Archers to find out what people can do to help themselves. “Since the collapse of Northern Rock in August 2007 the financial sector has become a graveyard for financial institutions. Household names previously considered untouchable Halifax, Bank of Scotland, Bradford and Bingley, Alliance and Leicester, have all struggled in an environment lacking leadership.” said Noel. “Indecision at the highest level has plunged the country into freefall. The lack of urgency, time and time again, when bold decisions were required has brought the country to its knees.” “In February of this year, with the markets requiring an interestJEAN rate drop of at1 BARRIE AD.indd least 0.5% to steady the ship, the government put pressure on the Bank of England not to drop by more than 0.25% on the grounds that any larger correction would jeopardise the government’s inflationary target. “ “It was a very different argument, a complete reversal, which Alistair Darling presented to the nation a few weeks ago when he practically begged the Bank of England to slash interest rates citing that such action would not have any detrimental effect on

inflationary targets.” “Government indecision during the summer led to buyers holding up purchases in the hope of a stamp duty freeze. The raising of the threshold to £175,000 had no positive impact on the London market. Figures released recently show that the month following the change in stamp duty fewer properties sold in London and the South East than anywhere else in the country” “You can’t buy a family home in North London for less than £175,000. Surely it would have made more sense to have capped the stamp duty threshold at 1% as more stamp duty is collected in London and the South East than the rest of the country put together” “With the uncertainty since August last year many householders have remained put. However 15 months on many are now faced with the need to move for family or work reasons and any sweetener from the government is bound to help. The government however need a structured approach. The collapse of HBOS may have been prevented if only the government had acted earlier and brought in measures during the last budget to instil confidence in what was then a flagging market.” “Let’s hope that Gordon revisits the stamp duty arena and this time puts in place measures that will help the flow of property in London.” “Archers have been at

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the forefront of the local property market since 1991. Noel Sainsbury, the proprietor of Archers, has over 20 years experience in the mortgage and financial markets but has never witnessed such a deflated financial market. “ “To see the likes of the Royal Bank of Scotland and HBOS on their knees has been very difficult to accept but there does appear to be light at the end of the tunnel. The recent 1.5% drop has seen lenders reduce fixed rate monies to just over 4.5% for those with deposits of 25%.” “The weeks that followed the announcement that HBOS were in trouble were the quietest for many years but in recent weeks buyers have been returning to the market.” “With talk of 1 in 10 of the population facing redundancy over the next 12 months, now is the time to review your finances If you haven’t used your gym membership for some months cancel it. Look at your bank statement and review your direct debits. Many clients for example are able to reduce the cost of their insurance policies sometimes by up to 50%. Remember a cheaper

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policy doesn’t mean an inferior product. A number of financial institutions only recommend one insurance company so shop around or see an independent financial adviser who is able to review the whole market.” Noel would also stress that any borrower facing financial difficulties should inform their lender early. “Lenders have a duty under their ‘treating customers fairly’ policy to be sympathetic particularly in today’s climate.” “Whilst the next twelve months is likely to be tough there is a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. With the Olympics in London in 2012 we can expect to see money pouring into the Capital in about twelve months time as the government create housing for up to half a million athletes, coaches and others associated with the games. It has already been stated that most of this accommodation will be sold on after the games as social housing. However the scale of the operation will create job opportunities for thousands. Builders, carpenters, plumbers, electricians and many other related tradesmen will be in great demand and the wealth created will help the country come out of this recession! “ added Noel. If you are having difficulties with your mortgage payments or require independent financial advice contact Archers on 020 8364 5445 or call in at 1 Windmill Hill, Enfield, where you will receive a warm welcome.


Lancaster Centre Re-Opens

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he Nightingale Community Hospice Trust have returned to the Lancaster Centre. “Over a year has passed since the terrible fire at the tattoo shop, 55 Lancaster Road, which directly affected the Lancaster Centre. Unfortunately, the damage was so severe that we were unable to use the building at all, which meant that we could not fulfil any of our commitments to clients and carers. The local United Reformed Church came immediately to our assistance when they heard the news and kindly allowed us to use their facilities.” said Joan Kearns, Services & Development Director. “Naturally, we were unsure if we were going to survive this terrible ordeal. Trustees, staff and volunteers all pulled together to ensure that whatever happened we would continue to support those people who needed us most. “ “Very quickly, storage rooms within the church were redesigned to allow for the delivery of counselling and therapy sessions. Drop in activities which were normally delivered in two rooms now had to be amalgamated into one room. “Making the most of all the space and facilities and anxious to increase our services, we thought that by moving the furniture in the main area of the church, we could introduce Tai Chi and mind and body

Local News and Events relaxation classes. These proved extremely popular and the area very conducive to their delivery (calm and reflective).” “Whilst we had hoped to be able to maintain our services at the same level, referrals continued to come and naturally we couldn’t turn anyone away. Currently we are supporting over 300 clients all with individual needs in a holistic way, seeking to address their emotional, psychological and

physical needs.“ “Unlike a traditional hospice, we are not a bedded unit. We work with existing service providers to ensure valuable resources are used to best effect. “ “All our services are free of charge to the clients and as we don’t receive any statutory funding; we rely solely on the generosity of

the general public to raise funds.” If you would like to support the work of the Nightingale Community Hospice Trust please log on to www. nightinggalehospice. org.uk or ring 0208 366 9674.

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Christmas Events at Forty Hall

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his Christmas Forty Hall has a series of exciting events that all the family can enjoy. Firstly, they are starting the Christmas period with a traditional Carol Service led by the Rev’d Ian Crofts, the Vicar from Jesus Church. The Enfield Town & Forty Hill Local Ecumenical Partnership are helping to arrange this and have contributions from local school children and musicians. A busy evening is anticipated, so be sure to arrive early to avoid disappointment and also

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remember to bring a torch to aid your approach to the Hall. This event takes place in the Banqueting Suite on 3rd December with doors opening at 6:30pm for a 7pm start. Festive refreshments will be provided afterwards. As a special treat, the Hall will be open from 6pm that same evening to allow a sneak preview of the superb ‘The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe experience’. Delve into the wonderful world of Narnia as the Hall is transformed into some of the most beautiful scenes from CS Lewis’ novel, such as the Ice Queen’s Palace or Beaver’s Lodge. Whether young or old, girl or boy, all will be enchanted. This event opens on 6th December and runs until 4th January and is free to enter. Finally, although he’s fairly busy this time of year, Santa is flying into Forty Hall and children will be able to visit him in his Grotto. As an extra special treat, also

appearing will be a magical reindeer carousel ride in the Courtyard. Prices are £3.50 to visit Santa’s Grotto and £1.50 to ride the carousel. Forty Hall is open Wednesday – Sunday from 11am – 4pm, also open from Monday 22nd – Wednesday 24th December, but is closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day. The Courtyard Café is open daily from 10:30pm – 4pm to provide you with tasty snacks and refreshments on these cold winter days. The café is also closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Please call for further details on 020 8363 8196.

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grant worth nearly £2 million has been awarded by the Heritage Lottery Fund toward the project to restore the grade I listed Forty Hall. Restoration will help towards the preservation of the house, which is considered by experts as being of national significance with a substantially intact 17th century interior. It is currently in use as a local museum, arts and community venue but restoration work will enable Enfield council to turn it into a landmark visitor attraction. The grounds are also subject to another grant application and the historic Cedar of Lebanon, thought to have been planted between 1716 & 1729, has joined the rollcall of ‘Great Trees of London’, a list of leading landmark trees defining the landscape, which have been nominated by Londoners themselves.Public figures such as the Mayor of London, Neil Fox and Jon Snow have also played their part in nominating individual trees.


Contemporary Indian dining at Panache

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anache Restaurant and Bar opened in July this year and is conveniently located opposite Grange Park train station in Enfield. The friendly waiters gave us a very warm welcome and even for a Wednesday evening the restaurant was busy with couples, families and work colleagues, all enjoying the relaxing, ambient yet sophisticated atmosphere. We were impressed with the variety of new dishes available on the menu and were not disappointed with the high standard and quality of the food served. Panache offers delicious, authentic and contemporary Indian cuisine. Many of the recipes are pioneered by their head chef who works exclusively for Panache. We began with a selection of connoisseur fusion starters: delicious appetisers to challenge any taste buds! To follow we tried the recommended special favourites: a mix of unique Claypot and Relish dishes and Panache fusion specialties. All were packed with mouth watering ingredients and truly tantalising flavours.

There is plenty available for vegetarians too, such as very appetizing Quorn chatt to start and luscious Quorn Jeera and Quorn Claypot dishes, as well as traditional vegetarian dishes. For those who prefer extra flavour in their meat, Panache has a selection of duck dishes, such as the Zameri Duck cooked in a sensational orange sauce. For the health conscious, Panache also boasts a wide range of fish cuisine including Monkfish Tikka, Salmon Tikka, Halibut, Sea bass and Tiger King Prawn. Restaurant Manager, Abul Ali, tells us “the key to Panache’s success is that all ingredients are fresh, delivered and prepared daily by our award winning chefs from the famous Brick Lane. Panache only use free range British lamb meat and chicken.” Whether it be a quick snack, intimate dinner or a special occasion, a meal at Panache Restaurant and Bar will guarantee you a quality dining experience.

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he arrival of December brings the Christmas spirit in many formats but one, which can lead to much merriment and indulgence, is the Christmas party! Whether it is the work’s office party or just going around to a friend’s place, a whole raft of issues can arise. The traditional office party is a chance to let your hair down and we have all heard the stories of unabated lust for the boss, married person, sexy secretary or the shy colleague in accounts coming to the fore with the help of a few drinks. Or the creative/artistic use of the office photocopier to print countless copies of body parts, which are left on everyone’s desk for the morning after (I am sure a few of you are blushing with the memories). The fun of Christmas parties is often extended as an outlet to counter balance the stress surrounding the

season, from choosing the correct present to deciding which relations you will either visit or invite to your home. A party can be a release and a chance to unwind. EN Magazine is here to help with some survival tips to ensure you get through the festivities sanely and safely, including tips for avoiding and recovering the morning after…. Hangover Cures: The most popular idea seems to be remaining in bed, being waited on hand and foot by someone who will feed you a full English breakfast, offer water all day, put a DVD on for you to watch in bed and let you sleep it off. To ensure you are up and running for the next session and right back to the real world. The most boring cure is – Don’t drink! okay then……. onto some other more realistic suggestions…


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Making Sure You Get Home Safely This Christmas P.L.A.N. Before you walk anywhere: Prepare Consider your route carefully Tell a friend/relative where you are going, your route and when you’ll be back If meeting someone for the first time, arrange to receive one or more phone calls, together with an alert word indicating to the caller that you feel unsafe Consider taking a personal attack alarm with you and a torch if travelling after dark Look confident Don’t let yourself look vulnerable Be alert, use all your senses – look and listen and avoid using a personal stereo Be aware of people, your surroundings, building lines and the environment Avoid Risks Consider all potential risks Avoid short cuts through darkened places or remote areas If shopping in town, don’t become over laden with too many bags. If walking from bright light into a darkened area, allow your eyes to become accustomed to the dark first Be particularly alert if using a mobile phone – avoid texting in public places if possible Don’t wear items of clothing that can be grabbed and used to hurt you and avoid wearing hear in pony tails/plaits as these can also be grabbed and held onto 1. Eat before you go out tomato, shot of vodka, and drink milk to line your tobasco and milk – drink stomach down quickly and wash taste 2. Avoid dark coloured away with mouthwash drinks – brandy, red wine 8. Diarrheoa medication etc., they cause the worst & rehydration salts – all the hangovers vitamins & minerals you 3, Avoid fizzy drinks as need to feel better bubbles help the alcohol 9. Apparently a huge get into the bloodstream success in Australian Society quicker – Vegimite (or Marmite) & 4. Drink at least a pint loads of water – You’ll love of water with additional it or hate it but you will feel Vitamin C tablet before better so they tell me going to sleep 10. Juices – Dill pickle, 5. Food the next morning peach and orange are highly – a huge fry up if you can recommended face it – essential to up 11. Salt Water – Drink it your sugar levels. Toast and down fast and if you don’t a sports drink if you cannot throw up, apparently you will look at a fried egg feel great 6. Drink a pint of water 12. Berocca tablets every hour of the day – – widely available 13. Last but not least hydrate & hydrate more – of course you won’t get out of – de-fizzed cola and any the loo sports drink 7. Blend banana, carrot,

Never take safety for granted Walk in the centre of the pavement Cross the road if you see people you don’t feel comfortable about. If you think you’re being followed, head for the nearest bright & crowded place When approaching your home, have your keys ready Don’t invite crime On Public Transport If on a bus, train or at a station, avoid isolation Be aware of and sit near alarm positions, help points or security cameras Be aware of other passengers If possible, sit next to the driver’s compartment In the Car If parking your car in daylight, consider – will it be safe at night? When returning to you car, have your keys ready Secure your vehicle when driving in town, don’t leave windows down & hide valuables Be prepared for emergencies Don’t stop for strangers If travelling by taxi, only hail licensed cabs If booking a cab, let someone know which firm you are using This advice has kindly been supplied by

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Christmas Decorations

DECK THE HALLS WITH BOUGHS OF HOLLY! A look into the history of Christmas decorations

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hat images springs to mind when you think of Christmas? A white-bearded, rosycheeked Santa Claus in a red suit? An evergreen tree decorated with baubles and fairy lights? Christmas decorations have become an integral part of the festive season but how did these traditions come about? EN

Magazine takes a look into the history of Christmas decorations. It would be difficult to imagine Christmas without Santa Claus. As the winter months draw in, we are bombarded with images of Santa, invariably depicted as a jolly old man with a white beard, wearing a red suit with white trim and a black leather belt and boots. But some of you may be surprised to hear that this modern image of Santa Claus became popular as a result of a Coca-Cola advertising campaign. Historically Santa Claus was depicted in a variety of different colours, including green and brown and it was only after this campaign in the early 1930s, that the redsuited Santa Claus became standardised. It’s a common misconception that Coca-Cola actually created this modern, red-suited Santa Claus. Similar drawings date back to the 1860s, when American caricaturist and political cartoonist Thomas Nast’s drawings of Santa

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Claus appeared in Harper’s Weekly newspaper. These drawings are said to have defined Santa Claus’s modern image. Before this, Santa was often depicted as a somewhat sinister looking elf-like figure. The figure of Santa Claus was originally inspired by Saint Nicholas of Myra, a Christian Bishop from the 4th Century who was famous for his generous gifts to the poor. Over the course of time, the image of Santa Claus has evolved, due to shifting influences such as paganism, folklore and the arts, and the Santa Claus that we know and love today is an amalgamation of many different images and legends. Another popular tradition associated with Christmas is the Christmas tree. But the custom of bringing foliage indoors as decoration dates back long before the birth of Christ. It is believed that the ancient Egyptians were part of a long line of cultures that brought green date palms into their homes over the winter to celebrate life’s triumph over death. Legend has it that Saint Boniface, who was born in Devon in the 7th Century, was the creator of the very first Christmas tree. Having been sent to Germany to convert the pagans to Christianity, Saint Boniface is said to have used the triangular shape of the fir tree to describe the Holy Trinity of God: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. As a result, the newly converted Christians began using the fir tree as a symbol of Christianity, a custom that


Christmas Decorations snow sparkling in the moonlight, that he attempted to recreate the effect by displaying a tree in his home and decorating it with candles, which he lighted in honour of the birth of Christ. It is claimed that modern day fairy lights evolved from this idea.

spread throughout Germany. Believe it or not, Christmas trees were originally hung upside down, and as with all trends, this tradition finally made a comeback in 2005, with many shops selling upside down Christmas trees! It is also claimed that Martin Luther (16th Century German monk) had a huge influence on the development of the modern Christmas tree. Many scholars believe that as he took a stroll through the woods one Christmas Eve, Martin Luther was so moved by the beauty of the fir trees adorned with

It wasn’t until the 19th Century that the Christmas tree was brought to Britain. As a child, Queen Victoria was familiar with the custom, and on Christmas Eve 1832 she wrote: “After dinner...we then went into the drawingroom near the dining-room...There were two large round tables on which were placed two trees hung with lights and sugar ornaments. All the presents being placed round the trees...”. Her fascination with the Christmas tree became even more prominent after her marriage to her German cousin, Prince Albert, who encouraged this tradition as a reminder of his homeland. It was also during Victorian times that Christmas decorations

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Christmas Decorations dramatically developed from simple foliage with candles. As well as decorating their Christmas trees with gingerbread men, sweets, wax dolls, pine cones and strings of almonds and raisins, the Victorians made paper chains and embroidered decorations of burgundy, pink and green. Later in the century these homemade decorations began to be replaced by imported ornaments from Germany, and this is how the first commercially produced Christmas decorations came about. The first glass ornament to be invented was called a Kugel: a hand-blown glass globe in a variety of colours and sizes. The baubles that we hang on our trees today evolved from the tradition of blowing Kugels. Other popular decorations included Dresdens, which were silver and gold cardboard ornaments in the shape of moons, butterflies, fish, birds, ships and flowers. Throughout the 19th and 20th centuries Christmas decorations

continued to develop, with huge technological advances such as Thomas Edison’s invention of the electric light bulb and the development of plastic greatly influencing the manufacture of modern decorations. Over the years there have been various styles coming in and out of fashion, some more unusual than others. Prominent examples include black Christmas trees, huge inflatable figures and not forgetting of course the upside down Christmas trees mentioned earlier! However, you will be pleased to hear that the trends for Christmas 2008 are a little more low-key. This year’s colour is white, with department stores such as Harrods, Liberty and House of Fraser featuring large collections of white decorations. White is also the colour of choice for this year’s decorations in Carnaby Street, London. Paul Dart, designer of the Carnaby Street Christmas decorations said: “The inspiration for this year’s decorations came from the

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Christmas Gift Guide

The EN Magazine Christmas Gift Guide By Victoria Dove & Patricia Conti

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acked with tips and ideas for the latest must-have items, here are some of our favourite gift ideas available to buy in the EN area and online. As we push into an age where children are no longer happy just to sit with the Argos catalogue and circle the toys they want with a big red crayon, I find myself struggling to keep up with their new trends, and as for the adults it’s a complete nightmare! They say all boys love toys but for us girls who are buying those gadgets it’s all a bit overwhelming. Unlike us girls, a lot of men don’t fill their cupboards with several pairs of shoes, perfumes and accessories as they tend to just have one bottle of aftershave, one good pair of shoes and if they do have more than one set of cufflinks, it’s due to years of Christmas stocking fillers.

However, this is the twenty-first century, I am a modern woman and us girls are known to be superior shoppers, so I was determined that not only could I find great gifts for all my female friends and the kids, but also surprise the men in my life. Here are some unusual and totally funky gifts that will amaze your bloke, brother, son or mate and that I hope will get you started: Prolectrix USB Turntable allows you to record vinyl direct to your PC or laptop. This model has three speeds and built in equalizers.

When faced with the question, “What would you like for Christmas?”, men often Prolectrix USB Turntable £50 say they have all they need or from Wilkinsons, 08000 329 329, simply surprise them, which is wilkinsonplus.com often no help at all! Knowing that it’s unlikely for someone not to want anything at all, and that I would stand more chance of getting a straight You will never have to miss answer from Gordon Brown, I decided another radio programme or song to ask a few of my male friends. again with Roberts Radio’s new Revival DAB with PausePlus. The They explained that what most men Revival DAB with its iconic style and want is either very expensive, or it’s so up to date technology has launched technical that women were not likely a new model featuring the PausePlus to understand. function.

PausePlus allows you to put the radio on hold for up to 40 minutes. So if the phone rings in the middle of The Archers, simply press the PausePlus button and the radio will be paused. When your phone call is finished simply press the button again and the radio will pick up exactly where it halted. An extra special feature is for when you miss the title of a piece of music, or the beginning of a news item, a double-press of the button will allow you to quickly retrieve the information you have missed. The retro-design of the Revival DAB with PausePlus remains true to its 1950’s original. A rotary dial allows you to select the station required and the station name and additional programme information are displayed on an easy to read LCD display.

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Christmas Gift Guide Is it a ball? Is it an egg? No, it’s Rolly! Meet the all singing, all dancing toy from Sony that’s taking the internet by storm, having amazed, enthralled and captivated gadget lovers around the world. Rolly has become an internet sensation, with fans uploading hundreds of YouTube clips demonstrating the unique interactivity that makes it the must have toy for grown ups. Rolly

Rolly £248.99 from The Sony Centre, 020 8367 5300, sonystyle.co.uk loves dancing to any type of music, any way you want. Rolly also loves playing music; either from its 2GB memory, or wirelessly from audio devices such as mobile phones and PCs, via Bluetooth. Rolly’s unique movement is made possible by its six moving parts consisting of wheels, arms and shoulders which work in unison to

create its movement, rotating through 180 degrees, spinning and waving its arms whilst its two rings of light pulsate to music and are capable of displaying 700 different colours. Whilst Rolly’s dance moves are a sight for the eyes, Sony’s audio expertise means that whether Rolly is dancing the cancan or rocking out to thrash metal, its two 20mm speakers use neodymium magnets to ensure crisp and clear sounds for the ear from any angle, perfect for any large room. Holding up to 520 four minute songs, Rolly will provide up to five hours of continuous playback and last up to four hours when music and movement are combined. Users can even shake Rolly to enter shuffle mode or turn its wheels to change Rolly’s track or volume. A new pair of designer spectacles would make the ultimate style statement. Opticians such as Goodlooking Optics in Enfield and St. Albans stock a wide range of brands from Armani to Zegna and often have great deals that include contact lenses and sunglasses.

X-Eyes frames for him from Goodlooking Optics, 020 8364 4444, goodlookingoptics.co.uk Experiences also make fantastic gift ideas. Although there is nothing to unwrap on the day, the memories will last forever. How about Sleeping with the SAS – spend a night outdoors SAS style. Learn to survive in some of the harshest conditions, and take part in some hardcore SAS activities. There are a few companies that offer this awesome gift, so it might be worth searching around before you book. The cheapest I found was with www. treatme.net. Clay Pigeon Shooting - many of us have driven past Rectory Farm and pondered the possibility of Clay Pigeon Shooting. Well why not book up for a gift experience? The ground caters for both beginners and old-hands and is located at the very edge of Enfield, within easy travel from Potters Bar too. Packages comprise clays, cartridges, use of gun and instruction so as to be able to shoot safely and well, you don’t need Wellington boots! www. rectoryfarmclayshoot.co.uk Military Vehicles Experience – if he likes challenges and you think he has no fear, this one will put anyone to the test. The day includes driving tanks, hovercrafts, helicopters and an array of serious boys’ toys. Some of the best prices are at www. exelement.co.uk, but shop around for a good deal. Possibly one of the best websites I’ve ever seen is www. iffyton.co.uk where you can wander along the virtual high street avoiding the crowds and buy the latest totally original t-shirt designs from a company based in Enfield.You can also watch video blogs from Uncle

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Christmas Gift Guide Iffy who is determined to set the world to rights, one t-shirt at a time! So now it’s the boys’ turn to find the gifts, and when it comes to Christmas us girls like to be spoilt. Unlike men, women understand the terms ‘window shopping’ and ‘browsing’. Most girls can think of at least one thing they wouldn’t mind finding under the tree this Christmas! But if you boys want to throw in a few surprises, I’ve come up with some exciting gifts that will put you in her good books, well at least until the New Year. Lovelinks is an exciting range of jewellery which gives her the opportunity to design and personalize her very own bracelet or necklace. All links are handmade from sterling silver then decorated with 14ct. gold, stone on Murano glass, or cut in 14ct. gold plated. The possibilities are endless.! The LOVEFiLM Christmas Gift Box makes a brilliant gift for the DVD addict in your life, as you set up the subscription at a cost that suits you and she can rent whatever she likes - simple! Better than a gift voucher, she will also get a free DVD or movie guide book, all wrapped up in a personalised gift box. LOVEFiLM has over 65,000 titles available to rent online, including all the latest favourite US TV series like Desperate Housewives, Lost and Grey’s Anatomy. The Gift Box is available to order online, and includes free delivery for stress free shopping! Cristy have been making soft furnishings in England for over 150 years, and their latest Collectable Cushions range would make the ideal quick fix for sprucing up the living room before the relations arrive. And because Cristy use only the finest natural fibres to create their beautiful styles, you can be sure that these contemporary and classic cushions will suit every taste. Other ideas for her might include: Design your own handbag -your design session takes place in an 23


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Above: Lovelinks jewellery from Viva, 020 8360 5940 exclusive boutique, where you will be surrounded by inspiration in the form of handbags in all shapes, sizes and colours! Lots of companies offer this great treat, but we found www. gettingpersonal.co.uk had some great ideas. Salsa Dancing Lessons - again lots of places offer these experiences so search around for a good price. Hot Salsa has a great website packed with information about their classes at Trent Park Golf Club www.hotsalsa.co.uk Theatre tickets or Comedy nights - believe it or not there is a lot to do in the EN area and many big name acts

Sorrells Naturally Lemongrass & Neroli 350ml £12.00, 07786 260 284, sorrellsnaturally.co.uk

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come to our local theatres to perform. In particular the Millfield Theatre website has listings well into the new year full of stand up comedy, tribute acts and panto www.millfieldtheatre. co.uk. Other venues include Luther’s restaurant and Bar in Potters Bar www.luthers.co.uk. For you Greenies out there, Oxfam is offering some great green gifts this year from clothes to donkeys, along with great eco sites ReSourceful.com and thegreenstoreonline.co.uk.

guilty! In particular I love the Body Scrubs – made from Fair Trade Sugar and Organic Oils. Why not pamper your skin with natural Aromatherapy Lemongrass and Neroli 350ml, simply melt away and forget the stress of Christmas. For those who are concerned about wrapping waste, Wrapelope offers a solution with its versatile, reusable format. Wrapeolope is made of forest-friendly materials and the Velcro fastening offers the environmentallyconcerned the ultimate in re-usability, and its high-quality construction robust enough for a whole series of gift occasions.

Other ideas for a Green Christmas can be found at Sorrells Naturally, created locally by sisters-in-law Laura and Margaret Sorrell. Based in Enfield, Sorrells Naturally is a truly family business, sharing a passion for good quality organic and hand blended products the Sorrells Naturally range is made right here in the UK. Wherever possible Sorrells Naturally choose organic or wild crafted ingredients and because Margaret and Laura dislike artificial scents they only use Pure Essential Oils. All Sorrells Naturally products and ingredients are also certified Cruelty Free. So Wrapelopes from £3.49 available from you can relax and pamper department stores and lakeland.co.uk yourself without feeling

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Christmas Gift Guide As we all know, the right presentation can really make a difference to a gift. Wrapelope gift envelopes and boxes are ideal for the busy modern consumer because it makes gifts look beautiful in just seconds, leaving us more time to concentrate on the things that really matter. Presents will look fabulous without having to mess around with all those fiddly bits and awkward shapes. You can forget the sticky tape, tissue paper and the yards of ribbons because Wrapelope ready-made, colourfully designed, re-usable gift-wrap envelopes are available in twenty bright and attractive designs, a variety of sizes and will sit comfortably in standard Jiffy bag sizes, making it the ideal add-on when you¹re posting presents to friends and relatives this Christmas season. Be a Farmer for a day – I think this gift is totally original, you have to be 16 years or over, but if they like a bit of ‘The Good Life’ this is one definitely for them, check out www.intotheblue. co.uk for details.

Pink Bear handheld TV, £99 from Hanspree, 0871 666 0850, hanspree.com

Portrait by Silent Echo Photography 020 8360 8030 www. silentechophotography.com But there’s no reason why kids can’t benefit from eco-friendly gifts! This delightful penguin torch requires no batteries, simply give him a few squeezes and watch him light the way.

This battery powered Vespa in bright red is sure to be a winner with little boys, and big boys too! Complete with engine sound effects, lights and horn, as well as a host of safety design features this scooter is sure to make your child’s dreams come true.

A gift that can decorate the home for years to come and is often appreciated by the family, especially grandparents, is a photographic portrait of their loved ones but of course there’s also the furry, slimey, feathered or wiggly family pet that can also be encapsulated in this way. EN’s very own furry family member was recently photographed by Joel Dyer of Silent Echo Photography and now keeps a beady eye on us all from the office wall!

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Hand Powered Penguin Torch, £6.00, 0845 872 2662 aspacegifts.co.uk A great gift for kids is a designer TV and Hanspree have a wide selection available to suit all tastes and ages. Here at EN we were all taken with this Pink Teddy TV, perfect for keeping the kids occupied while Grandpa takes a nap after Christmas dinner.

Vespa Red, £200 from Mamas & Papas, 0845 268 2000, mamasandpapas.co.uk So now you’ve got some great ideas, the last task is to sit back and treat yourself with some mulled wine and mince pies. Happy shopping!


The holistic approach to staying happy, healthy and relaxed in the run up to Christmas

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hristmas is meant to be a time of loving, giving, relaxing and spending time with family. Ironically, Christmas is one of the most stressful times of the year for many people. The pressure of buying presents, the tension of who goes where on the big day, cold wet weather and dark nights. The season of goodwill is often spoiled by feelings of irritability, anxiety and exhaustion. Tension and stress are exacerbated by late nights, alcohol and endless stodgy meals. What can you do to ensure you really enjoy Christmas and feel well throughout the festive season? Western herbal medicine is about looking after the whole person – encouraging good diet, exercise, rest and relaxation and, where needed, using herbs and supplements to further support the body. First things first: look at your diet and lifestyle. It’s all too easy to let good habits slip or put off starting them until the New Year, when actually now is the time you need a healthy balance of good food, exercise, and relaxation more than ever. Keeping active doesn’t have to mean going to the gym three times a week. It might mean going out dancing rather than meeting friends in the pub, or meeting a friend for a Sunday walk or swim rather than sitting in a café. Try and make lots of small changes: wear comfortable shoes and walk whenever you can; take the kids out cycling in the park, walk at lunchtimes and always take the stairs!

Don’t say yes to every invitation – plan your weeks so that you don’t have too many late nights. Limit alcohol to twice a week and ideally just a couple of drinks of an evening. If you are sleeping badly, alcohol will just make the quality of your sleep even worse. Start the day with a healthy and filling breakfast: porridge or sugar-free muesli sweetened with dried or fresh fruit, or boiled eggs and wholemeal toast are ideal and will help you to avoid snacking during the day. Go for soups or jacket potatoes for lunch and make sure you have plenty of green vegetables with dinner. Avoid fried food and fattening sauces and gravies, and if your heart is set on a desert, go for a home made apple pie with crème fraiche rather than the double chocolate brownies and ice cream! Avoid biscuits and cakes; snack on fruit, nuts and seeds. Don’t get sucked into the Christmas hype of filling your house with unhealthy junk, and tell relatives you don’t want big boxes of chocolates. A big bowl of nuts in their shells and dried fruit makes a lovely offering to guests – many of which will be fed up with mince pies or watching their waists anyway! Tea and coffee over-stimulate the nervous system and increase feelings of anxiety – limit your intake to one or two a day at the most. Chamomile and lime flower tea are both gentle relaxants which help to soothe the nerves. Swap tea and coffee for either of these herbal teas and you’ll start to feel less on edge. If you are not keen on the taste of chamomile, try some of the combination herbal teas available e.g. chamomile and spearmint, or chamomile and spiced apple. Western herbal medicine has a treasure chest of herbs that may support the nervous system, reduce anxiety and promote restful sleep. Valerian root and passion flower are both excellent relaxants and sedatives. Taken during the day, they will reduce feelings of stress and anxiety; taken just before bed they will encourage

a restful night’s sleep. Try taking 30 drops of tincture in water two or three times daily, or take two 300mg capsules/tablets of either herb up to three times daily. St. John’s Wort and Rosemary both have anti-depressant properties, which may be helpful during the cold winter months. If you have fresh rosemary growing in your garden you can simply pick a sprig, chop it up, place it in a cup, pour on boiling water and allow to steep for a few minutes before drinking – to really feel its medicinal benefits, drink three cups daily. Not only does Rosemary lift the spirits but it also improves the circulation and the digestive system. (Caution: epileptics should not take Rosemary; it may also aggravate menopausal hot flushes.) St. John’s Wort is excellent for mild to moderate depression. It needs to be taken regularly for over a month for the full benefits to be seen. St. John’s Wort strengthens the nervous system, and, although it is not a sedative it will help to promote good sleep. It improves mood and sense of well-being. It also improves liver function and has a mild anti-viral action. (Caution: If you are taking medication consult your GP or medical herbalist before taking St. John’s Wort.) Finally, think about what would make you really happy. Imagine your perfect Christmas and try to plan your time so that you are doing more of what you want. If you are feeling run off your feet then take a hard look at what is filling your time and ask yourself, ‘’Is it really necessary?’’ Can you cancel some of the ‘stuff’ that fills your life? Practise saying ‘‘No’’ to people and if you need help, ask for it! By Ellie Holly BSc (Hons) Herbal Medicine, MCPP. For more information or to book an appointment please visit www. herbsbyholly.co.uk or telephone 020 8363 2148. 27


What’s On Santa’s Den Opening Sat 29th November 12pm, then open every sat and sun from 12pm until Sunday 21st December inclusive at Wyevale Garden Centre, Cattlegate Road, Enfield. Open 9th and 16th Dec 11.30am until 1.00pm exclusively for nursery aged children.  £5.00 per child includes present, all proceeds to Age Concern Enfield. Christmas Bazaar Lee Valley Park Farms, Stubbins Hall Lane, Waltham Abbey, Essex, EN9 2EG 05 December 2008 at 10:30 Ticket Price: £1.00 for adults, 50p for children, £3.00 to visit Santa Contact Phone/Fax: 01992 892781 Contact Email: info@ leevalleypark.org.uk Salisbury House Poets, Bury Street West, Edmonton N9 Saturday December 6th ANTHONY FISHER launches his new collection “The Reek of Alchemy” (Hearing Eye, 2008); poems about the industrial area Brimsdown and Enfield’s noble, but lost, manufacturing past.  Also includes Christmas Poets From The Floor where readers are encouraged to read a poem (loosely!) connected with the Festive Season.  Evening commences 7.30 p.m. with an interval for refreshments and socializing.  Entrance £3.50, Concessions £2.50. Antique Art Exhibition Andrew Whybrow Bush Hill Park Methodist Church , 135 Wellington Rd., EN1 3RR 06 December 2008 at 11:00 Ticket Price: Free Contact Phone/Fax: 020 8363 8642

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Contact Email: thejamman9@ googlemail.com Paddington Bear’s First Concert Southgate Symphony Orchestra Gladys Aylward Theatre, Gladys Aylward Theatre, Windmill Road, Edmonton, N18 1NB 06 December 2008 at 15:30 Ticket Price: £10 per family Contact Phone/Fax: 07092 879097 Contact Email: contactus@ southgatesymphony.co.uk Web Link: http://www. southgatesymphony.co.uk/hear/ future/ More To Christmas Event Organiser: More To Life Location: Totteridge Road Baptist Church, 45a Totteridge Road, Enfield. Miiddlesex, EN3 6NF Date: 12 December 2008 at 19:00 Ticket Price: £3.00 (Children under 15 accompanied by an adult -admitted free) Contact Phone/Fax: 01992 764738 Contact Email: office@ trbchurch.org.uk Web Link: http://www. trbchurch.org.uk/ thisweekactivities.htm Christmas Greenery Sale Lee Valley Park, Myddelton House Gardens (enfield), Bulls Cross, Enfield, EN2 9HG 14 December 2008 at 11:00 Ticket Price: n/a Contact Phone/Fax: 01992 702200 Contact Email: info@ leevalleypark.org.uk Carols By Candlelight Pastor Revd Dr Alan Beavis Totteridge Road Baptist Church, 45a Totteridge Road, Freezywater. Middlesex, EN3 6NF

16 December 2008 at 18:30 Ticket Price: Free Description: Carols by Candlelight followed by Coffee and minces pie Contact Phone/Fax: 01992 764738 Contact Email: trbchurch@ googlemail.com Web Link: http://www. trbchurch.org.uk Annual Carol Service Winchmore Hill United Reformed Church, Winchmore Hill United Reformed Church 77 Compton Road, Winchmore Hill, N21 3NU Date: 21 December 2008 at 17:00 Ticket Price: Free Contact Phone/Fax: 020 8882 4776 Contact Email: winchmorehillurc77@yahoo. co.uk Boxing Day Walk Lee Valley Park, Lee Valley Park Farms (waltham Abbey) Stubbins Hall Lane, Waltham Abbey, Essex, EN9 2EG Date: 26 December 2008 at 11:00 Ticket Price: n/a Contact Phone/Fax: 01992 702200 Contact Email: info@ leevalleypark.org.uk Acorn Theatre Company – Robin Hood 1st – 4th January 2009 – Tickets £9.50 & £8.00 Intimate Theatre, Green Lanes, Palmers Green, N13 4DH Tickets: 020 8807 1810 Thurs, Fri, Sat at 7.30pm – Sat & Sun Matinees at 3pm

December 2008 81p of every £1.00 goes to charity Open Mon – Sat 10am – 4pm Refreshments available, parking & Wheelchair access Robinson Crusoe And The Pirates’ Haringey And Southgate Scouts Intimate Theatre 521 Green Lanes, Palmers Green, N13 4DH 09 December 2008 – 13 December 2008 Time: 19:30 Ticket Price: £11 for adults and £8 for Children/Concessions The pantomime runs from Thursday 4th to Saturday 13th December (there is no performance on the Monday 8th) at the Intimate Theatre Palmers Green. The cast and crew are made up from Scouts and their leaders in Haringey and Southgate. All proceeds going back into scouting locally. Contact Phone/Fax: 01992 304327 : http://www. thelondonpantomimers.org.uk The Bonsai Group’. We meet at Capel Manor College, Bullsmoor Lane on the 2nd Tuesday of each month except August. My contact details are: 020-8367-3169 and email joyliz. savage@virgin.net. Website: http://www.angelfire. com/art/bonsaigroup/

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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. pottersbarcineandvideosociety. org for amateur cinematographers. Programme includes §editing, filming techniques, competition evenings, social functions

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

“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

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Dinky Disco Brand New to Enfield An Afternoon session of party action songs with refreshments, toys and craft activity Tuesdays 1.30-2.45pm (term time only) St Michaels & All Angels Church Hall Gordon Hill Enfield Fee £4.50 Birth-4yrs New mums to be are very welcome. Call Hayley 020 8366 3133 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.enfieldcameraclub. co.uk or email to mail@ enfieldcameraclub.co.uk. The subscriptioin rate is £32 for the

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 stanvee@talktalk.net 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.pole-school.co.uk 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. Jack and Jill’s Music Club Fun and learning through song for 0-4s. Thursdays 10-11am St Michael and All Angels Church Hall, Chase Side, Enfield. Fridays 10-11am Grange Park Methodist Church, Old Park Ridings N21 For more information visit www.jackandjillmusic.co.uk or contact Jacqui 07742 545605 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.co.uk We offer lectures, discussions, practical evenings, learning events, competitions, outings & exhibitions.

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

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

Enfield Council 24 Hour Contact No

020 8379 1000

Childline Cruse Bereavement Care Helpline Samaritans

0800 1111 0870 1671677 0845 790 9090

RSCPA 24 Hour Emergency Vet

0870 555 5999 01992 762699

NHS Direct 0845 46 47 Chase Farm & Barnet Hospital Switchboard 0845 111 4000 Chase Farm Hospital Accident & Emergency 020 8375 1010 Barnet Hospital Accident & Emergency 020 8216 5003 North Middlesex University Hospital Switchboard 020 8887 2000

Three Valleys Water Freephone Leakline 0800 376 5325 Thames Water Freephone Leakline 0800 714 614 National Gas Emergency Service Freephone 0800 111 999 London Electricity Freephone 0800 0280 247 National Rail Enquiries

08457 48 49 50

Alcoholics Anonymous Gamblers Anonymous Narcotics Anonymous

Congestion Charge Phone Line

0845 900 1234

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What’s On 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 http://www.rspb.org. uk/groups/enfield/news/

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 Albany Badminton Club Wednesday 8.30pm - 10pm at Albany Sports Hall The Standard is mixed from very good to beginners and new players always welcome. Cost £5 a night £3 for students 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

Dolls House Club Are you interested in making miniature items for dolls houses & their gardens? Would you like to chat with other enthusiasts?  We are a friendly group of all ages and meet on alternate Thursday evenings, 7:30 9pm at Armfield Church Hall, Armfield Road, Enfield,  Your first meeting is free so you can come to see whether or not it’s for you. Please ring Linda Moore on 020 8349 0121 for the date of the next meeting or to find out more about the club Enfield Carers for people who look after partners, family or friends in need of help because they are ill, frail, or have a disability. The help carers give is unpaid. We meet 4th Monday monthly for mutual support, fun and practical advice 7.30 -9.30 pm Community House, 311

Hertford Road, Edmonton contact for more details 020 8803 1000 substitute care and transport may be available Soroptimists of Enfield and District The Soroptimists are a group of professional and business women with clubs in 112 countries. The Enfield club meets twice a month at 8pm at the Methodist Church Westpole Ave Cockfosters. Guests are welcome on the third Wednesday of the month. For information call 020 8444 5316 or 0208 367 5872 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

LeeJoy Embroidery Service We can embroider most articles from work clothes and uniforms to t-shirts and horse blankets. Names, logo’s and images, one off to full kits

Call LeeJoy 63 High Street Potter Bar EN6 5AS Tel 01707 653366

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What’s On phone Roy 0208 292 6965. Dance Classes HOT SALSA 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 Rueda ‘Cuban Wheel’ 8- 9 pm Dips & Drops 9 - 10 pm Hot Salsa Social after 10 pm For more information visit www.hotsalsa.co.uk or call 07947 765 499 LATIN DANCE CLUB Tuesday Nights at the North Enfield Conservative Club, Baker Street Enfield The best sprung dance floor we have ever seen! Salsa Beginners 8pm, Cha Cha Beginners 9pm, Dancing til

11:30pm For more information visit www.hotsalsa.co.uk 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 first-time 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.dancematrix.com/ ballroom

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