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Your FREE local magazine for the EN area Issue 41 • November 2011

Winter Gardening -Tips and advice Interview with an MP -We meet Nick de Bois Christmas Panto’s -What’s on Locally

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Hello and Welcome to the November 2011 issue of EN Magazine. The clocks have gone back, the dark nights are here and its getting colder ! Winter is on its way and so is Christmas! Traditional Christmas Panto’s are appearing at local theatre’s around the area – oh no they’re not - oh yes they are! We bring you details of the shows taking place locally.

Contents Page 3 - 12 Local News and Events Page 13 Test Drive - Beauty Treatments for Him and Her Page 14 -16 Christmas Panto’s Page 17 - 18 Business Awards Page 19 - 20 Interview with an MP Page 20 - 21 Winter Gardening Advice Page 22 - 23 What’s On Local Business Services and Classified Advertising Contacts Douglas Lee Publisher Sarah Vittachi Features Editor Gillian Smith Staff Writer Tel: 020 8367 3917

email Editorial@enmagazine. co.uk Sales@enmagazine.co.uk

Staff at EN Magazine had the difficult job of test driving beauty treatments for our readers this month! From being eaten by fish, to massage, we share with you how we got on. We took time out to meet up with Enfield North MP Nick de Bois. We wanted to find out what he has been doing for local people since being voted in to parliament and it appears he is ready to stand up for his constituents and not just tow the party line. We hope that you enjoy this issue of EN Magazine. Don’t forget you can keep up to date with what is going on in the area by checking out our regularly updated website at www.enmagazine.co.uk. Also why not stay in touch by liking the EN facebook page or follow us on twitter. Kind regards

Doug Douglas Lee Publisher, EN Magazine

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Capel Manor’s Christmas Carousel Get in the mood for a cracking Christmas at Capel Manor Gardens Christmas Carousel. Santa will be visiting Capel Manor and you will be able to meet him in his grotto in the Victorian themed Manor House, plus there’ll be carol singing, roasting chestnuts, together with children’s entertainment, with magic shows throughout the afternoon, face painting and the ever popular tractor rides across the grounds. Also Rudolf will be stopping by at lunchtime to check on Santa and meet everyone. This will not only be a fun day out but also give you an opportunity to beat the Christmas shopping crowds! You’ll find festive craft stands and many demonstrations where you’ll pick up some fantastic presents for all the family.

If you’re feeling full of the Christmas Spirit, then maybe you’d like to donate a gift for someone less fortunate at Capel’s Giving Tree (in association with Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice). Simply bring in a wrapped present with a sticker indicating the ideal age and sex of the recipient. The Christmas Carousel is on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th December 2011 from 10.00am – 4.00pm

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A Parade of Light

A Parade of Light will take place on Sunday 27th November 2011. The parade of 20 groups including, Cheerleaders, marching bands, floats on Panto themes’s Cinderella, Jack and The Beanstalk, Snow Queen and Aladdin and many more. The route of the parade will start at The Civic Centre Enfield and go down Baker St, Lancaster Rd, Chase Side Church St and end at the Market Place. On Fountain Island, in Enfield Town Centre, at approx 6.45pm there will be Carols and The Mayor of Enfield will switch on the tree lights. There will be a bucket collection along the route, which will be split between the Mayors Charity, The Nightingale Cancer Support Centre, and BEVAD. To coincide with the parade of light, Skewbald Theatre is

running drama and lantern making workshops, inspired by the story of ‘The Snow Queen’. Let your creativity flow, learning how to make magical light lanterns of different sizes and explore performance techniques to help Skewbald create an exciting procession of Ice Sprites for the Enfield Town ‘Christmas Parade of Light’. Lantern making workshops Saturday 19th & 26th November 12pm - 4pm. The cost per workshop is just £5, which covers all costs of materials . The workshops take place at Dugdale Centre, Thomas Hardy House, 39 London Road, Enfield Town, EN2 6DS To Book call 020 8807 6680 or visit www. dugdalecentre.co.uk




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Hertfordshire Showband Win Music Awards!

Hertfordshire Showband, based in Potters Bar, has entered two contests over the last 8 months and have won the two top music awards at both!

The contests require bands to stage an arena show where they are judged for the visual effects they create, as well as their musical excellence! The 60 strong band played their new show ‘Rock Classics’ which includes ‘I Love Rock & Roll,

‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, ‘Livin on a Prayer’ and ‘Stairway to Heaven’.

The band have also played at the ‘1 Year and Counting’ to the Olympics last summer, along with other music acts, helping to create awareness of the new White Water Centre at Waltham Abbey. On stage they played several pieces including music made famous by the TV programme ‘GLEE’.

Silverstone Race Track also saw the band in action this autumn when they performed as a part of the new pre-race entertainment for the 24Hour Britcar Race. This was been followed by a busy autumn, including a training weekend at Butlins Skegness, The Band will be performing their annual Christmas Concert, An Evening of Christmas and other popular music. with the Little Heath School Choir. at Mount Grace School - 7pm - on Sunday 11th December. Life as part of the band, is a lot more than just performing, it is a fun and social event with the opportunity to meet and make new friends. This has been proven by the wedding later this year of the Director

of Music, and the band’s Drum Major! The band currently has around 60 members but is always looking for more local talent. They are starting rehearsing now for events in Europe and the World Championships in 2013. The training band caters for recent beginners, aged 9 to 15 and the Senior band welcomes members around a core age of 12 to 40. Brass players always welcome but also clarinet, saxophone, flute, drum, xylophone etc. For more information on how you could get involved visit the web site www.hetfordshireshowband.org or call Terry Barnes on 01707 650209

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Light UP A Life For A Loved One This Christmas

The Nightingale Cancer Support Centre (formally The Nightingale Community ...) invites you to support the work of the charity and remember someone dear to you by sponsoring a light on one of its Christmas Trees.

Highway, Saturday 4th December at 5.30pm Metaswitch, 100 Church Street, Wednesday 7th December at 6.30pm St Monica’s Catholic Church, Sunday 11th December at 6.30pm

This is the sixth year that the people of Enfield have joined together in this way. Last year, hundreds of people were remembered, as lights were lit in their honour.

Joan Kearns, Director of Services and Development told us: “This year there will be people facing their first Christmas without their loved ones or perhaps facing the prospect of spending the last Christmas with them. We know how much comfort has been given to so many over the last five years through the Light Up a Life appeal. This is a very special way to think of someone your love. It also does a great deal of good because the money raised helps the Nightingale Cancer Support Centre to provide essential care and support to those affected by cancer. Please do light up the life of some close to you.“

Christmas is a very special time of the year bringing joy to millions yet it can also be hard if a loved one is going through a difficult time or is no longer with you. Sponsoring a symbolic light on one of the Light up a Life Christmas Trees is a great way of thinking of them. When making a donation to the appeal, the name of your loved one will be written in a special book of remembrance and a light on one of our trees of love will shine for them. For those who wish to attend, services (including carols) will be held across the borough at: St James’ Church, Enfield

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Keeping Your Home and Property Safe The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) is urging homeowners and tenants to take simple steps to guard against the risk of being targeted by burglars this winter. As the Met launches its seasonal awareness campaign, new data demonstrates how people become more vulnerable to burglars during the winter months. Last year offences increased by one third

between November 2010 and February 2011 [average 194 offences per day] compared to April to August 2010 [average 145 offences per day]. As evenings get darker, burglars are on the prowl for valuables and cash, recognising that homes tend to be getting ready for seasonal celebrations and may have gifts and items around and on display.

During this period, properties remain in darkness for much longer periods, which make them easier to target, especially if there are no obvious signs there is anyone home. Advice to local people includes:

Close and lock all your doors and windows, even if you are only going out for a few minutes. Make sure you do not leave your car keys, valuables or ID documents near a door, letterbox or window. Leave some lights on if it will be dark before you get home. Mark or etch your property with your postcode, house or flat number or the first three letters of your house name. Commander Christine Jones said: “Being burgled is a distressing experience and the memory of the offence can have a lasting effect.” “The Met takes burglary seriously - we want people to feel safe in their homes and in their communities and we are working hard to pursue those responsible and bring them to justice. As part of our commitment, we are determined to raise people’s awareness of security with our latest campaign and help stop burglary from happening in the first place.” “Burglary, on the whole, is an opportunist crime, with 36 per cent of burglaries resulting from unsecured premises.” “A burglar will select their target because it offers them the best opportunity to carry out their crime undetected and with the fewest number of obstacles in their way. A building that presents itself as unoccupied and insecure is far more likely to be targeted than one which is properly secured.”




Local News and Events “Don’t let your home become a target. Help us to help you to protect your home by taking simple steps such as using timers to turn lights and radios on; fitting alarms; making sure homes are locked before going out and keeping valuables and presents out of view. Safer Neighbourhoods Teams are also available to advise the public about the security of their property. For more crime prevention tips and advice on how to make your home secure visit www.metbumblebee. org or contact your local Safer Neighbourhoods Team. In an emergency, always dial 999.

Ten top burglary crime prevention tips: 1 Mark or etch your property with your postcode, house or flat number or the first three letters of your house name. 2 Register items with a serial number at www.immobilise. com

3 Do not leave your car keys, valuables or ID documents near a door, letterbox or window. 4 Always check who’s at the door and don’t open it if you feel anxious. 5 Close and lock all your doors and windows, even if you are only going out for a few minutes.

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The Joy Of Baking

What is it about baking that we have come to love so fondly over the last few years? Is it Mary Berry and her team of amateur cooks on the Great British Bake Off, Hummingbird Bakery and its dreamy red velvet cupcakes or quite simply the fact that we enjoy popping on a pinny and cooking the way our grandmother used to? Whatever the answer may be, one thing that is clear is that whilst we forgo fondant fancies and opt instead for homemade muffins, the popularity of traditional brands synonymous with domestic kitchenware is increasing. An example of this is the reemergence of two of the oldest names in British cookware, Mason Cash and Kilner. Both Established in the 1800’s they have become household names recognizable the world over. Mason Cash’s classic mixing bowl carries a timeless design and reassuringly traditional

values, whilst its partner, the white pudding bowl continues to be used in the British Royal Household for Christmas puddings. Kilner likewise remains a brand with designs which have stood the test of time for over 150 years. Known for helping households all over the country to successfully preserve and pickle fruits and jelly, its glass jars are familiar to all. So with this is mind, it is no surprise that programmes such as The Great British Bake choose to feature products from both of these brands. Whether Mary is challenging the contestants to bake cakes, breads, biscuit or pastries, you can be sure a Mason Cash mixing bowl and a Kilner storage jar will be required somewhere along the line. Therefore, as the kids watch the Junior Bake Off, we eagerly await next years Celebrity Bake Off . With sales of self raising

flour soaring, it only seems right that we invest in the equipment needed to make the perfect pie, cakes or bread. Like an artist needs a paint brush, a baker needs a mixing bowl after all. So with Christmas around the corner, there is no better time to write your wish list and put in your requests. Both Mason Cash and Kilner are stocked in Papylon, Winchmore Hill. Ranges include mixing bowls, pudding bowls, jugs, ramekins and storage jars in a variety of colours and sizes. Prices start from £2.50. Please visit Papylon to view the full collection.

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Baking for Christmas With Christmas just around the corner, why not try baking your own Christmas Cake? If you’re a novice to baking or would just like a short cut to baking your own Christmas Cake, local flour mill Wright’s Flour has the answer. Wright’s Flour at Ponders End Mills, who have a vast selection of packet bread and cake mixes, ideal for producing the perfect edible accompaniments for Christmas Celebrations. In 1867 George Reynolds Wright took ownership of a flourmill at Ponders End. Over 148 years later, the ownership of the mill is still owned by the Wright family, having passed through five generations. A working mill has been on this site in Ponders End for over 900 years and was included in the Doomsday Book, prepared for William the Conqueror in 1086. Today the mill is run by David Wright and his family. Wrights Flour produce a range of bread and cake mixes that are available in local stores including Sainsbury’s, Tesco and the Co-op, as well as available online along with a selection of recipe ideas at www.wrightsflour.co.uk

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Frying Tonight! Rocky Reef fish restaurant and take away in Bush Hill, recently took on a new head fish fryer. Pantelis ‘Paul’ Kokkinou has been frying fish for 27 years at Posidion Restaurant in East Finchley and has bought all his experience to Rocky Reef.

“It was not an easy decision to leave Poseidon after so long. Over the years I have seen families grow up and bring their children to enjoy fish that I have cooked for them, but Rocky Reef was an opportunity too good to turn down. I am all ready enjoying cooking for and getting to know the local people in the area.” “I am really pleased with the comments I have I been getting from customers, they have told me that they have noticed a change to the batter which they really like but I refuse to give away my

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Sev Huysein, the owner of Rocky Reef said, “ I am really excited to have Paul on board. He is a very experienced fish chef and as well as cooking fish from our existing menu, Paul will be introducing a selection of seasonal fish, cooked to order in our restaurant. You will soon be able to dine on Monk Fish, Salmon and Turbot, as well as traditional favourites Cod, Haddock and Rock.” “We look forward to new and existing customers experiencing Paul cooking and I hope enjoying the Fish and chips that we are serving them,” added Sev. For your opportunity to try Paul’s secret ingredient batter visit Rocky Reef 14 Bush Hill Parade Village Road Enfield tel 020 8360 0594

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Celebrate Christmas More Than One Day A Year As the recession continues to affect businesses, many companies have cut back on the big office Christmas parties. However this is still a time of year when people take the opportunity to celebrate with work colleagues and more and more people are using Christmas as an opportunity for going out for a meal with friends or family. As this is one of the busiest times of year for restaurants and venues, it is worth finding out what they have to offer for Christmas and booking early to avoid being be disappointed. The traditional works and 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 photo copier 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). Traditionally the works or office party has been an opportunity for the company to say thank you for all your hard work over the past year. However, over the last few years the extravagant parties of the past, paid for by the company, have

not escaped the cost cutting exercises, many companies and organisations have had to do in these tough economic times. Becoming more and more popular is a pre- Christmas celebration with family or friends. For many celebrating Christmas Day with family or friends means making a decision between which members of the family or friends and even which set of relatives.

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Charity Fundraiser Achievements Recognised You Could Be Next! Charities depend on fundraisers and donations to survive. In the current economic climate with people and business having to cut back, the amount of money available for donating is decreasing. One local charity Chickenshed is helping to promote the people that are raising money for them by nominating a fundraiser of the month.

on previous knowledge of how hard working the members are.

Chickenshed was founded in 1974 in a disused chicken shed by Mary Ward and Jo Collins. The theatre company produces theatrical and musical productions, performed by children, teenagers and adults. It was the first company to start the idea of “inclusive theatre” - theatre that is open to everyone of all backgrounds and abilities. It doesn’t hold traditional auditions for any of its shows, and instead relies

Friends of mine from Trent Park Running Club introduced me to Chickenshed. Some had run in the London Marathon last year and I attended the Jo Collins and friends evening back in the summer. Stepping through the door of Chickenshed is inspiration itself. The atmosphere of inclusiveness, opportunity, fun and pioneering spirit is immediately evident and enthusing!

Fundraiser of the month for November 2011 is Andrew Ryde who is a Partner at Chamberlains Estates and a Gold Table business networking group member. What inspired the Gold Table to organise the golf day for Chickenshed?

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How did you fundraise at the event and did you enjoy it? We decided to hold a Golf Day at Hadley Wood, with a dinner (for non golfers too) and raffle afterwards. It was a beautiful sunny October afternoon and much fun was had by all with Jason Coombs team from Autosure Ltd winning the Stableford competition, John Dunsmoire the longest drive and Colin Creer the nearest the pin. What were the highs and lows of fundraising? The highs were getting great feedback from the day and handing over a cheque to Chickenshed. I guess the hard part is hoping the weather held out and hoping that everyone turned up and that it ran smoothly! How much did you raise in total? The combined total from the Golf Day was £999.74. What other activities have you been involved with for Chickenshed? The Gold Table were lucky enough to have Jane Paterson Todd as keynote speaker at a business seminar held at West Lodge Park Hotel recently and we found this very motivational. On the day, we sold car raffle tickets on behalf of Chickenshed and raised £100. I also took part in Chickenshed’s 10K Challenge in October as part of the Trent Park Running Club team. The club also organised a cake sale to help raise money for Chickenshed too. We raised £200.

What’s the next adventure for the Gold Table? Gold Table, is a business networking group based in Enfield. We hold weekly breakfast meetings at Enfield Golf Club on Wednesdays at 7am. www.goldtable. co.uk. The good news is the participants were keen for the golf to become an annual event. In the meantime, I’m hoping to organise an auction of promises, including a weekend break away, and a flight in a light aircraft! What would you say to other people to inspire them to raise money for Chickenshed? Why not attend a show, event, or even just pop in for lunch. I challenge anyone not to be moved by Chickenshed. I would encourage, individuals, families, small businesses and Corporates to help in whichever way they feel most comfortable. Fundraising could be a sponsored run, cake sale, selling raffle tickets, dress down Friday, whatever. It doesn’t have to raise a lot, it just needs to be fun and also help raise awareness of the great work Chickenshed does. If you would like any further information on becoming a Chickenshed Fundraiser, then please contact Helen Hodge on 020 8351 6161 ext 267 or email helen@chickenshed.org. uk

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Something for the girls, something for the boys… By Sarah Vittachi Men, pay attention. Now. Did you know that grooming isn’t just for girls and horses? You too can avail yourself of a pampering, relaxing and ultimately invigorating experience by sampling a men’s treatment package at Champneys in Enfield Town. Ladies, they do great girl stuff as well, but we’re doing the man-bit first because they have shorter attention spans and may not make it to the final paragraph. If you want, you can skip straight to the fish pedicure review below. The men’s package Doug volunteered to try out a massage and facial combo at Champneys. He muttered about the hectic lifestyles people lead these days, and when does anyone ever get a chance to stop, relax and unwind, and it was all in the name of research and it was work, after all. (He gets all the good jobs. Did I mention he was the boss?) Here’s what he said about it: ‘Walking into Champneys in Enfield for the first time, I was greeted by friendly staff and invited to relax in the reception area while waiting for my beauty therapist. ‘My therapist, Emma, arrived and took me up to the treatment room while explaining what was involved in the treatments I was having. The treatment room has the effect of encouraging you to relax with subtle lighting and gentle music. The first part of my treatment was a back and shoulder massage. Emma asked if there were any areas of my back that had problems or pain, and explained that each time she gives a massage it’s tailored to the needs of the client. Lying on the massage table with Emma manipulating the muscles in my back and shoulders created just one

problem: trying to keep awake. I felt calm, relaxed, and for a while I forgot that this had anything to do with work! ‘The second part of my treatment package was a facial. Male grooming has been on the increase over the last decade with more and more products and services targeted specifically at us. Emma told me that, although the beauty industry still predominantly caters for female clients, she’s seeing more men coming for specific treatments. The facial consisted of a cleansing lotion followed by exfoliation. Emma then gave me a shoulder and face massage before applying a face mask. The face mask was left on for about ten minutes, during which time Emma gave me a head massage. ‘After spending 90 minutes in the care of Emma, I can now see why a trip to the beauty parlour is something women yearn for. As well as leaving Champneys with my face and skin feeling clean and fresh, the treatments had left me feeling relaxed and stress-free. Am I a convert to all the male grooming? Perhaps, but a trip back for a an opportunity to relax and de-stress is on my agenda for the near future.’ The fish pedicure You wouldn’t necessarily look at a tank of fish and think, Hmmm, I’ll pop my feet in there, let them have a little nibble and see what happens. That’s not how the fish pedicure evolved. It started off in a small town in Turkey, where the Garra Rufa fish shared water with bathers in hot springs and helpfully removed dead skin cells with their mouths, which are suction cups and perfectly shaped for gently lifting away old skin without damaging the healthy new skin underneath. (These fish don’t have teeth.)

This natural activity has been harnessed by Champneys and turned into a beauty routine that can’t fail to put a smile on your face – those little guys tickle! In a good way – then it’s just relaxing. This is what happens when you go for a fish pedicure. Oh, and you need to check your tootsies out before you go – any cuts or similar feet issues are bad for the fish, and the fish are well cared for at Champneys: RSPCA visits, and fish tablets for when they aren’t eating your feet. Your feet are cleaned, and then you plunge them into a tank full of tiny little fish. The fish go to work. You initially giggle, and then you relax. It’s like having a million kisses planted on your feet. There are 125 fish involved in this operation. The staff care for them like pets and the fish seem happy. I didn’t ask the fish if they got paid. I wasn’t sure what the client/therapist relationship would be like. Should I ask them where they’d been on holiday? What were they doing for Christmas? Should I leave a tip? In the event, the human therapist hovers while the fish silently do their stuff, and is

available to chat, bring drinks and generally look after you. I followed this treatment up with a pedicure that expertly shaped my toenails (no mean task), exfoliated my feet, painted my nails and left me soft and fragrant from the ankles down. And they give you a dinky little pair of flipflops to wear while you dry off. It was lovely. I’m going again. Oh, and the tank is big enough for two. Is your man up for a couples fish pedicure? Or you can phone a friend. To book your own timeout to relax or treatment contact Champneys Enfield 2 Hatton Walk, Palace Exchange, EN2 6BP Tel. 020 8363 7994 www.champneys.co.uk

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Pantomime

Christmas Wouldn’t Be Christmas With Out A Panto! - Oh yes it would! -Oh no it wouldn’t!-

With Christmas fast approaching many people are planning a traditional annual trip to a Pantomime. The magic of pantomime combines a degree of chaos, spontaneity, laughter, excitement and inspiration are required, and in the case of a truly magical “panto”, songs, music and celebrity guests can help a production acquire that ‘stardust’ coating. Audience participation has, and always will be, an important part of the English “panto” tradition. Audiences are actively encouraged to boo the villain, cheer the hero and joust verbally with other members of the cast. A Fairy Queen and Evil Villain appear in most pantomimes, although their titles may differ. They represent Good and Evil. Good enters from the right of the stage and Evil from the left and tradition dictates that the villain always enters first. Every memorable pantomime includes an animal because they promote sympathy and support. Long may these gregarious, colourful and the most

wonderful performances continue to entertain us. In a world where life can be too serious, it is good to escape into a humour filled fantasy on a cold winters night. This year local theatres are once again bringing local residents shows not to be missed:

Chickenshed presents Cinderella - A feisty new version of the classic tale

  Chickenshed’s spectacular new version of Cinderella takes all the familiar and traditional elements of this much-loved fairy tale, and serves them up with a modern twist. A fantastic musical extravaganza, with a cast of hundreds, this unforgettable festive show will have you dancing in the aisles!   Follow our feisty heroine on her perilous journey to the Palace. Watch the battle with her evil Stepmother as she unravels her cunning plan to

tear down the Arches and rid the world of those pesky Misfits.   The Arches are owned by the handsome Prince, so a marriage has to be arranged which one of the Stepmother’s offspring will catch his eye?   There is no time to waste – Cinderella must win The Reality TV Show and the Prince’s heart! But midnight is looming....   Will Cinderella go to the Bollywood Ball, will she win the love of her Prince and will the shoe fit?   All these and other questions will be answered at Chickenshed’s dazzling new and original Christmas production. Sign Language will be integrated into every performance of Cinderella   Suitable for age 5+. Running time approx 2hrs Chickenshed, The Rayne Theatre Chase Side, Southgate, London N14 4PE Dates: 30 November – 14 January Ticket prices: from £11 - £20  

New production with Same Difference! Sleeping Beauty At Broxbourne Civic Hall Evil forces will be at play in Broxbourne Civic Hall, this Christmas, when a far from sleepy production of the classic fairy tale will be brought to life in true pantomime style. In a show action-packed with adventure and audience participation, Sleeping Beauty will be brimming with true talent in what will be another first for the theatre, when the nations’ favourite brother and sister act take to the stage for their first time in pantomime together. Same Difference won over the nation in the fourth season of the UK reality TV show The X Factor, where they reached the final and finished third. In a role perfectly made for her, Sarah will be waving the wand of sweetness and magic, as the lovely Lilac Fairy who battles with the evil Fairy Carabosse, who has cast a spell on Princess Aurora. Sean will be a dashing Prince sent to awaken the Princess with a magical kiss, and with his real life handsome hero looks, he’s sure to break a few hearts in Hoddesdon too! Nurse Katy Cough Drop will be delivering a dame sized performance, as she prescribes laughter and comedy for all the family and audiences are guaranteed plenty of toe-tapping, hand-clapping, sing-a-long songs, stunning costumes and scenery straight out of a magical, enchanting land of dreams.

Same Difference and the cast of Sleeping Beauty at Broxbourne Civic Centre

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Sleeping Beauty opens on Friday 9 December until Saturday 31 December 2011 and tickets are already selling fast for this pantomime production, which definitely has the X factor! People can book for Sleeping Beauty by calling the Box Office on 01992 441 946.


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Mother Goose at Capel Manor Gardens With the Principal Theatre Co. Sunday 11th December, 2pm. Come and have a gander at Mother Goose. In this magical tale her handsome but silly son Jack and his gorgeous girlfriend Jill, discover that beauty and wealth do not always equal happiness as Priscilla the Goose teaches them the true value of friendship. With singing, dancing, laughter and sweeties this show definitely has the ‘eggs factor’! Tickets: Adults £7.00 Under 16 £5.00 Tickets must be purchased in advance by contacting 08456 122 122 ext 200.

The Snow Queen at The Dugdale Centre Enfield This December take a journey with Skewbald Theatre into the magical, mystical frozen world of the Snow Queen. Many moons ago a wicked goblin created a cursed mirror which smashed into a thousand tiny pieces.  A shard of this mirror fell into the eye of an unsuspecting little boy called Kay. Kay’s heart was turned to ice and he was spirited away by the Snow Queen. It is now up to his best friend Gerda to rescue him and bring him home. Gerda must travel many miles across vast snowy lands full of bizarre characters and strange creatures. With the help of her friend the Reindeer can Gerda reach the palace of the Snow Queen to break the spell and melt Kay’s frozen heart?

Skewbald Theatre fuses together music, song, dance, physical theatre, puppetry and storytelling to bring to life this enchanting new imagining of Hans Christian Anderson’s beloved Fairytale. Become an Ice Sprite. Arrive early and have your face painted like an Ice Sprite by local artist, Caroline Young. Tickets Adult £10 Children & Concessions £8 Dugdale Studio Theatre Thomas Hardy House 39 London Road Enfield EN2 6DS DECEMBER Fri 16th 7.30pm Sat 17th 3pm & 7.30pm Sun 18th 3pm Thursday 22nd 7.30pm Friday 23rd 3pm & 7.30pm Sat 24th 3pm & 7.30pm Thursday 29th 3pm & 7.30pm Friday 30th 3pm & 7.30pm Sat 31st 3pm

Beautiful Panto Full of Beastly Good Fun at the Millfield Theatre Millfield Arts Centre, have now stocked their casting shelves and can announce their full, cracking festive selection of TV and West End talent for their forthcoming Parisian pantomime, Beauty and the Beast. Ooh la la!   After 200 submissions from hopefuls, Millfield’s Search for a Beauty competition appointed local girl Freya Hurcomb, as the title role. Freya’s first taste of the screen was on the Big Breakfast aged 1, with her first taste of the stage as the Fairy Godmother at Holly Park Primary School.

The cast of Beauty and the Beast appearing at Millfield Theatre

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Pantomime She graduated from the Brit School this year, famous for training Amy Winehouse and Adele and is set for a great career in musical theatre.   Playing Beauty’s long-suffering Father, Professor Crackpot is David Anthony. He previously performed at Millfield with popstrel Sinitta, his West End credits include Miss Saigon and La Cage Aux Folles. Sassy diva Manal El-Feitury plays Witch Heather. She brings her experiences from playing Terry in My Family and as a finalist on I’d Do Anything, she’s a stunning singer and familiar face to many.   Rivals Gaston and the Beast, played by Adrian Quinton and Aston Dobson, are quite the handsome pair. Adrian is newly out of training, stopping by to do Me & My Girl at the Palladium, along the way, Aston’s route saw him supporting Biffy Clyro and Snow Patrol. Now a member of The Twelve Tenors, he’s worked alongside Nelly Furtado, Vanessa Mae and Andy Williams.

Playing up to the audience with their outrageous personalities, as Madame Fifi and Louis, are Alex Scott Fairley and local talent, Southgate’s Greg Castiglioni. Alex is fresh out of Blood Brothers, Greg’s credits include Les Mis and has even performed for President Gorbachev. With set design by manga artist Sonoko Obuchi, script and direction by Millfield’s own creative producer Marc Day . Emma Rogers returns to do choreography, having previously worked on Stardust, Aladdin, Jack and the Beanstalk and Cinderella. The tickets are flying off the shelves quicker than you can say “la Belle et la Bête!”             Tickest form £10 availbe form the Millfield box office on 020 8807 6680 or boxoffice@ enfield.gov.uk Millfield Arts Centre, Silver Street , Edmonton, London, N18 1PJ

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Giant Laughs Guaranteed! At Wyllyotts Jordan Productions in association with the Wyllyotts Theatre return to Potters Bar this year for the fun-filled family pantomime Jack & the Beanstalk. This is our 17th year of pantomime and we have built a loyal following over this time! Join intrepid Jack on the adventure of a lifetime as he bounds up the beanstalk to do battle with Giant Blunderbore. Does Dame Trott finally get her man? Can Simple Simon work out which end of the cow needs milking?

evil book now for the most traditional panto around! Saturday 10th Dec – Sunday 1st Jan 2012 Tickets from £13.00 - Call the Box Office for our free cinema and entertainment brochure or download direct from our website www. wyllyottstheatre.co.uk Wyllyotts box office 01707 645005 Wyllyotts Theatre, Wyllyotts Place, Darkes Lane, Potters Bar, HERTS EN6 2HN

Find out in a Pantomime which scales new heights, with a spectacular stomping giant, fabulous live band and all the magic and mayhem of a truly traditional Christmas extravaganza! The cast will be headed by a superb cast of West End professionals. Tony Timberlake (Cats, Hairspray) will play evil villain Fleshcreep, Andrew Bolton (Annie Get Your Gun, FAME) as King Cuthbert, Victoria Bush (Bad Girls) in the role of Fairy Fushia and Nicholas Collett as Dame Trott. But we still have one crucial element to fill, to make this the best pantomime ever – and that’s you! Yes, we need a fantastic audience to come along and boo at the baddies, cheer for our hero Jack and join in the antics with Dame Trott and Simple Simon. So if you think you can raise the roof and help good overcome

Sarah Crosswell appearing as Jack at the Wyllyotts Theatre

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Business Awards

Enterprise Enfield Awards 2011 Business Winners!

Enterprise Enfield revealed the winners of its 2011 Business Awards competition sponsored by The RSA Trust on Thursday 3rd November at the Royal Chace Hotel, Enfield. The event was attended by over 100 people including: the Mayor of Enfield, Cllr Christiana During, Joanne McCartney, GLA Member for Enfield and Haringey, as well as representatives from the business community, Enfield Council, and other business support organisations. The annual competition, sponsored by local charity, The RSA Trust, recognizes and rewards the excellence of businesses and their achievements in 4 categories: Business of the Year (over 2 years trading), Start up Business of the Year (under 2 years trading), Green Business of the Year and new for this year – is the Enfield Retailer of the Year, sponsored by Enfield Council.

First prize winners in each of the categories were awarded with £1,000 and second prize winners received £500. The prize funding for the RSA Trust Start-Up, Green Business and Business of the Year Awards was generously provided by The RSA Trust and Enfield Council provided funding for the Enfield Retailer Award. The competition was judged by representatives from North London Chamber of Commerce, Urban Futures, North London Enterprise Club, Middlesex University, Enfield Council and Business Advisers at Enterprise Enfield.

THE RSA TRUST BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AWARD Open to businesses trading over 2 years.

difficult times, the business has still continued to prosper and provide employment to the local area.

Winner: Pressbay Ltd

Runner-Up: Third Door Ltd, Sheri-An Davis www.thirddoor.co.uk

Clare Franzini and Daniel Miller www.pressbaymotors. co.uk Established in 1983, Pressbay Motors is a family run business which provides a comprehensive range of services for cars and commercial vehicles. This includes a vehicle salvage operation through its Authorised Treatment Facility, a workshop facility covering servicing, MOT testing, diagnostics, engine and gearbox repairs, through to bodywork repairs and welding. It also offers fleet servicing and commercial vehicle sales.

THE RSA TRUST GREEN BUSINESS AWARD Open to businesses demonstrating commitment to the environment Winner: Zinfinity,

Zoe White www.zinfinity.co.uk Zoe White is a designermaker of body adornment – this covers a whole range of items including: jewellery, bold costumes, catwalk/ shoot pieces and unusual body creations and installations. All her pieces are

manufactured to high quality standards – many using recycled materials with minimal waste – without sacrificing the environment or the design integrity. Each creation is different using unusual materials and techniques – from sterling silver to drinking cans, discarded paper and cable ties. Zinfinity, which has been trading for 7 years, stood out as a clear winner in this Green Award category – as Zoe showed a clear personal commitment to environmental and sustainability issues with good examples of sound environmental practice throughout the business. She has incorporated environmental ethics into her whole manufacturing process including: purchasing equipment allowing her to reduce waste, recycle silver

Over the past 28 years the business has grown steadily, developing an impressive blue chip customer base – and achieving over a million turnover. Pressbay now employs 16 staff and prides itself on delivering excellent customer service. Its team of highly qualified, experienced motor mechanics are uniquely trained in their own specific field as well as in general motor mechanics. The reason why this business was chosen for this award is down to the financial sustainability, clear growth and planning for the business, and first class customer service and quality of workmanship. Over a 28 year time period they have gone through two recessions; the early nineties and more recently the economic downturn, despite these

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Business Awards Runner Up: Just Like Mum Ltd, Sara Hatton www.justlikemum.com THE ENFIELD RETAILER OF THE YEAR AWARD Open to Retailers based in Enfield Sponsored by Enfield Council Winner: Papylon, Martha

Ferguson www.papylonlondon.co.uk

The Enterprise Enfield Awards 2011 Winners left to right: Justin Kumaran, Halo Dogs Ltd Martha Ferguson, Papylon - Zoe White, Zinfinity - Clare Franzini and Daniel Miller, Pressbay Ltd. and save on travel, organizing a system for other artists to share equipment, and materials and teaching environmental education as part of her creative arts classes.

Runner-Up: JUNK JUNK LLP, Tristan Hemsley www.junkjunk.co.uk

Winner: Halo Dogs Ltd,

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THE RSA TRUST START UP BUSINESS OF THE YEAR Open to businesses trading less than 2 years.

Justin Kumaran www.halodogs.co.uk

Halo Dogs is London’s first licensed Dog Day Care facility – a rural retreat for urban dogs. Established last July by Justin Kumaran, the facility was created through the renovation of a derelict farm in Enfield and has become London’s biggest and most popular ‘Doggie Day Care Centre’ – looking after up to forty dogs a day. Halo Dogs offers an impressive range of services including: training, agility, boarding, grooming, a pet taxi, dog photography - plus much more! Its employees (7 full time and 3 part time), many of whom were formerly unemployed, are not just dog lovers, but are qualified trainers and behaviourists, offering the highest standards and very best facilities for dogs, both indoor and out. The business is just over a year old, but was selected for this award because it has already achieved so much - rescuing and re-homing numerous dogs and receiving widespread publicity – having been featured on both the BBC and French television.

Papylon is an independent kitchenware shop situated in Winchmore Hill, stocking cooking accessories, tableware and gifts to the local market. Established in April this year, it was designed with the aim of becoming Winchmore Hill’s most innovative shopping experience and with the residents of N21 in mind, offering unique, stylish products which combine function with form. From starting this business four months ago, Martha has not only built up a fantastic following from an ever increasing loyal customer base, but has already achieved her longer term goal of expanding the premises and increasing the shelf space. Sales are showing a steady trend upwards, with sound margins being achieved. Since the recent refurbishment business has improved hugely. From cake cases to cake stands, corkscrews to carafes, Papylon’s diverse collection of products has been selected from the industry’s leading brands. From Alessi, Joseph Joseph and Mason Cash through to unknown emerging designers, Papylon has something for everyone. Runner Up: Holtwhites Bakery, Kate Smith and Richard Copsey www.holtwhitesbakery.co.uk


EN Interview

Enfield North MP Nick de Bois talks to EN Magazine

At the last general election Nick de Bois was voted in as the Member of Parliament for Enfield North. After a career in marketing communications where he was Managing Director of Rapier Group, Nick first fought for the Enfield North seat in 2001 and again in 2005 until his success in the 2010 general election. EN Magazine went along to meet Nick de Bois to find out more about him. Why did you decide to change from a role as successful MD to a MP? When I was first involved in setting up my business in the 1980’s there was lots of rhetoric from government about the help that they were giving to business start-ups and entrepreneurs. However the reality that I found was that the talk did not turn into practical or financial benefits or support for small medium sized business, the kind that I believe are the lifeblood of our economy. I decided that if the opportunity ever arose I would try to change this. I believe that we should create an environment that rewards people that want to work and support their ambitions. That is not to say we should neglect people that need help. I think I have already tried to

help people get to work in Enfield by launching the Jobs Fair earlier this year and the Jobs Club, to help people get into or back to work. We are already planning a second Jobs Fair for early 2012. Since you have become an MP some major events have taken place to shape the future of Enfield. Where do you stand on the government’s decision on Chase Farm Hospital? As I have said publicly I think that the decision to downgrade services at Chase Farm Hospital is wrong. I have appealed to the Prime Minister to take another look at this decision. However I am still working closely with local GP’s to see what we can do to make sure that we keep and can offer the best possible healthcare solutions for local people at Chase Farm. The changes taking place in the provision of healthcare in England mean that GP’s will be the driving force in where care is provided so by working with them to promote Chase Farm we can have local healthcare services shaped by local GPs for the benefit of Enfield residents. You have also been very vocal about your campaign for “Don’t Carry, Don’t Kill” Knife Crime Campaign! Yes this is something that has

been very important to me. When I was campaigning before the 2010 election I met a local resident, Yvonne Lawson, who had buried her son through the effects of knife crime. I promised her that if I were elected I would do all I could to try to combat knife crime on our streets. The campaign I started with support form the Enfield Independent, was to seek an amendment to the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill, that was going through Parliament. The amendment would see an extension of the proposed mandatory prison sentences, for those who use a knife to threaten or endanger life, to include individuals aged under eighteen. As a new MP, having the advice and support of fellow Enfield MP David Burrowes was essential. David really was superb and deserves a lot of credit”.   The campaign gained support from a coalition of organisations including: The Enfield Independent and The Sun newspapers; Brooke Kinsella; the Metropolitan Police Federation; S.T.O.P, TAG, Anti-Knife UK and the Nelson-Williams Foundation as well as public support 700 Enfield residents signed a petition in support of the campaign.

After a lot of meetings and negotiations we finally got Kenneth Clarke QC MP, Secretary of State for Justice to support my knife crime amendment, which would see anyone over the age of 16 receiving a mandatory custodial sentence for endangering or threatening life with a knife. After receiving a third reading in the in the House of Commons, we are now one step closer to my amendment being on the statute books. I strongly believe that this amendment will act as a deterrent to young people carrying and using knifes. Young people who are convicted of this new offence called aggravated carrying of a knife – which means they have used a knife to threaten or endanger life, will face a mandatory prison sentence. While I know this amendment will not solve the significant problem of knife crime it will become a valuable tool in the fight against it. Another event was in August when people throughout the country saw Enfield become a victim of rioting. Yes that was a terrible night for Enfield. I was out on the street with the rioters running past me. I had the opportunity to talk to local residents and hear

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EN Interview and see their shock as we saw the events of that night unfold. Although it was an event I would not like to see repeated I was delighted with the response of local business and local people in the days that followed. The I Love Enfield signs, which started to appear and spread in shop windows, showed what a strong and resilient community Enfield has. You recently voted against the government in the vote on whether to hold a referendum on Europe, why did you go against your own party? Voting against the government is not something I do lightly, but I am very independentminded. The government introduced the idea that if 100,000 members of the public supported an e-petition then it would get a reading in Parliament. 100,000 people supported the idea of a referendum on Europe. I have said I would vote for a referendum before this petition was put forward, so I did not feel it would be right of me to change my mind and not stand up for what I believe. People in the UK under the age of 54 have never been given the right to vote directly on the issue of Europe and European integration. I think Europe and European legislation has changed a lot over the last few years and that the British public deserve the right to have an open and honest debate to the issues effecting us from Europe, and the right to have their say via a referendum on Europe. What have you enjoyed since starting your role as MP for Enfield North? It is meeting the people of Enfield that I enjoy, the people that give up time to help others and be part of the community, this sounds like a speech for the governments “Big Society”! But the things that are happening that people don’t really know about have impressed me. For example I recently met the Enfield Community Transport, a voluntary organisation that helps people with difficulties to get around Enfield, who

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last year they carried out over 21,000 miles of journeys. I have also met the people behind Enfield’s Talking Papers. The charity has been going for over 50 years, recording news articles on tape for blind people to hear. As a lot of the people in Enfield commute to and from places of work in London and as I now work in London, I frequently join them on the daily commute to work. I vary the station in Enfield I set out from, and this gives me an opportunity to meet local people and hear about the issues that are affecting them. These are not always just late running and over crowded trains! What advice would you give for anyone wanting to become an MP or get involved in politics? I would say you need to have had a career before going into politics. I believe that you need to have worked with and understood people rather than being a career politician that leaves college or university without having dealt with wider experiences. I would suggest that people choose which party bets fits with their own beliefs and ideals and then get involved at a local level to get an understanding of the political process. You currently live in North Enfield do you have any favourite venues for going out? I can occasionally be found in the Pied Bull, where I always get a warm welcome and can enjoy a drink. I am a fan of curry and really like the food at both the Enfield Tandoori in Enfield Town and Chase Side Tandoori and enjoy eating at Enzo’s for a change from curry. You can also often see me jogging around some of the local parks and Forty Hall. For me relaxing would be a trip to the cinema.

Winter Gardening Advice

by Tom Wheatcroft

Once the fiery autumn colours have dropped from the trees, winter need not be a dull time in the garden. There are many plants which are at their best during the winter months and now is an ideal time to plant them. There are many trees and shrubs which can be grown for their brightly coloured bark and stems; understated for most of the year, it is in the winter months that they best show off their distinctive shapes and colourful stems. We grow lots of Cornus (dogwoods) and willows at Capel Manor, try Cornus alba ‘Sibirica’ for its bright red stems or Cornus sanguinea ‘Midwinter Fire’ for its wonderful flame like colours. These are unfussy plants which will grow in most conditions and are very easy to prune. In early spring they are cut down to almost ground level which ensures that fresh coloured stems are produced for the following winter. Sarcoccocca or Winter Box is a great evergreen shrub with small white flowers, which have a delicious scent, Capel Manor holds the National Collection for these shade tolerant plants. Winter flowering shrubs are often scented in order to attract the few remaining pollinating insects, others to try are Mahonia, which has long sprays of tiny yellow flowers and Witch Hazels which have spider like flowers in late winter. All shrubs and trees with berries add a splash of colour and keep the birds happy through the winter, and can of course be used in festive table decorations. Pyracanthas flower well and are covered in berries but they are very prickly, ideal as a security feature for under windows but

perhaps not by the front door! It has also been a fantastic year for Cotoneasters, which have been covered in berries for months already. There are many attractive plants available at this time of year suitable for use in containers and hanging baskets. Pansies are the stalwarts of winter bedding and pots but do not limit yourself to these pretty little plants. Colour can be added to pots by using cyclamen, which come in many colours, ranging from pure white through to dark red, with many beautiful pinks to choose from. Their pretty star shaped flowers sit above attractively marbled foliage. Add height and structure to your container displays by utilising ornamental grasses or small evergreen shrubs like Skimmias, which have masses of tiny berries. I like to make use of these plants as they can always be planted out in the garden after the containers are emptied in spring. Trailing ivy planted so that it spills from the front of containers sets the rest of the planting off wonderfully, and can be used from year to year in both winter and summer displays. I think the positioning of winter containers is very important, place them somewhere they will be appreciated and seen every day, the front garden is ideal for this, as you will walk past them each day, rather than placing them at the bottom of the garden where they may be overlooked when they are at their best. In my last article I talked about planting bulbs for the garden, if you haven’t done this don’t worry, Tulips can still be planted well into December and Daffodils will still flower, but a little later. However, how about planting some bulbs for an indoor Christmas display?


Gardening Paperwhite daffodils if planted by mid-November should flower right in time Christmas, here’s how to do it….. Firstly make sure you have the correct type of Daffodil, you are looking for ‘Paperwhite’, which is a white variety with several small flowers per stalk. The bulbs should be planted in containers which are around 10cm deep. Unlike planting daffodils in the garden, the necks of the bulbs should be proud of the soil surface and you should pack the bulbs in so that they are touching; more bulbs mean more flowers and a better display! Keep the pot at a cool room temperature and when shoots appear move them to a sunny windowsill, if the shoots start reaching for the light, turn the pot around and they will soon straighten themselves out. I always plant a few pots a week or so apart so I know that I will have

flowers for Christmas Day. Although they won’t be in flower on Christmas day, you can still plant prepared Hyacinths and Amaryllis for indoor blooms in the new year. Although Poinsettias are the traditional houseplant of Christmas, why not try something different? African violets (Saintpaulia) or Coleus look fantastic and festive in rustic baskets or in coloured pots. If buying houseplants at this time of year, Poinsettias in particular, make sure they don’t get too cold on the way home from the garden centre or they may drop their leaves, a cardboard box usually offers them enough protection. Although the workload will have lessened in the vegetable garden, there is still plenty to do. Finished crops can be cleared and the soil in vacant

plots can be improved with good quality garden compost or well rotted manure in anticipation of bumper crops next year. If the thought of digging all this into the beds fills you with dread, do not worry. Why not simply apply the compost or manure as mulch. Simply apply a generous layer of around 5cm over the vacant areas and leave it be. The worms will soon mix it into the soil below, and in the meantime this should help keep down the weeds and lock the moisture into the soil. At Capel Manor we have a “no-dig” plot, demonstrating this low maintenance method of vegetable gardening and all the wonderful produce you could produce at home: no digging involved! With the continued mild weather there is still time to dig up large established rhubarb crowns and divide

them into smaller sections which should then be replanted. This should be done every three or four years in order to keep the plants vigorous and productive. Those of you lucky enough to grow asparagus should now cut down the fern like foliage, thoroughly weed the patch and apply a generous mulch of well rotted manure or garden compost. Also, once the worst of the weather hits, plan your plot for the year to come, stay in the warm with the seed catalogues and decide what you fancy for the table in the coming months. Get your seed ordered, plan your sowing dates so you are all set for the gardening year ahead. Tom Wheatcroft is a Senior Gardener at Capel Manor Gardens.

Tom’s Top Winter Gardening Tips Raise the blades on your lawn mower for the remaining cuts of the year, this will allow your lawn to recover, improving it for next year. If you haven’t finished planting your bulbs do so. Ensure that delicate frost tender plants have been protected with fleece and straw or have been moved to a frost free location. Check your stored fruit and vegetables and remove any that are showing signs of rot. Feed the birds, winter is a hard time for our feathered friends, also ensure that they have access to water especially in frozen conditions. Now is a good time to make sure that garden structures like sheds and pergolas are in good order, give them a coat of preservative if needed. Insulating outside pipe-work may prevent a costly burst pipe. Prune bush fruits like currants and gooseberries. Now is an ideal time to be planting bare rooted plants. Savings can be made on mail order trees and roses in particular, but they must be planted, or heeled in as soon as you receive them.

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What’s On

Things to do November and December Forty Hill CofE Primary School 1 Bazaar 26th November Christmas 12 noon - 4pm. St Andrews Parish Centre, Behind the Market, Enfield Town. Everyone Welcome. Come to this festive fundraising event to start (or maybe finish) your Christmas shopping. Stalls and events include: Santa’s Grotto,

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Raffle, Craft Corner, Homemade Cakes, Food by Nando’s, Coffee by Starbucks and many commercial stalls offering a fantastic shopping experience and fun afternoon9/11/11 for you and the children. Santa’s Grotto opens at David Lloyd Enfield on Saturday 26th November 11.00am Tickets are £6.00 per child (includes gift) The Grotto is open

Useful Contact Numbers

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

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

Enfield Council 24 Hour Contact No Hertsmere Council Hertsmere Out of Hours Welwyn & Hatfield Council Welwyn & Hatfield Out of Hours

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

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 Potters Bar Community Hospital 01707 653 286 Age Concern Enfield 020 8375 4120 Alcoholics Anonymous Gamblers Anonymous Narcotics Anonymous

0845 769 7555 08700 50 88 80 020 773 0009

Childline Cruse Bereavement Care Helpline Samaritans

0800 1111 0870 1671677 0845 790 9090

RSCPA 24 Hour Emergency Vet

0870 555 5999 01992 762699

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 Congestion Charge Phone Line

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08457 48 49 50 0845 900 1234

every weekend until Sunday 18th December Complimentary refreshments for mums and dads at the grand opening ceremony 17:08:38 – so don’t miss it! In aid of Age Concern Enfield The Lynmore Singers present A Festival of Carols on Sunday 4th December 2011 3pm - 5pm De Vere Hotel The Barn Theobalds Park, Lieutenant Ellis Way Cheshunt Hertfordshire EN7 5HW Tickets: £6.50 per person includes refreshments. Ticket reservations available by calling Daniela on 020 8375 4120 Chase Side Primary School Christmas Fayre 3rd December Trinity Street Enfield EN2 6NS 12:00 entry 50p entry for Adults. Children free. The 2011 annual Christmas Fayre in aid of the Friends of Chase Side Primary School. There will be a secret Santa shop, grand prize raffles, refreshments, Bar-B-Que, tombolas, and many more stalls. Other attractions include face painting and a craft stall for the kids, a drinks raffle for the adults and cakes and refreshments. Santa will be popping by, so dont forget to visit his grotto and tell him what you want for Christmas. Main raffle prizes include tickets for tea at the Ritz, tickets for Paradise Park, gift vouchers and many more. Youve got to be in it to win it. Black Tie Charity Evening raising money for teh Nightingale Cancer Support Centre 10th December Theobald’s Park, Lieutenant Ellis Way, Cheshunt, EN7 5HW 19.00 - 24.00 Join us for a night to remember, 3 Course meal, dancing, music and fun The Charity Night Black Tie event. “A night to remember” start

your Christmas celebrations with the Nightingale Cancer Support Black Tie event. 3 course meal followed by coffee and mints, music, dancing, raffle and a lot of fun. Support your local Nightingale Cancer Support Centre. Helping the people of Enfield live through cancer. Ticket Price £42.50 Contact Kathy - 0208 367 3938 Santa Cruise Tuesday 20, Wednesday 21 and Thursday 22 December, trips departing at 13:00 and 15:00 each day, £8, booking required Get into practice before the big day with our annual Santa Cruise down the River Lee. Complete with mulled wine and mince pies, it’s the perfect opportunity to ditch the diet and start the festivities early! To book, contact Lee Valley Boat Centre on 01992 462 085 Lady of Lee Valley Moorings, (Broxbourne Riverside), Nazeing Road, Broxbourne, Hertfordshire EN10 6LX Regular Events and Clubs North London Humanist Group: Non-religious people meet regularly for discussions on the third Thursday of the month from 8.00 - 10.00 p.m.at the Ruth Winston Centre, 190 Green Lanes, Palmers Green, N13 5UE, plus social events/outings. Visitors welcome to attend without obligation to formally join. (No charge.)www.nlondonhumanists. fsnet.co.ukemail: enquiries@ nlondonhumanists.fsnet.co.uk Secretary: 01707 653667.

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Enfield National Trust Association meet twice monthly, one afternoon at Holtwhites Sports & Social Club and one evening at either Enfield Grammar School or Enfield County School, Holly Walk, Enfield. We have summer outings, London outings, concert & theatre outings as well as lectures. Please ring Peter on 020 8363 1568 for details. Potters Bar Petanque Club Meets Sundays 10.15.a.m. to 1.p.m and Tuesdays 6.p.m. to 8.p.m. we now are open on the first saturday of each month 2.p.m to 4.p.m. at Oakmere Park New members are made very welcome. First 3 visits are free. Contact Michael Penn 01707 654606 or just turn up. 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. Visitors are welcome (£4.00 a meeting). If you would like further information please ring Anne on 01707 850089. Potters Bar Cine & Video Society Wyllotts Centre, Potters Bar Alternate Thursdays 8.00pm Contact Penny 01707 656446 or John 01707 872210 for amateur cinematographers. Programme includes editing, filming techniques, competition evenings, social functions www. pottersbarcineandvideosociety.org Grange Park (Evening) W. I. would love you to come and join us at 7.30pm on the first Monday of every month in St.Peters Church Hall Vera Avenue.when we have a speaker or a quiz and make bookings for social events such as theatre outings etc. If you are interested please telephone Jan Barker on0208 367 0988 Friern Badminton Club (Potters Bar) intermediate players (no beginners) meets at the sports hall at Dame Alice Owen’s School (EN6 2DU) every Wednesday evening (8.15pm to 10.15pm). Visitor fee £4, membership available. Contact: ann-marie.rowland@fds. co.uk for more info.

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Enfield Camera Club meets at Trinity Church Hall Jubilee Hall, in Parsonage Lane, Enfield, is a clean Thursday evenings at 8 pm. New carpeted with and toilet facilities. Outstanding twohall story, six kitchenette bedroom Vacation Villa sleeps up to members are always welcome. It seats up as to little 80 and would suit local groups and 12 available from as £650 a week. Located 15 minutes Alternatively they can contact for meetings, fromsocieties the Disney Theme Parks.conferences and lectures, or the club through the www. smaller groups for activities such as yoga, etc. enfieldcameraclub.co.uk or email Facilities For further information or to Spa, discuss requirements include Swimming Pool, TVs,your Games Room to mail@enfieldcameraclub.co.uk. Billiards, Air Hockey, pleaseTable phone 020 8363 9495 or equipment Football and Basketball hall.bookings@enfieldsociety.org.uk The subscriptioin rate is £32 for the provided,email & Wi-Fi. full season - Visitors are asked to pay a £1 visitor’s fee, Telephone 020 8366 3311 or 07967 681908 for info’ on the

EARN EXTRA INCOME fantastic rates available for both high & low Season. 1 Visit HOME www.villaneardisney.info FROM The Rotary Club of EnfieldJubilee Hall.inddWORK 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

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Would an extra £500 per month Option 1 above make a difference to you? £90 per month No cold calling - No catalogues to deliver Call Pat for further information 020 8245 3856 www.being-wealthy.co.uk

Enfield RSPB meet once a month at St Andrew’s Church Hall, Silver Street, Enfield @ 7.45pm for Outstanding two story, six bedroom Vacation Villa sleeps up to 12 lectures, quiz evenings, etc & have Pat Sept 2011.indd 1 7/9/11 10:02:52 available. Located 15 minutes from the Disney Theme Parks. monthly mid week walks, coach

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Option 2 above Latin and Ballroom [res-uh-pros-i-tee] month Combining the elegance of 1. reciprocal £50 action per or relation; 2. a mutual exchange of commercial or other privileges Ballroom with the dynamic Latin Gold Table has been helping its members achieve greater business success for over 4 years. Founded by American dances these nice ‘n’ a small group of professionals & skilled trades people, on the ideals of reciprocity. If you are looking to maximise your business potential and are willing to share your expertise with other local businesses then easy fun introductory classes will Gold Table is for you. It is low cost; all fees paid are ploughed back into group; high value. ease even the most hesitant firstWhy not come and see what we can do together and join us every Wednesday at Enfield Golf Club before your working day? time dancer on to the dance floor For further info contact: Andrew Ryde on 020 8366 3551 David's Florida Home.indd 1 with confidence.Wednesdays 8:00 or visit www.goldtable.co.uk – 8:45 Improvers/Intermediate Class8:45 – 9:30 Beginners Class 9:30 – 10:15 Social Dancing for all networking today for tomorrows’ business levels St Thomas’ Hall 79a Prince George Avenue Oakwood N14 • Business Planning 4SN Car park is at the rear of the gold table v3.indd •1 Statutory Accounts 9/11/11 building. Call 07903 244085 for • Sole trader accounts details

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Winchmore Folk Dance Club meets every Tuesday morning in term time in the lower hall at Grange Park Methodist Church N21 2EU between 10am and 12 noon to enjoy English Country Dancing. Led by experienced callers, dances range from the 17th Century until modern times. Mostons Each bus card ad.indd 1 session costs £2.50 which includes refreshments. Beginners welcome. For more information contact John Wood on 020 8926 7293

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