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March 2009

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Wedding Planning Try Something New in 2009

Hello and Welcome to the March 2009 issue of EN Magazine. In this month’s issue of EN Magazine, we bring you a new feature which we hope will help give you the inspiration to try something new the EN area.

Contents Page 4 - 13 Local News and Events

We also have a report looking at property - what to do if you are trying to sell and also the best ways to invest in your property in the current economic climate.

Page 14 - 17 Try Something New in 2009

EN Magazine has teamed up with Sparkle and Wow to offer 5 pairs of tickets to the North London Wedding Show (see page 26) and bring you the details of one future bride’s experiences in planning her wedding.

Page 18 - 22 Property Report - How To Get The best Value From Your Home

We also have two other competitions - one to Win dinner for two at The Stag (page 13 ) and the other to win your Mum a voucher for Mother’s Day (page 9).

Page 23 - 27 Weddings - One Brides Experience

We understand that some people had difficulty entering last month’s Valentines competition and would like to apologise if the early technical problems caused inconvenience. We hope that you enjoy the March issue of EN Magazine and please do not hesitate to write to us if you have any comments.

Page 28 - 31 What’s On Local Business Services and Classified Advertising

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Exciting developments with aspire at Southbury Leisure As part of the plan to continually improve both service and facilities in the Enfield area, Enfield Leisure Centres Ltd is pleased to announce that the Fitness Suite at Southbury Leisure has been refurbished. The newly refurbished aspire fitness suite includes: •the introduction of the latest technology Technogym EXCITETM Cardio Vascular equipment •3 X Dream interactive bikes provided by Trixter •a Vibration Plate •the relocation of the stretching area •the relocation of the free weights area •new improved dumbbells •additional SPINNING TM

bikes supplied by STARTRAC In addition to the superb equipment and area changes new flooring has also been provided to all areas, reducing and relocating the reception area and improving the audio visual content with the introduction of Freeview TV on all the Cardio Vascular equipment. With the introduction of this new equipment the WELLNESS KEY SYSTEM has been reconfigured and members will be familiarised on the new equipment console. Existing members and all new

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members will be provided with information to help them adapt to the new equipment so that they can start using it immediately. Members will also have their fitness programmes upgraded to reflect the new equipment.

fully inclusive membership and most importantly a professional, motivated team of qualified instructors ready to give you expert advice. I believe that this combination can make all the difference in bringing you

Fitness Manager Jacques Mantivelian in the new fitness suite

Fitness Manager Jacques Mantivelian is justifiably excited about the excellent new development and additions to Southbury Leisure Centre. “The fitness industry has changed at an incredible rate over the past 5 to 10 years. As a result, joining a gym is not just a luxury for people looking to be part of a special club, it is a lifestyle choice that is becoming increasingly part of everyday life.” “At ELCL we are striving to meet the growing demands and needs of our members and fully take on the challenge of getting as many people involved in regular activity as possible. We recognise that joining one of our centers means that you have made a choice to reach the health and fitness goals you desire.” “Determined to help you achieve these goals we now have one of the most comprehensive studio timetables in the industry, the latest state of the art equipment in our fitness suites, racket and swim facilities included in our

real success with your fitness goals. And, simply put, this is what ELCL aims to do.” “Keep your fitness and lifestyle dreams alive, and visit one of our centres today!” The improvements to the gym at Southbury Leisure Centre really do need to be seen and you will not be disappointed. Simply drop in now and see for yourself and arrange a tour of the gym and find you can find out about the wide range of activities available from the aspire membership. “We would also like to thank all our members for their patience while the refurbishment work has taken place; it has been well worth the wait.” added Jacques Mantivelian. Further details can be found online at www. or call Southbury Leisure 020 8245 3201.

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Bra Recycling! You can already recycle most of your waste with Hertsmere’s kerbside collections and local recycling banks but now women can even recycle their bras! New recycling banks specifically for bras have been installed across the borough. They are bright pink so you won’t be able to miss them!   Some of the bras collected will be sent to women in poorer countries.  The rest will be recycled and the money donated to the Breast Cancer Campaign.   Councillor Jean Heywood, Environment Portfolio Holder, said: “This is a fantastic project and it just shows that you can recycle just about everything!

By recycling your bras not only will less waste be sent to landfill but women in poorer countries will benefit and you will be helping to fund research into breast cancer. “   “So next time you pop out to the shops or the gym, or go to your local recycling centre, take your old bras with you and drop them in one of the pink banks. You really can’t miss them!”   Bra banks are located at: Potters Bar area office at the Wyllyotts Centre, Darkes Lane - in reception. Furzefield Leisure Centre, Mutton Lane, Potters Bar - in the women’s changing rooms and in the car park.

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Community safety

I would like to congratulate all four award winners and thank them for their tremendous hard work in making the borough of Hertsmere a safer place.”

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Hertsmere Chief Inspector Sian Lockley said: “The awards reflect the dedication, professionalism and commitment of our officers to further improve the safety of our local community.” From Left to right: PC Scott Curran, Stuart Nagler, Mayor Cllr Sandra Parnell, Cllr John Donne, Barry Pryke.

Hertsmere Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership (CDRP) has awarded four people who work within the group for their dedication to tackling community safety issues in the borough.

Hertfordshire Police Authority, and PC Andy Chittenden. Mayor of Hertsmere Cllr Sandra Parnell presented the awards at a CDRP meeting last Friday.

Hertsmere CDRP comprises Hertsmere Borough Council, Hertfordshire Constabulary, Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service and other local organisations and for the first time, awards have been given to recognise individual contributions within the partnership. The awards went to PC Scott Curran, Barry Pryke - for his work at Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service, Stuart Nagler - from

Cllr John Donne, Portfolio Holder for Community Safety, said: “The award winners are truly community safety champions and their work within Hertsmere Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership has gone over and above their day-to-day job roles. “This is the first time we have given awards like this and it seemed like a good time to start as some of the key people within the partnership were moving on.

PC Scott Curran works in the Hertsmere Intervention Team and was awarded CCTV Police Officer of the Year for responding to incidents with enthusiasm and efficiency. The whole control room team values the close working relationship they have with Scott who has given them tremendous help, support and assistance. Barry Pryke has recently retired from Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service after some 30 years as commander at Borehamwood and Potters Bar fire stations and during that time contributed to many of the partnership activities. He was one of the founding members of the Environmental Action Day (EAD) planning group, set up in 2004. EADs still take place

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today and are very useful in tackling localised community safety issues that cross over the partner organisations. Chief Fire Officer Roy Wilsher said: “The modern Fire Service is about much more than putting out fires and this award demonstrates the variety of ways in which we are able to contribute towards initiatives outside of our traditional remit.” “Stuart Nagler, a former Hertsmere councillor and mayor, works for the Hertfordshire Police Authority and has been involved with Hertsmere’s CDRP from almost the beginning of its inception. He has been an integral part of its growth and success and has regularly attended all five Crime Reduction Groups that serve Borehamwood, Bushey, Potters Bar, Radlett and Shenley. Stuart has been involved with many initiatives including EADs and Spotlight events which seek to engage the local community in tackling community safety issues. His commitment and enthusiasm will be greatly missed by the partnership as he takes on the role of Chair of Hertfordshire Police Authority. PC Andrew Chittenden served as a police officer with Hertfordshire Constabulary for many years and was extremely proactive within the partnership. He worked with Hertfordshire Highways addressing such issues as street lighting and traffic management and was instrumental in setting up CARM, the Campaign Against Rogue Motorcycles. For more information on Hertsmere CDRP please contact Community Services at Hertsmere Borough Council on 020 8207 7801 or email

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Artists impression of the new Bush Hill Park Library Enfield Council is preparing for some major changes to libraries, as work begins to improve the facilities throughout the area. Refurbishment of the Enfield Town Library in Cecil Road has some will bring some exciting improvements which include the renovation of the original Edwardian building, the relocation of the main entrance and increasing customer space. It’s not only the appearance and interiors of the library that are getting a makeover, but the facilities that it offers are being enhanced too. New accessible toilets and baby changing facilities, easy to use lift, café with outside terrace and extended space for both children and young people, are all being added. There is currently a model of the refurbished library on display on the ground floor of Thomas Hardy House, 39 London Road, Enfield. Cllr Jon Kaye, cabinet member for leisure, culture and Olympics said “Like all our libraries,

Enfield Town will be a modern attractive place that people of all ages will want to visit and enjoy”. Palmers Green is concentrating on making bold changes in order to improve their facilities. The library closed on Monday 23rd February and reopened on Monday 2nd March. Despite only being closed for a week, some major changes have being applied to improve its appearance and to make it easier for customers to use. The changes include the relocation of the IT centre to the main area to make it more accessible and the location of the children’s section, in order to give more space to enjoy their freedom within the library. Julie Gibson, Head of Libraries and Museums said “We are making changes to this and other buildings that reflect the needs and interests of the public”. Bush Hill Park Library closed on Monday 23rd February and will re-open

again this autumn, while a major transformation takes place. Thanks to funding of nearly £1million from the Big Lottery Fund, Bush Hill Park is able to extend in size and introduce a new music studio as well as more space for children and young people. There is a Mobile service available on Thursdays 2:304:30pm in the playground of Bush Hill Park School and on Saturday 10:00am-12noon on Main Avenue. Library cards can also be used in any of the Enfield Libraries. While Enfield Town, Palmers Green and Bush Hill Park Libraries are busy preparing their changes and improvements, Fore Street is one step ahead and celebrated the official opening on Thursday 19th February. Mayor Lee Chamberlain and Cllr Jon Kaye were joined by Spurs Academy Players Steven Caulker and Sam Cox and musician/storyteller Richard Neville to celebrate the unveiling of the new library

and its exciting new facilities. These include a new selfservice option, where you can issue and return your own loans, a new teenage library where all the latest books and music are available as well as various PS2 games. In addition, Fore Street is the first library to offer popular games consoles such as the X-Box and the Wii. Cllr Jon Kaye said “This library has something for everyone. It’s location and facilities are a local asset for learning and pleasure and in the short time since it opened, it is proving to be very popular”.

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Could £3,000 help your community group? Could your local group do with a cash boost? Would additional money make a difference to your charity? If so, you need to apply for a grant from Hertsmere Borough Council. Every year the council offers small grants up to a maximum of £3,000 to local voluntary and community groups.

voluntary groups including Bushey Bowling Club, 60 plus Potters Bar, and Elstree and Borehamwood Table Tennis Club. “Groups like these are so valuable to our communities and we recognise that helping in this way can make a big difference.”

A grant can be given for a variety of one-off purposes, such as the purchase of equipment, marketing costs or start-up costs for new projects.

Application forms for 2009/10 grants are available now. The scheme is for local organisations only. Voluntary organisations based in or operating for the benefit of Hertsmere residents can apply.

Cllr Brenda Batten, Portfolio Holder for Culture, explained: “Last year we provided a cash boost to a large number of local

Funding priority is given to those organisations where a grant will make a contribution towards achieving the council’s corporate goals

and details of these can be found within the guidance notes that accompany the grant application form. The council recognises that some worthwhile causes do not explicitly contribute to the corporate goals and applications of this type will be considered on their individual merits. The grant scheme is not open to individuals or profit-making organisations and the council cannot provide funding towards a group’s general running costs. The deadline for returning applications is Monday 30 March 2009. Forms and guidance notes can be downloaded from the council website at www.hertsmere. Alternatively you can call 020 8207 7801 or email to request a hard copy.

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Don’t Forgot Your Mum! Mother’s Day falls on the 22nd March this year. Mother’s Day is believed to have originated from the 16th century Christian practice of visiting one’s mother church annually, which meant that most mothers would be reunited with their children on this day. Most historians believe that young apprentices and young women in servitude were released by their masters on that weekend in order to visit their families. After the success of last month’s Valentine’s day

competition in association with Emma Claire Health and Beauty, EN magazine has teamed up with them again to offer one lucky reader the chance to win their Mum a £50 voucher, to be used for either a treatment or a haircut at Emma Claire. For your chance to treat your Mum this Mother’s Day visit www. emmaclairehairandbeautyspa .com and tell us in which century is it believed Mother’s Day originated. Good Luck

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Congratulations to the winner of our Emma Claire competition, Ms. Cathy Labdon along with her daughter Sandra, seen in our photo below receiving her prize vouchers from Dan Corsi. Dan himself is an Emma Claire client and also a celebrity resident DJ; he was a member of a 90s Boy Band Northern Line. Sophie Theodoulou, of Emma Claire was also present to celebrate our reader’s win. We hope Cathy has a wonderful time and enjoys spending her £300 worth of vouchers. We look forward to hearing about her experience.

EN Magazine also sends congratulations to Ms. Pina Hodges of Potters Bar & Ms. Sue Csupich of Enfield, who are the winners of our Andy Abraham Competition. They will be enjoying a wonderful night out on Friday 27th watching Andy singing at Wyllots Theatre in Potters Bar and we hope they have an entertaining evening. We look forward to hearing from them about our local star.

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Take a walk on the wild side The Lee Valley Regional Park has launched a new series of guided walks, which take in some of the best wildlife habitats in the region. The walks begin on Sunday 1 March and will be held on the first Sunday of the month in the 1000 acre River Lee Country Park.   They will be led by local experts who specialise in spotting and explaining the rich variety of wildlife in the area.   Dawn Richardson, one of the Lee Valley Regional Park’s Senior Rangers said: “You can see a wide range of birds throughout the season and walk leaders will be able to share the knowledge they’ve built up over years with visitors to the Park. As the seasons change so will what you see on the walks. Each walk will last about 2 hours and is suitable for everybody, from wildlife experts to the first time walker. If you have binoculars, please bring them but don’t worry if you haven’t!”  

The walks start at 10:30am from the Car Park at Fishers Green, Stubbins Hall Lane, Crooked Mile, Waltham Abbey, Essex, EN9 2EF. The walks are free and are an ideal for some gentle exercise and fresh air as well as a social chat with like minded people and afterwards you can visit the Orchard Café, located at the adjacent Hayes Hill Farm, which offers a wide range of hot and cold food.   For more information about guided walks, other events and activities in the Regional park or about the 26 mile long green corridor which makes up the Lee Valley Regional Park, visit the website www.leevalleypark. or telephone 08456 770 600.

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VIPs get out and about The Garden Maintenance Company Ltd at Capel Manor On Thursday 12 February staff and students of Capel Manor College welcomed John Denham, Secretary of State for the Department of Innovation, Universities and Skills to the College site on Bullsmoor Lane Enfield. Other VIPs also attending were Joan Ryan Labour MP, Malcolm Parkinson Chairman of the Board of Governors of Capel Manor, and Mary Vine-Morris Area Director for the Learning and Skills Council, London North. The purpose of the visit was for the Secretary of State to tour the site and meet with students in order to see in action the benefits of government policies to encourage specialisation and excellence, in further education and higher education. Capel Manor College is the region’s only specialist centre for all landbased education and training. Mr Denham took part in the unveiling of a plaque on the College’s ‘Millennium Wall’ during his visit, along with The Master of the Worshipful Company of Saddlers, Jonathon Godrich. The plaque was to mark the £200,000 of support from The Worshipful Company of Saddlers to enable leathercraft and saddlery (Cordwainers) courses to be delivered at Capel Manor. During the tour Mr Denham planted a Clarence

House rose donated by Beale’s Roses in The Queen Mother Garden, at the National Gardening Centre. He also visited the polytunnels where he met Tom Cole, Head of School for Horticulture and Landscaping, and students on the BTEC First Diploma and Foundation Degree courses. The students were keen to demonstrate their skills in seed sewing and discuss their course programmes and planned work experience placements. Mr Denham then met with a group of the College’s gardening Apprentices. The visit ended with the Secretary of State witnessing the College being given its first ever donated animal, a Monitor Lizard, by the Controller of Quarantine at Heathrow, Robert Quest. Mr Denham said, “The visit was an excellent opportunity to meet the students and staff and see high quality specialist learning in action. I commend Capel Manor for their focus on preparing students for employment and widening their skills. Over its 40-year history the College has had an excellent track record of getting students of all ages – whether straight from school or those retraining for a new career – into work, and runs a highly successful Apprenticeships scheme which is expanding year on year with almost 80 new starts this year alone.”

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Welcome to The Stag Three years ago David Wright and Maurice Gould, two local businessmen and friends, looked for a new entrepreneurial challenge and took over The Stag public house in Enfield Town. “Initially we wanted to create a local gastro pub and bar serving fine dining in the upstairs restaurant and high quality foods downstairs. In addition to this we offer a range of drinks from beers, sprits, cocktails and a wide selection of fine wines.” said David Wright.   After a £200,000 refurbishment The Stag reopened, offering a bright and airy venue for both drinking and dining.   “Since we relaunched The Stag we have realised that our initial plans did not really match what our customers are looking for from their local bar and restaurant and we have redesigned our menus to reflect this” added David.   Today The Stag offers a

range of good quality meals at reasonable prices in a pleasant, relaxed environment. “We are aware that times are tough for many of our customers and we have tried to create a menu that is priced to allow people to still enjoy a great meal, lunch or dinner in either the bar or the restaurant. Customers can join us for a two course meal, for £9.95 or 3 courses for £11.95. We have also introduced a Sunday lunch menu served from 12 Noon to 6pm for £9.95.”   “Since we took over The Stag we have prided ourselves not only on the quality of the food but also the service and experience that our customers enjoy. Whether its popping in for a pint or sitting down to dine, in our restaurant we want all of our customers to feel that they have had a great time at The Stag.”   “I am very lucky to have a great team of staff who

include Gavin (Bar Manager) and Iole (Restaurant Manager) who are constantly striving to make this the best pub and restaurant in the area. They now know many of our customers well and are able to listen to them to find out how we can continually improve.” “Our restaurant the Room Above can be hired for private functions. Due to the location of The Stag, just round the corner from Enfield registry office, it is often used for pre wedding drinks as well as wedding receptions.” David told us. “The bar offers “Nice People” the opportunity for late night drinking and music on Friday and Saturday nights until 2am and shows major sporting events with Sky & Satanta on two large screens. For those that want to test their knowledge, the Monday Night Quiz is for you, along with great cash prizes and a free buffet. “ “Last summer we undertook another local venture when we bought the Oak Lodge Hotel along Village Road, Enfield and this has under gone a total refurbishment and is now Enfield’s best kept secret Boutique Hotel. The Hotel offers reasonably priced accommodation along with small

wedding and function facilities in the rural leafy gardens to the rear.  

WIN WIN WIN EN Magazine has teamed up with The Stag to give two lucky readers the opportunity to experience dinner for two in the Room Above. For your chance to win just tell us how much was spent on the recent refurbishment. Send your answers to competitons@ or send your answer to EN Magazine PO Box 1099 Enfield EN1 9JF

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TRY SOMETHING NEW EN Magazine investigates some local activities for you to try!

How often have you been sat in front of the television and thought that there must be more to do than watching yet another soap or a group of celebs you have never heard of trying to win your votes? With the long dark evenings start to slip away and the sun creeping over the horizon replacing the cold damp days EN Magazine decided to take a look at some of the local activities that you can get involved in and sent out reporters to find out more about a few of them. Salsa Dancing by Hannah Sesstein TV shows such as Strictly Come Dancing have created a boom in the dance industry. Classes have been popping up all over teaching everything from Foxtrot to Salsa. EN Magazine sent me along to one of the local salsa schools, Hot Salsa at Trent Park Golf Club to find out more. Hot Salsa has been running for 11 years at Trent Park and as well as teaching Salsa they offer a range of Latin American dance styles including Merengue, Pachanga, Bachata and Rumba. “I have a team of very professional dance instructors who have all worked with me for some time and they have all built a following of students through the club. Working in conjunction with Just Salsa, Essex Salsa R&B, and RedHotSalsa” said Maria,


who runs the Hot Salsa Club, “we have students travelling from all over London and Hertfordshire and even from as far away as Surrey, Essex and Kent to attend the weekly classes.” The first thing that struck me when I arrived at the class was the number of people and the age range; it appeared that salsa is for everyone from their teens to their 60’s. There were about 30 people in the beginner’s class and I was pleased to find I was not the only person trying salsa for the first time. As well as the beginners class there was also running at the same time a Rueda de Casino class, as well as a number people who had already turned up for the later classes and to socialize. Straight after the hour long beginners class are improvers, intermediates and advance classes. The whole atmosphere was really friendly with lots of the people who had obviously been attending classes for a while chatting to beginners like myself and helping to try and put us at ease. Then it was time to give it a go. Tony Ainsley, our instructor, was really good; he had a way of making the group feel at ease and introduced us to the first steps of salsa dancing with clear instruction and advice. Once the first step had been practiced a second ,third and forth step were added. Before I knew it my feet

were actually managing to follow the instructions from Tony and keep up with the other people in the class. After practicing the steps in lines, it was time to pair up and try and to put the steps in time to music with a partner. Apart from a few wrong steps I was now salsa dancing – well in a fashion. As the group was made up of beginners there was no pressure from anyone and you did not feel like people are watching you but are there to enjoy themselves. When practicing with a partner you are constantly changing partners. “This is to help you learn from each other and not pick up the mistakes that are reinforced between you, which can happen if you stick to the same partner” explained Tony “also salsa is meant to be fun and sociable and dancing with lots of partners throughout the evening helps to create the right environment for the dance.” Overall although I was very apprehensive about going to a dance

Try Something New class, I had a great night not only the opportunity to learn to dance but also to meet new people in a relaxed fun environment. Would I go again? Well I tried the class 3 weeks ago and have been back every Wednesday since…. Hot Salsa is at Trent Park Golf Club on Wednesday nights with classes from 8-9pm and 9-10pm with social practice time to Midnight. For more information visit or call 07947765 499. Horse Riding By Gemma Thomson Having never even so much as touched a horse before, I was slightly daunted by the prospect of going out for a ride on one. I think the thing that worried me most was the sheer size and strength of them; a rather volatile and unpredictable horse could quite easily throw me off and trample me into the mud, if it so wished. OK, unlikely, but being the most accident-prone person on earth, I was rather concerned that I may fall off and injure myself. But I’m always up for a challenge and, despite my fears, horse riding has always been something I’d quite like to have a go at, so I decided to give it a shot. As soon as I arrived at Gillian’s Riding School in Clay Hill I was immediately put at ease. The staff were really friendly and welcoming, and the stables were absolutely delightful, with adorable cats strolling around and dozing on haystacks (it looked like something out of a children’s picture book). Once I’d been kitted out with riding boots and a hat, I was ready for my riding lesson with Gillian. I was pleasantly surprised when I met Ember, the horse I would be riding for the day, who was extremely docile and well-natured, and not in the slightest bit scary! Gillian’s lesson was absolutely superb. She gave me simple, step-by-step instructions on how to get on the horse, adjust the stirrups and hold the reins correctly. She then taught me how to control Ember, including walking, trotting, turning corners and, of course, stopping. During the lesson I was joined by a friend who had quite a bit of riding experience, and what impressed me most about Gillian’s teaching technique was the way in which she tailored the lesson perfectly to suit our different levels of ability. She was also extremely encouraging and enthusiastic, and I felt confident at riding in no time at all.

Once I’d learnt the basics, I went out for a trek around Whitewebbs Woods escorted by Hayley, Laura and Jenny from the riding school, who were all really friendly and encouraging. The scenery was absolutely breathtaking; it’s astounding that such a peaceful haven can be found so close to the hustle and bustle of London. Ember was very well behaved throughout the trek, as were all the other horses, but at the same time their individual personalities shone through, which made them a delight to spend time with. I thoroughly enjoyed the ride, and managed to make it back to the riding school without falling off!

experienced rider or, like me, have never been near a horse before but would like the opportunity to get some fresh air and enjoy the beautiful scenery whilst learning the basics of horse riding, then why not give Gillian’s Riding School a go? You can book a one-off, no obligation lesson, and there’s no need to become a member.

I would highly recommend Gillian’s Riding School to anyone. The Prices start from £7 for an under experienced staff cater for all ages and 5 year old’s pony ride. For a full price abilities, and teach a range of techniques list or further information, please including Dressage, Show Jumping and contact Gillian’s Riding School on 0208 Polo. The Pony Club, which is aimed 366 5445 or visit the website: www. at children who don’t own their own ponies, encourages them to learn horse care and achieve badges and certificates. The school also regularly attends events and ance DDiction competitions, including the Pony Club for the Championships in Draycott Manor, DDicteD ancer Derbyshire in August, in which ew riday ight ractice the school came fourth out of 19 ight riding schools from across the Highly Qualified Teachers who are anxious to assist country. but not interfere





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Try Something New ELODS - Enfield Light Operatic and Dramatic Society By Alan Harvey “When I first moved to London, I spent most of my life at work and only really socialised with other work colleagues. However a friend then took me to see an amateur dramatic production by ELODS at the Wylloyts centre and I have not looked back” Sandra Ashworth of ELODS told EN Magazine. “When I was growing up I had been involved with an amateur dramatic group in my home town and after seeing the professional performance put on by ELODS, I decided I wanted to get involved. That was 3 years ago and today I am currently in rehearsal for our production of The Wizard of Oz. It is not just the chance to act on the stage that attracted me to the group; as soon as I turned up I was made to feel very welcome. There no stuffy hierarchy which dictates if you get a lead role based on how long you have been a member. In fact in my second year I had one of the principle roles in Annie. Every one joins in and helps each other and gives you a chance. We also have a great social side to the group and I have made some great friends since joining.” ELODS has been putting on amateur shows since 1953 but it is not just frustrated and aspiring actors of all ages that join the group. We also met up with Eleanor Glazer who is in charge of props and Hilary Thorne, who looks after costumes. “When I took early retirement I wanted to find an interest that would keep me active” said Eleanor. “I was not looking to perform but wanted to get involved. I turned up at a rehearsal and asked if I could help out. The group could not have been friendlier and I now spend lots of my time begging and borrowing props for the shows. Its great fun, the people in the group are fantastic and it definitely keeps me young!” “The group are all amateurs and give their time for free apart from the Musical Director” added Hilary, “It’s a real family environment. In fact I got involved because of my daughter who was part of the group and I just found myself helping out one day with costumes and am still doing it today 12 years later. We have lots of members of all ages and many of them are family members who have joined together or been attracted to the


group.” ELODS are always on the look out for new members whether as an actor or helping out behind the scenes. “Our next show runs from the 31st March to the 4th April at the Wyllyotts Centre in Potters Bar and we would welcome anyone who would like to be involved to come along even if its just to help sell programmes or ice creams. You can be sure of a warm welcome” said Sandra. “ We start rehearsing for Gilbert and Sullivan’s Iolanthe (our October 18th show) in April, so anyone wanting to join and be involved in a show is welcome to come along to find out more.” For further information on ELODS please visit Pole Dancing by Dawn Summerson The idea of pole dancing is becoming more attractive to those who are aiming to improve their fitness and flexibility, as well as have fun. Pole dancing provides something different from the regular routine of the gym and aims to challenge as well as improve someone’s fitness. When I first found out that I would be attending a pole dancing class, I was very apprehensive because of all the preconceived ideas that I had of the seedy image of lap dancing clubs. I really didn’t know what to expect from the class. After speaking to the instructor Nathalie when I booked my lesson, I still felt slightly nervous as I was asked to bring shorts and a pair of knee high boots but the reason for this is that your skin creates friction on the pole that you need in order not to fall off and the boots give your legs some protection. Despite feeling nervous, I was really looking forward to the class as I thought it would be both good exercise and great fun. I didn’t know what to expect from the class but Nathalie, was very welcoming and straightaway I felt at ease. I felt better once I realised I wasn’t the only beginner in the room and the chatty nature of the instructor helped to make us all relax and start to enjoy the lesson. We started with some warm up exercises, without going near the poles set up around the room. Then the more experienced in the group,

started practice moves such as spins and hanging up side down. As a beginner I was shown how to walk around the pole and then introduced to our first spin, which meant gripping the pole with my legs and spinning my self around. This is not as easy as it sounds, believe me. Once we had managed to achieve this in one direction, Nathalie showed us a backwards spin. After practicing these movements for a while, we were shown how to pull ourselves up the pole and I realised just how hard this is. With these basic skills in the bag, Nathalie then showed us a little routine to incorporate everything we had been practicing. I really enjoyed the class and by the end I was able to put together my own routine. The instructor was very attentive and we all received a lot of encouragement. The good thing about the lesson from a fitness perspective is that it works the muscles that you don’t usually use. I think over a period of time it would definitely tone your body and improve your overall fitness. Pole dancing classes are definitely something I would do again. In fact, a friend and I are planning on signing up for a six week course of classes costing £75. It may seem pricey, but I believe it is definitely worth it. Nathalie Barron, the founder of PoleSchool situated in Enfield and Barnet has an impressive background in dance, beginning when she joined the dance groups ‘The Dreamgirls’ and ‘Babewatch’. Nathalie also toured in Italy as part of the circus ‘Paradis Orfei’ as well as appearing

Try Something New success. It’s a great experience to see the clay shatter in front of you. but I must admit it was a bit of beginners luck however with a few words of correction from Gary I managed to hit 3 of the first 10 clays.

as a backing dancer for a number of television shows such as ‘Top of the Pops’ and ‘The Big Breakfast’. In January 2007, Nathalie opted for the calmer lifestyle and opened up her own dance school, which teaches pole dancing. Despite the negative perceptions, over the years pole dancing has become one of the hottest fitness trends and continues to become more popular. For more information visit or call Nathalie on 07798 524 119. Clay Shooting By Douglas Lee How many times have you watched a film or the TV and seen the hero pick up a shotgun and manage to hit the target with ease? I went along to the Rectory Farm Shooting Grounds, just off the Ridgeway between Enfield and Potters Bar to find out how easy it is to hit a moving target. Gary James-Hall established Rectory Farm Shooting Grounds in 1981 to offer first class clay pigeon shooting both for instruction and leisure. Gary has been shooting for 49 years and teaching for 39 years and has a team of qualified instructors on site to help. “Teaching shooting has given me some great opportunities. As well as teaching visitors to Rectory Farm I have traveled internationally teaching Middle Eastern Royalty and A list “celebs,” said Gary. “Shooting is a sport for all the family, we have people as young as 4 and a mix of men and women who all want to try the sport.” Many people reading this may be against animal cruelty and blood sports but that is not what this kind of shooting is about. “Clay shooting is the fastest growing sport in the country and second most

popular to my knowledge” Gary told us. Biodegradable targets which are made from a mix of pitch and pulverized limestone rock designed to withstand being thrown from traps at very high speed, but easily broken by pellets fired from a shotgun. When we arrived at the farm I was pleasantly surprised to find a professionally organized ground and that we would not be standing in a muddy field shooting at the same target over and over again. There are concrete and tarmac footpaths to all stands and a cabin for coffee and registration.

After the first ten shots we moved on to another of the shooting bays to have the clays flying past us from a different direction. Before long it was all over and we had shoot at over 50 clays both at trap and skeet and had a great time. I managed to hit eight of the last ten clays which was a great improvement and fun. I will defiantly be back to see if I can manage 10 out of 10! Gary told us that he gets lots of groups including Stag and Hen parties as well as corporate functions booking shooting days but you do not have to be a big group to come along and give it a go. The cost of shooting starts from a £25 package will give you 25 cartridges, 25 clays, use of a gun and tuition. To find out more details visit www. or contact Gary on 07971 162048.

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EN MAGAZINE PROPERTY INSIGHT Improving not Moving ? The state of the housing market has caused people to spend increasing amounts on home improvements rather than moving costs. Instead an extension can potentially increase the future value of our property, according the NAEA (National Association of Estate Agents), followed closely by an extended or a new kitchen area. However a recent survey conducted by the NAEA showed that respondents felt the least effective method of adding value was to build a conservatory or some sort of glass extension. According to Peter Bolton, Chief Executive of NAEA, the average price of properties in a local area will dictate the maximum price your property can achieve. It is best to check an area first, research what other properties

have done and then check websites for an update on what local houses with extensions, conservatories or loft rooms have sold for in the recent period. Statistics show however a 41% advantage when adding an extension, closely followed by a new kitchen @ 17% and off road parking @ 15%. In light of these statistics , we spoke with several suppliers regarding customer requirements in the current climate. Mark Rainbow of Designer Kitchens informed us that the current trend is for a very contemporary look with a traditional twist. Most people opt for fully integrated appliances, with no thought of taking them should they move. Double ovens and steam cookers are as popular as ever and “Agas stoves” are also proving a popular choice, Mark explained that “Range Cookers” have always been a steady option, with no change in their flow of order. “Some customers wish to order a kitchen

and arrange installation and building work themselves, whereas other clients want Designer Kitchens to work from a brief and manage the whole project, which in the long term is usually easier because Mark Rainbow deals with all aspects including any possible problems, not the customer. Greg Stanley of Master Craftesmen Kitchens also told us a lot of customers had looked at kitchens from suppliers, which come in set sizes and found that they do not fit their needs. These customers are now coming to him for a bespoke kitchen design incorporating everything that they want rather than something off a shelf. “This kind of kitchen service means that you get exactly the kitchen you want, one that will last along time, increasing the saleability of your home for years to come” added Greg. Another home improvement that is proving extremely popular, especially after the recent cold spell, is installing a

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new fireplace. “It was not long ago that the trend was to rip out old fireplaces and brick them up” said Neil Stean of the Hertfordshire Fireplace Gallery. “Many people are now seeing the use of fireplaces as both an environmental heating system for a specific room, rather than heating the whole house, and increasingly as a focal point in a room. Fireplaces are available in a wide range of designs from traditional open fires to modern styles using marble, limestone and timber surrounds with options for gas or electric flame effects.”

Conservatives may be considered by some as a luxury addition to one’s home but Chase Windows in Chase Side ,Enfield have had a definite increase since Christmas in their enquiries for conservatories and summer houses. It is impossible to pinpoint costs for this type of work because clients have such different requirements depending on their property size but we are assured that this outside space is definitely still a high contender when improving a property.

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Increasing Your Homes Kerb Appeal With the economic downturn continuing to deter potential property buyers, many people considering selling their homes will have to work even harder to attract buyers. EN Magazine takes a look at how you can make your property even more attractive to would-be buyers by increasing your Kerb Appeal. So, what is Kerb Appeal? According to Roz Lishak, Creative Director at Home Truths Property Styling, it takes just 60 seconds for a potential buyer to make up their mind about a property, and in the current property climate, every second counts! Many house hunters will make a snap decision about a property before they’ve even got out of their car. This is where Kerb Appeal comes in. Kerb Appeal is about the message your property sends out from the exterior; the very first impression a prospective buyer receives as they arrive at the kerb outside

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Homes and Property your property. Ideally you should think about your Kerb Appeal before you even put your property on the market. Many people will decide whether or not to view your property based on the estate agent’s main external photograph. It is therefore imperative that the external appearance of your property makes it stand out from the crowd. Your home may be absolutely stunning on the inside, but if the outside of your property is in poor condition, house hunters may not even step foot inside to find out. The first thing you need to do to increase your Kerb Appeal is to look at your property with fresh eyes. You may have become so accustomed to the tiny flaws that you don’t even notice them anymore, but potential buyers most definitely will. Take a walk across your road and approach your property as if for the first time. Study it carefully and consider how it sits alongside the adjacent properties. Roz Lishak says, “What is it that stands out to you? Is there something at the side of the building that you just haven’t noticed before? Is there a leaking gutter pipe?

Look at the brickwork. Is there a wall that needs attention? Is there some part of the property that you’ve never taken the time to examine? Are the window frames in good condition? Are there any cracks appearing? These are all structural questions that you should ask yourself, and obviously attend to should any of these issues need addressing, but the cosmetic impression of a property is much easier to improve. A well cared for and attractive property is a wonderful invitation to a viewer and screams out “come on in and buy me!” Top Ten Tips for increasing your Kerb Appeal: 1. Front Door This is the focal point of any property and, of course, the place where your visitors will stand and wait to enter, allowing them plenty of time to scrutinise the area! You should therefore ensure that the door fittings are clean and shiny, and that the house number is clearly on show. If there is stained glass in the door, it should be in good condition. A good clean is sometimes all that a door needs rather than a coat of paint, but age and colour tone will define

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what needs to be done. Also, do make sure that the door matches the property: a modern door on a traditional property can instantly lack appeal. 2. Garage Door The garage door should also be in good condition. Ensure that it is clean, and if the paintwork is peeling, rub it down and re-paint it in a colour that coordinates with your front door. You should also ensure that is opens and closes smoothly. 3. Lawn If you do have a lawn, make sure it is just that and not a jungle! If your visitors have to fight their way through the undergrowth to venture into your home, it is not a great start. 4. Plants and Flowers Potted plants are fantastic, and an instant transformation. Any investment is not lost as you can always take them with you when you move. 5. Drive If you do have a parking space, simply park your car there as it sends a message to the potential buyer that the property

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Homes and Property does indeed have off-street parking. 6. Windows Clean the windows. Ensuring that you have squeaky clean and shiny windows is a very simple and effective way of improving the look of your property. 7. Internal Window Dressings Whether your property has blinds, curtains, voiles or drapes, your window dressing can be seen very clearly from the outside, so take a look and make sure that the proportions of the window dressings are in style and match equally in all the windows. 8. Paintwork Painting your house will also create a very satisfying transformation. A new exterior coat of paint on aged brickwork instantly improves and updates a tired wall. Remember that the boundary walls around the property are all up for viewers’ inspection even before they have rung the doorbell! 9. Paving If you have paving, ensure that it is in good condition. Level any uneven paving slabs – if a potential buyer trips

up on their way into your house, it will not make a very good first impression! Remove any unsightly weeds growing through the gaps. 10. Lighting A good exterior light fitting in perfect working order is important for evening viewings. Remember that viewers will often visit your property for a preview by night, so a warm, well-lit property is inviting. These small improvements may seem like trivial and insignificant details in the grand scheme of things. But it is very important to take into consideration that any work which a buyer feels they need to do on a property just indicates additional expense and outgoings. What may seem like just a few tiny repairs to you will stand out as major problems to anyone who doesn’t see them every day, and of course you are comfortable with your home because it is just that, your home! Remember - the less a buyer thinks they have to do, the better the impression your property will make.

your property from an independent, fresh and critical point of view, and take into account all of the above points. If habit has rendered you unable to look at your property from an outsider’s perspective, or you would like further information about property improvements, why not give Home Truths Property Styling a call? They will be able to offer you that independent eye, and can help you to make the most of your property. For further details contact Roz on 07769 776843 or info@ You can also visit the website at www. By Gemma Thomson

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How to Plan your big day without losing your head! ~One Bride To Be’s Experiences~

By Patricia Conti

When my boyfriend of 5 years proposed to me last June, I was so excited we automatically celebrated our special news with friends and family. They plied us with congratulatory champagne and by the time we had told everyone that we knew, I had acquired quite a taste for the sparkling tipple. Eventually the natural question people ask is: Have you set a date? Now this is when the realization sets in; oh right…I have to organize this party. This is no ordinary helium and cheap vodka bash – it’s my big day and like most girls I’m thinking of white dresses and wondering if I should grow my hair.

because there are so many suppliers you can try to haggle, but deciding who is worth bargaining with is a whole other chore and often very time consuming. So why are weddings so ridiculously expensive? I would love to say because they are worth it and it’s the one day in your life you can be frivolous, but remember however exciting the wedding day is, the marriage won’t be if you get yourselves into piles of debt. Weddings are so pricey because couples often do not budget

properly or show self-discipline and also because suppliers always see those people coming. My advice is to use a budget planner and there is normally one provided among the pages of the numerous wedding magazines, or you can type wedding-budget planner into an internet search engine and print one free off the net. Do not be scared to go to your bank. Banks are there to help you manage your money and mine suggested opening up a separate savings account suitably called, Wedding Fund.

As a newly engaged women I trundled out to purchase a wedding magazine to inspire me with instant ideas but instead of being hit by a wave of enthusiasm, I was left shocked by the cost of these glossy pages. These magazines should come with a warning along the lines of beware; ‘Extremely Expensive and Addictive.’ My advice to newly engaged love birds is try and cut the cost by sharing copies with friends that are also getting married. I’ve been told that planning a wedding is a full-time job, but as I am a fairly structured individual I initially thought that this part would be easy and in theory I still think that is true. However, when you mention the word wedding or type the word wedding venue into the internet, there is a whole world that us newbies are just so unprepared for! This is what I can only guess to be, a multi-million pound industry; a thriving business despite the government announcing that marriage rates in England and Wales have fallen to the lowest level on record. The wedding trade is a booming business and that is both good and bad for those of us trying to organise our special day. The good news is that


Weddings The Venue For my own autumn wedding I looked at 3 different style venues situated locally. I also decided that with 100 guests coming from far and wide I wanted to keep the whole day in one area. My first visit was to a a hotel, The West Lodge in Hadley Wood. The drive up to the lodge was as stunning as the building itself and immediately I could see the photographic benefits of this classic location.

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Once you have decided on a budget you can start thinking about venues, but before you do this you need to know how many guests you are inviting, a rough date, and whether you want to get

married all in one place or say your vows somewhere else. These are all questions you will be faced with when looking for the perfect setting.

West Lodge provide their own caterers and I must say their menu, although pricey and relatively traditional, looks delicious. My fiancé and I really loved this venue with its beautiful period rooms, however they can’t really cater for larger weddings without separating your party into different rooms or placing you in a marquee, which is not available during the winter months. The second venue I looked at was a restaurant named Enzo’s on Chase Side. This certainly has plenty of room and is used to catering for large Greek

Enzo’s Experience the Ambience of Enzo’s Enzo’s is fully licensed for Civil Ceremonies and can offer a full Wedding and party service from the most formal to the most informal. Buffet or Seated, 20-100 guests. We have various Set menus or we can tailor-make them to suit your requirements. The location also enjoys an outside patio, weather permitting. The contemporary restaurant offers genuine fresh Italian and Mediterranean cuisine, markedly stylish with lots of twists and pleasant surprises. Only the highest quality fresh foods are used. Our wealth of experience and friendly team of staff are on hand to advise and help you with the arrangements for the big occasion. Enzo’s is conveniently located only 5 minutes from The Register Office, Gentleman’s Row, Enfield

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Weddings and Italian weddings. They are licensed to hold civil ceremonies and are also conveniently located just 5 minutes from the registry office on Gentleman’s Row. They offer a full wedding and party service, catering for formal and more relaxed events, with a choice of buffet or seated menu. The last place on my list was the banqueting suite at Forty Hall. The salon is situated adjacent to Forty Hall and similar to West Lodge, has beautiful grounds but unlike West Lodge’s several smaller sized rooms Forty Hall has a single large area available to couples. This spacious room is stylishly effortless, with rustic brick walls, high ceilings and plenty of room for a larger wedding. I decided that Forty Hall was the right place for me because of their flexibility and their easy to get to location. They offer a modern menu, which they were willing to tailor to my requirements. They have an MP3 facility, which means you can save money by plugging your iPod into their system rather than paying for a DJ. Of course if you want a DJ then they have a small stage set up at the end of the room. Most importantly they showed good old customer service.

The Dress With the venue booked, I’m ready to start hunting for my dress but how do you even start looking when there are literally millions of dresses to choose from? To add to this I’ve heard tales of dresses costing thousands of pounds and after watching my sister spend £3500 on hers, I knew this wasn’t just an urban legend. It’s not that I’m Scrooge, I’ve just not yet won the lottery. Like all of us I want the right dress without the price tag and I’ve managed to find three ways to accommodate this. Once you have found a dress that you like, write down the name of the gown and swiftly leave the really expensive boutique and do one of the following: 1. Get it made: You can get your dress made for you by one of the many mass manufacturers that are featured on the internet, or find a local dress maker such as Amethyst Fashion on Southbury Road to produce something very similar. 2. eBay it! You often hear that someone’s loss is your gain, well in this case it is! My friend picked up a bargain on eBay after a bride cancelled her

wedding and put her dress up for sale on eBay. They also have second hand dresses, after all girls, it’s only been worn once. 3. Go Local: I spent a delightful afternoon with the charming staff of Celebrations in Ponders End. Not once did they pressure me into buying one of their gowns. Instead they gave me their honest opinions and explained that they could source most dresses if they were given the dress name. The majority of their stock was under £1000 and they could even provide some lines from major stores, at a much cheaper rate! Choosing Your Bridesmaids Dress Bright pink ruffles and mint green dresses are a thing of the past with films like Sex and the City bringing back bridesmaid chiq. All of your friends will be desperate to jump into a stylish frock and sip champagne with you on your wedding morning. This is why it’s so important to consider who you really want to spend your wedding morning chatting with, after all you don’t want to be stressed out before you walk down the aisle!


Weddings The Groom’s Party So the girls look great, but what about the men. I made the mistake of letting my future husband choose his own suit. If you’re not going to be together when you buy the suits, make sure the person with them is aware of your requirements and colour choices ! When you have decided on a style and colour, you need to either buy or hire the suits and this is where that whole ‘wedding’ word pops up again. If you’re buying or hiring don’t mention it’s for a wedding until after you have agreed on a price as it’s much cheaper this way. Also check out the high street as most of the stores have more up-to date suits at half the price. Capturing the Day After all the running around trying to arrange your perfect day for a perfect price, you now need to find a photographer to capture it all. There are hundreds of photographers out there and finding the right one is not easy. A great tip is to ask to see an entire album of a wedding they have just done, that

way you’re not seeing just their best pictures. Remember there is not a set price - so haggle! I spoke to local photographer Joel Dyer from silent Echo Photography. Joel stopped me in my tracks when he described himself. “I’m a wedding photographer and that is very different to a landscape photographer or any other kind of photographer.” Joel explained that it’s all about making a couple feel comfortable, to ensure they get the best shots. Like other photographers Joel has set packages but he is quite happy to do bespoke packages, or you can simply pay him for his time. His passionate and clearly talented approach has left him with lots of happy couples. “The most important thing is that the bride and groom get the photographs they want from the day.” The Honeymoon If like me your honeymoon is nearly as important as the wedding but your budget has disappeared on extra’s for your special day, don’t frown just yet. It’s

becoming increasingly popular to place your honeymoon on your wedding list. This isn’t as bad as it sounds. There are lots of online companies that will set up an account for you, and guests can simply log on and pay for a day’s white water rafting or candle lit dinner. This all helps to cut down the costs, and actually gets you gifts you want. There are also travel vouchers, which are offered by most travel companies. I have chosen to go with Trailfinders who provide couples with cards that can be slotted into your wedding invitations, guests can then donate in multiples of £5 to the actual cost of your honeymoon. If this all seems way too stressful then you can get someone else to plan your wedding for you. Sparkle and Wow are award winning wedding planners and they are right on our door step. They offer bespoke packages and have a very personal philosophy: ‘To us, you come first.’ The team at Sparkle and Wow will take care of anything you can and can’t think of, and it’s all done to the highest standards. So if you want to make it all about you without the stress, then Sonia and her team are the people for you.

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Weddings FREE TICKETS FREE TICKETS Sparkle and Wow will be holding their next show case at Alexandra Palace on Sunday 5th April, and they have given EN five free tickets to give away to our readers. Unlike most Wedding exhibitions Sparkle and Wow are offering something a little more than your normal wedding exhibition; there will be numerous master classes, live demonstrations and a chance to win a very exciting prize; plus every bride to be will receive a free goodie bag on the day! So for your chance to attending the Sparkle and Wow North London Wedding Showcase write to us at or r to EN Magazine PO Box 1099 Enfield EN1 9JF and we will include your name in the draw. Good Luck

2009 Wedding Trends Sonia Abrams, Director of Events at Sparkle & Wow, shares with EN Magazine her predictions on what’s hot in the world of weddings for 2009. All white and peachy Last year we saw strong colours and this trend for vibrant colours will continue, but also making an entrance in the wedding colour palette is peach and white. White will be the dominant colour and the only colour at weddings, from the flowers, table design and entire event look. Personal Brands Couples are always looking for ways to really make the wedding day their own and personalise the event. What better way than joining together initials or names and creating a unique logo or have a monogram feature on key items on the day. From stationery, cake topper and dance floor! Renewal of Vows Couples who have been married one year, 10 years or even 25 years are choosing to celebrate their marriage by holding intimate and occasionally large celebrations with a Renewal of Vows ceremony. These can take place at the home or even a blessing in the church where the couple were married. Multi day events If you can’t decide on a theme or location for your big day, why not spread the celebrations over a weekend and mix it up. Afternoon tea party, glamorous evening bash or a relaxed garden party at your parents…the choice is yours! This option does not have to cost the earth and will add a real twist and flexible approach to the occasion.

Relaxed atmosphere Beautifully presented sharing food platters, buffets and a less formal approach to receptions is big for 2009. This relaxed approach will also allow the precious wedding budget to go further! English Tea Party This theme is going to be huge for 2009, last year couples opted for cute cup cakes but this year the very British tradition of an Afternoon Tea Party will be a trend that features throughout the entire celebration. Details Yes, it is all in the details. From bows, lace, sequins and quirky bridal hair accessories – impress your guests with your attention to detail and get te bridal entourage together for an evening and add touches to your favours to customise them. A glue gun may be a great purchase this spring! Wow Factor Even though there is doom and gloom in the media regarding the current economic climate and people are watching their money more than ever, couples are still looking at cost effective ways to add that wow factor and make sure their day sets the benchmark. Whether it is a show stopping hand painted cake, a marching band or a professionally choreographed first dance with a live band are all great ways to create an event that wows. Sparkle & Wow specialise in designing, themeing and providing consultancy to couples and their families who require help with achieving a perfectly coordinated big day. For further information or to book a FREE consultation, visit


What’s On Great Daffodil Appeal Marie Curie Hospice, Hampstead, 11 Lyndhurst Gardens, NW3  5NS 01 March 2009 – 08 March 2009 @ 13:00 tickets: Free ‘Help make our daffodils great” Be part of our annual fundraising campaign this March and help us raise over £5m to care for people with cancer and other terminal illnesses. Help us collect We urgently need volunteers to help us at collections in the Barnet area. Collect or Join our volunteers taking to the streets of Barnet to offer everyone a daffodil in return for a donation. Contact:  08456 013107 Clearing The Island In Pymmes Park Contact: Christina Lee 020 8449 2459 Email:  christina. Staff Yard, Pymmes Park, Victoria Road, Edmonton, N18 08 March 2009 @ 10:00 FREE It is ship ahoy again as Enfield Conservation Volunteers celebrate the success of the clearance of Grovelands Park ‘duck island’. Now it is the turn of the lucky ducks of Pymmes Park to have their nesting island cleared. Volunteers will take to the not so high seas in a fine vessel to help clean up the ducks and other wildlife’s nesting areas.

Want to join in? Then just turn up. Bring working clothes, good footwear, gloves and a packed lunch. Indulgence Evening Friends Of George Spicer George Spicer Primary School, Southbury Road, Enfield, EN1 1YF 13 March 2009 18:30 Ticket :  £5.00 Pampering evening with manicure, pedicure, mini-facials and much more, not forgetting snacks, drinks and stalls to browse while your waiting for your treatment. Free glass of wine for everybody! Contact Phone/Fax:  07794 596451 Contact Email:  friendsofgeorgespicer@google Make Time For Cake Time, 21-27 March 2009 Shelter - Giving Is A Piece Of Cake! Community Event, EN1 Time:  09:00 Ticket: FREE Whether you’re a big fan of flapjacks or it’s muffins that make your mouth water, Cake Time is the perfect excuse to get together with friends, family, or colleagues, and tuck in to your favourite cakes while raising lots of lovely money for Shelter, the housing and homelessness charity. Register

for your FREE Cake Time pack full of scrumptious cake recipes, top fundraising tips and Cake Time goodies: call 0844 515 1190, email uk or visit caketime Contact Phone/Fax: 08445 151190 Oakwood Park Clean Up Christina Lee 020 8449 2459 Email: christina.lee@enfield. Pavillion Oakwood Park, Prince George Avenue, Oakwood, N14 22 March 2009 @10:00 Ticket: FREE Continuing Enfield Conservation Volunteers’ work on the rediscovered acid grassland, the team will be carrying out scrub clearance. Everyone is welcome to come and help out. Bring working clothes, stout footwear, gloves and a packed lunch. ‘let’s Do Lunch’ Mary Rose 020 8366 9674 Email: Crews Hill Golf Club Cattlegate Road, Crews Hill, EN2 8AZ 26 March 2009 @13:00 Ticket: £30.00 Join us for a drinks reception at 12 noon, a delicious lunch at 12.30 and then sit back to enjoy our after-lunch speaker.

Townswomen’s Guild Meetings on second Wednesday of eavery month. Church Hall, United Reform Church, Ponders End 7-9.30 contact Gladys 020 8363 7181 Nearly New Sale Enfield Nct Enfield Grammar School, Upper School Site In Town Centre, Behind Post Office. Entrance Via Wilford Close Off Little Park Gardens, EN2 6LN 28 March 2009 @ 10;00am Ticket:  £1.50 Enfield NCT Nearly New Sale. Items for sale: toys, books, buggies, cots, childrens’ clothing, maternity wear, games and much more! From 10am to midday Email: Saturday Morning Concerts 2009 Grange Park Methodist Church Coffee 10:15am Recital: 11:30am – 12:30pm 18th April (Cellist) 9th May (Pianist) 6th June (Violin, cello & Piano) Cuffley Floral Art Club Cuffley Hall,Maynards Place, Cuffley 10th March 2009 7:15 for 8;00pm start Contact: Val 01707 889447 Grange Park Floral Art Club Grange Park Church in the Orchard

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Enfield Borough Police Crime Prevention Office Crimestoppers Neighbourhood Watch Anti Terrorist Hotline Hertfordshire Police

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What’s On 3rd Monday of every month @ 2;00pm Flower arrangements are raffled at end of demonstrations. Contact: Marion 020 8360 1328

Over 60s Computer Club Tuesday mornings Delta City Learning Centre, Nightingale Rd, N9 Contact: 020 8807 8687

Botany Bay Petanque Club (Boules) Cricket Club, East Lodge Lane, The Ridgeway, Botany Bay EN2 7EE Every Sunday 11;00am -1;30pm Contact: Sue 020 83665954/Alan 01707 653325

Millfield Arts Centre: Silver Street, Edmonton, London

Enfield Computer club St. Luke’s & St.John’s community Centre (Off Morley Hill) Second Sunday every month from 10;30am – 5:00pm Contact Tel. 020 8366 6162 Build, repair, upgrade your PC. Anyone interested in computers welcome. Grange Park WI St. Peter’s Church, Vera Avenue N21 7:30 for 7:45pm start – 2nd March 2009 Speaker Gill Bomber speaking on ‘The Alexander Technique – How can it help me?’ Enfield & Southgate WEA Adult Courses for March Philosophy for the over 50s Contact: Norma Chapman tel. 020 88820615 The Whitewebbs Museum of Transport will be holding an ‘ “Olde Tyme Raile” (Agricultural Machinery ) and Museum Open Day’ on Sunday 30th March from 10am – 4pm. Entrance is £3.00 for adults, accompanied children under 13 free. Refreshments available, free parking on site. Comprehensive display of tractors, stationary engines and lawn mowers. Four floors of Museum exhibits. For further information phone the Museum office on 020 8367 1898. Salisbury House Poets Rik Wilkinson reads from his new collection Saturday March 7th 2009 Bury Street West, N9 @ 7:30pm Tickets: £2.50 –£3.50

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way as the boys sing absolute classics. An evening of Mediumship 23rd March 2009 @ 8:00pm Tickets: £17.50 The star of Living TV programmes captivates his audiences with his gift for connecting to the spiritual world. International Women’s Day 6th March 2009 7:30pm Tickets £3 – £7.00 Celebrating Women’s Day and Cancer Research Soulful evening of dynamic & invigorating poetry, Dance, rap & powerful drama Chas & Dave 13th & 14th March 2009 8:00pm Tickets: £18.00 Legendary Rockney Cockney duo performing their greatest hits Phantom & The Musicals 19th March 2009 8:00pm Tickets £16.00 All the greats are featured in this musical extravaganza Humour of Gilbert & Sullivan 28th March 7:30pm Tickets £14.00 Discover & celebrate these two creators of comic operas. A good old fashion sing a long. Wyllyots Centre: Darkes Lane, Potters Bar Herts. EN6 Box Office: 01707 645005 Antiques & Collectors fair Sunday 8th March 2009 Tickets £1/1.50 70 stalls presenting quality range of collectibles Enquiries: 01438 013060 Aladdin 19th – 21st March 2009 7:30pm or Matinee Saturday 2:30pm A traditional but updated version of this well known magical tale The Rat Pack Vegas Spectacular 22nd March 2009 7:30pm Tickets: £16.00 Tributes to the trio and fun all the

Capel Manor Bullsmoor Lane, Enfield, EN1 4RQ Tel. 08456 122122 Garden Boot Sale Sunday 8th March 2009 10:00am – 1:00pm Price: £10.00 per vehicle boot A chance to de-clutter your garden or shed ad pick up a bargain. Ring for a booking form or turn up on site at 9:00am Spring Bulbs and NGS weekend 14th and 15th March ( 10 – 4pm) The gardens will be a mass of spring colour over this weekend as the bulbs emerge across the site. Admissions are donated to the National Gardens Scheme (Yellow Book) charity. There will be garden walks at 1pm each day (no additional charge) Mothering Sunday Sunday 22nd March 2009 All mothers admitted free of charge on this day when accompanied by their child (any age). A great chance to visit the gardens and to have lunch on the terrace restaurant. Festival of Gardening & Food Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th April, 10am – 5pm This new format event replaces the Spring Show and aims to unite the joy of gardening with the delights of food. Not only will Capel’s own 30 acres of themed gardens give you ideas and inspiration but exhibitors will be on hand to show you the latest gardening tools, plus there’ll be plant sales, a spring flower show, organic food and Capel’s own lecturers on hand to offer advice and guidance on specialist topics.

Regular Events French & Spanish Language Club in the Enfield Area LEARN FRENCH and Spanish THE FUN WAY! *FREE TRIAL LESSON* - Native French / Spanish speaker with experience - Small classes, 5 maximum per group - High quality and stimulating teaching resources following the QCA guidelines - Classes tailored to child’s age and knowledge of French/ Spanish - Holding Full CRB certificate Phone Deborah Cheney on 020 8372 5854/07910 155537 or email Potters Bar Cine & Video Society Wyllotts Centre, Potters Bar Alternate Thursdays 8.00pm Contact Penny 01707 656446 or John 01707 872210 www.pottersbarcineand for amateur cinematographers. Programme includes §editing, filming techniques, competition evenings, social functions “Ears of Enfield”, Enfield’s very own social group for hard of hearing people, are on the move. Our final meeting at our present venue, Trinity Church, Enfield, will be our Christmas Party. We then move to Oakwood Baptist Church, Merrivale, Southgate, London N14 4TE. Our meetings are on the first Tuesday of each month from 2pm to 4pm and our first meeting at these premises will be on Tuesday 3rd February when we will have a slide show. These premises have an induction loop and there is a car park. We have a varied and interesting programme to suit all tastes. For details ring 020 8482 0212. Enfield Wine Makers Meet at St. Stephen’s Church Hall 3rd Friday of each month 8-10.30pm. New members welcome. Social evenings of wine tasting, discussions, home brewing & speakers. Contact Peggy Osborne 020 8366


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Enfield Camera Club meets at Trinity Church Hall Thursday evenings at 8 pm. New members are always welcome. Alternatively they can contact the club through the website www. 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

Enfield Video Makers meet at Jubilee Hall, Parsonage Lane, Enfield on the 1st & 3rd Tuesday of each month, at 8pm until 10pm. Contact Stan Lane, 0208 363 8898, e-mail pole-school pole dancing classes a great way to loose weight, tone up, strengthen and sculpt your body, whilst meeting new friends and having fun! Classes held in Barnet and Enfield for details visit our website; www. or call Nathalie

The Civil Service Retirement Fellowship, Enfield and Edmonton groups holds meetings on the first Monday of the month in Enfield (at St. Andrews Church Hall Enfield; and the third Monday at Millfield House. Edmonton,each meeting from 10am to noon. All former, serving, and retired Civil Servants and their partners welcome. Contact Sue on 020 8360 4361 for more information.

Jack and Jill’s Music Club Fun and learning through song for 0-4s. Thursdays 10-11am St Michael and All Angels Church Hall, Chase Side, Enfield.

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Fridays 10-11am Grange Park Methodist Church, Old Park Ridings N21 For more information visit www. or contact Jacqui 07742 545605 Edmonton Camera Club meet each monday at 7.45pm, Millfield House, Silver Street, Edmonton, N18 1PJ. Visitors welcome, please ring Pete on 020 8363 1568 or check our website edmontoncameraclub. We offer lectures, discussions, practical evenings, learning events, competitions, outings & exhibitions.

Enfield National Trust Association meet twice monthly, one afternoon at Holtwhites Sports & Social club, Holtwhites Hill at 2pm, one evening at Enfield County School, Holly Walk, Enfield at 7.45pm. We offer, lectures, London outings, summer outings, concert & theatre outings. Ring Peter on 020 8363 1568 for

details of next meetings & events Enfield RSPB meet the first thursday of the month at St Andrews Church Hall, Silver Street, Enfield from 8.00 to 10.00 for lectures plus we have local afternoon walks, coach trips to bird reserves,a quiz evening & two “birding” holidays a year. Contact Pauline on 020 8363 1568 for details or check our website uk/groups/enfield/news/ Chase Diabetic Exercise Club at Chase Farm Hospital at 6.00pm for an hour of varied exercises not only for diabetics but for all who wish to improve their health’ Ring Pauline on 020 8363 1568 for further details 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


What’s On 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 Enfield & District Fuchsia Society New members Welcome. Learn how to grow fuchsias, Join our friendly club, meeting every 3rd &4th Thursday of the month,7-45-9-45 at Capel Manor College, Bullsmoor Lane. For more information phone Roy 0208 292 6965. Dance Classes HOT SALSA Wednesday’s Club 19 @ Trent Park Doors Open 7.30 till 12pm

Beginners - Level 1 8-9 pm Improvers - Level 2 9-10 pm Intermediates- Level3 9-10 pm Advanced - Level 4 9-10 pm La Rueda ‘Cuban Wheel’ 8- 9 pm Dips & Drops 9 - 10 pm Hot Salsa Social after 10 pm For more information visit www. or call 07947 765 499 Dance Addiction New Friday Night Practice Night (from 7th November) Large attractive hall with the very best music Highly Qualified Teachers who are anxious to assist but not interfere Tutorials available for all levels with the emphasis on style - all grades welcome at Enfield Highway Community Association 117 Hertford Road, Enfield (between Green Street & St. James Church) contact Bill Kincaid (LISTD Latin & Ballroom)020 8363 3636 Private Lessons to High Standards at Low Prices

Matrix Latin and Ballroom Combining the elegance of Ballroom with the dynamic Latin American dances these nice ‘n’ easy fun introductory classes will ease even the most hesitant firsttime dancer on to the dance floor with confidence. TUESDAYS 8:00 – 8:45 Improvers/ Intermediate Class 8:45 – 9:30 Beginners Class 9:30 – 10:30 Social Dancing for all levels St Andrews Church Hall Chase Side Southgate London N14. Situated next to Asda (for parking use supermarket car park) For more information please call 07903 244085 or visit www.

For further information contact Jean 0208 367 6660 or Gordon 01707 872645 10th March - OK All Stars Members £5.50 Guests £7.50 17th March - SPECIAL - Barry Grummet - New Orleans Heat Members £8.00 Guests £10.00 24th March - Vine Street ^ Members £5.50 Guests £7.50 31st March - Wasboard Syncopators Members £5.50 Guests £7.50

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