Your FREE local magazine for the EN area Issue 39 • September 2011
Health and Fitness Did you put on a few pounds over the summer?
Gardening Advice -
Getting the most from your autumn garden
Local News & What’s On Living • Leisure • Lifestyle
Hello and Welcome to the September 2011 issue of EN Magazine. This is the first issue of EN Magazine since we returned from our summer break.
Contents Page 3 - 12 Local News and Events Page 13 Test Drive The New MINI Countryman Page 14 - 17 Health and Fitness Lose Weight and Keep Motivated Page 19 - 20 Preparing For Autumn Gardening Page 21 - 23 Whatâ€™s On Local Business Services and Classified Advertising Contacts
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Like many people, we took the chance to go away and relax. I am sure we are not alone in coming back to find that the overindulging on holiday has resulted in us putting on a few pounds, so in this issue we talk to some of the local providers of weight loss products. We also speak to a top personal fitness instructor, Dean Schaffer, who shares his advice for people who are both starting out and those who are already regularly exercising. This month we launch a new feature, Test Drive, we will be taking cars and other products and finding out just how good they are. This month we test drive the new MINI Countryman car. We share our experiences of this new bigger MINI and our overall impression of the car. As we have now moved into autumn we are pleased to bring you the first of our gardening features by Tom Wheatcroft. Tom is a senior gardener at Capel Manor Gardens and we are sure he will share some fantastic tips and advice in this and forthcoming articles. We have also been very busy over the summer creating a new website for EN Magazine. You can now keep up to date with regular updates and news stories affecting the EN area. Why not take a look at the new site at www.enmagazine.co.uk We hope you enjoy this issue of EN magazine. Kind regards
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Turning The High Street Green
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We Love Enfield Keep Smiling !
Cllr Peter Knell ,the Mayor of Hertsmere is working with Barclays Bank Potters Bar’s, manager Tracey Edwards and her staff. as a team to try and turn Potters Bar green for one day.
to toast Macmillan than to sign up for a coffee morning - get together with friends, eat cake, raise a glass (or mug) and have fun whilst helping to raise £8.5million to help people affected by cancer.
Like many people everyone at EN Magazine was shocked by the recent riots in Enfield. However we have been overwhelmed by the positive reaction of the local residents and business community.
“We are aiming to get Darkes Lane and the High Street together on the 30th September dressed in the green of Macmillan with balloons and ribbons outside each shop. The 30th September is their 21st anniversary of the BIGGEST coffee morning in the world,” said Peter. “Whatever money is collected for this cause Barclays will match pound for pound.”
Two million people in the UK are currently living with cancer, and one in three will be diagnosed with it during their lifetime. Each and every donation whether 50p or £50 will help Macmillan’s ambition to provide support to everyone affected by cancer. A cup of coffee and a slice of cake really do make a huge difference.
You can not help but notice the We Love Enfield Keep Smiling! posters that have been appearing in shop windows throughout the area. Paul Cooper of Fastsigns in Enfield started these.
2011 is a huge year for Macmillan - not only will the leading cancer care charity turn 100 years old, but the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning will be coming of age and celebrating its 21st ! So what better way
“The Monday after the trouble felt like the saddest day I have know in Enfield,” said Paul, “We had had, some damage to our shop window and needed to put something up to cover the damage, and we wanted to say something positive. As a sign and poster company it seemed the appropriate thing to put a positive
message in our window. Before long people where stopping to take photos. We decided to print some extra posters and distribute them to other shops. We originally gave them away for free but have subsequently been selling them for £2.00 with £1.50 going to the Tottenham Charity for people made homeless after the riot.” “I have been really pleased that we have been able to do something to bring a smile back to Enfield, which I think is a great place to live and work,” added Paul.
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After testing the water, Martha decided the time had come to expand her business and open the back room to the public. “It was always part of my business plan however I did not expect to do it so quickly. But as my customers have all been so wonderful and the response Papylon has received has been amazing, it felt like the right step to take,” said Martha.
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Enfield’s Cancer Support Centre gears up to help more people in need The Nightingale Community Hospice Trust, has been renamed, The Nightingale Cancer Support Centre in order to more accurately reflect the comprehensive layer of support services it provides to cancer sufferers, their carers and families in the Borough of Enfield. From its establishment in 2002, the charity has seen a huge growth in the number of clients to 650 today but remained very conscious of the thousands of cancer sufferers in the Borough who are still not aware of the help and support it could offer them. “It was also becoming clear that our original plan to become a bedded hospice did not fit with the practical needs of the great majority of clients we were dealing with on a dayto-day basis. The the recent developments in cancer care have seen a significant change in focus to services for terminal cancer sufferers in their own homes.” said Andrew Bone, Chairman of the charity’s trustees “We knew we needed to refocus the organisation and set about devising a new business and communications plan”. Fortunately, amongst the ranks of their many volunteers were two international marketing specialists who immediately set in motion a series of indepth interviews with groups of cancer sufferers, carers and family members to understand why they came to the centre and the impact on their lives. Further meetings were held with fundraisers, volunteers and sponsors to understand their involvement so that future funding streams could be maximised to help ensure
The Nightingale receives the ongoing financial support it so badly needs. The feedback from the interviews and analyses soon revealed some surprising results, as Services and Development Director Joan Kearns describes, “It was clear that the clients did not like the word ‘hospice’ in our name. Many seek our help right from the critical point of diagnosis; in fact more than 60% of our clients are direct referrals from health professionals. For those affected by cancer, we are the only local organisation who provides the emotional and practical support they need to rebuild their lives and offer hope and the energy essential for recovery. As one client said ‘I want you to help me live, not die’”. Joan continued “It was clear how we needed to refocus our communications and services and our new name and mission statement reflects this direction - ‘We are dedicated to improving the quality of life of cancer sufferers, their families and carers and helping them to cope, whatever their circumstances, hence our new tagline ‘ helping the people of Enfield live through cancer’”. “It was surprising and inspiring to discover that more than 40% of our centre’s clients of working age choose - and are able - to return to work. Many others subsequently become volunteers and make new friendships which today continue to enhance their ROCKY REEF Sept 2011.indd 1 lives,” added Andrew Bone. For further information contact The Nightingale Cancer Support Centre on 020 8366 9674.
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Taste of Autumn at Capel Manor
an understanding of where the ingredients for their muffins come from. Apple tasting
24th & 25th September
Capel Manor Gardens are celebrating the abundance of fruits and vegetables available at this time of year at the Taste of Autumn Show, sponsored by London Waste EcoPark.
The event encourages people of all ages to find out about the crops available to pick and harvest right now and what to do with them. From growing your own, to making cakes and preserves, experts will be on hand to give you advice. Take part in a Muffin Bake with a contestant from BBC Two’s “The Great British Bake Off, ” Urvashi Roe. Pick your own ingredients from a selection of preharvested berries and fruits, herbs and spices from the Capel Manor gardens.Then with help and advice from The Botanical Baker, Urvashi Roe, (who recently appeared on BBC Two’s The Great British Bake Off), cook your own muffins. The Muffin Bake is an ideal opportunity for children of all ages to enjoy baking and also gain
Shenley Park apple growers will be on hand with tasting opportunities of Apple Juice, as well as fantastic ideas on what to do with this favourite autumn fruit.
will commence at 11am on Saturday 24th and prize giving will commence at 4pm.
Enter your own produce If you’re proud of your jam or think your chutney is a force to be reckoned with then now’s the time to put it to the test! There are 20 categories in total and within each one there will be a First Place Prize of £5 to spend in the Capel gift shop and plant sales. There’s no charge to enter and participants are allowed free entry to the gardens. The only rule is that all entries must be either home-made or homegrown. There is also a category for photography, themed around the Taste of Autumn. Judging
With Woodturning displays, Forty Hall Vineyard, RSPB stall and many more attractions there will be something for everyone. Your visit to this autumnal show will give you a chance to sample some unusual vegetables, including Capel’s crop of chillies, in the Terrace Restaurant and taste fruity shakes and desserts
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Did You Know Potters Bar Has Its Own Museum?
On first approaching the Potters Bar Museum, a visitor could easily question the levels of entertainment and information that it’s collection could possibly provide them with. The museum is housed in just one upstairs room at the Wyllyotts Theatre complex. These concerns might also be increased by the fact that it is only open to the public for a few hours every week. However, to allow these observations to deter you from visiting would be a huge mistake. If visitors persevere, they will discover an Aladdin’s Cave of items that, in some cases date back over many centuries.
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One of the most popular of its exhibits is the section of metal frame belonging to a German L31 Zeppelin. This Zeppelin was shot down over Potters Bar by Second-Lieutenant Wulstan J Tempest of No. 39 Home Defence Squadron at around midnight on the 1st October 1916, and crashed in the fields of Oakmere Farm. All 20 of the crew members were killed in the incident, either by the fire that engulfed the craft, or by the impact with the ground. The direction of the wind protected the residents of Potters Bar from coming to any significant harm in regards to either themselves or their property. The museum displays both permanent and temporary exhibits, all of which are connected to and inspired by the personal interests of the staff and the donations given by the members of the public, that they may have either owned for years or perhaps recently dug up. These can range from roman coins and the records from archaeological digs, to products designed and created in local plastics factories in the early 20th Century. A great deal of care has been taken over the compiling of a significant array of high quality photos from a variety of time periods and
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Street Hawks swoop for new members
A successful scheme that has been running since 2002 giving residents the chance to report environmental crimes such as littering, fly tipping and graffiti, is looking for new volunteers to boost its numbers.
“The main problems Street Hawks report to us are flytipping, graffiti and problems with pavements and the streets. They act as our eyes and ears because our hard working Council staff can’t be everywhere at once.”
The recruitment drive for the ‘Street Hawk’ initiative comes hot on the heels of the launch of the Council’s ‘Respect for Enfield’ campaign, which aims to unite the community and show that Enfield is open for business and will not be intimidated by a small minority determined to cause violence and fear.
Pat French lives in Enfield and has been a Street Hawk now for six years and has always been active in the local community.
Already boasting 170 members, the scheme covers the whole borough, and relies on members to go about their daily business, and report environmental problems like flytipping, graffiti or dog mess, so the council can rapidly clear it. “Street Hawks are the eyes and ears of the borough. They are highly successful and something that people can do regardless of their age or whether they are working or retired,” said Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Chris Bond.
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Baba Yaga Boney Legs A frightfully funny fairytale for all the family. After the huge success of last years sell out show ‘The Legend of Sleepy Hollow’ Skewbald Theatre are returning to parks and woodlands across Enfield. This year for the Halloween season they are producing a spine tingling thriller the legend of ‘Baba Yaga Boney Legs’, Russian folklore’s funny and fearsome witch. This frightfully funny fairytale suitable for brave children aged 5+ follows the story of Marsha, a kind hearted little girl who discovers Baba Yaga’s strange moving house on chicken legs when she is sent by her nasty stepmother into the dark woods. With the help of a cunning crow, a clever cat and her magical Russian doll, Masha tries to outwit the crazy witch and escape being eaten for dinner? This strolling production will take audiences on a journey through the parks and woodlands to Skewbald’s Pop Up Theatre tents. Audience members are advised to wrap up warm wear suitable walking shoes and may also bring along a torch. This exciting new production for all the family is told using Skewbald’s magical ingredients of music, song, dance, physical theatre, storytelling and puppetry and with all the laughs, thrills and chills, to keep you on the edge of your seat.
The shows are at; Salisbury House Arts Centre Bury Street West, N9 9LA Friday 14th & Sat 15th October 6pm & 8pm Trent Country Park Cockfosters Rd, EN4 0PS Meeting Point: Cockfosters Rd gate - Friday 21st & Sat 22nd October 6pm & 8pm Forty Hall Forty Hill, EN2 9HA Meeting Point: Forty Hall Car Park - Sun 30th & Mon 31st October Tickets: £10/£8 Concessions (children, students, seniors) Family (4 Tickets) £30 For more information and bookings visit www. millfieldtheatre.co.uk or www. skewbaldtheatre.com and call Millfield Theatre on 020 8807 6680.
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The number of mortgage products available to intermediaries has increased by 35% since January while direct products have fallen by 29% in the same period. Prospective mortgage customers should seek independent mortgage advice as many estate agents and mortgage brokers often build in expensive insurance products and insist on their in house ‘unqualified legal services’ who usually work out no cheaper than using a qualified local solicitor. For an independent view of the mortgage market please contact Noel Sainsbury or Fanoulla Elias.
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Enterprise Enfield Business Awards Opens for Entries! The 2011 Enterprise Enfield Business Awards, are open to enter. This year, more than ever, with the gloomy economic climate and the affects of the riots, London’s business owners deserve to be recognised and rewarded for their sheer hard work and determination to overcome difficult times, survive and grow. Enterprise Enfield is committed to supporting and celebrating businesses achievements through this annual competition, which is part-funded by local charity, The RSA Trust.
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New for this year is the Enfield Retailer of the Year Award. In light of the recent riots, Enfield Council is working hard to help businesses affected and to ensure that Enfield is a safe place to live and work. The Enfield Retailer of the Year Award is sponsored by the Council and forms one of a number of initiatives designed to support and recognise the achievements of traders in the borough. There are four categories which are open to small and medium sized businesses located in the London borough of Enfield (full entry
requirements are available with the entry forms and can be downloaded form the EN Magazine website): • Start-Up Business of the Year (under 2 years of trading) • Business of the Year (over 2 years of trading) • Green Business of the Year • Enfield Retailer of the Year Winners in each of the categories receive £1,000 prize funding and runners up receive £500, this year Enterprise Enfield is also offering a FREE business advice session or business seminar to all eligible applicants completing the entry form. In addition to the prize money, winners and runners up gain valuable publicity and the opportunity to display the award logo on their website and marketing material. The awards will be presented at a Gala Dinner celebration evening at the Royal Chace Hotel on Thursday 3rd November. The closing date for entries is 5pm Monday 3rd October. Please check the Enterprise Enfield website for full details of categories, and to download entry forms, rules and eligibility guidelines: www. enterpriseenfield.org or call 020 8443 5457.
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It was a few years ago that I first test-drove a BMW MINI and at the time I thought it was a fantastic little car to drive. At the time the fact it was little with a small boot and limited rear access meant it was not the car for me. MINI has now launched a car that offers a solution to the issues I had with the original MINI the MINI Countryman. At first look the MINI Countryman still has the similar shape and design styling of a MINI but the Countryman looks like it has spent some time working out down the gym. The MINI Countryman is a bigger car all round and includes the addition of rear passenger doors, making it a true fivedoor car. I am 5â€™11 and found that the back seats offered both space and comfort. The MINI Countryman comes in a range including petrol engines and diesel engine and is also available with 4 wheel drive. Prices start from ÂŁ16,000 and the MINI Countryman performed well in the Euro NCAP safety test scoring a full five stars.. Thanks to Stephen James in Enfield I was able to test drive the new MINI Countryman to find out what it was like for myself. The car that I drove was the manual 1.6 Cooper. When you first get in the car you can tell that the car has been well made, from shutting the door, to the comfort of the seats. The driving position is comfortable and seat is fully adjustable. All the controls are
clear and in easy reach, I did find some of the flick switches on the centre counsel of the dashboard a bit fiddly. One design feature I really did like was the centre rail between the seats where items, such as a cup holders or a sunglasses case, can be clicked in place and moved backwards and forwards. The drive of the MINI Countryman is comfortable if a little on the firm side when driving at slow speeds over potholes and speed bumps. However this is something you appreciate in the handling when you have the opportunity to build up speed as you feel the additional grip as you turn into a corner. On the motorway changing up into 6th gear and the car cruises comfortably along with the engine still able to a little more for overtaking. But it is on the smaller country roads where just likes its smaller sibling you can really enjoy the performance and handling of this car. One thing which surprised me the first time it happened is that the engine cuts out when you stop and take the car out of gear but press down the clutch and the engine
springs back into life. Although this took a bit of getting used to, as I kept thinking I had stalled the engine. With modern driving, especially in towns, often being a case of stop-start, I see this feature as both a money and fuel saving benefit and environmentally friendly.
that builds on all the quirky individuality of the MINI but now offering a true family car alternative. For further information or to book your test drive Contact Stephen James MINI on 020 8443 8470 or visit www. stephenjames.co.uk
My initial disappointment with the original BMW MINI of lack of space has been answered in the new MINI Countryman. I think this is a great car
Health and Fitness
Improve Your Health and Fitness and Shed a Little Weight Have you been on a summer holiday? Did you let yourself go and indulge in all the nice things, ice creams, barbecues, alcohol and generally overeating over the summer? Are your clothes beginning to feel a bit tight? Perhaps now is the time to consider losing a bit of weight! To lose weight is simple – use more calories than you consume! But in reality this is not always as easy as it sounds. Lots of organisations are available to help you plan your diet and to cut down on the amount you are eating while still giving you the nutrition
you need, these include: Herbalife promotes wellness, which is the condition of good physical and mental health. They are also the official nutrition sponsors of the LA Galaxy football team, where David Beckahm plays. The Herbalife programme is worked out for each client depending on their needs, and on average people on the Herbal Life programme lose about half a stone a month. The principal rule is meal replacement. However, you do not abstain from food completely and depending on your personalised programme
EN Magazines 10 things that you need to know about losing weight: 1. Skipping breakfast or other meals will make it more difficult to lose weight. If you miss meals, your body will view the drop in calories as scarcity of food. Your metabolism will slow to conserve calories, and food that you eat may be converted to fat for use when the famine has passed. 2. Healthy weight loss is around a pound of body fat a week, if you lose much more, the chances are that you will put it back on as soon as you resume normal eating. 3. Rapid weight loss on the scales due to dieting may in fact be loss of water. More disturbingly, rapid weight loss may be due to loss of muscle. A reduced muscle mass will slow your metabolism, making it easier to put on weight. 4. You cannot ‘spot reduce;’ however many sit-ups you perform, the fat will not ‘melt’ or ‘burn’ from your tummy. To lose body fat you must burn calories through exercise which gets you out of breath, and by sensibly reducing calories. You can improve the appearance of certain areas by developing muscle tone beneath the skin. An ideal way to do this would be to regularly attend body conditioning or circuit classes, where you burn calories and develop muscle tone at the same time. 5. To lose weight you must use more calories than you consume. To lose approximately a pound of body fat a week you must cut around 500 calories each day from your diet. Because this could seriously stress your system (the famine response) it is sensible to burn an extra 250 calories through exercise each day. You must exercise for about an hour each day, and cut 250 calories from your diet, through making sensible food choices e.g. swap a 200 calorie bagel at lunch for two thick rice cakes (56 calories) saving 144 calories already!
you replace breakfast and/or lunch with a Herbal Life shake, along with teas and protein bars and of course a healthy evening meal. Herbal Life encourages exercise and stresses the importance of drinking your required daily water allowance, and follows an ethos of live healthier, live better. Slimming World members lose weight through a combination of Slimming World’s 6. Weight loss is defined by the outgoing calories exceeding the incoming calories each day/week; it makes no difference what time of the day you eat. There is no point in ‘not eating after 6’ which may make you so hungry that you binge at nine on whatever you can get your hands on. Most sensible is to eat 5 small healthy meals a day to encourage the metabolism to run efficiently. If an evening meal makes you feel uncomfortable, have a light salad or soup. 7. I am very sorry but you are not big-boned, and your weight is not your mothers’ fault. Different body types store fat in different areas, but the tall slim people really do eat better (or less) or are more active than their rounder cousins. If your family are all large, this is usually more to do with learnt eating and activity patterns. If you have been blaming your weight gain on your genes, then stop, because you can lose weight too. Try not to look at the reasons why you can’t lose weight, and in stead focus on small changes you can make to promote weight loss. 8. If you really can’t understand why you cannot lose weight, keep a food diary; you may surprise yourself at how much/ often you actually eat. 9. If you are concerned about your weight, keep it to yourself; children copy the behavior of their parents. To give your children a better chance of avoiding eating disorders/ disordered eating, practice healthy eating and activity as a good example to them, rather than talking about dieting and your dissatisfaction with your weight. 10. Want to lose half a stone in the next 5 minutes? Stand tall with the posture of a ballerina (lads, you can be a soldier if you would rather), draw the tummy into the back bone, feel as if you are being drawn up to the ceiling through the crown of your head, slightly roll the shoulders back and down and maintain this tall posture throughout the day. Good posture will make you look slimmer immediately. The icing on the cake is to think positive things about yourself; if you feel confident and attractive you will look confident and attractive.
Health and Fitness goals and getting the results they want to achieve. He offers a unique and innovative approach to personal training and specialises in weight management, muscle gain and toning. Dean shares is vast experience of fitness with advice for people just starting out on a exercise and fitness programme to tips for people who are already regularly working out.
Just Starting Out Exercising If you have never exercised before, there are a number of ways to start out which will be great starting points. food optimising eating plan combined with group support and shared experiences with other slimmers, which encourages behaviour change. Unlike the other weight loss programmes Slimming World works with conventional food, encouraging members to fill up on what Slimming World call Free Foods, such as lean meat, pasta, fruit and vegetables, and deal with their cravings by allowing them to have a certain amount of daily treats, called syns. There is no guaranteed monthly weight loss, just an assurance that you will lose weight at a healthy rate without feeling hungry. Slimming World also promotes moderate exercise to aid in your weekly weight loss, and encourages members who reach their target weight to make the lifestyle change for life.
LighterLife, a programme that promotes an average loss of a stone a month! LighterLife is only available to people who have a BMI of 25 or over, as anything under 25 is considered healthy. The 2 programmes run by LighterLife are: The Lite Programme for people with a BMI between 25 and 29.9, and the full abstinence programme that is for those who have a BMI 30 and over. The basic idea is that you undergo a complete abstinence from conventional food in order to lose your initial weight, after this time you will move onto their management programme that reintroduces normal food back into your life. However just a change in diet may not be the solution you need to lose weight.
fitness regime to see optimum results. EN Magazine spoke to fitness expert Dean Schffer. Dean has over 15 years of knowledge and experience in personal coaching and weight management and is a member of the REPs (The Register of Exercise Professionals). Dean understands that everybody is different and is passionate about meeting his client’s needs, by listening to their
• Begin your exercise regime slowly and build up – it is important for the first couple of weeks to aim for 25-30 minutes 3 times a week. Enthusiasm is great, but excessive 2 hour sessions will merely set you back as you will feel despondent when you struggle to continue with such a routine, or injure yourself due to overtraining and doing too much too fast. The body needs time to build fitness levels.
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Health and Fitness • That said, it is also important to work outside of your comfort zone – if walking on a treadmill for twenty minutes doesn’t get you sweating you aren’t doing enough! You still need to raise your heart rate and get your body working. • A heart rate monitor is a great way to ensure you are working at the right levels, and not a level which is too high or low. • Do your first few sessions with a Personal Trainer – he or she will give you plenty of ideas about getting started, and will identify your goals before you set out, ensuring your routine is suitable. Make sure that your Personal Trainer actually trains you- by this I mean, ensure you aren’t just hiring someone to stand there and watch you do cardio exercise! • Running will get you fitter but walking up a hill will burn fat quicker – if you are
doing this in a gym try cranking up the incline to emulate a hill climb. • If you travel by tube, a good quick way of improving your fitness is to always try to walk up by the escalators instead of standing on them – if you use the tube often enough you’ll be surprised how much this helps! The same principle applies if you work in an office- try taking the stairs instead of the lift. • Try to eat your carbohydrates during the day when you are doing things that need the energy. And when you are at home at night, try to keep your carbohydrates low and your proteins higher as you are just trying to keep yourself ticking over. • Go to the gym in the morning on an empty stomach as you will be using fat fuel energy rather than food fuel energy.
Keep Motivated with Music to Work Out To With MP3 players and ipods and even mobile phones offering music on the move in the palm of your hand its no wonder many people are listening to music while working out. Often though the headphones supplied with these products are not designed for the vigours of an active work out. The Flex headsets from Radiopaq offer the answer, they deliver outstanding audio performance in the gym, on or off the road, track,
field or piste and of course Après Workout... Whether you are a professional athlete or a newbie to fitness, listening to music can help keep you focused and motivated. The Flex boasts a range of unique sports - enhancing features within one package - all geared towards providing superior audio performance during energetic exercise sessions. Secure fit and comfort unlike traditional earphones that are often rigid and harsh to wear, the Radiopaq Flex headphones offer a unique over-the-ear design made from a combination of rubber silicon and industrial plastic to offer the perfect balance between stability and comfort
Already Regularly Exercising
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If you are already working out regularly, here are a few ways you can drive your fitness forward. • Don’t get complacent – if you work out on cardio machines a lot, try to continue to push yourself forward and increase the difficulty and resistance on a regular basis. • Fill your iPod full of songs that motivate you – you may also like to plan a Gym playlist which lasts for the duration of your workout. Make sure as well that all the music is fast- music is surprisingly influential and slow music will invariably slow you down!
across all ear sizes and shapes. The super lightweight and semi- flexible ear hook is designed to help prevent the ear piece from being pulled from the ear and keeps the wires towards the back of the head to avoid them getting in the way during training sessions. The Flex earphones come bundled with a selection of three sizes of silicone ear-cushions to provide a customised earpiece that firmly fits even the knobbliest ear-canal. This choice of ear cushions make the Flex not only more comfortable to wear than other traditional sized and more bulky or rigid options, but ensures a sealed fit inside the ear delivering excellent sound isolation as it effectively cuts out more of the ambient background noise - reducing the maximum volume needed to clearly hear audio, and so allows safer audio levels for ears. Audio Performance and Effortless Control The Flex incorporates a convenient touch-button remote control on the cable,
• If your motivation is dwindling, team up with a friend to become workout buddies. There may be times when you need some encouragement, and you can featuring volume controls, play, pause and track selections for easier control. Automatic call cut-in makes answering phone calls with your iPhone effortlessly hands-free using the built-in mic on the remote control –and will restore back to the music once the call has been terminated – so no more fumbling for your phone in the middle of high powered action.
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Health and Fitness pep each other up when need be! Having a routine of days and times you attend will also mean you won’t be able to find any excuses to skip a session! • Mix up your cardio. If you are working in the gym, different cardio machines will work different muscles – if you spend a lot of time on a treadmill, try a cross trainer every once in a while. Ensure you alternate your routine to maximize its effectiveness. If you are doing a 50 minute cardio workout, for example, try 3 x 15 minutes on 3 different machines, moving quickly from one to the next to keep the heart rate up. • To improve your fitness, keep your weights low but increase your ‘reps” - this is just as effective if not more so than upping the weight! • Interval training will improve fitness drastically – this is short bursts on high intensity activity. Try running for 2 minutes and then walking for 45 seconds. This will boost your metabolism and help to blitz problem areas! Find out more about Dean and the Fitness Club at: www. fitnessclublondon.com
Is Your Mind Stopping You Achieving Your Goals?
Many of us relaxing on holiday will take stock of life and make plans that we hope will change our lives. From changing habits like smoking, losing the weight we want (perhaps for many it was a plan to do it for the holiday and we feel disappointed that we didn’t) it could be to deal with our daily stress or perhaps a change of career.
However when we return home we fall back into the rat race and the plans get forgotten for another year. Many people really want to change something in their life but just don’t know how. Something seems to hold them back and stops them from living their best life We have all heard the saying “When I put my mind to it”, well that’s exactly where hypnotherapy can help, it works by not just focusing the mind but also helping deal with the root of the issues where bad habits are formed. So do you really want to stop smoking, lose weight or conquer a fear or phobia? Perhaps you have put up with symptoms of stress and anxiety for too long? Or just want to get the focus and confidence to change. “Hypnotherapy is about modifying deeply entrenched behaviors to bring about positive changes working with your subconscious mind to change your life. It is not about the stage stuff we see on TV” says Linda Blacker from Hypnosis for Health. “I am a registered clinical hypnotherapist, and operate under the strict code of conduct and guidelines set out by the general Hypnotherapy Standards Council and the National Guild of Hypnotists. As well as
hypnotherapy, I use NeuroLinguistic Programming (NLP) as well as EMDR a therapy to resolve trauma. As much as we ‘want to change’, sometimes willpower is not enough and that is where Hypnotherapy can help. “Under hypnosis you have a wonderful feeling of deep relaxation, you remain totally in control throughout. It is a natural state, in fact we all experience trance like states on a regular basis. It can be similar to the feeling of drifting off to sleep and many people are surprised to find how natural and normal it feels.” “Hypnotherapy is a 100% safe therapy: it is all about comfort and relaxation. When you are fully relaxed your conscious mind is switched off and your unconscious mind is able to learn many new things and create new patterns of behaviour: this is why hypnotherapy is so successful. “The key to hypnotherapy” adds Linda, “is wanting to change and having an open mind to the sessions. People wanting to give up smoking usually find this can be achieved in just one or two sessions. If you currently smoke a pack a day, in less than a month of giving up you would have paid for the hypnotherapy session and for the rest of your life the money you spent on cigarettes is yours.” “Often weight has been gained over a number of years, so to unlearn bad habits when it comes to eating may take a little longer. Normally people start to see and feel changes within a couple of sessions. People get very positive results from incorporating hypnotherapy into their weight
loss plans but unfortunately it does not mean they can ditch the diets. But it will make it much easier to stick to healthy eating habits, and stay motivated and also teaches you healthy choices. “Phobias are irrational fears. Unfortunately our brain often won’t accept these rational explanations and the fear response continues. Phobias are actually learnt in an instant and therefore with the right help in a safe place can be unlearned in an instant, it really can be that simple. “This is achieved by gaining access to that unconscious part of your mind, where the habit of being fearful has grown and reinforcing the fact that there is nothing to be scared of. Although you may know your fear is irrational that doesn’t make it any less valid. Hypnosis in the treatment of phobias has proven successful results, often this is achieved in just one session but occasionally may take a couple of sessions. From dealing with a fear of spiders, to taking on the challenge of changing career, hypnotherapy can help you overcome your fear.” For more information on Hypnotherapy contact Linda Blacker at Hypnosis for Health on 01992 628 110 or visit www. hypnosisforhealth.co.uk
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About foster care in Enfield Fostering is about caring for children and young people when they cannot live at home with their own families. Children and young people are fostered for different periods of time and for various reasons depending on their individual circumstances. So the council seeks foster carers who are flexible enough to look after children and young people for long or short periods. Enfield Council is seeking foster families for children and young people from many different backgrounds and is keen to recruit more local people who are able to take on this important work.
to Dyanna it was scary; it was a new experience. But she took me out for a meal and it went from there. Dyanna would always tell me I had to be home by 8.30pm and I would sometimes sneak out in the middle of the night. But it actually made me feel safe to have those rules.” Foster carers help children to feel safe, be healthy, and enjoy themselves. Enfield Council’s children’s services always try to work out the best way forward for any child in foster care, trying to reunite children with their families whenever this is possible. For some children and young people it is decided that this is not the best thing to do and longer term plans are made. Foster carers are part of the team that works to find the best solutions for Enfield’s ‘looked after’ children.
Lillian said, “Working with the children has bought all of my family such joy and pleasure. Some of the girls we have cared for, who have now grown up and left us live locally and are still very much a part of my family and friends with my own daughters.” Helen another foster carer said. “I have grown up children of my own and when they moved out I found I was rattling around the house on my own. A friend suggested I foster but I was very unsure if I would be able to love and care for someone else’s child. Nineteen years later I am still fostering. I currently have two teenage boys staying with me. I have always looked after teenagers on short term and emergency care situations.”
for children and young people call 020 8379 2831 to find out more or visit the council website at www.enfield.go.uk ; or pop along to one of the drop in fostering sessions to find out more. These are advertised in the local newspapers and on the council’s website. If you are thinking about becoming a foster carer you will need to provide a loving home with sufficient room for a child or young person. Foster carers can be: ·Single ·In a couple ·Married or living together ·Gay or straight ·Have a disability
·A home owner or living in Foster care manager, Vanessa council or privately rented Strang, says “We would like accommodation more foster carers available Foster carers do an important ·Have your own children in the borough to look after job giving children and young ·Not have your own children all the children and young people a secure home at a ·Working ( depending on hours people in need of care. There time when it is most needed. worked) or out of work is an average of 316 children Carers are supported by the Enfield Council offers a full and young people in the care fostering service with regular ·A carer with another agency training programme before a of Enfield Council. Our aim is training, support groups, and you want to move to join new carer is approved to take to be able to place every child visits from social workers and the Enfield on the work. that needs care with an Enfield opportunities to meet other Fostering Service. foster carer giving them the carers. One Enfield foster carer ·Have English as a second opportunity of a good family explained how she became a language Enfield Council are currently recruiting new and experienced foster carers to look after children and young people. life. They are also paid an carer. allowance for the children in “We provide a child focused We are interested in what “The process to become a their care to provide clothing, service that cares for its you can do to22nd help children foster carer with Thursday 15th started September money for school outings, Saturday 17th September Thursday September carers. As part of the council and young people who need 10.00am - 1.00pm attending an information 9.00am - 4.00pm 10.00am - 2.00pm equipment and family events; with strong links to other fostering. If you would like more session and then having a home and they are also paid for the departments we can offer a information on Enfield Fostering visit. The initial training lasts care they provide. Starbucks Palmers Green Enfield Town Market Jackson Library locally based joined up service John Service then please contact a few days and then there is a 305-307 Green Lanes Church StreetFostering Service Agrigola Place to children and young people The Enfield them on 020 8379N13 2831 or socialEN1 work assessment. I would Palmers Green, 4YB Enfield, EN2 6AA Enfield, 1DW and their foster carers.” welcomes enquires from email: email@example.com. advise people to be transparent anyone who is interested and honest throughout the Foster carers provide the day in finding out more about process. I was pleased to find to day care for a child or young fostering. out that they do carry out lots person as a member of the household.
They are part of a team around the child and work alongside social workers, children’s parents, teachers, health and other professionals to care for the children and think about the plans for their future. University student Emma, 22, was fostered at the age of 13 after her mum died from cancer. She said that her foster mum, Dyanna, helped her get her life back on track. She said, “When I first went
of checks and assessments to make sure that people really are ready to care for a child.”
Foster care manager, Vanessa Strang, says “The preparation course takes a new recruit through what is involved in fostering children and young people. Most people grow in confidence through the training. They have the chance to meet experienced carers and young people to learn about the task ahead.” Lillian and Mark have fostered teenagers for the last 19 years.
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Getting Your Autumn Garden Ready for Winter and Spring
Gardening Dahlia ‘Salsa Nights’ give a bright bloom for the Autumn
by Tom Wheatcroft There is a definite Autumnal feel to weather at the moment and I am looking forward to spectacular display of autumn colours on the trees and shrubs here at Capel Manor. It really is one of nature’s great displays and I would encourage you to venture out and enjoy it wherever you can. Despite this talk of autumn, it is time to start planning for a fantastic spring display; spring flowering bulbs should be planted in the autumn. Careful selection will result in a long lasting and impressive display; ensure that you choose a selection of different varieties to extend the season. I particularly like dwarf daffodils like Narcissus ‘Tete a Tete’ and reticulated Iris like ‘Pauline’ or ‘Harmony; their colours contrast beautifully and they form nice neat clumps. These can be planted into pots that could then form a container display or can be moved to their final position once in flower. If you stagger the planting then you will have pots in flower for longer.
that will last for years on end. Our lawns put up with a lot throughout the year, and the autumn is a good time to carry out some routine maintenance in order to prepare them for the winter and to ensure a green carpet for next year. Thatch is the build up of dead grass and should be removed, it forms a spongy layer just below the grass, this absorbs moisture preventing it from reaching the roots where it is needed, and it can also harbour fungal diseases and encourage the growth of moss. A firm raking with a wire rake will remove this straw like material, if you have a large lawn a powered lawn rake or scarifyer can be hired. Constant walking, football playing and the like can cause the soil under lawns to become compacted; this reduces the drainage and air pockets within the soil and will result in poor lawn growth and encourage moss. This compaction can be eased by spiking the lawn all over with a garden fork, this will also aid surface drainage and should discourage moss. Once the lawn has been spiked a top dressing can be applied, this can be a mixture of sharp sand and top soil or a ready made lawn soil. This should
be spread lightly over the lawn and then brushed or raked into the holes created by the spiking. This will improve the soil quality and aid drainage for future years. I prefer to feed lawns in the autumn as this promotes strong healthy root growth and a greener lawn the following spring and summer. It is important to use a specific autumn feed, as a spring or summer feed will give you a quick fix and not a long term solution at this time of year. The late season borders in Capel Manor’s walled garden have been performing for some weeks now, the vibrant colours of Dahlias, Red Hot Pokers and Rudbeckia combining brilliantly with the bold foliage of Cannas and Castor Oil Plants, but in coming months the frosts will hit and the perennial plants
Although we have acres of garden to play with at Capel Manor there is no reason why you cannot naturalise bulbs in your gardens at home. Spring flowering bulbs are generally woodland plants so would be happy under a deciduous tree, on the edges of lawns or plant them throughout your borders where other plants will cover their untidy foliage later in the season. Wherever you plant them, as a general rule they should be planted at around three times their own depth; this can be a lot deeper than you Calamagrostis brachytricha might expect. Plant or the common name is Korean Feather Grass. them now for a display
will need a tidy up. Before cutting down all of the foliage and spent flowers consider leaving the seed heads for the winter. They can provide an architectural feature, glistening in the frosts, extend the season of interest in the garden as well as providing a food source for birds. Ornamental grasses, Echinacea, globe thistles, Verbena and Phlomis all provide striking features during the winter months. Tom Wheatcroft, is a Senior Gardener at Capel Manor Gardens
Tom’s Top Autumn Gardening Tips • Bumper crops of apples can be stored wrapped in newspaper, placed in trays and kept in a dry frost free place. Only try to keep apples in perfect condition or they will spoil. • You could always try your hand at making jams, jellies and chutneys with your surplus produce and enter them into Capel Manor’s Taste of Autumn event on 24th and 25th of September. • It is easy for large gaps to appear in the vegetable beds this time of year after harvesting. It is possible to fill these gaps with sowings even now. Onions, shallots, and garlic will all be available as sets from the garden centre; these can go into the ground right now. Winter lettuce and spinach can also still be sown, try Riccio d’Asti and Merlo Nero for spinach and Winter Gem is a good lettuce to try. • It is time to start making plans for the winter ahead. Last winter has made us evaluate what plants will survive a prolonged cold snap. Move tender potted Agapanthus and cannas inside and give those in the border a thick mulch to protect from the worst of the elements. Tree ferns and some palms should be wrapped in horticultural fleece and their crowns in particular should be protected. Bedding geraniums (pelargoniums) will not survive the winter outside but can be kept for next year. Lift from the ground or pot, cut back to around 10cm, re pot and keep them in a light frost free place. • Hedges will definitely need a trim if not done already, doing these in Autumn should mean they will put on little new growth and stay neat and tidy for longer. • Keep deadheading Dahlias, they will reward with their big bold flowers until the first heavy frosts.
What’s On Things to do In September AND OCTOBER City Harvest Festival Saturday 17th September, 10am– 4pm .Run in conjunction with the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens, this show brings together local community farms and gardens from across London. A show for the whole family where ducks, geese, rabbits, ponies, peas and pumpkins make their way to Capel to compete for the best in show. Can you pick a winner? This show also features Bee World. Adults £5.50 Concessions £4.50 (including senior citizens, disabled, students, UB40 holders) Children £2.50 (5s and under go free) Family Ticket £13.50 (2 adults and up to 3 children)
Capel Manor Gardens opens it’s doors in association with the National Gardening Scheme. A chance for you to enjoy the gardens in their autumn colour whilst donating to the NGS. Adults £5.50 Concessions £4.50 (including senior citizens, disabled, students, UB40 holders) Children £2.50 (5s and under go free) Family Ticket £13.50 (2 adults and up to 3 children)
London Open House – discover London’s secrets Sunday 18 September, 10.00 16.00, FREE, open to all Join us for this city-wide celebration of London’s buildings, places and neighbourhoods. Get out and get under the skin of London’s amazing architecture and as part of the weekend, why not visit Enfield’s historical and The Sinatra Show beautifully restored Myddelton Saturday 24th September, 19:30 House and Gardens? See where Back by popular demand we the legendary botanist Mr E A welcome the return of the Bowles created his magic and how sensational Frederick Gardner, as he encouraged gardeners to grow! seen on TV’s ‘Stars In Their Eyes’, Entry to the house and gardens ‘Night Fever’ and recording artist is free to celebrate Open with the Ted Heath Band. He is House London 2011. For more accompanied by the fabulous information call the Information Paul Sykes Big Band, a 17 piece Service on 08456 770 600. ensemble who keep alive the Myddelton House, Bulls Cross, sounds of the swing era, plus Enfield, Middlesex EN9 2HG www. Outstanding two story, six bedroom Vacation Villa sleeps up to guests Hazel Pollard and Elliott leevalleypark.org.uk 12 available from as little as £650 a week. Located 15 minutes Griffiths. This fantastic show recalls from the Disney Theme Parks. the extraordinary life and music Interested in Adoption? of Sinatra and features classic hits Enfield Baptist Church Facilities include Swimming Pool, 29th Spa,Sep TVs, Games Room including: ‘My Way’; ‘New York Cecil Road Enfield EN2 6TG Billiards, Air Hockey, Table Football and Basketball equipment New York’;&‘Chicago’ 17:00 - 20:00 Drop in sessions are provided, Wi-Fi. and more! Tickets £19 Advance booking only, a great way of finding out more Telephone 8366 Theatre 3311 orbox 07967about 681908 for info’ on year, the through the020 Wyllyotts adoption... Every fantastic forShow both high & are lowthousands Season.of children office onrates 01707available 645 005. Pre there www.villaneardisney.info Carvery – 6.00pm Visit The two course throughout the UK needing a carvery dinner includes a choice new permanent family. In Enfield of meat, seasonal vegetables, weabove have children from many Option 1 dessert, tea or coffee; all for£90 just per different monthbackgrounds, cultures £14 per head. and religions and we need new families to reflect this. Children NGS Weekend may be placed for adoption as Saturday 15th – Sunday 16th single children or they may need October, 10am–5pm to be placed with their brothers
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or sisters. Enfield Adoption Service will ensure families get all the information and support they need both before and after adoption. Adopting is about making a real difference to a child’s life. Duty 27th Sep - 28th Sep The Studio Theatre Chickenshed Chase Side, Southgate,London N14 4PE 19:30 - 20:30 £5 - £8 Three plays. Three eras. Three wars. Soldiers fighting in The Battle of Cracy; T E Lawrence on his fatal motorbike ride; and an officer leaving his wife for a present day war... all doing their duty An exploration of class, Englishness and duty - a thread that connects all three pieces together in examining why one might fight for one’s country. By turns intimate and brutal, at times anarchically funny - a life in Duty. ‘War does not determine who is right - only who is left.’ Bertrand Russell Duty Dates and Times: Tuesday 27 September and Wednesday 28 September at 7.30pm Saturday 1 October at 8pm Thursday 6 October and Friday 7 October at 7.30pm Saturday 8 October at 8pm Autumn Bonsai Show Sunday 16th October, 10am–4pm Another opportunity to see a magnificent display of bonsai trees in their autumn glory. Adults £5.50 Concessions £4.50 (including senior citizens, disabled, students, UB40 holders) Children £2.50 (5s and under go free) Family Ticket £13.50 (2 adults and up to 3 children)
and asinine antics is lovingly retold using puppetry, storytelling and original music. Suitable for everyone aged 4 and up. Free craft activity. Stay and play for no extra cost. Tickets £5.00 Please note: Tickets for this event are not available online due to seating layout. Please contact the Wyllyotts Theatre box office on 01707 645 005 for further information or to book your seats. Barnet Ghosts: special Hallowe’en guided walk Meet High Barnet tube station, October 28th-31st 7.30pm. Prize for spookiest costume! Phone 020 8440 6805 www.barnetwalks. talktalk.net The Winner Takes It All Friday 28th October, 20:00 Get ready for the show that’s taking the theatre world by storm as the multi-talented and charismatic cast of this superb ALL NEW production deliver the ultimate pop concert filled with the music of ABBA and the Bee Gees. Tickets £18, £17 concs Advance booking only, through the Wyllyotts Theatre box office on 01707 645 005.
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What’s On Regular Events and Clubs Broomfield Badminton Club Friendly club plays at Enfield Grammar Upper School every Wednesday 8-10pm. Facilities with 4 courts include changing rooms, showers and parking. New members/visitors welcome. For details please contact Naren on 07967 672212 or by email to Narenshah@blueyonder.co.uk. Edmonton Camera Club meet each monday at 7.45pm at Angel Community Centre, Raynham Road, Edmonton, N18 2JF for lectures, discussions, practical evenings, learning events, competitions and exhibitions. We are a friendly club and welcome any visitors. See our website; edmontoncameraclub.co.uk or ring Peter on 020 8363 1568
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. Enfield RSPB meet once a month at St Andrew’s Church Hall, Silver Street, Enfield @ 7.45pm for lectures, quiz evenings, etc & have monthly mid week walks, coach outings & two “birding” holidays a year.Check our website; rspb. org.uk/groups/enfield/news or ring Pauline on 020 8363 1568
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The Potters Bar Photographic Society The Wyllyotts Centre at 7.45pm most Mondays Members enjoy a varied programme of photographic competitions, illustrated lectures, tutorials and workshops throughout the year. Phone the secretary Graham Coldrick on 01438 832504 and he will put you in the picture.Website: www. pottersbar.org/photosociety
Enfield Video Makers now meet at one of the rooms at the rear of St. Stephen’s Church Hall, at the corner of Park Avenue, and Village Road, at 8pm on the first & third Tuesdays of each month.. Please contact Jim Meehan phone 0209 351 1829 if you would like any further information about our activities. email address is jymsyl@ blueyonder.co.uk Enfield Woodcarving Club meets every Tuesday evening 7.30 to 9.30pm in the technology room at Chace Community School, Churchbury Lane EN1 3HQ. Please join us! Beginners welcome. Ring George 0208 363 2529 or Paul 0208 363 9223
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Cuffley Floral Art Club We are a friendly flower arranging club meeting every 2nd Tuesday in the month (except January and August) at Cuffley Hall, Maynards Place from 8pm-10pm. Doors open from 7pm, visitors always welcome. For more information ring Jackie 020 8441 3663 or Val 01707 889447 Oakmere Bridge Club Held at Wyllyotts Centre, Darkes Lane Potters Bar every Monday, 7.30 p.m. to 10 p.m. We are a small friendly club and would welcome new members. We
have vacancies for improvers and intermediate players We play Chicago Bridge. Interested? Then contact either:Janet (Secretary) on 01707 651461 Eleanor (Treasurer) on 01707 650376 Charles (Chairman) on 0208 449 8448 Enfield Croquet Club at Bush Hill Park (off Southbury Road) Cecil Road Entrance Play a sport where men and women can compete on equal terms Club open Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday & Sunday from 2.30pm - FREE tuition - Equipment available - Free Hire- Flat soled shoes must be worn Contact Brian Dawes 020 8366 6005 www. enfieldcroquet.org St. Benedicts Art Club, we are a friendly group who meet on Friday mornings from 9.00 t 12.00 at Bramley Road, Southgate. All artists and budding artists welcom. Fee is £2.00 per session, which includes tea, coffee and biscuits. Contact: Carol on 020 8366 6306 Winchmore Writers Group & Reading Group Both groups are small,friendly and informal and welcome new members. The writing group meets occasional Saurdays 10am - 4.30pm .The reading group meets Tuesdays 1-3pm (term-time only) .We meet at the Friends Meeting House N21. For more details,contact Christine on 0790 5209 459 or christine@ roomofherown.plus.com 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.
What’s On Jack and Jill’s Music Club . Fun and learning through song for 0-4s. Thursdays 10-11am and 1:302:30pm Christ Church URC, Chase Side, Enfield EN2 6NJ. Fridays 10-11am and 11:1512:15pm Grange Park Methodist Church, Park Drive N21 2EU (Term-time only) £3.50 per child, sibling discounts apply. Drop in, no need to book. For more information visit www. jackandjillmusic.co.uk or contact Jacqui 07742 545605
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 (5 well lit courts) at Dame Alice Owen’s School (EN6 2DU) every Wednesday evening (8.15pm to 10.15pm). Visitor fee £4, membership available. Contact: email@example.com for more info.
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.
Enfield Computer Club meets at St. Lukes and St. John’s Community Center, Hawthorn Grove, off Morley Hill, Enfield, every second Sunday in a month from 11am - 5pm. New members always welcome. We are a “selfhelp” club and do not provide formal lectures or lessons. . More details at www.nel80.com or telephone 020-8366-6162.
Potters Bar Cine & Video Society Wyllotts Centre, Potters Bar Alternate Thursdays 8.00pm Contact Penny 01707 656446 or John 01707 872210 www.pottersbarcineand videosociety.org for amateur cinematographers. Programme includes §editing, filming techniques, competition evenings, social functions
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@
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