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Your FREE local magazine for the EN area Issue 44 • March 2012

Home Colour Schemes

Things to do this Easter

Surviving a Boiler Breakdown

Local News & What’s On Living • Leisure • Lifestyle


Hello and Welcome to the March 2012 issue of EN Magazine. With Easter only a few weeks away, we take a look at days out and Easter activities. From Easter Egg Hunts, to Falconry displays, we have a few ideas that we hope will offer something for everyone.

Contents Page 3 - 11 Local News and Events Page 12 - 15 Days Out and Things To Do This Easter Page 16 - 19 Weddings - Advice on venues and what to wear Page 20 - 21 Test Drive - When a boiler goes wrong Page 22 - 25 Home Improvements - Colour Schemes and ideas for around the home Page 26 - 28 Spring Gardening Advice Page 29 Showtime Page 31 - 32 Things To Do Local Business Services and Classified Advertising Contacts Douglas Lee Publisher Sarah Vittachi Features Editor Gillian Smith Staff Writer Joy Prince Credit Controll Tel: 020 8367 3917

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As Easter gives many of us an extra few days break, some of us will use this time to carry out home improvements. In this issue we investigate the trends in home colour decoration for 2012. Have you ever had a boiler breakdown and been left in the cold with no hot water? It happened to EN Magazine. We share our experiences and the solutions that we used to get our house warm again and with hot running water. After the 29th of February, a few potential brides may have taken advantage of the leap year to propose. EN Magazine takes a look at planning a wedding, with advice from experts on choosing a venue, getting the right dress and a few more top tips. I hope that you enjoy reading this issue of EN Magazine. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with me if you have any comments on, dal@enmagazine.co.uk Kind regards

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Making Fund Raising Fun For All Local fund raising group OLSGEIRE kicked off their fundraising events for 2012 with a golf day at Crews Hill Golf Club. The day was a great success with over £6,500 being raised for charity. “This year we have set ourselves a target to raise of £20,000“ said founding member Noel Sainsbury. “We appreciate that times are hard for people so we have tried to organize a range of events that people can enjoy participating in to raise money. As well as the golf day, we have held a St Patricks Dance event, with music from Terry and the Bannermen and Enfield based Trainor School of Irish Dancing, in Aid of Richard House Children’s Hospice

& Duck Winchmore Hill, in aid of Kidzone.

and a Family St Patrick luncheon with local Irish Musicians - the Feith An Cheoil School of Irish Music. The Charity takes its name from OLSG (Our Lady of Mount Carmel & St George) the church that most of the group are attached to and EIRE stands for Enterprising Independent Resourceful Ethical which mirrors the philosophy of the group. Future events which they are organising include on Saturday 14th April Grand National Race Night, at Dog

For more info on OLSGEIRE. COM or any of the events above contact Noel at 07866 456 249

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PTA raises £21,000 for School Minibus After five years of fundraising, Chace Community School’s PTA, Chace Association, raised the £21,000 for a much needed new minibus. And at its quiz night on Saturday 10th March, the keys to the brand new 14 seater were handed over to headteacher, Sue Warrington.   “This mini bus will be well used driving teams to matches, taking groups to their college placements, taking students on Duke of Edinburgh expeditions – it will be used for trips to all sorts of places,” Sue Warrington said. “This is a great achievement demonstrating the PTA’s commitment, dedication and hard work. Chace staff, students and I are indebted to Angie Crouch, Chair of the PTA, whose dream this was, and her loyal PTA

Over the Weekend of the 19th and 20th May, they are taking part in a green belt relay over 220 miles. You can join in the fun of running as a team,in Aid of Kidzone. Drivers and Water Marshalls are also required to help at the event. Or take part in an Enfield to Essex 60 Mile Charity Bike Ride, in aid of Headway on Sunday 1st July

Angie Crouch Chair of the PTA and Sue Warrington in the driving seat.

team, and our very own Mr Lance who have all worked so hard to raise the funds for this much needed mini bus. It will benefit all Chace students.” To raise the money, Chace Association members provided help and refreshments for school events, such as open evenings, plays and concerts, with all donations going to the minibus fund. They also organized fundraising events such as indulgence nights, table top sales and craft fares, alongside their most popular event, ‘quiz night’, which has always been supported by loyal quizzers.

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Do you want to be standing there at the start of summer wishing you had started LighterLife months ago? If you take up the challenge and join LighterLife, in just three months you could be nearly three stone lighter and well on your way to a healthier life. In 2011 LighterLife has helped clients lose over 100,000 stone – that is equivalent to the weight of more than 600 family cars! If you can answer yes to more than one of the reasons below then get in contact with your local LighterLife Weight Management Counsellor Heather Newham and start your weight-loss journey today. Reasons for losing weight:1, Improve your sex life 2, Have the confidence to apply for a promotion 3, Be able to look in the mirror 4, Want to feature in photographs 5, Enjoy going swimming 6, Not be asked if you’re pregnant 7, Walk 10 miles rather than 10 steps 8, Come off medication 9, Play active sports with your children 10, Be able to shop on the High Street for clothes To find out more about LighterLife call Heather Newham on 0208 366 4443 or visit www.lighterlife.com/heathernewham



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In 1618 a Royal Charter granted by James 1 established for the benefit of the poor in the Ancient Parish of Enfield a market – today we still have a market in Enfield Town, but it seams that only the rich can afford to park their cars. Car parking throughout the Borough of Enfield is becoming a contentious issue for traders, the public and Enfield Council. The cost of parking throughout Enfield varies from £1 to £1.20 for an hour in car parks and on street pay and display bays charge 30 pence to 40 pence for 15 minutes. And if you’re a fee minutes over you can be hit with a £110 fine. Enfield Council has also introduced fees to park in Enfield Town on Sunday since January 2012.

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“Many of our clients can identify with several of these statements and when they join LighterLife they want to put their weight issues and all these negative comments behind them as quickly as possible”, says Heather Newham LighterLife Counsellor for Enfield. Within weeks they are receiving positive and refreshing comments from family, friends and even complete strangers. With LighterLife we can guarantee fast, simple, safe and effective weight-loss. This enables our clients to feel, lighter, happy and more confident in all elements of their life.”

To Park or Not to Park?

that parking charges are having a major impact on local business,” said Martha owner of Papylon in Winchmore Hill. “Due to the cost of parking, in the bays by the parade of local shops along Green Lanes where my shop is, I know customers drive the extra few hundred yards to Sainsburys where parking is free. Instead of people supporting the local shops they spend their money

with muliti-nationals.” “Talking to my customers they say how they would like to support the local independents but they are deterred by the cost of parking and the risk of incurring a parking ticket if they a few minutes late returning to their car.” It is not just the shopkeepers that are complaining about the parking charges. Mrs J Townsend from West Enfield told EN Magazine. “I used to like going into Enfield Town and strolling around the shops. I am now 76 and am not as agile on my feet as I used to be. It is to far for me to walk into Enfield so I get friends to drive me into town. However the cost to park for a couple of hours of £2.40 means I have to think seriously if I need to go into Enfield, as it is more than I can really afford and I can not expect my friends to pay. It used to be nice to pop into Enfield and meet friends for a cup of tea and a look around but these days I am doing it less and less.” But what is the answer? Well it seams that in Potters Bar the issue of parking has been resolved to the benefit


Local News and Events of both local business, the public and the council. Joy Prince of LeeJoys School Uniform on the High Street in Potters Bar told EN Magazine, “Last year the local council wanted to introduce paid parking bays on the two main shopping streets through Potters Bar, these had previously been free for an hours parking. The shopkeepers and local people petitioned the council and a compromise was reached. Today local people can park in the bays for free for half an hour or pay 20 pence for an hour. Even if you are only staying for the half hour you still have to take a ticket, so usage of the bays is controlled and limited. This way it stops people clogging up the parking allday and means that there is a constant turn over of local people being able to pop into local shops.” Throughout Enfield Local business are asking to support a similar scheme with free 20minutes parking

to help local people support local business. One local trader Vic Smith of Vic Smiths Beds has created a non-profit website to help raise awareness and support of the parking issues. On the site, www. enfieldtradealliance.co.uk, they have come up with some inventive ways, in which the council could still raise money from parking, keep congestion down, allow people to park locally and support local business. The site is asking people to sign up to show their support for the parking issues that they raise. Vic was keen to stress that the site is not for profit and the details collected will not be used for any other purpose than showing the council the support they have for the parking issue and to try and open a proper discussion with the council on this issue.

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New Networking Group Makes Its Mark Mel Tadhunter and Laura Sorrell, two independent local business women who run very different organisations, have united to help other local businesses through their networking group, “WeNetwork”. “We met when we were both attending the RSA Inspiring Women Programme run by Enterprise Enfield,” said Mel. “The course was great and gave us guidance on setting up our own companies, and it was a chance to meet and learn from other local inspirational business women.” At the end of the course, Enterprise Enfield offered all attendees the opportunity to set up and run a new networking group. Laura and Mel immediately put forward their proposal on how they



would manage the group and were thrilled when their bid was successful. So, armed with support and funding from the RSA Trust, they launched WeNetwork at a fabulous event in Forty Hall in July 2011. “Today we have a growing membership and we meet monthly, upstairs at the King’s Head in Winchmore Hill, on the first Wednesday of the month”, Laura told EN Magazine. “We aim to widen our network and actively encourage all business owners, not just women, to come to our meetings”. Laura continued, “The aim of our meetings is to create an environment where local business people can help each other. At the meetings we have a guest speaker who offers guidance on running a business or advice on social media, for

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example. We are always open to our members’ needs and we also hold a trouble-shooting session during the meetings where we raise a problem or challenge faced by a member and open it out to the group to provide a solution”. As well as regular monthly meetings, the group holds quarterly events where members are offered discounts and priority bookings, this is unique to WeNetwork. “We feel that this gives our members a valuable opportunity to showcase their products or services and to network with businesses that they may not usually have access to - and it’s all and under one roof. In effect, we run local Expos and we’d encourage all business people to contact us and showcase their company and attend the talks by internationally renowned speakers”, Laura explained.

Local businesses are invited to their next event, “WeEggstravanganza”, on Thursday 29th March at the Dugdale Centre in the heart of Enfield Town from 4:00pm to 9:00pm. For further information on WeNetwork contact: Melanie Tadhunter: 07946 551719 or Laura Sorrell: 07786 260284 Email:info@ we-network.org.uk or visit www.we-network.org.uk

Mel and Laura at the WeNetwork launch event


Beauty Shines From Potters Bar Kaylee Muldoon who lives in Potters Bar was recently crowned Miss Spirit of True Beauty Hertfordshire 2012. Kaylee, who is a single mum and studying Health and Social Care told EN Magazine. “Like many young girls I grow up dreaming of being a model. I did not really have the confidence to put myself on display and it was only with lots of encouragement from friends that I entered the Sprit of True Beauty competition and now I find myself in the finals for Miss Engalnd.” “Entering the competition has given me a lot more self confidence. I hope that through my success people will see that it is not only celebrities or super models that can look good after childbirth but an ordinary person like me.”

“The competition was a fun day, where I got to meet lots of entrants from all kinds of backgrounds. We were of all shapes and sizes, and the emphasis was having a fun day. There were three rounds to the competition: First Catwalk Round – Jeans and T-Shirt (no logo on T-Shirt, any colour T-Shirt) Second Catwalk Round – Cocktail Dress (any colour/s) Third Catwalk Round – Evening Wear/Prom (Longer Length Dress). It was great fun getting all dressed up.” “I believe in natural beauty and it was important for me that the competition judged people on their natural looks, not any cosmetic surgery. It may be a cliché but I do believe that everyone is beautiful, its just finding the courage to show it – hopefully my success will encourage others.”

Local News and Events “I now find myself entered into the Miss England – Miss Fresh Photographic heats. The judging for this takes place later this year online, with the 3 contestants with the most votes moving on to the next round.” As part of my role as Miss Spirit of True Beauty for Hertfordshire, I am trying to raise money for the Eve Appeal, a gynaecology cancer research fund. If any local company or event would like me to turn up to help promote them as Miss Spirit of True Beauty for , I am happy to do so in exchange for a donation to the charity. You can contact me through EN Magazine who are helping me with my fundraising activities.”

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Anyone for Cheese and lots more

On January 17th Tom Merser realised his dream and opened what he hopes will be the first of many of The Truckle Delicatessen in the High Street Potters Bar. EN Magazine met up with Tom, to find out what is the drive behind his new venture. “The name of the shop comes from a “truckle” of cheese, which refers to a cylindrical wheel of cheese, usually taller than it is wide, and sometimes described as barrel-shaped.” Tom told us. “After leaving school I started my training as a chef at Auberge du Lac at Brocket Hall. I subsequently moved on to work in other

high profile kitchens, before moving into high end catering at events, such as catering for the celebrities at music festivals – not a greasy burger van in sight for them!” “Since training as a chef I have developed my love of food and especially my passion for cheese. Before opening the delicatessen I travelled around the country attending various county fairs and food events, selling cheeses. I was awarded the best stall in show at the Lincolnshire county fair for my displayed selection of chesses, along with my knowledge of the products I was selling.”

“Opening the store we have around 120 cheeses available, from Cheddar’s including the Black Bomber from Wales, to the well known Stinking Bishop cheese . We also offer some very different cheese, for example, Morbier, immediately recognizable by the black layer of tasteless ash separating it horizontally in the middle. Traditionally, Morbier cheese consists of a layer of morning milk and a layer of evening milk, separated by the ash. And for those with an expensive tastes, we have Black Truffle Brie from Oxford Cheese, which costs £17.50 for 350 grams, but most of our cheese is a lot more affordable.” “As well as cheese we have a selection of cured meats and olives. I try to source my foods from local producers and always offer the freshest ingredients possible. For example our smoked salmon has the Kedassia label of quality and is smoked in Enfield.” “I am currently waiting for a license to sell wines and also run wine tasting evenings. I would to try to introduce people to which wines go best with cheese and why.” “We also offer a range of over 25 types of coffee beans, including coffee awarded number 10 and number 21 from the cup of excellence list. The



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Cup of Excellence, is the most esteemed award given out for top coffee. These awards come from a strict competition that selects the very best coffee produced in that country, for that particular year. Our coffee can be ground in store to customer’s requirements. But if coffee is not your thing we also stock a range of 20 loose leaf teas.” “As a way to introduce customers to our produce, we have a section of the shop turned over to a sandwich bar. People can come and buy a selection of made to order sandwiches and salads. I have already seen customers come and try a cheese in a sandwich and then come and buy some on its own.” “We also offer a range of cakes and pastries to go along with our teas and coffee, as well as soft drinks.” So if you feel like taking your taste buds on a culinary adventure and learn about some fantastic produce, why not pop along to The Truckle Delicatessen at 62 high Street Potters Bar or visit www.thetruckle.co.uk


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A Jewel in the Crown of Indian Cuisine Since the first Indian restaurant opened in London in 1810, Indian food has become part of British culture. Indian food is nowadays one of the favourite choices of the British Public. In Enfield there are a lot of Indian restaurants to chose from, so you may wonder why a new one opened last year? Since opening their doors, Saathi has appeared to be instantly popular with locals and has since attracted diners from further afield but what makes this restaurant a success? EN Magazine sent a reporter along to find out. After several incarnations, the corner of Gordon Hill and Chase Side, has seen the welcome arrival of the scarlet and black: Saathi. Nearly everyone has eaten in an Indian before, but it’s not as easy choosing what to pick as you might think. Whilst eating an appetizing popadom, scanning the extensive menu you instantly notice something different about this restaurant. All the traditional favourites are there, the Kormas, Madras and Vindaloo’s. However along side the more regular dishes are an extensive selection of contemporary dishes. From the Salmon Tikka Sizzling and Salmon

Palok (cooked with lentils, spinach and garlic), I had not seen Salmon on a Indian menu before. The meun also includes e exotic sounding Achari Chicken and Lamb (cooked in specially selected pickles and fresh mint and spices), Babber Duck Massala (sliced duck supreme cardamom flavoured) and Beef Ranunak (cooked with roasted spices topped with chopped fried sweet and hot onions in a thick sauce). Thankfully, one of the many waiters is on hand and happy to guide you through the menu and your personal preferences to make sure you get a meal to enjoy. They were also very happy to tailor dishes on the menu for my dinning partner, who liked the sound of a dish but asked for it to be mild rather than hot. Along with the main course they offer advice on side dishes but are not pushy in selling these. From the kitchens roll the trolleys, laden with aromatic steaming sizzling platters. For the expectant diners, it is truly a mouthwatering experience! The food is freshly cooked, beautifully prepared and as delicious as anticipated. I must confess that I have now been to Saathi a few times, as I live within

walking distance. I have really enjoyed the food I have tried in the restaurant and even when I have over been over indulgent in my ordering, it is not a problem, as there is no shame in taking home a doggy bag. Many a time I’ve had salmon the next day !  The restaurant does a take away service too, so if you are in the mood for T.V and a take away, rather than enjoying the bustling buzz of Saathi, they will deliver to you.

I would describe this restaurant as a local jewel in the crown of modern Indian cuisine, but perhaps as I have been a few times I am bias, however if you like Indian food I would recommend you give it a try. Saathi 142 Chase Side, Enfield EN2 0QX 0208 367 2733 0208 367 2866 www.saathirestaurant.co.uk By Gillian Smith

Little Big Club Sun 1st April 1.00pm & 3.30pm Tickets: £11, £10 child, family of 4 £40 Concert featuring: Thomas the Tank Engine; Bob the Builder; Fireman Sam, Angelina Ballerina and more! Rock Around the Sixties Sat 7th April 8.00pm Tickets: £17, £16 concs Two hours of live music from The Foundations and The New Honeycombs! The Man – Tribute to Van Morrison Sat 14th April 8.00pm Tickets: £16, £15 concs Outstanding vocalist Phil Hambling performs an array of timeless hits.

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Local News and Events

Are you Ready for the Switchover? You have probably already heard about the TV switch over. But do you know when it is actually happening and if it will effect your television or television recording equipment? EN Magazine tries to answer the questions so you don’t miss your favourite TV programmes. What’s happening? The London TV region is moving to digital-only TV in April 2012, marking the end of the analogue TV era. The process will mean better pictures and more choice for viewers, with Freeview coverage extending to virtually all homes.   The analogue TV signal

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will be switched off in two stages. At stage one on 4 April, analogue BBC Two will close and the first group of Freeview digital channels will become available for the first time to thousands of homes watching local ‘relay’ transmitters in digital blackspots such as Finchley, Forest Row, High Wycombe and Sevenoaks. At stage two on 18th April, the remaining analogue channels – BBC One, ITV1, Channel 4 and Channel 5 – will be switched off forever and replaced with additional TV, radio and text services.   The two-stage process gives people the chance to check their equipment. Every viewer with Freeview, BT Vision or Top Up TV, will need to re-tune their digital

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TV or box at each switchover stage. Those who have digital, cable or satellite services on all their TV sets will be unaffected by switchover.   Who’s affected?   The area affected is the London TV region, which has 4.9 million households. Any viewer within the region who receives their TV signal via an aerial will be affected by switchover. It is estimated that 11.7 million television sets in the London TV region will be affected.  

Why is switchover happening? Households in many parts of the London region, and the UK generally,

are unable to receive Freeview services. Switching off the existing analogue broadcasting system will create the capacity necessary to extend coverage to the whole country. This will enable millions of homes to receive digital TV free, via an aerial for the first time, and improve the picture quality for those already watching Freeview, making it less susceptible to interference and picture break-up. Broadcasting in digital format is also a more efficient way to transmit television signals and will free up airwaves for new services such as ultra-fast wireless broadband, extra channels in either standard or high definition, and mobile television.     What do viewers need to do?   Viewers must ensure that all TVs in their home that they wish to continue watching are capable of receiving a digital signal. Virtually any TV, even black and white ones, can be converted with a digital box.  There are three main options for going digital:   Convert your existing TV, with a digital set-top box (e.g. Freeview, Top


Local News and Events Up TV, BT Vision (requires a broadband connection) Get a service like satellite or digital cable TV installed for you (e.g. Sky, Freesat, Virgin Media). Get a new TV with digital built-in (e.g. Freeview, Freesat) The postcode checker at digitaluk.co.uk tells viewers which options are available in the London region, now and after switchover.   Any viewer still watching analogue TV at switchover will lose BBC Two at stage one and all remaining channels at stage two. Anyone buying new TV equipment should look for the ‘digital tick’ logo.     What about aerials?   Viewers will only need an aerial if they choose to switch with a Freeview service. Those with good analogue reception now, will be unlikely to need to replace their aerial for switchover. Only those who currently have poor analogue reception, are likely to need a new aerial.   Viewers can use the aerial checker on teletext page 284, to check the quality of their reception or wait until after switchover to see if their picture is affected.     What other equipment is affected by switchover?   Any VCR or DVD recorder which is not digital will be affected by switchover. It will still be able to record and playback programmes from a digital TV or box, but it will not be able to record one channel, while watching another. Viewers will need a digital TV recorder to be able to do this.   Viewers updating their recording equipment are recommended to look for a digital DVD recorder or a digital TV recorder which stores programmes on a hard disk and can pause or rewind live TV. A digital TV

recorder with a ‘twin-tuner’ will also convert your TV to digital.   Do viewers need HD TV equipment for switchover?   No. There’s no need to buy HD equipment for digital switchover. Viewers choosing to do so should make sure it carries the ‘digital tick’ logo. HD services are currently available on satellite and cable, and via Freeview in some areas.     Who is responsible for switchover?   There are three key organisations leading the UK’s switch to digital TV:   Digital UK, is the independent not-for-profit organisation established in 2005 to lead the implementation of digital switchover. It is jointly owned and funded by the public-service broadcasters (BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5 and S4C), and the digital multiplex operators.   The Switchover Help Scheme, is run by the BBC, under an agreement with the Government. It helps older and disabled people make the change to digital TV. It has installed digital equipment for almost one million older and disabled people so far. More information is available from helpscheme.co.uk.   Arqiva, is the owner and operator of the transmitter network. It is responsible for the engineering work for TV switchover at all 1,154 transmitter sites involving 1,200 man-years of engineering work.

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Emily Blunt and Ewan McGregor star in this tale of attempting to bring the sport of fly fishing to the desert. Albert Nobbs (TBC) 13:30 & 19:30 12th & 13th June

Glenn Close plays a woman disguised as a man so that she can find work as a butler in 19th Century Ireland.

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Wondering what to do this Easter? Whether your looking for something for younger members of the family or high adrenaline activities here are a few local ideas to get you started. A Trip to a Show This Easter, join Hansel & Gretel, on a magical journey through the woods to the house of sweets and gingerbread! Having been taken to the woods by their father and stepmother, Hansel and Gretel soon get lost amongst the trees and set out on their own adventure.  Along the way they meet a host of weird and wonderful creatures, including Rupert the Raven, Soren the Hedgehog, Bille the mouse and a couple of cheeky elves!  When the children start to get hungry, they go on a woodland forage of song and dance,

and come upon a magical house of cake and candy, with window panes of clear sugar. Of course, Hansel and Gretel are lured by this wonderful candy cottage and start to snack on the delicious roof and the delectable walls…. but all is not what it seems in this magical forest… Lurking within the house is an evil witch who cannot wait to tuck into the children as a tasty treat!  Will the children escape from her wickedness? And will they ever find their way home to their own safe little cottage of bricks and mortar?   Packed with music, dancing, puppetry and of course audience participation, come along and boo the baddie, cheer the goodie and enjoy this Easter treat; we promise it will be lots of fun and downright delish!  

Age Suitability 3 + Running time – 90 mins (including interval) This fabulous folklore tale of delicious delicacies and wicked witches lurks in the Dugdale Theatre from Wednesday 4th to Thursday 5th April, 10.30am & 1.30pm, and Tuesday 10th to Saturday 14th April, 10.30am & 1.30pm. Tickets cost £10 per adult and £8 per child, or come as a family (2 full price and 2 concession tickets) for £32.  Remember, you get £1 off per ticket when you book online! Feathered flight and war planes at Royal Air Force Museum London If you’re searching for something different why not take off to the Royal Air Force Museum in North London and navigate your way through the history of aviation, from the earliest balloon flight to the latest Eurofighter? Located on the site of the former Hendon Aerodrome, in Colindale, this world-class collection of over 100 aircraft, aviation and wartime memorabilia offers a fun and educative day out for all the family. Don’t forget to visit the Museum’s 4D Theatre that takes you into the heart of the action; or its awe inspiring sound and light show that takes you back in time to the Battle of Britain; or the Museum’s Aeronauts Gallery, the Museum’s gallery for children, that offers interactive experiments, which explain the scientific principles of flight. Other exciting features include archives, film shows, medals and uniforms. The museum also runs temporary exhibitions, fairs and functions as well as public

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events so don’t forget to check our What’s On Section at www.rafmuseum.org before visiting. The Museum is open from 10 am to 6pm Monday through to Sunday with easy access from the M25. Admission to the Museum is FREE and there is plenty of onsite parking…so what are you waiting for? drop in and let your imagination take flight. Birds of Prey. Birds of prey have been associated with the Royal Air Force since its foundation. The Eagle has been given pride of place on the Royal Air Force’s badge. Its aircraft, from the Kittyhawk to the Harrier, have been regular named after these predators to convey their dexterity in the air and their precision when chasing down the enemy. Its airfields, throughout their history, have been regularly protected by these hunters in order to prevent bird strikes as RAF jets take off or come into land. To celebrate the contribution that birds of prey have made to the RAF, they will be running daily, in conjunction with the English School of Falconry, three free displays on the Museum’s Helipad from Thursday 5th of April until Wednesday 11th at 11.30am, 1.30pm and 3.30pm. As part of each display a few of our younger visitors will be presented with the opportunity to work with one of these magnificent animals, under the guidance and supervision of an


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English School of Falconry tutor as ‘trainee’ handlers. Should the weather prove to be inclement for a session supervised handling sessions will be held inside in the Museum’s Dermot Boyle Wing where the birds will be on display to the public throughout the day between each show at the following times - from 12.15pm to 1.15pm, 2.15pm to 3.15pm and 4.15pm to 5pm. Royal Air Force Museum, Grahame Park Way, London NW9 5LL 020 8205 2266 www.rafmuseum.org Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice Easter Egg Hunt Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice are once again organising an Easter Egg Hunt at Capel Manor gardens . As well as the Easter Egg hunt there will be many other activities, such as egg and spoon races, story time, face painting and arts & crafts, the ever popular Punch & Judy, will also be performing throughout the day. Join us for some Easter fun and let us help keep your little bunnies busy! You can hunt for eggs on Saturday 7th April, 11am - 4pm Adults £5.50 Concessions (60 years and over) £4.50 Children (4 – 16 years) £2.50 Children (3 years and under) free of charge Family (2 adults and up to 3 children) £13.50

The World’ Biggest Easter Egg Hunt Taking Place in London Over 200 giant eggs have been hidden in secret locations throughout central London since Tuesday 21st February as part of ‘The Fabergé Big Egg Hunt’, a magical event challenging the public to take on the world’s biggest Easter egg hunt, whilst raising vital funds for charities Action for Children and Elephant Family. Members of the public are being challegned to find the giant eggs, which have been exclusively designed, embellished and decorated by some of the world’s leading artists, architects, jewellers and designers including Mulberry, Sir Ridley Scott, Zandra Rhodes, Sir Peter Blake, Diane Von Furstenberg, Marc Quinn, Bruce Oldfield, Bompas and Parr and Polly Morgan. A highlight of The Fabergé Big Egg Hunt, is the chance to win the world’s most extraordinary prize, the Diamond Jubilee Egg, a fabulous creation valued at over £100,000. Crafted with precisely 500 grams of rose gold, the design is a one-ofa-kind, based on Fabergé’s much loved Matelassé jewellery collection. It features 60 gemstones – one for each year of Her Majesty The Queen’s reign – set in the pleats of its quilted rose gold surface and comprising

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diamonds, emeralds, rubies and sapphires. To enter to win the prize, and raise money for the charities at the same time, hunters need to locate the unique SMS keyword displayed on each of the eggs and text the keyword to a dedicated text number, 80001. It costs £3 to enter the hunt, plus 25p per additional egg code collected, plus standard network rate for each text. For 25p, the charities combined (Elephant Family and Action for Children) will receive at least 10.3p, depending on network provider. For £3 the charities combined (Elephant Family and Action for Children) will receive at least £1.72 of the cost of the premium message depending on the network provider. For each keyword participants text in, they will be entered into the prize draw. The more eggs they find, the more chances to win and the winning entry will be drawn at random. The Fabergé Big Egg Hunt is set to smash Guinness World Records, for the Most participants in an Easter egg hunt, and the world’s Most expensive non-jewelled chocolate egg sold at auction, as designed by William Curley. The two Guinness World Records attempts are part of World Record London, which will see the most exciting capital in the world attempt over 20 Guinness World Records to make London a multi recordbreaking city. As part of the hunt, members of the public are also invited to take part in

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The Fabergé Big Egg Hunt Photo Competition, in conjunction with the World Photography Organisation. A selection of the best photographs submitted will go on display at Somerset House, within the prestigious Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition, from the 27th of April to the 20th of May 2012. The Fabergé Big Egg Hunt is seeking to raise up to £2 million for leading children’s charity, Action for Children, and Elephant Family, the UK’s biggest funder for the endangered Asian elephant. Lambing Weekend at Forty Hall Farm Sunday 8th – Monday 9th April, 11am - 4pm Come and see the new born lambs at our Forty Hall Farm, plus Clydesdale horses, rare breed cows and pigs, and Easter chicks. There’ll be children’s games and competitions, with the Secret Seed Society, sheepshearing and wool spinning demonstrations, willowweaving, and local produce stalls. Adults and Concessions £3.00 Children £2.00 Children (3 years and under) free of charge New Theatre for young audiences in Enfield Town In February, Skewbald Theartre launched a fabulous programme of events for children and young people at the Dugdale Centre, Enfield Town’s exciting new Arts Venue. With a range of work from local and visiting artists


Days Out the Dugdale’s spring season, kicked off with Skewbald Theatre’s ‘Skewbald Stories’ an exciting collection of interactive storytelling adventures for young audiences and their families. Once upon a time, a small Theatre company from Enfield, went on an enormous adventure in search of the most exciting stories from around the world. Stories from near and far for young and old. Now exploring a different story each month from across the globe, Skewbald Theatre, will use their magical ingredients of drama, music, song, puppetry and animation to bring these delightful tales to life taking you on a journey of the imagination to far away places and on amazing adventures. The young audiences are encouraged to get involved and have great fun helping Skewbald tell and act out parts of the stories. Stories are best shared so we hope you will join us

in telling them. Skewbalds Stories start performances at 10.00am & 11.30am on Sat 24 March, Sat 28 April & Sat 26 May. For further info or to book for these shows visit www. dugdalecentre.co.uk Tel: 020 8807 6680 Go Ape Opening at the end of March, is a new high wire attraction to North London, Go Ape! Tree Top Adventure swings into the capital The forest adventure company opens its 28th UK site with a new five ring challenge in celebration of the 2012 London Olympics and a skateboard zip wire Go Ape! the UK’s leading forest adventure company is opening its brand new tree top adventure course at Trent Park, Enfield. Over 2.7 million gorillas & baboons have enjoyed Go Ape, in the UK, over the last ten years and this is the 28th site to open due to demand for

the adventure activity. The course is open to the public from the 24th March 2012.   Go Ape! Trent Park has 40 crossings, over five sections, with the highest point a heart pumping 12.4 metres above the ground. Visitors can experience a liberating sense of freedom as they swing on Tarzan swings above the leafy ground, cross wooden walkways and fly through the forest on zip wires. The course has a brand new five ring challenge, in celebration of the 2012 London Olympics and will also be home to the second ever skateboard zip wire after the first launched last year in Scotland.   

All adventurists are fitted with a harness and given a full safety briefing from a Go Ape instructor. Once completed, they can then take to the trees independently, without

supervision to have even more fun on their tree-top adventure! The course is suitable for anyone over 10 years of age, all levels of fitness and anyone who fancies an adventure outdoors. For more information visit www. goape.co.uk

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Here comes the Bride and don’t forget the Groom Still feeling dewy-eyed at the recollection of that romantic Valentine’s Day proposal? Or maybe you seized the initiative on 29 February and took matters into your own hands to give your nuptials a nudge in the right direction. It was doubtless a lovely, thrilling and emotional moment when you decided to get married, and you could talk about it for hours; unfortunately, you probably haven’t got the time. Right now, your job is to get practical, functional and organised, because while arranging a wedding offers you some top-class fantasy opportunities (could you reasonably get away with putting a pair of Louboutin shoes on the wedding list?), it also calls for some major hard-headed decisions.

(Don’t worry, there’s time for romance later!)

The time, the place Choosing your venue is a huge part of your big day. There are some things you need to bear in mind. Liz Taylor, managing director of the UK and European wedding planners the Taylor Lynn Corporation, has organised hundreds of weddings, including that of Coronation Street actors Simon Gregson to Emma Gleave, and knows only too well that when it comes to booking a venue, the pressure is really on. Liz shared her top tips for finding a venue with EN. § Check what is available Shortlist at least three venues that you like, in case your first choice is not available or too expensive;

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and you must visit them. This is not something to do surfing the net from your sofa! Meet the people who’ll be helping on your big day, and make sure the venue can accommodate your wishes. § Bring in the experts If your budget can stretch to it, think about hiring a wedding planner to take the pressure off and negotiate the best venue deals for you, so all you have to do is enjoy the big day! Also consider using a professional florist and toastmaster, to reduce pressure on you and keep things moving along. § Understand the costs and negotiation. Venues are keen to have your custom, so consider negotiating on the booking. This isn’t just about reducing costs: think about including

free setup time in the deal, linens for the tables, corkage if you are supplying your own alcohol and so on. Ask for all the costs in writing and for a list of any extra charges that might apply. Check that pre-booked alcohol will be charged on consumption only, so you only pay for what is enjoyed by your guests! Think about choosing a quieter time of year, such as January, when hotels are less busy and more willing to negotiate. § Imagine the potential of the space 2012 is all about transforming venues – turning your dream wedding reception into a reality with creativity and innovative thinking. Use drapes or curtains to add warmth to a room, or perhaps to create separate chill-out zones for guests to relax. Lighting can tie in with your overall colour theme and is a cost effective way of transforming your venue. Most importantly, the look of the venue should reflect your personal taste and style. § Service, service and service. You must be confident that the service you receive on the day will be first rate. Some venues offer an in-house wedding co-ordinator to help you plan aspects of the venue which helps, but remember, they work for the venue and as well as helping you they are also keen to sell you additional services. § Flexibility You might need to start setting up your event the day or even two

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days before the wedding, so you should discuss access times with your venue at the early negotiation stage. § Jargon - yes, there is a lot of wedding venue jargon, so don’t be afraid to ask what “pax” means, or how a “sound limiter” will affect you! Knowledge is wedding power. § Catering: The more adventurous couples are choosing ethnic cuisine for the big day with details such as personalized chop sticks adding some fun, but you can take traditional fayre and give it a 2012 make over; for example, serve your favourite desserts as canapé shots, serve roast beef inside miniature Yorkshire puddings, or present a roasted chicken with contemporary flair. If you’re working on a tight budget, why not look at a vintage styled afternoon tea, instead of a wedding breakfast – stylish and less expensive than a big meal – then follow it up at your party later in the evening with a series of small buffet stations serving cones of fish and chips, curry on miniature Naan breads, sushi, miniature hotdogs and so on. Keeps the fun stakes high, and the costs lower. § Entertainment: Check with the venue how late your entertainment can run, when they can set up

equipment and sound check, and whether the venue will provide a room for the band to change in. If you have a soloist, it’s easy, but a 10piece party band will take up more space! Be aware that venues will charge for these extra rooms, so include all of this in your negotiation. § WOW factor Go wild! For one actress, we built a life size sleeping beauty castle, for her reception, to fulfill her childhood dreams. That may not be your style, but simply making sure that your guests don’t actually see your wedding reception room until the very last minute, will allow them to take on board the full impact of your wedding style.

Capel Manor, a horticultural college at Bull’s Cross, Enfield, has beautiful grounds providing a romantic setting that’ll certainly look great in the photos. Ceremonies can take place in a variety of locations, including the Manor House’s Great Hall, the Old Manor House

Garden, or, for something a little different, the Old Victorian Stables. The Walled Garden, with it’s newly planted Dixter Style beds, is ideal for serving champagne and canapés, and there are a number of ‘garden rooms’ that offer ideal locations for every requirement, come rain or shine. Onsite catering is available, and their wedding team can help with everything from marquees to menus. The Royal Chace hotel, has been a well known wedding venue for over thirty years, and offers formal and informal wedding receptions so you can stick to your own, personal style. They have a professional wedding team to help with planning your big event down to the very last detail, so that you can be confident your wedding day will run smoothly. The hotel has a range of function rooms, catering for up to 230 guests, and is licensed to hold civil wedding ceremonies.

Enfield’s Only Restaurant Licensed for Marriages and Civil Partnerships All NEW Wedding Brochure for 2012 New Menu’s and Drink’s Package’s Affordable Luxury for 20 to 90 Guests

“We can tailor your event to match your budget”

Armed with this advice, you can now make your choice. Here are three of EN’s suggestions. Enzo’s Italian restaurant on Chase Side, is the only restaurant in Enfield licensed for civil ceremonies, so you can tie the knot and celebrate afterwards all under one roof. The ceremony can be held right before your guests, before moving into the lounge for champagne and canapés, followed by a wonderful meal for up to 120 people.

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Weddings Women with a pear shaped figure have smaller shoulders and upper body than lower body. A pear shaped bride should wear shoulder pads or puffy sleeves. This bride should avoid any type of body hugging gown, full skirts, or cuts that make the upper body appear even smaller or the lower body larger.

The neckline of the dress should be beaded, or the upper part of the bodice should be beaded. Bigger skirts and sleeves are also ways to add curves. The square figured bride should avoid sheath or clingy dresses that contribute nothing to the illusion of creating curves.

If you have a short and petite figure, there are

It’s all about the dress Remember Kate and Wills’s bash last year? What were we all sitting on the edge of the sofa waiting to see? That’s it, The Dress. There’s no getting away from it, this is the one day when everyone really will be looking at you. You don’t need to spend a fortune; on the other hand, if you’re up for it, the sky is the limit.

Does it have to be white? No, it doesn’t. Some brides opt for red, blue – even black. Your dress should reflect your style and tastes. If you want to stop the guests in their tracks with a wow-factor frock, Disney and Alfred Angelo have worked together to create a range of Fairytale Wedding Dresses; every young girl dreams of being a princess on their wedding day. And now they can have the dress inspired by the characters they grow up watching. The range offers dresses for Cinderella, Princess Jasmine. Alternatively, you can

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fulfil your Little Mermaid fantasies in a flowing number with a fishtail train. The bridal gown is perhaps the most important decision in the wedding planning process; follow this advice when shopping for a gown and you will get the look that’s right for you and the most flattering. For women that have an hourglass shape, a strapless or off-the-shoulder gown is just right. When shopping

for a strapless gown, lean towards the one-piece gowns instead of two-piece gowns. A two-piece gown can result in splitting you into two figures. Bias-cut and straight designs are not best for hourglass figures. They will usually pull the eye to areas of the body that you want to minimize. These types of dresses are better suited for tall women. The bride with an hourglass shape will want to accentuate her curves. Avoid heavily beaded dresses that can tend to make the bride appear heavier.

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many options. Shoestring straps and off-the-shoulder gowns will work the best. A Cinderella gown will look beautiful and will add a touch of romance. Straight gowns tend to not look as nice on a short and petite figure. If you have already fallen in love with a straight wedding gown, offset it with a full veil. Wearing the right shoes can also add height if a petite bride would like to appear taller. Keep in mind, however, that you may not want to be in high heels all night. Switching shoes will affect the way your dress hits the floor, keep that in mind when selecting your gown. The ideal gown for a bride with a square shape will be one that creates curves, or, create the illusion of curves.

Getting down to basics Underneath every great wedding dress there has to be some great underwear to make the dress look its best. Katie Weir from The Corsetry Factory, home of Eveden underwear company, advises: ·Get professionally measured


Weddings ·Wear your underwear to all your dress fittings ·Basques are great for giving a sleek, supported silhouette ·Bodies can give a seamless look under close fitting gowns in delicate fabrics ·Suspender belts are pretty and romantic, but remember to ask your bridesmaid to carry a spare pair of stockings for emergencies. ·Finally, don’t just concentrate on how you look from the front – while saying your vows you’ll have your back to your guests, so it’s not a good moment for VPL!

the fairytale princess fantasy that she’s been dreaming of since she was eight, as long as your budget allows it. Pick your battles wisely, remembering that every concession you make at this stage of the relationship pays off threefold in the honeymoon suite. Go online or bring photos you have collected online to your local suit hire company or tailor. Even if your not comfortable purchasing clothes online, do your homework about designers and retailers and choose one that reflects your style. Your groomsmen have to buy or rent their own

grooms is the tendency for at least one of the groomsmen to lose track of their schedule, miss their suit fittings, or even fail to pick up their wedding day attire. Keep a timetable of important deadlines, that gives you a day or two of extra wiggle room if you need it. Then, connect with your tailor or your suit hire shop to make sure your guys are all on track. Don’t wait for catastrophe to strike on your wedding day! Above all, after all the effort you put into planning the day make sure that you take the time to enjoy yourselves and celebrate your union.

For further information on: Disney Wedding Dresses visit www.disneybridal.com Eveden underwear stockists call 01536 760 282 Taylor Lynn Corporation visit visit www.tlc-ltd.co.uk

by Sarah Vittachi

Don’t Forget the Groom No wedding is complete without a groom right? So here is some advice on how to survive the planning process and look good and feel relaxed on the day. Start planning early. The earlier you figure out the style of wedding suit you are looking for, the sooner you can put down a deposit. Booking in advance often gets you a nice discount, and if your hiring with the rest of the groomsmen with Moss Bros or Young’s, you should get the Grooms outfit for free. Make sure you involve your bride. No matter what we believe about equality of the sexes, your wedding day is really about your bride. Your job is to treat her to

outfits. So, keep it real. Find a price point that works for all the guys on your list. Even if they really want to be a part of your special day, one of your groomsmen might have to turn down your offer if money is tight. Thats why its so important to look for the best possible deal. Dont suck in that gut. You are not trying to escape from a trap like Harry Houdini. Your tailor has the skill to make you look superb no matter what shape your body is in. Let the real you hang out during your fitting sessions. If you are holding something in, the bulges in your jacket will betray you on your wedding day. Micromanage your the ushers. One of the most common causes of wedding stress for

Capel Manor College and Gardens Capel Manor Gardens, spread over 30 acres of grounds, make a beautiful and delightful backdrop whatever the occasion. The gardens offer the most romantic and unique setting, old and new, for Licensed Civil Ceremonies, wedding receptions and special functions, with a range of areas for that special and most important and memorable day.

For more information please contact Julie Ryan or Louis Franzis to discuss holding your function at Capel Manor on 08456 122 122 email: julie.ryan@capel.ac.uk or louis.franzis@capel.ac.uk Capel Manor College and Gardens Bullsmoor Lane, Enfield, Middlesex EN1 4RQ

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Test Drive

If Your Boiler Goes Wrong Don’t Panic ! Help Is A Phone Call Away. Over the last few months, EN Magazine, has bought you information on a range of products and services, from cars to massage, by testing them out. In this month’s test-drive report we deal with an issue that will probably have happened to most of our readers, a broken or malfunctioning boiler or heating system. This is how we got on. Last November, just as the cold spell hit, I tried to fire up my boiler and bring a glow of warmth to my home. With some spluttering sounds, a few coughs and warning lights coming on my boiler decided it was not going to help. I have had the boiler for 12 years and this was not the first time it had gone wrong. After calling round a couple of gas safe registered engineers, to be told it would be a few days before they could get to me, a friend recommended

Associated Response. 35 minutes later, a knock on my door, introduced me to Hugh Doyle, the owner of Associated Response. Hugh explained that he and his team (an additional 4 gas safe engineers) only really work in the local area of North London and South Hertfordshire, and that as he gets about on a motorbike and prides himself on his companies’ quick response. “I can carry the essential tools to diagnose problems and fix most issues on my bike,” said Hugh. “If it is a bigger job or I need a specialist tool then I can call upon other members of the team, who can be here asap.” Hugh quickly sorted the problem and half an hour later my boiler was purring happily and so was I. Even more so when Hugh presented me with a bill, which was less than some others had quoted just for a call out charge.

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Chatting to Hugh, he explained that the boiler was getting on and he could see that some of the parts were beginning to wear. Ok here comes the sales pitch I thought – but no he just left

me a card and said “Call me if anything else went wrong.” I was very glad that we have just lived through a mild winter, as my boiler has continued to play up. It seems that it really has had enough. Some mornings it was just a case of increasing the water pressure, something Hugh advised me to do over the phone. No charge for a chat and I was able to have a warm shower. With the recent cold snap, I once again tried to warm up my home but even trying the tips Hugh had suggested, the boiler just did not want to start up. Shivering I put in a call to Associated Response, and that afternoon Hugh was once again at my door. This time I feared the worst, as my boiler had started leaking water. I know that I had managed to coax another winter from my boiler but I knew it was probably time for a change. Hugh to my surprise managed to fix the problems but he explained that it would probably only be a temporary fix and really I should look to replace the

Hugh moving the new boiler into position fan and pump. Expecting for the “ohhh and arrhh”, that you often get from a tradesman sizing up the scale of a job, I waited to hear what sales patter was to follow. No sales patter, just a clear indication that the cost for parts would be £140 and £120 for a fan and pump, and £100 for labour. Where were the add-ons and the open ended quote, that programmes like “Rouge Traders” lead us to believe we will get? Ok £360 did not sound too bad, but I know this was just going to be the start. Perhaps I should think about a new boiler and not worry any longer about waiting to see if I would have hot water for a shower at home or an early morning dash to the gym! I approached the topic of a new boiler, with the expectation of a being


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told lots of technical specifications and jargon to justify an inflated price. To my surprise it was almost the opposite. Hugh wanted to know how many radiators I had in the house, do I prefer to bath or shower, how warm and how often I have the heating on? From this information Hugh started to tell me about the benefits and disadvantages of a range of different combi boilers. He also gave a clear indication on the cost of each boiler system and then gave me his recommendation of a Baxi combi boiler. He explained, that not only did he find these the best, but also they are to his knowledge one of the most efficient boilers on the market that will give better savings on bills. The Baxi has Gas Adaptive Control, which continually monitors the gas and air, the boiler is using to ensure optimum combustion performance at all times. This means it maintains the highest efficiency for the lifetime of the boiler and uses less gas – which means lower fuel bills. Also the boiler has a two speed pump, which gives a 40% reduction in electrical consumption per year. All the kind of things I like to hear especially lower bills. The other major benefit Hugh told me was that these

boilers have a high flow rate – simply put I will get a more powerful shower.

Hugh also told me about Baxi’s warranty and aftercare service, which he rates one of the best. Baxi aftersales is provided by its service division heateam. heateam has a dedicated UK customer contact centre, backed by a national network of over 280 highly skilled engineers, who can support installers like Hugh and his team. They are trained to carry out services and repairs on all Baxi boilers. Having told Hugh I would think about it, I dashed to my computer to check out combi boilers and other local companies. After a little research I found that the information from Hugh was spot on. The price he quoted was slightly better than a couple of other local companies I spoke to. I did try calling a well known national British company, to be told they could get an engineer out to me in a few days to assess the job. However seeing that the price on their website for the same boiler was considerably higher, I decided not to bother.

Hugh started to explain True to his word, by the end that he would get one of of the day I had a brand his team to be round in the new boiler installed, with morning to powerflush the hot water flowing again system – ahh the hidden from my taps, and radiators added costs, but no, this was pumping out warmth – Oh included in the price quoted. and the shower the next He continued that he would All new and heating my get a boiler house and water collected and delivered and it will all be done in a day. Next morning Martin turned up with what looked like a big vacuum cleaner and lots of pipes. Martin explained that the powerflush would clean out the system, removing dirt and limescale that had built up in the radiators and pipes over time. This would ensure the system is nice and clean for the new boiler. I was impressed that wherever the team from Associated Response worked they would put down dust sheets and took great care when moving things around my home. Throughout the day I heard various banging and drilling but overall the disruption to my day was kept to a minimum.

morning was fantastic: hot and powerful! I would highly recommend Hugh and his team at Associated Response, for both the servicing, maintenance and repair of my old boiler and the efficient and cost effective installation of my new boiler. For further information contact Associated Response on 020 8366 6420 www.associatedresponse. co.uk and www.baxi.co.uk

I also looked into the Baxi boiler range, and it appeared that all the information that Hugh had given me was backed up by other sources, from other gas engineer websites, to independent research and online chat. Feeling confident, I called Hugh to say I would like to go ahead with the new boiler.

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Home Improvements

Getting The Right Colours In Your Home It seems home improvements have become an Easter institution alongside eating too much chocolate and big family lunches. Research carried out by B&Q, the UK’s largest home improvement and garden centre retailer, has found that more people will be making a trip to a DIY centre, than taking a trip to the park or seaside at Easter.

More than half of the people questioned considered Easter the perfect time to start DIY jobs, with seven in 10 believing the long bank holiday weekend is the best time to freshen up the home. But where to start? Choosing the right colour scheme for your home is always a challenge. Often the strongest influence on the choice of room colour will be the paints available, so

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EN Magazine, spoke to the professionals at Crown paints for some inspiration. Crown Paints is the UK and Ireland’s largest independent paint company and colour is at the heart of everything they do. They have over 200 years of knowledge, passion and experience poured in to every can of paint. Drawing on the passion and creativity of Crown Paints and its expert panel, the 2012 Crown Paints Colour Influences collection has been carefully created to reflect the latest trends and help homeowners, professionals and opinion formers get the hottest looks for the year ahead. Its combination of striking shades and eclectic colour palettes are sure to inspire. Developed by Crown Paints distinguished panel of thinkers and stylists – including Crown Colour Consultant Judy Smith, Crown Paint specialists,

New Direction,

Trend Bible founder, Joanna Feeley and the RCA’s Wendy Dagworthy – they will inform the development of the Crown Paints interior and exterior portfolio. The Spring / Summer collection includes four distinctive, developed looks: New Direction, Modern Nostalgia, Summer Jewels and Surreal Botanical. New Direction, is just that – a bold clash of acid neons and neutral shades that are perfect for the postindustrial age. This playful palette features the vibrant Free Love® from the Crown Vintage® range and 1977 Lime Green from the Crown Originals® collection, which work beautifully with Summer Kiss® from Sadolin® Four Seasons. Combining the natural with the man-made, the industrial with the organic, this palette is the perfect stepping stone into a new wave of interiors, instigating a change of direction for private and public spaces. Taking influences from industrial and salvaged furniture, warehouse living, the natural world and 1980sinspired strident shades, it mixes colours and textures to create a look that is bold

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but perfectly balanced. Neutral and neon sit playfully together, while a new appreciation of the art of manufacture means the nuts and bolts of construction are on open display, becoming part of an object’s overall beauty. Hessian tones complement vibrant pinks and lime greens while concrete greys bounce off fluorescents. Natural, pale wood is key in a trend that allows styles and colours to collide in brave but perfect synthesis. This trend is all about combining colour to contrast with and lift the muted tones of furniture and furnishings, to give them a modern but practical, often exposed, stripped-back look for 2012. Modern Nostalgia, is informed by the Great British seaside, offers a sophisticated take on pastels; vintage for a grownup audience. The palette’s delicate and subtle shades feature soft pink Pashmina® from the emulsion range and Crown Earthbalance® Copper Canyon® which complement exterior colours such as Gossamer Blue from Sadolin® and Sandtex Ultra Smooth Cornish Cream®.


Home Improvements Taking all the prettiness of seaside pastels and adding an angular, art deco feel, this is a trend that can work as well inside as out. It moves away from the sugar-sweet to bring a touch of coolness to pastels, reinventing them for a more sophisticated, modern audience. This palette combines the traditional feel of the 1950s and quaint British seaside towns with the clean lines and minmilist styling of an up-to-date home. Conjure up the pale beauty of the Lido or the vibrancy of Wish You Were Here, a vintage ice-cream palour married with a welcoming 2012 interior. More than mere nostalgia, it’s a vivid reimagining of the best of the past. As such, this palette’s soft, delicate and subtle shades, such as warm creams and watery blues, sit next to terracotta and charcoal – key colours to give the hard modern edges. Use a range of shades to create an interior that will be soft, stylish and inviting. For exteriors combine two or three tones to draw together elements in your space, giving it a smart, defined look. Summer Jewels

Summer Jewels draws on the dazzling delights of retro Palm Springs and draws together beautiful blues and teals like Stepping Stone® available in Crown Solo® and matt and silk emulsion and Secret Garden from Sadolin® Four Seasons, which collide beautifully with dazzling yellows and pinks to create a fresh, clean and upbeat palette. Dazzling, magical and beautiful, this palette evokes a feeling of Optimistic Vibrancy, just like Palm Springs in its heyday. Colours are pure, fresh, clean and upbeat – full of energy and life and stimulating all of the senses.

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Accents include sea spray blues and sparkling, jewellike colours, while silver works as a sophistcated shimmery highlight, complemented by warm pinks and sandy yellows – all of which take their inspiration from the infinite beauty of the sea, an aquamarine sky and the shimmering, fluid quality of the surf. Use a combination of soft new.indd colours and more vibrant highlights to create a contemporary cutting-edge look. This palette instantly

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Home Improvements gives interiors a clean, fresh feel and gives the impression of space. Surreal Botanical – a decadent, lush assortment of emerald greens like Sadolin® Pea Green, which marry with bold brights such as Crown Feature Wall’s Cuban Heat® – a visual clash of the natural against the man-made. Surreal, fantastical and lush, this decadent palette draws on a background of plant-like vibrant greens, complemented with unexpected bursts of wild shades of deep lavender and poppy. Mixing the emerald depth of the outside world, with the bold brights of the interior space, this amazing palette is all about finding flashes of startling colour in the most surprising places – a true visual clash of the natural world fighting back against the man-made in our urban British environment.

Use big, bold colours like orange to create standalone feature walls that can work as well outside as in. Deep greens will draw out and accentuate colour from the garden, while bright interior shades can be used to create warm, VIBRANT rooms with plants as accessories.

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Crown Paints Colour Specialist, Kathryn Lloyd, explains: “Colour is our passion, it informs and drives everything we do, so we are delighted to be able to unveil our 2012 Colour Influences for Spring / Summer. “The colour palettes we have created feature the tones and shades we expect to see defining the design landscape into the early part of 2012 and we’re understandably excited about being able to share them with you. But once you have created the base colours for a room in paint, you will probably

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It’s a wonderful time of year in the interiors calendar. Light is starting to stream through our windows and brighten up our homes and thoughts switch to making the most of our longer, warmer days and all those decorative works we would like to achieve in the home.

Advanced technology gives way to colour and design opportunities, that are now endless. An extremely exciting time for us as all; the fabric houses unleash a wealth of wonderfully enriched palettes with infinite creative possibilities. Textile colours are more vibrant with fresh, crisp greens, sharp bright blues, hot pinks and oranges. Warmer more muted colours, range from pale pastels through to cinnamons, ochres and pistachios. Fabric and wall paper designs are also taking on a fresher feel, with flora

and fauna prints alongside simple prints of animals, giving a light, bright Scandinavian feel. Retro is still very much in vogue with some superb abstract and stylised designs again in both the strong and softer colour ways. An influx of digitally printed cottons, cotton sateens and linens all mixed in with traditional weaves of wools in plaids and stripes, alongside embroidered silks and linens, which have been beautifully re-coloured in the hottest interior shades. If you are a fan of neutrals, you will find they have been warmed up. Mushrooms, cappuccinos, cashews, seal, truffle, mole and ash sit well against each other or as a background to a few acid cushions and accessories.

shutter manufacturers have also updated with the latest shades and hues to compliment all our furnishings. Whatever your discerning style may be, there will definitely be something in our new collections to stimulate, motivate, encourage and provoke you to spring into some interior action! For further inspiration and advice please contact Julia or Lee at Drapemasters, designers, suppliers and installers of Interior Furnishings on: Julia@ drapemasters.co.uk or call on :020 8360 3082 ; www. drapemasters.co.uk

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Spring Gardening Advice

From Tom Wheatcroft

Snowdrops may only now be finishing their wonderful display, but nothing says spring to me more than daffodils, and there are already plenty in bloom around the grounds at Capel Manor, with many more to come. Whether they are in pots on the patio, in small clumps in your beds or naturalised throughout woodland or lawns they never fail to bring cheer after the long months of winter. Now is the time to enjoy those spring bulbs that you may have planted during the autumn. Do not worry if you didn’t get round to planting your own as the garden centres and nurseries are full of potted bulbs, which can be planted straight into your beds to give some much needed spring colour. There are many varieties of daffodil to choose from; I am particularly fond of the miniature types, for the brightest yellow try ‘Jetfire’ or ‘Tete a Tete’ or for paler

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shades try ‘Minnow’ or ‘Silver Chimes’. As well as enjoying the spring display it is also the time to be planning for bulb displays for later in the year, because now is the time to be planting summer flowering bulbs. Lillies and Gladioli are excellent choices for beautiful blooms throughout the summer and also make excellent cut flowers. However there are many more summer flowering bulbs to choose from, why not try something a little more unusual,like Eucomis with their incredible pineapple shaped flowers, or galtonia with their understated pendant flowers, both provide colour well into the autumn. I like to plant my summer flowering bulbs into pots, so that they can be sunk into the borders when and where seasonal colour is required or alternatively used in summer container displays for the patio.

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Now temperatures are beginning to rise, lawns will soon be growing and to give them a boost after winter wear and tear apply a spring feed now. It is important to select a specific spring lawn fertilizer, and to follow the instructions carefully. Do not be tempted to apply a generous dose, as you may well end up creating blackened patches on your lovely green lawn; if it doesn’t rain within a few days of application, be sure to water your lawn well. A well applied fertiliser in the spring should encourage lush green lawns for months to come. With the continued mild weather weeds are beginnin,g to pop up throughout beds, borders, patios and in fact everywhere. If they are left they can quickly become a problem, competing with other plants for water, nutrients and light. To help prevent this act now. Simply hoe off annual weeds on a

dry day, but try and dig up tougher perennial weeds like dandelions and bindweed, roots and all. Applying a thick mulch of compost will not only help suppress the weeds but will also feed your plants as well. The spring is the correct time of year to prune many summer flowering shrubs, by following some simple guidelines it can be a straightforward and rewarding task. Shrubs that


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Gardening require pruning this time of year include Buddleja, Spiraea, dogwood and Fuschia, pruning them at this time of year allows plenty of time for the plants to put on new, vigorous and healthy growth, which will mature and flower. Using a pair of sharp secateurs cut last years flowering growth to within a couple of buds away from a permanent woody frame work. With all the fresh spring growth emerging it is easy to become excited about the gardening year ahead and it is the perfect time to plant. At this time of year the nurseries and garden centres will be full of splendid spring flowering plants, they do look lovely now, but remember to think ahead and try and select different plants which will be in flower throughout the season. When planting first dig a hole larger than the pot and dig in some compost in order to supply your new plants with valuable nutrients for the year ahead, once you have filled the planting hole firm the plant into its new home and remember to water well, this will get your new plants off to the best possible start and they will reward you later in the year. The Capel Manor Spring Show, over the weekend of 14th and 15th April, is the perfect opportunity to find inspiration for your garden and perhaps buy a plant or two. There will be wide selection of gardening stalls including many nurseries, and those selling garden furniture and ornament,s as well as delicious foods and many arts and crafts demonstrations. It would be great opportunity to see swathes of daffodils in the woodland and the ancient Magnolias showing off their fabulous blooms throughout the 30 acres of gardens. By Tom Wheatcroft Senior Gardener, Plant production and Gardens, Capel Manor College and Gardens.

Tom’s Top Spring Tips • Mow your lawns. Raise the mower blades for the first few cuts of the year so the grass has a chance to recover after the winter. • Cut back any perennials you missed in the autumn to expose fresh new shoots. • Sow sweet peas an inch deep 5 per 9cm pot. Once they get going; which they quickly will, pinch out the growing tips to promote strong bushy plants. • Dig over and prepare vegetable beds for late spring direct sowings. • Lawn edges can really make a lawn; redefine edges using a half moon edging iron. Keep them well clipped with sharp edging sheers. • Apply mulches to beds whilst they are still relatively empty. The mulch will feed plants, help conserve water and also smother emerging weeds. • Look out for slugs and snails, they love spring shoots. There are now many organic, wildlife friendly pellets available or try copper bands to protect pot grown plants. © Ermess | Dreamstime.com

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SHOWTIME The Jackie Generation

Fri 13 April at 8pm Tickets: £17, £15 concs The Jackie Generation, is the most fabtastic tribute to the spectacular 70’s. Abbasolutely sensational, they invite everyone to take a ride back to a time when pop was at its peak... The Jackie Generation will be bringing you a show that’s outta sight man! If you dig the coolest hits of the 70s then this show is Dy-nomite! The greatest songs from Queen, T.Rex, David Cassidy, Sweet, ELO, 10cc, Boney M and many more, this night is gonna freak you out! This was the seventies, and Jackie magazine, with its combination of breathless pop news and teen advice, was an unforgettable part of it. The Jackie Generation show, is like being given a ticket to travel back in time. Hilarious, nostalgic

and utterly compulsive, it transports you straight back to a world where midi skirts were all the rage, Donny Osmond and David Cassidy split the nation and Cathy and Claire were the only voice of reason.

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The band’s stage show is authentic in every detail, with a monstrous backdrop and genuine Raleigh ‘Chopper bikes’

Fifteen years ago, Bill Oddie and Stephen Moss had arrived at the same place- on the banks of a reservoir in North London. It was during this brief encounter that they realised they had something else in common. They were both life long birders who were wondering if they could turn their hobbies into jobs.

Tickets for this top of the pops evening are available by calling the Millfield Box Office on 020 8807 6680. You can get one pound off per ticket if you book online at www.millfieldtheatre. co.uk,

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They both worked in TV –which was a good start. Stephen was a producer of documentary and educational programmes (very useful), whilst Bill was a “Goody” (no use at all!). Happily, BBC 2 were astute enough to give them a series. “Birding with Bill Oddie” was broadcast in 1997.

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Paul and Barry are visiting a Theme park ,for the day and decide to brave going on one of the daring Water rides. Once inside, they are leaning on a wall when they accidentally fall through and find themselves magically transported back in time into a world of Pirates and Sunken Treasures. Fun and laughter for all the family . Wyllyotts Theatre, Wyllyotts Place, Darkes Lane, Potters Bar, HERTS EN6 2HN www.wyllyottstheatre.co.uk Box Office 01707 645005!

Thursday 12th April 8.00 pm Tickets for this unmissable evening are £18 and £16 for concs One of the great folk entertainers of the 70’s and 80’s, Digance continues to be a major festival performer, respected both by comedians for his original material, and musicians for his superb acoustic guitarplaying.

Bill and Stephen will share memories and stories from 15 years of some of the most popular natural history series ever made, illustrated by extracts, some of which were so memorable that they ranked amongst viewers most requested clips- from Bill’s ludicrous attempt to swim with seals, to the breath-taking air display of a Starling roost (often copied, but never surpassed!). And of course, although the show is called Un-Plucked, it includes all sorts of other wildlife, from Dormice to Whales. Wyllyotts Theatre, Wyllyotts Place, Darkes Lane, Potters Bar, HERTS EN6 2HN www.wyllyottstheatre.co.uk Box Office 01707 645005 with style, panache and outrageous humour. Digance had a massive TV career, with his own Saturday night TV Specials running for eleven years and attracting guests including Brian May, Elkie Brooks, The Moody Blues, and many others. Tickets available by calling the Millfield Box Office on 020 8807 6680. You can get one pound off per ticket if you book online at www. millfieldtheatre.co.uk

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What’s On 12 week weightloss challenge in Bush Hill Park. Starts Tuesday 27th March at 6.30p.m until 7.30p.m.. Cash prizes for biggest losers. Call Pat on 0208 2453856 Grange Park Methodist Church Concerts All concerts on Saturday lunchtime at 11.30am lasting one hour Free entrance but retiring collection Coffee served from 10.15am. Park Drive London N21 2LS APRIL 21st ; Fantastic international violinist Michal Cwizewicz MAY 19th; World renown pianist Angela Brownridge JUNE 16th; Incredible flautist Daniel Watts and Adam Johnson piano

Whitewebbs Museum of Transport. Open every Tuesday and last Sunday in month (except May) 10am - 4pm - Admission £4 accompanied children under 13 freeTel: 020 8367 1898 email: whitewebbsmuseum@aol. com Guided Walks in Barnet March 17th and April 21st. The Battle of Barnet: a guided walk across the famous Wars of the Roses battlefield of 1471. Meet at junction of Great North Rd and Hadley Green Rd 2.30pm. 020 8440 6805 March 31st and June 23rd. Things That Go Bump in High Barnet: a ghost walk. Maeet at High Barnet tube station 7.30pm. 020 8440 6805 April 29th and June 16th. Dickens

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and Victorian Barnet: a guided walk. Meet at High Barnet tube station 2.30pm. 020 8440 6805

outings as well as lectures. Please ring Peter on 020 8363 1568 for details.

1.45 Ladies Club We are a friendly group who meet every Wednesday, in term time, at 1.45pm at Grange Park Methodist Church Hall, Park Drive, N21 2EU. We enjoy a variety of speakers, slide shows, quizzes, and outings and would welcome new members. Contact Sue 020 8367 8489 or Brenda 020 8360 5882

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

Regular Events and Clubs North London Humanist Group: Non-religious people meet regularly for discussions on the third Thursday of the month from 8.00 - 10.00 p.m.at the Ruth Winston Centre, 190 Green Lanes, Palmers Green, N13 5UE, plus social events/outings. Visitors welcome to attend without obligation to formally join. (No charge.) www.nlondonhumanists.fsnet.co.uk email: enquiries@ nlondonhumanists.fsnet.co.uk Secretary: 01707 653667. 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. 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

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 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 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 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’.

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Potters Bar Cine & Video Society Wyllotts Centre, Potters Bar Alternate Thursdays 8.00pm Contact Penny 01707 656446 or John 01707 872210 www.pottersbarcineand videosociety.org for amateur cinematographers. Programme includes editing, filming techniques, competition evenings, social functions

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