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Your Free Local Magazine For Your Area October 2010 issue 31

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History of Hallowe’en

Try Something New in the Area Local News & What’s On

Don’t Move Improve Home Renovations

Things to do - Places to go - People to see


Archers Financial Services Not all doom and gloom in the mortgage market “Between the media and the financial regulators, the FSA, they seem hell bent on destroying the fragile mortgage market. House prices may have dropped by 1.4% between July and August but so what! At Archers we have seen more activity this last month in the mortgage market than we had since the heady days before the collapse of the Northern Rock! Yes prices have dropped by 1.4%, bringing the price of a £350,000 house down to £345,000 but rather than depicting a market that is on the verge of collapse one should look further than such statistics. As a firm we have been encouraging prospective buyers to make aggressive offers. Homeowners have been reluctant to sell since the start of the financial crisis but now, three years on, many see the need to move on and are therefore willing to consider offers. This is why we are seeing slight drops in house prices. For the ten years or so from November 1995 we witnessed unprecedented property growth. Double figure property appreciation as prospective buyers paid more than true market value. Estate agents were valuing property only to find that buyers were happy to pay the asking price and more. Mortgage lenders were throwing money at buyers in many cases advancing the full purchase price and more as was the case with the Northern Rock who granted loans of up to 125% of the value of the property. This allowed the buyer not only to buy the property but also to furnish it and to buy a new car at the same time... all with no deposit.

What is the response of the regulators who sat back merrily as the Northern Rock and others handed out 125% loans? In his recent Mansion House speech (21st September) the Chairman of the FSA, Adair Turner, talked of ‘loan to value caps’ as a tool to combat lending risk. ‘Maximum loan to value ratios could be used instead of imposing limits on lenders’ he said. Well that’s one way of stopping first time buyers from getting onto the property ladder!” It’s just a pity the FSA didn’t recognise that the Northern Rock’s reckless business plan was unsustainable. A business model that involved a large portion of unsecured lending. How ironic that only months before its collapse the FSA met executives of the Northern Rock and raised no concerns at the banks business model.

Insurance Investments Mortgages with the cost of two HIP reports if they took the property off the market for any period of time. Spearheading the improved mortgage market is the UK’s third largest building society the Coventry who through its ‘simple business model’ has seen a 40% rise in its pre-tax profits of £46.5 million to the end of June. The Coventry have stood out amongst the crowd recording profits throughout 2008 and 2009 whilst many high street lenders were collapsing under the weight of irresponsible lending. The Coventry Building Society can boast a very competitive residential and buy to let portfolio. It’s new product range includes a very competitive 3 year fixed rate product set at 2.99% (APR 4.4%) until 31/12/2013 for customers with a 40% deposit, for customers with a 25% deposit the rate increases slightly to 3.59% (APR 4.5%)

The Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) have countered the FSA’s proposals by calling them ‘misguided’. In a speech at a recent CML conference in London director general Michael Coogan said the ‘FSA’s own mortgage market review, if implemented, In the Buy to Let market it has 3 year fixed would cause house prices to fall further!’ rate products starting at 4.49% (APR 4.8%). The CML as do many within the mortgage industry believe that the regulatory pendulum is swinging too far. Until the introduction of the ill-fated HIPs the month of September was one of the busiest mortgage months of the year. Buyers who wanted to move before Christmas had to get their finance in place by September and many homeowners would traditionally put their property on the market in September taking it off in December if they had received no offers. With the introduction of HIPS the September market vanished overnight as property owners were faced

Throughout the credit crunch the Coventry Building Society maintained strong ‘A’ credit ratings and is clearly a lender who will be around for years to come. For more advice on any of the above please do not hesitate to contact Noel Sainsbury at Archers Financial Services.

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Archers Financial Services is authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority. Investments can be made into a selection of funds which invest in different asset classes such as cash, gilts, property and stocks & shares. These funds carry differing levels of risk. The value of the funds can fluctuate and may fall as well as rise. The Financial Services Authority does not regulate taxation and tax advice.


Hello and Welcome to the October 2010 issue of EN Magazine. Well it appears that the days of warm sunshine are behind us with the prospects of dull, cold, wet, shortening days to look forward to. However we hope that this issue of EN Magazine will cheer you up. To try and offset the gloom of the shortening days EN Magazine has investigated some local activities that you may be interested in trying out to brighten your days. We share our findings with you in our Try Something New article. In this issue we have a first of a two part article looking at home improvements. We have got some local experts from the building trades to share their knowledge and advice with our readers on extending a property. In the next issue we will follow up with an article on ideas on what to do with the extra space you create. The end of October is Hallowe’en, but what is it all about? EN Magazine brings you an insight into Hallowe’en and some of the traditions associated with this spooky night. We hope you enjoy reading this issue of EN Magazine. If you want to keep up to date with local news and events have a look at our new website www. enmagazine.co.uk

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Contents Page 4 - 14 Local News and Events Page 15 - 18 Don’t Move - Improve Advice on developing your property Page 19 -20 Hallowe’en Page 21 - 22 Yes its Early but Christmas Venues are booking fast Page 24 - 25 Try Something New Page 26 - 27 Beat the onset of winter colds Page 28 - 31 What’s On Local Business Services and Classified Advertising

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Matthew Collins BBC Travel Show presenter to speak at Hospice Lunch

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he Nightingale Community Hospice Trust is very pleased to be hosting a Charity Lunch at Bush Hill Park Golf Club on Thursday 21st October, with

guest speaker Matthew Collins former BBC TV Travel Show Presenter. Matthew Collins describes himself as a middle-aged, bald bloke who makes a living writing and talking about travel and being a dad. As ‘Special Assignments’ man for the BBC Travel Show he has a role that has proved to be a different challenge each week. From a wide range of experiences including anything from a week in a French nudist camp, Oo La La!, to journeying overland to Spain with his leg in plaster, when his leg wasn’t even broken!

He has presented on Wogan, hosted a Sixth Formers’ TV Quiz Show and fronted a series called ‘Well worth a Visit’. He has also made an advert with Liz Hurley and Hugh Grant for Schweppes (you know who!). For the last nine years he has been raising two sons alone (Charlie and Nicolai, 16 & 15) so when he appears on the radio or TV he is usually talking about travel or family issues. As a single parent he has acquired one area of expertise that everyone is now interested in — family survival on a budget.   The day will start at 11.30am with a drinks reception, followed by a 3 course lunch at 12noon

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Don’t lose your right to vote! A

fter the recent general election in which the country was left with a hung parliament, leading to the formation of a coalition government, the need to make sure you vote is used has been given a greater imperative to the electorate. Currently local councils including Enfield and Hertsmere are going through the process of getting residents to register to vote. Voter registration forms have been sent out to households in the area. At the beginning of October a second form is being sent to all properties who have not yet responded to the initial form. If you are not on the Electoral Register not only can you not vote in elections but you can not vote in referendums. The Coalition Government is committed to a referendum on whether or not the country should adopt the Alternative Voting (AV) system. Under the AV system proposed by the referendum, voters will still be electing one candidate associated with one geographic constituency. Instead of simple voting for one candidate choice on the ballot paper (with an X) the voter will rank one or more candidates in order of preference. The winning candidate is the person who gather 50% of votes either at the first count of first choice votes, or after a repeating process of re distributing voter’s second preference vote where their first choice was for the candidate with the lowest number of votes until one candidate reached the 50% level. The government is also

pushing for a review of constituency boundaries in order to reduce the number of MP’s from 647 to 600. This years updated electoral register will be used to create new consistencies. If you are not on it, you and any other unregistered voters will be excluded from the Boundary Commission’s calculations. This could lead to constituencies in the EN area been dramatically under represented and there is a chance the area could lose some of our MP’s. The higher and more accurate the electorate figure the greater the chance that the EN area and its residents will continue to be fully represented in parliament.

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Local News and Events

Who Needs Hollywood When You Have The EN Area? L

ocal resident David Hughes has been directing a new feature film called ‘Crikey Villains’ in the area and EN Magazine went along to meet him on set at the Fallow Buck in Clay Hill, Enfield, to find out more. How have you got to be here filming today?

“In 2006 I made a short film called ‘A Girl and a Gun’ which was mostly filmed in the Enfield area. This was picked up by iTunes, and has gone on to become one of best selling short films ever released. It has been a top 10 hit in the US, Germany and the UK. So when I got the chance to direct ‘Crikey Villains’, it made sense to make that in Enfield too.”

Gyles Brandreth: The One-to-One Show Sun 10th Oct 8.00pm Tickets: £16 An evening of wit, wordplay and hilarious name-dropping! The Cavern Beatles Thurs 28th Oct 8.00pm Tickets: £16, £15 concs, £10 grps 10+ Features an extensive repertoire of hits and album tracks.

What is the film about? “There’s a big bag of cash, and lots of villains are trying to get their hands on it. They’re all fighting each other for the money – and these guys don’t fight fairly!”

Who’s in the film? “’Crikey Villains’ is full of great characters, and we’ve been lucky to get some of the best character actors in the country to play these roles. They’ve all had wonderful film, theatre, and TV careers, having been in Harry Potter, Indiana Jones, Hot Fuzz, ER, Prime Suspect, Waterloo Road, Hotel Babylon, and Band of Brothers, to name just a few of their combined credits.” Apart from The Fallow Buck have you used any other local venues? “We have shot scenes in

Essence of Ireland Fri 29th Oct Tickets: £19.50, £18.50 concs Breathtaking show of brilliant choreography, superb musicianship and dazzling costumes!

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a couple of local houses, as well as in Barnet, Southend and in Shorditch. I am sure that local people watching the film will recognize a lot of the locations.”

Attenborough, Roman Polanski, Guillermo del Toro and Darren Aronofsky. I have been lucky to work on films as diverse as ‘Bend it Like Beckham’ and ‘James Bond’.”

What’s your background in film?

What advise would you give to any one wanting to make a film or get into the film industry?

“After film school I spent 12 years making movie trailers. I have worked alongside and learnt from some of the world’s great directors including Sir Richard

“If you own a mobile phone and have Internet access, then basically you have everything you need to make and distribute your own film. Most mobiles have video functions now, and with youtube and similar sites you can get your film seen by the world. So it’s never been easier to make films.” For more information on Crikey Villains visit ww.crikeyvillans.com For more on A Girl and a Gun go to www. davidlghughes.com

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do not have the gift of time. We need to provide the help now”. She adds “funding from Children In Need and other grants and trusts arrives in instalments throughout the year, but it is not enough without extra donations, which come in the form of regular giving and one-off donations from individuals and corporate supporters. Donating regularly on a monthly, quarterly or annual basis is one of the very best ways in which you can support our work. With the continued generosity of our supporters, Noah’s Ark has been able to make a significant difference to many families through our Respite Play and the Family Support Volunteers Scheme”. Regular Giving on a monthly basis is convenient and a sensible option as it enables you to ‘spread the load’ – a small monthly gift taken out of your bank account each month is a painless way to give. If you are interested in giving in this way, please contact Diane Parry on 020 8449 8877 or dparry@ noahsarkhospice.org.uk to discuss. Your support is Noah’s Ark’s lifeline and helps families to make every precious moment count.


Local News and Events

Empty homes to be used again H

omes which have stood empty in the borough of Hertsmere will be put back into use thanks to a new scheme. Under the scheme, Private Lease Agreements Converting Empties (PLACE), around 25 properties in the area will be refurbished and then let to homeless people and families.

owners whose properties have been empty for more than six months and who are struggling to raise the money or to undertake the refurbishment of their properties themselves. Once the properties are refurbished they will be allocated to homeless people in the borough who are on the council’s homeless list.

Hertsmere council has identified some 300 empty properties, including approx 62 in Potters Bar, that are owned on a private basis. They are working with owners to bring houses up to standard and rent them out to homeless people in the borough for the next 3 years.

The work is managed by a Government-approved Registered Social Landlord - in this case Pathmeads - and once completed the property is signed up with Pathmeads on a three year lease to provide a home to families and individuals who have approached the council for help.

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25 properties which will be refurbished represent 8% of the empty properties identified across the borough. This is the first stage in a longer term programme which will be rolled out over the coming months. Cllr Hannah David, portfolio holder for housing, explained: “Hertsmere has been running a successful programme for some time to identify what empty properties it has in the borough in order to encourage owners to get them back in use. However sometimes this is just not possible - some owners have been unable perhaps to afford repairs and get them up to standard. By joining the PLACE scheme, Hertsmere will be able to take it to the next step by accessing money to help do this. Not only will property owners get the chance to have their properties refurbished, at no cost to them, but people in genuine

need of accommodation get the chance to live in a rented home.” “There is a definite need in this area for homes which have been sitting there rotting away and of no use to be cleaned up and offered to families desperately in need. Not only is it empowering for people but also helps to improve an area overall.” Once a property has been identified as empty, Hertsmere has to trace the owner and then liaise with them to try to get the property back into use. A number of pieces of legislation can be used to do this and as part of the scheme, specialist enforcement adviser helps to resolve any problems.

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Get ready for Will Aid’s Make a Will month

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ill Aid, the UK’s most enduring and successful charity Will-making scheme, returns to this area in November. Local solicitors have volunteered for the scheme and are waiting to book appointments to help readers write their Will during Make a Will Month. Instead of charging their usual fee they will invite Willmakers to donate to the Will Aid charities. Norma Morris a partner at local solicitors Curwens said “We’re delighted to be supporting Will Aid again this year. Last year’s efforts raised just under £6000 from Curwens, for this charity and that was, in effect, time we donated to making free wills.  The way it works is that a member of the public makes an appointment with us and the fee for the will is donated by the client to the 12:21:31 charity - we do the work for nothing.” It is very important to have a professionally drawn up Will. Without one, hard-earned assets will be distributed according to the laws of intestacy. This may mean that loved ones are not automatically provided for and face a great deal of stress and uncertainty. Yet Will Aid’s own research shows that nearly 50% of people mistakenly believe that their estate will automatically pass to their partner when they die. Even if you already have a Will, experts recommend it is reviewed every 3 to 5 years and updated as your circumstances change. Will Aid provides the perfect opportunity to have a basic Will drawn up by a professional solicitor,

in return for a voluntary donation to Will Aid. The suggested donation is £75 for a single Will, £110 for mirror Wills or £40 for a codicil or change to a previous Will. Some of the local legal firms taking part in Will Aid include: Cleverdons Contact Name: Ms JaneClaire Cleverdon Address: Enfield EN2  0TS Telephone: 020  8367 5375 Curwens Contact Name: Ms Anne  Stennett Address: Enfield EN2 7HT Telephone:  020 8363  4444   Martin Shepherd & Co Contact Name:  Mr Gareth Humberstone Address: London EN1  1YZ Telephone: 020  8367 3230 Michael Anvoner & Company Solicitors Contact Name: Mr Ray Foster Address: Barnet EN5 5JD Telephone: 020 8449 0003 Millington Wallace & Co Contact  Name: Mr Ian Lawrence Address: London N14  5BP Telephone: 020  8882 1051 The money raised is shared between the participating charities (ActionAid, Age UK, British Red Cross, Christian Aid, NSPCC, Save the Children UK, Sightsavers, SCIAF and Trocaire) and provides vital funds to help people to live, build their communities and improve their future in the UK and around the world. Last November, seventeen thousand clients, made their Will with Will Aid, raising over £1.25 million, for the Will Aid charities.


Local News and Events important to prioritise family and loved ones, and they must always come first - but it is also an ideal opportunity to leave a gift to charity and so bring lasting change to the lives of people in need.

With preparation and the help of a Will Aid solicitor, making a Will need not be difficult. The Will Aid website www.willaig.org has lots of information to help, including a useful Will Planner. When making a Will, it is

It’s so easy to take part in Will Aid. Simply find a convenient solicitor at www. willaid.org.uk or by phoning 0300 0300 013. Call the solicitor directly to make an appointment for November and get peace of mind from knowing your affairs are in order.

Getting Their Kit On L

ocal business networking group, BNI Vision had an excuse to get their “kit on” recently when they were visited by charity cyclist Steve Hall. In a change from normal business attire and to show their support the members of the group turned up in football shirts. Steve has been on a mission to visit all 92 football league clubs in England and Wales by bicycle to raise awareness for the worlds 45 million refugees. He stopped off at Enfield Golf Club for the BNI Vision Chapter meeting on the final leg of his journey. Talking about his journey, Steve says, “I am not looking to raise money. That is not what the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) wants. My aim is to create awareness”. His only requirement has been to cover his expenses, which he estimates at around £20 per day. At the meeting, Steve shared experiences and

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Is Fashions Next Big Name Right On Our Doorstep? T

he fashion industry is one of the hardest to get recognised in as many designers end up having their creations rebranded for the high street chains. A few designers rise to the top of the industry and become household names. The likes of Stella McCartney, Alexander McQueen, Vivian Westwood, Paul Smith and John Galliano have done this but are we about to see the launch of a new name to join these, Katrina Ferrari? Katrina finished her fashion degree at Middlesex University in June this year graduating with a 1st class honours degree and she has already started to make an impact with her

designs. After doing A levels at Edmonton County and then doing a Fashion Foundation course at London College of Fashion, Katrina chose to study locally at Middlesex University. EN Magazine met up with Katrina to find out more about her designs and her inspirations. “I was really lucky to be chosen in the final year out of the 53 students on my course to be one of only 20 students to have my work showcased to press and fashion buyers at the Graduate Fashion Week.” “I have always been interested in dark and eerie subject matter, whether it is churches and graveyards or

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ancient ceremonies and voodoo. In particular I always try to create this idea of a forbidden forest, covered in a thick fog, which is filled with the uncanny and the unexplained. I started off by looking at a sinister subject matter and proceed with it in my research. By looking at various different types of media, photography, films, fashion photography and art to find ways of expressing this in my clothing and designs. This lead to my collection titled Hexenjagd that was based on a series of pagan associations and practices, from the Wicker Man to the eerie forest and witch hunts of the 15th Century. After my research I realised I wanted to use a traditional craft within the collection, I came across Corn Dollies and began thinking of them as accessories, and started to design elaborate headpieces. However the Corn Dollies also became part of the clothing and I used the fabric to represent them,

by twisting and using padded tubes. I continue to strive to create unique designs, that are both flattering and beautifully constructed desirable pieces.” “The success of having my collection shown at the Graduate Fashion Week saw one of my designs being worn on the final night of the Big Brother show by ex housemate Angel. I hope this is not the last time one of my designs appears on the TV.” “Moving forward I hope to bring my collections of affordable couture to designer boutiques. I am already in discussions with a few and promoting my range to fashion buyers. I want my clothes to offer something individual that makes the wearer feel a million dollars but is affordable. My current designs range from £60 to £300 and all are hand made so you know when you wear one of them you are not going to turn up at a party to see some one else in the same outfit.” You can find out more about Katrina and see more of her designs at her website www.katrinaferrari. com


Local Businessman nominated for Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

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ujan Shah, CEO of the Carrier Bag Shop has been nominated in the category of Young Entrepreneur at the 10th Asian Achievers Awards.

The Awards ceremony held at Wembley Stadium, recognises entrepreneurs and their extraordinary contributions to society from within the British Asian community. Sujan Shah was announced as a nominee for the prestigious ceremony sponsored by Alpha Care Homes, Asian Voice and Gujarat Samachar, Carrier Bag Shop also provided the eco-friendly Jute Bags for the event.

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Carrier Bag Shop beat over 10,000 applicants nationwide and were chosen as a top 20 finalists for the coveted HSBC Start Up Stars Award. Growth plans for the future of The Carrier Bag Shop include opening an office in Cologne, Germany to service the Western Europe market, and an expansion into the USA. From the very beginning Carrier Bag Shop has not only sold carrier bags and packaging online; they have also provided a bespoke printed bag service, which has helped them expand into the events, exhibition and retail markets. As his businesses go from strength to strength, Sujan has established a forward thinking and innovative company, and will continue to push boundaries with all of his endeavours. Visit www.carrierbagshop. co.uk to find our more about there extensive range of carrier bag and packaging solutions or call 08712 300 980

Carrier Bag Shop was launched in July 2005, starting with just 2 staff, growing to 20 in 2010, and has expanded their warehouse space from 1000 sq ft to 12,000 sq ft in just 5 years. Amongst this award nomination there are two stand-out achievements for Sujan’s business. In 2008 they became a preferred supplier of Paper Bags to the first town to go Plastic Bag Free, Modbury, making Carrier Bag Shop a driving force in suppliers of eco friendly Local entrepreneur Sujan Shah packaging. Also in July 2008

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niversity graduate and local resident Michael Kashioulis has bravely launched his own design company- Smart Cookie Design based in Oakwood just months after graduating. Michael, age 22 from Enfield, recently completed his degree in Business Economics at the University of Hertfordshire. Before going to

University Michael lived in the EN area attending Edmonton County and Grange Park Schools “While at University studying for my degree I also took extra classes and courses in Graphic and Web Design which was something that I really enjoyed,” Michael told EN Magazine “ and it is the combination of my passion

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On Monday 6th September Michael opened his new business ‘Smart Cookie Design’ specializing in graphic design, web design and printing. The Mayor of Enfield, Jayne Buckland joined Michael in celebrating Smart Cookie Designs’ opening on Bramley Road, Oakwood. Cutting the ribbon to open the offices she praised Michael for his initiative in going into self employment immediately after his studies. “Smart Cookie Design aims to help local companies to effectively promote themselves across a range of platforms such as print and web through creative and effective designs” said Michael. “We have already started building websites for clients who have told us that they enjoy working with us for our fresh, creative look at design and the attention that we give to customer service – I want all my clients and customers to feel we are available to them and not some faceless provider.” Michael definitely has the seed of entrepreneurship planted within him and is without a doubt one of the smarter cookies in the jar. Smart Cookie Design looks set to have a promising future. For further information visit www. smartcookie-design.co.uk or call Michael on 020 8363 9506


Home Improvements

Don’t Move Improve! by Nikki Osman

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iving in the EN area you no doubt love your home, after all we’re lucky enough to live in one of the most desirable areas of north London and Hertfordshire. But do you ever look around your house and wish that you could make some changes? Whether it’s something as small as moving the furniture around or a big as getting a whole new room built, let EN magazine guide you on how to make the best of your space.

PRACTICALITIES Before you get stuck into your new project, you’d be advised to think about

how you will be using the new space. It is also important to think about why you want to create the space, for example is it purely for functional reasons or are you doing it to add value to your home? These are important considerations as the answer to these questions will inevitably impact the type and scale of the project you decide to embark upon. When it comes to initiating a new building project, there are also a number of practical considerations you will have to take on board. The main issue for most people will be the cost. When it comes to adding a whole new room to your home, the costs can mount up. To avoid any nasty surprises, you need to go

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Home Improvements into the project with your eyes and ears open. Whoever you choose to contract the work with make sure the contactor is obliged to give you a full quote up front. But you’d also be advised to find out what additional costs you might face should the work overrun or run into difficulties. You also need to consider the disruption the work will cause to your daily routine. It may be that the work can be completed quickly and discreetly, keeping the disruption to a minimum. But for a large scale project, especially a loft conversion or extension, it is likely that your home life will be in disarray for a number of weeks or months. That said, another important consideration is the time frame for completion. For a building project taking place in your home, you simply must have an idea of the completion date. For example, if a project was to begin now, what are the chances of completion by Christmas? If it looks unlikely, are you comfortable having your home disrupted during the festivities? This is something you need to be clear about before you begin, in order to prevent disruption and

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LEGALITIES Inevitably when it comes to a building project in the home, there are legal issues you need to consider. These legal issues come down to three sets of permission that you need to obtain. The first issue you need to address is planning permission. Whether or not this is necessary depends entirely on the scale and nature of the project in question. To obtain planning permission you need to apply to the local authority and you should expect a response within eight to 10 weeks. However, this is not a legal requirement for all projects. If you don’t need planning permission you will have permitted development rights and the council should respond on this within two to three weeks. The second form of permission you will need is building regulation approval. This addresses issues such as surface water drainage, thermal efficiency and the depth and type of the foundations. This is a legal requirement for all building

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Home Improvements projects costing over 10 thousand pounds, regardless of whether it requires planning permission. Once you have approval on both these counts, you need to gain consent from any immediate neighbours i.e. those who live within three meters of the planned building work. While you may not think this is important, work such as excavations, digging foundations and building on the boundary will have an impact on immediate neighbours. This consent should come through within eight to 10 weeks. Once you have approval on all three counts, you may proceed with the planning and development of the project.

Building a conservatory For home-owners looking to increase the useable space in their property, a conservatory is a relatively cheap and easy way of doing so, with the cheapest options starting at about five thousand pounds. In practical terms it is cheaper than building an extension or loft conversion and can be completed in a shorter time frame.

an extension but is essentially a greenhouse, which will be un-useable for most of the year’. He advises any home-owner looking to increase their space to opt for an extension instead. That said, while the cost of a conservatory starts at around five thousand pounds, if you are willing to spend considerably more and build your conservatory out of timber or brick the results will inevitably be considerably different. However, these types of projects are encroaching onto extension territory and hence they will require additional practical considerations.

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If you are simply seeking to add value to your property, it is possible to do this with a conservatory if it is carefully planned and designed. However, in terms of creating additional functional space, there are a number of issues to consider. Bruce Forrester of Forrester and Co estate agents and surveyors advises that conservatories can be difficult to make practical use of, ‘They can get unbearably hot in the summer, too cold to sit in during winter and are too noisy when it rains’. Alex Thompson of local architects, Building Doctors echoes this warning, ‘with a conservatory what you’ve got isn’t

concealing beams, removing columns and creating a common floor surface. While these things inevitably cost time and money, if they are done correctly, the results should add considerable value to the property. According to Bruce Forrester, the most important consideration when it comes to building an extension is including an architect in the project. While you may want to save money by asking the builder to plan and design the project, they will not have the same level of professional knowledge that is required and this will show in the results. He advises anyone looking to build an extension to invest in

While an extension will involve more disruption than either a conservatory or a loft extension, it is a practical way of creating additional useable space in your home, while simultaneously adding value. Extensions are more complex than other forms of home improvement Loft Conversions because of the House Extensions need to create a General Building seamless junction between the Refurbishments extension and the Commercial & Domestic rest of the house; this may involve

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Home Improvements some professional input from the outset. The time frame for a project of this nature will inevitably depend on the size of the home but according to the Building Doctors, for a 30 thousand pound project you should expect completion to take between nine and 12 weeks. But there are ways of reducing this time frame, for example, by using only one supplier; the general rule of thumb is that the more parties are involved, the longer the job will take. While you may be cutting costs by sourcing your own supplies or by using a friend to do the electrics, you’re adding time to the overall length of the project. By taking these tips on board, you will be minimising the time taken for completion while maximising the success of the project.

Completing a loft conversion While this is not a feasible option for every house, a loft conversion can provide you with an additional room without overtly changing the dynamic and space of the home. While the cost of the conversion will inevitably vary in

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line with the size and scale of the project, according to Forrester, for a typical three bed terrace house, the price will be between 25 and 35 thousand and should be completed within five to eight weeks. An advantage to a loft conversion over an extension is the level of disruption the work will cause. An extension taking place at ground level will involve a great deal of noise and mess for the duration of the project. However, according to Michael Coe of London based building company T&C Builders Ltd, the disruption of a loft conversion to the residents is minimal. As the builders will be working in the roof, the first intrusion into the living area of the property is when the staircase is installed and the internal alterations begin. Like extensions, in order to maximise the value added to the property, the conversion should look seamless and be in-keeping with the character of the rest of the house. No matter how well designed the conversion is, if it looks out of place, it will be to the detriment of its added value.

Furthermore, Bruce Forrester warns that if the aim of the project is purely to add value to the property, you might want to consider other options, as the amount of added value will likely be in line with the cost of the project. For example, a loft conversion that has cost the home-owner £30 thousand, is unlikely to increase the total value of the property by more than £30 thousand. For further information contact: Building Doctors Tel: 0845 0600 040 web www.buidingdoctors.co.uk email: architect@building-doctors.com Forrester&Co, 36 Cannon Hill, Southgate N14 6LG Tel: 020 8350 4141 www.forresterandco.com T&C Builders Email Tel: 020 8482 2678 Direct Dial: 07813 102 150 web: www.tcbuildersltd.com email: info@tcbuildersltd.co.uk


HALLOWE’EN

The celebration of Hallowe’en and the fun and games that go with it have grown in popularity over the last few years. Many people have the wrongly perceived belief that Hallowe’en is an American tradition that has bought trick or treating across the pond. So what is Hallowe’en actually a celebration of? And how did this peculiar custom originate? Is it, as some claim, a kind of demon worship? Or is it just a harmless vestige of some ancient pagan ritual where folks get together for parties, dress up in Hallowe’en costumes and bob for apples? It is believed that Hallowe’en derived from the festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in), which celebrates the end of the “lighter half” of the year and the beginning of the “darker half”, and is sometimes regarded as the “Celtic New Year”. The ancient Celts believed that the border between this world and the other world became thin on Samhain. Allowing spirits, both harmless and harmful, to pass through. The family’s ancestors were honoured and invited home while harmful spirits were warded off. It is believed that the need to ward off harmful spirits led to the wearing of costumes and masks. Their purpose was to disguise oneself as a harmful spirit and thus avoid harm. Samhain was also a time to take stock of food supplies and slaughter Livestock for winter stores. Bonfires played a large part in the festivities. All other fires were doused and each home lit their

hearth from the bonfire. The bones of slaughtered livestock were cast into its flames. Sometimes two bonfires would be built side-by-side, and people and their livestock would walk between them as a cleansing ritual.   The word itself, “Hallowe’en,” actually has its origins in the Catholic Church. It comes from a contracted corruption of All Hallows Eve. November 1st is “All Hollows Day” (or “All Saints Day”), a Catholic day of observance in honor of saints making the 31st of October Hallowe’een.

Trick or Treat: The custom of trick or treating probably has several origins. During Samhain, the Druids believed that the dead would play tricks on mankind and cause panic and destruction. They had to be appeased, so country folk would give the Druids food as they visited their homes. Also a ninth-century European custom called souling. On November 2, All Souls Day, early Christians would walk from village to village begging for “soul cakes” made out of square pieces of bread with currants. The more soul cakes the beggars would receive, the more prayers they would promise to say on behalf of the dead relatives of the donors. At the time, it was believed that the dead remained in limbo for a time after death, and that prayer, even by strangers, could expedite a soul’s passage to heaven.

When the Celts were absorbed by the Roman Empire, many rituals of Roman origin began. Among them was the worship of Pomona, goddess of the harvest, often portrayed sitting on a basket of fruits and flowers. Apples were the sacred fruit of the goddess, and many games of divination involving them entered the Samhain customs.

The Witch’s Broomstick: The witch is a central symbol of Hallowe’en. The name comes from the Saxon wica, meaning wise one. When setting out for a Sabbath, witches rubbed a sacred ointment onto their skin. This gave them a feeling of flying, and if they had been fasting they felt even giddier. Some witches rode on horseback, but poor witches went on foot and carried a broom or a pole to aid in vaulting over streams. In England when new witches were initiated they were often blindfolded, smeared with flying ointment and placed on a broomstick. The ointment would confuse the mind, speed up the pulse and numb the feet. When they were told “You are flying over land and sea,” the witch took their word for it.

Jack-O-Lanterns: Irish children used to carve out potatoes or turnips and light them for their Hallowe’en gatherings. They commemorated Jack, a shifty Irish villain so wicked that neither God nor the Devil wanted him. Rejected by both the sacred

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and profane, he wandered the world endlessly looking for a place to rest, his only warmth a glittering candle in a rotten turnip.

Hallowe’en Masquerade Mask: From earliest times people wore masks when droughts or other disasters struck. They believed that the demons who had brought their misfortune upon them would become frightened off by the hideous masks. Even after the festival of Samhain had merged with Hallowe’en, Europeans felt uneasy at this time of the year. Food was stored in preparation for the winter and the house was snug and warm. The cold, envious ghosts were outside, and people who went out after dark often wore masks to keep from being recognised.

Make sure you have a fun this Hallowe’en. As well as the spooky fun and games that Hallowe’en brings, if you go out trick or treating you should plan your route carefully. It is now widely accepted in the UK that you should only knock on the doors of people you know or have put out Hallowe’en decorations indicating that they are happy to take part and be visited.

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ARE YOUR BRAVE ENOUGH TO GO OUT ON HALLOWE’EN? Dare you step outside to take a spooky journey through the Woodlands of Trent Park or Forty Hall to uncover the secret Hallowe’en tent. Here the story of the spine tingling “Legend of Sleepy Hollow” will unfold the laughs, thrills and chills to keep you on the edge of your seat. But watch out as you will never know when or where the legends headless horsemen may appear. This exciting and hair raising show is being put on by Skewbald Theatre and will be sure to test the nerves of all but the bravest (suitable for ages 6+) Skewbald are a professional Theatre troupe based in Enfield. They produce a year round programme of exciting theatrical experiences that pop up in parks, woodlands, meadows and more traditional theatre spaces across North London. Skewbald fuses together theatre, music, dance and storytelling, to create magical journeys and events for audiences of all ages. Skewbald also run educational workshops with young people, community groups and local schools. The walks take place on Saturday 23rd to Sunday 31st October, as space is limited tickets need to be bought in advance from Forty Hall Box Office tel: 020 8363 8196 for further information.


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es we know it is early, the clocks have not yet gone back and Christmas is something you do not want to think about yet. But already as you walk around shops and supermarkets the early indications that Christmas is on the way are starting to appear. Mince pies, selection boxes and even Christmas decorations have been spotted on sale already in the last few weeks.

have all heard the stories of unabated lust for the boss, married person, sexy secretary or the shy colleague in accounts coming to the fore with the help of a few drinks, or the creative/artistic use of the office photo copier to print countless copies of body parts, which are left on everyone’s desk for the morning after (I am sure a few of you are blushing with the memories).

One part of the Christmas celebration that is worth considering this early though is the works or office Christmas party and going out for a meals with friends or family. As this is one of the busiest times of years for restaurants and venues it is worth finding out what they have to offer for Christmas and booking early rather than be disappointed.

Traditionally the works or office party has been an opportunity for the company to say thank you for all your hard work over the past year. However, over the last few years the extravagant parties of the past, paid for by the company have not escaped the cost cutting exercises many companies and organisations have had to do in these tough economic times.

The traditional works and office party is a chance to let your hair down and we

One Christmas party that has bucked this trend, becoming more and more

Christmas Parties popular, is a pre Christmas celebration with family or friends. For many celebrating Christmas Day with family or friends, means making a decision between which family or friends and even which set of relatives. Many people have moved away from the family home to live in a different part of the country or even world. This could be due to needs of work and career, further education, location or just having moved to be with a loved one. There is only one Christmas Day and you cannot be in two places at once. The traditional idea of Christmas Day in one location and then Boxing Day in another may not be practical due to distance. So how about celebrating this special occasion more than once ! - Obviously there is only one ‘real’ day but the celebrations could be extended. In the run up to Christmas, restaurants throughout the EN area will be putting on festive promotions and activities. There are a fantastic selection of venues and options, from a traditional Christmas lunch to party nights and even themed nights for something really different.

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Christmas Parties

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So rather than split yourself between family and friends on Christmas Day, why not have parties with work, family, in-laws and friends? Abbey Taverna 6 Foxes Parade, Sewardstone Road, Waltham Abbey, Essex, EN9 1PH Tel: 01992 767 602 Website: www.abbeytaverna.co.uk Price for Christmas Menu: MondayThursday – £20 per person for a three course meal, Friday, Saturday and Sunday – £30 per person for a three course meal   The Abbey Taverna is a truly unique party venue, offering good food, in a relaxed atmosphere where friendly staff will ensure that you have an absolutely wonderful time.  The restaurant has its very own in-house show which is not to be missed!  All in all, it’s an experience not to be forgotten!

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Try Something New

Don’t let the grey days get you down Try something new A

s the long dark evenings draw in and you wake to dull grey days the idea of going out and doing something new may not be what you want to do, when being wrapped up in the warm is what you have in mind. However getting ut and trying new things could be just what you need to push away the grey clouds so EN Magazine found out about some local activates you might want to give a try.

To draw or not to draw? If that is the question, then the answer could be just around the corner from you, as an adult art class is held every Wednesday morning at : The Morley Hill Community Centre Enfield EN2 0BL. We sent local resident Gillian Smith along to find out more. I found myself in the main hall of the community centre, with its high windows creating a light filled art studio. Friendly groups gather round, either working at easels or on drawing boards or at tables. Some materials are freely available, there’s paper a plenty. Canvases are refurbished and used again, or you can buy a fresh new one. There are lessons on how to use acrylic paint, watercolour, pastel, charcoal, ink and wash. We were also encouraged to bring

along any medium that we like to use or prefer. There are Life and Still Life, sessions, and classes on perspective, and drawing cartoons, to name just a few. Students have worked together on larger projects, each student painting one section of a big canvas creating impressive full size copies of old masters. David Grant the qualified art tutor, is a Yorkshireman with a big personality. He has an easy informal way of teaching, and keeps the class entertained with history of art facts, artist’s quotes, and anecdotes. Guidance and advice on your pictures are given, with cost saving tips on making your own painting aids.

The doors open at 9.35am so there is time enough to socialize and settle before David sets you to work at 10 o’clock. The two hours in class pass swiftly and it’s soon 12 o’clock. There is also a try ART evening class planned in Enfield opening soon. Each session costs £7.50 which is paid monthly, but if you are unable to make a class that you have paid for, that money will be carried over to the following month. Try ART 2010. You might like it! As I did! For more information on try ART contact grantlad@aol.com or telephone 020 8363 6490

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During the Life class a professional model, struck supple steady poses, which she held for 10-20 minutes until David called for her to change the pose, this kept us on our toes, if not the model! During the break, the tea coffee and biscuits are free. The art group has members of mixed abilities and the very skilled, (ages ranging from between 3070.) We all had one thing in common; we still wanted to draw, even though many of us hadn’t done so since leaving school. Regulars have been coming to this new location for nearly 2 years. Some having started with the summer school have carried on, still managing to find two hours within their busy schedules to come along each week, to express their creative side.

Flowers are colourful and scented and are often used to brighten a space or room but how do create the looks and designs you want. EN Magazine spoke to Jackie Butcher who has been attending Floristry Courses at Warmerdam in Crews Hill. “For a long time I have enjoyed playing with flowers creating bouquets and arrangements but they never seamed to turn out as good as the ones available to buy. I wanted to try and find out more about floristry but due to work and other commitments I could not sign up to a college course. I then found out about the Warmerdam courses, which take place in a day, so I thought I would give it a go.” “Since my first course I have gone back many times to learn more. Hillary

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Try Something New the teacher is absolutely brilliant, she clearly tells and shows you what to do and is extremely patient when helping people recreate the designs. The courses are extremely well organised, and suitable for beginners, you turn up and everything you are going to need for the day is already set up on a bench, although you can purchase more items if you want to be more creative.” “Doing the courses has built up my knowledge and confidence of flower arranging and as well as creating arrangements for my home throughout the year to reflect the seasons. I have been able to put my newfound skills to use and create the wedding bouquet and corsages and buttonholes for my son and daughter in law’s wedding. I was also able to make the casket topper for my father’s funeral earlier this year, an arrangement that was over five foot long and a very personnel experience for me. As well as the actual arranging flowers the courses have taught me tips and tricks such as using magnets to hold corsages in place, rather then pins which may damage delicate material.” “You really do learn a lot on the course and meet people who have a mutual interest creating a fun and friendly environment in which to learn – I am already looking forward to this years Christmas course to see what new tips and tricks I can pick up.” For more information on the floristry courses call Wamerdam on 020 8363 1928 Photos of Jackie’s door wrath and wedding bouquet

Zumba Zumba is the new fitness dance craze that is not only sweeping the nation but also the globe. Maria who currently hosts the Hot Salsa nights at Trent Park Golf Club on Wednesdays with her team of professional dance instructors have now joined this fitness phenomenon. They offer Zumba classes on a Monday morning from 10.30am to 11.30am and Tuesday evenings from 7.30pm to 8.30pm at Trent Park Golf Club and on Thursday evening at Holtwhite’s sports and social club from 7.30pm to 8.30.pm More information at www.hotzumba.co.uk or call 07947 765499. EN Magazine went along to the Monday morning class to find out more. Zumba Fitness® was created in the mid-90s by Colombian native Alberto “Beto” Perez, a celebrity fitness trainer and choreographer for International pop superstars. Inspired by the traditional cumbia, salsa, samba and merengue music he grew up with, Beto paired his favourite pulsating Latin rhythms with the red-hot international dance steps his clients loved and Zumba Fitness® (Spanish slang for “to move fast and have fun”) was born! “Zumba Fitness® classes are designed for people of all ages, men and women alike” Wendy one of the Zumba instructors told EN Magazine, “ The steps are easy to follow and designed to workout different muscle groups to help you lose weight, tone and improve your overall fitness.”

Kim Moselle who took part in the class told us “ I was really apprehensive about taking part as dancing is not really the kind of exercise I would normally chose but this looked like fun and I wanted to get fit. After only a couple of weeks I am really confident with the steps, doing my best to keep up with the instructors. I have already started to feel fitter and I have found it a really fun way to spend an hour.” “Party Yourself Into Shape is the promotional message used by Zumba Fitness®” continued Wendy “everyone attending the class seems to get into the Latin rhythms of the music and really enjoy themselves.” After the class Trent Park’s Chef, Tony Di Popolo, offers a healthy brunch menu and many of the class stayed behind to partake in the sumptuous offerings. EN Magazine spoke to a few of them and this is what they said about the class they had just done. “The music goes in - the calories go out!”  Janet   “Don’t give up after the first week your fitness levels improve with every class.”  Anna   “Great class can’t wait for next week!”  Sally   “It’s great! puts a fun edge on exercise. It’s like dance and aerobics mixed together, I love it, so fun and the routines are easy enough to pick up.”  Allison For more information on the Zumba classes call 07947 765 499 or visit www. hotzumba.co.uk

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Winter Survival

BEATING WINTER COLDS

By Joanne Megilley BSc Hons MNIMH Medical Herbalist

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he cold weather is gradually creeping upon us. As the days get shorter and the heating stays on for longer each day, there is no disputing that we’re fast heading towards winter. I don’t mind the cold weather or the short days, for a while anyway! If anything I get quite excited as we move towards Christmas time, seeing the lights go up in the Town takes me back to the excitement of the festive season that I felt in my childhood. I am sure I’m not alone in feeling this way, but I do hear frequently about what people hate that winter so often brings with it – the common cold! A nasty little virus which mutates so frequently that we can’t make a ‘cure’ for it – and so many of us succumb every year, taking days off work sick feeling like death and then generously spreading the germs to the remainder of our friends and family – often resulting in yet more time off work to look after the sniffly little people… or husbands with ‘man flu’! The way I see it is that we can all take little steps day to day to help protect ourselves against the common cold and any other nasties which do the rounds in the colder months. With some helpful herbal remedies and things you can do at home, you can be up running marathons before you know it. For a start, the old philosophy about rest and fluids is fairly

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accurate – the key to avoid getting repeat or prolonged bouts of the same cold is to ensure that you have got rid of it completely. Many remedies available on the market assist you in getting on with your day to day life which is fantastic in the short term; if you have a school event to attend, a presentation to give at work or last minute Christmas shopping to finish. But the problem is that if you don’t eliminate the illness, then it will keep rearing its ugly head. You need to give yourself time to fully mend before you rush off at 100 miles an hour. Difficult of course with a job or a family to consider, but not impossible. It is also much nicer to ensure you have got rid of your germs first, before you return to work and share them with your colleagues; they won’t thank you for it. The reason we’re more susceptible to these illnesses during the winter months is that the cold (and often wet) surroundings decrease the effectiveness of our immune system – this means that germs which we may have come into contact with all year round will suddenly prove a threat to our systems. In order to keep your immune system working at its peak, the herbal extract Echinacea is often used - A daily dose helps to keep your immune system ticking over nicely. Echinacea is also an excellent herbal remedy if you’re unlucky enough to have caught a bug – as herbalists we consult our patients and then give doses which relate to the actual condition in this case, rather than prescribing a standard ‘preventative’ dose which is what you’ll find over the


Winter Survival cold, but it can be effective in helping you fend one off once you have caught it. Of course this doesn’t have to be in supplement form, vitamin C is found in oranges, kiwis and a large amount in red peppers – try and ensure you’re eating plenty of this immune boosting vitamin to get rid of your cold. When you’ve got a serious cold or ‘flu coming on, medical herbalists have a vast array of medicines which we can use to help – Phytolacca is one, very powerful herb we use for this. Common name ‘pokeroot’– a really strong herb which packs a punch when dealing with the more severe winter ailments, including tonsillitis and laryngitis. You won’t find it in health food shops, so do consult a medical herbalist if you’re struggling to deal with something more drastic than a cold.

Echinacea plants - a great aid in building immunity

counter in heath food shops.. Echinacea contains a vast array of compounds including most significantly polysaccharides which help improve your non-specific immunity (your first line of defence), increasing white blood cell activity in the form of phagocytosis and boosting the amount of lymphocytes to attack those invading organisms. When snot becomes the default setting for you and your children, elderflower can work wonders! The tannins in this herb work to reduce excessive secretions (snot!) together with protecting and drying out the mucous membranes in the sinuses. You may find that something as simple as hot water with honey and lemon working brilliantly for a cold or sore throat. If you’re particularly bunged up, then a grating of fresh ginger adds fantastic warmth to the drink and the heat of the ginger helps that full head melt away! Honey has been used medicinally for hundreds of years and has been proven to have an antibacterial effect, so will help to combat those bugs. Needless to say it is also sweet and delicious on toast – so it’s a great healing food for even the fussiest of eaters. If you’re suffering with a cold, then dose up on vitamin C. Studies have shown that vitamin C doesn’t help to prevent a

A fab remedy which can easily be made at home is thyme – yes the common culinary herb (Latin name: Thymus vulgaris) is fantastic when you have a hacking cough. It contains lovely essential oils which are antibacterial to the upper respiratory tract and help prevent coughing. Use a teaspoon of the dried herb to make an infusion, have one to two cups a day and it should really help with any coughing fits as well as stopping that cough getting hold and turning into an infection. Home remedies are invaluable, not just when dealing with colds and ‘flu, but when faced with any illness. It’s all very individual, so make note of what works for you, you may find that so called ‘old wives tales’ prove to be very effective, although I’d always advise seeking professional medical help where applicable. Best of luck in your battle against the bugs! About the Author: Joanne is a Medical Herbalist who has undergone a four-year BSc degree programme graduating with honours. She is a member of the oldest professional body for herbalists in the UK, the NIMH. Joanne practises in and around the Enfield area, working from home or paying home visits. For more information, please contact her on 07729 891083 or visit her website at www.herbalmedicine. health.officelive.com

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What’s On Things to Do in October and November Hallowe’en Ghost Walk October 29th-31st. A special guided walk through High Barnet and Monken Hadley, the second most haunted village in England. Meet at High Barnet tube station booking office, 7.30pm. Dress up if you can -- prize for the spookiest costume! £7, under 12s £3. 020 8440 6805 Enfield Halloween Experience 23rd-27th October Trent Park 28th- 31st October Forty Hall Time: 18:00 - 20:45 Adults £10 Concs £8 Family of 4 £28 Join Skewbald Theatre’s acting troupe on a spooky journey through the woodland to their Tennis.indd secret halloween theatre venue where the ‘Legend of Sleepy Hollow’ will be told. Limited Tickets please book in advance Call: Forty Hall Box office on 020 8363 8196 Enfield NCT (National Childbirth Trust) Nearly New Sale A table top sale of toys, clothes & goods Items for sale: toys, books, buggies, cots, games, childrens’ clothing, maternity wear and more! Saturday 27th November 2010 - 10am – 12.30pm at Enfield Grammar School, Upper School (Upper School site in town centre, behind Post Office. Entrance via Wilford Close

off Little Park Gardens) Parking Available, Refreshments, Accompanied Children Free Entry For more details or for sellers pack contact: enfieldnns@yahoo. co.uk Pay&Play Tennis at Potters Bar Tennis Club You are cordially invited to Pay&Play and receive coaching at Potters Bar Tennis Club at the following times. Monday 19.00 to 21.00 for £7: Mixed Adult Group Tuesday 9.30 to 11.30 for £5: Ladies: New players and Beginners. Thursday 10.00 to 12.00 for £5: Ladies Improvers. Please contact Karl Mills (Coach) on 07939 303 483

Trust With entertainment by Christine and Peter Padwick Grange Park Methodist Hall (Church in the Orchard), Park Drive, N21 2LS 3.00-5.00pm 31st OCTOBER........and Murderers 28th NOVEMBER...The 1940s Contact: Joyce: 01992 633446 / 07706 485825 or Christina: 020 8363 9119 or Hospice Office: 020 8366 9674 Tickets £5 Good food, company and cause....

ELODS presents Kiss Me Kate Wyllyotts Theatre, Potters Bar Tues 19th -  Sat 23rd October  7:45pm & 3pm Sat matinee   Tickets: 07770 871140  £10-£15 www.elods.org.uk ELODS perform this much-loved musical Antique & Collectors’ Fair & comedy based on Shakespeare’s Museum Open Day Sunday29/9/10 31st 18:04:53 Taming of the Shrew. Hilarius 1 October 10am – 4pm scenes and fabulous music, inc. Whitewebbs Museum of Brush up your Shakespeare, So Transport Whitewebbs Road, in Love, Another Op’nin Another Enfield EN2 9HW Entrance £2.00 Show! accompanied children under 13 free For further information Nightingale Community telephone 020 8367 1898 Hospice Trust Quiz Night 9th Collectors’ Toy Fair & Museum OctSt Andrews Parish Centre Open Day Sunday 28th Enfield Market Place Enfield EN1 November 10am – 3pm 3EG19:30 - 22:30 Cost: £6 Each Whitewebbs Museum of Quiz Night in aid of the Transport Whitewebbs Road, Nightingale Community Hospice Enfield EN2 9HW Entrance £2.00 Trust accompanied children under 13 free For further information Quiz Night in aid of the NCHT telephone 020 8367 1898 Bring your own food and drink doors open at 7pm quiz starts Sunday Afternoon Tea at 7.30pm. tables of 8 please in aid of The Nightingale call Mary on 020 8366 9674 to Community Hospice reserve your table now.

Chickenshed Saturday morning theatre workshop to children aged 6 – 8 years and 9 – 11 years throughout September and October. The hour long workshops will be exploring all aspects of performance and the themes differ so children can come to as many workshops as they like. aturday 9 October  Street Dance Saturday 16 October Creative Dance Saturday 23 October  and Saturday 30 October Dance like Michael Jackson  6-8 years at 10am 9-11 years  at 11.15amTickets: £5 per session Chickenshed Theatre Chase Side,  Southgate, London N14 4PE  To book contact telephone the Chickenshed box office – 020 8 292 9222, email bookings@ chickenshed.org.uk The Enfield Art Circle’s Autumn Exhbition 3rd Oct 10 - 29th Oct 10 The Dugdale Centre Thomas Hardy House 39 London Road Enfield EN2 6DS

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What’s On 09:00 - 17:00 Exhibition of paintings & drawings The Enfield Art Circle is for the first time holding its autumn exhibition in the new Dugdale Centre. On show will be members’ paintings and drawings and other art works. Most will be for sale. Entry is free and the show is open daily from 3 October to 29 October from 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. (on Sundays to 2.00 p.m.) Forty Hall Autumn Tree Walk 29th Oct 10 Forty Hall, Forty Hill, Enfield EN2 Time: 14:00 - 15:30 Cost: Free All walks are free! All walks are led by an experienced walk leader – just turn up On linear walks, optional transport is provided back to the start point Stout footwear and weatherproof Join us for an informative look at autumn tree identification. Please wear stout footwear Thursday Afternoon Tea in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care With entertainment by Christine and Peter Padwick St Andrews Parish Centre, Silver Street, Enfield, EN1 3EG 3.005.00pm 14th OCTOBER.........The Cinema 11th NOVEMBER...The Edwardians 9th DECEMBER........The Music Hall Contact: Carole: 07984 623362 or Pauline: 07784 797722 Tickets £5 FIREWORKS EXTRAVAGANZA 6th Nov 10 Carterhatch Junior School Enfield EN1 4JY 18:30 20:00 Advance Tickets - Adult £4, Child £3, Family Ticket (2A+2C) £12. On the night £5 Adult, £4 child - no family ticket Fireworks Event. BBQ, Beer Tent, Glow Stall - Carterhatch Junior School and The Rotary Club of Enfield host this Firework Extravaganza. Stalls include BBQ, Beer Tent, Glow Stall and much more. Gates open at 18.30 hrs and fireworks start at 19.30 prompt. We hope to see you there. Regular Events Barnet Walks A series of eight guided walks with Paul Baker, City of London guide. Including Barnet Ghosts -- hear about

ghostly goings-on in Trent Park; the Battle of Barnet; High Barnet to Cockfosters -- mainly across the beautiful Monken Hadley Common; Historical High Barnet; and Georgian Monken Hadley. Ideal for all ages. £7, under 12s £3. Contact Paul Baker 020 8440 6805 Grange Park Flower Club meets at Church in the Orchard Hall corner of Old Park Ridings and xenith.indd 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

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What’s On 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 Grange Park (Evening) W. I. would love you to come and join us at 7.30 pm on the first Monday of every month in St. Peter’s Church Hall, Vera Avenue, when we have a speaker or quiz and make bookings for social events such as theatre outings etc... If you are interested please telephone Louise Watson on 020 8360 6969. Potters Bar Petanque Club Meets Sundays 10.15.a.m. to 1.p.m and Tuesdays 6.p.m. to 8.p.m. we now are open on the first saturday of each month 2.p.m to 4.p.m. at Oakmere Park New members are made very welcome,. First 3 visits are free. Contact Michael Penn 01707 654606 or just turn up. Potters Bar Flower Club The club meets at 8.00pm on

the second Wednesday of every month (except August) in the main hall of King Charles the Martyr Church, Dugdale Hill Lane, Potters Bar. Visitors are welcome (£4.00 a meeting). If you would like further information please ring Anne on 01707 850089’. Potters Bar Cine & Video Society Wyllotts Centre, Potters Bar Alternate Thursdays 8.00pm Contact Penny 01707 656446 or John 01707 872210 www.pottersbarcineand videosociety.org for amateur cinematographers. Programme includes §editing, filming techniques, competition evenings, social functions “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 (8.00pm to 10.00pm). Visitor fee £4, membership available. Contact: cristatoomey@homail. com for more info.

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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

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 groups holds meetings on the first Monday of the month in Enfield (at St. Andrews Church Hall Enfield; and the third Monday at Millfield House. Edmonton,each meeting from 10am to noon. All former, serving, and retired Civil Servants and their partners welcome. Contact Sue on 020 8360 4361 for more information. Enfield Wine Makers Meet at St. Stephen’s Church Hall 3rd Friday of each month 8-10.30pm. New members

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Enfield Camera Club meets at Trinity Church Hall Thursday evenings at 8 pm. New members are always welcome. Alternatively they can contact the club through the website www. enfieldcameraclub.co.uk or email to mail@enfieldcameraclub.co.uk. The subscriptioin rate is £32 for the full season - Visitors are asked to pay a £1 visitor’s fee, The Rotary Club of Enfield Chase Meets on Thursday mornings from 7.30am until 8.30 am in the Coffee Lounge, Enfield Baptist Church, Cecil Road, Enfield Town. For more information call 020 8367 7278 Edmonton Camera Club meet each monday at 7.45pm, Millfield House, Silver Street, Edmonton, N18 1PJ. Visitors welcome, please ring Pete on 020 8363 1568 or check our website edmontoncameraclub.co.uk Chase Diabetic Club Meeting Chase Farm Hospital each Monday for Exercise 6pm – All welcome diabetics but for all who wish to improve their health’ Ring Pauline on 020 8363 1568 for further details Bridge Club Bridge Players – Room 6 Bridge Club plays duplicate alternating with Chicago/rubber in a social atmosphere Mondays 7.30 – 10 pm at Southgate School close to Oakwood tube station Contact 020 8360 8098 or 020 366 3769

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What’s On 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 Modern Western Square Dance Sessions at St Peters Small Hall Vera Avenue Grange Park N21 1RJ on Wednesday evenings  7:00-8:15 PM £1.50 followed with Mainstream and Plus Dancing till 10:00 PM Singles & couples welcome. Full information from Ted 0208360-5569 Popdance Relaxed, fun,  entertaining class for adults who want to learn dance routines to Pop music  (and we also get some exercise without realising it!). Ranging from Kylie to  Footloose, from Girls Aloud to Michael Jackson, there is something for  everyone. Mondays and Wednesdays 8pm-9pm at The Dance Studio, 843/845  Green Lanes, Winchmore Hill, London N21 2RX. For more information please  visit www.popdance. co.uk or email info@popdance. co.uk to book your free  taster session!

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Wyllyotts Centre Darkes Lane Potters Bar Box Office 01707 645005 www.wyllyottscentre.co.uk Counterfeit Stones – Get Off My ChordSaturday 16th October, 20:00 tickets £16.00, £15.50 The show is essentially a musical mockumentary of the Rolling Stones’ colourful history from 1962 and chronologically includes the biggest hit songs, fashion and vintage instruments from nearly five decades. A series of humorous spoof film clips depicting the events that turned a scruffy blues band into a legend, cover the costume and set changes. You’ll rock with laughter! “The most famous Stones band in England” Sir Mick Jagger

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