Your FREE local magazine for the EN area Issue 34 • February 2011
Wedding Venues Finding the perfect location Property - Is this the time to invest? Job Hunting How to find your dream Job
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Hello and Welcome February 2011 issue of EN Magazine. The New Year is well under way and we are pleased to bring you the first issue of EN Magazine for 2011. In this issue of EN Magazine we have the first in a series of articles aimed at helping people who are currently looking for work. We have teamed up with local recruitment guru The Recruitment Guy who shares his experiences of finding the right job for the right people.
Contents Page 3 - 9 Local News and Events Page 10 - 11 Finding A New Job Page 12 - 15 Special Report The Local Property Market Page 16 - 17 Finding the Perfect Wedding Venue Page 18 - 20 Valentine’s Day Gift Giveaway Page 21 - 23 What’s On Local Business Services and Classified Advertising Contacts
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The country’s economy is all over place with different commentators predicting boom or bust depending on the article you read. For most people their biggest purchase is property and their largest outgoing a mortgage. In this issue of EN Magazine we have investigated, with the help of Rightmove.co.uk, the state of the UK housing market and the impact on the local area. How can we produce a February issue without mentioning Valentine’s Day? As well as looking into the history of this day of love, EN Magazine has investigated some ideas for gifts to give on the day. We also have competitions for our readers to win a selection of gifts to give to a loved one. If you have found the one you love then the next step could be marriage. In the first of a series of articles relating to weddings we take a look at finding the right wedding venue. We speak to a local wedding organiser to get their advice on getting the right venue and working with the venue to create your perfect day. EN Magazine would like to hear from its readers about the new proposed Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ) for the Enfield area. A few readers have already told us that they have issues with the planned increase to the CPZ. We have heard that parking may cost as much as £750 per year in the CPZ. We would like to hear from you about your thoughts on this issue. Please email us at email@example.com or write to us at EN Magazine, PO Box 1099 Enfield EN1 9JF. In the December January issue of EN Magazine we had a Christmas gift give away and we would like to thank all our readers who entered the competitions and congratulate the winners. To see a full list of winners please visit our website www.enmagazine.co.uk We hope that you enjoy this issue of EN Magazine. Kind regards
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The Fight For Chase Farm Hospital Moves On NHS London has said that it has agreed with a review led by GPs in Barnet, Enfield and Haringey that planned changes to hospital services in the area have met the four tests set by the Secretary of State.
the concerns of Enfield Council and residents living close to Chase Farm Hospital who feel that services should remain in their current locations.
The decision means that some services at Chase Farm, Barnet and North Middlesex hospitals will be moved between the three hospitals to ensure they are located in the most appropriate places to give people better quality and safer care.
“The local GPs’ clinical review confirmed that no change is simply not an option. Seeing a local hospital change is understandably worrying for local residents, but we would not support changes unless local doctors can show us how it benefits patients.
Before making its decision, NHS London’s Board discussed in detail the report put forward by local GPs, which included evidence by local councils and patient groups on each of the four tests. In particular, the Board raised questions about
“Local doctors have told us that the clinical case put forward almost four years ago has only increased in strength. They say that continuing with plans for women’s and children’s services in the area, as well as consolidating
Ruth Carnall, Chief Executive of NHS London said:
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However not everyone agrees Nick de Bois, Conservative MP for Enfield North, told EN Magazine: “This is just another level of bureaucrats who have a grim determination to push through a plan which is not wanted by the people of Enfield.” “Barnet and North Middlesex Hospitals are overstretched, they are absolutely packed, so where will the extra people go? Even Chase Farm has had to close its doors temporarily because of demand. The A&E, due to its close proximity to
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Local News and Events the M25, is crucial. It will put patients at risk.” This is a view supported by Enfield council and Cllr Doug Taylor, the Leader of Enfield Council, will be meeting with health boss Andrew Lansley on the 7th March to demand answers about the future of Chase Farm Hospital. Cllr Taylor is resolute that the four tests, set by Mr Lansley, and by which he will judge whether reconfiguration will go ahead at Chase Farm Hospital, have not been met. These tests were: Engagement and support from GP commissioners: Strengthened public and patient engagement; Clarity on the clinical evidence base Consistency with current and future patient choice. Cllr Doug Taylor said “Although Andrew Lansley has gone on record to say that nothing has been clearly decided regarding the future of Chase Farm Hospital, I
now want to press him for concrete answers and a decision. The threat of the closure of the 24 hour A&E, and the midwifery services at Chase Farm has been haunting Enfield residents for far too long. It is almost universally understood that Barnet and North Middlesex Hospital are struggling to cope with the patients they receive currently, especially during peak admission times such as evenings and weekends. I am not sure how they can be expected to cope with additional patients that would come from Enfield. I believe that the criteria for these four tests have not been met, and as such no re configuration should take place. “I am very positive about this meeting, and want to make it clear that until more research is carried out, and further consultation, no changes should be made to any services. Mr Lansley will hear this view from me very clearly. I am there to get answers.” added Cllr Doug Taylor.
Pupils make paper to learn about recycling School children from Potters Bar have had a lesson in paper-making from Hertsmere’s recycling officer, Gemma Godfrey.
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Gemma visits schools throughout the year to help highlight ‘green’ issues to young people, including the four r’s - reduce, reuse, recycle, recover - and climate change. She also shows them how to make paper as a way to recycle old scraps of paper as well as newspaper and magazines.
Gemma added: “I actually attended Ladbrooke School so it was nice to see some old faces and pass on what I’ve learnt about recycling and the environment to the children there.”
Gemma explained: “Making paper is really fun, the kids love it, and it’s a great way to recycle used and unwanted paper into a brand new sheet or even a greetings card.”
Councillor Jean Heywood, Environment Portfolio Holder, said: “Part of the council’s work is to promote recycling and other environmental issues so it’s great to see that schools are helping us spread the word to children.”
Donna Corke, Teaching Assistant at Ladbrooke JMI School, where Gemma has recently visited said: “Gemma’s visit was very informative and the children absolutely loved making the paper. I’d like to
For information on recycling visit www.hertsmere.gov.uk/ recycling or if you’re a primary school teacher in Hertsmere and want Gemma to visit your school, please call 020 8207 7480.
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Exciting new leisure and events venue opening at The Zone will be operating at Southgate College on Saturdays and weekday evenings – using the College’s existing facilities to offer activities, services and events for local residents and their families. The Zone aims to be organic and responsive to the requirements of its members. As such, new courses, activities and events will be arranged to meet local demand. Membership is free with courses and events paid for individually. One-off activities and events – Events will be offered both on the premises and off site. Examples of events that are in planning now are: chocolate making, concerts, vehicle checks, day trips – to places of interest, theatre etc Cinema – Children’s cinema every Saturday morning (Do you remember Saturday morning pictures?) plus silent movie nights (with Piano), arthouse films, theme events and film festivals Courses of activities – will be
offered to meet the interests of different groups of local people; from silver surfer IT sessions for over 50s, a range of fun sports and keep fit activities, to short courses to improve your holiday languages, inter-generational cooking, and new fashionable activities such as Knitting. Services – While at the Zone you will be able to enjoy a manicure, have coffee and a snack lunch in the Bistro and even have your car washed. Booking and payment will be mainly online (although there will be facilities to pay at Reception) and there will be a Loyalty Card Scheme. For further information call 020 8982 5050 or visit www.sczone.co.uk
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Local Bar and Restaurant gets a new Look
The Stag bar and restaurant in Enfield Town has reopened with a new look and a surprising offer. “We totally refurbished the pub and restaurant when we first became owners five years ago, but we felt that it was time to give the venue a fresh lick of paint,” David Wright co
owner told EN Magazine. “We closed down for a few weeks in January to freshen up The Stag investing £150,000 in the new look. However we decided to go further than just a bit of decorating and have opened up the access to our restaurant “the room above”. Many people are aware that we have a dinning room upstairs
but had commented that it was not very accessible or easy to find so we have created a larger drinking space and easier access to the restaurant.” The Stag has reopened with an updated look creating a fresh modern urban feel. Bright greens blend with browns and cream on the walls and new modern lighting throughout the bar create a trendy welcoming environment. Tall tables and stools throughout the main bar area create a space designed to relax while you enjoy a drink. With tables, chairs and small stools throughout the rest of the bar area there is plenty of space and seating. The colour scheme follows through to “the room above” which has been redesigned to create a larger dinning area
with ample space to sit 40 dinners in comfort. The new look stag offers a venue where customers can relax and enjoy themselves whether it’s sitting down for a meal, a quick drink or a night out. “To coincide with the opening with our new look we have launched new menus and we will continue to offer a late licensed premises Thursday to Saturday” added David. The new menu really is a surprise; two courses for £9.95 with a selection of eight starters and ten main courses as well as seasonal specials to choose from there is something to please everyone.
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Reading through the menu, which includes Warm Chicken Liver Salad or Mussels, to start and Bangers and Mash and Sea Food Linguine for mains had my mouth watering and that was before I even got to look at the selection of tempting deserts. “We are well aware that it is a tough time for people at the moment, but that does not mean they have to give up going out and enjoying themselves,” said David. “We have created, what we believe is an affordable and exciting menu which customers can enjoy. We have held all our drinks prices to the same as before we closed and resisted
adding the VAT increase to our drinks.” As well as the restaurant menu there is as a bar and snack menu available daily and a Sunday Lunch available on Sundays from 12-5pm. “We hope that customers old and new will enjoy the changes that we have made to the Stag and will join us to eat as well as drink,” said David.
For further information on opening times at The Stag or to book for your chance to try the new dinning experience call in or phone 020 8363 1836.
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A Night of Classic Soul Tired of sitting in on long dark evenings? Why not brighten up your Saturday night with a musical extravaganza. The Great American Soulbook will be appearing on Saturday 5th February at the Wyllotts Theatre in Potters Bar. Along with a stunning 8 piece band made up of the UK’s greatest musicians from the bands of Van Morrison, Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, Jeff Beck, Jerry Lee Lewis, this is an amazing night made up of some of the greatest soul songs ever written. The legendary Gary U.S Bonds will host the show, and as well as belting out his own hits such as ‘New Orleans’ and ‘Quarter To Three’, you’ll also hear Gary sing some of the world’s most loved tunes from one of the most loved eras. Gary will be teaming up with another Soul legend, Ben E. King for what
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Can You Cope When Your Computer Goes Wrong? Computers have become part of every day life both at work and at home. From checking emails and staying in touch with friends and family on facebook and twitter, to banking and booking the next holiday, storing photos videos music and playing games, what would we do without a computer?
of the matter is that with data constantly moving on and off and
However computers are machines, they have working parts and when they go wrong the frustration and anger that this can lead to when you miss an email or lose photos and information can be intense.
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Your computer’s health and life span depends almost entirely on how well you take care of it. Basic maintenance and fine-tuning can, in most cases, double the life of your machine, continued Nick. “When you have a problem with your PC or Laptop it is essential that the fault is diagnosed correctly by an
experienced technician. In our repair centre the team carry out the necessary tests, diagnose and repair problems on PC’s and Laptops. If there is a hardware fault i.e. hard disk failure then the customer is notified with the respective replacement costs quoted. In many cases all the PC or Laptop need is a good service, which is what Hi-Tech specialise in. Frequently customers find that their systems operation is dramatically improved by our full system clean up service.” Operating from their fully insured premises on Chase Side means that Hi-Tech’s customers can drop-in and leave their system to be repaired. This saves customers both time and money as there is no call- out charges or the inconvenience of a Technician on their premises for an unknown period of time. “All of your system data documents pictures settings etc are safe, the only thing that is cleaned from you PC or laptop is all the nasty bugs
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and junk slowing it down. Once this is done we leave some tools on your desktop so you can continue to maintain it yourself. A full internal and external valet is carried out as well.” At the moment Hi-Tech Computers offer a full service which includes a Years Kaspersky Anti-virus. At a special reduced rate of £99.00 Inc VAT Hi-Tech Computers also hold a large stock of original Laptop chargers and computer cables in their shop, which
they make sure, are the most competitively priced in the area. “and if we do not have what you are looking for or need we will find it for you, added Nick. “We also still give a generous 10% discount to all local community services including School Teachers, Police and Fire brigade and NHS employees.” For more information contact Hi-Tech Computers on 020 8363 9424 or visit them at 149 Chase Side Enfield.
Enfield Arts Network
A new community for the artists of Enfield The Enfield Arts Network has been set up by local artists and arts supporters to bring together artists of all art forms and arts organisations based in Enfield, North London.
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1. Link Artists of all Art Forms, Arts Organisations and businesses that provide services to Artists and Arts Organisations from across the borough of Enfield. 2. Provide Networking and promotion opportunities through quarterly events. 3. Promote Enfield Arts through supporting events such as Exhibitions, Painting, Dance, Acting, Poetry Readings, Performances etc. 4. Produce a quarterly newsletter/brochure promoting Arts Events and stories with
5. Provide a website where Artists, Organisations and Arts linked businesses can list themselves and promote their events and special offers.
7. To produce an annual brochure for Enfield schools with information about local Artists and projects that they might have on offer. 8. Build a mailing list that the general public can sign up to be kept up to date with arts events across the borough. The Enfield Arts Network will be having a Launch Event in March/April 2011. To register your interest and or to join the Network visit www. enfieldartsnetwork.co.uk
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Job-hunting is a skill, just like learning to use a computer, drive a car or speak a foreign language. Unfortunately most people spend more time researching a holiday than they do planning for a new job.
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Whether you are looking for your very first job, changing jobs or planning a career change, a little research goes a long way! If you are not currently working, then the job search process should be considered a full time job
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It is also very helpful to write down where you’d like to be in 10 years, 5 years, 3 years, 1 year or 6 months time. Maybe you want to change direction completely and need to go back to further education? I find it very upsetting when I meet young people who have followed a specific course only to discover that there are very few actual jobs available for them. Forensic science is a great example. The TV series CSI has inspired thousands of people to study forensic science at university; only to find out that there are really only a limited number of vacancies available. And those positions go to applicants who have studied at specific educational establishments. A little research goes a long way! Also, think about getting some relevant work experience. I met a young lady who had studied journalism at University and was still looking for a job in journalism 7 months after graduating. She kept missing out because she had no work experience…but had only written to the two local papers once. She had ignored all the other local
press/publishers and had not even attempted to make contact with publishers in central London. No wonder she was out of work. Think about the hours you want to work and where about in the country. Will you need to relocate; do you need to drive? Once you have worked out what your ‘dream job’ is, and if you are eligible; then start your search. Don’t just use the obvious methods such as; Local and National papers and well-known job boards such as Reed, Monster and Total Jobs. Also look at local independent recruitment agency sites, specialist sites and those of specific companies you’d like to work for. Don’t forget the Job Centre of course; you’d be surprised how many employers only use the Job Centre network. Getting out and about can pay dividends too; many of the local independent recruitment agencies have a wealth of local contacts that the big guys just don’t have. Also look at social networking sites such as Linkedin, Facebook and Twitter. A great resource is friends & family; make sure all your immediate family & friends know exactly what kind of work you seek and ask them if they have any useful contacts. Lastly, don’t try to do everything in one day; plan what you will do on certain days. Write down a list of your objectives; break them down into daily tasks and then tick them off as you work your way through them. And give yourself a pat on the back; very few people actually do this! You are on your way. Good luck! In the next article, The Recruitment Guy will deal with Application forms, CVs, covering letters and ‘cold’ approaches to prospective employers. You can contact the Recruitment Guy at help@ therecruitmentguy.com or watch a series of Free Videos at www.therecruitmentguy.com
Get the Job You Really Want Right now the job market is balanced in favour of companies - they have the pick of the crop. More than ever you need to have that extra something to stand out from the crowd. At times like these you need the best advice and strongest resources available to land your perfect job. You are going to be up against seriously stiff competition. James Caan re-invented how to place people in the jobs they wanted and propelled himself into a new career as an entrepreneur and a stalwart of the BBC’s Dragons’ Den. He did it all by following his mantra: “Observe the masses and do the opposite.” In ‘Get The Job You Really Want’, James Caan shows you how to find the best employers, get a foot in the door, thrive in the interview, and close the deal on a job offer.
Job Hunting to package yourself to make sure you secure an interview. The vital importance of preparation, so that you are relaxed and give a great performance at interview. How to show your passion, and ask the perfect questions. And finally, how to use your power by closing the best deal on a job offer. At every stage I will help you rethink the traditional, formulaic approach to job hunting. It is the detail that makes the difference. This book is not about hoping you get lucky. It is about creating your own luck.” EN Magazine has a copy of ‘Get the Job You Really Want’‚ published by penguin to give away. For your chance to win tell us which TV programme James Cann appears on. Send your answer with your name, your date of birth, address and a contact number to EN Magazine at competitions@ enmagazine.co.uk or EN Magazine PO Box 1099, Enfield , EN1 9JF. Entries must arrive by Monday 20th February to be included in the draw.
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“An Englishman’s home is his castle” but for many people buying a property has been seen as an investment and security for their future. Over the last few years the impact of the rescission and the effects of sub prime lending (making loans to people who may have difficulty maintaining the repayment schedule) have slowed the growth in the property market, property values and mortgage lending. In association with Rightmove. co.uk and local estate agents EN Magazine has taken a look at the local property market over the last year to see how it has performed and what 2011 may bring. “2010 was a tough year for the property sector” says Richard Oughton of Ellis and Co, “although we did see some movement in property sales it was incredibly slow. Already this year we have seen demand for property grow from both first time buyers wanting to get that first foot on the property ladder and people wanting to move up the ladder. Seeing an increase in the number of people looking to move up is a positive sign that the market is picking up momentum as
these people free up space for first time buyers. The one negative that we are still seeing is the failure of banks and building societies in lending money. When they do we are finding that people have a good selection of properties available to chose from.” Rightmove.co.uk’s monthly report for the London area in January provides early indications of potential buyer and seller activity in the capital, giving a timely insight into the London property market patterns that may emerge in the year ahead. New stock levels this month are at a two year low, and this lack of new supply is expecting to assist an upward trend in new sellers’ average asking prices for the next few months as it coincides with the run in to the spring moving season. Nationally the market remains thin and open to volatility. On the upside a shortage of fresh property stock helps push prices upwards in popular areas, giving a positive sheen to countrywide averages. Battling to bring the national
average down are those less desirable locations and property types where prices are under pressure due to a famine of ready, willing and able buyers. There is clear evidence of the knock-on effects of two-tier mortgage lending. Prospective buyers of flats, terraced and semidetached are, by definition, less likely to benefit from the higher deposits built up by detached property purchasers and therefore will be thinner on the ground. Consequently, Rightmove has recorded year-on-year asking price falls for flats, terraces and semidetached properties of around 1%, while detached properties have increased by 1.6%. Miles Shipside, director of Rightmove comments: “This month’s price rise will come as a welcome respite to prospective sellers as they had witnessed falls in five of the previous six months. However, it is a two-tier market. Those areas and property types coveted by mortgageready buyers are likely to
experience a supply famine that will help underpin their prices this spring. Wherever those deposit-rich choose not to wander, the on-going mortgage famine will ensure sellers in those areas will remain buyer-hungry and will continue to see downward price pressure”. As well as the slight rise in new sellers’ asking prices, record internet search traffic provides a welcome sign of pent-up buyer demand. The first ten days of the year were Rightmove’s busiest ever period for website traffic, averaging 25m pages viewed per day. The semi-detached property type is in the shortest supply, down 30% on last year, while detached, terraces and flats are all down around 10%. Owners of semi-detached homes wishing to move rely heavily on the ability of terrace home-owners to trade up, but terrace occupiers, in turn, are hardest hit by the dearth of first-time buyers and lack of chains. In addition, for owners of semis bought within the last few years, the overall price standstill during that period has probably seen their equity stagnate or diminish. “These figures show that owners of semis aspiring to trade up are the most likely to feel trapped and frustrated of those stuck on the property ladder. They would previously have sold to owner-occupiers of terraces, who in turn would have sold to first-time buyers or buy-to-let investors. With fewer buyers at the bottom of the chain, and short chains due to more vacant property, some are obviously unwilling or unable to come to market. Also semi-detached owners
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National Asking Price Trend by Property Type
face the biggest price jump to trade up to their target market of detached homes, and lenders are no longer as profligate in their ways to fund this traditional step onto the next rung of the ladder.” said Miles Shipside. While there has been much property market speculation on the effects of a rise in base rates, the impact of the
recent increase in VAT has gone almost unnoticed. This major change in fiscal policy is now picking the pockets of everyone. However, it is likely to have a more damaging effect on those looking to make a financial commitment in the already challenging first-time buyer, terrace, flat or semi-detached markets, rather than the more financially resilient and established
owners of detached homes. “The sustained period of record internet property traffic we have seen at the start of the year shows that the prospective mass market are searching avidly to find the right buy that will satisfy their housing needs. But everyone now sees less money in their wallet as a result of the VAT increase and so stability in
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to prospective sellers in the London area as they had witnessed falls in both November and December. Sellers in the run up to Christmas normally have a pressing reason to sell so chopped back their prices, while sellers launching to the market in the New Year are traditionally more optimistic.” London has measured rises in
new sellers’ asking prices in January for seven of the last nine years. This year’s increase has been assisted by upward price pressure resulting from a shortage of fresh property coming to market. The 7,894 newly marketed properties measured in the Rightmove. co.uk report are 5.4% down on the 8,348 recorded in the same period last year, and remain well-below pre-credit
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Although the news across London from Rightmove. co.uk is not as positive as most of us would like, local estate agent Andrew Standen of Chamberlains has a much brighter outlook. “We have started the year very optimistically with a considerable number of valuations being carried out and new properties coming to the market. The type of properties we are visiting covers the full spectrum from first time buyer homes right through to the larger detached family houses. It is also encouraging to see the substantial number of serious buyers who have registered with us since the start of 2011”. According to the Council of Mortgage Lenders gross mortgage lending in
December was an estimated £11.0 billion. This represents a 6% drop from £11.7 billion in November. December was the fourth month in a row where the monthly outturn has been the weakest since 2000 (£10 billion). The figure is 18% lower than the £13.3 billion in December 2009, although comparisons are distorted as some households brought forward house purchase activity in the closing months of 2009 to take advantage of the stamp duty concession expiring at the end of the year. Andrew Standen added “Although we are hearing that the amount of lending from banks and mortgage companies is down year on year locally we are seeing property sales completing with funding in place. Going forward we see the market potentially picking up but need to see the banks and building societies releasing funds to sustain the market.”
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Finding the Perfect Venue for Your Wedding This year the media will be filling pages, screens and websites with talk of Weddings. Spurred on by the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton who will marry on 29th April in Westminster Abbey, with a reported £12 million budget for this Royal occasion, it is sure to be a wedding to remember. However not everyone has the kind of budgets available to royalty but still want to put on a day that will be remembered forever by the happy couple and guests alike. One key area to the success of the day is the location. We cannot all afford Westminster
Abby and processions through London but choosing the perfect location can help create your dream day. The first thing to take into account when choosing a wedding location is that there are likely to be two parts of your wedding to organise – the wedding ceremony and the wedding reception. As regards the ceremony, a church wedding is still the favourite choice for many couples, and most have a particular church in mind. In this case, the reception must be planned around the ceremony location. Factors such as ease of transport from service to reception will be important when planning your church
wedding. If, on the other hand, you’re thinking about a civil wedding, you have the option of choosing a venue that will host both your wedding ceremony and your wedding reception. If this is what you are hoping for, you will need to choose a venue that is licensed for marriage ceremonies. The type of wedding you have will depend partly on how big it will be, so here are some things to think about before approaching wedding venues. Venue capacity: It may sound obvious but many venues will not be able to magic up extra space from nowhere if you add 20 extra guests at the last minute. You should have a good idea of numbers before you start looking at venues. Seated or standing wedding reception? A formal meal will obviously require more space than a stand-up buffet, so a venue whose seating capacity is 100 might well be able to accommodate 200 for a canapé reception. Which do you want? Entertainment facilities: Bands and other entertainment can take up a large amount of space, as can a dance floor, so decide when and where you want the entertainment to take place, and check with the venue that this can be done in the space available. Your budget is often a determining factor when selecting a venue. Rob Jameson, Manager of Forty Hall Banqueting, told EN Magazine. “When speaking to wedding venues, some people are reticent in giving them a clear indication of their budget. A good
venue is not necessarily trying to increase their share of the budget but to make sure that it is best appropriated to create your perfect day. The more information that you give the wedding planners and organisers about what is essential to you and the budget available; their experience can help you to cut back in some areas and splash out in others. In this way we can help you create exactly what you want within budget.” “If choosing a venue that offers civil partnership you can often have more flexibility on the day. We cater for an increasing number of “fusion weddings”, bringing together two distinct cultures to blend their traditions for the day. We recently hosted a Jewish and Chinese wedding and from our experience of organising both types of weddings before, we where able to help fuse the traditions of these two cultures to create a memorable event for all.” “A civil ceremony in a licensed venue does not mean you have to turn your back on religious beliefs, unlike a registry office. Once the civil service has taken place a Priest, Minister, Maulvi or Rabbi can bless the wedding.” “Most wedding venues have lists of preferred suppliers. These are often seen as companies who may be more expensive. However as a
Wedding Planning wedding organiser this is the last consideration for us. The companies on our preferred supplier list are ones that we trust not to let us and more importantly the Bride and Groom down on the day. We have worked with these companies before and can often negotiate better prices on behalf of our clients.”
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If the more traditional venues aren’t for you, don’t worry – Britain has a wealth of unusual and unique place for you to tie the knot. Wookey Hole Caves in Somerset is just one of the showcaves in Britain to be fully licenced to allow you to hold your wedding down there. Steeped in over 50,000 years
Brighton Pier is one of only a few piers in Britain where you can hold your ceremony, start your day exchanging your vows in Victoria’s Bar and then into Palm Court where they can cater for your event. You can finish the day off nicely with a ride on the merry-go-round. HMS Belfast is a London landmark and one of the capital’s most unique venues. Voted the eighth most popular wedding location in the World, it is sure to provide a memorable day and with amazing views of Tower Bridge and the Tower of London, your declarations of love to each other couldn’t be any closer to the heart of London For football fans perhaps marrying at Old Trafford could be more what you have in mind. The home of Premier league team Manchester United is fully licensed to hold your ceremony and your reception in one of it banqueting suites.
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Valentine’s A day to say
“I Love You” Today fortunately the stakes are not so high, but get your Valentine the wrong gift, and you might not live it down either. Red roses are traditionally associated with Valentine’s day as the gift to give but what other gifts can say I love you, EN Magazine has some suggestions.
As a nation we spend an average of £2.4 billion every year on flowers, chocolates and dinners for two on Valentine’s Day. But where did this tradition come from, and who was St. Valentine anyway? A look into the past tells us that February 14th was originally a celebration of the Queen of the Roman Gods and Goddesses, Juno. She was also the Goddess of women and marriage and the following day, February 15th, began the Feast of Lupercalia, where names of young boys and girls were drawn from a vessel to match up partners for the duration of the festival. In Roman times boys and girls were always kept apart except for this one evening a year when more often than not this early from of matchmaking led to love and marriage. During the early 200AD, the Roman Emperor Claudius II was finding it difficult to
enlist young men to become soldiers in his bloody and unpopular campaigns. Blaming the happy marriages of the people of Rome, Claudius the Cruel, as he later became known, cancelled all marriages and engagements in Rome to encourage more young men to leave their loved ones and families behind and join his crusade. Father Valentine was a priest in Rome at the time and together with his accomplice Father Marius, they secretly married the young couples. For disobeying the Emperor, the Prefect of Rome condemned Father Valentine to be beaten to death with clubs and have his head cut off! But before his death on 14th February 269AD Father Valentine passed a love note to the gaoler’s daughter signed “from your Valentine”, which is said to be where the tradition for sending valentine cards originates.
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This very limited edition range will be available from Harvey Nichols, Whole Foods, on-line at Holland&Barratt and other independent retailers while stocks last. You will also be able to order it directly from the website packaged up as an extra special Valentine’s card for that someone special. Or add a bit of sparkle with Nicolas Feuillatte champagne. For her - She (Rose), is delicate, sensitive, laden with strawberries which will overwhelm you . This Champagne will surely tingle your senses creating the perfect atmosphere to fall in love. Or for him – He (Brut) is elegant well balanced and confidant and will make your day special. Woo your special someone and say I love you with Nicolas Feuillatte’s champagne available exclusively at John Lewis.
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Or for a adult theme to spice up your Valentine’s how about taking your loved one to An Evening of Burlesque at the Wyllyotts Theatre on Saturday 19th February, at 8pm. For further details vist www. wyllyottstheatre.co.uk. This is a brand-new theatre production that recreates the tradition of Burlesque, giving it a modern-day twist. An Evening of Burlesque brings to life this intriguing art form. “The show brings variety back to the theatre, combining comedy, magic and vocal harmony with couture costumes, breathtaking choreography and a fabulous score,” says show producer Michael Taylor. Elegant showgirls combine Parisian charm with Las Vegas glamour in a spectacle that marries live vocal talent with the art of burlesque.” An Evening of Burlesque is compered by the delectable Kiki Kaboom and includes the cream of British Burlesque talent including Miss Hotcake Kitty, Amber Topaz, Chrys Columbine, Miss Slinky Sparkles, Ginger Blush and The Kalki Hula Girl. With magic, music and song this is a production that promises to be the talk of the town for months to come. It is for over18s only.
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For those in couples, Valentine’s Day is a cause for celebration, but for millions of single people it is simply one of those days that can’t go quickly enough. Finding a dearth of cards at your front door, being surrounded by couples holding hands and hearing stories of romantic gestures just seem to enhance the feeling of loneliness. To make matters worse, the approach of ‘V Day’ seems endless, with cards, gifts and decorations in the shops for weeks; a stark single status reminder at every turn. So for those of you in couples, have a heart for those without that special someone! This year however, I have vowed not to let my single pride wane. I’ll be reminding myself that this hyped-up, money-making celebration isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. I was recently at a restaurant with a friend who began lamenting about our single status when she realised we were sandwiched between two tables of couples. But whilst they barely uttered a word and looked infinitely bored, we were gossiping and laughing away as only two happy-go-lucky single girls can. If that is what being in a relationship amounts to, I choose singledom every time! And when you look at Valentine’s Day like that, it doesn’t seem so bad at all!
What’s On Things to do in February Sport Unlimited – Spring 2011 FREE!! Squash Coaching sessions for8-16yrs (New participants only) Every Wednesday from 18th January until 29th March (No coaching during half term) Wednesday 5pm – 5:45pm or Wednesday 5.45pm – 6:30pm Additional coaching is available for previous participants 6:30pm – 7:15pm – U12s 7:15pm – 8pm 12yrs+ £50 non members/£40 members you must phone text or email to secure your placePhone: - Vickie Prow on 07904 300288 Email: sport@thewalkerground. co.uk Barnet Ghosts: guided walk Meet outside High Barnet tube station booking office, February 12th and March 5th 7.30pm. Phone 020 8440 6805 www.barnetwalks. talktalk.net The King’s Web an inspiring story of love and rebellion. Chickenshed Theatre Chase Side, Southgate, London N14 4PE Friday 4 March – Thursday 17 March Tickets: £15, concessions £13 Box Office: 020 8292 9222 / firstname.lastname@example.org / Women’s World Day of Prayer for 2011. This will take place on 4th March 2011 – 10.30am Enfield Baptist Church, Cecil Rd, Enfield EN2 6TG and 7.30pm at Jesus Church, Forty Hill, EN2 9EU. The service has been prepared by Christian Women of Chile on the theme ‘How Many Loaves Have You?’ the speakers are: Revd. Jackie Fish at the morning service and Mrs. Sue Warwick in the evening.
chinchillas. Take a tractor and trailer ride or a walk through the countryside to see cows being milked in our modern dairy farm. Kids can play in the tractor barn, piglets’ paradise, the soft play Bundle Barn and on the Jumping Pillows and incredible Spider Tower. A delicious bite to eat at the Orchard Café can keep Mum, Dad and the kids happy for the whole day. Lee Valley Park Farms, Stubbins Hall Lane, Waltham Abbey, Essex EN9 2EF Lee Valley Minithon Saturday 19 February, 13:00 - 17:00, £8 per person, booking essential, aimed at children under 12. A popular athletics competition for school years 3-7, offers the chance to take part in three different sporting disciplines at London’s state of the art Athletics Centre. Kids can enjoy high jump, vertical jump and long jump, shot putt and 60m hurdles. Age restrictions may apply to some events. Entry forms available from the Athletics Centre on 020 8344 7230. Early booking is essential. Lee Valley Athletics Centre, Meridian Way, Edmonton, London N9 OAR Star Track Monday 21 - Friday 25 February, 13:00 - 16:00, booking essential, from £33 for a five day course The perfect way to keep your children active during the half term week! Children aged eight to twelve years will receive coaching in sprints, relays, jumps and throws from top coaches at the UK’s best athletics venue. To book contact the Athletics Centre on 020 8344 7230. Lee Valley Athletics Centre, Meridian Way, Edmonton, London N9 OAR
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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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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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From Buenos Aires, Argentine Tango, passionate, intimate and powerful - the ultimate dance of man and woman. Our professional, international teachers offer gentle encouragement to beginners and a wealth of experience to intermediate or more advanced dancers. Enjoy an evening of the best in traditional and nuevo music in an atmospheric setting. No partner necessary. Tuesdays 8:00 – 8:45 Intermediate Argentine Tango class 8:45 – 9:30 Beginners Argentine Tango class 9:30 – 11:00 Milonga (Free practice time for all levels) £9.00 per person which includes classes, general dancing and complimentary soft drinks and nibbles Venue- St Paul’s Centre, 102 Church Street, Enfield, EN2 6AR 07903 244085 www.dancematrix.com/tango
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
Grange Park Flower Club meets at Church in the Orchard Hall corner of Old Park Ridings and Park Drive every 3rd Monday of the month at 2pm.No December meeting. Flower arrangements are made by a demonstrator,then raffled afterwards.Visitors are most welcome £4.00. Contact Marion at 8360 1328
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 dance matrix2.indd 1 (Chairman) on 0208 449 8448 Enfield Winemakers St. Stephen’s Church Hall, Village Road, Enfield3rd Friday of each month @ 8 – 10.30pm New members welcome 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 020
8886 6643 (Basil) 020 8883 6612 (Wendy) 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. The groups are lead by an experienced teacher and published writer and there is a modest charge. 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. 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’.
What’s On 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 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. Peter’s 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 Louise Watson on 020 8360 6969 “Ears of Enfield”, Enfield’s very own social group for hard of hearing people, meet at Oakwood Baptist Church, Merrivale, Southgate, London N14 4TE. Our meetings are on the first Tuesday of each month from 2pm to 4pm. We have a varied and interesting programme to suit all tastes. For details ring 020 8482 0212. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org for more info. 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. The Civil Service Retirement Fellowship, Enfield and Edmonton groupsholds meetings on the first Monday of the month in Enfield (at St. Andrews Church Hall Enfield; and the third Monday at Millfield
House. Edmonton,each meeting from 10am to noon. All former, serving, and retired Civil Servants and their partners welcome. Contact Sue on 020 8360 4361 for more information. 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 email@example.com. The subscriptioin rate is £32 for the full season - Visitors are asked to pay a £1 visitor’s fee,
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•Pre and after party cleaning, including weekends• One off cleaning •All our cleaners are fully vetted, insured and take pride in what they do. The Rotary Club of Enfield Chase For bookings or additional information please contact us: Meets on Thursday mornings from tel:01707 659915 email:firstname.lastname@example.org www.domestico.co.uk 7.30am until 8.30 am in the Coffee Lounge, Enfield Baptist Church, • Digital Aerials Cecil Road, Enfield Town. For more • DAB Domestico4.indd 1 24/8/10 information call 020 8367 7278
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Dance Classes Latin and Ballroom Combining the elegance of Ballroom with the dynamic Latin American dances these nice ‘n’ easy fun introductory classes will ease even the most hesitant firsttime dancer on to the dance floor with confidence. WEDNESDAYS 8:00 – 8:45 Improvers/Intermediate Class 8:45 – 9:30 Beginners Class 9:30 – 10:15 Social Dancing for all levels St Thomas’ Hall 79a Prince George Avenue Oakwood N14 4SN Car park is at the rear of the building. Call 07903 244085 for details
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