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July / August 2016 Edition Issue 31

Osidge celebrates 80 years • Join them on Sunday 9th July at Os-Fest

11 Ways you could be devaluing your home

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• And what to do about it

Rimini's Golden Ticket

OSIDGE PRIMARY SCHOOL INSPIRING CHILDREN SINCE 1936

Are you the lucky winner of our Rimini golden ticket?

Osidge School remains relatively unchanged since it was opened in 1936

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welcome You may have noticed that the magazine has shrunk in size. It's now a handy bookshelf size, perfect to carry around with you and still packed full of great local stories and articles! This month we introduce to you some great local businesses right on your doorstep alongside our historical Past Times feature on Osidge School as they celebrate their 80th Anniversary. New this month is our Champions of the Community, page 9, please feel free to nominate someone that you would like to be recognised in the magazine by getting in touch with our team. It's been a busy few months in the office as we welcome two new members to the team, Nicola Pratt joins us as Assistant Property Manager and Claudeth Whyte joins the Palmers Green and Southgate Life team. Focusing on our clients is key to the customer service we provide and I believe our team offer a great comprehensive level of knowledge not only of the local property market but of our community too. This month we feature the exciting Firs Farm Park and Wetlands Festival on page 8 alongside the success of the recent Hazelwood summer fete, sponsored by Anthony Webb, that raised in excess of ÂŁ7,000. Anthony Webb congratulate Talkies Community Cinema on page 24 as they reach their milestone 100th film. We are so lucky to have local volunteers that add so much to the culture of our community. Look out for the golden ticket in your magazine, one lucky winner will find a ÂŁ60 voucher for a FREE meal at Rimini on us, turn to page 12 for more details. If you're thinking about moving, selling, or renting please do get in touch with a member of our team who will be happy to help you. In the meantime have a great Summer!

Tony

Tony Ourris

Martin McKelvey

Director / Editor at Large tonyourris@anthonywebb.co.uk

Office Manager martin@anthonywebb.co.uk

Lee Sargent

Theo Kyriacou

Senior Sales and Lettings Negotiator lee@anthonywebb.co.uk

Sales and Lettings Negotiator theo@anthonywebb.co.uk

Emily Berry

Nicola Pratt

Property Manager lettings@anthonywebb.co.uk

Assistant Property Manager lettings@anthonywebb.co.uk

Panayiota Kyriakides Administrator

If you are interested in advertising a local service or business please get in touch or if you have a local story or article that you would like featured in our magazine please contact ellie@palmersgreenlife.co.uk

Tony Ourris Director Anthony Webb Estate Agents Ellie Sales

Claudeth Whyte

Magazine Editor ellie@palmersgreenlife.co.uk

Advertising Manager ads@palmersgreenlife.co.uk

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11 Ways you could be devaluing your property without even knowing it by Martin McKelvey

Most of us take pride in our homes, and when it comes to selling your property you want it to look as good as possible. I’ve created a list of tips, that over the years I have come across on a regular basis, to ensure you get the best possible price for your property and fast. Reducing the number of rooms. An We don’t all love feature walls. Neutrals 1 5 may be a little bit boring, but they allow upstairs bathroom may be the ideal but people to imagine themselves living in your many older homes only have one on the ground floor and sacrificing the smallest third bedroom may seem like a good idea but your home will, most likely, be worth less as a two bedroom property. Dodgy DIY. It may seem cheaper to do it yourself in the short-term, but there’s nothing more off-putting to a potential buyer than bad DIY, it could even prevent an offer altogether. Untidy garden. Messy front gardens will put off potential buyers before they even walk through the door. Spend some time thinking about what improvements you could make to help your kerb appeal. Your front door. First impressions really count so it’s worth putting in the effort. Clean it, paint it or stain it for best results.

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home, and gives them time to settle in before having to re-decorate. Consider painting over feature walls or removing busy wallpaper. Keep it tidy and declutter. Keeping your home tidy and clutter free is vital during viewings and especially when your property is photographed by your estate agent. Pets. Ideally keep them out the way for viewings. Hairs, smells, and pets in general can be off-putting. Suspicious smells. Never mind pets and teenagers more sinister smells such as damp or mould will need to be addressed. These can deter buyers, or result in a lower offer. Wasted space. Too much furniture and clutter can make your home appear

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smaller than it is. Clear them away to allow buyers to see your home’s potential - maybe put a dining table in the area you usually use for your home office, or a couple of comfy chairs in a conservatory that’s usually stuffed with junk. Unsightly views. Does your garden overlook a busy road, factory yard or a brick wall? Consider installing a fence and some shrubs to mask the issue or distract the eye. Standing out for all the wrong reasons. Stone cladding and equally ultra-modern features can make your house stick out like a sore thumb, especially on period terraces so bear this in mind before you make any drastic alterations to your home. Remember, if you live in a conservation area you will need permission to make any alterations to the exterior of your property, including changing its colour!

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If you’re concerned that something in your home is stopping your property selling or might affect your resale price please contact me for some free advice. If you’re considering selling please give me a call for a current market valuation.

Introducing local artist Christos Chrysanthou

Anthony Webb welcomes our second artist Christos Chrysanthou as he opens his exhibition this July and August at our Palmers Green office. 10% of all sale proceeds are kindly donated to the North London Hopsice.

The variety of art Christos creates comes from his love of colour, shapes and symbols. As a fan of abstract and modern abstract art he uses atmosphere and space to depict and create different worlds and landscapes that can take you through an emotional journey. Christos’ artistic influences are Mark Rothko, Henri Matisse, post cubist artist Mondrian, as well as Hindu and Aboriginal art. The symbolic images in his ‘Journeys and Landscapes’ series is particularly inspired by his Greek Cypriot culture. Although his art

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practice is mostly fine art, consisting mostly of canvas art and watercolours, he works in a variety of media and sizes and always tries to be experimental with his techniques and ideas. “Being an art teacher means that there is not a day that I do not think about art. The art I create comes from colour, shapes, symbols and experimentation.” Some of his work was created in Cyprus at the Lemba Art School in Paphos where he studied in the summer of 1995. These colourful and bright water colours later led to the cell creations that were part of his Degree show and most recent Cells series. “Art was always my love, nothing came close at school, and so I went on to Middlesex and Hertfordshire University to complete my BA Art and Design Honours degree. In 2000 I became an art teacher and have never looked back. My ideas and influences are always changing, especially being around some amazingly talented and creative pupils

and teachers. No matter how my life changes, I know my love of art and the ambition to express myself will never change.”

Exhibitions to date: April 2015 - Dugdale Center, Enfield, Life Landscapes solo exhibition March 2015 - Hasler Gallery, North Finchley, Speed Curate exhibition September 2013 – Dugdale Centre, Enfield July 2011 – Artsdepot, Artsdepot open, North Finchley www.christoschrysanthou.co.uk christosartist@gmail.com

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Osidge Celebrates its 80th Anniversary with Os-Fest!

by Paul Shuttleworth, editor of the Osidge 80 years website (PTA member) This year Osidge Primary School in Southgate is celebrating its 80th anniversary. But it could have been so different. Just four years after Barnet’s ‘state of the art’ school had been built four incendiary bombs landed on the field and playground with a fifth hitting the roof and bouncing off. Miraculously, through the War, both the building and the children of Osidge survived, to tell the tale. Osidge School was the much needed school for the new district of East Barnet which, after the extension of the Piccadilly Line and opening of Southgate tube station in 1934, was in the midst of a house-building boon. Osidge School was opened in an official ceremony in the Upper Hall on Saturday 18th April 1936, by Rev. F. H. Richardson. To this day the building remains almost unchanged, with the signs for the separate boys and girls entrances still visible. The first school in the area, the catchment of Osidge was much wider than today. One of the oldest surviving pupils, 87 year old Joyce Goldsmith, recalls walking all the way home to Arnos Grove not just once, to go home for lunch too! Children’s memories of playing in Pymm’s Brook paints 1930’s East Barnet as a rural idyll. But this peace was to change with the outbreak of War and in particular the Battle of Britain when in 1940, lessons were disrupted daily. Perhaps, living on the outskirts of London, parents had thought the risks of being bombed were less. Less than 50 Osidge children took part in the Government’s evacuation programme. Instead, air raid shelters were built in the playing fields, where they remained until 1970. 80 year old Tommy Wells remembers passing time in the air raid shelters as if it was yesterday. “We used to sing our 12 times tables a thousand times over in the candle Tommy Wells light.”At the sound of an air raid each class lined up and proceeded in an orderly manner down the concrete steps into the underground shelters, where they sat on wooden slatted benches along the side of the walls. School life in the forties saw a constant stream of drives and knitting to help the

war effort. “We used to collect shrapnel from the bomb damaged sites and hand it over to the ARP warden in Hampden Square” explains Tommy. Nothing was wasted. As part of the Dig for Victory initiative the playing field was ploughed up for potatoes and each child had their own plot to grow food for their family. Finally in 1945 peace came to England and for the children of Osidge it was a time for celebration. The following year, as part of the victory celebrations, every child at school in the UK received a certificate from King George V, possibly the only official document to acknowledge children’s resilience during World War II.

the school. The Exhibition is also a chance to show children how Osidge inspired past pupils and what a huge array to choose from. In more recent years, the school claims a number of household names as past pupils. Student Robert Rinder is now better known as ITV’s Judge Rinder and from the world of music the roll call includes Rachel Stephens from S Club 7 and Dan GillespieSells, lead singer of The Feeling. Recording artist Juliette Ashby recalls Osidge as the place where she and her best friend, multi Grammy award winning artist, the late Amy Winehouse first found their voice. “Osidge made room for our creativity. I think that’s crucial for children and their development. We were always making up sounds and stories which allowed us to express ourselves.” It was for Osidge assemblies that Juliette and Amy formed a group called Sweet N Sour after Salt N Pepa, their favourite rap duo. Juliette will be introducing tracks from her new album as part of Os-Fest, a family music festival in the school grounds. “I can’t wait to come back. It’s going to be like performance assembly all over again.” The 80 Years Exhibition will be open during Os-Fest, the family festival taking place on 9th July at Osidge School from 2pm – 10pm (the exhibition closes at 5.30pm). Tickets are available by booking online at www.osidge 80.org or in person on the day.

As part of the Osidge 80 Years celebrations pupils are being introduced to past pupils so that these incredible stories are written down and can be passed on to future pupils. The students findings along with old registers and artefacts are part of a special 80 years Exhibition being held at

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For more inspirational stories from past pupils that attended Osidge please visit their website www.osidgeschool.org, #OsidgeInspiredMe.

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Councillorʼs Corner What A Load Of Rubbish!

by Cllr. Bambos Charalambous

Cllr.bambos.charalambous@enfield.gov.uk Tel: 020 8379 2653

One regular problem that all councillors get contacted about is flytipping. Flytipping is a real scourge and eyesore for all those living nearby and can lead to public health problems providing a food source for foxes and rats. Whilst the Council does remove flytipped rubbish on public land within 24 hours of it being reported this is not the solution to the problem. The root of the problem is human behaviour and people disrespecting their neighbourhood. The Council does prosecute people flytipping and has recently acquired additional powers to punish those caught in the act of dumping rubbish on public land. A few years ago I visited an access road to the rear of some properties in Rylston Road with some local residents to see a problem they had with flytipping. The residents were complaining that plastic carrier bags containing rubbish were being thrown over a wall from neighbouring flats into the access road. After a few minutes talking with the

residents a bright orange carrier bag came sailing over the wall and landed inches from my feet. We couldn’t see the culprit and despite yelling at the mystery flytipper he was gone. Whilst I don’t recommend that anyone do this I opened the carrier bag to see if we could find anything identifying this litterbug. Sure enough I found a document with a name on it and after referring this to the Council’s enforcement team action was taken and the perpetrator dealt with. Under the Unauthorised Deposit of Waste (Fixed Penalties) Regulations 2016 which came into force on 9 May 2016 a Fixed Penalty Notice of £200 can be issued against anyone caught flytipping. The Council however is not responsible for clearing away rubbish dumped on private land but does have powers under the Environment Protection Act 1990 and the Anti Social Behaviour Crime & Policing Act 2014 to prosecute and fine people on whose

land the rubbish has been left if it hasn’t been cleared away. To catch flytippers the Council relies on some cctv but also on members of the public coming forward to let them know when they have seen anyone doing it. There is invariably a cost to the Council in trying to track down flytippers and also in clearing the rubbish. It is far better for it not to have been dumped at all but for this attitudes need to change. For instance, the idea that leaving rubbish by a random tree, lamp post or street sign is acceptable – well it isn’t. The cost of enforcing and removing dumped rubbish is paid for by you and me as Council Tax payers. If you have any information about who has been flytipping and where, please get in touch with me or your other ward councillors or the Council directly via their website www.enfield. gov.uk or on 020 8379 1000. Let’s see if we can tackle this problem together.

Parliamentary Comment by David Burrowes MP

Action needed home and abroad

david@davidburrowes.com Constituency: 020 8360 0234 It’s been another busy month for me in Westminster. One of my most important events involved constituent Mark Dingley, who appeared on a panel discussion entitled CO Safety for Britons Abroad, an event I chaired and convened hosted by the All Party Parliamentary Carbon Monoxide Group (APPCOG). Francesca, Mr Dingley’s daughter, was 22 when she tragically died in 2015 in Chengdu, China, having only just moved to the country to start work as an English teacher. She died when carbon monoxide fumes emitted from an incorrectly installed water heater in her flat. Francesca is one of too many who die from carbon monoxide poisoning abroad. I followed the meeting by writing to the Foreign Secretary to urge the Government, travel industry and energy suppliers do all that they can to help raise awareness and ensure carbon monoxide detectors are readily available. Make sure before you or friends or family travel abroad that you pack a carbon monoxide detector. As you may know, I have been campaigning

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for tougher laws on the production, distribution, sale and supply of New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) since 2006. On May 26th of this year, the Government responded to my call for a blanket ban on these substances, and it came into force in the UK. Also known as “legal highs” these substances have been deemed by the UK Government to present dangers to the public due to their “legal” profile and therefore underestimated threat to users. Deaths related to NPS in England and Wales more than doubled from 26 to 60 between 2009 and 2013. I am pleased to have played my part in getting this important law onto the statute book. It calls time on shops selling these dangerous substances. On 4th May, the Prime Minister announced that the Government would resettle unaccompanied asylum-seeking children from Greece, Italy and France. This followed multiple attempts from me and Conservative colleagues, for Ministers to build on their

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commitment to resettle 20,000 people from Syria by 2020 and a further 3,000 vulnerable children from the Middle East and North Africa. This initiative, a non-EU administered scheme, will rely on the good will of the British public. We’ve already proved our compassion by pledging £2.3 billion in humanitarian aid for Syria; £65 million to help tackle the migration crisis in the Mediterranean; and resettled around 1,800 of the 23,000 refugees, whom the Prime Minister has committed to give refuge by 2020. The Government will now work with local authorities to determine their capacity to resettle unaccompanied asylum-seeking children from Europe. The first arrivals are expected by the end of the year, and each local authority must take its fair share of vulnerable children. The response cannot just fall on the shoulders of counties like Kent which are in the front line of irregular migration. Enfield must match its words of support with practical action to accommodate, integrate and be hospitable to refugees.

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Introducing Brian from My Time, a new coffee shop that has recently opened in Palmers Green. Brian has lived in Palmers Green for over 25 years.Working in high street retail catering Brian has always had a passion for serving the highest quality products.

“At My Time we want to be able to satisfy the increasingly-educated palates of coffee-drinkers, we are part of a growing lifestyle where coffee and the café culture is not exclusively defined by the big high street brands anymore and the speciality coffee market is bringing to those discerning coffee drinkers a better tasting, ethically sourced and sustainable coffee product.” We have a selected range of premium loose leaf teas and fresh roasted speciality coffee all carefully and ethically sourced and direct traded helping those independent small farms and estates get the best prices for their crops aiding a sustainable future.We offer a wonderful selection of cakes that

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are locally baked by the most amazing bakers.With Gluten Free, Dairy Free, refined sugar free and Vegan cakes (subject to availability).

Afternoon tea is available too, please call and ask.With a chilled out retro ambience, we’re a great place to relax, hold meetings or catch up with friends.We are so confident that we severe the best tea and coffee in Palmers Green that if you don’t enjoy it it’s on us!

We are local; the owners, the staff and all the bakers putting back in to the local economy and hopefully adding a new take on the café culture in Palmers Green. Support Your Local Independent Businesses!

My Time has an early morning menu and a 375 GREEN LANES BRIAN light lunch menu PALMERS GREEN ’ S TOP consisting of 3 TEA ENFIELD N13 4JG P baguettes, brown ICKS Tel: 020 8886 6994 BLACK seeded ciabatta, T E Open seven days a week A E a r l G rey with (baked in-house), Bergam ot oil gluten free bread, WHIT Opening hours: salads, pizzas on Jasmine E TEA Mon-Fri 8am to 6pm Silver T ip gluten free bases Sat 9am to 6pm HERBA and soups with a Sun 10am to 6pm L vegetarian, organic Sri Lankan L TEA emongr ass. See what others are saying gluten free soup about us on our Facebook option. See our page @ My Time Artisan Fare blackboard for daily specials.

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Itʼs time to CELEBRATE at the Firs Farm Festival

Firs Farm Park Wetlands and Playing Fields, Winchmore Hill, is holding its first ever Festival on Saturday 16th July 2016 from 11-until 7pm. A previously unused piece of land has been transformed into a nature haven, where geese, including a beautiful Egyptian Goose, glide through the water accompanied by an ever growing group of ducks and a heron. In the surrounding woodlands swifts, blackbirds, woodpeckers, owls and a cormorant have been spotted visiting Firs Farm. Today, the wetlands is regularly visited by community groups including neighbouring schools and nurseries, where local children, as young as two, can find out the important role the wetlands plays in biodiversity. Pond dipping & nature trails are just some activities that children can take part in.

Amongst all this, a 600 metre foot path, allows access to all visitors to come and experience this tranquil environment at their leisure.

roast. There's also an auction including drumsticks signed by Nick Mason of PINK FLOYD and lots more.

So don’t miss the opportunity to join us on the 16th July and enjoy the celebrations!

We’re sure there will be something for everyone to enjoy and it all kicks off with the children’s Wetlands theme fancy dress parade from 10:30am.

Here are just some of the wonderful attractions and activities planned on the day:★ Fun fair rides, face painting, pony rides, dog show, tug of war, five a side, beat the goalie, golf (Mini 9 hole), belly dancing, dance, kick boxing, Zumba with Sonia, pond dipping ★ Live bands performing throughout as well as beer on tap and a hog

And for those of you that would love to be part of the team of people that are committed to the continued evolvement of the Wetlands – then get in touch - call / text us on 07956 537974, e-mail volunteers@firsfarmn21.org - we’re recruiting volunteers to help us make the festival a success and beyond. Help us make a difference.

For more information please visit our website: www.FirsFarmN21.org email: hello@firsfarmn21.org

A little bit of Brazil in Palmers Green raises over £7,000 for Hazelwood! by Steve Kelly PTA chair

Facebook: FirsFarmParkN21 instagram: FirsFarmwetlands Twitter: @FirsFarm

The Parent Staff Association at Hazelwood School would like to say a massive thank you to everyone in the community who supported our summer fete on Sunday 12th June. Despite the rain and that fact that we had lots to rearrange at the last minute everyone pulled together and the fete was great fun for all. Our new Hazelwood Bike Shop was a real success, in large part due to the communities kind donations of scooters and bikes. We will definitely be wheeling it out again next summer and asking Dr Bike to come back and provide some invaluable re-pairs and advice. The Left to right Naomi and Penny PTA volunteers

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Edmonton Police bicycle crime prevention team were also on hand marking bikes. A special thank you from the PTA committee to Penny, a parent at Hazelwood, who organised the whole event and kept cool whilst the rain and gazebos fell. Months of preparation and her time she gave to ensure the kids had a great day out whilst raising over £7,000 for our wonderful school and the children that attend it. Our popular petting zoo was a hit with the children

Anthony Webb Estate Agents, our main sponsors, funded fun activities such as our amazing petting zoo, a large bouncy assault course as well as our live Brazilian band. We thank you for your continued support. Find out more about HPSA’s activities on their facebook page. The amazing gardening stall at Hazelwood all grown from seed by our volunteers

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Champions of our community

Celebrating the people that make our community great!

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A touch of Mediterranean class

by Ellie Sales

When I was invited to do a food review at the new Mediterranean restaurant, Ambrosia, in Winchmore Hill I couldn’t wait to contact Claude our new advertising manager. We put on our glad rags and headed down. Located at the bottom of Station Road, you are instantly struck by the beautiful front terrace that is crying out to be enjoyed during their happy hour.

The restaurant itself has an upmarket ambience, is large and can seat up to 150 diners with intimate dining areas also available. There is a bar at the front with a relaxed feel and a more formal dining area to the rear. Naz, the manager, tells me that within a month there will also be a rear garden where you can enjoy alfresco dining. The menu offers a great selection of modern European classics including seafood, steak, chargrills, as well as vegetarian options such as Risotto Verdure. Claude and I both opted for seafood starters, black pearl scallops served with porcini mushrooms and a parmesan pea puree and fresh drunken calamari. The scallops were sublime and beautifully presented in a shell. The calamari was light and crispy, served with

tartar sauce. For our mains Claude selected the organic duck confit with crushed new potatoes, spinach, pomegranate, walnuts and an orange sauce and I opted for the wild sea bass seasoned in lime, sea salt and fresh thyme served with potato gratin. The presentation is to be applauded, the flavours all complement one another subtly and there is a good selection of sides on offer too. As for the dinks, Claude selected a glass of house Rosé and I treated myself to a small gold bottle, or two, of Bottega prosecco. Feeling very satisfied we still however had room to squeeze in a dessert. The chocolate fondant was amazing, hot and intense with a meltingly soft centre and the mango cheesecake special with a thick biscuit base was the perfect way to finish off what had been a great evening.

Ambrosia are open 7 days a week from 12noon -11pm. They have a lunch time offer of 2 courses for £8.95 or 3 courses for £10.95. On Sundays they serve roast chicken, beef and pork belly. ★★★★★ Expect to pay between £25-£35 for a three course meal and your drink. Happy hour is mid-week between 4 and 6pm buy one get one free. Ambrosia 10 Station Road, London N21 3RB To book call 020 3490 5079 info@ambrosiarestaurant.co.uk For their full menu please visit their website www.ambrosiarestaurant.co.uk

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International Voices of Enfield celebrates 25 years SIX CHOIRS FOR CHILDREN & YOUNG PEOPLE AGES 4 – 24+

We celebrate our 25th Anniversary on Sunday 10th July 2016, 3pm, at Palmers Green United Reformed Church, Fox Lane, N13 4AL.

The Founder Directors, Dr June Keyte MBE and Dr Christopher Keyte Hon RAM have both given their services voluntarily for a combined 50 years, and have inspired and given countless young people in Enfield the opportunity to sing in London and abroad (June will have been teaching music in Enfield Comprehensive and Preparatory Schools for 60 years next year) Beginning with 8 or 9 singers aged 8-10, there are now 6 Choirs with over 100 singers as well as 25

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young people who have graduated in Music from Conservatoires, Universities or are current undergraduates. We recently became a Registered Charity (1158828) The charity patron is Dr John Rutter CBE, the eminent British composer who has generously produced, recorded and edited 2 of our 10 CDs, and our most recent Christmas CD was donated as a gift to our Choir from Dr John, including all the proceeds. The 3 choir conductors are excellent young and enthusiastic Graduate/Undergraduate musicians, and our 3 accompanists are also graduate musicians. We have more than 45 nationalities singing with us and all are most welcome as there are no auditions. Our 25th Anniversary concert will bring together alumni, parents and friends, and will include a World premiere of a work by our previous accompanist, from Hong Kong, Elena Chiu, a special Tribute to the late Sir

Peter Maxwell Davies CH CBE, including a work commissioned by us in 2003, Otter Island, and music by our Patron. We will welcome Viimsi School Choir from Estonia, who hosted us on our Spring 2016 Tour to Finland and Estonia. Commemorative items will be available, and a celebratory high tea will be served in the main hall after the Concert. Entry by Souvenir Programme on the door. Adults: ÂŁ12 Children: Free

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Are you the lucky winner of our Rimini golden ticket? by Tony Ourris

Did you know that Rimini are celebrating 20 years on our high street this year? To mark the occasion Anthony Webb Estate Agents have teamed up with Rimini to offer one lucky reader a £60 voucher to enjoy a meal at the restaurant. You only have to take a look at their most recent review on Trip Advisor to understand why people return time and time again.

“What a beautiful place, great food, ambience, and the most pleasant staff. We had a great time and can’t wait to go back and bring friends and family” - Susanne C

Tony and Francesco

With a great selection of traditional Italian dishes including homemade soups, pasta, pizza, seafood, meat and veal dishes as well as plenty of options for vegetarians there really is something for everyone! Family owned and run, young children are welcomed, family parties are catered for regularly and a great selection of hand picked wines are also available.

Don't forget to look out for the golden ticket in your magazine, and good luck!

Crossed wires by Jan Thompson

Francesco on a recent wine tasting trip to Mount Etna, Sicily

Advertising Feature

Study reveals that half of UK adults misunderstand new pension rules. Research by The Wisdom Council* reveals that a significantly high percentage of UK adults misunderstand their options at retirement. The study, carried out on behalf of St. James’s Place, aimed to understand how attitudes have changed a year after reforms to the UK pension system were introduced – and how these are influencing retirement planning and behaviour. The chancellor’s decision to trust over-55s to use their pension how they like was welcomed by champions of freedom and choice; while critics argued that the move would only serve to increase the risk of people making poor decisions. Worryingly, despite widespread media coverage and government initiatives to raise awareness, only 49% of those questioned said they understood the pension changes and the impact on their choices. Moreover, over 40% of respondents remain confused about the way pension cash withdrawals are taxed.

all of those surveyed said they wanted more information and guidance on pensions; but the study also showed that, for some, retirement is an event predicated by fear – and that this fear might be driven, in part, by a lack of financial advice. Just 3% of those who said they were afraid of what the future holds have sought help from a financial adviser. In contrast, 45% of those who said that they were looking forward to retirement have benefited from financial advice. Regardless of whether financial advice had already been taken, almost all respondents (94%) consider it to be at least ‘quite important’ before or at retirement, and more than half (52%) think a financial adviser would be their first stop for pension advice.

The paradox of choice: Participants in the study were often confused about what their options were, the age at which they could access benefits, and even how much their pension was worth.Almost

Grey glide: Those approaching retirement often talked about the ‘fear’ of stopping work and the importance of having ‘something to do’ to keep them mentally and physically active.

Many want to continue working and volunteering in their later years, but will spend less time doing those things. Almost half of respondents (47%) plan to reduce their hours and take a glide path into retirement; in other words they do not see retirement as beginning at a specific point in time. Perhaps unsurprisingly, individuals exhibiting a high level of financial sophistication are more than twice as likely to be interested in their pension, have a greater propensity to seek financial advice, and also expect to retire earlier with a higher annual income. The value of an investment with St. James’s Place will be directly linked to the performance of the funds you select and the value can therefore go down as well as up. You may get back less than you invested. The level and bases of taxation and reliefs from taxation can change at any time.The value of any tax relief depends on the individual circumstances. *‘The Impact of Pension Freedoms on Pre-retired Holders’, The Wisdom Council, January 2016. A total of 380 people completed the survey.

If you would like further advice on Wealth Management, including Retirement Planning, Investment & Inheritance Tax planning, contact Jan Thompson of St. James's Place Wealth Management on 07568 321207 or email jan.thompson@sjpp.co.uk Orion Financial Management Ltd represents only St. Jamesʼs Place Wealth Management plc (which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority) for the purpose of advising solely on the Groupʼs wealth management products and services, more details of which are set out on the Groupʼs website www.sjp.co.uk/products.

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Points to consider when registering for VAT by Alex Chrysostomou

Alexander Associates, your local accountant 24A Aldermans Hill, Palmers Green, London N13 4PN Tel: 020 8882 6611 Fax: 020 8882 6621 Email: alex@alexassociates.co.uk Website: www.alexandersandco.com

Question: I’ve been running my own business and have never needed to register for VAT. I know that if I want to grow the business I will need to start thinking about VAT. I also know that it’s quite a minefield. Do you have any advice? Answer: VAT is every business person’s worst enemy. The complexities of how VAT works in different industries seems to catch most people out, which is why it is vital that the correct advice is given at the onset, even before you register for VAT. The current threshold for registering for VAT is an annual turnover of £83,000. This means that if your turnover is above that figure, you HAVE to register for VAT (there are of course some industries where VAT registration won’t

be necessary, even if your turnover is above the threshold). If your turnover is below the threshold, you can still register for VAT if you choose to, however, it is not mandatory.

liability for the first 12 months.

The key point when registering for VAT is to choose the correct scheme. Most businesses choose the standard VAT scheme. However, it is always important to analyse the type of business you are and the industry you operate in, before deciding which VAT scheme is best.

There are of course other options like the cash accounting and annual accounting scheme. It is important to analyse how each option will impact your business going forward. It is also important that you plan ahead for the VAT liability that you’ll now be paying. Businesses often underestimate the impact of paying their VAT liability, particularly in the first few quarters, which could have an impact on cash flow.

An alternative scheme often chosen by freelance workers, is the Flat Rate Scheme (FRS). This scheme is easier to manage and can usually result in a lower VAT bill compared to the standard VAT method. Also, if you join the FRS when first registering for VAT, you’ll get a 1% discount on your VAT

The final key point to take note of is that once you register for VAT, you can potentially claim VAT back paid in the previous 4 years on purchases (6 months on services), which should help ease the burden of any VAT liability, particularly in the first quarter of registration.

If you have an accounting question for Alex please e-mail him directly he will be happy to assist you, alternatively Alexander Associates offer an initial free consultation please contact them to find out more. Disclaimer: The information provided in this article should not be construed as legal advice and the information is offered for information purposes only. You should always seek advice from an appropriately qualified accountant on any specific accountancy enquiry.

Children learn Greek through music and movement at Asterakia!

In January of this year Eleni, a local Palmers Green resident, mother and professional opera singer, launched Asterakia. Fun interactive classes for 0-6 year olds in Greek. Where did your passion for music develop? Growing up in Cyprus my love for music started at the age of 7 when I started learning the piano. At the age of 18 I studied Music at Aix-Marseille I University in the South of France. After 4 years I moved to London to earn my Master's in Performance Singing from Kingston University and then went on to work as a professional opera singer, while performing in London and other European cities. For the past 10 years, I have worked as a Music Coordinator teaching children from the age of 0-11 in schools and children centres.

What was the inspiration behind Asterakia? The idea of creating a fun musical class in Greek came to me after the birth of my first daughter Ariana. When she was around 14 months, I realised that she could understand the Greek language but was responding in English as she was attending nursery from the age of six months. It was then that I realised the difficulty of raising a child in a bilingual environment. For that reason I tried to find different ways of teaching her the Greek language through fun games, nursery rhymes, and traditional tales with puppets. In December 2016, as part of my New Year's resolution, I started putting everything on paper and I created the structure and the first unit. The name "Asterakia" is the Greek word for 'little stars' and is inspired by my

very own little stars Ariana and Lydia. Music is always a lovely way of engaging with my two daughters and spending constructive and educational time together. Ariana's favourite song is To Gourounaki (Little Pig) and Lydia's I Koukouvagia (The Owl).

Tell us more about your classes. Asterakia is a 30 minute fun music and movement class which enables each child to learn the Greek language and culture. Asterakia is suitable for 0-6 year olds and our themes are designed to enable babies and small children to listen and imitate animal sounds, the sounds of instruments, story time, and the sounds of adults singing and humming in Greek all of which engages them in their learning of the Greek language.

Classes are held in Winchmore Hill and Palmers Green, for venue details please check the website. Monday: 13:30, 14:10, 15:00, 16:00 Thursday: 13:30, 14:10, 15:00, 16:00 Friday: 10:30, 11:15, 12:00, 13:15, 14:00 Spaces are already limited as there are no other similar classes available locally, to reserve your space please visit Asterakia on line at www.asterakia.co.uk email info@asterakia.co.uk or call Eleni on 07981 810380.

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beautifully presented three bedroom house located in this quiet residential turning close to Palmers Green's shops, restaurants and mainline station. This bright and spacious family home benefits from a living room with bi-folding doors to dining room, modern kitchen, spacious hallway, modern bath/shower room, double glazing, gas central heating, off street parking to front, single garage to rear and well maintained rear garden.

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pacious two bedroom ground floor converted flat situated in this popular residential turning close to Palmers Green's shops, mainline station and Broomfield Park. The flat benefits from a living/dining room, modern kitchen with appliances, modern bathroom, gas central heating, double glazing and own rear garden. The property is available from the 15th August and is offered unfurnished.

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odern gated development close to the station. A two bedroom, two bath/shower room ground floor apartment located within a few minutes' walk of Palmers Green's shops, restaurants, bus routes and mainline station into Moorgate. This well presented flat benefits from its own front door, spacious living room with doors out to a patio area, two bedrooms one with en-suite shower room, and own parking space. The property is offered unfurnished and is available now.

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Discover South America with Scottʼs Travel and Latin Routes by Charles Maycock, senior travel consultant at Scott's Travel 3 Broadway, Southgate, N14 6PJ Tel: 020 8882 0141 www.scottstravel.co.uk

Living and working in Latin America was part of my life for six years. The clear blue skies with white mountain peaks circling La Paz Bolivia were the backdrop to falling in love, marriage and raising a family. A love and appreciation for its peoples and diverse cultures also ensued. Everything from the remnants of Inca civilisation on the high Andean plateau to the easy sophistication of an evening in Buenos Aires have left their imprint on me. And this is a major reason we venture afar, to experience and understand the other road travelled. But isn’t everything south of the Tex-Mex line best exploited by the backpacker? Fortunately, there is plenty accessible to those who like an Machu Picchu

upscale residence! At the ethereal Machu Picchu, the prestigious Belmond Hotel, The Sanctuary, is a flagship property mirrored by others in the Andean region which will aid the traveller on an extended itinerary of discovery. The monument itself was built as an estate for an Inca ruler in the 15th century, falling into disuse after the conquest, remaining unknown for many years.Although enveloped in the upper folds of mountainous terrain you can arrive in style by rail on the special Hiram Bingham train. For many, a trip to Machu Picchu is a once in a lifetime experience. The Belmond Hiram Bingham assures a magical journey, never to be forgotten. The most remarkable place I have ever been is Iguazu Falls, the engulfing water dominated chasm of rainbow lights, mist and mystery; a place of both terror, spectacle and inspiration where those seeking to enhance their encounter can be immersed in the neoPortuguese colonial Hotel Das Cataratas. In faraway Rio de Janeiro so much can be

enjoyed from any one of the luxurious hotels in the city whose twin landmarks of the Sugar Loaf Mountain and the immense statue of Christ, together with the famous beaches are all to wonder at. Two hours by car from Rio is the well-known and more relaxed resort of Buzios, where a fascinating collection of beach coves invite you to unwind. Lovers of wildlife and the natural world will still be thrilled and delighted by a visit to the Amazon basin, traditionally a difficult area but now within reach on a P & O cruise. Alternatively, step into the unforgettable by booking a lodge for just a few nights. Argentina boasts the coloured mountains in the north, and Chile’s outstanding mountain scenery contrasting sharply with the rainless Atacama…and many more. There are people to meet, and new customs to discover together with some Spanish or Portuguese to be attempted or perfected. A guide is still more than useful on any tour, self-made or otherwise.

Argentina to Brazil with Latin Routes Day 1-3: Buenos Aires Spend 3 nights in the home of the tango, at a centrally located hotel. Enjoy a fascinating Half Day City Tour. Day 4-5: Iguazu Falls Fly from Buenos Aires to Puerto Iguazu where you will spend 2 nights discovering the almighty Iguazu Falls. Day 6-7: Rio de Janeiro In the morning you will fly to Rio de Janeiro for 2 nights in the marvellous city. Day 8-10: Buzios home to over 20 stunning beaches. Day 11 - 12: Fly to UK You will head back to Rio de Janeiro and on to the airport for your overnight flight back to the UK

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Wildlife of Brazil with Latin Routes Days 1-2: Rio de Janeiro Fly from the UK to Rio de Janeiro for 3 nights in this marvellous city. Day 3-6: Amazon Rainforest Fly from Rio de Janeiro to the city of Manaus which is the entry point for the Amazon Jungle Day 7-9: Pantanal You will head back to Manaus and fly on to the Pantanal, a vast expanse of wetlands, thought of as the best place to spot wild animals in the whole of South America Day 10: Rio de Janeiro Day 11-12: Fly to the UK You will head back to Rio de Janeiro airport for your overnight flight back to the UK.

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For a more detailed itinerary of these selected tours and others please contact Charles or visit www.scottstravel.co.uk *Based on 2 sharing, 2-3* accommodation, shared transfers and excursions (Enquire about upgrades and private transfers and tours)

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The future of hairdressing by Kiri from Fabulous Hair Company

Fabulous Hair Company 382 Green Lanes, N13 5PD Tel:020 8886 7070 Hello and welcome back. Summer is finally here and normally this time of the year I like to talk about how to how to prepare yourself for holiday hair and the maintenance needed while you’re on holiday. But this month’s article is all about a subject very close to my heart.The future of hairdressing, the education new trainee hairdressers are receiving and their options for a career in hairdressing. At Fabulous hair, we work very closely with the London Hairdressing Apprenticeship Academy (LHAA) and I am very proud to be an ambassador for the LHAA. The LHAA manage the training program for all our trainees. This program ensures that all trainees have a good standard of English and Maths and cover every aspect in hairdressing and barbering. The LHAA training program will cover and complete all levels of National Vocational

Qualifications (NVQ). Below is a brief description of the LHAA and their contact details. The London Hairdressing Apprenticeship Academy (LHAA) is a dynamic and innovative vocational training organisation that specialises in high-quality hairdressing training. The LHAA offers NVQs and Apprenticeships at our state of the art hairdressing academies in Borehamwood (Hertfordshire), Camden (London) and Loughton (Essex). THE BENEFITS OF LEARNING WITH THE LHAA: • We find the work placement for Apprentices in salons • We work with over 300 hairdressing and barbering salons • We are recognised as a Wella Centre of Colour Excellence and a HABIA certified school for hairdressing • LHAA have state-of-the-art hairdressing salon training facilities and high quality learning resources • We have small class

sizes with high-quality training All LHAA programmes have been carefully designed to motivate young people who want to be hairdressers to be the best that they can be; 'Aspire to Achieve Excellence'. We offer training that is designed to deliver a real work based experience and use professional teaching staff from within the industry to ensure that the curriculum meets the needs of the modern salon environment. Our innovative Apprenticeship will also offer key employability skills such as customer service, commercial salon awareness, and product sales’. Please contact the LHAA Website: www.lhaa.co.uk Telephone: 020 3553 9400 Enquires: enquires@lhaa.co.uk State of the art LHAA in Camden Town.

If you have any questions that need answering quickly please email me at kc@fabuloushaircompany.com and I will get back to you soon as I can. If you enjoyed my article let us know, Like us on Facebook and we will enter you in our monthly competition for a chance of winning 1 in 10 Paul Mitchell in-salon Awapuhi Wild Ginger Keratin treatments worth £25. Just go to our website and www.fabuloushaircompany.com, or click the Facebook icon to Like.

Itʼs not all in your mind

by Nicola Forward, your local Amatsu Practitioner. Many of my clients approach me initially with a physical discomfort, but often they are living with a mental or emotional discomfort too, and although Amatsu is a physical therapy, working to realign their body can also have a profoundly positive effect on their mood as well. Amatsu client, Sue, first contacted me eight months after the birth of her daughter, complaining about her lower back pain. After a short series of sessions she describes her relief from postnatal depression: “It’s as if you’ve opened the sunroof in my head!” With depression you may feel blank and empty a lot of the time, like nothing really matters. At other times you may find that normal everyday tasks could send you into a spiral of anxiety, making you feel sick, dizzy and unable to do anything else. You may feel like you have lost touch with yourself. Feelings of anxiety or stress can sometimes be overwhelming and can affect how well you sleep at night. It can also have a major impact on your mornings too. Maybe you

wake in a panic or even with abject terror and dread at the idea of facing another day? Or perhaps one minute you’re weepy and upset, but the next angry and frustrated…and very confused. You may have tried exercising or a form of talking therapy. Maybe you’ve tried breathing techniques or meditation. Or perhaps you’ve even tried medication. But you may not have considered a physical therapy like Amatsu. With its roots in Japan, Amatsu recognises something that we are all know instinctively; our body posture and our mood flow along with each other, hand in hand. One affects the other and although it’s sometimes difficult to know which came first, changing one will result in a change to the other.

Amatsu uses a unique combination of movement, pressure and release to work with your physical body. There are no cracks or crunches and for the most part you lie on my treatment couch fully clothed. It is deeply relaxing and calming, creating space for your nervous system to rest. Taking away the bodily stressors by giving your body back its poise means your nervous system gets a chance to recover.

If you or someone you know is suffering with depression, anxiety or stress call me for an informal chat. Mobile: 07720 81 01 01 Email: nicolaforward@aol.com www.amatsutherapyintl.com And you could benefit from my “3 for 2” offer during July and August by quoting this article. Why not try Amatsu; it could change your mind!

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Anthony Webb Estate Agents wishes Talkies Community Cinema congratulations on reaching its 100 films milestone. We have been a strong supporter, sponsoring several events. In this article David Williamson, founder of Talkies, looks back at the past three years. Talkies launched in 2013 as an idea to bring local communities together around cinema. We want to thank you all for coming to our last 99 events and hope you can come to our 100th, SOME LIKE IT HOT which is on WEDNESDAY 23 JULY at The Fox. Check out the website www.talkies.org.uk for details and tickets. Talkies is run by an amazing team of volunteers, whose dedication and many hours of hard work has resulted in a wide range of bright ideas, catering for a variety of cinematic tastes. Here is a sample the past three years: The Fox has been our most popular venue, often with live music intros from St Harmonica’s Blues Club, organised by Dave Thomas and John Crowther, establishing a popular thread that has included nights devoted to The Beatles, Dylan, Bowie, Dr Feelgood and The Proclaimers. This autumn we are planning a Rolling Stones Night.

Paul Everitt, Head of Arts and Culture at Enfield Council suggested a partnership with Talkies at The Dugdale Centre and from mid-2013 we have held regular screenings there with some of the best of world cinema. This autumn we focus on adaptations of the work of William Shakespeare, including contributions from Japan, Italy and America. In 2014 we introduced our very own HERE FILM FESTIVAL – a month of special events showcasing local film directors, actors and writers. Supported by Enfield Council and Anthony Webb, the festival has been a sell-out success. Our proudest achievement at the festival is the premiere of the Talkies’ short film commissions for young filmmakers – a way that we turn your ticket money into creating new work and supporting emerging talent.

Other sponsors, organisations and partners have helped to build Talkies in the past three years and we want to say a big thank you to you all. Grants from BFI and Film London helped us to develop new volunteer teams and audiences in Bounds Green, Live music has featured in several other Southgate and Bush Hill Park, events too. Phillip Dawson, warden at bringing more films to more Christ Church, Southgate, was the catalyst local communities. behind our screening of silent films Phantom of the Opera (in 2014) So what will the next 100 look like? Why not get and Metropolis (in 2015) involved shaping Talkies? - just contact us at our featuring a live score from church website and we will start a discussion … organists Dave Hinitt and Adam Dickson. This autumn we aim to bring you a silent comedy event at Christ Church.

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Home Care Preferred

Competition

Why do you love your Grandparent(s) or Grandchildren?

Home Care Preferred in association with Waterhouse Photography (www.waterhouse-photography.com) are running a competition One lucky winner will receive a free photography session of you and your Grandparent(s) or Grandchildren. The winner will also receive digital copies of the shoot plus one framed print. Entry is simple, just explain in a paragraph or two why you love your grandparent or grandchildren. Email to: laura@homecarepreferred.com or write to: Laura Brassett, Home Care Preferred, 49 Station Road Winchmore Hill London N21 3NB. Please include your full name, address and phone number.

Closing date for entry is 31st July 2016

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Creative Exchange News MEET, SEE, DO!

MONTHLY MEET-UPS at Baskervilles New this year, this has proved to be a popular event connecting like-minded people, sharing experience and bursting that bubble of working alone. At our last session members swapped notes on trade shows, suppliers, best use of social media, generating passive income, recommendations for promotional film-makers and upcoming exhibitions. Valuable stuff you may not hear about, beavering away on your own. We also provide a friendly forum to sound out ideas and new ventures. Nothing beats real “face-time”! Come along on the last Friday of the month. EXHIBITION New member Charlotte Gerard produces beautiful and highly original animal paintings and prints - her primary focus being cows, Indian street cows in particular. “Although I turn my hand to many animals, it is the docility and warm nature of cows that my palette knife has favored over time, as I focus on capturing the individuality, charm and serenity of these gentle and earthy creatures.” Charlotte is exhibiting her paintings at Starfish Loves Coffee 92 Aldermans Hill, N13 4PP until August 3rd and is also taking part in Urban Art Brixton, an open air arts event with 100+ exhibitors 9th – 10th July www.charlottegerrard.com POTTERY SUMMER SCHOOL with Sarah Core Slip into summer with this Ceramics Summer School and learn from an experienced ceramic artist and meditation / relaxation teacher. Spend 3 Saturdays learning the magic of slip casting – making cups and other forms. Sarah’s work fuses modern fine art ceramics with the study of the seven centres of the body known as Chakras that have a healing power. Alongside making and selling her own artworks, she teaches clay skills and wellbeing through clay. Dates: 9th, 16th and 23rd July at Millfield Arts Centre, N18 1PJ. For more info and to book: www.corecreations.biz NEXT EVENT: Saturday 17th September – Book-binding at Palmers Green Library For more info on our Monthly Meet-ups and any of our other events: admin@creativeexchange.uk.com

Palmers Green Tales by Jenny Bourke

www.palmersgreentales.com https://www.facebook.com/groups/331208790354294/ or just go to Facebook and look for Palmers Green Tales and ask to join the group Our twitter address is @PGTales This month Adrian has made a film celebrating the work of Sally Golding who has been teaching tai chi in Broomfield Park for several years. Sally talks about how she first became interested in tai chi and how she then became a tai chi teacher. Susan Mehmet and myself have The Conway Rec pond made a short film about the pond in Conway Rec. We spoke to some of the people who have worked so hard to rejuvenate the pond. The original builders who built the houses of the Lakes Estate, had planned to build a road between Cannon Road and Conway Road through the original green space, however they were thwarted by the existing swampy pond and the road was never built. The pond and the Rec have gone through various forms including allotments in the first world war. Currently the Rec looks very well cared for at the moment due, in a large part, to the great care and effort that the many volunteers have taken. As we walk through the Rec it is super to enjoy our lovely surroundings but it is also important to appreciate the hard work of our local volunteers.

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Silverfit Fridays at Broomfield Park

Although people are living longer in the UK, recent research has shown they are spending their later years with more health problems compared to 20 years ago. Physical inactivity is one of the most important public health problems of the 21st century. There is now overwhelming evidence that regular physical activity has important and wide-ranging health benefits for older adults. Silverfit have set up regular ‘Silver Days’ across various London venues. The recipe is simple –meet-up in a café, go off for an hour of planned activities, and meet back again to swap experiences, goals, and have fun with new more active social networks. ‘Silver Friday’ was launched in June 2015, for local residents to enjoy Latin American Dance or Nordic Walking in the lush Broomfield Park. To build on the session’s success, from 20 May, Tai Chi/Qi Gong will be the third activity on offer. Tai Chi / Qi Gong: Falls, in an ageing population, represent the greatest cost to the health and care services and arguably the greatest influence on the quality of life of an individual. Research evidence confirms that Pilates exercises and Tai Chi can improve balance. The relaxed, flowing movements,

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low intensity, constant weight-shifting and coordination of the legs and hips make Tai Chi suitable for elderly and frail populations. Latin American Dance: Regular dancing is great for losing weight, maintaining strong bones, improving posture and muscle strength, increasing balance and coordination, and beating stress. One of the best things about dancing is that while you're having fun moving to music and meeting new people, you're getting all the health benefits of a good workout. Nordic Walking: Nordic Walking was created by cross country skiers as a way to cross train during the summer. Now it's catching on in the UK and once you try it, you'll never want to walk without poles. It sounds unbelievable, but the benefits are huge! Regular Nordic walking can lower your risk of chronic illnesses, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, asthma, stroke and some cancers. This one hour workout in the fresh

air is sociable too. Age 45 and over. Whether you have never exercised before or are a seasoned pro. meet new friends and get healthy doing it every Friday! £2 members £3 non-members per session. First session free. £5 annual membership. Visit our website for more details www.silverfit.org.uk

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Your Legal Questions Answered

by Fariz Uvais

Fariz Uvais is a consultant in the law firm Harper & Odell. Write in and ask your legal questions. Fariz will try and answer your questions in Palmers Green LIFE each month. Send your questions to Harper & Odell, 61-63 St John Street, London EC1M 4AN or by email to farizu@yahoo.com.

I am a private landlord and I have been informed that there were changes made to the eviction procedures in October 2015. Can you please explain what these changes are?

One set of changes that came into force on 1st October 2015 relate to the procedure available to private landlords to issue a claim for accelerated possession proceedings once the term of the tenancy has expired. This is usually achieved by first serving a Notice pursuant to Section 21 of Housing Act 1988 (as amended). The changes made were broadly speaking as follows:

Timing of the service of the Notice: A Section 21 Notice cannot validly be served in the first four months of a tenancy; Expiry of the Notice: If Court proceedings are not issued within 6 months of the service of a Section 21 Notice then the

notice will be invalid;

Prescribed Form: A new prescribed form of Section 21 Notice will be required and a copy of the new form is available online; Procedures to be followed: A landlord or their agent's failure to provide the required information to tenants at the start of a tenancy can invalidate a Section 21; and

Notice of Repairs served by the tenant: Failure to follow the prescribed and time-limited repairs process set out in the new regulations can both invalidate a Section 21 Notice and prevent a fresh Section 21 Notice from being served for a further six months.

These are significant changes that have been made and therefore it would be sensible to obtain legal advice specific to your individual circumstances to ensure compliance with all relevant requirements.

Disclaimer: The information provided in this article should not be construed as legal advice and the information is offered for information purposes only. You should always seek advice from an appropriately qualified solicitor on any specific legal enquiry.

Harper & Odell Solicitors

Property and Litigation Solicitors Established 1948

Specialist affordable property advice is only a phone call away. We act for clients across London on all types of property matters. Our focus at all times is to keep the client updated by communicating regularly via email and by telephone and we aim to achieve the best possible results at a reasonable cost.

Tel: 020 7490 0500 Fax: 020 7490 8040 61-63 St John Street, London EC1M 4AN law@harperandodell.co.uk

www.harperandodell.co.uk

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Introducing our team ....

Christina Pieri

Karen Chapman

Marion Foley

Martha Koumbas

Hello to you all. I hope that you have all recovered from the referendum and all the build up to it. Hopefully, we can all move on to building a happier and stronger future for ourselves and of course for all future generations too. I hope you are enjoying the Euros? My house is never football free but to be honest (and this is something that I would never admit to my husband) I actually quite enjoy football and going to the Emirates to watch my husband’s beloved Arsenal. I find it a good escape from running a very busy legal practice and gets me out of the house too.

Being a Divorce Lawyer by Karen Chapman 10 Things I’ve Learnt… In my twenty years of practice I’ve had the privilege of helping many hundreds of people through some of the most perilous and trying times of their lives. My job is not to judge any given situation that walks through the doors but to try and lift the fallen, restore the broken and help heal the hurting. Having accompanied many clients on life changing journeys, I have picked up some pearls of wisdom along the way:1. Expect the best but prepare for the worst. With the divorce rate hovering at 1 in 3, those couples who have frank discussions at the outset and invest time and money in a well thought through pre-nuptial agreement often save themselves costs and uncertainty if things don’t work out. 2. You still need a “reason” to get divorced. It’s not possible to divorce solely on the basis of irretrievable breakdown of marriage. The most commonly used basis for divorce is unreasonable behaviour. This can be obtained using very low key allegations and is often viewed as a means to an end because it allows a formal process to begin without waiting in limbo for a long period of separation.

it is my job to help my client’s gain a more objective perspective. 5. Children always want their parents to get along. There are many resources available to help divorcing couples with children manage the process from a child centred perspective. I have the benefit of working with a team of lawyers who collectively draw on a wealth of many years of experience and employ skills and strategies to find a solution. If you have children together you must do what you can to try and get along and protect them from the fallout. End of story. 6. You will encounter many emotions along the way. Grief, anger, sadness, denial and depression are all a normal part of the grieving process when a marriage ends. High conflict divorce is ripe with emotions. The people that dissolve their marriages with the least amount of trauma are the ones that have learned to manage their emotions. Acknowledge what you are feeling. Find constructive ways of expressing those emotions. Seek professional help if needed. Divorce litigation as a form of therapy is an expensive and painful exercise.

3. You don’t get more because your spouse cheated. The reason for marriage break up has no bearing on how assets are split. It’s hard not to let anger or guilt cloud your judgement but the behaviour of a spouse at the end of the marriage will not overshadow an entitlement to a fair share of resources built up during the whole course of the relationship. 4. Pick your battles carefully. Fighting tooth and nail over every detail is emotionally exhausting and expensive. Knowing what really matters and what you are willing to fight for is important in divorce. Because I am emotionally removed from the situation

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The Family Law Specialists 7. Judges decisions are unpredictable. Even when you do everything right it is impossible to predict with absolute certainty what a judge will decide. When a range of issues have to be decided there is often no clear “win or lose”. I will always help clients search for the fair solution where available. An out of court settlement can provide much needed certainty and finality. 8. Dealing with an uncooperative spouse can be tough. Sometimes no matter how hard you try to keep the process civilised if the other party takes on the role of uncooperative spouse ending up at court may be inevitable. When that happens it is vital for my client’s to know that I am on their side and ready to roll up my sleeves, dig deep and fight their corner. There is no negotiating with crazy.

Chapman Pieri Solicitors Tel: 0208 882 9850 www.cpfamilylaw.co.uk 9. Choosing the right lawyer is one of the most important decisions that you can make. Giving my clients legal advice is just one part of the job but it is so much more. Although many clients cannot comprehend the roller coaster of a ride that lies ahead of them, each individual’s journey through the process will be unique and my role will include being adviser, confidante, sounding board, therapist, punch bag, mentor, counsellor and friend. When a client is clinging on by the fingernails I know they are relying on me to quite literally “get them through it” and I always do.

10. There is life after divorce. The demands of the job are a challenge but helping people through the tough times, seeing them grow and start a new and better chapter of their lives is a real privilege and immensely rewarding. How many people can say that they can do that in their line of work?

Separation and the impact on children by Marion Foley

A few weeks ago my nine year old daughter asked me what I did for a living. Given the nature of my job and her young age it was a tricky one to answer. I explained that my job was to help mummies and daddies who have stopped loving each other to decide where their family should live, how their children should spend time with each parent and how their mummies and daddies should share what they have. I was interested to hear from my daughter about the living arrangement that she would choose if me and my husband ever separated. She said "oh, that's easy mummy - one week with you and one week with daddy!” I must admit I was surprised by the ease at which she answered my question and the simplicity of her response. If only parental separation could be that easy on children and they could adjust to splitting their time between parents so smoothly. But in my twenty years of practice more often than not, I have experienced that children find the transition a struggle not helped by feuding parents who find it difficult if not impossible to put aside angry and hurt feelings and to prioritise their children’s needs and emotions. In the turmoil of separation couples can forget that they are not the only ones who are suffering. Many children strongly feel the loss of the family unit and the separation from a parent who has moved out of the family home and who they may only see every other weekend and in the school holidays. It is a big change for children from spending time with a parent every day to not seeing them for days or weeks. Precious memories and experiences we hope our children will take into adulthood and share with their own children one day can become tainted by the pain of family separation. When parents are embittered and angry they can use children as

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weapons not realising the pain and anxiety it can cause them. It is hard to imagine that a parent’s behaviour is intentional because as parents we love our children more than anything else. When you are not thinking straight however, it can be hard to see the emotional harm of parental conflict. If it happened to me, I would hope that I could put my daughter first but you never know how you will react until you are in that situation. That’s why it is so important to find the right solicitor who will not only support you through the pain of separation but who will encourage you to put the emotional needs of your children first and to reach a compromise that causes the least upset and disruption to your children. When a Judge has to decide how assets are divided and how much time children should spend, it is the welfare of the children that the Judge considers first. If you are thinking about separating and you want advice about how assets and arrangements should be shared in the best interest of your children please get in touch. At Chapman Pieri we have a wealth of experience between us acting for parents.

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Palmers Green & Southgate LIFE July/August 2016  

Free community magazine produced by local Palmers Green Estate Agent Anthony Webb. www.anthonywebb.co.uk

Palmers Green & Southgate LIFE July/August 2016  

Free community magazine produced by local Palmers Green Estate Agent Anthony Webb. www.anthonywebb.co.uk

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