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July & August 2010

issue 29

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Magazine Days Out And Things To Do This Summer

Keeping Your Garden Blooming

Local News & What’s On

Things to do - Places to go - People to see

Hello and Welcome to the July and August 2010 issue of EN Magazine. Like many people EN Magazine is taking a summer break and this is our joint July/August issue. With the school summer holidays and people just wanting to go out for a summers day we take a look at things you can get up to. We investigate the top 10 attractions in London as well as some of the top destinations for day trips in the England within easy distance of London. We also look at a couple of local attractions including one of our favourites Paradise Wildlife Park. For many people the long days of sunshine mean an opportunity to get out into the garden. So with the gardeners at Capel Manor we bring you some top tips on how to keep your garden blooming this summer. We have also been busy launching an EN Magazine website, As well as back issues of EN Magazine available to read on-line we aim to bring you exclusive on-line articles as well as directories of local companies, events and clubs in the area.

Contents Page 4 - 15 Local News and Events Page 16 - 18 Keep Your Garden Blooming Page 19 - 27 Ideas for Things to Do and Places to Go this Summer Page 28 - 31 What’s On Local Business Services and Classified Advertising

We hope that you enjoy this issue of EN Magazine and take the time to visit our new website , www. Have a great summer and we look forward to bringing you our next issue in September.


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n Friday 11 June, Capel Manor College had the honour of a royal visit by Her Majesty the Queen. The Queen was invited to see the college working and to officially open the latest and most challenging development project to the College’s 30 acres of visitor gardens, the ‘Old Manor House Garden’. Governors, staff, students, sponsors and supporters of the College, were joined by the Lord Lieutenant of Greater London, Sir David Brewer, CMG JP and College Patron, the Duke of Devonshire, for this prestigious occasion, which saw the Queen take a tour of the College that included viewing displays by a select few students as well as

enjoying a whistle stop tour of Capel’s 30 acres of themed and model gardens. During Her visit the Queen was guided through key areas of Capel Manor’s beautiful gardens including the Walled and Victorian gardens in the historic parts of the estate.Then on to model gardens including 2007 RHS Chelsea Flower Show Silver Gilt medal winner, the ‘Growing Together in

Faith’ garden, and John Woods ‘Family Friendly’ garden, which is the evolution of 2010 RHS Chelsea Flower Show Gold medal winning ‘Upwardly Mobile’ garden. Before the grand opening of phase 1 of the Old Manor House Garden, the Queen was shown a garden dedicated to and opened by Her Majesty

Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother in 2001. The Queen was presented with a picture of the opening and a rose ‘Fantin Latour’, one of The Queen Mother’s favourites. College Governor and Chair of the Old Manor House Garden Project, Lady Salisbury, then led the Queen around the Old Manor House Garden, introducing the main sponsors

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This was a very special day for all members of the College and a ‘once in a lifetime’ chance to meet Her Majesty The Queen. Staff and students had the opportunity to demonstrate their exquisite skills to a much revered audience, within specialisms that closely match some of the Queen’s own personal interests. Those that met Her were impressed with Her plant knowledge and Her use of Latin plant names. Head of College, Madeline Hall said “What impressed me most was The Queen’s deep interest in the work of the students, the breadth of Her knowledge and Her obvious delight with students who loved what they were learning.” Chief Executive of Capel Manor, Steve Dowbiggin OBE said “It was an honour to have Her Majesty to visit us. I really enjoyed the day and will treasure the memory for the rest of my life.” Capel Manor have succeeded in ‘putting the manor back into Capel Manor Gardens’. Open 7 days a week to the general public March to October and weekdays only November to February, step into The Queen’s shoes and make sure you visit their latest ‘must-see’ garden as well as 30 acres of themed, model and historic gardens which will delight and inspire.

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Enfield Radio Broadcasting on 87.7FM R

adio Enfield, the hospital broadcasting station based at Chase Farm Hospital, has been granted a licence by Ofcom to broadcast on 87.7FM from 16th to 19th July inclusive as part of its 40th birthday celebrations. The broadcasts will be heard across the London Borough of Enfield and in the immediately surrounding areas, and will also be relayed via the station’s website on the internet (www.radioenfield. and on Hospedia Channel 1 within Chase Farm hospital as usual. Starting at 8am on 16th July,

the programme presenters are lining up almost 100 guests to take part over the four day broadcast, comprising local voluntary groups, emergency and council services, the three newly-elected MPs and local personalities. Local schools have also been invited to contribute items and music will be provided by local groups along with records mostly from the last 40 years reflecting a wide variety of musical tastes. The broadcasts will be launched by the Mayor of Enfield, Jayne Buckland, and the Chair of Barnet and Chase Farm NHS Trust, Baroness

Wall of New Barnet, and are being made in association with Enfield Strategic Partnership. Station Manager Andy Higgins said “This will give everyone in the borough a unique chance to listen in to Radio Enfield without the need to be admitted to Chase Farm Hospital! We decided to make this a celebration of Enfield by featuring as many organisations and prominent

individuals from the borough as we could. Although we often invite guests to take part in the hospital broadcasts, it has been a big challenge organising so many guests to take part in a short time but we are all very excited at the opportunity to cover the whole borough and everyone has worked hard to make it happen.” Additionally, the station

Local News and Events will be marking 100 years of The Latymer School being on the Haselbury Road site in Edmonton, where several of the founder members met back in the swinging 60s, with links to their annual summer reunion. Radio Enfield members past and present will return to the studios at Chase Farm to mark the birthday and help with the festivities, and the nightly request programmes for patients will go out as usual with the advantage that any relatives or friends at home can call in with messages and record requests for their loved ones in hospital and hear them broadcast on 87.7FM. During the broadcast, some volunteers will be receiving long service awards from June Snowdon, the President of the national Hospital Broadcasting Association (HBA), including founder members David Scarff and Howard White (40 years), Andy Higgins and Joe Forster (30 years), Andy Whiting and Tom Delaney (20 years) and Barry Davies (10 years). The original broadcasting team of seven founder members from 1970 will also be reunited in a onehour special, and the most requested record from 40 years of patients’ requests will also be revealed. “We never imagined 40 years ago that we would still be providing patients with their own radio station, said David Scarff, Deputy Chairman and Trustee. “Obviously technology has moved forward over the years with vinyl being replaced by CDs and CDs now making way for MP3 files. Also, in 1970 we only broadcast for

2 hours every Sunday night whereas the station is now on air 24 hours a day so anyone not able to sleep overnight can put their headphones on and tune in to pass away the time.”


Programme Director Joe Forster added “We have put together what we think is a strong line-up of guests from the Enfield area which we hope will provide an entertaining schedule for our 4 days on 87.7FM. I’m sure there will be something of interest for everyone whether they are interested in local history, recycling, fostering, amateur dramatics or volunteering, or have concerns over local crime or health issues; there are a wide range of guests lined up.” Andy Higgins added “No one likes to spend any time in hospital, but we hope Radio Enfield helps make that time just a little more bearable by presenting some entertaining programmes. Covering the whole borough will hopefully give anyone who has not yet had the pleasure of listening VIC SMITHS REVISED.indd to us in hospital a better idea of the kind of service we provide.”


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Steam & Country Show Comes to the Area in August T

he Enfield Steam & Country Show will be held on the August Bank Holiday weekend, Sunday 29th and Monday 30th August at Colesdale Farm, (between Northaw and Cuffley).

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members of the public can talk to the handlers and learn more about this gentle and hardworking breed. They will also be putting on a display in the main arena with the dogs working with specially designed carriages and generally demonstrating how versatile the breed is. There will also be two gun dog displays each day. In the morning the handlers will demonstrate how they train their dogs and in the

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If you have ever fancied being Robin Hood for the day now is your chance as a local archery club is organising ‘have-a-go-archery’ sessions. The wearing of green tights is not essential, blue jeans will do just as well.

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Groundforce Celebrate 500th task E

nfield’s very own green fingered volunteers ‘Groundforce Countryside Conservation Volunteers’ had their 20th anniversary this year, having been formed in May 1990 by the Green Belt Ranger.

Their first task back then was fencing a meadow in Fir and Pond Woods Nature Reserve, to introduce Shetland ponies to graze. Since then the merry band of volunteers have been kept constantly busy with such varied activities such as hedgelaying to fencing, pond clearance to rhododendron “bashing”, amongst other tasks. The dedicated band of volunteers venture out rain or shine, on alternate Wednesdays to enjoy a bit of

physical activity, carrying out practical conservation tasks in the parks and open spaces in Enfield and the Green Belt, coordinated and led by Enfield Council’s Parks Outreach Team. Groundforce celebrated their 500th task on Wednesday 9th June, by carrying out some footpath maintenance on a permissive path from Trent Country Park to Ferny Hill, followed by a celebratory lunch. Past volunteers joined the current group, along with some of the recipients of their hard work. Deputy Mayor Christiana During, gave a short speech, thanking the volunteers for the role they played in looking after the parks and open spaces of Enfield, including the


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The ride, to raise funds to help eliminate the causes of homelessness, is being undertaken by two of the estate agents colleagues and will visit forty other branches as it winds its 400 mile way from Tonbridge in Kent, through London to Southville just outside Bristol.

Michael Stoop and Mark Harrison are directors of Xperience, an estate agency group that contains Ellis and Co. They are riding on behalf of the Estate Agency Foundation, a charity set up by the estate agency industry to tackle homelessness in the UK. All funds raised by the Foundation’s activities are given to ten leading homeless charities including Shelter, Crisis and the Salvation Army. Richard Oughton,

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Direct from the USA. . . The Magic of Motown is coming to town. L ive on stage it’s the music of the Temptations, Diana Ross & The Supremes, Four Tops, Stevie Wonder, Jackson 5, Marvin Gaye, Lionel Richie, Martha Reeves, Isley Brothers and scores more at the Wyllyotts Theatre, Potters Bar. “It’s the best live Motown tribute concert show on tour,” says producer Michael Taylor. “It’s not that it’s superblychoreographed, it’s not the 36 million-selling hits, it’s not the dozens of dazzling costume changes featured that make it the UK’s busiest production on tour,” he adds. “It’s the fact that it faithfully reproduces that elusive Detroit sound.”

In 2009 The Magic of Motown presented sell-out shows throughout the UK – from London’s O2, Glasgow’s SECC, Cardiff’s Wales Millennium Centre and the Belfast Waterfront. All this has led to its biggest ever tour. The Magic of Motown is set to clock up more than 150 dates in 2010 as the world celebrates 50 years of classic hits. Charting Motown’s rise from its first, 1960 million-selling hit to being heralded as the world’s greatest record label. The production revives all time favourites like: Stop in the Name of Love; Signed, Sealed, Delivered; My Guy;

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What Becomes of the Broken Hearted; I Heard it Through the Grapevine; Endless Love; All Night Long; Heatwave; I’m Coming Out; Why Do Fools Fall in Love; Get Ready; Ain’t Too Proud to Beg; My Girl; I Want You Back; I’ll Be There; Blame it on the Boogie and Dancing in the Street. “Sixties classics give way to present-day masterpieces from Lionel Richie and Diana Ross,” says Michael. “Sadly, many of the original Motown legends are either no longer with us or longer touring. The Magic of Motown is the nearest you’ll get to authentically capturing their incredible musical legacy in a live show. Our young cast is able to reflect the exuberance and excitement of these songs as they were originally performed.” Equal care is taken to reproduce the original look of the Motown stars on stage. It was not just the music that set Berry Gordy’s (Motown’s founder) signings apart from all other hit singers of the time. For mass market appeal, artistes’ images were carefully controlled from dress and

choreography, right down to their manners. Michael says: “Thus we’ve employed the services of top costume designer Claire Davis to create a fabulous selection of colourful costumes for the cast while leading man Andre Lejaune is responsible for choreographing the cast to perform the intricate dance moves for which Motown stars were famous.” With the production presenting so many shows this coming year, Michael says there will be “nowhere to run, nowhere to hide” to keep you away from the Magic of Motown in 2010.”

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Raising Funds To Help Build Schools In Africa F

ollowing the success of their Charity Casino Night at the Willow Restaurant in WInchmore Hill, where local business women; Julia Sondack, Rosy Holt and Sue Calabrese raised over £1000 for their Childreach International Tanzania project, they ‘borrowed’ a beautiful Garden in Wellington Rd, Bush Hill Park and held a quintessential, English tea party. On the 13th June. crisp white table cloths, china tea plates, cups and saucers adorned the tables with elaborate cake stands heaving under the strain of gorgeous homemade cakes and perfectly cut sandwiches and of course plenty of scones, jam and cream!

Their aim is to reach a target of £2200 each in order to travel out to Mwanda, a rural district at the foothills of Kilimanjaro, near Moshi in Tanzania to help construct

14 toilet holes, refurbish classrooms and a kitchen all of which are either non-existent or in a poor state of affairs. The aim of Childreach is to help children unlock their full potential in the developing world, by working hand in hand with children and their families, providing sustainable solutions leading to self sufficiency. As further funds are still needed, they are holding a couple more events in the area

this month. One for the ladies - a perfect pamper morning on Friday 9th July at the Willow Restaurant, 235 WInchmore Hill Rd from 9.30 - 12.30 am. Then another for gentlemen golfers on Wednesday 14th July at Enfield Golf Club - tee off at 9am. If you would like further details on either of these events or would wish to help in some way then please call Julia on 07812 575325 or review her page on www.

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’m writing this at the end of June, after a hot, dry week in the gardens at Capel Manor and on my allotment. I’ve been asked to pass on some watering advice as a lot of plants are beginning to flag in the heat: the strong breeze has made things dry out even more quickly. We typically only get 20 to 22 inches (50 – 55 cm) of rain per year in the Enfield region which is the same as Beirut, which we tend to think of as a desert region! Other parts of Britain get two or three times this amount, so we need to water our plants more than other areas. It has certainly felt like this in the past couple of weeks as newly planted areas need a lot more water than just the small amount of rain we’ve had to keep them alive. If you mulched your plants as advised in this column in early spring your established plants should be holding up well in the recent dry spell. Newer plantings of either bare-root or potgrown plants are more likely to be suffering as their roots may not have spread out enough to reach the available water. The other problem areas are

plants in containers, pots and hanging baskets, where there is little compost in relation to the amount of plant material they contain. The root run is obviously restricted to the container and the plants’ leaves tend to prevent any rain we do have reaching the compost’s surface, compounding the problem. Compost tends to shrink in containers making rewetting tricky and potentially wasteful of both time and water. Here are some ways of making the watering process more efficient and easier. This time of year is when we are often away on holiday for a week or more so unless you have a gardener or a kind neighbour to water for you some of your plants will suffer whilst you are away. The most vulnerable are hanging baskets as they typically contain a large number of bedding plants which grow quickly and need lots of water. I’d recommend setting up an automatic irrigation system running off a battery-powered timer: this is available from most garden centres as a starter kit for a reasonable price. The timer fits onto a mains tap and a pipe of

typically 12mm diameter is connected to reach near to the hanging baskets that need watering. Smaller diameter pipes (4mm) are then connected to the feeder pipe and lead to micro jets or misters placed in the hanging basket, more than one may be needed if the basket is a large one. Depending on whether you used water-retaining gel in the compost mix or not, you will need to water every other day or daily in the hottest weather. The best time to water is in the early morning before the sun becomes too strong: set the timer for 5 or 6 o’clock in the morning for 5 minutes to start with and keep an eye on things for a few days to check that enough water is reaching the plants. Watering in the morning means that evaporation losses are much lower and unlike evening watering the foliage doesn’t stay wet for too long so reduces fungal problems. Containers and pots can also be watered using this system and I’ve had up to 20 pots and containers watered at home using just one timer and feed pipe with lots of misters connected to it with no problems. Other ways of making pots and containers easier to water are to stand them in saucers which act as a reservoir of water, or group them together in gravel trays which you can fill up before going on holiday. Move your pots to a shady area if possible and cover them with horticultural fleece to reduce evaporation. Pots should have a watering gap between the top of the rim and the compost’s surface of 1.5 to 3cm depending on the pot size (plastic pots usually have a moulded rim: if you fill with compost to the bottom of the rim this leaves the correct watering gap) and the best method is to fill the pot with water to the brim, leave 5 minutes and repeat, to ensure thorough wetting. If a small pot is completely dried out then try dunking it in a bucket of water for quick results.



Gardening Recently planted bedding plants will only have shallow roots and will need extra water until they settle down. If you have a sprinkler licence then a sprinkler is a good way of watering a large area evenly and thoroughly. Otherwise spot water with a hose or watering can. Spot watering is best for larger plants as just the soil around the plant needs to be watered and the bare soil will stay dry and this will help prevent weed seed germination. Water the soil rather than the leaves to prevent leaf scorch and make the watering more efficient. It is better to water thoroughly once a week than give plants a light water daily as light waterings can evaporate before the water reaches the plants’ roots. A quick scrape back of the soil will tell you how moist the soil is under the surface and how far the water has travelled into the soil. You will probably be surprised at how dry the soil is despite the watering you have just done. Ideally water in the early morning but lots of us don’t have time to do that so the evening will be fine: do watch out for slug and snail problems as they will be attracted by the damp soil and head towards your plants, so control them using your favourite method. Other watering equipment you might see at the garden centres include popup sprinklers for lawns (I don’t water my home lawns and they always recover in the autumn when the rain increases) and porous soaker hoses made from recycled tyres, which I have found tend not to work in hard water areas such as ours as they block up with limescale too easily. Small pumps are available which can be used to run a hosepipe from your water-butt (this is legal even during a hosepipe ban) which is quicker than using a watering can.

that’s a 12C drop – no wonder it felt cold! Fortunately things have warmed up now and the new plantings for the Queen’s visit have settled in well. We’re especially pleased with the new roses which are flowering well and putting on lots of new growth. Our routine maintenance includes removing the dead flowers (dead-heading) to encourage new flowers to develop, and checking for pests and diseases. The worst problems we’re seeing at the moment are black spot, powdery mildew and aphid build up. If the damage looks as it’s going to get too great then pesticide sprays are available: try to find one that won’t harm the bees as they have suffered a sharp decline in numbers in recent years. Dead-heading will encourage repeat-flowering on a lot of garden plants eg dahlias so is worth doing unless you want to save the seed heads on the plant for winter interest, and many of them do look good with the frost on them in the winter sun. On to some jobs to do in your garden over the next couple of months.

We’re cutting the lawns at Capel weekly now, but if the dry weather continues we will raise the height of cut another notch to help prevent the grass from being stressed so much. Cutting the On to other things in the garden! grass and edging the lawns is one of the quickest ways of making a garden look Well we did warn you that we might tidier. Some of the tall or floppy plants in see some frosts in May, and the middle of the herbaceous borders need staking to the month saw an overnight low of -5C in keep them looking tidy, and if you do it Capel Manor’s Walled Garden. The same now they will soon grow enough to hide day a year ago had 7C as the minimum so their supports. Many spring-flowering shrubs can be pruned now: provides servicing, spares do check in a and repairs for all major good gardening lawn mower makes book though to including ride on models Tool & Plant Hire make sure that Free local collection you won’t be removing next and delivery service* year’s flower *conditions apply buds if you prune incorrectly. It is rear of 5-23 Dellsome Lane Welham Green AL9 7DY 07939 259 672 worth doing this


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though to keep the shrub in shape and healthy. Onto the kitchen garden! A lot of soft fruit will be ready to harvest soon and needs protecting with netting to prevent birds taking your crop. This applies especially to cherries and redcurrants, but once they have eaten them they will move on to the other fruit! Apples and pears need thinning out to give better sized and healthier fruit. Aim for clusters of no more than 4 fruit, removing the short-stalked “King Fruit” and removing misshapen or damaged fruitlets, and a spacing of 10 – 15cm between clusters. Stone fruit such as plums and peaches also need thinning: plums in a similar way to apples and peaches to 10 – 15cm between fruits. Gooseberries need to be thinned: typically remove half of the fruit to allow the remaining crop to reach a larger size. The thinnings can be used for crumbles and pies! If you planted potatoes you might be lucky enough to be able to take a crop from your first earlies: mine have been delayed by a couple of weeks due to the heavy May frost cutting the foliage right back despite earthing them up. Pinch out side-shoots on tomatoes if they are a cordon variety but not a bush type. There is still time to sow quickly maturing crops such a stump-rooted carrots, lettuce, raddish etc. A final tip: a few minutes a week with a hoe in this dry weather quickly kills off weed seedlings and keeps beds and borders weed-free. Happy Gardening! Martin Day Capel Manor

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ith the school holidays almost upon us many parents will be wondering just what to do with their little ones over the summer break. Or those with out kids may just fancy a day out now we have the longer days of summer.

displays major works by Bonnard, Matisse, Picasso, Rothko, Dalí, Pollock and Warhol, as well as contemporary work, exhibitions and installations. Entry is free but special exhibitions require tickets.

EN Magazine in association with Visit London brings you a guide to the top ten attractions by visitor numbers in London.

National Gallery The National Gallery houses one of the greatest collections of Western European painting in the world. With art works ranging from 1250 to 1900, inside the ©Britainonview / Ingrid Rasmussen National Gallery you can see work by Botticelli, da Vinci, Rembrandt, Turner, Van Gogh, Cézanne, Caravaggio, Canaletto and Stubbs. Entry is Science Museum free except for special exhibitions require From the future of space travel to tickets. asking that difficult question, “Who am   I?”, the Science Museum makes your Natural History Museum brain perform Olympic-standard mental As well as the permanent (and gymnastics. See, touch and experience permanently fascinating!) dinosaur the major scientific advances of the last exhibition, the Natural History Museum 300 years; don’t forget the awesome Imax boasts a collection of the biggest, tallest cinema. Entry is free but some of the and rarest animals in exhibitions require tickets. the world. See a life  sized Blue Whale, a 40Victoria and Albert Museum million-year-old spider The V&A celebrates art and design and the amazing new with 3,000 years worth of amazing Darwin Centre. Entry artefacts from around the world. A real is free but once again treasure trove of goodies, you never look out for special know what you’ll discover next: furniture, exhibitions require paintings, sculpture, metalwork, and tickets. textiles, the list goes on and on… Entry is   free but special exhibitions require tickets.  The London Eye   The London Eye Madame Tussauds is a major feature of At Madame Tussauds, you’ll come London’s skyline. It face-to-face with some of the world’s is the world’s highest most famous faces. From Shakespeare observation wheel, to Britney, you’ll meet influential figures with 32 capsules, each from showbiz, sport, politics and even weighing 10 tonnes, Royalty. Sing along with Kylie; strike a and holding up to 25 penalty with Rooney or receive a once-inpeople. Climb aboard a-lifetime audience with Her Majesty the for a breathtaking Queen. experience, offering   you unforgettable views The Tower of London of more than 55 of Take a tour with one of the Yeoman London’s most famous Warders around the Tower of London, landmarks – all in just one of the world’s most famous buildings. 30 minutes! Discover its 900-year history as a royal

The British Museum The world-famous British Museum exhibits the works of man from prehistoric to modern times from around the world. Highlights include the Rosetta Stone, the Parthenon sculptures, and the mummies in the Ancient Egypt collection. Entry is free but special exhibitions require tickets. Tate Modern The impressive Tate Modern is Britain’s national museum of modern art. Housed in the former Bankside Power Station beside the Thames, the gallery ©Britainonview / - Britain on View


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When cartoonist Kourtney Harper imparted the story of Guy Fawkes to her young nephew, he asked her why a fox would want to bomb Parliament. It was through this naive misunderstanding that another type of history was made - the birth of Guy Fox. In 2000, Kourtney went on to establish Guy Fox History Project Limited, an educational London charity that engages children with local history through art workshops. They have a simple mission: To create innovative activities and publications that encourage children to explore the neighbourhood around them, with its eponymous cartoon fox figure and revealing tag line, “history on the sly”. To help fund community projects, Kourtney decided to produce and sell the Guy Fox London Children’s Map £2.95. An easy-to-use, highly illustrated, simplified yet accurate graphic pocket map. It features over 150 child-friendly attractions in London. “The first edition of the London Children’s Map sold out in six months,” she says, “and we have recently published the 10th Edition”, and also a French translation! Kourtney has found that the map can really help children and young adults understand and get excited about their London experience and help develop independent, inquiring minds and boost self confidence . . . and it comes with free stickers! The Guy Fox London Children’s Map is sold at many London tourist attractions, at good bookstores, and online and now at the new Enfield Tourist Information Centre at the Dugdale Centre, staffed Tues-Fri 11am-3pm. Guy Fox also publish a Family Newsletter three times a year; it features familyfriendly events and activities across London which is free to download www. Guy Fox History Project receives no government or statutory funding. If you would like to get involved get in touch!


palace, prison and place of execution, arsenal, jewel house and zoo! Gaze up at the White Tower, tiptoe through a medieval king’s bedchamber and marvel at the Crown Jewels. National Maritime Museum One of the world’s greatest maritime museums, the National Maritime Museum contains models, paintings and trophies from every continent. Find out about the traditions of maritime London, recall the romance of great ocean liners, and study the controversial history of trade across the Atlantic. Entry is free but special exhibitions require tickets. For more information visit www.

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Giving Musical Talent A Chance


ou may remember that in May’s edition of EN Magazine we wrote an article about The Music Shack, the newly founded musical studio and practice venue in Enfield. As well as offering studios for bands to practice and rehearse, Music Shack’s owner, Steve Besemer, also offers drum lesson based on his 26 years experience as a professional drummer and teacher. EN Magazine sent our very own wannabe Keith Moon over to the Music Shack for a 20 minute taster lesson. Steve started the lesson by making a very bold claim. “I can teach anyone to play the drums within 45 minutes” he proudly declared. We began the lesson with Steve going through in detail what each of the drums does and what they’re called. “Its important for students to understand a bit of the background of each of the drums before we start playing” explained Steve. He then went on to explain that he doesn’t always teach students straight how to begin EN mag_Layout 1 away 28/06/2010 16:30 Page 1 reading sheet music. “Often students

Things To Do This Summer will come to me saying they want to play a certain style of beat so we’ll focus on basic rhythms first by drumming along to a song such as ‘Losing my Religion’ by REM which has a very simple beat and then progress onto the student’s choice in beat” carried on Steve. Once the talking was over and Steve knew what I wanted to achieve from the lesson we then began with the actual drumming. Steve sat on one kit and I was on the other and we began with a very simple beat on the foot drum which provides the bass, and the snare drum with my left hand. “The most important thing about drumming” explained Steve “is timekeeping and the ability to be able to play to time, as it’s usually the drummer in the bad who will dictate the speed of the music” so with that he made me count out every beat of every bar. Once I’d mastered the basic beat we then added playing the high-hat with my right hand and hey presto - I was drumming a beat, albeit a very basic one but a beat all the same. The last thing we added was opening and closing the high-hat with my left foot and with a bit of practice I finally had both arms and legs working at different times. Who says men can’t

multi-task, hey?! Within half an hour of arriving I could say that I was able to play the drums so once again Steve’s claim to teach anyone within 45 minutes was proven right. Steve offers drum lessons at the Music Shack at times to suit students. A 30 minute lesson costs £15 and an hour’s lesson is £25. As well as the drum lessons the Music Shack has two fully equipped practice studios for bands available to hire for £10 per hour and will shortly have a fully licenced bar area and chillout area. The Music Shack is open from 10am to 11pm Mondays to Saturdays and 10am to 10pm on Sundays and public holidays. For more information, or to book a lesson or rehearsal room please contact the Music Shack on 020 8804 4272 or 07943 027059 or have a look at their Facebook page at musicshack.


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com. There will be a daily presentation at 3pm by the tigers telling the history of the Shaolin Monks and show how tigers are so very important to the Shaolin movements. There will also be presentations about the Big Cat Sanctuary (in Kent) which is owned by the Sampson family who run the award winning Paradise Wildlife Park. Tiger Mania is in addition to the regular attractions at Paradise including Tumble Jungle and Starbucks Coffee, adventure playgrounds, Paradise Lagoon paddling pool, daily shows, children’s rides and the fantastic family friendly Animal Park with zebras, penguins, camels, zebras, lemurs, meerkats and lots of summer babies. For more information go to www. or call 01992 470490

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ll parents want the best for their children but in the long summer holidays how can you ensure that their diet stays healthy and nutritious providing them with everything they need for now and their future. There is always so much in the news about healthy eating nowadays including most worryingly childhood obesity, but having a healthy child doesn’t just mean maintaining a healthy weight. There are so many other aspects of human development that are influenced by the type of foods your child consumes.   Babies and teenagers in particular are growing and developing at a phenomenal rate. This needs to be supported by a whole variety of vitamins and minerals alongside a specific balance of fats, proteins, carbohydrates, fibre and water.   Strong healthy bones Asking a youngster to start thinking about osteoporosis is like asking them to invest their pocket money in a pension! However in both instances it is best to start young and investing in bone strength is more likely to give better returns than investing in the stock market! Our bones are built up in our youth and once we hit our thirties their strength starts to decline. In order to avoid problems later on, one of the best things we can do is eat a diet full of calcium plus other minerals which help calcium to do its job. Calcium is found in dairy foods but also in green leafy vegetables, broccoli or seeds such as sesame or sunflower. Adding seeds to mueslis or using them as snacks is a good way to include these important foods in our diets. Tahini is made from sesame seeds and can be eaten with pitta bread or vegetables for dipping and may be something your child enjoys particularly if they already like the more well-known hummus. If foods are unfamiliar, introduce them one at a time not altogether so there are lots on the plate that the child does not recognise. Also remember that foods can sometimes be easily disguised and added to pasta sauces, mashed potatoes and other things with which they are already familiar.


Vitamin D is vital for the functioning of calcium. Getting your children out in the fresh air can help to naturally increase vitamin D levels and improve bone strength. Vitamin D will be very limited during the winter months but can be stored in the body so it is particularly important to build up stores during the summer months. Exercise is also good for building strong bones – just the normal childhood games involving running and jumping as well as the more structured kinds such as football or dancing Fizzy drinks on the other hand are bad news because they can cause calcium to be lost from bones decreasing their strength. Intake of fizzy drinks should be limited. In preference use fruit juices diluted with water, or just encourage the drinking of plain water. Brain food Before the age of three the brain is developing particularly fast. Over half of the human brain is made from fat but a diet high in saturated fats (ice cream, biscuits, cakes and fried foods) is not the right kind. The best source comes from oily fish such as salmon, sardines or mackerel. These are all good on wholemeal toast for quick meals at home both in summer and winter. Once again the oils need other nutrients to help them convert to those “little grey cells”. Good choices would be pumpkin seeds, avocadoes, wholegrains (brown rice, pasta or bread). These could all form part of packed lunches on family days out over the summer. Boosting immunity Many parents find that that once their children are at school or nursery, they start to pick up one bug after another with a constant round of coughs, colds and sore throats. The immune system of a young child has not yet developed and this one of the reasons why infections can occur so often. Many of the foods mentioned above can also help to boost immunity. In addition berries, oranges and grapefruits are full of vitamin C which is vital for the immune system. Kids can help making smoothies which include these fruits. Try mixing them with plain probiotic yoghurts which are also good for helping the digestive system to keep healthy because of the friendly bacteria they contain.

Establishing a good relationship with food Establishing a relaxed relationship with food is very important and for this reasons I suggest making sure that your child is following a good balanced diet for, let’s say, 80% of the time. Don’t worry too much about the other 20%. I believe that if you are too strict about foods you can create a worse situation later on with them rebelling and binging once they are out of your clutches. You can’t control what they eat all of the time, particularly once they are out and about with their friends over the summer months. It may also be best not to call foods “bad” or use terms such as “being good” in relation to food intake. Foods should also not be used as “treats” or as bribes or rewards. I advise this because it seems to help avoid setting up a pattern of comfort eating later in life which can lead to gaining weight and other health problems. There are plenty of other things that can be used for rewards – magazines or comics for example or trips to the park or swimming pool – even better! Try to replace sugary snacks with healthy alternatives – hummus and carrots or cucumber for example. Apples are excellent choices and great for energy levels. Including these in packed lunches is just as easy as biscuits or sweets. Encourage children to help you in preparing foods. They usually love to be involved in cooking and over the summer holidays there should hopefully be far more time for such activities. By Rosalind Clay A-Star Nutrition 07535 209025

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ondon is very difficult to leave. You could spend a lifetime there, let alone a holiday, without getting bored. But London isn’t England: there’s so much to see and do beyond the extremities of the Underground so why not consider some longer day trips. The same routes that bring millions of commuters into the capital daily can be used to advantage as highways to adventure. We’ve selected ten of the best and, within minutes of breakfasting in the capital, visitors can be on their way to a stately home, seaside resort or historic city, confident they will be back in time for the nightlife. Seaside delights: Brighton. It was the fun-loving Prince Regent, later King George IV, who made this resort fashionable, building the exotic, orientalstyle Royal Pavilion as his pleasure dome in 1822. Brighton hasn’t been out of fashion since. City and seaside combine in a heady mixture. Go out to sea without getting your feet wet by strolling along the pier. Renowned for its shopping and nightlife, Brighton’s population is predominantly young, its pace frenetic.

Centres of learning: ©Britainonview / - Britain on View Oxford, and Cambridge. Two of the world’s oldest universities are north-west and north of London respectively. Oxford was founded in the 12th century, beating its rival by a few decades. At both, you can go punting along the river, though the bicycle is the preferred means of transport. Neither has a central campus: Oxford – the ‘city of dreaming spires’ - has 39 separate colleges; 31 make up the University of Cambridge. Stroll around the quadrangles or ‘courts’ at selected times – usually in the afternoons (times vary). The cities have remarkable museums: Oxford’s Ashmolean is the grand-daddy of Tolkien and Lewis Carroll (Oxford) to museums, dating from 1683; Cambridge Charles Darwin and Maynard Keynes has the Fitzwilliam. Walk streets trod by (Cambridge). innumerable famous folk: from J.R.R.

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©Britainonview / - Britain on View Spa city: Bath. The Romans were quick to make use of the hot thermal waters gushing out of the rock that Bath stands upon. Tour their bath, then bathe in modern thermal pools (complemented by wide ranging spa treatments) at the Thermae Spa. Long fashionable, the city is full of elegant 18th century neoclassical architecture which has earned it World Heritage City status from UNESCO. Just 20 km west is a bigger neighbour: Bristol with its landmark suspension bridge across the Avon Gorge; a lively arts scene; a new shopping hub, Cabot Circus; and the world’s first iron-hulled ocean liner, SS Great Britain. Midsummer night’s dream: Stratford-upon-Avon. This Heart of England market town put itself on the map in 1564 when poet and playwright, William Shakespeare was born. Tour his birthplace and other properties linked to the Bard. A new Royal Shakespeare Theatre is set to open in 2010; in the meantime, it’s possible to take in a performance at the Courtyard Theatre. Nearby is Warwick, location of an iconic castle that brings medieval England to life, with all its chivalry, romance and gore.


Viking stronghold: York. Thanks to a fast train service, this historic walled city 337 km north of London is within the realms of day-trip territory. Attractions include a Minster church filled with rainbow-coloured stained glass; shopping along medieval cobbled streets, a chance to step back a thousand years to the city’s Viking past at the Jorvik Centre; museums; regular festivals and daily ghost walks. ©Britainonview / Doug McKinlay

A café culture is epitomised by Betty’s, where tea and cakes is a gastronomic experience. Royal castle: Windsor. While York is many leagues beyond the capital, Windsor is almost next-door. Its focal point is world’s largest and oldest inhabited royal castle, towering above the Thames. The preferred home of the

Things To Do This Summer monarch, you will know when Queen Elizabeth II is in residence as the Royal Standard flies from the ramparts. Don’t miss Queen Mary’s intricate doll’s house with its working lifts and water system. Cross the bridge into Eton, famed for its boys’ school which has tutored 19 British prime ministers and see the exclusive graffiti on the desks! Home most stately: Woburn Abbey. Home to the Dukes of Bedford for 400 years, Woburn is a feast of art and extravagance, embellished with fine furniture, old masters, gold, silver and porcelain. The tradition of afternoon tea reputedly originated here, circa 1840, and you can partake too, in the Duchess’ Tea Room. Outside, deer roam a spacious park, and there’s a new exhibition of monumental sculpture.   Green and pleasant land: the Cotswold Hills. Think picture-perfect towns and villages of golden stone, tea shops, and countryside of rolling hills and meadows, dotted with gardens and historic houses. One, Snowshill Manor, contains a collection of artefacts so large its eccentric owner was forced to live in an adjacent cottage. The region sweeps in a wide arc

north-eastwards from Bath and is best seen by car or on a bus tour. Towns such as Chipping Campden, Broadway and Bourton-onthe-Water are deservedly popular. So delightful that many celebrities, from Kate Winslet to Liz Hurley, choose to live hereabouts.   Luxury training: Orient Express British Pullman. A train of opulent carriages with starched tablecloths, polished mahogany decor, and white-suited attendants, pulls out of London’s Victoria station every few days. It heads for day-trip destinations including gardens of Kent and Sussex, Hever or Leeds Castle, with everything arranged, including fine dining as the countryside flashes by. Decadent perhaps, but a great way to celebrate a special occasion. 

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What’s On THINGS TO DO IN JUly and August EDFAS Enfield Decorative and Fine Arts Society meets on the last Thursday of each month (except Aug and Dec) at St Paul’s Community Centre, Church Street, Enfield, coffee 10 .0010.30 a.m, followed by interesting and informative lectures, we also run outings and Study Days.  Annual subscription £28, guest fee for lectures £5.  Further information contact 020 8882 5340 or 020 8367 3171   COURSES FOR ADULTS ENFIELD BAPTIST CHURCH, Cecil Road and UNITED REFORMED CHURCH, Palmers Green Starting in September daytime 2 hour sessions of 10 or 20 weeks. Come and learn more about subjects as diverse as: History English Literature, History of London, Understanding Music, Art History, Geology, History of St. Petersburg New five week evening course on FILM STUDIES starting Monday, 20.9.2010 Details in WEA brochure in library. or contact 0208 882 0615/0208 882 0207. The Walker Cricket Ground – the premier sporting venue in North London, based in Southgate London N14 is proud to present the forthcoming events and sports activities:   Principal Theatre Company @ The Walker Ground Presents Open Air Produtions of: Macbeth – The Taming of the Shrew, 6th – 10th July 2010 For more information: www.  or   Adult Squash Coaching with Lucie – Thursday 17th, 24th and 1st July Want to learn how to play squash or generally improve your game.  Get your shots, technique, movement and game tactics right.  For more information  


Adult Health & Fitness Coaching with Gary – Tuesday 22nd, 29th, 6th and 13th July Join Gary our ex-Metropolitan Police personal trainer, instructor and professional personal fitness trainer for our new summer fitness classes! Whether your goal is weight loss for the summer holidays, general health and fitness or sport specific conditioning – there’s something for everyone. For more information: www.   Walker Ground 5 A-Side Football Tournament 2010 13th – 15th July 2010 Following another successful tournament in 2009, the Walker Cup, Ladies/Juniors Trophy and Walker Trophy will be held over three separate days in 2010.  I am sure Old Minchendenians will be keen to retain the cup this year. You are invited to enter a Team in this years Football Competition at the Walker Ground the Tournaments will take place between 6pm and 9pm. For more information: www.   Oakhill Tigers are looking for children aged 7 & 8 for the 2010/11 season to play in their teams.  Contact Head Coach – Dave Marett.  Tel: 07931 434355 Email: davecmarett@hotmail.   Racketball Mornings on Monday, Thursday and Friday 9.30-11.00am - £5 per session Sessions to include: Shot practice, game tactics, movement, games (Beginners welcome).  Stay and have a coffee after! Afternoon Tea Parties are held in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care.  Guests are served sandwiches, tea and cakes whilst enjoying a show by husband and wife act Peter and Christine Padwick. Peter and Christine write, direct and star in the twoperson shows which are really delightful and full of humour.  The themes for the next few moths are: Thursday 12th August

– On the River Thursday 9th September – With the 1930’s They take place on the 2nd Thursday of every month from 35pm at St Andrew’s Parish Centre, Enfield, EN 1 3EG.  All of the money raised will support the work of the Marie Curie Hospice, Hampstead which actively promotes quality of life for people with a terminal illness and provides support for their families, completely free of charge.  For further information or tickets please contact Carole on 07984 623 362 or Pauline on 07784 797 722.   Art Exhibition by Shelley’s Studio at Forty Hall Sale of work by local artists in the Packaging Room in Forty Hall 7th – 18th July 2010 Admission Free O‘High Barnet to Cockfosters walk Meet at High Barnet tube station booking office, Sunday July 18th 2.30pm. A guided walk with Paul Baker, City of London guide. A mainly rural stroll across Hadley Manor Fields and Monken Hadley Common. This one will keep you fit! Phone 020 8440 6805 or email pbaker54@hotmail.’ Paul Baker, City of London guide, leads eight guided walks in the area. Walks include High Barnet to Cockfosters; Historical Monken Hadley; The Battle of Barnet; and Barnet Ghosts. Walks normally last about two hours, and cost £7; under 12s £3. Further details on 020 8440 6805, or email Operation Fish If you are housebound, sick or disabled and live in Southgate, Oakwwood or Cockfosters, Operation Fish offers neighbour help. Transport to hospitals, clubs; fetching prescriptions; visiting & shopping Telephone 020 8882 1831 Monday to Friday 10am – 4pm Volunteers Welcome

Ferny Hill Farm, Ferny Hill Road, Hadley Wood, Barnet, Herts, EN4 0PZ 10:30 - 17:30 Adult: £6, Children: £5, Under 5’s: Free, Group (4+): £18 Ferny Hill Maize Maze is a 6 acre field of corn, transformed into a giant maze with over two miles of pathways! Your quest at the maze is to find all the map pieces to help you find your way to the victory bridge and of course out of the maze! Bouncy castle and straw mountian also on site (inc in price), some small games too. Refreshments, Picnic area, Parking and toilets all in site. Tea room and farm shop next door! Jacobean Pageant 17th Jul 10 Forty Hall, Forty Hill, Enfield, EN2 9HA Time: 11:00 - 16:00 Celebrate the Jacobean Age at Forty Hall! Travel back in time to the Jacobean Age as Forty Hall celebrates Sir Nicholas Rainton’s Pageant. The hall and grounds will become an encampment of Jacobean performers and military people performing music, dance and authentic displays. Come and see food being prepared and cooked to period recipes. Demonstrations of pike and musket, drill displays and an opportunity to meet the soldiers. Entry to this event is free, but all will be donations gratefully received. Music in the gardens. 1st Aug 10 Myddelton House Gardens, Bulls Cross, Enfield, Middlesex, EN2 9HG 18:00 - 20:00 Adults: £7.50, Concessions: £6.00 Enjoy a summer evening with BBC Jazz Singer of the Year Anthony Strong and his band. Why not bring a picnic, a rug and a bottle of wine! Booking required. For more information and to book please contact the Lee Valley Regional Park Information Service on 08456 770 600 or visit

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What’s On School holiday athletics course 9th Aug 10 - 13th Aug 10 Lee Valley Athletics Centre, Meridian Way, Picketts Lock, Edmonton, N9 0AS 13:00 - 16.00 Cost: From £33 Children aged 8-12 years can learn a range of skill needed for all the different types of athletics events, from hurdles to high jump. To book contact Lee Valley Athletics Centre on 020 8344 7230. The New River Walk 15th Aug 10 Meet on the large paved area near the junction of Green Dragon Lane and Ridge Avenue N21 2QP 10:00 - 13:00 Free - Join us on a walk looking at The New River (which is neither new, nor a river!). We will explore some of the New River Path through Enfield, passing through Town Park, Chase Green Gardens, Riverside Gardens and Gough Park, finishing at Forty Hall. Optional free transport will be available back to the starting point. For info contact Alan Mitellas on 020 8441 8272 or email Forty Hall Evening Bat Walk 27th Aug 10 Meet at Forty Hall car park, Forty Hill, Enfield EN2. No need to book. 20:00 - 22:00 Free It’s European Bat Weekend! So join us on another hugely popular bat walk. Setting out in the evening, you will be led by an experienced team to get a

closer look at bats as they hunt in the park. Bat detectors will enable you to hear the ultrasonic echolocation calls these amazing mammals use to navigate and find their insect prey in the dark. The Evening Bat Walks have been organised by The Parks Outreach Team in partnership with the Hertfordshire and Middlesex Bat Group.All enquiries about this guided walk event to be referred to The Parks Outreach Team. For specific enquiries about bats, group membership, or to report a bat welfare issue, please contact the Hertfordshire and Middlesex Bat Group: Helpline number: 01992 581 442. Website address: email: To contact the Parks Outreach Team ring Alan Mitellas on 020 8441 8272 or e-mail alan. Regular Events Oakmere Bridge Club Held at Wyllyotts Centre, Darkes Lane Potters Bar every Monday, 7.30 p.m. to 10 p.m. We are a small friendly club and would welcome new members. We have vacancies for improvers and intermediate players We play Chicago Bridge. Interested? Then contact either:Janet (Secretary) on 01707 651461 Eleanor (Treasurer) on 01707 650376 Charles (Chairman) on 0208 449 8448

SUMMER SCHOOL IN ENFIELD Lessons through the summer holidays. Suitable for adults. Learn with a qualified teacher Life Drawing and Still Life. £7.50 per session. Weds 9.30am – 12am. Contact David 8363 6490 “Grange Park (Evening) W. I. would love you to come and join us at 7.30pm on the first Monday of every month in St. Peter’s Church Hall, Vera Avenue, when we have a speaker or quiz and make bookings for social events such as theatre outings etc... If you are interested please telephone Louise Watson on 020 8360 6969.” Enfield Winemakers St. Stephen’s Church Hall, Village Road, Enfield3rd Friday of each month @ 8 – 10.30pm New members welcome Enfield Croquet Club at Bush Hill Park (off Southbury Road) Cecil Road Entrance Play a sport where men and women can compete on equal terms Club open Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday & Sunday from 2.30pm - FREE tuition - Equipment available - Free Hire- Flat soled shoes must be worn Contact 020 8886 6643 (Basil) 020 8883 6612 (Wendy)

St. Benedicts Art Club, we are a friendly group who meet on Friday mornings from 9.00 t 12.00 at Bramley Road, Southgate. All artists and budding artists welcom. Fee is £2.00 per session, which includes tea, coffee and biscuits. Contact: Carol on 020 8366 6306 Northaw W.I. meets on the 2nd Thursday of every month (except August, when we have our Annual Garden Party). The meetings start at 7.30 pm in Northaw Village Hall, Northaw Road West, EN6 4NW. We would welcome new members so if you would like to come along to our next meeting, please feel free to just turn up on the evening or if you would like further information, please ‘phone Pauline on 0208 360 9729. Potters Bar Petanque Club Meets Sundays 10.15.a.m. to 1.p.m and Tuesdays 6.p.m. to 8.p.m. we now are open on the first saturday of each month

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What’s On 2.p.m to 4.p.m. at Oakmere Park New members are made very welcome, we compete in the Herts & Essex League. Annual subscription £30. First 3 visits are free. Contact Michael Penn 01707 654606 or just turn up. On the 4th August Oakmere Park will be having a National Fun Day when we shall be hoping for prospective members to try their hand at throwing a boule... all will be welcome, young and old.

no beginners. For details please call Martin on 07973 244 015.” Potters Bar Flower Club The club meets at 8.00pm on the second Wednesday of every month (except August) in the main hall of King Charles the Martyr Church, Dugdale Hill Lane, Potters Bar. Visitors are welcome (£4.00 a meeting). If you would like further information please ring Anne on 01707 850089 Potters Bar Cine & Video Society Wyllotts Centre, Potters Bar Alternate Thursdays 8.00pm Contact Penny 01707 656446 or

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John 01707 872210 www.pottersbarcineand for amateur cinematographers. Programme includes, editing, filming techniques, competition evenings, social functions Winchmore Writers Group & Reading Group Both groups are small,friendly and informal and welcome new members. The writing group meets occasional Saurdays 10am - 4.30pm .The reading group meets Tuesdays 1-3pm (term-time only) .We meet at the Friends Meeting House N21. The groups are lead by an experienced teacher and published writer and there is a modest charge.For more details,contact Christine on 0790 5209 459 or christine@

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Friern Badminton Club (Potters Bar) intermediate players (no beginners) meets at the sports hall (5 well lit courts) at Dame Alice Owen’s School (EN6 2DU) every Wednesday evening (8.00pm to 10.00pm). Visitor fee £4, membership available. Contact: cristatoomey@homail. com for more info. Enfield Computer Club meets at St. Lukes and St. John’s Community Center, Hawthorn Grove, off Morley Hill, Enfield, every second Sunday in a month from 11am - 5pm. New members always welcome. We are a “selfhelp” club and do not provide formal lectures or lessons. Members pay an attendance - there is no annual subscription. Prospective new members pay on first visit. More details at www. 23/11/09 14:47:05 or telephone 0208366-6162.

The Civil Service Retirement Fellowship, Enfield and Edmonton groups holds meetings on the first Monday of the month in Enfield (at St. Andrews Church Hall Enfield; and the third Monday at Millfield House. Edmonton,each meeting from 10am to noon. All former, serving, and retired Civil Servants and their partners welcome. Contact Sue on 020 8360 4361 for more information. Enfield Wine Makers Meet at St. Stephen’s Church Hall 3rd Friday of each month 8-10.30pm. New members 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. or email to The subscriptioin rate is £32 for the full season - Visitors are asked to pay a £1 visitor’s fee, The Rotary Club of Enfield Chase Meets on Thursday mornings from 7.30am until 8.30 am in the Coffee Lounge, Enfield Baptist Church, Cecil Road, Enfield Town. For more information call 020 8367 7278 Edmonton Camera Club meet each monday at 7.45pm, Millfield House, Silver Street, Edmonton, N18 1PJ. Visitors welcome, please ring Pete on 020 8363 1568 or check our website edmontoncameraclub. We offer lectures, discussions, practical evenings, learning events, competitions, outings & exhibitions. Chase Diabetic Club Meeting Chase Farm Hospital each Monday for Exercise 6pm – All welcome diabetics but for all who wish to improve their health’ Ring Pauline on 020 8363 1568 for further details

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 Dance Classes Latin and Ballroom Combining the elegance of Ballroom with the dynamic Latin American dances these nice ‘n’ easy fun introductory classes will ease even the most hesitant firsttime dancer on to the dance floor with confidence. WEDNESDAYS 8:00 – 8:45 Improvers/ Intermediate Class 8:45 – 9:30 Beginners Class 9:30 – 10:15 Social Dancing for all levels St Thomas’ Hall 79a Prince George Avenue Oakwood N14 4SN Car park is at the rear of the building. Call 07903 244085 for details Modern Western Square Dance Sessions at St Peters Small Hall Vera Avenue Grange Park N21 1RJ on Wednesday evenings  7:00-8:15 PM £1.50 followed with Mainstream and Plus Dancing till 10:00 PM Singles & couples welcome. Full information from Ted 0208360-5569 Popdance Relaxed, fun,  entertaining class for adults who want to learn dance routines to Pop music  (and we also get some exercise without realising it!). Ranging from Kylie to  Footloose, from Girls Aloud to Michael Jackson, there is something for  everyone.Mondays and Wednesdays 8pm-9pm at The Dance Studio, 843/845  Green Lanes, Winchmore Hill, London N21 2RX.For more information please  visit or email to book your free  taster session!

Wyllyotts Centre Darkes Lane Potters Bar Box Office 01707 645005 Guys ‘n’ Dolls Rare Productions Youth Theatre Group presents Guys and Dolls. This fable of Broadway, is a nonstop tour through 1950’s New York and its underworld. Gamblers, missionaries, dancers, brides and grooms. Will Adelaide get her man? Will Nathan save his reputation and host the craps game to end all craps games? Can Sky get his girl and how can Sarah save her mission. Guys and Dolls is an all time classic musical based on the stories of Damon Runyon, is said to be the one musical everyone must see. Amateur Production 15th -17th July,


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