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Hello and Welcome to the February 2009 issue of EN Magazine. With 2008 now behind us and the challenges of 2009 in front of us, EN Magazine hopes to give you some ideas for the future. You may notice some changes to this issue of EN which we hope you will find to your liking and would welcome any feedback from our readers. In this issue of EN Magazine we take a look at ways of staying positive when currently most of the news that we are hearing about from TV, radio and other publications is negative. Valentine’s Day in February often causes problems when trying to find the perfect gift. EN Magazine has come up with some ideas which we hope will inspire you. We have also teamed up with Emma Claire Hair and Beauty Spa to give you the chance of winning a his and hers make over. If forty is now the new thirty when people talk of age where does that leave the over 50’s? EN Magazine met up with people from Age Concern and found out invaluable services that they offer to the local community. We hope that you enjoy this February issue of EN Magazine and look forward to bringing you our March issue. Kind regards
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Contents Page 4 - 15 Local News and Events Page 17 - 18 Looking Forward to 2009 Page 20 - 21 A Winter Holiday Experience Page 22 - 24 Valentine’s Day Ideas & Competition Page 26 -27 Life Begins at 50! Page 28 - 31 What’s On Local Business Services and Classified Advertising
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Take a look at the past and future of Forty Hall with Jacobean Costume Tours F
orty Hall is simply dripping in history, with records of the Estate dating back to the medieval period. The land and its buildings have been home to Royalty, and indeed the current in-laws to Royalty, with the Parker Bowles family being the last in a line of aristocracy to own the estate. The former Royal Palace of Elsyng was used as a base for hunting in Enfield Chase, and was visited by Queen Elizabeth I during her reign between 15581603. However the Palace fell to disrepair following her death and after it became part of the Forty Hall Estate it was demolished, the grounds landscaped and an avenue of Lime trees planted. What now stands in the grounds
of the former Royal Palace is the magnificent Forty Hall, which was built in 1629 for Sir Nicholas Rainton who became Lord Mayor of London in 1632. Sir Nicholas was locked in the Tower of London for five days by Charles I following a dispute over his refusal to supply a list of citizens able to loan money to the King. Following Sir Nicholas’ death, The Hall was passed onto his nephew. The Hall changed hands many times before the former Enfield Urban District Council purchased the estate from the Parker Bowles family in 1951 and opened it to the public.
The Grade I listed Jacobean Hall is now open to the public Wednesdays to Sundays 11am to 4pm. The Hall contains fine period
rooms, richly moulded plaster ceilings, local history displays about Enfield and art and photography exhibitions. The grounds of Forty Hall are also rich in history, with one of the oldest Cedar of Lebanon trees in England, planted at the turn of the 18th Century, standing just east of Forty Hall. And on the South wall is a magnificent magnolia, climbing to the roof of Forty Hall. The history of Forty Hall will be brought to life with authentic Jacobean costume tours. Forty Hall manager Gavin Williams says: “This is an opportunity for visitors to not only hear about the history
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Schools makeover gets green light E
nfield Council has now got the green light from the government to start on the biggest secondary schools building project in over 30 years. With almost £100 million of government funding awarded to the council last June from the national ‘Building Schools for the Future’ (BSF) initiative, Enfield can now work on its plans in earnest. Over the last six months a special project team has been working to ensure that all necessary skills are assembled for this massive transformation of Enfield’s schools. Bridget Evans, who has been seconded from her
headship at Bishop Stopford School to lead the project, said, “We have prepared a lot of the detail for this important work, ensuring that we have the right legal and technical expertise. “We will need to involve existing secondary school students, school staff, local residents and younger children who will be the future students, as well as governors, parents and local residents. “There is so much to gain in planning school buildings that work well for the modern world and the expanding curriculum.” The first schools most likely to benefit are Edmonton County, Gladys Aylward,
Broomfield School and the Pupil Referral Unit in Edmonton. The rest of the secondary and special schools have been prioritised for future waves of BSF activity. Eventually all secondary and special schools in the borough will be modified in some way with new buildings and improved facilities. Full -scale public consultations will consider how schools will be used and how buildings can be most effective. Building projects for each school will vary in the time taken for completion but it is expected that most will be ready by September 2012.
It is also likely that Enfield will need one new school within the next 15 years. All construction will use environmentally approved materials. Cllr Glynis Vince, Cabinet Member for Education, Children’s Services and youth, said, “We are entering an exciting period for our children and young people. Schools will be designed as modern, flexible environments where learning and teaching is a pleasure.”
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f like some of the team at EN Magazine you spent time over Christmas snapping away with your camera to capture the memories only to find that what you thought was going to be a great picture appeared with heads cut off or blurred, then help is at hand at one of the local camera clubs. EN Magazine went along to find out more.
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plenty of time for discussion. Improvement of technique and knowledge is aided by regular competitions both within the club itself and externally between clubs. Competition entries are divided into three groups - Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced to enable a fair judging system to be used.
Enfield Camera Club’s (established 1950) aim is to encourage and maintain interest in one of the most openly accessible art forms Photography. Visitors and new members always receive a very warm welcome at meetings. Advice and help is readily available from all levels of expertise for those who are just curious, through to novices and advanced photographers.
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photographers, several of whom have been members for over 25 years. The meetings are lighthearted and friendly with
No distinction is made between traditional or digital methods of photography, both types are welcomed and both are practised widely by club members. It is only the end result that is important, not how it was captured or printed, neither does it matter which type of camera was used 10:49:01 - members use everything from basic compacts to SLR, rangefinders and digital!
Local News and Events If anyone wants to join during one of the meetings, Enfield Camera Club meets together on Thursday nights in the Hall below Trinity Church (next door to the Stag pub). The entrance can be found on the side in Gentlemen’s row. Our evenings start at 8pm and finish at 10pm, although it is advisable to arrive a few minutes prior to 8pm. Joining us as a visitor will only cost £1. Anyone wanting to find out more about the club can always log on to the website
www.enfieldcameraclub.co.uk or send an email to mail@ enfieldcameraclub.co.uk Other clubs in the area include: Potters Bar Cine & Video Society who meet at Wyllotts Centre, Potters Bar alternate Thursdays 8.00pm Contact Penny 01707 656446 or John 01707 872210 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.
CHARITY QUIZ NIGHT IN MEMORY OF BEN JOHNSON AT CHACE COMMUNITY SCHOOL SATURDAY 7TH FEBRUARY 2009
en Johnson was diagnosed with leukaemia when he was 4½ years old, just after he started at Lavender Primary School. He had to cope with his medical condition and a bone marrow transplant when he was 8, and following a relapse when he was 10 years old, his parents, Irene and John, were advised that he had only 6 months to live. A year later, defying the medical prognosis, Ben moved up to Chace where he was determined to make the most of the opportunities he had as a learner while managing his maintenance therapy, which meant he had to have transfusions every month. Ben is remembered with affection by the staff who taught him. In 1999 he was focusing on A level Art when he lost his battle against leukaemia. Throughout those difficult years the Johnsons were
supported by the team at Great Ormond Street who cared so wonderfully for Ben. To mark the 10th year since Ben’s death, and say thank you to those who looked after Ben so well, Irene and John Johnson asked if the next Chace Association Quiz Night could be a joint fund raising event for Chace and Great Ormond Street. We said ‘yes’ straightaway, pleased to be able to get together with the Johnsons, their family and friends to remember Ben and raise funds in his name. To book your place at the Quiz Night at Chace Community School on Saturday 7th February at 7pm please contact Jillian Hillman on 0208 352 8242 (£7.50 per person, including a buffet). If you are unable to attend the Quiz, but would like to support Great Ormond Street, please make cheques payable to Great Ormond Street (in memory of Ben Johnson) and send either to Jillian Hillman at Chace, or to Great Ormond Street directly.
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Local News and Events is delicious but there is nothing like eating your food plated direct from the fryer and served piping hot – this is when you experience how tasty their fish & chips really are. Their lunchtime special at £5.95 is available between 11:30-16:30. It is also possible to take in your own wine and the restaurant will even provide glasses if you wish to add to your dining experience. EN would highly recommend a sit down in this delightful restaurant at any time of the day.
Putting Fish and Chips Back on the Menu! I
n this day of the celebrity chefs producing culinary delights where gravy becomes a joux and the infusion of foods from around the globe has seen the Indian Take Away become the national dish - it’s nice to find a throw back to yesteryear on our own doorstep in Enfield at the Rocky Reef. Sevilay & Mustafa Huseyin, who with other members of their family have been in catering for many years, took over the Rocky Reef two years ago with the aim of re-introducing top quality traditional fish & chips for the jaded palette. They wanted to
offer food that was tasty and healthy. When you think of battered fish and deep fried chips, you may think that our previous sentence is a bit of an oxymoron but Sev & Mus have also introduced grilled fish, salad and a Matzo coating (absolutely gorgeous to taste) to the menu, along with traditional side dishes such as mushy peas etc. Their aim is to introduce the next generation to this wonderful taste and promote the health benefits of such a meal. Rocky Reef has daily deliveries of fresh fish from
Grimsby, predominantly sourced from the North Sea, to ensure that their produce is of the highest quality. They also have sacks of potatoes delivered on a regular basis and Sev & Mus check various types to ensure they have the tastiest and best chippers for their customers.
Not only is the menu at Rocky Reef comprehensive, giving a wide choice of alternative dishes for all preferences but they also have a description of the fish on offer, which inspires you to try something other than ‘cod & chips’! Sev told us that in order of preference cod is the number one choice, closely followed by Rock and then Haddock. It is however the latter that Sev & Mus favour
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Not All Estate Agents Are Doom And Gloom I
n these days of credit crunch, recession and property values dropping, many estate agents throughout the country are finding themselves being forced to close their doors.
for taste and the fact that it is not over fished around the world. One of EN’s ‘friends’ took the opportunity to eat at Rocky Reef recently and could not help but praise the food. The ordinary batter on the fish was light, tasty and without an oily residue and the Matzo covered Haddock was in her words ‘to die for’; the chips were fresh from the fryer and were crispy on
the outside and fluffy on the inside reminding her of home cooked chips. Her children are of the pizza & Chinese take away genre but even they admitted to enjoying the food and plates were cleared. A good indication of how delicious the food at Rocky Reef really is. For Bookings or further information call Rocky Reef on 020 8360 0594
However throughout these troubled times, shining examples of success, service and continuity often are seen to expand at these times. One such example is the EN areas James Hayward Estate Agents, who have expanded to incorporate Norris & Tidey on Lancaster Road, Enfield. After many years of trading and successfully selling houses for people in the area, Simon Norris has decided to retire from the hussle and bussle of the
property market. “We look forward to the challenges of taking on a new store and continuing to offer local property sellers and landlords continued support and service that they have come to expect from both Norris & Tidey and James Hayward”, said Julian Weenen MD of James Hayward. “With our three outlets covering North Enfield and Grange Park we feel the inclusion of the Lancaster Road office will allow us to position ourselves as the leading estate agent in the area”. For further information please contact James Hayward on 020 8367 400 or 020 8 360 1111
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Be the change – Volunteer at Lee Valley Regional Park T
he wonderful thing about volunteering is that it is open to anyone - spanning the ages and from all walks of life. Volunteers have always worked within Lee Valley Regional Park (a 26 mile oasis straddling Hertfordshire, Essex and London, with sporting facilities, heritage sites and green open spaces) and help make it the wonderful resource it is today. Students volunteer there to gain work experience, businesses volunteer to help protect their local community and others volunteer as a social activity, once retired. Some simply volunteer because they have a passion for sport, such as horse riding and golf, or outdoor activities like fishing, gardening and habitat management – all of which take place at Lee Valley Regional Park. The volunteers’ dedication
and commitment to supporting the Authority’s work is something to be admired and in the past three years, its volunteering programme has adopted a more professional approach. This has enabled the Authority to achieve the prestigious Investing In Volunteers award in early 2008. The Authority is one of only two voluntary organisations in Enfield to have achieved this award. With 468 volunteers currently registered, there is a lot to be proud of but always more work to be done. In 2008, nearly 8,000 hours of volunteering time mounted up, including the work of regular volunteers, groups of school children and Conservit groups, which consist of people with disabilities and disaffected youths. For CSV’s Make A Difference Day in October 2008, a group of 75 young people from
east London between the ages of 15 and 18 travelled up to Essex to work at the Goosefield site. The students helped to created shallow lagoons and scrapes at this important habitat for wintering birds. Drop-in Conservation Task Programmes are the perfect way to be involved in protecting local wildlife. These fun days require minimum time commitment for people who would like to volunteer but lead busy lives. Volunteers who want to become more involved in the conservation side of the Authority tend to assist the Biodiversity team. Tasks include keeping records of wildlife sightings, from butterflies to water voles, or patrolling the varied open spaces of the Regional Park as a volunteer Ranger. With two farms in the Regional Park, volunteers can get stuck in with caring for the animals and for those wanting to gain experience working with children, there are opportunities to assist the Authority’s Youth and Schools team. Supporting the national curriculum, tutors devise creative and varied project days, teaching young people about history, wildlife, and more. From mini-beast
hunting to orienteering, the Regional Park is a true outdoor classroom. With the Olympics coming to London in 2012, there is an increasing number of roles in sports volunteering. Volunteer Officials Level 1 training courses take place at Lee Valley Athletics Centre in Edmonton, free of charge. There are also opportunities for Tri-Golf coaching and horse riding support for Riding for the Disabled groups on Tuesday and Thursday mornings in Leyton. Other volunteers choose to support the running of the Authority’s events on a more ad hoc basis, and this year’s events programme promises to be both lively and varied. The Authority also regularly works with businesses endeavoring to meet their Corporate Social Responsibility objectives. Over the last few months, there has been continued interest in the Authority’s Corporate Task Days from Tesco, T-Mobile, Morgan Stanley, Coca Cola and Government Olympic Executive. Employees from these large corporate organisations have all left the Regional Park feeling fulfilled and proud that they have played their part in protecting the local environment and supporting essential work to meet Biodiversity Management Plan targets. Conservation tasks include pond management, scrub clearance and reed cutting. In Enfield itself, E. A. Bowles’ beautiful and historic Myddelton House Gardens require constant attention and have benefited from the help of corporate groups and individual volunteers alike. For more information, go to www.leevalleypark.org.uk or call Rebecca Dallison on 01992 709 879
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X Factor Star talks to EN Magazine
he EN area really does have the X Factor and this was proven back in 2005 when Andy Abraham fought off hundreds of thousands of hopefuls, to become the runner up on the X Factor. EN Magazine caught up with Andy as he sets out on a multi-date tour of the UK.
nostalgic. It was important to him to give the album a more personal feeling within the style and lyrics of the songs. You will hear many of these songs during his current tour “An Evening with Andy Abraham” and for 2009 he plans to do a covers album of classic soul tunes.
Last time we spoke Andy was quite ‘cool’ about entering Eurovision 2008 and we were interested to learn whether he had any regrets about that decision. Andy as always gave a warm response “ Not at all, the British public voted me in, so I was honoured to go, the only thing that was a shambles, was the political voting.” Continuing, Andy told us that he also received a very warm reception from the other countries in the competition but especially so from; Switzerland, France, Holland, Poland, Armenia, Serbia, Finland and Ireland.
Continuing the theme of song writing, we questioned Andy about whom he had been writing with (that the public may recognise). Some of those mentioned have been very successful in their own right; Andrew Roachford (Cuddly Toy, Rivers of Love, Only to be with You)Absolute Productions (Spice Girls, Tina Turner, Omar & many more) Jan Kincaid (Brand New Heavies) Dominic Owne (P Diddy, Notorious Big and Space Jam) Peter Adams (Yusef Islam) and Ricky Hanley (Sonique, S Club Juniors and more).
EN wanted to know a little bit more about Andy’s ambitions and who he would like to duet with. “There’s too many to name but here’s a few who are still alive for example, George Michael, Stevie Wonder, John Legend . Those who have now passed away Donny Hathaway, Phyllis Hyman, Barry White and Luther Vandross”.
Public interest in celebrities has increased over the last few years and so we enquired as to whether this disturbed Andy and his wife Denise, especially people approaching them when out for a stroll. They were very laid back about it and proud of the fact that people got excited at seeing them. In fact they get quite excited themselves, which was very sweet.
It’s always interesting when meeting a celebrity to find out what inspires them and we asked Andy about his inspiration for this third album “Even If”. He did not actually have any pre-conceived ideas about how he wanted it to sound but just felt it needed to be uplifting, personal and
Andy’s wife and children are obviously very, very important factors in his life and EN wanted to know how the children cope with the fame, especially now they are older and the “embarrassing parent” syndrome phase
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continue the interview without soliciting information about New Year’s resolutions, especially as all at EN Magazine had broken theirs or not made any at all. Andy, we are pleased to confirm, is like everyone else – he made a few but already they are out of the window. He wanted to stick to not eating chocolate but strolling around Tescos when his wife is at the mother-in-law’s, tests his will power especially when the white chocolate fingers are in sight and as for the rest….well there are certain things a guy cannot divulge, even to EN Magazine. To finalise the interview, we posed the question about what Andy does to relax when not performing or writing, “For Christmas as a present, we got an HD telly and a Blu Ray player with surround sound, so I’m into watching movies”.
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A Trip In History
5 years ago on 6th June 1944 some 130,000 British, American, Canadian and Allied troops landed on the beaches of Normandy and in-land as part of the Allied invasion of France. To recognise this feat of human endeavour and to respect the thousands of people that gave their lives on this
day in the campaign to return democratic freedom in Europe, local holiday company Spider Holidays has linked up with Leger Holidays to offer a commemorative coach trip. The trip, departing 5 June 2009, takes in strategic sites including Pegasus Bridge, the
commemorates the 65th anniversary of the landings” added Paul, “but makes up one of a number of trips that we organize throughout the year allowing people to visit the Battlefields of both the 1st and 2nd World Wars, from the Somme, Flanders, Ypres to Arnhem and the Rhine. We also offer trips of specific historical importance such as our story of Anne Frank and Colditz Dambusters and Great Escape tours.”
landing areas of Sword, Juno, Gold, Omaha and Utah and see where so many men gave their lives for the freedom we have today. The trip also includes visits to some of the cemeteries, including the Airborne forces cemetery at Ranville, allowing guests to pay their respects. “For many this trip has become an annual homage and an opportunity to remember those that gave their lives” said Paul Hewitt MD of Spider Holidays. “The trip by coach includes ferry crossings, three nights accommodation with breakfasts and specialist battlefield guide.” “This trip has extra poignancy this year as it
“Each tour is accompanied by one of our guides who as well as sorting out the itinerary, is highly knowledgeable about the history associated with your trip. The tours start with a pick up from all over the UK including Enfield, Cheshunt and South Mimms Service station (Potters Bar). The trips give an informative insight into one of the darkest times of modern history and the opportunity to commemorate the people who died and retrace the footsteps of the heroes who gave so much for our future” For more information call Paul Hewitt at Spider Holidays 0845 373 3010 or visit www.spiderholidays. co.uk/battletour
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Satisfaction levels reach record high for Hertsmere Borough Council Key findings are: * 86% of people living in Potters Bar are satisfied with their area as a place to live - just over the 84% average for the borough as a whole. Satisfaction with the way Hertsmere Borough Council runs the area is on the increase, according to the results of the Residents’ Survey 2008.
* 71% of people surveyed are satisfied with the way the council runs things - the highest recorded since the first survey in 1999 and a five percentage point increase on last time.
The independent survey, conducted every three years, found that the majority of people are happy with their local area as a place to live, and that the council delivers good value for money.
* More than half - 52% - of respondents feel the council provides good value for money, a rise of a third (or 13% points) on 2005 and the highest recorded since this survey started in 1999.
Hertsmere Borough Council uses the survey to find out what services and issues are important to residents, and therefore what the council should be focusing on.
* The majority of residents (60%) agree that the quality of Hertsmere Borough Council services is good.
Cllr Morris Bright, Leader of the Council, said: “This survey gave residents the opportunity to share with us their views about life in the borough and to ensure that our services continue to meet the needs of the local community. “I am delighted to see that a high, and increasing, percentage of our residents are satisfied with the way the council runs the borough overall and that people recognise they get great value for money.”
* The majority (58%) of residents would like to know what Hertsmere Borough Council is doing but are happy to let the Council get on with it. The top two most important services for residents are refuse collection (71%) and crime reduction and community safety initiatives (54%) and when asked what, from a series of aims, the council should focus on, the top responses were reducing crime and fear of crime through partnership working (40%) and minimising waste and increasing recycling (16%).
Local News and Events The most commonly used council services are doorstep green waste collection service (76%), recycling facilities (64%) and open spaces (54%) and participation in these top three has increased since 2005, with a quarter more respondents now involved in the doorstep green waste collections. “We’ve got two awardwinning parks, and a fantastic recycling system which allows residents to recycle the majority of their waste in some way so it’s great to see that they are being used in increasing numbers,” added Cllr Bright. Residents identified roads and pavements as most needing improvement (24%) consistent with the findings of 2005 (25%), followed by good refuse collection at 22%. Reducing crime was the factor in most need of improvement according to residents in 2002, at 22%, but this has
been consistently falling and has nearly halved in 2008 at 13%. “Our residents’ surveys are vital for the continuing improvement and development of our services and while there is much to be proud of in the initial findings, we recognise that we still have work to do and will be looking closely at the areas residents have said are priority areas for improvement. “Some of these - such as road improvements - are not directly in our control but we will look to work with our partner agencies to see how we can make a difference. “Hertsmere is a great area in which to live and work and the council will continue to work with, and for, residents and the wider community to make sure it stays that way,” said Cllr Bright.
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The full report of the consultation is available from our website: www.hertsmere. gov.uk. The Hertsmere Residents’ Tracking survey has been undertaken every three years since 1999. Results of the 2008 survey are based on interviews with
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Work to start on Furzefield skate park extension T
he construction of a skate park extension at Furzefield in Potters Bar should be underway by the end of February, after half-term and when the weather should be better. Young people chose the design for the new section of the skate park last year. Skaters and BMXers took part in a consultation to choose their preferred design for the extension, which has been pioneered by the Allen-Price family who sadly lost their son, Tomer, in a car crash in 2006. Tomer was a keen BMXer and frequent visitor to the Furzefield skatepark. The Allen-Price family has raised in excess of £20,000 for the work. Hertsmere Borough Council and the Potters Bar Carnival Committee have also contributed funds towards the project. Councillor Jean Heywood, Environment Portfolio Holder, said: “Local young people have been involved with this project from the start and I’m sure they are looking forward to having the new bowl section to
perform tricks on. “The extension will also serve as a lasting memorial to Tomer Allen-Price who was well-known in the area.” Tomer’s father Jeremy Price said: “The extension to the park will literally set in stone a permanent reminder to us and Tomer’s friends of how much he loved to be around people and people loved to have him around. I hope that it will allow more of Potters Bar’s young people a place to challenge themselves and build lasting friendships.” Work is due to start on Monday 23 February, weather permitting, and will take approximately six weeks to complete. During this time the skatepark can still be used although some parts may have to be sectioned off. An event to celebrate the completion is being organised for Saturday 4 April. There will be professional BMX/skateboard demonstrations, competitions and more - further details will follow nearer the time.
Taking The Control Back & Staying Positive During 2009 S
o here we go. The start of a New Year has come and gone and 2009 is well underway. After all the festivities, partying and resolutions what has 2009 got in store for us? If you listen to the news, national TV and the newspapers, the world seems to be in a complete melt down: from financial credit crunch and recession, to wars raging in various parts of the world. What does the next year have in store for me? What can I do to make sure that amongst all the negative messages that I am being bombarded with, I find the positives and also the solution to make sure I get through this negativity and stick to my resolutions and plans for 2009. EN Magazine asked Life Coach Charlotta Hughes for advice on staying positive in 2009. The important thing to remember is that we have much greater ability to control our own thoughts and resulting emotions than we often give ourselves credit for. Undoubtedly bad things are happening; there is little point in denying this. Some of us are affected personally. Equally, many of us are not. Even if we are personally affected by redundancy or reduced interest rates, does this really negate all the
good things we have in our lives? Acknowledging what is tough, and how we need to change our lives accordingly, does not have to equal the end of our happiness, aspirations or enjoyment in life. We all have a tendency to fill in the gaps and over dramatise in ambiguous situations. Certainly there is a lot of unknown around us today, encouraging negative and destructive thinking. When we feel fear and anger, our fight or flight response is triggered in our brains by the amygdala. This reduces our ability for rational thinking and to keep a healthy perspective on things. Quite helpful if you’re chased by a lion, however when the perceived threat is created by headlines in the news, it’s not necessarily so helpful. After all, propaganda is created with one purpose in mind – to sell more papers, gain more viewers…. This does not necessarily equal the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. slimming world.indd 1
The unknown is uncomfortable because we have no control over it. So how do we take the feeling of control back? The trick is to shift our attention to the things that are in our control. Research has shown that the biggest happiness predictor in our lives is the quality of our relationships. In a material world this
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Looking Forward To 2009 can get lost in the pursuit of success measured in terms of money and career. Is this our opportunity to shift the focus back to the things that really make us happy and is in our control? By measuring success less my materialism and more by the quality of our relationships, we’re taking the control back and give ourselves the power to stay happy and proud of ourselves and our lives. Remember that you have choices – both in terms of what you listen to - does it help you watching the news before going to bed?; your thoughts - we control our self talk, not the other way around as often assumed; how we interpret situations - does the fact that M&S are making redundancies really mean the whole retail market will go under? And what we focus on - placing our spotlight on the positives in our lives doesn’t mean we have to forget the negative events. We simply
pay more attention to what makes us feel good rather than sad. If we’re not kind to ourselves, who will be? For more information on staying positive in 2009 visit Charlotta’s website www. bemelifecoaching.com So once you have dealt with the negativity and are feeling positive how do we make sure that we stick with the plans and resolutions that we made for 2009. From finding a new job, reducing the credit card bills to losing weight and getting fit. EN Magazine spoke to Clinical Psychotherapist Terri Bodell to get pointers on how to achieve your goals. Firstly, ask yourself are your plans and resolutions, wishes or goals? A wish list is great, but wishes are a bit fuzzy and, yes, wishy-washy. Wishes are
more like daydreams; it would be nice to have our wish, but they seem unattainable and unrealistic, and certainly not achievable. Goals, on the other hand, are purposeful and targeted. They are concrete and specific. A goal is definite, precise and clearly defined. Now, granted, you have to start with a ‘wish list’ but before you can really move forward you need to create goals from your ‘wish list’ and identify which are achievable and how you will achieve them. Maybe some of the following ‘wishes’ will be familiar to you or maybe you have some others. Which changes to your life do you want to make this coming year? •To lose weight •To exercise more •Take up a sport or hobby •Stop smoking •Start your own business •Spend more time with your partner/family •Find a new partner •Find a new, more satisfying job Once you know your ‘wish list’, here are some practical ways to help you channel your energies and get started. 1. Setting your goals Write a list of what you want to achieve this year. For each one make sure that what you have written on your ‘wish list’ is written positively. 2. Prioritise each one Write ‘No1’ against that most important to you, ‘No2’ against the next, and so on. 3. Are they realistic and achievable?
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6. Fix your dates Enter each action step into your diary or personal organiser on the date/day by which you will take action, book your first session, etc. i.e. January 10th Join slimming club 7. Keeping motivated Tackle one goal at a time Frequently people try to make too many changes, or take on too many goals at once, get disappointed and disheartened trying to do it all at once, and then give up on everything. If this sounds familiar to you, begin with one goal and work at achieving that one before tackling another one. Remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day! And finally, remember that goal setting is an ongoing process. You can achieve your goals if you really want to, but you have to plan them properly, set action dates and then get off your backside and do it. If you don’t, then you may just find that another year has passed and nothing has changed. So begin now and just do it.
Terri Bodell is a qualified Clinical Psychotherapist and a Fellow of the National Association of Counsellors, Hypnotherapists and Psychotherapists (NACHP). Contact Terri on 01707 850867 www.terribobell.com Charlotta Hughes is a professional qualified Life Coach has an MA in Human Resources Management and is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. Contact Charlottas on 07720 839 773 or visit www. bemelifecoaching.com
ARCHERS FINANCIAL HEALTH CHECK Here are Noel’s top tips for 2009:
With the UK experiencing its worst downturn since 1945 most households have been forced to take stock of their finances. With unemployment predicted to rise above 3 million by the end of the year the threat of redundancy is now being faced by many previously considered in ‘safe jobs.’ A job with the bank was once considered a ‘job for life,’ but with the collapse of the banking sector by the end of the first quarter of 2009 the financial sector is expected to lead the way in the redundancy tables. We have already witnessed the collapse of Northern Rock and Bradford & Bingley and the 60% nationalisation of the Royal Bank of Scotland Group. Over the next few weeks as Lloyds TSB completes its takeover of HBOS, over thirty thousand job losses are expected to be announced. The banking sector was also jolted further by the shock announcement mid January that the Bristol and West and Bank of Ireland Group will be closing down most of their mortgage processing centres in the UK making over 90% of staff redundant. The leisure industry is still reeling from the collapse of XL Holidays in September and large scale job losses are expected as luxuries, such as holidays and gym membership are put on ice as households struggle to pay for basic items. The major car manufacturers in the UK are also cutting back productivity and laying off thousands of workers. Nissan, which operates the largest car plant in the UK, recently announced that it would be laying off a quarter of its workforce. Honda in turn has said that it will stop productivity for four months this year because of falling sales.
1. With redundancy levels predicted to reach over 3 million by the end of the year now is the time to consider taking out redundancy insurance. From as little as £13.76 per month you can buy an insurance policy that pays £800 out in the event of redundancy. 2. Over the next few months three and five year fixed rate mortgage deals should drop below 3.99%. Whilst it currently makes sense to sit on a tracker rate, once these fixed deals drop to rates below 3.99% it would be prudent to tie in. With a general election on the cards by May 2010 a change of government could see interest rates hiked up as was the case when John Major, in a desperate attempt to hold onto power, introduced four drops in his last eighteen months of office, only for the new Labour government to increase bank base rate no fewer than six times in its first twelve months of office. 3. Many struggling households and small businesses are sitting on pots of money in pension schemes which could alleviate current hardships. Under current pension rules it is possible to take up to 25% of tax free cash from certain pension schemes without having to draw a pension. As long as you are age 50 or above current legislation allows this option until April 2010 at which time the age limit is being raised to 55. This may be particularly attractive for small business owners who unlike the big banks have received no government assistance. The money could be used to plug immediate
shortfalls. It could also be used to purchase business or private assets at vastly reduced prices in today’s climate. 4. In many households lying around in boxes and plastic bags are pension schemes taken out with insurance companies and employers long gone to the grave. Many insurers faced the same fate of the banks in the late 90’s. Household names such as ‘Allied Dunbar,’ ‘Royal Sun Alliance,’ ‘Guardian assurance’ were forced out of the pension arena to make way for a smaller number of profitable insurers. Unfortunately, many of these pension funds have not been reviewed for many years as the companies are no longer challenged to compete for new business. It is time to review these schemes and make the money work better. Archers have put together a number of pension portfolios which are actively monitored by professional fund managers. The portfolios are rebalanced on a monthly basis and incorporate what is called a lifestyler option. This means that the fund is gradually switched into low risk investments as retirement approaches. For more information on any of the above or any other financial matter contact Noel Sainsbury at Archers Financial Services. Archers has been trading as Independent Financial Advisors in Enfield since 1991. 1 Windmill Hill Enfield Middlesex EN2 6SE 020 8364 5445 www.archersonline.co.uk
2009 is about being prudent with your finances. Keep a tight reign on your bank account and review all expenditure. More importantly make your money work better for you.
A WINTER HOLIDAY EXPERIENCE BY ALAN HARVEY
or many years I have wanted to try a winter holiday in the snow. The traditional route of the skiing holiday seemed the only option but as someone that has never tried skiing before and having heard the experiences of friends; hours spent in classes on the ski attaining not much more than the ability to fall down gracefully or snow plough to a slow standstill before giving up did not fill me with excitement. I donâ€™t want to detract from what looks like a fantastic and exhilarating experience of speeding down the side of a mountain but with only a week away I wanted a trip that would not mean lots of time spent in a learning environment. After looking around I found what looked like a trip that would give me what I was looking for, an exciting adventurous experience combined with a winter holiday in a snowy climate snowmobiling. I decided on a trip to Canada, heading to the Algonguin National Park region of Ontario about 4 hours north of Toronto and specifically to the Haliburton Forest. The forest offers winter thrill seekers
300 kilometres of trails prepared for snowmobiling. The Haliburton Forest is the only wholly privately owned snowmobiling operation in the world. Its 60,000 acres of wilderness with 50 lakes and numerous ponds and creeks make it a snowmobiling wonderland. We flew to Canada from London Heathrow to Toronto with Air Canada and would highly recommend this airline. Normally a 3 to 4 hour flight is the maximum I can endure, cooped up in a small seat with only poor quality food and usually only average entertainment, seen between the heads in front of me to break up the monotony. So the thought of 7 hours on a plane was not something that I was looking forward to. However I was pleasantly surprised by the size and space of the seating on the plane, rather than peering between the person in front of me to see the inflight entertainment each seat had its own screen and a choice of what films and programmers to watch during the flight, and the food actually tasted like the chicken that was described in the in flight menu.
What is snowmobiling? The easiest way to describe it would be like a cross between a jet ski and off road motor biking. The snowmobiles that we used had two skis at the front with a wide track under the seat (similar to a tank track) which produced the traction in the snow and ice as well as over shallow streams. The width of the skis and the track make for a very stable vehicle even in icy conditions. Driving a snowmobile is simple as they have a forward and reverse gear an accelerator switch operated by your thumb and a break lever on the opposite handle. Steering is similar to that of a pushbike with handles and a cross bar which directly control the two skis at the front of the snowmobile. The power from the 550cc engines (the engine size of our vehicles) is directed to the track under the snowmobile giving good traction once moving but can be a bit tricky when they are on ice until they find traction. Driving the snowmobile is a thrill to be experienced. The stability of the vehicle makes for a safe feeling even at speeds of 50 kilometres an hour, the
Winter Holiday speed limit for the Haliburton Forest tracks (but even at the 120 km per hour I reached on an frozen lake the snowmobile felt very stable). Most of the fun from riding a snowmobile comes from the vehicles ability to keep going, the skis keep the snowmobile gliding over the surface of the snow and even as you can see in the picture opposite across shallow streams . Having collected our “sleds” from the rental office and been given a safety briefing and instruction on use – which took about 10 minutes we were free to head off and explore the Hailburton Forest trails. Although, in some places, the snow was waist deep, not all of the trails were open for use. This was due to some heavy winds the day before which caused a number of trees and branches to come down, despite this we headed off looking for adventure and found plenty of it. The first trails away from the base camp are about as wide as a normal road with ample space to get to grips with the feel of the machine and the controls. The majority of the tracks in the forest are “groomed” (a snow tractor pulls a large heavy sled over the tracks to smooth them out) but before long and having built up our confidence we were able to find a trail with fresh snow on it and begin to enjoy the experience. The art to snowmobiling is to keep moving and the skis will help you to ride over obstacles, however stopping or finding really deep snow can sink the sled making the going a bit more challenging. Due to the heavy winds we had the added attraction of negotiating with fallen debris and even having to move trees out of the way but nothing seamed to hamper our enjoyment - in fact these extra obstacles help to remind us that we really were in a wilderness and not in some safely prepared environment.
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air” when going over bumps or attempting to ride over steep banks. One major advantage new snow has is that it is very soft - as a few of our party found out when they misjudged the depth of the snow and found themselves being tipped over.
The next day we woke to a fresh 6 inches of snow which not only made for excellent trail conditions but the scenery was spell binding - the kind I had only previously seen on postcards or Christmas cards. The keen eyed of the group were also able to spot some of the wildlife including squirrels and marmots in the trees and an abundance of winter birds including Blue Jays Cardinals and Woodpeckers.
As well as the modern snowmobiles they forest also offers visitors the chance to experience more traditional winter travel with dogsledding trips. For further information visit www. haliburtonforest.com and www.aircanda. com
As confidence grew over our three days we all tried to push our abilities from riding over deeper snow, “finding
Half a dozen shelter cabins line the trail system. These are a very welcoming sight, equipped with stoves and firewood to let you warm up, enjoy a snack or simply discuss the adventure so far or which direction to head off next. After a full day spent out on the trails (over 6 hours) we found ourselves back at the base camp. We stayed at the Hailburton Forest which offers on site accommodation in rustic, yet quaint 2 and 3 bedroom units as well as two open-loft log cabins located at the Base
St. Valentine’s Day – saint or sinner? A
s a nation we spend an average of £2.4 billion every year on flowers, chocolates and dinners for two on Valentine’s Day. But where did this tradition come from, and who was St. Valentine anyway? A look into the past tells us that February 14th was originally a celebration of the Queen of the Roman Gods and Goddesses, Juno. She was also the Goddess of women and marriage and the following day, February 15th, began the Feast of Lupercalia, where names of young boys and girls were drawn from a vessel to match up partners for the duration of the festival. In Roman times boys and girls were always kept apart except for this one evening a year when more often than not this early from of matchmaking led to love and marriage. During the early 200AD, the Roman Emperor Claudius II was finding it difficult to enlist young men to become soldiers in his bloody and unpopular campaigns. Blaming the happy marriages of the people of Rome, Claudius the Cruel, as he later became
known, cancelled all marriages and engagements in Rome to encourage more young men to leave their loved ones and families behind and join his crusade. Father Valentine was a priest in Rome at the time and together with his accomplice Father Marius, they secretly married the young couples. For disobeying the Emperor, the Prefect of Rome condemned Father Valentine to be beaten to death with clubs and have his head cut off! But before his death on 14th February 269AD Father Valentine passed a love note to the gaoler’s daughter signed “from your Valentine”, which is said to be where the tradition for sending valentine cards originates. Today fortunately the stakes are not so high, but give your Valentine the wrong gift, and you might not live it down either. Here is the EN guide to making sure your Valentine’s Day goes without a hitch. EN Magazine’s Gift Ideas For her: My Last Rolo For those of you who remember the TV ads in the eighties, the people at Rolo have created a collection of jewellery featuring your “last Rolo” in gold, silver, and platinum as a pendant and a range of other jewellery options to choose from that you can give as a gift to your Valentine. With free mini packs of Rolos with every purchase you can be assured that there will be plenty of real chocolate Rolos to go around too! mylastrolo. co.uk Flowers A bouquet of flowers may be seen as a traditional or safe option, but with new varieties of flowers
Valentines Day emerging and all the different symbolism attached to the traditional varieties, it is not as straight forward as you might first think. Help is at hand however from the experienced teams at Elisana Florist (020 8888 4777) and Lynda’s Florist (020 8363 2680) who can help you create something beautiful and unique - and a million miles away from the bunch you spotted at the petrol station forecourt! Lingerie from Flirts Beautiful and sexy lingerie is just the thing to make the lady in your life feel glamorous and irresistible. Flirts of Enfield stocks a range of gorgeous and flattering lingerie that is designed to make the most of her best assets to boost her confidence! For professional advice talk to the friendly staff in store or buy online. flirtslingerie.com Chocolates Delicious handmade chocolates by Casemir are packed fresh for every order from its Enfield premises. What’s more, its online shop also offers next day delivery which could be just the thing for last minute shoppers and will definitely look more impressive than a box of generic chocs from the supermarket. Suitable for veggies and containing no artificial nasties, Casemir also source its ingredients responsibly, proving that there is such a thing as guilt-free chocolate! casemirchocolates.co.uk Photo session at Silent Echo photography A truly special way to capture your memories is to have a professional portrait photograph taken. At Silent Echo in Enfield Chase, photographer Joel Dyer will quickly put you at ease, bringing out the best in you and your partner making sure your personalities are caught on camera to treasure forever. silentechophotography.com Jewellery from Viva Viva is a jewellery shop that has its bejewelled finger on the fashion pulse. With brands such as LoveLinks to name but a few, a gift from Viva would make a beautiful gift that she will definitely be able to wear on many occasions for years to come. (020 8360 5940)
For him: Motormouse A new car might not be within your price range however Motormouse could give you a fun alternative! Winner of the ‘Top Gear Gadget Award’ the Motormouse is the ultimate desktop status symbol. Based on the Porsche 911 Motormouse is available in black, silver and metallic red and comes with a superglide mouse mat, soft carry pouch and batteries included. The Motormouse looks the part with real chrome alloy wheels and rubber tyres and even houses the world’s smallest 2.4G wireless receiver that is Mac and PC compatible. motor-mouse.net Tickets to see his team Although many of us moan when we hear those Match of the Day opening credits, at least we know the football season does in fact have an end. So while there is still a chance that his team
might make it through to the next round of the FA Cup, why not buy a pair of tickets.? Personalised gifts from Creative Printroom The personal touch is something that never fails to impress. And Creative Printroom in Palmers Green has literally hundreds of gift ideas. From Aprons to Mouse Mats, why not get some of your favourite memories printed onto practical items that your loved one can use everyday. creativeprintroom.com Sports Massage from Danny Cox If your other half plays in a local team or league, perhaps a sports massage might be just the thing to alleviate those niggling aches and pains. Located on Lancaster Road in Enfield, you can expect a relaxed and comfortable environment and as a member of The Sports Massage Association you can be sure that you will be in very safe hands. (0208 362 1515)
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Valentines Day Meal for two at Enzo’s For a romantic Italiano experience try a delicious meal for two at Enzo’s Ristorante in Enfield Chase. With over 20 years experience Enzo and his team will make sure your evening goes smoothly. The mouth-watering menu of contemporary and classic recipes and selection of fine wines is a great way to taste the good life. enzosristorante.co.uk Meal for two at Luther’s bar and restaurant If the way to your man’s heart is through his stomach, what better way to celebrate than with Britain’s favourite dish; curry. Surrounded by fresh modern décor, a cocktail menu to rival any west end bar, and delicious north Indian cuisine, Luther’s in Potters Bar makes an ideal destination for a night to remember. luthers.co.uk
For couples: Spa treatments at Emma Claire A gift experience that both of you can enjoy together would be an indulgent spa day at Emma Clare in Enfield Town. Treatments such as hairstyling, manicures, facials and massages are available to both men and women. It could be a perfect way to unwind and relax in each others company. For a chance to win a Valentines Spa Treatment package for two read our competition details on page 5 or visit: emmaclairehairandbeautyspa.co.uk/ competition
Mini-break for two If money is no object then what could be more extravagant than a trip to the romance capital of the world – Paris. A visit to Sleeping Beauty’s castle at Euro Disney, a stroll down the Champs Elysees, take in the view from the Eiffel Tower and a show at the Moulin Rouge all will go together to make it a weekend to remember. There are literally thousands of deals to choose from on the internet including weekend deals direct from Eurostar or online travel agents such as spiderholidays.co.uk
And for those of you that are happily single, enjoy your freedom and independence. Fed up with the red love hearts and the sickly sweet shenanigans is driving you to distraction - do not despair! Make the most of the fact that the gym will probably be quieter on February 14th, grab some quality “me time” and take full advantage of that sauna and hot tub. To follow, why not host an anti-Valentines evening and invite all your single friends over for some food and wine and enjoy an evening of platonic partying! Valentine’s Day – fast facts • Hallmark produced its first Valentine in 1913. • Men spend almost twice as much on Valentine’s Day as women do. • One billion Valentines are sent each year worldwide. • In Wales, carved wooden love spoons are given to loved ones as Valentines gifts. • More at-home pregnancy tests are sold in March than in any other month. by Victoria Dove
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N Magazine and Emma Claire Hair and Beauty Spa in Enfield Town have got together to offer one lucky couple in the EN area the chance to win a luxurious Valentine’s Treatment package for two worth over £300! This fantastic prize would make the perfect Valentines gift for your loved one, sharing a day of beauty and pampering at the Emma Claire spa. Treatments available in the package include a Manicure or Pedicure; Prescriptive Facial or Body Massage; Cut and Finish or Conditioning Treatment and Finish and the management have extended their generous offer to include a light lunch and a glass of bubbly! To be in with a chance of winning this ultimate Valentines prize package simply answer this question: Q: What is the name of the Roman Goddess of women and marriage? Send us the correct answer to this question to competitions@enamagazine. co.uk and don’t forget to include your full name and a daytime contact telephone number. The winner will be drawn at random and notified accordingly. Emma Claire has been in business for over 30 years, and has become a familiar façade on the busy high street in Enfield Town. The business continues to flourish today and they have won a collection of impressive awards to prove it. When you enter Emma Claire Hair and Beauty you will always find that the friendly staff are professional and attentive instantly putting customers at ease. The décor feels homely and natural in soft cream shades and dark natural wood and all the staff are immaculately presented and knowledgeable about all aspects of the business and the beauty industry. The Hair department on the ground floor has a lively and warm atmosphere and has a new Juice Bar as its focal point! Clients can enjoy a variety of seasonal fresh fruit juices and smoothies as well as traditional teas and coffee. The creative
hair team deliver the latest trends in cut, colour and perm as well as hair straightening and hair extensions. The Beauty Spa is located upstairs where the relaxed atmosphere continues and is enhanced with essential oil aromas, creating a pool of tranquillity. Soothing music is played in the treatment rooms with subtle lighting and candles where you will be cocooned in a duvet to keep you warm and cosy so that you can sink into the ultimate state of relaxation. The resident Chinese Doctor offers acupuncture, reflexology, and many more alternative therapies. The Wet room has a Steam Room, Whirlpool Bath and Shower, crafted from the finest Italian porcelain tiles complete with under floor heating, where the soft cream, brown and natural wood décor continue the relaxing theme. While destressing in the whirlpool bath or steam room, subtle lighting and essential aroma oils help you melt away the stresses of the day, and enjoy a journey into sensory heaven. The Emma Claire Hair and Beauty team will make your experience memorable and stress free. To find out more about the Emma Claire experience please visit www. emmaclairehairandbeautyspa.co.uk
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Life begins at 50!
Age is but a number in the EN area T
hey say fifty is the new forty and that certainly seems to be the case in the EN area thanks to Age Concern’s fun, sociable and rewarding initiatives and activities. As the UK’s largest organisation for people over 50, regardless of ethnicity, race, gender, sexuality, religion or background, the charity is a champion for looking positively on ageing. “The Age Concern ethos is that ageing is a normal part of life and most importantly that later life should be fulfilling, enjoyable and productive,” says Chief Executive of Age Concern Enfield, Tony Seagroatt. Forming part of the wider Age Concern federation, Enfield’s two centres in Ponders End and Edmonton work alone or with partners to raise money and speak up for older people across the borough. A strong focus on respecting the individuality of a person resonates through everything the local charity and its 300-odd staff and volunteers strive to achieve. “We ensure that independence, privacy and dignity are maintained, people are offered informed choices, develop new skills and knowledge and continue to have their views heard”, affirms Tony. “We do this by undertaking a wide range of work, including providing services and activities,
researching needs and opinions, influencing government and media, and undertaking other innovative and dynamic projects”. One such dynamic project is Fit for Life. Long touted as a natural treatment for depression, improving memory and alleviating pain, light exercise such as walking is a one-size-fits-all activity with the power to cure and prevent a host of problems. No-one can attest to this more than 68-year-old Bruno De Marco, who chose to stay in Enfield instead of returning to his beautiful homeland of Italy, thanks to the Fit for Life programme. “I had always thought that if I was left on my own I would return to Italy to live, but I decided to remain here after meeting and making so many friends through Fit for Life,” he says. Bruno’s inspiring story evolved following a chance encounter and he has never looked back since. Following the death of his wife, Bruno used to go walking in preference to spending time alone at home. “One day I was in Pyms Park and I noticed a group of people walking around” explains Bruno. “I spoke to a park ranger and he told me that they were members of the Fit for Life programme who met at the park every Friday.” After a delayed start due to snow, Bruno finally managed to attend the walk and in contrast to the cold weather, he was warmly welcomed by the group. “It was the best thing that could have happened to me at the time,” says Bruno. “I felt better for it and through the programme I have made very many really good friends.” These new friends include Fit for Life programme
organiser Mark Huggard and his parents as well as many other regular walkers. Bruno now not only walks with the group twice a week – at Forty Hall on Wednesdays and Pyms Park on Fridays – he regularly meets his fellow walkers socially too. Fellow Age Concern member Edna’s turbulent life can be understood by discovering that tragically, she has been widowed three times, vowing never to marry again. Nevertheless, a note left by her late husband saying: “you are a woman who makes a man happy”, helped her to realise that she was lucky to have married three ‘good men’ and she shouldn’t feel bitter. In spite of her circumstances and in a bid to live life to the full, Edna visited the Age Concern Enfield Day Centre to “find something to do”. She discovered a varied range of activities from linedancing to computer classes and day trips to aqua-aerobics, which gave her the opportunity to keep fit, meet new people and gain new interests. But it wasn’t long before she discovered the TransAge Action Project – and with it a whole new lease of life. This exciting intergenerational project aims to bridge the generation gap by providing opportunities for older people to befriend and support the young. Various opportunities exist, including assisting at breakfast clubs, supporting learning and play in schools, and working with disabled children. Full training and support are provided so that volunteers are equipped with all the necessary skills and information. The project really struck a chord with Edna. “Volunteering with Age Concern has transformed my life - it has been enriched by the experience and makes me feel more positive; more energetic. I get so much pleasure from helping the children and I love mixing with them, as well as the teachers. It makes me feel needed whereas before I felt pretty much on the scrap-heap! It’s been wonderful and I would recommend it to others.”
Life begins at 50! Edna’s advice to other older women like her? “There is no need to be on your own. Get out there, join Age Concern and do something, no matter how old you are!” Turning fifty has never looked so good. Forget the new forty…fifty could well be the new thirty – and especially when there is such a great range of activities on offer that most young thirty-somethings would be happy to join in with. In Enfield, it seems, life begins at 50!
Edna’s love for the work she does as part of the TransAge Action Project also extends to other opportunities provided by Age Concern Enfield. “I am so glad that I went to the Day Centre and found out about all the activities run by Age Concern. I’ve met new friends and developed a new social life. It’s given me a whole new interest as well as a reason to get up in the mornings. Nothing can replace my losses but I have had some wonderful times and I treasure the memories.”
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What’s On Chase Association (Chace Community School PTA) Charity quiz night with proceeds to be divided equally between Gt. Ormond St Hospital (in memory of local boy Ben johnson) & Chace Association (in aid of new mini bus fund) Chace Community School Churchbury Lane, EN1 3HQ Saturday 7 Feb 2009 @ 7.00pm Ticket Price: £7.50 Includes buffet and soft drinks Tickets available individually, but why not book at table of 8 or 10? Contact Mrs Hillman at the school on 020 8352 8242 Charity Concert Three Valleys Male Voice Choir Varied proramme of songs from shows, popular music, opera etc. All Saints church, Church St., London. N9 31 January 2009 @ 7.30pm Tickets £6.00 inc. Refreshments Contact: 020 8367 7278 Pamper Day – Nightingale Hospice Royal Chase Hotel The Ridgeway, Enfield, EN2 8AR 01 February 2009 10:00 6 hour(s) £5 entry
Experience a range of therapies including Reiki, Massage, Facials, Reflexology, Nails and many more. 10 min therapy £5, 20 min therapy £8. Enquire about our Pamper Packages, they make an ideal Mother’s Day Gift, 020 8366 9674 firstname.lastname@example.org. uk http://www. nightingalehospice.org.uk Teenage Reading Group Gemma Paterson Ordnance Road Library 645 Hertford Road, EN3 6ND 03 February 2009 16:00 1 hour(s) FREE! A brand new reading group we aim to meet every month to talk about books, films and music. We will have lots of regular activities as well as special visits from authors and trips out. Refreshments will be provided at all meetings. Contact Phone/Fax: 020 8379 1725 Contact Email: gemma. email@example.com Meditation Classes For All Levels Heruka Centre Winchmore Hill Quaker Meeting House, 59 Church Hill, Winchmore Hill,
Enfield, N21 1LE 05 February 2009 19:30 2 hour(s) £28 for 4 classes or £8 per class The meditation classes in Winchmore Hill combine guided meditation with practical advice on how to reduce stress and solve problems in daily life. You do not need to book in advance, simply enroll when you arrive. Everyone is welcome - no previous experience necessary. Contact Phone/Fax: 020 8455 7563 Contact Email: info@ meditateinlondon.com Web Link: http://www. meditateinlondon.org.uk/ meditation-classes-winchmorehill.php Digikids Enfield Libraries Ridge Avenue Library Ridge Avenue, London, N21 2RH 06 February 2009 16:15 1 hour(s) FREE Are you over 8 years of age? Do you LOVE to use computers, and wouldn’t mind finding out new and fun stuff about the Internet and safe social networking? Then join us for this fun and informative series of events that will digitally excite you!
Contact Phone/Fax: 020 8379 1714 Contact Email: laurel.van. firstname.lastname@example.org Call Scotland Yard: Whitehall 1212 The Historical Association North London Branch Jubilee Hall Parsonage Lane, Enfield, EN2 0AJ 10 February 2009 20:00 1 hour(s) Free A talk by Maggie Bird about the role of one of London’s most famous addresses in the first part of the 20th century. Contact Phone/Fax: 020 8368 5328 http://www.history.org.uk Cuffley Floral Art Club We are a friendly club that meets every 2nd Tuesday in the month at Cuffley Hall, Maynard Place from 8pm - 10pm. Doors are open from 7pm when you will find a welcoming cup of tea or coffee. Then just sit back and enjoy the love of flowers. We have approximately 8 flower demonstrations, a garden meeting, a social evening and several outing during the course of the year. For further details please ring Val 01707 889447
Useful Contact Numbers Enfield Borough Police Crime Prevention Office Crimestoppers Neighbourhood Watch Anti Terrorist Hotline Hertfordshire Police
020 8807 1212 020 8345 1102 0800 555 111 020 7963 0160 0800 789 321 0845 330 0222
Enfield Council 24 Hour Contact No Hertsmere Council Hertsmere Out of Hours Welwyn & Hatfield Council Welwyn & Hatfield Out of Hours
020 8379 1000 020 8207 2277 0845 300 0021 01707 357 000 0800 111 4484
NHS Direct 0845 46 47 Chase Farm & Barnet Hospital Switchboard 0845 111 4000 Chase Farm Hospital Accident & Emergency 020 8375 1010 Barnet Hospital Accident & Emergency 020 8216 5003 North Middlesex University Hospital Switchboard 020 8887 2000 Potters Bar Community Hospital 01707 653 286
Alcoholics Anonymous Gamblers Anonymous Narcotics Anonymous
0845 769 7555 08700 50 88 80 020 773 0009
Childline Cruse Bereavement Care Helpline Samaritans
0800 1111 0870 1671677 0845 790 9090
RSCPA 24 Hour Emergency Vet
0870 555 5999 01992 762699
Three Valleys Water Freephone Leakline 0800 376 5325 Thames Water Freephone Leakline 0800 714 614 National Gas Emergency Service Freephone 0800 111 999 London Electricity Freephone 0800 0280 247 National Rail Enquiries
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What’s On 10th Feb. AGM and talk 10th March ‘What goes Around’ by Jeannette Bell 14th April ‘Reverie’ by Pamela Cantellow 12th May ‘In for a Penny’ by Penny Stone GRANGE PARK (E) W.I. St Peter’s Church Vera Avenue Grange Park, N21 Our next meeting will be held on 2nd February 2009 and our speaker will be Richard Selby talking on “The History of Money.” Followed on 2nd March 2009 with Gil Bomber speaking on “The Alexander Technique - How can it Help Me?” If you are interested please do not hesitate to come and see us at the above address - all meetings start at 7.30 p.m. Wedding Fayre Bush Hill Park Golf Course Bush Hill, Winchmore Hill, N21 2BU Date Sunday 1st March 11.00 to 4.00 Free Admission Contact Phone 0208 360 5738 E-mail info@ bushhillparkgolfclub.co.uk Website www.bhpgc.com Salisbury House Poets Saturday 7th February Sarah Doyle and Allen Ashley, two talented poets, offer a varied and interesting evening at Salisbury House, Bury Street West, Edmonton N9. Poets from the Floor welcome. Evening begins at 7.30 and finishes about 10 with a break for socializing. Entrance £3.50, Concessions £2.50 Regular Events 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 Badminton Club Saturday 6pm-9pm. We would welcome new members. Sorry, no beginners. For information, call 0203 231 5194. “Ears of Enfield”, Enfield’s very own social group for hard of hearing people, are on the move. Our final meeting at our present venue, Trinity Church, Enfield, will be our Christmas Party. We then move to Oakwood Baptist Church, Merrivale, Southgate, London N14 4TE. Our meetings are on the first Tuesday of each month from 2pm to 4pm and our first meeting at these premises will be on Tuesday 3rd February when we will have a slide show. These premises have an induction loop and there is a car park. We have a varied and interesting programme to suit all tastes. For details ring 020 8482 0212. Enfield Wine Makers Meet at St. Stephen’s Church Hall 3rd Friday of each month 8-10.30pm. New members welcome. Social evenings of wine tasting, discussions, home brewing & speakers. Contact Peggy Osborne 020 8366 1829 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, Enfield Video Makers meet at Jubilee Hall, Parsonage Lane, Enfield on the 1st & 3rd Tuesday of each month, at 8pm until 10pm. Contact Stan Lane,
0208 363 8898, e-mail email@example.com pole-school pole dancing classes a great way to loose weight, tone up, strengthen and sculpt your body, whilst meeting new friends and having fun! Classes held in Barnet and Enfield for details visit our website; www.pole-school.co.uk or call Nathalie on 07798 524119 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 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. Jack and Jill’s Music Club Fun and learning through song for 0-4s. Thursdays 10-11am St Michael and All Angels Church Hall, Chase Side, Enfield. Fridays 10-11am Grange Park Methodist Church, Old Park Ridings N21 For more information visit www.jackandjillmusic.co.uk or contact Jacqui 07742 545605 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 We offer lectures, discussions, practical evenings, learning events, competitions, outings & exhibitions. Enfield National Trust Association meet twice monthly, one afternoon at Holtwhites Sports & Social club, Holtwhites Hill at 2pm, one evening at Enfield County School, Holly Walk, Enfield at 7.45pm. We offer, lectures, London outings, summer outings, concert & theatre outings. Ring Peter on 020 8363 1568 for details of next meetings & events . Enfield RSPB meet the first thursday of the month at St Andrews Church Hall, Silver Street, Enfield from 8.00 to 10.00 for lectures plus we have local afternoon walks, coach trips to bird reserves,a quiz evening & two “birding” holidays a year. Contact Pauline on 020 8363 1568 for details or check our website http://www.rspb.org. uk/groups/enfield/news/ Chase Diabetic Exercise Club at Chase Farm Hospital at 6.00pm for an hour of varied exercises not only for diabetics but for all who wish to improve their health’ Ring Pauline on 020 8363 1568 for further details Albany Badminton Club Wednesday 8.30pm - 10pm at Albany Sports Hall The Standard is mixed from very good to beginners and new players always welcome. Cost £5 a night £3 for students
What’s On 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 Dolls House Club Are you interested in making miniature items for dolls Houses & their gardens? Would you like to chat with other enthusiasts? We are a friendly group of all ages and meet on alternate Thursday evenings, 7:30 - 9pm at Armfield Church Hall, Armfield Road, Enfield, Your first meeting is free so you can come to see whether or not it’s for you. Please ring Linda Moore on 020 8349 0121 for the date of the next meeting or to find out more. Enfield Carers for people who look after partners, family or friends in need of help because they are
ill, frail, or have a disability. The help carers give is unpaid. We meet 4th Monday monthly for mutual support, fun and practical advice 7.30 -9.30 pm Community House, 311 Hertford Road, Edmonton contact for more details 020 8803 1000 substitute care and transport may be available Soroptimists of Enfield and District The Soroptimists are a group of professional and business women with clubs in 112 countries. The Enfield club meets twice a month at 8pm at the Methodist Church Westpole Ave Cockfosters. Guests are welcome on the third Wednesday of the month. For information call 020 8444 5316 or 0208 367 5872 Enfield & District Fuchsia Society New members Welcome. Learn how to grow fuchsias, Join our friendly club, meeting every 3rd &4th Thursday of the month,7-45-9-45 at Capel
Manor College, Bullsmoor Lane. For more information phone Roy 0208 292 6965. Dance Classes HOT SALSA Wednesday’s Club 19 @ Trent Park Doors Open 7.30 till 12pm Beginners - Level 1 8-9 pm Improvers - Level 2 9-10 pm Intermediates- Level3 9-10 pm Advanced - Level 4 9-10 pm La Rueda ‘Cuban Wheel’ 8- 9 pm Dips & Drops 9 - 10 pm Hot Salsa Social after 10 pm For more information visit www.hotsalsa.co.uk or call 07947 765 499 LATIN DANCE CLUB Tuesday Nights at the North Enfield Conservative Club, Baker Street Enfield The best sprung dance floor we have ever seen! Salsa Beginners 8pm, Cha Cha Beginners 9pm, Dancing til 11:30pm For more information
visit www.hotsalsa.co.uk or call 07947 765 499 Dance Addiction New Friday Night Practice Night (from 7th November) Large attractive hall with the very best music Highly Qualified Teachers who are anxious to assist but not interfere Tutorials available for all levels with the emphasis on style - all grades welcome at Enfield Highway Community Association 117 Hertford Road, Enfield (between Green Street & St. James Church) contact Bill Kincaid (LISTD Latin & Ballroom)020 8363 3636 Private Lessons to High Standards at Low Prices Matrix 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 first-time dancer on to the dance floor with confidence.
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What’s On TUESDAYS 8:00 – 8:45 Improvers/ Intermediate Class 8:45 – 9:30 Beginners Class 9:30 – 10:30 Social Dancing for all levels St Andrews Church Hall Chase Side Southgate London N14. Situated next to Asda (for parking use supermarket car park) For more information please call 07903 244085 or visit www. dancematrix.com/ballroom Live Music The Botany Bay Jazz Club East Lodge Lane The Ridgeway Enfield EN2 7EE Meets every Tuesday Evening 8.30 until 11.00pm for the best in Traditional Jazz. Different Band each week. Visitors always welcome. For further information contact Jean 0208 367 6660 or Gordon 01707 872645 3rd Feb -SPECIAL -The Great Northern Jazz Band Prices Members £8.00 Guests £10
10th Feb -The Frog Island Jazz Band Members £5.50 Guests £7.50 7th Feb -Mike Barrys’ Fervent 7 Members £6.00 Guests £8.00 24th -SPECIAL Harry Strutters Hot Rythm Orchestra Members £8.00 Guests £10.00 MILLFIELD ARTS CENTRE Silver Street, Edmonton, London N18 1PJ. www. millfieldtheatre.co.uk Box Office 020 8807 6680 Book Online : www. millfieldtheatre.co.uk The Counterfeit Stones: Blagger’s Banquet Tour Thursday 5 February 8pm “Better than the real thing” The Guardian £17 Bink and the Hairy Fairy Saturday 14 February Another fabulous family musical from the creators of The Witch’s Bogey. “Lively and fast, the audience loved it!” - The Guide £10 Concessions £9
Teddy Bears Picnic Tuesday 17 February 1pm £8 Concessions £6 Family (4 tickets) £25 Ages 0-5 yrs Group Rate
Wyllyotts Centre Darkes Lane Potters Bar Box Office 01707 645005 www.wyllyottscentre.co.uk Fri 6th Feb 8.00pm One Night in Vegas
Buddy Holly and the Cricketers: 50th Anniversary Tour Thursday 19 February “The audience were dancing in the aisles and roaring for more” The Stage £18 £16 Concessions
Sat 7th Feb 2.30pm & 8.00pm Calamity Jane Weds 11th Feb – Sat 14th Feb 7.30pm Sat Mat 2.30pm The Geisha Thurs 19th – Sat 21st Feb 7.30pm Fri & Sat Mat 2.30pm Honk!
The Pickwick Papers Tuesday 24 and Wednesday 25 February 7.30pm “Sheer entertainment and an excellent opportunity for seeing high quality live theatre.” International Herald Tribune £12 Concessions £10 Group rate
Thurs 26th Feb 8.00pm ABBA – The Show Fri 27th Feb 8.00pm Andy Abraham
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Sat 28th Feb 3.00pm & 7.30pm Syd Lawrence Orchestra
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