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January Edition Issue 11

Ruth Winston Centre 2013, originally opened March 7th 1961

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welcome I hope you have had a lovely festive season, it was lovely to spend some time with my family over the holidays. I am hopeful that 2014 will be a successful year for Anthony Webb and all the local businesses in our community. Our magazine has gone from strength to strength and we are always pleased when we receive complimentary e-mails and comments about articles featured. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our contributors for taking the time to write the articles and blogs for the magazine. This month sees the addition of David Burrowes MP and an article by Costas Georgiou, the chair from the Green Lanes Business Association. The magazine is non profit making but we strive to continue, in these difficult times, to be a voice for the local trades encouraging local people to support us all and prevent the decline of our high street. Feel free to pop into Anthony Webb to pick up an extra copy of our magazine for your friends and visit our pop up art exhibition displaying work by Helen Lee, a watercolour artist as featured on the back cover this month.

Palmers Green Life magazine visited the Ruth Winston Centre this month for our Past Times article (page 4-5). For over 50 years the Centre has been at the heart of our community and continues to offer a variety of services for the 50 plus. The history of the Centre is very interesting and we hope you enjoy the article. If Anthony Webb can be of any assistance to you in selling or letting your property please pop into our offices for a chat with one of our friendly staff. Happy New Year to you all.

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Palmers Green Jewel in the North – Southgate Town Hall ..............................3 Past Times – Ruth Winston Centre..........4 Ruth Winston (My Life) ..........................5 Green Lanes Business Association..........6 Love Your Doorstep ................................6 Councillor’s Corner by Cllr. Bambos Charalambous...............7 Parliamentary Comment by David Burrowes MP ...........................7 Baskervilles Blog ....................................8 FOR SALE - Burford Gardens.................9 Friends of Broomfield Park ...................10 Hazelwood School – Kids Talk about Palmers Green............................11 Anthony Webb Showcase ...............12-13 What’s On ............................................14 Fabulous Hair by Kiri ............................14 Talkies Community Cinema..................15 “Savour the Season” recipe .................15 TO LET - Broomfield Avenue................16 TO LET - Selborne Road.......................17 FOR SALE - Old Park Road ..................18 News from Hazelwood School .............19 U3A comes to Palmers Green...............19 Drape Masters Interiors by Julia Sondack ..................................20 Property Matters Possibilities with Paint.............................................21 Charity - Noah's Ark Children's Hospice ................................................22 Ask a Local Lawyer by Fariz Uvais ........23 Creative Exchange Network.................24

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Palmers Green Jewel in the North One last look at our ‘town hall in a turnip field’? Suzanne Beard of local website Palmers Green Jewel in the North asks for a chance for local people to see their Town Hall one last time pipework which was blamed on the incompetence of the Edmonton administration).

Southgate Town Hall

If you have walked past the Town Hall in the last few weeks you will have noticed that it has been encircled by high green hoardings. It is being prepared for the next stage in its long life, a transformation into a residential property consisting of between 30 and 40 flats, a mix of private and affordable housing. The old façade will remain to remind us of what once was, but the interior will be extensively remodelled. Southgate Town Hall will no longer be ‘ours’. Built in 1893, but sadly not ‘listed’ as a building of historical significance, Southgate Town Hall is one of our few landmarks in Palmers Green, a survivor from more rural days. It was designed by Arthur Rowland Barker, under instruction to make the building look like a private house. ’A town hall in a turnip field’ said one local wag, commenting on the still largely rural nature of Palmers Green, to which one can only respond, ‘Are you happy now?’. It was also essentially a local creation. Though Arthur Rowland Barker & Sons had offices just off The Strand, Barker (1842-1915) was a local man who lived at Grove House, a long gone Georgian pile on Southgate Green and was also the architect of St Andrews Church Chase Side; he was a long standing church warden, and two of the bells in Southgate Church are in memory of Barker and his wife. The new town hall was necessitated by the creation of Southgate as an urban borough as a separate entity to Edmonton in 1881, the culmination of a long saga in which the well to do residents of PG sought to separate it from its fast growing, costly and largely working class neighbour (a key turning point was the poisoning of Sir Ralph Littler’s fish in the ponds of Broomfield House, the result of poor

In its first incarnation, the town hall was only half its current size. The clock tower and the southern half of the building were added in 1914, but perhaps the building really came into its own in 1933 when Southgate received its charter of incorporation as a municipal borough, presented by Prince George, Duke of Kent, a member of the Royal family who we now know to have had quite a colourful personal history. Southgate took the motto Ex Glande Quercus, ‘from acorn to oak’ – Prince George remarked that the motto could hardly be more apt a description of the development of the area, though of course technically most of the oaks had been removed to create it. The town hall served as a civil defence control centre during the war. Then in 1965 Southgate Edmonton and Enfield merged to become the London Borough of Enfield, and the town hall lost its role as a local seat of power, though it did continue to be used extensively by the council, including as the home of Enfield Local Studies Archive. More recently it has been hired out as a film set, including for the Inspector Morse prequel, Endeavour. So now, all change. But this isn’t the first time that the town hall will have had live-in occupants. Former local resident Betty Wright (nee) Walton was born in the town hall and lived there with her parents, brothers and sisters from 1926 to 1950. Her father George was a fireman, and also the Council’s Mace bearer. She recalls the days when the young Waltons had the run of the place.

“We lived in the basement which sounds pretty horrific, but believe me it was kept spotless and highly polished, thanks to our Mum. We had a large living room in the front, a kitchen, bathroom, two toilets, a washing room where Mum had her washing machine (a real luxury in those days) and eventually four bedrooms. Rather crowded by today’s standards but we considered ourselves well off. We had the run of the New River bank. My youngest sister and I actually played in a

Southgate Council Chamber 1936-37 The Mayor Herbert Francis Wauthier (Enfield Local Studies and Archive)

converted fever ambulance, dating back probably 50 years. We made curtains and made it look like a caravan. During the War, our parents wanted my sister and I to be evacuated, but I begged not to be sent away. It as much more exciting with everything going on in the Town Hall. I remember people coming to view bodies of people killed in air raids (the mortuary was behind the Town Hall, next to the Fire Station). I used to charge my friends a halfpenny to look through the mortuary window which was frosted, but you could see the outline of a ‘body’ and red rubber gloves on the windowsill which were much more scary! When I applied to join the Library, I was asked my name and address and of course said ‘Town Hall, Palmers Green, N.13’ to which the assistant said ‘Oh don’t be so silly, I mean your address, not the address of the library’!!! I was nasty enough to enjoy insisting that the Town Hall WAS my address.” So is that the end of our relationship with the Town Hall? Palmers Green Jewel in the North wrote to the mayor in the summer to request that Palmers Green residents be allowed to see their town hall and its impressive Council Chamber one last time before the developers move in. We have subsequently written to the mayor a second time and forwarded the letter to local councillors. No one has replied yet. For more about Palmers Green history and people, visit http://www.palmersgreenn13.com.

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Past Times in Palmers Green ... Upon visiting the Ruth Winston Centre it became immediately obvious that this was no day care home for the elderly. The modern centre offers our 50 plus community a wide variety of services as well as a meeting point for friends to get together and socialise. The Centre coordinator, for the past 26 years, Jean Waller and Centre Manager Yvonne Quigley where keen to share their memories and knowledge of the history of our country’s first old peoples welfare centre. lift. Economic times were changing and in 2009 the Centre was given a grant for 3 years to enable Ruth Winston Centre to self fund and manage the project independently. At that time Jean was offered alternative employment by the council but she was determined to remain at Ruth Winston House and was subsequently employed by the Ruth Winston Charity.

March 7th 1961 Opened by HRH Princess Alexandra Courtesy of Enfield Library Studies

Ruth Winston (Southgate Mayor 1958-59) purchased 190 Green Lanes for the princely sum of £3,650 with money she had personally raised. Ruth had a passion for helping people having qualified as a social worker. Following the death of her mother Ruth was instinctively aware of a lack of service provided for the elderly and was adamant to do something about it. Mr Charles Owen-Ward was commissioned to design the conversion of the house to the centre. He was a well known and imposingly tall figure who wore a trilby hat with a pipe clamped between his teeth. The centre was officially opened on March 7th 1961 by HRH Princess Alexandra, it offered the local “old folk” a place to meet, tea dances, whist card games, and a luncheon club. The centre also prepared a small “Meals on Wheels” service for locals unable to leave their homes. Between 1958-1962 the committee where responsible for generating and managing their own funds however after 5 years the operating costs became too great for the committee and it was agreed that the house would be given to the council on the understanding that “Southgate Old People's Welfare Committee” could remain at the premises on a peppercorn rent, which is still the case today.

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with the house and even has artwork displayed at the Centre. For as little as £12 per year membership you can become one of the 1,000 members that benefit from any of the subsidised services on offer including; • Pilates, Yoga, Tai Chi, Zumba Gold, Line Dancing, Latin American and Belly Dance

Jean, who lives locally and was invited to the Queens Garden party in 2012 for 25 years dedicated service, remarks “I have always been involved in the community in Palmers Green and to be given the opportunity to work for the Ruth Winston Charity was wonderful. I am so proud of the changes that have taken place at the Centre, it continues to move with the times, identify new requirements and diversify after all 50 is the new 40!”

• IT Club, Computer courses and How to use a smart phone

Today The Ruth Winston Centre hire out rooms to local organisations and groups that offer a wide variety of services for everyone aged 50 and over, they have a cafe and organise lunch clubs as well as day trips, they even have an onsite hairdresser!. Ruth Winston generate their own funds through fundraising initiatives including Christmas Bazaars/ Summer Fairs/ Festival lunches and are fortunate to have been the beneficiary of a local lady’s will who attended the centre for many years before she passed away. They have in the past received funds from a City Bridge Grant. (City Bridge Trust was established to make use of funds generated from tolls on 5 of London’s bridges, they provide grants totalling around £15m per year towards charitable activity benefitting Greater London. In relatively recent years the charity built Blackfriars Bridge, purchased Southwark Bridge and, just over a century ago, constructed Tower Bridge.)

• Luncheon Club on Thursday’s, weekly healthy lunch

Jean Waller Centre Coordinator joined Ruth Winston Centre as an employee of Enfield council in 1987. At the time the Centre supplied 300 “Meals on Wheels” Monday to Friday servicing Palmers Green, New Southgate, Southgate, Cockfosters and Arnos Grove. In early 2000 “Meals on Wheels” was centralised by the council to provide a 7 day service. Enfield Council continued to fund the Centre and 2 members of Staff. In 2005 the Centre was closed for 6 months for refurbishment including a ground floor rear extension and the instillation of a wheelchair

Green Lanes on the opening of the Centre March 7th 1961

HRH Princess Alexandra returns for the 50th Anniversary celebrations

The Centre is managed by Yvonne, alongside Jean and 50 volunteers. HRH Princess Alexandra has revisited the Centre on three occasions, most recently in 2011 on its 50th Anniversary. At the 2013 December Christmas Party the Centre was joined by Ruth’s daughter Willow, who continues to have strong connections

• Knitting Circle, Scrabble matches, Dress Making, Flower Arranging • Art Classes, Water Colour Classes, Craft Classes • Book Club, Bridge Club, Whist Drive & Drama Club • Greek Cypriot Club, Spanish, Italian and French Conversation, Sangam Asian Ladies Group

• Day trips, Supper club (supporting local restaurants) and cheap theatre tickets • Health Checks, Stroke Clinics, Chiropody • Full time hairdresser For prices and a complete time table please visit their website http://www.ruthwinstoncentre.com/ If you would like to find out more information about The Ruth Winston Centre pop in and meet the welcoming team over a cup of tea!

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RUTH WINSTON FOX: A Self Portrait (Extracts from a Talk to the Jewish Research Group - 25 November 1980) I was terribly lucky because I had

exceptional parents. My father, Solomon Lipson, was a Yorkshire man, a grandson of the Minister of the Sheffield Synagogue. My mother Tilly was either a Maid of Kent or a Kentish Maid, as she was born on the Isle of Thanet. Her father, Rev Herman Shandel, was the Minister of Ramsgate Synagogue. At the time I was born my father was the Minister of the Hammersmith Synagogue. I went to the Froebel Educational Institute which was a very, very farseeing educational establishment for those days. I therefore had the advantage of modern training as a little girl from six to ten years in the atmosphere of this Institute. This gave me an immense love of history and certain kinds of literature. From the Froebel Institute I went to St. Paul's Girls' School. I went to King's College Household and Social Science (now known as Queen Elizabeth College) in Kensington. It was quite an experience, a curious course that has since gone out of existence. When I took it, it was the first Social Science Degree of the time, which shows exactly how old a dame I am! After college I then had a certain amount of voluntary work to do and this I did with the Charity Organisation Society and the County Council. I then married Laurence Winston and had to give up my job as there was a marriage bar. I probably would have been rather more useful as a social worker as a married woman. The whole family moved to Southgate as my father, who had served as Minister at Hammersmith Synagogue for 30 years, decided to work full time as the Chaplain to Colney Hatch Asylum (now Friern Hospital).

weeks when my parents persuaded me to be away. During that time the Women’s Voluntary Service. (now the W.R.V.S.) Was started: by the remarkable woman Dr. Westlake. She gave me a tremendous opportunity to serve with the W.V .S. First of all I was Billeting Officer and subsequently Secretary. Later on I became Deputy Organiser and this gave me knowledge of Borough Council affairs. In 1945 I stood for the Borough Council and got in as an Independent member. I was one of three women on the Council and later on I became the only woman among twenty-eight men, which did not worry me at all. I am a great believer in women taking their opportunities. When my husband died he left me with children aged eight, five and four, without a bean among us. In 1949 I applied for a post with the Hertfordshire County Council. Three weeks before my husband died I obtained the post and at least we had some money coming in to keep the family together. In 1954 I was appointed a Justice of the Peace. I was associated with a considerable number of committees on the Borough Council, especially Education and Housing, the sort of things you would expect a woman to be interested in. I was on the Southgate Borough Council for 14 years when, in 1958 I was nominated to be Mayor. I knew three months before I was going to be Mayor but unfortunately my mother did not know as she died a few months earlier. It was quite an effort in my Mayoral year to run my own home, my father's home and my full-time job -now a senior post -and be Mayor. I attended about 500 engagements, some finishing quite late, and it was a regular occurrence to wash my hair at 3.00 a.m.

I found the first year of my married life almost the hardest year of my life because I had been so busy doing my full time job with the L.C .C. and also with teaching the classes at the Hammersmith Synagogue. It sounds ridiculous that we felt we were going to Australia when we were only moving from Hammersmith to Southgate. The whole atmosphere was different, both the Synagogue and the congregation we wanted to join.

The position in the Borough at that time for Old People's Welfare was not good. It is only in the last 20 to 30 years that we have become aware of the fact that there is a tremendous amount that can be done for the elderly. I think the thing that really made me aware was when my mother was very ill. For about six weeks, when she was gradually fading, I did not have enough nursing help. I went to the ambulance station to get some sort of apparatus and I said to the man, how do people manage who do not have loving daughters to get help for their parents? He replied, Madam, they just rot! And this stuck in my mind.

There was really nothing to do; it was the second year of our marriage, and so we started on our first child. We had three children during the war. We had a shelter next to the house and despite the bombs I stayed in London for all but three

As Mayor I was given my opportunity to do something of permanent benefit. From the records of my Mayoral year there is a section headed: ''WELFARE OF THE OLD PEOPLE WELFARE CENTRE SCHEME", it reads:

A proposal was put forward by the Mayor to provide an Old People's Welfare Centre which could give better accommodation for the W .V .S. Meals-on-Wheels Service; accommodation for an Old People's Lunch Club and a Day-time Club; also ancillary services such as an advice bureau for the problem s of the elderly and a chiropody service; and the upper part could be used as offices for the Women's Voluntary Services. The W.V .S.'s lease of existing offices at 173, Green Lanes, was almost expired. The freehold premises at 190, Green Lanes, was for sale and it is understood that a figure of £3,650 would be accepted by the vendors. It had taken me six months to get the Borough Council to agree to this yet it was passed in one night. Thus started the first comprehensive Old People's Welfare Centre in the country. Sufficient money was raised but it took eight years, a good committee and good permanent help, to get it really going. The Jewish community gave me marvellous support to raise the money. A couple of years after I was Mayor I remarried. Goodwin Fox gave me immense support and wonderful kindness. I have been extremely fortunate in having two super marriages. There was only one thing wrong with them: neither lasted long enough. I have had a rich life and have done many interesting things. In the last five years I have visited about 20 countries all over the world. I have been invited to Buckingham Palace, 10 Downing Street, Admiralty House and the usual places one always hopes to visit. However, what matters to me by far the most is that my children, in spite of having a mother who was occupied with many matters, have all turned out well and done exceptionally well. My elder son, Lord Robert Winston, is an internationally known micro-surgeon. My younger son, Anthony, lives in the United States and is Director of Research and Development for a well-known chemical company. My daughter, Willow Eve, is an artist who in 1979 won the Stowell Centenary Trophy for a mezzotint which was hung in the Royal Academy. She told me that somebody said, having a mother with so many interests must have been terrible for you. She replied, Thank goodness! Can you imagine what it would have been like if she had concentrated all her energies on us? It would have been unbearable. Mrs. RUTH WINSTON FOX J.P. Born: 12.9.1912 – 25.11.2007 aged 95 years

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Keeping you informed on The Triangle monument The design of The Triangle clock monument, in association with The Green Lanes Business Association (GLBA), has almost been finalised. It is still subject to minor alterations but we want to keep you informed of our progress. The design is based on the architectural features of the buildings surrounding The Triangle. Our aim is to bring some of these features down to a height that can be enjoyed by all at closer range. The design of the clock will therefore be sympathetic to its surroundings and will blend in beautifully. Architectural features There are five main features that we have focussed on. 1. The shell detail at the top of Triangle House. 2. The hexagonal/octagonal shaped column detail which join each building to its neighbour 3. A scroll pattern – which is prevalent in many of the buildings within the area.

4. The 1904 typographical design from the HSBC building will be replicated to say 2014. 5. Lastly, the clock will have three-sides – to represent The Triangle. Costas Georgiou, the Chairman of GLBA, has worked closely with a local graphic designer, Kareen Cox of Absolutely Kareen, to produce the design for the clock. The monument will be made and assembled with the aid and skill of Dave Plummer at Triangle Metal Works – based a stone’s throw away from where the clock will reside. Mark Leaver, Town Centre Manager of the Enfield Business and Retailers Association has also been an integral part of the project.

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Councillorʼs Corner by Cllr. Bambos Charalambous Cllr.bambos.charalambous@enfield.gov.uk Tel: 020 8351 1362

One of the biggest challenges faced by most parents is choosing their child’s education. Local authorities are required by law (Section 14 of the Education Act 1996) to ensure that sufficient school places are available within its area for children of compulsory school age. This task has been made even more demanding in Enfield because between 2001 – 2011 London’s population increased by 12% (Enfiled’s increase was 12.7%) from 7.3million to 8.2million and as a direct consequence of this most London boroughs have had to make urgent provision for increasing primary and secondary school places in order to deal with this problem. In Enfield this has meant trying to find primary places for another 1050 pupils or the equivalent of 35 forms of entry by 2019. The Council has agreed to make this a top priority and as such just under £25million has been allocated to pay for the school expansions in the borough. The Council cannot rely on free schools to fill this gap as free

schools will pop up wherever they deem fit and more often than not set their own admissions policies which differ from the local authority admissions. This means that some pupils may be excluded. At present there are so few free schools in the borough that they don’t even come close to making a dent in the provision required although any places that are provided do help ease the burden slightly. There have been detailed discussions with schools about how to achieve the expansion with minimum disruption and taking into account issues such as travel to and from school and the actual nature and impact of the works. Schools such as Eversley Primary School where I am governor have embraced the expansion and incorporated the weights and measurements relating to the building works in some of the maths lessons. Whilst there may be some inconvenience the long term prospects for education in the borough are

very good. Having grown up and been educated in schools in Enfield I remember when due to a dip in the birth rate, in the mid 1980s schools such as Minchenden and Arnos Secondary schools merged (to form Broomfield secondary school) with the Fox Lane site of Minchenden becoming housing and also Ambrose Fleming secondary school closing and becoming Enfield College. If only we had those secondary schools now! It is not always easy to plan long term into the future but based on the best information that we have before us today, I know that the Council is planning for the future and trying to ensure that the borough’s children are educated in the best surroundings possible and given the best chance they can in life with their education. Please get in touch if you want more information about education or any other matters to do with the Council.

Parliamentary Comment David Burrowes MP

I am now in my eighth year as MP for Enfield Southgate and it is a great privilege to represent this constituency where I have lived all my life. So what are some of my New Year resolutions for Palmers Green? First, I want to ensure our high streets are given as much support as possible. They are the economic life blood of our area and we need to ensure that as the economy recovers our small businesses see the benefits sooner rather than later. That is why last month I launched our help4highstreets campaign. The first target is business rates which are one of the biggest costs for shops. George Osborne provided an early Christmas present when in the Autumn

Statement he announced that shops will get a £1000 discount, a 2% cap on increases and an extension of small business rate relief. We now need Enfield Council to play its part and use its powers to cut business rates, which will be match funded by Government. Please sign the petitions in Palmers Green shops or online at www.help4highstreets.org. Second, I want to ensure we improve our local NHS. With the £200 million investment in the new North Mid Hospital we can benefit from modern A&E facilities. The big focus now is primary care and ensuring the increased funds get to the right places, such as improved elderly care.

Third, we need more primary school places and continued improvement from our secondary schools. As a School Governor at St Pauls Primary School and Broomfield Secondary School and parent of six children I am very concerned about education. I was disappointed that the Old Town Hall was sold off for flats by the Council and not turned into a school to provide the much needed school places. Do visit my website www.davidburrowes.com for details of how to contact me.

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Baskervilles Tea Shop Blog by Diane Fruity Marmalade Cake January is the season when Seville oranges are plentiful and it’s the time to make homemade marmalade. I have to admit I have never made marmalade, although my husband, Patrick, has for many years. Maybe this is the year I will give it a go. However, I do enjoy cakes with a bit of an orange theme for January, the freshness of the citrus is quite refreshing after the indulgence of Christmas. The recipe I have chosen this month not only uses lovely oranges (not Seville as they are too bitter for cakes) but dried fruit. You can either use leftover dried fruit from the Christmas baking or you could use a jar of any homemade mincemeat if you have any leftover that you want to use up. This recipe was given to me by my mother- in law Joan Murphy, who is a fantastic cook and baker and taught me much about baking. Her steak pies are legendry, maybe I will make that the theme of another addition.

• 225g self raising flour • 225g mixed fruit • 55g glazed cherries or equivalent weight of homemade mincemeat • 112g melted butter • 112g caster sugar • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg • ¼ teaspoon mixed spice • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon • 2 eggs • 6 tablespoons milk • Few drops of vanilla essence • 1 heaped tablespoon of marmalade

1. Line an 8 in (20cm) deep sponge tin 2. Heat the oven to Gas 2/150 (130 for a fan oven) 3. Sift flour and spices together 4. Add sugar, dried fruit, cherries and marmalade, mix well 5. Add eggs one at a time, add milk, vanilla essence, and melted butter, mix well 6. Add to cake tin and smooth 7. Bake on middle shelf for 2 hours, until skewer comes out clean 8. Leave to cool in tin for 30 mins before turning out If you like cake with a bit of a crunch you could add a sprinkling of Demerara sugar on top before it goes in the oven.

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Friends of Broomfield Park The coverage of Broomfield House in the BBC1 programme “Restoring England’s Heritage” on 5 December left no doubt about the need for significant investment to restore the House and re-open it to the community. It also showed what can be achieved by restoring historic properties with local support and enough funding. If it can work elsewhere, why should one of the most popular parks in Enfield have this Grade ll* asset continue to lay neglected at its centre? What wasn’t reflected in the programme was the significant progress made by the Council and community groups working together. Those positive sections of the interviews with Councillor Godard and David March weren’t shown. Our joint bid for financial support went to the national Heritage Lottery Fund with a staff recommendation for approval. However, the Board declined to invest the full £4m we asked for. The indications are however that a revised bid to the London Committee would result in an award of about £2m. With a promised contribution from Enfield of £1m, we need about £3.5m to reach the £6.4m programme costs. The HLF don’t want Enfield to contribute additional funds; they want a wider range of donors to provide the additional funding.

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We are now looking for such a donor or donors to make significant pledges to help fill the funding gap. Is there such a public spirited source in Enfield or with an Enfield connection? Perhaps one of the companies behind the increasing number of local housing developments might consider a contribution?

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Kids talk...about Palmers Green by Martin Jenkins

Children are a vital part of our community but what do they themselves think of Palmers Green? I was lucky enough to be able to ask some of the children at Hazelwood School for their thoughts about the place where they live, go to school and play. The children I spoke to were small groups of Year 6 pupils (10-11 years old): after listening to a brief outline of the history of Palmers Green, which seemed to fascinate them, they were then asked to write down their own views. The results were both intriguing and heartening. All the children said they enjoyed living in Palmers Green and found it a safe and inclusive place to live. Broomfield Park was mentioned by almost all as a central ornament of the area both as a regular space for playing and for the Fair and other special events. The Christmas lights and choir at the Triangle were also written about by many of the children and their own school got very good reports! The only complaint was about the number of betting shops and a wish to see a few more shops aimed at children. But the best thing is to let the children speak for themselves… • “I love the different shops in Palmers Green, I usually visit WHSmith to spend my pocket money” • “Me and my Dad go to Starbuck for a nice, hot drink after a long tiring day” • “I love going to all the community fairs where everyone gets together” • “One of my favourite things about Palmers Green is Broomfield Park because they have a fun fair every year and you always see people you know and it makes it feel homely and safe!” • “I think Palmers Green is amazing, one of my favourite things is how close everything is” • “I like the community and the fact that they celebrate the different seasons including Easter and the Easter Egg hunt” • “I believe that Palmers Green has a range of cultures all living in harmony” • “My favourite shop is Swirliz they have a great range of ice cream and milkshakes!” • “I love going to the Christmas lights at the triangle, and I am glad they have a real tree this year” • “I think Palmers Green is a lovely peaceful place to live” • “Hazelwood is a large part of Palmers Greens history and culture it has taught children for over 100 years”

Thanks to Hazelwood School and especially Stella McGovern, Deputy Head, for setting up the discussion groups. Thanks also to the children of 6R, 6O and 6M who took part and responded so enthusiastically.

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Local Events Whatʼs going on in and around Palmers Green See page 15 for information on our local Talkies Community Cinema Chickenshed's Tales from the Shed

Chris and Pui Roadshow

Chickenshed Theatre, 290 Chase Side, Southgate, London N14 4PE

Millfield Theatre, Silver Street, London N18 1PJ

Age recommendation: 0-7yrs, Tickets: £6 / free to babies under 6 months, Running time: 50-60mins

See Chris and Pui from ‘Show Me Show Me’ live on stage! CBeebies’ favourite double act is bringing songs, rhymes, comedy sketches and lots of joining in for all the family. Date: Wed 19th Feb 14 Telephone: 020 8807 6680 www.millfieldtheatre.co.uk

Date: Fri 24th Jan 14 to Sat 22nd Mar 14

Goldilocks and the 3 Bears

Telephone: 020 8292 9222 Email: bookings@chickenshed.org.uk www.chickenshed.org.uk

Dugdale Centre, 39 London Road, Enfield Middlesex EN2 6DS

Tales from the Shed are highly entertaining, interactive theatre shows that are perfect for young children.

Chickenshed's Saturday Shed Performance workshops Chickenshed Theatre, 290 Chase Side, Southgate, London N14 4PE

Saturday Shed is a great opportunity for young people to develop their performance skills using our proven teaching methods and unique performance style. Ages 5-8yrs at 10am and 9-12yrs at 11.15am Date: Sat 25th Jan 14 to Sat 22nd Mar 14 Telephone: 020 8292 9222 Email: bookings@chickenshed.org.uk www.chickenshed.org.uk

Contact: Gina Mclaughlin Telephone: 020 8446 2288 Email: gmclaughlin@northlondonhospice.co.uk www.northlondonhospice.org Run by: Dancing Strictly for North London Hospice

Bish Bash Bosh Weekly drumming workshops at Hazelwood School, N13 5HE

If you go down to the woods today you’re in for a big surprise with Skewbald Theatre Companies brand new version of the well loved tale Goldilocks and the 3 Bears. Date: Thu 20th Feb 14 to Sat 22nd Feb 14 Telephone: 0208 807 6680 www.dugdalecentre.co.uk

There are two classes held on Tuesday Evenings - hand drumming from 6-7pm and samba drumming from 7-8pm. Both are open to adults and secondary school children and they are supported by the Enfield Residents Priority Fund, so the fee for each class is only £4 for waged participants and £2.50 for unwaged. Complete beginners as well as more experienced players are welcome.

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Millfield Arts Centre, Silver Street, N18 1PJ

North London Yoga Studio

Join us for an evening of glitz and glamour! Seven weeks of FREE lessons prior to the grand finale in the Bruce Forsyth Auditorium at the Millfield Theatre, London N18. Date: Sat 22nd Feb 14

Beginners Yoga with Lisa (5 week course) Date: From Jan 26th 4 Vera Avenue, Grange Park, N21 1RA Sundays 10.30-11.30 Price £37.50 Telephone: 07958 299706

Movers and Shakers @ Baskervilles Tea Shop 66 Aldermans Hill, Palmers Green, N13 4PP

Movers and Shakers is the perfect way to nurture the skills a young child needs to develop and grow Age 0-3 years See Website for times www.barnet southgate.movers-and-shakers.co.uk

St Monica’s Players Presents Rapunzel Intimate Theatre Green Lanes, London Date: Thurs 16th Jan – Sun 19th Jan

SMP (Saint Monica’s Players) is a north London theatre company based in Southgate/Palmers Green who have been producing musicals, pantomimes and plays for over 50 years. Rapunzel takes place from Thursday 16th to Sunday 19th January 2014 at the Intimate Theatre, with evening shows (7:30pm) on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and Matinees (2:30pm) on Saturday and Sunday. Box office on 0844 414 2731 or Email: tickets@smptheatre.co.uk. www.smptheatre.co.uk/

Fabulous Hair ideas for 2014 by Kiri from Fabulous Hair Company Hello and welcome back. I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and is looking forward to the year ahead. Looking back this has been a year of messy up-dos and glamorous red carpet finger waves. Men have sharpened their image with short sharp cuts only to rebel by growing their hair longer for a messy undone look. Guys beards are back!

What is new for this year? Hair accessories: are going to be big. Multi coloured grips placed in rows are a great way to create a trendy style. Vintage lace, ribbon and chiffon any material with texture and colour is an easy way to give your hair a different look. Jewelled piece placed off centre for a sexy and sophisticated image are another fabulous accessory. Messy up-dos: This look can be worn every day or perfect for a night out, it oozes subtle glamour and charm. For those who are a fan of updos, I recommended letting plenty of loose locks fall around the face, when pinning hair up. Braids: For those ladies who are thinking about spring and summer of next year, they can start experimenting with braids. Popular ones include the braid crown, in which a thick braid is wrapped around the crown of the head and the fishtail braid intertwining with neutral coloured ribbons, creating a fun yet sleek and subtle twist. Short hair and cropped pixie cuts: Looking for a drastic change? Give yourself a cropped hair style. If you already have short hair, a great way to make cropped cut more exciting is to add texture to layers.

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However, it is advised to always consider face shape and hair texture before making any dramatic change. Long hair: Keeping hair long will give you a chance to create lots of different styles. Long hair, which can be tousled, swept to the side or slicked back in a “Great Gatsby” style, is in! Sharp fringes and varied lengths: For an edgier look, a rise in the short, sharp fringe, is often carried well and emphasised when the sides and crown of the head are cut short. Not only is this a refreshing change but it also works well for those who wish to hide a receding hairline or simply keep their foreheads covered.

Next month: Colour trends for 2014. If you have any questions that need answering, please email me at kc@fabuloushaircompany.com. If you enjoyed my article, let us know by liking us on facebook and we’ll enter you in our monthly competition, for a chance of winning one of many Paul Mitchell styling product. Just go to our website at www.fabuloushaircompany.com click the facebook icon to like.

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David Williamson Tickets available at Anthony Webb's offices TUES 21 JANUARY 7.30 DUGDALE CENTRE, ENFIELD

January is a month of contrasts in our programme.


Based on the novel by Nobel laureate Imre Kertesz, Fateless starts our 2014 programme at the Dugdale Centre, supporting an exhibition of paintings by Palmers Green artist Moshe Galili. Ruth Tosha Mulandi, introduces the film and will be available afterwards to discuss it. Then cast off those January blues at a lively evening showcasing the brilliant talents of young filmmakers who will introduce and answer questions about their comedy short films. We also want to hear from you about your ideas for Talkies in 2014. So go to our website and let us know your views about what we should be doing in the future….



FATELESS is a stunning Hungarian film about a Jewish boy's experiences in German concentration camps and his attempts to reconcile himself to those experiences after the war. Tickets £5 from Dugdale Centre 020 8807 6680 or online at www.talkies.org.uk

As part of the LOCO LONDON COMEDY FILM FESTIVAL and selected by our Palmers Green film aficionado Kate Williamson of SHORT SIGHTED CINEMA , we present an evening of comedy short films, each introduced by the filmmaker and with a special guest appearance by renowned animator Chris Shepherd. Tickets £5 Book online www.talkies.org.uk

Savour the Season by Helen Tsoi

Asian Chicken Noodle Broth serves 4 When asked to write a recipe for January’s edition of Palmers Green Life, I wasn’t overly enthused. This was solely due to selfish greed on my part as my New Year resolutions usually include the one about losing a few pounds after the ‘conspicuous consumption’ of the previous few weeks, and writing a recipe invariably includes ‘testing’ (the cook’s perk). So it follows I would surely need to come up with something virtuous. But does eating healthily have to mean frugality and lack of flavour? I am Chinese after all and Asian food, though usually healthy and balanced, is certainly not bland. This chicken noodle broth is a great warming one-bowl meal, simple to make and easily tailored to taste and whatever is left-over in the fridge. It may be light on calories but is loaded with spices, nostalgic of the fragranced food associated with Christmas just gone, so we needn’t be too sad about packing away the decorations and putting out the tree for recycling, and fulfilling THAT resolution!

• 400g chicken pieces on the bone (or 200g cooked boneless chicken) • 8 black peppercorns • 2 star anise • ½ stick of cinnamon • 1 inch cube of ginger peeled and sliced into 10p thick coins • 1tsp palm sugar or soft brown/granulated sugar • 1 concentrated stock ‘pot’/cube e.g. Knorr Stock Pots • 200g dried rice noodles plus a little sesame oil (optional) • 400g greens e.g. bak choi, choi sum, broccoli or kale • Springs onions, chopped, plus coriander/Thai basil/mint If using raw chicken pieces put these with the peppercorns, star anise, cinnamon, ginger and sugar into a large pot and add 1 litre of water. Bring to the boil and simmer gently for about 25 minutes. Skim off any scum rising to the surface. If using cooked chicken, omit the chicken from this cooking stage. Add the stock and taste for seasoning. Turn off the heat and set aside.

Cook the noodles according to the instructions on the packet and toss lightly in sesame oil. This adds to the flavour of the finished dish and stops the noodles from sticking together. Vegetable or sunflower oil will do but won’t give you that lovely toasted sesame flavour. Bring the broth back to a gentle boil and add the cooked chicken if using, simmer for a few minutes then add the greens and simmer for 1 minute. Divide the noodles into 4 bowls and spoon over the broth. Garnish with the spring onions and herbs. Serve with some red chillies chopped into soya sauce or a chilli sauce of your choice.

Some variations • For a vegetarian/pescatarian version use tofu/fish instead of the cooked chicken and concentrated vegetable stock. • For a spicier version, use a tablespoon of Thai red curry or tom yum paste instead of the concentrated stock, and add a wedge of lime to the garnish. • For an extremely virtuous meal, omit the noodles.

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News from Hazelwood Schools by Ellie Sales HPSA are looking forward to another fun packed year of events at Hazelwood School. We will be holding a Cinema night for the children in February, kindly sponsored by Cineworld in Enfield, followed in March by the return of our Comedy night. Our PTA volunteer numbers have increased as has the involvement from our school Governors and the school, resulting in an excellent team all working together for the benefit of our children and school. Our school gardens are looking neat and tidy thanks to the help of all our volunteers. Our Pop Up Restaurant in November was a resounding success. Our chefs, Al and Helen, did an amazing job and created a memorable evening that raised over £1,200. The evening also gave one parent, Luna Muncaster,

reindeer to add some magic to our event. Thank you to everyone in the community that popped into visit and support us! Thanks to Anthony Webb Estate Agents for sponsoring our event.

the opportunity to sing and play the piano in front of 100 diners for which Luna received a well-deserved standing ovation!

Don’t forget if you have a child due to start school in September you must apply for your Primary school place in Enfield by 15th January.

Our Christmas Market in December was also well attended and raised in excess of £8,000. There were more stalls than ever before and plenty for the children to do. Santa visited our grotto with his real

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Learning is for Life A new U3A is being set up for the Palmers Green and Southgate area. An Open Meeting will be held on Wednesday 26th February at The Intimate Theatre, 521 Green Lanes, Palmers Green N13 4DH, starting at 2.30 pm. Doors will be open at 2.00 pm. This will be an opportunity to hear more about U3A and to find out about the interests of potential members.

U3A stands for University of the Third Age. It began in France in 1972 with U3As attached to existing universities. The core of the U3A in the UK, which started in 1982, is self directed learning. In the UK there are now over 900 U3As with nearly 320,000 members. Nobody has to stop learning just because they have stopped working. The University of the Third Age is for people who want to keep active in mind and body. There's first age learning at school or college, followed by second age learning - the skills learnt at work. And there's third age learning when people learn whatever they want. That is what happens in U3A. People come together to study a subject they all find interesting. Membership of the University of the Third Age is open to men and women who are no longer in

full time work, irrespective of race, religion or politics. There is neither a lower or an upper age limit; no qualifications are required and none are given. Each U3A is unique, reflecting the needs and desires of its members. However, most U3As have a monthly general meeting, where there might be a speaker and information on new interest groups and future events, as well as an opportunity to talk to others over a cup of tea. The general meeting is the focus of a U3A but its interest groups are its life blood. Interest groups are formed when several people wish to pursue a topic. Most U3As have at least one language group, a walking group, a music group, a reading group, a science & technology group and a history group. Many U3As in the London area have groups that explore London,

go the theatre and visit various museums. The possibilities for starting groups are endless. Social and cultural activities are also popular. What makes U3A unique is the fact that everything is done by the members. Everyone is a volunteer. A group can be an informal selfsupporting study group with contributions by the members, it could follow an online course, or perhaps be led by an "expert" within the group. Study materials are available to borrow from a national Resources Centre. The teachers learn and the learners teach. For further information ring 020 8886 3773 or 07828 646431 Email: newu3a@gmail.com Website: www.u3a.org.uk Life is for Learning

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Love your Home. Love our Shutters By Julia Sondack, Drapemasters Interior Furnishers Julia@drapemasters.co.uk www.drapemasters.co.uk

Interior window shutters have experienced an explosion in popularity and Drapemasters have been at the forefront of this on-trend window covering, serving customers in and around the London, Middlesex & Herts for over 18 years. Why have shutters become so popular? Apart from their obvious aesthetic appeal and flexibility to fit just about any window and door from traditional sash and bays to modern bi-fold and bypass, shutters are incredibly practical and offer an array of benefits, including, their unique ability to control light and privacy through operable louvres and panels. Their unique features help reduce outside noise making them ideal for homes next to busy pavements and roads and have been proven to help reduce heat loss in the winter months, saving you money on your energy bills, another important factor is they are extremely child friendly without any form of cord thus cutting down on risk to your little ones. They’re perfect too for covering awkward shaped

windows from small port holes to large gable ends, due to the bespoke made-to-measure service we offer. What ranges are on offer? Our premium made-to-measure window shutters come in a range of materials, styles, colours and options to suit every budget and taste. From the entry level MDF Antigua range, to the 100% waterproof Java shutters, as to the stunning White Teak Sumatra shutters, there is something for everyone in our Love Shutters sale. We can even offer a remote control solution and custom colour matching service to the UK’s leading paint companies, helping you to match your shutters to your home, perfectly.

The Love Shutters sale is now on and we’re offering 20% off our stunning range of shutters when you order by the 14th February 2014. But hurry, you’ll need to book a survey of your windows first to take advantage of our bespoke made-to-measure service.

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Property Matters Possibilities with Paint by Anne Springall, Interior Designer There are so many interior trends out there at the moment that we’re not sure if we should be Folky, Futuristic, Tribal or MidCentury Modern! But, with a feature wall and some complementary accessories anything is possible. Just throw in an ‘anything goes’ attitude and voila – you can make a look of your own. However; whatever your look, paint plays a large part in any interior scheme and is having a renaissance of its own. There have been many technical advances and you can now choose from a vast array of shades and finishes that afford you to apply colour in so many more ways and places than before. Paint allows you to change a room or a piece of furniture at relatively little expense.

Consider the possibilities... A hot new interior trend is Ombre, where layers of colour are blended to create a subtle rainbow effect. I could be the subtle deepening of one shade or a blended ‘dip dyed’ effect. This can easily be done in a small space with the use of several tester pots or why not consider painting your stair posts in graduating tones? Think about painting doors skirting boards and architraves in a colour rather than white. A Grey or Taupe on all paintwork with a lighter tone on walls looks very sophisticated. You could equally, blend dado rails, radiators and skirting boards into the

background by painting them the same colour as your walls. Or how about coloured ceilings? Wallpaper designs are wonderful at the moment as well as fashionable and there are seemingly endless choices for colour and pattern. But, a new idea in paint is the patterned roller where you can apply a hand painted print in one colour over a base colour to create an all over decorative pattern. All you need is a steady hand and you can decorate your walls, furniture and fabric with delicate motifs. Stencils are also back. But, with more sophistication than they were used within the eighties! More graphic designs are available and if they’re used with consideration can produce a great effect on walls or a fabulous ‘faux tile’ effect on painted floors. And of course, the best thing about paint is that you can always just paint over it and start again!

Happy painting.

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Charity in the Community Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice supports local families in our community. Families like ours who have a lot to learn and cope with when a child is born with a life ending or life threatening medical condition. Our first child Jessica was born with a neuromuscular condition that left her body very weak. She was unable to swallow so she needed to be tube fed, she was unable to manage her saliva so she needed to be suctioned, she Jessica reading was unable to sit properly The Gruffalo so she needed a spinal brace, she was unable to stand so she needed a standing frame, she was unable to move so she needed a wheelchair, she was unable to talk fully so she needed communication aids, she was often unable to breathe so she needed oxygen and a ventilator. We were unable to cope so we needed Noah’s Ark. Day to day we learnt to adapt to Jessica’s life needs and all the hospital appointments including the emergency ones of which there were many. It’s at night when you realise she’s made it through the day

but the cloud of her life threatening condition hangs over you and the realisation is despite all our best efforts she may be gone tomorrow. Physically and mentally it can be a tiring experience but the emotional anguish can be very draining. So when an organisation like Noah’s Ark came into our lives and provided practical and emotional support we welcomed it with open arms. The staff and volunteers are so committed to helping families in any way they can. With us they provided fun days out which we would not otherwise have managed, they provided a play specialist to spend quality fun time solely focused on Jessica, they provided volunteers to help us when her little brother Jamie came along and they were there when we needed help playing a selection of photos and music at her funeral. Today they still help us with their bereavement services and siblings days out. We like now to help out too so we fundraise and try to make people aware of their invaluable services


and the following ways we can all help. They have 3 shops, nearest to us is in Barnet High Street if you have items to donate or wish to buy. You can volunteer for them doing anything from helping out at events to supporting a family in their home. You can text NOAH05 £5 to 70070 or visit their website www.noahsarkhospice.org.uk or call 020 8449 8877 to find out more about them and how best you feel you could help. Currently they receive little support from Government or statutory sources and really need donations and help as they have acquired land to build a residential facility to support our local families with daytime and night-time respite care. So please if there is any way you can become involved please consider them and make contact as families like ours need you.

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Ask a Local Lawyer by Fariz Uvais Fariz Uvais is a partner in the law firm Harper & Odell and has a consulting office in Palmers Green. 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, 348 Green Lanes, N13 5TJ or by email to farizu@yahoo.com.

I am a landlord and I have instructed an Estate Agent to find a tenant for a flat which will become vacant on 15th January 2014. The Estate Agents have informed me that they have now found a prospective tenant for the property and that they have taken a “holding deposit”, which will be converted to a security deposit when the Assured Shorthold Tenancy Agreement (AST) is signed. Can you please tell me whether or not the Tenancy Deposit Scheme requirements under the Housing Act 2004 need to complied with in relation to a “holding deposit” paid before the AST was entered into? Any money that is taken by or for the landlord as security for the tenant's liabilities in connection with the Assured Shorthold Tenancy, will constitute a deposit that must be protected in a Tenancy Deposit Scheme.

This requirement is imposed by section 213(1) of the HA 2004, which provides that: "Any tenancy deposit paid to a person in connection with a shorthold tenancy must, as from the time when it is received, be dealt with in accordance with an authorised scheme." However, since your question relates to a deposit that has been taken before any tenancy has been created, the deposit protection requirements will not trigger until the AST begins. In fact, this position is supported by the guidance given on the www.gov.uk website in relation to the protection of tenancy deposits, which states that holding deposits, money you pay to 'hold' a property before an agreement is signed, do not need to be protected. However, once the AST is entered into, the holding deposit becomes a deposit, which the landlord must protect.

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