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This month’s issue of EN Magazine is a joint July and August edition, allowing the EN team a chance for a few days off and to prepare for the Autumn issues which will start from September. In this issue we have taken a look at the summer holiday with an in-depth article looking at how the traditional summer holiday came about and how they have changed over the years. Hopefully this article will bring back fond memories of previous holidays for our readers. Keeping with the summer holiday theme we suggest some ideas for what to do with the kids while they are on their summer break. Many people often come back from their holidays and dread going back to work, so we investigate changing your job and interview a reader who took the bold step and gave up their well paid job to retrain as a teacher.


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nfield Council learned this week that it will receive government funding to rebuild and renew the borough’s secondary schools as part of the ‘Building Schools for the Future’ (BSF) programme. This means that school buildings will be replaced or refurbished and that the use of IT will be increased. Initially five schools will see major investment. The Council took advantage of an opportunity to join the BSF programme early by showing that new buildings would make a real impact on children’s learning and school standards. In competition with other local authorities Enfield was one of only eight successful councils to show it was ready to deliver the massive programme

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and only one out of two in London. Over time most secondary schools in the borough will benefit from the programme. Broomfield School, The Gladys Aylward School and the Secondary Tuition Centre are expected to be the first schools to see major investment. They also plan to build a brand new school to meet the increasing demand for school places. Council Leader, Michael Rye, said, “This represents the biggest investment ever in Enfield’s school buildings and provides us with an opportunity to transform the working environment of students and staff. I am delighted that the government has recognised Enfield’s ability to deliver a programme on this massive scale.”


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is preparing for war, testing their weapons and seeking new recruits. Entertainment will be from a travelling player and storyteller, retelling the stories from the time. Try out food from the period and also the opportunity to see traditional crafts such as woodturning and arrow making. For further information contact Forty Hall on 020 8363 8196

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ver been at a party or barbecue that’s in full swing? You’re having a great time, it’s late and everyone is enjoying themselves only to realise you are running out of drink!!! Now there is an answer: Windmill Wines late night delivery service. Nick Singh opened Windmill Wines three years ago and has already established a strong reputation for supplying an extensive range of wines,

beers and spirits. “When we opened I knew we needed something special to make us stand out from the supermarkets”, said Nick “We aim to offer, along side all the usual brands, the opportunity to try new tastes. Many customers who have come back from a holiday ask if we can get the beer or wine they have been drinking whilst abroad. This has led to us to stocking many speciality beers. Currently we stock over 80 varieties. The wine market is constantly changing and the relationship with my customers is a constant source of inspiration as to what new wines we should stock. We now stock over 500 different wines”. Having opened the shop, Nick started to offer a home delivery party service for

orders. “Our prices are very competitive and we can deliver your order already chilled so there is no need to fill fridges for hours beforehand to chill your drinks.” The late night delivery service has developed from Nick’s experiences. “Some of our customers started to call us asking if we could do a second delivery as they were running low on drink, which started me thinking.” Nick carried out some research amongst customers and heard of people who had paid for a cab to take them to a late night petrol station for an extra bottle of wine and/or a packet of cigarettes. So, having checked out the licensing laws, Nick set up a late night delivery service. “The shop stays open until 11pm and then we concentrate our time on

our late night delivery service until 3am with the late night service available from 7pm. I have a team of drivers who deliver to EN1 – 8, EN4, EN6, N9, N11-14 and N20-21. The service can be operated online or over the telephone. There is a minimum order of £12 with free delivery before 11pm, To cover the additional late night call outs, there is a £4 charge for deliveries between 11pm and 3am. “We believe that we are the cheapest late night delivery service in London. I have checked out other late night delivery services to keep our prices competitive and found that as well as the cheapest in London, we are the third cheapest that I can find in the UK with the most extensive range. It’s definitely a lot cheaper than calling a cab.”

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veryone has their favourite mode of transport when it comes to day excursions and until recently, coach trips were admittedly at the bottom of my list. The idea of being herded on and off at regular intervals, like something out of an old Ealing comedy, with a patronising driver treating you like sheep, had always filled me with dread – until I discovered The Enfieldian.  Established for the best part of 30 years in the forecourt adjacent to Enfield Town station, the Enfieldian’s tiny modest office may not suggest the most enticing of day tours. Nor, it has to be said, does the musty smell when you climb on board the coach, something that is  characteristically unique to these giant people carriers.  These however, are minor quibbles. Rarely, if ever, have I been so impressed with an independent tour operator – whether in terms of personal service, value for money or choice of itinerary. And just for the record, my 86-year-old mother – an intrepid pensioner who has travelled the world but had a similar aversion to coach trips – felt the same way.  For our trip with the Enfieldian, we chose to travel into Kent for a tea-time cruise on what was dubbed a Mississippi-style paddle boat along the river Medway. As soon as we had all taken our seats, our driver,

John, who was courteous, humorous and informative in equal measure, said don’t worry about motorway queues. John seemed to know every alternative side road and was a wealth of information en route, regaling us with a mixture of

historical facts and amusing anecdotes, all of which was enlightening. First stop, and surely one of the most unconventional coffee breaks, was the bizarrely named Teapot Island, a remarkable collection of over 5,000 teapots at Yalding in the heart of the Kent countryside. Outside the exhibition, a potter could be seen busily creating his own inventions while inside, there

was something eccentrically English about Sue Blazye’s veritable den of originality featuring teapots of every size, shape and design. After being given plenty of time to look round the exhibition and visit the adjacent shop, where several items are for sale, it was off to Maidstone for lunch. This was perhaps the least enjoyable of an otherwise impeccable day. Although it was market day, it was

Local News and Events frankly not worth writing home about (though the free bus back into town more than compensated for our disappointment). Equally frustrating was the fact that my mother and I had to visit three pubs in search of a lunchtime snack – unusual in the extreme. Still, when we eventually stumbled across somewhere that did serve a lunchtime menu, the baguettes we selected were well worth waiting for. Suitably fortified, it was back on the coach for the highlight of the day. To describe journeying on the Allington Belle as well worth the wait as it meandered along the Medway would be a gross under-statement. Cruising the upper Medway’s gentle waters with its picturesque

riverbanks, fascinating bird life and beautifully manicured adjacent private lawns. It was serenity par excellence. A cream tea to die for, was supplemented with as many fresh sandwiches as you could manage. Run by a single family – husband and wife as skipper and caterer respectively with son, Henry, behind the bar – the Allington is a fully licensed Mississippi-style paddle boat that can hold up to 50 people and is available for private hire. Sitting at the front sipping tea in the afternoon sun watching the kingfishers was the perfect way to relax. After such a memorable, congenial

adventure, it was somewhat of a wrench to get back on the coach for the return journey to Enfield. A collective “yeah” greeted John’s enquiry whether we had all had a good time and the last thing I remember, after dozing off in my seat, was the sound of the coach pulling up outside Enfieldian’s office

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n 1933 Frederick (Fred) Roland opened the doors to his shop “Furncrafts” on London Road in Enfield Town. This year “Furncrafts” celebrates 75 years of supplying furniture to homes in Enfield and the surrounding areas. Today the business is run by Fred’s son, Ken Roland. Ken joined the company full time in 1966 after completing an apprenticeship in furniture design and construction. “It is as important to me today as it was to my father that we are able to offer a full and knowledgeable service to our customers and understanding furniture design helps me match our products to their needs.” This desire to match the furniture needs of his customers can be seen by the changes in the range that is available in the store. The shop in London Road is still in the same location as when Fred opened the doors for the first time in 1933. “Originally we rented

the shop” said Ken, “but then in 1971 we were able to purchase the property and in 1982 we extended the show room to its current size allowing us to display our range over 3 floors. We have managed to keep our doors open throughout all the changes and developments to Enfield and try to continue to offer a comprehensive service.” “We used to stock a large selection of different kinds of furniture and were known for our sideboards, dining suites and three piece suites. However, over the last 20 years with the expansion of the large multiple chains of furniture suppliers and the development of flat pack furniture, we have developed into a specialist for settees and armchairs, oak dinning room furniture and occasional furniture to fit any size room. Today we offer an extensive range of chairs in over 70 styles with a comprehensive selection of motorised chairs that recline and lift at the touch of a button, especially useful to our older clientele, or people with back, leg or hip problems”. For more information on the range of furniture available visit Furncrafts, 44 London Road, Enfield tel; 020 8363 0359

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here is something very traditonally English about the sound of leather hitting willow on a sunny afternoon and Enfield does not miss out on it’s share of Cricket in the area. Cricket in the Borough of Enfield has long been a great source of pride amongst local sports’

enthusiasts. The game has always been in good health in Enfield. From the long-established clubs such as Southgate and Winchmore Hill who have traditionally held the upper hand in strength and ability, to the smaller but no less important clubs that have long occupied local fixture

lists such as Enfield Invicta and Botany Bay. This is partly due, no doubt, to the emphasis on school sports at Enfield Grammar and in the recent past, Chase

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Boys School and St Ignatius College. Throughout the highs and lows of the larger clubs and the unfortunate decline in school cricket, North Enfield Cricket Club has managed to exist within a happy middle ground of providing cricket for all abilities. North Enfield Cricket Club was formed at Claysmore, farmland that lies between Clay Hill and Whitewebbs Park in the north of the borough, over 120 years ago. Perhaps the most significant move in club history occurred in 1954 when the club acquired land from Enfield Council at the top of Hilly Fields Park on a lease. They proceeded to develop it into the ground still used today. A new pavilion was added, and then refurbished in 2000 after an arson attack. Botany Bay Cricket Club, hosted the AGM that year and showed the comradeship that exist amongst cricketers and their clubs. The club eventually joined the Hertfordshire League, and soon entered 1st, 2nd and 3rd XIs into the main league competitions in the 1980s. That, and the preceding decade, probably represented the high point of membership at the club, with three XIs regularly playing Saturday and Sunday games throughout the

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summer. The 1st XI of today is most certainly amongst the strongest fielded in club history according to some of the senior members who these days observe play from the deckchair! Notable cricketers to have associations with the club include legendary England spin bowlers B.J.T. Bosanquet and John Emburey, plus Middlesex and England batsman, Mike Smith. The latter two held benefit matches at the club in their respective years. North Enfield has always prided itself on being a family-oriented club, with multiple generations of the same family often playing concurrently. A glance at the cricket honours board is conclusive proof that North Enfield cricket has been a family affair from its earliest days. North Enfield welcomes

any cricketers regardless of ability to play league cricket on Saturdays and friendly games on Sundays. There are also a wide variety of social matches including the very popular 20/20 and 6-a-side fixtures. Non-cricket events include perennial favourites: the Club Disco, Quiz Nights and newly introduced for 2008, the NECC Darts Premier League and ‘CurryOke’…(more details available from the info below!) Please visit www. or telephone the club at weekends on 0208 363 2118, or by visiting the ground in person. Alternatively our membership secretary, James Scott can be contacted on 0208 363 2725. All potential members, cricket or social, are assured of a warm welcome to the Club.

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ith the credit crunch and sub prime mortgages having major effects on the levels of leading available from banks and building societies many potential home owners are finding it even harder to get their first property and are therefore having to rent. While the ease of borrowing money over the last few years has lead to a boom in the “buy to let” mortgage market which has created lots of new landlords. Currently, in the Enfield area, the cost of renting a one bed flat starts at around £625pcm and can be as high as £1000pcm, whilst a 3 bed

house starting at around £1,000pcm and can fetch up to around £1,600pcm depending on location and condition. When looking to rent or for a property to let location is everything, and tenants will find themselves being charged considerably more for a property close to a station or other local amenities. As the selling market becomes tougher, the lettings market and rental values are growing so actually finding tenants is a little like “falling off a log”. However, this makes the landlord’s choice of managing agent critical.

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BUT THERE IS SOME GOOD NEWS Whilst most homeowners with mortgages will be paying higher monthly payments than experienced over the last three or four years big savings can be made in the insurance market. Archers Independent Financial Advisers are able to offer products from the whole market place often saving up to 50% off the cost of some insurances. The cost of life assurance for example has actually come down in price over the last ten years or so. Other insurance products such as redundancy insurance can be bought at this time of uncertainty - to cover a monthly mortgage payment of £700 Archers have a policy costing only £16.28 per month.

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Landlords need to be certain of their agent carrying out appropriate referencing checks, inventories, relevant safety certificates, rental guarantees and quarterly inspections. Landlords should only instruct those agents who are members of Association of Residential Lettings Agents ( ARLA ) in order to expect these professional services are carried out. Renting or letting a property can be a very daunting prospect and the law surrounding it is considerable and complicated for both landlord and tenant alike. Accordingly tenants and landlords should seek legal advice prior to entering into a landlord and tenant arrangement. Before entering into what is likely to be a contractual, legally binding obligation for

a minimum of 6 - 12 months you should consider and satisfy yourself as to the following: The Rent Both the tenant and landlord need to be clear what is included in the rent e.g. who is responsible for council tax and other utility bills such as telephone, gas, water, electric, etc. The Deposit Since 6 April 2007 any deposit taken by a landlord must be held in an authorised Tenancy Deposit Scheme (“TDS”). The scheme allow tenants to get all or part of their deposit back when they are entitled to it and encourage tenants and landlords to make a clear agreement from the start on the condition of the property. There are potential financial penalties for a landlord that fails to comply with the scheme and

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may restrict their ability to recover possession of the property. The Agreement A tenancy agreement is a legally enforceable contract between tenant and landlord. It means you both have legal rights and responsibilities. The contract should be written in clear language, so you can understand what these obligations are and not include unfair terms or take away a tenant’s legal rights. If you enter into a tenancy agreement the landlord has a responsibility to make sure that it does not contain any unfair terms. The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has produced a Tenancy Guidance booklet for assured and assured shorthold tenancy agreements in England and Wales. You should check that the property you are

intending to rent is in good condition and, if furnished, you should check that the agreement is accompanied by an inventory which accurately reflects what is included and it’s state of repair. There are a number of obligations on a landlord that are implied by law requiring premises to be in an appropriate state of repair and habitable and for furnishings to comply with electric, gas and fire safety regulations. It is usual for an agreement to provide for the Landlord to pay for buildings insurance and this will normally be clearly stated. However, whether or not a property is furnished you should check what, if any, arrangements have been made to insure the contents and, if not, whether you should do so.

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or Gareth Humberstone, Partner, in the firm of Martin Shepherd & Co, Solicitors, 29 Southbury Road, Enfield EN1 1YZ Tel: 020 8367 3230

Richard Oughton from Ellis and Co, 58 Church Street, Enfield, EN2 6AX Tel:020 8363 8282

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WISH YOU WERE HERE? A look at the British Summer Holiday: Past and Present


fter a turbulent few years of terrorism, taxes and takeovers, the travel industry is yet again fighting to survive. Just when tourism was getting back on its feet and consumer confidence was returning, the country – and the world – is facing potentially more destructive threats. With oil prices soaring to all-time highs, the credit crunch nipping at our heels and the global economy taking a swift nosedive, going on holiday is not necessarily going to come easily to some Britons this year. Since the start of 2007, the price of kerosene has more than doubled, prompting airlines to claw back profits via fuel supplements. British Airways is now adding around £30 supplements on shorthaul flights, Ryanair is charging customers for baggage check-in and sports equipment and some airlines are even asking travellers

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to pay more for window seats. In the meantime, 15 airlines have already given up the ghost this year – the highest number to cease flying in such a short space of time. Even the cruise market, which not long ago could only be described as booming, is starting to toil. Ten cruise lines have introduced surcharges to cover escalating fuel bills, including Ocean Village, P&O Cruises and Princess Cruises. The same goes for travel by road, with coach holiday providers feeling the pinch as petrol prices increase on virtually a daily basis. If the experts are right, we are witnessing the end of a golden age of travel – an era of cheap flights and low-priced holidays – at least for the foreseeable future. A stalwart of the travel industry was Thomas Cook, the world’s best-known name in travel and one of the few travel

companies which has successfully battled through the market’s highs and lows. Almost two centuries after Mr Cook launched his one-day rail excursion in 1841 from Leicester to Loughborough, the company is still going strong and providing Britons with a wide range of cruise, summer sun, winter sun and activity holidays. Cook was a true entrepreneur of his time, grasping hold of technological innovations, making the most of the fashions of the era and reacting to socioeconomic trends. Cook was famed for many travel innovations, including a fore-runner of the modern holiday brochure, travellers’ hotel coupons for accommodation and meals, traveller’s cheques (called circular notes) and the famous package holiday - and all as long ago as the 19th century. He and his son lived through some of the most dynamic times in modern history but, like other successful business men, his secret was simple: he rolled with the times, sought commercial opportunities and listened to his customers. Of course, Britons travelled long before Thomas Cook: we only have to look back to the achievements of explorers like Elizabethan Sir Francis Drake and Britain’s colonisation of almost a quarter of the world to see that. Over the past few centuries, travel to Europe was commonplace, but mainly for commercial, political, military and economic reasons. The wealthier classes had most opportunities to travel, especially in Georgian times, and the Grand Tour of Europe constituted an important part of any well-to-do young man’s education. Cultural and enlightening cities such as Florence, Paris and Rome were on an itinerary, which could last several years. Meanwhile in Britain, seaside resorts such as Lyme Regis were much favoured, whilst inland Spa Towns like Harrogate, Bath and Buxton saw visitors arriving by stagecoach in their droves. ‘Taking the waters’ whether at seaside or spa - was medicinal, strolls through parks provided beneficial light exercise and evening assemblies became highlights in the social calendar. The expansion of the railway changed all that, opening up the country - and

Special Report - Holidays indeed the world - to many more Britons like Lord Leverhulme of Pear’s Soap fame, and an integral part of Cook’s growing was one of several entrepreneurs across business. Suddenly travel was affordable, the country who were starting to realize and not just for the elite. Trips to Liverpool that a happy, healthy workforce meant an by train began in 1845 and by the time increase in productivity, a more profitable of the Great Exhibition in 1851, Cook company and an improved economy. had taken 150,000 people to London by Not satisfied with building Port Sunlight, rail over just one a leafy and fullysummer season. It serviced town for “Many workers visit his workers, situated wasn’t long before the seaside for the first near to his Wirral visits across England, Wales, Scotland and soap factory, he went time in their lives!” Ireland were arranged a step further. and Cook was soon As the country’s turning his eye to the continent. In the mid profitable manufacturing industries 1850s Cook opened up a grand circular battled on, the infamous smogs of London route tour between Belgium, Germany, and other large cities engulfed highlyFrance and Italy, and in 1869, he hired two populated areas, and the health of workers deteriorated. Doctors were soon discovering that fresh air and light exercise were necessary requirements for a healthy population, leading them to prescribe spells at the seaside for convalescence. At the same time, workers’ rights were improving and with paid holiday entitlement, if only a few days a year, becoming more common place. Factories started to shut down for Wakes Week, allowing workers to go on holiday, if their pay allowed, and by 1938 almost half of all employees in the UK received some level of paid holiday entitlement. Ever the champion for employee welfare and social responsibility, Leverhulme soon came up with the idea of building chalets at Thurstaston beach – only some seven miles away from Port Sunlight on the Wirral. This innovative step steamers and conducted his first party up enabled many of his workers to visit the the Nile. Over the following decades, Cook seaside for the first time in their lives and expanded his business, working tirelessly to benefit from clean sea air, beautiful views build contacts, agreements with hoteliers, and organized leisure activities. channel traffic and taking tourists on Whilst seaside resorts had been holidays of a lifetime worldwide. popular throughout the 18th century, it From the luxury liners of the early 20th wasn’t until the end of the 19th and the century to the package holiday jet planes beginning of the 20th century that our love of the 70s, infrastructure has always played affair with the British seaside truly began. a fundamental part in the development of Whilst doctors encouraged sea air for tourism. For many working class people in health, fashion icon and celebrity of her Victorian and Edwardian times, leaving the time, Coco Chanel, helped transform the town they lived and worked in would have perception of the tan following her visits to been a novel and rare opportunity. Living the Mediterranean. Formerly a sign of low hand-to-mouth and with no disposable social class, by the 30’s, a bronzed body was income, even those who lived but a few not only acceptable, but wholly fashionable. miles from the coast may never have had Constricting corsets were slowly being the means to travel there. Empire-builders phased out in feminist circles in favour

of loose flouncy dresses and increasingly skimpy but acceptable swimsuits. Going to the seaside soon became a very relaxed affair and before long, bikini contests were becoming the norm. Suddenly, as seaside holidaying became fashionable, the sleepy resorts of the 18th century found the need to keep up with times to survive, and even attractions within resorts were in competition with each other. Like Thomas Cook, the successful resort of Blackpool identified opportunities - and won. To this day, it is one of the most commercially-minded seaside towns in the country, constantly evolving and keeping ahead of the rest by offering visitors exclusive attractions, such as the famous ‘Illuminations’. Like other resorts, Blackpool also offered


Special Report - Holidays Top Three Travel Tips from Thomas Cook •Travel insurance is really important, especially making sure you have a policy from the time you book travel arrangements. It is also important to declare any pre-existing medical conditions to the insurance provider (otherwise any subsequent claims on medical coverage could be refused). * Ensure all travel documents are up to date. For example, it’s a requirement when travelling to some countries that a passport is valid for at least six months after travel. It’s also important to check visa regulations for the country you’re travelling to, otherwise entry could be refused. * Take enough currency in cash to last a few days, supported by travellers cheques, as well as a credit card for larger spends and also useful in emergencies. a lavish ballroom, intricate piers and extensive gardens. In a bid to retain its popularity year round it even built indoor Winter Pleasure Gardens with theatrical entertainment. In line with the new trend for healthy living, the dramatic landscapes of Beatrix Potter’s Lake District became a popular alternative to the seaside, and Georgian Spa towns enjoyed a renaissance. Cultural centres such as London, which were now easily accessible via ever-improving rail networks, were key destinations and Charabancs (chartered coaches) took people of all classes and incomes to seaside destinations such as Scarborough. The resultant ‘group travel’ allowed operators


like Thomas Cook to cut prices, thus widening availability, whilst the wealthier Briton benefited from the technological advances of the motor car. With improved transport encouraging domestic movement, holiday camps were beginning to pop up across the country. Caister-on-Sea in Norfolk, which recently celebrated its centenary, was Britain’s first camp, although with alcohol banned, no talking after 11pm and Sunday lectures on the labour movement, its appeal doesn’t appear immediately obvious. Nevertheless, Caister was soon attracting over 300 guests a week, eager to take part in camp fire sing alongs, try out different sports and watch live entertainment. Tents gave way to somewhat basic chalets, but for £2 2s, families could benefit from Caister’s sea air, receive three meals a day and be entertained to their hearts’ content. For those Britons who preferred to go it alone, camping and caravanning holidays increased in popularity, with walking and cycling holidays in Britain’s most beautiful counties giving seaside resorts a run for their money. But it wasn’t until the end of World War II in 1945, that Britons were at their most adventurous. After a war fought in the skies, it was no surprise that British commercial jet services grew rapidly during the 1950s, slowly transforming the country’s tourism from a largely domestic industry to one of international reach. Concorde’s first flight in 1969 offered an element of luxury and speed to flying abroad which had never been seen before. The market for foreign travel was truly there: confident and plucky youngsters growing up in an age of opportunity were leaving school at 14, finding employment and still living at home, meaning that disposable

income was at an all-time high.With no laws in place requiring accompaniment of teenagers abroad and paid holidays available to all workers, pennies were swiftly put aside for a week of fun in the sun. By the 60s, charter flights to Spain became dominant and the ‘sea, sun and sand’ package holidays were in full swing. For the country’s once booming seaside resorts, upon which Britons were beginning to turn their backs. Nevertheless, the holiday camp still remained popular, with larger-than-life entrepreneur Billy

Butlin buying up military barracks which were being sold off by the MoD after the war. Although the accommodation was basic, a holiday-deprived Britain, which had worked stoicly for six years, welcomed the camps, their swimming pools and “knobbly knees” competitions with open arms. It wasn’t until the 1970s that these golden days of travel began to tarnish. As costs rose, tour operators competed on price and quality inevitably suffered. At the same time, rising oil prices lead to a slump in package holiday bookings and the collapse of many travel firms. In the wake of longer paid holidays, many firms diversified by introducing continental winter holidays, just as innovative Blackpool had done decades before. But Blackpool, and other seaside resorts were fading fast, not least because the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean and its sunfilled days were much more appealing than the polluted waters and cool breezes of

Special Report - Holidays the English Channel. And most of all, whilst the continent offered vibrancy, culture and cuisine, our seaside resorts simply represented a bygone age of ‘Kiss Me Quick’ hats, fruit machines and crummy entertainment. That British entrepreneurial spirit had died away. With call centres and Teletext becoming a popular means of booking holidays in the late 80s and the advent of the internet in the late 90s, travellers became more eager to go it alone. Luxury travel was back with the demand for cruising more than doubling between 1995 and 2005. The internet also helped operators cut costs, providing travellers with the £1 flights of easyJet and the like. As aircraft technology continued to improve, greater fuel capacity meant less stopovers and long-haul flights also became cheaper. But in the 90s, the English Tourist Board suddenly woke up and started to fight to save our towns and resorts. Reports were written, quality benchmark awards like Blue Flag were created and money was poured into regeneration. The

British Seaside was back on track. In 2001, the travel industry reeled from the terrorist attaks of Septemper 11th, with well-established companies like British Airways almost going under and global travel at an all-time low. Indeed, ongoing terrorist threats continue

into ‘the noughties’, with airports still imposing strict luggage controls. With an ever eco-conscious society lamenting about our carbon footprint, the price of kerosene putting paid to cheap flights and the country’s property market looking worrying to say the least, it’s no surprise

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Special Report - Holidays that British holidays are on the increase yet again. In 2006 the domestic travel market was worth almost £21 million when 126 million trips in the UK were made and over 400 million bed nights slept. So what of the British Seaside today? A marriage of business and leisure is helping to keep resorts like the once super-savvy Blackpool afloat, with its conference centre and buzzing nightlife. But it’s the resorts of Whitstable, Morecambe, Southport and Eastbourne – amongst many others - which are really riding the waves of success. They make up the 25.6m seaside trips which Britons took in this country last year, spending £5.1bn. In Cornwall, Padstow has jumped on the niche market bandwagon and is now known as much for its food as its sandy shores, whilst Brighton has become the ultimate ‘city by the sea’ short break destination for cosmopolitan young things. The town’s ability to think like a true business and diversify at every opportunity has been at the heart of its revitalisation. Not only awash with trendy bars, shops and restaurants, Brighton is now an important destination for commerce too, boasting an extensive conference centre and varied events throughout the year. Mainly helped along by millions of pounds of private investment, Brighton can stand proud knowing that it is a true leader in the British Seaside’s renaissance - and at a cost of only £250,000 to the taxpayer. Holiday camps like Butlins have also rediscovered their entrepreneurial spirit by going upmarket. Haven Holidays has

invested more than £40 million across its 35 caravan parks including Caister, where the holiday camp was born. The company has opened a luxurious spa at its Poole resort and has been adding golf courses, tennis courts and the like to others. In the meantime, the king of tourism, Thomas Cook, continues to innovate, with a credit card, airline, cash passport, insurance policy, television channel, foreign exchange and 800 high street stores. With a higher percentage of the UK’s designated coastal bathing areas now meeting mandatory European standards than France, Spain or Italy, British tourism can gasp a sigh of relief, but those good old laurels are not places to rest for long. A new threat – that of Asia and the Pacific, which has experienced the strongest growth over the last few years – is coming into play. China is spending $250 billion on developing its railway network over the next 12 years and $17.4 billion is being invested in the aviation sector to provide the country with 42 new airports. So it’s no surprise that China is forecast to become the world’s number one holiday destination over the next 10-15 years and that outbound trips by Chinese travellers are also on the rise. Whether British tourism will survive once more is anyone’s guess.

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Taking A Cruise Is The Biggest Growth In Travel Cruising is becoming more appealing these days with more and more people choosing to cruise than ever before. Not just individuals, but groups and incentive programmes are taking to the high seas for the trip of a lifetime. Cruising offers everything that a land based resort has to offer, but with more included. Meals and entertainment, spectacular show lounges offering West End style entertainment, a variety of dining options, health spas, sports facilities (some ships even offer Ice Skating rinks) and a variety of bars and clubs are all on offer. The biggest advantage of cruising is that you will get to see more places than on a landbased programme. Waking up each morning with a different view from your window or balcony can not be surpassed, be it the spectacular view of Venice or St Petersburg, or further flung destinations such as the Hubbard Glacier in Alaska, or Rio de Janeiro.We have a 7 night 5* Alaska cruise from £999pp in September. And it’s not just the world’s oceans that are covered, Europe, Africa and China’s greatest rivers also play host to a variety of boats that offer superb inland cruising opportunities. For Example we have a 7 night 5* Full Board Nile Cruise every Monday, prices from £419pp So, when planning your next holiday, bear in mind that there is a cruise to suit everyone’s needs and tastes. Paul Hewitt Spider Holidays 0845 373 3010

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o you’ve been slaving away in the same boring, dead-end job for years when suddenly the realisation hits you, “I’m in the wrong job!” It’s an overwhelming moment as car and mortgage payments race through your mind while you struggle with the thought, “I can’t spend the rest of my life doing this.” But is it too late to change careers? In most cases, no, but before walking into your boss’s office and telling them where they can stick it, you need to decide on a few things: What is it that you really want to do? How much money do you need each month to survive? Do you need special training or a degree? 57% of people say that given the chance they would change career tomorrow, but how many people actually change jobs successfully? Probably the biggest mistake you can make is attempting to change careers without a plan. A successful career change can often take months to accomplish when you have a strategy, so without one, you could end up adrift for an even longer period. Having a detailed action plan (including items such as strategies, finances, research, and education/training) is essential to your success. Without a plan, you might take the first job offer that comes along, whether it is a good fit for you or not. A successful career change can be accomplished whatever your situation. Take your time and do some research

into your chosen subject area. If college is necessary, think about taking a night class or maybe an online course through one of the many reputable, fully accredited, online colleges or universities. This allows you to maintain your current job and benefits without taking too much of a financial hit. If financing is a concern, look into grants and scholarship programs. Enfield College offers a varied range of part-time, access courses and evening classes, and is happy to discuss individual courses. It is well worth finding out what your course entails, you don’t want to end up paying for a 12-week course and only going once! They also have good links with universities and local companies, and can help you find a job once you have completed your course. If you already have most of the skills required, try making some contacts in the field you’re interested in and ask them if they have any tips for breaking into your chosen career. Polish up your C.V. and schedule meetings with prospective employers. Let them know that you are interested in making a career change.

Obstacles will most likely get in the way when you commit to shifting your career, so here are some practical tips for coaching yourself to success! Get Focused Decide what kind of career you would like to go into, and then find out how you get your foot in the door. Carefully research your chosen field. Get Real Find out if you require any further qualifications, if so visit your local college or university for advice. Orgainse your finances. Decide how much money you need to meet financial commitments. Put Pen to Paper Write down all the positives and negatives about your career change, so that you have the advantages and disadvantages infront of you in black and white. Take Action Write down what steps you need to take to achieve your goal, what might stop you from following it through and then find solutions to those obstacles.


Career Changes Get Going Put your career change plan into action. Do whatever it takes (legally!) to make it happen. Don’t allow excuses, fear or anything else to stop you. Don’t lose sight of your goal! With proper planning and effort, you can land the job you’ve always wanted. It may take some time and training but think positively and never give up on your dreams.You have the power to shape your own future! Here’s how one local woman swapped a £40k job in Advertising for a classroom full of 9 year olds. Tracey Morrison spent 10 years working in a high-pressured advertising job in the city before she decided to embark on a career change. She has now been teaching in Enfield for 2 years. Why did you decide to change your career? I’d been in my job for 10 years and

needed a change. I’d always wanted to be a teacher, but my education never took me in that direction. I didn’t know how to go about it, and the information wasn’t easily available. How did you go about making the change? I didn’t have the right qualifications to go straight into teaching, so I applied for an Access Course with a friend. It was part-time in the evenings for 2 years, which was great because I could keep working while I was doing the course, and it didn’t demand a huge commitment. Once I completed the Access Course I applied to do a degree, but I already had financial commitments, and my mortgage company wouldn’t let me take a break from my monthly payments. So I applied for a part-time degree in Social Science and History at the University of Kent. It took me 5 years to complete my degree, but all my classes were in the evenings so I could stay in my job and

keep paying my mortgage. After my degree I knew I needed to apply for a Postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE), but I chickened out. I was earning such a good wage and had got myself into a comfortable position. However, a year later with the help from the University of Kent I applied to Middlesex University, where I finally completed my PGCE. Was it hard to study whilst you were working? It was hard to keep the momentum going, but it was worthwhile. I wouldn’t change my job for anything. What’s different about your new job? It’s about making a difference to a child’s life and watching them progress. The final product isn’t an advert in the paper (like my last job) it really matters, I’m teaching people’s children. I use to earn nearly double my salary, but I now work locally and feel that I’m giving something back. I always thought that teaching would fit my

HELPING YOU TO TAKE THE STEP TO MAKE A CHANGE Life Coaching is a guide that orders your thoughts and helps express your dreams. Using scientifically proven techniques that improve your confidence and energy, life coaching empowers you to find the focus and clarity of thoughts, to “go for it”. When considering changing careers, some important decisions that can feel daunting need to be made. Some people have friends and family that they can call on to discuss issues and bounce ideas off, however, the happiness and success of people close to us are in some way linked to our own happiness and success. As a result people often either feel unable to have totally honest conversations about their dreams and ideas, or if they do discuss them, the conversations are always coloured by both parties’ interests. As a coach is only interested in the client and his or her successes and does not have their own agenda, this allows clients to find the answers without the influence of some else’s interests.When you discuss your thoughts, ideas and concerns with an independent and non-judgemental coach in complete confidence, you usually find your answers easier and make better decisions. This can be an amazingly powerful experience during challenging times when making life changing decisions.Through coaching, you will develop more confidence and know more about where you are, where you are going and where you want to get to, as well as how to get there Bearing in mind the magnitude of the decisions you need to make if considering changing professional direction or starting your own business, there is a big possibility that there will be conscious or subconscious barriers involving issues such as a fear of failure and self doubt. Sometimes we are not even aware of the things that are holding us back. A coach can help you identify what is holding you back and work with you to overcome these barriers. A coach work with you, not only to provide support and encouragement, but also to hold you accountable.This can be crucial to making successful life changing decisions. Most people set themselves goals or make plans and then fail to follow them through (just think about new years resolutions).The coach ensures you do what you commit to achieving and as a result the coaching gives you momentum, resulting in new opportunities and helps you to experience change easier.You will have a clear sense that your desired future is not only possible, but it is feasible and perhaps even likely and predictable. For more information contact Charlotta Hughes Be Me life Coaching 07720 839 773 20

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Enfield College offers great part-time courses in hairdressing: There are plenty of guides to help you make the right decision, remember that you are changing careers because you’re unhappy with your current one. Try and visualise your ideal career. Helpful Guides: The Guardian: How to Change Your Career by Debbie Andalo How to get a Job You’ll Love: A Practical Guide to Unlocking Your Talents and Finding Your Ideal Career, by John Lees Career Change Handbook: How To Find Out What You’re Good at and Enjoy – and Get Someone to Pay You for it, by Graham Green. Career Change: A helpful web-based companion for planning and preparing for your next career move, by Alison Dixon and Hilary Nickell. By Patricia Conti

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things to do with the kids over the summer holidays With the summer holidays fast approaching it’s time to think about how to fill the long six weeks with entertaining experiences which all the family can enjoy together. Whether you’re looking for inspiration for local days out or a short break away from it all, EN Magazine has something for you. A local day out by car Lee Valley Park Farms Meet Tallulah the Tamworth pig, see Tinkerbell and Maurice the Golden Guernsey goats, get up close and personal with rabbits and guinea pigs at Hayes Hill farm. Then take the tractor or trailer ride to Holyfield Hall farm where the whole family will enjoy learning about how a modern dairy and arable farm operates.You can even

watch the cows being milked. One of the main new attractions in 2008 is ‘Rabbit World’. The rabbits have been moved from their smaller runs into more spacious houses, where they can roam around freely on the grass during the day. According to Farm Manager, James Broomfield, ‘’The idea was to create a more natural environment for the rabbits and allow the public to have more interaction with them.’’ Over in the yard, other developments have taken place. A range of pedigree animals have arrived, increasing the number of rare breeds held by the Farm. Amongst the new guests are Essex Pigs, Jacob Sheep and two Gloustershire Old Spot pigs called Daisy and Dot. In the spirit of all creatures

great and small, worms and ants have been arriving in their droves and the new exhibition entitled The World Beneath Your Feet which gives visitors the chance to see insects and animals which are normally buried far underground. Both the ant farm and wormery are designed to show how each group uses the ground as their home. While the ants can be seen gathering food, the worms leave behind trails in the soil to show where they have been. The interpretation informs how the worms are nature’s recyclers, ploughing the soil and breaking down material.Stubbins Hall Lane, Crooked Mile, Waltham Abbey, EN9 2EG Open weekdays 10am-4.30pm, weekends 10am-5.30pm., 01992 702200 A local day out by train For Your Eyes Only: Ian Fleming and James Bond The Imperial War Museum is home to numerous fascinating artifacts. The large exhibits gallery is the setting for some of the most important vehicles and weapons in recent history including a V2 rocket, several tanks and


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with women’s football appearing on TV helping to raise the profile of women’s football. Throughout the summer holidays Elite Feet offer course for children aged 2 ½ to 6 years and 6 ½ - 15 years, that both develop football skills in a fun environment, help to teach skills such as team work and learn about football in other countries. Courses are available for a morning; afternoon; whole day or a full week. The course includes: games, skills, drills and competitions as well as a Worldwide Curriculum where children learn about different countries, culture and

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enthusiasm for football, we can create the perfect environment where a child can learn and develop, irrespective of age ability or experience” said Daniel. For more information contact Elite Feet Football on 020 8292 5701 or 07983 351 415 email info@ www.

Things To Do Over The Summer be treated to a spectacular carnival weekend which somehow manages to incorporate a giant tiger, a Riostyle carnival and a stunning fireworks display. Journey time: by car approx 3hr, by train via London Euston approx 4hr. Where to stay: The Merseyview Apartments offer affordable twobedroom accommodation complete

the much-loved Spitfire airplane. Until March 1 2009, the museum also plays host to an exciting exhibition devoted to the work of Ian Fleming, the man who created the world’s most famous secret agent, James Bond. See film memorabilia from recent blockbusters Casino Royale and Die Another Day, including costumes worn by Daniel Craig and Halle Berry, and discover intriguing facts about this prolific and powerful writer’s life. Lambeth Road, London, SE1 Nearest tube: Lambeth North (Bakerloo line) or Elephant & Castle (Bakerloo and Northern line) Open daily 10am-6pm., 020 7416 5000

A family-focused city break Liverpool The diverse and energetic city of Liverpool is ideal for families and it’s not all about football! Start your cultural exploration at the fabulous Tate Liverpool, home to some of the very best art from the twentieth century.Visit on a Sunday and take part in fun creative family activities for children aged 5-12. Then discover the history of the British Empire’s second city and the port which waved goodbye to the Titanic at the Maritime Museum, enter WAG heaven in the shops of the Cavern Walks, and enjoy the culinary creations of numerous fantastic yet family-friendly restaurants. Finally, no trip would be complete without a visit to the Beatles Story where you can learn how the fab four met and became the most successful band of all time. And if that’s not enough activity for you, this year Liverpool is European Capital of Culture, so the summer schedule is packed with exhilarating events. See over 100 replicas of Liverpool’s conversation-starting artwork, the Superlambanana, around the city until August 25, and experience vibrant youth culture at Streetwaves music festival throughout June and July. If you can time your visit for the first weekend in August you’ll

with kitchen, washing machine and TV. It’s just a ten minute walk to Albert Dock, parking is available and even biscuits are included! Prices start at £80 per night. The Pineapple Hotel offers family rooms sleeping up to four people from £28.50pppn, just one mile from the city centre. Children aged 5-15 are just £15 a night including breakfast and under 5s are free. (, 07970 460320) A weekend in the great outdoors Norfolk Broads For an activity-packed weekend look no further than the fabulously flat vistas of the Norfolk Broads. To enjoy this peaceful unspoilt corner of the country take a walk on the Barton Broad boardwalk, suspended over the water. This 610m path winds its way through ancient swampy woodland and is a great place to see herons, tufted ducks and, if you’re really lucky, otters. But the best way to see the Broads is of course from the water. Boating opportunities are endless: learn to canoe or sail, or hire a unique wooden yacht from the Hunter Experience. These beautiful seafaring vessels have 23

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hand-built mahogany cabins and come complete with skipper so you can relax and enjoy the stupendous views. If the weather isn’t on your side, head to Southwold and enjoy the pier’s amusements and shops, or spend a day at the races at Great Yarmouth Racecourse where there’s a special play area for children and a café for families. Journey time to Great Yarmouth: by car approx 2hr 45min, by train via Liverpool Street approx 3hr 40min Where to stay: Great Yarmouth’s Comfort Hotel offers adjoining rooms, extra beds and cots for families, as well as satellite TV, heated outdoor pool and a superb seaside location.


Book online ten days in advance and get three nights for the price of two for stays between now and August 20. Prices start at around £110 per room. (, 01493 855070) For bumper facilities choose Vauxhall Holiday Park, also in Great Yarmouth, with its numerous sporting facilities, water world indoor pool and a caravan for every budget. Prices start from around £550 a week for four people. (, 01493 857231)

A beach retreat Watergate Bay, Cornwall Watergate Bay has something for everyone. Exhaust the kids with exhilarating extreme sports including kite surfing, paddlesurfing and the traction kite, as well as traditional surfing, with the Extreme Academy. Experienced instructors offer classes for all levels to suit everyone from nervous novices to cocky adrenalin junkies. The more sedate have over two miles of sandy beach on which to sunbathe or take a relaxing walk, and everyone will enjoy reconvening for a memorable lunch of fresh foodie treats

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FUNtastic Fun There’s something different for kids this summer. Team building and learning exercises are often used by large corporate organisations as a way of helping their executives to learn and improve skills such as communication, listening, problem solving and cooperation. FUNtastic Commotion now brings these proven and tested methods to Fun For Kids. The brainchild of local business woman Joss Broady is already creating a buzz with children and their

parents. “Organising kids’ parties and fun activity afternoons is the aim of FUNtastic Commotion”, said owner Joss Broady. “Parents are always on the look-out for new ideas for children’s parties and FUNtastic Commotion could be just what they are looking for. It’s a team game and has all the right mix of fun and excitement that children love, but it is also structured, stimulating and encourages decision making and team skills.” “Working with kids to give them a fun environment which they enjoy, gives them what they want, where at the same time we give the parents a break whilst watching their kids learning and developing valuable skills”. The format

of the event is that the group of up to 30 children are split into teams and move around each activity competing against the clock to complete challenge. The challenges are all designed to be fun, whilst encouraging both individual and team work, problem solving, leadership and communication. “Each event caters for up to 30 children and consists of six challenges, lasting between 1 ½ to 2 hours. The event is fully managed, with team leaders for each team, making sure

that everyone participates and learns from the group, shares good sportsmanship and has maximum fun! “We are fully insured and police checked. We can also organise catering to be supplied but most of our customers organise the party food and we just bring along the fun. All we need is a large hall or garden (weather permitting) but we already have contacts in many areas where we can introduce customers to local venues”. For more information, call 0800 2800 483

at the Beach Hut, or an inspiring dinner room for the kids. Prices start at £100 at Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen restaurant, per room per night, including breakfast. By Helen Ochyra where seasonal dishes are served up (, 01637 with a side order of stunning sea views. 860543) The bustling town of St Ives and the fascinating Eden Project are both less than an hour’s drive away, but you probably won’t want to leave the relaxed vibes of Watergate Bay in a hurry. Journey time: by car approx 5hr 45min, by train (to Newquay) via London Paddington approx 6hr or Professional tutoring that works Ryanair from Stansted approx t Reading t Focused, positive learning environment 1hr. t Spelling t Fully qualified teachers Where to stay, the Coach t English t Ages 6 - 16 House is an economical choice t Maths t GCSEs, SATs & 11+ for those who don’t need sea views but do want en suite Proven success with over 550 centres in 18 countries worldwide bathrooms, satellite TV and CALL NOW FOR A FREE ASSESSMENT comfort for all the family. Family Call: suites have a double bedroom, 020 8363 5008 Enfield bathroom and a twin or bunk Tel: 020 8363 5008

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SUMMER GARDENING By Bryan Hewitt, Head Gardener

at Myddelton House Gardens, Enfield


t last the summer is here and after a very wet spring, our flower beds are looking full and luxurious once again.Visitors have remarked that the roses at Myddelton House Gardens are looking particularly good this year, which is very much a result of the copious rain. Roses love plenty of moisture and if the weather is warm and moist, you will notice (along with many other plants) that the scented flowering varieties will exude an even stronger fragrance. The lawns also benefit from the heavy rainfall, which will in turn require more frequent cutting. Remember to raise the blades on the mower during dryer spells in order to keep the grass looking greener for longer. Traditionally, St Swithinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day (15th July) is the day for cutting box hedging. We have rather a lot of low-growing box surrounding some of the beds here at the Gardens, making it a huge task. Leaving the job until mid-July would make things difficult, as by then the bedding plants will have established themselves and their sprawling shoots

will make the job tricky. Clipping by hand with shears used to take me days, but not any more! If you have a lot of hedging, invest in an excellent Stihl 2-stroke hedge trimmer â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a great energy and time saving device. In late August I shall be cutting our great Yew hedges, which date back to the late 19th century. This is a huge annual operation as the hedges are 8 feet wide and almost 10 feet tall. If you have your own Yew trees, do remember not to compost the cuttings as they contain toxins which could leave a poisonous

residue. Mr Bowles famously kept two box hedged beds on the New River terrace in which he placed his cactus and succulent collection during the Summer. Today we maintain a special bed for the cactus and succulent collection under the vast, admired Wisteria Sinensis which dominates the Tudor Yew tree. This bed is situated in front of the iron bridge that once spanned a loop of the New River, which ran through the Gardens from 1608 to 1968. Many visitors ask our

gardeners if we leave the succulents and cacti outside all year. Obviously, the vast majority of the collection would succumb to the vagaries of the British Winter if left outside unprotected, but it is the damp cold rather than low temperatures, which causes problems. Whilst many species of cacti and succulents are frequently subjected to sub-zero temperatures in their native deserts, they ultimately survive due to the dry environment there. Here at Myddelton House, 26

Gardening some of our summer bedding plants were planted out in mid-May and the Impatiens (Busy Lizzie) were damaged by unexpected late frosts. Some of these had to be replaced and this does prove that the old gardening rule of not planting out the most tender plants until the beginning of June is true! If you’re lucky enough to have a greenhouse to keep the frost off your plants, this is the time of year to really make sure all dead material is removed and composted as soon as possible, as the high temperatures and moisture levels will encourage pests and diseases. Tomatoes and other greenhouse produce such as cucumbers will be in full production and removing the fruits as they ripen as well as picking out side shoots will encourage further cropping. Try to watch out for greenfly and other pests on roses,other ornamentals and fruits at this time. If you tend to plant shrubs or perennials with large gaps of bare earth between them, the isolated plants are more likely to be infested with pests than plants which are grown closer together. This is because the natural enemies of many of the pests are more able

tofind their quarry when the plants are growing close together. I like to think that plants are gregarious anyway! When possible, try to use organic products, as these don’t harm beneficial insects such as ladybirds or bees as much and they are the gardener’s friends. Bringing everything back in at the end of the Summer season is a mammoth operation here, which results in our glasshouses and the Victorian conservatory bursting at the seams with potted plants and trays of cuttings. But until then, let’s hope there will be plenty of sunshine and warm temperatures enabling you to spend time enjoying the fruits of your labours in your own garden. Most of the flowering shrubs will have given up the crown of their joyous flowers to the perennials which now start to come into their own. Happy Gardening!

Bryan Hewitt - pruning

The Gardens are open April to September weekdays 10.00am – 16.30pm and Sundays 12-4pm. To find out about events and activities taking place at Lee Valley Regional Park’s open spaces and sporting places this summer, go to


What’s On Enfield NCT (National Childbirth Trust) Nearly New Sale in your next magazine? sale of toys/clothes/things that are baby/kids/pregnancy related. Saturday 19th July 2008 10.30am – 12noon Enfield Grammar School, Upper School, Market Place, Enfield EN2 6LN Parking Available, Refreshments, Accompanied Children Free Entry Items for sale: toys, books, buggies, cots, games, childrens’ clothing, maternity wear and more! For more details contact: Christine on 07005 802199 or email The Enfield Art Circle will be holding its 76th Annual Exhibition July 26th to August 23rd 2008 at Capel Manor Horticultural & Environmental College (Duchess of Devonshire Building), Bullsmoor Lane, Enfield, EN1 4RQ. The exhibition is open daily and entry is FREE. Most works - oils, watercolours, pastels, ceramic, textiles etc - are for sale. Lord Ted Graham will open the show at the Members’ Private View on Friday, July 25th. ROMEO + JULIET By William Shakespeare ‘My only love sprung from my only hate’ FORTY HALL, FORTY HILL, ENFIELD EN2 Tuesday 8th July – Saturday 19th July 7.30pm Saturday matinees 2.30pm. No shows Sun & Mon  Adults £12, Concessions £9, Family Tickets £35, Bookings of 10 or more £6.50 per ticket


Alzheimer’s Society (enfield) Open Day Lee Valley Park Myddelton House Gardens (enfield) Bulls Cross, Enfield, EN2  9HG 06 July 2008 Time:  12:00 Visit the gardens on this charity open day. Contact Phone/Fax:  01992 702200 Contact Email: info@ Enfield Matters Event Enfield Strategic Partnership Kingsmead School Southbury Road, Enfield, EN1 1YQ 12 July 2008 09:30 Ticket Price:  Free Take part in our morning workshops on “Place Shaping” between 9:30 and 12:00. They will give you the opportunity to hear what work we are doing to improve our borough and the chance to have your say. From 12:00 to 2:30 there will be live music, dance displays, children’s entertainment, massage, health checks, a buffet, exhibition stands and much more. Everything is Free. Everyone is Welcome There will be free goodies to take home and a free raffle where you could win some great prizes. To book a place please contact Tina. Contact Phone/Fax:  020 8379 4498 Bandstand Concerts Forty Hall Enfield, EN2  9EU Date:  13 July 2008 Time:  03:00 Ticket Price:  Free Description:  Bandstand music Contact Email:  webmaster@

Fishy Fun Enfield Council Bush Hill Park Library Agricola Place, EN1 1DW Date:  01 August 2008 Time:  14:30 Duration:  1 hour(s) Ticket Price:  £1 deposit per family (refundable on attendance) Craft event for all ages. Library events are by ticket only, available from the branch starting Mon July 7, 2008 Contact Phone/Fax:  020 8379 1709

The Civil Service Retirement Fellowship, Enfield and Edmonton groups, holds meetings on the first Monday of the month in Enfield (except on Bank Holidays when it is the second Monday) 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.

My Newt (summer Event) Enfield Council Bush Hill Park Library Agricola Place, EN1 1DW Date:  11 August 2008 Time:  14:30 Ticket Price:  £1 deposit per family (refundable on attendance) Description:  library events are by ticket only, available from the branch starting Mon July 7, 2008 Contact Phone/Fax:  020 8379 1709

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 or contact Jacqui 07742 545605

Regular Events 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; or call Nathalie on 0779852419 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

Diabetic Exercise Club Keep fairly fit, Exercises to suit all levels of fitness at the Chase Diabetic Exercise Club.  Meet Mondays 6-7pm at Chase Farm Hospital.   All welcome, you do not have to be diabetic to benefit from regular exercise.   Contact Pauline on 0208 363 1568. Edmonton Camera Club Millfield House, Silver Street, Edmonton 7.45.   Visitors welcome, free entry for first four visits.   Check our website www.edmontoncameraclub. or ring Pete on 0208 363 1568. Albany Badminton Club Wednesday 8.30pm - 10pm at Albany Sports Hall The Standard is mixed from very good to beginners and

What’s On new players always welcome. Cost £5 a night £3 for students Dolls House Club Are you interested in making miniature items for dolls houses & their gardens? Would you like to chat with other enthusiasts?  Then why not come along to our  Dolls House Club  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 about the club 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 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 Soroptimists of Enfield and District Meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 8pm at the Methodist Church, West pole Street, Cockfosters. A guest

speaker will talk on varied and interesting subjects such as Enfield in the early 1900’s, Life of a Lady Butler, Radio Enfield and more. For information call 020 8364 2468 or 0208 367 5872 Enfield & District Fuchsia Society welcome new members. 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 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 DANCEADDICTION Ballroom and Latin dancing at St. Thomas’s Church Hall, Oakwood, N14 (5 mins walk from Oakwood tube). Good large floor and the very best in music. Some general

tuition of variations with emphasis on style, plus lots of friendly help for the less experienced. Hard-working, dedicated, very experienced teachers . 8.30 – 10.30 Tuesdays. £5. Free parking in large, safe car park. Enquiries to 020 8363 3636 L.I.S.T.D (BB & LA)

Live Music THIS SUMMER DAY. Bella Cora, an exciting and vibrant upper voice choir, bring summer nearer to you as they sing a wide variety of songs to warm your soul. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear them at the URC Church, Mill Lane, Broxbourne at 7.30 p.m. on Saturday, 5th July. Progamme on the door £7. Further details from Christine Poulton on 07956 917409 and do visit our website Saturday Morning Concerts Grange Park Methodist Church Old Park Ridings N21 Coffee at 10.15, Concert at 11.30 to 12.30 5th July Joanna Pullicino (mezzo soprano) 2nd August Adam Johnson (pianist) 6th Sept Abbraci Piano Quartet 4th Oct Jill Crossland (piano) 1st Nov Keith Nichols (jazz pianist) BIGBOPPA’S ROCK’N’ROLL CLUB Botany Bay Cricket Club, East Lodge Lane Enfield Unless stated otherwise all events are subject to doors opening at 7.30pm, shows start

at 8.45pm. Admission prices £5 for members and £7 for nonmembers. Guests welcome but must phone 020 8292 7562 as admission may be restricted Admission Members £8 Guests £10 MILLFIELD ARTS CENTRE Silver Street, Edmonton, London N18 1PJ. www. Box Office 020 8807 6680 Book Online : www. Transport - Tube Piccadilly Line to: Turnpike Lane Tube then buses 144, 217 or 231 or Arnos Grove Tube, then 34 bus or Bounds Green Tube, then 102 bus or Wood Green Tube, then 144 bus British Rail Liverpool Street – Silver Street and a 10-minute walk or bus 34,102 or 144 Thursday 24th – Friday 27th July 7.30pm The Academy Arts Ltd Amateur Youth Musical Theatre Production Company present Musicalmania. Following the success of their debut production High School Musical last summer The Academy Arts is back.  A show stopping musical with all the best songs and hits from your favourite West End and Broadway musicals live on the Millfield stage. Where else will you see Annie and Joseph and his Technicolor Dreamcoat alongside the girls and boys of Hairspray This show will certainly be a supercalifragilisticexpialidocious night out! A final performance will see the cast perform alongside professionals from the West End Stage. 24th & 25th July: £12.50      £9.50 Concessions


What’s On 26th & 27th July: All tickets £15.00 Guy Masterson presents: Scaramouche Jones Tuesday 15 and Wednesday 16 July 8pm Tickets £12 Concessions £10 Written & performed by Justin Butcher. Directed by Guy Masterson. “Storytelling at its best” (The Times) Absolution Tuesday 22, Wednesday 23 and Saturday 26 July Tuesday 9.15pm, Wednesday 7.30pm, and Saturday 6pm Tickets £5 single performance £8 double bill £10 triple bill or £15 for all 5 plays in 2nd week! Premiere of award winning writer, actor, comedian, Owen O’Neill’s new blackly comic play. Weights Thursday 24 July 7.30pm Tickets £5 single performance £8 double bill £10 triple bill or £15 - for all 5 plays in 2nd week!

1978: A gunshot in a gritty L.A. bar. A life changed forever. Lynn Manning’s poetic, musical, mesmerising – pulverising 2007 hit returns. An inspiring true story of one man’s unlikely triumph over adversity. Vincent Friday 25 July 7.30pm Tickets £5 single performance £8 double bill £10 triple bill or £15 for all 5 plays in 2nd week Paris 1890. Theo Van Gogh mourns the suicide of his beloved brother Vincent a week earlier. In Vincent’s own words from his many letters to Theo, Jim Jarrett gloriously recreates the world of the misunderstood genius. The Fairy and the Flowertots Fifi Live Sunday 31 August Monday 1 September 1pm and 3.30pm Tickets £14 (£12 concessions) It’s a stormy day in Flowertot garden, and look what’s been blown in on the breeze - a magical fairy! But wait – her wand has been swept away in

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the wind and the lost fairy has to get it back to return home. Who better to help her than everybody’s favourite Flowertot – Fifi Forget-Me-Not and her Flowertot friends! Wyllyotts Centre Darkes Lane Potters Bar Box Office 01707 645005 www.wyllyottscentre. Wednesday 9th – Saturday 12th July 7.30pm Sat Mat 3.00pm High School Musical – On Stage! Tickets: £8.00 - £12.00 Disney’s smash hit musical is now live on stage! Act4theatre Stage School presents this wonderful family show – Amateur Production. Wednesday 16th – Saturday 19th July 7.30pm Sat Mat 2.30pm Oliver! Tickets: £10.00, £8.00 concs Oliver! Is a wonderful mix of comedy poignancy and is a truly classic best loved British musical! Rare Productions – Amateur Production. Top Hat Stage School Summer 2008 Little Shop of Horrors

Mon 4th – Fri 8th Aug This summer, Top Hat Stage & Screen School are bringing their ever popular Holiday courses to Wyllyotts Theatre. This year they are looking for children aged 4 – 17 years to take part in the fantastic Little Shop of Horrors. Call 01727 812 666 for more information. Wizard Workshop Tues 12th or Weds 13th Aug 10.00am – 12.30pm Tickets: £9.00 Suitable for 5 years plus Learn more tricks of the trade from our master magician and create your very own box of tricks from scratch! Shadow Puppet Workshop Tues 19th Aug 10.30am – 12.30pm Tickets: £9.00 Suitable for children aged 5 years + Come along and make your own puppet circus! Once you have made your puppets you will get the chance to perform in the spotlight in front of an audience and take your puppets home after!

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